The Naked truth before the Lord our God

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The Naked truth before the Lord our God

Gen.2:25And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

2 Corinthians 5

 1For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

 2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

 3If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

  We will all stand before our Lord and saviour to answer for our accounts, for the time on His green earth and how we spent that time. Now anything that is of an unrighteous state will be burned as chaff in His presence! We will all stand before our God this Jesus on the Day of Judgment; we will stand before Him in a royal robe of righteousness and a crown of jewels for each of our friends’ family and all those who we have brought to the Lord or in front of Him bare and naked with nothing to show for ourselves! You see all of us after receiving His baptism of His Spirit, our Holy Ghost experience; we were all equipped to go out and do something with our gifts that we were endowed with at this baptism. This is knowing His will for each of us! If we get out of His will then we are in the flesh and not in the Spirit, and we become enmity against our God! We must come with the attitude as a child and be about pleasing our Lord all of the time! With simple love and devotion nothing else will do!

Hindering from without and from within:

This is why we must never stand in the way of anyone doing a good work for the Lord just because they don’t go to our church or belong to our congregation. See, we find many of our denominational churches doing the same thing, when they will make you have one of their slips of paper (A Certificate or credentials!) that gives you the right to go out and do a work! Which is contrary to scripture, in Mark 9 we see in the 39th verse and on that Jesus forbid John or anyone from hindering a worker of the Lord’s doing something in His name! 39But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. 40For he that is not against us is on our part. 41For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

You see when we are in front of our Lord on the Day of Judgment we will give an account for all actions which hinder His works, we will not be allowed to wear anything, we will be gathered up by His angels and carried to the Lake of Fire, screaming and crying all the way, with all the other human refuse!

Some of those are going to be those who cleverly cover up their lying schemes with vain theologies of man’s, by using scripture out of context, you know the ones which continually do as the flesh wants and does nothing for the Kingdom, they never ever go to help someone come to know the truth, because they don’t even know it themselves! What will they do when they get to Jesus and say Lord allow us to see God, can you take us to Him? Then Jesus will say; do you not know scripture? I told you in so many ways who I am. John14:1: 1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

John14: 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Jesus was saying literally, exactly who He is!!!

You see this is the true gospel that God was manifested in the flesh (1Tim3:16) to bring us salvation (Is.47:4), for there is no God besides Me spoken in Isaiah (Is.43:10, 11, 25), He said I am thy redeemer, and thy salvation (43:3-11), I know not any God besides Me ya there is none (Is45:5), nor will there ever be one besides Me (Rev1:8; Is.9:6)! Sounds like one God to me! For this reason Jesus was and is the living word that John spoke of in John1:14:14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory (Is.42:8; 48:11-12 & Rev.1:8, see also 1 Cor.2:8 and 2 Cor.4:6 along with Jn.11:40! As well as Mt.12:28 & Lk.11:20! Jesus is the Kingdom of God; the naked truth!) as of the only begotten (manifested as in became) of the Father,) full of grace and truth. But let us move on, all that we need to know about our Lord and saviour is in His Holy Bible for this exact reason that none should be lost, but first if we know not who Jesus is then we are still damned! John8:23And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins (John3:13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven (omnipresent even while talking to Nicodemus, because Jesus is God in now immortal flesh)).

So you see when you get to Heaven you must never say Lord I want to see God, for God is a Spirit as in Holy Spirit you see this in John 4:24 and when Jesus explains that there is not any good but one My Father which is in Heaven, Mark10:18And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. You see Jesus’ Father if you can call Him that is none other than the Holy Ghost who came over Mary because the Holy Spirit is the power and eternal life, the living soul of God, which is also the mind and all of God’s manifestation which He put in Mary, which is the Holy Thing (John3:34For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. Why because He is omnipresent and cannot be divided and is in fact one and God who manifested Himself in the flesh! John12:45And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.)! 1Tim3:16.

He, Jesus told it all and finally doubting Thomas finally got it in John20:28 we read who Jesus is; John10:30; 25Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.26But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30I and my Father are one. 31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Things have not changed much from today, you see when you see Jesus, you see God manifested in the flesh! That is why we must be baptized in His name for there is no other name by which salvation comes: Act4:12.

You see doubting Thomas finally caught on before it was too late for Him, John 20:28:  28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. Now most assuredly if Thomas was out of line Jesus would have straightened it out right then and there if there was confusion to His true Identity; do you not think He would? For God cannot be of any part of a lie! But this still haunts in my heart; John 8:24: 24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. Jesus is our God manifested in the flesh as foretold in scripture! And they all will be taught by God Jer.31:33.33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

You see God was looking ahead when He told this to Zechariah12:10And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn (John19:34, 37). You see Zechariah lived and started his ministry in 520- 508B.C. Now just say for the Trinitarians sake why would God the Father say to Zechariah 500 hundred years before Jesus’ time and say to Zechariah they will look upon me whom they have pierced instead of Him whom they pierced? Unless the Father was Jesus and God altogether one in the same, one person! As 1Tim3:16 explains! 16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. Let us clear this one thing up right here and now, the only thing Triune about God our Lord Jesus is His Omnipresence, Omnipotence, and His Omniscience, this is Godliness and  The Godhead all rolled up in one person (Is.9:6)! That is all! But if you cannot get these scriptures you will never get what Paul was talking about in 1 Cor.15:27For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, which God may be all in all. Because Paul was in essence showing off here and came very close to revealing more than he should have (Because he went to the third heaven, which is the third age to come, 1Cor15:25-28); for there are some things revealed to us in which we are to leave alone and allow the Lord to reveal them to you, by the Holy Spirit (Rev.10:4)! This is why you need to be seeking out your own salvation with fear and trembling because to fall into the hands of an angry God is something no man can survive! (Phil.2:12; Heb10:31)

Ephesians 4:1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called (Let me assure you, if you have been baptized in His Holy Spirit with the only sign that is proof of His Spirit and that is speaking in tongues; speaking in tongues would not have been given at the first as evidences unless it was the sign to be used to verify His presence in you: then you have been endowed with gifts that will allow you to be used in His ministry; and it is your duty to find out what they are and to be about His business when He returns to be in His will!) ,2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.4There is one body, and one Spirit (one body one Spirit equals one person in anyone’s books), even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;5One Lord, one faith, one baptism,6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7But unto every one of us is given grace (gifts) according to the measure (of faith Heb.11:6) of the gift of Christ (for He alone knows who will love Him forever and not grow lukewarm, Rev.3:15-16). One body One Spirit equals One person! Now that we have learned the mature doctrines of the Lord and how He is not the author of confusion of man’s vain deceit, of the doctrines of fools, the Papist’s; let us not go to Hell along with them and their vain doctrines of men instead of true doctrine based on scripture of God’s anointed apostles; and not on philosophy of men!

Right now and until this millennium and the thousand year reign of Jesus is going to be Lord of Lords, God Almighty, Isaiah9: 6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. This is who Jesus is; this is why we must all read all scripture and harmonize all of it together before we make an ungodly decision that might as well be polytheism or tritheism worshipping Three manifestations of God instead of worshipping Him in His person and that is one (Zech.14:9) and that one is Jesus Christ, for we are complete in Him: Col2: 8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men (The Papist’s who gave us this philosophy of man’s foolishness this trinity doctrine started around 325 A.D. and ratified around 550 A.D. after the council of Nicaea see this article with its links at the end *. ), after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.10And ye are complete in him (one), which is the head of all principality and power:11In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh (to be a new creature in Christ Jesus to go and sin no more equals truly being born again of His spirit) by the circumcision of Christ:12Buried with him in baptism (how many were baptized in Jesus name can I see a Hand? If you don’t know, then how do you know you are saved? You may speak in tongues but that is the gift of the Spirit when He comes to dwell inside of you but you will never see heaven without the blood of propitiation, forgiveness of your sins, for the blood of the sacrifice needs to be administered to the one being blessed with the blood of atonement, in baptism as you die with Him to sin, and washed in His pure redeeming waters, immersed in water in Jesus’ name Acts2:38; 4:12!! 1 Cor.6:11 the new age covenant of baptism in the blood of the lamb, Ac.20:28 in the blood of God; Eph.4:5!), wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Which He did when He did as the Father (the Holy Ghost in Him) instructed Him to do, He said I always do what pleases Him. (John8:23-*29*-32 & 1John3:22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.) Jesus knew this when He was just 12 years old that he must be about his Father’s business Like 2:49 as should we all when He returns, or be as those who will be lost. The Lake of Fire where the worm dieth not and the fire is never quenched, Mk.9!

So then the naked truth of all matters is this; Jesus came to remove sin from off His children, those who will receive Him as a child! He rose again the third day and was seen by all His disciples but one (Judas). By the power that raised this Jesus from the grave we are all instructed to have this baptism or we are none of His, John3:3, 5, 6:3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Rom.8:8, 9:8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. For this reason Paul rebaptized the disciples of John the Baptist; if it were not necessary He would have left them alone in Acts chapter 19; He Paul rebaptized them in the name of our Lord Jesus!! The naked truth!!!

Now let us in all maturity move into the realm of the true will of God in Jesus for all His children (Luke11:28But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.) ; Matt.12:48But he answered and said unto him that told him, who is my mother? And who are my brethren? 49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. And there is but one way to do this and that is to deny this flesh and seek His ways John14:6:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: without Holiness and righteousness that only comes from within Him we will not see Him in His glory and share in His delights! This is done by denying self and picking up our cross and following Him in all His Glories and ways! If we do not pick up our cross but still follow Him we are not worthy of Him and there will be gnashing of teeth, and wailing as we read in Mk.9:42And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea (That teach Trinity as a Doctrine, These were manifestations of God as He developed His relationship with man because man cannot grasp the supernatural realms of God, so He did what He needed to do so that man could understand who He is, but when you worship the trinity, and the relationships that He once had with His people you are in direct violation of this scripture, Luke9:62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. There has been different manifestations of God throughout history, from Abram to Moses to the New Testament but there always has been one God, and one person otherwise there would have been confusion and we know what God thinks of confusion, it is as an abomination, one of the greatest sins; do a word search on abomination and confusion and you will see it usually ends up with a stoning and being cut off as in dead and separation from God and His people; which we always have to put in conjunction with Mal.3:6 as well as Matt.24:35 and Heb.13:8 the Lord changes not, so we had better stay in His ways also!!! This is why we must be about His business of today to prepare for tomorrows Kingdom always looking forward and never behind to what He once was but what He is now, this is who we are to worship God in the flesh this Jesus Christ which means Saviour the Lord’s Anointed which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit being poured out in someone to do the work of the Spirit, God’s work in God’s flesh one person (Jn.14:18)!!!). Let us go back to where we were to catch the idea I was trying to relay a while ago.

Mk.9:43And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:44Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.45And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:46Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.47And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:48Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.49For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.50Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, wherewith will ye season it?

The naked truth is this: the people that love this world and the things in it are going to keep all of them, the things of this world, but there is one problem that this world is going to turn into the Lake of Fire where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched (1 Jn.2:15-17 & 2 Pt.3:1-18)!!!  18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. This is a commandment of the Holy Spirit or we find ourselves fighting against God again! We are either in His will or in our will which leads to the wide path that so many find that leads to perdition, Mt.7:13-14 and many will go in there at! For few will find the true path of righteousness and holiness that leads to life ever after, Mt.20:16; 22:14 and 24:35! Lk.17:7But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 8And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 9Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. How much more are we to do also? Are we not to keep all what He has told us to do? Therefore let us all be good servants and return to His fields of labor and do as He told the church of Ephesus in Rev.2:5Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Hag.1:5Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways.

Romans 12

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Eph.5:27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. You see we are not to offend anyone with vain doctrines of the Papist that make people to worship the subjects instead of the object God Himself in the flesh, this Jesus of ours that is going to bring us into Himself, so we can join Him at His table at the banquet and the feast of the bridegroom with His church who has made herself ready, chase, spotless, righteous, and Holy (1 Pt.1:13-17). This true and naked truth the overcomers called such for this reason they have overcome this world and the flesh and learned to walk in the Spirit, as Jesus did (Jn.16:33; Rev.2, 3, search to see how to become an overcomer.)!

If we only get one thing out of this Bible, we had better get a hold of this verse right here; the naked truth! 2Tim3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works!

Now many people believe that when or IF they receive the Holy Ghost that is all that is required of them, but this is the naked truth, this lie will lead straight to Hell; Matt.7:13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. The naked truth is this simple truth; that we have this Holy Scripture for one reason to use it (Because it cleanses us when we use it from all wrong, Jn.15:3!)! Not to contemplate as to what others should be doing and not we too! It is not enough to just do the things we want and leave the other scriptures left undone Mk.8:34-38! We are to do all of His ways if we are to be His disciples, apostles, prophets etc. If we draw closer to Him He will draw closer to us that is the naked truth! Matt.7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Mt.6:33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Let us all find our own Pentecost before it is too late; for the door is about to close forever, see Mt.25!

Matthew 25:

1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.14For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.16Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.17And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.18But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.20And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.22He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.23His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.26His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:27Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.28Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.29For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.30And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.31When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me!41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal!

You see the naked truth is this:Luke9:62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. For this reason when we are baptized in His name according to Acts2:38-39 and keep unto the doctrines of the Apostles as required in (Jn.15:20 and Ac.2:40 ffs); we are up holding Mt.28:19-20! See the naked truth is this; we are instructed as disciples of Jesus Christ, to take this gospel message to all nations and all peoples! (There is a world of difference fulfilling what a scripture says to do than just repeating the verse and thinking you are fulfilling it!): It is just that simple, in order to stay in His will; this is our new jobs fulfilling His scripture in our lives! If we draw back from His word or His gospel or Him, we are drawing away from Him and He will have no delight in us! Heb.10:38Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man drawback, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.39But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Here is the naked truth of the matter at hand: Ecc.12:10The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters (Ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Lord of all) of assemblies (to show the correct pathway), which are given from one shepherd (one person).12And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. & Mal.3:16Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. Because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, Prov.9:10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Ps.111:10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever.

Let us not leave this word that was given by God’s anointed men of faith, this Holy Bible for it is the road, the path, the narrow path, to the straight gate that is so hard to find but not if we use His directions in His book all laid out for those who love Him and are willing to die for Him, just as He did for us! He will accept nothing less, this is the naked truth my friends today and tomorrow, because you see yesterday is gone, and it too cannot be repeated especially if there was anything or any sin was in it or you are trying to crucify Jesus daily living in your sin!!! And the naked truth of the matter is that you are living in sin and thus you will have no part of the inheritances; because you have not truly repented have you (1 Jn.2:1-6, see 1 Sam.15 and read the story of King Saul! Not living according to God’s word brings one thing only and that is death to the sinner or unbeliever who walks in their own will, in disobedience to God’s commandments!)?!! How are you being merciful to our saviour trying to bank on grace as your blanket or covering for sin; that is not what grace was about! You have put the blood of Christ at your feet and walk with prideful flesh of distain for His word, as well as for Him and His suffering for you! How are you going to stand before Him in that day and expect to have a robe of righteousness when there is nothing righteous about you!!! John in his later epistles says it all: you cannot have sin in your life and say that you are of Christ, for in Christ there is no sin and cannot be any!! You only deceive yourself with vain theology of those that are Hell Bound!!! It takes hard work to come to know Jesus in all His truths, and it cannot come without prayer and fasting and denying the flesh; and living in His truths and by the power of His Spirit being allowed to operate in you!!

 

1 John 2

1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (These verses were for those who have not received salvation yet, not for those who have received it! The next verses are for the regenerated ones or what we call the born-again ones, Jn.3:3-8 and Ro.8:1-ffs!).3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

But herein lies the naked truth: 1 John5:20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ: This is the true God, and eternal life!

You see there is but one person we have to be fearful of and Jesus is our God who we will answer to on the Day of Judgment Phil.2:10!!! Matt.10:28: 28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him (one) which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matt.28:18: 18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

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Luke 12

1In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy (The Papist of the Roman Catholic Church).2For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.3Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops (Mt.12:36-37).4And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.5But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.6Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.8Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.10And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. Because the Holy Ghost is our God in Jesus reconciling the world unto Himself in Him, 2 Cor.5:19-21 and we see who Jesus is before He became flesh in John4:24; for there is but one Holy which is good in the Greek good means, blameless, perfect as in Mt.5:48 & Gen.17:1, etc. and Righteousness, all Righteousness, is in our God, He alone hovered over the deep in Gen.1:1-2 and put life into all His creations by the power of His will, the will of His Spirit who hovered over Mary, putting Himself in her His handmaiden Mt.1:18, 20 and 23 who is God with us our Immanuel!!! And this is who Jesus will submit to after all things have been put under His feet Jn.6:63; 1 Cor.15:28 because the flesh will always submit to the Holy Spirit because God is a Spirit, Jn.4:24! This is why we cannot blasphemy His words with our vain deceit and vain theology and philosophical vanity of men, we must adhere to scripture, His word will lead us through to the next true realm or age to come; called the next dispensation!

aión: a space of time, an age; Original Word: αών, νος,

God can manifest Himself anyway in which He wishes in messengers of the Lord to Abraham face to face or in A Cloud of Fire and Smoke to Moses, but one thing is for sure He will only manifest Himself to the public in one manor at a time for He is not the author of confusion!! Right now Jesus is our God in the Flesh now immortal flesh!! As all of us will be, if, we put our faith in Jesus Christ; we will be raised at the last trump, 1 Cor.15:52!!!

John3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son (Flesh) of God( by adoption of King David’s lineage, Ps.2:7 and 2 Sam.7:1-16! 19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (Jn.8:12 Jesus is that light!).20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John10:30: 30I and my Father are one. You do Jesus’ will we are in fact doing the will of God Himself!!! Matt10:34:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.36And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me!38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me!39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.  So if we are to receive our inheritances from the Most High God we would be doing all that our Lord Jesus has given us to do!!! This is the naked truth! Without Him in our life we are nothing but flesh for the Fire and the worm that dieth not and the fire that is not quenched!!! (Ezek.21:31-32; Ezek.22:30-31!)

This is the true since of grace in this age; and that is that you are not condemned and taken to Hell right now for all are under the protection of grace as long as they have not come to Him yet; this is where the grace ends, Ro.2:4!!! For if we have come to know Him in truth of the Holy Spirit, then we have not but a fearful look to see before we are judged with all the rest of the abominations; *If* we continue to live in sin; you know the sinners who keep not His words, sayings, statutes, and commandments, see Is.28:9-13!!! Heb10:26For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries (Kind of blows that once saved always saved theory doesn’t it? See Num.15:1-ffs for only the sin of ignorance will be forgiven! But the sin of a presumptuous sinner will never be forgiven, Mt.12:31-32 & 46-50!).28He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:29Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!

This is the naked truth, that God will not be mocked!!! Galatians 6:1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.2Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.5For every man shall bear his own burden.6Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap! 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting!  14But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

As Paul himself and as we, we too should become new creatures, made of a supernatural fiber of an internal law (Jer.31:31-34), that we judge ourselves not according to this world but according to the Lord’s word (1 Cor.11:31-32); by His Holy scripture in the Holy Bible, this is by what we will be judged, this is the naked truth that we will stand before our God and give an account according to His words; not those of the society that we are living in!!! (1Peter4:17-18)

Gal.6:15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.16And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God (The New Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, who has been bought with the blood of God, Ac.20:28!).17From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus (As well as I Rev. G. L. Boyett, who wrote this with my own hand, and will give an account for what I too have written, Jms.3:1ffs!!!).18Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. This is the grace that was spoken of that He will pour out, more grace, on us as we are tried with the sin of this world; to keep us from abiding in it like everyone else (Jn.16:33); we are to be His peculiar people who have set themselves apart for His works (1 Pt.2:9 A Royal Nation!)!!! This is the grace of sanctification, to give us more power to overcome this world; not to get along with it and to be just like those who are perishing!!! You step on His grace to try and hide your sin you have just fallen into Satan’s greatest lies!!! Those that are His are those who keep His commandments John14:15 and 15:14: This is the simple naked truths!!!

Now another simple naked truth is this: that our Apostles have given us the keys to heaven; if we keep to all of their sayings as well as Jesus’; for they harmonize one another and never conflict with one another, if they do, you have the wrong interpretation and need to keep digging and praying and He will show you all truths, the Holy Spirit will bring all things to light! That is the reason why we must be about His business and doing all of His sayings when it comes to our salvation!!! Acts 2:38-40 are the true baptism formula in which to receive the blood of the sacrifice applied to your soul or you will not be allowed into His Heaven without His blood being applied to your soul, by going down in the water of repentance and remission of sin; by immersion into His watery grave in His name, for there is no other name given by which we must be saved Acts4:12!!! Eph. says there is one Lord one faith, one baptism; this is how we are to do our baptisms in His name only!!! And it harmonizes with Mt.28:19:19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Jesus said I come in my Father’s name this is literal and figurative because all power and authority have been given to Him, Jesus in verse 18 of chapter 28 of Matthew, for a matter of fact because of Jn.14:14! But other places as well this is spoken of as well as I will have the Father which is the Holy Spirit send Himself and He will lead you in all truths which is called by My name, 1Tm.3:16 all the fulness of the Godhead was in Jesus. John12:44: 44Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me:45And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me!46I am come a light into the world (Gen.1:3), that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.47And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.48He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken (no one will be able to withstand the power of His words, no one can rebuke His word and stand before Him; He will be punished forever, Jn.6:63! The naked truth is this; our Holy Bible is our passport to His realms and are His living words of life to us, to fail to use them is, is to die the death of eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire where the Worm dieth not and the fire quencheth not!), the same shall judge him in the last day (John1:14).49For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.50And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. All three are the same, one person, this is why God can be the head of the church as well as Jesus in Matt.16:18 and in 1Cor.10:32 because they are one in the same person, Jn.10:30!!! This is the only way to harmonize these two scriptures, just the same as Romans8:9 if you have not (tHis) Holy Spirit you are none of His yet still; because they (the titles) are one in the same person!!! There is only one God and He is the Spirit, John4:24: 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (Knowing who Jesus is, in truth!). And if we know not who He is, then how are we worshipping Him in truth, I refer you back to John8:24: This is the naked truth!!24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am (There is but one “I Am” in the whole Bible, Ex.3:14!) [he], ye shall die in your sins. Jesus was in God and was God and all things were made by Him and for Him and Jesus spoke of the glory He had with Him before the world was (Ecc.12:7), and He spoke of Abraham seeing Him and speaking with Him when He told the Pharisees in John8:58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I Am!59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. And it is no different today; people just do not want to throw away tradition for the truth!!! You see the naked truth of the matter is this; that the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost are just titles of relationships, offices, or roles to man with God. But His name is Jesus; John5:43:43I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: not much difference today!!John14:26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. You see the name of the father and the Son and the Holy Ghost is Jesus; why; they are one in the same, one manifestation made flesh now immortal flesh for all to see (1 Tm.3:16; 1 Jn.5:20)!!! And to answer to, every knee will bow to whom? Rom14:10But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.11For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God!12So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Our God in the flesh this Jesus, our true God, one person! This is who we will stand before on the Day of Judgment!

Philippians 2:

1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Rev.1:8I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty (Is.44:6). I refer you to Isaiah9:6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. And last but not least but still a naked truth; Mt.1:23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. From Isa.7:14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. See we have harmony from the Old Testament to the New Testament, the naked truth of the matter!!! Rev.1:17And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. This is He we will all answer to, He said it all, He is the first and the last, (Matt.20:16So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Those are the ones who know the old ways are not to be first, the revelation of God’s presences in the past are just that, things of the past not to be worshiped for the last is to be first, the ones who understand this are those who are chosen!!!) There is no other God because 1Tim3:16 harmonizes these scriptures because all scripture is to be considered in our interpretations; 2 Tim3:16-17 without them we perish this is the naked truths!!!

All I have to say is this, you will face Him this Jesus in the Day of Judgment and you will have to tell Him why you did not do as this preacher told you, that there is but one baptism (Which is the blood baptism, Ac.20:28, The same Baptism Jesus had to do and was straight until it was finished, Lk.12:50, and that is death to self and to walk according to the Holy Spirit, Ro.8: ffs! And it is done in one fashion which was told to us in scripture, Ac.2:38-40! This is how the blood of the New Testament covenant is applied to our souls!) and it is in His name; the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, which will save you in the last days, for there is power in His name, Jn.14:14, Mt.28:18!!! This is the only way to receive the blood of atonement or total propitiation from all sin, Ac.4:12!!! By the name of the person who was in the grave and rose in three days, this is the grave you were buried in IF you were buried in His name in your watery grave!!! If I preach any other gospel I will be accursed Gal.1:8-9; Jesus is the foundation to salvation there is no other way, Jn14:6!!!  8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that, which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. The naked truth is that I cannot either; this gospel is all I will ever preach is Jesus!!

1 Cor16:22If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha (“The Lord cometh;” namely, to execute vengeance upon him who is disobedient to His every word!). You see in Deu.4:2Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. This is considered getting out of the path to the right hand or the left Josh.1:7, and spoken of in Mt.7:13-14. You see here is the naked truth Deu.4:10Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children. You see we have not kept our side of the contract to teach our children to fear Him; who can cast into utter darkness or into the Lake Of Fire where the worm dieth not and the fire is quenched not!!! The naked truth Heb.12:24And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.25See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:26Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.27And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.28Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:29For our God is a consuming fire.  How can we stand in that last day if we have not His words to support our actions? We will be utterly lost if we have not Him and His words in us and we ourselves being about His business when He returns! The naked truth is this we will be no better than the servant that started beating his fellow servants and getting drunk and the rest of it, IF we fail in one we fail in all His ways; because much has been given the much more is expected and He will cut us asunder when He returns and finds us taking care of our flesh and not about His business; at 12 years old Jesus knew better, how much more are we to understand? Luke12:46The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers (not sounding so good for once saved always saved, now is it?). And Mt.24:42 but I will just give the heart of the matter the naked truth; verse 51And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. This does not sound like all is forgiven and covered by His grace, Matt.24:11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Those who preach this warm fuzzy God that will keep forgiving all even after you have supposedly repented; God is looking for overcomers who have learned to deny the flesh and pick up their crosses and follow Him; in word and deed, Col.3:17!!! Rev.2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:26; 3:5; 3:12; 3:21; 21:7 because of John 16:33.

For we will be just as the sinners and the unbelievers for we are in fact doing just that not believing in His words, and His words will not come back void of their intentions, this is how we will know who are His sheep because they have heard His words being spoken by His prophets of today!!! John14:15If ye love me, keep my commandments. And john15:14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.15Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

This is how we will know the real church of the living God in the last days; for they will be about all of His businesses, did not Jesus say, “You will know them by their fruits, they will have the look of godliness but lack the power there of to lead an overcoming life!!! The overcomers are these who study all of His scriptures and have found themselves approved of; all them whom are seeking His will for the rest of their time on this rock; soon to be Lake of Fire; we call this earth, where the worm (evil of sin) dieth not and the fire is not quenched, which will be purified in the everlasting fire; from which sin, will never be allowed to escape!!!

If we love anything of this world we are none of His; for this world is passing away with everything in it, only things that are spiritual will remain until the end of all things! If we hold to Romans8:1-39 as well as the rest of all His scriptures we will be forever in His presence hereafter; but if we walk after the flesh we perish:

In Closing

1 John 2

1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.7Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.8Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.9He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother (not talking about your relational brother but any brother in the whole world: Any Brother!), is in darkness even until now.10He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.11But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.12I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.18Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.19They went out from us, but they were not of us (The Papist); for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.20But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.21I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.22Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.23Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also (Because they are one in the same, Jn.10:30!).24Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father (1 Jn.5:20!).25And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.26These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.27But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him (Who is the word, Jn.1:1-14; 6:63 and Mt.4:4 Jesus is the bread of life that came down from heaven but it is by every word out of the mouth of God by which we are redeemed as well as cleansed; when we abide in Him see Jn.15:1- ffs only those who came down from heaven will be returning to it, Ecc.12:7 see Jn.3:13 and 2 Tm.2:19-26!).28And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.29If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him! He has known us from before the foundations of the world (Is.46:10)!

If we stay true to Jesus, He will stay true to us and give us all that we are in need of *IF* we keep His commandments Jn.14:15, (Is.57:13-21; Dan.12:1-2!); this is the naked truth that we must have works worthy of repentance or we perish Ac.26:19-20; Rev.22:11-14 & 18-19 ffs!!! Faith without works to back-up our faith; is just believing and we are no better than doing lip service; you can believe all day long (the demons do, Jms.2:19) but it is not faith until you put your beliefs in action, that’s when believing becomes faith: (See also Is.29:1-*13*-24; Mt.15:1-*8-9*-20 & Mk.7:1-*6*-16; Jms.2:19 the demons believe and are going to Hell, this is the naked truth!) If we do the same service, with just our lips, we too will be honored with the same rewards for we kept not His commandments, so why should He remain faithful to one who is not faithful to Him and His word? (Mt.7:15-29; Lk.6:46; Mk.8:34-38)!!! There will be gnashing of teeth and the worm dieth not in the Lake of Fire and the fire is never quenched!!! Hell is just for that purpose for those who keep not His ways; which one are you? The naked truth is this you will stand in His presence in the last day, but will you remain in His presence or be hauled away screaming by His angels!!! Then we will see just how much grace covered your sins!!! Naked truths flesh perishes in the Lake of fire were the worm dieth not: This world will perish in the Lake of Fire where the worm dieth not: Sin will perish in the Lake of Fire where the worm dieth not, Naked Truths! So I leave you with your naked heart in this matter; you know in the bottom of your hearts whether you are His and if you are in His will, it doesn’t take an Einstein intelligence to know if you are truly His following all His commandments; all it takes is Honest love of a child and a heart that is (Pure!) naked before Him and yourself, when there is no condemnation, but if you have a shred of doubt, you need Him now; this is the naked truth!!! Rev.2: 5Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Hag.1: 5Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

The End

Lords Way Ministries

Rev. G. L. Boyett for this Sunday Dec.4th 2011 “In The End Times” of “The Latter Days” just before the beginning of sorrows and the new day’s dawn, for the New Jerusalem, coming down from the New Heavens!

I leave you with this:

2 Corinthians 5

1For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:3If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.4For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.5Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit (If you have been baptized in the blood of the lamb of God (Ac.20:28) and received His repentances for you, look to Ac.11:15-18 (Jn.3:3-8) and see if you had the same experiences as the family of Cornelius’s house had in Ac. Chapter 10; for this is the naked truth of Christ’s love in you, when His Spirit takes up residency in your heart; for the whole world to see!).6Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)8We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.9Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.11Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.12For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart: (Those who talk, “the Word of the Lord;” but walk in the lusts of the flesh! They have a form of godliness but lack the power thereof to do His will! From these we must try to lead back to righteousness, Jms.5:19-20 and 2 Tm.2:24-26; see 1 Pt.4:12-19 the naked truth!) 13For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.14For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again!16Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation!20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him(Jesus: this is the naked truth my friends!)! This is the naked truth that we must be reconciled unto Him that is above all and in you all (If you have been truly born-again of the water and of His Spirit in you; see Col.3:11; 1 Cor.6:11.)!!! Who has reconciled the world unto Himself!!! The naked truth God is in Christ Jesus one person; reconciling the world; His creation to Himself by the same way He created everything, by the power of His word!!!

Look the bottom line is this; the Lord has set the bar very high in order to come to Him (As one of the Elect!) and there is no way to achieve this; Mt.5:48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect (See Gen.17:1 God remains the same Heb.13:8 and Mal.3:6!). You are not perfect; without the baptism of the Holy Ghost and with Fire or you will be found just lukewarm as the Laodicea Church, Rev.3:14-22 being ready to be spewed out of our Lord’s mouth to Outer Darkness as the unfaithful servant was after being cut asunder! But He will reach further down than we can reach up if we truly keep our eyes on Him in faith and in sincere child like Love; always striving to come to Him in the fulness of all His commandments, sayings, statues, and precepts, in short His Word, not ours!!! He is the Creator we are the created, and we are to serve Him!!! Ecc.12:13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. That’s it really simple; the naked truths!!! Now work out your own salvation with fear and you had better have some trembling going on or you really don’t know who God is!!!

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1Tm.3:16 & 6:11-21; Isaiah60:1-22

Gal.4:16Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

~ Even so, if I be persecuted for His sake, I find myself in good company, in the company of the Elect! ~ Quote by Rev. G. L. Boyett

 (Isaiah59:1-21) The Lord will always have a prophet, for His generation, (Rev.19:10)

Ecc.12:7-14; Ps.2:1-12; Is.55:1-13; Mal.3:16-18

*Nontrinitarianism[edit]

Main article: Nontrinitarianism

Nontrinitarianism (or antitrinitarianism) refers to Christian belief systems which reject the doctrine of the Trinity as not having scriptural origin. Nontrinitarian views differ widely on the nature of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Various nontrinitarian views, such as Adoptionism, Monarchianism and Arianism existed prior to the formal definition of the Trinity doctrine in 325, 360, and 431 AD, at the Councils of Nicaea, Constantinople, and Ephesus.[108] Nontrinitarianism was later renewed in the Gnosticism of the Cathars in the 11th through 13th centuries, in the Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century, and in some groups arising during the Second Great Awakening of the 19th century.

Modern nontrinitarian groups or denominations include ChristadelphiansChristian ScientistsThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsDawn Bible StudentsFriends General ConferenceIglesia ni CristoJehovah’s WitnessesLiving Church of GodOneness PentecostalsMembers Church of God InternationalUnitarian Universalist Christians and the United Church of God.

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Phil.2:12

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History of the Christian Church

Vol. 2

by Philip Schaff:

Ante-Nicene Christianity A.D. 100-325

  This is being posted for reference only; for all to see the revelance it has still today as well as it did back when it was written; just as many Biblical prophecies were for the period of time it was given in, so too, many of them are surely for us today as well: Ecc.1:9The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. 11There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

We face many of these same problems today in modern times as well, this is for reference only so that we may identify those and help them on their way!

(Jms.5:19Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.)

 

 

HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

CHAPTER XI:

THE HERESIES OF THE ANTE-NICENE AGE.

 § 112. Judaism and Heathenism within the Church.

Having described in previous chapters the moral and intellectual victory of the church over avowed and consistent Judaism and heathenism, we must now look at her deep and mighty struggle with those enemies in a hidden and more dangerous form: with Judaism and heathenism concealed in the garb of Christianity and threatening to Judaize and paganize the church. The patristic theology and literature can never be thoroughly understood without a knowledge of the heresies of the patristic age, which play as important a part in the theological movements of the ancient Greek and Latin churches as Rationalism with its various types in the modern theology of the Protestant churches of Europe and America.

Judaism, with its religion and its sacred writings, and Graeco-Roman heathenism, with its secular culture, its science, and its art, were designed to pass into Christianity to be transformed and sanctified. But even in the apostolic age many Jews and Gentiles were baptized only with water, not with the Holy Spirit and fire of the gospel, and smuggled their old religious notions and practices into the church. Hence the heretical tendencies, which are combated in the New Testament, especially in the Pauline and Catholic Epistles.775

The same heresies meet us at the beginning of the second century, and thenceforth in more mature form and in greater extent in almost all parts of Christendom. They evince, on the one hand, the universal import of the Christian religion in history, and its irresistible power over all the more profound and earnest minds of the age. Christianity threw all their religious ideas into confusion and agitation. They were so struck with the truth, beauty, and vigor of the new religion, that they could no longer rest either in Judaism or in heathenism; and yet many were unable or unwilling to forsake inwardly their old religion and philosophy. Hence strange medleys of Christian and unchristian elements in chaotic ferment. The old religions did not die without a last desperate effort to save themselves by appropriating Christian ideas. And this, on the other hand, exposed the specific truth of Christianity to the greatest danger, and obliged the church to defend herself against misrepresentation, and to secure herself against relapse to the Jewish or the heathen level.

As Christianity was met at its entrance into the world by two other religions, the one relatively true, and the other essentially false, heresy appeared likewise in the two leading forms of EBIONISM and GNOSTICISM, the germs of which, as already observed, attracted the notice of the apostles. The remark of Hegesippus, that the church preserved a virginal purity of doctrine to the time of Hadrian, must be understood as made only in view of the open advance of Gnosticism in the second century, and therefore as only relatively true. The very same writer expressly observes, that heresy had been already secretly working from the days of Simon Magus. Ebionism is a Judaizing, pseudo-Petrine Christianity, or, as it may equally well be called, a Christianizing Judaism; Gnosticism is a paganizing or pseudo-Pauline Christianity, or a pseudo-Christian heathenism.

These two great types of heresy are properly opposite poles. Ebionism is a particularistic contraction of the Christian religion; Gnosticism, a vague expansion of it. The one is a gross realism and literalism; the other, a fantastic idealism and spiritualism. In the former the spirit is bound in outward forms; in the latter it revels in licentious freedom. Ebionism makes salvation depend on observance of the law; Gnosticism, on speculative knowledge. Under the influence of Judaistic legalism, Christianity must stiffen and petrify; under the influence of Gnostic speculation, it must dissolve into empty notions and fancies. Ebionism denies the divinity of Christ, and sees in the gospel only a new law; Gnosticism denies the true humanity of the Redeemer, and makes his person and his work a mere phantom, a docetistic illusion.

The two extremes, however, meet; both tendencies from opposite directions reach the same result—the denial of the incarnation, of the true and abiding union of the divine and the human in Christ and his kingdom; and thus they fall together under St. John’s criterion of the antichristian spirit of error. In both Christ ceases to be mediator and reconciler and his religion makes no specific advance upon the Jewish and the heathen, which place God and man in abstract dualism, or allow them none but a transient and illusory union.

Hence, there were also some forms of error, in which Ebionistic and Gnostic elements were combined. We have a Gnostic or theosophic Ebionism the pseudo-Clementine), and a Judaizing Gnosticism (in Cerinthus and others). These mixed forms also we find combated in the apostolic age. Indeed, similar forms of religious syncretism we meet with even before the time and beyond the field of Christianity, in the Essenes, the Therapeutae, and the Platonizing Jewish philosopher, Philo.

 § 113. Nazarenes and Ebionites (Elkesaites, Mandoeans).

I. IRENAEUS: Adv. Haer. I. 26. HIPPOLYTUS: Refut. omnium Haer., or Philosophumena, 1. IX. 13–17. EPIPHANIUS: Haer. 29, 30, 53. Scattered notices in JUSTIN M.,TERTULLIAN, ORIGEN, HEGESIPPUS, EUSEBIUS, and JEROME. Several of the Apocryphal Gospels, especially that of the Hebrews. The sources are obscure and conflicting. Comp. the collection of fragments from Elxai, the Gospel of the Hebrews, etc. in Hilgenfeld’s Novum Test. extra Canonem receptum. Lips. 1866,

II. GIESELER: Nazaräer u. Ebioniten (in the fourth vol. of Stäudlin’s and Tzschirner’s “Archiv.” Leipz. 1820).

CREDNER: Ueber Essaeer und Ebioniten und einen theitweisen Zusammenhang derselben (in Winer’s “Zeitschrift für wissensch. Theol.” Sulzbach, 1829).

BAUR: De Ebionitarum Origine et Doctrina ab Essaeis repetenda. Tüb. 1831.

SCHLIEMANN: Die Clementinen u. der Ebionitismus, Hamb. 1844, p. 362–552.

RITSCHL: Ueber die Secte der Elkesaiten (in Niedner’s “Zeitschr. Hist. Theol.” 1853, No. 4).

D. CHWOLSOHN: Die Ssabier und der Ssabismus. St. Petersburg, 1856,· vols.

UHLHORN: Ebioniten and Elkesaiten, in Herzog, new ed., vol. IV. (1879), 13 sqq. and 184 sqq.

G. SALMON: Elkesai, Elkesaites, in Smith & Wace, vol. II. (1880) p. 95 98.

M. N. SIOUFFI: Études sur la religion des Soubbas on Sabéens, leurs dogmes, leurs möurs. Paris, 1880.

K. KESSLER: Mandaeer, in Herzog, revised ed., IX. (1881), p. 205–222.

AD. HILGENFELD: Ketzergesch. des Urchristenthums, Leip., 1884 (421 sqq.).

The Jewish Christianity, represented in the apostolic church by Peter and James, combined with the Gentile Christianity of Paul, to form a Christian church, in which “neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature in Christ.”

I. A portion of the Jewish Christians, however, adhered even after the destruction of Jerusalem, to the national customs of their fathers, and propagated themselves in some churches of Syria down to the end of the fourth century, under the name of NAZARENES; a name perhaps originally given in contempt by the Jews to all Christians as followers of Jesus of Nazareth. They united the observance of the Mosaic ritual law with their belief in the Messiahship and divinity of Jesus, used the Gospel of Matthew in Hebrew, deeply mourned the unbelief of their brethren, and hoped for their future conversion in a body and for a millennial reign of Christ on the earth. But they indulged no antipathy to the apostle Paul, and never denounced the Gentile Christians and heretics for not observing the law. They were, therefore, not heretics, but stunted separatist Christians; they stopped at the obsolete position of a narrow and anxious Jewish Christianity, and shrank to an insignificant sect. Jerome says of them, that, wishing to be Jews and Christians alike, they were neither one nor the other.

II. From these Nazarenes we must carefully distinguish the heretical Jewish Christians, or the EBIONITES, who were more numerous. Their name comes not, as Tertullian first intimated, from a supposed founder of the sect, Ebion, of whom we know nothing, but from the Hebrew word, a,b]yron, poor. It may have been originally, like “Nazarene” and “Galilean,” a contemptuous designation of all Christians, the majority of whom lived in needy circumstances;but it was afterwards confined to this sect; whether in reproach, to denote the poverty of their doctrine of Christ and of the law, as Origen more ingeniously than correctly explains it; or, more probably, in honor, since the Ebionites regarded themselves as the genuine followers of the poor Christ and his poor disciples, and applied to themselves alone the benediction on the poor in spirit. According to Epiphanius, Ebion spread his error first in the company of Christians which fled to Pella after the destruction of Jerusalem; according to Hegesippus in Eusebius, one Thebutis, after the death of the bishop Symeon of Jerusalem, about 107, made schism among the Jewish Christians, and led many of them to apostatize, because he himself was not elected to the bishopric.

