The biggest obstacle to going into the promised land is fear and doubt fostered by a lack of knowledge. Much of this fear and doubt comes from mixing the Old Covenant of law with the New Covenant of grace and truth. Mixing law with grace makes the grace of no effect – Gal 5:4. In the end, a failure to correctly divide the word and unbelief, keep Christians in bondage in the wilderness of Sin, just like the Jews Moses led out of Egypt. This fear is based on nothing more than a wall of lies built by Satan.
The Old Testament is filled with pictures and shadows of the truth revealed in the New Testament and New Covenant.
Maybe you have heard the term, the Old Testament is Jesus concealed and the New Testament is Jesus revealed. The exodus is a picture of captives being set free from Satan, slavery, fear, and bondage. It is a picture of the reality revealed in Jesus. The Jews were slaves, in bondage to Pharaoh, a picture of Satan, their slave master. They were doing the ultimate dead work, making bricks in Egypt for their enemy. Moses, a picture of Christ, led the Jews out of this captivity and slavery. Joshua, Caleb and all of the other Jews were saved when they by faith applied the lamb’s blood on the wooden doorposts of their homes the night of the Passover. All who believed in God, with great or little faith, who put the blood on the doorposts were saved. The blood is what saved them and set them free from bondage and slavery, setting them apart from Egypt. This is a picture of how Jesus blood saves us today.
"You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion." Matt 26:2 NAS
God’s People Were Already Saved When the Ten Commandments Were Given
This is important to note; the Jews were saved by the blood before they were given the Ten Commandments by Moses. The Commandments had nothing to do with their salvation then, just like it has nothing to do with our salvation now. It was given to restore order to a group who had a slave mentality, just coming out of 400 years of slavery. The law was given to protect all of us from each other’s fallen nature and show us we need the savior – Gal 3:22-25. It was the blood of the lamb that set the Jews apart. The word holy mean “set apart.’ Those who believe the gospel today are set apart, sanctified, and made holy upon belief in the gospel, by the blood of Christ. The same Greek word that means holy, means sanctified too.
And by that will, we have been made holy/sanctified through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb 10:10 NIV
God gave the Jews a great amount of wealth from the Egyptians when they left Egypt. Then He led them to the promised land where the wells were dug, the homes were built, and the vineyards were planted. The land of great blessing, flowing with milk and honey in abundance. The land where God would provide for all their wants and needs in this world. Everything was prepared and complete for them. When the Jews got to the border, they decided to send in 12 spies first. This was their idea, not God’s. When the 12 came back, they reported of the great abundance in the promised land just as God had stated. But only Joshua and Caleb wanted to go in. In other words, only two of the twelve walked by faith and believed and trusted God fully. The other ten, who were saved too, did not fully trust God’s promise that he had given them the land. Instead, they walked by sight, fearing obstacles they saw with their eyes, doubting God’s promise.
When Joshua and Caleb tried to force the point of going, the others wanted to stone them – Num 14:10. The vast majority of Jews were afraid and filled with doubts and unbelief, fostering in words and actions each other’s doubts and fears. They were the biggest obstacle for themselves and for Joshua and Caleb who wanted to go into the promised land.
Today we see the same thing, believers refuse to go into the promised land where everything is already done for them. Out of a lack of knowledge and complete trust in God’s promises. They buy into Satan’s lie that grace must be balanced/mixed with law and that too much grace will lead them to fall headlong into sin. They live with one foot in the New Covenant of grace and truth in freedom and one foot in the Old Covenant under the law in slavery, bondage, and fear. This contradiction/mixture of law and grace makes Christ/grace of no effect. Grace is the power of the gospel.
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Gal 5:4 KJV
In most cases today, these are well-meaning saved believers who simply lack knowledge and walk in varying degrees of a mixture of the Old Covenant law and the New Covenant of grace and truth. They want to be right with God and try to do so through law keeping. They lack the knowledge or doubt, that they are completely right with God by the blood of Christ. The work is finished.
Satan is a master at deception and with lies that embody a twisting of the truth, he creates a great fear that prevents sincere believers from letting go of Moses and the law fully and embracing Jesus, grace, and truth alone. Therefore, they stay in the wilderness of Sin, where Moses and the majority of Jews died when God wants them to walk freely into the promised land like Caleb and Joshua. Their fear and doubt also prevent others from going into the promised land. With a lack of knowledge, they unwittingly do the work of the enemy, keeping themselves in bondage and others too, doing dead works, building bricks for Satan, just like the Jews did in Egypt.
