Religion of Man
Question from Brother and Pastor Ify Davies on:
Celesto D’avenchy Does this mean it is not a religion??
No Christianity, it is not a religion: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion) it is a relationship with God as our Heavenly Father (Jesus, Ac.20:28 and Jn.20:28!); (Is.28:9-12 and those who worship God their way are these seen in verse 13!) the giver of life to us, the provider and sustainer of all hope of salvation (No one is saved until we make it to the other side of life and are past our trial and tribulations, Jn.16:33! There is no once saved always saved ever, we will always give an account for every action we do by freewill or it is not freewill at all! Only by obedience to God and His will which is His word to us, can we be seen to be in union with Him! From Gen.1:1 to Rev.22:21 our relationship with God depends on our submission to His will; not our will be done but His, just as Jesus has shown us in the Garden of Gethsemane! The flesh is nothing it is the word of God which is eternal (Lk.4:4) and it is life to them who obey it, with a pure heart, out of love for Him who gave His all for us, just as we will do for Him! Not for what He can do for us but what we can do for Him, as righteous servants; Lk.17:7-10! Only then can we become friends seen in Jn.15:1-ffs because we have then a relationship with Him, not a religion!), to an eternal end of joy and happiness which is impossible to obtain here in the land of the wicked, 1 Jn.5:19! We must be tried and proved here and now, called today, which many believe is reality, and yes we are in fact living in a reality of temporal issues: He will try us and prove us through trial and tribulations as our Lord Jesus told us we would be tried and that we too must overcome as He has overcome, Jn.16:33. We cannot overcome this reality, until we have stepped into eternity; He will be there to lead us through this transition, Ps.48:14; if we are his, Ecc.12:7, but who we serve here determines who we will serve forevermore, Ro.6:16! We have then become servants of righteousness by obedience to the living word of God! This is not a religion it is a life style and a relationship with Almighty God, or we have fallen away in our vain theologies and philosophies of men’s teachings, from which they try to break everything of God into Metaphysical Analysis! Man cannot have the right understandings unless He has the mind of Christ Jesus, and they cannot have that unless they have been born-again of Him His way; Jn.3:3-8! Only then can you have the correct theology, philosophy, and psychology because you then will have the mind of God in you, which is right and just thinking, righteousness, by being separated from the world that lies in wickedness: This is what a Saint of God is all about, the word for Saint in the Greek is Holy, meaning to be set apart for the work or use of God only, a called out and a chosen vessel, separated for His use only, many are called but few will be chosen, Mt.7:13-14; Mt.20:16; Mt.22:14 because of Mt.24:35 seen in Mt.5:17-20, God changes not! Only when we conform to Him do we begin to live in unity with God, according to His word to us; this cannot be done in a religious fashion; it must be a conscious decision on how one is going to live their lives! This can only be done by walking in the Spirit and not by sight which is religion! Set of manmade parameters set up and established by men, that is what religion is called the popery or any other denominational teachings, that is what religion is!
The books will be opened! All 66 of them! Rev.20:12
We will be tried for our temporary existence in the day of judgment for the works we have done here with the amount of time we were allotted as seen in Rev.20:4And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_Wednesday), or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (1 Pt.4:17-19). 5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy (Set Apart Ac.2:40; 2 Cor.6:14-18 being reconciled unto God seen in 2 Cor.5:19-21!) is he that hath part in the first resurrection (Then and only then are we saved for all eternity, unless we fail to abide in God, Mt.12:31-32, which is sin at or in any age to come even into eternity! As long as there is freewill we as spirits meaning the living have power over our souls in which direction that eternal soul will live forever; it will be in union with God or it will be cut asunder and body and soul will be thrown to Hell with all the rest of them who will not abide in God’s word to them! That is more than a religion and a set of doctrinal beliefs and teachings; it is a walk with God or religion in Hell!): on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Only can they reign with Christ for a thousand years because they know what it is that Jesus wants out of them and what is required of them; this is mandatory for them to be able to judge correctly as required of them seen in Rev.2:26And 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. This is one entire sentence and one thought in both of these verses here for those who are in a relationship with God and are part of His family, not a religious denomination!
