No Penal Substituion Book 1
Page 6. FORWARD
Page 8. INTRODUCTION
Page 10. CHAPTER 1 - What the Cross Accomplished and What it did not Accomplish
Page 41. CHAPTER 2 - What Penal Substitution Declares
Page 60. CHAPTER 3 - True Forgiveness is, you never needed forgiveness. Page 82. CHAPTER 4 - Redefining all our Understanding
Page 107. CHAPTER 5 - Jesus said, “No Man knoweth the Father.” He came to reveal the Father
Page 119. CHAPTER 6 - The Wrath of God; what it really is.
Page 144. CHAPTER 7 - The Incarnational events of Jesus, revealed Father’s, Eternal Love
Page 167. CHAPTER 8 - Examining Places where it appears Father told People to kill.
Page 196. CHAPTER 9 - The erroneous blame of God, for deaths, plagues, horrible storms, earthquakes, killing others, and the like.
NO PENAL SUBSTITUTION
“WHAT THE CROSS ACCOMPLISHED AND WHAT IT DID NOT ACCOMPLISH”
In this first chapter we will set the tone for the remaining chapters. What we must understand is what the Cross really did, and what it did not do. It is just as important to know what it did NOT do, as to know what it did. There are several people into ‘grace teaching’ or ‘finished work’ teaching that still embrace some of the ideas of Penal Substitution. We are going to help the reader understand what Penal Substitution is. Penal Substitution is the idea that our Father was angry with man, and as a result He killed his Son to be appeased. If a person did something to offend a person, and that person took it out on another person, would that be right? Absolutely not! That is what the teaching of Penal Substitution teaches. That teaching proclaims that Adam partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, therefore God needed blood to satisfy His anger as a result of what Adam had done. Consequently, those who believe in Penal Substitution teach that God was mad at all humanity for that disobedience. However, He who IS love has no capacity to ever be mad at anyone!
In Isaiah 53 we find a statement which reads, “WE did esteem Him smitten and stricken of God.” Isaiah was correct about that. WE believed Jesus was smitten by God, but He was NOT smitten and stricken of or by God. That thought comes from the Penal Substitution theory, and from man drawing understanding from the five-sense realm. (1) Today, over two thousand years later man continues to esteem Jesus’ work from the sense realm, rather than the Spirit. (2) Our Father was IN Jesus Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. (3)
Some teach that according to ‘Penal Substitution’ God needed a blood sacrifice to change His mood about humanity, like some anti-depressant changes one’s mood. The thought is that God needed a sacrifice or payment to turn away His fury. In other words, there needed to be a surgical operation where God’s ‘wrath gland’ was removed. Yes, this is a dramatic way of explaining it, but sometimes it needs to be expounded that way for us to realize how silly it is to believe some of these fallacies. We must move up in our understanding and knowledge of the Truth of the Gospel. To live out of the life of God (hit the mark) one must have the path restored and repaired.
Many years ago, there was a story that was told about an airline Pilot who took off from the L. A. Airport flying to Hawaii. Two hours into his flight he received a call from the control center informing him that his direction was off one degree. If he had ignored the request to correct his direction, he and all passengers on the plane would have crashed into the ocean. Being off one degree, four hours away from Hawaii, would cause them to miss the Island of Hawaii by hundreds of miles. The same is true of us today. If our understanding is off, we will continue to ‘miss the mark’, which is the real meaning of the word ‘sin’. (4) As of the writing of this book, we are over 2018 years from the day when Jesus revealed to man that he could live out of the Christ life.
In the book of James, we are instructed not to be too quick to desire the office of a teacher or instructor. If someone is functioning in that office, they need to be sure they are called and anointed to do so. One of the Hebrew meanings of the word ‘anointed’ (5) means to be consecrated. The Priests were always consecrated before they entered the priesthood. To be consecrated they had to ‘witness the sacrifices’, rather than perform the sacrifices themselves. They watched Aaron and his sons perform the sacrifice, and then Aaron placed the blood on the right ear lobe to consecrate what they heard, on the right thumb to consecrate the work they did, and on the right big toe to consecrate their walk. If we claim to be an anointed instructor of the Word, we must not compromise the Truth of the Gospel. If one does, they may experience a sense of mark missing, and revelation knowledge will cease to freely flow. In this story of the Airline Pilot, the responsible party to have corrected the error of the Pilot was the Air Traffic Controller. The Pilot believed himself to be correct in his direction. Likewise, we who are anointed (see the Truth of the Gospel) are responsible to teach the whole truth of the Gospel as opposed to a watered-down version of it. Why? Because being off even slightly in our belief can cause us, and those we instruct, to miss the mark in the Word of Truth.
Now we know that God does not change where His nature is concerned. The teaching of Penal Substitution insists that God needed a blood sacrifice to change His idea about man. They teach that His Mind was changed because of the work of the Cross. We can be sure our Father never changes concerning His love.
Let us read a few verses of Scripture to build our foundation.
