Sayings From The Dragon Slayer

Mar. 27, 2018

“Woe is me, I am ruined, for I am a man of unclean lips“ (Isaiah 6:5).

Question: Why is it so difficult to tame the tongue?

Answer: The concept of taming the tongue is found in James 3 where God declares, through the apostle James, that “no one can tame the tongue” (James 3:8). The lengthy discussion about the tongue in this chapter is both convicting and illuminating. Among the things this chapter reveals about the tongue: it is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts (verse 5); it is a fire and a world of evil that defiles the whole person (verse 6); it is set on fire by hell (verse 6); and it is an unrestrainable evil and full of deadly poison (verse 7). Is it any wonder, then, that God declares that taming the tongue is impossible in one’s own strength?

When Adam sinned, God imputed that sin to mankind, so, whether or not we want to believe it, every human being is born with a wicked heart and an evil sin nature (Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10–18). Lurking within each of us are varying degrees of hatred, bitterness, jealousy, and pride, and the tongue takes hold of these and other destructive tendencies and strikes out, often with a push from Satan. We see this every day among strangers, friends, siblings, and, worst of all, among husbands and wives, the very people who, next to their love for the Lord Jesus, should have the most love for each other (Ephesians 5:22–33). The great commandment is to love God with all our heart, strength, and mind, and your neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27).

What is to be done, then, to tame the tongue? If God has declared that “no one” can tame the tongue, how can we even begin to do so? While many people have quit smoking or drinking by the power of the human will, the problem of the heart and tongue cannot be solved by human will power. It takes the power of the resurrected Christ within us to control the tongue, and that power is available only to those who turn their lives over to Him (Romans 8:10–14). As with so many things in life, “with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

There is only One who can control the tongue. Only by God’s Spirit living within us can we hope to gain control over our tongues. He convicts us when we sin with our lips, and that conviction drives us to repent and pray for more filling of the Spirit so we can avoid further sin. As we cling to Him and yield to Him in obedience, He controls us more and more, including our tongues.

“With man these things are impossible, but with God all things are possible“ (Matthew 19:26).

Here are seven Bible verses that refer to taming the tongue.

James 3:8 “But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. What is ironic in the human tongue, mine naturally included, is that “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God” (James 3:9). That’s like expecting to find poisonous water and fresh water coming out of the same fountain.  It is contrary to the Spirit of God and the will of God.  Sadly, no human can tame this wild tongue of ours so we must rely on God’s strength in trying to bridle it because it’s just about as hard as bridling a wild stallion.

Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

Words have meaning.  They can bring great joy and admonishment but they can also leave deep wounds where scars cannot be seen or easily be healed.   One small word can do so much good but it can also do so much bad.  The power of the human tongue is that it can make a child believe they’ll never amount to anything or they’ll feel encouraged by their parents and feel like they can amount to anything.   The rudder on a great ship is so tiny compared to the vessel but that same tiny rudder can cause the whole vessel to sink.

1 Peter 3:10 “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”

Peter writes about the tongue as something we must do; keep it from evil and the “lips from speaking deceit.”  It takes a cooperative work with the Spirit and Jesus strengthening us to keep this rebel member of the body. The tongue likes to move before the brain told it what to say.  Peter puts it like this; if we love life and desire to see a good day then keep the tongue from evil (words) and lips from lying because “a lying tongue” is an abomination to God (Proverbs6:17).

James 1:26 “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”

Is there someone you know who seems to be religious but just can’t keep his tongue under control?  James has a word for them; if someone really thinks he’s a religious person but lies and deceives, then that person’s religion is totally worthless.  It’s one thing to say you’re a Christian but sometimes our words betray us; they reveal what’s in our heart.  Jesus clarifies this point by saying “the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a man” (Matthew 15:18) because it is “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matthew15:19).

Proverbs 12:18 “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

One second of restraint can mean avoiding a thousand days of regret.  What I mean is that spontaneous anger never ends well and the person who spoke the angry words nearly always ends up with regrets for what they said.  The use of imagery is very vivid and compares to the deadliness of a quick thrusting of rash words with that of actual sword thrusts.  This naturally injures the person on the receiving end however the tongue of the wise can often heal what the rash person has inflicted.  The rash one is constantly cutting a path by mowing down everyone in their way on the way to what they want, however the wise person’s words can act as a balm that promotes inner healing.

James 3:5 “So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire.”