We find the sect of the Ebionites in Palestine and the surrounding regions, on the island of Cyprus, in Asia Minor, and even in Rome. Though it consisted mostly of Jews, Gentile Christians also sometimes attached themselves to it. It continued into the fourth century, but at the time of Theodoret was entirely extinct. It used a Hebrew Gospel, now lost, which was probably a corruption of the Gospel of Matthew.

The characteristic marks of Ebionism in all its forms are: degradation of Christianity to the level of Judaism; the principle of the universal and perpetual validity of the Mosaic law; and enmity to the apostle Paul. But, as there were different sects in Judaism itself, we have also to distinguish at least two branches of Ebionism, related to each other as Pharisaism and Essenism, or, to use a modern illustration, as the older deistic and the speculative pantheistic rationalism in Germany, or the practical and the speculative schools in Unitarianism.

1. The common EBIONITES, who were by far the more numerous, embodied the Pharisaic legalism, and were the proper successors of the Judaizers opposed in the Epistle to the Galatians. Their doctrine may be reduced to the following propositions:

(a) Jesus is, indeed, the promised Messiah, the son of David, and the supreme lawgiver, yet a mere man, like Moses and David, sprung by natural generation from Joseph and Mary. The sense of his Messianic calling first arose in him at his baptism by John, when a higher spirit joined itself to him. Hence, Origen compared this sect to the blind man in the Gospel, who called to the Lord, without seeing him: “Thou son of David, have mercy on me.”

(b) Circumcision and the observance of the whole ritual law of Moses are necessary to salvation for all men.

(c) Paul is an apostate and heretic, and all his epistles are to be discarded. The sect considered him a native heathen, who came over to Judaism in later life from impure motives.

(d) Christ is soon to come again, to introduce the glorious millennial reign of the Messiah, with the earthly Jerusalem for its seat.

2. The second class of Ebionites, starting with Essenic notions, gave their Judaism a speculative or theosophic stamp, like the errorists of the Epistle to the Colossians. They form the stepping-stone to Gnosticism. Among these belong the ELKESAITES.They arose, according to Epiphanius, in the reign of Trajan, in the regions around the Dead Sea, where the Essenes lived. Their name is derived from their supposed founder, Elxai or Elkasai, and is interpreted: “hidden power,” which (according to Gieseler’s suggestion) signifies the Holy Spirit.This seems to have been originally the title of a book, which pretended, like the book of Mormon, to be revealed by an angel, and was held in the highest esteem by the sect. This secret writing, according to the fragments in Origen, and in the “Philosophumena” of Hippolytus, contains the groundwork of the remarkable pseudo-Clementine system; (See next section.)  It is evidently of Jewish origin, represents Jerusalem as the centre of the religious world, Christ as a creature and the Lord of angels and all other creatures, the Holy Spirit as a female, enjoins circumcision as well as baptism, rejects St. Paul, and justifies the denial of faith in time of persecution. It claims to date from the third year of Trajan (101). This and the requirement of circumcision would make it considerably older than the Clementine Homilies. A copy of that book was brought to Rome from Syria by a certain Alcibiades about A.D. 222, and excited attention by announcing a new method of forgiveness of sins.

3. A similar sect are the  MANDAEANS, from Mandaknowledge (gnw’si”)also SABIANS, i.e. Baptists (from sâbito baptize, to wash), and MUGHTASILAH, which has the same meaning. On account of their great reverence for John the Baptist, they were called “Christians of John.”Their origin is uncertain. A remnant of them still exists, in Persia on the eastern banks of the Tigris. Their sacred language is an Aramaic dialect of some importance for comparative philology: At present they speak Arabic and Persian. Their system is very complicated with the prevalence of the heathen element, and comes nearest to Manichaeism.

 § 114. The Pseudo-Clementine Ebionism.

I. SOURCES:

1. Ta; Klhmevntia, or more accurately Klhvmento” tw’n Pevtrou ejpidhmiw’n khrugmavtwn ejpitomhv first published (without the twentieth and part of the nineteenth homily) by Cotelier in “Patres Apost.” Par. 1672; Clericus in his editions of Cotelier, 1698, 1700, and 1724; again by Schwegler, Stuttg. 1847 (the text of Clericus); then first entire, with the missing portion, from a new codex in the Ottobonian Library in the Vatican, by Alb. R. M. Dressel (with the Latin trans. of Cotelier and notes), under the title:Clementis Romani quae feruntur Homiliae Viginti nunc primum integrae. Gott. 1853; and by Paul de Lagarde: Clementina Graece. Leipz. 1865.

2. CLEMENTIS ROM. RECOGNITIONES ( jAnagnwrismoiv or  JAnagnwvsei”), in ten books, extant only in the Latin translation of Rufinus (d. 410); first published in Basel, 1526; then better by Cotelier, Gallandi, and by Gersdorf in his “Bibl. Patr. Lat.” Lips. 1838. Vol. I. In Syriac, ed. by P. DE LAGARDE (Clementis Romani Recognitiones Syriace). Lips. 1861. An English translation of the Recognitions of Clement by Dr. Thomas Smith, in the “Ante-Nicene Christian Library,” Edinburgh, vol. III. (1868), pp. 137–471. The work in the MSS. bears different titles, the most common is Itinerarium St. Clementis.

3. CLEMENTINE EPITOME DE GESTIS PETRI (Klhvm. ejpisk. JRwvmh” peri; tw’n pravxewn ejpidhmiw’n te kai; khrugmavtwn Pevtrou ejpitomhv), first at Paris, 1555; then critically edited by Cotelier, l.c.; and more completely with a second epitome by A. R. M. Dressel: Clementinorum Epitomae duae, with valuable critical annotations by Fr. Wieseler. Lips. 1859. The two Epitomes are only a summary of the Homilies.

II. WORKS.

NEANDER and BAUR, in their works on Gnosticism (vid. the following section), and in their Church Histories.

SCHLIEMANN: Die Clementinen nebst den verwandten Schriften, u. der Ebionitismus. Hamb. 1844.

AD. HILGENFELD: Die Clementinischen Recognitionem n. Homilien nach ihrem Ursprüng n. Inhalt. Jena, 1848. Art. by the same in the “Theol. Jahrbücher” for 1854 (483 sqq.), and 1868 (357 sqq.); and Die Apost. Väter. Halle 1853, p. 287–302.

G. UHLHORN: Die Homilien n. Recognitionem des Clemens Romanus. Gött. 1854. Comp. the same author’s article “Clementinen,” in Herzog, second ed., vol. III. (1878), p. 277–286.

RITSCHL: Die Entstehung der altkath. Kirche 1857 (second ed. p. 206–270).

J. LEHMANN: Die Clementinischen Schriften mit besonderer Rücksicht auf ihr liter. Verhältniss. Gotha 1869. He mediates between Hilgenfeld and Uhlhorn. (See a review by Lipsius in the “Protest. Kirchenztg,” 1869, 477–482, and by Lagarde in his “Symmicta,” I. 1877, pp. 2–4 and 108–112, where Lehmann is charged with plagiarism).

R. A. LIPSIUS: Die Quellen der römischen Petrus-Sage kritish untersucht. Kiel 1872. Lipsius finds the basis of the whole Clementine literature in the strongly anti-Pauline Acta Petri.

A. B. LUTTERBECK: Die Clementinen und ihr Verh. z. Unfehlbarkeitsdogma. Giessen, 1872.

The system of the pseudo-Clementine Homilies exhibits Ebionism at once in its theosophic perfection, and in its internal dissolution. It represents rather an individual opinion, than a sect, but holds probably some connection, not definitely ascertained, with the Elkesaites, who, as appears from the “Philosophumena,” branched out even to Rome. It is genuinely Ebionitic or Judaistic in its monotheistic basis, its concealed antagonism to Paul, and its assertion of the essential identity of Christianity and Judaism, while it expressly rejects the Gnostic fundamental doctrine of the demiurge. It cannot, therefore, properly be classed, as it is by Baur, among the Gnostic schools.

The twenty Clementine Homilies bear the celebrated name of the Roman bishop Clement, mentioned in Phil. 4:3, as a helper of Paul, but evidently confounded in the pseudo-Clementine literature with Flavius Clement, kinsman of the Emperor Domitian. They really come from an unknown, philosophically educated author, probably a Jewish Christian, of the second half of the second century. They are a philosophico-religious romance, based on some historical traditions, which it is now impossible to separate from apocryphal accretions. The conception of Simon as a magician was furnished by the account in the eighth chapter of Acts, and his labors in Rome were mentioned by Justin Martyr. The book is prefaced by a letter of Peter to James, bishop of Jerusalem, in which he sends him his sermons, and begs him to keep them strictly secret; and by a letter of the pseudo-Clement to the same James in which he relates how Peter, shortly before his death, appointed him (Clement) his successor in Rome, and enjoined upon him to send to James a work composed at the instance of Peter, entitled “Clementis Epitome praedicationum Petri in peregrinationibus.” By these epistles it was evidently designed to impart to the pretended extract from the itinerant sermons and disputations of Peter, the highest apostolical authority, and at the same time to explain the long concealment of them.

The substance of the Homilies themselves is briefly this: Clement, an educated Roman, of the imperial family, not satisfied with heathenism, and thirsting for truth, goes to Judaea, having heard, under the reign of Tiberius, that Jesus had appeared there. In Caesarea he meets the apostle Peter, and being instructed and converted by him, accompanies him on his missionary journeys in Palestine, to Tyre, Tripolis, Laodicea, and Antioch. He attends upon the sermons of Peter and his long, repeated disputations with Simon Magus, and, at the request of the apostle, commits the substance of them to writing. Simon Peter is thus the proper hero of the romance, and appears throughout as the representative of pure, primitive Christianity, in opposition to Simon Magus, who is portrayed as a “man full of enmity,” and a “deceiver,” the author of all anti-Jewish heresies, especially of the Marcionite Gnosticism. The author was acquainted with the four canonical Gospels, and used them, Matthew most, John least; and with them another work of the same sort, probably of the Ebionitic stamp, but now unknown.

It has been ingeniously conjectured by Baur (first in 1831), and adopted by his pupils, that the pseudo-Clementine Peter combats, under the mask of the Magician, the apostle Paul (nowhere named in the Homilies), as the first and chief corrupter of Christianity.  This conjecture, which falls in easily with Baur’s view of the wide-spread and irreconcilable antagonism of Petrinism and Paulinism in the primitive church, derives some support from several malicious allusions to Paul, especially the collision in Antioch. Simon Magus is charged with claiming that Christ appeared to him in a vision, and called him to be an apostle, and yet teaching a doctrine contrary to Christ, hating his apostles, and denouncing Peter, the firm rock and foundation of the church, as “self-condemned.”  But this allusion is probably only an incidental sneer at Paul. The whole design of the Homilies, and the account given of the origin, history and doctrine of Simon, are inconsistent with such an identification of the heathen magician with the Christian apostle. Simon Magus is described in the Homilies as a Samaritan, who studied Greek in Alexandria, and denied the supremacy of God and the resurrection of the dead, substituted Mount Gerizim for Jerusalem, and declared himself the true Christ. He carried with him a companion or mistress, Helena, who descended from the highest heavens, and was the primitive essence and wisdom. If Paul had been intended, the writer would have effectually concealed and defeated his design by such and other traits, which find not the remotest parallel in the history and doctrine of Paul, but are directly opposed to the statements in his Epistles and in the Acts of the Apostles.

In the Recognitions the anti-Pauline tendency is moderated, yet Paul’s labors are ignored, and Peter is made the apostle of the Gentiles.

The doctrine which pseudo-Clement puts into the mouth of Peter, and very skillfully interweaves with his narrative, is a confused mixture of Ebionitic and Gnostic, ethical and metaphysical ideas and fancies. He sees in Christianity only the restoration of the pure primordial religion, which God revealed in the creation, but which, on account of the obscuring power of sin and the seductive influence of demons, must be from time to time renewed. The representatives of this religion are the pillars of the world: Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and Christ. These are in reality only seven different incarnations of the same Adam or primal man, the true prophet of God, who was omniscient and infallible. What is recorded unfavorable to these holy men, the drunkenness of Noah, the polygamy of the patriarchs, the homicide of Moses, and especially the blasphemous history of the fall of Adam, as well as all unworthy anthropopathical passages concerning God, were foisted into the Old Testament by the devil and his demons. Thus, where Philo and Origen resorted to allegorical interpretation, to remove what seems offensive in Scripture, pseudo-Clement adopts the still more arbitrary hypothesis of diabolical interpolations. Among the true prophets of God, again, he gives Adam, Moses, and Christ peculiar eminence, and places Christ above all, though without raising him essentially above a prophet and lawgiver. The history of religion, therefore, is not one of progress, but only of return to the primitive revelation. Christianity and Mosaism are identical, and both coincide with the religion of Adam. Whether a man believe in Moses or in Christ, it is all the same, provided he blaspheme neither. But to know both, and find in both the same doctrine, is to be rich in God, to recognize the new as old, and the old as become new. Christianity is an advance only in its extension of the gospel to the Gentiles, and its consequent universal character.

As the fundamental principle of this pure religion, our author lays down the doctrine of one God, the creator of the world. This is thoroughly Ebionitic, and directly opposed to the dualism of the demiurgic doctrine of the Gnostics. But then he makes the whole stream of created life flow forth from God in a long succession of sexual and ethical antitheses and syzygies, and return into him as its absolute rest; here plainly touching the pantheistic emanation-theory of Gnosticism. God himself one from the beginning, has divided everything into counterparts, into right and left, heaven and earth, day and night, light and darkness, life and death. The monad thus becomes the dyad. The better came first, the worse followed; but from man onward the order was reversed. Adam, created in the image of God, is the true prophet; his wife, Eve, represents false prophecy. They were followed, first, by wicked Cain, and then by righteous Abel. So Peter appeared after Simon Magus, as light after darkness, health after sickness. So, at the last, will antichrist precede the advent of Christ. And finally, the whole present order of things loses itself in the future; the pious pass into eternal life; the ungodly, since the soul becomes mortal by the corruption of the divine image, are annihilated after suffering a punishment, which is described as a purifying fire.  When the author speaks of eternal punishment, he merely accommodates himself to the popular notion. The fulfilling of the law, in the Ebionitic sense, and knowledge, on a half-Gnostic principle, are the two parts of the way of salvation. The former includes frequent fasts, ablutions, abstinence from animal food, and voluntary poverty; while early marriage is enjoined, to prevent licentiousness. In declaring baptism to be absolutely necessary to the forgiveness of sin, the author approaches the catholic system. He likewise adopts the catholic principle involved, that salvation is to be found only in the external church.

As regards ecclesiastical organization, he fully embraces the monarchical episcopal view. The bishop holds the place of Christ in the congregation, and has power to bind and loose. Under him stand the presbyters and deacons. But singularly, and again in true Ebionitic style, James, the brother of the Lord, bishop of Jerusalem, which is the centre of Christendom, is made the general vicar of Christ, the visible head of the whole church, the bishop of bishops. Hence even Peter must give him an account of his labors; and hence, too, according to the introductory epistles, the sermons of Peter and Clement’s abstract of them were sent to James for safe-keeping, with the statement, that Clement had been named by Peter as his successor at Rome.

It is easy to see that this appeal to a pseudo-Petrine primitive Christianity was made by the author of the Homilies with a view to reconcile all the existing differences and divisions in Christendom. In this effort he, of course, did not succeed, but rather made way for the dissolution of the Ebionitic element still existing in the orthodox catholic church.

Besides these Homilies, of which the Epitome is only a poor abridgement, there are several other works, some printed, some still unpublished, which are likewise forged upon Clement of Rome, and based upon the same historical material, with unimportant deviations, but are in great measure free, as to doctrine, from Judaistic and Gnostic ingredients, and come considerably nearer the line of orthodoxy.

The most important of these are the Recognitions of Clement, in ten books, mentioned by Origen, but now extant only in a Latin translation by Rufinus. They take their name from the narrative, in the last books, of the reunion of the scattered members of the Clementine family, who all at last find themselves together in Christianity, and are baptized by Peter.

On the question of priority between these two works, critics are divided, some making the Recognitions an orthodox, or at least more nearly orthodox, version of theHomilies; others regarding the Homilies as a heretical corruption of the Recognitions.  But in all probability both works are based upon older and simpler Jewish-Christian documents, under the assumed names of Peter and Clement.

As to their birth-place, the Homilies probably originated in East Syria, the Recognitions in Rome. They are assigned to the second half of the second century.

In a literary point of view, these productions are remarkable, as the first specimens of Christian romance, next to the “Pastor Hermae.” They far surpass, in matter, and especially in moral earnestness and tender feeling, the heathen romances of a Chariton and an Achilles Tatios, of the fourth or fifth centuries. The style, though somewhat tedious, is fascinating in its way, and betrays a real artist in its combination of the didactic and historical, the philosophic and the poetic elements.

NOTES.

Lagarde (in the Preface to his edition of the Clementina, p. 22) and G. E. Stietz (in the lengthy review of Lagarde in the “Studien und Kritiken” for 1867, No. III p. 556 sqq), draw a parallel between the pseudo-Clementine fiction of Simon and the German story of Faust, the magician, and derive the latter from the former through the medium of theRecognitions, which were better known in the church than the homilies. George Sabellicus , about A.D. 1507, called himself Faustus junior, magus secundus. Clement’s father is called Faustus, and his two brothers, Fatistinus and Faustinianus (in the Recognitions Faustus, and Faustinus), were brought up with Simon the magician, and at first associated with him. The characters of Helena and Homunculus appear in both stories, though very differently. I doubt whether these resemblances are sufficient to establish a connection between the two otherwise widely divergent popular fictions.

Does this sound like anyone we know? It is up to us to lead them back onto the path of righteousness! 2 Tm.2:19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 22Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Let us be found doing as it is written in our book of instructions!

1 Pt.4:7But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8And above all things have fervent charity among your selves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9Use hospitality one to another without grudging: 10As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

We will be held accountable for every idle word we speak, Mt.12:36-37! Ro.3:4God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged! You are required to worship in Spirit and in Truth, Jn.4:24! Or be found carried away screaming “My God My God why have you forsaken Me?!” For lack of knowledge my people are destroyed, Hosea4:6! Because there is a famine in the world, not for rain, not for food, but for the word of our God! Amos8:11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. 13In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. Today are these prophecies being fulfilled, in these last days before our Lord cometh!

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21The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.

22If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

23The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

24My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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Up on the Day of the All Consuming Fire of the Lord?

  I want to get right into this lesson if you will, by asking a few questions first. Did we receive our salvation from God our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by repenting and asking Him for ourselves into our Lives; in own words; into our lives with our very own words from our very own mouth that we thought up all by our own heart’s desires; and make a covenant with Him that will be used against us on the day of judgment; that can be used against us for not living up to our promises; like when we told Him if He would forgive us; we would become His, with all our hearts, mind, spirit, soul, and strengthim if He would forgive us we would give ourselves to   or did we follow some sinner’s prayer? : Were we baptized in the only name in which salvation comes? : In His glorious name, in the only name that is given for the remission of sin?  Now if we learn anything, we have to learn this first and foremost fact and truth; the Bible is our path to glory and in the Bible it says not to deviate off the path to the right or the left but go straight down the middle, this means to follow every verse of scripture as if our very life depends on it because it does; in the Bible: 2Tim3: 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. This means every scripture in this Bible must be harmonized with one and the other; and if we don’t then we have the wrong interpretation: because God is not the author of confusion. This is why it is imperative that we be baptized in the Holy Spirit to guide us in all truths! The Lord gave us evidences of receiving the Holy Spirit and Fire spoken of by John the Baptist, the fire is the tongues and prophesying, signs and wonders, dreams by your old men and visions by the young. The first outwardly sign was speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave utterance. And we all know the Lord changes not and in verse 39 of Acts we see this is to continue until the rapture:  39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God (Jesus) shall call.

Watch the first two verses in Eph.4:2, for this is the correct attitude in which to seek salvation. For in Eph.4: 2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We then come to how many Baptism formulas we have and are given to us by the Bible. 4There is one body (the church of the living God in Jesus), and one Spirit (Holy Ghost which is God, Jn.4:24), even as ye are called in one hope (one salvation) of your calling (by the grace of God given to you for your gift to serve Him); 5One Lord (Jesus is His name), one faith (Salvation by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, Ac.4:12), one baptism, (Acts2:38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.) and this is fulfilling Matt.28:19 because in Acts4:12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Jesus is the name of the Father the Son the Holy Ghost: 2 Cor5:18And all things are of God (Holy Spirit John4:24), who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19To wit (to know), that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation (This is bringing us in together as One with God in Christ Jesus being reconciled unto Him.) 1Tim3:14These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:15But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. There is only One person who fits this description and that is Jesus “The Christ”, Ac.2:36; 10:36; Col.3:11! For God manifested Himself in the seed of Mary and she gave birth to God in the flesh: That is why He was to be called Immanuel—God with us and Jesus is the Greek name for the Hebrew name of Joshua which means Jehovah is Saviour or Yahweh is Saviour. For interpretation of this we look to Isaiah9:6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given (a son unto the human race, which is the humanity of God): and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. For they are all One in the Same, One Person not three or He should have been 5 persons just on account of the same revelations of His being in the last verse spoken of, Is.9:6 along the same line of reasoning in the trinity formula!! This is why they call us Oneness because all you need, Col.2:8-10 and that is the long and short of it we are complete in Him for all the fullness of God was in Him our Jesus; We in Jesus and Jesus in us because He is God in the flesh, and the humanity of God in the flesh makes Him a person, Jn.3:6, with flesh and bone, blood, and water with a soul of a human spiritual being, while still being a Spiritual essence because He became flesh and we beheld His glory; John1:14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

This is why after receiving Jesus as our Lord and savior; we must be been born again or reborn of the Spirit and in truth (that Jesus is God manifested in the flesh and we are complete in Him and when you have Jesus you have God. The One and Only Person which is God) with evidences of tongues: We are no longer our own, but regenerated into a living human Spirit of the Lord in us, and it is the same Spirit that will allow us to take flight at the Rapture or come up out of the grave with our immortal bodies when He calls His people, that are called by His name Jesus Christ.

Col2:6As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (This trinity formula given to us by vain men in the dark ages; by their traditions, by men who were not filled with the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues; at or about 325A.D, which is not based on scriptural evidences, but on mans thoughts or philosophies not the Lord’s scriptures. In the O. T. and in the N. T. we see one theme and that is one God and I know not any besides Me!! Deu.6:4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD. Those men in the dark ages were the type of men that did not follow scripture, that killed men for preaching oneness, and God said if any man preaches any other gospel that there is more than one God they were to be stoned. Yet out of their own minds of those in the dark ages did they come up with the Trinity of three persons in the God head, which is found nowhere in any Bible.) Col2:9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.

Let us go to Deu.13 and read it through real quick and start in verse one  1If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,  2And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth (testeth) you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.4Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.6If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; 7Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; 8Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:9But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.10And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.11And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.12If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying,13Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;14Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; 15Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.16And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again.17And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers;18When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD thy God.

We see here one theme that there is only one God which can and has done many manifestations of Himself; several times into many different forms or manifestations but we see in all and in all that God is just one person and Jesus is the exact image of God (Col.1:1-29) in the flesh because that is indeed what has happened, Jesus is that same person that was before the foundations of the earth, but humbled Himself to appear to us now manifested into the first sinless human life form because He came from God not like those from Adam, but birthed from a seed of women, but not of fornication, for she was a virgin still at birth of Jesus, Ge.3:15, the seed of Abraham Ge.12:3; 17:1-22, Isaac, Jacob (Israel) Ge.49:8-12 and from the line of David of the tribe of Judah just as the Bible was written so all prophesy could be fulfilled. Because Jesus came from the Virgin Mary from the tribe of Judah by her being espoused to Joseph who belonged to the tribe of Judah, Mary came from the line of Judah and she had close family ties with the tribe of Levites the priests! Jesus still needed to be baptized in the water of the Jordan by John; God’s Holy Prophet for the purification of Mary’s sins inherited from Adam; I originally thought; but Mary fit under these scriptures, Ps.32:1-2; Ro.4:8: But we fit under these; unless you be born again of the water and spirit of God you cannot see the kingdom of God, John3:3-5. This is why Jesus said, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.” To John the Baptist: But after further research of scripture I have found these scriptures and the Lord has shown me that he who had no sin became sin for us as the sin was imputed upon Him at the cross as well as the wrath of God for sin, 2Cor.5:21, and the Spirit of God left His body temporarily, Mt.27:46; but God was alongside Him otherwise Jesus could not have died as long as the Holy Ghost was in Him beings He is omnipotent, besides Jesus had the power to lay His life down and to pick it up, given to Him by the Holy Spirit of God, and He alone had to give it up, so all scripture could be fulfilled, Jn.10:17-18; Jn.19:30: So we see that Jesus when He was being baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist; Jesus was in fact tying the Old Testament to the New Testament, because the first thing Jesus did to start His ministry after His forty days in the wilderness of testing was to start His ministry with Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand, Mt4:17; which was true because only Jesus our God can give everlasting life and to remit sin imputed or laid to our charge! Thus tying the old with the new, all becoming one Holy Book or Biblos which we translate Bible: But the main reason Jesus allowed John to baptize Him was so all prophecy could be fulfilled as well as all righteousness so that He could show us the way to regeneration or being Reborn of the Spirit, Jn.14:6, Acts2:38-39; 19:1-7!

When the Church takes on the authority of the Apostles as if they were handed the keys to heaven directly from the Lord God Almighty as the Apostles of Jesus were, we see we start to have problems. Here lies the problem; if the apostles could have given someone else the authority to write scripture they would not have given them the power to contradict what has already been written in the scriptures of the Bible or their epistles; for one thing it would not be from God but I think we all know who it would be from and another! If this authority was transferable the Bible would still be added onto by anyone who says they had the right or authority given to them and they had a new revelation from the Lord such as the Roman Catholic Church who started the Trinity Doctrines, Rev.22:18-19 is going to show us what will become of them who added to this Holy Word, that we are not to add to or take away from, Gal.1:8-9; Deu.4:2; which cannot be true because God changes not and He cannot tell a lie and is not going to let anything happen to His irrefutable Living Word. If it’s in the Bible we need to be doing it, because God put it in there for a very good reason, for it to be done! I refer you to Ecc.12:13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

The Bible ended at Rev. and did not John put a curse to anyone who tried to add to it or take away from it, Rv.22:18-19, and that is exactly what happened at the council of Nicaea. First they had no right because God’s word needs no correction; and secondly they had missed the point altogether and tried to figure out a relationship with Jesus to God the Father as if they were two people, for scripture shows us they are interchangeable for they are one in the same, just in different forms, in which they could not comprehend because they were never enlightened with the Holy Spirit of Truth.

The First Council of Nicaea was a council of Christian bishops convened in Nicaea in Bithynia (present-day İznik in Turkey) by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in A.D. 325. The Council was the first effort to attain consensus in the church through an assembly representing all of Christendom.

Its main accomplishments were settlement of the Christological issue of the relationship of Jesus to God the Father (John10:30 explains exactly who Jesus is, Jn.12:45; 14:7-9; 20:28; 1 Tm.3:16); the construction of the first part of the Nicene Creed; settling the calculation of the date of Easter; and promulgation of early canon law.

Because Jesus said I and the Father are one, in John10:30 so they could not get a grip on who Jesus was right off the bat or right from the start they did not know who God was. This is indeed why this period is called the dark ages. For they could not interpret scripture well enough to know that they needed to fulfill or keep all of the commandments in every verse of scripture and it says to love thy brother even thy enemy and give him food and drink and treat him as you would be treated, so that the Lord God could reap vengeances on your enemies heads with hot coals of fire if I remember the scripture correctly. But all the while they were setting doctrine based on their preconceived ideas instead of what the scripture truly says when harmonized against all of itself. We cannot add or take one thing away, or we face the curse. Paul made this perfectly clear Gal1:8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

So you can see that these forefathers and I use this term loosely, had made huge mistakes from the start because they were ruled by greed and to dominate the regions of the world in the disguise of piety and manmade traditions that they added to make themselves look Holier than thou, that were in fact not based on anything scriptural; in the name of the Lord so they could gain preeminence, riches, position in government and a state religion, territories, countries, nations, and to spread their dominion over the whole world. These men were not about God’s business as we know it. If you don’t believe me prove me wrong and go do your own history checks, because scripture says we are to prove all things, Acts17:11, by the Lord’s Good Book our Bible. This is that part of the scripture that says you must work out your own salvation, Phip.2:12, even Jesus say it Learn of Me and the truth will set you free, Mt.11:25-30; 12:28; Jesus even told them who He was in Lk.11:20; He told them you search the scriptures and in them you think you will find salvation but they are of Me, Jn.5:39-40 from Gen.1:1 to Rev.22:21 all scripture is about Jesus because Jesus is the mediator or manifestation of God so that man could have a relationship with God, Mt1:23 so that man would not perish in His presence of His glory that He said He would not give to another, Is.42:8; 48:11 and we see Jesus talking about the glory He had with God before the foundations of the world, Jn.17; 1:1-14 Jesus is the Word of God in the flesh spoken by His Holy Spirit 2 Cor.4:6; 1 Tm.3:16 & 6:13-16 that is who our God is in Jesus Christ, Ac.2:36; 10:36 Lord of All; all by Himself!

We have seen a number of very wise theologians; that I would like to quote from right now and then we will move on: first is Emerson, He said, “The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.” And the next is similar to it; Stopfard A. Brooks said, “If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march to truth, we must still march on.” And this is indeed what I’m trying to do right now.

We can no longer live in the past of no truths in a doctrine set to man’s traditions for mere fortunes, corruption, and gains and a self-righteousness that God abhors Mt.23:1-28 & Luke11:39, and this kind of sums up the divinity of the Roman Catholic (Means Nations or Universal) Church: Let us look at the true definition: The word catholic (derived via Late Latin catholicus, from the Greek adjective καθολικός (katholikos), meaning “universal”) comes from the Greek phrase καθόλου (kath’holou), meaning “on the whole,” “according to the whole” or “in general”, and is a combination of the Greek words κατά meaning “about” and όλος meaning “whole”. The word in English can mean either “including a wide variety of things; all-embracing” or “of the Roman Catholic faith.” as “relating to the historic doctrine and practice of the Western Church.”

It was first used to describe the Christian Church in the early 2nd century to emphasize its universal scope. In the context of Christian ecclesiology, it has a rich history and several usages. In non-ecclesiastical use, it derives its English meaning directly from its root, and is currently used to mean

  • universal or of general interest; or
  • Liberal, having broad interests, or wide sympathies.
  • Inclusive, inviting and containing strong evangelism.

So you can see it did not take long for the ravenous wolves to come into the church of Ephesus that Paul was speaking about to them in Miletus in Acts20:28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.  29For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also John knew about it because he saw it happening before He died; 1John2:19They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

This church which could not correctly translate scripture went out with many so called bishops, very much like Saul of Tarsus and killed thousands of people because they were actually following scriptures of the Old Testament, in which this church couldn’t figure out and is still clueless today, for my Bible says we are to call no one Father; we are not to make it mandatory to be celibate just to be in the clergy, 1 Tm. Chapter 1-6 that this Church continually violated scripture of the living God’s church, and we are to show no partiality to men. We are all men of God if we have been filled with His Holy Ghost and fire, Mt.3:11 and have been baptized in the watery grave with Jesus’ name and die to self and be transformed by the renewing of our minds, Ro.12:1-2, into His likeness, 1 Jn.2:1-6. John14:15 If you love Me you will keep My commandments. This church is a far cry from the first apostolic churches, Ac.2:46-47 having favour with all men and the Lord added to it daily, not by man’s designs or actions of violence!

Because we see from the evidences from our history that many were still believing the scriptures of the first apostles for they were still in operation at that time and were indeed baptizing in the name of Jesus as instructed by the apostles and were being filled with the Holy Ghost and fire. Many who had left the first apostles teaching because they could not receive the Holy Ghost because of lack of faith and not being able to humble themselves and they did not possess the Love of God as required for His indwelling Spirit in them: So they started their own churches; that resembled the first churches of the apostles; and hunted down those who were of “The Faith” and we see almost the same thing the Pharisees and the Sadducees did to the first church doing the same thing all over again; persecuting those of “The Way”. So I think I made my point let us move back to our study. I could go into a long list of things this church has done wrong according to scripture, but that is not the point or object in this lesson.

We see that there is only one Baptism given in the Bible, Eph.4:1-*5*-32, and that was given by the administrators of the First Church of Jesus Christ by His Apostles, who were filled with His glorious Spirit on the day of Pentecost in Acts2:1-4; 2:38, and 39. because if you were baptized in the tile of the Father and the title of the Son and the title of the Holy Ghost then you were not baptized in His name (then you have not had the blood of the sacrifice and it has never been applied to your sins: for the power and the blood of the sacrifice is given in the power of invoking  the name of Jesus at the time of baptism, Jn.3:11-21; Jn.14:14!), because those are His titles, positions, or manifestations, not His name; for the only name given in the Bible would have been Jesus’ name, Acts4:12. If we were to follow the instructions of the sentence in Matt.28:19, 20 reads like this in the KJV; 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (there can be only one name that fits in this description of titles used in this sentence, and that is Jesus’ name, Jn.5:43; 14:18-26). 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Let us review:

  Did we receive our salvation from God our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by repenting and asking Him ourselves into our Lives (Ac.11:15-18); into our lives with our very own words from our very own lips, our mind’s and Heart, out of Love for Him for what He did for us? And make a covenant with Him that will be used against us on the day of judgment if we keep not our oath with Him; that can be used against us for not living up to our promises; like when we told Him if He would forgive us; we would become His, with all our hearts, mind, spirit, soul, and strengthim if He would forgive us we would give ourselves to   or did we follow some sinner’s prayer? Were we baptized in the only name in which salvation comes? Acts4:12; 2:38-39 if you answered no then you need Jesus’ help right now! For without the blood of the sacrifice there can be no remission  of sin, Heb.10:1-39: but watch out for chapter 12 & 13 of Hebrews, if you are not being chastised by Him every time you commit a sin then you are none of His and are in fact yet called something without a Father which you are because you have  not yet taken the name of Jesus Christ upon you at baptism, which is our Father for the Father and Son are one in the same thing,Jn.10:30; 20:28; Mt.1:23 Jesus’ own name is Greek for the Hebrew name of Joshua which means Jehovah redeemer or saviour, Is.43 Jesus is the First and the Last, Rv.1:8; Is.9:6!

Verse 20 of Matthew28, will be my second topic and will constitute my second half of this lesson. But let us return to the first part so that we can leave not one part be left undone and perish into the fire that is all consuming in His presence. For our bodies are to be the house of the Lord, 1 Cor.3:16-17; 1 Cor.6:19-20 and 2 Cor.6:14-18: and what is not of Him will burn and perish in His all consuming presence. So how are we staking up according to God’s standards? We will be judged by His Word, Jn.3:28-36; Jn.6:43-70; Jn.8:51: and Jesus said Have I not chosen thee again showing who He was because only the Lord can draw men unto Him, so why wouldn’t people do as He instructed beings He alone hand the Words of Life?! This is why the Pharisees kept trying to stone Him because He was saying and was God in the flesh, the Messiah and they would not believe Him because their eyes were blinded, so all prophecy could be fulfilled, what seems to be your problem, and who is blinding your eyes to scripture, Zech.14:9?!

So let us look at the first question in the first paragraph again, if we answered to the first part with a yes and no to the last part of the question then we are on the right track but if you are answering yes to the second part of the first question and followed the sinner’s prayer by following someone else’s words then all you were doing is reciting someone else’s confession and repentances; you did not confess your sins to Him yourself and ask Him yourself to forgive you and to have Him come and dwell in you and ask for His Holy Spirit to take control of your life: then you need this Bible study as well as go back and do the first things correctly according to scripture, Jesus’ Words of Eternal Life.

Let us begin with the foundation to our salvation; in that Jesus died for all of our sins. He gave us the formula to be able to be saved and to receive salvation. Jesus gave the keys to heaven to Paul as well as, the rest of His disciples who He anointed with His Spirit without measure according to their faith, with all of His teachings, doctrines, judgments, statutes, and sayings. This is why Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Tim3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. That we may prove our pastors, ministers, bishops, teachers, as well as those giving lessons such as myself, Ac.17:11, as well as how we are living out our lives in His word in our very own lives we are going to be justified or condemned that simple, Jn.4:23-24, The way we conduct our lives is our Worship! We either live by His commandments or die the second death because of lack of attention to details. We are to judge ourselves according to His irrefutable words, all of them, not just the one we want to observe, Jn.8:31-32. To use only the scriptures we want to use and follow is the surest way to God’s Lake of Fire, Mt.10:28!!

Now that we got the confession thing out of the way, let us move to baptism in His name. In John Jesus prayed to the Father, which is the Holy Ghost (they are titles of the very same spirit) that was in Him as well as being in heaven at the same time, for only one reason for our benefit. He spoke words and doctrine into existence. This is the reason He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane in John17:1These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent, 1Jn.5:20. 4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. (This is to let us know that Jesus pre-existed before the world was in the mind of God and always has been the exact image of God for creation to see and behold God without perishing in His presence of His pure Essence of His Glory.) 6I have manifested thy name (His name means Redeemer or Saviour) unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me, Jn.1:14; and they have kept thy word, Ps.138:2.7Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.12While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.14I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  15I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.16They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. (If we do not know the truths then we worship in error and worship in vein and are wasting our time as well as Jesus’, Prov.15:8; 28:9; Is.1:11, Jms.2:1-*26* Jn.14:15 If you love Me keep My Commandments; the word If means make up your minds and prove it! He has concerns for us; for we are still lost to Him, for we do not worship in Truth and in His spirit, Jn.4:23-24.) 20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them (you and I) also which shall believe on me through their word; (This is you and I that are supposed to be reading his Bible of His teachings that has been brought to us by His Spirit filled disciples writing everything the Holy Spirit told them to write. We are to believe every word of the scriptures, period; just that simple; because they wrote the gospels just as they wrote the epistles, God instructed them in the Holy Ghost just the same way He did in each of them as well as the prophets and teachers of old. Every word in this Bible is God’s irrefutable words or they would not be in there! Even when they get destroyed He has them rewritten, Jer.36:27-32!) 21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee (Jesus in the Father and the Father in Him equals, One Person in any body’s book!): that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me, Ro.8:9. 22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them (this is the ability or the authority to write commandments into existence, to forgive or bind sins, to loosen or bind things in earth and in heaven, these rights and the keys to heaven, were not transferable, as the Roman Catholic Church tried to claim, the only ones given that authority was given by Jesus as Jesus gave to Paul also Ac.9:15-16) ; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me (Is.42:8 so God gave Him His glory this means Jesus is God because He will not give His glory to another unless they are One with Him in Spirit and in Truth, they become one with the other, living inside each other as One, Mal.12:7): for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 25O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. (This whole union takes place in Love Holy Ghost Love that is what it takes to come to know Him in all truths by His love in you! That is truly a Supernatural LOVE! Or you are none of His or Him!, there is but one way to get this kind of Love, Jn.14:6 by His every Word that His apostles, prophets, scribes and those who are truly baptized in His Spirit know the way! Jn.14:1-26)

This is the reason when we become God’s children baptized in the Holy Ghost and fire, Mt.3:11; we are to sanctify (to set ourselves apart and to consecrate ourselves to be Holy vessels of the Lord for His services) ourselves and be one with the Father in truth and in Spirit, to be called out for a service unto the Lord, no longer of the world but in it for His Glory, we are no longer our own, we have been bought with a price, with the blood of the Lamb of God. The old man has died in the baptism of the grave in the water of remission of sin (Something goes into remission it stops growing or happening, Jn.5:14; 8:11; can you say this? If not you need to repent and come back to Jesus Christ for total remission of sin and a new lifestyle! By living in His Words of Life or Perish with all the others who heed not His Words, Mt.7:13-14; Lk.6:46!) and if we come up new reborn in the Spirit of the living God in Jesus, if you believe in Faith doubting not, you shall come up out of that water speaking in other tongues: If not you still have a problem, until that does happen, because you have not given your heart and mind to God in Love and in putting down your pride and your flesh you have to get it out of the way and humble yourself to the mighty God in Jesus Christ then you will receive His Spirit believing that they are One in the same! This is being bought by His blood total surrender of self to Him alone; then He will come and abide in you and you will be His Temple sanctified and consecrated for His use, 2Tm.2:19-21!

God said He would not give or share His glory with another Isa.42:8 and Isa.48:11 and I will not give my glory unto another (one reason is because man is God’s crowning glory in His creation, this is the reason He said He is a jealous God and will not tolerate us worshipping another God, for one thing there is not another one anyway, and any thought or mention of another god is just folly, vain imagination and is in fact polytheism and just because you do an action and receive another title as landlord or a father or mother, or judge or lawyer does not make you Another Person; this kind of thought is redundant and counterproductive because it is Confusion which if you study scripture in Lev. You will find that it is a sin to God to cause confusion, that is why a woman is to wear things pertaining to a women and men are to wear beards for that is manly, and so on and so on! They become Holiness issues and if anyone tells you that it doesn’t matter because of man’s traditions or society standards, let me give you scripture to counter that Philosophy; Deu.4:2; Mt.5:11-20; Mt.24:35; Mal.3:6; Heb.13:8 from Old Testament to New God changes not and we are to stay the same also, we are not to adhere to this changing lifestyle of those condemned to Hell, because they would not submit to His Righteousness and Holiness, because it takes Him Jesus’ Spirit in you before you can become in like manner as He is!) , and we see here in these scriptures that Jesus had glory with God before the foundations of the earth, because Jesus was always in the mind of God before the world was (Mal.12:7 and Jesus proceedeth forth from the Father, meaning came out of the Father and was sent and is the Spirit of Grace and Truth, Jn.1:17; and the Spirit of Prophecy meaning God’s own Words, Rev.19:10, see you would know these things if He was in you teaching you, I didn’t have to go to College to learn this it comes by Him in you leading you into all truths, Jn.14:26; 15:26-27; 2Tm.2:19!), and because of sin God had to manifest Himself in the flesh in order to save His creation. 1 Tim3:16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory, Jn.6:62-63; 11:40; 1 Cor.2:8 and 2 Cor.4:6. See also Lk.11:20 Jesus is the Kingdom of God as shown to us in Mt.12:28; the one true God, 1 Jn.5:20!

