Words of Salvation, Deliverance and Revival
Covenant is a mystery most people don’t really understand and this is the reason why many break covenants. Many do not understand the fact that God is a Covenant God and that His promises come with conditions. In every covenant, there are at least two parties involved with promises and benefits to be enjoyed if certain terms are met.
In the covenant between God and man, God is always the constant, and we humans are the variables. In other words, God always fulfills His own terms of the agreement and we humans are the ones who come short.
John 15:14 says, “You are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command you“.
If you pay close attention to the promises of God in the scriptures, you will see conditions such as “If you honour me , I will honour you”, “draw near to me and I will draw near to you”, ” If you serve me, I will bless your bread and water and remove sickness from your midst”, ” If you love me , keep my commandments”, ” I am knocking at the door of your heart, if you hear me and open, I will come in and dine with you and you with me”,
“If you fear God , you shall be wise”, “If you abide in my Word , I will abide in you”, “If you refuse to repent from your sin and accept the salvation of Jesus Christ, you will go to hell, but if you do, you will go to heaven”, etc.
As we all know that “if” is a conditional word, most times it appears in a sentence especially at the beginning of a sentence, it depicts a condition. What it means is that God always plays His roles and expect us to play our own role, and when we fail, there will be consequences. So if we do are part, God will definitely do His part because He is a faithful God and does not lie or fail.
In this covenant between God and man, man has the minor role of just obeying God’s Word while God has a major role of fulfilling His supernatural promises. And if you pay close attention to most God’s promises, God expects us to play our minor roles first to show our Commitment, then He will play His major role to show forth His Faithfulness.
In other words, our commitment and playing are own minor roles activate God’s major roles and promises. This is because His faithfulness has been ever of old, and stands sure. It does not vary at all, it just needs our Faith and Obedience in God’s Word which is our commitment in other for it to be activated.
John 15:10 says that If we keep the commandments of Jesus, we shall abide in his love; even as he had kept his Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. What this scripture is telling us is that, the only way we can abide in the love of Christ is if and only if we obey God’s Word and commandments.
This is because there is no other way, which was why Jesus Christ himself has to subject himself to the same condition of keeping God’s commandment in order to abide in God’s Love and he is commanding you and I to do the same. In other words, to abide in the love of Christ is conditional, and the condition is keeping his commandment.
Notice that he used the word ‘abide in my love”, it is quite different from saying “enter my love”, because we enter God’s love by repenting of our sins and accepting the gift of salvation which is Jesus Christ. But to abide is a different thing altogether, to abide in something means to remain in that thing.
It means to dwell in. Therefore, to abide in God’s love is to remain in God’s love, it means to dwell in God’s love; and that beloved, has a requirement, and the requirement is to keep God’s commandment as Jesus also did.
Jesus says in John 14:23-24, that if a man loves him, he will keep his words: and his Father will love the person, and he and his Father will come unto that person, and make their abode with him. He went further to say that anyone that does not keep his Words, does not love him; because his Word is the Word of God and not his own words.
All these and many more are to show us that God’s promises come with condition. Even the salvation of your soul comes with conditions: you must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and accept him as your Lord and Saviour by obeying his Words and commandments as well as repenting from your sins and turning away from them. Romans 10:9 says that if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God had raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Also in Isaiah 1:19-20, the scripture says that If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land: But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
This particular scripture is a typical example of one of God’s promises. It shows us the condition required to enjoy the goods of the land which is willingness and obedience to God’s Word, and it also shows us the consequences of breaking the agreement because there is always consequences for all our actions. if we do good, we reap good rewards and if we do evil, we reap evil rewards; this as simple as it can get.
Galations 6: 7 says that we should not be deceived for God cannot be mocked, that whatsoever a man sows, that he shall also reap. So for one to really understand how God relates with us, one needs to understand what covenant is all about.
1. An agreement to do or not do a particular thing.
2. A pact or binding agreement between two or more parties.
A covenant is a binding agreement between two parties or more, where each member of the party has an obligatory responsibility and roles to play in order to enjoy and maintain mutual benefits as established by the terms of the covenant. In order for the covenant to be effective and in operation, both parties must play their roles or maintain their obligations, else the covenant will not be valid.
This means that all the parties involved must play their own part, else there will be no agreement. Simply put, if one party fails on it’s on term of the agreement, the other party is no longer under any obligation to honour it’s own part of the agreement or fulfill its promises.
This is the same with God, but most people think that because God is a merciful God and because His love is unconditional, that He will always honour His own terms of the covenant as God.
This is not usually the case, although God is long-suffering, God gives us a lot of concession, waiting for us to come to maturity and honour the terms of the covenant, but if we refuse to come to repentance, God can deffer or withdraw His promises entirely. We saw that in the life of Eli, Saul, David, Solomon and many more examples in the scriptures.
God always gives us a long rope to repent from breaking His covenant but that does not mean that the long rope will never end someday if we fail to repent. This long rope can be called the mercies and the grace of God.
He is always patient with us, waiting for us to return to Him like the prodigal son, but if we refuse such a wonderful grace, there will be consequences just like there is when any agreement is broken between any party and God will not be blamed for the consequences that ensues as a result of breaking the covenant.
The scripture says in Hebrews 2:1-2, that we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.
“Wherefore the LORD God of Israel says, I said indeed that your house, and the house of your father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD says, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. Behold, the days come, that I will cut off your arm, and the arm of your father’s house, that there shall not be an old man in your house”.[1 Samuel 2:30-31]
1 Samuel 15:16-17 & 22-23 ;James 4:5-6 & 8; Revelation 3:20-21 ;Revelation 2:5
Revelation 2:7; Revelation 2:16-17; Romans 10:9-11; Matthew 6:14-15
1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Ephesians 5:3-7; Revelation 22:14-15; Revelation 21:27
John 15:1-2 & 4-5; John 15:6-7; John 14:6; John 14:21; John 14:23-24
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