It takes one tiny bit of gossip, one slip of someone’s confidential files, or some flash of anger in a moment to set a whole forest on fire.  Smallness does not mean insignificant.  Dynamite does come in small packages and nothing in the human body packs a punch like the human tongue.  It can do so many great things but it can also do so many destructive things.  Like the old Navy saying “loose lips sink ships” so a tongue can sink a marriage, a church, a relationship, a job, and just about anything else you can imagine. The tongue’s like a loose cannon on a wave-tossed ship. It can help but it can also quickly turn on you.

Proverbs 15:4 “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”

In this final Bible verse about taming the tongue, Solomon sees a gentle tongue as one that gives life but when used in a perverse or evil manner, it breaks the person’s spirit. At least it breaks their resistance to perversion.  The tongue and the words used can be profanity-laced or grace-filled. The choice is purely up to the one which the tongue belongs too.  It is a matter of personal choice so it is always best to remember that “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly” (Proverbs 15:2).

 

Conclusion

What was on the tongue of the psalmist should be on ours too as he wrote, “I cried to Him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue” (Psalm 66:17) so “my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long” (Psalm 71:24).  There is no greater use for the tongue “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9).

Praying continually for God‘s mercy is an excellent use of the tongue.

(Used by permission of the Dragon Slayer.)

 
 
Mar. 10, 2018

"... Until Christ is formed in you." (From Galatians 4:19)

There are many Christian denominations in the world today, all claiming to have the corner on truth; but as Pilate asked Jesus: “what is truth?“ Jesus said that you will know them/truth by their fruits. Pauls criteria was whether Christ was being formed in you. So if you are experiencing a transformation from your old self to the new creation of Christ, Then you are on the path of truth according to Scriptures. 

In the mind of God, truth is a verb expressing the action of God and not merely somthing we verbally confess or say. Remember James said that the tongue was a member set on the fires of hell. Jesus said that He is the Way, Truth, and the Life (Jn 14:6). In other words being a doer of the word as James taught is the true expression of faith and truth. This ultimately means that we must be formed in Christ by doing Christ who is in us by the power of  God’s grace that works in us by faith, in order to be of the truth expressed in word and deed. If our words do not match our deeds, we are partakers of the lying evil one, and not true sons of God, Sense the truth is not in us in reality. The critical question then is: how can Christ be formed in us who is truth, In order that we can be set free from the world, the flesh, and the devil, and be doers of the word, not just hearers? The answer to this question is the answer to our salvation according to the scriptures! Let us proceed:

How Christ Is Formed In You

Paul was in travail until Christ be formed in the church members (Gal 4:19). Earlier in his letter, Paul provided the answer to the how: which is our co-crucifixion with Christ (Ga 2:20). Paul defined the gospel of God as our co- crucifixion, burial, and resurrection  with Christ (Rm 6:1-11). It is through this gospel, and no other that we receive power of the resurrection to put on immortality and recieve the knowledge and life of God (1 Co 15). This is work God worked in us by his loveand grace, but the Scriptures teach that this is not all there is to salvation of our souls. 

We also have a part to play in our salvation. Paul taught that we are to work out our own salvation in obedience with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12).  Jesus taught that if we love him we will keep his commandments (Jn 14:15-31). Jesus taught this radical gospel to his disciples when he said that we must also take up our cross through total denial of self in order to follow Him in the way of the kingdom of God (Lk 14:23-29). Personal repentance in order to enter the kingdom of God is the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mt 3:2).

The New Testament reveals that the cross is the foundation of the gospel of salvation. But if we do not yield to the Gospel in a practical way, by building our life upon it in word and deed, and not just in a forensic way, we will gain nothing of God due to a lack of spiritual substance and growth (1 Co 3). Jesus taught that is way what street and narrow hard, and that you will find it (Mt 7:13-14). Jesus said that unless we “yield” to the cross we will not taste His supper (Lk 14:23-24). This may have been what Paul meant when he warned the church not to take the Lords supper unworthily, lest we bring judgement upon ourselves  (1 Co 11:27-29). Paul also taught that we are to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith (2 Co 13:5). Paul also spoke of tasting as it relates to spiritual growth founded upon the personal participation of the cross beyond mere doctrines about Christ, just professing Him. Paul taught that to do this is to crucified Christ afresh (Heb 5:14-6:6). James taught that even the Devils believe (Ja 2:14-19). He taught that if our faith is not proven by deeds of God working in and through us, we have a dead faith that is worthless (Ja 2:20-26).

