Thought For The Day (July 30, 2012): A Change Of Law!

Hebrews 7:12 (NASB) reads: < For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. >

This change of Law takes place because a new order of priests is being raised through YESHUA MASHIAH (JESUS CHRIST), the High Priest – priests of the Order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 7:11 (NASB) reads: < Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron? >

YESHUA MASHIAH is appointed as the High Priest not by Law but “according to the power of an indestructible life” that fulfilled the Law (see Matt 5:17).

Hebrews 7:15-17 (NASB) reads: < And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life. For it is attested of Him, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” >

So a new order of priests arises because of the power of an indestructible life actualized in the faithful and true Witness of YESHUA that communicates the Amen of the FATHER’s will.

Revelation 3:14b (NASB) reads: < The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God >.

This priesthood operates in the faithful and true Witness of YESHUA, the High Priest, expressed in “Spirit, Water and Blood”.

1 John 5:10a, 8 and, 7 (NKJV) reads:
10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself …
8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

This Witness of YESHUA – alive in this new order of priesthood – gives expression to the power of an indestructible life; what Ephesians 3:20c calls the power that works within us.

This power of an indestructible life is being developed in the inward parts of this priesthood (by the HOLY SPIRIT) so that this priesthood will entirely operate “by JESUS CHRIST (YESHUA MASHIAH)”.

Ephesians 3:16-21 (NKJV) reads:
16 that He (the FATHER) would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might (NASB: power) through His Spirit in the inner man,
17 that Christ (MESSIAH) may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height —
19 to know the love of Christ (MESSIAH) which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him (the FATHER) who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
21 to Him (the FATHER) be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. >

Philippians 4:19 (NKJV) reads:
19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

This priesthood of the Order of Melchizedek operates by CHRIST JESUS, through a strengthening in the inner man by the HOLY SPIRIT (Eph 3:16-17).

The new Law by which this priesthood of the Order of Melchizedek operates is described in Romans 8:2.

Romans 8:2 (NASB) reads: < For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. >

This is the Law that operates on the basis of an indestructible life sourced in CHRIST JESUS, by the HOLY SPIRIT.

This Law is established by the Word of the Oath that constitutes the Blood Covenant that YESHUA is mediating into our inward parts.

Hebrews 7:28 (NASB) reads: < For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever. >

“By CHRIST JESUS” is the clarion call of this new order of priests. Because they understand Hebrews 10:14 which reads: < For by one offering He has perfected for all time (on the basis of His indestructible life) those who are sanctified. >

So we need to pray the Word of the Oath, which is the Word of GOD understood in the Testimony of YESHUA, into our inward parts.

As 2 Corinthians 3:3 (NKJV) reads: < clearly you are an epistle of Christ, …. written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. >

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (NKJV) further elaborates: < For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. > Amen! GBU

True Faith Versus False Faith

Faith is the fundamental driver of human thought. And our thoughts determine our words, our deeds and our relationships.

Given that man has no capacity for absolute thought, we are each forced (by a Law Of Faith instituted by GOD – see Rom 3:27c) to develop frameworks of thought, word, deed and relationship based on choices we make through faith.

And, this framework of faith expressed in thought, word, deed and relationship, is based on the fact that every man has been given a measure of faith.

Romans 12:3c (KJV) reads: < … God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. >

Faith flows according to two prophetic realities that were presented in the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:9,15-17): (i) The Tree Of Life; and, (ii) The Tree Of The Knowledge Of Good And Evil.

Faith that flows out of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which Adam opened in his fall, is basically a self-denominated faith form based on self and self-denominated perceptions. And, everything based on self dies. As YHWH declared to Adam, eat of this Tree and you will surely die.

The Tree Of Life (foreshadowed in several portions of OT Scripture) on the other hand is opened into the human heart through the Seed Of CHRIST.

The Seed of MESSIAH (CHRIST) is the Seed birthed in YHWH’s faith to give expression to eternal life. This faith form opens the reality of the eternal and the abiding into our lives. This faith form grows as it is watered through the hearing of the Word Of GOD (Rom 10:17, NKJV).

