WARNING LONG BLOG
The Theocratic War is about deception, that deception is to lead a person into religion which takes them from God and what He is all about. Simply, twisting words to validate the theocracy leads to the goal, someone given to accepting what is written may easily fall for this method of deception. Theocratic warriors must quickly learn the “art” of twisting and manipulating words, for they know the power of words and how one’s life is enhanced, empowered or corrupted by those words, therefore when a corrupt word is infused into one’s soul, strongly with conviction, that person will give their very life to be faithful to that word, even though is is false and leads to destruction. Theocratic Warriors have been taught that the Watchtower has changed scripture verses for “clear meaning and clarification” yet in reality the words have been changed to validate false and life destroying doctrine. Look at how they’re replacing the word grace with “undeserved kindness” actually take from Christ His deity, which of course follows after their doctrine that Christ is not God but “a god.”
“Undeserved Kindness. The Greek word kha’- ris occurs more than 150 times in the Greek Scriptures and is rendered in a variety of ways, depending on the context. In all instances the central idea of kha’ris is preserved-that which is agreeable ( lPe 2: 19, 20) and winsome. (Lu 4:22) By extension, in some instances it refers to a kind gift ( lCo 16:3; 2Co 8: 19) or the kind manner of the giving. ( 2Co 8:4, 6) At other times it has reference to the credit, gratitude, or thankfulness that an especially kind act calls forth.-Lu 6:32-34; Ro 6:17; lCo 10: 30; 15:57; 2Co 2: 14; 8: 16; 9: 15; lTi 1: 12; 2Ti 1 : 3. On the other hand, in the great majority of occurrences, kha’ris is rendered “grace” by most English Bible translators. The word “grace,” however, with some 14 different meanings does not convey to most readers the ideas contained in the Greek word. To illustrate: In John 1:14, where the King James Version says “the Word was made flesh … full of grace and truth,” what is meant? Does it mean “gracefulness,” or “favor,” or what?” Insigths on the Scriptures, Jehovah – Zuzim and Index , Volume 2, page 155, © 1988 by WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA, INTERNATIONAL BIBLE STUDENTS ASSOCIATION (this is a type of expository dictionary, by the Watchtower for the followers of the Watchtower, providing a way for the students to study scripture from their point of view. )
Kindness from Strong’s reads as follows: chréstotés: goodness, excellence, uprightness. In today’s English: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate, usefulness. So what of the word “Grace” something the verse states Jesus The Word, was full of, whereas, kindness is a part of grace, it certainly does encompass all that grace is, the fullness of the Word is that very grace. It was the motivation of the Father to send His Son, it was the motivation of the Son, to gift us with the Holy Spirit, and it is the motivation of the Holy Spirit to pour out upon all the power that is encompassed within the “fullness of grace.”
An acronym defines grace: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense — G-R-A-C-E. We see that power of Grace in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” King James Version (KJV) This was a kindness, yet far more than a kindly act, it was the very heart of God poured out upon man so that He may have His long sought after fellowship again with man, you and I, this took the very power of God, grace to forgive, grace to give, grace to shed blood, grace to pour of His spirit, grace to be Jehovah the God who makes covenant and fulfills promises. Grace to come to Him by faith, grace to walk a life in faith, grace to stand on His Word regardless of the circumstances, grace to hope when there seems to be no more hope and all is lost, grace to see beyond the circumstance. Romans 4:16-20 “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;” King James Version (KJV)
Grace empowers us to go beyond kindness and into the realm of being the servant of God, kindness, at times, may leave us powerless, grace gives us the power. Think of seeing a need and through kindness you have a desire to answer it, but you have no wherewithal to completely answer the need. However, by grace you find you rise above kindness and it infuses faith within, faith then gifts you the answer to the need, and compassion (to experiencing what another undergoes, and having the power to change it) with grace meets it. 2 Corinthians 9:8-11 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” King James Version (KJV)
We saw this in the ministry of Jesus. He was moved with compassion, and from that He answered the need, giving the grace of a miracle to the needy. Mark 1:41 “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.” King James Version (KJV) Here we see another great example of grace as well, the willingness of the Lord to heal, for all those who question is it God’s “will” to heal, this put an end to that debate. As a matter of course, those who have their eyes set upon the Lord will experience His grace, within that is the power to heal. It wasn’t kindness that brought healing, it was compassion, and compassion that was empowered by Grace.
