I intended to write on this for a while now, for most people who follow me on social media (twitter and Facebook), you would have come across a time when I said I was going to write on this topic; The Bloody Covenant…but later decided to postpone this. Well, that turned out great cos I happen to have gotten even more insight concerning the covenant which I will be sharing in a moment.
To start with, I believe you should know and understand first of all that the covenant that we know as the New Covenant or the New Testament is somewhat not new in the sense that we all have probably considered. I’d rather say, it’s the first covenant or the initial covenant.
Now, which is the first covenant? You would even have to know that God never had a covenant with Adam. That should already open a thread of revelations for you if you understood certain things about covenants. Anyway, that’s just by the way. So, the first covenant we’re addressing is the covenant with Abraham, cos you see, the premises upon which the covenant was made with Abraham way back then are the same premises upon which the covenant through Jesus Christ was made.
You could read the full passage below, but I’m just going to pick out certain verses…
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
The premises upon which the covenant was made with Abraham was on the basis of righteousness by faith, and thus grace…for Abraham received the seal of righteousness by faith even while he was yet uncircumcised, and so was based purely on faith and grace; not by law. This is the exact same premises on which the covenant through Jesus was made.
Even more clearly, verse 13 of that chapter states that the promise was made to Abraham and to his seed on the same premise of righteousness by faith…and we know that his seed which is singular, and not ‘seeds’ referred to Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:16). So, we understand that carrying on the baton or restoring us back to that original covenant the way God operated with Abraham.
Now to the more important part; the covenant was finally sealed by the circumcision (which represented the shedding of blood), and thus a bloody covenant. This set the rules for the necessity and importance for if Jesus would operate and ground the same order of covenant, his blood had to be shed. Now, every man had to be circumcised and shed blood for himself when this covenant was according to Abraham’s but Jesus shed his blood on behalf of every man, and this he did by both his blood (the natural blood) and his spirit (the spiritual blood) which was sacrificed and laid in the heavenly temple (a temple not made with hands, i.e not physical or natural, and therefore wouldn’t accept anything physical or natural).
How come this is? Know ye not that as the body without blood (the natural blood) is dead, so also; the body without the spirit (the spiritual blood) is dead (James 2:26).
The blood is key. The blood needed to be shed…and like a spiritual father said to me recently; “the cross without the shedding of the blood would have been of no significance”, and then he added; “the cross alone doesn’t represent the finished works of Christ, the shedding of the blood does”. That says it all.
Now you understand better the significance of the blood, now you understand better the significance of the shedding of the blood. The blood is power!
It’s a bloody covenant!
Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 4:10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.