The Sin in Eden is quite evident in the Scriptures, but not what most people have been taught.
This will shock, scare, anger, enrage and even bless. This is a very hard word, spiritual meat. This is not milk what I am about to say. Read it to the very end. Read it with a Bible in hand. Pray for revelation from the Lord, for light, for guidance for wisdom before you read it. This will be totally strange to most, but it is absolutely the Bible. Bear with me and read slowly and carefully to the end, prayerfully seeking the truth of the Lord.
The “angels having sex with people” story is a complete lie with NO scriptural basis. This is what the Bible actually says. Take it slow. It seems long but it only covers the high points, so read slowly, Bible in hand, and praying earnestly for revelation from the Holy Spirit.
Equally, the story of eating an apple makes no sense whatsoever, and we shall see in a moment.
Cain was the Serpent’s Seed. So what does this mean?
Notice you find one sex act mentioned in Genesis chapter four, “Adam knew his wife Eve” but two boys are born, “Cain and then again Abel”. One act – two births. Cain and Abel were twins. But this gets even more interesting when we dig a bit.
Notice in Jude the Bible says “Enoch who was seventh from Adam”
But if we look at the lineage of Adam listed in detail in Genesis chapter five we have:
Enoch shows up as sixth. So if we add Cain and Abel, then Enoch becomes 8th. The only way Enoch can be 7th from Adam is if one of the two boys, Cain or Abel, was not Adam’s son. This will seem extreme and even insane to many. But bear with me and I will show you that it is the Bible.
So then we have the scripture:
1 John 3: 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
Adam was not the “wicked one”, he was the son of God and a Prophet. He was the first person in the Bible to prophesy.
Now we look to Genesis again:
Genesis 3: 14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
So we see that the woman has a seed, which we understand comes down the line to be Jesus Christ, and we also see that the Serpent has a seed. And then we see:
Genesis 4: 25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
Cain was the first born of the twins, yet it says that Cain killed the Seed. Cain was born before Abel yet the Bible attributes the seed to Abel, the younger brother. The “seed” is always accounted to the first born of the father. That was the issue that Jacob had, the birthright belonged to Esau. Esau sold his, but you will not find one Scripture that anywhere even alludes to a transfer between Cain and Abel. This shows that Abel was the seed, that even though he was second born to Eve, he was, and must have been, the first born of Adam. Abel was Adam’s first born son. Therefore, Cain was not Adam’s son at all. He was the serpent’s seed.
Now if eating apples lets people know they are naked, then it is time to hand out apples. I don’t say that as a joke, but to wake you up to the facts. And again we see this by the altars they brought. Cain brought the fruit of the field on his altar, while Abel brought blood of a Lamb. Cain’s church was big, beautiful, wonderful. Abel’s was a dirty rock with a sheep, bleeding and crying out.
The Bible says that Abel, through revelation, brought a more perfect sacrifice than Cain. The sin in Eden, the sin that separated man from the Lord God, was a blood sin, not an apple, else Cain’s altar would have been accepted. Cain’s altar, Cain’s sacrifice, beautiful as it was, was not accepted by the Lord God. He was rejected, reprobate.
Genesis 3: 1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
The serpent was not a snake, or a snake with legs, or a lizard of any kind. He was “subtil”, he was wise, he was a “beast of the field”. More exactly, he was the missing link as we call it today. There is a being on every stage of the ladder. It is not evolution, but simply the Lord filling in every position for a complete creation. Yet, there is a huge gap between man and ape. He was so close to human that his seed could take ours; he had right number of Chromosomes, but he was NOT the son of God. Just as a horse and a donkey can bare offspring, but the offspring is sterile because the Chromosome count is off. The serpent had the right Chromosome number, and as such the hybrid offspring was not sterile.
The devil possessed him, incarnated into him. That seems odd but we find in the New Testament that when Legion was delivered, the devils went into a herd of pigs. The serpent was much more advanced than a pig, and in fact he could speak. Not only could he speak, but he was wise and could reason. He reasoned with Eve, and proved to be smarter than her for he successfully convinced her of his lie. And he beguiled, seduced her.
Genesis 3: 13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
The serpent beguiled, seduced Eve. The sin in the garden was sexual, adultery, and worse, bestiality, for the serpent was not human. Eve got pregnant from the serpent, and then went to Adam, and repeated the act and got pregnant again. Two eggs fertilized by two separate men on the same day; one was of Adam, the other was of the serpent.
And that is how they knew they were naked!
Then they tried to cover their sins with plants. They used fig leaves to cover the sin. But the sin they committed was not eating botany life, it was not an apple or any other botany, so botany could not cover it. That is why Cain’s sacrifice was not accepted. He brought, as Adam and Eve tried to bring, botany life to cover the sin. God went and killed lambs to provide the covering for Adam and Eve. The sin in the garden was a blood sin, and it took the shedding of blood to cover the sin.
That is why Jesus Christ had to die on the cross, why his blood had to be shed. The blood of bulls and goats, we are told in Hebrews, does not remove sin, it only covers it. The life in that blood cannot come back on the person. Each year a lamb was brought and killed so that blood would cover the sin. But the sinner went out and sinned again. But when the blood of Jesus was shed, the life in that blood, the Holy Spirit of God, came back on the people. We find the first evidence of that in the beginning of the Book of Acts in the upper room.
Then God cursed the serpent. He cursed the one fellow. He cursed the species. He cursed the offspring. He even cursed the ancestry. He cursed it utterly. The dead serpent bones lying in the ground were even cursed and you won’t find one bone of that missing link anywhere today. You will not find one bone in a snake that in any way resembles it’s original form. The serpent could talk, and snake have neither ears, not vocal cords. He was cursed utterly.
So how did the two seeds mix? We see Cain leaving and heading to an area that is called the Land of Nod after receiving the Mark of the Beast. Now that is a whole series of sermons on its own, so we will leave that for the present time.
We see Adam’s line in one chapter, and Cain with his sister/wife went off to the land, not country, not nation, not town, LAND of Nod, and built a civilization. How did the serpent’s seed get through the flood if Cain left, if the two lines are shown completely separately in the Bible?
Genesis 6: 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
We see Noah’s lineage back to Adam is pure human. So how did the serpent’s seed, the hybrid blood come through? It came through Noah’s wife. The Sons of God, Adam’s line of which Noah was, saw the daughters of men, Cain’s line, and married. Noah married serpent’s seed. Noah’s wife was serpent’s seed. And here is the result.
Genesis 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
Now many Sunday School teachers will tell you that Noah passed out drunk with no clothes on. And yes this indeed happened,but it goes far deeper and far more sinister than simply being seen naked. Here is the revelation of what really happened directly from the Bible. The answer, the revelation is always found in the Scriptures. That is why the Bible says it must be line upon line, precept upon precept, word upon word. One word always interprets the other. This is also why Peter wrote that the word of God is subject to no private interpretation. It is the word that interprets the word, not man.
Leviticus 18:8 The nakedness of thy father’s wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness.
This is speaking in this chapter of various sexual sins. To uncover your father’s wife is to uncover your father’s nakedness, for her nakedness belongs to him. To uncover nakedness is not to see someone without clothes, it is to have sexual relations with them. So to uncover your father’s nakedness, the nakedness of his wife, your mother, is to engage in a sexual sin with her.
Ham didn’t simply stumble upon his dad naked as many would suppose. Ham had sexual relations with his own mother. He uncovered HER nakedness, and thereby uncover his father’s. That is why Noah never cursed Ham, he cursed Ham’s son. Did you not ever wonder why Noah cursed Canaan instead of Ham? Did it not ever seem strange or weird to you?
