A person is called to follow Christ out of bondage to sin, and to reconciliation with God the Father, by being given an initial limited understanding of spiritual things. God the Father calls us to himself through the Door of Jesus Christ (John 10).
The called of God are called to reconciliation with God the Father, they are called to become like God, by internalizing the very nature of God through learning and living by every Word of God.
When a person is called to God his mind is opened to understand certain basic spiritual things. He learns that as a transitory physical being living according to his own will, he has no lasting hope and is subject to decay and death See the Ecclesiastes study.
When people hear the Word of God, they choose to hear more, or to believe it, or to reject it.
If they recognize the value of God’s Word and the hope of deliverance from Satan, sin and the grave into eternal life and they actually BELIEVE the Word of God, they will quickly begin seeking greater and greater spiritual understanding. They will want to devour the words of HOPE contained in the Word of God like a starving person desires food, hungering and thirsting after every Word of God; and they will be blessed with more and more understanding.
At some point belief will become FAITH. The King James folks translated the meaning somewhat awkwardly as: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
True godly faith is is to believe every Word of God and to completely TRUST in the Word and promises of God; trusting enough to actually follow and obey every Word of God! After all, why would we obey God if we did not trust that his Word is true and his promises unshakable? On the other hand, if we do trust that God’s Word is true and that God’s promises are unshakably sure, we are full of faith that God will perform what he has set out to do!
Then if we believe God and the Word of God we must act on that faith and perform the works of faith, which are sincere repentance and a commitment to stop living contrary to the Word of God and to start living by every Word of God.
The word “Repent” means to deeply regret having done something, to regret it so much that we STOP doing it and start living differently!
Faith is a gift of God, and faith comes by obedience, which is the works of faith.
Then after we sincerely repent of all past sin and commit to living a godly life, God’s gift of faith increases and grows through a process of believing and living by every Word of God, and learning through practical experience that God knows best!
When we believe and then we obey, we LEARN and we GROW in godly faith! Without the study of God’s Word and without belief in that Word, there can be no obedience; and with no obedience there will be no faith.
Faith is a sure and certain knowledge that God’s Word is TRUE and that God keeps all of his promises; which faith is learned and grows through much experience in obedience to God.
God’s chosen will have an unfeigned dedicated faith in God, coupled with the works of faith.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.
The entire chapter of Hebrews 11 is about a great company of men and women who lived believing and obeying every Word of God; and grew in faith while proving their faith by the works of faith.
FAITH in ACTION; the Works of FAITH, are to OBEY God
James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
2:15 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, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble [but they will not repent and STOP rebelling against God].
2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works [the works of faith], when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God [and Abraham acted on that belief and obeyed 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 Rahab 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 also.
The natural man is cut off from God, so that he may through experience learn the sorrows of sin and never again be tempted to sin once he is delivered.
God instructs his faithful to teach all men to live by every Word of God, and in this way the seed of God’s Word is spread and God calls people to reconciliation with God.
Which is Greater; the Message and the God who sent it, or the men who helped to spread that message?
I must ask: When a messenger spreads the Word of God; who is the greater; the messenger or the author of the Word being spread, God Almighty?
I must ask this because many have fallen astray by idolizing the messenger and not exalting the author of the message. What do I mean? Many have said that “I was called by such a person and I will always be loyal to him.”
Brethren this is the sin of idolatry, exalting the messenger above the message and the author of the message. Teachers of the Word of God are only human and at times make mistakes, and how can one discern false teachers from true teachers except by holding them up to the standard of every Word of God?
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost [Spirit].
Once God calls us and opens our minds to a small initial understanding of spiritual things, and we begin to respond positively, believing and accepting what we are learning; our belief begins to develop into a trusting faith. We must then make a commitment to STOP living contrary to the Word of God.
The word “repent” means to deeply regret what we have done, to regret it so much that we are filled with sorrow and shame over our past conduct ad wish that we had never done the ting. Godly sorrow brings true regret that we have performed the deed, while the carnal sorrow regrets not doing the deed itself but having been caught.
2 Corinthians 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner. . .
Paul commended the Corinthians for sorrowing to genuine repentance for their toleration of sin in their assembly. They had been rebuked and had deeply regretted their sin and were moved to STOP doing the evil deed of tolerating open sin in their assemblies.
Godly repentance means to regret our evil actions so deeply that we loathe what we have done to the point that we make a wholehearted decision to never do the thing again.
Godly repentance comes from realizing that any actions contrary to the Word of God brings suffering, sorrows, decay and death, and that the only way to peace between God and man and between human beings is to live by every Word of God.
When God calls us we are called to sincere repentance of our refusal to honor God our Father by living contrary to his Word of Life Eternal. Our minds are opened at our calling to understand that our previous doings were detestable and gendered to suffering and death.
Once our minds and eyes are opened, if we respond positively to God’s calling to learn and internalize the very nature of God; we will deeply regret our past wickedness and we will turn to embrace godliness with a whole heart. For more on why we need God see our article here.
Repentance means to stop doing the thing that we regret doing and turn around to do something else. Spiritually true repentance means to stop doing whatever we want and think is right, and change direction to learn and to live by every Word of God.
Once we make an unshakable commitment to STOP living contrary to the Word of God, we must also make a positive commitment to live by every Word of God henceforth and forever.
When we are forgiven God the Father erased the indictment against us, He erased the list of our past sins; by our sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Christ.
