Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice Courtesy of Walter Johnson a family farmer

21 This is what the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says: “Go and offer as many burnt offerings and sacrifices as you want. Eat the meat of those sacrifices yourselves. 22 I brought your ancestors out of Egypt. I spoke to them, but I did not give them any commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 I only gave them this command: ‘Obey me and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do all that I command, and good things will happen to you.’   Jeremiah 7:21-23  (Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

 

Book of Joshua

The Lord spoke to Joshua, as it is written in the first chapter. His word was confirmed as the spies went into Jericho, heard the people there were weakened by fear because of reports of destruction of kingdoms Og and Bashan as well as their crossing of the sea at Egypt. The Lord also reiterated 3 times to Joshua to be strong and of good courage. In these affairs, the works of God followed a pattern by which we also may discern whether our works are of our own making, or are the work of God.

Consider the call of Moses, how it begins with hearing God speak instructions after getting his attention.

Or Noah, hearing instructions on how do build an ark.

Or Saul, hearing instructions to go to Damascus after being struck blind.

Or the disciples, given instructions to wait in Jerusalem in the upper room until the appearance of the Holy Spirit.

Or Gideon, who was intimidated by the instructions much like Moses, but sufficiently clear to cause him to fear.

Or, being instructed to call Elizabeth’s child to be the coming John.

The pattern with all these is initial uncertainty in those receiving the instructions.

If we begin to employ our reasoning, faith dies and we arise to face situations different than what we would encounter had we followed those instructions.

 

A Case in Point

1988;  The Lord took about a minute to speak instructions to me regarding employees who would work for me over the coming decades and plant fields with clover and grass at 10% each year until 30% would be idle at any given time, resting and being restored for greater productivity.  He told me to build an altar with quarry rock, not rolled river stones.  He said I would remember that day the rest of my life as if it had just happened, unlike other memories, being a sign that it was not my own internal thoughts, but was Him.

I wish now that my heart would have been like that of Abraham, or Mary, or David: Quick to respond, open to suggestion, trusting the One who was speaking.

Instead, I was slow.  Months passed before constructing the altar. Over the years, I did pray for employees, but not with diligence. And I reasoned that if 30% of the land being farmed were taken out of production, there would not have been enough acreage to plant the contracted crops I had with the cannery.  And in order to allow the clover and grass to have the full effect to soil building, it would leave a load of seed behind which would interfere with the crops being grown there once the three years elapsed while in clover and grass.  Reasoning, reasoning, reasoning.

I am not stupid.  But I am ignorant.

The story goes that the first year I let the first 10% of the land just go idle, planting nothing.  Just tilling the soil to keep the weeds from growing.  I knew about giving the land its rest every 7 years, right?

The next year, I decided to plant cereal rye, because it produces an abundance of compostable humus, and the seed all sprouts in the winter leaving no long-term “weed” like issues.  Reasoning again.  Still, only 10% is set aside, and there is enough land to grow all the contracted crops.

The third year after receiving instructions, 1991, I began tilling and planting in the idled soil where it had been getting a rest. There was a definite improvement in the soil structure, easier to till, more productive, easier to harvest the crop, and a little darker in appearance.  Looking good, I thought.

So, for several more years, I left some ground out of production, always looking forward to the season that plot would again be available for sowing seeds.   Here is where things get interesting, but I will have to provide some history:

In a cannery coop such as ours, all members contribute capital for its ongoing business. Over the decades, my contribution totaled $130,000.  If you sold a contract to another grower, your contributions resulted in being over-invested and you would receive a refund, which had occurred for me in 1985 when I sold a carrot contract, receiving 30,000 for the contract sale and 15,000 for being over-invested.  Now in 1988 when I received the message from the Lord to idle 30% of the land, I would have had to sell additional contracts because there would not have been enough land to grow the crops. Thus, I could have had proceeds from the contract sale itself as well as over investment funds coming from the cannery.  From these extra funds, I could have paid down some debt, saving interest expense as well.  At the time from 1987-1990, the cannery was seeing its best profit years in its 100-year history, so there were funds available to pay over-invested growers immediately.

