Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
As we consider the body of Christ today, it becomes very evident God's body is not partaking of all the blessings He has promised. The reason for this is because the body of Christ is not walking where God has ordained it to walk. We may ask ourselves, "Why is the body of Christ failing in their walk? There are two reasons for this:
# 1God's body will not separate themselves from the world
# 2They have not been taught to overcome the flesh
Overcoming is a forgotten message in the church today. But probably the main reason God's body is not living the overcoming life is because they do not recognize who they are in Christ. The body has not been taught the promises God made to those who are called by His name.
When the question is asked, "What is a Christian?", many answer, "Just a sinner saved by grace". When we continue asking this person if they are still sinners, their testimony more likely than not is, "I sin every day". This is taught by the denominational system. As the inquiry continues we ask, "How do you sin?" They cannot answer this because they do not know. They have only been taught they sin. They do not recognize what sin is. Those who confess they are sinners should read the words of the beloved John:
"He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." I John 3:8
Those who sin are serving the devil. When we ask them if they are serving the devil, their reply is, "Absolutely not!"
Jesus died to forgive our past sins, our present sins, and our future sins. This is why Jesus was manifested. The word manifested means "to make known that which has been hidden, to make visible". Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil in our lives. When we confess we are still sinners, we are confessing the works of God have not been manifested in our lives. In other words we have not allowed God to do His work in our lives, and we live beneath the standard He has set for His body.
The question may be asked, "Can we still sin?" Absolutely. This is why we have an advocate with the Father. John declared:
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:" I John 2:1
Our advocate with the Father is Jesus Christ, the righteous. The word advocate means "one who pleads another's cause before a judge". It is also translated "comforter". Today we would call our advocate our lawyer. It is our lawyer's job to declare us innocent before our judge. He can only do this if we repented of our wrong doing. Repentance is another teaching that has been left out of the modern church. Without repentance we remain in our sin and stand guilty before our judge.
Sin has always been described as smoking, drinking, drugs, adultery, long hair on men, short hair on women, ladies slacks, movies; in general anything against man-made doctrines is described as sin.
When we address the word sin it is the Greek word HAMARTIA and means "to miss the mark, to err, be mistaken; to miss or wander from the path of righteousness". As we study the Greek word HAMARTIA we discover sin is not all the "don'ts" the church system has described to us. Sin is anything that causes us to miss the high calling God has in our lives; anything that causes us to wonder from the path of righteousness.
As we consider the word HAMARTIA, we come to the understanding that even the church we attend can be dwelling in sin or missing the mark of God's intended purpose. If the church you attend is not teaching the true Word of God and an overcoming life through repentance you need to seek God in another place.
Your job may be sin (missing the mark God has set for us) if what you are doing is not glorifying God. Your marriage may be missing the mark if your mate is hindering your walk. Your associations could be sinful in the sight of God if they are causing you to miss the mark for the high calling of Christ Jesus in your life.
God's righteousness must always be visible in our lives. When we are allowing sin of any kind in our lives we are living beneath God's standard, and we are serving the devil. When the body of Christ truly recognizes who they are in God, and the promises He has made His people, then they can raise their vision off the earthly plane and get their eyes on their Creator.
Many recognize the warning signs God has given us in the Bible warning us to prepare for God's judgment that is soon to be poured out upon the earth. Jesus admonishes us:
"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28
We are to lift our heads and look up. When we do this we change our whole perspective. Our problems will seem small. The government's problems will seem small, and the world's problems will seem small. When we look up we are no longer earth bound people. We will be those spoken of by the apostle Paul:
"Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved:)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" Ephesians 2:5-6
Few in the body of Christ have obtained this promised place in Christ Jesus. Of course the multitude is not fled from even seeking this place in Christ because they have not been taught it is obtainable. The most they have been taught is to hang on until they die, then God will take them to heaven, and will explain all things to them at that time.
