The Everlasting Covenant
by Sharon McClean
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All Scripture is taken from the NKJ unless specified otherwise.
Gen.9:8--Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: (9) And as for Me, behold, I establish MY COVENANT with you and with your DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU, (10) and WITH EVERY LIVING CREATURE that is WITH YOU: THE BIRDS, THE CATTLE, and every BEAST of THE EARTH with YOU, of all that go out of the ark, EVERY BEAST of THE EARTH. (Col.1:19--For it pleased the Father that IN HIM all the FULLNESS should DWELL. (20) And BY HIM to RECONCILE ALL THINGS TO HIMSELF, by HIM, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made PEACE through THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS. (21) And you who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet NOW He has RECONCILED (22) in the body of His flesh through death, to PRESENT you HOLY, and BLAMELESS, and IRREPROACHABLE in HIS SIGHT--(23) if indeed you CONTINUE in THE FAITH, GROUNDED and STEADFAST, and are NOT MOVED away from the HOPE of THE GOSPEL which you heard, WHICH WAS PREACHED to EVERY CREATURE UNDER HEAVEN, of which I PAUL became A MINISTER according to THE STEWARDSHIP from GOD which was GIVEN to me FOR you, TO FULFILL THE WORD OF GOD,
(Is.40:5--The GLORY of THE LORD SHALL BE REVEALED, and ALL flesh shall SEE IT TOGETHER, for THE MOUTH OF THE LORD HAS SPOKEN (6,b) ALL FLESH is GRASS, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. (7) The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass, (8) The grass withers, the flower fades, but THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER. (9) O ZION you who bring GOOD TIDINGS get up into the high mountain: O Jerusalem; you who bring GOOD TIDINGS, lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, BEHOLD YOUR GOD!
(1 Peter 1:22--Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth THROUGH THE SPIRIT in SINCERE LOVE of the BRETHREN, love one another fervently with a pure heart, (Eph.3:19--To know THE LOVE of CHRIST which passes knowledge that you may be filled with THE FULLNESS of GOD. (20) Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that is within us, (21) to HIM be THE GLORY in THE CHURCH by CHRIST JESUS THROUGHOUT ALL AGES, WORLD WITHOUT END. Amen.) Returning to 1 Peter 1:23--having been BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD which lives and abides FOREVER, (24) because ALL FLESH is GRASS, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, (25) But THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER. Now this is THE WORD which by THE GOSPEL was preached to you.)
(Gal.3:8--And the SCRIPTURE, foreseeing that God would justify the NATIONS by FAITH, preached THE GOSPEL to ABRAHAM beforehand, saying, “In you ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED. (19) So then those who are of FAITH are BLESSED with BELIEVING ABRAHAM.) (Mark 16:15--And He said to them, “Go into ALL the WORLD and preach THE GOSPEL to EVERY CREATURE. (16) He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned. (17) And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons, and they will speak with new tongues; (18) “they will take up serpents and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will LAY HANDS ON THE SICK and THEY WILL RECOVER.
(Ps.105:8--He has remembered HIS COVENANT FOREVER, THE WORD which He commanded for a THOUSAND GENERATIONS. (9) THE COVENANT which He made with ABRAHAM, and HIS OATH to ISAAC, (10) And CONFIRMED it to JACOB (Ps.24:6--This is JACOB the generation of those who Seek Him.) (In Gen.32:28 JACOB’S name is changed to ISRAEL.) for a statute, to ISRAEL FOR AN EVERLASTING COVENANT.) (Returning to Col.2:26--the MYSTERY which has been HIDDEN FROM AGES and FROM GENERATIONS, but NOW has BEEN REVEALED TO HIS SAINTS. (27) To them GOD WILLED to MAKE KNOWN WHAT ARE THE RICHES OF THE GLORY of THE MYSTERY among THE GENTILES WHICH IS CHRIST IN YOU, the HOPE of GLORY.