Self-denominated faith forms, both secular and religious, will always be opposed to faith realities in YHWH, opened through the Seed of CHRIST, and developed in the Testimony of JESUS (see Matt 17:20; Rev 19:10c; 2 Cor 3:3, NKJV).

And, the reason for this opposition is definitively described in Isaiah 55:8-9 < “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” >

Believing in ourselves for anything will only open man-centered realities to us. Man-centered realities will always exclude GOD and His abundance from our lives. Man-centered realities will perish with time.

A Christian cannot say I believe in GOD and then believe in himself for something. Faith in self contradicts faith in GOD.

Our faith must always declare that through CHRIST who strengthens me, I can do all things (Phil 4:13, NKJV). Our faith must always operate in the understanding that by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS, I have been set free from the Law of Sin and Death (Rom 8:2).

Walking by faith in self is to have faith in the flesh. And, the flesh is death; but walking by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS is life in the power of the ALL-SUFFICIENT GOD (EL SHADDAI).

This is why we are baptized (wholly immersed): in the Name of the FATHER, the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT (Matt 28:19), into CHRIST JESUS (MASHIAH YESHUA) and into His death (Rom 6:3).

From being baptized into CHRIST JESUS and His death, we arise, through faith in YESHUA, to actualize the power released in His resurrection, so as to actualize all that YHWH has decreed in His Word by Promise, through the finished work of the Cross.

The Scriptures declare:
o in Him (YESHUA) you have been made complete (Col 2:10)
o in Him (YESHUA) we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Eph 1:3-6)

By faith in Him, put on CHRIST brethren, and you will turn every form of failure into victory – in time, as GOD opens His plans into your being and into your life.

Faith in JESUS CHRIST will open the indestructible faith of CHRIST JESUS into our inward parts, as YESHUA Authors and Perfects our faith (Heb 12:2a), so that nothing will be impossible to us (Matt 17:20). Amen!

Putting On The Armor Of GOD

Putting On The Armor Of GOD
By James Niles

The Armor of GOD is an armor of Light (see Rom 13:12c). GOD is Light and the Armor He equips us with is an Armor of His Light.

This Light YESHUA describes as the Light of Life. John 8:12 reads: < Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” >

How does the Light of Life take form as an Armor of Life? As we put on CHRIST (by the exercise of our faith) and choose to become actual disciples of JESUS CHRIST in our daily walk of life – expressed through our thoughts, our words, our deeds and our relationships.

The Light of Life is a revealed reality (see Mark 4:22) that needs to be perfected and completed into us as we “walk the talk”.

The Light of Life is the evidence of our faith in GOD (Heb 11:1), through JESUS CHRIST (John 14:6). The Light of Life emanates from a faith that is Authored and Finished by the LORD JESUS CHRIST (Heb 12:a).

The faith that is Authored and Finished by the LORD JESUS CHRIST forms the fabric of Covenant by which the Light of Life is established (hard-wired) in our inward parts.

This Light of Life is an expression of the strength (Gk: ‘ischus’] of YHWH’s Might [Gk: ‘kratos’]. How is this so? In the introduction to the Armor of GOD in Ephesians 6:10, Paul talks about being strong in the strength of His might.

In Ephesians 1:19c-20, it is written that YESHUA was raised through “the working of the strength of His (GOD’s) might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places”.

So the strength of YHWH’s Might unveils in resurrection power. Hence we see that the Armor of GOD, which is the Armor of Light, is energized in resurrection power – the power that works within us (see Eph 3:20c).

The Armor of GOD is an Armor of Light that has a structure.

