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From all that I have been taught a covenant is a promise, or a deal, that is made between two parties. For example, God made several covenant with the children of Israel about the coming Messiah. As you read the Old Testament God never broke any of His covenants but Gods people did several times. When I married my wife I made a covenant with her before God, and witnesses!
A promise: So the Covenant of God was a promise then? So that all who believed in him were safe under this covenant. Those that didn't were not safe from the laws existing outside the covenant?
The Eternal Blood Covenant=Jesus
Every covenant sealed by man was always grounded in the agreement of two covenant parties. They pondered about the cost / benefit factor and vowed loyalty to each other for consensual benefit.
Whereas God chose a different way to show us HIS way to the ultimate covenant:
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.(Jesus)
No other covenant has had such dramatic consequences. No other covenant has cost such a high price.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."
Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom.
Jesus speaks here about “The blood of the covenant”. This is not just some other form of a covenant. Rather it is the most high covenant available. We are talking here about a blood covenant backed up by God himself! This covenant brings man into communion and unity with God. In this covenant we become partakers of God’s character.
That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
But just as it was with Abraham this covenant has a condition we must fulfil. With Abraham it was the circumcision God was demanding from him and his descendants. The ultimate covenant, the New Covenant, has a condition too. Like circumcision it may involve blood, even the cutting off and death of our flesh-life. Our Apostle Paul speaks of this as a circumcision of the heart. (Rom.2:29) We are not speaking here about our physical death, although that does happen to God’s witnesses. No, this death is meant for our dreams, desires and the ruling, (or mis-ruling), of our life by our own fleshly desires. Everything that resists this total, overall surrender to God’s hand has to die. Jesus says:
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
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A covenant is that which you bid yourself to.
One can bind himself to Truth which is Life
and one may bind himself to death, by a large number of falacies.
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