When the fullness of time came, Jesus, the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, was born of a woman into a flesh body as the Lamb of God (John 1:29) in a little town called Bethlehem–the House of Bread (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:6; John 6:51). He was born under the Law, as the final sacrifice of the Abrahamic covenant. He ushered the way for all who would receive it, into the eternal new covenant that can never be broken, which is based on better promises (Hebrews 8:6), that was cut between the Father and Jesus. This new and everlasting covenant was ratified, not with the blood of bulls and of goats, but in the precious blood of the Lamb of God (Hebrews 9:12), slain from the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:19-20; Revelation 13:8).
Though man’s commitment to keep God’s covenant failed, God’s hesed-agape, His great loving kindness and tender mercy, never failed. It produced Jesus, the Messiah, our LORD and redeemer. Isaiah 54:10 says, “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee” (KJV).
When man sinned in the Garden of Eden, God’s nature of hesed (Hebrew) -agape (Greek) was no longer part of his nature. But God “remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). After the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, when the new covenant was in force, God called men to walk in agape and major in it. It was the key to the Apostle Paul’s ministry and to the ministries of all the writers of the New Testament. It is the very key to knowing God. Jesus said, “If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love [hesed-agape], even as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love [hesed-agape]” (John 15:10). In verse 5, He said, “Without me [hesed-agape] you can do nothing.”
Jesus, The WORD made flesh, gave Himself as the sacrifice to redeem mankind from the curse. He was made the curse–made to be sin for us. He was the snake on the pole described in Numbers 21:8-9. Why? “So that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:14). Because of His eternal sacrifice we can run to “the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16) and confidently declare, “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2, KJV)!
Righteousness is not something that grows up and becomes. It’s a gift you received the moment you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Romans 5:17 says, “For if by one man’s trespass [ Adam’s] death reigned through him, then how much more with those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign and live through the One, Jesus Christ.“ Just as you can’t buy a Volkswagen and hope it will grow up and become a Cadillac, you can’t gradually become righteous. You were re-created in Christ Jesus–made the righteousness of God in Him, by faith. You receive this gift by faith. What will happen when you do? This scripture says you shall “reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.“ The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says “reign as kings in life.“ can you hear the authority there? There is no fear of failure in righteousness. There is no fear at all in righteousness. Fear comes from sin consciousness.
Jesus, the Anointed of God, is the second Person in the Godhead. He is The WORD, who was in the beginning with God (John 1:2). All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made (verse 3). God told the devil in the Garden of Eden that there would be One coming who would bruise his head (Genesis 3:15).
And generations later God told his covenant partner Abraham that in his seed all the nations of the world would be blessed (Genesis 22:18; 26:4). Throughout the Old Testament He spoke through the mouths of the prophets, calling those things that were not as though they were, that this Messiah (Hebrew: Meshiach; ha meshiach: The Anointed One) was coming (Isaiah 7:14; 53:1-12; 61:1-2; Micah 5:2; Malachi 4:6; Romans 4:17). Moses said, referring to Him, in Deuteronomy 18:15, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet from the midst of you, of your brothers, like me. You must listen to him.”
This God kind of love and glory is only spiritually discerned by the born-again believer, filled with the Holy Spirit of God. The world considers it foolishness. “But unto us which are saved it is the power of God“ (1 Corinthians 1:18, KJV). Jesus knew and communicated the Father and His love to His disciples. They didn’t fully understand, but they knew the Father had sent Him. He declared to them the Name of the Father and all the Name could do. And then He prayed for them and us (John 17:20), that the love with which the Father loves Jesus may be in us, and Jesus in us. Learn to rest in His love for you and to walk in and allow its power to flow through you to help and minister the same life-changing, life-giving power to others around you wherever you go!