Kenneth Copeland - The Covenant Name Change
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Father, we thank you today for your Word and your presence. We know from your Word that this room is filled with your presence because ever since the day of Pentecost, the very air that is breathed all over this planet is full of the Spirit of God and is for anyone who will reach out and receive you. Jesus. And we thank you and we praise you. Thank you father, for opening the eyes of people's understanding throughout this, uh, throughout the world. Well, this radio and television broadcast is carried throughout victory network and we thank you and praise you for it, sir. In Jesus name. Amen.
Now don't you be like this bunch here when I said, when our scripture today is going to be Mark 11:22. And they did it again. And it's because that, well, let me just take a moment and say something about this. Of course I preach on other things and uh, and today we're going to be going in a different direction, but it's still faith. And, um, but for 53 years, I have had a mandate on my life to teach God's people faith. That's what I do. Everything we do and everything we teach, excuse me. If it doesn't have the faith element in it, then it, then it's just head knowledge and, um, it's mental assent to a truth.
Oh yes. Brother Copeland. I know. That's the truth. Oh, I believe that. Well, that's wonderful. Yeah. But let me, well now you just see this told me right then. It's not in your hearts, it's in your head, but we're going to keep on until you get it all the way down in here to where every time you open your mouth, you say, Mark 11, Oh, excuse me. So that's, that's priority in my life. And that's what I'm called to do. Well, I need to say more about the Lord still prompting me to say more about that. I've had people say to me, you don't preach the whole counsel of God.
Well, I know what they're talking about. They're talking about, well, you don't preach one thing all the time. You just one sided and you'd, you'd just out of balance and in questioning some of those people, you know, years ago, it turned out to be about an equal amount of faith and unbelief because back in the days of the full gospel businessmen's fellowship meetings, which were Oh, so marvelous. Wow. Um, I remember one time, uh, in this particular place, it was in a regional convention and the person and the committee that's set up the speakers had me in one slot. Then they brought in this other fella in the other slot. We'll we were back to back and he just despised what I preached. So he was preaching crosswise of it all the time. Then I called the guy out about it.
Well, he said, I thought it ought to be balanced. I said, well, it w what you did or you just negated everything he said and you negated everything I said, and the people got zero. Amen. That churches do their pastors like that. God called that pastor to preach. He's the one ought to be telling him what to preach, not the congregation, not his wife, not anybody else, not his family, nobody. And he needs to spend time in the floor on his face before God, until he has something to minister to that congregation. But in most, well all cases, every pastor should know what the calling of his church is.
Are you a roofing church? You building the roof on the body of Christ. Are you a plumbing church? You put in the plumbing on the body of Christ and you get a roofer in a plumbing church and a plumber in a roofing church, he's gonna be crossing wires everything the pastor teaches. So if you've got a plumber in a roofing church, he's going to try to put the toilet on top of the house. That ain't, I better get down about, I'm already out of, out of place here. Jesus, 22nd verse of Mark chapter 11. Jesus answering saith unto them have faith in God. Have faith in who? Who is that? Who is God? Good question, isn't it?
Well, for one thing, he is who he says he is. Amen. But in the Western world, the English language, the only two languages, excuse me, that adequately speak to its reader is Hebrew and Greek. There have been small Wars fought because the English reader only got half of the message out of one word. Sozo, just that simple rink word sozo translated in the King James Bible and others as salvation. Well, you see Brother Copeland, we preach salvation, we preach the new birth, but that healing business is nothing. See that the same word is translated healing throughout the New Testament. It's translated deliverance. It's translated soundness.
Now the Greek reader reads that and says, ah, I'm supposed to be saved and healed. So what's the big deal here? Let's get it all. But the English language is so terribly inadequate and so are the other languages too. They're just bad in most cases. So it's so important to know and understand. Now, don't misunderstand me this. There are revelations that come in the English translation of the New Testament that in some cases I'm thinking about one right now. I won't take time to get into it. But you get that revelation out of the English translation of the Greek. So it works both ways, but 98% of the time, uh, English is inadequate.
Now let's go to the 17th chapter of the book of Genesis verse one, excuse me. This is where the first blood covenant was made, where the blood was human blood, all up until that point all of the covenants beginning in the garden of Eden, when God clothed Adam and his wife on animals cause he clothed them with skins the Bible said. So it's obvious here that a covenant was made and it was the first time, obviously we're only working with one human being here and his wife, one man and his wife has a better way to say it. The first covenant, I'm already just so thrilled over this, this when, when Adam and his wife Eve, so the, the King James literally uses the word sewed, they sewed fig leaves together to try to cover themselves, trying to meet their own needs without God cause they were afraid of him. What did he do? Killed an animal, so God is a covenant making God. Killed an animal and made them clothes.
