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The Reforming of the Church according to Scripture
Part 14 / Final part
And the LORD Spake…
These are the statutes and judgments and laws,
which YHWH made between him and the children of Israel
in mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.
We have traversed in this message many Scriptural concepts, and I hope that the information offered in this particular message has been a help and blessing for those who have needed a biblical narrative to build upon, that has been my goal, to aid the Israel of God in a True return, a Reformation of the heart, mind and inward parts that writes God’s Holy and Perfect Law on His people by Faith through the gift of Grace (YHWH’s Faithfulness to forgive and bless). I will not enumerate in this final message a synopsis of the foregone dictation as this message is recorded and it would be time better spent to allow for one to go back and listen to the in depth enumeration rather. So rather it is my hope to end this last message with the thought provoking question of ‘How did we get so far away from Faith and Practice of God’s Law? And how do we Reform the Church closer to Scripture rather than maintain a stagnated reform as we have today?”
Faith and Grace are obviously the answers to these questions, and reconsidering what a Sanctified Life looks like from God’s perspective and those of us who are conforming and transforming to his image and mind set.
The answers we get from God’s Word when understood through His Law are not always the answers we like, the life God teaches us to have as our culture is not always the culture we want to have, but the fact of the mater is that as Rom_10:2-3 so perfectly describes the state of the Reformed Christian world who looks back to convoluted church histories for standards and orthodox views of doctrine, we fail at times to realize that we are in fact in the place of the people Paul is speaking of when he says For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. (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.
And very importantly to us is the next statement, which I wish to read from the ABP trans. Rom_10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one trusting. (or has faith). ( τελοςG5056 γαρG1063 νομουG3551 χριστοςG5547 )
Now in the literal translation of this verse, word for word in the Greek construct the 1899 Douay-Rheims (which is a double translation from the Greek to Latin to English) offers a more literal reading “For the end of the law is Christ: unto justice to everyone that believeth.”
Why is this important? Because this is the Ending or Final Law of the spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, that has delivered us from the law of sin and of death, mentioned in Rom_8:1-4, this is the Law needed for Righteousness, Justification, unto Justice to have no condemnation.
And in the context of this communication Paul is relaying, Christ is the very finality and purpose for the Law, And once again as we allow the reality of Christ’s person to penetrate our hearts as the very Word of God which gave the Law the coequal conclusion comes with it Christ did not end himself for Righteousness as long as we definitively ‘believe’. Rather in context of Romans the direct counter point is made when Paul in this same letter only on another page made this point : (ABP)
Rom_6:19 Humanly I speak, on account of the weakness of your flesh; for as you rendered your members subservient to uncleanness and to lawlessness unto lawlessness; so now render your members subservient to the righteousness unto sanctification!
Rom 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
Rom_6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
for the end of those things is death. /το γαρG3588 G1063 τελοςG5056 εκεινωνG1565 θανατοςG2288
We have the direct corresponding wording where Paul is clearly speaking of Righteousness and wickedness and how to become servant to whom we obey whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? that is that if Christ is the end of the law of righteousness to all that have faith, our obedience must be in some way reckoned unto Christ, this obviously is the scope of chapter 10, in speaking of the word of Faith.
Christ is the end of the law for righteousness for those that believe AND Death is the end of sin for iniquity (or wickedness) or as Paul says:
For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Perhaps again we can consider that great maxim of Evangelism from
Rom_10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The point is that before we continue in the conclusion of this message I earnestly beg you to reconcile your obedience to Christ by obeying the Word of God and not your own or another mans righteousness, Obedience to the Law of God is obedience to Christ himself, real obeisance to Christ is obedience to God’s Law, Faith is by the hearing the word of God when it is implanted in the heart and mind and inward parts, we believe it in the heart, As in the days of Moses YHWH spake His Word and desired the people to obey it by love and faith in the heart and mind so Christ Jesus speaks unto us when we read HIS VOICE in the HOLY LAW which he spoke as the Word; of all things this the Faith, this is the Belief, this is the Trust which comes by hearing the sole Word of God, This is the Sola Scriptora of True Reformation, which is the road way we us to be on to arrive at the correct Kingdom.
