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By faith Moses, when he had grown up refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time.[1] The mistreatment that Moses suffered was the mistreatment for killing an Egyptian and being banished into the desert for forty years because he could not stand seeing his people mistreated, and indeed, he chose suffering rather than enjoying the pleasures of sin.

As a result, there is by and large an emphasis on suffering for the sake of righteousness, and avoidance of the pleasures of sin rather than the enjoyment of righteousness. You see, the Hebrews may have suffered under Pharaoh, and Moses may have suffered banishment, but you cannot tell me that the Hebrews did not enjoy walking out of Egypt with all its silver and gold, and that they did not enjoy seeing the Egyptians drowned in the Red Sea. They surely did, for they all sang to the Lord the song of Exodus 15. God had a Covenant of Deliverance with the children of Israel, also known as Jacob, through Abraham. “But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.”[2] And whenever God fulfils a covenant, there is always rejoicing and gladness.

God had a Covenant of Life with Noah through the rainbow that at the sight of the rainbow, God would remember not to destroy the Earth again with water. He had a Covenant of Blessing with Abraham, and with Isaac and Jacob He had a Covenant of Inheritance of the land. With Israel, God had a Covenant of Deliverance from Egypt and of Healing if they would listen to Him. With Phinehas, He had a Covenant of Peace; with David, a Covenant of Kingship; and with Solomon, a Covenant of Repentance. In all, there were a total of seven covenants in the Old Testament:

1. Noah – A Covenant of Life (Genesis 9:12-16)

2. Abraham – A Covenant of Blessing (Genesis 12:2-3)

3. Abraham – A Covenant of Inheritance (Genesis 15:18-19); Isaac (Genesis 26:2-4); Jacob (Genesis 28:13-15)

4. Israel – A Covenant of Deliverance (Genesis 15:13-16) and Healing (Exodus 15:26)

5. Phinehas – A Covenant of Peace and of Priesthood (Numbers 25:12-13)

6. David – A Covenant of Kingship (2 Samuel 7:4-16)

7. Solomon – A Covenant of Repentance (2 Chronicles 7:12-22)

Thus, God’s covenants are with a man, a family and a people, and with Jesus Christ, God established the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins – Matthew 26:28

So, the covenants of God are seven in the Old Testament and one in the New, making a total of eight, which is the number of people in the Ark of Noah. God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. What did you think He was going to do on the eighth day? It has been six millenniums since Adam, the reign of Christ will be the seventh, and then there will be New Earth, New Jerusalem and New Heavens. What do you think God is going to do in the eighth millennium or the eighth day when a day is like a thousand years to the Lord and a thousand years is like a day? God was going to enjoy Himself on the eighth day and enjoy the labour of His work after a rest. So likewise, He is going to enjoy Himself in New Jerusalem after a millennium of rest. Rest you ask, yes, rest. Rest for Jesus, for He will no longer be at the right hand of the Father having to make intercession for us. It will be a millennium of rest, for Satan will be in the Abyss. All Satan’s angels are captured and judged, God’s church will be in Heaven where they will not be in need of having prayers answered or bickering with each other over doctrinal issues. His elect, His martyrs, will be back on the Earth reigning on the Earth with Him, subduing and having dominion over the whole Earth. It will be indeed a day of rest for the Lord of the Sabbath, His Father and His Spirit; and it will be a millennium of rest for everyone except us who will reign with Him. It will be our day of work raising up the latter day harvest until the inhabitants of the Earth are in number …like the sand of the sea shore.[3]

So, you can see from one to six, it is work, from seven it is rest, and from eight it is enjoyment for God. Thus, the first six covenants are covenants of work for God. The seventh is a covenant of rest, for indeed, when the people stop sinning it is rest for the Lord. So then, the eight covenant, the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins is the Covenant of Enjoyment.

Sure you enjoy what you work for and you enjoy a good rest, but what you enjoy the most is not what you work for, nor what you rest in, but what you die for, that which you give your life for – not your sweat and effort for – is that which is most precious to you, and that which is most precious to you is what you’d die for and what you’d die for is what you’d enjoy the most.

