By Carron Lake @ www.thelightoftheword.org

Why are we to keep GOD’S Covenant Word?

This open letter is written to my brothers and sisters, who are called to be Christians, to witness for Christ, by reaching out with their heart, to share with our brothers and sisters in this world, The Truth about Christ, to those, who are not following Christ, because they know Him not. You would do yourself a great disservice, if you did not read through this letter, to understand why we are to keep GOD’S covenant Word to us.

As John said, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:10-13).

As witnesses for Christ, to bear witness for Him, to a world that is in darkness to the knowledge of GOD, it must be confusing to the world, to hear some Christians say that we are to keep The Commandments of GOD, and to hear also the majority of Christians say that The Old Covenant Law of GOD has been done away. The question is then raised to ask, which is the true witness of Christ? Is it the majority, which is saying that The Old Covenant Law of GOD has been done away? Or is it the minority, which is saying that we are to keep The Commandments of GOD? Does the majority make their witnesses true? By what evidence do the majority of Christians bear witness to the world, which is in darkness to the knowledge GOD and HIS Word, to say that The Old Covenant Law of GOD has been done away? And by what evidence do the minority of Christians bear witness to say that we are to keep The Commandments of GOD?

The evidence is clearly revealed in the world all around us. It is seen in the increasing crime and violence that is being done in our world by those, who know not The Truth of GOD and HIS Word. And because of this lack of The Knowledge of GOD in the hearts of men and women, they are ruled by their own selfish will, to be blinded to their actions, their desires, to meet and gratify their own selfish will, which affect, not only themselves, but also more than just their fellowman.

It is because The Commandments of GOD are not being kept that this world is in such a state of darkness and confusion with the crime and violence that is being done in this world. This is a direct result of the world not knowing GOD and HIS Word, and going contrary to HIS Will, which is revealed in HIS Word. As witnesses for Christ we are not doing a very good job in witnessing to the world for Christ by saying that GOD’S Covenant Word has been done away. By saying and supporting this view, men and women are in support of lawlessness, which are people, who do as they please, to lack control of themselves, because they do not regard and care for themselves, or for their neighbors, or The Will of GOD.

As I said above, this confusion, even among Christians, comes from a lack of not knowing The Truth about GOD and HIS Word. And if there is confusion within the Christian church, then how can there be true witnesses for Christ, if the professing witnesses do not know Him? The True Christian, who bears witness for Christ and GOD, will not be among those, who promote the idea that GOD has done away with HIS Covenant Word from the hearts of men. They will not be among confusion, because The Covenant Word of GOD is GOD’S Law of Love written upon the heart, to have love for GOD and to have love for our fellow men, as one would care and love himself, or herself, because we are all descendants from Adam.

It is one thing to say that The Law of GOD is written upon the heart of the Christian, but what does this mean to you and me? What does a witness look like, who has GOD’S Law of Love written upon the heart? What should we look like if we have GOD’S Law of Love written upon our hearts?

We would be like Christ Jesus--The Son of GOD, Who gives us Power to become children of GOD, to bear witness of The Truth of GOD and HIS Word, not only in words, but also in deeds. We would be Christians, who are like Christ, Who has given Himself to us to be our Perfect Example to follow Him. And as Christians, who follow Christ, it would not be our words that we will speak, and it will not be our good deeds that are done in and through us, but it would be The Word of GOD, Who is of GOD, Who will speak The Thoughts of GOD in and through us to men. And it would be The Fruit of Christ Spirit in us; to work The Father’s Good Will in and through us in doing The Father’s Will.

It has been said that The Old Covenant Law of GOD was only for The Jews, and it was not given to The New Testament Christian, because we are not under The Law, but under GOD’S Grace. This view is promoted by those, who are not aware of The Truth of GOD’S Grace and when it was that GOD revealed to man HIS Grace, and at Whose expense it was given.

To claim that The Old Covenant Law of GOD was given only to The Jews is like saying that the news of salvation was given of GOD only to the Jews, or that GOD sent His Only begotten Son into this world to save only Jews, because He manifested Himself to Israel, or that He became The Seed of Abraham. This we know is not completely accurate, because it is written that, “…God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The Word given of GOD to men did not say, GOD so loved the Jews that he gave his only begotten Son. Although HE Love the Jews, the invitation of salvation is given to “whosoever believes” in GOD’S Son should not perish, but have everlasting Life. The Jews were given the privilege of learning of GOD’S Word, by receiving HIS Covenant Word that they might co-labor with HIM in revealing The True GOD to the heathen and pagan nations, which new not GOD and HIS Word. The same privilege of learning of GOD’S Word is given to us, to do the same.

