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THE NEW COVENANT

[Content in brackets and italics are my humble thoughts, not out of Hebrews or other scripture.]

COVENANT AND GOSPEL

[The following content is practically all scripture from Hebrews Chapters 9-13. The whole book of Hebrews is a blessing to read. I believe it is more for Jews God is calling to himself. He came for the Jews first and then the Gentiles. Because the Jews largely rejected the gospel of grace. Chapters 1-8 describes the old law, the tabernacle, The High Priest, The sacrifice and the faith of the many righteous men and women of the Old Covenant.]

REVIVAL OF THE NE W TESTAMENT CHURCH
BEGINS HERE.

[The New Covenant is explained in such detail here, that anyone who knows just partially about the Life of Christ, this could fill in the completion of the New Testament, The New Covenant that us Gentile Christians should follow and live and breathe. Putting aside the old Covenant until we learn new life, holiness, love, worship, and power of the New. We Christians have been blinded as the Jews were blinded.]

The Two Covenants
The New Covenant

[Please take time to read all of Hebrews 9-13, while this lesson is fresh in your mind. I want you to overflow with joy as it has done for me)

Jesus, High Priest of a Better Covenant (7:28)

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, (8:9)

“I will put my laws into their minds, and i write them on their hearts” 8:10

[Christians of the new covenant of Christ, sealed with the power of the Holy Spirit, will know the laws of God. Written in our minds and hearts. It is unnecessary to study volumes of scripture or have Priest, Bishops, and teachers. It is with us, within the Holy Spirit.]

[Forgiven, Forgiven, Forever, For Us Who Know Him]

“…for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” (8:11-12)

Only One Covenant Now

“In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete.” (8:13)

But when Christ appeared as a high priest (9:11)

“the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation” (9:11) nt

The Better Tabernacle

[Moses was given instructions for building the first Tabernacle, but our new Tabernacle is with God and Jesus is the High Priest. The Greatest Tabernacle.]

Do Not Harden Your Hearts as the Jews did

 [How could Jews not be cut deeply by these revelations, except the hardening of their hearts. For this was the beginning of the time of the Gentiles. Once this is fulfilled, God will fulfil his promises and Covenant with the Jews. Don’t hesitate, I believe that time approaches quickly.]

The Redeemer

“Therefore, he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.” (9:15)

“he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (9:26)

The Blood Sacrifice

“Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” (9:28)

““Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (10:9-10)

No Other Priest Required – Jesus is our High Priest

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” (10:16)

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” (10:17)

The New Church Must be United through Love
Fellowship of Love and Compassion

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (10:24)

[THIS IS THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH IN ACTION. THIS IS OUR BLUEPRINT FOR REVIVAL OF THE NEW CHURCH!]

[TO be continued beginning with Hebrews 11 plus]

By James Kirk-Wiggins ©, Aug 18, 2019

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Do YOU measure up?

Often Our Worse Accuser is Ourselves

Our Sites New Symbol. It represents Three Circles. Father, Son, Holy Spirit

“a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.” (2 Cor. 12, Apostle Paul)

OUR THORN

God takes us just as we are, thorns and all. The devil would hope the thorns in your flesh would discourage you and separate you from God. But Paul’s reaction;

Boasting in His Weakness

He calls his thorn a “weakness”. We all have weaknesses, thorns in our flesh. I do, and you do. But Christ is always there, Christ said to Paul his grace was sufficient for you. The power of Christ rest on Paul due to his weakness, so in this he can boast.

The Strength of Christ Rest on Us

All we require is faith, he is now our High Priest, praying for us, with the power to redeem. When we feel the finger of accusation saying to us “Sinner, you will never overcome your sin.” We are then blessed by the strength of Christ resting upon us, ready to forgive us as we repent. In strength of Christ the chains fall behind us. We are in Christ, we cast our burdens to the Holy Spirit. “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.(Mt.13:13)

On the Cross Jesus Wore a Crown of Thorns

There lay the source of our Faith, and his strength in our weaknesses.  is in the words of Christ, his promises to us. So many wonderful promises of his gifts, forgiveness, new life, intercession. So many, these are where our faith rest, and the source of our victory and joy. On the cross Jesus wore a crown of thorns.

