You have always been glorious. You have saved Your people while bringing destruction on all who oppose You in order to put Your glory on display. Your Law has been given to us so that we might live within Your glorious Presence. There is more to be written here than I could ever understand now. Please help me to convey a small piece of the supremacy of Your Law over the laws of men, the accountability of mankind with regard to Your Law, and the revelation of Your glory that results from our obedience to the Great Command. Our spirits are in Your Hands, our Sovereign Father.
In Jesus Christ's Name,
His Good and Righteous Law was put into effect so that we may walk forever in the Light of His glory. His Law supercedes the laws of men because they are able to distinguish between the "holy and the common" (Ez 22:26) and because when they are obeyed mankind is able to "live" (חָיַי or to be quickened, revived, restored, and preserved; Ez 20:21). God holds mankind accountable to His Law with regard to the needed rejection of the sin of our ancestors which dwells within our flesh and the blood of those who need to hear the Truth of the Gospel. And finally His message is that our obedience to His Great Command to love our neighbors as ourselves will result in the removal of the blindness that had prevented us from viewing the great love of God for each member of our Spiritual family. Obedience to His Great Command, though temporarily painful, results in the promised revelation of His glory, which will transform our souls into His likeness.
19 “Yet you ask, ‘Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?’ Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live. 20 The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.
The Word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head. 5 Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head. If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.’
7 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die, ’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. 9 But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.
10 “Son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what you are saying: “Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them. How then can we live? ”’11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord,I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’
7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true Light is already shining. I John 2
If we had been able to keep the Law of God we would have never departed from His glory. Though we had been utterly rebellious, as we believe in the Gospel, the righteous requirements of the Law are met in us, and we are able to obey the Law. We are able to obey the law because we are following the New Command of love. For the Spirit has poured the love of the Father into our hearts. This love of the Father has granted us knowledge of the Father's love for all of His children revealed in the Gospel. This knowledge has filled us with the same love for His children. As we think, feel, and live within this love, we are at the same time walking in obedience to the entire Law of God. All of the commands of His original Law are summarized in the New Command to "Love your neighbor as yourself". LOVE IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW. As we love, we are contained within His Presence and not cast out from His glory. As we love, we are able to see His glory. We are able to rejoice in the perfection of His revealed holiness. We are able to exult in the splendor of His exalted Name. Our souls are able to drink deeply of the Water of Life and to be nourished by His Word. We are able to approach Him with freedom and confidence with our "hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience" (Heb 10:22).
8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Rom 13
As we love as Christ loved, we are "doing right". We are commanded now to speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the Law that gives freedom. The Law that gives freedom is His command to show mercy. For if we loved others as we loved ourselves, we would show others mercy. For we ourselves would ask for mercy. We would have nothing to be said in our defense. It is not as though we had a perspective that needed to be understood or explained so as to justify our souls. There was only One God who understood our perspective in Truth. He understood that we were altogether wicked in every motive of our hearts apart from Him. And yet He has showed us His merciful salvation. We are eternally redeemed through this revelation of His loving kindness.
8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the Law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment! James 2
The new Law commands for us to show the same mercy to the family of God. Our showing of His mercy and love is yet again evidence of our true receiving of His mercy and love. In this sense we are called to speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the Law that gives freedom. We press on to know His love and mercy so that we may deliver what we have known from the Father and so be assured of our inheritance in our knowledge of Christ.
Our disobedience to the New Command of love results in the blindness of our hearts towards God's love to our own souls and His love towards the souls of His children around us. Our refusal to love and to forgive effectively blocks our vision of His glory. Our sight of Him is diminished and blurred through our refusal to love and forgive. This would be fatal considering that the revelation of His glory is what transforms us into His likeness and what brings us the inexpressible and glorious joyful hope that allows us to stand firm until the end and so be saved. If we do not continually see His glory, we would surely fall away. Our refusal to love and forgive blinds our eyes and prevents us from seeing others as God sees them.
9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.1 John 2
We must remember that His call to love is a call to faith and a call to forgive. For often our Christian family is walking more in the flesh than in the Spirit and thus we will be forgiving very often. We know that Christ is, even at this moment, doing the same for our own soul as He intercedes for us before the Father. For those who do not yet believe, the call to love them is the same. In the case of unbelievers, we are facing the devil (the accuser). For these unbelievers had not shown us the grace, forgiveness, and love that our heavenly Father has shown us. The only disposition left to be held in the soul of another towards us is that of the devil who came to steal, kill, and destroy. We can never be loved by those who walk in the flesh as Christ loved us while we were still sinners. Those who walk in the flesh could never bring any rest to our souls. For even their admiration or flattery was based on the fading glories within us which would make our hearts so very insecure if we trusted in them. And in their ignoring of us or accusation against us, they had refused to remind us of our Father's loving gaze which forever remains on us. In this sense, we are facing the devil in those who walk in the flesh, those who "do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men" (Mark 8:33)...the very people whom Christ commands us to love. His command to love by doing to others as we would have them do to us, is a command to forgive them for walking in their flesh. And our obedience to this command is a choice that we make in faith. There may be nothing at all in the person that we deem lovely and there may be no feeling of tenderness and compassion in our hearts at the moment of decision. Yet we are called to suffer in our obedience to His command to do to them what we would have them do to us. We would have for God to forgive us and to show us His mercy. And so in faith, we deny the irritation and agony of the flesh, and we die. Yes, we crucify the turmoil of the flesh with the all-surpassing faith that He has given us in His glorious Gospel. His command to love was for the good of the objects of our love and for the good of our own soul. For as we suffered in the flesh in obedience to His command, we are putting to death the most hard parts within us. We are tearing off the blinders that remained over our eyes. The glory would soon come. The suffering of the flesh would only be for a short time.
13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit,you are not under law. Gal 5
The result of our crucifying the flesh and the "putting to death the misdeeds of the body" is that "we will live" (Rom 8:13). We will be conformed to the image of Christ. We will be "transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit" (2 Cor 3:18). As we experienced the excruciating death of our own flesh involved in the loving of the other person who walked in their flesh, God soon removes the veil of our blindness and we behold the glorious love of God.
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed whenHhis glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4
24 Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of His body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the Word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Col 1
We acknowledge that God had loved that person and that He has loved us. In this manner He reveals His glory as we walk in faith and in obedience to His command to love. The glory of His revealed love far exceeds our expectations. "He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us" (Eph 3:20). The joy that we receive when we behold the love of God for the other person humbles our soul and causes us to denounce the former hardness of our flesh that had resisted our initial outpouring of love. Just a single sight, dear family, of the glory of God will captivate us and perfect the attitudes of our heart. This sight will fill us with the joy of His Presence. As we behold His glory we are transformed into His image. On the day when we see Him Face to face, we will behold His glory in full, and then we will be like Him for we will see Him as He is (I John 3:2) We must obey His command to love for "without holiness no one will see the Lord" (Heb 12:14). Believe that there is something that exists called "The Glory of God" and that if you trust and obey, He will surely show His goodness to You. He will hide you in the cleft of the Rock of Jesus Christ and He will pass by you. His loving kindness is immeasurable.
22 I have given them the glory that you gave Me, that they may be one as We are One: 23 I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.
24 “Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world. 25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, I know You, and they know that You have sent me. 26 I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them.”
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