Kenneth Copeland - The Correction in the Promise
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Open your Bibles with me tonight to 2 Peter. Oh Jesus, thank You. 2 Peter chapter one, the first four verses. Simon, Peter, a servant... Now the Greek word there for servant is slave. You can look that up in the New Living Testament, that's the way it reads. Simon Peter, a slave and an apostle of Jesus Christ to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our savior Jesus Christ. Well, now just wait a minute. Just hold it a second. To them that have obtained like precious faith with us. You mean to tell me that we have the same faith as this great apostle? This is the man that by revelation, Simon Barjona, fisherman, but who do you say that I am? And he just stood up and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God". And that day Jesus changed his name to the Rock. You're solid as a rock. Amen. Yep.
Well, all right. Now, just hold your place there and let's go over to the book of Hebrews, chapter 12. Now you we've been through chapter 11 and there's the hall of fame of faith. But you come down to the 39th verse, and all these, having obtained a good report through faith. Say through faith. I've had people tell me Copeland, you're overbearing on faith. No, I'm just doing my job. Some people are glory specialists, and that's good. Some people are healing specialist and that's marvelous and wonderful. But the Lord let me know early on that I'm to be a faith specialist. I'm to study it, understand it and walk by it and praise for it. Look for it in everything. Look for faith in everything. Look for it everywhere I look. I want to see faith. Glory to God. Amen.
Wherefore God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect or mature. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses. If you'll look up the word cloud there, other translations translate it, a crowd, a crowd, a huge crowd of witnesses, and he was referring to the ones you just named. I just finished my February Partner Letter on this subject. And I have to include Oral Roberts, Kenneth E. Hagin, Praise God. T.L. Osborn, T.L. Lowery, Smith Wigglesworth, the apostle of faith. All of these men, and Aimee McPherson. Glory to God. Marie Woodworth-Etter, apostles of faith. Amen. So these are the great crowd, the great cloud of witnesses. And these are the ones.
Now, there are people in heaven... Jesse Duplantis just recently went back through his vision of heaven, the time he spent there. And he saw people there that just had on white gowns, no reward at all, but thank God they're there. No reward at all. But this group and the ones of this caliber are part and have to do with... How can I say this Lord? They are God's future planning committee. Because God doesn't do anything without first, he talks with his servants, the prophets, or in this case, the witnesses. They are witnesses. And they are the ones that stood tall in the midst of great persecution and warfare.
Now we haven't had that kind of persecution as a lot of them have, but I just thank God I'm going to have a little more than just a white gown on. I want to be a part of this group and if Jesus tarries, I've only got about 34 more years. I'm going to do my best to walk up to that place. So seeing we also were compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses. Let us... Say us. Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience or endurance the race that is set before us looking onto Jesus, the author and the finisher or the developer or the completer of our faith. That's where Peter got his faith. That's where John got his faith. That's where you got your faith. I'll prove it. Go over to the 11th chapter of Mark. Some Bibles will just fall open there. Mark chapter 11.
Now we can say this. In the fact that Mark brings these things out so bluntly and to the point, this, in my opinion, could have been labeled the gospel according to Peter, because Peter mentions John Mark as his spiritual son. Amen. So you can see all of these things, but now look here at the 11th chapter and the 22nd verse. And Jesus answering saith unto them, have faith in God. I have a little number two there, or have the faith of God. It's God's faith and it's precious, priceless. Now let's go over. Let's go back over to 2 Peter. Thank You Lord Jesus. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and the knowledge of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power has given unto us all things, say all things. This is all things for 2022. This is all things for 2032, 52, all things. I don't care where you are or what you're faced with, all things. According as his divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of him that have called us to glory and virtue.
Now the old English word virtue just simply means excellence here. Nobody uses that word. It's a good word. But anyway, in this case excellence. Now, listen, here's what I want to talk to you about, whereby are given unto us exceeding, great and precious promises, that by these, you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust, having escaped the corruption that's in the world through human desires. Exceeding great and precious promises. Why are they precious promises? It costs Jesus his life to ratify these. It took a blood covenant. Exceeding, say with me. Exceeding great and precious promises. All right, now hold your place there. And let's turn over to the book of Isaiah, first chapter. This book of covenants. It doesn't pull any punches. It is a book of correction. It is a book of direction. Amen. It is a book of protection. It is a book of perfection or completeness, and we're going into a year like that. There's going to be a lot of wide swings extremes coming up this year. Extremely good things for some people, extremely bad things for others.
