YOU WILL ENTER THE NEXT WORLD IN THE SAME SPIRITUAL CONDITION YOU LEAVE THIS ONE [1371a]

The common theme of sects and cults and all who deviate from the central message of the true gospel, and as seen on many a TV “Christian” programme, is that of THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

They place this kingdom of God IN THE FUTURE, and other common themes are that Jesus is not divine, or at least not in the sense that TRINITARIANS would place Him. So that in this regard, they DENY THE RETURNED SPIRIT OF JESUS AS A PERSONAL “POSSESSION”.

Now fair enough that yes, the final outcome will see the fulfillment, the culmination of the gospel message in its final reality when the present physical creation vanishes and the new one emerges. AND that the hope of the Christian is for his new immortal body.

BUT

What they are hiding is that the kingdom is supposed to be revealed NOW in His people. People talk about “dying and going to heaven”, but the word says that this has already happened, that we have been risen into heaven with Christ. From where we rule with Him, NOW.

SO

They deny the full revelation that the SPIRIT has come NOW that we be empowered NOW with the fullness of  Christ.

The FULLNESS is NOW, The ‘kingdom’ is NOW, The Spirit is NOW, the resurrection is NOW.

Not so much THEN!! There will be no “then” if you do not see it happening NOW.

If they can convince you that your spiritual life is not in the PRESENT, but only in the FUTURE, then they have bound you to this life, denying you of the very power needed to fulfill your eternal life NOW.

This is why they reduce the fullness of the Spirit as seen at Pentecost, to some poor concoction of their own making, usually in the form of supposedly being as a result of bible study, or bible knowledge, of the written word.

THIS IS WHY THEY PREACH LAW, or at least disguise it in amongst what they say is “The gospel” well IT MAY BE THEIR GOSPEL, BUT NOT THE GOSPEL.

This can also be seen in an approach to Romans chapter 7, if it is represented as being a sample of the Christian life. To do this means to continue to tolerate that which Jesus has plainly destroyed so that it may be rendered powerless over us. Romans 7 teaches what we now have victory over, regardless of whether or not as individuals we “fail the test” as Paul said. The Jesus Christ to be in us is Him in His fullness, not some poor half starved version of Him.

This is a great deception and it is being pushed on us from many directions. DON’T BE FOOLED. [Or “bewitched”].

[P.S. The other common theme they use is prophesy]

YOU WILL ENTER THE NEXT WORLD IN THE SAME SPIRITUAL CONDITION YOU LEAVE THIS ONE [1371]

The common theme of sects and cults and all who deviate from the central message of the true gospel, and as seen on many a TV “Christian” programme, is that of THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

They place this kingdom of God IN THE FUTURE, and other common themes are that Jesus is not divine, or at least not in the sense that TRINITARIANS would place Him. So that in this regard, they DENY THE RETURNED SPIRIT OF JESUS AS A PERSONAL “POSSESSION”.

Now fair enough that yes, the final outcome will see the fulfillment, the culmination of the gospel message in its final reality when the present physical creation vanishes and the new one emerges. AND that the hope of the Christian is for his new immortal body.

BUT

What they are hiding is that the kingdom is supposed to be revealed NOW in His people. People talk about “dying and going to heaven”, but the word says that this has already happened, that we have been risen into heaven with Christ. From where we rule with Him, NOW.

SO

They deny the full revelation that the SPIRIT has come NOW that we be empowered NOW with the fullness of  Christ.

The FULLNESS is NOW, The ‘kingdom’ is NOW, The Spirit is NOW, the resurrection is NOW.

Not so much THEN!! There will be no “then” if you do not see it happening NOW.

If they can convince you that your spiritual life is not in the PRESENT, but only in the FUTURE, then they have bound you to this life, denying you of the very power needed to fulfill your eternal life NOW.

This is why they reduce the fullness of the Spirit as seen at Pentecost, to some poor concoction of their own making, usually in the form of supposedly being as a result of bible study, or bible knowledge, of the written word.

THIS IS WHY THEY PREACH LAW, or at least disguise it in amongst what they say is “The gospel” well IT MAY BE THEIR GOSPEL, BUT NOT THE GOSPEL.

