What Did Jesus Really Mean About Abiding In Him?

Posted in Blog Entry on August 1st, 2016 by James Barron – 1 Comment

Jesus said, “If you abide in Me and my words abide in you, you will bear much fruit.”

“Bearing much fruit” is a description of a life that is not merely surviving or barely existing, but rather a life abounding with supernatural favor and manifest blessing, in spite of an evil world. It is a life that people are drawn to. And when they come into contact with that life they will see something they have never seen before about God.

Think of “abiding in Jesus and His words abiding in us” as really meaning “a conscious and continuous awareness and belief of another reality.” That is what Jesus is saying. He came to bring us the Kingdom of God!

Many believers only visit this new place in Him from time to time but few believers live there. They will go to heaven when their bodies die but heaven was never their home here on earth, just a place to take a vacation. Most believers live their lives on earth outside the warmth and wonder of their real home in Christ. They are in Him, they just don’t experience Him like He desires. He stands at the door and knocks and, if they will believe He is as good as He says He is, He will show them His reality experientially, and sit down and break bread with them. He will tell them their new name.

We must be purposeful and determined to keep our eyes on this unseen wonder. His name is Jesus. Not purposeful and determined to do good deeds, but rather purposeful and determined to “see!” To see Him. The good deeds will follow.

The passive and lazy believer will be swept away in the flood from the dragon’s mouth. They will be deceived and begin calling good what Jesus calls evil. They will cause many to stumble. They will bear little fruit.

This is the essence of the fight of faith. The good fight. The armor we clothe ourselves with, as Paul taught, is in essence a revelation of Jesus and the new realm He has brought to us and placed in us. We exist in hostile territory here on earth but the new world has already come to us in the Spirit. His glorious new world.

This is why the mind set on the things of the Spirit bring life and peace. This is why all the apostles taught us to look to the unseen reality in Jesus. This is why we can overcome all things in this world. This is why we have such hope and joy unspeakable. This is why people are attracted to those who abide in Jesus and have His words abiding in them. They come to see and hear of this new world within the believer. They come to see Him. And when you see Him, you will believe in Him.

They who live where Jesus lives will bear much fruit. Fruit that remains to the glory of God.

James Barron

REMEMBER ME

Posted in Blog Entry on March 26th, 2016 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

Just hours before Jesus was betrayed by one of His followers and arrested by the Romans and crucified, He told His disciples to remember Him. He took the bread and the wine at that last supper with His friends and said the broken bread and the wine was to be a reminder of His broken body and blood for the complete forgiveness of all sin.

The prophet Isaiah saw Him in the Spirit hundreds of years before His birth in Bethlehem, saying, “Your King comes to you, O Israel. Riding upon a donkey, even the colt of a donkey.” The indescribable and majestic Creator of the universe comes to you. Riding on the colt of a donkey. To give Himself for you. Behold the humility of God.

The prophet Isaiah also prophesied that the Lord would remove the iniquity of mankind in a day! That was the day. The day Jesus was crucified. Jesus said Abraham saw His day also and was glad. But, Isaiah said, who has believed our report? To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? He shall grow up as a tender plant in dry ground. The iniquities of us all shall be laid on Him. He was wounded for our transgressions and by the stripes He took on His body we are healed.

He asked us to remember Him. We who believe in Him, do remember Him.

We remember that His death removed all our sin and His resurrection was in essence an act of creation which gave us new life and a new identity as the sons and daughters of God. If you are a believer, you died and were raised again when you first believed in Jesus. Since then, you have been living as one who has already been raised from the dead! A new creation! What an awesome mystery!

Rejoice because you left death behind you when you believed and only life is in you now! Eternal life! His life! Believers are hidden with Christ inside of God surrounded by the great love of the Father forever!

Jesus did it all and we remember Him. We remember His love. There is great power in remembering that your sins are no longer being counted against you because you have believed on Jesus. There is an unexplainable power in remembering Jesus.

James Barron

Heaven’s Star

Posted in Blog Entry on December 25th, 2015 by James Barron – 1 Comment

On the night of His birth a star shone brightly above Him. Heaven sent Him to us and the bright heavenly light was God’s way of saying that heaven was coming to man. All through the years man has asked himself how he might somehow get to heaven, but God brought heaven to man.

