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Hebrews 8

Hebrews 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 8:2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

The called out to the New Covenant have an eternal High Priest who sits at the right hand of God the Father in heaven;  Our High Priest [and priesthood] is not of Aaron  or even the elders of the Ekklesia: He is the Creator/Melchisedec; the risen Christ!

8:3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.

If Jesus Christ were still a man in the flesh he would not be a priest because he was not a son of Aaron, but because he lived a perfect sinless life and gave his life as an atoning sacrifice for his creation; he was raised up from death in the flesh and changed [back to the glory that he had before becoming flesh] to eternal spirit to become the eternal High Priest of God the Father, while the Mosaic Covenant and its Aaronic priesthood ended because of the death of the Husband of Israel. 

John 17:5  And now, O Father, glorify thou me [together] with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

 

Hebrews 8:4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law [the Mosaic Covenant]:

The law called the Law of Moses which is really the Law of God, said that sacrifices should be offered and that the physical offerings should be administered by the physical priests who are the descendants of Aaron. Once that Mosaic Covenant and Aaronic priesthood ended by the death of the Husband of Israel, Jesus Christ; who was not a descendant of Aaron was returned to his former glory as Melchesidec the eternal spirit High Priest which even Aaron had served.

8:5 Who [The Aaronic priesthood and the physical tabernacle/temple service were an allegory of the heavenly High Priesthood of the Creator, Melchisedec [Jesus Christ] who became flesh and gave himself for his creation]  serve unto the [as an] example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

8:6 But now hath he [Jesus Christ] obtained a more excellent ministry [a better priesthood than Aaron], by how much also he is the mediator [Jesus Christ has become the High Priest (Mediator)  of the New Covenant] of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

The Mosaic Covenant was only physical and had only physical promises; but the New Covenant is spiritual and offers the promise of spiritual atonement for all sin to sincerely repentant persons and reconciliation with God the Father and the gift of God’s Holy Spirit and eternal life. 

If the Mosaic Covenant had been perfect and could bring reconciliation between God the Father and the people, and give the gift of God’s Spirit and eternal life; it would not need to have been superseded by a New Covenant which accomplishes those things.

8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

Jeremiah 31:31:  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: 

31:32 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:

31:33  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.

Hebrews 8:8 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: 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.

How is it that every man shall know the Eternal?

The answer is in Joel 2:28, And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;

Some have been called out and given God’s Spirit since Abel; and 31 A.D. was a major event and precursor of a soon coming future Pentecost when God’s Spirit will be poured out on ALL flesh!

And after the day of the Lord has come, Joel 2:32  It shall come to pass that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Eternal shall be delivered.

Hebrews 8:10 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: 8:11 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.

God’s Word and Law is written in the hearts and minds of people through the power of the Holy Spirit which is given to those who obey God.

Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

The New Covenant; is simply that the law of God being written on the hearts and minds of sincerely repentant people who commit themselves to “sin no more” (John 8:11). They shall be reconciled to God the Father through sincere repentance, a commitment to “sin no more” and will then be empowered to obey Him through the gift of the Spirit of God. 

Anyone who teaches that after baptism we are filled with some kind of sentimental emotional feel good, that they call  “love;” and come into a state of grace where our future sins are overlooked; is ignorant and a false teacher. 

The difference between the Mosaic Covenant and the New Covenant is that under the New Covenant, there is a real, genuine sacrifice for sincere repentance from sin, a real genuine reconciliation and relationship with God the Father, and a real empowerment to overcome and “sin no more”  through the power of the Holy Spirit of God: resulting in a real spiritual conversion to become of the same mind and Spirit as God the Father and Jesus Christ.  Which brings the gift of the resurrection to eternal life.

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.  8:13 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.

The Old Covenant, the Mosaic Covenant, including the priesthood of Aaron; has vanished away; it ended with the death of one of the parties to that marriage covenant.

To recap:

From creation the Implementing Creator Jesus Christ [Melchisedec] stood between the called out and God the Father as their Mediator; looking forward to his sacrifice and resurrection.

The Creator/Melchisedec who became flesh as Jesus Christ, became and was the Husband of Israel from Sinai to the death of Christ in the flesh, and during that period Israel was given the Mosaic Covenant and the physical Aaronic priesthood to teach us about the spiritual High Priesthood of Melchisedec [Jesus Christ]. 

The priesthood of Aaron was a temporary physical instructional allegory to teach us about the spiritual High Priesthood of Jesus Christ; and even the priesthood of Aaron served [when faithful] the Husband of Israel [the Creator who became flesh as Jesus Christ]. 

When it became time for the Creator to be made flesh and be sacrificed for sins, the Mosaic Marriage ended with the death of the Husband of Israel, and the temporary physical instructional allegory of the Aaronic priesthood also ended; opening the way for the restoration of the resurrected to spirit High Priesthood of Melchisedec the Creator [Jesus Christ].  

The Mosaic Covenant was mediated by Moses: with a priesthood of Aaron, and with Levites, sons of Levi; and that covenant was wholly physical with physical promises of physical blessings only, as an allegory of the spiritual priesthood of Jesus Christ in the spiritual New Covenant.

The Mosaic Covenant ended with the death of one of the covenanters which was the Husband, Jesus Christ. The end of that Covenant being prophesied long before by Jeremiah, because that particular covenant could not provide the spiritual promise of eternal life.

There were physical blessings and promises under that Mosaic Covenant, but there was nothing spiritual involved. There was no real atonement for sin to reconcile people with God the Father. The blood of goats and lambs and bullocks could only atone for the physical acts of breaking the physical Mosaic Covenant; such physical sacrifices could NOT atone for spiritually breaking the intent and spirit of the Word of God.

Therefore, it was necessary and it was planned from the very beginning, that Jesus Christ, the very Creator, would be sacrificed for the sins of mankind and that a New Covenant would be established, superseding the Mosaic Covenant.

This New Covenant would have a different High Priest and a different priesthood than Aaron, restoring the priesthood of Melchisedec, as well as the fact that God’s laws would be written in the hearts and minds of men through the gift of the Holy Spirit; and a new and better sacrifice that could reconcile men to God on a spiritual level, enabling them to enter a New SPIRTUAL Covenant with God.

The sacrifice of the very Creator would completely, totally; atone for the sincerely repented sins of humanity and reconcile the sincerely repentant to God the Father. 

The Creator God gave up his God-hood to be made flesh, and once the Creator / Melchisedec,  “God made flesh,” completed his mission to live a perfect life and was sacrificed for those who had or would sincerely repent:  He was resurrected by God the Father and returned to his previous glory! 

Then he ascended to God the Father as our Wave Offering to become our High Priest, spiritual Mediator and Intercessor for us with God the Father for all eternity! 

Today the physical Mosaic Covenant and its Aaronic priesthood is passed away;  and the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ is re-established! 

All of the called out have been called into the Priesthood of Jesus Christ to become priests after the order of Jesus Christ forever; IF we overcome and are Chosen! 

Brethren the eternal Priesthood of Jesus Christ is the heritage, the birthright and the calling, of ALL the spiritual Ekklesia if we are faithful to our High Priest Jesus Christ and to God the Father! 

With such a birthright of calling from God Almighty, why will you stray to follow idols of men [false teachers] contrary to any part of the whole Word of God?

1 Thessalonians 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  [By the whole Word of God] 
 

 

Hebrews 9

The physical tabernacle and temple were built according to the pattern Christ showed Moses, which was a type of the heavenly Temple.  The structural design as well as the furnishings were each typical of the heavenly Temple of God the Father and highly symbolic.

Hebrews 9:1  Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 9:2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick [with the burning oil representing the oil of the Holy Spirit burning brightly in the converted, producing the light of a godly example], and the table and the [unleavened] showbread [representing the presence of Christ among the people]; which is called the sanctuary.

Behind the veil which represents sin dividing the people from the presence of God the Father; is the Most Holy Place of the presence of God the Father.

9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant [the throne of God the Father] overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

After the tabernacle and later the temple was dedicated, the physical Mosaic priests went in to the first part of the structure but could not go into the Most Holy Place of God the Father, being cut off from Him by the drapery symbolizing the sin which separates us from God the Father.