The strong wall of fear that keeps believers out of the promised land was started by Satan. He lies that God is angry, counting your sins, that you are still under the curse of the law and God will punish you if you sin. His main plan is to create doubt about God’s promise of salvation to all who believe the gospel. His lie that believers are still under the law is a direct contradiction to scripture.
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Rom 6:14 NAS
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Rom 10:4 NAS
Many, if not most, believers fall for Satan’s lie and will not stop listening to Moses and the law. They refuse to hear Jesus alone as God has instructed.
Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone. Matt 17:1-8 NAS
Instead, they want to listen to Moses law and Jesus grace, mixing the messages together which makes grace of no effect and robs the believer of the power of the gospel. The law keeps the believer’s eyes on self instead of Jesus finished work. Looking at the failures of self with a lack of knowledge of Jesus righteousness that belongs to every believer, always creates doubt in the believer’s mind.
The truth is, Jesus and the New Covenant of grace and truth have fully replaced Moses and His Old Covenant of law.
But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. For he finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. For they did not continue in my covenant, and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:6-13
Building Bricks for Satan’s Wall of Lies and Fear
As a slave master, Satan continually enlists believers who lack knowledge and are trapped in this doubt, fear, and bondage of the law to make more bricks for his wall of doubt and fear. Every time we doubt God’s promise of salvation by grace through faith alone or voice this doubt to others, we put another brick in Satan’s wall of lies. This wall of lies is built out of the fear of punishment and separates believers from the promised land in this life. God welcomes and wants us to go into the promised land, the way is open and the only thing keeping a believer out is Satan’s wall of lies.
It is not uncommon for a believer with good intentions but a lack of knowledge to do Satan’s work. Satan’s uses lies to foster unbelief, doubt, and fear. Even well-intentioned Peter was used to do Satan’s work in this manner.
From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” Matt 16:21-23 NAS
This is key. Jesus said that Peter was not setting his mind on God’s interest but man’s. This is what led him to make this error. God’s interest, plan and will are for the greater good of humanity, to save us for eternity. His will and plan is based on full knowledge and is to be trusted. For example, the death of a believers fallen flesh in this life, like the Apostles death for the gospel, is not a big deal to God. When we die, we get a new glorified body and our redemption is complete. But Satan makes a big deal out of it. He puts the interest of man’s unredeemed flesh ahead of God’s interests in a unique way by appealing to what the flesh sees as in its best interest. This is a masterful deception by Satan that causes confusion and often leads believers to put man’s interests above God’s, unwittingly doing Satan’s work that impedes God's best plan for all humanity.
After the resurrection in Galatians 2:11-21, saved Peter, was caught unwittingly doing Satan’s work again when he created doubt and fear in the minds of his Gentile friends who believed the gospel. When the legalistic Jews showed up at the party, he pulled away from the Gentiles and acted like a Jew under the law. This created doubt, fear, and confusion for the Gentiles and gave them the false impression that they needed the law in addition to Jesus to be right with God. This action by Peter left the Gentiles feeling judged by Peter. But they could clearly see his hypocrisy too, which could have led some to stumble and fall away from the faith. When Paul showed up, he did the same thing Jesus did, he rebuked Peter for his words and actions that were doing Satan’s work. Paul told Peter he was not acting in accordance with the truth of the gospel of grace. In essence, Paul said, get behind me Satan.
Satan is into getting believers to do dead works to keep them busy thinking they are doing what God wants. A dead work is trying to do something that is already been done. If you took a bath for example and were clean, it would be a dead work to take another bath to get clean. In the same way, we have been washed clean by the blood of Christ. We are righteous in God’s eyes and cannot get anymore righteous by works, but most Christians live in a mixture of belief and unbelief in this truth. Being deceived by Satan into believing they are still under the law, they keep their eyes on their flesh and off Jesus finished work. This is exactly what Satan wants. Thus, they labor building bricks for Satan’s wall of doubt and fear, keeping themselves and others in bondage.