God would become a man and experience for the first time what it was like to live as a man among men. He now knows us like He could never know us before. He knows our fears, our hopes, our pain, our laughter. He has looked at the stars He made through the pupil of a human eye while standing barefoot in the sand on the earth He created. His star in the night sky signaled to all mankind that He wanted to be one of us, that He might be with us and we with Him.

He called Himself the Door. The Way. The Gate. All who believe in Him enter through that Door to heaven’s reality. Heaven has come to man when man could not go to heaven. He calls all men to believe on Him for the forgiveness of all sin. He was born to die that our sins would be removed forever and His everlasting righteousness might be given as a free gift to all who believe. Those who believe Him enter into the new world. His new world. As it is in heaven, so it is now on earth in the Spirit. Where all things are possible. Where all things are new. Where all His love abides.

We believe and rest in His love and are satisfied. Abide in Him by growing in your awareness of Him as your peace and your life. Heaven has come to you in Him. He shall be called Emmanuel! God with us! He is with us now and every day, even unto the end of the world!

James Barron

WHERE DO YOU WORSHIP GOD?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24th, 2015 by James Barron – 1 Comment

What did Jesus mean when He said that God seeks those who worship Him in Spirit and in Truth? (John 4:24)

When Jesus said that to the Samaritan woman He was responding to her question of “where” should one worship God.

She said the Jews say we should worship on the mountain in Jerusalem where the temple is located but we Samaritans worship here in Samaria, on the mountain where Moses read the blessings and curses of the covenant over the people. Which mountain is correct?

Jesus said something new was coming. He said the hour is coming and now is that the true worshippers of God will not worship on either one of those mountains.

Then where?

Her question was about “where” and He answered her question.

He told her the “where” is not a place on earth. It is a place in a different realm. In the Spirit. God who is Spirit dwells in the invisible realm of the Spirit.

Jesus said the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, or in the reality. The word in the Greek language which is translated as “truth” in this passage is better translated as “the real” or “the reality.”

The mountains were just pictures of the real place to worship, not the reality itself. A mountain lifts you up above the earth as a picture of the heavenly realm. People get enamored with the copies of the heavenly things and not the heavenly things themselves. We tend to default to the natural and easily forget the spiritual. The temple, priesthood and sacrifices were but shadows of the good thing to come. Even today, many believers find their identity as a believer more in “a church building” than in the invisible reality of the true House of God in the Spirit.

The Father seeks the true worshippers who live by faith in the unseen reality of His realm and His present reality. When believers worship with this mindset, whether alone with Jesus, or with a few other believers or with hundreds of others, the unseen is vivid and experiential and “the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” All other “worship” is vain and meaningless and of the flesh.

Jesus fulfilled all things through His death and resurrection, removing all sin and bringing in an everlasting righteousness as a gift to all who would believe. He opened a door to another reality in the Spirit where true believers are in immediate contact with the real. God and man have become one in Christ, if we are a believer, and we are now where He is, seated with Him in the Heavenlies, and He is now with us, always, in our journeys all over this earth. An earth with no holy mountains and no holy lands and no holy places, just His Holy Spirit.

James Barron

A POTTER AND CLAY MENTALITY vs. A NEW CREATION MENTALITY

Posted in Blog Entry on September 16th, 2015 by James Barron – 1 Comment

The growth and increase of fruit in the believer’s life is a “manifestation” of the life of Jesus that is already present. Most teaching in the church today is based on an Old Covenant model of the believer being the clay and God being the potter. God spins us around and around and applies pressure to form the clay to make His desired form and then He bakes us in intense heat to harden us to be strong. It all sounds very spiritual and plausible in light of the stuff this world throws at us and in light of the stuff we deal with in our flesh but it is a false view of the new dynamic that is now in Christ under the New Covenant. A new creation has come and is! Now the game is all about “seeing what is in the invisible” that “what is” might be “manifested and made visible!”

God’s will is to change our “potter mentality” to another reality, namely, a “new creation mentality!” (Hebrews 10:9) Through Jesus, God has terminated the Adamic race on the cross and raised a new race in His resurrection. Death and resurrection are not consistent with a “clay and potter mentality.” The new and living way is completely different.

I love the verse in Jeremiah (and quoted in Hebrews) where the prophet speaks for the Lord saying, “I will make a new covenant, which will NOT BE LIKE the covenant that I made with Israel when I brought them out of Egypt.” (Jeremiah 31:31-32)

The covenant of law is so different from the covenant of grace that those who were experts in the covenant of law (Paul) vehemently opposed God’s new covenant, thinking they were doing God’s will by fighting against it! It took a revelation from Jesus Himself to open Paul’s eyes to see what God had done through the promised Messiah!

