Kenneth Copeland - A Covenant Combines Two Into One
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Father, we do thank You tonight we praise You. THE BLESSING of the Lord has been manifested and will continue to do so for the things and the rich things of the heavenlies have been made known to the earth realm and things that have happened have been released from heaven through the earth to you this week. And it'll grow and it'll grow and it'll continue to grow and grow and grow and grow and become sweeter and sweeter and sweeter. No, for you do not have to wait until the sweet by and by. You can have the sweet by and by in the rotten here in now. Glory, come on give Him praise. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Yes, Amen.
Professor Greg Stephens, KCBC instructor. I've learned so much from this man about covenant and the covenant of blood, the different kinds of covenants. And the Lord directed me to demonstrate some things I need that little Ziploc bag, can we have that? So that the next time you take communion, this will be in your mind's eye. Instead of just, what is this? I don't know. Oh, that's perfect, that's exactly what I want. Thanks, David, I appreciate it very much. So now, Greg, talk to us about the Salt Covenant.
Greg Stephens: The Salt Covenant is one of the most ancient personal covenants between two people. Salt is the word, comes from the Latin root, "sal" - "salarium" means salary. It was the compensation that Rome paid to a soldier, part of their salary was in salt. And so that's where we get the word salary from, from the Latin word, "salarium"...
Kenneth Copeland: Well that guy's not worth his salt.
Greg Stephens: Not worth his salt. So what would happen is I would have salt on me because they're in a desert. I had salt on me, you had salt on you and we carried it in a bag. Once you put salt on a T-bone steak, you can't get it out. It goes in, salt goes in so...
Kenneth Copeland: Now, now, now. Every covenant is about making two one.
Greg Stephens: Yes, sir.
Kenneth Copeland: That's what the thing all about in the beginning of the...
Greg Stephens: Yes, sir, so in the simplest terms, I have salt in a pouch on me, you have salt in a pouch on you. We're gonna come into a salt part of our salary, covenant with one another, financial.
Kenneth Copeland: Alright.
Greg Stephens: So you've just poured your salt into that bag, now, I'm going to pour my salt from my pouch into that bag. And then the next thing we will do, if you shake it up please, we would shake it. I've given you some of my salt and you've me some of your salt. Can you separate your salt from mine?
Kenneth Copeland: Absolutely not. We have become one, in this ancient simple...
Greg Stephens: It's life and savory, season of our lives
Kenneth Copeland: Jesus talked about it, but I wanted you to see it, I wanted you to see it. Now, so this is your cup.
Greg Stephens: Yes, sir.
Kenneth Copeland: This is my cup. So, pour that in there great.
Greg Stephens: That's the cutting of the covenant and then I would do the same.
Kenneth Copeland: Jesus said, "Take this cup, this is my blood of the New Covenant".
Greg Stephens: Now we've mixed our blood.
Kenneth Copeland: Which is his and which is mine?
Greg Stephens: And we could never separate that.
Kenneth Copeland: You can't separate that.
Greg Stephens: Amen.
Kenneth Copeland: That's it, praise God.
Greg Stephens: Amen, praise God. The Hebrew word for that, for blood is dam, it's where the root of Adam.
Kenneth Copeland: It's Adam's name was blood.
Greg Stephens: Genesis Chapter four, Cain kills Abel and Abba says, "His blood cries out to me from the ground". That word is not blood cries out we translated it into English, it's plural. It's plural, it's two of them.
Kenneth Copeland: I didn't know that.
Greg Stephens: And it's bloods cries out to him from the ground. And so Lord, why bloods? it was Abel and all of the seed that would've come from Abel, cried out.
Kenneth Copeland: Bloods?
Greg Stephens: Bloods. This is why David had to find the blood of Saul and of Jonathan.
Kenneth Copeland: They actually cut a blood covenant.
Greg Stephens: They cut what we did symbolically they did.
Kenneth Copeland: They did that.
Greg Stephens: And so he was bound to find the bloods of Jonathan and Saul. That's what Jesus did to us, He cut a covenant with the Father and became flesh and blood. This is why He said as often as you drink this we've partaken of His covenant and I'm part of that bloods in Him. It's good stuff.
Kenneth Copeland: Praise, praise God.
Greg Stephens: So it's more than just a ritual we do, it's a holy covenant.
Kenneth Copeland: Oh, listen and...
Greg Stephens: Heals you.
Kenneth Copeland: Now, let me illustrate something else. Now, our blood symbolically has been mixed here now at the Communion Table.
Greg Stephens: Yes sir.
Kenneth Copeland: He said, "This is my blood of the New Covenant. All of you drink all of it". Judas had to drink that.
Greg Stephens: Yes, sir.
Kenneth Copeland: So and I want you to be this way every time you take communion and you ought to take it a lot, a lot. Now, his blood is in my body.
Greg Stephens: Yes sir.
Greg Stephens: It's in there, His blood is mixed with my blood, can you see it? Western people don't know anything about covenant, Eastern people do.
Kenneth Copeland: Now, before you go.
Greg Stephens: Yes sir.
Kenneth Copeland: I want you to talk about looking down in his face.
Greg Stephens: Oh, the priestly blessing.
Kenneth Copeland: Yes.