BUT, because I did not follow the Lord’s instructions, following my own reasoning, contracts were not sold, I did not idle more than 20% of the land in any given year and instead bought back my carrot contract because the cannery was paying more than ever before.

Had I sold my 100 acre corn contract: 10,000 + 10,000 = $20,000

Had I sold my 30 acre bean contract : 40,000 + 30,000 = $70,000

Had I Not repurchased the carrot contract: 10,000 + recapture investment or 10,000 = $20,000

Had I sold the 45 acre beet contract: 15,000 + 25,000 = $40,000

So, if I had left the cannery completely, I would have been debt free and not paid another dime of interest which was about 12% at that time.

Instead, by 1994, the cannery entered bankruptcy proceedings, our crops were not being paid for. The contracts were worthless and we lost all capital contributions.  Four years before I could have sold and received $150,000.

Now, 30 years later after the 1988 instructions, I am finally debt free.  In those past 30 years, I was under extra stress, always in debt, rarely bought any needed equipment, could not take advantage of some investment opportunities, and remember my wife trying to get me to change some things so we could be profitable.  It was hard on the kids, hard on my wife, and challenging for me.  I was blessed by the Lord in my spirit, but certainly not in my labors.

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The Amazing Message of Harry Nilsson found in “Jump Into The Fire”

Back in the sixties and seventies, music fans of rock groups speculated that for some groups if you played some songs backward on the record you could hear subliminal messages.  It was spooky even for non-Christians.  Of course, the Christian community in America was all up in arms.

In 2013 I wrote a blog article entitled “God is the Originator and Inspiration of All Music”;

https://lclioncross.com/2013/10/18/god-is-the-originator-and-inspiration-of-all-music/

If you accept the basic premise of the article, I would like to use an example of a song and how even secular music praises and can cry out with the heart of God.

Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the LORD

Hallelujah!

Praise God in His sanctuary.

Praise Him in His mighty heavens.

Praise Him for His mighty acts;

praise Him for His excellent greatness.

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;

praise Him with the harp and lyre.

Praise Him with tambourine and dancing;

praise Him with the strings and flute.

Praise Him with clashing cymbals;

praise Him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

Hallelujah!  (Psalm 150:1-6)

Jump Into The Fire  1972  Harry Nilsson

Lyrics

You can climb a mountain, you can swim the sea
You can jump into the fire but you’ll never be free
You can shake me up or I can break you down
Oh, oh

We can make each other happy
Oh, we can make each other happy
We can make each other happy
Oh, we can make each other happy

You can climb a mountain, you can swim the sea
You can jump into the fire but you’ll never be free, no no
You can shake me up or I can break you down
Oh, oh

We can make each other happy
Oh, we can make each other happy
Oh, we can make each other happy
We can make each other happy, oh

You can climb a mountain, you can swim the sea
You can jump into the fire but you’ll never be free, no no
You can shake me up, I can break you down
Oh, oh
Oh, oh
Oh, oh

We can make each other happy
We can make each other happy
We can make each other happy
We can make each other happy
Aah

(Songwriters: Harry Nilsson)

Besides being a classic of rock music with remarkable composition and instrumentation, Harry’s good friend Ringo jammed out on the music video!.

But the real message of this song is the inspiration found in the words of the lyrics.  This, my friend, is the expression of LOVE and longing found in the heart of our LORD. Tenderly and passionately calling all humanity to accept and join Him in His kingdom for all eternity.  The free-will choice is up to you, but please, please please make your choice carefully!.  I love you.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock”  (Matthew 7:24).

Why would God enter into a secular written song that some Christians would call evil and devil worship?  Because of those and for those that are lost!

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?” (Matthew 18:12).

This is our humble serving Servant.  All the more reason we should worship and adore Him!

 

Harry Nilsson – Jump into the Fire (Audio) – YouTube

 

 

I John 4:10 The Two Sides of The Meaning of Propitiation

This is the Sage II Dictionary definition of “Propitiation”

  1. “The act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)”.

We can see definition 1. could be called “atonement”.  Or to paraphrase it means to appease a god and prevent from anger and wrath.

