Feb 22, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 27, year 5,789
To: 23,737 family units, gifted with a desire to be ‘at-One’ with God.
God counts genuine loyalty as righteousness. The Christian example is Abraham’s believing IN faith that God counted as righteousness. All who believe IN God as did Abraham are righteous in His view, but “is one a believer IN God who isn’t obedient?” Absolutely not. (Teaching the “just believe and be saved doctrine” is fleshly methodology, “not a believing IN God through grace and gifted faith like Abrahams.”) Let’s examine God’s relationship with Abraham.
(Genesis 15:1-6; After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram! I am your shield and the one who will reward you in great abundance.” But Abram said, “O sovereign LORD, what will you give me since I continue to be childless, and my heir is Eliezer of Damascus?” Abram added, “Since you have not given me a descendant, then look, one born in my house will be my heir!” (4) But look, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but instead a son who comes from your own body will be your heir.” The LORD took him outside and said, “Gaze into the sky and count the stars — if you are able to count them!” Then he said to him, “So will your descendants be.” Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD considered his response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty.) (Always study the whole.) (Do we sometimes think to help God?)
Sarah and Abraham didn’t wait but thought to help God. When Abram was 86 years old, Sarah gave Abram her maid “Hagar” to wife and she gave birth to Abram’s son, whom Abram named Ishmael. (Gen 16:15) God promised Hagar Ishmael’s descendents would also be numerous.
God changed Abram’s name to Abraham “meaning father of many” then imposed the covenant of circumcision on all Abraham’s descendents. Abraham loved Ishmael and said “O that Ishmael might live before You.” God said: (Gen 17:20-22; As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful, and give him a multitude of descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes; I will make him into a great nation.) But I will establish My covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year.” When He finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.)
In route to observe Sodom’s wickedness, the Lord and His angel stopped in on Abraham and Sarah to announce Isaac’s future birth and share Sodom’s plight. (See Gen 18:) Abraham Knowing his nephew Lot was at Sodom he made his plea on Lot’s behalf. (See Gen 18: & 19:) Before Isaac’s birth Abraham passed Sarah off as his sister and a ruler “one Abimelech” took her but God revealed Abraham and Sarah’s relationship to him. (See Gen 20:)
(Gen 21:2-7; So Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the appointed time that God had told him. Abraham named his son, whom Sarah bore to him “Isaac.” When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him just as God had commanded him to do. (Now Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.) Sarah said, “God has made me laugh. Everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” She went on to say, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have given birth to a son for him in his old age!”)
God chose and gave perpetual promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and David through whose line The Descendent “Jesus the Messiah” would be born and through whom His New Covenant would be administered with Himself the Mediator for all who’d believe IN Him.
Lot, Ishmael and Jacob’s twin brother “Esau” were also recipients of promises, territory and like all gentles who’re chosen, “are spiritual Israelites - Christian’s - heirs with Abraham. Jesus’ apostle Paul explained.
(Galatians 3:26-29; For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to “The Promise.” (“The promise” always refers to the perpetual promises God gave Abraham and his descendents.)
Let’s repeat; God counts genuine loyalty as righteousness. Abraham’s believing IN faith was counted as righteousness. All who believe IN God as did Abraham are righteous in His view, but “can one believe IN God and not demonstrate obedience? Can a person be righteous in God’s view and not be clothed and immersed in Jesus’ loving commands? Is Godly faith and genuine loyalty one and the same? (Gen 1:6; The LORD considered Abraham’s response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty.)
Speaking of plagues, war and etc. God says that each person’s righteous behavior is their’s alone. (Ezekiel 14:20; “Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as surely as I live, declares the sovereign LORD, they could not save their own son or daughter; they would save only their own lives by their righteousness.”)
The Old Covenant was through God the Son
and administered by angels. The Old Covenant
and All things were Created and still Sustained by
God the Son whose death made way for the
(Galatians 3:15-29; Brothers and sisters, I offer an example from everyday life: When a covenant has been ratified, even though it is only a human contract, no one can set it aside or add anything to it. Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his descendant. Scripture does not say, “and to the descendants,” referring to many, but “and to your Descendant,” referring to One, who is Christ.
(Gal 2:17-18; What I am saying is this: The law that came four hundred thirty years later (after promises to Abraham) does not cancel a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to invalidate The Promise. For if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise, but God graciously gave it to Abraham through the promise.
(Gal 3:19-20; Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of ‘The Descendant’ to whom the promise had been made. It was administered through angels by an intermediary. Now an intermediary is not for one party alone, but God is one.
(Gal 3:21-22; Is the law therefore opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the scripture imprisoned everything and everyone under sin so that the promise could be given — because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ — to those who believe.
(Gal 3:23-25; Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by faith. But now that faith ‘in Jesus’ has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
(Gal 3:26-29; For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith “in Jesus.” For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female — for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)
Instituting the New Covenant’s could only take place after the testator “Jesus’” death. “Jesus is the Lord God who contracted with ‘made a will with’ Israel regarding keeping of the law in order to receive blessings etc. Jesus’ cleansing of sin could only be through His shed blood.
Jesus called His apostles to have them administer His New Covenant’s spiritual components that parallel the law. His new has the image of the old, likened to and even more binding as we‘ll see explained.
(Hebrews 1:1-14; After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by his powerful word, and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. (4) Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are My Son! Today I have fathered You”? And in another place he says, “I will be His father and He will be My son.”
(Heb 1:6-8; But when He again brings His firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all the angels of God worship Him!” And He says of the angels, “He makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire,” but of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and a righteous scepter is the scepter of Your kingdom.”
(Heb 1:9-14; “You ’Jesus’ have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness. So God, your God, has anointed You over Your companions with the oil of rejoicing.” And, “You founded the earth in the beginning, Lord, and the heavens are the works of Your hands. They will perish, but You continue. And they will all grow old like a garment, and like a robe You will fold them up: and like a garment they will be changed, but You are the same and Your years will never run out.” But to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet”? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to serve those who will inherit salvation?”)