Ephesians 6:10-17 reads:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The components of the Armor of GOD are:

o The Light of Life is truth expressed. Hence ‘our loins’, which point to our spiritual capacities of function, must be governed by the truth.

o The Light of Life is righteousness expressed. Hence ‘our breastplate of righteousness’ is the Light of Life that protects our heart.

o The Light of Life is the Light of the Gospel of Peace. And, our pathways must be governed by the Light of the Gospel of Peace.

o The Light of Life also forms the shield of faith. Light is the evidence of true faith that destroys every projection of the father of lies.

o The Light of Life forms the Helmet of Salvation. The Light of our salvation governs our mind.

o The Light of Life forms the Sword of the SPIRIT. The Sword is a Sword of Light that has the capacity to destroy the strongholds of darkness through the utterance of the Rhema Word of GOD. Remember that the Rhema Word of GOD is in our mouth and in our heart.

We need to ensure that every component of the Armor of GOD is being developed in our life.


Functioning In Spiritual Warfare

Functioning In Spiritual Warfare
By James Niles

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NASB) reads:
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,
4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

We function in spiritual warfare through prayer and prophetic utterances (Deut 30:14-15; Rom 10:8; 1 Peter 4:11; Jer 1:11-12).

We function in spiritual warfare in the faithful and true Witness of JESUS CHRIST (Rev 3:14b; 1 John 5:10a) alive in us, by the HOLY SPIRIT (John 16:14), in Spirit, Water and Blood (1 John 5:8).

We can only function in the Witness of JESUS CHRIST – in Spirit, Water and Blood – by the HOLY SPIRIT (Rom 8:2; John 16:14).

[Functioning in our own spirit will lead to lawlessness because it is written that our righteousness is filthy rags (Isa 64:6; Matt 7:21-23).]

Spirit, Water and Blood is the faithful and true Witness of YESHUA. It is the Witness of the Cross (see John 19:30, 34) and this Witness operates in the reality of the finished work of the Cross.

In the Witness of JESUS CHRIST, satan has actually been defeated and disarmed by YHWH through YESHUA’s triumph on the Cross. This reality of satan being defeated and disarmed exists in the faithful and true Witness of YESHUA that operates in our inward parts.

Colossians 2:13-15 (NKJV) declares: < And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. >

When we pray by the SPIRIT, we are energizing the Witness of JESUS CHRIST by the HOLY SPIRIT. We are energizing, into a Rhema Witness, the Logos Testimony of JESUS (Rev 19:10c; Heb 1:3b).

We are in this energized Witness applying the victory of YESHUA to address specific issues in life and ministry.

In spiritual warfare it is of the utmost importance that we understand that we are functioning in the Witness of YESHUA.

The fundamental framework for spiritual warfare is the victory of YESHUA in which YESHUA declares (in Matt 28:18): < “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” >

When we function in the Witness of YESHUA (in any aspect of life and ministry) we must clearly understand that we are operating by the HOLY SPIRIT, under YESHUA’s Authority. The Witness enables us to operate as functioning members of the Body of MESSIAH (CHRIST).

o In this Witness we will see the Word of Healing and Deliverance flow (Psalm 107:20).

o In this Witness we will see the Finger of GOD unveil to bind the strong man.

o In this Witness the Rod Of Aaron will operate to strike the the gods of ‘Egypt’.

o In this Witness strong angels will be released to do warfare in the heavenlies according to the Voice of GOD’s Word (Psalm 103:20-21) energized in the Witness of YESHUA by the HOLY SPIRIT.

All forms of ministry should operate in YESHUA’s faithful and true Witness. Every function that constitutes our life can be developed in YESHUA’s Witness so that we do all things in thought, word, deed and relationship in YESHUA’s Witness. Amen!

