YOU MUST FORGIVE TO BE FORGIVEN
BY: DALE THOMPSON
If we are to be Kings and Priest (Rev. 1:6 – Rev. 5:10) ought we not to be the first to make righteous judgment and the first to forgive?
Why was it easy for Christ to forgive? It is because He understood that we are flesh and blood destined for failure yet he did not judge according to the flesh – rather he judged by the Spirit. He knew what was in the heart of man. The Apostle Paul said he knew no man after the flesh any longer.
In John Chapter 8 there was a woman brought to Jesus for she had sinned. She did not open her mouth to ask for forgiveness yet after each accuser had went out one by one convicted of their own conscience, Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Jesus forgave for He had the nature of the Father. He demonstrated every character trait of God, the Father, on earth as an example to us.
The Scribes and Pharisees, the religious and political leaders of every age have always judged according to the flesh. It is impossible for them to walk by faith for their sight is blind. In darkness they pass judgment and do not have a heart to forgive their enemies. They may give their coat to one that is cold – but only if they have a spare. They never give their best – it is always the coat they were about to throw away. They feed the poor and write it off on their taxes. These do not have a forgiving heart for their heart and minds are carnal and entwined in the affairs of the world.
In order for us to become Kings and Priest unto God our Father, we must know the life of forgiveness and mercy. Ours is a life and experience of love and grace. It cannot be measured nor a price placed upon the kindness. We go where our Father goes and say what He says for we follow Him and in everything, we are more than a reflection – for we ARE the light of the world.
Our existence is only due to His presence.
The King Priest ministry in the Kingdom of God is one that recognizes their Father, who can reign and rule with righteous judgment and who is able to forgive. It is not Lordship nor a government set up by rules and regulations and ordinances. It is set up in divine order with authority only given to those to whom Father did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29)
The entire seventh chapter of Hebrews is about THE MELCHIZEDEK CONNECTION, that is, it is about the way Jesus Christ, and thus, His body, the Royal Priesthood, is related to a strange man named Melchizedek. In addition, the connection between Jesus Christ and Melchizedek is worth exploring. You can go into a deep study by visiting this link: http://www.theshop.net/gjess/mel.htm
I am writing this however to focus upon forgiveness. Without forgiveness in our hearts how are we to minister to the Lord? This special ministry is one only to the elect of God called to minister outside the camp. “We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.“ (He. 13:10-14)
Verse ten describes the ministry of those high priests who are called to minister to the Lord, and not to the “house,” or to the people. The priests or servants of the Lord who went astray when the rest of Christendom strayed from the Lord (2 Thes. 2:1-4 and 2 Tim. 4:3-4) are confined to the duty of “having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house. And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.“ (see Ezk. 44:10-14)
Let us read on. “They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.“ (see Ezk. 44:15-16) This wonderful King Priest ministry is one where a person is called of God to minister to Him. Not ALL are called to this, just like not ALL are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
To come to this place of forgiveness we must be under the complete obedience and will of Father. This means we are to be submissive to Him in ALL things. (Heb. 13:11) For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Knowing that the body (flesh and blood) can never be a part of the heavenly, which is the realm of the Spirit, or the realm of the kingdom of God, no matter how healthy it may be. (see Eccl. 12:7 and 1 Cor. 15:47-50)
This means the “refuse” – the fleshly bodies, along with our carnal mind must be removed. Our carnal thinking will find no place for forgiveness. When Jesus gave us the example of “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” It is the “refuse” of our being that will be taken from us, to be symbolically burned in the fiery oven of the presence of the Lord.
It is hard to forgive because the mind wants to remember, dig up the past, it is the accuser of the brethren, and it is the place where guilt and condemnation are invented. These are the imaginations that have got to be cast down out of the heavenly for Christ to rule upon the throne of your mind.
As this new life is birthed forth from us we will find ourselves more patient, more loving and more considerate. Why is this? It is because the forgiving character and nature of Jesus Christ is manifesting. How can you bare the ark (God) or minister to Him, lift Him up if the root of bitterness has poisoned your soul? You can’t.
Have you been chosen for this wonderful election? If you have had your feet in fetters as Joseph did “He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold as a servant: Whose FEET they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.“ (see Psa. 105:16-21)
You will be at liberty like never before to reign in righteousness and peace as kings and priests with Christ, even as Joseph reigned in Egypt. (see verses 20-21)
Once your feet are loosed then you can indeed tread upon serpents and crush the head of Satan. Amazing enough it really starts with forgiveness. Matt. 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Your forgiveness stretches into the heavens or the spiritual dimension 2 Cor. 2:10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I [forgive] also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave [it], for your sakes [forgave I it] in the person of Christ;
We could go into great depths with this but the main point to this writing is Eph. 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
For His name’s sake He has forgiven you.
In His unlimited and boundless love,
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