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The Two Covenants – Part 2

The Two Covenants Part 2

(Compiled from studies and posts by the elders)

We have looked at the law of the letter and the Law of the Spirit in Part 1. Today, we look a little more at the perfect Law of Liberty, the Renewed Covenant that is in Christ’s blood.

Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Perfect Love

1Jn 4:17 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.

1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

What is this perfect love? This word “perfect” is being used in the context of matured love, a complete love and a love that is full of age Greek 5048 (from 5046 & 5056), as opposed to an immature childish love. Perfect love is the opposite of the love that focuses on all things aside from the true Christ, the love of the world and all things in it.

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Perfection in the Spirit, is when maturity and or completeness is the end goal, that we be thoroughly furnished unto all good works, that is, to be as our Father, which is in heaven IS perfect (Mat 5:48, 2Co 13:9, 2Ti 3:16-17). We, however, receive the fullness of the Spirit only when we are physically resurrected with Christ Lord willing.

“Perfect love” is keeping Christ’s Word, the means unto that Perfection.

Psa 119:96 I have seen an end of all perfection: [but] thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Php 3:12 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself yet to have laid hold: [of perfection] but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before (ASV).

 Perfect love of God is perfect hatred to all that oppose Christ and are contrary to the ways of God, the Father, His Son and His Christ.

Psa 139:21 Do not I hate them, O Jehovah, that hate thee? And am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

Psa 139:22 I hate them with perfect hatred: They are become mine enemies. (ASV)

Obedience to the doctrine of Christ is how this love is being perfected, and we are to press on towards it. As our obedience is fulfilled, this love grows in us as we abide in the doctrine of Christ. It is love that grows and is abounding into perfection.

2Co 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

1Th 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

 This perfect love “casts out fear”, and fear is contrasted with boldness. John is inspired to emphasize the end goal:

Joh 4:42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

 Fear of whom should we be concerned with to be casting out of our heavens and earth?

Mar 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

1Jn 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

False prophets and antichrists prophesy (1Co 14:3) falsely to deceive us within and without who do not confess the true Name of Christ.

1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

1Jn 4:5 They are of the world: therefore, speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

Fear of them that seduce you, fear of the antichrists, fear of they of the world, which is all briefly comprehended in saying, the fear of men.

Pro 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

The spirit of antichrist that is bringing great fear to us, requires vigilance to cast out. This is the Pharisee within and without, always accusing us. Paul, was exceedingly mad against the Living Church at first. The carnal mind wants to rule and have preeminence.

Act 26:10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

Act 26:11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

3Jn 1:9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

 3Jn 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

He that fears is not being made perfect in love. What type of fear did John witness in the days of his flesh? John saw there was fear of the Jews. We do not want to die daily.

Joh 7:12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.

Joh 7:13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.

 John saw a disciple of Jesus in fear of the Jews as he himself also was and the rest:

Joh 19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

Joh 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

Three times we read John write for fear of the Jews. John knew what fear of men really entails; how it manifests, and how that fear is a snare holding many in bondage to be slaves of unrighteousness and slaves of lies.

Isa 57:11 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?

And it is continuing to be fulfilled in every generation, as it was in the days of John when he saw the cause of the fear that was in men causing the denying of Christ and His Christ within and without.

Joh 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

Joh 12:43 For they loved the praise [fear] of men more than the praise [fear] of God.

The praise of men is linked to the fear of men. The praise of God is linked to the fear of God. No man can serve both. One has to be cast out (Mat 6:24). Fear, is, was and will be cast out when our obedience is being fulfilled, day by day for the rest of our lives in earthen clay vessels Lord willing. Fear of men, that is contrary to the fear of God, inhibits us from obedience to God.

Isa 8:12 Say ye not, A conspiracy, concerning all whereof this people shall say, A conspiracy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be in dread thereof.

Isa 8:13 Jehovah of hosts, him shall ye sanctify; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

Heb 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

We are given an example of one apostle serving the Lord with boldness, with a more matured love having cast out the fear of men (one and the same as the fear of the Jews, of the circumcision) and another with less matured love fearing men and treasuring up torments for himself. This is us in the day of judgement which is now upon us.

Gal 2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, [boldness in the day of Judgment] because he was to be blamed.

Gal 2:12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. 

Gal 2:13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.

Gal 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, [devoid of perfect love, obedience to the gospel], I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

Peter was in such dread of the circumcision (Pharisees), that he played the hypocrite. Fear caused him to live a lie for a moment and not fear God. Fear cause a lot of torments trapping people in unrighteousness, lies, hatred and it takes time to overcome as the natural instinct is to prefer the old wine from the changes of the new.

Luk 5:39 And no man having drunk old wine desireth new; for he saith, The old is good. (ASV)

Perfect love is a growing event, little by little, day unto day as fear of men decreases, is cast out of our hearts and minds, and our obedience in the fear of the Lord increases. Do not fear and dread this spirit, and this takes Christ in us (Act 9:26, Act 26:10-11). In the day of judgment when antichrist spirit, like Saul, from Tarsus, is persecuting us to strange cities and putting some to death, this is taking great boldness through the power of God in us, Christ, to “not be afraid”, a supernatural event simply because the fear of death is very natural and very real. Not being naturally afraid of the spirit of antichrist is one and the same thing as not being afraid or fearful of death. As John wrote many times, only “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27) is greater than any antichrist, seducers, deceivers and false prophets that is in the world. We overcome that fear of men or death in us by keeping His commandments.

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, [thus the fear of death] that is, the devil;

Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

The power and fear of death that the children of the devil are temporarily given has no hold on Christ.

Joh 19:10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? [you do not fear me??!] knowest thou not that I have power [of death] to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

Joh 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power [of death and fear] at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore, he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

Christ with boldness, told John and the other disciples earlier:

Joh 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

The fear of men binds and delivers us into many prisons of the world’s system within and without. The torment and stripes the fear of men produces includes the bondage to the carnal mind (bondage to death – Rom 7:23-24, Rom 8:2) that the Lord is freeing us from in the day of our judgment. Christ is the mediator to bring us from the fear and power of death to the fear and power of God under the NT.

Luk 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, [of the fear of men] being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

Heb 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, [and all its power and fears] they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

That boldness Christ displayed in the face of death is what Paul refers to as a good confession, and we are striving for this every day and that is to fear Christ only.

1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

By having boldness in the day of judgment as a soldier of Christ, through perfect love.

1Ti 6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

1Ti 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

What is boldness in the Day of Judgment? Boldness for what?

In our day of judgement, the fear of men begins to be fading away because the riches of Christ are being esteemed far higher than the fear of men. Look at the example of Peter and John in the book of Acts.

Act 4:5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
Act 4:6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem …

Act 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus …

Act 4:17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.

Act 4:18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

Act 4:19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them,

Here’s a demonstration of boldness in the day of judgement, and carnal fears, fear of men, spirits of many antichrists are being cast out.

Act 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

Act 4:21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.

It takes great boldness to tell the Jews, then and now, and their carnal supporters, that God is making of twain one new man (Eph 2:14-16, Rom 2:28). Speaking the Word in boldness in the midst of religious antichrists is to speak without fear of men. Great boldness is needed because it is inevitable that there will be contentions, even at times, persecution unto death. Think within first.

1Ti 3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

To be in the faith of God’s elect, boldness is a requisite to enter into the faith, walk in the faith, live and die by the faith of Christ.

Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest [the pure faith of God’s elect] by the blood of Jesus,

Php 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

It takes the boldness of Christ in us to overcome the fear of men and confess a good witness, to speak the Truth as we ought to.

Php 1:14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

1Th 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

Boldness is needed. Why? Because we do not know what tomorrow brings, we testify to the Gospel of grace.

Act 20:22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, [Paul showing us an example of great boldness] not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

Act 20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

Act 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Fear has torment. What is torment? Who fears?

The torment from the fear of false prophets, is only the one side of torment. Torment and pain is also coming from living under falsehood when we know the Truth. Knowing to do good, and doing it not for fear, is reserving one’s own punishment. There are consequences of disobedience to God’s Word that the natural man treasures up to himself wrath against the day of wrath unto the that Day (Rom 2:5-6).

Deu 28:58 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that [Perfect love] thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, the Lord thy God;

Deu 28:59 Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.

Deu 28:60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, [deliver you unto Satan] which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.

Deu 28:61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

Jer 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.

These torments are stored up until the time the Lord delivers us through the destruction of the flesh. Just as we are being delivered from death through death, (Joh 12:24, Col 1:22, Heb 2:14) likewise, we, are and will be delivered, from ungodliness through the torment and pain of the destruction of the flesh, that is, the death of the cross. At the appointed time, the Lord teaches us His fear and dread by His Spirit.

Isa 28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell [Gk: Sheol, the abode of death – the carnal mind] are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

Many scorners and rulers of men within and without say in our hearts when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, …. when judgment day comes, it shall not come unto us, that is, we will not go through the heart-cleansing process of the wrath of God. This covenant with death, the fear of death, and all that it entails, are being destroyed today, if we are His.

Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulledand your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

It is all a demonstration of His Almighty power and age-lasting glory.

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, [His fear] endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Psa 90:11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

It is all a process unto salvation within and without.

1Jn 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

That is how we are and always will be being saved through His consuming fire, so that the fear of the Lord becomes our fear, no more fear of men and or fear of death.

Isa 8:11 The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said,

Isa 8:12 “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.

Isa 8:13 Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life (New Living Translation).

How does obedience (perfect love) relate to suffering and boldness?

There is and was suffering for the disciples then and now in perfect love of the brethren. Suffering is a central part of obedience in that the flesh is being denied and dying daily. We have been told numerous times:

1Th 3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

The transformative process is pain and sorrow, but results in a peace and love that surpasses all understanding, producing wisdom that is not of this world. The difference now is that suffering that comes (because of not being afraid/fearful of the men of this world, overcoming the flesh and confessing the Name of Christ) is now for righteousness’s sake, and not suffering for doing evil.

Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

1Pe 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

1Pe 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

We are no longer fearful and afraid of the terrors of men because the suffering is not worthy to be compared to the glory that lies ahead and already is.

Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

1Pe 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, [in the Fear of God] than for evil doing [In the fear of men and love of this world].

That is how we become unafraid in heart and suffer for well doing.

Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Perfect love cast out all kinds of fear

The love of Christ works by fearing Him, by obedience to His commandments. Christ does not deny Himself. His fire to be feared remains from the beginning until the end, even as His love.

2Ti 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

In Him are all the characteristics of love, fear, righteousness, wisdom, knowledge, judgments and all spiritual attributes in one. What can separate us from the throne of God, as we have seen so far, is the fear of men, the Jews, fear of them that kill the body, fear of the enemy all summarized as fear of death.

Joh 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world [whom we fear with the power of death] be cast out.

As Christ increases and we decrease we have no more fear of death. Boldness is coming as Paul, Peter and others displayed in the Acts of the disciples.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren [whom we used to fear in times past] is cast downwhich accused them before our God day and night.

Carnal fear causes many to turn aside from the righteousness of God and being leavened.

Deu 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

Our witness of Christ in this evil world, as evil men wax worse and worse, makes for spiritual blessings, contentions and warfare with persecutions, needing great boldness.

Mar 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,

Mar 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

We are being persecuted even to “strange cities”.

Act 5:27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,

Act 5:28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.

