Finally we look at what GOD represents to us HIS creature but more than that, what HE represents to us, those whom HE had called into HIS FAMILY, as HIS Elect. If you can understand all these especially why GOD created us in HIS image and likeness and why HE is so focused on us more than all HIS other creatures you should appreciate that anyone who really seek love (as opposite to self centered self expediency) and good (as opposed to a parasitically wicked and evil attitude) will not have any valid reasons not to trust GOD completely.
However reasons aside, trust just like faith is the simplest of things but not necessarily the easiest of things to do.
The very first family of mankind, Adam and his wife Eve did not seem to need much convincing to disbelieve and to begin to distrust GOD. All it took was a strange serpent who talks and sounded convincing. Immediately they completely became suspicious and distrustful of the only ONE who they ever had a loving relationship with until that point of time. The ONLY ONE who had provided everything good to them up to that point never even once causing them harm or distressed.
But they were not the only ones. The ancients nations of
In an earlier article both on this blog and in Bible 101, I have shown very simply, clearly and conclusively what this Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was and why GOD had forbidden Adam and Eve from eating of its fruits. You can do an internet search and compare the simplicity of the truth published here with all the twisted lies and wild guesses postulations published and advocated by all the various religions that hold to this Genesis account of the Holy Scriptures.
If you have thoroughly read the Christian Bible you should be astonished at the total lack of faith exhibited by most of the characters recorded in the Holy Scriptures. But do not think for one moment that this bad faith is just confined to the ancient nations of Israel and Judah, or even the Jews during the lifetime of JESUS CHRIST as a SON of man. Bad faith has been the endemic attitudes in the Spirit-minds of the mankind since our first parent decided to distrust and disbelieve GOD and followed on that distrust to act in bad faith against their CREATOR, BENEFACTOR and GOD. They took what was forbidden. As I wrote previously when you take what is not yours to take you are stealing, but when you take what is expressly forbidden it is robbery.
Adam and Eve not only robbed their CREATOR, BENEFACTOR and GOD, they also chose to blame others instead of owning up to their own covetousness and repent. Now haven’t the whole of mankind until today being doing the same. Nearly the whole of all mankind especially those who consider themselves to be wise, knowledgeable and the leading experts of their times. They had put the whole blame on the evil that pervades their whole world order on the very ONE WHOM they had repeatedly rejected, refusing to heed HIS voice and obey HIS commandments which if they have done so in faith and true sincerity would have purged their whole social order of the evil that had been a plague on it since the beginning of this Age of Man.
Eve blamed the serpent for tricking her. Her own covetousness to take and eat something that she clearly knew as forbidden to her has nothing to do with her crime. In her reasoning her being deceived somehow had absolved her of any guilt. How did been deceived into believing that the fruit from that tree was desirable to eat absolved her from her sin of robbery, to take what is forbidden? That question never seemed to have crossed the minds of the whole world of “professed” Christianity until this very day.
Adam out did his wife in this blame game. He not only blamed his wife for his failure to obey GOD and of being a fellow conspirator in this robbery, he also blamed GOD. He reasoned that since GOD gave him the woman, therefore GOD was to be blamed for his crime. In his reasoning his clear understanding and fully intended disobedience cannot be his fault. Now hasn’t the whole world of man today being doing exactly the same thing since that time. Instead of owning up to the evil, less or much, that they in own hearts have fomented which they have then gone and committed eventually and consequently leading to all the harm and suffering they have inflicted on their neighbors which also have backfired on them, they have the brazen audacity to put the blame on GOD WHOSE commandments and laws they have continuously broken and rebelliously rejected. Today all these self arrogantly wise-in-their-own-eyes and learned men have been doing the same blame game in asking, ‘If there is really a God who is good why then is there so much evil in the world?’ They have conveniently point the finger at GOD as if they are the pure and innocent who were helpless to all the evil that GOD had cruelly and merciless heaped on them.
The blame game is very intrinsic to the creature personage's psyche rooted in the pride component of the Spirit-mind. At its fundamental level, blame is the self preservation drive to escape the undesirable consequences (or having to face the undesirable consequences) of an act or speech that the personage has committed. That is the primary conscious level focus. But it does not stop there extending to deep into the subconscious of the Spirit-mind leading to a general denial that renders the personage from ever being able to get a true and accurate assessment of his own psyche. The Scripture of Truth called this the deceitfulness of the human heart.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and incurable; who can know it?