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 sincerely repented PAST sins; obligating us to go forward and sin no more. For if we seek the application of Christ’s sacrifice and then continue in sin, we make a mockery of that sacrifice and have not truly repented at all.
Hebrews 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 [greater] punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God [by continuing in sin], and hath counted the blood of the [the sacrifice of the New Covenant Jesus Christ the Lamb of God] covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing [asking for its application without real repentance], and hath done despite [has been contemptuous of Christ’s sacrifice and God’s mercy, by continuing in sin] unto the Spirit of grace?
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;
The ordinances which were against us was the indictment – the list of our sins for which we faced eternal death – which list is paid in full with our sincere repentance and the application the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to us.
The list of our sins, the indictment against us; was paid in full by the death of Christ for the sincerely repentant.
Jesus Christ through his perfect sinless life and his willingness to obey the Father to the death, was worthy to be given all power in the universe [under God the Father]
2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Therefore we are to keep God’s Sabbaths, New Moons and Holy Days, and we may eat scripturally clean meats and we are to be diligent to avoid unclean things; which teaches us to put a difference between the holy and the profane. We are to live by all things which are written in the Word of God, and we are not to permit any person to criticize us and turn us away from living by every Word of God.
The primary teaching of both John Baptist and Jesus Christ [the true Gospel] was to repent of living according to our own natural inclinations, and to change direction to live by every Word of God.
Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
After John had taught this and many people were baptized many leaders decided it would be a good idea to be baptized also, but they thought to do this in order to impress the people and had not really changed their evil behavior. Therefore john said that they must first prove the sincerity of their repentance by a change in their behavior.
Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance [demonstrate a change in behavior towards godliness]:
Six months after John Baptist began preaching Jesus also began preaching the same thing. Repent, and change direction from living according to your own ideas and start living by every Word of God (Mat 4:4)
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted [change our attitude and behavior], that your sins may be blotted out [regret and stop sinning so that we might be forgiven], when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
This is the same thing that God inspired Ezekiel to write for his day and for us in our day as well
Ezekiel 14:6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols [everyone including today’s Ekklesia needs to turn from following idols of men to embrace and live by every Word of God]; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
God tells us through Ezekiel that God will judge us for exalting anything, including false traditions and idols of men, above a passionate zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God.
Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
Once we have been called to God and we have had our minds opened to a small initial understanding of spiritual things; if we respond positively and begin to loathe our past sins and sincerely repent of them: it is time to make a solid commitment to live by every Word of God.
If we commit to STOP sinning and to follow God the Father and the Lamb of God; God will send his Holy Spirit to dwell within us and empower us to learn and to apply what we learn to overcome sin in our lives.
More about the Spirit later, but first the required baptismal commitment. The New Covenant ordinance of baptism has its origins in the law which Gad gave to Moses.
In the law anyone who became polluted by some uncleanness was required to wash and then remain unclean until the sun set and a new day began.
Here are just two example in the law.
Deuteronomy 23:11 But it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall wash himself with water: and when the sun is down, he shall come into the camp again.
Leviticus 15:6 And he that sitteth on any thing whereon he sat that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 15:7 And he that toucheth the flesh of him that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
John Baptist was faithful to God’s law and taught the people to sincerely repent and wash themselves clean from all of their sincerely repented sins. In doing this he was revealing that the law of the Clean and the Unclean was really an allegory that all sin renders us spiritually unclean before God and we need to be washed clean from all sin. For an explanation of The Law of the Clean and Unclean see this article.
This washing was called “Baptizing” in the Greek of the New Testament scriptures and means a complete immersion in water.
John called the people first to repent [to STOP sinning], and then to wash themselves [be baptized], and just six months later Jesus Christ came teaching the same thing.
Galatians 2:16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, [that is; the deeds and traditions of men, or any future law keeping; does not atone for PAST sins] but is justified by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
No flesh, no person; can be justified before God for their past deeds of sin by any future law keeping. That is because ALL have sinned at some point and even if we keep the law perfectly after that, we must still pay for that PAST sin and NO amount of future law abiding can atone for past sin.
For example if you murder someone and then live perfectly for many years; you are still a murderer.
We can keep all kinds of traditions and fast three days week and avoid associating with physically uncircumcised yet converted New Covenant Gentiles, which is the subject here. And that is not going to justify anyone.
People can only be justified by sincere repentance, a genuine baptismal commitment to go and sin no more, and faith in the application of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which is circumcision of the heart!
No matter how perfectly the law is kept, it still does not atone for PAST sin.
We can wake up today, and say we are going to be perfect from here on out forever. But that doesn’t pay for previous sins!
To have those PAST sins paid for, to have an atonement and reconciliation made between us and God, comes only through sincere repentance and faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Paul says, you can’t be justified, you can’t be made right with God, by your own deeds. You can only be made right with God by having the sacrifice of Jesus Christ applied to you; and then going forward to diligently do the DEEDS of God; living by every Word of God in future!
The sacrifice of Christ is only APPLIED to the REPENTANT; to those who STOP sinning! and it is sincere repentance to stop sinning and the application of the atonement of Christ for our past sins; which justifies and purifies us.
After that, we are to go forward; avoiding sin and living by every Word of God. But keeping the commandments does not justify anyone from PAST sins. It is sacrifice of Christ which justifies us and makes us right with God and atones for past sins.
