A Million dollar Question:
WILL MANKIND EVER WAKE UP IN TIME, TO WHAT IS COMING?
Jer.7: 20Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched!
2 Pt.3:1This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
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.
Today in these End of Days; we see mankind stumbling along blindly as usual in its filth and wickedness; and they (those of the World’s Economies and Ways!) do not even care that they have lost their way. It is standard operating procedure for them, full steam ahead, as this Titanic which they are operating, is about to crash into the Tribulations at full steam and at full speed! The True Blind eyes leading the blind followers holding onto the rope of complacency! The world is falling apart at the seams and no one even cares as long as their lifestyles aren’t messed with! As long as they get their food and gorge themselves with a steady diet of ignorance and they are continually feed with escapism by the world’s publishers of man’s teachings and the Doctrines of fools, they will continue to work for a dollar that is worthless, in eternal matters!
I see here everyone missing the true point in our situations with the world becoming a filthy mess, because the Bible says the world lies in wickedness, 1 Jn.5:19! These problems of ours in this world are not going away, and they will only get worse because there is a bigger plan in action here; ever since sin has entered into this world! Men and mankind in general, will keep being men of sin, until or unless they have been regenerated as seen in scripture (Mt.4:17; Ac.2:38-40; Ac.26:19-20, and Tit.3:5-ffs!), as even Jesus said in Mt.19:28And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel: That those who are His Ordained and Anointed Apostles, will sit on thrones in judgment of these men of sin. So which side are you going to be sitting on? Those who abide in Jesus Christ and His words to us or man’s teaching, as seen in Prov.14:12There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death; and Prov.16:25There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Man has always been born with a death sentence hanging over his head and it is time we all wake up to the real reality that our bodies are temporal. Our souls are Eternal, and we must ask ourselves this question; where is it going to spend its eternity? Those who serve sin will serve the one they are serving here in this life time, who is Satan because that is the god they serve now; Ro.6:16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? The children of the world cannot hear Jesus’ words to them as seen here as well: Jn.8:42Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word. 44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
Jms.4:4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James explains this to all of us with half a brain! We cannot drink of the cup of this world (1 Cor.10:21) and expect to walk into God’s graces just because we say we believe a few words out of the Bible: Devils believe and fear the one true God, Jms.2:19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils (should read Demons) also believe, and tremble: why doesn’t mankind? The short answer is there is no wisdom and no understanding! All of mankind’s continual destroying of itself and everything in the world, has been falling into place, just as the Holy Bible said it would all thorough out history, with remarkable accuracy, where the probabilities are astronomical, of being prophesied and coming true, but yet still today it is all still running quite smoothly along as the world continues on its path to its final destruction! And yet mankind keeps stumbling on blindly, just as Jesus said the Blind guides leading the blind to the pits of Hell. It’s time man wakes up and seeks higher ground in this flood that is about to come upon all mankind; called the wrath of God, Jer.7:20Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
Is this not the End of Days?
Joel.2:28And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
30And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.
32And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
But yet the destruction of man continues along steadily, unhindered!
We will see more and more of this for one reason only; The Love of Money! The root of all Evil; 1 Tm.6:3If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life: when are we going to start doing that? If we are going to have Eternal Life, we have to start living in the word of God; so God’s words can live in us; 2 Cor.6:14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 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. (see Is.9:6, who is our Immanuel, Is.7:14 as seen in Mt.1:23! See is.40:3, which was fulfilled in Matthew chapter 3, by John the Baptist, who prepared a way for God!)
Man in his humanity, walks around as if he is his own boss and care taker, he doesn’t even realize he has already been purchased with a price he can only repay by cashing in his soul, to the very one who has redeemed it from Hell in the first place, as seen here in 1 Cor.6:19What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (Ecc.12:7 and 9-14).
Now the mistake everyone has trying to interpret these scriptures as seen here is that they mistakenly think they have already been redeemed, just because some preacher has told them so because they followed what that preacher said to do; when in all actuality he never really even had the keys to heaven given to him in the first place! Which is the true baptism of the Holy Spirit; as required in Scripture, not by man’s teachings and dogma! We must abide in Jesus before He can abide in us, Mt.4:17! Jn.14:6Jesus saith unto him, I AM the way, (I AM) the truth, and (I AM) the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by ME! All because Jesus is the dwelling place of the Father in Him! Which was told to us two times in Matthew alone; Mt.3:17 and 17:5, God’s own voice was heard to say, “In Him I Am, well pleased!” God is more than well pleased to dwell in Jesus Christ, who is both LORD and the CHRIST, Ac.2:36 and who is LORD of ALL in Ac.10:36!
