THE PRINCE OF THIS WORLD IS JUDGED
BY: JACKIE CAPORASO
MESSAGE No. 177
THE SIN OF UNBELIEF
ESCAPING THE JUDGMENT
SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS – For Passover
NO MORE TEMPLE – Israel is Desolate
ONLY ONE TEMPLE OF GOD
A COVENANT GOD
THE SIN OF UNBELIEF
“In times like these, you need a Savior, in times like these, you need an anchor. Be very sure, be very sure… your anchor holds and grips the solid Rock. This Rock is Jesus… He is the One… This Rock is Jesus… the only One…” These are tumultuous times and this old hymn is certainly appropriate for us today. Severe judgments are falling upon the world, and even we, who are in the world but not of it, are feeling the shakings and the turbulence.
Many are wondering at the things that are happening today. Even the strongest nations of the world are losing their stability. As men scurry to hold on to their security, the voice of the angel who spoke with John is heard, “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” (Rev. 22:11)
By these words, we are made aware that at the end of the age, there are still some who are unjust and some who are filthy. There are also some who are righteous and some who are holy. They are side-by-side in this world with nothing in between. This is the world that is unfolding before us today.
The judgment of this world did not begin recently, Jesus spoke of it when He was still walking this earth. He explained “And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.” (John 12:47) The Son of God came to save the world. However, when His mission was accomplished, He sent His Spirit to continue the work.
Listen to what He told the disciples of that day, “When He (the Spirit) has come, He will convict (reprove, rebuke) the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see me no more; of judgment, because the ruler (Prince) of this world is judged.” (John 16:8-10)
JESUS DECLARED THAT HE PAID THE FULL PENALTY FOR ALL SINS. FROM THAT TIME ON, THE ONLY SIN OF THE WORLD WAS THAT THEY DO NOT BELIEVE IN HIM. IT IS THE SIN OF UNBELIEF.
Some may say that they believe, but their faith may not be valid. James tells us that the demons believe and tremble. It is recorded in the Gospels that even demons recognized that Jesus was the Son of God. So what is it that we need to believe?
In his epistles, John tells us to test the spirits and see if they are of God. This test has to do with confessing the truth. “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses (believe) that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess (believe) that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (I John 4:2-3) This is the acid test.
What does it really mean to believe that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh? Was John talking about the flesh and blood Jesus who went to the cross? Or was he also talking about the Jesus who rose from the dead and came to dwell in the flesh of His people by the Spirit?
Paul says it this way, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Prove yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless indeed you are disqualified.” (II Cor. 13:5) The proof of true faith is whether one believes that Jesus Christ is come in our flesh too. The devils believe in the Jesus Christ that came in flesh and blood two-thousand years ago, but they cannot believe that He is now living in the flesh of His body of people.
Jesus chose His first disciples to begin the work of witnessing that He is in them by the Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit manifested in their lives and the demonstration of their unshakable faith, these men and women convinced the world that GOD IS and that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
Those who reject the truth that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ come in the flesh are blaspheming against the Holy Ghost; they are moving in the spirit of Antichrist.
“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matt.12:31-32) When men deny that Jesus is come in the flesh there is no more atonement for them.
When Jesus was here on earth, He judged no one, but when the Father sent His Holy Spirit into that little bunch in the upper room, it was the start of something new. From that time on, believers filled with His Spirit became witnesses unto Him. Jesus came as the Lamb of God to save the world. Then He returned by His Holy Spirit to judge the world in righteousness and truth.
Natural man cannot see the invisible things of Spirit. He needs to be convinced that they really exist and that God really IS; this is the power of faith. By faith, we see the invisible things of God. “For without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that HE IS and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Heb.11:6) Those who are filled with the Spirit are filled with His life and with faith. They witness to the world that God IS and that His kingdom is real.
In the fullness of time, God sent His Son into the world, and then He sent the Spirit of His Son. Now we have come to the culmination of the time that began in that upper room. The Prince of this world, through the carnal minds of men has done all in His power to keep faith from the people. He has used his strongest schemes and wiliest tricks to dissuade men that GOD IS and that Jesus is the Lamb of God.
