Lesson 5 of 5
God had to establish a way for Him to remove us from the kingdom of darkness and to remove the kingdom of darkness from the soul and to establish this power in Christ. How would this be done? It requires labor with knowledge (truth) that the Spirit would enter into to empower to make living within the soul. Here we have the Law of Grace and Truth.
God always uses laws to set the boundaries for our experience with Him. These boundaries set restriction on our faith to show us that we cannot approach God on our own terms. When we stay within these boundaries/restrictions/laws, our faith is pleasing to God.
The law of the new covenant is Himself. God put His law in Christ and then inscribed Christ within the heart by these 2 tokens:
SPIRIT: The baptism of the Holy Spirit (evidenced by tongues) by which the Spirit indwells the heart. The voice of the Father (grace) is heard by all those whom He seals with the token of His Spirit. We have His seal to confirm His vow of faith.
TRUTH: The foundation of truth is laid in the heart through apostolic instruction.
The Law of Grace and Truth is the power of Christ to assist you to comprehend the work of God’s kingdom and to create in you what is of Him, to put His substance (fruit) within the soul, to form Christ in the inner man.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of GRACE and TRUTH.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE and TRUTH came by Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:6, “Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the GRACE of God in TRUTH.”
Your faith needs to be brought into contact with Jesus Christ to be united with Him and this is what we see in the Record (truth) and the Witness (Spirit). The Holy Spirit takes the knowledge of Christ and transforms the soul.
The Record and Witness must be joined together to give life to the soul because God established that He would redeem man to Himself by Himself, and therefore nothing less than Christ would make us acceptable to God.
God established the power of life in Himself, came to earth in the form of the flesh (Jesus Christ) to die for the sins of the world, to establish Himself as the covenant.
LAW — The Spirit will only work with the knowledge of Christ to form Christ within. He is the knowledge we live by. He is the knowledge we confirm. We live by that reflection of knowledge.
The Law of the Spirit
Understanding how the Spirit as the Witness confirms Christ as the Record, we can now understand why the Law of Grace and Truth is also called the “Law of the Spirit” as we read in Romans 8:2. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me FREE from the law of sin and death.”
So, now we understand what the Law of Grace and Truth is designed to do--The law of grace establishes the testimony of Christ in the heart to free the soul from sin that we may bring forth fruit to God.
The testimony of Christ needs confirmation and this is why God provided the priesthood for us to confirm the testimony of Jesus in every spiritual sacrifice we offer to Him. Each spiritual sacrifice of prophecy is a confirmation that we are standing in agreement with God who gives witness to Jesus’ truth through the Spirit.
The law of the Spirit is to reciprocate to God for the increase of the soul in the virtues of Christ. There is a divine power for this work to assist the soul to reflect the image of Christ. That is a law God set upon faith that is made complete in Jesus.
The Holy Spirit sets order to the shadows of the soul, which is Satan’s perception that was sown in the mind to bring disorder. The shadows are dispelled by the light of God’s work, which the Holy Spirit oversees daily as we continue to embrace Christ in His knowledge and tools. Therefore,
The Law of Grace is the purged conscience. The Law of Grace and Truth was designed by God to remove from the conscience the remembrance of sin. “For the worshipers, once purged should have no more conscience of sin” (Hebrews 10:2). The purged conscience is the true heart. You were sprinkled with the blood of Jesus and set apart for God from an evil conscience.
The Law of Liberty. Christ is the virtue of the just. He has freed us to Himself and thus James speaks of the “law of liberty”, “So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.” (James 2:12)
You can understand why the Law of Moses is not a virtue for faith. Faith is in of His image, the image of Christ. We have His brand upon our hearts by His Spirit and truth.
The law identifies faith by the power it uses, either Moses or Christ, either the flesh or the Spirit. We have dominion over sin by grace. The aspiration wants to rule by the signature, but the record of Christ makes us servants to Him. Grace and truth bind the aspiration to make it immobile, thus showing us that as servants of Christ we are prisoners to His grace. Grace and truth is our new lifestyle.
