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The Law of Reciprocation

Lesson 8 of 8

Let’s now turn our attention to learning more about reciprocation. What does it mean to reciprocate? We easily understand reciprocation by thinking about a cat or a dog or a fish. A cat was created to meow so he desires this, a dog was created to bark so he desires this, and a fish was created to swim so he desires this. When a cat meows, a dog barks, or a fish swims they are reciprocating what they are.
 
What are we? What do we desire? We are Christ’s and He is our desire. God breathed life into our souls and we were created to behold Him and fellowship with Him—to know Him. We were to find the increase of our God- Code with His signature and not the signature of the beast. The signature of the beast speaks of earthly things. When Adam fell he received a signature to function with earthly things, temporary things, things that speak about his need to survive. This is why people desire earthly things.
 
With this understanding we can then understand the connection between desire and faith. Cats, dogs, and fishes desire to reciprocate the purpose of their creation because they find pleasure in fulfilling what they are. Man was created for God, for heavenly things, but desires earthly things. The fallen nature of man desires earthly things.
 
But now God has provided us a covenant for the exercise of our will, to transition our  desire from earthly things to heavenly things (spiritual desire), so we can reciprocate according to our true design and purpose of our creation.
 
Reciprocation is very important to God. He set the pattern for the Spirit to engage with you that you might live in and by the Spirit, and this is why the priesthood is not a word on paper or scripture in the Bible, it is the activity of our faith. It is the very core of our faith.
 
Mating With the Lord
 
When we talk about “engaging with the Spirit” and reciprocation we are talking about “mating” with the Lord. This is what the Song of Solomon are all about. God uses the Song of Solomon to describe our relationship with Him because He is teaching us teaches us about mating with Him; His desire to be joined to us for the purpose of Christ being formed in our inner man.
 
When a person thinks of this in the natural, and tries to interpret the Song of Solomon according to the instincts and the drive of the flesh, they try to love God by spiritualizing and romanticizing human mating rituals. And while God does use human mating rituals as symbolism in the Song of Solomon, God is not leaving this to our imagination. He gave us a covenant that we mate with Him by knowledge. Mating speaks of a union for the purpose of propagation, increase, and the expression of a bond of love and commitment to build.
 
God uses different symbolism to teach us about His relationship with us. He describes Himself as our Father and we His children, His offspring because He is teaching us that He brought us into His house. He has taken us out of the household of Satan, taken ownership of us, and washed and cleansed us in His word. But, Jesus also describes Himself as the husband and the church as His bride.
 
God is not trying to confuse us by first calling us His children and then calling us His bride. If Jesus were sitting next to you on a park bench on a warm, sunny day, he might turn to you and say, “Look at that father there with his son. See how they are playing with a model airplane? He is teaching his son. I want to teach you many things about my kingdom, and how I took ownership of you and now am training you in My household.”
 
Then a moment later, as a young couple in love walks by, Jesus might point them out to you saying, “Look at that young couple. Do you see the tenderness between them? I want to teach you something about how my fruit is born in your inner man by you engaging with My Spirit.” So we can understand what God is doing and what the Song of Solomon are all about. Jesus could also point out to you the bee landing on the flower and speak to you about spiritual conjugation in that way, explaining how honey is produced by the action of the bee upon the flower. A form of exchange is going on in that kingdom.
 
Mating is a word that describes a form of exchange. An exchange takes place when we labor at the altar of Christ, offering spiritual sacrifices of prophecy to God. If the altar of Christ is not built within your soul, the knowledge of Christ has not been set in order and you do not have a priesthood. What happens when you read the Song of Solomon? You try to picture what an intimate relationship with God is all about. The imagination is at work, not the Spirit.
 
The Covenant of Jesus Provides Knowledge for Mating
 
The covenant of Jesus provides knowledge for mating with the Lord. That is your priesthood. It is a priesthood of knowledge. By knowledge an exchange takes place. What kind of exchange? I don’t mean an exchange of sin as many have been taught, where Jesus takes our sins and we take His righteousness.
 
This idea was concocted in the minds of those who did not have a priesthood. How were they going to get rid of sin and walk in righteousness? The idea of an exchange appealed to them because of the situation they were in. All they had to do was believe to in the exchange, but in reality they still lived the sin.
 
So, no, I am not talking about the exchange of substitutionism where Jesus does not mediate the covenant. I am talking about the exchange of grace and charity at the altar of Christ. God gives us grace, our understanding is increased, our heart is enlarged, our will strengthened for faith, and we offer back to God the first fruits of His knowledge in the form of prophecy. Then God reciprocates again to beautify the soul with the virtues of Christ.
 
We grow spiritually through proper reciprocation in the priesthood. We are to reciprocate back to God His pleasure. Jesus Christ is the pleasure of God. We can see reciprocation by knowledge in the design of the Elements, how faith is a reciprocation of grace, how justification is a reciprocation of righteousness, how holiness is a reciprocation of sanctification, and so on. God designed the Elements of the Gospel for our participation, that we may reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
We are not to reciprocate to God man’s pleasure. The moral code is the pleasure of man. The moral code cannot be received of God for fellowship, faith must be received of God for fellowship. God would say, “Your faith must reciprocate My kingdom.” This is the true testimony of God, that we carry the image of the heavenly and not the image of the earthly.
 