Now, the fullness of the fullness of time is upon us and the Prince of this world is judged. His judgment began when the Holy Spirit entered this realm. It is culminating now. Jesus spoke these words, “He who believes in Him is not condemned. But he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18)
When one rejects the truth that His Spirit moves in the lives of men and women, there is no more recourse for the forgiveness of sins. There will not be Another sent to convince and convict the world.
ESCAPING THE JUDGMENT
Some may believe that they will escape the judgments of this world through a physical rapture, but let me show you another way.
Recently, as I hung up the phone after talking to the third person who called that day to unload the burden of their hearts, I felt as if the bottom had dropped out and there was nothing left to stand on.
It seems that everyday we hear news of serious illnesses and hardships among us. As my heart was crying out to the Lord for an answer, I was reminded of that dreadful night in Egypt when the angel of death came to every house but passed over the ones where the blood of the lamb was applied.
God had decreed that the only way anyone would be saved from the angel of death, was to eat the lamb and display his blood on the exterior of their houses. He had given Egypt many chances to be saved from the terror of that night. He had sent Moses repeatedly crying loud and clear, “Let My people go that they may worship Me.” But Pharaoh ruled with an iron fist and hardened his heart over and over again.
Pharaoh is a type of the Prince of this world who, through the carnal mind, keeps people in darkness and bondage. He will not let them worship the true God. He has concocted all kinds of religions to deceive them by making them think that they are worshiping the true God. That “Prince” not only rules in the kingdoms of this world’ system; he rules the individual kingdoms of our hearts.
God has passed the sentence of death on this old creation. God has been longsuffering. He has sent the true Light and has been calling upon all to come out of the darkness of their false religious worship. He has given all – who will come out – a way of escape.
Everything that belongs to the Prince of this world, every one who is in the image of Adam is condemned already. There is no point mourning the loss of the old man. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” He meant that the old Adam creation was finished on that day.
When John the Baptist introduced Jesus, he said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Jesus is our Passover Lamb. He is the Lamb of God. He is the Passover that we eat. He is the only One who has the power to keep the “angel of death” away from our dwelling. He came and fulfilled His part; when we believe, we fulfill our part. As we walk in obedience to His Spirit, He leads us away from all the gods of this world.
Today, the Prince of this world is rallying his strongest forces to keep anyone from believing in the Son of God. He works tirelessly to wipe out any vestige of faith that may flicker in the world. He uses man’s logic and man’s intellect (carnal mind) to talk people out of the true faith. He does not care if we believe in the “historical” Jesus who came two-thousand years ago, but he is out to destroy anyone who confesses that Jesus is come in the flesh now.
The Prince of this world only has power over the old creation man; he has no power over the new creation of God in Christ. This is why Peter exhorted, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” (I Pet. 5:8) He is looking for the old Adam nature that is still in us and he is determined to bring us down spiritually. By hurting us physically, he works to discourage us and defeat us in spirit. Through physical pain, he hopes that we will deny the power of the Christ in us.
He is out to make us doubt the word that we have heard and the vision that God has given us. He works on our emotions to bring us to the place where we will deny the promises of sonship and of ruling and reigning with Christ in the earth. He is out to shake our faith. He knows that if we no longer believe that we are seated in Christ above all our circumstances, we can sink.
SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS – For Passover
God is sovereign and He brings about all the situations and circumstances of life according to His plan and purpose. The instructions given to Israel for the first Passover in Egypt were carefully designed to save the lives of the people, and they are a type and shadow that we are to follow as we partake of our Passover Lamb.
God told the Israelites to eat all the lamb in that night. Jesus said to us, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6:53) There was only one way given to save the Israelites from the judgment that was coming upon Egypt that night: Eat the Lamb! There is only one way to flee the death that is on the old creation man: Eat the Lamb!
Moses and Aaron had received their orders from the Lord, “Speak to all the congregation of Israel saying, ‘On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.” (Exod.12:3) This was not a general order to the nation; it was a very personal word to each man.
It is the same for us. We cannot hide behind a bush in the midst of a large assembly thinking they will carry us through. To have life, we must eat our Lamb in our dwellings (hearts and minds) individually. Our Lamb was slain for us. We believed in Him and accepted Him as our Savior. Now we are ready to partake of every morsel of living word that He speaks to us by His Spirit. We must eat this Lamb continually.
In Egypt, the people had to eat their lamb in that one night, but for us, our night is the long period of the darkness that has been upon the world. As we eat our Lamb, we escape the terrible judgments that are passing upon this world.
