In the Parable of the Pearl Jesus said:
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
Matthew 13:45-46 NKJV
This Parable illustrates how precious your soul is as a child of God, for Him to have entered into the Covenant of faith by the blood of Jesus Christ with you. He had to give up everything that He has in Heaven to be able to do it.
You are the beautiful pearl that was found. God, the Father is the Merchant who could not resist your beauty. You (the Church) are so beautiful to Him and His Son. He has to betroth you to His Son in the Covenant agreement. He loves you so much to the extent that, He had to give up everything in the heavens, so as to be able to pay the ransom price, for the redemption of your soul from the hand of Satan (Colossians 1:13-14). The ransom price that was paid for your redemption, is the Blood of His Son – Jesus.
Having redeemed you, He refused to leave you alone by yourself. You are too precious and beautiful to be ignored or abandoned. He then decided to enter into an eternal Covenant with you. A Covenant which can never be broken.
God had to put Himself on equal footing with you, so as to be able to enter into this eternal Covenant. He came to the earth in the form of a Man, so as to enter into the Covenant with you (Galatians 3:13-14). That’s how special you are to Him.
In every covenant relationship each party in it, must come to the table on equal footings. They both are supposed to have an equal share, in both the blessing and the curse that comes, with their obedience and disobedience to the terms of the covenant. God had to become a Man like you and me, so as to be able to get on equal footing with us in the New Covenant.
That’s why He said:
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.”
Isaiah 1:18 NKJV
God wants you to reason together with Him about those sins, that are preventing you from having a bonding fellowship with Him.
At the covenant table each party to the covenant, has to go into deliberation with one another, so as to iron out the terms of the covenant. They do have to “reason together”, so as to be able to stand in agreement together, with one another in the covenant (Amos 3:3). Each party to the covenant has to be sure of getting the best deal, out of the deliberations in the final agreement.
And sometimes it can be a rigorous, thorough and though deliberation; during which each side will have to ensure, that it gets the best benefits or endurable losses in the final covenant agreement. They both may have to make some very difficult sacrifices, in order for them to be able to get what they want in the covenant.
God had to give up His only begotten Son (John 3:16), in exchange for you giving up all of your sins (Revelation 1:5). To be able to stand strongly in the New Covenant, you will have to let God have all your sins. That’s what covenants are always about – exchanges, sometimes of gifts with one another.
You see, God would not had been able to do this, in His position as the Creator of heaven and earth. For His thoughts are not like your thoughts. Neither are His way like your way (Isaiah 55:8-9). He had to scoop very low to your own way of thinking, for both of you to be able to come into agreement with the terms of the Covenant.
A true Christian walks and keeps Covenant
This is very important to understand. Otherwise the lack of your understanding of this vital truth, will prevent you from being faithful to God in your Covenant walk with Him, just as He has always been faithful to you. There are many people today who are making all types of confessions on a regular basis, but who are not walking in a Covenant relationship with God.
It’s possible to be doing a lot of faith confessions about salvation, healing and prosperity; but without being Covenant minded in doing them. That’s probably why many have not been seeing results in their lives with those confessions. They will call upon the Name of Jesus, in the midst of every little challenges, that the enemy is throwing at them. But at the end of it all, they often see themselves struggling in the flesh, to get a good report of those confessions.
Covenant relationship forms the basis of the authority, that a believer has in using the Name of Jesus. You’ve got to be mindful of the strong bond that you have with God, in the Covenant by the blood of Jesus Christ, to be able to lay hold of those things that you are confessing.
David understood how strong his bond with God, the Father was when he heard Goliath uttering ugly words, in defilement of the army of God (Israel). He knew that Goliath had no Covenant with the Most High God. David did not need to fast and pray, so as to know if it was the will of God for him, to go after Goliath. He did not need to consult with anyone, for him to know how best to fight Goliath.
He knew that his strong bond with God in the Abrahamic Covenant covered him. And because of this strong bond with God in the Covenant, he was so furious that a man without any Covenant with God, would dare to talk as Goliath was talking.
That was why he told King Saul:
“Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”
I Samuel 17:36 NKJV
Note how he described Goliath, as “this uncircumcised Philistine”. Circumcision is the sign of the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 17). David knew that Goliath was not circumcised. So he knew that God could never be on his side. That was why he was so energized to go after Goliath. David had been faithful in walking with God in the Covenant.
It’s important to note here also that, at this very point in the history of Israel, King Saul had violated the Covenant with God, by being disobedient in not destroying the Amalekites. Fear had gripped the whole army. They never knew what to do until David showed up. When people do violate covenants there is the dread of the consequences of their action, that causes fear to come upon them.
This can happen to any child of God who has sinned against the Covenant with God. When a Christian disobeys God, then that believer is not being faithful to Him. Disobedience to God will hinder the believer’s ability, to walk in Covenant relationship with Him.
