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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jesus, El Capitan


We have a Cornerstone that we must fall on. As His Father’s representative, Jesus is a Prince, the Lawgiver and our Law enforcement Officer. Jesus will not break or budge; we must budge and break ―an impossible work for sinners to accomplish. We must be broken beyond any hope of our repairing ourselves, and then He will bind us up. He that loses his life will find his life. As His Father’s designated intercessor, Jesus is our Saviour and merciful Messiah and Advocate, our great Physician who never lost a case. Our stumbling Stone is set for the fall and rising again of many in Protestantism (see Luke 2:34).

Like Paul described in Romans 7, many have already cooperated with Jesus by standing before His piercing testimony until their sins have become exceedingly sinful. Now, what they need is tenderness and peace; and each humbled one qualifies for it. Therefore, Jesus will cooperate with them to get His peace by bringing them to surrender to His mercy. “He that putteth his trust in Me shall possess the land, and shall inherit My holy mountain” (Isa. 57:13).

They can receive His surrender by looking at Jesus, studying Him, thoroughly searching out the Law and grace which He displays in Himself from every page of the Volume that He wrote for us. We can also find Him in the books of nature, working with our hands, and our experiences of life. We further develop this cooperation with Jesus by serving with Him; that is, helping others to have confidence in His promises, by undoing their heavy burdens, and letting the oppressed go free. Only thus can His Spirit lead us to abandon our angry fighting from hearts naturally filled with scorpion poison (see Ephesians 2:3; Romans 3:13, 14; 2 Peter 1:5-8).

When the Spirit helps us see Jesus in the written page, then will our “light break forth as the morning” (Isa. 58:8). We must see Jesus and then righteousness will appear wonderful and doable.

This is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life (John 6:40).

We would see Jesus (John 12:21).

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him (Ps. 34:8).

Search the scriptures; …they are they which testify of Me (John 5:39).

Jesus taught us that we can see Him by piecing together the collage of Himself which Old Testament individuals bore out in their lives through His divine nature. We see Him through them; for they testify of Him (see John 5:39). Rebecca’s happy exertion to help and give water to others described Jesus, the Servant of servants (see Genesis 24:18-28, 58). Go there and drink in all her beauty; it testified of Him. Drink in Jesus and the water of life that He gives. David’s love of obedient worship and thankful praise to God’s goodness showed us Jesus, the Son of David (see Psalm 63). The Gospels didn’t touch on every beautiful snapshot into Christ’s life because His Spirit was directing us to the Old Testament for them. They all testify of Him.

The pure, close union between David and Jonathan (see 1 Samuel 18:1-4) speaks volumes of the pure intimacy between the heart of Christ and everyone He ever met that includes you and me. The rich, young ruler gives a backward look to David and Jonathan when Jesus first met the princely candidate for discipleship. “Jesus beholding him loved him” (Mark 10:21). It was a perfect millennium throwback to the scene with David, (meaning, the beloved), and Jonathan (meaning, Jehovah given). The last time they would see each other, “David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded” (1 Sam. 20:41). “Jesus beholding him loved him.” Jesus’ heart was knit with this young man; but, His heart was also thrust into the grave when the ruler suddenly lost his great yearning to be a friend. If we see Jesus with faith, in His presence will be exceeding joy, and our response will be that of Jonathan. “The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul” (1 Sam. 18:1). “Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David” (1 Sam. 19:2). Jehovah having given us to the beloved Desire of all nations (see John 6:37), He will become our great delight and will show us the right path to life.

Moses’ intercession and love for a hard-hearted people who hated him, describes our heavenly High Priest (see Exodus 14:11-13; 15:24, 25; 16:1-3, 8; 17:1-4; 31:18; 32:5, 6, 11-14, 30-32; Numbers 11:1-3; 12:1, 9-13; 14:1-5, 10, 11-20; 16:1-5, 41-48; 20:1-11). And, Christ’s steadfast obedience was like Moses’, but infinitely greater (see Deuteronomy 18:18; Numbers 12:7; Hebrews 3:1-3). Elisha’s initial humbling of Naaman before his healing and conversion and his later gracious treatment toward Naaman prefigured the great Physician. Thus, with a new heart to have no interest in idolatry, in a pagan temple Naaman could be of service as a missionary to his beloved master (see 2 Kings 5:10-19, cf Isaiah 11:4, 5). Elisha there showed us the wisdom and the Holy Spirit power of our generous Lawgiver and Lord, Jesus.

