My wife and I survived COVID in early August 2021.
By popular request, this is the COVID regimen that worked great that I got from our Covid Doctor Jane Orient, MD internal medicine in Tucson, AZ that I also confirmed from several friends who survived, saw other Covid doctors and/or learned from their research. I’m sure others have learned more, but we saw immediate results over 3 days and steady since. Our symptoms are nearly gone and oxygen levels staying between 93 and 98 depending on what did to improve them.
We went on the key Ivermectin 15mg/day all at once with fatty food for 150lbs and 18mg/day for 180lbs – 1 mg per 10 lbs body weight. Hydro-chloroquine 200mg 2x/day
Walmart ran out of both of these but found CVS covered under insurance. You can get in Mexico, Canada, GoodRX, and American Frontline Doctors. Feed stores sell Ivermectin for horses, which a 78yr old rancher I know said worked just fine – he never missed a day of work.
My Standard primary care doc gave me zpack – had no effect. I wasted valuable time going to TMC One Urgent care. They took forever to see me, apologized 3 times, had me fill meds that did nothing for me, so I lost 2 days. I learned from this and got my wife on Ivermectin and Hydro-chloroquine ASAP and she immediately got better.
Albuterol every 4hrs helped.
Prednesone 20mg 1/day as needed. This has helped if breathing was bad.
Quercitin 500mg/day 2x
d3 10,000 iu/day broken up thru day. Getting outside 2x/day with sunscreen though because of the zinc caused me to sunburn.
zinc 150mg 2x/day is key for cutting viral infections in half
500mg vit c + 500 mg bioflavonoids every 2-3 hrs is key – see Dr. LINUS PAULING Nobel peace price paper on vitamin C. It has to reach 8000mg threshold/spillway for it to start killing ANY infections. Ideal is 10,000 mg/day. A little loose stool is worth it, but our bodies are sucking it up so not much of this. We will taper as we come out of this.
200mcg selenium 2/day – super antioxidant.
100mg Co-Q10 2x/day – super antioxidant.
Whole-food multi-vit 2x/day (2x needed when under stress, not just maintaining health).
mucus ER GF 2x/day with lot of water followed in 1hr by lots of steam breathing + mentholatim and thus lots of blowing, coughing up, beating chess.
2, 25-30mg pseudophed every 4 hrs otherwise to stay dry.
Every ‘blow’ throughout the day (many of those) followed by deep snorts of saline solution – covid hates salt.
1 Zyrtec/day to reduce allergy irritation from molds and weeds from all the rains – noticed less irritation, better breathing. Better is Nettles 2x/day.
I changed my cooler pads. After every rain the next day, I have drained and washed the pads to keep dust, bacteria, mold from circulating in house. The mold we found on 8/5 likely lowered our immune system to get Covid settled into our lungs. Turned out I didn’t have an overflow so reservoir filled up from rains and kept pads from drying out.
Because I was seeing color for awhile in sinuses, after zpack ran out and saw no effect, I had lots of Cipro from Mexico and started 750mg 2/day until clear for 5 days now, so after 10 days off that.
Probiotics + yogurt taken throughout day has helped keep the gut working – a lot of immune system starts in the gut.
165mg Milk thistle 1-2x/day helping my liver since it was fatty last checked.
What really has helped us is 5 fresh raw cloves of garlic eaten with food or in smoothies 3x/day. I’ve only really been sick 2 times since 1998 because I learned this from an old roommate and a Chinese Herbologist – it’s anti-viral, fungal, and bacterial, even killing cancer on contact. It’s always worked for healing ears, nose, throat, lungs cause it saturates the mucus membranes where bad stuff settles.
I’ve been doing 1-2/day super green, super red power drinks often with yogurt, garlic, half banana, coconut milk, fresh greens, ambazon acai, mighty dozen juices from Costco.
I’ve minimized fruit, no sweets, little bread, some meat but not much, lots of veggies. Minimize the dairy causing drainage. Minimize processed food – toxic to the body.
When on antibiotics no supplements 2hrs before or after.
Profuse sweating on hot runs and in my hot car and at night with lots of blankets pisses Covid off – it doesn’t like heat. Even the burning garlic works on it. Toxins are sweat out. Super hot showers sitting on floor just breathing the steam for 15 min has helped drain and cough up lots. Saline then helps a lot. Lots of water.
1 30mg Benadryl at night has helped. I don’t sleep on back – worse thing for covid. I sleep at a 45 degree angle on my side with my super-comfortable My Pillow pillows and Mattress-Topper.
I take cat naps to worship piano music by Dappy T Keys – very anointed.
