The Law of the Spirit of Forgiveness
Some religious concepts do more to veil the truth than they do to reveal it. The subject of forgiveness is one of the most misunderstood subjects in the Bible. I have read the following scriptures so many times that I have quoted them from memory, yet I had not noticed that what Paul had stated added up to forgiving every person in the world for their sins right now.
If we do not forgive, we hold animosity; when animosity is in our hearts, there is sin. But before we get into this subject of love and forgiveness I want to remind you that I am aware that the wages of sin is death. Forgiveness opens the door to salvation, but believing the Word and acting upon it, starts the process of salvation.
Though we are forgiven, we yet remain in death as long as we do not think Christ’s thoughts and act in his principles. Paul’s way of saying this, was “That you put off concerning the former conversation, the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man which after Yahweh is created in righteousness and true holiness,” Ephesians 4:22.
Paul’s comment on forgiveness is in Second Corinthians 5:13-21 and states like this: “For the love of Christ constrains us; because we judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of Yahweh, who has reconciled us to himself by Yasha Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit (that is), that Yahweh was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though Yahweh did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be reconciled to Yahweh. For he (Yahweh) has made him (Yasha) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of Yahweh in him.”
Daniel, the Old Testament prophet, understood the mystery of redemption as he wrote in Daniel 9:24: “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to ‘anoint’ the most Holy.” This anointing had to do with both the anointing Yasha had when he was anointed as a sacrifice and, also, his anointing to preach the gospel. He spoke of this anointing in Luke 4:18: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel.” Yasha instructed the people of that day to refer back to Daniel’s prophecy in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14.
John the Baptist, the first prophet to appear on the scene for over four-hundred years, recognized Christ as the atoning Savior that Daniel had spoken of and announced, “Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, which ‘takes away’ the sin of the world,” John 1:29. People become confused when they read this scripture and most of them conclude that if Yahweh forgave sins, he put his stamp of approval on sin; in this they are very foolish. I like to think of it as dealing with the man that accidentally fell into the cesspool. There he was with only his head sticking out. Along comes a man and upon finding the man in his cesspool says, “Oh don’t worry, I have no animosity against you for being in my cesspool. Hold on, I will bring you a bottle of perfume—that will make things smell better for you.”
We don’t need to smell better in death—we need out. The wages of sin is death. That Yahweh has forgiven us, there is no doubt. But forgivingness working alone is not the whole solution. Our heads are empty of reality. Our computer (mind) is programmed with garbage; we need correct information. If truth will make us free, then error puts us into bondage. As long as our highest concept of righteousness is a god that eternally tortures his own creation for lack of truth, we will not find our way out of bondage. We will not, and absolutely can not, love and respect a creation that the god we have created in our mind hates. We must know that the highest good in heaven and earth is not climaxed by the eternal suffering of the multitudes that the Creator could not or would not bring to the understanding of truth.
I love Paul’s message in Colossians 1:9-29:
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his (Yahweh’s) will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of Yahweh; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
“And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the Body, the Church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his Body’s sake, which is the Church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of Yahweh which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of Yahweh; Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom Yahweh would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Yasha.”
Paul was confronted with the logic of Yahweh accepting sin, as he strove with words that would convey the true message in Romans 6:1-2: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Yahweh forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
Christ came as the kinsman redeemer to raise up a living seed in Adam’s (carnal mind) house. Adam’s choice had the strength to plunge creation into darkness because we are one creation—a unit. Christ was birthed into the unit and became one with it. As a man, Yasha lifted creation out of darkness (confusion) by restoring truth or life.
“Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not? Let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of Yahweh, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as Yahweh for Christ’s sake has forgiven you,” Ephesians 4:25-32.
We see by these scriptures that there are a few things to put in order after we discover our redemption, but it will not be difficult if we accept the fact that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” I John 1:9.
When we think of government, we usually see our own government as an example. If we think of kingdom, we would be prone to understand the meaning of that word by using Great Britain or some of the lesser kingdoms. If we do this, we miss the whole concept of the meaning of Yahweh’s Kingdom.
In Yahweh’s kingdom, our warfare is constant but it is not carnal. That is, we are not trying to control the minds of others; but we are uniting in truth, love, and righteousness.
Our enemy is ignorance! Ignorance is an invisible force, but we recognize ignorance when we see folks manifesting bitterness, strife, chauvinism, unkindness, filthiness of body and mind; any action that disrupts harmony for the whole unit is one of the attributes begotten and birthed by ignorance.
The fact is the only antidote for ignorance is truth. Very contrary to popular opinion—truth is not flexible, it stands. If Mercy did not stand as a shield to protect us from pure unbending truth, it would overwhelm us. It would be like handing a first grader a book on high math and expect him to understand it. He will some day, but it will take a few lessons and a lot of learning. Truth will come, but until it does Mercy’s door stands open. For this reason, we see Christians operating on every level of understanding and we praise our Father for every one of them. As we see this from where we are standing, it looks chaotic and as our nature is, we desire to fix things. But we are not called to fix people; we are called to operate in the light we have while we reach up for more. Truth gradually unfolds and blossoms; its seed spreads itself and takes root in fertile minds.
When people from all over the world migrated to the free world, they came from every form of bondage that the carnal mind was capable of creating. Some of them came seeking ways to capture the masses, but there was enough development to block their efforts.
