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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History   –    Renette Vermeulen

(Continued from Jesus’ New Testament Covenant is the Only Way to the Father)

 

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Þ The Old Levitical priesthood was forever changed to Melchizedek’s eternal spiritual priesthood 

Þ Melchizedek, the Risen High Priest and God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the Only Head of His body 

Þ The Bible was written in Two Testament or Covenants for an important reason

Þ God speaks through His New Testament/Covenant Word, the Lord Jesus Christ: Heb. 1:1-3 

The Old Levitical priesthood was forever changed to Melchizedek’s eternal spiritual priesthood 

If perfection were through the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the [ousted] Old Testament [ceremonial] Law,) there would not have been need that another High Priest should arise, [under Whom all believers receive God’s Grace…] So the priesthood was [forever] changed… because [the Lord Jesus Christ is] Melchizedek the High Priest forever:” Heb. 7:11-12.

> The Old, Levitical temple priesthood literally lost their office that day at the cross when the man Jesus Christ became the eternal and last sacrifice for spiritually dead, lost, and cursed humanity: 1 Pt. 2:9-10.  It was no longer necessary to fulfil the literal requirements of the ceremonial law on a physical altar in a material temple: Heb. 7:18-19. And so, the Old Israeli Levitical priesthood too, suddenly became “obsolete.” 

> The temporal, hierarchical priesthood descended from the tribe of Levi, but the Lord Jesus was born from the tribe of Judah, “making it plain that another High Priest arose Who was not constituted on the basis of a requirement, [of the ceremonial temple law,] but on the basis of an endless Life, after the order and with the rank of Melchizedek, [King of Salem; King of Peace.]  So the previous physical regulation, [concerning the Levitical priesthood], is cancelled… [Hebrews 7:11-12,] because a better hope is introduced through which we now come close to God… For the Lord has sworn: ‘You are the High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek,’ and He became the Guarantee of the Better, Stronger Agreement of the New Covenant.  The previous line of priests was prevented by death from continuing their office, but He holds His priesthood unchangeably, because He lives on forever:” Heb. 7:13-17.

> This was the literal fulfilment of the prophecy in Isaiah 9:6, “To us a Child is born.  To us [the Son of God] is given.  The government will be upon His shoulder, and His Name will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Almighty God, [Rev. 1:8; 4:8; 15:3; 19:6; 16:5-7,] Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace… [and Emmanuel, God with us:]” Isa. 7:14. 

Only the Lord Jesus Christ, Melchizedek the eternal Divine High Priest, Who manifested all the Old Testament prophesies concerning the Coming Christ, could commission His disciples: “…All authority, [all power and reign,] in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.  Go therefore [in My authority] and make disciples from all the nations, baptizing [My disciples,] and teaching them everything I have said, [not church dogma.] And I will be with you even to the end of the world:”   Mt. 28:18-20; Lu. 2:11.

 

Melchizedek, the Risen High Priest and God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Head of His body 

>> The entire chapter of Hebrews 7 focuses on Melchizedek, the Eternal Spiritual High Priest of God, to Whose mystical, non-ranking spiritual priesthood every sincere believer now belongs: 1 Pt. 2:9-10.  Hebrews 7:3 states that He, the Lord Jesus Christ is God Himself, “Who is without a spiritual father and mother, without [physical] descent; having neither beginning of days nor end of life, and was made… High Priest forever…”  As God lives from all eternity as The Eternal Spirit, He was not born from any physical ancestral line.  So, the risen Lord Jesus Christ lives entirely in a spiritual line, “from which He inaugurated an entirely new line of spiritual priests.”  As a result, “Jesus became the Surety of the Better Covenant…. Because He continues forever, He has an unchangeable priesthood.  Therefore, He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them:” Heb. 7:22-25.  The ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest of His spiritual priesthood, lacks absolutely nothing!  The so-called ‘atoning, saving’ sacraments of churches is Satanism! 

>> Paul defined the spiritual oneness this priesthood shares in Christ.  Galatians 3:26-29: “[All sincere believers are spiritually genderless] sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus… There is neither Jew nor Greek, [race] neither slave nor free, [race,] neither male nor female, [gender.]  For you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, you are Abraham’s [spiritual] seed, [of true believers.]”

> 1 Peter 2:9-10 described what this spiritual priesthood of all true believers looks like: “[Together, they] are a chosen [New Covenant] generation, a [spiritual] royal priesthood, and [a spiritual] holy nation, His own special people… called out of darkness, [entirely leaving darkness behind to be placed by the Spirit] into His [spiritual Kingdom] of marvelous Light:”  Colossians 1:13-14 Amplified, says it like this: “[The Father] has delivered and called [all true believers] to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness, and transferred them into the Kingdom of Light… as in Christ Jesus, we have [present tense] our redemption through His blood, [which means,] the forgiveness of all our sins:” Eph. 1:7.

> Only Jesus Himself, the Eternal High Priest, now Heads His spiritual priesthood of sincere believers, who all descend from His God-King-Priest order of Melchizedek.  Real New Testament,  New Covenant spiritual ‘servants’ cannot have a human high priest ever again.  Although they have different gifts and callings in the body of Christ, Jesus’ priesthood all serve on equal footing in a completely different way than the temporal, Old Testament, hierarchical priests served: 1 Pt. 2:4-5; 9-10; Rom. 12:12. Through His New Testament Covenant, the Lord Jesus Christ revealed Himself as Melchizedek, Eternal High Priest and “King of Salem,” (heaven,) Who lives in His New, Spiritual Kingdom inside the blood-cleansed, believing “hearts” of all true believers globally; redeemed with His own blood from ‘every tongue, and tribe, and nation’ - Israel included, (Jn. 18:36; Heb. 7:1-3.) 

