As we studied in Part One, the new creature that rises up from baptism innocent and holy, but goes back to its old Adamic lifestyle is a spiritual Esau, one that forfeits his birthright. Also, as Esau in the natural hated his brother Jacob, spiritual Esau's hate the brethren also.
I John 4:20 tells us plainly,
20 If someonesays, "I love God," and hates his brother, heisaliar; for he who does notlove his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has notseen?
14 Pursuepeace with all people, and holiness, without whichno one will see the Lord: (Kind of throws the "once saved always saved" theory out the window, huh?)
15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by thismany become defiled;
16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of foodsold his birthright.
17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligentlywith tears.
See how the natural story of Esau can help us to see and understand a supernatural consequence or result based on our actions and choices today?
The church is unfortunately full of Esau's and many therefore that miss the blessings of God. Many spiritual Esau's can be found among church leadership and they have reproduced themselves into the flock. The pulpit is many times manned by two-faced, back-biting hypocrites, the sexually immoral, ones that preach one thing, but do not walk that way themselves. Like natural Esau they satisfy their carnal desires giving in to the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Many are therefore just money hungry and builders of their own kingdoms. These use rather than feed and guard God's sheep.
I Corinthians 5:11
11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner — not even to eat with such a person.
The whole picture gets even worse as we study where Esau lived in the natural and the kind of people his descendants have became. A rebellious, hard, conniving family has grown from Esau. Their original home was on a mountain called Mount Seir or Edom. Esau, although related to the children of Abraham, was in direct opposition to them. He was jealous of the blessings promised to Jacob passed on from Isaac and his grandfather Abraham and so it is today. Spiritual Esau's are against Christ and all the seed of Abraham born through Him as well.
16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does notsay, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ. (We must be a part of Him to be eligible for the promises.)
Now let us read Galatians 3:29 to further see what I mean.
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put onChrist.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And ifyouareChrist's, then youareAbraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Do you see it? First the natural then the supernatural. Spiritual Esau's may think they have a legitimate vendetta against the brethren, but according to the above scriptures who are they really coming against? Jesus Himself! His Spirit lives and functions through those that are chosen to form His body.
27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of thismystery among the Gentiles: which is Christinyou, the hope of glory.
The faithful seed of Abraham that love their brethren and choose direction from the Tree of Life are living stones that collectively form His sukkah, His temple, His house, His mountain and city. They walk holy, without worldly desires and idols in their lives, in fulfillment of II Corinthians 6:16 and I Corinthians 6:19.
II Corinthians 6:16
16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For youare the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
I Corinthians 6:19
19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
They unite to form the spiritual body of King Jesus.
They fulfillEphesians 4:13.
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man(the body of Christ), to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
We see His spiritual mountain and city recorded in Hebrews 12:18, 22.
Hebrews 12:18, 22
18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest,
22 But you have come toMount Zionand to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,
As natural Zion was the home of David the King and His government, so spiritual Zion is the home of the son of David, Jesus, and the leadership He has called and chosen for His government.
16 "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."
His city is His Bride as we see in Revelation.
9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, "Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife."
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain (Mount Zion), and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
The god of this world has a counterfeit spiritual mountain called Mount Seir the home of Esau's where his government lives, Esau's that were originally called to office in God's government that rebel make up Satan's government, and form a city that is his bride. Her name is Babylon, the principality and power behind the world's religions and all their pagan traditions. Remember, first in the natural and then in the spiritual.
Can you now better understand why God left us the natural example in the Old Testament? Can you also see why Satan through his Esau's has convinced most of the church it was written only for old Israel? By convincing God's people they don't have to read the Old Testament he would hide the fact spiritual Israel would be the ones that receive the covenants, the promises to be God's family heirs. As children of the promise they are the recipients of not only the covenant of Christ, New Testament, but the benefactors also of the covenant promises made to Abraham. These promises, covenants and blessings were all prophesied in the Old Testament. Without them, we are not aware they belong to God's family.
The braided whip begins to swing against the Esau's. Zion and New Jerusalem are beginning to shine their light on Mount Seir, exposing the home of Satan's government, his body. We see this mountain in Matthew.
8 Again, the devil took Him(Jesus) up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory (they belong to him).
9 And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me(they were his to give)."
The light shines also on Babylon, the bride of God's adversary, exposing who she really is and her wickedness.
4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cupfull of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.
5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH(the world's religions, the bride of Satan).
Their end will not come from the natural, but it will come.
Ezekiel 35:2-3, 14prophesies,
2 "Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir and prophesy against it,
3 and say to it, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, O Mount Seir, I am against you; I will stretch out My hand against you, and make you most desolate;
14 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "The whole earthwillrejoice when I make you desolate. (See how this prophecy is a warning worthy of our attention?)
2 "I have loved you," says the LORD. "Yet you say, 'In what way have You loved us?' Was not EsauJacob's brother?" says the LORD. "Yet Jacob I have loved;
3 But Esau I have hated, and laid waste his mountains and his heritage for the jackals of the wilderness."
4 Even though Edom has said, "We have been impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places," thus says the LORD of hosts: "They may build, but I will throw down; they shall be called the Territory of Wickedness, and the people against whom the LORD will have indignation forever.
Of Babylon He prophesies through Isaiah:
22 "For Iwill rise up against them," says the LORD of hosts, "And cut off from Babylon the name and remnant, and offspring and posterity," says the LORD.
6 Flee from the midst of Babylon, and every one save his life! Do not be cut off in heriniquity, for this is the time of the LORD's vengeance; Heshall recompense her.
If you have been born again, but find yourself still feeding old addictions to the world, smoking, drinking, lust and perversion, beware. If your worldliness puts you at odds with those that are truly making a Godly walk and are building God's Kingdom, beware. You may be establishing your home in Mount Seir. If you find yourself gathered with others that have walked from truth, rejected knowledge from the Tree of Life, to return to false religion, intellect and man's tradition it's quite probable your home city is Babylon. Sheep are being separated from sheep and a harvest of the wicked is promised so the planet can be restored. Beware. You may be marked at this moment as a citizen of Babylon, or a part of Esau's mountain. Repent, turn away, run to God's mountain and His people. Fill yourself with Truth so you can change, first in the natural and then in the supernatural.