The Last will be First and the First will be Last.
Mt.19:30, Mt.20:16 & Lk.13:30
30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
See also Mt.22:14
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
This bring me to the subject I was led by the Lord to bring today to His children who will hear His words Jn.8:47! This message is about how the children of God must handle their work for Him as well as their first directive of Jesus Christ Himself to His ministers or servants; see Mk.8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
35 For 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.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
That is all of our jobs to do for Him, if we are truly called and commissioned to go and preach this gospel message to the lost world who lay in their own wickedness 1 Jn.5:19 and they do not even know it; most of them, for they grew up in a house who knew not God as seen in Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
If we do not pick up our cross and still follow after Jesus Christ, we will be found not worthy of Him and He will rebuke us for not denying ourselves daily and picking up His yoke (Mt.11:28-30), let us examine some scripture to back up this claim (See Hag.1:5 & 7 and Lam.3:40-41, let us now rebuild our LORD’S Temples, 2 Cor.6:14-18, for we are that Temple that is to come out of the world around us and be Holy as He is Holy so He can dwell in us and we in Him in the end of days!); we do not want to be found being cursed for preaching the Gospel incorrectly, as seen in Gal.1:8-9, do we? Simply stated, we do not want to be found a liar for preaching or teaching the Gospel incorrectly; for no liar will be found in heaven! So let us see this scripture that shows us His will for us while being His servants: We have first Mt.10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For 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.
36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He 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!
38 And he that taketh NOT his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me!
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake (and the Gospel’s Mk.8:34-38) shall find it! See Is.52:7 & Ro.10:15: Blessed are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good news, and there is no better good news than how to find Salvation in Jesus Christ is there? Wouldn’t think so, but that is just me!
40 He that receiveth you receiveth Me, and he that receiveth Me receiveth Him that sent me! Why? They are ONE in the SAME! ~
41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet (See Rev.19:10, which is the Spirit of Jesus in you Jn.14:18! For His word is His will and it too will not ever come back void from that which it was intended to do!), shall receive a prophet’s reward (So in order to be a Prophet of God we must have His Holy Spirit in us right? Amen and Amen! See Jn.3:3-8 as well as Lk.11:13, we are to ask for the Holy Spirit of God our Father who is Spirit Jn.4:24!); and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. (Without Righteousness & Holiness that is of God, no man will enter into the kingdom of God! Mt.5:8, 2 Tm.2:19-22-26):
42 And 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 we have learned many things here in the last few minutes haven’t we? We have to preach this Gospel of Jesus Christ His way by His Spirit being in us as seen in Mt.10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying: Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as ye go, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand! (See Mt.12:28 & Lk.11:20, Jesus is the Kingdom of God and when His Spirit is with you so is His Kingdom, Lk.17:21):
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give! (Doesn’t mean we have to be paid to work for Jesus! We are to work our own jobs, with our own hands or we will not eat as Paul has told us! 2 Thes.3:1-10-ffs)
9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. (It is enough to have food and raiment to sustain our lives is it not?)
11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
12 And when ye come into a house, salute it.
13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15 Verily I say unto you: It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the Day of Judgment, than for that city.
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak!
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you! (See Jn.4:24 and then read Jn.14:7-18, that is the Holy Spirit in you that Jesus is talking about in John chapter17! Being one with the Father in Jesus and Jesus One in the Father just as John said in his later epistle to the church, 1 Jn.2:23-25; When you have Jesus you have the Father also and vice versa, when you have the Father you have Jesus see Jn.10:30 & Jn.12:45, simply said by Jesus in Jn.14:1! Further reference for this subject read Isaiah chapters 43-45! Or Is.40:3, that is who John the Baptist made a way for, he was the spirit of Elijah Mt.17:11-12!),
21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. (If we live for Jesus we too will be persecuted as He was or we are not preaching and teaching right see John chapter 15:1-ffs & Jn.16:33! This is that Spirit that all the world cannot receive, Jn14:17, see Jn.1:17 Jesus is that Spirit of Grace & Truth as called out in Jn.14:18-21-ffs, see Is.9:6! See Is.28:9-12 but those on will not have the Spirit in them so they cannot receive the things of the children of God, either for lack of freewill to do it and get it done for submission and humbling is required and then He will exalt His own Jn.1:12-13, who are of Him!),
23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you: Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. (See Mt.24:14 Here!)