The main message in the church today is to maintain attendance, not teach God's people to overcome. If God's people are going to overcome, they must spend time in His Word, and recognize who they are in Christ. The apostle Paul made it very plain and simple to understand who we are in God. Once we recognize our position, then the Old Testament becomes totally new to us as we recognize God's promises and His covenants. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul revealed:
"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." Galatians 6:14-16
Paul is writing to those who have crucified the world unto themselves, to those who no longer desire the things of this life, and have become the new creation in Christ Jesus. Paul continues,
"...those who walk according to this rule..."
The word rule means "principles or standards". Paul is speaking to those who live their lives by the principles or standards of God's new creation.
Paul prayed God's peace and mercy be upon the Israel of God. The word Israel means "prince of God". A prince is the son of the king. Those who walk according to the principles and standards God has set for His new creation have become princes and princesses of our King.
Those who study the Old Testament know God changed Jacob's name to Israel. When Jacob was returning to his father, Isaac, after having fled from his brother, Esau, because he had stolen Esau's blessing, he came to Jabock. There Jacob had an encounter with an angel of God. Jacob wrestled with the angel until the breaking of day. Jacob held onto the angel and demanded a blessing:
"And He (the angel) said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And He said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed." Genesis 32:27-28
God changed Jacob's name (supplanter) to Israel (prince of God). God had made him a prince, or the son of the King. As a prince Israel had power with God and with men.
The angel also spoke "Thou hast prevailed". The word prevailed means "has overcome, has endured to be the victor". God's word to Jacob is what God expects of His body in the earth today. There are many who are proclaiming sonship, but fail to have power with God or man. The main reason for this is they have not crucified the world unto themselves. They walk with one foot in the world, and with the other foot they attempt to serve God. They have not prevailed because they have not overcome. Jesus revealed the power of God just before He ascended off the earth:
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8
When we receive the Holy Ghost anointing, we receive power in our lives. The church was to be witness of this power unto the uttermost part of the earth. In Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he declared:
"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:" I Corinthians 2:4
Paul's preaching and speech was not with enticing words of man's wisdom. When Paul spoke, his speech demonstrated the power of God he had obtained through the Holy Spirit anointing. Today the church is taught by enticing words and man's wisdom, not by the power of the anointing. In Paul's letter to Timothy, he exposed these churches as ...
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5
Most churches have a form of godliness. They have their man-made doctrines which deny the power of the Holy Spirit. Many proclaim sonship, yet Paul admonishes:
"...from such turn away".
Paul also warned the Colossians:
"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." Colossians 2:8
Today much philosophy is taught in the church. Paul warned, "Beware, unless we be spoiled through man's philosophy." The word philosophy means "the study of tradition or the love of worldly wisdom". Paul explains these are "vain deceits after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world".
Today the pulpits are full of men who know more about traditions than what the Spirit is saying unto the churches. They know more about batting averages than they do about the Word. These are filled with vain deceits to make themselves look good before the assembly. These depend on programs and contests to keep the pews full. They concern themselves more about full pews than they do with filled people. These come to the people with enticing words instead of the power of God.
God has always had His Israel. His first Israel were the sons of Jacob (Israel), and were called the children of Israel. Jacob had two wives and two concubines. Ten sons were born to Leah his first wife, and his two concubines, Zilpah and Bilhah.
Rachel was Jacob's beloved wife but she was barren. After Israel had ten sons, God opened Rachel's womb, and she bare Joseph. Joseph's name means "God will add". Joseph's birth was the promise of another son.
The name Rachel means "ewe lamb". Jesus refers to His people as sheep. Rachel represents the true church, the reproductive part of the body of Christ.
Joseph is a type of Jesus. He was the one who brought his brothers evil report to his father, Genesis 37:2. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, and they falsely reported his death to their father. His being pulled out of the pit where his brothers had placed him is a type of the resurrection of Jesus.
There are many correlations between the life of Joseph and the life of Jesus. Joseph was not the last son of Rachel, as Jesus was not the last son of the Father. Another son would be born to Rachel by the name of Benjamin. When Rachel gave birth to this son, she died. Before she died she named her son Benoni. The name Benoni means "son of my sorrow". But Israel renamed his son Benjamin. The name Benjamin means "son of my right hand". Those who God is raising up today to be His true voice are the sons of His right hand.
