All These Covenants

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God’s Covenant with Abraham – A promise made to one man to multiply and bless his seed.

God’s Covenant with Moses and the Israelites – A promise made to Moses and the Israelites.

New Covenant – Not with one man or one man’s multiplied family, but a promise made to the entire world.

You see the exponential growth here?  God started with a relationship with one man.  Abba then multiplied that relationship a few generations later to that man’s great great grandchildren and their children.  Then, something like 40 generations from Abraham, Abba revealed to the whole world what had been available to them all along if only one believes what is already inside of them.

What then is this New Covenant all about?

The New Covenant has two promises that are written in scripture.  The Covenant:

  • Is for anyone who chooses life
  • Affects everybody

The New Covenant is not only a promise to the obedient, but it also changes the way the world operates as a whole.  The Holy Spirit is poured out unto all flesh, causing the world to operate differently than before.  It might be safe to assume that this is why society is not as barbaric as it once was.

Satan’s Plan

YaHoVa had a 30,000 foot view of His situation on earth.  He knew that the Pharisees were easily controlled by Satan.  Their plan for Yeshua was easy:

(1) See Miracles.

(2) Ask where the power comes from.

(3) When He answers “from God” get Him to admit He is God.

(4) Kill Him for Blasphemy.

The pharisees did not realize that was their plan.  They just knew they were trying to get Him to show that He was certified to perform the miracles He was performing.  They wanted Him to show where His certification was from so that they could show that their certification trumped His certification.  Satan used the pharisees need to trump His power to edge them closer and closer to killing Him.

 

God’s Plan

God’s plan

(1) “Get Satan to kill Me.”  This death will solve the problem started when I created a world where the potential for sin exists.

(2) When I die I will take responsibility for the fall that started all of this, and soak up all the sin it created.

(3) Once all the sin is in Me, I will bring it to the Lake of Fire, where I will continue to preach the gospel, even there.

(4) Anyone who trusts Me in their minds and with their actions will be forgiven for past sins.  I will encourage them to live perfectly, and forgive them when they fall short if they are continuing to show that in their minds and with their actions that they love me instead of the world.   The blood will be for those folks.  Everybody else has little clue as to what they are talking about.

(5) Paradise with everyone who has earned it.  Yes, that is right.  If you believe in me with your minds and your actions you will be hated and ridiculed and the work will be tough.  I say again: heaven is earned.  Every mentor and patriarch I put into The Bible for you did My works, they worked hard to earn My approval.

There is a reason you have to earn a living, earn every meal, earn a car, earn your grades, and earn everything in life:  It is because I put that nature into people: The need to earn what is had.  {You will reap what you sow.} in other words,  You will get what you have worked to earn.  Life with God is no different.  The only way that heaven differs from any other earned thing is that you earn heaven by denying yourself and walking for Me instead.  No thing you can do that earns My approval comes from you.  It comes from me, but you still have to do it.  If you do not, I will find somebody else who will, and you will be left in the dark.

(6) Those who have proven too slick to suffer for My sake will suffer for their own sake, for eternity with the rest of the selfish people who chose the maelstrom of living that is the world.

Training: What Track is The Good Track

What does a train look like?  It looks like a whole bunch of train cars with an engine in the front and/or the back.  The train cars are all connected.  They all take the same course.  That course is driven by one power.  The train’s engines are even called that: The Power.  An Engineer would say to the Conductor “What Power are we riding in tonight?”  “Good question Frank, I don’t know yet, if I had to guess I would say the red one.”

In The Good Book, we learn that we are all connected and powered by One Source: The One they call Jesus.  His name is Yeshua.  Nobody called Him Jesus. They called Him Yeshua.  Yeshua is Our Power.  He powers us up the ladder that leads to life and into heaven. Much like the Conductor and Engineer of a train, our job is not to direct the path, but to stay awake, communicate with the team, and hold on for the ride through all things that will try getting in the way.

The Good Book tells us that if we train up our children in the way of The Lord, then if they go astray they will return.  Tough question, please forgive me.  How many people do you know that have trained up their children in the ways of The Lord and then have found that their children do not return?

