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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

What is Our Covenant with GOD?


Jesus bled so that we wouldn’t have to. He endured the violent death of the broken covenant for us. He took our place.


A covenant is an “Oath-bound promise whereby one party solemnly pledges to bless or serve another party in some specified way (Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary 355). Let me stop right there. Believers are in a covenant relationship with GOD. What did GOD promise us? What did we promise GOD?


There are several covenants that GOD made with humans. For the purposes of this article, let us discuss the new covenant. The first mention of this new covenant is in Jeremiah 31,


31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord. 33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”



GOD promised to put HIS instructions in our minds, and write them on our hearts; HE would be our GOD, and HE would claim us as HIS people. He promised that we would all know HIM. HE would forgive our wickedness and never remember our sins. What did we promise? It is implied in the statement, “HE will be our GOD, and they will by my people.” If we are the people of GOD, then we obey HIS laws. That’s why the LORD said HE would put them in our minds and write them on our hearts. The intent is that we follow them, and no one would have to teach us what to do.


When did this new covenant start? How were we forgiven, and our sins blotted out? When was GOD’s law put into our minds and written on our hearts? Jesus lets us know in Luke 22, 20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. Jesus shed his blood to wipe out our sins, and usher in this new covenant.


When a covenant is made, it is referred to as cutting a covenant because the sacrifice of an animal was involved. Sometimes the animals would be cut in two and the parties involved in the covenant would walk between the animals symbolizing that if they did not keep up their end of the covenant, may they be cut in two like the sacrifices.


We see this illustrated in Genesis 15,


9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. 17 And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces. 18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying….


GOD, symbolized by the smoking oven and burning torch, walked between the sacrifices HIMSELF. The LORD was saying that if HE did not keep up HIS end of the covenant may HE suffer the same violent death. How powerful is that? We know that GOD is not a man and cannot lie (Numbers 23:19), but HE participated in the ceremony anyway to further prove to Abram how serious HE was.


We also know that it takes blood to atone for sins. Leviticus 17 says, 11 for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible. Hebrews nine, 22 In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.


In Luke 22, Jesus was saying that He shed his blood for us. He became the sacrifice that was needed to not only wipe our sins away, but He also cut the new covenant using His own blood that we may be GOD’s people as the Lord stated above in Jeremiah 31.


What does all this mean? It means that once we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we were included in the covenant. We became a part of it. We signed our name on the dotted line. We promised to obey and be GOD’s people, living for GOD and for GOD alone. Did we know that when we accepted Christ? Did we know that when we accepted His sacrifice for us? It was and is His life in exchange for ours. The sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross was immediately applied to us. Through the Holy Spirit, GOD put HIS law in our hearts and minds. This law is summed up in the two greatest commandments, love GOD with all our heart, soul, and mind, and love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:35-39).


We read how serious a covenant is. So, what happens when we don’t keep up our end; when we don’t love GOD with everything we have or love our neighbors as ourselves? Are we subjected to a violent death like the ritual sacrifices in a covenant ceremony? No. At least not at the hands of GOD. Let’s look at what the bible says about rebelling against GOD and not keeping our part of the covenant.


What does it mean to disobey GOD and to be in rebellion against HIM? It means that we are choosing the flesh and its desires over the Holy Spirit and His desires for us. Romans eight says,

5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.


Again, in Romans chapter six, 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. The opposite of eternal life in Christ Jesus is eternal death in hell with satan. The opposite of life and peace is death and chaos. This is what we subject ourselves to when we disobey GOD. We are taking ourselves away from GOD’s protection and putting our life in the hands of the devil, who is only interested in stealing, killing, and destroying (John 10:10).


I have heard the argument put forth that GOD would not have allowed HIS Son to die for us just to let us still go to hell because we can’t seem to get it right and follow HIS two greatest commands. Let me ask this. If we are not loving GOD, who are we loving? If we are not loving our neighbor as ourselves, how are we loving them or are we loving them at all? Are we being obedient? Do we even love ourselves? Have we forgiven ourselves so that we can forgive and love others?

This is how much GOD loves us:


Romans five, 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


John three, 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


First Peter five, 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.


First John four, 9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.