Jesus shed His blood and died to complete the work of sealing the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, the forgiveness that would flow once there was repentance, which is why repentance must always be preached before forgiveness, but it is not to be preached without forgiveness. For the Covenant is not the Covenant of Repentance from Sin, for that was one that He made with Solomon, but rather, it is the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sin. Thus, repentance merely fulfils the seventh covenant so that the eighth covenant may be brought forth, the Covenant of Forgiveness, which is why “repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His Name to all nations.”[4]

Thus, as much as Christ suffered and died for the forgiveness of our sins, He is also going to enjoy the forgiveness of our sins, for that is what He paid the price for. God enjoys forgiving sins; He hates the sin, loves the sinner and enjoys forgiving the sin. If you ever wondered what the joy of the Lord is, that is, what gives Him joy, what does He enjoy the most, you are right in saying that He enjoys what He worked for and that He enjoys His rest, but He enjoys what He died for the most.

The establishment of the Covenant of Life with Noah did not cost God His Son’s life, but just a bit of time and patience as He waited for Noah one hundred and twenty years to finish the Ark. The establishment of the Covenant of Blessing with Abraham did not cost God His Son’s life, but only a few rams, bulls and time. The establishment of the Covenant of Inheritance did not cost Jesus’ life either, but only time and patience. The establishment of the Covenant of Deliverance and Healing again cost only time, patience and a few lambs, not His Son’s life, even though the Egyptians paid with their lives and the lives of their sons. Likewise, neither did the Covenants of Peace, Kingship and Repentance cost Him His Son’s life, just time and patience.

If as humans we know how to enjoy that which cost us time and patience, for money is merely a measure of time spent, which is why an unlimited availability of time destroys the value of money, how much more we’d enjoy that which cost us a lifetime. Then, how much more God enjoys the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins? This is where we have missed it. We preach repentance and we repent, but we repent thinking God does not enjoy forgiving us our sins and we see Him forgiving us begrudgingly and regretfully, but we never saw that He might, that He just might, enjoy forgiving us our sins more than anything else because Jesus died to give Him that right to forgive. We might just see why Jesus said to the cripple, “Your sins are forgiven you,” rather than raising him up first, and that the raising of the cripple was merely the proof He has authority to forgive sins.

God enjoys forgiving sins, which is why Jesus said, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”[5] We, I, used to think it was the angels who rejoiced. No, Jesus said, “there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God,” which means, someone standing in the presence of the angels of God is doing the rejoicing, and that Someone can only be God. Yes! It is God who is rejoicing in the presence of the angels in the same way as the woman who found her lost coin. Look at the way she rejoices: “And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me: I have found my lost coin.’”[6] She is making a noise, she is announcing it to the whole world, and she is making a fuss! The whole village must hear about it, that is how God rejoices over a sinner who repents. He will make a fuss, He will wake up the whole neighbourhood and He will put on a feast and celebrate just like the father of the lost son. It is the most enjoyable moment of that father’s life, and anytime a sinner repents, our Father rejoices, He enjoys forgiving sins because Jesus died for that Covenant. And deep down, God brought forth this creation that He foreknew would sin, and so had Jesus crucified before its foundation so that He would be God the Forgiver. He also knew that is what He would enjoy the most. Jesus knew that is what He would enjoy the most; that is why He died to establish the Covenant so that God would have it to enjoy. The Holy Spirit knows how much God enjoys forgiving sins. That is why He, the Spirit, “will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in Jesus; in regard to righteousness, because Jesus went to the Father…and in regard to judgement, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”[7]

God is the Judge and He will judge, but it’s not what Jesus died for, and it is not what God enjoys the most. God enjoys being the Forgiver more than anything else, more than the One who blesses, delivers, heals and brings peace and kingship. God enjoys all of that. He enjoys giving life, blessing, inheritance, deliverance and healing, peace, kingship and repentance, but the best of all, He enjoys forgiving.