When Rachel died, she was buried at Ephrath, which became Bethlehem where Jesus would be born. When Jesus was born it was declared of Him, "...He was the only begotten of the Father". But Paul declared in his letter to the Romans:
"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." Romans 8:29
Jesus was the firstborn of many brethren. Those who are conformed into His image are the sons of His right hand. These are the princes of the King who will have power with God and man. These have prevailed (overcome), and as Jesus promised John on the Isle of Patmos:
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7
The overcomers are the inheritors of God. They are the Israel of God because they walk according to His principles and standards. Paul reemphasized God's Israel to the church at Ephesus:
"That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:" Ephesians 2:12
Paul revealed. "...when we were without Christ...". Christ is the anointing. When we were without the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. The word alien means "to be shut out from one's fellowship". The anointing brings us into fellowship, or we become part of the commonwealth of Israel.
The word commonwealth is the Greek word POLITEIA. We get our word politics from the Greek word POLITEIA which means "citizenship, or to have the rights as a citizen". Paul wrote this in the negative. The positive rendering of this Scripture would be when we come into the anointing of the Holy Spirit we become "citizens of the nation, Israel". God only has one nation, and that nation is Israel.
When most think of Israel they think of the small strip of land along the Mediterranean. We need to come to the understanding that Spiritual Israel is the household of God. God has one nation He has chosen above all nations, and the only way to become part of His nation is through the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Paul writes: "...when we were the commonwealth of Israel we were strangers from God's covenants of promise..."
The word stranger means "without a share, not an inheritor". Those without the anointing of the Holy Spirit are not inheritors of God's covenants and promises. Paul made this very plain in his letter to the church at Rome:
"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." Romans 8:9
God's Promises Fulfilled in Jesus
All God's covenants were promises God made to His creation man through the ages. This is not only true of the New Testament, but also the covenants God made with His ancient people. In Paul's letter to the Hebrews, he explains why ancient Israel could not receive the promises of God. Speaking of Jesus, Paul writes:
"...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, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance." Hebrews 9:15
When Jesus died on the cross, the promises God made ancient Israel came into effect. Jesus is the mediator of the New Testament. He is also the redemption for the transgressions under the first testament. A mediator is one who brings two together to come to one conclusion. As Paul explains, Jesus did this so those who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. In order to understand the work of the mediator, we must continue with Paul's explanation to the Ephesians:
"For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;" Ephesians 2:14
Jesus is our peace. A mediator is a peacemaker. Paul stated, "...who hath made both one...". What two did Jesus make one? He made the Old Testament and the New Testament one book. The word testament means "covenant". Jesus has broken down the middle wall of partition between the old covenant made to His ancient Israel, and His Spiritual nation Israel under the new covenant. Paul continues his explanation to the church at Ephesus:
"Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:" Ephesians 2:15-16
Most believe Jesus died only for the forgiveness of our sins. Paul revealed when Jesus was crucified, He abolished the enmity (hatred) God's people had for His law of commandments. He knew because of sin man could not keep His holy ordinances. Therefore, He abolished the law written in ink, or cut in stone. Paul proclaimed in his second letter to the church at Corinth:
"Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart." * II Corinthians 3:3
With Jesus all the promises God made to His ancient people come into being. The law of commandments was abolished and He wrote His law in our hearts. Those who become His Spiritual Israel do not obey His laws (or His Word) because they are written with ink or graven in stone. They keep His laws because of the pureness of their hearts.
Paul declared to the Ephesians that Jesus accomplished or fulfilled the promise to God's ancient people. He did this so He might "make in Himself (Jesus) one new man", Ephesians 2:15. Thus, Paul declared Jesus the mediator between the new and old covenants...