  1. “The act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity”.

And definition 2. could be called “reconciliation”.  Or to paraphrase it means to become friends again or to establish a relationship and ending all hostilities.

“And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled”  (Colossians 1:21)

“For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life”  (Romans 5:10)

I would suggest our God as we know Him is pure LOVE.  One definition sees God as angry and vengeful, and we should fear to step on His toes.  The other definition sees God as loving, kind and long-suffering, toward US.

“Come now, and let us reason together, says Jehovah; though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool”   (Isaiah 1:18)

This is “reconciliation”.  God our Father says let us sit and have a loving chat. This is a teaching moment.  Then we will put this behind us, and move on.

This is LOVE.  This is the true meaning of the word “Propitiation”.

 

God Is Love

1Jn 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God.

1Jn 4:8  The one who does not love has not known God. For God is love.

1Jn 4:9  In this the love of God was revealed in us, because God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him.

1Jn 4:10  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation concerning our sins.

1Jn 4:11  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

1Jn 4:12  No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us.

1Jn 4:13  By this we know that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

1Jn 4:14  And we have seen and testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

1Jn 4:15  Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him and he in God.

1Jn 4:16  And we have known and believed the love that God has in us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

1Jn 4:17  In this is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, that as He is, so also we are in this world.

1Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He who fears has not been perfected in love.

1Jn 4:19  We love Him because He first loved us.

1Jn 4:20  If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if he does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

1Jn 4:21  And we have this commandment from Him, that he who loves God should love his brother also.

“Therefore in all things, it behoved him to be made like His brothers, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of His people. For in that He Himself has suffered, having been tempted, He is able to rescue those who are being tempted” (Heb 2:17-18).

 

 

You Have No Need For Any Man to Teach You

“I am writing this letter about those who are trying to lead you into the wrong way. Christ gave you a special gift. You still have this gift in you. So you don’t need anyone to teach you. The gift he gave you teaches you about everything. It is a true gift, not a false one. So continue to live in Christ, as his gift taught you”.  (1Jn 2:26-27)

Christians Are Under the Compulsion of The Church

“What is inseminated (place seeds/sow into) in freedom remains (from the WORD).  But what is compulsion, this does not remain.  For what is compulsion is not from the will of man, but from the will of him who compels”. (New Jerusalem and It’s Heavenly Doctrine #143)

Example:  Who has not gone to a Protestant church and they expound the need for wonderful “Homegroups” that the leadership says should promote Christian fellowship. This is communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians, or “koinonia”. This really works.  Believers get together, break bread and form relationships.

However, it is commonly the leaderships contention that since they are the overseers of the flock, and the shepherd of the sheep they must not stray from leadership teaching and interpretation of the Bible.  You usually have to buy a text that is attached and from the previous week’s sermon.  The group home leaders are trained and closely monitored and accountable to the Pastor of their church.  They call this the parishioners “covering”.  This to me is clearly compulsion, and what is compulsion will not take root in love.

I have been on Church prayer teams in the past.  I will give you another example.  The prayer team always meet before Sunday service to pray for the service and the people.  This is a very honest and very wise kingdom principle.  This one particular Sunday we were praying and holding hands.  Suddenly the Spirit fell and each one of knew we were to pray for a cleansing of the White House.  A new American President was about to enter office.  It was as if we all were lifted up and praying in the will and the accord of heaven.  Suddenly the prayer team “leader” came in the door.  “Alright everybody settle down!”.  The cord between heaven and the church was broken.  This church “leader” was taking control and taking it in their own direction.  This is an example of compulsion.  Someone bending the will of others to bring it to themselves and what they deem proper.  This is also a form of spiritual bondage.  And this clearly is the usurping of the authority of Jesus Christ.

The Modern Christian Church is Under a System of Despotism

“The gift he gave you teaches you about everything”.  The one supreme leader or congregational leader of the local church leads to this compulsion.  We have a church institution and not a church body.  They lead and rule from a position of fear.

“Therefore I remind you to inflame anew the gift of God, which is in you by the putting on of my hands. For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”  (2Ti 1:6-7).

