The Spiritual Man #4 – The Old And the New
For, the law and the prophets were until John, and since that time, men were forcefully entering the Kingdom with violence (Luke 16:16).
The old system was to be replaced, and it was the New that mattered now. The law was given through Moses, Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17).
Jeremiah the prophet wrote this oracle:
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
For the New was not like the Old. For what Old could not do, the New would, and would succeed. It would provide holiness for men, and make a way for them to be become white. While the old required man’s efforts, the new would be His effort alone.
Yet, the New clarified, refined, and interpreted and fulfilled the Old. Despite its difference, to another, it was the same, for He never changed.
The God of the New is the God of the Old.
Consider His name. He is mighty. He is Salvation.
This is His way.
But, the Old could not make Holy. The Old could only kill.
When a man sinned, he must die. Or be cast out of the camp. Or be unclean.
Not like the old, where when a man sinned, he must die, but through the restoration of Christ, He might live.
This covenant was the restoration to life. What man had lost in the fall, was restored by the Father. What had been missing since the Garden, the Life, was now accessible again.
Moses, when He built the Tabernacle, had an innermost chamber. This is where the Lord spoke to Him face to face. But, for the centuries after, no man could enter, except once a year, and only with blood.
But, David set up his tent without the dividing curtains. Being an example of things to come, David had a tabernacle with no separate chambers. Instead, worshipers day and night before the ark worshipped in front of God almighty with no veil to hide their faces. This is what changed David.
What was it that made it okay for David to be before God seated upon His mercy seat when no one else ever could? His faith. His simple trust in the Lord. His singleness of heart.
Though we look at the Old and see the judgments, we see the wrath, He is the same God. He has the same name.
This was He who, when Israel complained, He killed tens of thousands at a time. This was He, when one man sinned, who did not fight with the armies of Israel so that thousands died. This was He who, when David sinned with Bathsheeba, let David choose by which method Israel must be punished.
But, this is the difference, that by one man’s obedience, the world might be reconciled to the Father.
This was the different, that by one man’s perfect blood, righteousness might come to all men.
God has never ignored sin. He waited until the right time. He waited, until the fullness of time. And, when the time of the Savior came, He saved man. That He might be just and the justifier of the wicked.
There was no salvation for the sinner in the Old, for the man who sins, that man would have to die. Yet, this is what God did through Christ.
Still today, when ever any would come after Christ, he must deny himself, and lose his earthly life. He in the Old dies with Christ, to live with Him in the New.
What was before is no more, but a re-creation of something different.
This was Christ, who stood as the door to a New Covenant.
When we think of what Jesus did when He came, He drove out demons with a word. Nothing before in Israel like this had ever been seen. Never had the power of God been given to men.
For, if He drove out demons with a word, then the Kingdom had come upon them.
In the Old, no nation except those sanctified by the blood of the Old Covenant was holy. So too, today, only those under the blood of the lamb are sanctified, holy. Yet, the call is to all, the ushering in is to every soul. For, it was not enough, in God’s eyes, to be a savior to the Jew only, but He would make Him Savior to the Gentile as well.
This is the difference, that light came, and was a light to all.
Yet, all have sinned, and there is none righteous, not even one.
So, through death, we all must pass, or dying, we will die.
But, as an adulterer had no recourse from the Lord but to be cut off and killed, so it is with all of us today. We have all sinned, and we have all walked in our own way. We have all become adulterers in our own hearts, and we must all die.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Eternal life, through Jesus Christ His Son. Romans 6:23.
But, this Grace, this Law, provided a means to escape.
For, everything written points to Him, namely, Christ.
He is the Passover Lamb, and He is our oblation and service. He is the Evening and the Morning sacrifice. He is the Great I AM.
When He died, the veil was torn, and access was granted to the Living One, the Holiest of all. A living access through His precious and magnificent blood was made into the holy of holies, where God dwells.
The law could not save a sinner, only condemn. It took something greater.
This is why the Old required that a sinner die. For, like Cain, when sin gains mastery over a person, and enters them, there was no remedy. There was no cleansing, and not recovery. They must be cut off from the Earth, and wander as a vagabond for all their days.
But, in Christ! In Christ, even the chief of sinners Himself finds a place at the altar. The foulest offender of mankind can find his place at the table of the Lamb, for He is no respecter of persons. He only requires faith and repentance in a good heart, which He supplies. For, who among us is righteous? Let him without sin cast the first stone. He did not come to condemn, for we already were that, but to save (John 3:17).
The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Who is this King of Glory? Strong and mighty, the Lord of Hosts, mighty in Battle. He is the King of Glory.