This is not “fancy talk” or “empty rhetoric” as some want to say to cast of their responsibility to faith by grace, desiring instead to be given permission to continue to use their own record as the law of God, and thus becoming lawless to God.
Grace confirms the history of God’s voice in the conscience and He is waiting for you to serve him by that voice. The Law of Moses confirms the history of the flesh and Adam’s transgression and separation from God and this is why there is no process in the Law of Moses for Christ to be formed in the inner man and why the Law of Moses is empty of the virtue of Christ.
Our first frame (before Adam’s fall) was that of strength, which we see in Jesus Christ as we behold in Him the beauty of holiness in His knowledge by the Spirit at His altar offering spiritual sacrifices of prophecy. God elected that we stand in this testimony and therefore He sanctified the knowledge of Christ for our separation from the world unto Himself (holiness). By this pattern He is your Lord. Without this pattern He is not your Lord. You are your own Lord.
The only law God accepts is Grace and Truth. No other standard is acceptable. The Law of Grace is the name of Jesus Christ. There is no other record for our tether to God.
The law identifies the yoke you are carrying. The yoke of knowledge you are carrying is either the knowledge of righteousness brought to remembrance in Jesus Christ or the knowledge of sin that is brought to remembrance through the Law of Moses.
The Law of Moses does not carry the testimony or sanctification or pattern of Jesus Christ, but the Law of Grace and Truth does. By this record He rules over you.
The Law of Grace and Truth is how God governs you. God is the governor of your destiny in Christ when His covenant knowledge and tools are embraced and confirmed by His Spirit. Those things that pertain to Christ is given to us to express faith to the glory of God.
Do you stand in the confirmation of the Son of God through the Law of Grace and Truth or do you stand in the confirmation of sin, using the Law of Moses and the Ten Commandments to approach unto God?
We must know that the Law of Moses is not the door to the Father’s heart. All that enter into faith through the door of the Law are confounded by the tokens of the flesh, but those who enter into the door of Jesus Christ find true faith in the confirmation of the Son of God. God is now breaking the hold the Ten Commandments has over the Christian faith.
The Ten Commandments Reflect Sin
The Ten Commandments do not reciprocate God’s love. The Law of Moses reciprocates God’s wrath because the soul reflects sin and God is bringing that to our attention and this is why the Law is called our school master.
God’s wrath is upon the sinner, isn’t it? The Law was designed to convict the heart of man of sin. And this is why SIN was brought to remembrance with each sacrifice laid upon the Old Testament altar of stone.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a REMAMBRANCE again made OF SINS every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
You can see why a new law was needed once Jesus offered Himself upon the altar to bring us in remembrance of Him. Can you now see why the Law of Moses is not a virtue for faith? Through the Law, God identified your struggle with the nakedness of the soul, thus teaching you there is no virtue in the Law.
Faith is now of His virtue. Faith is of the image of Christ. The new Law of Grace is the power to know Him through the tether of His grace. The virtue of God is that which He shares with those of faith.
Moses does not possess the virtue of God. Man was not born with virtue. Virtue is granted by faith. Virtues is born of the Spirit by which we draw near to God to reciprocate by the virtue of Himself.
“For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.” (Hebrews 7:19)
Not understanding this, Christians will go back to the Law of Moses for the virtue of Christ thinking, “God wants me to be a good person, so I’ll use what the Bible says about being a good person and walk that out in the power of the Holy Spirit.”
You want the virtue, but you’re using the Law of Moses to get it and asking the Holy Spirit to empower that. The Law of Moses will only condemn you of sin, of being without virtue. That is what the Law was designed to do. It was our school master to bring us to Christ.