A Crown of Thorns

by James Kirk-Wiggins, (c) Aug 18, 2019

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Just War theory and Jesus

“I give you the gift of peace. In the same way the Father sent Me, I am now sending you.” (john 20,21)

Luke 6:27-31
“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Romans 12:17-18 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

Augustine admonished that Christians, “by divine edict, have no choice but to subject themselves to their political masters and [should] seek to ensure that they execute their war-fighting duty as justly as possible.”[

Who’s Prayers Does The God of Abraham Hear?
James 1:27 “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
Blessed Are The Peacemakers, For They Will See God

As a New Testament Christian, I don’t use quotes in the Old Testament on violence and war. We are free of the law and prophets by the  grace of Jesus.  (See Hebrews)

All was fulfilled when Jesus died for our sins. We are under a New covenant.

None of the pictures shown are my property. This is a non-commercial site. If you reuse  these pictures remember this. I do salute the photographers and artist who took these amazing and touching pictures. God bless you each.

We will discuss pacifism, just war, greater in a future blog. Consider what you see.

God Bless Us With Peace,

James Kirk-Wiggins

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Wrestling With God

The 2nd edition of my Flash Non-Fiction ebook is up on Amazon. “Wrestling With God” by James Wiggins.

It’s free for Kindle Unlimited readers, and qualifies for the loan program. The listed price is $2.99. The Amazon editor recommended $2.99 to $9.99. There was a lot of information about tax, VAT (Value Added Tax), and I wanted to put it up for $1.00 but was unsure how that would work out. My friends and family on my Facebook page have already had an opportunity to read this in two post. But believe it or not, I did much editing since that was posted.

If you don’t have the Kindle app you can get it HERE.

This was my first attempt to publish anything, there is a learning curve. I do apologize for the errors in the ebook. Nevertheless, enjoy it and let me hear your suggestions. There is no need to suggest editing or grammatical errors unless you got the second edition.

God bless, James Kirk-Wiggins

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REVIVAL

SING PRAYERFULLY FOR AMERICA

Lauren Daigle – My Revival
You Are Not Of This World

1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world.

PRAY: END THE VIOLENCE AND HATE IN AMERICA NOW

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
REVIVE US O’ LORD!

Let us be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Revive US Lord.

Jim Kirk-Wiggins, Aug. 6, 2019

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CHRISTIANS CAUSE VIOLENCE

I previously operated a Blog called the Americanist and a Peace Blog, after various mass or school shootings, I often had various articles on violence. I will only briefly address this, the 90% controlled news media is already destroying all rationality over the recent shootings last week (Aug. 5 2019).

Why has America been involved in some type of war, large and small, almost every year since 1776? (Wikipedia) Why do males prefer violent films and sports over females in overwhelming percentages. Why do males remember more about violent films than females. Why do males go to prison for violent crimes, commit violent crimes, in very large percentages over females. Why are us American males addicted to violence in our culture? “The answer my friend is blowing in the wind….”

Christians Can Greatly Reduce American Violence

The last census stated 70% of Americans claimed to identify themselves as Christians. That 70% is reducing quickly, especially among those who are 30 and under. DO SOMETHING!

Many Christians Wouldn’t be Identified By Co-Workers as Being Devout

Not all, we all know people who at work have religious literature on their desk, made religious comments often. “Thank you Jesus!” Of course this doesn’t mean their life is filled with Christ. Many Christians lives ARE filled with Christ, many aren’t. Why?

The Church Has Changed, We Have Lost Something
The Early Church

My first three blogs, concentrated on the differences between the early Church and the contemporary one. And not for the better. Why? We do not follow Jesus. We are not led by the Holy Spirit. Our worship services, and churches are not based on the New Testament. Our Ministers and Priest do not teach living in the spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, as taught in the New Testament. This was the purpose of the earlier Blogs.

Where Is The Holy Spirit In Our Lives?

Backing up some, many people don’t fit the pitfalls I am discussing.

Many of us believe the Holy Spirit is within when you profess faith in Christ. However in reading the New Testaments, there appears throughout different levels either available to some or that individuals are able to call on. Below Paul is addressing and praying for the Ephesians on being filled with the Holy Spirit. Look closely on the how and the results.