Solomon’s depth of understanding foreshadowed the Master Teacher and the revival that sprung up around Him. “He spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five. And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes. And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom” (1 Ki. 4:32-34, cf Matt. 13:34). “The queen of the south…came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here” (Matt. 12:42).

Jonah’s amazingly effective preaching mimicked the even more superior preaching of Christ. “The men of Nineveh…repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here” (Matt. 12:41). The physical strength and lightning quick agility of Samson speaks of One spiritually more agile and stronger than Samson was physically, who could intercept every wily trap of Satan and throw around the whole host of wickedness hip and thigh, overcoming their storms and death. We also see Jesus in every little lamb with upward looking eyes longing for attention, and tight mouth yearning to be kissed. The loving animals were a shadow of Jesus and of His good things to come (see Isaiah 53:2, 7; Hebrews 10:1).

We see Jesus in them all, because they were His workmanship. The work declares its maker; and the house gives glory to the builder/owner of the house (see Hebrews 3:3-6). Everyone finds happiness and peace who see the collage of Jesus in the Old and New Testament, and they rest in His gracious righteousness. They find salvation, the illusive fountain of life. (See John 6:40; 15:7, 8; 4:14; Psalm 42:2; 16:8-11.)

For whoso findeth Me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD (Prov. 8:35).

But, they must search through both the Old and New Laws (see Isaiah 42:4) to find Him, for He is everywhere in the Book. He ever lived out every word that He put in the Law of God. Humbled by His beautiful example and His profound, authoritative expression of the Law, new life surges in their conscience and they receive power to imitate Him. His Father’s Law becomes their delight. Jesus’ life and death have reconciled them to God.

Joyful was Jesus because He walked not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the scornful.
But His delight was in His Father’s Law; and in His Law did He meditate day and night.
Jesus was like a tree planted by the rivers of water, and brought forth fruit in His season; His leaf also did not wither; and whatsoever He did prospered.
The ungodly and demons were not so: but were like the chaff which His Spirit drove away.
Therefore the ungodly could not stand before His judgments, nor the devils in the congregation of His disciples.
For the LORD knew the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly perished.

I am joyful because I walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful.
But My delight is in My Father’s Law; and in His Law do I meditate day and night.
I am like a tree planted by the rivers of water, and bring forth My fruit in its season; My leaf also does not wither; and whatsoever I do prospers.
The ungodly and demons are not so: but are like the chaff which My Spirit drives away.
Therefore the ungodly cannot stand before My judgments, nor the devils in the congregation of My disciples.
For I know the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (See Psalm 1.)

Jesus suffered long, and still was kind.
Jesus envied not.
Jesus exalted not Himself, He was not puffed up.
He did not behave Himself unseemly, He sought not His own.
Jesus was not easily provoked, He thought no evil.
He rejoiced not in iniquity, but rejoiced in the truth;
He bore every burden, believed every sorrowing soul, hoped for every sinner, endured every one of our sins and shortcomings.
Jesus never failed.

As our High Priest, Jesus suffers long, and still is kind.
Jesus envies not.
Jesus exalts not Himself, He is not puffed up.
He does not behave Himself unseemly, He seeks not His own.
Jesus is not easily provoked, He thinks no evil.
He rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
He bears every burden, believes every sorrowing soul, hopes for every sinner, endures every one of our sins and shortcomings.
Jesus never fails.  (See 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.)

Yes, it is charity that does the above, as Paul so taught. We have a duty to love. However, we cannot truly love without the inspiration that seeing Jesus gives us ―not only by His confirming treatment of others, but also by His expression of these wonderful actions to me as I read of them. If it hasn’t yet become natural for me to see Jesus in His Law, I must put Him there. For it all testifies of Him. Otherwise, I greatly limit the resource of His life and severely hamper my ability to know Him. I must keep His commandment to search the Book that He wrote of Himself; I must search the Word who is God. Our hearts and minds will open to new life when we seek Him who used the scriptures to reveal Himself.