Act 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Perfect love is casting out the fearful, afraid and timid spirits (men) in our hearts.

Eze 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

It is by the fear of God we do service to the Lord himself out of the heart.

Col 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 

Col 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

The Spirit of God through Christ deliver us and teach us His fear.

Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death [the fear of man] were all their lifetime subject to bondage [A snare].

Isa 51:7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

Then boldness and blessings replace the fear of man:

2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear [of man, of death] but of power, and of [perfect] love, and of a sound mind.

Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly sayThe Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Isa 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

Isa 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

Isa 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

Isa 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

It is the Elect of God who have been set from the bondage to the first covenant and the delusion of thinking we are responsible for our own salvation.  Salvation like all things, is the Lord’s work in His people who are mere clay in His hands (Isa 64:8, Phil 2:13).  The freedom we have in Christ, is not freedom to sin but it is freedom to cease from our own works and wait on the Lord to deliver on His precious promises.  It is in this patience of enduring torment in  our flesh that we possess our souls (Luk 21:19).  In this we should rejoice daily no matter where may find ourselves on the way to maturity.

Gal 4:22  For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

Gal 4:23  But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.

Gal 4:24  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

Gal 4:25  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

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The Two Covenants – Part 1

The Two Covenants Part 1

(compiled from various prior elder studies and FAQs)

In this study, we are looking at the two Covenants in Scriptures and what exactly it means for us today.

Both Covenants namely the Old Covenant (Moses) and the Renewed Covenant (Christ) are likened unto the tree of good and evil and the tree of Life. Both were given by God, the Father, through Christ, and both have served, and is continuing to serve, different and separate functions in the Father’s plan and purpose through Christ and His sons.

The law of Moses was and IS today for a carnal, Christ-rejecting Israel. Yes, “the Israel of God” (Gal 6:16), those who come to know Christ, also shall be cut off (Rom 11:22) if not continuing to see that our standing in Christ brings us out from under the yoke (Act 15:10) of “bondage under the elements of the world” (Gal 4:3). These elements of the world under which we are being kept until we are being brought to Christ, are the law of Moses (Ten Commandments). Once we are brought to the real Christ, the law of the gentiles Rom 2:15 which are one and the same as the law of Moses no longer has dominion over us. This is pivotal to our understanding. All that is in the world is against Christ. If we are not in Christ, and under the law of faith we are not His. This is the law of the Gentiles and where all men are being carnally minded and abiding in death (Rom 8:6).

Rom 2:14  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Rom 2:15  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 
Rom 2:16  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

The inability to distinguish between the two Covenants (Moses & Christ) keeps us from being able to differentiate between the physical Jew and the spiritual Jew. Not being able to differentiate between the old and the renewed is as vital as distinguishing Ishmael from Isaac in the OT shadow. One of them is the heir, no longer under the yoke and bondage to the elements of this world, but the one under the law is the son of the bondwoman who is not being made heir (Gal 4:21-31). Christ are not being in those under the law (Gal 4:19-21). The law of Christ (Gal 6:2) is as superior to the ten commandments and the law of the gentiles as meat is superior to milk.

Let us first look at the differences between the two Covenants, the Old Mosaic Covenant and the renewed Spiritual Covenant.  Here is a table that contrasts at least 30 distinctions with scripture witnesses as these two covenants are radically different.

 

Old Covenant

New Covenant

The Old Covenant … 2Co 3:14 the Renewed Covenant … 2Co 3:6
The First Covenant … Heb 8:7, 9:1 the Second one … Heb 8:7, 10:1-9
Comes by Moses …  Joh 1:17 comes by Christ … Heb 8:6, 9:15
Law of God in STONE … 2Co 3:3 Law of God in HEART … Heb 10:16
Law of MOSES … Act 13:38-39 Law of CHRIST … Gal 6:2
Law of FLESH … Rom 7:5-6 Law of the SPIRIT … Rom 8:2
NOT of faith … Gal 3:2 Vs. the Law of FAITH … Rom 3:27
Yoke of BONDAGE … Gal 5:1 Law of LIBERTY … Jas 1:25
Law of SIN … Rom 7:5-6 Law of RIGHTEOUSNESS Rom 9:30-31
Law of DEATH … 2Co 3:7 Law of LIFE … Gal 3:11,6:8
Christ removes the OLD … Heb 10:9 Christ enacts the NEW …Heb10:9
A SHADOW … Col 2:14-17 versus REALITY … Heb 10:1-18
Christ FULFILLS … Mat 5:17-18 COMPLETES … Heb 8:6, 10:9
Priesthood CHANGES … Heb 7:12 UNCHANGEABLE Priesthood  Heb 7:24
MANY sacrifices … Heb 9:12-13 ONE sacrifice for sin … Heb 10:12
IMPERFECT … Heb 7:19 PERFECT … Heb 7:19
Blood of ANIMALS … Heb 9:19 Blood of CHRIST … Mat 26:28
Circumcision … Exo 12:48 Uncircumcision … Rom 4:9-12
WORKS of law … Gal 3:10 NOT of works, GRACE … Eph 2:8-9
REMEMBERS sins … Heb 10:3 FORGETS sins … Heb 10:17
YEARLY atonement … Heb10:3 PERMANENT atonement … Heb 10:14
SINFUL priests … Heb 5:3 SINLESS priests … Heb 7:26
AARONIC priests … Heb7:11 MELCHISEDEC priest … Heb 5:5-10
MAN MADE tabernacle … Heb 8:5 HEAVENLY tabernacle … Heb 8:2,9:11
Out of LEVI … Heb 7:11 Out of JUDAH … Heb 7:14
WEAK, UNPROFITABLE … Heb7:18 POWER of ENDLESS LIFE … Heb. 7:16
NO inheritance … Rom 4:13 ETERNAL inheritance … Heb 9:15
Sacrifice of ANIMALS … Heb 9:13 Sacrifice of CHRIST …Heb 9:28
Purifies the FLESH … Heb 8:13 Purges the CONSCIENCE … Heb 9:14
PRODUCES wrath … Rom 4:15 SAVES from wrath … Rom 5:9
Perfects NOTHING … Heb 7:19 Perfects BELIEVERS … Heb 10:14
NO MERCY … Heb 10:28 COMPLETE MERCY … Heb 8:12
NO justification … Act 13:39 BELIEVERS justified … Act 13:39
BRINGS a curse … Gal 3:10 REDEEMS from the curse … Gal 3:13
ABOLISHED … 2Co 3:13 CONTINUES in glory … 2Co 3:11
Brings DEATH … 2Co 3:7 Brings RECONCILIATION … 2Co 5:18
ISRAEL ONLY … Deu 4:7-8, 5:3 ALL MANKIND  Mar 14:24, 2Co 5:14-19

 

Let us look at a few principals of what is being said above.

Ministration of Condemnation

Those imprisoned under the law are those to whom the law is addressed in our seasons. The law is not made for a righteous man.

1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners.

Who are those who are under the law? It is all the world and they/we are “all… guilty before God” because the law is a ministration of death (2Co 3:7) and the ministration of condemnation (2Co 3:9). Why is that? Because the law is not at this time saving this world WITHIN and WITHOUT. Christ has no intention of saving the world. On the contrary, He is deliberately blinding the world to His Word and His Christ, within and without.

Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Joh 12:39 Therefore they [God’s people] could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
Joh 12:40 He [God] hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Reformation

Christ is a Reformer as Moses was and His reformation of the law becomes the Law of Christ for this reason:

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Joh 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

This generation is the generation reading these Words. If we read and understand Christ’s Words, we fulfill them. His Words are His Law (John 6:63).

Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Heb 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Speaking to Gentile Galatians, Paul is explaining that the promises which appear to the carnal mind to be made only to Abraham and to his “one seed” Isaac, are in spiritual reality being made to Christ and those who are IN Christ. It is only they, who are that “one seed”, to whom those promises ARE actually being given.

Gal 3:26 For ye [Gentile Galatians] are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one [that “one seed… as Isaac was… Abraham’s seed”] in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Being baptized into Christ, are making us children of promise … Abraham’s seed.

Gal 4:28 Now we, brethren [Gentile Galatians], as Isaac was, are the children of promise

Christ tells us:

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now

Physical Israel was told that God intended to send them a reformer like Moses. What Moses did was just as radical for that period of time as what Christ DOES is, was and will be. What was lawful before Moses IS not lawful after Moses. An example: Abraham and any of the patriarchs could build an altar and offer an offering anywhere. After Moses, that was illegal, and the offerings all had to be done through the priests at the tabernacle and the temple respectively. Moses made many changes, he was a reformer and shadows Christ, the ULTIMATE REFORMER of all times.

Deu 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethrenlike unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

From the beginning, Christ tells Eve that her desire is against her husband, but her husband will and IS ruling over her. Christ is also telling Cain that sin is at the door, but Cain will in the end rule over sin.

Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to [Hebrew, against] thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Gen 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
Gen 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto [Hebrew, against] thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Here we have the promise of universal salvation which is still the milk of the Word. Eve’s submission to Christ, and sin’s submission to Cain, are both symbols of the deliverance of all from the rebellion against the Creator into which vanity we are being born.

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make [it].

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

The hundred and twenty people being in the upper room on Pentecost shadows the very few being chosen out of every generation since Christ, that are being saved in this life and whom the Lord is using to bring to Him the many in the next life. Within first and then without at the appointed times.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Christ is chastening the Pharisees for their blindness, and while it is true that we all “reap what we sow,” and give an accounting of our stewardship, it is also true that Christ does not intend for the mixed multitudes to be saved who came and come to Him. It was and is their “calling” to crucify Him, the Lord’s MO. All have to reject and kill Christ first before we can have a Savior. It is all by God’s hand and by God’s counsel. We first have the old, then we have the renewed.

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himselfyea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Act 4:25 Who [God] by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
Act 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
Act 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
Act 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

Here are the same Scriptures:

Psa 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
Psa 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed,

Christ told the men on the road to Emmaus:

Luk 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Luk 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
Luk 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Moses and all the prophets is all of the Scriptures. They are expounding the things concerning Christ for those whose eyes are being opened to know Him.

Luk 24:30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed [it], and brake, and gave to them.
Luk 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Luk 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

No one has age abiding life that is to know Christ and His Father, without first “sitting at meat with Him” and spending time in His Word and learning from Him how to rightly divide His Word. That is how He opens the Scriptures to us.

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Eph 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 

At first, we walk with Christ and His Christ and do not recognize them until the time for us to “see and know” them.

Luk 24:16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

We come to know that He is still here with us in the flesh of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being faithful and obedient to His Words.

Act 22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

1Jn 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Those who fail to see Christ in the least of these my brothers, do not know Christ.

Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The least of these my brothers is all that are being placed in front of us. God’s sons consider all men to be their neighbors, their brothers and sons of God in time to come.

Gal 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

1Ti 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

1Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Law of the Gentiles

While we first encounter the Truth, whilst in the Body of Christ, we do not understand the Law of life, do not understand that our righteousness is to exceed that of the Pharisees. None of this is familiar to us, for the reason given in this verse of Isaiah.

Isa 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

 The OT Law says the exact opposite of the NT only in letter, and yet that is what it was to those who lived in OT times. When Christ says, “Leave nothing alive that breaths” that was what He physically means at that time. But when Christ COMES and OPENS our eyes to be able to compare spiritual with spiritual, what IS said of old IS changed. Now we understand that the kingdom of God is within us and “leave nothing alive that breaths” in that kingdom is WITHIN first.