It is time for our Lord to be glorified and to speak from the Mercy Seat again!

Grace through Faith vs The Law in the Book of Galatians  

The modern Christian church teaches that since Jesus died on the cross, our sins are forgiven.  The blood of Jesus makes us white as snow.  If we do sin and confess our sins, Jesus in HIS righteousness will forgive us and restore us.  Through the cross, He has taken our place through the propitiation of sins.  We are justified by faith.  No longer are we under the yoke and bondage of the law.

But as any student of the Bible may discover, there seem to be many contradictory statements.  Especially in the teachings of the Apostle Paul and especially in the Book of Galatians.  This Book gives an account of what could be called the “old school religion” (Judaism), vs the “new school religion” (Christianity).  Paul had traveled this region previously and had planted churches there.  However, in his absence, the old school church had come in and won over some converts back from the new school church.  At the very least the gospel he had preached was significantly watered down.  This letter from Paul to the Galatians is an attempt to correct the errors of theology and doctrine being taught in these churches.

I would make the supposition that so much of the modern church has derived their doctrine of grace from this letter (and the Book of Romans), that they have overreached its meaning.  It must first be put in context that Paul was admonishing the errors in the old school church that had crept into the churches at Galatia.

“I marvel that you so soon are being moved away from Him who called you into the grace of Christ, to another gospel”, (Gal 1:6)

In this verse, the gospel of the “grace of Christ”, the word grace is Strong’s definition from G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude).  In other words, God in His infinite wisdom and love, blessing humankind.

“We Jews by nature, and not sinners of the nations, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the Law, but through faith in Jesus Christ; even we believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith in Christ, and not by works of the Law. For all flesh will not be justified by works of law”. (Gal 2:15-16)

In this verse, Paul is making the argument that the Jews are no longer justified by the law, but in the new covenant of Faith in the finished work of Jesus.  The point he was making was the gentiles never partook in the Jewish faith.  Why should they go to some religion they were never a part of in the first place?.

“I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf”. Gal 2:20

This verse gives the impression to live by faith in the finished works of Christ.  That Paul cannot do anything apart from faith through grace.  But one has to remember that Jesus, in His agony on the cross did not take away the sins of the world, but He BORE them.  It is up to the believer to appropriate the power of the cross to overcome.  “And He said to all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).  To “Pick up the cross..” means to fight against the temptations and lusts of the flesh.  This requires a conscious and willful action.  Grace plus faith alone in the cross is not enough.

There are many other verses in Galatians which one could gain the impression that it is grace + faith + nothing (Latin; Sola Fide).  Grace and faith are wonderful gifts of the gospel but it is only one half of the equation.  “For of God we are fellow-workers, a field of God, and you are a building of God. each one’s work shall be revealed. For the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try each one’s work as to what kind it is. If anyone’s work which he built remains, he shall receive a reward. If anyone’s work shall be burned up, he shall suffer loss. But he shall be saved, yet so as by fire”  (1Co3:9,13-15).

“My brothers, what profit is it if a man says he has faith and does not have works? Can faith save him?” (James 2:14).  It is very apparent from reading the scriptures, that we have to cooperate and participate in our salvation.

Jesus and illustrations of His commandments in the Bible

Jesus in his dissertations and teachings on the principles of His kingdom seemed to always be teaching one thing; His commandments (The Law).  These were not suggestions.  They were not friendly wisdom or psychiatric advice.  It meant obedience.  They were in the same vein and language in which He gave the ten commandments. i.e. “You shall, You shall, You shall…”.  For example;

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you should also love one another” (John 13:34).

“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you”,  (Mat 5:43-44)

“But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne” (Matthew 5:34).

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”. (John 15:12).

“And why do you call Me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).

But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments

“And He said to him, Why do you call Me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17).

In Matthew 19:17, the question then is what commandments is Christ specifically referring to that we must keep for us to “enter into life?”.  He tells us the reason He came to earth; “The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).  So for us to “enter into life”, we must keep the commandments.

