Monday, April 20, 2009

Passover - The Testimony and The Record

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is... no doubt greater. For it had been ordained by the Lord, the law of sin and death, the remission of sins (in singular form, as a collective) can only be done by (the shedding of) blood, which is death. And in times past, the accepted, method of this remission, was a sacrificial lamb. Christ, that sacrificial Lamb was foretold, in times past, during Passover, that it may, be a testimony and a record for us who believe on His blood-shed sacrifice TODAY as the power of Salvation found in Him.

Let the TRUE record show that Christ was our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7). Crucified on a cross and resurrected during Pesach on this week centuries ago...

6This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.  1 John 5

The Witness (Holy Spirit) confirms the record by which Christ came...Water...His baptism by John the Baptist, by which God, Himself testified of His Son.

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased -- Matthew 3:17

I must declare, that Christ, who was without sin, needed no physical baptism, but it pleased the Father to have it done so. That it may be recorded and declared that Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the only Son of God, had indeed come in the flesh.

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: --1 John 4:1

The Witness (Holy Spirit) confirms the record by which Christ came...Blood

28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26

Sin, in it's singular sense, is a departure from God in heart,  resulting in departure from the Father in Spirit and ending in the displaying of manifestations of itself (sins). The Blood we believe on testifies of and confirms our (re)new(ed) covenant with God. That our restoration unto Himself lies solely upon our belief that Christ's death and then resurrection is sufficient, wholesome and perfect for reconciliation.  This thus is testified of the Witness, which reproves us of Christ's righteousness, that is to say, His Resurrection...righteous as PROOF in His triumph over death, once and for all.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

8And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

9Of sin, because they believe not on me;

10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; -- John 16

This is the physical record (Water and Blood) He has given us, which is testified of the Spirit. Now if any one declares that Christ has come in the flesh by any other means than what was testified, that person is not of Him.

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  -- 1 John 5

What is Easter, but an anti-declaration of this holy record? What is Easter, but the vain imaginations of carnal man? Sure Christ is spoken of and the last supper is observed during this "holy" week, but why would any God-fearing Believer take leave of a Holy Testimony and a righteous Record in Passover that proves and declares a Resurrected Christ?

Maschil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:

That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:  - Psalms 78

The answer is: a God-fearing Believer wouldn't. So what are you? Mainstream Christians who proclaim the majesty of God are the same ones who buy into the holiness of Easter by the (false) witness of men established as a tradition centuries ago.

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater. - 1 John 5:9 By the Word of God, Easter has been debunked. But then, Christians already know that, after all  it is pretty obvious. What is not freely admitted is that Christians PREFER Easter to Passover for the their love of traditions more than the truth of testimonial of Passover. Listen to what Christ said to the Pharisee and compare:

Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;

And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. - Matthew 15:2-6

How much more have Today's Christians made the POWER OF THE CROSS of "none effect" by the tradition of Easter?? And how much more devastating are the consequences? Confusing, instead of winning the very souls Christ died for. Christians chide, condemn and parade for political causes. Participating in tea parties for the HOPE of nation that has long been stemmed in an APOSTATE Christianity. Ignoring the lies being told through their hypocrisy, they fail to realize is that those who ARE written in the Lamb's Book of Life WILL be judged according to their work (sharing of TRUTHFUL testimony). Is Easter  the "work" you will present before Him? Will it stand up to the fire He has prepared for all those who believe on His bloodshed sacrifice testified by Passover???

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  - 1 Corinthians 3:12 - 13

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Clarification

I would like to clarify the overall message I made in my last post
"Today is Good Friday!" I do my very best to post truth, clear and
consise without confusion. This is part of the reason why it there are
lengthy periods between postings. However, my message may still come
across in a way that I do not intend.

It came to my attention that it may appear that I was promoting an
observance of Passover over Easter. Let me be clear as it has been
declared in Scripture, no flesh can be justified by the works of the
law. Galatians 4:16

It is NOT my intention at all for any reader to believe that I promote
observances of days for one's justification in the sight of God. My
worship of my Father is in spirit as well in truth.