Greg Stephens: THE BLESSING was given to Adam, Adam was given then to Noah pretty much the same blessing and then on down. And then he gave it to Abraham and Abraham was the first person that the Father allowed to bless himself to bless. He made sure that it went to the bloods, He said THE BLESSING to Isaac and to Jacob as well, just like He'd said to Abraham. And then we get to Moses and Moses is allowed to give it to the Levites to give THE BLESSING. And THE BLESSING, "May the Lord bless you and keep you his face shine upon," you know that the Levitical prayer. The priest would do his hands like this, live longer and prosper. He'd do his hands like this over the person. And in the Orthodox tradition, you would kneel with your head down with your hands like this, because you would never look up at the priest because the priest represents God. And he's saying THE BLESSING over you. But there's a phrase in that blessing, Brother Copeland.
Kenneth Copeland: Now let me tell you what the advantage here is it's his knowledge of the Hebrew language. And when I'm preaching, he's over there, following me in Hebrew. and I'm thinking, I hope I got this right.
Greg Stephens: You do.
Kenneth Copeland: Thank you.
Greg Stephens: The priest will say that blessing, your head is in this position down. This is why you see people in other countries come up to you and kneel in front of this. That's why, it's a reverence, it's an honor, head's down. But the scripture says, "And the Lord will lift up his countenance toward you". If my head's down, how does He lift up His face toward me? And the Rabbis teach this, what happens is that Abba picks us up like a toddler and holds us up and you are high and lifted up. And he lifts up his face to you when that blessing is set over you. Amen.
Kenneth Copeland: You've done that with your children. And he looks up in your up in face and you look down and he's smiling and your smiling. Don't you wish you could come be a student at KCBC for a while. And something, I am going to do this, I'm gonna... We're sitting there and he has his Bible open and he opens it to the book of Malachi. And this blank page that goes into the notation, he's got this great big arrow across that blank page.
Greg Stephens: Pointing to the right.
Kenneth Copeland: I said, what are you doing?
Greg Stephens: It's a reminder that all of this was for over here where I live and it keeps me grounded in my covenant and everything that Jesus purchased for me.
Kenneth Copeland: Left the curse over here, and THE BLESSING over here.
Greg Stephens: Yes sir, amen.
Kenneth Copeland: Professor thank you, sir.
Greg Stephens: Thank you.
Kenneth Copeland: Well done, I needed to see this myself.
Greg Stephens: Thank you David. Glory to God.
Kenneth Copeland: Get all the furniture back where it belongs. Now then, well, let's go home dear Lord I mean. Did that bless you? It blessed me so, I saw this in the Spirit and I got two, very, very, very strong things. I got this before we came to this meeting because I've known for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks that my part of this entire convention would be on healing in some way or other. And then I saw this but right before the convention that we could demonstrate this, particularly that Salt Covenant, because you can't separate it, amen. And you're in a blood covenant with God.
Now, don't go be out and finding you somebody to cut blood with that is extremely dangerous. Don't you be messing with that? We already have a blood covenant and it's in the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen. But I know two men very well, very, very well, very, very well. And they just loved one another, just so strong with another. And they were about knee deep in the surf, out in the ocean. And it just came all over both of them at the same time and one of them grabbed the other one's hand.
Now, the word, the root word to the word, covenant leaves the suggestion a cut where blood flows. Everything in the Bible is about blood, everything, without blood nothing happens it's just another book. These two men, oh, probably in their I don't know, twenties maybe. And both of them heard me teach this strong and one of them just grabbed the other one's hand out there in that surf, and just grabbed one another. And they literally said it, "Today before God, we cut the covenant. We are friends from life". And they are even today. They just do anything for one another. Without having a revelation of this Christian people are at a serious, serious disadvantage.
Open your Bibles to Ephesians chapter two, let's begin with the fourth verse. "But God who is rich in mercy," He's rich in "Chesed" "For His great love where with he loved us. Even when we were dead in sin has quickened us together with Christ by grace are you saved and has raised us up together, made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of his grace in His kindness, in His 'Chesed' toward us through Christ Jesus for by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God. Not of works lest any man should boast for we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God has before ordained that we should walk in them wherefore remember at that time remember you being in time past," now we're his workmanship but before that, before you got born again, "At that time you were without Christ being aliens from the common wealth of Israel and strangers, strangers from the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world".
There's incalculable numbers of born again, Holy Spirit baptized, tongue talking, Word of Faith people that are still not covenant-minded. They've never seen a demonstration like that well, a lot of them have now all over the place. That's really nice. You need to see something like that, so that the next time you take that little cup. The 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th chapters of John we're in the middle of the night in the covenant meal, what's been "Gentilized" called the Last Supper. It wasn't in the Last Supper anyway, the table with Jesus in the middle and all 'em sitting behind it.
Exceptionally wrong, they were not at a table, they were on the floor. They weren't just all sitting there, John was in his lap, maybe he had a little table or little cushions. There was no table there, a Gentile painted that. And somebody, some Dodo he's funny though but he said it. He said, "We need a place for 26". What? "Yeah, we need us place for 26 'cause there's 13 of them and they're all sitting on the same side of the table".
That's pitiful ain't it, I almost didn't have nerve enough to tell that in a mixed audience, but really that's how the non-covenant minded Gentile artist now I'm not putting that down. But I'm pointing out the fact that the Gentile's mind doesn't see it. The covenant of blood doesn't mean anything, but it does to this bunch. It is everything. And you see promise, I'm okay, but why is it called God's Word? Why isn't it just Bible? It's His covenant bond, this is two blood sworn oaths. One in the blood of animals then in the blood of men through circumcision and then through the blood of God at the cross, which is the Word, which is bond. He said it and it's forever true, to us it's not the Bible, it is His Word.