THE BLESSING REQUIREMENTS AFTER THE CROSS PART 2
The cross is so symbolic when it comes to kingdom matters. The cross is the one thing that separates the old covenant from the new covenant. However, many of us do not appreciate or know the reason why Jesus had to go to the cross.
In the beginning, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, what was the immediate response of God? A curse? This is because, disobedience attracts a curse.
Deuteronomy: 28. 15. But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee
Their disobedience to a command attracted a curse. But something was strange about the placement of the curse.
Please follow me gently. Adam and Eve sinned, but God did not place a curse on them directly.
Genesis: 3. 14. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 16. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
The Serpent which I believe was not created in the image of God received a direct curse from God, but for the woman and the man, God cursed the birth process and earth yielding process respectively.
After the curse, God did something amazing, he clothed them with coats of skin, which means something had been sacrificed. That is, blood had been shed for the redemption of man.
Genesis: 3. 21. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
By revelation, I have come to believe that this was the initiation that gave birth to what we now call the old covenant. This latter manifested in the laws and the prophets.
This covenant functioned as a garment upon mankind. A cloak that came upon man at certain times. Man could only the things of God when under the influence of this "anointing".
No wonder at some point Noah was faithfully building àn ark in response to a divine instruction, and at another time, he was found dead drunk of liquor.
One time Abraham was faithfully believing God for a child and at another time considered the suggestion of his wife to sleep with Haggai.
At one point David the apple of Gods eyes was faithfully minding the things of the kingdom and at other times looked out of the window to gaze at another mans wife.
At one point Solomon loved the lord and offered burnt sacrifices, and at other times, he loved strange women and built shrines for their gods.
What would we say of samson, who defended Israel every time the Spirit of the lord came upon him, and at other times, he found solace in the arms of Delilah.
In the old covenant, the ability to fulfil the terms and conditions of the law was not in man, it only comes on them at certain times. It was a struggle.
The best the old covenant could deliver was a restoration. This returns the original with its defects.
The defects was not the law and the prophets, the defects was in the fact that man could not retain the law and the prophet. There was no heart connection.
No wonder, Ezekiel prophesied, Ezekiel: 36. 26. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
With a new heart and a new spirit, man would possess the ability to do and keep the commandments of God.
This is where many misinterpret the gospel of grace. Grace is actually possessing a heart and a spirit that naturally and consistently without rituals, customs and traditions fulfils the law and the prophets.
Pst. Olukayode Daniels