If we truly loved God as required by scripture, we would be more than happy to follow all His commandments, sayings, teachings, precepts, judgments, statements, and words of wisdom for our eternal souls! Which he holds in the palm of His hands! God’s Kingdom is already set in place and is well functional and only those few who will be found in the Lambs book of life are they who obey His every word to them given to us in the Holy Bibles, 2 Tm.3:16All 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! So much for saved by faith and grace alone; and this one I love; once saved always saved, what rubbish; the thoughts of men’s wisdom! The only eternal wisdom is the actual words of God because they are the only words which will be forever, Mt.24:35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away! So who’s wisdom is going to last here? It isn’t going to be man’s wisdom that lies (lies works both ways here) in his own understanding! Unless God opens our eyes to His truths we are still in darkness of wickedness, that is and always has been bound to mankind since Adam and Eve’s first indiscretion, called disobedience to the Lord’s every word. Man has had that problem ever since, he is listening to the prince of this world; whose job it is to distract, lie, kill, steal, and destroy! That’s all he is good at and he very good at his job because he was going to be the best at it or God would not have given it to him! This is free-will’s job!
Freewill cannot function unless there is a choice to be given!
Ro.6: 11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
These words speak of those who are and were dead in their sins as we all are, unfortunately we still have a world of people who do not believe that they are in need of salvation because they feel they are without sin! To these philosophers of the world there is no sin because to some of them there are no gods not even the one Lord of All Jesus Christ, to whom every knee will bow, according to them! Man’s wisdom shining through the ages, they all believed in at least one God and the pagans and some heathens had many gods. Many if not all cultures in history have always had at least one god, and many have had many gods in theirs! Unless we know who the one true God is we will die in our sins, and unless we know that this one true God is Jesus Christ, as God Almighty, we too will die in our sins, Jn.8:24! Unless we know this as a fact in our hearts, our hearts cannot be seen as pure in His eyes, Mt.5:8! Only those who have a pure heart will actually be God’s servants, 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.
These will be seen doing Jesus’ works as well when we abide in Him and His words abide in His servants (Jn.13:34-35; the Key to this is seen in the previous verses (Jn.13:19-20): When we glorify God in us, He will glorify us with Himself in us, (Jn.13:31-32)!). They that are the Lord’s children will be seen doing what Jesus said to be doing when He returns (Lk.12:31-40), such as some of these things here: From 2 Tm.2 again; 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. Just as these, 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!
I will show us all what a shame in the eyes of our Lord is, by His terminology! Dan.12:1And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. There are only two kinds of people in all the world, the ones headed for hell! While the others are headed for the feast of the Groom’s bride, who has made herself ready, Eph.5:26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (Jn.15:3, when we abide in his word and His words abide in our lives in service to our LORD of lords and KING of kings, this Jesus, called the Son of man, Mt.28:18!), 27That he might present it to himself (Sanctified, and Consecrated for His use, a Holy vessel, Lev.11:44-45 and 1 Pt.1:1-25!) a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish!
Holy and without Blemish!
Mt.5:48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
With man this is impossible, due to sin entering into the world, through Adam and Eve! The only way to be seen and found to be perfect in God’s eyes is to be just that, perfect according to His standards, not man’s ways which lead to death and eternal damnation! Only can we be found in God’s eyes as cleansed from our filth; is when we are found in obedience to His every word to us! With man this is impossible, unless mankind becomes regenerated back into His likeness, just as Adam was at the first! That state was without sin, to be innocent of all wrong; perfect!
The perfect State is to be without sin!
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.
