by Christina Farris
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Has faith changed since the beginning, the answer is no, not even from the time of Abraham. The time of the law was for a purpose to show man his sin. It was never meant to be task master in the since required for salvation. When the Holy Spirit in the New Covenant writes the laws of faith on our heart it is to remind us about sin, to flee from sin, to not do things harmful to others or ourselves. To love God and to love our fellow man. I could stop right there and never write another word today, but I would be leaving something out that is failed to be seen. Often we think of the interworking of the Holy Spirit was only for the Jews that is not true. The idea and law faith was established at the time of Abraham by God through Abraham and Abraham tribe. Now who established the law of faith was it Abraham himself no. God choose Abraham to establsih the law of faith. The ten commandments had not been given yet but in time lawlessness would prevail even with faith that God would then give the offspring of Abraham the laws of God.
When God gives his Spirit to His children and those laws are written on their hearts it only the beginning of what the Spirit does for a believer. The correction of God comes first by His Spirit as with Cain, but hopefully you not outcasted as Cain and chose sin over the warning of sin. There are things in our life we do and God's Spirit is warning us, and we fail to understand the warning, without the covenant of payment for sin through Christ death on the cross, and his blood pouring out for you and me, we would have no divine protection from sin. King Saul even had the Holy Spirit in him but no protection for his disobedience to God, he was like Cain in regards to his sacrifice being has he desired and not as God desired. Will you allow God's sacrfice for man to be your sacrifice? Christ death is God's atonement for our our sin. Christ is the sacrifice God provided for man. Upon faith in Christ we become children of God born not of natural flesh but born of God by His Spirit, and transformed by the renewing of our minds. We are minded of sin not so we can go and sin but so we know not to do it. Our payment for sin is paid by Christ death to God.
Was there salvation at the time of Abraham for the gentile nation. Let us look at Abraham's ancestory, his father was a known idolator. Abraham by human birth would be a gentile, and yet by faith He became the father of the Hebrew/Jewish people and many other nations. What we need to know is Abraham life was transformed by the promises of God. Abraham went to a land and area in which he knew not because said to go and he would give him this land. Cananites gave Abraham land or land grant to be a place his family could be raised upon in peace. We can not begin to understand the nature of what God does. If something belongs to someone else and God has given it to you, it sounds like thievery or even coveting of land. Yet no this was not the case. Resistution was made to Abraham by the Cananites. God was desiring to wake the nation around Abraham to His reality. Abraham tribe would move other nations around them to repentance for centuries and others going back to their idolatry. Yet God was witnessing to the children of other countries about the work of God. About God's deliverance through faith. Abraham without the law and without Spirit of God, seen afar off the spirit would be given to his children. God began a work in mankind. The obedience of the law was to draw man to living a life pleasing to God, because of faith, but instead man took and said if you do not believe this law you are going to hell, so to speak. Man began to judge man. Yet without man judging man in regards to law their would only be chaos in the world. That is one reason good laws change and develop. Yet even at the time of the law man was still not ready for God and still desired an intercessor. Second human intercessor was Moses to offspring of Abraham, he was a mere mortal and actully there was another high priest before that at the time of Abraham named Melchizedek. Abraham talked directly to God so did Noah. Yet Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek. The point being Jesus our intercessor is our direct link to the Godhead when we sin. We have advocator the law of God that says we have sin, and Jesus says Father forgive them for they know not what they do. The law was never suppose to be for judgment but a tool use to guide people. Moses would filled with the Holy Spirit long before Israel was ready for this. Moses had to wear a vail because his faced shined so bright it scared the people when the Spirit of God was on Moses.
Today people hunger in the church world for the move of God's Spirit while others without understanding mock what they do not grasp in ignorance. I met a man that would mock God's teaching by repetition of what he heard someone else speak. The error comes when what is spoken in truth about God and repeated is never taken to heart or by faith. Now I might sound a little harsh, and perhaps so, because I could not see the heart of this man, but actions of the man later would prove this theory would of been right if I had formed a hypothesis. If you witness or hear in your spirit something is not right you probably right. Ask God what would he have you do? If it is to leave, leave, and if it is to stay and be a prayer warrior, witness to the events, or to help others that are struggling within, then you do as Lord directs.
