A Relationship with God: Built on the
Necessities of Eternal life: Truth and Obedience:
Righteousness and Holiness Equals Eternal Salvation!
1st order of business is to start off with prayer and thanks giving, and that Jesus would open our hard hearted hearts to see what thus saith the Lord to His children. That He might use me to bring us what He wants all His children to know and obey by His forever living words of Truth! In Jesus name; Amen!
First order of God’s work for us is that we must know what a necessity is: In reality in the world that we live in, we must have a clear understanding of what a necessity truly is: For example a necessity is anything in which we must have in our possession; for us to use at any given time to sustain ourselves so that we may keep living and keep life in our bodies; to supply our spirit with enough fuel for our bodies to convert to energy which keeps us in the living world; by the force of our spirit’s Will or Necessity of Will. As we have heard in the Holy Bible; we have seen scripture which talks about, “He gave up the ghost or his spirit left him and he died.” Many things are needed to sustain man’s life, Air, Water, and Food; it is said the average man can live three minutes without air, and three days without water and three weeks without food before he passes into the realms of Spiritual existence, as most Christians believe. As we commonly say about one who passes from this life into the next that he or she has passed on and gone to their maker or Lord. Air, water, and food are some necessities which all mankind need to sustain us from leaving this world of the living: We must know from where our Will or our natural inherited necessity of will originates: It comes from our Heaven Father which is God: Which are just titles of the same essence; Jn4:24 Jesus tells us God is a Spirit. He has put in all of us a natural amount of inherited necessity of will in each and every human being; which when brought to our attention or to the light of our intelligence or cognition; gives man the ability to recognize that man is made in God’s image and not made of himself, but has a creator which is God who is called Man: Adam’s name means mankind; which is translated “in the image of man” which is God! When God or man put His natural features and mental faculties into Adam, which is humanity, the “Son of Man,” God breathed the breath of life into Adam and he became a living soul as well as all the rest of humanity. God breathed into Adam the necessity of Will which is a spiritual force, which drives us to Live or life itself; a living spirit which is housed in our eternal souls.
He, our God, gave unto us a simple plan of life, we were instructed to take care of the earth in which He gave us dominion over; we are to inhabit it and to multiply; the earth is a necessity to sustain us, to feed us, to cloth us, and to shelter us from the elements, and to sustain us for a certain amount of time, in which we live on earth; which only God knows how long each individual will live here. He told us to multiply and to increase, so we would not die off or go extinct. But He told us the single most important useful bit of information; He told Adam one thing he could not do. You see just as soon as God gave Adam (Which is Humanity), a choice; either to follow God and keep His Word, or on the other hand; Adam (Humanity) could chose to follow their own minds, spirit, soul, or Will. This then is the basis in which we call the ability to choose a right choice from wrong choice is known as our free will. We are not forced by anything one way or another but by our moral agency, which can discern right from wrong, which is free will. The ability to make right choices then becomes our Necessity of Will; in order to live with a perfect God, man must maintain a perfect relationship to his God. God gave us a choice to walk before God, Gen.17:1 and to keep His Word which is His Will for us, or to follow ours, which is naturally evil, and carnal since the fall of Adam (1Jn.5:19); Only God is perfect and is perfect love which is the very essence of a pure, good, 100% totally blameless God! If anyone or anything falls out of a state of this totally purity of love which is blameless; one has fallen into a state of a sinful nature; because you have indeed left your first estate, or position in the sight of God! That which is not of a truth is of a lie and has thus become sin! God has given us His number 1 fundamental principle; which is never go against God’s Word which is His Will! All the Law and the Prophets or testimonies, scriptures, which are a compilation of God’s own heart, or mind, which He expressed in actions of love by which He speaks to us, through the Holy Bible or sacred scripture is for our purification, sanctification, and our cleansing, for we are cleansed by God’s words, Jn.15:3-16; so that we may be honorable vessels for His work that He has for us as we serve Him 2 Tm.2:19-26. If we are not moved to follow His Word or Will for us and we have not come into a desired relationship with Him; He is just like a natural father and God will chastise the ones He loves, trying to bring them back into unity with Him in His Godliness: A Godliness that humanity of man can comprehend in its simplest form is right or wrong thinking which leads to right and wrong Actions, which is of truth or a lie, Deu.5:32-33, Lk.1:5-6, Mt.5:48! God is perfect in all His sovereign ways, which is the mystery of Godliness: Godliness that is to keep humanity in a perfect place of unity with our loving God is relatively simple. We must be righteous, meaning a state of no wrong; and we must be in accordance with the Word which is the Will of God, Mt.12:30-32 & 46-50. We must be in a state of holiness, for as our heavenly Father is Holy, His people who are (Called by His name) in truth and in unity with Him will be Holy as well; this is living in God’s Truths, where we reflect His person in our daily lives!
The next part of God’s threefold cord which is not easily broken is that we must have God’s own Holy Spirit in us; in order for Him to be in total unity with His children, 1 Cor.6:11. In other words we must be truly in love with God and then He will come into our love for Him and make us once again complete, as was Adam (humanity), before he left his first estate, just like the fallen angels who left their first estate. They left their first love; they did not lose it! They did lose their first position but they left it on their own volition: Which is the sin of disobedience: As well as all humanity, which has indeed left the Lord for their own destruction; along with all the world of carnal flesh, who has sought their own ways, instead of returning to their first estate, which is in the will of God, being led by the Holy Spirit; for this is the fulfillment of all of God’s Law for us, Gal.5:16-18; and the only way to do this is to be in love with God and His creation which is humanity, Gal.5:14 and Mt.22:36-40 as seen in Mk.12:29ffs from Deu.6:4!
When Adam or humanity sinned or disobeyed God’s Word; it was the cause of a great upheaval in the spiritual world as well as the real world. Now that evil exists it is defined as either being obedient to God or disobedient to God’s word, His will, which is always evil, Mt.12:31-32! Evil which is now unleashed upon the earth and all of mankind, which in turn affects the angels as well; for they look unto man and minister unto us for God. So in order to do that they must fight against the devil or evil spirits for the sake of God’s children who are called by His name!
God knows in order to have a perfect relationship with His creation; it must be founded on Love; for He is Love! On the opposite end of this spectrum or pole as speaking in terms from one end to another; God has a perfect hate! God has the innate ability to love the creature and to hate sin or disobedience; at the same time the Love of God has great concern for the souls of humanity and the soul of a sinner who has lost his way! You see God did not want to be surrounded by spirits who had no ability to stay and serve Him without any choice. God is not a tyrant; He will not force His way with you or anyone else for that matter. God’s motives and reasoning’s is strictly pure and made or done out of love, for He is love and wants to be loved in return: This is the simplicity in Christ Jesus! Jesus is God’s love manifested in the flesh! Which is God’s Will and Word, Jn.1:1-14, 1 Tm.3:16, Mt.1:23! In fact this is the simplicity that Jesus referred to in Mt.18:1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying: Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
In order for God to set up a reality of righteousness, there must be an exact opposite pole to exist; right for wrong, good for bad, and truth and a lie; obedience or disobedience which is a shame, Dan.12:2And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt! This allows all humanity to choose which end of the poles to operate in; which is called Freewill, God will not force anyone to obey Him; it must be a freewill offering to God, out of love for Him, as a faithful servant would serve his master’s every word, because he loved him; not because he would receive a beating if he did not obey, but just because the servant loves his master, because his master does provide for the servants every need or necessity. Only one end of the pole is considered worthy to be called holiness, which our Lord God is looking for in His servants: When you put the love of God before, yourself, your friends, your children, your spouse, and even the world; even before your next breath. You would rather die than to disappoint your God! You must even surrender your own soul; yes your eternal soul must be surrendered unto God for His use and His use only! Ecc.12:13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Gen.17:1And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. This theme is even carried over to the New Testament as well; Mt.5:48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. This perfection is the Love of God and the love we have for our fellow man. This is the perfection God is looking for in us; and that is to love our brethren as we love ourselves, this is the fulfillment of all the law, Gal.5:13-14; Ro.13:8 etc. Whosoever humbles himself before God and his fellow man will be the greatest in the kingdom to come: Mt.18:4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. We are to be like Jesus and not be ministered to but minister to all mankind as well as our brethren; Mt.20:25But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your *servant; 27And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your *slave: 28Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered (be served) unto, but to minister (serve), and to give his life a ransom for many. * According to the Greek manuscripts!
Jesus came to show us exactly what God is looking for in His children who are called by His name; Jn.14:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Now God will have no one worship Him but one way! He has a set of operations in which we must meet and follow in order to have our worship accepted by Him: Just as Abel offered a more perfect sacrifice than Cain: You see Abel saw the sacrifices that Adam gave to God, or Adam told Abel and Cain what happened when they first began to wear clothes, and why: Because of sin their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked, and were ashamed of their nakedness before the great almighty God so they hid themselves. They tried to make loin cloths to cover their shame and nakedness out of vines and plants woven together. God knew exactly what happened as soon as they hid themselves from Him; but He asked them anyway to give them a chance to repent and confess their sins and ask for forgiveness. Adam tried to blame Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent who had beguiled her. Thus the promise of salvation to all mankind had to be initiated by God; for the sin that had entered the world through disobedience of not following His every Word which is His Will for us! God spoke to Eve and the serpent; Gen.3:15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it (Eves seed) shall bruise thy head, and thou (Satan) shalt bruise his heel.
You see when Adam and Eve found out they were naked they made loin coverings from plants and vines just enough to cover the bare essentials; but God saw their nakedness and made a sacrifice of enough animals, to cover their nakedness the way He saw fit and made them tunics (kethonethor kuttoneth: a tunic which translated as long skirts and sleeves; this just shows how little man tries to make things right in his own eyes, and how God looks at sin; He needs it to be completely covered up! Gen.3:21Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
You see this was a sacrifice of blood of an innocent animal; it took the shedding of blood to cover their sins, from a spotless, unblemished sheep, goat, or bullocks for the forgiveness of sin. No man’s sin can be covered or forgiven in order for God not to see it unless it has the blood of an innocent animal being killed in the place of the sinner. For the penalty of sin is death to the sinner: God told Adam as soon as he ate from the tree of good and evil that he would surly die; Gen.2:17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. As soon as Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of that tree; their minds were opened and enlightened with knowledge of both good and evil. This is when they started to die a slow death (But they had experienced a sudden death of separation of God’s Holy Spirit indwelling in them, which causes all to die the eternal death, of separation from God which is our life source, which keeps us eternally young!), now they will die an eternal death that all sinners must face unless they are forgiven, by the exact operations of God’s Holy Words! For this reason we must keep our Salvation intact by following all of God’s Holy Sacred Scriptures in order to be redeemed His way and not by our own contrivances or rituals of man’s ways, which will not work for salvation: For salvation only comes when we stay to God’s chosen words and instructions! God only has one way to worship Him; and that is in Spirit and in Truth, according to His Holy Words; Jn.4:24! Adam and Eve were now estranged from a special union that they had with God, which is called being in fellowship with Him, now ruined and no longer will it ever be the same as it was before; because of disobedience of not following God’s instructions.
God had made man in His own image, this is fine when the Holy Spirit is inside man, helping to lead man into all righteousness; but after the fall, man with his inherited abilities to create, and invent, with the ability to use his imagination and put his thoughts, ideas, dreams, and the ability to conceptualize new things in our imagination, which then turns into reality; many things we start to think and then to speak, begin to appear; just as our Lord has done in times past, we are of his creation with many powers; when His Spirit is in us; even in our own inherited natural spirits, we had from the beginning of creation, is all we need to get us into all the trouble we cannot handle or that we can’t get out of on our own, without God’s help: When God speaks; whatever He said happens at God’s directed time and then is apparent to all those who He chooses to see it or make it known to them; before He does it so that all mankind knows without a doubt it was from God, who spoke it into existence. Many things God chooses to do or say, the world is not aware of: for example Jn.14:16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; 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! This is the baptism of the Holy Ghost which is God’s own Spirit dwelling in you; for this reason Jesus said in verse 18, I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. This is the indwelling of Jesus’ own Holy Spirit in us! This is being once again tied in perfect union with God who is the Father of all creation which is the Holy Spirit in Gen.1:1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. God is a word or a title and the word Father is another descriptive word representing the same entity; which is a noun or sometimes used as a descriptive verb which shows us what He or someone has done, or is about to do or is doing at the present time; the word father is used many times just to show when someone originates something for the first time as in, building a system, or a company, or a government, even new set of original ideas, and even to show that he has sired an offspring from his loins, or in the case of Jesus, the Holy Spirit put himself in the seed of Mary and allowed her to carry Him to full term and then was born of the flesh, Is.7:14; Is.9:6; Mt.1:23; 1 Tm.3:16 and the begotten God in the Greek manuscript in Jn.1:18, which translated meanings; God now manifested in the flesh which is of the same essence from the original substance; but in a different form now materialized which is still God incarnated, Jn.1:1-14; 1 Jn.5:20! Even a person who starts a new philosophy is sometimes referred to the father of it. So you see the word father does not necessitate a person according to God’s terminologies! Jesus has shown us the correct terminology when He said that which is spirit is spirit; and that which is flesh is flesh; meaning that which is flesh and blood is a person of flesh and blood and is a person a living soul, a spirit is not and never will be a person in the same regards as flesh and blood which is a living soul and constitutes a person of material form! We must always use Jesus’ philosophies in order to be correct not man’s! Not until man had the breath of life blown into him did he become a living soul which is a person! A person is of flesh and blood as we have said earlier; with this being said we can now move on, God a noun or title, Father a noun or a word that describes and action which is a verb or adjective, not another person! A noun is a person place or thing; we should always remember that God as Jesus described Him, is a Spirit and there is but one Holy; thus making God the Holy Spirit and not a person but total other as to which is not another like unto His Essence, He is in a class of His own, totally other and is no way a person as we know one to be a person, until He became Jesus; Heb10:5Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me; now a person! Jesus has shown us exactly who God is, in Jn.4:24God is a Spirit! We know that God is perfect, righteous, holy, blameless, and Omni-everything, only He knows the beginning from the end. He alone is the one who allows anything, to be able to come into existence; He alone gives us the ability to know what is in existence or can on the other hand, give a person strong delusions and make themselves think something that they are not; for example in the book of Daniel; The Lord made a King of Babylon think he was an ox and he was in the field for seven seasons (7 years) eating grass, Dan.4:1-37 just to make a king know who was Ruler of Heaven and Earth and anything that He alone allows to exist! Whatever it is; anything is subject to God our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, Mt.24:35; 28:18! He is above all things in the Universe; and He only is Sacred & Sovereign! He alone is the one who allows anything that can possibly be or come into existence to exist or allows it the ability to be known; is subject to God’s allowing it to exist: Whatever it is! He of all things in the universe is Sovereign and Sacred, in all that He says and does and allows to be! Thus God is a Spirit who in fact is the only one who could Possibly be Holy: for this reason God has Angels and Seraphim’s who constantly sing Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, before Him always, Rev.4:8!
God did not become a living soul until He manifested Himself in the seed of woman as told in Gen.3:15 and Mt.1:18; 20; and 23, the promise unto the world (Gen.12:3) and to the Universe for that matter, to incarnate Himself (Heb.10:5) as our Saviour, Tit.2:10-15, Is.7:14; 9:6; 44:6; which had to be God, for only God, can be a perfect sinless sacrifice, 1 Cor.5:18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19To wit, (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. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though (Greek word hós: as, like as, even as, when, since, as long as: When or As or even as and even) God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God (1 Jn.5:20). 21For he (God) hath made him (Jesus is God in the flesh, 1 Tm.3:16!), to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (Jesus)! We will know Jesus no more after the flesh; 1 Cor.5:16Wherefore 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 (Jn.14:18). He has sent Himself to us as the Holy Spirit; that which is first will be last; and that which is last will be first, Jesus is first and the last in all things, fore only He is Alpha and Omega, Rv.1:8! And when He comes again we will be like Him; Holy Spirits manifested in immortal bodies, Ecc.12:7Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. And we will be as He is; 1 Jn.3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. So that we will be like Him when He appears! We must be perfect according to His word, and the Holy Bible is His word; all of it! 2 Tm.3:14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (Jn.5:39-40). 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God (1Pt1:11 & 2 Pt.1:21), 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!
Jesus has sent Himself to us as the Word of God in you, when you speak in tongues and prophecy and speak of the glories of the Lord; this is having a testimony of your experience with Him in you, 2 Sam.23:2! The Holy Spirit by which He is known and called today, which has been supplied to you by Jesus Christ, Jn.15:26But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father (Jn.1:17), he shall testify of me: Because Jesus is the Spirit of Truth and Grace, Jn.1:17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Grace and Truth and all that is God manifested in the flesh for the whole world to behold, and follow as our living example of God’s perfectness! Because God hath made Him (Jesus our God) to be both, LORD and the Christ (Son of God according to the flesh adopted from the tribe of Judah and King David, 2Sam.22:51!), Ac.2:36 and Lord of All, Ac.10:36 which is all in all, Col.3:11, 1 Cor.15:28!
Jesus has told us repeatedly who He is; The I Am of the Old Testament as well clear into the New Testament, He cannot deny Himself, and who He is; Jn.8:24; 36; 58; Jesus is the light of the Universe and all mankind; Gen.1:3; Jn.8:12; Jn.12:36; 44-45; 46-50, every word Jesus spoke is Holy Spirit inspired and is all powerful! Jesus has always been the mediator between man and God to Moses on Mt. Sinai; to Joshua after Joshua got Israel put back in sanctification after crossing the Jordan which was a antitype of a baptism, Joshua did all that which was required of the Lord; and then Jesus shows up, Josh.5:13-15; and in the New Testament as well; Jn.16:26At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 27For the Father himself loveth you (because that is Jesus, Jn.14:7-9; 20:28), because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. 28I came forth from the Father (or as the Father!), and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father (and return to as He is; the Holy Spirit; Hence forth we will know Him no longer after the flesh, Jn.6:62-63!). Jesus repeatedly told us “I Am He”, Jn.8:24, 28, and 58! For there can only be one mediator between God and man Christ Jesus, but God is One, Gal.3:20; and 1 Tm.2:5 as we have clearly shown in Jn.16:26-29 & 6:62-63 & 68. Again Jesus is returning to the Father meaning to His natural state, now immortal flesh in the Holy Spirit His natural Essence! For this reason it was expedient for Him to return to the Father which is Heaven the Kingdom of God, Mt12:28; Lk.11:20But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. And in Mt.4:17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. When Jesus announced who He was; He told all mankind that the Kingdom of God was now in their presence; Jn.15:22If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.24If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. Because they are One, Jn.10:30I and my Father are one. 31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus God in the flesh, and His own want to kill Him; fulfilling prophecy yet again; 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, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. This will happen when Jesus comes back to set up His kingdom for a thousand years in Jerusalem, for that is the place He chose to put His name!
After Jesus had accomplished what He was manifested to do, He returned to His original position as on the throne from wince He came and it was expedient for Him to go away so that He could send His Holy Spirit unto us, so He could tell us, as He told us He would do, clear back in the Old Testament; Joel2:27And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. 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. This was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, in Ac.2:1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And the Lord is not one to repent, Ro.11:29For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Jms.1:16Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Because God changes not, Mal.3:6! This Holy Spirit Baptism is for all of us for we are the children who are afar off; Ac.2:39For 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. Therefore we have been called to come out from among this untoward generation, (Ac.2:40) who knows not who Jesus really is, because they have not made themselves ready to receive Him according to His ways; and have sought the ways of man instead; Jn.5:43I 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? We need to seek this honor that cometh from God only by His ever living word, His ever loving words of Truth and return to the Only Holy Word of God that is in the Holy Scriptures of His word called the Holy Bible which cometh from God only! God will make Himself known to His people who are called by His name, for this reason Jesus had to return to the throne room of all glory, because He is the glory, God said He would never share with anyone, Is.42:8 and Is.48:11 as we see the apostle Paul explain that if they had known who Jesus really was they would never had killed the Lord of all glory, 1 Cor.2:8! Jesus returned to His natural position so He could send His Spirit to us in fulfilling scripture which He had written. Otherwise to have more than one manifestation of God at one time would be confusion, which is a sin to God and an abomination to Him! Jesus said we must come to Him as a child so in fact coming to God in Jesus is so simple, a child can understand what is necessary or a necessity for salvation, from which, we receive from, His Holy Scriptures alone, by the preaching of His word!
God will allow Himself to be known to His people, just as Joel2:28-29ff, has said, at any given time, by His voice to them, or through His word the Holy Bible, or in some cases even in His actual presence will He allow you to come to Him or manifest Himself to you in person, as with Paul and myself as well! I know firsthand what I’m talking about! I have been ordained by Him with a special calling to bring forth that which is the Heart of the thing (scripture) and the Truth of the matter (the contextual meanings), which He was talking about in His word, His scriptures by His indwelling Holy Spirit; for He chooses the base things to confound the wise, 1 Cor.1:25-31 and the weak and humble things to have great faith! Which I am the smallest of all, in the ways of the world, 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!How can we say we have His Holy Spirit living in us and in control of our life’s necessities and live like the world around us; as if we had never repented? Your fruit you bear contradicts your speech, thus you have made yourself a liar, when we walk not as Jesus walked, for we cannot bear fruit unless we abide in Him, Jn.15:1-16, the ordained of God walk differently from the world! It is not my word which convicts you it is the word of God, Jn.14:6, we must walk as Jesus walked or we are not like Him and will not be allowed to enter into His Kingdom!!! If we walk otherwise it is confusion, which is an abomination to our Lord! In order for Jesus to be omnipresent (Jn.3:13), He had to return to the Father position He held before He incarnated Himself as man to show man how to live in harmony with Him and His universe and to take away the power of sin; which is death to the sinner by His redeeming blood of a perfect human being, a sinless sacrifice; for the justification to all who will receive Him (1 Cor.6:11) and His word which is His Spirit, Jn.1:1-14 & Jn.6:63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Just as God is omnipresent, as His word is spread around the world to all nations, Mt.24:14; Mt.28:19-20 & Ac.1:8, and to all mankind, His word which is spirit is becoming ingrained into our hearing and then the power of the Holy Spirit which has been poured out on all flesh can gather it; us as manna from heaven which feeds us with God’s divine inspiration which when received in faith as a child will in fact save the soul unto salvation; only*If*, we love Him and keep His commandments, Jn14:15! This means His words, which is His Spirit living in you as well as the power of His Holy Spirit indwelling and allowed to lead you into all truths; which is His Will for everyone. The Lord wishes none to be lost but that all will come to the understanding of God’s love through His everlasting Words: Which is His Holy Spirit’s intentions and instructions, for the whole world to come to repentance and turn from their wicked ways!
He equips His people for His service
Ro.8:9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwells in you: Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. If we have not the Holy Spirit dwelling in us how then do we have His Word dwelling in us either? The only way this next scripture is going to be fulfilled is if God’s eternal Holy Spirit is living in union with our spirit’s; 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. And when we do this correctly we will be able to come and reign with Him in His Millennium Kingdom fulfilling this scripture,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: But the remaining part of this verse is still yet for later, after the Millennium Kingdom and all has been but in order and the world is finally tried for its iniquity, and burned as Peter talks about in 2 Pt.3:10But 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. Then the New Heavens and the New Earth with the Lord’s Kingdom and our mansions will be let down from heaven and we will all be gathered into His eternal kingdom forever then will the end of Jer.31:24 be completed after the final judgment;for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. For those who have overcome this world and its ways and kept to His sovereign Truths!
He equips those who are called, chosen, and predestinated to serve Him as we learn to be apostles and seek after the best gifts; Ro.8:27And he (Jesus’ Holy Spirit) that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit (He searches that which is lacking in you; and brings it to your mind by His convicting Spirit in you, thus equipping you to further your expansions into His realms of the supernatural gifts by increasing your knowledge, thus increasing your beliefs and strengthening your faith exponentially, as Paul told us in 1 Cor.12:31!), because he (Jesus’ Holy Spirit) maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God (because only the Holy Spirit knows the mind of Jesus; for they are one in the same, and will teach you all truths that the world cannot receive because it knows Him not and has never seen Him but you will; for He will dwell in you as Jesus told His disciples in Jn.14 and chapter 15!), 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 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. By the empowering of the Lord’ Holy Spirit in you; as you allow Him to operate in your life; He will add all things unto you the more you seek Him as you stay in His righteousness; as in Mt.6:33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. While you stay in the word of God and actually put it to practice in your life; He will keep His word to 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. Only to those who truly love Him and keep His ways dear to them and next to their hearts; and always walking in the truths of His Word; this is the fulfillment of Jn.4:24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. When we figure that out; that each day of our lives is our proving grounds on how well we have learned the master’s way; and walk therein, Jn14:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Jesus is our example to follow just as all the Apostles did! We are to do the same or perish; live in the truth or live a lie and perish; the simplicity of Jesus Christ! With man this is impossible but with God’s Holy Spirit living in you then and only then are all things become possible for you! Without His living Spirit in us we are nothing and with Him in us we then become more than conquerors; 1 Jn.4:4Ye 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. This is how we know who is of our Lord and who is not; by the fruits of their walk in their lives! Are they truly in the harvest fields of our Lord Jesus Christ? Are they producing real fruits as they abide in the Lord’s words and walk as He walked? If not we are contrary to what has been written and we will answer to Him for walking our way and not His, Mt.12:46While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. When we put our will before Jesus’; we leave and have left our first love Jesus, and have then become adulterers and adulteresses; and sought our will and not the will of our heavenly Father’s will; this is the unforgivable sin and is blasphemy to put our ways in front of God’s designs for His creatures to obey Him, Mt.12:30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come, 1 Pt.1:21ffs. 33Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. We live or die by this word; we live and walk in it, in truth or we will be found out by Him, who knows all and sees all; and He will show you to be a liar! You will then be bound to hell for eternity with all liars; who are in the world and walk contrary to His living Words, Rv.21:27!!!
We must have His Spirit living in us as well as his word! Once His Spirit is in you; you are more than able to accomplish all things that are His will for you to do! Those things that are His will, are in fact, what He has chosen for us to know or what He has revealed to us in His Holy Scriptures in the Holy Bible from Gen. to Rev. and everything in between, 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. When we understand that this Holy Bible is the will of God in written form and use it as though we are on the narrow path, which is the path of life, therefore, we must obey His word in order to stay on the path of His will for us, Mt.7:12-14 and there will be few that find His path to the straight gate which is Jesus Christ! Man naturally seeks the path with the least resistance, which is the broad way, which leads to destruction; which is following your own desires and not the way of the Lord! If we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness we will then have all things added unto us that are needed for salvation, Mt.6:33! For the word of God is quick and sharper than a two edged sword! If we will hear His word and take it and apply it to our hearts, and keep them always before our mind and when we put God first; all His grace comes into play, and then we can draw on His supernatural Holy Spirit to help us and lead us into His Truths by the grace of God, Ac.20:32! His word is truth and it is spirit; Jn.6:63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. From the Book of Genesis to the book of Revelation in this Holy Bible is the world of God in written form and spiritual form when we actually do it in our lives! This word of God which is the Holy Spirit which became flesh; which is Jesus Christ who is the first and is the last; totally God and totally man; in whom we are complete because all the God-head is in Jesus; Col.2:6As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10And ye are complete in him (Jesus, Mt.28:18), which is the head of all principality and power: 11In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God (The new covenant with our Lord in the New Testament!), who hath raised him from the dead. This is the mystery of Godliness, which became man spoken of in 1 Tm.3:16; Is.7:14; Mt.1:23; Is.9:6; Is.40:3; 42:8; and 48:11 the glory of God manifested in the flesh; the glory He would give to no other, was and is the manifestation of Jesus Christ, 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. Jesus’ name is God manifested in the flesh; Jesus’ name means Saviour! For this reason the Holy Spirit spoke into the ears of all those who were around Jesus; after raising Lazarus from the grave; I have glorified it and I will glorify it again, Jn.12:24-32! When we die for our brethren as Jesus died for all of us; we have fulfilled all the law; when we draw all meant (All men, women, and children!) to us; so that the Lord’s words of life can save us as well as them, Jm.5:19Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins! The mediator between God and man is Christ Jesus; 1 Tm.2:1I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth: 5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. This is that time! We are living in the end times are we not?
