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Excerpt from Chapter 8

THE COVENANT PROMISES TO THE CHURCH

Now comes the eighth covenant—one between God and the church, and it is accompanied by divine guarantees. He promised that Christ would build the church with His own blood—and we have seen this. God fulfills His promises. Malachi 3:1 refers to Jesus as the messenger of the covenant. “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:20). “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remissions of sins” (Matthew 26:20). “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him” (Romans 5:9). “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7). “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood, and without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

It is by the blood sacrifice of Jesus that the church has been built, and that we are at peace with God. He came, shed His blood as agreed upon, and provided salvation for all. If you have not accepted Christ and given Him your life, but are considering it, please realize that the path has already been cleared for you. The sacrifice that was necessary has been made on your behalf. The Lord promised covenant believers that He would build His
church, and the opportunity for its establishment would be provided by the blood of Jesus. He also assured us that the gates of hell would not prevail against the church. Please understand that this is not speaking of a building or structure. We, as believers, are the real church.

The Lord made this vow: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). We are the church, so Hell cannot win against us. In the midst of our storms, we must be mindful that we are a part of the church. It doesn’t mean that evildoers won’t war against us, but they cannot be victorious. Jesus has already defeated Satan in every sense of the
word. He promised that He would put His laws into our minds, and write them into our hearts. “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29).

Aren’t you glad that you are saved? As the Word is preached and applied, it is written upon our hearts and becomes a living part of us. David said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). All believers should be aware of the stabilizing power of the
Word of God. We must not take the Word lightly, but should apply its truth. When we read, study, and operate in the Word, it will keep us safe in every storm.

- He promised that He would be our God, and we would be His people.

- He promised He would make us new creatures in Him, and we would all know Him, from the least to the most prominent.

- He promised us that He would be merciful, even inour sins. I thank God for His mercy.

I am convinced that there is much about the Lord that some believers forget or no longer act upon. He didn’t have to save us or allow us to enter into covenant, but nevertheless He did. He promised that He would forgive our iniquities and remember them no more. It is good to know that when we fail Him and confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us. However, we must not take that valuable scripture as a license to do wrong. As long as we
are human we are subject to error. There will be times when we are not at our best and fall short, but if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive them and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This is a promise that He has made to believers. It, and other promises are based on our covenant relationship with Him, one that requires us to fulfil our part of the divine agreement. We must never feel that God is going to do it all. ...