"...that He might reconcile both (old and new) unto God in one body (the body of Christ) by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:" Ephesians 2:16
The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is called "The Hall of Faith". After listing men who obtained favor with God through their faith, the writer concludes with this revelation:
"Of whom the world was not worthy..:
"And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect." Hebrews 11:38-40
Even though these men of faith had a good report with God, they did not receive the promise. Why couldn't these great men of faith receive the promises God made them through the old covenant? For the answer to this we must look again at the ninth chapter of Hebrews:
"For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth." Hebrews 9:16-17
Again the word testament means "covenant". The modern use of the covenant or testament is the legal term, will. A will cannot be probated or become a legal document until the one who made the will dies. When God made His covenant with His ancient people Israel, it could not be probated or become legal until the death of the one who made it.
Since it was God who made it, and God cannot die, how was the covenant God made with His ancient people to come to pass? God sent His son to die so the covenants He made with His creation man could be claimed by His heirs. This is why Jesus became the mediator. He could not become the mediator until His death. After His death He became the mediator of the covenants or promises God made with His ancient people. This is why Paul wrote:
"And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:" Hebrews 11:39
God's ancient people could not receive the promises made in the old covenant because the covenant maker had not died.
"God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect." Hebrews 11:40
God has provided better things for us. Who can claim all the promises God made with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, Gideon, Samson, Samuel, and all the other great men of faith? We can claim them because we live on this side of the cross.
At the death of the testator, all God's covenants came into effect. God's Spiritual Israel can claim every covenant God made in His Word. All we need to do is to walk into them. We must know there is a conditioning of our life to receive the promises or covenants of God, and there is a day when we will receive them. First we must come to the reality of who we are in God. Paul stated this emphatically:
"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God." Ephesians 2:19
It is by the Holy Spirit anointing we come into the relationship with God whereby we become His chosen generation, His royal priesthood, His holy nation, His peculiar people. The word peculiar means "purchased possession", His own property. We are bought with a price, foreknown, and predestined to be the recipients of His promises and covenants.
God's Promises to Jacob and Israel
As stated earlier, Jacob's name was changed to Israel. Yet many times in the Old Testament separate promises were made to Jacob and Israel. The differences in these promises reveal who we are in God.
Different promises being made to Jacob and to Israel may seem strange. We need to understand God made physical promises to Jacob (natural Israel) and Spiritual promises to Spiritual Israel. The prophet Isaiah declared:
"He shall cause them that come to Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit." Isaiah 27:6
Isaiah prophesied Jacob would take root, but Israel will blossom and bud and fill the whole earth with fruit. Today we see descendants of Jacob (Jews) scattered here and there over the earth. They are few in number. This fulfills the prophesy spoken by Moses before natural Israel entered into their promise land:
". . . the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you." Deuteronomy 4:27
This truly has happened. The Jews are in small groups all over the earth where they have taken root. Spiritual Israel, on the other hand, has truly blossomed and budded and filled the whole earth with fruit. The apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Rome enlightened them concerning heritage:
"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." Romans 9:8
Those who only have a natural heritage are the children of the flesh. The children of promise are counted for the seed. Who are the children of promise? In his same letter to the Romans, Paul declared:
"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 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." Romans 2:28-29
Those who depend on their outward circumcision of the flesh to make them acceptable before God are not counted as God's true Jews. Those whose circumcision is of the heart and in the Spirit are counted as God's Spiritual Jews. The children of the flesh are not counted as God's promised seed. Only those whose circumcision is in the heart and spirit seek the praise of God, not of men, are God's promised seed.
We gain a deeper insight into Paul's writing when we understand the meaning of circumcision. God gave natural Israel the sign of circumcision at the time of Abraham. Circumcision would become natural Israel's sign of obedience to God's commandments. All males were to be circumcised eight days after their birth.
When Paul wrote to the church at Rome, he spoke of the Spiritual circumcision of the mind and spirit. When we are Spiritually circumcised, we have cut away our fleshly thinking and our fleshly allurements to expose the true headship of Christ.
Just before Jesus ascended off the earth, He commanded His disciples:
"And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15
This commandment has been, and is continuing to be accomplished. Truly Spiritual Israel has fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah when He prophesied Israel would blossom and bud and fill the whole earth with fruit.
