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Law of Full Power

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On Wednesday, we were taught the difference between obeying, observing and upholding a law. Obeying a law means to put a command into practice by doing what it says. Obedience to God’s law, depending on which covenant you live under, means that God can rightfully reward you as He promised under that covenant. Disobedience to the covenant brings punishment because you have dishonoured or broken faith with that covenant.

For believers and disciples of Jesus Christ, we are under the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins. This is a covenant established between the Father and Jesus. Once we eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, we have disobeyed God’s commands in Genesis 9.4-6 and Leviticus 17.10-12 where God commanded man not to eat blood. By our disobedience, we are cut off from the covenant established between God and Noah, and the covenant between God and Israel. But by our faith in Jesus, we become beneficiaries of God’s grace under the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins.

Observing the law has less to do with practice but with respect for the Lord and the reason He gave the law. Under the old covenant, the Sabbath was the only law God commanded the Israelites to observe. He said in Leviticus 26.2-3: “Observe My Sabbaths and have reverence for My sanctuary. I am the Lord.” He also made a distinction between His decrees and commands and the Sabbath in Ezekiel 20.13: “Yet the people of Israel rebelled against Me in the desert. They did not follow My decrees but rejected My laws—although the man who obeys them will live by them—and they utterly desecrated My Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out My wrath on them and destroy them in the desert.”

The distinction between obedience to commands and decrees and observance of the Sabbath is this: When the Israelites observe the Sabbath, they are imitating the Lord in remembrance of His day of rest. Obedience to a command does not involve remembrance of God. Their observance of the Sabbath is a sign to other nations that the Lord is holy, and it is He who makes them holy. Read Exodus 20.8-11: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the Heavens and the Earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

But Israel’s desire to be like other nations led them to turn away from observing the Sabbath by honouring the Lord and His Sabbath as holy. That is why the Lord said that the Israelites utterly desecrated His Sabbaths. Even though observing the Sabbath involves action or practice, the Israelite’s abstinence from work was meant to be an outward sign of their remembrance to God and to the other nations that the Lord who is holy makes them holy. If Israel had observed the Sabbath as the Lord commanded, they would have come into the understanding of the spirit of this law – that the Sabbath is about giving God rest.

Upholding the law is acknowledging that it is enforceable against those who are under that law, even though you are not under that law or the covenant from which that set of law is derived. Not being under the law means that it has no power over you. It has no power over you because you will not be judged by it. In Matthew 23.23, Jesus upheld the law of tithing to the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who are under the Law of Moses because they would not believe in Him and follow Him. He said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.”

It is when we have learnt the difference between obeying, observing and upholding the law, and have learnt to discern between the sets of laws given by God and those who are under the laws, that we will begin to apply the law as Jesus applied the law. And only when we have learnt to apply the law, will we be fit to judge in accordance with the law.

To apply the law means to use it to your own advantage and purpose, even breaking it if you have to, because you know how to redeem it. In this, you must be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.[1] When Jesus taught the disciples the Parable of the Shrewd Manager, He was not teaching them to be a dishonest manager. No, this reference was made to the Pharisees who were present. The Pharisees loved money, and were cheating God in their service. Jesus was teaching His disciples that they must not be like children but be shrewd in dealing with the people of this world.[2]

What does it mean to be shrewd? It means that you achieve your purpose within the boundaries of your authority. In the parable, the manager was authorised to oversee the accounts on behalf of his master, which included the authority to reduce accounts on behalf of the manager if he saw fit. But when he exercised this authority for his own survival, though he was found to be dishonest, the master admired his shrewdness, because it showed ingenuity.

And the most ingenuous and brilliant application of the law is the way that God legally transferred the sin of all mankind to the Lamb of God, who was God’s sin offering on the cross. This is the day of vengeance of God, for God only avenges lifeblood.[3] This day is God’s accounting upon the head of Jesus of all lifeblood that was shed from the beginning to the end. When Jesus commanded us to eat His flesh and drink His blood, He went against God’s commands in Genesis 9.4-6 and Leviticus 17.10-12. Note that in Genesis 9.4, God specifically commanded Noah not eat meat that has lifeblood still in it. This is why we are commanded to eat the flesh of the Son of Man AND drink His blood. Yet in this, Jesus Himself did not sin because He did not eat the flesh or drink blood, but He taught His believers and disciples to do this.

Jesus had to teach His believers and disciples to break the command in Genesis 9.4, because without it, the accounting of lifeblood cannot come into play. Jesus required the accounting to come upon His head, that is, for sins to be reverted to Him as if He committed them, so that God could avenge lifeblood on Him. Therefore, anyone who eats His flesh and drinks His blood by faith, has disobeyed Genesis 9.4 and Leviticus 17.10-12, and they will be called to account the meat they have eaten that still has lifeblood in it.

The transferral of accounting was not triggered until the exact moment in Matthew 26.63 when Jesus was charged for blasphemy and brought before the Sanhedrin for His hearing. There were many false testimonies presented before Him. “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. Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are You not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against You?” But Jesus remained silent.”[4]

At that moment, Jesus should have testified to what He was teaching His disciples. That in John 6.53, He taught His disciples to sin by eating His flesh and drink His blood, causing them to be cut off from the Law of Moses, for that would have been the truth of the matter.

However, Jesus remained silent and at the moment, Leviticus 5.1 was applied to Him: “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.”

And so Jesus was held responsible for the accounting of all His believers and disciples who eat His flesh and drink His blood by faith in Him.

But what about all others who lived before Jesus, and those who refuse to believe in Jesus in their lifetime? How will they be saved? This is when Zephaniah 3.9 is applied: “Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the Name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” For everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.[5] The Lord will purify the lips of the peoples on the Day of Judgment with red hot diamonds. The diamonds are red because of the blood of Jesus. They are applied to their lips because it represents eating and drinking. For “the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”[6]

And so, to learn how to apply the law as God does, we need knowledge and wisdom to be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves. We also require full authority and power from God. What is full power? Full power is the unlimited ability to do the things Jesus has been doing and even greater things[7] with full authority. This means that John 14.13 is not tagged to it, where Jesus said, “And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My Name, and I will do it.” This means that you are entrusted to do the things Jesus has been doing and even greater things, and Jesus does not have to do it for you.

This is the Law of Full Power: “My food is to do the will of He who sent Me and to finish His work.”[8] Jesus used the word “food” because it is the source of energy or power. 

For it is only when we have done the will of Him who sent us and have finished His work that we can give God rest. If we cannot be trusted with power and authority, we will always need to ask Him to do things for us. How then can He rest?

How can we be trusted with full power and authority unless we only use them to do the will of He who sent us and to finish His work? And how then can we do the will of He who sent us and to finish His work unless we listen to Jesus and to the Holy Spirit? Is it any wonder that the Lord has not been able to entrust the church with His full power? There has to be a group of disciples who are in harmony and speaking the same language to do the will of He who sent us and to finish His work. “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches.”[9] Amen Holy Spirit.

[1] Matthew 10.16

[2] Luke 16.10 NIV/NLT

[3] Law of Vengeance I []

[4] Matthew 26.59-63

[5] Romans 10.13

[6] 1 John 1.7

[7] John 14.12

[8] John 4.34

[9] Revelation 3.5


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