Heaven's Royal Proclamation
By William Handschumacher
Rock of Offence Special Commentary
This is Part 2 of a five-part Bible study.
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How Wrong Bible Teaching
About Sin Frustrates the
Grace of God
Heaven’s Royal Proclamation is incredibly good news for the sinner. However, for church leaders who embrace one of the many brands of Christian theology based on the previously annulled Old Testament Law – the news isn’t so great. This is why many of these ministers, to avoid being discredited, resort to various methods designed to hide or even justify the obvious contradictions found in their doctrine. One method is claiming that the ‘sins’ Jesus took away - are the ones that occurred before we were saved. It is then suggested that the sins committed after we are saved must be dealt with a different way, which often involves the practice of some brand of Old Testament repentance. Repentance should certainly be performed when we sin. However, the way repentance is practiced after the cross – according to Heaven’s Royal Proclamation - is vastly different than the way it was performed under Old Testament Levitical Law. Additional information is available in the following study:
How the Cross of Christ Changed the
Role and Definition of Repentance
Another popular method is to separate the general definition of sin into its various Biblical expressions such as; trespasses and transgressions. In the original Greek language of the New Testament the word ‘sin’ is connected to the sport of archery … and means ‘to miss the mark’. Various ministers claim that sin occurs when we try to be good and live righteously (by attempting to hit the bulls-eye) ... but missed. The goal is to persuade believers that Jesus took away this lesser kind of sin - but deals differently with the more serious categories of premeditated or willful sin involving ‘trespasses and transgressions’. This ‘different way’ often involves some brand of Old Testament repentance based on Levitical Law – which is now ‘annulled’ through the cross of Christ. Once again, the way repentance is practiced after the cross – according to Heaven’s Royal Proclamation - is vastly different than the way it was performed under Old Testament Levitical Law (also referred to as ‘the law of Moses’).
Both of these methods, along with many others, are used by various churches and denominations to circumvent Heaven’s Royal Proclamation - by restoring the previous system of law that God specifically said He ‘annulled’ and ‘took out of the way’ through the cross of Christ. They must quietly reverse Heaven's decree because their doctrine is built (either totally or in part) on the tenants of Old Testament Law, which God now declares to be invalid. In the political world such an act is considered to be ‘treasonous’ - because it frustrates and undermines the new ‘law of the Spirit of life in Christ’ legally established at the cross (Romans 8:1-2). Yet, when Old Testament law is annulled by our new High Priest - as described in Hebrews chapter 7:11-22 ... all sin (including its other more serious expressions) is eternally invalidated and removed in the exact same way. This includes ...
All past, present and
"And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of the requirements that was against us (the Law), which was contrary to us. And He (Jesus) has taken it (the Law) out of the way, having nailed it to the cross." (Colossians 2:13-14 – Emphasis Added)
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: For if righteousness come by the Law, then Christ is dead in vain. (the word ‘vain’ means that Christ’s death becomes meaningless)." (Galatians 2:20-21 Emphasis Added)
"But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)
After the cross, God can only impute or charge us with sin if Old Testament Law - that Jesus fulfilled at the cross and then took out of the way - is somehow reintroduced. This is something our Heavenly Father will never do. Yet, many ministers (but thankfully not all) commit this unthinkable act against the finished work of Christ by reintroducing the now obsolete and invalidated system of law upon their unsuspecting congregations - making Christ's salvation subject to its tenants. These practices are not new and can be traced all the way back to the first century church, where it started to surface in Acts chapter 15.
The truths that reveal how Christ ended the government of Old Testament Law originates from the 'Pauline Revelation'. We can now better understand the following words of Saint Paul:
"For sin shall not have dominion
over you: for ye are not under the
the law, but under grace."
In other words, sin no longer has the
Power to condemn and send the believer
to hell because the cross of Christ
took the Law that gave sin its power
permanently out of the way.
When ministers deny the finished work
of Christ that 'takes the law out of
the way' ... by quietly reinserting
the same law back into their evangelistic
message - one of the most dangerous
heresies found within Christendom is
created. The Apostle Paul refers to it
"A different gospel
and another Jesus"
This practice exists on both the Roman
Catholic and Protestant sides of the
isle ... and nearly everything in
between. (Galatians 1:6-8)
Martin Luther (1483-1546), considered by some to be 'the Father of the Protestant Reformation', stated these same truths in a slightly different way:
"Either sin is with you, lying on your
shoulders, or it is lying on Christ,
the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on
your back, you are lost; but if it is
resting on Christ, you are free, and
you will be saved. Now choose what
The Day of Pentecost was
the Beginning of the Law's
New Role that Now Operates
Through the Indwelling Holy
The law is not being 'thrown away' (or destroyed) as some accuse us of saying. Jesus said that He didn't come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it - which requires a radical change in its previous role. As a result, God takes the old program of the Law out of the way (abolishes it) ... and replaces it with something new - and better.
