The Purpose of the Law Under Grace
We are not under the law any more we have grace.
Matt 5:17 Jesus said “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappears, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches other to do the same will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commandments will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
The Law was the first five books of the Jewish Scriptures and the Prophets included not only the Latter Prophets - Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel (Major Prophets) and the twelve Minor Prophets, but also the Prophets Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings.
Jesus fulfilled the law, by way of revealing to us its full significance. He underscored its deep fundamental principles and total commitment to it. He pointed out that they were not given so we could recognize them by some insignificant outward gesture that would give the look of submission, but rather a deep unwavering commitment to understand and follow the hidden principles.
(NASB) Romans 15:4 For whatever has been written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
Jesus fulfilled the law because He was the Savior which the law said would come. His earthly walk demonstrated the principles which the Old Testament instructions where to reveal. Some how, for some reason, we have allowed this word “law” to give us an image of hopelessness and out of hopeless despair we have projected our Savior into this place of saving us from that which was to bless. The Old Testament principles were leading us to Christ’s New Testament freedoms.
This is not about following ridge instructions but learning how to follow the principles. The New Testament freedoms come from the knowledge on how the body works. Without the knowledge you have no freedom when adapting and applying the principles. Without the freedom to accommodate you have no capacity to show Christ’s love in you.
(NASB) Romans 3:27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
Anytime we don’t know why we are following a particular principle we must choose to come by faith; so whether we accomplish by knowledge or by faith, we will be justified.
The law of works comes from a mind that is not renewed, and as such, displays a character of self-sufficiency in its accomplishing.
The law of faith is allowed to work in a mind which is surrendering long before it knows why and is on its way to be enlightened. Such minds project a character of dependence, which accomplishes acts of physical obedience that displays faith in whom is loved.
One mind starts to perceive the mind of God as he reads from the word of God; the other is given over to an attitude of his mind that perceives the truth on a level which accommodates the flesh.
Any document written to form a law can only use words, and unless you can perceive the true spirit in which it was written, it can be misinterpreted and digress into something it was never intended to be. Grace is just love in action, giving us the proper perspective which will enable us to correctly interpret His word, along with the motivating power to follow.
Jesus is making it very clear in Matthew 5:17 and Matt 18:32, that at some point both the one who breaks the commands and the one who practice these commands will be in heaven together. So we see that these directives are not the ultimate deciding factor for heaven, nevertheless, plays a significant roll in when you get there and your position in glory. The bottom line is that Christ paid the penalty and bore the weight of everyone’s sin. Therefore, Christ will ransom everyone from their sin, but just because He rescued you does not mean that you can be in the presence of the Father without a transformation.
Matt 18:32 “Then summoning him, his Lord said to him, You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you entreated me. Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, even as I had mercy on you?” And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the tortures until he should repay all that was owed him. “So shall My heavenly Father also do to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”
Romans 5:18 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.
Luke 12:59 “I say to you, you shall not get out of there until you have paid the very last cent.”
Romans 5:18 is referring to the actions of Adam and Eve which resulted in condemnation to all men, but it was Christ’s act that resulted in justification of life to all men.
We had no choice with Adam, and thank God we have no choice with Christ!
We see this justification for all men in Matt 5:17 but in Matt 18:32 it revokes what was granted earlier because of a wrong attitude to his fellow slave. This attitude would have come from a heart that was not circumcised. This injustice resulted in temporary removal from heaven until this wicked slave was forced to repay the time that he should have given to complete circumcision, plus any penalties.
Do not think for one minute that Jesus was putting forth a parable which could only speak to a small percentage of the people at that time. It is only by the Holy Spirit through the word of God, that you can come to know and understand that each of us is possessing slaves.
Well, if you did not know you had them, how could you possibly know how to set up an environment which would show them mercy? If no mercy is shown to your slaves then you will be taking plan B, which is the long and painful way to heaven.
If there is only one level of righteousness which places you in heaven, then all would enter on the same plane; there would be no greater or least in heaven, for all would be equal in Christ. We are not all equal in Christ because some paid every last cent before Christ transported them.