God Gave us Tokens For Reciprocation
 
So God gave us tokens for reciprocation. The priesthood is a token of reciprocation, that we would see Him and not defend the flesh. The knowledge of Christ is our necessary food. The grace of God is our necessary drink. For us to reciprocate to God we must daily eat of His knowledge and drink of His grace. Our daily spiritual sacrifices of prophecy reciprocate the likeness of Christ that is hidden in His knowledge.
 
The Spirit engages with us for the purpose of this increase. This is why the Bible identifies the Spirit of God as life giving and life sustaining. When you build your faith according to the apostles’ doctrine, the Spirit moves upon the knowledge to confirm Christ and to conform your nature to Him. This is the purpose of faith, for this conformity to take place. When you conform to Christ through your priesthood, the Spirit will confirm Christ in you by engaging with you, rewarding you with more powers, more gifts, more grace, more charity. There is no end to the increase of your faith. Why is that?
 
Confirming but not Conforming
 
Many people say they believe in God, but their believing is a non conforming confirmation. Many say things that are true about God, that He created the universe, our world, and everything in it, that Jesus is the Son of God, that the Bible is the inspired word of God. The problem is that they never allowed the knowledge they have to be set in order, so they are not builders, they have no priesthood. They are confirming, but not conforming.
 
An example of this is seen in the book of Acts, where the woman possessed with a spirit of divination followed Paul and his company confirming, “These men are servants of the might high God.” Paul discerned that a seducing spirit was confirming, not Holy Spirit. The woman was not a builder, she was not conforming to the covenant. You see, Satan is very good at that—the imitation (Acts 16:16-19).
 
Why Reciprocation of Knowledge is Called Charity
 
The utterance of our spiritual sacrifices of prophecy is a form of reciprocation. Jesus Christ, being set in the heart as the foundation of truth, provides us with our offerings of Christ (truth) back to God. This reciprocation is called charity.
 
The offering of our spiritual sacrifices of prophecy to God is called “charity” because we are loving God in the same manner as He loved us; 1John 4:11, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” God loved us by giving us Jesus Christ, and we love God by returning the words of Christ to God. God would say, “Those sanctified, desire Me.” Therefore God calls man back to Himself as if to say, “Sanctify a desire for Me as your true record.” Therefore it is by the priesthood that we reciprocate a form of knowledge that confirms the Spirit and not the flesh.
 
Those who believe stand in God’s perception and accept His tokens that they might see Him and their faith would reciprocate His kingdom.
 
The prosperity message does not reciprocate Christ—it reciprocates Satan. How can I say that? The prosperity message is Satan’s distraction. The church is being fed knowledge that appeals to the earthly signature for increase, but does not feed the soul.
 
Every token is a taste of the power of that kingdom. God’s tokens (tools such as the priesthood) is a taste of the powers of His kingdom to come and so the soul reciprocates this—desires this.
 
On the other hand, Satan’s tokens (tools such as the tithe) is a taste of the powers of darkness upon the soul and the soul reciprocates this—desires the increase of the flesh for the pleasure of the flesh. A person who is stuck in this web of Satan represent themselves (their own desires) before the throne of God.
 
God is now removing Satan’s cloak, allowing us to see his influence behind the tithe and other destructive doctrines. There are many invisible influences that drive a person’s desire to tithe to receive God’s blessings upon their life. Because these influences are invisible they are thought to be “spiritual”. It is spiritual, but of the wrong kingdom. What a person thinks is Christ is actually Satan. Satan has taught the church to use the fallen nature to reciprocate the desires of the flesh.
 
Restoration and revival is about returning the church to the true and original tokens of faith, and returning man’s desire to God. You cannot just desire to see God, God has to open your spiritual eyes to see Jesus in the tools of His covenant.
 
Faith is Not Blind
 
Faith is not blind. Faith begins with a framework of truth that God expects people to know and to reciprocate faith by that pattern and design. We see this example of this in the first covenant where God gave commandments to the people for faith, and the “people, answering together, said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord” (Exodus 19:8).
 
Jesus Christ is now our faith, and we reciprocate to God by returning the knowledge of Christ to Him. Hebrews 13:15, "To Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name." When we reciprocate the knowledge of Jesus Christ back to God we are giving to God a gift that is equal to the gift He gave us. He then rewards our choice of faith by issuing grace to the soul, which in turn assists the work of regeneration (assists us to take on the image of Christ within).
 
The Tongue Reciprocates what the Soul Carries
 
The tongue reciprocates what the soul carries, just as the soil reciprocates what the seed carries. Naturally speaking, we partake of the product of that invisible work (the seed in the soil) when we place the ear of corn on our plate, and what sprang of the soil now nourishes the body.
 
