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Hebrews Chapter 4

 

THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS Chapter 4

What is the rest of God?

How do we enter God’s rest?

What does fidelity have to do with entering God’s rest?

What work is involved, to enter God’s rest?

What is the throne of grace, and do I have Access today?

THIS WEEK:
We will answer these questions & more, as we unpack Gods word together, revealing a fresh understanding of the power of the word of God for our lives. We will gain a clear vision of what of what Gods word says about living an enlightened life in Jesus.

Most importantly we will receive the tools needed, to live a closer walk with Jesus, our bridegroom!

 

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THE EPISTLE OF JAMES Chapter 2

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Continuing to chapter two of the Epistle of James. James highlights the Royal Law; we have come to learn in past studies that the Royal Law is The Book of Covenant this is part of the God’s character and its an attribute of his sons and daughters. We read in 1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. Moreover, the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Proving that it’s that Love is the foundation of the royal law. “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” James gives examples of how we are not to show partiality based on appearance, as the world does. We are to walk in Love as God does being like him, the Covenant what is spoken of in 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: this covenant is the Royal Law that James is speaking about James 2:8 If ye fulfill the Royal Law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well. This is the fulfillment of the New Covenant can also be read in Hebrews 8:8-10 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, 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. 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. God did not Change the Covenant as you, and I think of Change, the difference has he put it into our minds and wrote it on our hearts. This Law was to be administered by the Eternal Priesthood of Melchizedek as read in Revelation 1:5-6 Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first-begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him, that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.

Faith with our words is dead

James teaches that Faith without works is dead James 2:18-20 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. However, wilt thou know, o vain man, that faith without works is dead? Faith demands a response; love demands action that is the work of faith.

James: Patience & The Perfect Work

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Heart Knowledge

As we continue to explore the Epistle of James, the very first chapter of James talks about trials that are evident in the body of believers (re James a Covenant People). The truths that we will be walking through, and studying in this Epistle will open up to us to a creative experience with God’s Word working in and through our lives, recognizing that it is just not an intellectual knowledge, but an essential heart knowledge that is so badly needed in the lives of Christians today. James 1:3 Knowing G1097 this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. The word knowing has the meaning of knowing through experience, to understand, being aware, through feelings, to have a knowledge of, to perceive. This same word that is used, in Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew H3045 Eve his wife, and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. This word knew is important to understand, because it reveals just how we experience God in our lives through an intimate experience. Adam representing wisdom and Eve representing understanding and when they come together it creates experiential knowledge, sharing in the very act of creation.

Find Joy in our trials

Keep in mind that we are sharing in the act of creation, one experience that God uses in our lives is our trials, and If we would be honest with ourselves, none of us enjoys the experience of trials, and counting it all joy just seem impossible, if not a little crazy. However, when thinking about it, there are ways that we can understand what James means when he says we should have joy in our trials. One way to understand this, for instance, you have a goal, and it is something you want, your willing to do anything for it or to achieve it, you will defer pleasures and be uncomfortable, you will even endure trials to achieve whatever it maybe. It is in this place that you will feel an incredible sense of joy, knowing the result or knowing the reward. It in this state that we realize the fruit of our trials brings forth this “Patience” James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. In other words, our trials will bring patience and this patience that James is talking about brings us to perfection.

What is Perfection ?

Now we realize that the Lord is looking for perfection in our lives, it is important to ask ourselves what the biblical idea of perfection is! I can tell you what it’s NOT, it is NOT an adjective meaning without any flaws. The Greek word that James is referring to G5046 teleios meaning; fully grown, adult, of full age, mature wanting nothing necessary to completeness. We read in Genesis 6:9 these are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. When we look up the same word perfect that God is referring to regarding Noah, it is the Hebrew word tamiym H8549 meaning sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity. Thus giving each of us hope, knowing that the reward of our trials is Patience and this patience is working as a catalyst bring each of us to a place of maturity with a sound mind. Also, David proclaims Psalm 119:71 it is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Even David recognized that trails were beneficial to his walk with the Lord! 