1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.

Christ speaks in Words which man’s wisdom are not being able to understand. There is a change also of the law, but that reformation was ordained and prophesied from the beginning by the Lord who has both dispensations planned from the beginning. He blinds mankind to what He is doing, but He Himself never changes.

Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Act 6:14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

It is all for this reason:

Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

The Sabbath

If we are in Christ, we are entering into our sabbath. Anyone who keeps a weekly sabbath is testifying against himself that he is still “under the law” and still has six days in which he is doing his own works. In Christ, we do His works in everything we do, all the days of our lives.

1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Christ had broken the sabbath and claimed to be the Son of God, therefore they seeked to kill Him. As He is, so are we (1 John 4:17).  This is truly a pivotal verse of truth.

Joh 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

Christ and His apostles “as the priests… profane the sabbath and are guiltless”.

Mat 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
Mat 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is [one] greater than the temple.
Mat 12:7 But if ye had known what [this] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
Mat 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

Christ and His apostles broke and is breaking the sabbath and they and we are guiltless, because there is a change in the law and in the priesthood.

Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

The law of Moses is intended to be shadows of the reality. The law of Moses, is a shadow of the good things to come in and through the reformation that was “Christ’s blood in the New Testament”.

Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
Heb 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
Heb 10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
Heb 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Heb 10:6 In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Heb 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Luk 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup [of wine] is [symbolic of] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Admonition

All is done for our admonition, so that we learn from the lives of the men in the OT, that the law of Moses IS never intended to change hearts and minds and IS not sufficient to give us life. Even the law of the gentiles which is the same thing. However, the law of Moses IS a very good schoolmaster to bring us to Christ and the law of the gentiles is purging out all of the idols of our wicked hearts being exposed in our day of the Lord, in our day of judgement, that first begins with us.

Gal 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

All these things are “types of us”. Christ uses us, those who accept the reformations and are enduring the same trials, to bring to Christ those others to whom “all these things happened”, it is through the man child within that the rest within are being saved.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

1Co 10:6 Now these things became types of us, for us not to be lusters after evil things, (CLV)

Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Our unbelief (the law) was and IS given by Christ for the purpose of demonstrating that God Himself, is the power which is working all things after the counsel of His own Will. In the end, it is demonstrating that flesh has no glory in the kingdom of God.

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

 Summary

If we are sons of Christ, we have His Spirit in down payment form and we are under the renewed Covenant, the Law of Christ, which is the Law of God, the Father (Heb 10:16). It is the perfect Law of Christ (Gal 6:2), the Law of the Spirit (Rom 8:2), the Law of Righteousness (Rom 9:30-31), the Law of Faith (Rom 3:27), the Law of Liberty (Jas 1:25) and the Law of Life (Gal 3:11, 6:8).

 All that is not IN Christ, is against Christ. The carnal mind, being the old mindset, is part of the Lord’s strange work to making us anew. Being under the old, our breasts are full of milk, being wholly at ease in Zion (we have long left orthodoxy (Moses) but still have many idols of the hearts). Christ IS not come yet a second time without sin (Heb 9:28). We are being puffed up with knowledge. This is us, the modern-day Pharisee within. 

 Job 21:22 Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

Job 21:23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.

Job 21:24 His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

There is also the Sadducee within us in type and shadow. Christ IS come for us a second time without sin (spiritually), in our day of the Lord, but we never eat with pleasure because of the bitterness of our souls. We do not like the wonderful work God does to the children of men and a root of bitterness defiles us, the spirit of disobedience.

 

 Job 21:25  And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
Job 21:26  They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them. 

The POWER of God, renewing our minds … making us anew, wants us to stop pointing the finger and giving thanks in all things. Making of twain one, under the renewed Covenant, the Law of Liberty.

 1Th 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Psa 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

2Co 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

With Paul therefore, we say:

 2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Under the Headship of Christ, our healing comes forth and we are being renewed day by day, the Glory of the Lord our reward. The old waxes old and vanishes away.

Isa 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.

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Amos Part 24 – The God of Dan and Way of Beersheba

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“The God of Dan and Way of Beersheba”

Key Verses:  Amos 8:12 – 8:14

We spoke last time about the famine of the Word and the period of darkness we must endure (Mat 4:4. 1Co 3:21) in being drowned by the lusts of our flesh (the River of Egypt) before the Lord comes with vengeance to save us from our sins.  We have to come to our wits end by being overcome by our beast (Rev 11:7).  It is only from that place of total humility that the Lord rises up within us and delivers us from the belly of the beast.

Jon 2:1  Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,

Jon 2:2  And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

This time of trouble and great tribulation in our heavens is the sign we know the Lord is working righteousness in us.  Here in lies our patience in waiting on Him to come within.

Mat 12:39  But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

Mat 12:40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

I will read the last four verses of chapter 8 to regather the context of what is happening in the Kingdom of God and conclude the vision of judgment regarding the summer fruits (Amo 8:2).

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. 

Amo 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. 

Amo 8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.

In our immaturity, we are still wandering from one carnal thought to the next (sea to sea) and going back to the elementary principles of the Lord we first learned.  This is what wandering from the north (direction of judgment) to the east refers to.  Yet our ability to digest the strong meat of the Word that brings eternal life (Joh 6:53) and move on to maturity and the revealing of Jesus Christ within us, is not found in the east.  It is only found when we are given to trust the Lord and follow the Son westward.

Mat 24:27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Isa 43:5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

We learn good and evil by moving on westward in the spiritual land within us, enduring the affliction of judgment that is sanctifying us.

Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The sun moves from east to west and so do we in the spirit if we follow Jesus Christ.

Mar 10:21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

When we return to the east and don’t follow the Lord west, we will not find what we seek.

Rev 9:6  And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Pro 1:24  Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
Pro 1:25  But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
Pro 1:26  I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
Pro 1:27  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Pro 1:28  Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 

It is the new man who is learning patience and trust in the Lord.  It is the new man who is enduring through the famine as the old man is being set up for destruction.

Amo 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. 

The fair or beautiful virgins are God’s Elect who the Lord remembers their sins no more.

Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

The young men [H970] are the “chosen ones” who are being taught to lean not on their own understanding but trust only in the Lord.

H970, bâchûr

Total KJV Occurrences: 67

young, 43

chosen, 21

choice, 3

Psa 78:31  The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen [H970] men of Israel.

Psa 78:32  For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.

Psa 78:33  Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.

Our Lord spake a parable unto us about the day of judgment.

Luk 18:1  And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 

When the Lord “finally” comes, will there be faith on our earth?  We need to wait and trust in the Lord to deliver His promises.  We learn this by enduring through these experiences of evil, waiting on the judge.

Luk 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? 

The wrath of God is being revealed against all of our ungodliness in the day of the Lord (Rom 1:18).  We as the first to be judged are the fools that profess to be wise but are still trusting in the idols of Samaria and worship the creature (the beast) and not the Lord.

Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

When judgment is on our house (1Pe 4:17) then we live through this being overwhelmed by the river of Egypt (Amo 8:8) and be turned over to the lusts of our flesh for a season that is as long as needed to humble us and teach us the fear of the Lord.

Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in (their) knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31  Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

This is not those evil homosexual people over there.  These are words of fire spoken foremost against us, the Elect of God upon whom judgment has fallen.  We are the man of sin (2Sa 12:7), trusting in ourselves and our own understanding and thereby committing homosexuality and spiritual fornication with other gods.

Rom 2:1  Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

We are these fair virgins and young men (immature in Christ) that are not yet given to overcome.  We come thru the fire that is, was and will be coming unto the land that is the kingdom of God within (Luk 17:20-21).

2Co 11:2  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Rev 14:4  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

Our last verse is pivotal in that it speaks of the deep mysteries of salvation that so precious few are given to understand in this age (1Co 2:7, Mat 13:10).

Amo 8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again. 

This is Sin of Samaria is the not being separated from the world and being unfaithful to our husband Jesus Christ by worshipping other gods.  This is the transgression of Jacob as we know the truth but walk according to the gods of this world and worship (bow) to the image (thoughts and beliefs) of our beast.

Mic 1:5  For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

These gods are no gods are at all but the idols of our hearts and the image of our beasts we set up thinking the narrow way is all about knowledge and not in the doing.

Gal 4:8 But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods

Jer 23:13  And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

Jer 7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

Jer 7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;

As the king, it is us, living out this idolatry (1Co 10:11) and swearing by the gods of this world is our continuing in the sin of Jeroboam #1 that all succeeding kings continued in.

2Ki 13:6 Nevertheless they did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who had made Israel sin, but walked in them; and the wooden image also remained in Samaria.

John and all of the Elect see this beast and our worshiping its image as we look behind us in our day of judgment.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

The Corinthian fornicator is you and me at this stage before the Lord casts us out into outer darkness during the famine of hearing the words which is used to destroy the flesh (1Co 5:5).

1Co 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

Being of our father the devil, we are committing spiritual fornication (Joh 6:63) with our father’s wife. Having the truth and knowing the Lord is the one who works all things including righteousness within us, we are commanded to come out of her (Rev 18:4) and no longer commit this spiritual fornication and be partaker of her evil deeds.

Joh 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

Keeping ourselves pure and undefiled is the primary focus of those that walk by faith.

Act 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

1Co 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

We are to separate from the world including the religious world that is of the harlot and committing fornication and following the gods of Samaria.

Mat 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

Death to the old man is coming by destruction of our flesh and carnal way of thinking.  Our trusting in our own righteousness to save us and period of keeping covenant with the flesh, keeping it alive, is coming to an end in this day as we are living every word of God.  The god of Dan and the way of life of Beersheba are being cut (spiritually circumcised) out of our lives by the hands of God (Col 2:11).  Dan in the north and Beersheba in the south define the boundaries of the yet carnal nation of physical Israel that is an example and shadow of words we are living out in this age.

The God of Dan Rises Not Again

Dan is the Hebrew word H1835 and it means to judge or to rule.  The tribe of Dan represent part of our maturing process and one of the foundational experiences we must live out in coming to the fullness of Christ being a mature man.  Dan was unable conquer much of its inheritance, due to their spiritual immaturity.

Jdg 18:1 In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel. 

Impatient and discontent, the Danites, sought to make a name for themselves and trusted in the work of their own hands.  They found a city Laish that had idols and false prophets and they made that their home and put their name on it in disobedience to the commandments.

Jdg 18:29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.

Jdg 18:30 And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.

We don’t have time or space to repeat the great study Larry did in the Genesis series on Dan. Here is a link to that study:  Foundational Themes in Genesis #110 .  The god of Dan was the god of themselves and worshiping the image of the beast.  It was in the city of Dan where Jeroboam put one of the two golden calves for the purpose of worship.  This is an OT version of Revelation 13 and our being deceived in our spiritual adultery and fornication.  Here we wander in spiritual darkness not hearing the commands and yet thinking we are serving the Lord in our idolatry.

1Ki 12:28 Whereupon the king (you and me) took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

1Ki 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

1Ki 12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

1Ki 12:31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

The Lord uses Dan within us to bring judgment to the land and teach us the patience of the saints.  Jacob’s prayer shows us what we befall Dan us in the last days which are now on the house of God.

Gen 49:16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.

Gen 49:17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

Gen 49:18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.

