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"Charging" Others

Have you ever wondered what it was like in the Garden of Eden BEFORE Adam and Eve sinned?

In Gen 2.16, they were able to eat from any tree in the garden "freely" - NO CHARGE!

Interestingly, this same condition is also included in an invitation in Isa 55.1 in which people who have NO MONEY can come and eat "without cost" - NO CHARGE!

Then, at the very end of the Bible, we see a new world in which everyone drinks from the spring of the water of life "without cost" - NO CHARGE!

Where did "charging" others come from? When did this system of accounting start?

It started in the Garden of Eden as a direct result of man's distrust of their Creator. They were "charged" with an offense or sin or debt, which eventually would have to be paid for. From that moment on to this day, we have had a system of accounting for sin/debt, for which each of us will receive a final accounting on the "day of judgment".

However, the promise for the payment or remedy for those sins/debts was also given in the book of Genesis, in Gen 3.15, with the "seed" referring to the Messiah who has now PAID the debts for ALL mankind with His own life, as succinctly stated in Psalm 22.30-31 "... they will come and will declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has PERFORMED" (NASB).

Since the death of the Messiah, the opportunity now exists for those called by the Father to have their sins/debts paid for upon their acceptance of His Son's life as payment, with that acceptance requiring repentance, baptism and the laying on of hands to receive the Father's own divine nature and spirit, being thereby being begotten by the Father and becoming His sons and daughters, and forgiven all sins/debts.

Now notice the parable of the wicked servant in Mt 18.21-35, in which a servant was forgiven a tremendous debt, but afterwards would not forgive a debt someone else owed him. Does not this parable apply to those today who have been forgiven ALL sins/debts by the Father, and yet seek to charge and collect money from our brothers?

Read Jn 13.35: "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." Are we truly loving our brothers when we are charging them for our love/service toward them?

Rom 13.8 says "Owe no man anything, but to love one another."

In Acts 2.44-45, the early church, upon repentance, baptism and being added to the church, "had all things in common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need".

Rom 4.8 says "Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not TAKE INTO ACCOUNT" (NASB).

If the Creator no longer takes into account (charges) His saints, how can the saints then presume to continue to charge one another? If the saints charge for something that is already PAID FOR, isn't that money owed back?

In Mt 6.12, the Messiah instructs us to pray: "And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors". And in Mt 6.14-15 the Messiah repeats that point so we are sure to get it!

Ever since 1933 in America, when HJR 192 was passed by Congress, there has been NO MONEY of Exchange in circulation. Did the Messiah provide this remedy for his saints to enable them to no longer charge one another? Are the saints not listening to His message of redemption and service as proclaimed in Isa 52.1-3 and Isa 55?

The saints need to come out of the accounting/charging system of commerce, and into the forgiving/serving system of cooperation and love. The saints now can and MUST return to the "Garden" (Isa 51.3; 52.8-12)!