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WHAT IS FOOD?

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Eating What is Sanctified by the Word of God

Compiled by

JS Lowther

As all things regarding the Christian’s walk, Biblical sanctification is paramount, the Word of God (the Bible), determines what is preferable, commanded and intimately what is a Sin. The Christian life is to be patterned off of the walk and life of Christ Jesu(s) the Son of God.

The Apostle John teaches a simple truth:

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:4-8

Literally the word devil is the Greek diabolos / diaballo which literally means ‘to throw over or across, to send over’. The devil may be at times a spirit working to over throw God’s people, it may be working in any one or our selves, the way this spirit works is by lies.

Christ taught:

the devil… was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44

John has thus taught a simple truth in 1 John 3:

1. Sin is the transgression of the law

2. (Christ) was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

3. Whosoever sinneth (transgresses the law) hath not seen him, neither known him.

4. he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

5. He that committeth sin (transgresses the law) is of the devil;

for the devil (liar) sinneth (transgresses the law) from the beginning

6. The Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil (transgressing the law and lying).

Even in the case of Food this above truth is in application in the Christian life. Food is among the most essential thing to any creature, this is the case with Adam as well. Yet because of Adam’s special status with YHWH God as his Son(s) (Luk 3:38), made after God’s spiritual likeness and image (Gen 1:26). All other creatures and beings are entitled to eat as their nature dictates, Adam was not given this option. From the time Gen 1:26 was uttered to Adam man the law of food was part of the law of God as the eating of flesh is undoubtedly implied in the dominion given to the Adam when he was made and formed.

Noah the 8th from his father Adam knew the difference between beasts which were clean and beasts which are unclean long before Jacob was born and the Israelites called out of Egypt by Moses: Gen 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

The obvious reason for this command of more ‘clean beasts’ was to supply food, and to supply the sacrifice after the flood: Gen 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Noah knew the law of clean and unclean flesh, the one which Moses Codified in Israel’s National Kingdom Law:

And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.              Leviticus 11:1-2

Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead. For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing. Deuteronomy 14:1-3

Just as Adam, Noah was a son of God, and as Noah, Israel was son of God, thus in Deut 14:1 this portion of law starts with this enactment ” Ye are the children of the LORD your God “, This very statement places the 5th commandment: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Exo 20:12.), at the head of ‘the food laws'(Lev 11:46).

Simply, YHWH, as father of His people has deemed what spiritual diet they are to eat, YHWH’s diet is not based on fleshly heath it is based on a spiritual connection, while there are many who think the laws on food commanded in the bible are for Israel’s health and welfare no such scripture exists for that proof, rather Israel’s admonition to be sanctified or holy is the only reason given, to be God’s separate people.

If you are keeping the clean food laws for health reasons perhaps you should consider the 100+ year old people who eat flesh with out discretion!

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 2 Corinthians 6:17

For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. Leviticus 11:45

The apostle Peter teaches the principle reason to his readers as well:

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 1 Peter 1:14-17

Joining Deut 14:1 and Lev 11 together as a witness to Peter’s lesson it was undoubtedly referencing the Child Father relationship on this subject of food as well as others mentioned.

Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes (H2708 EQaH), and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.

And ye shall not walk in the manners(H2708 EQaH) of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people. Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean. And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine. Leviticus 20:23-26

The Father YHWH God’s calling of Israel as His Children is directly connected to Israel not WALKing in the statutes / manners ( both words are have the same Hebrew meaning H2708 EQaH) of other nations or other god’s which includes the food those nations eat and the food their gods allow. For Christians to eat contrary to the Fathers food manners as it was plainly commanded is to WALK contrary to the way the Son of God would walk.

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to WALK, even as he (Christ) WALKED. 1 John 2:3-6

See all of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 for those Manners / Statutes God the Father would have Christian Israel walk in.

Another interesting point to consider here, is that to a Hebrew speaking and reading person, the un-clean beasts are not even considered food.

as the Hebrew word אכל /AKL / AKL means both eat and food, thus Deu 14:4 could just as well read ‘These are the beasts which are food to you’, as well as the KJV These are the beasts which ye shall eat

See James Strong’s definitions for AKL: H400 אכל – From H398; food: – eating, food, meal [-time], meat, prey, victuals.

Dispelling Deception

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Casting out un-clean spirits?