Our Spirit is Perfected, but Our Flesh is Crucified and Dead
The truth is our flesh is still infected with the same fallen Sin nature we inherited from Adam and will die. God sees our Sin infected flesh as crucified and dead with Christ's flesh on the cross, as we are supposed to by faith.
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Gal 2:20 NAS
Our dead flesh has been circumcised, cut off from any inheritance by God and from our new born-again and perfected Spirit.
and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; Col 2:11 NAS
God sees us in the perfection of Christ, in the Spirit.
For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. Heb 10:14 NAS
God only sees our faith and he does not see or count the sins of our dead flesh. To God, who lives outside of time, our flesh is dead already.
If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. Rom 8:10 NAS
"FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE." Heb 8:12 NAS
Therefore, when you read Hebrew 11 you only see the faith of those listed and not any of their sins, fears, and doubts that are clearly listed in the Old Testament. When we die, our redemption will be completed as we receive our new glorified body that is perfect and without an inherited Sin nature. A body that will be in perfect sync with our already perfected Spirit.
Most of the Jews set free from Egypt were doing something similar to what Peter did with Jesus, fostering doubt, fear, and unbelief amongst themselves. The lack of faith by the vast majority of the Jews, who were already set free from the enemy, infuriated God. Even though they were saved from the enemy, he gave them their wish, let them stay, struggle, and die in the wilderness of Sin, as it was called. The exception was Joshua, Caleb, and Moses who lived. Then Moses died, and God told Joshua and Caleb to take the Jews into the promised land.
God tells us that Caleb had a different Spirit. A Spirit that follows God fully. This means Caleb simply believed all God said and trusted Him over any doubt or fear. Caleb found the key that opens the door in Satan’s wall of fear built to keep believers out of the promised land in this life.
"But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. Numbers 14:24 NAS
Joshua and Caleb represented a minuscule minority, two believers amongst millions of saved believers still in doubt, fear and unbelief to some degree. Caleb walked by faith and not by sight. While the Jews who died in the wilderness, fearful of the giants in the promised land, walked by sight and not by faith.
Law Keeping is Not of Faith, it is of Sight
Unfortunately, law-keeping by Christians is most often done for the same reason Peter pulled away from the Gentiles and was rebuked by Paul. Christians try to act like good law keepers, like the legalistic Jews, when others can see them, but in the dark, in their homes, where they think no one can see, they live like a Gentile without the law. Acting like we need to keep the law in front of others to be right with God is a dead work. A waste of time. It does Satan’s work by sending the wrong message to the lost that it is all about law keeping to appease an angry God. The law is not of faith, it is of sight.
For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.” Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”— in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Gal 3:10-14 NASB
The act of keeping the law to impress others who may be watching, while living like a Gentile in the dark, is hypocrisy. Peter’s actions of shunning the Gentiles when the legalistic Jews showed up is the only time a believer in the New Testament was called a hypocrite. Never once was a believer who was caught up in any other sin called a hypocrite by Jesus or the Apostles. The only way a Christian can be called a hypocrite is if we judge others for their sin, when we absolutely, without a doubt, know we have sin in our own life. If we are honest and admit we do have sin, we cannot judge another as Jesus told us with the woman caught in adultery. We cannot cast stones if we have any sin in our life. We need to admit we still cannot keep the law and need Jesus just as much now as the day we accepted him. This is our testimony and for it, we can never be called a hypocrite. This is what Paul was doing when he said he only boasted in his weakness and the cross of Christ so that the power of God, grace, would rest upon him.
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Cor 12:9 NAS
Law Keepers Still Mock Those of the Promise Today
We see in scripture the mockery of the masses towards Joshua and Caleb’s desire to believe God’s incredible grace offered in the promised land and go into the land. This mockery has a rich history. It started with Isaac and Ishmael. Those of the law always mock those of the promised grace.
The child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking. Gen 21:8-9 NAS
This is still true today and includes saved believers who are still deceived to think or live under the law to some degree. Believers who live under a mixture of the Old Covenant of law and the New Covenant of grace and truth. We can only give away what we have and if a person thinks they are under the law and judgment from God to any degree, they will often mock those who fully embrace God’s abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness. They will even call them false Christians, not real believers, etc. Some of this is good intentioned error, but some is not.
