Monday, 29 December 2014

Why don't you quicken the dead!

 
Charitoō

Jesus is the way. The way God do things is through His Word. In the beginning God created by speaking His Word. Jesus healed, cast out the demons, raised the dead and called those things that were not into manifestation by speaking the word.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Many are called … few are chosen. Are You?


Jesus says in Matthew 20:16 and Matthew 22:14: … for many be called, but few chosen.

Jesus uses this phrase twice in Matthew’s account of the Gospel. The phrase follows the parable of the workers being paid a wage for a day’s work and the parable of the wedding guest dressed inappropriately.

Is this phrase significant?

Have you ever heard the legalistic preacher condemning his audience using this text then saying Get right with God or get left behind! Or Turn or burn!  Or Repent or else you will not be chosen. You’ll be with the goats instead of the sheep!

They do.

They preach like this to get everyone into their law-abiding, Pharisee mentality. In the process they do nothing but help the elect of God fall from Grace (you can only fall from Grace if you enter back into the law).

What did Jesus say when He said in Matthew 20:16 and Matthew 22:14: for many be called, but few chosen?

So, what is it then?

Jesus was quoting a prophetic word and action from 1 Samuel 16 and Isaiah 41:9 when God called and chose His beloved.

The redemption plan of God is beautifully revealed in 1Sam 16. So, it will be worth our while to look at this prophetic action to understand better what it is that Jesus is saying.

The background

God sends the prophet Samuel to anoint David (his name meaning Beloved, a man after God’s heart) as the next king of Israel. This follows the demise of king Saul (his name meaning desired or beggar, borrower).

When Samuel arrives at Jesse's homestead, he  is requires of him to bring (call) all his sons before Samuel. God speaks to Samuel in every instance concerning the candidate appearing before him indicating whether he is the chosen one or not.

The first time the words called and chosen are used together in the Word of God is here in 1 Samuel 16:8 and it says Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. In fact, the whole of 1 Samuel 16 makes for very interesting Hebrew wordplay with the words called and chosen.

You’ll recall that Jesse eventually called all his sons before Samuel and Samuel inquired whether there was another. When David appears before Samuel, God immediately says This is he! The beloved is chosen.

But how are these words significant?

I suspect digging deeper into the Hebrew will provide us with a better understanding of God’s Grace here.

Let’s see.

The Hebrew word for called is qâra' קָרָא meaning to proclaim, to summon. The word-picture or pictograph is most amazing depicting least person first.

The Hebrew word for chosen is bâchar בָּחַר meaning to elect, choose, decide. The pictograph here pictures the house (of God) in man revealed.

These Hebrew words together with their word-pictures points straight towards the original design of man before time was. Man was designed to have relationship with God, housing God.

Already the Grace message is clear!

... but there is more

The names of three of Jesse’s sons are mentioned as they appear before Samuel.

During the encounter with the first son, Eliab (my father is God-like), God tells Samuel not to be deceived and not to look upon his stature and outward appearance for God looks at the heart.

The second son called is Abinadab (my father is willing or noble) shows that he has knowledge of a willing Father, but not of an able Father. Abinadab also points to man’s own works of self-righteousness.

The third son called is Shammah (horror, waste, appalling) pointing toward man malicious ascribing of evil things to YHVH, God of love and goodness and kindness, having mercy and grace being patient and abundant in love.

None of these called, and also none of the other sons whose names are not mentioned, are the chosen ones.

When Samuel inquires about another, Jesse calls the last, the youngest, insignificant, shepherd with the name David (beloved).


…he was ruddy,

and withal of a beautiful countenance,

and goodly to look to.

And the LORD said, Arise,

anoint him:

for this is he. 1Sam 16:12

The shadow come of age


1 Samuel 16:12 is exactly the way that Father God looks at us following the cross and the perfect atonement sacrifice of His Beloved Son!

Glory to Abba!

Let’s get back to Jesus.

Jesus points to this Hebrew word, qâra' meaning to proclaim, to summon - least person first when He says in Mat 20:16: So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

In one word He immediately cancels the law concept of own works and long labour to obtain righteousness. He shows that the one who was called last, having done the least, if any work at all, earns the same wage.

Who was called?

In Matthew 22 Jesus shows just how many He called. Yet, in the end there is one man who attends the wedding feast but without the appropriate garment. This man is doomed to destruction through his own choice. 

