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Laws for Holy Living
Chapter 16 Leviticus 17, 18, 19, 20
Salvation is totally by Grace . . . The way it is to be wrought out by ourselves . . . What is a holy life? . . . The means and basics of it . . . Keep in view the Blood-shedding of Jesus . . . Reformation of life . . . Cultivating pure affections . . . Conformity to the Moral Law . . . A Chapter of Penalties.
In these 4 Chapters, I will bring out their over-all importance, so that their many provisions may be conveniently understood in one assessment. All the laws in these 4 Chapters relate to what is more or less personal and private. We do not see any public services until we come to Chapter 23. From Chapter 16 to Chapter 23, everything relates to the duties, qualities and associations of individuals in private life. This fact, coming as it does right after the Great Day of Atonement, is very suggestive. It shows that God expects much more respecting us than the mere pardon of our sins; that justification is not the whole intent of the Saviour's redemptive services; and that there is to be a personal righteousness and purification that rests on our own efforts. The atonement has been made; reconciliation has been achieved; and to everyone who has faith to believe it, all past sins are cast away forever, to be seen and heard of no more. But this does not include everything. It does by no means embrace the whole object which Christ had in view, when He, "through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, having thus purged our consciences from dead works, we may now go on "to serve the living God" (Heb. 9:14). Jesus’ horrible Blood shedding secured for us hope . . . that it be that every man may purify himself as He is pure. Having "delivered us out of the hands of our enemies," He intends that we should "serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life" (Lk.1:74). Having bought us with a price, it entrusts us to honor and glorify Him in our bodies and our spirits which are His.
There is a sense in which salvation is totally of God . . . a matter of free bounty from Him. The apostle makes this very clear! Eph. 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (KJV) . . . For we are his workmanship . . . we are created or formed by Him, not only in the general sense in which all things are made by Him (Eph.3:9; Col.1:16), but in that sense that means by the new creation (2 Cor.5:17). Whatever love, peace, hope, purity or anything that we have, has been produced in us by the Holy Spirit (Gal.5:22-23; Eph.5:9; Phil.1:11; Col.1:10). There is not a stronger expression anywhere in Scripture to mean that the agency of God works in the conversion of men, or the fact that salvation is entirely by grace.
Created in Christ Jesus . . . (Jn.1:13-14; 3:3-8; 2 Cor.5:17).
Unto good works . . . this refers to a holy life; the plan for which we have been created in Christ is, that we should lead a holy life. The main object was not to bring us to Heaven . . . it is that we should be holy. Paul held more firmly than any other man to the position, that men are saved by the mere grace of God, and by a Divine agency on the soul . . . but it is certain that no other man ever held more firmly that people must lead holy lives, or they would have no evidence that they were the children of God.
Which God hath before ordained . . . this means to prepare beforehand, then to predestinate, or appoint before. The proper meaning of this Passage is, "to which good works God has predestinated us, or appointed us beforehand, that we should walk in them" Eph.1:5).
That we should walk in them . . . that we should live holy lives. The word walk is often used in the Scriptures to mean the course of life (Rom.6:4). For what are we created? For good works. When we get to the last part of this Letter, we will be told how we are to walk in a way that is worthy and acceptable to God. While we are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph.1:3,20; 2:6; 3:10), we are to walk here on Earth in a way that will bring honor and glory to His Holy Name.
When I speak of good works and a holy life, I do not mean a life of sad self-denial, or departure from the common cares, activities, affections and duties associated with to our earthly life. People at times think holiness is holy men, who wear cowls and keep solitary vigils, devoting themselves to endless prayers and fasts in monasteries. But if they would learn God's idea of holiness, they would come to Jesus and learn of Him. The true pattern of a holy life was seen in Christ Jesus, who pleased God without making the wilderness his home, who found it no contamination to mingle with publicans and sinners, but served His heavenly Father as He walked through Galilee, and spent time at the villages of fishermen by the sea, and kept up communication with those who dwelt in Judah's towns and thronged Jerusalem's busy streets. "In Him was life," and " His life is the light of men" (Jn.1:4). Unless we conform to some degree to Jesus, our religion is just a shadow and a scam. Rom. 8:8-9 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (KJV)
The means and essentials of a good and holy life, are brought into view in Chapters 17-20.
<><><>I. The principal and possibly the only permanent provision contained in Chapter 17 is that which respects the method of treating blood. No matter how or from what animal it came, it was always to be looked upon with consideration. While the Jews were in the wilderness, they were not permitted to slay an animal even for food, except at the door of the tabernacle, where its blood had to be taken by the priest and sprinkled upon the altar of the LORD. It was by NO means to be dedicated to heathen gods, or demons, to appease their anger. Neither was it at any time, or in any form, to be eaten. Even the hunter, in the excitement of the chase, if he succeeded in taking an animal, was required to stop and drain out its blood, and then reverently cover up that blood with dust. There is also a reason given for all this.