God had decreed that all the firstborn of Egypt would be slain; and so it was. For us, it was when Jesus uttered, “It is finished!” that the decree was pronounced upon Adam’s race. From that day forward all who are in Adam die.
Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4) That night began for us when the Lamb was slain on Calvary and it culminates in this day. As long as it is still night, we must eat the Lamb.
When Jesus died on the cross, He took upon Himself the fallen nature of Adam. Because Jesus had never sinned, death could not hold Him. He rose from the dead, taking with Him all who call upon His name. He became the only acceptable offering for sins. All who reckon themselves dead with Him are raised in newness of life.
Our night began after Jesus finished the works He was sent to do. Since that time, the Adam man who has constantly denied God has crumbled before our eyes. The world teaches that man has progressed from beastly creatures (apes), to refined human beings, but the truth is that man without God has regressed from being sons of God to taking on the nature of beasts. This is evolution in reverse.
“And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.” (Exod.12:7) The blood of their lamb was carefully applied to the doorposts and the lintel of their houses.
And so it is with us, as we partake of our Lamb, His blood (life) is reflected in our behavior and actions. This is how it is applied to the exterior of our houses and how it is seen outwardly. When He is our life, we behave accordingly. The things we used to love to do, we now hate to do. Our behavior certainly reflects what motivates our hearts.
When depression and fear knock on the door of our dwellings (minds and hearts), we treat them as intruders and refuse to open the door. We apply the living Word that we have been feasting on to our shaken emotions and we find that all such enemies have to flee. The angel of death cannot trespass into the dwellings where he sees the blood (The Christ life in action). When the destroyer comes, he cannot penetrate our dwellings.
“Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire- its head with its legs and its entrails.” (Exod.12: 8-9)
Their lamb was eaten roasted with fire. This speaks an important truth to us, because if we eat the Word just raw off the pages of the book (literal) we will not be able to digest it (understand it) in Spirit.
The Word that we eat must be past through the fire. This is the work of God in our lives. When we read or hear the Word, He then brings us face to face with the experiences that test us and establishes the truth in us. When the word He gives us is tested through the fire of our experiences, we are changed.
When we eat our Lamb and drink His blood, He becomes our protection through the night of terror. We are not of the world, but we are in it and we cannot escape by running away from it. We could try to run to the end of the earth and huddle and hide with the penguins but as long as we are in these bodies of flesh, we are in the world. We only escape the world when we enter in Him who is in us.
Speaking of Christ, John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) Christ in us does not increase by our own will power or by our works. We are changed by His life within. When it is no longer “I that lives, but Christ who lives in me” I am changed. When our change is fully come and made manifest to the world, the entire world will change.
We have a Savior! The church has taught us that our Savior will keep us from hell and open the gates of heaven for us when we die, but that is not the complete picture. Hell’s gates are swinging wide open now and all kinds of evil are flooding the world. The true church is not anticipating to be caught up into a physical rapture; the true church is being caught up into Christ within. The gates of hell cannot prevail against her. This means that all of hell’s forces cannot penetrate the Christ where she is. The sons of God are gathering on both sides of the veil in a holding pattern, ready to make a surprise landing upon the darkness of this world.
“And thus shall you eat it; with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.” (Exod. 12:11)
Our God is doing a quick work. We know that all that is of this world system is being destroyed in this night. Many are distraught at what is happening but for us it should be a time of rejoicing. It is the Lord’s doing. It is not something that the enemy has devised; it is the plan of our God for His creation. It is the way out of the ever-thickening darkness into which this old creation is ensnared.
They ate their lamb with their loins girded. The belt around the waist held their loose robes close to their bodies so that they would not trip on them as they hurried out. Paul writes, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist (loins) with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” (Eph. 6:13-15)
Our feet are shod and we stand prepared to bring the gospel of peace to the world. While many are keeping their focus on the devastation, our source for news comes from a higher place. We are prepared with the Gospel of Peace to speak PEACE to a world that is desperate for it.
Heads of nations are getting together trying to find the solution to PEACE between themselves, but the people have seen their kind of PEACE crumble so many times that they can no longer believe in them. Nations have signed PEACE treaties until they have run out of steam. We have a PEACE CORPS and an army of PEACE KEEPERS, yet the world is in a worse upheaval than it has ever been.