This leads us back to Exodus 20:6 “and showing mercy to thousands of those that love Me and keep My commandments.  The exact same words Christ used in Matthew 19:17, are used in Exodus 20:6, which is the Ten Commandants or the Decalogue.  In the two dispensations of the Jewish church and the Christian church, the commandments have not changed.  The Law is not made null and void by the cross.

So when the modern church considers the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament, they consider them as null and void, outdated. Nothing could be farther from the TRUTH.  That the law is made of no effect since Jesus suffered on the cross and took upon Himself the sins of the world.  But in reality, just the opposite situation occurred.  When the Divine of God took on human form and came to the earth, He shined more light and illumination on the Ten Commandments (The Law).  The Ten Commandments are the sum and substance of all religion and faith.  It is the summation of all heavenly kingdom principles. “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Jesus was the Savior of the world because “they might have life”.  He took on human form and showed his creatures of creation how to find life abundant.  He showed us Himself and His Kingdom.  He showed us how to overcome the world and the flesh.  He took upon his flesh and crucified it until it became Divine.  Through His sacrifice, He freely gave in His love unto us to share in His Kingdom;

“according as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us to glory and virtue, through which He has given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, so that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  But also in this very thing, bringing in all diligence, filling out your faith with virtue, and with virtue, knowledge; and with knowledge self-control, and with self-control, patience, and with patience, godliness, and with godliness, brotherly kindness, and with brotherly kindness, love. For if these things are in you and abound, they make you be neither idle nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”. (2 Peter 1:3-8)

The symbolism of the cross was LOVE personified.  Jesus tenderly showing how the law could be fulfilled.  The appearance of the WORD incarnate as Jesus the Christ to the earth was a monumental example to all of the universe.  It was an astonishing illustration of the LOVE and TRUTH of our Lord.

Grace and the Law are like a Pendulum

The Christian life can be compared to a pendulum.  At one side the weight swings to grace, and to the other side swings to the law.  At the very center between these two is perfect equilibrium.  This represents that the child of God is centered in Christ.  We are told to keep our focus and our eyes on Jesus.  “Be mindful of things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be of this mind. And if in anything you are otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you. Yet, as to what we have already attained, let us walk in the same rule, let us mind the same thing”.  (Philippians 3:14-16).

“Therefore, holy brothers, called to be partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus”, (Hebrews 3:1).

The Christian’s goal is to be always centered in the equilibrium position with Christ.  The physics of a pendulum can be compared to spiritual laws.  One swing back and forth of the weight is called a period.  If the arc of the swing is small, it is called a true period.  This represents although we are not in the complete center with Christ, we are well within His scope and control.  But wild upward swings back and forth of the weight are called an empty pendulum.  The force of the weight is such, that the momentum is always in front of the weight. This represents that we are out of control, and out of the protection and will of Christ.

What does this have to do with law and grace?  What happens when the arc of the pendulum is extremely tilted toward the law?  If the Christian depends too much on the merit of works and striving to obtain perfection, they make null and void the work of Christ.  They are like Martha, always doing busy work.  They are not like Mary who rests in the comfort and love of her Lord.  The Christian becomes an empty pendulum.

What happens when the arc of the pendulum is tilted extremely towards grace?  If the Christian depends on only the merit of Christ and His propitiation for sin, this excuses them of any responsibility.  They say grace plus faith, plus nothing.  However, they are like this verse; “And everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them shall be compared to a foolish man who built his house on the sand” (Matthew 7:26).  They have not centered themselves on the TRUTH and WISDOM of the WORD.  The Christian becomes an empty pendulum.

This is why it is important for the Christian to be centered in the equilibrium position in Christ.  This is our daily goal and purpose. “Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

Grace & Faith and The Law Agree

The seemingly strong contradictions in Scripture regarding salvation, faith, and the law are no contradictions at all.  In fact, just the opposite is the case!.  These concepts dwell together in perfect kingdom harmony.  It could be said that The Law is TRUTH, and that grace and faith are LOVE and Mercy.  One is the steadfast unchangeable principles of God’s kingdom.  The other is the everlasting eternal LOVE and Mercy of God.  One requires obedience to kingdom principles, and the other appropriates the strength and power to live according to those principles.