When we approach God, we approach a kind and benevolent Lord, yet we do not approach the throne of kindness, (although the Lord is kind) we approach the throne of Grace. We come boldly, why, because God has the answer which we require, Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” King James Version (KJV)
“Full of Grace and Truth” The Almighty is the only one to have this as a personality quality, we have read in Colossians 2:9 “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” King James Version (KJV) All of God, God of All, in Him there is all fullness, overflowing power, never has anyone come to God to find Him empty of power to meet their needs, He is full, filled with the very power of the Godhead. Perhaps you could come to Him with a problem He has never faced, He would simply create for you the solution, for He is God, and in Him resides all that God is. Every Grace you need is within Him, then when you have your answer He pours out even more Grace as only God can do, heaping upon you grace upon grace. John 1:16 “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” King James Version (KJV) Grace is best define as love giving of itself.
The Truth verses “The Truth”
In our last chapter we look at the nickname of the theocratic warrior, “The Truth” and found that there may be none, in our verse here, John 1:14, it states Jesus was full of Grace and Truth, as Grace is love giving itself, truth is its manifestation, the manifestation of reality. What we see may not be true, the “I won’t believe it unless I see it” just what we do not see may be true. Very few people have ever seen a blue whale, most believe them to exist, they are true. Truth is the presentation of what is hidden, revealing what may be secret, the stripping away of all that is false. Jesus presented as the only way, therefore the only truth.
Men bound by evil, demon possessed, sick, dying, full of various diseases, all these were the truth they knew, yet Jesus showed they were all lies, He is truth, with His Word all those evils departed. Before Him all that any man knew was darkness, He became their light, in darkness, Satan works by placing heavy weights upon the hearts of man, until they believe that is the truth of their life. In Christ light came revealing what joyful lives man can really live, verse 4 of chapter 1 of John, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” There can be no greater truth. A loveless religion cannot embrace truth, even if they brand themselves as such. Men brand they’re truth as the only way to God, yet the one full of Grace and Truth states something much different, something more profound, something so much simpler than all that doctrine. John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” King James Version (KJV) If you seek Truth, if you seek Life, if seek God the Father, then seek no further than Christ Himself.
Kindness may comfort you, Grace will lead you and empower you. In the Old Testament we see, Grace, leads Noah into salvation for his family and the world. Grace, blesses Abraham with a son even though Sarah laughed in doubt. Grace, uplifts and fortifies Joesph for what lay before Him, saving an entire nation. Grace, guided Moses through 40 years of testing and trials. Grace, freedom three from fiery furnaces. Grace, kept David as the chosen one of God. Grace, saved Rahab, gave childless children, gave sight to the blind, kept, saved and gave abundance to Job. In Deuteronomy 28:1-14 we learn by grace the blessing of God comes upon us, overtakes us, we cannot make any move in our life without these blessings being poured out upon us, why? But for Grace.
Our sins stop us from getting into His grace, the theocratic warriors kicks those who fall out into the grasp of death, if they die or should take their life as a disfellowshipped person or their brand of apostasy, “it is too bad, so sad, move along, nothing to see here.” But Grace says no, it says Come, truth say I see you forgiven, Jesus said, Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” King James Version (KJV) How lofty is the unrighteous who declare another a sinner, the power of forgiveness lies not in their power to allow you to enter into the kingdom of darkness, but rather forgiveness lies in the hand of He who sees the sinner as righteous. GRACE SEES YOU AS RIGTHEOUS, this is not kindness, this is the power of God fusing the soul and the heart of the righteous.Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” King James Version (KJV)
“Righteousness is the ability to stand in the presence of the Father without a sense of guilt, condemnation, or inferiority–as though sin had never existed”.
Righteousness is the view God has of you, through Christ Jesus. How is the person born again in Jesus Christ as seen by God, He does not see that person is light of past errors, no, He sees them as clean, whole and pure, because He sees they are covered by the shed blood of Jesus, the light of Life, the one full of Grace and Truth. As our reading of Romans 5 shows us in verse 17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) It is that abundance of Grace, and the gift of righteousness, we stand side by side with Christ, life giving righteousness by Jesus. Verse 21 “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:30, “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”. King James Version. Therefore the ability to receive revelation from, and, by God, must come through righteousness. If one lives a life of condemnation or is critical of oneself, there is very little opportunity for God to speak to that person’s heart. They must see themselves as pure and clean, respecting the blood that Jesus shed on their behalf. This, of course, gives no license to sin, but rather it is the ability within to resist sin, to see Satan overthrown in their life.