How?

He did not clothe (merely receive) himself with the robe of righteousness (Jesus. Thus renouncing Jesus. for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousnessIsaiah 61:10)

Amazingly called and chosen go together

There exists six instances whence the two words, called and chose, are used together.

God calls all ... He chooses all, but all have a choice in choosing Him!

The called and chosen wordplay in 1 Samuel sheds a lot of light on God’s redemption plan already executed through Jesus on the cross, but the Word completely explains itself (Himself) in the very last book of the Bible in terms of who exactly are the chosen and called ones. It fits ever so beautifully with words of Jesus saying that the very purpose of His manifestation here on earth was not to condemn anyone, but that all shall be saved.

In Revelation 17:14 it says ... These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful

HalleluYAH!

You are called, beloved friend … you are chosen!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Suffer little children not!


Jesus makes a lot of little children and the Kingdom of God.

In Matthew 19:14 He makes this very profound statement, warning the wolves and scavengers, the serpents and deceivers, the mixers and matchers of the Babylonian doctrine (confusion by mixture), the Pharisees, those coming with another gospel, as Paul says. 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Filthy rag ... or Secure Righteousness!


It is a wonderful thing when the Spirit of Truth, our Father Himself, engages with you in a dream?

It touches you and makes you stand in awe like nothing else ever could, consuming your every thought and embracing your very being to the core.

I had such an encounter in a very clear, open dream only a view days ago. 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Gospel dancing on the mountains!

Charitoō

Have you ever looked at those very busy pictures, overthrown with an extreme hype of activity to try and find Waldo?

Although it may take the discerned fan some time to locate Waldo, it's fun, because you know that Waldo is there ... somewhere, usually not even hiding but in plain sight. 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

An open-minded proposal ... Love -talk!

Charitoō

Sometimes we are so blinded by the deception of religion to see with open face the Glory of our Father residing right here inside of our very being!

But Daddy God says: 
Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. Hos 2:14  
The prophet Hosea warns God's people to return to Him. Making reference to their adultery and whoredom with useless idols of the pagans, He prophesied against them when Father God in His great mercy pronounced the words of Hos 2:4 to His bride.

Incidentally, the name Hosea or הוֹשֵׁעַ in the Hebrew means savior or deliverer, pointing straight to Yah'shua, Jesus! When the Jews sang "Hosanna" in Matthew 21:9, this is exactly what they sang: Hoshiya na - deliver (or save) now ... right there as the Saviour of the world entered Jerusalem!

The story of Hosea is the story of Israel and God's elect - every one. It is the story of a husband married to an adulterous wife (Gomer: meaning complete - as a reference to our own complete state in Christ). Every now and then she is found to be cheating on him with another man. Yet, every time he finds her and in love, convinces her to return to him and shows endless mercy. This is the story of a husband with so great a love for his unfaithful bride, but never for one moment does he stop pursuing her.

But let's see if the above verse can be more accurately and directly translated ...

You see God does not allure us. Nor does He place us in a wild wilderness!

Looking at the Hebrew word pâthâh translated allure here and the context of the word, it appears that it can be much better translated as: making-your-mind-open, susceptible, persuaded ... rather than luring, tempting and enticing.

What is translated here as wilderness (midbâr) can, in fact, be much more accurately translated as: pasture or open area, free area, open field, unrestricted place ...

So, What does He say?

He says: I will carry her by restoring open-mindedness because of My goodness, to a place of total freedom and speak words of comfort and love and joy to her!

Isn't that just awesome?

Isn't that just soooo the character of our Father?

... but the love-language goes on ...
And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know [have intimacy with] the LORD [your Husband - Yah'shua, Jesus]. Hos 2:19-20
He introduces us to our original design, made for love and peace and His every good and perfect Gift so that we may: with open face beholding as in a glass [mirror] the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2Co 3:18  

HalleluYAH!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

metamorphoō and lambano!










Charitoō

It is time that we accept, or rather receive (lambano) the beauty, the righteousness, and gloriousness - the absolute Grace that has been given onto us ... shed abroad from before the foundation of the earth.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Law of first mention or first mention of law?

Imagine perfection.

Imagine you have more than what you'd ever, ever need. Imagine no danger ever. Imagine the feeling of beauty, tranquility, peace, love and life, health and super-contentment in all of your being. Imagine the perfect love relationship with Someone who couldn't love you more. Imagine the cool of the evening. Imagine just being. This is paradise. This is Eden!