Now, if GOD has given HIS Covenant Word of Life to you, does this mean that HE has given Him only to you, to keep to yourselves, and that you should not be a channel of HIS Blessings, to share HIS Word of Life with those, whom HE Loves? Is this not what the Jews did with The Gift of GOD’S Word, Whom they were to share as a nation of priests to the world? Are we to follow in their steps of the Jewish leaders, to keep The Blessing only to ourselves?

The title of this open letter says, why are we to keep GOD’S Covenant Word? It is in the understanding of the answer to this question, which if understood; “whosoever believes” and understand The Truth, they will have The Gift of Life. John said it this way, when said that in Him--The Word of GOD was Life; and The Life was The Light of men. And The Light shined in the darkness of men; and the darkness of men comprehended Him not, which is the understanding of what John is saying in John 1:4, 5.

With about six thousand years of history since GOD created the earth, HE created man in HIS Own Image, to shine and reveal The Truth of HIS Glory by HIS Son through Whom HE made and created all things. John, who received The Truth of GOD’S Word; he did not keep Him to himself, but testified to us of GOD and HIS Son when he said, “All things were made by HIM; and without Him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). When GOD in the beginning said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26), HE was speaking to HIS Son, Whom HE also called God, according to Hebrews 1:8, 9. For it is through Him that HIS Will is made known to men, because He is The Word of GOD, Who speaks GOD’S Words to men according to John 3:34.

Paul also testified of Him and said, “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” (Colossians 1:16, 17). Notice that this evidence does not say that GOD made all these things by “Them”, meaning that HE created all things by more than one Person with HIMSELF. No. The evidence of Scripture says that without Him--The Son of GOD was not anything made, because all things consist by Him. Yet, many try to insinuate that there were three Divine beings Who worked together as one in the creation of the heavens and the earth. They say this, because the word God has the meaning of more than one to be Gods. And although this is true, that the meaning of the word for God in Hebrew has both a plural and a singular meaning, this in itself does not tell us how many more than one is the meaning of the word for God. However, GOD has revealed The Truth by HIS Word through His servant John, who said, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1, 2).

It is by The Word--The Son of GOD that GOD created this earth and man. For it is written of Him that, “…the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). This is the central focus of this open letter. The breath of Life is The Life of GOD’S Son, Who gives life to all living things made by Him. He is The Life and Light of men. And to them that receive Him, to them give He Power to become children of GOD by Him, Whose Spirit dwells in all living beings that live by Him. He is GOD’S Covenant of Life to all, who will receive and keep Him that He might abide in us to have Eternal Life by Him. We are the members of The Temple of His dwelling. For without Him, we can do nothing.

As it was mentioned, The Word of GOD is The Covenant of GOD’S Will given to man; for we are not born “…of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). It has been the will of the adversary, to cause both angels and man, to reject The Will of GOD, Which is given of GOD to us, to receive HIS Covenant Word of Life given by HIM to all, who will receive from HIM. After GOD by HIS Word made Adam, HE spoke to him by HIS Covenant Word of Life, Which, if he receives and obeys GOD’S Will, he would live. For it is written that, “…the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16, 17). Adam was permitted to freely eat from every tree of the garden, including The Tree of Life, Which was in the midst of The Garden. But the only tree he was forbidden to eat of his fruit was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

By receiving GOD’S Covenant Word of Life, to live by GOD’S Word of Life, Adam had both The Life and Light of GOD’S Word, Who gave to him Power to become a son of GOD. And it is written that, “…the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18). And it is also written that, “…the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:21-25).

The Same Word of GOD, Who formed man from the dust of the ground, to reflect The Image of GOD, He is Himself--The Express Image of The Father, Who made a woman from the rib of man, to be one with him, just as He is one with His Father. And just as the word “God” has both a singular and a plural meaning, to mean one and more than one, the word “man” also has both a singular and a plural meaning, to mean one and more than one, such as mankind. But in this case, GOD by HIS Son made a woman to be one with Adam. For it is written that, “…God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). Notice that GOD created man, and this man is both male and female, or man and woman. Notice that this image reveals two, as one and not three. Just as GOD worked by HIS Word to create all things, and through Him, HE made man in HIS Own Image, it takes the two--male and female as one, to reproduce after their own image. And it takes man working by GOD and HIS Word to be reproduced in The Image of GOD.