Just as God told Cain in Gen.4:7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door: And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him! Which Cain did not do; he could have but he chose not too; he did what all mankind is doing right now in this present day, just whatever he wants to do! Most of mankind doesn’t even care about what the Lord of the Universe says, does, or thinks! Only those who have found His words not grievous to them will be seen as the few who have sought out what it means to be His creatures (Ecc.12:10-14; Mal.3:16-18), whom He alone has created in His likeness (who will return to Him, Ecc.12:7)! These, the regenerated ones, by His grace to us, which is His words to us; so we can know Him, His mind, and His will for us; will be those who have asked for this all important and miraculous gift; Lk.11:13If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Only those who know that there is something out here in the Universe that was created by something much bigger than they, can go and look for answers, that can never be found; unless shown where and from who to go looking to, who has all the answers! Jn.6:43Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45It is written in the prophets: And they shall be all taught of God! Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me (why because He is God, the teacher in these very verses!)! Jesus is the Truth and Grace of God in the flesh of man’s humanity, born from a willing vessel, the handmaiden of the Lord our God; who had never known a man, a virgin! Who then became the most blessed woman on earth besides Eve; whom by all of us have for our mother in Eve! No man is an island, he is joined to every race, creed, color, and nationality! The whole world is full of their own brothers and sisters; and yet we go about exterminating those who disagree with us and our agendas; we are enslaving the poor whom we made poor to begin with; with our classes of segregation! We make our philosophies to be made law, in which only they who have made a decision to enjoin themselves to their way of thinking; so they too can become one of them who dictate how the world is supposed to think! By rewarding those with a higher pay scale and better opportunities, so that it will continue to support the wisdom of man which is all driven by the greed and lusts of the flesh and the corporal lusts of the eyes of all the world that lies in wickedness, 1 Jn.5:19! Which is foolishness to God: 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.
Only those few who will see that this is the way to deaths door, will be those who will seek a more enlightened path that is not bound on any material gains, for this world is about to pass away, in the fiery wrath of God; as foretold in His Holy Word to us called this Holy Bible for that reason; it is the words of God to us so we can know what is about to happen so we too can prepare a right way in which we should go!
A more Perfect Way
Ac.18:26And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly!
Apollos knew Jesus was the Messiah that was written about in the Old Testament because the New Testament was still being written by the Apostles and Disciples of Jesus Christ! Who had been baptized into the Mind of God, and who were cleansed by His words to them Jn.15:1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing!
6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned (In Hell’s Fire, where the worm dieth not and the fire is never quenched, Eze.21:31-32!)!
This is what the planet’s end of days job really is, to purify sin out of existence, which is disobedience to God’s will, which is His words to us, Mt.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, and neither in the world to come! Who I might add has purchased us with His own blood the blood of God seen in Ac.20:26Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God! 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] (The Holy Ghost) hath purchased with [HIS] own blood (1 Tm.3:16)!
Without the knowledge of who God is we cannot fulfill all scripture, such as this one, Jn.4:23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth (Jn.1:17): for the Father seeketh such to worship HIM. 24God is a Spirit (The Father!): and they that worship HIM must worship HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!
Unless we know that God is the Holy Spirit which became flesh, we do not know the One True God in Jesus Christ, 1 Tm.3:16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit (See 1 Cor.6:11), seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 2 Cor.2:19To 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. Unless we teach this ONE TRUE GOD IN JESUS, we do not know or understand anything of God or His operations, and we will die in our sins; if we do not know who the I Am is, Ex.3:14And God said unto Moses, “I AM THAT I AM”: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. This is the I Am Jesus has revealed to us who know God; Jn.8:58Jesus said unto them: Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM! This is the One True God St. John was showing us in 1 Jn.5:20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true (Jn.1:17 Grace and Truth, the begotten God in many manuscripts, seen in verse 18, which is the word that became flesh, Jn.1:1-14!), and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ: This is the true God, and eternal life!
Anyone who doesn’t understand this; is because they are being blinded by man’s teachings once again, and are in fact being warned in the very next verse, as to what that would be meaning; 1 Jn.5:21Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. Worshipping an imaginary god that the world has made up to worship, as they are doing now today as well, even in some cases three persons of in one god, which is nothing more than Tritheism, there is no way to change the meaning of three without rewriting the definition to the number three as equaling 1; (3 unless you multiply it times 0 and then can we see truly what it equals 0 nothing, the answer is clear to any rational thinking person, which is of flesh and blood who is a real person, with an eternal soul, should be defined as a person should be, Jn.3:6, because that which is spirit is spirit and that which is flesh is flesh, only when life has entered into flesh has that become a living soul, which is a true Person, not the spirit which is totally Other as in the Holy Spirit, from which all spirits will return, which is God who has caused them to exist in the first place! Only when we bring the Eternal Spirit or LIFE back to our souls as seen in Jn.1:12-13 can we then be in complete union with our Lord’s Spirit as seen in Ecc.12:7!)!
To understand who Jesus is, is to have, “A More Perfect Way!” revealed to them by He who is to teach us all things of Himself, Jer.31:31Behold, 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!