James 1:17 declares, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with who is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” KJV
We have had the idea that after Jesus went to the Cross, God got what he desired, and it changed His mood about humanity. His frown was turned up-side-down, and He was no longer angry, because He was appeased with the suffering, shed blood and death of His Son. There could be nothing further from the truth. We do know that He did not become sin. He did not die spiritually and enter hell. He did not absorb our sin, death and hell. Jesus Christ came to reveal our Oneness and the love of the Father. In His birth, resurrection, ascension and seating, He revealed the love and the Oneness of the Father which mankind has always had. Mankind, simply forgot that reality when they individually came to earth. That forgetfulness was the result of generation after generation of religious upbringing. However, we must understand that Jesus did not give His life for God. He gave His life to us in his ministry. Jesus Christ was not a ransom to God. He was a ransom to man. He gave His life freely to man. In James 1:17 it reveals that God cannot change as far as His nature is concerned. Therefore, why would we think His mood toward man changed when Jesus went to the Cross?
Another proof text is Malachi 3:6 which reads, “For I am the Lord, I change not…” Then we find another very familiar Scripture in Hebrews 13:8 which states, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” We could say that our FATHER is the same yesterday, today and forever, since the Father and Jesus are one as we are one with Father.
Conversely, this is what they teach in the religious systems: That Penal Substitution shows that God WAS mad at one time, but now after the Cross, He is NO LONGER angry with man. Religious teachers have also confused allegories in the Bible about Sodom and Gomorrah, God loving Jacob and hating Esau, the Flood of Noah, and many others where they believe God initiated death in numerous ways. So, the question is: How could God change after the Cross if He changes not? That is impossible! Many are saying that God at one time was angry and vengeful, but after he ‘got a little blood’ it changed His mood. A high percentage of the Church still believes in Penal Substitution. It was always difficult to understand Scripture that seemed to endorse Penal Substitution, because of all the gross contradictions of God endorsing killing. As we see the truth about Penal Substitution it opens a whole new avenue of interpretation. Truth begins to fall into place in a fresh way.
If we cannot take the Gospel of the Good News, the work of Calvary, and the message of the Person of Grace and minister it in every nation of the world, then something is wrong with it. If you are not able to do that then you have a distorted gospel. For example, there are some countries that would simply not endorse Penal Substitution. The reason is, because their justice systems would not allow them to agree with it, because of their history of offering sacrifices to demigods. In the Old Testament they had all kinds of gods which the people worshiped even offering human sacrifices. Therefore, in some places when they hear the teaching of Penal Substitution, they say it makes God look like a murderer, which is certainly not good news. Hence, they cannot receive that teaching.
Let us read from Hebrews 10:5-8 and see what the writer of the book of Hebrews had to say about our subject.
“Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law.”
These verses are references from Psalm 50, where the Psalmist began to declare that God did not desire sacrifices and offerings. In this Psalm the subject was about the incarnation of Jesus. Right amid these people making massive amounts of sacrifices, David was telling them that God does not desire the sacrifices they were offering. God said, “I do not want your sacrifices. I do not want any bloodshed,” and in Hebrews 10 it tells us that God took no pleasure in sacrifices and offerings.
What the religious Church has done is taken this false idea of animal sacrifices and have said that GOD wanted a MAN to be the sacrifice. And mankind thought the sacrifice had to be His Son Jesus Christ. That is a brilliant solution to man whose breath (understanding) is in his nostrils (sense realm). (2) Religion has said that God became a man and sacrificed Himself TO Himself to satisfy Himself FOR Himself! This has brought about a lot of confusion. This is how much of the Church has taught the Cross; that God was so angry with man that he needed a sacrifice. Therefore, throughout all the Old Testament they believed that animal sacrifices ‘held God over’ like the appetizer before the great meal. The great meal came (Jesus), and God was satisfied with the Lamb being the offering. Now, we carry this over into the New Covenant and we say, “It is not the blood of bulls and goats that He desired but a human sacrifice that He desired.” Religion believes that the reason He desired a human sacrifice was because God had to change His Mind about humanity.
Please understand that what we have written thus far is simply to reveal that Our Father was never angry with man. Even Adam’s action in the Garden (deciding to learn from his own sense realm experience) thousands of years ago, did not surprise God whatsoever, and it did not change His mind.
What did He say to Adam when he was no longer aware of the realm of Spirit? He said, “Adam, who told you that you are naked (void of my life)? Who told you, you are separate from me?” Today we must ask these questions of ourselves. “Who told us we were alienated and enemies of God? Who told us God desired the killing of a human sacrifice, Jesus, to appease His vindictive anger and violence toward a people that partook of something trying to be like God?”
In verse 5 again it reads, “Wherefore when he came into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not…” Did God ever desire the sacrifices, the blood of animals and the offerings made by man? Not according to Jesus, who was doing the speaking in Psalm 50 when the sacrifices and offerings were in full force. He spoke to David and said, “I do not want those bloody sacrifices.” David stood before the people even while they were offering them and told them that God never wanted them. What nerve David had!
He stated, “Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” This is where we usually stop, and in error say, “God did not desire the sacrificial animals, but he DID desire the body of Jesus Christ as a bloody sacrifice.” However, Jesus did not give His life for God He gave his life for us. Jesus was not a ransom to God to appease His anger, but He was a ransom to us. Continually, we see much of Christendom believing that GOD wanted the body of Jesus as a sacrifice.
