|2 Corinthians 3:9 |
9 For if the ministry of condemnation is glorious,2 how much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. [The Ministry of Condemnation is the Spirit condemning the sins in you, commanding your repentance; and with your repentance, then the Spirit destroys the sins in your body, circumcising your heart. When you have, (by the Spirit), mortified the sins in your body, then you receive the Ministry of Righteousness, which is the learning of how to walk and speak righteously, walking by the Light of Life, walking after the Spirit. As your wait on God and hear a command to repent from the Spirit, that imparts the life of God to you; and that command is engrafted as a new law in your heart, added to the existing inner law of God on the heart of every man. From the Word of the Lord within: "When you have heard the dead words in the Bible and recall them, heed what is said; always obedient to His commands. You must obey every law the Spirit establishes."]
2 The Ministry of Condemnation: This verse has been universally translated by the merchant-priests of Babylon as the Ministry of Condemnation being past tense, obsolete with the coming of Jesus; but George Fox, who lived in the kingdom while ministering on earth, wrote the following in his Letter 145, (click to read its entirety):
"so first learn the ministry of condemnation in yourselves,
that life may arise, before the ministry in the spirit is known,
which preaches peace by Jesus Christ, where there is no strife.
Therefore wait to know the time of silence and mind [heed] that which condemns you."
Fox also wrote the following in his Journal regarding the Ministry of Condemnation:
I also saw how people read the scriptures without a right sense of them and without duly applying them to their own states. For when they read that death reigned from Adam to Moses; that the law and the prophets were until John; and that the least in the kingdom is greater than John; they read these things as not applicable to themselves, and applied them to others, (and the things were true of others), but they did not turn inside to find the truth of these things in themselves. As these things were opened in me, I saw death reigned over them from Adam to Moses; from the entrance into transgression, until they came to the Ministry of Condemnation, which restrains people from sin that brings death.
(George Fox was translated into the paradise of God where he then lived; but Fox still walked the earth too, resurrected with Christ in him, guiding his every word and deed.)
Some of you may be saying: "But there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus." Yes, true; but until you are cleansed of sin, you cannot be in Christ Jesus. The full verse says: There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, who walk after the Spirit and do not walk after the flesh. If you still sin, you are walking after the flesh. To walk after the Spirit is to be led by the Spirit in thoughts, words, and deeds. If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Gal 5:18. To walk after the flesh is to walk according to your carnal mind and evil heart, before it has been cleansed and purified; until then you are not in Christ Jesus because your are still walking in the flesh — in your lusts, desires, affections, pleasures, pride, anger, vanity, fear, worries, plans, etc. In order to be freed of sin, to then enter the kingdom, the Holy Spirit has to show you your sins and command your repentance. The Spirit doesn't condemn you, it condemns the sins in you.
These things you have done, and I kept silent; you thought that I was entirely like you.
But I will reprove you and set my charges [of your sins] against you in order before your eyes. Psa 50:21
The Ministry of Condemnation is an integral part of the new covenant, established by God, and of which Christ is the mediator; as you wait on God, the commands requiring your repentance that you hear from the Spirit are new laws of the new covenant, written in your heart:
"For this is the [new] covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts;
and I will be to them a God, and they will be to me a people."Heb 8:10
The words he speaks to us are spirit and life, imparting the life of God to us as his spoken words are engrafted into our heart, John 6:63, James 1:21. These words are teachings and commands; those commands requiring your repentance become laws that he puts into our mind and writes them into our heart. Each law you receive is added to the inner law in your heart. From the Word of the Lord within: "When you have heard the dead words in the Bible and recall them, heed what is said; always obedient to His commands. You must obey every law the Spirit establishes." When you obey the commands to repent, by grace even the desire for that sin is removed from your heart. This process is repeated, first with your actions, then your words, and then your thoughts; until you have crucified your carnal mind and sinful nature —this is how you die to the law by means of the law.
For you to be free from this inner law, by which all men shall be judged, you must submit to God condemning the sins in your flesh, with commands tailored to your life's circumstances and that you hear when waiting on Him; those commands are established as additional laws in your heart, in which are all the laws you must obey and continue to obey until you are completely crucified, to then walk in love and liberty under no laws because you are continuously guided by the Lord who supplies your every word to be spoken and everything to do.
