The Believerís Covenant, Identity, and Authority in Christ
Everything in the Kingdom is appropriated by faith, demonstrated in action, and granted by grace.
Christís covenant with us opens the door to our identity and furthermore our authority in HIM.
LEVITICUS 17:14 "For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life. (the life is in The Blood)
HEBREWS 13:12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
God is a covenant making and covenant keeping God. Following are some of the covenants He made in the Bible.
We find 2 more covenants left to be made between God and Israel and God and Palestine in the new millennium.
What is covenant and why is it so important to God?
A covenant is an agreement or contract between two people and an intercessor or mediator isnít needed and is in fact invalid between believers and Jesus.
No intercessory priesthood can go to Christ for you it is invalid no matter what itís origin.
Jesus is our only intercessor to the Father.
What makes our covenant with God unique?
1. It is a unilateral covenant. It isnít our covenant with Christ itís HIS covenant with us.
2. No comingling of blood. Itís made and sealed in HIS BLOOD.
MATTHEW 26:28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
In giving us HIS BLOOD He gives us HIS life.
How does He do it?
REVELATION 3:20 'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.
2CORINTHIANS 5:17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
He doesnít regenerate the old man. We are made new.
GALATIANS 3:29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and yours is the heritage by the right of God's undertaking given to Abraham.
Not only does God want to give you THE KINGDOM but he also gave us HIS SON.
John 15:4 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
John 15:9 "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
He has comingled himself with us.
Through the blood atonement. (at-one-ment)
12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,
13 waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.
14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
Because of His sacrifice we are now perfected, sanctified, and legally Christís.
ROMANS 8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
GALATIANS 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
GALATIANS 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
1THESSALONIANS 5:5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;
What have we learned about identification in Christ?
I am a son by adoption.
Iím a son by faith.
Iím a son of light.
Iím a son of the day.
EPHESIANS 2:6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places , in Christ Jesus,
My body HIS life.
HE is living HIS life in us and through us.
This is our new identity. We have no need for impotent religion.
Just as our revelation of His covenant helps us understand our identity, so does the revelation of our identity in Christ bring us understanding of our authority.
1CORINTHIANS 4:20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.
Acts 1:8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.
Are you seeing the Spiritís power in your church?
Are you seeing healing and deliverance?
Are you seeing answered prayer?
Are you experiencing manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit?
Are you just hearing some guyís feel good words that he rapped around some scripture?
LUKE 10:19 "Behold, I have given you authority (delegated power) to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you.
1JOHN 4:4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
NUMBERS 23:19 "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
†REVELATION 12:11 "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.
Your testimony isnít just how you came to Christ.
Itís your daily faith walk and confession of your mouth.
EPHESIANS 6:16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.
HEBREWS 1:14 Are they not all ministering angels, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?
Notice itís ďfor usĒ not ďto us.Ē
HEBREWS 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the sign that the things not seen are true.
HEBREWS 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
2CORINTHIANS 4:18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Faith releases the ability of God to move on your behalf.