The Token of God's Covenant
by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
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From the beginning of time God has always dealt with His creation man through a covenant relationship. The word covenant means "an alliance, a pledge, a treaty, an ordinance, a compact." But the most common use of the word covenant in the Bible is the meaning of "testament."
Testament and covenant are the same word in the New Testament, and are used interchangeably. The Bible is divided into two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Bible is basically about these two covenants God made with man and the results of those covenants.
When God made a covenant He always gave a token or tokens of the covenant. The word token means "a sign, an ensign, a standard, a proof, and a remembrance." The tokens were given as signs and remembrances for man to keep his end of the covenant. We need never fear, God will always keep His end of the covenant. It is up to us to see we keep our end of the covenant.
The first recorded covenant God made with man was with Noah. God told Noah to build the ark for the saving of his household. The ark was not only for the saving of Noah's family, it was also for the saving of God's whole creation. Everything God created was preserved through the flood because of the faithfulness of Noah. God informed Noah:
"But with thee will I establish My covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female." Genesis 6:18-19
There was an agreement made between God and Noah. If Noah would agree to this impossible task of building the ark to protect God's creation, God would honor him by saving his family. A covenant is always two-sided. Both parties must agree for the covenant to become valid. Noah covenanted with God to build the ark. God covenanted with Noah to save his family.
Because of Noah's faithfulness in building the ark for the saving of God's whole creation, God made a second covenant, not only with Noah, but again with His whole creation.
"And I will establish My covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
I do set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth." Genesis 9:11-13
God made this covenant not only with Noah, He made this covenant with all His future creation. As He stated the rainbow is a token (sign) between God and the earth. With every covenant God makes, He always gives a token of that covenant. What we need to ask is, "What does the token of the rainbow mean to us?" The token of the rainbow is God's promised anointing of light.
We need to ask, "Why do we have a rainbow?" As we view the rainbow through Spiritual eyes, we understand God is revealing His anointing for all to see. The rainbow appears only after a rain, when light shines through the raindrops. The raindrops act as a prism which breaks down light into colors. These colors are called the "light spectrum." There are seven colors in the rainbow spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Seven is God's perfect number.
The new age movement has adopted the rainbow as their symbol, but there are only six colors in the new age rainbow. Six is the number of man. The new age movement has made man the center of their existence.
Those whom God has covenanted with have made the true and living God the center of their existence. God has given the rainbow as a token of His anointed light. Are we keeping our end of His covenant by becoming God's anointed light in the earth today? Jesus stated:
". . .I am the light of the world: He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12
Why was Jesus the light of the world? It was because the anointing was upon Him, just as the anointing was upon Moses when he came down from Mt. Sinai. Moses' face shown so brightly he had to put a napkin on his face when he talked with the people.
The rainbow God set in the clouds is a token for all to know God's anointing is available to all who ask God for it.
"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?" Luke 11:13
As long as Jesus was in the world, He was the light of the world because of the anointing. He promised us:
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." Matthew 5:14
How do we become the light of the world? It is because of the anointing. Jesus promised, "He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life, John 8:12. The light of life is the Holy Spirit anointing. God set the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the clouds for all the world to see. Paul warned the church at Rome:
"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Romans 8:9
If any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. Without the anointing, the light of life, we have no hope in God. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul informs us:
"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" Colossians 1:27
Without Christ the anointing we have no hope of God's glory, because the light of life is not dwelling in us. The beloved John reveals:
"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." I John 1:7
We can walk in the light, and have fellowship one with another because the blood of Jesus has cleansed us from all our sin and sin nature. We must ask, "Why did God destroy the earth at the time of Noah?" It was because of man's sin, his violence, and his corruption. Man has not kept his end of the covenant, so God's judgment is eminent. As Jesus warned:
"But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:37
No one took heed of Noah building the ark. The people continued in their sinful lifestyle. Today man is taking no heed to God's approaching judgment. They look up at the rainbow with no fear, no awe, and no anointing. We know God will keep His end of the covenant to not bring judgment upon the earth by a flood. We also have God's promise this time His judgment on the earth will be by fire. The fire of God is an all-consuming fire. His judgment will come upon all those who do not have the Spirit because they are none of His. We need to ask, "Have we kept God's token He set in the clouds?"