Thus, when we sin and repent of our sin, our repentance permits God to be who He enjoys the most of being, God the Forgiver. Now, do not get me wrong and think that we should sin even more so that God can forgive even more because He enjoys it. No, God hates sin, loves the sinner and enjoys forgiving the sin. Jude wrote that the grace of God must not be changed into a license for immorality (sin).[8]

So, what should we do now that we know and understand that God enjoys forgiving sins? We should:

1. Boldly approach His throne in our time of need, that is, in the times of our sins and repent openly, so as to receive mercy and grace, knowing that as much as God hates our sinning, He loves us and enjoys, yes enjoys, forgiving our sins. Therefore, we should not hide from Him when we have sinned, but be quick and open in our repentance and know that He enjoys forgiving us.

2. Knowing that God hates sin, we should not sin, yet not just avoid it but master it so that it does not rule over us. Thus, the mastery of sin, which includes the ability to avoid the sin, includes also the ability to control the sin before it becomes a sin. Thus, we master sin so that we do not sin even when we cannot avoid the sin. We do not keep on sinning, but rather we stop sinning because whatever we are doing, we are doing it to practise the words of Jesus, and anything that is done to practise the words of Jesus is not a sin. Thus, when we sin because we have been practising Jesus’ words, it is sin that does not lead to death but to life, for no one can practise Jesus’ words and not sin either. But it is sin that does not lead to death, but going further than the Apostle, I say, it leads to life. Every time we eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus, we sin against God under the Mosaic Law, but we are declared righteous because we are listening to Jesus and practising that which He told us. We are not speaking of the sin that leads to death.

3. See that when Jesus commanded us to forgive those who sin against us, we should not do it as a duty, doing it reluctantly, but we should do it joyfully. We must learn to enjoy forgiving sins. It is written: God loves a joyful giver,[9] then how much more God loves a joyful forgiver. Anyone who learns to enjoy forgiving those who sin against them has learned to enjoy what God enjoys the most. When we do not repent, we have denied God His joy and when we do not forgive, we are saying in fact, “God, we do not enjoy what You enjoy.”

Servants do what they are commanded to do, but may not enjoy it, and friends enjoy what they do together. Then how much closer is your relationship to your Father if you enjoy what He enjoys? Learning to enjoy forgiving sins will definitely draw you closer to the Father, giving your life to die for the Covenant of the Forgiveness of Sins. No wonder Jesus will want you back here with Him in His Millennium.

When Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit,” to His disciples and then said, “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven,”[10] it was His way of showing us how to make the Holy Spirit feel at home!

The Holy Spirit has been sent to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgement. That is, He will convict the world about what the Father hates, what the Father loves and what the Father does. The Father hates sin but loves righteousness; that is why He loves Jesus. And He judges, that is what He does. However, He does all of this in order to help us. He is our Helper and He does all of this in order to help us when we preach the Good News. And when we preach about repentance and forgiveness, there will be those who are listening who will be ready to repent and receive forgiveness, that which the Father enjoys.

Thus, the Holy Spirit feels well received amongst those who love to forgive sins and who have come to know the way of the Lord well enough to know what sin is not forgiven. His work then is to create an atmosphere, a situation, where what God enjoys is also made available whilst removing what God hates, tutoring what God loves and upholding what God does. If He can do this amongst those who know how to bring God what God enjoys, then He is truly well received.

His elect must be one and ones who receive Him well. So, learn to enjoy being forgiven, but more than that; learn to enjoy forgiving for then you are truly imitating God. To hate sin, to love righteousness, to judge justly and to enjoy forgiving sin is the foursquare Gospel of God and all who seek to imitate God in this will be shown to be an imitator of God by the power of God that they have. AMEN


 

[1] Hebrews 11:24-25

[2] Genesis 15:14

[3] Revelation 20:8

[4] Luke 24:47

[5] Luke 15:10

[6] Luke 15:9

[7] John 16:8-11

[8] Jude 4

[9] 2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP

[10] John 20:22-23

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