Judgment starts with us in the church who are the “Bride of Christ” (Eph.5:27) not a religion it is a relationship with a union that cannot be separated BUT by our own self will and disobedience, Mt.12:31-32; which if we stay in the narrow path that He has chosen for us to walk in He will reward us for our efforts in obedience to His every word to us, as we put our faith which is nothing more than our eternal beliefs to practical use; that then becomes our faith, seen in James chapter 2! Faith without works is dead (Ac.26:19-20, the act of Repentance is brought on by an action; you made a decision to go another direction, you had a change of mind to go about to do the right thing by following a command of God, this cannot be done unless you actually do something, which requires Works! Putting beliefs into motion is Faith substantiated! Gen.17:1; Mt.5:48 implies works that must be accomplished, in order for perfection to be rewarded for, seen in Rev.22:12!), because when we received this revelation of who God is in Jesus Christ reconciling the world unto Himself by Jesus, we too were called into action as a High Servant and more than that a Friend of God, who He has shared everything He had heard from the Father who was in Him, who is the Holy Spirit, which will lead us into all His Truths, this is not done for a religious reason; but it is done for a family member who has been purchased from the world of slavery of sin; due to our forefather Adam, who succumbed to the temptations of the flesh!
God robed Himself in flesh and came to earth to be our propitiation for our sins and the sin of the whole world for one reason, so that His glory would not be given to another; we are the glory and the apple of His eye! He will not give His praise to another, He is a jealous God and He will never allow His glory to be given to an idol called religion! Man makes up definitions and terminologies to suit him in the endeavors that man thinks is best for him! Man cannot have a clue to what is best until man has become regenerated from the world of sin and rebellion which is seen as idolatry just as King Saul was seen as in, 1 Sam.15:22And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices (Continual Repentances!), as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams (Prov.15:8: Prov.28:9 only a pure walk with God, with a pure heart, will God honor, Mt.5:8; 2 Tm.2:19-22! Shows we must purify ourselves with Right and Just thinking, which is accomplished by the gospel of the grace of God, seen in Ac.20:24, which is the Word of His Grace; God has given to us, Ac.20:32, this was done by an act of a blood covenant between us; which is a testament or will for those who will agree to it! That is a Will and a Marriage binding together what no man can put asunder, this is more than just a religion or religious organization in which one becomes a member of!). 23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry (worshipping a god your way, which is no god at all, just a religion of man). Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. 24And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice (Who are we supposed to be afraid of man or God? Mt.10:28!). 25Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. 26And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel (You see this was Saul’s second mistake the first was having a religious ritual while acting as the Lord’s Prophet as Saul replaced Samuel’s position when Saul sacrificed before Samuel came to him at Gilgal in 1 Sam.13:8-14!)! 27And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. 28And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou (You see God sees the very heart of man, not his religion, but man’s very soul!). 29And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man that he should repent, (God cannot lie and He will never be placed in second place or position with another or with anything! Not even Religion!).
You see here that Saul was afraid of his men and gave them the sheep and oxen that were the best to be sacrificed to their god, which they had made up in their minds, the god of religion and sacrifices, offerings and continual atonement, for sin that could never be atoned for until Jesus; because the real God is a God of Righteousness and Holiness and when one has come into a real relationship with Him in that manor, that one will never have to ask for forgiveness again, because that one will be in union with God, by the indwelling Holy Spirit which is a physical union with them, and they too will know God’s mind; seen in 1 Cor.2:1-16! They then will abhor sin as much as the “ONE TRUE GOD” they are in union with; because they are one in the same in mind and in truth! Jesus came to overturn the power of sin, and to loosen that which was bound by it. This cannot be done by practicing a religion or by man’s common beliefs and the wisdom of words alone. It must be done by the Power of God (1 Cor.2:4And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God!); in us by His indwelling Holy Spirit which cleans and sanctifies us, from the world around us, if we adhere to all that was instructed us to do by the Lord our God in Jesus (Jn.15:3) as well as the Ordained Holy Apostles (Jn.15:20) and men of the Old Testament (2 Pt.1:19-21, see 1 Pt.1:9-11!), as well because scripture cannot be broken, Jn.10:35, and God is not a man that will repent or tell a lie, because He changes not, Mal.3:6 and is the same today, tomorrow, and forevermore, Heb.13:8!