Lev. 17:11-16 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. 13 And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. 14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off. 15 And every soul that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean. 16 But if he wash them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity. (KJV)
The use of blood was NOT forbidden because it was unclean, but because it was sacred. Blood represents life. It is that by which life was redeemed. It is that, flowing about the altar, that reconciled between them and God. So, for this reason they were to be particular about it, and reverenced it.
The fact that they were saved by blood in the sacrifices, was in their eyes to sanctify all blood; so that whenever they saw blood, they were to think how their own lives were forfeited by their transgressions, and how the blood of atonement protected them.
Now, it is easy to see how a law of this sort would work to solemnize, restrain and soften the heart of a conscientious Jew. It would keep the solemn atonement before him where ever he went. The very huntsman would be met by it in the deep recesses of the forest. And if we desire to learn what constitutes the deepest essence of a good Christian life, we here have it most beautifully symbolized. We must keep in view the blood of atonement. We must remember Calvary and the Sacrifice which was made for us there . . . the love which was there bestowed upon our souls . . . the condemnation due to our sins which there was met. We must never lose sight of that bleeding Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. All Christian goodness finds its spring and fountain there. It is the lifting up of Christ that draws men away from the ways of sin. It is the Saviour's love that pacifies the rebellious heart to obedience, and compels it to spiritual devotion. It is our clear and continual recognition of what Jesus has done for us, that weakens temptation, places us on duty, and prompts us to do deeds of righteousness. While Calvary is in full view, in vain will Earth and Hell seek to bring the TRUE Christian into condemnation. One solemn look at the cross, and at the awesome love which was there, unaided and alone, when all was dark and lost, as Jesus interceded for our salvation.
Low must the believer sink, if he blots from his heart the memory of Jesus suffering for him, for that would be faithless to his Redeemer, or disloyal to his Saviour's cause. There is a power in Jesus’ redeeming love, which baffles all the allurements and accusations of Hell. That power is the great driving motive to a holy life. That power is the compelling source of Christian loyalty and devotion. And if we want to be righteous and good, the first and grand essential is, NEVER lose sight of Christ's atoning Blood.
<><><>2. Going now to Leviticus Chapter 18, we find many laws, but they all bear on two general points.
(1). The first relates to the customs of the Egyptians, from among whom the Jews came, and of the Canaanites, whose land they were to inherit. God clearly tells them:
Lev.18:3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. (KIJV)
These were heathen and defiled nations. They are the types of ALL such people that are living in unrepentance and sin. Israel was to be a holy nation . . . they were NOT to follow the ways of uncleanness, The greatest danger of a purified man, comes from his old habits and associations. It is difficult to turn a river out of the channel that it has been flowing in the same place for ages. It is hard work to transform a person which has been forming for years, or to cast away a continued routine which started soon after infancy. Can the leopard change its spots? Can an Ethiopian whiten his dark skin? It CANNOT be done without the converting grace of God! Even after God removes the unclean spirit, and the house is swept and garnished, there is great danger of the return of that spirit with seven other spirits worse than himself (Lk.11:26). The doors of our soul must be carefully examined and strongly barricaded against him. Even after Israel had crossed the sea in triumph, there rose up lusts after the flesh-pots of Egypt. The sow that has been washed, still has strong affections for the mire.
(2). The second outstanding element of a good Christian life, is a complete and thorough renovation with regard to old habits. If we have been in close intimacy with the vile, we must withdraw from their relationship, and be ye separate (2 Cor.6:17), from their wicked ways.
If we have been giving way to evil passions, we must cut ourselves off from the occasions of our transgressions, and beware of putting ourselves into situations that invite temptation.
It is said of the elephant, that though he may be thoroughly dominated and domesticated, if years later, his owner brings him into the region where he was captured, he will run back to his native wilderness in spite of all the efforts of his keeper to hold him. And it is just such an elephant nature that we all carry with us . . . that the mere vicinity of old vices will at times ignite it with ancient passion, so that no matter previous discipline, off it goes to the days of uncleanness. We must guard against old customs, and keep away from relationships where we were once in the habit of disobeying.
The other specifications of the eighteenth chapter, all relate to sexual purity. They refer to the NEED of proper management of the affections. We are very much the creatures of feeling. The Scriptures constantly class those who have no natural affection, with the basest of mankind. But while piety does not seal or freeze feelings, it does require that it be governed and controlled by the values of purity and righteousness. Like every other impulse, natural affection may be corrupt and become the occasion of great sin and degradation. We may love; but we must love morally. We may cherish the most tender regards; but they must not have any criminal hopes. Our warmest feelings may be pampered; but we must be cautious that they do not betray us into sin and shame. We must keep a sharp eye on our hearts and pay attention to the teaching of the apostle: "Mortify your members which are upon the the earth, fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry; for which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience" (Col.3:5).