We must learn to hear His voice by His living words, which the Holy Spirit had men of old write as they were moved and carried away in the spirit, 2 Pt.1:21 and we see that this same spirit which moved on men who were the prophets of old were told of the suffering of Jesus Christ known to them as the Messiah the Holy one or the Lord’s Anointed one! As we see in 1 Pt.1:11 and Zech12:10And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. This is the same Spirit that told Isaiah to write the words of the suffering servant in Isaiah and chapter 53:1-12. For this reason the Apostle Paul was told to write in Ro.8:9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Jesus told us the same thing in Jn.3:3-8; if we were truly born-again of the water and His Holy Spirit in us we would be blown to wherever the Lord needs us to go, by the power of the Holy Spirit’s leading; as faithful servants of God spreading the gospel, 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? We are dying daily whether we admit it or not, the only difference is this, are we living by denying self and dying daily spreading God’s word, and living as perfect examples of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Scriptures? This is the only true worship our Lord and Saviour will accept from us; we were told to worship Him in truth and in spirit, Jn.4:24; His Spirit is the word of Jesus Christ made flesh by which we will receive the resurrection if we obey His words, Jn6:63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Jn.8:51
His words of truth living in us by His indwelling Holy Spirit in us will lead us into all of His truths; which the world cannot receive because it seeth Him not, Jn14:16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; 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. This is accomplished when He does this in the next verse! 18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
We must learn to believe that which is not seen which is from the Holy Spirit: For the things we see in the flesh are temporary and will not last forever, only the things not seen are forever! All that is of the flesh and the world is going to be consumed in the fire; only the works we have done for our Lord Jesus Christ are the things that will endure forever! 2 Pt.3:1-18; for this reason we were commanded to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, 2 Pt.3:18. To Him be all glory now and forever; Amen! This is yet again another passage proving the deity of Jesus Christ as our God and Saviour that has been foretold of the Old Testament prophets; Is.42:8 & 48:11; as well as the promised eternal king to sit on the throne of the lineage of King David, fulfilling yet again prophecy, which is the word of God, 2 Sam.7:12-13! The promises of God are forever! This Holy Bible is our Words the Lord gave us for Salvation which is of Jesus Christ, Jn.5:39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Jesus is the eternal life, Jn.11:25Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth you this? If you answer yes you shall live forever when His Spirit comes to live inside you! The promises of God are forever! Only those who come to God His way; according to His word is going to be the correct way in which the Lord gave us to receive salvation, when we worship Him in Spirit and in His truths; this is the correct operation of our God, which will establish us forever in His operations and not those of our doing and the rituals of men! All other ways are heresy and heretical; for there is but one way to God; His way! All other ways are of man’s and will end up in folly, thus saith the Lord! Thus saith the Lord of Hosts in Is.55:6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Jesus already prophesied we would follow another man’s ways before His in 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? 45Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. 46For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. 47But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? Jesus said we would follow another man’s words to our own destruction, because we put man’s word above our Lord’s own teachings and His word, which is the sin that will never be forgiven in this lifetime or the next: Which constitutes disobedience as we see in 1 Sam.15:22And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices (Continual repentances for sin that should be conquered, instead of living in!), as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. We are called to come out of the world and become a nation of Priests and a Holy people in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, 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. We must follow the instructions Jesus gave us in Mt.12:30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 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. As well as these verses following the others,Mt.12:43When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45Then goeth he, and taketh with himself 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 (So much for once saved always saved!). Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. These are those who return to the world after receiving the words of salvation and then fall back into temptation and the ways of the world; and this man’s state ends up worse than if he had never known the plan of salvation! 46While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Only those who are in the will of the Father will inherit the Kingdom of God, and be His children! If we are not in the Father’s will, which is His every word, we cannot be in a right relationship; let alone in union with Him! We are to be Holy vessels of the Holy Spirit to live in us and we need to keep pure; Holy vessels sanctified and cleansed by the Lord’s perfect word and then consecrated for the master’s use; we then will be justified in His name and by His indwelling Spirit in us, 1 Cor.6:11, a chosen vessel from before the beginning of time, chosen to go and do all that God has for us to do for him, 2 Tm.2:19-26!
We are to be the vessels of the Holy Spirit, 1 Cor.3:16-17; 1 Cor.6:15-20; 2 Cor.6:14-18; and He will not live in an unholy vessel which is sinful and corrupt! We must be Holy as He is Holy or He will not dwell with us, 1 Pt.1:13Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (Greek anastrophe meaning conduct, speaking as well as doing, Jm.2:1-26!); 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear (reverent aw of God and His word, Ecc.12:12-14): 18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation (Same as above), received by tradition from your fathers; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. To be a consecrated vessel unto the Lord; I refer you to 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. (Here we see the separation of God’s children again; we are to be with them, the people who rely on God and His word for everything they do and say, for this is being Holy and sanctified and consecrated unto Him for His use!) 23But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24And the servant of the Lord must not strive (Be contentious of His word!); 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. Only God has known us before our mother’s womb; He knows who are His and who will not give themselves to Him; Beings He alone sees the beginning from the end; Ecc.12:7Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Jms.1:5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Ps.139:1O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2Thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. 19Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. 20For they speak against thee wickedly; and thine enemies take thy name in vain. 21Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? And am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? 22I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. 23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Is.46:9Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Saith the Lord of the Hosts! Is.45:21Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? Who hath told it from that time? Have not I the LORD? And there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. 22Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. For there is no other God we must serve! For there is no God before Him and there is no God after Him, Is.43:10-11; 44:6; 45:5-7 (Jn.8:12 & 24 the I Am of verse 51; Jn14:6!); Mk.12:29; Eph.4:5; 1 Tm.3:16; Jn.14:7-9; 20:28 Is.9:6 The Almighty God Son of God according to the flesh, Ro.1:3! For there is no salvation but what has come forth out of His mouth; 23I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Mt.4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Lk.4:4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. The word has gone forth out of God’s mouth and will not return void from which it was sent to do! Those that turn to God will not be ashamed and will be saved; those who do not turn to God will be ashamed, Jn.8:24: Let us look to Dan.12:2 to see what a shame is;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. You see that a shame is also an abomination to God, which is worthy of being cut off from the Tribe of Israel and the bride of Christ, Lev. Chapters 17-27 are Holiness chapters! God changes not Mal.3:6 and Jesus is the same now and forever, Heb.13:8, Mt.5:18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. And this heaven and earth has not passed just yet has it? We who are in the word of God are above the Law because the law is for them who sin; that they may be aware that they have fallen into sin and are now under the curse of death to the sinner; but with Jesus’ Commandments living in us we keep ourselves from wrong doing so as not to lose our witness and testimonies which is our Ministry (2 Cor.6:1-18), for His use, 1 Cor.6:12All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Paul was talking about Holidays, food and the man made laws all the priests made up, not the law of Moses that God had given Him in the desert; because God still calls us to be righteousness exceeding that of the scribes and Pharisees, Mt.5:20 and without Holiness (Separation unto God alone, called to be consecrated to God; for His use and sanctified unto His word, which is Righteousness, Jn.17:17!) no man will enter into His kingdom, Heb.12:14-16 (For the grace of God given to us is His word, Ac.20:28-32 sanctified by and in His word! Jn.6:63)! See Jesus fulfilled all the laws and was sinless and He told us to walk as He walked and to live in the Truth of His words and that He was the life; in which we were to emulate so we could be His first fruits or we would not enter into His Kingdom, Jn.14:6; Mt.5:17-20; 2 Tm.3:16-17; 1 Pt.1:11; 2 Pt.1:21; Ro.8:9!
In order to stand before the Lord our God; we must be justified before our God; in order to stand in His Almighty presence without perishing in His presence; and to be seen as without sin, this is being perfect according to His word, Gen.17:1; Lev.11:44-45; Lev.19:2; Lk.6:40 & verse 46; Mt.5:48; 1 Cor.1:26-31, 4:8-16; Jms.1:1-5; 1 Pt.1:15-25; Eph.1:1-23 & 6:1-24, See also 1 Thes.5:1-28! For if you know it to be a sin then it is a sin unto you, Ro.14:23And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Titus 1:15Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. This is pertaining to the laws of the Pharisees and the Sadducees which were over what was given in Moses’ day, not about the laws of morality and the workings of carnality; for they are covered in reference to the next verse!
Tit.1:16They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. You see there are many people who profess to know God and His word and do not understand what is being instructed by the Apostles! They have a form of Godliness and yet lack the powers to walk in the ways of our Lord’s commandments, statutes, saying, scriptures, judgment, and precepts, etc. which constitute His every word in this Holy Bible! Jesus said it best, Jn.8:34Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. As well as St. John who heard it very clearly as well; 1 Jn.3:1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law (The scriptures are the Law and Word of God, 2 Tm.3:16-17!). 5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. If we are truly the sons of God; we will keep ourselves from all sin because we know how to test all the spirits; whether they are from God or not, which is either right or wrong; one or the other; there are just two spirits, one of a truth and the other is false, by searching scriptures we know how to react to each, as in Ac.17:11, for the Berea’s found themselves approved for they searched the scriptures daily and declared unto the rest who was a false prophet, because that person spoke not according to scriptures of the Apostles and of the Old Testament as well, Rev.3:7-11! Sin is sin and sin can be nothing else but death to the sinner, Jm.1:13-15! If we come to find out we have sinned and do not repent of it and continue to live in sin against the word of God; this becomes presumptuous sin, which will not be forgiving in this life time or the next; unless dealt with right away as soon as it is known to us, so as not to lose our faithfulness to His sovereign words of Truth! Jesus did not remove sin from off the face of the earth, he only took away the penalty of sin, that is death to the sinner who confesses his sins and asks for redemption or forgiveness and promises to keep from sinning ever again against the word of God, this is remission of sin, when something stops it goes into remission just as Jesus told the adulteress in Jn.8:10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. As well as the cripple at the pool of Bethesda; Jn5:14Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. Presumptuous sin is talked about in Hebrews chapter 12:1-29 and Apostle Paul talks about not sinning that we do not get out of Grace with our Lord in Ro.6:1-23 for the wages of sin is death! Eternal death in the Lake of fire where the worm dieth not and the fire is never quenched. Is.66:24; Mk.9:43-50 we will be tried and tested in this lifetime, Jn16:33, this is our purification by trial of fire, the Apostle Paul was talking about; whatever is not burned up will be rewarded for a job well done (1 Cor.3:1-23); Jn.16:33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. We are called to do a job for our Lord as His servants, which Jesus has shown us an example of 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.
If any man glorieth let him glory in that he has only done what his master had him to do; where then is the glory he has not done anything that any other of the Lord’s servants before him have done, 2 Cor.10:1-33! There is no sin, that will be covered by grace, (God’s Favour, Blessing, and Prosperity, for His Blessings are for right thinking, right walking in the truth of His every word, because He is the love of your life, and all your strength, time, energy, faith, and love and all that you do or say is wrapped up in Him and His Word in perfection, all because you have been endowed with power to resist all wrong by His Grace, thus where sin does abound the power of Grace to sustain you from falling into iniquity; doeth much more abound! This is what grace is about; it is not the pillow God gives you to rest your sinful head on so you can sleep at night while your conscience gets more and more hardened until God just gives you over to your own strong delusions; God and sin will never coexist together, for this reason He came to overpower Satan and sin, to give us a way where before we had no way; but by His indwelling Holy Spirit we are more than overcomers, *if*, we are right in our walk and our teaching, Mt.5:19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Let us now define grace somewhat; Grace according to the New International Dictionary of the Bible by J. D. Douglas & Merrill C. Tenney; defines grace this way; by the Hebrew word hen, pronounced with a long e sound; and the Greek word for grace is charis. A term used by the biblical writers with a considerable variety of meanings: (1.) Properly speaking, that (being God’s Will) which affords joy, pleasure, delight, charm, sweetness, loveliness; (2.) good, will, loving-kindness. Mercy, etc; (3.) the kindness of a master towards a slave: Thus by analogy, grace has come to signify the kindness of God to man (Lk.1:30 for an example of God’s favour but a better example is in verse: 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. This is God’s grace to those who are truly in His favour according to His nature, His favour, His Will, His Word, according to His scriptures given to us so that we may know Him and how to please Him; this is His grace to us that He may educate us in His ways so that we might have salvation and complete union, in a relationship with Him, which pleases Him, and to bring our master pleasure in His creation, by interacting in favour with them in their obedience to Him, which bring pleasure and joy to Him as well as us; and not chastisement, condemnation, and eternal Hell for the disobedient and contentious! One or the other: The simplicity of God that even a child can get!), The New Testament writers at the end of their letters, (Epistles sacred documents, given for our edification and admonition, 2 Tm.3:16-17 so we could be perfectly equipped in serving God His way and not our way, Ps.2:1-5 & 10-12! This is our duty to serve Him His way and He has graciously made His ways known to us that we may come to Him in complete harmony with His eternal desires for us so we can be His obedient servants: Ecc.12:12And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. (You see He gave us 66 books in this Holy Bible to use to come to know Him and just what He wants us to do; we must use it or find ourselves ashamed in missing His resurrection to everlasting salvation!), 13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.), The New Testament writers at the end of their letters, frequently invoked God’s gracious favour on their readers (Ro.16:20-24 ff,; 2 Cor.8:9 & 13:14; Col.4:18; 1 Thes.5:28 and Rev.22:21!). In addition, the word “grace” is often used to express the concept of kindness given to someone who doesn’t deserve it: hence, undeserved favour sometimes called unmerited favour, Ro.2:4, especially that kind or degree of favour bestowed on sinners through Jesus Christ (Eph.2:4-7 plus the following verses in conjunction to the whole Bible by the word of God, which is His Spirit being manifested in word of eternal life Jn.6:63; for in His words are the power of His name and His Holy Spirit tied directly together, when we live in His word in faith, keeping His promises, then do we realize a justification of Holiness and Righteousness by which we become acceptable to Him so that He in turn comes to live in us as we are the temple of God’s own presence, His Holy Spirit living in His chosen generation, who have made themselves into His fashioning and likeness, so that at His appearing we will be known as He is: 1 Jn.3:1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Just as we are to purify ourselves according to His words and not our own, 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, Jn.4:23-24. His grace is free, we cannot buy it, by good works, but when someone is truly repented of their sins and endowed with God’s own presence in them, they have His grace which empowers them to live an overcoming life, one not of the flesh (For if you live in the flesh you will surly die, Ro.8:1-39!) but of the Holy Spirit living inside you leading you into all righteousness of God in Jesus Christ, 1 Cor.5:21! This is living in the grace of God through obedience to His every word, Mt.4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God! We obey every word out of the mouth of God or you walk in the manner of all fools who heed not the word of their only Lord and eternal Saviour! Man’s ways are not God’s way and never can they be until we become like Him with His Spirit leading us and not ourselves, Is.55:6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: (God’s grace right here the invitation to come and be with Him; but it must be His way!) 7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts! Grace is extended to sinners so that they may be brought into a right relationship with He who created them and all things but it is up to us to maintain that right relationship or we have fallen from God’s grace, by our own doing! Mt.12:30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 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. 33Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. We cannot bear good fruit on our own we must abide in Him or our fruits will not be acceptable to Him and we will prove ourselves as one of the unfaithful to His promises: as in the lesson Jesus gave us in Jn.15:1-10! Grace, therefore is the unmerited favour of God toward fallen man whereby, for the sake or love of the Son of God Christ Jesus our only Lord God and saviour, Is 7:14; 9;6; 40:3; Mt.1:23; Tit.2:1-15, 1 Tm.3:16; the only begotten God according to the Greek manuscripts of Jn.1:18- He has provided for man’s redemption. He has from all eternity determined to extend favour toward all who have faith in Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
The relationship between the law and grace is one of the major themes of Paul’s writings (Ro.5:1-2ff, 15-17 all of Chapter 6 and 8:1-39; Gal.5:4-7 obeying truth is the theme; Eph.2:1-10ff, Mt.10:27-42 He that does not pick up his cross and yet still follows after the Lord is not worthy of Him, Mt.10:38 but we are to be His tools of service for His gospel, Mk.8:35-38!). Grace is likewise without equivocation (the wrong conclusion by facts being presented which have different meanings, which may or may not apply in certain cases, in other words sometimes with ambiguous terms are applied to something incorrectly, making it a lie! Such as saying grace is a covering for our sins, when we chose not to apply God’s words to our hearts, minds, and especially to our actions, which is our daily worship called our walk in Christ Jesus, which is our testimony or our witness to how God has brought us out of the world and of the flesh, Ro.8:1-14 & Jms.4:4 & 1 Jn.2:15-17 & 1 Jn.3:1-10 wherein is the grace of God proved that we are in fact the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ 1 Cor.5:21 because we have been reconciled to His word by which we are cleansed and justified by His name and His Holy Spirit in us 1 Cor.6:11, thus we have become ordained in Him Jn.15:1-20, through the ordinances of the operations of God’s own truths, Jn.4:24!) Grace without equivocation by our authors of this dictionary have given us Tit.2:11 for an example but should include all the verses attached to it, for it is in fact one long sentence; with more than one requirement to stay in grace as we see here;11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, (Which was Jesus who taught us a better way in which we are to become one with Him in word and deed, Col.3:17!) 12Teaching us (Means we need to learn His Truths!) that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (Requirements for God’s grace His favour to be given when we obey Him!); 13Looking for that blessed hope (See we aren’t saved until we hear well done My good and faithful servant!), and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ (Ac.20:28); 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Who have humbled themselves and complied to His teachings in fulfillment of Jn.14:6!). The Doctrine of Grace runs deep and is only substantiated in works of faith which prove we love Him because we have shown works worthy of repentance and are worthy of Repentance, Ac.20:19Whereupon, 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. This is how we get God’s grace to stay with us or we have fallen from grace, by our own deceptions, and delusions serving God our way and not by His every word, Mt.4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. By the infilling of His Holy Spirit which is the second act of God’s grace we are endowed with His power and strength by His every word being imprinted in our psyche or our consciousness of true understanding between right and wrong spirits, which is called discernment to live a Holy, and Righteous lifestyle so that we may obtain the prize of our High Calling, to be a special peculiar people with a zeal for purity in love as we follow Him as being true sons of God, exactly what He called us to be, Mt.5:48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. We are perfected by living our lives in His words, 2 Sam.2:31As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. 32For who is God, save the LORD? And who is a rock, save our God? 33God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. How does He maketh my way perfect but by living in obedience to His word that is tried and true and perfect as He is perfect, from Old Treatment to the New Testament, God’s words changes not, Gen.17:1 & again in Mt.5:48 all scripture will be fulfilled by Jesus Christ, it would be easier for heaven and earth to pass away before God’s word from being fulfilled, Mt.5:17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven! All scriptures are the word of God and is law; 2 Tm.3:14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 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. All scripture is given for our salvation, this is His word not mine! We either love the Lord our God enough to obey Him and His Word or do our own thing and die the death of all liars who walk in a false reality of truths as to what God wants us to do, Phil.2:12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling! You fall from grace when you do not let God control your destiny and stay in His will that He has for you; When you take back a hold of the reigns and try to run your life your way again, just as you did before; you fall from His grace! (I know what I’m talking about I learned this the hard way: Through His chastisement!)13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Not yours! We need to stay in His will for us or we are in our will which is contrary to His ways, lean not unto your own understanding: Pro.3:1My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee (We keep His words and He gives us grace, His favour, the simplicity of God through obedience!). 3Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Col.3:17). 7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil (Obedience). 8It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 9Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine (Rewards for Faithfulness to His word!). 11My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth (For He teaches us when we sin and we know it not, this is the forgivable sin the unknown sin, not presumptuous sin!). 13Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 14For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15She (Obedience which is wisdom in keeping His words of truth, which then is called understanding because you obeyed His will for you!) is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 16Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. 19The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding (His doing) hath he established the heavens. 20By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. 21My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. 23Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
You shall never fall from Grace when we obey His truths (Jn.1:1-17; Jn.17:17!) and we worship in truth and in His Holy Spirit’s leadings; in faith believing in every word He has said, that must we do Ps.37:1-40 is all about trusting in the Lord’s ways and His word! See also Jer.9:23Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. Also 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, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. We must not only live this life style but we must profess it among the people in the world for a witness and a testimony! Jms.2:1-26! Talk is cheap grace but true grace in faith in action, believing in actions, bearing His fruits, is the grace which is the priceless grace which cometh from Him only!
God’s grace is for us so that we can preserver through temptations and trials when we are lead by the power of the Holy Spirit, for He will not lead us into anything we cannot bear without giving us a way to escape, 1Cor.10:1-13; All the things done to Israel was to show us what they did wrong in the eyes of God and what they did right in the eyes of God and only in obedience were they rewarded with His presence; in and with them, such as in the Book of Joshua1:1-through chapter 5:1-15; they did as they were instructed and God showed up to help fight their battles with them! When we get right with God He will show up to lead us into the promised land, for He gave us His word Ps.48:14; and God cannot lie, Tit.1:2; Heb.6:18 and Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, Heb.13:8! Therefore to abide in God’s grace we can only do that if we abide in His word! Anything other than that is disobedience and is folly of the world’s teaching and doctrines of fools; who are the blind leading the blind straight to the pits of Hell, which is the broad path that leadeth to destruction, Mt.7:12-14, many are called; as a matter of fact all the world is called, for God would not that any be lost but all come to repentance and be saved, but many are called and few will be chosen, Mt.7:14; 20:16; and 22:14; 24:35! Grace is not the hat that a sinner can wear and be saved by grace and faith alone, the fundamental properties of Holiness are these as shown in Hag.2:10In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, 11Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying, 12If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No. 13Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. 14Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean. We can go to a Holy Temple and worship in it but that does not make us Holy; we can commune with righteous people but that does not make us righteous; we must be about the Father’s business and denying our flesh, picking up our crosses and following everything Jesus and His Apostles have told us to do in accordance to scriptures, Jn.15:20Remember 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. If we keep the Lord’s saying the world is most likely going to hate us as it hated Him, Jn.15:18If 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. God’s grace is token proof that you are still in His will; 2 Cor.1:5ffs. Those who excel in being humble are in fact imparted with an abundance of grace; Jms.4:6ffs, and 1 Pt.5:5ff. Grace of God can further your capacity in being imparted with a divine life; 1 Pt.1:1-25; Jn.1:12 & 16, as the Apostles received grace upon grace or for our grace we as faithful servants of God and His word we received more grace, when we bless the Lord, with all our souls; He will do the same for us! God’s favour and blessings which constitutes His grace is not limited; as we grow in grace He leads us into all divine truths which is His knowledge; 1 Cor.1:4-10ffs; 2 Pt.3:14Wherefore, 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. 18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. A commandment to grow in God’s grace by diligently seeking Him first and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you, Mt.6:33; this is His word and He will keep it, *If* we will! We cannot have this kind of grace without service; we must be worthy servants of God’s honor before we get all His blessing added unto us!!! Otherwise it is as if we are making God a slave to justify our sins of indulgences and that is not His job as creator of the universe, where His angles are singing Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty nonstop; so how is it you, being so called born-again and are not growing in grace and the knowledge of the Lord, 2 Pt.3:18; He said be ye Holy for I am Holy, Lev.11:44-45 and 1 Pt.1:13-21, we are to grow up in grace and the hope of God; and keep to His words of life, Ro.12:1-21! 1 Pt.1:13Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (Do you have the true revelation of just who Jesus Christ really is? Jn.8:24); 14As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (obedience, Col.3:17); 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Cor.6:16And 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. This is grace staying in the will of God, Mt.12:47Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48But he answered and said unto him that told him: Who is my mother? And who are my brethren? 49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Staying in the will of God insures us we are in His favour, so He can then give to us favour for His unmerited favour was given already for us in our propitiation of our original sins; and we are to grow in Him and His grace and we are to be above sins, foolishness, and be mature in our walk in Christ Jesus according to His word and fashioned to His likeness, Jn. 8:11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her: Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. 5:14Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. How much more are we to do; we who are called by His name: Who are His children? Jn.14:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. For Jesus is that gate (Greek thyra a gate, or door, or an opportunity as in 1 Cor.16:9.) at the end of that narrow path; that must be opened to enter into the Kingdom of God, Mt.7:13-14: I refer you to Jn.10:7-18. Has He not shown us the true way in which He lived? He did not lie to us; but in deed and in truth Jesus walked in righteousness in all that He did; are we not to do the same as followers of Him in order to be His Disciples, Jn.8:31-32; 51 & 58 Jesus is the I Am of the Old and the New Testament so I know for a fact Jesus kept all the written word which is and has become the Law of God; Jn.14:23ffs? If not we will not enter into His kingdom; He said we wouldn’t and I for one believe Him! When we grow in grace we grow in the knowledge of Him in us and He equips us for His service; if we allow Him to move in our lives and approach Him with a servant’s attitude! Our ministry that the Lord gave us ought to be more important to us than to abuse His grace; with the lusts of the flesh and revert back to idolatry of the world and serve mammon and carnality again; thinking we cannot sin anymore as some preach because all that we do is covered by His grace; if this were true why did Jesus say if you love Me; Keep My commandants, Jn.14:15; 15:14; We are to love Him and our brethren enough to correct them and bring them back to a right path with our Lord God! Here are a few verses to support this theology: Mt.18:14Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.15Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglects to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. Gal.6:1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Ro.11:14If by any means I may provoke to emulation (show them a right way) them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 1 Cor.1:21For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God; it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. Jms.1:21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. Pro.10:12Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins, ffs. 1 Pt.4:1Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts (According to our own wants and desires according to the flesh!), excess of wine, revellings, banquetings (Today’s gluttony still running rampant in our own ranks of Pentecostals and well as other denominations! For they have made food their idol!), and abominable idolatries (The Love of this world and all that is in it before our God; We will stand at odds with Him, Jms,4:4 being friends with this world is being an enemy with our God! Mt.6:24; Josh.24:15!): 4Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 6For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 7But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Have we done all that we can, to stand before our great God?