This can also be seen in an approach to Romans chapter 7, if it is represented as being a sample of the Christian life. To do this means to continue to tolerate that which Jesus has plainly destroyed so that it may be rendered powerless over us. Romans 7 teaches what we now have victory over, regardless of whether or not as individuals we “fail the test” as Paul said. The Jesus Christ to be in us is Him in His fullness, not some poor half starved version of Him.

This is a great deception and it is being pushed on us from many directions. DON’T BE FOOLED. [Or “bewitched”].

[P.S. The other common theme they use is prophesy]

VERSE 25 ROMANS 7 [1369]

25.  “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I MYSELF with my MIND am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my FLESH the law of sin. [ If Paul has found us still serving the law of sin then we are still in big trouble]

“I myself” means just that, he is not speaking of being in the spiritual state, but of himself, without Jesus. Obvious really, because he is speaking about LAW. Verse 18 also backs this up because he says, THAT IS, IN MY FLESH. The argument is particular to law. One version of the NIV I think, even said in verse 25, “I, OF myself”. You will note the abundant use of the “I” throughout this chapter, and there is no mention of Spirit, because there isn’t any, it is the experience of one under the law, not a Christian experience, although it brings out the reality of the internal darkness of humanity.

This “thanks be to God” etc is an interjection by Paul as being a response to the “wretched man” of earlier on. “Who will set us free..” There is going to be an immense exclamation and sigh of relief and of gratitude to the one who has released him from the sin slavery of the previous verses. [and from death].

And people tend to think, just as they think that Romans 7 is a continuation from Romans 6, that because Jesus is mentioned, that from now on He is involved in the rest of the story, but such is not the case.

Now, it appears as though many take this to mean that this is the ‘final conclusion’, and that here we are happily left serving the law of God with our mind, so God is happy, yet still serving the law of sin with our flesh, because Jesus has covered it.

Perhaps partly true, but largely misses the truth mark.

Paul is making a conclusion, yes, but an observation as much as anything, because what he is really saying is that we have discovered the two laws in natural man, the one “law” which accompanies Paul’s desire to “do the law”, and the other law, the law in the flesh, his natural nature, which is the law of sin, which follows sin’s desires.

Now these two exist within us as laws, which are there regardless of whether we are awake or asleep, but Paul is saying that they “sleep” within us until disturbed by certain stimuli into dynamic activity. [Paul has isolated them as latent laws]. So while ‘sleeping”, we see that they lie dormant within us until provoked, and in the case in point, provoked by the law. (As happened to Adam). Although Paul is said to be serving the law of God with his mind, it is ineffectual because as soon as he is called upon to “do law”, he fails to do so, because the flesh on the other hand is only too happy to jump in and sabotage his well intentioned efforts.

So Paul is referencing these two laws in their “latent” or dormant state, so that he can now introduce Romans chapter 8 verse 1 which says “there is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. (which the Mosaic law has become to him).

So now of the two laws he concluded with, one has been removed by the death of Christ. The bad one goes, the good one stays. The result of this is redemption from law and Spiritual ascension with Jesus.

Now those who are in the company of them that say that Romans 7 is a Christian under law or ‘The law”, are those who also deny the Spirit as the one who comes to us as our possession to give us life. They are in the company of those who deny the Trinity, and I say this not because I particularly care about trinity yea or nay; but because these groups who do so are also in denial of the living spirit of the returned saviour to take charge of our lives and to care over us. Sects etc. have much common ground in their clinging to law in denial of the full Spiritual life. They do this because the full release from law together with the full apprehension of the Spirit, means they lose control, just as “the devil” lost control for the same reasons, and in fact, these events are the one and the same thing, although convincing people of this is almost impossible because of the brain washing of past bad religion.

It would seem impossible to bring in the fullness of the Spirit to people who believe that Paul in 7 is still having trouble with the power of the law and the power of flesh and sin because of the law. If that which is the very victory that Christ achieved for us is downgraded to where we think we still owe ANYTHING AT ALL to law flesh sin death and are not TOTALLY OWNED by the Spirit, by Jesus, then certainly we deserve to be continually troubled by sin, and I don’t mean to say we are perfect. But the salvation given is SO MUCH GREATER THAN THE WRONG VIEW OF ROMANS 7.