God used the law of Moses to set the boundaries for faith in the Old Covenant. These boundaries set restrictions upon the flesh to show man his bondage to sin. The law cried out, “Thou shalt not….”, but the command did not give power to the flesh, and the soul was held captive to sin. The power of sin over the flesh was not broken and the conscience was not purged, but bore the burden of guilt and shame.
God now uses the Law of Grace and Truth to set the boundaries for our faith in the New Covenant. These boundaries bring new restrictions to faith. The restrictions of grace and truth removes the power of sin upon the flesh by moving the pattern of faith from the flesh to the Spirit.
God still teaches you not to steal, not to kill, not to bear false witness against thy neighbor, but this is carried out in the sanctification of the Spirit in the fullness of Christ rather than a choice of behavior.
The Law of the New Covenant
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
I’ll say it again, the new law of the new covenant is the power to know God through the tether of His grace. Grace and Truth testify of Christ. The Law of Moses testifies of sin.
The law you embrace will either justify you or condemn you. The Law of Moses was not designed to justify, but to condemn, to bring sin to remembrance. The Ten Commandments is the language of our separation from God that declares, “You are a sinner.”
The Law of Grace and Truth was designed to justify your faith in Jesus Christ, to keep Jesus in remembrance, to liberate you from sin. The Law of Grace and Truth is the language that speaks of our joining to God through our Lord Jesus Christ that declares, “You are righteous.”
Only those who continue in the Law of Moses to try to find their justification in Christ have the dual confession of being both a sinner and being righteous. These believers are not free because they’re using the Ten Commandments for their separation from the world to God. They’re joining their faith to that which God uses to identify sin hoping to identify righteousness. Can you see how that won’t work?
We are admonished to, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5;1)
Moses was the pattern of the First Covenant.
Jesus is the pattern of the Second Covenant.
Moses was the carnal commandment.
Jesus is the power of life.
We Are Dead To the Law
“For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.” (Galatians 2:19)
We are dead to the Law of Moses. This means that it is no longer our compass. It is no longer our scale. We do not follow these commandments to please God. The Law of Moses showed that before Christ came, sin reigned. But now grace reigns through righteousness.
“But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” (Romans 7:6)
Thank God we are DELIVERED from the Law of Moses. That means that we now use the Law of Grace to stand innocent before the Lord.
Jesus Provides an Environment of Grace and Truth
Jesus provided an environment of grace and truth whereby we can be enriched in Him. This enrichment though comes with responsibility. The truth (the knowledge of Christ) must be set in order in the soul by apostolic stewardship to then be set in order upon the altar of faith to be offered to God, that we come into His presence with a gift.
Through the Law of Grace and Truth we are manifesting obedience to God and a healing process takes place through charity (offering of spiritual sacrifices of prophecy). You followed the divine pattern and healing was brought forth. Through this charity we show our steadfastness in faith.
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.” (Hebrews 10:16)
God is writing His commandments in your heart for you to function in your priesthood. We draw near to God for this form of cleansing through the priesthood. The Law of Grace and Truth frees you from the Law of Moses so that the hands of Christ can mold you.
Are You Confused About the Law God Wants You to Use to Serve Him?
There is a lot of confusion about the commandments we are to observe to please and obey God. Which law are believers to keep, the Law of Moses and the Ten Commandments or the Law of Grace and Truth?
God is shattering so many Christians myths in this lesson! The Bible says, “For we are not under the Law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14)
How is this to be understood? Some say that we are not under the Law of Moses, but under grace, yet they still believe they must observe some of the Ten Commandments to honor God. They may still keep the Sabbath day, or they may still tithe, or they may still try to set order their behavior by using the Ten Commandments as a guide, thinking that they are honoring God by setting order to their thoughts and behavior.
But you must know that if you still hold onto the Law of Moses and the Ten Commandments in any way, you are still under the law that condemns and not under the law that frees the conscience to Christ.