Personal Spiritual Warfare

The Basis Of Personal Spiritual Warfare:

(1) Understanding The Victory Of YESHUA.

o Colossians 2:13-15 declares: < When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. >

(2) The Witness of YESHUA is alive in us in Spirit, Water & Blood. This is the Witness of the Cross in YESHUA’s Victory.

o 1 John 5:10a, 7-8 (NKJV) reads: < He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself … . For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. >

o Revelation 3:14b (NASB) describes YESHUA’s Witness as: < … The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God … >

(3) Functioning in the Authority of YESHUA through His Witness in us.

o Matthew 28:18 reads: < And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” >

Functioning In Personal Spiritual Warfare:

(1) Praying by the HOLY SPIRIT through the Witness of YESHUA.

o Romans 8:1-2 (NKJV) reads: < 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. >

(2) Binding the strongman through YESHUA’s Witness, by the HOLY SPIRIT, unveils the Finger of GOD from our inward parts

o In Matthew 12:28 YESHUA declares: < … I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. >

o In Luke 11:20 YESHUA declares: < … I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. >

o In Matthew 12:29 YESHUA explains: < … How can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. >

(3) In the Shabbat-Shalom of YESHUA (see John 17:6a), actualized by the SPIRIT, in our heart, we ascertain that the stronghold(s) is (are) either partially or wholly broken (or, destroyed). [Every time we actualize peace its as if one aspect of satan’s hold over a person (or, an entity) is broken.]

o Hebrews 5:13-14 (NASB) reads: < For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their (inward spiritual) senses trained to discern good and evil. >

o Romans 16:20 (NASB) reads: <The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. >

o 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NASB) reads: < For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. >

Always remember that YESHUA came to destroy the works of the devil. Have a persevering faith because the victory has been won. GBU.

Growing In The Fear Of The LORD (YHWH)

To fear GOD is to revere Him or, to reverence Him.

Scripture declares that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of Knowledge (Prov 1:7a) and the beginning of Wisdom (Prov 9:10a).

Psalm 103:11-18 declares, that the LORD opens His Heart to those who fear Him:
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer.
17 But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them.

What does it mean to fear GOD?
o Deut 6:13 reads: < “You shall fear only the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name. >
o Deut 10:12-13 reads: < “Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’s commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good? >
o Deut 10:20 reads: < “You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name. >
o Psalm 115:11 reads: < You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD …. >
o 2 Corinthians 7:1 reads: < Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. >

The Spirit of the fear of the LORD is an ingredient of the anointing that YESHUA perfected.

Isaiah 11:2-3a reads: < The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him (YESHUA), The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And He (YESHUA) will delight in the fear of the LORD ..>

Proverbs 9:1 reads: < Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars (this verse is talking about the seven pillars of the anointing). >

Seven prophetically symbolizes perfection, and the reality of us being perfected in the life-giving Spirit of JESUS CHRIST (1 Cor 15:45 + Phil 1:19c). We must pray by the SPIRIT that GOD will perfect us in the Spirit of the fear of the LORD. Amen!

Entering And Operating In The Kingdom Of GOD

Prayer: HOLY FATHER, in a world falling apart, we need Thee to invade our realities, our every situation and circumstance, our homes, our families, our work and business situations, our ministries. Dear LORD open the reality of Your Kingdom and its resources to our inward parts and, enable us to access your abundant provision by the HOLY SPIRIT. Give to us a Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation, that we may actualize the fullness of JESUS CHRIST in Whom are hidden all the treasure of Wisdom and Knowledge. Amen.

Scripture references: Eph 1:17-19; Col 2:2-3.

We who are born of Water and the SPIRIT (John 3:5) can actually enter the Kingdom of GOD through the Witness of JESUS CHRIST alive in us (1 John 5:10a). We enter by faith – exercised in prayer – knowing that we are justified by the atoning power of the Blood of the LAMB (Rom 5:9). Understand that the Kingdom of GOD is within us (Luke 17:20-21, KJV).

As Deuteronomy 30:11-15 (NKJV) reads:
11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’
13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’
14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil

Understand that the Word of the Kingdom (Matt 13:19a) is in our mouth and in our heart through the Witness of JESUS CHRIST. We can activate this Witness by praying in the SPIRIT (Rom 8:2) and unveil the Mysteries of the Kingdom of GOD (Matt 13:11a, 16-17) from our inward parts.

