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“This is My blood of the (New) Covenant; which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”[1] The Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins does not annul the other covenants that God has made with Noah through to Solomon; it gives fulfilment to them in a way that the original covenants could not. Just as Jesus said clearly, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them,”[2] so it is logical to see that the Covenant He forged with the Father through His blood is one that does not abolish the Covenants of God, but rather, fulfils the Covenants of God.

For through the Forgiveness of Sins, the Covenant of Life[3] that was made with Noah has been fulfilled in a way that Noah never dreamt possible. Not only will God not destroy all life again with a flood of waters,[4] but through the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, life itself is given a new lease. For through the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins came the resurrection and eternal life so that “even though he dies, he who believes in Me will live.”[5] The promise that no flood would be able to destroy, even if it was sent, is: “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall…”[6] meaning that had the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins been in place during Noah’s times, more than Noah would have survived the flood. And they could have done so without the Ark just with the practice of the words of Jesus.

For Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”[7] You should understand now why Jesus did not say, “Like a wise man who built an ark.” Because once the sin is forgiven, what remains is only that which is not sin—that which is righteous. And if the righteousness has no sin to weaken it, it can withstand anything. Noah needed an ark to save himself and his family even though he was declared righteous by God though his sins were not yet forgiven. Even though in Scripture it is written: Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God,[8] yet his sinful nature, which was inherited from Adam, had not been forgiven. He was righteous because he was a preacher of righteousness,[9] but his righteousness was not perfect because the sin inherent in him through Adam had not been forgiven. As such, he could not survive the judgement of sins himself had it not been for the ark that carried him above the waters.

However, the one who practises righteousness and also has his sins forgiven would need no ark to carry him above the waters, for he is like the house that waters cannot drown. He is like the one that God spoke of: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”[10] For those who keep the Covenant of Jesus live in Jesus, and Jesus is the One who walks on water without the need of a boat to keep Him dry. Whereas the Covenant of Life only promised no further complete destruction, the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins promises life everlasting, indestructible even by death, much less a flood, for Jesus said, “…whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.”[11]

So then, likewise also for the Covenant of Blessing through Abraham, this new Covenant brings the former one to fulfilment beyond the first, for it extends the blessings of Abraham beyond those who are descendants of his flesh, to those who have the same faith as him. The Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins is available for all who, like Abraham, believe God and it is credited to them as righteousness. Just as Abraham was known as the friend of God, so all who have been chosen by God as disciples of Jesus Christ, who keep His Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, are also called ‘friends’ by God. “You are My friends if you do what I command.”[12] And whereas Abraham had a friendship with God, his friendship did not include a friendship that forgave sins and errors, so that Abraham had to live with the mistake he made in siring Ishmael through Hagar and the troubles that followed that decision. However, those who are friends of God through Jesus Christ, have a friendship that includes the forgiveness of sins, so that they do not have to live with the consequences of their mistakes in the next generation, for in this new Covenant, God does not punish the sins of the fathers to the third and fourth generation. So, through the new Covenant, our friendship with God is unencumbered by sin, whereas, Abraham’s was, even though his faith credited unto him righteousness, it did not credit to him forgiveness. Noah’s preaching credited him with righteousness but not forgiveness, so that through the noise of his hammering and sawing, people heard what God considered righteous, but they remained unforgiven. They were warned, but they were unforgiven. For despite one hundred and twenty years of preaching, Noah was unable to change God’s mind to let in anyone else except his family. Righteousness was preached, but God did not forgive anyone who heard and may have believed the message.

Through Jesus Christ, God forgives all who hear and believe the message so that they will not perish, for Jesus said, “…whoever believes and is baptised will be saved.”[13] And the blessings that come through the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins far exceeds those that came through Abraham’s Covenant, for in that Covenant, God said to Abraham, “I will bless you… I will bless those who bless you.”[14] But in the Covenant with Jesus, even those who curse us are blessed, for Jesus said, “…bless those who curse you,”[15] and that, “I will do whatever you ask in My Name.”[16] As well as that, not only those who believe God are blessed, but, “Blessed are the poor in spirit… those who mourn… the meek… those who hunger and thirst for righteousness… the merciful… the pure in heart… the peacemakers… those who are persecuted because of righteousness…[17] you who hunger now, weep now[18] and those who hear the word of God and obey it.”[19] Just the number of people who are blessed, compared to Abraham, shows the superiority of this Covenant.

So, likewise, with the other five Covenants of Inheritance, Deliverance, Priesthood, Kingship and Repentance, the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins gives them fulfilment in a measure superior to their original definition.

In terms of inheritance, we don’t just inherit a block of land the size of New South Wales, but we are made coheirs with Christ, an inheritance that cannot be destroyed as this Earth will be destroyed, and an inheritance the size of which no man can measure yet, and as Peter put it, an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade,[20] if we keep the Covenant and the faith, and forgive as we have been forgiven.

And we are delivered from much more than slavery in Egypt, we are delivered from slavery to sin. Israel may have been delivered from Egypt, but they were not delivered from their sinful nature that caused them to throw Joseph into the well and sell him to Egypt in the first place, so that at the first opportunity, they were prepared to betray Moses and usurp his authority by getting Aaron to make them a god to worship. Now, we are delivered from evil and the evil one himself,[21] and our healing is not just being kept free of the diseases of Egypt, our healing keeps us free even from death, for forgiveness removes us from receiving the wages of sin, which is death. In this Covenant, the demons do not get to accompany us as they did Israel, so that later, even though they were physically removed from Egypt, they still turned to demon worship as it is written: They sacrificed to demons, which are not God—gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your fathers did not fear.[22]

But in one covenant, we can drive them out with no fear of reprisal at all, for Jesus said to the original disciples, “Drive out demons.”[23] “I have given you authority… to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”[24] And then He extended this to the believers, saying, “In My Name they will drive out demons.”[25] Believers using the Name of Jesus can drive out demons. Disciples, by their discipline, can drive them out just by being a disciple. If demons can be driven out, if unclean spirits can be driven out, then how much more this Covenant delivers from the actions of men. For, by standing firm, the Covenant offers such protection that not even a hair on your head can be touched. But, to access that deliverance and healing, you must be in the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins.