Only when we abide in Him and His word abides in us are we in union with Him! If we are in conflict with His word to us, who is wrong, is it God or man? Are we greater than God? Who is the creator and who is the created? Thus this is a relationship of following our Lord God according to His way or we are in fact worshipping a god of our making, by which Esau lost his inheritance because he thought more of the world he was living in; without thinking of the eternal consequences as was shown to us by Jesus in Mt.16:26For 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!
Religion teaches us once saved always saved ( Saved by Grace and Faith alone without works!) which is nothing but a fancy of man’s common deceptions, many verses in the bible refute this common misconception, the whole chapter of Hebrews is a warning to us about the unforgivable sin of presumptuous sin! If we are in a true relationship with our God and walking in Truth as He walked with us (Mt.1:23) and we are told to do this to be in union with Him; if we are a true disciple of Jesus Christ and He is the way the truth and the life we are to walk; then we are to be walking with Him, in all things during our short lifetime or we only deceive ourselves straight to Hell; with all the rest who make up a religion that they can serve their way! This was what St. John was trying to show us in 1 Jn.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 (He is our perpetual redemption for the sin of the past, we are baptized in a watery grave to the flesh and to self, we are risen out of that water with the power to go and sin no more or there was never remission of sin in the first place, due to an impure heart; of thinking of what God can do for you instead of what you can do for God as His obedient servant seen here in Ro.12:1-2 in perfect union with Him our Great God! Something goes into remission it stops what it was doing, in this case repentance has taken place to go and sin no more and to live with God in a pure and perfect fashion; or there was really never any repentance in the first place, and all they did was get wet in a religious and a ritual by which man has taught his religious traditions of men because they really never taught the truth about what it means to become a servant of the most High God in the first place which is a commandment seen in Mt.28:19-20! It shows us there that we are to go and teach them the way the truth and the life in which God wants us to walk before they can know what they are signing up for, to begin with, this is knowing the cost of discipleship, which means to be taught and instructed from a teacher whom they are following! This implies a relationship! Submitting to one who is teaching more than a religion or a set of religious beliefs; this is life and eternal death here! We are in fact trusting God with our eternal souls by becoming one with Him by His Spirit joining ours, just as Jesus was in fact one with the Father in Jn.10:30, we too are doing the same in fact, that is more than just a religion!). 3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments (those who have been instructed and taught what it is to be one with God in Spirit and in Truth, Jn.4:23-24!). 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. How can we be called by His name and walk in a different fashion than what he has shown us? You cannot drink of the cup of this world and the Holy cup of the Living God! 1 Cor.11:23For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 27Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 33Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. 34And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.
27Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. This is more than a religion we are talking about curses and damnation here, which has an eternal consequences! Religion of man talks about doing whatever we want, just try and do the right thing and if we fail we will not be punished for it! Paul says this is the reason why some of you fall asleep because you didn’t judge yourself before you took the cup of the oath, to live in the body of God and to live according to the Holy Spirit which was the life shed for us in the blood of Jesus Christ, which is the eternal life of the God man! Only when we die to self can we then live to His Spirit in us, by judging what it is that is required of us by Him in His word to us; how can we then be cleansed by his word if we walk contrary to His word to us? We condemn ourselves with our vain imaginations, God will not hold you guiltless, only sin of ignorance can be forgiven, as Paul’s was. 1 Tm.1:1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope (Jesus is our hope of salvation, that which is hoped for is that which is not yet seen, if it be seen then why would we yet hope? We all have a war in which we must win, a war against sin and the flesh which the world is tied directly to! Only until we are taken out of this world can we either win the war or lose it to the flesh and carnality which will end up in Hell with all the nonovercomers, who did not win their own personal wars against flesh and pride of life issues, with the Love of God and compassion for their brethren whom we are supposed to give our lives for by retrieving them from the grasp of Satan and sin, Jms.5:19-20; 2 Tm.2:19-26!); 2Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. 3As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine (Gal.1:8-9), 4Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 5Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling (Religion of the Nicolaitanes!); 7Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm!