The clay and potter mentality is all about shaping the natural. The military does it every day. The new creation mentality is supernatural. It’s a miracle of God that need only be “seen” to release the power of it. It is a DIFFERENT dynamic. To “behold” is to become manifestly what already “is” invisibly!

Makes sense that if God says the new covenant would NOT BE LIKE the old covenant that the dynamic of a covenant for the natural flesh (the law) would be a completely DIFFERENT dynamic from a covenant for a new spiritual creation born from above.

In the “clay and potter mentality” we are trying to get somewhere as contrasted from a new spiritual creation perspective where we are living from our destination, resting in our “port of call,” so to speak.

The New Covenant is not only about a different dynamic, but also about a different goal. Becoming more Christ-like is not the goal really but rather that is a by-product of the goal. The goal is fellowship and intimacy with our God through union. A bridegroom and a bride experiencing life together.

Even the goal is clearly seen as different in the New Covenant. The people under the Old Covenant knew nothing about “God teaching them Himself from within” or “God as Abba” or “God as Husband” or an unfettered access into the heavens to the very throne of God Himself, His throne of grace.

These are the things of the Spirit that are being revealed to us by the Spirit that our minds might be renewed day by day and our joy be made full in our journey with God, living on earth as it is in heaven. No more a “clay and potter mentality!” A “new creation mentality!”

As the prophet Isaiah said, speaking for the Lord about what was coming when Messiah would appear: “Behold! I do a new thing! Consider not the things of old! For I do a completely new thing!”

James Barron

The Last Day

Posted in Blog Entry on May 25th, 2015 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

“For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light.” Zechariah 14:7

It will be like any other ordinary day, yet it will be after a time of many days when great stress and fear reigns in the world among those who do not know Him. His people will have a growing sense inwardly of something wonderful coming. Many believers will not know why they feel this.

On the last day the sky will change. It will appear as the color of a beautiful sunset with golden clouds and red streaks and light blue. It will feel like the ending of a day. This sky will appear all over the world at the same time. Those in the night will see the sky lighten and those in bright noon day light will see the sky soften as if the day is coming to an end.

Then believers will have a strange feeling inside them. It will be like a tingling feeling and it will come from the chest area. Then there will be a feeling of great joy. Unexplainably great joy. Then the tingling feeling will expand and go to the head and the arms and the legs. Until the whole body is fully aware of something wrapping around the body, yet invisible. Then we will know. We will look up instinctively and the sky will seem to burst as fireworks with glorious colors and streaks and a loud sound as a million trumpets and horns are heard! The sound is angelic and not of this world!

As the majestic and awesome sound of the unseen realm fills the earth, the sky will roll back and behind the golden sky, as in a sunset, we will see into the unseen realm like never before! We will see a light that is so bright that the sun’s light looks dirty compared to it and this bright, clear light does not hurt the eyes of the believers. Those that do not know Him will begin to scream and wail and the light will hurt their eyes. We will see millions of angels in array in this bright light as in a stadium, rows and rows of angels. In the center of the angels we will see a single man with fire all around Him. It will be Jesus.

Then the tingling feeling will intensify the moment our eyes see Jesus and our physical bodies will dissolve and we will rise upward and upward without fear. We will become aware that our bodies have suddenly become new and immortal and very strong. The physical change is sudden, in the twinkling of an eye. From mortal body to immortal body.

We will see the earth below catching fire everywhere as the creation itself begins to melt with fervent heat. But we shall be engulfed by sweet breezes and the bright light of the unseen realm. Millions will arise to where Jesus is descending in bright, gleaming clouds all around Him. The music heard is like nothing ever heard on earth. Imagine the Hallelujah Chorus but 1,000 times better! And He shall reign forever and ever!

The love that fills us is amazing. The joy is full and never ending. Everything old is being dissolved and all things are now becoming new all around us. There are no words to describe it. There are no words. Then we shall see Him face to face up close. It will be as if He is only looking at you. It will be as though we have always known Him and that He has always known us. His eyes are the eyes of a lover and friend. He smiles big and it is just indescribable the love that fills us! We are home!

James Barron

Married To The Flesh And Not To The Law

Posted in Blog Entry on May 16th, 2015 by James Barron – 5 Comments

MARRIED TO THE FLESH AND NOT TO THE LAW
(Understanding What the Apostle Paul is Really Saying in Romans 7)

The apostle Paul in his letter to the saints in Rome used the existing Jewish law at the time concerning marriage and remarriage as a metaphor to give further insight into the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Most Bible teachers say that Paul was teaching in Romans, chapter 7, that we were once “married to the law” but now through the death of Jesus we are no longer “married to the law” and are now married to Jesus who was raised from the dead, if we have believed on Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin.

That interpretation does not fit the metaphor that Paul used in his letter and it actually misses one of the main points Paul is making in chapters 7 and 8 of Romans concerning the flesh. Paul is not saying we were once “married to the law” but rather he is saying that we were once “married to the flesh” or “in the flesh” or “joined to the flesh.” The metaphor of a husband and wife in the apostle’s thinking in this passage is a reference to how we are joined to the Adamic race by natural birth and live in the flesh under the jurisdiction of law as the sons of the fallen Adam. In chapters 5 and 6 of Romans the apostle discusses how the race of Adam has been terminated and a new race springing forth from the Last Adam, even Jesus, has come.

To be released from the law, our husband must die so we can be married to another, as illustrated in the Jewish law of marriage and remarriage that Paul is using as a metaphor. Paul is saying that our husband is the flesh and the flesh must die to release the inner man from the lineage of Adam and of this creation so that the inner man can be raised from spiritual deadness and created new by the Spirit and placed in union with Jesus who is raised from the dead.

Here are the actual words of the apostle Paul:

“Or do you not know, brothers (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning her husband. So then if, while her husband is living, she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress, but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, though she is joined to another man.

Therefore, my brothers, you also were made to die to the law through the body of Christ that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God. For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the law, were at work in the members of our body, to bear fruit for death. But now we have been released from the law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.” (Romans 7:1-6)

See it?

The apostle Paul is saying we were once “in the flesh” or “married to the flesh” or “in our sins” and the law that we were under and bound by (because all natural men in Adam are under the law of God) actually aroused sinful passions “in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.” Paul says that we were made to die “by the body of Christ.” A few verses down Paul says that God sent “His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh!” (Romans 8:3) Through this amazing mystery, God was able to judge our sinful flesh “by the body of Christ,” who took on our flesh and blood as a man, for God made Jesus “who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God!” (II Cor. 5:21)

To teach the saints that we were once “married to the law” is not only just wrong it conceals the real point that the apostle is trying to make about the flesh. If you believe Paul is saying we were “married to the law” and therefore the law was our husband, then the metaphor does not work. The law does not die and in the metaphor that Paul is using it is the husband that dies so that the wife can be married to another man. The law never dies. We must die to the law to be released from it. The body of Christ on the cross corresponds with our “sinful flesh” that we were once “married to” or “joined to.” It is not only confusing to teach that we were once “married to the law” it also robs the saints of the rich meaning in the apostle’s words in Romans 7 and 8 concerning God’s circumcision of the body of our flesh to release the inner man to be joined to the risen Christ through the Spirit. (Col. 2:11)

The death of Jesus was in reality the death of the old man. The old man is defined as a spiritually dead inner man who is joined to the flesh of this creation from the family of Adam. That spiritually dead inner man is “the wife” in the metaphor that desperately needs a new husband. We were crucified with Christ, Paul tells us in his letter to the Galatians. This was the only way to release the inner man from the flesh so that the inner man could be joined to another.

Do you see how the inner man, the real person composed of both soul and spirit, is the wife in the metaphor and the flesh is the husband that must die to release her from the law? The wife is now free to be married to another because she is free from the law according to the metaphor that Paul is using from Jewish law.

That’s why the apostle Paul in almost every verse of Romans 7 and 8 discusses how we are now no longer “in the flesh” but “in the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus,” the resurrected One. He goes into great detail about how the power of sin has been quarantined in the “members of our body” and how “no good thing dwells in our flesh” even though his new, inner man delights in the things of God. He explains a great revelation that God gave him about how just knowing right from wrong in your mind is no match for the power of “sin which is in the members of your body” and that the power of sin will take you prisoner every time if you are trying to “serve the law of God” with your mind, as opposed to serving God Himself by His Spirit. See the difference?