Nightly, I’ve been doing Lord’s supper with prophetic visions for Jesus being the bread of life, light of the world, perfect healing blood of Christ on the cross – by His stripes we are healed.
The Lord showed me to send 20 waring angels against demons ailing us.
Healing only comes when we stand our ground in faith to the end, standing With God’s promises despite our desires or pain tolerance. We must fully surrender or die trying.
Easier said than done. “Taking up your cross daily for Jesus” and standing your ground by trusting-relying-faith in God’s promises makes the pitifully weak flesh complain. Freakin’ cry baby.
Having an O2 meter was vital. I monitored often to take stuff. Jogging 2x/day for 20min each raised level 5% and it got better at staying above 93%. You are in trouble if below 90. Start doing stuff.
I percussively beat my chest all over in long hot shower 2x/day when bad. Don’t let it settle in chest – my friend died of pneumonia because it did.
My wife did all this stuff and was fine in 3 days but she attacked day 1. What really set her back 7 days was the mono-Claudia (sp?) antibodies infusion her work insisted on. I didn’t take and I recovered faster. I heard others complain about this.
The latest studies from Israel and UK (both 85% + vaccinated) are the vaccines Spike proteins mutated by the mRNA in the vaccine are be “shed” so that in 3 weeks the vaccinated people are getting very sick from other variants or any illness because their immune system has been attacked by these. 70% of the New deaths in UK are from mRNA vaccinated people. So the current pandemic spikes are being caused by the mRNA vaccinated people. Adding boosters will just keeping this process repeating and a lot more people will get very sick and die.
You can’t listen to the just 1 news source because many are not investigating anything or digging into the big studies. They are quoting propaganda put out by sources that have made 1 error after another, flip-flopping ever week or so – like Tony Fauci who is under deep investigation for financial ties to Wuhan labs and caught lying to congress. Many emails have revealed that he illegally used US grants to fund this Covid-engineered ‘gain-of-function’ Chinese virus. Several whistle- blowers have provided documentation.
You have to look at 100s of top world scientists, all the studies, and do your own homework! Don’t trust any 1 source! To many political & financial conflicts of interest!
Unconditional-love sometimes has to be tough, so it calls for ‘just judgment’
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In our Politically-Correct (PC) environment, it seems everybody is quick to quote Jesus, “Krino judge (a) me not in possibility, and you will me not in possibility be judged (a)” (b), but a fuller version (c) links to it “katadikazo condemn-as-guilty (d) me not in possibility, and you will me not in possibility be condemned (d); apoluo forgive, and you will be forgiven” (c). In this latter version, because of the connection to “condemnation” the “krino judgment” in mind is likely acting like a court judge who “separates into 2 piles” to free/loose people as either innocent or bind/condemn people as guilt. This is NOT an absolute fact, which uses ou or ouk, but a me possibility. This allows for God’s unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace through the blood of Christ to exacting justice upon our failures, thus the final though – forgiveness. We also have to remember that Jesus is talking to Jewish people on a hillside in the early part of His ministry, not to Christian apostles later in His ministry who He will “give the keys of the kingdom of heaven, so whatever you ‘bind’ [as a judge] on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you ‘loose’ [as a judge] shall be loosed in heaven” (e), nor to “render to Caesar what is Caesar’s” (f) authority that judge have in civil courtrooms for keeping law and order to maintain society from falling into chaos, where evil people would be quick to oppress the innocent, which Paul makes clear we are to obey as ordained by God (g) as we will speak of next.
<Notes> a) krino: separate/distinguish as with separating grain from the chaff, pick-out or choose by separating, come to a choice/decision/opinion/judgment either positive or negative, typically of right versus wrong or superior versus inferior or innocence versus guilt, especially against an official or legal standard in order to be accurate in order to make an intelligent comparison/contrast, thus to bring to trail or trying of fact in a court of law. b) Matthew 7:1, c) Luke 6:37, d) katadikazo: down-upon-judging, condemn in an exact, personal manner, thus to pronounce guilty as a judge in a court of law. See also the verb katakrino: to krino judge “down upon” or against, worthy of punishment, to sentence as damned: Matthew 12:41-42, 20:18, 27:3; Mark 10:33, 14:64, 16:16; Luke 11:31-32; John 8:10-11; Romans 2:1, 8:3, 34, 14:23; 1 Corinthians 11:32; Hebrews 11:7; 2 Peter 2:6. See also the noun katakrisis: “krisis qualitative krino judging, but in this case only negatively because it is “down-up” you as a sentence of condemnation, the prefix kata also used to mean ‘decidedly’ guilty: 2 Corinthians 3:9, 7:3. See also the noun katakrima: down-upon krima judgment result/verdict, the exact sentence of condemnation handed down after the due process of krima judging: Romans 5:16, 18, 8:1. e) Matthew 16:19, 18:18 – see below, f) Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25, g) Romans 13:1-7.