Peter taught the church the critical need of repentance: changing our mind (elements), in order to experience the coming of Christ in us and grow in grace (2 Pet 3). Paul taught that it is through the experience of Christ in us that we grow from glory to glory (Col 1:27, 2 Co 3:18). Jesus taught that the kingdom of God begins in us (Lk 17:21) as we die to self (Lk 17:33).

Jude warned Christians about heretical apostate teacher who pervert the grace (spiritual power of Christ in us through our real participation with the cross of Christ). They pervert God’s true salvation with an empty gospel, being cisterns with no substance, and changing the grace of God into lawlessness, even denying our sole master: the Lord Jesus Christ, the anointed one, refusing to rely on the grace of God’s power in them. Paul wrote to Timothy to warn the church about teachers that have a form of godliness but denying the power thereof, from such turn away (2 Tim 3:5)!

They scoff at the glorious ones (saints). They scoff at anything that they do not understand; And what they do understand, they understand carnally by mere instinct and rationality, like irrational beasts – by these they corrupt themselves and their listeners, and are destroyed. This is why Paul taught that the carnal mind is opposed to God and cannot know God (Rm 8). Jesus taught that without a personal knowing of God we cannot have eternal life. To know and have the word of God is to know and have the life of Christ working and manifesting in your mortal body, since Christ is the Word able to form us into the children of God and thus have eternal life (Jn 1:1-17, Jn 17). “And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep his commandments” (1 Jn 2:3).

“Woe to them! For they have run in the way of Cain. And in the error of Balaam and have perished in rebellion like that of Koran!  These are hidden reefs, elements of danger in your love feasts (Lord’s supper), they are clouds without water swept along by the winds; trees, without fruit doubly dead, plucked up by the roots”.

You must remember the predictions made by the apostles. They told you in the last days there will be those who gratify there own unholy desires. It is they who cause divisions by their carnal mind. Devoid of the Holy Spirit and destitute of any higher spiritual life. This is what Paul meant when he wrote that we are saved by grace through faith which is the gift of God. For we are God‘s own handiwork re-created in Christ Jesus born a new that we may do those good works which God predestined that we should walk in them, living the good (God) life which he pre-arranged and made ready for us to live (Eph 2:8-10). Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, all things have become new and the old has passed away (1 Co 5:17). When you think of it this is the central message of the incarnation of God realized in man. John said that those who do not teach that God has come in the flesh is anti-christ (1 Jn 4).

The question of how Christ can be formed in us cannot be fully answered without recognizing the place of prayer and fasting in our spiritual life and warfare against the evil one. We find that in the old and New Testament prayer and fasting were the primary arsenal in overcoming the world, the flesh, and the devil, and hearing from God. If salvation and eternal life are dependent on overcoming The world, the flesh, and Satan, we must take seriously our part in the battle by putting on the whole armor of God (Eph 6). “If we live no longer in the flesh, but rather by the Spirit; if we walk and live faithfully in the Holy Spirit, response and controlled and guided by the Spirit; then we will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh without God” (Ga 5:16). Prayer and fasting is a critical part in accomplishing our goal.

(Republished on this page by permission of the Dragon Slayer.)

Jan. 23, 2018

The Way Of Christ To The Kingdom of God On Earth

As It Is In Heaven.

The phrase: “the way” is a very short and simple phrase, yet it incapsulates the whole plan of God for man and all of creation. We read that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life (Jn 14:6). We read that the Lord will instruct us and teach us in the way we should go; He will counsel us with His eye upon us (Ps 32:8).

Jesus taught that He and the Father were one, and that all those who believe in Him would have the same relationship that He did with the Father and would be able to do even greater works than Jesus Himself did (Jn 14). John further qualifies what is required to attain this power and relationship with the Father as Jesus had (1 Jn 2:14-27).

Here we learned that there are three stages of spiritual growth: little children, young man, and fathers who know, and are aware of the Father in heaven as Jesus was. The father level of belief within the church always had the word of God abiding in their hearts, and thus were victorious over the wicked one, and had no need of men to teach them because the anointing taught them all things. This section of scripture clarifies that Christians must go through a process of maturing before Christ can be fully effective in them. Paul taught that it was the work of the church through men who are called and prepared by God to bring the saints to perfection/maturity (Eph 4:10-32). But before this can happen we must traverse...

The Path Of Descent - “I must decrease, that God may increase” (Jn 3:30).

Jesus is a person and, at the same time, a process. Jesus is the Son of God, but he is also “the Way”—the way of the cross. He’s the goal and the means. "Take up your cross and follow me" (Lk 14:25-35).