What is at fault, often times, is a lack of appropriate instruction in the Law of Grace and Truth. Somewhere along the line, believers got the idea that being “under grace” meant that grace was some sort of magic cover-up for sin and that the bottom line is that Jesus made it possible for God to accept us as we are, in a sinful state, to remain in a sinful state.
This is why believers today say they are under grace, but still continue to confess sin. Sin is still their experience rather than grace. Clearly the function God designed into the Law of Grace for faith to reflect Christ is not being understood. When the function of grace is not understood, its comparison to the Law of Moses is made without accommodating grace. Faith never converted to accommodate grace. By that I mean that plans are never made to include grace into faith.
Faith Must Accommodate Grace
There is a difference between simply talking about grace, and faith actually converting from the Law of Moses to accommodate grace. For example, you might have heard it taught that “the most important part of the Law is Jesus! The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” Notice that in this statement there is no instruction for the function of faith with the Law of Grace. What we have is doctrine without function, or functionless grammar. These are words with no power.
Here is another example. You might hear it said that, “The Law is stressful, but grace is restful. His burden is light. There is nothing easy about following the law because God Himself said we can't keep it! So, why try? Let Christ by His love and grace empower us to overcome the sins of flesh as the Holy Spirit leads by His grace!” Again, the teaching is making general statements about grace (and love) while lacking an awareness of how grace functions and so no plan is made to have faith reflect the grace of God.
When assessing whether or not believers possess a true understanding of the Law of Grace and Truth we look for these 5 components:
If a believer has not received appropriate instruction in the grace and truth of God their vocabulary of grace will always reflect the lack of these vital connections and their testimony and teaching will lack these vial experiences. You’ll hear statements about what the Bible says about God’s promise of life in Jesus that are disconnected from how grace functions and the life giving experiences that come from that function. For example you might here it said that,
A lot of times you might find yourself saying these kinds of things to get your mind “on Jesus” and “off of all the bad stuff” going on in your life. Or you might say these things to “put yourself into a spiritual frame of mind where you’re giving control to God to make Jesus your Lord”.
You might feel like you are really connecting to the essence of what faith is all about (getting your mind on God and off the world and submitting to God), but your faith is really stuck in the flesh, unable to move forward to truly reflect Christ. Your language does not reflect the work of the Spirit.
When Your Mind Changes, but Your Nature Remains the Same
When there isn’t any practical application being made with the tools and priesthood for you to express Christ and for the Holy Spirit to confirm Him then nothing has really changed. You may have changed your mind about what’s important to God and what’s not important, and you may have exchanged some bad habits for good ones, but your nature has not changed.
The weight of sin is still heavy because you’re expressing the knowledge of this world for the promise of its aspiration and working with your principle to control, dominate, and destroy, and lacking the witness of the Spirit. A building is taking place with (false) knowledge that you are unaware of.
You may have said many times that the yoke of Jesus is easy, but what does that mean? The yoke of Jesus’ truth is easy because you’re expressing Him with the knowledge of the Second Covenant and God is reciprocating His virtue. Right here I want you to again see the definition of “law”. God establishes a law for your reciprocation. A building takes place with (holy) knowledge that you need to be aware of.
This is the law of the Spirit. That we must reciprocate the likeness of Christ for our increase in Him.
LAW --- The true virtue and power is God. The Law of Moses does not give virtue. God would say, “I am here to enrich you in My grace.” God is the life giver.
A tether still remains in the signature. The tether of your signature will always be the resemblance of Adam. The carnal minded lives by this tether. They are yet tethered to this sign by the habit of life. By the record of Christ we set aside the signature and record of the soul that it not become a barrier to regeneration.
God Uses Knowledge to Bring You Into Harmony With Him
God uses knowledge (truth) to bring you into harmony with Him. To understand this, let’s first talk a bit about the harmony found in music. God wants you to understand something about music that’s going to really liberate you and set you free, and at the same time teach you something very important about faith.
