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Integral component of the Lord’s Sabbaths (part three)

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5. A Holy Convocation

The fifth integral component of the Sabbath, is to have a holy convocation. Now what is a holy convocation? A holy convocation is a formal gathering of sanctified people who have been summoned to come together. Now the one who has issued the summons is the Lord Himself who said, “These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times”.
One interesting thing to note is the word holy, which always precedes the word convocation. The word holy denotes, sanctified, set apart for the service of God. It refers to the divine, which has its sanctity directly from God or is connected to Him. It is something consecrated to God.
Therefore, the instructions given, in order to have a holy convocation are as follows; “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ” I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” Therefore ” Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty” (2Corinthians 6:14-18).
Holiness of the congregation is also the reason why the apostle Paul admonished the church and said to them, “I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner — not even to eat with such a person. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.” Because when it comes to the worship of the Lord, we are required to worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness, in an environment where sin does not exist. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13; Psalms 96:9).

6. Do no customary work on it

One important component of the Sabbaths is that of, no customary work to be done on them. Beginning with the weekly Sabbath where from creation, we have been instructed saying, “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3).

From the giving of the law, where we have been instructed saying; “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11).

And now in our New testament dispensation, we have been instructed saying; “For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His” (Hebrews 4:8-10).
Therefore, doing no customary work on the Sabbaths, is part of the equation that makes up the Lord’s Sabbaths.
Copyright © 2014 by Lucius Joseph
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God’s Covenant with Christ

God’s plan for man was foreordained in Christ before the foundation of the world, as it is written; “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.’

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His gracewhich He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth — in Him”.

“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:3-12).

The plan which God has for man and was foreordained before the foundation of the world, is the covenant He made with Jesus Christ, for man’s restoration and holiness. For “Thus says God the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it: I, the LORD, have called You (Jesus Christ) in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house. I am the LORD, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images” (Isaiah 42:5-8).

“Thus says the LORD:” Again, ” In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You as a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages” (Isaiah 49:8).

And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
God the Father gave Jesus Christ as a covenant to the people, to restore the earth. This covenant was ratified with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, when He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” This covenant became effective after the death of Jesus Christ since it is stated that, “Where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives” (Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 9:16-17).

The sad thing is that, the majority of people do not see this covenant which became effective only after the death of Jesus Christ, going beyond the cross, they believe that the once and for all necessitates no more offerings to be made on behalf of sins. But the irony of truth is, the once and for all signifies that , once and for all there is an offering that can present the worshiper perfect and sinless before God, and thus fulfilling the will of God. And so Jesus said; “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second.By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

So the question is, are we offering the Lord the food for His offering when we present ourselves before Him! Or are we so self righteous to believe that we can with all our limitations, with all our sinfulness, and with all our unworthiness present ourselves before the Father?

Going to the Father through Jesus Christ who intercedes on our behalf as our High Priest without presenting His body and blood is incomplete, because one is incomplete without the other. For it is stated quite clearly that; “There are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit (Jesus Christ), the water (His flesh), and the blood; and these three agree as one” (1John 5:8).

The testimony which God has given us regarding His Son is simply this; “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

Now with regards to this life the Son said quite emphatically; “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.This is the bread which came down from heaven — not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever” (John 6: 53-58).

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life
It is the offering of the body and blood of Jesus Christ with Jesus Christ interceding as our High Priest that grant us access to the Father, as clearly stated by the apostle Paul who wrote; “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,and having a High Priest over the house of God,let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.’

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:19-25).

The bottom line is, “ This is what the LORD spoke, saying: ‘ By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified ” (Leviticus 10:3).

To regard the Lord as holy, one must be holy themselves, and the way one becomes holy is by eating of those things with which the atonement was made. Truly these times of ignorance God has overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.