Gen. 17:5--No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be ABRAHAM; (7) And I WILL ESTABLISH MY COVENANT BETWEEN ME and YOU and YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU IN THEIR GENERATIONS, FOR AN EVERLASTING COVENANT, TO BE GOD TO YOU and to YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU. (8) Also I give to you AND YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU the land in which you were a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION; and I WILL BE THEIR GOD. (9) And God said to ABRAHAM: as for you, you shall keep MY COVENANT, you and YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU THROUGHOUT THEIR GENERATIONS.
Ps.25:10--All THE PATHS of the Lord are MERCY and TRUTH, to such as KEEP HIS COVENANT and HIS TESTIMONIES, (12) Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall HE TEACH IN THE WAY THAT HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL IN HERIT THE EARTH. (14) The SECRET of the LORD is with those who fear Him, and HE WILL SHOW THEM HIS COVENANT. (Is.49:8,b--I will preserve YOU and GIVE YOU AS A COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH. (6,b) I will also GIVE YOU as A LIGHT to the GENTILES THAT YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH)
(Ps.145:9--The Lord is GOOD to ALL, and His TENDER MERCIES are over ALL HIS WORKS. (10) ALL Your WORKS shall PRAISE YOU, O LORD, and Your saints shall bless You. (11) They shall speak of the glory of YOUR KINGDOM, and TALK of YOUR POWER, (12) To make known to the sons of men His MIGHTY ACTS, and the GLORIOUS MAJESTY of HIS KINGDOM. (13) YOUR KINGDOM is an EVERLASTING KINGDGOM, and YOUR DOMINION ENDURES THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS. (Ps.24:27--ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD SHALL REMEMBER and TURN TO THE LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. (28) For THE KINGDOM is THE LORDS and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.
(Returning to Ps.145:14--The Lord UPHOLDS ALL WHO FALL, (Adam and Eve?) (Rom.5:12--Therefore, just as through ONE MAN SIN ENTERED THE WORLD, and DEATH through SIN, and thus DEATH spread to ALL MEN, because ALL SINNED--(13) For UNTIL THE LAW sin was in the world, but SIN IS NOT IMPUTED WHEN THERE IS NO LAW, (So there was NO law during the time of Adam.) (14) Nevertheless DEATH reigned from ADAM, to MOSES, (The law came through Moses) even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of ADAM, who is A TYPE of HIM WHO WAS TO COME.
(Rom.10:2--For they being IGNORANT of GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS, and seeking to establish THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, have NOT submitted TO THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD. (4) For CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS to EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES.(5) For MOSES writes about the RIGHTEOUSNESS which is OF THE LAW, “the man who does those things shall live by them.” (6) But THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH speaks this way, “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, who will ASCEND into HEAVEN? (7) or,
who will DESCEND into the ABYSS?
(Is.14:12--How you are FALLEN from HEAVEN, O LUCIFER, son of the morning! How you are CUT DOWN TO THE GROUND, you who WEAKENED THE NATIONS! (13) For you have SAID IN YOUR HEART: I WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN, I will EXALT my throne ABOVE THE STARS OF GOD: I will also SIT ON THE MOUND OF THE CONGREGATION on the farthest sides of the north. (14) I WILL ASCEND ABOVE THE HEIGHTS of the CLOUDS, I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH. (Is.46:9--REMEMBER the FORMER things of OLD, for I AM GOD, and there is NO OTHER; I AM GOD and THERE IS NONE LIKE ME. Declaring THE END from THE BEGINNING and from ANCIENT TIMES THINGS THAT ARE NOT YET DONE, saying MY COUNSEL SHALL STAND, and I will do ALL MY PLEASURE.) (Is.45:21--Tell and bring forth your case; Yes, let them take COUNSEL together. Who has DECLARED THIS from ANCIENT TIMES? Who has told it from that time? HAVE NOT I THE LORD? And THERE IS NO OTHER GOD BESIDES ME, a just God and a Savior; THERE IS NONE BESIDES ME. (22) LOOK TO ME and BE SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! FOR I AM GOD and THERE IS NO OTHER. (Returning to Is. 14:15--Yet you (Satan) shall be BROUGHT DOWN to SHEOL, to the LOWEST DEPTHS of the PIT.) (Luke 10:18--And He said to them, “I SAW SATAN FALL LIKE LIGHTNING from HEAVEN. (19) Behold, I give you THE AUTHORITY to TRAMPLE on SERPENTS and SCORPIONS, and OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY, and NOTHING SHALL BY ANY MEANS HURT YOU. (Ps.132:12-
If YOUR SONS will KEEP MY COVENANT and MY TESTIMONY which I SHALL GIVE THEM, THEIR SONS ALSO SHALL SIT UPON YOUR THRONE FOREVERMORE. (13) For THE LORD HAS CHOSEN ZION; He has desired it for HIS RESTING PLACE FOREVER; here I will DWELL for I HAVE DESIRED IT.)
