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The Jerusalem Works of The Lord Jesus Christ
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Why Jerusalem?


Hebrews 13:20-21.
"Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the Eternal Covenant,
equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight,
through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."
This summary of
the New Covenant of God in the Lord Jesus Christ does not imply that any lack of understanding of one or more of these truths will invalidate an individual's personal salvation. The redeeming mercy of God applies to each of us through our surrender to that Mercy and not through any intellectual grasp of 'how' it works.
As fully implemented
at Pentecost 30AD/CE
The Gospel
which Jesus preached did not include what is commonly regarded as the Gospel today, yet is the Gospel which He commanded to be preached to the whole world. The central events of the Gospel had not yet happened!
 
 
So what Gospel did Jesus preach?

See:
The Purpose of God with Us
 
The same term 'kosmos' is used in the same Gospel for non-Christians so this cannot ever be limited to Christians, as some Calvinists think!
Jesus
preached the true and full character of God, which conflicted with much that was taught by the Jewish religious leaders of His time. His revelation of God is and always remains therefore the primary purpose of the Gospel. The events in the death and resurrection of Jesus which are regarded as Gospel today are only Gospel in that they are the fullest revelation and enactment of the character of God who –
"... so loved the world [κόσμος/kosmos] that ..."   John 3:16
They may even be regarded as the 'front door' of this Gospel of Jesus, but they cannot be a substitute for the 'full house'.
Believing
in Jesus as Messiah is therefore simply not enough! Jesus is much more than God's hero!
Current Judaizing tendencies in some Christian circles debase Christ's New Covenant to a 'renewed covenant' of Israel, which Gentiles are then invited to join. This is not true and violates the essential character of the Gospel!
For

No race, class, or gender division
permitted among God's people
the Bible says that in this Gospel –
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
"
(Galatians 3:27-29).
"Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you [national Israel] and given to a people producing its fruits."
(Matt.21:43).
Note: In Romans 11:16 the 'root' is the patriarchs and NOT the nation, which has been thus disinherited until the 'FULNESS of the Gentiles has come in'; which is the time –
 
For Christ did this, "by abolishing the [Israel's] Law of commandments expressed in ordinances,
that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two
[Jews and Gentiles], so making peace"
(Ephesians 2:15);
 
"From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh.
Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard Him thus
[His Jewishness/maleness] no longer"
(2 Corinthians 5:16)
So any

Covenants only apply
to Covenant People
Nothing changed through the death of Jesus: either in morality, or in God's relationship to His creation.
Only the personal experience of God's people changed:
1. 
to share in Christ's inner life through His resurrection;
2. 
to share in Christ's human relationship to the Holy Spirit through that gift at Pentecost.
reassertion of the centrality of Israel is an insult to the spiritual unity of the Christian Church and in particular to the person of the Holy Spirit by whom the Christian Church exists and in whom is its essential unity.
• This New Covenant is not Israel’s covenant renewed.
• This New Covenant-in-Christ calls back to long before that, to the beginning of all things.
It is the fulfilment of God’s promise given at the beginning of human history in His judgment upon the Serpent; in faith-filled anticipation in which Adam renamed his wife 'Eve' ('life giver'), even though she had not yet given birth to any children.
 
It is here wise to remember that during His preaching ministry to Israel Christ did not publicly preach this New Covenant. His public proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God presented the true character of God which humanity was designed to reflect in the beginning (made in His "image") which called for an appropriate lifestyle whose righteousness exceeded that of the Scribes and Pharisees (the religious leaders among the people) by fulfilling the original intention of Israel's Covenant and its precepts..
See:
Law Versus Grace

Matthew 5:20.
For that reason Christ's teaching contained so much correction of the Jewish traditions of interpretation (which are today called the Talmud) that had developed around Israel's Law/Torah. But within this wrapper of the gospel of the kingdom/rule of God message was His grace, beyond measure, for the repentant, as illustrated in the parable of the Prodigal Son, and upon which the completed world-wide presentation thereof, as He had presented it, is the absolute precondition of His return (Matt.24:14).
 
The character and content of this grace is fully exemplified in the whole gospel of God – this New Covenant in Jesus!  
 
The Bible contrasts Israel's national covenant engraved in tablets of stone, as the ministry of death ('διακονια του θανατου', 2 Cor.3:7) by comparison with the ministry of the Spirit in this New Covenant in Jesus the Christ of God. The condemnation carried in this 'ministry of death' was intended by God to be as a 'schoolmaster/guide' (παιδαγωγός) to lead Israel to the repentance necessary for the ministry of the Spirit which came to them through the Christ.
Galatians 3:24.
 
The following four foundational-truths of this New Covenant Gospel, the 'Jerusalem Works' of Jesus, are the unrepeatable acts of God and give us its full dimension, which then leads us further... upward... for –
 
 
this Gospel of Jesus is the full revelation-of-God in all His Holy Power, Majesty, and Compassion!
It is the ultimate revelation!
Remember then - - - -
Much of what Jesus said and did was only an extension of what the holy prophets of God in previous times had already said and done in their correction of Israel, except:
 
  four – unrepeatable – historical – acts of God!  
  These are the four cardinal points of God's New Covenant relationship with humanity in Jesus Christ with those who believe.  
 