9:6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.

The high priest alone went into the Most Holy Place with sacrifices for himself and the people ONLY on the Fast of Atonement day.

9:7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:

The exclusion of the Mosaic priesthood and people from passing into the presence of God the Father, revealed that their sins were not atoned for by the blood of sheep, cattle and goats; which were mere instructional examples of the need for a greater sacrifice that could truly atone for sin.  This exclusion from God the Father revealed that the Mosaic Covenant could not atone for sin and reconcile people to God the Father; and that a New Covenant with better promises and a greater sacrifice was needed.

9:8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

The tabernacle and later temple with their various sacrifices and services were figures of the Mosaic Covenant and the Aaronic priesthood with its service, which were temporary; lasting only until the Melchisedec [Jesus Christ] was made flesh and lived a perfect life, giving his own life as our atoning sacrifice and was then  resurrected back to his former glory as a spiritual High Priest forever.

9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect [could not atone for sin], as pertaining to the conscience; 9:10 Which stood only in meats [offerings] and drinks [offerings], and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 

The people, did not have access to the inner sanctuary, did not have access to God the Father, and did not have access to the Most Holy Place, the throne room of the Eternal Father, King of the Universe.

Then Melchisedec, the Creator Jesus Christ; was made flesh and in the flesh successfully completed his mission dying for the sincerely repented sins of humanity and then was changed to spirit and raised up to eternal life becoming an eternal High Priest:  Restoring the High Priesthood of the Creator [Melchisedec] as the Mediator between his creation and God the Father. 

When sin entered the world, God the Father left this world in the hands of the Creator Jesus Christ to fulfill the plan and reconcile humanity with God the Father!  Which work of reconciliation is the function of the spiritual High Priest, Jesus Christ.

9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us [for the sincerely repentant and faithful called out, and eventually all of humanity will be called out to Christ, the living resurrected sacrifice and High Priest of our Salvation].

9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 9:14 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?

Because Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and was the Creator of all things and gave himself to die, being the perfect complete sacrifice:  His perfect life and His obedience to the will of God the Father to the death; he atoned for all sin which is sincerely repented from and was resurrected to his former glory of being God the Father’s High Priest. 

Then upon his resurrection and change to spirit, Christ ascended to God the Father as our Wave Offering; to be presented “for us” as a complete and perfect propitiation for all sincerely repented sin.   Then after offering this perfect gift of his own life for the repented sins of the world, he became the High Priest and Mediator of the New Covenant between humanity and God the Father; forever!

9:15 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.

The promise of a will [testament] comes into effect only after the death of the bequeather, and Jesus Christ first had to die for repented sin, before the New Covenant [testament] could become official. 

Yes, many were called over the past six thousand years from Abel, but they were called in faith that Jesus Christ would successfully complete his mission of a perfect sinless life and die for his creation.  It was only after Jesus Christ completed his mission and ascended to God the Father that the faith of their calling was confirmed and made sure.

9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 9:17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

The Mosaic Covenant was dedicated with a sacrifice, and the New Covenant was dedicated with a much better sacrifice.

9:18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 9:19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 9:20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 9:21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

The sprinkling of blood to ratify the Mosaic Covenant was a representation that the blood of the sacrifice of Christ purifies the sincerely repentant of the New Covenant; who then become the Temple of God, when God through the Holy Spirit takes up residence to dwell in his faithful.  

9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission [no atoning for sin].

The physical Mosaic tabernacle / temple was sanctified by the sprinkling of the sacrificial blood of certain specified clean animals as an allegory that the spiritual New Covenant is sanctified by the blood of the very Creator God made flesh.

9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly [spiritual New Covenant] things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

Jesus Christ who created all things and then gave up his God-hood to be made flesh, overcoming all temptations and sin to live a perfect life and then to obey the will of God the Father and give up his life for his creation; was raised up from the dead an eternal spirit and ascended to God the Father to be accepted as our perfect holy sacrifice and High Priest, to Mediate with God the Father for us!

9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the [physical Mosaic] high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Jesus Christ died ONCE since his sacrifice was perfect and does atone for ALL the repented sins ever committed; yet if we should slip and UNINTENTIONALLY sin after our sincere repentance, of our PAST sins, that unintentional sin needs to be sincerely repented of and the sacrifice needs to be reapplied! 

When we are baptized we do not enter a “state of grace” where sin is overlooked; we must sincerely repent and STOP sinning.  The sacrifice of Christ will never be applied to the willful intentional sinner; it is only applied to the sincerely repentant who dedicate themselves to “go and sin no more!” 

Jesus Christ the High Priest of the New Covenant will come again to this earth and will resurrect and induct into His priesthood all those who seek him and are zealous to learn and to live by every Word of God, all those who through the power of God have internalized the very nature of God to become holy as God is holy, and become without sin as God is without sin. 

Revelation 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  

When Christ returns he will resurrect and change to eternal spirit his Chosen and they shall be made kings and priests of the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ; being inducted into that priesthood by God the Father in heaven, as Jesus Christ was made High Priest by God the Father in heaven.  After which they will return to reconcile the whole earth with God the Father!

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 9:28 So Christ was once [died only once] offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Goats, sheep and bullocks could not atone for spiritual sin. The physical tabernacle could be purified by the sacrifice and washings of physical things, but spiritual or heavenly things must be purified with the better spiritual sacrifice of the true spiritual Lamb of God.

These physical sacrifices were only representative of a future sacrifice, a better sacrifice; which was the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the true Lamb of God. And with His sacrifice, we can be purged from sin and reconciled with God the Father.

The wages of sin is death and those wages must be paid.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Therefore, it was necessary that Christ died for our sins and paid that penalty for us.

Otherwise, we would die and remain dead forever; having to pay for our own sins, because the blood of bulls and lambs cannot pay for our sin. Simply put, a man is of much more value than these things and a lamb cannot atone for the sin of a man. Only the atoning sacrifice of the very Creator God could pay the indictment [list] of the sins of His creation.

The earthly tabernacle and the temple were copies or representations of a heavenly temple, and the administrations of the priesthood of Aaron were simply shadows or instructional allegories of spiritual things.

The priests of Aaron offered sacrifices as an acting out or allegory of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Christ offered a better sacrifice, a more perfect sacrifice, a sacrifice which could fully atone for sin and save the spirit, which the physical sacrifices could not do.

Therefore, the physical Mosaic Covenant was a mirror image and instructional allegory of the spiritual New Covenant. And the reality of the spiritual New Covenant with its perfect sacrifice and promises of eternal life is much better than the physical Mosaic allegory.

The spiritual is more holy, more complete and more effective. It is better in every way, because it resulted in forgiveness from sin on a spiritual heavenly level and complete  reconciliation with God the Father, and a real empowering of men to overcome sin; because God the Father will write His Word and Law in the hearts and minds of people through the power of His Holy Spirit.  The New Covenant also containing the promise of eternal life for all who sincerely repent and overcome sin with the power of God’s spirit, internalizing the very nature of God! 

The Mosaic sacrificial system teaches us about the sacrifice of Christ and is very important to understand.  To have a better understanding of the sacrifice of Christ please visit and carefully read our article on the subject at this link:  Understanding The Daily and The Sacrificial System

 

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Sacrifices in the Millennium  

Physical laws are intended to teach us spiritual lessons.  For example the laws of clean and unclean animals are intended to teach us to put a difference between sin and godliness, a difference between the Holy and the Profane and to get us into a life time habit of avoiding all uncleanness physically and the uncleanness of association with sin spiritually.  

There are two purposes; one is to teach the actual lesson and the second part is to instill a habit of obedience of God that will last forever.  

The physical sacrificial system was not specific to the Mosaic Covenant and began as soon as the first woman and man sinned in the garden.  When sin entered the need for an atonement for sin became essential to save mankind.  

Later God expanded the sacrificial system to Moses; each and every animal and type of sacrifice was an allegory of the sacrificial work of our LORD the Lamb of God.  

The very first aspect of offering a physical sacrifice is repentance; presenting a physical offering was a way of saying “I’m sorry, I will not do that again”.  

