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The ignorance by most theologians and preachers to this day on the exact modal used by God so that Jesus could be and is our sin offering by which our sin could be legally transferred unto Him, is the classic example of what it means to know the theory of the law and its letter and even its practice, but fail when it comes to its application.

Many know the word and have read the word and have formed many theories and teachings about the word, which are commonly called doctrines or theology.  Some have practised the word and have so habituated their practice that it is now a tradition.  Few have practised the word with success, much less constant success.

Only about the early church at Jerusalem is it written:  crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.[1]  Although many denominations currently have preachers capable of drawing even bigger crowds, none of them can claim that all of them were healed.  If we are lucky, some might say some were healed and many even saved.  Ignorance of the word ensures failure, for ignorance of the word means that whatever you are practising is either incomplete or in error.  A person who tries to put an engine together without the instructions will spend a lot of effort and time to assemble a pile of metal that just sits there.  And that is what happens in most of the church.  It just sits there waiting for a wedding or funeral or some tourist to snap a happy photo of their travels.  Complete knowledge of the word without practice allows a person to speak much and theorise much, but when it comes to putting the engine together, they are slow.  Much practice with knowledge allows one the best hope of success in putting an engine together correctly so that it works.  And the more the practice with knowledge, the better the engine is put together and the more the power output.

After the practice comes the application.  That is when experience tells you the exact tension of a nut or bolt that is needed to bring that extra bit of efficiency and power out, and more importantly, how to build an engine best suited for the purpose.

Thus, God gave Israel the Law of Moses that they may have a set of guidelines to know what is sin and what is not sin.  For the law defines what is permissible and what is not permissible.  The practice of the law gives one the understanding to appreciate the reason for the law.  That is why certain things are permissible and others are not.  But the application of the law is when one learns to do all that is permissible by the law without actually breaking the law so that one can also know how the law can be broken more easily.

Jesus came to fulfil the law; that is to say, He came full of the complete knowledge of the law so that He could practise the law perfectly as to keep all the law intact, and having practised it perfectly, He was able to apply the law to His purpose.  And the purpose of Jesus being sent by God was “to save the world”[2] by Himself becoming the sin offering.

Thus, when Paul wrote:  God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.[3]  Application of the law allowed Jesus to use the very law to transfer all the sins of men to Him without Himself sinning, by using Leviticus 5:1:  “If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible.”

As I have taught on the silence of Jesus before His accusers:  The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put Him to death.  But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.  Finally two came forward and declared, “This Fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days,’”[4] was a direct misquote of what Jesus said.  The transcript reads, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days.”[5]  In refusing to speak up at that moment, Jesus fulfilled the conditions of Leviticus 5:1, and having fulfilled it, He then chose to take on the consequences by remaining silent through it all, never once repenting and speaking out to correct the false testimony.  That is the application of the law that He knew and had practised perfectly, so that He was always in control.  Had He even once said that the testimony against Him was false, the power of God within Him would have manifested so as to annul all that they were trying to do to Him by the law.  The only reason they could even touch Him was because He permitted them.  The only reason His flesh could be pierced by the nails and thorns was because He kept silent and held the responsibility of the sin within Him so that His flesh, now sin-tainted, could be flogged, pierced, crucified and die.

You see, flesh that has no sin cannot die.  As Paul wrote:  God made Him who had no sin…  Jesus had no sin, being born of the virgin by the will of God and being completely obedient to God, there was no sin in Him until Matthew 26:63.  Without sinning, He took on the responsibility of the sin by fulfilling the requirements of the law of Leviticus 5:1 and became sin.

If Adam never sinned, he would have never died.  We die because of sin, but sin is defined by the law, and what is sin depends on which law you place yourself under.  Thus, anyone who chooses to use any part of the Mosaic Law as part of their practice of righteousness has put themselves under that law, and all that is defined as sin under that law has power over them.  The one sin in the Mosaic Law that puts everyone under its curse is the failure to fulfil the entire law, for it was Moses who said, “Cursed is the man who does not uphold this law by carrying them out.”[6]

It was such a blanket statement that it rendered the law completely useless as a means of averting becoming cursed, because no one can fulfil every word of the law of Leviticus.  However, because it was a blanket statement, Jesus could apply it in Matthew 26:59-63, and use just the conditions of Leviticus 5:1 to have the responsibility of sin transferred to Him.  Thus, whereas the law of God as He pronounced on Mount Sinai defined sin and punishment, yet no one was completely cursed by the disobedience of a Levitical law.  In fact, within that law, before Moses and the Levites ruined it on Mount Ebal, a man could break the Levitical Law in fulfilment of a higher law and be rewarded.  Case in point:  Phinehas, son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, when he killed the Israelite man and Moabite woman.[7]  Phinehas was blessed by God, not cursed, even though he broke the Levitical command, “Thou shall not kill.”[8] 

But from the moment they pronounced those curses on Mount Ebal and included that final one, every breakage of the Levitical Law only carried a curse.  Had Phinehas killed after Deuteronomy 27:26 as he did, God would have had to take his life or the life of his son.  Thus, when David killed Bathsheba’s husband and Bathsheba committed adultery, their son was taken so that David might be spared, because under the law, the punishment may be deferred to the forth generation.[9]

However, if one is precise in his knowledge, practice and application of the word of God, including His laws; and one knows who he is in his relationship with God, then sin is defined only by the law he has chosen to put himself under.

It is a matter of knowing what is right and what your rights are.  You see, John wrote:  Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will but born of God.[10]

Application of word and law is a reflection of the knowledge of your rights

      as a man, a son of Man

      as a descendant of Noah

      as a man of faith

      as an Israelite

      as a sinner

      and above all else, as one who has been crucified with Christ, according to God’s law.