Genesis 9: 25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
Why did Noah curse Ham’s son Canaan? Because Canaan was the child of Ham, and of Noah’s wife. When Ham uncovered the nakedness of Noah, he was really uncovering the nakedness, having sexual relations, with his own mother, and she got pregnant and bore Canaan.
So Canaan was accursed!
The serpent’s seed was in Noah’s wife, then in Ham, then in Canaan, and now in most people today. It is so intermixed today that Isaac and Rebekah could have twin boys, Jacob and Esau, one the seed of God, one the Serpent’s seed. Hence:
Romans 9:10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
Now you see why Cain is not listed in Adam’s line, what really happened in Eden, what the sin in Eden was, and why Jesus told this interesting parable:
Matthew 13: 24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
This is probably completely different than anything you have heard in the past, but it is the Bible. It is perfectly the Scriptures. Do you see who the tares are now? They are the serpent’s seed. God planted his garden in Eden, and placed his seed there, in Adam. But Satan came afterwards and planted the serpent’s seed through Cain. Do you see why they cannot be redeemed? They have no original condition to be redeemed back too. They were not part of the original creation. The serpent’s seed, through Cain, is a hybrid abomination of man and animal that should never have existed. But we needed their existence for the full plan of salvation to be played out. And they cannot be weeded out until the Rapture. They will be with us until the end. And they will be very religious, just like Cain was.
Jesus Christ came to redeem Adam’s race, and every human will be redeemed. Every human! Now you see why so many people will never accept the gospel, why they can be very religious like Cain, yet never be holy. Why the religious leaders of the day murdered Jesus and why he called them “children of their father the devil”.
This came completely out of left field for most. Many did not even read to the end. Many will even curse me for these words, but it is the gospel truth of the Bible. Search it out for yourself prayerfully begging the Lord for revelation and you too shall see it.
Ministered by Brother Paul Brake at the Restored Word Fellowship in Edmonton on 15-Nov-2017
Colossians 2: 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
In whom? In the Lord Jesus Christ. He contained the fulness of God, not just a part, a portion, an image, but the complete fullness of everything that is God. Everything that the Father is, the Son is. Jesus Christ walked the earth an in him was every characteristic, every trait, every facet, every attribute of God the Father. When you see me, Jesus said, you see the Father.
He was the healer. He was the saviour. He was the deliverer. He was the prophet. He was the priest. He was the councillor, prince of peace, lily of the valley, bright morning star, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Every where that Jesus went, he manifested all those attributes!
When he met a sick person, he manifested Jehovah Rapha. When he met a lost soul, he manifested Jehovah Jireh. When he met the hungry he manifested being the provider. When there wasn’t enough food to feed them with, he manifested being the Creator. When he met the dead, he manifested Resurrection! Every where that the Lord Jesus went he manifested the Attributes of God.
In him was the fullness of God and the fullness of God’s Attributes.
John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus Christ is the Word of God, Logos, made flesh; he is the Whole Word. Everywhere that Word went, he manifested the attributes of God. The Word is God! The Word therefore has the exact same attributes as the Lord God. Anything that God is, so is his Word, for God and the Word are ONE.
We cannot separate God and his Word. They are ONE.
We cannot separate the Word of God from the Attributes of God.
Isaiah 55: 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.10 For 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:11 So 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.
The Word of God will accomplish the perfect will of God. It will manifest his attributes. The Word of God MUST manifest the attributes of God, for the Word of God is the complete expression of God. In manifest the Lord God, the Word does so by manifesting God’s attributes.
We know some attributes, but there are many. The fruit of the spirit, peace, joy, longsuffering, patients etc are attributes of God. The gifts, tongues, prophecy etc are also attributes of God, and thus of his Word. Jesus prophesied. Jesus spoke in tongues. Jesus saw visions. The fivefold ministry are also Godly attributes. Throughout his ministry, the Lord Jesus manifested all five ministries.
Now what about us?
Acts 2: 1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Each of us at the new birth receive a piece of God. In Jesus dwelt the fulness of the godhead bodily, but in each of us dwells a part, a portion. We are each individual members of the Body of Christ. We each have an individual part to play.
When the 120 in the upper room received the Holy Spirit, they “immediately” began to manifest the attributes of Christ. It wasn’t a week later, next year, tomorrow, it happened immediately.
So does one brother get salvation, and another get healing? No. Here is a mystery for us.
It goes back to the seed.
When a woman has a baby, does she give birth to the left arm one year, then the right leg the next, then the nose, then an ear? No. The whole baby is born at once. There has only been one seed planted out of hundreds of millions available, but in that one seed rests every attribute of the person. The one seed, the one cell contains the DNA that controls every single attribute of the person being born. It is only one seed, but it will tell the hair what colour to be, the eyes how well to see, the body how tall to grow.
If I were to go to Brother Ed’s house, I picked him cause he is strong enough to do it, and he were to welcome me into his house. And he were to say “I love you brother you are welcome here”, I would be in his house. But what if he were to look me up and down and say, “but I just can’t take that left knee of yours”, and he reached down and grabbed my knee, picked it up and tossed my knee out the door into the street. My knee would be out in the street. Where would the rest of me be? In the street!
When we reject one Word from the Bible we are rejecting the whole Bible no matter how much we think we like the rest of it. We might love the virgin birth, but not so much the godhead. Poof. We have kicked the whole word out. That is why in the Laodicea Church Age we find Jesus outside. They didn’t intentionally kick him out. In fact they think he is still inside. But when they rejected one word, they rejected the whole word.
That is why they will miss the Rapture. Christ is not with them. They already kicked him out long ago and replaced him with dogmas, creeds and traditions. The won’t notice him missing at the Rapture because they don’t notice him missing today.
James 2: 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
The Word of God is not divisible. There is no trinity. As each seed carries all the characteristics for the plant, animal, man it produces, so too does each Word of God carry all the attributes of the Lord God. When that seed comes forth, it manifests those attributes, not just some, but all.
We just need to receive one Word completely into our hearts, and apply it to be born again. Else we have to study and work to know and understand the Whole Bible it detail. But in One Word is that seed of Life that saves us.
Look at the Eunuch in the desert, Philip only preached the one Word to him, and that was enough. That one word that Philip preached to him that afternoon carried the attributes of healing, deliverance and salvation. At Pentecost, Peter only preached that one Word from Joel and 3000 were saved.
We each receive a portion of the Holy Spirit, but that portion contains ALL the Attributes of God the Father. It is a creator. He it a healer. It is a deliverer. It is a prophet. It is a life giver. It is resurrection. It is rapture!
Mark 16: 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
He did not say go and build schools and hospitals. He did not say go and lecture on doctrine. He did not say go and teach wisdom, or philosophy, or psychology, or ethics or morality. He said “preach the gospel”. And when they preached the gospel, signs followed. Why?
1 Corinthians 2: 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
When the gospel is preached, it is preached with power and demonstration in the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we are not preaching the Word, we are lecturing a letter. The letter killeth but the Spirit gives life.
The Word of God is a seed of God. That seed carries every aspect and attribute of the Lord God. Each individual Word carries All of it! The Word has those attributes. If we preach on salvation, that word of salvation will bring healing! It has too. That is its natural attribute. A sheep cannot help but to bear wool. The Word cannot help but to heal, save, deliver.
Where the Word is Preached by the Spirit of God, the Attributes of God WILL be manifested!