In order to stand before our God; we must have been justified before God (appear as not to have any guilt), and to be seen without sin! If we continue to go on about our lives without living directly attached to His every word we will find ourselves to be liars of His truths because in fact we have not shown our- selves to have repented from which we walked prior to salvation! For we have not truly repented and turned and gone in another direction, have we? Ac.2:38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. How are we to save ourselves from this untoward generation unless we become brand new and go a new and different way; This is truly being Born-Again into a new creature, transformed into His likeness according to His every word, Mt.4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God!
For if you know it to be a sin then it is a sin unto you, Jms.4:17! Even if we know it not to be a sin for us but we have a weaker brother who is not so enlightened; we should not do something in which it causes our weaker brother to stumble in His faith; and cause Him to sin according to His conscience; 1 Cor.8:9But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak. Ro.14:17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another: 22Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. These things are pertaining to dietary restrictions, as to things offered to idols and such; but the principle is the same as to all our necessities of life; All things are legal to us but we should never be brought under subjection to anything; 1 Cor.6:12All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. That is the whole point about being born-again; not to live after the flesh anymore but after the Holy Spirit; Ro.8:1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you (Which is His Word which is His truths by which we are sanctified, Jn.17:17!). Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his (We need not only to be baptized in His Holy Spirit but in the water of remission of sin in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and to have His word instilled in us by the power of His Spirit allowed to work in us by our free will as a sacrifice unto our Lord God, Ro.12:1-2!). 10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness (In obedience to His will which is His word!). 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you, Jn.6:63. 12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. So in reality, are we in fact working in the realms of the Spirit or are we still in fact tied and bound to the flesh and the wills of the flesh? Who is in control of our lives; the Holy Spirit of God leading us into all righteousness or are we blinding ourselves to our own beliefs and putting our will before God’s; which in fact becomes disbelief and disillusionment; it boils down to this are we serving ourselves or are we being a servant to God’s Will for us in reaching a lost world, Mt.12:30? And are we working in the realms of the supernatural that in all rights should be our natural state of operations! How many hours a day do we pray to God; are we actively praying and fasting seeking God’s direction in our lives? That is what He gave us His Spirit to do with; Mk.16:15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. If we live in sin how can we truly be able to convert the sinner who knows he is living in sin, when there is no differences between us and them; there is no reason for him to convert over to a religious system that has no boundaries! We are above the law of the flesh when we abide in His every word for they are His Spirit; Jn.6:63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. How are we to have eternal life unless we abide in His word? If we don’t, we find ourselves to be only fooling ourselves with fantasies of the doctrines of fools; who are perishing because they live in their truths and not God’s Truths! That is presumptuous sin that cannot be forgiven in this age or the next because you put your will above our God’s own desires for you and you have become self serving, Mk.8:33But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men. 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! You see if we abide not in His every word, we will not be lifted up in the rapture because we sought our own will and not His divine will, for those He has called into His services: Many are called but few will be chosen for this very reason! If we are ashamed to preach this word He will be ashamed of us and we will not abide with Him, Mt.12:30; let alone keep His words of life! Man will find every excuse in the book why he doesn’t have to do something he doesn’t want to do; he will twist every scripture to make it suit his own tastes no matter how far he hast to use it out of its original contextual meanings!
God’s grace was never brought into being but to restore man into a right relationship with God through the plan of salvation which Jesus wrought by the shedding of His blood and the laying down of His life for ours; He was whipped for our transgressions; and not according to Jewish customs either! The Jewish custom was 40 less 1 or 39 stripes but no more, Deu.25:3 the Roman’s cared not for any of the Jewish customs when it came to being scourged or being crucified! God cares not whether we make our own laws; His ways are always supreme over man’s schemes and wisdom everyday!
God’s Grace a Doctrine not just some word to cover the sin of disobedience!
This is best described as a study of
Of the Doctrine of Grace
By F. W. Krummacher (1796 – 1868)
A German Lutheran Chaplin.
What is the principle thing in Christianity? On what does all finally depend and what is the surest sign of a state of grace? These questions, my brethren, are not difficult to answer. The principal thing, and the surest touchstone of Christianity, is this: that our godliness should shine forth in our life, business, and all our walk and conversation; in our sufferings, in avoiding of evil, in patience, in meekness, in peacefulness, in compassion, in industry, and in a faithful discharge of our daily calling. “Let your light so shine before men,” said the Lord, “That they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” “Not everyone that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven.” “By their fruit you shall know them.” “Show me your faith by your works,” says James. And Paul says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And 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.” “You are,” exclaimed Peter, “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
In these, and many other passages of Holy Scripture, all our boasted godliness and fancied merit, are pronounced worthless and hypocritical; yes, even judged and condemned, when they do not so affect our hearts, as to produce a virtuous life, fruitful in good works. “Without holiness,” says God “no man shall see the Lord.” And in the first epistle of John we find, “He that commits sin is of the devil; and whoever is born of God, does not commit sin; for His seed remains in him: and he cannot commit sin, because he is born of God.” “Whoever is born of God, sins not.” This is a remarkable passage; how are we to understand it? Are they who are born again really free from all sin? Need they no longer daily renew the complaints and sighs of a contrite heart, that they have been so remiss in their most sacred obligations; in love to their God, and to their brethren? Does not John himself declare, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”; yes, we make God a liar. How then can we bring these two passages, which seem to contradict each other, into unison? This will not be so difficult, my brethren, if we look more closely at the context. John tells us explicitly why the regenerated do not sin. He says, “He does not commit sin, because His seed (the seed of God, the seed of the new life from God, Christ Jesus, who is the true life) remains in him.
Whoever is truly born of God, has obtained another nature, a new life: he has become a new creature in Christ Jesus; he sees sin in its most frightful form, and abhors it as the greatest evil; he hates it as an act of enmity towards God—as the murderer of his Savior, his own life, his salvation. Nothing is so horrible, so odious to him, as sin; he bears in his heart a deep and sincere desire, and an earnest prayer renewed daily and hourly, to be delivered from the bondage of this tyrant, and to serve the Lord in the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. The Savior has enlightened him from pure mercy, so that he has recognized his wretched condition through sin; He has atoned for his sins by the death struggle on the cross; He has forgiven his transgressions, and purified him in His own blood, and made him blessed and holy, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. This astonishing grace, this unspeakable mercy has eternally estranged him from sin; sin has become detestable to him, it is a crying abomination, a most unnatural ingratitude, and therefore he hates, avoids, flies, and curses sin; and prays, strives, sighs, and uses his utmost endeavors to root it from his heart.
But how is this possible? Does not the seed of the serpent yet reign within him? Do not the most beloved children of grace still sigh and groan under the weight of their transgressions? Is not the Christian’s pillow often moistened with the tears of godly sorrow and repentance? Truly it is, but yet even in this distress and lamentation, this strife against sin, and this imploring of the sanctifying power of the blood of Christ, there is proof given, that he who is born again has received a new nature which cannot sin, to which sin is a strange, disgusting, and unfriendly element; and that the old Adam, which exists in sin, has, nevertheless, received a death wound which will by degrees cause his destruction.
We ought to try and examine ourselves, sincerely as before the sight of God, whether we know this new life by experience. Many deceive themselves, many pretend to have the seed of God in them, many imagine themselves in a state of grace when it is not so; and the consequence of this will be, that they will turn the grace of God into licentiousness, and still continue to go on in sin. Where grace has really been experienced, it breathes death against the pleasures of sin. We will now consider this so frequent an abuse—not of grace, but of the doctrine of grace.
In Your light, oh Lord! Shall we see light? Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, that we may be healed. Your mercy is great to those that fear You. How unnumbered are the wonders which You do to Your children! Your affections yearn with compassion; You had pity upon the miserable, Oh God! Give us the eye of faith? You gave Your only beloved Son, Your heart’s treasure, to be despised on earth, in the deepest lowliness, in contempt, to bear grief, death, and the curse; You allowed Him to be trodden under the foot of sinners, that Your enemies, Your despisers, might not be lost. Oh Lord! Give us the eye of faith; give us a heart to understand heavenly things; let us but be aware of a part of You, and Your Son our Savior’s overflowing mercy; then shall we forever be removed into Your comfort, and show forth Your praise in time and in eternity. Give us to understand the true nature of sin, so that the name of Jesus may be precious to us above all things. Declare unto us something of the riches of Your compassion, of the stability of Your truth, of the unchangeableness of Your promises, of the all-sufficiency of the holy sacrifice of Golgotha, and especially of our own nothingness and our deep guilt, that it may lead us to depend daily on You, and to look to You for grace, as our only means of existence. Oh, Lord! Guard us from hypocrisy, which is an abomination to You. Let Your grace and truth dwell within us, that we may never, like the foolish virgins, call in vain: “Lord, Lord, open to us!” Grant us a pure, sincere, and upright heart, a spirit free from guile, a single eye! But if we are without the humble, childlike spirit; if, instead of truth itself, we have only the words of truth; and if we have only as yet attained to that degree of knowledge and sense which leaves us unfruitful, slothful, cold, proud, impure, without the daily fervent communion of prayer with You, without chastisement, without desire for sanctification; then remove the scales from our eyes, and break the white sepulcher of our hearts, that from it we may run in terror, and fall in sincere contrition at Your feet to acknowledge from the deepest heartfelt experience, that You are perfect grace and truth. Then shall we, oppressed by hatred of sin, moved by Your unmerited love and faithfulness, animated by Your Spirit, clothed with the garment of Your righteousness, overpowered by Your free grace, “give diligence to make our calling and election sure, for if we do this we shall never fall.” Lord, be merciful to us, and bless Your Word to us! Amen.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid! How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans6:1, 2.
Guided by these words, we will consider the abuse of the doctrine of grace under the three following heads.
1. How is it possible that the abuse of the doctrine of grace is so easy, and therefore so frequent and customary?
2. That it is a crime, and therefore worthy of punishment.
3. How can a man be delivered from that error, and attain the right use of this doctrine?
And while this important subject is under our consideration, may our merciful God shed His blessing upon us, and make His truth powerful in our hearts for Christ’s sake.
Before, however, we commence a close examination of these three heads. We will make a few remarks upon the subject of grace in general. We are necessitated to do so by the words of our text, which stand in intimate connection with the preceding verses. In the fifth chapter Paul describes the riches of the grace of God in Christ Jesus. The riches of this grace are superabundantly great; so great that none can number them; yes, speech will fail if they are only reflected upon. We, miserable, condemned, cursed, sinners, can and shall be saved in the midst of all our wretchedness. We have deserved that God should take no more heed of us, but leave us to take our course the way of destruction. We have derided and despised His law, His love, His mercy, His truth, His representations, His entreaties, His calls to repentance, His earthly and spiritual blessings. Our conscience bears witness to the truth of this. It is written in burning characters which cannot be quenched, though you were to pour a sea of streams upon them. But, behold, all these sins God will overlook. The Lord of glory appeared to us, clothed in flesh and blood like ours, tangible and audible to our senses, like a human being, but poor; He veiled the rays of His Divine majesty that we might not fear Him and flee from Him; but might draw near to Him with childlike simplicity, as to our equal. Further, He stepped into the gap; He bowed Himself beneath the law, and accomplished it as an obedient servant, for love of us, and in our stead. All He said and did was performed for our benefit, and it all has a meritorious property, and is all-sufficient as an expiation. Finally, He submitted to the torments of hell and condemnation, which we have deserved, and was made a curse instead of us, and died the bitter death of a malefactor. “God made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
Yes, God offers a complete justification in the Son of His love, to all poor, miserable, condemned sinners. We may thus appear in His presence, not only free from the curse, from punishment and sin, but holy, righteous, guiltless, without blemish, clothed in the beaming, spotless robe of the righteousness of our Surety, in which even the eyes of the Holy God can discern no stain of sin. We may approach the most wretched sinner, and say to him, “There is a Redeemer, a Comforter, a Surety, a Savior for you, who can fill you with the peace of God, who can pour into your breast the most blessed hopes of future glory, who can even in the midst of the valley of tears build you a habitation of peace, against which all the waves, storms, and floods in the world, will spend their strength in vain!
When his tears and prayers have been for some time answered, and he can lay hold of Jesus with the hand of faith, then the Savior plucks him as a brand from the burning, and presents him before the presence of His Father as a pardoned child of God, to whom all things have worked together for good. Mark! Not merely for his salvation, but for his good! It is true that we lost much—no all by Adam’s sin. The image of God was destroyed, and we are reduced to so powerless a state, that we cannot stretch forth the withered hand to pluck the fruit from the tree of life. But behold! Listen! Be astonished, and pray! There is a free grace of God, which without any respect of persons, can save to the uttermost, and pardon sins of the deepest dye! We speak to all sinners—to old sinners, to young sinners, to adulterers, thieves, murderers, slanderers, blasphemers, the voluptuary, the deceiver, and the Sabbath breaker—however deformed and soiled by sin, though they may deserve eternal condemnation a thousand fold, we call to you aloud, our heart impressed with the sincerest love for your souls: You may now be delivered from all your guilt, yes even today you may gain justification of life in Jesus Christ.
You need bring nothing of your own; you can be cured permanently and gratuitously of all your own sins and misdeeds; Jesus will absolve you from all; and give you forgiveness of sins, a new birth, faith, sanctification, safety and glorification; He will save you, convert, justify, favor, and bless you; yes, He will dwell in you, and walk in you, and you shall be in Him what He was and is, the holy and beloved One of God!
O my brethren, how blessed is the man, who, overcome by this free grace, is removed out of himself and incorporated with Christ. His grace swallows up all our sins, and all our evil, like a fathomless sea; and introduces all the treasures of heavenly glory into our souls. This grace raises us above all cares, and leads us to repose in the depths of the eternal love of God; this grace finishes the work begun in us; and never ceases from correcting, healing, strengthening, and blessing us; it screens, and arms us against all the enemies of our salvation; it helps us to bear our cross; it conducts us through the narrow path of death, to the regions of eternal glory; it constitutes our song of praise throughout eternity.
Then what shall I say, my brothers and sisters, but that whoever is born of this blessed mother, to the light of life; whoever has experienced anything of the riches of its tenderness and truth, and has truly been convinced, by the light of God’s Word, of the depth and extent of his wretched condition, must feel that it is impossible to describe the value of this grace. We cannot sufficiently appreciate its unspeakable value; the most ardent songs of praise are but poor and weak in comparison. And yet it is a melancholy truth, which bears fearful testimony to the deep corruption of the human heart that though the prophets and apostles zealously applied themselves to guard this precious doctrine from corruption, yet it was necessary at all times, notwithstanding and it is to the present day, to preach with unabated zeal against its abuse.
1. We have already said that this abuse of the doctrine of the free grace of God in Christ Jesus is very easy. Is it truly thus? If I am in danger of sinking in a deep and muddy stream and a compassionate savior throws himself into the water and rescues me at the hazard of his own life; should I forget my preserver and his deed of love, and throw myself afresh into the stream, the depths of which threatened to destroy me? Should I not rather, all my life long, be eager to testify my gratitude to my faithful benefactor? Should I not anxiously avoid the dark stream and its frightful depths, and sincerely hate and abhor it?
Oh my brethren, whoever has experienced real grace, who knows grace in its true character, and sees clearly that the Lord might justly have left him to perish, but that He has saved him, out of His free mercy, by the offering up of His own life; and not only that, but has also chosen him from the foundation of the world, looked upon him as a righteous child of God, and made him blessed to all eternity; he ought to dread nothing so much as a continuance in sin, and daily desire nothing more fervently than to be faithful to this Savior until death. But, truly, this experience does not fall to the lot of every man, and hence the abuse of it.
Men talk about free grace without having the slightest acquaintance with it from personal experience; instead of living in the element of grace, they have nothing but a mere head knowledge, or a superficial perception of it in their hearts; a complete break with the world, the flesh, and the devil, has not yet taken place; the conscience sleeps the sleep of death, and Christ is regarded as a mere substitute, whom the sinner thinks will make up the deficiency of his own fancied merit. Thus the abuse of this doctrine becomes very easy. When the whole head, the whole heart is filled with false premises, how can we be surprised that they should lead to the most false—no, infamous conclusions? What wonder is it that such a man, who chatters about grace without having become acquainted with it from heartfelt experience, with the tears of repentance, should appropriate the kindness of this Redeemer to himself, in such a manner as to leave his heart and life unchanged.
Only imagine to yourself a man who has yet to learn his deeply sinful condition in the sight of God. He hears how Christ has atoned for all; how He has offered a perfect sacrifice for the salvation of sinners, that His blood washes out all sin; that nothing further remains to be completed; that man must be saved by free grace, without the merit of works; he hears, that all which serves to advance a godly life and walk, must be bestowed by the Savior; and that we can do literally nothing without Him. The sinner’s own inability is to him welcome intelligence; it is like an agreeable pillow to repose on. “This,” thinks he “may be turned to some account.” “You have sinned,” says he to himself, “consequently the Savior belongs to you, He has blotted out your sins; His merits, His righteousness, are yours.”
He torments himself, and labors to bring his opinions to these truths; he appeals as being entirely orthodox to the promises of the Word of God; he believes himself called to repel all the accusations of the law, and of his own conscience, and allows himself to go on quite smoothly, as though everything were in the best possible condition. He has perhaps wept once over his sins; has accused himself, by a few strong expressions, as a lost sinner; has experienced the insufficiency of his own resolutions, and has deduced from a superficial insight into the demands of the law that he cannot stand before God in his present state.
He now places Christ before him, and firmly persuades himself that he belongs to the elect of God, and that none can have anything against him. He troubles not himself as to whether he daily experiences the workings of grace in his heart, whether he is become a new creature, and sin is destroyed within him; he thinks that in his own perception of the doctrine of grace, and in the humble acknowledgments which he makes of his necessity of it, he possesses the fullest security that he belongs to the people of God; and considers—truly in a manner which excites horror when closely viewed—that this and every other declaration of the Bible may be brought forward to justify his apparent Christianity. Yes, he may perhaps be a zealous advocate for free grace; while he himself is still lying under the wrath of God, and has no spark of grace in his heart.
Perhaps you think that this abuse of the doctrine of grace is of infrequent occurrence, By no means. Most men are sick with the same disease. Why is it, that you are so quiet, so careless, so happy, so confident, so gay, so merry, while you belong to the children of this world? With which do you comfort yourself? You must die; you are traveling towards eternity! You must appear before the judgment seat of God; you have broken the law of God, and deserved the wrath of the Almighty. This you cannot deny. If your mouth says, No! No! Your heart cries, Yes, Amen, it is true. How can your heart have rest while these truths are existing; while the reproaches of your conscience are loud, and warnings of death, and the judgment to come, fill your breast?
“God is gracious,” you say; and with this you try to cover your sins, and to still the goading of your conscience, as well as you can. But, in God’s name how can you believe in the grace of that God whom you despise; whose Word and commandment you reject; and whom you daily and hourly offend by your sins against Him? But you answer, notwithstanding, “God is merciful”; and thus you continue in your sins, in your impenitence, in your enmity against God; you lie and deceive, revel and rage, hate and covet, curse and swear; and spend your day in vain title tattle. Is not this abusing the grace of God? Do we not continually abuse His patience more and more, while we walk along the broad way of destruction as unconverted men?
But what shall we say of those who have really an insight into the grace of God, in the Gospel, and yet knowingly and willingly continue in their sins, or even only in one single sin? Have these hypocrites disappeared, or can we speak of such people as monsters, who are not to be met with in our country? Would to God it were so, but sad experience teaches us to the contrary. Even here, among us in this country, where the knowledge of Christianity has the pre-eminence; where it is less subject to reproach than elsewhere; where the name of the Lord Jesus is acknowledged, even in our neighborhood, it is beyond all things necessary to warn you against the abuse of the doctrine of grace.
Even here there is a very large number of such, who have certainly the appearance of leading a godly life, while they deny the power of it, and declare by their actions, that though they can talk fluently about free grace they have always resisted its chastisement, which would have subdued their ungodly dispositions. Alas! There are but few who earnestly engage in a determined warfare against sin. Most people content themselves with mere knowledge, thoughts, feelings, acknowledgments, and speeches; while they, more or less, willfully turn the comforting truths of the Gospel into a pillow for their sins to rest upon. Thus the free grace of God is extolled by many who openly continue in their sins; and publicly mark themselves, by their pride or indolence; by their judging arrogance and uncharitable speeches; by their fraud and reveling; by their falsehood, avarice, and other vices, as men who know not the true life in grace.
We meet with many people who are zealous defenders of the truth, while in the observance of their domestic and civil duties they come far behind the great mass of the carnally minded and careless children of the world. They are always extolling the Savior, His merits, His free mercy, while they daily make Him the servant of sin. Men are anxious, truly, to be preserved from the curse, from the final punishment of sin; but they submit to the dominion of this or that sin, without any serious combat. And if men are urgently called to combat sin, they call it all legality, while they make the Gospel, in a carnal manner, favor their indolence and impurity, and run the doctrine of grace into an intoxicating draught, against the voice of the law and of their conscience.
Alas! The number of those who are true believers, and who in all points grow up to the full measure of the stature of Christ, living in the element of free grace, with the greatest purity, is very small; many, many hearts are filled with the leaven of the Pharisees; and the dangerous disease of the abuse of the doctrine of grace is an epidemic which snatches away numberless victims.
2. But this is very melancholy—it cries to heaven, it is beyond all measure lamentable. For what is as criminal as for man to degrade Jesus to the rank of a servant of sin, and His Gospel to be a passport for all immorality, to a resting place for his own indolence? What! Has the Son of God trembled and mourned beneath the weight of your sins? Has He endured the floods of torment, and the pains of hell? Has He, forsaken by God, hung upon the cross, and breathed out His precious life there, in order that you might in carnal indolence serve dead idols? Behold, the Eternal God opens His whole heart to you; He follows you, in all your goings; He blesses and delights you in a thousand different ways; He sets before you the most splendid offers for the redemption of your soul; He sends His Divine grace to meet you; and is ready, like a tender mother, to take care of you, to refresh you; and yet you continue with your dead heart to praise his love with your mouth, yet turning this same love into a cloak for your wickedness.
What are these sins which you commit? Are they not, as it were so many blows from your hand, directed against the infinite love of God? Are they not like the traitor kiss of Judas, worthy of the deepest abhorrence? You say, “God has chosen me, saved me, regenerated me; He has snatched me as a brand from the burning; He has forgiven me my sins; He has received me among the number of His elect, and has embraced me with His free grace.”
If God has done all this for you, how can you endure the thought of daily crucifying your merciful Redeemer afresh, and causing him to mourn? Talk not of your awakening, talk not of the grace of God; you have as yet never known the hellish nature of sin, nor have you experienced the true meaning of pardon. If the Lord has chosen, saved, favored, and blessed you, should you not in deep humility bow yourself to the dust? Your heartfelt love for God, who has thus loved you, should daily incite you to gratitude: “For to this end has God chosen us,” says Paul, “that we should be holy and unblameable before Him in love.” If you can so far abuse the Gospel of the grace of God, as to bear to continue even in one single sin, without contrition, striving, and fighting against it, and without the most earnest wish to subdue it; you are a dreadful hypocrite, and your sins are by far more hateful and abominable than the sins of those who do not possess your knowledge.
If, however, the abuse of the doctrine of grace is such a horrible and crying sin, such an unnatural wickedness, its punishment will likewise be fearful. We see a proof of this in Judas Iscariot, the traitor. This ungodly wretch imagined that he was in the favor of Jesus, and belonged to the number of His elect; but he deceived himself, it was not so. He was in secret alliance with sin. He was devoted to avarice; and he coveted, and stole, under the very eyes of Him whose disciple he pretended to be. He even journeyed about with the other Apostles; preached the name of Jesus; and who knows but that he was not more conversant with the doctrines of the Gospel than the rest of the Apostles put together?
But what did it avail him? Discord gnawed at his vitals; an evil conscience tormented him as often as he came under his Master’s eye; a warning from the lips of his Lord sounded in his ear, as the thunder of the judgment; until at last the flames of despair; which consumed his vitals, burst forth—until he, finally, in the grasp of this despair, put an end to himself with horror and dread.
Yes, if you apprehend the doctrine of grace, only carnally; if you leave it as a useless treasure of knowledge, to dwell only in the head, instead of within the heart; if you lend but a finger to Satan, while you pretend to be giving your whole hand to Jesus, and are knowingly and willfully under the dominion of the least appearance of sin; then you are on the direct road which Judas took to eternal damnation. The abuse of this doctrine is the most dreadful ingratitude, the most fearful mockery of the living God, which men can commit—the most hateful insult which we can show to the Lord. What wonder is it that the Lord, who will not be mocked, threatens it with the most dreadful punishments?
*3. Yes! Our compassionate God guards and warns us, that we may not in future receive our portion with the hypocrites. He assists us in His mercy, which we may be secured from the abuse of His grace, and may attain to the right and proper use of it. How does this appear? How are we to attain to it? We will shortly, in the last place, consider this. We have seen already how this abominable sin is very easy to commit; how common it is; and how criminal, and therefore how worthy of punishment. If you have attentively and considerately followed what has been hitherto said, you will have remarked, that we spoke not so much of the abuse of grace itself, as of the abuse of the doctrine of grace. There is a wide difference between the two.
The doctrine of grace may be viewed in a false, sinful light, and looked at only on one side, so as to have no influence—at least, no deep, essential influence—upon the reason and actions of the man. But is this possible with grace itself? “God forbid,” says Paul, “that we who are dead to sin should live any longer therein!” True grace contains a death blow to all sin, and a powerful incitement to all goodness. Whoever has truly found grace in the eyes of the Lord, has seen sin in all its most hateful forms, and knows its curse, its deserving of condemnation, and has engaged in warm combat against it; bearing a bitter hatred towards it in his heart, and not even having any inward desire in his soul but this, to consecrate his whole heart, his whole life to the Lord, who has in so unmerited a manner saved him, and drawn him to Himself.
But whoever can grieve this Eternal Comforter, by even one single sin; whoever can reconcile his heart to take pleasure in any sinful deed or desire, has placed a phantom, an airy conception of his brain, in the stead of real grace; and does not belong to those who have experienced the grace of God, and are become partakers of it. If you wish then to be freed from the abuse of grace, and to attain to the right use of it, behold I can give you no other advice than this: Learn to know the grace of God by experience. In grace alone, where it is in truth experienced lays all saving power. Learn to see what you are in the sight of God; what you deserve according to His law; learn to know, how it is only through His free mercy that your salvation can be affected; and that He has affected it. You must descend from the proud height of your imagined righteousness, until you know yourself, as Paul did, to be the chief of sinners, who has deserved everlasting wrath, curse, damnation, and hell; but who is not worthy of the least benefit from God.
When you have learned this in deep humility, then the grace of God will become great and precious to you; then you will perceive what a hateful hellish monster all sin, and every sin, is; then it will be your chief desire daily and hourly to destroy all and each sin; yes, then will your heart lay hold of the free grace of God, so that in the deepest heartfelt humility, love, and thankfulness, you will offer yourself as a living sacrifice for the great love with which the Lord has loved you, and will ever love you.