[Christians are not referenced to law, nor do they or should they reference law themselves]

THOSE UNDER LAW CONTINUE TO SEE GOD AS LAW GIVER AND JUDGE, (GOD OF wrath) CHRISTIANS SEE HIM AS LOVING FATHER (Abba, Father).

This is the same transition which occurred in Jesus on our behalf. It is the same transition that occurred in Paul on the Damascus road. I assure you that Paul has not spoken as being one under law from that day forward, other than as a representative of human nature, as one OF the flesh, even though he was not himself IN the flesh. [But he spoke from the standpoint of one who was]. Fun isn’t it.

THE HEART MIND CONTRADICTION [1301]

There appears to be a contradiction running through scripture, and that is, the contradiction of the heart and the mind. It is probably the difference between the spiritual man and the carnal man. (The man without the Spirit).

It appears as the solution to the problem of why various groups contradict the accepted atonement issues. [Also they do not believe in the Spirit or that the Spirit is a “personal” gift to Christians. So how can you be led by a Spirit in whom you do not believe?]

Getting back to the point, I propose that the contradiction is, as Godet mentioned, similar to what he encountered in the 1800’s? but I can quote Him later. This issue seems to come into focus because of the perceived difference between the way the atonement is presented by scripture on the one hand, and the way Paul explains it on the other.

It seems to me that if you are going to offer someone up as sacrifice, or take the animal sacrifices for example, that the conveyed meaning would be that the animal dies so that you don’t have to, so you remain alive, it takes your place, it substitutes for you.

But on the other hand, Paul in explaining the aspects of the atonement, seems to be saying that you have to die with the subject in order to live, and that the object of the sacrifice comes to life. (Jesus). (Different to the animal ones).

This appears to me as contradictory, and although the rational mind may be able to follow Paul’s explanations so as to provide an aid to the understanding of the matter, and though this understanding may be correct, it stands in opposition to that which God intended as to how the gospel should be received. [which is why they do not receive the Spirit].

The problem takes shape in that those who reject the emotional heart desires as they arise from the spectacle of Christ on the cross, bearing their sin, which is to them non understandable and a blow to their ego because it does not allow any elbow room for them to escape the enormous ramifications and claims on their lives; they then take up Paul’s explanations of the atonement and proclaim it, the explanation, as being the ‘gospel of the atonement’.

God has aimed everything at softening the heart, because it is the heart that needs to be returned to Him, so that our desires will be for Him and for righteousness. This is why it is the message about a Father and His only beloved son. By dividing heart response from mind response, he divides the one group from the other. But it is those of the heart who are the desired ones, and those of the mind are rejected.

The ones who take the intellectual approach then turn on those of the heart, who are God’s real children, and accuse them of being inferior and unworthy and unsaved. Of having insufficient biblical knowledge, which to them becomes the saving criteria. They refuse to fellowship with the chosen ones of God who have met His criteria by surrendering their heart to His. They dare to call themselves “the truth” and “The Plain Truth” and other things, when what has happened is really the same thing that happened in Eden, when Adam refused to comply with God’s command because Adam did not have love in His heart, which is what Jesus told the Pharisees. When Adam utilises His mind to rationalise and disobey God. Jesus said that it was [only] the one who loved Him who would do what He said. Adam was the first to example this error.

It is said that when the Israelites were to sacrifice a lamb, that they had to first take it into the household and treat it like a pet, later to kill it and presumably eat it (or maybe  to burn it), sounds a bit hard on the children, but the idea was that there should be some emotional value  attached to the sacrifice, which carries out the idea of the claim made on the heart, the sensitivity issues.

There is so much scripture which when taken at face value, supports the atonement view of a life for a life as a sacrifice might be. “Through faith in His blood”, which is denied by them. They have a bag full of explanations, which, denying the face value or literal connotations, are contrivances of the mind, of the intellect, of the ego. So instead of the ego being destroyed by the overwhelming utter complete ownership of us by Him, they retain it and work on it and produce a lot of stuff which ends up in complete denial of that which God established as being the very means by which the heart could be apprehended and captured, and released from its slavery to sin.

Again I say, it is that they deny the emotional heart atonement so as to be able to follow the Pauline explanation of the atonement, thus making the explanation itself* the relevant means by which the framework of the atonement is viewed, and it is treated in that light, and that the “by faith in His blood” is not only ignored, but ridiculed, along with those who by it have been cleansed in their faith of it.