Matthew 13:11a, 16-17 (NKJV) reads:
11 He answered and said to them, “… it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven …
16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Hebrews 12:22-24 (NASB) reads:
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,
23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Genesis 22:14 (NKJV) reads:
14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

Genesis 22:14 (KJV) reads:
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

May the resources of the Kingdom be opened through each one of us in the peculiar situations and circumstances of our personal lives, our families, our work places, our businesses and, in our ministries. Amen. GBU!

An Insight Into Grace:

The GOD of the OT is exactly the same as the GOD of the NT. GOD is Immutable, He is Unchanging. GOD is also Holy.

And sin in all its forms is abhorrent to Him.

GOD is Jealous not in the sense of humans being jealous; but, GOD is Jealous in and for His Name that expresses WHO HE IS and all THAT HE IS.

In my article on Understanding Lawlessness And Its Consequences I speak of the origin and reality of sin – in the Mystery of Lawlessness. The evil that flows from sin and the death that manifests as a consequence of evil, is an expression of a spirituality called Lawlessness.

The history of man throughout the world is a blood bath of pain and suffering because of lawlessness: as a consequence of what we inflict on each other in every field of human endeavor.

GOD gave the Law to Moses to try and control the ‘progress of evil’ in the context of Israel. And, GOD did this because Adam had chosen to do his own thing: live as a law unto himself.

The Law GOD gave to Moses worked to some extent but Israel was unable to adhere to GOD’s Law on a sustainable basis.

In the NT GOD sends HIS WORD in human form (as JESUS CHRIST) to produce a Testament that is in fulfillment of the Law through the Cross.

JESUS overcame sin, evil and death testimonially.

In John 3:16-17 JESUS CHRIST declares the essential reality of grace: < “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” >

On the Cross we actually see the Nature and Character and Witness Of GOD, the reality of “I AM” devoid of His Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Omniscience and His Glory.

In Philippians 3:7 we read that the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the WORD of GOD emptied Himself (Greek: kenosis) to take human form and pay the price for our sin through the actual fulfillment of the Law.

GOD vindicated JESUS CHRIST by raising Him from the dead clearly demonstrating that the consequences of sin, evil and death had been overcome testimonially.

JESUS CHRIST is the spiritual blueprint for a new man for anyone willing to accept Him as LORD and Saviour.

As 2 Cor 5:17-18a reads: < Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ … >

Ephesians 2:10 reads: < For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. >

What GOD intended from the Beginning with Adam has been restored – by Promise, that we enter into by grace, through faith.

2 Cor 1:20 reads: < For as many as are the promises of God, in Him (in JESUS CHRIST) they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. >

There are many in todays world who say that GOD in the OT destroyed ‘innocent’ people. Through Law we understand that all have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD.

Many years ago while writing one of my books the HOLY SPIRIT asked me how much I know. Having spent much time in my studies, in engineering and international finance, and in the pursuit of my career goals, I said LORD I know a little bit.

The HOLY SPIRIT then asked me: Can you make me a ‘little’ mustard seed? I said no LORD, I can’t!

The HOLY SPIRIT continued: Assuming I can make a mustard seed for you, My son would you know how to make it grow and live? I said: No LORD, I cant.

The HOLY SPIRIT then continued: Now my son how much do you know? I replied: I know nothing LORD.

Why did I say this? Because GOD was talking of a knowledge form that no man has or knows. Our knowledge forms do not give life.

GOD is entirely unlike us and I am grateful that HE IS WHO HE IS and ALL THAT HE IS, entirely unlike us, so that I actually can have a future through Him.

Just as we would treat cancer by destroying it entirely, the cancer of sin has to be likewise treated. But GOD has opened an infallible treatment for the cancer of sin through the LORD JESUS CHRIST, by His grace and mercy, through the actual communication of the Testimony of JESUS – in the communicative medium of JESUS CHRIST’s Spirit and Life (see John 6:63) – into us.