There is no way around it. It will happen. It would be quite easy here to blame the preachers. Nothing is happening because the Preachers are not properly yielded. The Preachers and not in the Spirit. Etc. The preachers can make a difference indeed, but having seen a few dozen assemblies I can testify that our Pastor is doing just fine. You got a problem with him or his ministry, the problem is yours, not his.
But here is the kicker, the “rub” as Mr. Shakespeare would say. If we lay a seed on the table, it will sit there forever. It will carry the life, but never manifest it. Seeds found in the Pyramids, that had lain there since before the flood, still carried life. They were planted and they grew. Yet for thousands of years they laid there, dormant.
In order for the seed to manifest the attributes it carries, it must first be planted!
And for it to be planted, the soil must first be prepared.
Luke 8: 5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The soil must be prepared! If we do not prepare the soil, that seed will never bear fruit. And notice how the Lord speaks. It is not just being “prayed up”. Each of these soil types is created by the life the person lives.
One lives a life of unbelief. They are on the wayside. Their hearts are stony, hard as granite. The word is gone from them even before they hear it. Ask them at the end of service what the topic was and you get a blank stare.
Then we have the stony ground. There is no place to take root. There is no moisture, no Holy Spirit. They are not born again. For a while they will come, and hear, but the first time they are called out, they leave. They will not sacrifice for the Word, will not pay the personal payment. They are ashamed of Jesus Christ. This type will never bow their head at work and ask the Lord’s blessing on food; thy are too afraid of the response. They will come to church on Sunday, and the first dirty joke at work on Monday, they are laughing it up, afraid to rebuke it. They live in fear!
Do your friends know about the Word of God, about the message of the hour? Have you testified to them of Jesus Christ? No? Why not? You are AFRAID to tell them. Your heart is stony ground.
The next lives a life of the flesh. Yes, they sit hear and praise God and rejoice and say a big “amen”, but their lives are so full of the world they don’t have time to live the Word. They are not born again. They only have an inner court experience. They have a spirit, but that spirit is the spirit of the world. They are dry and their lives are so filled with the world and the temptations that the Word of God cannot flourish. Video games, movies, friends, the mall, facebook, Instagram, parties, hockey games. They hear the word but have nothing to water it with. They choke out the Word of God with the things of the world. If we love the world or the things of the world, the love of God is not in us. Shallow, superficial, fakes. Make believers!
If we sit in a church on Sunday and spend the other six days planting the seed of the world in our hearts, which one do you think will prosper. Go out all day every day all week long planting dandelion and crab grass in your front yard then try and tell someone how great your lawn is. Hypocrite!
Mark 6: 2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.4 But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
The Word of God was there in fullness. Every attribute of God stood before them manifested in Flesh. They could not believe. Their hearts were not prepared for the seed. Jesus Christ himself could not manifest the attributes of the Word to them because there was no ground to plant that seed in.
“They were offended at him”. They were offended by Jesus, by the very Word. They blamed the ministry, the preacher, who just happened to be the Lord Jesus Christ. The people blamed the ministry for the lack of manifestation of the Attributes of God. Jesus wasn’t holy enough, wasn’t prestigious enough, didn’t have a big enough name in the message.
Don’t blame the ministry for the lack of God in YOUR life. We shall see a perfect example of why in a minute.
Check your garden! Check your soil! Check your life!
Hebrews 4: 1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
The Word is Preached, not lectured, preached with power and demonstration in the spirit. The attributes were going forth with the Word. But the people had no faith, no revelation, and the word fell dead. It was never planted in their hearts.
Without revelation we will never understand a single word in the Bible, we will never plant it in our hearts, we will never manifest its attributes. Ever. The denominations are not just off a little here and a little there. They are so completely off from the true word you wonder if they are even reading out of the same book.
“Churches” celebrate Halloween today!
No Faith. No Revelation. No LIFE! They are in complete and utter darkness. Dead men walking. A seed will not germinate without light. It takes good ground, water and light.
If the Word of God is not received, the attributes of the Word will not be received and then simply cannot manifest in our lives. And it doesn’t matter at that point who the preacher is.
Again, if we want to blame the preacher, remember Judas was one of the Seventy. There is your example. Judas was the son of perdition. Judas had a ministry as a preacher. Judas had signs following! He rejoiced that the devils were subject unto him. The people had their hearts prepared and watered the seed and let the light of revelation shine to their hearts and the seed word manifested the Divine Attributes of God.
With a perfect preacher, the Lord Jesus Christ, there was no manifestation because of the hearts of the people. With a reprobate scoundrel of a preacher, Judas, the Attributes of God were manifested in the lives of the people through the Word of God in their hearts. In each case, it was the hearts of the people that decided. It is the same today!
And we have those men today!
I don’t want to call them by name publicly, but you know who they are. A man who called William Branham “demon possessed” has a worldwide ministry of healing. It ain’t him doing it, it is the faith of the people in the Word of God that is doing it. He will come at the judgement and say “I did all these works in your name”, and hear in return “I never knew you”.
51-0503 – As I Was With Moses, William Branham
Now, in His first battle with Satan, He officially… Listen close now. He officially overcome Satan and all of his powers by the Word of God, the written Word of God. Now, these, our brethren, who’s out on the fields tonight a praying for the sick; that’s what they’re doing. They’re ministers.
Every minister in here, any minister that believes in the Word of God could start a healing campaign, and has a right to. That’s exactly right. If you feel led to do that, go do it. For it’s this a way, friends. You say, “Am I sure that I can be right, Brother Branham?”
Don’t go because I told you, but I’ll give you general orders. Jesus, His last orders—and that’s general orders from the headquarters, “Go ye into all the world, preach the Gospel to every creature.” Is that right? “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; they’ll lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover.”
Every called child of God, every minister that’s ordained of God has a right for a healing campaign if he wants it. Go on, brother. I don’t blame you.
There will no doubt be a few surprised by that. Some will say that was only for the prophet, but they would be disagreeing with the prophet. When we preach the Word of God, we are preaching all the attributes of God. It is not me that does the healing, it is Jesus Christ, through YOUR faith. When you receive the Word of God, you receive the attribute of God including the Attribute of healing in that Word. Your healing is in the Word, now it is up to you to manifest that Attribute through Your Faith.
I could call a healing line right now, and it would be just as effective as if it were the Prophet up here doing it. Sound crazy? The effectiveness of the prayer over your sickness will depend solely on your faith and how you receive it. Judas had more manifestations, more healing, more miracles than Jesus, all because of the hearts of the people.
Jesus Christ could be standing here with Moses, Elijah and Gabreil, and if we don’t believe we would walk up sick, and walk away sick.
54-0719E – God Providing Healing For This Generation, William Branham
While you’re setting there, many of you in the building tonight, realize and understand that these few people that’s being lined up here, are just a portion of the people that will be healed tonight. There’s many more healed out in the audience than there is on the platform. How many’s been in my future—my meeting before, and knows that to be the truth? There’s ten healed to one here. The only thing you have to do is to have faith and believe. Now, if you can believe, God will heal you.
It is entirely up to you!
Period! The condition of your heart, your attitude towards the Word of God will directly determine how the Attributes of the Word manifest in your life. My attitude will determine the same for me.
Jesus did his part! Now we must accept it through faith.
We say we are expecting. Are you expecting the Lord Jesus Christ to come on the scene today and confirm His Word in Supernatural Signs, Wonders and Miracles? Are we expecting the Lord to Manifest the Attributes of His Word among us?
If I bring the same Word as the Prophet did, the same signs and wonders must be here to vindicate that Word in the exact same way, because it was not the Prophet that did it, it was the Word of God that did it. The miracles in the Prophet’s ministry were not the attributes of William Branham, they were the Attributes of the Word of God that he preached being Manifested.