(Matt.28:18--Then Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN and ON EARTH. (19) Go therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL THE NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of THE FATHER and of THE SON and of THE HOLY SPIRIT, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE AGE.) (KJV) Matt.28:20--and LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD.) (Ps. 2:6--Yet I have set My king on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK OF ME and I WILL GIVE YOU. THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE, and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.)
(Returning to Rom. 5:15--But the FREE GIFT is NOT like the OFFENSE. For if by ONE MAN’S OFFENSE MANY DIED, much more by the GRACE of GOD and THE GIFT by THE GRACE of the ONE MAN, JESUS CHRIST, abounded to MANY. (16) And the GIFT is NOT like that which came through the ONE WHO SINNED. For the JUDGMENT which came from ONE OFFENSE resulted in CONDEMNATION, but THE FREE GIFT which came from MANY offenses resulted in JUSTIFICATION. (John 3:16--(For God SO LOVED THE WORLD that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that WHOEVER believes IN HIM should NOT perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, but that the WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED.) (John 17:3--And THIS is ETERNAL LIFE, that THEY MAY KNOW YOU, the only TRUE GOD, and JESUS CHRIST whom YOU HAVE SENT.) (John6:28--Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may WORK the WORKS of GOD? (29) Jesus answered and said to them, “THIS is THE WORK of GOD, that you BELIEVE IN HIM WHOM HE SENT.”
Heb.8:10--For THIS is THE COVENANT that I will make with the house of ISRAEL after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts, and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, and THEY shall be MY PEOPLE. (11) NONE of them SHALL TEACH HIS NEIGHBOR, and NONE his BROTHER, saying, KNOW THE LORD, for ALL SHALL KNOW ME, from the LEAST of THEM to the GREATEST of THEM. (12) For I will be MERCIFUL to their UNRIGHTEOUNSESS, and their SINS and their LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. (13) in that He says, A NEW COVENANT, He has made the first obsolete. NOW what is becoming OBSOLETE and GROWING OLD is ready to VANISH AWAY. 2 Corin.5:17--Therefore, if ANYONE is in CHRIST, he is A NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS have PASSED AWAY, behold ALL THINGS have become NEW. (18) NOW ALL THINGS are of GOD, who has RECONCILED US to HIMSELF through JESUS CHRIST, and has given us the ministry of RECONCILIATION, (19) that is that GOD was IN CHRIST RECONCILING the WORLD to HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES to THEM, and has committed to us THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION. (20) Therefore we are AMBASSADORS for CHRIST, as though God were pleading through us. We implore you on CHRIST’S behalf, be RECONCILED to GOD. (21) For He made HIM who KNEW NO SIN to BE SIN FOR US, that we might become THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD in HIM.
Returning to Rom. 5:17--For if by the one man’s offense DEATH REIGNED through THE ONE, much more those who received ABUNDANCE of GRACE and of THE GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS will REIGN IN LIFE through the ONE, JESUS CHRIST. (18) Therefore, as through ONE MAN‘S offense JUDGMENT came to ALL MEN, resulting in CONDEMNATION, even so through the ONE MAN‘S RIGHTOUS ACT the FREE GIFT came to ALL MEN resulting in JUSTIFICATION of LIFE.) (Ps.22:27--ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD SHALL REMEMBER and TURN TO THE LORD and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. (28) For THE KINGDOM is the LORD’S, and HE RULES over the NATIONS. (30) a posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation . (31) they will come and declare HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to a people who WILL BE BORN, that HE HAS DONE THIS.) (1 Chron. 29:10--Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. (11) Yours, O Lord, is the GREATNESS, the POWER, and the GLORY, the VICTORY and the MAJESTY; for ALL THAT IS IN HEAVEN and IN EARTH IS YOURS; YOURS IS THE KINGDOM, O LORD, and YOU ARE EXALTED as HEAD over ALL. (12) Both riches and honor come from You, and YOU REIGN OVER ALL. In Your hand is POWER and MIGHT; in Your hand it is to MAKE GREAT and to GIVE STRENGTH TO ALL.)