Paul says in Romans 13:1-7, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities . . . for those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur [judicial] krima judgment (a). For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to evil. Would you have no fear (or reverential respect and awe) of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers/servants of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.” There is so much written in the bible condemning anarchy and lawlessness! <Notes> a) krima is the noun of krino verb: judgment, emphasizing its result/verdict rather than qualitative aspect seen in krisis – see below note ‘c.’ This dramatically links cause to effect, every decision or action to inevitable eternal results/verdicts.
Jesus isn’t so much against judgment as too many Christians believe, as we’ve seen above. He also said, “why do you absolutely in fact not krino judge for yourself what is right?” (a) and “Do not in possibility krino judge by appearances, but instead krino judge [with] righteous-just-equitable (b) krisis judgment (c)” (d). <Notes> a) Luke 12:57, b) dikaios: right, judicially-approved or God-approved because it is just/righteous, fair, equitable, c) krisis: where we get the word “crisis”, noun form of krino, thus judgment that emphasizes its positive-negative qualitative aspect, whether positively of ‘you are right’ resulting in acquittal or negatively of ‘you are wrong’ resulting in condemnation – see also note ‘a’ above for krima that emphasizes the actual result/verdict, d) John 7:24.
The NT is also clear that we aren’t supposed to krino judge those in the world, but it does give specific instructions for krino judging those in the Church. For example, in 1 Corinthians 5:11-12 and 2 Thessalonians 3:6 concerning Christians practicing sin who wouldn’t repent, Paul says to “not even associate with them or even share a meal, because “is it not those inside the Church whom you are to krino judge?” for as Peter also says: “krima judgment does begin in the house of God” (a). Paul continues: “For what have I to do with krino judging outsiders?” and in another writing, Paul says: “Do you not know that the saints shall, in the future, krino judge the world? And so if the world is to be krino judged by you, are you incompetent to krino judge trivial cases (b)?” (c). Later in that letter, Paul says: “But if we [rightly] diakrino discriminantly-judged (d) ourselves, we would absolutely in fact not come under continual/repeated (e) krino judging. But when we are krino judged by the Lord (Jesus), we are being paideuo child-trained (f) so that we may not be katakrino condemned along with the world (g)” (h). This is likely the type of the Lord’s paideuo discipline of His children (i) – see Least Among You – BT11.
<Notes> a) 1 Peter 4:17, b) cases within the Church to keep them from going to civil judges. James 2:6 is incensed that some rich people were “dragging into court to oppress and dishonor” poor Christians,” and in context implying that some so-called “Christians” were doing this, c) 1 Corinthians 6:2, d) diakrino: to judge thru-the-realizing-channel-of, the prefix used for emphasize, thus to judge thoroughly, thus to investigate or discriminate thoroughly either rightly by close-reasoning or wrongly by going too far, or to judge by vacillating back and forth, as determined by the context, e) the rare imperfect tense “kept on” used here, where normally the present tense would be used for current action often with an ongoing sense, f) paideuo: trained/reared/instructed like a child, g) by default the world is condemned: John 3:17; Hebrews 11:7, h) 1 Corinthians 11:31-32, i) Hebrews 12:10.
Jesus also gave clear instructions, which few churches follow, on dealing with Christians in unrepentant sin, first privately, then with 2-3 witnesses, then to the whole Church (a), only restoring them gently if they repent, otherwise treating them as you would a Gentile (b) or tax collector (c). That is “tough love!” Paul also says those “of the Spirit should restore sinning Christians by the Spirit of gentleness” (d) for the nature of unconditional-love, the singular fruit/nature of the Spirit, includes gentleness (e). <Notes> a) Matthew 18:15-20, b) godless, heathens, c) despised Jews collecting taxes for the Gentile Romans, d) Galatians 6:1, e) Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 4:21.