Why? I will show you why, they (His Children) will know who God is in Jesus and that’s when all things are put under His feet, Jesus will submit to the God who is the Holy Spirit residing in Him, because the flesh will always submit to the Holy Spirit (Mt.12:31-32) who is God (Jn.4:24), 1 Cor.15:28And when all things shall be subdued unto HIM, then shall the Son also HIMSELF be subject unto HIM (The Holy Spirit, who has given Jesus the Spirit without measure, Jn.3:34!), that put all things under HIM (Who is both LORD and the CHRIST, Ac.2:36 and who is LORD of ALL, Ac.10:36, Mt.28:18!): (So) that God may be all in all! As Christ is in all, to all them who are His: Cor.3:11Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all!
A More Excellent Way!
1 Cor.12:31But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way!
Which the Apostle Paul did in the very next chapter:
1 Cor.11:1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, 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 (love of God), it (All of this) profiteth me nothing!
This cannot be done until we have been regenerated into His likeness (Jn.1:12-13)! Because God is love, 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.
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.
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!
All mankind is made in God’s own image, and unless we become regenerated in God’s love for our brothers and sisters, we cannot be in His Spirit or in His likeness, who is Holy! If we are not in His Spirit and His Spirit is not in us, we are still none of His still, Ro.8:8So 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!
So if we are still in our flesh and walk as the world walks we are still in our damnation and headed for Hell, with all the world! If we are in the Lord we will not fear men and quit killing around the world, because God casts out all fear! This is how we will know who are His and who are not, those who kill for any reason are disregarding the words of God; Who said vengeance belongeth to me, and I will repay, every man for His own works, Rv.22:10And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which 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. 12And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be!
13I am Alpha (The First) and Omega (The Last), the beginning and the end, the first and the last (And all that there will ever be!)! (In anyone’s understanding of words; this means that he who speaks is all that there ever was and is, and who is forevermore, the One True God, Isaiah chapter 44 and chapter 45 explain this, that there is not a god besides Him who is forever!) 14Blessed are they that do his commandments; that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I AM the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and Morning Star (See 2 Pt.1:19, who is the Day Star! Explained in 1 Tm.6:13-16!)! 17And the Holy Spirit (God made Flesh) and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Love of God a More Excellent Way!
1 Jn.4:18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out (All) 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 (because God is a Spirit and has always manifested Himself in Jesus, Gal.3:20 and seen in Jn.16:27-28 in the word Again, I go to the Father, 1 Tm.6:14-16!)? If you know who God is, it is because He has revealed Himself to you, Mt.11:27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and He to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him. To him that knoweth the Son of God has seen the Father and now knows Him; Jn.14:7 and Jn.12:45And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. Because Jesus and God are ONE in the Same: Jn.10:30! Zech.14:9And the LORD shall be KING over all the earth: in that day shall there be ONE LORD, and HIS name ONE (See Is.49:26). Jesus is the name of the Father, Jn.5:43I am come in my Father’s name (Which means Salvation, Is.49:26And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I (AM) the LORD, (I) AM, thy (your) SAVIOUR and thy (your) REDEEMER, the (ALL) MIGHTY ONE OF JACOB! See Is.9:6, who is our Immanuel, Is.7:14, seen in Mt.1:23, who is God with us!): and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
Even believing man’s word over God’s words to us by Him as Revealed in His own flesh! For this entire Holy Bible is about one continual running theme, the thing man needs to most; bringing man back into a relationship with His God: Being found in a More Excellent Way! This is what Jesus said, Jn.5:39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. 41I receive not honour from men. 42But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. 43I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. 44How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Jesus told us who He was right here in plain English!
Man cannot receive salvation because they do not know who God is in Jesus only, Jn.8:24! Then after being shown in scripture they refuse it because it is too easily understood, even a child can get this theology; that IS, the reason why the children are the greatest in the Kingdom of God; because of their willingness to receive Jesus as their one and only God and Redeemer! Just as the Jews believe in one God, and we are to be grafted into that same vine, in the same flock (Gen.12:1-3), as seen in Jn.15:1-ffs and Jn.10:1-9I Am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture (Eternity in the Kingdom of God! Mt.12:28 and see also Lk.11:20, from Mt.4:17!). 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I Am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11I Am the good shepherd: the (One) good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14I Am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine! 15As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd! (How many? Yes that is right One Shepherd! Just as there can only be One God, who robed Himself in flesh, Jn.1:14!) 17Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
Jesus said, “Only Those Who Know The Cost Can Be My Disciple!”
How can you know the cost unless we know who Jesus is?
