Peace, Access, and Joy in Justification

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Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are justified by faith alone. Justification is a forensic term that refers to God’s divine act whereby He declares sinful humans, who are worthy of condemnation, acceptable before Him. The Bible asserts this, that sinners are pardoned from God’s just punishment and condemnation of their sin by grace alone and are brought into a loving relationship with God as their Father by faith in Christ alone. This justification by faith alone has several implications.

Some of these implications are found in Romans 5:1-5. When believers go through trials or when trials are pending as in times during a global pandemic, we tend to forget these golden gospel gems that can sustain us through trials. We can lose perspective on God’s love for us when life looks bleak. What I hope to show in this brief meditation on Romans 5 is how we can find and know of peace, access, and joy in our justification with God, which can help us to endure difficulties in this world.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:1-5

First, Paul assures us of peace in our justification (v. 1). This peace is not referring to a feeling, but to the fact that we no longer stand in judgment under God’s wrath. This peace should be contrasted with the way unbelievers think about the peace that religion brings. The peace Paul is talking about is not a subjective feeling of internal peace, but an objective change in the relationship that we have with God.

What non-Christians often fail to recognize is the fact that being under the wrath of God is not something that can be felt. Non-Christians are not at peace with God. The most frightening reality to observe here is not that they have a problem with God, but that God has a problem with them. They do not feel that God has a problem with them, which is why they do not think that He does.

Similarly, Christians may not feel that that justification has brought about peace between us and God, but this is something we can know. It is not dependent on feelings; the peace we have with God is not about us satisfying our wrath towards God, but about God satisfying His wrath towards us. We are the ones who by nature have wronged God. He is the one who is angry, although people may hate Him or blame Him for the wrongs He has not done. If He is the one who is angry, then He is the one who has to give peace. When we say we have peace with God we mean that He is now happy with us.

Second, Paul assures us of access to God through our justification (v. 2). The word “access” means an intimate, loving, ongoing, and permanent relationship with God. This means that believers have more than just peace with God. Why does justification by grace allow us this access to God? It is because we have favour with God. The text says, “through our Lord Jesus Christ we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand”.

It is more than just access to God. It is to stand with the King of the universe in His presence everlastingly. We remain firm in His presence, knowing Him personally as our Father. Should this truth not bring you joy?

Third, Paul assures us of joy arising from our justification (vv. 2b-5). This joy that we have is in the future participation in the glory of God, meaning the greatness and wonders of God. We boast in our future glory, greatly anticipating the revelation of God’s glory.

Not only that, but we exult in it. This future glory here is a likely reference to when all things will be made new, seeing the hope that God called us to. We cannot think of a time when all things will be made new without thinking about the new heavens and the new earth. If this is secured for us, can anything keep us from rejoicing in the Lord who has justified us?

Since He has justified us, secured our pardon and future joy, can present tribulations take away our joy permanently? By no means. The present sufferings bring about perseverance, perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the Love of God has been poured within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Notice that Paul does not say we have joy in spite of our suffering, but in our suffering. This “joy” is active with regard to something specific that is going on, and in our text, that thing is suffering. We can rejoice during suffering because of what God produces in us through it: perseverance, character, and hope.

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  1. Oppose Daf Yomi.  Why?  It fails to weigh that each sugia of Gemara learns as intact units.  Raping the integrity of a sugia of Gemara – that’s Daf Yomi in a nut shell.  The Talmud entails more than simply reading on a daily basis a page of Gemara.  The sugiot of Gemara, they establish the basic order of the texts.  Uprooting this basic order (logic requires order, Oral Torah stands upon the יסוד of logic.  This Oral Torah logic system stands totally apart and different from the ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle who developed a completely different type of logic system format. 

             The mitzva of lighting the lights of Hanukkah, Jews dedicate to HaShem the commitment to interpret the Written Torah strictly and only by relying upon the Oral Torah logic system.  Rabbi Akiva’s chariot mysticism stands upon פרדס scholarship.  This kabbalah stands upon the mitzva of קידושין.  P’shat and Dr’osh a working couple; Remez and Sod, likewise a working couple), Daf Yomi totally ignores פרדס, the basis by which Tannaim and Amoraim, from Rabbi to Rav Ashi and Ravina based the “definition” of how to learn – known as Talmud!

             Obvious: that the premise of this mussar, has an immediate appeal perhaps comparable to a lead balloon.  Alas most Yidden do not have the slightest clue that perhaps the greatest chiddush of the Talmud, that it sets up a common law legal system which establishes lateral justice.  Not till the American revolution by which the revolutionaries ditched the vertical  Star Courts legal system by requiring a jury of one’s peers!  Just as the jury system, those people do not receive a salary from the State so too the Torts court beit din Judges do not receive their salary from the State – both lateral type systems of justice!