Not meaning to trivialize in any way but an example is when we present a gift and apology to someone whom we have offended.  When we have sinned against God and have offended Him, we must repent [stop dong the offensive thing] and make an offering [sacrifice] to God.  

Repentance is saying that we are sorry for what we did, and saying “I am sorry” means that we will never do it again.  

Consider that when we give a gift and say we are sorry; that our friend might well say:  “If you had not done that, you would not need to say you are sorry, I would much rather that you had not done the deed than to hear you say sorry and receive your gift.”  

God would much rather that we did not sin in the first place then that we should offer sacrifice for having offended with sin.  God wants a humble person poor in the spirit of self-will who will live by God’s Word and not need to say “I am sorry” for sinning, because he is not offending God and sinning.    

That is what God means when he says:   Psalm 51:16-17 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit [a spirit poor in stubborn self-will, humble teachable and obedient to live by every Word of God]: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  

God wants to forgive but sacrifice must be made for our good, so that we will learn that sin brings death; and only when we learn how very serious sin is, can we be fully motivated to STOP SINNING! 

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

In order to understand the issue properly, one must understand the sense of the Hebrew text. In it a rhetorical negation is used to point up anthesis more emphatically (cf. Deut 5:3). Moreover, the negation in Hebrew often supplies the lack of a comparative – i.e., without excluding the thing denied, the statement implies only the importance of the thing set in contrast to it (Hos 6:6). In short, the Hebrew idiom permits denial of one thing in order to emphasize another (cf. for a NT parallel Luke 14:26). The idiom does not intend to deny the statement but only to set it in a secondary place (so Frost).

God desires obedience and mercy, nevertheless all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23) and sacrifices are needed to teach us that the consequences of sin is death.

Physical sacrifices are a reminder of sin and the need for the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, but they cannot atone for sin on a spiritual level.  They are a practical lesson on the need for sincere repentance and a graphic example of the wages [end result] of sin [which is death] that was paid in our place by the very Creator made flesh.

Hebrews 10:4-12 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body [the sacrifice of Christ] hast thou prepared me: Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

The physical sacrificial system was given to teach us that sin requires a sacrifice to atone for sin,  it was also given to teach us about the various aspects of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God.

When Christ was sacrificed and that sacrifice was accepted by God the Father on Wave Offering Sunday; the sacrifice of the Lamb of God was perfect and complete and need never be repeated, however as men repent that sacrifice needs to be applied often.  Let it be made clear that Christ’s sacrifice was perfect – which will be covered in the coming Hebrews study – and Christ need never die again; but his sacrifice must be applied as often as men sin and repent.  

The physical sacrifices were an instructional allegory to teach about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.  

The sacrifice of Christ did away with sin and reconciles the sincerely repentant to God the Father, something which the physical sacrifices could not do; but Christ’s sacrifice did not do away with the need for the physical sacrifices as a graphic instructional reminder that the wages of sin is death and as a means of instruction about the sacrifice of Christ.  

What does Colossians 2:14 mean?

Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  

It means that the list of our sins, the indictment against us; was paid in full by the death of Christ for the sincerely repentant.  In no way does Christ’s sacrifice do away with the law of sacrifice, rather it fulfills that law; by offering a PERFECT sacrifice for sin.  

The physical sacrifices were instituted from the foundation of the world and came into effect as soon as sin entered the world,as an example that the Lamb of God would need to be sacrificed to atone for the sins of the sincerely repentant.  From the very beginning it was understood that man would sin and would need the atoning sacrifice of their Creator made flesh.

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  

These physical sacrifices were a graphic example that the wages of sin is death, and were a type or instructional allegory of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God.  

These physical sacrifices continued and were accepted as appropriate by the first century Ekklesia right up to the destruction of the temple in c 70 A.D.  The apostles at Jerusalem even encouraging Paul to sponsor the required sacrifices for certain Nazarites.

Acts 21:23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them; 21:24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges (the sacrifice of a lamb, Numbers 6) with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

Bear in mind that after the tabernacle was built it became unlawful to offer sacrifices anywhere else, and later that law was transferred to the temple when the Ark was moved to the temple:  Therefore when the temple was destroyed it became unlawful to offer physical sacrifices until the Ark was remade and a new temple was built.  

Jesus knowing that the temple would be destroyed taught the spiritual Passover service to his disciples.

Because physical sacrifices are unlawful until the new temple is built, Nazarite vows are unlawful for the present time as well.

Leviticus 17:8 And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,  17:9 And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle [the altar in the inner court at the entrance to the Most Holy Place] of the congregation, to offer it unto the Lord; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.

God told Daniel that once the prince who would come would destroy the city, the sacrifice would be stopped [by the destruction of the temple; which was destroyed by Prince Titus of Rome in c 70 A.D.], and that the physical Daily Sacrifice would not begin anew until after the consummation [the coming of Christ to cleanse the temple mount and build the millennial temple].  

Christ will come 2,300 years after the empire of Alexander was divided into four parts – the 2,300 Day prophecy – and IF, IF, IF the starting date of the count is correct; the 2,300 years will end and Christ will come close to spring  2021 A.D.  

Once Christ comes the Ezekiel temple will be built and physical sacrifices will be restarted  

WHY?  For exactly the same reasons that physical sacrifices had been offered from Abel to the destruction of the temple;  as a graphic lesson on the NEED for Christ’s sacrifice to atone for sin and as a instruction in the various aspects of the sacrificial work of the Lamb of God.

The sacrificial system began when Eve and Adam sinned and it will continue as long as flesh exists.  The sacrificial system was never ended – even Paul sponsored sacrifices for certain Nazarites long after the resurrection of Christ – it was merely suspended for the period in which the temple remained destroyed and will begin anew when a new temple is built. 

There will be a big difference from the past however; instead of making physical offerings in ignorance about what they were doing and what it meant;  in the millennium the physical sacrifices will be made as a graphic instructional lesson, but the people will be taught the spiritual MEANING of what they are doing!

More will be coming on the sacrifices in the Epistles studies.

For a brief explanation of the Sacrificial System and the meaning of the sacrifices

The point of a millennial temple is to focus the whole world on God the Father and Jesus Christ the King of kings; the point of the temple and sacrifices is to graphically  teach all people the need to stop sinning and to teach them the various aspects of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.  

As for the Holy Spirit being poured out on all flesh (Joel 3:28), the Holy Spirit does not make one instantly perfect but leads one into godliness if we are willing to follow and live by every Word of God.  

Receiving the Spirit is only the beginning point of our spiritual education, not the end.  There will be more on the Holy Spirit as we approach Pentecost.

Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

 

Hebrews 10

The Mosaic sacrificial law which allowed the physical high priest access to the Most Holy Place only once a year and only with physical sacrifices; could not make the people perfect before God.

Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

The physical sacrifices existed to bring remembrance of sins and to foreshadow that perfect sacrifice of the Creator to be brought into God the Father by the High Priest of the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31.

10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Because the blood of sacrificial animals could not truly atone for sin, God willed that an effectual perfect New Covenant and a perfect spiritual sacrifice be made.

Atonement for sin can come only through the application of the ultimate sacrifice of the Creator; reconciling the people to God the Father after sincere repentance, and a commitment to sin no more through the power of the Holy Spirit.

10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

Therefore the Creator gave up his God-hood to be made flesh and die to remove the sins of the sincerely repentant, according to the will of God the Father; who willed that a New Covenant be established with a perfect sacrifice, doing away with sin and reconciling the sincerely repentant of humanity to himself.

10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Christ came to atone for all sincerely repented sin, and reconcile the repentant to God establishing the New Covenant promised in Jeremiah 31:31; which required a perfect sacrifice and the gift of God’s Holy Spirit to write the law [the whole Word of God] on the hearts and in the minds of the sincerely repentant. 

10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law [God does not desire the physical Mosaic sacrifices which cannot effect reconciliation, but desires sincere repentance and the better sacrifice which can indeed atone for repented sin]; 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first [The Mosaic Covenant is ended, so that the New Covenant can be established], that he may establish the second.

