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Eighteen months ago, on 24.09.2005, we were taught on the evidence of ownership in ‘Evidence of Establishing Ownership,’[1] that worship was the proper and correct way of acknowledging God’s ownership. In the preach, I wrote in the last paragraph before the final lines: So, have nothing to do with worship of God brought about by teachings of men and rules of men with their false humility and external sacrifices, and with their ostentatious display of outward self-righteousness, men who are zealous for the Law at the expense of Jesus. Men who would not enter into the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins by sacrificing their self-righteousness, and say, “God have mercy on me, a sinner.”[2]

And just recapping from ‘Enjoy the Covenant,’[3] which was preached on 03.03.2007: God created the Heavens and the Earth, and all things seen and unseen belong to Him. Of the seven Covenants of the Old Testament, the first six consist of God dispensing that which belongs to Him:

· Life belongs to God and comes from God.

· Blessings belong to God and come from God.

· (Inheritance of) land comes from God and belongs to God.

· Deliverance and healing come from God and belong to God.

· Peace and priesthood come from God and belong to God.

· Kingship belongs to God and comes from God.

As such, the first six covenants dispense that which belongs to God and they are Covenants of Ownership, Covenants that acknowledge that God is the Owner, and He is the One who is dispensing what belongs to Him. Then it is God who is doing the work, and even if He has servants who are working for Him, God, as Head of the household, is still working. And since God maintains His Covenants, then God is still dispensing Life, Blessings, Inheritance, Deliverance and Healing, Peace and Priesthood, as well as Kingship, which is why Jesus said, “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”[4]

God the Creator may have stopped working as Creator on the sixth day and rested on the seventh, but ever since Adam sinned, He has been working as the Owner, dispensing from His treasury and storehouses one treasure after another in order to maintain the fallen creation until the time when all things would be made new has come. Thus, God has been working as the Maintainer of that which He created through His Covenants, which ties Him and even forces Him to work. See that no one forced God to make any of those Covenants, but rather, God made these six Covenants as a way of binding Himself to us so that He could never let us go without destroying Himself.

For, if God were to break a Covenant, God would no longer be the Truth and the God who does not change. For then He would have gone against His word and broken His word. So, be mature, and stop seeing that God is placing demands on us with His Covenants of the Old Testament, but rather God placed a demand on Himself, demands to:

1. Preserve life with Noah,

2. To bless with Abraham,

3. To provide inheritance for the sons of Abraham,

4. To provide deliverance and healing for Israel,

5. To provide peace and priesthood with Phinehas, and

6. Kingship with David.

When Jesus said, “and I, too, am working,” He was saying that He is doing exactly the same things, which are:

1. Preserving life: “Whoever believes in Him shall not perish.” [John 3:16]

2. To bless: “Blessed are…” [Matthew 5:3-11]

3. To provide inheritance: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven.” [Matthew 5:44-45]

4. To deliver and heal: “Be quiet! Come out of him!” [Mark 1:25]

5. To provide peace: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.” [John 14:27] and priesthood: “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven.” [John 20:23]

6. Kingship: “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” [Revelation 3:21]

Like Father, like Son, truly He is still working, for all these things come from Him and cannot be distributed unless He authorises it. Even if He is like a CEO who just signs a cheque, He is still working. And likewise, we should learn to work as He works.

So, how does He work? It is by giving of Himself, by taking from what belongs to Him and giving it to whosoever He pleases, to those who ask and to those who do not ask or acknowledge Him even. He did this to Cyrus, when He said, “I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honour, though you do not acknowledge Me.”[5] So, it is not only those who acknowledge Him who are honoured and used.

Now, when we dispense life, blessings, inheritance, healing and deliverance, peace and priesthood, and kingship, for freely we receive, freely we give, we are working also, yes, but not as creators or owners, for these things do not come from us, but they come from God. So, in all these things, we are working as His servants dispensing that which belongs to God on His behalf. Thus, our worship of Him acknowledges that ownership.

So what can we give of ourselves that is truly ours, created by us and owned by us, something not created by God or owned by God? When it comes to ingratitude, we have something that is truly uniquely man’s, for it was Adam who first mouthed these words of ingratitude: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’ for she was taken out of man.”[6] And from that root of ingratitude came the ability to sin, and we received it from Satan the creator of sin, who, having come before us and according to God, “Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned.”[7]

This is also why God hates Canaanites and merchants, those who buy, sell and trade, for Satan was the first trader. God does not trade. God creates and gives, and He makes the gift permanent by a Covenant, which binds Him to His word. A trader does not work by covenant, but at best, by contract, which becomes null and void if one party withdraws. It is also the reason why we do not sue one another for breach of contract or promise, for we do not promise, we do not make oaths or pledges or contracts, but our “yes” is yes and our “no” is no. We are covenanters, not contractors.

Thus, sin is a creation of Satan and ingratitude is our creation, which gave way to sin. Satan traded Adam’s ingratitude for sin and sin became ours also. We bought the sin of Satan with our ingratitude, which boiled over as disobedience. Any ungrateful person will eventually disobey and rebel, even if you give them all they could wish for or desire. That is the lesson of the rebellion by the ingratiates of Gog and Magog at the end of the Lord’s Millennial Reign. The false prophet is the one who harbours the most ingratitude. Indeed, ingratitude is the hallmark of all antichrists who come in amongst us and share our fellowship, taking what they please and leaving with a complete denial of the grace that God has shown them through His servants. The wicked and lazy servant of Matthew 25:26 and the wicked servant of Luke 19:22 are examples of the ungrateful. Ungrateful enough to defame their master by saying, “‘You are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’”[8] Exactly how Satan portrayed God to Eve when he said, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil,”[9] as if God was keeping something from Eve.