Every man's heart starts filled with evil, filled with sin, defiled, and disqualified for heaven. Unless your heart is cleansed and purified by the Lord's Spirit that destroys sin within man, every man walks according to the ways of the world and the god of this world, fulfilling their desires and lusts of their flesh according to their thoughts, according to their evil imagination, according to their carnal minds that are enmity against God and cannot be subject to the law of God. Rom 8:6-7. Every man is judged by their words and works, including those who claim to be Christians; God shows partiality to no man. From the word of the Lord within: "Only a heart that is purged of sin is acceptable to God. Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me. See myself — thus no sin has a place in me. You are without excuse O man. Sin in believers is intolerable. The pure is innocent of all defilement." You can think you are a Christian and call Him "Lord," but if you die still sinning, you are banned from heaven. All defiled men are banned from heaven. When purified by grace, men are translated into heaven while on earth and then forever. To be freed of sin, even the desire to sin, you must obey the Lord's spoken commands that you expose yourself to hear, by waiting on Him in humble silence as you listen and watch; that is the one thing needed. Luke 10:39-42.
That which is condemned by the Holy Spirit is the fleshly, carnal mind; and it is destroyed by the Spirit along with the associated deeds of the body which the mind dictates. George Fox has an excellent explanation of the Spirit condemning sin in a believer who wishes to become righteous.
For Christ is manifest [revealed] in the flesh, to condemn sin in the flesh, to all who witness Christ in them, male and female; I say, Christ is manifest in their flesh; he condemns the sin that is in their flesh; yes, and makes an end of sin, and finishes the transgression, and brings everlasting righteousness into them. But first he condemns the sin that is in their flesh, the unrighteousness in their flesh, and ungodliness in their flesh; the liar, the swearer, that is in their flesh; the adulterer, the fornicator, the idolater, and all sin, whatever it is, he condemns in the flesh. So Christ is manifest in the flesh, to condemn the sin that is in the flesh; everyone who witnesses Christ condemning sin in the flesh, that they through Christ, who condemns sin in the flesh, might become God's righteousness, and so God's new person [creature]. But the sin being uncondemned in the flesh, they are of the serpent, of the unrighteous one, of the ungodly one, who adulterated from truth, they are his. But the sin being condemned in the flesh, Christ is manifest in the flesh, so that they become Christ's; they are God's, and are in Christ, who destroys the devil and his works, which are out of truth. And these know the new life, which God is served in; and these know the new earth, in which dwells righteousness; and these know the old earth, in which dwell unrighteousness. And these can bring forth things old and new.
The Lord condemns sin in your flesh by revealing it to you and commanding your repentance; with your acknowledgement of His revelations being true, you obey His commands; by grace He then removes even the desire for that sin from your heart. This process is repeated, first with your actions, then your words, and then your thoughts; until you have crucified your carnal mind and sinful nature.
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9.
I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts. Isaiah 65:2.
Once the mind is destroyed, then the Ministry of Righteousness and Life begins, also by the Holy Spirit.
In this Ministry of Condemnation you must die to the law of sin and death, being condemned by the Law, until you are brought through the law. You will see that every thought, and every word is evil, rooted in judgment, pride, and anger. You will be placed under tribulation and then you will see how your mind becomes a raw beast, screaming in anger, depression, and doubt. Here you are broken, your pride is slain, your self-confidence is destroyed, and all your old worldly desires become loathsome; there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and you have nothing left, but to depend on Him to deliver you from yourself.
Despite the Spirit convicting you of your sins and condemning the sin within you, the Lord's words are always kind, gentle, peaceable, easily accepted, without sarcasm, without bitterness, without condemnation, without harshness, pure, clean, humble, wonderful. "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, fair, gentle, easily accepted, full of mercy and good fruits, immediately understood, and sincere." James 3:17. There are never any emotional words, there is never any threat in his message; his words are plain, without humor, easily accepted, not embarrassing, always kind, firm, always moral, never contradicting scripture, immediately understood, factual, wise, easily understood, never upbraiding, never incomplete, never leaving you guessing as to their meaning. He condemns the sin in you, but he doesn't condemn you; His words will generate your remorse and godly sorrow, but not your embarrassment. His words are full of love itself — his spirit of Love — for he is Love. He will tell you things about Himself. He will encourage you. He is kindness. He will tell or show you things about yourself; some will be things that are ugly. But since he is your friend, you know that he is showing them to you for your own good. So you listen and watch. And you don't run; stand before the Son of Man. And you repent of what he shows you. And sometimes he gives you commands. You are hearing the Word of God, the living Word. And hopefully you will obey his commands and show him you love him by being obedient. If you obey his commands, he will remove the desire to sin from your heart.
More on this subject is available in the section, Ministry of Condemnation in How to Benefit from the Changing Power of God by Waiting on the Lord.