As Esau, or renewed of mind and spirit Christ in Me?

 

As Esau, or renewed of mind and spirit Christ in Me?

By Ken Pullen

ACP

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Hebrews 12: 1-8

The walk and worship of the true believer-priest.  I am not going to enter into debate as to the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews. I believe the Apostle Paul wrote that epistle inspired by the Holy Spirit and the hand of God (see 2 Peter 3: 15).

As I have written in “A Crooked Path” at times I wandered in great sin for over 35 years after being raised in a fundamentalist Christian family. One in which I always believed in God. God as Father, God as Creator. I believe the complete Bible and always have. I believed Jesus came from heaven to earth to be born as a man, of the seed of David, to live, teach, be abandoned and reviled, beaten, and unjustly tried to die upon the cross. To conquer death by the power of the Father, the power of the Spirit of God. I believe Jesus the Christ, the son of God was resurrected on the third day, at the time of Passover, as the Sacrificial Lamb atoning for the sins of every person who believed on Him, and not only believed on Him but repented and became renewed of mind and spirit.

I circumvented the renewed of mind and spirit part and joined the church I grew up in only to fall away, sin greatly, disappoint everyone I had ever known, cause great rifts and stress among everyone I ever knew, and to leave the church and be excommunicated from that particular church.

And I wandered this earth for the nest 35 plus years convinced I was like Esau. I had sold my birthright for a morsel of immediate gratification and I would be forever doomed. Condemned to the fiery depths of hell for eternity for what I had done to God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, everyone I knew, everyone I was related to. I loathed and despised myself. I as convinced there was no redemption for such a sinner as me.

But the one missing piece was I had done what many do in becoming a professed Christian. I went to church. I was baptized. I worked at being a better person. The missing piece being the most vital and important of all. I was not and never had been renewed of mind and spirit.

I roamed this world convinced I was just a latter-day Esau. Doomed no matter what. I could never receive my birthright, eternal life, because I had become a profane person, a fornicator, a liar, a scoundrel, a thief of the truth and a literal thief stealing from those around me and those I knew. Stealing their lives and time. And much more.

I did not;

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12: 2).

I had not kept my eyes and heart on Jesus Christ. At any point. I was always placing my attention and focus elsewhere. Mouthing that which I thought was required. Which only added to my sins and abominations before the Lord our God.

Are we to be as Esau? Fainting in this world, eager and willing to think and live only in the now? Willing to sell off so cheaply, sell off our greatest possible treasure for something which will soon rot, or mold, or vanish, or no longer fill us and satisfy us? Exchanging eternal peace, joy, and life with the Lord our God for some instant gratification? For a fleeting morsel from this world which soon will no longer satisfy? And more importantly cannot and will not ever save our eternal souls and spirits?

“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12: 1,2).

Let us set aside everything weighing us down and all that which so easily besets us and eats at us, which is sin, and patiently run that race of salvation and grace which is right here for us now…always keeping our eyes, our hearts, our minds focused solely upon Jesus Christ the Lord.

And all will be well. No matter what happens. No matter how the world interprets disaster, anguish, despair, trouble – true believers who walk the walk  and worship the Lord as chosen priests they / we are should not tarry, wander, become worried or despair, and we ought to run a patient race towards the throne of God where our Lord resides and holds us, treasures us, provides all for us.

Even chastisement and reproof in order that we may learn and grow. Just as a loving earthly father does to a child they truly love.

Because we have no room, no excuse for becoming faint, or weary, or troubled whining as we go, or living each day in some modern-day psychology and mood altering drug addled sate of perpetual smile and adopting worldly positions and ways – because none of us resisted to the point of sacrificing our life-giving blood against the sin which we adopt, accept, and permit to enter into our lives.

We cannot reject nor heed chastening. Or reproof from God. And where do we find this? Why in the Scriptures, of course! In God’s Holy Word, the Holy Bible.

Sadly, chastisement and reproof do not come from the pulpits of American churches any longer. The age of appeasement, the age of adopting false and unsound doctrine, the itching ears turning to fables as false teachers and wolves in sheep’s clothing have soothing, dripping with honey lips words to placate and make one feel good. Just like the prescription drugs those professing take.

All refusing the chastening, the rebuke – the scourging necessary.

 

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out-of-the-way; but let it rather be healed.

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

Hebrews 12: 5-15

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons (Hebrews 12: 6-8).

The above words are easy to understand and fully discern. There cannot be any confusion or misinterpretation.

The Lord chastens, disciplines, and even will scourge every true believer He receives. Every single one. Without such discipline and chastisement there cannot be any growth or obedience to God the Father. And this chastening? This scourging? The discipline met out? It comes from and flows from His love, God our Father and Creator’s love for us! We are His children. And He doesn’t deal with us as modern-day fathers or parents who refuse to discipline, refuse to rebuke and chastise and thus lose their children to this world, to the ways and wiles of this world through lack of discipline, through refusal to chastise which is the refusal to love and instead offering up a false love, an empty love determined to win the hearts and minds of their children by being their “friend” more than their father or parent and corrupting that which God made regarding fathers and their children, or parents and their children.

