All of us are born into this world with death inside of us. Our flesh has a count down clock in it. There is no age in which death cannot touch. We have seen from babies, teenagers, young adults, middle age, and the elderly fall to the touch of death. Some have entertained the thoughts of death at one time or another in their life. Death is upon all of us and the different methods death uses upon people is hardly ever a pretty sight. The saddest part people are under the belief there is no escape from death. I want to share with you about a contract, a covenant, that will separate you from death. I hope this will fill you up with hope and happiness in the days and the tomorrows you face.
A testament, will, or covenant is a set-agreement of complete terms by the initiating party. Basically, it is a set of rules between two parties making them to agree as one. I know the previous sentence was some technical jargon, but the basic point is a binding agreement that will satisfy both parties. This is viewing from our level of thinking, but with God it is different and more powerful.
God does not need anyone’s signature to make His contract/covenant valid. God did not need the signature’s of the angels in heaven for His word to be validated or certified. God’s word stood alone within itself totally vindicated, substantiated, confirmed and authenticated as the All Powerful, All Knowing, and All Present God. There is no equal party with God to sign God’s word contract/covenant to confirm its legitimacy (Is. 44:8). The law of heaven had the final authority of God and angel’s signature was necessary. Pretty cool thoughts, right?
NO COVENANT IN HEAVEN
There was no covenant in existence in heaven with God and His angels because they were all one eternal family under the knowledge of good. This was God’s choice of wanting only good to be active. There were no other parities in existence of a different group – no evil beings. God was the only one who had the knowledge of evil and He was the only one who could keep it separate, contained, and controlled within Himself. Everyone in heaven were all eternal beings. There was no time limit on their existence. They were all equal as far as eternally existing. It is cool to try to imagine heaven with a golden light shining and all were made of light moving about freely and doing their special jobs.
When the devil and the angels that followed him accepted evil inside themselves it separated them from the family of God creating a second eternal group of evil. We now have the good eternal family of God and the evil eternal dysfunctional demons of the devil. God made no creation with the intent to try to house within themselves both the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. I do not enjoy having the knowledge of horrible deaths, rapes, murders, disease, and decapitations in this life. God’s hopes were all creation would choose His good side of knowledge over the evil knowledge because He knew what evil would do. The angels who became devils could not separate, contain, and control the knowledge of evil. It actually became the reverse evil taking them over.
No covenant could be created between the eternal good and the eternal evil because the terms required death as restitution/payment to return everyone back to one family. Eternal beings cannot die to be changed from what they are eternally for. Their eternal punishment would be an eternal separation in a fire of torment (“…Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” Mtt. 25:41). Death could not solve the problem or the answer for eternal beings. This explains why the angels are so curious about us being able to receive the Holy Ghost returning to God’s family and how we can be saved from the overpowering knowledge of evil (“…the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.“1 Peter 1:12). This is also very cool and awesome we can be changed in God’s power.
This is a good time to stop and look at what God wanted and still wants today. God wanted a family of physical existence, free will choice, and made of good only. God was the only one who had the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. He was the only one who could keep them separate, contained, and under control. God did not want anything created in its original form in the knowledge of evil. He created the heavens and the earth originally in the knowledge of good only just like He did the heavens and the angels. God knew the knowledge of evil will take you farther than you want to go and take from you more than you wanted to give.
This is really cool to see if your mind can open up to it. Instead of solid eternal beings like the angels God wanted an eternal creation within something else like He would be if His All Present eternal Spirit were to be in solid form, His children if you will. God created the form in the image and likeness He would have for Himself from the dust of the earth. Adam created in God’s likeness and image was just laying there as an empty shell, a vessel of clay, and a sculpture of God if He were of solid form (Gen. 1:26). It is an amazing and humbling thought we are made in His image and likeness, even though today we are scarred with the inherited sin and evil.
MANKIND IS DIFFERENT
I can see God’s All Present, All Knowing, and All Powerful Spirit focusing Himself into a centralized spiritual form without diminishing being everywhere in the image and likeness of Jesus (Ghost like form), a spirit blueprint of Himself as a man template if He were to be solid and if He were to have children. This is what I would look like if I were of solid form, God may have thought. Adam was created from the dust of the earth as if God were sculpting Himself from a mirror. Adam was the image and likeness of God, but was not complete because he did not have life inside himself. So, Adam needed the eternal part inside him for him to be truly in the image and likeness of God.