With that said let me say this...in all truth Passover IS the ordained
TESTIMONY (past and present) of the fulfillment of the promised Messiah
and His deliverance our souls. It does this in three ways (That I'm
aware of...I'm pretty sure there are more :))

1. It testifies and carries the Gospel and the Salvation obtained
through His (bloodshed) death and Ressurection.

2. It is the manifestation of the prophecy given to the prohets of old,
that was confirmed in His death and Resurrection.

3. It is the modern Believer's standing testimony (by Scripture) to
prove Christ as the Messiah, the promised Seed of Abraham.

Easter, be it idolistic in its practice or not, cannot do what has been
(and still is) testified by Passover, that WAS ordained by God. For this
simple reason...it (Easter and it's traditions) is not THE truthful
testimony of Christ's Passion. What today's Christians end up with (in
Easter) is an excitement they "feel" that compels them to run around
supermarkets (see my post "Today is Good Friday!" for further
clarification) testifying about a Christ that they themselves do not
understand...nor do they have proof that backs up their testimony. To
this day, NO ONE has come up with a TRUTHFUL relationship between the
Holy Son of God... and easter eggs.

With my sentiments expressed let me complete this "post" with a copy of
the comment I left under "Today is Good Friday!":

Please allow me to clarify, for the sake of clarification, that I am not
promoting one day over another for observances and worship. For the
Scriptures are clear, we are not justified by the deeds/works
(observances) of the law. The just shall live by faith.

Galatians 2:16

"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the
faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we
might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the
law: for by the works of the law SHALL NO FLESH BE JUSTIFIED."

Apostasy is prevalant and deeply imbedded into the Christian culture,
that not only are they legalistic in their worship, but they have
incorporated idolistic practices into Christianity and declared them
"holy".

I only hope to cause the questioning Believer to further delve into
their seeking of the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and question
the "doctrines" man has presented as truthful, as we are accountable to
try the spirits of this world. 1 John 4

For it has also been declared by Jesus Christ of Nazareth that the
Father is a spirit and true Belivers MUST worship Him in spirit and in
TRUTH! John 4: 23-24

May His truth endure forever!

Author's Note:
I'm posting from my Sidekick, so I apologize for the absence of links
here...as well as any misspellings in this post.
May your name be written in the Lamb's Book, if you're not sure...you
better double check what you know with His Word! He'll be soon
coming...
Sent from my T-Mobile Sidekick®

Friday, April 10, 2009

"Today is Good Friday!"

"Today is Good Friday!" She announced to me excitedly "I just wanted to share the joy that I've found in Christ with you." While I love heartfelt expressions of the Lord, I couldn't help but wonder, why she choose to share her testimony with me in a store filled with people. I had all, but one of my children with me. And being African-American mother, we are typically perceived as single-parents who have multiple children by many men. Granted, she could have another perception, but I couldn't help but notice, that she never spoke to anyone else in the store. In any event, I waited patiently and respectfully while she finished her testimony, and proceeded to firmly proclaimed my love, my walk for the Lord, and His unquestioned divinity as God's Son. I shared with her the names and the Hebrew meanings of the names of my sons. "Wow, what beautiful children." she said thoughtfully. "Yes" I responded, "We are blessed." By now, that glint in her eye, when she greeted me, had dimmed a bit. I couldn't help, but sense a slight disappointment emanating from her.  Strange, yes? But it has been a very typical experience for me. Instead of being embraced as another in Christ, there is unperceived division. While I never confessed to be a part of a Church or religion, once I confessed Christ, it was assumed that I was and that is where I believe the disappointments come from. Our parting was awkward at best, as she extended an offer of prayer. What shall I ask her to pray for that my God hadn't already provided?? I thanked her kindly for her offer and proclaimed the blessing of the Lord in our lives. "We are truly blessed, He has been our Provider." I said. Not wanting to appear ungrateful for her consideration, I added, "You can pray for His continuing protection over our family."