(Gen.22:16--By Myself I have SWORN, says the Lord, BECAUSE you (Abraham) have done THIS THING, and have NOT WITHHELD YOUR SON, your only son. (17) in BLESSING I will BLESS you, and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and YOUR DESCENDANTS shall possess THE GATE of THEIR ENEMIES. (When Jesus asked the disciples who He was Peter answered and said: Matt.16:16---YOU are THE CHRIST, the SON OF THE LIVING GOD. (17) Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has NOT revealed this to you, but MY FATHER who is in heaven. (18) And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on THIS ROCK (Christ the Son of the living God, not Peter?) I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, and THE GATES OF HADES SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT.) Returning to Gen.22:18--(18) In your seed ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED, BECAUSE YOU HAVE OBEYED MY VOICE.) Gen.18:17--And the Lord said, “Shall I HIDE FROM ABRAHAM what I am doing, (18) since ABRAHAM shall surely become a great and mighty nation and ALL THE NATIONS of THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED IN HIM? (19) For I HAVE KNOWN HIM in order that he may COMMAND his children and his household AFTER HIM, that they KEEP THE WAY OF THE LORD, to do RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUSTICE, that THE LORD MAY BRING TO ABRAHAM WHAT HE HAS SPOKEN to HIM. (Deut.4:37--And because HE LOVED your FATHERS, therefore HE CHOSE THEIR DESCENDANTS AFTER THEM.) (Gal.3:6--Just as ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, and IT was accounted to him for RIGHTEOUSNESS. (7) Therefore know that only those who are OF FAITH are sons of ABRAHAM. (8) And the SCRIPTURE, FORSEEING that God would JUSTIFY THE NATIONS by FAITH, PREACHED THE GOSPEL to ABRAHAM BEFOREHAND, saying ‘IN YOU ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED. (9) So then those who are of FAITH are BLESSED with BELIEVING ABRAHAM.)
Rom.5:1--Therefore, having been JUSTIFIED by FAITH, we have PEACE with GOD through our Lord Jesus Christ, (2) through whom we have ACCESS by FAITH into THIS GRACE IN WHICH WE STAND, and REJOICE in HOPE OF THE GLORY OF GOD. (Gal. 3:29--And if you are CHRIST’S, THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE. Rom. 3:13--For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR OF THE WORLD was NOT to ABRAHAM of to HIS SEED through the law, but through THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH.)
Gen.26:2--Then the Lord appeared to him (Isaac) and said--(3) Sojourn in THIS LAND, (Promise land?) and I WILL BE WITH YOU and BLESS YOU; for to you AND YOUR DESCENDANTS I GIVE ALL THESE LANDS, and I WILL PERFORM THE OATH which I SWORE to ABRAHAM your FATHER, (4) and I WILL MAKE YOUR DESCENDANTS MULTIPLY AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN; I will GIVE YOUR DESCENDANTS ALL THESE LANDS; and IN YOUR SEED ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED; (5) BECAUSE ABRAHAM OBEYED MY VOICE and KEPT MY CHARGE, MY COMMANDMENTS, MY STATUTES, and MY LAWS.