Which leads me to say this real quick, when we are translating scripture one of the first lessons in theology is this that all scripture must be harmonized with all the other scriptures; in order to be a true translation, so that the scripture can become doctrine (Jn.10:35), that we can base our teachings on; we see that all scripture must be justifiable one to another and it must give glory to God in Jesus Christ: For we know God is not the author of confusion. If a child cannot get it you have the wrong interpretation of Him, for we must come to Jesus in innocent faith believing that He is our Lord of Lords, the Almighty, the First and the Last, the one that was dead and is alive forever more, Rev.1:8; 2:11; 3:6-8 for if you do doubt you are none of His!

You see Jesus had already shown the disciples who He was when He transfigured Himself in front of them and showed His Glory to them in the garden before He prayed for them. This is the reason Peter being full of the Holy Ghost preached at his first sermon, he preached the keys to heaven and to total salvation by the leadings of the Spirit. For it will be the Spirit that speaks for you, and Peter was standing in front of all the people of Jerusalem and could have been stoned for preaching heresy according to the Pharisees and the Sanhedrin, so he had everything to lose here, if he did not speak what God had given him, John16:13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. And also in Matt.10:19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you, Jn.10:30.

In light of scriptures then we see that the correct formula for baptism is in Acts2:38, 39 came from the church on the day of Pentecost; and was indeed the birth of the church of the living God by the infilling of the Holy Ghost as in John 3:3.5. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. And in John3: 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. The day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of this prophesies by Jesus to Nicodemus when Peter and the 120 received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. For this is the evidence of the Spirit, given by the Lord our God to follow from now on because God changes not, from the O.T. to the N.T. we see God in Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb.13:8) and three thousand received the Holy Ghost and were baptized that same day, the same number of people who died the day the ten Commandments were given in Exodus! The reason the Lord used tongues is because man cannot control his tongue, because of what happened in The Tower of Babel, God dispersed  man with confusion of tongues so man could not be offensive to Him any longer because they were of one accord, so He confused their tongues and made everyone different, now at Pentecost God was Uniting His Church with a universal language and with other tongues of different nationalities and even a heavenly language that only He knows as the Sprit gives utterance and the Spirit prays for us for things we know not what we need and makes intercession for us, Ro.8:1-39!

Ecc.1:9The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

This will be fulfilled, and at the finish of the rapture experience when we come back with Jesus and rule with Him then will this scripture be completed at the end of this age. There is always constancy with our Lord Jesus.

Peter in Acts2:38 and 2:39 these verses show us how we are to be converted from a sinful nature of the man of flesh and death to self of the old man. 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.

Why are we to do this because Acts4:10Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel (and the world even us the gentiles, yes all nations let it be known today), that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. This indeed shows us that when we are baptized in the name of Jesus we are fulfilling Matt28.19 it harmonizes scripture, 12Neither is there salvation in any other name: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved, and Matthew 28:19 and 20 says to baptize in the name and Jesus is that name the others are titles of position that God held at different manifestations in the development of creation. (Jesus is a Greek word for the Hebrew meaning, Yahweh is Saviour or Jehovah is Saviour in another word that was originally given means Immanuel which is God with us: The name Jesus is the fulfillment of all of these translations and all scripture are in fact of Him our God.) Because; 36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. John10:30 I and my Father are one. Because all the fulness of the Godhead was in Him (Jesus) Col2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

For this very reason right here in 1John5:20, And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in Him (God) that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ: This is the true God, and eternal life. Because God was manifested in the flesh, 1Tm.3:16, when we read in: John 1:1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shineth in darkness, Jn.8:12; 12:35-36; and the darkness comprehended it not. We see that the disciples knew exactly who God the Holy Spirit was that He was in Jesus Christ and dwelt in Him: 10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (The Baptism of the Holy Ghost). (These are those which are born again in the Spirit and in the Truth) 14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John14:26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. The Son of Man is a title for the humanity of God that was adopted in from the Tribe of Judah so all prophecy could be fulfilled: That is all; it is not another person John is going to explain it better than anyone in 1John5:5Who is he (man) that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son (humanity) of God? 6This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. The last verse sums it up in the same chapter: 20And we know that the Son (humanity) of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son (humanity of God) Jesus Christ (God’s True Name). This is the true God, and eternal life. Finally let me say this; if the Lord has not let you come to believe that there is only one God in Jesus Christ you are beyond my help and you need to get the Lord to open your eyes and ears so that you may see and hear His words: Look to what Jesus said about Himself in John 8: 24 this says it all; 24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am (he this was added by some others to try and help with the translation of the scripture but the word he was not in the original transcripts in the Greek: And in the time that this was stated when some-one said I am, everyone knew they were talking about God’s name, I am that I am or I am Who I will be was translated Yahweh in the Hebrew, so in fact Jesus was saying I am God!), ye shall die in your sins.

This is the very reason we are fulfilling scripture when we baptize in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. For we are to be buried with Him in baptism, Ro.6:1-6; Col.2:6-15 and come up reborn in the Holy Ghost speaking in a heavenly language; this is the reason when Paul came across John the Baptist’s disciples in Ephesus;  the first thing he did was ask them if they had received the Holy Ghost after believing in Acts19:1And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.  4Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7And all the men were about twelve. Just because every scripture does not go into every detail about the baptism experience does not mean it didn’t happen just this way in all of them, must I remind you God changes not and Jesus said He did not come to change the law but to fulfill all prophesy, Mt.5:14-20, and Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, Heb.13:8.

We are to follow scripture in all that is written when it comes to our salvation, Mt.7:7-8; 6:33; 5:48; and in keeping with Jesus teachings in order to be His disciple, John14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments; and in John15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Look at the numbers here coincidence I think not! Because if you do all of His commandments in love as in 14, then you will become His friend and He will tell you what He is doing and about to do, for the Master does not tell the servant his business but the master will tell a friend what he is about to do and let his business be known to the friend, so by doing his commandment out of love for Him He will allow us to be His friends and we will come to know things in which we had never seen before while reading the same scriptures over again and again, he will show you and give you new revelation. This is why we must continue to reread His word, for His words are our sword of defense against the adversary. Paul says to put on the whole armor Eph.6:11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

This is why every verse is just as important as the next one; the scriptures are our defense; should we leave one thing undone and let the adversary get a foot hold on our salvation? We are to live by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God, because Jesus said we do not live by bread alone but by every word that is spoken from God, (Mt.4:4; Lk.4:4 no coincidence everything in His Word has a purpose, even how it is placed in order to catch our eye and ear), and if the apostles said it; it came to them from God our Lord Jesus Christ by His Spirit. Paul asked who it was that had him on the ground on the way to Damascus, he asked is it you Lord? And it was God that answered him He said it is I Jesus, because Jesus is God of the new covenant, God is no longer just a Spiritual essence, He became flesh and bone and now is immortal raised from the dead, the firstfruits of God’s humans to become immortal, because God became one of us. He humbled Himself and was just like and became like a servant to us, being tempted and tried by Satan at every turn. Look how Satan used the Sanhedrin trying to destroy God’s work.

This is why we must go down in the water with Jesus’ name being invoked over us so that we will have the blood of remission, His blood of sacrifice being administered to our souls. If baptism in Jesus’ name was not that important; Paul would have left the disciples of John the Baptist alone when he came across them in Ephesus.

We must find a unity of scripture in order to belong to His Church the one that He gave the apostles authority to build upon by the power and authority of the Holy Ghost which is God in Jesus this is why we see references to the Church having God as the head and some scripture with Jesus as the head of the Church in Matthew16:18: 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church (Jesus is the rock that the builders rejected which became the chief corner stone of the new church of Jesus Christ, Ac.4:11-12) ; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Also in 1Cor.10:32: Paul knows that God and Jesus are one in the same; 32Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Col.1:15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell; 20And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled; 22In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight: 23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven: We see the operations of God in perfection for only He could come back and remove sin from us and off His creation by the operation of Jesus: God manifested Himself in the seed of His handmaiden Mary and He was born of the flesh; this is why His name had to be Jesus in fulfillment of scripture. The Holy Spirit had to become flesh in order to give the blood for the sacrifice; a sinless blood, this is why Jesus kept saying I am from above; and no one could see it because their eyes were blinded to the truth so all prophesy could be fulfilled. John8:23: 23And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. This is why if we do not know who Jesus is you are in deep trouble, and we see why in verse24. 24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am (he) (this is always given in reference to God, from Genesis to Revelations; God has and will continue to be referenced to I Am He for the quote I Am That I Am), ye shall die in your sins. This is why the Pharisees and the Sadducees tried to stone Jesus when He said before Abraham I am. John 8 reveals great truths of who Jesus is and How God works through the humanity of Himself in Jesus.  53Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? And the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 54Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself (This could very well have been another miracle or manifestation of Jesus turning Himself to look as someone else entirely or just made Himself not able to be seen by human eyes, that the disciples could not figure out how to explain in words and put it on paper.), and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Genesis says in verse 2 after God calling the materials for the creation of earth into existence, God formed or spoke Himself into the Light to guide His creation to set parameters in place and to bring life into it, the light is always referenced as Life; against the darkness and Jesus is that Light that proceedeth from the Father who is seen in verse 2 of Gen.1:2 The Holy Spirit, Jn.4:23-24. Let’s read Gen.1:1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit one in the same, Jn.4:24) moved upon the face of the waters. 3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. This is the Spiritual Light of God, For God always knew He would have to come and restore His creation to its original state of perfection, because of man and Satan, because God knows the beginning from the end. Next in the following verses we see were God spoke the Sun and Stars into existence, the material light of the creation. There are always two sides to everything a spiritual side and a natural or material side called being literal side as meaning exactly as stated, Jesus is the manifestation of the Spirit becoming natural or material so that we can behold Him and touch and feel Him, Jn.1:1-14. This is why He said He would teach His children Jer.31: 29In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. 30But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. 31Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. But more clearly a reference to Isaiah has been given to how the Lord has come and taught His children Himself. (Isa.54:13)

This prophecy was carried out at the birth of Jesus; there is not a person on earth that has not heard of Jesus and knows that He is to be the redeemer and Lord of all things. Even if Jesus wanted to manifest Himself into a thousand different manifestations at once and be at a thousand different locations doing all kinds of multitasking, He is still just one God omnipresent doing things according to His operations, and these manifestations are not to be considered separate deities to be worshiped as persons of the Godhead that make up the whole God, because they all are one in the same, because they all proceedeth forth from or out of God, Mal.12:7. Still just One God!! This is why God is all in all, 1Cor.15: 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto Him (The Holy Spirit in Christ) that put all things under Him that God may be all in all (There still is only One Person involved in this operation and that is Jesus, God is The Spirit of Jesus, Jn.3:6; 28-36).

This simply means the Spirit will then become the first order of operation again and we will no longer need our immortal bodies any longer in the new age, after this millennium and the Spirit will become preeminent; all in all; the flesh whether immortal or of the natural is always secondary to the Spirit because the Spirit is eternal and from which all power is derived from this is the same place our faith comes from it originates in our Spirit. This Faith is a gift from God and is your grace (His Favour towards sinners to come to Him, Ro.2:4) that allows you to see the operations of God, because they proceed from Him; this is the reason Jesus said after He would heal them or forgive them to go and sin no more. Grace can and in no way cover sin in your life, Romans chapter 6 and Hebrews chater10-13, even after you have been saved, you will be held accountable for sin, because you put the blood of the sacrifice on the ground and walked all over it, that is the condemnable action of presumptuous sin, which is the blackest kind because you consider the blood of Jesus Christ your redeemer as nothing, and you are in fact trying to place God under you and hold Him as your servant so you can fulfill the lusts of your flesh, Heb.10:17-31Grace is given to His Disciples so that we can serve Him in all righteousness, Heb,12:28-29 in reverent aw this is the fear talked about! But I am getting ahead of myself and we will discuss this later in this lesson. This is the reason Jesus always said the Father is greater than I (because the Spirit in Jesus is who is doing the works) in John14:28Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father (which is the Spirit): for my Father is greater than I (Jesus was going to go to the direct source of where the Spirit originates, into the throne room of Glory). The Spirit always is preeminent, God changes not, neither can Jesus because He is God in the immortal body of man that will no longer be needed after this age. But Jesus’ immortal body will always be King of Kings according to Israel and the covenant given to David for eternity.

So this is the scary part, why then don’t you know who the Lord is for there can only be one God the Father because Jesus said I and the Father are One John10:30, Jesus is the manifestation of God in the flesh; and John said we beheld His glory. 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John12: 45And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 46I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness (This is the same light that was spoken of in Gen1:3 God created good and evil; light and darkness were divided, God had Jesus in His mind from before He created anything, He knew Satan was going to sin because of His design and that was what Satan was for, 2Tm.2:20-21. This is why He made the earth to purify His Kingdom from sin and this earth will have all sin put in it and it will be put to fire for eternal cleansing!). From the front of the Holy Bible we are to see One God and Father of creation, just because God created and then had a Title of the Father of creation does not mean He became another person in which we worship another deity or person at all. (The spirit of God hovered over the waters Gen1:1 this is God John 4:24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. This is the truth we speak of that everyone must come to know who Jesus is before they are worshipping in the truth. From the O.T. to the N.T. we see the same thing God is a Spirit, The Father of creation one in the same, still not a person, He is a Spirit! As well as was over and around everything else at the same time He is omnipresent so how could you divide something that is undividable and is every-where at the same time?) Jesus is the fulfillment of the Bible coming to life; the word became flesh and we beheld His glory. Amos3:7Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. When we realize there can be only One God and Lord and Saviour of the world His creation and that Jesus is the fulfillment of that scripture, the Bible becomes so much easier to understand and then it makes perfect since. The trinity doctrine is nothing but contradictory in every since of itself, when you break it down and study it as you should and actually read it; you will find out for yourself. At the end of this next set of points; that bring to life one since of the true God in unity of being One with Himself in Jesus. I will show you the actual Trinity written out; and I’ll talk about this unfounded doctrine of the trinity; for it is not based on sound truths of the scripture but on Philosophical points of view instead of theological principles based on scriptural doctrines. One last set of scriptures that help us see that Jesus is the fulfillment of all scriptures in the flesh, and we will move on.

Eph.4:3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (We see right here scriptures says that God the father is One in the Same, people have miss understood the word and to mean two distinct people, I am a Man and my name is Gary and I am my father’s son and I am a Father also, doesn’t make me three people or persons.)

In1John we see how all these come together as one not some form of the trinity:  1John 5:1Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God (proceedeth forth out of God, as being a physical part of God’s Spirit made flesh): and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth him (man that has been born again, Jn.16:28I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. This has happened from Gen. to Rev. Jesus is God whenever He manifests Himself it has always been Jesus, Josh.5:13-15) also that is begotten of Him (Jesus because we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus). 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments (This will be the next topic that we will discuss at the end of this lesson). 3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world (This is why if we are not born again or go through the regeneration of the rebirth process and speak in other tongues as the spirit give utterance; we cannot overcome this world or worship in truth and in His spirit; because we are non of His. Rom.8:1-8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And does not have the power to overcome sin in this world or this age, that person is still doomed.) : And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God (Humanity of God; Son of God is just another title of God in the flesh)? 6This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the (Title of God as He manifested Himself as the creator, not a person in of itself; the Father is just a title of the same God so how could this be another person?) Father (which is just a title of the same God; for someone just placed an adjective to describe an action of God creating; not the existence of another person which is a noun. This is what Jesus was trying to teach when He said there is one greater than Solomon here and there is one greater than the Temple here and every Jew knew who the Temple was for it was the House of God and the only one greater than the house is its builder the one who allowed it to be built for Him, so Jesus left handedly told the Jews in fact who He was when he said one greater than the Temple is here talking to them in person! This is why they kept trying to stone Him, but they couldn’t until His time was ready, for He knew when it should be done, no one else!) in Jesus for they are one in the same: Jesus said when you have seen Me you have seen the Father, I and the Father are one! John10:30. Still just One person and that is Jesus the one person who is of the flesh and blood and water is considered a true person: The Father is not another manifestation of another Spirit or person and thus cannot be another person, it is a descriptive pronoun.), the Word (Jesus), and the Holy Ghost (God is a Spirit John 4:24, thus still a spirit not a person): and these three are one (Still only One person that being Jesus). (This is sound scriptural doctrine, for the essence of a Spirit is not a person, it is a Spirit, Jn.3:6.) 8And there are three that bear witness in earth (man), the Spirit (God), and the water (Baptism (repentance) where the flesh joins with the Spirit, still one person), and the blood (Which the Life of man exists in the blood because the blood brings the food, oxygen, water, minerals for cellular functions, blood is the life of Jesus; Flesh crucified with Jesus’,  with our death to self and becoming one with Jesus our God in the flesh by the power of His name and the operation of the blood covering sin): and these three agree in one. 20And we know that the Son of God (The Humanity of God) is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in Him that is true (The Spirit of God in Jesus in us!), even in His Son Jesus Christ (Jesus is God made flesh, the humanity of God, still One Person). This is the true God, and eternal life.

When we come to the realization of who God is in Christ Jesus we begin to worship Him in Truth and in Spirit: John4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Unless we know who we are worshipping; we are not worshipping in Truth and unless you are worshipping in the Spirit with evidences of tongues we are not worshipping in the Truth or the Spirit either; Romans8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Which we moan in the Spirit that even we know not what He is saying, but He alone knows His will for us and what we need to fulfill His will for us and lead us in whatever we should be praying for, this is why we need to seek Him in deeper prayer, and let the Spirit have His way in us, Mt.12:46-50.) 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God (Because they originated one from the other it is the same Spirit; The Father He doeth the works same Spirit just has a different pronoun attached to it.)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

This is why we must be born again of the Spirit of God with evidences of speaking in tongues.  And we do that when we have been born again in baptism in His name because His name is Jesus and therein lays all the power that allows the Spirit to move, there is no other name given that has power attached to it by the blood of the sacrifice.  We have been born again in the Spirit of truth of the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues, for this is the power to have a witness to others and to teach in His name, and we have all been instructed to pick up our cross and to die daily and follow after Him for if we do not we are not worthy of Him; Matt10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. (I hope your getting this because it is of Him!) 41He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. So listen to this prophet; a prophet with His words of God in Jesus: Jesus is the Spirit of prophesy, Rev19:10, I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. So why don’t you listen to one of God’s chosen prophets and follow God our Lord and Saviour this very same “Jesus the Christ” with all of your hearts right now!

Now the other alternative is that you are not predestined to receive Him and that would mean that you are condemned already but Jesus said to Paul, “In My Father’s house are many cups, some made of Gold some of Silver some of Wood and some of Clay, and that man can cleanse himself and make himself ready for God’s use and make himself Silver or even of Gold”; let us read exactly the scripture how it is written in 2Tim2:19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ (those who profess Jesus as Lord of all, and who have been called by His name) depart from iniquity.” (Go and sin no more ever!!) 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay (worldly people), some for honor (the Gold a apostle, prophet and Silver a Preacher, teacher and disciple) and some for dishonor (the wood- accursed as in the cross to be used for dishonor and Clay as in dirt from which we will return dust to dust from which those will arise from at the day of judgment at the second death). 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified (set apart from this world for His use) and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. (Those who have been baptized in the name of Jesus and have been baptized in the Holy Spirit and endowed with His gift of speaking in tongues as well as the others according to your faith; and then you can start to build on the rest of His gifts, after we have strengthened and tested ourselves against His word, and learned how to become overcomers, by putting our faith to practical work as stated in James chapter 2: 1:1-26 this is how we stay in God’s Will for us being use for His glory!.)

This is how we get the clay and wood transformed into Gold and Silver. 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

This is the true gift of the grace of God that He alone opens our eyes to His glorious truths and we come to Him in the Spirit and in Truth. His grace is not capable of covering our sins from now on after we have been converted; for if we have truly been converted we would not need to keep asking for forgiveness of the same old sins over and over again, we would be able to walk in perfections as Abraham did. And in Matthew5:48 speaks: 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. And if you are filled with His Spirit this is very possible and a true reality if you die to self and live in the Spirit; be not of the flesh and in carnality, because they are a offense to God and you will surely die in your sins, and grace cannot save you from sins committed after being saved, there is not one scripture that says I will forgive you no matter how you live. Jesus says if you Love Me you will keep My commandments: There is no scripture that says if you sin you are automatically forgiven because of the grace of God; You had better get on those knees right now because if He comes back before you repent your gone and I don’t mean to a good place either, “The Lake of Fire where the worm dieth not and the Fire is never quenched!” does not sound like a vacation spa of the rich and famous that I want to go to! Because you know a lot of them will be there if they don’t repent and be reborn again in the Spirit and in truth! (John3:5) I just love the book of John if you read it and understand it the total plan of who God is in Jesus is right there. John3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (because God was in Him and you are to have no other God before Him; this is why we are to believe in Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life. God in Jesus equals eternal life by the power of the Spirit that is in Jesus and God for they are “One in the Same”!! Jn.12:43-45 Period.

Walk in Righteousness, Holiness, and be ye perfect!

  John14:15 read it and weep do his word and keep your life or follow your own teachings and die. Life begins in His scriptures; and death starts in our foolishness in thinking we don’t have to do ALL OF HIS SAYINGS and still live; or “He will forgive us automatically because we have been saved”; this is wishful thinking on mans part but in us by the Devil himself.  Quick review 2Tim3:16 does anyone remember? Our very lives are hanging on all of God scriptures! We cannot leave one thing undone and expect to escape the Fires of Hell!!! This is why we must know this Bible with all our hearts, minds, spirit and our very soul depends on how well we understand it. You notice that I used the word understand in the last sentence. Just because we know the verses frontwards and backwards does not mean you have understanding. When you know something that is good for you and you do not do it you have no understanding. When you know something is very wise and you have knowledge of it, doesn’t mean you have understanding either; unless we do what we have learned and put it into practice with our very actions and use it; then this is in a fact true understanding and true knowledge when used becomes wisdom!

2Tim3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:   and when we do it we become perfect men and women of understanding! 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. Proverbs are not dispensable you must seek knowledge for yourself: wisdom is of great value but understanding is better: 1Sam.15:7-29

Proverbs16:16How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! 17The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.18Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.19Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.20He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.21The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.22Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. The wisdom of man is foolishness to God: seek ye the righteousness of the Lord and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you. God does not lie we must do our part or parish; we can never get too far into His word to truly understand every aspects of His nature or His truths. For this very reason we cannot afford to leave one thing undone for did He not say to work out your own salvation, with fear and trembling; so He has done all He can do for us the rest is up to us! We have to draw closer to Him and He will draw closer to us! He gave us His word, if we don’t use it we have no one to blame, we cannot leave our salvation to some minister, pastor, bishop or whatever we have got to know what we believe and why we believe it, this is commandment time, 1Tm.4:15-16; 2Tm.2:1-26; and it better be based on sound scriptural evidences’ of true doctrine that can be harmonized next to all the other scriptures, 2Tm.3:16-17.

Romans 12

Living Sacrifices to God

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. And if that does not convince you maybe Peter will in 1Peter4:17For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”(NIV) from Prov.11:31 Solomon the wisest man until Jesus showed up, but ended up lacking understanding.

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

This is our due diligence to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling and by His commandments, judgments, statutes and sayings; yes every word of the Bible counts the same in truth and is to be reverenced, for we will live or die by His words. This is the reason a short little verse carries a life and death sentence to it! If we do not read every one of these little verses and carry them out; for instance look at Matt.4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Which comes from Deu.8:3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD: also in Luke 4:4 same verse as in Matt. coincidence I think NOT!!  And unless we learn to get humble and die to our proud selves we will die without the Lord or even being able to come to know Him. For one thing God cannot stand is a self righteous person professing the graces of God and living in sin, professing Jesus as their Saviour and doing all the same carnal things they did before the say they received Him, did not Paul say that just because Jesus put to death the Law does that mean we shall live in sin just so Grace can abound but he said “God forbid.” God forbid means just that God Forbid it. And besides Jesus did not come to destroy the Law but to fulfill all prophesy. Matt5:17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Jesus was God teaching His children:

Isaiah 54:13

  God will teach His children and Jesus fulfilled this scripture in Jer.31:33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Isa.28: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. This is indeed the presence of the Holy Ghost given on the day of Pentecost; this is why we must be baptized in the Spirit so that the Lord will speak through us and we can lead the lost to His glorious salvation and make disciples of all people and nations as in Matt.28:19, 20. For no one knows the mind of God except the Spirit of God that speaks to us in all truths so He will bring scripture to the light of truth in us, that is the reason Jesus said He was the way and the truth and the life John14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: John8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. This same baptism of the Holy Ghost is the same Spirit that raises us up out of the grave at the resurrection or to meet Him in the air at the Rapture, this is why we must have the gift of the Spirit at all cost or we are non of His: Romans8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any men have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his (we see that each are listed because it is the same Spirit they are One still only one person).

Jesus said if we take up His yoke it will be easy to bear in Matt.11:29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me (Bible reading and studying, this is how we learn of Him & by the Holy Spirit); for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. We can bear all things in love through Christ Jesus; He gives us all power to do all things in His name by the power of His spirit in us we do all things. Otherwise we could not pick up or let alone carry His cross; let alone bear it, this is why people struggle with sin in their lives and cannot seem to be a true disciple of the Lord; one which can overcome this world and the flesh!

Halleluiah we are here to the last part of the Lesson

  You know why we have so many people professing Christ as their savior and professing Godliness but yet lacking the power thereof? For one they truly never repented they just asked for forgiveness without repenting (to turn directions go another way that is to repent to die to the old self); they were never baptized in the name of Jesus let alone the Spirit so they have not been truly born again, truly! They lack the true power of the Holy Ghost! This is why Churches baptize the way they do and say that you get the Holy Ghost at the same time you are baptized without having to speak in tongues, and you never get understanding or prophesying, the gift of healing, or interpretation of tongues or the gift of multiple tongues with interpretation, or the discerning of Spirits or any of the rest of the Lord’s gifts let alone prophesying: They lack God’s given power to overcome this world. This is why they are in cold dead dry services; lacking Spiritual food for development, they are without the fire of the Holy Ghost; letting the Lord conduct the service instead of the pastor, the pastor is to make sure the church follows order of operation but God is supposed to conduct the service.

This is why you cannot tell them from the world because they are still in the world. The women have cut their hair and have it bobbed off God’s given glory to them, which is an abomination unto the Lord for a women’s hair is her crown of glory to the Lord, why would she want to cut off her glory from the Lord, unless the Lord no longer mattered to her! Women are to be kept different from men not wearing the same clothes such as pants, there is supposed to be a distinction between men’s clothing and women’s, Deu.22:5 Long hair on men is abomination to God because it causes Him to be effeminate 1Cor.11:1-16 that come from Deut. And Lev; let alone having a piece of jewelry in his ear, lip, nose, or anywhere else, it is abomination to the Lord, Lev.19:28; this is why the Lord took all the jewelry away from the Israelites in the desert of Sinai, because they were all prideful, and rebellious, this is the affects of jewelry. Jewelry it is a pride of life issue, it is seeking after vein lusts of the flesh, to cause your weaker brother to become jealous and stumble because of all the pretty jewelry, this is a sin whether you know it or not, it is a sin to cause a brother to stumble because of your faith, if it leads to someone stumbling; this is not worth the chance to me to lose my salvation because I was not sensitive to weaker vessels around me. Which leads me to makeup, did not God make us? Are we not wonderfully made and created by God Almighty and do you supposed He did not make us perfect the way we are? He made us in the womb just the way he wanted us to be. We cannot improve on the master potter’s dish! From the beginning of time man has always tried to build and make God’s designs better as if that were possible, God laughs at mans foolishness. Then he gets tired of man trying to outdo God with his foolishness and God puts man in his place once again. We are about to one of those points in our history were God is going to set His house in order for the final time!

This is why we need separation from the world, because the world has always been concerned about what it can do for itself instead of what we are to be doing for the Lord and our Brethren. The world’s standards are Satan driven, fashions, makeup, pants on women, long hair on men, and overall arrogance to life when considering all the innocent blood of abortions in the world and the needless bloodshed of wars leads one to believe that the Lord doesn’t exist to man in his beliefs anymore. These are all abominations in God’s eyes!  Or does God even care about His children on earth anymore entirely? This is plainly the influences of Satan on our society, and man is blindly going his way to destruction for lack of knowledge because man has not even gotten to understanding part (the doing) because they have no knowledge of God’s word. The time to pick up God’s Book of Life, His Holy Bible, our Book of Life, The Living Word of God, The Holy Bible a Sacred Book of Revelation, is NOW!  

  Where is the separation from the world? God said come out from among the heathen nations and I will make you a nation of priest of the most High God! Exo.19:4Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. (He carried the Israelites out of Egypt for one reason to teach them how to become His priestly nation! This is the separation we must have also, to be in the world but not of it.) 5Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure  (set apart jewel in God’s crown of Glory) unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.7And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. 8And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD. 2Cor.6:17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Mal.3: 6For I am the LORD, I change not, Heb.13: 8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever; Mt.24:35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Nub.23:19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

This is why Jesus said we must pick up our cross and follow after Him and if we don’t become as He was we are none of His and are not worthy of Him. The Bible is the same from the O.T. to the N.T. we see the same pattern because God Changes not and neither can Jesus because they are one and the same. Mal.3:6For I am the LORD, I change not; Heb13: 8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

We have no choice in the matter if we are to come to know Him as our own; and to be part of Him we must be Holy, Righteous, and Perfect in our walk and our testimony of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ: We are under a curse if we get this wrong. Gal1:8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 1Cor.3:7So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 10According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14If any man’s work abides which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire: 16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 18Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; 22Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; 23And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

If we do not start to imitate Jesus and His Apostles that are in His Living Word: The Holy Bible by following their teachings in our Lives we are doomed to Hell!

  2 Tim2:15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. This is a commandment from an apostle to his student: How much more should we be in doing the same as Timothy?

Philippians 2 (King James Version)

Philippians 2

1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

If we lose our lives we will gain them (our Lives): if we lose them (our lives) in Jesus’ name doing His will and the will of Jesus is that we preach this gospel of Jesus Crucified for the remission of our sins, buried, risen from the grave the third day and received up into glory for the forgiveness of our sins. If we are shamed of this gospel He will be ashamed of us, Matt10:33 & Luke9:26For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. Being we are His glory He will be ashamed of us in front of all His people, and whoever it is that made Him ashamed is going to fare far worse than just being ashamed, more like gnashing of teeth time!

Falling by the Wayside

  Isa.28:13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.  These are the people that start off reading and doing the word of God at the beginning after their so called conversion; then they get to knowing a few things of the Lord’s truths, then slowly they start to slow down and don’t read as much any more like they used too. Then pretty soon they are not even reading His word of life anymore, because they didn’t read all of it and see where the pieces fit together; where it says here a little and there a little means we are to put scripture tried and tested against itself to make sure we have true understanding of what His word really means, and unless we take all of His word together one with another we are going to get lost in His word, unless we have the Holy Spirit guiding us in all truths and with praying and fasting all things become possible with Jesus our LORD.

Here’s where the verses just prior to this one come into play here: Let us take a look at some of these real quick. Isa.28:9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:11For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.12To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. This is what we are trying to do right now, but you have to be weaned off the milk in order to understand true meat and potatoes doctrine. This is why we must be baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost in order to understand His scriptures in light of the Spirit of Truth! This is why it says at the end of 13; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. These are those people who have never gotten baptized in Jesus name and never filled with His Spirit, they start off pretty good but soon figure they have not a clue to what they are reading and slow down and soon figure well if I go to someone else they can give me revelation instead of seeking true revelation from God Himself. These are they that fall by the wayside, and are taught by the blind that are blind themselves: The ones who still believe in a trinity and worship whom they know not: because the scripture I read was that we are complete in Jesus, that means it all starts and stops there in order to be complete, Col.2:8-10. This is as far as we need to go right there; we need not look any further for salvation in any other form of worship than in Jesus! Because all the fulness of the Godhead was in Him, God in the flesh! These are those who read a little and fall by the wayside, instead of falling on their knees and praying for deliverance from this world of deceptions from Satan. Who do you think got into the churches back when the apostles were warning about them? Those that were not of the Holy Ghost who starting their own churches, those that came out from them but were not of them 1John2:19They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

Learning the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

  This is why we have such a problem in the world today; because man has lost his fear of the Lord: To his own destruction, due to ignorance, because man does not believe God’s word in the Holy Bible: To man it is just foolishness! Little does man know these very words are the only words we will be judged by! God’s irrefutable, infallible and time tested true words of life.

God will not be mocked by His creation: Ecc12:13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Pretty simple if you ask me and Jesus said His ways were not burdensome; and if we do them we are assured to life ever after!! We don’t have to worry about our conscience tearing us up all the time because we know we aren’t doing right, not having to worrying about when He is coming back. What if we are in an accident? We are having more and more storms and the world is under new and greater devastation with more catastrophes than ever before, you know as well as I do the End Times are at the door steps!!

If there is just one thing we must learn, we had better learn, to fear and tremble again at the thought of an angry God!! Listen to what Jesus said in Luke12:49I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, (how I wish) if it (it were) be already kindled? Read Luke13:3I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish: And in verse 5 the same thing. We need to repent from our wicked ways of this world. If you’re getting along in this world maybe just maybe you’re too close to it, and therein lay your destruction that is just ahead. We need to imitate our teachers the apostles for only they knew how to walk in the ways of the Lord!

Now the thing we must remember is that all these Epistles that were written were in fact written to churches that the Apostles started and they knew for a fact that indeed the holy Spirit had fallen on that church as when they first received it in Ac.2:1-4, with all the evidences that were given then for a sign as well as now, Jm.1:16Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

1 Cor1:6Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God changes not and neither do His gifts because we are still in the same age or dispen-sation!

1John2: 3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his command-ments.4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments (God changes not: just because this world’s way keep changing doesn’t mean God changes with it.), is a liar, and the truth is not in him.5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.7Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.8Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.9He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.10He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.11But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.12I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.18Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.19They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us (The Jews among them from the Sanhedrin, that still sought after traditions of ceremonies of men, and kept adding things that were not scriptural, because they said they had received from Peter the keys of Heaven form Him and were authorized by Him and this is not true because only Jesus can give what is His to give away, it is not transferable this is a calling not  by an appointment of some council! The Holy Spirit anoints His own to the ministry according to His seeing to the heart of man!).20But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.21I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.22Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.23Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.24Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.25And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.26These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.28And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29If ye know that he is righteous; ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. Here is an interesting point that needs to be made right here, John as well as the other apostles when writing their epistles to Holy Ghost filled churches to converted believers who were already filled with Jesus’ Spirit, so they think you already know what is going on in the Spirit and the Spirit is helping you to understand all that was being said in order for you to translate it correctly.

Here is the bottom line and I’m hoping no one gets too offended but maybe they should: We either do all of His commandments or die the second death at judgment day; and you had better pray to God you die before the tribulations start or you are going to go through two hells; and the first one, the tribulations are just a warm up to the next one to come!!! The Eternal Lake of Fire where the worm dieth not and the Fire is never quenched!

We don’t get to pick and choose the commandments or scriptures we want to do because every Word of it is Gospel which translated means the good news or the good Word of God and His Salvation, it is His plan to Eternity, Jn.14:6; Jesus said if you love Me you will keep all My commandments, not some of them and it will be ok, it just doesn’t work that way. It is God’s way or death and hell not half way inbetweenzies for being pretty good. God said how I wish you were either hot or cold, if you are not on Fire for the Lord I suggest you get some kindling and some matches and get that Holy Ghost Fired stirred up in you by the renewing of your mind. Romans12:1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Look I can go through the whole Bible and bring up every scary verses about God not being a warm and fussy God, but you know that; I’m sure; and if you don’t you had better learn it and I mean quick because He’s coming and I mean right here right now just ready to come and Gabriel has the trumpet to his lips getting ready to blow.

I know church of the living God is a hands on church, and you can’t get it by watching it on TV. Because apostolic churches are in the Holy Ghost in Jesus and you have to be in His presence were two or more are gathered together for Him to be in the midst of them to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. I don’t care how sick I am if I can get somebody to help me to church I’m going, unless I’m contagious or something, then I will call the elders of the church as scriptures say to do, but I’m going and getting anointed with oil and prayed for!! After service I’m falling to my knees at the altar and I’m not leaving till I get my healing or He tells Me his grace is sufficient for me like He did Paul. I want Jesus to take everything out of me He doesn’t want in me. We need to search our own hearts and find what we know needs to be gone and even the hidden things God wants out of us; get it out of us right now! We have no time to waste any longer the time is now; we need to get right with God right now or parish forever more!

Some last notes and I’m winding this thing up. Ezr.9:3And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astounded.4Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astounded until the evening sacrifice.5And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, 6And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

This is the way we need to feel about sin and how we treat our salvation and the Lord’s commandments. Anything less is a travesty to our understanding of His truths, we must fall on our faces in front of Him now or face the time when we see Him in all His Glory. Trust me on this you will not stand and John when he went before the throne room fell dead in front of Him and Jesus picked him up and brought him back from death in Revelations. I saw it I was there in the Spirit and He showed me what happened, I saw it, I saw John’s lifeless limp not breathing body face down and the Lord’s mighty hand brought John up to his feet again and they continued and I left feeling lower that dirt in His presence. I truly understand it when the writers say they felt as if they were a worm amidst the dirt in His presence!

How are you going to answer Him when he asks why you have not prepared for the wedding and put on His garment which is the Holy Ghost!! When we have the Holy Ghost we have a garment whiter than snow, it is our holy robe and we cannot go to the feast of the Husband without it. The Holy Ghost is the oil that was in the virgin’s lamps that allowed them to see, to show the way for the people to get into the feast of the wedding, what are you going to do without oil?

Romans 8 (King James Version)

Romans 8

1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, *if *so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteous-ness.11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (Look this Word up and Understand what it means) the deeds of the body, ye shall live.14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.24For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the daylong; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

There is a theme going on here to live in the flesh is death to live by this worlds’ standards is death. If we do not learn to let the Spirit lead us in our walk with Jesus and follow Him in all His commandments and standards of Holiness and Righteousness that can only come by His indwelling Spirit in us for it is His Holiness and Righteousness coming out of us not by or own design but by Him in us we can do all things, and people should be able to see Jesus in us and our walk as we stay in His Will!; or else we are toast for the Lake of Fire!! If we do not come to Him with our works worthy of repentance we will have no just rewards, all of our works in our home we are building in Him will be burned up as chaff in His presence. Jesus is an all consuming Fire and no unrighteousness can be in His presence! 1Peter4:18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

This Bible is our passport to salvation, why is it, no one wants to read it as a gift of love from our creator!!? In it are all the secrets to living forever, which we have to know for ourselves. We cannot rely on someone else teaching us what they think they want us to know or what they think will get us to heaven, this is our job priority one!!! This is why God said seek ye the kingdom and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you. You have to seek and work out your own salvation, you cannot lay the blame on anyone else when you get to heaven and you’re on your knees in front of the judgment seat of God, oh trust me on this you will be on your knees in His presence. But if you have sin in your life that has not been repented of you will not be in His presence but for an instance and you will be on your way to the lake of fire being dragged by His Holy Angels. Grace has nothing to do with anything, grace was given to bring you to salvation and is for favour to those who keep His every Word His true Disciples who are in His Will!! : We are to be dead to sin we are of God and we are not to have sin in our lives period! I tell you if you read Romans 12 you will see a good picture of how a true Jesus Holy Ghost filled person lives. Jesus said come follow me for a reason; we are to follow Him and imitate Him in word and deed. This is why He came to put sin to death in man so man could have authority over flesh and sin, Gen.4:7. If Jesus is in you than sin is dead in you as well if you walk ion the Spirit, and He said go and sin no more, so it is a very good possibility that we can indeed live a sinless life in the Power of the Holy Ghost if we are lead by the Spirit. The Power of God is in His Spirit get it or die the eternal death! ~~

Lords Way Ministries

G. L. Boyett

Jun.25-2011 re-edited Wednesday, July, 25th, 2012; and presented for publication in the last days!

Ecc.12:10-14; Is.55:1-13; Mal.3:16-18

(Come to Jesus in child like LOVE or Be Forever Perishing!)

(1Tm.3:16 & 6:11-21)

 (Isaiah60:1-22)

Gal.4:16Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

(Isaiah59:1-21)

~ Even so, if I be persecuted for His sake, I find myself in good company, in the company of the Elect! ~ Quote by Rev. G. L. Boyett

The Lord will always have a prophet, for His generation,

(Rev.19:10)

 Lk.6:46And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

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DISCIPLESHIP AND STEWARDSHIP

A Cure for Doctrinal Chaos and Organizational Disunity

(2 Pt.3:18)

  At some point in the timelessness of eternity, the Sovereign God embarked upon the greatest and grandest of all His creations; He began the process of creating beings just like Himself (Phil.3:21; 1 Jn.3:1-24). It is His intent to bring these beings into His family as His sons and to share with them all He has created and all that He will ever create throughout eternity. Moreover, it is His intent to grant His sons the same life essence that He possesses, which is the highest form of life–immortality on the divine plane of existence (i.e., life that springs forth from itself and is not dependent on any other source to sustain it because it is self-sustaining). See 1 Cor.15:51-58; Rm.2:7; 2 Tm.1:9-10; 1Pt.4:6-8; Rv.20:6. Although it is the Sovereign Father’s intent to increase His heavenly family, He will not bestow immortality upon a person or allow a person entry into His heavenly realm until He has absolute confidence in their commitment and loyalty to Him and His way of life. Therefore, He has set in place a process through which each potential spirit-son must demonstrate their commitment and loyalty. During this process, each potential spirit-son must develop the character and the qualities that are a part of God the Father and The Son of Man, which is God in the flesh 1 Tm.3:16; Jn.10:30, Jesus Christ. See Lev.19:1-2; 1 Pt.1:1-25. The process of proving one’s commitment and loyalty to the Father and His way of life begins in earnest the moment the Father adopts a person into His earthly family as a king-priest and continues until He is absolutely sure of a person’s commitment and loyalty to Him and His way of life.

