†. Gen 49:22 . . Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring,
whose branches climb over a wall.
Jacob's assessment of Joseph is similar to the assessment of a blessed man
in the very first Psalm.
"Blessed is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, nor
taken the path of sinners, nor joined the company of the insolent; rather,
Yhvh's teaching is his delight, and he studies that teaching day and night. He
The issue can not be skirted around...
Either we believe Christ work makes us righteous or we believe our work does. And our work is self-righteousness.
But this also necessarily needs to play out into all forms of belief.
Is He my source of holiness or am I?
Do I follow Him and His Spirit by my effort or by His grace?
Am transformed by His grace or my works?
Christ gives us the answer to all of these questions.
Originally Posted by JaumeJ
Does not everyone see and learn from Jesus Christ how the law is to be regarded? He explains all. His example shows us exactly how the law is to be regarded.
No one is saved by anything but the grace of God by the Blood of HIs Holy Lamb, but this is no excuse to ignore the Teacher and what He has taught us all.
Everyone who claims grace only without responsibility of thanksgiving is not understanding Jesus ast all, let alone regarding His example.
Holiness can become works when we are trying to accomplish something independent of the work of Christ. BUT when we agree with the work of Christ and we come into obedience of it, it is sanctification. That's why identity in Christ is taught easily over 100x in Scripture. Behavior comes in under identity. We get our identity from Christ work. We get our behavior from relationship with Holy Spirit, but this is available because of Christ work.
We are a holy people. So we do holy things.
†. Gen 49:16 . . Dan shall govern his people, as one of the tribes of
That prediction alludes to Dan's autonomous attitude towards the other
tribes. In point of fact, Dan's tribe didn't join forces with the others in the
north to help repel oppressors. (Judg 5:17)
A good example of Dan's autonomous attitude is Mr. Samson. During his
tenure as a Judge in Israel (Judg 13:1-16:31) Samson never mustered an
army nor led his own men