The Blessing of God Is Part of His Covenant
The whole bible is a story about a father and a son. It’s a generational thing. Some are living better lives because of the generational transfer of those that came before. There is an inheritance, flow and covenant that God made. When you study Melchizedek, you will understand that there has to be order in the kingdom. Someone has to be in charge.
When you join the army, you willingly submit to a sergeant; however, in the body of Christ, many have the attitude that God told me. So chaotic order is going on. There is disunity because no one wants order. There has to be set leadership that helps hold the standard to ward off things that are not healthy for the body.
Leadership is actually the body of Christ’s immune system. Remember the law of Moses my servant… with the statutes and judgments. Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet… and he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. (Malachi 4:4-6)
This is addressed to spiritual folk. There must be an order. If not, there will be a curse throughout the land. We risk losing the spiritual heritage of our fathers because we did not want to submit to the spirit in which God has ordained. Just as there is a natural relationship between a father and a son, so too is there a relationship between a pastor and the congregation.
It is a covenant. Why did God make a covenant between himself and His Son? After speaking in the fourth chapter of Malachi, God did not speak again to man until 400 years later, meaning, we really need to pay attention to the last thing He said. We had 400 years to study and meditate on it.
The next time God speaks is at the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17). And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, This is My beloved son in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17). Jesus had not done one miracle yet. He needed the announcement, pronouncement and blessing of God the father on Him so He would be fully equipped to do what God ordained; He needed the Father’s blessing so He could carry the fullness of the Father as an inheritance. That’s the order of God. This whole story is how God moves from father to son, from father to son.
Today, we have lost this understanding. Even Jesus had to wait for God to affirm Him, allowing the fullness of what He was walking in to be transferred to Him because of covenant and covenantal agreement, which brings inheritance.
Eddie L. Long is an acclaimed teacher, entrepreneur, author, and modern day prophet to the nations. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia just outside Atlanta. Visit him at http://www.bellministries.org or go to NewBirth.org