Afterwards I used the opportunity to share more truths with my oldest child. While I cannot criticize one's belief in what they believe, too many believe in a Jesus that has been manufactured to conform to the limitations of man. I explained to my daughter that while we knew Jesus to be the Son of God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I don't know what Jesus SHE thinks she knows.  Just from her simple declaration of "Today is Good Friday", its clear that her understanding of Christ's resurrection may be in error.

I hate to break to you folks, but today, isn't what has come to be known as "Good Friday". Let me clearly state that when it comes to various calendars, I have very limited understanding of how it all works. For me it's simple, it comes straight from Scripture. Let the record show that Christ was crucified during Passover.

And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. - John 19:14-16

According to the Jewish calendar, Passover begins on the 15th day of Nisan (7th month).  Easter, however, is calculated as the first Sunday after the full moon. If the full moon occurs on a Sunday, then Easter occurs on the following Sunday. As stated on www.infoplease.com:

The Western church does not use the actual, or astronomically correct date for the vernal equinox, but a fixed date (March 21). And by full moon it does not mean the astronomical full moon but the "ecclesiastical moon," which is based on tables created by the church. These constructs allow the date of Easter to be calculated in advance rather than determined by actual astronomical observances, which are naturally less predictable.

Let the record show that Christ was the promised Seed of Abraham and thus the fulfillment of the Covenant.

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. - Galatians 3:16-17

Let the record show that Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the fulfillment of the symbolic Passover, by which lambs were sacrificed and their blood placed on the doorposts, so that the angel of death passed over those who were in Egypt. If we know that by Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection, we, who believe on the Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, receive His blood upon our souls that we may have eternal life with Him. Death indeed has passed over us!

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: - 1 Corinthians 5:7

I have been scolded for causing others to "doubt" what they believe (which is amazing to me) when it comes to Easter. The facts are clear and straightforward. It's not about one's conscience, but rather it's about distinguishing what has been changed (by man) from what has been ordained (by God).

If you still believe I'm wrong to place a "stumbling block" to one's conscience, please read the following facts, taking note of how similar the worship styles are to what has now come to be called Easter to how it was originally used to worship a fertility goddess:

"Ostara was, of course, a fertility goddess. Bringing in the end of winter, with the days brighter and growing longer after the vernal equinox, Ostara had a passion for new life.  Her presence was felt in the flowering of plants and the birth of babies, both animal and human. The rabbit (well known for its propensity for rapid reproduction) was her sacred animal.

Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny both featured in the spring festivals of Ostara, which were initially held during the feasts of the goddess Ishtar | Inanna. Eggs are an obvious symbol of fertility, and the newborn chicks an adorable representation of new growth. Brightly colored eggs, chicks, and bunnies were all used at festival time to express appreciation for Ostara's gift of abundance." -- The History of Easter and It's Traditions

The worshipping of Ostara is similar to how today's Christians have come to worship the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ, right down to the "astronomical" date. As a matter of fact the only thing different is that the goddess has been replaced with Christ... with the Last Supper thrown in for good measure.

This "stumbling block" I've laid before hard-core Christians, is not my own, but the Lord's own. Being liberated from the law, in this case, the observances of Passover, as stated here:

"But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead (in Christ) wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter."

...is one thing Believers embrace, but to incorporate and encompass His death and resurrection, the very CORE by which we, proclaim and believe, and are called to separated from those who have rejected Him, spiritually, with a worship style that was used to celebrate and honor an idol created by the figment of man's corrupt imagination, is way out in the left field.

So folks, according to "the tables created by the (catholic) church", that were determined by the "ecclesiastical moon,"(whatever THAT means), in comparison to the Word of God in Scripture.....Today is NOT "Good Friday".... unless, of course, you're paying homage to Ostara.