10:10 By the which will [by God the Father’s will] we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Because the sacrifice of Christ was perfect and complete [because the life of the Creator is worth more that all that he has created]; Christ needed to die only once to atone for all sin; although his sacrifice needs to be applied to the repentant as they sincerely repent of sin. 

10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

10:14 For by one offering [one sacrificial death of himself] he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified [He has atoned for the sins of all who sincerely repent and commit to sin no more, and set them apart [sanctified] to reconciliation with God the Father] .

Then the whole Word of God is written on our hearts and in our minds through the agency of God’s Holy Spirit, the very nature of God being given to dwell in us.

10:15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

Once we have sincerely repented and committed to sin no more with a baptismal commitment; the atoning sacrifice of Christ is applied to us and we may receive the Holy Spirit, which if we follow it, will lead us into the truth {God’s Word is Truth] and empower us to learn and grow in godliness and to overcome sin.

10:18 Now where remission [remission of sin by sincere repentance and the application of the New Covenant sacrifice of Christ] of these is, there is no more [no more need of physical sacrifices for sin, but in the millennium they will be made again, not as part of the Mosaic Covenant but as an instructional lesson for the people] offering for sin.

After sincere repentance and a baptismal commitment to sin no more, we are reconciled to God the Father and may enter into His presence beyond the veil of sin that had separated us from Him.  That veil being removed by the sacrifice of the fleshly body of Jesus Christ  the Creator.

10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 10:20 By a new and living way [New Covenant] , which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 10:22 Let us draw near [near to God the Father in all things, forsaking all sin] with a true [faithful and pure] heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled [by the sacrificial blood of Christ] from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water [washed clean by the Spirit and the keeping of every Word of God]. 

Ephesians 5:25  . . . even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

We are to hold fast to our baptismal commitment to sin no more, and we are to cleave with all our minds and spirit and body, to a passionate Christ-like zeal to learn and live by every Word of God!.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together [Not assembling with just anyone but assembling with those who are truly faithful to the whole Word of God], as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

If we lose our zeal to keep the whole Word of God and become spiritually lazy, following any man or temptation away from our Mighty Deliverer; and begin to justify our sins instead of immediately repenting from any sin we find in ourselves; we are searing our conscience, quenching God’s Holy Spirit and are in danger of the judgment of eternal death.

10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the [New] covenant [the sacrifice of Christ], wherewith he [the sinner was first forgiven and Set Apart from sin] was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Brethren, those who teach that upon baptism we enter a state of grace where we need not be zealous to keep the whole Word of God; are IGNORANT or LYING; Baptism is a commitment to “Go and sin no more”  not a licence to situation ethics and any willful sin.

10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God [because of any willful self justified sin].

Brethren,  let us remember our great joy in God’s Word when our minds were first opened to His Light!  Let us return to our first zeal to search out and accept all things of God!  Let us seek to regain our love of the Truth and our zeal to root out all error and sin! 

Dear Brethren;  Where has the love of the truth gone that our leaders are unwilling to even look at the truth of the Biblical Calendar, or if they do look tell open lies about the subject to maintain their now obviously false traditions?  Where is our love of the truth when we reject or spin whole sections of scripture so that we can call the Sabbath holy as we pollute it by doing our own pleasures on God’s time? 

Let us return to a passionate zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God; resisting all deceptions and temptations and enduring all trials for the holiness of God the Father, ruler of the universe. 

Where are the Daniels and his three friends today; who would endure all things for the whole Word of God? 

Daniel 3:16  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful [afraid] to answer thee in this matter.

3:17  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

3:18  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Today we worship the golden calves of idols of man, obeying the words of men and having no zeal or love for God to search and hold fast to the whole Word of God!  We are full of love and zeal for men and organizations of men; yet there is almost no zeal to keep the whole Word of God, above the words of men!  Truly it is written that in the last days the love of many [for the whole Word of God]  shall wax cold.  

Hebrews 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were [When our minds were first opened to the Light of God’s Word] illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 10:33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.

In the beginning the newly converted loved the truth that Paul taught even when he was imprisoned, and gave joyfully to help him in his mission. 

In our beginning we also loved every Word of God, but we have lost our first love and now love idols of men in place of loving our Mighty One and His Holy Word!

10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence [faith in God’s promises], which hath great recompence of reward.

Let us learn and keep the whole Word of God with zealous patience and we shall have a good reward.

10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Our Lord is now coming very soon, in the sense that we could die this very day.  Therefore be always ready and full of enthusiasm to live by every Word of God.

10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

10:38 Now the just shall live by faith [with the deeds of faith]: but if any man draw back [from the works of faith and his zeal for learning and keeping the whole Word of God], my soul shall have no pleasure in him [Nor will God take any pleasure in anyone who turns aside from the works of faith; such a person will receive the same judgment from God as those who had wanted to turn back into Egypt].

Those who turn aside from zeal for the whole Word of God to follow idols of men, or succumb to trials and temptations are consigned to judgment if they do not sincerely repent. 

Those who believe the promises of God and are full of faith and the works of faith, which is the zealous keeping of every Word of God and following our LORD with passionate loyalty; will be saved from sin and receive the reward of entry into the Promised Land of eternal life. 

Our High Priest and our loving Father speak to us saying: Be strong my son, be strong and persevere!

10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

 

Hebrews 11

Introduction:   The Epistle to the Hebrews at Jerusalem was to explain the transition from the Mosaic Covenant to the New Covenant and the necessity of a transition of the priesthood from the priesthood of Aaron to the New Covenant Priesthood of Jesus Christ. 

Then in Hebrews 10 Paul turns to the subject of faith in the New Covenant, its High Priest and its promises. 

Now in Hebrews 11 Paul speaks of those who have demonstrated their faith by their works of faith, through history before the time he was writing. 

Remember that these chapter divisions were established by men for convenience in searching the scriptures and are not always appropriately placed. 

In ALL these cases one point stands out above all else: Every one of these people had the WORKS of FAITH. 

Not once did these powerful examples of godliness ever say that to believe is enough!  They believed and obeyed and stood boldly on their faith doing the WORKS of FAITH!  Shadrach and these others set a Shining Example for all people that only the Eternal is to be exalted, obeyed and worshipped! 

They ALL had faith and the WORKS of FAITH which is zealous obedience and to live by EVERY WORD of God!  (Mat 4:4, Mat 4:10)!  For faith without the works of faith is dead and useless! 

Faith and the Works of Faith

James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? 2:5 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 2:16 and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body, what doth it profit?

2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 2:18 Yea, a man may say, You hast faith, and I have works. Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble [Yet the demons will not obey God’s Word, therefore their belief brings them nothing but the sure knowledge of their coming judgment]. 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified [by his deeds] by works when he [obeyed God]  had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought [worked with] with his works and by works was faith made perfect? 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 2:25 Likewise also was not Rehab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.

Yes, there is a spirit in our body. It is a spirit of man, a spirit in man. And without the body it doesn’t function; it doesn’t think, it is not conscious. It must be plugged into the body. And the two work together; the spirit must be plugged into the body: And faith must be plugged into works, and works into the faith; so that trust and belief result in the works of faith.

Faith without works cannot stand on its own. If we have faith, if we believe God, we will do what God says which is our works.

We cannot do what God says if we do not believe [have faith] Him; anymore than the spirit can live without the body. These things are inseparable. Faith is inseparable from the works of faith. If you have faith and no works, our faith is meaningless, it is a waste of time. Believing without acting on that belief is a waste of time; it won’t get you anywhere.

We are to grow and learn and perfect ourselves by discarding error for the truth as we learn; that is called overcoming.

Therefore my friends, let us be full of faith in our perfect High Priest and follow him in His  Works of Faith; fully living by every Word of God without any hint of turning or compromise!

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Nineteen hundred years ago Paul spoke of physical things being made from the invisible things; which was confirmed by E=MC2 which means that energy is mass times the speed of light squared or multiplied by itself.   The opposite is also true that mass consists of energy.  The Creator God who was spirit [pure energy] made matter by converting energy to matter! 