Questions That Need to be Answered

  In this present phase of the Sovereign Father’s plan for the salvation of His human creation, many within the Father’s earthly family of king-priests not only have to combat the human side of their nature; the evil of the world around them but also the evil that permeates many congregations of His people. Moreover, many are perplexed by doctrinal chaos and disunity within the Father’s family. Because this condition should not exist among the Father’s chosen ones, many feel that if the root-cause were known, these problems could be eliminated or at least minimized. In their quest for a solution to these problems, many have asked themselves some or all of the following questions:

  • Why is the Father’s family not a single, unified, and structured organization?
  • What in the root cause of the doctrinal chaos within the Father’s family?
  • Why is there a lack of powerful and dynamic spiritual leaders within his family?
  • Why are the twenty-one plus spiritual gifts noted in the New Testament not being manifested in a major way within his family?
  • What is the root cause of this pathetic condition that exists within the Father’s family during this age?
  • Is this root cause poor spiritual leadership, rebellious family members, some external force, and world conditions during this age, or is it something entirely different?

  If you have asked yourself some or all of these questions, read this entire study and you will find that the cause of doctrinal chaos and organizational disunity is something surprisingly basic that can be corrected with a small amount of effort from each member of the Father’s family. Believe it or not, the root cause for the pathetic condition that exists within the Father’s family during this age is not from any outside source; it comes from a purely internal source. That source is each and every member of the Father’s earthly family. Yes, you and I are the collective cause of this pathetic situation. Not only are we the cause but also the solution. If the biblical concepts of discipleship and stewardship were clearly understood and diligently practiced during this age, doctrinal chaos and the lack of unity within the Father’s family would be reduced to the point of being easily managed. If you believe that the Sovereign Father’s invitation to become a member of His earthly and heavenly family of king-priests is worthy of your total attention and commitment, and that all other priorities, concerns, and endeavors are insignificant and unimportant when they are compared to the opportunity to be an immortal member of the Family of God, then understanding the significance of discipleship and stewardship is vitally important to you. The reason it is vitally important to understand discipleship and stewardship is that these are the basic elements of the process that has been set in place during this age through which each person the Father calls to salvation can demonstrate their commitment and loyalty to Him and His way of life. The following study examines the process of discipleship and stewardship as practiced by the early church.

BEING A DISCIPLE

  At the beginning of Christ’s ministry, He chose twelve men to be his disciples and close companions to help Him proclaim the coming Kingdom of God. He also chose seventy others and commissioned them to proclaim the same message. It is important to note that each of the men Jesus chose had the ability to learn what He had to teach them and to perform the task set before them. All that these men needed was to be taught what to proclaim, to be given the tools with which to carry out their task, and to be sent forth to fulfill their task. See Mt.10:1-8; Lk.10:1-24. Christ did not choose a few thousand or a few hundred men, put them through years of preparation, He picked the twelve who were the most qualified for more intense instruction, and then sent the seventy lesser qualified out to prepare people for His arrival to proclaim His Father’s good news message. He chose these eighty two men, because they had the ability to perform the task that they would be given to perform. The same is true of everyone whom the Father calls to salvation during this age. All that is necessary for one to succeed is to be taught what is expected of them and how to successfully perform what is expected; to be given the tools with which to carry out the task; and to be sent forth to fulfill the task. See Isa.48:17; 2 Pt.1:10; 1 Thes.5:9:

The Commission

  After His death and resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples and told them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and earth. Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this, that I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mt.28:18-20 TLB Para.). Most people view the commission Jesus gave His disciples only as marching orders to proclaim the good news message in order to convert people throughout the world to the Sovereign Father’s truth and way of truth in order for them to be saved from eternal death and have eternal life. However, is this, the totality of what Christ meant, or is there much more to the making of disciples? Yes, we must also look to Mt.3:11 John the Baptist says, “I indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” Now John the Baptist was indeed preparing the way for the teachings of Jesus. For in the Book of John in Chapter 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus in verses 3 thru 21 we see how to prepare for the kingdom of God, and how to become His ministers. We must be born again, or we will not be allowed into the kingdom. Verse 5 tells us that we must be born of water and of the Spirit or we will not see the kingdom, let alone be able to teach, preach, or discern scriptures in order to receive doctrinal truths! Until we receive the Spirit, the Comforter, the discerner of all Truths Jn.16:13, we will not be able to discern the Father’s will for us, for if we indeed have this Holy Spirit, then we will be as those in verse Jn.3:8, “The wind bloweth where it wishes, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh or goeth: so it is with every one that is born of the Spirit.”, but in verse Jn.16:14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. This is so important that Jesus goes on to explain it again in verse 15. All things that the Father hath are mine; (because they are one in the same) therefore said I, that he will take of mine, and shall show it unto you. (He is going to show us by the power of His Holy Spirit for the three agree and are one, 1 Jn.5:6-8; and 20.)

Therefore take up the whole armor of God (Eph.6) that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— Eph.4-6,”There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; For if you indeed have the Spirit in you, you would have no idea, where you are going or what the Lord has for you to do, and with whom, until the Lord leads you in the Spirit. For whom ever the Lord puts in front of you is there for a reason. And that reason is for you to be a minister, as in servant, or an ambassador of the Lord, who has called you, to them, so we must be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading as well as to whatever the people’s needs are.

Their spiritual as well as their material needs. We must first worry about any life threatening needs that they may have; a man may go through life maimed but his soul is eternal and we must win it at all costs, and then their salvation, as in receiving the Lord as their savior, or in keeping their salvation. So with this in mind let us prepare ourselves with the whole armor of the Lord, Eph.6:13-18. Eph.4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

So without the Spirit we will never have a clue as to what our calling is, so let us learn how to baptize correctly, for we must teach Repentance as the apostle’s have shown us in Acts, for indeed they were the first to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the gift of power of Grace and Truth . For the Lord Jesus told them not to leave until they were endued with power, after the Spirit has come upon you, Act 1:8, and we see Jesus delivered on his promise in Ac.2:1-5 we see that 120 were baptized in the Holy Spirit; And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and It sat on each of them. This was to be the sign of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is why we must be baptized in the name of Jesus, for our disciples have shown us by example. For they were given the keys to bind in Heaven and in Earth, from Jesus Himself, in Mt.16:19 he gave this right to Peter, as well as those around him and to all that are endued with power from on High, to whom the Lord will call (But only the Apostles had the right to set Doctrines). We see in Ac.2:38, 39 we see the proper way to be baptized, for in verse 36 and 37 we learn why we must, ”Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they hear this they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren what must we do? The only proper answer is the one given. Verse 38 and 39 explain it all so well, Then Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” And this next verse is so important to our churches of today, for this is how we are to receive our authority and power to do all that the disciples have done! 39, “For this is the promise unto you, and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” And from this point on we see how to properly maintain a church, for the rest of the epistles are our instructions. For in 2 Tm.3:16, 17 we can hold on to the Truths of our God given instructions for this life: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. Now let us move to one of the most important discovery in the scriptures, in Jn.8:24 we can see that Jesus is Lord of all. There is no other. 24, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if you believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.” And if you still have any doubt about Jesus who He really is, all we have to do is look to 1 Tm.3:16. And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of by angels, preaches unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. But let us use Jesus’ words, that he expounds to us himself, Jn.8:58 Jesus said unto them, “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I Am.” but the one I like the most is Jn.10:30,”I and my Father are one.” Jn. 4:23, “But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.” 24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”  And in Jn.14-17, we get our lessons from the Teacher, Master, Father and Lord God Almighty Is.9:6. Jn.14:6-11; 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

The Father Revealed

7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.These last verses prove Jesus is Lord, and if you can’t see this by now then you really, need not go any further with our Lessons, and return to the Top and Start Over!        

Understanding the Commission

The Lord’s commission given to the disciples and, by extension, to all the Sovereign Father calls to become a part of His earthly family of king-priests has the following two basic parts:

  • The first part is to proclaim the Father’s good news message to the world and to perform the rituals that facilitate the transformation of a person who believes this message into one of the Father’s earthly children.
  • The second part is to teach these individuals the truth and way of truth in order to help them grow in Grace, in Faith, in Righteousness, in Holiness, and in the knowledge of the Father and Jesus Christ, living a righteous life, which will glorify our Lord. Mt.5:48 Jesus says,48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Mt.19:26 “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Come to know the deep things of God, and enter the Father’s kingdom as an immortal spirit-being.

Although both parts of Christ’s commission to the elect are simple and direct, in the centuries since this commission was given, the elect have had great difficulty with the second part which deals with discipleship and stewardship within the Father’s family.

What Is a Disciple?

  Over time, the pragmatic meaning of the Greek word for disciple has taken on a completely different meaning in the minds of most who profess to follow the teachings of the Bible. Although some modern word dictionaries get close to defining a disciple as a student, most only define a disciple as a follower of Christ or one who follows a teacher (Lk.14:25-30; Mt.16:24-27). Therefore, the interpretation of the Greek word for disciple and the true essence of a disciple of Christ are left to the interpretation of each individual. The English word ‘disciples’ in Mt.28:18-20 is translated from the Greek word ‘matheteuo’, which means intransitively ‘to become a pupil’ and transitively ‘to make pupils’, or ‘to enroll as a scholar’ (i.e., a student).

As a group, the Father’s earthly children are identified 26 times in the Book of Acts by the Greek word ‘matheteuo’ (i.e., a pupil/student) and individually the elect are identified as ‘mathetes’ and ‘mathetria’, which mean respectively, a ‘learner’ ‘and a ‘female pupil’. A disciple is simply a person who is being educated in a certain discipline. For one who is a disciple of Christ, that discipline is the Father’s truth and way of truth. Discipleship is the process through which the Father’s adopted children are taught His truth, His way of truth, the rules of conduct for the members of His family, and the philosophy behind these rules that make them holy, just, and good (Rm.7:12; Mt.5:17-20). It is through one’s voluntary proactive compliance to His truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct that one becomes a viable and beneficial member within His family of king-priests. The English word ‘teach’ in Mt.28:20 is translated from the Greek word ‘didasko’, which is a prolonged (causative) form of a primary verb ‘dao’ (to learn) or ‘to teach’ (in the same broad application). Didasko simply means to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them. Because Jesus gave an instruction to enroll students from every nation to be taught the truth and way of truth, it seems logical that, if these students are to be taught, there would be an organizational system and a curriculum in place to facilitate their education. This is exactly what we see within the early church. We see an educational system in place; whereby, a newly enrolled student is taught and guided through the educational process by the Holy Spirit and by more spiritually mature individuals within a community of students, student scholars, and stewards of truth and the way of truth. From the many references that identify the Father’s earthly family and nation of king-priests as students who are being taught the Father’s truth and way of truth, it is clearly important to understand what is to be taught and what a student’s responsibilities are while being taught. What does the average person know about being a responsible student of the Father’s truth and way of truth before and after baptism? Sadly, in most cases not much. After baptism, few are taught what it actually means to be a responsible student or how to fulfill this aspect of one’s spiritual development. Most are left to determine this for themselves, which sometimes leads many away from the path of righteousness and down a path to leads to spiritual destruction.

THE EARLY CHURCH

  In order to gain a clear understanding of the importance of being a perpetual student of truth and a steward in the Father’s family, it is necessary to know something about how and why the early church was modeled after the structure of ancient Israel. The following are some of the things the Bible tells us about the organizational structure of national Israel, the Father’s holy nation of earthly children, and the reasons for their existence:

Ancient Israel

  • The organizational structure of national Israel in the wilderness and in the Promised Land was a theocracy. (Monotheism) One God, Isa.44:6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
  • Ancient Israel was to be a nation of holy people who were to present themselves as an example of God’s truth and way of truth to the nations of the world.
  • The organizational structure of Israel fractured and eventually disappeared after God granted their request for a king to govern them. (Polytheism) if the King was given God like status as in The Roman Empire Caesar was to be worshiped, as well as their other Gods.

 The Early Church of Jesus Christ

(He has been given all authority)

  • The organizational structure established by Christ for his holy nation of king-priests on earth is a theocracy.
  • The Father’s children are a nation of holy people who are to present themselves as an example of his truth and way of truth and proclaim his good news message and his coming kingdom to the nations of the world.
  • The organizational structure of the early church fractured and eventually disappeared when its members failed to continue in the “Faith Once Delivered” (Jude 1:1-25; 1 Jn.2:19-20; Ac.15) we see why our Churches began to fail, for there were some that did not practice the truth, and teachings of the Apostles’.

Within both of these organizational structures, there were teachers, students, and stewards of God’s laws, precepts, and principles for the purpose of perpetuating the organizational structure and the perfecting of the knowledge, the understanding, and the practice of the truth and the way of truth among a holy people in order for them to carry out the purpose for their existence.

The Creator told the Israelites that he would teach them his statutes and judgments, so they could continue to live and to possess the land he would give them (See. Dt.4:1-5). He instructed them to diligently teach his ways to their children throughout their generations (See Dt.6:1-9). He taught them his civil law, his dietary law, and his law of worship, and he instructed them to observe his festivals in order to learn to have great respect for him (See Dt.14:21-24). He forewarned any future king of Israel that he must write a copy of the law and review it throughout his life, so he would learn to have great respect for God (See Dt.17:1-20). The ancient Israelites were to be perpetual students of God’s truth and the way of truth as noted in many texts that speak of this learning process. In this respect, it is no different for the Father’s holy nation of king-priests today. The Father’s earthly children are also to be perpetual students and stewards of truth and the way of truth. Although there are similarities between the educational process of the physical nation of ancient Israel and the Father’s elect, which are a physical and a spiritual nation, there is a great difference between the educational goals set for ancient Israel and the Father’s elect children. The Father’s children are to learn both the letter and the spirit of his law, his plan for the salvation of humanity, and they are to proclaim his message to the world as a witness. Moreover, they are to learn what it means to be holy as He is holy and practice His truth and way of truth in order to become spiritually mature and enter his heavenly kingdom as immortal spirit-beings. The entire educational process for the Father’s family and nation of king-priests is to take place under the tutelage of their elder brothers (the apostles) in the Epistles, and Jesus who is also their Savior, High Priest, and head of the Father’s earthly family. Moreover, this educational process was established to function as a self-governing and self-perpetuating entity, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit how are we going to learn our Spiritual Fathers’ Truths, so that we can feed His sheep?

Feed My Sheep

  In His account of the third time that Christ met with His disciples after His death and resurrection, John says that Christ asked Peter three times if he truly loved Him and that, if he did, he should feed His sheep (Jn.21:4-17). In this account, there are two Greek words translated into the English word ‘feed’. The first Greek word translated into the English word ‘feed’ in this account is ‘bosko’, which means to pasture. By extension, it means ‘to fodder’, or ‘to graze’. The second Greek word in this verse is ‘poimaino, which’ means ‘to tend as a shepherd’. The meanings of the two Greek words ‘bosko’ and ‘poimaino’ help to make the meaning of Christ’s allegorical instruction to Peter understandable. Peter was to shepherd those of the Father’s and our Lord Jesus’ family whom He had placed under the Apostles’ authority. This shepherding not only included care and protection as a diligent, caring, and conscientious shepherd, but also the feeding of spiritual nourishment to the Father’s children in order to facilitate their spiritual growth. Christ’s allegorical instruction for Peter to feed his sheep clearly shows the necessity for an educational system within the church to teach all elements of the Father’s truth and way of truth to his earthly children. Because the Father’s holy family and nation of king-priests is a self-governing entity with an educational process that is to be self-perpetuating, all of its members must participate in the process or there will be doctrinal chaos, a lack of unity, a nebulous concept of what the Father expects from each individual, and a general lack of spiritual power, which is exactly the condition that exists among the congregations and scattered members of the Father’s earthly family during this age.

Organizational Structure

  According to the apostle Paul, the following was the basic organizational structure of the early church:“Now you are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after those miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of languages. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak other languages? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. . .” (1 Cor.12:27-31 KJV Para.).

In Ephesians, chapter four, Paul gives us more insight into the structure of the early church and clearly explains the purpose and work of the church and the reason for its educational system:

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body to the edifying of itself in love” (Eph.4:11-16 KJV).

The Foundation of the Church of the Living God is to glorify Him

  Three of the primary reasons for this organizational structure are “The perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, and the building of the body of Christ (i.e., the Father’s earthly family).” None of these things can be accomplished in a major way without the teaching, the learning, and the practicing of the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and the rules of conduct for members of His family on an ongoing basis by students who clearly understand the goals of the educational process and the result of practicing what is learned through the Holy Spirit’s guidance. The apostle Paul clearly revealed to the Corinthians and Ephesians that, besides the other functions and responsibilities within the church, there were teachers of truth and the way of truth. Clearly, there would be no need for teachers if all members of the Father’s family knew everything that there was to know about the Father, the Savior, and the truth and the way of truth.

The Early Church and Today

  Shortly after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we find a dynamic evangelizing church spreading The Father’s truth throughout the world. However, as dynamic as this church was, it virtually disappeared from history after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D… From 70 to 120 A.D., there was very little recorded about the Father’s true church. When historians began to write about the church again, they wrote of a dramatically different church from the one that embraced the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles. Today, we find churches that call themselves followers of Christ, yet the vast majority, do not even faintly resemble the early church. Why did the early church disappear? The simple truth is that those of the early church failed to continue to be diligent and responsible students and stewards of the Father’s truth and way of truth, and keep a fresh in filling of the Holy Spirit. For we all must worship in Spirit and in the Truth. This failure of the students and stewards caused the failure of the educational system to be perpetuated within the early church, which has led to the continual fulfillment of the following prophecy: The prophet Hosea was inspired to record, My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall not serve Me as priest. Because you have forgotten your God’s law, I will also forget your children” (Hos.:6 Para.).

Those who are called

  The scriptures clearly show that all who are a part of the Father’s earthly family of king-priests are being groomed for positions of leadership within His heavenly family; therefore, it should come as no surprise that an educational system was set in place in the early church to educate the Father’s children for their positions of ruler-ship and service in His heavenly kingdom. See Mt.5:1-48, 19:27-30; 1 Cor.6:1-5; 2 Tim.2:12; Rv. 2:26-29, 5:1-10.

 Correcting the Educational processes

  Why is there no common formal educational system set in place within all the congregations of the Father’s children to facilitate their education in his truth, his way of truth, and his rules of conduct for the members of his family? Could the reason be a lack of being taught individual and collective ownership of true discipleship and stewardship within the Father’s family?

Why is it important to be educated in the Father’s truth, his way of truth, and his rules of conduct, and the philosophy behind this truth and these rules? It is important because this knowledge and understanding will help you understand how to fulfill your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s family and in your spiritual walk. The following are things a disciple and a steward of the truth should know, understand, and do:

  • Know the solutions to some of the spiritually life threatening situations that exist today.
  • Improve your chances to participate in the first resurrection and enter the Kingdom of God.
  • Become a more powerful and effective member of the Father’s royal family and holy nation.
  • Understand why doctrinal confusion and organizational disunity exists within the Father’s royal family.
  • Recognize your spiritual enemies and know how to deal with them through the Father’s Holy Spirit and to do all of Jesus’ teachings, for narrow is the path and strait is the gate.

The apostle Paul also foretold a time when the Father’s earthly children would reject his truth and way of truth: “For the time will come when they [the elect] will not accept sound teaching . . . And they shall not pay attention to the truth, and shall turn it away, and shall be turned instead to fables” (2 Tim.4:3-4 Para.).

Many who fellow-shipped in the congregations of the early church would not accept sound teaching. They sought out teachers who would teach things that were pleasing to them and things that did not require their obedience to the Father’s laws, precepts, and principles. In order to deceive the gullible and the spiritually lazy, these teachers replaced truth with error and taught mysticism and other philosophies that appeal to human nature. The answers to the perplexing questions concerning the demise and disappearance of the early church are only answered in part by the warnings of Jesus and the apostles. Additional answers are found hidden in the prophecy of Zechariah. Matthew, Mark, and John all record Jesus quoting Zechariah’s prophecy, which foretold the scattering of Jesus’ disciples after his death:

“All you shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd and the sheep shall be scattered abroad” (Mt.26:31 KJV). See also Mk.14:27; Jn.16:32.

This is an extremely important prophecy because the rest of the prophecy, which Jesus did not quote, allows us to understand why the apostolic church ceased to function and exist as a powerful entity:

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd [Jesus], and against the man that is my fellow, says the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep [the disciples] shall be scattered: and I will turn my hand upon [against] the little ones [the Father’s elect children] (Zech.13:7 KJV).

The ‘little ones’ mentioned here are the Father’s elect, which are noted in many scriptures as being ‘little ones” (See Mt.8:12, 18:3-10, 19:13-14; Mk.9:42). Why would the Lord of hosts turn against the ‘little ones’? And why did Jesus omit this portion of the prophecy? We see that the Jewish people were and still are blinded from the truths, this is due to the Lord trying to make them jealous, of the new covenant, but all will be revealed to them in the Latter Days. For this reason many of the doctrines, were changed due to them, as well as others, coming into the church, as well as the deceiver himself using people with prideful hearts and not a love for their brethren, in which those that lack the Holy Spirit, are allowed to teach in churches of today.

The reason for the rejection of the ‘little ones’ is that they would reject the “Faith Once Delivered” and cease to be zealous students and stewards of truth. The reason that Jesus did not quote the rest of Zechariah’s prophecy, is because it was a different prophecy, which would be fulfilled at a different time. Zechariah’s prophecy begins its fulfillment during the apostolic church age and will continue until shortly before Christ’s return. Along with the demise and disappearance of the early church and its central governing structure, its educational system is also fractured and splintered into the haphazard system we see today. During the centuries that followed the early churches’ demise, individuals and congregations were influenced by many counterfeits of the Father’s truth and way of truth. Moreover, much of what is taught as truth today is false and was not taught or practiced by the early church.

What happened to one of our first commandments by Jesus:

Mt.28:19-20: 

  19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

One of the aspects and beliefs of the pseudo-Christianity that is pervasive within congregations of the Father’s children is that disciples and stewards are people that have been baptized, received the Holy Spirit, financially support the church, and assemble with others of like mind, fellowship with them, and listen to sermons. One individual aptly sums up the basic philosophy taught within many congregations of the Father’s children during this age in the following four words: pray, pay, stay, and obey. Although many see nothing wrong with this philosophy, it is not what Christ meant when he said, “Go and enroll students in all the nations.” The biblical definition of what it means to be a student of truth and a steward within the Sovereign Father’s earthly family of king-priests is much more than what has been commonly taught for decades within the various congregations of the Father’s elect. The reason for a lack of the vital knowledge and understanding of the meaning of discipleship and stewardship is that the educational system of the early church has been replaced with that of false Christianity and its concept of discipleship and stewardship. The only way for the true meaning of discipleship and stewardship to be reestablished within the Father’s earthly family is to institute the biblically based educational and organizational system of the early church along with all of the laws that governed this system.

Knowledge and Understanding

  You are not given perfect knowledge and understanding of the Father’s laws, precepts, and principles and the mysteries that are hidden within the Bible at the instant you receive the Holy Spirit. You must be educated in the things of the spirit, and this educational process takes time and effort. This is one of the reasons that the apostle Paul instructed the evangelist Timothy to “Earnestly study to show yourself approved to God a worker unashamed” (2 Tim.2:15 Para.). See also Ro.12:1-2; 1 Thes.4:10-12; 2.Pt.3:13-18. One who is newly adopted into the Father’s family is not expected to immediately know and understand everything contained within the Bible. Moreover, you are not expected to know everything about the Father and our Lord Jesus during this lifetime. However, it is the Father’s will that we grow in spiritual knowledge and understanding in order for us to fulfill the goals He has for us individually and collectively. Did the early church study what is commonly called the New Testament today? The answer is no. They did not have these writings in the format in which we have them today. The early church studied the law and the prophets and the writings set forth prior to the advent of Christ, as well as the writings of the apostles as they were made available to them. See Ac.1:20, 7:42, 15:13-31, 24:14, 28:23-31; 2 Tim.3:13-17.

We must be Reading the Bible Yearly

  You must diligently study the entire Bible if you are to have a depth of knowledge and understanding about the Sovereign Father and our Savior, the Father’s plan of salvation for humanity, what it means to be a student of truth and the way of truth, what it means to be a steward in the Father’s family, and how to gain his approval as a steward in His earthly family. King Solomon, to whom God gave great knowledge and wisdom, gave the following advice to a righteous person: “The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness” (Prov.15:14 KJV). “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things” (Prov.15:28 KJV). “The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seek knowledge” (Prov.18:15 KJV). See also Prov.4:5-7, 16:16; Ps.119:103-105. Solomon’s observations on this subject are worthy of careful consideration because of the current doctrinal chaos and lack of unity within the Father’s family. Solomon also gave the following advice about trusting one’s own intellect in spiritual matters: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Prov.3:5-7 Para.). If we rely on our own intellect to provide knowledge and understanding into the Father’s truth and way of truth and His hidden mysteries, we will fail miserably. The prophet Isaiah recorded this about the great difference between God’s thoughts and ways and ours: “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” (Isa.55:8-9 Para.). This is the reason why we are hopelessly lost without the help of the Holy Spirit, Jn.14:26. Even though we are of the new creation, our thoughts and ways are not always in harmony with our Heavenly Father’s simply because we are still subject to the human perspective and thought process. Our Father’s thoughts are from His perspective; therefore, His thoughts are so far above our own that we cannot begin to comprehend the difference until we begin to think like Him.

How are we to overcome the obstacle of our human perspective and thought process in order to think like the Father, live in harmony with His ways, and fulfill our functions and responsibilities within His earthly family? In order to do this, we must diligently seek to be educated in His thoughts and His ways and practice them to the best of our ability (Heb.5:14). Only then will we begin to know what and how He thinks, the greatness of His plan for us and humanity, and how to become a responsible and profitable steward in His family.

               We need to take Personal Responsibility for our Education                                     

The apostle Peter gave this important instruction to those who are to learn and practice truth and the way of truth: Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Pt.2:1-3 NIV). Just as a mother’s milk gives an infant certain protection from disease and sustains its rapid development during its first few months of life, pure spiritual nourishment helps a child of God grow in God’s truth and way of truth. Moreover, pure spiritual milk not only nourishes and sustains you in the early stages of your spiritual development but also helps you to grow into and maintain spiritual maturity.

Add These Things to Your Daily Walk

  After the apostle Peter’s greeting in his second letter, he said this about things that must be added to one’s spiritual make-up: “Diligently add to your faith virtue; to virtue knowledge; to knowledge temperance; to temperance patience; to patience godliness; to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things are in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pt.1:5-8). You cannot add to what you do not already possess.

  You cannot come to understand the essence of these godly attributes if they are not clearly explained to you. Of all of the causes of doctrinal chaos and lack of unity among the congregations and scattered members of the Father’s earthly family during this age, the single most damaging is the lack of a clearly defined and structured educational system to guide a newly adopted son from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity. A major cause of a dysfunctional educational system within the scattered congregations of the elect is that many who lead the Father’s children are not seeking to improve their spiritual knowledge, add to it, or perfect the basic truths that they currently understand. Because these spiritual leaders hesitate to venture into areas of study that are challenging or uncomfortable and do not attempt to broaden their knowledge of the things of God, most of those they teach and serve also stand still in their spiritual growth. They just hold on to what they have and do not add to or perfect their spiritual knowledge. Going over and over the same basic knowledge that one has already learned does have its advantages. However, if this is all that is taught, it does little to expand one’s knowledge of the Father’s truth and way of truth and limits growth in the grace and the knowledge of the Father and the Son (the humanity of the Father).

  Regardless of whether or not one has the opportunity to be taught by a knowledgeable Holy Spirit-filled teacher within the Father’s earthly family, each person is personally responsible to extend the boundaries of their spiritual education in order to grow in spiritual maturity and to equip themselves to fully carry out their personal responsibilities and functions within the Father’s extended family, Phip.2:12. In many of Paul’s letters, he spoke of the necessity for a person to become educated in the things pertaining to one’s calling. To the Colossians and Philippians he said the following:

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col.1:9-10 KJV).

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ” (Phil.1:8-9 KJV), and Phil.2:12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Notice that all of the godly qualities and knowledge that Peter and Paul mention must be learned, some of which take more effort to learn than others. The only way that a person can follow these instructions of Peter and Paul is to be a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of the Father’s truth and way of truth. Notice also that some of the reasons for being educated in these things are to have the intellectual tools to help you live and perfect a righteous lifestyle and be able to perform good works of the Holy Spirit.

                              Putting God first is the Fundamental Issue

The fundamental issue that each person who is called to salvation during this age must come to grips with is whether or not to perform the Father’s will in their life to the best of their ability and put forth a diligent effort to hold in check the old nature. When all is said and done, the tests and trials of this life are over, and you stand before the Jesus to be judged for what you have done with the opportunity that you were given, the fundamental issue that will determine whether or not you are granted immortal life along with rewards and positions of authority in the Kingdom of God will be how you have performed the Father’s will during your physical life. What does knowing the Father’s will and performing it have to do with discipleship and stewardship? It has everything to do with being a student of truth and a steward of your functions and responsibilities in the Father’s earthly family, because you cannot adequately fulfill either without knowing the Father’s will for your life.

                              The Holy Spirit will show you the Father’s will

Jesus said that he came to do the will of His heavenly Father and to be an example of how to please Him. If you want to know and understand the Father’s will and how to please Him, you must first look to the Father’s teachings through Christ and the apostles:

“All who listen to my instructions and follow them are wise, like a man who builds his house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents, and the floods rise and the storm winds beat against his house, it won’t collapse, for it is built on a rock. But those who hear my instructions and ignore them are foolish, like a man who builds his house on the sand. For when the rains and floods come, and storm winds beat against his house, it will fall with a mighty crash” (Mt.7:24-27 LBP). See also Phil.2:5; 1 Tim.6:17-19; 2 Pt.3:18;                 1 Jn.2:3-6;

“I, of myself can do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father who has sent me” (Jn.5:30 KJV Para.). See also Jn.6:38.

The scriptures clearly show that the Father’s will (i.e., his purpose) for His earthly children is no secret, and it can and must be known and understood if one is to grow toward spiritual maturity. How do you determine and understand the Father’s will well enough to be able to set the correct course throughout your life, and how do you gain the knowledge and understanding to make correct spiritual decisions? Ancient Israel relied on the priests and the prophets to reveal God’s will to them, but during this age, there is no central authority on earth governing and clearly and concisely teaching the Sovereign Father’s truth to his family of king-priests who are scattered throughout the nations. Because of this current situation, you must rely on the written word of God and the guidance from the Holy Spirit to reveal the Father’s will to you. See Jn.14:26.

Be wise as well as Diligent                                     

  The apostle Paul cautioned the Ephesians, “Do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph.5:1-17 Para.). How important is it to know, understand, and do the Father’s will in your life? Knowing, understanding, and doing the Father’s will is important to being a productive and beneficial member and citizen within the Father’s earthly family and holy nation of king-priests. The apostle Paul said to the Ephesians concerning doing the Father’s will, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Eph.4:1 NIV). See also Col.1:9-10; 1 Thes.2:12; 2 Thes.1:11; Rev.3:3-6. To know, understand, and do the Father’s will is vitally important to your salvation; because, if you do not do what you know and understand to be the Father’s will for your life, you are not truly a member of the Father’s family in mind and spirit. Concerning His Father’s will, Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God, that person is my brother, and my sister, and mother” (Mk.3:35 KJV). The following warning of Jesus clearly shows the result of not knowing, understanding, and doing the Father’s will in your life to the best your ability: “Not everyone that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the will of the Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and in your name cast out devils and in your name done many wonderful works? But, I will say to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work lawlessness” (Matt.7:21-23 KJV Para.). See also Ro.12:1-16. To see the proper way to follow the Lord’s will. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Look also to Ro.2:1-39

These are two different types of people who sincerely thought they were living in obedience to God and were worthy of eternal life. However, the path that they chose is actually in opposition to God’s way of life. Although these people have done great works, they have missed the mark and their efforts have been in vain, because they have been practicing lawlessness. They have either never been on the path of righteousness or they have veered off of it and onto a path that has led them away from God. Because it is the Father’s will that we live in harmony with His laws, it should be obvious that to avoid the violation of these laws you must first be educated in what is lawful and what is not. This is one of the reasons the educational system was instituted within the Father’s earthly family and one of the reasons that you must be a perpetual student of truth. Jesus said that only those who do the Father’s will, can be granted entry into his Father’s heavenly realm, family, and kingdom. Therefore, it is essential to know what the Father’s will is and how to perform it in regard to being a student of His truth and a steward of the functions and responsibilities that He has assigned you as a member of His earthly family. You must be doing the Father’s will to the extent of your understanding of His will; otherwise, you are a worker of lawlessness, which is rebellion against His will. Anyone in rebellion against God will have their life terminated in the Lake of Fire. This is the second death from which there is no return. In the end of this age, there will be many of the Father’s children who truly know the Father’s will concerning their lives, but for some reason they will refuse to do what they know they should do. To these unfaithful servants Jesus gives the following warning: “And that servant, who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself, and did not perform according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes” (Lk.12:47 Para.). These are individuals who talk the talk of righteousness, but do not walk the walk of a truly righteous person, who should be interested in learning the truth and the way of truth in order to practice it. When the warnings in Mt.7:21-23 and Lk.6:46; 12:47-48 are viewed in the context of being a student of the Father’s truth and way of truth, your stewardship, your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s family, and the punishment of the seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation, the seriousness of knowing, understanding, and performing the Father’s will to the best of your ability should motivate you to action. See Revelation, chapters 2 and 3.

GOD’S WILL CAN BE KNOWN AND DONE THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT!

  If we do not know the Father’s will, we cannot be expected to do what He wants us to do; therefore, He gives us an understanding of His will. Moreover, it does not take much study into the Bible to know and understand what He wants us to do with our life here on earth. Just as the ancient Israelites could come to know and understand the Creator’s or God’s will through the study of his written word, the Father’s earthly children can also know and understand His will this way. Although the Sovereign Father has intentionally hidden much of His awesome purpose from most people, His will for His earthly children is made known to them if they make a diligent effort to search for it.  The apostle Paul said the following about your ability to know and understand what the Father’s will is for you: “See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, you do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph.5:15-17 Para.) See also Col.1:7-10.

“Therefore, don’t you be conformed to this world: but you are transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you can prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Ro.12:2 KJV Para.). See also Dan.12:4, 10; Eph.1:1-23; 1 Pt.1:12-16;  1 Jn.2:17-29.

Yes. The Father’s will can be known and understood by those whom He has called to salvation, because knowing and understanding His will is a part of one’s calling. Each person whom the Father has called to salvation during this age must know and prove what His will is for their life. Concerning God’s will, King David said, “Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: Your spirit is good; lead me into the land of righteousness” (Ps.143:10 KJV).  David understood that he had to be taught to do God’s will, and that he had to be led by the Creator God–the teacher–in order to know how to be righteous. In order to be mentally equipped to serve and please the Father, you must be a diligent student of His truth and way of truth so that you will know what He expects of you and how to accomplish what is expected. Because knowing and understanding the Father’s will is vitally important to those He calls to salvation, He has provided two easily understood methods through which His children can receive help to gain this knowledge and understanding. These two methods are communicating with Him and studying and meditating on His truth and way of truth that is contained in the Bible, Jn.3:3-8. See Ro.8:1 ffs, on walking in the Spirit!

BUT HE THAT DOES NOT BELIEVE

  Mark records the following much overlooked and misunderstood warning given by Christ along with the instruction to proclaim the Gospel and enroll students in the truth and way of truth: “You go into the entire world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that has faith and is baptized shall be saved; but he that does not believe shall be damned” (Mk.16:15-16 Para). Many view this warning as meant only for those who dismiss the good news message when they hear it. Although there is much truth to this viewpoint, there is a serious warning here for those who initially have faith in the message, accept the opportunity of salvation, receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and then do not follow through with their commitment to the Father. Being a member of the Father’s family and a pupil of Christ is much more than just simple belief. True belief includes a lifetime commitment to fulfilling the functions and responsibilities of your calling. A major part of this commitment is becoming conversant with the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for members of His family and then diligently performing your responsibility as a member of the Father’s earthly family.

BEING A DEDICATED AND RESPONSIBLE STUDENT 

Being a Follower of Christ

  Being a follower of Christ and a student of truth go far beyond a profession of faith, asking forgiveness of your sins, being immersed in water, and receiving the Holy Spirit. These things are just the prerequisites to becoming a follower of Christ and a student of truth as a member of the Father’s earthly family. Being a follower of Christ and a student of truth does not stop at baptism. Receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and being adopted into the Father’s earthly family is only the beginning of a journey through life that will bring you to the point of spiritual perfection and being transformed into an immortal spirit-being in the Father’s Heavenly Kingdom and Family. Beyond the point of adoption into the Father’s family are the ongoing process of spiritual growth and the fulfilling of your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s earthly family. See Ro.12:1-2; 2 Tm.2:15; 2 Pt.3:17-18.

BEING A GOOD AND USEFULL SERVANT

  There seem to be at least three phases of being a student of truth that must operate concurrently throughout one’s physical life.

  • The first phase is the beginning of one’s tenure as a student in which the Father’s foundational laws, precepts, and principles are being learned and put into practice.
  • The second phase is that of an apprentice student whose task is to put into practice and perfect what is being learned through practical application over time.
  • The third phase seems to be that of a student teacher who is still learning, but is able to educate others in what they have learned.

Christ Pleased His Father

  Matthew records that, when Jesus was baptized, a voice from the sky said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mt.3:17) and at the mount of transfiguration, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; you listen to him” (Mt.17:5). The apostle John records the following single most important reason that the Sovereign Father was pleased with his earthly son: While teaching in the temple treasury Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you shall know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him (Jn.8:28-29 KJV). When we understand that in fact they are one in the same, Jn.10:30; 8:24; 12:45; 14:6-9; 20:28; Mt.1:23; Is9:6 the Almighty, refer to Rev. Jesus is Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end the first and the last and forevermore!

Why was the Father pleased with his son? Because The Father was in Jesus and Jesus was in the Father for they are one (Jn.10:30). It was because His son (The flesh of God!) lived in harmony with His laws, precepts, and principles and did the things that were expected of Him as a son (The Son of King David according to the flesh in obedience to God’s designs or will!). Clearly, it is impossible to please the Father unless you live in harmony with His truth and His way of truth and perform the functions and responsibilities that He has called you to perform. However, it is impossible for you to do what He expects if you do not knowing and understanding His laws, precepts, and principles (2 Cor.2:1-16 to have His mind!). This is the reason that one of the functions of the Holy Spirit is that of a teacher of truth (Jn.14:15-18 & 25-26; 16:12-15). It is also the reason why one of the more important functions and responsibilities in the Father’s earthly family is that of a teacher and an instructor in the Father’s truth and way of truth (1 Cor.12:27-31). If we also want the Father to be pleased with us, we must also do the things that please Him. We must not only learn His laws, precepts, and principles but also perfect them in our life and perform the functions and responsibilities of our calling (Mt.5:48). If you are serious about pleasing the Father and moving forward in your spiritual life, you must be a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of the Father’s truth and way of truth. Being a willing, dedicated, and responsible student is much more than just acquiring knowledge for the sake of knowledge alone. Having perception and being aware of the meaning of a fact, an event, or a set of circumstances is something very different from understanding. Academic knowledge of the Bible is important, but understanding the meaning of this knowledge is much more important. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul speaks of individuals who have a form of godliness but are far from being godly. Paul said that these individuals are continually acquiring knowledge but are never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Tm.3:1-*5*-17 *Key words here to look into are: All scripture verse 16!). The point is that knowledge for knowledge’s sake alone is not profitable to one seeking to gain spiritual insight into the Father’s mind-set. In his letter to the elect at Rome, the apostle Paul urged them to present themselves as a living sacrifice acceptable to God, which was for them a logical act of worship, and their reasonable service to our Lord. He also urged them not to copy the lifestyles of their time but to be transformed by the renovation of their mind in order for them to prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God (Ro.12:1-2). The only way that Paul’s instructions to the elect at Rome can be followed is through putting forth the time and effort in thoughtful study of the Father’s truth and way of truth and asking the Father to grant you understanding of His truth in order to serve Him and be the kind of person He wants you to be, in which Christ Jesus is our example, Jn.14:6. We must be part of His vine, Jn.15:1-27, and we cannot do anything apart from Him inside us, doing the works of all righteousness and holiness without which no man will see the kingdom of God, Jn.3:3-7, we must be born-again, with man this is impossible but with God in us all things then become possible in Christ working in us and through us, 1 Cor.3:16-17; 6:14-20;              2 Cor.6:14-18!

                                       GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE

In the apostle Peter’s opening and closing statements of his second letter, he makes the following statement concerning grace and knowledge: “Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Pt.1:2). At the end of this letter, Peter gives the following instruction: “But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. . .” (2 Pt.3:18). There are a number of fundamental concepts in what Peter said in the beginning and ending of his letter that are extremely important to being a dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of truth and the way of truth. In order to gain a partial understanding of why Peter spoke of grace and knowledge in verses 2 and 18 and what it means to our responsibility as a student of truth and the way of truth, we need to examine the meanings of some of the Greek words in Peter’s greeting and His instruction at the end of his letter. The English word ‘grace’ in verses 2 and 18 is translated from the Greek word ‘charis’, which can mean ‘that which affords joy’, ‘pleasure’, ‘delight’, ‘sweetness’, ‘charm’, ‘loveliness’, ‘grace of speech’, ‘good-will’, ‘loving-kindness’, ‘favor’, and ‘what is due to grace’. This word can also mean the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine influence, divine influence upon the heart, the reflection of divine influence in one’s life, and a token or a proof of grace. A key to understanding the meaning of ‘charis’ in verse 2 and 18 is that, in verse 2, ‘charis’ is to be ‘plethuno’ (i.e., multiplied) and in verse 18 ‘charis’ is to be ‘auzano’ (increased). In both verses, ‘charis’ is to be enlarged through knowledge and insight into the Father and Christ. Regardless of the nuance of its usage in the scriptures, all ‘charis’ (all grace) that is bestowed upon us or becomes a part of our character has its origin with our Heavenly Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. See Jn.1:17; 2Jn1:3; Ro.1:7-10; 1 Cor.1:3-4; 1 Tm.1:2; Tit.1:1-4.