Our actions will prove what we are expecting.
Our actions will prove it!
Are you receiving the Word, His Word? Is your heart prepared? Does your current life prepare your heart for planting? Your actions and thoughts over the last week prove what you are. By their fruits you will know them.
Your actions, thoughts and attitudes over the last week prove what you are expecting to happen here tonight.
Did the life that you lived this past week prepare your heart to receive the Holy Spirit, the living Revealed Word of God tonight?
Did the life that you lived this past week prepare your heart to receive the Manifested Attributes of the living Revealed Word of God tonight?
Are you choking out the Word with the world? Are you governed by fear? Do you pay attention or is your mind someplace else?
Or do we receive the Word? And the Spirit. And the Power.
Without the Spirit, without the Power we merely have a “form of godliness”.
Do you want to know for sure?
Check your life for the Supernatural Manifestation of the Divine Attributes of the Revealed Word of God for the Hour.
If we are receiving the Word of God, we are also receiving, and manifesting, the attributes of the Word. There is no other way. The attributes will manifest where the Word goes forth and is received. These signs SHALL follow them that believe!
Where are the manifested attributes of the Word of God in your life? Are they there? Are we receiving the Word in Power, or the letter in doctrine? Are we serving a supernatural God, or a natural god? Are we the Manifested Sons and Daughters of God, or the manifested sons and daughters of men?
The Attributes of God, ALL the Attributes of God must, and absolutely will, be manifest when the Word of God goes out and is received. There is no other choice. It is a direct cause and effect. If the attributes are not manifested, then the Word is either not going out, or not being received.
When we receive the Word of God we receive the Attribute of Healing.
When we receive the Word of God we receive the Attribute of Salvation.
When we receive the Word of God we receive the Attribute of Deliverance.
Every Attribute of the Lord God will be manifested in the receiving of the Word of God, and ONLY through receiving the Word of God!
We will never receive any Manifestation of any Attribute of God without FIRST receiving the Revealed Word of God for the Hour!
Through receiving the Word of God, we shall receive the full manifestation of the Attributes of God. They are in the Word!
By rejecting the Revealed Word of God, even one single word from it, we cut ourselves off from receiving the Manifestation of the Attributes of the Word of God. Remember James says to reject one word is to be guilty of all.
You wonder why you are not healed? You believe in healing 100%, yet you are still sick. Maybe you believe in healing, yet refuse to obey James 5:14-16 about healing. You do not doubt one bit that by his stripes you are healed, yet you remain sick.
Maybe you believe in healing, but don’t believe that you should not cut your hair. Maybe you “do not see anything wrong” with a bit of make-up for blemishes, or nail hardener. Maybe you believe in deliverance, but reject what the Word has to say about horoscopes, and now are in bondage to something that you know is completely wrong.
Maybe we are so indulged in the world that the Word has no place in us? Maybe our heads, and hearts, are so filled with Hockey, or a TV show, or some drama at school, music, novels, that we have no place left for the Word. Maybe you cannot receive one thing, because you refuse to receive another thing. They are all connected!
Eve did not reject every Word of God, she merely rejected ONE Word of God. With that one missed Word came every sin, sickness, pain and death the world has seen. She did not deny healing. She did not deny the Deity of God. She did not deny murder, theft, extortion, drug addiction and rape.
But with Eve denying that one Word, all these other things came in.
Sin has its attributes too!
Your problem might not be in your belief of the scripture that pertains directly to your issue, it might be that you have rejected a completely different Scripture. Remember every seed carries the complete attribute of the whole. To reject one is to reject all.
Soul searching time. Ask yourself:
Are the Attributes of the Word of God being manifested supernaturally in my life?
Is there anything that I am not accepting from the Word of God, anywhere about anything, that could be standing in the way?
Has there been a Word preached, or one I have read, or heard on a message, or testified to by a brother or sister, that I could not fully receive?
Is my heart being prepared by my life to receive the Seed of the Word.
Did my life this week prepare my heart to receive the Word I heard tonight?
Am I watering the seed with the Holy Spirit, or quenching the Spirt?
Am I letting the light of the Revelation of the Holy Spirit shine into my heart?
Am I blaming the ministry, as the people of Nazareth did?
Do I have some unconfessed sin?
Am I holding a grudge against somebody? Have I failed to forgive?
Are you expecting the Lord to Vindicate His Word? Are you expecting the Attributes of God to be Manifested, here, now?
Has His Word Gone Forth Tonight?
Have YOU received it?
Then let the Attributes Manifest! It is up to you!
Allow the Attributes of the Word of God to Manifest in YOU!
Today! THIS VERY MOMENT!
Let the Attributes of God Manifest in You Right Here, Right Now!
In Jesus name you are HEALED!
In Jesus name you are SAVED!
In Jesus name you are DELIVERED!
In Jesus name you are FILLED!
Believe the Word that its Attributes can Manifest in you!
Habakkuk 2: 20 But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
The Lord: That is who, Him and no other.
Is In: That is where he dwells. That is the only place He will dwell.
His: Ownership. It belongs to Him alone.
Holy: God is holy and cannot dwell in an unholy place.
Temple: So what is God’s Temple?
Is it this church? Is it the Vatican? Is it the Temple Mount? Is it Heaven?
Acts 7: 48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet 49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
What is his temple?
Logos was God’s first temple.
Jesus was Logos.
John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…..14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
The prophet on 80 different occasions said “God is in his Word”. Logos is the full expression of the Lord God towards us. All his thoughts and desires concerning humanity, all his creation, all his mercy, all his healing, all his deliverance, all his resurrection, all his righteousness, was expressed in his Word, Logos.
The Lord is in Logos. In Logos dwelt the fullness of the godhead, Spiritual. Logos was not some mist, some vapour; Logos is the Theophany of God. That is the Body that walked with Adam and Eve in Eden in the cool of the day. That was the body that Moses saw when he said that he looked like the back of a man. The fullness of the Lord God Elohim, Jehovah, manifested in the Theophany of Logos, the Revealed Word of God.
Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
Did you ever wonder when this scripture, this prophesy, was truly fulfilled?
Matthew 3: 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Jesus Christ is the Word of God, Logos, made flesh. In him then dwelt the fullness of the godhead bodily. This is where the Holy Spirit became one with the flesh of the man Jesus Christ. This is where Jesus as the only begotten child of God received the adoption to be the only begotten Son of God. He became the complete and total representation and manifestation of God in the form of human flesh.
Matthew 17: 5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Jesus Christ is the Temple of God, and in him dwells the fullness of God. God is in his Holy Temple. God is in his Word. God is in Logos. God is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
John 2: 19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
Jesus Christ is the Holy Temple of God! It is not the building. It is not the organization. It is not in a creed or dogma. It is not a doctrine. God is in his Holy Temple. God is in his Word!
Who are we? Where do we fit in?
Ephesians 2: 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
This is not figurative or symbolic. We were raised up. We are made to sit together, all of us, as one, IN heavenly places IN Christ Jesus. We are in Logos. Adam’s Bride was taken out from his side, but the Bride of Christ isn’t take out, she is called IN to Jesus, through his side. When his side was pierced, out came water blood and spirit. As we enter IN to Christ, we do so in that order, through water, then blood, then spirit. We will look closer in a few minutes.
God, knowing the end from the beginning, when he spoke his fullness into the Word, he spoke your name and my name. The full manifestation of the Lord God and his complete plan of salvation, including the identity of every single one of his predestinated seed, the Born Again Christians, the Bride of Christ, was spoken at that time. You were in Logos before the very first sub-atomic particle was created.
