Kenneth Copeland - Ministering Our Healing Covenant
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Kenneth Copeland: Hello, everybody. I'm Kenneth Copeland and that's Greg Stephens and we've had a wonderful week this week have we not, come on give the Lord a of praise for it. Professor, this has just been marvelous just so great.
Greg Stephens: Thank you, sir.
Kenneth Copeland: Let's read our golden text in the book of Ephesians. And then thou shalt continue sir Ephesians chapter two. I wanna go up to the 10th first at this time no I don't wanna go what do I really want yeah yeah yeah I'm gonna go to the eighth first. "For by grace are you saved", there's that word, saved healed made delivered "is by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God". Well, what Brother Copeland is the gift of God? The faith and the grace.
Greg Stephens: That's right.
Kenneth Copeland: They're both the gifts from God...
Greg Stephens: That's right.
Kenneth Copeland: "Not of works lest any man should boast for we are His", oh Lord. Think about it. "We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good work, which God has before ordained or predestined or prepared, that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcised, you didn't have any covenant by that which is called the circumcision in the flesh made by hands. At that time you were without Christ, you're without the Messiah, you're without his anointing. Being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants, plural of promise having no hope and without God in the world, but now in Christ Jesus now in the Messiah, you who sometimes were far off are made not by the blood of Christ, the blood covenant of Jesus". Glory to God.
Greg Stephens: That's right Amen.
Kenneth Copeland: We've not been made nigh, we've made it, we created. We created, we are His and He's ours.
Greg Stephens: I was looking at that where you said that again, we are His workmanship and I got to think about that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. That's the verse that set Brother Hagin free he'll tell you he read that and said no, that didn't say what I thought it said and then yes it did say what I thought I said. He fashioned Adam. In Christ he we've been made His workmanship we've been refashioned into that image.
Kenneth Copeland: Where He created Adam now He's created us.
Greg Stephens: With that same
Kenneth Copeland: Same creator.
Greg Stephens: That's good.
Kenneth Copeland: Second Corinthians let's start over there. Second Corinthians chapter five. Verse 17, "therefore if any person be in Christ, he that person is a new creation. Create we just read created in Christ Jesus old things that old sin nature is gone man, glory to God. And behold all things in your new man your spirit being has become new, and all things are a God who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation, to know that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, and not holding against them their trespasses".
Greg Stephens: That's so good.
Kenneth Copeland: Isn't that amazing in that last verse, you can almost not imagine that. For He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God.
Greg Stephens: Not accounted righteous, made right.
Kenneth Copeland: Made righteous.
Greg Stephens: Look at this and now then we are ambassadors for Christ as though God would beseech us, be reconciled to God that's our message. And He's committed unto this verse 19, committed unto us the word of reconciliation, That's our assignment.
Kenneth Copeland: Now let's stop again, let's remind ourselves the covenant. We are giving people God's Word, we're giving people His promise. Mylon says, "God is completely honest and He will do exactly what He say He'd do". This is two covenants of promise, one in the blood of man, the other in the blood of animals, and this one in the blood of Jesus. This is God's bond. He watches over His Word to perform it, and anybody that will believe it and accept it, He'll do it. And you can rest assured.
Greg Stephens: Now that I've been reconciled and given that assignment, I can go right to what Jesus said in Mark chapter 11, when He said Have faith in God.
Kenneth Copeland: Yes.
Greg Stephens: I'm not having faith in you, I'm not having faith in myself, I'm having faith in God. That this covenant is true and He means what He says. And so therefore as a result of that, "you shall say unto you that whatsoever you shall say to this mountain be thou removed cast to the sea shall not doubt his heart but believe those things which he says shall come to pass, he'll have whatsoever he sayeth". 'Cause it's you speaking under that authority as if He were saying it. Verse 24. "Therefore I say unto you whatsoever things you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them, you shall have them". Deliverance from sickness is part of that.
Kenneth Copeland: Oh Yeah.
Greg Stephens: I can now...
Kenneth Copeland: It's a major part of it.
Greg Stephens: I don't need to go beg and pry and cry and whine to God to heal me, I can say to it. I can absolutely say to the cancer, I can say to my back, I can say to my knee, line up with the Word of God, you stop, stop that Jesus' Name. And I have the authority and the backing of heaven to do so. That's beautiful. It's all because of the blood of the Lamb.
Kenneth Copeland: Now I'm turning, back over here to Mark where you were Mark
Greg Stephens: Mark chapter 11. Hang on just a second. Now, let's read what you just read, again, beginning in verse 22-23.
Kenneth Copeland: "For verily I say unto you, that whosoever whosoever whosoever, whosoever, it's exactly the same, whosoever, for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on him", Whosoever, this is a spiritual covenant law. It is as real, it is as real and as true and as predictable as the laws of physics. It took a long time, thousands of years to learn how to fly an airplane. The laws of physics were already there. Nobody knew anything about them, but that doesn't mean they'd flown in the Garden of Eden didn't cause birds flew. And it's exactly the same principles. But hey, these are spiritual law. But what you have to realize is that it's the law of faith, It's the law of love. And that is brought about by a blood covenant. And you have to become so conscious of the fact that He said it in blood and it belongs to me. And I said it.