Yet, in the midst of all of this love that GOD has for us, HE still does not tolerate sin. Second Peter three,


9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.

GOD is saying that HE does not want us to perish. HE does not want us to die apart from HIM. HE does not want us to go to hell. HE desires that we should repent. We should change our minds about how we are living and choose to live for HIM instead of for ourselves. GOD wants us to obey HIM over our flesh and carnal desires. Just as Jesus died for us, GOD expects us to die for HIM; to crucify our flesh everyday.

John Bevere, in his book The Bait of Satan said it this way,

“HE is not willing that any should perish. But HE will not compromise truth for a relationship. HE seeks reconciliation with true commitment, not on superficial terms. This develops a bond of love that no evil can sever. HE has laid HIS life down for us. We can only do likewise (178).

Luke nine says, 23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. Here is the good news; this has already happened! Our flesh has already been crucified with Jesus on the cross! Romans six reminds us, 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. In addition, Galatians five, 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

The above verses remind us that we are without excuse. Jesus has already killed sin. Once we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we accepted everything that He did for us; not just eternal life with Him and GOD, but a life where we are no longer slaves to sin, a life where we have been freed to live for Christ.




Hebrews ten reminds us,


26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. 27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.


Yes, GOD loves us, but if we walk away from HIM, HE will let us.The above verse says that we are considered enemies of GOD if we deliberately keep sinning after learning about and accepting Jesus' sacrifice for us. Free will is one of our greatest gifts. GOD wants us to willingly choose HIM. It has been that way since HE told Adam not to eat fruit from a certain tree. Adam had a choice. Moses also gave the people a choice. Deuteronomy 30 says,


15 “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. 16 For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy. 17 “But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, 18 then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.



We have the same choice in 2020 that they had back then. Life and death is being laid before us everyday. How will we choose? Deuteronomy 30 goes on to say,


19 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”


GOD is our life. HE is our sustainer. HE is the length of our days. It is the LORD who enables us to live as long as we do, and to enjoy life. Anything other than GOD is death, and eternal hell.


We have been given the tools to honor our side of the covenant. Jesus killed sin. Remember the covenant ceremony that GOD performed with Abram? GOD had us covered from the beginning. HE was not going to let our inability to keep HIS covenant cause us to be destroyed, but we have to accept and yield to this new covenant. If we turn away, we are lost. Many of us have not kept up our end of the bargain, but GOD covered us anyway because of HIS great love for humankind. GOD walked through those sacrificed animals alone. HE did not have Abram walk with HIM. Jesus bled so that we wouldn’t have to. He endured the violent death of the broken covenant for us. He took our place.We have been redeemed from all the consequences of it. This is what we remember and celebrate every time that we take communion. Jesus is our Passover sacrifice. He atoned for our sins.



We are free to love GOD with all of our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are expected to hold up our end of the deal. GOD is patiently waiting for all of us to repent and obey HIM, but when HE comes, it will be like a thief in the night. It will catch some of us off guard, and by that time it will be too late. Heed the call of the LORD, family. Let us repent, and change our minds about how we view life and living; realizing the truth of the scripture from Philippians one, 21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. Dying is even better because it means we get to be with Jesus if we have been obedient to His commands.


If we aren’t living for Christ, who are we living for? Why are we waking up day after day proclaiming how good it is that we woke up on this side of the grave if we are not doing what GOD is telling us to do? We are here on assignment. Life is a mission, not a playground. Second Corinthians five,


18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.


Our job on this earth is to let someone know about a risen Savior named Jesus who made us right with GOD through His death and resurrection; and to teach them about the kingdom of GOD and everything that Jesus commanded. This is our ministry assignment. Once we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior we were drafted into service. We cannot claim ignorance to this fact just because we do not choose to read our bibles, listen to our ministers, or pray. GOD has given us everything we need to carry out this task. We are fully equipped for success. Are we choosing to hold up our end of the covenant (life & blessing), or are we choosing to live for ourselves and rebel against GOD and our mission (death & cursing)? I urge us all to choose life, that we and our families may live. In Jesus’ name, amen (may it be fulfilled).


How to be Saved


Romans 10: 9-13


That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).


9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).


Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).


Romans 5:8


8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)


It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD.


Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen”


You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into who GOD wants you to be and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.










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