Then He said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.… And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.… And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures? (Luke 24:25, 27, 31, 32).

Beholding Jesus calms me and His example of the Law converts me. But, without resting in this vision of Jesus, obedience to righteousness would be self-inspired; it would be my own work, and I can never drum up the motivation to get it right. This is the cause of Laodicea’s malaise, which afflicts Christendom today. Self-made obedience, because Jesus is not seen currently drives the church into darkness. Forced righteousness always leads to sure, automatic violence “because the law worketh wrath” (Rom. 4:15). “Until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matt. 11:12). However, getting the vision of Jesus will free us from our bondage and lack of peace with God, and give us the Latter Rain of His Spirit.

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31, 32).

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst…. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever (John 6:35, 56-58).

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on He, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (John 7:37, 38).

Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless love for the human family. All power is given into His hands, that He may dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the priceless gift of His own righteousness to the helpless human agent. This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel’s message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure Testimonies to Ministers, p. 91.

Jesus must win my heart to His life, otherwise the Law will remain only my lifeless, mundane, exhausting duty. The beauty of holiness is the epitome of drudgery if the Spirit of truth as it is in Jesus does not do it all to me, for me, in me personally. I must be standing in the crowds; I must be the recipient of His virtue, joining in the experience of those folks in the long ago. The Law is the cause of anger beyond all others, which only adds to my hopeless dilemma, if Jesus does not minister to me, as He did to the other needy people that I see all through the written word.

I [my self-dependence, my performance to do good] was alive without the law once but when the commandment came, sin [natural rebellion] revived, and I [my self-dependence, my performance to do good] died.
And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
For sin [rebellion], taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me [my self-dependence, my performance to do good]… (Rom. 7:9-11, 18).

I must put Jesus in His Law; I must see Him in every requirement of the Bible. Letters and laws and rules alone for right and wrong cannot provide enough motivation. They fail because we can’t hear any voice inflection and intonation that would indicate powerful love and kindness toward us. We don’t naturally know God and His written words don’t remind us of His love for us. And our fallen natures don’t naturally assume that the Judge is loving and kind.

Where there is no vision, the people perish (Prov. 29:18).

What we need is the Spirit of the Law which comes with seeing Christ in the Law ―the truth as it is in Jesus. In my own sinful nature, I cannot stand before God’s convicting righteousness, because my fallen nature is utterly belligerent toward an infinitely higher standard than my own, no matter Who or Where it came from.

For many years already, the strong convictions from the Law of God have shamed and humbled me. But, now as I read the Bible, Jesus offers me the unmerited privilege to be in the crowd that followed Him or David or Elisha or John the Baptist, and to experience the joy of the reprieve of simply witnessing Christ’s real, loving righteousness and love from Himself, or seen in His faithful servants. Through the divine wisdom of His gospel, Jesus has invited me to be a spectator, yes, a third party, safely watching on so that He can win my trust. As His little one, He doesn’t immediately put me to working on obeying the Law. I am looking unto Jesus and being befriended and changed into the same image; I am coming to Jesus and He is giving me rest. True obedience comes through the trust He builds in me by His Spirit in His Law. Satan knows this, so he gets me busy trying to do what the Law says without first getting that bond with Jesus as my Friend and Example.

So then with the mind [the delight in the Law of God after the inward man] I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh [my strength, self-will, my will-power] the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 7:25-8:2).

Thus, a fly on the wall, I am not threatened by His high, moral standard, as the fellowship of the love and mercy which I see in Him toward others like me, shields me from the condemnation of the requirement of His actions. I am the recipient of His earthly ministry by proxy, which acts as a giant rock overshadowing the hot condemnation from the Law which His Father wisely brings against the crowd’s sinfulness, and eventually, as He does imperceptibly and gently, against mine also. The Lord Jesus, my advocate, my protector, who comes to me through the written accounts of His love for everyone, is being my authorized defense from the fiery darts of the Father’s destructive holiness which stands determinedly opposed to sin and sinners. I can come into the Father’s presence through His Law if I have the Spirit of His Son representing Him to me. Jesus has become my shield and exceeding great reward. And I can trust the Son to represent me to His Father and broker my forgiveness and acceptance with God.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh [my strength, my rebellious self-will, my will-power], God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh [His flesh imbued with His Father’s righteousness]… (Rom. 8:3).