24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord (See Lk.17:7-10). If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? (For all the false prophets they loved but all the true prophets of God they stoned, beat, tortured, and killed, will it not be the same in the end?!)
26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. Ecc.12:13-14, Ecc.11:9 & Rev.14:13; 22:10-16!
27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell!
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Where the Spirit is there is Heaven also (because we are the temple and Mansions of God see 2 Cor.6:14-18, that is from 1 Cor.3 & 6!), see Mt.12:28 and Lk.11:20 Jesus is the Spirit manifested in the flesh (1 Tm.3:16) and where Jesus or His Spirit is there is Heaven and liberty for His words live in you and guide you in word and deed, Jer.31:31-34, Is.54:13, Jn.6:44-47 as well! See Lk.17:20-37, see Mt.24:14 here as well to complete this thought!
Now if we are to be as our Lord of all Jesus Christ, we too must be as He is as well, Jn.14:6 that Saint John also talked about in the first Epistles to the children of God (Who are Saints Hagios meaning HOLY ONES see Jn.1:12-13 here as well!) that must be studied and secured in our hearts and minds due to what Jesus told in this scripture, Jn.15:20 Remember 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 (Jesus was talking to the disciples soon to be Apostles here! This means we are to keep their commandments also see Ac.2:40 & 1 Cor.11:1 etc.!). This too was called out in Ac.2:37 Now 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?
38 Then 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!
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off (Ro.11:29 and Jms.1:161-7 here as well!), even as many as the Lord our God shall call! The Lord would that all be saved and come to repentance but some are the seed of Satan, Gen.3:15; for whom you serve, that is your lord and master! See Dan.12:1-2 and more! That is how you receive a mark of whom you serve whether it be for the Lord and receive His mark or the other world’s mark, which we were strictly told to come out from among the unclean in Ac.2:40 by an Apostle were we not? And again in Paul’s writings as well (2 Cor.6:14-18), that were mirrored all the way back from the Old Testament as seen in these passages: verse 14 see also these scriptures: 1 Cor.5:9 part b covers Eph.5:6-11. Thomson goes down to verse 16 next and covers scriptures for 16 as follows: a [1 Cor.3:16, 17:6:19] b Lev.26:12, Jer.31:33; 32:38; Eze.37:26-27: Verse 17 a Is.52:11, and of course Ac.2:40 as well. Verse 18 a 2 Sam.7:14; Jer.31:1, 9; [Rev.21:7] b [Jn.1:12; Ro.8:14; Gal.4:5-7]: Phi.2:15; 1 Jn.3:1 end.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying: Save yourselves from this untoward generation. See also Ac.26:19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
20 But 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 also corresponds with Lk.24:44 And 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 (See Mt.5:17-20; Jn.5:39-44, the entire Bible was written for Jesus and for you to find Salvation that comes from no other name, Ac.4:12! Because He is God alone all by Himself!).
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, (That is why it is required to have His Spirit in you or you are none of His yet still, Jn.3:3-8 and Ro.8:9!)
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his (Jesus’) name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem!
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
This was the day of Pentecost (Acts chapter 2:1-47) and birth of the true church of the living God in Jesus Christ (2 Cor.5:19-21) who is both LORD and the CHRIST, Ac.2:36, who is LORD OF ALL Ac.10:36, who would that none should perish but all come to repentance 2 Pt.3:9 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.
This brings us back to Salvation that can only come from Jesus who shed His blood on the cross for one and for all, who will seek forgiveness (Jn.6:44-47), and ask for His Spirit, Lk.11:13 the Spirit of the Father, from which all spirits come from Heb.12:9, and will return to Ecc.12:7, so let us also follow what King Solomon said in the Old Testament as well because God changes not, right? Mal.3:6! Let us see what Solomon said in Ecc.12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth!
11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd! (Gal.3:20 & 1 Tm.2:5, Jesus is God and that Man the Holy One & Mediator! He is the First and the Last, Rev.4:8!),
12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man! (Lk.17:7-10).