Would you stay?

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Pray? How? Beg? Demand? erōtaō and aiteō


Much of what we regard as prayer is actually nothing but lamenting ...

... and complaining, and listing and begging, and fighting a dead fight of unbelief.

How much of what we pray is in fact going on and on about ourselves?

Do we ever take dominion and fight the good fight of fait)?

Praying and begging and crying out to God and petitioning Him is the way I prayed for many years. Later on I prayed more like a Charismatic or Pentecostal.

I considered myself an intercessor for many years

We prayed and bound and prevailed and lamented for hours as intercessors. Sometimes we would go on through the night. Sometimes we would go to specific locations (we had to be there). Sometimes would would encourage each other to press-through (that's what we were taught in church). Sometimes we would follow a ritual or pattern or prescribed way that we have seen from someone somewhere before. Sometimes we were visited by powerful lead intercessors and sometimes we would lead as powerful intercessors, warring and fighting and pressing on and on and on ...

Until a few years ago when Abba Abba spoke to me.

Then, one day

I was the head of intercession in the church at the time. But the Lord seriously spoke to me just by saying What are you doing? Where is the finished work of Jesus in your prayer?

And He reminded me and taught me.

I became increasingly aware of the wondrous Love and Grace of Jesus as He revealed more and more of His perfect completed work of the cross to me.

Intercession would never to be the same again.

I came to understand

I came to understand and learn many things contrary to what I was taught, like:
  • Jesus IS our Intercessor.
  • I can not force anything on anyone through intercession.
  • Asking the way I did was almost always from a position of unbelief, especially when now I was looking at the finished Work of the cross and His ultimate Provision.
  • Begging is unbelief and blasphemous.
  • Lamenting as I was was blasphemous considered against the finished Work of the cross.
  • Pressing in and praying until there was a break-through the way I was was blasphemous considered against the finished Work of the cross.
  • Prayer in any prescribed, doctrinal way is nothing but law and contrary to what Jesus taught 
  • Impressing onto other people how to pray was nothing but my own self-centered indulgence and pride.
  • Fighting a war in prayer, the way I used to, was total unbelief in light of what Jesus did on the cross and in His resurrection - I fought a finished battle and ignored the battle that was won for me.
Who has to do something?

I came to realize that mostly when we are done praying our traditional prayers, God has a long list of tasks we require Him to do - take away the sickness. Bless. Protect. Provide. Forgive. Save. Be with. Help. Fight evil. Send angels. Go with. Change. Bring. Take. Give. ... as if He did nothing on the cross! In many cases these are things He gave me authority over to rule over because of the cross ... and I come to Him to ask for it ... ? I abandoned my god-given dominion.

But Daniel, how can you say these things?

Not me.

The Spirit of Truth and the Word of God!

There is a different way to pray

Jesus explained the difference between an old covenant prayer and a New Testament prayer in John 16:23:
And in that day ye shall ask (erōtaō) me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask (aiteōthe Father in my name, he will give it you.
Hitherto have ye asked (aiteōnothing in my name: ask (aiteō), and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

What?

Jesus says to pray in that day, doesn't He?

What day?

The day that the full price was paid completely and forever! 

Jesus was answering his disciples when they asked Him concerning what is this that he saith, A little while we cannot tell what he saith.

Rewind to verse 18 and you will see that Jesus was explaining to them what would happen with Him going to the cross.

He explained both his death and resurrection as well as His purpose. That He who was the One born from above, that He would come and abide in us as soon as we receive Him, and that He would give us His Spirit to empower us and work through us making our joy complete.

... and the asking part?

Then follows verse 23 quoted above that is so significant.

In the Greek there exist at least five to ten words for ask (prayer). These words depend on the context and they portray a different way of asking in every situation.

So, let's look closer.

Ask one - When Jesus uses the first ask it is the word erōtaō which, coming from the root Greek word according to James Strong, means in this context to ask a favour, beg, beseech, desire, intreat, pray; to question, ascertain by inquiry (as a matter of information merely) - the way old covenant people used pray. He says in that day we will beg Him nothing ...

Ask two - The second ask that Jesus uses in this sentence, saying that following that day we shall ask, is a different word altogether. He now uses the word aiteō with an all together different meaning. The meaning now is: strictly a demand of something due! Instead of begging in the old covenant way, following that day we shall now demand something already there for the taking!

