Did you know that the OT law and (Ten) Commandments are what give sin and death it’s power?

That’s right, that is what the Bible teaches.  Many people are not aware that the Bible says that every time anyone teaches the Ten Commandments, sin actually INCREASESSee Romans 5:20.

The Law came in so that the transgression (sin) would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more Romans 5:20 NASB

It’s like putting up a sign on a glass window where teens walk by that says “DO NOT THROW STONES AT THIS GLASS!” What do you think they will want to do?

That’s right. Sooner or later, some rebellious kid will throw one and break the window. He may have not even been thinking of doing it until he saw the “law” or rule posted. Romans 3:20 tells us this.

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.  Romans 3:20 (NIV)

This is a powerful truth to understand if we ever want to be free and have lives of peace, love and joy. Here is the real purpose of the law.

for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.  Romans 4:15 (NASB)

The “law” or ANY RULE to live by such as “do this” or “don’t do that”, ALWAYS bring about God’s WRATH. Anyone who relies on works of the law or trying to “do this” and trying not to “do that” are under God’s curse. See Gal 3:10.

For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.”  Galatians 3:10 (NASB)

It does not matter how righteous and good the action appears. If we do it while under law, we are coming under God’s curse and will be administered death via condemnation to our inner man or heart. Have you ever volunteered or did anything where you felt pressured to or obligated in any way? How did you end up feeling?  Now, you know what I am talking about. The only way you can not be cursed when you are under works of the law is to be an absolute perfect person 100% of the time. God’s perfect law is like a chain and if you break one law one time, you have broken one link and the whole chain is broken. It does not matter what you believe or don’t believe, this is a law just like gravity that applies to all mankind.

Think about this verse today. It will show you what I am talking about. If we ever want to live a life of peace, love and joy, we have to break free from all law based living and thinking.

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law  1 Corinthians 15:56 (NASB)

Now, we know why 2 Corinthians 3:7 calls the Law (including the Ten Commandments) the Ministry of DEATH!

But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was  1 Corinthians 3:7

Now, does it make sense why there is ALL the talk of “stoning” people to death “Stone” = law = DEATH!  Jesus is the only one who has LIFE and he “rolls AWAY the stone (death)!”

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb Luke 24:2 NASB

So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.” John 11:38-39 NASB

Anytime in the old testament when someone sinned, they were stoned to death because they were under law.  Jesus had not yet come to reveal the New Covenant of Grace.  That is the purpose of the law, to administer DEATH to a sinner.  All people who are under the Covenant of Law trying to earn ANY of their own righteousness are defined as “sinners” and must die under that covenant.  This is the ENTIRE creation in ADAM.  Not one of them will get out alive.  But, hang with me because there is a GREAT ending in store.

Before I gave you the awesome ending, let’s look a little more into the ministry of “death” engraved on “letters of stone“.

In Matthew 24 Jesus and his disciples are discussing his return.  He tells them something very powerful just before this that they probably didn’t fully understand what he was saying.

Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2 And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” Matthew 24:1-2

These are powerful SPIRITUAL WORDS above in Matt 24:1-2.  So, what is God’s true “temple”?  We (true believers) are!  Jesus is telling them that in the true temple of God – the body of Christ, ALL LAW (stones) will be torn down!

So, how do we get free of the law, sin and death? Great question!  I think you already saw the answer.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes  Romans 10:4 (NASB)

Here is one EVEN MORE POWERFUL!

Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses Acts 13:39 NASB

If you can believe that at the cross Christ took away all your sins and paid for every wrong you ever did (past, present AND FUTURE!), then something amazing has happened!  The (spiritual) person you were that was under LAW DIED and you have been reborn as a New creation in Christ who is set free from EVERY SIN!  This new creation person is NOT under any law and is declared as righteous (not guilty) as he is! Then, you are free to listen to him inside you as he actually becomes your life and lives from within you. Gal 2:20 He leads you in each and every waking moment to places of rest and peace even in the middle of the STORM!

Truth is, we can’t believe this ourselves, but Jesus can help us to and his father has a time for this to occur for everyone.  Simply ask Jesus today to help you believe this.  He is always right there to help us in our time of need and he will actually give you HIS faith!  If you sincerely desire to do that, it already shows it is YOUR TIME to pass from DEATH (law) to LIFE (Grace)!

This is true peace as you are out from under ALL LAW-based thinking and begin “walking” or living by his Spirit inside you.  You are free from all law and all sin forever!

Great things to think about today. Hope you have an awesome Monday.

Duane

This morning I woke up hearing about the veil that separates natural man from God. All week, my thoughts have been going back to the “veil” that exists between man and God, really between man’s soul and his spirit or the entire spirit realm. I also believe this is the same veil or “firmament” in Genesis 1:6.

This prompted me to start digging as this always leads to deeper understanding. I found some pretty eye opening scriptures but to fully benefit from them, one should also study and understand the Old Covenant Tabernacle and sacrificial system. Unless we know what that was all about (type or pointer of the true heavenly system) I don’t believe we will understand or fully appreciate the magnitude of the amazing one time for all sacrifice of Christ. Hebrews 10:12, 1 Peter 3:18

Have you ever pondered these verses and what they are saying? To me, they are absolutely amazing.

Leviticus 16:15 “Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat.

