So much hatred of freedom

Someone shared the following rant against divine generosity. It failed to encourage me. It turns out to be so low there’s snake all over it.

What it means to maintain principles

Is that like having an annual clean up with no end in sight? Is that maintenance like the way of condemnation in the temple? Is that like executing people instead of liberating them?

In all dealings with His creatures God has maintained the principles by revealing sin in its true character, by demonstrating that its sure result is misery and death. The unconditional pardon of sin never have has been, and never will be. Such pardon of sin would show the abandonment of principles of righteousness, which are the foundation of the Government of God

(Gods Amazing grace 73.2?)… cannot be found in vengeance.

This outrageous venom is right next to Caiaphas’ denial of Christ. The writer is saying that grace is debt, that grace starts a race to set oneself right with God.

Grace and Salvation

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, (Titus 2:11)

A simpler and concise translation

is

God’s saving (soterios, σωτήριος ) grace appeared to everyone.

No one need ask when this occurred, but some people seem to be pretending not to understand who exactly is the savior. Well, here are some clues.

God is the Saviour. Titus 1:3
But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
Yeshua the Anointed is the Saviour. Titus 1:4
To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Yeshua the Anointed is the Saviour. Titus 3:6
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

The two pillars of the Christ Event are on display here: bringing salvation and teaching us; Lamb and Paraclete.
Both are grace’s work. The salvation is entirely God’s work, and no partners were needed. The teaching is thought to include human contributions. However, if one follows the thread back to grace, one finds that neither human will power nor human contributions can produce

  • A denial of godlessness and worldly desires
  • A sensible, righteous, and godly lifestyle

On two pillars

Human theories and many so-called discoveries may load us up with hundreds of regulations and bits of information we supposedly”need to know”. Not so from or in Christ. From Christ we have two pillars: one, we died with him, two, we live in the Holy Spirit.

We died with Christ. We live/walk in the Holy Spirit

Symbols out of Control

Symbols out of control include temple, the human heart, land, altars, censors body, will, and blood. They are dangerously close to tripping the vast majority of believers into a lake of deception. These are all mere idol potential essentials. God has a unique deal for created things and one thing of which we can be certain is that no creature naturally what it takes to please God. Hebrews 8:10 could not be clearer about the finality of Christ’s work and person.

There is no reason for even a Jew to think that any created entity can bring about God’s desire through their own reliability. At Sinai, there was no heart to receive God’s will. The temple proved to be inadequate and God’s riches towards the human race has abounded in Christ alone. No symbol is needed.

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: Heb. 8:10

Insurrection, Intervention, Inscription

Even with the claim that we have hidden God’s word in our hearts as a hedge against sin and this promise (Heb. 8:10) of an inner inscription of divine laws our hope crumbles like a cookie without remedy. Rebellion is not only an edenic reality. It permeates God’s temple in effective saving process is not a human invention and there was no temple in Messianic truth-speaking, death or resurrection.

Who are our children and to what horrors we have condemned them with our deception about obedience?

Lost commandment-keepers are our examples of Christian holiness and divine intervention is the last thing on most minds. Many people cannot tell salvation’s story because they have rejected salvation by grace. All they have is a twisted tale of ancient symbols and condemnation. Temple, food, clothing, gold and silver utensils do not make it across the human-divine divide.

Grace stands first and alone

It is a manifest lie that our life is now, after Christ died and rose, is raised up on a failed covenant, a heartless interpersonal order, interpretation of symbols and types. This lying venture is the chosen path for most Christian groups, most of whose interests are grounded in symbols that hold no vitality and those interests lead to thoughts of self-help and a life of little divine control.

Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. Hebrews 13:9

How can we grow without grace?

The heroes of faith are not winners of a race, taking the three possible medals. They are not like popular Grammy winners having the acclaim of their peers They lived in faith and died clinging to the promises they had embraced whether they had received what was promised or not. They struggled and rejoiced in adversity and in comforts. Faith was their victory.

Not many us are like Sarah and Abraham, having a child against all odds. Not many us are like David and Gideon, conquering kingdoms with meager resources. Not many us are like the cave-dwelling faithful of ancient times, harrassed and pursued with murderous intent, choosing to die rather than deny their relationship with God. None of us has resisted the pressure of testing, choosing to die so that life can be distributed to others.

How does our garden grow?