As The Father gave to Adam HIS Covenant Word of Life, to become a living soul by receiving The Spirit of The Son into his temple, The Father by HIS Son took a rib from Adam and made for him a helper, to be one with him, to reflect HIS IMAGE by HIS Son. The Same Covenant Word of Life given to Adam is The Same Covenant Word of Life given to Eve, to be one with Adam, as he was one with GOD by receiving HIS Covenant Word of Life. For it is by The Son of GOD that all things consist and are held together, according to GOD’S Will. And what was shared from GOD by HIS Word to Adam, he by receiving The Word of Life became a fountain of Life, to share GOD’S Word of Life with his wife Eve that she also might be blessed of GOD by HIS Word of Life, Who came to her through him. And if she received The Word of GOD through him, then she will also live by GOD’S Word of Life and Light in her.

It was Adam, who shared The Covenant Word of Life with his wife Eve, Which “the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof, you shall surely die.” As The Word of Life is represented by The Tree of Life in the midst of The Garden of Eden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is represented by the great dragon, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world, and was cast out of heaven into the earth with his angels.

GOD commanded Adam by HIS Covenant Word, to eat not, or receive not of the fruit of the deceiver; for in the day he shall eat of his fruit, he would surely die. And Adam shared The Covenant Word of Life with his wife Eve. And she received The Fruit of The Spirit of GOD’S Word through him. But the deceiver called out to Eve and said, “…Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Genesis 3:1-7).

The day that GOD warned Adam about did come when they ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And they did die when The Life and Light of GOD’S Covenant Word of Life was discarded by them, to believe the lie of the adversary, who said to Eve, “Ye shall not surely die”. By the adversary’s words to Eve, he was claiming that GOD was lying to them by HIS Word, to closed their eyes to the truth. And by Eve receiving The Word of Life from her husband Adam, he--Adam was also lying to her, because he received The Word of Life from GOD. The adversary was darkening her mind to The Truth in the same way that he has spread the darkness of misrepresentation of GOD to the angels that followed him in their belief of his lies.

The Word of GOD has revealed to us The Truth, for He has Testified and said, “Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice [is] to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [shall be] right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing froward or perverse in them. They [are] all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.” “My fruit [is] better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver” (Proverbs 8:4-10, 19).

It is by receiving of The Word of GOD that we gain Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding. For He gave to the wisest man His Gift of Wisdom, and said by him, “A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 21:20, 21). Notice that the fruit in both these passages of Scripture are speaking of the words that are spoken by the mouth. The words from the heart are the fruit that can continue The Gift of Life, or they are the words that can lead to darkness and death.

When Eve came to Adam and told him of the words of the deceiver, he knew that she had eaten, or that she had received the fruit from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Even though she had sought to witness to the adversary of The Covenant Word of GOD, she believed his lies, to doubt GOD’S Will, Which was revealed to her by HIS Word of Truth. This disbelief of GOD and HIS Word of Light and Life, Who came to her through her husband Adam, led to her being separated from GOD, HIS word and her husband Adam. For by believing that she shall not surely die, and that the tree and his fruit was to be desired to make one wise, she disobeyed The Command given by GOD in HIS Covenant Word, to take of the fruit of the adversary, and sought to share his deception with her husband Adam. And Adam seeing that she would die, because of her transgression, he ate also of the fruit to suffer death with her.

For it is written that, “Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety” (1 Timothy 2:13-15). Notice that there was a law that Eve had transgressed, which is The Covenant Word of Life Himself, Who is given by GOD to man to have His Life in them. He is GOD’S Covenant of Life to all, who will keep Him, to have Eternal Life by GOD’S Eternal Word of Promise. Yet, many are saying that GOD’S Covenant Word of Life was not given until Mount Sinai. But Adam and Eve both ate of the fruit of the adversary, to be separated from GOD, WHO is LIGHT and LIFE. And this separation from GOD and HIS Word placed them on the side with the adversary, to be in darkness and death. And by the adversary’s deception, many are choosing to follow the broad path, which so many have traveled, by their unbelief of The Truth to believe in the great deceiver, and believe that GOD has done away with HIS Covenant Word of Life.

