DISCIPLESHIP AND STEWARDSHIP

 

A Cure for Doctrinal Chaos and Organizational Disunity

  At some point in the timelessness of eternity, the Sovereign God embarked upon the greatest and grandest of all His creations; He began the process of creating beings just like Himself (Phil.3:21; 1 Jn.3:1-3). It is His intent to bring these beings into His family as His children and to share with them all He has created and all that He will ever create throughout eternity. Moreover, it is His intent to grant His children the same life essence that He possesses, which is the highest form of life-immortality on the divine plane of existence (i.e., life that springs forth from itself and is not dependent on any other source to sustain it because it is self-sustaining, thus a living soul, which lives for eternity! Mt.10:28). See 1 Cor.15:51-54; Rom.2:7; 2 Tim.1:9-10; 1 Pet.4:6; Rev.20:6. Although it is the Sovereign Father’s intent to increase His heavenly family, He will not bestow immortality upon a person or allow a person entry into His heavenly realm until He has absolute confidence in their commitment and loyalty to Him and His way of life, 2 Tm.2:19 He knows the beginning form the end so He alone knows who are is and who is not, Mk12:24-27! Therefore, He has set in place a process through which each potential spirit-son must demonstrate their commitment and loyalty. During this process, each potential spirit-son must develop the character and the qualities that are a part of God the Father and The Son of Man, which is God in the flesh, Jn.1:1-18 the begotten God, as Jesus Christ’s examples, Jn.14:6. See Lev. 11:44-45; 19:1-37; 1 Pet.1-16; 1 Tim.3:16; Mt.1:23; 5:17-20; Ro.12:1-2. The process of proving one’s commitment and loyalty to the Father and His way of life begins in earnest the moment the Father adopts a person into His earthly family as a king-priest and continues until He is absolutely sure of a person’s commitment and loyalty to Him and His way of life. To be truly Born-Again of Water and of His Holy Spirit, Jn.3:3-8; Ac.2:38-40; 2 Cor.5:21; 6:17-18. A true Disciple puts on Christ, as Jesus dwells in him, Jn.14:18; 1 Cor.3:16-17; 6:18-19; we are to be the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, 2 Cor.5:21.

Questions That Need to be Answered

  In this present phase of the Sovereign Father’s plan for the salvation of His human creation, many within the Father’s earthly family of king-priests not only have to combat the human side of their nature; the evil of the world around them but also the evil that permeates many congregations of His people, because they lose sight of their callings, Mt.10:32-42. Moreover, many are perplexed by doctrinal chaos and disunity within the Father’s family. Because this condition should not exist among the Father’s chosen ones, many feel that if the root cause were known, these problems could be eliminated or at least minimized. In their quest for a solution to these problems, many have asked themselves some or all of the following questions:

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

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

Being a Disciple

  At the beginning of Christ’s ministry, He chose twelve men to be his disciples and close companions to help Him proclaim the coming Kingdom of God. He also chose seventy others and commissioned them to proclaim the same message. It is important to note that each of the men Jesus chose had the ability to learn what He had to teach them and to perform the task set before them. All that these men needed was to be taught what to proclaim, to be given the tools with which to carry out their task, and to be sent forth to fulfill their task. See Matt.10:1-8; Lk.10:1-24. Christ did not choose a few thousand or a few hundred men, put them through years of preparation, He picked the twelve who were the most qualified for more intense instruction, and then sent the seventy lesser qualified out to prepare people for His arrival to proclaim His Father’s good news message. He chose these eighty two men, because they had the ability to perform the task that they would be given to perform. The same is true of everyone whom the Father calls to salvation during this age. All that is necessary for one to succeed is to be taught what is expected of them and how to successfully perform what is expected; to be given the tools with which to carry out the task; and to be sent forth to fulfill the task. See Isa.48:17; 2 Pet.1:10; 1 Thes.5:1-25.

The Commission

  After His death and resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples and told them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and earth. Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this, that I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt.28:18-20 TLB Para.). Most people view the commission Jesus gave His disciples only as marching orders to proclaim the good news message in order to convert people throughout the world to the Sovereign Father’s truth and way of truth in order for them to be saved from eternal death and have eternal life. However, is this, the totality of what Christ meant, or is there much more to the making of disciples? Yes, we must also look to Mathew3:11 John the Baptist says, “I indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” Now John the Baptist was indeed preparing the way for the teachings of Jesus our God; look to the ending of this verse in Is.40:3 which John the Baptist quoted from: make straight in the desert a highway for our God. For in the Book of John in Chapter 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus in verses 3 thru 21 we see how to prepare for the kingdom of God, and how to become His ministers. We must be born again, or we will not be allowed into the kingdom. Verse 5 tells us that we must be born of water and of the Spirit or we will not see the kingdom, let alone be able to teach, preach, or discern scriptures in order to receive doctrinal truths! Until we receive the Spirit, the Comforter, the discerner of all Truths John 16:13, we will not be able to discern the Father’s will for us, for if we indeed have this Holy Spirit, then we will be as those in verse 8, “The wind bloweth where it wishes, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh or goeth: so it is with every one that is born of the Spirit.”, but in verse 14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. This is so important that Jesus goes on to explain it again in verse 15. All things that the Father hath are mine; (because they are one in the same, Jn.10:30) therefore said I, that he will take of mine, and shall show it unto you, Jn.12:45; 1 Jn.5:20.

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

Their spiritual as well as their material needs, Jm.2. We must look to a person’s soul first as in their salvation, Ac.19:1-7, as in receiving the Lord as their savior; in keeping their eternal salvation, then look to any personal needs as they arise; as the Holy Spirits instructs all of us to edify our brethren, Ro.15. So with this in mind let us prepare ourselves with the whole armor of the Lord, Eph.6:13-18. Eph.4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all:” So we must learn the one way that our Lord wants all to operate in!

So without the Spirit we will never have a clue as to what our calling is, so let us learn how to baptize correctly, for we must teach Repentance first; as the apostle’s have shown us in Ac.2:38-39, as well as Jesus in Mt.4:17; Mk.16:16, for indeed the apostles were the first to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the gift of Grace and Truth, Jn.1:16-17. For the Lord Jesus told them not to leave until they were endued with power, after the Spirit has come upon you, Act 1:8, and we see Jesus delivered on his promise in Acts 2:1-4, we see that 120 were baptized in the Holy Spirit; And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and It sat on each of them. This was to be the sign of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is why we must be baptized in the name of Jesus, Ac.4:12, for our disciples have shown us by example. For they were given the keys to bind in Heaven and on Earth, from Jesus Himself, in Matt.16:19 he gave this right to Peter, as well as those around him and to all that are endued with power from on High, to whom the Lord will call. We see in Acts 2:38-39 we see the proper way to be baptized, for in verse 36 and 37 we learn why we must, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ, (Is.9:6; 43:11; 48:17; 53:1-12; Zech.14:9). Now when they hear this they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren what must we do? The only proper answer is the one given. Verse 38 and 39 explain it all so well, Then Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” And this next verse is so important to our churches of today, for this is how we are to receive our authority and power to do all that the disciples have done! 39, “For this is the promise unto you, and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” And from this point on we see how to properly maintain a church, for the rest of the epistles are our instructions. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Disciple’s instruction Book: are seen in the scriptures!

   For in 2 Tim 3:16-17 we can hold on to the Truths of our God given instructions for this life: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. Now let us move to one of the most important discovery in the scriptures, in John 8:24 we can see that Jesus is Lord of all. There is no other. 24, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if you believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.” And if you still have any doubt about Jesus, who He really is, all we have to do is look to 1 Tim.3:16. And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of by angels, preaches unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. But let us use Jesus’ words, that he expounds to us himself, Jn.8:58, Jesus said unto them, “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I Am.” but the one I like the most is John10:30,”I and my Father are one.” John 4:23, “But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.” 24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”  And in John14, 15, 16, 17, we get our lessons from the Teacher, Master, Father and Lord God Almighty in the flesh, Is.9:6. John14:6-11; Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Is.54:13; Jer.31:31-34; Jn.6:45; 1 Cor.2:10.

God The Father Revealed Jn.4:24

   Jn.14:7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” 8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works (The Holy Spirit is the Father our God which is manifested in now immortal flesh of Jesus Christ the Holy One!). 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. These last verses prove Jesus is Lord, and if you can’t see this by now then you really, need not go any further with our Lessons, and return to the Top and Start Over! Seek Jesus and He will show all who He is, Mt.6:33; 7:7-8; Mt.11:27-30; Jn.8:24 & 58: The I Am!        

Understanding the Commission

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

  • The first part is to proclaim the Father’s good news message to the world and to perform the rituals that facilitate the transformation of a person who believes this message into one of the Father’s earthly children.
  • The second part is to teach these individuals the truth and way of truth in order to help them grow in Grace, in Faith, in Righteousness, in Holiness, and in the knowledge of the Father and Jesus Christ, living a righteous life, which will glorify our Lord. To pray without ceasing, Matt.5:48 Jesus says, 48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Mt.19:26 “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Come to know the deep things of God, and enter the Father’s kingdom as an immortal spirit-being. To go and sin no more, Jn.5:14; 8:11.

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

What Is a Disciple?

   Over time, the pragmatic meaning of the Greek word for disciple has taken on a completely different meaning in the minds of most who profess to follow the teachings of the Bible. Although some modern word dictionaries get close to defining a disciple as a student, most only define a disciple as a follower of Christ or one who follows a teacher. Therefore, the interpretation of the Greek word for disciple and the true essence of a disciple of Christ are left to the interpretation of each individual. The English word ‘disciples’ in Matthew 28:18-20 is translated from the Greek word ‘matheteuo’, which means intransitively ‘to become a pupil’ and transitively ‘to make pupils’, or ‘to enroll as a scholar’ (i.e., a student) 3101 mathēts (from math-, the “mental effort needed to think something through”) – properly, a learner; a disciple, a follower of Christ who learns the doctrines of Scripture and the lifestyle they require; someone catechized with proper instruction from the Bible with its necessary follow-through (life-applications). See also 3100 / mathēteúō (“to disciple” Walk in the way of the LORD).

As a group, the Father’s earthly children are identified 26 times in the Book of Acts by the Greek word ‘matheteuo’ (i.e., a pupil/student) and individually the elect are identified as ‘mathetes’ and ‘mathetria’, which mean respectively, a ‘learner’ ‘and a ‘female pupil’.

A disciple is simply a person who is being educated in a certain discipline. For one who is a disciple of Christ, that discipline is the Father’s Will, (The Holy Spirit, Jn.4:24. We will worship in truth and in Spirit. For God is that Holy Spirit manifested into flesh, 1 Tm.3:16 our Jesus Christ who is God in the flesh the Immanuel in Mt.1:23 which is God with us!!!), truth and way of truth in faith believing as a child for they are the greatest in His kingdom because of simplicity and a pure heart! Discipleship is the process through which the Father’s adopted children are taught His truth, His way of truth, the rules of conduct for the members of His family, and the philosophy behind these rules that make them holy, just, and good (Rom.7:12). It is through one’s voluntary proactive compliance to His truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct that one becomes a viable and beneficial member within His family of king-priests. The English word ‘teach’ in Matthew 28:20 is translated from the Greek word ‘didasko’, which is a prolonged (causative) form of a primary verb ‘dao’ (to learn) or ‘to teach’ (in the same broad application). Didasko simply means to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them. Because Jesus gave an instruction to enroll students from every nation to be taught the truth and way of truth, it seems logical that, if these students are to be taught, there would be an organizational system and a curriculum in place to facilitate their education. This is exactly what we see within the early church. We see an educational system in place; whereby, a newly enrolled student is taught and guided through the educational process by the Holy Spirit and by more spiritually mature individuals within a community of students, student scholars, and stewards of truth and the way of truth. From the many references that identify the Father’s earthly family and nation of king-priests as students who are being taught the Father’s truth and way of truth, it is clearly important to understand what is to be taught and what a student’s responsibilities are while being taught.

What does the average person know about being a responsible student of the Father’s truth and way of truth before and after baptism? Sadly, in most cases not much. After baptism, few are taught what it actually means to be a responsible student or how to fulfill this aspect of one’s spiritual development. Most are left to determine this for themselves, which sometimes leads many away from the path of righteousness and down a path to leads to spiritual destruction, Phip.2:12 says to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling which is not the case today!

The Early Church

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

Ancient Israel

  • The organizational structure of national Israel in the wilderness and in the Promised Land was a theocracy. (Monotheism) One God, Isa.44:6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Ancient Israel was to be a nation of holy people (A Priestly Nation, Ex.19:26), who were to present themselves as an example of God’s truth and way of truth to the nations of the world.
  • The organizational structure of Israel fractured and eventually disappeared after God granted their request for a king to govern them. (Polytheism) if the King was given God like status as in The Roman Empire Caesars, were to be worshiped, as well as their other Gods.

    The Early Church of Jesus Christ (He has been given all authority)

  • The organizational structure established by Christ for his holy nation of king-priests on earth is a theocracy. One God our LORD and His name is Jesus!
  • The Father’s children are a nation of holy people who are to present themselves as an example of his truth and way of truth and proclaim his good news message and his coming kingdom to the nations of the world. (Lev.11:44-45; Mt.28:19-20)
  • The organizational structure of the early church fractured and eventually disappeared when its members failed to continue in the “Faith Once Delivered” (Jude 1:1-25) we see why our Churches began to fail, for there were some that did not practice the truth, and teachings of the Apostles’.

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

The Creator told the Israelites that He would teach them His statutes and judgments, so they could continue to live and to possess the land He would give them (See. Deut.4:1-5). He instructed them to diligently teach His ways to their children throughout their generations (See Deut.6:1-9). He taught them His civil law, His dietary law, and His law of worship, and He instructed them to observe His festivals in order to learn to have great respect for Him, (See Deut.14:21-24). He forewarned any future king of Israel that he must write a copy of the law and review it throughout his life, so he would learn to have great respect for God, (See Deut.17:1-20). The ancient Israelites were to be perpetual students of God’s truth and the way of truth as noted in many texts that speak of this learning process. In this respect, it is no different for the Father’s holy nation of king-priests today. The Father’s earthly children are also to be perpetual students and stewards of truth and the way of truth. Although there are similarities between the educational process of the physical nation of ancient Israel and the Father’s elect, which are a physical and a spiritual nation, there is a great difference between the educational goals set for ancient Israel and the Father’s elect children. The Father’s children are to learn both the letter and the spirit of His law, His plan for the salvation of humanity, and they are to proclaim His message to the world as a witness. Moreover, they are to learn what it means to be holy as He is holy and practice His truth and way of truth in order to become spiritually mature and enter His heavenly kingdom as immortal spirit-beings. The entire educational process for the Father’s family and nation of king-priests is to take place under the tutelage of their elder brothers (the apostles) in the Epistles, and Jesus who is also their Savior, High Priest, and head of the Father’s earthly family, Jn.15:20. Moreover, this educational process was established to function as a self-governing and self-perpetuating entity, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit how are we going to learn our Spiritual Fathers’ Truths, so that we can feed His sheep? All scripture is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, 2 Tm.3:16-17; 1 Pt.1:11;   2 Pt.1:21, Ro.8:9, when you have the Holy Spirit you have the Spirit of God, our Lord Jesus’ Spirit, for they are one in the same!

Feed My Sheep

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

Organizational Structure

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

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

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

  Three of the primary reasons for this organizational structure are “The perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, and the building of

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

The Early Church and Today

  Shortly after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we find a dynamic evangelizing church spreading The Father’s truth throughout the world. However, as dynamic as this church was, it virtually disappeared from history after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D… From 70 to 120 A.D., there was very little recorded about the Father’s true church. When historians began to write about the church again, they wrote of a dramatically different church from the one that embraced the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles. Today, we find churches that call themselves followers of Christ, yet the vast majority, do not even faintly resemble the early church. Why did the early church disappear? The simple truth is that those of the early church failed to continue to be diligent and responsible students and stewards of the Father’s truth and way of truth, and keep a fresh in filling of the Holy Spirit. For we all must worship in Spirit and in the Truth, Jn.4:24. This failure of the students and stewards caused the failure of the educational system, (Jgs.2:10), to be perpetuated within the early church, which has led to the continual fulfillment of the following prophecy: The prophet Hosea was inspired to record, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall not serve Me as priest. Because you have forgotten your God’s law, I will also forget your children” (Hos.4:6 Para.).

Those who are called

  The scriptures clearly shows that all who are a part of the Father’s earthly family of king-priests are being groomed for positions of leadership within His heavenly family; therefore, it should come as no surprise that an educational system was set in place in the early church to educate the Father’s children for their positions of ruler-ship and service in His heavenly kingdom. See Matt.5:1-48, chapter 6 and 7 continuously, etc., 19:27-30; 1 Cor.6:1-5; 2 Tim.2:12; 3:16-17; Rev. 2:26-29, 5:1-10; Rv.20:6.

Correcting the Educational processes

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

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

  • Know the solutions to some of the spiritually life threatening situations that exist today.
  • Improve your chances to participate in the first resurrection and enter the Kingdom of God.
  • Become a more powerful and effective member of the Father’s royal family and holy nation.
  • Understand why doctrinal confusion and organizational disunity exists within the Father’s royal family.
  • Recognize your spiritual enemies and know how to deal with them through the Holy Spirit and to do all of Jesus’ teachings for he alone was and is the fulfillment of all the law and we are to hold Him as our example, Jn.14:6, 1 Jn.3:1-6 ff., for narrow is the path and strait is the gate, Mt.7:13-14; Mt.22:14; Lk.6:46 Why do we call Him LORD unless we are going to follow His teachings?

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

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

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

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

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

The ‘little ones’ mentioned here are the Father’s elect, which are noted in many scriptures as being ‘little ones” (See Matt.8:12, 18:3-10, 19:13-14; Mk.9:42). Why would the Lord of hosts turn against the ‘little ones’? And why did Jesus omit this portion of the prophecy? We see that the Jewish people were and still are blinded from the truths; this is due to the Lord trying to make them jealous, of the new covenant by a people that are not called by my name meaning the gentiles, Gen.12:3, but all will be revealed to them in the Latter Days. For this reason many of the doctrines, were changed due to them, as well as others, coming into the church, as well as the deceiver himself using people with prideful hearts and not a love for their brethren, in which those that lack the Holy Spirit, are allowed to teach in churches of today. Titus 1:1-(*12*)-16

The reason for the rejection of the ‘little ones’ is that they would reject the “Faith Once Delivered” and cease to be zealous students and stewards of truth, Rv.3:14-22. The reason that Jesus did not quote the rest of Zechariah’s prophecy, is because it was a different prophecy, which would be fulfilled at a different time. Zechariah’s prophecy begins its fulfillment during the apostolic church age and will continue until shortly before Christ’s return. Along with the demise and disappearance of the early church and its central governing structure, its educational system is also fractured and splintered into the haphazard system we see today. During the centuries that followed the early churches’ demise, individuals and congregations were influenced by many counterfeits of the Father’s truth and way of truth. Moreover, much of what is taught as truth today is false and was not taught or practiced by the early church.

What happened to one of our first commandments by Jesus: Matt.28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Do you know that name? What is the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit for these are titles! Ac.4:12, 2:38-38 so that we can come out from among the heathens and the works of the flesh, 2 Cor.6:17-18. Jesus said I come in the name of my father and I will have the Holy Spirit, which is called the comforter that is called in my name! Jesus is that name of all names manifested in the flesh, 1 Tm.3:16; our Immanuel, God with us! 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.

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

Knowledge and Understanding

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

We must be Reading the whole Bible Yearly and study it daily!

  You must diligently study the entire Bible if you are to have a depth of knowledge and understanding about the Sovereign Father and our Savior; the Father’s plan of salvation for humanity, what it means to be a student of truth and the way of truth, what it means to be a steward in the Father’s family, and how to gain his approval as a steward in His earthly family. King Solomon, to whom God gave great knowledge and wisdom, gave the following advice to a righteous person: “The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness” (Pro.15:14 KJV). “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things” (Pro.15:28 KJV). “The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seek knowledge” (Pro.18:15 KJV). See also Pro.4:5-7, 16:16; Psa.119:103-105. Solomon’s observations on this subject are worthy of careful consideration because of the current doctrinal chaos and lack of unity within the Father’s family. Solomon also gave the following advice about trusting one’s own intellect in spiritual matters: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Pro.3:5-7 Para.). If we rely on our own intellect to provide knowledge and understanding into the Father’s truth and way of truth and His hidden mysteries, we will fail miserably. The prophet Isaiah recorded this about the great difference between God’s thoughts and ways and ours: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa.55:8-9 Para.). This is the reason why we are hopelessly lost without the help of the Holy Spirit. Even though we are of the new creation, our thoughts and ways are not always in harmony with our Heavenly Father’s simply because we are still subject to the human perspective and thought process. Our Father’s thoughts are from His perspective; therefore, His thoughts are so far above our own that we cannot begin to comprehend the difference until we begin to think like Him.

How are we to overcome the obstacle of our human perspective and thought process in order to think like the Father, live in harmony with His ways, and fulfill our functions and responsibilities within His earthly family? In order to do this, we must diligently seek to be educated in His thoughts and His ways and practice them to the best of our ability (Heb.5:14; 11:6; Is.28:9-13, who are lead by the Holy Spirit into all truths, 1 Jn.2:23-29 through 3:1-24 for Love covers a multitude of sins, 1 Pt.4:8, Jm.5:19-20; Pv.10:12!). Only then will we begin to know what and how He thinks, the greatness of His plan for us and humanity, and how to become a responsible and profitable steward in His family. As our Lord in His life time on this earth humbled Himself to be every man’s servant so must we all come to the understanding to put others needs before our own! Seek the lost and save his eternal soul from the adversary (Satan)! To teach our brethren how to operate in the Holy Spirit so he can defend himself; from the carnality of this world and this flesh that we are now trapped in; until the translation comes from on High!

We need to take Personal Responsibility for our Education!

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

Add These Things to Your Daily Walk

  After the apostle Peter’s greeting in his second letter, he said this about things that must be added to one’s spiritual make-up: “Diligently add to your faith virtue; to virtue knowledge; to knowledge temperance; to temperance patience; to patience godliness; to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things are in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pet.1:5-8). You cannot add to what you do not already possess. You cannot come to understand the essence of these godly attributes if they are not clearly explained to you. Of all of the causes of doctrinal chaos and lack of unity among the congregations and scattered members of the Father’s earthly family during this age, the single most damaging is the lack of a clearly defined and structured educational system to guide a newly adopted son from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity. A major cause of a dysfunctional educational system within the scattered congregations of the elect is that many who lead the Father’s children are not seeking to improve their spiritual knowledge, add to it, or perfect the basic truths that they currently understand. Because these spiritual leaders hesitate to venture into areas of study that are challenging or uncomfortable and do not attempt to broaden their knowledge of the things of God, most of those they teach and serve also stand still in their spiritual growth. They just hold on to what they have and do not add to or perfect their spiritual knowledge. Going over and over the same basic knowledge that one has already learned does have its advantages. However, if this is all that is taught, it does little to expand one’s knowledge of the Father’s truth and way of truth and limits growth in the grace and the knowledge of the Father and the Son (the humanity of the Father as He revealed Himself to humanity that He alone created, Jn.1:1-14; Is.40:3; Jn.1:23 this is that God in Is.40:3).

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

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

  That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ” (Phil.1:9-10 KJV), and Phil.2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. For we will give an account for how we spent His time that He gave us on this earth that He made for us, Mt.12:36-37 for not all that say Lord, Lord will enter into His kingdom: Mt.7:16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: The only thing that separates those who go to heaven and those who do not is, they who are filled with the Holy Spirit and those who do not go to heaven, Ro.8:9. It is by abiding in His every Word, those who hear and obey; the doers of His Word! Either we keep to His word or fail most miserable to hell forever!

Notice that all of the godly qualities and knowledge that Peter and Paul mention must be learned, some of which take more effort to learn than others. The only way that a person can follow these instructions of Peter and Paul is to be a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of the Father’s truth and way of truth, which are Holy Spirit filled and have been re-birthed with His heart of Love for all mankind, with man this is impossible but with the Holy Spirit all things then become possible! Notice also that some of the reasons for being educated in these things are to have the intellectual tools to help you live and perfect a righteous lifestyle and be able to perform good works of the Holy Spirit.

Putting God first is the First and Only Fundamental Issue!

  The fundamental issue that each person who is called to salvation during this age must come to grips with is whether or not to perform the Father’s will in their life to the best of their ability and put forth a diligent effort to hold in check the old nature. When all is said and done, the tests and trials of this life are over, and you stand before the Jesus to be judged for what you have done with the opportunity that you were given, the fundamental issue that will determine whether or not you are granted immortal life along with rewards and positions of authority in the Kingdom of God will be how you have performed the Father’s will during your physical life, Mt.12:30, Mk.8:35. What does knowing the Father’s will and performing it have to do with discipleship and stewardship? It has everything to do with being a student of truth and a steward of your functions and responsibilities in the Father’s earthly family, because you cannot adequately fulfill either without knowing the Father’s will for your life. Lk.2:49 at 12 Jesus knew what He was to be doing!

The Holy Spirit will show you Jesus’ will

  Jesus said that He came to do the will of His heavenly Father and to be an example of how to please Him. If you want to know and understand the Father’s will and how to please Him, you must first look to the Father’s teachings through Christ and the apostles, Jn.15:20:

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

“I, of myself can do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father who has sent me” (Jn.5:30 KJV Para.). See also Jn.6:38; 62-63; 65 & 68; 12:45; Mt.11:25-30: We must take His yoke upon us it is his commandment, Amos.3:3; Mal.3:6; Heb.13:8; Mt.24:35.

The scriptures clearly show that the Father’s will (i.e., his purpose) for His earthly children is no secret, and it can and must be known and understood if one is to grow toward spiritual maturity. How do you determine and understand the Father’s will well enough to be able to set the correct course throughout your life, and how do you gain the knowledge and understanding to make correct spiritual decisions? Ancient Israel relied on the priests and the prophets to reveal God’s will to them, but during this age, there is no central authority on earth governing and clearly and concisely teaching the Sovereign Father’s truth to His family of king-priests who are scattered throughout the nations. Because of this current situation, you must rely on the written word of God and the guidance from the Holy Spirit to reveal the Father’s will to you. See Jn.14:26; 15:26; 16:12-15; 20:28; then they believed!

Be wise as well as Diligent!

  The apostle Paul cautioned the Ephesians’, “Do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph.5:17 Para.). How important is it to know, understand, and do the Father’s will in your life? Knowing, understanding, and doing the Father’s will is important to being a productive and beneficial member and citizen within the Father’s earthly family and holy nation of king-priests. The apostle Paul said to the Ephesians concerning doing the Father’s will, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Eph.4:1-3 NIV). See also Col.1:1-17; Also Mt.12:48-50; 1 Thes.2:12; 2 Thes.1:11-12; Rev.3:4-6. To know, understand, and do the Father’s will is vitally important to your salvation; because, if you  do not do what you know and understand to be the Father’s will for your life, you are not truly a member of the Father’s family in truth and spirit, you are no more than a hypocrite, Mt.23:1-39. Concerning His Father’s will, Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God, that person is my brother, and my sister, and mother” (Mk.3:35 KJV; Mt.12:48-50). The following warning of Jesus’ clearly shows the result of not knowing, understanding, and doing the Father’s will in your life to the best your ability: “Not everyone that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the will of the Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and in your name cast out devils and in your name done many wonderful works? But, I will say to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work lawlessness” (Matt.7:21-23 KJV Para. See also Lk.6:46 etc. Mt.10:28). See also Rom.12:1-16 for true believers walking in the Spirit: To see the proper way to follow the Lords will. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Look also to Rom.2:1-29 for Love is the fulfillment of the Law, Ro.13:8! Without Love for God first and our brother second we are nothing yet still!

These are two different types of people who sincerely thought they were living in obedience to God and were worthy of eternal life, (Mt.25:1-13). However, the path that they chose is actually in opposition to God’s way of life. Although these people have done great works, they have missed the mark and their efforts have been in vain, because they have been practicing lawlessness. They have either never been on the path of righteousness or they have veered off of it and onto a path that has led them away from God, Pr.4:27; Deu.5:32-33; 17:20; 28:14; Josh.1:7; 23:6; Rev.22:18-19, means the same thing go not to the right hand or the left do not add to this word or take away from it, Deu.4:2! From the Old Testament to the New we find the Lord stays the same, Heb.13:8; Mal.3:6! Because it is the Father’s will that we live in harmony with His laws, it should be obvious that to avoid the violation of these laws you must first be educated in what is lawful and what is not. This is one of the reasons the educational system was instituted within the Father’s earthly family and one of the reasons that you must be a perpetual student of truth. Whenever you see a word with eth on the end of it, it means to keep doing it continuously forever, very much as our words ending with ing, present tense of do as in doing in I am, first person singular, but doeth means continually I am doing which makes a disciple and a good steward unto the Lord!

Jesus said that only those who do the Father’s will, can be granted entry into his Father’s heavenly realm, family, and kingdom. Therefore, it is essential to know what the Father’s will is and how to perform it in regard to being a student of His truth and a steward of the functions and responsibilities that He has assigned you as a member of His earthly family. You must be doing the Father’s will to the extent of your understanding of His will; otherwise, you are a worker of lawlessness, which is rebellion against His will. Anyone in rebellion against God will have their life terminated in the Lake of Fire. Mt.12:31-32. This is the second death from which there is no return. In the end of this age, there will be many of the Father’s children who truly know the Father’s will concerning their lives, but for some reason they will refuse to do what they know they should do. To these unfaithful servants Jesus gives the following warning: 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, who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself, and did not perform according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes” (Lk.12:46-47 Para.). These are individuals who talk the talk of righteousness, but do not walk the walk of a truly righteous person, who should be interested in learning the truth and the way of truth in order to practice it. When the warnings in Matthew 7:21-23 and Luke 12:47 are viewed in the context of being a student of the Father’s truth and way of truth, your stewardship, your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s family, and the punishment of the six churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation, the seriousness of knowing, understanding, and performing the Father’s will to the best of your ability should motivate you to action. See Revelation, chapters 2 and 3 we must be overcomers of this flesh and this world of ours, we must take back dominion over Satan and the forces of evil.

God’s Will Can Be Known and Done Through the Holy Spirit

  If we do not know the Father’s will, we cannot be expected to do what He wants us to do; therefore, He gives us an understanding of His will. Moreover, it does not take much study into the Bible to know and understand what He wants us to do with our life here on earth. Just as the ancient Israelites could come to know and understand the Creator’s Will: God’s will through the study of His written word, the Father’s earthly children can also know and understand His will in this way too. Although the Sovereign Father has intentionally hidden much of His awesome purpose from most people, His will for His earthly children is made known to them if they make a diligent effort to search for it.  The apostle Paul said the following about your ability to know and understand what the Father’s will is for you: “See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, you do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph.5:15-17 Para.) See also Col.1:7-10; Phil.2:12.

“Therefore, don’t you be conformed to this world: but you are transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you can prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom.12:2 KJV Para.). See also Dan.12:4, 10; Eph.1:9-11; 1 Pet.1:12-17; 1 Jn.2:15-17.

Yes; the Father’s will can be known and understood by those whom He has called to salvation, because knowing and understanding His will is a part of one’s calling, 2 Tm.2:15. Each person whom the Father has called to salvation during this age must know and prove what His will is for their life. Concerning God’s will, King David said, “Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: Your spirit is good; lead me into the land of righteousness” (Psa.143:10 KJV).  David understood that he had to be taught to do God’s will, and that he had to be led by the Creator God (**the teacher** Jn.14:26 refer to verses 16 and 17 of chapter 14 as well for it will be the Spirit of Jesus that will come to you, 1 Pt.1:11 and 2 Pt.1:21 and Ro.8:9 for it is one in the same Spirit, Heb.3:4-12; 1 Tm.3:16!). In order to know how to be righteous we must know who God is in order to worship in truth! In order to be mentally equipped to serve and please the Father, you must be a diligent student of His truth and way of truth so that you will know what He expects of us and how to accomplish what is expected. Because knowing and understanding the Father’s will is vitally important to those He calls to salvation, He has provided two easily understood methods through which His children can receive help to gain this knowledge and understanding. These two methods are communicating with Him and studying and meditating on His truth and way of truth that is contained in the Bible, Mal.3:6 & 16-18. Who pray and meditate on His Word and keep it to their hearts and to the brethren for edification of His church that He purchased with the Blood of God, Ac.20:28!

But He That Does Not Believe

  Mark records the following much overlooked and misunderstood warning given by Christ along with the instruction to proclaim the Gospel and enroll students in the truth and way of truth: “You go into the entire world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that has faith and is baptized shall be saved; but he that does not believe shall be damned” (Mk.16:15-16 Para). Many view this warning as meant only for those who dismiss the good news message when they hear it. Although there is much truth to this viewpoint, there is a serious warning here for those who initially have faith in the message, accept the opportunity of salvation, receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and then do not follow through with their commitment to the Father, Mt.10:32-42; 16:(23)-24-27; Mt.12:30. Being a member of the Father’s family and a pupil of Christ is much more than just simple belief. True belief includes a lifetime commitment to fulfilling the functions and responsibilities of your calling. A major part of this commitment is becoming conversant with the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for members of His family and then diligently performing your responsibility as a member of the Father’s earthly family.

Being a Dedicated and Responsible Student: 

Being a Follower of Christ

  Being a follower of Christ and a student of truth go far beyond a profession of faith, asking forgiveness of your sins, being immersed in water in Jesus name Ac.2:38-40 by reason of Ac.4:12; 10:36 for He alone is LORD of ALL both Lord and Christ, Ac.2:36, and receiving the Holy Spirit by reason of Ac.2:39. These things are just the prerequisites to becoming a follower of Christ and a student of truth as a member of the Father’s earthly family. Being a follower of Christ and a student of truth does not stop at baptism and the infilling of the Holy Spirit; this is just the starting point. A new born Spiritual Child of Christ! Receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and being adopted into the Father’s earthly family is only the beginning of a journey through life that will bring you to the point of spiritual perfection and being transformed into an immortal spirit-being in the Father’s Heavenly Kingdom and Family. Beyond the point of adoption into the Father’s family, are the ongoing process of spiritual growth and the fulfilling of your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s earthly family. See Rom.12:1-2; 2 Tim.2:15-26; 2 Pet.3:17-18; 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.