Wisdom brought her masses to this country because the civilized mind had envisioned a free world. This seed is still struggling against tyranny. Our form of government certainly shows lack, not in the writing of the laws, but in the interpretation and understanding of them.
I am reminded of an incident that I experienced some years ago. I was traveling with a passenger that was in his golden years. We were traveling on a dangerous mountain highway, which was steep and narrow, and we were confronted with several sharp horseshoe curves. The road signs were marking the speed limit somewhere between ten to twenty-five miles an hour. I was creeping along staying within range of the markings, and it was irritating my passenger beyond endurance. He finally spoke up. “You can drive much faster than you are without being caught,” he advised. “You do not have to drive exactly at that speed. In fact they don’t expect you to, that is only the suggested speed, but they don’t expect people to drive this slow.” Then he added, “People always cheat a little.”
I understood that those road signs were put there by my government for my benefit. I had not traveled this road enough to understand the environment or the citizen’s driving habits, etc. These signs were the method my government had chosen to inform me of the road’s condition. They gave me a safe driving range. My tax dollars had hired experts to test for the safest mileage and posted the information at my deposal.
My passenger had no problem understanding the numbers on the road signs, but to him they were rules, laws, that were forced upon him. He felt he had enough intelligence to judge his own speed to drive safely. To him the signs represented bondage. If he had been driving, the signs would have been ignored. But we would have stood a pretty good chance of getting through the mountains, that is, if we could have reached our destination without meeting someone that was functioning on his level of understanding.
The difference in his understanding and mine was that I had set my mind to learn wisdom and to submit to laws that would benefit society. He never stopped to think what it would be like to try to get through those mountains safely had there been no speed limits posted.
Most drivers are wise enough to drive correctly, but some are not—these folks need road signs as a law. I need road signs to help me stay in a range of safety. My passenger was right; the people that placed the signs do suspect that many people will ignore them. Yet they are needed.
If we understand the principle that is being shown in my illustration, we understand why there can never be a better carnal government than the one we have, because carnal man has a tendency to break the rules that protect the masses, no matter how important they are.
If we are acting out of wisdom and love, we will not be tempted to view things with a self-centered concept. All this brings us to the question, “How can there ever be a kingdom of peace, joy, and righteousness on the earth?”
The Holy Spirit has taught me to never react to a controversial attack. When we allow the action of a hostile person to influence our reaction we are prone to use their viewpoint as a springboard for defense. Folks sometimes demand a defensive reaction out of me concerning my viewpoint of hell. I usually avoid launching a defense attack by explaining, “I never accept religious opinions until I make a study of them. I never just read the Bible—I research through every source available and study word meanings from the Greek and Hebrew concordances. It is very informing and takes the guesswork and hear-say out of religion.” Then I say, “Would you like to study that subject with me?”
People will not pursue a subject unless they are interested in knowing the truth. The last thing some of these folks want to do is deal with facts. To them religion is optional; every man is supposed to make up his own religion from the conglomerations of statements he has heard along the way. Never mind their source or that these statements are full of contradictions, he will usually guard them with his life. The dominating thought that prevails here is, “I have a right to believe what I want to believe (whether it is fact or fiction), and I am exercising my religious freedom.”
I’m all for a freedom to pursue truth, and I think our forefathers felt a little like I do. I believe exercising my right to pursue truth and happiness demands that I pursue these things by seeking, knocking, and asking with my eyes and intellect open. I doubt that it ever crossed our forefathers’ minds that some folks would use this freedom to justify their indifference to truth.
If we are the temple of Yahweh, it should be an easy task to come up with the idea that the throne room of the temple is the mind. If the truth of Yahweh is thoroughly entranced in my mind, I will be in harmony with his principles twenty-four-seven. If I am reigning with him in my own temple, I have become a light radiating out into the darkness. That is all that is required of me.
I must hear and yield my whole self to Truth (Yahweh) in faith without hesitation. What my fellowman thinks of that is up to the Father—it is not my concern. One man will not be ruling over another. I will never be sitting on a throne fixing other people. Christ in me is my hope. He is the hope of the world because life (Love) was restored through him.
With an hourglass and sufficient tools
Each one must start and choose his rules,
Each a designer on his own
Of a stumbling block or a stepping stone.
The thought here reminds me of the man that fell heir to his father’s debts and was jailed because he could not meet his creditor’s demands. The jailer came in and opened his cell and announced, “Come on out, you are a free man. Your friend heard about your dilemma and came to your rescue. You are now redeemed.”
“What!“ says the prisoner, ”I certainly appreciate his generosity but the debt is mine. I’ll manage.”
We certainly deceive ourselves when we try to manage the adamic nature without allowing the Spirit of Truth to impregnate our minds with higher truth and power. On the natural realm, the carnal mind does not have access into this realm. We must behold the Lord as John the baptizer did: “…Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, which takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29. He alone can do this; he does not need assistance. He is the all sufficient one, “…And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness,” 2 Corinthians 12:9.
We are born with a natural mind, which guides us through babyhood and usually on through childhood. It reasons and guides—we learn to depend on it.
It is difficult for us to understand that our natural minds are inadequate—since the natural mind would have to furnish information that it does not have. Once we surrender our life to the Spirit of Christ and experience the Anointed (Living) Word, we will judge the natural mind by the Wisdom of Yahweh and never misunderstand the difference again.