Greg Stephens: And therefore it's done.
Kenneth Copeland: Yeah.
Greg Stephens: Lucifer has two things that he likes to use that are his he believes his power. One is sin the other sickness. According to Jesus, there's no difference in them 'cause they're both in curse poverty is the other one, so by the blood of the Lamb, He has already stripped him of those that's already been done. When God created Adam, He placed a life force inside of this Adam, that is a substance that angels including Lucifer wasn't familiar with, that's blood. Wasn't familiar with that don't have that. So man is a spirit living in a physical body. Instead of just being a spirit-being and he has this blood, this is why blood cries out Hebrews tells us. when Adam was created, they'd never seen blood all of a sudden now they see this life force in this person. And Jesus will become flesh and blood, and has that same life force in Him. So He won that as a man for me, in the Godhead so that blood is on the mercy seat right now.
Kenneth Copeland: Oh, yeah.
Greg Stephens: It was sprinkled by the seven times, by the priests, and now Jesus as my high priest, He was anointed at the Jordan River. That's His function right now when He returns, He'll be a king. They wanted Him to be king. Not yet. He's our high priest right now. And that blood is healing us today, and He's given us that assignment. We just read it, ministers of reconciliation to go and do the works of the Messiah. Now, here's the interesting thing about that, the Egyptians saw that first Jehovah Rapha is, when they came out, that's when they heard that word. When they came out of Egypt. Egyptians hated shepherds. Absolutely despised shepherds. Let me show you Genesis chapter 46. Yeah, this is gonna bless you. This is Joseph, a type of shadow of Jesus. Genesis 46. He gives them instructions when they're gonna bring all of the the household of Israel down, let me find it now myself, verse 33, and verse 34. "And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, you shall and shall say, what is your occupation? That you shall say thy servants trade hath been about cattle from our youth, even until now. Both we and our fathers, that you shall dwell in the land of Goshen for every Shepherd is an abomination unto Egyptians".
Kenneth Copeland: Well, look at that.
Greg Stephens: Moses had to learn to be a shepherd, before he was in the household of the Pharaoh, but he had learned to be a shepherd watching somebody else's sheep. And so God's gonna use the blood of the Lamb from shepherds, not only to save them from Israel, but to heal them or save them from Egypt, but to heal them as well. There wasn't a single feeble one among them when they came out of there.
Kenneth Copeland: That's right.
Greg Stephens: And if they have that Brother Copeland in an unfulfilled covenant, we live in a fulfilled side, remember the arrow in my Bible, we live on this side of the cross. So this side of the cross, I've got the blood on the doorpost, on Jesus's it was on this side this side and right above him. And we live on that side. I've been reconciled into God, I do have a covenant as much as they had a covenant, and it's fulfilled by the Great Shepherd. How much more should we be walking, See here's the thing I'm learning, I used to wonder, why do we have so many Christians and healing lines? Used to bother me. And it used to bother me when Brother Hagin, I was working for him at the time would say, "I've not had the flu since whatever", whatever year it was, it was a Tuesday at 3pm. You know how you used to do that. And it used to bother me because I'd be sick. And I'd say why is that for him and not for me? I couldn't get it. And I realized now it's a covenant.
Kenneth Copeland: Yeah.
Greg Stephens: That is covenant-thinking...
Kenneth Copeland: I was the same way when I first heard that I thought What is he talking about, everybody has to be sick. But I had my mother, bless her heart she was a Naturopathic physician, back when doctors hated them and became a chiropractor, and she studied nutrition and she realized there's no use in people being sick. And because all chronic diseases are self-imposed. Anyway there's a Chinese doctor told my dad, it was so funny and he said, "Very easy get man healed take off head put on shelf heal body put head back".
Greg Stephens: Like it.
Kenneth Copeland: Yeah. 'cause you're killing yourself with your mouth.
Greg Stephens: Yeah.
Kenneth Copeland: Not having any idea that these words are true. It has been so many years since I said my feet are killing me that's very strange to me when I hear somebody say that 'cause I have what I say. But that takes development over the years. Just like it had to develop the spiritual laws. And you pointed this out, I had read that but I had forgotten that. Now think about this, That held true right on up into the western part of the United States there was a war between the cattle people and the sheep.
Greg Stephens: That's absolutely true.
Kenneth Copeland: Cattle people hated them.
Greg Stephens: It's true, absolutely true. Now, there's another aspect of this we read it earlier in the week, when Jehovah Rapha was introduced to the nation. And I'm just read this, this is Exodus 15 verse 26. "If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, and will do which is right in His sight, not your sight, what's right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments and keep all his statutes, I'll put none of these diseases on you that I placed on the Egyptians for I'm the Lord that healeth thee". For the...
Kenneth Copeland: Now why did he put those diseases On Egypt if it was a weapon.