The next man God made a covenant with was Abraham. Abraham was called the "Friend of God." He was also called the "Father of our Faith." God made a covenant with Abraham, saying:
"And He said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? And He said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not." Genesis 15:7-10
The heifer, the she goat, the ram, the turtle dove, and the pigeon were tokens of the covenant God would make with Abraham. Abraham divided the animals in half and watched over them until the sun went down.
"And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:" Genesis 15:17-18
The covenant God made with Abraham was to give his seed their promise land. It would be fourteen hundred years before Israel received this promise.
There were two other tokens of the covenant God made with Abraham. --- the smoking furnace and the burning lamp. The covenant God made with Abraham was that his seed would inherit the land. We need to know and understand to whom this covenant was made. Paul discloses to the church at Galatia:
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ." Galatians 3:16
We know Abraham had a natural seed, but the promises he received from God were made to his spiritual seed which is Christ, God's anointed in the earth today.
What land has God promised His anointed? The Psalmist David foretold our inheritance:
"But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace." Psalm 37:11
Who is the promise made to? It is made to those who have become as their example, Jesus. Jesus declared:
"Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:29
Jesus' yoke is His burden, and His burden is the Word of God. It is by this yoke and the Word that we become one with our Creator. Jesus stated, "I am meek and lowly in heart (mind). We need to learn of Him if we are to be one of His inheritors. Jesus confirmed the words of David when He proclaimed:
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5
God promised Abraham he would inherit the land. How much land would Abraham's seed, the anointed ones, inherit? The anointed seed of Abraham will receive the whole earth.
We need to ask, "How do we come into this wonderful inheritance? We come into this inheritance by keeping the tokens God gave to Abraham as our end of the covenant.
The Heifer of Three Years Old
God gave Abraham seven tokens (signs and remembrances) of His covenant. The first token was the heifer of three years old., Genesis 15:9. First we find the heifer God gave Abraham as a token was mature (three years old). Secondly she was a virgin. Heifers who were not bred to produce calves became oxen. An ox can be female as well as male. This three year old heifer represents the virgin church who must become God's oxen. Oxen were used for sacrifice. They were also used for service. As the virgin church, we become God's oxen, willing to be used for sacrifice or service.
When God revealed the four natures of Jesus to John on the Isle of Patmos, John was before the throne of God:
"And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind." Revelation 4:6
The word beast should have been translated living creature. Jesus is the Ever-Living One.
"And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle." Revelation 4:7
The first was like a lion. Jesus is, was, and always will be the Lion of Judah. The second beast was like a calf. The word calf should have been translated "ox." As an ox, Jesus was ready to be used for sacrifice or service.
The third living creature had the face of a man. This was to show Jesus' human existence. The fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The eagle represents those who rise above every situation. This again reveals Jesus who overcame man's last enemy --- death.
If we are to keep our end of God's covenant He made with Abraham, then we must become as Jesus, ready to do service to God or to be offered to Him as a sacrifice. God will keep His Word in giving us our inheritance if we fulfill his token and become an ox for the cause of Christ.
The She Goat of Three Years Old
The next token God gave Abraham was the she goat of three years old, Genesis 15:9. Three is the number of completeness and maturity. Everything is complete in three: Father, Son, Holy Ghost are three in one which completes the Godhead; yesterday, today, and tomorrow are complete; sun, moon, and earth complete the realm in which we live; animal, vegetable and mineral complete His creation; past, present, and future complete our time on earth. If we are to keep our end of God's covenant with Abraham we must become this she goat.
To understand the she goat we must look at the ceremony of the high priest before he entered into the Holy of Holies. The high priest entered the Holy of Holies once a year to offer sacrifice for the sins of Israel.
"And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord and one for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord's lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering." Leviticus 16:7-9
The first goat was killed. This was the Lord's lot (choice), the chosen vessel to be sacrificed for the sin offering. The prophet Isaiah gave us insight as to who this sin offering represents. Speaking of Jesus, Isaiah discloses:
"Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand." Isaiah 53:10
The word bruise means "crushed, broken, and shattered." Every part of Jesus' body was bruised, crushed, broken, and shattered. The first goat represents Jesus as the sacrificial lamb:
"And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness." Leviticus 16:20-21
After the high priest reconciled the holy place, he would come out of the holy place, lay his hands upon the second goat and confess all the sins of Israel. We need to understand who this second goat represents:
"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;" Hebrews 3:1
Our high priest is Christ Jesus, the risen glorified Christ. The second goat reveals what Christ Jesus does in our lives. He became the scapegoat to remove our sin nature, and take it into the wilderness (unknown place).
