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Understand the Inward Transformation Work of Grace

By Pieter Kirstein

 

 

Understand the inward transformation work of grace 

 

 

Anyone that teaches that grace is freedom to sin is deceived because Jesus brought in a much higher standard than the laws of the old covenant. 

 

 

Law was outward restraint written on tablets of stone. 

 

 

The work of grace is inward transformation, given through the doctrine of Christ, until we reflect His image, nature and likeness, which is the fulfillment of holiness, wholeness and godliness. 

 

 

His work of transformation in us under the new covenant brings us into the freedom of the Spirit as sons and daughters led by Him. 

 

 

This inward transformation is declared in Ezekiel 36:23-27 I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned among them. 

 

 

Then the nations will know [without any doubt] that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among  in their sight. For I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. 

 

 

Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My ordinances and do them.

 

 

These statutes and ordinances, in the context of the new covenant, speaks of the doctrine of Christ given in the sermon on the mount, which is the gospel of His kingdom by which He declares a much higher standard than the laws given under the Old Levitical priesthood and covenant because now under the ministry of Christ, it's a matter of the condition of the heart before God.

 

 

The Father through Christ introduced to us His ministry of the heart, which is the ministry of love 

 

 

 The laws given under the old covenant was a legalistic system of performance, whereas the ministry of love through grace transforms us inwardly. He works transformation and renewal and change into us. 

 

 

Now notice, He first quotes from the old covenant, then He declares the new standard of His new covenant. 

 

 

Murder Begins in the Heart

 

 

Matthew 5

 

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 

 

22   But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

 

 

Then again He declares His new standard of righteousness through His Melchizedek 

 

Priesthood and New Covenant. Remember that His ministry of love, is a matter of the heart 

 

 

 

Again He quotes from the old covenant then establishes the standard of His new covenant order. 

 

 

Adultery in the Heart

 

 

27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 

 

 

 

   But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 

 

 

His love corrects everything!

 

 

Then further in the text, He comes to the matter of the law, which must be understood through His propitiation work declared in Romans 3:9-31 

 

 

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

 

 

Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

Which commandments is He referring to?

 

 

He's talking about His words spoken in the beginning of the chapter, which is the new covenant standard of the righteousness which God requires. Christ came to do for us what the law was powerless to accomplish in us. 

 

 

HE CAME TO FULFILL THE LAW. 

 

 

These things which He spoke is that which is required of us  -   

 

Matthew 5:2-20 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

 

 

Poverty of spirit exposes our sinfulness before a holy God and declares our intense need of a Savior. Poverty of spirit exposes our faults, our failures, our weaknesses, our shortcomings and imperfections which causes an outcry of desperation for God to intervene on our behalf. Poverty of spirit declares His all-sufficiency in the midst of our nothingness. 

 

 

Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. 

 

 

This mourning is referring to our need of repentance  -  James 4:4-10 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? 

 

 

Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? 

 

 

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 

 

 

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

 

 

Lament and mourn and weep! 

 

Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

 

 

Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 

 

 

This meekness is one of the fruits and virtues of His Spirit that must be wrought out in us as we grow and mature in Christ. The fruit speaks of the mature stage of the born-again seed. 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

 

 

Only His Spirit can infuse our hearts with this hunger and thirst for righteousness because our flesh is contrary to God. This speaks of the operation of grace in our hearts and minds  -  Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 

 

 

This speaks of learning and understanding the love nature and forgiving character of God, because the flesh is vindictive and easily becomes offended and seeks revenge.

 

 

Exodus 34:6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.

 

 

2 Samuel 22:26-28 “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. You will save the humble people; But Your eyes are on the haughty, that You may bring them down.

 

 

All of these ordinances given through the new covenant under the priesthood of Christ introduces us to be beauty and the power of His love 

 

 

 It's a matter of transforming the hearts of His people. 

 

 

Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 

 

 

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

 

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 

 

 

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 

 

 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. 

 

 

A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 

 

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. 

 

 

Now in the context of this revelation 

 

 

let's read Romans 3:9-31.

 

 

What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. 

 

 

For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 

 

 

They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” 

 

 

“Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 

 

 

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 

 

 

Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 

 

 

God’s Righteousness Through Faith.

 

 

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. 

 

 

For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 

 

 

Boasting Excluded 

 

 

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.

Now under the priesthood and covenant of Christ, by which He sets forth new laws, precepts and commandments by the doctrine that He speaks, we turn away from the legalistic requirements of the laws given under the Old Levitical priesthood and we simply put our faith in Christ to perform in us what the laws of Moses could not accomplish 

 

 

Hebrews 7:11-19 

Need for a New Priesthood.

 

 

Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? 

 

 

For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. 

 

 

For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. 

 

 

And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. 

 

 

For He testifies: “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.” For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

 

 

God's Spirit now works transformation and renewal and change into us as we pursue Him through personal intimate relationship  -  2 Corinthians 3:4-18 

 

 

The Spirit, Not the Letter.

 

 

And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 

 

 

Glory of the New Covenant 

 

 

But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 

 

For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. 

 

 

For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.

 

 

But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains un-lifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 

 

 

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

 

This is beautifully confirmed in 

 

 

Jeremiah 31:31-34 

A New Covenant.

 

 

 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 

 

 

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 

 

 

No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

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Praise God! He is so good to all of us!

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16.03 | 15:20

I needed to hear this today. Its been sooo very difficult for a long time honestly asked God if I was the toxic one and just didn't realize it so I could repent

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this is so beautiful and such a testimony to the Lord's healing power and sanctification through our suffering. Much of my walk with Christ is similar to yours.

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Shavua Tov

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