If you are worried about your sins, as you should be as well as your flaws and imperfections, there is and always has been a remedy. Jesus’ going to the cross He paid the ultimate price for us because we broke our marriage covenant, that was made with Abraham. I encourage you to read the articles (The Levitical Priesthood) + (The Book of the Covenant) to get a better understand of the Covenant.

See you online every Thursday Evening @ 7:45pm for a live online study in God’s Word. 

James: A Covenant People

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James 1:1 is encouraging the household of faith “Israel” the twelve tribes, meaning you and me, those that have received the revelation, as born again spirit filled Christians. We are called Spiritual Israel; Ephesians 2:8 for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, those that are called, fulfilling God’s desire to dwell within each of us in a covenant relationship. The most important reason for Jesus being Crucified on the Cross and Rising from the dead, was to fulfill and establishing this New Covenant as prophesied, Jeremiah 31:31- 33 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith the LORD: however, 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. As it is written in 1 Peter 2:9 Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; with Jesus as our High Priest… Again this is whom James is writing to, the brides and the priesthood of the New Covenant that what ratified by a covenant confirming meal at the last supper, and by the sprinkling of very blood as our High Priest, Jesus the anointed messiah. This is the meal as recorded in Matthew 26:26-28 as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Moreover, he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. What sins you may ask? The sins against the covenant, that was broken all the way back in the book Exodus as referenced in Jeremiah!

Understanding the context of his letter! Realizing why James is encouraging the brethren by saying “count it all Joy” because we are participating in the work of the covenant, as a kingdom of Priests and Brides participating with our High Priest Jesus sharing in His suffering along with and his brother James, establishing the kingdom of God throughout the scattered tribes of Israel. James writes in James 1:2 my brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; the Joys is a result of the knowledge of knowing the reason for the struggle on a personal and a corporate level, James describes in his Epistle that the trying of your faith works patience, Letting patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James reminds us to ask for in prayer without wavering single-minded, and it shall be given to you we can be bold asking for wisdom because it is Gods desire that we would have this wisdom offering it to us liberally.

He also warns us that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and when we are unstable in our thinking James 1:7 we should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Remember crowns are for a Kingly people with dominion over a kingdom, this is something that we lost when the covenant was broken, and with the establishment of the New Covenant Jesus gives us dominion, and shared authority in His kingdom, it is shared through enduring the trials and temptations of this life.

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Who is Israel? Study of James

 

Our study of the epistles, starting with James 1:1 the first thing that we notice is whom dsc00328James is addressing his letter to, the twelve tribes scattered abroad. Most of us reading this epistle are of Gentile descent, so is he addressing this letter to us? Are we Israel? This informative subject will be discussed at length throughout the year; it’s an important narrative because the tribes of Israel is our story. We will learn about who we are as Christians, where we come from and how we fit into the matrix of Gods Kingdom, as spelled out from the book of Genesis all the way to revelation. So the answer, in short, is A RESOUNDING, YES, the letter is addressed to you, and I! Most of us fit in with the tribe of Ephraim representing the seat of the Northern ten tribe’s; some call the ten lost tribes. I submit “you’re not lost,” God knows where you are and who you are, you are also called Israel. We are the fulfillment of Genesis 48:19 the blessing of Ephraim and as Manasseh, in the story, Jacob blessed the younger Ephraim giving a prophetic word that “his seed shall become a multitude of nations.” The tribe of Judah being to the South, and the tribe of Benjamin merged with Judah; this is the physical Israel we see today in the land of Israel we see in the news daily with all the conflict in the middle east. You and I are spiritual Israel when we received Jesus into our heart we who were once lost, have been found, Ephraim is wakening up. We read in Psalm 80:2 -3 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up (H5782 Awaken) thy strength, and come and save us. Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