When the high priest layed his hands upon the head of the goat and confessed all Israel's sins, this represents the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus' head.
Isaiah revealed this goat was sent away by a fit man. The only fit man able to remove the sin nature from us is Christ Jesus. As we view these two she goats through Spiritual eyes, we know they reveal Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus to His elect. As Jesus stated:
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing." John 15:5
Everything in our overcoming process depends on Christ. We are the living goat set free in the wilderness. We are to become the three year old, mature, complete, and whole she goat which was the token of the covenant God made with Abraham, the father of our faith. As Paul revealed to the church at Rome:
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1
We are to present our bodies a living sacrifice, without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish, Ephesians 5:27. We now live in this temporary tabernacle of flesh, but we do not want to remain tabernacle. We are God's holy place, and must become what Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:
"What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" I Corinthians 6:19
Our bodies are to become the temple (permanent dwelling place) of the Holy Ghost. As God's scapegoats, we must not only know our position in God, we must also know our duty to God. Paul disclosed:
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." II Corinthians 5:20
We are God's ambassadors to a dying world. If we are to keep our end of the covenant God made with Abraham, then we must become His ambassadors. We are the she goat of Abraham's sacrifice.
We are God's scapegoat, but one had to die so we could have our freedom. By Jesus' words we know:
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:36
The Ram of Three Years Old
The next token of the covenant God made with Abraham was a ram of three years old, Genesis 15:9. Again this ram was complete, whole, and mature. The ram was used in the flock, not only to lead the flock, but also for the protection of the flock. He was to ward off the wolves and other predators who would prey on the flock. The token of the ram is God's ordained, anointed leadership. This is one of the gifts of the Spirit. Paul disclosed this gift of the Spirit to the church at Corinth:
"And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues." I Corinthians 12:28
The gift of governments is God's proper governmental order for the church. This token of God's covenant with Abraham has basically and totally been ignored. Today instead of God's church being run by a body of co-equal eldership, it is run by a pastor who has the total say and authority, a one man, one plan church --- or the pastor has a committee mostly to rubber stamp what he wants to do. Other churches have deacon boards which cannot be found in the Scripture, while other churches elect their elders and pastors, treating the church as a democracy, instead of a theocracy. God's anointed leadership is to be ordained by God, not selected by men.
So-called mega churches have cell group leaders. This also cannot be confirmed by God's Word. Other out of order churches ordain women as pastors, elders, and deacons --- all of which are out of order according to the Word of God. These men continue to do as they please, and then wonder why their works do not produce the fruit of the Spirit in the lives of the people.
God told Abraham to take the ram of three years old as a token of His covenant. The ram represents God's leadership in His church who must be mature and consecrated before God.
If the church is to become what God expected it to be, and accomplish the purpose He intended His church to accomplish, then order --- God's order --- must be reestablished in His church. In his letter to the Romans, Paul proclaimed:
"For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance." Romans 11:29
God's gift of government is without repentance. God will never repent of the calling of government in a person's life. Only the one who is called can turn his back on God's gifts and callings.
Those who are given the gift of government are the ruling and reigning saints in God's coming Kingdom. Those who have this calling must fulfill this token of Abraham's covenant.
The Turtle Dove and the Young Pigeon
The next tokens given to Abraham were a turtle dove and a young pigeon, Genesis 15:9. The turtle dove was known for its gentleness. The turtle dove is a type and symbol of Christ, the Holy Spirit. It was used as a clean bird for sacrifice, and also as a sin offering. When a man sinned, he was to offer a lamb as a burnt offering:
"And if he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass, which he hath committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, unto the Lord; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering." Leviticus 5:7
The turtle dove and the pigeons were used as a substitute for a lamb. If the lamb was too expensive or not available, then the turtle dove and pigeons could replace the lamb.
As we view these sacrifices through Spiritual eyes, it becomes clear they are to reveal Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and Christ Jesus as the everlasting, all-glorious, risen Son of God. Jesus Christ was called the Lamb of God. After His resurrection, He came on the Day of Pentecost as the Anointing. He became Christ Jesus. As Paul related to the disciples at Ephesus:
". . . John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on Him which should come after him, that is on Christ Jesus." Acts 19:4
Today our faith must be in the one who was the substitute for the Lamb. As we understand this, we are not taking anything away from Jesus. We are only placing Him in the position He deserves, that of the Risen, All-Glorious Christ, the Anointing.