About where David wrote, “but a body hast thou prepared me,” some say that that is the sacrifice God prepared and needed. In other words, they believe that God did not desire the offerings of animals, but He wanted a human sacrifice. That is what the majority believe today. Accordingly, in this time of redefining, what we must do is to think through our biased beliefs and make sure it is from the Spirit. As you read this book, allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what you need to understand from Father’s perspective, rather than from man’s perception. So, we have established that God did not need the Cross, we needed it.
Now let us depart from this for a bit and look at how man views sin. We who call ourselves the Church are the light of the world. The issue is not about man’s interpretation of the meaning of the word ‘sin’, but the issue is Jesus Christ. The issue is about what He did, and what He revealed because of His work. Paul the Apostle said that we should not be sin- conscious. So why would we think that he later wrote in his writings about outward behavioral sins? With a surface level reading one would think that when Paul talked about the flesh, he was referring to outward sin. Also, when Paul talked about unnatural affection, a man with a man, and a woman with a woman, he was not talking about homosexuality. He was referring to a state of awareness that the religious minded people were walking in, when one reads it in context. When the carnal awareness is removed out of the way, and people no longer possess a sin-consciousness, they will not give power to certain things in an outward sense. A person will act out of the identity of who they believe themselves to be. The religious communities are the ones screaming the loudest over this. Our Father placed us here as salt and light, to see as the Father sees, and to declare the end from the beginning. As the body of Christ begins to operate from this position of reality, they will see the whole earth full of the glory of the Lord. They will not be ‘harping’ on outer sins. None of the works of the flesh discussed in Galatians 5 have anything to do with what many term as outward sins. Unfavorable outward behaviors are
what one does when they do not know who they are as Holy Spirit. All those actions are ‘fruits’ of not drawing from one’s Spirit of peace and life. In addition, those actions do not separate anyone from the Love of God, which is revealed in Jesus’ Redemptive work. The real ‘sin’ which means ‘mistaken identity’ is when we are not living out of who we are. Therefore, we can safely agree that there is no such thing as ‘sin’ in the New Covenant, except for not believing who He is as us. The acronym for the word sin is: ‘See it nailed’. It is zero
– there is no ‘sin’ other than unbelief where mark-missing and mistaken identity is concerned. When we see the word ‘disobedience’ in the Word, it is the Greek word “parakouo”, which means unbelief. Unbelief results from inattention or to mishear. (6) There is no shortage of people who have very little passion to hear the Truth of the Gospel. Consequently, those who are ‘dull of hearing’ give very little attention to what a Most Holy Place Messenger explains and teaches. Beyond that, they mishear the teacher, because they filter what they hear through the beliefs that come from the various man-made religious teachings. Likewise, God spoke through Hosea as recorded in Chapter 4 verse 6, “My people live a life of non- existence and are weak, sick and die needlessly for lack of knowledge: Since they have rejected the knowledge and understanding of the resource within their spirit, of which I speak, I will also reject them (as priests). The result is, they will not be able to serve as a priest unto me and my people; seeing they have forgotten the law of God, and followed after their own laws; and what they have done will also affect their offspring.” RERichmond Tree of Life Bible®
We have been taught by religious denominations that sin is certain behaviors. The truth is: sin is a state of unbelief. A person will not fully awaken in their understanding until they see and believe this fact. This is what the Apostle Paul meant by not discerning one another after the flesh. The flesh represents the law, and whatever laws people strive to follow, is how they judge other people, including themselves. We are to judge one another after the Spirit! Again, if we do not believe and see this fact, we will always be sin conscious. We do not want to know people according to what they do or do not do. This is it in a nutshell: The only sin in the New Covenant is unbelief brought on by mistaken identity. In fact, the first man’s sin was unbelief. Adam and the woman forgot who they were and tried to DO something to BECOME who they already were. We can also say it like this: If we believe that we must ‘do’ something to be right with God we are unbelieving, which is sin and mark missing.
Under the Old Covenant some races of people had different demigods to whom they offered sacrifices. They burned their children on the arms of Moloch and worshiped many false gods. The Greeks had many gods as well. The children of Israel even got involved in this false worship at times. Yet today there are people who continue to worship demigods (false gods). If we tried to tell people in other countries where they have worshipped false gods that God did NOT want the blood of bulls and goats, but instead He wanted a human (Jesus) sacrifice, they will laugh at you. They know better than that. What I am saying is, that if we cannot minster the Gospel of Grace and the Love of God everywhere in the world, then it is of no value. Those who offered the sacrifices believed that the gods they offered them unto would bless them. God did not need the shedding of blood to bless man. Man needed the shedding of blood to have the Truth of the Gospel revealed unto them. The life of the flesh is in the blood. WE needed Him to give His life for man, to reveal the Truth which destroyed the awareness of a degenerate nature that we THOUGHT we had. Jesus drank that bitter cup and He died in spirit and body. When He died everything that had traduced man from living as Spirit and as a Son of God was destroyed, melted away and brought to naught. (7)
When Jesus gave His life for and as man, it revealed the heart, nature, and love of our Father towards mankind. Furthermore, He revealed the Oneness that we always possessed. When Adam and the woman listened to their sense realm, they doubted and then decided for themselves that they had done something which caused them to lose (become naked) the life of God. THIS DID NOT CHANGE GODS’ MIND about mankind. Our Father was not caught off guard with what Adam and the woman did.