He talks about restored, New Testament, dominion authority!

Can you see the finished work of the cross there?

In that day ... in this day?

Le me pharaphrase into simple English.

Jesus says in this day (today) you will no longer beg Me, but as an absolute truth I tell you, when you will demand whatever is due (provided for by My finished work on the cross and beyond), the Father, in My Name, He will give to you.

How can we demand from God?

You see, It's like a 10 year-old. When the scullery is stocked to the roof with sweets and candy and all sorts of nice things, she asks knowing fully well that it is there ... in fact she goes about declaring it, proclaiming it, confirming it.

Her asking is different.

She knows it is there for her. In an instant she would fling the door wide open and receive and take hold of what is already provided right there.

That is quite different from begging and asking and pleading for something not yet provided.

It is the same with Jesus.

That is why we come boldly to Him. Not asking for a favour. He has already blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings and favours. He Who gave His only begotten, beloved Son, how will He then not also give us all things?

There is no need for me to do all sorts of silly prayers.

I am His beloved and He, the Beloved is in me!

I am a Kingdom heir!

I am the recipient of His unmerited Favour, His Kindness, His Goodness, His Prosperity and Abundance.

It is due.

I can demand what is already there!

So, now asking changes

When Jesus continues from verse 24 onward He no longer uses erōtaō but aiteō instead.

We can lay hold of it. Demand it. It is given. It is finished!

Blessed be His Name!

What follows?

Again Jesus explains in verse 24:

Hitherto have ye asked (aiteōnothing in my name: ask (aiteō), and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full

Using the word aiteō He explains how that if we demand what is done (finished), we shall receive (lambanō). Click here and here for more on lambano.

Lambanō is that beautiful Greek word explaining what we need to do most of all:

to take 
to obtain 
to hold 
to take hold of 
to open your hands and receive 
to embrace 
to be amazed 
to make it your own

... and not only that. We get yo apply and appropriate what we have received!

Isn't His Grace just tooooo much for you to ever fully comprehend?

Praise Jesus!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Does God allow evil? How do we read the Bible?

Friends,


A few days ago I received an email from someone asking for an opinion on an essay by Richard Murray titled: Satan: Old Testament Servant Angel or New Testament Cosmic Rebel?

Let me start by saying that I enjoyed this essay tremendously and what follows is my opinion based on what I have experienced firsthand from a loving Father.

Let me try to summarize the essay:

Richard argues the point that there exists a problem in the body of Christ to differentiate, distinguish and discern good and evil from each other. He cites the old testament writers as the main culprits in that they did not have a clear understanding and revelation of God's goodness. In an effort to explain evil things that happened in their lives, they attributed it to God who either permitted satan to execute these evil actions or committed these atrocities Himself. The devil functioned as a sort of a "Luca Brasi figure to the Godfather"  to them. Richard takes a firm stand against these ideas and promotes that "EVERY TIME YOU READ THE WORDS "GOD" OR "LORD" IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, MENTALLY ADD THE FOLLOWING BRACKET RIGHT NEXT TO IT-- [JESUS OR SATAN]. Then apply the New Testament light and love you know, along with inner Holy Ghost promptings, combined with the sweet stirrings of a sanctified conscience, all bolstered by the mind of Christ which all Christians now freely possess. THEN, look at THE BRACKET and discern whether the act, event, or statement recorded in the Old Testament is more consistent with the nature of Jesus OR the nature of Satan. Make your call, insert the right name, AND THEN you will rightly understand the Scripture in question.".  

To this I say:

I am in agreement with most (if not all) of what he writes. Not many people are prepared to say what he is saying these days for a number of reasons, but mostly because of confusion and deception in the body of Christ. This is the work of the enemy, to deceive and lie and confuse and I'm reluctant to say that the institutional church allowed much of this. Interestingly, the Bible uses the picture of Babylon for confusion. Babylon literally means confusion by mixture. The Hebrew pictograph for בָּבֶל or Babylon is even the more interesting and depicts: the whole of the house controlled.

The bottom-line is that God is good and that God is good all of the time. When God revealed His character to Moses in Exodus 34:6 He said who exactly He is, that He is who He is: merciful and gracious, patient and abundant in goodness and truth. Nothing bad. Nothing remotely bad. Anything contrary would certainly be the characteristics of the adversary. We see the fullness of God's character manifested in Jesus who perfectly reveals the heart of the Father. And so I agree with Richard.