Means of grace are not lacking to us. If it is the real intention of your heart—and not only of your lips—to attain to grace; if the Spirit of God has kindled a longing after God in you, then you will faithfully employ the Word of God, prayer, and the holy sacraments; and avoid all occasions of sin, and frivolous, vain, worldly society; and strive with all your efforts, and all the powers at your command, to attain the goal—the everlasting blessedness of your soul. Thus we return anew to begging and entreating you, and admonishing you in Christ’s stead: “be reconciled to God.” No longer reject the saving hand of your Surety; fall at His feet, and become His blessed heritage. With all the riches of His house, with all the precious blood-bought treasures of His kingdom, with all His most holy merits, with his spotless righteousness, with endless peace, with joy which infinitely outweighs all earthly pleasures, the Everlasting Comforter appears before your soul to crown it with grace and mercy. Oh, receive the presents of this bountiful Lord. Draw Him towards yourself with all the treasures of His grace, and He will establish, strengthen, and settle you in the blessed experience, that His grace shall never depart from you, or the covenant of His peace fail.
God’s Will and His Grace go hand in hand according to His will not yours:
He has poured out His Grace on all flesh with the opportunity to come and repent of sins and be born-again of His Holy Spirit and to be sanctified in His Glorious name in order for us to be called the children of God; who have been buried with Him in His name in water and of the Spiritual baptism; this is true justification which enables us to be redeemed and to raise up to meet Him in the air when He comes for His church who has made herself ready, who is without spot, and without wrinkle who is blameless! Now have you done all to stand before the Almighty God in the Day of His coming?
Hag.1:5Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways.
In Conclusion part two: Presumptuous Sin
When you sin presumptuously; you are in fact telling God you don’t care what He said; it’s going to be your way and if He doesn’t like it tuff; your calling out or choosing to appear to fight with God, He that the universe has to obey by His mere voice being spoken to it, and you are telling Him you’re more powerful than He is. Are you self existent? Can you bring life back into your own self? Answer the questions God gave to Job! Can you bring dirt into a form and breathe life into it and make it a living soul and give it a spirit (life), which must come back to you, Ecc.12:7? Can you speak into existence the beginning from the end? The answer is no to all these questions and infinite more just like it! So you tell the Lord, why you didn’t do as instructed in His Holy Manual of Safety Instructions & Operations for Eternal Life; called the Holy Bible, Jn.15:20Remember 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. Jn.14:15If ye love me, keep my commandments. Jesus is commanding us all; to take heed and follow Him in word and deed, Col.3:17! Or die the death of all non believers in the death of fire where the worm dieth not and you are the fuel for the fire forever burning; where the fire quencheth not, Eze.21:31-32 & 22:30-31! Hag.1:7Thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways!
When you sin a presumptuous sin you are telling God and all mankind alike that your will is more important than God’s Will and His Word for His creatures He created; how presumptuous is that? This did not work in the Old Testament and it won’t work for us today either, because God changes not and He is not one to repent from His principles for His servants either, Num.23:19; 1 Sam.15:29; Mal.3:6; Jms.1:16-17; Num.11:23; 1 Kgs.8:56-58, Mt.24:35; Tit.1:2; Heb.6:18; 13:8; just to name a few of the scriptures and all of Job is a directive to trust in God’s word no matter what we are going through; for He can create what the world and Satan destroys and give it over into a more abundance than you had previously, or He can allow you to be drug to the pits of Hell screaming in error and horror all the way; and there will be gnashing of teeth; I guarantee it! I asked the Lord for more compassion, so what He did was to show me Hell and the torments of the times of Jacob’s troubles which are not fit for mankind, let alone a saint of God, but for those who are to be redeemed by being decapitated and the mutilation of their bodies in the last days! Everyone is going to face judgment here and now or later which is not going to be a choice I would care to make!
New or Old Testament it doesn’t matter which; we have only one option to us who live on this planet that was created by someone greater than ourselves; we must obey His living words or trust in our understanding and die the death of all unbelievers! Jesus didn’t come to play games but to show us a way where we had none before; and we have none yet unless we do as He directed us to do as a faithful child of God, who is directed by His Word! Therefore we need to read it and clearly understand all of its meanings; not just the easy ones! Hint if you clearly understand the easy ones and do them; He will make a way for you to get the hard ones too, 2 Pt.3:1-*13-18*; Mt.6:33; 7:7-8; Jms.1:5 & 5:19-20; etc! As children of God we need to use the Bible as our source for; references, resources, and requirements, Jn.14:15; 1 Sam.15:22-23 & 29! Jesus said if we Love Him we need to keep His Commandments, which are His words of instruction to us! His sayings, His statutes, His judgments, and His precepts, His lines upon lines, here a little, there a little, Is.28:9-13 don’t be as the ones in verse thirteen, who fall backwards back into the world, but be of those overcomers (Rev. Chapters, 2 & 3) who prosper by using his word to live life to its fullest. All scripture is given for our admonition (warnings, learning, and comprehension for wisdom and understanding), 2 Tm.3:12Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 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. As being servants of God we have our job description right here that we be thoroughly furnished, perfectly equipped unto all good works! We must be about His business when He returns, Lk.2:49; or face the retribution that comes to all those unfaithful servants who went about their business instead of their masters: Mt.24:45-51; 50The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jesus gave us lessons to learn in Mt.25:1-46 for our benefit so we would be as the wise and not as the foolish!
God gives us His Holy Scriptures to use for our instructions: for us to use not just to talk about and do something contrary to His word; just because we don’t like what He said! If you truly love someone, you do everything you can to please them (like a child), many times we do things to please someone even when it goes against our own nature, just to try and make them pleased with us (As Husbands and Wives do for each other, not as Adam and Eve of course! So do the children of God to please Him! Mt.18:1-35): How much more should we do for our Lord and Master? Like so many people in this world, people do these nice things just for what that person can do for them; kind of like what Peter was talking about, when he said master we have left all to follow you what will we get in return; Mt.19:27Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 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. 29And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Rewards are nice but maybe we ought to be just wanting to please our Lord and master because we will be in His house and be loyal servants, without any privileges, just being able to be in His house is reward enough, as this lesson was teaching: 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. You see we are to be servants the last will be first and the first will be last; those who humbly serve Him today out of the limelight, who are just faithful servants working in the fields of labor out of the limelight of man’s glories in himself and what he has done for the Lord, Mt.7:21-23; These humble servants who work in secret, or as prayer warriors interceding for others; will be rewarded in heaven in public to sit at the Lord’s table and He Himself will serve you, and sit you at the highest seat at His tables; you will then be the guest of honor, *If*you are found working in His fields of labor, ready to open the door unto the Lord when He returns no matter what hour of the day or night, Lk.12:34-37! Mt.6:4That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. Simple little verse which carries very great principles, which hardly anyone notices: but He sees all things and looks to the very heart of the matter, to what our motives are! Are we doing this to win admiration from our Lord and His favours or are we just doing what a humble servant would be doing everyday for His master just so His master would be pleased and thankful that He had such a kind servant who did things without being told, just to see His smile, as the Roman Centurion that came seeking Jesus’ help to save his servant who pleased him, Mt.8:5-13! Just for His love and affection: let the others have the rewards; I want His love and admiration for doing a job well done as His faithful servant!
You see this is what Adam did, he took his eyes off the Lord and His commandment for him to obey, and started wanting to please Eve and her ways of doing things in the garden, like eating forbidden fruits! This dilemma has gone on for six ages and is about to wrap up into the rapture of His church; who has made herself ready for Him and then the final Millennium and the final judgment of all the fallen angels and all the reprobates who followed their callings instead of His! The sin of disobedience is a long line which stretches from Adam’s generation clear to John the Baptist’s; after this the Age of God’s Grace began and the same sin continues on still; Nevertheless, the age of Salvation to those who choose to be wise and Heed the Words of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ; who have like Paul said to the Corinthian’s a more excellent way, 1 Cor.12:31But covet earnestly the best gifts (Of God’s grace): and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way: Which is founded on the very next chapter, Chapter thirteen so founded on Love of God and the Brethren of all the world not just your family, friends, and church but the whole human race is our brethren which needs our love; just as Jesus instructed us, Mt.5:43-48: Love of all people is a Bible study in and of itself, just as when you invite a guest to a party or dinner; go get someone you know who can never repay you; for this is pleasing in the eyes of the Almighty:
The cost of Discipleship
1And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched him. 2And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. 3And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? 4And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; 5And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? 6And they could not answer him again to these things. 7And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms (or seats); saying unto them. 8When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room (seat); lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 9And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room (place). 10But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. 11For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. 12Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. 13But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. 15And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. 16Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 21So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. 22And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 23And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. 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? (We see here that there is definitely a cost of discipleship and a great decision must be made in order to say in fact that I am Christ’s disciple and servant!) 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; (So are all those who come to Jesus and then cannot separate from the world, (Ac.2:40; 2 Cor.6:17-18) and fully repent and go another way, (Col.3:17) which is to follow Jesus in word and deed, Is.28:13 and the five virgins who let their oil run out, Mt.25:1-12.). 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. So are you going to be the salt of the earth or are you going to be washed away into nothing! You see salt is not even good for landfill; it cannot be compacted into a substance worthy to be built upon, for it dissolves in water into many single ions that only the Lord could find each and every one and bring them back together (Lk.12:4-5) to get dried out, forever in the fire which is never quenched!
The sin of Disobedience has been carried on in ever age, generation after generation; including this age which is about to be judged! For example we see Saul of the Tribe of Benjamin, who was the son of Kish, the first king of Israel. Saul allowed his men to fly upon the spoils of war that had been taken from the Amalekites after acting as a High Priest and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord which was the Levites job, who was Samuel, all trying to do things man’s ways and not in the Lord’s correct operations; according to divine intercessions between God and man which at this time was Samuel the Lord’s Prophet! 1 Sam.13:13-14 & again in 1 Sam.15:1-9 then God rejects Saul for not obeying God’s every word; God is not a man that can be trifled with about words! Or the meanings of words: We are to obey God, just as any good and faithful servant would! Jesus has given us Parables about servants of the Lord. Starting at Mt.24:45-51 & Lk.12:42-46 & [Ac.20:28]; refer to Rev.16:15; see Mt.25:21, and 23 & Lk.22:29; 2 Pt.3:4-9; Mt.24:50 see Mk.13:32; see Mt.8:12; 25:30; as we have seen in scripture there will be those cut asunder (cut in two pieces, one sent to outer darkness and the other sent to Hell, for God can divide the body, the soul, and the Spirit from each other! 1 Thes.5:23.) as seen in Jn.15:1-17 for there is no greater commandments than to love the Lord thy God with all thy might and to keep His words in our hearts; on and before our minds continuously, and to pass them to our children and train them up as they should go; being admonished by God’s every word and the 2nd commandment is liken unto the first; and when it is kept, it is the fulfillment of all the Law and that is to lay down your life for your brethren as faithful servants leading them into all righteousness, which is the fulfillment of His every word in obedience! To Love God and our Brethren and the entire world before our own selves, a true Christian should never have an enemy, for God causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust, He alone is Judge and Jury (Mt.5:44-48), this is the fulfillment of all the Law, Pr.10:12; 1 Cor.13:4-7 & 13; Mt.22:38-40; Mk.12:28-34; Ro.12:19-21; 13:8-10; Gal.5:14ffs; 4:19; till Christ be formed in you! We have but one who will be judge and jury to the world; who are we to judge another man’s servant; for God is able to make him stand in due time? For vengeance belongeth to Me thus saith the Lord, Ro.12:17-21. We are not to judge less we be judged, Mt.7: We will be met out with the same mercy we have dealt out unto others as well, Jms.2:12-13!
We must learn the Doctrine and Theology of God’s Philosophies & Psychologies: His ways; for His ways are to be our ways, just as He told Abraham to walk before Him and be ye perfect, Gen.17:1; as well as Jesus Mt.5:48; Jesus did not come to destroy the law or the prophets (testimonies or scriptures given to men of old as they were moved under His Spirits leadings, 1 Pt.1:11; 2 Pt.1:21; Rev.19:10 for Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy which is a testimony or prophecy of the Lord’s will which is His word and our scriptures, Jn.1:1-14!) but to fulfill all scripture so must we as He showed us by example, Jn.14:6! The prophets were men, God had put His word in them, God had told them what they should say; which in fact become our scriptures; God’s irrefutable and inerrant words for us to use; in so much as God cannot lie, Tit.1:2; Num.23:19; also Heb.6:18. God the Holy Spirit made flesh; the begotten God according to the Greek manuscripts in Jn.1:18 the very spoken word of God which is spirit as Jesus said in Jn.6:63, when you have seen Jesus you have seen the Father and hence forth ye know Him and have seen Him, Jn.12:45; and 10:30; as well as Jn.14:7-9; Philip, questioned Jesus in verse 8 and said, “Lord show us the Father and it will be sufficient” to them; and Jesus gave him the response in verse 9; Jesus said have I been so long with you Phillip and you have not known Me, Phillip? He that hath seen Me has seen the Father: and how sayest you then, show us the Father?! Just as Jesus had shown all along before this; I and My Father are One, Jn.10:30! Also in these verses; Jn.12:45; 20:28; for we are complete in Jesus and in need of nothing else but Jesus according to Col.2:6As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:7Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Jesus has called us into His ministry of reconciliation as seen in 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, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (Hag.1:5 & vs.7) We are to be the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ! This is to be before the Lord totally perfect, when we stand before Him after we have repented, turned away from the flesh and carnality of this world; by adhering to God’s every word just as Israel’s King David said in 2 Sam.22:33God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. When talking about perfection look to these verses, Heb.13:21; Ps.101:2ff, We must be perfect in Jesus’ eyes not the world’s idea of perfect but Jesus’ according to His word; I behave myself wisely in a perfect way; (because the Spirit of God comes in our hearts, and our minds, and puts in us His perfect power, and His perfect ways, His perfect word is then written upon our hearts, minds, souls as His word says it will be: Jer.31:31-34), part B of Ps.101:2; O when wilt you come unto me? Speaking of the Holy Spirit the Lord’s very own presence living in man had not come on men back then but for a short amount of time so they could accomplish a task; very few men were endowed with the Spirit of God from birth in the Old Testament. He came on them from time to time to give them divine instructions or to judge Israel and to accomplish great feats of strength as in Samson for example, but in the latter times as prophesied by Joel, God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh in the latter day rain, as we saw start up again in the 1900’s to today, as prophesied by Joel in 2:28 & Jer.31:31-34, this truly is the age of His grace, His blessings to whosoever will receive it in faith believing it is for him today as well as back then in the first century church in Jerusalem; which spread all around the world, and is still being poured out! Joe.2:28 and Act.2:1-4; 2:39, shows us God’s will in action; for this is the birth of the age of all grace indwelling in all flesh who is truly the one faith Paul talked about in Eph.4:5; who will receive it, those of the bride the church of Jesus Christ; who has made herself ready, without spot, and wrinkle, acceptable to the groom Jesus Christ: Who have not grown cold or even lukewarm and they will present themselves to the Lord Jesus as a chase bride; perfect in all her ways; who are ministers of fire, Heb.1:7 from, Ps.104:4! By keeping her-self only unto her husband’s every word; just to please Him as being a dutiful wife should! Perfect means to be without any fault to be blameless and we can only obtain that kind of perfection by answering to God’s call of obedience! Our position as a child of God is conditional, just as the prodigal son who repented of his evil ways of the flesh and carnality of the world; when he spent his inheritance in the lusts of this world’s lifestyles! God gives us what we need to sustain ourselves. It is up to us to make sure we don’t hoard God’s entire blessing only on our own lives, we must share what He gives us; for it is better to give than to receive!
Just as we take care of our children we should also take care of our family’s older children of God as well; for he who takes not care of his own is less than an infidel, 1 Tm.5:8. We must walk before our God as the Apostles have taught us as we seen in Jms.1:25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 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.
We must not forget to keep ourselves busy about our Father’s business in word and indeed; we must be able to show ourselves approved; just as Jesus did when He was just 12 years old, Lk.2:49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me: Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? This is fulfilling Col.3:17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Bottom line is this: Phil.2:10 & 12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. We must all stand before Jesus who hung on the cross for each and every one of us! So that we might be redeemed from our filth of sin! How can we stand before Him who gave His life’s blood, spirit and His very soul that was laid before the wrath of God, His back laid open as if He has slid down the side of a cliff which was covered with barbed wire and glass imbedded in the side of it; just for your sins! God poured out His blood for our sins, Ac.20:28. The sins of His Church; the bride who became His own on the day of Pentecost! When He poured out His Spirit on all flesh; to whosoever will receive it. It’s free, its ours to whosoever will diligently search and seek Him with exactly what He gave to us, 2 Chr.15:2; Heb.11:6; Jm.4:8ff: He gave to us all that was in His being, that He had for us, it was His undying love for us! How much more should we give to Him in return also; in that all we have must be given unto Him as well just as He did for us! Just as Jesus surrendered to His Father’s will (Which is every word of the Old Testament!) so must we all, it is required of all of us who are called by His name as well, Lk.6:46! Jesus said I always do that which pleases the Father; This is why the Father loves Him because our flesh must submit to the Holy Spirit just like the Apostle Paul wrote in Ro.8:1-39 & 12:1-21; if we obey the Lord and His word no one will be able to separate us from the love of God; but us in our own disobediences!
All it takes is one act of presumptuous disobedience to lose your place of perfection; does it not? The reason Mt. chap. 25 is in the Holy Bible and such chaps. like it; are for all of you once saved always saved, just as well as Mt.7:12-29 our salvation comes by one thing our obedience to His every word, Mt.12:30, out of love for Him! His mercy is what we should be asking for: When we sin we allow Satan to gain a foothold in our lives! Satan our adversary says what about this and what about that! Satan doesn’t need to read your mind, he has all the evidences he needs by your sinful actions in the way you walk in this life to bring accusations against you; by your fruits you shall know them, Mt.7:15-23ffs! Like I have always said; our walk before the Lord is our worship to Him; just as in Col.3:17 and everything we say and do is how we represent our God in our lives and it had better be in Spirit and in Truth, Lev.26:12; Eze.37:27; Jn.4:24; Ac.2:40; 2 Cor.6:16-18; search out the word Holiness; it means to be separated from the world, consecrated to God, for God’s use! Everything we say and do is a reflection of God in us to the whole world around us for all to see, Mt.5:14-16! Are we about our Heavenly Father’s business or not?! Jn.4:34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours (The labors of all the prophets who have written these words of salvation, which are in the Old Testament as well as the New, Jn.5:39-40ffs!). We are to be the feet of Jesus, some are to be the legs that support the body, some are the body which makes sure the body has sufficient, funds, food, equipment, and necessary necessities to function properly; we need someone at the head; an apostle who has direct communication with the Lord and knows His will for us according to Jesus’ Truths for only Jesus is the head of His Church! Then the prophets who have the word of God spoken to him from the Lord’s own Holy Spirit, pointing the way in which our Lord wants us to go or to admonish us and bring us back into His unity according to the Lord’s own scriptures; for they will always agree with what has been written; in this way we know who is not the prophet of God; for that prophets walk will line up with all of God’s scriptures or he is a false prophet and apostle as those in Ephesus that Jesus was talking about in the book of Revelation chapter 2:2. But they even had something the Lord found against them in that they had left their first works: What was the first thing Jesus told us to do when we were to be saved? He said to Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand, Mt.4:17; we must never return to the ways of the world from which we left, walk not by the flesh but by the Holy Spirit; for those in the flesh cannot please God and will perish, Ro.8:1-9! The body of the church is more than just the fivefold ministry; it takes all the members to make a church of God; fitted and tightly joined together as one building to be of one spirit, 1 Cor.1:10; Eph.4:4-5; tied to the rock which is our foundation, which Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor.2:1-13) for the transgressions of the world, 1 Cor.3:1-23; Gal.1:8-9! A church of God takes all its members working in unison as one body; for each of us have everyone a special gift from God to strengthen his body as a whole, not one handicapped but all perfectly fit together as one perfect beautiful body of Jesus Christ’s bride, a chase virgin set out by herself just for Him alone!
We need to evangelize and reach a lost world with the word of God, then comes the shepherd who will lead the sheep to calm waters, and feed the flock pure scriptures of green grass in good pastures of Righteousness and Holiness; void of lions, bears, and wolves of the carnal world, 1 Jn.5:19! Next we need qualified teachers, teaching all levels of maturity in the congregation, 2 Pt.3:18; those who can rightly divide the word and translate the word of God in a right manner, 2 Tm.2:15-26, so that we all can pick up our brethren who has stumbled and fallen off the righteous path and bring them back into the fold of the flock, Jms.5:19-20, who is protected by the shepherd; Jesus is our shepherd and our Bishop, 1 Pt.2:25! This is our job of reconciliation, 2 Cor.5:19-21!
Just as Jesus who is our God who changes not, Mal.3:6; Ro.11:29; Heb.13:8; and Jms.1:16-17 and we are to be Christ Jesus’ first fruits; and if we die doing His word, Mk.8:35-38, then our seed is planted in all who see the work we do for God’s kingdom, Rev.22:12-13. God’s word and blessings are without repentances, Ro.11:29; to those who love God as a child, Mt.18:1-5. For God looks after His children who love Him with all their hearts, mind, spirit, soul, and strength: You see it takes every fiber of our being, to be directed by our own eternal will; to be all that God wants us to be in the power of the Holy Spirit in us leading us into all truths! It is not enough for us to do everything we want to do; it takes praying and fasting, putting down this flesh and putting our bodies under subjection; to submit to His will, Mt.12:46-50, that He has laid out for us to do! We need to seek His divine will and guidance for those He wants us to reach! Here’s a hint if anyone is in front of you, God put them there for you to testify to, Ac.19:1-7 use this method it works! Or just ask them; “Have you done all that you can possibly do; in order to stand before God Almighty in His presence and not perish in Hell?” If the answer is no then you need to pray back through and repent for leaving your first love, Rv.2:4-5! If one has never repented or never repented correctly, they need to seek after the salvation that comes only by the Apostolic method for only they had the keys to heaven, Mt.16:19; Ac.2:38-40; Ac.4:12 and Ac.19:1-7 for this is Jesus’ orders that we should follow Him and His Apostles, Jn.15:20, because only Jesus can Ordain His Ministers, Jn.15:16!
Each and every one of us knows enough people who are in the world; who have lost their direction in their lives! Each and every one of us could build a church and be a pastor of a very effective local assembly of 50 -100 souls just in our daily walk of life; our families, people we work with, people who supply things to us, as in every checkout person who checks our groceries out in every store we go to or people who supply our insurance, friends, neighbors, and the community around us in a one block radius around our homes; We need to keep expanding and all whom we reach do the same! This is that story Christ told about the mustard seed; when planted it grows to be the largest of the herbs; which is the idea of the church of God growing so large that the birds of the air will come and build their homes and nurture their families in the branches of the tree which is His Church who live in the word of God! You see we can have two different types of birds living in the branches of His tree; one type of bird is the bird of truth, righteousness, holiness, the three fold cord kind of love bird! The others are these kinds, the birds of the world, who come into the same tree who bring in lies, unethical standards, or immoralities, and just vain deceitful birds of hate and untruths, because they are Satan’s birds of prey seeking to devour any and all helpless birds who have lost their way, a naturally hateful bird! These are the wheat and the tares which reside in every church, many are called and few will be chosen! This was the story of the Parables of Mt.13:1-58 in which we see the Church of God in Jesus Christ functioning today! So we must still beware of who we sit next to and who we worship with! Are we worshipping next to the wheat or the tare? One is for the burn pile and the other is seeds of life as we give food to the hungry world that need God’s words, His seeds which grow up into the tree of life, to one who is dying and doesn’t even know it! This is being in the true vine which is Jesus Christ as He spoke to the disciples; that is who we are to grown up to be, true disciples of Jesus Christ and stewards of His truths, Jn.8:31-32 & 51; 14:16-18; Jn.15:1-12! We are to Love one another and grown up with the vine bringing us nourishment which is the Holy Spirit; then we can provide precious fruit worthy of the master’s vine!
If we produce no fruit, we will be cut back (chastised by God; He is trying to get our attention! To return to Him who is the sap of the true vine which causes the vine to grow; without His sap the Holy Spirit we cannot produce fruit for him unless we abide in Him!).
If you are going through life and have all you need, and you’re all right with all that is going on in your life; which is going on around you, and you’re fine with it; Then Satan has you right where he wants you! You’re not producing fruit for God so you are no threat to Satan; are you, Mt.12:30; Mk.8:38; 1 Cor.16:22?! If you are living like this and you’re not being chastised by God then He has already given you over to a reprobate mind and given you strong delusions and as the author of Hebrews now calls you a bastard not knowing God as your Father and His wrath to guide you back into His ways; He has given you over to the world and its ways and your own devices, Jms.4:4; 1 Jn.2:15-17; 1 Jn.5:19! These are the braches that are finally cut off from the vine, left to their own, which dry up not being fed the right nourishment, that end up good for nothing but the burn pile, Jn.15:6! So God’s bottom line is this; are we going to be productive fruit bearers or are we going to be thrown in the burn pile? Hag.1:5Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. Hag.1:7Thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. Eze.22:30And I (Jesus) sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge (be a wall of defense against Satan and the ways of the world and to bring them who are in the world back inside the walls of the strong tower! This man, any man, who knows the will of God and has discerned a right spirit about him and in him, will lead his brethren back to the right ways of the Lord! This is standing in the gap as James told us in Chapter 5:19Brethren, if any of you do err (means wonder for the truth of God’s divine word and sacred words which in fact is His Will, Mt.12:30-32 & 44-50; look them up on your own I’m trying to close here or I’ll end up preaching till the Sunday before the Lord comes for His bride; Oh I feel another sermon coming on already!), A man who stands in the gap is this one right here; One who goes and returns a wayward brother from the error of his ways; who has wondered off the narrow path, Mt.7:13-14 because they failed to do what was required in verse 12 in view of Mt.7:12-14! 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. (Not only for him who has been redeemed but also for you as well that are the unknown sins!) This is what is meant by standing in the gap; Eze.22: and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: (This is what Moses did so the children of Israel would not be totally destroyed before the angry God: The Lord told Moses to get away from them; for He was going to destroy them and make a new covenant children out of the loins of Moses’ seed in Ex.32:1-11; But Moses stood in the gap! When God our Lord Jesus comes again and finds not one person to stand in the gap; then He will come and bring fire by the word that proceedeth out of His mouth and consume all who stand in opposition to Him and His Truths, Lk.6:46; 18:8! Mt.24:14; Jn.8:51; When this gospel is preached in all nations, Mt.24:14 which is any day now; then He will return: for a people who are walking as He walked and talking as He talked and living as He lived; being a humble servant to all His brethren and to the whole world, that are in His creation who have chosen Jesus, for their only love! Those who I just have finished talking about are those who stand in the gap! Not these Ezekiel was talking about: Let us look to the conclusion of the Matter! When the Lord found none, no not one to stand in the gap: As we shall soon see; because there is going to be a rapture of all the true Saints of God who are Spotless, they love their brethren with a true heart of love and with the same Spirit that Jesus has, a Spirit of Zeal for the lost; Which is the true Spirit of the Holy Ghost and with Fire talked about by John the Baptist, Mt.3:11 & Lk.3:16; for the things of God! His true Saints who have not grown cold or even lukewarm; because if we lose this Holy Ghost zeal or fire we will be cast into the fire of the eternal Hell, that Ezekiel talked about in Ezek.22:31Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them (Who despise His Will, which is His word!); I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath (Just as St. Peter told us in 2 Pt.3:8-18, and to be found without spot, and blameless. Comes back to Mt.5:48 from Gen.17:1; Heb.13:8; Mt.24:35; His word will not come back void from which it is sent out to do; for it has been spoken and will be accomplished at the proper time which it was sent to do; in today’s timeline we are living in!): Ezek.22:31, their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD. This means God is going to let us destroy our own selves with all the evil that this naturally evil man can accomplish on each other; until they literally consume each and every one of themselves by their own evil, Esther.7:10; Ps.7:15; 35:8; 64:8-9; 141:10; Pr.26:27; 28:10; Ecc.10:8 etc: A nuclear fire followed by a nuclear Ice age where even the atmosphere will not exist and the world as we know it will be cast out into eternal outer darkness where there will be gnashing of teeth in the bosom of earth’s pits and rooms of Hell forever being fuel for the fire that is never quenched because you are the fuel for the fire where the worm dieth not and you are never fully consumed; you keep regenerating forever over and over again; for as soon as you are consumed and wasted you regenerate back into the same hideousness and wickedness that you have always been in the eyes of the Lord’s perfect vision: Which sees clear to your heart, and knows all your ways! Thus saith the Lord in His perfect hate for sin: Sin and God our Lord Jesus will never co-exist together forever! God is about to make final cleansing and only those who have overcome this world and even their own flesh; who can truly find themselves approved in the eyes of our perfect God and Lord Jesus Christ who always did the will of the Father, the Holy Spirit indwelling in Jesus showing Jesus all that the Father did; so Jesus could do it and show us exactly what we must be doing in His place! Or be likened unto those who listen to the world and the men of the world and not according to His Holy Bible: The true living word of God, Jn.5:39-47!