Faith in God begins with repentance or recognization something is not of God, the second would be believing it God's way because one is then believing in truth. God gave us an intercessor because of our need for one, because of our fear of Him. Yet others approached the throne of God without the intercessor, no the intercessor began with Moses and Aaron and continued through the priestline, but the priestline was not God and some were even corrupt because they were man. Who does God send someone in the expressed image of himself as a baby to the everlasting High Priest in order of all high Priest that God had sent to mankind over the years. The need for Christ was because of transgression.
Man seen the wrath of God when the plagues of Egypt came. Israel was marked first by these images. Marked by the blood shed by God's hand as final punishment. Yet God had sent intercessor to hebrew to warn them to protect them of God's judgment on Egypt, and yet even though Hebrew people would suffer more because of the war of God on Egypt they were fixing to be blessed, but Hebrew people even rebelled against God continually. God desired to bring Hebrew people to a place flowing with milk and honey/orignal promise land of Abraham. All this was prophecied to Abraham before he died and the Hebrew people went to Egypt. A time frame of 495 years exile from the promise land to when Hebrew people were set free to return to the land of promise. Abraham story is in Genesis starting around chapter 13.
Christ being intercessor is one faith and hope. Christ came to warn us of impeding judgment and it has yet to come, but it will. When Christ return we will know His judgment is fixing to occur with all his children protected that believed in the Messiah Jesus. Now to understand the filling of the Holy Spirit before Christ was always for a purpose to enable man to do the will of God whether to lead, to do even task of carving for the temple and so forth. God has always enabled his people to carry out unbelievable task for a purpose. These task were unusual for the day, and brought about faith in some of God's power, to the point the ark of the covenant was stolen only to be returned.
The filling of the Holy Spirit on the Gentile nation that are believers was for the purpose of spreading the Gospel of Christ to their own people. To enable them to teach about faith and to strength their people. The calling back of Israel to their home land is for purpose. Maybe no more then a reminder of faith that God desires to restore His chosen nation, a people despite their sin, is still called his people. People blinded by laws of tradition that it keeps them from receiving the eternal intercessor for eternity. Yet God still claims them as his people along with Christ church. Who is God claiming but the world that if they will only believe they will be his children for eternity.
Who are these Jews in Jerusalem, but the very one's that had been scatter through time waiting for the Messiah. Not believing that Jesus is the Messiah and without hope of eternal salvation, because they choose to not examine scripture of the Old Testament and compare it to the New Testament, they fail to read what has been recorded. To search it out. We need to search scripture to understand about who Christ is. To think if anyone else claimed to be a god or a king that has no authority to do so is often cut down. Christ had authority, but he proved it by coming back to life, he faced the punishment to warn others do not teach you are the Christ. You can not save anyone through all eternity, only Jesus can. Many have all the pieces to the puzzle but are blinded to the main piece of the puzzle that holds all of faith together and that is Jesus. If we thought every sin must be paid for, none of us would be able to enter heaven without Jesus. If we sin daily not because of desire to sin, but becaus our words alone get us into trouble, because we spoke before we thought, or reacted in someway before we thought the world would be constantly on their knees. We can not live in fear of failing to make the right sacrific daily and yearly for sin, fearing we have failed. That how the law became a task master. God now says just repent and ask for forgiveness, and allow Christ to be the final sacrifice in your life, because God said so. If we can not believe God who created you, there is no one else to beleive.
Dear Heavenly Father we thank you this third day of November for salvation, for the gift of the Holy Spirit to spread the news of your salvation to all those we love and those that love us not. We thank you for the hope you gave through your Son of eternal sacrifice for your children that believe. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Colossians 1:12-23 KJV
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;