Bo discipline or chastisement allowed or accepted today. Why a parent, a father could be brought up on charge, arrested, sued by his offspring if he were to discipline or chastise his own child out of love and concern for their short and long-term welfare!

I was once Esau.

I am now a son of God’s, Repented. Changed in mind and spirit.

Through chastening and scourging and rebuke. Through grace and mercy of God, for sure, but through DISCIPLINE to come to and answer the Father who was calling me out of love – yet disciplining and chastening me BECAUSE He cares and loves me and does not want me to stray, to enter into the darkness, to become lost. For I am His. He is my God, my Creator, my Father.

And I am to be a true believing priest holy and righteous.

Not of this world. Not adopting and appeasing and living to please this world and any man or woman in this world.

I am alive by the grace and mercy of the Lord. I am saved only by His atoning blood, His sacrifice, His death, His resurrection, His discipline, His calling me and pushing on my heart. His disciplining me all those years while always loving me. Patiently waiting.

I am no longer Esau.

I am just one of the humble saved souls through the blood and grace of God. And I now live to please Him. To keep my eyes upon Him and not this world.

And it takes scourging, rebuke, reproof, chastisement – and discipline keeping the world and sin at bay and walking diligently in the Lord’s way each day.

It doesn’t come through a pasted on smile and saying “Praise Jesus!” as if I have a recorded sound box inside of me and a string one can pull and I constantly smile and spout “Praise Jesus!”

No. It comes through grace and mercy of God. And through His love which = chastisement, rebuke, reproof in order to be disciplined in His ways and His instruction.

And this removes the weights and worries which best us and which are sin.

As the Church abandoned chastisement and rebuking the sins and how the members of the body strayed and they closed their eyes to the sin and abominations increasing all around, and as those professing refused discipline? Refused chastisement? And insisted all that which came before be abandoned and everything had to be of a modern-day method in the world?

The great falling away, the great apostasy began and the end grows nigh.

I pray the Esau’s and the ungodly, and the unbelieving, and those who refuse the whole complete truth of God’s Word and instruction, those professing who refuse chastening, rebuke, reproof and discipline? I pray they see the error of their ways and return to the loving instruction, the loving chastening, the loving rebuke, the loving discipline of our heavenly Father…

before it is too late. And they do not sell off their eternity for a worldly thing, a worldly morsel, a worldly pleasure, because they can’t abide chastisement and can only abide pleasure and what they define by this world’s definition as “feeling good” and “being a good person.”

 

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Hebrews 12: 14

I live now renewed of mind and spirit, in the grace and mercy of the Lord our God, in Christ, with Christ in me. Receiving the instruction, the discipline, the chastening and scourging of God our Father gladly as I need it. Knowing with 100% faith it is out of pure love to keep me, hold me, and save me our Father does so.

There are numerous items contained in this post for further reading beginning here;

 

Hebrews 12

The walk and worship of the believer-priest

Jesus the example.

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

The Father’s chastening.

3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

 

Esau a warning to professors lest they miss the priesthood (see Genesis 25).

16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,

19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:

20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:

21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

 

Warnings and instructions.

25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

29 For our God is a consuming fire.

 

Hebrews 13

1 Let brotherly love continue.

2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

 

Christian separation and worship.

10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.

12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

 

The true believer-priest’s sacrifice.

15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

 

The true believer-priest’s obedience.

17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.

20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great

shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.

23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.

24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.

25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

 

The Following is from the Blue Letter Bible Blog:

He is a Safe Hiding Place.

“a shelter from the storm” (Isaiah 32:2). “In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues” (Psalm 31:20).

Note the three “froms” in the above verses as showing that from which the Lord saves.

He is a Sure Hiding Place.

“For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5). Note the two wills. There is no uncertainty.

He is a Secret Hiding Place.

“You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble” (Psalm 32:7). The word hiding” in the above is rendered “secret” in some of the Scriptures before us, and is so given in 1 Samuel 19:2, which may be taken as an illustration.

He is a Comfortable Hiding Place.

“Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings!” (Psalm 61:4). The young birds find the covert of the mother bird’s wings a place of comfort.

He is a Strong Hiding Place.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). Note, it is the Most High who is the Shelterer.

He is a Secure Hiding Place.

“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word” (Psalm 119:114). He assures us in His Word what He is, hence our security.

He is a Communing Hiding Place.

“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crannies of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely” (Song of Songs 2:14). The Lord is not a cold hard rock in which we hide; He is a living Person, with whom we have conversation.


This has been adapted from the commentaries of F.E. Marsh

 

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