For if I preach any other gospel than the word of God; I will then be cursed, Gal.1:8-9; Deu.4:2; Rev.22:18-19! These curses and blessing are some of those found in Deu.28, for blessing of obedience 14 verses, one of warning verse and curses for disobedience there are 53, meaning going to the right hand or the left (The Lord is serious about walking in the truth wouldn’t you say?); you have wondered off the straight and narrow path, Josh.1:7-9; for if we do not wonder off the chosen path of God, we will be found in God’s favour: This is what God’s grace is all about, the power to be found truly faithful to every word that proceedeth out of God’s mouth, Mt.4:4 & Lk.4:4! Otherwise we are cursed! Obey or disobey and follow your own courses! Only God’s chosen way leads to eternal life! Not our own ways or the ways of this lying world who St. John said, “lies in wickedness,” in 1 Jn.5:19, and we know that we are of God (because we love God for God is Love and all who truly love God; love His word and His will before their own lives! And we love the brethren and the entire world with His perfect love and same selfishless-ness love for all humanity: for He wishes all to come to repentance and to be saved from the wrath to come! For those who heed not the Lord’s anointed prophet will face the eternal wrath of God: and we have an understanding: that we may know Him that is true, (Who cannot Lie), and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ (Son according to the flesh, adopted from the tribe of Judah and from the house of King David His father according to the flesh!) This is the true God and eternal life 1 Jn.5:20. 21 Little children, (St. John was now speaking to all the children who have not matured off the breast of mother’s milk, speaking of not being able to handle and understand sound doctrines that are for the advanced pupils, stewards, or disciples, little children are those not advancing to apostleship, they must be warned to stay away from covetness which then becomes idolatry!),keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
Those who do not know exactly what the Lord is looking for and become confused and start following after any and all strange doctrines that are in the world; and not that which is from the Holy Bible, 2 Tm.4:3-4! The little children who have not the Holy Spirit in them leading them into all truths are lead astray and have found ministers who will lead them down the very same path the world wants to follow: 2 Tm.4:1-4 and then they in turn make up imaginary idols and find a false god that is real only in their minds who they serve (Sometimes even three gods, called the holy trinity started by the Catholic church!); because they lack the strength to fight the good fight of faith that only the Holy Spirit provides with power to overcome the world and its false doctrines; We need the Good fight of faith that Paul spoke about; because while we are here we will have tribulations, Jn.16:33; our own Lord Jesus had told us so: so why do we find it strange if our ways are not the ways of the world: Jesus told us to not be discouraged, for He has overcome the world and so have we if we are truly in Him and He in us! 1 Jn.4:4; for greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world! For this reason He said we must be born-again of the water and of the spirit: Speaking of the Holy Spirit baptism, Jn.3:3-8; 1 Cor.6:11! The very same God, the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ living in us! There is only one Lord, one faith, and one Baptism given by our Lord by which we must be saved: and it was given by Jesus’ own Apostles: they had the keys to heaven, to loosen and to bind: the gifts and the operations of God’s Will for us which are in heaven; These are the important ways in which God will accept our worship. Just as in the Old Testament days, all of God’s children had to worship God a certain way or fire of God’s wrath would pour out on them and destroy them as Nadab and Abihu found out; as told in Lev. in the 10th Chapter: And God changes not, Mal.3:6: Mt.5:18 heaven and earth will pass away but Jesus’ words are forever, Mt.24:35! We need to understand the Lord’s means of operation in order to worship Him according to His wants or Will in scriptural truth so that we are found being worthy of His grace, Jn.4:24, for there are entirely too many people worshipping Jesus the way they want and not the way He needs them to understand Him and His operations! The Bible shows us two types of people in it, those who do what the Lord needs them to do, the way He wants them to do it; and them who do not, many times by missing what they were supposed to do by one small point or instruction; such as King Saul in 1 Samuel chapter 15.
This is the reason the apostle Paul told us all to work out our own salvation, with fear and trembling, Phil.2:12! You see the wrath of God is forever! Once His judgment comes down it is forever! Moses found that out also, when the Lord told him to speak to the rock; Moses should never have struck it; we are to follow the Lord’s commandments to the letter not just the way we want or we will find ourselves in the same situation as those who were left out of the promised land! We are not to add to His word or take away from, Deu.4:1Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. 2Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. And the Lord changes not: Mt.5:17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so; he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Jn.14:15If ye love me, keep my commandments. Mt.24:35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. And few will find the Kingdom of God because they fail to follow the directions of God; from the only source we are to listen to; His Holy Spirit and it always agrees with His written word in the Holy Bible, they will not contradict one or the other, because the Holy Spirit is the very heart and mind of God’s essence; along with being all powerful to up hold what He has said forever; for there is no such thing as time with God! Disobedience to God’s living word is a death penalty in the lake of fire forever, where you will meet Saul and Judas because they did not follow orders but they took their own lives; which is destroying the vessel of their life’s spirit which the Lord gave to all of us at birth, Ecc.12:7Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it! Which in essence they had lost their faith that God could help them with their situations, and they gave up on God! They could have been forgiven if they would have repented and come to the Lord and sought forgiveness, for God’s mercy is forever, Ps.136:1-26 to them who follow His commandments! Never think the law of what God has said is annulled from existing, it is written on our hearts and should be a part of our psyche, our physical being should be wrapped around His word and living in it as well; for it is our protection from All harm; just as the man who sought the Lord’s heart found out, 2 Sam.22:1-51! When you seek the Lord and His word, His ways, and His will for His children and walk therein; He awards His faithful with promises of Himself being with them, to guide them through all of life’s difficulties, just as He overcame all, Jn.16:33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. And we His children are instructed to do the same: Rev.2:7He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Rev.2:11He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. Rev.2:17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. And to those who have finished the race well done as a good and faithful servant will hear these words from our Lord and Saviour! Rev.2:25But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. 26And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 28And I will give him the morning star. 29He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Here we see the power of God’s words; for we have a hope of this salvation; for we have this race to run which is called life and we will be tried here and we must have been found an overcomer of life and the lusts of this world of the flesh; for the whole world lies in wickedness just as our Apostle St. John has told us in 1 Jn.5:19And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. We must come out from among them who enjoy the entrapments of the world and its entertainments, 1 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. (All the types and shadows of the commandments in the Old Testament are carried to fruition and into existence in the New Testament for us to follow as Jesus fulfilled all the law and has shown us He is the Way in which we should walk also, Jn.14:6, Mt.5:17-19, heaven and earth as far as I know have not passed away just yet have they? So are not all these things supposed to be fulfilled by us who are as He is, if we are called by His name, Mt.5:19? Lk.6:46!): 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Carried forth right from the Old Testament, so you see God changes not, Holiness and Righteousness according to His word is mandatory to receive His eternal rewards in paradise! We are still called out to be a Holy Priestly Nation a Child of the Most High God; they are a peculiar people, Deu.14:2: Ro.12:1-2; Heb.12:14; 1 Pt.1:15-17!
This is why Jesus gave the keys (Plural, it takes more than one key to unlock His Gate, Jn.3:3-8; Jn.14:6 His Way, His Truth, and His Life (Eph.4:5) is needed to find Him in heaven! With man it is impossible but with God all things are possible, Mt.19:16-30: The First will be humble servants who will be the last to serve themselves and the first to serve all mankind before themselves, they will be the first!) to Heaven to His Apostles: In Matthew chapter 16 we see Jesus giving the keys to heaven to the apostles, which Peter became one of the leaders of the others but yet we see in verse 20 that Jesus told them all who were standing there that they should not tell the people He was the Christ; this tells us more than just Peter was standing there in Jesus’ hearing and saying distance, at least the three chosen anyway, Peter, James, and John, most likely; but for all we know even Judas was with them but that is highly doubtful, but being Jesus is omniscient and knows the beginning from the end and knows all things He knew Judas would not be able to carry out any binding or loosening of anything, for in fact he was chosen for dishonor, 2 Tm.2:19-20, so are we going to stay to His word or are we going to find ourselves vessels of dishonor and disillusionment, just like Judas was?! Everyone thinks Jesus was talking about Peter being the rock upon which Jesus was building His church, but Peter here means pebble or small stone (4074 Pétros (a masculine noun) – properly, a stone (pebble), such as a small rock found along a pathway. 4074 /Pétros (“small stone”) then stands in contrast to 4073 /pétra (“cliff, boulder,” Abbott-Smith), and we see in the verse Jesus said on this rock I will build My church, and rock is a different word meaning:”4074 (Pétros) is an isolated rock and 4073 (pétra) is a cliff” (TDNT, 3, 100). “4074 (Pétros) always means a stone . . . such as a man may throw, . . . versus 4073 (pétra), a projecting rock, cliff” (S. Zodhiates, Dict). So we see that Jesus and His teachings are what He in fact means by being founded in the truth and is solid and stable as an unmovable object is what Jesus is going to build His Church on! On these principles Jesus was going to build His church, because He was instructing them on His death and burial and resurrection that was to follow as read further in the following verses; we must always remember to use these scriptures in total context of the scene that the Lord is presenting to us; sometimes the previous chapter and the one following also for the complete contextual meanings sometimes! And here are His principles for us to follow in His word: 21From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.22Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. (Stay to the Holy Bible and leave man’s commentaries alone, *If*you have the Holy Spirit as your interpreter to help you translate His own words, 1 Jn.2:20-29; *If*you truly have been born-again of the Holy Spirit’s baptism, where you speak in another tongue as the Holy Spirit gives the utterances, as given to us in the founding of His church (Ac.20:28) in Ac.2:1-4, for His gifts are without repentances, Ro.11:29; Jms.1:16-17.) 24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 27For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. 28Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. These are our instructions to be disciples of Jesus Christ or we are none of His yet still! We must be buried in His likeness as is symbolic of the watery grave in Baptism, which according to Ac.4:12 must be done in His name for there can be no other salvation given by which man must be saved; and in accordance with Col.3:17 everything we do in word and indeed must be done in Jesus’ name; fulfilling Jn.3:16-18 and Mt.28:19, for Mt.28:19 says to baptize in the name of the Son and that name is Jesus, which is the name of the Father; Jn.14:7-9; Jn.10:30; Jn.5:43 & 12:45; because you see when you see Jesus you have seen the Father and hence forth ye shall know Him and have seen Him, Jn.14:7, because Jesus comes in His Father’s name, Jn.5:43I am come in my Father’s name (Jesus is the manifestation of the name of God in the flesh which means Saviour!), and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. And I will have the Father send the comforter (which is the Holy Spirit the Paraklētos) which will be sent in My name: So the Father is Jesus’ name and the Holy Spirit is Jesus’ name by which we must be saved, Ac.4:12; as fulfilled by His Apostles who buried all their converts in Jesus’ name, Ac.2:38-40; Ac.8:16; Ac.10:47-48; Ac.19:1-7 by the Apostle Paul who even admitted that the Lord had not called him in the ministry to baptize in 1 Cor.1:17 but yet when Paul administered the baptism ritual according to the Holy Spirit leading him into all truths he came up with the correct manner, for we do all things in Jesus’ name, as children of Jesus Christ! This is being buried in His likeness, so that we can be raised in his likeness also, for this is the operation of our Almighty God, Is.7:14; 9:6; 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 fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12Buried with him (In Jesus’ name! Jn.14:14; 15:4) in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead! If we have not been buried with Him in His name what makes us think we will be raised in His likeness either?!!! That’s man’s wisdom to think we can do anything we want and it will please our God, tell that to Adam and Eve who were made robes after fashioning themselves whatever they thought would be sufficient to wear in front of God to cover their shame! Tell that to Moses who struck the rock instead of just speaking to it! Tell that to Saul who did just exactly what he thought would make God happy with the Amalekites, because he was afraid to tell his men they could not have the sheep and the cattle, because they were the Lord’s first fruits of Saul’s new Kingdom for His chosen people, just as the first born of Egypt were for Israel’s sin as they learned to worship pagan gods and goddesses in Egypt; What happened when Joshua got all Israel up out of the Jordan river; (the baptism), and they made themselves markers for remembrance of all the great things God has done for them as a stone of remembrance (Gilgal means circle of stones.), to tell and show their children so they would never forget the great things God has done for His people, that He chose to put His name in them! They circumcised themselves (showing to humble the flesh and put it under subjection, they made a flesh and blood covenant with the Lord; they mortified their bodies as told for us also in Ro.8:1-39!), they killed and sacrificed according to God’s ordinances according to His instructions; and in Chapter 5; after getting all things in the proper order with their God; even He shows up Himself to go to battle with Israel, Josh.5:6For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey, Mal.3:6; Mt.24:35.
7And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way (Hebrew word Gibeath-haaraloth meaning hill of foreskin vs.3.). 8And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole. 9And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day. 10And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 11And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the Passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 12And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna anymore; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
13And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
14And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?
15And the captain of the LORD’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place where on thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so. As you see here when we get ourselves in a right relationship with our Lord and Saviour He shows up with His Holy Spirit and fulfills all scripture in us, who are truly redeemed according to His truths, Jn.4:24! When we finally understand our walk in this lifetime of ours, is our worship, we can then and only then, come into union with the Almighty God, once we get righteous in His sight, Mt.6:33 & 7:7-8! We must do our part or God doesn’t have to honor His part of the Testaments or Covenants; even if the testator’s alive, there are sometimes put on the inheritor’s prohibitions in order for them to receive the inheritance, is it not according to the one dying that his honor is due him? How much more so, to the only one by which Salvation comes! Should we not do according to all His testimonies for us in His Word; in order for us to receive such a great inheritance that He has in store for us? Jesus is that rock the chief corner stone of that church, which people are rejecting today as they follow man’s doctrines, traditions, and rituals, instead of His Holy Sacred Scriptures, 2 Tm.3:16-17! Jesus is that rock (the Word) the builders rejected back then who did not produce fruit worthy of repentance; just as today! Mt.24:33Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 34And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. 35And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 36Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. 37But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. 38But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. 39And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. 40When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? 41They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. 42Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? 43Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. (Are you a fruit-bearer, Ac.26:20?) 44And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 45And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.46But when they sought to lay hands on him: You see not much has changed today as well; when we start preaching Holiness and Righteousness according to the word of God everyone starts saying, legalism, and Jesus came and did away with the Law; but He did not! Matthew chapter 5 shows us a totally different picture than this and His Apostles didn’t change it either, Mt.5:17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. If the apostles told us to keep to the word of God and His statutes, saying, precepts, judgments, and commandments and Paul included all scripture did he not, in 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. And is not our works we do for the Lord is what we will be rewarded for in His kingdom to come? Mt.16:27For 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. & Rev.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 and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 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 (Who deceive their own selves with man’s doctrines of foolishness!). 16I Jesus have sent mine angel (Lord’s messenger) to testify unto you these things in the churches (Me, Rev. Gary L. Boyett!). I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17And the Spirit (Holy Spirit) and the bride (His Church) 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. 20He which testifieth these things saith: “Surely I come quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. This Holy Bible is sealed by the apostle John the oldest living Apostle of Jesus Christ; the only one who could possibly bind in heaven and bind on earth and loosen in heaven and on earth was the Apostle St. John! The only one with this authority as an ordained apostle of Jesus Christ, who has been instructed by Him and knows His ways and they cannot disagree with scriptures already given! If they do, this will be a false apostle or prophet of the antichrist! For many will come in the form of godliness but lacking the power thereof to walk in true Holiness and Righteousness of the Word of God by which we must judge all things to their trustworthiness to God’s irrefutable words which are inerrant! We will live by them and be judged according to the 66 books of this Holy Document that our Lord has seen fit to give us just for this reason, Jn.12:49-50! Blessed is he who is broken on this rock which is Christ Jesus but woo to him whom this rock falls on and crushes to powder, Mt.21:44And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. Zech.12:3And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. And He will cast them into the eternal lake of fire, where the worm dieth not and the fire is never quenched!
This brings me back to where I was at; when I said in conclusion part two; so you see I have not lost sight of my target area yet: and I’m still on the bull’s-eye, I have not yet left the word of God at any time; if you will just follow with me for a little while longer! We are nothing but fuel for the fire of God’s wrath; unless we learn to live by the operations of His words, which were told to us by Him and by His Anointed Apostles who had the keys to heaven! To loosen in heaven and loosen on earth or to bind in heaven or bind on earth; and what is bound on earth is still bound on heaven and whatever is loosened on earth is loosened in heaven by Jesus’ own words: Let us look to Jn.15:20 Jesus told His disciples if we would listen to His words; that we would listen to His Apostles words too! Because He was training them in the operations of the Lord; If they (you and I) will receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour, we will abide in His ways and His words, and the words of His Apostles who were the first fruits of His anointing of the Holy Spirit; who were the first to be ordained from on high by the indwelling of Jesus Christ’s Holy Spirit in them! Who is the very Spirit of God manifested in the flesh of Jesus Christ, (that which is first will be last and that which is last will be first for they are One, Zech.14:9; Is.40:3!), is now in His Ordained Apostles and the remaining disciples in the upper room where the Holy Spirit was poured out upon, (Ac.2:1-4), these who are now ordained with grace and truth, Jn.1:17 & 16 for He gave unto the Apostles Grace for Grace meaning all favour, for they gave to Him all their favour; this is what is meant by grace for grace: When we abide in His every word we then become friends with God and no longer servants! This is what Jn.15:8-22 is talking about from the parable of the vine, Jn.15:1-7: When we have followed everything our Lord God has told us to do, because we love Him as a faithful servant, then He will exalt the humble servant that has given himself to His master, to become a friend to God and God will allow His friends to know what He does, and how He does them! The operations of Salvation are given to them who diligently seek Him “First, In All Righteousness”, Mt.6:33, after we repent, when we have turned from our wicked ways and the ways of the world! We can now work out our own salvation according to His word by the operations (leading) of the Holy Spirit (Once we have been baptized in His Holy Spirit with signs and evidences following, Ac.2:1-4! When we receive the Holy Spirit everyone will know it, which is there to witness it because it is so profound that none will be able not to see it all over you!) and His word and those of His Apostles, in complete agreement with all scriptures, this is walking before God in perfection or being perfect and blameless (Eph.5:27), as required by God Himself, Gen.17:1; Mt.5:48 & 2 Sam.22:1-*31-33*-51! This is exactly what the Lord told the apostle Paul to tell us in Phil.2:1-16 for I indeed do not intend to labor in vain; therefore I will not deviate from the word of God either! Remember Paul was trained by Jesus Himself in the desert of Damascus for three years before they sought to kill him and Paul was let over the wall in a basket tied to ropes held by his friends one dark night because they watched the gate for him so they could kill him: Long before he met one of the apostles in Jerusalem! You see when the Holy Spirit equips you with a calling, He will train you in all the necessary things you will need, I too know this well! You see when we see that the Lord has called someone to the ministry we need to offer them the right hand of fellowship as the apostles did to Paul and Barnabas; when they had heard how the Lord had given grace unto Paul for the gentile’s salvation; God’s grace which worked in him mightily, blessed is our Lord Jesus, Amen! The Apostles in Jerusalem gave the hand of friendship to Paul and Barnabus, who brought Paul to them so that they could be the apostles to the gentiles, that is you and me, we are instructed to take this gospel to all nations, Mt.28:19-20 and to Baptize these converts so they will not be damned, Mk.16:16!
Paul told the Ephesians’ that there is but one Lord, one faith, and one baptism, Ehp.4:5; and all scripture when translated by the power of the Holy Ghost will always strengthen all other scripture and will always give glory to God: And will always be good for correction, reproof, and instruction 2 Tm.3:16-17 so that a man will be throughly furnished and perfect unto all good works for God; this is being a man of God, the tree will be known by its fruits! All God’s scriptures are for the way in which we must go, in order to be called by His name! Being Christian is more than just being called by a name; it is a walk of life, after the manner of He whom we are called, and when He shall come, we will be like Him as He is, Jn.14:6; 1 Jn.3:1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; (Because we already know what He wants us to be in Him! For we walk just as He walked and we have His truth just as the truth was in Him, for we have His life dwelling in us leading and guiding us into all life; which is in Him! Col.3:17): for we shall see him as he is. 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure!
So after Peter preached his first sermon on the day of Pentecost (The birth of the Lord’s true Church, which is of , one Lord, one faith, and one baptism!); with great danger to himself and the others as well who were with him, who attended the upper room where the Holy Spirit fell and it appeared unto them as cloven tongues of fire and it sat on each of them was noised about abroad; and all the men of Jerusalem that had come from all over the world from their own nation; heard them speak of the glories of God in their own native language. They said what meaneth this and Peter was embolden by the power of the Holy Spirit said unto the crowd; men and brethren this is what the prophet Joel did prophecy that in the latter days the Lord would pour out His Spirit on all flesh; this is what Jesus promised us in Jn.14:15If 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; 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. 18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. See God’s promises are conditional; we must obey Him in order for Him to richly pour out His grace and favour on you: 2 Pt.3:17Ye 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. 18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. You see Jesus had told the disciples to meet Him in Galilee, and after meeting them there, He told them to go to Jerusalem, and to wait there until they had been endowed with power from on high; the disciples did all according to Jesus’ words and Jesus filled them with Himself as promised; He rewarded them for their patience and faithfulness and obedience to His word; did not our Lord say try Me and see if I will not pour out on you a blessing that they could not contain, Mal.3:10, if He will do it over a little thing like our money given in tithing, how much more will He do for us when we give of our time, our strength, our minds, our bodies, our everything, just as He did for us; will He not make us heirs of the throne with Him, Rev.3:21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Do you not think the King of Israel, King David does not have a throne in the throne-room in heaven with Jesus and the other 23 elders, who obeyed our Lord? Obedience comes with great promises, blessing, favour, and rewards to those who truly love Him; keep His commandments; for they will be the greatest in His kingdom, who teach others to them as well, Mt.5:19-20!
The Holy Spirit is the power of God from on High and it is the Holy Spirit which leads the apostle’s of God into all His truths! The Apostles knew Jesus was God manifested in the flesh, Mt.1:23; Jn.20:28; Is.40:3! 1 Tm.3:16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit (1 Cor.6:11), seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. Mt.1:23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us! Jn.20:28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God! Is.40:3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God! Is.7:14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Is.9:6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Deu.6:4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Mk.12:29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. The I Am of the Old Testament is the I Am of the New as well; Jn.8:24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I Am He, ye shall die in your sins.28Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I Am He, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 47He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I Am. Jn.18:5They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I Am He. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. 6As soon then as he had said unto them, I Am He, they went backward, and fell to the ground. 7Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. 8Jesus answered, I have told you that I Am He: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: Jn.14:6Jesus saith unto him, I Am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Jesus is the kingdom of God among us; Mt.4:17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mt.12:28But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Lk.11:20But if I with the finger of God (Who’s finger?) cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. Jesus is the Father and there is no other; Jn.14:7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.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? Jn.10:30I and my Father are one. Jn.12:45And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. Jn.5:39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me (the Holy Bible is about God and His Salvation, is it not?). 40And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life, Is.49:26: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD, I am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. Jn.6:41The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. Mt.44But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Gen.1:3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Jn.8:12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Jn.12:35Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. 36While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. Jn.12:45And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me: 46I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. 47And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. Who was Jesus’ Father? Mt.1:for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost; Jn.4:24God is a Spirit: Gen.1:1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (There should have never been a period set here for they are one verse with the conjunction word and being placed here; God is the Holy Spirit made flesh, 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; Here a little there a little, Is.28:9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.). 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. The word for of or from is not in the original language which is “mim” as in Ruth; Which I cannot find in the original writings as this instructor of Hebrew claims in the following:The above answerers are mostly correct, however they discussed MODERN Hebrew “shel” to indicate possession which isn’t a feature of BIBLICAL Hebrew (as far as I’m aware).
So to kind of go over what the others already mentioned, the translation of ‘of’ depends on the context.
1) ‘Of’ in the sense of ‘from’ is either ‘min’ or ‘m-‘, e.g.:
Ruth of Moab -> Ruth min Moav (= Ruth ‘from’ Moab)
The old man of Jerusalem -> hazakayn mIrushalaim (= the old man from Jerusalem)
Compare with Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), where the word for ‘from’ is exactly the same as the Hebrew word, i.e., ‘min’, e.g.:
Ahmed of Damascus -> Ahmed min Dimashq (= Ahmed from Damascus)
2a) For possessives, ‘of’ isn’t an actual independent word, rather words co-joined by ‘of’ are often put into what is called a ‘construct chain’ which occassionally causes changes in the spelling and/or phonetics of the noun which is possessed, e.g.:
the house of Abraham -> bayt Avraham (= [the] house [of] Abraham)
the family of David -> mishpahat David (= [the] family [of] David)
brothers of a king -> akhay melekh (= brothers [of] a king)
2b) Personal possession in BIBLICAL Hebrew was shown usually by suffixes affixed directly to the noun being possessed (just as is found in MSA). For example:
name = shaym
the name of mine -> sh’mi (= my name).
name = ism
the name of mine -> ismi (= my name) all these comparisons were not in the original texts of the Holy Bible; so the correct translation for Gen.1:1-2 is as follows:
In the beginning
the first, in place, time, order or rank (specifically, a firstfruit) — beginning, chief(-est), first(-fruits, part, time), principal thing.
angels, exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), (very) great, judges, mighty.
(absolutely) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes) — choose, create (creator), cut down, dispatch, do, make (fat).
self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) — (as such unrepresented in English).
air, astrologer, heaven(-s).
self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) — (as such unrepresented in English).
the earth (at large, or partitively a land) — common, country, earth, field, ground, land, natins, way, + wilderness, world.