God breathed His Spirit through the nostrils of Adam creating the wind and air of life in the lungs of the body and creating the eternal spirit of a living soul at the same time (Gen. 2:7). The solid body received the ability to live and move while the eternal living soul came into existence (Acts 17:28) with some level of God’s intelligence and creative power, half eternal and half earthly substance. This means your spirit is what is driving your fleshly eyes to read these words into the storage area of your soul. Your spirit is the driver of your fleshly body. Your spirit will live forever somewhere and your body will return to the dust of the earth (“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Eccl. 12:7). Sorry, a side note: this is why Jesus knew Lazarus was dead because his spirit returned to God and God was inside of Jesus (Col. 2:9)). Cool, right?
COVENANT OF EARTH
In the beginning on earth God had one rule – don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil or you will die. Everything and I mean everything else is free to eat. Death for the angels was not a cease to exist, but an eternal separation of torment in a place of fire from God. The devil deceived Eve with twisting God’s word of not eating of ANY of the trees, lies of she would not die by eating this forbidden tree causing doubt, and she would be like God all the while persuading Adam. Eve and Adam went against God’s one rule invoking and setting into motion the sentence of death and the practice of the knowledge of evil. I said, “practice” because we have seen throughout history and today the different practiced methods and applications of the knowledge of evil.
This is where a covenant/will/testament could be created because we are half earth and half eternal beings. A separation, containment, and control could be put in place for us to be separated from our flesh and spirit, but it would take a certain kind of flesh (the Lamb of God, Jesus) to absorb all the sins of the world and freeing our spirits. You and I can have a happiness of deliverance from evil through Jesus. Isn’t that awesome.
What is tremendously beautiful is that God did not need the devil’s signature for this contract to be valid. God’s word was the deciding contract of what happens when you eat the fruit of this one tree. God’s contract about the knowledge of evil was sin, death, and hell. The angels that decided on the knowledge of evil received the actions of God’s word. Mankind received the contract of sin, death, and hell to all generations of mankind, but another contract/covenant could be put in place for mankind different from the angels situation. A “Contract Against Death” releasing us to life eternal and the exploration of all the knowledge of good.
There could be a sentence of death covenant with Adam and Eve because they were not solid eternal beings like the angels. Adam and Eve had two sides to them that the angels did not. Before Adam and Eve fell to sin there was no need of covenant with God because they were one eternal family in the good side of knowledge with God. After the falling into sin Adam and Eve were separated into the death side of the practice of the knowledge of evil. This is where the covenant came into existence for mankind.
The devil had to convince Adam and Eve to believe his contract of lies to pull them in, which was us and all of mankind, out of God’s contract of good. Adam and Eve were created under God’s contract of the knowledge of good. We could be saved if God wanted to step in and save us from the eternal death of separation, punishment and torment. Those are terrible thoughts of eternal death, but yet again it is contract that no signature of others is required for it to be validated.
CONTRACT SET IN MOTION
God clothed Adam and Eve with skins of an animal, which could be assumed an innocent animal died the death temporarily in their place for their shame of sin. (Ge. 3:21 “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.“) God started the covenant to temporarily put death off with the blood of innocent animals for a day God would send the promise seed of mankind to permanently pay the sin debt of death. I know all of this sounds cruel to sacrifice innocent animals to pay our sin debt of death temporarily, but death has an unstoppable law placed on us all. Death will continue until all is fulfilled.
Remember, there is no equal party with God to sign God’s word of creation contracted and confirmed to function as He chooses for confirmation of legitimacy. God spoke His contracted word for the sun to shine and it will do so until He decides otherwise because He has the full and final authority. When God put into place His spoken word of contract to Adam and Eve Gen. 2:16“…Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:“ v17 “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” it was an ordered process of action like the sun shining unto all.
God did not need Adam and Eve’s signature to validate His spoken word because no one was equal to God (Is. 45:5). God cannot go against His Word because it is Himself one and the same. He cannot go against Himself because He cannot be divided being an All Present, All Knowing, and All Powerful God. It is simple you cannot be divided if you are All Present. God’s contract/covenant is so solid and powerful that it has a final completion within itself (Is. 55:11) that can be only answered by itself. God is the only One that can answer the God level contracts and anything below that. I hope you are being inspired for many other thoughts as you read these. I know I do because I am listening to God for more things to see from Him.