God wishes to return to Himself His people who listen to Him via their heart, not via their intellect. It may be possible to show that the whole of the bible promotes this idea, and that we stand or fall on this. It also may be possible for the whole man, heart and mind to be renewed, but God has ordained that the heart must come first because it is the seat of our desires and it is of the utmost importance that these desires, when crystallised by the cross, become captive to Him.

The test of the serpent in the garden when Adam failed, remains the same test today, where spiritual love will go down the right path but intellectualism [pride] will fall.

It comes back to what Jesus said to the Pharisees, that “you have not the love of the Father in your hearts”. Otherwise they would love the true brethren, showing themselves also to be true, but they dismiss them and treat them as, to quote the book of Revelation, “outside are the dogs”. Hopefully true understanding will come to them and they will see that all those who have love in their heart for God through Christ are true  believers.  [And all those who don’t, are not].

*[They make the explanation the experience instead of having the heart experience.]

[The conventional acceptance of His sacrifice nevertheless has the effect of us spiritually dying with Him, joining with Him on His cross anyway, in accordance with Paul’s explanation]

WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM AND STILL MORE FREEDOM. “It is finished”.

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“And understand WITH THEIR HEART, and turn, and I would heal them.”

The cross breaks our relationship with law (marriage analogy Romans 7)

The cross is the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

“I have come to give them an understanding.”

What a high price we pay for the knowledge of good and evil.

The only thing relevant – “you do not have the love of God in your heart”.

THE DIFFICULTY OF COMMUNICATING TRUTH TO THOSE OF A FIXED MINDSET [1269a]

And this difficulty is enhanced when there is some degree of mental deficiency or aberration which serves to further fix into place the position of such mindsets.

A person I was dealing with had some mental characteristics which disallowed his analysis of long sentences which contained more than one singular aspect to them. Although intelligent in all other respects, it was almost impossible to to logically convey information to him which lay outside of his mindset.

Another person who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome was also unable to see outside of his fixed world in which he was the king around whom everyone else was considered subservient. There appears to be a condition in such people that involves them being unable to verbally reproduce their thoughts because what logic they construct in their minds is not what comes out of their mouths so that effective communication is impossible.

A minister at a church I used to attend recently announced to his congregation that he had discovered that you don’t go to heaven when you die. This created some degree of disquiet among the congregation who then wanted to know where their loved ones had gone if not to heaven. I found this somewhat ironic because it was at this same church many years ago where among other reasons, I had felt sufficiently that my continuing position was compromised because one of the louder women at a bible study I attended there, ridiculed me for saying similar things.

Religious mindsets are among the hardest to alter, as Jesus also found with the religious types of His day, because they can be the ‘last ditch’ refuge of the flesh in its attempts to shore up its failing position. This is the source of all cults, sects and wold religions.

Truth is a reality of the Spirit of the true God. All else is falseness and of the lie.

THE DIFFICULTY OF COMMUNICATING TRUTH TO THOSE OF A FIXED MINDSET [1269]

And this difficulty is enhanced when there is some degree of mental deficiency or aberration which serves to further fix into place the position of such mindsets.

A person I was dealing with had some mental characteristics which disallowed his analysis of long sentences which contained more than one singular aspect to them. Although intelligent in all other respects, it was almost impossible to to logically convey information to him which lay outside of his mindset.

Another person who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome was also unable to see outside of his fixed world in which he was the king around whom everyone else was considered subservient. There appears to be a condition in such people that involves them being unable to verbally reproduce their thoughts because what logic they construct in their minds is not what comes out of their mouths so that effective communication is impossible.

A minister at a church I used to attend recently announced to his congregation that he had discovered that you don’t go to heaven when you die. This created some degree of disquiet among the congregation who then wanted to know where their loved ones had gone if not to heaven. I found this somewhat ironic because it was at this same church many years ago where among other reasons, I had felt sufficiently that my continuing position was compromised because one of the louder women at a bible study I attended there, ridiculed me for saying similar things.

Religious mindsets are among the hardest to alter, as Jesus also found with the religious types of His day, because they can be the ‘last ditch’ refuge of the flesh in its attempts to shore up its failing position. This is the source of all cults, sects and wold religions.

Truth is a reality of the Spirit of the true God. All else is falseness and of the lie.