Being a Good and Useful Servant

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

  • The first phase is the beginning of one’s tenure as a student in which the Father’s foundational laws, precepts, and principles are being learned and put into practice.
  • The second phase is that of an apprentice student whose task is to put into practice and perfect what is being learned through practical application over time.(35)
  • The third phase seems to be that of a student teacher who is still learning, but is able to educate others in what they have learned. So that their pupils will end up carrying on in the same like manor as the teacher; training others as well, to do the same, over and over till the Lord cometh!

Christ Pleased His Father

  Matthew records that, when Jesus was baptized, a voice from the sky said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am, well pleased” (Matt.3:17) and at the mount of transfiguration, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am, well pleased; you listen to him” (Matt.17:5). The apostle John records the following single most important reason that the Sovereign Father which is the Holy Spirit, Jn.4:24, was pleased with his earthly son: While teaching in the temple treasury Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you shall know that I am He, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him” (Jn.8:28-29 KJV). For I and the Father are One, Jn.10:30!

Why was the Father pleased with his son? Because The Father was in Jesus and Jesus was in the Father for they are one, 1 Tm.3:16. It was because His son lived in harmony with His laws, precepts, and principles and did the things that were expected of Him as a Son (Adopted from the tribe of Judah from the lineage of King David clear back to Adam and Eve, God-Man Jesus The Lord’s anointed the Holy One, Son meaning Flesh of God, for there is but one good, which is my Father which is in heaven, for the flesh profiteth nothing it is the Spirit that quickeneth, Jn.6:63 God came in the flesh, (1 Tm.3:16), to provide Salvation, Ac.20:28!). Clearly, it is impossible to please the Father unless you live in harmony with His truth and His way of truth and perform the functions and responsibilities that He has called you to perform. However, it is impossible for you to do what He expects if you do not know and understand His laws, precepts, and principles. This is the reason that one of the functions of the Holy Spirit is that of a teacher of truth (Jn.14:*18*; 25-26; 15:1-26; 16:12-15). It is also the reason why one of the more important functions and responsibilities in the Father’s earthly family is that of a teacher and an instructor in the Father’s truth and way of truth (1 Cor.12:28-31; 2 Cor.5:1-21 for He hath given us a message and a teaching of reconciliation of the lost world!). If we also want the Father to be pleased with us, we must also do the things that please Him. We must not only learn His laws, precepts, and principles but also perfect them in our life and perform the functions and responsibilities of our calling. If you are serious about pleasing the Father and moving forward in your spiritual life, you must be a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of the Father’s truth and way of truth. Being a willing, dedicated, and responsible student is much more than just acquiring knowledge for the sake of knowledge alone. Having perception and being aware of the meaning of a fact, an event, or a set of circumstances is something very different from understanding (the doing of them), we must have discernment of good and evil, 1 Cor.10:23, & 32-33; Ro.6:1-23. Academic knowledge of the Bible is important, but understanding the meaning of this knowledge is much more important. We also must learn to let the Holy Spirit have first priority in our services as we allow Him space to move and the freedom to follow His leading in the services! In his second letter to Timothy, Paul speaks of individuals who have a form of godliness but are far from being godly. Paul said that these individuals are continually acquiring knowledge but are never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Tim.3:1-10). The point is that knowledge for knowledge’s sake alone is not profitable to one seeking to gain spiritual insight into the Father’s mind-set. In his letter to the elect at Rome, the apostle Paul urged them to present themselves as a living sacrifice acceptable to God, which was for them a logical act of worship, Ro.12;1-21. He also urged them not to copy the lifestyles of their time but to be transformed by the renovation of their mind in order for them to prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God (Rom.12:1-21; Ac.17:11). The only way that Paul’s instructions to the elect at Rome can be followed is through putting forth the time and effort in thoughtful study of the Father’s truth and way of truth and asking the Father to grant you understanding of His truth in order to serve Him and be the kind of person He wants you to be, Jn.15:1-12.

Grow in Grace, Knowledge, and Love!

  In the apostle Peter’s opening and closing statements of his second letter, he makes the following statement concerning grace and knowledge: “Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Pet.1:2). At the end of this letter, Peter gives the following instruction: “But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. . .” (2 Pet.3:18). There are a number of fundamental concepts in what Peter said in the beginning and ending and throughout his letter to us; that are extremely important to being a dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of truth and the way of truth. In order to gain a partial understanding of why Peter spoke of grace and knowledge in verses 2 and 18 and what it means to our responsibility as a student of truth and the way of truth, we need to examine the meanings of some of the Greek words in Peter’s greeting and His instruction at the end of his letter. The English word ‘grace’ in verses 2 and 18 is translated from the Greek word ‘charis’, which can mean ‘that which affords joy’, ‘pleasure’, ‘delight’, ‘sweetness’, ‘charm’, ‘loveliness’, ‘grace of speech’, ‘good-will’, ‘loving-kindness’, ‘favor’, and ‘what is due to grace’. This word can also mean the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine influence, divine influence upon the heart, the reflection of divine influence in one’s life, and a token or a proof of grace (the Father’s favour as He alone pours out His love on His Elect! Jn.1:16: This is what we need to start working for in our lives as we seek to enrich others in His Grace!). A key to understanding the meaning of ‘charis’ in verse 2 and 18 is that, in verse 2, ‘charis’ is to be ‘plethuno’ (i.e., multiplied) and in verse 18 ‘charis’ is to be ‘auzano’ (increased). In both verses, ‘charis’ is to be enlarged through knowledge and insight into the Father and Christ which we see are one in verse 2 of 2 Pt.1 where Peter says God of us and Saviour Jesus Christ! Regardless of the nuance of its usage in the scriptures, all ‘charis’ (all grace) that is bestowed upon us or becomes a part of our character has its origin with our Heavenly Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. See 2 Jn.5:20; Rom.1:7-10 by prayer making our request be known; 1 Cor.1:1-8; 1 Tim.1:2; Tit.1:4 & 2:10-15.

The primary purpose for the educational system within the Father’s family is to teach His children His truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct that we must practice in order to acquire the attitude, behavior, and character that He the Son of Man has, Jn.3:8-13. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that Peter would open and close his letter of encouragement and warnings with the instruction to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In a conversation with the Pharisees Jesus said, “You neither know me, nor my Father: if you had known me, you should have also known my Father” (Jn.8:13-19 Look also to 12:45!). And in a conversation with His disciples about His going back to His Heavenly Father and His death and resurrection, Jesus explained to them that, if they would have had an intimate knowledge of Him, they would have known what the Father was like, because He was a reflection of His Father because they are one in the same. See John 14:1-11. It is through having an intimate knowledge and understanding of Christ’s attitude, behavior, character, and teachings that we are able to know what the Farther is like, because Christ is a reflection of His Heavenly Father the invisible Holy Spirit, Jn.4:24 Jesus has always been the manifestation of God to man, Jn.16:27-28 key into the word and again I go to the Father, Jesus is the Lamb slain before the first Let there be, before the foundations of time!. Therefore, it seems that the apostle Peter used the word charis to indicate the increase of divine influence that should be reflected in our life. The increase of a godly attitude, behavior, and character in your life are the results of allowing the Father our Lord and Savior, which is the Holy Spirit to influence your life in the revelation of Jesus Christ and what it means to be His Servant, Jn.15:10-20 to keep His words to become friends of Jesus as the Apostles were! It is also evident that, in order to become more like our Father and our Savior, we must cultivate these godly qualities to increase them in our lives. An important point to note is that Peter says grace must be multiplied and increased through the knowledge of the Father and Jesus our Lord (verses 2 and 18). This is important because it reinforces the necessity to be a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student in order to learn and practice the attitude, behavior, and character of the Father and Christ, Jn.17:1-26 that we may be one as they (duel in nature but singular in person, the Holy Spirit made flesh All the fulness of the Godhead in the seed of Mary, Mt.1:23 God with us the Immanuel, Gen.3:15; 12:3!) are one in the same!

Have the Mind of Christ

  In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul said in reference to their attitude and behavior during their journey through the experience of life, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ” (Phil.2:5). How can you think like Christ if you do not have an intimate knowledge of His life and His teachings and His Spirit dwelling in you? The answer is that you cannot. Foremost in the minds of the apostles was the need for their brothers and sisters in the faith to have spiritual knowledge and a clear understanding of the necessity to become a spiritually mature member of the Father’s family in order for them to fulfill His purpose for calling them to salvation during that age. Almost the totality of the writings of the apostles are centered around encouraging and urging their brothers and sisters in the faith to become educated in the things that will help them conform to and practice a holy lifestyle while developing a godly attitude, behavior, and character though acquiring godly knowledge and understanding. In holiness and in righteousness in trying to be as the Father is perfect, Gen.17:1; Num.23:19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?: Mal.3:6For I am the LORD, I change not; Mt.24:35; Heb.13:8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. We should maintain the highest standards of professing a perfect relationship with our Lord and Savior, so that we may not lose our witness to proclaim the good news of salvation of Jesus, and that He is still on the thrown of Glory, and in control of all things. Mt.5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. 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.  18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. To the end of chapter 3; 19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. 20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23And this is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. Ro.4:6-8; Ps.32:2 because we establish the Law by keeping it in faith walking in truth, Ro.3:1-31!

Spiritual Growth Through Education

  Over the centuries, the many tools that the Father has provided to facilitate spiritual growth within His family have mostly fallen into disuse by the majority of His elect. There are over twenty-one separate authorizations and responsibilities given through the Holy Spirit by God the Father and administered to His earthly children through Jesus Christ for the edification of the Father’s family and the performance of its work. See Rom.12:1-21; 1 Cor.12:1-14, 27-30; Eph.4:1-16.

A lack of a true understanding of what it means to be a student of truth and a steward within the Father’s earthly family has made it virtually impossible for the gifts of the spirit to be accessed or used in a major way within the Father’s family. This lack of understanding has resulted in doctrinal chaos, the lack of unity, and the general lack of spiritual power that exists among the congregations and scattered members of the Father’s family during this age. The lack of unity and the lack of seeking His face all day every day! In order to eliminate this doctrinal chaos, lack of unity, and lack of spiritual power, each member of the Father’s family must truly come to understand their responsibility to be a student of truth and a steward of their function and responsibility within the Father’s family. There is no excuse for one whom the Father has called to salvation to not fulfill their obligation and opportunity to become educated in the discipline of holiness, successfully live a righteous lifestyle, and to obtain immortality. The apostle Peter says the following to all who have been called to salvation: “Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the favor that is brought to you by the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, do not pattern yourselves after the ignorance of your former desires. But as he who has called you is holy, so you be holy in all manner of behavior; Because it is written, You be holy; because I am holy” (1 Pet.1:13-16 Para.). From Old Testament God’s word changes not; Lev.11:44-45, we are called to be Priestly nation called out unto all righteousness and holiness without which no man will enter into His Kingdom, Heb.12:1-29 for it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God for He is a consuming fire! Is.49:6; Ex.19:4-6; 1 Pt.2:1-12 a people called out by our God, the Elect of this world, waiting for our mansions on high, Jn.14:1-3!

The Enabling Power of the Holy Spirit

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

The Power of the Holy Spirit

  A short review of Jesus’ and the apostles’ teachings show that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is capable of imparting knowledge, discernment, wisdom, and understanding to the Father’s elect children. However, if you rarely study and meditate on God’s word or rarely communicate with the Father through prayer, these attributes that are necessary to fulfill your calling cannot be acquired and their benefits cannot be realized. Before his death and resurrection, Jesus told his closest students and companions these things about the Spirit of truth that would come to teach them: “But when the Father sends the Comforter–and by the Comforter I mean the Holy Spirit (the paraklētos, means helper) –He [it] will teach you much, as well as remind you of everything I myself have told you” (Jn.14:26 LBP). “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when the Spirit of truth, is come, it will guide you into all truth: for it shall not speak of Itself; but whatever It shall hear, that shall It speak;” (Jn.16:12-13 KJV Para.). See also 1 Cor.2:1-16, 1 Pet.1:11-12; 2 Pt.1:21;  2 Tm.3:16-17.

Why would Christ’s followers need to be taught something more than what He taught them while He was with them? The answer is that they needed to know and understand more in order to have the knowledge and understanding to be able to perfect a godly attitude, behavior, and character, and to have the spiritual resources to be able to fulfill their calling and purpose for existence. The importance of being taught the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct, and the practice of these things within His family should be self-evident; by the leading of scripture and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Without being instructed in these things and gaining insight into the attitude, behavior, and character of our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus, no progress can be made toward the goal of spiritual perfection and maturity. Moreover, these things must be learned and internalized in order for the truth, the way of truth, our Heavenly Father, and our Savior to be represented correctly in our lives and to other people. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and reminder of the things He taught as Christ while He was here on earth, as well as the things He taught as God. 2 Cor.5:17-21: Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

As the teaching function of the Holy Spirit is accessed and exercised, it conveys knowledge and understanding of the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and the attitude, behavior, and characteristics that He and His first-born son (the begotten God, Jn.1:18) have as a part of His being. Paul also confirms that the Father’s Holy Spirit has the power to transfer spiritual knowledge to his earthly children: “It has been written, ‘Eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,’ nor has it risen up in the heart of man, ‘the things which God has prepared for those that love Him. But God revealed them to us by His Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the things of a man, except the Spirit of man within him? So also no one has known the things of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Cor.2:9-11 Para. Because God is a Spirit, Jn.4:24 now immortal flesh, 1 Tm.3:16!). Notice that this transfer of knowledge and understanding is possible because each of the elect has been given the Father’s Holy Spirit and the essence of Christ’s mind as a part of their mental make-up. “Now we have not received the Spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; so that we can know the things that are freely given to us from God. Which things we also speak, that are not the words that man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. However, the natural man does not receive the things of God’s Spirit; because, to the natural man they are foolishness. Neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual can discerns all things, yet he himself cannot be understood by the natural man. Moreover, who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor.2:12-16 Para.). Clearly, the Father and Christ speak to us through the Bible and the Holy Spirit that resides within us; therefore, we should diligently study the Bible and ask for spiritual enlightenment so that we can know and understand the Father’s will in order to do what pleases him. It should be the goal of each individual to become conversant in the truth and way of truth in order to understand the deep meanings of the mysteries of God, to have a strong spiritual foundation, to know and understand our functions and responsibilities within the Father’s family, and to be able to explain our hope of salvation to others. Why? Because this is what we are instructed to do as a member of the Father’s family in order to fulfill the purpose of our calling. 2 Cor.5:12 we must diligently know this word and what is really being said by our Lord as to correct wrong exegesis, (translations) of his scriptures! 1 Tm.4:1-16 All of Timothy 1st and 2nd are for instruction as to keep the house of God and ourselves straight before our Lord and Saviour! All the Epistles are from God’s teachers, Jn.15:20!

Spiritual Growth

  Although each newly converted person becomes Christ’s pupil at baptism of the Holy Spirit, the process of being taught spiritual laws, concepts, and principles cannot begin in earnest until you have surrendered every aspect of your life to the Father and understand that you have been called to participate whole-heartedly as an integral part of His family. Moreover, if you refuse to advance as a student of truth, you become unfruitful and can become an impediment to the progress of other family members. A child of God cannot remain static in their spiritual growth for very long. You either go forward toward spiritual maturity and the fulfillment of the functions and responsibilities for which you are called during this age or you regress toward your old behavior. See Jesus’ admonition to the Ephesians and Laodicean’s in Revelation 2:5-6 and 3:15-19.

Prerequisites for Knowledge and Understanding

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

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

If you fail to do these things, you will not gain spiritual knowledge and understanding. Other things that can cause a lack of knowledge and understanding are quenching the power of the Holy Spirit, rebelling against God, or allowing something or someone to take priority in your life above your commitment to the Father. Paul exhorted the Thessalonians to do the things that would promote spiritual growth and warned them not to restrain or suppress the power of the Holy Spirit in their life. See1 Thes.4:1-12 & 1 Thes.5:1-28; Lk.19:12-26; Lk.17:7-10: “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. . .”  (1 Thes.5:17-19 KJV). If you become lazy and refuse to put forth the effort to pray, show gratitude to the Father, study, meditate, and yield your life to the Father, the power of the Holy Spirit becomes weak and useless within you. When this happens, you are in danger of losing the power of the Spirit in your life: Without a dedicated Prayer Life you will fail! If you walk contrary to His Will and his scripture and you are not corrected, it will result in eternal death, Mt.12:30-32; 2 Tm.3:16-17; 1 Pt.1:11; 2 Pt.1:21 Grieve not the Holy Spirit, Eph.4:30! However, when you exercise the Holy Spirit in a positive manner, you can grow spiritually and become a productive member in the Father’s family as Grace is given for Grace, Jn.1:16; 1 Cor.1:5-8 seeking the best gifts, refer to 1 Cor.12; 13; and 14 but ye must have love for Jesus above all and for all man-kind, first before any of the other gifts will come, as He calls you for more and more services! He will equip you before He will ask you to do anything special!

A Beginning and Progress

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

The Process

  It is a given that those who proclaim the Father’s good news message as evangelists, must clearly know and understand what they are talking about. It is also a given that those who occupy an official function or responsibility of service to their brothers and sisters within the Father’s family must be well versed and practiced in the Father’s truth and way of truth before being allowed to fulfill an official position of service. See 1 Tim.3:1-16. But, where do these individuals obtain the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom necessary to fulfill their functions and responsibilities within the church? These individuals must learn these things through the process of being willing, dedicated, and teachable students of truth. The simple truth is that no one can learn the Father’s will for their life or become conversant with his laws, precepts, and principles by osmosis. You cannot do what you are not equipped to do! If you desire to please the Father with your life and become a beneficial member of His family, you must put forth the time and effort to be a dedicated and responsible student of His truth and way of truth: Or have been endowed with the Holy Spirit’s gifts of wisdom and knowledge that will come from the gifts of Understanding God’s nature and His essence being imparted to you supernaturally! This is Grace upon grace where He allows you to know His operations and what He has in store for all those who diligently seek Him in Spiritual LOVE and TRUTH! Praying in the Holy Ghost as often as you can! 1 Cor.1:1-31 and all of 1 Cor.13 for all the Law and the prophets (translations of God’s scripture and will is tied up and bound in love of Him or you get nothing!), Jesus gave us His ALL and that is ALL He will except (set aside) and accept (allow to be received) from us; who are called or commissioned! He alone Ordains who He will!

COMMITMENT

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

“Anyone who comes to Me must love Me more than he does his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, or sisters, and yes, even more than his own life, otherwise he cannot be my pupil [Greek: disciple]. And no one can be my pupil who does not bear his own cross and follow me. . . whoever of you that will not forsake everything he has, cannot be my pupil” (Lk.14:26-27,33 Para.). Mt.10:38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. You will not be allowed into His kingdom you are not worthy! 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. And in Mk.8:35For 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. If we don’t lose our lives in this gospel how are we to expect to be saved from the world that cares not about His Word? If we are not a doer and a hearer of His word we are just as the world around us; there is no difference with the non-believers who walk contrary to His word!

Seek the Kingdom of God First

 “Don’t be anxious, saying, what shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, how will we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek 🙂 for your heavenly Father knows that you need all of these things. But seek you first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be supplied to you. Don’t be anxious about tomorrow; because, tomorrow will take care of itself. . . (Matt.6:31-34 KJV Para.). Those who are serious about their calling should not be overly concerned with the things of this life, Jm.4:4; they should be concerned about the things that will last forever, 1 Jn.2:15-17. The apostle Paul told Timothy that anyone who is serious about doing a work for the Father cannot become overly involved with the cares of this physical life; therefore, you must be single-minded in your service to the Father. True discipleship and stewardship requires a total commitment to the Sovereign Father, Jesus Christ, and your calling: “No one serving as a solider gets entangled with the affairs of this life, so that he can please the one whom he serves and those who compete in athletic events must follow the rules or they will be disqualified and not win the prize”          (2 Tim.2:4-5 Para.).

Summary for Part 1

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

Students of Truth

  In chapters, four, five, and six of Paul’s letter to the elect at Ephesus, he speaks of the Father’s collective earthly family and how it should work together to accomplish the purpose for its existence. Paul also explains that the Father’s elect should not think and behave like people without God’s Spirit, Lk.6:46; Mt.7:20-23. Moreover, he says that the elect should set aside the attitudes and behaviors of their past life that were in opposition to righteousness; instead, they should think and behave in a godly manner. See also Col.3:1-25, 4:1-6; 1 Pt.4:1-5.

It is the transforming of your former thought process, attitude, and behavior into that which is godly that most of the commentary and instruction in the New Testament deals with. This process of transformation cannot be ignored if you desire to enter into the Father’s heavenly kingdom as an immortal spirit-being. This process as shown throughout the Bible involves being both a student and steward of the Father’s truth and way of truth within His earthly family of king-priests. If you are truly serious about your salvation and being a viable productive member of the Father’s earthly family, being educated in the Father’s truth and way of truth and performing your role as a steward in His family are vital to your spiritual success.

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

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

Personal Commitments and Goals

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

  1. Let the Father know through prayer (and fasting if you feel the need, trust me you should feel the need!), that you are serious about knowing and understanding His will for your life, growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, His truth, and His way of truth, and serving Him to the best of your ability. Ask the Father to provide you with spiritual knowledge, understanding, discernment, and gifts of the Spirit that are necessary for you to fulfill His purpose for your life. Will the Father hear and answer this type of commitment and request? Absolutely, he will if done in love, in faith, believing you are truly His; for whatever task lay ahead for you, putting your trust completely in Him alone, to finish a good work that He started in you! While speaking to a multitude of people, Jesus said the following about the Father’s willingness to give good things to his children: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matt.7:7-11 KJV). See also Jn.14:14-15, 15:1-7; Heb.4:16, Jms.4:1-10. Phil.2:12-13. In this example, Jesus reveals a major key that will help unlock the great truths to be found in the Bible. A person must not only desire to have spiritual knowledge and understanding but also go to the Father and ask to be given this knowledge and understanding, and then diligently seek it by making a sincere effort to study and meditate on his words and show himself approved by adhering to all scripture in Spirit and in truth!

“Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled” (Matt.5:6 Para.). See also Ps.119:33-40 ff.; Jer.10:23-24; 31:31-34 for He will put His will and commandments that He wants all to keep, in your heart.

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

  1. Define your goals. What is the ultimate goal that the Father has for each individual He calls during this age of salvation, (Jn.6:37-40; 2 Pt.3:1-18)? The Father’s goal is for each individual He calls to become a member of His heavenly family and kingdom as an immortal spirit-being. Therefore, your primary goal should be the same: (See 1 Cor.15:35-54; Rv.21:5-7; 22:14-21, for then you will accomplish 1-7 of Rv.22.). All other goals are merely an extension of this primary goal and should serve to accomplish it. When you actually know who Jesus really is and you have a testimony of Him then you get to prophecy, Rv.19:10 and worship God in Truth! Because you know the One and only True God, Deu.6:4, Mk.12:29; Zech.14:9; 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! The Holy Spirit said 500 years before it happened they will look upon Me whom they have pierced! Bearing record of Jesus, 1 Tm.3:16 that God was manifested in the flesh as stated in 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. This is prophesying about God, that He will make Himself known to them that are His; Mt.11:27; 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. 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. Just like today, man’s theology will argue that Jesus is the second person of some vain trinity trying to come to an understanding of how God can be in Jesus and Jesus is in God for they cannot understand that God is not and never will be dividable, God did not become a person until He became flesh and blood and became a living soul, I refer you back to Jesus Himself in John3 and 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit! His flesh profiteth nothing but eternal salvation for the eternal world, past and present, to all eternity; to all that will accept that Jesus is He: Jn.8:23And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins. Is.43:3-15 there is no God besides Me, I Am He the beginning and the end the First and the Last beside Me there is no other god formed before or after Me! Is.44:6 & 8; 45:5 & 22; 46:9; Hos. 13:4; Deu.32:39; 4:39; 6:4; Jn.16:27-28 and again I go to the Father to be as He was before creation, 2 Cor.5:16 For He will come to us as the Holy Spirit until times and times again when He comes for His bride who has made herself ready, who is without spot or wrinkle, Zech.13:8And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

Planning for Success

  1. Develop a personal action plan for success and then put this plan into action. The following are three important reasons that you must develop a personal action plan for success:
  • It is evident that during this age, no central authority exists on earth governing the Sovereign Father’s family of king-priests scattered throughout the nations or teaching them His truth and way of truth clearly and concisely.
  • There are many who teach within the congregations of the elect who are unqualified to teach truth for one reason or another. See Matt.7:15, 24:11, 24; 2 Pet.2:1-3; 1 Jn.4:1.
  • Each individual the Father calls to salvation is totally responsible for their own spiritual success or failure. See Phil.2:12-16; Eph.4:21-24; Rom.12:1-21, 14:10-23; 2 Cor.5:10-21. These are but a few scriptures to study and show thy self approved! 2 Tm.3:16-17 for scripture cannot be broken it all must be assembled together in a way that glorifies God and does not contradict one another in scriptural translation (exegesis) in the context for which it was originally used!

The Instruction Manual

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

Bible Contradictions

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

Jesus said of God’s word, “Your word is truth” (Jn.17:17) and “The scripture cannot be broken” (Jn.10:35). God inspired the Bible to be written and it is impossible for God to lie (Num.23:19; Mt.24:35; Heb.6:18; Tit.1:2: Heb.13:8; Mal.3:6 He changes not!); therefore, God’s word will always be true (Rom.3:4).

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

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

Solving Contradictions

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

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

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

Textual Errors

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

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

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

Truth Will Endure

  God has promised that His truth will never be lost. Although there may be copy errors or translation errors of the original writings, the truth and the will of God can still be found and understood by those to whom He chooses to reveal it. See Jer.33:3; Lk.11:9-13; Jn.14:16-18, 26; 16:12-13; 1 Cor.2:9-16.

The Bible Interprets Itself

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

Precept upon Precept

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

“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Isa.28:10 KJV). See also Isa.28:9-13. But the true interpreter is the Holy Spirit who wrote it, look at the other verses around this one for example, Is.28:9-13 must be taken into context before making any interpretations. For with a stammering lip will he teach them, this is the evidences of the Holy Spirit in a person as he is being in-filled with the presence of God, just before he starts speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterances. Without His presence in you there can be no clear interpretation of His Words of Truth because they are spiritually discerned! Jn.3:6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. For this reason we must be born again in order to understand His will and His Word before instructing others! The only way to come off of the breast is to grow up in the spirit and allow God to use you in new ways; with man this is impossible but with God all things become natural in the supernatural! As your revelations become more intense and clearer to you your faith increases exponentially as revelation is increased along with your faith, for what you know to be true is easy to believe and when you can believe it then it becomes faith as it keeps growing by new revelations! Not growing is being spiritually backslidden!

Continuity of Truth

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

Acquiring Knowledge and Understanding

  Many feel that a person must be highly educated or very intelligent to understand the Bible, but this is not true. All those whom the Father calls to salvation can understand what He has caused to be written for their inspiration, correction, and edification. Because the Father wants His children to succeed in their calling and to perform His will in their lives, He has provided a way for them to learn and understand His truth. Among the many promises Jesus makes to those who believe in Him, is that He will send the Holy Spirit as a teacher to guide them into all truths. See Jn.14:26; 15:26; 16:12-13. One way that the Holy Spirit carries out teaching and guiding is through the written word of God. Refer to Joel 2 for you old men will have dreams and your young men will have visions in these last days! The acquisition of truth, spiritual knowledge, and understanding with the help of the Holy Spirit requires effort on the part of the one being called to study the Bible and related information. Pray, fast, and meditation will stand the test of time!

Whom Shall God Teach?

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

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

Study for Spiritual Growth

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

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

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

Prerequisites and Requirements

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

Ask the Father for spiritual knowledge and understanding.  Have a serious desire to understand the things of God and study with an open mind. Jms.1:1-8

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

Remove Obstacles to Learning

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

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

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

Meditate on God’s Word

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

There are tremendous blessings for those who perform the will of God in their life. The person who is being blessed loves God and His law (i.e., God’s way of life) and is constantly thinking about both (Col.3:17).

Prove all Things: Test the Spirits

(Ac.17:10-11; 1 Jn.4:1)

“Test all things; and hold fast that which is good” (1 Thes.5:21 Para.). See also Rom.12:1-2; 1 Jn.4:1; Phip.4:1-8. Put on Christ and look to the things not seen in this world but to the spiritual things to come, for that is what will endure forever in time, Lk.9:62! Let the apostles be our guide for they were the Lord’s anointed to instruct His children in all truths, Jn.15:20! This statement is in the context of a person doing the Father’s will in their life. Paul refers to the testing or examining of what you are doing in your life and comparing it against the righteous standards of behavior that the Father has established, Ac.17:11. Notice that Paul says to, “Hold fast that which is good”. You can only know what is good if you understand the word of God. Therefore, you must study the Bible in order to fulfill Paul’s instruction. The kind of true enduring belief that the Father desires for His children to have is based in the knowledge and understanding of Him and His ways. The only place this kind of knowledge and understanding is available is in the Bible. The Bible was written to be understood; it is not a book of theory, philosophy, or meaningless stories; it is a logical factual presentation of the things that God wants His children to know, understand, and practice. Along with stories showing the errors of those who fail to heed His directions and walk according to their own heart’s desires which lead to destruction and being cut-off!

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Part 2

A Disciple will Plan for Success to become a Steward

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

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

Creating Your Study Plan

  Regardless of how you structure your action plan for learning and understanding the Father’s truth and will for your life, a high priority should be given to reading the entire Bible from cover to cover at least once every year; have daily devotional reading as well on the things you need to work on in your personal development, as you grow in spiritual maturity!

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

“Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim.2:15). All scripture is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and must be meditated on studied from all angles and all interpretations and then let the Holy Spirit guide you into all truths, Mal.3:16-18! When we gather together and pray and let the Lord lead us in Bible studies with others, we will gather His fruit for our spiritual dinner and He will not leave us hungry but will fill to the uttermost, for His knowledge is unfathomable and is just foolishness to man but to those who are born of a new Holy Spirit are unsearchable to us without the Holy Spirit leading us into depths of the Lord that cannot be comprehended by normal man! God’s power is unlimited as well as His knowledge, and we must pray to enter into His realms of thought, as He will allow us to go further and further into His realms as we keep seeking Him, for all things will be added unto those who diligently seek Him in full righteousness! Walking and studying and keeping His Words alive in our very souls as He pours Himself into all who actually and truly love Him without measure as He did us!

No Original Text Available

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

The King James Version

  The King James Authorized Version of the Old and the New Testaments, written in early modern English in 1611, was translated from the Masoretic text and the Received text. From the historical evidence and the continuity of truth that is revealed through both the Masoretic text and the Received text, it appears that both of these are reference works through which God is conveying His truth and His will today. Because of the King James Versions’ archaic language, it is helpful to have some modern translations along with Greek and Hebrew dictionaries in order to help clarify difficult passages. The New International Version and the Living Bible can sometimes be helpful in translating concepts that are difficult to understand because of the language of the King James Version. You may also find it helpful to purchase a narrated version of the Bible to listen to while reading, while traveling, or while being unoccupied with other endeavors. Even take it upon yourself to learn these languages so that you can become familiar with verb usage and noun meanings as well as adverbs and pronouns and to learn sentence structure from the Greek to the Hebrew as well as Latin, for when you do this it is like seeing the Bible in color instead of  black and white! He will honor your studies and help you with learning new things when done in order to come closer to Him, just because you love Him and want more of Him, He will provide a way when there seems to be no way!

Topical Studies

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

God’s Law

  A short review of the first five books of the Bible, clearly reveal that God is a God of law. The agreement with the twelve tribes of national Israel contains 613 to 759 including the oral laws, plus statutes, judgments, and commandments, depending on who is doing the counting. The special agreement that the Sovereign Father has with His earthly family of king-priests also contains laws and instructions that govern their relationship with Him, their relationship with brothers and sisters in His holy family, and with other people. A study of the law with the goal of understanding both the letter and the spirit of the law will give insight into the minds of the Sovereign Father who is our Savior, His character, attitude, and behavior which is built on love, for God is love, 1 Jn.4:8. Moreover, these laws reveal how one who is attempting to live a holy lifestyle should think and behave.

Love towards God

  The first laws given to national Israel were the Ten Commandments. Matthew and Mark both record that Christ said the whole law was held together by just two commandments–love for God and love for neighbor: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is similar to it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matt 22:37-40 KJV). See also MK.12:28-38. If you truly have love and respect for your heavenly Father, you will want to please Him with your life by following Jesus’ example of a righteous life. The Father said of Christ at his baptism, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am, well pleased” (Matt.3:17). The scriptures show us that love and respect for the Father are expressed through one’s attitude and behavior toward Him and obedience and respect for the law He has set in place to govern the lives of His children. Regarding His behavior toward the Father, Jesus said, “For I do always those things that please Him” (Jn.8:29). Concerning the expression of godly love, the apostle John said, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. His commandments are not grievous.” (1 Jn.5:2-3) All of God’s law for mankind hinge on the two basic themes of love for God and love for neighbor, but there are many overlapping concepts and principles contained within this body of law which explain and expound upon these two basic themes.

Attitudes and Behaviors

  The scriptures instruct the Father’s children to subdue and keep in check their old nature which is in opposition to the holy nature imparted through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. See Rom.6:6-12; 8:1-14; Eph.4:21-24: Col.3:9-10 & 17. The apostles Peter and Paul list a number of righteous attitudes and behaviors that need to be cultivated and become a part of your character and a number unrighteous attitudes and behaviors that need to be discarded. Many of these attitudes and behaviors are noted in the following scriptures and are worthy of careful study: all of first and second Peter; Rom.12:1-21; 13:1-14 and chapter 14; 1 Cor.13:1-13; Eph.4:21-32; Col.3:3-17; Jm.4:4; all of first second and third John, 1 Jn.2:15-17. Cultivate charity, forgiveness, honesty, humility, kindness, longsuffering, meekness, mercy, peace, tenderheartedness, and truthfulness. Discard anger, bitterness, blasphemy, drunkenness, envy, evil desires, extortion, filthy speech, fornication, guile, hypocrisy, idolatry, inordinate affection, lying, malice, rioting, theft, uncleanness, and wrath. Added to the list of attitudes and behaviors to be discarded are things that are clearly in opposition to a righteous lifestyle, such as some personal associations, habits, hobbies, as well as religious holidays, festivals, and celebrations that belong to this world’s religions. See 1 Pet.1:15-16; Deut.12:30-32; Jer.10:1-15. Holidays that are from the former lusts of the flesh should be avoided, as well as Christmas trees for that came out of Druids and pagan beliefs as in worshipping under every tree and even looking to the sunrise for services for they stemmed from worshipping the Sun as a god: Eze.8:15-16, in the courtyard of His Holy Temple were they doing these things without taking notice to how their God felt about it just as today; people do things by tradition that ought not to be! Just as the songs they sing watch out for the words used in them!

