God’s Covenant Of Healing Pt 2 – Kenneth Copeland

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God called Abraham and made a covenant with him.
The covenant made between God and Abraham was sealed through the act of circumcision. “This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; And it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you” (Genesis 17:10-11).
The shedding of blood was the most vital act of the Old Testament. Through circumcision, it stood as a sign of agreement, a token of the covenant between God and man. El Shaddai agreed to bless Abraham and his descendants exceedingly. In return, He required them to live uprightly before Him.
But man continually sinned against God, failing to hold to the terms of the agreement. Again, the shedding of blood held the answer. The Levitical priesthood was instituted to offer blood sacrifices that would atone (or cover) for sin. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22). By offering a lamb on the altar, the priests could purchase forgiveness for one year. God accepted these sacrifices in order to keep the Abrahamic covenant in force. This was the only way to bridge the gap between sin and righteousness.
Then centuries later, the supreme blood sacrifice was made. Jesus of Nazareth came into the world, born of a virgin. When John the Baptist first saw Jesus he said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
Jesus was the sacrificial lamb offered upon the altar of the cross. He was the last sacrifice of the Levitical priesthood. The blood He shed on the cross washed away forever the spot of sin. The Old Testament sacrifices only covered sin; the New Testament sacrifice—Jesus, the spotless Son of God—completely did away with sin. “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:12).
By accepting His sacrifice, you stand before God clean and pure—just as if you had never sinned.
Jesus died for sin and, at the same time, did away with all the effects of sin. When sin entered the world, it brought with it the forces of destruction: death, sickness, poverty, fear. The price Jesus paid at Calvary was the full price, covering every area of human life: spiritual, mental, physical, financial and social. Our redemption is complete.
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:13-14).
“The curse of the Law” was the penalty for any person who disobeyed the statutes of the Levitical Law. Though Jesus lived a life without sin, He gave Himself to bear that curse as if He had sinned and disobeyed the Law. He took the punishment for the sin of mankind. He bore the curse so that we could receive the blessing. “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29).
Deuteronomy 28 sets out the stipulations of this blessing and curse:
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God (verses 1-2).
Then verses 3-14 list all the blessings of the Law, describing prosperity in every area of life.
“The curse of the Law” begins in verse 15. Here is found every kind of curse that could possibly come on mankind: sickness, disease, poverty, lack, pain, suffering, etc. Then verse 61 says, “Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law…”
Jesus bore the curse of the Law. He bore every sickness and every plague known to man. He bore pain and suffering. Why? So that the blessing could come on us when we accept His sacrifice as our own. Because we are in Christ, we are Abraham’s seed and heirs to the blessing.
-You Are Healed