To-day we will conclude our study of the blood covenant. In my life as a Christian, I found that in the churches I attended a certain bondage was laid upon me in that over and over again it was preached we were not to forsake the gathering of the brethren, and that meant that we had to attend church, so it became a works thing, to please God I had to go to church, that was much the same as growing up as a Roman Catholic, it was a major sin to miss a Sunday Mass. Then I found out from the Word of God that the church is actually made of lively stones built into a spiritual house and it had nothing to do with the brick and mortar structure down the road and I also settled in my mind that the gathering of the brethren is actually a getting together with other believers, to share with, to encourage and to have a relationship with, bonded by the fact that we all love and worship God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am not against you going to church (the building down the road) but I am saying to you that if you think that scores points with God and if you miss a Sunday a guilty feeling envelopes you then you are in bondage. Another thing that I could not understand about this go to church thing on Sundays, because Sunday is God’s day, I could not find it in the Old or New Testament’s. The Sabbath is actually from Friday evening until sometime on Saturday (I think), so who had the audacity to change what God had set up? Go to church all you like my friend, but if it has become a have to thing, then you are under law.
Gal.4:9-12. (Amp) Now, however, that you have come to be acquainted with and understand and know [the true] God, or rather to be understood and known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly and worthless elementary things [of all religions before Christ came], whose slaves you once more want to become? You observe [particular] days and months and seasons and years! I am alarmed [about you], lest I have laboured among and over you to no purpose and in vain. Brethren, I beg of you, become as I am [free from the bondage of Jewish ritualism and ordinances]; for I also have become as you are [a Gentile]. You did me no wrong [in the days when I first came to you; do not do it now].
The beggarly elements are:
The observance of Sabbaths.
The observance of months, or the new moons of the law.
The observance of times or certain seasons of the year, as the feasts of Israel.
The observance of years or annual atonements, sabbatical years, and jubilees of Israel.
Gal.4:10. (Mess) For that is exactly what you do when you are intimidated into scrupulously observing all the traditions, taboos, and superstitions associated with special days and seasons and years.
Col.2:14-17. (Amp) Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross. Therefore let no one sit in judgment on you in matters of food and drink, or with regard to a feast day or a New Moon or a Sabbath. Such [things] are only the shadow of things that are to come, and they have only a symbolic value. But the reality (the substance, the solid fact of what is foreshadowed, the body of it) belongs to Christ.
Rom.14:5-6. (Mess) Or, say, one person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. There are good reasons either way. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience. What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli.
Lev.23. and 25. Please read in your own bible.
The yoke of bondage.
Gal.5:1. (Amp) In this freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].
(Mess) Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.
Observing any or all the Mosaic laws, commandments, rituals, or any jot or tittle of the law is considered a yoke of bondage.
Gal.4:24. (Mess) This illustrates the very thing we are dealing with now. The two births represent two ways of being in relationship with God. One is from Mount Sinai in Arabia. It corresponds with what is now going on in Jerusalem a slave life, producing slaves as offspring. This is the way of Hagar.
Acts.15:10. (Mess) “So why are you now trying to out god, God, loading these new believers down with rules that crushed our ancestors and crushed us, too?
If one goes back to keeping the law he is under obligation to keep the whole contract.
Gal.3:10-12. (Mess) And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure. Scripture backs this up: “Utterly cursed is every person who fails to carry out every detail written in the Book of the law.” The obvious impossibility of carrying out such a moral program should make it plain that no one can sustain a relationship with God that way. The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you. Habakkuk had it right: “The person, who believes God, is set right by God, and that’s the real life.” Rule keeping does not naturally evolve into living by faith, but only perpetuates itself in more and more rule keeping, a fact observed in Scripture: “The one who does these things [rule keeping] continues to live by them.”
Gal.5:3. (Mess) I repeat my warning: The person who accepts the ways of circumcision trades all the advantages of the free life in Christ for the obligations of the slave life of the law.
James.2:10. (Amp) For whosoever keeps the Law [as a] whole but stumbles and offends in one [single instance] has become guilty of [breaking] all of it.
(Mess) You can’t pick and choose in these things, specializing in keeping one or two things in God’s law and ignoring others.
If one wants to know whether he is allowed to steal, murder, commit adultery, or keep any Sabbath, then let him go to the new contract.
We have Jesus, the mediator of a better covenant founded on better promises. His blood is the blood of the eternal covenant.
Hebr.13:20. (Amp) Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament).
(Mess) May God, who puts all things together, makes all things whole, Who made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus, the sacrifice of blood that sealed the eternal covenant, Who led Jesus, our Great Shepherd, up and alive from the dead.
Covenant is for those who fear the Lord.
Prov.1:7. (Amp) The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skilful and godly Wisdom, and instruction, and discipline.
(Mess) Start with GOD, the first step in learning is bowing down to GOD; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
Ps.25:14. (Amp) The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.
(Mess) God friendship is for God worshipers; they are the ones he confides in.
To fear the Lord is to keep His commandments (His teachings, principles) to walk in His ways, to listen to His voice, to cling to Him, to love Him and to serve Him. For such people, the promises of God are an open book.
Have a great week-end, till next time, be blessed.
The prayer to receive Jesus as Lord.
“Father, it is written in Your Word that if I confess with my mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in my heart that You have raised Him from dead, I shall be saved. Therefore, Father, I confess that Jesus is my Lord. I make Him Lord of my life right now. I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead. I renounce my past life with Satan. “I thank You for forgiving me of all my sin. Jesus is now my Lord, and I am a new creation. Old things have passed away. Now all things become new in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
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