I’m sure you are aware of how your soul flows in harmony with music. You have felt how music draws from you an indescribable passion as your soul is carried away or ruptured with the incredible, magical blend of sound and harmony. This is why it’s said that music moves the soul and why it’s said that music can soothe, heal, and empower the soul, and why it’s said that where words fail, music speaks.
So also is the grace of God for your charity, to draw faith from your heart, to bring you into the passion of God’s charity, which is not of the flesh, but of the Spirit.
I want to be careful here not to cause any confusion. I’m not talking about the outward show of the flesh, how you might have seen the theatrical display of the flesh by some who claim the Spirit of God is upon them. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about the power of grace upon the soul and the witness of the Spirit to draw us into this fellowship with God that takes place daily in your priesthood.
There is a rhythm of the Spirit that God wants you to learn to stay in harmony with Him.
God follows the rhythm and virtue of Himself. The tools of the covenant bring us into that same rhythm.
There’s a natural appetite people go back to and draw from to get close to God. We can see this in how people celebrate the human spirit through music and dedicate their musical creations to unity and peace. Why do they do that? They’re trying to bring some magic, power, and beauty back into their life. They’re trying to receive a touch of the Divine. They can feel the rhythm of the soul while under the spell of music and desire that harmony that Adam had with God before his fall. That’s what they’re trying to tap into and recreate.
We’ve seen Christians try to do the same, attempting to use music for God to induce a state of worship with this same token the world uses, trying to use the harmony of music to excite the passions so that they can again “feel” they have a connection with God. But God does not work through the instincts of the flesh to restore your soul to Hm. He uses grace and truth. The knowledge of Christ flows with the Spirit. Awakened by grace, we learn to live by this new power.
Your mind used to follow the tracks of false knowledge from the aspiration to the principle. When in covenant with God, God transitions your mind to follows the tracks of truth, from faith to charity.
In the absence of the Law of Grace and Truth your faith is not really expressing Christ, it’s expressing an aspiration and flows with that passion. Anytime faith is separated from the Law of Grace and Truth, its being directed by an aspiration of the moral code (enlightenment for self) and the lie of the principle (we’re using our own record as the template rather than the record of Christ).
We need to spend some time untangling this mess by learning more about the Law of Grace and Truth and how it functions to keep faith on the right track—expressing Christ.
Faith Functions With a Law
When you first hear that faith needs to function with the Law of Grace and Truth it might seem strange to you to think of faith as “functioning” and you might think, What is the point of learning how faith “functions”?
You might have been taught that faith has no works and that we are just to be free, led by the Spirit. But your soul functions. God designed your soul to function with knowledge so that He could communicate with you for fellowship. That is a labor. You are always laboring with knowledge whether that knowledge is of the kingdom of God or the kingdom of darkness is a choice you have to make.
So, be careful. When you’re told that faith does not have works, most of the time they’re meaning that faith is led by the whims of the imagination and the whims of the aspiration and that is Satan leading you astray. You’re still laboring (working) with knowledge, but it’s the wrong knowledge. You’re still laboring (working) with the inspiration of a spirit, but it’s the wrong spirit.
In this lesson you’re getting a very complete and detailed understand of the Law of Grace and Truth to understand why faith needs to function with God’s new law in His new covenant. You’re getting a sense of what functions are all about.
God wants us to understand the dynamic action of faith. Dynamic means:
(of a process or system) Characterized by constant change, activity, or progress. Noun:
A force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process. (http://oxforddictionaries.com)
Our faith is constantly at work and progressing as the Spirit stimulates change within the system of the covenant. The Holy Spirit works with the knowledge of Christ expressed in our priesthood to assist us to progress by bringing us to His fullness in each cycle of growth.
Our faith functions in a certain way because God established our faith on the grounds of the covenant He gave us through the blood of Jesus Christ and then He restricted Himself to His Word, that He would support this new law with His presence, His Spirit, and His strength. This means that the confirmation of the Holy Spirit (called the witness) is upon God’s new law.