Matt 5:19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
This is how Jesus can say you will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; if you have the opportunity to pay and you pay your very last cent, there is only one place to go, heaven, and that still makes Romans 5:18 include you as well.
These laws of instruction are good and holy, but they did not provide the intangible reality of God we needed to rise to the level it demanded, the level of love.
This scripture also reveals these commands are not obsolete, as some would have us believe, and will remain until this instruction accomplishes the full purpose for which it was given. This purpose of these laws and commands was to reveal truth and give us insight into the details, as they guide us in our living, towards God’s greatest blessings. This next section in Luke is Jesus’ words recorded to clarify the relationship of the Old Testament to His New Testament.
Luke 16:23 “And in Hades (86) he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.”
Luke 16:27-29 “And he said, ‘Then I beg you, Father, that you send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers - that he may warn them, lest they also come to this place of torment!’ “But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’
“But he said, ‘No father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’
“But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’ ”
Why would Jesus direct them back to Moses and the Prophets when He is the way? The answer will come to you later as you absorb this book. But make no mistake the knowledge and instructions to avoid Hades will come from Moses and the Prophets.
1 John 2:3 And how can we be sure that we belong to him? By obeying His commandments. If some says, “I belong to God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments that person is a liar and does not live in the truth.
The blind who travel by the flesh are quick to tell you that we are not under the law any longer; implying there is no value because it is through faith that you are saved.
Romans 3:31 Do we nullify the law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the law.
The fact that God is going to use these commands as a measuring stick in his kingdom should speak volumes to the significance he is placing on them, and the importance that we had better be placing as well.
The question becomes, “Do you want to be called least in the kingdom of heaven or greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Do you want your debt paid in full for you so you can be covered by all the provisions in Christ’s sacrifice; awaking you to everlasting life?”
1 Peter 2:24 …and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
Or will you take the “wait and see” default attitude, which requires time spent in a place of torment, where you have taken over the responsibility of a certain provision in His sacrifice?
Pro 20:30 Stripes that wound scour away evil, and strokes reach the innermost parts.
Psalms 89:30-34 “If his sons forsake My Law, and do not walk in My judgments, If they violate My statutes, and do not keep My commandments, Then I will visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. But I will not take My loving kindness from him, Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness. My covenant I will not violate, Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.
Paul exhorts us to work at our salvation with fear and trembling (Phi 2:12) but we are blind to what to fear and see no reason to tremble. If we will not take our bodies through regeneration then we can not be healed by Jesus’ stripes and his torturous beating at the hands of evil men. Please watch “The Passion of the Christ” and understand how great the sacrifice was for you.
Jesus is going to deliver to the Father worshippers to go to heaven through His loving kindness and faithfulness, regardless of anyone’s condition of faith because He made a covenant to Himself which can not be broken. However, there are consequences to your choices which will not be altered because of the utterances of His lips. The consequences, this side of heaven, are verbalized in Daniel 12:2; everlasting life or everlasting contempt. This is what Daniel could not understand and be assured of the outcome of these events (Daniel 12:8).
Jesus called John the Baptist, the greatest man born of a woman. Do you think that this man will be called great in the kingdom of heaven, or do you think he was teaching something that was to be superseded and therefore irrelevant?
There are very few things God’s Word reveals to us through the life of John, but these things that are, need to have placed on them, great significance because Jesus disclosed to us that his ranking was the greatest.
John’s actions of living in the desert, wearing clothes of a camel hair, eating wild honey and locusts, directing his disciples to fast, should be communicating to us, not only what believing looks like, but the importance of maintaining such a posture.
Some of you are wondering if resting one in seven is fasting. Resting your body was commanded, but mourning to see Christ is strictly voluntary. Digesting food comes second, only after the workings of your muscles in the consumption of your energy. It is true that the action for one appears to be the same action for the other. However, resting one in seven is only giving the body what it needs to be refreshed, and therefore maintained. Fasting on the other hand, comes from a deep overwhelming desire to see and know the Truth. However, it is not a coincident that actions of mourning rejuvenate all parts of the body.
And to the degree the mind is renewed is to the degree the Truth comes into focus.
