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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

salvation

Slaves versus Bondservants of God

All men are born into slavery.  We come into this world already bound by sin inheriting the curse of the first Adam.  We come with a sinful nature and do not even have to be taught how to sin.  It is our natural state.  It is only by the gift of God,  giving us faith and providing access into His grace that any person is saved and given their freedom.

The early church and all the disciples considered themselves slaves and bond servants of the Lord.  This can be seen in essentially ever single epistle and letter.  Go check it out yourself but I show you just a few below.

Jude 1:1  Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:

James 1:1  James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

Notice also who the Apostles were addressing in these epistles.  These letters were written to the saints called by God.   They are not writing to anyone and everyone in the world.  They are writing this letter to the brethren who are only the ELECT of God.  The Elect are those that GOD HIMSELF has called, chosen, sanctified and given true faith.  Go read it is all right there in the salutations of all these epistles.  Collectively as James says in his opening, these letters are written to Spiritual Israel and the 12 tribes scattered all throughout this world.

I too am a bondservant of Jesus Christ now,  having been enslaved to Him by the power of God’s election.   I now write to this post to those similarly called and chosen of the Lord.   I know there are many on the cusp of the door that is Christ.  God willing  by the foolishness of my preaching on this glorious gospel may God bring more into the sheep pen and give this precious gift of faith.

ALL MEN ARE SLAVES

Psalm 51:5  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.

All men are born into sin from birth.   None is good, no one not one.  As we can readily see in Jeremiah 18 and Romans 8, the Potter has chosen to make us twice and all creation is purposefully marred from the start.  This is all God’s design, done on purpose.   You must be Born Again to enter into His Kingdom.  Yet it all remains in the hands and timing of the Potter.  Man has no free will to choose God.  Faith is a gift.

Romans 6:17-18  But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

Jesus is the deliverer.  He delivers us from the kingdom of darkness and sets us free from the slavery we were all born into.  This is everywhere in the Bible for those given eyes to see it and ears to hear the words of God written in the Scriptures.  This indeed is the message in Ephesians 2.

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

Who quickened us?  Who delivered us from this bondage?  It was all of God.  The carnal mind just refuses to accept the truth that it is enslaved and truly is a piece of clay in the hands of an Almighty God.  This has been a recurring theme in recent posts yet I feel more is needed and God will use these words to quicken life to some that will read and believe this good news gospel.    The ministry of Jesus Christ was to come set the captives, the slaves to sin free.  This is a glorious work of God and is all of grace and not the choice of any man.  It is all ordained of the Lord.

Romans 6:16  Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

These are the words the Lord spoke when commencing His ministry and quoting from the prophecy of Isaiah in Luke 4.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives (SLAVES TO SIN)
And recovery of sight to the blind, (SPIRITUALLY BLIND)

Romans 6 is a great chapter which speaks to this conversion from a slave to sin to a slave to righteousness.  All of this is a wonderful gift from a good God who in His mercy saves us all in the appointed time.  It is never our own strength, initiative or choice to stop being a slave to sin.  It is all the work of God.  It is a gift to a chosen few.

Romans 6:20-23  For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

WE DO NOT CHOOSE TO BECOME SLAVES OF GOD.  A SLAVE HAS NO SUCH ABILITY TO MAKE THE CHANGE.

The Fallacy of Free Will

Those that teach man’s free will are not in the true faith.  They truly are unbelievers and antichrists.  Such also teach of an eternal torment in hell which is a damnable heresy that denies the sovereign Lord who has already purchased all men through the shed blood on the cross.  I have had to stop engaging in their frivolous arguments.  Such men cannot even hear the word of God because they are not of God and are of their father the devil.  Jesus had a conversation with those that believed on him but were not chosen of God.  These professing Christians would not admit they were slaves to sin.  They were very self righteous just like the modern day versions, many of which used to post on this blog.

John 8:33 They answered Him, “ We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”

But Jesus did not mince words with them.  They attacked the true gospel and could not hear the words Jesus spoke or have any understanding.  They were shut up into spiritual darkness as Jesus told them plainly.

John 8:47  He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.

They scoffed and mocked Jesus and accused him of being evil and having a demon.  I have been accused of the very same things over the past month.  I rejoice to share in the suffering and persecutions of my Lord Jesus.  Mine accusers just like those of Jesus’s day know not what they are doing.

We are all born and conceived in sin, brought into this world in a weak body of sinful flesh.  This was God’s purpose all along to remake us and rebirth us into a child of the kingdom.  We have to learn righteousness and know good from evil.  This is why the Lord told Adam You Shall Surely Die.  But men do not understand what God was saying until their appointed time.  Only a very few, an escaped remnant, being called the chosen and Elect will find the truth in this life.  The rest in the ages to come.