In a later chapter, we will discuss the Scripture which reads: “A body thou hast prepared for me.” The pre-incarnate Christ was speaking through the writer of Psalm 50, when he said, “Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not…” He said, “I am not interested in, nor ever wanted that blood.” The following is a paraphrase of verse 7: “Then said I, here I am, for it is written about me in the volume of the book or in the scroll. I have come to do your will My God.” The two statements “a body you have prepared for me” and “I have come to do your will” are connected. So first he said that God never wanted the sacrifices and offerings. Even as they were offering them according to the law, David had the nerve to say that to them. None of those laws were what the Father desired. Many fails to realize that Moses gave the law because of Israel’s wickedness. Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ. The children of Israel should have said, “We CANNOT do those things,” at the time when Moses presented them with these laws. However, instead they said, “We WILL do it.” Consequently, they failed over and over. There have been many ‘religious’ discussions about Sodom and Gomorrah, about how Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, about Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt, and about other Old Testament stories which we have misunderstood and thought God was the initiator of. The people projected and caused those situations themselves. Later in this book we will see where Sodom and Gomorrah had nothing to do with homosexuality. Even the flood of Noah was not an initiation of God, but it was because of the wickedness that filled the earth that the flood ensued. Everything that looked like judgment from God was instead, a product of the full dominion and ability that God had given to man. In truth, since MAN was to have dominion on the planet and the inhabitants thereof, God’s involvement was limited to providing wisdom and knowledge to those who would hearken to His voice. The many ‘religious’ thoughts picture our Father as a Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Man, who receives knowledge from the five-sense realm believed that God brought calamity on people, when in fact they brought forth those situations because of their own consciousness. Their failure to put faith in the Operation of God (His hands) (8) produced the negativity which many blames on God today.
In our day when things such as the attack on 9-11, earthquakes or acts of terrorism takes place, that which we hear from the news media and preachers of the world’s religious system, is that God is the one who brought those disasters. In fact, insurance policies include disclaimers which do include ‘acts of God’. Those things are not created by God. They are projected and allowed by man ‘whose breath (understanding and knowledge) comes from their nostrils or man’s inspiration. None of it is because of some judgment of God. Rather, it is the result of not walking in the obedience and belief in God, by not believing what He did, and by not seeing what He saw which was revealed through the death, burial and resurrection. Mankind projects these things out of a sin-consciousness. Our awareness is a projector. It projects out unto the experience of our life. Until the Community of Believers see and believe these truths, man will continue to struggle with the planet being out of order, rather than functioning in divine order that God created it in. I John 2:8 records, “Again, an authoritative prescription I describe unto you to enjoin in a position of rest, which thing is true in me and in you: because the obscurity and shadow is past, and the truthful light now appears in us.” RERichmond Tree of Life Bible® If a supposedly true word is spoken and that word does not produce an awakening in the hearers, then one can say that that word is untruthful. The word ‘true’ used in I John 2 is the Greek word alethes (al-ay-thace'); truthful (as not concealing). It would then be safe to say that an untruthful word spoken conceals the Truth.
Let us see further in Hebrews:
Hebrews 10:9-10 states, “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” KJV
What ‘will’ is the writer talking about? It was the ‘will’ that He came into the world to do. “By which will WE are sanctified.” By that same will we are shown our wholeness through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ, once and for ALL. This is saying that when Jesus went to the Cross, He was revealing exactly what Hebrews 10 states, which is the will of our Father that we ARE sanctified, and we are One as He is One. Jesus came to reveal the will of the Father. It has to do with us, not with God. Conversely, it is not a sacrifice in the same order as the bloody cultic sacrifices offered during the Old Covenant age. Those sacrifices were offered to appease what they THOUGHT to be an angry God, and to try to get God to bless them after they offered their sacrifices unto Him. They thought God was angry, so they were trying to appease Him, but it was only their perception of the God they served.
If one can see the difference between the perception of ‘man whose breath is in his nostrils’ and the Truth, then the Truth will make that person free to fully know and be aware of the Father. They will awaken to the reality of, “By which will we ARE sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” In our understanding of the phrase, “once for all,” we come to know that we were never separate, God was never angry, and it was done once and for all, never to be done again. Not one person was left out, past, present or future. The result of what God did in Jesus Christ went all the way back to the first man Adam. He ‘undid’ everything that was out of order because of a false perception. We came out of our mother’s womb sanctified (pure, holy and sacred), and the same is true of all people who have ever been born since the first man Adam. The problem is that many have had the wrong perception and have been taught inaccurately. When we came here, we simply forgot. We had a sense of separation and were alienated IN OUR MINDS according to Colossians 1:21. We had amnesia due to a blow to our head. When a person has amnesia, their identity does not change, they just forgot what was true of them. The Cross reminded us of what God asked Adam when he fell: “Who told you that you were naked (not whole)? Who told you, you are un-holy?” When Jesus went to the Cross and shed His blood, the purpose was to reveal to mankind the heart and will of the Father. It was not to change God’s mind concerning man, but to reveal to mankind the unchanging Mind, Love and Heart of God. It was not to re- unite God with man, but to show man that the Father was always united with man. It was MAN that had a ‘sense of separation’. That is what our Father revealed to the Apostle Paul for the Hebrew Community of Believers, and for all mankind, world without end. By God’s own will He cleansed all people from a sin-consciousness “once and for all” by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ. What Jesus accomplished was not to offer something that finally caused God to accept us. No, He offered something to US to cause US to finally accept the fact that God had never left man, nor had He ever been separated. Man partook of the knowledge of good and evil and began to live out of a corrupted awareness. “As a man thinks in his heart (conscious awareness), so is he (his experience).” That is the truth whether man has an awareness of the truth or a lie. We all have the Mind of Christ. The Mind of Christ is a powerful thing. Our awareness will produce and project out after any seed of thought we sow into it. Even though man is not in Adam, he acts like it by the awareness he lives by. God prepared the body of Jesus Christ to reveal the Divine Purpose. Man has always been holy, pure, sacred, righteous and One with God.