However, the ‘balance’ of fair, equitable, just judgment within the Church is expressed by James 2:1, 4, 4:11-12 “My brethren, show in possibility no [behavior] in/by/with prosopolempsia partiality (b) . . . if you pay attention to the one who wears fine clothing . . . while you are otherwise to the poor man . . . have you not then [wrongly] diakrino discriminating-judging among yourselves (Christians) and thus become krites judges (d) [here] with evil (context: unjust-inequitable) thoughts? . . . do not speak evil (context: unjust-inequitable accusations) against one another, [Christian] brethren. . . the one who krino judges his [Christian] brethren speaks evil (context: unjust accusations) against the Law (the just-equitable judgment of God) and/coupled krino judges the Law, but if you krino judge the Law, you are not a doer of the Law but a krites judge, but there is only One Lawgiver and/coupled One krites Judge, He who is able to save and to destroy, but who are you to be routinely krino judging your plesion neighbor (e)?” <Notes> a) prosopolempsia: special respect of persons, Jew or Gentile or race or color or sex or wealth or position, thus showing favoritism, which is krino judging my outward appearances or circumstances and not in their intrinsic merits, thus preferring the rich, high-born, and powerful over the poor and destitute, b) but God shows no partiality in His judgment: Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9; Acts 10:34; Galatians 2:6, neither does Jesus: Luke 20:21, even if the result is negative: Colossians 3:25, and so neither should we: Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 1:17, 16:19; Proverbs 24:23; Ephesians 6:9; James 2:1, 9, c) diakrino: to judge thru-the-realizing-channel-of, the prefix used for emphasize, thus to judge thoroughly, thus to investigate or discriminate thoroughly either rightly by close-reasoning or wrongly by going too far, or to judge by vacillating back and forth, as determined by the context, d) krites: judge who officially, legally krino judge for krisis positive or negative qualitative judgment or krima result that is a verdict of ‘not guilty’ or ‘guilty’ resulting in acquittal or condemnation katakrino or katadikazo, e) plesion: near/close one, fellow countrymen or fellow Jews as often in the Law such as ‘Love your neighbor,’ but here in context: Christian family members.
As Christian musicians, if we quote the bible and teach from it, shouldn’t we actually know what it says from the original Hebrew and Greek and not 1 of 900 English translations or other bibles in 3,415 languages? I guarantee you will see a lot of differences between even the 66 English translations on Biblegateway.com!
That goes for talking about whether we should judge or not! The NT uses a lot of very specific Greek words to help understand the differences that English often obscures! The NT speaks more about impartially, rightly, justly, or equitably judging others, especially those in the Church, than the NT speaks about NOT judging others, especially those NOT in the Church!
In fact, because of political-correctness and fear of lawsuit reprisal, ‘lack of Church discipline through excommunication’ of unrepentant sinning Christians in the Church, and some of these are teachers or leaders as we have often seen, has resulted in Satan having a hay-day: more of sin’s “stealing, destroying, and killing” seeps into the church so it loses it ‘salt preservation and light in the darkness’ ability to a decaying, dying world on its way to condemnation. Because of unconditional-love, God permits this Satanic judgment to come to the Church, hoping it will ‘wake-up’ by repenting and obeying God to then excommunicate unrepentant church members. However, because of unconditional-love God hopes it also will move the sinning Christian to repentance, escape Satan’s clutch, and be gently restored to His unconditional-loving koinonia fellowship with Him and His church. Few churches practice this today, to their demise, just as God promised would happen! They are doing the most unloving thing by not accurately judging the situation and excommunicating the sinner! Thus Jesus removes the lampstand of many of these churches! They are no longer salt and light to the world! His Spirit departs from them. I’ve seen this too many times!
Nevertheless, indiscriminate, partial or favoritism judging and certainly judge-like sentencing to condemnation is NOT “the Law of Christ” that is “to unconditionally-love one another as I have you” often does bring “like kind, same measure” judgment against ourselves – we don’t have to wait for God to do this by “turning us over to Satan” towards repentance or wait for Judgment Day that is too late to repent, because often times the ‘boomerang’ comes back from people themselves! What goes around more often comes around! Unless God has appointed us a judge in civil or legal matters, it’s best to avoid sentencing others. Still, it is prudent to critically-analyze, discriminately through deep investigation, krino judge situations in order to rightly discern good versus evil. To not do so invites disaster!
Lord, keep us from creating false doctrine to confuse matters worse by building them from our English bibles that are so often not accurate. Although many of us have learned the original languages and/or know how to use the language tools to get a more accurate understanding, I know that NOW under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant The Way you teach is now to little children and ‘least among us,’ no longer The Way of the Pharisee or scribe so-called ‘wise and understanding ones’ – by the discernment of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for showing me this in: Least Among You – BT7, – BT8, New Covenant Ways – BT16.
The ‘WAY of righteousness’ completely shifted from the old to the New Covenant
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So many terms used in the OT were redefined after ‘New revelation’ for use in the NT – see Bible Info – BT1. That’s also what has happened with “the way of righteousness” as we shall see. Many Christians don’t even know the basic differences between the OT and NT for many such terms, even what is critical for their salvation. Ignorance is not bliss – it’s fatal!