Through His blood sacrifice Christ has been made unto us:
The power of God, 1 Corinthians 1:24
The wisdom of God, 1 Corinthians 1:24, 30
The holiness of God, 1 Corinthians 1:30
The redemption of God, 1 Corinthians 1:30
The righteousness of God, 1 Corinthians 1:30
It is through the righteousness of God that the other four areas are infused into us, how is it possible for one to believe that he\she has the power of God to defeat the enemy, if that one does not believe they are righteous? They cannot, so the understanding of righteousness is absolutely vital to the well being of the successful Christian life.
The word righteousness is an old English word for “right-wiseness”, it is then more than just doing what is right, it is right thinking, right walking, right living. None of which can be accomplished by living a life outside of Christ Jesus. All the achievement that comes through right-wiseness comes, from the dedicated, sold out living one does, to, for and in Jesus Christ.
Righteousness not only requires a lifestyle of right living, but it also demands one of justice, one that is of reality in such areas as being, equitable, fair, faithful and truthful. It is therefore the setting of the standards by which ones moral lifestyle is placed into judgement only to be found without reproach. Righteousness is the living a life of such high standards that even our worst enemies can find no accusing faults within us. This would mean embodying the entire law of God in every area of our life.
Justification, is exoneration and vindication of living the right lifestyle, which has been instilled in us by; God, Christ’s resurrection, the Holy Spirit, the blood of Jesus, grace, truth, faith, prayer, and obedience. In other words, by a commitment to living a life in these areas.
A lifestyle of righteousness can be likened very much to the examples of King Solomon found in Proverbs, that he encourages all to live within. One needs but chose to live what he has written in order to obtain righteousness. A study of one Proverb each day will cause a lifestyle of high integrity and morality to abound from one in all areas of living.
Righteousness is Grace by Faith and not by Works
Romans 9:30-33, “What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone: As it is written, Behold I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and a rock of offense: and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed”. King James Version
No matter how much we work to be good, we will never acquire the righteousness that can only come through Jesus Christ. We all come up short, there would always be something within our lives that hold us back from succeeding in doing what is right, until the time when Jesus comes into our hearts. Then it is no longer what we do that wins us favor and makes us pure with God, it becomes all that Christ has done for us.
While the theocratic warriors are quick to kick anyone out of the their “kingdom”, while the Watchtower will not reveal the “truth” on this topic, an estimate of 70,000 (plus) people, are disfellowshipped each year, there is no display of undeserved kindness, simply a group of sinful men, judging another’s sin. They place their laws after laws for each congregate to adhere to, those who do not, out they go for “conduct unbecoming a Christian,” yet if one denies Christ with His power of Grace and Truth, how are any Christian? Theocratic warriors attempt to perform good works for God, believing, that if these are good enough. Then they will gain favor from God, thus receiving that which is necessary to enter into the heavenly realms or, to live forever on earth in a perfect paradise. Their faith is not in Christ Jesus, but rather in a false hope that if the works are good enough, and, there are enough of them, then this will win them that favor they so desperately seek. However, Isaiah says in chapter 64 verse 6, that this is just not so, one who is unclean cannot bring righteousness forth. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” It is for that reason we must accept the redemption of Jesus’ blood, which gives us the ability to stand before God, full of faith, clean and pure. The ultimate goal of every Christian should be providing God with pleasure, Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” God gets His pleasure from those who do all things by faith. Therefore, we must by faith reach forth, and receive our righteousness, our salvation, our freedom any sin, it is the shed blood of Jesus made us clean, by faith we receive it, then walk in the purity of it in our soul and spirit. This something no man can judge or take from you. Know that heaven will be filled with those who are considered “unworthy” of the theocratic kingdom for performing the action, the only one that will matter to a Christian, faith in God.
The acquiesce to faith brings one into the heavenly realm, instead of working to obtain righteousness, they are righteous, therefore because they are, they then go forth and perform works of righteousness. We work, not because we have to, we work because we know what faith and righteousness has done within us, desiring others to come to the same knowledge. Therefore, although our works will not bring us into righteousness, faith, will, we work because we have faith, righteousness is shown in our works. There is no advancement in Christ Jesus when all one does are works, advancement comes through works that are faith motivated and not soulishly motivated. Therefore the equation is, Righteousness by Faith equals works of faith. James 2:14-18, & 26, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother and sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things needful to the body; what doth it profit. Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also”.