And, to whomever would lift up his head, this King of glory comes in, and saves. Yes, saves to the uttermost, and defeats every foe in their life.
Every demon is defeated with one acceptance, though, even as we see in the world, we do not yet see everything made subject, our promise is that it is enough. When we see Him, we will be like Him, for He is our guarantee. He is the deposit certifying the completeness.
So this is the difference. He promised, and He came. He grafted the believing Gentile into the cultivated olive plant of Israel, making one New Man.
He promised wholness and unity amonst the brethren.
Where, before, there had been hostility between God and man, and between Jew and Greek, now, through Christ, in the New Covenant, all are made one through Christ.
The church no more replaced Israel than anything, for it was grafted into its root. Yet, some branches were broken off. Not all who are descendants of Abraham are Abraham’s offspring (Romans 9:7). But, in the faith of Abraham they were reckoned, and those who believe have become partakers of the promises of Abraham as natural born sons.
This is the mystery revealed to Paul, that the Greeks have become heirs with Israel, to the glory of God!
Yet, the Lord of all creation stands yet still ready to judge the nations, and yes, He does. For, how shall anyone escape if they neglect so great a salvation (Hebrews 2:3). This is the verdict, that light came into the world, and men loved darkness, rather than the light, because their deeds were evil.
And, as God judged Annanias and Sapphira for their sin, God still judges today. As God judged Jerusalem and later Rome, and civilizations since then, God still judges cities and nations.
For, a man must reap what he sows, and so too a country. The sowing is the hand of God, and it is both discipline and punishment, for each his due.
For, God has not changed, but we have.
And, as light has come into the world through Christ, so too now, through us, light comes.
In the time of Noah, no where in the Earth was there light, except what was in one man. In the whole course of the Earth, there was neither restraint through the law, nor redemption in Grace, so God had to judge to set things right.
In the time of Moses, the law was added because of the increase of transgressions. Like a well shut door, it kept the draft out, but it could not heat the house. Eventually, even the warmest house, without a fire, will cool down and become as cold as the outside.
Yet, finally, and completely, once and for all, the living flame of God came into men’s hearts to live, to stay, and take up residence.
That which only Moses could stand before, and which David foreshadowed as a living reality before men, had come, not upon a few, but upon all flesh.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
Man could not stand in His presence and live. No one could live with this all consuming fire. But, God provided a way, for it is His nature to restore fellowship to the one who is banished.
Though man couldn’t do it, He has reconciled Himself to us.
This is the door to fellowship, that we might pass through His Way, His Truth, and His Life, into communion with the Almighty, and live with Him.
The Holy Spirit, given at Pentecost, was the very Spirit of the Father, the very Spirit of Christ–it is God Himself.
Poured out, outpoured, and overflowing us, He is the life that created the world. There is no life outside of Him.
This was He of whom John spoke, saying, He who comes after me is preferred above me, for He was before me.
This is the God of all Creation, Jesus Christ.
And, as all the Old Covenant looked forward to Him it did not know, so we look back on what we do.
This was the way of the Old. In everything they did, they enacted Christ.
In the feasts, in the tabernacle and the temple, in their customs, and in their laws, all was Christ.
All of their prophets pointed to Christ.
When Ruth was taken up by her kinsman redeemer, her Boaz is our Christ.
When Sampson ripped the gates off the Philistine city, that is our Jesus tearing from hell its very gates.
When Gideon defeated the midianite army, so that is Jesus our King delivering.
When Israel wanted a king, Jesus wanted to be their king, yet because they persisted, He gave them what would not be their best.
When Israel was without water, and the prophet instructed them to dig ditches, the ditches were Christ’s stripes, filled with blood, providing living water.
When Israel needed water in the wilderness, the rock that followed them was Christ.
When Noah built His boat, that ark was Christ. When the floods came, the floods were Christ. When the dove returned with a branch, that branch was Christ. When the ark came down upon the mount, the mount was Christ. When the covenant appeared in the heavens, the rainbow was Christ.
As Eve was taken from Adam’s side, so too, Christ’s bride is taken from his side.
As the Lord created the world, and set man in it to subdue it and take dominion over it, so Christ, through His Body, is the ekklesia, the called out ruling body, ruling and reigning in righteousness upon the Earth, executing righteous judgements through our praise, prayers, and worship!
Psalm 149 KJV
Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.
This is Christ, and this is His Kingdom. This is his people, and we are His saints.