All affections have their proper objects, and to these they must be confined and kept in healthful moderation . . . OR they can become fires of destruction. The secret thought of sinfulness, the hidden, unable to restrain wish, the impure desire, the hope of unclean satisfactions must be rejected and cast away as disobedience before God, and crushed as an enemy to the peace and good of humanity. The heart must be kept with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. For God has said: Lev. 18:24-25 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. (KJV) . . . I highly recommend reading the entire 18th Chapter of Leviticus, because ALL these sins are VERY present and active in todays’ world!
(4). In Leviticus Chapter 19, we have quite a list of moral precepts setting forth a wide range of Christian righteousness. All the provisions of the Chapter 18 were negative; Chapter 19 are mostly positive. In the one, God shows us how we are to "cease to do evil;" in the other he instructs us how to "do well."
We as Christians are to keep firm in our mind the atonement of Christ, to guard against old habits and associations, and to purge and purify our affections. Now in this Chapter, we have another general rule . . . that being to submit ourselves obediently to the moral law, of which this Chapter is a kind of special and authoritative explanation.
We must be respectful to parents and authorities. God says: Lev. 19:3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God. (KJV)
Disobedience in the family, is at the same time treason to the state and it is rebellion against the sovereignty of Heaven. Parental authority is part of God's impressive scheme of government, and it is sin to disregard it.
We must attend to the ordinances of worship. The writer of Hebrews expresses it in this way: Heb. 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (KJV)
We must worship God according to the simplicities of His own appointments. His Word states:
Lev. 19:4 Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God. (KJV) . . . Do NOT look to idols! Be NOT captivated with the ineffective splendors or attractive elegances of heathen worship, to graft them in your worship of Almighty God. We must keep to what He has prescribed, and present and eat our peace-offerings as He has directed. Anything that you place before God is an idol to you . . . money, wealth, possessions, power, fame, glory, being number 1, sex . . . BEWARE!!! God knows!
Lev. 19:10 And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God. (KJV)
We are to be kind to the poor, and make use of our abundance for their benefit. We are only the stewards of God in what we possess because God owns it all. Our harvests and our income are from His gracious Hand. And he claims a portion of them for "the poor and stranger."
DEAR ONE, GOD DOES OWN IT ALL! PLEASE DO NOT DOUBT IT!
Deut. 10:14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD'S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. (KJV)
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. (KJV)
1 Cor. 10:26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof. (KJV)
Lev. 19:11 Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. 12 And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. (KJV) . . . We must be firm in our honesty, in all our transactions with our fellow-men, and we must not swear falsely, nor profane by His Holy Name.
Lev. 19:13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. (KJV)
Without obedience to these rules there can be no social confidence; and without mutual confidence this world would be worse than a barren desert. Unless man can trust his fellow-man, the machinery of the world stops, and social peace is at an end.
Lev 19:14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD. (KJV)
We must have compassion on the conditions of the unfortunate, and never mock or take advantage of their weaknesses. It is the lowest form of depravity when someone laughs or mocks another’s impairments. Who is it that has made man's mouth? Who is it that has made the dumb, deaf, the seeing or the blind? Is it not the Lord? To disrespect, laugh at or ridicule anyone who suffer these things is to mock God, and to insult His Holy managements. He has put these afflicted ones in our world to teach us kindness, gratitude, love, mercy and sympathy, and it is absolute wickedness to amuse ourselves with their hardships.
We must be just in our decisions, without putting at risk affection for the poor, or desire to secure the fawning flattery of the rich and powerful. The ancient heathen pictured the goddess of justice as blind, that she might not see what parties were awaiting her decisions. Our awesome God says: Lev. 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. (KJV)
Rom. 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God. (KJV)
James 2:1-13 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. (KJV)
We must put a bridle on our tongues. We must have compassion for the less fortunate.
Lev. 19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD. (KJV)
It is the DEVIL who is the accuser of the brethren. Many people are not usually malicious, and do not mean to do mischief, but on the other hand, there are so many who love spreading evil, hostile news about their neighbor that makes you tremble. There are some souls like certain birds which seem to survive only on what is vile. It was such, I suppose, that James had in view, when he said: James 3:5-8 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (KJV) . . . The TONGUE needs taming far beyond every other member of our body! Dear one, there is nothing more demonic than a slander peddler. Do NOT be one of them!
Lev. 19:17-18 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. 18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. (KJV)
It is alright to admonish someone for his faults, that he may repent and be saved . . . BUT it must not be done in malice or spite. He is your brother; and our God is the Judge of us all. Dear one, we must be kind and loving. Hatred of ANYONE is against the Laws of our GOOD God!