What did Jesus do? He identified and absorbed all of man’s false perception of who he thought he was. When Jesus died as every man, He showed us that every sense of lack in the spiritual, mental, physical, social and financial realm was powerless. When Jesus said on the Cross, “Why hast thou forsaken me?” He was simply identifying and absorbing the confusion and forgetfulness of mankind. God never did forsake Jesus. God the Father was IN Christ Jesus reconciling the world, waking people up to the reality of their Oneness. This truth always was and will never change. That was the purpose of God in preparing the body of the Lord Jesus Christ to do His will of revealing His love to mankind.
It is further important to see that He set aside the first old sacrificial system to establish the second, which was to reveal the love of God apart from thinking that GOD needed blood to be spilled.
As we continue in our study of No Penal Substitution, please keep in mind that those who believe in Penal Substitution teach that the blood sacrifice was offered to atone on behalf of God toward man, because it assumed God was angry and separate from man. God did not need to be reconciled to man, man needed to be reconciled to God. Man is the one who experienced a sense of separation. Therefore, that sense of separation unacceptably affected man’s life. It was the experience that man had at that time, and it continues to be experienced by most of the Church today. In this chapter, we are laying a foundation for what will be written in subsequent chapters. We believe the readers of this book will experience an awakening by what is unveiled and will receive a level of Truth that will cause greater liberty in Christ!
There is no shortage of books that teach the same things year after year, which bring little help to people. Most of them are self-help books from the sense realm – man’s good ideas and worldly concepts. The Word is being unveiled in a way that most people have never seen. Some might ask, “Well what is that going to do for me?” It will do wonders for your spiritual experience. When a person is gripped by the understanding that neither they, nor anyone else, were ever separate from the Father it will yield fruit that remains!
John 1:17-18 proclaims, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
Who is the grace that came by Jesus Christ? Grace is a Person, and the Person is our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, the Father revealed what His true nature had always been. The religious systems of this world have a mistaken idea that our Father is angry, violent, retributive and vengeful. If fact in Isaiah 53 the Word does not really say that, “God saw the travail of Jesus’ soul and was satisfied.” Rather it reads, “God saw the travail (toil, worry, labor, sorrow) of MAN’S soul, and had enough, and was weary of it.” Consequently, He revealed the Truth unto mankind which had always been since the foundation or conception of the world. God was trying to get the people away from the human sacrifices, away from burning their children, and away from the animal sacrifices which they thought He wanted. Father God always meets people where they are at, and He will get in any religious box that man constructs, because He wants to be with man; but His desire was to get man to the point of Hebrews 10 which declares, “A body hast thou prepared me, to do the Fathers’ will of revealing the nature of God.”
The vital point we must awaken to before we go any further, is that our Father did NOT need any sacrifice, even the sacrifice of Jesus’ body. Just as He did not need the Old Testament sacrifices, He did not need the sacrifice of the blood of Jesus Christ. MAN was the one who needed to see the Fathers’ love revealed through Jesus Christ. Man needed to have sin removed from his consciousness. In the Scripture where it refers to the ‘forgiveness of sin’ it is often rendered as: ‘deliverance FROM sin’. It is deliverance FROM unbelief, mistaken identity and mark missing.
The death, burial and resurrection revealed unto us the love of God. Romans 8:35 reads: “Who shall be able to separate us from the love of Christ?” II Corinthians 5:14 records: “For the love of Christ constrains us…” Ephesians 3:19 states: “And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge…” The grace of Jesus Christ is the same thing. It is the Gospel – He IS grace! We find the word ‘grace’ one hundred and seventy times in the Bible. There are only two Greek meanings for the word ‘grace’ and both contain the word ‘favor’. Favor means image. Once we awaken to the Truth of the Grace of Jesus Christ, we will awaken to the fact that we are the image of the Father, and we have never been in any other image. Mankind never needed to be ‘fixed’, and he certainly did not need to be saved FROM God. We only needed to bring our awareness into divine alignment. Therefore, we can assuredly profess: “No-thing can separate us from the love of God.”
In past and present times man has needed the true character, nature and attributes of our Father revealed. That is exactly what the Father did. In Jesus’ virgin birth, life, ministry, healings, and bringing people back to their right mind, He was revealing the will of His Father. In his entire earth-walk, He continually revealed the heart of His Father. Jesus walked about on this planet in full awareness that He and the Father were always One. The Bible says that we are joint-heirs of Jesus Christ. What is true of Him is true of us as well.
