November 7, 2014
The Son has risen on a new era. Strange way to put it, I know,
but as the age in which we live comes to a close, society has become so dark
and perverted that the previous generation would hardly recognize things. Yet,
we live in the most spectacular time in all of history. I have said to many
throughout the past years that I wouldn't trade living in this era for any
other time in history. We are entering a time when the Glory of the Lord will
be revealed in dimensions the body of Christ has never seen, and likely cannot
imagine in their wildest fancies.
Isaiah prophesied of this day and time like this:
60:1-3, NASB) “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the
LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep
darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you and His glory will
appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness
of your rising."
Nevertheless, for the Glory of the Lord to arise upon us in such
a way as to draw kings and nations to see and know and understand what is
taking place, we MUST as a body of overcoming people -- a Bridal company fit
for the Lord Jesus Christ -- move beyond the foundational truths into a
spiritual dimension that awaits every believer who will lay aside every mental
reasoning and religious weight that holds them back from total, uncompromised,
unreserved responsiveness to the requirements of Holy Spirit.
said, let's begin this series with a statement that Paul makes in writing to
the Jewish Christians at large -- a people who had been steeped their whole
lives in traditions and legalism before coming to the knowledge and acceptance
of Jesus Christ as their Messiah. What Paul writes has the same power and application
to us as modern-day believers, many of whom have grown up in the traditions of
the church world with many doctrines that are man-made.
6:1-3, KJV: “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let
us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from
dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of
laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal
judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.”
you don't mind, let’s
take a deeper look at what Paul is saying. Both the original Greek text and the
Aramaic text put these statements in a clearer and much more detailed realm of
6:1-3, RAC Translation & Amplification: Therefore, and as a
consequence, it is critically important that we forsake [what Jesus has already
eradicated from existence] the beginnings and commencement of the [initiating]
Word of the Anointed One and His Anointing (Jesus Christ),
And this is what we will be enabled to do conditional upon God’s
transfer of authority, granting license and liberty to move past these
place Paul’s statements in context, it is important to remember that he was
writing to Jewish Christians who had grown up under, and subject to, the Law of
Moses. For them to walk and live and grow up IN CHRIST — never mind having
Christ in them — they needed to totally free from the Law and its constraints.
They needed to understand that Jesus was the complete fulfillment of the Law,
and that no aspect of the Law could be alive in them, their thinking, or their
Paul begins his discourse, he identifies six specific areas of legalistic
understanding they have grown up with (and I will label them as they understood
(1) Atonement for
(2) Trusting God
(albeit from a place of fear)
(3) The washing of
hands and/or baptism as an act of separation from uncleanness
(4) The laying on
of hands (from the perspective of prophetic anointing)
(5) Resurrection of
the dead (viewed as an act only after the coming of Messiah, and ONLY for the
purpose of being judged by God
judgment (as being cast off from God)
are going to try and just deal with the first aspect of this “leaving behind”
today: NOT revisiting and reenacting the dead works of the Law.
Christians of Paul's era were not — and are not — the only people who still
live their lives continuing to apply the law (or even modern man-made laws) to
themselves as believers. Religion has become so intertwined into the modern
life of Christians that they don’t realize just how much of their lives are
operating in a sub-standard mode.
places performance standards and a set of measurements that folks have to live
up to that have absolutely nothing to do with our progress in God. Let me give
you a few examples:
1. Don’t smoke.
2. Don’t drink wine, beer or hard
3. Don’t go to dances.
4. Don’t frequent the theaters,
watch movies — even television is bad for you.
5. Ladies, make sure you wear long
6. It is improper for women to wear
pants because they will look like men.
7. No wearing of jewelry.
8. No fancy hairstyles — women
should keep their hair plain.
9. When you pray, make sure you pray
on your knees.
10. You must attend church on Sunday
morning, Sunday Evening, and either Tuesday or Wednesday night for Bible Study.
list could go on and on and on, but you get the idea. Nowhere in the Word do
you find any of these things. None of these things are a measure of holiness,
and none of these things have anything to do with one’s relationship with the
Lord — and here’s the caveat: UNLESS Holy Spirit says so personally to them!
grant you that smoking isn’t good for you, and drinking hard liquor will create
long-term physical problems, but these aren’t things that Jesus requires of us
in order to come to Him. I don’t recommend that people smoke cigarettes or chew
tobacco, but that isn’t a requirement I can place on anyone! That’s something
that only Holy Spirit can require of you.
and I enjoy a glass of wine — and Paul even encouraged Timothy to “drink
a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine oft
infirmities” — but at the same time, our liberty in having a glass
of wine is not license to drink to excess or to over-imbibe; and that rule can
be applied to just about everything!
isn’t the drinking of wine or having a cup of coffee, or a bottle of beer that
is the issue: it is the drinking to excess that creates problems in our
responsiveness to the Lord. There is also the instance for some folks who
simply cannot have even a single drink of wine or beer or anything alcoholic
because of the responses it produces in them. This is, again, something that
ONLY Holy Spirit can require as an act of personal obedience.