14 FOR GOD SHALL BRING EVERY WORK INTO JUDGMENT, WITH EVERY SECRET THING, WHETHER IT BE GOOD, OR WHETHER IT BE EVIL!
We are found saved by faith when we believe with our lives (Heb.12:4) that what we have read is true and the living words of God that bring to us and all them who believe in them eternal life: 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!
Even Peter back then in all his doubts knew Jesus was the only one who had the words of life, as we look to Jn.6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? THOU HAST THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE!
So if we are Christ Jesus’ we too have to put on Christ, Gal.3:26-27, so how do we do that? We obey all of Jesus’ commandments, Jn.14:15! If we love Him we will, keep all His Commandments! This is how we receive everlasting salvation by faith, we put our lives on the line and live according to all His words to us (Jn.15:1-ffs)! His Word is His Will for us because Jesus is that Word that was with God and was God, Jn.1:1, and if we or even you, believe in God you do well; then if you do you well believe in Jesus as our God in the flesh (Mt.1:23 our Immanuel! Meaning God with us!), you do even better, 1 Tm.3:16 because that is how we are to believe in Him or we too will die in our sins; because Jesus is the I Am, that was before Abraham, Jn.8:58! Then Jesus said in Jn.8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I Am [he], ye shall die in your sins!
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forevermore because He changes not and always has been the I Am, and never the we are, when you have the Father you have the Son also, for they are one in the same, Jn.10:30, when you have seen Jesus you have seen the very one who sent Him, Jn.12:45 because He is from above and has come down from Heaven Jn.3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, which I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him (Is.40:3, Read it!).
29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom (GOD): but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease (As you and I too must do! In order to be one of His chosen few!).
31 He 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! What part of this did we miss?
32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true!
34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him!
35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand! God the Father is the Holy Spirit that has put all of His spirit in the man Christ Jesus, who now is the Father with us, God manifested in the flesh, 1 Tm.3:16 our Immanuel, meaning God with us! Scripture is true and let every man be a liar, Ro.3:4!
36 He 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!
Why? Because they, (the world all those who join Roman Catholicism and their trinity!) are not worshipping in Spirit and in Truth as they are told to do, Jn.4:23-24, we are all told to know this Jesus in Spirit and in Truth and unless we know Him as the One True God, 1 Jn.5:20 we know Him not at all and we have no life in us; and worship a vain god of our own imaginations! One that we can serve our way, the ways of man (Prov.14:12 and Prov.16:25, shows here also to see Ro.6:1-23 and Prov.12:15 as well; no one can argue with those scriptures!), where all can worship a god of their own choosing, that they have made up in their own minds; that is no god at all but vanity upon vanity! Never leave the Word of God, for it is His truths as well as His will and mind for us to know Him, who came in the flesh to finish His works, that only He could do Himself see Jn.4:34, and we are to be as He is or we are not obeying His commandments see all of St. John’s first Epistles here and study it for it is life unto you or death to them who will not receive it as Paul says in 2 Cor.4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God!
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (Gen.1:3 & Jn.8:12 & Jn.12:35-50, that is our judgment, His very words He speaks to us)!
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake!
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels (See 2 Cor.6:14-18), that the Excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us!
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh! We walk as Jesus walked and sin not or the Truth is not in us, 1 Jn.2:1-6, read it now!
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal!
For this is not our home, we are sojourners here on our way to a New Jerusalem and a Heavenly Kingdom come down from the Father of all lights, whose gifts are without perishing and without repentance or variance, Ro.11:29; Jms.1:16-17.
Therefore as we are to be His children washed in His blood of Remission, we too have to be baptized in His name, Ac.4:1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.
4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked: By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost (See Jn.14:18; that Jesus’ own Spirit would be with them: Mt.10:20 here yet again! Peter spoke as he was being questions and examined by the Sanhedrin by the Father who is the Holy Spirit, there is no confusion here either! Jn.10:30 and Jhjn.12:45 as seen in Ac.2:36 and Ac.10:36! When you have Jesus or His Spirit you have the Holy Spirit, for He is the Spirit of all Prophecy Revc.19:10 that is of God!), said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole!