There are those who would oppose the notion of Christians having a food law, it has become part of traditional christian doctrine to believe that this portion of Law has been made void while there is no admonition from Christ or his Apostles.

In truth only a lie can ‘over turn’ (see definition of devil above) a law of God.

As not one of Christ’s Apostles have ever made a an attempt to overturn God’s law including his statutes or manners of food it shall be seen in some of the common deceptions or lies that there is no reasonable evidence for such a notion.

That which defiles a man deception

Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. Mark 7:1-23

Interesting that Christ used a violation of the 5th commandment as his example of the the tradition of men vrs. the commandment of God, as well, when one reads that some of the things which truly defile a man, such as: evil thoughts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness may all be obtained by eating unclean food in derogation of the Father’s Law, insomuch as sin is transgression of the law, the very weak foundation under those who wish to userp direct commands with speculative evidence crumbles by the wieght of God’s authority.

Peter’s vision deception

… Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate, And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

Acts 10:9-28

… in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me: Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat. But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth. But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven. And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me. And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting.

Acts 11:5-12

This scripture is straight forward for someone without an agenda to try and prove the opposite, as Not only is there no direct null or voiding of Lev 11 and Deut 14, but Peter tells the voice he hears “No” when it directs him contrary to God’s Law, and by doing so Peter was ‘trying the spirits’, this is seen in Peter’s doubting of the meaning of the vision; yet Peter gives the God inspired interpretation plainly stated in Acts 10:28, that the vision was on account of Peter keeping company with uncircumcised men such as Cornelius.

Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

Acts 11:17-18

…but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean

Deception

Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. Let not then your good be evil spoken of: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:1-23

This section of scripture starts with the week vrs. the strong brother, one who eats flesh and the other who eats herbs. And the same content may be seen in Pauls same admonition on the matter, that is for meats offered to idols as being defiled or unclean. The section of Romans 14 above is echoed in the below 1 Corinthians 8.

As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. 1 Corinthians 8:4-13

The subject in Romans 14 is not a null and avoidance of Lev 11 and Deut 14 it is an admonition of brotherly love and self denial. Just simply ask your self, if this portion of scripture was about the same unclean meat mentioned in Leviticus and Deuteronomy why is the weak brother the one who eats herbs and the strong the one who eats flesh? What is the stumbling block in doing what God says ?

The answer is in the meat offered to idols, a weak brother is afraid he will be worshiping another god is he eats flesh which was slaughtered in the name of another god, the flesh of course would be among the clean beasts pre-ordained in God’s law which Christ him self ate of.

Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused… deception

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature (product, not just animals) of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:1-5

Ironically, Paul is teaching Timothy about those to watch out for, those who will lie and deceive, who will teach the Church to not marry or eat meats (foods), that is the one’s God made to be received, which are also sanctified by the Word of God (Lev 11 and Deut 14), and the word of God specifically sanctifies the eating of clean meat:

For I am the LORD your God:

ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy:

neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing

that creepeth upon the earth.

For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God:

ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl,

and of every living creature that moveth in the waters,

and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth:

To make a difference between the unclean and the clean,

and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.

Leviticus 11:44-47

For thou art an holy (sanctified) people unto the LORD thy God,

and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself,

above all the nations that are upon the earth.

Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.

Deuteronomy 14:2-3

 

Spread the Seed of the Word of God

Renewing the COVENANT (Bible study)

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ReNEWing the Covenant

Bible Study

(a follow along sheet for the Audio Message of the same name)

(Click here for Audio message)

JS Lowther

Tabernacle time is a time of Covenant renewal Moses was commanded by YHWH to read the law…

Deu 31:10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,

Deu 31:11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.

Deu 31:12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:

Deu 31:13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

Deu 31:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.

Ezra 9 and Neh 10 is a great example of this, the people were gathered to hear God’s law and to re establish the covenant God made with their fathers.

In the Hebrew the idea of covenant is simple it is BRiT which is the feminine version of BeRA which is the word to CREATE by a separating action, used in GENESIS…

DIATHĒKĒ /DIATHEKAOS are Greek words the KJV and LXX translated to TESTAMENT or COVENANT,

dee-a th’-em-ahee meaning the same exact thing to put apart

they are the same in the bible and of no difference, so by speaking of the New testament we are speaking of the New Covenant.