The people in the Old Testament offered sacrifices and prayed to false gods thinking that they could obtain help from them. God replied to that in Deuteronomy 32:37-38. The following is God’s reproof and question to them.
“And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? Let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.” KJV
They offered animal and human sacrifices hoping that these false gods would bless them. The Father brings that belief to accountability by asking, “Where are your false gods? If you think those gods are receiving your sacrifices, let them rise up and protect you and bring help to you.”
In Psalm 50:7-10, God told the children of Israel that He would not reprove them for the sacrifices and burnt offerings which they continually offered to Him. Let us read from this Psalm and we will see that the Father never reproved them for offering them, yet never wanted the sacrifices.
“Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God. 8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me. 9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds. 10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.” KJV
He was simply saying to them: “I speak your language, and I will meet you at your level. If you want to offer an offering to me and you think it will do you good to offer the blood of bulls and goats, go ahead and do it.” At one time they offered human sacrifices, and then later Moses started the law of animal sacrifices. God was biding His time until Hebrews 10 where it states, “A body has Thou prepared for Me.” Jesus became the sacrifice for man, but not to appease an angry God. Jesus was the first sacrifice that was not for some sort of a god. And the sacrifice of Jesus was not for God either, only for man. Of course, the people that offered the sacrifices in the old order of the law THOUGHT they were offering them unto God, but He said, “I have no need of a bull from your stall or goats from your pen. I know you did it out of a good heart, and you think that it is worship, but that is not what I desire or require.”
In the faith realm we would read Psalm 50:10, “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills,” and we thought it was telling us that God would give us anything we wanted if we gave unto Him. We had the idea that ‘God owns all the gold and silver in the earth, so He can give us anything we want’. However, what He was really saying was, “If I were into killing animals and drinking their blood, all the cattle of the earth are mine, so I could eat one anytime I wanted to, but I am not into that. If I was hungry or thirsty, I would not tell you to provide me drink or meat. I do not need you to give me anything because I already own it all.”
Psalm 50:11-21 reads, “I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. 13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: 15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. 16 But unto the wicked (rest-less) God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? 17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. 18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. 19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. 20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son. 21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes [Italics mine].”
What the children of Israel were doing was behaving exactly like the pagan nations. They thought that as long, as there was blood on the altar, they could treat their family and neighbors any way they wanted too. They thought that if they offered a sacrifice everything was fine. That is the issue here, the proof of our heart being true, is how we are treating our family, friends and others around us. That is what interests our Father. Jesus came to reveal the heart of the Father. First, he wanted us to see that we were never separate from Him. Secondly, he wanted us to see that the real sacrifice is laying your life down for your brethren. And the greatest way we can lay down our life for our brethren is to look through the appearance realm of flesh and see them complete, whole and full of the glory of God.
He said to the children of Israel and to us as well, “I do not want your blood, your sacrifice, your money or anything else you give to try to appease me. I only want you to treat people right and live out of my life and nature.” He is not after any sacrifice or offering. He only allowed them to do that because that was where they were in their understanding; and until they grew in the understanding that they never were separate from God, He asked, “What good are your sacrifices unto me? I am fed up with the burnt offerings, of Rams and the fat of the beasts. I delight not in the blood of bullocks and the lambs or she goats.” Does that sound as if God wanted these sacrifices, or that He had appeasement that needed to be satisfied? Absolutely not! Did those sacrifices bless them? Absolutely not! He said, “I am full of it!” They would say, “But Moses’ law prescribed it.” Still he said, “I am full of it! I did not need them nor ever want them.”
We can say the same thing concerning the sacrifice of Jesus. Father God did not need it, man needed it. What is the context of what God said in Isaiah 50? We can find the answer in Isaiah 1:11.
“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.”
We find the full context in verses 16-17.
“Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil (restlessness) of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow KJV [Italics mine]”.
He is replying, “I just want you to learn how to treat people. No matter how many sacrifices you offer Me, I want you to learn how to manifest my life towards others.” When we are really in tune with the fact that we were never separate from Him, and that He first loved us, we will treat people right. We must understand that He first loved us, and then allow the love of the Father to flood our awareness. When that revelation is quickened unto us, Christ will love in, through and as us.
We find an interesting exhortation in Isaiah 1:11 which states, “Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.” To whom is He talking to there? He is talking to Israel, and He calls the leaders by the name Sodom and Gomorrah. Why would He call them that? When we think of Sodom and Gomorrah we have thought of homosexuals and have believed that God burned them all. We thought that God rained down fire and brimstone on them. God did not destroy the people of Sodom and Gomorrah; they destroyed themselves because of their own vanity. Again, to whom did God give dominion? He gave dominion to man. He told Adam to have dominion, subdue and multiply. A good example would be as we have dominion in our own home. We enjoy our home and we possess all that is in our home. We do not fight to enjoy our freedom in our home. He instructed man to enjoy the perfect environment that He created for him. He has said the same thing to us through Jesus, yet we continue to ask God to bless us and rescue us from the mess that goes on in the sense realm. We see things in a mess, but rather than seeing the end from the beginning, which brings everything into divine alignment, we often choose to walk by sight rather than faith.