Copyright © 2013 by Lucius Joseph

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The Ministry of Reconciliation

Lucius JosephEveryone who has been reconciled to God through Jesus has been given a responsibility, which is, the ministry of reconciliation. Now a ministry is an office, a duty, or times of service of a minister. I am in the view that there are not too many professing Christians who know and understand the difference between one being drawn to Christ, and one being drawn to the Father.
Jesus said quite emphatically, No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” This drawing to Christ by the Father was made at the cross, as Jesus again said; “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
Humanity was all drawn to Jesus Christ by the Father when Christ died on the cross for the sins of all humanity, giving them an access by which they can draw near to the Father. But for humanity to draw near to the Father it must be through Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life, and the only mediator between God and man, otherwise no one comes to the Father.
There is however a definite process by which Jesus Christ draws a person to the Father. Infact, there has always been a process by which anyone could draw near to God. In the Old Testament for example it was through the law of animal sacrifices, which although could not present the worshiper perfect, yet it was necessary, and so we are told that; “The law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God” (Hebrews 7:19).
Therefore, the criterion by which one is drawn near to the Father is through perfection, holiness, being blameless in His sight, in perfect harmony with God, for He is light, and has absolutely no fellowship with darkness. And, “This is what the LORD spoke, saying: ‘ By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified” (Leviticus 10:3).
For anyone to be drawn to the Father, he/she must be in complete harmony with the Father, holy, and blameless in His sight. So how can this be possible when it is clearly stated that, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” And, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us?”
The only way that this becomes feasibly is by, walking in the light as He is in the light, and then, and only then can we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. And, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The process by which one in drawn near to the Father is called the process of reconciliation, which is the act of reconciling, bringing into harmony, in agreement, and to purify by special ceremonies, through the offering of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, and therefore to fulfill this requirement, believers have been given the ministry of reconciliation.
And so we are told that, “We have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
As ministers of the new covenant, our task is to offer to the Lord the food for His offerings, which He has appointed us to offer to Him at its appointed time. For the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time” (Numbers 28:2).
Bear in mind that what transpired in the old testament was a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, because when Moses was about to make the tabernacle he was divinely instructed saying, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” And, it is also stated that, “It was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.”
To appear before God through Jesus Christ one must be in harmony with the Father, and what gives us the confidence and boldness to appear in the presence of the Father, is stated quite explicitly by the apostle Paul who wrote; “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.’
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
The irony of truth is, we can only fulfill our ministry of reconciliation by believing the testimony which God has given us concerning His Son, and applying it as ordained.
Copyright © 2012 by Lucius Joseph
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Has the Church lost sight of its Primary Objective!

The church from all indications has lost its primary objective, and has lost its way and focus wandering in the wilderness of sin, adulterating itself with the customs and traditions of this world, making no distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the clean and the unclean. They are associating the name of Christ to every worldly and pagan activity, using slogans such as “Let us put Christ back in Christmas.” As though by associating the name of Christ to their worldly and pagan activities this will automatically sanctify them, and gain God’s approval. What a profanity! What an abomination?

The church has either closed its eyes, or holding in contempt Christ’s prayer made on behalf of his disciples when he prayed to the Father and said; “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth” (John 17:14-19).

The church like the world has lost sight of the fact that. “The solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2Timothy 2:19).

This principle is also applicable to the Lord’s festivals, for thus the Lord; “These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.” Therefore the Lord definitely knows his festivals (Leviticus 23:2, 4).

So what is the primary objective of the church? Let me state unequivocally that all the good that we do is to fulfill this primary objective, and all that we become or attained will be as the result of this primary objective. But let me assure you that this primary objective of the church is not to use the name of Jesus Christ as a passport to every unethical thing that one does, this does not justify or sanctify the profane and the unclean.

We have been duly instructed saying; “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)

There is only one hope for our calling, and this hope was ordained in Christ before the foundation of the world, as it is written; “We are to give praise to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realm with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Ephesians 1:3-4).

We have also been instructed saying; “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 4: 3-8).

Therefore, we have been admonished saying; “…prepare our minds for action; be self-controlled; set our hope fully on the grace to be given to us when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires we had when we lived in ignorance; but just as he who called us is holy, so be holy in all we do; for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:13-16).

To attain holiness and perfecting it in the fear of the Lord is the church’s primary objective in life, everything else is secondary, we have been admonished to; “…strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:12-14).

Jesus Christ has delivered us from sin so that we can become slaves of righteousness in order to become holy as it is written; “And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.” Then ultimately because of holiness, one will attain everlasting life which is the immortality of the human body. And so it is written; “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” (Romans 6: 18-20, 22).

Holiness is God’s divine nature; He created us with the intent of developing his nature, to be filled with his fullness: so from the beginning of man’s creation God said; “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” And; “He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).