It is in fact when we as the many seek our own Righteousness, our self righteousness which comes from our objection to God’s definitive Word it is often times clouded in verbiage such as ‘apostolic tradition’ or ‘orthodox Christianity’, yet like the reformers of the protestant reformation, who called out a biblically irrelevant church to reconsider the concepts of Christianity they then called ‘apostolic tradition’ or ‘orthodox Christianity’, and in direct succession of that error it is nothing short of a collective ignorant sin we have stagnated into as we found our comfort zone in a Jesus and a Gospel that fits our heart; even so if we consider what is at this time obvious wickedness, which lines are more and more becoming blurred, that has been traditionally abhorrent to those who call Christ king, or albeit if it is unbiblical or contrary practices which those who call Christ King have practiced as orthodox tradition for millennia in the excepted church world or normal, yet nevertheless if it is not a refinement of the spirit of Sola Scriptora / by Scripture alone, and provable as God’s conveyed Word via Scripture we should gladly abandon and amend our ways by True reformation from the Law of God and then from henceforth believe and say, God be thanked, that we were the servants of sin, but we have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered us from the voice of God’s Word Rom 6:17
Rather like Paul’s thanks giving to God for the thessalonians faith in the Word of God so should we be:
1Th_2:13 … when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
So, I would like to put the thoughts of our Brother and teach Paul as he reviels the Law to us Lawfully, a principle which should go with out saying, yet in 1Timothy 1:8 we read we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
1Ti 1:9 knowing this, that for the just the law is not situated, but for the lawless and unsubmissive ones, impious and sinners, unholy and profane, murderers of one’s father and murderers of one’s mother, manslayers,
1Ti 1:10 fornicators, homosexuals, slave traders (KJV: man-stealer), liars, perjurers, and if anything other is an adversary to healthy instruction. (ABP Trans.)
1Ti 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
It should be affirmed that all of these lawless sins (which all sin is 1Joh_3:4) are contrary to sound or solid doctrine (the form of doctrine Paul spoke of in Rom_6:17) which is according to the glorious Gospel. So regardless of if one who may be listening to this message completely reject what I have to say, there should be no argument that there is a law that is to be used lawfully by Christians and that it is part of the sound doctrine of the Gospel.
To obey from the heart is Faith, even when the Words of God’s make us uncomfortable, or in some cases what God does not Say that we want him to say makes us uncomfortable, when this Report of the Gospel is preached unto us and we hear the Word of God and we recieve it’s faith, we see the Kingdom we are indeed in the thoughts of Isaiah as he says:
Isa_55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isa 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
Isa_55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
If this lesson from YHWH’s Prophets clearly show us the elevation of God’s words and ways above our own it is recognized as His Eternal righteousness, is it then any wonder that when we some time hear the law of God in the laws of God our flesh wars against the Spirit and Spirit against the flesh? We may desire to find the loop hole we concoct against Christ’s rule over our life what will we get?
(Think about this as we consider this audio clip from the popular show the west wing, which was on the tube in 2000, in brief this was tolerated and excepted 18 years ago, but I think it represents the national attitude that has a deep root in the rage of the Nations of Europe against YHWH and His Christ’s rule, as the man you will hear speak is to be the voice of the President of the US and the woman who you will only hear say the represented faithful words ‘ I don’t say it the bible does Mr. President.”