Matt 21:32 For John came to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even after you saw this you did not repent and believe him.
Imitate men of great faith and you will become a man of great faith.
Pro 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise.”
Romans 2:20 ...an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth – you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who say people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob the temple? You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
God’s Word in the Old Testament is telling us that we who study God’s Word so we can be instructors of the foolish, and teachers of infants, are doing the same things they did, even though we have in the law, the embodiment of knowledge and truth. Paul is pointing out very clearly that our actions, as God sees them, are identical to theirs, we are committing adultery, and we rob our Temple to gratify our idols, and break the very laws we are preaching to others not to break.
Malachi 3:8-10 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed Thee?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse - the whole nation of you - because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
We see that we are under “a” curse, not “the” curse, not from what Adam did, but because of our actions. Did you ever want to put God to the test? God is inviting us to test him. He wants us to change our actions so he can bring us out from under His curse and throw open the floodgates of heaven.
They stole things in the Old Testament to sustain themselves just as we are stealing what God requires of us in the New Testament, and then believing this is the way to sustain ourselves. We preach boldly against adultery yet we are blinded to the fact that we are married to Christ and still use our body for pleasure outside of our covenant. We abhor idols but we bow down to our stomach which robs God’s temple, and deprives Him of His worship.
Phi 3:19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomachs and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.
The Bible is a book of real people and their history.
If we will not learn the “why” a negative outcome happened in the lives of the people in our biblical history book and make the appropriate adjustments then we are destined to reap the same consequences.
Just because we have narrowed the investigation down to a thought coming from the mind, should that deter us from going inside the mind to understand how thoughts come about?
The apostle Paul is telling us why we cannot see how we are doing the same things they did in the Old Testament. Fulfilling the desires of the stomach places our minds on earthly things. The treatment of the stomach holds the key to transporting and keeping the mind on heavenly things, which produce godly thoughts. Something needs to change in our minds so we can use Old Testament stories as parables, capture the analogy, and so discern the practical deployment of the physical, which automatically executes the perfect spiritual posture.
Pro 28:4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them.
Pro 28:7 He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.
The fact is, over eating goes directly against our ability to discern good from evil. It is God who has established and will enforce all his rules of conduct, for he has created the science.
The ones with a keen perception, who act by showing good judgment, by aligning himself with these laws, will be directly contrasted by the group who cater to their flesh through their overworking of their stomachs. Even if you eat a small amount of food but lack the capacity to break it down, the same principles working against a glutton are working against you. That is why God continually held back the rain from His people.
Amos 4:6-7 “But I gave you also cleanness of teeth in all your cities and lack of bread in all your places, Yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord. “And furthermore, I withheld the rain from you while there were still three months until harvest.”
Can you not understand that it is the lack of food which gives you the eyes to see the Lord for who He is? The Lord is going to do this withholding of the rain again to help His bride in the first three and a half years of the Great Tribulation.
(KJV) Micah 3:5-6 Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. Therefore night shall be unto you that ye shall not have a vision; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.
You leaders of the peoples who suffer from indigestion and who are declaring peace to your flock, who rise to make war against the discerning ones that are walking circumspectly, your vision in the day will be as if it were in the night.
(NASB) Romans 16:18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ, but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
Pro 28:9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law even his prayers are detestable.
Can you hear what God is saying? But you say, “Christ came and set us free from the law.” You cannot be set free from truth, however, truth does not have the capacity to keep the conscience in a right relationship with God unless it is followed.
Heb 9:8-9 The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both the gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience.
However, the Holy Spirit is informing us that we possess an outer tabernacle which must be brought down in order to disclose the way into the holy place. Until the fleshly tabernacle is removed, you will always be trying to clear your conscience by what you give.
Heb 9:14 How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Most of us today have little to no use for the Old Testament, but without instructions, our actions of neglect in this area, whether out of ignorance or not, gives praise to the wicked and renders even our prayers detestable. Is it any wonder we are having trouble seeing answers to our prayers? God is turning a deaf ear.