This was done by the high priest once a year under the old system of law by a man with sin. Because he himself was not PERFECT this had to be repeated over and over. According to Hebrews 10:1 (below), the system of law and sacrifices was not the real and true system, but merely a shadow of the truth which is in Heaven or the realm of the Spirit.

Hebrews 10:1 (NASB) For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things

Hebrews 10:1 and 10:4 tell us there is a big problem with the old system of law and sacrifices.

Hebrews 10:1 (NASB) For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near

Hebrews 10:4 (ESV) For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins

Do you see what the author of Hebrews is saying is wrong with the Old Covenant of Law? There is a new and better way coming, but it was not yet disclosed.

Hebrews 9:8 The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing,

God’s answer coming up.

Romans 8:3 (NIV) For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh

Hebrews 10:12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

1 John 2:2 (NIV) He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world

Hebrews 9:12 (NASB) and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption

These are some POWERFUL verses to think about and meditate on to see what they mean. Look at Hebrews 9:12 above. Did you see it says “eternal” redemption? What is an “eternal” redemption?  To me it means it is OUTSIDE of our realm of space and time or forever.  Check out some of the other translations of this verse at biblehub.com.

It also made me ask myself “Where does man exist in his natural soulish state?” Is he eternal or mortal? Is he not on the OTHER side of the veil?

I found some more verses on what else happened at the cross.

Luke 23:45 (NKJV) Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two

Hebrews 10:20 (ESV) by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (veil), that is, through his flesh

Ephesians 2:11-12 (NIV) Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

Ephesians 2:14 (NIV) For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility

Ephesians 2:18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

Hebrews 10:19-20 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,

Hebrews 10:21-22 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,

This is so beautiful the amazing picture that I see.  Remember, this is TRUTH and man himself does NOT affect or impact truth.    Only God is truth and he NEVER changes.

What do you see?

Duane

God's holy fire

Is God’s Holy fire destructive or refining?

(You can find more on this topic at this post.)

I hope you are having a great day.  I had to take a few days off due to a back injury during weightlifting.  Don’t we take our bodies for granted until pain and age sets in?  I know I do.

I have been spending some time on some Christian forums and it’s been very good.  God is really doing some amazing things these days to unveil our minds to the truth.   I am finding people ARE open to hear and DIG for the truth.  This is a great blessing when we encounter it.

A big topic of discussion that I have been involved in is the proper definition of God’s “fire”.  Isn’t this a bone-chilling verse?

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire Rev 20:15 NASB

When reading this, it is hard to even imagine people being thrown alive into a lake of FIRE and them burning up alive.  How could God ever do that?  Isn’t he the very definition of “love”?

What if we have misunderstood the very meaning of the word “fire”?  What if God’s fire is totally DIFFERENT than the physical realm fire that we know of?  Could it be that God’s fire is not destructive like the (physical realm) fire we know of? 

Let’s dig into it just a bit.

Many are not aware of the TRUE definition of words translated as “fire” and others like “eternal” and “torture”.  They are different than we have been taught and I so excited to see God revealing this powerful truth at the end of this current age.  It has been a pleasure to share them with others.  Check out this post if you are interested.  For now, here is the Strong’s concordance and Helps Word-studies definitions of God’s “fire”.  It is the Greek word “pur” where we get the English words “purification” and “purity” from.

Strong’s Concordance
pur: fire
Original Word: πῦρ, πυρός, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Transliteration: pur
Phonetic Spelling: (poor)
Short Definition: fire, trials
Definition: fire; the heat of the sun, lightning; fig: strife, trials; the eternal fire.

We can see some of the Strong’s definitions including “eternal fire” and “trials”.  Below is the Helps Word-studies definition.

HELPS Word-studies
4442 pýr fire. In Scripture, fire is often used figuratively – like with the “fire of God” which transforms all it touches into light and likeness with itself


God’s Spirit, like a holy fire, enlightens and purifies so that believers can share more and more in His likeness. Indeed the fire of God brings the uninterrupted privilege of being transformed which happens by experiencing faith from Him. Our lives can become true offerings to Him as we obey this imparted faith from God by His power.


[This is illustrated by God’s fire burning continuously at the entrance of the Tabernacle where the priests made sweet-savor offerings. Compare Lev 6:12,13 with 1 Pet 2:5,9.]

You can see initially some amazing things there that I highlighted and I would like to share more on this soon as the Lord allows.  There also other mistranslated words of which sometimes WHOLE doctrines are based upon, that make God look evil and hideous.  This is sad because he is defined as love and if we don’t understand the truth, we will misrepresent him.   Shouldn’t “love” always do what is BEST for us?  Shouldn’t love always find a way to be WITH us instead of destroying us?  Are we to say that we know “love” better than God does?  Some things to ponder.

You can find this out yourself by checking out verses like Rev 20:15 at biblehub.com and click on the words translated as “fire” to see the Strong’s number 4442 and the Helps Word-studies information that I provide above.  Here is the verse:

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire Rev 11:15 NASB

Here’s a link to the interlinear version:  http://biblehub.com/interlinear/revelation/20-15.htm

Here’s a direct link to the meaning of “fire” that I provided.  http://biblehub.com/greek/4442.htm

May we be open to the truth that the Spirit reveals to us.

Have an awesome day of rest in the Lord.

Duane