Some might say that the adversary was correct when he said to Eve that, “Ye shall not surely die”. The adversary said this because, when he transgressed The Covenant Word of Life multiple times in heaven, he did not surely die. And so, he spread his lies against GOD and HIS Word of Life. Was the adversary rejecting The Gift of GOD’S Covenant Word of Life with every transgression in heaven? Yes. So why did he not die by his continued transgression in rejecting GOD’S Covenant Word of Life? The answer is GOD’S Grace, Which was given to him because he did not understand that his life was completely dependent upon The Covenant Word of Life given to him by GOD. If Lucifer had died from his first rejection and rebellion of GOD’S Covenant Word of Life, then the other angels would not have understood why he was no longer living among them. By not understanding and recognizing GOD’S Grace to him, Lucifer was so bent on being elevated to be a God, to be worshiped as a God that he would not listen to reason.

Lucifer was a created being, who was given life by GOD through HIS Covenant Word of Life. This means that as long as he kept receiving from GOD, HIS Word of Life to him and through him to other, he would have lived by The Word of GOD, Who is Eternal. But he wanted to be elevated to a position of being a God, Who is Self existing, to live by his own rules, to be worshiped as a God. But he was not born a God, to have the same nature and character of GOD. Lucifer was an exalted angel with a high position next to Christ. But he wanted to be elevated above even The Son of GOD, Who created him and gave of Himself The Gift of Life to him that he might have life by Him to live. By rejecting The Gift of GOD’S Word, Who created him, Lucifer was rejecting The Covenant GOD made to him in giving him HIS Word of Life.

But it is written that, “…God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them] down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment” (2Peter 2:4). “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Jude 1:6). So the adversary and all, who follow him throughout the ages, they are reserved unto judgment. But what does this mean?

First we must understand that Adam and Eve did die by their transgression of GOD’S Covenant Word of Life. But it is The Gift of GOD’S Grace in HIS Word, Who also sustained then from the immediate penalty of death, which HE extended also to Lucifer in heaven. This means that GOD’S Grace is like a pause button, to give the needed understanding, to choose, to repent and to be restored to Life with HIM through HIS Covenant Word of Life forever. Or to release the pause button to continue with the result of rejecting The Covenant Word of Life, which is darkness and eternal death--which is being none-existent.

If one has ever experienced the rejection of one’s love, we know that it is like forming a bond with someone, which requires a heart to heart oneness with the person you love. But if that person you love rejects your love, it may not hurt the one who is doing the rejection, but the one, who has given his, or her heart of love to the one, who is rejecting that love, to receive not and return that love in kind. It is painful to break and separate from someone you love with all your heart, because your heart has been given, as a gift to be received and cherished and to be nurtured with the giving also of the heart of the other person that the two hearts might become one.

We see today so many marriages going through the process of divorce, to separate, to break up, to split-up and remain no more as one. This is not a happy occasion, especially when there are children involve. It can be just as painful as when a spouse dies, to leave, or remove one’s heart from another, to leave the spouse heart-broken, because the heart of the loved one is lost.

In the Hebrew culture, even in the time of Joseph, when someone had lost a loved one, they showed the extent of that loss by renting their clothes asunder, as a sign of their heart being torn out from their chest. When GOD gave to angels and man The Gift of HIS Covenant Word of Life, HIS Word is HIS Covenant Word of Life forever to those, whom HE loves, because HE is Love. But as a result of the misrepresentation of GOD and HIS Word of Life, angels and men were led by blindness to reject and receive no longer The Covenant Word of Life, to keep GOD’S Eternal Promise by HIS Word, to live by HIS Word of Life forever. By turning to walk contrary to GOD’S Will, GOD suspended, or HE put a pause from receiving the immediate penalty of transgressing against HIS Gift of Life that all may understand what path they were taking.

When Adam and Eve sinned by their transgression against GOD’S Covenant Word of Life, The Son of GOD suffered the pain of their rejection, because they chose to disbelieve GOD’S love for them in giving HIS Word of Life to them. Instead, they believed the adversary, over The Truth of GOD’S Word of Love to those, whom HE gave life by HIS Word. GOD continued to give them life, because it was through man that He would revealed The Truth and bring and end to the spread of the pain and suffering of sin, which the transgression of sin against HIM and HIS Covenant Word of Life has caused.

The evidence of The Scriptures revealed that, “…God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” John 3:16-20).