Jeremiah 17:9 (Darby Translation)
What started out as attempts by the first family to elude the consequent of their wrong doing would eventually grow into a global social order with an entrenched denial in the Spirit-mind of every man (includes woman) of culpability for any of its actions that backfire. It is either someone else is at fault or there is justifiable cause that exonerates the self. Any reluctant admission and acknowledgement of quilt is most commonly the same attempt to escape having to face the full consequence of the infringing action without the true acceptance of culpability of the person concerned. In its extreme expression we have pathological and habitual liars who would liar at almost every opportunity even when neither their pride nor self perception is at stake.
Unless you can purge this entrenched denial from your Spirit-mind of a self image projection that the self can accept, to completely face the truth about yourself, your repentance can never be complete and this deep seated denial and self justification will be a snare of sin to you throughout your life.
It is very important to recognize that you are as much a sinner as the next man on this planet; maybe not as bad as some who are extremely wicked but possibly a lot worse than the average Joe or Jane. JESUS did not mediate the New Covenant because of the righteous who needs no repentance but that sinners may repent and through repentance receive grace and redemption through faith to have access to the eternal life and immortality that GOD has offered in JESUS CHRIST.
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
As it is written:
So all you who are righteous and perfect go your own way and glory in your righteousness until the day of your destruction in the Day of the LORD. But for all those who sees and understand that they have done evil and acted wickedly and is truly remorseful in their Spirit-minds of being a contributor and perpetuator of evil and wickedness in the world of man, the day of your redemption is today. If you so choose, your moment to forever begins right now. Forgiveness for all that you have done is being offered to you through the grace that comes in the Eternal Covenant that JESUS CHRIST died at the hands of murderers to institute. If you can see to understand that you in your life have done things that are wrong whether through deceit or maliciousness, do not try to justify all these deeds and speeches. There can be no justification for evil, less or much, in commission or in omission. The penalty for all sins and any sin is death (Romans 6:23) but the gift of GOD is eternal life for all who would truly and remorsefully repent. To understand what sin is and what repentance is please read the chapters in Bible 101 on ‘The Old Testament And The New Testament’ for the latter and ‘Grace, Sin And The Commandments of GOD’ for the former.
All you need to do is to repent and turn from your self expedient way to embrace the love that GOD has for you to want all that is good and forever for you. Stop being fixated on this temporary life that ends in death where of all that you can get and gain for yourself, you can keep nothing for long, where all its pleasure it a passing feeling that does not last: the eating of food that does not prevent you from being hungry again, the drinking of liquids that does not prevent you from being thirsty again, and all the pleasure of the body or the mind that does not last much beyond the instances of their enjoyment.
Even in the context of the physical Universe, this life of yours is just a vapor like the steam spewing forth from a pot or kettle of boiling water, the moment it is seen is also the moment it ceased to be seen.
Truth is very unpleasant medicine that the whole world of mankind has continued on to refuse to accept. But it is the only medicine that will cure this whole world of the bad faith and great deceptive wickedness causing all the harm and suffering that had plagued the society of man since the time of Adam and Eve. Facing the full unadulterated truth about yourself is the beginning you need to make to ensure that your repentance is deep, thorough and true.
Many were the ‘converts’ to Christianity in the days of Apostles and throughout the centuries until this very day who because of not thoroughly confronting the deceitfulness in their Spirit-minds under went a deceitful repentance and their faith were shipwreck even from their very beginning even as they went through a proper baptism and entered into the Holy Covenant of the Christian Passover.
Any sins and deceitfulness that you do not confront will become a snare of sin for you throughout the course of your life and commitment to the Final and Forever Covenant with GOD. In the lives of the faithful both recorded in the Scripture of Truth as well as throughout the centuries from the Apostolic times are the living testimonies of the Saints who because they did not fully and thoroughly confront this deceitfulness of their human hearts (Jeremiah 17:9) to seek the power from GOD to purge it, went through many trials and sorrows not only for themselves but also for those their loved.
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
In the very records of the Scripture of Truth we see the clear evidence of this failure recorded as lessons to us of this need to confront this deceitfulness to fully purge sin and bad faith from our lives in our Christian Pilgrimage to the perfection that GOD wants for each and every one of HIS Elect.
Abraham the Father of the Faithful convinced himself that asking his wife to say she was his sister, to pre-empt him from being murdered by lustful pagans, was not really lying. On this deception he continued on throughout the course of his life despite being gently corrected by GOD (Genesis 15:1) and even by the very pagans (Genesis 12:18 - 20; 20:9 - 10) he feared would murder him so that they could have his wife.
