Leadership in Context Episode 123 Show Notes
Understanding Covenant, pt4
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
COVENANT FOUNDATION #1: COVENANT DEMANDS A SACRIFICE
COVENANT FOUNDATION #2: COVENANT IS INTENTIONAL
COVENANT KEY #1: THERE IS A REVELATION THAT WE ARE NOT SERVING OURSELVES
COVENANT KEY #2: A COVENANT HEART HONORS THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE
1 Peter 1:12
It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.
COVENANT KEY #3: A COVENANT PERSON UNDERSTANDS THEIR UNIQUE PLACE IN GOD’S REDEMPTIVE PLAN AND ORDER.
“The angels long to look.” The angels that are around the throne of God, that are worshipping, that are ministers of God, long to look and understand the gift of salvation that the Lord gives to us. The word “long” is the same word that is translated to lust in other parts of the Bible. They so desire, so “long” to understand, what you and I have in forgiveness of sins.
A covenant person understands that God’s redemptive plan and order means that there is no one else and nothing else, except for mankind, that Jesus redeemed. Nothing else has been redeemed.
In our culture, as we get further and further away from the cross, it is interesting how we elevate other forms of life. Abortion is rampant. It is almost a sacrament to God-haters. But if you aborted a puppy or a farm animal, you’d be considered a monster. The news is full of people who have been in more trouble for abusing a dog or a horse than for abusing a child. This is spiritual. This is a lack of covenantal understanding. Animals are not redeemed and cannot go to heaven.
A mark of a covenant person--not in pride, but in honor--is the ability to say, “I am the most unique creation of God--so much so that the angels long to look into what I have. The angels cannot comprehend the relationship that I have with God.”
Our Response to Salvation:
1. PRIZE: We prize our salvation. We glory in our salvation. We thank the Lord for our salvation. The foundation of spiritual discipline is acknowledging and thanking God for giving us what we cannot get on our own. We had a debt that we couldn’t pay. He paid a debt that He didn’t owe.
2. PROTECT: We protect our salvation. We walk in a sanctified manner. We don’t contaminate. We don’t see how much we can expose ourselves to and still hang onto salvation. Holiness is not how close we can get to the world and get away with something. The more you prize your salvation, the more geared you are to protect your salvation.
3. PROPAGATE: We propagate our salvation. If you understand your salvation and value it, then you will want to share it with others. It should just come out of us. Being aware of our salvation, prizing it, protecting it, will cause it to automatically come out of us.
Are you willing to take your place in God’s creation? Do you realize that you are redeemed like no other, not even the angels? Wow.
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