It’s so sad that so many Christians and churches still think that to be more “right and pleasing with God,” or more “holy or sanctified or ceremonially ‘clean’ and pure,” or more forgiven, or more approved of, or more unconditionally-loved, and to receive more blessings from God, that they need to make sure their obedience to God’s commandments, whether any of the 613 OT ones or 1000s they derive from the NT teachings I’ve seen posted on the internet, is at some “level or measure” they have pre-determined, but often picking from the “low-hanging fruit” like tithing or fasting. But a “measuring stick” is exactly the essence of the meaning of nomos or torah “Law” – measuring up to God’s standards by the “works of righteousness.” They unfortunately think this because once again, they don’t understand the radical difference of the New (a) Covenant of “righteousness by trusting-relying-faith because of the unmerited, unearned, undeserved unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace,” that “shares nothing in common with what is before it” because of the very definition of “New” (a). <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior. If you’ve been reading the BLOGS up to this point, you should understand this by now!
They also don’t understand that if you try to keep even ONE commandment of the Law to be more “right and pleasing with God,” even something easy to accomplish as circumcision, the seal of the old covenant, then as Paul says, “I testify again to every man who receives circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole Law” (a). Well, is that a solution? James 2:10 adds: “For whoever [b] tereo watch-to-guard-carefully-to-maintain the whole Law but actually fails-stumbles-errs in ONE point has already [with ongoing results] become guilty of the whole of it.” <Notes> a) Galatians 5:3, b) future tense: intends to.
So, you can’t really “cherry-pick from the low-hanging fruit” as so many churches, cults, and religions do! They are trying to mix the old covenant Law of commandments of “works of righteousness” that earns, merits, and deserves God’s conditionally-loving favor with the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant gospel logos message of unearned, unmerited, and undeserved unconditional-loving favor-of-grace acquired only by trusting-relying-faith, but like water and oil don’t mix because they are polar opposites! Paul thus warns: “You are severed from Christ – you who would be made-declared righteous/justified (a) by the Law; you have fallen away from unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace (b) . . . have done away with (c) the unconditional-favor-of-grace of God, for if righteousness [really] were through the Law, then Christ died for no purpose” (d). Paul said twice for emphasis, “Let him be accursed” for “preaching/teaching anything but the gospel” of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace acquired only by trusting-relying-faith, which is “a different gospel – not that there is another” (e)! <Notes> a) daikoo: is used for both legal justification or made/declared righteous, and depending on the context the difference can be neglible, b) Galatians 5:4, c) set aside, disregarded, rejected, nullified, voided, d) Galatians 2:21, e) Galatians 1:6-9.
The OT prophesied in Jeremiah 33:14-16 the radical shift of how righteousness is acquired in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant: “Behold, the days are coming, declares Yahweh, when I will fulfill the promise I made . . . I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and He shall execute justice and/coupled righteousness (a) in the land . . .and they will be saved . . . And this is the name/authority by which it (the Branch) will be called: ‘Yahweh is our Righteousness.’” The NT echoes that Christ is the “Holy and Righteous One” (b) but of mankind, “none is righteous, no, not one; . . . no one does good, not even one” (c). Therefore Christ alone is “the Righteous [one] for the unrighteous [ones]” (d) since “by the righteousness of our God and/coupled Savior Jesus Christ” (e) therefore “One Act of righteousness [by Christ’s death] leads to righteousness and zoe genuine-life for ALL men, . . . so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made/declared righteous (a)” (f), because “for our sake God made Christ to become sin who knew no sin, so that [located] IN Christ we might become the righteousness of God” (g). There are 2 possible sources righteousness – one outside of Christ and one INside Christ. <Notes> a) see note a) above on daikoo, b) Acts 3:14, 4:27, 30, 7:52, 22:14; Mark 1:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:1, 3:7, c) Romans 3:10-12 citing Psalms 14:1-3, 53:1-3, d) 1 Peter 3:18, e) 2 Peter 1:1, f) Romans 5:18-19, g) 2 Corinthians 5:21.