Through the Testimony of JESUS, GOD subordinately and derivatively, communicates His Nature, His Character, His faith, His love, His Righteousness, His Holiness etc into us; and, this is salvation. It is not a philosophical cop-out; it is tried and tested reality of the Word of GOD that will stand forever.

In Jeremiah 1:12, YHWH (GOD) declares that HE is watching over His Word to perform it. May GOD bless us all by opening us to His Word with an understanding that derives wholly from Him. Amen.

Understanding Lawlessness And Its Consequences

The Bible is a spiritual book written in the context of a human history.

There is a flow to the biblical narrative:
• A creation without sin, death and evil (Genesis 1; Ezekiel 28:13-15a).
• The fall away from GOD (Isaiah 14:12-14; Genesis 2-5) that manifests lawlessness [which is the spirituality that opposes GOD, misrepresents Him etc.; the spirituality of all that stands in the lie that denies GOD].
• The issuance of the Law to govern lawlessness (Exodus 19-20; 31:18).
• Salvation that reverses the effects of lawlessness (John 3:16-17; Romans 5:6-11) and, the unfolding of the Kingdom of GOD (John 3:3-5).
• Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).
• A new creation that opens a new beginning (Revelation 21).

Sin stands contrary to GOD’s will. Sin is the conduit through which evil manifests and develops in us and amongst us. And, all that we see in the world around us testifies of the deep darkness of evil that is progressively engulfing human reality.

Where does evil come from? What is its root form?

There were two prophetic trees in the Garden of Eden where Adam was placed (Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17):
• The first prophetic tree was called the Tree of Life, originating from the will of GOD communicated through the seed of YHWH’s Word (Galatians 3:16; 1 Peter 1:23) that manifests the prophetic dynamic of the Life form that flows from YHWH through the actualities of His Word.
• The second prophetic tree was called the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, expressing the lie that stands against the knowledge of GOD (see 2 Cor 10:5b). This tree is the prophetic expression of the Mystery of Lawlessness (see 2 Thessalonians 2:7) that manifests the spiritual dynamic of sin and death.

Adam was given one commandment: not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam failed; and, through “freewill disobedience” Adam sinned and, evil and death manifested – irreversibly – into human reality. [This is why we need to be saved in order to break out of Lawlessness.]

But where did this prophetic tree of the knowledge of good and evil originate from? How did it come to be in the Garden of Eden where GOD placed Adam; and, where and how did its prophetic realities of sin and death originate and come into being and development. And, ultimately, how will GOD deal with this tree and its consequences.

The prophetic reality of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was birthed when Lucifer and, the angels aligned with Lucifer, rebelled against GOD after having developed – through “freewill faith expressions” – a knowledge form that objectively stood against the knowledge of GOD.

This freewill knowledge form that opposes GOD, birthed by rebellious angels who stood before GOD in heaven, is prophetically addressed in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 as: the Mystery of Lawlessness.

The knowledge form in Lawlessness that stands against GOD, originated in the Eden that was in heaven, where Lucifer the Covering Cherub stood.

Ezekiel 28:13-18b reads: < 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; … . 14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.

16 By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones. 17 Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; … . 18 You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading … . >

Isaiah 14:12-14 (KJV) sheds more light on this angelic rebellion: < 12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘ I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. >

In Luke 10:18, YESHUA testifies: < “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” >

In Matthew 7:21-23, we see the adverse impact of this knowledge form, originated by Lucifer (who became satan in his fall) in the lives of those anointed to answer a high calling in ministry, in the body of CHRIST (the MESSIAH). In this passage in Matthew, we hear YESHUA declare these individuals as practitioners of Lawlessness; and, we see YESHUA disavowing any knowledge of these individuals, dismissing them from His presence.

When Adam was created the Mystery of Lawlessness was exclusive to fallen angels confined to the Domain (Kingdom) of Darkness. However, the prophetic dynamic of evil and its spiritual consequences had been irreversibly opened into the creation by the angelic rebellion.

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil had been irreversibly opened (in a spirituality of Lawlessness) as a prophetic “faith option”, for the creation to enter into – in eternity – by the wrongful exercise of “freewill faith” (see Rom 12:3c, KJV).