 

*Author's Note: The redden font in scripture is my own, for the purposes of understanding scripture in it's context. By all means, read the entire chapter for clearer understanding for any scripture I've used in this post. Passover (Pesach) begins April 20th through April 27th of this year. "Good Friday" would be on April 24th

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

To Sabbath or Not to Sabbath?

This may seem like an odd subject to post about since I am not a member of an indoctrinated church. However, I recently had a blessed discussion with a relative about this subject that I feel compelled to share here. Not only that, Christian bloggers have debated and discussed their personal doctrines and beliefs regardging observances on either one of these days and Truth does not emerge in those formats of discussion. In this light, I am further compelled to share the truth, as a whole, that has been set forth by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

While I understand church-goers are usually indoctrinated into a certain belief, or behavior instituted by an organization feel very strongly that "rest" on either a Saturday or Sunday is important, and may believe it is mandatory to be seen "right" in the eyes of God, however, the truth can only be realized in a way that reflects a wholesome and complete picture. It must start from the beginning...differentiating the Covenant God made with Abraham, from the implementation of the law during the time of Moses, and understanding the order AND purposes of the two.

The Covenant

The definition of "covenant" is as follows:

1. an agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something specified. Dictionary.com

In establishing a covenant with Abraham, God promised Abraham that his descendants would be innumerable (to humans at least :) Genesis 15:5. And because Abraham "believed in Him" (Genesis 15:6) God declared him righteous. The Covenant was set forth as God's promise to Abraham "to be a God unto thee and thy seed after thee". (Genesis 17:7 ) To gain clarity of this Covenant, we must understand God's declaration to be a "God unto thee and thy seed", is nothing short of a phenomenon, that is to say a reconciling of man and God, after sin had deceived the inhabitants of the Garden of Eden. To appreciate this phenomenon we can know that the NATURAL STATE of a man, separated from the living Creator can be described as this:

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others - Ephesians 2:2-3

The Covenant was nothing short of the reconciliation of God and man, based on ...Abraham's faith, which was THE evidence that cannot be seen by eyes, (Hebrews 11:1) his LOVE for the Father.

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. - John 14:23

The above scripture sums up the very essence of the agreement between God and Abraham, and by grace...Abraham's seed.

Abraham kept God's words. No, not the laws and ten commandments, as it ("keeping God's words") is commonly interpreted in this age of Christianity. Let the record show that these laws were not given TO him. He kept God's words by moving when God told him to move. Following God's explicit command to go to Egypt and other express commands from the Lord, that can be found in the book of Genesis, as a testimony of how Abraham worshiped and loved the Lord.

 

(Suggested readings Genesis 15, 16 and 17)

The Law

The law, (ten commands) introduced a period, or an age of laws and "rules" ceremonial and otherwise. The law, the ten commandants, and the Covenant have become ambiguous in this age of Christendom. When a Christian speaks of the law, it is typically spoken under the perception that observances of the law, or as the Biblical terminology states "deeds, works of the law", initiates the  reconciliation of man and God and righteousness in a person. It must be CLARIFIED and understood, as it is stated in scripture, that the Covenant, the reconciliation of God and man initiated righteousness, by FAITH, as testified by Abraham's obedience and subsequent actions that had been declared righteous by the Father. It must be understood that it is by the Covenant, that we, by the evidence of faith, are justified. Let the record show that the law came into existence four hundred and thirty years after the Covenant was established.

And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. - Galatians 3:17

For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. -  Galatians 3:18

The promise spoken about here were the "terms of the Covenant", so to speak, that God would be a God unto Abraham and his seed. The inheritance spoken of in the 18th verse refers to this scripture:

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. - Galatians 3:14

IF reconciliation with God, in other words, justification can only occur through the keeping, and observances of the law (works of the law) then it is no longer a promise.(vs. 18) But the inheritance (vs. 14) was promised to Abraham by God, not by observances and keeping of the law (that came 430 years later).