In these, is the whole Gospel – the complete Good News for every believer!
 
But, sadly,
'evangelist' Jack Van Impe (USA) confusedly teaches that there are two gospels: the gospel of grace, and the gospel of the kingdom; understanding the first as the message of salvation, and the second as the message of Christ's return. This is utter nonsense! There is only one gospel – filled with the richness of the full revelation of God in Jesus Christ.
 
 
The word 'kingdom' in the Scripture phrase 'gospel of the kingdom' is a reference to God's rightful rule. The gospel includes the total message of Jesus, which is the one and only gospel to which Jesus referred when He said
"this Gospel of the Kingdom [the preaching of Jesus] will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations,
and then the end will come.
" (Matt.24:14)
See:
The Kingdom of God
 
The rule of God demonstrated in Christ will simply be physically revealed at Christ's return. God's rule was practically demonstrated in human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ from the time of His baptism. Therefore Jesus described His coming transfiguration upon the Mount (to be seen by Peter, James, and John) as the 'kingdom of God' come (MK.9:1-4). It simply made His identity visible! There is no gospel except that which God revealed in the actual person of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not a story about a future event. It is what has been done and completed in Jesus Christ. Praise God!
 
These
four Jerusalem acts-of-God-in-Christ form the basis for all, absolutely everything, which God has done or ever will do concerning us, outside of His uncompromising judgment upon everything in His universe which is out of tune with Him.
 
 
These cardinal elements of God's Covenant in Christ arise from the four historical acts of God in Jesus Christ the sinless man, as the representative human being – our proxy:
 
 
1. Christ's Crucifixion;
2. Christ's Resurrection;
3. Christ's Ascension;
4. His Gift of the Spirit.
 
 As a
consequence, in Jesus Christ all of God's People have therefore already been:
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 + 
 + 
 + 

 
The
Twelve Apostles' own experience of the above four events, as it affected them spiritually, is given to us in God's Word like an illustration that gives a cut-away view of a new product in order to explain its inner functions.
 
 
What, to these Twelve, were uniquely four distinctly separate events with their spiritual effects, are to us today a single four-fold 'package' of God's grace. The Apostle's recorded experience was unique because they lived through the overlap between the Old and new Covenants of God.
 
      Their personal spiritual experience was marked by:
  4 distinct works of divine mercy in their lives – directly derived from 4 specific Acts of God in Jesus Christ.  
A
closer look then, at these first disciples' experience of Christ, is excitingly instructive as to how they encountered the acts of their Lord from His Cross to their Pentecost. To them this was a progressive experience. But, for us today, who live after the completion of these works of Christ, it is personally, as a divine work, a single four-factored event – four simultaneous works of grace – the inherent inheritance of simply being a Christian.
 
These
four pivotal works of our spiritual identity may be termed:
1.
Our Justification (or Forgiveness) through Christ's Crucifixion
2.
Our Regeneration (or New Life) through Christ's Resurrection
3.
Our Exaltation (or New Status) through Christ's Ascension
4.
Our Gifting (or Equipping) by baptism in the Spirit at Pentecost
 
The
meaning of each of these salvation-aspects is perhaps best appreciated by looking at the historical introduction of each in holy Scripture.
 
 
This progressively unfolding historical method is probably the better way to understand the richness of each act of God in Christ on our behalf. Hallelujah!
1. 
We are Justified by faith (since Adam) for all who entrust themselves to God.
2.  We are  Spiritually Enlivened by the Spirit – only from / since Christ's Resurrection.
3.  We are Honoured by Heavenly representation – only from Christ's Ascension.
4.  We are Equipped by the person of His Spirit – only from that Pentecost.
 
The rich magnificence of this awesome salvation-package is, unfortunately, usually only appreciated step by step, as our faith grows and our understanding is enriched from His Word. Consequently, many churches have variously taught that there are God-given stages that we must go through, i.e. – first Salvation, and then a Sanctification, or Baptism of the Spirit, etc. While this view is understandable, it is simply untrue to God's Word and His once-for-all-time provision of Grace.
 
 
But, where this 'stages'-view is sincere, the delay is really drawn out by our slow faith-response to God's completed works in Christ. This delay of our fullness in Him is not because of our unworthiness in any form. It is simply the ignorance of our faith in Him and of the precious completeness of His works for us.
 
 
In other words, it is not for God that we wait to enter into this fullness, no matter how sincere we may feel in our seeking. It is God who waits for us – for our faith-response to His completed works!
 
 
     Of these acts of Grace:
two are toward God
concerning His relationship to us; and,
two are toward us
concerning our relationship to Him.

So:
 
 
1 & 3 are divine acts concerning the cosmic rule of God over us –
His Crucifixion and Ascension, and
 
 
2 & 4 are divine acts concerning the quality of our living in this world –
His Resurrection and gift of the Spirit of God.
 