2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, [that is, if we continue in sin,] is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
Once we are justified by sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to go and sin no more and faith in the sacrifice of Christ, we are NOT to continue in sin as Paul said, God forbid that we should continue in sin!
2:18 For if I build again the things, which I destroyed, [that is, if I continue in my sinful nature] I make myself a transgressor.
If I have destroyed my sinful nature in sincere repentance and baptism, rising up from the grave of baptism a NEW being in Christ, and then being justified by my faith in the sacrifice of Christ; if I go out and continue in sin, I have returned to my sins and I am still a transgressor.
2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me
Christ was crucified for our sins, if that sacrifice is applied to us, our old sinful self is also dead because Christ died and the crucifixion and sacrifice of Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for PAST sincerely repented sin. Therefore we must live by every Word of God through the indwelling power of Christ; from henceforth and forever more!
Our repentance, our baptismal commitment and faith in Christ and his sacrifice, atones for PAST sin. And the sinful man, our sinful nature is dead and gone, and we rise up new persons in Christ.
Jesus Christ can then dwell in us through the power of God’s Holy Spirit, and when he [Christ] is dwelling in us, Christ will do the things he has always done, now doing them within us, that is, he will live by every Word of God and we will live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal as we are led by the Spirit of Christ.
This is the New Covenant circumcision of the heart:
God’s Spirit is not divided against God. God’s Spirit is the Spirit and nature of God. God is not divided against himself. He keeps his own Word.
Christ says, “I have kept my Father’s commandments” and the Holy Spirit of God will empower us and lead us to also keep God’s commandments; to turn away from sin.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ death is in vain.
If we have sinned, and we could stop sinning today and be perfect from this point onward: What about past sins?
Keeping the law from this point forward does not atone for our PAST law breaking. Only sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ can atone for past law breaking; and then, the Holy Spirit is given to us, and empowers us to go forward, putting away all sin and living by every Word of God in the future.
To summarize: We must sincerely repent of all PAST sin and then STOP sinning; then to really get that point across we must make a formal baptismal commitment to stop sinning and destroy our PAST sinful self; going down into the grave of water and destroying the old person of sin, and then rising up out of the water a NEW person in Christ and Christ-like zeal to Live by Every Word of GOD.
Then the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ the true Lamb of God, will be applied to us and we must go forward in Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God through the strength of the ultimate overcomer dwelling in us, henceforth and forever!
Physical circumcision is only a symbolic removal of a piece of flesh and avails nothing unless God is obeyed [except that physical circumcision is a prophecy of spiritual circumcision into the New Covenant]; but it is the spiritual circumcision of the New Covenant which removes our sins which have separated us from God!
The true doctrine of Salvation through Jesus Christ, is that we must become spiritually circumcised, removing all of the sin which separates us from God the Father through sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to sin no more and the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.
Anyone who teaches the false doctrine that we need not be passionately faithful and obedient to the whole Word of God, just as Jesus Christ was and is; teaching that we can tolerate compromise with the Word of God; is teaching that we need not be spiritually circumcised and is an anti-Christ and is under a curse from God!
Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received you the Spirit, [Did the Holy Spirit come] by the works of the law, [Does keeping the commandments in future, atone for PAST sin?] or by the hearing of faith?
Did you receive the Holy Spirit, by now starting to keep the commandments; or did the penalty for sin have to be paid first, so that you could be reconciled to God?
It is our repentance and faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice, which reconciles us to God the Father, which then brings us into a relationship with God the Father, so that he may then give us his Spirit.
3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the acts of the flesh? 3:4 Have you suffered so many things in vain? If it be yet in vain. 3:5 He, theretofore, [or he, therefore,] that ministers to you the Spirit, and works miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and [obeyed God] it was accounted to him for righteousness. 3:7 Know you therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Paul starts talking about being saved by faith, and being forgiven through the atoning sacrifice of Christ and living by faith in Christ, and then keeping the commandments through the indwelling of Christ, to show the difference between physical circumcision and circumcision of the heart.
In fact Paul is explaining the difference between keeping God’s Word in future and the need for an atonement for PAST sin.
People who do what Abraham did, being full of faith and marrying that faith to the actions of obedience to the whole Word of God; are Abraham’s children. Galatians 3:7 Know you not therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.”
Paul is teaching us that it is not just physical Israel who are the children of Abraham, but it is everyone who has sincerely repented and had the atoning sacrifice of Christ applied to them.
Everyone who commits to obey God the Father in all things and who is then filled with God’s Spirit, everyone who is filled with faith in God, all of them, both Jew and Gentile including ALL races, are people of faith and are therefore the children of Abraham.
It is not those who are the physical descendants of Abraham; but those who do what Christ teaches and what Abraham did as our example; those who are like Abraham in faith, words and deeds; are truly Abraham’s children. Physical descent means nothing in the New Covenant: Believing and living by every Word of God is all in all!
In Hebrews 12:8 Paul explains that those who will not endure correction are not truly son’s at all but bastards. Why does any father correct his children? Why, to mold their behavior into what HE wants it to be; to cause the child to act as the father would have him act.
Therefore if we will not do what Abraham did for our example, he is not truly our father in a spiritual sense; and if we do not obey our Father in heaven; then he is NOT our Father in the spiritual sense; and if we will not keep the whole Word of God our Father in heaven; then we are rebellious children in need of severe correction.