The importance of a covenant/will/testament fulfills the terms required for the actions of sins. “For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it.” (Heb. 9:16). This is really the cool part. God stepped in and created the covenant to die Himself “… necessity be the death of the one who made it“, but the thing was God in His Spirit form could not die. God put into motion from the beginning with Adam and Eve that He Himself (the One who made the covenant) would enter into a body of flesh (the promise seed of redemption) just like Adam and Eve were made of flesh that one day He would remove all sins by the death of His fleshly vessel (“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Cor. 5:21).
This is really awesome and actually a mind blowing thing to see. God on that day looking at Adam and Eve under the bondage of death had in His mind my “…children are partakers of flesh and blood…” I will also “…likewise” take “part of the same; that through death” I “might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;” (Heb. 2:14). As God was talking to Adam and Eve He had formed a covenant to take our place in death as one of us providing a way of escape through this body fulfilling the “Contract Against Death” and salvation to others.
There is no greater contract or covenant stronger than the one true Almighty God. When God puts forth His word it shall go forth and not return to Him empty, but it shall fulfill what He intended and prosper in the thing He sent it (Is. 55:11). This explains why Jesus the man side was the way he was walking, talking and reacting to things in the gospels because he had the fulness of the Godhead inside of him bodily (Col. 2:9) going forth among mankind showing the example of how to live, handle, and be as a true son of God.
The “Contract Against Death” was sealed inside the flesh of Jesus by the Almighty God. God pointed out to Adam and Eve in this fight between the devil and Jesus, the promise seed, that death will strike with it’s poison of death into his fleshly heel while Jesus will strike the head with a spiritual blow of eternal death for the separation of mankind (Ge. 3:15) while containing sin in his fleshly body. A side not: the devil has never been higher than God’s feet let alone near His head. The contract will be fulfilled in that Jesus will die in the flesh sealing the deal/contract in his blood trapping sin in his fleshly body and death will be defeated in breaking it’s hold on mankind through Jesus.
The body of Jesus and the Spirit of Jesus divided sin by the dual nature of Jesus Christ. He was man and He was God. He was the Word (blueprint to all creation) and He was God. The fleshly man side trapped sin under the blood of the body of Jesus and the Spirit side renewed our spirit to be guided into all knowledge of good with a pass into heaven over hell and the grave returning to our Father who loves us.
God does not need a signature from anyone to validate His Word. God did not need a signature from Jesus the man because God was inside the man Jesus (“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” Col. 2:9). Jesus the man was the contract himself because he was the Word, God Himself, walking in flesh (“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” Jn. 1:1, 14). The man side of Jesus always honored God and God always honored the man.
God was inside Jesus the man of flesh fulfilling the Old Testament contract/covenant of death replacing it with redemption a second contract/covenant of eternal life through the name and body of Jesus Christ (“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Cor. 5:19). Isn’t it fantastic how God Himself sealed the “Contract Against Death” for us? This is why the power of Jesus name is not liked by the world because it applies the dual natures of God to us. His name applies the blood of forgiveness and His Spirit provides us eternal life.
God, Himself, sealed His Word contract in Jesus Christ to pay off the old contract of death to mankind AND adding a redemption package of eternal life for those who choose to accept His new covenant in place. Death was paid and rebirth package was put into place through Jesus. God felt like His contract/covenant should be for us, His children and He said, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;” Heb. 2:14. Man, what a deal to accept the powerful “Contract Against Death” of God to set us free from the nastiness of sin and to combat the knowledge of evil that tries to tare us down.
BORN AGAIN COVENANT
Getting inside of God’s new contract/covenant is going through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus paid all three of these phases in God’s new covenant. Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant for us so that we may receive the promise of eternal inheritance because this covenant required the death of the one who made this new covenant – Jesus (v15 “For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” v16 “For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it.” Heb. 9:15, 16).
How to die, be buried, and resurrect in Jesus is the question to fulfill the born of the water and of the Spirit contract/covenant Jesus told Nicodemus or you cannot enter into the kingdom of God (“…Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Jn 3:5). Three easy required phases in God’s new covenant for people to enter into freely by choice.
