Covenant is a relationship based on a solemn promise. Hence we'd like to refer to our relationship with God as a covenant-relationship. A covenant is established. However a relationship is developed within the covenant. The goal of this relationship is fellowship or intimacy.
We often hear the phrase that we need to “plead the blood of Jesus” – and many
take it as a chant, in order to invoke the power of the blood of Jesus. However the ultimate purpose of covenant is Relationship. We also receive and walk in our covenant by grace, in obedience and faith. We must fight for our covenant rights because there is an enemy who wants to rob us of it.
On this episode, we’ll look at how the blood affects 3 areas of our living:
A. As those redeemed from the Fall
B. In our relationship with God
C. In our conflict with the devil
When the Lord Jesus sat at the last meal with His disciples, He used that to announce the New Covenant that He would establish with His own blood. The Lord’s Table is a proclamation of the power of Christ’s death and resurrection. This is a token; or a sign of the blood covenant God has established with us.
Covenant is a solemn promise, an oath. It had responsibilities/terms, promises/blessings/privileges and consequences/curses - words which were often spoken out or written down.The most powerful of covenant is the blood covenant. The blood covenant ceremony was to announce the 'terms' or words of the covenant, and then to ratify/seal the covenant. It is ratified (comes into effect) and is sealed with blood - meaning life for life. This covenant is backed up by your life and any violation of this covenant will cost life. The one making a blood covenant does so at the expense of life.
Redemption deals with our rescue and restoration from the Fall – delivering us
from sin, satan and death.
We are redeemed from sin’s power, from the empty way of living handed down to us and the curse of the law. This way we have the right standing with God to be sons and daughters, to be kings and priests into a covenant of blessing.
The blood of the Passover Lamb provided protection from the destroyer. The blood of the Passover Lamb led to their deliverance and freedom from slavery.
In the Old Testament, a lamb without blemish was often used as sin offering, for a trespass or guilt offering, for a burnt offering, and for a peace offering. Jesus was God’s Lamb for the sins of the whole world. His blood had to be shed if He was to become the Substitute for all of mankind. Once for all He became the complete offering for sin.
The shedding of blood provided a covering for sin through an acceptable sacrifice. The shedding of blood made a covenant with God possible when He established a covenant with Abram with blood. It made possible complete protection from the destroyer. The blood consecrates or sanctifies unto the Lord. The shedding of blood made complete atonement and removing of sin possible.
When it comes to triumphing and having victory in our life, there is a critical factor that brings triumph and victory that we need to understand, and that is our awareness of our Righteousness in Christ. This Psalm is about the blessings of a man who fears God and delights in His commandments.