(Gods grace?) Gen.28:1--Then ISAAC called JACOB and BLESSED him and CHARGED him (charge: to put down or regard as a debt or a liability to be paid. To hold a person , company, estate liable for.) (Ps.. 24:6--THIS is JACOB, the generation of those who SEEK HIM, who SEEK YOUR FACE.) Returning to Gen. 28:3--May God almighty BLESS you, and make your FRUITFUL (Is.27:6--Those who come He shall cause to take root in JACOB, ISRAEL shall blossom and bud, and FILL THE FACE OF THE WORLD WITH FRUIT. (Jacob’s name is changed to Israel in Gen.32:28) Returning to Gen.28:3--and multiply you, that you may BE AN ASSEMBLY of PEOPLES; (4) And GIVE YOU THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM, to YOU and YOUR DESCENDANTS WITH YOU. THAT YOU MAY INHERIT THE LAND IN WHICH YOU WERE A STRANGER, which God gave to ABRAHAM.
(Lev.26:40--But if they confess their INIQUITY and the INIQUITY of their fathers, with their UNFAITHFULNESS in which they were UNFAITHFUL to Me, and that they also WALKED CONTRARY to ME, (41) and that I also have WALKED CONTRARY to them and have brought them into the land of their ENEMIES, if their uncircumcised hearts are HUMBLED, and they accept their guilt--THEN I will REMEMBER MY COVENANT with JACOB and MY COVENANT with ABRAHAM I WILL REMEMBER; I WILL REMEMBER THE LAND.) (2 Chron.7:14--If MY PEOPLE who are CALLED BY MY NAME will HUMBLE themselves and PRAY and SEEK MY FACE, and TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, then I will HEAR from heaven, and will FORGIVE THEIR SIN and HEAL THEIR LAND.) (Amos 3:3-Can TWO WALK TOGETHER UNLESS THEY ARE AGREED? 1 Chron.16_13--O seed of ISRAEL His servant, YOU CHILDREN of JACOB HIS CHOSEN ONES! (14) He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. (15) REMEMBER HIS COVENANT ALWAYS, THE WORD WHICH HE COMMANDED FOR A THOUSAND GENERATIONS. (16) THE COVENANT which He made with ABRAHAM, and HIS OATH to ISAAC, (17) and CONFIRMED it to JACOB for a statute, to ISRAEL for AN EVERLASTING COVENANT. (20) When they went from one nation to another and from one kingdom to another people, (21) He permitted no man to do them wrong; Yes, He reproved kings for their sakes, (32) saying, ‘DO NOT TOUCH MY ANOINTED ONES, and do My prophets no harm. (23) sing to the Lord, ALL THE EARTH; Proclaim the GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION from day to day. (24) DECLARE HIS GLORY AMONG THE NATIONS, HIS WONDERS AMONG ALL PEOPLES.) (2 Chron.20:6--”O Lord God of our fathers, are YOU NOT GOD in HEAVEN, and DO YOU NOT RULE OVER ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE NATIONS, and in YOUR HAND IS THERE NOT POWER and MIGHT, SO THAT NO ONE IS ABLE TO WITHSTAND YOU? (7) Are YOU NOT OUR GOD, who DROVE OUT the inhabitants of THIS LAND before YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL, and GAVE IT TO THE DESCENDANTS of ABRAHAM YOUR FRIEND FOREVER?
(Returning to Gen. 9:11--Thus I ESTABLISH MY COVENANT with YOU: Never again shall ALL FLESH be CUT OFF by THE WATERS of THE FLOOD; never again shall there be A FLOOD to DESTROY THE EARTH.) (Is.54:7--For a mere moment I have FORSAKEN you, but with GREAT MERCIES I WILL GATHER YOU. (8) With a little WRATH I HID MY FACE FROM YOU for a moment; but with EVERLASTING KINDNESS I WILL HAVE MERCY ON YOU, says your Redeemer. (9) FOR THIS IS LIKE THE WATERS OF NOAH TO ME; for as I HAVE SWORN that I would NOT BE ANGRY with you, NOR REBUKE YOU. (10) For as the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but MY KINDNESS SHALL NOT DEPART FROM YOU, NOR shall MY COVENANT OF PEACE BE REMOVED, says the Lord, who has MERCY on you. (11) O you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and NOT COMFORTED, behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires. (12) I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones. (13) ALL YOUR CHILDREN SHALL BE TAUGHT BY THE LORD, and GREAT SHALL BE THE PEACE OF YOUR CHILDREN. (14) IN RIGHTEOUSNESS YOU SHALL BE ESTABLISHED; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall NOT FEAR; and from TERROR, for it shall NOT COME NEAR YOU. (15) Indeed they shall surely assemble, but NOT BECAUSE OF ME, WHOEVER ASSEMBLES AGAINST YOU SHALL FALL FOR YOUR SAKE. (17) NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU SHALL PROSPER, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment YOU SHALL CONDEMN. THIS IS THE HERITAGE OF THE SERVANTS OF THE LORD, and THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS IS FROM ME, says the Lord.(
(Ps.93:1--The Lord REIGNS, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed, He has GIRDED HIMSELF WITH STRENGTH. SURELY THE WORLD IS ESTABLISHED, SO THAT it CANNOT BE MOVED. (2) YOUR THRONE is ESTABLISHED from of OLD; YOU are from EVERLASTING. (3) The FLOODS have lifted up, O Lord, THE FLOODS have LIFTED UP THEIR VOICE; the floods lift up their waves. (4) The Lord ON HIGH is mightier than THOSE of the MIGHTY WATERS, (water of the Word?) than the mighty waves of the sea. (5) YOUR TESTIMONIES are VERY SURE; HOLINESS adorns Your house, O Lord, FOREVER.)