THOSE WHO DENY THE CHRIST IN OTHERS ARE DENYING CHRIST HIMSELF [1182a]

If we were all happy campers in Christ, there would be no problem. But there are those who set themselves up as judge jury and executioner, who decide, for their own reasons, that most who have claimed salvation in Christ are not worthy of it, of Him.

This is not done on the basis of any evidence that they are not living up to the name, but purely on the basis of their own preconception and preoccupation with what TRUTH is, that unless people think the same way that THEY do and that it is a reflection of THEIR doctrines, then they cannot be saved.

They gather to themselves those who consider themselves to be above “the norm”, above some of the greatest thinkers and greatest theological minds available, past and present, while at the same time dismissing those on the other end of the scale, them being the ones who have accepted Jesus in a “simple” kind of way, silly people who BELIEVED WHAT THEY HEARD, and took Jesus into their hearts. [yes, that’s sarcasm]

And not only do they dismiss others in this way, they also dismiss members of their own assemblies or “ecclesias” who go against the tight and rigid structure they have built up  on the basis of their “founders”, who like all such “founders” of all such groups, have historically been shown to be sadly ASTRAY.

Jesus said that whatever we do or do not do to the lowliest of people, we are doing to Him also.

When these people claim in their books that they will be the ones to physically execute those who (in their opinion) have failed the criteria to be a Christian, when Christ returns, this is nothing but the same attitude they exhibit NOW towards Christians at large as well as their own people who dare to disagree with them, and whom they happily shun or eject from their meetings as if they were lepers.

Shame on them and any of us who fail to recognise that God is love, and when people exhibit the fruit of that love, they are revealing the Christ that lives in them also. To reject them is to reject Christ Himself, as they are going to discover when He returns, and are themselves in turn rejected by Him.

[And they are denying Christ within themselves]

 

THOSE WHO DENY THE CHRIST IN OTHERS ARE DENYING CHRIST HIMSELF [1182]

If we were all happy campers in Christ, there would be no problem. But there are those who set themselves up as judge jury and executioner, who decide, for their own reasons, that most who have claimed salvation in Christ are not worthy of it, of Him.

This is not done on the basis of any evidence that they are not living up to the name, but purely on the basis of their own preconception and preoccupation with what TRUTH is, that unless people think the same way that THEY do and that it is a reflection of THEIR doctrines, then they cannot be saved.

They gather to themselves those who consider themselves to be above “the norm”, above some of the greatest thinkers and greatest theological minds available, past and present, while at the same time dismissing those on the other end of the scale, them being the ones who have accepted Jesus in a “simple” kind of way, silly people who BELIEVED WHAT THEY HEARD, and took Jesus into their hearts. [yes, that’s sarcasm]

And not only do they dismiss others in this way, they also dismiss members of their own assemblies or “ecclesias” who go against the tight and rigid structure they have built up  on the basis of their “founders”, who like all such “founders” of all such groups, have historically been shown to be sadly ASTRAY.

Jesus said that whatever we do or do not do to the lowliest of people, we are doing to Him also.

When these people claim in their books that they will be the ones to physically execute those who (in their opinion) have failed the criteria to be a Christian, when Christ returns, this is nothing but the same attitude they exhibit NOW towards Christians at large as well as their own people who dare to disagree with them, and whom they happily shun or eject from their meetings as if they were lepers.

Shame on them and any of us who fail to recognise that God is love, and when people exhibit the fruit of that love, they are revealing the Christ that lives in them also. To reject them is to reject Christ Himself, as they are going to discover when He returns, and are themselves in turn rejected by Him.

[And they are denying Christ within themselves]

 

THE LAW [1085a] (2015)

Another item I cannot find on the system from 2015. So here it is.

Christians are not under the law. The law was added “because of transgressions” until Christ and the promised Spirit came. The law was “A schoolmaster until Christ, now that Christ has come, we are no longer under the law”. The law made people aware of what sin is. Because of this it gave their conscience a hard time and actually increased the problem. Paul called the law “The ministry of death”. Paul said “Once I was alive apart from law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life, and I died. The very thing meant to bring life actually brought death. He said “The law killed me”. Paul admonished the Galatians, telling them “having begun with the Spirit, are you now to be perfected by the law/flesh?”