Learn to have Rules of Conduct & Discipline 

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

General Rules

  • Attitude and behavior toward doctrinally deceptive individuals (1 Jn.2:4-11)
  • Commandment keeping (1 Jn.5:1-3, Mt.4:4; Lk.4:4; 2 Tm.3:16-17; Is.28:9-12)
  • Compassion (1 Pet.3:8; 1 Jn.3:17-18)
  • Forbearance and forgiveness (Matt.5:23-24; 7:1-2; Lk.17:3-4; Ro.2:4; Eph.4:32; Col.3:13; 2 Pt.3:9)
  • Honor/Respect/Value other people: (Eph.6:2; 1 Tim.5:3; 1 Pet.2:17, 3:7)
  • Love for each family member (Rom.12:9-10; 1 Pet.4:7-8; 1 Jn.4:21)
  • Patience (Eph:4:2; Mt.18:21-35; Ro.5:1-5)
  • Reconciliation (Matt.5:21-24; Eph.2:11-22)

Older Men

  Be circumspect, be honorable, have self control, be incorruptible in the faith, be benevolent, and be consistent (Titus 2:2). Look to the requirements for deacon!

Young Men

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

Older Women

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

Servants (voluntary or indentured)

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

Husband and Wife Relationships

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

Young Married Women

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

YOU’RE SPEECH & CONDUCT 

  • Do not attack another person’s character (Titus 3:2).
  • Avoid absurd questions about genealogies, as well as arguments and controversy about God’s law (Titus 3:9 as well as in teachings of Timothy).
  • Shun profane babbling (2 Tim.2:16).
  • Do not utter foul speech (Eph.4:29-30; 1 Pet.3:10).

Official Capacity

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

Judicial System

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

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

Due Diligence

  As previously stated in this study, the simple truth is that no one can learn the Father’s will for their life or become conversant with His laws, precepts, and principles by osmosis. Learning and practicing the Father’s truth and way of truth in faith, takes time and effort. If you are serious about being educated in the Father’s truth and way of truth, it is your responsibility to do one or both of the following: 1. Seek out spiritual leaders whom you believe are teaching truth and study their teachings as they relate to biblical topics; Keep to those who hold true to scripture and walk as they teach! 2. Design your own course of study without a spiritual leader or teacher, allowing the Holy Spirit to move on you and enlighten you through meditation, prayer, and fasting! Regardless of what method of study you choose to pursue, it is your responsibility as a student of truth to put forth a diligent effort to determine whether or not what is being taught or studied conforms to the Father’s truth and way of truth in faith, for whatever is not of faith is a sin, for whatever we do we must bring it before the throne of His Grace and see whether it is right before His eyes: our walk must be as contained in the Bible. See 2 Tim.2:15-16; Phil.2:12-13; Heb.11:6. Does it measure up to scripture and will our walk stand before our Lord without perishing in his presence? Mt.4:4 Lk.4:4; 2 Tm.3:16-17; Lk.6:46 by His word we stand or fall!!!

STEWARDSHIP

  There is a tremendous misconception during this age of the church that only the ministry and those in official positions of service to the collective church are stewards of the church. This misconception has for generations effectively neutralized the Father’s family as a powerful and effective instrument of Christ to proclaim the Father’s plan of salvation for humanity (My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, Hosea4:6; Jgs.2:10-12; Tit.1:15-16.), to proclaim His soon coming kingdom to the world, and to prepare a people to rule the world with Him after His return. What is a steward and what is stewardship? Who are the stewards and what is the function of stewardship within the Sovereign Father’s earthly family of king-priests? The English word ‘steward’ as used in the New Testament is translated from the Greek words ‘epitropos’ and ‘oikonomos’ and their various derivatives. Depending on the context in which they are used, these words can mean the following:

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

Although there are many nuances to the meaning of stewardship and the aspects of stewardship within the Father’s earthly family, the basic function of a steward and stewardship is to care for another person’s affairs or possessions with which one has been entrusted. The Father’s children are His possessions, which He has given in trust to Jesus who has purchased it for himself, (Ac.20:28; 2 Cor.5:16-21; Col.2:8-12.), who’s apostles were to oversee while teaching His truth and way of truth to them and administering His work on earth through them. See Mt.16:18-19; Jn.15:20; Eph.1:15-23, 5:23; Col.1:16-18. Under the stewardship of Christ, the Father has entrusted His children with stewardship over His truth and way of truth, which His children are to learn and practice to the best of their ability while administering their individual skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and functions and responsibilities within His family as king-priests. See 1 Pet.4:1-19. Because judgment starts with us first and moves outwards!

A Steward

  A steward within the Father’s family is simply a student of His truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family and himself. A steward in the Father’s family is responsible for practicing and perfecting what is being learned in the context of fulfilling their personal functions and responsibilities within His family. See Eph.4:11-16 See also, 1 Cor.12:27-28, everyone will have his place that is suited best for them; by the power of the Holy Spirit are the gifts given Eph.1:12; 1 Cor.12:11. Stewardship is the most difficult and the most rewarding phase of discipleship. Stewardship within the Father’s earthly family of king-priests requires you to be proactive in administering your personal skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s earthly family. Stewardship is the process through which the Father’s adopted children perfect a holy attitude, holy behavior, and holy character (1 Pet.1:13-16; Lev.11:44-45.) while exercising His purpose for them through diligent and active participation in the affairs of His earthly family. See               2 Tim.4:16-17; Jms.1:22-27; 3:13; 2 Pet.3:10-14.

Being a proactive steward requires you to make and carry out personal decisions predicated on your education in the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for members of His earthly family of king-priests. It is through voluntary active involvement in the affairs of the Father’s earthly family as a steward of His truth, His way of truth, and the practice and enforcement of His rules of conduct within His family of king-priests, that you can truly grow spiritually and become a viable, productive, and beneficial member within His family. Each member of the Father’s earthly family is bought and paid for with the blood of God in Christ, Ac.20:28. Therefore, each member is obliged to be a trustworthy steward of their own mind and body, because they belong to the Father by right of purchase: “What? Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the holy spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore honor God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor.6:19-20 Para.). “For one that is called in the Lord, being a slave is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also one that is called, being free, is Christ’s slave. You are bought with a price; do not be the slaves of men” (1 Cor.7:22-23 Para.)

Stewardship Begins

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

Profitable and Unprofitable Stewards

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

Matthew 25:14-30

“It will be like a man going on a journey, which called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. . .” (Vs.14-15 NIV).  When Jesus returns, each steward within the Father’s earthly family must give an account of what they have done with that which has been placed in their trust (2 Cor.5:10-15). The faithful stewards are the ones who increase the value of what was placed with them to increase. These individuals receive a reward that is representative of their efforts (Matt25:20-23). However, some individuals will not try to increase what is entrusted to them: “Then the man who had received the one talent came.’Master’, he said, I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you” (vs.24-25 NIV). Notice what happens to the person who does nothing with the opportunities, that have come in their lives, and the spiritual blessings and gifts that are given to them to increase in value: “His master replied, you wicked, lazy servant! You knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed [i.e., you understood what I was doing and yet you did nothing]. You should have at least put my money in the hands of an investor [should have worked for the pastors and the deacons and tried to edify the church under their leadership!], and then I would have received my money back with some interest added to it. … Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. … And throw that worthless servant outside, into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth [means you’re going to hell]” (vs.26, 28-30 NIV Para.). There are many important lessons that can be learned from what is said to this unprofitable individual:

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

Personal Works

  While reprimanding the Corinthians for their cliquish attitude and behavior, the apostle Paul speaks to a person’s personal work as a member of the Father’s family. Paul explains that your work will be tested for its worth. If the work does not endure the test of fire, there will be no reward for the effort. But if the work endures (i.e., has benefit to the Father), there will be a reward. Regardless of the worth of your work, you will still gain immortal life; if you do indeed put forth an effort to do a work for the Father. See 1 Cor.3:1-15. When Paul’s reprimand is viewed along with the parable of the talents (Matt.25:14-30), it becomes crystal clear that each member of the Father’s family is expected to put forth an effort to do something beneficial for him, Mt.10:37-39; Mk.8:35. Clearly, each member of the Father’s family must increase their personal worth for the benefit of the Father, and each member must help to increase the overall value of the entire family through fulfilling their functions and responsibilities within His family. You are to accomplish something of value that the Father can claim, to be His very own. If you do nothing with what is given to you, you are considered unprofitable and will not be granted immortality. See Matt.25:14-30; Lk.19:12-27; 2 Cor.5:10; Rev.22:12.

The Faithful and Unfaithful Stewards

  Many of the parables that Jesus spoke are clearly set in the context of stewardship in the Father’s family at the end of the age. These parables consistently show rewards for faithful and consistent performance of one’s calling and punishment for failure to perform the Father’s will in one’s life. The context of the parable of the faithful and unfaithful steward in Luke 12:42-48 is no different and leaves no doubt as to the outcome of these two opposite attitudes and behaviors: Jesus says, “Who is that faithful and wise steward whom his Lord shall make ruler over his household . . .? Blessed is that servant who his Lord [Jesus Christ] when he comes shall find so doing. The Lord shall make him ruler over all he has.” (Lk.12:42-44 Para. Look to Mt.5:19-20) Here, Jesus gives the keys to understanding what is required in order to be a faithful and wise steward who is blessed at His coming. These keys[to the gate in Mt.7:13-14] that will help to secure your place in the first resurrection are faithfulness, wisdom, and perseverance in your walk with God.

A Warning

(Be about your Father’s business when He returns!)

“But if the servant [the elect] says in his heart, the Lord delays his coming [which all ten of the virgins did; but 5 were prepared to go back to work after they had rested for awhile] and they begin to beat their fellow servants, and they eat and drink and get drunk. The Lord will come in the day when he is not looking for him, . . . and the Lord will cut him apart and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers” (Lk.12:36-37 & 45-46 Para.).

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

“That servant who knew his lord’s will, and did not prepare, neither did his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But if he did not know [i.e., was ignorant], and did things worthy of stripes he shall be beaten with few. For to whom much is given much is required. . .” (Lk.12:47-48 Para.). This is also the beginning of a lesson for Presumptuous Sin which will not be forgiven in this life time or the next, which is the sin John talks about that we should not pray to forgive; whoever that has committed this sin must repent or be lost forever, Mk.3:28-29! Num.15:25-41 and I need not remind you that the Lord changes not, Mal.3:6; Heb.13:8 and Mt.24:35!

The context of verses 47 and 48 concerns the difference between knowing and not knowing what your responsibilities are before God the Father the Lord Jesus Christ, Jn.12:43-45 till verse 50, Jesus is the Word made flesh and the Word was God, Jn.1:1-14. If you know the Father’s will and know what is expected of you, but you do not faithfully do it, you will be severely punished by Jesus Christ, Phil.2:10 to whom every knee will bow! The more that has been entrusted to you; the narrower the path becomes that leads to the straight gate!

A person who is ignorant of what is required, will receive a lighter punishment, but not because he or she is guiltless, but because he or she is not guilty of blatant and willful rebellion if done in ignorance. Instead, that person is guilty of being lazy and faithless in pursuit of the Father’s will in their life. See also Revelation, chapters 2 and 3. The point in verses 47 and 48 in Luke12, is that the more you know about the Father’s will for your life, the greater the opportunity to grow spiritually, the greater the opportunity to serve the Father and His family, and the greater the requirement to do what you know is His will in a thoughtful and diligent manner as the more you learn the path becomes more restrictive as well, Mt.7:13-14 and few there be that find it, the straight gate, Mt.22:14. Whether you have a great or a small amount of skill, talent, spiritual gifts, or spiritual knowledge and understanding, you are expected to diligently seek and perform the Father’s will in your life. Are we not to increase in our ability to know Him and His will for us as we mature in Christ Jesus? 2 Pt.3:18; Eph.4:13-15; Col.1:9-10; Phil.3:9-15 and many, many, more always growing in Christ Jesus or just as a coin that is rolling on the floor moving forward stays upright; as soon as it stops it fall over, this is the same as stopping to grow in Christ when this accrues; next is lack of desire to move forward and thus backsliding is easy to begin the new direction just as the coin has fallen over so have you, you have fallen from grace (God’s Favour)! True love of God grows, as He increases knowledge and truths, our grace should never quite growing either.

Due Diligence

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

The Parable of the Seeds

  Jesus spoke the parable of the sown seeds to a large crowd and ended it with this warning: “who has ears let him hear” (Matt.13:4-9). This means that those who understand must pay attention. Who are those who have ears to hear in this age? Those who have ears to hear are those who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. These are the ones who have the ability to understand the things of the spirit. See 1 Cor.2:9-16; Jn.3:9-12; 14:15-18 & 26, 16:12-15, seek ye the kingdom and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you, Matt.6:33. The parable of the seeds can be summarized as follows: Within the Father’s earthly family, there are three basic categories of people:

  • Those who Go Backwards: These individuals endure for a while, but allow the things of the world to become more important than the pursuit of righteousness and revert to their former lifestyle.
  • Those who Stand still: These individuals stand still spiritually because they are spiritually lazy, lethargic, and lukewarm and never grow. These have little or no desire to grow in grace and knowledge or actively fulfill the functions and responsibilities to which they were called to perform.
  • Those who Go forward: These individuals understand that they are expected to do the Father’s will in their life and use the physical and spiritual gifts that He gives them to produce something of value for Him. These individuals are willing, dedicated, teachable, and responsible students of truth and the way of truth, they grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Father and His Son, and are a reflection of the Father’s influence in their life. These are spiritually successful stewards who are doing the Father’s will in their life because they truly would rather die than to let Him down. As he gave all for us we in return should do the same for our Master; we should be willing to die for Him and this gospel, Mk.8:35! These are the ones who become teachers, preachers, evangelists, prophets, and then Apostleship!

A Dangerous Attitude

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

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

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

Failure to be Responsive to God’s Will

  The writer to the Hebrews gave the following reprimand to those of the Father’s family who should have graduated past the beginning phases of their spiritual education and into the more advanced student-teacher function and responsibility: “By this time you ought to be teaching others, however, you need someone to again teach you the things which are the first principles of the words of God. You have become as infants in need of milk, and not of solid food. Everyone who drinks only milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness and is an infant. Solid food is for those who have matured through having their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb.5:12-14 Para.). The English word ‘ought’ is translated from the Greek word ‘opheilo’, which is a word that conveys the idea of accruing or to owe. Figuratively, it means to be under an obligation just as the word unto. Whoever these Hebrew were, they were not fulfilling one of the reasons for their being called to salvation during that age. These individuals could not understand anything further about the Father and Christ, (Ac.2:36; 10:36 both LORD and CHRIST, Zach.14:9; Is.9:6, Mk.12:29), the truth, and way of truth. Because these individuals were lazy in their pursuit of spiritual knowledge, they were going backward instead of forward in their spiritual understanding. They were losing sight of the Father’s vision and goal for their lives as well as the rest of humanity. As Jesus was the fulfillment of all the Law of Moses in human form we are to do the same, we are to keep all His commandments for us in the same manner as He did, Jn.14:6 we are to pick up His yoke and follow Him in all respects to this world as He lived in it so should we all! He said learn of Me this is a commandment and the truth will set you free and free you will be in deed, Jn.8:31-32, Mt.11:29-20. When we become humble and find a servant’s heart and mind; then the Lord will teach you all righteousness! Mt.23:12; Jms.4:10; Lk.4:11; 1 Pt.5:6; Pr.29:23.

Why were they not fulfilling this responsibility? There are only two logical answers to this question. These individuals were either not mentally capable of instructing others in the Father’s truth and way of truth or they were too lazy to spend the time and effort that is necessary to become well versed in the Father’s truth and way of truth. Because the scriptures tell us that the Father has given the spirit of a sound mind (i.e., a mind capable of discipline and self-control) to those who are His and has given the Holy Spirit to lead one into truth, it must have been that they were simply lazy 2 Tim.1:7 & 11; Jn.16:13.

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

Teaching with Caution and Due Diligence

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

The function of teaching within the church carries with it the responsibility to make sure that what one teaches is truth, because if what one teaches is not correct or not thoroughly explained, it has the potential to adversely affect a person’s life and spiritual growth. This is why the apostle James said, “My brothers, not many of you should be teachers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more severely.” (Jms.3:1 Para.) Lk.12:48.

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

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

  1. A teacher must know and understand the subject that is to be taught.
  2. A teacher must be able to present the subject to be taught in an understandable fashion.
  3. A teacher must have students who are willing to be taught and grow in maturity: Which leads to those who want to become teachers themselves, so that they can spread the good news, called the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Before a person can assume the function of teaching within the Father’s family, that person must clearly know and understand what is to be taught. The understanding of what to teach comes through the process of learning and experiencing the truth and the way of truth and growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Father and Son our Savior, 1 Tm.3:16. As a person grows in knowledge and understanding, they will naturally be able to explain what they know to another person. The reprimand by the writer to the Hebrews can easily apply to other functions and responsibilities that are to be performed within the Father’s earthly family. Many other functions and responsibilities also require a depth of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in the Father’s truth and way of truth before a person can adequately fulfill them. Therefore, being a willing, diligent, and teachable student of truth is a prerequisite to fulfilling your functions and responsibilities. You cannot do anything unless you are equipped to do it!

Not a Novice

(We must learn to walk before he can run)

  The apostle Paul told Timothy that there are many prerequisites that must first be in place before a person who desires to serve his brothers and sisters in the faith as a bishop (an overseer) or a deacon (one who minister to others) can take on these responsibilities. Moreover, Paul forbids a person who is just beginning to learn the truth and way of truth to fulfill such positions. See 1 Tim.3:1-13. Although it is neither necessary nor possible for everyone to fulfill every function and responsibility within the Father’s family, there comes a time when you should be able to make the transition from a novice to a mature steward in order to adequately fulfill your functions and responsibilities within the family. The goal of each student of truth should be to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Father and our Savior, (Is.44:6Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his (Israel’s) redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. This is who Jesus is! 1 Tm.3:16): in order to more effectively carry out their particular functions and responsibilities within the family. This type of growth is only possible through yielding to the Father’s will for one’s life and through diligent prayerful study and meditation in His laws, precepts, and principles and the fulfilling of one’s current functions and responsibilities in His earthly family to the best of one’s ability.

Grace, Faith, Works, and Stewardship

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

  1. You must truly believe in the promises of God the Father in Jesus Christ.
  2. You must exercise this belief by doing what you know to be the Father’s will in your life. To know that the Lord’s will is that none should be lost, but that all come to repentance and receive the baptism of water in Jesus’ name and be gloriously filled with His indwelling Holy Spirit and to become one in like faithfulness in unity to the brethren of Jesus Christ a true Disciple in word and deed! Then grow to be an Apostle, being the LORD’S husbandman of sown fields; reaping where others have sown and graft into the living vine of the Lord’s church, and then begin to teach others to do the same!

Although the Father through Jesus Christ is extremely concerned about our well-being and has great pleasure in fulfilling His promise to help us in our efforts toward spiritual maturity and perfection, He expects us to exercise faith and works as a part of our stewardship’s functions and responsibilities within the family.

Notice what the apostle James was inspired to record about the subject of faith and works: (James 2:14-17 LBP) “Dear brothers, what’s the use of saying that you have faith and are Christians if you aren’t proving it by helping others? Will that kind of faith save anyone? If you have a friend who is in need of food and clothing, and you say to him, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat hearty,” and then don’t give him clothes or food, what good does that do? So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. You must also do good to prove that you have it. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good works is no faith at all–it is dead and useless” (vs.14-17). Please read and study the entire second chapter of James (No useful servant of God, will do the Father any good unless; He study all scripture and use it according to context correctly; for this reason Paul exclaimed all scripture is for doctrine, reproof, correction etc. 2 Tm.3:16-17: We use it to His glory or fall short of our calling!). Notice that you will be judged by what you do as well as what you believe. It is very important to understand what James is saying about works. James says it takes physical effort as well as the correct attitude to fulfill God’s laws, precepts, and principles in your life,Jn.14:15 which can only be done correctly if your love for Jesus is right before Him! It is not enough just to have faith that is belief, because belief without works is no belief at all; it is dead and useless. However, you should not try to prove your faith by doing works; true faith produces good works of itself, because it is the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit being manifested in your life, which is the love of God as He loved humanity; it will show itself in you and in others as well! For that which is of Righteousness is from the Righteous one, 1 Jn.3:7!

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

A Doer of the Word with Deeds; Not just a hearer only!

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

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

This analogy pictures the following two categories of the elect:

  1. The person who truly understands their calling and what is required of them but does nothing about it soon forgets the awesome opportunity and responsibility as member of the Father’s family of king-priests.
  2. The person who truly understands their awesome calling and what is required of them, and do what they know they should be doing in order to be blessed for their effort, but more importantly to be a blessing to all around them, in word and deed, Ro.12:18-21; Heb.12:14-16, turn not back to the world and the care thereof!

Your attitude toward your calling determines which of these two categories you are in. In James’ analogy, self-deception seems to be the result of truly understanding the Father’s will for one’s life, but believing that it is not necessary to practice his will. In order to avoid being self-deceived, you must truly know the Father’s will and diligently practice what you know to be His will for your life. It is important to understand that James sets this instructional analogy within the context of an active pursuit of a righteous lifestyle and the various attitudes, behaviors, trials, temptations, problems, and situations that commonly occur as you work out your salvation, Jn.14:15. These are the tests and trials that will be our character building blocks, so that we will be tried by or in the fire of this world to harden and purify our hearts into hearts that are like our Fathers’ of pure Gold, of Love and Righteousness, Jn.16:33.

Lip Service

(Mk.7:6-9)

  While speaking to those at Rome about the law (in the context of all that is set forth as a way of life for those who truly believe and follow the teachings of the Sovereign God), the apostle Paul states a principle that will help you bring the Father’s vision and goal for your life and salvation into focus: “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified” (Rom.2:13 KJV). Many people hear the law (i.e., the truth and the way of truth and translate it as legalism), but just hearing does not translate into a positive result in a person’s life. Paul explains that a person is justified (made righteous) by what one does as well as what one believes. It is the application of truth and your faith, which brings a positive result in one’s life. When we step out in Faith it is accounted to us as in Righteousness by works, the act of doing something is in fact our justification through our faith in glorifying the Father. Learning the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family is meaningless unless what is learned is put into practice in such a way that it furthers the Sovereign Father’s purpose for one’s calling and one’s existence as a member of his family; as well as edifying the whole church family. The failure of the majority of the Father’s children to diligently apply His truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family as a function of their stewardship is a root cause of the doctrinal chaos and the lack of unity within His family during this age. For this is our reasonable service to the Father; to carry our His will and commandments, Romans12:1-2. This is the reason of lack of power in today’s churches, for they lack unity in prayer, fasting, Holiness, Righteousness, and accountability for what has been learned! The doing of it! Jesus said If we love Him we will keep His commandments, this means doing them and He will reward them with what they pray for! Because they know and do His will they know how and what to pray and how to pray for it, in the power of the Holy Spirit in them! This is what makes an Apostle, one who is as the Father is! He walks in truth and lives in the scriptures! Otherwise how can we say that we have put on Christ Jesus and not walk therein?

Rules of Conduct

  Once the rules of conduct that govern the Father’s earthly family are

taught, learned, and diligently practiced, internal problems within the family can be easily managed.    The following are some of the beneficial results of teaching, learning, and diligently practicing these rules of conduct. We must teach accountability!

  • Expose an errant member’s attitudes and behaviors regardless of their function or responsibility within the family. See Gal.2:11-21; 2 Tim.3:1-9; 2 Thes.3:6-15; Titus 3:9-11; 2 Jn.1:6-11
  • Provide quick and just resolution to attitudinal and behavioral problems, which usually stems from our adversary, and getting away from scripture! See Matt.8:16; 1 Cor.5:6-13; Rom.16:17; 1 Tim.6:1-5.
  • Maintain peace and harmony within the family. See Matt.5:21-25 settle matters quickly between brethren; Acts 15:1-41; Rom.12:9-10, 14:1-23; Eph.4:1-3; Col.3:12-17; 1 Jn.5:14-17. Disciples and stewards should strive to model themselves after Romans chapter 8; & 12; and the rest of the Epistles for that is, what they are for, to keep order in our Father’s earthy house our church that He purchased with His own blood, Ac.20:28, and move ever forward in unity, strength and maturity, in the hope of our salvation in all faith. The last possible course of action to take is in, 1 Tm.1:20, sometimes you must give them over to Satan and hope they will come to their senses and repent after the Lord chastises them sufficiently!

Your Unity and Purpose

  It is clear that the Father’s holy nation and family of king-priests on earth was originally conceived and established to function as a team effort to accomplish its task; the Lord knew Adam could not do it on his own so He (God) made him a help meet to bring joint endeavors to be; because two working together is better than one by himself and a threefold cord is not easily broken, Ecc.4:8-12, how much more will the impact of our church be, if all get in tune and step with our Lord’s Holy Spirit leading the way in unity! Those called to be students and stewards within His holy nation and family are intended to be loving and caring individuals who, while proclaiming His good news message (the gospel), are to exhibit the holy lifestyle taught to them to be as an example to this world, to be part of it but not to be of it, 2 Cor.6:17-18, Ac.2:40, Jm.4:4; 1 Jn.2:15-17; without holiness and righteousness no man will enter into His kingdom!

During this age, there is no central authority on earth governing the Sovereign Father’s family of king-priests scattered throughout the nations, and there is no central authority clearly and concisely teaching the Father’s truth and way of truth to His scattered children. However, His family and nation does exist. The task given to His family to proclaim His message and educate His newly adopted children has not changed. The requirements for living a righteous lifestyle and being a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student (or vessel,            1 Cor.3:16-17 do not defile it, spiritually or physically!) of truth and the way of truth has not changed. Moreover, the requirement to be a faithful and profitable steward of the functions and responsibilities with which one is entrusted has not changed. So what has changed? The only thing that has changed is the perception of what it means to be a dedicated, diligent, teachable student of truth and a profitable steward in the Father’s earthly family of king-priests. Paul explained to the Corinthians that all members of the Father’s earthly family have an important function and responsibility within the family and are vital to its success. This is why we must endeavor to make sure all members receive the Holy Spirit, for without the Holy Spirit we labor in vain. For how are we to know God’s will for us unless we are led and taught by the Holy Spirit? We are to pick up the weaker brother and not let Him founder in being unlearned, for he will become the weak link in our chain! Mt.9:25 and Peter in Ac.9:40, for where there in unbelief it will keep an act of God’s glory and mercy from being fulfilled!

Distribution of Power and a Unified Body

1 Corinthians 12:1-27

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

  1. Not everyone is given the same authorization or power.
  2. It is one spirit through which these authorizations and powers flow. (98)
  3. That it is possible to grow in these spiritual gifts, through prayer and fasting, so that we may glorify the Father in our service to Him. Ask and you shall receive, Mt.6:33; 7:7-8, etc till Mt.5:48 becomes a reality.

Distribution of Power

  The distribution of spiritual gifts within the family is for the purpose of unifying the body into a single powerful and effective force in order to accomplish the Father’s goals for its existence: “But the one and same spirit works all these things, distributing separately to each as he wills. For as the body is one, and has many members, but all the members of the one body, being many, is one body: so also is Christ. For also we all were baptized by one spirit into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, even all were given to drink into one spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:11-13 Para.). What seems to escape many of the Father’s children during this age is that the Father’s family is a single entity within which each individual member has stewardship over important functions and responsibilities that must be performed for the benefit of the entire family and its collective work.

A Powerful and Unified Body

  “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, because I am not the hand, I am not a part of the body. Is this true? And if the ear says, because I am not the eye, I am not a part of the body. Is this true? If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole were an ear, how could it smell? But God has set each and every member in the body as it has pleased him”: If the body was only one part, how could it be a body? But, the body is made up of many differing parts, yet, it is one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, I do not need you, nor the head to the feet, I do not need you:” (Vs.14-21 Para.), of 1 Cor.12.

If each member of the Father’s family is necessary for it to function properly and perform its collective responsibility, why is it not functioning as a unified entity during this age? The answer to this question is simple. The family as a whole is dysfunctional in this age, because few of its members know and understand what it means to be a student of the truth and the way of truth and a steward of their individual and collective functions and responsibilities. Moreover, most of those who do know and understand these things are not practicing them or fulfilling their personal and collective functions and responsibilities in a diligent and expeditious manner. See Revelation, chapters 2 and 3–“he that has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the called ones.” We must learn to overcome this world and our very own flesh which doeth hinder us! We must learn to operate in the Holy Spirit, that which is flesh is flesh and that which is Spirit is Spirit, Jn.3:6! The flesh profiteth nothing it is the Spirit that quickeneth, Jn.6:63! We must learn to walk not by sight but by the Holy Spirit leading us into all truths and powers! The more we know to be true the more our faith grows! Mt.17:20-21; 21:21-22: Keys to the power of God!

Paul completes his reprimand and instruction to the Corinthians with the following facts and an appeal for them to put aside their pettiness; concerning who has the greater gift, who holds the greater position of honor, and who is the more important member of the family:

“The parts of the body, which seem to be weak and less important and are extremely necessary. And those parts of the body, which we feel less worthwhile we pay more attention; therefore, these parts become more important in relation to the other parts of the body. Moreover, the other parts need less attention. Therefore, God has assembled the body, so that the seeming less important parts will receive greater attention in order to eliminate division in the body and so that each member receives the same care. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member receives honor, all the members rejoice with that member. Now you are the body of Christ as individual members” (vs.22-27). For a great work to be accomplished during this age, individuals who are dedicated, responsible, and teachable students and stewards of the truth and way of truth having unity of thought and purpose must come together. The apostle Paul has this advice to the church regarding unity of purpose and spirit:

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

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

Although Paul spoke to the Corinthians specifically concerning the stewardship of the ministry, his instruction clearly applies to all members in the Father’s family, because all have stewardship over their particular functions and responsibilities to himself and within his family (The Church family, as well as being ministers at home in their own homes among all their children, as well as all members of their extended families!).

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

Judgment and Rewards

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

Judgment

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

Make no mistake. There will be a judgment of the elect of God and all of humanity. For the faithful elect, this judgment will be at the first resurrection because a life filled with learning the Father’s truth and way of truth, practicing this truth, and being a profitable trustworthy steward in His family, will be rewarded whether good or bad, 1 Pt.4:16-19. Those of the first resurrection will not be judged at the second resurrection as in, Matt.25:32-40. For the rebellious unprofitable steward within the Father’s family, there will be the resurrection to death from which there is no return because of a life filled with evil works or a life of no works at all as noted in Matthew 25:14-30. See also Matt.25:41-46; Lk.19:12-27. Because Jesus is head of the church and the administrator of the Father’s kingdom (Jesus is the builder of that house, for all things were created for Him and by Him; who has more honor the house or the builder of the house: Heb.3:1-15, Jn.1:1-5 refer to Jn.8:12 refer to Gen.1:3 God created himself to be light and divide the world into two realms good and evil, which was orderly and one of confusion. And then in verse 4 He separated everything and made order of it! Then He went about putting creation in order; but this is another lesson not for now!), He will judge the quality of each person’s works for the Father: “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you despise your brother? For all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it has been written, I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue confess to God. So then each one of us will give account concerning himself to God” (Rom.14:10-12 KJV Para.). See also 2 Cor.5:10-11(so let us judge ourselves to His standards, for we are to judge no one, but we are to judge ourselves most seriously because of His standards, by His Word we will stand or be cut asunder!: Mt.4:4; Lk.6:46; Mt.24:35!). Each of the Father’s children must give an account of their life and the works that they have or have not done.

Rewards

  For those who have been given the opportunity to participate in the first resurrection, the rewards that can be received for diligent service to the Father our Lord Jesus Christ, are awesome and far above any offered to those who come after them. See 1 Cor.1:9-31; 2:9-16; (Jms.2:5; Lk.12:1-59; Ex.20:6); Heb.11:35; 1 Cor.13:1-2. The apostles, John and Paul, recorded the following concerning attitudes, behaviors, and rewards for spiritual work during this age of salvation: “And he said to me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Rev.22:10-12 KJV). See also Rom.2:7; Matt.19:16-17; Lk.10:25-28; 18:18-27. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, and then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor.15:52-58 KJV). See also Heb.6:10.

Summary Comments Part 2

A Student and Steward of Truth

  Being a student and steward of the Father’s truth and way of truth is not an optional commitment within the Father’s earthly family and holy nation; being a student and steward is mandatory. When you become a part of the Father’s earthly family, you automatically become a student and steward of truth and are to participate in a lifelong process of learning, practicing, and perfecting the concepts and principles of His truth under the tutelage of Christ and through the teaching and guidance of His Holy Spirit dwelling within you, Jn.14:18, (let this be an forever kindled Fire!!). Moreover, as you begin to mature spiritually, you must begin to assume the functions and responsibilities that you have been called to perform as a member of the Father’s family.

It is at this point that the educational process and the practice of being a profitable steward within the Father’s family have mostly broken down during this age of the church. Since the demise of the early church, the teachings of Christ and the apostles concerning stewardship have been watered down and have given way too many of the teachings of counterfeit Christianity. Because of this, most of the spiritual leaders among the elect have assumed many of the functions and responsibilities that clearly belong to each individual member of the Father’s family. The removal of these functions and responsibilities from their rightful owners has robbed many family members not only of opportunities to grow spiritually but also of potential opportunities to serve the Father, their fellow king-priests, and of the potential rewards for this service.