ECC 7:20  For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin

Romans 8:20  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope

God set it up this way.  Everyone needs a Savior.  If the righteous requirement of the law can be fulfilled by us in our natural born state, then there was no reason to send Jesus to die for all of mankind.  NONE.  But a carnal man cannot accept this and his mind is hostile to the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  Christ did not die in vain and all men shall be saved in the end.  You still don’t believe what God has said in the Scriptures?  Consider some more of how we come into this world and God works it all out in His time.

1 COR 15:42-45  The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

Do you have ears to hear and eyes to see the truth?  It is staring you right in the face in these Scriptures.  But make no mistake, before God comes and plucks you out of spiritual darkness, all men are slaves to sin.  They cannot help by practice sin, it is their very nature.  It is what slaves to sin do ,  they sin!  You can put on all kinds of forms of godliness and external religion but inside such an unconverted person will be full of dead men’s bones.  Death will still be working in them.

God has to deliver us from are slavery to sin.  We are helpless to do so on our own power and initiative.  It is only by His will that we can be set free of our slavery .

Oh praise God for His Mighty Deliverance granted unto those He chooses.  He alone can lead us out of this bondage and instantly set us free.  This is accomplished by the gift of faith which gives us access to this grace of God in which we the true saints now stand.

When one is truly Born Again by God’s choosing and the Spirit is poured out.  They are free.  A slave will know that he has been set free.  The burden will all of sudden be light and the yoke will be easy.  The shackles of sin will come off.  Hallelujah.  Let freedom ring.

John 8:35  a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.  Therefore IF the Son MAKES you free, you shall be free indeed.

The religious carnal man will never see this glorious truth of freedom granted by the Lord’s election.  They will look hard and cling to a few passages of Scripture to nullify the thousand that speak to this glorious truth of God’s grace and election.  Here is one often used as the proof text for a slave deciding on their own to be free.

Joshua 24:14-16  Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

What a great Scripture and yes my house will serve this Lord!  But what this refers  is after we are delivered out of the hands of the enemy,  not before,  then and only then do we have a choice as a free man.  We can be led astray back into bondage if we follow men or the gods of this world who will tempt us with its lusts.  So yes slaves once freed will continue to be tempted.  But we will choose to follow God and be led by His Spirit and will forsake the ways of the world and the religious traditions of men.

My Religious Escapades

I grew up believing in the free will of man to choose God.  It was all I was ever taught and this supposed truth was reinforced thousands of times in my life’s experiences.  You hear a lie often enough you will believe it when you take it to heart.  I had even made several altar calls over the years even going to down at a Billy Graham crusade once in the 1980s.

But I was never saved despite saying prayers and being told welcome to the Kingdom of God.  I was given assurance that I was a child of God and had received the Holy Spirit based on the actions I chose to take on those days.  Yet nothing ever changed.  I left the arena or the church the same person I was coming in, albeit with an emotional experience and a carnal understanding of a God who I was told loves me.  I took solace that because of my choice, I would now be spare an eternal punishment in hell.

But the emotional buzz always wore off.  I was not free.  I was still bound by sin.  I did not believe in the report of Isaiah that Jesus has already paid the price for all mean.  My sin always came back along with new ones.  Where was this voice of the Holy Spirit I was supposed to be hearing?  Where was this fruit I was supposed to be bearing in full measure?  I was not delivered as a slave,  I was merely deceived which is where the multitudes are camped out today.  Epecially the self righteous Pharisees that populate the Internet and make a ministry of accusing other people.

It was not delivered from my bondage.  The salvation so confidently promised to me by big men on the stage had not yet come.  I was the same person.  I came to realize in God’s appointed time for me, that I was not saved .  While God certainly had a heavy hand in those events and my actions,  directing all of my steps.  This was all just prep work for God to arrive at the point He decided long ago before the world began, when I would come to know of His true salvation.

Matthew 20:16   Many are called but few are chosen

Set Free From Sin & Fear

The same mistake a carnal man makes in believing in free will, also leads him to believe he can stop sinning on his own choosing by striving hard in his flesh.  This is such folly and is a virtual dead-end on a treadmill that will exhaust one and lead to frustration and ultimately failure.  There are many people who live their whole lives trying to be good, and out of fear avoid this eternal hell they have been taught,  yet they never ever find any lasting peace or joy.  Such have not the love of God in their heart and will bear a spirit of judgment and condemnation and be the antithesis of love your neighbor as yourselves.  They will have a form of godliness but deny the power of God to transform them into a new creation.  They will always think it is up to them and what they do and what they decide.  Such foolishness.  These do not believe the gospel.