However, although we work not to achieve righteousness, and, it is a free gift, we must ever be on our guard to maintain a righteous lifestyle. Satan will ever be attempting to deceive us, trying to cause us to fail, thus falling into a lifestyle of unrighteousness.
Righteousness is Living Sin Free
Righteousness is first and foremost being obedient to the life of faith in the Word of God. Learn the four great principals of conquest over disobedience or any area that would steal from us our righteousness. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. And having a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled”.
The four principals found here then are:
- A) Destruction of strongholds, vs 4.
- B) Casting down imaginations, vs 5.
- C) Bringing into captivity every thought, vs 5.
- D) Having a readiness to avenge all disobedience, vs 6.
Satan will try to establish certain strongholds in our lives so that we may not obtain the life of victory that God would have us obtain. So what are these strongholds, many of them are the feeble arguments put forth by the flesh, as to why one should do, or, continue doing that which against the righteous way of living. For example strife, it is one of the best strongholds of Satan, for he knows that when he gets one into an argumentative mode they will progress in only one direction, hell, which is really to regress. As long as he can keep others in strife as to who is right and who is wrong, no one will be right. Once an argument has broken out, then there is no longer a right one, both are now wrong. God’s way is that of peace, Satan’s way is that of strife, no-one can be right, preforming ways of unrighteousness, the ways of sin, the way of disobedience.
Next we learn that we are to “cast down imaginations”, the word imaginations come from the Greek word, “logismos”, its root word is “logos”, which means the thoughts, reasoning’s, computations of the heart.
We are cautioned that once a stronghold has taken hold of us, we may be able to break free from it by casting the thought down. Or, rejecting the very essence of the thought, we are not to reason it out in our minds, how are we able to walk in the righteousness of the Lord, and, hold onto whatever the thought is seeded in the heart? It simply will not work, James says, “a double minded person is unstable in all his ways”. He becomes unstable, for he has calculated what his risk may be to compromise the Word in his life, and is he willing to take the risk. Instead, he should literally speak (aloud) to the thought, to be removed, and go from his mind, guarding his heart from any root the stronghold may be attempt to place therein.
We must heed the same advice that David gave to Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:9, “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve Him with a prefect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, He will found of thee, but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off forever”. God knows what we are thinking, His desire is that we spend our time with thoughts of Him, on His Word. When thoughts contrary to His Word plague our minds, we need to run to His Word and drive them out, putting the Word to our lips and speaking it forth, this is the process of casting down imaginations and wicked thoughts.
Paul encouraged the Philippian church to think only on those things which would prevent any imaginations of discouragement, grief, frustration, loneliness or anxiety. Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”. What greater way could any have than to put that which is of the highest standards in one’s life. These standards can only flow from the Highest One, Jesus Christ and by His Word. When the theocratic warriors appear at your door, you may qualify what they are saying by the standard above. Is it true, is it honest, is it just, is it pure, is it lovely, does it comfort you, heal you, free you, if not then cast it off, throw it down.
The third recommendation given to us, is to free us from preforming any disobedience, we are to bring every thought into captivity. This shows that we are in a battle, a war, over who will rule our minds, will the Word rule, or, will the thoughts of the flesh fueled by Satan take control? Certainly the warning is, that if we do not take our thoughts captive, then we will be the ones held prisoner. What is implied is that we will be the ones lead away and incarcerated in a prison made of bars of negative and dysfunctional thoughts. Thoughts designed to bring us into death grip, bringing our lives to the brink of extinction, simply because of thoughts gone wild.
We may win the battle of the mind by turning all our thoughts to and upon Jesus. We must remember the worst kind of thoughts one may have are those of worry, distress and care. Jesus showed us in Mark 4:19 “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” One of the greatest hindrances to walk in faith, and, therefore righteousness was the influence of the daily “cares” of this world. The dictionary defines care as: worry, concern, anxiety, solicitude, distress, over charged attention to a certain matter, concern, trouble, and pains.