For most of the Father’s family, the lack of understanding true discipleship and the lack of performance of true stewardship has existed for many centuries. Although the solution to this problem is simple, few are willing to implement it for various reasons that are in opposition to the letter and spirit of the Father’s truth and way of truth. The reality is that, the solution will not be implemented throughout the Father’s entire Family; however, it can be implemented and exercised on a personal level in the minds, hearts, and actions of those who truly understand their responsibility; to be a willing and dedicated student and steward of the Father’s truth and way of truth and learn to serve others with His kind of love for all mankind!

Being an Active Steward

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

  • The basic function of a steward is to care for another person’s affairs or possessions with which the steward is entrusted.
  • Under the stewardship of Christ which is the Father, Jn.10:30, Ac.10:36 Lord of all, Jn.14:6, has entrusted His children with stewardship over His truth and way of truth, which they are to learn and practice to the best of their ability while administering their individual skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and functions and responsibilities within His family as king-priests. See 1 Pet.4:1-13 because if we are living according to His statutes we will suffer persecution and tribulations in this life time, Jn.16:33 and we will be glorified as He was also! We must overcome this world and its carnalities of the flesh or perish with all non-believers to the Lake of Fire were the worm dieth not and you are the fuel for the fire, Eze.21:32!
  • A steward within the Father’s family is a student of the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family and is responsible for practicing and perfecting what is being learned. See Eph.4:11-16.
  • One thing we all can do right off the start, is start a intercessory prayer ministry, for the sick, those in prison, and those with special needs, work, jobs, and a city wide and worldwide Church Revival and for your church as well; to reach lost souls, and ask Him to let you grow in the Lord daily, for this is where we will get the most work done at the beginning; for we can do nothing on our own unless He is in it, Jn.15:1-9. By the power of the Holy Spirit (Which is LOVE! 1 Jn.4:8!) we become His overcomers.
  • Every new convert must establish a constant prayer life and learn how to pray without ceasing in order to grow in function and maturity!

Functions and Responsibilities

  There are clearly functions and responsibilities of stewardship that belong to those in official positions of service within the Father’s family, such as the ministry, Eph.4:11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: and individuals assigned to assist widows, orphans, (Jm.1:27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.). However, these individuals are not the only ones within the Father’s family who are obligated to be stewards. Stewardship is a function and a responsibility assigned to each member of the Father’s family. This is noted in many of Christ’s parables and the teachings of the apostles. The question is whether or not all the members in the Father’s family of earthly king-priest are stewards, because all members are commanded to be stewards. The question is what are the specific functions and responsibilities of a steward within the Father’s family? In order to answer this question a person must diligently search and study the scriptures to know and understand these functions and responsibilities and their application within the family. Clearly in order to perform certain stewardship functions and responsibilities, a person must be an active participant in a local congregation of the elect. However, the performance of many functions and responsibilities of stewardship within the Father’s family do not require being a member of a local congregation, for we could be part of many. The following is a short list of some of the many stewardship functions and responsibilities that apply to each member within the Father’s earthly family of king-priests.

Active Stewardship

  • Administration of your natural skills, talents, and spiritual gifts (Eph.4:1-16; 1 Cor.14:12)
  • Function as an active team member within the Father’s family (Eph.4:16)
  • Love for each family member (Rom.12:1-21; 1 Pet.1:22-23, 4:1-19; 1Jn.4:21)
  • Understand your opportunity of salvation (2 Cor.5:9-10; Phil.2:10 & 12)
  • Be a righteous example to the ungodly (Matt.5:14-16, 19-20, 21-48 through chapter 7:1-27; Eph.5:8-10; 1 Thes.5:22; 2 Pet.1:19-21, for our righteousness is brought to us from on High by His Prophets and Apostles in His Word; if we obey their words and commandments, Jn.15:20, that were given to us from on High by the Holy Spirit Himself!!! Mt.12:31-32 remember verse 30 if we don’t gather with Him we had better be scattering His seed which is the gospel or He will have none of us! Mk.8:35; Mt.10:28-42)
  • Be responsible for your discipleship (2 Tim.2:15; Titus 3:14; Rom.14:11-12)
  • Be responsible for your spirit and spiritual growth (2 Tim.2:15; 2 Tim.3:16-17; 1 Pet.3:16-17)
  • Work out your salvation (Phil.2:12; 1 Thes.5:21 read all of 1 Thes. 5.)
  • Take responsibility for the conduct and teaching of your children (1 Tim.3:4-5, & 12; Prov.22:6)
  • Serve family members (Gal.5:13-14)
  • Practice God’s law (Jms.2:8; 1 Jn.2:4-6 & 15-17; 3:22-24, 5:3-4, *20*)
  • Preserve knowledge and understanding of the truth (Heb.4:14,
  • 10:23-25; Rev.2:25-29, 3:3, 5, 12, 19-22 remember to listen: 22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.)
  • Submit to authority (Rom.13:1-2 ff.-10; 1 Pet.2:15-17; Heb.13:17; Titus 3:1-2)
  • Share and be hospitable (Rom.12:13; 1 Pet.4:9-10)
  • Visit the sick and remain pure (Jms.1:27)

Problem Resolution

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

The cure for problems within the Father’s family is amazingly simple–the cure is adhering to the Father’s rules of conduct for His family members. However, few are willing to implement the cure because of peer pressure, a misguided sense of loyalty or duty, or the fear of loss of friends, fellowship, or position in the church. All of these are the wrong reasons for not carrying out one’s stewardship concerning problem solving within the Father’s family. Rebuke, conflict resolution, or punishment of an errant Family member is mostly unpleasant experiences; nonetheless, these are functions and responsibilities of each steward (Who is in Ministerial position refer to Eph.4:11 for the five fold ministry, for teaching!), in the Father’s family. When problem resolution is administered correctly, it yields the fruit of righteousness.

 Priestly Functions within the Father’s Family

  • Help resolve personal problems (Gal.6:1-2)
  • Intercede to the Father on behalf of all family members (Eph.6:18; Jms.5:16)
  • Intercede to the Father on behalf of an errant family member (1 Jn.5:14-17; Jms.5:16)
  • Reprimand and forgive (Lk.17:3-4)
  • Practice the sacrifice of ministerial support (Phil.4:16-18)
  • Practice the sacrifice of praise (Heb.13:15-16)
  • Serve and sacrifice (Rom.12:1-2). All of Romans in chapter 8 & 12 can be an in-depth study of how to walk in God’s favor. (We find favour with God when we adhere to all scriptures; for that is how we become perfect and mature, 2 Tm.3:16-17; Jn.15:20 we must adhere to the apostles doctrines without fail!)

Due Diligence as a Steward

  Your basic responsibility as a steward is to manage everything that the Father has given into your care, whether physical possessions (as well as your own finances, Pr.22:7), skills, personal skills, talents, and gifts of the spirit, or a position of service within his family. Each steward is required to use what they have been given in order to increase their personal worth to the Father and accomplish something of value for Him to claim as His own when they give an account of their life’s work. See Matt.25:14-30; 2 Cor.5:10. A person who is serious about their salvation will make an every effort to become educated in the various aspects of stewardship within the Father’s family, and then actively perform the functions and responsibilities that apply to them to the best of their ability; happily for they are knowing that they are laying up a treasure of unspeakable joy to come, with a crown of life with countless jewels of glory in it, for all the lost souls being brought to the Lord: For we are His living stones, 1 Peter 2:5 and (jewels) Rev. 2; 3; Mal.3:16-18.

Final Summary

  Although discipleship and stewardship are different in execution, one is dependent on the other because neither can fulfill the purpose for which it was designed without the other. Moreover, both discipleship and stewardship must be performed simultaneously in order for one to be a viable and productive member of the Father’s family. Discipleship is learning the Father’s truth and way of truth and stewardship is practicing what one has learned. Discipleship and stewardship within the Fathers family is to be a cooperative effort, not a competition to see who can obtain the highest position of honor and prominence within the family it is to build and to edify what already exists! Discipleship and stewardship should be performed to help build the family into a more spiritually mature entity in order to perform the work for which it was established. The importance of discipleship and stewardship goes to the very core of one’s relationship with God the Father our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; with one’s brothers and sisters in the faith, and the work of church.

Clearly, if you are serious about your eternal destiny, you should pay careful attention to the many instructions concerning your discipleship and stewardship within the Father’s family. The writer to the Hebrews said the following concerning the awesome opportunity offered to those called to salvation during this age: “But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? Therefore, we ought (to owe or pay back a dept or to take upon you a requirement to be fulfilled as in following a commandment; as when the Lord says to go see unto it! The thing must be done or we will face His wrath to come!); to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by them that heard him [i.e., Christ] . . .” (Heb.1:13-14; 2:1-3 KJV).

The Decision Is Yours

  The decision of whether or not to become a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of truth and a faithful steward of the skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and functions and responsibilities with which you have been entrusted belongs unto you alone. You must decide what to do with the awesome opportunity to become an immortal spirit-being within the Father’s family and kingdom, because our heavenly Father in Jesus Christ will not decide for you, you must seek a position on your own, and most assuredly if you fail to accept a position that He has instructed you to do or use His gifts wisely or unwisely, and do not fulfill your obligation to Him you will be held accountable just as Jonah was; even the servant that was torn asunder and cast out to outer darkness were there will be gnashing of teeth.

Each individual can quit, standstill, or go forward in their relationship with the Sovereign Father and Savior. This decision is ours alone. Whether we succeed or fail is entirely our responsibility. Our eternal destiny is totally in our control. Regarding each individuals responsibility to choose; this is the free will given to all, which is of God; the Creator God told ancient Israel in Deuteronomy 30:15-16: “See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command you this day to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that you may live and multiply: and the Lord your God shall bless you in the land where you go to possess.” The Creator God gave ancient Israel an opportunity of life or death, just as the Sovereign Father is giving the opportunity of life and death to those He calls to salvation during this age. This is why Paul said the following to the elect at Philippi: “Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which works in you both to will and to do his good pleasure” (Phil.2:12-13 KJV). See also, 1 Cor.10:13; Gal.6:3-10; 2 Tm.2:19-22. The instruction to “work out your own salvation” means that you must manage your life in such a way that it conforms to God’s laws, precepts, and principles, Is.28:9-13. To do this, you must expend a sincere amount of time and diligent effort to learn the Father’s truth and way of truth and diligently practice it within your life in faith believing God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, Heb.11:6.

Only when you sincerely seek to learn, understand, and live according to the Father’s laws, precepts, and principles and respect, love, obey, and please Him, can He work His will and purpose in your life. Whether or not you are fortunate enough to have fellowship with other members of the Father’s family, or not, it is your responsibility to contribute to the success of His entire earthly family of king-priests through being educated in His truth and way of truth and being the best steward within His family that you can be. The Father and our Lord Jesus has committed himself and His tremendous resources to helping us succeed and obtain the goal of salvation. In order to succeed, all one has to do is put forth an honest effort. See Matt.6:25-34; Heb.13:5-7 remember Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever, Heb.13:8; Jn.14:12-14; Rom.14:11-18; Phil.2:12. Because God the Father our Lord Jesus Christ wants us to succeed, He has given us a manual for our success, it is the Bible. All we have to do is study that manual, take it to heart what is recorded in it, and diligently apply what is learned in it, to our life. If we do this, success is guaranteed if you truly Love Him without His kind of love in you, you will not succeed: It takes the Holy Ghost kind of love in order to succeed!!!

In order to be His we have to allow ourselves to be used as He was; without care to self just follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in all we say or do and allow Him to lead us into all truths, in holiness and righteousness, without which no man will enter into His kingdom, Heb.12:14!

Jesus said He is the way, the truth, and the life we are to be as Him in this present day and age not conforming to this world and its doctrines of social economies; as in lust of money, for covetousness of anything but God is putting something before Him which will lead to all mankind’s fall, See, 2 Chr.9:13 the mark of the beast 666 capitalism the love of money is the root of all evil, 1 Tm.6:10.

We must be conformed into Jesus Christ by being baptized in His name, Ac.4:12, putting on Christ and being born-again, 1 Cor.5:9-21 we see in Gal.3:27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. We have the promise of life eternal in peace with our heavenly Father our Lord Jesus Christ who has purchased us with His own blood, 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.

If we fail to gather in the gifts of the Lord we cannot perform all that is in the Father’s will for His children; His children are to be strong in faith and in works of His kind as in the supernatural realms which are to be natural to those who are born again of the Holy Spirit; without which no man will see the eternal kingdom, Ro.8:9, but fall into perdition with this world and its sort who cannot come to believe in all scripture, for it takes all scripture to come to Jesus and be His forever living in His truth and the power of His eternal Spirit living in you!

Grow in maturity and study to show thyself approved rightly dividing His word by living correctly in it; the scriptures, should be seen in you and be apparent by your conduct, by your speech, and most importantly by your actions towards all; in and out of the family of God, we must have a good report with all people, not just the church! Live in the Lord and grow daily as we become ever closer to being like Jesus Christ until we have sacrificed all, from love of God, towards all men! He gave His all to all; we must do the same if we dare think ourselves His disciples, let alone stewards of His grace!

He gave all to the whole world and we must do the same to be like Him, do we not? If He gave all; that is all He will be looking for in us, as well!

By: B.L. Cocherell & By:

Lords Way Ministries
Your Humble servant and Reverend G. L. Boyett

Holiness and Oneness Scriptures; for your individual studies!

2 Cor.6:14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty: see Mt.1:23 and Is.9:6 Jesus is God Almighty, the God of All in All, 1Cor.15:28 and God all by Himself; whether you want to admit it or not! There is no other God besides Him ye I know not any; Is.44:6Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his (Jacob Israel’s Bride who has made themselves spotless and those gentiles, who have been grafted in!) redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

Is.41:4Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he: Is.43:10Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. Is.45:5I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: 6That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. 7I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. 8Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

Deu.4:35Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him. Deu.32:39See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. 40For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live forever. 41If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. 42I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy. 43Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

1 Sam.2:2There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. 2 Sam.22:31As 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? 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. All of this is for nought if we don’t come to grips with these verses and tie them all together; just as He is one, Zech.14:9And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one!

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. And this by Jesus himself: Jn.10:30 I and the Father are One; Jn.8:24 You will die in your sins if you do not believe I Am He: Jn.20:28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. Mt.1:23 call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us! Jn.12:45And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me! 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?”

This was given to me from our Lord Jesus Christ personally;

For all who will hear what thus sayeth the Lord!

(Jn.8:47)

   Isaiah59:1-21 The Lord will always have a prophet, for His generation; BY Rev. G. L. Boyett. Rev.19:10; Ecc.12:7-14; Ps.2:1-12; Is.55:1-13; Mal.3:16-18; Deu.28:14; Josh.1:7; Deu.5:32-33; Jn.14:15; Mt.7:13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at:  14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Mt.22:14For many are called, but few are chosen. Lk.6:46And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:  48He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

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. 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. See what I have said in Mk.8:35 are you doing the same for Me?  40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 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. 1Pt1: 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. 2Tm.3:16-17. 1 Pt.1:10Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Have I not spoken it shall it not surely come to pass? My words have left My mouth and will not come back empty, for they will accomplish all that I have said for them to do, or My name is not the Lord of Hosts!

Mt5:48; 6:33: Jn.5:14; 8:11: All of this is that you will never have to say: Eli, Eli, lama Sabachthani? Are you; Anathema? You are if you have not been baptized, Mt.4:17, in the only name by which salvation comes, Ac.4:12; 2:38-39; Mk.16:16! Your sins keep your prayers from Me, Pr.15:8; 28:9; Man created a false since of religion that is not according to My scripture; so how can a man stand before Me when he comes to Me; to have an answer for himself; for all those who think they are mine; just because you say I’m a Christian and yet you still live in sin, you are living in a lie, Lk.6:46 you will not stand, Phip.2:10, you will bow before being drug off screaming! Sinners will see the error in horror and say Lord if I had known, I would have done better; and I will answer and say, “Did I not send Paul, and my prophets, apostles, and disciples to you telling you to emulate him and Me; in a more excellent way 1 Cor.12:31; 1Pt.1:11-16, Mt.5:48; and to work out your salvation with fear and trembling? You have not, because you have lost your first love, Me and My Way, and My way is My Will, Lk.11:28But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it!

Every word My Spirit has uttered unto My prophets has been foretold to you and you receive it not; that you may have salvation and you keep regarding it as hearsay and heresy and put thine own words above mine; you have not because you always ask a miss! Even when I came to you myself you reject Me and the words I  have spoken unto you all things that are eternal life, with Me, fore I change not, Mal.3:6, Mt.24:35! For I told you that I spoke that which had been given unto Me from my Father which is my Spirit, because the flesh is always to please the Spirit and if you had known Me you would have known My Father for we are One in the same, Jn.10:30; 12:45; 14:7-9; 20:28 is not My name Immanuel? Jesus is My Greek name, My name in My children’s language is Yashuah this Joshua, meaning Lord is Salvation, am I not your saviour, Titus2:10-15, that has bought you with My own blood, Ac.20:28, Jn.8:24, and 58 I am, the I am, Jude 1:25; Jn.17:3?! Ecc.12:7; 1Tm.3:16; Ro.8:1-9, unless you have Me, you are none of Mine without My Spirit in you, Jn.3:3-18, 14:18; Ro.8:9!For this reason I told you to be baptized in My name, by my disciples did I not? Ac.4:12; 2:38-39; 10:44-48; 19:1-7? Have not I given them the keys to heaven and whatever they bind on earth will be, and is bound in heaven, and has not My prophet John sealed the Book of Life, Rv.22:18-19, that none should add to it or take away from it; so how is it you have not heeded every Holy Spirit filled word that I have given you, Mt.4:4; Lk.4:4; Gal.1:8-9? 2 Tm.3:16-17!

This is the blasphemy that will never be forgiven in this age or the next that I spoke of: Mt.12:30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 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: Because you have not kept My Commandments and have put your words above Mine! If you had Loved Me unconditionally as I loved you, you would have had a fervent desire, a fire that could not have been quenched because it would have been a supernatural fire, Ro.12:1-12, to know Me and My Will for you,  but you would not have My Word for your Counsellor, Jn.1:14; Is.9:6, Mt.12:48-50?

But you sought unwise council because you had twitching ears, you had no desire to reach out to your brother, Mt.12:30, Jn.15:13 as I have done for you; with the same love that I showed unto you: While you were yet sinners I gave Myself for you that you should not have to bear My wrath to come, Ro.2:4, you said you would at repentance, and yet you returned to the mire from which I pulled you out, Heb.12:25-29: Yet I told you to go and sin no more, unless a worse thing come upon you did I not, Jn.5:14; 8:11?! Now I will hear you say, “my God my God why have you forsaken me?!” Lk.6:46; Mt.7:21-23: Now are my angels and saints saying, “Maranatha”  fore I am about to shut the door, and I have given you strong delusions, because you seek your path and have gotten far from Me! Gabriel has the Trumpet to His lips and Michael awaits My command to give the shout for Me to receive My Bride, who has made herself ready for Me; who shout, “Maranatha!!!”

Is Not The Whole World Lost: That Has Not Been Redeemed?

  The Lord of Hosts will not look you over for metals of honor, he will not look you over for all your educational degrees, but He will look you over for scars you received waging war against the world and its master, the adversary of truth! Only those who have a child like love in their hearts will enter into His; the Lord’s kingdom! Those who have cried and prayed; countless tears and prayers, for their families and friends and more importantly for all those, who are lost! Those souls who will spend eternity in Hell that was designed for Satan and all the fallen angels, who left their first estate and became lost in disbelief and disobedience!

The sin of Adam and Eve still working today as well, with the same line Satan used on Eve, Satan said, “Did the Lord really say that you would surly die?” “You will not surly die you will be as they and know all things, you will not surly die!” Satan was right you will not surly die, for you will live forever, in the Lake of Fire and he will be your new task master with all the fallen angels tormenting you forever, as you become the fuel for the fire, Eze.21:32, in a land that will not remember you anymore; forever forgotten, screaming in vain, where no one cares or will even hear your cries! No one will have sympathy for you; were you are going! Sin is sin, Ro.6:23; 1 Jn.2:15-17; 1 Jn.3:1-11 without His Love in you; you are in sin, Ro.8:9, no matter how small; all sin will be punished in the lake of fire!

Only those who have given their hearts, minds, spirits, souls, and spend all their strength living for the Lord, with a pure heart, 2 Tm.2:22, will make it to heaven and be in His presence forever, Mt.22:14 and few there will be! I fail to see how anyone can enjoy this earth and their presence here with all the sin laying at the door, waiting to devour even the strongest, which have lost sight of Jesus just for a moment, Lk.9:62; who have fallen back into perdition, because they failed to keep growing in the Lord’s grace. To be forever backsliding into Hell! Satan is pouring out the oil to the floor in which man steps every day; to try and cause him to slide into perdition Forever Lost!

We are at war; and all  of mankind does not even want to admit who we are fighting: Satan and His imps who have given themselves over to carnality and worldly views such as Hollywood with TV shows of gay and lesbianism couples raising children, while allowing those children to be exposed to that kind of life style as the new norm; which teaches liberalism, and amendments to our constitutional rights to live in a God fearing nation as our original founding father’s fought and died for: Our rights are vanishing; to anything goes coconsciousness (means to be unaware of what is going on around you, living in a false reality of opposite realms where bad is really good and good is really bad, this is the world of today), of immorality and lewdness, the lost reality of our founding fathers ideology turned over to idolatry and covetous and gain seeking wealth and riches for popularity at the cost of souls; to all those children plugged into their schemes to monopolize them into their way of thinking and life styles that they pose as correct and free loving!

The new age of escapism and living in a world of make believe; just as other in our own ranks worship a God who is not according to scripture, for they have made Him up in their own minds! Those who say I’m saved by grace and faith alone, never heeding His (Jesus’, our LORD and SAVIOUR, GOG, ALMIGHTY! Is.9:6; Mt.1:23; 1 Tm.3:16; Jn.10:30; 20:28!), words, 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. Where is our persecution? Well guess what if you believe the way I believe it is coming and very soon; we will get the opportunity to die for our Lord! They have already labeled us as preaching hate just because our Lord and saviour new that homosexuality is not a natural act! It is lust of the flesh and is a decision; they were not born that way, they decided to act upon their lustful desires; which can be converted over to right thinking, if they are truly born again of His Holy Spirit, which are perfect as He is perfect without spot or blemish, Mt.5:48!

With all that we should be doing for the Lord and looking to reach the lost how can we find any joy here in this temporary home: Jm.4:7Submit your selves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up; How can we enjoy this world when it is all going to be burning for eternity, when the Lord makes a final end to it, 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. 11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Jms.4:4Ye adulterers and adulteresses (Those who seek the world and live in the flesh of it! Ro.8:6For 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!), Back to Jms.4:4, 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. The Lord is looking for a bride who has made herself ready (The ELITE of the Elect!), she is without spot and wrinkle; how is one to do this? With man it is impossible but with God all things become as it were already fulfilled! Ps.32:1Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. Ro.8:4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Ro.4:8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. The Elect the Redeemed! Those who strive with this world everyday to make sure we find Jesus in our lives as we let Him walk in us and lead us to His glory land! Not by might not by power but by my Spirit thus sayeth the Lord, Zech.4:6: If we walk not in the Spirit how are we to go forward?

Draw near to like minded men of God and seek ye the best way in which to go. Look around and find you a seeker of God and follow him to the house of the Lord and find ye salvation in the Lord of Hosts’ name, Ac.4:12 for there is no salvation but in Jesus’ name and in the baptism of grace washing away all your sins in the pool of remission of sin, Ac.2:38-40, then go and sin no more unless a worse thing come upon you, Jn.5:14; 8:11! Let us seek the Lord while He may be found, for very soon all will vanish away; just as the door on the ark went under water, never to be seen again, until the justified were brought forth, to finish the work of the Lord that He had for them to do! In all the world only eight was found saved, and in this time only one third will be found worthy of our Lord’s Blood, Zech.13:7Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. 8And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. If the Lord spared not Israel during the first three trials in Egypt why do you think we will not be tried in the fire to come? For at least these: Dan.12:12Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. This is the times and times and a half Daniel spoke of Dan.12:7, in which the author of Hebrews let known we will have to resist unto blood, Heb.12:4Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Only those who have been tried will be brought to glory who have proved their heart with actions of loyalty to His word and His Name for His word will be exalted above all His name. Psalm 138:1I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. 2I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word, above all, thy name: 3In the day when I cried thou answeredst me and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. 4All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth. 5Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD. 6Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. 7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. 8The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. That means to finish what He hath started making right, which will be tried as Jesus was tried and tested, for when we suffer as He did then will we be glorified with Him! 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. Ro.8:16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

We will have to suffer this world and all its carnality and cry unto the Lord daily until He avenge us from all this filthiness, 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? Only to those who persevere in all these trials and temptations; be of the world but not of it, touch not the unclean thing and He will be our God, in which we will find our righteousness which dwells in every Holy Spirit filled saint of God; who has truly pledged his heart and purged it according to scripture (2 Tm.3:16-17) with a pure heart, 2 Tm.2:19-26, mind, spirit, soul, and strength, 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. And few that there will be, Mt.22:14; Mt.24:35!! Mt.7:13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Do you know where the gate is and do you have the keys to unlock it? Just finding it is going to be a chore for most, but do you have what it takes to go all the way to be with our Master the Lord of Lord’s our Jesus Christ, who is, God Almighty, Is.9:6 Who is perfect in all His ways looking for the same in us as we are to grow into His likeness, 2 Cor.5:21! Or are you going to be one of the foolish who come to Jesus and say Lord I want to see God can you take me to Him? Beings you believe Jesus is the second person of some magical Trinity! My Lord says I am and besides Me there is no other God and if you do not believe I am He you will die in your sins, Jn.8:24! For Jesus was there before Abraham; look to verse 58 of the same chapter: 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. That’s right they took up stones because Jesus said He was equal to God that IS WHAT MAKES Him the Immanuel, Mt.1:23 GOD WITH US!!!

Jesus said to Zechariah 500 years before the fact that they will look upon Me whom they have pierced in, Zach.12:10. The Holy Spirit which is Jesus before the flesh, See 1 Tm.3:16 The Holy Spirit saw it as if it has Already Happened! God is a Spirit Jn.4:24 and that Spirit which is God is Holy and is the only Holy Spirit there was an ever will there be; and that Spirit was incarnated in the flesh, Jn.1:1-18; read it, the begotten God, according to the Greek translation! Now let us learn to walk before the Lord in Righteousness as in He is Holy so all of His people are Holy as He is or they will be none of His!!! Ex. 19:5-6, a Holy nation of Priests, above all the people of the earth! Lv.11:44-45 and Peter new this as well, 1 Pt.1:14-17 all these are Holiness verses, so that tells me His people are to be Holy people, for the Lord changes not! The Lord told Peter to get thee behind Him because Peter wanted the things of man and this world; and not the things of God, and Peter was called Satan; for allowing his pride and carnality to take a hold of him in the fear of losing his master which was revealing all things to them that were the words of life, Jn.6:68Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. So without Jesus we have no eternal life: and we have no eternal hope unless we Keep His Commandments in our love for Him, Jn.14:15: 2 Tm.3:15-17: All scripture, is how we find eternal rest as we die daily in His Word. Jesus Is LORD Of ALL, Ac.10:36 and God hath made Him both LORD and Christ it was His own doings, Ac.2:36! Follow Jesus or perish for eternity in Hell, Jn.14:6 He is the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE no one goes to the Father but in, through, by, and with Jesus’ Spirit in them, Ro.8:9! Speaking in tongues was given for this evidence so you would know when you had received Him; you will not have to ask anyone if you got it, everyone around you will know it already; it will be all over you and getting on them!

If you got baptized in any other way than was spoken of by our apostles then all you did was get wet and follow some religious ritual. You must be born again of water and of the Holy Spirit or you are none of Jesus’, 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. This is that narrow path to the straight gate; now if you do all these things in faith believing and with a pure heart just for the Love of Christ Jesus who died for us, to redeem us from our sins then and only then; after you are speaking with the Holy Spirit giving you the utterances; then you will have the keys to His gate to enter into His realm and His kingdom to come! Repent find ye the Lord today while He may be found; time is about to be no more and we will step into eternity with or without our Lord; one way or the other! Study the Lord’s scripture and show thy self approved, a workman not being ashamed at His coming, for He is coming for His bride who has made herself without spot and wrinkle! Today is the day of salvation; for all have sinned and come short of His glory! All have to repent even for the unknown sins of which we are ignorant of! Are ye washed in the Blood of the Lamb slain from before the foundations of Creation! Ac.4:12; Salvation comes in no other name but in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins! And all of His people say in Jesus name: Amen and Amen!!!

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Rev. Brother G. L. Boyett

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

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Not knowing who Jesus is and Presumptuous Sin will keep us out of heaven!

(Mt.22:14For many are called, but few are chosen.)

 I just wish people would start living like they truly intended to go there (Heaven) and keep unto our Lord’s words of wisdom so they actually could! Unless we are a true disciple of Jesus Christ in word and deed we are not going (Lk.6:46)! Lk.14:24For 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?

Those who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have put on Christ Jesus as well, Gal.3:26-27, see Col.3:10And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:11Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.14And above all these things put on charity (Love), which is the bond of perfectness (Mt.5:48).15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.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.18Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.19Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.20Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.21Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.22Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; 23And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.25But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

There is no forgiveness for presumptuous sin; to those who heed not the word of God! If you ignore God’s truths you will face His wrath because you were in your own will! Read Mt.12:31-32 and how this chapter ends; only those who are in the will of the Father will see heaven as spoken in verses 46-50! Jesus is the way, the truth and the Life we are to emulate (Jn.14:6), just as the Apostle Paul instructed us in 1 Cor.11:1-2; which is a commandment we are to keep, because Jesus said if we will obey His words; we will likewise do the same to those who spoke by His Ordination as being His chosen representative as seen in Jn.15:1-20! If we keep not His instructions to us; why should any of us think we are His chosen few? Mt.20:16So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Mt.22:14For many are called, but few are chosen. All because they chose their ways instead (Or Philosophies and Dogma over), of our Lord’s ways! That is “Presumptuous Sin,” (Read Num.15:23-36, only the sin of ignorance is forgivable, unless one repents! Rev.2:4-5!), that will not be forgiven in any age! For you are violating the government of God’s will for His Kingdom, with your own foolishness and ways which are not the ways (Is.55:6-9), of our Lord God with us, who is our Immanuel, Mt.1:23!

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. Read Lk.13:23Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,24Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, [many] 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.

These verses start off with the word strive in the answer to verse 23; This means we will face difficulties (Jn.16:33, see also 1 Pt.4:1-ffs), in reaching Him in perfection to His words of Truth, the word here in the Greek for strive is Agōnizesthe,  Ἀγωνίζεσθε, from which we get agonize (Gal.5:17 & Jms.4:4); this is exactly what Jesus said we would face if we come after Him in 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. Only those who overcome this life & the flesh (See Ro.8:13), of trials are going to be His servants who kept to His given words of Truth (Mt.4:4 & Jn.6:63)! Even as stated in Revelation’s chapter 2 and chapter 3, we must be “OVERCOMERS”. Therefore repent and do the first works you did or He will come and remove your candlestick from its place, Rev.2:4-5!

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, Hos.4:6! In these last days there will be a drought: Amos chapter 8:11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. This is the very day we live in my friends, no one reads their Holy Bibles through each year anymore do they? Some do but only the ones who know who Jesus is will be in His Kingdom, who keep His words them, Jn.14:15! 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! Why did they always want to pick up stones and stone Jesus? It was because Jesus was claiming to be just who He said He was; the I Am; Ex.3:14 as we see in verse 58;  58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM! 59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. Which explains perfectly Jn.12:45And he that seeth Me seeth Him that sent me. Because Jesus is God in the flesh not some manmade theology or philosophy of vain dogma! Apostle Paul knew who Jesus was, 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. Let us do a little study on the word glory! God said to Isaiah that He would not give His glory to another, as we read in Is.42:8 and again in 48:11 and we see that Jesus showed everyone the glory of God in Jn.11:40; and Paul said if the church father’s had known who Jesus was they would not have crucified the Lord of [all] Glory in 1 Cor.2:8, who Peter said was both LORD and the CHRIST in Ac.2:36 who is LORD OF ALL in Ac.10:36 just before he baptized the first gentile convert in the glorious name of Jesus Christ (Ac.10:44-48); because there is no other name by which salvation comes, Ac.4:12: So that kind of narrows the straight path to the Lord’s Kingdom doesn’t it? Only those who know who Jesus is; and only those who were baptized in His name, rather than reciting some verse in the Holy Bible over someone in baptism; they actually fulfilled what that verse actually said to do; they baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit; and that name is Jesus Christ; Jesus is the I Am everything anyone will ever need Him to be! We are complete in Jesus alone, and the baptism of His Spirit in us so we too can have His mind in us (Jn.14:18), as seen in 1 Cor.2:1-16!

Who was John the Baptist to prepare a way for? Answer is seen in; Is.40:3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God! That is exactly what John the Baptist did in Mt.3:3; Jesus said we search the scriptures for eternal life that is salvation; and every scripture is about its author, the very one who had it written, Jn.5:39; because they are His words written by Holy men as they were carried along in the Holy Spirit as they wrote it, as seen in 2 Pt.1:19-21! They wrote about the suffering of a servant that was to suffer for our transgressions, as they were told to write it by the same one who was to suffer as we see in 1 Pt.1:7-11! Our faith will be tried in the fire of vain theologies and the doctrines of foolish men; who should have listened to the Holy Spirit made flesh who wrote it, as we see yet again in scripture 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! Written over 530 years before He showed up to fulfill His every word to us, Mt.5:17-20, Mt.24:35! 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 (Jesus) 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!

How many of us were baptized into that glorious name by which His Salvation comes (Ac.4:12); should Salvation not also come by His own name, as the one who gives it, Jn.11:25-26? Jesus said if we ask anything in His name we shall have it, Jn.14:14 and then we would receive Him who gave us His salvation; as seen in scripture as we look to Jn.14:14If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.15If ye love me, keep my commandments.16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (Which is) 17Even the Spirit of Truth (Jn.1:17); whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him, (Mt:11:27): 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! Jesus was talking about none other than Himself here! This is seen in Is.9:6!