He who is the fullness of the Godhead manifested came here to demonstrate before our eyes all the love that His Father’s Law requires. Then, by beholding His gentle and careful way of speaking the truth we can be changed. Instead of looking at a requirement, we see the Author of the requirement in the requirement. We see One who is not pure requirement and business, but also communion, sympathy, and someone who will pray for me as He prayed for others then. Looking at a person, we see someone who we know understands us, a friend who cares about us. Our thinking becomes Jesus-centered instead of requirement-centered, which is self-centered. It becomes outward-centered rather than inward-centered. Our change enables us to look into Christ’s convicting Bible, thankful to Him and loving His wisdom and mercy to a weakened race by designing the Bible stories such that He could use the lives of others to tabernacle in our hearts. The Bible stories are the depositories of His loving presence that lives in His requirements; those recipients of His grace contained the balanced and sound example of His statutes. Their victories, which were the gift of Jesus, become ours.

All this blessedness through the Spirit of the Word rather than a long, abstract list of dos and don’ts, which too often are hit or miss guesswork by us and highly subjectively interpreted. Before the Son of God came, humanity didn’t have the new advantage that attended Him. “The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).

And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Cor. 3:13-18).

If we will see in Him such a mercy and truth antidote for sin, then we will never fear to stand before the Law as we read it in light of Jesus, whether it be the Law throughout the Bible or throughout the Spirit of prophecy. With Jesus in our sights, we will rejoice to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

My soul followeth hard after Thee: Thy right hand upholdeth me (Ps. 63:8).

His goodness and mercy will lead us to continued repentance and faith in Him; we will have a life of continual obedience. We will have obtained strength from His strength, and faith from His faith, who is the greatest authority on earth. Thus, “of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16). Following this rule, we are receiving life from His Spirit, His presence, in His Law, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus”. Liberty from Christ in the Law makes us free from the sin and death of the Law without Him. This is the faith of the saints, and their victory. Here are they that keep the faith of Jesus and the commandments of God.

…that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh [my moral prowess to interpret the Law and my will-power to keep it], but after the Spirit [Jesus’ powerful image in my heart] (Rom. 8:4).

He that keepeth the law, happy is he (Prov. 29:18).

So long as I keep putting Jesus into the precepts of His scriptures and seeing Him there, He will continually minister to me by His Spirit from His heavenly sanctuary. And as love for Jesus increasingly dawns upon my soul, His Spirit will lead me on to the mounting benefits of a sanctified life (see Proverbs 4:18). I will consistently want to keep His commandments, and happily. The warfare with temptation is under the dominion of One stronger than the devil.

I will sing unto the LORD, for He hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation: He is my God, and I will prepare Him an habitation (Ex. 15:1, 2).

In this vision of Christ, He will wash away my filth with the sea of tears that He inspires. The power of His Spirit will be initiating my decision to do as He did. My rebellious barriers drop more and more as His principles efficiently enter my conscience.

Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of Me (Ps. 40:7, 8).

My will blends into His, like the toddler who watches everything its parent does (see John 5:19). As we see Jesus living out the Law and the Spirit of Prophecy, the sight of His right doing, in love for His Father and for us, brings calm to our unrest. We have a peace that passes all comprehension. The Law of love comes alive with pure goodness as we can see Jesus in the Law everywhere, and because He has liberated us from our own works to keep it. Then we repair our souls at the fountain of the holy Bible; we hang our helpless souls on Him.

1)
Jesus was happy and undefiled, because He walked in the law of His LORD.
He was joyful because He kept His Father’s testimonies, and sought His Father with His whole heart.
He did no iniquity: He walked in His Father’s ways.
Jesus prayed, “Thou hast commanded us to keep Thy precepts diligently.
O that My ways were directed to keep Thy statutes!
Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all Thy commandments.
I will praise Thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned Thy righteous judgments.
I will keep Thy statutes: O forsake Me not utterly.”