Isaiah 1:16, Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes, cease to do evil. Okay. Stop there. That's correction. Learn to do well, seek judgment. Now, if you say that to most Christian people that seek judgment, "Oh, no, no, I don't want judgment". Yes you do. Let's get it now instead of waiting later. Get it over with, glory to God. And the scripture says the night that Jesus was betrayed he took bread, broke it, said, "This is my body broken for you". Then he took the cup, said, "This is the blood of the new covenant". And then they threw the great Apostle Paul. He kept on it. He said now, "Judge yourself that you be not judged". Jesus had to stand judgment before the Almighty God after he was raised from the dead and he was judged good. Amen. Thank You, Lord.
Now stay with me now. Come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be wool. If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land but if you refuse and rebel you'll be devoured with the sword, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it. Verse 25. I will turn my hand. Now let's go on down and read. How is the faithful city become an harlot? It was full of judgment, righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers. Thy silver has become dross and wine mixed with water. Thy princes are rebellious and companions of thieves. Every one loveth gifts and follow of bribes and followeth after rewards. They judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them. Therefore says the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the Lord of the angelic armies of God, the mighty one of Israel, "Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries and avenge me of mine enemies. I will turn my hand upon thee and purely purge away thy dross or the alloy and take away all thy sin and I will restore thy judges as at the first and the counsellors or the lawyers as at the beginning, afterward thou shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city".
That is a word to the United States. I will replace your bad judges. Now, did you notice, he didn't say I'll replace your king, said I'll replace the judges. We live under more pressure from judges. Even local judges can really help or really mess things up, just depends on where their heart is. But we have something to say about that. We can follow this and lay hold and lay claim to this all throughout this year where judges are concerned. Amen. So I will restore your judges as at the first and your lawyers as at the beginning, afterward, you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city. What did I just read? Exceeding great and precious promises. If you're willing and obedient, you eat the good of the land.
And I brought that up to the Lord one day and I said, Lord, I just... Listen to me now, "You said, if I'd be willing and obedient, I'll eat the good of the land". And the ministry was having some financial situation. And he said, "You don't qualify for that". Oh, what? He said, "Ever since I told you to do daily television, you haven't had anything good to say about it. You were obedient, but you were not willing. Would it take you very long to get willing"? I just had a change of heart. I said, "I am willing". Well, and I tell you another thing that shook me up. And he took me back over here to the curse. And he took me back and I was familiar with this. He said, moreover, all these curses shall come upon thee and shall pursue thee and overtake you till you be destroyed because you serve not the Lord thy God with joyfulness and gladness of heart for the abundance of all things. I told, dear God, What happened? I got corrected.
So I started saying it, I love daily television. I love daily television. I love daily television. And I said it. And then I went over here to Exodus 23:25. There's a misunderstanding here about this. And the way most people read it doesn't make any sense. And you have to come back to verse 20 to understand it. Behold, I send an angel before you to keep you in your way and bring thee under the place where I've prepared. Beware of him, obey his voice, provoke him not, for he will not pardon your transgressions, for my name is in him. Then he comes down and say, you shall serve the Lord your God, and he, the angel shall bless your bread and water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. That's the proper way to read that. I put in there. And you shall serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart. Amen.
I was corrected with an exceeding, precious promise, the length of your days I will fulfill. And that promise was under the blood covenant of God and Abram. So where do we need to go now? 17 chapter of Genesis. Of course we do. Thank You, Lord. When Abram was 90 years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram and said unto him, "I am El Shaddai. I am the God that's more than enough". He appeared to him and said, "I am the God that's more than enough. I will make my covenant between me and thee". The greater making covenant with the lesser. And will multiply thee, what? Exceedingly, because it's an exceeding great and precious promise. I will.
Can't you hear God? I promise you, I will. I will make my covenant between me and thee and I will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face and God talked with him and saying, "As for me, behold, look, my covenant is with thee, and thou shall be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham". Now, what is that H? Hashem, in Hebrew, the name. This is the first record of a name change in a covenant. They were joined together in a covenant of blood and they became one. The greater entered into covenant with a lesser. And that's what covenant does.