Lk.14:25And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30Saying: This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. 34Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Only when we understand God gave His all to us, can we then understand that is all He is looking for in us who are called in Jesus’ name! This is the fulfilment of Jn.3:16-18 by believing in the only name by which salvation comes, Ac.4:12 as well as the fulfilment of Mt.28:19-20 as well, Jesus is the name of the Father, the name of the Son and the name of the Holy Spirit as well, because Jesus is the embodiment of the God-head, Col.2: ffs, and we are complete in Him alone, all by Himself the One True God, 1 Jn.5:20, the culmination of all the scriptures of that chapter, Jesus is the One True God!
Therefore a More Excellent Way is knowing Jesus for who He is!
Lk.9:62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. If any man has tasted God and known that he is good (meaning Perfect and without blemish or flaw), and return to the ways of this world, you have just lost your flavor and have become useless salt, seen in 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. So much for once saved always saved, if you do not abide in every word of God in Christ Jesus, quite calling yourself a Christian, while bringing continual Damnation upon yourself, Ro.3:3For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 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!
5But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) 6God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? 7For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? 8And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? Whose damnation is just! If our lives do not line up with the word of God who is going to be found a liar? It will be the hypocrites!
The More Excellent Way is a narrow or difficult way in which there is much agony seen in Lk.13:23Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24Strive (Ἀγωνίζεσθε, Agōnizesthe, from which we get agonize!), to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able!
25When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are (Because you know not from wince Jesus comes, Jn.8:24!): 26Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob (All who know no other God but One, Is.7:14 seen in Mt.1:23!), and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out! (Why? Because you knew Him (Jesus) not, when you had the chance to know Him, and you kept not His commandments, Jn.14:15, which is every scripture in this Holy Bible, 2 Tm.3:16-17 so a true man of God might be found perfect, in all good works! By obedience to the word of God which cleanses us from our filth and sin, by living in Truth because the True God’s Spirit resides in you to teach you His mind which is His words to you, Mt.5:20 our righteousness that excels that of the scribes and Pharisees, by knowing God’s words to us, which is our righteousness in God in Jesus, 2 Cor.5:21!) 29And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God (not of our Gods but of God, Singular!). 30And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
Only when we serve all mankind with our own lives bringing this word of God, called the gospel of Jesus Christ and Him slain from the foundations of creation for our salvation. Can we too enter into the ranks of the last, who will be first, in the Kingdom of God! Jesus was not talking about us giving our lives for our brothers in war as the greatest love! It is when you will give your life for the salvation of the world unto Jesus for our daily cross that we must bear in order to call ourselves one of His disciple’s and a servant of the Most High God, Jesus Christ! This is what James was talking about in 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. You can only do that when God lives on the inside of us and is allowed to walk around in us and lead us to wherever he needs us to go, Jn.3:8! Let us look to Jn.3:3-8:3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God!
4Nicodemus saith unto him: How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee: Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit (Ac.2:1-4), 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 (Something totally “Other” in nature and in Essence, not a person!). See Jn.1:12But as many as received him, to them gave HE power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on HIS name (I wonder if anyone knows what that name is? My money is on the name by which all salvation comes, Ac.4:12 as seen in Ac.3:38-40, in Jesus’ name the name of Our Lord God, who is LORD of ALL; Ac.10:36! Who is God who became flesh, 1 Tm.3:16!): 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (Seen in Ac.11:15-18, who had received the baptism of the Holy Ghost as well as all the apostles, Ac.10:44-48 and were baptized in Jesus name, the justification seen in 1 Cor.6:11! With all scripture harmonizing each other! Otherwise it would be false doctrines; that the world teaches to those who want their ears tickled, because they have itching ears, 2 Tm.4:1-5!). IT TAKES A SUPERNATURAL ACT OF GOD to become one with Him again! Ac.10:44While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost (Just as all the apostles had received in the same manor!)! 46For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God! Then answered Peter, 47Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord (What is that name, singular here, for there is but one name by which salvation comes, Ac.4:12 because of Jn.14:14!). Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. That is how one gets born-again, of water and of Spirit, Jn.3:3-8 and the Baptism talked about in Eph.4:4-8, no man ascends up unless he comes down from heaven above!