Those coming into covenant with God are expected to learn the meaning of the sign of God’s presence in their faith just as much as those getting behind the wheel of a car are expected to have learned the meaning of various road signs.
As you are driving down the road, you recognize different signs because you’ve been instructed in the meaning of each sign: yield, stop, merge. You know what these signs mean and what the law expects of you to aid the flow of traffic. A road sign (yield, stop, merge) has power because there’s a law established for it to function.
You can’t drive and not know what the signs mean. In the same way, you can’t have faith in Jesus and not know what God has authorized and sanctified for your faith to be living in Jesus Christ and how faith functions with His Law of Grace and Truth. Faith is assigned the perfection of the soul in Christ.
The Law of Moses and the Ten Commandments are also a sign. A sign was given through Moses that the transgression exists until the promise of redemption in Christ would come. We accepted that sign because it confirmed the testimony of sin in the conscience to which we agreed.
When the church set aside the stewardship of apostles, Christians ceased to receive the instruction they needed for faith to function with God’s Law of Grace and Truth and therefore failed to learn to read the signs of life in Christ and continued to agree to the testimony of sin in the conscience.
God wants you to learn the law that He established in the priesthood: Expressing Christ keeps you from expressing yourself. The priesthood is designed to assist you to reciprocate to God on the level of His grace rather than on the level of your flesh.
God wants you to know which law He is supporting so that you can surrender your will to Him and restrict your faith to the same law. God wants you to know that He only sanctifies you (separates you from the world to Himself) when you use the new Law of Grace and Truth.
LAW -- The new boundaries of your temperance. The Law of Moses used to be the boundaries of your temperance, but now God uses Grace and Truth to assist you to express Christ.
When you exercise your will with grace, grace teaches you not to plunder your neighbor. Grace teaches you the weakness of the moral code. You learn to carry the longsuffering of God by grace.
The Law of Grace Identifies a Restriction
Every new function of faith in Jesus Christ is called a law or rule or commandment. Often times believers mistake grace to mean “without law or rule” simply because they want a faith that is unrestricted, free from the legal entanglements of the Law of Moses. They want a faith that is not “legalistic” so they can be “free” in the Spirit.
Yes, God does promise that, but His promise is in Jesus Christ, so you’ll need to restrict your faith to Him. And that means bringing your faith within the restrictions of the Second Covenant where He can rule over you with His law of Grace and Truth.
The New Covenant Commandment is Love
Another thing that is commonly believed is that to be “under the law of grace” means that “love” is the only commandment we are now to keep. An often quoted scripture in support of this is found in John 13:34 where Jesus says, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
Ministers are heard to advise believers saying, “Walking in love should be the number one goal of every Christian.” If you have your discernment glasses on, what’s the first thing you see taking place in this statement? What stands out to me is the word “goal”, which tells me that for this person, love is not a present reality she is identifying with, participating in, and benefiting from. Love is something she hopes she is progressing towards. That idea of love is contrary to Christ, it’s not true Christianity.
The second thing that stands out to me is the word “walk”. That is the word God uses to tell us that there is an activity of faith that makes love a present reality. But when believers are merely going through the motions in their faith (rather than walking in covenant with God) then everything including love follows the rhythm of the flesh. You just can’t help yourself, but Jesus can help you.
The problem is that Christians have long forgotten what it means to walk in love. But God is now awakening the church to this lost knowledge and qualifying love according to Christ Jesus and not according to the flesh or human passion as we saw in the case of music, how the soul, desiring to gain that which it once experienced with God, and not being aware of Satan’s wiles, accepts the rhythm of music in place of the rhythm of the Spirit; the same thing happens with love.
Christians make great strides to prove to themselves that they love God by grading their love in a way that lets them see that the kind of love they are committing themselves to is selfless and goes above and beyond. But again, this is not what God is looking for.
