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Gideon Stopforth - Second 8th Week Ministries
The New Covenant is the Right Choice
Ask yourself, What was the purpose of Jesus dying on the cross, was it to give us the option of selecting and finding a church that we like among the different denominations or was it for the purpose of salvation through a New Covenant? The New Covenant is the Second Covenant.
The word “covenant” is first found in the Bible in Genesis 6:18, “But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.” This He spoke to Noah.
God is a God of order. He give specific instructions in the garden of Eden, He gave Noah specific instructions for the construction of the Ark, He give specific instructions to Moses for the positioning of the tabernacle, the stones of the altar, the sizes of the Arc of the covenant, and the list goes on.
God transitioned the First Covenant to Jesus Christ to be fulfilled in Him and gave new and specific instructions for the church, which are the terms of the Second Covenant. When I first became a Christian I did not know anything about the difference God places between the First and Second Covenant so I really could not identify Jesus Christ in His new law of Grace and Faith. It was confusing to hear ministries mix the teaching of Jesus Christ and the principles of the Law of Moses together.
I’d like to recommend the course “Covenant Faith” offered on this site by Second 8th Week Ministries. The lessons helped me understand what covenant means to God. I learned how to begin to identify faith in Jesus Christ by the New Covenant and how important it is to set the foundation of my faith in Jesus Christ by the new knowledge we read in the New Testament.
[dif1]We are to walk with God in covenant
“These are the words of the covenant, which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.” (Deuteronomy 29: 1).
The Blood of Jesus Seals the New Covenant
18. Whereupon neither the first testament [First Covenant] was dedicated without blood.
19. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people.
20. Saying, “ This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. “
21. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
Jesus said, “For this is my blood of the NEW TESTAMENT, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
The Bible states that God dissolved or made null and void the First Covenant because it was “weak” and “unprofitable” and “carnal”. Let’s look at those scriptures now.
Hebrews 7:18; 10:9
For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. . .
• He [God] taketh away the first [covenant],
• that he may establish the second [covenant].”
Who [Jesus] is made, not after the law of a CARNAL COMMANDMENT, but after the power of an endless life.
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Gideon Stopforth is a valued member of Apostles Today Network of the Second 8th Week, ministering the grace of God to those seeking to build upon the true foundation of Jesus Christ. He is a regular contributor to the Prophetic Path and is used of God in Body ministry, providing edification, exhortation, and comfort through the manifold grace of God. As God brings the church into a new era, Gideon is here to share with you the many wonderful issuances of grace from God's throne to help you in your decision to walk with God according to the covenant Jesus shed His blood to provide.
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