When the storms came up while Jesus was asleep in the ship, He first spoke peace to the disciples. Why? Their fear projected that storm. If man is not scientifically controlling the weather patterns today, he surely is by negativity and a sense of separation. God does not send earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, wild fires, terrorist attacks or destruction in any form. Who does that? Man, projects that.
It is man acting out of a false awareness and sense of identity (mark-missing) which causes a lot of his problems. If one goes out and lives a false life of immorality, drives drunk, is on drugs, robs a bank, commits immoral sexual acts and has affairs, there are consequences to those actions, but they are not judgment or punishment from God. One of the biggest consequences the offender will experience is to believe the lie that they are separated from God. The truth is that God gave man dominion, yet we have blamed things on our Father that we ourselves have projected out onto our experience. The Scripture says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” or, so is his experience.
We must realize when there is something out of order in the realm of appearance it is because there is something out of order in the individual awareness. Jesus said it plainly, “It is not that which is without that defiles a man, but it is that which is from within.”
Now back to Sodom and Gomorrah. Why were they destroyed? We discover the answer in Ezekiel 16:49-50, “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore, I took them away as I saw.” KJV
What He was really conveying is that the real condition and reason that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed was because of what was in their own consciousness. He said the same thing here about what they did not do, that was said in Psalms 50 concerning the sacrifices and offerings, “I do not want that; I want you to learn how to treat people.” Therefore, the mark missing (sin) of Sodom and Gomorrah was not the detestable things we would think that people do in the outward realm. What brought consequences was the thing that was going on in their consciousness which was, “pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. They were haughty and committed abomination before me.” They created their own situation of destruction. We know that as we read the various versions of the Bible that it sounds like God did these acts of destruction. That is not true. Many of these are an ‘antithesis’, meaning man’s ways became the opposite of God’s intention. The people went against His desires, thoughts and will for them. An example of this is that God through Isaiah’s writings said, “I formed the light and create the darkness.” That is an antithesis. God did not create the darkness; there is no darkness in Him. There is only light in our Creator. He IS light. But man took the light and corrupted it into darkness in his awareness. This is exactly what we see in various texts of Scripture which we are studying. For example, the correct meaning of the words ‘perish’ and ‘unsaved’ is that one is not walking in the realization of their Oneness with God. They have separated themselves from the experience of the Life of God within. The words ‘perish’ and ‘unsaved’ speak of those not experiencing the abundant life which Jesus revealed through the Cross.
In the Hebrew, the word that is used for the word ‘perish’ is ‘abad’, meaning to wander away and lose oneself. In the New Testament Greek, it is olethros, meaning to ruin, and then oligopistos, meaning to lack confidence (in Christ who dwells in you), and of having little faith. These meanings are all a result of living with a false identity. Most preach the word ‘perish’ as dying or being in conscious eternal torment.
Amos 5:21-24 records, “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. 22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.”
God allowed the people to do what they wanted to do for a time. However, He wanted them to come to the place where they were no longer offering sacrifices.
Verses 23-24 read, “Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy vows (foolishness). 24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
The people were missing the point as many do today, by their desire to ‘try’ and please God. As long as the people did something that had to do with blood, they thought they were appeasing and pleasing God. In like manner many religions of this age propagate a message that people must ‘do’ something to PLEASE God, or to become more LIKE God, or to get more FROM God. It is a vicious circle of religiosity.
The entire thing that God was after was that man would learn how to respect and treat people and minister to the poor and needy by showing them who they are in Christ Jesus. It is not always the giving of clothing or money; but we must teach people who they are, and help them learn how to live out of the Christ life. We are very much involved in giving to the poor and needy naturally, as the Spirit leads, but people have a desperate need to know who they are as anointed Sons of God.
Let us revisit Hebrews Chapter 10 as we close out this chapter of the book.
“In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither had pleasure therein; which are offered by the law.”
When the children of Israel were at the height of their offerings of the blood of bulls and goats and other animals, one of David’s choir leaders and writer of Psalm 50 had the audacity to say, “God did not want that, He hates it, and He is full of it.” We pointed out in Isaiah 53 that God was not satisfied with man who was travailing and suffering – He had His fill of it, which is what the correct wording is, rather than ‘being satisfied’ with what Jesus did at the Cross. God was meeting mankind at their level until, in the fullness of time, Jesus Christ would be brought forth, born of a Virgin, and then the world would be reconciled unto Him. Nonetheless, it had nothing to do with appeasing God or satisfying His perceived anger. It all had to do with Jesus revealing the true character of the love of God to mankind. God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world. He was in Christ Jesus revealing His heart to people who thought they were separate from Him. It is the same as what God told Adam in the garden, “Who told you that you were (naked) separate from me?” Likewise, we must make it clear to all that what they retain in their consciousness will become their experience. Therefore, because men believed they were in Adam, they acted out of that Adamic sense of life. That is why Jesus Christ came to reveal that we were never separate from Him and that He was never angry with man.
Hebrews 10:9-10 records, “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
What was the ‘first’ that was taken? It was the sacrifices and blood that they offered during the Old Covenant as a result, of their false perception of needing to appease an angry God. By establishing the second, He is uncoupling the first from the second. He is saying the second has nothing in similarity to the first of shedding the blood of bulls and goats.