Hebrews 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
If we become the children of God our Father in heaven and are reconciled to him in faith; and turn away from all sin to live by every Word of God; we also become reconciled to Abraham and become heirs of the promises made to him.
Paul is trying to heal the rift between certain Jews and certain Gentiles in saying that; if we have faith in God and in Christ and keep all of God’s Word as Abraham did; then we are circumcised in heart: Regardless of our race we are grafted into a spiritual Israel of the New Covenant and we ARE the children of Abraham.
Circumcision of the flesh has a fault, which is that those circumcised in the flesh still could not obey their father Abraham nor their Father in heaven; therefore circumcision of the flesh was replaced by a much better circumcision: A circumcision of the heart through the sacrifice of Christ which atoned for sin, removing the barrier of sin [foreskin of our heart] which comes between us and God the Father.
The foreskin of our hearts [which is our sins] that must be removed!
Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
As it is written:
Those sins are removed by our sincere repentance and our baptismal commitment to go and sin no more; through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God; which then reconciles us to God the Father and makes us the seed of Abraham in a spiritual sense.
It is the circumcision of the heart [the removal of sin by the application of the sacrifice of Christ] which makes us Abraham’s seed,: not the circumcision of the flesh; which does not remove sin, nor does it make us truly spiritual sons of Abraham, or sons of God our Father in heaven.
Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 3:9 So, then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Those who repent and turn away from rebellion against God the Father; who STOP sinning: Will then have the sacrifice of the Lamb of God applied to them!
Our faith in Christ; which must be a living faith of sincere repentance from evil works, to become obedient to the whole Word of God the Father, as Christ was obedient to God the Father: will result in the application of Christ’s atoning sacrifice to us. And being justified by that sacrifice we will be reconciled to God the Father in heaven.
Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
We are only justified by the application of Christ’s sacrifice! The unrepentant sinner will NOT have the sacrifice of Christ applied to him or her and will NOT be justified before God!
The true circumcision of the New Covenant is spiritual, of the heart and spirit, and not of the flesh.
Circumcision of the flesh profits nothing spiritually, even baptism and ordination, or attending some corporate church organization profits nothing at all; UNLESS we are circumcised of the heart; through sincere repentance from all sin and compromising with any part of the whole Word of God followed by a commitment to diligently believe and live by every Word of God; and the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
If we are baptized, ordained, or attend corporate church services, or are physically circumcised: It means absolutely NOTHING unless we do the deeds of Abraham and have his faith to trust and obey Almighty God!
Circumcision of the flesh was a sign of the Mosaic Covenant and when that Covenant passed away because of its weakness: It was replaced with a New and better Covenant, a spiritual Covenant.
The sign of the New Covenant is the circumcision of the heart: Which is repentance from rebellion and sin, a commitment to obey God the Father and the application of the atoning sacrifice of Christ! This circumcises our hearts by removing all PAST sins and reconciles us to God the Father by removing that barrier of sin hat existed between us and God the Father; which barrier is our rebellion and sin!
This message about circumcision is an explanation of the process of salvation!
Yes, the truly converted Gentiles are grafted into a New Covenant spiritual Israel, being filled with faith in God. They are obedient in faith and are the seed of Abraham, for Abraham believed God and coupled that belief with obedience!
Abraham believed God. Abraham acted on that belief and obeyed God showing forth the works of his faith. That is faith.
Faith is not just belief, it is action based on belief. We can believe all we want to and if we do nothing about it, it has done us absolutely no good. We must believe God, and we must act on that belief by doing what God says.
If we believe in the sacrifice of Christ, then we must act to stop sinning so that his sacrifice may then be applied to us! This is called “SINCERE REPENTANCE”!
3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
If we do not have faith in the atoning sacrifice of Christ, his perfect sinless life and resurrection, and if we justify breaking the law in even the smallest point, we are cursed [facing death] and we must pay the penalty for having broken the Word of God.
There is no remission of PAST sin without sincere repentance from all past sin, a commitment to sin no more in future and the application of the sacrifice of Christ!
The penalty for transgressing the law or any part of the Word of God is death; Adam died for his rebellion against God! And the only way to be saved from being forced to pay the penalty we have earned; is to sincerely repent of all PAST sins, resolve to STOP sinning in future, be baptized, and have faith in the promises and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith. 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, the man that does them shall live in them. 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, [If we sincerely repent and STOP sinning, Christ will redeem us from the penalty for having broken the law,] being made a curse for us, having died for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.
The law itself is not a curse. It is a great blessing. But there is a curse of the law, and the curse of the law is the penalty that must be paid when the law is broken. And when the law is broken, the penalty to be exacted is death.
We can only be saved from that penalty through sincere repentance for not obeying God and then to dedicate ourselves to live by every Word of God from henceforth and forever more.
Then the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ will be applied to us; at which point we will be given God’s Spirit; and the Spirit of Christ and of God the Father will dwell in us, empowering us to live by every Word of God the Father and of Jesus Christ.
And if we should slip now and then, or here and there unintentionally sin; we have faith that Christ’s sacrifice will atone for us if we sincerely repent. That does not justify continuing in sin. It does not justify habitual sin. But it is there to save us, when and if we do unintentionally slip.
3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come also on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
The Spirit of God, which empowers us to keep God’s Word, which imparts us with the very nature of God; that Holy Spirit is given through our sincere repentance and faith in the sacrifice of Christ and our willingness to obey Christ and God the Father, to turn from our sins and to diligently live by every Word of God the Father in future (Mat 4:4).