Jesus undoes religion by doing the most amazing thing: he introduces God among the impure instead of among the pure! (Mk 2:17). The Pharisees who believed that they were already pure were actually hypocrites but did not know it. On the other hand those who knew they were sinful realized their need for a savior and thus called to God for his mercy and salvation.

“To die and thus to become” is the pattern of transformation in the entire physical and biological world. Why not the human? There seems to be no other cauldron of growth and transformation. "They who seek to find their life will lose it, but those who lose their life will find it" (Lk 17:33). We must present our whole body as it living sacrifice to God in order to be transformed (Rm 12:1-2).

“God is not found in the soul by adding anything, but by a process of subtraction.” Our vessels - the old man - must be broken before the anointing of God Spirit can flow through the new man formed by Christ as we partake of the cross of death to self with Him in order to rise again to resurrection life (Rm 6:1-13). This life is God Himself who is love flowing through the mature believer, for God is love (1 Jn 4:7-10).

Jesus’ story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) and his story of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14) are both wonderful illustrations of how Jesus turns a spirituality of climbing, achieving, and perfection upside down. 

Little by little, breath by breath, love dissolves the illusions and fears born of our estrangement from the infinite love that is our very life. If you do not have love you are nothing (1 Co 13).

The church was first known as “The Way“ (Ac 9:2, 24:14). Let us all pursue the way of God and become fully manifest sons of God By the grace of His Spirit, in order to set ourselves the world and the whole creation free from the effects of sin and death in order that God‘s kingdom and will may be done on earth as it is in heaven (Rm 8). 

“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand“ (Mt 3:2).

Jan. 18, 2018

“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” How close is “at hand” the Kingdom is within us. μετάνοια (metanoia) is the Greek word that is used by Jesus, which literally means...'to think differently after'. 

However metanoia is more than just a Greek word in the Bible that has been terribly translated. Repent in English means regret atone, be sorry, be remorseful, and apologize. The Church has always maintained its original meaning; in fact metanoia has acquired a much deeper meaning. Repentance is not remorse, and it is certainly not guilt. Repentance is a transformation of a person. A change of mind that is accompanied by change of conduct, “a change of mind and heart", or, “a change of consciousness".

One of the key descriptions of repentance in the New Testament is the parable of the prodigal son found in Luke 15:11, Truth and life are found in a proper relationship with the living God, the vast majority of what God is trying to teach us must be experienced in order to begin to understand let alone talk about or teach someone else, and even then we cannot define exactly what we are wanting to communicate. Repentance is an ongoing perpetual desire for more Christness in our life.

It is not a dreaded encounter with the priest who forces you to come to confession at least four times a year. If we do not want to repent then we really do not want Christ.

Repentance is voluntary; no one not even God will ever force us to repent. True repentance is impossible without true confession and true confession is impossible without true repentance. It is important to know that the Greek for confession, exomologesis, im­plies not only confession but also thanksgiving (cf. Matthew 11.25; Luke 10.21): "I shall confess/give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, and tell of all His wonders" (Psalm 9.1).

But what do I say; Repent of what? Repent for not believing that the kingdom is “at hand.”  If we think repentance is making a list of unacceptable behaviors and confessing them before God and His designated witness, then we have much room to grow. The laundry list as I call it is a superficial indication of what lies deep down in our soul as Jesus taught on the sermon of the mount.

The laundry list is a good start but we must mature in our relationship with Christ and our willingness to say no to ourselves or we will never root out the passion that is killing our soul, or arrive at the place that we really want to go; to the Kingdom.

We have been taught and believed the propaganda that the kingdom is somewhere else off in the future, that there is a safe distance between us and the kingdom, that there is enough time in life for us to live a life that is based; well on us. The life we live doesn’t have to take the kingdom into consideration just yet. These are all lies from the deceiver.

Jesus did not come to bring the kingdom; we believe He came to reveal the Kingdom’s eternal presence. We see the kingdom everywhere. That is the beginning of our transformation and then we begin to experience that the Kingdom of heaven is within us (Lk 17:20-21).

The root of our problem Is sin, hamartia is another Greek word that means missing the mark, and translated into English as sin; the mark we are aiming for is Christ. If we are not living the exact same life that Christ lived and is living still then we are in need of repentance, of change.