The NT’s logos gospel message makes it clear: “The righteousness of God is revealed (a) – from [one step of] trusting-relying-faith to [another step of] trusting-relying-faith” (b), “manifested apart from the Law, although the Law and Prophets bear witness/testify to it – the righteousness of God through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ for all who have trusting-relying-faith . . . made/declared righteous (c) by His unconditional-favor-of-grace as a free grace-gift, thru-the-realizing-channel-of the redemption (d) that is by the means of Christ Jesus, whom God publicly displayed at His death [to be] a propitiation (e) thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith by the means of His blood toward-reaching demonstrable proof of His righteousness thru-the-realizing-channel-of the remission of sins . . . that God might be just/righteous (c) and the justifier/righteous-maker (c) of the one who has trusting-relying-faith in Jesus” (h), just like with Abraham, having “trusting-relying-faith counted/credited to us as righteousness as well . . .the righteousness of trusting-relying-faith . . . a righteousness that is by trusting-relying-faith . . . the righteousness based on trusting-relying-faith” (i), “absolutely in fact not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but that which comes through trusting-relying-faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that relies on trusting-relying-faith” (j), “the righteousness that comes by trusting-relying-faith” (k). You would think after the NT says it so many times Christians would believe it, but many don’t so they go back to at least 1 of the 613 OT commandments or start making up their own. <Notes> a) uncovered from being hidden, b) a common Greek idiom meaning step by step to the end: Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38 – see Obedient Steps of Faith page, c) see note a) above on daikoo, d) by ransom payment, e) , f) , g) substitutional atonement – our unrighteousness transferred to Christ and His righteousness transferred to us, h) Romans 3:21-22, 26, i) Romans 4:9, 11, 13, 22, 9:30, 10:6, j) Philippians 3:9, k) Hebrews 11:7.
As Christian musicians, why are we still trying to be like the world’s religions, even the OT one, that always have commandments to obey in order to be “pleasing and right with God?” Jesus came to do away with religion, to restore us back to relationship with God, by His one act of obedience, by His righteousness. The only thing we can do, the only commandment in the NT to be saved is to totally surrender to Christ as Lord by having trusting-relying-faith in Him. That is the gospel! See Logos Word of God – BT15. To do any other commandment for God obligates you to ALL of them – you can’t cherry pick. By the Law absolutely no one will be found righteous. Christ is the only Way to the Father.
Lord, thank You Jesus that wiped all the commandments, nailing them ALL to the cross, so now we are made righteous and justified by our trusting-relying-faith in Your perfect, completed work on the cross. We have totally surrendered, repented, and publically confessed our sins at our water-baptism for salvation. Now we live only 1 other commandment, your completely-different-in-kind New Commandment to unconditionally-love one another just the way you did. It’s that simple – see Logos Word of God – BT16.
How can the New Wine of Christ’s atoning blood actually, ongoingly be spilled out?
We know from the previous 2 BLOGs that the “NEW wine” is Christ’s atoning blood for our righteousness,” and the “NEW wineskins” are the Father’s commandment to the unsaved to “definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith in His Son” and Christ’s “NEW commandment” to the saved: “ongoing unconditionally-love one another just as I have unconditionally-loved you.”
However, Jesus said that if you put the “New wine” into the “old wineskins” of the OT Law of commandments for blood atonement and righteousness, these “old wineskins” will burst and the “NEW wine” will spill onto the ground and both will be ruined (a). But just how are both ruined? How does putting the atoning blood of Christ into the “The Law for righteousness” (b) ruin both? How does the blood of Christ end up on the ground to be trampled underfoot by men? It happens when they “have profaned (c) the blood of the Covenant by which he (d) WAS sanctified (e).” It happened when he “outraged the Spirit of unconditional-favor-of-grace” and in so doing he has “trample underfoot the Son of God” (f). This is the “deliberate sin” (g) of which “there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins but only a fearful expectation of judgment and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries” (h). They have broken the “Law of the Father” which Christ faithfully preached – to “definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith in His Son” and thus deserve punishment just as “setting aside the Law of Moses causes one to die without mercy” (i). How in the world have these Jewish-Christians done this putting of “the atoning blood of Jesus” into the “old wineskins” of the OT “Law of righteousness?” <Notes> a) Matthew 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37, b) Romans 10:4, c) treated as common, d) context: a Jewish-Christian, e) set apart as holy, righteous, and godly, f) Hebrews 10:29, g) v. 10:26, h) v. 10:27, i) v. 28.