So how does one attain holiness? The same way that there is one body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, so also there is only one formula for holiness, one Mediator between God and men. So the only formula for holiness is by partaking of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, which Jesus Christ our High Priest offers to the Father on behalf of our sins. The Lord’s instruction regarding the consecration and sanctification of the priests is; “They shall eat those things with which the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them; but an outsider shall not eat them, because they are holy” (Exodus 29:33).

The church is a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own special people, ordained to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God, for it is written: “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1Peter 2:5).

And they must take heed that they offer it to the Lord at the appointed time, for it is written; “Command the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time” (Numbers 28:28).

This sweet aroma which satisfies and fulfills the Father’s will is the sacrificial body and blood of Jesus Christ in the form of the bread and wine, which he instituted on the night before his death, and became effective after his death, since a will is not force while the testator is alive. This is the offering that he as High Priest is appointed to offer on behalf of the sins of the people, and so we have been admonished saying; “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma” (Ephesians 5:1-2).

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give to us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, so that the eyes of our understanding being enlightened; may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

The Church is obligated to serve the Lord in Rigteousness and true Holiness

The church is obligated to serve God in righteousness and true Holiness, because it is a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own special people in order to proclaim the praises of him who called them out of darkness into his marvelous light. They are as living stones being built into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
As a nation of Priest the church is required to serve the Lord day and night. In fact according to the terms of the Covenant which God swore to our father Abraham; “We have been rescued from the hand of our enemies, to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life” (Luke 1:73-75).
We are told that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and for ever.” When Moses was about to make the tabernacle he was divinely instructed saying; “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain” (Hebrews 8:5).
The pattern shown to Moses with regards to serving God was, “Command the children of Israel, and say to them, “My offering, my food for my offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to me, you shall be careful to offer to me at their appointed time.” One of the appointed times is the regular offering which is offered day by day, morning and evening (Numbers 28:22-3; Exodus 29:38).
The insight one has with regards to the heavenly tabernacle is that, “All the angels standing around the throne, and around the elders [representing the church], and the four living creatures, fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God saying; Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Now those with white robes and palm branches in their hands, crying out in a loud voice saying; “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, are those who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’
“Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them or any scorching heat. For the lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:9-17).

Jesus said the exact thing to those who eat of his flesh and drink his blood. He said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.” He then admonished his disciples saying; “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For, my flesh is food in deed and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” (John 6:35, 53-56).
The whole objective for being washed in the blood of the Lamb is to serve him day and night in his temple.
The church has the prerogative to come boldly to the throne of grace so as to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need through the combination of three things.
a. The blood of Christ which gives us boldness to enter the holiest of all, and figurative to wine, the cup of the New Covenant which Christ consecrated for us for the remission of sins.
b. By the new and living way which Christ consecrated for us through his flesh, figurative to the bread which represents the broken body of Jesus Christ.
c. Having a High Priest over the house of God who can sympathize with our weaknesses, because he was in all points tempted as we are being tempted, but did not sin.
This is the embodiment or epitome of the Lord’s Supper, The Lord’s offering, the food for his offering, his sweet aroma, which we are required to offer to him at the appointed times.
Listen to what the apostle says; “My dear friends, flee from idolatry. I speak to sensible people; judge for your-selves what I say. Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation of the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf” (1Corinthians 1:14-17).
Are you able to judge for your self what this means? The choice is yours.

The Lord’s heart-felt Prayer, how can it be fulfilled


The church, the body of Christ – true believers, can be perfectly united in mind and thought if they all believe and practice the system which Jesus Christ has ordained for them to follow.

The system which Jesus Christ has ordained for the unification of his church is simply this; “…Christ loved the church and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 4:25-27).

The plan which the Lord has for his church was foreordained before the foundation of the world. “For He chose us in Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.’
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.’
“And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ” (Ephesians 1:4-10).

This plan of God for our unification through sanctification and cleansing is being effected in three ways:-

1. The water (flesh) has to be washed by the word. [Christ our Righteousness]

This denotes that, the word of God which is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, must convict the individual to bring about a change and transformation, so that the body may be presented as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is our spiritual act of worship.

Necessitating that we; “Live a life worthy of the calling which we have received, and be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love, and make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. For Christ himself bore our sins in his body [flesh] on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. And remember also that Christ our righteousness set us an example that we should follow his steps.