3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s agreement or covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannuls, or adds to it.
When you have a firm covenant or a contract with somebody, nobody can break it, or disannul it, or change it; without a penalty. It is a commitment made between two people.
3:16 Now, to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
The promise of God to Abraham was that through your seed God shall bless all people; which includes ALL races. This is fulfilled physically by the nations of Israel through Isaac.
Jesus was implanted in Mary and was not her biological son, yet this promise to Abraham was fulfilled spiritually by Jesus Christ since Abraham is the father of the faithful, and there is none more faithful than Jesus Christ. Therefore Paul when speaking of spiritual things said: Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Galatians3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot disannul that covenant or that promise that God made to Abraham, that it should make the promise of no effect.
That is, Jesus Christ was God before he was made flesh, and he promised Abraham in Ur: “in your seed shall all flesh be blessed.” And the law coming 430 years [after the promise was made in Ur] later at Sinai cannot dissannul the promise that God made to Abraham.
The New Covenant of spiritual Israel is for all who would respond to God the Father’s call, all who would believe and sincerely repent and turn from sin, dedicating themselves to diligently keep and live by the whole Word of God.
This promise made to Abraham, that all flesh shall be blessed through his seed; one of his descendant’s; is firm and cannot be altered or changed by subsequent covenants or laws.
Therefore, the Mosaic Covenant cannot alter the promise of the spiritual New Covenant, that God made to Abraham concerning the blessing of atonement through his seed; Jesus Christ.
3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of a promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
God’s promise to Abraham was a promise; and was not part of the Mosaic Covenant and the various laws. It was a personal promise of God to Abraham.
3:19 Wherefore, then, serveth the law? The law was added because of transgressions [or wickedness,] till the seed, [that is, the one seed] should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 3:20 Now, a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
That is, a mediator mediates between two parties. A mediator does not deal with just one party. And there is one mediator between God and man, and that is Jesus Christ. He came as our mediator, and our deliverer, and our sacrifice. And he mediates between us and God the Father.
No, Mary is not a mediatrix and the saints do not mediate for people, here is no other mediator between God and man, than Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? . . .
Are God’s commandments and the Covenants, somehow contrary to or against the promises of God? Of course not.
As Paul says, . . . God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness should have been by the law.
But keeping the law does not provide payment for past sin. What provides atonement and forgiveness is our repentance coupled with the application of the actual sacrifice of the Creator.
3:22 But the scripture hath concluded that all are under sin, that the promise of faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them who believe. 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under [the penalty of having broken the law] law and shut up [faith in Christ was hidden] unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Paul says, until faith came in, and until the sacrifice of Jesus Christ came into the picture, until Christ actually fulfilled his mission; we were all under the curse [that the penalty of breaking the law must be paid] of the law. We all face the penalty for having broken the law. We were all facing death for having broken the commandments until Christ’s sacrifice and faith entered.
Christ’s sacrifice was made and he was resurrected to spirit, and we can have faith in that sacrifice and resurrection; faith that Christ lived a sinless life and his sacrifice atoned for our sincerely repented sin and that we, if Christ lives in us keeping the whole Word of God in us, can also be resurrected to spirit as he was. Faith then enters into the picture and the concept of having to die for our PAST sin fades away, as we are justified by our sincere repentance and faith in the atoning sacrifice of Christ, that he paid the penalty in our place.
3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 3:25 For after faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
We needed to learn not to sin and therefore we faced a penalty for our sin, to teach us not to sin.
When we learn not to sin any more and to REPENT of our PAST sin; then FAITH in the atoning sacrifice of Christ enters the picture and delivers the REPENTANT from the need to pay the penalty for PAST sin. This DOES NOT JUSTIFY continuing in sin!
3:26 For you are all the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
If we have been called by God and have sincerely repented of all past sins, then Jesus Christ will dwell in us through the power of God’s Spirit; empowering us to live as Christ lived, living by every Word of God (Mat 4:4).
3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if you be in Christ, then are ye all Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
The sign of the New Covenant is not circumcision in the flesh, it is circumcision of the heart [which is heartfelt REPENTANCE from sin and going forward to faithfully live by every Word of God as Christ did!].
The sign of the New Covenant is REPENTANCE, FAITH and the diligent keeping of every Word of God! It is FAITH in Christ, married to the works of REPENTANT OBEDIENCE that saves! Faith in Jesus Christ, faith in God the Father, faith in the sacrifice that was applied to blot out our REPENTED sins.
Faith that the Spirit of God is given to us and dwells in us and empowers us to live by every Word of God, and empowers us to please God; and fills us with the love of God, which is to live by every Word of God.
We must now live by faith; because before, we were dead in sin having broken the law and under the penalty of death; and sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4).
Sin is the transgression of the law. We have all broken the law at some point in our lives. Therefore, we are all under the penalty of having broken the law which is death.
It is a stopping of sinning [REPENTANCE] and faith in Jesus Christ and the application of his sacrifice to atone for our past sins; that brings into a proper relationship with God and circumcises our hearts; removing the BARRIER of sin which separates us from Almighty God.
And it is through sincere repentance, faith and the application of the sacrifice of Christ reconciling us to God; that the Holy Spirit can be given to us; and that Spirit then empowers us to live by every Word of God in the future.