To understand how the Bible was written, we need to view it as a physical, literal message to those who walk in the flesh. God's Word also contains a Spiritual message to those who walk in the Spirit. The writer of Hebrews makes this proclamation:
"For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
The Word of God is quick (living) and powerful (active) and sharper (cutting and piercing) than any two-edged sword. The word two-edged has two meanings: first, it means "to cut going and coming; second, it means "two-mouthed". The Word of God speaks to the natural and it also speaks to the Spiritual. The Word of God divides the soul (natural man) from the Spirit (the conscience of man). It also divides the joints and the marrow. The joints allow man to move. The marrow is the inner most part of the bone. The Word of God separates how a man moves from the innermost structure of his makeup. A man may be walking with God, but his inner most being may be corrupt to the core. This is why Paul declared the Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of our heart, our innermost being.
God's Promised Seed
Paul declared the children of the flesh are not the children of God. It is the children of promise who will be counted for God's righteous seed, Romans 9:8. We may ask, "Who are the children of promise?" Paul wrote much about the promised seed in his letter to the Galatians:
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one. And to thy seed, which is Christ." Galatians 3:16
Abraham was called the Father of Faith. Paul declared Abraham's one seed would be Christ (the anointed ones). Those who are walking in the anointing are God's Christ in the earth today. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth about His Christ in the earth today:
"But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming." I Corinthians 15:23
Jesus was the firstfruit Christ. Those who are walking by the Spirit today are the Christ at His coming. Paul explained to the churches at Galatia:
"Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham." Galatians 3:7
We become the children of Abraham through faith and the anointing. Abraham had two groups of children, those through natural lineage, and those through faith. God only has one seed, those who are walking in faith by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Paul concluded his revelation with this thought:
"And if ye be Christ's then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:29
If we have become His Christ through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, then we have become heirs according to the promise made to Abraham, and all the other covenants God has made with His faithful through the ages.
God's Servants and Friends
Isaiah continued his distinction between Jacob and Israel:
"Yet now hear, O Jacob My servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:" Isaiah 44:1
Isaiah called Jacob, God's servant. In his letter to the Galatians Paul declared:
"Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;" Galatians 4:1
Jacob represents those who are God's servants. Paul reveals a servant differs nothing from a child. A child cannot inherit until he comes to legal age. This is also true of a servant. The servant cannot inherit as long as he remains a servant. Only Israel, God's chosen seed, will inherit. Jesus declared through the pen of John:
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you." John 15:13-15
Jesus laid down His life for His friends. His friends are those who are obedient to His voice and His Word. But the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth. Those who are still relying on natural heritage (Jacob) to be acceptable in the sight of God remain servants. Israel is God's chosen. We understand who the chosen are by the words of Jesus:
"For many are called, but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14
God has called the multitude, but only the few who leave all and become disciples of His Word will be chosen. Those who become God's friends and obey His commandments will become His Spiritual Israel. Those who remain in Jacob's realm will remain servants.
The Very Elect of God
God gave us further revelation of the distinction between Jacob and Israel:
"For Jacob My servant's sake, and Israel Mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known Me." Isaiah 45:4
Those of Jacob who deny their Messiah remain in the servant realm. Only Spiritual Israel will become God's elect. The word elect means "chosen one, choice one, and the elect of God".
By the anointing of the Spirit, Isaiah declared, "I have surnamed thee...".
Our surname is the name of the Father. The Father's name is Christ. His surnamed ones are called Christ ones, in-Christed ones, or simply Christian.
Isaiah recorded, "... though thou hast not known Me".
Many who call themselves by Christ's name have not come into a knowing relationship with the Father. They simply follow their religious order, and believe they are acceptable in His sight.