2. The sanctification of the body of Christ [Christ our Sanctification]

The sanctification, the holiness, or setting apart of the body of Christ is made possible by being obedient to the word of God which says; “You must observe my Sabbaths, this will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so that you may know that I am the Lord who (sanctifies) makes you holy. Observe the Sabbath because it is holy to you…” (Exodus 31:12-14).

It is through partaking of the body of Christ that one becomes holy, for it is written; “Then Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting. They shall eat those things with which the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them; but a stranger shall not eat them, because they are holy” (Exodus 29:33).

We also, in order to be holy must eat of those things with which the atonement was made; which is, the body and blood of Jesus Christ, to consecrate and sanctify us. Once we were alienated from God and were enemies in our minds because of our evil behavior; but now he has reconciled us by Christ’s physical body through death to present us holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:21-22).

3. The Cleansing of the Soul [Christ our Redemption]

There is no shadow of doubt that the blood is the one and only source of cleansing. For the life of every creature is in the blood, and God has given it to us to make atonement for ourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22).

The Sabbaths therefore, which honors Jesus Christ as “The Lord” states; “Observe my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary I am the Lord.” It states again; “Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may be a sign between us, Then you will know that I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:30; 26:2; Ezekiel 20:20).

The Sabbaths were ordained to fulfill God’s eternal purpose for the unification of his church through four (4) specific ways (viz):.

1. To rest physically and spiritually in order to be refreshed.

For there remains a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s [spiritual] rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their examples of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:9-12).

Now the way God rested is stated quite categorically; “…By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made in holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done” (Genesis 2:2).

2. To have a holy convocation, and rejoice together before him

For thus says the Lord; “These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.” Again; “These are the Lords appointed feasts, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times” (Leviticus 23:2,4).

3. To offer to the Lord the Food for his Offerings

For thus says the Lord, “These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day – besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your free will offerings which you give to the Lord” (Leviticus 23:37-38).

The burnt offering represents Jesus Christ presently officiating as our High Priest; the grain offering is the unleavened bread representing the body of Christ; and the drink offering is the wine representing the blood of Christ; the means for our sanctification and cleansing.

4. Worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness

Righteousness has nothing in common with wickedness; light has no fellowship with darkness; There is no harmony between Christ and Belial; a believer has nothing in common with an unbeliever; the temple of God has no agreement with idols [those who idolized themselves].

Therefore; the admonition is; “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples; for great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place.’
“Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength, ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns” (1 Chronicles 16: 23-31).

What is so wrong with this system that every believer in Christ cannot implement, so that they can all be perfectly joined together in one mind and thought? The answer is clear, “WE know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one; and the great harlot who sits on many waters [nations], with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk (deceived) with the wine of her fornication.

More on this important subject can be found in the pages of my books:-
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Why is the World in such Turmoil from https:// www.createspace.com/3688405
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In time past God at various times and in different ways spoke to the fathers by the prophets, and held the prophets responsible for the message or vision given to them.
For example he said to the prophet Ezekiel: " Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from my mouth, and give them warning from me: when I say to the wicked, 'you shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand."
"Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul."
"Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand."
"Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul" (Ezekiel 3: 17-21).

Now that God has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe, what sort of accountabilty do those who have received the word of God have?

Since Jesus Christ the Lord God of the Old Testament, is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and does not change, his attitude towards wickedness and unrighteousness will therefore remain the same, and thus it is written:
"The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him."
"But if a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right he will surely live; he will not die. None of the offences he has commited will be remembered against him. Because of the righteous things he has done he will live."

It is not the Lord's pleasure to see anyone dies, he is not willing that anyone should perish, but that all should come to repentance, and therefore he says; "Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?
But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live? None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will die.

Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not just. Hear, O house of Israel: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin, he will die for it; because of the sin he has committed he will die."
But if a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he will save his life. because he considers all the offences he has committed and turns away from them, he will surely live; he will not die. Yet the house of Israel says, the way of the Lord is not just.' Are my ways unjust, O house of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust?
Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offences; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offences you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live! (Ezekiel 18:20-32).
Our Sovereign Lord takes no pleassure in the death of anyone, his appeal to everyone is, "Repent and live; why should you die!"
For this reason God reconciled the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's Ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made Jesus Christ who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
For more on this vitally important subject check the following publications:-
Worship The Lord in the Beauty of Holiness at www.createspace.com/3450099 www.amazon.com/9781452835563
Man’s Duality at www.createspace.com/3488570 www.amazon.com/9781453857779
The Purpose of Human Life at www.createspace.com/3501245 www.amazon.com/9781456347048
Why is the World in such Turmoil at www.createspace.com/3688405 www.amazon.com/9871466328563
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The second step towards man’s reconciliation is Christ drawing man to the Father. For he said quite explicitly: “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” There is only one God; and one Mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all men” (John 14:6; 1Timothy 2:5-6).

This aspect of Christ drawing men to the Father is made possible also by three inseparable links.

  1. Jesus Christ officiating as our High Priest

Seeing that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

It is the qualification and appointment of every high priest taken from among men, in things pertaining to God, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; and therefore, it is necessary that Christ himself also has something to offer. Now since he continues forever, and has an unchangeable priesthood, he is also able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

  1. Jesus Christ offering his body as a sin offering to reconcile us to the Father

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Christ, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once we were alienated from God and were enemies in our minds because of our evil behavior. But now he has reconciled us by Christ’s physical body through death to present us holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.

The broken body of Jesus Christ which is now represented by the unleavened bread is the new and living way to the presence God, which Christ has consecrated for us in his flesh.

  1. Jesus Christ offering his blood as the propitiation for our sins

It is the blood the purifies, it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul, and it is the blood that purges the conscience from dead works in order to serve the living God, and grants us the boldness to enter the Most Holy place. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean, how much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God. Cleanse our conscience from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.

The confession we have to hold on to, and called to persevere is simply this; “Since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good works. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:19-25).

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The law of the Spirit of Life (part two)

This law is the authoritative rule, or stipulated way of life in the Spirit, that makes one free from the law of sin and death. This authoritative rule or power, is the righteousness of God. For it is written; “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 to death, or of obedience to righteousness? 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. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness – For just as you presented your members as slaves of un-cleanness and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.” And, “If Christ (who is the way, the truth, and the life), is in you, the body (where the law of sin and death dwells) is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness” (Romans 6:16-19; 8:10).

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, which has made us free from the law of sin and death, is the law which replaces the one which made nothing perfect; and has become a better hope, through which we draw near to God. It is the law which governs the Melchizedek priesthood. For it is written; “For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law…And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.’

“For He testifies; “you are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’ For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and un-profitableness, for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God” (Hebrews 7:12-19).

The law of the Spirit has made us free from the law of sin and death, because we are being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God presented as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, that has made us free from the law of sin and death, is the law which states; “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”  “For according to the law almost all things are purged with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission” (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22).

The law of the Spirit of life is to believe, and have faith in the act of righteousness, by which the righteous requirements of the law might be fulfilled in us (which is to present the worshiper holy, perfect, and irreproachable in God’s sight), who do not live according to the sinful nature, but according to the Spirit.  This act of righteousness is the offering of the cup of the New Covenant of Christ’s blood, as the atonement for our sins.

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross, is the once and for all sacrifice he made for the redemption of all humanity. But the cup of the New Covenant which he took and gave thanks, and gave to his disciples saying, “Drink from it, all of you; ‘For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins,” is the atonement for our sins, It is the law of the Spirit of life that makes us free from the law of sin and death (Matthew 26:27-28).

This act of righteousness is the duty of the priest. “Priests must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God, because they present the offerings made to the Lord by fire (zeal), the food of their God, they are to be holy.” We also, “Like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ”  (Leviticus 21:6; 1 Peter 2:5).

This is the better hope by which we draw near to God, and which gives us the boldness and confidence to enter the Most Holy Place behind the curtain. We now have a superior High Priest, and the perfect sacrifice which fulfils the righteous requirement of the law. This is the pre-requisite before drawing near to God. As stated clearly; “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith. (Hebrews 10:19-22).