You and I were IN Christ Jesus, Logos, the Word of God, from before the beginning of all time!
Deuteronomy 16: 6 But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.
WHERE IS GOD’S CHOSEN PLACE OF WORSHIP? William Branham 1965
QUOTE: “But there’s one PLACE I can take you to, where you’re safe and protected from death, that’s in JESUS CHRIST, God’s PLACE of worship. That’s the PLACE I’m introducing to you, tonight, where God put His NAME. Where He promised He would MEET every person that come in there, He would worship with Him and feast with Him, that’s in Christ; not in NO church, no tabernacle.
But He said, “I’ll choose the PLACE to put My Name.” And the NAME was JESUS. And Jesus is the Word, Saint John 1. Is that right? That’s the PLACE of worship, in Christ the Word. God chose the place; not in NO church denomination, but in Jesus Christ. Yes, sir.
Now, that’s why, we, “All we DO in word or in deed, we do it in the NAME of Jesus Christ.” “There is NOT another NAME given under Heaven for salvation, but the Name of Jesus Christ.” There’s not another name given under Heaven whereby a man must be saved, only in the Name of Jesus Christ.” Amen. I hope you get it. The Name of Jesus Christ. Highest Heaven is named Him, “All the family in Heaven is named Jesus,” the Bible said, “and all the family on earth is named Jesus.” So that’s God’s chosen Name and where He has put It. That’s His place of worship, is in Jesus Christ. Now, we know that to be so, no other place to worship but in Him.”
Every denomination will quote that “all we do in word and deed we must do in His Name”, and then in the same breath refuse to baptize in His Name. God cannot recognize you if you do not come according to his word.
John 4: 23 But 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. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him MUST worship him in spirit and in truth.
God is Spirit. God’s Word is Truth. God’s Spirit is in God’s Word! There are not three gods, or three persons. There is ONE God, ONE person, the Lord Jesus Christ, in three offices. God the Father above us. God the Son with us. God the Holy Spirit in us. Three manifestations of the self same God. The Lord is in his Holy Temple, and that temple is the Word of God. To worship God we “MUST” do so in the Temple, IN Spirit and IN Truth. Without that Temple, our prayers cannot be heard.
No denomination. No organization. No creeds. No religions. In Spirit and IN Truth. God is in his holy temple!
We have to meet him there or we will not meet him at all!
If you were not in the Ark, you were lost. If you were not under the Passover lamb blood, you were lost. If you are not IN Christ Jesus, the Holy Temple of God, YOU ARE LOST.
James 2: 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
Oh it goes deeper!
What name are you called by? Your old name is GONE. You have a new name. Just as Jacob became Israel, as Abram became Abraham, when you meet God, he changes your name. You are now called by the name of Jesus Christ! As we just read the Prophet said “Christ Jesus is God’s Place of Worship”. He is in his Holy Temple! He has placed his Name on you.
1 John 5: 20 And 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.
There is no other God before him. He is all in all. The True God and Eternal Life. Here is where we fit in.
1 Corinthians 6: 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.
YOU are God’s temple. When the Spirit of God quickens His Word IN you, then you become the Temple of God and he indwells you. God is in His Holy Temple.
His Temple. Ownership! He purchased you with his own blood. He dwells in his temple, in the Born Again Christian. He does not dwell in organizations, or churches, or religions. We read in Revelation that he is outside knocking at the door of the heart. He wants to make us his temple. He wants to dwell in us.
1 Corinthians 3: 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.
You and I are God’s temple. If we defile that temple, we will be destroyed. Take that as a stern warning. As we heard on Sunday it would be better for us never to be born or have a stone tied around our necks and be cast into the sea than to offend God’s Temple.
You are God’s Temple and he is in his holy temple.
Hebrews 9: 1Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. 6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
There are three Courts in the Temple. Outer, Inner, Holiest of Holies. As God’s Temples, we too are trinary. We have three distinct parts, three separate states.
Body, Spirit, Soul.
Justification, Sanctification, Glorification.
John 17: 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Justification: physical, outer court, baptism. Heart of stone to heart of flesh in Ezekiel.
Sanctification: mental, inner court. New spirit in Ezekiel.
Glorification: filling of the Holy Spirit. Holiest of Holies!
There are five out court experiences. 1)Sight, 2)Hearing, 3)Taste, 4)Touch, 5)Smell. These are outer court experiences. They will fool you. Anyone can receive them. You get a sensation. Could be a pinched nerve. You raise your hands. You shout. Physical. Outer Court. Shake hands with the preacher. Take a vow. Make a confession. Outer. Physical. CARNAL!
There are five inner court experiences. 1)Imagination, 2)Memory, 3)Affection, 4)Consciousness, 5)Reasoning. These are Inner Court Experiences. The devil can trick you with these so easily because most people cannot recognize that these things are NOT in the Holiest of Holies. This is how Eve got tricked in Eden Satan came to her with an Outer Court Experience that led her to an Inner Court Experience. Reasoning. Emotions. Emotions are strong and most people think the emotion is God. You get that at ball games. You get excited. You cry. You laugh. Emotions. We need them, but they can fool us. We can cry at a sad movie, the movie is a lie, the story never happened, the people are just actors. It is an Inner Court Experience, it FEELS real, but it is a lie. CARNAL!
FAITH: Holiest of Holies! That is where the Lord God is. That is where the altar is. That is where the shew bread is. That is where the Word is! That is where the Holy Spirit is. Until we enter there we will never have an experience with the Living God. To get in there, we must be HOLY. We must be sanctified. We must be justified. We must be HOLY.
The physical won’t get you into the inner court. We can get justified and stop, not go forward. Foolish virgins. Bride material. Sinless. Burning lamp, but no oil.
The emotional, the mental, the sanctification, will not get you into the Holiest of Holies. We can be sanctified and stop there. Foolish virgins again. Bright lamp again, but no oil. They will be left behind at the rapture. They are very good people, Church folks. They will give you the shirt off their backs and feed you their last meal. They are kind, they are justified, they are sanctified, but not Holy.
The only thing that can enter the Holiest of Holies, the Altar of the Heart, is FAITH. That is why we can have the baptism of the Holy Ghost without sensation. It is not an outer court experience. It is not an inner court experience. It is a Holiest of Holies experience. It is a FAITH experience.
I can preach you into the Outer Court. I can even preach you into the Inner Court. But to enter the Holiest of Holies, I can only show you the way, you will have to go in there alone. Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life and few there be that will find it. It is so narrow only one can enter at a time and we cannot bring anything along. Our creeds, our denominations, our dogmas, our traditions, our cultures will all prevent entry. There is no room in there for them. We have to go by and with Faith alone.
God has provided a way, and there is NO other way to come to him. We must come through the outer court, then come through the inner court, then enter the Holiest of Holies. There is no other way. Jesus said that he is the door and anyone who attempts a different way is a thief and a liar. A robber, robbing God!
Jesus is the Word of God, Logos made flesh. The Bible is Logos, Jesus Christ, in print form. The Bible in Acts 2: 38-39 gives us God’s provided way. That is the one and only method that the Lord God recognizes for baptism. There is NO other way. Get baptized in titles, you will get an outer court experience, and an inner court experience, emotion. But that way will lead you around in circles and NEVER bring you to the door. Never bring you to Christ because it is not God’s provided way. It is the same if we are baptized with sprinkling. It is only through God’s provided way, through strict obedience to the Bible, through the proper Christian baptism, that we can come to the door.
