THE BLESSING REQUIREMENT AFTER THE CROSS.
Under the old covenant it was all about what we do first to qualify for the blessing. Deut 28:1-15. Under the old covenant, everything was conditional, "if". What we determined what we get from God. It also means that we have to fulfil certain conditions to walk in righteousness and holiness.
It stresses the need for us to do something or obey and instruction to walk right.
But surprisingly, this is not so under the new covenant.
To digress a little bit, the bible says in
2 Timothy: 2. 15. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. There is need to correctly analyse scriptures if we must not be ashamed.
The question now is, where exactly does the new covenant begins? There can be no covenant without the shedding of blood.
Hebrews: 9. 16. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
After the cross, the new testament came into existence.
The old covenant required us to fulfil certain requirements to come into the blessings, but not so with the new covenant.
There was a defect in the old covenant.
Hebrews: 8. 8. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
Many of us today need a revelation of the new covenant.
In the new covenant, there is no need to do anything to be blessed, all we need is faith in the finished works of Christ Jesus.
It is now all about what Jesus does that qualify us for the blessing.
Romans: 5. 19. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
It took the disobedience of one man to input sin into generations and under the old covenant, we needed to fulfil certain conditions to be free from sin.
In the same way, by one man's obedience, righteousness was inputted into mankind.
Here is the revelation, our walk in holiness, righteousness and the blessing under the new covenant is not a product of what we do or do not do, rather it is a function of the finished works of Christ on the cross. All we need to do is to have faith in the truth that the price for our redemption has been fully paid on the cross of Calvary. Hallelujah!!!
Galatians: 3. 13. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
So what we receive is a product of the Spirit through faith in the finished works of Christ. At the cross, Jesus Christ shed the blood, to give life to the dead aspects of the old covenant - law and prophets.
Leviticus: 17. 11. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
What gives life to the flesh is in the blood. The blood of the living covenant.
Even the word cannot produce outside of the Christ redemptive blood.
With the blood of the new covenant, the redeemed possess a sound heart.
Proverbs: 14. 30. A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
If the life of the flesh is in the blood and the life of the flesh is a sound heart, that means the blood is what powers a sound heart.
All Jesus died and resurrected to give to us is the spirit of faith.
2 Timothy: 1. 7. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
The Spirit of faith, that comes via the death and resurrection of Christ empowers us, helps us to love God and mankind, and grants us a sound mind(heart).
This is the true essence of Easter. May you at this Easter catch a revelation of the finished works of Christ.
Pastor Olukayode Daniel