Israel's Everlasting Covenant
God continues to reveal the distinction between Jacob and Israel. When David brought the Ark to Jerusalem, the Lord reminded him of the covenants He had made with His creation man. David spoke before the people:
"Be ye mindful always of His covenant; the word which He commanded to a thousand generations;
Even of the covenant which He made with Abraham, and of His oath unto Isaac;
And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant," I Chronicles 16:15-17
God gave His covenant to Jacob for a law, but He gave Israel the everlasting covenant. Who was it who made an everlasting covenant with man? It was our testator, Jesus Christ. At the Last Supper Jesus took the cup and gave it to His disciples, and explained:
"For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:28
Again, the word testament was translated covenant. What we call the New Testament in the Bible, in reality is the New Covenant God has made with His people.
Jacob is still under the law. But, praise the Lord, God's new creation man operates under the everlasting covenant brought by our testator, Jesus Christ, when He died on the cross. Only through Jesus Christ do all God's covenants become available to those who walk according to His New Covenant.
Isaac, The Son of Promise
God made a covenant with Abraham, and He gave him an oath. What was the oath God made with Abraham? Paul explained this oath in his letter to the Romans:
"Not as though the Word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, in Isaac shall thy seed be called." Romans 9:6-7
Paul revealed natural Israel does not constitute Spiritual Israel. Neither because they are the natural seed of Abraham are they considered to be children of promise. The oath to Abraham was that God's seed would be called in his son, Isaac.
Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah. The name Isaac means "to laugh". Isaac was the son of Abraham's old age. Abraham was one hundred years old when Isaac was born. One hundred is the number of divine perfection. Abraham had to come into God's perfect, divine order before he could bring forth his promised son.
Everything God does, He does by a plan and purpose. Another aspect of God's plan and purpose is His timing. We are informed by the apostle Paul:
"But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law," Galatians 4:4
It was not until the fulness of time that God sent forth Jesus to be born of a virgin. Jesus was the promised son of the Father. He came forth in His divine perfection in the fulness of time. Matthew informs us:
"The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." Matthew 1:1
Jesus was the son of Abraham. Being the son of Abraham He stands in the place of Isaac. He became the promised son, and in Him God would call His promised seed. God had a natural seed, and He has a Spiritual seed. The natural seed is of Jacob and is still under the law. Spiritual Israel is of Jesus, and have God's law (His Word) written on the fleshly tablets of their heart. The apostle Paul addresses this in his letter to the churches in Galatia:
"For this Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children." Galatians 4:25
Paul was speaking of Hagar, Abraham's concubine, which brought forth Ishmael. The Ishmaelites are still in bondage to the "Jerusalem which now is", or the natural Jerusalem in the country of Palestine. This is also true of the Jews (natural Israel) today. These two factions are still fighting over who will control Jerusalem. Both Ishmael and Jacob are still in bondage to physical Jerusalem.
Paul continues his revelation to the Galatians concerning Spiritual Jerusalem:
"But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
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.
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now." Galatians 4:26-29
The Jerusalem above is God's chosen people. It is a Spiritual city made up of all those who walk in the Spirit, and are directed by His voice and His Word.
The desolate (those without the Christ anointing) have many more followers then those who have the Father as their provider (husband).
We are as Isaac. We are the children of promise. Those who are born after the flesh and claim their natural lineage through Jacob are still persecuting those whose lineage comes through Christ.
The prophet Jeremiah continues this distinction between Jacob and Israel:
"The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of His inheritance: the Lord of hosts is His name." Jeremiah 10:16
Jacob is the former of all things. Jeremiah, in contrast, proclaimed Israel to be the rod of God's inheritance. Another word for rod is scepter and is a sign of authority. Only God's promised seed will inherit the scepter of authority. As stated before, Jesus revealed His inheritors to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and He shall be My son." Revelation 21:7
The word all means ALL, nothing left out, nothing excluded. He that overcomes will inherit all things. God will be our all in all, and we shall be His sons, His Isaacs of promise.