What purpose, does the law serve then?

Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. - Galatians 3:19

It was added because of transgressions.

Let's revisit the descendants of Abraham in the desert after their liberation from Egypt, so we can better understand the transgressions spoken of in Galatians 3:19.

Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in [their] heart; and they have not known my ways.

So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. - Hebrews 3:8-12

In the desert, God faithfully kept Abraham's descendants, like a husband, (Jeremiah 31:32) despite what He knew in their hearts. He (God) declared, "they have not known my ways", that is to say the way Abraham knew them and demonstrated it by his faith. So it was vital, to establish the law, to bring to light, SIN. To establish an awareness and acknowledgement of SIN. Which is, in its singular form, consists of "an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God".

What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. - Romans 7:7

But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. - Romans 7:8

God indeed is a faithful God, faithful to His promise that He would be a God to Abraham and his seed. He had concluded all under sin, and thereby established the law as a "schoolmaster" until the appointed time of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, son of Joseph.

But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. - Galatians 3:22

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. - Galatians 3:24

It must be understood that the works of the law, and works referring to observances of the law by and in the flesh (human nature), are, as stated by scripture under the curse (the law of sin and death):

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. - Galatians 3:10

To expound further on the curse spoken of in the above scripture. This is not a "new" or "different" curse than what was handed down in the Garden of Eden when sin made it's existence. The reasoning in the scripture above is simple and it's principle true to the form established by God. Sin's, which is a departure from God, consequence was death, and the Covenant had set it forth that reconciliation between God and man could only happen upon justification by faith, which would be the opposite of sin. Now, if one were to be "of the works of the law" they are automatically under the curse, because it has been declared:

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. - James 2:10

To be of the works of the law, is to akin to self righteousness or self-made righteousness, which translates into a separation from God and "by nature" qualifies for "the curse" spoken of in Galatians 3:10

Quite simply, it is impossible in this vein, to accomplish "works" of the law, in the flesh, because the flesh is weak. To do so, is to believe that justification can only be accomplished through the self, and that is contrary to the Covenant set forth with Abraham. It is contrary to a reconciliation with God. To be of "works" is rejecting the grace of God and walking under one's own thoughts and understanding, (Proverbs 3: 5-7) in short it is disobedience, as a whole it is SIN.

 

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: - Romans 8:3

Here's why it is impossible to keep the works of the law by and through the flesh...the law is SPIRITUAL.

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. - Romans 7:12

What does this mean then? It means the law, which is holy, just and good, cannot be kept in, by and of the flesh. It is only when one has reconciled unto the living God, by faith, having been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, does God write His laws unto our HEARTS!

But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. - Jeremiah 31:33

(Suggested readings Galatians 1,2 and 3; Hebrews 3 and 4)

With clarity and understanding we can renew the mainstream mind set we have inherited from a history of Christianity gone astray...after a religion of "works of the law", be it manmade or Mosaic. With clarity we worship God in the spirit, because He IS a spirit. (John 4:23-24) When we understand that we keep the Covenant of the faith of Abraham, we understand that we are to walk, after the spirit, in doing so, we do not fulfill the "lusts of the flesh".

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh - Galatians 5:16 

Because the "natural" conditions of both essences, "flesh" and "spirit", are the complete opposite of one another, it cannot coexist. The flesh is to the spirit (of God) the way the Joker is to the Batman.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. - Romans 8:7

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. -- Galatians 5:17

But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. - Galatians 5:18

When the Father through His Son makes His abode with you by Divine justification, that is to say His perusal of your heart, the fruit of the Spirit can be evident.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law - Galatians 5:22-23

 

The Seed

 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. - Galatians 3:16

A seed, when planted will take root and grow yielding fruit, flowers, vegetables and so forth representing the seed that was planted. This simple principle of seed bearing fruit "after his own kind" (Genesis 1:11-12) is representative of a spiritual principle as well.