As we continue to put things into context; James 1:2-4 in the time of James when he wrote this letter the church was very Hebraic in its thinking, and we need to realize that it was going through great turmoil. Because they were living in a time of the greatest reformation, with Jesus’ death and resurrection, he becoming our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, we read in Hebrews 4:14  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our profession. The priesthood of Aaron was now fully reunited with the priesthood of Melchizedek no longer was Israel a nation with a priesthood, but once again we are a nation of priests, 1 Peter 2:9 however, ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: we also read in Acts 6:7 And the word of God increased, and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly, and a great company of the Priests were obedient to the faith. As a result, the world had changed, and the old guard was persecuting this new movement. James the brother of Jesus being the Bishop of Jerusalem is encouraging the believers; we read in James 1:2-4 my brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. However, let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

This brings to light why James was encouraging Israel and the context of the times, and what Jesus did for each of us, the tremendous blessing we have received as we touch and explore the context of what was happening at the time of the early church. Gaining an appreciation of the turmoil that they were going through and the priesthood that you and I are a part it says in Exodus 19:6 and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. So you see this was always what God intended for his people.

 

The Creative Act of Prayer, One

Part 1 of a Three-Part Series

dsc07204To understand why prayer is a creative act, we first must know what Consciousness is; it is a state of being, a state of being aware; the ultimate consciousness is being aware of God.

In the book of Isaiah 46:9-10 it reads, Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. This verse reveals the prophetic nature of God’s Word. The very act of creation of the heaven and the earth, we see a pattern emerge, a pattern that reveals Gods desire to build a dwelling place for his Divine Presence. At the very beginning even the very first letter of the Torah it reveals this mystery with a (בְּ Bet meaning house or dwelling place). This theme runs from Genesis all the way through to Revelation, and it is one that you can easily follow. We will come to the understanding that this is not a static concept but a very active concept, because when we learn to declare the end from the beginning we participate in the very act of creation by an act of faith and as it says in Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Our lives as we mature in Christ Jesus can and should participate in this act of faith on a daily basis. The next basic concept we become aware of is water, you will notice water was never created it is and was always there, creation is a mirror reflection of this heavenly realm. Water in Hebrew is (mayim) the Heaven is (shamayim meaning the name of water) shamayim is a compound of two Hebrew words (shem meaning name, or character, and mem meaning water) revealing as we will soon see that this special water becomes a reflection of the heavens when He divides the waters from the waters, revealing His conscious character, His name as revealed to Moses in Exodus 3:14 (אֲשֶׁר הָיָה הָיָה ..I Am that I Am or I will BE to you what I will BE) meaning the “EXISTING ONE”, “God IS” the state of being awake and aware. He is the PURE and the only REAL consciousness that exists. The Hebrew letter that represents water is the letter (mem) this letter is represented by an open (מ mem) or a closed (ם mem) Waters being analogues to consciousness, consciousness is the catalyst or the womb that reflects life from the invisible realm to the visible realm, from the heaven that is real, to the earth that is merely a reflection. We being conscious beings, realizing that we are an intricate participant in Gods continuous act of creation.

Water is the only thing that is available before the act of creation. Light is the instructions that God works through on the waters to start the building blocks of life. Now that we have discovered water is consciousness later we will explore what is collective consciousness as well as personal consciousness as our studies progress we will come to the incredible understanding that consciousness is what all creation is made from and what we are really are made of, it is each of us and surrounds all of us. Without it our very existence our planet or should we say everything we know would exist. Consciousness is the fundamental building block of life; consciousness is who and what we are in our purest form and before the fall of man we were ONE with God, revealing our relationship with God as a continues spiritual union with our creator. That is also the reason why it was so devastating to the human race when we lost this capacity at the fall when we became self-aware on the discovery of our nakedness Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig-leaves together and made themselves aprons.  This is the reason that the most powerful prayer in scripture is Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is ONE LORD. The other most powerful prayer in scripture found in Matthew 6:9-10 – After this manner, therefore, pray ye: OUR Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Notice it begins with the understanding that God is OUR Father revealing our collective consciousness, our progeny from our heavenly family our father the Existing One יהוה.