But we are hid in the Rock in the midst of the stormy sea of humanity. There once was a contest to find the best picture representing peace. Many beautiful, peaceful sceneries of calm beaches and soft breezes gently blowing through the trees were presented, but none of these won the prize. It was the painting of a little bird quietly sitting in her nest, in a hole in a rock, in the middle of a storm in the midst of the sea that won the prize. It is when everything around us falls apart that we learn the Gospel of Peace… with our sandals on our feet…we are preparing to show Him to the world.
NO MORE TEMPLE – Israel is desolate
When Jesus lamented over Jerusalem, He said to them, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matt. 23:37-39)
Because they rejected Jesus, He could do no more for them. They needed a change of hearts, but did not yield to Him. He informed them that their house was left desolate. This word implies that they were left “deserted, wasted” without God.
In his article #163, Ernest Brown writes about the abomination of desolation. He links the words of the prophet Daniel to the words of our Lord Jesus. “But when ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, let him that readeth understand, then let them that be in Judea flee to the mountains.” (Mark 13:14) “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” (Luke 21:20)
“Jesus certainly made no mention of the abomination of desolation being the antichrist that was to come. Since Jesus made it clear that He was quoting from what the prophet Daniel spoke, let us read what Daniel had to say.”
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation (offering) to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations (evil deeds) he shall make it desolate (a ruin), even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Dan. 9:27) Neither did God who gave this prophecy to Daniel associate the antichrist with the abomination of desolation.
Having this scriptural information, we need to re-examine what we have heard and learned from creeds, doctrines and traditions of fallen religious men. We all know from history that Jerusalem was destroyed around the year seventy A.D. which fulfilled Jesus’ prophecy of the year thirty-three.
“For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass (encircle) the round, and keep thee in (besiege you) on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground (demolish you), and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation…As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in which there shall not be left one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.” (Luke 19:43-44, Luke 21:6)
After reading all that Jesus said about the abomination of desolation and what Daniel received about the overspreading of abominations that make desolate, we needed to read what Jesus said about the buildings in Jerusalem being thrown down stone by stone.
All of these prophecies were more or less fulfilled by the Roman armies about thirty-seven years after Jesus made the prediction. If one will carefully study the Scriptures that I have copied in this article, it will become very clear that the abomination of desolation was fulfilled in the destruction of the buildings in Jerusalem.” End of quote.
When I read this, the Spirit quickened something to my heart. As Ernest explained, the buildings in Jerusalem were destroyed, the TEMPLE was destroyed and the sacrifices ceased. This was according to the prophecy of Daniel who also stressed that during that time, God would confirm the covenant with many. It is important to keep in mind that God is a covenant God.
Historical information does not give life, but Jesus made sure to let us know that prophecy spoken by Old Testament prophets had to be fulfilled. The fact that buildings were destroyed was not as disastrous as the fact that among them the Temple was also destroyed. The destruction of the Temple brought the end of offering sacrifices for atonement of sins, and that brought desolation to the nation.
Offering sacrifices for atonement was very much a part of the covenant between them and God Almighty. From that day forward, they were left desolate, without covering and without atonement for their sins. They were exposed to the full blow of the penalty for sins according to the Law.
This proved out to be a horrible fate over the years and centuries that followed. This is why today, so many Jews are anxious to rebuild their Temple, but they still do not say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” They still do not accept that Jesus Christ is the only Temple of God and the only acceptable sacrifice.
ONLY ONE TEMPLE OF GOD
When Israel denied Jesus, they were left without a temple and without sacrifices. Jesus is the only true temple that God has raised. He is the Temple, He is the priesthood and He is the sacrifice. Apart From Him, there is no atonement for sins. Apart From Him, there is only devastation and desolation for any nation.
When Jesus physically left the scene, He returned by means of His Spirit. He told the disciples “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (John 14:19-20)
Jesus meant every word that He spoke. He was not just trying to comfort His disciples; He was teaching them truth. Jesus became one with His Father who is a Spirit and they took their abode within us. It is one thing to believe this mentally, yet another to know it experientially.
The Christ is the Temple of God. While on earth, Jesus was the only Temple of God. Now, by His Spirit, we become His dwelling place and as the Body of Christ, we are the Temple of God in the earth. There will never be another true Temple of God.