Matthew 11:28-30  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Sadly the yoke of these people is anything but easy.  Life is a bitch it seems and then they die.  They never find it, they miss the prince of peace, many by 1,000 miles.  They run a treadmill looking for this promised peace and never finding it.  They are not the chosen of God.  Many religious people are like this having been indoctrinated into the traditions of men and the external acts of religion.  Yet the true holiness of love is never produced in their heart and in their lives.   Instead their tree bears the fruit of briars and thorns, things like hate, envy, pride, strife, contentions, disputing, self-righteousness, covetousness, bitterness and the like.

Paul spoke about being a slave to sin in Romans 7 speaking of his helplessness to do what he wanted to do.  I lived a very long time caught and snared in this Romans 7 trap and could never escape until the Lord rescued me in my appointed time in June 2012 at age 56.  If most people are honest, they will know this speaks to them today.

Romans 7:16-20For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

I was a wretched man and I still am in my carnal state.  This is why I must follow and be led of the Spirit of God.  This Spirit was given to me as a gift of love from the Father, who richly poured out His love into my heart.  If I follow my flesh, I will still sin and even since my conversion this has been proven to me.  But as a child of the Kingdom, my Father is quick to correct me and keep me on His narrow path.  Most professing to be of the faith are without this discipline and are not yet sons, they are illegitimate.

The entire story of Israel and their rescue from Egypt and the journey to the promise land is an example of the path of salvation for all men.  All must come to recognize they are slaves and cry out to the Lord asking for mercy.  He will hear the cries of those He has chosen and will come to the rescue.  This is my testimony and my healing speaks for itself.  The foolish Galatians quickly forget the lesson on slavery and sought to return to their former bondage under the law of sin and death.  Paul corrected them harshly.

Galatians 4:9  But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?

His burden truly is light.  Those in the faith are not under the law but grace.  We have truly been set free in more ways than a carnal minded Christian can grasp.  There is no way for them to see it as the power and greatness of our God will always be limited and denied by them.  All of us have been there and done that so to speak with our sinful pasts.  Most are still enslaved yet they will deny it in their pride and forms of godliness.  They foolishly believe that as a slave they can actually free themselves.  A slave has no such ability or power to free themselves, but that thought never resonates with their proud heart.

Titus 3:3  For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.

All of salvation and freeing one from the power of sin is all the work and election of an Almighty God.  It will happen in the appointed time and all of us will one day be free from sin 100% and bowing and worshipping the Lamb together.  But sadly most of my former friends and associates are still ensnared into bondage and this glorious gospel is truly veiled from their eyes.  Slaves cannot see, they are blindfolded to the gospel.

2 COR 4:3-4  But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 

The many are perishing.  Those who have hears will hear these truths and receive this confirmation in their heart.  No more fear.  It is gone.  Instead we receive power and the boldness to cry out Abba to our Father in heaven.  We are not slaves any more.  We are sons and daughters of the kingdom.  Our inheritance is guaranteed!  It was all the work of God sending the Spirit into our bodies of flesh.

Galatians 4:6  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, yes He has.  The flesh of those He has chosen.  AMEN.  We can now live with full assurance and confidence of our adoption in the wonderful Kingdom of God.  We can cry out Abba Father and know He desires to give good things to His children.  Man this gospel is good when you are so blessed to see it.

Romans 8:15  For we did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

This spirit of bondage is cast out.  The spirit of heaviness departs and we receive a spirit of praise instead.  These are the wedding garments of salvation.  There is much more I would like to share in due time about slavery and being set free.  Know that false teachers will keep men enslaved to sin.  They will teach unbelief and deny the power of God to set us free.  They will be jealous and envious of the freedom we have in Christ.  Such heretics use fear, especially of this demonic doctrine of an eternal hell to keep people from coming to the light that is Christ.

There are two covenants as Paul described in Galatians 4.  Those of the covenant with the bondwoman Hagar are far more numerous than those of the free woman Sarah.  Many are called but indeed only a few are chosen.  If you are free by the grace of God rejoice my friend, rejoice.

Do not be deceived any more by these false teachers who have secretly come into the professing body of believers to try to put you back into bondage to the law.  It is finished.  Live in your freedom without fear and put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh and its lusts thereof.   Put to work the gift that God has planted in you.  Stir up this gift and go preach this good news and glad tidings to all men.  Pay no attention to the heretics and religious Pharisees who will speak evil of you.  Live to please your Father in heaven and not men.

Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of faith and the blessing of eternal life in you.  We give you thanks for freeing us from our slavery and making us free and giving us a heart for service in your kingdom.  May we serve you as a bondservant yet know we are a true son or daughter and have full access to your throne of mercy and grace.  Pour out your love Father and fill us anew daily so we can be a river of living waters to those you put into our paths.

Galatians 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to freedom; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.