This is being Born-again, God’s Way
Jn.3:7Marvel not that I said unto thee: Ye must be born again. Only then can we do this; that is required of all of Jesus’ followers: 8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit (Ro.8:9)! This is the baptism Paul was speaking of in Eph.4:1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 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, 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 (Col.3:11-17). 7But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things (Jn.16:27-28, Key in on the word Again, here in these verses!) 11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting (Edification not to lord over the flock or to take all their tithes, which are meant for the poor and needy as called out in Jms.1:27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. As well as Mt.25:31When 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? 38When 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.): 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 (Gal.4:19), unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
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 in all things, 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 unto the edifying of itself in love. 17This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind (With their many gods incorporating the philosophies of vain men, who make up a god they can serve, even sometimes three of them! Who will forgive a man for walking in his own ways, which are not seen in the word of the one true God!),
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. 20But ye have not so learned Christ; 21If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him (Jer.31:31-34), as the truth is in Jesus (Jn.6:63 and even though Jesus is the Grace and Truth of God made flesh; it is by God’s own Spirit we are made whole in His Words to us, Even the bread that came down from heaven is not enough, it takes all of God living in us, as seen in Mt.4:4 and Lk.4:4! 2 Cor.3:1-18! For the Lord’s Spirit reveals to us the Lord Himself to our spirits and all mysteries that the world cannot grasp because they know Him not and who He is!):
22That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Which is separation from the world of the lusts of the flesh and being regenerated in the new life of God living in us by His Holiness and His Words of Eternal life living in us, that is the Righteousness, that is right judgment and just thinking, to have the Mind of Christ in us, 1 Cor.2:1-16, which is God’s will operating in our lives; so we know what it is to pray for and what it is to seek after because we have His heart in us, and now have been conformed into His likeness; so that when He comes for His bride, we will be as He is, in this world of ours. as a faithful servant who is at the door waiting eagerly for his Master to come home, Lk.12:35-40!).
25Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27Neither give place to the devil. 28Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying (1 Pt.4:7-19), that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption, Mt.12:31-32! Without the Holy Spirit you will not get your feet off the ground at the rapture or come out of the grave, because you do not know His voice, and have His power and wisdom in you either, 1 Cor.1:24!
31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. These are Commandments all, these were the Apostles instructions to us from Jesus, Jn.15:17These things I command you, that ye love one another. 18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20Remember the word that I said unto you: The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also! Is your gospel being well received in all the world? If it is, then you my friend, are too close to being in the world yourself, if the world loves your teachings! Jn.14:1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also!
4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
A More Excellent Way!
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! (Yes, Jesus just now has shown us who God the Father is in Himself!) 8Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen ME hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? 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 (See Jn.6:63 Here for whose words Jesus is speaking, that are Spirit, because God is that Same Spirit, Jn.4:24, who has shed His blood for us seen in Ac.20:28, who is the Holy Spirit!): but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works, (Lk.1:35, who is the power of the HIGHEST, and that can be none other than God Himself, who is the Spirit without measure, Jn.3:34!). 11Believe me that I AM in the Father, and the Father in ME: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. 12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father (Jn.16:27-28; Gal.3:20, because God is One! He that came down from Heaven is He who has the words of God, and is He who ascends up into the Heavens to fill all in all, Jn.3:27-36!). 13And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 17Even the Spirit of truth (Jn.1:17); whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for HE dwelleth with you, and shall be in you (The baptism of the Holy Spirit, Ac.2:1-4!)! The very Spirit of Jesus Christ living in us, seen in the very next verse! 18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you! With a plan of Salvation that is His way and not man’s way, (Ac.11:15-18)!
REPENTANCE is the only Way!
Mt.4:17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
The cost of Salvation!
Today is the Day of salvation; 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 succoured 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 (Heb.1:7 from Ps.104:4-5!), in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, 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 armour 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. 1 Cor.15:57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord!
Having Works worthy of Repentances!
Ac.26: 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!
Repentance which means going in a new direction, which is not of this world! By walking as God walked when HE was among us, when HE showed us, “A More Perfect and A more Excellent Way, Jn.14:6!”
This is why Peter when he preached his first sermon, after being ‘Anointed and Ordained!” in God’s own Spirit in him; gave us the true plan of salvation, for only the Ordained Apostles of Jesus Christ had the Keys of heaven and Peter used all of them in his first sermon! Let us now look at Peter’s first sermon, when the men of the town realized they had crucified the Lord of All glory, 1 Cor.2:8Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory! The Glory God said He would never give to another, Is.42:8I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Again in Is.48:11For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? And I will not give my glory unto another! When the Israelites heard, this they were pricked in their hearts: Ac.2:37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 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 (How many have not fulfilled this commandment, yet?).
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 (To them who will set out in faith believing, for it is impossible to please God without faith for this reason here! We must believe He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him, His way, Heb.11:6). 40And with many other words did he (Peter) testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation (See 2 Tm.3:16-17, it takes all scripture living in us to be in God’s WILL and in His GRACE!).
