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“I tell you the truth, until Heaven and Earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the law until everything is accomplished.  Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.”[1]

Because there is none who does not break the least of the commandments of the law, so that we all are in danger of being called the least, and also because most who do break the law do not teach the breaking of the law, but like the hypocrites they are, teach others not to break the law whilst they themselves have broken the law in its minutest parts.  Jesus came and literally pulled the rug from under all who seek to have righteousness through partial observance of the Law of Moses.  He came and fulfilled the law and then taught the breaking of the law, not in a minute part, but in a major part, whilst He Himself broke it in the minute part.  What a confusing paradox!

Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them.”[2]  Firstly, in fulfilment of the prophets, that which was prophesied about the Messiah was fulfilled in Him perfectly – everything from Enoch to Malachi.  Enoch being the first prophet who prophesied, “See, the Lord is coming…”[3]  The fulfilment of prophecy is different from the fulfilment of the law.  The fulfilment of prophecy requires to only do, say and be that which was prophesied, but in the fulfilment of the law, one has to demonstrate both the effect of keeping the law and the breaking of the law.  You see, if Jesus only kept the law so that the rewards and blessings from obedience[4] manifested in His life, then the whole law would not have been fulfilled in Him.  He had only fully filled His life with the effects of the obedience of the law.  In order for the law to be fully filled in Him, He also had to break the law and suffer the consequences of disobedience, all its punishments and curses.[5]  In so doing, He became truly the fulfilment of the law.  You see, the fulfilment of the law is not obedience of the law, but rather, the full manifestation of all that is stated in the law, including what the rewards and punishments are.

So then, righteousness with God that is based on fulfilment of the commandments of God has always been out of the reach of those who are firstly, rebels who have no desire to obey the law, but only to break it.  And secondly, it is equally out of the reach of those who only want to obey the law and live in its blessings and rewards, having no desire or unction to see what the fullness of the law really means.  Christ lived the fullness of the law, showing in His life and with His life what happens to a Man who obeys the entire law and what happens to a Man who breaks any part of the law, so that we may learn to fear the law and to fear God who gave the law.  For in the law is manifested the fullness of the justice, mercy and sternness of God, and Jesus lived for us the justice, mercy and sternness of God according to the law in all its fullness.  Having done that, then all who put their faith in Him, who listen to Him, who practise His words and who abide in Him and let His words, all His words, abide in them, are also ones who have fulfilled the entire law, and who are entitled to every blessing under the law and have received every punishment and curse from the law as well.  For them, the law can do no more, for it has done everything, thus as the law is fulfilled by Jesus, it is also fulfilled for those who place themselves in Jesus fully by their faith and by their works according to His words and not the law.

Since the law has spent itself on Christ, it no longer has any power over Christ.  It is like a gun that has fired every bullet and yet has not killed you, then that gun has no more power over you.  That is exactly what Jesus did in fulfilling the law.  He fully filled Himself with every part of the law, every last stroke, and let the law spend itself against Him, until it could do no more.  And since the law had the power of life and death, the death of Christ according to the law meant that it had no further power over Christ’s life after His death.  Thus, whether Christ stayed dead or lived, the law has no power over Him.  Therefore, the law has no power over Christ when He rose on the third day, and even now has no power over Him.  If the law has no power over Him, then it has no power over those who are in Him by their faith that is alive by the works of their practice of His words.

The only law that has power over those who are in Christ is the Law of the Spirit of Life, for it was the Holy Spirit who raised Him from the dead.  As such, it is also the Holy Spirit who keeps alive all of us who have also broken the old law by listening and obeying Jesus Christ, even to the eating of flesh and the drinking of blood.  Thus, the breaking of the Law of the Spirit of Life is the disobedience that is considered sin for those who are in Christ as Christ is in them.  That sin—the sin, the only sin that brings death to those who are in Christ, is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.  For by the Law of Christ, “Jesus Law”, the Holy Spirit came, and the Holy Spirit Himself remains obedient only to the words of Jesus and does all that Jesus had said He would do.  Since it is the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, then it is those who want to kill Jesus again who are opposing and undoing the work of the Holy Spirit, calling the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, a liar.  For the Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead, declaring Him to be the Son of God by His power.  Anyone seeking to kill Jesus again is in fact declaring that the Holy Spirit is not the Spirit of Holiness, but rather, a spirit whose work deserves to be destroyed because it is unholy.  So, the false prophet and the beast, in their opposition against Jesus’ arrival even to the point of waging war against Jesus, are in fact seeking to kill Jesus again and declaring that the work of the Holy Spirit in raising Him from the dead was unholy and deserving of the wages of sin—death, all over again.