 

The Bible is Divided into Two Testaments or Covenants for a Very Important Reason

The Old Testament was God’s National Covenant with the physical Hebrew nation.  Everything about this ousted (Heb. 8:13) physical covenant that pertained to the physical nation of Israel, was written in the Bible as mere “examples” of how God deals with all those who unrepentantly break His Moral Law commandments — including disobedient New Covenant believers, (Jn. 13:34; 1 Cor. 10:6, 11.)  (Yes, the once-save-always-saved doctrine is an extremely false teaching.) 

The main cause of God’s punishment for New Testament believers in Christ is the many manmade dogmas, which are all detrimental to our spiritual and emotional health.  All these hazardous potions are mixtures of the Old and New Covenants in the Bible. 

Hybridizing the two very different and separate Covenants of the Bible is the most deadly methodology Satan ever invented.  Since the early centuries after Christ, Satan has been fusing and abusing the Old and New Covenants to confuse and deceive believers.  His purpose, of course, is to rob them of their spiritual life and their blessed state in Christ on this side of the grave, as well as their eternal life in the presence of God in heaven, (2 Pet. 2:1-3.) 

Truth is that, at any given time, we can only live in one of the two Covenants.  God annulled the first covenant, His Old Testament Ceremonial Law for the physical nation of Old Israel. 

To become partakers of the second Covenant in Christ, every person must execute their own free will to choose Jesus as their Christ, Redeemer, and Blessor.  With one foot in the Old Covenant and the other in the New Covenant no one can ever be saved, redeemed, and blessed in Christ, (Heb. 10:1,14; Jn. 1:12-13.) 

 

God Speaks through His New Testament/Covenant Word, Jesus Christ: Heb. 1:1-2 

We hear the True Voice of Christ Jesus when we study His Word, the Bible, contextually and without the defilement of false church doctrine, (Heb. 1:1-14.)  

To understand His Voice through the Bible, we need to rely on the Holy Spirit, Who is God Himself, to guide us “into all truth.”  The entire Bible, understood in context, is “all truth,” (Ps. 119:160.)   

To understand the Bible, we must realize that Jesus’ Voice or Word, the Bible, consists of two different dispensations, ‘Testaments,’ or ‘Covenants,’ (Eph. 3:1-6; Col. 1:26-27.)  

The New Testament pertains to everything spiritual: God’s [spiritual] Kingdom in the hearts or human spirits of sincere believers, and it is His Everlasting Covenant with all of humanity, (Jn. 3:16-17,) while the Old Testament was completely annulled at the cross, (Heb. 8:13.) 

Þ It is by accepting and knowing Jesus, and understanding His full atonement in or place, that we may have a personal relationship with God.  One cannot have a relationship with a religion, statues such as those they worship as “mother Mary,” or a church building.  So, we cannot have a relationship with God by bringing our money into His ‘storehouse;’ hanging curtains in His palace, or polishing His throne – in a physical sense, He simply has none of these things under the New Covenant.  As a result, even our best church works ‘are as dirty rags’ before the Most Holy God and cannot be “The Way,” (Acts 7:48.)  God simply does not live in any temple or church building made with human hands! 

 

Additionally, cannot do anything “for” God; He does not require workers, but worshipers, (Jn. 4:23-24.)  If ever we do anything ‘for’ God, it is simply because we love Him, worship Him, and seek to exalt Him.  Works do not and can never save us, or add to Jesus’ full atonement in any way.  Good works merely prove our faith in Jesus Christ, The Way to the Father, (Jam. 2:14-20.) 

All we can do to benefit others and ourselves, is to worship God and obey His New Testament commandment of Love according to all the precepts of the Moral Law – and we cannot even do that in our own strength, only in the power of His Holy Spirit (Jn. 15:4-5.)  As a result, the Only Way to serve God, or actually, to show our love for Him through our Moral obedience to Him, is to remain faithful to The Truth, (the full contextual Word,) His Son Jesus Christ.  To remain faithful in the gifts and everything else, which the Holy Spirit had entrusted to us.  To declare His Gospel to a spiritually dead world, and to care for those in real need – especially the members of the body of Christ who are in need, because true believers are the spiritual body of Christ Himself. 

This is “The [Only] Way” to God the Father, and the only Way to please God the Father.  Among all the gods that are worshipped and saviors that are revered, Only the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word Who Is God, really “became flesh, [a human being just like us while remaining God and the same time, Colossians 2:9-10,] and dwelt among us.”  Only Jesus genuinely suffered and died in our place, has risen from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will return to judge the whole unbelieving and disobedient world. 

We can only follow “The Way” through our sincere belief in, and obedience to “The Truth” – which is Jesus Word, will, and His complete atonement for us all, (Jn. 1:1 & 14; 1:12-13; 3:3,5; 4:23-24.) 

We either accept God’s Covenant of grace, only obtainable through personal faith in Jesus Christ, or, in deliberate insubordination, reject His New Testament Covenant completely to cling to certain parts, rituals, and feasts of the ousted Old Testament covenant, (Jn. 15:1-6; Gal. 2:21.)

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