And verse two:
And the earth
the earth (at large, or partitively a land) — common, country, earth, field, ground, land, natins, way, + wilderness, world.
to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary)
a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain — confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness.
a vacuity, i.e. (superficially) an undistinguishable ruin — emptiness, void.
the dark; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness — dark(-ness), night, obscurity.
was upon the face
the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.)
of the deep
an abyss (as a surging mass of water), especially the deep (the main sea or the subterranean water-supply) — deep (place), depth.
And the Spirit
wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being
angels, exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), (very) great, judges, mighty.
to brood; by implication, to be relaxed — flutter, move, shake.
above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications (as follow)
the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.)
of the waters
water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen — + piss, wasting, water(-ing, (-course, -flood, -spring).
So we see here that many of the words used to connect the other words were never in the original document and without punctuations, as of, the, in the, upon the, and, or, and was! Without these words translated it reads somewhat different: God, created, heaven, earth; earth, formless, emptiness, darkness or obscurity, upon or above or over, face or faces, deep- sea- or abyss, breath-wind or Spirit (beings it is God spirit should be capitalized as I have shown here), God (Spirit-God no of), hover, upon-above-or over, face or faces, water and on and on till this chapter was finished or continued on till the whole book was completed: When it is all said and done it agrees with Jesus description of God as God. Which reads Spirit is God or God is Spirit, Jn.4:24, and beings there is only one who is Good, Perfect, Blameless and totally “Other or Otherness, in His nature or essence” makes Him the Holy Spirit as Jesus’ own spirit, Gal.1:15-16, Father according to the flesh, as in Mt.1:18 & 20 says, but still all God and all man, 1 Tm.3:16! Now we know who God is, not the third person of some manmade trinity, which comes from the wisest men of the Roman Catholic Church (Which in Revelation is the whore of Babylon which sits on seven hills! Rev.17:1-18): Which is but foolishness to our one, (Zech.14:9; Deu.6:4 and Mk.12:29!), and Great God Jesus Christ who was manifested from the Holy Spirit, 1 Tm.3:16 from the seed of woman, Gen.3:15 and as God told Abram in Gen.12:3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
The problem with man today is that he just keeps overlooking the simple solutions right in front of him! The Lord gave Himself to be our redeemer (Is.49:26), and the world tries to make Christ less than He really is; when God, the glory from on High, made Jesus to be both LORD (GOD) and the CHRIST (The Anointed One, The Redeemer, The Almighty God, Is.9:6!) , Ac.2:36 and LORD of All, Ac.10:36, if they had known that they would never had killed the Lord of Glory (Is.42:8; and 48:11), 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. This same glory He said He would not give to another was manifested in the flesh, 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. 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. Ac.20:28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood! Jesus said that He had many things to tell the disciples but they could not bear it until the Holy Spirit had come upon them and He would reveal all truths to them, Jn.16:12-15 because that which was the Holy Spirit’s is now the Holy Spirit’s flesh who owns all things unto Himself 2 Cor.5:19! The Apostles knew all these things after their eyes were opened to these facts, by Jesus, Lk.24:44And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.45Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. This shows us yet again we can do nothing of ourselves, we must use Jesus’ name for all power and authority is in that name of Jesus, Mt.28:18! Ac.4:12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. For this reason all the Apostles baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins! For there is no other way by which we can be saved but in His Glorious Name, Eph.4:5, the name that is above all names, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour from this world of deceit, lies, and wickedness of its false doctrines of none believers and the worldly wise!
This is exactly why the apostles baptized in Jesus name because all power is in that name, Jn.14:12Verily, 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. 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. Col.3:17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Everything we say and do must be for Jesus Christ or we work in vain and it will come to nothing! We can do nothing unless we abide in Him, Jn.15:1-17: This is what separates us from the world! Anyone can say I’m a Christian but it is proved in their walk, their dress, their speech, and by the fruit of their worship. Are they bringing any new converts into the kingdom of God (Mt.12:30) or are they just side line worshippers or are they actually in the game, Mk.8:35-38! Truly, when God is in us, it shows up on the outside; it is impossible for God’s Holy Spirit to be manifested into a child of God and it not show up on the outside as well! Unless you have the Holy Ghost without the fire, which the world speaks of receiving at baptism, but I’m talking about a real baptism of the Holy Ghost and with fire that makes its members, ministers a flame of fire, Ps.104:4; and Heb.1:7! Who are anything but lukewarm, they have a zeal that is mistaken for arrogance but it is what Paul asked for us to pray for; him to boldly preach this message to the whole world; are your ministers boldly preaching His word to you? Eph.6:10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world (Today’s Educational Systems and even many Seminaries who preach three persons in the God-head called the trinity of the Roman Catholic Church who brought in pagan idolatry into the Universal Church of the World’s Doctrines! Study your History people and see from where they get their doctrines from!), against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. You notice something here; all the armor is for going forward, never in retreat, we must always be growing in the Lord, we are to be moving ahead into all truths 2 Pt.3:18! The day we stop growing in His truths is the day we start backsliding into apostasy of man’s rituals and traditions, unless we keep to His Holy Bible, which is from the original translation which is the KJV or NKJV and some of Zondervan’s NIV transcripts! Look to Ps.138: and verse two to see how it is translated and it should read as follows:2 I will bow down facing your holy temple. I will praise your name, because you are loving and faithful. You have honored your name and your word more than anything else. Or 2 I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. Many NIV Bibles are not this translation which is the closest to the original language used!
We are the Lord’s servants to do His Will, are we doing His will or are we just satisfying our own will? We must be found working in His fields of harvest when He returns, or we will find ourselves ashamed in servicing our own wants and needs instead of our brethren’s needs of salvation! For one lost soul in eternities flames, is one too many! When we look around at all the empty seats in our churches of the truth in Jesus Christ; it should cause us to have a fear of God that we will be found to be a shame to our Lord; look to Dan.12:2 to see what a shame is to our Lord;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. Are we going to be found to be a shame to our Lord? He said to His servants to go out into the highways and byways and compel them to come to the feast so that His house would be full, Lk.14:16Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:17And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come (He was so arrogant that he didn’t even ask to be excused!). 21So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. 22And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 23And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. 25And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26If any man come to me, and hate (means love less in the slightest meaning of the word, do a word search here and understand what Jesus is saying!) not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple (We must put Him first in all things or you are in a faulty relationship with Him!). 27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple! (So guess who will not be going to heaven unless you are a disciple of Jesus Christ Mk.8:35-38!). So let me ask you something are we in fact bound to our master as these slaves were in this parable; are we in fact out in the highways and byways compelling people to come to the house of the Lord? This is the sin of empty pews! For the Lord’s servants should be harder at work, lest they be found as the lazy servant who thought that his master delayed His coming and caught His servant unawares, taking care of his own needs and whipping the other servants, and not caring about His master’s Will, Mt.24:48But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Just as there is but one plan of salvation there is but one job we must be doing and that is winning the lost and edifying, teaching, and admonishing, the existing members to do more for our Lord so we can be found to be good and faithful servants when He returns; Lk.18:7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Those doing what they are supposed to be doing! I think not, my Bible tells a different story; Mt.7:12Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Mt.20:16So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Mt.22:9Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 11And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14For many are called, but few are chosen. Are you going to be found wearing the right wedding garment, that He wants you to wear or are you like these seven women who sought after one man in Is.4:1And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. These women are the churches of today, they want to worship God their way and eat their own foods they have provided for themselves; only they cannot do one thing, they cannot take away their own shame, it takes the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to do that, by His ways, His truths, and His operations or you are doing everything your way and will end up like the man who came to the feast with his own clothes on, just as these seven women seen here; for they will be cast out, where there will be gnashing of teeth into outer darkness at the Lord’s rebuke, where the flame is never quenched and they become the fuel for the fire and food for the hungry worms that dieth not, that live in the flames that are never quenched! Out of those seven churches the wheat and the tares will be divided and little wheat there will be in that day of the Lord’s harvest who have made themselves as our apostles, have told us to be found; without spot or wrinkle, and be ye blameless, as our Lord requires us to be, Mt.5:48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Because they were found as the Lord is, His servants will be like He is when He comes back, 1 Jn.3:1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 11For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another! You see if we truly loved our brethren we would speak to them when we saw that they were drifting further away from God, than they should! We all should be a shepherd to our weaker brothers and lead them back to the paths of righteousness, the narrow path to His straight gate, which only His keys open, which are His truths, that are locked up in His words, they are the keys to open His straight gate, by living a life devoted to His words of life and sharing them with the world, Jn.8:51! Whosoever is ashamed of His words; He will be ashamed of them when He comes in the His glory, 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! That is being a disciple of our Lord and savour, when we abide in His every word!
Eph.4:5One Lord, one faith, one baptism, and we get one chance, which is called this life time that we have, that He gave us, to get right with our Lord, and to have done all to be able to stand before Him on that great and terrible day of Judgment; to be found justified in our flesh, having put it under subjection and mortified it as scripture tells us in Ro.8:1-14, who have now allowed the word of God to be in them and surround us in the liberty of Jesus’ words as we dwell in His glorious light of truth! This is being justified in the name and in the Holy Spirit, Jn.3:3-8 being blown to where ever our Lord needs us to go for Him and in 1 Cor.6:11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God! Just because God became flesh does not mean He lost His Omnipresence He still remains the Holy Spirit which is all and all,Jn.3:13; Col.3:11; 1 Cor.15:28!
For this reason all the people came to Peter on the day of Pentecost and asked him, brethren what must we do to be saved, Ac.2:36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 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. 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. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. You see the apostles of Jesus Christ are the only ones who had the keys given to them by Jesus, thus Jesus Ordained them to teach the hidden ways and the mysteries of faith in our Lord which leads to salvation! For only they had the keys (Showing a plural here meaning it takes more than one operation of God to be truly saved. We must follow all scripture, for it is given for our instructions!), to heaven! Ac.2:38-40 is given for our admonition, instruction by which the Lord has given us; by His Holy, Anointed, Ordained, Apostles for our salvation; in the only way we can be redeemed of God and forgiven for all our sins of the past and future unknown sins; for only sins of ignorance will be forgiven; for if you know it to be a sin to you, then it is a sin, and when sin is conceived, by our lusts of the flesh and the pride of life and the lust of the eyes, we will perish with it as well as all sin, for sin is death to the sinner, and never can sin enter into God’s Kingdom, Jms.1:12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death! When we put to death sin in our lives we put death to this flesh as well; we must have dominion over our flesh for it wars against the spirit Gal.5:17 & Ro.7:18-Ro.8:5ff; and live according to the Holy Spirit and His words of eternal life! And God has given us His Grace (Power, Favour, Blessings, and Equips us in all truths so we can discern right from wrong spirits, which lead to righteousness or death, this is how to become overcomers of this world in order to enter into His Kingdom!), to overcome sin in our lives and this wicked world, 1 Jn.5:19! If we leave the word of God, we have entered back into the world’s thinking and theologies, and philosophies of vain men who lead the simple away; back into heresy and hearsay, which is the horror of error, which leads to the Lake of Fire! Leaving the word of God is getting off the narrow chosen path to the straight gate given by which we enter into heaven! If we try to use any other way to get into heaven it is man’s way and not our Lord’s Way!!! It must be by His word only, and the instructions of His Holy Spirit leading us into all truths, by fulfilling all scripture, as recorded in 2 Tm.3:16-17 that we may be throughly furnished and equipped to be perfect in the works of our Lord Jesus Christ! When we disobey God’s designs with our own we return to those spoken of in Ezekiel; God will return man’s ways back onto their own heads, this is falling into the pit we have dug for ourselves, when the blind lead the blind! 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. Your last condition is worst than if you had never know the word of God, because it is presumptuous sinning! A knowingly willful sin! Mt.12:30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 2 Pt.1:19We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. You see when we violate scripture we are violating the Holy Spirit’s words and this is blaspheme to put your word above His, for your ways are not His ways and neither can they be; unless you put down your prideful flesh and humble yourselves before Him as a young innocent child would, for their loving parents, Mt.18! Then will God exalt us, and show us all His ways so we can live in them and be His children! If not we are like those hateful children seen in Ezekiel, 22:31Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them (Those who disobey God’s word for man’s word and man’s rituals of religion; instead of what God’s only Apostles told us and instructed us in the ways of truth and salvation, will be seen in heaven!!!); I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads (This is as good as if it were already done because God’s words cannot come back void from which they were sent out to do! This is the reason He told Ezekiel to tell it in the present tense; because He changes not, disobedience will be handled the same way forever, as if His wrath has already been done; this is certain in any age! This was not only for the age in which Israel’s folly is being done but for any age to come, this prophecy applies to all ages to come as well who fall into disobedience!!!), saith the Lord GOD. Their own way shall be upon their own heads just as when Israel rebelled against God in the wilderness: Num.14:2And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would God we had died in this wilderness! So God recompensed this back upon their own heads and rewarded them with exactly what they asked for! God can even get you to a point where you will even curse your own self when you are disobedient! Give you over to your own grand delusions and prideful self! But God rewards the Humble at heart: Lk.14:7And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them. 8When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 9And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. 10But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. 11For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. 12Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. 13But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. 15And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. For there is no greater in the Kingdom of God than a humble child of God who submits to all His commandments! This child will be exalted in the age to come for obedience to his Master in all the little things therefore God will make this child ruler over many things!
When we try to save ourselves any other way than His way, it ends up in the folly of the Lake of Fire! Saith the Lord! The Lord even brings this analogy even further along by Ezekiel in Chapter 21 and verse 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. For this very reason Satan is allowed to exist as well as all the fallen angels, they were in fact predetermined to be the rulers of darkness (Disobedience) and they don’t even realize it!!! Just as all who put their ways before our God’s, He knew before the first let there be was uttered out of His mouth who were His; He knew all of this and who are His too; 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. He knows who is going to be obedient or follow their own ways to destruction! Or come by patiently following everything Jesus and His Ordained Apostles told us to do! Not man’s ordained so called wantta be apostles, prophets, evangelist, preachers and teachers, because the Lord does the calling and He does the equipping for their tasks to be done His way! According to His scriptures because the word of God and the man of God will never be in conflict with one another because the man of God will walk in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Which will resemble this 1 Thes.5:11Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 12And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 14Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men: 15See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men; 16Rejoice evermore; 17Pray without ceasing. 18In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19Quench not the Spirit; 20Despise not prophesyings; 21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good: 22Abstain from all appearance of evil! 23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 25Brethren, pray for us; 26Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. 27I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. 28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. This is perfection of a faithful servant to God our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Cor.13:1-13, without Love for Jesus Christ and the entire world, we work in vain, Ro.12:1-21; 1 Cor.13:1Though 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, it profiteth me nothing!
As always on the other hand He shows us what is to be expected in disobedience: Ezek.21:31And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee (Those who walk according to their own philosophies and theology! Prv.3:5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. And your soul, spirit, and body will then be blameless in the day of the Lord’s coming! So you will not have to have him do these next verses to you!), 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 Lord will personally hand you over to him who has been perfectly appointed unto this job, because he (Satan) hates all the people without respect of persons; especially those who call themselves by the Lord’s name and walk contrary to His word: Lk.6:46And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Those will be appointed a new councilor called Satan, beings they have been tricked and deceived into believing a lie and followed after their own ways; just as Satan does, so you two ought to get along just fine together in the age to come, beings you’re serving him here and now! Only those who love the Lord and follow Him with all their hearts, mind, spirit, soul and strength will be overcomers! Because it is impossible to do these things that He requires unless you have been born-again of a perfect love; which only comes from His indwelling Holy Spirit in the redeemed saints of God, who He has regenerated; their old hardened hearts to a brand new one, just like His! Who have been sealed by the Holy Spirit! Eph.1:7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. The seal of a saint is to walk in God’s glory and integrity: Eph.4:17This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 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, as the truth is in Jesus: 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 (Our spirit and the Lord’s Spirit must agree with one another!); 24And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 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, 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. 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. Little does Satan know what is about to befall on him as well as All the Disobedient who follow after him without carrying about what God says, you know the ones who say I’m saved by grace and faith alone and walk the same as they did before they were supposively converted as in saved; when you walk as you did before, there is no repentance is there? Where’s the rebirth, the regeneration and the being born-again that is needed to be in fellowship with our LORD and KING, 1 Cor.6:17-20; 2 Cor.6:17-18? Jms.4:4; 1 Jn.2:15-17 & 5:19!!! Satan is on a short leash that the Lord allows him to run around on; Satan in just a puppet on a string who cannot do anything to one of God’s elect who have His blood and name applied to their souls; one of His anointed with His own Spirit in them! Only those who give Satan power are his slaves! Satan cannot do anything to mankind unless God says he can in order for man to be chastised so he will return to God and His favour!
Those who heed not this warning are headed just as those people were in Ezekiel’s day were headed; Ezekiel came warning them as do I; get ready FOR THE WRATH OF GOD TO COME! It is a warning to any generation for God changes not, Mal.3:6! Satan and the fallen angels of Hell are the brutish men in these verses, which will be your new task masters! These are the brutish men that God will unleash on all those souls who heed not the warning of God! It is a warning to seek God and His ways while He may be found; Jesus told us in Mt.7:7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you (If you first seek God and His righteousness and then all these things will be added unto you, Mt.6:33!): 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. For our God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek after Him, Heb.11:6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. But only to those who love Him and keep themselves only unto Him will he allow into His kingdom: Lk.13:23Then said one unto him (Jesus), Lord, are there few that be saved? And he (Jesus) said unto them, 24Strive 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: 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, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. 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. 30And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last. Strive to enter into the straight gate; meaning it is going to be difficult, for the gate is narrow meaning small as if restrictive, meaning one way passage, so small a natural man cannot go through but a supernatural man who is filled with Jesus’ own Spirit can pass right through without even opening, just as his Lord and master has shown him to do, Jn.20:19Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. You see with Jesus in you all things are possible which are normally impossible with man! A man who seeks God His way will never make it to the narrow gate let alone try and go through it! It takes the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit just to make it to that straight gate on the narrow path! And it takes the power of God to open that gate for His Saint who bears His name; who was buried with Him in baptism! In the only name that has all power attached to that name which is Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness and the stopping power to sin no more, something goes into remission it stops what it was doing and that means sinning, Jn.5:14; 8:11!) of sin! This Holy Spirit power is by which our feet will leave the ground and rise to meet Jesus in the air, this is that gate, the gate that separates the natural from the supernatural! The supernatural to leave through that gate which is over the grave called the world, which the natural man will never pass through! You must be born-again of His Holy Spirit to get the power to overcome the gate of death and the fires of Hell, which is in store for all natural men in the world, who have not these truths in them!
If you have not these supernatural powers you will be left for those brutish men in Ezekiel’s prophecies! Those brutish men who seek to steal, kill, and destroy, all people in the world just because they will not have the Lord’s ways for themselves! These brutish men who will torment and have no concerns about your freewill, that you so proudly used to justify yourself, we will see how well it holds up to their treatment of your eternal soul, in the Fires of Hell Forevermore!!! Verse 32 You shalt be fuel for the fire: they blood shall be (On your own head), in the midst of the land (meaning you will inhabit the earth for eternity as it melts as told by St. Peter, with fervent heat! 2 Pt.3:10But 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. So how is it that you heed not these words of mine; for are they not His words written in His Holy Scriptures! So you see I speak no lies unto you, if we are not found in His ways when He returns; we will face His wrath to come, because we sought our own council and unwise brethren who will lead all twitching ears to where ever they want to go, just to have your money, food, and clothing, even your children, they care not for you; unless they bring the word of truth, that convicts your heart of your sins! While they of the world, preach just another feel good sermon and pat you on the bottom and send you out on your way to Hell, because you have not been weaned off milk and ready for strong foods worthy of students, teachers, stewards, disciples, preachers, evangelists, prophets, and even Apostles who need edification from all the brethren working and tightly fit together in perfect union with one another, in God’s truths!) If not you will be remembered no more; these things are written in the book of life: Rev.21:1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea (Water on Earth or heavens only a fiery wrath of God, Rv.6:9-10!). 2And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death, which is the earth as we know it to be, after the Millennium! The true children of God do not belong here we are just traveling through, to our New Home in Heaven created for us by our God which is Jesus Christ, for only He is the fulness of the Godhead, and will come to bring us home to be where He is, Jn.14:1-3, Col.2:8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world (theologies of the Roman Catholic Church the Nicolaitans Rev.2:1-7!), and not after Christ. 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. The sinner will never be remembered again (Is.43:18Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Rv.21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.), from that time forward, because time as we know it will cease into eternity! All sinners will be fuel for the eternal Fire of Hell! It will be for all those who are interested in seeking God in their own ways and by the ways of man and the religions of the world around us; who is not of His divine Words; are much like Israel’s example to us, perfect in disobedience for us to see in His written words for our admonitions; for they worshipped God their way instead of His way; for this reason Jesus cursed that fig tree that did not have any fruit on it, which is symbolic of Israel as a nation; Which Jesus took away from them, as the people who were supposed to build His Church, who is His Bride who has made herself ready for her groom (Is.43:21 the gentile nation who are called by His name!), spotless and without wrinkle, blameless! For this is what Jesus is expecting from His people and few that there will be!!! Is.43:1-28
Those who try not to walk in the ways of God but still worship Him are these who will not be worthy of Him, Mt.10:37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. See you can talk any game in town you want to talk but it is how we serve our Lord, which makes us His children of the Light because He illuminates our ways into the promised lands of milk and honey! Those who follow after their own ways are these; Jer.16:1-21:
Only those who have known God by His name shall inherit the Kingdom of God; who are now called by His name; will enter into His rest, spoken of by Joel. For all who seek God their way will perish in the Fire that they themselves have kindled by their own ways; stick by stick; we either build for ourselves mansions in heaven where we have laid our treasures or we build the biggest bonfire the world is about to see and he who disobeys is the fuel for this great and terrible Fire of Hell; Liars of God’s truths will be the fuel for the biggest bonfire in Hell the world has ever seen and will ever see that will burn continually forever; because sin can only be purified by Fire in the eternal Lake of Fire; For the sinner must be cut asunder and cast out from among the children of God so they will not be contaminated with its filth, because unanswered sin just keeps growing as we see it growing today, just like an out of control plague, for that is the nature of sin, it’s just like fire that wants more wood to consume, Just as in this generation of ours, that is in Prv.30:12There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. 13There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. 14There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. 15The horseleech hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: 16The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough. 17The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it! Are those who love their own truths and walk according to the World and Words of Sinners, Jn.15:19; 17:14ffs; 1 Jn.4:5ffs!!! Are you hated in the world? There is never enough sin for their tastes in this world! This is the reason the Lord speaks to the people in Ezekiel’s day as if it is of today as well; this is the reason we cry repent for the wrath of God is at hand! Is.40:3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. He is about to come for His people who are called by His Name, who have studied this word and have been found approved in rightly divining His scriptures, as they have been written, 2 Tm.2:15! For this is the whole duty of man and that is to serve our Lord God in reverence and Godly fear, Ecc.12:13-14 & Mal.3:16-18, for when He speaks who can stand against it, no one will be able to stand before Him, who has sin in them, they will perish before they get into His presence just as Nadab and Abihu were destroyed before they even got to the Tabernacle of the Holy of Holies, even before the sanctuary itself, Lev.10:4! God and sin will not co-habitat together with one another! This is the reason Jesus was in the ground for three days after all sin of the whole world was laid upon Him; He was in the ground for three days to get sanctified as the priest of old did; they had to go through a three day period for sanctification; Exo.19:10And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, 11And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. This is the reason Jesus said on the cross my God my God why have you forsaken me (Those words were prophetic, for all those who believe they are in the will of God and walk by their own ways, they will say in that day my God my God why have you forsaken me? Mt.7:12-14 & 21-23; Mt.12:30-32; Mk.8:35-38!); because the very presence of God in Jesus had to leave Jesus’ body while all the sin of the whole world was laid upon Jesus’ flesh as the wrath of God had been poured out on this sacrifice that He had prepared for Himself, that the Lord had prepared Himself for, Heb.10:1For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me (The Holy Bible) Jesus, Jn.5:39 for every scripture is from God about God to come and take away our sins, Ac.20:28 it took the blood of God to do that!) to do thy will, O God. 8Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. Mal.3:6; Mt.5:17-18; Mt.24:35; Heb.13:8! The second shall confirm the first and will agree and give glory to God in Jesus Christ for His reconciling the world unto Himself! 2 Cor.5:19-21! 10By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God (Meaning Jesus is now in full authority, Mt.28:18 etc. God is the Holy Spirit and needs no hands, and for existence to exist God the Holy Spirit must allow it to exist beings He is preexistent, Jn.1:1-14!); 13From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised 😉
24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, (This is the sin of presumptuous sin, I was talking about earlier; we don’t get to do anything we feel is right in the flesh, Gal.5:16-18ffs; we must have Jesus’ laws, rules, statutes, judgments, sayings, scriptures, commandments, precepts, and lines upon lines written in our hearts, our minds, and our souls, for our spirit to live out; without the sprinkling of an evil conscience; we must be honest and trustworthy to our own selves in faith believing that we have done all that is required of us in the Lord’s words given to us by which we are supposed to live in; in order to co-habitat with our God supreme with a pure conscience knowing we have truthfully done all we could to be able to stand at His coming, so that when He does appear we will in fact be like Him in the Holy Spirit, pure with a heart just like Jesus’ who loves his brother enough to give their very own life for them, so that they may be found in a Righteuousness and Holiness that the Lord will accept of them and ourselves! This is perfection that our Lord is looking for in His servants, a pure heart, 2 Tm.2:21; just like the one King David had; a pure heart for he sought the heart of our Lord, 1 Sam.13:14; Ac.13:22: Is that all we are looking for today in our own selves?
