I heard, “I AM selecting a new breed for higher impact.”
There is joy coming in at the moment, amidst the daring challenges there is a peace God has released. But this is coming because we are looking beyond and seeing the end.
For the joy and glory set before us, we are enduring all things and at the moment. Nothing should matter because the end is glorious.
There is a beauty hidden in understanding the covenant upon us in Christ. O’ that I may have time and space. There are treasures hidden in the revelation of the covenant.
Many of us have looked at the covenant as just a compilation of rules, others as a compilation of promises, others think the covenant was made with us and so we have to keep our part of the contract.
But there is something far too beautiful to see in the covenant.
First, there is an everlasting covenant which is The Covenant of Grace . It is the covenant of God’s undeserved, unmerited, unconditional favor upon us.
God never cut this covenant with a man outside of Jesus. I wish I could go into details but understand that the New Testament is the revelation of the Old Testament. Hence with that in mind in the new testament it is said;
“And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs,” Acts 7:8.
Observe carefully the language used above, it is said God gave The Covenant of Circumcision to Abraham. It does not say Abraham cut a covenant with God… but it was given to him and the circumcision of his son Isaac, was a proclamation of the covenant.
The Covenant was giving to Abraham as a gift.
This is The Covenant of Grace not The Covenant of The Law. The Covenant of Blessings — with no stipulations — was given to Abraham. It was not a contract between him and God.
All he was to do was to be a proclamation. There was nothing tangible or real in that circumcision;
“For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God,” Romans 2:28-29.
It is said all the outward show that Abraham was doing meant nothing. It was something beyond the natural.
Observe the last statement ,“whose praise is not of men, but of God.” Abraham had nothing to offer, the covenant was all spiritual and nothing of man but all to the glory to God.
It was a picture of the real thing which was done between God and Jesus, even before the creation of the world.
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,” Revelation 13:8.
The covenant was finished before even Abraham was born and it was all spiritual. Apostle Paul explains in more detail;
“And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise,” Galatians 3:17 emphasis added.
The word used above for confirmed before is the Greek word prokuroo which means to ratify previously (Strong’s Concordance G4300).
The Covenant was ratified, validated, formally consent by God in Christ even before the creation of the world. It was given to Abraham as a gift.
Secondly, The Covenant is not just a compilation of promises, or just a set of rules but a person.
“Thus saith The LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages,” Isaiah 49:8 emphasis added.
This is a prophecy about Jesus; God said, “I will give you for a Covenant of the people….”
Jesus is my covenant with God. Jesus is The Everlasting Covenant. The Covenant, is a person. The Covenant, is not just a promises — but the person of Jesus. Christ is all things.
This Covenant is between God and God and there is nothing you and I can add to it. We have come too late, it was confirmed, validated, and ratified in Christ, even before the creation of the world. Therefore,
“Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto,” Galatians 3:15.
This is why we are told in the book of Hebrews;
“By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament,” Hebrews 7:22.
The word used above for surety is the Greek word egguos, which means a pledge, a bondsman (Strong’s Concordance G1450). Jesus is the covenant partner, He is the bondsman. All stipulations are on Him, but He has fulfilled all the stipulations and today you and I are just beneficiaries.
But it does stop! There is a third thing out of the many glories to benefit your heart,
Thirdly; when Jesus comes into you, one party of the covenant has entered your life. God is obligated to Jesus and not you. Jesus becomes the pledge that all the promises are yes in your life.
He now goes on to guarantee every promise, giving you no room for anything but to rest in his grace and sufficiency.
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory,” Ephesians 1:13-14.
He seals you and he is the earnest of the inheritance. The word translated above for earnest is the Greek word arrabon which means a pledge (money or property) given as security (Strong’s Concordance G728). Christ is all.
He becomes the security that all God has promised you will come to pass. This is why the whole story of the gospel is Christ in you the Hope of Glory.
Look within, is Christ still there? Then have hope, it is an unshakable, unbreakable, unchangeable and unstoppable covenant. You are in for a whole lot of blessings!
In an encounter with The LORD, I saw an international body that was setup to select the best fans of national teams of different countries.
Then I saw that the Body was totally unbiased and went even for the fans of a third world country’s national team and named them the best. I saw this people celebrating in a stadium full of people.
The Holy Spirit led me to;
“For I AM The LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life,” Isaiah 43:3-4.
“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him,” Isaiah 43:7.
Then The LORD said, “I AM selecting a new breed for higher impact.
I have created you for My Glory and now is the time of your announcement.
There is nothing I will not give for your safety. I have given all things to bring you from your lowest place to a higher place in Me.
In My Sight you are precious and eternally irreproachable.
I will choose you over and over again for My Glory — because I love you.
You are My Perfect Choice for all I have called you to do.
Now is the time of your great impact.”
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the founder and lead pastor of Living Hill Christian Church headquartered in Nigeria, which has a vision to restore the earth with the gospel of God’s grace. Called to be a pastor, he functions in the Healing/ Prophetic/ Teaching/ Music and Writing Ministries. He releases Prophetic Words to encourage the body of Christ on the Church’s blog.