The Jews want to rebuild the Temple at Jerusalem so they can again offer animal sacrifices. The best of their animal sacrifices can never atone for their sins; these are no longer acceptable to God. The old covenant has been folded away and is replaced “But now He (Jesus) has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.” (Heb. 8:6)
God’s Son is the only acceptable sacrifice for sins. Jesus in the flesh was the only Temple of God here on earth, and Jesus in His body is still the only Temple of God.
Before leaving the earth, Jesus did something very important; He commissioned His disciples in this way: “He breathed upon them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:22-23)
By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are made priests of this new Temple. As priests, we offer sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving to our God continually and the blood of the Lamb cleanses us from all sins. By the cleansing power of His blood, we receive forgiveness for ourselves and for those we forgive. This is the work of the Temple of God today.
Where there is no temple, there is no true God and there is desolation. The Temple of God is not in any building of man, the Temple of God is in flesh and blood.
A COVENANT GOD
Our God has chosen to deal with man through two great covenants. “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17) A covenant is a legal binding contract between two parties. There is almost always a mediator or go-between to mitigate the terms of the covenant.
Moses was the great mediator of the covenant of Law. He was faithful in all his house. He stood boldly in front of God, representing the case of the people and he put his own life in jeopardy to save them from the consequences of their disobedience.
The terms of the two great covenants between God and His people are written in the Bible. They are called the Old and the New Testaments. A testament is the revelation of someone’s will for a person or a people, concerning the dispensation of their goods. Therefore the Old and New Testaments are the written revelation of God’s will concerning the disposition of His goods.
In the verse above it is clear that God chose to deal with man through two very different mediators. Moses is the mediator of God’s Law, while Jesus Christ is the mediator of His grace and truth. Both covenants bring man into relationship with God, but both parties must abide by the rules of their binding legal contract.
One may say that we are no longer under the Law and that is true. We are no longer under the Law of Moses, but we are under the covenant of grace and truth in Jesus Christ. In Christ, we are forever bound to our God by a legal binding contract. The outline of this contract is given to us in the New Testament and now God’s Holy Spirit is writing it on our hearts and minds.
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people…In that He says, A new covenant, He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” (Heb. 8:10, 13)
This covenant is not ratified by the blood of bulls and goats, as was the covenant of the Law with Moses. This covenant is ratified in the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. But it is a covenant, which means that each party has to abide by the rules of the agreement.
The rules of the first covenant were written in stone and paper but the rules of this new covenant are being written in our hearts and minds by the power of God’s Spirit. These rules are given to us each day.
This is why the apostle Paul wrote, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:2-4)
Jesus, the Lamb of God, paid the full price of the sentence that the law imposed upon all men. In this way, Jesus purchased a new covenant between God and man and became the Mediator of it. In order to be valid, a covenant is ratified, which means that both parties approve it, then it is signed by both. Jesus ratified the new covenant with His own blood.
When God drew up the first covenant, “Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, ‘All the words which the Lord has said we will do. Then Moses wrote all the words of the Lord. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain… (Exod. 24:3-4a)
Then Moses sent young men to offer burnt offerings to the Lord. “And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins, and half the blood he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people, and ‘Behold, the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you according to all these words.” (Exod. 24:6-8)
Thus, the first Covenant was ratified and signed with blood. The terms of that first covenant were awesome. God said, “If you walk in my statutes and keep my judgments, I will be your God and you shall be my people. I will bless your corn and your wine and I will take sickness away from the midst of you.”
God fulfilled His part of the covenant with Israel. For many years, He was longsuffering and bore them on eagle’s wings. But when Israel repeatedly turned away from following Him, and when they offered sacrifices to strange gods, they not only lost the blessings of the covenant; they came face to face with the curses.
At the last supper Jesus “Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matt. 26: 28) We accept the terms of this covenant as we eat the Lamb’s flesh and drink His blood. This living Word is spoken to us directly by His indwelling Holy Spirit. This is a better covenant with better promises. God does not just promise to take sickness away from our midst, He promises to take death away from us.
Israel told Moses, “All the words which the Lord has said we will do.” And to Jesus we confess, “All the words that the Holy Spirit speaks, we will obey.” Thank you Father for your Son who lives in us forevermore. Amen!
Because of His love,
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