Greg Stephens: Yes it was their gods.
Kenneth Copeland: Yeah and he had to stop them.
Greg Stephens: Right.
Kenneth Copeland: Cause He's in covenant with these people over here.
Greg Stephens: There's a timeline that they gotta come out off.
Kenneth Copeland: Yeah.
Greg Stephens: And He's not gonna miss He's no gonna be late on His timing. And I'm telling you we are in a timeline right now in between covenants. Now listen to this, though we bypass all of this. We love that for I'm the Lord that healeth thee, but listen keep all his statutes put none of these diseases, that goes to my mouth, but He had also told them some things they shouldn't put in their physical body.
Kenneth Copeland: That's right.
Greg Stephens: Now, that's the part my flesh doesn't like to hear. But if I'm going to walk in a covenant of divine health
Kenneth Copeland: Yes sir the law of first reference, Genesis 6:3 the days of man shall be 120 years. It said it's normal life to be 120 years, then that carries all the way through. So the Levitical food laws, were in order to live that long.
Greg Stephens: Yes, sir.
Kenneth Copeland: And you come all a way up into the 91st Psalm. With long life I'll satisfy you and show you my salvation. That's based on 120 years. It goes all the way then through the rest of the Bible. And as you come into that we're talking covenant relationship here. Now, I didn't wanna eat that way either. My mother forced it on me and I'd sneak off and eat foot long hotdog. But then, and I always had a struggle with my weight. But when that covenant came that 120 year covenant, the covenant itself energized me where I no longer had any problem and I refused to eat any other way. And I'm not talking about following the Levitical food law. But what I do follows those laws, I didn't do it because of that. But my trainer, and nutritionist whom I've known since he's 11 years old by the way, he has a degree and so forth. One of his training practices, and he prepares meals for me exactly right for my body. Well, I had to get used to that, But it was no longer a fight for my flesh because I had a covenant with God. I didn't enjoy not putting salt all over my food anymore. But it didn't take me about three weeks and then what the desire for the salt was gone. Because I've got a working covenant with my God. And He's already done His part, I'm just catching up with him I'm doing my part.
Greg Stephens: What I've learned now and I'm learning it I'm getting there is I've got to quit working in my natural, 'cause it's the whole man Spirit, Soul and Body.
Kenneth Copeland: Spirit, soul and Body
Greg Stephens: I've got to get my physical to quit working against the covenant. I'm confessing the covenant. I'm believing the covenant. I'm preaching the covenant. But my physical is working against it. God has already placed His healing power within us. Now it's under Greg's authority now.
Kenneth Copeland: That's true.
Greg Stephens: So it isn't up to God to determine who's gonna receive healing it's up to me. And that includes me. It's up to me to lay hands upon the sick. He's not determining I'm gonna heal that leper, but I'm not going to heal these people because they're not in a covenant with me. They don't have a covenant, their Syrophoenician, it's not that anymore. We all have been grafted in He gave his life for the entire world, and it's up to me now, to release that healing anointing.
Kenneth Copeland: Oh Greg that's good.
Greg Stephens: It's not up to Him.
Kenneth Copeland: I have reason to believe that particularly for gospel Pentecostal people, they know a lot. Even those who don't realize how much they know. They're not they should have grown up by now. And I have strong reason to believe that just people in the congregation are gonna increasingly have harder time receiving healing until they start ministering healings. They're gonna have to minister it. If you can find anything else do go to nursing home lay hands on somebody. Somebody tried to say to me one time, I just don't have any place to preach. Come on man, what's wrong with the street corner?
Greg Stephens: They're everywhere places like...
Kenneth Copeland: Go to the nursing home. go down and visit the the police department. What? Well yeah go talk to the chaplain. How can I help you guys? Man hey...
Greg Stephens: They're looking for somebody.
Kenneth Copeland: Yeah. How can I help you? Any time you need me call me man, I'll be there. I'll lay hands on you and help you in a way I can, and because well you can see what's happening to them right now. And I mean they're hurting dear God they're hurting, 'cause they're in trouble what they do the trouble of what the don't do and they got their lives on the line for it. So anyway, the soldier, Todd White on the streets of Israel, right down in Jerusalem walked up to two young Israeli Soldiers witness to them laid hands on one of 'em he was healed, physically healed right there in the street. One of them accepted Jesus right then, and within two weeks that young man was knifed to death on the street. Now how many tens of thousands of Christians walk right by those soldiers? never even thought about it.
Greg Stephens: Yeah.
Kenneth Copeland: But here is one believer, one crazy believer like that Bill Winston says, one crazy Christian that has just walk up there with the love of God, all in him and all through him. And we're out of time.
Greg Stephens: We're out of time.
Kenneth Copeland: We're gonna have to do next week. Amen.
Greg Stephens: Amen.
Kenneth Copeland: Thank You, Lord.
Greg Stephens: Thank you Jesus.
Kenneth Copeland: Oh, Jesus thank you. Oh, Jesus thank you. Thank you praise you Lord. Glory to God.