God, on the other hand, displayed gratitude from the beginning to One Another and to Himself, as it is written: And God saw that it was good… (Seven times)[10] God saw all that He had made and it was very good.[11] It was God’s way of being grateful to His Word and His Spirit, though all things were made by the power of His Spirit. Gratitude and sinlessness, that is, perfect obedience, are the hallmarks of God. However, His model of perfection and His image each displayed sin and ingratitude respectively, and traded with one another. God does not own sin and ingratitude. These are the works of Satan and man.

Thus, the seventh and eighth Covenants that God made with a people and a Man are not covenants of work at all, but rather, they are Covenants of Rest and Enjoyment. When God covenanted with Israel that if they, His people, “will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways,”[12] that Covenant of Repentance removed the ingratitude of men, for repentance comes from men. The Covenant of Repentance is a Covenant where we work, not God, for we create in us that which was not there, humility to pray, to seek God and to turn from our wicked God-forsaken ways. That is, our ways that leave God out of the picture as Adam left God out of his speech when he declared, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’, for she was taken out of man.”

Because the work comes from us, God rests, just as on the seventh day He rested. God covenants to rest, rest as a satisfied Person, a Person who, while resting from His work, rejoices at what His work has produced. Now look at how God wants to produce repentance by His Covenants. Through the first six, He lays the foundation by which His people have a king, an inheritance, a temple, a priest, a life, and memories of blessings, healings, deliverances and peace, so that they would repent to regain what they lost.

For, God does not kill as much as we fail to keep our lives. That is why Jesus said, “Whoever loses his life for Me and for the Gospel will save it.”[13] “The man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”[14] When God sends His plagues and destroys, it is because we failed to keep the life He gave us, but lived a life He did not give. Neither does He really curse, except that we failed to keep the blessings, and without the blessings, only the curses were left for us to live with, and so on.

Thus, God bound Himself to six Covenants whereby He would work in order that we would have them to inspire us to repentance as we realised our loss and repent, and as we repented, God rested and rejoiced at the work of His hands.

Now, sin is the one thing God did not create and does not own. Sin is not what we created, but we now own it because we traded for it, we traded what God gave us with Satan and we bought his rebellion, his sin. It may have belonged to Satan, but because it was traded God’s word for Satan’s sin, it is now ours and it is ours to give to God. When we give God our sins to forgive, we have made God the Owner of our sins. For you cannot forgive a debt you do not own. You must own the debt before you can forgive it; otherwise, at best you are like the shrewd manager giving away that which is not yours. When we ask God to forgive sins, our sins, we make God the owner of our sins.

Jesus, who is without sin, had the responsibility of sin transferred to Him by His silence before His false accusers and so activated the consequences of Leviticus 5:1, which states: “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.” Then when He cried out from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,”[15] He transferred the ownership of sin to God the Father. The Father now acquired the only thing He never created, sin, and having become its legitimate lawful Owner, for the transfer is by the Law according to the Law, He could do with it whatever He wished. He could demand full repayment or He could forgive, and since His Son, who died to give Him the ownership of sin, said, ‘Father, forgive them,” God honours His Son by forgiving whomsoever He chooses. Thus, Christ redeemed us from sin by having the responsibility of the sin transferred to Him by His silence, and having redeemed us and acquiring the proper title of ownership, He gave the privilege of ownership to the Father to do with it as He will, with this request, this dying wish, this last request: “Father, forgive them.”

Thus, when we repent, we do the work that gives God rest and provides Him with the enjoyment of forgiving us, the enjoyment of ownership of the one thing He never created, an ownership paid for by His Son. Thus, He covenanted with His Son to forgive sins, as Jesus requested.

And we, who have been brought through all the work of God’s hands, by our work of repentance, made possible by His Grace that first gave us life, blessings, inheritance, healing and deliverance, peace and priesthood, and even kingship, can now partake not only of the Covenant that gives rest, but the Covenant that gives joy, the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins.

When we forgive one another of our sins against each other, we take responsibility and ownership of the other person’s sins in the same way Jesus took responsibility and ownership. Thus, when we say, “I repent,” meaning, “Forgive me,” we have made the other the owner of our sin and our debt, and Jesus said, “If he (your brother) sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”[16]

To repent is to hand over ownership of sin. To ask for forgiveness makes the one you are asking the owner of your sin or debt, and to forgive is the affirmation of ownership. Thus, when we forgive one another of our sins, we are in truth making ourselves one with each other, truly co-owners and co-heirs, a oneness that truly comes from us by our creation. Thus, the oneness that God is looking for is when we are one in the sharing of the ownership of our sins, in repentance and forgiveness. It is when you forgive with your heart; you have truly made sin the treasure it is to the Father;

The one thing He did not create,

The one thing He did not own,

The one thing Jesus kept silent and broke the Law for to acquire its ownership, thus becoming the sin offering without sinning,

The one thing He enjoys forgiving for.

That’s what His Son asked for: “Father, forgive them.”

To be continued…


 

[1] http://www.holyspiritsworkshop.com/word2005/24.09.2005_OwnershipI.pdf

[2] Luke 18:13

[3] http://www.holyspiritsworkshop.com/word2007/03.03.2007_EnjoyTheCovenant.pdf

[4] John 5:17

[5] Isaiah 45:4

[6] Genesis 2:23

[7] Ezekiel 28:16

[8] Luke 19:21

[9] Genesis 3:5

[10] Genesis 1:4,10,12,18,21,25

[11] Genesis 1:31

[12] 2 Chronicles 7:14

[13] Mark 8:35 [Matthew 16:25 (10:39); Luke 9:24; 17:33]

[14] John 12:25

[15] Luke 23:34

[16] Luke 17:4

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