God does not make promises He does not keep; Sometimes though, people make mistakes in choosing the train that they connect their children to.  Unknowingly at first, and then when folks are corrected they generally don’t accept the truth.

The train of The Lord spans all generations.  The ways of The Lord are described in Torah.  In Torah, it tells us that God warns His children: Above all, keep My Sabbaths and Feast Days.  His Sabbaths and Feast Days include The Feast of Tabernacles, Trumpets and First Fruits.  The ways of The Lord are hard to follow, it feels weird, and it takes some humbling.  A lot of humbling.  Nine times out of ten it involves removing oneself from the social circle one has built (that’s the being set apart from the world The Bible talks about).  Big huge sacrifice right?  That sort of sacrifice is love that is worthy of giving to The Lord.  Basically your whole life.  All of it.  He is that awesome.

There is another train that dates way back.  Almost all generations even.  It began as Pagan holidays and rituals.  Pagan Feast Days are also based on the seasons, but do not oblige to The Lord.  Over the years Satan has found ways to take the filthy, dirty train that is those Pagan holidays and dress them up in costumes, and replace their pagan names with Christian ones.  Satan masquerades himself as an angel of light.  Christmas, Easter, and Halloween.  These are the holidays Satan uses to keep people with good intentions from finding their way out of Babylon.

To train your child up in a way that will lead to The Lord is to practice what The Lord has prescribed for all Israelites from the beginning.  As it says in His word:

“And this is love, that we walk after His commandments. This is the commandment, that, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”

That verse was written to a woman who had been trained in Torah from the beginning of her life.  As she had heard from the beginning would be to practice Torah.  Yeshua showed that it is about what is going on inside the heart, and what is going on outside is a support system for a person who is truly seeking The Truth.

Through the the writer of 2 John, Yeshua foreshadowed the times we are in today, warning us that people would believe that because of the sacrifice He made, obedience is no longer necessary.  The sacrifice He made is what makes obedience possible.

If you would like to continue in disobedience the world will support you for it; However, you will have less of His ear, you will not be as protected by Him as you could be, and you will not be one who is pointing to and worshiping Him with your very rhythm of life.   By choosing disobedience, you choose to sacrifice what you could have with Him for what you already have with the world.

Teleios (Greek for Mature)

It is important to note that in the verses 25-31 God is inviting all evil people to let evil men and women become good.

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Look at the life of David, at the life of Samuel, the life of Paul, any of our patriarch’s.  Our natural inclination is to fall into the maelstrom of thought that these men and all their actions were perfect.  Our patriarch’s were not perfect, but by the power of God they were being driven to perfection continuously through all of their lives.  A lot of the writing in this blog, you may find, is not inviting you to adopt some radical new way of thinking, but is asking you to adjust only slightly what you already know.  Instead of buying a new watch, we are just adjusting it by an hour, getting away from keeping wrong time.

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Our patriarch’s are examples of people who were

  • Born into a life of sin {we are bound by sin at birth}
  • Came to trust The Lord (obedience)
  • And slowly became more and more like Him.  (moving towards teleios)

What is this process?  It could be called maturing into the person The Savior built each of us to be.  Becoming that man or woman He built us to be would be to hit the target He has set for us.  Ephesians chapter four teaches us what it is to grow in Christ, and it also accurately describes what it is to grow in the world.

The world does offer many various forms of growth and maturing in it’s ways.  These patterns of growth vary widely and include spiritual growth such as in various denominations of churches, even voodoo and magic for the very eccentric.  Physical growth like in body building and various sports.  Finally, mental growth as in scholarly institutions, government bodies and corporations.  It is important to note that many of our patriarchs were part of some of these lifestyles but still were uniquely being formed as a child of The Savior.  If you are a bureaucrat or a sports star or a corporate wiz, you are not being judged, you are being invited and encouraged to stand in more faith while continuing in the skill set God has placed under your responsibility.  God reared Daniel in a pagan political field (he was multiple pagan leaders’ most trusted and respected adviser) and God has reared countless unknown others in similar arenas.