It is just that simple, repent, cry out to the Lord Jesus for His forgiveness of your sins, and seek His anointing of His baptism of His Holy Spirit in you by seeking Him His way: In righteousness of His words living in you, which is the Hope of Salvation; who have found true reconciliation in His words that cleanses us from all wrong, when we abide in Him and His words abide in us in Spirit and in Truth; 2 Cor.5:14For 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 (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! Who know who Jesus is as our god with us, our Immanuel, Mt.1:23, see Is.7:14 and Is.40:3; and Is.9:6, which clearly shows us who Jesus is!
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 (God) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in HIM (Jesus): by the Word which is God, Jn.1:1-14, who was made Flesh, 1 Tm.3:16: Col.2:8Beware 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. 9For in him dwelleth all the fullness 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!
Without this operation you cannot be raised in the rapture: Being buried with Christ in His name, for there is no other name by which we must be saved, Ac.4:12, the reason why the True Apostles of Jesus Christ baptized all their converts in the Name of the Lord Jesus, because Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead, the God that was, and is, and is to come, the One True God seen in 1 Jn.5:20, End of subject! He is the First and the Last what part of that did we miss?
Then can we seek and find what it is that pleases Him by the Holy Spirit teaching us all His Truths (Ro.8:9, which is Jesus’ same Spirit as that of God or they would not be used in the same breath and in the same thought here by Paul, unless Paul knew Jesus was Lord of All, Ac.10:36!) (See John chapter 16, also!), 1 Jn.2:20But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.27But the anointing which ye have received of Him (Jesus) abideth in you (Jn.16:12-15; and Jn.14:18, Jesus will come and abide in you, by His Spirit, we will know Him no more after the flesh, but according to the Holy Spirit, Wonderful, the Counsellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. This is the rest that they would not here in Is.28:12 and are these who have fallen backwards, taken in a snare in verse 13! Because they have not been weaned off of milk and are still in need of mush, for they cannot stand sound doctrine, which is meat, talked about in Hebrews, Heb.5:11-14!), 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 (Not them, or us or we!) (Jn.6:63; 14:26; 15:26 and Ac.1-ffs to 2:1-4, seen in Ac.10:44-48 after repentances of Cornelius, Jms.1:16-17!). This is living in God’s word to us called this Holy Bible for that reason so we can be found Holy as he is Holy, being separated from the world of wickedness, called that untoward generation in Ac.2:40; but notice here in that verse it said and with many more words did Peter exhort unto them, Ac.2:40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Then the Church of God in Jesus Christ followed A More perfect Way!
Ac.2:41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved!
Right here in this section, that I have in bold print (verse 46); is a very important clue to what is going on in the Jewish community; they are still all with one accord worshipping in the Temple of the One True living God, which all the apostles know as Jesus Christ, who is LORD of All, (Ac.10:36), and this is why they had all of the problems while worshipping in the Temple. Because they taught Jesus as the Messiah, God’s Anointed, Holy One, who was God with them as foretold in Is.7:14 who was to be their Immanuel; meaning God with us, what part did we miss here?
Jesus is our One True God, 1 Jn.5:20, who saved us and made us overseers of the One True Church of the Living God in Jesus Christ (Ac.20:28), reconciling the world unto Himself by Jesus, (2 Cor.5:19-21); unless we get this we cannot be seen as the righteousness of God in Jesus! We must worship in Spirit and in Truth, Jn.4:23-24, it is a commandment! Unless one has right thinking and just judgment, one cannot be righteous; This cannot happen unless you have the Mind of God, which is the Mind of Jesus Christ, the right psychology (or mind), can then lead you into the correct philosophies, the correct philosophies, then can give you the correct theologies, because you have the correct interpreter living on the inside of you who wrote the Holy Bible, 2 Pt.1:19-21; “The Day Star!” Not Day Stars! Jesus who dwells in the Schechinah Glory; that will never be given to another! The Glory of God is seen in the face of Jesus, 2 Cor.4:3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4In whom the god (Satan man’s wisdom, Pr.14:12 and 16:25, which is foolishness to our Lord God!) of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!
Just as Jesus has shown us His More Perfect Way in which all His fellow servants of the Lord walked in; we too will be followers of them even unto death ourselves! Just as Jesus died for all of us, we too will die for all our fellow mankind, this is the sacrifice worthy of the Lord’s followers, to love his brothers no matter who they are; bringing them this plan of salvation and teaching others to make disciples of all nations, till the Lord comes for His own; who have received Him His way! Mt.6:33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Mt.7:7Ask, 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. Who come and seek God His way, in Righteousness and in Holiness, without these two words living in us, no man will see the Kingdom of God, but from a very far distance, as they burn in Hell, where the worm dieth not and the fire is never quenched: 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.