Too many people are walking in circles in the Inner Court, and in the Outer Court, and never coming to the knowledge of Christ. They are like Israel in the wilderness. They rejected God’s provided way at Kadesh Barnea and wandered around. They had the Word. They had signs and wonders. They did not have Christ! So to today. Come God’s provided way!
Faith, the sixth sense. This is literally the one and only channel to reach God. It is God’s provided way. That is why we can only worship God in his Temple, in the Holiest of Holies. That is the place where FAITH resides. God is IN his HOLY temple.
It does not matter how well we sing, our songs will not reach heaven if we do not have the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Neither will our prayers. In fact the Bible goes so far as to say that none of us even know how to pray and that the Holy Spirit speaks for us when we pray, the Voice behind the Voice, to make intercession for us.
If we do not have the Holy Spirit, it says in Romans, we are not even Christians.
Do you see it?
He is not in his JUSTIFIED Temple!
He is not in his SANCTIFIED Temple!
They are both empty.
THE LORD GOD IS ONLY IN HIS HOLY TEMPLE!
We have to go through the outer court to get to the inner court. The three courts are concentric. There is no shortcut. How can we be sanctified as sinners? We need remission of sins first! We need to be washed. Justification comes before Sanctification. Repent and be baptized, that was the order of the day. Peter did not tell them to get sanctified. He told them to get justified first. Get under the blood.
We have to go through the inner court to get to the Holiest of Holies. God cannot dwell in an unclean vessel. We need to be sinless. We need to be Sanctified, set apart for service. Delivered and proven.
John 14: 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
There are NO shortcuts. We need to be justified before we can ever get sanctified. We need to be Sanctified before we can ever be filled. That is one of the reasons we have so many foolish virgins. They try to skip a step.
It will never work. God’s temple is complete!
The Holiest of Holies. This is where the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercy seat. We just read that.
Do NOT Defile the temple of God.
Matthew 15: 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
We worship God with our mouths and bless the Lord Jesus Christ, then turn around and curse man that is made in the likeness and image of God. When we deny God’s word, we defile our temple. God’s word says we are healed, yet we will confess that we are sick. LIES! Contrary to his Word. Defiling us.
Get hold of your tongue!
2 Corinthians 6: 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And 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. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
No yoke. This is not only marriage. It is especially marriage, but not only. Here are a couple of more common yokes that the Word of God forbids.
Don’t get yoked in business.
Don’t get yoked in activities.
Don’t get yoked in a church.
Don’t yoke yourself in politics.
Don’t yoke yourself in traditions.
Don’t yoke yourselves in cultures.
Colossians 2: 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
All those things are carnal, worldly, fleshly. Get rid of it. They will keep you out of the Holiest of Holies. They will stand between you and God’s HOLY Temple. We need to enter the HOLY Temple.
We need to become the Lord’s Holy Temple!
1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Not only do we need to abstain from that which is evil, but the very appearance of it. It will destroy your testimony. It will defile your temple. It will keep you a foolish virgin. Lot had no testimony in Sodom because his testimony had been defiled.
2 Timothy 2: 19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
Iniquity will bring death. Doing stuff that you know better is iniquity. Also not doing things that you know you must is iniquity. All who name the name of Jesus Christ. That name is God’s name. That is where he placed his name, in his HOLY Temple. Depart from everything remotely evil. If you are unsure, get rid of it.
Now it gets really good. Here is the desert.
Revelation 22: 9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
The Bride is the Holy City! You and I are the Holy City! We descend. And people say there is no rapture. How did we get up there to descend if there is no rapture? The Bride! YOU!
Oh it gets even better.
Revelation 22: 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
There is no need of a temple because God is in his Holy Temple. The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple. God is still in his Word. He is still in LOGOS. He never left it! That was his first and ONLY Temple. We become his Temple because Logos dwells in us. He was in Logos in the beginning. He is in Logos now. He will be in Logos for all eternity! He is in His Holy Temple!
And to bring that home:
Daniel 9: 18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
Thy city. Thy people. Called by Thy NAME.
We are His Holy Temple!
The Lord God is IN His Holy Temple!
Let ALL the earth keep silent before him.
Let ALL the earth keep silent before you, the Bride, His Holy Temple!
The Lord Jesus Christ never fails. His word is eternal. He is the same divine healer today that he was yesterday.
The Inception of the Infection
I don’t know how it happened. It started as a sore spot. It felt like a mild burn. I first thought that maybe I had scalded it when I was getting the bath ready for the kids. But it wasn’t a burn, it was an infection along the nail bed of my left ring finger.
At first the infection seemed mild; a small blister. There was slight discomfort but it did not look like a problem. I figured it would go away after a day or two. I had to go out of town for a trade show. At the show I banged the finger a few times while setting up and taking down the equipment. The infection was bruised and grew worse.
After a few days it encompassed half of the top of the finger and had worked its way into the nail bed. I soaked it as you would think to and applied a bread poultice. The infection exploded out the side.
Then it got worse again so I applied another poultice. And again the infection expoded.
All the while people kept preaching fear to me. They were telling me that I was going to lose my finger. They said I would get blood poison and die. Someone even went so far as to offer me their prescription of antibiotics that a doctor had given them earlier for something else. Instead of listening to the council of man, I took the council of God. I knew that the moment I visited a doctor, that I took the first pill, any healing would automatically be attributed to that and the Lord would be ignored.
The Cure: Divine Healing from Jesus Christ
I turned it over to the Lord. The infection went away. The old dead skin sloughed off and fresh new pink skin was left in place.
Jesus told us that healing is the bread of the children of God. We are the Bride of Christ if we have the Holy Spirit. If you don’t have the Holy Spirit, if you are not born again, if the Lord Jesus is not manifesting his holy word in your life in supernatural signs, wonders and miracles, then simply follow the prescription in the Bible in Acts 2:38-39 and you will receive the Holy Spirit and scriptures like James 5: 14-16 will be manifest in your life, as it was in mine.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. His word cannot fail. Just trust in him no matter what the world tells you. Ignore anything contrary to the Word of God. If you trust in him with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, you shall experience the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 5: 11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink: that continue until night, till wine inflame them! 12 And the harp, and the viol, the babret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the lord, neither consider the operation of his hands. 13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. 14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
What a word this is! I was hoping for a shorter word for this evening but you could preach a decade on this. It is hard to know where to start but I am going to try to keep it short. There are so many ideas here. But I see the central theme for us this evening as being the 13th verse. “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”
Notice here that God does not say the people, but “MY people” are gone into captivity. MY people! Not the world, not the denominations, not muslims or hindus, MY PEOPLE! The people of God, the church, the called out ones, are gone into captivity. We are supposed to be free. Jesus said the truth shall set us free. We have the word, and we have the message and yet Isaiah says we are being taken captive. How can this be? How can the church of the living God be taken captive in this day when we have the greatest light that has ever been? For the first time in history we not only have the entire Bible, but we have the entire Bible revealed. Even the Apostles didn’t have it. Luther didn’t have it. Wesley didn’t have it but we have it and today we also have captivity.
You might bed tempted to say “wait a minute, Isaiah is taking about his time”. The Bible says by two or three witnesses let all things be established.
Revelation 13: 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 he that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Is this Isaiah’s time? This is here and now. This is our age. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity. Who is leading into captivity? Who is leading the saints into captivity? The preachers! Preaching off the word and preaching a second hand gospel and preaching their own dogmas. They are leading the children of God into captivity. Look at our scripture.
11Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink: that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
He is not talking about drunks here. This isn’t alcoholism. He is talking about a religious spirit, a religious fervor. They rise early with a religious fervor, they are full of religious emotion to the point where they become intoxicated and inflamed with it. Inflamed by it. Set on fire. Excited! They dance all over the stage, jump up and down and shout and scream from the pulpit. And the people in the benches are even worse. They put on a big show with lots of emotion. Church has become a Broadway musical these days. They get charged up and charge up the people and everyone is jumping and dancing and shouting “Amen!” to every word and not even paying attention to check what is being said.
2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you; whose judgment now of a long time lingerth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
There is your third witness. They with feigned words and fair speeches will lead into captivity. They will preach up a storm. There will be a huge emotional rush through the people. And they are doing it for money. Do you know how much they are making? Brother Branham refused to drive a Cadillac because he felt that he should not be driving a better car than the average man, and the cars they drive today put a Cadillac to shame. A brand new Cady would be a down payment for some of the cars, and jet airplanes, owned by preachers today. They have a religious spirit and the people sitting and listening will catch the same spirit and be taken captive by it. It is a very dangerous thing.
12And the harp, and the viol, the babret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the lord, neither consider the operation of his hands.
The churches will have the best music programs, the best buildings, the most beautiful architecture, the most professional sound system, the most wonderful organization, but they also will “not regard the word of the Lord not consider the operation of his hands”. Quite a thought that such a big beautiful church who claims to follow the message and believe the word would be so far off from it as to not even consider it nor regard it. How can this be?
Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 Teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
There you have it. Religious hypocrisy! We can sing, and we can have the best orchestra filled with university graduated musicians. We can praise, and we can pray, and we can worship, and we can call out in Jesus name. We can read the Bible, and we can quote the prophet and put his picture up all over our churches and homes, but if we disregard the Revealed Word of God in favour of a doctrine of man, no matter how good it sounds, how logical it is, then all of our worship is in vain. It all starts at the pulpit.
We have lots of preachers but very few Word preachers. Jesus said it would be this way. He said the harvest is great and the labourers are few. Pray for labourers! Pray that the Lord God would call more Spirit filled men to the field who will actually consider the operations of God, and regard the works of the Lord, and not care about the money or the popularity. Pray for men who know God and have intimate knowledge of his ways and his Word. How can I introduce you to someone who I do not know myself? We need Holy Spirit filled, God sent, anointed preachers. We have too many religious men and not enough Godly men. It has always been that way. One Elijah to 450 prophets of Baal. One Elisha to a whole host of worldly prophets. One Micah to 400 prophets with lying spirits.
It is the even worse today!
And these false anointed preachers are taking the people captive by the millions. Good people, children of God are being taken captive by these religious spirits in religious preachers. And you might ask why is it that they are able to take the children of God captive? Good question.
13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
Knowledge! The people are gone into captivity “because they have no knowledge”. Surprised? No knowledge. That is God’s own words from the mouth of his holy anointed, spirit filled prophet, not mine. God says the people, the message people, the message preachers, have no knowledge. As I pointed out earlier, we have both the Bible in print and the Message that reveals the Bible, both in print and on tape, and we hear it over and over and can quote from 3,000 hours of preaching by a vindicated prophet of God, and the Lord God says we have no knowledge.
The message believers today have no knowledge!
Knowledge of God does not come with Bible reading. Knowledge of God does not come with church going. Knowledge of God does not come with message listening. You do not get knowledge of God by pressing the play button. That might rub some wrong but just wait a moment, bear with me, and you will see. Knowledge of God does not come with singing or playing an instrument. If any of those would bring you knowledge of God then Saul of Tarsus would have known God personally for he was the most educated theologian in all of Israel. Yet when Saul came face to face with the Lord Jesus in the pillar of fire, he realized that he did not know anything of God whatsoever.
Knowledge of God comes only from a personal experience with God!
Saul learned more of the Lord God in those three or four minutes in front of that pillar of fire than in many years of Bible School and Seminary. Moses learned more of God in a few moments with a burning bush than in 80 years of life and 40 years of the best education that the world had to offer. In order to know God, to have knowledge of who and what the Lord God is, we have to meet God personally. Some will point quite accurately to the fact that the prophet directed us not to preach until we have seen God personally. Amen! But if you look to the message he went even further to say that you are not even a Christian until you have met God personally. And if we have not met him then how can we know him and if we do not know him, and have no knowledge of him, then we will be taken into captivity.
Our scripture goes on to say that the honorable men are famished. Starved! They are not being fed. The preachers are preaching, the singers are singing and the righteous are starving for the Word of God. How can this be brothers and sisters?
Quoting another preacher, even a vindicated prophet, will never feed a true child of God. An eagle needs fresh meat, not left-overs chewed out from another man’s sermons. Brother Branham was a Word Prophet and as a Word Prophet he pointed us back to the Word of God alone. Every Word preacher will point you back to the Word of God alone as well. If the preacher has the same spirit as the prophet did, then he will preach the same way as the prophet did. The prophet preached from the Word.
Not only do the honorable suffer, but it says that the multitude is dried up with thirst. Thirst for the water of the spirit and a parched thirst for the moving of the spirit. There is a famine of hearing the Word of God and a thirst for the spirit that is not being met in the churches today. Remember the foolish virgins have no oil. The Laodicean church has no oil, only the Bride does. The church has no oil because they have no knowledge of God. And they have no knowledge of God because they have not met God. And they have not met God because they are not being told to seek him, and not being led to him. Right back to the pulpit again!
2 Timothy 2: 24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; If God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Straight from the pulpit it comes. We must not fight and argue but teach the truth for that will lead men to repentance, and by repenting they will meet God and He shall recover them from the snare of the devil, the religious spirit, that takes them captive at will. If the people are not told, then the people will not know. The watchman is responsible to the people to warn of the enemy.
For months every time I opened the Bible, any Bible, it always turned to the same spot, and every time I read it, it spoke loudly to me.
Ezekiel 13:1And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the Lord; 3 Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. 5 They have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. 6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. 7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The Lord Saith it; albeit I have not spoken? 8 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you saith the Lord God. 9And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God.
Foolish teachers, ministers of any kind really, following their own spirit. They don’t stand in the breach. They are not sent of the Lord. they divine lies by preaching doctrines of men. They are taking the children of God captive by religion. These are not prophets of Baal that the Lord God is addressing here, these are prophets of spiritual Israel. These are not the denominations, these are the message preachers of today. Certainly there are good message preachers but this is not addressing them. This is quite accurately aimed at a select group of men that were not sent by God, but went according to their own ideas preaching for gain. And when these men get hold of a pulpit they will build big groups; huge groups, that have lots of religion, lots of emotion, but are starving for the Word and the Spirit of God.
We are just a little family here today but we desperately need to know this. If we do not come to know the Lord God personally through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, then we will be taken captive by a religious spirit. If we are in the wrong place, then we will be starved for the word, parched for the spirit, and surrounded by religious pomp and celebration. The Bible said that we are to offer up the sacrifice of praise, but if that sacrifice is not washed then it is an abomination to God. Religious pomp and celebration, no matter how skilled or sweet to the ear, if it is not sanctified by the Holy Spirit of God, it is an abomination unto him.
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
There is our answer. Jesus! He alone can set us free. He alone can give us liberty. He alone can free us from the spirits that threaten to take us captive. And he does it personally, not by creed, not by dogmas, not by church going, but by meeting him personally and getting to know him personally. We must regard the work of the Lord. We must consider his operations. God is alive and well. He is a miracle God. He is the same yesterday today and forever. Everything that is written in the Bible about him is just as true today as it was the day it was written.
