Grace & Truth
“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:17
This verse contains not only a great sermon, but, a grave warning meant for this generation of men and women who consider themselves called by God to be leaders; Apostles Prophets, Teachers, Preachers, Councilors, Scribes, or otherwise influencers into the lives of believers.
The law was given by Moses (or through him), BUT grace and truth came by (or in the person of) Jesus the Christ. Unfortunately, when Jews and Christians think of “the law,” their focus is on the Ten Commandments, but the blessing and symbolism in this context is established in the GREATEST commandment given through Moses for the nation of Israel entering into the Promise Land:
To understand the importance of the progression of blessings that was missed from the beginning until now, and why Jesus condemned the generation that was in leadership when he first came and why the generation of “Christian” leaders that reign now will be equally condemned when he returns, the gift of the Commandments (including Grace and Truth) has to be clarified. Romans 12:2 will help us here, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” This is the mystery for understanding the Commandments of God.
The people of God were assembled at the foot of Mt Sinai, having left Egypt and spending many days conforming to its worldly ways. Before entering into Egypt, the family of Jacob lived according to the ways of God, and were at peace with Him. In Egypt, they followed other gods, fell into and adopted the traditions and ways of the Egyptians (it is even written of Joseph that he had Jacob’s body embalmed according to the ways of the Egyptians) and became a stiff-necked people. The Ten Commandments were meant to be transformational- resetting the minds of a people that knew not the God if Israel. Read them again with this in mind. Each of the Commandments addressed the minds of the people who had conformed themselves into Egyptian ways. By the time God sent Moses to save them, Jacob, Joseph, and his brothers had all died, and this people were no longer “believers” in the One True God, but knew Him to be one of many. Each Commandment was transformational against the adopted Egyptian ways.
The GREAT Commandment that Moses gave to the people before they passed into the Promised Land was also meant to be transformational. While being somewhat reactionary to the Ten Commandments, Moses was giving them a NEW blessing before entering into the Land promised by God to them. Had they no longer conformed themselves to the Ten Commandments, which were meant to clear the Egyptian ways they had adopted but would be no longer needed, and transformed their minds to this one Commandment, the outcome of their future would be different- and therefore, ours too.
But by the time Jesus arrived, the Nation of Israel had been scattered and the Jewish remnant that lived in Jerusalem had once again conformed themselves to the ways of the world. There is too much to consider here, but a re-reading of the Gospels from this viewpoint will provide a new perspective. By now, the Jewish leaders had perverted the Law, created traditions of man that conflicted with those of God, entered into adultery with Rome, and followed their father Satan (Jesus’ words).
When discussing the greatest Commandment with the Jewish Scribe, Jesus tells him that he is not far from the Kingdom of God when he acknowledges that it is the Commandment that Moses gave them when they entered into the Promised Land. Later, Jesus adds to this His own, that they should love their neighbor as themselves. These Commandments are the foundation of Grace, and Jesus Himself is Truth. These were meant to be transformational for the Spiritual nation that was about to begin its time and place. The early Church embraced this and loved Following Jesus as TRUE believers (study the Book of Acts)…but this shortly became polluted and perverted into what it is today.
That brings us to the warning. REPENT leaders of modern Christianity. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. You are NOT teaching people to be Followers of Jesus, but as He condemned the Jewish leaders the first time He came, you too are following the ways of Satan. You do not Love God with your heart, soul, and might; promoting the greatest two commandments, but instead make yourselves out to be greater than God that men should follow you and buy your books, and tapes, and other merchandise instead of encouraging them to study the Word of God that He gave us. Many of you know that Christmas and Easter are pagan holidays devoted to other gods, yet you propagate the alignment with them. You have “adopted” them, you have conformed to this world. Leaders have abused young children, robbed the treasury, looked the other way when facing evil. And all the while told men and women that they are Godly people for following you. Leaders have put heavy burdens and difficult yokes on people. Demanding more money that people have to give to support a lavish lifestyle. THESE ARE NOT THE WAYS OF GOD! And those of you who KNOW this and do nothing because you are afraid that you will lose your job are as guilty as those who do them.
Read the Gospels again. Put yourselves in the shoes of the Pharisees and Sadducees before you condemn this warning. REPENT, and become Followers of Jesus. The Scriptures say that straight is the gate and narrow is the path that leads to eternal life, AND FEW THERE ARE THAT FIND IT. You are condemning many who falsely follow you to a place of hell. REPENT NOW while you can.
Come out of this! Pray that Jesus will forgive you when he returns. REPENT and together, bear much fruit and glorify God- THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS TO FOLLOW JESUS.
Bearing You Fruit