According to Ephesians, the man of God will inevitably grow into the likeness of Christ: never proud or boastful, always forgiving, kind, long-suffering, and never fails in the missions set before him or her that are from God even if that mission is to fail at something.  Some glorious day, and presently in some glorious circles, {we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of The Son Of God, to a perfect man,to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.}

 

We are vessels.  The world knows this about us and fills us with the idea of what it looks like to become mature:  Put away the former, childish ways of fantasy, and become a person oriented with the realities of the world.  You must lie to each other sometimes, you must steal in a cunning and guarded way that is difficult for others to pin down, you must malign your neighbors, clients, and co-workers when the time is right in order to achieve greatness, and above all when God is brought up, in order to protect your way of life you must deny the importance of supporting Him.  You must recognize Him as nothing more than a childish fantasy with a following of people who are childish and not connected to reality.  These are the true qualities of the mature man and woman, and what you should seek when finding mates, friendships and business partnerships.  This is safe.  This promises wisdom and honor, fulfillment and self worth.

Convincing, is it not?  That was taken straight out of what the enemy tries to teach us each and every day.  And for a short time or even a season it is safe.   Unfortunately though we reap what we sow.  When that time comes we recognize that tragedy strikes those around us in equal fashion.  This leads us to chalk it up to “the way life is.”  Folks who think like the world are surrounded by the world and do not know anything better than the rhythm of tragedy.

Without faith and hope, worldly folks (including those in our churches, yes, especially us) will never experience what it is like to live life with a light and easy burden.  The world is taught to believe that a light and easy burden either does not exist or is childish and immature.  What a laugh.  Immaturity is the very act of carrying the weight of the world and living through constant tragedy.  Worldly maturity does have it’s rewards, riches and glory, but in the kingdom of God it is childish, a result of pride and can be thwarted by admitting one has not been trying to live in perfection and accepting The Savior as one’s boss again.

Behaving as described is exactly the way one must behave in order for God to lovingly lift His protection, allowing the enemy to do what he does best.  Satan has come to lie, kill, steal and destroy.  Satan uses cunning metaphors and many psychological devices to keep the world sick.

When a person comes to God he or she begins to mature in a different way.  Godly people’s actions begin to illicit hatred from the world around us.  Our spirit begins to grow and in all things we find joy and steadfast love.

When God is bringing us to Teleios, the world will see us as immature.  If you are a pastor, look for this in your congregation and encourage that man or woman.  Spilling the beans is a sign of a man being brought to Teleios.  If you have one of those men in your congregation than you have one of The Savior’s own in your midst.  That man suffers everyday for the sake of the gospel.  Deep within, every Teleios man or woman knows that the behaviors of the world encourage the poisoning of the mind, the filling of God’s vessels with anything except for what it is meant to be filled with.  Housing Yeshua Ha-Mashiak in a suitable home requires a lot of beans spilling.  He knows what beans to throw out and what beans to hold onto.  What kind of crop is growing in your mind?Image result for colors pitcher

  • If one spends their time in and around the things of this world, dedicating themselves to those things or even just skating along without Christ, one will become like the world.
  • Contrary to this, if a man or woman spends most of their time around the things of this world, while just spending a few hours a day in fellowship, scripture, and prayer, the maturing process of God within that man or woman is guaranteed.  Literally guaranteed.  If you spend time with God you will become teleios like if you are alive you will breath.

It is by no work of man that he becomes evil or good, it is the work of the evil or good within the source of a man’s surroundings that does the work.  The only power we have over becoming perfected in evil or perfected in good is to choose to give our life to The Savior.  At that point the impossible to avoid work of Christ in our life will take hold.  It is the rigorous work of truly choosing to give up every day that causes us to live.

Worldly Maturing

Ephesians 4:25-31 (excerpts for listing purposes)  {Therefore, putting away lying…stealing…corrupt communication…bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking}

Godly Maturing

Ephesians 4:13 {Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect (teleios) man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:}

 


Teleios – Cognate: 5046 téleios (an adjective, derived from 5056 /télos, “consummated goal”) – mature (consummated) from going through the necessary stages to reach the endgoal, i.e. developed into a consummating completion by fulfilling the necessary process (spiritual journey). See 5056 (telos).

[This root (tel-) means “reaching the end (aim).” It is well-illustrated with the old pirate’s telescope, unfolding (extending out) one stage at a time to function at full-strength (capacity effectiveness).]