God's Holy Spirit is the
embodiment of everything the
previous Old Testament Law
represented ... except for
the condemnation and judgment
for breaking its commandments
(the Bible calls it 'sin'). The
condemnation and judgment was
permanently removed by the Lamb
of God who paid the price, in
blood, so that all these
violations could be legally
cancelled in God's Heavenly
courtroom. This is called...
In Romans 7:12 Saint Paul instructs us that the Law is "holy and just and good". However, Paul also reveals that this same Law "made nothing perfect because it was weak and unprofitable" (Hebrews 7:18-19). He continues the same thought in Romans 8:1-4 by saying; "For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son ...."
We see that the Law was indeed holy and just and good ... but it was also weak, unprofitable - and made nothing perfect. Paul tells us that God initiated the New Covenant to correct these faults (read Hebrews 8:6-7). This is why the Spirit of Christ - also called "the Holy Spirit" - is God's 'new and better and perfect replacement' for the Law of the Old Testament. On the day of Pentecost following Christ's crucifixion, the 'Holy Spirit' came to indwell every true believer in Christ - which was also the beginning of the Law's new and enhanced role. One reason we call it 'enhanced' (the Bible uses the word ... 'Better') is because it was stripped of the condemnation (God's judgment against sin), which previously existed at the core of the old system. However, this judgment has no place in the new administration of the Spirit, since Jesus bore all of our judgment for sin on the cross - which sets us free and makes us righteous in God's eyes (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is why Paul made the statement in Romans 8:1 ...
"There is therefore now no
condemnation to those who
are in Christ Jesus ..."
This new 'indwelling administration of the Spirit' is referred to in Romans 8:1-4 as; "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus". In Luke 22:20, Jesus referred to it as "the New Covenant in My blood". When this new administration (or new covenant) started to govern after the cross ... God considers the old administration (or covenant) of the law to be obsolete (Hebrews 8:13). Its 'obsolescence' requires that it be taken permanently 'out of the way' (Colossians 2:13-14). Finally, to remove any doubt, Hebrews 7:11-19 declares that the Law was 'annulled' (invalidated) through Christ's new office as the believer's 'High Priest'.
All of these clear Scriptural
testimonies concerning the
fulfillment and removal of
the Law by the cross of Christ
offers the reader little room
to argue, unless you are
attempting to defend an
unbiblical theology, a
a different gospel-or another
It also reveals the shocking
truth that there are many
churches, denominations and
ministries that insist that
they represent Christ, yet are ...
'Christian in name only'
In addition to Jeremiah's prophecy
about the future new covenant, the
prophet Ezekiel also speaks about
this future change in God's
(God is speaking) "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of 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 judgments and do them. (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
We can now understand what Saint
Paul meant when he said ...
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
"But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." (Words of Saint Paul from Romans 8:11)
Paul reveals the incredible truth that the Holy Spirit now "dwells in the believer". This is a unique New Covenant provision that was not available to those living under Old Testament Law.
Paul uses the word "ministry" to
describe both the previous Old
Testament program ... and the
New Covenant program of Christ.
Note: Some translations use the
word 'administration' instead of
the word 'ministry. Regardless
of which term is used, the goal
is to show that an old ministry
or administration has ended and
a new administration (of the
Spirit) has begun.
"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. 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." (2 Corinthians 3:4-11 - Emphasis Added)
Paul is comparing both the new and
the previous administrations in
the following ways:
- The old administration (the letter-or law) now kills
- The new administration (the Spirit) gives life
- The old administration (ministry of death) was
- The new administration (ministry of the Spirit)
is more glorious
- The old administration (ministry of condemnation)
- The new administration (ministry of righteousness)
has much more glory
- The old administration is passing away
- The new administration remains
According to Ephesians 3:1-7, all believers
in Christ are now governed by the new
ministry of the Spirit also known as ...
The Dispensation of the
Grace of God
Paul also uses an alternate term to describe the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in the believer ... which is 'sealed with the Holy Spirit'. In Scripture the word 'sealed' carries the idea of 'permanence or preservation'. After the cross, when God seals an individual it is to keep the contents (in this case the Holy Spirit and Christ's salvation that comes with Him) from being lost. The 'seal' remains in place until the 'Day of Redemption' ... or the day that Christ returns to remove the Church from the earth. Contrary to some popular church teachings, this means that a believer is not unsealed when they sin, then resealed when they repent - as taught by a popular counterfeit gospel. The cross of Christ forever removes sin's power to condemn the believer. As a result, sin does not possess the power to undo God's seal, which is why it remains in place until Jesus returns.
In the final part of this study, we
describe how all of this works
within Christ's blood-bought New
Covenant plan of redemption
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