11 This is the stone (Lithos lee-thos, used here http://biblehub.com/greek/3037.htm a stone; met: of Jesus as the chief stone in a building.), which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner!
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved!(or build a church upon! For only Jesus can be the head and chief corner stone for it was His blood that has bought us Ac.20:28 the very blood of the Holy Ghost, manifested in the flesh. Lk.1:35 & 37!!! That is how God does things that are impossible with others, He does them Himself alone! Who else could finish His work? Jn.4:34 but Jesus only!)
If we ask anything in Jesus’ name He will do it! It says so in Jn.14:14 and IF we want to be covered in the blood of the Lamb slain for our remission and propitiation of sin, we had better use the name of the sacrifice who was slain for us because without blood (His Holy and Righteous & Perfect Blood, there can be no Propitiation once and forevermore, it has to be Jesus’ blood and His name or nothing will work; all else in mere traditions, rituals, ceremonies, endless masses and sorcery!); there can be no remission of sin so we had better use the blood of the only sacrifice given for all mankind to be saved in; Jesus’ the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the earth! Now if we are to be His chosen disciples and obeying everything He said to do (Jn.8:51, 14:15 and 12:44-50, see Mt.4:4; Lk.4:4 and Lk.11:28, Mt.10:48-50- and so on!), as His Apostles did as well: (1 Cor.1:11:1, Eph.5:1-11, Ro.16:17-20!), for Jesus gave them (The Apostles and us who bear His Spirit in us, for that is where His words dwell as well, in Spirit and in Truth; His Truths, Jer.31:34, Is.54:13; Jn.6:44-47, Jn.8: (31-36), 47-51!), the Keys (His Keys!) but that was what they (and us), were and are restricted to do as in follow His every word and not deviate off the narrow path, Mt.7:13 Enter 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 thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it!
All who do not do as the Lord of all said, will be found as one of these in the next few verses here!
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven (see Lk.6:46); but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many 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?
For many in that day will say have we not done many things in your name and done great deeds and then what will Jesus say to them?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity!
If we are to be Jesus’ Disciples we too must know how to operate in His word by having His Spirit (WORD) in us which is His word to us (Jn.6:63 & 68 also Jn.11:25-26 & 40!); see 2 Pt.1:19-21 and then to 1 Pt.1:9-17, that shows us that Jesus is that same said Spirit the Holy Spirit by which all the Holy men of Old testified and Prophesied in the name of the Lord (Zech.12:10, 530 years before that day came Jesus said by the Holy Spirit; “they will look upon Me whom they have pierced, not Him but Me!), that was written of Old as well as the New, for the word of God cannot be broken Jn.10:35, as seen in Heb.13:8-9! We too have to keep all His words to us as we live in them and they too become one with us in our own hearts and minds and given to us by Him, as we speak to the world that is lost in its sin, see Jn.8:31-36 and 51 for only the children of God will hear His words and do them Jn.8:47, Col.3:17 in Word and in Deed and bring glory to the Father, Jn.1:12-13 by Jesus Christ! As seen below: In the finishing scriptures of Matthew chapter 7:
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock (Rock as in Mountain: not stone like Peter, Pétros is not a Petra, there is a difference between a Rock as in Mountain and a stone for throwing! Jesus is that Mountain the church is built upon that the gated of Hell will not prevail against!),
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house (Church); and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock (Christ Jesus who is the head of it!)!
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it (Mt.12:31-32 & 48-50).
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. That my friends is a true Disciple of Jesus Christ, that teaches in all authority by staying in the will of God which is His words to us!
So in closing we see that we too have to be Last to be First in the Lord’s eyes, whoever exalts himself will be abased but whoever humbles himself and does all that is written by our Lord and Saviour will be exalted to the Maximus by our God, must be as an innocent child, for they are the greatest in the Kingdom of God! We too must be ready to give everything away for Him and to our neighbors just as Jesus told the rich young man to go and sell all that he had and to give to the poor and then come and follow Him, and the young man could not for He was very rich! If the young man had done as the Lord Jesus had said to do; he would have been given riches untold, maybe not here in the material world that is all vanity and about to fade away but for sure in the Spiritual realms, that is eternal, this young ruler would have rewards and riches untold, that the eye cannot fathom or the mind perceive or comprehend!