As Danites we are obsessed with ourselves and trust in our own strength.  Even Samson was a Danite and like us, sees no reason to separate from the Philistines and instead intermarry (Jdg 14:3-4) with harlots.  Yet this self-righteous spirit and period in all of our maturation are being destroyed along with the image and the beast itself.  The god of Dan that is living within us is the harlotry and idolatry that we will be brought out of in our day of the Lord.

Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

The other specified item that is being destroyed and will not raise up again is what is called the way of Beersheba.

The manner or way of Beersheba

The word Beersheba [H884] means “well of seven” or “seven wells”.  The way of Beersheba is speaking about knowing Christ in the flesh and making a covenant with the flesh (the Philistines) to keep the old man alive and live in peace.  This is the false peace that will be shattered when the Lord is revealed from heaven and brings the fire.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

It is the Elect who know and hold the truth but first hold it in unrighteousness (hearing not doing).  Beersheba is where Abraham made a covenant with Abimelech, the king of the Philistines (think our flesh) and sojourned many days at peace (Gen 21:31-34).  That is a shadow of the peace of Christ we find in the Body of Christ (The Israel of God) while we live out our lives in clay vessels.

Gen 21:32 Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.

Gen 21:33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.

Gen 21:34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days.

Beersheba is also the place where Hagar miraculously sees a well of water that allows her and Ishmael to live (Gen 21:14-19).  We live through the first covenant and be in bondage, knowing Christ only in the flesh before we come to know Him in Spirit.

Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

This Mount Sinai in our Arabia is us when we sit on the Lord’s throne being puffed up with pride and deluded to think we are already a mature man (having arrived).  We don’t know we are in darkness (Mat 6:23) and dwell in a dry and parched land (Famine) without the Spirit leading us.  The spiritual harlot which is “Jerusalem which is now” is driven to use the word to expand her borders and seek ungodly mammon and the things the flush lusts after.

Eze 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.
Eze 16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.

The trusting in ourselves and the strength of our flesh and our own carnal understanding will be cut off and shall never rise up again.  It is those that are being circumcised that will have no confidence in the flesh and are well past the delusion of free will that keeps the whole world in bondage and darkness.

Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Next week Lord willing, we will begin the last of the visions and the last chapter of Amos that is teaching us about the judgment process that is saving us from our sins.

Amo 9:1  I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.

Amo 9:2  Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

Amo 9:3  And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:

Sincere comments and questions welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

In Christ,  Pete

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Amos Part 4 – Forgetting the Brotherly Covenant

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Forgetting the Brotherly Covenant

Key Verses: Amos 1:9 – 1:10

We are spending significant time on a few verses at a time in these early segments in our study of Amos. This is because there are eight specific transgressions the Lord is making against the inward spiritual cities that are in the Kingdom of God within us. And we know the number eight symbolizes new beginnings, the coming forth of the new man. It is important to cover these eight essential progressions of judgment and understand the specific transgressions the Lord is bringing against us. The Elect of God, who are being judged NOW, in this age, should be looking for and hastening (accelerating) the day of the Lord. This is the day that will make manifest the new heaven and new earth that symbolize the appearing of Jesus Christ within us.

2Pe 3:11 Therefore, since all these things (the old) will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

2Pe 3:12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness (Jesus Christ) dwells.

Let’s remember the first two transgressions that brought the occasion the Lord was seeking to bring fire and destroy the palaces and walls that represent the strength of our flesh.

1. Damascus threshed Gilead with instruments of iron: The most basic judgment is teaching us to stand only on the WORD and make righteous judgment not leavened with carnal reasoning and worldly thoughts.

2. Gaza led the whole captivity captive and delivered them up to Edom: The weak flesh is actually the strong flesh that needs to be subdued in order for us to advance in maturity. The Lord manifests our secret sins (smites us with emerods) to humble us and show us our innate wickedness.

We start today in verse 9 with the city of Tyrus accused of building upon Gaza’s transgression.

3.Tyrus delivers up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembers not the brotherly covenant.

The accusation of Tyrus (Tyre) builds on the transgression of Gaza that delivers the carnally minded (the whole captivity) up to Edom. Edom representing the first man of the flesh, a hunter and man of the world (field) and is where we are imprisoned to the flesh and are unable to repent and to judge righteous judgment. Yet Tyrus is also charged with a serious offense because “they” (YOU and ME) remembered not the brotherly covenant.

Amo 1:9 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant:

Amo 1:10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.

The Body of Christ, “The Christ” is a spiritual family uniquely chosen of the Lord and knitted and bonded in love.

Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Jesus Christ is our brother, and our sister, our mother and our father. He is all of these things if we know the real Jesus Christ and that He has come in His flesh which is His Body.

Mat 12:48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

Mat 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

Mat 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

As God’s people we are not to seek our own gain but are to be sold out for our brothers. Our Lord tells us there is no greater love than this.

Joh 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

The Lord, speaking in parables tells us just how important is it that we walk in obedience to love.

Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and  with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

And lest we have any doubt on what love is, we have many Scriptures that make it crystal clear.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

2Jn 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

The Lord’s true disciples are also known as “Disciples Indeed”.

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue (abide, obey) in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Not remembering the brotherly covenant happens when we are led astray by our sins and lusts and do not constantly continue in His work for the brethren. If we are to be found faithful, we need much more than knowledge of doctrine. There had best be some fruit. We must follow our Lord and live a sacrificed life like our Lord who gave His life as a ransom.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

We are to do good (love all) but this is especially so for the household of faith (Gal 6:10).

1Pe 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

Contrary to the carnal mind and the fleshly way of judging, when we speak the Word in sincerity and meekness to correct a brother or sister we are loving them.

Heb 12:6 for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He scourges every son whom He receives.”

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

Forgetting the brotherly covenant is neglecting our work and roles as watchmen of the flock. We have to contend for the faith. We don’t cease from our work until the 7th day, when it’s over.

Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Being in covenant is being ONE with Christ and that means with His Body.

1Co 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

1Co 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

1Co 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many.

The Body of Christ, our brothers and sisters in Spirit is the HELPER the Lord has made for us.

Gen 2:18  And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Entering the kingdom of God requires enduring many trials and suffering much affliction. The many stories about Tyre and its kings tell us much about the man of sin that we are before Christ comes to make war and bring the spiritual earthquake that brings salvation. When we have true doctrine but are still not doing the WORD, only hearing; we are seeking gain and promoting our old way of life and keeping the beast alive and well on the throne of God. We are serving SELF not the Lord at this stage. We need to transform and become more blessed by becoming a giver.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf.

Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Mat 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Our carnal mind will strongly resist becoming a sacrifice and being content with our spiritual wages. The fleshly strongholds within us (Tyrus) will implicitly want gain from our supposed godliness (1Ti 6:6). This gain saying (Core) and reward seeking (Baalam) ceases as we suffer the punishment of our transgressions.

2Co 2:17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

Our reward comes at the end if we endure, learning righteousness by judgment all the way. That is the prize yet the race must be finished (Rev 17:14, 2Ti 4:7) to obtain it.

Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Our service to our brothers and BODY, is our duty and what unprofitable servants take great joy in performing.

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

We have to endure much torment to have the jealousies, covetousness and vexation of the flesh burned out of us so we can serve one another without malice and without prejudice.

Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
Rom 12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

The Christ are “saviors in training” by our being “judges in training” for our role in judging all men (1Co 6:2, Rev 20:4). If we are not given to move on to maturity in this regard, we will have no part in the blessed and first holy resurrection. There is no allowance for us to forget and forsake the brotherly covenant. In fact, we have many warnings against doing such.

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

If we are His Elect, it is because we have been chosen to be Kings and Priests. We have a role, a service to perform and we must do it faithfully to the end to make the first resurrection and be used of the Lord to judge the world.

Oba 1:21 Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion To judge the mountains of Esau, And the kingdom shall be the LORD’s.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

The Lord is jealous for His Temple and His People that have His Name. It is through our faithfulness to the brotherly covenant that the Lord will send the fire that destroys the man of sin in our day of the Lord.

Amo 1:10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.

Names and places have great spiritual significance. The fact that it was Tyrus that forgot the brotherly covenant is no coincidence as the meanings and ensamples in the Old Testament show (1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:10-12).

In the outward physical world Tyre is an ancient city that exists to this very day in the nation of Lebanon. Tyrus is out from the coast of the Mediterranean and is located about 80 km south of modern day Beirut, Lebanon. The name of the city means “rock” after the rocky formation on which the town was originally built. The city of Tyre was particularly known for the production of a rare and extraordinarily expensive sort of purple dye. This is fascinating as we know purple comes from the mixture of flesh (red) and spirit (blue) as the sum of the WORD shows us the spiritual significance of colors and their hidden meaning.

The merchandising activities that we do in spiritual Tyre (a type of Babylon) is the same merchandising that the harlot engages in as told in the Book of Revelation (Rev 18:16-17). It is the man of sin within us that is trafficking in carnal reasoning’s and thoughts. This is what we do when we are immature before our faith is proven with trials. We will seek gain, peddling the Word for profit and generally make merchandise of the things of the Lord going the way of Cain and following after the error of Balaam. That city and all it represents is being burned with fire in the Day of the Lord.

Rev 18:8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.

In the physical, Tyrus was an island surrounded by the sea. If we think of the spiritual significance of an island and the sea, we can readily see that Tyrus represents a part of us that is puffed up with knowledge (elevated) yet still surrounded by the strength and pulls of the flesh (the sea). When a “burdensome” prophet (the meaning of Amos) comes to speak words of fire, that kingdom is being laid waste and it is revealed to us from the Body of Christ (the land of Chittim).

Isa 23:1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.

Tyre, like Babylon, takes the word of God and wraps it in its own idols of dust and makes its paths out of this corrupted and leavened judgment that it applies in its carnal reasoning.

Zec 9:3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.

Rev 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble

Living by every word means that we, above all people, given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, will leave our first love. We will leave this first estate and fall away so the man of sin can be revealed (2Th 2:3). This is not happening out there in orthodoxy, it’s happening in the church of the saints is, was and will be.

Jud 1:6 And the angels (messengers of God) which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

Act 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Tyre or Tyrus is H6864 and comes from a root word of the same name that is translated as flint or sharp stone.

 H6864, story, tsore

From H6696; a stone (as if pressed hard or to a point); (by implication of use) a knife: – flint, sharp stone.

The root word is used as a positive when speaking of the mind of Christ and immovability of the truth and the Lord our God who changes not.

Eze 3:9 As an adamant harder than flint [H6864] have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

It is indeed this hard and sharp mind of Christ that accomplishes our spiritual circumcision and we see that in type and shadow in the circumcision of Moses’s son by his wife.

Exo 4:25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone [H6864] and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.

Yet in the negative, a hard stone, a flint is representative of our rebellious and unrepentant hearts that do not want to give up their life and are not willing to pay the price of being a disciple. A hardened heart (stone) is what a heart of proud flesh is. This heart is being replaced by us living through our judgment and the process of spiritual circumcision.

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Our living spiritually in Tyrus and Babylon is the Lord working all things for the greater good for those who love Him. We have to see ourselves as this man of sin and in this way, the sharp stone of Tyrus is used to cut off our flesh when our judgment has come (Jer 2:19, Eze 34:16)

As we saw last week with the smiting of Gaza, Ashdod et. al. with emerods in their secret places, the Lord brings judgment by manifesting SIN in our midst. Yes, the Lord makes peace and creates evil (Isa 45:7) and He is the one causing us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).