Even though Phinehas was promised in his covenant that “he and his descendants will have a Covenant of a Lasting Priesthood,”[26] it was not a covenant of everlasting priesthood as we have through Jesus Christ, who died and rose again and lives now to be our Priest at the right hand of God making intercession for us. Phinehas’ covenant lasted until Eli quite a few centuries later, yes, but it did not last forever. But through Jesus Christ, not only do we have a Great High Priest who died and rose again to live forever; we ourselves are given a priesthood that death cannot take away, for “whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” Each of our own personal priesthood to God through Jesus Christ is also eternal if we accept and remain in the Covenant.

The Covenant of Kingship with David that one of his sons would sit on the throne, has ended in the flesh, for there are no sons of David by the flesh left that we know of, and the Jews themselves do not know who are the sons of David and Solomon in their midst. So, for God to keep His promise to David, the Covenant had to come through Jesus, the Son of David, through the Holy Spirit. It is a spiritual Kingship so that through the Son of God, Son of Man, David has a Son on the throne of Israel forever.

But to those who remain in the Covenant and overcome all the persecution and the lukewarmness, they receive “the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”[27] And one of the things Jesus overcame was unforgiveness, when He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[28] So, our kingship, like our priesthood, lasts forever, for those “who overcome will not be hurt at all by the second death.”[29]

In the same way, the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins gives permanence to the Covenant of Repentance that was not possible with Solomon’s covenant. For in that covenant, God said concerning the prayers of His people, “…if My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”[30] Except that place, the temple, no longer exists. The covenant has no place to be honoured or enacted. But for us, the place of worship of God is within us. It is in our hearts and our very bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, which is indestructible, for Paul wrote: Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.[31]

And the temple was not just the place of praise and worship, sacrifice, singing, giving of tithes and offerings, and fellowship, but it was, above all else, the place where the Ark of the Covenant was resting in the Holy of Holies. Without the Ark of the Covenant, the Temple of Solomon was just any piece of architecture. With the Ark of the Covenant, it was God’s indestructible temple. So, likewise, if the Ark of the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins rests within you so that you are practising to forgive from your heart, for Jesus said, “…you forgive your brother from your heart,”[32] that is, “…whoever does the will of My Father in Heaven,”[33] then your body is the temple, and you will always have a place, yes, a place where your repentance is heard right up until you die – if that is what you wish. And for those who live and believe in Jesus will never die, they will always have a place to repent as long as they live. The Covenant for Forgiveness gives the Covenant of Repentance a longevity that lasts as long as our body. However, for the descendants of Israel, not since the sacking of the first temple have they had the Ark of the Covenant. Thus they haven’t had a place where their prayers are heard. That is why the orthodox Jews go to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to pray, for that is the remnant of the place where God promised Solomon He would forgive from if they prayed there.

So, “…do not worry about your life,”[34] Jesus said; not of your blessings, inheritance, deliverance, healing, priesthood, kingship or acceptability of your repentance. For through the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, all the other covenants are fulfilled; not only fulfilled, but resurrected, so that they too are now eternal and superior to that which has passed away.

So, you who call on the Name of the Lord, saying, “Lord, Lord,”[35] have you forgiven as you desire to be forgiven, and did you remember to preach forgiveness with repentance? If not, repent and be forgiven, and never ever forget again. The name of the Covenant is the new Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins.

The purpose of this Covenant, which is in the blood of Jesus, is for the forgiveness of sins, not for life, blessing, inheritance, deliverance, priesthood, kingship or repentance, but if you would forgive as you are forgiven, then you will receive all that was promised in the other seven, and much more. And the condition of entry of this Covenant is: “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.[36] If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. Now remain in My love.[37] This is My blood of the (New) Covenant. Drink from it, all of you.[38] If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”[39]

The power of the Holy Spirit is given to all who will be witnesses of the Covenant that Jesus has with the Father, that in His Name and His Name alone, are sins forgiven. Amen


 

[1] Matthew 26:28

[2] Matthew 5:17

[3] Genesis 9:9-11

[4] Genesis 9:15

[5] John 11:25

[6] Matthew 7:25

[7] Matthew 7:24

[8] Genesis 6:9

[9] 2 Peter 2:5

[10] Isaiah 43:2

[11] John 11:26

[12] John 15:14

[13] Mark 16:16

[14] Genesis 12:2-3

[15] Matthew 5:44

[16] John 14:13

[17] Matthew 5:3-10

[18] Luke 6:21

[19] Luke 11:28

[20] 1 Peter 1:4

[21] Matthew 6:13

[22] Deuteronomy 32:17

[23] Matthew 10:8

[24] Luke 10:19

[25] Mark 16:17

[26] Numbers 25:13

[27] Revelation 3:21

[28] Luke 23:34

[29] Revelation 2:11

[30] 2 Chronicles 7:14-15

[31] 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

[32] Matthew 18:35

[33] Matthew 12:50

[34] Luke 12:22

[35] Matthew 7:21-22; Luke 6:46

[36] John 6:53-56

[37] John 15:7,9

[38] Matthew 26:28,27

[39] John 20:23

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