2)
Jesus’ Father was the LORD His God, who kept Him out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage to sin.
Jesus had no other elohim before His Elohim.
Jesus did not make for Himself any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: He did not bow down Himself to them, nor serve them.
Jesus did not take the name of Jehovah His God in vain; for His Father would not have held Him guiltless if He had ever taken His name in vain.
Jesus remembered the Sabbath day, and kept it holy. Six days did He labor, and do all His work: but the seventh day was the Sabbath of Jehovah His God: in it He did not do any work, neither He, nor His disciples, nor the multitudes that followed Him.
Jesus honored Joseph and Mary: that His days might be long upon the land which Jehovah His Father gave Him.
Jesus did not kill.
He did not commit adultery.
He did not steal.
Jesus did not bear false witness against His neighbor.
He did not covet anyone’s house, anyone’s wife, nor their wealth, nor their material things and possessions, nor anything that was His neighbor’s.

3)
Christ loved God His Father with all His heart, and with all His soul, and with all His might.
And the scriptures were always in His heart:
He taught them diligently to His disciples, and spoke of them when they sat in a house, and when they walked by the way, and before they laid down, and when they rose up.
And He bound them for a sign upon His hand, and they were as frontlets between His eyes.

4)
Jesus did no unrighteousness in judgment: He did not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness did He judge His neighbor. He never went up and down as a talebearer among His people: neither did He stand against the blood of His neighbor: His Father was Jehovah. Jesus loved everyone too much to allow their sin to destroy them: so, in every case He spoke the truth in love. He did not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of His people, but He loved them as Himself: He never forgot the holiness of Jehovah His Father.

5)
On the cross, Jesus felt like a worm, and not a man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
All they that saw Him laughed Him to scorn: they shot out their lip, they shook their head, saying,
He trusted on the LORD that He would deliver Him: let Him deliver Him, seeing He delighted in Him.
But, Jesus prayed to His Father, “Thou art He that took Me out of the womb: Thou didst make Me hope when I was upon My mother’s breasts.
I was cast upon Thee from the womb: Thou art My God from My mother’s belly.
Be not far from Me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
Powerful people encompass Me: hateful priests and Pharisees have beset Me round.
They gape upon Me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint: My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My bowels.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and My tongue cleaveth to My jaws; and Thou hast brought Me into the dust of death.
For dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet.
I can see all My bones: they look and stare upon Me.
They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture.
But be not Thou far from Me , O LORD: O My strength, haste Thee to help Me.
Deliver My soul from the sword; My soul from the power of the dog.
Save Me from the lion’s mouth: for Thou hast heard Me from the horns of the unicorns.
I will declare Thy name unto My brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise Thee.
Ye that fear My Father, praise Him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and fear Him, all ye the seed of Israel.
For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath He hid His face from Him; but when He cried unto Him, He heard.
My praise shall be of Thee in the great congregation: I will pay My vows before them that fear Him.”
1) Psalm 119:1-8  2) Exodus 20:2-17  3) Deuteronomy 6:5-8  4) Leviticus 19:15-18  5) Psalm 22:6-25.

In mercy to us Christ has given us everything we need to love Him. By His Spirit, we are enabled to answer and accomplish the question, “WWJD?” And, just what would Jesus do? He would do His Father’s Law; Jesus would exemplify the goodness that He requires from His children. WWJD? “A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench: He shall bring forth judgment unto truth…and the isles shall wait for His Law” (Isa. 42:3, 4).

What do we see when we look at Jesus? The stone hard Law of God residing in warm human flesh. We see a person perfected in all respects, holy and just and good. He was the righteousness of His God incorporated in man, God justified in the flesh. Together with God and with no need for an intercessor, Jesus has cooperated in the work of perfection, His Father being His only teacher. He is not only sealed in His forehead, He is sealed from the crown of His head to the soles of His feet. As solid as the great El Capitan, like a boulder broken off of a Mt. Everest, has He ever been secure and obedient to His Father. And we can partake of His moral strength by having our conscience and will justified, sanctified, and petrified in loyalty to God and to His commandments “by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning” (Isa. 4:4). By the Spirit of Christ in His words, we can be sealed by His same conviction, which comes from seeing the Anointed One.

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