8But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully (to those who are Righteous in their thinking by keeping the law in their hearts and minds seen in Jer.31:31-34, because the living Law is the Mind of God, His Word to us!); 9Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; (Who live to a god in their fashions according to religious guides, who may even teach the truth yet walk yet still as the world does! Mt.23:1-ffs: Hypocrites that Jesus talked about in their religious doctrines of men!)
11According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief! 14And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting (1 Cor.11:1-2!). 17Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God (Is.9:6), be honour and glory for ever and ever (Jn.14:6, as we walk as He has shown us, not as the world’s religions!). Amen!
18This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; (Means we have work to do in the Lord, in order to be a good soldier of God’s army, winning the lost over with Love and Kindness not with submission of pain and death as the Roman Catholics did! Which is man’s religion!)
19Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 20Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme! Mt.12:31-32 and 46-50 not walking in the Will of the Holy Spirit by which we have all received the word of God; which is the Word of God and His Will for us! Disobedience to His will and His word is that sin which cannot be forgiven of! Unless it is done in ignorance! If we have truly been born-again we have His unction in us and we are supposed to be teachers of His word and in need of no teachers ourselves, if we have followed all scriptures, such as this one, 2 Pt.3:7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction! 17Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness (By man’s vain religion that was then present, as it is today as well!).
18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen! Our duty as children of the most High God is to grow in the knowledge of Jesus as called out in scripture and the only way to do that is by obedience to scripture as these, 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. This can only be done through a lifetime of praising, worshiping, fasting, meditating, and glorifying God in our bodies as we live as a perfect sacrifice for and to Him in word and in deed, according to His promises for us, as it is written in His Holy Bible; not by man’s religions, doctrines and Dogma! Which is idolatry because they know not who Jesus really is: Or God the Father! If you or anyone else has not a clear understanding of who God is, then they cannot be worshipping in His Spirit and in His Truth!
St. John warns us about idolatry in his last verse of this epistle!
St. John went as far to show us this at the end of this Epistle too…1 Jn.5:18We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 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: (That colon means this following statement is the conclusion of that thought and sentence, which is tied directly to the previous phrase or sentence! In the original Greek there is no punctuation and this is the conclusion to what St. John was expressing here!): “This is the true God, and eternal life!”
21Little children, keep yourselves from idols! Amen! Which is nothing according to Paul, 1 Cor.8:4.
He (St. John) not only showed us who the one true God was and is in Jesus Christ and told us to be one with Him in spirit and in truth because Jesus is the Spirit of Grace and Truth seen in Jn.1:17, which is the word of God manifested in the flesh (Rev.19:10) of Jesus Christ (Jn.1:14) for our example to follow after; by upholding to His word, as when we keep His commandments to us or we are in sin and the truth is not in us; (1 Jn.2:1-6)! Jn.14:15 says if we love Jesus we will keep His commandments (Jn.15:14), this is supportive of a relationship, not a religion set on beliefs and a body of an assembly of men and women seeking after a right relationship with a god of their choosing and making; according to their imaginations; which do not harmonize with every scripture! Organized religion is man’s attempt to try to bring himself into union with God man’s way, by setting man’s Dogma as God’s Teachings or Doctrines, which is of course, it is not! Otherwise there would be no more wars and the killing of any men, whatsoever, for any reason, because we have a God that said vengeance belongeth to Me and I will repay (Deu.32:35)! Our jobs as servants and children of the Most High God is to obey, even if you don’t understand or even if you don’t believe, His word (Gen.5:21-25; 6:9 Noah walked with God!)! The Holy Bible was sealed by St. John in Rev.22:18-21 and nothing can be added unto it or taken away from it. The Holy Book was sealed by Moses the same way seen in Deu.4:2; 12:32; this is what was referred to as not going to the right hand or to the left, which was spoken of in Deu.5:32-33 and that we are to walk in all the ways of our God seen in verse 33! This was carried alone all the way to Joshua seen in 1:7 turn not from it (The word of God) to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper whithersoever thou goest! This is walking with God in union with Him, can two walk together unless they agree? Amos 3:3!