Grace and Truth is the Fulcrum of Your Discernment
Don’t be mistaken! The soul possesses a natural instinct for the love we were separated from, that we now desire to return to and were searching for before we came into covenant with God. We desired to experience a wholeness with God, to return to Him, to reflect the beauty of His holiness and to possess the purity of His soul. But God hid these treasures of His love in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the door to God’s love.
We know that is true for the Bible says, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God identified His love in His giving of Jesus Christ to let us know that He is setting a condition upon His love that we are to express our love for Him by the same Token. Jesus is the new commandment we are to observe. He is the expression of God’s love. We observe Jesus in Him knowledge, in His tools, and in His priesthood.
Jesus brought this to our minds by saying, “IF you love Me, keep My commandments.” Meaning that if we love God we are to show that love by keeping the terms of the covenant He provided through Jesus.
Love is a word God uses to teach us about reciprocation. A new reciprocation comes with grace. God gave us Christ in His Son. We exchange the gift in holiness by drawing near to God on the same terms.
We give God faith on the terms of Jesus Christ and He reciprocates life. God’s command to worship Him in Spirit and in truth means that we are to return to God His gift. We are to reciprocate His knowledge.
The apostles all knew how God defined love by Jesus Christ and therefore they taught about the “love of the Spirit” (Romans 15;30). We are to each strive together in prayer at the altar of Christ to express Christ from the foundation of truth.
Faith is to work with this Token (Jesus) to love God. Every time you use His Token (observing Jesus in His government, truth, Spirit; gifts, callings, and grace of God; prayer, preaching, and prophecy) you are keeping Jesus’ commandment and showing God that you love Him.
The walk in love means to walk in the priesthood of Jesus Christ where you’re fulfilling the law of Christ to edify, exhort, and comfort the Body by using the tokens of Christ and thus fulfilling God’s will: “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2)
Here again in Galatians, Apostle Paul identifies Jesus Christ as God’s new law. Jesus is the scale of our faith. Let Christ be reflected in your knowledge. Let Christ be reflected in your priesthood. He is restoring us to that which He promised. He will bring us to completion in Himself.
The challenge believers face in regard to keeping God’s commandment to love Him is that God imprinted the soul with the moral code as a testimony of Himself that we might know that we have a portion of Him in us and we are capable of love. This is that “natural instinct” for love mentioned above. But God had intended to provide Jesus Christ as the token to express the fullness of His love in the redemption of the soul.
What Satan does is take that portion which was designed by God for man to seek Him and Satan puts love within the tokens of the moral code (the flesh). The Deceiver hopes you will try to find your completion and wholeness in the moral code and be content in your struggle to commit to acts of random kindness to please God.
You see people responding to this temptation all the time, seeking the divine nature, but speaking from the appetite of man, trying to find a connection to God in the moral code.
The world claims passion and compassion as God’s love, but God claims Jesus as His love. We can see why God set the God kind of love out of reach of the moral code (man’s instincts) to test faith. The will has to exercise itself with what God has provided for faith in Jesus Christ rather than draw from self. It’s in this labor that you’re demonstrating your choice of faith.
What you feel by the instincts of your first birth (the imprint of the moral code upon the soul) cannot be brought to completion (perfection) by the flesh. You can only enter into a relationship with God by the Spirit. This is why Jesus said that we must worship God in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24).
There is no Purity in the Race of Adam
It is natural for a person to try to find his own way back to the way things were before Satan polluted this dimension with darkness. This is the temptation that is overcome by coming to God on His terms.
God provided a covenant of peace in Jesus Christ that will return you to Him by which He will return you to His glory. Not by the temple of your gods, but by Jesus Christ. Not by the philosophy of your idols where you see face to face an image of yourself, but in the truth of Jesus Christ where you see face to face the image of God’s Son, to be made into the same incorruptible image.
There is no purity in the race of Adam. For Adam sinned. To return to purity we must accept our birth into the house of God through the second Adam, Jesus Christ.