Returning to Gen.9:12--And God said THIS IS THE SIGN of THE COVENANT which I make between ME and YOU, and EVERY LIVING CREATURE that is with you, for PERPETUAL (Lasting forever, continuous.) GENERATIONS: (13) I SET MY RAINBOW in THE CLOUD, and it shall be for the SIGN of THE COVENANT between ME and THE EARTH. (14) It shall be when I bring A CLOUD over THE EARTH, that THE RAINBOW shall BE SEEN IN THE CLOUD:
Rev.10:1--And I saw ANOTHER MIGHTY ANGEL coming down from heaven, CLOTHED WITH A CLOUD. And A RAINBOW was ON HIS HEAD, HIS FACE was like THE SUN, and His FEET like PILLARS of FIRE. (2) And he had a LITTLE BOOK OPEN in his RIGHT HAND, And he set his RIGHT FOOT on the SEA and his LEFT FOOT on the LAND, (3) and cried out with a LOUD VOICE, as when A LION ROARS, (Hosea 11:9--I will NOT execute the fierceness of MY ANGER; I will NOT DESTROY EPHRAIM. (fruitful) For I AM GOD and NOT MAN; the HOLY ONE in YOUR MIDST; and I WILL NOT COME WITH TERROR. (10) They shall walk after the Lord, HE WILL ROAR LIKE A LION. When He roars, then HIS SONS shall come TREMBLING from THE WEST; (11) They shall come TREMBLING like A BIRD from EGYPT, like a DOVE from the land of ASSYRIA, and I will let them dwell in their houses. (Amos 1:2--And he said: The Lord ROARS from ZION, and utters His voice from JERUSALEM; the PASTURES of the SHEPHERDS MOURN, and the top of CARMEL withers.) (Is.31:4--For thus the Lord has spoken to me: AS A LION ROARS, and a young lion over his prey WHEN A MULTITUDE of SHEPHERDS IS SUMMONED AGAINST HIM, HE WILL NOT BE AFRAID OF THEIR NOISE. So THE LORD of HOSTS will COME DOWN TO FIGHT FOR MOUNT ZION and for its HILL. (5) LIKE BIRDS FLYING ABOUT, (I’ll fly away O glory?) so will the Lord of hosts DEFEND JERUSALEM. DEFENDING, He will also DELIVER IT; passing over, He will PRESERVE IT. (Ps.135:21--Blessed be the Lord out of ZION, who DWELLS in JERUSALEM.)