For, Moses came to a mountain filled with fire and smoke and trembling, so that even His knees shook and no one dared touch the mountain, saying, if even a beast touch the mountain, it must be put to death.
But, we have not come to Mount Sinai, but to Mount Zion, to myriad upon myriad of heavenly hosts in joyful procession.
As the first could only attempt to preserve what little there was, the time has come for the saints to possess the Kingdom. In Him, we have been given all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
This was the first become the last, and the last become the first.
The smallest and most simplest, simple believing, simply Christ, has become the chief of the corner.
The greatness of the law has been not broken, not replaced, but fulfilled through a living Spirit, not because of its failure, but because of its inability.
The message is not that we might simply receive Christ and continue on as if nothing happened, but rather, that we might be changed, made new, and live by His Spirit, and, in so doing, evidence the same indestructible life that He did. It is not that merely we are made whole again, which we are, but that, in that living, we learn to no longer live as mere men, but as the original thing we were created to be, when man lived in a Garden where the trees spoke life, and toil and sweat were not his currency, for, the just shall live by faith.
The message is that, through a new and living way, Christ has now made access, and now, we are to live by God. For God. To God. In everything, holy.
Lest we seem to have fallen short of it through unbelief. For, this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. But, if we live by the Spirit, we are not under the law. For, if we live by the Spirit, we will live, but if we live according to the flesh, we will die.
In every age, the true standard has always been the same, yet to the weak, the bruised, and the smoldering wick, He will not snuff it out. But, He resists the proud, and those who have exalted themselves in their own heart.
Whenever a Jew celebrated a feast, He celebrated Jesus, who was the fullness of the ages. In each season, another aspect of Christ was celebrated. From His birth, His death, to the outpouring of His Spirit, to the ingathering.
When the law was kept, it celebrated the coming of Messiah. In dress, in food, in separateness, in washings, in holiness, in the priesthood and the state.
And, even as the tabernacle was still only a shadow, Christ Himself said, that the day was coming and now is that true worshipers would worship, not in a form or a liturgy or a model, but in Spirit, that is spiritually and with the living flame of the heart, and in truth, in actuality, before a true God. They would literally worship what was not seen or known, and would come to know know Him, God, who is.
For, the New was New, but was the Old fulfilled.
For, the two greatest commandments were this. Hear O Israel, the Lord is One. Love the One Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
This is and always has been required.
For generation to generation, it was the Father’s heart that His children love Him, and that they behave towards each other as brothers.
For as the Lord chose out of the Earth one nation, so now, He has one nation, even His body. As the Lord set apart Israel for Himself, and in every generation, He sets apart the godly for Himself.
No where in Scripture is there support for the hypothesis that the church in any way has replaced Israel, but rather, a portion of natural Israel has been broken off, and Gentiles, in its place, has been grafted in. We Gentiles, who are Jews by the Faith of Abraham yet not by blood, as part of the root stock of David, Jesse, and Abraham, are together, with the Hebrew, spiritual Israel, that the blessings promised to Abraham might be granted to us.
And, this is the end of the matter, that we might shew forth love out of a pure heart with a clean conscience towards God.
Not as an effort of our selves, but through the Grace in faith, that the credit might be His.
For, to whom it is given to know the secret things of God, except by the Spirit of God. It is in His Spirit, and by His working that we are caused to know His mysteries. And, these things cannot be known by those without the Spirit, for they are spiritually discerned. The things of Grace are only knowable by the Spirit, and those born again.
For, as the Kingdom cannot be seen nor entered without being born of water and the Spirit, so too, the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom are not discernible without faith. So, to those who are without, we speak as earthly, with speech seasoned with salt, but to those on the inside, we speak spiritual wisdom, using spiritual words.
For, who knows the mind of a man, but the Spirit of a man? Therefore, to those with the Spirit, God utters things in a mystery, in a hidden wisdom, not as unknowable, but as a dawning day to those who see. They are led along by an inner knowing, known only to them, until they see the light of day, the dawning of His face.
When two become one, they are joined, and are not made separate again, for, as God has said, what God has joined together, let no man separate. For He has ordained, that the two, when they are melded together, become one, body, soul, and spirit, that they might live together, sharing all.
For, this, too, is a mystery. Even as a man and woman are joined, yet it is not apparent to the flesh that they are one, they are joined.
So too, joined in union with the One, we are one forever.
For, the Old covenant could not produce righteousness. As only Moses could stand before the flame of the Lord above the mercy seat, as one to whom God spoke face to face as His friend, to us who live by the Spirit, we are given this flame, that as the wind blows, we are led about it, though to those without, it is not apparent whither we come from, or to where we go. We are a mystery as un-discerned as the riddles of Solomon, and more, for there is no sounding out the depths of it. None can know it, for it is spiritually discerned.
