A child I know ran from his bedroom last night. He brought the Bible his daddy has given to him. He is very proud to have it and to show it to me. He said he is reading Genesis. I told him I am proud of him for reading the Bible. I am praying for him that he is encouraged by the Spirit of Truth to continue in the Word to find the Lord and his truth for his life.
THE ROOT OF TRUTH IS THERE
John 14: 1:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” (Commands of Christ) (NIV)
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” (Promises of Christ) (NIV)
John 14: 6, 7:
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (Jesus’ Roadmap) (NIV)
Jesus alone is the gate through which God has created to find him. The reality of knowing Christ as Lord is a matter of the Father’s mercy and love. Gentiles were not raised in a nation called Israel under a constitution given by Moses. Jesus fulfilled the law as the only one able to do so. (Acts 15) In our day, we have many who try to overlay Moses on Jesus. Galatians separates this error, from the gift of the Spirit.
Paul, ordained by Jesus (Acts 9: 15) makes it very plain the commandments of Moses, are useful only to show us our need for the Gift of God through his Son. The commandments bring death. The Gift is the indwelling Spirit which leads those in Jesus as he himself reveals in John 16: 12-14:
“If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (NIV)
Back to Jesus’ commands (Acts 9: 15) which are assuredly not Moses’ (Acts 15) which require a temple in Jerusalem where daily sacrifices were made, by Levite Priests and where festivals requiring specified sacrifices on specified days were attached in non-severable (had to do all of it, perfectly) commandments 613 of them and breaking one of them is breaking all of them, and they cannot be kept. Those who try and so claim reject Jesus and the gift of God placing faith in their ability, to do commandments of law, motivated by fear. John in I John explains perfect love drives out fear. Those who fear he says are “NOT PERFECTED IN LOVE.”
Hebrews, written to Jews while the temple stood, and the constitution of Israel was still in force, thanks to misunderstanding is a vital work today, with so many off track, that book there to correct you away from ideas that the law of Moses is the Gospel and it is NOT:
Hebrews 1: 1:
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.” (NIV)
Paul (I believe anonymously, Jews would not, by virtue of his claim Jesus was Messiah, listen to Paul) Hebrews 7: 11-22:
“If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. 13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.17 For it is declared:
“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”
18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:
“The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind:
‘You are a priest forever.’”
22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.” (NIV)
In chapter 8 we find the Spirit bringing these Hebrews full circle to Jeremiah 31: 31-34 restated here because what was prophesied has to be fulfilled in Jesus and found in Paul’s gospel of grace given, as ordained by Jesus (Acts 9: 15) for Gentiles, their rulers and the people of Israel:
Hebrews 8: 7-13, repeating Jeremiah, 31: 31-34:
“For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people and said:
“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
9 It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
and I turned away from them,
declares the Lord.
10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
11 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” (NIV … Paul’s prophesy, accord. Jesus, Matthew 24, fulfilled 70 A.D.)
Paul preached the “mystery of Christ” Jesus telling Ananias to lay hands on Paul as his chosen instrument (Acts 9: 15). Paul tells us what he received he received by revelation from Christ and not from men. Proof positive for all who believe that it is different from what was attached to the constitution of Israel, which was what and where Jesus taught.
When Jesus said this he was not telling Gentiles to become law keeping Jews, an impossibility without “Moses’ seat” without a temple, Levite Priests and the nation of Israel. There is talk of fulfillment of prophesy in the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. Matthew 23: 1:
“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.” (NIV)
Jesus here speaking in Israel, more specifically at the temple in Judah (separate from Israel in Jeremiah 31) where the law was in force and the Scribes and Pharisees had the power of life and death. Jesus told them the truth and they were offended and had him killed, also prophesied. 30 years or so later, the nation of Israel was destroyed as well the temple. Because they rejected God’s plan, the Messiah, Jesus. He rose from the dead, as the apostles testify.
Paul, ordained by Jesus made these things crystal clear. I Timothy 1: 5-7:
“The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk.7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.” (NIV)
DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. Conversely, how are we to have love from a “pure heart”, “good conscience” and a “sincere faith” without purification that does not come from law, but from the Spirit (John chapter 3 … you must be born of the Spirit)
Jesus said at Matthew 11: 28-30:
“At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, [ALL YOU … Calvin] and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV)
Paul wrote in Romans 9: 16:
“It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.” (NIV)
And in Romans 10: 4:
“Christ is the culmination [KJV SAYS “end of the law”] of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” (NIV)
And in Galatians 5:
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do what ever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” (NIV)
Finally, Jesus himself at John 16: 27 tells us why God loves us:
“No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” (NIV)
Romans 10: 9, 10:
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of alland richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (NIV)
Chris Queen. 3/27/2019. Keeping in step with the Spirit. Very encouraged those near me come to Christ. Please hit the Follow Key above and to the right for future updates. Please leave your valued comments in the form below. More posts under the form. My books Misquoting Logic HERE and Misquoting Calculus HERE open the gospel of grace through faith in Jesus and his transformation by the Spirit of truth (Jeremiah 31: 31-34) (John 16: 12-14) (Galatians 5: 22-26) (Ephesians 2: 8-10).
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