The new and false notion of grace does not allow believers to suffer, or be in need of assistance, or have the very benefits that declare the difference between Christ and others. The new and false notion of grace has people flipping the pages of their imagination between saved and lost, between condemnation and justification, and between life and death. This is the torment that attends the unrepentant and hard hardhearted. Christ is just not enough for them. They have to invent circumcision and holy food and drink, allegiances to dead moons, and erect barriers that Christ has thrown down.

Are you saved? Are you dead? Are you a child of God?

I know whole groups of believers who would like us to believe that answers to these questions cannot be a simple yes or no. These are the people who would kill a man raised from the dead because of malice.

There are seeds that do not germinate, people who do not believe the gospel, and the two situations define the dead and those still in the dark kingdom.

The living do not return to the grave of condemnation. They stay with the Saviour God.

John 8:31-32

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Dead or Alive

Of all the bits that go into the accurate identity of his disciples this ID card is truly marvelous and elicits from the believer to a grateful and joyful “Yes!” “God’s work” is not a popular way of introducing ourselves but it is arresting, full of consolation and assurance.

For we are his workmanship (poiema, ποίημα), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

God prepared our works

Did he need to say “beforehand “? Yes. Someone will say “Prepare is always ‘before’ “. True, but the intention of the writer is to further (see vs. 8) caution people against claiming responsibility for the works that proceed from God’s creation. Not only does he save us apart from any work we have done or are required to perform, but he also takes the initiative to prepare the good works of the new life.

The Father’s poem – the result of grace

There is little room for misunderstanding God’s saving and keeping grace. He has hemmed us in most securely by anticipating our need and our quasi-intelligent objections. We love credit even when we aren’t in the game.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand (proetoimazo, pro + hetoimazo, προετοιμαζω) that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

What are the chances that Lazarus helped the Lifegiver call him forth from his grave of four days? Are today’s good works subject to condition and human invention and choice? What are the chances of anyone but Yahweh removing the cherubim and flaming sword the gate to Eden?

Swerving from Conscience to Box

The purpose of God’s lifegiving command and the apostolic priority is to create loving hearts, good consciences, and faith without pretense.

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5

Thinking outside the box as adopted children of God (even though we do not yet have our final shape or form) is facilitated by our new conscience. Our thinking about God-living-in-us and speaking with us directly needs to proceed without putting on a show or making a case for having done everything right.

Sanctuary Box

Thinking out of the box is not just a cute saying or a mere uncomfortable exercise. The very nature of the heavenly gifts does not allow for human assertions of capacity or credit for eligibility.

The challenge to think out of the box is the primary activity to which the New Covenant brings us. We are no longer logged in to the box that stands as the instrument of our death. The tablets of stone are witnesses to the condemnation of both Jew and Gentile. The challenge is also to accept the authority of Christ above all else. Faith breaks us out if jail when Moses, the Law, and the Jewish people and government refuse to take God’s global standard seriously.

Conscientious and heartless

Many of us think we can follow a few Jewish practices and call ourselves “Jew” and child of God but Jews have had major hurdles to mount when conscience and heart are involved which we can only imagine.

  1. No heart at Sinai (rightly choosing to hear Moses rather than to hear God)
  2. No conscience on entering Canaan (loving the neighbor by destroying people and property)
  3. Not one israelite has passed into life by being obedient to the Covenant. Now the house is desolate

There is a dynamic sense of being out of the box, and that begins with our change of mind concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment. he has taken us out of the box for a New Perspective.

How can there be a new view without a new object, and what would be the point of looking at the same object from a different position?

If Christ is the judge the guilty go free. Most Christians say that but they do not believe it and are not willing to forgive the guilty. If Moses and the Law are the bosses then we are in prison: faith (Christ) is locked out and our juvenile status is confirmed. When a believer sins no death sentence can apply, because the believer has already passed from condemnation to justification, from death to life. The strength of sin is the law and when the Law speaks it speaks death.

Law had never created hearts of love that succeed in loving. Yhe law has never created a good conscience that helps people accept the truth no matter how different or difficult it is, and the law does not create faith. Law and Faith are not partners.

Hearing the message of salvation is what awakens faith: faith comes by hearing the gospel, the promise of Life in Christ. Let us examine ourselves to see if we have jumped out of the box and into Christ’s lap (bosom) because loving hearts, good consciences, and faith without pretense will never come from trying to do all that God has said.

The Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let the one who hears say, Come. And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. Revelation of John 22:17