Paul understood this by faith; which thing is today confirmed by discovery of the facts.  Matter is energy concentrated into matter.  Just like ice is a form of water and water is a form of vapor! 

11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

That is, Abel is dead and yet he is spoken of to this day, and he will be raised up in the resurrection.

11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

How can we obey God if we do not believe that He is?  and how can we please God [obey Him] if we do not believe he exists?

11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is [exists], and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, [believed God and] prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world [which would not believe the warnings], and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

This is a lesson, that in the same way; those in the Ekklesia of the called out, who do not believe the warnings and turn to God in sincerity and truth will also be destroyed.

11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles [The Feast of Tabernacles requires that we dwell in temporary shelters to make the very point that if we are called of and faithful to God we are strangers in the world] ] with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God

We are to be focused on the spiritual things of the whole Word of God as Abraham was; and we are to be built on the whole Word of God; which is Moses, the Writings, the Prophets and the Apostles [the Holy Scriptures] with Jesus Christ being the Chief Stone of the foundation:  All of which were inspired by God!

Abraham believed God and therefore he acted on what God told him to do. To believe God is one thing; to actually act on what God says and to obey him, is something else.

We must believe before we can obey, but if we believe and do not start obeying, there is no sacrifice for your sin and there is no reconciliation with God for us.

As long as we continue to reject living by every Word of God, we can believe all we want and it won’t do us any good at all. We must believe and then we must act on that belief and start doing what God tells us to do.

Our reconciliation with God and our relationship with Him depends upon us keeping His commandments, and one of those commandments is to honor thy mother and thy mother.

In order to keep that commandment, we must be willing to do anything that God the Father tells us to do. Was there any law that said Abraham had to move to a different land? Was there any law that told Noah: by law you have to build this ark? No, there wasn’t.

The law is: Obey God in ALL things. We are obligated by the commandment do what our Father tells us to do, and He told Abraham to leave that land and He told Noah to build that boat. We are to obey God our Father in whatever He tells us to do. This concept of obedience goes far beyond just the commandments. Yes, we are to keep all of His commandments but we are also to love Him with all our hearts, to serve Him with all our strength and to try and please Him in every way; and that means doing whatever He says; always, always, always, at all times.

11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. [Where was there any faith in Sarah regarding this promise?   She gave herself to her husband Abraham in her old age, trusting that God would give her a son!] 11:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

Out of Sarah and Abraham came a son by God’s promise; out of Abram who was a very old man as “many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore enumerable.  Now, if they in their great age had not believed that promise, and not added the works of faith to their belief and had not come together; the promise would have been of no effect!  The birth of Isaac was by faith in the promise of God, coupled with the works of faith!

Notice they all DIED: which means that Enoch also died. These all died in faith. Enoch was translated that he should not see death; in other words, he was moved from one place to another so that he would not be murdered or killed for his faith.  But later on he died;

11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth

Those who reject worldliness for godliness, are making a clear statement that they are not of this world and that they seek another and godly nation, the Kingdom  of God;  and if any turn aside from their zeal to keep the whole Word of God, which is the constitution of the Kingdom of God, and go back into worldliness; they are become worldly again.

11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

And that is what dwelling in tabernacles or  temporary structures at the Feast is all about. To teach us that this flesh is temporary and that we are seeking a better promised land; an eternal spiritual future.

It is to remind us that we are temporary sojourners and foreigners in this society and we must be seeking a better society and a better and spiritual Promised Land, which is found in the Kingdom of God. We are really just temporary sojourners in this flesh; and we should all be looking forward to a better and more permanent place to dwell, a change to spirit and the promise of eternal life. Which is the gift of God for all those who sincerely  repent, who turn from sin and commit to sin no more, who are reconciled to God the Father and given His Spirit.

Those who endure and overcome may then be given Eternal life in a new spiritual body at the resurrection when they are changed to spirit. However, right now we are living in this flesh, which is temporary, transitory, it will die. It will decay and we need to find a better way, and that better way is offered by God through Jesus Christ.

11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them [the faithful who believe and have the works of faith] a city [The New Jerusalem].

Abraham had received promises that Isaac would be the father of countless descendants, yet not understanding the command to kill Isaac when such promises had been made, Abraham still obeyed.

11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 11:18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

Figuratively speaking, he received Isaac back from the dead because he was about to kill him and God delivered Isaac.

11:20 By faith [in God’s promises] Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 11:21 By faith [in God’s promises] Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.  11:22 By faith [in God’s promise that he would bring Israel out of Egypt] Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

Who? Moses esteemed who? Paul showing here that he KNEW that Jesus Christ was the God who was an Husband to Israel under the Mosaic Covenant declares:

By faith in the promise of God, Moses chose to reject Egypt and follow the God of his father Abraham.

11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Moses obeyed the call of God from the burning bush in Sinai and by faith Moses believed God and killed the Passover in Egypt.  It Moses had said I believe and had not had the works of faith in commanding the killing of the lambs; what would have happened to Israel? 

11:28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 11:29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. 

What if Joshua had said I believe you can do it LORD; and then did not demonstrate his faith with the works of faith and did not march around Jericho?

11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

What if Rahab had not saved the spies and what if she had not tied the scarlet ribbon [a red ribbon like the red blood of the lambs in Egypt, representing being under the protection of the Lamb of God] to her window?  Have you ever wondered why a scarlet ribbon?  The red ribbon was a type of being under the protection of the blood of the Lamb of God!

11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

11:32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 11:33 Who through faith [and the works of faith, doing mighty deeds in obedience to God] subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.

11:34 Quenched the violence of fire [Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego], escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

All of these faithful called out over the past 6,000 years, who were FULL of the works of Faith and still died, and now wait in their graves for the promise of the resurrection to eternal life in the Promised Land of eternity!  Yet today, so many of the Ekklesia are afraid to take a stand to question and prove the words of men by God’s Word; afraid to learn and to keep the whole Word of God; afraid to take a stand against the deceivers and idols of men!

11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

All of these ancient called out people [and very many more since Paul] mentioned by Paul through faith did things. They didn’t say, “Oh, I’ve got faith. Praise the Lord,” and then do nothing. They had the FAITH to be DOERS of the Will and the whole Word of God!

No watering down, No compromise, No dimming of their light of example, to appease the world!

They were valiant people, courageous people, godly people, and they were made strong by the power of their belief in God and the power of God’s Spirit dwelling within them; which God gave to them because of their belief and their willingness to ACT on that belief and be full of the works of faith, to put Almighty God first and to act and do whatever God wanted them to do.

They had faith. Abel believed God and acted on that belief having the works of faith. These people acted on their faith and they did what God wanted them to do. They kept His commandments and they did whatever He told them to do.

Faith without works is dead.

They did not fear to take a stand, nor did they love this world; they looked forward to another and a better world; being willing to give up their lives in this world to follow the whole Word of God to attain that better world. While most today would not even give up a meal in a restaurant on Sabbath!

Like Esau the church of God today has sold its birthright for a bowl of pottage; for the pleasures of this world and for fear of trials.

Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh [sin which is commandment breaking] shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 21:8 But the fearful, [Those fearing the deceiving idols of men in leadership positions or those afraid of persecution and fearing men more than God so that they compromise with God’s Word] and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many [The zeal of many for God and his Word] shall wax cold. 24:13 But he that shall endure [and reject temptation to break any part of the whole Word of God, and commit sin] unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 

Hebrews 12

Let us be encouraged by the steadfast works of faith of so many others, and be diligent to reject sin and to follow their example of patient works of zeal for the whole Word of God;  following the example of Jesus Christ and overcoming by his indwelling Spirit.

Hebrews 12:1   Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race [the labor of overcoming] that is set before us, 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy [of saving many] that was set before him endured [death] the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider how Christ endured all trials and persecution by sinners to be triumphant over sin; and KNOW that he can do the same things dwelling in us.

12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

In this generation we have not yet been put to death for godliness as Christ was; but the time is fast approaching when a great correction will be applied to save the fallen away Ekklesia, and very many will suffer greatly and many will sincerely repent to die for our calling.  Joining the many martyrs that have gone before.  