Jere. 46:7--WHO is this coming up like A FLOOD, whose WATERS move like the rivers? (8) EGYPT rises up like A FLOOD, and its WATERS move like the RIVERS; And he says, I WILL GO UP and COVER THE EARTH. I will DESTROY the CITY and its INHABITANTS. (9) Come up, O horses, and rage, O chariots! (10) For this is the DAY OF THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS. A DAY OF VENGEANCE. (Is.61:1--The Spirit of the Lord God is UPON ME, because the Lord has ANOINTED ME to PREACH GOOD TIDINGS to the POOR; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim LIBERTY to the CAPTIVES, and the opening of the PRISON to those WHO ARE BOUND; (2) To PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR of THE LORD, and THE DAY OF VENGEANCE of OUR GOD; to COMFORT ALL who MOURN; (3) To CONSOLE those who mourn in ZION; to give them BEAUTY for ASHES, the OIL of JOY for MOURNING, the GARMENT of PRAISE for the SPIRIT of heaviness; that they may be called TREES of RIGHTEOUSNESS, THE PLANTING of THE LORD, that He may be GLORIFIED. (4) And they shall REBUILD the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations of MANY GENERATIONS. (7) Instead of your shame you shall have DOUBLE HONOR; and instead of CONFUSION they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land (promise land?) they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs. (8) For I, the Lord, love JUSTICE; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I WILL DIRECT THEIR WORK IN TRUTH, and WILL MAKE WITH THEM an E V E R L A S T IN G C O V E N A N T. (9) Their DESCENDANTS shall be among the GENTILES, and their OFFSPRING among the people. All who see them SHALL ACKNOWLEDGE them, that they ARE THE POSTERITY WHOM THE LORD HAS BLESSED.( 10)
Ps.67:1--God be MERCIFUL to us and BLESS US, and cause HIS FACE to SHINE upon us. (2) That YOUR WAY may BE KNOWN ON EARTH, YOUR SALVATION AMONG ALL NATIONS. (Ps.37:22--For those who are BLESSED by Him shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by Him SHALL BE CUT OFF.)
Is.48:17--Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the HOLY ONE of ISRAEL; I am the Lord your god, WHO TEACHES YOU to PROFIT, who LEADS you IN THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO. (18) Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then YOUR PEACE would have been like a RIVER, and your RIGHTEOUSNESS like the waves of the sea. (19) YOUR DESCENDANTS also would have been LIKE THE SAND; HIS NAME WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CUT OFF FROM BEFORE ME.
(Returning to Gen. 22:17--AND YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL POSSESS THE GATE OF THEIR ENEMIES. (18) IN YOUR SEED ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED, BECAUSE YOU HAVE OBEYED MY VOICE.)
(Gal.3:29--And IF YOU ARE CHRIST’S THEN YOU ARE ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE. (Rom.3:13--For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR OF THE WORLD was NOT to ABRAHAM or to HIS SEED through the LAW, but through the RIGHTEOUNESS of FAITH. (14) For if those who are OF THE LAW are HEIRS then FAITH IS MADE VOID and THE PROMISE of NO EFFECT, (15) because THE LAW brings about WRATH; for where THERE IS NO LAW THERE IS NO TRANSGRESSION. )
Rom.5:8--But God demonstrates HIS OWN LOVE TOWARD US, in that while we were STILL SINNERS Christ DIED FOR US. (9) Much more than having now been JUSTIFIED by HIS BLOOD, we shall be SAVED from WRATH THROUGH HIM. 1 Thess.5:9--For God DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord JESUS CHRIST. (2 Thess. 2:13, b--God from the beginning chose you for SALVATION through SANCTIFICATION by THE SPIRIT and BELIEF in the TRUTH, (Ps.43:3--Oh send out YOUR LIGHT and YOUR TRUTH! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to YOUR HOLY HILL and to YOUR TABERNACLE. (Returning to 2Thess.2:14--To which He called you by OUR GOSPEL for THE OBTAINING of THE GLORY of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Heb.5:5--So also Christ DID NOT GLORIFY HIMSELF to become High Priest, but it was HE WHO SAID TO HIM: YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (Ps.2 goes on to say: today I have begotten You, Ask of Me and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.) Returning to Heb.5:6 As He also says in another place; YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to THE ORDER of MELCHIZDEK. (Ps.110:1--The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My RIGHT HAND, till I make YOUR ENEMIES Your FOOTSTOOL. (2) The Lord shall send THE ROD of YOUR STRENGTH out of ZION. RULE in the midst of YOUR ENEMIES! (3) Your people shall be VOLUNTEERS in THE DAY of YOUR POWER in the BEAUTIES of HOLINESS, from THE WOMB of the MORNING, YOU HAVE THE DEW OF YOUR YOUTH. (4) The LORD HAS SWORN and WILL NOT RELENT! YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.