Religion keeps one bound to it by continual repentance’s, but a true walk with God in keeping to His commandments for us, keep us in union with Him and He in us! With man this is impossible, but if you have been purchased and redeemed by the blood that has all power attached to it, you have been married into a family of supernatural power and wisdom (Mt.19:26), 1 Cor.1:24: and you have or you should have an Unction which will bring all revelation to you as to the right thing we are to do because the word of God becomes our life to us and is its binding strength to keep us from all sin (1 Jn.4:1; Ac.17:10-11)! After all Jesus would never have told us to go and do something that was impossible for us to do, such as seen in Jn.8:12 and again in Jn.5:14 where Jesus told the cripple to go and sin no more; unless a worse thing come upon him! You see only you can come into the family with a pure heart of repentance Mt.4:17; 5:8; 17-20; Ac.2:38-40; then the Lord will repent of what he was going to do to you for being sinner, seen in Ac.11:15:18 as He puts Himself in you, with signs and gifts of the Holy Spirit of His Grace, which is His Favour, which is His unending Love for us! We can ruin our relationship with Him but He will never ruin it with us, unless our hearts become, worldly again (Then He will turn His face from us as he did to the Israelites!), with the lusts of the flesh and the pride of life and the lusts of the eyes as seen in 1 Jn.2:15-17 because we have done away with what was seen in the previous verses as we look to the true knowledge seen in: 7Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning (Of Time!). 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 (Jn.8:12). 9He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now (From which all wars come!). 10He that loveth his brother abideth in the light (Jn.14:6), and there is none occasion of stumbling in him (they go forth and sin not!). 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 (the religion of men who set parameters in which they can operate in the world, without sin in their eyes; not God’s eyes, but their own, Mt.23:1-ffs!). 12I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake (that is the operation of God to be baptized in Jesus’ name because all power and authority is attached to that one name,Mt.28:18; Jn.14:14, the new covenant seen in Ro.6:4 and again in Col.2:12, being buried in Christ Jesus so that we can come up out of the watery grave of self which is of the flesh and carnality; to be risen in newness of life unto Jesus as our One Lord and Saviour; being lead in the Spirit and not by sight!). 13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning (Eternal in Time!). I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one (1 Jn.4:4, With the Word of God in you!). I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father (You know the mysteries Paul was speaking of in (Col.2:1-2That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! Which never talked about the Holy Spirit which is part of the Godhead in Jesus Christ mentioned in verse 9 because to know the Father which is in Christ is to know the Holy Spirit being God is a Spirit seen in Jn.4:24! Anything more than that is vain philosophies of man’s vain teachings seen in, 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 (which is called religion and tradition of men!).
14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning (Jn.1:18 the begotten God in the Greek original! Jesus was conceived of by whom? Mt.1:20 that which is conceived of in Mary is of the Holy Spirit, which makes this the Father of Jesus who is the Son of God, so God is a Spirit, Jn.4:24 the Holy Spirit who is God the Father! Who was made flesh, 1 Tm.3:16 that simple!): 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 (By obedience to the Word of God, in belief made perfect in faith, which is action, Heb.11:6! By defeating the world that lies in wickedness!). Which is the world of wickedness seen in 1 Jn.5:19, which Paul has shown us too in Ro.8:1-ffs which resides in the flesh of all unregenerate men, (Gal.5:17!)! Only when we are born-again of the Holy Spirit which was lost by Adam in disobedience to God’s word to him; can we too become one with God again in a full relationship (Jn.10:30; 17:3 and 21)!
That is the sole reason the veil in the Holy of Holies was ripped from the top down to symbolize the ripping away of the priestly services of religion, laws of rituals, and tradition of men! We now have access to the Holy of Holies by the blood of the living God shed for the redemption of the whole world who will come to know Him for who He really is; Jesus who is God with us, Mt.1:23 the one True God seen in 1 Jn.5:20 and the one true God who is both Lord and Saviour (See also Ac.2;36 and 10:36 who is LORD of ALL!) seen in Tit.2:11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, (Jn.1:17) 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 (Ac.20:28), that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Faith in Action!)! 15These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. Knowing full well all the mysteries of the Godhead we ought to have now become teachers and be able bodied men of God to speak now as oracles of God seen in 1 Pt.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. As well as in Heb.5:11Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Is.28:9-13, which one are you?).
