Already There

“Behold My Servant; I will uphold Him;  My Elect in whom My soul delights! I, YHWH God, call you in righteousness, and I hold fast to Your hand and observe You, and I give You for a covenant of the people, for a Light of the nations” Isaiah 42:6 ELT.

A covenant is an agreement, the strongest kind of agreement. A covenant is different than a contract. A contract is an agreement where two parties agree to act according to certain terms until one of the parties break the contract. Whenever a party violates the terms, the contract becomes null and void.

A covenant is different in that it is an agreement to a far more secure relationship where each party agrees to relate with the other in a certain way regardless of the actions of the other party.  This distinction between a contract and a covenant was held in early middle eastern culture [a].  In Isaiah we are made privy to a conversation where the Father declares to His Son that He will make Him a gift and a covenant for all the people of God.

“YHWH says, “In a time of favor I answer You. And in the Day of salvation I help You. And I preserve You, and I give You for a covenant of the people, to raise the earth, to cause to inherit the desolated inheritances;” Isaiah 49:8

The Father has promised to give His Son as our covenant and He has fulfilled that promise to every heart that has received Him within. The New Covenant is this unconditional kind of relationship. The only condition of this covenant is that the Spirit of Christ be present in your soul. He does not look to you or I to keep the New Covenant. Jesus is the man that God looks to to define your relationship with God regardless of the life of your soul. Jesus is the Spirit and the Truth in which the true worshipers worship God. He is this sure foundation; so sure, in fact, that you cannot make this relationship void. You can neglect it; you can live ignorant of it; but it is not up to you to keep the New Covenant. The New Covenant is Christ in You. God’s view of the eternal Covenant has always been Christ living in your stead. It has never been based on you trying to live in God’s stead.

How is that Christ in you could be the Covenant?

The Father has given His Son as our Covenant and He has placed us in His perfect Son, so that through Him we are given a perfect relationship. The security of this New Covenant is that it is out of your hands. Many see the words of the New Testament as the New Covenant, but it is actually the Life and Person of Christ who is your Covenant. The New Testament only testifies of Him. It is Christ in you that is every promise and expectation of God, and you have been placed in Him. As it is written in the Testament,

“For as many promises as are of God, in Him, they are yes, and in Him are Amen, for glory to God through us” 2 Cor. 1:20.

The New Covenant is One New Man. He wants to reveal Himself in us, so that we may know Him. When we see Him we see that God’s view of His people has always been the Spirit of His Son, Jesus Christ, living in a people. God’s view is the Truth. God has agreed to give us this perfect Man as our whole relationship with God.

But what about sanctification? Don’t we all need to work to grow more Christ-like to keep covenant with God? We all certainly need more of His love in us. But how do we get there? By self determination?

I don’t think so.

What do the scriptures say?

“By which will we are sanctified through the offering
of the body of Jesus Christ once for all,” Heb. 10:10.

Christ in you is already your sanctification.

“But of Him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God, both righteousness and sanctification and redemption”  1 Cor. 1:30

When it says, “of Him” it means that it was God who placed you in Christ; you didn’t even get yourself into Christ. And as far as sanctification is concerned,

You are already there.

But must we still lay down our life  every day to stay in covenant with God? Because Jesus told us, If “anyone desires to come after me as a follower of mine, let him disregard his own interests, and let him at once and once for all pick up and carry his cross day after day” Lk. 9:23 Wuest.

This “once for all” death is about finding your end in union with the death of Christ on the cross. We accept this death each day by faith. Your death was the same death. You are not to be dying a new death every day. That is a false cross.

“The love of Christ constrains us, having judged this, that if One died for all, then all died” 2 Cor. 5:14 LITV

It is now that He is your death. So as far as dying is concerned,

You are already there.

It is now that He is your resurrection.

“I am the Resurrection and the Life. The one believing into Me,
though he die, he shall live” Jn. 11:25 LITV.

Jesus didn’t say I do resurrections; He said I AM it. But Christianity has reduced the resurrection to a hope of believers getting their flesh restored back some day. Who do you say the Resurrection is?

Is it Him, in His return in you, or is it just you again?

Receiving your flesh again some day is not the resurrection that the Apostles taught.

“Knowing the time, that now is the hour for you to be aroused from sleep,” Rom. 13:5.

“If, then, you were raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is sitting at the right of God” Col. 3:1

The Resurrection is Him and it began long ago. He is now a present relationship.  So as far as the resurrection is concerned,

You are already there.

It is now that He is your heaven. Coming to Jesus is coming to heaven.

He has raised us up together and seated us together in the heavens in Christ Jesus” Eph. 2:6.

“Ye came to Mount Zion, and to a city of the living God, to the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of messengers, to the company and assembly of the first-born in heaven enrolled, and to God the judge of all, and to spirits of righteous men made perfect, and to a mediator of a New Covenant—Jesus” Heb. 12:22-24 YLT.

As far as heaven is concerned,

You are already there.

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a. Weinfeld, M. “The Covenant of Grant in the Old Testament and in the Ancient near East”. American Oriental Society. 90 (2): 186–188.