A lot of people today would have fasted and prayed, so as to know what to do in such a situation, like the one that confronted David above. But David had a strong walk in his Covenant with God. There are many things you will never need to be praying about, if you’re really walking in Covenant with God, the Father. You will know without any doubt or shadow of it, that God is on your side.
When you are Covenant minded in your walk with God, there is a flow of the benefits from that Covenant; which will come into your life, without even asking for anything in prayer before Him. By walking faithfully in accordance with your Covenant with God, you will know that He hears you, whenever you are praying. And based on this relationship with Him, you will be able to converse with Him; just as if you are conversing with a very close friend on the earth.
God is a Friend that sticks closer than a Brother (Proverbs 18:24). Jesus is the Big Brother in the Covenant relationship. By walking faithfully in the Covenant, you will know that God is closer to you, than anyone else on this earth.
Jesus is the Witness to the Covenant
And like any other covenant in our world today, the Covenant with God is never completed without a witness. The witness has to put a seal on the covenant deal to authenticate it. It is not a legal document without the signature and the seal of the witness on it.
The Cross became the signature of Jesus on the Covenant deal. His Blood was the seal that legalized the terms of the New Covenant deal with God, the Father. It was a perfect work on the cross, that has been completed and sealed for eternity. Your salvation and every other blessing in the Covenant, were eternally sealed by the Blood of Jesus Christ.
So don’t ever allow the devil to tell you a lie about it. This affects your healing also. The devil may lie to you that you are not healed, based on the feelings in your physical body. But salvation or healing and every other things that you received in the Covenant, are not primarily physical. They are spiritual first before they will become physical. And it’s the law of the spirit that creates physical things (2 Corinthians 4:18).
That’s why Jesus said:
“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
John 16:23-24 NKJV
The Covenant authorizes you to ask the Father for anything, in accordance with the terms that the Authenticator (Jesus) gave to you. God, the Father is bond by the words of Jesus, to grant you anything in the Name of Jesus. This is as long as you are smart enough, to be walking in accordance with the terms of the Covenant itself. Then you can effectively use the Name of the Authenticator of the Covenant – Jesus.
A covenant is never valid without a validator of the claims, from either party of the Covenant itself. The Blood of Jesus was the price, that God paid to validate His claim over your soul in the New Covenant. You are special to Him. Not only that, but Jesus’ Name also became your instrument of legal claim; to everything that the Father possesses under the Covenant.
You took His Name in the Covenant
God’s Name became your Name when you entered into the Covenant with Him. It’s just like a woman picking up the name of the man, that she is legally married to. You had picked up the Name of God in this New Covenant. That’s why you are now named after Him. You are now one with God.
As the Bible says:
“Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you.”
Deuteronomy 28:10 NKJV
The people of the world normally use names, to get favor with one another. That’s what connects them with one another.
A young Christian once went for a job interview. The man who owns that business needed to get a reference from him, through someone who knows him and who is also connected to the company.
The young man responded that he is with God. That was enough to get him the job. He used the Name of the Man, that he is connected with in a Covenant relationship to get what he wanted. And by using the Name he even ended up getting a better pay package, than the previous occupiers of that position within the company.
That’s why Jesus had to seal up the New Covenant, between you and the Father, with these words before shedding His blood on the Cross. He said:
“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
John 17:24-26 NKJV
With these words from the mouth of Jesus to the Father, right before going to Calvary so as to complete the Covenant deal, the stage was set for your access to the Name before the Father. This declaration before the Father by Jesus is very important. Jesus declared before the Father that He had revealed the Father’s Name to you. This means that He had given you the authority, to use His Name before the Father for anything.
The door is now open, and you can just go boldly before the Father for anything in the Name of Jesus. You don’t need to go through all those religious rituals, to gain access into God’s presence. Jesus had opened the door for everyone who believes in His Name into the Father’s presence. You can now go boldly to the Father and use the Name of Jesus.
Learn to settle issues with God at the Communion Table
The Covenant became valid with the death of Jesus on the Cross. This opened the door for Him to go into hell, so as to release all captives from the hold of Satan. The Cross was the place where the Covenant was sealed.
And that’s why your participation in the Holy Communion is so important. Every time you are doing this as Paul said:
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”
I Corinthians 11:26 NKJV
The Communion Table is the place where you as a Covenant child of God, can always consummate the unbreakable bond that connects you with the Father. The Cross became the place where it was all settled, as Jesus completed the mission with His crucifixion on the Cross. If you are being confronted right now with any difficulty in life, you can resolve or settle them with God at the Communion Table. These very words of Jesus settled everything, before He went to the Cross:
“ .. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.”
John 6:53-57 NKJV
This is how powerful the Holy Communion is. The New Covenant became valid with the Blood sworn oath by Jesus upon a better promise. The devil hates it whenever you are participating in the Holy Communion. You are really eating the Flesh (bread) and drinking the Blood (drink) of Jesus, when you are participating in this. It is what binds you, Jesus and God, the Father in union together. An unbreakable union for eternity.