1. His Crucifixion Jesus' sacrifice is finished and unrepeatable!
II Corinthians 5:21.
I Timothy 2:6.
Total Forgiveness juridically established before God by Christ's substitutionary Atonement for the Whosoever-will
 
"He [God] made Him [Jesus], who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf,
that we might become the righteousness of God in Him"
"...the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a Ransom on behalf of all
..."
(ransom, 'antilutron' = substitute price)
This
truth has been acted upon by God from the beginning:
"...written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain"
Revelation 13:8.
 
Abraham, the biblical prototype of all who believe, is an example of God's legal implementation of this Crucifixion through all ages of history:
"...then he [Abraham] believed in the Lord;
and He reckoned it [Abraham's believing] to him as righteousness ('tsedakah' = virtuous)"
Genesis 15:6.
By
this same quality of faith (believing God's word beyond our understanding) Christ's own disciples are also declared righteous:
"You are clean ('katharos' = pure) because of the word that I have spoken to you"
John 15:3.
 
This justification by faith (declared righteous by believing God's promise) is the initial saving interface of the Gospel with its hearers. Conviction of sin or personal need, etc., that precedes this moment is simply preparation for this moment. This faith-response to God's promise in Christ is the dividing line between the lost and the found. It has been so from the very beginning of human history encompassing all nations and languages.
Hebrews 11
 
 
2.  His Resurrection  
 
Spiritual Life was given to All-in-Christ in His Resurrection from the Dead
 
 
Why?
Just before His arrest and death Jesus said:
"After a little while the world will behold Me no more;
but you will behold Me
(resurrected)
because I live, you shall live also."
John 14:19.
(see John 16:22; 20:22
& Luke 24:45)
 
When?
As the Apostle Paul put it:
"...made us alive together with Christ ...and raised us up with Him ..."
Ephesians 2:5-6
 
Essential?
Jesus Himself had said,
"...unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom  ...cannot enter the kingdom of God.
...that which is born of the Spirit is spirit
"
John 3:3,5,6.
 
Meaning?
The Apostle Paul also said, "...if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation"
II Corinthians 5:17
 
 
3.  His Ascension  
 
New Collective Status before God was given in His Exaltation
 
 
"...He parted from them... And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
and were continually in the Temple, praising God."
Luke 24:51-53.
That
is, they were not fearful or hiding in the upper-room, as they certainly had been before His Resurrection. Even though they had not yet received the Baptism of the Spirit, they were already full of joy and unafraid to publicly praise God, in the Temple itself, where their enemies the chief priests had power. This was the immediate effect of the Ascension, for all who believe.
 
 
The Apostle Paul taught that God had, in that act –
"...seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus."
Ephesians 2:6.
It
is for this reason that the Christian Church is considered as the "Jerusalem that is above", and therefore for us as individuals –
"...our citizenship is in heaven"
Galatians 4:26
Philippians 3:20.
  For this very reason, even though we may sin, our status as children of God continues through Christ. Our prayers find access from our representative with the Father. I John 2:1
 
 
4.  His Pentecost Gift  
 
The gift of God's Spirit to All-in-Christ to continue His ministry in the world.
(This gift is 'given' as initiated in a marriage relationship and not as in a gift of property to be possessed.)
Christ
promised His disciples a new relationship to the Holy Spirit such as He Himself had enjoyed to the Spirit in His human experience. The relationship to the Holy Spirit that Christ in His humanity had needed in order to carry out His ministry is given to us for this same purpose. This direct relationship is the spiritual essence of the Kingdom of God, the immediate presence of God's rule, God's authority on earth.
 
 
Before Pentecost Jesus had said concerning the Holy Spirit:
"He abides with you [present tense, with them in Christ], and will be in you" [future tense].
John 14:17.
 
Jesus explained:
"...John baptized with water [initiating Christ's ministry],
but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now" [initiating Christian ministry].
Acts 1:5.
  And so: "..they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance."
Opening a unique medium of prayer!
Acts 2:4.
 
Therefore, practically – we all have "access in one Spirit to the Father".
Ephesians 2:18.
 
Non-negotiable:
"...if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him."
Romans 8:9.
Devotionally then
(toward God):
 
 
Paul taught us that sexual union is a simile of this precious new relationship between God's Spirit and the spirit of the believer:
"... the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him"

I Cor.6:17.
 
So that:  "...one who speaks in a tongue ...in his spirit he speaks mysteries."

I Cor.14:2
 
"For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful"
I Cor.14:14
 
"One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself"
"I thank God, I speak in tongues more than all"
"...I wish that you all spoke in tongues
"
I Cor.14:4.
I Cor.14:18.
I Cor.14:5.
And In Ministry
(toward others):
 
 
It is a relationship in which the Holy Spirit is unconditionally LORD (i.e. He is 'in-charge'). On some occasions even apostles were actually:
"...forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word"
Acts 16:6,7.
 
Just as Jesus Himself also was fully dependent upon the Spirit's equipping:
 "He Himself would slip away to the wilderness to pray... And it came about...
the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing
."
Luke 5:16,17.
 
And so now for us also:
"..the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills."
I Corinthians 12:11
  Redeemed  –  Made Alive  –  Exalted  –  Equipped:  
to live,  work,  and die
... FOR HIM ...
 
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