Jesus made many promises to those who would love and serve Him with their whole heart. The beloved John recorded these promises four times in John, Chapter 6. Jesus revealed:
# 1 "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." John 6:39
God will not lose any of those He has ordained from the beginning of time to walk into His New Day. He will raise these up to live and dwell in His presence. The prophet Hosea declared the last day:
"After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight." Hosea 6:2
The Third Day is the last day. All those who are walking by the Spirit know we are coming to the close of the Second Day since Jesus left the earth realm. By the word of prophesy we know God is going to raise up His overcomers on the Third Day, and we will live in His sight. Jesus continued:
# 2 "And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last
day." John 6:40
Jesus declared, "Everyone who seeth the Son and believeth on Him may have everlasting life." Who are those who will see the Son? John proclaimed those who would see Jesus:
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." I John 3:2
Those who will see Jesus are those who have become like Him. They believe His Word and have become His Word. They speak as they hear Him speak, and they do as they see Him doing. Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen." Revelation 1:7
Every eye shall see Him. All those who have developed their Spiritual vision will see Him coming with clouds. Clouds represent the glory of God. Jesus is coming in the clouds, and with clouds. He is returning in the glory of the Father. He is also returning with all the glory He had with His Father from the beginning.
Those who pierced Him will also see the glory of the one they rejected. All the earth will wail when they realize what they have missed because they desired the things of this life more than His promised eternal life. John further revealed:
# 3 "No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44
We hear many today say, "I accepted the Lord." Man cannot accept the Lord unless He is drawn by the Father. The word draw means "to lead by an inner power." The inner power is the unction of the Holy Spirit. Those who God will raise up in the last day are those who are allowing the Holy Spirit access to their thinking processes. They are hearing and becoming obedient to the still, small voice that says, "This is the way, walk ye in it," Isaiah 30:21. Those who are being drawn by the Father and hearing His voice and are entering into a deeper relationship with Him will be raised up to dwell in God's sight in the last day.
# 4 "Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:54
Jesus was speaking of communing with Him. Those who eat His flesh are those who want to be a part of His broken body. Jesus' body was broken on the cross for us. The cross was not the end of His body, it was only the beginning. He broke His body so we could become part of Him. Those who Jesus raises up in the last day will become part of the one loaf He broke at the Last Supper. Christ's body will be one, His way one, and His will one; a multifaceted body with one head and one purpose.
Those who drink of Christ's blood have the life of Christ dwelling in them. As we are informed many times in God's Word, "...the life is in the blood...". When we become the life of Christ, then we have eternal life resident in our mortal bodies. As Paul proclaimed to the church:
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed," I Corinthians 15:51
This change will take place the last day when we again are changed into the image and likeness of our God. This is the way He created us, and He will settle for nothing less. We must return to our created place, if we are to walk again in His presence.
God is revealing Himself to those who are seeking Him with their whole heart. God is revealing the mystery of His Spiritual Israel to all who are seeking His wisdom and revelation through the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 1:17. The mystery of God's Spiritual Israel has been hidden from the beginning of time. Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory." I Corinthians 2:7
The hidden mystery hidden from the beginning of time is Christ in us our hope of glory, Colossians 1:27. Once God's people realize who they are, and begin to operate in the promises God made to His ancient people, they will not only obtain His glory, they will also obtain His power. Paul wrote to the Colossians:
"Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints." Colossians 1:26
God is manifesting Himself to His saints, but His saints need to awaken out of their Adam sleep and recognize who they are in Christ. Paul wrote to the Romans:
"Now to Him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began," Romans 16:25
It was God's plan from the beginning to have a people He could raise up the last day. This would be His Israel, His holy nation, His royal priesthood, His chosen generation. We are this peculiar people, God's purchased possession. We are His inheritors if we overcome all the bad teachings, the false hopes, and our self-pride.
God's arm is outstretched still to a gainsaying and stiffnecked people. He is still knocking on the doors of the hearts of His people, wanting to be invited in that He may sup with them. Our invitation to Him must be with repentance.
God is revealing His mystery to those who desire to eat of His flesh and become part of His body and drink of His blood and have His life in them.
We are about to enter into our promise land, the Kingdom of God. Joshua warned Israel when they were about to cross Jordan:
". . . ye have not passed this way heretofore." Joshua 3:4
No man has ever taken the journey on which God is about to take His people. We need to seek the mystery of His will in the Word and in our prayer closet if we are to be victorious in the awesome days ahead.
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