This is the mystery of Godliness, not that we are made sons immediately through the blood, but we are given the right, the authority (exusia, as opposed to “power”, ‘dunamis’) to become the sons of God. As Adam was a Son of God (Luke 3:38), as Jesus was a Son of God (whereas, let it be distinguished, that Adam was a created son, and Jesus, the only begotten, begotten of the Father, not made, “one in being” with the Father, indistinguishable, and yet, as it is, distinct).
So, those who by the blood come into the fellowship, as the Israelites did through blood, come in, and are baptized into the same sea, and the same cloud, that we might come finally to our Jordan, to our death, to cross over, and enter into our promised land. Yes, Heaven one day, but as the manifest sons of God, whether here on this Earth or futher on, our full adoption, the redemption of our bodies in physical resurrection. Though I die, and my skin rot in the ground, yet in my flesh, I will see God.
See, there is no difference. These three bear witness, the blood, the water, and the Spirit, and all are one, and all agree, that we are born of God.
This is the difference, that in God, all are one, and all are equal. There is no one that is preferred before another, although some are seated in places of authority and position, all are one.
And, as natural Israel led forth in the testimony and the promises, it was the spiritual Israel, and the spiritual Kingdom that God wanted all along.
Like in the Garden, God did not create a natural, carnal man, as we understand them today, but He created a son, a physical man made in His image, alive. Carnal man is not alive! This is not what God made in the garden, nor is it what He recreates today!
No, as life begets life, He created man upright. It was only in the dark of the fall that man has gone searching for devices, cut off from the tree of life.
It is only as we one again eat of this tree, Jesus Christ, that we are made alive again, we are made a New Creation, we are new creatures, growing into spiritual a man. What it is that we will be has not been made known, but when we see Him we will be like Him. As Adam was in the Garden, we will be and more so, for we have the Spirit. We have not our own spirit, but we have that plus the ingrafted Word, the Divine Spirit, Jesus Christ. And, in this, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, we overcome the world.
For, Jesus has already conquered death, and hell, and the grave. Jesus has over overthrown the prince of the air. Jesus has already defeated. And, we, in His stead, enter in as His witnesses, giving testimony to the thrones, dominions, and powers of the this age, to the principalities and governing spirits, as well as to men.
For, this was the intention since the fall, that God would send His Seed, the true Seed, Jesus Christ, and that through natural Israel, spiritual Israel would sprout again.
For, it is not flesh and blood that will inherit the Kingdom of God, but it is those born of the Spirit. Those of heavenly birth. And, the bodies raised incorruptible will in no means resemble those bodies that are sown corruptible. Still in His image, but made perfect, and complete, as Jesus is the first fruit.
Does He have a physical body? Certainly, but a glorified, uncorruptible, and heavenly one.
And, as the trees of the garden were both earthly and heavenly, and as He walked in both the Earth and the Heavens at once (John 3:13), so will we be in the New Earth, and New Heaven.
God is Spirit, and those that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth.
Why do we wonder about the natural order? There will come a day, when, as the disciples asked of Jesus, that the heavenly Kingdom will be restored to the national Israel (Acts 1:6). There will come a complete end to the time of the Gentiles, even as Jerusalem is partially restored now. There are many events yet in store upon the Earth. But, as God created a heavenly man to rule a Earthly sphere, yet fully connected to the realm of His Spirit, so too now, He is recreating what was lost in His body, and rebuilding a spiritual temple.
Whether there is an earthly throne of David where an earthly man sits and rules is beyond irrelevant if it is not occupied by a spiritual man, a man seated in heaven and governing in the Spirit of Christ. Any human-only ruler at this point, only doing lip service towards an earthly Kingdom is by definition anti-christ, whether it names Christ, for Christ is the anointed one and His anointing. It is His domionion. It is His Spirit, the unseen, forever, Eternal, the Amen.
It would not be nothing for a non-spiritual man to rule on David’s throne, looking to the understanding of a earthly Jerusalem, but would be a step backwards, for it is in the Spirit, in the unseen eternal realm that all of God’s governance goes forth. While this does not speak of the modern national political state of Israel, it does speak of any seeming spiritual state of Israel.