SO THE QUESTION “WHAT is the place of the New Covenant in all of this?”

For this is my blood of the new testament,

which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

(Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20)

For the Christian this is an important question!

For whatever the New Covenant is

CHRIST DIED FOR THAT REASON

SO LET US READ THE COVENANT WE ARE UNDER

Hebrews 8:7-13/ Jer 31:31-37

For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. (Rom 8:3 the law…was weak through the flesh / them) For finding fault with them, he saith, “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah… because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the LORD. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the LORD; I will put my LAWS into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their SINS and their iniquities will I remember no more.” In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

This Message is DEDICATED TO UNDERSTANDING THE NEW COVENANT AND IT’S Place in the Christian Israelite life

The Message is that the New Covenant is a Renewal and constant repeal of the old Covenant

That we as Israel are sold under

That the OLD Covenant is not from Genesis to Malachi or the time before Christ

NOR is the New covenant is A TIME LINE….

But that these two COVENANTS are

HEART SETs, A SOUL SETs, A MIND SETs AND (YES) A STREANGTH SETs

AND IT IS OUR CHOICE

AS CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO CHOOSE THIS DAY.

So are you an old Covenant Israelite of a New covenant Israelite

The shock may come when one considers that the old testament / covenant is a bad thing it is not the part of the bible BC

And the alternative old Covenant mind set speaks thus:

Deu 8:17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

Deu 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

Deu_6:5-6 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

in Luke 10 and Matt 12 Strength is added to the line up of how we are to Love YHWH

FOR THIS REASON COVENANT is the only reason Israel matters! And the Covenant contained in the keeping of the Law in the heart, mind, and soul is the strength of Israel by love.

Just before what we read in Deut 31 is DEUT 30,which is the establishment of New covenant

Deu 30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,

Deu 30:2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;

Deu 30:3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

Deu 30:4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

Deu 30:5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

Deu 30:6 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.

Deu 30:7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.

Deu 30:8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

Deu 30:9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:

Deu 30:10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

Deu 30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

Deu 30:12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

Deu 30:13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

Deu 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

Deu 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

Deu 30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

Deu 30:17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;

Deu 30:18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

Deu 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Deu 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

consider how

The Apostle Paul in Romans 10:1-10 references this specific portion of the law as the righteousness of FAITH (def), but where in the scriptures does it come from? THE LAW.

Rom 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Rom 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Rom 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

Rom 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

Rom 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Upon this scripture the idea of the magic words of salvation in founded

asking Jesus into the heart”

While context is lacking rendering the action useless to ones Salvation because beyond the words, the heart unfortunately it’s not followed out.

If truly one were to “ask Christ in to there heart”

What are they asking for?

The Question is ultimately who, or what is Christ?

HERE IS THE PINACLE of the matter, the CORNER STONE, HEAD OF THE CORNER that all of the Scriptures rest:

John 1:1-18

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

WHAT did Christ declare? :

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. – John 17:14

 

 

Christ is the word made flesh, and as the word he is the law and as the law he accordingly is the word of faith found in Deut 30 and thus the New Covenant heart set with the law in it

 

Christ like the eternal precept for Adam man is the embodiment of what we are asked to do in Moses National Law, the knowledge of GOOD and EVIL, blessing and curse. To place God’s law in our heart, mind and soul and know he is our strength.

Consider John’s offering of Christ’s work

1Jn 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

1Jn 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1Jn 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

1Jn 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

In other words the followers of Christ try to live as best they can like Christ

As easily seen by Heb 8:1-2, the fault of the first covenant is in our flesh, and it’s failure is yet in us, yet under the New Covenant our faulted flesh is amended by Christ and his spirit, the Law is still ordained to life (Deut 30), but the decay, vanishing away, passing away and abolition is that of the enmity between us and God IN OUR FLESH as stated in Hebrews 8.

The fault of our out ward man who is flesh, is the transgression of the law: unrighteousness, sins and iniquities are the repercussions of that transgressing, Christ was therefore sent to remit and forgive transgressions of the law, this is not only forgiveness of the sins of past actions but a working remission of sin that is able to justify / make righteous the Christian by his faith at present, while still striving to showing his faith by works before ordained, in the law, that he should walk in them (Eph 2:10).