The disciples asked Jesus why he spoke to the people in parables and he said:
Matt 13:11 “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have even what he has will be taken from him.”
You had better recognize that there are secrets, and if you don’t find them even what you think you have is going to be taken away from you. Jesus is not hiding the fact that He can and will save you through his grace. The question becomes, if the secret is not that Jesus is here to save me, then what great thing could the secrets be hiding that is going to rob me of that which I have?
The only thing left is how I receive and deploy this intangible reality called grace, for I must move through God’s favor. If I can find and understand the knowledge of the secrets that transports me directly into the holy place, then I will be given more. But, if I am deceived, what a shock to find out that what I believed positioned me to miss the kingdom of heaven straight up. Now, even what I had, the security of ignorance through God’s grace, is going to be taken from me. These secrets are hidden in, and revealed in, the riddles, parables, typologies and dark sayings of the word of God.
Matt 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.”
You know when you have found the treasure because it will have cost you everything; your family, your friends, your social life, your appetite, your weight and all other manor of gratifying your flesh.
Consider these five scripture verses and let them test your discernment; can you fit them all together to unlock their secret? If you can, then you are on your way to unlocking all God’s secrets. If not, keep reading and maybe God will grant you the understanding to see.
1 Cor 1:27 But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things and the things that are not - to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
What are the foolish, weak, lowly, despised things that He could be talking about?
Matt 9:13 “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Compassion to who?
Rev 3:2 Wake up! Strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.
Strengthen something that remains?
Matt 23:26 “You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.”
Cleanse the inside of what?
Matt 11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father for this was your good pleasure.”
Am I only going to know if I am a little child?
In the New Testament, it tells us that the stomach feeds our flesh, putting our minds on earthly things and what we think is going to be our glory, will in fact, turn out to be our shame. It is hard to visualize what is happening because we relate and comprehend better through pictures and events, and therefore, it is difficult to implement holy concepts and principals. Nevertheless, if I want my mind on spiritual things or have the mind of Christ, I had better be meticulous in my consideration of any aspect of my makeup that draws me away.
The Old Testament is a historical physical event containing all the attributes of daily life, in which people’s lives were used to depict in a tangible way, that which cannot be seen, which is taking place in the confines of our individual lives today. In other words, the past is crucial to our future, but because of man’s defiant nature, he will never learn from history, therefore, The Old Testament will always remain relevant.
What do we know about the law?
Deu 6:25 And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.
This Law was given for the purpose of doing the complete job, that is, giving us all the knowledge and truth on how to conduct ourselves so that we could stand before a Holy God.
Romans 2:20 ...because you have in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and truth.
The word God used to represent this complete job that was needed, was the word “righteousness”, which means a “right standing” before our Holy God. In Romans 7:12 we find Paul giving us the components of this “right standing” “So, then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.” We now see that there are three areas of distinction in this word “righteousness”. The Law and the commandments were given to instruct us in holiness, righteousness and goodness because they are the embodiments of Christ. Something stopped the commandments from producing this “right standing” we needed, and that was sin which separated us from God and his power.
Romans 7:9-12 Once, I was alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. For sin, seized the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
Ignorance is bliss until you are given the knowledge of right and wrong. The commandments showed that the actions coming from my body were wrong. I was deceived in my thinking by sin that I could change my actions so as not to break the commandments. I focused all my energy on the actions, and not on where the actions were emanating from, and thereby missed seeing the true purpose for the commandments.
Romans 7:4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God.
In order to die to the Law, we must die to our self, that is, remove the flesh which houses evil in our body by the provisions given to us through the body of Christ.
This perseverance in removing the flesh brings about the new birth, which free us from the Law because we are born or slowly changed into the character or body of Christ through denying our flesh that which seems right. It is taking our polluted blood and body to the level of purity that Christ blood and body functioned at.
In this way, we are joined to Him in character, who was raised from the dead. It is only coming through this transition that we might bear fruit for God.
It is in the actions of crucifying the flesh which simultaneously transforms the believer into the character of Christ where all the attributes are just natural outcomes of this nature.
