SEEK TRUTH IN CHURCHES,
MYSTERY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Fallen Human Race
The way of God is a mystery. The Truth of God is veiled. The Holy Spirit reveals it. The knowledge of God is free to all. But, the knowledge of God is hidden or veiled until the veil is removed by the Spirit of Christ Jesus. We who are of the faith may say, "I was once blind, but now I see." It is God's will that we should not be ignorant of spiritual matters -" (1 Corinthians 12:1.)
The message of the Gospel bears witness that Jesus is alive and has sent an awakening and life-giving spirit to bring us into knowledge of the Son of God and the rich spiritual inheritance which is afforded in the knowledge of Christ.
has brought us into new dimensions of liberty,
peace and righteousness. The Kingdom of God
is not meat and drink (ordinances of religious
performance or behavior) but righteousness,
Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit.
God who made heaven and earth is a Holy and Perfect Being, full of love, mercy and full of Glory and full of Power. He wants to share His LIFE with His creation. The Word of God that says he created Man and the Worlds for His pleasure and Joy.
This God-created man (Adam) was directed to live in perfect harmony in an earthly domain. God gave Adam authority to rule and reign in this world. The earth was to be a blessing to humankind. Nothing was present to limit that fruitfulness and felicity that God had wished to lavish upon his creation.
need to go back to the beginning of the chronology
of human history. It may be argued just what
is humanity's genesis. While archeologists
surmise that human origins include tens of
thousands of years of prehistory I believe
that the Bible account is solid enough to trust.
Antiquity is revealed in the Bible account.
It includes information that focus on the
present age. The antiquity of Bible Genesis
includes the era prior to the flood of Noah
and a subsequent time period following the
flood and includes the dispersal of human tribes
throughout the world. Despite secular apprehensions,
I am persuaded that the Bible account is true
and although certain particulars are omitted
or abbreviated the essentials are found here.
Genesis describes creation including the creation of humanity. The Creator sets Adam in a garden of perfection and makes a mate for him. Adam and Eve have dominion over this portion of the earth and exist in union and harmony with the Creator. Humans in Eden are impervious to aging and death. They are immortal beings. After the "temptation" and the "fall" of Adam from Eden, Adam is judged with the result that he loses that immortality along with his lineage. They will be born with pain, work with sweat and labor and die. Adam also loses his authority or dominion.
We discover that Adam's rule on this earth was lost to Lucifer, also known as the Serpent, Satan, and many other titles. Satan, the Devil appeared to Eve as a deceiver in the garden. We can speculate that if Adam had taken authority over the situation he could have banished Satan permanently and blocked any of the kind of hassles or interference, but why should we engage in fanciful speculation, when such was not to be the case.
Lucifer had lost his previous exalted station in the 'heaven of heavens' due to self exaltation and pride. This archangel was deluded into believing that his own glory surpassed his creator. Lucifer was cast out of the heaven of God. Scripture suggests that he still had access to the throne of God and that he appeared there to accuse and assail God's people. Though exact details and chronology are debated, Revelation Chapter 12 suggests that a day will come when Lucifer no longer will have access to heaven. Lucifer was exiled, cast down to Earth, and took possession of it by guile. At the end of the age he will lose that control and be removed.
Since Adam's expulsion from Eden, the earth has borne the consequences of Satan's presence in entropy, decay, disruption and contamination. In his role of "the god of this world" he has played the role of deceiver and accuser and has interposed himself against the 'Children of Adam' and a continuous antagonist to God Almighty.
The Bible is the story of how God is reclaiming the earth. In religious terms, this is called God's plan of redemption. This plan finds expression in various ways throughout the vast expanse of history. The term dispensation refers to how God's plan of redemption was to be enacted in various ages. First he had to prepare a people for himself to fulfill his plan, once more, to be His personal pride and possession. In God's Biblical plan God chose a people, and prepared a time-table for his actions.
made a covenant with Abraham. Through the line
of Abraham a righteous "olive tree"
would be established on earth. The descendants
of the line of Abraham were righteous only
by virtue of covenant rights even when not
perfect in spirit.