27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Those who have filled their hearts with their own vain imaginations of what God will accept and what He will allow in a person’s walk, for so many say we are saved by grace and faith alone, without showing any good works, or the assembling, or fruits worthy of repentances, that are written in His scriptures; we are to bear His fruits in us or we are none of His yet still; how can the Holy Spirit reside in a supposively born-again Christian and not show forth fruits as our Lord said they would, Mk.16:15-20; unless they were of the sort who were about to be cut off, because they have not taken hold of the pruning and the cutting back in order for that branch to produce more fruits (the chastisement of our Lord) and are now about to be pruned for the final time and cut clear off and thrown into the burn pile; There is no once saved always saved, for we have a hope of salvation; but it is conditional on our response to our Lord’s calling on our lives; are we in fact in His Will yet still, Mt.12:46-50? Are we upholding our portion of the contract; to show forth good faith according to His word and works worthy of repentance, Lk.18:8; for this reason the apostle Paul wrote in 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. When Jesus comes inside us we are not of the world so how can we still say we have Jesus and still look identical to the world we are supposed to have come out of? Where is the separation, to be a Holy people set apart a Holy Nation, a priestly nation, of God’s righteousness in us and we are to be the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ, Jn.10:35; Lk.16:16-17; 2 Tm.3:16-17; 2 Cor.5:21; 2 Cor.6:16-18! Without Holiness and Righteousness no one will enter into the Lord’s Kingdom, Mt.5:20 & Heb.12:14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Right above this passage of scriptures it talks about the chastising of God to His children and how the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts to let us know what the Lord wants for us to do in our lives and how we are to present His servant (You and Me) to the public; if we have turned off our hearing to what thus saith the Lord we had better get it turned back on (This is called to pray back through!)! Or we walk in our presumptuous sin in ignorance to what God has for us to be doing for Him! If we in our walk or worship, do not line up with the scriptures in our life, it is not the scriptures that are wrong my friends! For we have deceived ourselves into the same old disobedience Adam and Eve fell for; Satan said “did God really say to do that?” When we start questioning scripture for its accuracy, or judging whether God really wanted us to do those things written in His words we put our self as judging God and His word; we are the created trying to judge the creator, just as the parables about the potter and the clay; the pot can’t tell the potter what to make and how to make it! So who do you think you are? We must abide in Him and His word or be found deceitful, contentious, and presumptuous as hypocrites and liars still; as we are seen as a liar, lying to our own-selves as we lead ourselves to the open pit of Hell and jump in because we have allowed Satan to cause us to question our faith in God as Adam and Eve, Saul, and Judas did, just to name a few! When we lose faith and return to the world, it would have been better for us, never to have known the way of truth; than to leave it and go back into the world of lusts of the flesh and the pride of life and the lusts of the eyes; this is exactly what the Apostle Peter was talking about, the dog returning to its vomit and the pig to its wallow! (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!):Heb.10:28He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? (God’s grace is not some magical blanket that covers up your sins and makes them invisible to God; God’s grace is the power to confront sin head on and put it under you and behind your back just as Jesus told Satan to get thee hence from me in Mt.4:10; we are to have dominion over all sin and put it under us and behind us, not to sit and wallow in it, Gen.4:7!) 30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31It is a fearful thing (To lie to thine own self and to be found a liar of self righteousness!), to fall into the hands of the living God. 32But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used (To those who no longer go and do the things they used to do, or dress the way they used to dress or talk the way they used to talk, because they have become new persons or new creatures of God Born-again, Jn.1:12-13; like their creator who created them into Himself and they are found to be like Him, that is not of this world, Jn.17:14! 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.). 34For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 35Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man drawback, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. For we seek a kingdom that is not made with hands, for everything we see and touch in this word is passing away with a fiery fervent heat as heaven and earth pass away, never to be remembered anymore! And those found to remain in faith believing in God’s Holy Words; will be found in the Lambs Book of Life, in the New Heavens and the New Jerusalem which cometh from our Lord Jesus Christ the maker of all things, Jn.1:1-14; 8:31-32 & 51; Col.1:9-28; Ro.1-32; 11:36! Because they meditated on His words day and night and have been found approved, Ac.17:11; rightly divining His words correctly to their salvation 2 Tm.2:15! Showing forth fruits worthy of good works according to the Lord’s divine calling placed upon their lives by Him as He Ordained them each and every one of them for a special specific portion of work in His fields of Labor and they will all bear His fruits! Some a hundred fold, some sixty, some thirty fold but they will be found in His fields working when He returns to bring them home, for they will be found standing at the door when He calls, “open to me that I may come in and dine with you!,” Mt.24:45-46; Lk.12:37; Rv.16:15: Because those of Jesus Christ know the sound of His voice and know it when He speaks to them, can you hear His voice today, as He calls you to come and dine with Him and enjoy His word as you eat it as your bread of life; for every word out of His mouth is our bread of life, Mt.4:4; Lk.4:4! What are you feeding on today, man’s word or to the words of the hope of salvation that is in Christ Jesus’ own words of truth that He has already shared with all of us, “I am the way, the truth and the life,” in which you must live in order to see the Father, Jn.14:6! As He said to all His disciples; follow Me! Jn.8:31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free, Jn.1:17. So how is it you know not the word of God or His voice; is it because you have been deceived and are in fact listening to the world and its doctrines of man and have not been truly born-again of water and His Spirit according to His operations which are in His words of truth? If Jesus walked in all the law and no sin was found in Him who was sinless and was made sin for us so that we could be saved; how is it that He said to follow Him and do as He did when He kept all the law and told us to follow Him and to keep His commandments, doesn’t sound to me that there is no law anymore, because it is supposed to be written in our hearts and upon our minds so where did it go? Can no one hear what thus saith the Lord anymore? They are as the seed that fell among the weeds and the cares of this world and its propaganda of vain philosophies, psychologies and theologies of the Catholicism, Lutheranism, Wesleyanism, Calvinism, Arminianism, or whateverism have choked out the word of God to where they of the world cannot ever remember what His voice or His word sounds like anymore! We have Commentaried ourselves to death with man’s doctrines instead of relying on God and His word to do its job in faith trusting in what He gave to us to bring to others, for their salvation! We need no gimmicks, or programs, or special holidays to bring in those lost in the world; for it is God who calls the lost to Him; Jn.6:44No 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. Therefore if any man seeks God they will find Him if they are truly His, because they are already predestined, 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. So God’s children depart from iniquity and no longer live in sin! These are our laws to live in or we are just fooling ourselves with all the rest of them who live in sin trying to justify their own actions and deceiving others to come along with them and join them in their shame, Dan.12:2! Apostasy is apostasy and there is no such thing as a white lie or doing evil that a good may come out of it as Paul spoke to us in these verses: Ro.3:1What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
2Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
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. 9What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 10As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17And the way of peace have they not known: 18There is no fear of God before their eyes. 19Now we know that what things so ever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission (Stopping) of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. You see we establish the law of the written word of God in our lives by adhering to it with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength as we love God with referent fear and follow after Him in word and deed, Jms.2:1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.2For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. 14What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (Ac.26:20 Faith in salvation in and by the word of God; requires fruits worthy of repentance!) You see we are a law unto ourselves in faith believing in every word that has been brought forth out of the mouth of God and His Apostles, using them in the proper context for our advantage in truth not in deception or to hide our shame of the lusts of the flesh and the self seeking pride of self will, we must be as innocent children of God in order to come and live with Him in perfection; who can only lay at His feet in purity, bowed down to Him in submission, to His every word, as our faithful God and Lord of ALL Mt.4:4; Mt.12:46-50 because the will of God is the Holy Spirit’s own will, Mt.12:31-32, if we work in contentiousness against his word which is His will for us, it will be to our own detriment!
So who are the children of God supposed to listen too? We are to listen to what thus saith the Lord by the Holy Spirit and His Holy Anointed Ordained Prophets, and Apostles that have written the beginning and the ending of the Holy Bible which St. John sealed with Rev.22:18-19 and obey those written words of truth within its front cover clear to the back cover and every word in between 2 Tm.3:16-17; Lk.16:16-17: And we are to know His words of truth and have them memorized in our hearts and always before our hearts, minds, souls, spirits, and our bodies; His word must be all over every aspect of our lives and when someone speaks contrary to His word we should feel the hair on the back of our necks begin to rise up as our voices begin to correct that false prophet, preacher, evangelist, teacher or whatever they maybe who speak in error! We should be as the Berea’s Ac.17:10And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. Who searched the word daily and were found approved of! It is one thing to read the word and quite another to read the word and then walk therein and to be found approved, working in the parameters of every word in its practical contextual truths, 2 Tm.2:15-26 to recover the lost who walk in error! We who are the children of God are supposed to listen to those who have been equipped and Ordained of God to provide for His people shepherds, who will lay down their lives for their sheep! Who would never think about saying anything that would compromise the word of God or their standing in the heavenly councils, where each minister will be judged more harshly that anyone else, Jms.3:1; Lk.12:45But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. 49I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?You see we will be judged according to what we bring forth to you and everyone we preach to and exegesis (translate) His word and bring forth what He wants His children to seek; which is only Him and leave the world to them who love it, for there is a time which is rapidly approaching where we should not approach or keep approaching the same people over and over again, for that is casting your pearls before swine and you are wasting your God given precious time on an infidel who after two or three admonishing (Doesn’t mean we quit interceding for them in prayer, that our Lord will bring them back to salvation!) we should give over to Satan (Tit.3:10-11) so that he may be chastised to bring him back to the Lord and save his soul; if that one will repent and seek the Lord for forgiveness, then we have won our brother again and covered a multitude of sins, Jms.5:19-20! These are just a few of the things children of God are supposed to do for Him! In everything we say and do must be for His glory or it is for our own selfish wants, for all we really need is Jesus Christ and He will provide all that we will ever truly need, Pr.30:8-9; Lk.22:35; 1 Tm.6:6-8;! We must never let our want to, to over ride our salvational needs (necessities), of love for just Him and His way (Word or Will for us!), it must over ride our earthly wants and desires of the flesh! There is but “One Lord” and “One faith” (Built on trust of His Word, this is called faith in Him and His Truths by abiding in Him and His Word!), that is truly related to Him, His word is His will in our lives, forever His children, who must unfortunately reside in the same church with the tares; but we will know who is who by their fruits they bear, Mt.7:15-21! In these last days there will be many who profess a right way in which to go by the written word of God but they will walk according to the world (2 Tm.3:5), they will have a form of godliness but lack the power thereof, to put sin behind them, and they will continue to walk as the world as if it’s ok and they will say that the grace of God will over ride your sins as some king of magical blanket which covers sin because evidently they failed to get what Paul was talking about in Ro. Chapter 6, if you believe that kind of doctrine, you need to read Ro.6 and 1 and 2 Timothy again as well as Titus, (2 Tm.3:16-17); Those kind of teachers, leading all those who do not even try to live in God’s Righteousness yet alone Holiness that is required in our Lord’s Holy Words and in His Holy called out and separated people called His bride 2 Cor.5:21 & 2 Cor.6:17-18; They believe in what is called cheap grace that cost you nothing; these are those who are the least in the kingdom of God, Mt.5:19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. If you have any doubt where the least place is, let me clear it up for you right here, Hell is part of the Kingdom of God even though there is a great gulf between the two realms of God: Heaven and Hell are still in the realms of His Universe as seen in Lk.16:19-31; and Jesus and His word is the only bridge that you can have access to, that can bring you across that gulf that lies between Heaven and Hell, Mt.7:13-14 and He alone is that gate which protects Heaven from sin entering therein, Jn.10:1-11 Phil.2:10!
The Five Fold Ministry (1 Cor.12:27-28; Eph.4:11-12; Ro.12:1-21), that God has set in order and is fulfilled or carried out by His Ordained preachers who have set apart their own lives for Jesus’ service (Sanctified & Consecrated) and keeping Jesus’ peoples safe, these the Lord will equip (Ordain by His Word, Jn.15:16), for His service, for He alone knows their needs, their strengths, and their weaknesses, that He needs to build up for them! Man’s schools help in training but its God who does the Calling, Ordaining, Anointing, Equipping, and the sending, He will make a way for them to go and open and shut the doors He needs us to go through and to stay away from, through praying and fasting, for that is our link and our communication line to Jesus’ own heart! Jesus’ only five fold ministry will only use one reference book for our traveling through this life and it is going to be His Book of life called the Holy Bible, for in it contains all our instructions to His Holy Land we are headed for. The Promised Land of Milk and Honey that He alone has put in order for us; who have called our God by His name, and Jesus will bring us Home to Him who are called by His name, and have made themselves without spot and without wrinkle; the few that are perfect and Blameless! The true Children of Jesus Christ’s way, truth, and life will be with the Father of all in all (Col.3:11) because we have submitted to His will and His Word! The true children of God are those who are kept by His Holy Bible and love of His word as Himself for they are inseparable, you cannot have one without the other no matter what any man says; Lk.16:15And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. 16The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. 17And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail! This is our only guide given to us whereby we must be saved in Jesus’ name Ac.4:12. There is no salvation given to man from under heaven by which we must be saved! For all power of Heaven and in the earth and under the earth is tied to that one name and that name is Jesus’ very own name, Mt.28:18 and that is the reason the Apostles knew to baptize in Jesus’ name, for we are to be buried in His likeness, and the Father never died which is the Holy Spirit as we see in Jn.4:24God is a Spirit: and there is but one good as Jesus said, which used in the Greek means agathose which means goodness that originates from God, meaning blameless, pure or Holy, thus the Holy Spirit which is tied directly to the first two verses in the Holy Bible, Gen.1:1-2 which became light in verse three, Jn.8:12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life! For this reason the apostles knew who Jesus was when Jesus never corrected doubting Thomas in Jn.20:24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them: Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut(Kekleismenon meaning locked), and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. (You see Jesus is God because God cannot lie, Tit.1:2; Heb.6:18 and God will not be of any part of a lie, and if Jesus were not God Jesus would have to have cleared up His disciples incorrect interpretation of what he was witnessing; if he had the wrong interpretation of the scene he was seeing!),29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 30And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (according to the flesh of His earthly father King David; Jesus is fully God and fully Man, Mt.1:23; Col.2:9-10; Is.40:3!); and that believing ye might have life through his name, Jn.3:3-8! In the water baptism in His name, buried with Him in the watery grave, (Ro.6:1-10; Gal.3:27; Col.2:12 the New Testament Covenant of the Lord Jesus Christ! Jn.15:20), and in His Holy Spirit we become one, Jn.17:19-26, Zech.14:9And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name ONE, 1 Tm.2:5-6; Gal.3:20; Jms.2:19. To only those who are called by His name, knowing who He is Jn.4:24 in Truth (Jn.6:44-46; 8:47), and that He is not part of anything called some manmade theology called the trinity: He is God in All and of All, Col.3:11, Ac.2:36; 10:36! He is both LORD and the CHRIST the only God with Us, Mt.1:23, Is.7:14 our Immanuel! The First and the Last, who was living and was dead and lives forevermore, Rev.1:18I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death! For this reason we are baptized in the only name by which salvation came! In word or deed do all in the name of Jesus Christ to the glory of God the Father by Him (Jesus) because they are One, Jn.10:30 because when we see Jesus we see Him (God) that sent Him (Jesus) Jn.12:45, Jesus is God manifested for our very own salvation for the children of God 1 Tm.3:16; which He purchased with His own blood, Ac.20:28! When we have Jesus we are complete and are in need of nothing else for our salvation is complete Col.2:8-12 and we are wholly justified by His name and His Spirit in us, 1 Cor.6:11, we are washed sanctified, and ordained by His words, Jn.15:1-16, when we abide in His words and keep unto Him only (Sanctified) and serve Him as He served the will of the Holy Spirit in His flesh and when we do the same He will be our comforter Jn.14:15-18 and be alongside in our hearts leading us into all His truths Jn.14:26, that where He is, we may be also, Jn.14:1-4, bringing glory to the Father by His sons (You and I) living for the Father they love; keeping to ever word and saying, given to us for our admonishing 2 Tm.3:16-17, to keep us for His use as faithful servants of the most High God, the Almighty God, Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, The Lord’s Messiah, the King of Kings and LORD of Lords, the Lord of the Host, those who are called by His name! Is.9:6 our Immanuel meaning God with us, Mt.1:23, the same God John the Baptist was clearing a way for as told in Is.40:3 for our God, Mt.17:12-13!
Only He can bring us into salvation in which must meet His approval (Operations, Col.2:12), for only He knows what He will accept for sin to be covered and seen no more, and that cannot be done without the blood of Jesus being applied to our soul after repentance and at Baptism (Where the blood is applied to the soul!) in the only name by which salvation comes, Ac.4:12 which gives the power to be forgiven of all sins and the power to go and sin no more; when we turn from our wicked ways and bring a public confession of faith in baptism in the only name by which salvation is obtained, in the written word of God, by which we must be saved because it hast to be His operation to make it justified before His Holy eyes and by the power of His Holy name which has all power attached to it, in which we can accomplish all things in Jesus’ name, Jn.14:14, and no other way is permitted by His sovereign words, they must be obeyed, Jn.8:51 & 15:20, or you follow man’s rituals which will never save anyone! It is God’s words and His operations which redeem the lost, as all His Apostles knew quite well; for this reason they did as directed by the Holy Spirit by which we all will be saved or lost in disobedience to His word! Ac.2:38-40; Ac.8:16; 10:45-47; as well as the Apostle Paul’s baptism unto the gentiles and the disciples of John the Baptist who Paul found in Ephesus, Ac.19:1-7 Paul told the Corinthians that he was not called to baptize but to preach this gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for our sins, not with wisdom of man’s words but in the power of the Holy Spirit, so that he may show that he was called by our Lord Jesus and was equipped for His service, so he should know how baptism should be done, being he was trained in the deserts of Arabia by way of Damascus for three years by revelation of God’s Son in him, (Gal.1:1-(15-16)-24) before Paul met any of the Apostles in Jerusalem, as he told us in Galatians chapter 1. Paul was taught by revelation from Jesus Himself, through praying and fasting seeking the face of God in the wilderness! Therefore Paul was baptizing correctly as we see in Ac.19:1-7 which agreed with all the other Apostle’s way also; he Paul, showed us there is but one right way to be baptized for remission of sin; and to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost from on high by the very name of Jesus Christ; we are instructed today as well to do whatever needs to be done in that same name which holds all power from on High as Paul instructed, Jn.14:14 in Col.3:17! Jesus’ name was given to His Apostles for this very purpose, which all glory will come to the Father by the son’s of God! Jn.14:13 Whatever we ask for in Jesus name will be granted if we ask that which is in His will, for we must know what we are to pray for, for some things are not in the Lord’s will as the apostle John has shown us in 1 Jn.5:15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 16If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he (you or I) shall pray for it, (Mt.12:31-32).17All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death (The sin of ignorance of His will for us; therefore we have been commanded to grow in knowledge of Him and His grace, 2 Pt.3:13-18; Eph.4:11-20 till Christ be formed in us, Gal.4:18-19!). A sin of ignorance to God’s truths, Words, and Ways; because presumptuous sin will be forever seen as blasphemy of the Holy Spirit’s words, for all scripture was written by men who have been carried along in the Holy Ghost, 2 Pt.1:21 which is the Spirit of Christ Jesus in them, 1 Pt.1:11; men who were the tool or the pin dipped in the red ink of His blood, Ac.20:28, the Holy anointing ink of the Holy Ghost in the hand of our Lord! 1 Pt.1:11; 2 Pt.1:21; 2 Tm.3:16-17, all scripture is Holy Ghost inspired word of God, for our correction, reproof, admonition and doctrine for instructions for righteousness, by which we will be throughly furnished and equipped for every good work, it takes all of these things before we can be Holy in the sight of God! 1Jn.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, this is the true God, and eternal life.
Many people try to get by with just what is required of the Lord; they seek the Lord with the wrong attitude and seek to serve Him their way. They will never make it to the Promised Land because they have an attitude like the Israelites in the desert, they sought the Lord for what He could do for them and not what they were supposed to be doing for Him as faithful children and servants; This was carried into the New Church of God as well in Ananias and Sapphira even Peter before his conversion Mt.19:27, who wanted to be part of the New Church of Jesus Christ but failed to put their trust in the Lord and tried to withhold back of some of the money they had from selling their land and lied to the Apostles about the money; trying to deceive the others, you see they just wanted to do what they had to do, but they still wanted all the blessings of God while they worshipped Him their way, Acts Chapter 5! The Lord sees our hearts; we can’t hide it from Him, He sees it as if we were made of glass! Our sin in our hearts is just as black as if it was lying on a bed of new snow; there is no hiding it from our Lord! Ananias and Sapphira learned this the hard way for our admonition, to warn us that the Holy Spirit will bring all truths to light whether wrong or right, we must serve our God with a right heart, as a loving child not as a disobedient brat who needs constant supervision! To Ananias and Sapphira it cost them their own lives trying to deceive the Holy Spirit, how much do we think we can get away with? Our God changed not! If we don’t serve Him with all our hearts why should we even try, He doesn’t want a part time Christian; it won’t work with our Lord who gave His all! When it comes to us we must give Him our all as He did for us, nothing else will do; for our example Ananias and Sapphira: Lost their lives and were put in the ground for their deception of obedience! We aren’t fooling anyone but our own selves when we try to worship the Lord our way and not His! Jn.4:24 says we must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, He sees all, clear into our hearts; He knows our mind, our heart, our souls and our spirit, there is no hiding anything from our God! All sin will come out and be shouted from the rooftops everything done in secret will be manifested in the light and made known to all, at judgment, when the book of life is opened up! Your life will be displayed for all to see, and the Lord will say if it were not for this, you could have entered in, but you decided to do this your way and not mine, right here I sent you a word and you would not receive it! You said to yourself surly the Lord will forgive this; it is not that bad, I know I’m supposed to do it this way but He will understand and let me do it my way, surly God will understand I’m just flesh and blood, I’m not like Him, all humans are weak, He will understand, surly He will! That’s exactly what Satan said to Eve! Then she talked her way right out of her blessing didn’t she? So is everyone else who serves the Lord their way and not His, we have one way in which we can serve our Lord and that is in His will and doing things His way! Or you go the way of Ananias and Sapphira and Nadab and Abihu, which were given over to Satan beings they listened to him; they gave Satan all their power in walking a lie, our walk is our worship in God’s eyes! If we will be judged by every idle word think how much more we will be judged by what we do with this lifetime He gave us; that is what chapter 12 of Matthew and Romans of the same chapter was all about, keeping yourself as worthy children in the will of their Father; we need to use this Holy Bible and use these verses in it by their contextual meanings and put them in action in our lives: not to just read and understand the meaning and walk away as if they meant nothing to us as one of the none believers; otherwise, we are found to be a hypocrite, a self righteous fraud with no understanding, wisdom, or knowledge that has no understanding! Unless we put this Holy Bible to work in our lives we walk in vain serving the Lord our way without picking up our cross and we will be found not worthy of Him; that is what chapter 10 & 16 of Matthew is all about, serving the Lord His way not ours! Our way will not save anyone because our ways are not His ways, Is.55:6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Are not these thoughts and ways of our Lord supposed to be ours after receiving His Spirit in us. Teaching us His Truths? These ways that are above our ways should now be part of our life and written in our minds and always on our hearts to be displayed for the world to see; a child of the Lord Jesus Christ not having to conform to the ways of carnal man and this evil world anymore: That the glory of God can now shine in our faces as it did in Jesus’, 2 Cor.4:6! Hag.1:5Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways.). That is what Isaiah chapter 55 is all about, coming to the Lord His way and not how we think it ought to be done, for our ways are not His ways and we will always add something to it or take something that needs to be done left undone, Deu.4:2Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Old Testament to New Testament God is the same, Rev.22:18For 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. This is what is meant by; going not to the right hand or the left: Deu.5:29O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever! 30Go say to them, Get you into your tents again (Just like children God sent them to their rooms so they could think about what they have heard!). 31But as for thee (Moses), stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it. 32Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 33Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess. God changes not: Deu.17:20; 28:14; Josh.1:7; 23:6; Prov.4:25Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil; & the New Testament; Heb.12:13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears! God changes not and the sin of man abounds when left to his own devises; Pro.5:21For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. 22His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. 23He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. Because sin has entered into the world and man puts his flesh first instead of his eternal soul, for this reason we must be born-again of the Holy Spirit and let Him teach us how to live in the Spirit and put our flesh under control and to not walk by sight of man but let our Lord’s words lead us into all Righteousness and Holiness for without which no man will enter into His kingdom without that which we need; for it will be a covering for us and we will be arrayed in fine robes of white, with a banner of royal blue with Holiness written in scarlet letters across it as we present ourselves to Him as a chase bride who has made herself ready for her groom, with royal robes dressed to the wrists and to the floor, without spot or wrinkle, perfectly blameless, and glorious to His sight! His children who are Christ centered in word and deed, with all His words written in their hearts and on their minds before anything we do or say let it be done as an oracle of God: Let us be found with His name written on our foreheads, Rv.7:3; 9:4; 1 Pt.4:11-14, as ministers of God,His ministers a flame of fire, the overcomers written in chapters 2 and 3 of Revelations of Jesus Christ to John; those who have finished their race well, who have a hope of salvation, Ro.8:24, for we have no salvation until we hear His faithful words. “Well done My good and faithful servant,” then will we have salvation but until then we are in the trials and tribulations to overcome as faithful children of God; Who know all His high standards and ways, which is His words of eternal life, Jn.8:51; Jn16:33, that are higher than man’s ways of this world, Is.55:8-9!
The only job the apostles had to do was use what the Lord had given them for the salvation of their brethren who will receive their testimonies of their witness! Their only job was to give to the world exactly what our Lord gave to them to bring to us exactly what He wanted us to have and to use; why would we try and change one word of it? St. John finished the Holy Bible according to the Lord’s own testimonies to John, and sealed it with curses and blessing just as Moses finishes the Lord’s testimonies in the Old Testament, that are still current today, for the righteousness of God changes not for time, man can change all he wants but God’s ways are written in stone, meaning that if we will not follow them He will raise up those stones and they will cry out against us! Just as Jesus carried them forward in His testimonies as He fulfilled each and every one of the Old Testament commandments which were just shadows of things to come in the New Testament for us to live out in our lives and we are to follow Him in word and deed, or we will find ourselves fighting against our Lord and God, as the Sanhedrin found them-selves to be doing in synoptic gospels and the book of Acts!
Now let all of us who are gathered here, to hear Jesus’ words from His Holy Anointed vessels obey His words, repent from our wicked ways and the ways of man, and the rituals of the world’s religions after traditions of man’s worship and return to what thus saith the Lord our God out of His Holy Writings; And remember the last supper as Christ Jesus told us to do in remembrance of him; and keep His message of being our brothers servant while we wash his feet and pray a prayer of faith over our brethren to have the Lord’s ways be in grained in our minds and upon our hearts to never depart from them and keep them to us as they in return keep us from the sin of world around us! By His sovereign words of life, we will be sustained forever to reap His rewards for He has not given up on us; He would that none should be lost and whosoever will receive Him, can come and drink of the water of life freely, Is.55:1Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 3Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 5Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. 6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For this reason Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly, and be filled with Him as He promised that He would not forsake us but come to us and dwell inside us, to bring us to where He is, that we might be with Him forever in His glory! 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? 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. As Jesus lived we are to do the same as He did and His followers the Apostles, who have left for us perfect examples to follow after, in our own lives! This is how we gain the best gifts we were told to covet after by the Apostle Paul, 1 Cor.12:31But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Which Paul did in the very next chapter; which is all about love, and for the love of God (1 Jn.4:1-13), and love for our fellow man is the fulfillment of all the law (Mt.7:1-14; Mk.8:35-38; Gal.5:14; Ro.13:8-10 are just a few!) and the prophets (testimonies, or scriptures, and prophecies, which are a testimony of Jesus as our LORD of Lords and KING of Kings, Jn.5:39; Rv.19:10 because God is love and has redeemed us with His manifested love for all humanity, that none should be lost but all come to repentance and to be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, Ac.2:38-40!)! We are admonished to do the same and treat no man with evil even if we are despitefully treated, repay not evil with evil, Ro.12:21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Is this not what is wrong with our country as we try and bomb our enemies into submission with bombs and bullets? Would not our great God do what He said He would and protect those who feed the hungry and clothe the naked, and give drink to the thirsty AND BLESS HIS ENEMIES as His word says to do (Pr.25:21-22; Ro.12:20-21), and when we work to bring peace with love and faithfulness to Him who has the perfect plan of life, would not He protect us with Himself and be a strong tower for all of us to run into Ps.18:1-3; Ps.61:1-3; Pr.18:10; Heb.2:13? How can anyone try to attack you when you are loving them, feeding them, clothing them, making sure they have plenty of water to drink and food to eat; with all God’s blessings He has for His children’s needs to live righteously, He said when we do these things to the least of men we do it to Him Mt.25:40; and He would make sure we would be blessed, for doing His word! Is this not our nations motto; “In God we trust”? Why then don’t we try it and let Him prove Himself Mal.3:10, and His word beings He can’t lie! Should not we do like Joshua and we and all those in our house serve the Lord, and keep all His commandments; as a one nation under God! All of our nations founding forefathers would be ashamed of us right now if they could see the state of this country, which their blood bought for us! How much more is our God ashamed of us who say they are a Christian? Right now our Lord is saying: Is.29:13Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: You see right now men are learning what to say to us from college professors in college seminaries instead of what thus sayeth the Lord! We need to hear what Jesus has told us here also; for He quoted from Is.29 Himself! Mt.15:7Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. You see we have done and are still doing the same exact thing as they did back then; we will not hear a man unless he has one of their diplomas or degrees or PhDs. But our Lord does the equipping, and the ordaining not men! Jn.15:16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. Just give me a man who went to the school of Jesus as our brother Paul went to in Damascus for three years the same amount of time the Apostles were with Jesus in the fields of His operations before His crucifixion!