             Mashgiachim, based upon this chiddush, should not receive their salaries from the places they police for Kashrut.  But alas because most rabbis fail to grasp the biggest chiddush expressed throughout the entire Sha’s, the beit din judges fail to properly assume their function as an expression of the Talmudic model of justice.  Pursue justice sums of all the mussar from the NaCH prophets!  G’lut comes upon the nation when we fail to rule the oath sworn lands with justice.  The 3 judges of a Torts court: One functions in the role of prosecutor.  The second functions in the role of attorney for the defense.  Both these judges argue their case before the 3rd Judge.  

             Contrast the vertical legal system – popular in all none Jewish legal systems across the planet.  Those vertical legal systems, the State pays the salary of both the Judge and the Prosecuting Attorney.  A person who receives a salary from the State, hence in a court hearing its the State vs. so and so.  Talmud reflects the mussar given by the Yethro prior to the revelation of the Torah at Sinai.  To rule the nation requires the establishment of a workable legal system, no one man alone can judge the social and civil disputes of an entire nation.  

             The entire purpose of establishment of the 48 Levitical cities, 42 Yeshivot to train Federal Sanhedrin judges.  The 6 cities of refuge each had a “Federal” small Sanhedrin court – headed by a Cohen of the house of Aaron.  These cities too had a private altar.  Prior to carrying out a Capital Crimes ruling, the Cohen of the small Sanhedrin court dedicated a korban upon the altar, to publicly testify that the judges of the Court heard the case in tohor – that they took no bribes.  The dedication of a korban requires that the Cohen must be tohor on pain of כרת.  The small Sanhedrin Courts functioned as the spokes of the Federal Court legal system.

             The word ברית does not mean “covenant”, the popular translation in the Xtian Bible.  Rather this key term בראשית\ברית אש serves as the יסוד of the entire Torah!  Brit means alliance, the entire first Book of בראשית addresses the brit alliance in the face of g’lut.  Brit vs. g’lut – Adam, Noach, and the unborn children of Avram (brit of pieces) experienced g’lut.  The theology of the apostle Paul, by contrast, makes a focus upon “original sin” as the basis by which mankind needs Jesus son of Zeus to take the sins of the world away!

             How do you define the “Big Picture” interpretation of the Torah?  G’lut vs. Original Sin.  Prior to the establishment of Israeli Independence, Jews lived our lives as stateless refugee populations scattered across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe/Golden Medina.  Today, Yidden rule our homelands and Xtianity rots in g’lut, waiting for the 2nd Coming of Jesus son of Zeus. Stateless refugees have no rights by definition.  How does the Torah describe the creation of the world?  The world – filled with anarchy and chaos.  The expulsion of Jews from England, France, Spain, and Germany — not a time of chaos and anarchy?

             Logic stands upon Order.  No logic system works without disciplined Order.  דרוש compares cases comparable to how the Gemara “learns” the Mishna!  דרוש functions as the יסוד of פשט, רמז, וסוד of פרדס scholarship.  To weave a garment requires a warp and its opposing woof. Talmud contains halaka opposed by aggadita.  To divorce the halaka from its “wife” aggadita, compare to a man who sends his wife away without a Get!

             Gaonim scholarship produced Midrashim.  The latter organize (emphasis on Order) aggadic stories in the Order of the T’NaCH.  The Talmud by contrast organizes aggadita around a specific Mishna!  Aggadita makes a T’NaCH דרוש, comparable to the halakic cases the Gemara brings to learn the Case/Rule of a specific Mishna.  The logic compares to a simple Algebraic equation.  Anything done on one side of the equation requires an equal opposite upon the other side of the equation.

             We have now gone full circle.  Just as the T’NaCH has sugiot, so too does the Talmud.   The sugiot function, they give Order to both T’NaCH and Talmud.  Learning T’NaCH and Talmud divorced from the Order established by the sugiot violates the dedication of the lights of Hanukkah – mentioned in the opening paragraph of this letter of mussar.  Mussar, by the way, defined as דרך ארץ, and דרך ארץ means justice. 

             No man can tell or dictate to another that he must walk in דרך ארץ, that he must dedicate his life to seek justice.  Hence the sages of the Talmud admitted that they did not know how to give a תוכחה to other Jews.  This P’shat of the Talmud stands upon the יסוד of דרוש mussar.  All the prophets of the T’NaCH command mussar.  Why?  Because mussar, applies equally across the board to each and every generation who walks upon the face of this earth.