12:4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood [today few have died for God the Father, as Christ did], striving against sin.

Very soon the unrepentant Ekklesia will be rejected by Christ, (Rev 3:14-22) into severe correction.  That correction is for our GOOD so that we may turn to the Eternal God and be saved.  It is an affliction of the flesh to save the spirit.  Therefore do not despise the correction of the LORD who is working to save us like he saved Job [Iyob]. 

Do not lose heart and give up, because the trial is only for a very short time and comes so that Almighty God the Master Potter may save and perfect us.

12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 12:8 But if ye be without [If we refuse to be corrected to learn to obey God our Father, we are not the sons of God] chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

We are not legitimate sons if we will not accept the guidance, instruction and correction of God our Father.  To be legitimate sons of God the Father, we must accept and keep every Word of God our Father, and act with sincere repentance upon his correction.

12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live [receive eternal life]?  12:10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he, [God the Father or Jesus Christ, corrects us for our advantage, not for his own pleasure.]  for our profit that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Of course our correction will be grievous and in the flesh we shall suffer greatly, but it will bring us to God and his holiness; and his gift of eternal life

12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby

When we go astray, contrary to the Word of God our Father, and become stubborn and self-willed wanting our own ways, God will correct us.  

If we respond positively to that correction with sincere repentance by turning to love the truth and to reject error, learning to respect the authority and the wisdom of the whole Word of God; then we will be saved from death by our Father’s merciful correction.

If we rebel and reject God’s correction to continue to reject truth and to follow idols of men and their false traditions and false teachings; then we are not worthy to be called the sons of God; and we, in turn, will be rejected.

If we reject truth to insist on our own false ways, then God will reject us. If we accept and follow the whole Word of God, God will accept and bless us.

Revelation 3, Jesus Christ stands at the door knocking, but we must let him in or he will reject us because we will not accept HIM.

Therefore accept the correction of God our Father in heaven and lift ourselves up from whence we have fallen; and turn to love and to keep the whole Word of God our Father.

12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

Let us be filled with the holiness of God, to become holy as God is holy; through sincere repentance and the diligent keeping of the whole Word of God our Father.

12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 2:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

How can we fail of the grace of God?

Grace is a gift: It is forgiveness, given to those who repent and stop sinning. If we do not repent, if we do not stop sinning, there is no forgiveness. There is no grace for us. We will fail of the grace of God.

Let us not despise the birthright of our calling and turn from it for the pleasures of the flesh, by profaning the Sabbath, and let us not fall to the temptation of any other sin.  Let us not turn from our zeal to follow the whole Word of God in order to follow idols of men and their false traditions.  Let us not sell the birthright of our calling for the easy way that leads to damnation.

12:16  Lest there be any fornicator [pornea, a spiritual adulterer who follows others and not the Husband of our baptismal commitment], or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 

12:17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

Be very, very careful not to reject God and not to reject any part of the whole Word of God,

Remember what James said, “If you have broken the law in one point, you have broken the whole law.”  We must live by every Word of God as we learn.

12:18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched [the physical Mount Sinai, which was physical and could be seen and touched] and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 12:19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 12:20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 12:21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

If offenders in the Mosaic Covenant died without mercy; how shall the offenders against the Word of God the King of the Universe escape their destruction; if they turn aside from following the God of their spiritual calling to the New Covenant and make a mockery of the sacrifice of the very Creator himself, by self-justified sin? 

12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Can sin enter into the presence of God?

We have access to God the Father in heaven only if we are without any sin; which comes only through sincere repentance and the application of the perfection of Jesus Christ, our High Priest.  If we then make a mockery of our High Priest by continuing in sin; how shall he then intercede for us?  and what sin or spiritual uncleanness will God the Father tolerate?  NONE WHATSOEVER!

12:23 To the general assembly and church [Ekklesia]  of the firstborn [Jesus Christ], which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things that that of Abel.

Men are made just and perfected through the keeping of the whole Word of God, which is righteousness. 

Once our PAST sins have been sincerely repented of and forgiven, we are to use God’s Spirit and his power to become perfect. We are not to make excuses for, or try to justify willful sins; we are to go and sin no more! 

We must continually grow and continually overcome until we reach perfection. For it is written:

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

It is through the study of and the keeping of the whole Word of God, through the power of Christ dwelling in us that we can live a Christ-like life.

It is through sincere repentance and a dedicated commitment to sin no more and the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we may receive the gift of the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to overcome, because God the Father will empower us with his Spirit of power and self-control and of a sound mind. He will give us the strength and the power to take control of our actions, and to resist and overcome temptation if we remain faithful to Him.

To try to justify breaking any part of the whole Word of God automatically breaks the bigger law, which is to honor God our Father. If our Heavenly Father wants us to do something, we cannot just ignore it to do what we want like a rebellious child.

He would not have told us to do something, if HE did not think it was important. We must  put God our Father FIRST!  We do not have the right to judge the Word and Will of God our Father in heaven! 

It is our responsibility to keep our part of our  baptismal covenant and obey God our Father and our espoused Husband: To live by every Word of God!

Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator [High Priest] of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling [the application of the sacrifice of Christ that truly removes sin], that speaketh better things that that of Abel [the animal sacrifices which began with Abel]. 

The sacrifice of the Creator of all things being a far better sacrifice than the physical animal sacrifice of Abel.

12:25 See that ye refuse [Do NOT reject any part of the whole Word of God] not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him [If those who did not obey Mosaic Covenant could not escape punishment] that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven [if we turn aside from keeping any part of the New Covenant, which is the whole Word of God written on our hearts (Jer 31:31); we cannot escape destruction for making a mockery of the sacrifice of the very Creator God]: 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

The very voice of the God who became flesh as Jesus Christ; SHOOK Mount Sinai, with the Mosaic Covenant utterances: and he has now shaken and destroyed that Mosaic Covenant, and replaced it with a permanent New Covenant which can never be shaken (Jer 31).

12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom  [at the resurrection to spirit and the establishment of the Kingdom of God] which cannot be moved, let us have grace [God’s gift of persevering faith], whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Right now, God is shaking [testing] his people to see who will be left standing, and only those who are standing on his Word will remain standing. He is testing and trying and sifting his people to see who stands on his Word, who puts him first; and who would rather consider their church organization as the most important thing, or who would rather put their minister first, or who would rather interpret God’s Word through the eyes of some other man.

It doesn’t matter whether a man calls himself an apostle or a prophet or any such thing. What matters is whether their words are consistent with God’s Word. And if their words are not consistent with God’s Word: then that man is neither prophet, nor apostle, nor man of God; no matter what he claims or how impressive he is.

A true man of God is always consistent with the whole Word of God. And if he does make a mistake and it is pointed out and he sees it in God’s Word, then he will quickly repent! 

A man who defends false teachings and is willing to reject parts of God’s Word, or to use lies to defend false traditions; is NOT a man of God!

Almighty God has a very high standard and he holds all people to that standard.

This is not some kind of game that people are playing. This is not about little children playing doctor or playing church or playing school.

This is reality and this is the power of the very Creator of the universe, and the power of the God the Father the Ruler of the universe. And the Creator is not going to give responsibilities over nations or over cities, unless that person can prove through a lifetime of service that he is absolutely loyal to his King and his eternal High Priest.

This King, Almighty God: is not going to have lesser kings – people under him in authority – who are going to sneak around behind his back and do whatever they feel like doing, and judge his Word on the basis of what they think is important!

The King of the universe wants his instructions to be followed, regardless of what we decide we want.

God knows what he is doing. He is wiser than us and he understands and knows what is going to work out to be the very best for us and for all of his children. God knows what he is doing. And if we want to become kings and priests of God, then we are going to have to prove to him that we are faithful and loyal in all things large and small.

 

Hebrews 13

Hebrews 13:1   Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby, some have entertained angels unawares.

Be full of Godly love. God is love. And if you are a godly person, full of his Spirit, you will be filled with his love which means you will be passionately keeping the whole Word of God.. 

Everyone loves their own; the real test arises in how we react to our enemies.  True godly love does not mean that we tolerate sin, but that we forgive those who sin and that we warn the sinner in hope that he will turn from his sinful ways and be saved. 