That is the baptism of the Holy Spirit from which all spirits will return to (See Heb.12:9); is to the one who gave it, Ecc.12:7 because God is that Spirit (Gal.3:20 & 4:19, till Christ be formed in you!); Jn.4:24 and unless we worship Him in His Truths and in His Spirit we are none of His yet still as seen by scripture; 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 (According to the adobted flesh used, that is from King David’s lineage!), in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:4That the righteousness of the law (Which is the Word of God, 2 Tm.3:16-17!) might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, (Jn.6:63).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 (See Is.28:9-13).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 (And will find themselves as one of those in verse 13 of Isaiah chapter 28!)!

 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. Jesus had John the Baptist baptize Him so all Righteousness could be fulfilled, and that righteousness was the tieing together the Old Testament to the New one being written in Jesus’ own life the gospels to us, which is the living words of God to us as seen in Ac.20:24 and verse 32, which is seen in Ac.20:28, to show us by whose blood we were actuall purchased by, the blood of the Holy Spirit manifested in the flesh of Jeasus Christ, 2 Cor.6:14-18!

11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify 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!

Each and every day is our worship to Him who gives eternal life (Ro.12:1-21); and it is only given to those who will abide in Him and His words to us; not mine, not yours, but His words or you will end up doing just as King Saul did and lose your kingdom to your own self-will, following your own theologies, philosophies, and having a corrupt psychology because you never received the mind of Jesus Christ in you as seen in scripture yet again: 1 Cor.2:1-16 because you never received His baptisms of the water and of the Spirit; Jn.3:3-8! Look to 1 Sam.15:1-35; it didn’t end well for Saul! It will not end well for those who are a “shame” to our Lord as well; a shame to people here and now today do not think much of someone being a shame but let us observe how God sees what a shame brings; Dan.12:1And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book: 2And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. A shame to us in our terminologies is not the same as His is, now is it? Whose terminologies do you think we had better learn and observe? I don’t know about you but a verse Joshua comes to mind to me: Jos.24:15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!

I hope you do the same, as for me and my house we will serve the LORD JESUS CHRIST my GOD, Jn.20:28! Who is the First and the Last (Is.48:11-12; Rev.22:13-19), as we see in yet again scripture, Rv.1:8I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty (Is.9:6). The same God Isaiah knew; 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. Who is Jesus Christ who is Immanuel (Is.7:14) our God with us, Mt.1:23! God our saviour has appeared to all men; Tit.2:11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14Who gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (2 Cor.6:14-18).15These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

We were bought with a price that no one can repay, (But by a self giving life as the one who spent His for us, doing His all for us as we now do for Him as well, in His likeness!), the precious blood of our Great God, Ac.20:28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost (who is God, Mt.12:31-33 the only one in the whole Bible with a blaspheme clause attached to Him is God! And He was manifested in the flesh of Jesus Christ, 1 Tm.3:16!) hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which HE hath purchased with HIS own blood (Whose blood? The blood of God!). For this reason we must obey His every word or we are not one of His Sons Yet! Jn.8:47 says only those who are His sons hear His words, they are His sons who keep them and do then as seen in scripture yet again: Mt.4:4 and Lk.4:4; because Jesus is the bread of life but man does not live by bread alone, but by every word out of the mouth of God, which has always been Jesus own mouth; 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. We are saved when we receive Jesus’ repentance for us as seen in Ac.11:15And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning (With speaking in tongues!).16Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that He said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.17Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as He did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?18When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life!

The evidences of His Spirit being one with ours, the baptism that all the Apostles and disciples received in the upper room all 120 of them spoke with other tongues as the Spirit gave them the utterance (Eph.4:4-7), just like Cornelius’ family and friends who had gathered to hear Peter’s preaching! 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 (Ac.2:38-39-ffs). 1 Cor.14:37If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I (Paul) write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.38But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.39Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues (Rev.19:10, Jesus’ Spirit is the Spirit of Prophecy!).

 40Let all things be done decently and in order. So what happened to our so-called Churches who say that these things are not for us today? The things the Apostles gave to us were bound by Jesus’ authority for only they had the authority to bind in heaven and on earth and to loosen in heaven and on earth and that power is none transferable; only the one who has all authority can give that permission to another, especially a man! There is but by One Spirit and One LORD that all the gifts of the Spirit are given out to become Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Preachers and Teachers as well as all the other gifts working properly to be a true church of God in Jesus Christ reconciling the world unto Himself by us who are His servants doing our jobs for Him: That have been called by Him personally! This is how you will know a true church of God in Christ Jesus! When they are living out His words in their everyday lives as His faithful servants will be seen doing as Paul said 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.

This once saved always saved and we are saved by grace and faith alone is leading a lot of people straight to Hell! We have a Hope of salvation, “IF” we don’t put on our wedding garment which is His Holiness and Righteousness that shines like Godliness which is without Spot or Wrinkle; we will not be found Holy & Blameless or without Blemish, now will we, Eph.5:27? What happened to the man who came in and did not put on his wedding garment? He was bound hand and foot and cast out into outer darkness where there will be gnashing of teeth; just like you! God changes not; Mal.3:6; Mt.5:17-20; Mt.24:35; Heb.13:8! We abide in Him and produce fruits or we are cut off and put in the burn pile as seen in scripture, Jn.15:1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit (He tests you and proves you to increase your faith in Him so you can produce more fruits and win more souls to His kingdom, are you a soul winner?! If not you have not picked up your cross yet then have you! If you do not deny yourself and pick up your cross and you still follow Him; you are still not worthy of Him according to scripture, not my words; but His own words to us! Read Mt.10 & chapter 16 and even Mk.8:34-38!), Jn.15:3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. (You are only clean unless you keep and obey His words of life to your own eternal soul, heart, mind, spirit, and body; which are your strengths, charator and nature, if you are born again of Him! The words of God when kept sanctify us and cleanse us for the master’s use, 2 tm.2:19-22, and only they who have a pure heart will see god, Mt.5:8!)

Jesus said, 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

 7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.11These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.12This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (This is true love! Spent in the service of leading the lost to Salvation, Jms.5:19-20, not batteling in another man made war, fighting vain ideologies and philosphies of men, who have made idols out of words and ideas such as Freedom, Liberty, and Patrism; which are the wisdom of man which is foolishness to our only wise God! For only a True Disciple of Jesus Christ can be free and He will be free indeed, Jn.8:31-32 & 34-36 are you a true Son of God who abideth forever?!), 14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you!

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. With man this is impossible, but with God in you all things become possible, because greater is He that is in you (If you have baptized in His glorious name and infilled with His Holy Spirit in you!), than he that is in the world, 1 Jn.4:4!

For this reason there will be few that can get their feet off the ground come the catching away! They know not who the Lord truly is because of the vanities’ of doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church who started some manmade “trinity study” trying to figure out the relativity of the relationships between the titles of our One God (Zach.14:9 and Gal.3:20), when did a title or titles ever become another person or make you more persons than you already are? There is only one God, who is the First and the Last and everything in between, who is the mediator between God and you as seen in Gal.3:20 but God is One, (See Jn.16:25-29 and notice the word AGAIN in verse 28. Jesus has always been the manifestationof God to the world that he alone created, Gen.1:3 and Jn.8:12, and Jn.10:30; Jn.12:45!)!

Is.49:26And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob! There is but one who fits this bill and that is Christ Jesus! Zech.14:9And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and His name one. You cannot divide God up into persons, that is nothing but man’s Philosophies of carried over mythologies of the pagan’s and heathens! This fool’s errand was started around 225 AD. and was not ratified for another 225 -250 years before they could come up with terminology which most of all the churches could agree with! Here is the catch though, if you didn’t sign on to their “Dogma” you would be excommunicated out of the Catholic (Universal) Church! This is where many orthodox churches on the east and the west split up in a schism, that started way back in 225 A. D.!

The ones who were trying to stay to the doctrines held onto by the apostles were excommunicated out who were labeled as heretics, such as those who held onto prophecy, speaking in tongues, and living in a spiritual relationship with our Lord as given to us by the Apostles already stated in this article! Some of these people who were written about in the most unloving way by the so-called church of God: Who even hunted these people down and killed them just like any proper heathen would do; they, (The so called Universal or Catholic Church) had not learned the Lord’s ways at all! They went about killing as many of the Montanist’s they could; Who were some of these as well, Novatianists, Donatists, the spiritualists of Franciscans, Anabaptists, Camisard Enthusiasmists, Puritanists, Quakers, Quietisms, Pietists, Second Adventist, Irvingist, from which the Mennonites come from today, which were prosecuted by Catholic, Protestant, and Lutheran alike!

Those who hold onto the doctrine of the trinity because of tradition and rituals and for no other reasons; from Tertullian, which they got their trinity that started to form from at the begin, which came from Theophilus of Antioch, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theophilus_of_Antioch); from Tertullian a Montanist who they (the Catholic’s) originally said were heretics: All I need is one scripture that repudiates this claim and it should be thrown out for lack of axiom on which to build or structure a doctrine of God’s word, which is built on truth and not a lie! Jn.4:24 for example; which reads God is a Spirit and being God is the only one pure and holy which is blameless as in perfect and without sin as stated as Jesus was in 2 Cor.5:21; we see that Jesus is the Father and when we have seen Jesus we have in fact seen the one who sent Him, Jn.12:45 because the Spirit, God, became flesh, (1 Tm.3:16) and the Spirit, who concieved Jesus, Lk.1:35, who is the Father and Jesus are one, Jn.10:30! And if you have not the Spirit of God which is the Spirit of Jesus you are none of His yet still, Ro.8:9 because the mystery of godliness has been solved in Jesus Christ; 1 Tm.3:16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh (End of Subject! Jesus was God! Mt.1:23 just as scripture says, not man’s dogma!), justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory: Which repudiates this Trinity Philosophy of men who were in darkness and are still! When something is omnipresent it is undividable, and when something has all knowledge as in omniscient it cannot be divided either and be said to not know something, that only another part of it will know, you just divided it and made something else which is of the same substance but yet is not of it either, which makes it consubstantial; well I can see why they used the word con and stuck it onto substance! Is not a con a deception? Can we not see through their weak deceptions of philosophies of those who walk in error?   As seen at this site which will be rebuked here with scripture evidences for support of theologies, that contradict the Roman Catholic Dogma. See this site here for remaining comments…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity . Even Tertullian’s own name spells out the trinity theory, in Latin Ter, meaning three and Tullia is three cities that have their own government that belong to one Sovereign Government but yet holding their own seat and independent governments, is this not the trinity all over again; in which in these ages of philosophers; if they could get their own names in historical writings, they believed the like others like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, that they too would live forever in the History of Humanity in their own writing.

 God is Love, 1 Jn.4:8, Jesus is the manifestation of the Love of God for us, by which all Salvation comes!

Love is becoming wrapped in flesh, to become a servant, when you are God of the Universe so that you alone can come and take away a curse you gave out for sin; so that your creation would not have to perish for their own inability to keep your words you gave to them, because of their parent’s sin nature and carnality, which has been handed down to their offspring! This is who Jesus is, my God! Jn.20:28; Ac.20:28; Mt.4:4; Lk.4:4; coincidences I think not! Jn.6:63 the flesh profiteth nothing for it fadeth away but the words our God has spoken to us are by which we all will be judged against, Gen.1:1 to Rv.22:21!

If we are to speak as an oracle of God as Peter said then we had better know what He has told us to do and to say; hadn’t we? 1 Pt.4:11If 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. And finally to finish; we had better know this as well, from the same chapter;  17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

You see we had better have been doing well in all that our Lord has told us to do (Mt.12:36-37, if the Lord will judge us for every idle word we speak, how much more so for everything we do as well, Rev.22:11-12?), or we will find ourselves as the unwise servants who were caught unawares and will be beaten with many stripes (as in forevermore!), for not doing what His Heavenly Master had told him to be doing, when He returned from His journeys, and will be forever tormented, where the fire is never quenched and the worm (that is you), dieth not and you become the fuel for the fire: Eze.21:31-32; Eze.22:30-31!

I will leave you with what our Lord said to do in these last days; Rev.2:Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.5Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Hag.1:5Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways! He is coming for a bride who has made herself ready for her groom, who is perfect: Eph.5:26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be Holy and without blemish.

Only those who overcome this world that lieth in wickedness (1JUn.5:19), will be with Him at His table at the feast of the wedding banquet, as seen in Rev.2: and chapter 3! The overcomers who have run their race well as the Apostle Paul told Timothy! We can come in first place but if we have not kept to the rules of the race; we will be disqualified and sent to Hell with all the rest of them who say Lord, Lord, have I not done great things for you and the kingdom? The answer you will find in Mt.7: below the straight path and the broad way that leads to destruction and many will go in there at! Only those who are found in His will and doing what He said to do to the very end, will be in His will which is His word to us to do! 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. Just keeps coming back to being perfect unto all good works!

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Rev. G. L. Boyett

Written in the LAST DAYS of the age of God’s Grace

Edited 9/23/2014

A study of Holiness, Righteousness, Godliness,

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Salvation & Oneness

  The Lord led me to start with 1Peter1:14As 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; 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: 18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation 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…

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Another work on the Spirit and the Doctrine of God’s True Grace!

By
Rev. G. L. Boyett
Written in the Last Days!
9/21/2014
Most people don’t even understand the power of Grace or the Spirit of Grace or the Doctrines of Grace, Ac.20:24 shows us another aspect of God’s Grace as well as verse 32: Let us look at 24 first of all; 24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
 We see here that the Grace of God is that one knows the good news of Salvation, which is the death burial and the resurrection, and the almighty power and wisdom of God, that is part of the understanding of how faith and grace work in a unit; which never gets preached or taught upon. Without having a right mind no one can understand the scriptures in the right order in which only the Lord can lead you to in the correct context to bring a point of subject to context in the right way for us to understand unless the Holy Spirit, brings us to the point of surrender to Him, through grace by the power of submission to the Lord that is brought on by the love of God in us, this is that regeneration that was being to Titus from the Apostle Paul, in Titus chapter 3.
 We must yield the Spirit of God’s Grace which is His mind, and as we know god is love according to 1 Jn.4:1-ffs and the greatest of all these three things we must possess as seen in 1 Cor. chapter 13 is the Love of God and love towards all mankind, for God became flesh and dwelt among us and not only that He became our brother too, so in fact when we love our brother we are in fact loving God in Jesus, who reconciled the whole world unto Himself by Jesus, 2 Cor.5:19-21!
 So we see in all these verses God has had His hands all over us teaching us His ways by His Grace, which is the spoken words to us, as seen in Jn.6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. As well as Mt.4:But 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. Jesus is that bread of eternal life that came down from heaven as seen in Jn.6:63, if we would have known who Jesus was the gentiles would never have crucified Him, just to appease the Sanhedrin which was the high council of the Priests. We see this in 1 Cor.2:Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
 Since the Grace of God is seen in his ever word given to us for our edification as seen in scriptures yet again, as we look to 2 Tm.3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;15 And 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.16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
 this shows us yet again the grace of God is in His words to us, for they are words given to us by His Holy Spirit, which is His mind, or will as well as His power, as we see in 1 Cor.1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. We see that the wisdom and the power of God was wrapped up in Jesus Christ, and we are complete in Him alone, as seen in Colossians chapter 2! But all men must be called and drawn to God the Father as seen in Jn.6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.45 It 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.46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
 We see here that God’s Grace has drawn all men to Him, and that is why they are drawn to Jesus Christ, and he alone will reveal Himself to you by His Grace, as seen in Mt.11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and He to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him! if we do not know who Jesus is by the Grace and the leading of God, through His given words to us, we too will still die in our sins, because we have not submitted to the simplicity that is in Jesus Christ who is both LORD and the CHRIST Ac.2:36 as well as LORD OF ALL, Ac.10:36 that has been shown to us in His given words to us that is His given Grace to us by His words to us, so that we can know Him as the I Am that was before Abraham, Jn.8:58! or you will still die in your sins if you do not know who Jesus is, Jn.8:24! You can not enter into the promised land of milk and honey, which is His rest that is seen in Mt.11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
 The Grace of God is hidden in His words to us in His Holy Bible, which can only be deciphered by His Grace of the Holy Spirit leading us into all His Truths, which is His given words to us so we in fact can know His mind, nature, and will for all humanity, which is seen in 2 Pt.3:But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.10 But 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.11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 
 We see here that this is the last will of God with humanity, He has let us know what to expect in the future with the judgment of the world, that is held in store for the judgment and the burial and purifications of the heavenlies by the purging of all those who would not have Him ruler over them in the love of God, starting with His own house first, with the fallen angels who were supposed to have served Him without respect of persons or spirits either. Only they who will bring glory to God will be with God for eternity! For this reason we were created! To bring glory and to serve the living God the Lord of All Jesus Christ, who has purchased us with His own blood, as seen in the given words to us in His Holy Bible, which leads me directly back to where I started in Acts chapter 20 and verse 32: 32 And 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. showing us that again the Grace of God is in His given words to us! as seen in Mt.4:4 and in Lk.4;4 as well, which is directly tied to Is.28:9-13, and it is by the Grace of God that He will lead you to all truths that are in His Holy Bible, and it is only by His Grace that you receive His repentance or have His forgiveness, and He accepts your works worthy of repentance, for your forgiveness, that was seen in Cornelius’ house as well in Ac.10:1-48, that was seen and given for evidences that Cornelius’ house had in fact received the baptism of the Holy Spirit that all they had received who were in the upperoom on the day of Pentecost and the birth of the church of the living God in Jesus Christ!
 As seen in Ac.11:1-18! The confirmation of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the gift of speaking in other tongued as He the Holy Spirit of God, which is God the Father, who conceived Himself or incarnated which means made in the flesh! As seen in Jn.1:1-18 in many Greek original manuscripts it says in verse 18 the begotten or incarnated God, who is in the bosom of the Father, which is God the Father which is Spirit seen in Jn.4:24, who dwells in Jesus as the Holy Spirit because we are called to be Holy as He is Holy, as seen in scriptures which reveals His nature and character to us from His given words to us which is His Grace to us! His Grace to us is tied directly to His will for us and His will for us is that none should be lost, but all come to repentance and be saved by His grace which is His words to us, when we comply in complete honesty with a pure heart, as we understand by hearing His words being taught to us and preached to us, because hearing and understanding cometh by speaking His words of Grace and Truth to us so that we come to know Him and what it is He will accept from us, as we conform to His likeness, that we had in the first state before Adam lost salvation for the whole human race! We must be regenerated into that which is Holy, Sanctified, Righteous, Consecrated, which is all the components of Godliness! We must be like Him if we are going to be His children, and being He is the way the truth and the life we too must lead, which is a life free of sin, we too must share in that quality as well, for He has given us that commandment as well, Jn.8:11 and Jn.5:14, or a worse thing will come upon you as well, for a true child of God keeps Himself free and touches not sin, 1 Jn.5:18 We 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.19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. Therefore we have been called to come out from among the unclean generation and He would be our Father, Ac.2:40 as well as 2 Cor.6:14-18!
 You see all scripture is tied directly to one another and is interconnected by one another all the way through the Bible so all righteousness could be fulfilled in the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist, for the righteousness of God is His given grace to us that was His mind, His heart, and His will for us that has been given to us by His own very words to us, that is the Spirit of Grace and the Doctrines of Grace which is revealed to us in all His words to us! If we do not accept them for our own and keep them dear and near to our won hearts for steady reference to the truth of how we are to live our lives we make up our own rules and ways which are not only foolishness with Him but also perilous, for Is.55:Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:Let 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 my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
 The ways of mankind are just foolishness to our Great God, as seen in 1 Cor.1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?21 For 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.22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
 
 So we see that when we leave the word of God we leave God and his will and go our own way, which is that sin that will never be forgiven in this life time or the next or at any age to come as seen in Mt.12:31-32, because you would not submit to the only one who can give you eternal rest by His Grace, which is His Favour for you that you would not perish in the eternal Lake of Fire! Where the worm, that means you, that dieth not, and the fire is never quenched, because you are that fires fuel that is consumed by my God’s wrath, when you could have had His Favour or Grace!
 Lord’s Way Ministries
Rev. G. L. Boyett
Written in the Last Days!
9/21/2014

The Mystery Doctrine of Grace

Title

 This is best described as:

The Mystery of the Spirit and Doctrine of Grace!

By F. W. Krummacher (1796 – 1868)

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 Your, 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.

 

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 G.L. Boyett

 

Paul’s Thorn in his side Revealed!

What happened when Paul got knocked off his horse by the Lord, when the Schechinah Glory of God was revealed to Paul? He was blinded and had to have his men finish leading him to Damascus, because he could not see, and Paul went about for three days blind as the Lord revealed truths to him in his blindness, these topic are in Acts chapter 9.
Paul them had Ananias, who was instructed by the Lord of all, Jesus Christ; Ananias came to Paul to bring back his sight. When Ananias prayed for then called Saul, he received his sight and something like scales fell from his eyes. These scales were the actual coronary lenses being removed from Saul’s eyes as cataracts but God would have Saul further need of him to rely on the Holy Spirit so Saul could learn all truths that come from Him alone which is the Spirit of God Himself, as seen in Ro.8:9, if we have not the spirit of Jesus Christ we cannot have His mind, as seen in 1 Cor.2:1-16! As taught by then named Paul, who was to preach to the gentiles, for when we read in Galatians, that Paul had received his revelations from the Lord alone as I have too; for the Lord showed me He would teach me the “Truth of the Thing’ and “The Heart of the Matter” from His Holy Spirit to me not by man’s dogma and doctrines, and with this new insight and being brought into the heavens often to be before the Lord and instructed, by dreams and visions as called out in Joel 2:28 And 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:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lordcome.32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lordhath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
We see that in Galatians that Paul has shown us in the later chapters that the Galatians received him even in his weakened state and his small size or stature; and being not a very sophisticated speaker he revealed the power of God to them by signs of healing and of wisdom of the scriptures, and of speaking in tongues with the interpretations as the laying on of hands is shown to work in those who are called for the work of our Lord God; for who He calls He also equips for His service with confirmations given to all as seen in 1 Cor.1:1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
 With this being said then let us return to Gal.4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me (showing Pauls thorn here!).16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
 As we see in the end of this chapter too shows us another sign of Paul’s thorn in his side, which was his eyes, that left him depended upon being led by the power of the Holy Spirit into all truths, as we see here in, Gal.6:11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. Thus showing us again more evidences of the thing that was Paul’s thorn in his flesh, that he’d prayed for three times; for the devil always buffeted him for not having his prayers answered, to keep Paul humbled and dependant on the Lord for His Grace, which is His Favour! And another thing too, when talking about God’s Grace, we need to do a study on that little word that carries not only a doctrine of Grace but also a Spirit of Grace, for instance we see that God’s grace to us is His words to us that is His will for us, not only his nature and characteristics; as seen in Ac.20:24 and verse 32 as well! A study of grace all the way through the Holy Bible is mandatory, but we see the epitome of God’s Grace here in Acts chapter 20 as well in verse 28: which is a oneness verse if one will let himself study it out in light of the Holy Spirit who was made flesh as seen in 1 Tm.3:16, which also concurs with this verse here as seen: Ac.20: 28 Take 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 (showing us God who is Spirit as seen in Jn.4:24 revealed to us here! That was manifested in the flesh of Jesus Christ, Jn.1:1-14!).29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 
 Who will teach the doctrines of the Nicolaitanes that Jesus hates; and this is that doctrine in a NUTSHELL. Niko is from the Greek for the word “conquer” and Laotians is from the Greek word for “laity” or in other words the sheep of the congregation, “the presbyters” this was also talked about by St. John also in his epistle too, that the bishops and so called Archbishops, Priests, and the Pope, would make you slaves to them. and rule over you, to be your teachers of the doctrines of the Nocolaitans! Namely these verses seen here in, 1 Jn.2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things (If you have had the baptism of the Holy Spirit with gifts following for confirmation, of this fact as seen in 1 Cor.1:1-ffs!).21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
 This as well shows us too that all scripture must be tied directly to each other as Jesus said for it cannot be broken, Jn.10:35! When we have Jesus’ truths in us, He will lead us into all scriptures as He directs us to go, as seen in Is.28:Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.12 To 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. Thos who say the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not neccessary for us and that the gifts of the Spirit are not for us today as well, they too cannot enter inot His rests or be set free either, who will always need a priest to forgive his sins because he has a form of godliness, but lack the power thereof to go and sin no more because there was never repentance envoled in their baptism rights that were done incorrectly, in the first palce!
 
 Those who have a stammering lip are those who are being taught of God, who speak in tongues as the Holy Spirit gives the utterances! This is the rest that the Lord said He would give to us that would set us free, Jn.8:31-32 and verse 36 otherwise we see ourselves as those in verse thirteen of Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken!
This happens to all those who say the Holy Spirit with its gifts are not for us today, which is false doctrines because we see in 1 Cor.12: That we are to seek after the best gifts of the Holy Spirit:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues (Yes! Paul was speaking about the gift of multiple tongues here, as in diverse tongues, which not all have!),31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way! Which Paul did in the very next chapter of Corinthians: We see here that the whole chapter is about being regenerated in the Love that cometh from Gods alone, by His spirit being placed upon our hearts too, for love covereth all sin as seen in Proverbs, for this is the fulfillment of all the law, that we too love our brothers as ouself we do well as james says is the “Royal Law,” Jms.2:8!
There are many such like teachings that need to be instructed on by those of us who have been instructed by the Lord of all who has taught us, but I have not time or room to go on with this instructions here!
Lord’s Way Ministries
Rev. G. L. Boyett
9/19/2014

A study of Holiness, Righteousness, Godliness,

A study of Holiness, Righteousness, Godliness, Backsliding,

Salvation & Oneness

  The Lord led me to start with 1Peter1:14As 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; 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: 18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation 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. 22Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. 24For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away (all corruptible flesh will pass away, dust from which we came, unto dust we will return, Gen.1:19): 25But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

The Lord has given us a calling if we have been truly baptized in His Spirit; just as those God chose thousands of years ago. God changes not, Lev.11:44For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 45For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. 46This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: 47To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten. The Lord expects the same from His people today as well as back then. We are to submit to our living God with fear: for to fall into the hands of the living God is going to be a fearful thing; Heb.10: 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Lev.11:44 leads us to Ex.6:7 where we see that we must be in His righteousness; 7And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians: As well as the burdens of this carnal world that we live in.

Now this leads us to Lev22:31Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the LORD.  32Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow (make you holy, without the Lord we have no Holiness, man on his own can have no holiness unless he walks with God) you; 33That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD. In order for His people to be holy we need to have Him hallow us; we cannot do it ourselves all by ourselves without His presence in us. It takes the Lord’s holy operations to make His people holy!

We see in verse 44 (A) of Lev. That we are to sanctify ourselves, (B of the same verse) regards to Holiness now this sends us to Ex.19:6And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. Lev.19:2Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy. Lev.20:7Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. As well as verse 26And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed (we must have some separation between God’s people and the world we are to be set apart for His use) you from other people, that ye should be mine. We see after chasing these scriptures that they send us to Amos3:3Can two walk together, except (separated and together with the Lord) they be agreed? Can we indeed be part of the Lord’s church unless we agree to be His? Matt 5: 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. 1Thes.4:7For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.  We are back to where we started at 1Peter. On the holiness issue, looks to me like we had better get Holy; with the Lord leading in our lives and stay that way!

Rev22: 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. This is used to connect the two verses from which I am drawing into a new subject which needs to be built on that will end up being the adverb to a subject of a verb which is to be work. When we work out our righteousness and holiness when we are to work out our salvation, Philp.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.

If we truly have the Spirit of God in us, Rom.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. 1Cor6:17But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. When we talk about having God’s Spirit in us; if we have not the Spirit of Jesus Christ we are none of God’s, because when we read this verse Paul is showing us when we have one we have the other because they are one in the same!!  God is still Spirit and Jesus Christ forever! 1Tim3:16And 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. Col2:8Beware 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:  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. & 17Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. But the body is of Christ so we must keep our bodies unto Jesus for His Spirit to work in us by the operations of God’s Spirit in Jesus working through or in us. Our bodies are not our own but have been bought at a great price, this is why our bodies are to be holy for they are the vessel of His Spirit in us. 1Cor.3:16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 18Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. We are His to do with at His good will. 1Cor6:19What? Know ye not that your  body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. These are not miscellaneous words in some book these are words direct from our Lord, God our Saviour Jesus Christ himself. Romans12:1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. We cannot be in the Lord’s way and be in this world’s doctrines at the same time!

Lev.11:44: I will take you for a people, and I will be to you a God. Lev.22: 31Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the LORD. 32Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you, 33That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD: And we are to keep His commandments! First and foremost to be His people today tomorrow and forever after, just like in the days of old we are to do this today as well! God changes not! Mal.3: 6For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Neither are we because God is long suffering but our redemption draweth near!

Therefore we are not consumed if your salvation rests on Jesus Christ because no one comes to the Father but through Me (Jesus) John14:6-9; John10:30; John20:28.

Lev11:44 tells us to look at Lev.25:38, this should be about sanctification (being one of God’s children set apart) or turning to God for our salvation. God declares to be our God but you see this is still a freewill offering of yourself. God will be your God but you have to accept Him as your God and submit to Him; and His authority as your God! This cannot be done unless you have faith, the forty years in the desert was doing just that, teaching the Israelites how to have faith in their God, just like today we need to be trained how to have faith in our God; and this comes by patients; James1:1-27 teaches the Lord’s people how to operate in the Spirit with the ending verse on the simplicity of keeping ones salvation; to keep yourself unspotted from this world that is around you, that is trying it’s best to soil what God has joined together, you see this repentance is in fact a marriage contract between you and God; you coming out of the world sanctifying yourself to God and then it’s Satan who tries to put asunder. John20:28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.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; and that believing ye might have life through his name. So that we may believe because our faith rest on things not seen!!

We see here that Thomas had to see to believe but blessed are those who have not seen and believe; this is how we build our faith muscles by believing His word. How are they going to believe unless it is preached Rom.10: 14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? This is what is wrong today no one wants to believe our report! This is the reason we must always build on Christ Jesus because he is the corner stone on which His Church of the living God is built on and each of us are to build on it, we are all to turn into master builders, some are architects, some engineers, some carpenters, some plumbers, and on and on it keeps going we are all to build up the church in our own way: This is the reason why we can  never be stagnant and stop growing in the Lord; Once you do the church stops growing too 1Cor3:1-23. Read vs.8-14! We must be constantly building onto His church, adding souls to it!

Let us move back to Lev.11:44 this verse we see in the footnotes that it send us to Lev.26:45 again this is to sanctify ourselves to our living God, the only salvation unto His people. Isa48: 17Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go; There is only one God the redeemer and our salvation depends on Him alone, this is Jesus in the Spirit speaking here: Refer to 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. Jesus is God in the flesh, God in the Spirit is reliving something that has not even happened yet, and sees it as though He is living it right then and there. If God and Jesus were two persons God would have told Zachariah to say look on Him who they have pierced. Finally God said He would not give His glory to another, and yet we see Jesus has His glory at transfiguration, so they have to be one in the same, this is the reason John who was one of the three that went to the transfiguration the day with Peter and James saw the Lord in His real dimensions’, for this reason the last verse in 1John5: 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.

Looking back at Lev.22:42-46 we see that even when God’s children sin and return with a REPENTANT heart; God is sure (faithful) to forgive to the uttermost to forgive because of His righteousness sake, not ours but His! So how much more are we to be the righteous-ness of God in us? If you do not abhor sin in your life, as our God does, than how can you profess His Spirit in you!!? I refer you to 1John5:18 these are commandments from the Holy Spirit written by His apostles to you and I! 2Tim3:16, 17: unless our righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees we shall not enter into His Kingdom. Also I refer you to 1Peter4:18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  (I know where!) Without the Holy Spirit in our lives working daily, hourly, and every minute and every second, we are doomed without His righteousness, Holiness, and perfectness in us, leading our way!! No man can do this on His own without God in him, no one is perfect enough for God because of the inherited sin of Adam, and therefore we all must come to the cross!!  Matt5:20; we see here this is going to require works; faith alone is nothing but faith, if you were baptized in the father son and holy ghost you have not put on the name of Jesus or His blood of remission for your sins, the power is in the name of God; by actually invoking the name aloud in a verbal voice we activate the promise, in faith believing! We see this in James2:1- 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 righteous-ness: 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. All I can say is get busy!! Phil.2:11-13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. So if God is working in you then you have access to all the gifts of God if you only believe in Him to finish a good work in which He started; if we glorify God He will glorify His children and confirm His presence in them.  Never let anyone tell you the power of the gifts are not present in this age any longer, they are for those who have faith enough to stand in God’s presence and confirm their faith in public, who are stepping out in true faith believing in miracles, prophesying, laying on of hands, etc, I never read anywhere in His Holy Bible I will give these things for awhile and take them back, what Jesus said was while it is still light He must be about His Father’s work, soon the night or darkness will come and no man may do a work, but what he was referring to was after the rapture; when the Holy Spirit in all His children or the church of Christ, will be removed, for the revealing of the Antichrist.

Now let us return to the lesson at hand: Returning to our study of Righteousness and Holiness:

Lev.11:44 part B of the verse sends us to look for holiness; for without it, it is impossible to please God and to have a relationship with Him: Because God changes not and He said to be holy for I am holy; Exo.19:6 and you shall be unto Me a Holy nation; God said and I quote “And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.”  Need I remind you yet again that God changes not? He requires the same today as He did yesterday. Jesus said I came not to change one dot or title of the word of God; but to fulfil all prophesy (scripture). Jesus said My words shall not pass away, the earth and the heavens will but His word will not, refer to Psa.102:25-28; Isa.51:6-8; Matt.24:35; Mark-13:31; Luke21:33; See when Jesus said His words will never pass away it was because He is God and God’s words cannot come back void they will accomplish what He sent them forth to do! John12:45And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. Short and sweet they are one in the same, ONE PERSON!!! Isa.45:22- 22Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 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. 24Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. 25In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. Isa.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. 10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Let us resume with the works part of our faith: refer to Matt.5:16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.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 anyone is teaching or preaching anything but commandments, statutes, judg-ments, and sayings they are going to be the least on the day of judgment and I would not want to be standing in the vicinity of them when the Lord brings them into His presence; for I feel it is going to get really hot around them in His presence, you know when people start whining and gnashing of teeth!