              ‘Light unto the nations’, does not refer to Goyim, but rather g’lut Jewry dwelling in Goyim lands. Why?  Goyim have no brit with the God of Israel.  Goyim, despite their efforts to pretend otherwise, they do not sit as the Judges of Israel.  My wife Karen, her metaphor by which she describes the failure of family and friends to rebuke immodest behavior by those whom they love, as “pollyanna naivate”.  The behavior of דרך ארץ mussar stands upon the יסוד of emotional maturity.  Sometimes, easier for others to recognize tuma behavior, than self awareness while breathing tuma spirits.

    Weigh the ברכה:
    השיבנו אבינו לתורתך, וקרבנו מלכנו לעבודתך, והחזירנו תבשובה שלמה לפניך:  ברוך אתה ה’, הרוצה בתשובה.
    How does the NaCH learn the k’vanna of this blessing?מלכים א יט:י.  ויאמר קנא קנאתי לה’ אלהי צבאות כי עזבו בריתך בני ישראל את מזבחתיך הרסו, ואת נביאיך הרגו בחרב, ואותר אני לבדי, ויבקשו את נפשי לקחתה.On the surface this statement, exceptionally difficult to understand based upon the p’sukim
    מלכים א יח:ד.  ועבדיהו היה ירא את ה’ מאד וכו’.
    How could Eliyyahu declare that he alone lived as a prophet?  The NaCH has Eliyyahu repeat his obtuse statement a second time to emphasize its inherent lack of clarity.  What exactly burdened the heart of Eliyyahu?  Contrast the language employed by ישעיה opposed by the similar language by which the prophet ירמיה conveys a matter of the heart. 
    עמנו אל    כנגד    כי אתך אני.

             The former validates the harshest of times, but that language equally conveys a social togetherness, an optimism that the mussar commandment of the prophet – heard and accepted by both the king and others.  The language of the latter communicates a lonely bitter isolation, an anguish of spirit and a depth of depression.  The language that Eliyyahu addresses his vision of HaShem directly resembles the language spoken by ירמיה; it contrasts with the assumption that a child or wife would obey their father or husband, if either vowed or sworn an oath. 

             Eliyyahu could not rely upon an Ovadyahu to deliver him from Izevel.  The stark bitterness of ירמיה, that tuma spirits so dominated the Cohen people that they simply lacked the heart to do t’shuva; anymore than Izevel could suddenly prize the absolute necessity for justice.

             Yidden mourn during this period known as the 9 days.  Easier to sit on low stools and decry the destruction of buildings made of wood and stone weeping in an inverse pollyannaspirit, than to learn tohor middot and dedicate as a holy korban unto HaShem our commitment to walk in דרך ארץ in how we behave and interact with family and friends.  Shalom requires trust.  No trust no shalom.

             Meditation does wonders for healing.  A simple meditation that does not depend upon the eyes to focus upon some external object [I have a lazy eye so attempts to focus on a specific external object never worked for me.].  Always liked the pre WW2 research done by Royal Rife with radio frequencies.  Asian medicine rejects Western medicine on the specific, that it holds that internal organs produce basic emotions.  This concept works well with the
    Spinal Courd/Brain Stem reflex arc electrical “laws” within our bodies.  The art of meditation which this commentary promotes, affixing a color to an internal organ to a finger. 

             This concept of meditation follows the post War Japanese healing technique that I employed to treat my daughters’ cystic fibrosis.  My teacher in this method of meditation – her daughter too had cystic fibrosis, and that common problem caused her to investigate Jin Shin Jyutsu is.

              Fear/אמץ לב to the stomach/kidney.  Anger/Joy to the liver/spleen/pancreas; Grief/Love to the heart/lungs.  Shame/Hope to large intestines/small intestines.  Guilt/Freedom to gall bladder/bladder.  Chinese medicine does not include the pancreas, while the Japanese view the heart as taboo.  Fear/Index finger.  Anger/Middle finger.  Grief/Ring finger.  Shame/pinky finger.  Guilt/Thumb.  The right hand corresponds with the toes on the left foot and the left hand with the toes of the right foot. 

             The crux of meditation centers upon developing an awareness and sensitivity to the “focus point”.  This meditation technique it’s different from the classic meditation as practiced in some yoga buddha styles.  While single individuals alone can meditate, this system, built around group meditation. Something like using battery cables to start a car requires at least two cars.  Two ways the body fights diseases, White Bloods cells and similar defense systems.  The other, the body actually remembers past diseases and develops an immunity.  The measles serve as a good example of this second type of natural defense within our bodies.

             The derivative of Jin Shin Jyutsu is that my meditation technique has developed over the years, it views powerful positive and negative emotions as a bi-polar battery.  In Asian medicine a low qi [pronounce che] within the 10 major internal organs, a low Qi energy represents the chief cause that causes the body defenses to fail to overcome diseases.  The black death, which wiped out perhaps half of the population of Europe began in China.  Chinese medicine treated the disease successfully. 