See:  Speaking the Truth in Love

Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect

Do we just love our own and reject others?

Unless we repent; we shall all stand ashamed before our Lord.

13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them. [Think of yourself as being in the same chains as the other person is; or having the same trials as others, have real love and empathy.] Remember them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the flesh.

Sex is a beautiful wonderful creation of God, but it must be used in the manner ordained and commanded by God; any unlawful use of sex diminishes and demeans the human being made in the image of God.

13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

God condemns fornication and adultery; which now abounds in the Ekklesia; BOTH physically and spiritually.

To esteem anyone more than your spouse is emotional adultery; and to esteem any human leader as your moral authority, is spiritual adultery against our espoused Husband Jesus Christ!

Sex and marriage are for one man and one woman and make of the two, one flesh.

Sexual activity is to be reserved for the marriage state. It is to be reserved for the union between a man and his [female] wife. And what they do with each other must be based on love and mutual respect and a desire to please one another and is intended by God to cement them together as one flesh and ultimately of one mind. 

Therefore, sexual activities even within marriage must be based on, and full of love and concern for the other, and should not be selfish.

Our attitude in our marriages should not be  ”You must do this for me because I want it; or I am the boss”   No, the attitude of BOTH parties should be  ”What can I do for you?  How can I please you?”  That attitude should be in BOTH our physical marriages and in our espousal to Jesus Christ!

John Kennedy, perhaps said that very aptly when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” And that is true of marriage and that is true of any kind of godly relationship.

God has done so much for us and our attitude in our relationship with God should be about how we can best serve, follow and please God our Father in heaven and our espoused Husband!

Jesus Christ gave himself for his creation. We should remember that and consider that example and be willing to serve God the Father and Jesus Christ as they serve us. 

We should be eagerly passionately seeking to wholeheartedly live by every Word of God and to do those things that are pleasing to God. 

Ephesians 5:20   Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

5:21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

5:22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

5:24  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

On  Passover night, Christ washed the feet of the disciples to demonstrate to them not just humility, but a life of service to one another.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation [conduct] be without covetousness, [without any selfishness and self-seeking; or seeking the dominance of others] and be content with such things as you have [physically, but seek godliness and the things of God]: for he has said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 13:6 So that we may boldly say, the Eternal is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

13:7 Remember them that have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God. [This is talking about those ministers who speak the TRUE Word of God. It is NOT talking about those ministers who speak their own words. It is talking about those who teach the whole Word of God, calling all to a genuine “from the heart” repentance and the passionate Christ-like keeping of every Word of God] whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation [Prove out and consider the fruits of their conduct, whether they present evil teachings contrary to scripture and gendering to destruction, or godly conduct bringing eternal salvation!]

13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

God’s character does not change. The character of Jesus Christ does not change. Christ said, “I have kept my Father’s commandments.”

He will continue to keep his Father’s commandments for he said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”  God the Father and Jesus Christ are one in total unity with each other. They cooperate and work together.  They have the same attitude, the same approach, the same beliefs,  understanding, purposes and desires.

The Son keeps the Father’s Word and if he {Christ, the Son}, through God’s Spirit is dwelling in you, he will be keeping God the Father’s Word within you!

The Spirit of God cannot turn against God’s commandments or any part of the whole Word of God.  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of TRUTH and by its very nature, it keeps God’s Word (which is TRUTH)  and it empowers us to do likewise if it is dwelling in us. 

Those who are willing to lie to maintain past false traditions now known to be in error:  Do not love the truth!  They are not of God’s Holy Spirit, but of another spirit which loves lies!

13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; [the free application of the sacrifice of Christ to the sincerely repentant] not with meats [not with the physical sacrifices of the Mosaic Covenant and the Aaronic priesthood], which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.   

Remember Paul is writing to the Hebrews [the Jews and Levites in Judea], and the subject is the change in the priesthood, covenants and the sacrificial system.

13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

We cannot serve two masters; either we seek to serve the priesthood of the dead Mosaic Covenant, or we serve the living sacrifice and High Priest of the eternally living New Covenant. 

The sin offerings were burned outside the city, to be totally destroyed forevermore, but the sacrifice of the New Covenant has been raised to life eternal and now sits at the right hand of God the Father in heaven waiting to receive a Kingdom over all the earth! 

Which is the better; that which cannot atone for sin and which has passed away; or that which HAS atoned for all PAST sincerely repented sin and lives forever as our eternal High Priest?

13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin [sin offerings], are burned without the camp

The altar of the New Covenant is before God the Father in heaven, and our sacrifice is Jesus Christ, the very Creator; the Lamb of God.

Jesus Christ was crucified outside the city, indicating that the Mosaic Covenant represented by the physical Jerusalem and Mosaic temple was ended, and that a New Covenant was being made sure.

13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one [the resurrection to spirit of the New Covenant] to come.

Jesus Christ  was killed outside the city, demonstrating that his priesthood, the priesthood of Melchisedec; was to be a different, a separate, a new priesthood and yet a very old priesthood because this priesthood of Melchisedec actually predated the Aaronic priesthood.

For we seek a city to come; which is, the New Jerusalem, the heavenly city.

13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Do not forget brethren, to be grateful for the things that you have, even during times of poverty. Don’t focus so much on your trials, or on your troubles; but rather focus on the spiritual riches of your calling and on the heritage of the birthright of your calling which God has stored for you in his kingdom.

We have been called and given the birthright to become kings and priests forever. We have been called to eternal life. We need only submit to God the Father and live by every Word of God, which brings eternal life as a good child of our Father. God is not asking anything really difficult of you. He’s just asking you to live a way which brings peace and harmony and life.

It is Satan’s hatred of God and Satan’s hatred of God’s ways which causes him to persecute those people who do keep the commandments of life. It is not a burden to keep the Word of God.  God’s Word light and easy to keep, as Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden light.”

The heavy burden, is the burden that Satan places upon us, trying to discourage us to give up and quit. Even the poorest among us, the sickest, the people who have the most problems have a tremendous amount to rejoice for. We need to keep our eyes on the future, on God’s promises, on our true love for our Father and our espoused Husband, and on the inestimable value of the birthright of our calling.  NEVER despise the value of the birthright of our calling as Esau did. 

All those who account themselves as teachers of God must give an account to our Head Jesus Christ for what we teach. 

How is it that so many teach the brethren to follow idols of men, and teach to follow traditions that they KNOW are false, even lying to maintain them, while decrying any zeal to keep the whole Word of God?  How is it that such men do not tremble and exceedingly shake in fear of the just retribution of their idolatry?  How can they escape the wrath of God?

13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you [in the Lord], and submit yourselves [to the whole Word of God]: for they [Godly teachers] watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Consider, that we are to submit to those who are teaching us the TRUTH and the whole Word of God. We are to take what leaders, elders and others teach, and judge it against the whole Word of God.  Then, ONLY if the teaching is consistent with God’s Word, and if we can prove the doctrine out of God’s Word; should we submit to that teaching, and we are to submit to those teachers as godly teachers.

Now, consider the other side of that coin. If you are a teacher; be very, very sure that what you are teaching is absolutely consistent with the whole Word of God.

The heart and soul, the very key of any godly teacher, is that he will always teach people to question him and prove him out by scripture; and he will MEAN THAT;  and will never exalt himself.

He will never claim to be an apostle or prophet to gain a following, but will let people judge for themselves what he is by his fruits, according to the command of Jesus Christ in Matthew 7.  A godly man will always fearlessly teach sincere repentance from sin and a passionate Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God without any shadow of compromise. 

Paul says that we must live with a clean conscience before God, which clean conscience is that we are pleasing our LORD and faithfully following him, and living by every Word of God.  

Paul then asks the brotherhood in Jerusalem to pray that he can come to them soon.

13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. 13:19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.

Paul then prays that God the Father will make us perfect in godliness, to keep the whole Word of God with the good work’s of faith, and strengthen us to do the Will of God and to please God the Father in all things through the indwelling power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting [New] covenant,

13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Who are we to please:  Whose will are we to do? God the Father’s will!