Thus, the opposition of the false prophet and his cohorts against Jesus is an attempt to declare the work of the Holy Spirit sinful and therefore worthy of being put to death.  And in declaring the work of the Holy Spirit to be sin in this manner, the false prophet and the beast both commit the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.  Hence they are thrown alive into the Lake of Burning Sulphur to be killed by the second death.  The first death has nothing to do with them, for they were trying to kill again Someone the first death had killed, but whom was raised by the Holy Spirit.

The understanding of this will give great confidence to all who are not only believers of Christ or abiders in Christ, but also who are fervent supporters of the work of the Holy Spirit, so fervent that they work unceasingly for the return of Jesus Christ in the flesh so that the whole world may see for themselves the wonderful work of the Spirit of Holiness, who raised Christ, the One in whom the law found its complete fulfilment.  Their desire to see Christ arrive on Earth in the flesh again alive is the desire to see the Holy Spirit glorified and vindicated for raising Christ from the dead.  It is a reflection of their desire to see the Holy Spirit vindicated for raising Someone who died cursed, hung from a tree, and declaring Him by His power to be the Son of God.  Thus, anyone who lives with such hope and longing to see Christ arrive on Earth in their life has declared the Spirit of God to be right in what He has done.

Thus, in such a person, the Law of the Spirit of Life finds its fulfilment in blessings only, and since such persons are with the Holy Spirit, in agreeing with His greatest work, so the Holy Spirit is with them without limit.  So then, if the Spirit of Life is with you to His fullness because you are working to declare His greatest work righteous in raising Jesus from the dead, by bringing Jesus back to reign on Earth, what can death do against ones such as these?  Nothing!  For those who are working to bring Jesus back to Earth do not need to be led by the Holy Spirit, for they are already working with the Holy Spirit side by side.  If you are working with the Holy Spirit side by side, then the Father and Son are already with you in all that you do, whatever you do.  So, in you teaching the breaking of the law, then like Jesus, you are the least in the Kingdom of Heaven.  But does the Holy Spirit care whether He is the least or greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven, except that God is glorified and Jesus is justified?

So you break the commandments of the law in order to fulfil the desire of the Spirit of Life to have Jesus back for the Millennium, does that not make you just like Jesus who broke the least of a commandment that His Father may be glorified?  Am I advocating sin?  No, but rather, advocating freedom.

Freedom of sin as defined by the law and the prophets, freedom from the old way of the flesh and to truly see the freedom that comes from the Law of the Spirit of Life, where nothing is forbidden, just that not everything is beneficial.[6]  Freedom that comes to those who, having set their hearts to prove and declare before all creatures and creation that Jesus Christ— He who taught us to break the law by the eating and drinking of flesh and blood— He who broke the least of the commandments by refusing to speak up to refute the false testimonies brought against Him, is truly the Son of God and the Holy Spirit was right in raising Him from the dead by His power.

Anyone who desires to have Christ in all His glory arrive on clouds of God’s glory with all the holy angels and elect of God back on Earth in His flesh, has desired to have the Spirit of God proved to be the Spirit of Truth once and for all.  He is kept safe from the sin that brings the second death forever.  And being kept safe from the only sin that can kill anyone who is in Christ, then, what fear has he of the consequences of the law?  None, just as you need not fear a gun that has run out of bullets if you are still alive, or the gun that killed you if you are dead.

