Epistle of Barnabas Thread 1
- Second to Matthias - First in Understanding
Link to the Epistle of Barnabas
Seeing then that the days are evil, and that the Active One himself
has the authority, we ought to give heed to ourselves and to seek out
the ordinances of the Lord.
---As the first thread outlined, the ordinances of the Lord (Jesus) are "the hope of life,
which is the beginning and end of our faith; and righteousness, which
is the beginning and end of judgment; love shown in gladness and
exultation, the testimony of works of righteousness."
---Jesus told His followers that He would raise the temple (His body / Church) in three days (3,000 years) if they destroyed it. One day is 1000
years as we will find out in chapter 15. The days he mentions are the 2 Days (2000 years) leading up to the final Day of the Lord (1000 years).
Right now, we are at the end of the 2nd day. Hosea 6 indicates this by telling us when Israel would be raised again. The generation that sees this
happen (Matthew 24 / fig tree bloom) would see the transition between the defeat of the wicked and the raising of the righteous on the last day (John
6:39-44). Hosea 6: 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. 3 Let us acknowledge
the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him.
The aids of our faith then are fear and patience, and our allies are
long-suffering and self-restraint.
---Fear is not dread. In this case, fear is our reverence for God. Patience is a person's threshold before going negative in any situation. The
virtues leading to the ending of the law are listed in Galatians 5. Long-suffering is what we must do for others, just as God suffers for us.
Self-restraint is the opposite of selfishness. It is restraining what we desire for the good of others.
While these abide in a pure spirit in matters relating to the Lord,
wisdom, understanding, science, knowledge rejoice with them.
---"These" refers to fear and patience. If our own spirit (Consciousness) is pure, then we reflect the same in the categories listed. Our world will
reflect our own spirits collectively.
For He hath made manifest to us by all the prophets that He wanteth
neither sacrifices nor whole burnt offerings nor oblations, saying at
---When faith arrived, the law as overcome with love. Sacrifice is not necessary if we love others. The law is no longer a restriction and authority
is not necessary. Today, we live in a world of laws and the burden of authority. When things are changed and the hearts of man are heeled (change of
authority away from self), we will no longer need law.
What to Me is the multitude of your sacrifices, saith the Lord I am
full of whole burnt-offerings, and the fat of lambs and the blood
of bulls and of goats desire not, not though ye should come to be
seen of Me. or who required these things at your hands? Ye shall
continue no more to tread My court. If ye bring fine flour, it is
in vain; incense is an abomination to Me; your new moons and your
Sabbaths I cannot away with.
---The previous order is changed and replaced with the law of love for others.
These things therefore He annulled, that the new law of our Lord
Jesus Christ, being free from the yoke of constraint, might have its
oblation not made by human hands.
---Why do we need laws today? Simply because people do not love each other. Once the Day of the Lord arrives, our High Priest will be present and a
new oblation (Christ) is presented in place of the sinner's sacrifice. Christ becomes the propitiation for our sins and each person living receives
the Holy Spirit as the new Crown (Mind) and Robe (Body) we possess. We are changed instantly. See the book of Hebrews on this topic of the role of
Christ as our High Priest.
And He saith again unto them; Did command your fathers when they
went forth from the land of Egypt to bring Me whole burnt offerings
Nay, this was My command unto them, Let none of you bear a grudge
of evil against his neighbor in his heart, and love you not a false
So we ought to perceive, unless we are without understanding, the
mind of the goodness of our Father; for He speaketh to us, desiring
us not to go astray like them but to seek how we may approach Him.
---We approach God with our hearts. A true heart is not seeking good for reward. Duplicity is being double minded. A true heart is not seeking good
to avoid judgment. Duplicity is removed when we are of a single mind.
Thus then speaketh He to us; The sacrifice unto God is a broken
heart, the smell of a sweet savor unto the Lord is a heart that
glorifies its Maker. We ought therefore, brethren, to learn
accurately concerning our salvation, lest the Evil One having
effected an entrance of error in us should fling us away from our
---When the people were offering sacrifice, they were not presenting the best they had to God. In other words, they were honoring Him with their
outward appearance, but inwardly, they were only serving themselves. God is not after sacrifice, but what the sacrifice represents. When the animal
is burned at the altar, it symbolizes our own animal nature of selfishness.
See this thread: Mark of the Beast for Dummies
for more on how the sacrifice relates
to the beast of Revelation.
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