The teachers of the Law were tempting these Jewish-Christians to go back to putting their trusting-relying-faith in Moses’ “Law for righteousness,” which is all based on earned, merited, deserved, conditional-loving-favor, the opposite of unearned, unmerited, undeserved, unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace. You can’t do even 1 of the 613 Laws thinking that it means anything to God to improve your relationship with Him, but that’s what they were teaching! In so doing, they would be treating Christ’s blood on the cross as that of a common criminal instead of as a sacred atoning blood sacrifice to make them righteous by unconditional-favor-of-grace through trusting-relying-faith. ALL the OT commandments negate the blood of Christ, because it had not yet come! To do any of them, puts you back entirely into the palios “old in time, antiquated, worn-out, weak, worthless” covenant. If you do, then Christ’s blood would be treated no differently than all other criminal’s blood that filled the streets as they carried their crosses to Golgotha – blood in the streets that people then commonly trampled on. And what about all the blood at the bases of those crosses that soldiers trampled on daily?
Was Christ’s blood sacred or profane? Going back to the Law of commandments for any righteousness makes His blood profane. This is the “deliberate sin” that dooms them! Without Christ’s sacrifice there was absolutely no forgiveness of sins left. The NT makes that clear! So as Christians when we put our trusting-relying-faith in ANY palios “old in time, antiquated, worn-out, weak, worthless” commandment of the OT to make us more “righteous and pleasing to God” then we “have fallen away from unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace because we would be justified/made-right by the Law” (a). This is very dangerous ground, but I often see Christians turn to OT Law to give them more confidence before God, believing that they make themselves “more right with God.” Paul would be yelling! I know too many Christians that go on and on about how we must live by the 10 commandments or at least the 2 greatest ones that sum up the Law and The Prophets, essentially 97.4% of the OT – see Logos Word of God – BT5a, of “loving God and your neighbor as yourself.” Paul would be yelling! You can’t mix oil and water no matter how hard you try! You have fallen from unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace and so there is no sacrifice for sins left. <Notes> a) Galatians 5:4.
Even as Christian musicians, I see so many people say that we must do some OT commandments if we want more favor with God because they make us holier and more deserving to be heard and blessed. I’ve seen so many people treat tithing and fasting this way, but both are strictly OT commandments and an exhaustive study of the NT and early Church history will prove this. Many other scholars have come to this conclusion. That’s the reason Jesus and His disciples didn’t fast, because this practice belongs only to OT Law and Oral traditions! The whole discussion of “wine and wineskins” was Christ’s answer to why they won’t fast, except one last time – at His death, a fasting of mourning. The “New Wine” of Christ’s atoning blood for righteousness in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant simply can’t be at all associated with old covenant Laws of righteousness, and all 613 must be obeyed or the whole Law is broken. It’s odd that more Christians who insist on fasting don’t realize that if they had lived with Jesus (and who wouldn’t have wanted to), you would have never fasted or been taught to. The Catholic monks added “and fasting” to all the passages where Jesus said “demons came out only through much prayer” – no early manuscripts have this. You don’t see Jesus teaching His disciples about tithing either.
There has a been a recent fad to “borrow” other OT Jewish practices, festivals, Sabbath rests, diets, etc., even though Paul also warns about this – they are all fuzzy-shadows of things to come but we have the substance/reality that belongs to Christ (a). If so, why are we playing around with fuzzy-shadows? This is a slippery slope that just leads people back into slavery to rules and rituals (b). “These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-imposed religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are absolutely in fact of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh” (c). Only the Spirit of God can do this! Rules, rituals, Sabbaths, and festivals for latreia ritual-worship-serving or proskuneo worshiping by the means of the Spirit? Only the latter is “IN the Truth!” Your choice! <Notes> a) Colossians 2:16-17, b) Romans 8:15; Galatians 2:4, 5:1; Hebrews 2:15, c) Colossians 2:23.
Lord, we put away ALL of the OT practices that made people right and pleasing to You. Now we totally surrender to the New Covenant of Your blood for our righteousness and Your Holy Spirit for everything we need in life. Thank You for making this so simple for us little children and other “least among you” for which the kingdom belongs.
The New Testament has only 1 commandment to the SAVED
Even for a Christian, work for God has radically changed from the old covenant’s obeying the “works or commandments” of the Law in order to be “right and pleasing” to God to the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant’s “kopos wearied-labor (a) of unconditional-love” (b). Paul says, “Whether you obey the torah/nomos Law of conditional-favor by being circumcised [as Jews do] or not [as Gentiles don’t] counts for absolutely in fact nothing – only trusting-relying-faith working through-the-realizing-channel-of unconditional-love” (c). The writer of Hebrews says, “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and/coupled the unconditional-love that you have shown for His name in serving the saints” (d), and so the writer says: “Let us consider how to stir up one another to unconditional-love and/coupled good works, not in possibility neglecting to meet together (e). And so Jesus links the “work of trusting-relying-faith” from the previous BLOG to this “work of unconditional-love” here: I know your [plural] works: your unconditional-love and/coupled trusting-relying-faith and [in parallel] service and/coupled patient-endurance (f) and because of metonymy, it reads “service of unconditional-love and/coupled patient-endurance of trusting-relying-faith.” Yes, both do take work! So much is written about keeping The Faith to the end in order to be saved. So much is written about “walking the talk of unconditional-love.” <Notes> a) kopos: deep fatigure or extreme weariness from toiling labor, even as if struck by blows, b) 1 Thessalonians 1:3, c) Galatians 5:6, d) Hebrews 6:10, e) Hebrews 10:24-25, f) Revelation 2:19.