In the scripture above, Paul clarifies and emphasizes two things.

1. God made the promises to Abraham and his seed, as in one.

2. This singular seed was to originate from him in likeness (faithful and righteous) and this seed was Christ.

When God declared Abraham righteous He choose to be a God unto Abraham (righteous) and His seed (after it's own kind). Now God, the Sower of the seed expected this seed to yield fruit after its own kind, and in abundance, fruit that would last always. Every good planter knows that for a seed to blossom and grow into it's own kind, it takes care, ministration, weeding, pruning and most importantly time. The fulfillment (fruit) of Abraham's seed was Christ. Prior to Christ, the stage of the "seed" was such that it needed pruning and weeding. In this light, the law, which Paul described as a "schoolmaster" in the third chapter of Galatians, introduced that "weeding and pruning" stage, because of "transgressions", that the ways (faith) of the Lord may be known.

But the ESSENCE of the spiritual principle of the seed is the Word of the living God.

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: - Isaiah 55:10

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. -Isaiah 55:11

 

A New Covenant

In these modern time, the term "new" can be deceiving in the fact that it may connote "different" or "better" than the original. The Covenant God established with Abraham is not different, nor has it changed. His promise to be a God to Abraham's seed remains true in the fact that the Gospel was first preached to the Jews (Romans 1:16). The "new" in this Covenant is the fulfillment of the spiritual phenomenon that the Old Covenant foreshadowed. The "new" in the Covenant is the indication that the law, the old schoolmaster, is no longer needed as a teaching tool or a guide.  For the time has now come that through our faith in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, He would now write His laws on our hearts by the power of His Holy Spirit.

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah

Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jeremiah 31:31-34

The "new" in this Covenant includes the adoption of "Gentiles" and "heathens" who cry to and believe on the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It fulfills the promise to Abraham that he would have would be the father of many nations. (Genesis 17:5)

And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. - Galatians 3:29

To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. - Galatians 4:5-6

The "New" Token

The circumcision of the foreskin was only but a physical symbol of the true (and only) sign of a Covenant between God and His people.

In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: - Col. 2:11

This token takes place in an area of your body that is unreachable by human hands...the heart.

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 - Deuteronomy 30:6

For clarity's sake, I need to mention that the "heart" is used figuratively. The "heart" is the essence, or soul of a being. It consists of its character, attitude and conscience. And encompasses, as well as defines the mental and emotional state of a person. In this light, a circumcision of one's heart is the "deal-breaker".  For a person can be "stiff-necked" or resistant as we saw the Israelites were in the desert... and THEY were whom the law was given to.  

Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked - Deteronomy 10:16

Quite naturally, no can physically circumcise their "heart". So it is clear that the circumcision spoken here is spiritual. It must be defined that spirituality is anything that cannot be seen or touched by human hands and eyes. A bad attitude can be hidden in the recesses of a man's mind. Other people cannot see this attitude unless a man speaks of it or shows it via facial expression or behavior. But it is clear that this attitude existed (spiritually) prior to being manifested (physically). Christ spoke of this principle when He declared: "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" - Matthew 12:34. This is where the just are JUSTIFIED in the eyes of God, who is the Judge of all men, a "discerner" of thoughts and intents of the heart.  (Hebrews 4:12)