A lot of what Richard says makes sense in terms of the old covenant concept of good and evil. Much what he says can be substantiated from the Word itself. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. Even on this statement a whole variety of beliefs and doctrines have been formed over the years. I will, however, not go into these save to say that everybody has his or her own interpretation on what exactly he or she understands by inspired Word of God.

My own position has been formed and reformed by the teaching of the Holy Spirit and in spending time with Abba Abba through the years in this regard. I am currently at a place where I take the Word as a fundamental Truth, as God's Word penned by man, as Father's heart (Jesus) revealed to man and to be guided always by the Spirit of Truth as explained below. So, I am at a point where, if the Word says it was evening and morning, I take it that it was evening and morning exactly and the Holy Spirit will always provide additional revelation pointing to Jesus. If God says that He annihilated the Assyrians and send an angel to destroy 185 000 of the enemy (satan) in one night, then that is exactly what He did. And I would know that there exists a deeper meaning that the Spirit of God will reveal to me some way or another.

What about so-called contradictions in the Bible?

When ever you come across one of these contradictions, you should know that the contradiction does not come from God but is likely to be:
  1. A translation error - because of inaccurate translation from the original text (this is why you should preferably study the Word from a direct translation and stay away as much as possible from any interpreted translation); 
  2. Interpretation error because of language and cultural specific circumstances or merely out of ignorance (see case below);
  3. Punctuation error - original text did not have punctuation;
  4. Human error - the word was correctly given by God, but humans still had to write it and even the writers of the books of the Bible could err. It is for this reason that it is not good enough just to know what the Bible says, instead it is wise to know what the Word of God also says. The Word of God reads like a holograph and you are bound to have a take on the matter from a different angle in another verse somewhere else in the Bible. Take the example of Jesus when he was tempted in the desert. The devil tempted Him by quoting from the scriptures, but Jesus responded in every instance saying that the scriptures also says ... (here the argument of Richard Murray is very relevant); or
  5. The crux of the matter is much deeper than what appears at surface level -  this will require you spending more time with God asking His Spirit (of Truth) to reveal the fullness of the matter to you.
In each of the above cases it is the best for you to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the matter as you dig deeper.

Let's take one case-in-point of such apparent contradiction:
And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah. 2Sa 24:1
Against:
And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. 1Ch 21:1
Both these verses from two different books in the Bible describe the same event. In the first instance we read that the anger of the Lord was kindled, which is a separate part of the sentence from he moved David. The translators even inseted a comma between the two parts of the sentence. However, it is often interpreted in this way: the anger of the Lord was kindled and the Lord moved David. But that is not what it says. Looking at he moved David we should understand that the word "he" is in unspecified (unidentified) form here. We can not automatically assume the he refers to God. So we need to know what the Word also says and read 1 Chronicles 21:1, which clarifies it perfectly.

Who moved David?

I like the bracket idea that Murray comes with when reading the old covenant. I do the same, but my bracket says: always orientate yourself to where Jesus and the cross stands in relation to the part you are reading. The cross changes everything. It is the place where God did satisfy All of His wrath. The cross is the definitive point between the old covenant and the new testament, between death and life, between darkness and light. Not the white page in the Bible separating the two.

I also agree that the old covenant does not contain a full doctrine on satan because people living in the old did not have the ways and means or power to resist him, whilst we do! I wrote on this in my series Inherited Authority to Rule Part-1Part 2 & Part 3. I do believe that, even today, we need a fuller revelation and more time spent on the goodness of God rather than giving much time to any doctrine of the devil.

There is something, though, about goodness and evil that we need to also understand. Goodness (and evil for that matter) is a very, very subjective matter and depends fundamentally on where I stand and where (with whom) I position myself. Remember Jesus said those who are not for us are against us?

I want to explain something that I learned from the Father's heart. The best I know how to do this is from a childlike perspective. So, here goes: 

My Father is good and always good. He is the strongest Daddy there is. He always wins. He always loves me. He will do anything for me (and He did so by even sacrificing His only begotten, beloved Son, Jesus so that He could adopt me). He is all powerful. He is almighty. He is the best Daddy ever. He is the loveliest. He is a very fair Daddy. He is always just. He is always right. He always protects me. He is a Mighty Warrior. He is always victorious. He always gives me the best gifts as much as I want. He always comforts me and secures me. He is Perfect. He is always the same. He always stays with me and never leaves me. He is the BEST DADDY for ever and always!