The same holds true spiritually for the knowledge of Christ; that which sprang forth from the bosom of the Father (Jesus Christ) and was planted in this earth (by His birth and death) was received back to the Father (His resurrection), and by this we are able to partake of Him (by the Spirit). That which God gives He is always in anticipation of receiving back with increase. Jesus taught of this principle in many parables:
 
  • The “good” ground that produced an increase, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold (Matthew 13:8).
  • Jesus multiplying the bread, feeding a crowd of over 4,000 (Matthew 15:32-38).
  • The rich man who valued the increase of himself over the increase of his soul and perished in his sins (Lk.12:16-21).
  • The land owner who came looking for increase, finding none, sought to remove the fig tree that refused to yield an increase (Lk.13:60-9).
 
God’s expectation of our increase by His Spirit is reflected in the Second Covenant commandment to “grow” in the “knowledge” of the Lord, which we obey by our daily study of the doctrine of Christ and our daily doxology of faith. We increase in faith, virtue, and charity by our reciprocation of Christ to God. When the soul carries the virtues of Christ, in His knowledge (the power of His record), the Spirit carries that work within the soul, (witness) and our lips reciprocate that testimony to God. God, who loved us by giving us His only begotten Son, receives Him back to Himself by each utterance of prophecy. Our souls are nourished by this work of righteousness, and for this we praise God. Paul exhorted believers to covet prophesy and not to despise it, for God uses prophecy as a tool for the edification, exhortation, and comfort of the church (1Corinthians 14:4,12,29,31; 1Thes.5:20).
 
As we can clearly observe Christ is our portion from God, we can then understand that Christ is what we reciprocate back to God. God has chosen this pattern for our reciprocation. As the apostle wrote, “According as he hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” (Ephesians 1:4), which means that we reciprocate by Jesus alone and none other. The apostle Peter taught that our spiritual sacrifices are acceptable to God by Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5), and Paul also wrote, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6).
 
Earlier we quoted John 3:16 and remarked about how God loved the world by giving His Son, Jesus Christ that we would reciprocate to God the same gift (Jesus Christ). It is important to repeat here that God set the pattern of our worship in Himself because He will not accept a gift that is less than Himself.
 
Again, how are we to reciprocate Jesus back to God? We reciprocate Christ through knowledge; Jesus is the doxology of our faith. While the sacrifices of the Old Testament confirmed the revelation God gave through Moses, which pointed towards Jesus Christ, the sacrifices of the New Testament confirm Jesus Christ in His fullness. Once Christ came in His fullness, all that was in part (Moses) was fulfilled in Him. I know we made this point earlier, but it’s worth repeating here, for those who use worship techniques that are still tied to Moses embrace Christ only in part.
 
This is like saying that Jesus did not yet come to shed His blood for the sins of the world, that God sanctifies parts of Christ, or that the Spirit of God confirms Christ in the house of Moses, all of which are in error. And when error is seen at the doctrinal level, error is also seen at the functional level of faith, which doubly fails believers in that they can neither identify Christ’s fullness nor experience it.
 
Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). The knowledge of Christ is sanctified for our faith; it is the bread that we eat at His table. As priests we break His bread and eat of Him by rightly dividing the word, and as priests we offer the bread of Christ back to God through spiritual sacrifices of prophecy, which is our expression of charity (the love of God, which is Jesus Christ). By this utterance of His knowledge (prophecy), we are expressing Christ, and the fruit that is formed in the soul by this work is also an expression of Christ.
 
The Knowledge of Christ is Our Communion Cup
 
The knowledge of Christ is our communion cup. The priests of the Lord drink of the cup of His knowledge, offering spiritual sacrifices of prophecy, which brings the light of Christ to the soul. By this we can see two things: how God planned for us to steward His grace, and how our communion with God is the communion we share with each other (1 Peter 4:10). As we partake of the light of Christ and share it (uttered through prophecy), the Spirit confirms Christ in the knowledge. and we increase in Him. Thus, the righteous keep the fellowship of the faith with the light of Christ and drink of His cup of charity, for He is the doxology of our faith.
 
The knowledge of Christ is the New Testament tithe. We no longer give to God the portion through the 10% monetary tithe, which only acknowledged Christ in part, but we now return Christ to God in whole through our spiritual sacrifices of prophecy. Christians have asked, “How then can the work of the ministry be supported without the financial tithe?” First of all, by your prayers and spiritual sacrifices, and then by your free will financial offerings.
 
Here again we observe how Christ brings liberty to the church. Past Christian indoctrination falsely tied a blessing to one’s financial tithe, which brought the soul into bondage to covetousness under the priesthood of the flesh. But now that the tithe is returned to Christ’s fullness, He is our offering as well as our blessing. The priesthood of the Spirit, which is in Christ Jesus, is after the order of Melchisedec
 
Hebrews 7:11-17
11. If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
 
12. For the priesthood being changed, [from Levi to Jesus Christ] there is made of necessity a change also of the law. [from the Law of Moses to the Law of Grace and Truth]
 
13. For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
 
14. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
 
15. And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
 
16. Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
 
17.  For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
 
Melchisedec is a type and shadow of Jesus Christ, whose priesthood is by the Spirit. Our priesthood then, is not of this world, not reflective of animal sacrifices, does not follow carnal commandments nor use carnal tools, does not testify of Moses, and therefore, does not follow the law of sin and death.

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