The turtle dove and the pigeons were to take the place of the lamb. Before Jesus' death, He promised His disciples:
"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me:" John 15:26
Jesus promised when He departed the earth scene He would send a Comforter. The Comforter would be the Spirit of truth which would lead His creation into all truth concerning Himself. This Spirit of truth would testify of Him, or the Comforter would be a substitute for Jesus, the Lamb of God.
The Comforter is the Holy Spirit which came on the Day of Pentecost as cloven tongues of fire to cleanse mankind so he could again stand in the presence of God. John the Baptist received the Holy Spirit while still in his mother's womb. As John proclaimed:
"He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias." John 1:23
John the Baptist was not the one crying in the wilderness. He was only the voice for the one crying in the wilderness of religious confusion. The one crying in the wilderness declaring, "Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand" was the Holy Spirit of truth. The Holy Spirit was crying out to make the way of the Lord straight. Today we would say to straighten out the way of the Lord in each of us. If we are to fulfill this token of Abraham's covenant, then we must know the way our God wants us to walk.
Religious confusion still exists in the earth today. The religious systems of John's day were the Pharisees, Saducees, and the Herodians. The Pharisees, Saducees, and Herodians are still with us today. Only they call themselves by different names. They are present in all the denominational orders. Jesus proclaimed of these religious systems:
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44
If we do not straighten out our walk in God, then our life becomes a lie before God. When we are not what we claim to be, then we are a liar, and our father is truly the devil.
There are voices crying out today in the midst of the wilderness of religious confusion to warn man --- especially those who are called by His name --- to straighten out their walk in God. The all-wise Solomon spoke of our day in the Song of Solomon:
"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;" Song of Solomon 2:12
The voice of the turtle is the turtle dove (the Holy Spirit) which is being heard in our land, crying out, "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand." We must become the example Jesus left us if we are to fulfill the tokens of Abraham's covenant.
The Smoking Furnace
There were two other tokens given to Abraham, the smoking furnace and the burning lamp. These tokens were given:
". . . when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him." Genesis 15:12
When the sun was going down, or the evening of time, then the horror of a great darkness fell upon Abraham. The prophet Isaiah speaks of the day Abraham witnessed:
"For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee." Isaiah 60:2
Truly, darkness is covering the earth, and gross darkness the people:
"And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces." Genesis 15:17
When this gross darkness was upon the earth, then a smoking furnace and a burning lamp passed through the token of Abraham's covenant. We will first look at the smoking furnace. The smoking furnace represents the trials, testings, and cleansing in our lives. The prophet Isaiah informed us:
"Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." Isaiah 48:10
God will choose us as His sons in the furnace of affliction. When God wants to get our attention, He turns up the heat. His afflictions are called "chastisement." The word chastisement means "the whole training and education of children (which relates to the cultivation of minds and morals, and also includes the training and care of the body)." God does not chasten us so that we are overcome. He chastens us so we can overcome every adversity in our lives. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul declared:
"For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth." Hebrews 12:6
When we are going through the furnace of affliction, we should not have an "Oh, woe is me, attitude." God is showing His love for us, so we can overcome and become a chosen vessel in Him:
"But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons." Hebrews 12:8
A bastard is one who has no father. When we refuse chastisement, then we have refused the Father's correction. Then the Father has nothing to do with our lives, and we have no Father, and we become bastards in His eyes. When we have no Father, we have no inheritance in God. God revealed to Paul to write to the Hebrews:
"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:11
God's chastisement yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness. Righteousness can only come when we are trained and educated to cultivate our minds and morals. This we must learn in the furnace of affliction. The prophet Malachi asked the question:
"But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." Malachi 3:2-3
God is not only a refining fire in our lives, He is also like fuller's soap (laundry soap). He will cleanse us inside and out. The fuller's soap is to cleanse our minds from all the corruptions around us. When gold and silver are purged, the metals are brought to a boil which releases all the impurities. The impurities are released and float to the top to be skimmed off. What is left is pure gold and pure silver. God is cleansing His people so they can offer to the Lord a life which is filled with righteousness.