Is it any wonder that we must take such things captive? What do we do with such thoughts once we have gained superiority over them? Peter gives us the solution, 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you”. No worries, as the Aussie saying goes, you place all your worries upon Jesus Christ, He is the righteous one, well able to take all care upon Himself. He goes on to say in verse 8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour”. Peter didn’t say he was a lion he said “as” a lion, therefore the devil once again is using deception to appear like what he is not. In the hope that you will give in and surrender your thought life over to him, DON”T DO IT. Take all his dirty thoughts captive and cast them up Jesus who is the Loin of Judah, well able to devour the devil and his minions. If you don’t cast them on Christ, look what happens just because of care, you get devoured, we see the same desire of the devil, and the same victory in Chrtist in John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The final principle of the four principals was that we are to have a readiness to avenge all disobedience. Our righteousness is dependant upon our willingness to follow after the paths of life that Jesus has set out in His Word. Disobedience will lead us far from that course and the resultant factor will be destruction by Satan as we move into a realm of strife, contention and constant conflict.
Disobedience is translated from two Greek words: apeitheia, to be obstinate, rebellious, in unbelief: and parakoe, inattention, heedlessness, negligent. To operate in disobedience to the Lord, His Word, or even his servants who minister from the Word is to be in rebellious unbelief. Hebrews 2:1-3, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward: How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him”. How do you escape when you’re in rebellion, or unbelief? You can’t.
We cannot continue to place blame on God for our unanswered prayers, when the key reason is that we will not listen and obey. Too many are whining to their leaders and the leaders are saying “don’t come to me any longer until you are ready to do what you’ve been instructed to do already”. If one insists on being negligent to the Word, and will not pay attention or give heed to what they have been instructed to do, they cannot except that desire to come to pass through God’s intervention. Disobedience is the scourge that steals the hearts of its victims, carrying them off into eternal captivity. We must come to our Lord with a willingness to listen and to act upon the knowledge of the Word. Hebrews 13:17, “Obey them that have rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch over for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you”. We must know that the leaders who are guide, us must have our very best in heart and mind, this cannot be accomplished by disfellowshipping and branding people as “apostates” we must ask, are the leaders following the precepts of Christ, if not, we are to obey Christ Himself. In a leader you must see Jesus, that leader must be doing what Jesus did, if they deny the works of Christ then they are not qualified to be your leader. Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” King James Version (KJV) Every Christian should be teaching others what Christ can do in their life to bring love, joy and peace, this you want to follow. Burden a person with what Christ died to free them from can only lead to trouble, then one should run from such a leader. We are all part of that priesthood, all share the duty of leading and guiding, so all should take it very seriously.
1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” King James Version (KJV) The word “peculiar” here means “Gods own special treasure,” he will not cast His treasure off, so too, our leaders should not be casting they’re treasure off as well.
In Exodus 19:5, we find that it is obedience that brings us into the realm of being Gods own special chosen treasure. “Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all the people, for all the earth is mine”. The Hebrew word for peculiar treasure is “cegullah”, it is more accurately translated as “shut up wealth”. God see’s those of obedience as His wealth, wealth that He has shut up or put away for just His enjoyment. God’s conviction is to always do that which will protect His valuables, the obedient are such.
As we now see that disobedience results in defeat, death and destruction, but what reward is there for obedience. The Word gives us many promises when we obey, some of the blessing may be found in Deuteronomy 4, you should study these out then make them your goal for living. For it is in obedience that righteousness are sealed.
Dake defines the blessings from this chapter as:
1) Long life. vs 1,4,10,40
2) Success. vs 1,5, 40
3) Mercy & Judgement. Vs 3
4) Wisdom & Understanding. Vs 6
5) Known the world over for wisdom and knowledge. vs 6,7
6) Closer walk with God. vs 7
7) Answers to prayer.
8) Prefect code of life. vs 8
9) Good and lasting memories. vs 9
10) Given the truth to teach your children. vs 9,10
11) Learning the fear of God, the beginning of wisdom. vs 10, (Pr.1:7)
12) Preservation from corruption. vs 16-19
13) Being a special people unto God. vs 20
14) Share in the inheritance. vs 20,38
15) An unbreakable covenant with Jehovah. vs 23
16) Faithfulness of God. vs 31
17) Manifestation of God. vs 32-34
18) Proof that Jehovah is God. vs 35,39
19) Victory over our enemies. vs 38
20) Prosperity. vs 40
21) Blessing upon our children. vs 40
We must give special, continuing consideration to the advice of the Apostle Paul gave in Romans 6:12-16, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those alive from the dead, and your instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness”.
The Revelation of God, therefore comes through living a lifestyle free of sin, being righteous because of Christ Jesus within us. Remember, righteousness by faith equals works of faith, the equation now becomes, freedom from sin equals righteousness by faith equals works of faith equals revelation of God.
Next will delve deeper into The Theocratic warrior and The Cross.