If Jesus were here, I believe he would tell any believer who fosters doubt and unbelief in His promise in John 3:16, to get behind him Satan.
This is a warning to all who would leave the flock and head into the promised land. Other believers will try and stand in your way. This is not to say those who do this are not saved. They are saved the moment they trust Christ because it is all about His finished work. What they fail to grasp, but Jesus knows for certain, is that the burden is always on the promise maker, in this case, God and he always keeps His promise. But Christians, who are still infants as Paul calls them, unwittingly make the same error as Peter did and build bricks of doubt and fear for the enemy’s wall. This is just the opposite of what Jesus told us so many times to do ourselves. He always told us to not doubt, just believe. Don’t you think he wants us to do the same for other believers? To encourage faith and squash doubt? Every time we encourage doubt and fear, we do Satan’s work.
"You of little faith, why did you doubt?" Matt 14:31b NAS
On the Other Side of the Fear is the Flow
On the other side of the fear is the flow is something God spoke to me in a dream years ago that took me a long time to figure out. I was always running from my fears being beaten up and tormented. What God was saying is that on the other side of the wall of fear Satan has erected, is the land flowing with milk and honey, God’s promised land. To go into it you first must let go of Moses and the law totally, and wholeheartedly embrace Jesus, grace, and truth alone.
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 NAS
How to move into the promised land in this life.
1) You need to make a firm decision and not listen to the doubts, fears and lack of belief of others who refuse to trust God fully. You may even need to separate yourself from some believers including mixed preaching. You need to know that Satan does not want you to go into the promised land and will come at you hard with fear. He wants to keep you in bondage and will use the same tactic of doubt and fear he used with the Jews. He will do all he can to increase your fear of walking in God’s abundance of grace and letting go fully of the law. He knows that if you do these things, you will reign in this life, living in the promised land.
For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Rom 5:17 NAS
2) You must make a commitment to study the New Covenant of grace and truth exclusively for the next year. If you continue to mix Moses Old Covenant of law with the New Covenant of grace and truth, you make grace, the power of the gospel, of no effect. Reading the Old Covenant to this day without proper knowledge leaves a veil over your eyes and heart. You are not like Moses, you no longer need the veil.
Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:12-18 NAS
There is nothing wrong with the Old Covenant law when it is used for its intended purpose, but the law is not made for the righteous. The righteous are all who believe the gospel, calling Jesus their savior. We have His righteousness and are qualified for the inheritance of the saints.
We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 1 Tim 1:9 NIV
A lawbreaker would be one who transgresses the law, a sinner. The Bible never calls a believer a sinner or a hypocrite like believers call each other so often today. God sees us in Spirit and truth and calls believers righteous even though they still sin. This is because our righteousness is from God and we are under grace and not the law. God is not counting the sins of believers as scripture tells us several times. I have many lessons on this truth.
"I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins. Isa 43:25 NAS
Moses Old Covenant of law was given to the Jews only and you will read it again after your mind and thoughts are fully captivated by Jesus finished work, His righteousness and the New Covenant of grace and truth. There is much you can learn from the Old Covenant especially when you learn to see Jesus in it. But now is not the time for you to study the Old Covenant given to the Jews alone. The Gentiles were never given the law like the Jews were. God set the Jews apart and gave them the Old Covenant law to protect them, so the Messiah could be born through the Jews.
The veil was over most of the Jews eyes when Jesus showed up and remains completely over the eyes and heart of devout Jews who study Moses even today. It also partially blinds and makes of no effect the power of the gospel, grace, in the lives of Christians who mix the two covenants. This veil represents the holiness of God that guarded the holy of holies that only the High Priest could enter once a year. This veil prevented the Jews from seeing God for their own protection at the time. But when Jesus showed up, hanging on to Moses, prevented the Jews in Jesus days from recognizing Jesus. They allowed the holiness of God to blind them to the love of God. The veil prevented them from seeing the love of God displayed in Jesus. To them, God looked nothing like Jesus who they called a friend of sinners.
If you mix the covenants of law and grace, you get a schizophrenic picture of Jesus. Law and grace contradict each other. When Jesus died on the cross, the actual veil to the holy of holies was torn in two opening the way for all who believe the gospel to go boldly to God in their time of need. Our time of need is when we fail.