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There They Are: The BE Attitudes

Matthew chapter 5

There they are:  the BE attitudes

Be empty
Be sad
Be open to outside instruction
Be dependent on His help
Be happy when things aggravate you
Be a failure for a moment until His instructions come to you

Mourn when you notice righteousness is eluding you: you are complaining.

The Rain of God is His blessings distributed for those thankful as well as those who take for granted.
His Perfections are to bless when we would naturally curse, to pray for one who just took advantage of you, to not envy someone or something you wish you could have too.

Loving your neighbor as yourself might begin with a prayer: thinking about each human interaction and your present feeling about each, singularly.
Apply His teachings to those interactions.
Any changes needed?

“Against the wind”
Perfection lies amidst the choppy stormy waters of human relationships,
Whereby we find our test to try out God’s Way

If nothing offends you, only briefly
You may be nearing perfection

Courtesy of Walter Johnson,  Eugene, Oregon

 

How The Kingdom of God Emanates From Heaven and Reaches His Creation on Earth

How The Kingdom of God Emanates From Heaven
and Reaches His Creation on Earth


Info-graphic by Landomart Argentina, Concept by Leslie Lyons  CLICK to see Full Size

1. As we can see from this illustration, the source of all life is found only in our eternal God. Which is the Divine Essence. This essence is pure LOVE. And He is called “I AM”. The one without any beginning, the one without any end.

“And Jesus said, I AM! And you will see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of the heaven”  (Mar 14:62)

“And they all said, Are you then the Son of God? And He said to them, You say it, because I AM!”  (Luk 22:70)

“But He said to them, I AM! Do not be afraid”  (Joh 6:20)

2.  LOVE, being what it is, has to express itself. The word “good” originates from the word “God”. LOVE expresses itself in a never-ending variety of ways. Too innumerable and wondrous beyond any human description. And God is manifest in indescribable beauty;

“A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to the pure of heart”
(Psa 73:1)

3.  LOVE having expressed itself, exposes the principles of His heavenly kingdom to His creation and to the rest of the universe. It is the desire of God to share and to draw in others to be with HIM. This radiation of LOVE from the ESSENCE is called “LIGHT”.

“Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”  (Joh 8:12)

4.  This LIGHT took on a tangible and real form to reach into the natural mind and the natural world.  This was for the purpose of revealing His LOVE for the created people on His earth;

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God”  (Eph 3:19 NLT)

To further illustrate His LOVE, God took on a human form and manifested himself to the created people on His earth, which is also called the WORD.  The Christian also calls it the Holy Bible;

“The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his divine greatness—the greatness that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace and truth”  (Joh 1:14)

5.  From the WORD is drawn out the greatest document of LOVE ever written, the Ten Commandments.  God Himself wrote these words by his own finger it was so important. All other Scripture was given by inspiration to men.  In the Ten Commandments is found the life and liberty of all the created people on earth, as well as the angels and host of heaven.  In the Bible, it is called “the Law”.  For Jesus Christ came to fulfill the Law.  Jesus Himself said;

“Don’t think that I have come to destroy the Law of Moses or the teaching of the prophets. I have come not to destroy their teachings but to give full meaning to them. I assure you that nothing will disappear from the law until heaven and earth are gone. The law will not lose even the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter until it has all been done. “A person should obey every command in the law, even one that does not seem important. Whoever refuses to obey any command and teaches others not to obey it will be the least important in God’s kingdom. But whoever obeys the law and teaches others to obey it will be great in God’s kingdom”  (Mat 5:17-19)

Jesus further reduced the denominator of the Ten Commandments (The Law) down to two statistical values;

“Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you understand from it? The man answered, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.  Also, Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.  Jesus said, “Your answer is right. Do this and you will have eternal life”  (Luk 10:26-28)

Jesus also said this about these TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS;

“Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets”  (Mat 22:37-40)

So we can see from reading Scripture the beginning, the means, and the end result of God’s program.

I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.  (Rev 1:8)