Notice that when The Son of GOD also became flesh to taste death upon the cross, He would experience the pain of every sinner, both men and angels, who were rejecting Him, Who is The Covenant Word of Life. It is said that, “Jesus Christ laid off His royal robe, His kingly crown, and clothed His divinity with humanity, in order to become a substitute and surety for humanity, that dying in humanity He might by his death destroy him who had the power of death. He could not have done this as God, but by coming as man Christ could die. By death He overcame death. The death of Christ bore to the death him who had the power of death, and opened the gates of the tomb for all who receive Him as their personal Saviour.” (Lift Him Up, Page 345)

When He died, the veil that separated The Most Holy and The Holy place was rent in two, to show the sign of the loss of ONE’S Heart of Love between GOD and Man. This is the result, which will take place when GOD releases the pause button of HIS Grace to those, who have reject HIS Gift of Grace in HIS Covenant Word of Life. For HE is not a GOD of force, to force men and angels to receive HIS Gift of Life if they don’t want HIS Gift.

Notice that GOD gave HIS Heart of Love--HIS Only Begotten Son to all, who will receive HIS LOVE by The Gift of HIS Heart--The Covenant Word of Love. HE gave HIS Word that by Him we might Love GOD and Love our fellow men. But many have and are mishandling HIS Gift of Love to their own hearts. They are not receiving Him, Whom HE has sent. John testified of Him and said, “He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure [unto him]. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:31-36).

It is written that, “Millions upon millions have never so much as heard of God or of His love revealed in Christ. It is their right to receive this knowledge. They have an equal claim with us in the Saviour's mercy. And it rests with us who have received the knowledge, with our children to whom we may impart it, to answer their cry. To every household and every school, to every parent, teacher, and child upon whom has shone the light of the gospel, comes at this crisis the question put to Esther the queen at that momentous crisis in Israel's history, "Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14.

“Those who think of the result of hastening or hindering the gospel think of it in relation to themselves and to the world. Few think of its relation to God. Few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator. All heaven suffered in Christ's agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God. Every departure from the right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him. When there came upon Israel the calamities that were the sure result of separation from God,--subjugation by their enemies, cruelty, and death, --it is said that "His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel." "In all their affliction He was afflicted: . . . and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old." Judges 10:16; Isaiah 63:9.

“His Spirit "maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." As the "whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together" (Romans 8:26, 22), the heart of the infinite Father is pained in sympathy.” (Education, Page 262, 263)

We are like individual living cells in the body of Christ. And using our own bodies as a means to illustrate a thought, we know how painful it can be when the whole body suffers from a splinter, which tears into a few cells in our body causes pain. The whole body stops to address the removal of that splinter that is causing much pain. The same pain is seen when one cancer cell seeks to take over the body by converting good cells to become cancer cells, to destroy health of the whole body.

This sin problem has been a cancer in the body, between man and GOD, and man with man, which has spread from one person to another, to cause more than one splinter pain in the body of heaven and earth. GOD has been dealing with this sin problem for a long time. And I know that many of my brothers and sisters in the body of Christ has members in their families, or friend that are suffering because of this enemy that steals the hearts of those, whom we love. But this enemy of sin has been stealing the heart of those, whom GOD loves for alone time. And HE longs to bring it to an end. But how many will repent of their direction, to heal HIS Heart from the pain of sin stealing their hearts away before HE releases the pause button of HIS Grace? We have seen friends and loved ones suffer from some form of illness, which some have even been torn away from us, because that illness led to their death. And oh how we wish we could have done something to bring healing to their hearts. But we do have the power to bring healing to our hearts by repenting, or turning from our sins, to return to GOD, and live according to HIS Covenant Word.

It is also written that, “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isa. 53:5. Some have limited views of the atonement. They think that Christ suffered only a small portion of the penalty of the law of God; they suppose that, while the wrath of God was felt by His dear Son, He had, through all His painful sufferings, the evidence of His Father's love and acceptance; that the portals of the tomb before Him were illuminated with bright hope, and that He had the abiding evidence of His future glory. Here is a great mistake. Christ's keenest anguish was a sense of His Father's displeasure. His mental agony because of this was of such intensity that man can have but faint conception of it.