(Is.46:12--Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, who are FAR FROM RIGHTEOUSNESS; (13) I BRING MY RIGHTEOUSNESS NEAR, it shall NOT BE FAR OFF; My SALVATION shall NOT linger. And I WILL PLACE SALVATION in ZION, for ISRAEL MY GLORY.) (Ps.57:8--AWAKE MY GLORY! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. (9) I will PRAISE YOU, O Lord, AMONG the PEOPLES; I will SING to YOU AMONG the NATIONS. (10) For YOUR MERCY reaches unto the heavens, and YOUR TRUTH unto THE CLOUDS. (11) Be EXALTED, O God above the heavens; LET YOUR GLORY be above the earth.)
Ps.84:11--For the Lord God is A SUN and a SHIELD; the Lord will give GRACE and GLORY, NO GOOD THING WILL HE WITHHOLD, from those who WALK UPRIGHTLY. (Pr.2:21--For THE UPRIGHT will DWELL in THE LAND, (Promise land?) and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN IN IT: (22) But the wicked will be CUT OFF from THE EARTH, and the UNFAITHFUL will be UPROOTED from it.) (Ps.90:16--Let Your WORK appear to YOUR SERVANTS, and YOUR GLORY to THEIR CHILDREN, (17) And LET THE BEAUTY of THE LORD OUR GOD BE UPON US; Yes, ESTABLISH THE WORK OF OUR HANDS.)
Ps.111:1--I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, IN THE ASSEMBLY of THE UPRIGHT and in THE CONGREGATION. (2) THE WORKS of the LORD are GREAT, STUDIED by ALL who have PLEASURE IN THEM. (3) His WORK is HONORABLE and GLORIOUS, and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER. (4) He has made HIS WONDERFUL WORKS TO BE REMEMBERED; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. (5) He has given food to those who fear Him; HE WILL EVER BE MINDFUL of H I S C O V E N A N T (6) He has declared to HIS PEOPLE the POWER of HIS WORKS, in GIVING THEM THE HERITAGE OF THE NATIONS.
Is.49:8,b--I WILL PRESERVE YOU and GIVE YOU AS A COVENANT TO THE PEOPLE TO RESTORE THE EARTH. (Looking back at verse 6,b--I WILL ALSO GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT to THE GENTILES, that YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. (Ps.2:8--ASK OF ME and I WILL GIVE YOU the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION. (Acts 15:14--Simon has declared how God at the first visited THE GENTILES TO TAKE OUT OF THEM A PEOPLE FOR HIS NAME, (15) And with THIS the words of the prophets AGREE, just as it is written; (16) AFTER THIS I WILL RETURN and WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE of DAVID, which has FALLEN DOWN. I will REBUILD ITS RUINS, and I WILL SET IT UP, (17) So that THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, EVEN ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME. says the Lord who does all these things.)
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He has established such a covenant with us that lasts forever and cannot be broken. We have hope in knowing His promises and believing that He fulfills them all. Thank you for how you bring the scriptures He gives.
Your title, "The Everlasting Covenant" says it all, Sharon! God gave mankind His Covenant in the early days and His Covenant still binds His people together today. We stand upon His promises and, although we often fall short, we keep seeking His guidance as we cling to His Word. He sent His Son as an offering of HIS GRACE - as bridge of peace, a means for God's Children to come to their FATHER. I loved this Scripture that you cited: Rom.5:1--"Therefore, having been JUSTIFIED by FAITH, we have PEACE with GOD through our Lord Jesus Christ, (2) through whom we have ACCESS by FAITH into THIS GRACE IN WHICH WE STAND, and REJOICE in HOPE OF THE GLORY OF GOD." As messengers of our Lord, may we be ever mindful of the Covenant that God set before us - a bond of love that He wants us to accept. Thank you for yet another inspired messsage, dear Sharon. I love you, Peggy