But in order to show that we ourselves, who are not under the law, are not lawless, we uphold the law for all those who choose to remain under the law, but point out to them the fulfilment of the law that is happening in their lives, all the rewards, blessings, punishments and curses.  You see, just as the Lord declared, “I am the Lord, and there is no other, I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things,”[7] so His law brings blessings and curses, rewards and punishments, and all who live under it must experience its fulfilment that they may be able to testify that the law is good, for God is Good.

As for those of us who, having obeyed Christ are cut off from God by the law, forever cursed and deserving of punishment under the law, desire to live the fullness of the new law that Jesus was given by the Father when He gave Him the words to speak to us, so we must help those who remain under the Law of Moses live the fullness of that law, whilst holding out to them the escape from the consequences of the fulfilment of the Law of Moses through faith in Christ Jesus.

What is of course absolutely amazing is that in the midst of our attempts to obey the Law of Jesus, since we have no other law, we have found that in the midst of all that is within the new law through Christ is hidden the Eternal Law, the law that was and had always been before a single command had ever been uttered.  The Law of the Spirit of Life, for that is the law that was before anything else is, for without the Law of the Spirit of Life, there could have been no life that never dies— and that law was given a representation by God to Adam when He said to Adam, “You must not… die.”[8]  For the Eternal Law that abided within the Word who was with God from the very beginning before God even said, “Let there be light,”[9] was this, and has always been this:  “You must not die.”  And since before there was flesh, there was only Spirit, then it was the blasphemy of the Eternal Spirit that would bring eternal death of the spirit.

So, as Adam died in his flesh when he disobeyed the Law of the Flesh of Life and ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Satan likewise died in his spirit when he disobeyed the Law of the Spirit of Life and sinned in the spiritual realms.

Now the two laws of life have been made one; the Law of the Flesh of Life and the Law of the Spirit of Life.  The former, being the lesser, has been consumed by the latter, being the greater and the pre-existent law, without which there could have been no Law of the Flesh of Life.  For God is Spirit, and He made flesh for Adam as part of His Image and Likeness.

Thus, the Law of the Flesh of Life is the image and likeness of the Law of the Spirit of Life.  Both of them demand obedience, which includes the faith to believe and to obey, or else the consequence, death, would come.  Break the Law of the Flesh of Life:  “you must not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil,” and death comes to the flesh.[10]  Break the Law of the Spirit of Life and seek to kill Jesus Christ, seek to kill the Word of God, the Son of God who is God Himself, seek to kill God, and death comes to the spirit.

As the flesh is temporary, so death of the flesh is temporary.  As the Spirit is eternal, so death of the spirit is eternal.  That is why the Lake of Fire is the second death.  It is reserved for all who seek to kill again the One who overcame the first death by obeying everything that God had commanded Him, even to allow the law to be fulfilled with His life.

So it is no mean feat to even be elected by the Spirit of Life to work for Him to bring to pass the appearance of Jesus Christ in the flesh; for you are working to prove once and for all that the Spirit of God is the Spirit of Truth.

This takes maturity and a humility of heart not to denigrate yourself, lest you insult Him who elected you, but neither to think too highly of yourself, lest you remind Him of the model of perfection who now stands condemned.  But be sober as the Holy Spirit, who knows that with God nothing is impossible, is sober.  And be encouraged, knowing that even the second death has no power over you because you have given your lives to see Jesus arrive alive on clouds of glory.  If the second death has no power over you, then what can have any power over you?  Can angels, demons, sin, death, law, Hades or men, all of whom tremble in fear at the mention of the Lake of Burning Sulphur have any power over you?  So, praise God, and learn to apply the word as the Word applies the word, then you will see the Spirit of the Word and your application of the word will reach its fulfilment in Christ.

Let him who has an ear, hear and understand what the Spirit is saying to His elect.  Amen


 

[1] Matthew 5:18-19

[2] Matthew 5:17

[3] Jude 14 

[4] Leviticus 26:3-13; Deuteronomy 28:2-13

[5] Leviticus 26:14-43; Deuteronomy 28:15-68

[6] 1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:23

[7] Isaiah 45:6-7

[8] Genesis 2:16

[9] Genesis 1:3

[10] Genesis 2:17

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