Go to: Part 2 of a Three-Part Series 

Thought Speech & Action part 1

A biblical understanding of Prayer and Meditation brings a whole new perspective to this incredible Christian journey we have the Holy Spiritprivilege of being on. This privilege is leading each of us on a closer walk with Jesus Christ our Melchizedek High Priest.

As Hebrews 3:1 states, “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” In this article, we will discover the inspiring and rich meaning that scripture reveals as we diligently uncover the powerful and creative force that the word of God describes. We’ll see how Jesus teaches us through his Word to come into his presence and gives us a greater understanding of how powerful prayer is, and how to use focused prayerful speech, thoughts, and actions in our heart.

Siyach Strong’s H7878 is one word that teach us how to enter into God’s presence by actively using all of our human faculties, engaging our emotions and intellect through meditation and prayer. This is how we enter into His heavenly tabernacle which was shown to Moses on Mount Sinai. As Exodus 25:8-9 reads, “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.” This scripture tells us how to take on the personal responsibility and build an inner refuge in our temporary portable temple. We do this by using the willful intentions and desires of our heart, making a vessel for his presence to dwell among us, as well as on the throne of our heart.

Through the scriptures, we experience with all its incredible detail a place to have a beautiful intimate relationship Jesus our bridegroom. This happens by separating ourselves from the things of this world and learning to break away from the outside influence of fear and doubt. Instead, we are to have awe, confidence, and faith, guiding us to the Holy place within, giving wings to our voice through Jesus in the heavenly temple within us. We will learn to clothe ourselves in His priestly garments, by using the tools of thought, speech, and action as we savor each word of meditation and prayer, by vocalizing God’s Word.  We do this through the study of God’s Word, praying the words of the Divine Office and in our Daily Mass.

As we review the definitions of these Hebrew words, we will begin to see the root verbs which are actions behind the noun. Opening up God’s intention behind the building blocks of creation, we see His beauty and glory throughout as the clothing of nature itself that conceals God’s very presence. This happens as we pray and meditate on His Word by finding that inner place where Jesus lives on the throne of our heart. As Luke 17:20-21 reads, “Jesus said the Kingdom of heaven is within.”

This is not just an intellectual pursuit, it is a journey that starts with the whispers of verbally reviewing the seeds of God’s word. We see the images that are revealed as we uncover the Hebrew words at their root where all life springs from.

Let’s have a mini lesson on Hebrew root words, which always focuses us on word pictures and images. Almost all Hebrew roots are verbs representing the action hidden behind physical creation. These Images will form in our heart by the vocalizing the action of Prayer & Meditation on His Word. We see this in all of nature, as all life stems from the action springing from the root. The same is true in scripture because much of the Bible was originally written in Hebrew or Greek. When we look to the action of the root, we see the intent of the author referring back to God’s will and desire, even as He spoke and still is speaking continually all that we know into existence.

Because we are made in His image and likeness we can participate in the very act of creation in the temple of His glory and beauty. We do so by learning to closely follow the actions of these incredible Biblical Hebrew root words.

As we enter this short study the first thing to remember is almost all Hebrew roots are verbs that identify the action of the word! Additionally, Hebrew nouns identify who is performing the action! We see this in nature, all life stems from the action of the root, and the same is true in scripture.

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Incredibly the very first use of the Hebrew word Siyach is in Genesis 2:5 where we are given insight into our participation and responsibility to cultivate the seed of His Word in the Garden of Eden of our heart. As we read this scripture we notice that God makes it very clear, that He will not produce His life in our heart without our participation.