Paul addresses the Hebrew Christians, he is also addressing us as modern-day
believers in Christ Jesus. When he begins drawing the picture of “going on to
completeness” he starts with “not laying again, the foundations of repentance
from dead works.” That’s a mouthful!
amplified translation of the Greek hardly does justice to what Paul is
communicating by the Spirit. First of all, he lays a foundation (pun intended)
for our “going on” by saying that the real issue among believers is “religion.”
He is referring to “the works of the Law,” in the same way that John writes
under the direction of the Lord to the seven Ekklesias
saying, “I know thy works.”
I continue, let’s define “repentance from dead works.”
the Law of Moses, the Israelites were required to keep not only the ten
commandments but a series of some 600-plus laws, statutes, and commandments,
not counting a fistful of feast-days.
Isaiah opens up his prophecies to Israel, the Word of the Lord through him is
that God is sick of the sacrifices and burnt offerings, the keeping of the new
moon feasts, etc., and that he will hide His face from them and not hear
or respond in any way because of the filth they continue in all the while they
“keep His commandments.”
Isaiah 28:13, we are told, “But the Word of the Lord
was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line
upon line, here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall
backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.”
Isaiah was driving at, even some 700 years or so before Paul’s directive to the
Hebrews, was that folks had lost sight of the Spirit of the Law.
takes up this same theme and is essentially saying to the body of Christ,
“There is nothing left for you to do! Pleasing the Lord is not in the keeping
of laws, statutes and commandments; pleasing the Lord and having fellowship
with Him is not in the doing of things, it is in BEING in Him!
that could possibly have been done that had been a part of the past was
finished. Jesus was the finishing of the Law, the Statutes and the
Commandments. He didn’t invalidate them, as the “religionists” of the day would
like to believe; He wrapped them into the very agape nature of Father God and
fellowship with Him!
wasn’t doing away with them, but it WAS doing away with the observance of them
as laws and commandments.
the body of Christ has been caught up in the same dilemma today with opposite
extremes. On one hand, you have those who run with it so far to the right that
“Grace” covers everything including their continuance in sin and utterly
the GBLT agenda, there are those who profess to be born-again (even supposedly
Spirit-baptized) Christians who maintain their right to “love whomever they
choose” and/or marry someone of the same sex because “God is a God of love, and
His Grace covers us.”
the other side of the pendulum swing are those who preach and teach the
necessity of digging into one’s past, their family histories, past generations
(in some cases attempting to go back ten generations or more) in order to deal
with iniquities (a fancy word which essentially describes a character flaw, or
a twist in one’s way of thinking) or “family curses’, or the visiting of the
sins of the father upon the children, etc., etc., etc., ad infinitum.
Jesus went to the Cross Isaiah, seeing things prophetically some 700 years into
the future, wrote, “Surely He has suffered and accepted as His own our maladies,
our anxieties, our calamities, our disease and sicknesses, and carried our
anguish, pain and grief:
“Yet we fabricated and maliciously invented His being stricken
violently, beaten, punished, wounded and slaughtered as if by God -- choosing
to believe that God browbeat, demeaned and looked down upon Him.
“But He was broken and profaned for our rebellion, our revolt,
our apostasy and our [religious] quarrel against God;
“He was crushed, oppressed and smitten, and (emotionally) broken
into pieces for our perversity, our evil, our mischief, sins and faults; the
breaking and ridiculing of our peace, our welfare, our prosperity, our health
and our safety was upon Him;
“And with His bloodied and blue wounds we are cured, mended,
repaired and made thoroughly whole.” (Isaiah 53:4-5, RAC
Translation & Amplification)
of that happened BEFORE He went to the Cross! Do you see anything He didn’t
cover? Then consider what happened on the Cross.
what happened when the centurion pierced Jesus’ side while He was hanging on
the Cross? Water and blood came forth from Him. Jesus’ last words before He
died were, “It is finished!”
what was finished? Death. What was finished? A new birth was taking place: a
bride was being birthed for the Lord Jesus Christ. But this birth was unlike
any in history. In the realm of the flesh, a birth takes place in the midst of
water and blood. Babies come forth out of the water or amniotic fluid that
keeps them alive while they are still in the womb, and blood accompanies the
however, made it clear that this new birth was NOT of water — not in the normal
sense — nor of blood, even though His blood was shed in the process. A
supernatural transformation — a regeneration — was taking place. This new birth
was taking place in that realm which has authority and power over the flesh and
the soul: the spirit. A dimensional change was occurring.
need to stop here. The illustrations I need to make will make today's Coffee
Break much too long if I continue, so this is where we will pick it up next
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