Job was a man who was put through God's furnace of affliction, but when Job was purified, God gave him a double portion of everything he had before. God will only give a double portion to those whom He has chosen out of the furnace of affliction. Jesus informed John on the Isle of Patmos concerning the lukewarm Laodicean church:
"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." Revelation 3:19
Today there are many Laodicean churches which have everything worked out in themselves. These will be spewed (vomited) out of God's mouth because they have need of nothing from Him. Neither will they repent. They have become bastards because they have rejected their Father. If we are loved of our Father, then we can expect rebuke and chastening. This token of Abraham's covenant must be fulfilled in our lives.
The Burning Lamp
There was yet one more token given to Abraham, and this was a burning lamp. This burning lamp was a torch. A torch was the light so Abraham could see all that God was doing in the terrible darkness around him. There is only one true light to shine in this darkened world. When they brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus, He informed them:
". . . I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12
Jesus was the light of the world, and those who walk in this light will not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. How do we walk in the light and have the light of life? It is only by partaking of the light Jesus left in the world. What is the light Jesus left? It is His inspired Word. Jesus declared:
"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." John 9:5
Now He is no longer physically in the world, so who is the light in the world today? Jesus informed His disciples:
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid." Matthew 5:14
Those who have partaken of God's Word, and live His Word have become the light in the world. Jesus admonished us:
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16
We are to let our light shine in everything we do. We are the only light the world has. Just as the torch was the only light that shined upon the sacrifices Abraham offered to God, we must become the token of these sacrifices. As the beloved John inspired us:
"Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in Him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth." I John 2:8
The true light of God now shines in those chosen vessels who have been tried in the furnace of affliction and have been found righteous. Only those who have been tried and found worthy will become the city set on the hill for all to see. The light of the Word of God is the only thing that will light our path to show us clearly where we must walk.
God made another covenant with Abraham when Abraham was ninety years old:
"And I will make My covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. Genesis 17:2
"As for Me, behold My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee." Genesis 17:4-5
When God covenanted with Abram to change His name to Abraham He gave him a token of this covenant also:
"And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep My covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. This is My covenant, which ye shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt Me and you." Genesis 17:9-11
The Covenant of Circumcision
The token God gave Abraham of this covenant was circumcision. All Israel was to circumcise the flesh of their foreskin. This was to expose the life-giving head. Spiritually speaking, the life-giving head is Christ Jesus. If we are to fulfill this token of Abraham's covenant, then we must make Christ the head of everything in our lives.
All Israel was to be circumcised physically. Paul wrote to Rome about the circumcision we must attain to:
"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." Romans 2:28-29
Today God's Spiritual people are not recognized by the physical circumcision of the foreskin of the flesh. Rather they are recognized because they have a changed heart (mind). They no longer look, act, or think like the world around them. Their circumcision is in the heart (mind) and spirit.
Today many are circumcised to keep the law of Moses. Paul informed the churches in Galatia:
"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature." Galatians 6:15
Physical circumcision avails nothing in our lives. The only thing God is looking for is His new creation in Christ Jesus. In his letter to the church at Colossi, Paul wrote:
"In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ." Colossians 2:11
The circumcision we are looking for is that circumcision made without hands. This circumcision is in the heart and spirit of man, and is necessary to change our minds to put off the old man and his sin nature.
This is the circumcision of Christ, the anointing. If we are to be complete, whole, and mature, then the foreskin of our heart and spirit must be cut away to expose the headship of the life-giving Christ in our lives.
God's Covenant With David
The next man God made a covenant with was David. It was said of David that he was a man after God's own heart, Acts 13:22. The Psalmist, Ethan, a man known for his great wisdom, wrote a maschil concerning David. A maschil is written to give insight and added attention in order to bring greater comprehension. Ethan gave us insight when he wrote:
"I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn unto David My servant. Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations." Psalm 89:3-4
The covenant God made with David was that God would build up his throne to all generations. To understand this we must look at the words God spoke through Nathan the prophet:
"Now therefore shalt thou say unto My servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel. And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth." II Samuel 7:8-9
God truly made David's name great in all the earth. But this was not the end of God's promises to David:
"And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established forever." II Samuel 7:12-16
As we read these words we would think Nathan was speaking of Solomon and those kings who descended from David. But there was an end to the natural seed of David as being king. As we read and spiritually understand the words Nathan spoke, we must look at the first verse of the New Testament:
"The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." Matthew 1:1
Jesus Christ was the son of David as well as the son of Abraham. The everlasting covenants God made with David and Abraham were passed down through Jesus, although these promises and covenants did not end with Jesus.
