Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Beyond the Blessing of Abraham

Beyond the Blessing of Abraham   (Part 1 of 2 parts)            
 B. Keith Chadwell

Gen 28:4 (Old Isaac speaking); “And give thee (Jacob) the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land.

The blessing was passed down the righteous line to the one seed to receive the fullness of “the blessing of Abraham”; which was; Jesus.

Therefore as we transition “the blessing of Abraham” we find it’s revelation by the Holy Spirit.   We find Paul, tells us in Galatians 3:14, clearly, why the blessing of Abraham was given:

·        Gal 3:14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

    The “blessing of Abraham” was given, as Paul states in Galatian’s 3:13-14, “that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith”.  The “promise of the Spirit” was given because God knew mankind would not and could not do a work in their own hearts to perfect themselves or make themselves righteous by nature.  Therefore, since Adam’s fall, mankind’s bondage to their Adamic sin nature would continue into perpetuity unless God could save them from this fate

          So, through FAITH in Christ mankind would be able to receive the incorruptible Royal Seed of His Holy Spirit to be planted within their hearts (the land).  However, the incorruptible Royal SEED would only be the “earnest” of the full promis

Only after the Royal SEED would be planted could the process of Spiritual growth, unto full maturity in the Spirit begin, even unto the stature and measure of Christ.

God’s ultimate goal was; to FULLY manifest His righteousness and His divine nature from within the hearts of His people to family, neighbors and nations.  In this way all the nations of the earth are to be blessed.

The growth of the Royal Seed and the full manifestation of “His divine nature” in

those who would accept His offer of the promise of the Spirit, would not be an event but rather; a process.  So, the Royal SEED had to be received by FAITH in Jesus and what He had done.  Then, since the Holy Spirit was the only one who could make this happen, the Holy Spirit would, subsequently need to be allowed to, progressively work in believers to change their hearts until the full promise would be manifest. That would be Christ, fully formed in us. Or…“Christ in us; the hope of glory”.

FAITH is the substance of “the full promise” that is hoped for. The hope being that; the Royal SEED when planted in the land (heart) was to grow to “the fullness of the promise of the Spirit”.   

So, because we have this hope of the promise and FAITH that God will make this happen, in His time, God counts this FAITH as righteousness in the meanwhile.  This is  the ONLY hope for the descendants of Adam to  ever fully manifest God’s divine nature, from their hearts.  For we are; “the righteousness of God”…but only by FAITH in what CHRIST is doing in us, until the full promise is, FULLY manifest, in fact.       

What can we expect?   

·        Short of joining “that great cloud of witnesses” and waiting for another generation of Christians to catch the “vision” of the fullness of “the Promise, what are we to do now?

One of the analogy’s that holds the answer in the Old Testament, is the story of Abraham and Sarah and God’s promise of a child, which is well known.  However, this natural analogy’s application to the Spiritual may reveal more to Christians than we might have thought.

Abraham and Sarah struggled with their promise of the child: Isaac (the child of the Spirit).   In the natural it seemed impossible that Sarah could even conceive in her “old age” let alone give birth to this child, promised by God. So, they relied on works of their own flesh which produced; “Ishmael” (the child of the flesh).

We, like Abraham and Sarah, have come to rely on "Flesh" to manifest what we could believe for of  “the promise, in lieu of “Faith”. Therefore, for the most part, in one way or another; we Christians have produced an “Ishmael” (the child of the flesh). 

This “Ishmael” is the religious product of the seed we have planted. It looks like the real deal, at first, but like “the tares” planted in the parable, it will not produce the harvest of “the Royal SEED”.  We can’t circumvent the law of the harvest; “you reap what you sow”.

Look at our Pattern Son, for He was the firstborn of many brethren who were to follow Him and have the Spirit fully formed in them, also.

Jesus was born of the Spirit and of the flesh.  Likewise, we who are born of flesh and blood and follow after Him must be “Born again”.  Not of the corruptible seed of Adam, the seed of the flesh, (been there, done that) but rather of incorruptible SEED.  That is; of the Royal Seed of the Spirit of promise.  Born again, of “incorruptible SEED; then to grow and developuntil Christ is formed in us”.

·        Mar 4:26-27 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not how.

·        John 12:24-25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

·        Hebrews 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Like a farmer planting SEED in “the land”; first the Royal Incorruptible SEED is planted, then begins a progressive work by the Holy Spirit working in us. The fullness of our promise is NOT accomplished by any works of our doing right things or trying to think right thoughts through our own efforts.  It is His Royal Seed, we are His land, and It is His work in us.  His “Beulah land”, as it were,

It is His “grace” or “divine influence on our hearts” (the land within us). We are instructed to just “REST” and have faith in HIM to do this work in us, UNTIL it is completed.  Until Christ is formed in us and His divine nature is always manifest, from our hearts.  Then…”when He shall appear, we SHALL be like Him”.

It is the law of the harvest,you reap what you sow”.

Works of the flesh to help God to manifest the fullness of His “promise” …won’t.   The promise of the fullness of the Spirit was and is “yea and amen” but as with the promise to Abraham and Sahah, only through the work of the Spirit.

As then, so it is now; it requires FAITH and obedience.  Then, in God’s time, by His work, NOT OURS, the full promise will be manifest.

“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God
by us.  For which cause I also suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, for I know
whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to guard my deposit
until that Day.  Hold fast a pattern of sound words which you heard from me, in
faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good Deposit given through the Holy
Spirit indwelling in us.”    

This concludes part 1 of a 2 part series titled; “Beyond the Blessing of Abraham”.

Both parts are posted, in full, on the Books/teachings page of the High Country Ministry website;

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Moving beyond the elementry

Moving BEYOND the elementary      B.Keith Chadwell

Heb 6:1-3 (Peshitta text) 

Therefore, let us leave the elementary word of Christ, and let us go on to perfection. 

Years ago, an old Pentecostal preacher, who I had grown to highly respect, taught us that "whenever we find a; "therefore" in the Bible, we should always search for the reason it was “there for”.  In all the years of my Bible studies, I have found that to be wise council.

"Therefore", once again, wisdom dictates that; to fully understand the often controversial writings contained within Hebrews chapter 6: we should, first, pursue the reason that Hebrews 6:1 starts out with a "Therefore".   (continue reading)