The primary purpose for the educational system within the Father’s family is to teach His children His truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct that we must practice in order to acquire the attitude, behavior, and character that He the Son of Man has, Mt.11:25-30. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that Peter would open and close his letter of encouragement and warnings with the instruction to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In a conversation with the Pharisees Jesus said, “You neither know me, nor my Father: if you had known me, you should have also known my Father” (Jn.8:13-19 & 24). And in a conversation with His disciples about His going back to His Heavenly Father and His death and resurrection, Jesus explained to them that, if they would have had an intimate knowledge of Him, they would have known what the Father was like, because He was a reflection of His Father because they are one in the same. See Jn.14:1-11. It is through having an intimate knowledge and understanding of Christ’s attitude, behavior, character, and teachings that we are able to know what the Farther is like, because Christ is a reflection of His Heavenly Father 2 Cor.5:14-21; Col.2:8-12. Therefore, it seems that the apostle Peter used the word charis to indicate the increase of divine influence that should be reflected in our life, Jn.1:12. The increase of a godly attitude, behavior, and character in your life are the result of allowing the Father our Lord and Savior, which is the Holy Spirit to influence your life. It is also evident that, in order to become more like our Father and our Savior, we must cultivate these godly qualities to increase them in our lives. An important point to note is that Peter says grace must be multiplied and increased through the knowledge of the Father and Jesus our Lord (verses 2 and 18). This is important because it reinforces the necessity to be a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student in order to learn and practice the attitude, behavior, and character of the Father and Christ. To have organization and goals set in our lives with priorities set in order to follow Him in Truth and Spirit, Jn.8:23-24!

                                              Have the Mind of Christ

In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul said in reference to their attitude and behavior during their journey through the experience of life, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ” (Phil.2:5; Gal.3:26-27; 4:19 till Christ be formed in you all!). How can you think like Christ if you do not have an intimate knowledge of His life and His teachings? The answer is that you cannot. Foremost in the minds of the apostles was the need for their brothers and sisters in the faith to have spiritual knowledge and a clear understanding of the necessity to become a spiritually mature member of the Father’s family in order for them to fulfill His purpose for calling them to salvation during that age. Almost the totality of the writings of the apostles are centered around encouraging and urging their brothers and sisters in the faith to become educated in the things that will help them conform to and practice a holy lifestyle while developing a godly attitude, behavior, and character though acquiring godly knowledge and understanding. In holiness and in righteousness in trying to be as the Father is perfect, we should maintain the highest standards of professing a perfect relationship with our Lord and Savior, so that we may not lose our witness to proclaim the good news of the salvation which is in Jesus Christ, and that He is still on the thrown of Glory, and in control of all things. Mt.5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Through love for the brethren and all of God’s children heathen and elect both for God causeth the sun to shine on both and for the rain to fall on all as well the good as well as the bad, we are not to be a respecter of persons and Judge not least ye be judged! He alone will judge His own servants which we all are even those who have not received Him as their personal saviour He will set that straight when He comes, we are to lead His sheep to Him, but they must follow, Mt.7:7-8; 6:33; 7;12-23-, build your foundation on Christ Jesus, 24-29!

Spiritual Growth through Education

  Over the centuries, the many tools that the Father has provided to facilitate spiritual growth within His family have mostly fallen into disuse by the majority of His elect. There are over twenty-one separate authorizations and responsibilities given through the Holy Spirit by God the Father and administered to His earthly children through Jesus Christ for the edification of the Father’s family and the performance of its work. See R0.12:1-21;           1 Cor.12:1-31; Eph.4:1-32. A lack of a true understanding of what it means to be a student of truth and a steward within the Father’s earthly family has made it virtually impossible for the gifts of the spirit to be accessed or used in a major way within the Father’s family, Jn.14:12-18, Keep His commandments and He will; confirm His word in you. This lack of understanding has resulted in doctrinal chaos, the lack of unity, and the general lack of spiritual power that exists among the congregations and scattered members of the Father’s family during this age. In order to eliminate this doctrinal chaos, lack of unity, and lack of spiritual power, each member of the Father’s family must truly come to understand their responsibility to be a student of truth and a steward of their function and responsibility within the Father’s family. There is no excuse for one whom the Father has called to salvation to not fulfill their obligation and opportunity to become educated in the discipline of holiness, successfully live a righteous lifestyle, and to obtain immortality. The apostle Peter says the following to all who have been called to salvation: “Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the favor that is brought to you by the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, do not pattern yourselves after the ignorance of your former desires. But as he who has called you is holy, so you be holy in all manner of behavior; Because it is written, You be holy; because I am holy” (1 Pt.1:13-16 Para.). See Commandments all, without holiness and righteousness we cannot be His children and we serve another master, who is deceing many now!

THE ENABLING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

  The instruction is clear. Those who are members of the Father’s family must be holy as he is holy. The only way you can be holy as he is holy and practice a holy lifestyle is to first know and understand what it means to be holy. In order to acquire this spiritual knowledge and understanding, you must be a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of the Father’s truth and way of truth. In this age, there are many books one can use in order to gain an academic knowledge of what is written in the Bible. However, understanding the meaning of what is written in the Bible for the Father’s children can only be acquired through the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the exercise of Grace in the teaching function of Faith in the Holy Spirit. One of the gifts of the Spirit that each person is provided at the moment they receive the Father’s Holy Spirit is a sound mind: “God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tm.1:7 KJV). A person with a sound mind is able to learn and understand the things that are being taught to them through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Father would not have called you to salvation if He had not had confidence that you would be able to succeed when given the tools for success. Each person who receives the Holy Spirit also receives the tools with which to be successful. Therefore, success is assured if these tools are used for their intended purpose.

                                      THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

A short review of Jesus’ and the apostles’ teachings show that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is capable of imparting knowledge, discernment, wisdom, and understanding to the Father’s elect children. However, if you rarely study and meditate on God’s word or rarely communicate with the Father through prayer and fasting as in subjecting the flesh to Him our God in submission, then He will add fruits of the Spirit, these attributes that are necessary to fulfill your calling cannot be acquired and their benefits cannot be realized, without disciplined discipleship. Before his death and resurrection, Jesus told his closest students and companions these things about the Spirit of truth that would come to teach them: “But when the Father sends the Comforter instead of Me–and by the Comforter I mean the Holy Spirit–He [it] will teach you much, as well as remind you of everything I myself have told you” (Jn.14:26 LBP). “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when the Spirit of truth, is come, it will guide you into all truth: for it shall not speak of Itself; but whatever It shall hear, that shall It speak;” (Jn.16:12-13 KJV Para.). See also 1.Cor.2:11-16 if you have been born-again in the baptism of the Spirit as well as in water in His name, Ac.2:38-39, 1 Pt.1:12; Ac.2:1-4 Evidences of the indwelling of Him in us is His tongue given by the utterances of the Holy Spirit.

Why would Christ’s followers need to be taught something more than what He taught them while He was with them? The answer is that they needed to know and understand more in order to have the knowledge and understanding to be able to perfect a godly attitude, behavior, and character, and to have the spiritual resources to be able to fulfill their calling and purpose for existence, He had to install a Godly heart in them full of love for His children, so that none should be lost. The importance of being taught the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct, and the practice of these things within His family should be self-evident. Without being instructed in these things and gaining insight into the attitude, behavior, and character of our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus, no progress can be made toward the goal of spiritual perfection and maturity. Moreover, these things must be learned and internalized in order for the truth, the way of truth, our Heavenly Father, and our Savior to be represented correctly in our lives and to other people. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and reminder of the things He taught as Christ while He was here on earth, as well as the things He taught as God the Father. 2 Cor.5:18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

As the teaching function of the Holy Spirit is accessed and exercised, it conveys knowledge and understanding of the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and the attitude, behavior, and characteristics that He and His first-born son have as a part of His being. Paul also confirms that the Father’s Holy Spirit has the power to transfer spiritual knowledge to his earthly children: “It has been written, ‘Eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,’ nor has it risen up in the heart of man, ‘the things which God has prepared for those that love Him. But God revealed them to us by His Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the things of a man, except the Spirit of man within him? So also no one has known the things of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Cor.2:9-11 Para.). Notice that this transfer of knowledge and understanding is possible because each of the elect has been given the Father’s Holy Spirit and the essence of Christ’s mind as a part of their mental make-up. Now we have not received the Spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; so that we can know the things that are freely given to us from God. Which things we also speak, that are not the words that man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. However, the natural man does not receive the things of God’s Spirit; because, to the natural man they are foolishness. Neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual can discerns all things, yet he himself cannot be understood by the natural man. Moreover, who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor.2:12-16 Para.). Clearly, the Father and Christ speak to us through the Bible and the Holy Spirit that resides within us; therefore, we should diligently study the Bible and ask for spiritual enlightenment so that we can know and understand the Father’s will in order to do what pleases him. It should be the goal of each individual to become conversant in the truth and way of truth in order to understand the deep meanings of the mysteries of God, to have a strong spiritual foundation, to know and understand our functions and responsibilities within the Father’s family, and to be able to explain our hope of salvation to others. Why? Because this is what we are instructed to do as a member of the Father’s family in order to fulfill the purpose of our calling.

                                                          Spiritual Growth

Although each newly converted person becomes Christ’s pupil at baptism, the process of being taught spiritual laws, concepts, and principles cannot begin in earnest until you have surrendered every aspect of your life to the Father and understand that you have been called to participate whole-heartedly as an integral part of His family. Moreover, if you refuse to advance as a student of truth, you become unfruitful and can become an impediment to the progress of other family members, Mt.12:30; Lk.11:23. A child of God cannot remain static in their spiritual growth for very long. You either go forward toward spiritual maturity and the fulfillment of the functions and responsibilities for which you are called during this age or you regress toward your old behavior. See Jesus’ admonition to the Ephesians and Laodicean’s in Revelation 2:5-7 and 3:15-22.

                               Prerequisites for Knowledge and Understanding

The following are some of the prerequisites for the acquisition of spiritual knowledge and understanding that the scriptures clearly show as necessary:

  • You must be seeking to know and understand the Father’s will for your life.
  • You must ask for knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
  • You must study the Father’s truth and way of truth.
  • You must be in obedience to the Father and His way of life.

If you fail to do these things, you will not gain spiritual knowledge and understanding. Other things that can cause a lack of knowledge and understanding are quenching the power of the Holy Spirit, rebelling against God, or allowing something or someone to take priority in your life above your commitment to the Father. Paul exhorted the Thessalonians to do the things that would promote spiritual growth and warned them not to restrain or suppress the power of the Holy Spirit in their life. See 1 Thes.4:1-12; Lk.19:12-27; Lk.17:7-10: “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. . .” (1 Thes.5:17-19 KJV). If you become lazy and refuse to put forth the effort to pray, show gratitude to the Father, study, meditate, and yield your life to the Father, the power of the Holy Spirit becomes weak and useless within you. When this happens, you are in danger of losing the power of the Spirit in your life. If this is not corrected, it will result in eternal death. However, when you exercise the Holy Spirit in a positive manner, you can grow spiritually and become a productive member in the Father’s family, Heb.10:35-39.

                                                A Beginning and Progress

Unless you become the best student of the truth and the way of truth that you can be, there is little likelihood that you will make much progress in the knowledge and understanding of things of the Spirit or fulfill the functions and responsibilities for which you were called to perform as a member of the Father’s family.

THE PROCESS

  It is a given that those who proclaim the Father’s good news message as evangelists, must clearly know and understand what they are talking about. It is also a given that those who occupy an official function or responsibility of service to their brothers and sisters within the Father’s family must be well versed and practiced in the Father’s truth and way of truth before being allowed to fulfill an official position of service. See 1 Tm.3:1-13. But, where do these individuals obtain the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom necessary to fulfill their functions and responsibilities within the church? These individuals learn these things through the process of being willing, dedicated, and teachable students of truth. The simple truth is that no one can learn the Father’s will for their life or become conversant with his laws, precepts, and principles by osmosis. You cannot do what you are not equipped to do! If you desire to please the Father with your life and become a beneficial member of His family, you must put forth the time and effort to be a dedicated and responsible student of His truth and way of truth.

                                                          COMMITMENT

To those who are truly serious about their calling, Jesus leaves no doubt as to the type of commitment that must be made in order to truly follow His teachings as a student of truth:

“Anyone who comes to Me must love Me more than he does his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, or sisters, and yes, even more than his own life, otherwise he cannot be my pupil [Greek: disciple]. And no one can be my pupil who does not bear his own cross and follow me. . . whoever of you that will not forsake everything he has, cannot be my pupil” (Lk.14:26-27,33 Para.).

                                              Seek the Kingdom of God First

 “Don’t be anxious, saying, what shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, how will we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek 🙂 for your heavenly Father knows that you need all of these things. But seek you first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be supplied to you. Don’t be anxious about tomorrow; because, tomorrow will take care of itself. . . “(Mt.6:31-34 KJV Para.). Those who are serious about their calling should not be overly concerned with the things of this life; they should be concerned about the things that will last forever. The apostle Paul told Timothy that anyone who is serious about doing a work for the Father cannot become overly involved with the cares of this physical life; therefore, you must be single-minded in your service to the Father. True discipleship and stewardship requires a total commitment to the Sovereign Father, Jesus Christ, and your calling: “No one serving as a solider gets entangled with the affairs of this life, so that he can please the one whom he serves and those who compete in athletic events must follow the rules or they will be disqualified and not win the prize” (2 Tm.2: 4-5 Para.).

Summary

   Every one of the Father’s children is a disciple (i.e., a student) of His truth and way of truth and Life, Jn.14:6; it takes all scripture to come to know Him and be in Him and He in you!    2 Tm.3:16-17. Some are in the beginning phases of their spiritual education, some are more advanced students, and some have advanced enough in their spiritual growth and maturity to become teachers of God’s truth while continuing their responsibility as a student. Regardless of what level of spiritual maturity you have attained or what function or responsibility you perform as a member of the Father’s family, you are to remain a student of the truth and the way of truth throughout your life. Being a perpetual student of the Father’s truth and way of truth is a lifestyle with a purpose. It is an active participation in a process of growing in favor with the Father, learning His truth and way of truth and applying what is learned in your daily life. Discipleship is a dynamic activity; it is not static. As true disciples with whom the Father has placed tremendous spiritual resources, we should be willing to learn and grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Moreover, a disciple should trust in their ability to successfully overcome the obstacles of this present life (our Flesh) and become an immortal spirit-being in the Father’s heavenly kingdom.

STUDENTS OF TRUTH

  In chapters, four, five, and six of Paul’s letter to the elect at Ephesus, he speaks of the Father’s collective earthly family and how it should work together to accomplish the purpose for its existence. Paul also explains that the Father’s elect should not think and behave like people without God’s Spirit. Moreover, he says that the elect should set aside the attitudes and behaviors of their past life that were in opposition to righteousness; instead, they should think and behave in a godly manner. See also Col.3:1-25, 4:1-6. It is the transforming of your former thought process, attitude, and behavior into that which is godly that most of the commentary and instruction in the New Testament deals with. This process of transformation cannot be ignored if you desire to enter into the Father’s heavenly kingdom as an immortal spirit-being. This process as shown throughout the Bible involves being both a student and steward of the Father’s truth and way of truth within His earthly family of king-priests. If you are truly serious about your salvation and being a viable productive member of the Father’s earthly family, being educated in the Father’s truth and way of truth and performing your role as a steward in His family are vital to your spiritual success.

Although this study explains the meaning of discipleship and stewardship and the importance of fulfilling these responsibilities within the Father’s family, the following questions need to be answered in order to fulfill these responsibilities:

  • How do you become educated in the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for his family?
  • What are the first subjects that you should study and apply in your life?
  • How do you fulfill your personal obligation as a steward within the Father’s family?

                                     PERSONAL COMMITMENTS and GOALS

Setting goals to become educated in the Father’s truth and to become a productive steward in His family are obviously necessary if you are to progress spiritually. However, setting goals and accomplishing them are two very different things. It should also be obvious that, in order to make any progress toward accomplishing these goals, you must have an action plan. Without an action plan, little or no progress will be made toward accomplishing your goals. The following are some suggestions as to how to produce a personal action plan for spiritual success.

1. Let the Father know through prayer (and fasting if you feel the need) that you are serious about knowing and understanding His will for your life, growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior,  His truth, and His way of truth, and serving Him to the best of your ability. Ask the Father to provide you with spiritual knowledge, understanding, discernment, and gifts of the Spirit that are necessary for you to fulfill His purpose for your life. Will the Father hear and answer this type of commitment and request? Absolutely, he will. While speaking to a multitude of people, Jesus said the following about the Father’s willingness to give good things to his children: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Mt.7:7-11 KJV). See also Jn.14:14, 15:7-8; Heb.3:1-16; 4:16; Jms.3:16-18; Phil.2:12-16. In this example, Jesus reveals a major key that will help unlock the great truths to be found in the Bible. A person must not only desire to have spiritual knowledge and understanding but also go to the Father and ask to be given this knowledge and understanding, and then diligently seek it by making a sincere effort to study and meditate on his words: “Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled” (Mt.5:6 Para.). See also Ps.119:33-40; Jer.10:23-24; Mal.3:16-18.

The Father is more than willing to give knowledge and understanding of the things that will benefit those he has called to salvation. It is His desire to give us the spiritual nourishment that is necessary for spiritual growth. See 1 Pt.2:2-5.

2. Define your goals. What is the ultimate goal that the Father has for each individual He calls during this age of salvation? The Father’s goal is for each individual He calls to become a member of His heavenly family and kingdom as an immortal spirit-being. Therefore, your primary goal should be the same (See 1 Cor.15:35-58; Rv.21:5-7). All other goals are merely an extension of this primary goal and should serve to accomplish it.

PLANNING FOR SUCCESS

3. Develop a personal action plan for success and then put this plan into action. The following are three important reasons that you must develop a personal action plan for success:

  • It is evident that during this age, no central authority exists on earth governing the Sovereign Father’s family of king-priests scattered throughout the nations or teaching them His truth and way of truth clearly and concisely.
  • There are many who teach within the congregations of the elect who are unqualified to teach truth for one reason or another. See Mt.7:15-16, 24:11-14, 24-25, and 35; Ac.17:11; 2 Pt.2:1-3; 1Jn.4:1.
  • Each individual the Father calls to salvation is totally responsible for their own spiritual success or failure. See Phil.2:12-16; Eph.4:21-24; Ro.12:1-2, 14:10-12;           2 Cor.5:10.

THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL

  The Bible is the instruction manual for those who have been called to salvation and it contains all of the knowledge and understanding necessary in order for you to grow spiritually and succeed in the performance of your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s earthly family. Therefore, before providing some tips on how to develop a personal plan for spiritual success, there are some important issues and concepts that need to be clarified concerning the Bible and its study.

Bible Contradictions

The first thing to firmly fix in your mind prior to studying the Bible is that God’s written word is truth and there are no contradictions in what he has caused to be written.

Jesus said of God’s word, “Your word is truth” (Jn.17:17) and “The scripture cannot be broken” (Jn.10:35). God inspired the Bible to be written and it is impossible for God to lie (Heb.6:18; Tit.1:2); therefore, God’s word will always be true (Ro.3:4).

The problem with seemingly contradictory scriptures is never with what God has inspired to be written; it is always with people’s perspective or understanding of what has been written or with how it has been translated or interpreted from the original writing.

Consider this for a moment: If God is a God of truth who cannot lie and He has said that He inspired and instructed His prophets, servants, and apostles to record all that is His sacred word; there cannot be any errors, lies, or contradictions in his originally inspired written word.

Solving Contradictions

  Seemingly unsolvable scriptural contradictions are normally the product of one or more of the following:

  • An error in translation from the original language.
  • An error in the interpretation of the original language.
  • Insufficient research on the subject.
  • Translated from an erroneous or incomplete copy of the original text.

Because the above conditions may exist, doctrine should never be established by using vague or difficult to understand scriptures. All major teachings of the Bible, such as those concerning God and His plan of salvation, should be expounded with clear concise statements that prove their validity to anyone whom God is calling to salvation.

Textual Errors

  A major error that should be avoided when studying the Bible and related documents is the belief that the more ancient a manuscript or a document is, the more accurate it is. This is a very dangerous assumption to make. Just because a document is ancient, does not make it accurate. The test of accuracy is the test of truth and the continuity of truth. If an ancient writing does not conform to proven Biblical truth and departs from the overall theme and continuity of the Bible, it should not be used to establish doctrine.

Because no original writings of the scriptures are available and centuries have passed since their writing, all modern translations and interpretations of the original text contain some error due to one or more of the following:

  • Additions or omissions due to private interpretation
  • Justification by translators for false teaching
  • Lack of attention to detail
  • Lack of the correct linguistic information
  • Poor scholarship

Truth Will Endure

  God has promised that His truth will never be lost. Although there may be copy errors or translation errors of the original writings, the truth and the will of God can still be found and understood by those to whom He chooses to reveal it. See Jer.33:3; Lk.11:9-13; Jn.14:26; 16:12-13; 1 Cor.2:9-16.

The Bible Interprets Itself

  Trying to justify preconceived ideas and beliefs are a major obstacle to gaining a correct understanding of any biblical subject. The proper approach to understanding the Bible should be an open-minded, unbiased attempt to understand what is truly written and not what a person thinks is written. However, this is very difficult to do because of the vast amount of false teaching about God and the Bible today. Because of the way the Bible has been written, it will literally interpret itself if you are willing to collect all of the relevant facts and references and let the Holy Spirit guide your mind into truth. Defending the Bible is like trying to defend a1200 pound Grizzly bear, you don’t; you just turn it loose, and let it defend its self.

Precept upon Precept

  Those who think that the Bible sometimes contradicts itself have failed to understand that the Bible is a complex book, which must be studied as a whole if its mysteries are to be understood. One of the most fascinating and inspiring aspects of the Bible’s construction is the way various subjects are interwoven throughout its pages. Because of this, it is sometimes necessary to collect all of the references to a subject before you can begin to understand what is being taught:

“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Isa.28:10 KJV). See also Isa.28:9-13.

                                                      Continuity of Truth

There is a continuity of truth throughout the entire Bible which is very helpful in separating truth from error. Each specific teaching or doctrine of the Bible will conform to the overall theme and purpose of the entire Bible. If any teaching or doctrine is found to be in conflict with another, one or both of the teachings may be based upon false assumptions or incorrectly understood scriptures.

Acquiring Knowledge and Understanding

Many feel that a person must be highly educated or very intelligent to understand the Bible, but this is not true. All those whom the Father calls to salvation can understand what He has caused to be written for their inspiration, correction, and edification. Because the Father wants His children to succeed in their calling and to perform His will in their lives, He has provided a way for them to learn and understand His truth. Among the many promises Jesus makes to those who believe in Him, is that He will send the Holy Spirit as a teacher to guide them into truth. See Jn.14:26; 16:12-13. One way that the Holy Spirit carries out teaching and guiding is through the written word of God. The acquisition of truth, spiritual knowledge, and understanding with the help of the Holy Spirit requires effort on the part of the one being called to study the Bible and related information.

                                             Whom Shall God Teach?

“Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts” (Isa.28:9).

Just as there is a physical growth process from infancy to adulthood, there is a spiritual growth process in the acquisition of spiritual knowledge and understanding. The more you learn and the more you practice what you have learned, the more spiritually mature you become and the more spiritual knowledge and understanding God can reveal to you. See Isa.66:1-2.

STUDY FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

  If you only study the Bible for information, very little understanding that is profitable for spiritual growth will be gained. However, your studies will become spiritually profitable if you study the Bible in order to do the following things:

  • To understand the Father’s plan for humanity
  • To know the Father’s will in your life
  • To learn what the Father’s expects of you
  • To grow toward spiritual maturity
  • To serve the Father and His children
  • To understand how to fulfill your particular calling

If you study the Bible for these reasons, the Father will honor your request for Him to reveal the mysteries of the Bible that will benefit you and others with whom you come into contact.

Prerequisites and Requirements

  The Bible itself reveals the prerequisites and requirements that are necessary to be successful in its study. The following are some of the major things that you must do in order to acquire more knowledge and a deeper understanding of God the Father in Jesus Christ, and His awesome plan for humanity: Ask the Father for spiritual knowledge and understanding.  Have a serious desire to understand the things of God and study with an open mind.

  • Make what is learned a part of your life.
  • Meditate on God’s law in order to improve spiritual understanding.
  • Remember and practice the things which are already understood to be the truth of God.
  • Remove obstacles to learning by putting away improper attitudes and behavior.
  • Study to grow spiritually, to serve others, and to fulfill your calling.

Remove Obstacles to Learning

  The Apostle Peter lists some of the things that hamper spiritual growth which should be replaced with a desire to understand God’s truth and way of truth:

“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking, as newborn babies, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Pt.2:1-2 Para.).

In order to gain understanding into the more difficult things of God, you must be practicing the basic truths of God in your life: “But whoever keeps his [God’s] word, in him truly is the love of God perfected . . .” (1 Jn.2:5 KJV).

Meditate on God’s Word

“Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law does he meditate day and night” (Ps.1:1-2 KJV). See also Ps.119:115-148;                    1 Tm.4:12-16.

There are tremendous blessings for those who perform the will of God in their life. The person who is being blessed loves God and His law (i.e., God’s way of life) and is constantly thinking about both.

Prove all Things

“Test all things; and hold fast that which is good” (1 Thes.5:21 Para.). See also Ro.12:2.

This statement is in the context of a person doing the Father’s will in their life. Paul refers to the testing or examining of what you are doing in your life and comparing it against the righteous standards of behavior that the Father has established. Notice that Paul says to, “Hold fast that which is good”. You can only know what is good if you understand the word of God. Therefore, you must study the Bible in order to fulfill Paul’s instruction. The kind of true enduring belief that the Father desires for His children to have is based in the knowledge and understanding of Him and His ways. The only place this kind of knowledge and understanding is available is in the Bible. The Bible was written to be understood; it is not a book of theory, philosophy, or meaningless stories; it is a logical factual presentation of the things that God wants His children to know, understand, and practice.

                                                     PLAN FOR SUCCESS

An action plan containing goals for spiritual success is a valuable tool that can help you maintain focus on your goals to grow in the Father’s truth and to perform your stewardship within His family. The following are some tips on how to develop a personal plan for spiritual success, some important subjects to make a part of your study plan, and some important attitudes and behaviors to cultivate as you learn and practice the Father’s truth and way of truth:

  1. Write your plan in a binder or hard bound book in order to more easily store, access, review, and edit it.
  2. Make a list of topics categories, and sub-topics to study and things to accomplish, such as attitudes and behaviors that need to be cultivated and become a part of your character and unrighteous attitudes and behaviors that need to be discarded. The items in this list should be clearly defined and simply stated.
  3. Leave enough space under each item in your list or place each item on a separate piece of paper in order for you to keep your notes and comments close to each item.
  4. Prioritize your list and check off items as you complete them.
  5. Make your action plan a flexible tool that you can modify periodically to fit your needs.
  6. Review your plan often in order to check your progress and add or edit items to maintain focus on your goals.

CREATING YOUR STUDY PLAN

  Regardless of how you structure your action plan for learning and understanding the Father’s truth and will for your life, a high priority should be given to reading the entire Bible from cover to cover at least once, every year!

There are many translations of the Bible and each has its own particular strengths and weaknesses. Some help clarify difficult scriptures and concepts, while others do the opposite–they introduce heretical teachings. Because there is no totally accurate translation of the original text, the admonition of Paul to Timothy becomes very important to those who are serious about building a strong spiritual foundation based upon the word of God:

 “Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tm.2:15).

                                                  No Original Text Available

When reading the Bible, it is important to remember that there are no original copies of the various writings which comprise the Bible available for use by Bible scholars or the general public. Therefore, it is impossible to confirm or deny what was originally written with physical evidence. What we have today are copies of the originals and translations of these copies.

The King James Version

  The King James Authorized Version of the Old and the New Testaments, written in early modern English in 1611, was translated from the Masoretic text and the Received text. From the historical evidence and the continuity of truth that is revealed through both the Masoretic text and the Received text, it appears that both of these are reference works through which God is conveying His truth and His will today. Because of the King James Versions’ archaic language, it is helpful to have some modern translations along with Greek and Hebrew dictionaries in order to help clarify difficult passages. The New International Version and the Living Bible can sometimes be helpful in translating concepts that are difficult to understand because of the language of the King James Version. You may also find it helpful to purchase a narrated version of the Bible to listen to while reading, while traveling, or while being unoccupied with other endeavors.

                                                   Topical Studies

Many people take one scripture (sometimes out of context) and build an entire teaching around it. However, the Prophet Isaiah tells us that God’s truth is scattered throughout His written word (Isa.28:9-13) and that these truths, concepts, and principles are built one on the other. Therefore, it seems logical that you must perform a search of the entire Bible in order to gain a thorough understanding of a subject. Personally, I have found that topical studies are the best way to understand the teachings contained in the Bible.

GOD’S LAW

  A short review of the first five books of the Bible, clearly reveal that God is a God of law. The agreement with the twelve tribes of national Israel contains 613 to 759 plus statutes, judgments, and commandments, depending on who is doing the counting. The special agreement that the Sovereign Father has with His earthly family of king-priests also contains laws and instructions that govern their relationship with Him, their relationship with brothers and sisters in His holy family, and with other people. A study of the law with the goal of understanding both the letter and the spirit of the law will give insight into the minds of the Sovereign Father and our Savior, His character, attitude, and behavior. Moreover, these laws reveal how one who is attempting to live a holy lifestyle should think and behave.

Love Toward God

  The first laws given to national Israel were the Ten Commandments. Matthew and Mark both record that Christ said the whole law was held together by just two commandments– love for God and love for neighbor: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is similar to it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Mt.22:37- 40 KJV). See also Mk.12:28-34. If you truly have love and respect for your heavenly Father, you will want to please Him with your life by following Jesus’ example of a righteous life. The Father said of Christ at his baptism, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mt.3:17). The scriptures show us that love and respect for the Father are expressed through one’s attitude and behavior toward Him and obedience and respect for the law He has set in place to govern the lives of His children. Regarding His behavior toward the Father, Jesus said, “For I do always those things that please Him” (Jn.8:29). Concerning the expression of godly love, the apostle John said, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. His commandments are not grievous.” (1 Jn.5:2-3) All of God’s law for mankind hinge on the two basic themes of love for God and love for neighbor, but there are many overlapping concepts and principles contained within this body of law which explain and expound upon these two basic themes.

ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS

  The scriptures instruct the Father’s children to subdue and keep in check their old nature which is in opposition to the holy nature imparted through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. See Ro.6:6-12; Eph.4:21-24: Col.3:9-10. The apostles Peter and Paul list a number of righteous attitudes and behaviors that need to be cultivated and become a part of your character and a number unrighteous attitudes and behaviors that need to be discarded. Many of these attitudes and behaviors are noted in the following scriptures and are worthy of careful study: 1 Pt.2:1; Ro.13:11-14; 1 Cor.13:11; Eph.4:21-32; Col.3:3-15. Cultivate charity, forgiveness, honesty, humility, kindness, longsuffering, meekness, mercy, peace, tenderheartedness, and truthfulness. Discard anger, bitterness, blasphemy, drunkenness, envy, evil desires, extortion, filthy speech, fornication, guile, hypocrisy, idolatry, inordinate affection, lying, malice, rioting, theft, uncleanness, and wrath. Added to the list of attitudes and behaviors to be discarded are things that are clearly in opposition to a righteous lifestyle, such as some personal associations, habits, hobbies, as well as religious holidays, festivals, and celebrations that belong to this world’s religions. See 1 Pt.1:15-16; Deut.12:30-32; Jer.10:1-15.

LEARN TO HAVE RULES OF CONDUCT

  Although, it is important to become conversant with all aspects of the Father’s truth, there are some basic rules of conduct that apply within His family which need to be clearly understood and practiced if you are to grow spiritually and become a viable and beneficial member of His family. These rules of conduct and the philosophy behind them are set forth in the Bible as the standards of acceptable and unacceptable attitudes and behaviors for all members of the Father’s family. All of these rules are clearly spelled out in many scriptures and should be among the first things you learn and make a part of your lifestyle as a member of the Father’s earthly family. Without knowing and understanding these rules of conduct, it is virtually impossible to be a good steward of the functions and responsibilities that you have been called to perform. Moreover, these rules also reveal how to express love (i.e., an outgoing concern) for family members and produce peace and harmony within the family. The apostle John said the following about walking in truth (i.e., following the Father’s rules for your life) and the rule to love one another within the family: “I rejoiced greatly that I found of your children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. And now I beseech you, lady (The Church), not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, that, as you have heard from the beginning; you should walk in it… Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another” (2 Jn.4-6 KJV). See also Gal.5:13-14;                    1 Pt.1:22, 2:17; Jms.2:8; 1 Jn.3:13-16, 4:20-21. Although some of the rules of conduct are clearly intended to be applied to individuals occupying positions of service within the family or are gender specific, most apply in principle to all family members regardless of position of service or gender. The following are some of these rules of conduct with which each member should be conversant and practice as a part of their stewardship within the family:

General Rules:

  • Attitude and behavior toward doctrinally deceptive individuals (1 Jn.2:4-11)
  • Commandment keeping (1 Jn.5:1-3)
  • Compassion (1 Pt.3:8; 1 Jn.3:17-18)
  • Forbearance and forgiveness (Mt.5:23-24; Lk.17:3-4; Eph.4:32; Col.3:13)
  • Honor/Respect/Value other people: (Eph.6:2; 1 Tm.5:3; 1 Pt.2:17, 3:7)
  • Love for each family member (Ro.12:9-10; 1 Pt.4:7-8; 1 Jn.4:21)
  • Patience (Eph:4:2)
  • Reconciliation (Mt.5:21-24)

Older Men:

  Be circumspect, be honorable, have self control, be incorruptible in the faith, be benevolent, and be consistent (Titus 2:2).

Young Men:

  Be sound minded, be a model of virtuous works reflecting righteousness, have integrity, be dignified, and have speech that cannot be condemned (Tit. 2:6-7).

                                                     Older Women:

Be circumspect, be honorable, have self control, be incorruptible in the faith, be benevolent, be consistent, have holy behavior, shun evil behavior, drink wine in moderation, and be a teacher of that which is righteous (Tit. 2:3-4).

                                      Servants (voluntary or indentured)

Be subordinate and obedient to your master, make an effort to please one’s master, do not be argumentative, and be an example of your Saviors instructions (Tit. 2:9-10; Col.3:22).

Husband and Wife Relationships:

  • Sexual relations (1 Cor.7:3-5)
  • Unconverted spouse (1 Cor.7:12-16 )
  • Submission, love, and honor (Eph.5:22-25; Col.3:18-19; 1 Pt.3:1-7)
  • Divorce (Mt.5:32, 19:9; Lk.16:18)

Young Married Women:

  Be discreet, be morally beyond reproach, be maternal, be affectionate and subordinate to one’s husband, and be modest in dress and appearance (Tit. 2:4-5; 1 Pt.3:1-3).

YOU’RE SPEECH:

  • Do not attack another person’s character (Tit.3:2).
  • Avoid absurd questions about genealogies, as well as arguments and controversy about God’s law (Tit.3:9).
  • Shun profane babbling (2 Tm.2:16).
  • Do not utter foul speech (Eph.4:29,30; 1 Pt.3:10).

Official Capacity:

  The following scriptures contain a number of rules that apply to those who serve within the family in an official capacity. See 1.Cor.4:1-2; 1 Tm.3:1-11, 5:1-3; 2 Tm.2:24-25; 1 Pt.5:1-7; Tit.1:5-10.

Judicial System:

  The Judicial system for resolving personal and collective problems within the Father’s earthly family is clearly set forth in Matthew, chapter 18 and should be studied and understood. In this chapter, Christ sets forth a step-by-step procedure that each member should follow in order to resolve problems within the collective church. The following is a short list of judicial rules of conduct and instructions concerning how to deal with specific situations within the Father’s family:

  • Accusation, rebuke, and sanction of an elder (1  Tm.5:19-21)
  • Conflict resolution (1 Cor.6:1-9.)
  • Rebuke and forgiveness (Lk.17:3-4; Mt.18:15, 18-22)
  • Punishment (Mt.18:17; 1 Tm.5:20)
  • How to treat a heretic after failure to heed two reprimands (Tit.3:10)
  • Withdraw from the disorderly brethren (Ro.16:17-18; 1 Cor.5:9-11; 2 Thes.3:6, 14-15; 1 Tm.6:5 )

Due Diligence

  As previously stated in this study, the simple truth is that no one can learn the Father’s will for their life or become conversant with His laws, precepts, and principles by osmosis. Learning and practicing the Father’s truth and way of truth takes time and effort. If you are serious about being educated in the Father’s truth and way of truth, it is your responsibility to do one or both of the following: 1) Seek out spiritual leaders whom you believe are teaching truth and study their teachings as they relate to biblical topics; 2) Design your own course of study without a spiritual leader or teacher. Regardless of what method of study you choose to pursue, it is your responsibility as a student of truth to put forth a diligent effort to determine whether or not what is being taught or studied conforms to the Father’s truth and way of truth as contained in the Bible. See 2 Tm.2:15-16; Phil.2:12-13; Heb.11:6.

STEWARDSHIP

  There is a tremendous misconception during this age of the church that only the ministry and those in official positions of service to the collective church are stewards of the church. This misconception has for generations effectively neutralized the Father’s family as a powerful and effective instrument of Christ to proclaim the Father’s plan of salvation for humanity, to proclaim His soon coming kingdom to the world, and to prepare a people to rule the world with Him after His return. What is a steward and what is stewardship? Who are the stewards and what is the function of stewardship within the Sovereign Father’s earthly family of king-priests? The English word ‘steward’ as used in the New Testament is translated from the Greek words ‘epitropos’ and ‘oikonomos’ and their various derivatives. Depending on the context in which they are used, these words can mean the following:

  • A commissioner
  • A domestic manager or guardian
  • The management of a household, lands, or an estate and its affairs, specifically, the administration, management, or oversight of another person’s property.
  • One who has the care and tutelage of children
  • One to who’s care or honor anything has been entrusted, an overseer, (i.e., an employee in that capacity). By extension, a fiscal agent, treasurer of household affairs; especially a manager or a superintendent.

Although there are many nuances to the meaning of stewardship and the aspects of stewardship within the Father’s earthly family, the basic function of a steward and stewardship is to care for another person’s affairs or possessions with which one has been entrusted. The Father’s children are His possessions, which He has given in trust to His first-born son to oversee while teaching His truth and way of truth to them and administering His work on earth through them. See Eph.1:15-23, 5:23; Col.1:16-18. Under the stewardship of Christ, the Father has entrusted His children with stewardship over His truth and way of truth, which His children are to learn and practice to the best of their ability while administering their individual skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and functions and responsibilities within His family as king-priests. See 1 Pt.4:1-11.

A Steward

  A steward within the Father’s family is simply a student of His truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family. A steward in the Father’s family is responsible for practicing and perfecting what is being learned in the context of fulfilling their personal functions and responsibilities within His family. See Eph.4:11-16. Stewardship is the most difficult and the most rewarding phase of discipleship. Stewardship within the Father’s earthly family of king-priests requires you to be proactive in administering your personal skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s earthly family. Stewardship is the process through which the Father’s adopted children perfect a holy attitude, holy behavior, and holy character (1 Pt.1:13-16) while exercising His purpose for them through diligent and active participation in the affairs of His earthly family. See 2 Tm.4:16-17; Jms.3:13; 2 Pt.3:10-14.

Being a proactive steward requires you to make and carry out personal decisions predicated on your education in the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for members of His earthly family of king-priests. It is through voluntary active involvement in the affairs of the Father’s earthly family as a steward of His truth, His way of truth, and the practice and enforcement of His rules of conduct within His family of king-priests, that you can truly grow spiritually and become a viable, productive, and beneficial member within His family. Each member of the Father’s earthly family is bought and paid for with the blood of Christ. Therefore, each member is obliged to be a trustworthy steward of their own mind and body, because they belong to the Father by right of purchase:

“What? Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the holy spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore honor God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor.6:19-20 Para.). “For one that is called in the Lord, being a slave is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also one that is called, being free, is Christ’s slave. You are bought with a price; do not be the slaves of men” (1 Cor.7:22-23 Para.)

Stewardship Begins

  Stewardship within the Sovereign Father’s earthly family begins the instant you receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. From this point forward the things that come under your stewardship continue to increase as your spiritual knowledge, understanding, and gifts of the spirit are increased. Likewise, the things that you are responsible to increase in value for the Father also increase in number. The simple fact is that everyone who is adopted into the Father’s family of earthly king-priests is a steward within His family. All who are called to participate in the first resurrection are expected to perform certain tasks and fulfill certain responsibilities for God while living in the flesh. However, few realize this important fact and therefore most are ill prepared for their role as a steward within the Father’s family. This situation exists because of a lack of education in the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and a steward’s functions and responsibilities within His family.

PROFITABLE AND UNPROFITABLE STEWARDS

  In the parable about the events that will precede his return, Jesus explains the need for each steward in the Father’s earthly family to be actively working to increase the value of what has been entrusted to them. It is no accident that Matthew records the parable of the unprofitable servant after the parable of the Ten Virgins, which tells us that we should always be prepared to meet Christ at his coming.

