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The 12 Foundation Stones | Covenant Language
Tour The Basic Video 3: Covenant Language
Below is the text version of the video titled "Tour the Basics Video 3: Covenant Language ". In addition to the text version you can view the video. This video, taught by Teacher Maria vonAnderseck, continues the study to establish the importance of the 12 Elements of the Gospel, which are the 12 Foundation Stones of the faith.
[Video introduction]
Welcome to “Covenant Language”. In this video we set out to teach you the importance of God’s covenant language. We need some language to allow us to consider the spiritual processes that go on daily as we keep covenant with God. This allows you to make better faith decisions by helping you the costly mistake of modeling your faith after the flesh.
Being in covenant with God is a carefully laid out plan that assures that our faith meets God’s expectation perfectly and that the spiritual processes that need to take place to join us to God, are taking place. Covenant is the environment where God uses all the Elements of the Gospel to nourish to soul in Christ.
What Spiritual Processes Are We Talking About
We start with the big faith questions:
  1. How do we please God?
  2. How does God strengthen us?
  3. How does suffering work with grace to produce the likeness of Christ?
  4. How are we to love one another?
  5. How is the conscience purged?
  6. How is the soul healed?
  7. How does God separate us from the world unto Himself?
  8. How do we live as a separate people to God? 
  9. How do we allow Christ to represent us?
  10. What about overcoming?
  11. How do we overcome ourselves, the world, and the devil? How do we increase the kingdom of God? How is the fruit of Christ formed in us?
We Need Language
  • We need language to tell us what these things are and what they mean to God.
  • We need language to assist us to give these things value in Christ.
  • We need language to tell us how these processes take place.
  • We need language to describe these experiences. 
We need language to identify, give value, describe processes, and describe experiences.
Language That Expresses YOU
Let’s first of all see how language, when it applies to you, allows you to express yourself. Whether you are happy, or excited, or disappointed, or sad, language assists you to express yourself: The joy, happiness, satisfaction, bond, and responsibility of parenthood; or worry, frustration, conflict, anger, or stress when things don’t go well.
Language expresses you! We need new language to express Christ!
It is easy for us to express things that are natural to us. But, what about when God expects us to express things that are not natural to us? Like godliness, faith, and virtue? How do you express these things of Christ?
We Need new Language to Express Christ
For example, Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
It is clear what the will of God is: That we not to be conformed to this world, but transformed. What language do we use to describe these processes? The problem is, if we do not have language to describe the processes of faith then we merely repeat what we have read in the Bible, it does not become our experience of Christ.
Do you see? We need NEW language to express CHRIST!
God developed a special language to communicate to us Jesus Christ in a way that would be easy for us to understand Him and fellowship with Him. When we learn His language we understand the processes of faith and are then able to express Christ.
God’s special language is the 12 Elements of the Gospel: grace, faith, righteousness, justification, sanctification, holiness, peace, rest, charity, truth, regeneration, and the renewing of the mind. The 12 Elements of the Gospel [The 12 Foundation Stones] is the language of the Spirit, which is the language of the covenant. [Each Elements is a Stone fitted into the foundation of the faith.]
What we are learning here is that when we come into covenant with God our language needs to change. We need to be instructed in a new language that will enable us to express Christ.
Why Apostles are Called Fathers of the Faith
Apostles are called “fathers of the faith” because they instruct the church in the language
of the covenant.
Did you know: When apostles were no longer instructing the church, the Elements of the Gospel were no longer understood as the foundation of our faith. The Elements were understood to be words read in the Bible, but people failed to experience Christ because the elements were used to define the needs of the flesh and the soul’s experience of LACK rather than define Christ.
Why the Flesh is NOT a Good Teacher
Take for example, the element grace. The soul, LACKING God’s love and covenant provisions, is ruled by fear, doubt, sin, and darkness, and thus suffers the loss of God’s strength and peace.
The Flesh learned the LANGUAGE of SELF. A person responds to the LACK the soul experiences and faith is made to "talk out" your loss. . . How can I be a better person? How can I stop my bad habits? How can I handle these negative feelings?
The flesh struggles with the loss of God’s virtue and then assigns value to grace to handle this loss. The flesh does this by setting the conditions for grace to function for self: “Grace is all about me.” While claiming to stand on God's word, this believer is speaking the language of the flesh. The flesh is not a good teacher.
We now have a situation where the church is needing to dethrone the self and trying to set Christ on the throne of the heart. But how was Christ removed from the throne of the heart in the first place?
The process of removing Christ from the throne of the heart began when the language of the flesh was used to describe God’s kingdom. The tongue of the flesh was allowed to define GRACE and as a result the FLESH ruled FAITH.
Know this: The flesh will always define God’s kingdom from the standpoint of lack. On the other hand, God defines His kingdom by the virtues of Christ. (Romans 5:17 & 21) (Galatians 5:17)
The Flesh Speaks Your Native Tongue
WHY does the flesh do that? WHY does the flesh define God’s kingdom from the standpoint of LACK? It is helpful to understand that the flesh is merely speaking its native tongue, the language it learned from birth by its experience with sin and death.
The native tongue of the flesh is that which the flesh is the fallen nature of man and this explains the inclination of man to default (fall back upon) this nature. The mother tongue of the flesh is that which the flesh learned to express from its father, the devil. The flesh expresses what it has seen and heard and learned of Satan, having been raised in the kingdom of darkness. Satan taught us his language of lack, need, pain, sorrow, fear, and anger.
Jesus said, “I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father,” John 8:38.
The Birthright of Your First Birth
Can you see the birthright of your first birth and how Jesus was pointing that out for you? We learned a tradition of lack, sorrow, sin, and broken trust from our first birth -------- and learned to express that experience through language.
Everyone speaks the language of their own kind. Language expresses the tongue of your birth. The same is true for God. When we come in covenant with God, we are born again into God’s kingdom and family. The first thing we need to do is learn a new language. The language of Jesus Christ. 
The Mind Has to Change
I cannot stress enough the importance of learning God’s new language. The mind has to change. This is why we are going to take some time to define each of the 12 Elements of the Gospel: grace, faith, righteousness, justification, sanctification, holiness, peace, rest, charity, truth, regeneration, and the renewing of the mind.
Defining the Elements of the Gospel is ground breaking. With this new education the church can at last return to her first love.
As you learn the 12 Elements of the Gospel you will also learn the importance of the Spiritual Tools of Jesus’ covenant and how prayer is one of those tools. You will begin to make the connection between your spiritual growth and the altar of Christ and regeneration. As the new life of Christ manifests your appreciation for God’s Government, Truth, and Spirit increases. 
God gives us a new language to communicate to Him on His level --- to reciprocate His likeness, to express Christ.
To come into covenant with God one must expect a transition to take place, from darkness to light, from sin to righteousness, from ignorance to truth, from the language of our first birth to the language of our new birth in Christ. The mind has to change. (Romans 8:6)
God gives us the language of the 12 elements that we may understand this change and new life in Christ.  Satan taught us the tradition of the flesh, but Jesus teaches us the traditions of faith; the traditions of His kingdom. It is exciting to begin to learn to speak His language.
Fellowship With God
Did you know: that fellowship has to do with sharing the same language? It is kind of the Lord to share Himself with us. We cannot expect to fellowship with God if we are speaking the language of the flesh and He is speaking the language of the covenant.  (1 Peter 4:11)
The language that God speaks is about this mystery of Christ. Jesus is the covenant. The language of the covenant unfolds this work of Christ to us, showing us how He carries out the many processes of salvation when we are in covenant with Him. [END]
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Last Revised: 2012-02-19

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