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Living Water 48
One of the biggest problems with the sheep and goats parable from Matthew 25 is people don't understand how that judgment is ongoing. The judgment mentioned is a judgment that's regularly made through the High Priestly ministry of Jesus and whether you're talking eonian life or eonian chastisement, they're both flowing from the words of our mouths and our corresponding actions. The passage cites only a few of the things that people talk about and that they do or don't do. We've been delivered from the authority of eonian punishment and translated into the Kingdom of God's dear Son 'cause God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes on Him wouldn't perish but would have eonian life. Therefore, aioios kolasis (mistranslated as "eternal punishment" in Matthew 25:46 in KJV) can be studied in the rest of the New Testament with anything that it says we've been delivered from the manifestation, or authority, of that's presented as an opposite of our eonian life in Christ Jesus.
All of these matters are things we're speaking for ourselves or against ourselves by living Covenantally or living by the 2Peter 3 Anti-Creation that St. Peter said is burning with destruction. I'm using the idea of an Anti-Creation in the way that people often speak of "Anti-Christ" because of the two sets of statements in the Scriptures that clearly harmonize with looking at it with that concept where on the one hand you've got a Creation that enters into the liberties of the children of God, yet you've got something else that's passing away that poses to man's senses as the real world with all of the violence in nature and it's lack of nurturing everyone within it that's not a part of God's original design or final intention. James chapter 3 speaks of this Anti-Creation with the tongue that's set on fire of Gehenna, yet clearly throughout the Psalms, Isaiah, and elsewhere, every tongue is meant to acclaim that Jesus is Lord, that in Him they have righteousness and strength, and that “the Lord lives in truth, judgment, and righteousness” according to Philippians 2:10-11, Isaiah 45:23-24, and Jeremiah 4:2. Anything that's baring this “eternal fire” that the New Testament speaks of must pass away according to statements in Hebrews, 2Peter, and elsewhere, yet all of the things that must pass away we're told elsewhere in Scripture endure for as long as God does in their restored, righteous forms, indicating what was being demolished was the wickedness rather than the instruments of sin (Micah 7:19; Romans 6:13, 19).
2Corinthians 5:10 speaks of all of us having to appear before the judgment seat of our Melchizedek to receive according to the things done in the flesh, whether good or bad, yet the main thing He said in Matthew 12:33-37 that He'd judge was our words; said elsewhere what came out of a man's mouth defiled him more than what went into it (Matthew 15:10-11), 'cause obviously what went into it would be in response to what came out of it: a man's belly shall be satisfied by the fruit of his lips, according to Proverbs 18:20. It would be worth the next few weeks for you to review every single judgment passage from the perspective of Jesus as High Priest over words and corresponding actions, because death and life, [or we could say judgment and blessing, Romans 5:18; 1Peter 3:10] are in the power of the tongue according to Proverbs 18:21 and quite a few other books of the Bible.
The harvest is the end of the age in Matthew 13:39, but so is the Melchizedek ministry of Christ Jesus in 1Corinthians 15:28; Hebrews 5:6; 7:17, 21; 9:12, 15; 10:12; 13:8, 20. You see Jesus in His High Priestly ministry in Matthew 13:30, as High Priest of our words, according to Hebrews 3:1 and Hebrews 4:14. He said the reapers are the angels in Matthew 13:39, REGARDLESS of what your Pastor told you to the contrary. In Psalm 103:20 they hearken to the voice of His Word and minister for the heirs of salvation in Hebrews 1:14. When you keep saying things that are against the Covenants of Promise for your life, there does come a day when you're bundled for eonian punishment, as Matthew 13:30, 41-42; 25:46 says, but this punishment is a quality of life, [or the lack thereof,] as a stranger to the Covenant of Promise. You do get cast into the Gehenna of your own making, as it says in James chapter 3. In saying that, the Scriptures aren't speaking of God's furnace for burning those He's expelled from Himself, 'cause that would violate 2Samuel 14:14. They're talking about your inheriting that sickness, disease, poverty, or whatever else you so greatly feared [and gave voice to with words and actions] coming upon you (Job 3:25). Every word and action comes to harvest and will bare a minimum of 30fold, 60fold, 100fold, and 1000fold, again as their barest minimums! This is a voice-activated Creation. Judgment and Eonian Life are voice-activated.
What we speak is either eonian life going forth or eonian punishment going forth that we're each ministering to our inner-being as a seed and when it gets in our spirit in abundance, then it'll produce the eonian life or eonian punishment circumstances, experiences, and settings of our lives. Again, the parables in Matthew chapters 24 and 25 have the Melchizedek ministry of Christ Jesus as their setting and we're either ministering eonian life or eonian punishment to ourselves as our experiences in this life in relation to our handling of the exceedingly great and precious promises that the Blood was shed for.
For whatever reason people never look for the Melchizedek ministry of Christ Jesus in the Gospels and expect all of it's references to only be in the book of Hebrews and select passages from St. Paul, but all that the Bible teaches about His ministry after the order of Melchizedek is something it's telling us to view all of His present day ministry through and in the light of. Even if the Gospels were spoken before He went to the Cross, He told the people to continue in His Words and that would clearly involve expanding the time-frame of His Words beyond the Cross, though obviously qualified by all of the changes that were made to space-time and matter-energy by His Cross.
His teaching in Matthew 7 closes with what people would get when they tried to come to Him in prayer on the basis of all they had done in the behalf of the poor and He would dismiss them as their High Priest, having nothing in those words that He could work with 'cause though those were good deeds that they would receive eonian life or eonian punishment based upon, according to Matthew 25's sheep and goats parable, there was nothing in those words themselves that He could operate our Covenant with Him on the basis of! There would be nothing in all of what we told Him about what we have done that He could be in Covenant with, which should speak many terabytes to those that always approach Him on the basis of something they're needing forgiveness of, instead of going to Him on the basis of the righteousness that He's made them through His Cross, as an example of the same issue coming from the opposite direction.
In Ephesians chapters 1 thru 3 we're participants in the divine nature, even sitting on the throne of God in this life on the basis of what Lord Jesus did and on the basis of the Covenants we're not to be strangers to. That's what we're to say and what we're to do what we say and do on the basis of. Everything we do is on the basis of the New Covenant, according to 2Corinthians 3:4-6. Otherwise, we're ministering eonian punishment to ourselves, as Matthew 25:46 puts it. Our life and blessings is through the Word, our death and cursings is through saying ANYTHING AT ALL that doesn't pertain to the exceedingly great and precious promises by which we're participants in the divine nature. Jesus called every good thing we could come up with, absolutely all of it, that didn't specifically come from the New Covenant 100% lawlessness in Matthew 7:21-23. Again, everything's got to be built on the rock of His exceedingly great and precious promises, according to Matthew 7:24-27 and Luke 6:46-49.
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For the idols speak delusion; the diviners envision lies, and tell false dreams; they comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; they are in trouble because there is no shepherd. Zechariah 10:2
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