In Genesis 2:5 we read, “and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.” The word plant in Hebrew is Siyach (meaning bush, plant, and shrub) was growing out of the earth. It’s no great revelation that the word plant is a noun, but when you look up the Hebrew root for Plant you see something amazing. Looking at its meaning as a verb Strong’s H7878 you see the action to put forth, mediate, muse, commune, speak, complain, ponder, sing, to meditate, consider, put forth thoughts. We can see a much deeper meaning when you consider the root of the word, and in this case our verbal participation brings a deeper understanding of the story of creation. In other words, when you verbally till the ground of your heart, forming the conditions needed for growth, just as we illustrated in the introduction making a place in your inner temple, then the seed of his Word is preparing to bring forth its potential and grow.

The tilling of the ground of our heart influences the heavens whereby bringing the rain, allowing for growth, and the revelation of His Word. Jesus taught us when He walked the earth that the seed is His Word (see Luke 8:11b). He forms a word picture, an image, which develops the ability for us to get closer to our bridegroom and Melchizedek high priest.

We also read in Ephesians 1:17-18, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.”

Do you see your responsibility to care for what God has planted in our heart? He has given us the tools and the ability to verbally confess of our faith, the images formed by His Word in our heart which cause the growth and bring with it His refreshing presence.

Here are a few more uses for the verb Siyach:

Psalm 55:17: “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray Siyach, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”

Psalm 105:2: “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk Siyach ye of all his wondrous works.”

Psalm 119:148: “Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate Siyach in thy word.”

Remember Speech is merely the expression of thought, action is the expression of your speech and your thoughts! 

By the use of our Thoughts, Speech and Action its clear, when it comes to Siyach prayer and meditation, as we focus our thoughts on the images, that His word forms and cultivates in our heart. He sends the blessing of rain from above whereby feeding and bringing growth to our souls.

In the next article, we will review the Hebrew word Hagah ….

The Garments of a Priestly People Part 2

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Before we can understand garments we first must understand why we need to be clothed with a garment in the first place. We need to also understand what clothing represents in scripture in all its different forms. Could it be that it was not God’s original intent that we would need to be clothed?

First we see in Genesis 2:25, “and they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” This is because our first garment was a garment of light. This is just as God is covered in a garment of light as we read in Psalm 104:2, “Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain.” We also read in read in Isaiah 61:10, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments  of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”

As we unpack God’s word we see the word for skin in Hebrew is “owr.” This same word also means “light” with a subtle difference. This can only be revealed when we read the original text. The owr of light is spelled עוּר (ayin vav resh). When we change the first letter it reads אוֹר (aleph vav resh), meaning light as well, although this light is a spiritual light. When fallen the result is the word owr spelled with an ע (ayin) rather than an א (aleph). This might seem unimportant, but this is significant when you understand how Adam’s skin אוֹר (owr) of light when fallen becomes עוּר in its fallen state. When death entered mankind as a result of sin, in turn it concealed the spiritual.

It says in Genesis 3:7, “and the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” They were aware of their fallen state because the א (aleph) had been replaced with ע (ayin), turning garments of light to skin. And what was their instinctive reaction? They started sewing clothing! It is no coincidence that they would use fig leaves, which are symbolic in scriptures of excuses, hypocrisy and false religion. Now we can see why when we look at the word “garment” under the Biblical Usage in Hebrew (Strong’s H899 – beged) it says “treachery, deceit.” Further, when you look at the root it Hebrew (Strong’s H898 – bagad) it says “to act treacherously, deceitfully, deal treacherously.”

If we take a closer look at our lives, we are experts at this great cover-up. We are still sewing fig leaves resulting in fantastic excuses, hypocrisy and false religion through our “thought, speech, and action.”  This is how we spiritually clothes ourselves, as a result of our fallen nature.

Even in our fallen nature God demonstrates his incredible mercy and justice. In his mercy He reveals the plan of salvation by the sacrificing of the innocent. We read in Genesis 3:21, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Here we see the word for skin (Strong’s H5785) is “owr.” This is a theme we will see throughout scripture, which is the sacrifice of the innocent for the guilty. This is precisely what Jesus did for each of us so that we can be clothed in the righteousness of Christ.

