A Story of Hope and Love
As you look at America in its current condition we must ask, has the spiritual food which nourishes mankind by giving him understanding of the Truth, been disseminated to those whose hearts have capacity, through Christ giving them spiritual life by Grace, to imbibe and understand these principles of God’s character? The answer has to do with the absolute Sovereignty of God. No man can approach Almighty God or the fathomless depths of the knowledge of Him, without being a part of the Corps of the Elect. The Father, of the Triune Godhead, in his role regarding the Covenant of Grace, created the original plans and processes of creation, fall and redemption of mankind along with all contingencies ancillary to that central building of God’s Family. Thus we see Jesus, who is the Executor/Administrator of the plan (the Holy Spirit APPLIES the plan’s stipulations to manifest reality), explaining to the Jews around him that there is a predestined number established by God the Father, who will be as adopted children in the Eternal Family:
John 6:44 (NASB) 44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
Ephesians 1:5-6 (NASB) 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
You see, man is born in depravity with absolutely no capacity to enter into any type of relationship with the Triune God and he is spiritually dead, thus he has no capacity to act from Faith i.e. A righteous source or impetus within him. You see, man is born dead spiritually because of Adam’s sin, as Adam was our federal head and representative of the human race in regard to the first covenant, which was a covenant of obedience regarding injunction against consumption of the Fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. If Adam had lived out the probationary period in obedience which was probably until the full number of God’s children had been born in his lineage, then mankind would have been established in Righteousness forever without the possibility of falling, but because of Adam’s sin mankind was infected with the corruption of disparity from God’s character, God’s heart, and thus He who is perfect in all things and so He who is Life (God) separated from Himself those who chose their own path. God is HOLY which means the purity of his character remains unadulterated for all eternity, and thus when the purity of the state he created us in was infected/corrupted with rebellion or sin….. Death or separation from He who IS LIFE ensued. If God had allowed mankind into his presence, after sin had infected his being, mankind would’ve been obliterated in justice’s execution. It is like when a room is dark; if light is life and life decides to dwell in that room, then darkness is cast to nothing as if it never existed. It is the same with God and man, if God did not shed Grace upon fallen man every day, Justice would fall upon man, i.e. God would occupy fully the space we are in with His Glory and Righteousness which would extirpate us. But as it is, God chose out of fallen mankind a group called the Elect. These are the most Blessed beings who will pass through the dark hellish valleys of fallen man only for a time in this world, for didactic purposes, separated from God in Being (sin’s corruption of man’s being with darkness) and Character (lawlwess, for the Moral Law of God* is God’s Character as revealed in Man)
*Matthew 22:34-40 (NASB) 34 But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. 35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
These Chosen of God, unlike the Fallen Angels who will never rise and and Righteous Angels who will never fall, will walk for a time in darkness and exclusion from God’s intimacy so the Elect know man apart from God, in his empty convulsions to grasp a moment’s deliverance from fear, rising from his subconscious knowledge of his ultimate need which he hates and rebels against…. The Love of His Creator and Sustainer. The Elect will pass through this time to learn what it means to be apart from God whom we need the most and to utterly hate everything God stands for in His obstructing us from what we desire to make us feel “in control” of our environment (Power), “above” all others and laws and thus not subject to fear (Pride) or “blinded” from Pleasure so we “forget” the fear, for a man apart for God wants NOTHING BUT HIS SELF SERVING DESIRES FULFILLED…..THIS is where the second Beatitude has its grounding….
Matthew 5:4 (NASB) 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
….for after we are given Spiritual Life by Jesus as He sends forth the Holy Spirit from His Throne with our portion of His Spirit to be given us unto spiritual life, we see the rapacious Rebellion and Disdain for God’s Righteousness we engaged in as fallen men and women and it brakes our heart; For which Jesus brings the remedy of His Mercy and Grace and Comfort by revealing repeatedly the intimacy which now reigns in the Life the Elect has been given. When we are in a Fallen State, Jesus Perfection, embodied in the Moral Law, is detested by man because it conflicts with our flesh desire to do anything possible to alleviate that ultimate fear with the fleshly use of Pride (Pride of Life) which makes man think he is above the fear, Power (Lust of the Eyes) which makes man think he controls the fear, Pleasure (Lust of the Flesh) which makes man forget the fear for a time….. As we see here….
1 John 2:16-17 (NASB) 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
We do not, as the Elect, pass through that time of fallen state for no reason or for God to get some enjoyment from our total depravity. We are being prepared to have great gratitude and understanding of the great majesty of God’s Character and Being, that we better carry out the great responsibility in being the Family of God… 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 (NASB) 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?
David declared what happens to the entirety of an Elect’s experiences in the dark wickedness of his fallen years, after he is saved….