We too who are His are to be as Jesus who washed His disciples feet or they too would not have a part in Him or His Ministry, for He did this to show them that if they wanted to be great they had to be all servants and a servant to all! Only when we humble ourselves in Him can He make Himself be shown strong when we are weak! That is when He will show Himself to be marvelous, gracious and Merciful! To all those who will repent as the Politian did in (Lk.18:9-14):
Lk.18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself: Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? He will if He finds us obeying and humbling ourselves to His words to us, for they are for our Eternal Life to us!
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said: Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
17 Verily I say unto you: Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
Unless we too are as innocent as a child who knows no wrong and is forgivable as seen in all those who know not and are ignorant; as seen in Numbers chapter 15 from top to bottom read it, for it too carries the same weight today as well as shown to us in the Prophecy of Matthew chapter 24! If we are not found innocent and as a child of God, pure of heart, and are going to heaven (Mt.18:1-35, this is all one though here that must be followed form start to finish!); we have no right to be a disciple of God or a servant trying to save others if we do not even know how to save ourselves correctly according to His every word to us! Line upon line, precept upon precept, Is.28:9 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 (Ac.2:1-4; Joel.2:28 seen in Ac.2:16-ffs).
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! This too tells the story of today as well, the word has no time to hear what thus sayeth the Lord of the Hosts to them! Rev.2:4-5, Hag.1:5 & 7! Ecc.12:13-14 and Mal.3:16-18 do it and save yourself today in Christ Jesus, who is willing to save to the uttermost! The alternative no one can bear (Lk.23:30-31; Rev.6:16-17)!
How could they not hear? They had not the Spirit of Grace and Truth Jn.1:17 of Jesus Christ living in them or they would hear all that He has given to them to hear so that He himself would be their teacher as seen in 1 Jn.2:20 & 27 and they too would not have need of a teacher, for they would have the Spirit who had all the words of Truth ever written in them and they would then have His rest, wouldn’t they? See Jn.6:44-47, Is.54:13 and Jer.31:31-34, for these are the real children of God who are found without Spot or Wrinkle, who are Holy and without blame or blemish, who are perfect as He is perfect, Eph.5:27 who are the Bride of Christ Grafted into the One true Olive Tree that One True Church of the living God, Eph.4:1-ffs! Or you too will end up as those in verse 13 (Of Is.28), and on here as well: 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. Just as those who know not the true Gospel and preach and teach another gospel that is no gospel, for they too will be cursed!
Gal.1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed!
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed!
We are never to add one word to this finished work as seen in Deu.4:2 all the way through to Rev.22:18-19, or we too will be found a liar as seen in Ro.3:1-4; Jms.3:1! That is why we must be mindful to seek the work of a teacher Jms.3:1 or as a deacon or bishop, for these are worthy callings and anyone who is looking for this position must be found perfect according to all scripture 2 Tm.3:14-17, because we are not our own anymore; we have been bought, 1 Cor.3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour!
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. (There is no substantiation for this fivefold ministry stuff, whoever exalts himself will be abased! It is just that simple, we are all workmen in Christ Jesus’ Church!),
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is!
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are! Quick question here…How many are defiling the Temple the Holy Temple of God our own body and injuring it with covetousness with their own god now being food and pleasing the flesh that wars against the Spirit? Gal.5:17 and Ro.8:1-13 for the flesh cannot please God! Then why are we living to satisfy it all of the time until we are ruining our own health? Shall we sin that Grace may abound, God forbid is Exclaimed here! See Ro.6:1-ffs!