It is totally absurd to think that we can take the head knowledge of all Christ’s attributes, balance them for each and every stressful situation that we find ourselves needing to communicate in, and deliver this mental and physical attitude through the physics of a body which has not been regenerated to reflect the physics of His body.
There is no pressure to be on guard with our character or thoughts after regeneration because we have a new physical nature which automatically renders the correct response, providing we are on guard for our physical body purity.
1 John 3:3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Romans 7:6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.
Following the Law circumcises the flesh; releasing us from the Law because the Law was for the flesh. And the newness of the spirit is bound by love.
Heb 7:18 The former regulations is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope was introduced, by which we draw near to God.
The regulations were set aside, but not the truths in the Laws or principles in the precepts.
It is in our believing that love draws us near to God to have something perfected, that we can be called worthy. Christ came and wrote a new covenant in His blood. God is perfectly holy and therefore the regulations are rigid and unforgiving.
This standard of God was unattainable and therefore useless; it could not perfect in us the requirements of holiness. Christ’s new covenant is open to all, but like any contract it has terms and conditions to be adhered to. These terms and conditions are from and based upon the regulations, however, they are structured in such a way that Christ will make up the short fall. This is plan “A”. However, Christ died for all mankind and at His discretion will perfect, at some point in time, righteousness for everyone. These people will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven because their inactions did not take them away from the default.
Isaiah 64:4 For from days of old they have not heard nor perceived by ear, Neither has the eye seen a God besides Thee, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for him. Thou dost meet him who rejoices in doing righteousness.
The doing of righteousness is getting the body pure and keeping the body pure.
Romans 5:6 You see, at the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 4:25 He (Christ) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
All will be justified at some point in time for God’s glory, but now is the time given for the cream to rise to the top to share in that glory.
Romans 3:23 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
This new righteousness from God requires two things, that you have complete trust and confidence in Jesus, and to position one’s self to take advantage of what He is offering to fulfill what is demanded. If you don’t act to take hold of these two things, then you are not receiving Christ’s grace to overcome what the Law could not supply, and therefore you are not rising to the top.
1 John 2:29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.
It is in the reaching out by faith to take hold of these things that you seize the gift of God’s grace, the very thing that secures your resolve. If salvation with honor was a straight gift from God, there would be no need for grace to be our teacher, or to supply the strength to overcome, because there would be nothing to overcome. For if the gift, in and of itself, is the reward, nothing more needs to be added, but if the gift is grace and the reward is salvation with honor, then something is needed to be done with grace to achieve our reward. God speaks of this grace in the New Testament but He gives us a picture illustration in the Old Testament. Moses was a typology of Christ just as the Amalek was a typology of our flesh.
(NASB) Exodus 17:11 So it came about when Moses held his hands up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hands down, Amalek prevailed.
It is we who are in the valley doing battle with our flesh, not Moses doing the fighting.
No, Moses was on top of the hill holding up his hands towards heaven giving strength by his grace to all who kept their eyes on him. It is by Christ’s grace that we will prevail over our flesh if we will receive the grace by looking up.
Heb 12:3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
Romans 8:3 For what the Law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live by the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
Jesus, God’s son, not only became our sin offering but lifted up His powerful righteous right hand and thereby, fulfilling the promise he made to Abraham and showering us with his grace.
Phi 3:9 ...not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ - the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
I must have faith in what Jesus did for me personally, and if I do it will cause me to take actions, that move me to line up with his Laws. We must follow by faith, or through faith, because we have no idea of the science taking place in our bodies which is transforming us.
Faith is reflected in the purity of the body, not some reassuring thought that we convince ourselves that we command.
Isaiah 26:10 Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the Lord. O Lord, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame; let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them. (John 2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Thy House will consume Me.”)
It is through grace that we learn righteousness, and through Christ’s up lifted hands we gain access to the strength to obey. This fire is reserved for God’s enemies and was never intended for you, so let the Spirit open your eyes to see the hands lifted high for you, and apply His strength to overcome your weakness.