This is the mouth shutting method of Satan, to shut our mouth with the lack of Faith we have in the Word of God as the standard for Righteousness, But with the over exaggerated Judgments which misrepresent the nature of the Nature of the Justice of the Law, the Laws mentioned are Chapter and verse from Christ the King’s Mouth, and I stand beside them as the cultural standards of Christian life…)
Christ’s standards on what animals we allow to engender on our farms and what plants we plant, and what fibers are our standard in clothing:
Lev_19:19 Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee. You can find the same set of cultural standards listed in Deu 22:9-12 which as well mentions here: Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself. This is refering to the ribband of blue or thread of blue which is sewn into a garment by the craftsman of a Kingdom culture to cause him self or if he is selling, his fellow-citizen brethren to remember the Law an Num_15:38-40 that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy (Sanctified) unto your God.
Our ways of life, even our dress is cultural
What shall we eat in our Kingdom culture?
And complete list of Christ’s thoughts on what food is clean and unclean is listed for our consideration and application as Sanctified for our Spiritual cleanness according to Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14:
Deu 14:2 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.
Deu 14:3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.
Lev 11:44-47 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.
Lev 11:45 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.
Lev 11:46 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:
Lev 11:47 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.
This is the Kingdom culture of food by the voice of Christ heard by Moses.
Regarding when we celebrate and worship:
Lev_23:2…Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
Lev 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
Lev 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. (Christ goes on to command beyond the Sabbath of the week, those feasts which align to that system: Passover, pentecost, the new moon of trumpets as a memorial, a day of Atonement and the feast of Tabernacles, all of which are sanctified or holy convocations / Kletai Hagiai (κληταιG2822 αγιαιG39 ), holy callings.(G2821, G2564, G2753)
It is a fine time to note that this word for calling Klesis from Kallo is the prime root of the Greek word translated church Ek-klesia (εκκλησιαG1577)
Giving a particularly solid conclusive understanding of when Church is lawfully held in the Kingdom and by it’s culture.
For those who bitterly oppose this interpretation of Sanctification being prior established by YHWH him self through his Word to his Covenant people should consider your state of opposition within, as to whether your traditional culture is your law or it Christ’s kingdom Law is within?
Holy Kingdom Culture regarding Family or familial relations
Lev_20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
Lev 20:8 And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.
Lev 20:9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
Holy sanctified Covenant people honor their parents and their ancestry.
And in continuation of that family love they conduct their lives according to the Heavenly father’s will for that family, which speaks to the Son as a man who is a head of authority in all theses condensed sins enumerated in Leviticus 20:
Lev 20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
Lev 20:11 And the man that lieth with his father’s wife, with his daughter in law, they have wrought confusion; If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination,if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness,if a man lie with a beast, if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto,if a man shall take his sister, it is a wicked thing; if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness,both of them shall be cut off from among their people.
Lev 20:19 And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister, nor of thy father’s sister, his uncle’s wife, his brother’s wife.
Lev 20:22 Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.
Lev 20:23 And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.
Christians often ask the question of how did it get this Bad in our society? How did we come from extreme Christians who settles in the furthest reaches of the world to proclaim the lordship of Christ and his salvation and deliverance of the World to every people, tough, and tribe to the sloppy silly church we have today? How did our European ancestors who would risk life and limb for the crown of Christ give birth to what we are now as Europeans? The simple truth is seen in the verse of Leviticus 26, we Reformed but not according to God’s Law, we said ‘sola scriptora’ with Luther but we do not and did not say it with our hearts and minds and press into the kingdom deeper than Luther and Calvin pressed. Regardless of their reasoning, we do not need to know it, those men championed the Law of God in it’s inapplicable state, and despised in in it’s application to lives of Christians or Evangelicals. If Christ is on his thrown ruling and reigning from heaven at the right hand of the father, and in our lives we say he has started to put sin and death under his feet with in us, then we must reconcile the application of the total word of God in our heart and mind, where Christ at this present time can rule and reign from, teaching us to be salt, to be light and to be that city set on a hill that can not be hid. Not ashamed of the Gospel is not ashamed of Him and His Word, Him and His Law, Him and His Kingdom, Him and His Righteousness.
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