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 4:16 NAS
If You Want to Have Great Faith Listen
There were only two people in that Jesus said had great faith in scripture. One was a male soldier in Matt 8:9-10 and the other a female homemaker in Matt 15:27-28. The only thing they had in common was that they were Gentiles. They never had the law. The never had the veil over their eyes and heart even partially like so many Christians do today by mixing the covenants and making grace of no effect.
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from grace. Gal 5:4 KJV
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. Rom 11:6 NAS (Works of the law.)
I Fought Against Letting Go of Moses Law
I have discovered from experience that Satan will do all he can to keep us in bondage. He does this by making us think we are still under the law of Moses to some degree. The law is what empowered Satan and Sin to bring guilt, shame and kill us.
I would have sworn that I was saved by grace through faith alone, but I lacked knowledge and understanding. If I am honest, in my heart I feared letting go of the law fully and hung on by my fingernails to the end. I fought against letting go of the law and trusting Jesus, grace, and truth alone. I bought into Satan’s lie for years and was fearful I would fall headlong into sin. This is exactly what most Christians preach, building bricks to keep believers out of the promised land. “Too much grace will give you a license to sin.” This is a complete lie from Satan. Christians are sinning just fine under the law, they do not need a license to sin. Grace is what teaches us to deny ungodliness.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, Titus 2:11-12 NIV
No matter what you say to others, only you know if you are trusting Christ 1,000 percent and honestly free from the bondage of the law. If fear arises at the thought and you feel at all offended by my teaching that you must let go of the law fully, you are still under the burden of the law no matter what you say to others. Mixing law with grace is robbing you of the power of the gospel.
What Satan kept me from seeing was that the law was the one thing that empowered Sin to bring guilt, shame and to kill me. The only thing that gave Satan any power over me after coming to Christ, was my belief in his lies.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 1 Cor 15:56 NAS
This is why Jesus set us free from the curse of the law.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-- for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE " Gal 3:13 NAS
Satan also blinds us to the truth that the term “falling from grace” is not falling deep into sin as the world teaches. The Bible teaches to fall from grace is adding the law to grace to try and be right with God.
You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. Gal 5:4 NAS
Satan lies and tells us that if we let go of the law fully we will fall deep into sin. He forgets to mention that we are not holding onto God, God is holding onto us.
and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:28 NAS
Therefore, from experience, when we let go of the law fully and trust our heavenly Fathers promise that we are saved, we rest peacefully in the hands of God, no more struggle. God’s way is grace and he would never give us a way that leads us to fall headlong into sin. Grace has taught me to absolutely reject anger, bitterness, resentment, greed, selfishness, unforgiveness, worry, fear, doubt and so much more. I do not have time for any of these in my life now. These things are primary motivators for acts of sin and grace is what transformed my heart, something the law could never do.
You Are No Longer a Slave - You are a Child of God
What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Gal 4:1-7 NAS
3) Stop making bricks for Satan’s wall of fear and doubt. Trying to do things that are already done is a dead work. If we think we need to do these things to be right with God, we are taking on a burden that is God’s. He made the promise in John 3:16 and he will keep it. It is that simple, you only need childlike faith. Doing these things and telling others they need to do them, creates doubt and fear about God’s promise. It is doing Satan’s work by putting bricks in his wall of lies and fear.
a) Trying to be holy or teaching we need to be holy. We are already holy by the blood of Christ.
Hagiazó - Short Definition: I make holy, sanctify
b) Trying to be sanctified or teaching we are being sanctified. We are already sanctified by the blood of Jesus.
Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified/made holy, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor 6:11 NASB
c) Trying to complete yourself or teaching we are being completed. We are already complete in Christ.
and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; Col 2:10 NAS
d) Trying to perfect yourself. We have already been made perfect by the blood of Christ.
For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified/holy. Heb 10:14 NASB
e) Trying to be righteous, right with God through law-keeping and good works. We are already righteous in Christ.
Him (Jesus) who knew no sin He (God) made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21(ASV)
f) In some denominations, trying to be a saint when the blood of Christ makes all believers saints.
To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their [Lord] and ours: 1 Cor 1:2 NASB
g) Why don’t you see these things when you look in the mirror? Because all of the points I just listed apply to your new born-again Spirit. In the flesh you see in the mirror there still resides the same inherited Sin nature you got from Adam. Your flesh will never be redeemed, this is why it dies. So do not judge yourself or others by the flesh.