18 Let 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.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
23 And you moreover Christ; and Christ moreover God (See http://biblehub.com/interlinear/1_corinthians/3-23.htm)! The word for “OF” was not used here in the Greek so Jesus cannot be God’s when HE IS GOD IN THE FLESH, 1 Tm.3:16 seen in Mt.1:23! I think Paul knew who Jesus was here but the translator or scribe evidently not, which was most likely Tyndale a Deist or even worse one who studies Catholicism! (See 1 Cor.15:28 for the flesh, even Christ Jesus’ will always obey the Holy Spirit by which we get the Mind of God (1 Cor.2:1-16) in His Word to us that is Christ Jesus manifested in the flesh to finish His works here on Earth for our Salvation so God can be all in all; and in you all Mt.12:31-32 & 48-50!)!
We too must be found as the true children of God working in His fields of harvest when He returns for us! As seen in 1 Cor.6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?
4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church! Does your church do this? Are we not all One in Christ Jesus?
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? No, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? Why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal.6:7-10)? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
16 What? Know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? 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?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s!
(Here a little study has to be done here as well: We need to understand that these Epistles that are written here are for the church and not those outside of its walls because they have not been washed in the blood and filled with God’s own Spirit in them yet to be found justified, 1 Cor.6:11, these Epistles were written to the Saints meaning Holy ones as in Hagios of God, redeemed and Regenerated (Tit.1 through chapter 3) of a lost Spirit placed back in them that Adam lost by eating and listening to Eve, Gen.3:17 everything got cursed! So only they who have been refashioned or Regenerated and Born-again, Jn.3:3-8, can have and understand that which is Spiritual, which is the word of God and is spiritually discerned by His Spirit in you teaching you, Jn.6:44-47; Is.54:13 & Jer.31:31-34!),
We are not our own; we have to live and have our being in Christ Jesus, if we have in fact put on Christ Jesus as seen in Gal.3:26-27, then we too have to live according to all that He has ever told us to do Mt.4:4 & Lk.4:4, for they are all His words to us which we all will be held accountable to come judgment day Jn.12:45-50! That my friends is the long and short of it; is it not?
Then if we too must be as our Lord God who walked with man for that reason to show us the way to the Father, Jn.14:6 which is in Him Gal.5:14 and now who is our Brother too as well as King and Lord of all, we too must comply with all His statutes, sayings, precepts, judgments, and Commandments etc.! All of them or we will face His wrath (Rev.22:18-19), for He did not give them to us to be casually thrown to the side and forgotten! He will hold us accountable to His every word, given to us by His Spirit, for that is His Will for us to have and to hold as our own for it is life to us and eternal life with Him forevermore! Mt.12:31-32 and 48-50, Lk.11:28! So if we ever want to be first we then must put ourselves last for it is better to give than to receive in everything we do and say. Let Lord Jesus walk in you and do His will in every aspect of your life before we do anything ask Him is this what you would do, my Lord Jesus?
We are to be His Holy & Righteous (Vessels of Godliness!), vessels which is Holy or He will not reside in it, He will never be a partaker of sin and He will never be found second or He will not be your Lord for very long! We are to be a member of His Body that is fit and tightly jointed together lacking nothing we will have a form of Godliness and Power to live a Holy, Overcoming life style, we will win the war of the flesh every time or we cannot please Him Ro.8:8 or His Spirit is not really in you is it? If you had the Power and the Spirit of Almighty God in you it would and could not help but show up on the outside! That is the God I know! We are the building that He dwells in so we are the Home Church who is the member of the Holy Bride that is chase for a reason; it is without sin 1 Jn.3:9-10; 1 Jn.5:18! We live every day all day long every breath we breathe, we breathe for Him, so that it is not us that liveth but Him in us! That is being reconciled to our Lord and Saviour that is seen in 2 Cor.5:19-21, that is living with God and God with us and Him being our God 2 Cor.6:14-18! Want to be first, then set yourself last and give your life for Him or you will lose it! That is the secret to living and being a true Disciple of Jesus Christ, Living in Spirit and in His Truths, Jn.4:23-24! Figure that out before trying to be more in Him, first seek Him and His Righteousness and then all things will be added unto you! Mt.6:33, get hold of the small things first and grow in the maturity and knowledge of His mind 1 Cor.2:1-16 and then seek and you shall find, Mt.7:7-8! Now go and do your job right, by the very word of God or don’t even try!
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Gal.4:16Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
~Even so, if I be persecuted for His sake, I find myself in good company, in the company of the Elect!~
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