The only grace we have in this age is that the Lord is holding off judgment for whosoever will that will receive Him; this is the grace that He is allowing our hearts to find our saviour, and that is all grace is about, opening a blind eye, and softening a hardened heart so it can become a healed heart, by your strips Lord we are healed!! (Romans2: 4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?) This is the grace! Not to do anything you want and it will be over looked, whoever believes this kind of preaching is going to be sorry when the day of the Lord comes. Sweet Jesus; please open our eyes so that we may see!!

Let us return to our pursuit of Holiness from the scripture of Lev.11:44 we see to look to Lev.19:2; 20:7, 26. Lev.19:2 simply put; states it again; we see God saying for His people to be holy because He is Holy: Leviticus 19:1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy. We next look to 20:7Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. 8And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you: And verse 26; 26And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine. This means come out from among the filth of this world; to separate yourself, to lead others in the way of our Lord and saviour! He is coming for a NATION of people who have overcome this world, Rev.2; 3 He said for I am the Lord your God. This is a commandment of God. If we have one unholy thing in our lives we must remove it to be with our Lord, it is a God given commandment! A heaven and hell issue! Oh Lord cleanse us of our sins Lord Jesus; take away all our sins so that we may be enlightened by your words Lord for they are the works of thy hand to bring us to you; 2Tim3:16, 17 is given for one reason for our redemption and we must work out our salvation; by every word that proceedeth from His mouth, man does not live by bread alone, but by every written word of thy Holy Bible: For it is life everlasting; his words will never pass away and neither will His requirements!!! Now let us look at 20:6 of this same chapter and ye shall be holy unto me: for I am holy, and have severed you from all people, that you should be mine. This is another requirement of God’s people to be separated from this carnal world and their worldly life styles of a people who are lost that are on the face of His planet. If we are getting alone with the rest of this world and you look just like everyone else, that is doing sinful, lust full, and self indulgent things, then you have not denied yourself or picked up His cross, and there is in fact no separation, or repentances of which can bear fruit worthy of repentances spoken of by John the Baptist, and you have not given up this carnal flesh, and you are not walking in the Spirit. We are to be set apart, community of Godly priests, righteous, holy, sanctified Godly people to be His children, this is another heaven and hell issue!! We are called to come out from among the heathen world of carnality! John14:15!!

Lev.11:44 sends us to Amos3:3Can two walk together, except (this is not an error, for we must be apart from this world to be agreed with God) they be agreed? We cannot be God’s unless we agree with Him and keep His commandments, saying, statutes, judgments and so on, if it is in this Bible it is a heaven or hell issue, Matt.4:4 from Deu.8:3 to Luke4:4 coincidences, I think not! We can see how this fits perfectly with our subject matter! God will not have fellowship with a people that are unholy; for our text or the context of these passages of God are showing us why He has punished Israel for not walking in his ways, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed”? This is showing action here we are to work at our salvation we are to work at our relationship with our Lord just like a marriage; if we get a divorce on this one we will die, because Satan will be your new husband!!

This marriage to God requires commitment, involvement, and hard work, no one said it would be easy, Matt.7:13-14; Luke13:24-30, Jesus said to take on His yoke upon us for it was not going to be heavy, which it is not if you have His Spirit in you; otherwise you will never stand the pressure, refer to John3:5, 6.

Unless we are agreed, in other words be like God and act like it, we are to be Son’s of God refer to Matt5:48; and 1John3:1-10, if we do not pick up our cross and have a burden and a love of our brothers and share this glorious word we are none of His. When His Spirit comes upon you , you cannot but love all of mankind, because God is Love, and He wants that none should perish, this is commandment time again, Matt28:19-20 go and make disciples of all nations!! This means whoever reads His word and believes, this means you too if indeed you believe!!

Oh how I wish I could get his word to the whole world, so that they may be saved and be with our Lord forever!! Now let us return to our lesson; we see that as we study Lev.11:44 we find ourselves at Matt5:48. In the New Testament showing us yet again that we are to be perfect, this requires action to take place, so faith alone saves no one, it takes a committed individual to consecrate themselves to God and only Him and to fulfill His will, in other words keep His commandments, and this cannot be done without action! The Be -attitudes in Matt 5 are just that, we are to be His words, these are all commandments!! It ends up with a climax, yet most feel it is an impossible requirement such as in verse 48 it says for us to be perfect; which is impossible with man, but God has a way that no man has, with God all things are possible, this is why we need His Spirit in us and to be just what the scripture says, born again in the Spirit of God, then all things are possible to those who believe because He told us to, and if we do then, He will confirm it in His children, this is what we must preach in these latter days, of His Spirit being poured out spoken of in Joel2:28. The Lord has not lost any of His power and neither has His people who are truly filled with His Spirit!!! James3:17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. Gods’ power and ways change not; it is this world who is trying to take away our faith so that His Spirit cannot work in His children, the true Son’s of God!

Matt5:48 are Jesus’ very own words; these are commandments, so that if He spoke them they must be obtainable! “Be ye therefore (now and forever) perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”: Because Jesus and the Father are one in the same refer to John10:30 and John12: 45And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.46I am come a light into the world (Gen.1:4, God separated good from evil), that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness (Evil).

How long are you going to lay around in the darkness before you learn who Jesus really is John8:23And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he (God), ye shall die in your sins. Don’t be like the Samaritan woman in John4:22Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24God is a Spirit (The one and only Holy Spirit Himself, God): and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (The Comforter, John14:26 refer to John10:30 for they are one in the same, made flesh in Jesus 1Tim3:16.).

I’m sorry I have to do a little preaching here: We see up to this point God has a set of para-meters, for His people to walk in! This is not our way but God’s way; walk therein live or die!! Jesus and God both one in the same; say and to do one thing! Jesus is the manifestation of God in the flesh refer to 1Tim3:16 and John8:24; Look at 2Cor4:3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4In whom the god of this world hath blinded (Satan is the god of this world of sin) the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord (God); and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness (Gen1:4 Jesus in the mind of God before the foundations of the world, John17:1-10 Jesus’ prayer to the Holy Ghost (God) climaxes at the revelation in 11And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father (The Holy Ghost), keep through thine own name (Lord Jesus His name) those whom thou hast given me, that they may be (one), as we are. (One) Jesus and God which is called the Father a title of God not another person but the Holy Spirit Himself in Jesus are manifested as ONE (GodMan) now in the flesh which was given by the seed of man through Mary, Gen.3:15 the promise that was given to Abraham in Gen.) hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7But we have this treasure (The Holy Spirit which is Christ Jesus, Rom.8:9 & John14:18) in earthen vessels, that the Excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us (John3:5-7).

If you fail to see this point as well as the point that there is going to be one church, one people; the overcomers’ who have made themselves ready, refer to Rev.2:3, 22. Jesus will make them a pillar of His temple with their new names on a stone which He will give them that no one will know but Him that receives it, and whoever they will let it be known too, Rev2:17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches (sayeth to all the churches on the seven continents, for each continent will have one church of the living God on it, just one with Jesus Christ’s name on it); 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. & Rev3:12Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name (for they are one in the same): And we will be forever in His presence! We will receive the bright and “Morning Star” that is referred to in Rev.2:28 we see who the bright and morning start is in Rev.22:16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. If we do not learn how to, worship, walk, talk, and do as our Lord Jesus requires us to then we will perish! We have one chance to get this right and that is happening right now as I speak, this is in fact the testing grounds of our faith! His Holy Scripture is given for one reason, so that none should perish and be lost, God in the flesh came and died on the cross because His Spirit the essence of which He is can never die, so He had to become flesh, for His curse established a commandment that blood had to be shed for sin, death is required for sin, the blood of a perfectly sinless sacrifice (just some of the operations of God), this is the reason man was allowed to use animals for his sin sacrifices because they knew not right from wrong. Adam and Eve made themselves little loin clothes out of plants, that is how they tried to clean and hide themselves and to hide their shame from being seen before our God, this is the way modern man and this emerging church of the modern era think just like Adam and Eve think as well, they fall short of the glory in which it takes to come to know Him, for God made Adam and Eve coats (from an animal sacrifices) (tunics, robes as in full length, down the arms to the wrists to below the knees, you see God requires much more than man ever thought of when it comes to morality in covering up the flesh, need I remind any of you that God changes not so why has His so called churches?). The only one who made the commandment can come and take away its curse and create a salvation plan that was acceptable to Him who gave of Himself so that His creation could come to know Him and be with Him, only if they understand and come to know who He is and what His name is!! Only a supernatural sacrifice could take away a supernatural curse that required death of the sinner, and who had the power to raise Himself again from the grave could put the curse of death away forever! (John10:17-18 & 1Cor.15:55-57 if we keep: 58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. Refer to Matt.10:39; 16:25; Luk.9:24 and Mark8:35,36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? These are life or death issues don’t let Satan deceive you; your soul needs wisdom and true fear of the Lord to survive this world!)

This is the covenant, that all are to die once for sin, but unless you receive power from the baptism of the Holy Ghost John3:5 you are still lost. There is one requirement (I call the three R’s Repentance (Matt.4:17; Mark1:15 etc.), Remission of sin at baptism (John3:3, 5; Acts2:38 etc.) and Reborn again in the Holy Ghost Acts2:39; 4:12; etc.) and that is confess your sins to the Lord your God (Jesus), that sin is to be removed by His blood, to cover them and to be buried with Him in His name in the ground (water baptism by immersion, the method described in Acts2:38, by Peter who had the keys to heaven given to him from Jesus, for there is only one Baptism Eph.4:5.) and die to sin, and to be reborn again in the Spirit! Speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, Acts2:3-7 only if you are baptized in Jesus name Acts2:38 because of Acts4:12 we see that no other name given can give remission of sins!! The power is in the name that is above all names!! 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 (for they are all one in the same).

There is no other name by which we must be saved refer to John3:16 and then we are to go about doing God’s work and making disciples of all nations; if we are not about His work when He returns we will perish! Those who do not pick up their cross but still (you can have all the religion in the world and be lost; Matt.7:13-27; Matt.10:28-42; Matt.11:27-30; boils down to this Matt.12:50 unless we do the will of the Lord we are all but lost (yes Hell is still hell, it too is still too Hot Deep and Wide to ever escape from, it too has not changed it is just like God also, it changes not, where the WORM DIETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IN NOT QUENCHED, Mark9:44-50 all because we do not know who God is and what His name is and His will for us!) and we will hear these words in Matt7:23 and then look out for the wrath of God, this does not sound like a walk on the beach to me, look at Matt24:50-51, Oh the foolishnesses of man!!) follow Him are not worthy of Him, because they have not kept all His commandments! John14:15 and John15:14 coincidences I think not, but we all must keep John14:23 or be lost! Jesus said “My mother, my brother, my sister, are these who do my commandments”, Matt.12:49-50 Mark3:33-35 and then Matt.10:34-39. If we do not lose our lives fulfilling His commandments then we are not worthy of Him and we will perish because whoever is ashamed of Him He will be ashamed of us, Matt.10:28 and 32-33. Fear the Lord your God and do His will or perish in the Lake of Fire!!

Lev11:44 still sends us to further scripture about holiness 1Thes.4:7For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 1Peter1:15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

When we let our fleshly nature rear his ugly head in our lives and yet we take our requests before the Lord; we are putting the Lord second behind our wants and desires and we have just demoted Him from where His natural place is; and that is being the creator and us the created; which is the natural order of things refer to Ecc.12: 13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. If Satan ever tells you that we can do whatever we want and it will be covered by God’s grace, you had better read James1:12Blessed 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 (eth on the ending means continually) 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. 16Do not err, my beloved brethren. Our Lord will test us to prove our faith to see whether we will follow Him, Deu.13:3Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth (test) you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. How are we to know whether we are being tested or not, unless we know the Lord and His words by understanding and rereading continuously His scriptures and knowing them by heart; what the Lord has truly said? Because God does not tempt us we do that all by ourselves with Satan’s help, James4:17Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

The Lord will test His children to whether they are His or not and to prove your faith to make it stronger. We have two choices live or die one or the other! Those who preach or teach to follow all of His commandments will be great in His kingdom, but woe, to them who do otherwise for they will be the least of the kingdom of God. It would be better for a mill-stone to be tied around their necks and they drown in the ocean before you hurt one of these little ones, all of God’s children; all people are His little ones no matter their age! When anyone comes with a doctrine that is not of the Lord they will be the least, their new home will be the Lake of Fire refer to Gal.1:8-9 and Rev.22:18-19 also 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. Deu.17: 12And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.13And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously. God is serious about His word, His holiness, His righteousness, and being perfect, so should His children without fail, these are life and eternal death issues!!

We are to remain His and to put away evil and to shun it with everything that is in us. We are to remove it from God’s people and to remove all appearances of evil 1Thes.5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. Matt5:19-20 these are commandments refer to 1Thes5:23-28 we are to pray for each other and to make intercessory prayer for and to take on each other’s; trials, joys, pain and sorrow, as well as happiness; and the work of God’s people to stay in the way, this is our job, if you truly believe in His word 1Tim4: 11These things command and teach.12Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.13Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.14Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Last reference for Lev.11:44 is [Rev.22.11, 14] these marks mean that these verses have direct affiliation to the verses previously stated in the source verse. Those that are of God will incline their ear to what is being said and search it out diligently. He that is unjust let him be unjust still: and he that is filthy let him be filthy still: he that is righteous let him be righteous still: him that is holy let him be holy still. The next is the verse I like even better still; in 12 and; behold I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Don’t tell me you can do as you want and all will be forgiven you: repent means turning from the direction from which you came, to turn away from sin from which all men are in until they receive salvation, and have become born again, Gal.6:  8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for what-soever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. When we preach about grace you cannot do grace proper respect without preaching Paul’s account of grace in Romans6:1-23 for the wages of sin is death: But on the other hand if we keep our Lord’s commandments then we are entitled to the gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus, Rev.22:13-14, Matt6:33.

We see in Exodus that the Lord requires His people to be priests, and to be a holy nation Exo.19:5-11 these people were to sanctify themselves, set themselves apart, and declare to the Lord that they would become His people, to repent they were to wash (and to cleanse themselves with water) or a type of baptism. And were to wait three days sanctifying them-selves as in a type of burial with the Lord in the grave for three days, then they were to come to the Lord as a chosen people. The Lord knows who is going to be His and who is not, for the Lord sees to the heart of man. A chosen people for many are called but few are chosen, Acts2:39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. To save them from this untoward generation means to come out from among them. And the Lord will come down just like He did at Mount Sinai in the desert, He will come down from among the clouds, in the rapture and come to claim His chosen bride of a race of priestly people who have made themselves ready for Him: If you believe any different than Rev.2  & 3 where Jesus is talking about those who have made themselves ready and He calls them overcomers for one reason: We have overcome the flesh and walk in the Spirit and those people will have no part of the second death: If anyone believes anything different, you are listening to Satan himself!!

So, who are you going to believe? God’s irrefutable words 2Tim3:16; Deu.4:2; 12:32; Rev22:18-19 a holy sanctified peculiar people, Deu.14:2 refer to Lev.20:26 But let us go to the New Testament and follow the New Covenant for awhile in our studies. We will see God’s words and thoughts have not diminished any from the Old Testament to the New Testament, Romans12:1 I beseech (I beg of you brethren) you therefore (ever lastingly, or forever more) brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable into God, which is your reasonable service.  2And be not conformed to this world (come out from among them): 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. If we are in the will of God we then will be perfect! These verses lead us to 2Cor10:1-4 is for the A part of verse #1 that we studied and now the B part leads us to Heb.10:18, 20. God told Abraham in Gen.17:1 God told Abraham to walk before Him and be ye perfect. In other words do as you’re told, and put all your faith in Him, this you will do if you truly Love Him!

Heb10:16This 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 con-science, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised) and this vain philosophy of once saved always saved is just that vain thinking that Satan is trying to get the Lord’s people, God’s pearls, and Satan is trying to get us to cast ourselves into the swine’s pin to be rent and torn asunder. We must read how that once we know the truth we must keep it. Heb.10: 26For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries; those who think that we can sin and God’s grace will cover it! Romans6:1-23 is the scripture you had better be reading!! Heb.10:26-31 If you know what the Lord’s scriptures are saying and heed not His words you are dis-obeying God’s commandments and are blaspheming His words and for this there is no forgiveness!! Matt.12:31 Mark3:28-29 Luke12:10 (let me make one thing crystal clear here; that God’s words are life of the Spirit and in the Spirit for all of Jesus’ words are God’s gifts of grace to us: refer to John12:45-50 and you will see if we keep not His words we are in actuality blaspheming the Spirit, putting ourselves over His righteousness and we are putting ourselves and our words and behaviors before His: In our actions which lead to the unforgiveable sin!): If we are born again as the Bible says we are to become: If we truly are, we can no longer return to our sinful life’s as we once had before, and be in the world again. After we have known and tasted the true holiness and the power to come and the joy that we will behold; there can be no way that we would or should, return to this carnal flesh again if we are truly born again, Heb6:1-6. For to keep sinning is the same as crucifying the Lord daily everytime we sin!! If anyone does continue to sin then in fact they have never repented of their sins and are still in sin; so then, if this is the case then how was salvation obtained? There is no salvation unless there is remission of sin from a fully repentant heart: Which comes from our love for the heavenly Father, for it is not, because you have not repented, and you are in sin still, if you continue to offend Him in word or deed or not knowing who He truly is: You will die in your sins, John8:21-24 Jesus said if I had not come they would have not have sinned, but now they have seen and have no excuses for any of them, John9:41; 15:22. Now we have God’s Holy Bible and His words and now we also have no excuses; Jesus says every knee will bow and come to know exactly who He is, refer to Isa.9:6-7 these verses sums it up. Jesus has been called each and every one of these names in the scriptures at one place or another, they all referred to Him! Search scripture and see if it is not true; if you search scripture correctly you will come to understand that Jesus is our Lord God Almighty, John8:24. If you don’t believe that I am He then you will die in your sins!!!

If we are truly in the New Covenant of salvation which comes from Jesus Christ as our saviour; we would be doing what God has called all His children to do: And that is to preach this gospel to all nations and then the end will come, we should be hurrying to see that this is being fulfilled so we could get Him to return quicker, if we truly loved Him and wanted to see His coming in the heavens, so we could meet Him in the sky!! Jesus said the He hoped that when He returns the He would still find faith, Luke18:8. Now Luke18:8 tells us to go and look at Heb10:37 and 2Peter3:8-9.

Now let us look at Heb10: 37For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry: Which is from Hab.2:3, 4 but the next verse in Hebrews is going to be but by what we are going to be tested and that is our faith: 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. We need so desper-ately the power of the Holy Spirit keeping the fire in us burning but it is up to the Lord’s servants to keep that fire stoked up and burning hot within us! (Romans12:1-2)  Rev.315I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Remember to do as our brother Paul has instructed the churches in Romans12:2And 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. It is up to every one of us to keep the Lord’s fire ragging in us!! And that is done by getting into His presence at an apostolic (Apostles doctrines taught church), Holy Ghost filled service, where two or more are gathered in His name, He will be among us, the spirit is moving in amongst us when we worship this is the only way to be in His presence at worshipping; worshipping is a hands on experience, you have to be there to be with a true worshipper in truth and in Spirit, Matt.18:20; Heb.10:25; John4:23, 24! I know of no other experience on earth which is better than to be in His presence, dancing in the Holy Ghost, and speaking in tongues as the spirit gives the utterances, lost in the Spirit, dancing with and before the Lord; in Jesus name Amen!!

Now let us look at 2Peter3:8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  And in verse 11we see that not only are we to have holiness but godliness also: 11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness: So we can see one thing here to be a disciple of the Lord we need to be studying continuously and whatever we do never become as the Nicolaitans, whom the Lord hated! Sounds like another Bible study on what not to do. We see that in the before ment-ioned verses; which send us to 1Peter1:and 16, Jesus never said it was going to be easy to come to Him (Matt.7:13-14); He said to take His yoke upon you and that it was not heavy which it is not if you get rid of all the sin out of your life, then His yoke is light as a feather, not having the weight of your conscience burying you in today’s filth, with the weight of all your sins off of your back you can leap for joy without that burden!! But God; helps them who help themselves (2Tim2:21-22), those who are wise and heed the word of God! But may the Lord have mercy on you if you do not heed the word of God!! With man this is impossible to please the Lord; without Holy Ghost’s intersession for us we are all but lost! This is why Jesus told Nicodeamus that we all have to be born again; John3:3, 5. But with God all things are possible Matt19:26; Mark10:27; Luke18:27. You find the same thing written in the gospels or anywhere else in the Bible for that matter; you can bet your life that this is a must to believe to get into heaven! If we truly believe, we will have no problems, but a man can not have room in himself for any doubt; we must seek the Lord with everything we have in us!! We must find our way to repentance in Jesus name for the forgiveness of sin; for there is no other name given by which we must be saved or by which salvation comes (Acts4:12); not from reciting of someone’s spoken sinners’ prayer, that is some minister’s or preacher’s and I use those terms loosely here, confession for you; you need to confess in your own words for your own sins to God; for this is marriage and promise time, we are making an oath to God here in faith, to be held for you or against you forever, you will either carry out your promises (life) or fail to keep them (the second death); this is why you must speak your own confession, this is another one of those operations of God, that we all have to keep, to be His children, we must confess to Him, all of our sins, not individually but collectively, by ourselves to Him: We must enter into the closet and pray to Him secretly, (figuratively), at the altar of confession, even if people are or are not standing around you, we all must come to Him so He can reward us openly to all, with speaking in tongues as evidence of Him in you as His Spirit gives the utterances, this was given to us for this reason for a sign of who is His and who is not!!  This has to come from you from the bottom of your heart to God or it will never be received, and in everything we do or say, do it in the name of Jesus, because He is God, and there is power in that name, because it is the name above all names given above the heavens or below the earth, there is no other name by which we must be saved, Acts4:12  & Col.3:17: This confession has to come from your heart to God’s, you must win His heart for God see’s directly into yours. He knows the beginning from the end He knows who will and who will not keep His laws, statutes, and commandments. If we seek Him just to have Eternal life so that we can save ourselves from the eternal fire, we have missed why we should be seeking God. God is not going to accept anyone’s worship unless he truly loves Him for who He is (our creator) and for what He has done for our salvation (He poured out His spirit (blood, life of the flesh, the flesh spirit is gone and it is in hates for our sins, that was the price of the curse for sin, your soul in Hell, only Jesus’ fleshly spirit went there instead, for you and me; and He is all God now, the man part of God died on the cross, now immortal flesh raise from the grave Psa.16:10For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.) on the ground for you and me) by His blood we are saved! Unless you will come to Him in the same manor, don’t even try it, won’t work, He will be able to see if you truly love Him or not, God sees to the heart of man: 1Sam16: 7But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart; 1Kings8:39Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;) 40That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers. The lord knows who is going to fear Him in reverence, in awe of His majesty!!

Read Psa.52 for the Lord knows who His are; you must learn to come to know Him; 2Tim20-22 will get you started at what the Lord is looking for in a Godly heart; all scripture and the prophets words, hang off of one word, LOVE!! Matt.22:37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (LOVE). This is why we must die to self and be born again of the Spirit; otherwise we have no fear of the Lord; Prov.1:7; 9:10 & Psa.111:10. Salvation comes not from some sinner’s prayer recited from a mass confession, from some minister or preacher that knows nothing of your sins: It has to come from your heart to the Lord’s asking for forgiveness in faith BELIEVING, this is God’s way, His way not our way, forgiveness comes when you confess with your own lips out loud, that you know you have sinned against the Lord and you ask Him for forgiveness for what you’ve done. You don’t have to name each and every one of them He knows them because they happened yesterday to God, one thousand years are but a second to God and a second is a thousand years frozen in time to God, for everything is at it is with the Lord. Without beginning and without end, Eternal! No one can come to the cross for you; this is going to be a personal journey. Everyone has to come to Jesus for deliverance of and from sin. No one comes to the Father but through Me says Jesus in John14:6 because He who knew no sin became sin for us; so that we can have everlasting life. Jesus’ blood shed on the cross of Calvary has bought each and every one of us, we are no longer our own! Jesus paid the price of the curse of sin for us; for all sin forever was paid by God’s own all powerful blood for eternity, see when you mess around with God it is forever! This is why we must come to Him as scripture tells us (John6:36-71 because Jesus is from above and is of God the Father a title not another person or identity, I’m a Father of my son, as well as a son of my Father and I am a man, I have a spirit or a personality and a eternal soul, this doesn’t make me 3-5 person’s does it? This is confusion and that is a sin to God which is One Deu.6:4; 4:35; Mark12:29; John17:3; 1Cor.8:4, 6; 1John5:20; John10:30; John20:28; John12:45 When people finally understand that God is the Holy Spirit then everything comes into focus, this is why that you can blasphemy the Father, the Son, and God, are merely titles, but you cannot blasphemy the Holy Spirit this is the unpardonable sin because the Holy One is the Holy Spirit Himself not some part of a trinity John4:24 Jesus tells us who God is, God is a Spirit and there is only one in the universe who is good which in the Greek used by Jesus good being translated means perfect, Matt.19:17; Mark10:18; Read Psalms86 and you will see that it is talking about one God and saviour of all nations which is Jesus refer to Rev. John8:24; 28-29 because The Holy Spirit, called God the Father is still present in Jesus and they are one, John10:30, 20:28 One person God in the flesh 1Tim.3:16; John1:14; 1Peter1:20-25; 1John1:1-3; there is only one who knows no sin and that is the one that is manifested of God, 1John3:5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.) or we will still be lost and cast in to Hell’s fire, reserved just for those who will not hear these words of mine, given to you by Him in me; we must purge ourselves from sin and this worldly flesh or we are none of Him 1John3:1-10, John3:6; Roman8:9 we must be in the Spirit to be with Him and Him in us, John14:23. He gave us this Bible for this reason so people can come to know Him and to come to Him. We must come to Him in the manner in which He chose for us to come to Him, We see this in how God had the Hebrew’s worship Him in the desert, He told Moses how to build the Tabernacle as well as how the services, the sacrifices, and the order of operation of the proceedings, don’t tell me it doesn’t matter today, and don’t let anyone tell you different, it matters or He would not have given us this Holy Scripture. God has a set of Holy Traditions that man had better keep in order to worship Him correctly, the apostolic way, like the last super and foot washing, He said to do these things in remembrance of Him till His coming! Our churches better never lose sight of this either! These services are for one thing to let us humble ourselves to Him (Our Teacher, OUR CREATOR, John6:45 Jesus is letting everyone know yet again who He is, those who have an ear let them hear what the Lord is saying.) so He can pick us (the students) up and exalt us to where He wants to place His servants at His table; Luke14: 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. We are to be His servants for His church! Jesus humbled Himself and gave of Himself all the way to the cross, are we not to follow Him? If any man come after Me let him deny himself pick up his cross daily and follow after me, Luke9:23! James4: 10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

When Jesus started His ministry the first thing He said was Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (in other words God is here people look at Mark1:15 at hand does not mean near, is at hand means is present, and is at hand, touch it, for God is here!! Mark12:34 for that man was right in front of God and never knew it), Matt.4:17; because Jesus was the kingdom that was at hand. Man cannot come to God anyway that man sees fit, we must come to God His way, and God’s ways are not our ways Prov.14:12There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death; Isa.55:6-11; the Lord has a way in which He wants us to come to Him, He told us the way in His righteous scriptures. Repent, be ye baptized in Jesus name, and be reborn in the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues as the spirit gives us the utterances, prophesying, signs and wonders will follow them who have been redeemed,Matt.28:19-20; Acts2:1-47; Mark16:15-18. If this were not true the good Lord would have had that scripture removed one way or another out of His Holy Bible (refer to Jer.36-23-32 The Lord will have a word!)!

With God all things are possible, and are we not the Son’s of God bound only by our disbelief and lack of faith?! John14:12-15, 23 unless we keep His commandments why would He do anything for an unrepentant people who are lacking faith? This why we need to pray that the Lord will heal our unbelief, Mark9:24 and Luke17:5 the disciples asked the Lord to help increase their faith. James1:1-7; Luke18:1-8 will the Lord Find faith when He returns I ‘m starting to wonder, I know of at least two; who He will find that will be on their knees praying and seeking Him?! Men ought to pray and faint not! Keep petitioning the Lord, which shows the Lord our faith as well as knowing Him, which He will grant our petitions if we ask in faith believing, especially if it will glorify the Father, be not afraid, seek and you shall find, Matt.7:7; 17:20-21; 21:21-22.

We all can do this because we are created in the image of our God and His will be done in all His children; Jesus said in verse 6 (Luke17) if you had faith the size of the mustard seed we could move mountains, fig trees or whatever was a hindrance, this is what that verse was about not the literal mountain, but yes even the mountain could and can disappear at His command if we ask Him to do it, in His name, and if it will give the Father glory, you can bet that mountain would be history (I used to move mountains of dirt everyday in the business I used to be in, so don’t tell me it can’t be done, literally and figuratively as well). Jesus said if we had faith the size of a mustard seed, I have a question; how big is your brain? This is where your faith is housed, much larger than a mustard seed I would say, so let not your minds hinder you with disbelief, but believe!! Chase disbelief out and belief in, it’s your mind; do with it what the Lord wants you to do with it!! Are you not capable of controlling your thoughts? Then use your mind to the glory of the Father our Lord Jesus. 2Tim3:16-17 we rest our case! Reference book: The Disciplined Mind by Richard S. Taylor read it!

Jesus is the foundation that we all must build our church and our ministry on as Paul preached: He is the chief corner stone of the church of the living God: If God were anything other than Jesus, one (God) or the other (Jesus) would have to be the head of the church. Or there would have been two churches according to the Trinity doctrine we could have four churches, one for the Father (Title of an act), one for the Son (Title of another act), one for the Holy Ghost (Title of a substance, or essence, the Spirit), and one for God (Title which is the Holy Spirit, John4:24) since all of them are God to them, but we know Jesus is the express image of God manifested in the flesh 1Tim3:16 and Heb1:3, because when the angel said the holy thing will be of God meaning no separation (Matt.1:20-23), if he were to be separated as in another person the angel would have said from God but Jesus proceedeth forth of the Father, John8:23-24, 28-29, 31-32, 42, 47, 54, 56, 58 Be for Abraham I am; Jesus is eternally God; (The Holy Ghost) John10:30, John20:28 John14:45 Ehp.4: 3Endeavouring to keep the unity (no confusion this is important to God) of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6One God and Father of all (John12:45), who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Romans8:9). When you have seen Me you have seen the Father, for they are one in the same, get over it (Isa.45:22). God is not the author of confusion and God said you will not have any others before Me, the Father, the Son the Holy Ghost are Titles or subjects to the object that we must be worshipping which is Jesus, 1Tim3:16!! Col2: 8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men (research and find out for yourself where this Trinitarian doctrine came from, The Romanist, men who made deities of themselves over and above scripture, The Holy Bible, one example of them interpreting and even adding scripture to try and build up their case for the trinity doctrine, that they originated trying to convince people of their abilities to write scripture because they felt they had just as much authority as the apostles, so they wrote this 7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. (The words in red are not from the original translation, and were wrote in by those trying to build up their doctrine of the trinity and that if you put those two partial sentences together to make one we see its original intent or context was to be talking about Jesus; that God was indeed manifested in the flesh. Verse 7 should have read: 7For there are three that bear record 8the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one (One God Jesus) refer to 1John5:20.) 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), 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 (Acts2:38-39), (those who have been baptized in Jesus name have had His blood put upon the door posts and across the header of the door of our hearts; we would sooner perish than to let sin in to mingle with our Lord and saviour, for sin will not enter into His kingdom and it as well as you, if you indeed have any sin left, active in your life, you will perish in the Eternal Lake of Hell’s Fire!) where in also ye are raised with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead (John6:37-47). By which if we have our faith in Jesus, He will raise us up in the last day or we will meet Him in the air if we are still alive when He returns, because Jesus is God’s very own manifestation of Himself now in immortal flesh raised by His own power ; John10:18No 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 (which is the Holy Ghost you know…God John4:24). John10:30I and my Father are one. When you have seen Me you have seen the one who sent me!!! John12: 45And he that seeth me seeth him (singular) that sent me.

Study the doctrine of the trinity and see where it came from, for it came from man and is vain philosophy of man’s mind that have placed themselves as deities above God’s Holy Bible. The Bible itself tells you to find out for yourself Acts17:11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Eph1:1-23 & 1Tim4:15Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Jesus is the corner stone (Matt.21:42-44), the Pharisees and the Sadducees rejected (John1:11) the very people of the Lord our God that were called out of darkness to come out from among this heathen world into the light of the Lord; why would anyone let Satan lead them a stray with vain philosophy of man’s tradition: I found two quotes that need to be pondered upon: From a book by Fred J. Foster. 1st. Emerson said, “The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use It.” the 2nd. Is this by Stopfard A. Brooke said, “If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march to truth, we must still march on.” From the book called “Their Story:  20th. Century Pentecostals”. I do not care what any man says unless it is Jesus Himself, no man or church can be above God’s Holy Bible and His scriptures given to us by the Holy Spirit moving and carrying God’s Holy Apostles, prophets, and scribes along in the spirit, writing as they were instructed from the Lord, and that is NOT what the Romanist’s did when they came up with this Trinity Doctrine is the Foolishness of Men spoke of in Proverbs. The Lord your God wants your worship and Him alone will you worship, one as in the singular tense, Jesus said God is a Spirit as in one Spirit so there goes the trinity doctrine; God is a Spirit and can manifest Himself into anything He wants; we saw this with Abraham, and with Jacob in the desert of Padan-aram and later with the Israelites in the desert of Sinai, look you chase this subject all over the Bible but Jesus says it best in verse28 in John16: 28I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. The manifestation of God in Jesus has happened more than once with the word again being used in the former verse. He sat down and ate and drank with Abraham and even thought and decided to tell Abraham about Sodom and Gomorrah in the book of Gen. He didn’t have to but He did because Abraham is the Father of many nations.