Once a penalty for breaking a law has been paid, that does not in any way justify continuing to break the law.
If you have a habit of going through red lights, and you go and pay a fine, and the next time you are caught, you tell the judge, “Well, I paid the fine last time, I have a right to do it from now on.” He is going to laugh at you, and probably take away your license, and maybe give you a few days to cool off in a cell.
The fact is, when we pay a fine, it only pays for PAST law breaking. It does not pay for any future law breaking. And that is true with God as well. The sacrifice of Christ applied to us, only atones for sincerely repented PAST law breaking. It does not permit us to indulge ourselves in future law breaking.
If we inadvertently break the law in future, we must repent, and have the sacrifice applied again, or we will face the penalty for that particular act of law breaking.
And there will come a time, if we willfully break the law and justify ourselves in doing so; that Christ is going to run out of patience with us.
If we are not sincere; we are not honest; we don’t really want to live by God’s Word; we are not really trying to please God then God’s patience will end with serious correction. His sacrifice is not going to be applied to us anymore; until we straighten up, and wake up, and start really genuinely repenting, and start really genuinely trying to please God.
Sincere repentance, faith and the works of faith save us from the penalty of sin, which is death. It is faith and the sacrifice of Christ which saves us.
That faith does not entitle us to then go out and incur the penalty a second time, and a third, and a fourth, and on and on, and on.
No, Faith in the sacrifice, must be married to the works of faith, married to sincere repentance and a dedicated commitment to STOP sinning brings atonement for PAST sin, PAST law breaking; and allows us to be reconciled with God the Father.
Which atonement for sin places us into a proper relationship with God; and through faith, we are given God’s Holy Spirit which will then empower us to live by every Word of God from then on.
Paul continues with his guidance and instruction to the people, trying to reconcile the Jews and the Gentile converts with each other, and to make them realize that they are all part of the same body, and through faith, they are all the children of Abraham.
Physical circumcision, baptism and even ordination are absolutely NOTHING if we are not zealous to live by every Word of God!
Spiritual circumcision is the removal of the sin that separates us from God and the writing of the whole Word of God on our hearts and in our minds through the Holy Spirit enabling us to live by every Word of God.
Jeremiah 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.
Those who compromise or reject any part of the Word of God, as is commonly done in today’s spiritual Ekklesia, will have no part in the New Covenant resurrection to spirit.
The Lessons of Baptism
This washing of baptism is first a washing away of the uncleanness of all sincerely repented past sins.
Baptism is a symbolic death of the sinful man, who then rises out of the watery grave of baptism a new person dedicated to continually learn and to live by every Word of God. Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? That is, sincere repentance and a baptismal commitment to live by every Word of God; brings the application of the sacrificial death of the Lamb of God to atone for all of our past repented sins. Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law [who have repented and turned from breaking the law and Word of God] shall be justified [by the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God].
Baptism is the symbol of a firm commitment to live by every Word of God which then espouses the person to Jesus Christ [the full marriage comes at the resurrection to spirit]. Effectual baptism must be the voluntary act of a mature sincerely repentant person who fully understands what they are committing themselves to.
Baptism is not for children or for persons who are not fully aware that they are committing themselves to live by every Word of God forever.
Baptized persons are not members of any corporate church, they are individual persons in a spiritual covenant with God.
John’s baptism restored a person into the Mosaic Covenant, but the baptism of Christ washed away sins on a spiritual level because it represented a sincerely repentant commitment to the spiritual New Covenant of Jeremiah 36:34 and Ezekiel 36:26.
New Covenant Baptism is the making of a Covenant with God the Father to espouse oneself to Christ, and to live by every Word of and to internalize the very nature of God the Father.
How to Baptize: To be properly baptized a person must be well informed, sincerely repentant and fully committed to live by every Word of God forever. Baptism is to be completely immersed in water for a few seconds by a converted male, while the words “I baptize you into the New Covenant and into God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 19:5)” are spoken.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
Once a person is raised up out of the water at least one and preferable two converted males are to place their hands on the persons head anointing them with oil [symbolic of the Holy Spirit] consecrating them into the New Covenant and asking for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 8:17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
This is the proscribed formula, however God can call anyone in any circumstance whom God wants, and God can give his Spirit without baptism in extraordinary circumstances (Acts 10:44-48). Remember that no person was baptized in this way until Christ began teaching and yet a great many – from Abel to Christ – had received the Holy Spirit.
Circumstances making baptism impossible may occur in isolated areas even today. Nevertheless this procedure must be followed unless one is converted on his deathbed or in similar extreme circumstances. I am trying to say that even in extreme conditions like the tribulation, one should still sincerely repent and trust God.
After baptism, if we remain faithful, continually learning and growing spiritually and overcoming sin; we will be resurrected to spirit and then married to Jesus Christ restored to his Spirit form before God the Father in heaven (Rev 15, 19), before returning to the earth with Christ. See our articles on the Marriage of the Lamb at the Spring Festivals category.
Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on [have committed to be united and one in unity with Christ] Christ.
There are many, many places throughout both the Old and New Testaments, where we are told to stop sinning. Just to mention a few: 1 Corinthians 15:34, 1 John 2:1, Ephesians 4:26, Ezekiel 18:4, Deuteronomy 30:19.
Once we commit ourselves to STOP sinning and to go forward to live by every Word of God, we will then be justified and redeemed through the application of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.