2Sa 12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

Amo 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

But the Lord shall have no part in sharing His glory with our man of sin. The Lord turns us over to the idols of our hearts and sends evil spirits (Psa 78:49, Joe 3:4) to manifest sin and to uncover our wickedness. We must come to see it before the appearing of Christ within us.

Eze 28:7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers (evil spirits) upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

Eze 28:10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

There are two sides to the two edged sword.  The Lord uses even the wicked, including our own wickedness to bring about salvation.

Psa 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Here we have an example of the Lord doing this against the inward city of Tyrus. This is the same as the fire that ultimately destroys the strength of Tyre, the walls and its palaces.

Eze 26:3 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations (strangers) to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up.

Eze 26:4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.

The King of Tyre was instrumental in building King David’s house (2Sa 5:11) and then later the outward “flesh Temple” of the Lord through King Solomon.

2Ch 2:7 Send me (Solomon) now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide.

2Ch 2:8 Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out of Lebanon: for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon; and, behold, my servants shall be with thy servants,

We now know that the Lord does not dwell in Temples made by human hands. Instead He dwells in His people who are His Temple (1Co 3:16) that He Himself builds. In our self-righteousness, we will build in vain but not on the firm foundation that is Christ (1Co 3:11). That Temple built with our fleshly hands shall not stand.  King Hiram did not do this out of the goodness of his heart, he was paid well for his work by David and Solomon alike (2Ch 2:10).  The sum of the Word tells us that Jesus Christ builds His church and He does not need any man to help Him.  Building temples for the Lord is what we all do at first but it is proven vanity in the end.  King Solomon learned with time and wrote about it in Psa 127:1 and Ecc 1:2.  JOB also learned that his own righteous works were filthy rags as he boasted in them (See Job 29).  The Lord’s standard for righteousness exceeds that of a Pharisee (Mat 5:20) and leaves no room for a “Me, Myself and I” or an “I have arrived attitude”.   The reason we are not to think above what is written is given us in the next verse we often overlook.

1Co 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

Tyre represents the pride of our man of sin thinking he or she is somebody of their down doing.  With a gain seeking mindset driven by the pride of life we buy and sell, trafficking in the things of God for honor and glory.

Isa 23:8 Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?

The telling proof of what Tyrus represents comes from the very well-known yet misinterpreted Scriptures from Ezekiel 28 regarding the prince of Tyrus. If there was ever a set of Scriptures that spoke about us being in a self-exalted, gain saying mode, knowing truth but also forgetting the brotherly covenant which is the foremost commandment of the law — then these passages from Ezekiel 28 are them. Oh what a wretched man of sin we are when we forget the covenant and don’t remember it’s not about US but it’s about Christ.

Eze 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus (YOU and ME), Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

This is what possessing the treasures of the Lord’s Temple will do to flesh without the Spirit of Christ to subdue our pride and humble us. Our hearts will be lifted up and we will worship the image of the beast. Knowledge is an insatiable appetite the Lord gives us in this stage. This is our Luke 12 days of storing up treasures and building bigger barns (Luk 12:16-21) thinking we do the Lord a service.

Eze 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

Eze 28:5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

Tyrus signifies our reversion into the ways of the world and judging un-righteously. We must be on guard the deceitfulness of what lives (sin) in our hearts. We must constantly examine ourselves (2Co 13:5, Eph 5:15). Don’t think for a second these verses don’t apply to you and me.  We live these words also that the Lord spoke (Mat 4:4. Luk 4:4).

2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

This is leaving our first love is forgetting the brotherly covenant. The new man, immature in the faith will stumble. This falling away and getting puffed up and using our godliness for gain must be experienced for the pride of flesh to be brought low (Isa 5:15, Jam 4:9). The lamentation for Tyrus continues…

Eze 28:14 Thou art (prince of Tyre) the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Eze 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Eze 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore, I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Having the spiritual city of Tyre within us burned with fire is what brings contentment with where the Lord has us in life.

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

The Lord will use these judgments against our transgressions TO CAUSE us to walk in His statutes which is the same as having the love of God shed abroad in our hearts.

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

These judgments we live out from Amos are how we have learned and are continuing to learn righteousness.  As we grow in faith and are judged for our revealed sins, we will come to know and to love our family in Christ.   We have some spiritual formula’s and admonishments on how to escape the lusts of the flesh and snares of the carnal mind.  Central to these admonishments is that we not forget but instead remember and focus on the brotherly covenant with The Christ.

2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

1Co 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 Sincere comments and questions are welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

Body of Christ, Elect

The Lost House of Israel

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Jer 50:6  My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.

The Lord’s people have all been lost sheep before they came into the truth and know Jesus Christ and His Father.  We are all first led astray into false doctrines by the false shepherds’s that occupy every church and every pulpit in orthodox Christianity.

Jesus Christ was only sent to minister to the Lost House of Israel.  This is who is being saved and the target of the ministry of Jesus Christ for salvation.  While Christ will in due time save all men ever born;  for now and in each age (AION in Greek) since His resurrection, He is only appearing to and working with the few chosen who are the true Israel of God.

Mat 15:24  But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

The lost house of Israel is nothing more than symbolic language for God’s very Elect, the few chosen who are the apple of God’s eyes and the ones He brings judgment to in this life (AION/age).  The Lord sent His chosen disciples and commands them to go forth in the same way He was sent by His Father.  Both only go to the Lost House of Israel.

Mat 10:5  These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

Mat 10:6  But go rather (only) to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

The sheep of the Lord are only those that hear His word.  If you do not hear His words in spirit and in truth one is not a sheep of the Lord.

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

The Lord of course is the one who must CAUSE His sheep to hear His words in those appointed times.

Pro 1:23  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

Jer 18:2  Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words

And just to be sure, the real sheep of the Lord (the Lost House of Israel) also know Him and follow Him, which is really saying they obey Him and His commandments.  That is exactly what hearing His words does, that is what it causes over time, and that is how the lost sheep our indeed found.

Eze 36:27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.  (and here is how He does that)

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Jesus Christ IS THE LORD!   Yet it is amazing how the entire world thinks the flesh Jews are the Lord’s people when they don’t even believe He is, was and will be their Messiah.  Anyone who hears the voice of God, who speaks only thru Christ is not going to be practicing Judaism.  Jews in the flesh don’t hear His voice nor do they even believe in Him or claim His name.  They deny Jesus Christ and that is all by the design of the Lord and no fault of their own.   In fact they were made to kill Jesus Christ exactly as God planned it.

Act 4:26  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

Act 4:27  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

Act 4:28  For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

But make no mistake, the references in Scripture to the lost house or lost sheep of Israel has nothing to do with the flesh jews.    As we shall see, they were just the shadow of the real thing that would come much later.

Of course this will all be nonsense to those without ears to hear the truth of God’s word who have been ensnared by the philosophy of a carnal world and the traditions of men.  This post will explore in great detail the tradition of men and the orthodox apostate churches that are the Christianity those yet carnal embrace and know.  Such way of thinking is not after Christ, it is vanity but they just don’t know it at this time.

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

But when one’s ears are opened and we are also given spiritual sight, then the truths of God’s word, the pure doctrines of Christ will begin to work their work in us and the lies will be removed little by little. This post was inspired by an email I got from someone well steeped into the traditions of the orthodox church who has not yet been given to know who is the Israel of God and could not hear the truth I shared.  I took time to provide an honest and true answer and want to share that answer here for others who may be led to this website to be fed the true doctrines (the bread of life) of Jesus Christ.  When our time of spiritual fasting has come to an end, it is time to eat and the disciples of Christ (The Body of Christ) will be the ones to speak the words that feed the flock of God.

Joh 21:15  So when they had broken their fast, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

Replacement Theology Is The Truth

The Apostle Peter was a replacement theologian.  Writing to the ELECT in his letter, he tells us who those chosen few truly are and that we are the people of God.

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1Pe 2:10  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

The flesh Jews are not the people of God and never were.  They like the entire OT were mere types and shadows of the true things of God that would not be revealed until Christ came many hundreds of years later.  A type and a shadow is not the real thing, they just show us how the real things works in the spirit.  It is essential to come to know that the entire bible is a parable, written in types, shadows and symbols.  The Lord must give us the keys to unlock this which is the mind of Christ, the ability to hear His words and see spiritual truths. We are told all physical things are just shadows of deeper spiritual truths and so it is with the story of the flesh Jews.

Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, (if one has the mind of Christ and ears to hear) even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Carnal men blinded by traditions of men and false Babylonian doctrines, have labelled this truth about the true Jews as “replacement theology”.  It sounds so negative and invented to the carnal mind, but if we just stick with the Scriptures and not the traditions of men; it is easy to prove that the flesh Jews are not those to whom the precious promises of God were given.   Those promises Peter and Paul mention were given not to the flesh Jews (which they were of a physical lineage) but only to the Elect of God who were scattered all over this world and came from many nations, tribes and tongues.   And note like all things, this blessing and the promises are GIVEN to us so no free will is involved.

2Pe 1:3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

That is all reserved for His Elect who are the spiritual Jews and have been chosen by the Lord and dragged out of this world and into the marvelous light of the Body of Christ. Before we cover the multiple witnesses to this truth let’s be reminded again that many are called and only a few are chosen to be given the truth and the ears to hear and eyes to see.

Few Hear, See and have the gift of Faith

Contrary to what we are taught in the Babylonian churches of men, the Lord Himself is in the business of blinding the entire world and making the entire world deaf to hear His word and blind to see the truth.  He the Lord does all those things and He does them on purpose.

Exo 4:11  And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Jesus said the same when speaking with His disciples and this truth has never changed, His words is, was and will be and shall never pass away.

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Mat 13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Those blinded by false doctrines cannot see the truth, they cannot believe even if they tried.  This was true back 2000 years ago with the flesh Jews representing the organized church of that age and it is still true in the organized churches in the modern world be it Judaism, Islam and yes even all of orthodox Christianity (Baptists, Methodists, 7th Day Adventist, Hebrew Roots Christians, Lutheran, Roman Catholics, Non Denominational, ALL OF THEM). The professing church is the world in Scripture and that is exactly who the Lord has blinded.  They  like the flesh Jews before them cannot believe the truth spoken by the true church (God’s Elect) that Jesus Christ Himself is building.

Joh 12:39  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

Joh 12:40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

It is those that say they are of God but are not who the Lord has blinded, to this very day. The professing church is in total apostasy, and only the few Elect have obtained the gift.  So says the word despite what carnal minds want to argue otherwise!

Rom 11:7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

As the words say above, the Lord gave them “the flesh Israel” (representing the organized religion of that day and the ages to follow) a spirit of slumber so they would not see and not hear.  And the Lord changes not.  Organized religions today, are totally blind, in thick darkness to the truth and preach another jesus based upon thousands of false doctrines. Faith, the real kind is indeed the gift the Scriptures say it is.  It has to be given and it comes with ears to hear.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

In fact, this faith is not even ours, it is the faith OF Christ if one digs for the truth.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

With this reminder that few will be able to receive the truth, let’s now look at multiple witnesses that will tell us who is the true Israel of God and put the flesh Jews and the modern day nation of Israel into the proper perspective.

MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT

Coming to see that all the Scriptures speak of spiritual truths and the references to the physical are merely types and shadows quickly leads to spiritual growth and maturity into the deeper things of God.

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Being anything in the flesh, a Jew or otherwise profits itself nothing.  The Bible means what it means not what it says because the words are SPIRIT first and foremost and their meaning is spiritual.  Those clinging to an outward and literal application have no clue as to what is actually being said.  They have not been given the gift to understand.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

There it is.  We are taught by comparing spiritual things to spiritual things.  This also very much applies to determining who are God’s people, the true Israel.  Carnal minds always try to compare physical things to spiritual things or vice versa but that just leads to deception and greater spiritual blindness. One of the great mysteries that the orthodox churches are totally blinded to is understanding basic symbols in Scripture and seeing that all the old testament was merely a type and a shadow of greater spiritual truths.

1Co 10:6  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they (the flesh jews) also lusted.

The OT is all types and shadows of spiritual realities and experiences that would play out many years in the future after Christ gave His Spirit and the generations of His Elect ever since.

To Whom Was the Old Testament Written?

If one can receive it, this truth is going to blow you away.  The entire bible and stories of the flesh nation of Israel reveal deep hidden truths, the mysteries of the kingdom of God to God’s very Elect. That is exactly why they were written down and preserved for us.

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, (GODS ELECT ONLY) upon whom the ends of the world (carnal age) are come.

Note it is not some, it is ALL THESE THINGS.  All the stories, all the events, all the words were caused to happen for God’s true Israel, who would not appear until much later. Here is a revealing Scriptures that tells us this also.  The prophets were not ministering to the flesh jews, they were ministering to God’s very Elect who would not even come for hundreds and thousands of years later.  Don’t take my word on it, let’s see what the Apostle Peter had to say which adds to the sum of God’s word in this topic.

1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

The Lie of Flesh Israel

Until the lie of who Israel is removed from one’s spiritual eyes, and one is given repentance from the many false doctrines they learn in the orthodox churches; they will have no chance to begin to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God.  This plank, the lie of flesh Israel must be removed in the same way the logs of eternal hellfire and man having any free will must be similarly removed if the Lord would have mercy upon you. Anyone thinking outwardly in the flesh that believes the physical Jews and modern nation of Israel has anything to do with the Israel of God are sorely mistaken and under very strong delusion.

The Bible is written for and to God’s Elect, it is not written for the world and those who cannot hear His word and by predestination have not ears to hear or eyes to see. The flesh Jews did not hear His word back then and they do not hear it today either, they are not of Christ.  But if you are given to see that the flesh Jews represent a symbol, they symbolize Babylon, apostate Christianity that claims to know the Lord but do not. We all are in this condition until and unless the Lord gives us the gift and opens our ears to hear His word.

Joh 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Joh 8:45  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

Pro 20:12  The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

The true people of God are those the Lord chooses and it is these same few to whom He gives faith and ears to hear and eyes to see spiritual truths.  The Lord continues to this very day to use the outward deception of the flesh Jews to keep the multitudes that call themselves by His name blinded to the truth.  Christ words are always only for those who have an ear to hear.

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

Rev 2:7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Mat 13:9  Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Psa 10:17  LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

The Lord has prepared very few hearts and caused extremely few to hear His words in spirit.  It is everybody else, i.e. THE WHOLE WORLD who is deceived and cannot hear His word and that certainly includes on the truth about the Israel of God.

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Not all Israel Is Israel

In Romans 9 we have Paul telling us of this mystery of the kingdom – Not all Israel is Israel!

Rom 9:6  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

So right here we have a glimpse into the Lord’s MO of hiding His truths from the world and deceiving them. This lie about the Israel of God has taken on much greater importance in the last 70 years with the formation of the modern nation of Israel in 1948 and the repopulation of fleshly Jews to this small country in the middle east.  What an incredible miracle no doubt, but the Lord is in the business of creating lying signs and wonders to deceive the multitudes and this is certainly one of those.

2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

The re-emergence of a flesh Israel is indeed a miraculous work of God but as we just see it is also a lying sign and wonder.  It is a deception that is brought about to keep the entire world in spiritual darkness, thinking outwardly and away from the kingdom of God that is within.

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

The flesh Jews of all time and that physical nation that exists today; are not the people of God.  Here is a continuation of Romans 9 and a black and white truth about who are God’s true people.

Rom 9:7  Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

Rom 9:8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

There you have an incredible witness against anyone claiming the flesh Jews are the people of God.  The children of the flesh ARE NOT the children of God.  It says right here that being a physical descendant of Abraham (the seed of Abraham) does not make one a child of God.  Only those of faith and we shall see this is the faith of Christ, the one seed, represented by Isaac in spirit are the true children of God.  They would not come until Pentecost because it was not possible to be converted and have Christ formed in oneself until that time.

A time is appointed for all of us, all men of all time, that the mother of Christ (Sara, Rebecca, Rachael, etc. in type and shadow) will have a child, the new man.  That is what these spiritual words in the completion of Romans 9 are speaking about.  The old man will bow down to the new man within us all in due time.  The story of Esau and Jacob foretell of this and this is mentioned here by Paul in Romans 9 and tells of this deep spiritual truth.  Esau the first man of the flesh will indeed serve Jacob the new man of the Spirit.  But how all this works is based upon God’s Election, it has nothing to do with the delusion of man having free will.

Rom 9:9  For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.

Rom 9:10  And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;

Rom 9:11  (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

Rom 9:12  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

 Flesh Jews Contrasted With Spiritual Jews

Truth is established by two or three witnesses but on the topic of who is a real Jew and by extension who are the true people of God we have very many witnesses.  Let’s deal with a direct in your face truth about this right now.  Earlier in Romans,Paul wrote some powerful words that close out chapter 2 and begin the man made chapter break of chapter 3.

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

We already saw Christ’s words about the flesh profit itself NOTHING.  We already saw Paul’s words that the children of the flesh Jews ARE NOT the people of God.  Here we see that being a Jew outwardly, i.e. IN THE FLESH means nothing and those are not the true Jews.

When Paul continues beyond the man inserted chapter break, he is speaking of the real Jews, the spiritual ones the very Israel of God.

Rom 3:1  What advantage then hath the [spiritual] Jew? or what profit is there of [spiritual] circumcision?

Rom 3:2  Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them [that is the spiritual Jew] were committed the oracles [the Word] of God.

The fact is it all comes back to Christ.  You either have Christ or you don’t and if you don’t you are NONE OF HIS and not a partaker of the Lord’s promises to Israel.

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Abraham Had Two Sons, One Flesh, One of Promise

The fact is it is the SPIRITUAL descendants of  Abraham that are Christ’s seed, not the physical ones.  This is quite clear from Galatians.

Gal 4:22  For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

Gal 4:23  But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.  (IE GIVEN BY FAITH, the GIFT)

Gal 4:24  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

Gal 4:25  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. (God’s Elect)

Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

Gal 4:28  Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, (NOT THE FLESH JEWS) are the children of promise.

The flesh jews are the one by the bondmaid, they walk after the flesh.  They are in bondage today while God’s Elect, the spiritual descendants IN CHRIST are free.  Only those GIVEN the gift are children of the promise that were given to Abraham thru his son Isaac as an example for us today.

How can be the physical jews, WHO DENY CHRIST be the Israel of God?  They never were and here is proof.

Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed (not seeds, not including the flesh child) were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

The flesh matters not anymore as Paul said here.  All that matters is one in Christ or not?

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, (THE FLESH JEWS ARE NOT) then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

So here it is black and white about who is of the seed of Christ and heirs to the promises of God.   Being a fleshly descendant of Abraham is expressly EXCLUDED.  The physical nation of Israel and the so called flesh Jews are NOT in Christ and therefore cannot possibly be God’s people and as this says, they are not heirs according to the promise.  The promise was not made to Abraham’s son born after the flesh (Ishmael) but was only made to the son and descendants born after the spirit (Isaac).  The flesh jews are of Ishmael not of Isaac.

Who is the Real Circumcision, of the SPIRIT?

God’s Elect are the true circumcision.  Nobody should be boasting when they make such a claim but then again to deny who we are in Christ is to deny Christ.

Psa 107:2  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

The flesh Jews do not even know Christ and were just the examples of God’s true people who would come much later.  All men are in actuality GENTILES in the flesh.  We all start there being carnal minded and of our father the devil.  God’s Elect are called out of the world like all orthodox Christians (many are called), yet only a few are chosen to then be dragged to the real Christ and come out of the Babylonian churches built by the works od the flesh.  The flesh Jews indeed will call God’s Elect and anyone who keeps not the law of Moses the uncircumcision.  Yet the flesh Jews are in utter darkness to this day as circumcision in the flesh means nothing and unless the Lord builds the house, men will continue to toil in vain.   The Lord does not need human hands to do anything for Him and that includes saving His Elect now (His true church) and eventually all men.

Eph 2:11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

Php 3:3  For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Gal 6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Gal 6:16  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Only those made new by the Lord’s fiery work of bringing judgment against our old man will be the true circumcision who are called right here The Israel of God.

Physical circumcision avails itself nothing.All of that was merely a type and a shadow of the true circumcision that the Lord performs in us to bring forth the new man and brings His saints out of Babylon and away from the world.

1Co 7:19  (Physical) Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Gal_5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

It is only a ritual, now an established tradition of men and followed by many.  But it means nothing and as I hope you are beginning to see, the act of physical circumcision was only a type and a shadow of the true circumcision that the Lord Himself does.

Col_2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Here is an old testament witness to the Lord doing it all.  It is by His finger, His work in us — we are mere clay in His hands.  No free will involved.

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Where “Christ” is Sent to Minister

The natural Jews serve only as a shadow of the real spiritual Jews, who is the true “Israel of God”.  All the promises of God made to the flesh Jews were spiritual types and shadows of greater spiritual truths that would come in the future.  The covenant and promises that referred to physical things really were about spiritual things that would become evident in the years ahead as God’s Elect, the true Israel of God would appear in the generations since Pentecost.  The true spiritual Jews have  indeed obtained advantage in “much every way” and profits through the new creation in Christ chiefly because that unto us have been  committed the oracles of God.  We are the ministers of the Lord, He works thru Christ His body.

Heb 1:7  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

Jer 5:14  Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

I sure hope some wood is being burned (the carnal reasonings within the natural man) by some of you reading this post.  

The flesh jews will be saved in the lake of fire like the rest of mankind.  Ezekiel 16 and many other passages tell us of the Lord’s timetable and how that will come about.  The salvation of all is the most basic truth, the sincere MILK of the word that one must begin to drink to even begin to grow in true knowledge.  ow that simply from scores of Scriptures that convey this truth which directly contradicts the most basis lie of Satan’s churches that preach of eternal hellfire

Luk 3:6 And all flesh (even the flesh jews who reject Christ, even Muslims, etc) shall see the salvation of God.

Even Hosea tells us of this mystery and gathering together of all men into ONE which will be the outcome of the lake of fire that will purify all.  Those that are not God’s people now (the flesh Jews, the Babylonian Christians, the muslims, ALL MEN, the sand of the sea in type….) will become God’s people in due time.

Hos 1:10  Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

The carnal mind is at enmity with the true word of God.  Once we receive this implanted word we will increasingly be pulled out and separated.  Our past life will be utterly destroyed, all things indeed are made new as the old man dies and Christ in us is brought forward.  We indeed must lose our old way of life to find Christ. There is no mixing of the two.

Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

The Lost House Of Israel once “found” by the Lord will not be yoked with those without the camp of the true Israel.  They will separate with the unbelievers and that specifically includes those that know the other jesus in the flesh and are still bound up captive in Babylon, the apostate churches of orthodox Christianity.  We cannot be fellowshipping with them.  We cannot mix the cup of the Lord with doctrines of demons.

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Paul goes on to remind us that the promises of Israel were given to God’s Elect, this is the high calling and we are commanded to cleanse ourselves and remove ourselves from all things that defile.  That certainly includes worldly things but unless we are given to take heed the importance of pure doctrines and come to see that love means obeying God’s commandments, even those that tell us to separate from unbelievers, we won’t be able to mature.

2Co 7:1  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, (The Elect Corinthians) let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, (outward sins and FALSE DOCTRINES) perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Christ sends His Christ in exactly the same way God sent Him.  This is indeed the higher calling that God’s Elect are being prepared for in this age.

Joh 20:21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as myFather hath sent me, even so send I you.

Those that are part of Christ are instructed to only go to the lost house of Israel also.  We saw it earlier in the post but is worthy of a reminder.  We are not to enter into the house of the Gentiles we are to wait upon the Lord to bring us sheep to feed, otherwise we are disobeying the Lord.

Mat 10:5  These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

Mat 10:6  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

These statements have nothing to do with the flesh or the lineage of flesh Jews.  The lost house of Israel is nothing less than God’s Elect who have yet to hear the word of truth spoken to their God given ears to hears and eyes to see.  But as able ministers of the WORD, a day will come when some, VERY FEW, will hear. I have experienced this and the Lord has been faithful to bring a few lambs to be fed.  Yet we have many admonishments about casting our pearls before swine and only sharing, breaking bread with those the Lord has prepared to hear.  That is the Lost House of Israel.  Here are some witnesses to this truth.

Mat 10:12  And when ye come into an house, salute it.

Mat 10:13  And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

Mat 10:14  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

And this one from the Apostle John.

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your (spiritual) house, neither bid him God speed:

2Jn 1:11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

As God’s Elect we follow the example of the Lord in not laying hands suddenly on any man lest we cast pearls and they turn and rend us.

Mat 7:6  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, (Unbelievers without ears to hear) neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

As Paul admonishes us we are not to speak of spiritual matters (eat at the Lord’s table) with those that fornicate with the world that try to teach carnal doctrines and the lies of Babylon.  We are indeed to separate from those that have not the true faith of God.

1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, (come out of Babylon) if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. (speak on spiritual matters)

The reality is that the lost house of Israel is not lost to the Lord.  He knows who are His and they will be found right on schedule as it has all been ordained from the beginning.

2Ti 2:19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. 

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

No Tribes of Israel are Lost

Joh 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

the Lord loses none of His sheep. The spiritual tribes of Israel are not lost.  All the fragments that make up this one bread, this one body are gathered.

Joh 6:12  When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

It is beyond this post to refute the false teaching of carnal minds that want to claim the missing flesh tribes of ancient Israel omitted in some Scriptural references are the lost house of Israel.  They are not.  James and the other apostles were writing letters and speaking to all 12 spiritual tribes.

Act_26:7  Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

Jas_1:1  James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

The true Israel of God, the Elect are fulfilling this prophecy today, eating and drinking at the Lord’s table and judging the 12 tribes,  NONE IS LOST.

Luk_22:30  That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

The enumeration of the 12 tribes in Revelation 7 speak to the symbolic 12 SPIRITUAL tribes.  The fact the flesh profits itself nothing has never changed.  For more on this topic Mike has a great article on the 144,000 that can be accessed here.

Who Are The 144,000

and are powerful study on this same topic that is a key to the kingdom of God.

Keys to The Kingdom of God part 6

If you have sincere questions about the Scriptures and what I spoke about here please comment or email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your Brother In Christ,  PETE

Related articles on IWWB can be found here:

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/who-is-the-israel-of-god/

Biblical Truth

How God Delivers On His Covenant Promises

stars of the heavensContrary to the teachings of the churches and the carnal doctrines believed by all but a very few, God does not need anything from man to make good on His promises. Nothing.

Act 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things

This is because God is working ALL THINGS in our lives. I had a busy day today, wrestling with beasts and contending with religious spirits that stand in opposition to Christ and His doctrine. I wanted to remind and encourage all that still doubt the sovereignty of God to review the promises of the New Covenant and remember how God made covenant with Abraham.

Heb 6:13-14 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

The Abrahamic covenant is the covenant of faith and is the one God swore on an oath to fulfill and will bring to pass. This quite simply is the salvation of all men. But all of us will walk in unbelief not believing nor understanding this covenant promise that God swore by.  We will think it is up to us to take actions to save ourselves.  The salvation of all men, the very essence of the good news and the promises of God is foretold to us in many places and the first of those are shown below.

Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Gen 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Any time you see a reference to the dust of the earth, God is speaking about ALL MEN.  Few shall be saved in this life, God’s very Elect but in the end,  all men shall be saved and their numbers shall be as the dust of the earth, the stars of the heavens and the sands of the sea.  These symbols foretell God’s purposes and His plans to save all men in the appointed times for each.  Here are just a few more of the hundreds of witnesses for the salvation of all men.  May those with ears hear these wonderful truths.

Gen 13:16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

Hos 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

Gen 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

The truth is right here.  All shall be sons of the living God in the end.  We cannot count the stars, the sand, the dust,  this is God telling those given ears to hear that all men shall be saved.  The salvation of all men in God’s appointed time is the blessing that shall come, not might come to all the families and nations of the earth. God swore this on an oath and He is not a man that He should lie.

Num 23:19  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

God will make good on His promises to save all men.  That is the gospel of good news and it depends not upon man’s free will.

If we go review the promise of the new covenant, which is really the fulfillment of the promise made to Abram, it might surprise some to see that there is no YOU involved in making any of it come to pass. All things are of God and it is especially true that salvation is all of the Lord.

Jon 2:9 Salvation is of the LORD.

This fact that the delivery on the promise of the new covenant is 100% of God and 0% man is seen on both Jeremiah and Ezekiel version of the promise. Let’s take a quick look at each.
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jer 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

There is no YOU DO ANYTHING here in Jeremiah, it is all I WILL says the Lord. The Lord does it all, He works in each of us according to His will to accomplish all of His good pleasure. This should be no surprise because that is what Paul repeated many times in his epistles to the early church.

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will

Now let’s take a look at what the prophet Ezekiel was given by God to speak.

Eze 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
Eze 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Eze 36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Eze 36:29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
Eze 36:30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.

IT IS ALL OF GOD – GOD DOES IT ALL

What perfect consistency. There is no YOU WILL any of this.  NONE.   God is doing it all. All the things essential for salvation are the work of God. The giving of faith, the granting of repentance, the filling with an earnest deposit of the Holy Spirit, all things are of God. None of it is the work of man. Our job is to believe and even that is given to us by God.

Joh 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

God even tells us why He does it here in Ezekiel 36:22.   The word says He does it to sanctify His great name. Nothing delights the Lord more than to show mercy, He delights in mercy and it is only by His mercy that He reveals Himself to us and brings salvation upon our house.

Nothing brings more glory to God than to turn all of His enemies into His friends and that is exactly what God is going to do.

Psa 66:1 To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm. Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:

Psa 66:2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
Psa 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
Psa 66:4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

This is all the work of a great God who created us flawed on purpose to teach us and to remake us and to bring great honor for His namesake. Christ is the Savior and it is HIM doing all of it. He gave us the wicked deceitful hearts all men are born with and only He will change those hearts when the day and hour ordained for us to be changed arrives. Oh praise God for His goodness and His mercies which endure forever.

Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

We can take the promises of God to the bank.  God is faithful even when we are not. All men shall be saved which means delivered of their sins and washed clean. Even right now Christ is seated in the heavens and is not imputing our sins and trespasses against us. He is working all those things to bring about His good and perfect will in our lives in the times ordained of the Father. This is the good news and it becomes real to us only when we are granted the faith to believe it.   If only men would trust in God and not in their delusion of free will and their own strength, initiative and carnal understanding.

Isa 26:4  Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

Yet all of us will at first deny the Lord and will lean on our own understanding and think it is about us choosing and doing all these things to save ourselves.  But that is not the way of God. He is the Savior and the Deliverer and His arm is not too short to save all men.  He has declared that from the beginning and He will bring it to pass.  Far greater blessing to believe that now and trust in HIM.

Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
Heb 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Heb 8:13 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.

The days are coming and now are that the dead are hearing the voice of Christ and are awakening to the righteousness that is found only by faith in this good news. I hope you will join me in believing this report.

Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

The circumcision of all men will happen.  It will be accomplished without hands and flesh and the free will of man will have no part in bringing it to pass.  Until we are brought to the place to believe this we will continue to oppose the true work of God.

Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

salvation

Carnal Man Always Denies God’s Power

1 COR 3:1-4 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?

Until we are truly converted by the power of God at HIS choosing in the appointed time,  we will be unable to understand the deep things of God.  Very few are converted as this is ONLY for God’s Elect as the Scriptures declare.  That is who the Scriptures are written for and the carnal man will be ever learning but never able to come to knowledge of the truth.  We have seen this play out on this website in the comments since I myself was converted and began to preach the true gospel.

There really is true unity of the ONE FAITH that is only received as a GIFT from an all-powerful God.    There are no divisions in the Body of Christ.  The same God planted the same gift of faith into all of our hearts.  But a carnal man who thinks faith is something they do and act upon on their own initiatives will strive and contend and divide amongst themselves, arguing the things they have no true understanding about.  The natural (also known as carnal) man cannot receive the deep things of God until they become converted and walk by the Spirit.

1 COR 2:14  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned

There truly is no boasting from any man except that they know the Lord if they are indeed the recipient of this wonderful gift of faith.  The carnal man always asks the question then why do you preach?  The short answer is because God sends us to preach, He calls us and we follow.  But you can also see it here also in 1 COR 3 as Paul explained why they preach.

1 COR 3:5-8  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are ONE (unity of faith), and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

We preach this gospel because God opens ears to those who hear it and that is how God brings about giving the gift of faith.  But we also see that those converted and called by God are working for a reward, a crown of righteousness we see elsewhere.  Salvation is already assured for all men, that is settled in heaven long ago.  We serve God and preach this gospel to obey the one we have now been enslaved to, knowing that if we endure we shall receive a just reward and will rule and reign with Christ in the next age here on the earth.

Jesus spoke to carnal religious people all the time.  They constantly attacked Him and challenged Him using Scripture.  But they were yet carnal and knew not the things of God.  They had no idea of God’s power and they always limited God in their unbelief.  They could not believe He was the Messiah and the Son of God.  The same things is happening today and these Scriptures are written for our admonition.

Matthew 22:29 You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God

But thru all of the preaching of Christ and the disciples that followed, some,  few,  those appointed by God to hear came to know the truth and believe in this glorious gospel, calling on the name of the Lord.

With this background I want to review just some of the Scripture that makes clear that man has no free will to choose God.  That is religion, an invention of the carnal mind of man that has Man seeking after God.  But the true faith and ways of God is that God comes to man based on His election and appointment of time.  Let them be given ears to hear Lord in their appointed time.

Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

This is strong if you see it.  This shows God CAUSES us to walk in obedience.  This is what a new heart, given only by the will of God will do for a man.  Read the whole chapter that describes this glorious promise of God.  Notice all the I WILL’s, showing it is all the work of God.  Notice also why God does it.

Ezekiel 36:22-23 Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went.  23 And I will sanctify My great name

It is not for our sake but it is for His sake as it brings glory to God and magnifies His name.  Go read Ezekiel 36 to see this powerful promise from the Most High God.

Psalm 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me , When as yet there was none of them.

The whole plan of God’s creation was predetermined.  Every step,  every man,  every bird,  every word,  nothing was left to chance.  Our God is indeed ALL POWERFUL.  The carnal man has a hard time grasping the unlimited power of God.

Psalm 23:1-2 The Lord is my shepherd,  I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.

Go makes us lie down in His rest.  When He decides, it is going to happen.  But this is all for our own good and I for one am praising God for making me lie in His pasture of richness, rest and wisdom.  Thank you Jesus.

Psalm 149:49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope

Again my friends.  Our hope only comes by FAITH and this a gift from God so that no man can boast.

Ephesians  2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Whose work are we?  We are His workmanship.  We are pieces of clay and He is the Master Potter.  It was prepared before the world even began.  That is how powerful and mighty our great God is.

Romans 6:20-23 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.

A slave has no ability to free themselves from slavery or to change masters from the devil to God. This is all the work of God but man continues to deny His power. God’s will is the sanctification of all men. This will happen. An almighty GOD will make sure and physical death is certainly no obstacle as the gospel declares.   Kind of silly to think a slave is in control!

Romans 3;10  There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one

I don’t know about you,  but simple math tells me NONE is NONE.  ZERO, NADA, ZIP.  There is not a single man who chooses to have faith and follow after God.  Did we not teach basic math to our children?  I am being facetious (humorous) of course.  It is God’s way to keep men blind until He chooses.  All revelation comes from the Most High.  Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was speaking to those spiritually wise that had been chosen of God and given these wonderful gifts.  Paul spoke of these good things of the Father given to the sons of God.

Ephesians 1:15  Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,  16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened

Mine eyes have been enlightened by these GIFTS of the Father.  Now I know what the writer of the song meant who wrote “mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”.  This coming is revealed inside of us, to our heart.  Christ IN US,  the hope of glory.

Exodus 4:11  And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?

Who is it that makes man speak?  Who made man’s mouth?  Who makes people blind and who makes them see?  This applies spiritually and as you can see, it is ALL OF GOD not man.

Proverbs 16:1  The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

Lest you still doubted that God works ALL things, including all the words we speak,  here you see it again.  Carnal man’s theology has no defense when lined up with Scripture.

Proverbs 16:3-4  The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.

We showed that God created evil lately and even makes wicked people to bring about His plan of salvation for all men.  But most still will not believe.

Proverbs 16:9   The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Man may think he is directing his steps and choosing to do or not to do things.  But it really all is in the hands of a mighty and ALL POWERFUL God.  Those that think it is “them” do not believe this gospel and deny the power of God every single time they defend their unbelief.

Jeremiah 18:2-6  “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. 4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.

God does NOT make mistakes but He does have the right to make whatever He chooses.  He is GOD.  Let God be true and every man a liar.  God is God and will do what He pleases.  We need to come to understand that all of His works are for good, all the time.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 6 “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

Man is not directing his steps.  We all are in the hands of the Master Potter.  Let’s look at some more Potter and Clay verses.

Isaiah 29:16  Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

Carnal man in his foolish religion brings Christ down and exalts man at every turn.  But as these Scriptures all declare,  it is all the work of God whether man believes it or not.  Carnal man will deny that God has made them exactly as they are now.  It was ALL ordained of God.

Isaiah 64:8  But now, O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand. 9 Do not be angry beyond measure, O Lord, Nor remember iniquity forever; Behold, look now, all of us are Your people.

The Lord has made us in vessels of weak flesh.  This was all on purpose so God can mold and shape us into the image of His Son.  This way God gets all the glory and His name is magnified into the heavens.  We truly can do nothing, even believe the gospel, on our own initiative.  Jesus could DO NOTHING,  the Son of God our Father.  What makes man think he can do anything?

John 5:30  I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

But the carnal man will never ever be able to see it.  They can’t see it even if one declared it to them like I am doing right now.  This revelation can only come from the Father.

John 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit

Jesus makes it pretty clear who chooses who.  We don’t choose God.  All the drawing near and all the giving of faith is a gift and the work of an almighty God.  Amazing that a carnal man can look at this verse and still deny it.  Amazing how strong the blindness God puts over eyes.

John 10:3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out

The GOOD SHEPHERD calls us out of Babylon by name.  Many have not yet been called out and they are the ones that will oppose and attack this true gospel of faith as a gift and salvation for all men.

Phil 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure

It begins to get redundant but who is it that works and will in each of us for HIS good pleasure?  It is God and not man.  Man has no choice in the matter.  If they hear His voice it is because God reveals Himself to them.  If they do not hear, it is because they are still blinded and bound in unbelief by the will of the almighty God.  They are not yet of God and will never ever be able to understand it until God acts.

Romans 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

They are all gifts freely given by God to who HE chooses.  Carnal man keeps arguing that they are not a robot and God can’t force anyone to love Him.  Oh yes He can and that is exactly what God does.  Nobody is good but God. Love is poured into our new hearts only by the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We don’t decide to love God as all these wonderful Scriptures declare.  The Spirit is given to us and it is only by that Spirit that love comes into our heart.

Romans 11:32  For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

People like to blame the Jews and enjoy saying they are all going to an eternal hell.  But those that say such nonsense do not know the Lord.  They do not see that this disobedience and unbelief was all the work of God.  He did it on purpose and tells us why right here, so that He can show mercy to all men by saving them in the end.  Now that is a good God whose love never fails and whose mercy endures forever!!

Romans 9:18  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires

A great chapter about the plan and absolute sovereignty of the Master Potter.  God chooses who sees and He chooses who does not see.  But know in the appointed time, all will see and all knees shall bow to God for His glory.  It is finished.

Eph 2:1  And you hath HE quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins

Who brought the Elect out of spiritual darkness and into this marvelous light of this gospel?  It is God who chooses to adopt His sons and He does it while we are still dead in our sins.  Do you see it?

ACTS 13:48  and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed

This shows the early church and those who came to believe after hearing the foolish sermons from Peter, Paul and the other disciples.  But those that believed were ordained by GOD to believe just as this Scripture says.

ACTS 2:47  And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

People did not choose to believe.  They heard this gospel and then God chooses who is saved and when.  But make no mistake; all will be saved in the end.

Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

This verse describes Jesus.  What part of ALL things do we not understand?  All the world is held together in the power of Christ.  He is the creator.  We limit God every time our carnal mouth speaks.  We can’t help it; it is all in the potter’s hands.

Isaiah 45:5  I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

Just to be clear, this shows that God is girding (controlling all movements) of all men, even the ones that do not know Him yet.  This is by far the vast majority of people as only few shall find the way to eternal life this side of the grave.

Col 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Paul never boasted that it was his will or his choosing.  He knew as do all of us that have been converted by the power of God, that this wonderful work is all of God and not of ourselves and our choosing.

1 Thess 1:4-5 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

Oh yes.  Standing on the Rock and living in the true word in our heart will bring power.  I speak with power never before seen from Pete.  I speak with boldness and confidence, full assurance, zero doubt of what God has done and His willingness and ability to bring to pass all His promises.  This includes the salvation of all men.   When God gives you a gift,  you know it.   It comes with power and with much assurance.  I can now stand and proclaim this gospel boldly knowing it is true.

1 John 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

All that truly are in the faith were begotten of HIM,  by GOD.  He chose us, we did not choose Him.  He chose us out of this world and commissioned us to go and bear fruit and this fruit will remain.  Nobody is going to snatch me out of His hands, and I mean nobody.

Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Ah,  the Master Potter working all things, ALL THINGS for the greater good.  He is a wonderful loving and good God. As an adopted son,  I can call Him Abba and know I have an inheritance of all the things of the Kingdom.  That is good.

Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Those that come to faith in this body of flesh, will be few, they are the Elect, the chosen of God.  But all of this was predetermined from the foundations of the world.  As has been said, it is not of merit it is totally a gift from the Potter.  I receive it Lord and I hope I will be worthy of the calling you have now placed upon my life and the life of the other Saints.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus is the only way to come to the truth. Yet we know that nobody can even come to Jesus unless the Father wills. (John 6:44).

Matthew 20:34  So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him

These blind men did not heal their own eyes.  God does all the healing, even opening up spiritual eyes and removing the veil of unbelief that hides this true gospel from the multitudes.

Titus 3:4-7  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

This is God’s purposes for election.  It is all of His choosing and given only by His mercy. Man has absolutely no say so in this.

Romans 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

What make men repent and turn to God is their understanding the goodness of the Lord and His kindness and enduring love.  That is why we repent.  Nobody truly repents to avoid an eternal punishment which is false and creates an image of a false cruel and merciless God.  God must give you the eyes to see this goodness that HE is.  When He opens your eyes,  all the scales and false images and doctrines will fall to the ground. You like me, will be utterly ashamed in that day but yet thru the tears of mourning will be exceedingly glad.  You will come to see God in His glory and goodness.  Man is it good.

COL 2:11,13 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Man does not do surgery on his own heart.  This is all the work of God.  NO FLESH and NO HANDS involved and because of this, man has no say so in the timing of this surgery.  It is all in God’s appointed time.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

God does all the quickening.  This means to unveil the truth of the WORD in our hearts.  He plants it and He reveals the understanding, instantly based on my experience and the stories in the Scriptures.

Jeremiah 24For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. 7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Again we see the promise of the NEW COVENANT.  Notice all the “I Will’s” speaking of God doing the work and the total absence of “YOU WILL”.  Man has absolutely nothing to do with salvation.

Jonah 2:9  Salvation is of the Lord.

HE is the Savior.  His arm is not too short to save and will save all in the end.  It is written.  In the first sermon ever preached, Peter spoke of this promise that God would pour out His Spirit ON ALL.  He will do it in the appointed time.  At the end of this sermon,  Pete is asked by the people who were still carnal in their understanding what shall they do?  He answered and explained that if they turn their hearts to this good and loving God who is faithful to His promises, they shall be saved.   All will turn in time but salvation is in the hands and timing of the Master Potter.

ACTS 2:38  Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Do you see this promise is for all, even those of us today “far off”, 2000 years later.  But it only comes to those the LORD calls and chooses.  In the end, God gets it done.  All men are saved.  Knowing this, one can live a life of love, sowing mercy to all being set free from all fear and the worry of having to save ourselves.  The Spirit of God will lead us into obedience as the Scriptures say when we truly come to believe this gospel.  I hope you will be pulled out of darkness as today is the day of salvation for some.

So I hope this list of Scriptures and my brief explanation will give those of you who still do not believe this glorious gospel something to think about.  There are many more that show the truth of God doing the choosing in the appointed time.  This just scratches the surface.  Study these Scriptures, take it to the Lord in prayer.  May the God of all grace and supplications and spiritual blessings show you favor and open the eyes in the appointed time.

We all belong to God.  Whether we live or whether we die,  let’s do it unto the Lord.

1 COR 3:21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: