Two Lines Running Thru the Bible

Two Lines

Todd Tomasella: There are two lines running down thru the Bible from beginning to end.  We will here examine a few.

There is the one line of the life, love, faith and the grace of God.  And there is the other line of law, human effort, and performance-based acceptance thru works of the law.

Here are examples of the two lines:

The Tree of Life vs the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Gen 2-4.  The first tree represents the Life of Christ, a tree which God returns us to and gives us access to again thru the cross, our death with Christ.  Rom 6:3-5; Gal 2:20; Col 3:4. The other Tree is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which teaches us that law is the way to God and a way to know the difference between good and evil so we can try hard to do good and avoid evil, thereby gaining God’s acceptance.  It is the TREE OF LAW which leads to sin and finally death.  1 Cor 15:56; 2 Cor 3:6-end of chapter 3; Rom 7:5, 10.

Next we have the FIRST ADAM who ate from the tree of law and fell into sin and death, which sin we inherit from Adam as it is passed down to us through the DNA of our earthly father.  But the first Adam is then contrasted with a second line who is the SECOND ADAM, Jesus Christ, who died for us and provided the way back into the garden of the life of God.  Eternal life is not a period of time as much as it is a Person, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:14-21.

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Then we have Abel vs Cain. Abel represents the correct line or way to approach God which is to access God thru the cross by faith. Cain represents the false way to approach God, by human effort to perform works of law, or by our performance rather than by Christ’s performance at Calvary. Abel approached God in the only acceptable way, thru death as represented by the sacrificial death of his livestock. Gen 4:4. Killed animals are a foreshadowing of Christ’s sacrificial death for us. This way of death, our death with Christ, is the only prescribed way to approach God, only thru the death of His Son and our being “crucified with Christ.”  Gal 2:19-21. Cain’s presentation to God represented the Tree of Law, his toil in the earth to produce fruit, a false way of SELF-effort to gain God’s acceptance by our own good works and not by faith in the work of Christ at Calvary.  God did not accept Cain’s offering and this made Cain very angry at Abel kind of like the elder son got angry at his father and brother in Luke 15 when his father did not honor elder son’s good works but rather showed grace to the prodigal son.  The elder son is the Cain of the prodigal story.  The fatted slaughtered calf symbolizes the crucified Christ.  The failed younger son was glad to get to eat at the table of the Father.  The elder son was so angry he would not come to the feast.  Luke 15.

Cain’s anger is also demonstrated by these same two lines during the days of Jesus.  The legalistic Pharisees and High Priests (in line of Cain) hated Jesus.  Jesus lived the lifestyle of the cross then died on the cross.  The legalists wanted to kill him because He continued to violate their law: including the law of the Sabbath, He would not agree to stone the woman caught by them in adultery, He healed the lepers by direct touch, He spoke parable after parable which made the legalists the butt of most of His stories and the grace person the hero.  These legalists were the Cains of Jesus’ day.  Jesus represented the Tree of the Life of God.  Col 3:4.  The legalistic Pharisees were in the line of the Tree of Law and Cain.  Jesus was in the line of Abel.

Saul, later Paul, was at first one of the legalists in line of Cain.  He was a Pharisee who, under the law was considered blameless.  Phili 3.  He accused, condemned, bound, carried off to incarcerate and killed Christians.  See Acts 7,8 and 9.  But on Damascus road he changed lines after being blinded and knocked off his high horse.  He thereafter became a gospel teacher of the cross, crucifixion with Christ, agape love and the great Apostle of grace, no longer law.  Acts 7,8 and 9; Rom 6:14.  The two contrasting lines are then seen in Paul vs the legalistic Judaizers who followed Paul around everywhere and tried to pervert or reverse his gospel and his grace converts back to the law.  Gal 1:4-10.  To go back to Law will sever one from Christ and cause him to fall from grace.  This is a fearful thing that could happen to a grace convert who turns back to living under law.  Gal 5:4.

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In summary, most preachers today are in the line of Cain preaching pure law or at least mixing law with grace.  Only a very few preach the pure grace, life, unconditional love, mercy, forgiveness, and goodness of God.  The grace preachers are in the line of Abel and teach the only acceptable approach to God which is to “present your body as a living sacrifice,” the only true form of “worship.”  Rom 12:1.  Mixing law with grace is like putting a little arsenic in someone’s sweet tea.  It will kill them just as Cain killed Abel, the Pharisees killed Jesus, and the Judaizers called for Paul to be executed which he was.

Which line are you in, the angry line of legalism, human self-effort and the performance-based works of the law (Deut 28) to gain acceptance from God OR the line of Abel, Jesus, and Paul, grace, faith, love and willingness to die with Christ to gain access to God (Gal 2:16) and to go deeper and higher in Him?

There is a great abyss between these two lines.   Jesus bridged the gap.

Originally Posted : http://safeguardyoursoul.com/two-lines-running-thru-the-bible/

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A Fresh Start With God

“Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” Ezekiel 18:31

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“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Ezekiel 36:26-27

New Creatures in Christ

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

Fresh Forgiveness

“Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.” Lamenations 3:19-26

Fresh Oil

“But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.” Psalms 92:10

Are you in need of a fresh beginning? Are you genuinely open to and ready to hear and obey the truth in order to be blessed with a new beginning? If so, keep reading, open your whole heart, and get ready to be blessed.

1. Schedule God into your very waking moments for prayer communion and the study of His Word (Ps. 5:3; 63:1; Mk. 1:35). He is the Cornerstone of your day and life.

2. Study God’s Word diligently: Get blank index cards and get ready to begin capturing God’s Word and memorizing it (Prov. 4:4, 21; Jn. 5:39; 2 Tim. 2:15). Carry those Scriptures on index cards where ever you go and read, meditate and memorize them. Feed on God’s Word (1 Pet. 2:2).

3. Get a King James Bible and discard all artificial, supposedly “easy to understand” counterfeit, corrupt Bible versions. See “Bible Versions” page at http://www.SafeGuardYourSoul.com

4. Confess, repent of, and forsake all known sins before the LORD, beginning with the sin of not placing the LORD first in your life (Exod. 20:3-4; Prov. 28:13; 1 Jn. 1:9).

5. Be resolved in the truth that you have been granted a whole new life and that you are not your own but the LORD’s who bought you with His precious blood (Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 5:17-18).

6. Daily expect persecution, suffering, testings, and trials for the Word’s sake (Mk. 4:17; 2 Tim. 3:12; James 1:2-4; 1 Pet. 4:12).

7. Communicate the Gospel of Jesus to others in everyway that you possible can. Number your short days on this earth and redeem or buy back for lost time (Ps. 90:12; Eph. 5:16). Ask the LORD to make you fruitful in His eternal kingdom and that your fruit will remain (Ps. 2:8; Jn. 15:16).

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10

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Why Aren’t Women to Lead or Pastor in the Church?

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Why aren’t women to lead, head, or pastor a church? Because Eve was deceived. A woman, by design and necessity, lives typically more from her heart (vital for mothering), but the heart is prone to deception (Jeremiah 17:9). Therefore, the HEART does not make a good HEAD when it comes to guarding the flock in the House of God.

“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” ~Genesis 3:16

IN OUR MODERN, POLITICALLY CORRECT AGE, MANY WILL TRY AND REASON THIS AWAY, THROUGH LONG, TORTURED ARGUMENTS AND/OR VIA TAKING OBSCURE VERSES OUT OF CONTEXT TO JUSTIFY THE REBELLIOUS DESIRES OF THE HEART AND FLESH. BUT GOD’S WORD IS GOD’S WORD, AND IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE DESIRES OF MAN TO NULLIFY AND REVERT THE DIVINE ORDINANCES OF GOD, AS ESTABLISHED FOR THE GOOD OF OUR OWN WELL-BEING.

After all, what was the FIRST thing God rebuked Adam for? For hearkening unto the voice of his wife.

“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;” ~Genesis 3:17

We modern day Christians may not take this seriously, but apparently, God most certainly does, whose ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts.

“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” ~1 Timothy 2:11-14

Sources:http://safeguardyoursoul.com/why-arent-women-to-lead-or-pastor-in-the-church/

Let America Pray Again

Full of Great Quotes and Inspiration!

This book will give the reader an exponentially multiplied sense of the providence of God along with the mandate He’s given His people to be His salt and light and correct the evil that has transpired!

The obedience and prayer of God’s people not only made America great, it’s exactly what God will use to make America to fulfill His will/destiny.

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In response to the prayers of His people, the LORD, who is“strong and mighty”has given us leadership that is clearly an improvement from the previous as well as the recently defeated opponent (Psalms 24:8). We now have men and women who desire to do what is right and yet, much more important than political positions are the people of this great land. What will they do? What will we, the people of the Most High, do in this critical juncture of history?

The body of Christ in America now stands at the precipice of present and future history. Will His people pray and seek His face, turn from their wicked ways, and obey His Great Commission command? The stakes are high and this author is confident that the true remnant body of Jesus Christ will shine His light in this late hour leading up to the soon return of Heaven’s King!

lapa11-629x420TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter One
Origins of America’s Greatness

Chapter Two
On this Precipice of History

Chapter Three
End Times Indicators

Chapter Four
Divinely Providential Leaders

Chapter Five
Where is America as a Nation?

Chapter Six
What to Pray for America

Chapter Seven
The Divine Purpose for Governmental Authorities

Chapter Eight
Does 2 Chronicles 7:14 Apply Today?

Chapter Nine
A Great Nation is One that Glorifies God by Raising Children in His Holy Fear

Chapter Ten
Praying that the Father Sends Forth Laborers

Chapter Eleven
Answered Prayer

Chapter Twelve
Let America Fast Again

Chapter Thirteen
History-Altering Prayers

Chapter Fourteen
Shutting Satan Out!

Addendum
Making Peace with God

Sources: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/let-america-pray-again/