That is why we find verses saying God is the head of the church (yes one church, one God, one faith, etc. Eph.4) as well as Jesus: refer to Matt.16:18 and we see God being used in 1Cor10:32 because when we look to Romans8: 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Because you see they are one in the same, one person not three persons of some manmade doctrine!! When you describe God you have to say one thing and that is, He is Love!! Unless you are as Esau whom He hated because he gave up his birth right for a bowl of soup; are you going to give up your birthrights for a world of carnality and manmade doctrines search the scriptures for yourself and see if I’m not telling the truths of who Jesus is!! When you have seen Me you have seen Him who sent Me: Jesus is God made flesh period one person!! John14:45, Gen.1:1-2 tells who God is and what He consist of and what He is!?? From Gen. to Rev. every book reveals Jesus as God as One there are none besides Me I know not any, refer to John8:58!

John12:25He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. Let me do a little philosophy for ya; See the Father was past manifestation of creation or a title for an action, creation being formed and done by the Spirit (but it was still the Spirit (Holy Spirit God) that hovered over the face of the deep Gen.1:1-2) The Son of God is also past and has brought salvation to the world (for this reason have I come into this world and for this reason have I been born to be king John18:37 God manifested in the flesh, who else was supposed to be King of Kings from the House of David, in order for the covenanted promise from God to David to stay in effect, that the House of David would have his house or blood be on the throne of Israel forever, God in the flesh had to come from the line of Adam who He first gave dominion of the world to, so man could indeed return to all power and authority of His creation? 1Tim3:16) which we will see in the future but will at some time or another give authority back to God the Spirit and He alone will be exalted: 1Cor.15: 25For he (Jesus the flesh) must reign, till he (Jesus the Spirit ) hath put all enemies under his (Jesus the flesh) feet. 26The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted (as made separate from the other), (Spirit) which did put all things under him (Jesus the flesh). 28And when all things shall be subdued unto him (the flesh) then shall the Son also himself (Jesus’ immortal flesh is still to be subject just as we are, our flesh is to be subjected as in secondary to the Spirit) be subject unto him (The Holy Spirit) that put all things under him (Jesus), that God may be all in all (100% Spirit again as in Gen1:1-2 and Jesus’ immortal body will be King of Kings over God’s people the New Israel with a New Name, John14:23.). This tells me that after this age and the next millennium is over. Then in the next age, God and the rest of us will have not immortal bodies anymore or any such thing but we will be one with the Father in Spirit and in truth, so like then as well as now we need to worship the Spirit of God in Christ Jesus for right now they are one in the same, but the flesh whether mortal or immortal is always subject to God which is the Holy Spirit, Matt.26:41!!

Back to our study; 1Tim3:16 Jesus was God in the flesh and still is only in the immortal flesh, risen from the grave for this reason (to break the curse of sin which is death, because God’s anger is now appeased), so we can prove our faith that when we believe in His act of salvation for this world’s sins and that all can come to the Father because Jesus and the Father are one in the same, John10:30; John14:6, 7, 9; 20:  28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. Jesus would have told Thomas of his error if he had miss spoken of the Father and the Lord and of Jesus being different persons but you will never find that in scripture, because God is all about unity oneness and there is no other besides Me, anytime there is a plural since it is because Jesus’ in the flesh is speaking for the Spirit in Him which is in heaven too because God is all over as in omnipresent, and comes into whoever will allow himself to be used of God! God will not force Himself on anyone!! Isa.44:8 and God told the prophet 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 (him because Jesus’ flesh is from them from Adam and Eve’s stock all the way through Abraham to David and so on.), as one mourneth for his only son (The King of Israel out of the House of King David to reign for eternity), and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. If God were not Jesus He would have told Zech. To say upon Him whom they pierced. We see this unity in Rom.8:9 both God’s Spirit and Jesus’ are one in the same if you are going to be of Him as in being complete with not from as in apart. If we have not the Spirit we cannot be of Him and He will not be of or with us. We will be in actuality none of His! And if anyone says that we cannot perform miracles, sign, and wonders then they have not the Spirit of my God in them; again Rom.8:10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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: You cannot tell me that My Lord has lost any power and if He is dwelling in you then look out, we can have a move of God anytime My God wants to!! If only you believe, so maybe you need to stretch out that faith muscle of yours and start working it out making it stronger, by getting on those knees of yours, Matt.17: 21Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting!!!

But God steps in and all thing become new, and things never before seen become apparent and we see all things new because He has opened our blind eyes, and has opened our deaf ears, and He alone heals broken hearts better than new!! If you don’t believe how are you going to be raised in the last days, if you can believe that, you can believe in a little miracle, can’t you?

We cannot by the power of ourselves, be able to be apart from our sin unless we are baptized in His Spirit. This is the power (the operations) of God working in us that allows us to be sanctified and justified and to be raised on the day of the Lord’s coming, in the sky in like manor like He left, Acts1:10-11.

We are to purify ourselves in order to be with God; we need holiness, righteousness, and to be spotless; James1:27; 1John3:3; 2Cor7: 1Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2Pete3: 14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. James4: 8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Eph5:27That he might present it to  himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. We need to be purified and to be children of righteousness; now with man this is impossible but with God all things are possible, 1John2:28-29. If any man transgresses the law he is a sinner and has no part of our Lord 1John3:6-7. If you sin you are not from God for righteousness will seek righteousness, refer to Matt6:33. Jesus came to destroy the works and the workings of the devil, so how can we say we live with God and have sin in our lives, 1John3: 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, refer to Matt.5:48.

Whosoever is born of God doeth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in Him and He cannot sin because He is born of God. It all comes down to love of God in us, if we have love of God in us we will have a love for our brother and also a perfect hate of sin in us, so we will have a burden for their souls; all of our brothers and sisters, for their salvation, and this will lead us to preach the gospel to all that have breath, Matt.5:43-47: So no man should be lost 1John3:16Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. The children of God must have love for all that is in this world if we don’t we are not of God because God is Love 1John4: 16And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19We love him, because he first loved us. 20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also. A true Lover of God in Christ Jesus will have no foe or enemy we are all children of God and need to be treated as one would like to be treated, Matt5:44-45; Romans12:20-21.

John14:15 If you love Me you will keep My commandments. Ecc.12:12-13 let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter, fear God keep His commandments for this is the whole duty of man. Ecc12:14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Romans14:11 if we do anything that we are unsure of and we cannot tell if it is a sin or not, then it is a sin to us, 1Thes5: 22Abstain from all appearance of evil. Romans14:23And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Even if it is not a sin to us but it is to a brother than we should not let our faith condemn our brother with our faith. We must not be a stumbling block for our weaker brother: Romans14: 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.20For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.21It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 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.

Now a good rule of thumb is, if you can imagine God doing what you’re doing then most likely you are fine because we know God is the personification, the epitome of perfection and all Righteousness, Holiness and Glory; but we all know God is pure and perfect, so if there is any doubt then it is to be shunned, Roman14:22-23. The Holy Ghost will condemn you if you are at fault Romans14:16-17, bottom line is this, we are to keep unity in God’s church, we must not let our faith stand in the way of a weaker vessel and cause them to stumble. We are not to offend Jew, gentile, or anyone else, Romans15:13. Now the God of hope (our faith) fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope  (faith) through (in) the power of the Holy Ghost. Without it (the Holy Ghost) we are con-tinually and eternally lost: Even when you have been baptized in the Spirit and you are not allowing the Spirit to lead you then you are worse off than before: For much that has been given the much more will be required of you Luke12:48 now we know and much is required from us and we will be beaten with many stripes Luke12:47, which may mean that we might have a beating continually for eternity, where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth and the worm dieth not. If you know what God requires of His children; then without a doubt you better heed the warning. Jesus said to deny the flesh and to pick up your cross and follow Him, because if we pick not up our cross and still follow Him, He said we would not be worthy of Him Matt.10:38 and we will not be a disciple of Jesus’ and he will be ashamed of us in the Holy Ghost: we will be worshipping Him our way and not the proper way, which is out of love and humbling righteousness to be His holy Spiritual children filled with Him and we in Him and He in us. How can we not act like our Father if we let the Spirit move and guide us in all truths? We get the mind of Christ by letting His Spirit move in us, take control. Come all ye that are heavy laden Mat11:28-30 we must come to know who Jesus is our Lord God Saviour our All in All. Isa.44:6, 8; Rev.1:8, 18-19 refer to Isa44: 6Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his (Israel’s) redeemer (Deu.7:8-9 Jesus) the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last (Rev.1:8, 18.); and beside me there is no God (Isa.41:4, One God Eph.4:4-7; Rev.3:7). Hebrew13: 8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Psa102: 27But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end (Jesus always has been God the Holy Spirit, recently manifested in the flesh, died for us on the cross for our sins, raised the third day, now immortal flesh reigning as Lord of Lords, King of Kings, God Almighty refer to Isa.9:6-7 received up into glory 1Tim3:16 (for God said He would not share His glory with another, Isa42:8; 48:10; John17:5): sitting, or standing at the right hand of God is a metaphor for being in the authority of all power of God, which is His Glory and He will not share His glory with another, Isa.42:8.

Degeneration of our faith is the attack of Satan, this is the first thing Satan attacked in the garden, and he went about causing doubt. Satan wins if he can get us to doubt our heritage of being or knowing just who we are, and that is God’s children; God’s private servants, his elect, his chosen, for no other Lord and saviour our Jesus Christ our king of kings our Immanuel, Matt.1:23.

When Satan put the idea in some Trinitarian’s mind that the Holy Ghost wasn’t being poured out the same way it always has been from the day of Pentecost, we saw a great falling away and damage done to the overall faith of God’s church. Someone started preaching that you got the Holy Ghost when you were baptized and came up out of the water automatically, no matter how you went to the grave, if you are going to send someone to the grave, of death to sin, then you had better bury them in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts2:38-39) because that is the only name by which we must find salvation in there is no other name given, Acts4:12; Col.3:17. This is true in some cases, but if you want to do a study on the pouring out of the Spirit all one has to do is read the book of Acts; and that book will tell you how the Spirit is being poured out in these last days from the day of Pentecost at the start of the new church of God; we have not changed thru the ages and we are still in the age of grace as we were back then and the operation of the Spirit is the same as it was back then; the only thing lacking right now is proper preaching on the gifts of the Spirit and following all of the scripture and trusting in faith as the Lord instructed us to do, and of course a committed prayer and fasting life!! If we don’t Satan wins!! Preach scripture and leave vain philosophy out of it, faith comes by hearing and we need to preach faith in the Spirit, this is still and very much appropriate for today, tomorrow and forever, till our Lord comes and picks His church up and then look out because then and only then will the Spirit be lifted up off the face of this earth (John9:4). Romans10: 17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. What does scripture say? If there is conflict guess who is causing it, Satan is the father of lies and the author of confusion, God is consistent and always conformed to unity and has one way and it is in His Holy Scripture. If you’ve got a question; it can be answered in His instruction book The Holy Bible. If you’re not having your sermons preached by the anointing of the Holy Ghost then you’re not in the right church, I’m sorry, if they don’t speak in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and there are no healings, prophesying, interpretation, and speaking in multiple tongues and interpretation then you are in a worldly church and unless they repent and come back to the anointing of the Holy Ghost they are still worshipping God in their fashion; the fashion of the world, Jesus gives us one way to worship in the gospels, John4:24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth, 2Cor3:17: That’s it one way, because the Spirit intercedes for us and prays for us because the Spirit is the heart and mind of Christ, Jesus said I am the….John14:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Romans8: 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 have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. You see this is the Spiritual way, there is but one church of God, our Lord Jesus’ church and we operate in the Spiritual realms of God as He sees fit to operate in us!!  Unless you have this kind of faith it is impossible to please God; read chapter 11 of Hebrews and Romans12 and you will begin to get the picture of what the church of Christ will look like!

Now that I got that out of the way let us return to our lesson. Satan put that idea in some teachers’ minds that God’s Holy Spirit is not being poured out the same way as the day of Pentecost anymore; this was the first step of Satan in getting all of God’s churches to start doubting: Now Satan knows, not all of God’s people will buy that one, so Satan went on further and started this rumor about the gifts of the Spirit are not for us today, as well as we don’t need to speak in tongues to have the Holy Spirit as in the days of the apostles. Now if Satan can get God’s people to believe just one of these lies he wins and you fry in the lake of fire, just that simple. When you are operating in all of God’s powers and in the realm of the Spiritual, we find a state that John was speaking of in 1John5:1-21 and if you have the proper faith we will be filled with the Love of God and have no longer have any fear in our lives1John4:1-21. If Satan can get you to doubt or have any lusts for this world or anything in it you lose: that is why Jesus said you cannot plow a row looking back, if you cannot keep your eyes on Jesus (Matt.14:31) you lose that simple, look at what our Lord says in Luke9:62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Look back a little further in the same chapter verses 23-27: 23And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. 27But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God. Go back and read what happened with Lot’s wife when she looked back on the world she wanted to stay in, Gen.19:26 get the picture? You keep yourself to John14:15 and Matt.6:33 and yes the Lord will open up your understanding of things to come and He will show you things to be in the age to come, the Lord cannot lie and He will do it if you ask Him in faith believing, I’ve seen some of it, end of subject!

Now Satan even has a story out there now that if anyone is operating in the Spirit realm or showing signs and wonders it is from Satan, because supposedly there is no more miracles or signs that the Lord is not working with us in the Holy Ghost anymore; His pride and Joy; the apple of His eye, His crowning achievement in creation, the only thing that He created in His image and the only thing He would put His Spirit in and yet His spirit is supposed to come without power; only Satan could start a lie like this and have people believe it!! These are just some of the doctrines of this new emerging church: As for me and my house we will serve the Lord and Him only will I serve, Josh24:15.

When you turn away from God’s word it’s the first part of backsliding. We are to grow in Christ till we have the mind of Christ and we come to be in His presence and hear those words all of us should be longing to hear: Enter in My good and faithful servant, I have overcome this world as you have, come sit at My table and eat my good and faithful servant! This is what our Bible is for; so that we may learn to know the Lord’s mind and to fall in love with our creator, who gave of Himself on a cross for our salvation, if He died for us; we should be able to do the same for our God and King if we truly Love Him!! Matt.16:25, 26; Luke9:24, 26; 17:32-37. He died for us, we are to die daily for Him and pick up our cross!!

Matt.10:39 these are just a few scriptures that explain what God is looking for in us His chosen. Now if Satan can get at our love of man or of God he wins! If Satan gets to our faith game over, he wins the greatest prize that God has ever created; every one of His elect because we are all called to come to God, Matt22:14; 28:29 making disciples of all nations. If we deny the power of the Holy Ghost and His presence in us and speaking in tongues and the gifts of the spirit; Satan wins game over, Matt.28:20; Mark16:15-20 if we can just get the people to believe then God will confirm His word in us!! See we find that these are just some of Satan’s lies: God is and will be pouring out His Spirit on whoever will; you just have to want Him and come to Him in faith believing, Acts2:39 on whosoever will as many as the Lord our God shall call. Maybe some of those people need to open their deaf ears so they can hear the call of the Lord, but first you need to show up with a grain of a mustard seed of faith. This is the reason He gave us the sign of the Spirit’s presence in us so we would know and those around us would know that we have indeed had the Lord call on us to become one of His chosen, with the gift of tongues to confirm His presence. You believe and God will confirm His Spirit in you with miracles, sign, and wonders, by our trust and our faith in our God and He will do it. 13And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John14:14If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Here are your keys to the kingdom of God if you love Him and keep His commandments then you are one of His Elect His chosen children: Matt7:11If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 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 (Holy, Righteous, and Perfect) is the gate, and narrow (difficult) is the way, which leadeth unto life (Salvation), and few there be that find it. This is impossible for them who are in the world for all of this is foolishness to them, but this is unto the power of God to us, which are seeking Him with all of our being, and have been given power from on high, for it is His Righteousness, Holiness and His Perfectness that we are experiencing from the anointing of His Spirit in us! This cannot and is never obtainable from anything that man can do on his own; it is the gift of the Father which is in heaven, just as Joel2:28 and the rest of what has been and still is preached if you are in the right church. You see God will pour out His Spirit on whoever will receive it for like the good book says He knows who are His from the foundations of the earth, but we can find hope if we truly look hard enough, He will honor our diligence; look to 2Tim2:20But 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 purging himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work: All it takes is Love of God and He will reward your Love with Himself in you, and will give gifts of the Spirit as your faith will allow, Matt.6:33, just that simple, believing in faith we have eternal life and everything that comes with it in Jesus’ name!!

Eph4 was put in the Bible for one reason; God is one in Jesus and it stops there and that is as far as it goes, James2:19; if we believe anything else we are no better off than the Samaritan woman, John4:23, you know not what you worship; the answers in the next verse 24. (God is A Spirit) as in there is only one that is Holy (Luke18:19; Mark10:18) the Holy Spirit that is God He is the one and only Holy Spirit, the Spirit is God not some part of God’s essence of some trinity, the Holy Spirit is the core of God, without the Holy Spirit there is no God or Jesus because Jesus came and proceedeth forth of the Spirit and is the Spirit manifested in the visible flesh (1Tim3:16) so that we may know Him and have seen Him, John1:1-14, and Jesus is God Man the first and the last, one person period, all the fullness of the God head was (and still is) in Him and we are complete in Him, the beginning and the end, Col.2:9-10.

The Lord our God gave this earth to man, that was Adam and Adam lost it to Satan when sin entered therein, now only God could reconcile the word unto Himself and only God could do that by removing the curse of sin by offering a perfect sinless sacrifice, for blood was the only way to cover sin so it could not be seen again (forgiven). And the only way God could do that is if He came back Himself in the flesh to remove the curse that He placed on earth and on man, only God could do that, only God had the power to correct a curse of God, and He knew from the foundation of the earth before He even created it; He knew what was going to be required of Him before He ever said let there be! He knew He had to come if He was going to be part of His creation and have a relationship with us, now if God can humble Himself unto death, then that is exactly what it is going to take to come to Him, no ifs ands or buts! Only God could take away a curse that He originated and this is exactly what He did in Christ Jesus, He came back in the flesh, grew up to be a man and humbled Himself to die the death of a CURSED THING on the cross for that is just what sin is a cursed thing, so how could we live in sin any longer if we truly are His servant, His child, and the Son’s of God spoken of in the Psalms82:6, John10:34-38, Matt5:48 Gen17:1 walk ye before Me and be ye perfect, this is a commandment, if you love Me you will keep My commandments and then all things will be added unto you, Matt6:33.

The out pouring of the Spirit that was spoken about in Joel is just what Satan is trying to keep everyone from receiving, now if he (Satan) can convince the people of this by our so called preachers practicing some vain false doctrine from some school of Worldly Philo-sophy some worldly academy of manmade theology and traditions, then Satan wins again, for the same reason the Israelites were ruined because a generation grew up without knowledge of God and who He is and what He can do! God gave us His Holy Bible so this exact thing could not happen again: Now if we are not fluent in His scriptures we have only ourselves to blame and Satan wins again. Because God’s words are our weapons against Satan Eph6 put on the whole armor of God. If we are not marching forward we are falling back thus we become backsliders because we are not about our Father’s business and Jesus was always moving forward, He never retreated, He even helped to climb onto the cross to get nailed to it for all of mankind, (they didn’t have to drag him onto it) to save us from Satan and the Lake of Fire. Look to scripture and see if I am not preaching good gospel, this is foundational gospel, this is good preaching, when you preach Jesus crucified, buried three days risen and seen in the world and carried up to glory and is sitting at the right hand of all power and authority, for you and I to come to know Him, that is good preaching! For this is the reason why He has the name of God on Him, the name that has power in the mere mentioning of His name, Satan trembles, James2:19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. If you cannot back up your belief with scriptures then you had better come to an understanding, that you are putting your eternal soul in whoever is standing behind some pulpit; your eternal soul has a long time to spend in Hell if someone is leading you down some road you know nothing about. Work out your won salvation because you’re not going to get away with it, (when you are standing in front of God and say “well I didn’t know God I’m sorry, I guess I should have done as Gary said and read your Holy Bible, for myself and understood it”) you had a life time on earth to figure this stuff out and if you were baptized in the Holy Ghost you definitely have no excuses because He is the enlightener of all truth in scripture and in our life, without Him (the Holy Spirit) we are still lost, John3:3, 5, and know nothing at all and will perish in the lake of fire, Phil.2:12 was put in the Bible for this reason, so you can’t get to heaven and then beg off that some preacher told us wrong, if you knew scripture like you were supposed to, you would have figured this stuff out on your own that he (the preacher) was feeding you false doctrines and then you could of found the church of the living God; and worshiped God correctly because there is only one way to worship and praise the Lord and that is in holiness and righteousness 1Tim2:8-9; and 1Peter4:16-19;  18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Do you think God has lost any power? Do you know we are in the same age that the first church was in at Pentecost? When Jesus started pouring out His Spirit, yes Jesus’ Spirit is the same as God’s Spirit for they are one in the same, if you have doubt Satan wins again, look to Romans8:9 and John14:16-18, 26 read 23 thru 25 this is why the disciples know God in the flesh has truly come and that they bear witness to it! We see this by Paul’s preaching because you see Paul was brought into revelation by the Lord Jesus Himself (Gal.1-24), to a Pharisee there could be only one person that could be called Lord (Isa.42:8) and that was God almighty and you know who answered Paul, no other than Jesus our Lord God (Gal.1:1 John10:30; 12:45), Acts9. Paul was carried away by the Spirit into his desert you might say and learned by revelation from God Himself in the wilderness of Damascus; for Paul was going to be a chosen vessel of the Lord’s to preach Jesus unto the gentiles, because the Lord said He would have Paul suffer for Him by His grace being poured out upon him. Which Paul accounted that to his glory to be known that he was going to suffer as the Lord did, this is how we know when we are truly on the right tract when we start getting persecuted, for our beliefs and our actions of holiness and righteousness and how we feel the conviction that comes from only God in us, people will speak evil of you and say we are legalistic and we are to heavenly to be of any earthly good, I’ve heard that one before! Why would we want to be of any earthly good anyway, when this world is going to pass away?

Jesus taught Paul the mysteries of things to come and how things are to be. When you come to meet with the Lord in spirit and in truth you do not need to ask anyone if you have been saved and washed in the blood of the Lamb of God, because His Spirit is too over-whelming, you will know it, you won’t have to ask anyone if you got it, it will be all over you, you don’t have to ask anyone if you touched electricity do you, you will feel it?!   Paul was filled, and was used mightily, just as it is today, according to our faith! Paul had one job to bring those “of the way” back to Jerusalem to kill them, those of the way as it was called back then, and now he was preaching Jesus as the messiah in Damascus and now is being called to Antioch, no one showed him the gospel of Jesus but God! Now it is the same today as well as back then if you will seek Him in truth and all honesty, you can too have a private tutor (John6:45; 14:26), when you listen to the Holy Spirit, walls and barriers come down and we get lifted to new realms of truth in the scriptures and He just keeps enlightening His children; every time I read something, He shows me some thing new! Peter, Paul, John and the rest of the apostles had to fight with un-enlightened vain philosophers back then as well as today, there is no differences, without the leading of the Spirit we all would be lost and gone astray!

We have one characteristic that stands out from all those in this world, even in our own church the true followers of the Lord are still known by this one trait, we have no enemies for we love all God’s creatures all men are our brethren, even those who hate us, we must love them too. God said vengeance is mine and He alone will judge, judge not lest ye be judged. God gave us one job, to make disciples of all nations, let us be about our job reverently seeking His grace upon us to do His will. There are three traits you might say the three fold cord is not easily broken; first fold of the cord is repentance, the second is baptism in water of remission of sins, the third is the baptism of the Spirit, (the three R’s, Repentance, Remission, Rebirth equals salvation in Jesus name) and this cord which is Jesus, cannot be easily broken (Ecc.4:12) if you keep His commandments, Jesus said; He did not come to change the law but to fulfill all prophesy, this means today as well we must stay in the statutes, sayings, judgments, and commandments. But when you stop to think about the goodness of God and His eternal blessing upon His children we can say that the last three strands could be considered just one thread of the first strand the next three strand thread could be righteousness holiness and spotlessness, the next thread containing three strands is grace mercy and love, and all of these three threads of nine strands make the cord that cannot be broken called Lord our Jesus Christ! You can see where I’m going with this analogy, God is unlimited, and we could add strands to this thread count to the countless power and still not find the cord to cease from growing in dimension and in strength, because our God is still growing in size just as our universe keeps expanding, because where there is a thought or any form of mental consciousness God is there before that thought could exist, thus God is before existence! Because there could be no existence without God allowing it to happen! Enough philosophy for all philosophy is in vain it will not help you get one bit closer to God; only God can do that, seek ye the Lord and ALL things will be added unto you, John6:37, 39, 40, 44, 47.

Back to the age of grace subject: We are in the same age of grace; if it was for the apost-les back then it is for us today because we have not come into the next age yet, so we have just as much power as the apostles and the disciples of the apostles had back then, there is no difference, but in faith, if we see not the gifts of the spirit being utilized then it is our lack of faith which is hindering the Holy Spirit from moving, even Jesus could not do much in His own home town because of lack of faith, the gifts of the spirit are bound when there is no faith, for this reason sometimes you have to put unbelievers out of the room to have a move of God where a miracle is needed, I learned this the hard way too, refer to 1kings17:19-23; 2kings4:32-33; Matt.6:6; Acts9:40 and Jesus said and greater things than these would His children do, John5: 19Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20For the Father loveth the Son and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel: Maybe you just need to have the Father start showing you a few things, John14:12-14, but it all hinges on verse 15 and the biggest two letter word of doubt I know IF. When your faith gets bigger than if you see God moving in a new realm in your life!

You see here is one thing I’ve learned, there is never a problem with God it is always on man’s inability to come to know Him and the true power of God’s Spirit in us, because we are limited in our imagination and our faith, if you can imagine it and see it in your minds eye then you should have faith that it is possible, if only you would believe, so it is up to you, if it truly will bring glory to God, He will do it! So the Father will be glorified by the Son, verse13. Now, if Jesus glorified the Father which is the Holy Spirit, think how much more we will be glorified when we do as the spirit wills for us and we glorify our Father which is in heaven, our Lord Jesus, when we step out in faith, knowing and believing and trusting God to confirm His presence in us. Sometimes we need to press upon our faith as shown by Jesus in the story about the woman that kept coming to the king’s throne room wanting justice, Luke18:1-8. The Lord works on His time table not ours, and with God all things are possible.  The gifts of God, there are no variances James1:16Do 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. If there is any short sidedness it is on man’s side not God’s. If you have no power, it is from not believing or you are none of His, and have not been baptized in His Spirit with speaking in tongues as well as the other gifts; and you never will get any unless it is preached to you because faith comes by hearing or seeing, get in the right church of the living God’s Spirit that is allowed to move and you will have a move when you believe! If Satan can keep the pulpit from preaching faith, in the gifts of the Spirit, Satan wins yet again, just that simple, Satan wins and you are toast in the all consuming fire of the Lord’s presence, remember the words of John the Baptist in Matt.3:11-12.

If you are not receiving good old fashion apostolic preaching whose fault is it, is it maybe you can’t humble your proud self and come to know Him as a child under submission to the Father of creation after all you are the created and He the creator! Or maybe you’re just too lazy to get off your rear end at come to know Him in fellowship with His children, you know God is in the midst of two or three gathered in His name; worshipping comes from a gathering in His name, you can’t do that in the privacy of your home watching it on TV, you can praise Him and pray to Him in your own home, but worshipping means coming to the house of God with other worshippers to be in His presence. Worshipping God is a hands on experience, Keep the Sabbath and to fellowship with His people are commandments, Look it up search scripture you’ll see! Or I guess you can wait and He’ll point this out to you when you see Him. If the Lord told you to go to church it was for a reason, the same reason He told us to keep the Sabbath, a Holy day of sacred worship for one reason to worship Him then we are to do it, it is a commandment do or fry kind of thing! You know it would be a real bummer to die once and then have to do it again for eternity continually! For I’m really afraid, if you can’t take the time or you’re just too lazy to go to church; I think He will most likely give you the same compliment and not bother you or tire you out on the day of the rapture, He won’t want to put you out! You’re too good to go get in His presence now; you will be too good for the day of rapture too I’m sure of it. Kind of one of those things damned if you do and damned if you don’t, because if you go because you feel you have to, to be saved, then you’re going for the wrong reason anyway and you are going to be damned. There is only one reason why you should be there, to worship Him, and that is out of the deep sincere love of your heart, which is the only way any of us are going to make heaven.

This is one of our new jobs and that is to be in His presence in worshipping Him, and the other is following the leading of His Spirit or His will in other words, we are called His servants for a reason we are to serve Him if we aren’t, then we are like the servant that hid the Lord’s talent and I guarantee, if you are not about His business when He returns He will take from what He gave you and you’re not going to like what’s coming next with all the gnashing of teeth and everything, doesn’t sound like something I want to get involved in! If you don’t get into fellowship with God’s people and receive and pray and worship God in the Holy Ghost; for those who do are those who are the overcomers mentioned in Rev.2:25-29 and chapter 3 for we find the overcomers will receive the bright and morning star which is Jesus in Rev.22: 16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. God changes not neither do His gifts, James1:17 and 1Cor13:13 leads us to the next topic Love.

The greatest gift that we get is love, without it we fry in Hell, Love the Lord your God is the first commandment, to love means to love man as yourself, which is the Royal Law spoken of in James2:8 and Matt.7:12. We see in the 2nd. Chapter of James he talks about love but in the first chapter we see the most important point that he wants to start off with is our faith. Without our faith all of this is in vain, now if Satan can make you lose your faith in one aspect of God’s will for you Satan wins. This is a war people; we wrestle not with powers of this world but against supernatural powers of evil. How are we going to win a war unless we take on the weapons of a supernatural saviour, Eph.6:1-24? These scriptures teach us how we are to accomplish this, all of our marching orders are in the Bible; all of our hidden routes to the kingdom of God are in the Bible. All of our secret tactics, weapons, defenses, and all of God’s love is our ace in the whole. When all else fails we can fall on our face and repent and ask our merciful God to pick us up and put the pieces of our lives back together again, Luk.18:13-14.

It doesn’t matter when it comes to salvation and who has come and gone on before us, and how they did it when it comes to the Lord, this is your journey. The Bible is God’s way of revealing His plan of salvation; we cannot add to or take away from anything in it. We see a lot of ministers not preaching hell and the saving power of the blood of the Lamb of God for our sins and the infilling of the Holy Ghost, these subjects are what they feel are to spooky or are not sophisticated enough for today’s church, but I would rather preach it and not lose one soul than to have them fry not knowing it! They think that kind of preaching is dark ages but it is unto salvation and it is by the blood of Christ that we are saved, this is why they preach man’s religion instead of the gospels because they feel today’s man is too sophisticated for salvation of the truth which is revealed in the gospels, because it is easier to preach what today’s people want because they have twitching ears, Gal.1:8-9; Rev.22:18-19 and 2Tim4:1I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

If we take off on our own agenda while we are preaching we are in fact taking you to the right hand or the left off the straight and narrow path spoken of by Jesus, Matt7:14; modern preacher do not want to preach that we must deny ourselves but God does, Rom.8:5-8. Hard to take but this is God’s way, Jesus said to deny self and to pick up our cross, there is no other way to put it, we are to give up our lives to Him if we don’t, we are in fact saying one thing, that we are ashamed to be associated with our Lord. If we have not picked up our cross but yet we are still trying to follow Him in trying to be religious we are fooling ourselves because we are in fact worshipping Him the way we want to and not His way! We are still lost and He will say depart from Me, I never knew you and many will profess, Lord we have cast out demons in your name but, I will profess I never knew you depart from Me you worker of iniquities, Matt.7:13-23, see worship is just like salvation, it is done His way not ours!

When it comes to the Holy Ghost you either speak in tongues as the spirit gives the utterance or you have fallen short of the blessed event. When you do receive it you are going to want to tell everyone all about it. Plus you will be able to prophesy, according to your faith; you will have gifts of the Spirit for the Spirit will equip you for your calling. Many are called few are chosen, those who have humbled themselves and used their faith are those who can move mountains, by the power of our Lord God working in us just as He did when He was on earth, read the scriptures, Jesus wants us to do miracles so the Father will be glorified, if anyone is preaching otherwise, I guess we know who gave him his theology degree, he got it straight from Satan.

God gives everyone a measure of faith, but it is up to us to exercise our faith in order for it to grow. Just like a child does when he listens to every word his parents say to him, it takes that kind of faith, a dying faith. Children do as they are told until they find out they want what they want and can get away with it, this is the inherited sin nature taking hold at a young age. This is the nature of sin it is just this strong.

Paul was instructing Timothy in how to get people ready for God to use them, there are many people in God’s kingdom, some are chosen before they born to do great and wond-rous things these are those who are made of gold and silver that we see in 2Tim.2: 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: we see these vessels being made all the way down to earth and clay vessels; these are those who are of base or filthy or an abomination to God’s presence. But God; has a way where there could not have been a way, but God makes a way when someone purges himself and comes to know God in all righteousness. We see this is verse 21 of 2Tim. From these (as in the worldly people and this worlds emerging church) the Lord will pull out from among them, those He can use to be a vessel unto honor (something our Lord God Jesus will use) sanctified (set apart, a peculiar people) and meet (good) for the masters use and prepared unto (for everything) every good work (with confirmation of power of the Holy Spirit): Which can only be about His, our Lord’s Business making disciples of all nations, then will the end come when all nations have had the gospel of our Lord Jesus as saviour preached to them and when the last person receives the gift of the Holy Ghost He will return for His church, the overcomers who have made themselves ready for Him, Matt24:14; Marl13:10 and Revelations. These are God’s own words and God cannot lie.

If you have not, it is because you ask a miss James4:3 but God will find the base things of this earth to use to confound the wisdom of man’s thinking, such as the debased and filthy, those who have been redeemed, like me to preach His word. God is not a respecter of man and when we lose our respect for ourselves and give ourselves to Him with all our hearts, then He will use us for His glory, this is the only way to become His. To be used by Him for His glory and His kingdom to come; this is why we must reach out to others to come to Him, because this is a commandment, Matt.28:19-20; Mark16:15; Luke24:47.