God sees our flesh as dead and unredeemable, because of sin. Our sin was condemned in the flesh on the cross with Christs.
knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Rom 6:6-7 NAS
Therefore, trying to perfect the flesh when God sees it as crucified with Christ on the cross and dead, is a dead work. God is not looking at the sins of your dead flesh nor is your dead flesh in school so it can learn something for eternity. He sees you in the perfection of Christ, in the Spirit, and is looking at your faith. To try and perfect a corpse by the dead flesh is a waste of time. When you leave this world, you will get a new glorified body and your redemption will be complete. It will not have a fallen inherited Sin nature from Adam. It will be in perfect sync with your Spirit that is already perfected.
h) Questioning our own salvation and the faith of others, leading ourselves and them into doubt and fear, is a dead work for Satan. The act of questioning another’s salvation, when they state they believe the gospel proves the person asking the question thinks salvation is more than just about Jesus. This is because they still regard people as in the flesh when God no longer does. He sees us in the Spirit, in Christ, perfected. He sees our flesh as dead like we are supposed to do. This is why we are told to not regard or recognize anyone by the flesh any longer, this includes yourself. This means by faith we see each other in the Spirit, perfected in Christ as God does. We encourage and build up ourselves and others in the faith.
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Cor 5: 14-19 NAS
To make others stumble with doubt and fear is not walking by the Spirit, which is love. Believers are called as ministers of the New Covenant that brings life, not the Old Covenant letter of the law that brings death.
who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:6 ESV
What is our job then? To believe you are saved, sanctified, holy, righteous, complete, perfected and a saint as God states. All by the blood of Jesus alone. Once we believe the truth about ourselves, we will break free from the bondage and our actions will begin to line up with our belief. God is looking for heart transformation and faith, can He see yours?
"I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8 NAS
4) Seek first His righteousness and all of these things will be added unto you. This is a foundational teaching of the New Covenant
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matt 6:33 NAS
His righteousness is found in the New Covenant of grace and truth. Self-righteousness is found in the Old Covenant of law. Mixing the two leads you to try and add to Jesus righteousness to be right with God, a dead work.
All the things you want and need including rest, peace and joy is what God is talking about in Matthew 6:33. This is the promised land in this life. Once we are firmly established in His righteousness, in Jesus the word of righteousness, in our thoughts and minds, and know for certain we are no longer a slave and under the bondage of the law, we can enter the promised land. But if we listen to the fears, doubts, and mixture of grace and law of infant believers, we will never get into the promised land. These are believers who are not actively seeking to renew their minds and do not understand the word of righteousness, believers who cannot digest solid food as Paul calls it and still need milk,
It is time to grow up in the faith. You have read this study because you are no longer an infant in need of milk. You are ready to digest solid food, the word of righteousness. Get ready to be greatly blessed as you set your face like flint and refuse to turn back no matter what.
Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Heb 5:11-14 NAS
5) Study the New Covenant of grace and truth Jesus died to bring us solely for one year.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20 NAS
God is seeking worshippers who do not worship Him in the dead flesh but in Spirit and truth. People, who by faith see their flesh as crucified and dead like God does, and see themselves alive in Christ, in the Spirit.
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24 NAS
Camp out in the book of Hebrews which is all about the New Covenant and in Paul’s writings. Listen to New Covenant preachers and review New Covenant Bible studies alone. Avoid mixed messages as much as possible. As the Old Covenant veil is removed completely from your eyes and heart, you will become very sensitive to mixed teachings and they are the predominant teachings in Christianity. I have written many New Covenant Bible studies filled with scripture since making my commitment to let go of Moses and the law fully and trust Jesus 1,000 percent. Scripture all starts to fall in place when the veil comes off your eyes fully and you can see God’s true nature, His great love for us and His will to save us. It is obvious why he sent Jesus, He so loved the world – John 3:16.
Many more New Covenant Bible Studies HERE. Jesus poured out His blood for the New Covenant of grace and truth, replacing the Old Covenant law of Moses. Believers are exclusively under the New Covenant, the last will and testament of Jesus that began after the cross.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20