Pro 11:4-5 But the righteousness (6666 - rightness, rectitude) (1) strict honesty; uprightness of character (2) correctness of judgment or method - from primary root 6663 – (to be causation - the act of causing, causality, make right.) delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless (8549 - entire integrity, truth: - without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely sound, without spot, undefiled upright, whole. - From primary root 8552 - to complete, accomplished, to be cleaned, consume, have done, come to the full, be (make) perfect, be wasted, whole.) will smooth his way, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. (7564 - a primary root: to be (causative, do or declare) wrong: by implied to disturb, violate: condemn, make trouble, vex, be (commit, deal. depart, do wicked (-ly. ness).)
(NASB) Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
Grace is a free expression of God’s love, there is nothing we could have given to deserve such a gift that when appropriated is going to give us the strength to achieve what God demands.
To recognize your need for a savior and accept His offer only introduces us to grace by one small step of faith. You need to live your whole life continually seizing what Christ provides, in order to purify the body and soul from everything that contaminates. Christ provides the grace by way of His passion to motivate and inspire you to perceiver in strengthening that which can not be strengthened by food.
Heb 13:9 Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace not by foods, through which those who were thus occupied were not benefited.
To be strengthened by foods is to open yourself up to be carried away by varied and strange teachings, and to receive the strength which does not benefit.
You must exercise faith to believe you need to endure a period of time without food to strengthen that which will give you the ability to recognize the Truth, that your faith will increase to a point where you want to jump for joy with hope of receiving the glory of God.
Reaching such a state of existence propels you forward that you may experience the goodness and holiness and righteousness that He wanted you to have. Then, and only then, are you worthy of receiving His power and all the freedom that comes with it, not by your strength derived from food, but by Christ’s. He does it all, but you must be a willing participant who competes according to the rules.
2 Tim 2:5 And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.
Heb 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Heb 8:1 ...We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in Heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.
Jesus, sitting at the right hand of the Father is making intercession for the times we fall into sin, working as our high priest, as His Spirit is working inside our very bodies. The writer to the Hebrews was talking about people who draw near to God, that is, are on this road to purity. They have stopped practicing sin, but are still in need for the times they stumble. However, this is not to say, that those who are still practicing sin are not under His grace, it is just that grace transports them to captivity and the righteous to receive salvation with honor. If there are some who are in the category of saved completely, salvation with honor, then there are also some who are in another category of saved, but in varying degrees of less than completely, or salvation with out honor.
“Should I come to you with a whip or in love” The Old Testament educated us and through this knowledge was working like a whip to drive us to righteousness, but Jesus came to us with love as his motivating power. There is no power within us, even having the knowledge of what is required, to bring us to this place of righteousness. Jesus said in John 15:5 ...“apart from me you can do nothing” Because of one mans sin, (Adam) we have all been condemned and bear in us the consequences, which is death.
Thank God He has ordained a new covenant through Jesus Christ, the Covenant of Love which draws us, rather than attempts to whip us, to holiness, righteousness and goodness. Where the Law brought hopelessness, Christ brought hope, through death, by bearing our sins on his cross, sin that was separating us from God and his power. Complete salvation with honor is now obtainable for all men by grace through faith.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Not gives complete salvation.
This grace, Christ’s love, is not just going to cover our sin through the time needed to teach us, but once taught, is ours to keep. In order to be taught something you must be teachable, that is, you must humble yourself before your teacher. If you go into class with a prideful, arrogant attitude because your flesh has deceived you again, you will miss the very point that makes the difference and fail the class. The teacher must have a text that would contain knowledge and truth on the subject matter. In this situation, the text is the teacher and the teacher is the text which embodies knowledge and truth, which is housed in the complete Word of God.
Knowledge, working with understanding, illuminates and magnifies the limitless boundaries of His sacrificial love, which pierces the hard heart. Head knowledge, which goes to the heart, suffuses to consume us.
We now have this grace producing the desire to submit to God’s will; all that is left is to execute the actions that releases His strength in compensation for our weak wills. Once consumed, it gives us the strength to start actions which will crucify the flesh. As the flesh is torn away, the blessings of grace further acts to motivate us to say “No” to the temptation and appeal of ungodliness and worldly passions. The actions cause an embracing of the text that teaches us how to live on earth, that is, lives that are self-controlled, upright and godly. A pupil who is provided all that is needed for learning, yet refuses to be taught, is by his actions insulting his teacher.