According to Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20, as well as ample amounts of scripture beside those, Christ, the Word made flesh’s purpose was to establish the New Testament / Covenant in his blood, this is no doubt the greatest truth of scripture to be understood by those seeking to be Christ’s disciples.

How much more shall the blood of Christ,

who through the eternal Spirit offered himself

without spot to God, purge your conscience

from dead works to serve the living God?

And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death,

for the redemption of the transgressions

that were under the first testament,

they which are called might receive the promise

of eternal inheritance.

(Hebrews 9:14-15)

The New Covenant not only wills forgiveness of unrighteousness, sins and iniquities, but it unquestionably confirms God’s desire for His people to have His Law in their mind (inward parts) and heart which is the dwelling place of the spirit.

Notice the place where Hebrews 10 quotes Psalm 40: “He taketh away the first (covenant), that hat he may establish the second covenant” , it is exactly where Psalm 40 says “yea, thy law is within my heart”.

… I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. (Hebrews 10:9)

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

(Psalms 40:7-8)

NEW COVENANT vs OLD COVENANT

(only place OT is mentioned)

(2 Corinthians 3 & 4) Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament (covenant); which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

4 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the God of this world (This is a reference to the only God of this world, YHWH- Rom 11:25; Eph 4:18), hath blinded the minds of them which believe not (John 3:18-21), lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them…For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined 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 excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh… …For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:6-18

The difference in covenants are as follows:

OLD first Covenant

NEW second Covenant

Faulted by weak flesh

Sufficiency is of God

God’s Law written in stone /

the letter

God’s Law written on the heart / the spirit

Killeth

Giveth life

Glorious Ministration of death

Excelled Glorious ministration of spirit

Glorious ministration of condemnation

Excelled Glorious ministration of righteousness

Glory of the Law is Vailed / hidden with out Christ

Glory of the Law is unVailed / seen in Christ

The laws spoken of in Jeremiah 31 and Hebrews 8 are the same laws of God and of Moses, known very plainly in scripture as such. The function of Christ to put the laws of God in his people’s mind (inward parts) and heart, as well as to forgive sin this is the difference between the above aspects of the Covenants.

Consider how these are the two categories by which the above aspects of the old and new covenant are divided:

Old first Covenant

New second Covenant

sin is transgression of the law”

he was manifested to take away our sin”

The law is not the part of the Covenant that decayeth and waxeth old and is ready to vanish away, it is very clear that the law is to be written in the heart and mind, it is the sin which is abolished.

All of the effects of the OLD covenant in the OLD out ward man are linked to sin: flesh, stone (heart), letter, killeth, death, condemnation, vailed, hidden, blinded.

All of the effects of the reNEWed inward man under the NEW covenant are linked to the law in the heart and forgiveness: sufficiency of God, heart, spirit, life, spirit, righteousness, unvailed, seen, shine.

Notice the correlation between 2 Corinthians and Zech 7

Thus speaketh YHWH of hosts, saying,

(New Covenant man)

Execute true judgment,

and

shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:

And

oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless,

the stranger, nor the poor;

and let none of you imagine evil against his brother

in your heart.

(Old Covenant man)

But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder,

and

stopped their ears, that they should not hear.

Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone,

lest they should hear the law, and the words

which YHWH of hosts hath sent in his spirit

by the former prophets:

therefore came a great wrath from YHWH of hosts.

(Zechariah 7:9-12)

The old and new testaments are not time lines in place to designate B.C. and A.D. Ages, they are Spiritual heart conditions, both still being present.

Christ’s blood was shed for the remission of Sin, and was recognized as an eminent promise by pre-Christian disciples of Christ.

The Gospel preached in the pre-Christian age is not hidden when the heart is turned to Christ and the law is put within it, and we start to love the LORD our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbour as our self. This “Christ”ian model has been the desire of God towards his Word since the beginning, the law written on the inward parts by love is the separation line of Sons of God and the world.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deut 6:6-7, 11:18, 32:46)

God’s law as spoken to Moses is the law to be written on the heart under Christ’s New Covenant, God has not changed his standards.

Romans 7:10-25

10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man :

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Eph 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

Eph 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Eph 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

Eph 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Ephesians 4:18-24

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ;

21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Col 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

Col 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation. (Isaiah 51:6-8)

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