We then are fully reconciled to God the Father and he gives us the gift of his Holy Spirit which enables us to comprehend and retain a good understanding of the Word of God, empowering us to live just as Christ lived, overcoming all sin and living by every Word of God (Mat 4:4).
Deuteronomy 5:32 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk [live], even as he walked [lives].
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
If we have been delivered from the slavery of sin [spiritual Egypt] why would we seek to remain in bondage? To love God is to seek to please him and to become like him, as he has defined himself by his Word. If we reject any part of, or compromise with any of God’s Word, we love the slavery of Egypt and sin; MORE than we love God the Father of Jesus Christ, for they are in complete UNITY with one another!
Baptism represents the death and burial of the old sinful man; and a truly converted person will rise up from baptism a new being, burning with Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God as Jesus Christ did.
Baptism is a commitment of sincere repentance from sin and represents the death of the existing sinful man and his allegorical resurrection to godliness; and is a total commitment to God the Father and Jesus Christ; to please God, to keep the whole Word of God with passionate zeal and to become like God in every way.
Baptism is a complete and unshakable commitment of espousal in marriage to Jesus Christ for all eternity! A commitment to internalize the very nature of God by keeping his Word with a zeal to become like our LORD.
6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
The old man of sin is dead and buried in baptism; so that we may rise up from the water a new person in Christ; keeping the whole Word of God just like Christ did and does.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
We commit ourselves at baptism to destroy the old man of sin and to arise a NEW person in Christ-like godliness! It is our calling to becoming Christ-like; loving and obeying God the Father as Christ did, walking and living by every Word of God as Jesus Christ walked and lived!
6:5 For if we have been planted [if we have been buried in baptism] together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [rise from the grave of baptism as he rose from the dead] in the likeness of his resurrection: 6:6 Knowing this, that our old [sinful] man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
After our baptismal commitment we are: TO NO LONGER SERVE SIN!
After baptism we should serve [obey] God; so that we may then be raised up in a resurrection to spirit, as Jesus Christ was raised up to spirit.
The dead sin not [they can do nothing]; therefore those who bury the old sinful self in baptism cannot continue in willful sin.
We are to live as Christ lived, by following the Holy Spirit of Christ dwelling in us; and that Spirit will NEVER lead us to compromise with any part of the Word of God, or to tolerate sin and false doctrine. Any spirit that leads into tolerating sin or false teachings contrary to the Word of God, is NOT of Christ; It is the spirit of Anti-Christ and is of Satan!
6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Being buried in baptism is a symbolic death of the old sinful person and frees us from PAST sin!
Why should we, being liberated from PAST sin; desire to compromise with God’s Word and to lose our Christ-like zeal for the whole Word of God, and associate with worldliness; thereby going back into bondage?
There is only one reason: Because we love serving sin unto decay and death, more than we love serving God unto eternal life!
It is because we are willing to sell the birthright of our calling, which is eternal life in peace and harmony with God and all his children; for the temporary pleasures of sin; that we are subject to eternal death.
Like Esau, many do not value their freedom from slavery to sin; and many sell their birthright for a temporary and transitory relief from trials, or fall to temptations to take pleasure in evil doing.
6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ [in baptism], we believe that we shall also live with him [free from sin as he lives]: 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Christ died for our sin once; and was then raised up to eternal life to serve God the Father; therefore we are to destroy the old man of sin and enter a baptismal commitment to serve God the Father and to: “go and sin no more.”
Once raised up from baptism, we are raised up to a new life, free from sinning; to serve God the Father and to live by every Word of God with Christ-like passion.
Jesus Christ died once and now lives again; serving God the Father; and we who symbolically destroyed our past sinful selves in the watery grave of baptism; are to rise up new persons to serve God the Father
6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
The birthright of our calling is the same eternal life that was given to Jesus Christ when he was raised up from physical death and changed back to spirit.
UNDERSTAND the appalling price that Christ Jesus paid for us: Jesus Christ GAVE UP his Godhood and eternal life to be made flesh for us! He then GAVE UP his physical life for us!
He did this with COMPLETE FAITH, that God the Father would strengthen him against all temptation to live by every Word of God the Father; making him a worthy sacrifice for his creation: In COMPLETE FAITH that his Father could and would raise him up and restore him back to eternal life!
6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God [We are to be sincerely repent and become spiritually sensitive and passionate to keep the Word of God] through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We are to become like the dead in regards to all temptation to sin and compromise with the commandments and Word of God. We are to destroy the old sinful man and become a new Christ-like person!
If we love God the Father and the Son and internalize the very nature of BOTH God the Father and the Son through Christ-like love and obedience to God the Father and his Word; our beloved Father will also raise us up to eternal life just as he raised Jesus up!
6:12 Let not sin [any transgression of the Word of God] therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead [freed from the bondage of sin and death], and your members [keep the whole Word of God with all our mind and deeds] as instruments [subject our whole being to serve God the Father] of righteousness [The righteousness of God is the keeping of the Word of God] unto God.
Shun all sin and compromise with the Word of Almighty God; who alone is able to save and deliver us out of all sin. Allow his very mind, spirit and nature to dwell within us; overcoming all sin through the power of God!
As baptized persons we are to consider ourselves symbolically resurrected back to a new physical life after the death of the old sinful person, and delivered out of the spiritual Egypt of bondage to sin!
We are not to turn back into that spiritual Egypt of bondage to sin, or we shall be destroyed as those Israelites who wanted to turn back were destroyed!