As we consider the words of Nathan in relationship to Jesus being the son of David, then we can understand how God's covenants are never - ending. The covenant God made with David was not for his lifetime. Nathan stated, ". . . when thy days be fulfilled and thou sleep with thy fathers I will set up thy seed after thee, and I will establish his kingdom, and he shall build a house for My name." Solomon built a house, but it is called "Solomon's Temple." This is not the house God was revealing to David. God's house (the body of Christ) will be built by Christ Jesus.
Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, quoted by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
"Ye also as lively (living) stones are built up into a Spiritual house. . ." I Peter 2:5a
On different occasions, Paul referred to us as the temple of God and the temple of the Holy Spirit. The house Christ Jesus, the son of Abraham, is building is the temple which will never see corruption.
All that remains of the temple Solomon built, and which Zechariah and Herod rebuilt, is the wailing wall. Jesus prophesied the destruction of this temple in Matthew 24:2
"And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." Matthew 24:2
God is not desirous for man to build Him another earthly temple. As He stated:
"Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool: what house will ye build Me? Saith the Lord: or what is the place of My rest?" Acts 7:49
God is building up a Spiritual house in His people. As Nathan spoke to David, "I (God) will establish the throne of his kingdom forever." When the angel came to Mary, he confirmed the words spoken to David concerning his continuing throne:
"He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David." Luke 1:32
God proclaimed through Nathan, "I will be his Father, and he shall be My son," II Samuel 7:14. The only Son God fathered was Jesus. So God established David's kingdom and his throne forever through Christ Jesus the Anointing.
There was a token given in the covenant God made with David. This token was an eternal kingship which will never have an end. When David brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem it was a day of feasting, rejoicing, and praising God.
"Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the Lord into the hand of Asaph and his brethren." I Chronicles 16:7
David admonished the people:
"Be ye mindful always of His covenant; the Word which He commanded to a thousand generations;" I Chronicles 16:15
God's covenants were not only for ancient Israel. He commanded His covenants to a thousand generations. David continued his Psalm:
"Even of the covenant which He made with Abraham, and of His oath unto Isaac. And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant," I Chronicles 16:16-17
God's covenants with His people will never change. His covenants are still in effect today. To understand our relationship with the covenant God made with David, we must look at the promise Jesus spoke to John on the Isle of Patmos concerning His overcomers:
"And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." Revelation 5:10
Kings and priests are God's representatives to His people. God is in the process of ordaining His kings and priests to reign on the earth. Many believe their rulership will be in a physical place called heaven. We need to understand that heaven is not a physical place, it is the whole Spiritual realm of God. Our kingship will be here on earth. Jesus gave us insight to the times ahead:
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." Revelation 20:6
We need to understand the term a thousand years is the time when mankind comes again into divine order. It also has the meaning of an endless time. The promise made to the overcomers of ruling and reigning with Christ for one thousand years is the same.
This was the promise God gave to David. David's promise was he would have an heir on the throne for a thousand generations. This would be a millennium of generations. To understand this, we must look at the promise Jesus proclaimed to John. Speaking of those who will make up the Holy City, Jesus promised:
"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 22:5
Our rulership will not only be for a thousand generations, but for all eternity. When we become the token of the covenant God made with David, then our promise of ruling and reigning with Christ will be for all eternity. As we begin to understand these covenants God has made with His creation man, it becomes clear these were eternal covenants.
The Covenant of Salt
After the death of Rehoboam, Solomon's rightful heir to the throne, Abijah began to reign. His reign was short, only three years. But during his reign as king, there was war between Judah and Israel, and Abijah set the battle in array, and he stood upon Mount Ephraim and declared to Jeroboam and to all Israel:
"Ought ye not to know that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?" II Chronicles 13:5
Here we see another aspect of the covenant God made with David. This was a salt covenant. The covenant of salt is an eternal covenant, never to be broken by either party. Salt is the symbol of strength, preservation, seasoning, and endurance. Salt was also a token of the covenant God made with David. What does this token mean to us?
If we are to become God's rulers and reigners in the earth, then we must make a covenant of salt with our Life-giver, Christ Jesus --- a covenant we intend to keep with Him for all eternity.