Hear the apostle Paul’s own words: “For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law (or principle) in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind (the knowledge of right and wrong) and making me a prisoner of the law (or principle) of sin which is in my members (in the physical body itself). Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God [I am set free] through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:22-25)

The apostle then explains in chapter 8 of Romans in great detail how the new reality we enjoy in union with the life of Christ is a superior principle, even the “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” and that new dynamic is able to “put to death the deeds of the body!” For we no longer “serve God” in the oldness of the letter or by the law, but rather we “serve God” in the newness of the Spirit of life in Jesus. Notice that the apostle says we never go back to the law to “serve God.” Some teach that the law cannot save you but after you are saved by grace through faith in Jesus the law is a rule of life that believers need to use in their service to God. The apostle Paul says no! The law still has the power to arouse sin in the members of our body because the law is not of faith and if you try to “serve God” in the oldness of the letter of the law and not in the newness of the Spirit, you will quickly find the power of sin taking you captive once again as the apostle taught. Paul taught that the law was the very power of sin. (I Cor. 15:56) The law does not cease to be the power or strength of sin after we are believers because the law is not according to grace or faith.

The apostle exhorts us in chapter 8 of Romans to set our minds on the new heavenly reality and see that the old man is really dead and a new man has come into being by the creative act of God Himself. For our God is able to raise the dead and call into being that which did not exist before! (Romans 4:17) We are the beloved sons and daughters of God Himself and therefore His heirs of all He is and has. The wife cries out to the risen and exalted Jesus, her new Husband, and says “my Beloved!” Nothing shall ever be able to separate you from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord! (Romans 8:39) Jesus is the Door and through Him we have passed through death and judgment, having been cut away from our sinful flesh by the hand of God Himself, and have entered into a whole new world in His Spirit. Behold the Kingdom of God is now within you and the honeymoon never ends with your new Husband!

James Barron

Only The Perfect Go To Heaven

Posted in Blog Entry on March 25th, 2015 by James Barron – 1 Comment

God is love and He is perfect. Contrary to what some people say, He is not repulsed by our imperfections. He does not despise us because of our sins. He is attracted to our imperfections and weaknesses because His love desires to meet our needs and provide for all our lack. His heart toward man is to open his blind eyes, heal his broken heart, set him free from all bondages and be a loving Father to him.

Having said all that, it is also true that God who is perfect cannot join Himself to us in our imperfection. His love for us has provided a way for us to be made perfect by faith in Jesus, His only Son. Jesus became our sin (our imperfection) for us and died in judgment for us on the cross that we might be given His righteousness (His perfection) as a gift.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that we can be joined to God because He is love and He loves us. We are not forgiven because God is love. We are forgiven because it cost Him the life of His Son. We are forgiven because of the bloody and violent death of Jesus, the Lamb of God, who took our judgment for us on the cross.

It was God’s love for mankind that sent the Son and it was the Son’s love for mankind that caused Him to not consider equality with God the Father a thing to be held onto but willingly humbled Himself and became a man to die for man on a cross. But had the Son called for those twelve legions of angels (72,000 angels) in the garden to protect Him and take Him from the earth on that fateful night (which Jesus said He could do in Matt 26:53) and had He not willingly taken the cup of God’s wrath for our sin, God would still be love but we would perish and be lost forever in our imperfections and sins.

Never think that God will forgive our sin just because He loves us. If we do not receive the perfection of God that He offers to all people as a gift through faith in Jesus then we will die in our imperfection, separated from God forever in our sins. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.

Jesus looked down over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives and wept saying, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem. How often I would have gathered you like a mother hen gathers her little chicks under her wings to protect them, but you would not let Me. Because you did not receive Me, your enemies will now surround you and you will perish.”

Only the perfect go to heaven. Only the perfect can be joined to God and live forever. Only the perfect can enjoy fellowship with the God of all comfort and grace. And the Good News is that He has given us His own perfection as a gift that we might be perfect and always be where He is. Faith in Jesus alone gives us this unspeakable gift of perfection. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by Me.”

Upcoming Grace Conference in Virginia!

Posted in Announcement on March 15th, 2015 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

You are invited to attend a GRACE CONFERENCE being hosted by Life Journey Church near Charlottesville, Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains where James Barron will be speaking April 11th and 12th. Check out the church’s web site for more details at Life Journey Church’s Website.

Sessions will include teaching about:

- The Door to Another World in Jesus
- What Is Everlasting Righteousness?
- What it Means to Be Spiritually Circumcised
- The Power of the Covenant Meal
- What the Oath of God Really Means
- The Secret Dynamic of God that Transforms a Person
- The Key to Seeing the Unseen
- The Christ-Centered Life (Spirit) vs. The Cross-Centered Life (Flesh)
- True Grace vs. False Grace
- What Will Happen When Jesus Returns to Earth?

Also there will be a session where James will be taking any questions about the new covenant! Check back later for more details as they develop!

A Hideous Love

Posted in Blog Entry on March 3rd, 2015 by James Barron – 3 Comments

It is a hideous love, and really not love at all, that loves evil. It is true that God loves all men but it is also true that God hates all evil. This is what must be understood clearly in order to know who God really is. Jesus hates evil.

It is not enough to teach the saints to put off the deeds of the old man and to put on the deeds of the new man, to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Few “grace teachers” even do that much. But we who teach the awesome grace of God must also reveal who the Father really is as Jesus revealed Him relative to God’s view of sin.

Jesus resisted and opposed evil in every form while on earth, sometimes with anger (remember the money changers in the temple). Even then He was doing His Father’s business and showing us the Father. Some have mistaken grace to mean that God no longer has an opinion about sin. Nothing could be further from the truth. This false notion about God has opened the door to the false teachings of “Christian Universalism” and “Inclusionism” and “Gay Theology.”

To know God through Jesus is to hate evil. This is one of the things that is missing in the present teaching on the grace of God from some teachers. Jesus did not leave this important truth about the Father out of His teachings and neither should we.

I’ve been pondering on why so many believers who have come to see the grace of God in Jesus have also been persuaded to embrace a false grace that teaches that all are saved now (Inclusionism) or will, at some point in the future, all be saved (Christian Universalism) or that same-gender sexual relations is not evil (Gay Theology).

I think the error stems from an incomplete view of who God really is. Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians talks about Jesus coming back with flaming fire and great power to bring eternal judgment upon all those who did not obey His Gospel! We obey His Gospel by simply believing on Jesus for the gift of righteousness for there is no one good, no not one, but for those who have rejected Him there will be no mercy, Hebrews says. No mercy. This God is foreign to many “grace believers” and yet this is the true God revealed to us by Jesus and His apostles.

God does not forgive our sins because He is love. God forgives our sins because of the death of Jesus who took our judgment for all our sins. God’s love sent Him but without the Son’s willingness to drink the cup of God’s wrath for us we could not be forgiven!

Hebrews says “how shall we escape punishment if we neglect so great a salvation?” Paul says “behold the goodness and severity of God! Goodness toward you who have believed and severity toward those who have not believed.” Jesus said that if a man does not believe in Him then that man would die in his sins and face the judgment for all his sins.

If we clearly taught these views of God that the apostles taught, then it would be more difficult for the enemy to persuade believers to adopt these teachings about a false grace. Some believers and non-believers are rejecting the scripture all together so they can imagine a God that is more to their liking with no hindrance from the prophetic word. Some have foolishly adopted the views of contemporary writers who claim, after doing their own “research,” that the scriptures are not a reliable source of truth. As the scripture says, they are doing what is right in their own eyes. Many of those who adopt a view different from the scriptures do so in order that they may live their own selfish, fleshly life without hindrance, all the while preaching their misguided and hideous view of the love of God.

We must also remember that the true God is a God of covenants. The covenant that Jesus cut for mankind, the final everlasting covenant, can only be entered into by man through faith in Jesus. A covenant only applies to the parties to the covenant. In this new covenant, God says He will remember our sins no more. The question is who are those whose sin God no longer remembers and how do they come to be in that covenant?

Being in the final “blood covenant” is the only way sin is not remembered. If a person is not in God’s covenant then they have no hope. Only through faith in Jesus can one enter into the only covenant God recognizes for a relationship with Him. Jesus took the cup and said this cup is the New Covenant! To “drink His blood and eat His flesh” is the only way to be in His New Covenant and to possess life eternal.

For those outside the everlasting covenant that Jesus cut for us the scripture says in Hebrews that there remains no other sacrifice for sin but only a fearful certainty of judgment that will devour those who have rejected the Lamb of God and trodden under foot the blood of the Son of God and refused His amazing grace. It is a hideous love that misrepresents the true love of God and Father of Jesus our Lord by denying that a certain eternal judgment is coming upon all who have rejected His Son, the Lamb of God. It is a hideous love that fails to warn all men to repent (change their mind) and believe on Jesus for the forgiveness of sin, for there remains no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved. For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. This is the true love of the Father as revealed to mankind by the Son of His love.

James Barron