“With many the story of the condescension, humiliation, and sacrifice of our divine Lord awakens no deeper interest . . . than does the history of the death of the martyrs of Jesus. Many have suffered death by slow tortures; others have suffered death by crucifixion. In what does the death of God's dear Son differ from these? . . . If the sufferings of Christ consisted in physical pain alone, then His death was no more painful than that of some of the martyrs. But bodily pain was but a small part of the agony of God's dear Son. The sins of the world were upon Him, also the sense of His Father's wrath as He suffered the penalty of the law transgressed. It was these that crushed His divine soul. . . . The separation that sin makes between God and man was fully realized and keenly felt by the innocent, suffering Man of Calvary. He was oppressed by the powers of darkness. He had not one ray of light to brighten the future. . . . It was in this terrible hour of darkness, the face of His Father hidden, legions of evil angels enshrouding Him, the sins of the world upon Him, that the words were wrenched from His lips: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" . . . In comparison with the enterprise of everlasting life, every other sinks into insignificance. (Amazing Grace, Page 171)

It was Christ Heart felt desire that all, who would receive Him, as The Gift of GOD to men; they will have Eternal Life. For He said in His prayer to The Father, saying, “…this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them” (John 17:3-10).

As Jesus spoke of His disciples, who received Him, and have kept Him as GOD’S Covenant Word of Life, John has testified of this fact and said, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen [it], and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:1-10).

Who is This Word, Who is one with GOD? David in speaking of GOD and HIS Gift of Life to men said, “He [is] the LORD our God: his judgments [are] in all the earth. He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word [which] he commanded to a thousand generations. Which [covenant] he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, [and] to Israel [for] an everlasting covenant: Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance” (Psalms 105:7-11). Notice that GOD’S Word has not been done away, because He is GOD’S Everlasting Covenant to all, who will receive Him to live by Him.

And Paul said, “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ” (Galatians 3:16). And Paul said, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:27-29). Notice that the promise is linked to Christ. And if we have been baptized into Christ, and have put on Christ, then we are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to The Promise given of GOD.

Jesus--The Seed into Whom we are to be baptized, He said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:18-20). And He said, “If ye love me, keep my Commandments” (John 14:15).

In giving “The Gracious Invitation” it is said, “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually” (1 Chronicles 16:11). "Those who become children of God are under obligation to Him to do all in their power to seek and to save the lost. . . . The gracious invitation first given by Christ is to be taken up by human voices and sounded throughout the world: "The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Rev. 22:17). The church is to say, Come. Every power in the church is to be actively engaged on the side of truth. The followers of Christ are to combine in a strong effort to call the attention of the world to the fast-fulfilling prophecies of the Word of God.

"Oh, how solemn and important is the work entrusted to us! How far reaching this work is in its results! How are we to obtain strength and wisdom necessary for its successful accomplishment? As Daniel sought the Lord, so we are to seek Him. Daniel declares, "I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes" (Dan. 9:3). We are to seek the Lord in humility and contrition, confessing our own sins and coming into close unity with one another. . . .

"As surely as we seek the Lord earnestly, He will make the way plain before us. All around us are doors open for service. Let us prayerfully study the work to be done, and then enter upon it with full assurance of faith. We are to labor in quietness and humility, in the meekness and lowliness of Christ, realizing that there is a trying time before us and that we shall always need heavenly grace in order to understand how to deal with minds. It is the patient, humble, godlike worker who will have something to show for his labors. As a people and as individuals our success depends, not on numbers, on standing, nor on intellectual attainments, but on walking and working with Christ.

"It is time now to gather strength from the Source of all strength, to cry aloud and spare not, to press back the clouds of darkness, that the light of heaven may be revealed. (In Heavenly Places, Page 328)

I hope that you my brothers and sisters comprehend why we are to keep GOD’S Covenant Word of Life, because He is our Life--our Eternal Life from GOD to man. As it was written above, “Millions upon millions have never so much as heard of God or of His love revealed in Christ. It is their right to receive this knowledge. They have an equal claim with us in the Saviour's mercy. And it rests with us who have received the knowledge, with our children to whom we may impart it, to answer their cry.” (Education, Page 262) Will you not take some time today from The Gift of Life given you from GOD, to share this message of GOD’S Covenant Word of Love with those, whom you know need to know of GOD’S Heart of Love? I pray that you will see the need, because many are being deceived worldwide, to be cut off from HIM, WHO Loves them by giving to them HIS Gift of Love from HIS HEART. GOD Bless.

From your brother in Christ Jesus,

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