Our Legal Agreement With God
January 20, 2014
When we come into covenant with the Lord God, we are making a binding relational and legal agreement with Him. This means we are promising ourselves to Him just as spouses do when they wed, and it means that we are pledging ourselves, including our services, our love, and our will, to Him forever. (2 Cor. 5:15 // 1 Peter 3:21 & 4:1,2) God, on the other hand, pledges to be our Deliverer, Care-taker, Beloved One, and Leader. (Heb. 8:10) For both parties, this entails complete commitment.
God will never break His pledge / commitment / covenant with us, for He is faithful. (2 Tim. 2:13) However, if we break it, and continue to do so, which can be done by neglecting to fellowship with Him or to follow His orders, we have committed the very grievous sin of denying Christ as our Ruler (Titus 1:16 // Jude 1:4) and First Love. (Dt. 5:7 // Rev. 2:4,5) This is to disown the Lord, and He will then disown us (2 Tim. 2:12) and destroy us. (1 Cor. 3:16,17)
When we step into the New Covenant, doing so by faith in Christ and in His Message, which entails forsaking all sin (Isa. 55:6,7), then we are accepting a cleansing and a healing. All that gangrene in the soul caused by sin’s presence is washed out of us (1 Cor. 6:11 // Col. 2:12), the sinful nature is circumcised off (Col. 2:11), and having been cured, we are new creations. (2 Cor. 5:17 // 1 Peter 2:24) “By His wounds we are healed.” (Isa. 53:5 // see also 1 Peter 2:24)
Healed of all the decay sin caused in us and set free from sin’s power (Rom. 6:6,7), we are now enabled to live righteously. (v. 18,22) This righteous life is lived by being in union with Christ on a continual basis (John 15:1-10) –which comes through a constant submission to the control of the Holy Spirit. (Gal. 5:16) Thus we are a people forgiven and reconciled to God, engaging in covenant relationship with Him faithfully. (2 Cor. 5:19 // Heb. 8:8-12)
This is what it means to belong to God in Christ, and thereby be saved. This is what it means to be in the New Covenant.