For, in the law of Moses was only ever a type and shadow of Christ, there was only ever a model of the coming King, the man, the radiance of God’s glory, the perfect image of the invisible. And, as any even “christian” religious order that binds people to itself through unbelief in its doctrines, creeds, governmental order, and not to Christ, in spiritual, heavenly, living relationship of love, is carnal, earthly, demonic, and greed-based. It is destined to be possessed by an demonic force, for it cannot be anything else. Only in Christ is the fullness of the God revealed, and it is only in His Church, as He has ordained for to be a ruling, governing body, that nations are overthrown and God’s Kingdom comes forth.
For, there are many who claim Christ, but it is only and ever those that do the will of the Father that enter the Kingdom. Only, and ever. Yet, if even a cup of cold water is given to one of these little ones that follow Him, the reward will not be removed.
For, this is the Kingdom, that men might be like God, who causes the rain to fall upon the just and the unjust. For, which of you, oh men, have come to where you are in your calling and anointing of your own? None, not even one. For, there is one door, even Christ, and there is nothing possessed that was not received from above.
It was Paul that realized this, and it was through this recognition God was able to give Him such great understanding and administration of the revelation, that He might be able to bring forth the teaching to the body, and to the world.
This is why it is not the carnal church, that does not have the revelational knowledge of Christ, cannot be effective. This is why the church that does not seek the Spirit and seek the Father must be turned away from, in denying the power of God, as instructed by Paul (2 Timothy 3:5). For, there are those that have no knowledge of God. There are those that take the grace of God as license. And, some do this innocently, yet some do it in ill intent.
Yet, it is those that are led by the Spirit that are the sons of God.
Are there testimonies? Are there signs and power? Is there the spirit of prophecy, which is the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 19:10). And, most of all, is there the character, integrity, and purity of Jesus?
This is His creation, and it is His bride.
The Spiritual Man has always been God’s creation, for that which is flesh is flesh, and that which is born of Spirit is Spirit. The flesh profits nothing, but only the Spirit brings forth life.
While this was always the plan throughout the ages and centuries of both National Israel and the church, as Jesus Himself said, small is the gate, and narrow is the road that leads to life, and there are few that find it.
The Kingdom has never been a set of rules alone, or even a doctrine. Any understanding of the Christian walk as mere doctrinal understanding is wrong from the outset. But, it is a living, growing, and flourishing growth of the Spirit, for as Truth is a Person, the Spirit is a Seed, sown within. Given softness, preparedness, and un-choked ground, grows and produces a harvest on its own. As a little is hidden in heart or group of hearts untouched by other ‘leavens’, so this leaven will so leaven the entire lump with His Grace, and make it something new, something perfect, something divine.
This is the door, and this is the call. That we be one, even as He and His Father were one. Whereas Moses could progress so far, and the priests less so, David “changed the rules”. He set forth God before the people, and set everyone before Him to adore Him, so that His name might be praised and cherished forever. For, He does not regard guiltless those who use His name in vain, in emptiness, in vanity or in useless phrases such as in their jokes and their idle talking. But, when His Name is used, it is always hallowed.
We understand that He and His Father were one, yet this, and this in particular, was His prayer. This was His desire, that even as He and His Father were one, that we might be.
What does that look like? What does that feel like, to be one with the Father?
It starts as a seed, the smallest of seeds, and grows into the largest of plants, and fills the garden, so that the birds of the air nest in it.
It starts as a pearl of great price, that when a man found it, it sold all he had and bought that pearl.
So precious is this thing, that, a man is driven to forsake everything to possess it, for love, for God.
For, there is nothing on this Earth that compares to it.
Every love song you have ever heard on the radio is not God’s love, for God’s love is Spirit, and only those who know God love as He does (1 John 4:7-8). Every memorable thing of this world is not of the substance of the Kingdom, for it is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh profits nothing.
It may come as a shock to many people one day, but on that day, every man’s work will be tested by fire, where only those things that last through the flame are rewarded. For, if we build of wood, hay, and stubble, and the things which do not last, the things of this Earth, it will be consumed. But, the precious things, gold, silver, and precious stones, the faith, the salvation of God, and heavenly wisdom, these will endure. For, Heaven and Earth will pass away, but His words will never pass away.
This is His Kingdom; This is His throne.
And, yet, this is the Spiritual Israel that He has always had.
Though men have missed His mark, His Word is ever Eternal, and will never return void. He will have a people, wholly to Himself. He will have His Spiritual nation in the midst of the Earth. By His Spirit.
This is what Israel always has been to God, for God is Spirit, and He alone has always been its true and only King.
And, as He sits as True Judge, winnowing evil with His eye, He declares the one just and the other unjust, based on Faith in His blood.
How precious is His blood, that turns a sinner whole again. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of Him who brings Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.