ACTS 3:14

For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lords holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, [HIS LOVE IS 3 DIMENTIONAL] 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge [IS UNBELIEVABLY SO]—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God . 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

The Highlights

Pray

Strengthened with power ….in your inner being

Christ dwells in your hearts through faith

Rooted and established in love

Power together with all Gods people…

…know how high, deep, surpasses understanding is Christ love.

…Filled with…all the fullness of God.

Is This You?
The Holy Spirit Descending As a Dove

This describes a Christian filled with the Holy Spirit. You do want this to be you, right? Don’t you? You may not, because you may feel you have to give up too much, or you are unable to meet the standard. The standard is Christ loves you, remember the cross, he promised to fill you and never leave you. He has already forgiven your sins, repent, pray and for help and carry on. Repeat as necessary. But don’t give up, really try behavior modification, he’s there, faith!

I believe the big thing in many, is what you have to give up, you don’t want to stand out. Be like them who stand at the flag poll, or always talk about Jesus. Is it worth it? Re-read Ephesians 3:14-21. And think again. Read it again and highlight in you heart the things I highlighted. Pray as Paul did for the Ephesians, but for yourself in your own words. God will bless you, and be filled with all the fullness of God.

“THEY WILL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY OUR LOVE”

Jim Kirk-Wiggins, August 5, 2018

Why “DYSTOPIAN” Church?

Jesus Christ, Leader of the first Church, the Church of Today, and Forever. AMEN!

What is the definition of Dystopian? Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization,tyrannical governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. (Wikipedia – Dystopia)

Many recent popular movies and books are classified Dystopian.

The above are three very popular movies and books. In these stories they were all imagining an oppressive or a society that lost the good things of the past, in some future time.

The first blog entry was a description of the early church. If the early Christians looked toward the future of the church to the year 2019. What they would see is a dystopian future. It’s a dystopia in reverse, unless you were a time traveler from 150 AD to 2019.

Read again the “Letter to Diogenes”, describing the Early Church. How would you say that compares to the typical Christian Church, and the Christians of 2019. I’m not condemning anyone, but introspection of oneself or the institutions in our society can lead to positive change. Maybe REVIVAL!

Some of the following Blog entries will follow the rise of the Christian Church, and what some might say is the fall of it. Are we New Testament Christians, followers of the teachings of Jesus. It’s not the size of the Church, but the program, the service elements, participation, and who is leading the church. The Holy Spirit? Jesus? A Pastor with a Th.D. and six figure salary?

Notice the active participation of the Church meeting on the left. Various people spoke as led by the Holy Spirit. The Megachurch on the right is like a rock festival, watching the Rock Stars perform. Don’t get defensive on me, you have a right to. You didn’t make the contemporary church into a theatre or concert. You may have been trying your best to live as the Word teaches, as the Pastor and deacons counsel you. Look through Acts and the Church described there. And just think about how our church would look Dystopian to the early Christians.

Next Blog we’ll start breaking down some of the early pitfalls. The need to move back toward the early Church and the teachings of Jesus.

Peace,

Jim Kirk-Wiggins Aug 2, 2019

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The Early Church

A Description

THE LETTER TO DIOGNETUS

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.

— Galatians 2:20 – The New Testament

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The Epistle To Diogene’s

CHAPTER 1

1:1 Since I see, most excellent Diogenes’s, that thou art exceedingly anxious to understand the religion of the Christians, and that thy enquiries respecting they are distinctly and carefully made, as to what God they
trust and how they worship Him, that they all
disregard the world and despise death, and take no account of those who are regarded as gods by the Greeks, neither observe the superstition of the Jews,and as to the nature

of the affection which they entertain one to another, and of this new development or interest, which has entered into men’s lives now
and not before: I gladly welcome this zeal in thee, and I ask of God, Who supplieth both the speaking and the hearing to us, that it may be granted to myself to speak in such a way that thou mayest be made better by the hearing, and to thee that thou mayest so listen that I the speaker may not be disappointed.

The entire letter can be read here. It consist of 12 parts.

In the above short description of the Christian Church about (130-200 AD), how would you say this compares to the church today? In my next entry I will discuss my feelings on this.

Peace, James Kirk-Wiggins

 

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