Matthew 25:14-30

“It will be like a man going on a journey, which called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. . .” (Vs.14-15 NIV).  When Jesus returns, each steward within the Father’s earthly family must give an account of what they have done with that which has been placed in their trust (2 Cor.5:10). The faithful stewards are the ones who increase the value of what was placed with them to increase. These individuals receive a reward that is representative of their efforts (Mt.25:20-23). However, some individuals will not try to increase what is entrusted to them: “Then the man who had received the one talent came.’Master’, he said, I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you” (vs.24-25 NIV). Notice what happens to the person who does nothing with the opportunities, that have come in their lives, and the spiritual blessings and gifts that are given to them to increase in value: “His master replied, you wicked, lazy servant! You knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed [i.e., you understood what I was doing and yet you did nothing]. You should have at least put my money in the hands of an investor, and then I would have received my money back with some interest added to it. … Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. … And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (vs.26, 28-30 NIV Para.). There are many important lessons that can be learned from what is said to this unprofitable individual:

  1. When the Father calls a person to salvation, that person has enough personal attributes to be spiritually successful and secure salvation with the help of the Holy Spirit dwelling in them; otherwise, that person would not have been called.
  2. At the proper time, each person is given additional attributes according to their potential to produce value for the Father. See Ro.12:3-8; 1 Cor.12:8-10, 27-30; Eph.4:11-16.
  3. Although, each individual may have different opportunities, attributes, skills, talents, and spiritual gifts to work with, each person is required to add to the value of what they have.
  4. The parable clearly shows that, if a person feels inadequate or is unable because of some valid reason to do an individual work by them self, he or she should find a way to place their skills, talents, or spiritual gifts under the direction of someone who is more able to use them to produce a positive result for the Master.
  5. The parable infers that, if a person will make an effort to accomplish something of worth for the Master, they will receive a reward for that effort.
  6. Unprofitable individuals will not be punished because of a feeling of inadequacy or because of being unable to increase that which they were to increase; the punishment is the result of doing nothing.
  7. The reward that the unprofitable person should have received for being a faithful steward will be given to those individuals who seize opportunity and are willing to extend themselves and make an effort to increase that which they were given to increase.

Personal Works:

  While reprimanding the Corinthians for their cliquish attitude and behavior, the apostle Paul speaks to a person’s personal work as a member of the Father’s family. Paul explains that your work will be tested for its worth. If the work does not endure the test of fire, there will be no reward for the effort. But if the work endures (i.e., has benefit to the Father), there will be a reward. Regardless of the worth of your work, you will still gain immortal life; if you do indeed put forth an effort to do a work for the Father. See 1 Cor.3:1-15. When Paul’s reprimand is viewed along with the parable of the talents (Mt.25:14-30), it becomes crystal clear that each member of the Father’s family is expected to put forth an effort to do something beneficial for him. Clearly, each member of the Father’s family must increase their personal worth for the benefit of the Father, and each member must help to increase the overall value of the entire family through fulfilling their functions and responsibilities within His family. You are to accomplish something of value that the Father can claim, to be His very own. If you do nothing with what is given to you, you are considered unprofitable and will not be granted immortality. See Mt.25:14-30; Lk.19:12-27; 2 Cor.5:10; Rv.22:12.

THE FAITHFUL AND UNFAITHFUL STEWARDS

  Many of the parables that Jesus spoke are clearly set in the context of stewardship in the Father’s family at the end of the age. These parables consistently show rewards for faithful and consistent performance of one’s calling and punishment for failure to perform the Father’s will in one’s life. The context of the parable of the faithful and unfaithful steward in Luke 12:42-48 is no different and leaves no doubt as to the outcome of these two opposite attitudes and behaviors: Jesus says, “Who is that faithful and wise steward whom his Lord shall make ruler over his household . . .? Blessed is that servant who his Lord [Jesus Christ] when he comes shall find so doing. The Lord shall make him ruler over all he has.” (Lk.12:42-44 Para.) Here, Jesus gives the keys to understanding what is required in order to be a faithful and wise steward who is blessed at His coming. These keys that will help to secure your place in the first resurrection are faithfulness, wisdom, and perseverance in your walk with God.

A Warning

(be about your Father’s business)

“But if the servant [the elect] says in his heart, the Lord delays his coming [which all ten of the virgins did] and they begin to beat their fellow servants, and they eat and drink and get drunk. The Lord will come in the day when he is not looking for him, . . . and the Lord will cut him apart and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers” (Lk.12:45-46 Para.).

If you become lazy in your calling; neglect your responsibility to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Father and the Son; neglect diligently to carry out your functions and responsibilities as a steward of the things the Father has entrusted to you; or become abusive to others within the Father’s family you are in serious danger of losing your salvation. These types of attitudes and behaviors occurred during the first age of the church and can easily be found within the Father’s earthly family during this age. Being cut apart and being seen as an unbeliever alludes to the punishment of the second death from which there is no return.

“That servant who knew his lord’s will, and did not prepare, neither did his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But if he did not know [i.e., was ignorant], and did things worthy of stripes he shall be beaten with few. For to whom much is given much is required. . .” (Lk.12:47-48 Para.).

The context of verses 47 and 48 concerns the difference between knowing and not knowing what your responsibilities are before God the Father and Jesus Christ. If you know the Father’s will and know what is expected of you, but you do not faithfully do it, you will be severely punished by Jesus Christ.

A person who is ignorant of what is required, will receive a lighter punishment, but not because he or she is guiltless, but because he or she is not guilty of blatant and willful rebellion. Instead, that person is guilty of being lazy and faithless in pursuit of the Father’s will in their life. See also Revelation, chapters 2 and 3. The point in verses 47 and 48 in Luke12, is that the more you know about the Father’s will for your life, the greater the opportunity to grow spiritually, the greater the opportunity to serve the Father and His family, and the greater the requirement to do what you know is His will in a thoughtful and diligent manner. Whether you have a great or a small amount of skill, talent, spiritual gifts, or spiritual knowledge and understanding, you are expected to diligently seek and perform the Father’s will in your life. Are we not to increase in our ability to know Him and His will for us as we mature in Christ Jesus?

Due Diligence

  The following observations by William Barclay concisely states the necessity for those who believe they are followers of the God of the Bible to diligently seek and perform the Father’s will in their life. In The Daily Study Bible Series, The Gospel of Mark, Barclay says, “No man can tell the day or hour when eternity will invade time and the summons will come. We would like him to find us with our work completed. If we really know what Christianity means we will know that there is no part of life when the master is away. We are working and living forever in our great task master’s eyes. There is nothing so fatal as to feel that we have plenty of time” (pp.167-168). In The Daily Study Bible Series, Gospel of Matthew Volume II, Barclay observes, ”The parable has two universal meanings; it warns us that there are certain things which cannot be obtained at the last minute. It is far too late for a student to be preparing when the day of the examination is come. It is too late for a man to acquire a skill or character if he does not already possess it. It warns us there are certain things which cannot be borrowed. A man cannot borrow a relationship with God; he must possess it for himself. We cannot always be living on a spiritual capital which others have amassed.” (pp. 320-321)

THE PARABLE OF THE SEEDS

   Jesus spoke the parable of the sown seeds to a large crowd and ended it with this warning: “who has ears let him hear” (Mt.13:4-9). This means that those who understand must pay attention. Who are those who have ears to hear in this age? Those who have ears to hear are those who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. These are the ones who have the ability to understand the things of the spirit. See 1 Cor.2:9-16; Jn.14:26, 16:12-15, seek ye the kingdom and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you, Mt.6:33. The parable of the seeds can be summarized as follows: Within the Father’s earthly family, there are three basic categories of people:

  • Those who Go Backwards: These individuals endure for a while, but allow the things of the world to become more important than the pursuit of righteousness and revert to their former lifestyle.
  • Those who Stand still: These individuals stand still spiritually because they are spiritually lazy, lethargic, and lukewarm. These have little or no desire to grow in grace and knowledge or actively fulfill the functions and responsibilities to which they were called to perform.
  • Those who Go forward: These individuals understand that they are expected to do the Father’s will in their life and use the physical and spiritual gifts that He gives them to produce something of value for Him. These individuals are willing, dedicated, teachable, and responsible students of truth and the way of truth, they grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Father and His Son, and are a reflection of the Father’s influence in their life. These are spiritually successful stewards who are doing the Father’s will in their life.

A DANGEROUS ATTITUDE

  Of all the seven groupings of the Father’s earthly children directly spoken to by Jesus Christ, those having the Laodicean attitude are the most pointedly reprimanded and condemned by Him:

“To the angel [messenger] of the church of the Laodicean’s write: These things say the Amen [Jesus Christ], the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I wished that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to vomit you out of My mouth” (Rv.3:14-16 Para.). These are stewards in the Father’s family who are neither faithful nor unbelieving; rather, they are completely indifferent. Their indifference and lack of commitment to the truth and the way of truth is sickening to Jesus. These individuals are so self-satisfied that they think everything is fine and that they are doing great works. They view themselves as the recipients of great spiritual understanding, but they have practically none.

Jesus Says to those of the Laodicean attitude: “Because you say, ‘I am rich; and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched, and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold having been refined in the fire by me, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, and your shame and nakedness may not be revealed. And anoint your eyes with eye-salve that you may see” (Rv.3:17-18 Para.). Here, we see a people who are so apathetic and lazy because of their perceived knowledge and spirituality that they are in danger of being cast away from God. They are self-deceived into thinking that they are spiritually rich; however, they are spiritually poor. Christ is giving them their last opportunity to repent and become zealous for God. If these people will hear and heed what He is saying, He will again establish fellowship with them. If not, they will be cast into the Lake of Fire with the unrepentant wicked. These individuals are clearly in danger of falling into the category of the unprofitable steward noted in Matthew, chapter 25, verses 24-30. Their indifference has left them self-deluded and they do not realize they are spiritually poor, miserable, wretched, blind, and naked. Those who lead such a people and do not repent themselves are in deep trouble. These individuals have no real commitment to spiritual growth and they feel secure as long as they associate with a particular group of people. This kind of attitude leads to indifference and complacency, which will result in intense trials in the hope of awaking them to their need of genuine repentance and the performance of their commitment to the Father: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Be zealous then, and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock; If any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in to him, and I will dine with him and he with me” (Rv.3:19-20 Para.).

The kind of rebuke that Jesus speaks of here is a severe rebuke that compels a person to see the error of their ways. Christ is showing, in an extremely strong way that some of the elect who are in this decadent condition can expect extremely severe trials that come directly from him. He says he is at the door knocking (Rv.3:19-20), hoping these wayward children will let Him back into their hearts and minds. But He will not force His way into their lives. These individuals have to make a decision to repent of their nauseating quality of being spiritually lukewarm, self-satisfied, complacent, and in need of nothing.

FAILURE TO BE RESPONSIVE TO GODS WILL

  The writer to the Hebrews gave the following reprimand to those of the Father’s family who should have graduated past the beginning phases of their spiritual education and into the more advanced student-teacher function and responsibility: “By this time you ought to be teaching others, however, you need someone to again teach you the things which are the first principles of the words of God. You have become as infants in need of milk, and not of solid food. Everyone who drinks only milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness and is an infant. Solid food is for those who have matured through having their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb.5:12-14 Para.). The English word ‘ought’ is translated from the Greek word ‘opheilo’, which is a word that conveys the idea of accruing or to owe. Figuratively, it means to be under an obligation. Whoever these Hebrew were, they were not fulfilling one of the reasons for their being called to salvation during that age. These individuals could not understand anything further about the Father, Christ, the truth, and way of truth. Because these individuals were lazy in their pursuit of spiritual knowledge, they were going backward instead of forward in their spiritual understanding. They were losing sight of the Father’s vision and goal for their lives as well as the rest of humanity.

Why were they not fulfilling this responsibility? There are only two logical answers to this question. These individuals were either not mentally capable of instructing others in the Father’s truth and way of truth or they were too lazy to spend the time and effort that is necessary to become well versed in the Father’s truth and way of truth. Because the scriptures tell us that the Father has given the spirit of a sound mind (i.e., a mind capable of discipline and self-control) to those who are His and has given the Holy Spirit to lead one into truth, it must have been that they were simply lazy 2 Tm.1:7; Jn.16:13.

The English word ‘teach’ in verse 11is translated from the Greek word ‘didaskalos’, which means ‘an instructor’ and is used in a number of scriptures in reference to the apostles and those who taught among the elect. See 1 Cor.12:28; 1 Tm. 2:7; also in 2 Tm.1:11, 4:3. Here, we have individuals who are in spiritual jeopardy because they have not advanced past the first learning phase of their spiritual walk and have allowed the things they did learn to slip away.

Teaching with Caution and Due Diligence

  The importance of teaching is self-evident. Without being instructed in the Father’s truth, way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family, no progress can be made toward the goal of spiritual perfection and the Father’s truth and way of truth cannot be represented correctly.

The function of teaching within the church carries with it the responsibility to make sure that what one teaches is truth, because if what one teaches is not correct or not thoroughly explained, it has the potential to adversely affect a person’s life and spiritual growth. This is why the apostle James said, “My brothers, not many of you should be teachers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more severely.” (Jms.3:1 Para.)

It should be obvious that new students of truth are not equipped to teach what they do not yet fully know or understand. However, a more advanced student who is conversant with the foundational elements of the truth and the way of truth should be able to explain basic concepts and principles to others. This type of knowledge falls well within what the apostle Peter said about sanctifying the Lord God in our hearts and always being ready to explain the reason that we have a hope of salvation (See 1 Pt.3:15-17).

Three things are necessary in order to fulfill the teaching function:

  1. A teacher must know and understand the subject that is to be taught.
  2. A teacher must be able to present the subject to be taught in an understandable fashion.
  3. A teacher must have students who are willing to be taught.

Before a person can assume the function of teaching within the Father’s family, that person must clearly know and understand what is to be taught. The understanding of what to teach comes through the process of learning and experiencing the truth and the way of truth and growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Father and Son our Savior. As a person grows in knowledge and understanding, they will naturally be able to explain what they know to another person. The reprimand by the writer to the Hebrews can easily apply to other functions and responsibilities that are to be performed within the Father’s earthly family. Many other functions and responsibilities also require a depth of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in the Father’s truth and way of truth before a person can adequately fulfill them. Therefore, being a willing, diligent, and teachable student of truth is a prerequisite to fulfilling your functions and responsibilities. You cannot do anything unless you are equipped to do it!

Not a Novice

(We must learn to walk before he can run.)

  The apostle Paul told Timothy that there are many prerequisites that must first be in place before a person who desires to serve his brothers and sisters in the faith as a bishop (an overseer) or a deacon (one who minister to others) can take on these responsibilities. Moreover, Paul forbids a person who is just beginning to learn the truth and way of truth to fulfill such positions. See.1 Tm.3:1-13. Although it is neither necessary nor possible for everyone to fulfill every function and responsibility within the Father’s family, there comes a time when you should be able to make the transition from a novice to a mature steward in order to adequately fulfill your functions and responsibilities within the family. The goal of each student of truth should be to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Father and our Savior in order to more effectively carry out their particular functions and responsibilities within the family. This type of growth is only possible through yielding to the Father’s will for one’s life and through diligent prayerful study and meditation in His laws, precepts, and principles and the fulfilling of one’s current functions and responsibilities in His earthly family to the best of one’s ability.

FAITH, WORKS, AND STEWARDSHIP

  The scriptures clearly reveal that there are two kinds of faith: faith that is belief and faith that is power. Both types of faith have a positive result within a person’s life and within the Father’s family to the furtherance of His purpose for His family and the work He has given it to do.

In order to successfully exercise faith that is true belief, there are two actions that must be taken:

  1. You must truly believe in the promises of God the Father in Jesus Christ.
  2. You must exercise this belief by doing what you know to be the Father’s will in your life.

Although the Father through Jesus Christ is extremely concerned about our well-being and has great pleasure in fulfilling His promise to help us in our efforts toward spiritual maturity and perfection, He expects us to exercise faith and works as a part of our stewardship functions and responsibilities within the family. Notice what the apostle James was inspired to record about the subject of faith and works: (Jms.2:14-17 LBP) “Dear brothers, what’s the use of saying that you have faith and are Christians if you aren’t proving it by helping others? Will that kind of faith save anyone? If you have a friend who is in need of food and clothing, and you say to him, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat hearty,” and then don’t give him clothes or food, what good does that do? So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. You must also do good to prove that you have it. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good works is no faith at all–it is dead and useless” (vs.14-17). Please read and study the entire second chapter of James. Notice that you will be judged by what you do as well as what you believe. It is very important to understand what James is saying about works. James says it takes physical effort as well as the correct attitude to fulfill God’s laws, precepts, and principles in your life. It is not enough just to have faith that is belief, because belief without works is no belief at all; it is dead and useless. However, you should not try to prove your faith by doing works; true faith produces good works of itself, because it is the fruit of God’s spirit being manifested in your life.

True faith that is belief and righteous works come from an internal desire to do what is right and good, not from a desire to prove something to another person. True faith and good works are the natural result of yielding to the influence of the Holy Spirit, being a dedicated and responsible student of the Father’s truth and way of truth, and being a good steward of the functions and responsibilities that Jesus has assigned you as a member of His earthly family.

A Doer of the Word and Deed

  Stewardship has to do with being proactive in administering your personal skills, talents, gifts of the spirit and your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s earthly family. This is why the apostle James emphasized the need for faith together with works:

“But you be doers of the word, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone hears the word, and does not do it, he is like to a man looking at his face in a mirror. Because he looks at himself and departs, and right away forgets what kind of man he was. But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues in it , he is not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed because of his work” (Jms.1:22-25 Para.)

This analogy pictures the following two categories of the elect:

  1. The person who truly understands their calling and what is required of them but does nothing about it soon forgets the awesome opportunity and responsibility as member of the Father’s family of king-priests.
  2. The person who truly understands their awesome calling and what is required of them, and do what they know they should be doing in order to be blessed for their effort.

Your attitude toward your calling determines which of these two categories you are in. In James’ analogy, self-deception seems to be the result of truly understanding the Father’s will for one’s life, but believing that it is not necessary to practice his will. In order to avoid being self-deceived, you must truly know the Father’s will and diligently practice what you know to be His will for your life. It is important to understand that James sets this instructional analogy within the context of an active pursuit of a righteous lifestyle and the various attitudes, behaviors, trials, temptations, problems, and situations that commonly occur as you work out your salvation. These are the tests and trials that will be our character building blocks, so that we will be tried by or in the fire of this world to harden and purify our hearts into hearts that are like our Fathers’ of pure Gold, of Love and Righteousness.

Lip Service

  While speaking to those at Rome about the law (in the context of all that is set forth as a way of life for those who truly believe and follow the teachings of the Sovereign God), the apostle Paul states a principle that will help you bring the Father’s vision and goal for your life and salvation into focus: “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified” (Ro.2:13 KJV). Many people hear the law (i.e., the truth and the way of truth), but just hearing does not translate into a positive result in a person’s life. Paul explains that a person is justified (made righteous) by what one does as well as what one believes. It is the application of truth that brings a positive result in one’s life. When we step out in Faith it is accounted to us as in Righteousness by works, the act of doing something is in fact our justification through our faith in glorifying the Father. Learning the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family is meaningless unless what is learned is put into practice in such a way that it furthers the Sovereign Father’s purpose for one’s calling and one’s existence as a member of his family. The failure of the majority of the Father’s children to diligently apply His truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family as a function of their stewardship is a root cause of the doctrinal chaos and the lack of unity within His family during this age. For this is our reasonable service to the Father; to carry our His will and commandments, Ro.12:1, 2.

Rules of Conduct

  Once the rules of conduct that govern the Father’s earthly family are taught, learned, and diligently practiced, internal problems within the family can be easily managed. The following are some of the beneficial results of teaching, learning, and diligently practicing these rules of conduct:

  • Expose an errant member’s attitudes and behaviors regardless of their function or responsibility within the family. See Gal.2:11-21; 2 Tm.3:1-9; 2 Thes.3:6-12, 14,15 Tit.3:9-11; 2.Jn.6-11
  • Provide quick and just resolution to attitudinal and behavioral problems. See Mt.8:15-17; 1 Cor.5:11-13; Ro.16:17; 1 Tm.6:1-5.
  • Maintain peace and harmony within the family. See Mt.5:21-24; Ac.15:1-41; Ro.12:9-10, 14:1-23; Eph.4:1-3; Col.3:12-15; 1 Jn.5:14-17. Disciples and stewards should strive to model themselves after Romans 8 and move ever forward in unity, strength and maturity, in the hope of our salvation in all faith.

Your Unity and Purpose

  It is clear that the Father’s holy nation and family of king-priests on earth was originally conceived and established to function as a team effort to accomplish its task. Those called to be students and stewards within His holy nation and family are intended to be loving and caring individuals who, while proclaiming His good news message, are to exhibit the holy lifestyle taught to them to be as an example to this world. During this age, there is no central authority on earth governing the Sovereign Father’s family of king-priests scattered throughout the nations, and there is no central authority clearly and concisely teaching the Father’s truth and way of truth to His scattered children. However, His family and nation does exist. The task given to His family to proclaim His message and educate His newly adopted children has not changed. The requirements for living a righteous lifestyle and being a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of truth and the way of truth has not changed. Moreover, the requirement to be a faithful and profitable steward of the functions and responsibilities with which one is entrusted has not changed. So what has changed? The only thing that has changed is the perception of what it means to be a dedicated, diligent, teachable student of truth and a profitable steward in the Father’s earthly family of king-priests. Paul explained to the Corinthians that all members of the Father’s earthly family have an important function and responsibility within the family and are vital to its success. This is why we must endeavor to make sure all members receive the Holy Spirit, for without the Holy Spirit we labor in vain. For how are we to know God’s will for us unless we are lead and taught by the Spirit?

Distribution of Power and a Unified Body

1 Corinthians 12:1-27:

“Now God gives many kinds of special abilities, but it is the same Holy Spirit which is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service to God, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are many ways in which God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work in and through all of us who are His. The spirit displays God’s power through each of us as a means of helping the entire church” (vs.4-7 LPB) Paul says that different authorizations, gifts, and powers are given for the benefit of the entire family: “For to one is given by the spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same spirit; To another faith by the same spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of languages; To another the interpretation of languages” (vs.8-10 KJV). There are three very important things to learn about spiritual authorizations and powers from these three verses:

  1. Not everyone is given the same authorization or power.
  2. It is one spirit through which these authorizations and powers flow.
  3. That it is possible to grow in these spiritual gifts, through prayer and fasting, so that we may glorify the Father in our service to Him. Ask and you shall receive.

Distribution of Power

  The distribution of spiritual gifts within the family is for the purpose of unifying the body into a single powerful and effective force in order to accomplish the Father’s goals for its existence: “But the one and same spirit works all these things, distributing separately to each as he wills. For as the body is one, and has many members, but all the members of the one body, being many, is one body: so also is Christ. For also we all were baptized by one spirit into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, even all were given to drink into one spirit” (vs.11-13 Para.). What seems to escape many of the Father’s children during this age is that the Father’s family is a single entity within which each individual member has stewardship over important functions and responsibilities that must be performed for the benefit of the entire family and its collective work.

A Powerful and Unified Body

  “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, because I am not the hand, I am not a part of the body. Is this true? And if the ear says, because I am not the eye, I am not a part of the body. Is this true? If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole were an ear, how could it smell? But God has set each and every member in the body as it has pleased him”

If the body was only one part, how could it be a body? But, the body is made up of many differing parts, yet, it is one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, I do not need you, nor the head to the feet, I do not need you. . .”  (Vs.14-21 Para)

If each member of the Father’s family is necessary for it to function properly and perform its collective responsibility, why is it not functioning as a unified entity during this age? The answer to this question is simple. The family as a whole is dysfunctional in this age, because few of its members know and understand what it means to be a student of the truth and the way of truth and a steward of their individual and collective functions and responsibilities. Moreover, most of those who do know and understand these things are not practicing them or fulfilling their personal and collective functions and responsibilities in a diligent and expeditious manner. See Revelation, chapters 2 and 3–“he that has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the called ones.” Paul completes his reprimand and instruction to the Corinthians with the following facts and an appeal for them to put aside their pettiness concerning who has the greater gift, who holds the greater position of honor, and who is the more important member of the family:

“The parts of the body, which seem to be weak and less important and are extremely necessary. And those parts of the body, which we feel less worthwhile we pay more attention; therefore, these parts become more important in relation to the other parts of the body. Moreover, the other parts need less attention. Therefore, God has assembled the body, so that the seeming less important parts will receive greater attention in order to eliminate division in the body and so that each member receives the same care. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member receives honor, all the members rejoice with that member. Now you are the body of Christ as individual members (vs.22-27).

For a great work to be accomplished during this age, individuals who are dedicated, responsible, and teachable students and stewards of the truth and way of truth having unity of thought and purpose must come together. The apostle Paul has this advice to the church regarding unity of purpose and spirit:

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited” (Ro.12:16 NIV).

“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Cor.1:10 KJV). See also Eph.4:1-16; 1 Pt.4:1-2.

Although Paul spoke to the Corinthians specifically concerning the stewardship of the ministry, his instruction clearly applies to all members in the Father’s family, because all have stewardship over their particular functions and responsibilities to himself and within his family.

“Let a man so account of us, as of the servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that a man is found faithful” 1 Cor.4:1-2 KJV.

JUDGEMENT AND REWARDS

  The Father promises immortal life to all who live a righteous lifestyle during this age; however, the authority, the office, and the glory that you will receive in the Father’s heavenly family and kingdom are predicated on how you carry out your stewardship of your skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and functions and responsibilities with which you are entrusted. See Dan.12:3; Mt.25:14-30; 2 Cor.9:6-15.

 Judgment

  Because judgment and rewards are predicated on what you do with your skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and the functions and responsibilities with which you are entrusted. It is extremely important for you to seek to know what these are (when you step out believing in faith all things are possible, so until you know for sure what your gifts are go forth just knowing if it is in God’s will than it will happen, it may not be a instantaneous, but it will happen if you can see it as if it has already happened then it will, especially if two or more agree together with one another.), and then diligently use them to the best of your ability for the benefit of the Father, His family, and your spiritual growth. The following scriptures reinforce the fact that each person who has been made a part of the Father’s holy nation and royal family on earth is required to do works: “For we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what we did, whether good or bad” (2 Cor.5:10 Para.).

Make no mistake. There will be a judgment of the elect of God and all of humanity. For the faithful elect, this judgment will be at the first resurrection because of a life filled with learning the Father’s truth and way of truth, practicing this truth, and being a profitable trustworthy steward in His family. See Mt.25:32-40. For the rebellious unprofitable steward within the Father’s family, there will be the resurrection to death from which there is no return because of a life filled with evil works or a life of no works at all as noted in Mt.25:14-30. See also Mt.25:41-46; Lk.19:12-27. Because Jesus is head of the church and the administrator of the Father’s kingdom, He will judge the quality of each person’s works for the Father: “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you despise your brother? For all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it has been written, I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue confess to God. So then each one of us will give account concerning himself to God (Ro.14:10-12 KJV Para.). See also                   2 Cor.5:10-11 (so let us judge ourselves to His standards, for we are to judge no one, but we are to judge ourselves most seriously because of His standards.). Each of the Father’s children must give an account of their life and the works that they have or have not done.

Rewards

  For those who have been given the opportunity to participate in the first resurrection, the rewards that can be received for diligent service to the Father and Jesus Christ are awesome and far above any offered to those who come after them. See 1 Cor.2:9; Jms.2:5; Heb.11:35. The apostles John and Paul recorded the following concerning attitudes, behaviors, and rewards for spiritual work during this age of salvation: “And he said to me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Rv.22:10-12 KJV). See also Ro.2:7; Mt.19:16-17; Lk.10:25-27; 18:18-20.

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, and then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor.15:52-58 KJV). See also Heb.6:10.

SUMMARY COMMENTS

A Student and Steward of Truth

  Being a student and steward of the Father’s truth and way of truth is not an optional commitment within the Father’s earthly family and holy nation; being a student and steward is mandatory. When you become a part of the Father’s earthly family, you automatically become a student and steward of truth and are to participate in a lifelong process of learning, practicing, and perfecting the concepts and principles of His truth under the tutelage of Christ and through the teaching and guidance of the Holy Spirit dwelling within you (let this be an forever kindled Fire!!). Moreover, as you begin to mature spiritually, you must begin to assume the functions and responsibilities that you have been called to perform as a member of the Father’s family.

It is at this point that the educational process and the practice of being a profitable steward within the Father’s family have mostly broken down during this age of the church. Since the demise of the early church, the teachings of Christ and the apostles concerning stewardship have been watered down and have given way too many of the teachings of counterfeit Christianity. Because of this, most of the spiritual leaders among the elect have assumed many of the functions and responsibilities that clearly belong to each individual member of the Father’s family. The removal of these functions and responsibilities from their rightful owners has robbed many family members not only of opportunities to grow spiritually but also of potential opportunities to serve the Father, their fellow king-priests, and of the potential rewards for this service. For most of the Father’s family, the lack of understanding true discipleship and the lack of performance of true stewardship has existed for many centuries. Although the solution to this problem is simple, few are willing to implement it for various reasons that are in opposition to the letter and spirit of the Father’s truth and way of truth. The reality is that, the solution will not be implemented throughout the Father’s entire Family; however, it can be implemented and exercised on a personal level in the minds, hearts, and actions of those who truly understand their responsibility to be a willing and dedicated student and steward of the Father’s truth and way of truth.

Being an Active Steward

  Because your performance as a steward within the Father’s family will determine your eternal destiny, it is important to again state the following:

  • The basic function of a steward is to care for another person’s affairs or possessions with which the steward is entrusted.
  • Under the stewardship of Christ, the Father has entrusted His children with stewardship over His truth and way of truth, which they are to learn and practice to the best of their ability while administering their individual skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and functions and responsibilities within His family as king-priests.                   See 1 Pt.4:1-11.
  • A steward within the Father’s family is a student of the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family and is responsible for practicing and perfecting what is being learned. See Eph.4:11-16.
  • One thing we all can do right off the start, is start a intercessory prayer ministry, for the sick, those in prison, and those with special needs, work, jobs, and a city wide Church Revival for your church to reach lost souls, and ask Him to let you grow in the Lord daily, for this is where we will get the most work done at the beginning; for we can do nothing on our own unless He is in it. By the power of the Holy Spirit we become His overcomers.

Functions and Responsibilities

  There are clearly functions and responsibilities of stewardship that belong to those in official positions of service within the Father’s family, such as the ministry, teachers, prophets, and individuals assigned to assist widows. However, these individuals are not the only ones within the Father’s family who are obligated to be stewards. Stewardship is a function and a responsibility assigned to each member of the Father’s family. This is noted in many of Christ’s parables and the teachings of the apostles. The question is whether or not all the members in the Father’s family of earthly king-priest are stewards, because all members are commanded to be stewards. The question is what are the specific functions and responsibilities of a steward within the Father’s family? In order to answer this question a person must diligently search and study the scriptures to know and understand these functions and responsibilities and their application within the family. Clearly in order to perform certain stewardship functions and responsibilities, a person must be an active participant in a local congregation of the elect. However, the performance of many functions and responsibilities of stewardship within the Father’s family do not require being a member of a local congregation, for we could be part of many. The following is a short list of some of the many stewardship functions and responsibilities that apply to each member within the Father’s earthly family of king-priests.

Active Stewardship

  • Administration of your natural skills, talents, and spiritual gifts (Eph.4:1-16;                  1 Cor.14:12)
  • Function as an active team member within the Father’s family (Eph.4:16)
  • Love for each family member (Ro.12:9-10; 1 Pt.1:22, 4:7-8; 1Jn.4:21)
  • Understand your opportunity of salvation (2 Cor.5:9-10; Phil.2:12)
  • Be a righteous example to the ungodly (Mat.5:14-16; Eph.5:8-10; 1 Thes.5:22;              2 Pt.1:19-21, for our righteousness is brought to us from on High by His Prophets and Apostles; if we obey their words and commandments, that were given to us from on High by the Holy Spirit Himself!!)
  • Be responsible for your discipleship (2 Tm.2:15; Tit.3:14; Ro.14:11-12)
  • Be responsible for your spirit and spiritual growth (2 Tm.2:15; 2 Tm.3:16,17;                 1 Pt.3:18)
  • Work out your salvation (Phil.2:12; 1 Thes.5:21)
  • Take responsibility for the conduct and teaching of your children (1 Tm.3:4,12; Prov.22:6)
  • Serve family members (Gal.5:13-14)
  • Practice God’s law (Jms.2:8; 1Jn.2:4; 3:24, 5:3)
  • Preserve knowledge and understanding of the truth (Heb.4:14, 10:23; Rv.2:25, 3:3)
  • Submit to authority (1 Pt.3:1; Heb.13:17; Tit.3:1)
  • Share and be hospitable (Ro.12:13; 1 Pt.4:9)
  • Visit the sick and remain pure (Jms.1:27)

Problem Resolution

  It is obvious from the many problems within the various congregations of the Father’s family that few see the benefit or the urgency in handling ministerial, interpersonal, or collective problems in accordance with the judicial system set forth by Christ and the apostles. However, problem resolution is an important function and responsibility of each member of the Father’s family.

The cure for problems within the Father’s family is amazingly simple–the cure is adhering to the Father’s rules of conduct for His family members. However, few are willing to implement the cure because of peer pressure, a misguided sense of loyalty or duty, or the fear of loss of friends, fellowship, or position in the church. All of these are the wrong reasons for not carrying out one’s stewardship concerning problem solving within the Father’s family. Rebuke, conflict resolution, or punishment of an errant Family member is mostly unpleasant experiences; nonetheless, these are functions and responsibilities of each steward in the Father’s family. When problem resolution is administered correctly, it yields the fruit of righteousness.

Priestly Functions within the Father’s Family

  • Help resolve personal problems (Gal.6:1-2)
  • Intercede to the Father on behalf of all family members (Eph.6:18; Jms.5:16)
  • Intercede to the Father on behalf of an errant family member (1 Jn.5:14-17; Jms.5:16)
  • Reprimand and forgive (Lk.17:3-4)
  • Practice the sacrifice of ministerial support (Phil.4:16-18)
  • Practice the sacrifice of praise (Heb.13:15-16)
  • Serve and sacrifice (Ro.12:1-2). All of Romans in depth study of how to walk in God’s favor.

DUE DILIGENCE AS A STEWARD

  Your basic responsibility as a steward is to manage everything that the Father has given into your care, whether physical possessions, skills, personal skills, talents, and gifts of the spirit, or a position of service within his family. Each steward is required to use what they have been given in order to increase their personal worth to the Father and accomplish something of value for Him to claim as His own when they give an account of their life’s work. See Mt.25:14-30; 2 Cor.5:10. A person who is serious about their salvation will make an every effort to become educated in the various aspects of stewardship within the Father’s family, and then actively perform the functions and responsibilities that apply to them to the best of their ability; happily for they are knowing that they are laying up a treasure of unspeakable joy to come, with a crown of life with countless jewels of glory in it, for all the lost souls being brought to the Lord. For we are His living stones 1 Pt. 2:5 and (jewels) Rev. 2 and chapter 3.

SUMMARY

  Although discipleship and stewardship are different in execution, one is dependent on the other because neither can fulfill the purpose for which it was designed without the other. Moreover, both discipleship and stewardship must be performed simultaneously in order for one to be a viable and productive member of the Father’s family. Discipleship is learning the Father’s truth and way of truth and stewardship is practicing what one has learned. Discipleship and stewardship within the Fathers family is to be a cooperative effort, not a competition to see who can obtain the highest position of honor and prominence within the family. Discipleship and stewardship should be performed to help build the family into a more spiritually mature entity in order to perform the work for which it was established. The importance of discipleship and stewardship goes to the very core of one’s relationship with God the Father our Lord and Savior, one’s brothers and sisters in the faith, and the work of church. Clearly, if you are serious about your eternal destiny, you should pay careful attention to the many instructions concerning your discipleship and stewardship within the Father’s family. The writer to the Hebrews said the following concerning the awesome opportunity offered to those called to salvation during this age:

“But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? Therefore, we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by them that heard him [i.e., Christ] . . .” (Heb.1:13-14; 2:1-3 KJV).

The Decision Is Yours

  The decision of whether or not to become a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of truth and a faithful steward of the skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and functions and responsibilities with which you have been entrusted belongs to you alone. You must decide what to do with the awesome opportunity to become an immortal spirit-being within the Father’s family and kingdom, because our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will not decide for you. Each individual can quit, standstill, or go forward in their relationship with the Sovereign Father and Savior. This decision is ours alone. Whether we succeed or fail is entirely our responsibility. Our eternal destiny is totally in our control. Regarding each individuals responsibility to choose; the Creator God told ancient Israel in Deut.30:15-16: “See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command you this day to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that you may live and multiply: and the Lord your God shall bless you in the land where you go to possess.” The Creator God gave ancient Israel an opportunity of life or death, just as the Sovereign Father is giving the opportunity of life and death to those He calls to salvation during this age. This is why Paul said the following to the elect at Philippi: “Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which works in you both to will and to do his good pleasure” (Phil.2:12-13 KJV). See also 1 Cor.10:13; Gal.6:3-10. The instruction to “work out your own salvation” means that you must manage your life in such a way that it conforms to God’s laws, precepts, and principles. To do this, you must expend a sincere and diligent effort to learn the Father’s truth and way of truth and diligently practice it within your life. Only when you sincerely seek to learn, understand, and live according to the Father’s laws, precepts, and principles and respect, love, obey, and please Him, can He work His will and purpose in your life. Whether or not you are fortunate enough to have fellowship with other members of the Father’s family, or not, it is your responsibility to contribute to the success of His earthly family of king-priests through being educated in His truth and way of truth and being the best steward within His family that you can be. The Father and our Lord Jesus has committed himself and His tremendous resources to helping us succeed and obtain the goal of salvation. In order to succeed, all one has to do is put forth an honest effort. See Mt.6:25-34; Heb.13:5-6; Jn.14:12-14; Ro.14:11-12; Phil.2:12. Because God the Father our Lord Jesus Christ wants us to succeed, He has given us a manual for our success, it is the Bible. All we have to do is study that manual, take to heart what is recorded in it, and diligently apply what is learned in our life. If we do this, success is guaranteed.

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B.L. Cocherell

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Heb.6: 1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3And this will we do, if God permit. 4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

To my brother Dave:

  Now Dave, I know that you think you are where you need to be in order to be with our Lord, but I fear you are still at the shallow end of the spiritual pool. I truly believe you had better stay there for if you were to leave that end, you surely would drown. Because the first thing you need to do is, you have to come first with an attitude as a loving child, that you want to learn how to swim, you cannot come with an attitude that you already have everything you need to know. And as of yet you have not learned to swim, by accomplishing and graduating your swimming course. In comparison to where you need to be you are still just barely treading water, this is not your fault and I want you to know that right up front, I love you, and I am trying my best to help you and you are having no part of it, because of, your lack of true spiritual growth, because if you were really born again, and you actually thought I was in error, you would have tried to lead me back to the path of righteousness, if you were truly following scripture and God’s will! So you see, here, is the first cluing, that you are lacking some of His (our Lord’s) teachings and the leading of His Holy Spirit.

I’m sorry you have but miserably failed yet again another Spiritual test. But you see, I was not expecting that much to begin with, because I know who you have been with, as far as spiritual leaders, those who have been taught by other teachers of schools of Theology and worldly academia, but they have not walked and talked to Him in person like some of us have! Yes my brother, I have been in His presence, and it was not at all an enjoyable time, for to fear the Lord, it is not even close to perspective! Because no matter how big and bad you think you are, He is the creator and you are His created, and I don’t care who you are, you will be humbled one way or another in His presence! Human language does not have the words in it to describe it or Him in a true since, John in Revelation does not even come close (but in Exodus Moses said I trembled, He was right, you will tremble, and yes I fell as if dead before Him just as John did), so I will not even try, because most likely you wouldn’t believe me anyway. Because I’m still just your little brother in your eyes! Matt.13:57; Mark6:4; Luke4:24.

