I heard, “This is your morning….. Here comes your joy!”
Yes, Gleanings from the Book of Galatians.
We saw in our last discussion, that the apostle was again in labour pains for the Churches in Galatia which had gone back to The Law, that Christ be formed in them.
Then we hear the apostle say;
“I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you,”Galatians 4:20.
“I desire to be present with you…”, a deep longing and concern for the Churches. He was not satisfied with their being Christians, but was concerned more about their establishment in Christ.
I have had a lot of people try to talk me out of preaching the Truth, in the name of the Truth, will bring division.
If that was Biblical and Holy Spirit inspired, the apostle wouldn’t have been longing to redo the work with them which he had done in so much labour.
Instead, he would have said, “Let’s just leave them to live in their misery, after all they are already saved….”
But that’s not True Love. Love does not rejoice in evil. Hence, we hear the apostle “and to change my voice….”
The apostle sounds here as though he had been too lenient with the Galatians, and now he wanted to take another approach. They had made him to lose confidence in his labours upon them, to which we hear him say, “for I stand in doubt of you…”
This was actually a frustrating experience for the apostle, as it is with many today who are trying to reestablish the hearts of the people in Christ.
But his overwhelming love for them never allowed allowed him to let go and wallow in bitterness, but implored rather another approach. This is worthy of emulation.
The apostle, no more sure of their freedom in Christ, their going back to Judaism and their practices of heathenism, made the apostle to switch his tone as we can see in the following verse;
“Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?” Galatians 4:21.
These kinds of scriptures gave me courage to overcome the bondage of The Law. The apostle now throws this into the faces of these backslidden Churches saying: “Tell me, ye that desire to be under The Law”
This is a blow to the faces of those struggling to have The Law back on our pulpits. The desire to be under The Law is not of God.
Many people today are desiring to serve God through their works. Those desiring to live under the works of The Law, do not actually know The Law.
As I write this right now, if my reader who desires to be under under The Law feels he actually knows The Law, out of the 613 laws in the Bible, can you just stop and recite The Ten Commandments without opening your Bible?
The Holy Spirit will not inspire you. And again, they only know a few out of the 613 laws in the Bible.
Those with that desire, give them the Bible… even with it they can’t find fully The Laws. They don’t know what they stand for, because there is no life nor relationship with those commandments.
Hence the apostle says, “Do ye not hear The Law?”
Paul is saying here that, those desiring to be under that Law don’t even know The Law. They can’t hear what The Law is actually saying.
When I was new in the faith and I was taught that you earn salvation and blessings by your works, (It doesn’t matter how it is presented, that is what they teach in essence).
I decided to look a little into to The Law. As I began to see some things in The Law, I could see that they were far from the reality of The Law themselves.
For instance, today we are all made kings and priests unto God. Every Christian is a priest. We are all a Royal Priesthood.
“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen,” Revelation 1:6.
If we are now to go back to the Old Covenant to keep the law as a way of life as many say. The Law forbids priests from balding their hair. In other words, no skin cut hairstyle for priests — no shaving of side beard — no cuttings in the flesh.
“They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh,” Leviticus 21:5.
If my reader is of the desire to reestablish The Law; If he is man, he is well shaven, looking good, reading this and pointing a false finger at others.
I would read these things out of The Law and I would watch my people who would be so guilty of what they are preaching by all these standards, yet they would be preaching works angrily.
Another instance, since we all have been made priests unto to God, for those who agitate that there are no divisions in the covenant, that we should just take The Word of God literally, without rightly dividing The Word — e.g. we are told as priests of The LORD to burn our daughters if they ever fornicate;
“And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire,”Leviticus 21:9.
When people come to these kinds of scriptures, they say no, this one is Old Covenant.
This was why Jesus would call them hypocrites.
I am waiting to hear a man burn up his daughter for the sake of fornication.
I can go on and on… The Law says;
- No crossbreeding;
- No planting of different crops on the same piece of Land;
- Don’t wear any clothe made of two materials, either with linen and cotton.
“Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee,” Leviticus 19:19.
Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!
A lot of us subsidize crossbreeds like dogs and even broilers today, like anything. Like broilers, we may not be there crossbreeding them ourselves, but we buy ‘Biblically forbidden food’ and cook it in our homes and eat it and celebrate Christmas. You are trice guilty by The Law. Sentenced to death.
Your farm at the back yard has pepper and tomatoes planted together, you are trice guilty! Sentenced to death.
This one you can’t escape, you that desire to be under The Law, what are you wearing?
Check all the clothes you are wearing. Combinations upon combinations of linen, cotton and whatsoever on your body right now. You are thrice guilty! And sentenced to death, for the wages of sin is death.
When it comes to this ones, they say no, nor these laws, the other ones. Blunt hypocrisy. They Bible does not teach that. The Law demands all or nothing; all or you are cursed;
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them,” Galatians 3:10.
When you keep one, you are indebted to keep all. When you go back to one, you must pay all the debt;
“For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole Law,”Galatians 5:3.
This is why all what we are seeing around today about The Law is mere razzmatazz. It is just noise making.
This is why the apostle says, “You that desire to be under the law, don’t you hear?”
Paul says they don’t actually know The Law, they don’t know what they are agitating for. If you know The Law, you will actually honour it. You will establish it by respecting it’s purpose, agreeing with its sentence and run to Jesus.
May The Spirit of Revelation rest upon The Church even in these last days like never before, in The Name of The LORD Jesus Christ, Amen.
In an encounter with The LORD, early hours of this morning, I heard, “The Joy you have longed for is now coming into your life.”
As I heard this, the sense surrounding me was of a person who has not had a reason to be joyful for a long time. Someone who has being in sorrow and languishing for a long time now.
I was led to:
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning,” Psalm 30:5.
Then The LORD continued, “I have seen your sorrows, all you have being going through in the dark. Your obscurity has not be hidden from My Eyes.
Child of My Love, I say to you, the joy you have longed for is now coming into your life.
Your weeping has lasted, but I say it has just being for a night. The darkness is passed, and now is your lifting. This is your morning, here comes your Joy.”
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the founder and lead pastor of Living Hill Christian Church headquartered in Nigeria, which has a vision to restore the earth with the gospel of God’s grace. Called to be a pastor, he functions in the Healing/ Prophetic/ Teaching/ Music and Writing Ministries. He releases Prophetic Words to encourage the body of Christ on the Church’s blog.