But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God. - Romans 2:29

Speaking my own thoughts and opinions, I truly believe that Christianity in general loves "the works of the law"  because it is the only way it can validate itself to other Christians and nonbelievers. The Life Force (Holy Spirit) that began the Church era (as stated in the book of Acts), that was so evident and powerful, seems to have vacated what is called Christianity today. The only way it can offer any proof of "justification" by their works. And by this vein, Christianity has earned a reputation of being hypocritical, self-righteous and judgmental. It has evolved away from the powerful, Gospel-sharing Church, which carried a message, a ministry of reconciliation, that started on fire with the Holy Spirit, that spoke "tongues", which are foreign languages, to foreigners and converting them to the Faith. Yes, I believe the modern age of Christianity love the works of the law if only for validation purposes and in turn they impose the works of the law upon others, so they, themselves, can feel validated. And by this way church has now come to mean an empty building that hosts this social club mentality, where their membership is evoked, or revoked by their "works". They love this scenario because it "blinds" them to the True evidence of justification, a circumcised heart. For the heart is the place where no one can hide from the eyes of the Living God. Nor escape accountability of the condition of our metaphoric heart with offers of excuses of "isms" and presentations of scientific researches. LET THE RECORD SHOW, HE HAS MADE THE HOLY SPIRIT AVAILABLE TO ALL WHO WOULD BE JUSTIFIED BY FAITH, THROUGH GRACE.

 Behold, his soul [which] is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith - Hab. 2:4

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. - Romans 1:17

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith. - Galatians 3:11

Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. - Hebrews 10:38

In Concluding...

In answering the question, to Sabbath or not, it seems silly, if not ignorant of the Faith, that posed question, which has become such a hot topic of debate between Christians. In this avenue, the title of this post, is metaphoric for everything that's wrong with Christianity today...the servitude to "works of the law", what is come to be known today as legalism.

Let there be no misunderstanding. While this post has been typed by me the facts; the Covenant, first and the law added later, stands true and has been declared true by scripture, testified by God-fearing prophets and apostles of His Word.

For the argument's sake, let's entertain the question...to Sabbath or not? A popular reasoning for observing the Sabbath day is this: "Jesus kept the Sabbath and so should we." While it is only natural for Christ who grew up in the traditional Jewish setting to have observed the Sabbath, it cannot be ignored or forgotten that he "broke" the Sabbath as well and was accused by the Pharisees.

And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.

And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? - Mark 2:23-24

Christ used the accusation of the Pharisees as an opportunity to declare the time of fulfillment (by parables) that was at hand, as the promised seed of Abraham. He declared unto the Pharisee that He indeed was the Lord of the Sabbath. This declaration is to be understood as this:

Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light. - Matthew 11:28-30

Indeed this one day that everyone bickers so bitterly about has been lost in translation. For Christ IS our Sabbath. As the fulfillment of Abraham's promised Seed, He has delivered us from the "works of the law" that was so weak through the flesh. He has restored us as sons and daughters, adopted heirs by grace, unto the living God. That we no longer lean upon our own understanding, (in departure) but in all of our ways acknowledging Him, that He may direct our paths! Taking a leave of "works" and erroneous understanding, we lean on Him. Trusting Him. Loving Him. When nothing makes sense, completely confident that He is who He says He is: a Promise-Keeper. Some may be content to tithe one portion out of their week to devote to physical rest, I must say pausing one day of the week to "physical" rest doesn't do it for me, because I need Him minutely.  I need Him daily, my rest doesn't consist of one day, but a LIFE of ETERNITY in reconciliation. Indeed He is my Father and I'm His daughter in this light I'm on a Sabbatical.

This message (post/blog) is not for everyone to receive. It is clear to me that the path is "narrow" and the road to hell is indeed wide. For those who are seeking, wondering and asking in their hearts, I can only pray that this message is wholesome and complete enough to offer some clarity in THIS age of Christianity. I have done the "works of the law" with an organization called World Wide Church of God. I KNOW the burden of GUILT and DEBT I felt in redeeming myself in my erroneous state of mind. The keeping and observances of days was a crushing boulder I carried around for years. There are not enough words I could use to describe being justified by faith, so I will let the Word speak for me:

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. - Romans 5:1-5

Yes...peace with God...no longer warring with the guilt and debt I bore in the recesses of my mind. More than that, I felt...alone and without...despite the fact I kept a physical rest weekly. Eventually, I understood that as long as I maintained a "works" mind set towards justification, I COULD NOT have rest....

May your rest be minutely upon His Spirit....