The harmony the soul desires with God, when taken beyond the restrictions of the terms of the covenant of Jesus Christ is ALWAYS taken to the natural. The world is full of examples of this as the imagination finds many ways to play this out. But the only bridge back to God is Jesus Christ and His covenant faith.
The Primary Function of the Law of Grace and Truth
The primary function of the Law of Grace and Truth is to bring us back into harmony with God to express Christ. This is why both grace and truth are necessary. Grace is the life and voice of the Spirit of God in support of the record of Christ (truth).
The Law of Grace and Truth establishes our responsibility to the covenant God made through Jesus Christ to join us back to Him. We need to acknowledge that although God freely loves us, our faith is not free of responsibility and needs to be bound to Him and none other.
Just as in the Old Testament, the Law was a set of commandments from God through Moses for the children of Israel to observe, so now, in the New Testament, the Law of Grace is a set of new commandments in Christ we are to observe, to be in remembrance of Him.
Now we see the importance of learning Jesus’ Law of Grace and Truth for they are His commandments. This new Law of Grace and Truth is God’s strategy for reciprocal instruction. Jesus is teaching us to love Him on the grounds of the law that reflects Him.
God Assigned a Law to the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Advocate who officiates the process of regeneration, defining each stage of our transformation. God knows our abuses while in the kingdom of darkness. He assigned these things to frustrate the imagination so man would cry out to Him.
The circumcision needs to take place for the work of regeneration to take place, and the work of regeneration needs the anointing. You have to use the tokens of Christ for the Spirit to empower your faith. This is why it’s called the “effectual working of His power” (Ephesians 3;7).
When the transition does not take place to the New Covenant Law of Grace and Truth, Satan continues to address the psychological struggles of life to feign the change God desires you to have. But this is not the process of regeneration.
God wants us to know what happens to our faith when we function with the tools of Christ. For example, what happens when we pray in tongues? Why had God established that as a function of our faith? What comes out of it?
What happens when we offer spiritual sacrifices of prophecy? Why had God established that as a function of our faith? What comes out of it?
A LAW establishes a precedent for the Spirit to work with.
Charity is carried by the Spirit. This means that the Holy Spirit will confirm Christ in His truth by increasing grace for your labor. The Holy Spirit assists our faith by overseeing this process.
The Law of Grace and Truth Reflects Jesus Christ
When God took away sin by the sacrifice of His Son upon the cross, He no longer needed to bring sin to remembrance, He wants to now bring Jesus to remembrance. To do this, there had to be a change in the Law.
God’s word to the people of Israel was inscribed upon tables of stone. Jesus Christ is now God’s Word to us, which He inscribes upon the tables of our heart by setting the foundation of truth in our heart. We are to express Christ from this foundation of knowledge.
Hebrews 8:10, “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.”
The Law of Moses and the Ten Commandments declares you to be a sinner, testifying of the history of the flesh, and Adam’s transgression, describing sin as man’s cultural heritage. On the other hand, the Law of Grace and Truth in Jesus Christ declares you to be as He is –righteous – holy – sanctified – justified. This is your new history and testimony as God returns you to your true roots in Him.
When the knowledge of the Son of God is set within your heart as the foundation of your faith, these 12 Elements of the Gospel describe Jesus Christ to us.
(1) Grace (2) Faith (3) Righteousness (4) Justification (5) Sanctification (6) Holiness (7) Peace (8) Rest (9) Charity (10) Truth (11) Regeneration and (12) The Renewing of the Mind. When we say that Jesus is the living Word of God, we mean He expresses God with this substance that our soul needs. We need His life. We need His righteousness. We need His grace. We need His faith. We need the divine nature by His divine power (regeneration). We need His justification.
What is ascribed to Jesus is now ascribed to you. You are in Him and He is in you. Jesus had to become the record for your faith, the new law you are to follow in order for God to look at you and see the image of His Son in you.