You see, when I was preparing myself for death when I had cancer and all the other problems I was facing, I had no idea He was about to send me on that largest job I have ever been ordered to undertake. Yes, your little brother has helped build multimillion dollar jobs and has completed them on time and under budget, not to brag because anything that man accomplishes is by the grace of God our Lord Jesus Christ, because we are either vessels of honor or vessels of dishonor or hopefully growing into and changing into a vessel that only He can use, and that is our job to be used by Him we are His servants. 2Tim2:20, 21, 23 and Ecc.12:13. The grace I talked about is this, that His Holy Spirit is for whosoever will truly receive Him (Jesus). He knows who will actually accept His Holy Spirit because He knows who will humble themselves and serve Him, die daily for Him, and Him only. The sign He gave in order for those around you to know that you have received His Holy Ghost experience is and always will be the gift of tongues. Because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and all gifts from above are without variance, they do not change because anything that leads to confusion is contrary to His ways and are truly from the adversary, because Satan is trying to get everyone of God’s children, His glory, we are the crowning jewels in His crown so Satan is and still is nothing but the father of lies. Now Dave, if you have not been taught by someone who has had an experience as Apostles or like Paul’s and who have been taught by Jesus Himself then you are at the wrong school for your education. Because the only way to be taught by God our Lord Jesus Christ is to come to know exactly who He is and this cannot be truly done without the leading of His Holy Spirit because this Holy Spirit is God manifested in the flesh and He actually will teach you all things; 1Tim3:16; you would have known that if you truly understood John4:24, but you see it takes all scripture to come to know Him 2Tim3:16, 17. Jesus wants us all to be perfect and we cannot unless we have His Spirit in us so that we can accomplish Matt5:48, because you see The Grace of God, does not, will not, and can never cover sin of the flesh (only the blood of Jesus can do that)! To be in the flesh is to die, to walk in the spirit and to be in His will; is life ever after, this is done by His true Grace; this is grace’s job, Heb.10:29 & 12:15 & 28-29 to give us strength to do His will and be of service to Him in His ways not the ways of this world’s accept-abilities! See simplicity is all what Jesus our Lord and saviour is all about; even a child can get this. This salvation that God bestowed upon us this unspeakable gift of grace given by His words that our God and true Saviour Jesus Christ uttered so that we might be partakers of His Righteousness, by the indwelling of His Spirit in us, to accomplish the first to the last thing in order to come to Him in the day of Judgments without doubt or fear; knowing that we are truly His; this is the unspeakable gift Paul was speaking of in 2Cor.9: 15Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

If we are in our will we are in the flesh, if we are about the Father’s business we are in His will and live! See, we don’t get to choose, that is what the grace of God is all about that He gave you the gift of the Holy Spirit with evidences of speaking in tongues and with power from on High for an outward sign, but the most important sign, is the inward sign of the Holy Ghost and the Fire; without it you are not completely where you need to be, to be His! Matt3:11 and Luke3:16. Only those that have been chosen by our Lord get this Holy Ghost experience that is sooo real Dave, you see for years upon years you and I have been told that we received this Holy Spirit at baptism, but we don’t really, it is a separate and a real event! Sometimes it comes on people coming out from under the water after going down in Jesus name (and even sometimes when they get baptized in the Trinitarian formula but there can be only one baptism given by which man can be saved in Eph.4 and that was ordained by Jesus’ Apostles in Acts2:38, 39 because of Acts4:12 and Jesus is that name that was to used in Matt.28:19 it says there, to baptize in the name and the name of those titles is Jesus’ name: This is the baptism spoken of in Eph.4:5One Lord, one faith, one baptism.), sometimes it comes on someone before they are baptized, and sometimes it comes on them on the way home from being baptized in Jesus name like me! When the Holy Ghost came upon me, on a Sunday night, at 9:30 at night on the way home from church on Nov.13 2005; I still remember and will never forget the time or the hour I came in contact, true contact with our Lord and Savior’s Spirit because God’s Spirit and Jesus’ are one in the same. Romans8:6-9, John10:30, 12:45; 14:6, 7; Deu.6:4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:  2Tim3:16, 17 in order to be perfect; we must learn these scriptures right here and now or we can never be His, John8:24. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself: 2Cor5: 19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. And this is our new job, reconciling the world unto Christ Jesus if indeed you were truly born again of His Spirit, because when you are, you are given powers that are in the supernatural realms, but one of the first and primary gifts is discernment, of spirits, of prophets, and most importantly His words because you will know and hear His voice when someone is truly speaking His words. Matt.10:40 & John13:20Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. Now one of the other gifts of His is grace and this is where grace truly lies, it is in His Holy Spiritual gifts and one of the first ones would be interpretation of scripture, for He will lead you into all truths, John14:26 &15:26 coincidence, I don’t think so, because I have found this sort of thing all over the Bible if you will study it, but look to this my brother for your life truly depends on you getting this with all your heart or you are none of His Matt.4:4 and Luke 4:4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

That means just like I said and is written in His Holy Scripture 2Tm.3:16 and 17 we don’t get to pick and choose what we feel like doing to worship Him. He has from Abraham, Gen.17: 1And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect (Isa.9:6) Exodus 25 you will read all the specifications that the Lord put on them (His people) for building the Tabernacle as well as worshipping Him in the proper manor! So you cannot come to Him your way, it must be by His operations of His Spirit in order to receive His Spirit, that is the very same Spirit that will raise you at the last trump or from the very ground you are buried in! There are no short cuts and so many preachers are leading people straight to Hell, because they are seeking Him their way and not His way, Matt.7:13, 14 these scriptures are there for this reason. We are to seek out our own salvation (Phi.2:12) not have it handed to us on a silver platter by some preacher (not by reciting some sinners prayer that is not even in the Bible, another vain man’s philosophy), for the path is narrow, meaning difficult, Mt.7:13-14! I can tell you one thing right now, many, many words in the Bible were written in the Hebrew and in the Greek and have very different meanings that are totally different from our translations or usage in today’s language: This is why we are to study and show ourselves approved; 2Tim2:15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth: Now the day that you or I think we have discovered all we need to know about our Lord and Saviour Jesus and His Holy Spirit and we stop growing in Him; that is the day we start to become backsliders. And we will be out of His will and walking in our flesh which then becomes a death sentence in His eyes; because we have not picked up our cross and denied ourselves daily because if we continue to follow Him we are not worthy of Him unless we do the other (Matt10:38, 39). Because here is what our Lord is looking for; to be His overcomers spoken of in Rev. 2, 3, 21:7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Because, if we are not like Him we will be no part of Him and that is what this world is all about to come to know Him and to become like Him and we cannot unless we overcome this world of the lust of the flesh and learn to be of the Spirit; bottom line, we live or die by this word, His Holy Bible, and we cannot do that without His blood being applied to us. Rev.12:11And they overcame him (Satan the prince of the flesh and this world) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Every word from the apostles, were and are in fact given to us by His Holy Spirit and is a commandment that must be kept or we are only deceiving ourselves John14:15 and 15:14 coincidence I think not, I love this Bible I can’t get enough of it! And I’m sorry to say dear brother if you don’t truly love His word more than your own life you have missed the boat and are sinking in an ocean and the waves will overtake you because you have failed to learn to swim properly.

Now when I got truly baptized in His Spirit and spoke in tongues as the Spirit gave me the utterances; I asked the Lord to use me in His ministry in some way, you see I didn’t know that is why He gave me the Spirit for the anointing and the power to put down this world and the flesh to live a consecrated life entirely sanctified, unto Him, and His will. Now on one of my many journeys into His realms, that He has allowed me to come into His presence, when I first received my calling He told me to go and teach, and to reconcile His people who have lost their way, and that even meant ministers of His Gospel who are not preaching His words in truth, because in order to worship Him in Spirit and in truth we must walk according to every word out of His mouth, Matt4:4; you see our daily walk is not just what we do during that day, it is in fact how we worship Him, because if we walk contrary to His words we are hypocrites and you cannot read Matt.23 without knowing exactly how our Lord feels about hypocrites; and unless our righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees we shall not enter into His kingdom, Mt.5:20; 7:21. Matt.5:19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven (A deceiver, a sinner, one going straight to the Lake of Fire where the worm dieth not and the fire is and never quenched!!!): but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. You see without His Holiness and His Righteousness being in us by the baptism of His Spirit we are none of His: I truly hope you will receive my word as if they are coming from Him, Dave, because truly He is leading me in His truths that He is trying with all our hearts to bring to you, but it is up to you to hear His words: John10: 27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish; neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

I know that you think you are exactly where you need to be in the Lord but you see this life we live, by each experience we have we become more knowledgeable, and that is the same with our Lord unless we are continually seeking Him with all our strength, mind, soul and keep all His scripture to our hearts and not just dwell on them, but put them into practical everyday use we have missed the mark!!

Now I know you are really tired of this letter already; and I would be surprised if you are truly still reading this letter. This is another reason why I know you are in trouble Spiritually because those of us that have received His Spirit cannot get enough of theological discussions; and for me to try and include you with me and to share what I know as one of the greatest sins; that is the sin of hypocrisy, that has come from our own ranks among the UPCI, but you see, what you blow off as simple church politics is in fact no better than the Roman Catholics who gave everyone this heretical doctrine of vain man’s philosophy instead of staying to the doctrines given by God’s anointed Apostles for only they were to write doctrine and establish it, otherwise the Bible would still be continued unto this day, Gal.1:8-9; Rev.22:18-19. You see the Bible is and was written in the Old Testament by Holy Ghost  anointed prophets and holy men, and after the Holy Ghost had been given to the Apostles so that it would be written correctly and to modern day prophets for clear interpretation, and there are many things that Jesus wanted to tell them before He left but could not because it would fall on deaf ears because they could not comprehend it; very much like you and I have in common: Because you totally missed the mark trying to discern and calling hypocrisy and labeling it church politics, because if we offend one of these little ones by preaching anything but this glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and raised the third day with all His commandments then we are accursed thing in His eyes( Gal.1:8, 9) and will be the least in His kingdom, no better than a sinner. If the church you go to preaches anything other than Apostolic doctrine they are in great error and are not worshipping Him in truth and in Spirit; John4:24. You see every scripture in His Holy Bible must be used and fulfilled and this cannot be done without the indwelling of His Spirit.

I’m almost finished now but there is so much more; but I have to go ahead and speak to you as the Spirit moves on me; that I have not even began to touch on, because we can and never grow lukewarm about our Lord, because if we lose the Fire of His Holy Ghost then we will lose our witness and then we are unable to reach the lost and bring them from this world unto Him in all truths and into His Spiritual realms and glorious light!!

Hey; now it is not all gloom and doom my brother, because you can have more of Him because all you have to do is come to know Him correctly, because only He can bring these revelations to you by the power of His Spirit. Now He will honor your trials if you keep all righteousness (holiness, truth, and justice, make up righteousness according to His words) this is why without it we shall never enter into His presence! Matt7:7, and 8 has such a clause in it; because without it how are you to come into His presence so that He can open what is closed and to answer or given to you what has been asked and He alone allows you to find!! All I can do is try to lead you in the right direction, but I feel your pride and the flesh is not allowing you to understand what I’m trying to bring to you because you just cannot believe that your little brother might know something you don’t, but do not try and think that you will get away with trying to hide behind this verse: Luke 12: 48But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes (Those who have never received the word of God). For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.  So you see that you have been given much and if you truly wanted to be His and to repent and asked Him for forgiveness of your sins and you believe in faith that Jesus is Lord God to the glory of the Father our Holy Ghost who moved upon creation as well as Mary when He put Himself inside her, and the only thing triune about our Lord Jesus is His Omnipotence, Omnipresence, and last but not least His Omniscience (this is truly the God-Head) because my Bible says in Hebrews1: 1God, who at sundry times and in divers (many) manners (manifestations) spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, 1Tim3:16, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; (Zech.12:10and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced; spoken by God the Holy Spirit over 500 years before Jesus’ birth, to His prophet Zechariah.)3Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person (as in One, singular tense), and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: (on the right hand is to be in all authority; not literally to sit, it is a metaphor;) 4Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. John1: 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And 14; 14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us but see, doubting Thomas finally saw who Jesus was in John20:28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. Now Jesus would have straightened out things right then and there if Thomas was in error. You see we have but one Lord and God this Jesus, that is why He can be the head of His church as well as God because they are one in the same, that is the only way to harmonize His scripture; Matt.16:18 and 1Cor.10:32 because they are one in the same and it harmonizes scripture and brings glory to God these are the requirements to interpreting scripture correctly it must harmonize with all scriptures; 1Tim3:16 so it must be a true interpretation!!! Whatever we do we cannot get past Jesus as the Father manifested in the flesh, John10:30!!! Kind of blows the Trinity doctrine because it came from men the Papist’s that should have been thrown out with the rest of their heresy back when they had the awaking and reformation period; even in these last days there will be a falling away from the Lord’s church because men are already bringing in false doctrines, that you so blindly called church politics, because church doctrine and His scripture is our politics, and when we find something that is heretical, blasphemous, or hypocritical which is nothing less than trying to hide man’s lies in theology; before scripture which is in all truth making yourself above our Lord, which is exactly what the Roman Catholic church did, they made themselves deities  and said that only they were the real church of God and could interpret scripture correctly and that no one could be saved unless they went to their church and began to spill blood all over the word to achieve this objective and to gain world dominance.

So if we don’t know our own history of the church how are we to be aware of a situation that is exactly like what our fore father’s fought and died for and gave their very lives for and that was the truth of scripture and His words, that you blow off as church politics. If you don’t know and understand this Holy Scripture that is in His Holy Bible which you are supposed to know if you put on the whole armor of God spoken of in Eph6: because someone should have enlightened us dear brother before our first baptism, that we were in fact signing up to give our lives away to Him our God this Jesus Christ, because he said to go into this world and make disciples of all nations, and if we do not pick up our cross which is in effect His cross and learn to deny ourselves and walk as He walked in His footsteps then we are worshipping Him the way we want, and not the way He wants, and the worst part is at the end of that last verse; was this that we should fear with all our hearts! Now if you do not do a study on Matt10: 38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Those who follow Jesus their way and not His, they walk according to the flesh not according to the Spirit. Matt16:24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? If you could, then you would actually be buying your salvation by your acts and not by the blood of Jesus that can only be applied in baptism in His glorious name, Acts4:12.

Which leaves us to this parable or story of the rich man and Lazarus which starts at Luke 16:19 and ends at 31, I pray you read it and take it to heart; which leads me to say this Luke16:23 and Matt.6:24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Let me give you a little clue to what it is going to take to come to heaven and to live with Jesus, because so many cannot accept this reality or truth, 1John2:5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. And 17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. And 1John1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. (So if we sin and say that we are in Him we deceive ourselves for there is no and can never be sin in Him or His presence) 6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not (now with man this is impossible but with God and the power of His spirit in us, all things are possible): whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. (Because there was no true repentance or we would have purified ourselves for His use; 2Tim2:21, and 22.) 8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (And all sin in the flesh as well.) 9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (John3:3, 5, 6) If you truly love Him and have died to sin and walk in the Spirit and this cannot be done without His Spirit in you that is why Jesus said in John3:3, 5, and 6. Because you see after we have come to be baptized correctly and have been baptized in His Spirit and are in His will and you sin then you are going to face a look that is going to be so fearful!!! Now we have to take and use all scripture; Heb.10:12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God (meaning metaphorically as in all power and authority); 13From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. (At the end of His millennia on the day of final judgment; this will start the new age spoken of by Paul in 1Cor.15:28) 14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised 😉 24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation,(There goes once saved always saved) which shall devour the adversaries. Because we walk as an adversary to His will when we walk according to our wishes and not His, for we all have a calling but only those who respond to His call are those that are chosen!! My calling is reconciliation of those that are lost or stumbling to teach and to lead those back into paths of righteousness, to edify the saints of God!!

Now you can never do this job unless you hold dearly to the second commandment that all scripture and the prophets hang on to, and that is love of man, all men, because we are never to have an enemy we must give to all men according to what He has given to us freely, because I’ve seen Hell when I was with Him in the Spirit, and have been on the precipice to the  edge of the ledge of utter darkness, and it is not fit for man or beast or even an enemy, but for an enemy of God it is in all righteousness!! I never knew this kind of love for man or anything until our Lord got a hold of me. David this is how I know you have not been baptized in His Spirit just yet; you do not know that kind of love just yet! 1John4:4Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (Along with His apostles, prophets, etc to teach and bring all nations to Him) 10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (Grace given by God is known as unmerited favor, because you and I never deserved it on our own but His chosen, His elect, it has been bestowed by His benevolence, His Love, that kind of love that He is looking for in us!!!) 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.13Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.19We love him, because he first loved us. 20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

If you saw someone committing an error in His walk or if you truly loved them, you would try to bring them back into the truth of scripture and all righteousness so that if someone is walking contrary to His word and will, which ends up cast into the fiery furnace of the Lake of Fire were the worm dieth not and the Fire is never quenched; you would fight with all your might to get them back in the way!! Just because you have not understood and searched diligently to show yourself approved 2Tim2:24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. Because Satan is the most deceptive, for there can be only one church of the true living God, one faith one body one baptism one way to Him and unless you realize that in Matt.28:19 it says: baptizing them in the name of the Father (title), and of the Son (title), and of the Holy Ghost(Title of who God is; John4:24): and when you baptize in Jesus’ name you are in fact upholding and in total harmony with Acts4:12; 12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved, Col.3:17. Peter filled with Jesus’ own Spirit had the keys to heaven and the operations that need to be fulfilled in order to receive this Salvation (to apply the blood of the sacrifice which removes the sin) that we are seeking, spoken of in Acts2:38, 39; why because we must come to know who Jesus is before we are accepted of Him, John14: 1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 1John5:20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding (*), that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Now *understanding* is not only knowing something but using it, you can seek after all knowledge, wisdom, and all of His truths that are written in volumes of books, but unless you use the 66 books He gave us and not only know them but use them; then we are without and have no understanding, and are still nothing but a hypocrite deceiving ourselves because the only way to perfection is being in His will and about your Father’s business, being a true disciples of Jesus Christ, Jn.4:24; Jn.4:28Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.30As he spake these words, many believed on him. 31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32And ye shall know the truth (receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost the spirit of truth John15:26), and the truth shall make you free.

John15:26But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. Because  He knew us (those who would actually do and say and follow His will and not ours, those with true understanding which can only come from His Spirit in you which does harmonize with  all of Mark 16 which harmonizes with Acts chapter 2 and James 1.) before the foundations of the world. Using tongues is not the first outwardly sign of His Spirit in people, we look back to the Tower of Babel, we see that the Lord used another method He made all tongues to become different, so the people were to be separated, to start a new age or dispensation, The age of Promise, but now we are in the age of Grace and now we have been called to unite the world so the Lord in His benevolence, decided to use or manifest tongues again, only this time, in this age, a heavenly language that unites the Whole World, by the power of the Spirit with interpretation, and prophesying  to bring the whole world back into unity, with the one organ man has the hardest time controlling, for this very reason it is a sign of the Holy Spirit, Mt.24:14 Jm. Ch.3. James1:17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth (being reborn in the Spirit, speaking in tongues), that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.  So you see if we are not walking in His steps we are not following Him: Matt.12:48But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Luke 2:49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? At 12 years of age Jesus knew this, why cannot we, because we walk according to our will (the flesh) and not His will and will end up just like this servant. Matt.24:50The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51And shall cut him asunder (there goes once saved always saved again), and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Once saved always saved, I bet Satan thought that right up to the point he got thrown out of Heaven, so I can only guess where that came from!)

Why because you let your pride get into the way of salvation for I have laid out unto you the plan of true salvation, you have been forewarned and now you have no more excuses because you chose not to believe His words for I speak the things He has given me to tell you, as well as anyone that is in error of the truth!! Why do you not believe that every word in His Holy Bible is true and the door to the straight gate, for this reason He gave us His Holy Scriptures so that we may have a union and to be in unity with Him!!! I told Him no one in my family would receive His words that He gave me to give to them and He told me to tell them anyway for those that will receive my words would know His voice and are His sheep and would follow Him, thus said my Lord to me your little brother!!!! Now take this and run with it and I hope it is straight to Him on His narrow path because it is sooo very narrow (difficult in Greek), Matt7:13, 14 so that you can be perfect, Matt.5:48 it is required of you to be His servant and disciple we all must submit to the Father in perfect Love, His Love, that we can only receive by His indwelling Spirit Romans8:1-39. James4:4 Matt.10:37-40 these are His words, hopefully straight to your heart; that I hope will receive His words and you are to be a sensitive heart, soft, kind, gentle, but most of all loving for this is truly how we will know those who are His. 1Cor.13:

1 Corinthians 13

1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love in the Greek # 26 in the Stong’s concordance), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (at the end of the age of Grace, not before, while we have the Lord’s Spirit (the light, Jn.8:12) with us and the power of His will that is still over those who are His and when we are taken out of the way at the rapture then will the antichrist be revealed and all gifts of the Spirit will be lifted as well, along with His children) 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. Get a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and start really studying His words for all of them are required knowledge with total understanding as long as we are on His planet, this is our proving grounds nothing more, Heb.10:35-39!! If this word is not the most important thing to you then you are still lost my brother, because you not only reject His word but you reject Him and if you draw away from Him He will indeed draw away from you, also (Heb.10:38), because without faith in His words and in Him  we cannot please God. Heb.11:6 this is not being legalistic Dave; John14:15 and James 2:17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. So if anyone tells you you’re once saved always saved and that you are saved by grace in faith you are right but even Paul in Acts26: 19Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

20But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. True sign of repentances is fruit worthy of repentances spoken of by John the Baptist to the Pharisees and the scribes and the rest; which harmonizes with all scripture. This is exactly what I’m doing now; Romans 12

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For our brother Paul said to be followers of him and to imitate his actions just as he imitated Jesus’ walk, to be a teacher, instructor, and a doer of His words, 1Cor4:16Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

1 Corinthians 11

1Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (Remember if an Apostle of Jesus Christ says it; it is required and is as good as a commandment, unless he says I speak as a man now, then it is of him the flesh speaking not the Holy Spirit) 2Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 3But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God (because the flesh will always submit to the spirit even the immortal flesh of Jesus in the third heaven, which is to come after the millennium and the final day of judgment; Then will the new age start; and God will be all in all 1Cor.15:28).

You see if you doubt any of His words you are damned!!! They all carry the life eternal clause or the Eternal Death sentence forever lost in Utter darkness or the Lake of Fire made for those who did not put Him first before family, friends, jobs and this world, we must have the correct since of priorities and be diligent in preaching His gospel to all that have breath, because if we are not then we are showing ourselves ashamed of His gospel and He will be ashamed of us; Matt28:19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations:  20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. This is being about His business!! Mark8:38; Luke9:26, Rom.1: 16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. ( Today’s Emerging Universal Churches) 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools; Man has a way that seems right unto him: Prov.12:15; 14:12; 16:25 and 16:26 will show us what we are truly hungry for, the bread of life from every word that cometh from the Father’s mouth or the flesh and ideology of man’s vain philosophy or true Gospel Scripture seeking the Lord with all your heart, mind, spirit, and soul, nothing else matters; for this world is passing away and will end in the Lake of Fire!!! And those who build their treasures up here will stay with them to the end; for they are the ties that will indeed bind you to your new Hell forever!!! Matt.16:26; Mark8:36-38; Luke9:25 I will tell you whom you should fear; Matt.10:28 Luke12: 5But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Today’s man and ideology have and teach nothing of the fear of God!! Those who do truly fear Him are these kinds of people in Acts17: 11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Because these are those who will not let themselves be led down the path going to Hell for they have worked out their own salvation and that is what it takes a diligent search never ending into all His truths and His way or we are still sliding down a slippery slope already greased by Satan headed for his home and soon to be home for all those who do not receive His words!!!! I think everyone should read some C. H. Spurgeon and Jonathan Edwards “To Fall into the Hands of an Angry God”. Even though they are Trinitarians they give very good analogy of being in His hands and going to the pit of no return! We need more Fire and brimstone preaching, for eternity in Hell is just too long and the fire is too hot to be there for eternity because eternity is forever!!! With no hope of relief!! Once in never out!!! What part of being in the flesh is enmity against God didn’t anyone get? Romans8:1-39; James4:4 and 1John2:15 if we don’t have any separation from this world then we are part of it and we will not be any part of Him!!! Every word of His hast to be kept or perish!!!

Somewhere along the way someone has lead you into complacency that it is just a matter of reciting a sinners prayer, getting wet in a false baptism of a tradition of men who believe in the subjects of God instead of the true object which is what we should be baptized in His name the object of the titles, and they mislead you into complacency that once you were baptized and it doesn’t matter; how whether by immersion or springing baptism for they have told you this isn’t what saves you anyway which is theology of men to cover up their sins, and that at baptism you automatically receive the gift of true grace which is His Holy Spirit which is another lie because they themselves have not had the experience another vain theology to cover up yet more of their own sins. If they were baptized in His Spirit they would have the true interpreter showing them how to discern, interpret, and even the rest of His true grace the gifts of His Spirit, Apostleship, prophecy; Eph4:11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (the five pillars of the church of God in Christ Jesus) 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (this can only be done by His Spirit in us leading us into all truths) 14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him (God) in all things (always growing), which is the head, even Christ: 16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body (bringing the lost to Him, making disciples of all nations) unto the edifying of itself in love. (If we are not about His work and growing and getting stronger in Him and helping others do the same we are in error!) 17This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, (Come out from among them, so that He can make us into a priestly nation, for this reason He took Israel out of Egypt) in the vanity of their mind (after the flesh and philosophy of men), 18Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness, (Worldly Lives, we must come out from among them and cleanse ourselves from this world and the Lust thereof, and become a Holy and Righteous nation unto the Lord our God or perish, without holiness or righteousness we will not enter into His Kingdom!)

1Cor.12:28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. You see many miss interpret the following verses and say that these gifts are no longer with us but they are deceived because of lack of faith in their belief, for we live in the same age of grace that was started at the birth of the church at Pentecost and these gifts will  not be removed until His rapture; for they are ours so that we can overcome this world of the flesh, those that preach otherwise, it  is because they chose to live according to their wishes and know they cannot fulfill all scripture as is required in Matt.5:48 so they have to live according their theology instead of Jesus’!!!

There is no way we can come to know Him on our own and walk according to His will; without a supernatural power helping us, His true Holy Grace of Himself in us, it is just impossible, man cannot and will never be able to on His own (Matt19:26), many are called, (well all are called), but just a few will be chosen so few because He only needs to replace a third of His angels; for when we come into His realms Jesus told us that we would be as the angels, not being husbands and wives mothers and sons or daughters. Because we are in fact His servants and if we love Him and do His commandments then we can be His friends John15:14 He will make us rulers with Him and Son’s of God Rev.2:26And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works (those who labor in His fields; for truly the harvest is ripe and the laborers are few) unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. (This will be in the millennium when He comes to rule His kingdom.)  28And I will give him the morning star. (Everyone’s morning star is different according to His will that He alone will show you, Rev.22:16.) 29He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

See my brother this is a forever study; an Eternal study of Him and our relationship to Him, and if we do not seek our Godly education with more and greater zeal, than we put into our college studies or any other schooling that would help our flesh to become richer and take care of our families, then we are in the flesh still!!! Men put more emphasis into Man’s teaching than our Heavenly Father’s teachings, which leads to Eternity, why? And that is just why so many are going to Satan’s house for eternity and not our Heavenly Father’s mansions that have been prepared for those who seek Him with all their heart and not just lip service, and worship Him their way and not His!!!!

Dave we cannot find Him on our own He has got to come to you and show you the way to Him; it cannot be found by taking some class, or another Bible study, these will help only if you truly seek Him with all your heart and keep an open mind as a child’s and receive Him the same way, otherwise brother, Marty or I cannot show you the way until you wish to know His truths, because only He can give you His Spirit and speaking in tongues as the spirit gives utterance, this is in fact the entrance to His kingdom  the very beginning of your walk with Him; and then all of His gifts, that He alone will give you as you seek Him; this is His grace He pours out to them that know His voice, so they can be tried in this world (in the fire of His furnace called here and now, this is in fact our purifying grounds, to purify out all flesh and sin nature; if we don’t do it here and now we are in fact not an overcomer spoken of in Rev.)  and become overcomers by His grace in the power of His Spirit in us. For He will not give anyone anything when they do not truly love Him before and above their own life, because He gave all and that is just what it takes to come to Him, all of your faith, soul, strength, spirit, and everything that is in your possession, and every fiber of your being, true Love of a pure heart (this is what needs to be preached before Baptism in His name, to become totally His)!!! These are the first secrets, once you get past this then He will allow me to give you more, if you ask, it will be freely given, just like my Lord gave to me I will in turn give to those who ask. But you see only a third part will make it unto Him of Israel and of His church for there is still to be a falling away from true teachings (Amos8:11-12) which has already started if you would have read the things I sent you, you would have known this too!!! Zach.13:7-9. Things in this world are going to get so much worse than they are; we have not even seen the beginning yet but we are so close to the beginning of the woes: One thing I know is this, if we want to hurry the rapture then everyone of us need to be preaching this gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and raised the third day, because when the last soul receives our Lord and Saviour we are on our way to Him in the air!! Matt.24:14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Grace Given By God: (The Age of Grace)

Grace is given for one reason only; grace is the gift of the Holy Ghost; which enables us to serve Jesus correctly and perfectly; by His power to be able to serve Him His way: Heb12:28Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29For our God is a consuming fire.

You see Grace of God is given not something that you get or is automatically yours at birth. It is a present given to the Lords chosen few who have given themselves to Him in mind, body, spirit, and soul! He allows those who He knows will put everything in this world away and behind them and learn to come to Him in the terms of His new world to come (Luke9:62): This Bible He gave from Himself, to you and I, are the very words it takes to accomplish this task! If we forsake this word, we forsake Him and that is the unforgiveable sin; to blaspheme the Holy Ghost who gave Him all the words to say. Matt.3:16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: Matt.12: 31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Why because He is God John4:24God is a Spirit, that came upon Mary the power of the most High God, in fact His very Essence the Father of Jesus in our natural since but in a supernatural since God manifested in the flesh 1Tim3:16, Isa.9:6 and Matt.1:23 One Person!!! John:7:16; 16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 12:48He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father (John10:30) which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. 14:10; 10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

You know sometimes one must do as his earthy father has said to do; I remember this being spoke to both of us a time or two; it is this, that we needed to put our brain in gear before we put our mouth in motion, by no other than Roy Lee Boyett. This goes along with the wisdom in the Bible as well; Matt.12:33Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment. 37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Which leads me back to your inability to rightly determine where to classify the information that I relayed to you, because your heart is hardened and your since of religious priorities have been miss apportioned and allocated to the recesses of darkness, because if your heart were truly in the right place, in the light of Jesus Christ, you would have been in the light and not taken blasphemy of the Holy Ghost’s words, saying, judgments, precepts and doctrines as church politics, which in one since of the word they are but if every word spoken out of the mouth of God is life or death, one or the other, do you not think our churches should adhere to them at all costs!!!?

So I know that you did not intentionally blow off blasphemy for church politics unless something more pressing is weighing on your heart; there has to be another reason, for you to make such a grave error: My brother is a smart man. So what’s really bothering you? I can’t imagine anything more important than that our church is of God being before anything in our lives; for our worship and living a holy, righteous, life, are our only way to him; far, far away from hearing and not doing His word; for to do so is death eternal, the bottom line!!!  So my big brother you must have some major things occupying your heart! If man loves this world or anything in it before our Lord you are still in grave error, but only you can reprioritize your life, and that is exactly why I know you need help in this area.

New Subject: Too much flesh always destroys the spiritual growth: Matt.13 the seed sown needs to mature and to grow in toiled soil that has plenty of depth and nourishment (worked soil, because it takes an dedicated effort to come to Him, He has to be first, He is the Husbandry of His Field and He alone will reap His crop (1Cor.3:5-10), we are the field and we are to bring up good crops unto Him to reap) in it to survive, some fields deliver purer harvest than others, maybe not in quantity but in quality; I know He is not looking for quantity but quality. I think it might be time to change to another field!!! For only our Lord’s field is the true field that will be harvested in the day of Judgment; those that adhere to every word out of His mouth and have overcome this world of the flesh spoken of in Revelations; Matt4:4; and Luke 4:4.This true church of God will in fact hold to every word out of His mouth because that is the only politics that will work in our monarchy to come!!!

What the King says, is a decree. It is from then on, once out of His mouth and uttered, it is law. No one in His kingdom can change it or live in another way other than what was spoken; unless they hide it and keep it secret or leave His kingdom, the only other kingdom that is an alternate that is available to those who wish to do their will instead of His is in this case the Lake of Fire where the worm dieth not and the fire quencheth not; this to me is unacceptable! This kingdom to come nothing can be hidden, for everything will be brought out into His presence before all!!! No hiding, no hypocrisy, just total obedience to every word from His mouth, which is the way a kingdom works. Our Lord will operate in no less manor, see Jesus told us that, when He prayed thy will be done on earth as in heaven! So if we truly love our Lord as we say we do, then bottom line is we had better come to know Him in truth and spirit, and keep every one of His words for they are required of us, total obedience! John4:24. So Dave I’m here for ya; let me know if any of this has helped and most heartily if you want more I got it. I’ll finish with this again; Ecc.12: 13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Kind of simple rules in a monarchy Matt.4:4, that’s why it’s the Holy Bible, His irrefutable words; that must be obeyed by all His subjects; or we will never get to reign with Him, unless we keep the commandments, John14:15 &15:14, just keeps coming back to this doesn’t it?!

Salvation in repentance, Baptism in Jesus name and the baptism of His Spirit has to come first then the Holy Ghost will lead you in all Holiness, Righteousness without it no one gets into His Kingdom!!! These are His requirements!! Eph4! Acts4:13 (amp.) 13Now when they saw the boldness and unfettered eloquence of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and untrained in the schools [common men with no educational advantages], they marveled; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus. And Acts3: 23And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 24Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. We are in the last days; take heed, time is short for this world is going to shake like never before, very, very soon, and when it does and things start to progress, they will be as a avalanche crashing down Mt. Everest picking up speed taking everything with it straight to Hell!!! Gabriel has the trumpet to his lips waiting for Jesus to give him the word right now!!! You see there is a famine in the land as we speak, not for water and not for food, but for faith and the hearing the word of God: Amos8:11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. Also Luke18:8 Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke18:9And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:10Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.12I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.13And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. If we don’t learn to get on those knees and prey and fast as if our lives still depended on it and to love all men and to bring them unto our Lord and Saviour Jesus, we are all but lost still!!! John14:6, 3:3, 5, 6 Acts2:3, 4: tongues is the evidences of the Spirit the Holy Ghost, (Is.28:9-(*11*)-13); Mark16:17 And these signs will follow so the world will know; James1:17. Luke19:26For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.27But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. Luke20:18Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. Ro.11:20Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Once saved? But the alternative: Luke22:32But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted (Acts2:1-4), strengthen thy brethren: Evidences of true believers edifying brothers and making disciples of all nations, our new jobs. Staying in the Father’s will forever!!! Serving Him with everything we have, day and night and at every waking moment (1Thes.5:12-24). With every single breath we take we give unto Him with our praise, prayers, and service, withholding nothing back from Him; our Lord, our Saviour, our God, and His name is Jesus Christ, Deu.6:  4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: For there is no other to come; I Am the First and The Last Rev.1: 8I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Rev1:17, I am the first and the last: 18I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. The End: and soon to all, The End Forever!

Dave this is not even a part of what He has shown me, but I know you have had enough of me for now so I will leave you to your own search of the truth for now, and I truly hope this finds your heart tender and merciful and truly full of love for Him, I will pray as always for you and yours, that the Lord will continue to bless you in all things that will bring you into a closer walk with our Lord Jesus!!

Your loving brother and sister in Christ Jesus, Gary and Cindy wishing and hoping this will find all well at this Christmas time. Let us praise and worship him in truth and in spirit forever! John4:24 for this is how we are going to find our way to Him! 1Pt.1:1-(*16*)-25 *Lev.11:44, 45; 19:2; 20:7-8; Matt5:48; Gen17:1; Matt.5:20, Ro.10:3: We either submit; or go to a new home of forever being tormented and in agony without end, were the worm dieth not and there will be gnashing of teeth, and the fire quencheth, never, without end, in the bottomless pit of Hell or thrown into the “Outer Darkness of Eternity, the endless vacuum of nothingness” without end all alone forevermore in the crushing abyss!!!!