We must keep from any attempt to join together in inappropriate things, or what God has set apart from us. We CANNOT serve God and Mammon. Heathen lewdness and worldly folly must NOT be permitted to mingle with TRUE Christians. It is quite clear that holiness must be preserved against all disobedience, evil and immorality. We must NEVER use power and position for any carnal gratifications, for it is a high trespass against our Almighty God. We must put a check on our appetite, and accustom ourselves to self-denial. Israel was not permitted to eat fruit from any tree until the fourth year after it began to bear.
We must NOT trust to signs and omens, or resort to predictions and fortune-telling.
Deut. 18:10-11 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. (KJV) . . . Only on God’s good providence should we rely.
We to NOT to seek communication with the dead, or fellowship with those who pretend to bring us messages from the departed. There always have been people who profess to communicate with beings of another world . . . to be inspired by demons . . . and to do wonders by conpact with the devil or his angels. I beg you dear one, STAY FAR AWAY FROM SUCH PEOPLE! God's people are to have nothing to do with them. They can only defile themselves!
Lev. 20:6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. (KJV) . . . Believe GOD! Do NOT believe these demonic frauds! They will only take you to the place where the devil is going! Rev. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (KJV) . . . You do NOT want to go there!
In addition to all this, we must be respectful to age, kind to strangers, honest in our weights and measures, and obedient to all God's statutes and judgments. So shall we be holy and good. And the LORD shall be our God, and we shall be His people.
A remark about Leviticus Chapter 20. We have been considering the laws of holy living. In this Chapter we have God's THREATS against all those who violate them. It is a Chapter of penalties . . . for God is not only our Adviser, but He is our LORD and Judge. His commands are not only kind and gracious counsels, but commanding Laws. They are NOT without severe punishment. A law must have penalties attached to it. God's commandments are Laws, and when someone will not obey them, but sets aside the authority by which they are given, they must meet a doom agreeing with his crime. Sinai still thunders and smokes against those who live in unrighteousness, in spite of the atonement-work of Christ. The axe is laid at the root of the tree, and if the tree does NOT bear good fruit, it shall be cut down, and put on the fire. Where is the fire? The Bible says it is HELL! We either OBEY God, or suffer the eternal consequences!
The Gospel is glad tidings of great joy. It is a call of mercy from the heavens to the suffering and the lost . . . BUT it is a call to holiness. Dear one, it is a glorious sign of life to those that yield to it, and walk in its light, it is a fearful sign of death to death to those who despise or disobey it. 2 Peter 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. (KJV)
The Gospel opens wide to us a beautiful Heaven, and gives us a safe and easy way to enter it . . . BUT when anyone despises and disobeys it . . . the cost is awful . . . that being, condemnation to the deepest Hell (Jn.3:18-19, 36; 1 Jn.5:10-12). The actual GRACE that brings salvation to believers, is the same GRACE that becomes a curse to deepen the punishment of unbelievers who refuse to accept and obey the Gospel.
And if they seem terrific as they applied anciently to this world, still more terrific are they as a type of what is to come upon the faithless and impenitent hearer of the Gospel. What does the Scriptures say??? Rom. 2:7-9 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; (KJV)
God is merciful. His grace is unspeakable (2 Cor.9:15). But He is also just, and must support the honor of His Throne. Men may try to camouflage or conceal the Gospel, but the Day of Atonement does NOT replace the day of retribution (revenge).
Heb. 10:28-31 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Dear one, there is so much terror predicted in this Bible. Psalm 119:53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law. (KJV)
The Final Judgment
Mat. 25:31-46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)
Judgment Before the Great White Throne
Rev. 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)
Dear one, the gates of salvation stand open to us to-day. The Arms of Heaven are stretched out to embrace us. The mansions of eternity are ready to receive us to them (Jn.14:2-3; 1 Pet.1:4). The prayers of our Great Intercessor have secured for us a HOME in the New Jerusalem (Rev.21). Eternal life is on the everlasting branches of the tree of life. But, between us and Heaven lies a path of good deeds and consecration to God.
Judgment Before the Great White Throne
Rev 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)
Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. KJV) . . . Hell is the second death (Rev.2:11; 20:14; 21:8).
Jesus says: Mat. 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (KJV)
If you want eternal life, you must keep the commandments. IF you refuse to obey, Hell looms before you! There is NO other alternative. The Gospel is absolutely in Leviticus.
Moses clearly brings the GOSPEL in the Book of Leviticus!
He brings us a crystal-clear picture of Jesus!
The Gospel most certainly is in Leviticus.
Is the Gospel in the Book of Leviticus? YES, it is!!!
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