12:22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer [accept, obey] the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words. 13:23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. 13:24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.

13:25 Grace [God’s Mercy] be with [upon] you all. Amen.

 

The Millennial Priesthood of Zadok

God has given a prophetic pledge of a Millennial New Covenant Temple and of the renewal of physical sacrifices, Ezekiel 40-48 and included in that prophecy was a promise that physical Levites and physical Priests from the line of Zadok [a descendant of Levi] would be called into the New Covenant to serve as a part of the priesthood of Jesus Christ.  Ezekiel 40-44: The Millennial Temple  and  Ezekiel 45-48: The Millennial Temple  Please do visit these links which are full of illustrations of the Millennial New Covenant Temple.

That is not a promise of a restoration of all of the priesthood of Aaron!  but is a promise to the descendants of faithful Zadok ONLY!  

The promise to Zadok is not a promise of the restoration of the Aaronic priesthood, because the promise was not given to Aaron and to all the sons of Aaron, most of whom had not been faithful in their service and fell away time after time! 

The promise was given to Zadok and to the descendants of Zadok ONLY!   This because of the loyalty of Zadok and his sons during the kingdom of David beginning in 2 Sam 15 and continuing into 1 Kings.

The promise to Zadok does not mean that the Mosaic Covenant will be restored or that they will be Aaronic priests of the Mosaic Covenant!  and to think so, one would have to reject the entire book of Hebrews!  For Paul tells us several times and in various ways in the book of Hebrews that the Mosaic Covenant with its Aaronic  priesthood has ended and has been replaced by the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ! 

The promise to the descendants of Zadok means that men who are the descendants of the faithful sons of Zadok, will be called into the New Covenant; and will serve in the Millennial Temple as the priests of the New Covenant officiating over the physical things of the Millennial Temple. 

This promise has two distinct meanings:  

1  That some of the descendants of Zadok would be among the called out and the Chosen in the resurrection to spirit and be among the spirit priesthood of Jesus Christ in that way,

2  That some of the descendants of Zadok will live on into the Millennial Kingdom and will serve in the Millennial Temple in the physical necessities of the Temple!  In BOTH cases they will be priests of the New Covenant priesthood of Jesus Christ and not priests of the Aaronic priesthood! 

David was loyal to God and he shall rule Israel forever as a resurrected spirit; and as Zadok and his sons were loyal to God and to David and Solomon, they shall serve God in the Millennial Temple as priests of Jesus Christ in the New Covenant Millennial Temple.

Zadok has a promise from Almighty God, that because of his and his son’s faithfulness [trained up in the faithfulness of Zadok] in service to God under the Mosaic Covenant; his descendants will be called into the New Covenant and will serve in the New Covenant Millennial Temple! 

The physical sacrifices of the Mosaic Covenant were an allegory of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ; to teach Israel that the wages of sin is death, and to teach Israel about the need for a better and more perfect sacrifice for sin. 

Sacrifices will be restored in the Millennial Temple for the same reason, as a practical demonstration, lesson and teaching method.   The descendants of Zadok will officiate in the physical sacrifices and the physical things of the Millennial Temple and will teach these principles. While the resurrected spirit priests and kings will teach the spiritual understandings of these things. 

God gave the Mosaic Covenant as an allegory and foundation of the New Covenant. 

The New Covenant is merely the Mosaic Covenant with a better sacrifice and better promises and the addition of the Holy Spirit to write the whole Word of God in our minds and on our hearts so that we may keep them. 

The New Covenant being a much better Covenant, the old Mosaic Covenant by reason of its weakness has passed away and been replaced by the New as Paul teaches through the whole book of Hebrews. 

Jeremiah 31:31   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:

31:32 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:

31:33 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 33:16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness [The righteousness of the LORD is there]33:17 For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel [referring to the now spirit and eternal David himself]33:18 Neither shall the priests the Levites [through the descendants of Zadok] want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually

This is a promise that the descendants of Zadok will yet serve God and offer sacrifices in the New Covenant.  It is not a promise that the Mosaic Covenant will endure, for Jer 31:31 plainly speaks of a New Covenant; and the Old is replaced by the New as Paul plainly says in Hebrews.

Jeremiah 33:20 Thus saith the LORD; if ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;  33:21 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.  33:22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.

This is NOT speaking of the Mosaic Covenant but is speaking of the New Covenant; the entire context of Jer 33 is the restoration of Israel in the millennium New Covenant Kingdom of God.  We know this is speaking of the New Covenant because the gift of the Holy Spirit which was never promised in the Mosaic Covenant and is a promise exclusive to the New Covenant, will be poured out on all flesh Joel 2:28 in the Millennial New Covenant Kingdom of God!

Zadok (a descendant of Aaron (1 Chron 6:50-53) and his sons served in Solomon’s Temple and the son’s of Zadok will serve in the Ezekiel Millennial Temple, in place of the other sons of Aaron!  However they will not serve as Mosaic priests, but as physical priests of Jesus Christ of the New Covenant.

1 Chronicles 29:22  And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and anointed him unto the LORD to be the chief governor, and Zadok to be priest.

2 Chhronicles 31:10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him, and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the LORD, we have had enough to eat, and have left plenty: for the LORD hath blessed his people; and that which is left is this great store.

God promises that the descendants of the priests who remained faithful when the other Mosaic priests went astray, shall serve in the physical things of the Millennial Temple.

This is not a promise of a continuing Mosaic Covenant and it does not mean that they shall be Aaronic priests of the Mosaic Covenant.

Most of the physical priesthood of Aaron was rejected for their continual rebellion against God; while Zadok and his sons were faithful and have a promise from God that for their faithfulness, their descendants will serve as physical priests of the New Covenant in the Millennial Temple.

Ezekiel  44:15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:

In the consecration of the altar, blood is the means by which it is purified and atoned for:

Leviticus 8:15 And he slew it; and Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger, and purified the altar, and poured the blood at the bottom of the altar, and sanctified it, to make reconciliation upon it.

The Millennial Temple will also be sanctified by the blood of sacrifices and the Millennial Temple will be a place of sacrifice.  Therefore it is needful that physical priests of the New Covenant serve in the Millennial Temple.

Ezekiel 43:20 You are to take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar and on the four corners of the upper ledge and all around the rim, and so purify the altar and make atonement for it.

The sacrifices to be offered in the Millennial Temple in the New Covenant, are the same as those offered in the Mosaic Covenant, as recognized in this list:

Ezekiel 45:17 And it shall be the prince’s part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.

The personal offerings for cleansing/atonement for impurity and sin are also instructional  New Covenant offerings.

Regarding the Millennial temple Ezekiel writes:

Ezekiel  44:25 And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.  44:26 And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days. 44:27 And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 40:39 And in the porch of the gate were two tables on this side, and two tables on that side, to slay thereon the burnt offering and the sin offering and the trespass offering.

From the formula for the trespass offering from Leviticus:

Leviticus 5:16 and the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him.

These physical priests that perform the sacrificial services, are physical helpers of the New Covenant priesthood of Jesus Christ, serving in the physical things of the Millennial Temple and are not priests of the Mosaic Covenant, but are converted into the New Covenant!

These physical priests of the New Covenant priests will also be teaching:  which is what offering sacrifices really is:

Leviticus  10:8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying,  10:9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:  10:10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;  10:11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.

Ezekiel speaks of the physical priests of the New Covenant, the descendants of Zadok; as teachers also.

Ezekiel 44:22 Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court [Millennial Temple].  44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

Moses prophesies of the New Covenant in this manner.

Deuteronomy 30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things [specifically the great tribulation] are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou [they shall remember the whole Word of God to keep it]  shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,  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; 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.  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:

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

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

Which is a prophecy of the New Covenant Kingdom of God

As a matter of interest the Temple Faithful consists of one core family who are preparing to serve in the coming Millennial Temple.  They are filled with zeal to serve in the Millennial Temple which will be built by Messiah after he comes.  Could they be the descendants of Zadok who will serve in the new Millennial Temple after they have been brought into the New Covenant when Messiah comes? 

 

 

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