It is a matter of knowing what your rights are as one who listens and practises the words of Jesus, and how you can maintain those rights.  Knowing what your rights are keeps the power of the law to punish at bay and the power of the law to protect you close to you.

Anyone who keeps himself holy and separate to only the command, “Listen to Him!”[11] is judged solely by how and what he has listened of Jesus, and what he has practised of His word.  And if your listening to Jesus causes you to break Levitical and Mosaic Law, there is no punishment for it.  However, your practice of those laws in order to add to your righteousness will in effect annul the benefits of listening to Jesus, for anyone who seeks to attain righteousness by practising Levitical and Mosaic Law has put himself under the blanket curse of Deuteronomy 27:26.  He has in fact declared that the teaching of Jesus in John 6:53[12] to be heretical and is now trying to regain his righteousness with God through the old law.  Such a person has lost the immunity afforded him by faith in Jesus from the old law and placed himself under the curse of the old law.  His soul remains saved, but his life will bear the hallmark of one who has failed to obey the entire Mosaic Law and his flesh will bear the fruit of the curse— death.

However, as one who realises that the drinking of the blood of Jesus has already killed you by the Noahian Law and the Levitical Law[13] now only has one sin that is defined by the Law of Jesus— blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.  As long as that one sin does not happen, then you are free from the wages of sin, which is death.  That is why Jesus said, that is why it is possible for Jesus to say, to legally say, “Anyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”[14]

For whoever lives in Jesus lives in the One who overcame the first death, and He is the One who brings the second death.  And since those who eat His flesh remain in Him,[15] yet are cut off by the Levitical Law, they are also overcomers of the first death as long as they no longer have anything to do with Noahian, Levitical and Mosaic Law for their righteousness.  Whoever believes in Him cannot blaspheme the Holy Spirit, but has agreed with the Holy Spirit that Jesus is the Son of God.  Since living in Him overcomes the first death and believing in Him keeps the second death away, the proof of that faith, the proof that you believe this, lies then in your life in the way you practise and conduct yourself with His word.  You cannot say you live in Him when you are planning your funeral, because you have not believed that you are living in the One who overcame the first death.  Jesus is not the One who will overcome death – He is the One who has overcome death.

Thus, the fruit of that faith must be a life that plans to remain alive until He returns unless specifically ordered not to by Him.  Death to such a person is not an inevitable process, but an appointment with the specific purpose of martyrdom in order to return with Jesus for the Millennium.  And the fruit of such faith in those who have not been told they will be martyred is that they plan to remain alive till He arrives, and they conduct themselves accordingly.

Likewise then, the person whose faith and knowledge allows him to plan to remain alive until Jesus arrives to greet Him, and not to fight Him, can never blaspheme the Holy Spirit, for that person is in agreement with the working of the Holy Spirit to bring glory and justice to Jesus.  The second death has no power over him even now, and will never have power over him as long as he does not turn away.

The false prophet is one who not only turns away from following Jesus, but having learned the truth that Jesus is alive and returning, seeks to acquire the power to kill Jesus again.  He is the true Cain, and his mark will never be wiped out.  Since he seeks to murder the One who has overcome death, he deserves to be thrown alive into the second death along with his co-conspirators.

So the application of law allows you to understand and appreciate how Jesus applied the law to Himself so that He could die, and in dying, also became our sin offering.  It will allow you to understand why people do die, but more importantly, why they die

       those who are under the curse of the respective law

       those who die because of their ignorance

       those who are appointed by the will of Jesus so they may return with Him

       and finally those who succeed through their knowledge, practice and application to remain alive until Jesus arrives.

As such, the real value of testimony will emerge, and through practice and application of the word of God, you will develop your own unique testimony of the effects of practice and application so that you can even teach, which leads you to the next step that must follow from study, practice and application—innovation.  But for now, it is enough that you concentrate on study, practice and application, until your testimony is matured and take its place of equal importance with the word of God.

For those who are under the altar are the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained,[16] and those who are raised in the first resurrection are those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God.[17] 

It is not only the keeping of the word of God that gives access to the first resurrection; it is the maintaining of your testimony for Jesus unto death.  So then, if you are to have a testimony to maintain, you had better develop one.  So go, study, practise and to application until you have a testimony worthy of Jesus to present to Him when He arrives.  Amen

 

An apology from the writer, but not from God:

The Book of Applications cannot be fathomed by those who do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.  So, if this book seems foreign to you now, then it is the writer’s advice that you repent and return to listening to Jesus, study the word and practise it with the power of the Holy Spirit well.  And when you are ready to apply what you have studied and practised, this book will give you its meat and marrow.  Only those who are successful applicators will be considered for the Book of the Innovators.

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable His judgements, and His paths beyond tracing out!  “Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been His counsellor?  Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?”  For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever!  Amen[18]

Come Lord Jesus, come and reign.

 




[1] Acts 5:16

[2] John 3:16

[3] 2 Corinthians 5:21

[4] Matthew 26:59-61

[5] John 2:19

[6] Deuteronomy 27:26

[7] Numbers 25:6-13

[8] Exodus 20:13 KJV

[9] Exodus 34:6-7

[10] John 1:12-13

[11] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[12] “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.”

[13] Genesis 9:4-6; Leviticus 17:12-15

[14] John 11:26

[15] John 6:56

[16] Revelation 6:9

[17] Revelation 20:4

[18] Romans 11:33-36 ( Isaiah 40:13; Job 41:11)

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