In summary, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, which makes us free from the law of sin and death is:-

  1. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires we had when we lived in ignorance, but just as he who called us is holy, so be holy in all we do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy” (1Peter 1:14-16).
  2. Offer the Lord the food for his offerings, at the appointed time as it is commanded saying; “See that you present to me at the appointed time the food for my offerings, made by fire, as an aroma pleasing to me.” It is by so doing, that we can now draw near to God with a sincere heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience, and having our bodies washed with pure water (Numbers 28:2; Hebrews 10: 22).
  3. Consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, for we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. And are urged to; “Live a life worthy of the calling we have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Hebrews 10:24; Ephesians 4:1-3).
  4. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing. But let us encourage one another – and all the more as we see the Day approaching. For thus says the Lord who is the same yesterday, today, and forever; “These are the Lord’s appointed feasts, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing offerings made to the Lord by fire…” (Hebrews 10:25; Leviticus 23:37).

Warning! “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the Law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who insulted the Spirit of Grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, “The Lord will judge his people, It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:26-31).

It is the blood of the New Covenant that washes away our sins; it is the blood that makes us whole again when we have fallen; for our pardon, this is what we see, for our cleansing, this is all our plea, this is all our hope and peace, this is all our righteousness, for nothing else can atone for sins. This is the law of the spirit of life that makes us free from the law of sin and death, do not neglect so great a salvation, and do not receive the grace of God in vain.

To the Jews this is a stumbling block, to the Gentiles this is foolishness, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God: For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

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The Law of the Spirit of Life (part one)

How is one able to live the life through or by the Spirit? Is there a law, a stipulated code by which this is accomplished, or is it a vague, nebulous ideology with no regulated guidelines.

We have been duly admonished saying; “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh (sinful nature) lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” (Galatians 5:16-18).

Living and walking in the Spirit, is not something one does haphazardly, or without any guidelines and stipulations. One can be assured that, it is a well defined and stipulated way of life, for we have been instructed saying; “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25)

Living and walking in the Spirit therefore, is as practical and realistic as living and walking in the flesh. And for this reason we have been admonished saying; “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2).

What therefore is the law, the power, the system, or stipulated way of life in the Spirit that liberates us from the law of sin and death?

Before answering this question, it is imperative that we should first have a good understanding of the law of sin and death, because different people may have a different understanding, and interpretation, even their own opinions of this matter.

The Law of sin and death is first and foremost:-

a.      Not the law of God, for the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

Although one cannot be justified, or be saved from sin through it, nevertheless, according to the apostle Paul, “Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin” (Romans 7:12-14).

The law of God, according to the apostle, Paul is the reveler of sin, for he said; “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said; “You shall not covet.” And the apostle James refers to it as a spiritual mirror, for he says; “If anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror ; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (Romans 7:7; James 1:23-25).

b .The law of sin and death is not the Ceremonial law, as many have falsely assumed

The ceremonial law was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices were offered which could not make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience; they were concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. They were copies and shadow of the things in the heavens (Hebrews 9:9-10, 23).

Ceremonial laws therefore, have not been completely abolished, but have rather been reformed. “For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and non profitability, for the law made nothing perfect, on the other hand there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God” (Hebrews 7:18-19).

The rationale and objective for ceremonial laws have not changed; the rationale was to clear the conscience of the one who performed the service, and to make those who draw near to God perfect, but they were weak and unprofitable. Therefore, when Christ came into the world he said: “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin you did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then he said, “Behold, I have come to do your will, O God.” He takes away the first that he may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:8-10).

Jesus Christ like every high priest, who is selected from among men, is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. For it is written: “For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer” (Hebrews 5:1; 8:3).

The offering which he offers is far superior, and it is able to fulfill the Father’s demand, which is to present the worshiper perfect before him. And so it is written: “Therefore, it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has no entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” And, “Because he continues forever, he has an unchangeable priesthood, and therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him, since he lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 9: 23-24; 7:24-25).

By God sending his only begotten Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering, he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law, which is to present the worshiper holy, perfect, and irreproachable before God might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature, but according to the Spirit.

c.       It is the law, or power, which resides and operates in the flesh.

The apostle Paul alluded to this fact by saying: “I know that nothing good lives in me that is, in my sinful nature. For, I have the desire to do what is good but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s laws, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin” (Romans 7:18-25).

The law of sin and death is the powerful sinful nature that resides in our flesh, and this is what the law of the Spirit of life (God’s divine nature)in Christ Jesus has made us free from.

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