They thought they were appeasing an angry God and getting God to bless them because of all of the sacrifices they offered. But He is saying that this second has no relationship whatsoever with the first. Jesus did not go to the Cross to appease God or to give God something so that He would no longer by angry with man. God never needed appeasement, because He was never angry. The only need was for the perfect sacrifice to go to the Cross to reveal what was true all along. The problem is, that we simply did not know the truth. Therefore, Jesus became the Federal Head and identified with humanity’s confusion. He identified with man’s erroneous thinking. Jesus took into Himself the false awareness that we ever had a degenerate corrupted nature. He identified with confusion and our sense of separation, and man’s false concept in thinking God was a vengeful God. A great picture of this would be the parable of the prodigal son. The father never separated himself from the son. The son left the father, but he was still the son after he left. Inwardly, the father never separated from the son. The son separated HIMSELF from his source, the father, and wanted to do things on his own. The father always stayed connected to the son inwardly.
Matthew, the disciple of Jesus possessed an understanding of Jesus’ work being the need of man, and not the need of our Father. He wrote in Matthew 20:28, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a ransom for all (not many- Italics mine).”
He gave his life to man and in so doing He revealed the love of the Father which always existed. Just as the father of the prodigal, His love never ended.
Mark, another disciple of Jesus possessed this same understanding. He wrote in his book in Chapter 10 verse 45, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for all.”
In the first letter from the Apostle Paul to Timothy, he wrote speaking of Jesus, “Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time [I Timothy 2:6].”
We must know Jesus did not give His life to appease God. He gave his life to us. In like manner, there is no need for us to give our life to appease God, we simply give our life to love and be a blessing to our brethren.
The Scripture says, “The life of the flesh is in the blood.” God did not need the blood. Some will say, “The Scripture records that “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.” It does not say that, but we read that into it. That Scripture in Hebrews is referring to the law. Jesus took into Himself (the bitter cup) every bit of what was veiled from man. The only reason there is a ‘sense of lack’ in any area of life is because as Paul wrote, we do not know who we are. The majority today do not realize who they are in and as Christ. Consequently, “For this cause, all experience weakness, sickness and die needlessly [I Corinthians 11:30].”
Most of the Church today continues to believe in Penal Substitution Atonement. However, that belief is changing. By redefining the Cross in our understanding, we are awakening to the Truth. It is producing a great paradigm shift as we realize that our Father has never been mad. The problem is that people have ‘felt’ that He was mad at them; and that idea comes from people whose understanding is derived from sensory awareness (2) and not from Spirit consciousness. For much of our life we have walked by sight and feelings, rather than by faith and knowing. The Scripture states that, “Without faith in what Jesus did, one cannot AGREE (KJV uses the word ‘please’) with God.” This is not referring to faith in what a person can ‘get’ God to do, but in realizing what is already done.
Recently a person posted on face book stating, “The Cross of Calvary did nothing to us or for us.” Certainly, it did nothing for God, He remains the same, but it did something to and for man’s awareness. When we believe this and see that He gave His life to reveal the heart of the Father, and we see that we were never separate from Him, it changes everything. Our Father is love, and nothing can come from Him except love. We needed the heart of the Father revealed to us. We need to consistently hear what God told Adam when he partook of and descended into a lower realm of awareness, thinking that he was naked or void of the life of God. Whenever we hear things that are contrary to the Truth of the Gospel we need to ask ourselves: “Who told me that?” Sadly, not enough people have heard the truthful Gospel within themselves. God did not punish Adam; Adam experienced the consequence of his wrong choice. WE, who have been given authority, have more to do and say in every matter of our life than what we realize. Why? We possess full dominion in this earth. We are the awareness changers if we will declare the end from the beginning. Despite appearances, we must stand still and know the whole earth is full of God’s life, light and glory. And the bottom line is that nothing needs to change, it only needs to BE what it already IS, as the Creator created it. How can we become what we already are? You cannot change and become what you are already. We are Christ in the earth and our only desire is to express the Truth!
Scripture – Greek – Hebrew References for Chapter 1
Isa 53: 4 Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. KJV
Isa 2:22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of. KJV
2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. KJV
Sin: Greek NT: 264 GREEK hamartano (ham-ar-tan'-o); perhaps from NT: 1 (as a negative particle) and the base of NT:3313; properly, to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), i.e. (figuratively) to err, especially (morally) to sin: (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
HEBREW OT: 4886 mashach (maw-shakh'); a primitive root; to rub with oil, i.e. to anoint; by implication, to consecrate:
Greek number 3878 parakouo
Greek Hebrews Hebrew’s 2:14 Destroy him (the death estate of humankind) that had the power of death - NT:2673 katargeo (kat-arg-eh'-o); from NT:2596 and NT:691; to be (render) entirely idle (useless), literally or figuratively: KJV - abolish, cease, cumber, deliver, destroy, do away, become (make) of no (none, without) effect, fail, loose, bring (come) to nought, put away (down), vanish away, make void.
Psalm 28:5; Isaiah 5:12; Colossians 2:12 – Operation or hands of God, meaning the Redemptive work of Jesus Christ, and those used to explain it.