The laws of Moses could not make man good inside. They could still not be made spiritually righteous. It was necessary for God to provide a priesthood (the Levites of Israel) to perform blood sacrifices in order to cover the sins of the people. (Hebrews 1,2,3,4) The law made it possible for God to manifest to the people of covenant in limited ways.
no man was made righteous under the law. As
is noted in the letter to Galatia, the law
was really given for one man who would
fulfill its provisions in entirety. Jesus who
was without fault under the law, fulfilled
the law. (Galatians
Gospel is far more than our receiving an invitation
to be forgiven and made righteous, as though
we had never sinned. It is the gospel of Grace;
It is the gospel of the New Creation; It is
the time when we have an opportunity to avail
ourselves of the invitation to become Children
of God through supernatural regeneration.
in the Passover meal the cup was drunk and
the bread was broken fulfilling the everlasting
covenant that Moses received in Egypt.
A lamb had been chosen from among the flock,
a lamb without blemish, a perfect lamb was
sacrificed and consumed and all who participated
were delivered from bondage and brought out
of Egypt to serve God. The breaking of the
matzo was a picture of the body of Christ to
be carried within each and every participant
at the table of fellowship. The wine presented
the power of the blood that would be shed to
free us from fallen man's sin condition.
How did this exchange happen? The devil waged a continuous campaign to destroy God's seed (Jesus) from ever being manifested. For the two thousand years from Abraham's time to Jesus' time Satan has waged a campaign to sidetrack the plan and purposes of God, set in motion through his people, Israel. Finally, in the fulness of time, the seed of the woman came into the earth, born of a virgin, fulfilling numerous prophecies; A child was born, a son was given. Upon him rests the hope of the gentiles; In him the fall and rising of many; In him the righteous branch from the stem of Jesse, In him the righteous servant; In him the lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world.
The time came to accomplish this. A plan was thus orchestrated: An unbelieving religious tradition rejected Jesus. Deceitful witnesses came forward to condemn him. Caesar's representative tried him. In the court of Pilate he was found guilty. Men (soldiers) and magistrates (Pilate) and a betrayer (Judas Iscariot) were all used by Lucifer to destroy the Son of Man.
however made a serious tactical error! A man
without sin became sin. "He was made sin
for us,- cursed is every man who hangs on a
tree"(cross.) We without righteousness
could now receive it as a free gift. He bore
for us the penalty, the pain, the guilt, the
shame, the fears; through all manner of torture
and anguish. We then, would not need to face
these curses. (Isaiah 53).
Jesus is now alive. He is now enthroned as both king and as the great High Priest. Now he is alive and reigns in power.
He returned from death to tell his disciples, "All power in heaven and earth are given unto me." Earlier, in the beginning of the Gospels we see that the realm of earthly authority belonged to Lucifer. (See Matthew 4:9 or Luke 4:6)
Lucifer is still called the Prince of the power of the air and the God of this world. He exercises his authority in the children of disobedience, those who are not yet redeemed.
authority of Jesus' position is now Universal
and Eternal. Jesus shares this throne with
no other entity or name. Every spirit knows
him and his authority. It remains that the
vast majority of people in the earth, even
professing Christians are the only ones ignorant
of this truth.
not for a moment believe that we are inherently
the sons of God, for this is ignorance and
deception. He who was without sin was made
sin for us, that we may become the righteous
of God in Christ Jesus.
that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;
but he that believeth not shall be damned."(Mark
16:16) and (John 3:18)
Alas, without receiving the free gift of righteousness, we face a terrible penalty of those who reject the Son of God. We must then continue on the pathway of death and damnation. The consequence of reject the Savior is judgment and separation from God, Hell. Saying this, instantly brings Satan's words into our minds, "Did God really say this, surely won't die and be condemned." (See Genesis chapter 3:4.) Our reason wants to agree with Satan. This is the flesh exalting itself over the cross and it is the place where the final temptation is encountered. Faith in the veracity of the Word acknowledges this terrible consequence, there is judgment facing each who chooses to trust in themselves. God does not recognize man's righteousness.
Hearing: True hearing is a spiritual process. Beyond the function of the natural ear, the Spirit of God empowers us to hear.
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