Psalm 18:28 (NASB) 28 For You light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines* my darkness.
One of the most beautiful things a Christian ever experiences is the amelioration of the hell he walked through as a fallen man. All the times of darkness are changed by Sanctification of the man’s heart and mind, to the *Light of Godly Wisdom to reach those still stuck in those dark recesses of existence.
Just as in the New Testament, as it is alluded to in all the signs and symbols of the Old Testament, such as the sacrifices of UNBLEMISHED animals for the sin of the people, man’s sins are forgiven by God in the precious blood of our Savior the Anointed One (Christ/Messiah) ….NOT ANIMAL’s BLOOD and it never was forgiven by anything but God’s Grace.
Hebrews 10:4 (NASB) 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
The Old Testament Faith had the same Object upon which those Chosen unto Life relied for the forgiveness of sins….David is writing here to God for forgiveness…
Psalm 51:16 (NASB) 16 For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.
Psalm 51:7 (NASB) 7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
David KNEW that God ultimately forgave sins….He did not know the Savior yet but he knew God’s GRACE and MERCY were the source of his cleansing ….
The above Psalm alludes to Exodus where Moses and the people of Israel were together before God to establish the Covenant of the Law, which was instituted to reveal man’s depravity relative to the Moral Law of God which is a picture of the Lord’s Righteousness as seen through the eyes of MAN. He took the Book of the Law (10 Commandments and ALL the rest) and read it then took the Sacrificial Blood on hyssop and sprinkled it on the Altar, the Book (God) and the People ….. This was the symbol which alluded to baptism in the New Testament……
Exodus 24:7-8 (NASB) 7 Then Moses took the book of the covenant and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!” 8 So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
This Blood sprinkled is the symbol of the sacrifice of the perfect Lamb of God and following this is the covenant meal which in the New Testament Jesus initiated as the Lord’s Supper. The symbol which pointed to the Lord’s Supper occurred during the sacrificial establishment of the Covenant of the Law when they had their covenant meal after the blood had been sprinkled on them…..
Exodus 24:9-11 (NASB) 9 Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, 10 and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself. 11 Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel; and they saw God, and they ate and drank.
Always remember, man has absolutely no capacity to know God, to believe God, to loved God but only to know that he exists and that he is separated from him in a terrible antipathy between his flesh which wants to extinguish the fear within and God who is the Standard by which all are allowed into Life by pure Grace and Mercy in Love or if they hate him, consigned to death unto the glory of God’s Justice and Righteousness, showing his Children He will protect them and that they dwell safely and in absolute security under his Providence, from evil; both in this world and the next…..
Matthew 10:28-33 (NASB) 28 “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. 32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
God the Father is the one who named each Elect in the Book of Life before time began …….Jesus Christ alone, in his perfect Righteousness as the UNBLEMISHED Lamb of God, paid for our sins as our substitute in having the eternal wrath of God visited upon him for the sins of all the Elect and Jesus Christ alone is the Standard by which one is found Righteous before God as he lived a perfectly righteous life in obedience to the Moral Law of God so that those chosen, when given a portion of his Spirit, would be born unto spiritual life and begin their Sanctification onto Righteousness. Each Elect is chosen by God the Father according to his own pleasure, will, wisdom and perfect design of creation……………… NOT by any variable or contingency in mankind or mankind’s society………… Thus as you see in the following verses, God promised Abraham that through him in his descendent Jesus Christ, “all the nations of the earth will be blessed”… This was the promise God made to Abraham announcing Jesus Christ to come through Abraham’s descendents….
Genesis 12:2-3 (NASB) 2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Romans 9:6-16 (NASB) 6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7 nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED.” 8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. 9 For this is the word of promise: “AT THIS TIME I WILL COME, AND SARAH SHALL HAVE A SON.” 10 And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.” 13 Just as it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.” 14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.
And we who belong to Our King and who are Blessed Servants in the House of the Eternal King!!! ….who are called Children-to-be in Glory! Be Secure Little Ones, He will not let you fall…. Oh GOD ! To You be GLORY, Great and Merciful, Kind, Gracious and Loving Father….I and my wife have suffered many days and nights of Fear in our own weakness, only to call you Blessed and to erupt in tearful Gratitude beyond words when Your PERFECT HAND was there to provide succor wwhen ALL ELSE FAILED including our own moinds and bodies…..Glory to You…Glory to You King – Father – Spirit – Life, Faith, Hope and Love…..
Psalm 55:22 (NASB) 22 Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
John 10:27-30 (NASB) 27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 “I and the Father are one.”
We actually belong to an unshakable Family. Oh My God. Oh Glory….Our God.