1 Jn.4:1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world, (Mt.7:15-23, see 24-27! How well is your house built?). 2Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world!
~ 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 (Jn.8:47 and verse 51!). 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. 10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 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 (Gal.5:14)!
God became flesh and dwelt among us and then this too means he is now immortal flesh sitting on His Heavenly throne which was from all eternity, and with this being said, then as Paul instructed us as well, if we love our brother or brethren as ourselves then we to have fulfilled all the Law, because when we have done this to the least of these we have done it unto God as well, who is now our eternal brother (Mt.25:40), and King of kings, and LORD of lords, and GOD of many gods meaning judges, which are magistrates, who are supposed to bring right judgments, Jn.10:34-38! If we are the true sons of God he will confirm in us His Spirit also, not with enticing words but in power, 1 Cor.1:1Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints (Holy), with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 3Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 4I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance (tongues), and in all knowledge; 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. 9God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord!
1 Thes.1:5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake, Mk.16:20And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. The true signs of a union with our one true God; 2 Cor.6:1We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 3Giving no offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed: 4But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; 6By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; 9As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. These are they the Apostles Epistles, were originally written to! People who it had been confirmed in that they too had been born-again with signs following them as well as the Apostles! That we come behind lacking nothing, none of the gifts of the Holy Spirit! 1 Cor.12:1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 2Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. 3Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal (Ac.2:1-4). 8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14For the body is not one member, but many.
When we are one body we are not part of a religion; we are part of the whole body of Christ Jesus! Each having their own spiritual gifting and some are more endowed because they are continuing to grow in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ as called out in scripture for us to be doing (1 Cor.12:31; 2 Pt.3:18!)! When we die to self and live only unto God, we think not what it is that we must be doing in this world but we think what is it that the Lord wants us to be doing in this world for Him! Many are in this world just thinking that all they have to do is be good and everything will be alright with them. Jesus said if we do not gather with Him, not only are we not worthy of Him but we in turn only scattereth! Mt.12:30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Mk.8:34And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them: Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. Are we a soul winner or are we ashamed of His word? If you’re not a soul winner you have become backslidden! Lk.11:23He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. 24When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 25And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first (2 Pt.2:17-22). 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 paps which thou hast sucked.
28But he (Jesus) said: “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it!”
Many have come and have had an emotional experience and felt very touched at a religious service and then left and went right back into the world and the cares of the world choked them out; just as the seed cast and sown in the ground that was not tilled and properly tended. The weeds grew up around it and choked it out, it never received the light of day, because they never studied the word of God with prayer and a spiritual hunger, born of the Holy Spirit! The word of God to them was just another book of stories and tall tales of men of old. Instead of the living History of a people called to walk with God into Eternity! They never matured into full grown wheat, some bearing 30 some 60 and some 100 fold fruits (souls)! All of us were given a talent to do something with for our Lord God, some more than others, but all of us were to bring in something more than what was given, we are to increase what God has given to us! If not we too will be the unwise servant who was cut asunder and cast out into outer darkness where there will be gnashing of teeth!