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We see in Jeremiah that he was trying to get Israel back from backsliding. Today we face the same problems in our churches, we find that if one is not progressing toward God in coming to know who He is and His name, we are still backsliding because we have not moved forward in the truth of His scriptures, John8:24. Jesus said that you will die in your sins, for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins. This tells me one thing, if we are not seeking the mind of Christ we are backsliding because we are not getting any closer to knowing who Jesus is. Many people think they know God but they are taught about the Father as a person of the Godhead, God only has one head and that is attached to Jesus, God is the same Spirit that hovered over the water in Gen.1:2 and the same Spirit we worship in truth and in Spirit, John4:23-24: Which the true worshippers of the true church of God all know the God manifested Himself in the flesh and that Jesus is that flesh. We are to worship Him. 1Tim3:16 and John1:1-14 we see God became flesh we beheld His glory. The disciples Peter, James, and John the author of this Book of the gospel, saw His glory when Jesus transformed Himself. He is letting us know who He is in Isa.44: 6Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? And the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them, and Jesus fulfilled all of this in the flesh.

The Angel of God (Gabriel) told Joseph not to put Mary away because the Holy thing that she conceived is of God, this means that 1st. the Holy thing spoken of is the Holy Spirit which is God and is of God and not separated from God the Holy Thing being born to Mary is of God as in Himself or it would be from God. Jesus said I and My Father are one in John10:30 so this blows the trinity theory out of the water because the trinity says they are separate. Jesus is the manifestation of Holy Spirit, God in the flesh. This leads us to Isa.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, and The Prince of Peace. See all these are not persons but they are all titles of one person Jesus!

The Mighty God is confirmed in the new age of grace with a new covenant of salvation brought from God for His chosen people who know His name. By confirmation of an angel from God, Gabriel, came by God’s direction to give us revelation of what God was doing by faith we receive, Matt.1:18. Mary was found with child of the Holy Ghost which is God in her, because God is a spirit and cannot be separated from Himself when He is omnipresent to begin with, A house divided cannot stand, Matt.12:25; Mark3:25, John4:23. If anyone would know He was God Himself in the flesh it was Jesus; I and the Father which is the title of God are One John10:30; 12:45 God is not the author of confusion, what is more confusing, God being manifested in the flesh and is in fact Jesus, or some Trinity thing where we are supposed to worship three deities that proceed from some Godhead, now this sounds more confusing than the oneness of God in Jesus as our Lord and saviour? This is why we cannot worship the Father as part of the God head; all the aspects or characteristics and natures of God and His actions are all holy and righteous, just because He created earth and the universe and everything in it and got the title of Father doesn’t make a person, if we were to worship that we would be worshipping His abilities of creating material substances (which is a form of idolatry) from God instead of worshipping the originator of the substances.

In the theory of the triune God we see that God is made up of three persons that make up one God head. First off Jesus said My Father and I are one, John10:30, so this means Jesus is God because the Father is God. The Holy Spirit is God not some part of the trinity, John4:24. So there cannot be three parts or persons of anything when Jesus is one with God the Father who is the Holy Ghost that put Himself in Mary, John8:23And He (Jesus) said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. John3: 31He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 32And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.  33He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true, John15:26. 34For He (Jesus) whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit (Himself) by measure unto him (Thus all the fulness of the Godhead was in Jesus reconciling the world unto Himself 2Cor.5:19). 35The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 36He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. Because Jesus is God with all the spirit without measure means just that because there is no division of the Spirit it is still one as in the whole Spirit of God dwelling in Jesus without limits without measure as in one. John8: 24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am He (God as in one you shall not have any other God before Me, God cannot be divided or taken apart, omnipresent), ye shall die in your sins 1John5:20.

Some philosopher said that the Spirit of God is the essence of God that does the physical work of God and is sent out to do the will of God and that the Father has the same ability to usher out the Spirit and the Spirit proceeds from the Son as well but stop and think about it God has angels for His servants and us to do His will and the angels get their orders from God, God is the Holy Spirit (John4:24) and if He wants something done He does it Himself as the Holy Spirit and speaks it into existence, or allows one of His children do it in faith, Gen. remind you of anything as in, let there be, the Spirit is the Father but the Father is just that a title of an action which cannot be a true person with flesh and blood as Jesus is a true person, of the Spirit thus the Father (Title of God) and I are One this is why Jesus could do nothing but what the Spirit had Him do, and this is why Jesus was in such agony in the garden and sweat blood Luke22:44, but if you were learned in the scriptures we would have no need for this teaching as in Heb.5:11Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The Holy Ghost is God not some external spirit proceeding forth of His will but in fact is God in action and at rest, they (God and the Holy Spirit) are ONE IN THE SAME; God is undividable, God is all around us and permeates through us just as He holds the universe together by His word but not only that, He is around it and through it, all at the same time, thus He is one with it and us, what or whoever He puts Himself in Just as with Mary He put Himself in Her and her seed with Him in it grew in Her until it was full God Man in Jesus all man and all God, John1:1-14; Col2: 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead (Omnipresence, Omnipotence, Omniscience this is the Godhead) bodily.

The Holy Ghost is who God is even in Jesus human form, it was the spirit in Him who did the works I can do nothing of Myself it is the Father (title of God who is the Holy Spirit refer to John4:24) in Me He doeth the works, John14: 10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

God said you shall not have any Gods before Me, so why would anyone upset God worshipping one of His Holy actions instead of worshipping Him, in person, in the flesh to the very one that redeemed us. Who is going to have every knee bowed before Him on judgment day? Acts4:12: There is no other name given by which we must be saved Acts 4:12; we find out why in Romans8:9-8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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.

If Christ is in you, you have God in you, they are one in the same all the fulness just as scripture says all the fulness of the Godhead was in Jesus Christ our God in the flesh, 2Cor5:19. Col.2:1-15, because this was the operation of God in person, which we might be saved in His Name in baptism and washed in the blood of the Lamb of God and filled with God’s, own Spirit in Christ Jesus, Romans8:9.

Man was created in God’s image, so God is the first original man and we all are copies of God and Jesus is the first time God made Himself flesh thus the Son (flesh) of Man (God), this is not to say Jesus is the son of God as another person. And we are all God’s children whether we are obedient or rebellious, we are His children to scold correct or to bless and give joy, and peace of mind knowing we are in His will doing His blessedness in Judgment, and in truth= Righteousness, Exo.33:19; 34:10 and remember the Lord is the same today yesterday and tomorrow!

Jesus was God made of flesh of a woman this is why He who knew no sin became sin for all of us, Jesus was baptized of John the Baptist so all righteousness was done, one reason in the Old Testament, the sacrifice was always washed (baptized) in the basin before you could offer it up in the fire for a sweet savor unto the Lord. The sacrifice must be sanctified first before it can be accepted. These are some of the operations God put forth in order to worship Him correctly, God changes not He has a set of proper proceedings as in some traditions as well as a scriptural way to worship Him it is not our way it is His way in order for our worship to be of righteousness to Him!

Jesus who knew no sin but was all flesh and the Spirit of our God in Him, Jesus still had to purify the flesh because of the inherited sin from Adam that was inherited to all of humanity from the Garden of Eden to Mary and to you and me as well, Rom.3:23.

For all righteousness to be fulfilled we must be baptized in the name of Jesus, to receive remission of sins by invoking His name over us at baptism. This is the operation God has given His children to be saved; then He will give us His Spirit if we ask Him, sometimes you receive the Holy Ghost before baptism many of those people have a calling on them from the Lord to go out and be of public service to Him, Acts2:38-39. Even after one has repented and baptized in Jesus name and receives the Holy Spirit, the flesh and carnality can become a problem and start ruling man’s heart again, this is called backsliding but we can backslide without going back to the flesh, we can backslide by staying still and not learning how to have the mind of Christ our Lord Jesus, unless we know what God wants from us how are we going to be in His will and be saved?

Jesus said He wants us to go deny ourselves and pick up our cross and be about His work that the Father gave Him we also must be about the same work, 1st things first that none should perish, thus go forth and make disciples of all nations, starting in your own family, home town, and spreading out from there. So many churches of today are like those of Rev. 3:14-22 they have a form of Godliness but lack the power thereof because they worship according to their way and not in truth of a pure faith and in the proper ways of the Lord because we must not forget that His ways are not ours, we must worship Him as He ordained His church to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. In Full Faith of His Glory in Us in All Faith of the Operations of Signs and Wonders, Mark16:15-20!! They that are in the flesh cannot please God, so we had better start learning how to operate in the Spiritual realm to be one with God in the Spirit because God is a Spirit, John4:24. We should strive to get to the upper levels of spirituality so that as we work in the supernatural it becomes our true natural state and no longer called supernatural but our natural state! If we are His children we will in Faith believing!

There are only three ways of reaching this perfection as to what we are supposed to be looking for if we are truly God’s children, Matt5:48. God did not put this scripture here in His instruction Book if it were not obtainable, with man this is impossible but God all things are possible in faith believing or Jesus would not have preached on it! Any preaching of this sort is not in any of our new emerging churches! Preachers who have not a clue of the presence of being baptized in the Holy Ghost because they do not speak in tongues to begin with, or felt the power of God in them or they would be preaching this doctrine, Gal.1:8-9 refer to Rev.22:18-19; Deu.4:2!

Satan can attack our faith and have us doubt one thing that God has given us in His words and Satan wins our souls, 2Cor12:7 if Satan will attack Paul and try to mess with his mind Satan will do it to you too, because without faith it is impossible to please God period, in our weaknesses God is made strong, so that when a sign or a wonder happens or dare yet I say it, a miracle happens, there is no doubt from which it comes, but our Lord in us! Heb.11:6! Read Hebrew6:1-20 shows us that we are powerful and have the promises of God and if Jesus said we could have it then we can have it because God cannot lie, His word will not come back void of its intentions, it is from our lack of faith, get with the program of God and He will confirm His working in you!

We have no choice; we must believe every one of God’s irrefutable scriptures as stated in 2Tim3:16-17 or perish!  16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God May be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works: This is how we get perfect as in Matt.5:48. Both verses it means the same thing that man might obtain a unity with the Lord our God in a Spiritual nature, which some call a supernatural nature but it should be natural to God’s children: Which it is, if you go to the correct churches, who preach His truths, and the gospel of the apostles, Acts2:42, 47; Ehp.4:4.

If we are to be His chosen children we cannot be any part of this world in our flesh nature, we must be set apart from the world as a peculiar people. We must shun all of this world’s natural thoughts and endeavors; to be of a carnal nature is (Romans8:7-8) to have the second death reign in our lives. God’s Holy Bible is just that, it is His Holy Words that His people will learn to live or die by; it is up to us which one it will be! We either follow His words and live or do as we see fit and die, one or the other there is not a middle gray area! I refer you to Ecc.12: 11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies (Apostles of Jesus), which are given from one shepherd (Jesus). 12And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Be ye Holy for I am Holy Lev.11:44-45 and 1Thes.4:7 God changes not, if we are to be judged we will not be judged by this world’s rules, Jesus said the words that He spoke will judge the world because He spoke the words from the Spirit or the Father (John10:30) by God speaking to us by Himself in the flesh. If we want to live with God we and better know every scripture in this Holy Bible and His commandments, John14:15.  If you love Me you will keep My commandments, real simple for God’s people to understand. From Gen. to Rev. those who have made themselves ready are those who have made themselves Holy, Righteous and Perfect allowing the will of God to move in them and to direct their every move. By God’s righteousness and holiness in us we will overcome this world and its lusts of the flesh! When we give ourselves to Him unconditionally!  If we have anything between God and ourselves we might as well be worshipping an idol, John12:25-26 and verses 45-50.

Because Jesus is the Father John10:45; 14:1-31 if you can read through these verses and not find out who Jesus is then you need divine revelation from Jesus Himself like He gave to Paul, because no one comes to Jesus unless the Father (Holy Spirit, God Himself) shows you who He is and how He does things and why and without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit this is only possible with God enlightening you, John6:44, 65 don’t be like those in verse 66. John14:16-31, this same Spirit is Jesus’ Spirit refer to verse18 Jesus said He would come to us which He does in the baptism of the Holy Ghost spoken of by Jesus in John3:5, this is when we become enlightened in all truths which gives us the ability to seek out His word and understand them, by doing them and turning away from this carnal nature and submitting to the will of God in all things by keeping all of His commandments not just the ones we want to, all of them, this is how we truly become His mothers, brothers, and sisters, Matt.10:34-42. When we lose ourselves and submit to God by doing His work, we then will find ourselves destined for Eternal Glory, and not until then, we must put God first in our lives will all of our hearts, mind, soul, and strength or we are burnt toast in the lake of fire forever, just that simple we must judge ourselves according to His scriptures in order to make His heaven, we are just fooling ourselves and are going to perish if we do not!

 

The flesh cannot please God so we must change and be born anew, born again, in the Spirit or perish forever in the Lake of Fire, prepared for those who say we don’t have to speak in tongues anymore or the Holy Spirit’s gifts aren’t being poured out anymore these are false doctrines from Satan himself to get God’s elect, by creating a lack of faith.

God changes not, He requires the same standards today as He did in Adam and Eve’s days we need to be Holy, Righteous, Perfect, as in Moral in dress and Hair and clothes jewelry, in what we watch, what we listen to, who we hang around and socialize with. We are going to be judged according to God’s rules and by every scripture in His Holy Bible so we had better learn every verse in it; if we are going to be judged by His word, this is our eternal life we are talking about. Jesus said what if a man will gain the world, but what will he give for his soul? There is nothing we can give that Jesus wants but our love and service to Him, by doing all of His commandments and His will for us, so we had better learn what that is and be doing it when He gets back, or you’re not going to like your new home! Those who keep not the Lord’s commandments are sinners, that plain and simple to the Lord, we are to obey the Lord and to tremble and fear His wrath because He is God the creator and we are the created!

Live it or die, you might as well go join the atheist society, if you leave one thing undone you might as well have been in the world. God must come first in our being or we will be lost and unless you truly love Him he will not be yours. This is hard preaching, but good preaching, it is to get you stirred up in your spirit, but yet it is good preaching because it is scriptural, John14:15 and 15:14 funny how the Lord works isn’t it? The outcome won’t be too funny though, if we miss the mark, and don’t learn to come to know Him as our Lord and keep all of His words. He gave us these words of His so none would perish so all could have life eternal! Which is no problem to those who have His Spirit in control of their lives and study scripture daily and keep if fresh in their minds, Matt.12:48-50; Luke8:15; John15:14 as well you can chase this subject all over the Bible because it is going to be required and is a requirement of the Lord, unless we have a daily walk with God we are lost He said pick up our cross daily means to pray and seek His face while being on ours.

When God’s children have received revelation from God we are to run with it to all of families, friends and whosoever will. But God our Lord has given us revelation to draw them in that none should perish. If we do not relay what He has given us He will take it away from us, the ability to discern as well as the other gifts if you don’t use them you are going to lose them because if you are ashamed of Him he will withdraw Himself from you. Luke8:15-21 these are those who have received His words and we put ourselves on a Hill as a beacon or a candle on top of a candle stick so that we can draw all to us so that they may see the light and the error of their ways. If we do not use what we have been given, then in fact this is a form of backsliding in the ways of the Lord, because all Jesus ever did was to go on and on teaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, so that everyone could find their way to God. If we ever get to a point where we stop growing in Christ we are in danger of backsliding straight to Hell. Paul teaches us that we have to be careful how we build onto the church of God, we are called to preach and teach and to edify His church with our presence and in working for the Lord, 1Cor.1:26-31, so this means even you are to be used of God in teaching and preaching.

These things that are weak and of no account of man’s world, God uses to save those that are lost. The same that were lost, even those that at one time were reprobates, God can fill with the Holy Ghost and use to confound this world, so no man may glory in himself, to God be the glory we have been redeemed! Not to sit idly by, but to participate in His world to redeem the lost, John4:35. 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. Just do it we must be about His business when He returns or perish. This is the reason why Jesus said we must be born again in order to keep His commandments and to be able to do His work that He sent us to go and do!! John3:3; 5.

We must seek His Spirit, in us so that we can add to His church correctly by the leading of His Spirit and His word from the only book that brings life to all who hear His words given by His prophets, scribes, and apostles, moved or picked up by the Holy Spirit and wrote His words as being lifted up and lead along with Him leading them into all truths.

This is how we will overcome by being able to be in the Spirit with our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ by being in the Spirit when He comes back, Luke18:8. We lose our faith in just one of God’s scriptures we have lost everything; to lose salvation for an inch you might as well stay in the world and lose it by a mile. Matt.10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. 37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me (They are Hell bound). 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 41He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward (Rev.19:10, Jesus is the spirit of prophesy); and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. We are called to be sent out and to preach this gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God!

In these last days Satan is pulling out all his tricks because he knows his time is short, he is not going to stop at anything; we have the power over Satan, if you have been born again in the Spirit with evidences of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterances. Satan only has power if we give it to him! God changes not and whatever God does He has always made it known by His Spirit filled apostles, prophets, evangelist, preachers, and teachers.

We have too many teaching without the Spirit of truth given by one power, one authority, and one church, Ehp.4. We must attend church because it is a commandment, for sake not the assembly for we must keep to His word in these last days even more so, Heb.10: 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. As we see the day approaching why would or should we back off as He is coming so much nearer. We should be drawn closer to Him by His words in our hearts.

The Lord said to come out from among this untoward generation, to set ourselves apart from the nations and to become a priestly nation a Godly people; it was for Israel back in the Old Testament and it is for us today in God’s church, Exo.19:6 and Isa.43:3-4. We are precious in His sight if we keep ourselves to Him in all His ways, statutes, sayings, judgments, and commandments, because we have to keep them all. This doesn’t mean we get to do as we always have from the beginning so the grace may abound, God will receive you in your sinful state but you must have repented and continue to repent and keep your-self holy and righteous, 1Pet.4:16-19; Rom.6:1-23. Remember unless our righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees we are in trouble and in no wise enter into the Kingdom of God., Matt.5:20. This is our gospel which is hid from the world because this world has been blinded from the truth by Satan; Satan is working overtime turning this world away from the truth as much and as far as possible. Even those who think they are the elect, which seems to be all those people that want God there way; the way where you don’t have to change and everyone in the church looks just like everyone in the world. These are all lies being brought out by a church that neither knows God and has not a clue to the operations of God’s church, 2Cor.4:1-18. We are not to be looking for things of this world or the knowledge of this world but of the knowledge that is given by the Spirit of truth, that this world cannot receive, John14:17.

If your church does not operate or preach by anointing of the Holy Ghost, if you are in a worldly church you will know that when you walk into it and the people look just like the people that are in the world. For many of them could not even go out of the way to put on different clothes to wear in the presence of God than what they wear in the world.

God told woman not to cut their hair because it is her glory, her crown of glory, this is her separation from man and in her child bearing she will be sanctified for the propitiation of mankind came through her seed as well as our saviour. These are some of the things that the angels look into because the angels are to keep the children of God safe after birth from the woman.

God took all the jewelry from the Israelites in the desert because they became vain with their haughtiness and when the man of God left to receive word from God they used their jewelry to make themselves a god and they began to worship the pagan god of the calf and to have sexual fornications, and orgies which stemmed from being in Egypt to long and worshipping the Egyptians gods and with all the jewelry they were acting out the same way we become when we are prideful and flaunt our possessions as Hezekiah did that lost the kingdom after his death. These little sins, they in turn become big sins against God without our even knowing it.

God put a distinction between man and woman because it was not good for him to be by himself, God said I will give man a help meet. This is why woman is for man from man, man today as well as back then is supposed to have preeminence over woman. Today we see woman running for political office but yet this is part of prophetic scripture coming true, scripture says in the last days we will be governed by women and children, Isa3:12. This is not the original intent of God because God does not allow confusion for it is an abomination (SIN) to Him; when scripture talks about something being a shame; a shame is the same as a sin to God. For this reason women are not to cut their hair for it is a shame for her to worship with her head uncovered or cut. This is how the pagan women worshipped with their hair shorn or shaved for the act of fornication in the pagan high places, 1Cor.11:6. Women are not to wear pants for there is a distinction between man and woman, and man, it is a shame to wear long hair as a woman, these are sins (confusion an abomination) to God. 1Cor.11:1-34 these are God’s rules and His righteousness, that are carried out by His children in remembrance of our Father’s wishes to us but commandments to those who do not want to submit, to those we have no such ordinances, 16But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God. Because they are none of His and are foolishness to this man’s worldly churches!

We have to become His totally or He will be ashamed of us. Men are not to wear their hair long, no earrings, tattoos, body piercing, now this does not mean He will not accept you if you have these things, but once you come to know Him, we are bought with a price and are in fact no longer ours but His temple for the Holy Ghost to dwell in, bottom line is this we are to be a holy people set apart a peculiar people unto the Lord our God, Deu.14:2; Lev.19:28; 1Kings18:28; 1Tim.6:3-5 etc. Check these scriptures also, Like1:75; Acts3:12; Rom.1:4; 2Cor.7:1; Eph.4:24; Titus2:3; Heb.12:10.

He gave us His ordinances, sayings, statutes, judgments, doctrines, and commandments, they are all the same to be followed and adhered to, this is what is going to separate His church from the world. Those who have made His will; their own will; and have prepared themselves for His coming; these are the true overcomers that was spoken of in Rev.1, 2 and 3: For we are about to see the greatest event that has ever been witnessed by man for two thousand years; our Lord God and saviour, walking and talking to us in person on earth, that is the reason I believe His rapture is coming for us to get us ready to come back with Him to rule with a rod when He comes back to get His people the Israelites, we will rule with Him in that millennium period or age. This is one of the mysteries that are spoken of in the world, which is no mystery at all if you look to scripture. God has always had a people; He will always have a people who have seriously received His word: As truth and are attempting to live it out in the power of the Holy Ghost. We of ourselves are flesh in human nature unless we put on the Spirit of the Holy Ghost and allow Him to operate in our lives we are then in the Spirit and if we are anything but in the Spirit we are in the flesh and are filthy still, Rev.22:11. Unless we allow God to rule in our hearts, mind, and soul, we have not overcome this world. We cannot worship two masters, this world and those in it or God; it has to be one or the other. We can’t love or treasure this world, for what you love and treasure this is where your heart is also, Matt.6:19-24.

If we are slack in one thing we will be slack in many. It is a commandment to seek the Lord out with all diligence, Lu.16:10-17. It is easier for earth to pass away than for one of God’s commandments to pass away. This is exactly what is going to happen, the heavens and earth will pass away, but My (Jesus’) words will never pass away, Isa.40:8; 1Peter1:25; Psa.119:89; Matt.24:35: For my truth lies in His word, Isa.40:7-13. We are only as righteous as we allow the Lord our God Jesus the room to work in us. Lord help me strip myself clean so I can have more room for you in my life, more of you Lord and less of me, in Jesus name, John3:30 we all must decrease to allow Jesus to increase in us, Gal.3:1-18.

Flesh cannot please God we must remove ourselves from our carnal fleshly nature and learn to be like our lord and saviour freely giving to others unto death of self so that we can take on the heart and mind of Christ in us, Romans8:39. Spirit, we find life, the flesh we find the second death, oh, how miserable we are without our Lord’s Spirit in us!! John3:3, 5; Acts2:38, 39, Acts4:12. In word or deed all things must be done in the name of the Lord, 1Cor10:31; Col.3:17. Live by the word of God or perish by the word of God your choice, 1Cor.3:16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. If you have been born of the Spirit and speak as the Spirit gives you the utterance, then you are none of His, Ro.8:9, Acts2:1-47 we are to follow all the apostles doctrines and no others!

We can go to all the Sunday school classes and attend all the services but unless we believe as we hear and do as we are being taught, we are just fooling ourselves. We talk a good story and we know all scripture but live a lie, for our faith is lying dormant without works to shine in the glory of God’s grace. The Lord requires total obedience, hopefully we can still remember Saul, in the book of Samuel, God was and still is looking for obedience not sacrifices of repentances over and over for the same thing over and over again, that we know in our hearts God doesn’t want to see us doing; God seeks obeying servants, who put God first in their lives, just as the old adage “actions speak louder than words”. Search the scriptures and see if it is not true, we need total devotion to the Lord for our salvation to be affective; 14And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? We can think we are in the Lord’s way and still be doing just what we want just like Saul and be on our way to Hades with him: 1Sam.15:22, 23; Psa.40:6-8 see I’m preaching good stuff here refer to verse 9; Isa.1:10-20 better listen to what the Lord our God has to say! Mic.6:8-9; 2Tim2:1-26; 2Cor.6:1-18; Last the church of this new Emerging Church Era Rev.18; repent, get right, and get ready to leave this age!

This Bible; God’s own words, are our Eternal future to God’s Kingdom if we abide in them, as scripture beseeches us to do!! Receive ye the words of the Lord: Today is the day of salvation; for the door is going closed, to never open again and outside there will be gnashing of teeth, wailing, and a worm that dieth not, chasing you to the bottomless pit of Hell’s Fire, filled with: remorse,  filled with: the things left undone, filled with: things that are too late to correct, filled with: a time left too late to heal wounds of relationships, filled with: a time that is too late for you, to be redeemed by our Lord and Saviour our God our sweet Jesus, He is calling all of us to come to know Him and to seek Him with all our hearts, minds, strength, and most importantly of all our souls!! Eternity without the Lord is going to be too long for any to bear, but you will have plenty of company, you will have this fleshy, worldly, people, and all the carnality you can stand; with all of Satan’s perfect tormentors: for this reason God has left them in place for that one reason; for all that think they have all they need and need not a God or a Lord teaching, instructing, and loving a child trying to get that unruly child back in line, Romans2: 3And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  So I will end this with a few last verses for you to look up and meditate on: Jer.16:11-12; 21: Read the first part of chapter 16 of Jer. if the Lord will not spare His children how much more are the true Gentiles (the unbelievers and those who say we have time yet still to repent) going to suffer? 2Cor.5:19, 20, 21 and 2Cor.6:2!!  Jeremiah17:4: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn forever. Luke12:49I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit that was to follow Him after He has been glorified. Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit when He was talking to Nicodemus in Jn.3:3-8. We must be born again of water and His Spirit or we are none of Him, Ro.8:9. This was the baptism John the Baptist was speaking of when He said one coming after me was preferred before him because He was before him, as in from eternity, He will baptize you not many days from hence, with the baptism of the Holy Ghost and with Fire!

Evidences of the Fire!

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.

13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

14Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

15Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

16Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Joel.2: 28And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

29And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

Acts2:1And 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: (Evidence of the Indwelling of “The Holy Spirit!”)!

1Thes.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 why we don’t have revival in our churches because the ministers are not preaching faith in God’s Holy Bible, every word is God breathed by the Holy Spirit and we will be held accountable to every word spoken in His Book of salvation! Jesus died and the Holy Spirit printed this book with the blood of the martyrs, prophets, disciples, ministers, preachers, and Apostles who have followed Jesus in word and deed. How much more are we to do? None are; we are to do all the above and whatever His Spirit calls us to do! This is walking in the Spirit and not by sight of the flesh! Mt.12:48But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. These are those who have answered the call, many are called but few will be chosen… why? Because they have done just as James said, you must do and hear not just hear only; we must be a doer and a hearer, Jm.2:20But 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.

You see we can talk all about the Lord and know all things which He has said, but if we do not put our faith in working order and walk in faith believing in Him and His every word we will be lost still! Without faith it is impossible to please God! Jesus said, “If you love Me, Keep My commandments, Jn.14:15 Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the Father but by Me, and we cannot be by Him unless He is dwelling inside our Spirit and we are one with Him and if we are one with Him would we not be doing as He did? With man this is impossible but with Jesus in us we become and can do all things in His name believing, just as His word said, He cannot lie, His word has been spoken and cannot come back void of what it was intended to do! If we have no power than you are not of Him! 2Tm.3:5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. These kind of people are why our churches have no power, they have never been baptized in Jesus’ name, the only name by which salvation comes with the power of remission to sin, Ac.4:12; 2:38-39 without which how can they receive His Spiritual baptism if they have not kept the letter of the commandment of His Word? It won’t work any other way but His way. Mt.4:4 and Lk.4:4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. When we start doing just exactly what our Lord told us to do by His Holy Prophets and Apostles, then we will experience life changing revivals, with signs, miracles, and wonders! Heb.13:8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Mal.3:6For I am the LORD, I change not; You see the Lord changes not and we cannot have these supernatural things unless we become like Him in our flesh, which is impossible unless we put the flesh down or under subjection and allow our Spirit to become one with His as in Jn.15:1-17 all stems from keeping His word, then Chapter 17 is for those who do as he said to do! We need to become one with our Lord in Spirit and in Truth, Jn.4:23-24 because He has poured out His Spirit on all flesh it is a gift but we have to learn how to pick it up and use it! We cannot use it without faith, and faith cometh by the hearing of His word and speaking it in His name, for there is all power in that name! We have no power because you believe not, you have no faith because our ministers are preaching this none since that this is not for us anymore, we cannot have any miracles unless we agree with our God and let Him work through us, Amos.3:3Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

James said it perfectly you have not because you ask a miss! People are always asking for things to help them and their little miserable existence in this natural world! I am and will always have thorns in my side as Paul did but I will not seek a prayer that will not bring glory to my Lord and His name! Out of my weakness my Lord’s glory is manifested because I am a walking miracle! I would rather go to heaven lame and broken, but saved; speaking in tongues glorifying our Lord in a heavenly language, prophesying of His great glories and majesty, with a testimony, of how wonderful His mercy is on those who call on the name of Jesus with a sincere heart, with a contrite heart, with a broken heart, full of repentances ready to do just as our Lord instructed us, Go and sin no more; unless a worse thing come upon you, Jn.5:14 and 8:11, every word of this Bible is Gospel which means Word of God, “God’s Good News,” Jesus said you search scriptures and think you have salvation but they are of Me, from Gen. to Rev. every word is Jesus’ own Words given to us by His Spirit, Jn.14:18, when He poured out the Holy Spirit upon all flesh this prophecy became fact, He surely did come unto us who have received Him! Beings Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever; then we must have all power just as the disciples who have received His Spirit in the upper room, we are in the same age and have received the same Spirit as they did, and all gifts from above are with repentance or changing, Ro.11:29 and Jm.1:17! Jesus said if we have faith we can move mountains, so if we do not teach on faith and believing His every word how are we to believe? Faith cometh by hearing and how are they to hear unless we preach it and how are we to preach it unless we have been called! So evidently there are a lot of ministers just getting their bellies fed by His word, and are deceiving a lot of people preaching another gospel that Pau was speaking about to those who have twitching ears, why; because they cannot humble their proud selves to our Lord and saviour! They have not received this gift of the Spirit which when received allows us to move mountains in all faith! They receive not because they ask a miss, they have not humbled themselves unto death to self, and allowed Jesus to come in and operate in them. Because they have not the proper love it takes to submit everything we have and to give it all to Jesus and let Him have us and everything we are; to be used for His Glory! This is how we become His servants a minister is a servant to all not just Jesus but to all people we have no dominion over anyone or ourselves we are blown where the Spirit blows us for His Glory to Glory and grace to grace, Jn.1:16-17! With one objective and that is to receive the lost and make them our Lord’s new servants making disciples everywhere we go! These are commandments by our Lord; He said if we are ashamed of Him before man He will be ashamed of us before all! Anything that is a shame to our Lord is an abomination and will not be in His presence, it will be drug off screaming, “my God my God why have You forsaken me?” Those words on the cross were prophetic, God knew what He was doing on that cross, He was there so you and I would not have to face His wrath, of being without His presence, His Spirit in us, Ecc.12:7! This is why we are His temples, some for honor and some for dishonor, read 2Tm.2:19-26 we must rightly divide this word and teach those who oppose themselves to adhere to every word or perish under a false religion of their imagination! If a person puts their word before Holy Scripture they have committed blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, God is a Spirit, and every word is and was written by Holy Spirit filled prophets as they were moved and blown alone in the Spirit and they wrote it as the Spirit moved them, 2Pt.1:21, if we put our word before the Holy Spirit’s words we have just thrown away our salvation, Jesus said I speak as My Father tells me and when we understand the God is a Spirit and there is none but one that is holy as spoken to the young ruler seeking salvation Jesus told him there is none good but my Father which is in heaven, good in Greek and Hebrew meant blameless as in perfect, and there is none perfect but the Spirit, for flesh profiteth nothing, that which is flesh is perishing, so we must adhere to the Spiritual things that our Lord has given us in order to come to Him in Spirit and truth, and when we don’t; we put our word before His we have committed presumptuous sin! Which is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit that was manifested in the flesh and Jesus will judge all sinners with their just rewards, Phip.2:10, unless they come to their senses, 2Tm.2:26:  Presumptuous sin will not be forgiven in this life time or the next: That is why many are called and few will be chosen, because they have never truly repented or submitted to the Will of God in their lives! Ro.2:5-11; Gal.6:1-8.

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.

So let me ask you something are you gathering or scattering, are you baptized and baptizing converts in the of Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues showing sign, wonder, and prophesying, and have a testimony of our Lord and saviour our God Almighty this Jesus, or are you ashamed and sitting on your talent waiting to give it back to the master and about to hear His scornful words; you that will be thrown to outer darkness were the worm dieth not and the Fire is never quenched, forever to remain unto thine own self, still seeking your own salvation, because if you were seeking His salvation; it only comes by following Him and His Word: 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.

 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

41He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, (Rev.19:10); and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward, Mt.5:20.

42And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

So let me ask you something, are you going to enter into His rest or be forever fighting a worm that dieth not? Which is the least in our natural habitation? Is it not a worm, now who to Jesus is a worm but the lowest life form also; would this not be Satan? Meet your new companion, Amos.3:3Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Did he not say surely you will not die? He was telling the truth, you will not surely die; you will spend eternity in Hell right alongside your new task master! Ac.2:37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 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. And to all those who believe on His Word as I do, may the Lord open your hardened hearts and receive ye the Holy Spirit and be born-again into a new creature fit for the masters use! Many are called but few will be chosen, Mt.22:12-14: Mt.6:33, Mt.7:7-8; Mt.5:48 Be ye perfect this is what it takes!

With man this is impossible but with the Holy Spirit all things become possible to those who believe!!! if we will only walk in His words ot us, Mt.4:4 and Lk.4:4 see Lk.6:46!