After Jesus ascended to heaven with a glorified body He sent back to earth the born again covenant terms in Acts chapter two. The gospels do not, very important to understand, have the details of the contract because they are autobiographies of what Jesus did and said like the Old Testament told of what to expect when the Messiah comes. The books after the book of Acts do not, very important to understand, have the details of the contract because they are written to already saved Christians who needed encouragement, corrections, and general explanations. The details of the born again covenant terms and “Contract Against Death” was explained in Acts chapter 2 setting into motion that contract for all generations to come including us today.
Peter revealed the three steps of dying, be buried, and resurrected in Jesus. The three part terms of God’s new covenant was only completed revealed in Acts chapter two verse thirty-eight. This contract was to be followed strictly and not to be altered like the devil did to Adam and Eve with God’s one law back then. No other gospel contract was suppose to be preached or they would be accursed (“As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Gal. 1:9). Wow, this is a scary scripture, but none the less we are talking about a contract from God with no one equal enough the sign a signature validating the legitimacy of God’s word except God Himself.
CONTRACT DETAILS AND STEPS
Phase 1 Death: Peter said, “…Repent…“, which is a type of dying out, turning your back and walking away from sin contract with the devil and the practicing knowledge of evil. Repenting on our part is fulfilling the dying part with Jesus. REPENTENCE. I was tired and I am tired of the sin in my life controlling me and giving me false hopes of satisfaction only to find out it was a lie making thigs worse.
Phase 2 Burial: Peter said, “…be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…“, fulfills the “…born of the water…” part doing two things at once. We are buried with Jesus (“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death…” Ro. 6:4, “Buried with him in baptism…” Col. 2:12) in water submerged like a liquid grave with the name of Jesus spoken over us applying the blood that is in that name to remove and forgive sins. Buried and forgiven in Jesus name applies the fleshly side of the contract requirements from one of the dual sides of Jesus, the man. WATER BIRTH. Coming up out of that water having the name of Jesus spoken over you really makes you feel forgiveness and the deal has been sealed with the “Contract Against Death” locked into place by God.
Phase 3 Resurrection: Peter said, “…and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.“, which fulfills the “…born…of the Spirit…” part filling us with the power of the Holy Spirit (“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” Acts 1:8) and sealing us with the earnest, like a down payment, of the Spirit (“Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” 2 Cor.1:22) because we believed and “…were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,” (Eph. 1:13), which this seal is to keep us until “…the day of redemption” Eph. 4:30.
This third phase is where people waver a little. In God’s new contract/covenant He wants to give us the power of His Spirit. The key word is “…power of the Holy Spirit“. The devil does not want anyone to receive the power of the Holy Spirit because that is what defeated him everyday Jesus walked this earth from the desert temptation all the way to the death, burial, resurrection, and afterwards through us. We can be like Jesus because He supplies all our needs through His Spirit. If it be understandings or actions the power of the Spirit of God will change us internally and externally with mankind and the devil.
The devil would like you to just believe you automatically received the Holy Ghost with only a good feeling coming over you. How would you compare the power of a good feeling to God coming down upon you so strongly that as you were speaking your native words and God started speaking with your voice in the power of another language? His Spirit springing up from within you like a powerful pure flow of living water. How would you feel then? This is what happened on the day God released the new terms to His new covenant/contract with mankind. Which do you think the devil fears the good feeling or the sign/evidence of speaking in the language God guides your voice to speak?
This birth of the Holy Spirit has never stopped since this day in Acts chapter two. There are no scriptures that support God stop powering out His Spirit in this same powerful way. You can have this born again Spirit experience. God’s contract does not change and any other gospel preached is under a curse by God’s word (“As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Gal. 1:9). Which one do you think the devil prefers a complete fulfilled contract with God or an incomplete contract?
These three components in God’s new covenant complete the necessary requirements of repentance, water baptism, and the infilling of the Holy Spirit for all of us to live life more abundantly with forgiveness and the power of the Holy Spirit guiding us into all truth everyday until we die in this world or when He comes. I hope you free yourself in God with this truly liberating “Contract Against Death” by the body of Jesus Christ in Jesus name water baptism and the Spirit of Jesus Christ in the powerful infilling of His Holy Spirit.
God’s blessings and fellowship is my prayer for a changed life words cannot adequately describe.