If we truly loved Christ; we would do those things pleasing to Christ; we would be as zealous for God the Father’s Word as Jesus Christ was and is!
We are the servants of those that we follow and obey. We are NOT to follow any man into willful sin against any part of the Word of God, we are not to allow sin to have dominion over us and we are not to turn back into bondage to sin and death.
6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law [facing a penalty for breaking the law], but under grace [having stopped sinning and having been forgiven for our sincerely repented PAST sins]. 6:15 What then? shall we [continue in sin] sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Anyone who has made a baptismal commitment to espouse themselves to Jesus Christ, and then compromises with any part of the Word of God even to the slightest degree, is in danger of being rejected as a suitable part of his resurrected spiritual bride.
Just as a bride is to become one flesh with her husband and is to faithfully follow him; so we are to become of one spirit, mind and actions with our Husband, Jesus Christ.
We are to internalize his very nature, which is the lesson of eating Unleavened Bread every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread; representing the internalizing of Jesus Christ: The Bread of LIFE.
What was the nature of Jesus Christ? He loved God the Father with all his heart, and he kept all of his Fathers commandments, Word and instructions, without compromise or deviation to the slightest degree.
If we go willingly back into sin through deliberate compromise with God’s Word, we are in danger of being rejected as a part of the bride; and if we do not repent, we are in danger of damnation.
If we reject portions of God’s Word to justify our sins [like rejecting the commandments regarding the New Moons, rejecting God’s Biblical Calendar, rejecting Nehemiah and the sanctity of the Sabbath and rejecting Luke on the Passover]; Jesus Christ will reject us!
If we return to the spiritual Egypt of bondage to sin from which we had been delivered by the application of the awesome sacrifice of Christ; we are returning back to the filthy burden of bondage to sin which we have been delivered out of; and we make a mockery of the sacrifice of Christ who died to deliver us.
If we prefer such filth to the Holy Law of Liberty from sin; we are NOT worthy of Jesus Christ and we will not be a part of his bride.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty [God’s law liberates us from bondage to sin], and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work [Word and law of God], this man shall be blessed in his deed.
My beloved brethren, it is time to wake up and to see how far we have fallen when we compromise and commit spiritual adultery against our LORD, by idolizing men and false traditions above the Word of God and the Glorious Law of Liberty!
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness [righteousness is passionately living by every Word of God]?
A minister once said to me: “I am a minister of Jesus Christ, I can do anything I want and God has to back me up.”
I tell you that a minister of Jesus Christ would be doing what Jesus Christ wants, and NOT anything that HE himself wants.
If he is doing anything HE wants, Almighty God will NOT back him up, because he is NOT a minister of Jesus Christ; he is the servant of another.
We are to prove all things by the Word of God which is also the Word of Jesus Christ; and we are to follow and obey God our Father and our espoused Husband totally; and to follow men ONLY as they follow God the Father and Jesus Christ.
6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you [which is the sound doctrine of the Holy Scriptures to keep the whole word of God]. 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness [godly righteousness is to live by every Word of God].
Let us rejoice that some have chosen to become like Jesus Christ, instead of continuing in sin; and are now the servants of righteousness through a passionate love of God, to enthusiastically wholeheartedly live by every Word of God.
Those who would compromise with any part of God’s Word; and those who would love or fear this world more than they love their spiritual Father and their espoused Husband: Will be corrected by God.
6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have [in the PAST we committed many sins and were in bondage to sin] yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Turn away from our PAST zeal for sin and the pleasures of this world and die the symbolic baptismal death of the old sinful person, and rise up a new person in Christ; seeking the righteousness of God by keeping all of God’s Word with an even greater zeal then we had for the pleasures of this world!
If we serve sin by not keeping a certain part of the Word of God, we are empty of the righteousness of God.
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Romans 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
6:22 But now being made free from sin, and [once freed from sin we are to] become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God [given to those who follow the whole word of God] is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sin and compromise with God’s Word leads to all manner of decay and death. God‘s commandments bring harmony, peace and eternal life!
If we have been called to come to God the Father through Jesus Christ, and we sincerely repent and make a genuine baptismal commitment to live by every Word of God; God the Father WILL apply the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God to us, and God the Father will give us his empowering Spirit.
If we have responded to God’s call with sincere repentance and a commitment to go and sin no more, living by every Word of God and to follow the example that Christ set for us: We will receive God’s Holy Spirit and we must no longer live according to our own desires, but we must live spiritual lives; loathing all sin and passionately loving the spiritual things of God.
Romans 8:9 But ye are not [to live in carnality] in the flesh, but [to live godly in God’s Spirit] in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man [if we do not live as Christ lived, by every Word of God] have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of [we have no part on Christ, because we live contrary to the way that Christ lived] his.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by [and faithfully follow] the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
When we initially receive God’s Spirit to dwell within us after baptism we do not yet know or understand all godly things. From the time that we receive the gift of God’s Spirit we must diligently study the Holy Scriptures, passionately embracing godliness and all truth, and removing every taint of error from our minds and behavior.
Learning godliness and internalizing the nature of God, while removing all sin and falsehood is a lifetime endeavour. Yet if we labor to learn and to practice what we learn over our lifetime, we will receive the gift of eternal life in a resurrection to spirit.
Eternal life with God and at peace with God and with all others who have also overcome and turned to the Eternal with a whole heart.