And there is really nothing that the devil can do about it, because the New Covenant is a done deal. The devil himself knows it. That’s why he flees away from you, as soon as he sees your faithfulness in participating in the Holy Communion. Your participation in the Holy Communion identifies, who you really belong to for him to see. The devil is able to discern, that your level of commitment to God is very high, as you eat the flesh and drink of the blood of Jesus.
He may try everything possible to prevent you, from going to the Table of Communion with your Father. He does this by making you feel unworthy to participate in it. Self condemnation is another weapon that he uses also. He will try to make you feel unworthy and guilty of the sins, that had been forgiven. He does this by reminding you of them. But you will need to resist him. You must keep on reminding him, that those sins had been washed away by the Blood of Jesus.
You will need to make up your mind, about meeting with the Father at the Table (1 Corinthians 11:28-32).
The place of Jesus’ death (Calvary) is the place where you are going to, whenever you are taking the Holy Communion. It’s the only place where you can always settle, any claim that you have in the Kingdom with the Father. It doesn’t matter how far you may have gone away from walking in the Covenant with Him. You can always return back to that place, and keep God in remembrance of this eternal unbroken Covenant with you.
The prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32, was far away from his father. But his father had never stopped looking out for his return. The father was faithful to the covenant, even while the son was lost in sin. The lost son eventually came back to himself. He pulled himself together and went back to the father. He knew that he had not been faithful in keeping to the covenant. But he returned back to the table asking the father for forgiveness. The father welcomed him back home with a big celebration.
And since God cannot lie or deny Himself (Numbers 23:19), you’re keeping Him in remembrance of His promises to you under the New Covenant. He is always glad to see you at the Table with Him.
Because as the Bible says:
“Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.”
Hebrews 6:17-18 NKJV
The two immutable things of God’s counsel under the New Covenant, are His oath and His promises to you. God had taken the oath under the New Covenant. He cannot and will not lie. His promises to you are His bond, because He had made those promises under oath. And as long as you are living in accordance with the conditions to each promises, He will do what He had promised you.
As the virus that is destroying lives around you continues with its devastation; it’s important for you to be able to strengthen your Covenant relationship with the Father, at this very time. This is not the time to get involved with the shenanigan of the world around you. It’s all about you remembering to live in accordance with your Covenant oath before the Father.
This is the time to settle things with the Father at the Communion Table. It’s not the time to get carried away with the news media reports. They know very little about what is going on anyway. Your Father in Heaven knows everything about it. That’s why you must be ready to settle anything right now with Him, to cover yourself in the unbroken Covenant. It gives you protection from the angel of destruction.
And it doesn’t matter how far away from the Covenant, you might have gone. You can always return back to fellowship with Him at the Table. He is waiting for you, just as the father in the parable of the prodigal son, was waiting on his son’s return. There is a place for you at the Father’s Table. You can go back boldly to Him, as you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ this week.
You can ask Him to take you back into fellowship with Him. Don’t ever miss out of the opportunity to do this, as the destruction is going on around you. The Bible says:
“A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.”
Psalms 91:7 NKJV
It also says:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalms 23:4 NKJV
You are walking through the valley of the shadow of the coronavirus right now. You are not to be afraid of it, because a shadow can’t do you any harm. The shadow of it may try to frighten you. But you don’t need to take yourself into that spirit of fear. You do have a Covenant that gives you boldness against it. Your protection is at the communion table. This is a wonderful opportunity to settle things with the Father, as you go to the table.
Don’t let the angel of destruction locate you. Ask God for His forgiveness. Receive His forgiveness. Get back to the Table, and settle the self condemnation of those old sins in your life once and for all with Him.
Allow the Blood of Jesus to begin its work in your life, from that moment onward, to release you from every form of guilt and self condemnation. You are a child of God, and not an illegitimate child. Your place in the Kingdom is waiting for you with the Father.
Come and dine at the Table. His flesh and His blood are your testimony against the devil, never to make you condemn yourself, or make you feel unworthy and guilty again. Remind him that your forgiven pasts had been taken away on the Cross. And you must be determined never to take any thought of them again. Welcome back home to the Father.
Short Communion Prayer
As you take the Holy Communion you can read out loud, the words of Jesus in John 6:54-57.
Then continue with the following statement before the Father by reading it out loud also:
“Father God, in the Name of Jesus, I recognize that I have a covenant with You — a covenant that was ratified by the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary.
And because of the fact that Jesus’ body was broken for me, that His blood was shed on my behalf, I therefore do acknowledge that He bore sin, sickness, disease, sorrow, grief, fear, torment, unforgiveness, strife and lack for me. Through His sacrifice, I have complete redemption — total deliverance — from the works of Satan.
As a new creation in Christ Jesus, I do realize that my freedom has been bought and paid for. I am forgiven. I am redeemed. And I give thanks for it all these, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
“After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come”.
You may now eat the bread and drink the cup.