The Blessings of David

THE BLESSINGS OF DAVID by Brent Daub is a brief paper recently prepared for Lesson 3, The Blessings of David And The New Covenant, in the ATS Course AD250 The Non-Negotiables Of Apostolic Christianity,
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Brent Daub is an Attorney of note actively practicing law in Southern California. He is also the Dean of The School of Christian Civilization for the Apostles Theological Seminary. To enroll in Dr. Daub’s course, Conflict Management and Resolution in Church Life being offered for the ATS Summer Quarter, June 3 through September 3 please go online at www.apostlestheologicalseminary.org.

THE BLESSING OF DAVID
by Brent Daub


With Christ’s establishment of the New Covenant, He unlocked the promises of blessing, which were previously made to David. I believe this is a seldom breached subject and thus explains why it is often misunderstood. To adequately demonstrate understanding of this material, one must answer three questions concerning this “blessing.” What is it? When does it begin? Who can participate in it?

At the core of God’s promise to David was the promise for a heavenly, spiritual, eternal, and universal Kingdom, which would unlock a relationship of righteousness with God. This relationship had previously been forbidden for humanity due to the legal consequences of man’s own failure. However, through the obedience and sacrifice of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, man could become that whom God had intended him to be.  To quote the course outline, “Ultimately the life of the Kingdom (Christ’s Kingdom), eternal life (the Christian life), is “fellowship with the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit!” (I John 1: 3)”

The blessing of David is the New Covenant, which is the mercy and grace of God in the person of Jesus Christ! In this place of blessing we can share in the life of Christ. Jesus came that we might have life and experience it more abundantly. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10.

Of what “life” is he speaking? This is where most religious education today becomes cloudy. The answer is eternal life but the second question must be when does this life begin? When does this life become realized? If you answered after the death of the physical body you may be incorrect. I believe what was promised was not only an “after-life” but a “now life;” a life free from lack, fear, death, poverty, and destruction. A life of rightness with God and in that placement we have access to unmeasured blessings.  Life to the full!

The final question is, “to whom was this life promised?” Years of Sunday morning education tell us to the individual only. You cannot blame the short sidedness of the answer for this is the answer that keeps seats and offering baskets full. But the promise is also corporate and available to communities. Imagine a government in rightness with God; blessings of widespread justice, health, provision and success available to nations and civilizations.

When all members of a community are participating in the “Life of Christ” the state of the earth can ultimately be changed. This in turn results in the establishment of a new Kingdom of God which drives out the works of the devil, which are poverty, injustice, plague, slavery, and hatred. Salvation is for the individual and the community. Can civilization become the new creation God intended? Do we not pray “on earth as it is in heaven?”

(For more on this little discussed but critically important subject, go to www,atsvirtual.org and enroll in Apostle George Kouri’s AD250 The Non-Negotiables of Apostolic Christianity. Simply log into the site and register a user name and password and you will be enrolled free of charge. )

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