Much of Christianity today teaches that sin is no longer our problem, Jesus paid it all. He did pay it all but we must willing to obey the will of God (Mt 6:12). A branch off that root is thinking that we somehow did not inherit this falleness. Just believing in Jesus is not enough to undo the fall. Repentance is not just going from more sin to less sin or thinking that change is impossible after all I’m fallen what can I do? There is a revealed standard that our repentance is aimed at. The revealed standard is not a laundry list of things not to do. The revealed standard we follow is Christ and His body the Church. Be perfect even as your Heavenly Father is perfect (Mt 5:48).

At first glance the standard does not seem to be very specific. A lot of people claim to be Christian. Make no mistake there is a ‘right mind’; there is a ‘right heart’; there is a ‘right direction’. We are not turning around for the sake of going in different, random direction. We do not change our hearts to match our society. We do not change our mind in order to simply have a new perspective—just to get out of a rut. Jesus said that he was the way, the truth, and the life (Jn 14:6).

Repentance is corporate and it is also very personal in the same breath, it is an attitude of the heart, as Jesus taught in the beatitudes, a way of life that needs to be nurtured and cultivated until our last breath. It can be physically felt by the soul that is in harmony with Christ. Only the pure in heart will see God (Mt 5:8).

The church is a hospital for sick souls. Jesus said that he came to heal the sick, The church is now his body to do the work of God. Sometimes the sickest patients are the ones who do not know they are ill. We think confession is only for those rare situations when we really did something bad. It is that of course but more than that; repentance is for declaring our intention to follow Christ completely.

If our thoughts, our actions and even our very being is not a perfectly clear reflection of Christ, we need to clean the smudges. This should take place every day. We must be on guard though; To be alert at all times as Scripture teaches. There are books written about church etiquette. But the church is not interested in changing our life in order to conform to a lifeless rule. The only goal the church has in mind is conforming our life to Christ. Everything is given for a reason. There is truth is this gesture. Christ is in this gesture. And so it is with fasting, singing or chanting, bowing, and everything else. If Christ is not at the heart of every action and thought then we have room for repentance.

Our job is not to reveal the minor ways our brother or sister have missed the mark. Our job is to take each other by the hand and demonstrate to them what it is like live in the presence of Christ and ask for others to forgive us of our sins against them. The closer we get to Christ, the more humble we become. The more experience in church liturgy and etiquette we have, the more gentle we become. The more a crying baby brings a smile instead of a frown, the more our church will grow. Where God is; there is the kingdom; and God is everywhere present and filing all things. Repentance is a change of mind from believing that God is not everywhere, that He is only where we want Him to be, to believing that He is not only everywhere but that He is especially in the places we do not want Him to know about.

This Sacrament called repentance is not created by the participant or the minister, but by God who heals our illnesses and wounds. It is not a matter of being let of the hook in a legal sense; it has the force of healing, of making us whole. Since repentance is a gift from God then we must be open to receive it, and learn to receive it: "Let us apply to ourselves this saving medicine; let us ac­cept this gift from God. Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is within us.

 

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Nov. 30, 2017

GOD’s COVENANT OF PERFECTION FOR A PERFECT CHURCH:

The major theme of the epistle to the Hebrews was written that they may persevere in faith in the incarnate Son Of God. Some of the new Jewish Christians were beginning to regress away from the centrality of Christ and turn back to the old covenant teachings Of Moses and Aaron. They had not received the revelation of the more perfect way in Christ Jesus, and there was intense pressure for the Jews to turn back to Judaism, thus the reason for this letter to the Hebrews. He offers a better priesthood, sanctuary, and sacrifice, for in worshiping Him we enter heaven therefore, we must faithfully hold fast to Him.

Hebrews also serves as a treatise on Christian liturgical theology. It shows how the new covenant fulfills and perfects old covenant liturgy, how new covenant worship “enters into“ heaven itself. For in the Eucharist, we participate in Christ’s once – for– all sacrifice (9:26-28). It is he who offers and is offered – the perfect priest and perfect sacrifice in the heavenly liturgy and sanctuary. As Christ enters into heavenly bodily, in His full human nature, so do we. The physical is in no way profane, but is truly sanctified. Paul expresses this synergy in His teaching concerning the gospel (Rm 6:1-11, 2 Co 5:17, Ga 2:20), Not just in a forensic way, but in an experiential reality in spirit and in truth.

As we come to know Christ and his work for and in us, we must stand firm and never reject God‘s grace; His uncreated Divine Energy working in us. We serve and please him through participation in his once-for-all sacrifice, tasting of the heavenly gift, sharing in the Holy Spirit. The Christian life is one of faith, love, and good works. If we neglect this gift, we crucify Christ afresh (Heb 6:1-6).

A brief outline from chapter 1 through chapter 10.