Here are some New Testament verses that will help bring understanding to this truth:

Romans 13:14: “but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

Colossians 3:12: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;”

Galatians 3:27: “for as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

2 Corinthians 5:21: “for he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

To be continued………………..  

The Priesthood for today

The bride of Christ

Who is the priesthood of today?

Are all Christians Priests?

What are the functions of a Priest?

What was the first Priesthood?

Who is the bride of Christ and what does it have to do with the Priesthood?

This year we will be unpacking Gods word learning the answers to these questions and more as we enter in to the New Year studying Gods word together.

The first Priesthood was in the beginning and is today the Melchizedek Priesthood. It has been the Lord’s desire that this Priesthood exists, serving in the heavenly courts, with Jesus as it’s high Priest today. The Priesthood of the New Covenant is being built as a spiritual house with lively stones, offering spiritual sacrifice that is acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

This Priesthood emerges in the book of Genesis and can be traced through to the book of Revelation.  We need to start somewhere, so we will first look at where we left off last year which is the book covenant that was presented to all of Israel as a marriage covenant called a Ketubah.

We read in Exodus 19:5-6,  “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” This is all before Moses was asked to form the Aaronic Priesthood.

We read in 1 Peter 2:9, ” But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Peter’s letter reveals that this priesthood that was spoken about in Exodus 19 is being fulfilled.

As we begin this study we will see God is hard at work building the spiritual kingdom, the dwelling place that is being prepared by His Son to meet with and live forever with us his Bride. We see God ratifying the covenant in Exodus 24 originally made with Abraham in Genesis 15 as Moses brings the children of Israel under Mount Sinai.  He is making a tabernacle, or should I say a dwelling place, to dwell with is bride the Priesthood. Jesus is building a heavenly Priesthood as we will learn about, and this Priesthood is the Heavenly Bride of Christ.

We read in Exodus 19:17, “and Moses brought forth the people out of the camp he Moses is acting as the friend of the bride groom escorting Jesus’ bride to the Chuppah the canopy were they stood at the nether meaning underneath… Mount Sinai.” This is because the wedding canopy is where Jesus our Melchizedek high priest meets His Bride, that’s the born again spirit filled believer. The Lord proposed “the Betrothal” making a legally binding covenant with the nation of Israel his bride, a kingdom of priests, a holy nation!  In biblical times this Betrothal, or as we call it today the engagement, was a legally binding agreement, the first step to a marriage covenant they are married but did not live together for a whole year. The bridegroom would make all the preparation for the new bride in a room off of the groom’s father’s house.

When Moses went up the mount to receive the hard copy written in stone the decologe or as it’s called the Ten Commandments when he came down they had already broken the covenant.

That is when he gave the book of the law and  formed the Aaronic Priesthood, this was done by God to teach the children of Israel about The Priesthood, after the Order of the Melchizedek. In Galatians 3:24 we read, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” The Aaronic Priesthood administered what was a type school to teach us about the heavenly Priesthood, how to be the bride of Christ our high Priest and husband. So the question is do we throw out the Old Testament and its Laws, offerings, and stringent regulations? The answer is No, they are and always will be a physical expression of spiritual truths. We see this in nature, all of nature is an expression of spiritual truths. 

We will be learning about the details of each function, what our responsibilities are to our Bridegroom, our Melchizedek High Priest, and gain a deeper understanding of what Jesus’ responsibilities to us, his Bride. We are called to a real and intimate relationship with Jesus. He longs to have  this incredible relationship  with each of us. This spiritual pattern in laid out so beautifully for each of us to tap into and follow.  

The body of believers is His Holy Priesthood, we all service different functions and this what we will be working together to learn from a biblical  perspective and there are some hard and fast truths that we need to learn, as we draw closer to this real and intimate relationship with our bridegroom.

Join us Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm as we get a better understanding of what the word of God teaches.