1 John 2:27 ...And you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in him.
I thought that it was in the pastor’s job description to teach me about all things related to the word of God.
Numbers 16:9 “Isn’t it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the Lord’s tabernacle and to stand before the congregation and minister (8334) to them?” “...but now you are trying to get the priesthood (3550) too.”
Minister (8334) in the Hebrew, a prim root, to minister, serve: - assist, attendant, became a personal servant, waiter, wait on, to attend as a menial or worshipper.
Priesthood (3550) from 3547; a prim root, means to mediate in religious services; to officiate as a priest; to do and be the office of the priest, minister in the priesthood.
We see that these people were chosen to minster in the tabernacle, that is, speak the word of God and conduct the service. It was never theirs to interpret. It is the anointing by the Holy Spirit to everyone who has positioned themselves to receive this anointing, that will understand and communicate what God is personally asking from all of us.
That is why we read, in the New Testament churches that people in the congregation, as the anointing came upon them, stood up and spoke as from the Lord. It was not for our Levites/pastors/teachers to interpret the word of God from their fleshly point of view. No, this instruction was the elite privilege of the priests of God who have circumcised their fleshly hearts. The question is, “How do we position ourselves so the anointing will come upon us?” It is a blessing from the Lord if we can recognize when someone has been anointed by the Spirit, then when you hear the knowledge it is your responsibility to abide in that truth.
John 10:10 ... I have come that they may have life to the full.
When Jesus came and died, he brought grace to all who will, by faith, humbly except it and put it to use, so that nothing will separate us from this love that is going to place us directly in Heaven. And, if keeping yours eyes on heaven is all you need to motivate yourself, great, but for those of us who are also looking for what wisdom wants to give us here on earth, Jesus can and will, provide. The reality of the way this covenant is structured makes it an all or nothing deal.
Pro 3:16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
Make no mistake it is you who must lay hold of her, which is why the Bible clearly tells us; “faith without works is dead”. This will happen if you will humble yourself before God’s love, so that He may provide for you the strength necessary to complete the work, through His science in your Temple, when he teaches you through knowledge and truth on how to lay hold.
Understand what Jesus looks like and put Him on, so that He may make clear to you where you are standing and where you need to move in this area of grace, relative to truth.
(NASB) Heb 10:26-29 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there is no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severe punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
Are there any of us, so called born-again believers, who think that we have not received the knowledge of the truth? Well, we will concede we may not know every little detail, but God’s plan of salvation, no question. We feel quite secure in our salvation, and that security has produced complacency, or an easy belief which requires no further investigation. Some of us may not know that all “wrong doing” is sin.
Col 3:25 For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.
Each time our consciences bring to our mind that we are doing wrong and we willfully override the correct response by justifying or applying grace, we demonstrate that we are willfully overriding the knowledge.
Receiving the knowledge consumes you because grace had completed its work by teaching you to say NO to ungodliness. If you are in this state, the act of willfully choosing to do wrong could transport you to the place where there remains no longer a sacrifice for sin (grace). If so, you will die without mercy, by trampling under foot the Son of God, and are regarding as unclean the blood of the covenant by which you were sanctified. Grace is covering us all the way until sanctification is completed, and obedience to grace places our covenant of grace in good standings.
(NASB) 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sin, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
After sanctification we enter into the law of love where all things are possible, if we will confess, His grace continues to cover us.
It is only in the receiving of the truth, does the truth consume you, and His blessing overwhelms you to the point where there is no mistaking your position.
(NASB) Heb 9:28 …so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.
There is no reference to sin at the time of the second coming, when He materializes the reward for a right standing by His covenant, because we have chosen to yield to grace, by receiving instructions on how, and the strength to put on our white gown.
1 John 3:4-6 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. And you know that he appeared in order to take away sins; and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
The key word here is “practice”. If you are not practicing sin, you are confessing and grace is removing it. And anyone practicing lawlessness soon becomes sick.