To the SAVED, Christ also gave only 1 entole official, all-authoritative, universally-binding decree. The very Jewish-Christian James calls it the “The perfect Law of liberty/freedom” where “mercy [of NT Grace] triumphs over judgment” [of OT Law] (a), which Paul calls “the Law of Christ” (b). A Greek word search reveals there is only 1 entole commandment given to Christians by Jesus, and it is completely “NEW” (c) meaning, like the New Covenant, for it is “one-of-a-kind, unprecedented, and has nothing in common with any other” OT commandment before it. Jesus made this crystal clear: “A NEW (c) entole commandment I give to you – that you unconditionally-love one another. Just as I have unconditionally-loved you, you also are to unconditionally-love one another. By this [single action] all people will experientially, relationally ginosko know that you are My disciples: if you have unconditional-love for one another” (d). This isn’t gnosis head-knowledge, but witnessed! Jesus reiterates later: “This is MY commandment: that you unconditionally-love one another as I have unconditionally-loved you. . . . These things I entellomai command (e) you: that you will unconditionally-love one another” (f). We saw from the previous BLOG that “having trusting-relying-faith in the Son Jesus Christ” was a command from the Father that Jesus faithfully preached, but this “unconditionally-loving one another like Christ does” comes from Jesus. <Notes> a) James 1:25, 2:12-13, b) Galatians 6:2; 1 Corinthians 9:21, c) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, d) John 13:34-35, e) entellomai is a verb form of entole commandment that emphasizes the end-objective, purpose, or consummation of an officially-decreed, universally-binding charge, f) John 15:12, 17.
The apostle John echoes Christ: “This is the logos message that you have heard from the beginning [of The Faith]: that we should unconditionally-love one another” (a), and after talking about “having trusting-relying-faith in God’s Son Jesus Christ,” John links to this “This is His (Christ is the last noun) entole commandment: . . . unconditionally-love one another, just as He (Christ) has already given [singular] entole commandment to us” (b). John says in another reminder: “I ask you, dear lady – not as though I were writing you a completely-different-in-kind New [from John’s perspective] entole commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning [of our Christian’s trusting-relying-faith]: that we unconditionally-love one another” (c). The phrase “unconditionally-love one another” is also found in 1 John 4:7, 11, 12; Romans 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; and 1 Peter 1:22 – all written to Christians! <Notes> a) 1 John 3:11, b) 1 John 3:23, c) 2 John 1:5.
How simple is that? Something that even little children and the “least among you” can focus on! But definitely not easy in your own “might and power by “by My Spirit” (a) of unconditional-love (b). Christ said there was only 1 distinguishing mark, our witness, of a saved Christian that unbelievers would be able to personally experience – our Christ-like, no-strings-attached, serving unconditional-love for ALL people, not just to our “neighbors” [like us] that the greatest OT Law already taught, even if this summed up “the Law and the Prophets” and all of OT scripture (c), but also to unconditionally-love those very much “unlike us,” even our enemies! This simplicity of focus can be very liberating, as Gaylord Enns discovered in: Love Revolution – Rediscovering the Lost Command of Jesus. <Notes> a) Zechariah 4:6, b) Galatians 5:22, c) Matthew 7:12, 22:40; Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 5:14 – see Logos Word of God – BT13.
As Christian musicians, wouldn’t you rather believe the simplicity of the New Covenant that NOW Christians only have 1 act of obedience, 1 work, and 1 labor to DO WITH God, instead of 613 to DO FOR God? Like Paul said, NOW the only thing that counts is your trusting-relying-faith in Christ working itself out through-the-realizing channel of unconditional-love! God is impartial – even a little child or any of the other “least among us” can do this, when we are working with God by the means of His Holy Spirit of unconditional-love.
Thank You Jesus that you have kept our focus as simple as that for little children that you call us to be: Hold onto our trusting-relying faith in You and unconditionally-love one another just as You did others. Still we call for your Holy Spirit to strengthen us to even live this simplicity!