The superiority of Christ: The supreme revelation (1:1-4).

Christ’s authority is superior to the angels’ (1:5-2:18).

Christ is more faithful (3:1-6).

In Christ we must follow (3:7-19).

We must labor to enter God’s rest (4:1-13).

The heavenly high priest grants grace (4:14-16).

Qualifications for priesthood: Aaron versus Melchizedek (5:1-10).

Beware of sloth, pursue God‘s promises (5:11-6:20).

The founders of the two priestly orders: Levi and Melchizedek (7:1-10).

Contrasting two priesthoods (7:11-28).

Christ’s worship is superior to Moses’. Moses is the type; Christ, the reality (8:1-5).

The New Covenant (8:6-13).

The Heavenly sanctuary (9:1-14).

The Heavenly sacrifice (9:15-10:18).

Persevering toward the entrance and rest as we persevere and worship drawing near to God in spirit and in truth (10:19-39, Jn 4:24).

 * Now we will examine the highlights of chapters 8 through 10.

The requirement of perfect holiness is met in Christ, the only sinless one. He is more than mere man – He is the Son of God. (8:1) MAJESTY: Majesty is a typical name for God the Father. A high priests sitting on the right hand of the Majesty would have to be both human and divine. SEATED: no one but and equal six in the presence of a king – much less in the presence of God. 

(8:6-13) Christ’s covenant solves the problems that Moses’ could not. Both covenants come from God‘s grace and require man’s willed response. However, Moses covenant (1) is external to man and cannot solve the root of man’s problems, sin and death; (2) cannot reunite and re-integrate man’s soul; (3) is learned by teaching instead of revelation; (4) is heeded with fearful compliance; and (5) gives imperfect forgiveness.

Christ’s Covenant (1) is internal – it heals our nature; (2) unifies the inner man – heart and mind are joined in union with God; (3) is there for grasped intuitively; (4) is heated with welling corporation (synergy); (5) gives perfect forgiveness, even of those since the old covenant was powerless to deal with.

The most important detail in Hebrews is the inner veil, it separates the holy place from the most holy place, the holiest of all which contains the Ark of the covenant and into which only the high priest can’t enter, and only once a year. The inner vail forms the locus of the liturgical practice of the old covenant and reveals its imperfection. The people could not draw near to God. At His death, Christ Resolved this alienation (Mt 27:51) in order that the church of Christ may become perfect even as the heavenly father is perfect (Mt5:48). In the sermon of the mount Jesus describes the distinction between the imperfect old covenant and the perfect new covenant life of Christians.

(9:6-10) only the high priest could enter the most holy place in only once a year on the day of atonement. He entered with the animal blood of the atonement sacrifice, which was first for his own sans and then for the sins of the people. This annual sacrifice reveals the imperfect, temporary status of the old covenant. It deals mainly with the older man – it is superficial and cannot purify man’s heart and mind, let alone restore fallen human nature back to perfection. Jesus is emphasized this truth when he said to the Pharisees: “First clean the inside of the cup then it will all be clean” (Mt 23:26). In this context Jesus said: “I came not to destroy the law but to fulfill it“ (Mt 5:17). The old covenant deals mainly with the outer man – it is superficial and cannot purify man’s heart and mind, let alone restore fallen human nature. 

(9:15-20) for this reason he is the mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance. As with a testament, a death is required to initiate the covenant’s conditions. This Steph is a death to see evening; the new condition initiated by the testament is that of the resurrection, the reformation of our nature as described by Paul in (1 Co 15). So blood, our mortal life, is offered to God, who is life, and establishes us in a new relationship with him through the blood/life of Christ. 

9:23-28) The old testament on the day of atonement brings the life of The covenantal people into God’s presence, it reconciles God and man. The final reconciliation, the eternal one of eternal life, is the presentation of Christ’s sacrificial blood (12:24) to God in heaven. And this way Paul could write that the new covenant believers are seated with Christ in heavenly places which the Christian of the new covenant of perfection may be experience through revelation (Eph 1:17-2:6). Based on the above scriptural teaching we can really understand why Paul thought that the work of the ministry is to bring the saints into perfection (Eph 5). Hallelujah!

End Note:

Hebrews makes it clear that only through the blood of Christ can we come into the perfection that Paul and Jesus talked. At the same time we cannot neglect the other teachings of Jesus and Paul concerning the will and work of the believer which works synergistically with the grace of God. See (Mt 7:13-20, Phil 2:12-13, 3:14, Ja 2, ect.)