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Covenant Of Works

Joyce Meyer (1)

If I’ve been lying down and I decide, “yes, I want to run my race!” I can’t get from this position to standing. I can’t jump from here to standing.  I have to go from this to sitting, then I go from sitting to standing, then i go from standing to walking, then after I walk, wow! I can run my race!  Whoo! (applause) but now you see, each one of those phases takes time and each one has a meaning that we need to look into. The first thing you have to learn to do is sit. The bible says in Ephesians 2:6 that we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. When you read about Jesus after his resurrection, he’s always depicted in the bible as seated. The bible doesn’t say that he’s standing at the right hand of god; it says he is seated at the right hand of god in heavenly places. God called my attention to that a few years ago and i got to thinking about that: why is he always sitting down?

There’s a very definite important meaning to why Jesus entered into the heaven lies and sat down: because he was establishing a brand-new covenant and under the old covenant, when the high priest went into the holy of holies once a year to make sacrifice for the people’s sins, there was no chair in the holy of holies. They could not sit down. It was against the law for them to sit down because they were living under a covenant of works, so there was no rest. They had to keep working. There were bells sewn on the bottom of the priest’s robes.

A rope was tied around his waist because nobody could go in there but him, and if he stopped moving while he was in there, the bells stopped ringing and they knew he had made some kind of mistake and had dropped dead and they had to haul him out because it was a covenant of works, works, works, works. What am I going to do? What am I going to do? Gotta be doing something. Gotta be doing something. What am I going to do? What am I going to do? But when Jesus came, he being our perfect high priest, the final sacrifice for all times, when he poured his blood out and that blood was taken into the heaven lies and put on the mercy seat for all time, the bible says in Hebrews chapter 10… I want you to go there — Hebrews 10:12-13.

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