When God made His covenant with David, He promised him that after his death, God would establish David's kingdom as an everlasting kingdom. Then God stated:
"I will be his Father, and he shall be My Son." II Samuel 7:14a
The promise God made to David was fulfilled in Jesus. Jesus was not only the Son of God, He was the son of David and Abraham, Matthew 1:1. The covenant God made with David and Abraham were everlasting, eternal covenants. They did not end with Jesus. Jesus was the vessel God chose to pass through.
"But now hath He obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises." Hebrews 8:6
Jesus was the mediator of a better covenant. A mediator is a go-between. The covenant God made with David and Abraham did not end with Jesus. He was the mediator between the old and new covenant God made with the ancients. Just before Jesus' death, He made a new covenant with His creation. The prophet Jeremiah prophesied this new covenant:
"Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah. Not according to the covenant I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which My covenant they brake, although I was an husbandman unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." Jeremiah 31:31-33
God's new covenant with man is not a physical covenant, it is a Spiritual covenant. God will write His laws upon the changed heart of man. Jeremiah declared these people who have God's laws written upon their hearts are the people of God.
When we make a salt covenant with our God, then we become God's chosen people. As Jesus stated:
"Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go forth and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you." John 15:16
The ones who keep the tokens of God's new covenant are His chosen and ordained people who will bring forth much fruit in their lives. This fruit is the fruit of the Spirit. Paul addresses this new covenant in his letter to the Hebrews:
"For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 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:" Hebrews 8:7-8
Ancient Israel could not keep the old covenant. As Paul revealed, God found fault with ancient Israel. So Jesus made a new covenant with God's creation. Paul declared.
"In that He saith, A new covenant, He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away." Hebrews 8:13
The old law has vanished away or disappeared. We no longer view the law of God (the Bible) as moral standards, but as our complete way of life. This is why Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
"Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be an epistle of Christ ministered to by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart." II Corinthians 3:3
We are an epistle of Christ. He has written His law in the fleshly tablets of our hearts. How is God going to accomplish putting His law in our minds and writing it on our hearts? The only way He can accomplish this is through his Word. Our minds (hearts) are like a computer. When we read God's Word we are programming our computer. If given place, the Word of God will reprogram our mind, and our mind will be changed so we no longer desire the things of this life, but only desire the things of God. Jesus instituted this new covenant at the Last Supper:
"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:26-28
Jesus took the bread and the wine and instructed His disciples to eat of His body and drink of His blood. These were the tokens of the new covenant Jesus made with all mankind.
If we are to partake of all the promises Jesus made in His new covenant, then we must keep the tokens of this new covenant. Jesus first took the bread and broke it, stating, "This is My body." He did not say this was a type, symbol, or likeness of His body, He said, "This is My body."
There is only one way we can become His body, and that is by allowing the Holy Spirit to have full charge of our thoughts and actions. When Jesus was confronted by the chief priests in the temple, Jesus asked them:
". . . Did ye never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?" Matthew 21:42
The stone the builders rejected is the Holy Spirit. The religious leaders of Jesus' day rejected and resisted the Holy Spirit in everything they did. Jesus went on to explain:
"Therefore say I unto you, The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof." Matthew 21:43
The Kingdom of God would be taken from ancient Israel, and given to a nation (people) who would bring forth the fruit of the Spirit. Jesus continued:
"And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." Matthew 21:44
Whoever falls upon this stone (the Holy Spirit working in their lives) will be broken. When the Holy Spirit falls upon us, we will be ground to powder. Both these processes are necessary. We must be broken when we come to Christ. This brings repentance. When the stone falls upon us, we are ground to powder (flour). This is when all self is destroyed and the life of Christ becomes evident in our lives. When the body of Christ is ground to powder (flour), then God will make one loaf (one body). We will then inherit His Kingdom He has prepared for us from the beginning of time.
Jesus also took the wine and informed His disciples, "This is My blood, drink ye all of it." The blood, He informed them, was for the remission of sins. From the beginning of time God informed His people the life of the flesh was the blood. If we are to live unto Christ, then we must partake of His blood.
When we partake of the bread and the wine we call this communion. The word communion means "to commune with, or to come into one's presence." Many take communion once a month, twice a year, or even once a year. If our hearts are to commune with God, then we should take it as often as we desire to come into His presence.
