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"The New Covenant of grace, part 3"


I have been showing you what Grace is. Now look at this great verse in Rom 11:6 - “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.” Grace is the unmerited favor of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ - His finished work. You will either live your life by that unmerited favor, or you will live your life by your own works in trying to do what He's already done. There is no middle ground in this! You have to decide that you are either going to depending completely on Jesus and His finished work or you will be depending on yourself and what you can do. And the truth of the matter is that the more that you depend upon yourself, the more that sin will dominate your life. We must understand that our works is the strength of sin, 1 Cor 15:56. So let me say it again. The more that we are under our own works, the more that sin will be strengthened in our lives. And the more sin is strengthened in your life, the more that it will dominate and wreak havoc in your life. Consequently the more Grace that we receive, the more strength that we will have from the Lord to overcome sin and to live the “more abundantly” Life, 2 Cor 12:9! Works causes you to become self-conscious, as Grace causes you to become Christ-conscious!



The 2 Immutable things of the new covenant of Grace


Let me show you something that will be a great source of help for you. Look at what we read in Heb 6:17-20 - “Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” I want to show you the 2 pillars of Grace. When I talk about pillars, I’m talking about the essential part of Grace that serves as a means of support to our lives. From this portion of Scripture, we are the “heirs of promise” that Paul is speaking of. I like the words that Paul used here “more abundantly”, because Jesus also used them in John 10:10 in desiring us to live that kind of life. Do you see the words “that by two immutable things”? Have you ever wondered what these 2 things are? These 2 immutable things are the 2 pillars of Grace of the new covenant and when we learn what they are and let them work in our hearts, we will live the more abundantly life! We clearly see what the first one is by the words “the immutability of His counsel”. So the first immutable thing is God’s counsel. The second immutable thing is followed by the words “confirmed it (His counsel) by an oath”. The second immutable thing is God’s oath. So the 2 immutable things are God’s counsel and His oath. So what is the connection between these 2 immutable things of God’s counsel and oath and the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ? Once we learn this connection, they will become our “strong consolation”, because it will develop our hope (our new covenant image) in becoming a sure and steadfast anchor to our soul - mind, will, emotions and desires. 


1) God’s counsel refers to the word of Grace - this is His “now-word” spoken directly to you from the finished work of Christ. Just like when Paul declared to the churches at Ephesus - “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Just like he told them in the letter that he wrote them as well - “But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus”. This is Jesus Personally, One-on-one teaching you through His finished work! This is what sound doctrine is all about! This is the word of His Grace - God’s counsel!


2) God’s oath refers to Jesus as our High Priest - the Righteous One who is our Advocate, Mediator, Intercessor and Guarantee of all of His promises coming to pass in our lives as we believe them! Look what Paul said about this in Heb 7:20-21, 28 - “And inasmuch as He (Jesus) was not made priest without an oath (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: ‘The Lord has sworn And will not relent, You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek' ) For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.” God’s oath made Jesus our High Priest. It was His oath that perfected forever Jesus’ Present Day ministry that He has Personally for each of us!


So God’s counsel of the word of His Grace and His oath that perfected forever Jesus as our High Priest are the 2 pillars of Grace. Many believers are ignorant of these 2 immutable things. Many talk and say “the Word of God says this and the Word of God says that”. This is good, but we need to know what the word of His Grace says about the Word of God, because this points to the finished work of Christ. Anyone can make the Scriptures say what THEY want them to say and to back up their theories and philosophies, but the word of Jesus’ Grace comes from rightly dividing the Word of God to get His Truth, 2 Tim 2:15. The word of His Grace is the dividing line between our own works and us responding to the work of His Grace in our hearts. And as far as Jesus’ High Priest ministry, many believers are unaware that this is His Present Day Ministry specifically for each one of us. This is what Paul meant in Heb 1:3 about Jesus - “upholding all things by the word of His power”. Jesus, through being our High Priest, upholds everything in the Kingdom concerning you and I by the word of His power! When I see that He is the one that is upholding my success, then I can simply rest in that - I don’t need to work something up! These 2 immutable things of God’s counsel (the word of His Grace) and His oath (Jesus’ High Priestly ministry) makes Grace a personal reality in our lives and a means of great consolation! We stop living by our merits to gain His favor and start living completely by the unmerited favor of God in every area of our lives!



11 vital truths from the New Covenant of Grace


Look at this verse again from Peter - “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” It was not long after these words were written that Peter was killed by the order of Nero Augustus Caesar. The Lord could have had Peter to say goodbye to his friends, or something of that effect. But God had Peter to remind believers of this extremely important truth of Grace. Just like the custom of the patriarchs of old of laying their hands and speaking the blessings over the children before they die, Peter is speaking words of extreme importance to us and leaving us his legacy in being blessed by God like he was. Growing in Grace is growing in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - it’s growing in His finished work! Jesus is the Lord over everything that the enemy forms against you, because He is your Savior of your every favor! I want to share with you 11 truths about Grace that one must know if he is going to grow in it and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


1- God imparts His Righteousness to man through the finished work of Jesus.