The Lord will not look you over for degrees and for PhDs and diplomas; but He will look you over for scars you received in the service of Him and His gospel! Mk.8:33But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men. 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! Seek not the things of men but what sayeth the Lord: Hag.1:5Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. And in Hag.1: verse 6Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. 7Thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. Because you listen to them who tell you to send them your money and tithing’s and the Lord will increase your finances which the Bible tells us to run from them, who proclaim godliness in financial gains; 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. We don’t need to send our tithes to them who do not even know God in Christ reconciling the world unto His own self! 2 Cor.5:19 or 1 Tm.3:16 or Mt.1:23 that Jesus is God with Us, because God is One, Mk.12:29 from Deu.6:4 because God changes not, He is God all by Himself, Zech12:10And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon *me* whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. 1 Pt.1:11 & 2 Pt.1:21 When we get to the understanding God is the Holy Spirit (Jn.4:24) and that He became flesh we understand the Father in the Son and the Son in the Father 2 Jn.8-11!!! Then why do we send money and tithing to them who do not even know who God is in Jesus Christ both Lord and Christ as Peter said in Ac.2:36 and Ac.10:36 Lord of All as Apostle Paul said Col.3:11but Christ is all, and in all. Titus 2:1Butspeak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 7In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. 9Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; 10Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. 11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Which agrees with the Apostle John’s writings; 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, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ: This is the true God, and eternal life! (Because He God used the flesh of the tribe of Judah fulfilling the promise to King David that his descendants would sit on the throne of the Kingdom of Israel forever and ever: the only way that could happen is if God became there King as well as their God: Both Lord and Christ the Lord’s Holy One and Anointed One! Ac.2:36 All God and All man! Son of God according to the flesh because He is LORD (Jesus’ Holy Spirit) unto my Lord (to David the Lord’s Prophet and King of Israel, Ps.110:1; 2 Sam.7:12-16ffs; Which then became the Holy Spirit speaking to Jesus His own flesh, LORD said to my Lord for the flesh will always submit to the Holy Spirit, Jn.3:6; 8:29, 1 Cor.15:28 who has the only blasphemy clause in the whole Holy Bible placed upon the Holy Spirit; is given to the Holy Spirit because God is Spirit, Jn.2:24!), Ps.110:1The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool!)
Tit.2:14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. We are to be a zealous people proving who we really are in Christ Jesus, showing signs, miracles, and wonders, having dreams and tongues with interpretations and old men will have dreams and your young men will having visions, Joel.2:28ff! So are you living the word of God or the word of men?
Jesus said: Jn.8:51Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
You notice it says “saying” in the singular tense; there is but one saying in this set of passages that stands out, but Jesus was talking about all that was said in this Holy Bible as His saying Jn.5:39; Because He was speaking to Holy men as they were carried along in the Holy Spirit by Him as they wrote or had written for them (As Jeremiah did with Baruch in Jer.36:4) that they would know Him when He came to them by His given word, Jn.8:47; 1 Pt.1:11; 2 Pt.1:21! Even to the point of having His word rewritten when it was damaged or burned up as we see in Jeremiah chapter 36 in verses 1-32Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words. When the Lord does the adding to a curse it isn’t going to end well for those who heed not what thus sayeth the Lord! Therefore we must keep unto the word He gave us to do! And if we do not believe Jesus is who He says He is, when He says, if you believe in God then believe in Me, Jn.14:1 as well as here in Jn.8:24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I Am He, ye shall die in your sins. It isn’t going to end well with you either! Therefore take note of what thus sayeth the Lord’s prophet, the word I speak!
Repent from your wicked ways and return to Him who Loves you!
Repentance and remission of sin is carried out by none other than Jesus Himself; for there is no salvation in any name given under heaven by which we must be saved! Is that not what a child of God is to do, but follow every word our sweet Jesus gave us to do for Him! And come and follow His Apostles and what they have done and obey them for they were of Him, Jn.15:20; and come as our apostles and obey what thus saith the Lord our God; for only they had the keys to God’s heavenly gate! The straight gate where nothing crooked can pass through! We are called to strive, meaning it is going to be difficult but not impossible with His Spirit inside us leading us in the paths of His righteousness, we become more than conquerors, for greater is He that is in us who is greater than he that is in the world, 1 Jn4:4! Why would we be happy with anything this world has to offer when we can have eternity in Jesus Christ, worshipping Him and praising that which is the greatest of all! Is there anything in this world worth having that comes close to be compared to Jesus Christ and what is in store for His bride; who He loves and will give all things to her? If you even have to think about it, you don’t know Jesus the way you should, and I stand in doubt of you my friends! For there is nothing but Him and His words of life to me, that I’m making my own! The straight gate that we have been told to strive for by Jesus is the way to His heart, which pricks our hearts so that only Jesus can heal them, with a single touch of the Masters hand, for our hearts are not going to be complete till we have Jesus with us and in us! He is the one who makes us whole, with a new heart one designed for worship, praising, praying and fasting, the keys to His straight gate which opens His heart and where He can lead us to the land of promise, Ps.48:14!
St. Peter told us to repent and be baptized every one of you! In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the Remission of our sins Ac.2:38-40! Then comes our blessings; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit! For this is the promise unto you and your children’s, children, and to all that are a far off; even to as many as our Lord our God shall call. And with many others words did Peter testify and exhort, saying save yourselves from this untoward generation. We are to humble ourselves to the Almighty God and all of His words! Without obedience to Jesus and His words we are just as lost as the world who knows Him not still! Without obedience we have no rights to the inheritance which is tied directly to the power of His everlasting words!
I end this with a call: Many are called but few will be chosen: Mt.7:13-14; 20:16; 22:14 & Lk.13:23-30; for the first will be last and the last will be first; and you in the last days will be first to be with our Lord and saviour, but His children who are the first will be the last which will become the first because He has used them for our instructions and admonitions, they have humbled themselves to His every word and now prove the words our Lord has said to us: by living in them! Jesus’ words that allowed us to be grafted into the natural olive tree, we being wild branches! So we should never let ourselves be thinking ourselves exalted; for God can graft into that natural olive tree the natural braches that He pruned off to make room for us, easier than He grafted us who are wild by our nature into that same holy tree! For what the Lord made holy for His use is sanctified to be redeemed at His will! Why is it; the next generation is always thinking it is better than the one before it? Is it not the creator who has created all things and allowed the next to come and replace that which is worn out, from His goodness and loving kindness to be seen, Ro.2:4! Then why is it that His goodness and kindness cannot be resembled in those who come to replace that which was before them? Many are called but few will find their way to the one straight gate on the narrow path! Is that not our greatest calling; to put our Lord before our own self and see how He can complete in us what He wants and let His work become perfect in us in His way? That is faith and what it is all about; trusting in Him which is not seen but felt in your own spirit leading us to Him like steel be drawn to a magnet!
So no matter what we have learned today, in all the doctrines of our Lord; we must obey His every word to be one of the called and chosen few who obey His word!
So if we are sanctified and cleaned and washed by the word of God; we must be obedient to it in everything we do and say! Just like Noah following the Lord and doing what the Lord told him as the neighbors around him called him every crazy thing under the then sunny, then cloudy, then pouring skies; to their own shame and detriment! Only those who are obedient to His words are going to be saved, from the wrath to come; According to Scripture not according to me but according to God’s own Word! Only those who obey God are actually in His favour or Grace! We have seen by the very words of God; that His children who are called by His name, will be in heaven at the end of time: as we know it, for it’s coming, very, very, very soon!!!
So how do we get His name, His blood that covers all sin, to never be seen again; from the only perfect eyes that sees all sin! We must take His name at baptism; and be buried in the watery grave in His likeness and die to self, this is the New Testament Covenant, by using His name in burial we will have His blood applied to our souls to cover our sins so we will then be justified, *If*we receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost as well: (Ro.6:3-4ff; Gal.3:27; Col.2:12; 1 Cor.6:11 for there is only one New Testament Baptism as called out in Eph.4:5 and I have given you the correct way to have it done according to His words not mine, Ac.2:38-40; 8:16; 10:44-48 19:1-7!) and by the power attached to His name: When we believe in faith as Jn.3:16, calls us to believe in the name of Jesus and anyone who does not is condemned already according to the 18th verse of Jn.1:18 & Jn.3:18; because he (you or I or anyone else!), hath not believed in the only name of the begotten Son of God! Which is the begotten God according to the Greek original transcripts (Monogenous means one of the same substance which created it, Holy Spirit became flesh, 1 Tm.3:16! Jn.1:1-14!) There is no difference in substance but in a new manifestation only being no longer transparent or a light which no man can approach, 1 Tm.6:16; (Jn.4:24), but finally a material substance of flesh, bone and blood a living soul, came from the flesh of King David; where we can cry thou son of David have mercy on us, His flesh with a soul of life breathed into Him, now a person for the first time!: For that which is spirit is spirit and that which is flesh is flesh is a person, Jn.3:6! The Immanuel our God with us! We either believe in that name and are buried in that watery grave in the only name by which if we die on this earth has the power to raise us up and bring us out of that earthly grave to meet those in the air who have been redeemed according to His words of instruction and a pure heart, 2 Tm.2:19-22, for the dead which are first will raise and that last (Who are His children and working servants called by His name!) who have received Christ who are still alive and serving Him by the will of love; to complete all that the Lord has for us to do: we will meet them in the air, for faithful service of obedience to His every word here on earth!
Come and let us all repent from our sins and even from our unknown sins; that we may say in faith of all that is Righteous, and Holy, let us now seek Him in His forever ways of truth and life eternal, Jn.14:6 Jesus is the way, the truth, the life, no man cometh to the Father, but by Jesus’ Words! For this reason we are saved by God’s grace which is His favour or in other words His blessings and His revelations, when we use His Words; this is our works we will be judged by that Jesus talked about to St. John in Rv.22:1-21 to seal not up this prophecy, Rv.22:10, which St. John closed or sealed up the book at the end of these verses that no man can add to or take away from without being cursed! Seal not up this book for the time is at hand, Rev.1:1-8. For us to use every word of this Holy and sacred writing from our Lord and Saviour! He that is unjust (disobedient) let him be unjust still; Let him that is filthy, (Jn.15:3-4, He who has not had His sins cleansed by the word of God for we cannot bear fruit and grow and be part of the Holy vine unless we abide in Jesus Christ and His Words!), Eph.5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience; Be ye not therefore partakers with them; for you were sometimes darkness; but now you are the light in the Lord: walk as children of the light (means we must worship God with our everyday walk as we walk in His likeness!), (for the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness and righteousness which is Truth!; Proving (means we have the Spirit of discernment between right and wrong, Good and Evil, with a righteous mind being able to discern the ways of our Lord; He has called us to walk therein! Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord! Not what the world thinks; but what is acceptable of our Heavenly Father! Let him who is filthy be filthy still (Are they which are still in the world, Jms.4:4): Now on the other side of the Universe we find the chosen few! And he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is Holy let him be Holy still!
And behold Jesus will come quickly; and His reward is with Him (We will never be cast away from Him; we will always be where He is!) to give every man according as his work shall be: Did we obey all of God’s word or just some of them; you know only the ones you wanted to follow! Our reward will be as done according to our obedience to His word: Either to cursing and eternal wrath of God or to Eternal life being blessed in His peace and presence, Dan.12:2! One or the other, it is not I who condemn you or judge you; it is the very word of God, Jn.6:63-64; 12:45-50! Rev.22:13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 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. Jesus is the tree of life that is outside the city, that we must partake of; the 12 fruits which is the words of life that are renewed each month, and the leaves that we are healed by which is on both banks of the river Jordan (Death) that we must each cross, Ps.136:1-26 and Ps.48:14; (Ro.12:1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.), That is the fruit of God’s tree that which is acceptable, Holy, Righteous, Worthy of God’s goodness which is His grace, mercy, favour, kindness, longsuffering, healing, provisions, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, sanctification, consecration and salvation! This is what we are supposed to be, His trees of life which bear fruit and feed and heal our brethren by the intercessory praying of a prayer warrior, which lead men to God so that they can become a tree of life to others as well! We are called to become teachers of this truth (Mt.12:30; Mk.8:38) and to lead all to the Lord our God; who is coming after a people that are zealous, a peculiar people, called and a chosen few, who have prepared themselves just for Him and His use, 2 Cor.6:17-18! The tree of life which grows and produces 12 different kinds of fruit each month, can we say this about our faith and walk in the Lord Jesus Christ? How much fruit are we really producing for Him? Are we fruit producers or are we weak just eating all the fruits that the others are producing? Have we become gluttons on the fruit of others and become fat and obese on His blessings, not putting this flesh under subjection? Our flesh is not our own it has been purchased with a price we can never repay; we are supposed to be His living Temples for Him to dwell in; are we abusing His body? Blessed are those who keep His commandments, for they have a right to eat freely at the tree of life and to enter into His Kingdom, the Kingdom of God!
Cursed are all those who have not obeyed His Words of life and have not found themselves to be perfect and justified before our Perfect Lord: Who changes not! Rev.22:15For without are dogs, and sorcerers (Those who teach a lie and follow after their own divinations or worse yet are those who preach the truth and walk a different narrow path than the one our Jesus told us to walk, who have found themselves once again friends of this world’s ways and say we are under His grace and walk in the world as if it were nothing to them and all the time they are grieving the Spirit, Mt.7:15-23! Eph.4:30): and whoremongers (Those who have married all those false doctrines of the world, for those with twitching ears! Who find themselves preachers who will teach them doctrines of man’s folly, for those who seek after every vain thing under the sun and after every spirit, which is the wind of fool’s teachings and the prince of the air of this world!), and murderers (For you have become as a murderer, for you have murdered your own soul and sold it for another feel good sermon: You will not find one from me, For I am called to bring truth into light, and if I preach any other doctrine or gospel I will be just as cursed as the world only three times more: For who has been given much; the more is required of them: Deu.4:2; Gal.1:8-9; and in a few more verses, yet again another curse from God to those who add or take away from His words: I will not be cursed so you can have a feel good sermon and patted on the back as I watch you follow blindly with the rest of the world as they march off over the edge into the pits of Hell; with all the rest of today’s religious fools who have left the word of God for the doctrines of those who teach in seminaries of other men’s teachings and not the teachings of the Holy Bible; God’s own word by the inspiration and leading of His Spirit who teaches us all things!), and idolaters (People who have made up a imaginary gods (trinity) who they can serve, who will receive all men no matter what they do or say, because someone has told them they are saved by grace and faith alone and to just believe in the name and that is all you have to do and are under God’s grace! While Jesus keeps telling us we will be judged by every idle word we say, and if this be so how much more so by every idle deed: In word or deed let all be done in Jesus’ name Col.3:17, can we put our Lord’s name on everything we are doing today? Hag.1:5Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways!), and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (All those who do not try the spirits and learn to discern between God’s truths and the wickedness and the deception that lies in the world! 1 Jn.5:19) Rev.22:16I Jesus have sent mine angel (His minister’s of Fire, Ps.104:4; Heb.1:7! Who preach the living word of God and His word only do they preach!), to testify unto you these things in the churches (If you have not received these words and scriptures in this manner before it is because the pastor you have been listening to has not your best interest in mind which is your salvation, your eternal soul! All he did was make you feel good and pick your pocket! He watched you walk away no better than when you came to him; he received of yours which was intended for the Lord’s work!). I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Jesus is the root and offspring of King David and the bright and morning star! Jesus is not only the King of all kings on earth but He is that one and only bright and morning star by which the universe will receive eternal light! Rev.22:17And the Spirit (Jesus is that eternal Spirit manifested in now immortal 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, (Who will bear the cross of discipleship, there is a cost associated with our Lord and His calling, spoken of in the Parable of the man who started a tower in 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 (Find Salvation)? 29Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him (When he goes back into the world’s ways! Mt.12:43-45), 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. (The true cost of discipleship!) Did you come seeking the Lord for what He could do for you and His rewards or did you come to be His faithful servant and abide in His house to serve Him? (Lk.17:7-10) Attitude makes all the difference in the world, whether you come to Love Him and to serve Him! Or for what you think He can do for you! Did you come to serve or be served? Now comes to yet again the third curse I spoke about earlier, to those who add to this word or take away from it! Rev.22:18For I (Jesus speaking through St. John) 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 (Not maybe but shall, means, be of assurance it is done!) 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.
From Genesis to Revelation this Holy Bible is our instruction book of what to do and what not to do! We either listen and heed to His word well or find ourselves fooling our own selves and find ourselves falling head first into the bottomless Pit of Hell; where the worm dieth not and the Fire is never quenched and you are the fuel for the Fire; Just as Heaven is a real place so is Hell for those who are disobedient to His every word; our perfect God is not a man to be trifled with or a man that will repent of His words! If He said to walk before Him and be ye perfect He meant it! We either serve Him with everything we have in our possession and all our strength or we find ourselves serving our own selves right into Hell with the rest of the world, who cannot think past their own selves and the now or the past, Lk9:62 and who are still walking in the flesh! The Lord gave to us His all, that we have, should not we give to Him, all that we have? Because He gave His all for us on the cross of Calvary, henceforth He gave to us the chance, Ro.2:4, or choice, to have the breath of eternal life with Him. If we Love Him and Keep His Commandments, Jn.14:15; 15:14 & Jn.8:31-32 & 51; 10:35; Lk.16:16-17; 2 Tm.3:16-17! Our making it to heaven is conditional to our service to Him, in this we have the Hope of salvation, if the apostle Paul had the Hope of obtaining the prize at the end of his race; it means we have nothing until we have finished our race, and if we played by the Lord’s rules! Otherwise you lose by default, you might come in first but if you missed one of the check points along the way, you might as well have cut across the course to come in first, Jn.10:1, you will still lose the race because you failed to keep on course and failed to follow the rules of the game of life; that the Lord gave for us to follow! This is what Jesus was saying when He said My sheep know My voice and they follow Me as we see in John chapter 10:1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber(Jesus’ words and eternal life is that gate or door we must go through! We see here in this verse above, Jesus was talking about those who follow Satan’s words which are the world’s ideologies, philosophies, psychologies and mythologies of the world’s Doctrines of men! The whore of Babylon the Roman Catholic Church: Which sits on seven Hills in Rome! Jesus tore down the wall of separation between God and man why would we let any man or group of men separate us from the love of God again; who say that salvation can only come through them! Satan can only have power over the children of God, only if we give it to him or them and their trinity of three gods in one, this is the foolishness of man the Apostle Paul was talking about to the Ephesian church in Ac.20:28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. (The Nicolaitans who made themselves priests again over all the people known as the Pope who they say is infallible and above scripture and the only legal one able to translate it; which came up with this trinity doctrine of worldly wise men, (Rv.2:1-7; 1 Jn.5:19), which is the foolishness to God in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, 2 Cor.5:19-21 the one true God and eternal life, 1 Jn.5:20) 31Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. 32And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified!). 2But he (The faithful follower of Jesus Christ a true Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Preacher and Teacher!) that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the porter (Jesus) openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 6This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. 7Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9I am the door: by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy (1Jn.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: This is the true God, and eternal life. 21Little children, keep yourselves from idols (False gods, money, gold, silver, pearls, and gods of this world (materialism and capitalism), and of your own making in you vain imaginations; to follow after these are the idols this scripture is talking about; instead of Jesus Christ and Him only for He is truly God Himself, Mt.1:23; Jn.1:1-14!). Amen.
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd: the 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 (Mt.12:30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Those of the Trinity Broadcasting Corp. Those who do not know Jesus is God all by Himself, our Immanuel God with Us, Mt.1:23! These and those like them who are always trying to divide God into less than He really is, are the Hirelings who feed off widows homes and fill their own bellies with the tithing that belongs to Jesus’ Church for His true works of feeding the hungry, clothing and sheltering the naked, visiting the orphans and the widows, and helping the rest to remain spotless and blameless and to preach the whole gospel to the whole world, Mk.16:15, Mt.5:19, this is the true work of God’s Church, Jms.1:27 and to keep yourself spotless!). 13The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep, (Phil.3:18-19). 14I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine (Because we know His name, the only name of the only God with us is Jesus Christ who gave Himself for His sheep (Ac.20:28) who are called by His name and buried in the water of repentance and remission of sin in His name which will be raised in power of His name, at His calling them for we know His voice because we are His sheep Jn.6:40 and 63!). 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 (The gentiles who are called by and in His name, buried with Him in the only name by which salvation comes, Ac.4:12; Is.53:5; 1 Pt.2:24-25!), and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment, have I received of my Father (The Holy Spirit living in Jesus: For the flesh profiteth (Jn.3:5-7) nothing, it is the Spirit that quickeneth for the flesh was created for the sacrifice and healing of the world’s sin, Jn.6:63: And to be the eternal King of the tribes of Israel our shepherd and Bishop and soon to be God in our actual presence! All because Israel didn’t want an invisible God to be ruler over them they wanted a king to rule over them as the countries around them had, that were filled with evil idolizers, so God beings He is God knew all this before the first “let there be” was ever said, He knew He would have to come and bring salvation to a lost world that was cursed by Him because of sin; only God can have a way to supersede a commandment that came from His lips, the lips of the carnate Jesus! He had to come and be incarnated so He could bring the only blood of redemption that had the perfect power of salvation attached to it, 2 Cor.5:18-21, so He became sin for us who knew no sin! We are reconciled unto God in Jesus Christ, 2 Cor.5:14-21!). Jn.10:19There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 20And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? 21Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind? 22And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. 23And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. 24Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. 25Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 26But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28And I give unto them eternal life (I refer you to Jn.8:47); and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30I and my Father are one (the Holy Spirit manifested in the flesh the Son of God according to the flesh of King David! 1 Tm.3:16). 31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. The trinitarians are just waiting to stone us too, for they believe Jesus is some part of God and not complete as our scriptures confirm to us, 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: (The Roman Catholic Church who started the Trinity Doctrines and bringing pagan ideologies and mythologies of the Greek’s and of the world’s religions into what they try to pass off as the true church of God; trying to build a Universal Church of man’s Dogmalistic and Formalistic ways; man’s systematic theologies of higher education so we have to pay them to learn what they think, which is foolishness to our God, Is.29:14; 1 Cor.1:19-31!)
9For in him (Jesus Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily!
10And ye are complete in him (lacking nothing for salvation for He is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the flesh, 1 Tm.3:16!), which is the head of all principality and power (Who is the head of all principalities of our God Almighty, Is.9:6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Is.40:3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God!) 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 (Where you take His name (Ac.2:38-39; 19:1-7!), the name that has all the power of God attached to it (Jn.14:1 & 14 we must believe in the name of Jesus Christ in Jn.3:16-18 or you are condemned, Jn.8:24!), Where you get His blood applied to your soul by the power of His name; for there is no other name given by which salvation is obtained, Ac.4:12, for this is the Baptism that Paul talked about in Eph.4:4There is one body (Church of Jesus Christ), and one Spirit (Which is His Holy Spirit, Ro.8:9), even as ye are called in one hope (Salvation, Mt.4:4, Jn.8:51) of your calling (Mt.4:17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Ac.2:38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation; Eph.4:5One Lord, one faith, one baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him (Jesus) through the faith of the operation of God (That worketh in Jesus is the Holy Spirit! For God is That Spirit, Jn.4:24! For there is but one good; our Father which is in heaven, for the flesh profiteth nothing but in the salvation from which the blood of God came, Ac.20:28, covers us from a multitude of sins Jm.5:20, it is the Spirit that Jesus spoke, is that which quickeneth, Jn.6:63!), who hath raised him from the dead (and us by the very words He spoke for they were Spirit, by being God, He has the power over all things and by Him all things exist; He spoke His life to be raised up from the dead by His very word being spoken by Him, Jn.10:17-18!). Now finishing in Rev.22:20 He (St. John, as well as “Humbled Rev. Gary” as given to you from our Lord Jesus Christ) which testifieth of all these things saith, Surely I (Jesus) Come quickly! Amen! Yes Lord Come, “Let it be so!” So we must search our hearts and know for sure if we are anathema or Maranatha, 1 Cor.16:22 if any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ let him be cursed, nevertheless, “The Lord Cometh!” Whether you’re ready or not He Cometh! Today, tomorrow, the next day or the next second, we and all the earth will hear the trump of God and the shout from the Arch angel Michael for all the angels of heaven to come and receive Jesus’ bride who is calling us all home, because Gabriel already has the Horn of God to his lips as I now speak; Gabriel’s waiting for the word from Jesus’ own lips, to call all His children home with a trumpet blast that all the world will hear! Come while He many still be found, with mercy and forgiveness! Or you will find His wrath waiting for you Jn.7:17-18!
Psalm 11Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Remember we are commanded to seek out our own salvation with fear and trembling as we see the day of His coming approaching closer still; Phil.2:12 For we will all stand before the judgment seat and be awarded for our recompense Phil.2:10; Rv.22:12And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 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.
Lord’s Way Ministries
By Rev. G. L. Boyett
GaryLordsWay@aol.com Cell# 1-479-270-4645
Written 03-01-13 and edited on 5-13-13 six months shy of my eighth year serving the LORD and 83 days shy of it being three years since my “Ordination from our LORD Jesus Christ Himself!”
Death is not the end but where we step into eternity! Ps.48:14; Rev. G.L.B.
Emerson said, “The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.”
Stopfard A. Brooke said, “If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march for truth, we must still march on.”
Rev. G. L. Boyett said, “The Lord our God gave us every single verse in the Holy Bible, and beings He changes not we had better learn how to make each and every verse work together to give God all the Glory, as we use it in our lives!” Lk.16:16The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.” The principle of Laws, Morals, and Ethics! Jn.10:35and the scripture cannot be broken; and if it has come to us; we must be the Sons of God! Jn.8:47He that is of God heareth God’s words: The End