Sin/law/flesh are intimately connected. Those who insist on law keeping are called “legalistic”.

So the law is meant for law breakers. “The law” is that which Moses came down from the mountain with, the “Ten Commandments”, plus probably others. There are some who will try to tell you that this only relates to the “ceremonial” aspects of the law, and some who may be barely able to admit that it relates to the moral law, whereas it speaks of ALL law.

Men responding to law were never able to completely clear their consciences. The law always pointed out their deficiencies. Christ became the “curse of the law” for us.

So today we have people who say you have to keep the law, or the old laws, or “Torah”, or whatever, but they are wrong. They say you can’t eat certain things, but they are wrong. They say you must do certain things on certain days, but they are wrong. The only thing that matters is love working through faith. [or faith working through love?]

Many churches or sects or whatever groups say you have to do certain things or not do certain things in order to stay in the good books with God. Well, if they stated the bleeding obvious that would be OK, but they are tied up in knots regarding all manner of nonsenses.

Sabbath days, certain foods, all kinds of things relating to the law or laws or even self invented laws. Christians are to live by the Spirit with cleansed hearts and consciences since Christ took all the angst for all of this. It says “He has abolished the law”, he disabled it since its penalty had been taken; there was no longer any point to it since all of its [ours] “transgressions” have been covered. To refuse the covering of faith though, leaves you still “under law” [penalty]

Christ’s death was God’s love taking the blame, the responsibility, and the result of all wrongdoing. There is nothing left to condemn. “Love does no harm, so love is the fulfilling of the law”. Those in Christ have had “The love shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Spirit”. And conversely, “He who loves not his brother abides in death”. It is not those who “live” by law who are able to cleanse their hearts, it is those who cleanse it in “his blood”. God has removed all sin and its effects, it’s only as man refuses his forgiveness that he dies.

Crossroman March 2015.

 

THE LAW [1085] (2015)

Another item I cannot find on the system from 2015. So here it is.

Christians are not under the law. The law was added “because of transgressions” until Christ and the promised Spirit came. The law was “A schoolmaster until Christ, now that Christ has come, we are no longer under the law”. The law made people aware of what sin is. Because of this it gave their conscience a hard time and actually increased the problem. Paul called the law “The ministry of death”. Paul said “Once I was alive apart from law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life, and I died. The very thing meant to bring life actually brought death. He said “The law killed me”. Paul admonished the Galatians, telling them “having begun with the Spirit, are you now to be perfected by the law/flesh?”

Sin/law/flesh are intimately connected. Those who insist on law keeping are called “legalistic”.

So the law is meant for law breakers. “The law” is that which Moses came down from the mountain with, the “Ten Commandments”, plus probably others. There are some who will try to tell you that this only relates to the “ceremonial” aspects of the law, and some who may be barely able to admit that it relates to the moral law, whereas it speaks of ALL law.

Men responding to law were never able to completely clear their consciences. The law always pointed out their deficiencies. Christ became the “curse of the law” for us.

So today we have people who say you have to keep the law, or the old laws, or “Torah”, or whatever, but they are wrong. They say you can’t eat certain things, but they are wrong. They say you must do certain things on certain days, but they are wrong. The only thing that matters is love working through faith. [or faith working through love?]

Many churches or sects or whatever groups say you have to do certain things or not do certain things in order to stay in the good books with God. Well, if they stated the bleeding obvious that would be OK, but they are tied up in knots regarding all manner of nonsenses.

Sabbath days, certain foods, all kinds of things relating to the law or laws or even self invented laws. Christians are to live by the Spirit with cleansed hearts and consciences since Christ took all the angst for all of this. It says “He has abolished the law”, he disabled it since its penalty had been taken; there was no longer any point to it since all of its [ours] “transgressions” have been covered. To refuse the covering of faith though, leaves you still “under law” [penalty]

Christ’s death was God’s love taking the blame, the responsibility, and the result of all wrongdoing. There is nothing left to condemn. “Love does no harm, so love is the fulfilling of the law”. Those in Christ have had “The love shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Spirit”. And conversely, “He who loves not his brother abides in death”. It is not those who “live” by law who are able to cleanse their hearts, it is those who cleanse it in “his blood”. God has removed all sin and its effects, it’s only as man refuses his forgiveness that he dies.

Crossroman March 2015.