Because of what was irreversibly opened by the angelic rebellion, we see that this tree was found in the Garden of Eden where Adam was placed. And this is why the prophetic reality of lawlessness will always be a possibility – in eternity.

YESHUA tells us that hell was created for the angelic rebellion. In Matthew 25:41 (NKJV) we see YESHUA describe hell as: < the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels >.

[Man only gets into hell through “freewill covenants of faith” we make with fallen angels.]

Hell was created to clearly declare what the consequences of evil would be.

The purpose of hell was to act as a testimonial deterrent – in eternity – to the creation making foolish choices contrary to GOD’s Will.

[The flow of human history clearly demonstrates the foolishness of our ‘freewill’ choices in Lawlessness. Even so-called Church history clearly shows the consequences of Lawlessness.]

The prophet Isaiah (66:22-24) pointed to this testimonial deterrent in no uncertain terms: < “For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the LORD, “so shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD. “And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” >

As children of GOD we should clearly understand that grace does not condone sin. Grace deals with the issue of sin through our willingness to repent and, our willingness to repent must result in the pursuit of our creation in JESUS CHRIST (see 2 Chronicles 7:14; Ephesians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 4:16-18). Amen!

There is a prophetic key to staying in GOD’s grace that GOD gave Abraham even as He opened Covenant with Abraham.
Genesis 17:1-2 reads (NKJV): < “I am Almighty God (EL SHADDAI); walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” >

YHWH is declaring that if Abraham chose to walk before Him he would be blameless. The KJV uses the word “perfect”. This realm of grace is what the implanted Seed of CHRIST has opened to us. For this to operate, we need to stay in a state of repentance and choose to walk before GOD; asking GOD to address our many issues in His Righteousness, through our persevering faith in JESUS CHRIST. Amen!

We cannot fail because grace operates in us, by the SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS (Romans 8:2), in the Righteousness of YHWH (Rom 10:10, 17).

But for this prophetic realm of YHWH’s grace and mercy to operate, we must always choose to walk before YHWH, through faith in YESHUA MASHIAH. As YESHUA declared in Matthew 17:20c, “And nothing shall be impossible to you!” GBU.

Circumcision Of The Heart Fulfills The Law

Circumcision was the outward sign of the Abrahamic Covenant.

Selected portions of Genesis 17:2-13 (KJV) declare the following:
1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.
13 … and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

In verse 13, GOD talks about His Covenant being in our flesh for an everlasting Covenant. How can this be? An everlasting Covenant in our flesh!

Moses talks about the circumcision of our hearts in Deuteronomy 10:16 (KJV), declaring: < Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked. >

Ezekiel 36:26 talks about GOD removing our hearts of stone and giving us a heart of flesh. 2 Corinthians 3:3 (NKJV) talks about us becoming Epistles of CHRIST through hearts of flesh.

In Deuteronomy 30:6, Moses talks about the fulfillment of the Law in circumcised hearts of flesh being the sovereign work of YHWH:
< And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. … And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. >

So the writing of Covenant in hearts of flesh through a continuum of circumcision brings the progressive fulfillment of the Law into functional Covenant reality within the tablets of our heart.

Romans 2:28-29 (NASB), proclaims this as the work of the HOLY SPIRIT: < For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. >

Circumcision of the heart of flesh yields the reality of Jew and Gentile being brought forth as one new man as proclaimed in Ephesians 2:14-18. This one new man is in the image (Rom 8:29) and fullness (John 1:16) of MASHIAH YESHUA.

This reality is foreshadowed in the circumcision of MASHIAH YESHUA on the eighth day (‘eight’ pointing to new beginnings) when He was given the Name YESHUA (Luke 2:21).

Galatians 3:24-29 declares what flows in the fulfillment of the Law:
24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.
25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

We are heirs according to promise in circumcised heart of flesh! And this is the work of YHWH! Praise YHWH! Amen!