If we are to come into His presence we must do as Jesus advised His disciples, "Do this in remembrance of Me," Luke 22:19. We must become His loaf and have the life of Christ dwelling in us if we are to inherit His Kingdom. Paul informed the Hebrews:
"And for this cause He is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance." Hebrews 9:15
Jesus became the mediator of this new covenant. The word mediator means "covenant maker." By means of death, Jesus became the redemption (paid the price) of the transgressions (breaking of God's laws) of those who were under the old covenant. Only through the death of Jesus could all who are called and chosen receive eternal life. Paul continues:
"For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth." Hebrews 9:16-17
A testament (covenant) only comes into effect after the death of the covenant maker. As long as the covenant maker is alive, then the covenant cannot come into effect.
Two questions arise, "When was the death of the Testator (Covenant Maker), and who made the covenants with God's ancient people?" By Jesus' words we know:
". . .Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." John 8:58
Jesus revealed He was before Abraham when He revealed Himself to be the Great I Am. Paul revealed in his letter to Timothy:
"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." II Timothy 1:9
Christ Jesus is the risen, glorified Christ who received the glory He had as the Father before the world existed, John 17:5. The beloved John made Jesus' preexistence very clear:
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life." I John 1:1
Jesus is, was, and always will be the Word. He was also the Covenant Maker of the Old Testament. So when did the Covenant Maker of the Old Testament die? He died on the cross at calvary. Then when did all the covenants God made with mankind come into effect? They came into effect at the death of the Testator (Covenant Maker). This is why Paul wrote to the Hebrews concerning God's ancient people:
"And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:" Hebrews 11:39
All the men of faith Paul listed in Hebrews 11 did not receive the promise, or could not partake of God's covenant relationship because the Testator had not died. All God's covenants came into effect on this side of the cross. This is why Paul stated:
"God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect." Hebrews 11:40
All God's ancient people cannot come into the inheritance in God without us. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets will sit down in the Kingdom of God with us, Luke 13:28.
Now the question arises, "How do we partake of all these covenant promises? We can partake of these covenant promises by keeping our end of the covenants. God has given us 12 tokens we must keep to come into a covenant relationship with Him. Twelve is God's number of perfect government.
Then what does keeping our end of the covenants involve? By understanding the tokens, we can understand what God expects of us, so we can rule and reign with Him for all eternity. If we are to walk into eternal life and be partakers of God's promises, then we must operate our lives by the tokens of His covenants.
In summary, let's review these 12 tokens again:
The Heifer of Three Years Old Oxen of Sacrifice or Service
The Goat of Three Years Old The Sacrificial Lamb, Jesus Christ
The Ram of Three Years Old God's Leadership in the Church
The Turtle Dove Type of Christ, the Holy Spirit Anointing
The Pigeon The Comforter, Christ
The Smoking Furnace Trials, Testings, and Chastisements
The Burning Lamp The Light of the World
Circumcision Exposing the Headship of Christ in Our Lives
Eternal Kingship God's Promise of Ruling and Reigning For Ever
Salt Eternal Covenant never to be broken by either party
The Bread & Wine The Bread - The Lord's Body
The Wine Remission of Sins
1. Define the following words:
Covenant Token Bruise
Chastisement Communion Mediator
2. A covenant is always two-sided. What must both parties do for the covenant to become valid.
3. What does the token of the rainbow mean to us?
4. Name the seven tokens God gave Abraham.
5. To whom was the covenant God made with Abraham given to? Galatians 3:16
6. What does the three year old heifer given as a token to Abraham represent?
7. What does the she goat of three years old given as a token to Abraham represent?
8. What does the ram of three years old given as a token to Abraham represent?
9. The turtle dove was known for its gentleness which makes it a type of what?
10. What do the turtle dove and the pigeons given as tokens to Abraham represent?
11. What is the voice of the turtle dove crying out in our land?
12. Why does God chastise us?
13. What does the smoking furnace given as a token to Abraham represent?
14. What does the burning lamp given as a token to Abraham represent?
15. What does the token of circumcision given to Abraham represent?
16. What does the token of the covenant given to David represent?
17. What does the token of salt given to David represent?
18. What are the two tokens Jesus gave us, and what do they represent?
19. When was the death of the Testator (the Covenant Maker), and who made the covenants with God's ancient people?
20. How can we partake of the covenant promises of God?
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