The one who doesn’t care one way or the other will be those who are seen in the story of the King who left and put others to take care of His country for Him, and the people didn’t like His care takers, so they started to mistreat them, beat others and some even they put to death. When the King came back He said unto them who didn’t want Him to be their King, He brought forth and slayed them. Lk.19:27! We either love the Lord God just for who He is and what He has done for us, or we too perish not wanting Him to rule over us as well! Being part of the body of Christ is more than just a religious endeavor, or an assembly of members joined into a membership. Many churches are nothing but social clubs for the self-righteous, who spend their money on some charitable ventures; you know the ones like they have instituted and support from their colleges programs that support their ministries, who teach their doctrines! While wasting more than they spend correctly on frivolous fellowship meeting going out of town to see yet another show of a Christian nature, while the cold and hungry go without in their own home town, while they spend the Money God has graciously provided for them, so they can go and play in luxury; and even taking cruises with those who the Lord has told us to come out from among! The list goes on and on with extravagances and needless spending while they of their own families, and their whole community go without, while they send off their young on another Bible quizzing tournament clear across the United States, just to win a few meaningless trophies or plagues that build up pride of life values of self accomplishments, instead of sacrifices for others while in the practical service, in bringing the lost to the Lord. Is this not what the children of God are supposed to be learning? How to serve mankind instead of this prosperity gospel, of being rich is being Godly and to have much property and possession is somehow God’s blessings for us living life His way. When He tells us we will be persecuted and run down, called fanatics, and killed while the world thinks they are doing God a favor because the world knows not God or His way (1 Jn.4:6; 1 Tm.6:5-6)! We do not see any of that in our churches today do we? That is because man has a religion that is acceptable to the world as long as it doesn’t mess with their agendas and cause them any personal sacrifices, Jn.5:39-ffs! Once we start to preach and teach as we should we start receiving hate mail, saying we preach a hateful God and everyone knows God is love and we are being intolerant! They seem to want to forget about the God who hates sin and those who despise their God given inheritances as Esau! Even Israel that was called by God’s name was punished for her arrogance in disobedience to His word to them and driven to the four corners of the world! Those who God loves He chastises to bring them back into line so their eternal soul will not have to suffer, just as a child is chastised of their natural fathers, we too will be also; if we are truly His children! If we are not being chastised and we are living as the world around us; He has already given you over to a reprobate hardened heart. The next home for you will be in Hell, of the Tormented; you know the place talked about by Jesus; where the worm dieth not and the fire is never quenched! The same place Ezekiel talked about where the sinners will be fuel for the fire, seen in Eze.22:31Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD. Eze.21:31And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee, I will blow against thee in the fire of my wrath, and deliver thee into the hand of brutish men, and skilful to destroy. 32Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land; thou shalt be no more remembered: for I the LORD have spoken it.
The truth will set you free and you will be free indeed, to do your own will that lines up perfectly with His will because he lives in you leading you into the straight Gate which is Jesus Christ seen in Jn.10:1-ffs and few will find the way, that leads to eternal bliss and happiness! The Lord’s children are lost for lack of knowledge, Hosea 4:1Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. 2By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. 3Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. 4Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest. 5Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.
6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children! 7As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. 8They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. 9And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. 10For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD. 11Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart. 12My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God. 13They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery. 14I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall. 15Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The LORD liveth. 16For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place. 17Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone. 18Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye. 19The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
Ecc.1:1-11 and Jugs.2:10
Are these not the End Times and the Last Days?
Is this not today as well; every man going His own way and never mind the ways of God in their lands, for the gay rights are more important than a life in an eternal Hell; which is nothing more than a bad decision, of freewill! While believing the Holy Bible is nothing but hearsay and heresy to them who walk in the ways of the drunkard and the smokers of plants, who want to waste the reality the Lord has provided for them because it is not what they anticipated from Him; because they know not their God; Jn.8:24 and will die in their sins! They pray and their prayer are left unanswered, because they pray amiss! All because they know not what the will of the Lord is for them, and that the prayer of the unrighteous is an abomination to Him! Prov.15:8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. Prov.28:9He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
Every word of this Bible is our law (2 Tm.3:16-17) and we cannot have any righteousness unless we keep it in our hearts and always before our eyes as we walk not by sight but by the Spirit which is the Word of God, Jn.6:63 for it is “A Spirit” (Jn.4:24) and it is Life to us who obey it! If not we too will be slayed with all the other none believers and it will be better for us if we had never heard the word of God (2 Pt.2:1-22)! Than to once have known the grace and glory of God and to have turned away and gone back into the world around us! Hopefully we will not become of those who fall back into perdition spoken of in Hebrews! Only those who are written in the Lambs Book of Life will go into heaven and few that there will be (Mt.7:13-14; Mt.20:16; Mt.22:14; Mt.24:35!)!
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! If repentance is not sought after immediately tomorrow may never come and then it will be too late for any of us unless we seek after God now and turn away from our wicked ways! Now is the day of Salvation and tomorrow may never come, death standeth at the door, as well as sin; and we are to rule over it, Gen.4:7; if not; then like the rest of the world, you too will go up in flames! Lk.6:46And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Which God are you serving, in these last days? The god of religion or the One True God Jesus Christ, Jn.14:1!
Lord’s Way Ministries
Rev. G. L. Boyett
Written in the Last Days: 3/26/2014!