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60 Questions on the Godhead

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  1. Is the word trinity in the Bible? No.
  2. Does the Bible say that there are three persons in the Godhead? No.
  3. Does the Bible speak of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost? Yes.
  4. Do these titles as used in Matthew 28:19 mean that there are three separate persons in the Godhead? No, they refer to three offices, roles, or relationships to humanity.
  5. Does the Bible use the word three in reference to God? Only one verse in the entire Bible does so—1Jn.5:7. It speaks of the father, the Word (instead of Son), and the Holy Ghost, and it concludes by saying, “These three are one!” Read the original Greek version that was written before the Roman Catholics got a hold of it! 1 Jn.5:7 reads: 7For there are three that bear record; the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. Ac.20:28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. See Jn.20:28 and Mt.1:23, Immanuel “God with us.” Is.40:3, Mt.3:3.
  6. Does the bible use the word one in reference to God? Yes, many times. For example, see, Deu.6:4; Zach.14:9; Mal.2:10; Mt.23:9; Mk.12:29, 32; Jn.8:41; 10:30; Ro.3:30; 1Cor.8:4; Ga.3:20; 1Tm.2:5; Jm.2:19 and all throughout Isaiah and the rest of the Prophets.
  7. Can the mystery of the Godhead be understood? Yes, Ro.1:20; Col.2:9; 1Tm.3:16; 1Jn.5:20.
  8. Has the Christian have only one heavenly Father? Yes, Mt.23:9; Mk.12:29; Jn.10:30; 14:7-9 and Deu.6:4.
  9. Then why did Jesus say to Philip, “He hath seen the Father” Jn.14:7-9. Because Jesus is the express image of God’s person. Heb.1:3 the Greek word for person in this verse means substance.
  10. Does the Bible say that there are two persons in the Godhead? No.
  11. Does the Bible say that all the Godhead is revealed in one person? Yes, in Jesus Christ. 2Cor.4:4; Col.1:19; 2:9; Heb.1:3.
  12. Is the mystery of the deity hidden from some people? Yes, Lk.10:21-22; Jn.14:16-17, those who receive His words are the only true Son’s of God, Jn.8:47; Lk.11:27And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the pap’s which thou hast sucked. 28But he (Jesus) said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Jn.8:31-32 and 51.
  13. Who is the Father? The Father is the one God, particularly as revealed in parental relationship to humanity. Deu.32:6; Mal.2:10; Jn.1:1-3 through verse14 the one true God manifested in the flesh, 1Tm.3:16.
  14. Where was God the Father while Jesus was on earth? The Father was in Christ Jn.14:10; 2Cor.5:19; He was also in heaven, for God is Omnipresent, Jn.3:13.
  15. Did the prophet Isaiah say that Jesus would be the Father? Yes. Is.9:6; 63:16.
  16. When God said, “Let us make man in our image” (Gen.1:26), was He speaking to another person in the Godhead? No. Is.44:24; Mal.2:10.
  17. How many of God’s qualities were in Christ? All. Col.2:9.
  18. How may we see the God who sent Jesus into the world? By seeing Jesus. Jn.12:44-45; 14:7-9.
  19. Does the Bible say that Jesus is the Almighty? Yes, Rev.1:8; Is.9:6.
  20. Whom do some designate as the first person in the trinity? God the Father.
  21. Who do some designate as the third or the last person in the trinity? The Holy Ghost. But Jesus said He was the First and the Last. Rev.1:17-18ffs. See also Rev.22:13.
  22. How many persons did John see sitting on the throne in heaven? One. Rev.4:2.
  23. If Jesus is the First and the Last, why did God say in Is.44:6 that He was the First and the Last? Because Jesus is the God of the Old Testament incarnate. Zach.12:10; Jn.1-14; and 19:37; 1Pt.1:11 and 2Pt.1:21 the first and the last, Jn.8:23-24; 28; and 58, Jesus is the I Am of both Testaments, Is.49:26, Jesus is that one who has been promised from the tribe of Judah, Gen.49:8-12 look to Gen.3:15, that which will come from woman’s seed will step on and destroy Satan’s (Sin’s) power of death, Gen.12:1-3, therefore walk before Him and be ye perfect according to His word, Gen.17:1 and Mt.5:48, because Jesus did not come to take away the law or the commandments or the testimonies of the prophets, but to fulfill them all, Mt.5:17-20; Mt.24:35; Mal.3:6; Heb.13:8 because God cannot lie, Num.23:19; Tit.1:2; Heb.17-18 His word is immutable and we have a hope of salvation if we stay anchored to that which is behind the vail! What was behind the vail? The only thing left behind in the arch of the covenant was the word of God in the 10 commandments, because the Philistines’ stole the jar of manna and Aaron’s rod that bloomed and brought forth almonds, you see man always wants God’s provisions and His Supernatural powers, but they fall short of wanting His words of truth, which cleanses us from our sins when we keep His promises to us! This is just like the seven churches in Revelations which needed to go back to the first things they did, for they ended up like the women in Is.4:1And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. They wanted to serve and worship the Lord their way and still have Him take away their reproach and sin! Just like the churches of today! They fall short of obeying His every word, by thinking grace is some magical blanket that covers us from our sins; Jesus said to go and sin no more unless a worse thing come upon you, Jn5:14 see also Jn.8:11-12 Jesus is that light which brings all scripture to our minds, that we may abide in Him, Jn.15:1-27 and we will know what we are to say and do for He will tells us what it is that we are to say, Mt.10:17-20; if we abide in Him, for we can do nothing by ourselves, without Him in our lives, for it is Jesus who makes us blameless, 2Cor.5:19-21!
  24. Did Jesus tell Satan that God alone should be worshiped? Yes, Mt.4:10.
  25. Does the devil believe in more than one God? No, Jm.2:19.
  26. Does the Bible say that God, who is the Word, was made flesh? Yes, Jn.1:1-14.
  27. For what purpose was God manifested in the flesh? To save sinners. Heb.2:9, 14; 1Tm.6:11-16; Tit.2:13; Lk.24:45-47 and 1Jn.2:1-3.
  28. Was Jesus God manifested in the flesh? Yes, 1Tm.3:16; Is.49:26 Jesus is for redemption but very soon He will judge all the earth, Heb.12:29 and 1Tm.6:13-16; Philp.2:10 & 12!
  29. Could Jesus have been on earth and in heaven at the same time? Yes, Jn.3:13; 6:62; 1Cor.15:46-47.
  30. Does the Bible say that there is but one Lord? Yes, God is One! Is.45:18; 49:26; Eph.4:5; Zech.14:9; Jn.1:1-3. See attached sheets on One God!
  31. Does the Bible say that Christ is Lord? Lk.2:11; Ac.2:36; Ac.10:36 Lord of all and in you all; Col.3:11 if you are baptized in His name Ac.2:38-40, 1Cor.8:11 and cleansed by His words 2Cor.6:16-18, Jn.15:1-20, when we abide in Him and His disciples words of truth Ac.2:42-47, for only they had the keys to heaven and no other have them or were given them, Mt.16:19-20; and St. John sealed the Holy Bible in Rev.22:18-19 and no one can not add to His word or take ANYTHING AWAY FROM, IT OR THEY ARE CURSED!!! Det.4:2; Gal.1:8-9 and Mt.12:31-32 for there is but one path we must travel down, Mt.7:13-14 or be accursed see the following verses to 29; for Jesus is the only foundation we can build eternity on, Jn14:6; Jn.3:3-8!
  32. Does the Bible say that the Lord is God? Yes. 1Kg.18:39; Zech.14:5; Ac.2:39; Rev.19:1; Jn.14:1 & 17:3 Jesus has manifested the name of God in His very own flesh, Jn.17:3-11!
  33. How could the Church belong to Jesus Mt.16:18 (Jesus is that rock being the chief corner stone that the builders rejected, Ac.4:11-12!) and yet be the Church of God (Ac.20:28; 1Cor.10:32)? Because Jesus is God in the flesh, 1Tm.3:16! Mt.1:23 Immanuel translated God with us! Jn.1:1-14 and God said He would not give His glory to another, Is.42:8; 48:11; 1Cor.2:8; that is why we need His name at baptism because it is the New Testament covenant by which we receive the blood of the New Testament Covenant, 1Cor.6:11 and Jn.17:3; Jesus is the glory of God manifested in the flesh, we see the Glory of God in the face of Jesus, 2Cor.4:1-6; who was the Holy Spirit made flesh to be the head of His church which He purchased with His own blood, Ac.20:28 and see Jn.20:28, Thomas learned who Jesus was, just as Philip did; Jn.14:6-19, for God was in Jesus doing all the works by the power of the Holy Spirit which is God, Jn.4:24, God is that Holy Spirit made flesh, 1 Tm.3:16 which is the goodness which is the mystery of the Godhead; God’s grace came to take away our sins, in which there can be no other name, by which salvation comes, Ac.4:12; for this reason the Apostles of Jesus Christ Baptized in His glorious name, because all power is attached to His name, Jn.14:14, because Jesus is the very name of God manifested in the flesh which means “God Saves” or “Yah God” is Salvation” Yashuah or the Joshua or the Greek is Jesus; for this reason Jesus said in Mt.28:19-20 to baptize in the NAME,what is that name; it can be no other name but Jesus because Jesus came in His Father’s name, Jn.5:43 see Jn.17:1-11: for this reason the Apostles knew Jesus was God in the flesh and Jesus is that only name by which salvation comes according to scripture, Jn.5:39-40! Let God and His word be true and every man a liar, Ro.3:3, for salvation comes by obedience to the very word of God, Mt.4:4 and Lk.4:4 is no coincidence; so let all men come to Him who is the one God by which there can be only one salvation from one baptism, and I refer you yet again to scripture, Eph.4:3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift (Grace) of Christ: 1 Cor.5:19-21!
  34. Will God give His glory to another? No. Is.42:8; 48:11; 1Cor.2:6-8ffs!
  35. Was there a God formed before Jehovah, or will there be afterwards? No. Is.43:10-11 see also Is.44:8; 45:5-7 Jn.8:12 Jesus is that very light; Is.41:4; 44:6 Jesus is that LORD of all, Ac.10:36-48 by which they of the first century church were baptized, for there is no other salvation in any other name, Ac.4:12 by which we must be saved!
  36. What is one thing God does not know? Another God. Is.44:6, 8; see also Deu.4:35; 32:39; 1Sam.2:2; 2Sam.22:32; Is.45:5-7 see Jn.8:12 Jesus is that light, Gen.1:1-3; Joel2:27-29; Mt.16:18 Jesus is that Rock that the living church of the living God is built on.
  37. What is one thing that God cannot do? Lie. Titus1:2, Nu.23:19; 1Sa.15:29; Mal.3:6; Jm.1:17; 1Kg.8:56-60; Mt.5:18; 24:35; Heb.6:18; 13:8. Ro.3:3-4; therefore let us all be reconciled unto His word and not the doctrines of vain men, who conceived the Trinity Doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church 450 years after the Apostles were dead, and ratified in the year 550c. by the Council of Nicaea, the Roman Catholic Church who is still trying to have all men worship another man which fallible who is called the Pope, which practices blasphemy, and is in error of scripture! Due.4:2; Gal.1:8-9; and Rev.22:18-19, they will be anathema, 1 Cor.16:22!
  38. How many Gods should we know? One. Hosea13:4; Is.43:11; 45:21-22.
  39. How many names has the Lord? One. Zech.14:9; Jesus said I come in My Father’s name, Jn.5:43 see Jn. Chapter 17.
  40. Is it good to think upon the name of the Lord? Yes. Mal.3:16-18.
  41. Does the Bible say that God alone treads on the waves of the sea? Yes. Job.9:8: Did not Jesus meet with His disciples on the water walking? Mt.14:25; Ps.104:1-5!
  42. Why, then, was Jesus able to walk upon the Sea of Galilee (Mt.14:25)? Because He is God the creator. Col.1:16-17; Jn.1:2-3; 1Jn.1:1-3: The Son according to the flesh, the adopted Son of David, King of the Tribe of Judah to fulfill all prophecy and to keep the Promise to Abraham and the prophecy of Jacob then called Israel which mean I (God) will strive (live in or) with them; His chosen people, Gen.12:3! Gen.49:9-12 (10: Shiloh: perhaps “he whose it is,” a Messianic title). Jn.5:39. Jesus is “God with Us”, Mt.1:23; I refer you to Is.40:3 as to what John the Baptist was doing; Mt.3:3, was he not preparing the way for whom? God!
  43. Is God the only one who can forgive sin? Yes. Is.43:25; Dan.9:9; Mk.2:7-12.
  44. Why, then, could Jesus forgive sin in Mark2:5-11? Because He is God the Savior, Titus2:11-15.
  45. Is Jesus the true God? Yes 1Jn.5:20; Is.9:6: This is the true God, and eternal life.
  46. If God and the Holy Spirit are two separate persons, which was the Father of Christ? Mt.1:20 says that the Holy Ghost was the Father, while in Ro.15:6,  2Cor.11:31, and Eph.1:3 say that God was the Father, There is no contradiction when we realize that God the Father and the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost are one in the same thing a Spirit, Jn.4:24 God is a Spirit. Mt.10:20; Eph.4:4-7; 1Cor.3:16, Ac.20:28; and Ro.8:9.
  47. When Paul asked the Lord who He was, what was the answer? “I am Jesus.” Ac.9:5.
  48. While Stephen was dying, did he call God Jesus? Yes, Ac.7:59.
  49. Did Thomas ever call Jesus God? Yes, Jn.20:28.
  50. How could Jesus be the Savior, when God the Father said in Isaiah 43:11, “Besides Me there is no God or Savior”? Because “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself” 2Cor.5:19, so that when we receive this understanding we can all be one with Him in truth and in His Spirit which will be the righteousness of God in us and in Him see verses 20-21.
  51. Does the Bible say that Jesus was God with us? Yes, Mt.1:23; Is.7:14.
  52. Did Jesus ever say I and My Father are one? Yes, Jn.10:30; 12:45.
  53. Can it be proved scripturally that Jesus and the Father are One in the same sense that the husband and the wife are one? No. The Godhead was never compared to the relationship of a husband and wife. Jesus identified Himself with the Father in a way that a husband and wife cannot be identified with each other. Jn.14:6-9 to verse 11.
  54. Does the Bible say that there is only one wise God? Yes, Jude 1:25.
  55. Does the Bible call the Holy Ghost a second or third person in the Godhead? No. The Holy Ghost is the one Spirit of God; the one God Himself At work in our lives, Ro.8:9 the Spirit of God, Jn.4:24, is the same as the Spirit of Jesus because they are one Spirit and one in the same, 1P.1:11 and 2Pt.1:21; Heb.1:8-12 for this reason Peter commanded that we grow in the knowledge of whom? 2Pt.3:18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen see Jn.6:63! The very Essence of God, His power and His Divine Will His very life force His eternality of life being, “The I Am, I Will be, I Am therefore the Forever One, His name is Jesus, Acts.4:12; Jn.5:36 & 43! If we know not who Jesus is we will die in our sins, for He is the great I Am, Jn.8:24; and 58 and I refer you to Jesus’ words Himself, Jn.8:31-32 and 51! Without obedience to His every word we are lost still, 2 Tm.3:16-17! If we are found in our will and not in His we will be condemned forever in His wrath to come, for this is that unforgivable sin by which His blood will never cover, Mt.12:31-32 see also 46-50; because God’s children hear Him and His words, Jn.8:47He that is of God heareth God’s words!
  56. Can the trinitarians show that three divine persons were present when Jesus was baptized by John? Absolutely not. The one, omnipresent God used three simultaneous manifestations. (My God is a multitasking God; with man this is impossible but with God all things are possible, Mt.19:26!) Only one divine person was there—The God-man Himself Jesus Christ our LORD GOD and SAVIOR! 1Tm.3:16; 6:15-16; Titus2:10-15; Is.48:17 and Jn.14:6! Jesus is that Kingdom to which we all are striving to enter into His rest, Mt.12:28 and Lk.11:20; when they say Jesus is here or there do not go to find Him for He will be with you and in you; If you have been born-again of His Spirit and He is in you; Jn.3:3-8 or you are none of His yet still Ro.8:9, because you have not the power to overcome sin in your life, Mk.16:15-20; Ac.2:1-4 and 38-47; Lk.11:28But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. See Jn.8:11 and Jn.5:14, sin not unless a worse thing come upon you Ro.6:23, 2 Pt.2:18For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. Who is not with our Lord is not gathering souls; Lk.11:23He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. If you scatter anything it better be the word of God unto salvation of your brother’s lost souls 2Tm.2:19-26, Jm.5:19Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
  57. Then what were the other two of whom trinitarians speak? One was the voice from heaven (God is omnipresent is He not?); the other was the Spirit of God in the form of LIKE a dove (A likeness of a dove that only John and Jesus could see for confirmation THAT THIS INDEED WAS THE MESSIAH God’s very own (created, made, manifested, originated, begotten, Incarnated!) self and anointed One, Heb.10:5! THAT John had prophesied was to come who was before him whom he was not able to tie or untie His sandal (Look at the ending of the scripture John used to prepare the way of the Lord! Is.40:3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Mt.3:33), Mt.3:16-17, “In Whom I Am.”; Lk.3:16-17, The one that was before him even when Jesus was born after John, John knew Jesus was the Eternal One, Jn.3:26-36! There can only be one God who is savior of all creation because He alone created it so He alone is the only one who came to save it! Because only God can do away with a curse of sin which is death to the sinner, there was only one power or blood that could cover sin for eternity, the blood of the lamb of God, the God-man Himself made flesh just for this divine operation to be death to death in His Name, that is the reason why we must take His name at Baptism for the remission of sin, because only God in the flesh is the propitiation of sin once and forever, Act.4:12; 2:38-39 no other name is given by which we must be saved, this is what is meant by baptize in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit, there can be only one name that all the fullness of the Godhead was in and that is Jesus and we are complete in Him alone, Col.2:8-15! We are buried in Him in baptism, see Ro.6:1-23 and Col.2:10-15!)
  58. What did the voice say at Jesus’ baptism? “Thou art My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Mark1:11. As the Son of God according to the flesh, Jesus was the one God incarnate, Jn.1:1-18 see the Greek original (http://interlinearbible.org).
  59. Does the Bible say that God shed His blood and that He laid down His life for us? Yes. Acts20:28; 1Jn.1:1-7; 2:1-2; and 3:16-24; 1Jn.5:20, we must seek to be perfect as He is perfect, Mt.5:48 and 1 Jn.3:1-9ffs.
  60. The Bible says that God is coming back with all His saints (Zach.14:5) and also that Jesus with all His saints (1Ths.3:13). Are two coming back? No. Only one is coming back—our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Titus2:13.

Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever, He has become God in the flesh to show us our salvation and how to be just like Him with examples for His children to live by, Jn.14:6; 15; 15:1-14! We are to mark those who walk contrary to His ways and to admonish them that means we are to pick up our weaker brothers and give our lives to them in examples of what to do and what not to do; For this reason Jesus’ Spirit has been poured out in these last days, Joel.2:28, so that we could have the power to overcome this flesh, to deny self and pick up our cross and follow Him, Mt.10:32-39; or we are none of Him, Ro.8:9, just that simple, mark those who walk in righteousness for they have learned it from the Father, for they do always the things that please the Father as they walk in His will, Mt.12:46-50, till He come to receive His own, so that we can become His crown jewels, Mal.3:16-18, and have a name that no other can know but those who He gives it to, His chosen few, Many are called but few will be chosen, Mt.22:14; Mt.7:13-14; 20:16; Those who overcome are those who will sit at His dinner table, Rv.3:19-22;  Rv.3:12-13! Rv.22:1-21 Even so Lord come quickly, Come Lord Come, 1Cor.16:22! Jn.8:24 Those that will know His name will enter into His kingdom, Mt.12:28-32; 1Tm.3:16, Spirit of God-Man, He is Jesus forever, I am the First and the Last and besides Me there is no other God, Mk.12:29, Is.44:6 Why call Me Lord, Lord and keep not My commandments? Lk.6:46! Mt.7:21-23. Mt.24:35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Isaiah 40:1-8, Is.28:9-18; 55:3-11; 2Tm.3:16-17.

Lords way Ministries

By Rev. G. L. Boyett

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A Jeweled Crown of Glory,

Or Fruits of the Spoil to Satan!

  I want to start this lesson off with the word jewel, because we are special jewels unto the Lord: As we see in Mal.3:17And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  This is because of some people getting together much like today, whenever two or more are gathered in My name I will be in the midst of them. Just for coming together to praise and worship Him we get put in a book of remembrance. Mal.3:16Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name: When we take on His name at our wedding with Him when we go down in the water (The watery grave to self and our prideful flesh! We come up out of the water in humbleness a new servant of God, walking in the Spirit of Truth; knowing we have been bought with a price we can never repay! We have taken on the name that is above every name; by the only name by which salvation comes; and that is the glorious name of Jesus Christ our Lord and everlasting Saviour!), we become His property, but so much more than that. We become one with Him, a bride and a joy to Him, a precious jewel, the apple of His eye, Deu.32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

He found us wondering around on His planet earth, and made Himself known to us; in Romans 1 we see this, starting in verse 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: This is the gift of grace given to us for our redemption, because He loved us from creation (Jn.6:44). He wanted a relationship with someone of His own kind, which is a spiritual soul. We are one of a kind to Him (In His own Image!) and in everything else that there is, that ever was created; there is nothing like us that does exist in this world, this is why when we come to Him and are raised out of the water of death into a new world and a new life; we become a special person; a servant of the Almighty God: We who have been bought, with the blood of God; we are no longer our own! (Ac.20:28; Ro.12:1-2; 1 Cor.11:1)

When we receive The Holy Spirit with evidences of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance (Ac.10 through 11:15-18; these are they who have received the repentance of God! He no longer sees you in your sin and has repented of Himself to destroy you!), this is when we become one with Him and we become Jesus’ peculiar people. His jewels, He then cannot keep His eyes off of us. He is always before us in the spirit trying to keep His own in all righteousness; if only we will allow the Spirit to operate in us. For in us lives all truth (Jn.1:17 & Rev.19:10!), and righteousness, when we keep ourselves holy (sanctified and consecrated 2 Tm.2:19-22; 2 Cor.6:14-18), unto Him: we are a well designed tool, even a weapon if you will, when we are wielding His scriptures to win the lost souls or against the adversary. Eph.6:13-17 says put on the whole armor of God, in order to be a well equipped soldier you need the whole armor of God in working order!

Thanks to Adam and Eve which were God’s first jewels He created in His likeness; sin entered into God’s perfect creation, which in turn will take a Godly solution to correct it! Because of sins power to alter everything in God’s perfect creation, sin will not be able to be removed until God sees fit to remove it (2 Pt.3:1-18) in the fire of purification. We are very much as like a jewel or gem that is in the ruff (in sin), before we come to the Lord.

A gem in the rough is just a rock.

  If you don’t know what you are looking for and without a well trained eye, you could in fact pick up something that looked like a plain old rock; but if you were to throw it away; you would be in fact, in all actuality be throwing away a perfectly good fortune; unless you know what you’re looking at! This is how we appear to God before He picks us up and cleans us off (when we repent) and He polishes us up (baptism in the only name that counts, in Jesus’ name Ac.4:12) and He starts cutting the facets (He anoints us and shapes us with His oil the Holy Spirit; we are reborn again into His likeness, a new sinless creation of God!) we become jewels fit for a righteous KING of kings and LORD of lords; a gem for a Golden Crown fitted with prized diadems. Ex.19:5Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure (His special jewels) unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:  6And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel (as we are grafted into that vine we draw from the root, Romans11:12-27). This is why we must be in the world, to lead those that are lost back to Him, but not of this world, for to be worldly is to be carnally minded and be of the flesh, which leads to death. Rom.8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  

This can only happen if we put all of our faith in God Almighty by the power given us at our rebirth when Jesus’ Spirit was put in us (Jn.14:18), for all the fullness of the Godhead is in JESUS our savior. Col.2:9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God (The New Testament covenant!), who hath raised him from the dead (Jesus is God’s firstfruits, Himself in the flesh raised by His own power; 1 Tm.3:16!).  13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: 17Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Which when we realize God has manifested Himself in the flesh (1Tim.3:16); we find out who this Jesus really is. In 1 John 5:19And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ: This is the true God, and eternal life!

With understanding comes our brilliance and glorious shimmering shine, as we are tempered in the trials of this world (Jn.16:33), we are becoming more like Him who knew no sin in the flesh, this Jesus of Nazareth. This is the big secret and the world’s greatest mystery, a stone of offense laid in Zion, this Jesus the stone (God Himself in the flesh, to remove sin in a supernatural way, in which only He could do!) which the builders (Israelite priests) rejected; I have made the chief corner stone (the foundation of salvation from sin) in which I will build My Church! This Jesus that we (because we are all sinners in heart) have crucified because of our sins that we inherited from Adam our first natural father, God has raised up Jesus (Our Natural Eternal Father, Is.9:6) from the dead and made Him Lord and The Christ (Ac.2:36 & 10:36 Lord of all!); Man, the Israelites, and all of us are responsible for Christ death on the cross, because of sin and how wide spread and powerful it is. It was by the grace of God that He is opening our eyes to see that He (God Jesus Christ, Mt.1:23! Who is God with us!); came so that you and I would not be lost; like one of those that are still lost and in the world who have not received His salvation or this revelation (The Trinitarian’s who practice tritheism! Which is just another of man’s paradoxes or oxymoron’s such as the term consubstantial, which when broken down to its terms means nothing to that which they claim can be used when talking about the One God we serve in Jesus Christ! All those who will die because they knew Him not: Jn.4:24 & 8:24 who will die in their sins if they don’t know who Jesus really is!). If anyone thinks they are going to get to Jesus and be judged and thinks’ they are going to be able to ask Jesus to take them to see God; let me assure you, your feet will never leave the ground come the catching away! Why? Because you know not who Jesus is: Who did John the Baptist’s prepare a way for? Answer; Is.40:3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God! That is who John baptized; not to remove sin or to repent, Jesus had no sin to repent of; He allowed John the Baptist to baptize Him for one two reasons; 1. To show us they way to salvation, death to self in a watery grave and being raised out of the water in newness of a new life free from sin and joined to the Holy Spirit; to go and sin no more, to be free from the power of sin (Jn.8:11 and Jn.5:14) and the next eternal death in Hell! 2. So that all Righteousness could be fulfilled by the fulfilling of all prophecy and all that has ever been written of Jesus in the Bible from the beginning, starting at Gen.1: to Rev.22:21 for all scripture is about Jesus Christ (Jn.5:39) and His Salvation for us. To bring the Old Testament and enjoin it to the New testament in one Holy Bible for our admonition and edification, 2 Tm.3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Pt.1:20-21; 1 Pt.1:10-11!), and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works! So much for saved by Grace and Faith alone, Ac.26:19-20 read it; it agrees with Jms.2:1-26; Paul never did away with the Law; when we live buy faith in the word of God in our hearts and we love our brethren as ourselves we have fulfilled all the Law; when it is instilled in our hearts and our minds as we mortify the deeds of this flesh and walk in the Spirit in love we have fulfilled all the law and have ourselves become the law which is written in our hearts and is always before our minds as seen in Jer.31:31-34! If you are truly born-again in the manner in which Jesus spoke in Jn.3:3-8 and Ac.2:38-40 ffs!

The Righteousness of Jesus in His people!

  He that knew no sin and became sin for you and me, so that we might receive salvation, not having our conscience seared over with a hot iron; for if we do not answer this call, right now, we are as good as those that are still lost. Ready to be devoured by the roaring lion, see Eze.22:24Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation. 25There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof (This is today as well!). This is what happens when people listen to this world and the people that are not speaking in the Holy Spirit of the our Lord Jesus Christ! Satan of this world gets them, and they are now being deceived as we speak. But there is another Lion more powerful than the one of this world, the Lion of the pride of Judah, Jesus Christ the one who has overcome this world and has the keys to Hell. John16:33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Rev.1:18I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

As long as we keep in His commandments (Jn.14:15 see also Lk.6:46; Mk.8:34-38!) and do as He says in His Holy Scriptures, we will become overcomers; Rev2:25But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. 26And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 28And I will give him the morning star (There is only one true Morning Star which is Jesus Christ, Rv.22:16!). 29He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

The bright and morning star!

  The bright and morning star is no less than our very own Lord and savior Jesus Christ. He will be our crowning jewel. When we overcome this world He will give us a stone with our new name on it, which only He and you will know. Rev.2:17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. This white stone may very well be a pure gem stone, but oh what a special and precious gem it really is in clarity and transparency; for it is the stone in which was rolled away at His resurrection, (It is a stone cut out of that stone that was written, “death to all sinners” which we do not ever need to fear again as long as we stay to His will for us, which is His word to us!) which brings life to those who except Jesus Christ as their personal savior: When they ask Him to come into their hearts; those that want to start a new life all over again with the slate wiped clean; free for all sin that has come into their life. Jesus hung on the cross and drained of His life’s giving blood; His very own Spirit out on the ground for you and I, can we deny Him any longer, for to do so, is to become the fuel in the fire of Hell everlasting, where the worm dieth not (Eze.21:31-32 & Eze.22:30-31)!

The heat from the trials we face each and every day for Him now, is nothing compared to the glory we will receive when we hear those priceless words, when Jesus says, “Well done My good and faithful servant.” Through the trials of these last days on this world are only His furnace tempering His jewels to perfection, adding those unique colors to the nature of the stone He wants us to be, different from all the rest, each of us a special master piece, made by the Master (Gemologist) Potter. We will be His chosen vessels for His Spirit to live and walk in; 2 Cor.6:14-18 if only we come out from among this untoward generation; and He will be our God!

We see in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance that there are only three scriptures that have the word jewel in them, also we see jewels being used in the plural case, we have it used 23 times. Only once is it used by God in a certain way, Mal.3:17And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

These are those who rightly fear the Lord in reverence and in Honoring Him in word and deed (Col.3:17). These are His overcomers of this world; God came to earth to have the power of sin which is death removed; from His presence as well as ours, but only after we receive Him and His salvation can we no longer fear the second death. Then the power of sin is removed on a personal level but not on a world level. He cannot and will not remove it forever until after the end of this age, after His thousand year reign; then the eternal judgment and death comes to all sinners, Dan.12:1-2 & Rev.22:1-21. His redeemed people are the most important thing to Him that there can be, for we are His glory and His glorious achievement, because we are created in His image; and He will not give His glory to another, (Is.42:8; 48:11). This means before sin entered into the picture, we were perfect in every way. Let me see if I can give some light; to the use of this word jewel, which is only mentioned once in the Book of Life, for this particular meaning. Number 5459 in the Hebrew is used only once for this definition: ce- short e sound cegullah- (seg-oll-law’) it is in the Fem. Gen. Passive (voice) or passively tensed. From a unused root word so this means it is to be a root word in which one could build other words from or compound words or phrases. This is an important word when you can use it to build a word never used before, by combining another word to it. For in its context we see it used in reference to God taking His Bride or His Church, His people, who call on His name and mean it rightly! This word is described thusly: to shut up wealth (as closely shut up):–Jewel, (peculiar, special treasure), proper, good (perfect), special (virginity as in pure, and unspoiled: Something for no other’s use!). I get the sense we see here, beings we are talking about a bride; it is a virgin who is spotless and is perfect in every way, who has kept herself for one purpose, to be His bride and a glory to Him, a priceless jewel without measure! Eph.5:27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. This is how a true Christian lives; to be Christ like! To speak as an oracle of God and to minister with the gifts that our Lord gives to us, 1 Pt.4:11!

I hope I have brought some kind of perspective to the Love in which the Father has for His children, for He looks on us like this because we are His bride. He wishes to pour out on us His blessing which are priceless jewels, if you will, for no one else can receive them but His children who have taken His name and live in His ways, His truths, and in His life’s examples for us, (Jn.14:6)! We are adopted into the tribe of Judah, and at least 144,000 from the tribes of Israel to be His bride to come. This is His Church, and the love of His very being and reason for His coming to us in the flesh! Which He gave for our freedom at Calvary; so we too, can live an overcoming life like His, in righteousness and holiness, without which no man will enter into His eternal rest and peace! (Is.28:9-13; Mt.5:17-20; and Heb.12:14)

Let us look at this so great love of our Husband’s: we see in Ezekiel: That God is about to use His most valuable jewels to adorn His bride, because we are in fact His brightest jewels He has in His tray to use in His crown. In chapter 16 we read this;

Ezekiel 16

God’s Love for Jerusalem

 1Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,2Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations,3And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.4And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.5None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the loathing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.6And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.7I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare.8Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.9Then washed I thee with water (Baptism you are cleansed by the word of God, at your consecrating in the water of your public confession Jn.15:3!); yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.10I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers’ skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.11I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.12And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.13Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.14And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.

We have seen for ourselves just how great a love the Lord has for us, so much so that, He came and humbled Himself; the creator of the universe; our God and your savior Jesus Christ, who knew no sin became sin for us: (Tit.2:11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Does not a servant do His master’s bidding? This again shows we must have works being accomplished for His name; as the servants who received talents from their King, gained twice that was given to them, except for one, Mt.25:1-46 We must know the price of discipleship, Lk.14:25-35!

2Cor.5: Be Reconciled to God

12For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.13For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.14For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.16Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;19To wit (Know), that God was in Christ (Mt.3:17; 17:5), reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (We are to make disciples of all people and all nations Matt.28:19-20 & Mt.24:14; Mt.22:14; Mt.7:13-14; Mt.20:16!); 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Which actually concludes after the next chapter after 6:1-18 clear into chapter 7: 1Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God! Where is the fear of the Lord today?

We are to receive Christ Jesus for our salvation and to rest on Him and His word alone: and nothing nor no one else but Jesus Christ as our savior, for He was nailed to the cross of redemption and reconciliation, and by the blood of the sacrifice, His precious blood, we are redeemed by the power of His name (Jn.14:14), the name above all names, the only name by which salvation comes. (Acts4:12 neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved!) Let no one preach any other gospel to you than this (Gal.1:8-9),

Col.2:

Not Philosophy but Christ

1Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man. 3I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you. 4Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. 5For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. 6Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; 7And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more. 8For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. 9Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. (This is why we baptize in Jesus name)

1Tim.3:16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. This Jesus, God in the flesh has now an immortal body that is in heaven sitting on the right hand of God (sitting at the right hand is a synonymous for being in all power or authority, for God is a Spirit, (Jn.4:24) in His glory that he had before the foundations of the earth (Jn.1:1-14; 1 Jn.1:1-3 you see the Father is the Son, Jn.10:30 the Spirit became flesh; Jn.12:45! See Jn.14:7-9! God became flesh really ruins that trinity thing! Yet the oneness doctrine of God being one is confirmed in scripture time and time again; Zech.14:9 as well as Gal.3:20; Is.49:26!).

John17:3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was (Ecc.12:7 & Jn.16:27-28!). Jesus was always in the mind of God from before anything was created (Before the first “let there be was said!”); God had a plan and always will have a way that is above our understanding that we can’t comprehend but all things will be in accordance to His predestined will, for He has made everything that we need to know, He has made it known to us by His prophets, and apostles (For those of us who have His mind, 1 Cor.2:1-16.): For they are the foundation to the Church of the living God with Jesus as the chief corner stone Ac.4:11-12; Mt.21:44!

We are all predestined to fit into His plans of creation in that we are to be built up or tore down, depending on how we react to His plan of salvation; the choice is all up to us, to live or to die a second death, to live for eternity in “Hell’s Lake of Fire, where the worm doeth not and the fire is never quenched!” Mk.9: ffs…

2 Tim2:19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity (those who receive Jesus as Lord and savior, these are those who take his name). 20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour (those who receive His plan of salvation), and some to dishonour (these are the people that God knows will not receive His message of hope, to be reconciled to Him). 21If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 22Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity (Out of all the gifts the Lord gives us is Love for all the commandments, prophesies, Laws, statutes, sayings, and judgments hang on Love, without Love we do all things in vain if we do not have His Love in our hearts for our fellow man, this is our burden, or it should be, that non be lost 1 Cor.13:1-3 see verse 13!) peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

We have to make up our own minds because God wants all to come to Him out of love, He will have it no other way. He knows who is going to be His from the start, He sees to the heart of man, there is no hiding your true feeling: all you need to know is that you need to love Him and seek Him out and ask Him to show you Himself so that you can start to build a relationship. Psa.34:8O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. When we put our faith in him as Lord and savior, and confess Him as our God and savior Lord Jesus Christ; He will remove all our sins and cover them with His blood of forgiveness never to be seen or heard of again.

We can either be the brightest gem in His tray, or we can become as one of those condemned to die the second death in the Lake of Hell’s Fire!!! “Satan’s Spoils”. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God. If anyone can get anything out of the Bible it should be not to get God angry! Look what God has to say about His pride and joy, His bride when they rejected Him. Malachi 4

The Great Day of God

1For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.(To all nations of the gentiles around the world and to the elect that does not heed to God’s commandments judgments, saying and statutes yes all of them, and God changes not, Mal.3:6!)  “That will leave them neither root nor branch.

But this is to the Israelites and those of us grafted in that are saved by faith in Jesus:      

2But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. 4Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Israel will have a plan and does have a plan that has been in place since the foundations of the earth, to be redeemed by Jesus, for God will send two prophets of old to change the hearts of the Israelites just before judgment falls on the earth. But the gentiles fit under a different category for our fore father’s were Esau which God hated, because He was in sin, for Esau’s heart was not right in the sight of God just as Cain’s was not right before God. We will use Malachi for this next example of how God can show His wrath:

Malachi 1 (New International Version)

Malachi 1:1 A prophecy: The word of the LORD to Israel through Malachi.

  Israel Doubts God’s Love: 2 “I have loved you,” says the LORD. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob, 3 but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.”

4 Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.”

But this is what the LORD Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the LORD. 5 You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the LORD—even beyond the borders of Israel!’

God is either Hot with a burning passionate love of His children, the apple of His eye, the best of His crown jewels: or Cold as a glacier’s run off waters, for those that reject His plan of salvation, after one rejects His plan of salvation it just gets harder and harder to come to Him. Satan is always in your ear saying we have time to do this later, we don’t need to do it right now, and we can wait. I like this one he used on me; you will never be able to be as good as He wants you to be so don’t you even try, because He won’t accept you. I used them all myself and have even heard worse than that from Satan; at one time or another, but Satan is the father of all lies, we do not have to believe him. We can rebuke him with God’s words and put Satan in his place and send him running from God’s child (Cain was supposed to do that too, Gen.4:7!), simply by telling him to get thee behind me, I am the Lord God Almighty’s child, and start praising God and the devil has no choice in the matter; he and his demons must flee from you (James4:  7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you!). Satan only has power over you if you let him have it; we have dominion over this earth, because God gave this right to Adam in Genesis. God even instructed Cain before he fell into sin in Gen.4 that sin was at the door if he didn’t control himself and put sin in its place and control it, we have this power over the devil, if we would just use it! If we truly do have the Spirit of Jesus in us we can and do have this power and authority:

Romans8:1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. If we accept this plan of salvation and ask the Lord to come into our hearts and dwell in us as we dwell with Him in our lives then we can be born again; and be one in His Spirit of Truth. Jesus said He was the way, the truth and the life, John14:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

We must become one with Jesus in order to have a relationship with the Father. Unless a man be born again he can no wise enter into the kingdom of God. Jn.3:3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again; he cannot see the kingdom of God.

We have two choices to either be Jewels unto the Lord to be used for His glory, or to be a harlot of the world, and live after the flesh and to be carnally minded, which is a death sentence, you are either condemned or you are saved one or the other: When we turn our backs on God and His word; He looks at us with contempt, as a harlot; look at some scripture that shows Israel’s harlotry; these are the scriptures that are right after the scriptures where He raised up Israel out of the wilderness, as if someone had cast out a baby into an open country side, left to die after just being born with the umbilical cord still attached earlier in; well let’s just look at Ezek.16: Ezekiel 16

1Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations, 3And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite. 4And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. 5None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. 6And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live. 7I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare. 8Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.  9Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil. 10I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers’ skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk. 11I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck. 12And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head. 13Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom. 14And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.

Israel plays the Harlot:

    After receiving a blessing from the Lord and being exulted;

Israel does the unthinkable:

Ezek.16:15But thou didst trust in thine own beauty and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. 16And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so. 17Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them, 18And tookest thy broidered garments and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them. 19My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord GOD. 20Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, 21That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them? 22And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood. 23And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith the LORD GOD;) 24That thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every street. 25Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to everyone that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms. 26Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger. 27Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way. 28Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied. 29Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied therewith. 30How weak is thine heart, saith the LORD GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman;

31In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire; 32But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband! 33They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom. 34And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary. 35Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: 36Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them; 37Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them roundabout against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness. 38And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy. 39And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare. 40They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords. 41And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more.

Only because of the covenants with the Father’s of Israel will God relent from wrath on Israel  

42So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry. 43Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, saith the Lord GOD: and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all thine abominations. 44Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter. 45Thou art thy mother’s daughter, that lotheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which loathed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite. 46And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister that dwelleth at thy right hand is Sodom and her daughters. 47Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways. 48As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters. 49Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 50And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. 51Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done. 52Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters. 53When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them: 54That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them. 55When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate. 56For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride, 57Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time of thy reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despise thee round about. 58Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith the LORD. 59For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant. 60Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant: (God showing His unmerited favor with His children, because of His righteousness not because of theirs!) 61Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant. 62And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: 63That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth anymore because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD.

We are now in those days when God is working out his last covenant, first with the gentiles, a people that are no people, to cause Israel to become jealous for their Lord and God, to see a nation of gentiles now becoming God’s children, instead of Israel. Right now the door of opportunity is open to whosoever will!  Anyone can receive the blessed hope of eternal salvation, and learn to become an overcomer and heir to the throne, if they come as a child with a humble heart: To have a name that no one knows written on your stone (jewel) and receive the morning star (Rv.22:16; Rev.2:17) to become a jewel in our Lords crown of glory!!

Today is the day of salvation; for we never know when or what is going to happen next; at this time in our history, we have seen more catastrophes, and lives being just wiped off the face of this planet. Homes, lives, businesses, and jobs are just gone in an instant. And I can assure you it is just going to become more and more rapid between each of these catastrophes; which are going to become larger, closer together and more ferocious with each passing day. The closer we come to the rapture of the church, the more horrible these events will become. Everything that God had the prophets write down in the Bible have come to pass and we are seeing more of the prophet’s prophesies coming to pass each day, it just like the Johnny Cash song “It’s going by the Book”. The Lord’s word cannot and will not come back void, Isaiah55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

2 Cor6:1We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (We are making an appeal to your good senses your conscience sake of your very soul, receive Jesus and spare yourself from eternity of shame and the Lake of Fire which was made before the foundations of time just for the sinners to come and share in.)  2(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured (helped, given aid to. Shown unmerited favor, by the grace of God we are saved, because He has opened our eyes to what will happen to those who reject His salvation, etc.) thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

I urge you if you have loved ones, get them and get to a house of the Lord that teaches apostolic scriptural doctrines strait out of the Bible without adding or subtracting from them. We have one way in which to come to Jesus and that is His way. Not some way that was thought up in the dark ages when the church had lost the guiding of the Holy Ghost. We must repent, change direction in our lives, be baptized in the only name given in the Bible for the remission of sins, in Jesus name, and be baptized in the Holy Spirit, with evidences’ of speaking in tongues, and you may just get something else added in at the same time like prophesying, beings Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy, Rv.19:10 see Ac.19:1-7! Acts 2:38-39 explain all that is needed for salvation in the name above all names, in the only name that has the power of God connected to it. Just the mention of His name and the devils and Satan tremble, Jms.2:19!!!

For each of us that bring in another lost soul we will be rewarded with untold riches, and unspeakable joy to know that we have saved someone’s soul from eternity in hell’s lake of fire and the devils tormentors. We have just gained another jewel in the Lords crown, which will be added to ours as well, which we can lay at Jesus’ feet. Lay up in heaven riches untold that will not perish. Matt.6:19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. For if we lose our life for Him we will gain it forever; Matt.10:39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. In Matt.16 we find out why; 24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 27For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Matt.10:37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And he that taketh not his cross (these are those who do not follow all the commandments, statutes, judgments, sayings, or precepts; you know the ones who do not deny the flesh etc.), and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. (These are the ones that seek out salvation on their terms, not according to scripture, they just try and do right, you know compared to the world’s standards instead of scripturally, you know like get baptized any old way, like in a bunch of titles instead of the name that is called out in the sentence, the sentence says to baptize in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. What is that name? There is only one name that is to be used that meets those requirements, the name of Jesus. It is a far cry to repeat a verse over someone at baptism instead of doing what that verse said to do! We must obey scripture in order to do what it is intended to do; not repeat it over someone thinking we are fulfilling a requirement! This is what King Saul did (See 1 Sam. Chapter 15!), when he lost his kingdom; he listened to his men instead of fulfilling the Lord’s prophet’s commandments of the Lord!) 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 41He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

So right here and now you have to make up your mind to receive the Father, the Son of Man our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, or risk going to hell for eternity. The risk is far greater not receiving Him, with disasters waiting and lurking around each and every corner. The glory and the abundances that He will pour out is beyond measure that we could never contain in our imaginations or on earth, when He starts pouring out blessing; Mal.3:10Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. This is how much He loves us, if we will come to Him we will not be able to contain Him; He will pour out of every part of our being, after we receive His spirit in us: We become His children with power to give evidences of His presence in us, that is how noticeable it is when we receive Him in His glory.

So we have to make a decision right here in front of God and all of His creation to claim Him as Lord and Savior; or give all of your God given jewels over to Satan for his bounty of the spoils. Nothing gives Satan more joy when He can get one of God’s saints, one of God’s prize possessions, one of Jesus’ crown jewels (Lk.22:31). You think the trials of this age are bad; you wait till the Rapture comes and then the end of this age, and then when you think it can’t get any worse the end of time comes when the judgment takes place, and you get thrown into outer darkness of hopelessness and the Lake of Fire with all of the devil’s tormentors and the rest of your sinful so called friends of this world, you wait to see how they will be in Hell!! Where there is no right from wrong just one pile of a decrepit waste of humanity all piled on top of each other, in a never ending ball of human filth, all crying out at the same time from all the torment, what part of crying and gnashing of teeth do we not get? God in His wisdom has made all things perfect, even Satan was an Arch Angel before he stepped out of line with God. So can you imagine how bad he can make it on those God has put him over, the Father of all lies and deceit, he will be your new provider, and giver of everything you don’t need, but that I’m sure you’ll receive an abundant supply of grief, for he was intended for this very job to begin with; God knows the beginning from the end, so can you imagine just how perfect Satan is going to be at his job?

The devil is not going to put anything over on anybody but you! You see what happened when Eve listened to just one thing he said that led all of us down a road headed straight to Hell by one little statement Gen.3:4And the serpent said unto the woman, “Ye shall not surely die: 5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil”. He is a liar then and he is a liar now and will continue to be forever. He was right though, we did learn good from evil, and now we know what sin looks like (It is disobedience to God’s word!); but we are far from being Gods. Until we put on immortality that only the Spirit of Jesus Christ can give, we are lost in our sin.

But if you read to the end of the Book that Satan is trying to keep you from reading; God’s Holy Bible, in it comes all of God’s words that bring life eternal (Jn.6:63; Mt.4:4 & Lk.4:4!). The power of God’s words are beyond our imagination (Is.55:1-13), we see how this age ends and who wins in the end, let me give you a clue, God does and all the saints of God; they win a life of eternal glory and riches with Jesus Christ our God and Saviour in the immortal flesh, with all His angels waiting on us to provide for our every need, as we serve the Lord God of the host, Jesus Christ! Come forward and receive salvation if this sounds like where you need to be, and become a jewel instead of the “Spoils of this Holy War” that we are engaged in; we have to make up our minds to make a change (repent) that will lead to righteousness, holiness, for if we don’t none will find him, For God said walk before Me and be ye perfect (Gen.17:1; Mt.5:48; see in 2 Kgs.20:2-6; being perfect before God can change a death sentence; 2 Kgs.20:1!), God told Abraham to walk before Him and be ye perfect and in Mt.5:48 we see Jesus saying the same thing 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. From front to back cover of this Bible God stays the same (Mal.3:6), we are to be a peculiar people called out separated and a Holy nation, Lev.11:44For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Jms.4:4 see also 2 Cor.6:14-18 Commandments all!).

45For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. To 1 Peter1:15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (conversation used here, means word and deed, or in all matters, Col.3:17!); 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

We are to sanctify ourselves this means to set ourselves apart from this world, to keep ourselves for a service of work unto the Lord’s will; which is His written words to us! For if the righteous scarcely be saved, 1 Pt.4:18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  And to not have the appearance of any evil; 1 Ths.5:22, but to overcome evil with good Romans12:21. That we may find ourselves perfect in the will of God, Romans12:1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. With man this is impossible but by the power of His Holy Spirit in us, we can easily accomplish this and much, much, more in the name of Jesus, we can do all things Mt.19:26!

We have to learn to love all with all our hearts for a child of God will have not one enemy in the whole world! A child of God can overcome any enemy with love for there is no defense against it. Prov.10:12Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

1 Cor13:3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love). If we cannot find our way to Jesus in love we are doomed; without love we have nothing and know not God because God is LOVE 1 Jn.4:1-21 and if we are not as He is we have missed the mark, (Jn.14:6)! Jesus gave of Himself out of love for us and we cannot come to Him in any less fashion, this is required, everything in the Bible hinges and hangs on LOVE: It is the golden key that unlocks everything we need to enter into His rests!!! Only Jesus can teach you how to love like this after we receive Him and His Spirit in us this becomes no problem; if we put self out of the equation, and all of His children first and foremost in our lives we become the first of the last, when we humble ourselves; He will raise us up as long as we serve others before ourselves, Mark10:31But many that are first shall be last; and the last first. John14:15If ye love me, keep my commandments. This makes a disciple of God!! We are either

Jewels of the Crown of Glory or Fruits of the Spoil to Satan!       

Lords Way Ministries

G. L. Boyett 4-1-2011 re-edited on Nov. 16th. 2013

In the end of the age of Grace!

Gal.4:16Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

~ Even so, if I be persecuted for His sake, I find myself in good company,

 in the company of the Elect! ~

Quote from Rev. G. L. Boyett

 (Isaiah59:1-21) The Lord will always have a prophet, for His generation, (Rev.19:10)

Ecc.12:7-14; Ps.2:1-12; Is.55:1-13; Mal.3:16-18

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