             Some attempt to explain their healing success by simply saying that Chinese include rats within their Culinarymenu.  I do not know.  Nonetheless the idea that our internal organ produce our basic emotions, this idea, expressed within the prophets of the NaCH and Sages in the Talmud, they mutually agree and accept the idea that internal organs produce emotions.

             Western medicine has accomplished much.  But what I do not trust, the strong tendency practiced by the medical industry to push pills; the idea that doctors have some sort of “secret” knowledge/expertise outside of the realm of the common man.  The matter that bothered me for years, influenced by my dyslexia, how to employ the rational portion of our brains to
    communicate with our internal organs.  Remembered my first year of College biology.  Could ATP produced by the mitochondria, within the cells of the major internal organs, physically represent the qi of Asian medicine. 

             Early Freud, he attempted and failed to locate a physical location in the brain that produced emotions.  This failure caused him to develop his revolutionary idea of the conscious and non conscious components of the human mind.  Freud focused upon the libido/sex drive, this ideal scandalized European medical circles in its day.

             But clearly Freud searched for basic/fundamental emotions as the יסוד/foundation by which he sought to heal mental disease.   Western medicine, it seems to me, they remain stuck in the idea that emotions generate from the mind alone.  Western medicine does not view the Brain stem as serving as the Maestro which orchestrates the “music” of emotions produced by the internal organs of our body.  As the dyslexic brain has trouble communicating between the two hemispheres of the brain, so too the rational mind does not openly communicate with the internal organs without intense Yoga-like meditation.

             As an Israeli, the movement which hopefully will sprout from my political involvement within Israeli society, that Israel turns away from Shoah Europe as our main trading partners in favor of North Africa and eventually drawing in all or most of the African States.  Medicine for the masses, African society, basically 3rd world as it stands today.  Currently Western healing techniques dominate Israeli medical practices.  This hopefully shall change.  The medical meditation techniques my research has attempted to develop, permits the individual to treat diseases by means of meditation.

             In the 1930s Rife research accomplished healing through employment of precise radio frequencies aimed at a diseased internal organ.  Rife developed a powerful microscope that even today surpasses the electron microscope.  The latter can only examine dead cells whereas the Rife microscope could examine living cells invaded by bacteria and viruses.  The American medical community outlawed the Rife techniques for treating diseases.  But Germany and other country have incorporated it as part of their standard medicine.

             But third world African countries, most villages lack electricity.  The internal organs vibrate, they produce “frequencies”.  Placement of the fingers upon targeted internal organs compares with starting a car with battery cables…transferring the “memory” of a healthy internal organ frequency over to a weak internal organ essentially defines the meditation of my modified Jin Shin Jyutsu is. 

             Karen has not felt well and she just messaged me that her heart damage has returned.  She did not like making a meditation schedule and I certainly had no desire to demand it from her.  Meditation qualifies as a skill that requires practice and mental energy focused upon building the awareness of a person’s fingers, that they feel the vibrations which targeted internal organs produce.

             Color-Psychology, affixing a color to represent a fixed emotion assigned to an internal organ of the body.  The internal organs do not communicate through words, but rather by means of emotions.  To describe an emotion with words compares to poetry or songs.  King Shaul would rely upon David to treat his headaches by playing the harp.  But third world countries don’t have easy access to music.  But the human eye can see colors, a person can enter the cave of many colors within his mind.  Can colors have an impact upon the emotions the internal organs produce?  Yes they can.  Prisons employ colors to reduce prison violence. 

             The problem of meditation, the clutter within the mind.  Affixing a color to an emotion as mentioned in the 3rd paragraph above permits the rational neocortex part of the brain to communicate a focused color/emotion to a specific internal organ by means of the fingers feeling the vibrations produced by those two targeted organs.  In effect this meditation technique combines the neocortex together with the Brain stem to direct two targeted internal
    organs to produce higher levels of ATP, and release this increased ATP into the bloodstream to function as energy food for other internal organs.

             The beauty of this meditation technique, a healthy person can employ their fingers as “battery cables” and transfer ATP frequency energies from their body to assist the recovery of a sick person.  This vibration energy compares to alternating AC currents.  Inhale, focus upon the vibrations felt by the fingers of one hand.  Exhale, focus upon the vibrations felt by the fingers of the other hand.  Affix a color to basic emotion.  The meditation focuses upon feeling the vibrations felt by the fingers, combined with “seeing” a fixed color within the mind – both the healer and the patient can do this as they breathe.

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