Oh my brother and sister. Don't you know that is some good looking suit, handmade by God, handmade by El Shaddai. Now 17 chapter of Genesis. Up until this point, including the garden of Eden, all blood shed in any kind of covenant was an animal's blood. This introduced the blood agreement, the blood backed promise or oath to the earth. This was the original. Now after this, this became predominant in the earth, particularly among native peoples. People that knew no other form of civilization. No law.
When Cain killed Abel, why didn't God execute him? It wasn't against the law. Nothing that's said it was wrong. He knew it was wrong in his heart. Of course he did. Yeah, he did it out of anger and it's obvious he'd given anything if he hadn't had done such a stupid thing, but it wasn't against the law. That's the reason this had to come to pass. Are you listening to me? How did it come to pass? The first covenant in the blood of animals first, then by circumcision, the blood of Abram and then the covenant name change occurred and he became Abraham.
Here's another thing that people that have no consciousness of Hebrew and no idea why he changed his name from Abram to Abraham, big deal, why is that? They put an H in the middle of it and in Hebrew it was God's name. Name change. How many of you are married? What happened in that covenant ceremony? The name change. Where do you think we got that? Right here. It happened when you were born again. The third chapter of the book of Ephesians. You were named after your father, the whole family. Ephesians 3:14-20 I'll tell you that. That's in my opinion. That's the biggest, biggest covenant chapter in the Bible because the name change is in there. Where, we were named after our father.
Now, where did that come from? Well, let, let's let, no, I'm going to go ahead and say it now because they don't want to lose it. The first human blood shed in a covenant was by circumcision. And I asked the Lord, I said, Lord why circumcision? Now in David and Johnathan's covenant was more in line with what grew out of this original covenant that, that native people did. Hebrew people did this. They would enter into covenant with one another and you could see the scar. And in some cases something was rubbed into that scar, particularly here in the hand or here someplace very visible, maybe on both wrists, particularly if that's where an incision was made. And so it would whip up. You could see it. Amen.
I'm a covenant man and people would see that covenant scar and think, uh, I don't know what I'm, I don't think I'm going to mess with him. I don't think I better mess with her. They covenant people and I don't know with whom they are in covenant. I may not be anybody, but it may be somebody I don't wanna mess with at all. Now that very principle right there should be taught to every born again person. The moment they accept Jesus as Lord because of the circumcision of the heart, circumcision of the Spirit, and Satan can see it. It's a scar just slashed and cut across your spirit being and it is as visible as the holes in Jesus' hand, your covenant and Satan will do everything in his lousy power to keep a believer from finding that out. Because once you know, then it's laughing time. Ha ha ha ha.
Who do you think you are? I have a covenant with the most high God. Take your hands off me. I walk in love, that's a covenant law. You're messing with the covenant when you don't do that, but out of ignorance, people do it all the time. When you say covenant they know what it means. Without some in depth teaching, they have no understanding of it. Because in the Western world, the word covenant doesn't mean anything. The word Testament doesn't mean anything.
And like I've said earlier, in most people's mind, you mention covenant and they think about that little neighborhood covenant keeping you from painting your house pink or chartreuse and black or something, you know? No, no, no. But when this begins to grow and mature on the inside of you, then first John 5:8 just comes alive. Whosoever is born of God, who is God? Love. Whosoever born of love sinneth not, but he keeps himself where? In love. One translation says he no longer, it's impossible. He no longer continually practices sin.
It just started the book, but telling you what to do when you do sin, stop and get rid of it, right then you have a covenant with God, not based on your feelings. It's based on what he promised you. Walk in the light as he is in the light. His blood cleanses us from all sin. Confess it. He's faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Then you jump right over that 18th verse said that, and then that wicked one touches you not, why? Because you have a covenant with God and when you're walking in love, you're keeping the whole law of the convenance.
Dear Lord. That's, that's kind of where I figured we'd get to by Friday, but here we are. Here we are Monday. Praise God. But that really is, that's really the, the inside of this issue. Now, but we got a little, two and a half minutes here. We've got time to read into this. Verse one Genesis 17 when Abram was 90 years old and 9, the Lord appeared to Abram and said unto him, I am... now we asked who is God? I am the almighty God. That's the best English could do with that, without just going on and on and on and on in explanation of it. He actually said, and it, this is the way it's written in the Hebrew language and now we have translations like the new living translations that actually says this. I am El Shaddai and anywhere you see almighty, that is the word Shaddai.
El meaning God, singular, singular word for God, Elohim. Elohim is plural for God, but Shaddai Oh, what's your, the maybe it, maybe it's that new living translation. I don't remember now, but I am the more than enough God, the root word in Hebrew, it's referring to a woman's breast. The I am the breasty one, I am more than enough. I'm the God that nourishes. I'm the God that takes care of you and you think about this a moment. All of you mothers, all of you that have given birth, you, Gloria, not me, was everything those babies needed. Yeah, she nourished him, took care of them. She was here. She was their life. She was more than enough. And we're out of time. We'll take it up here again tomorrow. Praise God.