Today’s world worships a god called mammon!
Jer.7:16Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee. 17Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. 19Do they provoke me to anger? Saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? 20Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched. Just as Peter has said to us in 2 Pt.3:1-17 because the world has stopped growing in the knowledge of our God, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour!
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.
There is a Famine in the land!
It is a famine for the words of Truth; Amos, 8:1Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. 2And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said; A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me: The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them anymore. 3And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence. 4Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, 5Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? And the Sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit? 6That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat? 7The LORD hath sworn by the Excellency of Jacob (Gen.49:8-12: Is that not Jesus, Is.49:26), Surely I will never forget any of their works. 8Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? And it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 9And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: 10And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. 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. 14They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and: The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again!
If a prophecy fits in a certain generation and then is fitting for another as well; that generation too, will see the same just fate as the others before it, because our God changes not, Mal.3:6! We live in a day of God’s grace and favour, which is His word to us to show us a right way in which God wants us all to live! If we violate that word, with our arrogance we too will see the same fate as all the others who went before us. We may be stronger and even more complex but when it comes to knowledge and understanding only those who find their way to the cross of Jesus Christ as their redeemer, and die to self in a baptism of water in His name, in His watery grave, to death of the flesh and carnality of mankind’s vain imaginations; only they will come to know, “The One True God in Jesus Christ,” reconciling the whole world unto Himself by Jesus, 2 Cor.5:19-21!
Only then can we find redemption in Jesus name only! When man gets off his high horse and starts just listening to what thus sayeth the LORD God and not man; he might begin to have the blessings of God, begin to pour out on him that he cannot contain! But not till man learns who God is and how to be in a real relationship with Him His way. Man must stop playing games of mere Religion! We must work (Col.3:17) by his rules, He is the CREATOR and we just the created servants, and this is all that is expected of us, just as Jesus has shown us here in 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!
Follow the plan of Salvation laid out for us in the gospels and all of the Epistles, 2 Tm.3:16All 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. Jn.10:35If he called them gods (judges or magistrates, See Gen.4:7), unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; or we will find ourselves in one of these verses here; Mk.9:35And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
36And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
37Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
38And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
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 this not the same understanding of all the “us’s” God used as well even the word “our”, when He said in our image, as in the image of a servant of God as one of His ministers who are a flame of fire, Heb.1:7 and Ps.104:4, beings God is One, Zech.14:9!) is on “our” part. Was not god speaking to all the heavenly host that is always present around Him saying Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, was this not who the us and our directed to, while the Lord spoke of worldly issues, sure it was, being there is no god besides Him, according to scripture, which is of God who cannot lie, Tit.1:1-2 and Heb.6:17-18!)
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.
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!
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, (Ro.12:1-2, we are the servants of sacrifices for our Lord God’s use, Heb.12:4!).
50Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
All we have to do is figure out whether we want to be the salt or the fuel for the fire and food for the worm that dieth not, in the fire that is never quenched! I see a problem here, the choice is simple, repent and receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour and abide in his word to us or live anyway we want and explain to Him, your wants were more important than His, and I’m sure He will forgive you not, Mt.12:31-32 says so! You put your will before His and that is blaspheme. The unforgiveable sin in any age, is putting your ideas and beliefs ahead of God’s! Whose Blood has purchased us, 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 (The Holy Spirit) hath purchased with HIS own blood!
Helps us to understand 1 Tm.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! Kind of sums it all up right there doesn’t it? Just like what god had Zachariah write over 530 years before the actual fact; Zech.12:10And 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: 1 Pt.1:5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Which is the Same as seen in Ro.8:8So 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! Only when we too are born-again of the water and of the Spirit can we too become one with God in Jesus, by being reconciled to God in Him, our LORD of lords and KING of kings, who is our GOD with us, Mt.1:23 our IMMNAUEL! The One True God St. John talked about in 1 Jn.5:20 or you too are worshipping an idol of your own vain imaginations, which do not hold up to the word of God in Jesus Christ, who is our Lord of All, Ac.1036, the First and the Last, Rv.1:8, 11, (14 see Gen.49:8-12), 18-20! From Gen.1:1 to Rv.22:21 this entire Holy Bible is about bring mankind back into relationship with his God; Jn.5:39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. 41I receive not honour from men. 42But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. 43I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. 44How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Jesus’ warning is sufficient for me! Repent and do the first works or He will come and remove your candlestick, Rv.2:5!
Lord’s Way Ministries
Rev. G. L. Boyett