Isaac favored his first born almost to the point of going against GOD’s prophesied will and purpose for Jacob. Jacob continued to trust in his own devices to work out his own life after his conversion and covenant with GOD. David the King not only lusted and committed adultery with his faithful servant’s wife, but 'engineered' to have that faithful and righteous servant murdered to cover up his sin.
The Jewish religious authorities and experts of JESUS days as a SON of man thought they were the epitome of righteous and religious faith by being focus on the microscopic issue of the law especially with regard to tithing and sacrificial offering but in the deceitfulness of their hearts to advance their life expediencies they totally broke the intend and purpose of their Ten Commnandments Covenant. They deceitfully use the supposed traditions of their fathers to circumvent the obeying and performing the requirements of these commandments.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
Matthew 23:23 - 25
The Apostle Paul, the least Spiritually matured of the New Testament writers, allowed his pride in the awesome revelation (2 Corinthians 12:7 - 8) he had been given to puff him up (Acts 23:3 - 5; 2 Corinthians 11:5; 2 Corinthians 12:11) so much so that he became fixated on the non issue (John 6:63) of circumcision. That resulted in his railed ramblings in many of his writings that would become the vehicle by which the disciples of Satan could twist his words to advance the lie that of the laws and commandments of GOD have been done away with in the New Covenant as these laws and commandments according to them "had been nailed (and thus abolished or done away with) to the cross of JESUS CHRIST."
And after the Apostolic era the advance history (prophesies) of the journey of the Church of GOD from then to this very day recorded in the book of Revelation (Revelation 2 and 3) revealed this same weakness of Saints and Messengers of GOD who have failed to completely addressed this deceitfulness in their human heart.
All the faithful Saints of GOD were as prone to this great deceitfulness of the human heart as any man, and because they have not addressed it to weed it out of their Spirit-mind, it became a stumbling block of sin to them in many instances throughout their lives.
But do understand that even as you try to confront every sin in yourself that you are aware of (not to mention those which you are not because of this same deceitfulness) you will not be able to do so immediately for most of these sins especially those that have become so entrenched into your character and personality. It will take a lifetime of fully unwavering and undoubting commitment to seek GOD’s will and the power from HIM to purge yourself of them. As I previously wrote elsewhere it is not how many battles you lost to sin (2 Samuel 12:13) but your totally unwavering commitment to GOD throughout your life without giving up which will see you born as a HOLY SPIRIT filled Son of GOD when JESUS is revealed from Heaven at HIS Second Advent. Read in the Holy Scriptures how faithful men of GOD from Abel, Enoch, Noah, the Patriarch, Moses, the Judges and Prophets through to the Saints of GOD until this very day have kept the faith and their commitment to GOD to obey all things that is commanded and taught in the Scripture of Truth (Matthew 28:20) in a tenacious (Matthew 11:12) faith to overcame the temptations of Satan and the sins that so easily ensnare us, looking without doubting and wavering to the day when our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST will be revealed with our forever rewards in the Kingdom of Heaven.
How well we perform in our Christian life to attain to the forever position or office (Matthew 25:14 - 30) in the Kingdom of GOD whether this is on the right or left hand of JESUS CHRIST or somewhere in its 'remote reaches' is entirely dependent on our sincerity and commitment to the covenant that we have entered into with our CREATOR, MAKER and GOD.
If you understand the significance of the Feasts of GOD especially the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of First Fruit (Leviticus 23:17) and what yeast or leavening agent meant as a representative symbol for pride and sin, you will know that even as the very faithful of GOD, none of us who are the First Fruits to GOD are without sin. There is where the grace that comes through the Everlasting Covenant must be continually applied to us (Proverbs 24:16) as long as we live in our physical or carnal body in our life’s journey as a Christian Pilgrim in seeking the working out of GOD’s will to complete us and make us perfect in the day when JESUS CHRIST will be revealed from the Heavens to reward all those of us who have in faith persevered (Matthew 11:12) to receive the crown of immortality when we will either be resurrected as SPIRIT (for those who have since then died) or instantly changed from flesh to SPIRIT.
This however does not give us an excuse to compromise with sin which is the very transgression (or breaking) of the laws and commandments of GOD. Anyone who in the deceitfulness of his heart convinced himself that it is alright to sin breaking GOD's laws, commandments, teachings and the Passover Covenant will have no place with the resurrection of the just.
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
Revelation 22:14 - 15
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