In order to look after me, my Daddy will not think twice to thump the enemy. He will bash him up good. And He did. He will do anything to comfort me, to protect me and provide for me. He hates those who hate me. He destroys whatever rises up against me. My Daddy has anger and wrath against whatever wants to hurt (kill) me, whatever wants to take away (steal) from me, whatever wants to destroy in my life. As His child, He has given me His power to take action against these when He exposed the enemy at the cross through what Jesus did. This is His goodness towards me!

Do you see my position? If I was in the camp of the enemy, I'd be afraid of my Daddy ... very afraid!

From where I am standing (in Christ) God is good, always, no doubt. From where anyone is standing outside of Jesus, in other words either working on his own or with the devil, this is bad news and what God does will considered by those as bad, not good, evil, etc. That is why, as a Christian, as a son of God there is no other way - you can only and will only proclaim God's goodness. But looking from the other end it is difficult, if not almost impossible to see and experience God's goodness. 

I say 'almost' because God has made a way. It is called the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This Gospel is the power of God onto Salvation (Jesus). It changes ones vantage point entirely and forever, if received. This is the good news. The goodness of God (Jesus). And it is by the Goodness of God that repentance comes Rom 2:4. The verse says: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 

Repentance?

To be of the mind of God Who says I no longer see your sins and transgressions and inequities, who says He sees you holy and sanctified and washed clean before Him, justified (just as if I never sinned). Outside of this I move in what is called the law and I am ultimately responsible for my own fate. The law requires judgement. It requires justice. It requires a verdict. The verdict is either punishment (even if you transgressed in one offence) or acquittal (if ever you would be able to succeed and be compared with Jesus and that is impossible) - all this comes about tough our own making, our own choice and of our own decision as to with whom we take a stand. 

At Sinai the Israelites did choose not to have a personal relationship with God. Rather, they chose to have Moses to be a mediator between them and God. They also chose the law instead of a personal relationship of love and grace. What they did not consider was that the law (any law) demands justice. Before the law people committed all kinds of sins, even killing one another without consequence. 

Shortly after making this choice for the law ... shortly after the law was given, there is an incident where these people of the law put the law to the test. A man collecting firewood on the Sabbath was brought to Moses for judgement. Moses inquired from God and the LORD [you see Richard's bracket wont work here because we know exactly who the LORD is here. It is יְהֹוָה identified by His very personal, and to the Jews unspeakable, Name] said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. Num 15:35. God did not kill this man. He merely stated the obvious demand from the law. The law always demands a verdict. It demands conviction. It has no mercy. The law operates by invoking fear!

But Grace is the very free gift that makes us righteous and in Jesus God says: For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. Heb 8:12- 13

The only way we can ever fall from Grace is when: Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Gal 5:4

You see, we can not deny that the law demands judgement (on sin). If we do, God will not be a just God! God had wrath against sin. God dealt with sin on the cross! His full wrath came on sin. It came on Jesus, our Substitute! If we deny Jesus, we embrace the law and make ourselves wide open for a justified wrath against sin that Adam brought into this world. If we embrace the law instead of Jesus, we demand justice by our own acts of righteousness.

In Jesus ALL sins, all afflictions and curses and punishments were dealt with completely, utterly and forever. He made us forever righteous!

Aren't you so glad and grateful we are in Grace and not under the Law?

Following through on verse 16 that Richard Murray quotes, I just love the way that John, the beloved disciple who laid his head on Jesus' bosom, declared our position in Christ: Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love [Jesus]; but perfect love [Jesus] casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1Jn 4:17 - 18

So, yeah, I agree Jesus showed us exactly what we were up against when He destroyed the works of the devil. Yet, He went all the way to restore onto us the power to have dominion on earth and to take authority and rule over our circumstances and in the earth as such ... and to have a holy wrath ourselves against sin - proclaiming His Gospel, casting out demons, healing every sickness, mending every relationship problem, etc.

I like the way Richard Murray sees God and His true nature towards us, who not only believe, but also walk in His power, stay in His Rest and allow Him to complete the perfect work that He began in us. HalleluYAH!

u r blessed!
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