Notes On Righteousness By Faith

Zech. 4:11 – 14:

Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the 7candlestick and upon the left side thereof?  And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches 8which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

Rev. 11:3 & 4

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

The Two Olive Trees (Anointed Ones) of Zech. 4:11 – 14
are the Two Olive Trees and Candlesticks identified as the Two Witness of Rev. 11:3 & 4.

But who are they?

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. [Isa. 8:20]

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. [Psalm 19:7]

The Old Testament contains the accounts of the Creation, the fall of man and the resulting plan of redemption. Along with the Father Above’s dealings with humanity, the Covenant he made with both Abraham, Jacob, Isaac and the Children of Israel. It also contains the Books of Wisdom and Prophecy and is known as the Book of the Law.

The New Testament contains the accounts/testimony of the Disciples and Apostles in regards to the Birth, Life, Teachings, Miracles, the Death of Christ upon the cross and His subsequent resurrection from the tomb.  Along with His ascension into Heaven where Christ now sits upon the Right hand of the Father making intercession for His followers/children. It also contains further instruction in Righteousness through the letters of Paul and others as well as the Prophetic Book of the Revelation given to the Apostle John by Jesus on the penal Island of Patmos.

So it seems reasonable and logical to conclude that the  Law and Testimony referred to in both Psalms 19:7 and Isa. 8:20; are not only the Old and New Testaments but the Two Anointed Ones of Zech. 4:11 – 14 and the Two Witnesses of Rev. 11:3 & 4.

Making the Bible (both the Old and New Testaments) which is the Word of God the Battery that powers the Christians Faith and life:

-/negative Charge
______________________
Law
Old Testament
Justice
Justification

+/Positive Charge
______________________
Testimony
New Testament
Mercy
Sanctification

In the physical world it takes both a negative and a positive charge to create the electricity needed  to power the electronic and mechanical gadgets our modern day society has come to rely on in order to function.

Conversely in the Spiritual Realm it takes both a negative charge and a positive charge to both justify the repenting sinner and to give him/her the power to live a Godly life. Maintained on a daily basis (as opposed to a one time only conversion experience) by walking with the Father Above and Jesus through consistent and intensive Bible Study and Prayer.

Justification = Jesus on the Cross – Takes away our sin because Jesus paid the Penalty.

Sanctification is the Power Jesus gives the repenting sinner to overcome their besetting sins.

Justification + Sanctification = The light of the reflection of Christ’s character that other’s see in the Christian’s life after they have become a New Creature or Creation.

Hence Righteousness by Faith is the battery that powers the Christian life. To be “Perfect”, “Complete” or “Righteous” the repenting sinner must be both Justified and Sanctified on a Daily Basis by walking with God.

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? [Micah 6:8]

Making Sanctification as much a gift as Justification for it is the Power of God/Jesus working in us through the  agency of the Holy Spirit. In order to produce the “Good Works” that are acceptable to God. The sinner cooperates by resting from “Dead Works” by allowing the Redemptive Power of the Godhead to work in him/her for it’s own good pleasure.

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