So that there’s no mistaking it when I talk about the finished work of Christ, I’m talking about His death, burial, Resurrection and His seating at the right hand of God (His “DBRS”). Look at this amazing portion of Scripture in Rom 4:4-8 that brings this out to us - "Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 'Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.'" David was under the old covenant of law, but learned to see God's Grace in the blood of the animal's sacrifices that covered his sins. He described this in saying, "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven and whose sins are covered". Old covenant forgiveness was having their sins COVERED. It was because he was able to tap into this Grace-reality that he entered into the prophetic realm and saw Jesus and the work that He did for us. New covenant forgiveness is having our sins CLEANSED! This is David went on and declared our new covenant reality, "Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin"! To not impute something means that it does not exist! I like how Paul puts this to us in 2 Cor 5:21 - "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." Jesus became our sin-sacrifice on the cross, that we would become the Righteousness of God in Him! We could not have God’s sinless Righteousness if there was still one stain of sin left in our spirit - it would have been impossible for God to clothe our spirits with His Righteousness if sin was still present, Matt 9:16! When Jesus ascended to the throne at the right hand of the Father, He presented His own blood on the heavenly Mercy seat and then sat down and our Righteousness in Christ became a DONE deal - signed, sealed and delivered, forever!



2- God will by no means ever remember your sins.


Look at what we read about this in Heb 8:10-13 - "'For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.' In that He says, 'A new covenant,' He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away." A new covenant means a new agreement! This new agreement is a living relationship with God our Father and with our Lord Jesus Christ, while He, by His Spirit, writes and puts His laws of Grace upon our hearts (I just finished this teaching. If you would like to read it, visit www.powerinthebloodministries.com/pbm-teachings.php and go to the lesson on the Grace-laws of the new covenant). One could not have a relationship with the 2 stones of the 10 commandments, but we can now enjoy living relationship with a living God through His Grace! For us to allow Him to write and put His Grace-laws upon our hearts, we need to realize something. We must realize and never doubt the main clause of this new agreement which says "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." If we don't have this main clause of complete forgiveness of our sins established in our hearts through God’s everlasting Love towards us, then we will stop Him from writing and putting His Grace-laws upon our hearts. Then through condemnation, we will tend to rely upon our own efforts to get His approval. It is through our lack of understanding our complete forgiveness of sins and the enemy’s condemnation because of it, that the old agreement of works that should be growing old and vanishing away, will still remain an established way of doing things in our hearts and minds!



3 - Jesus fulfilled every one of the requirements of the law for us.


The law was Righteous, but the problem was that we were not Righteous and this is why God sent His Righteous Son for us! Even today believers must not depend on their self-efforts to receive God’s approval and blessings, because Jesus has already done what needed to be done for them. As we realize and understand that we are forever accepted and approved before God because of what Jesus has done, it produces in our lives the amazing freedom from the gift of no condemnation! Look at what we read in Col 2:13-15 - “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Look again at the portion that says, “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us… having nailed it to the cross”. The requirements were nailed to the cross when Jesus was nailed to the cross, because He fulfilled everyone of them for us! So this refers to our self-effort and our self-reliance in trying to gain or deserve God’s approval and blessing. It has been forever wiped out by the finished work of Jesus! This means that if someone says to you that you are required to DO for God in order to GET from Him, they are grossly mistaken - for under Grace, He daily loads us with benefits! Under the law, requirements were demanded for approval and blessing, but under Grace, promises are received for Kingdom realization! Let me show you a great example of how believers become mistaken into doing requirements. I'll give you 2 examples of this from the New Testament. 


Look at what we read in 1 John 1:7 - “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, (then) we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” This verse is not referring to believers - I know most believers mistakenly see this for themselves, but it’s not for believers because it contains requirements - "if we walk... then we have". Jesus has already met the requirements and conditions for our fellowship and has “Graced” us with it! This is why Paul says through the Grace of God in 1 Cor 1:9 - “God is faithful, by whom YOU WERE CALLED INTO THE FELLOWSHIP of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” We don’t have to do any requirement for fellowship, because it was given to you and I at the New Birth. 


Look at what John says again in 1 John 1:9 - "If we confess our sins, (then) he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." This again is a verse that many believers like to use, but is not for us because of the requirement of "If we confess... then He will forgive". Believers do not have to confess their sins in order for God to forgive them. If this was true, then our work of confession would nullify the unmerited favor of God and Jesus' finished work in giving us forgiveness of sins, Gal 2:21. The New Testament is loaded with verses referring to our Redemption in Christ that gave us forgiveness of sins. Not only this, but look at what John told these believers a few verses later in 2:12 - "I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake." It is clear that in 1 John, he was dealing with specific issues that were going on in the churches that he started.


Grace gives us the correct image of God’s UNCONDITIONAL Love. See not only were the requirements of our self-effort (which I call the “if” ... “then” scenario) have been wiped out by Jesus, but Paul goes on and says in Col 2 that Jesus has disarmed the enemy - for he's the one that condemns you when you fail some kind of list of requirements. This means that the enemy now has NOTHING to condemn you about! This is the good news of Grace that we are to grow in!

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