Don’t get caught up in emotion. Don’t get caught up in a big show. Don’t get distracted by large crowds. Do not let a fancy building catch your eye. Get caught up in the spirit of God. The songs and the worship and the celebration are all important and even vital, but without the Spirit of God, it is dead. Where are the gifts? Where are the miracles? God is a miracle God. We point to the signs, wonders and miracles in Brother Branham’s ministry, but where are they in our lives? In Jesus’ day they pointed to Moses. In our day they point to Brother Branham. Let us look instead to Jesus. Let’s be like Gideon, the mighty man of valour, let’s seek out God personally and seek out his moving in our lives personally.
God is here right now to meet us. His spirit, the pillar of fire, is right there in the room with you at this very moment. He is waiting to hear from you, waiting for your invitation. He is waiting for you to regard His works and to consider His operations. Let’s all come together in one accord to consider His operations. Let’s all agree to regard His works. And not the works and operations of yesterday, but God’s works today in our lives, in our midst, right there in that room at the moment you are reading this.
The Bible says that the Lord is closer to you than your own breath. He is right there with you. The pillar of fire is right before you. Can you feel him? He is there filling the room. Seek him! Cry out to him! Reach out to him!
The Lord God Jehovah gave us a law. We find that law written throughout the pages of the Old Testament. That law condemned us all to die because none of us were able to follow it. And we should also remember that the Bible says in James that if we break one word of the law we are guilty of the whole law. The penalty for breaking the law is death. God, however, did not want us all to die, he wanted us to live. To accomplish his goal, the Lord God came veiled in the flesh in the man of Jesus Christ and fulfilled the entire law and took all of our sins upon himself and gave his life in place of ours.
It was you and I that were condemned to die on that cross, for you and I committed the sins that put Jesus there. But Jesus Christ, the great Kinsmen Redeemer, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the bright morning star, the rose of Sharron, the lily of the valley, the prince of peace, took your sins and my sins and all of our iniquities and bled and died there for you and I so that we might live with him forever.
This is a very well known doctrine to church going folks. If the Lord will, I would like to look a little deeper into it, to see exactly what the law was, why it was given and exactly what the Bible is telling us when it says that Jesus “fulfilled” the law. We also like to say that we are no longer under the law. We will by the grace of God look a little deeper into that statement and root out in the scriptures exactly what this means. Some will be very surprised indeed by what we will find.
Galatians 3: 19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
So the Bible says that the law is there to deal with transgressions, and the law exists because of those transgressions. This is an interesting and important point. Most would naturally think that the transgressions must come as a result of the law, but we find it written here in the opposite order. The law was added because of transgressions. First the transgressions existed, then the law was added because of them. The law is God’s answer to transgressions.
And the Word says that the law will continue UNTIL the seed should come to whom the promise was made. Who was that promised seed of Abraham, the promised seed of the woman back in the Garden of Eden? God said unto the serpent in Genesis chapter three that “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and the woman’s seed, and you shall bruise his heal, but he shall bruise your head”. The seed of the woman, the promised seed, was none other than Jesus Christ.
Now notice that the law actually existed before Moses. Moses did not write the law, he merely penned it as God spoke it to him. And in fact the famous Ten Commandments were even penned by the Lord God himself as he wrote them in stone with his own finger as the prophet Moses stood by and watched. The law actually started way back in Eden. I used to think that it started with Moses myself but the word explicitly says otherwise.
The first law was “eat not of the fruit for the day you eat thereof you will die”. That was the law in Eden. That was the only law they had at that time. Don’t eat and if you eat you die. It was short, it was simple and it was the law.
Notice now the two components of a law. Every law must have these two components or it is not a law. The first essential component is the thing that you are not supposed to do, and the second is the consequences for doing it. “Do not eat”: was the thing you aren’t supposed to do. And, “IF you eat you die”: was the unconditional Consequences. And every law has these two components.
Without both components it is not a law. Without a commandment it has no direction, and every law must be enforceable. Therefore if there is no consequence for breaking the law then the law is no longer enforceable and of no effect. Adam and Eve did not know much of the law back then but what they did know they were more than able to transgress.
The Bible said the Law was “added” because of transgressions. It was “added”, not just given in one shot but added, which in the Greek is prostithemi which is a verb meaning to increase or to proceed further in giving. So the law was given, but not at once, not in one place or at one specific time but rather it was given and increased over the passage of time, and proceeded further in its giving because of transgressions. The law unfolded with time. The law was a progressive revelation.
So is that it, or is there a deeper reason? Nothing happens without reason and there is no coincidence in life. Is there something more here, another layer? Why would God give the law out in a piecemeal fashion, a little here and a little there, and not in one big lump right at the beginning?
What is the underlying purpose of the law? We know it was given because of transgressions, but how was the law supposed to deal with those transgressions? What was the law doing with those transgressions and with the people it was given to? What is the relationship between us, the law, and the transgressions, and God the law giver and judge? The Bible gives us those answers.
Galatians 3:24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
The law was our Schoolmaster. It is our teacher. The Bible says that it was brought in and added because of transgressions AND its purpose was to bring us unto Jesus Christ by teaching us as a schoolmaster. Then after the law brings us to Christ we might be justified by faith. That is a mouthful.
It doesn’t say that we can be justified by the law. The law does not and cannot justify anyone for every word of the law that we transgress condemns us to death. Rather, the law brings us to a place where we can be justified. And it brings us there by teaching us something. So if the law brings us to a place where we can be justified by faith through teaching us, then we need to know exactly what the law is supposed to be teaching us?
Romans 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
This ties in nicely with our central theme and opens the door a little more for us. It goes back a couple of scriptures and weaves itself in. So putting it together so far we see that the law was added because of transgressions and without the law there are transgressions, but we do not know of them and are left guiltless of the law. Why is there no guilt of transgressions without the law? The law alone determines what is, and what is not a transgression. So if there is no law, there is no crime. The act still exists, and the act can be against the perfect will of God, but there can be no crime assigned.
Look at the internet today. It is very new so there are almost no laws in place to govern what goes on with it. And when people are using it wrongly or for some evil purpose, nobody can hold them accountable in this world for their actions because there is no law on the books to charge them with. There is no commandment, and there are no consequences. So until someone writes a law, the police and the courts have no justification in arresting the people. They have nothing to charge them with. There might be horrible acts going on but there is no crime.
But once the law is in place you cannot do those same things anymore. You could do them before but the law is written but once the law is written, then the act becomes a crime. This is a very important and interesting point to note. The law is not retroactive. God created time for a purpose and uses time and has given us definite timelines within the plan of salvation.
So if you commit an offense yesterday and they bring in a law against it today you are free. But if you commit that same thing tomorrow, you go to jail, even if you have been doing it for years before without fault.
Here is an earthly example. The road from your house to work is not very busy and the speed limit is 50 mph. You drive it every day at 50 mph for 15 years. Then as the city develops the area and the road gets busier and someone decides that 50 mph is too fast and one Tuesday morning the speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. It does not matter that you have been driving at 50 for all those years. If you drive at 31 mph today you will get a ticket for speeding. You will not be ticketed for driving 50 mph on Monday, but Tuesday driving that very same road, in that very same car, at that very same speed will earn you a fine. On Monday it is an act with impunity, but on Tuesday that very same act becomes a crime with a punishment.
Here is a spiritual example from the scriptures. Abraham married his sister Sarah. She was his half sister and he took her for his wife. God blessed the union such that he gave them a miracle baby and made that baby the promised seed through whom God would bless the entire planet and every living soul on it. Keeping that fact in mind let us look at what the law of Moses clearly says about the act of a man marrying his sister.
Leviticus 18:9 The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of they father OR the daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.
It is needful to note the word “or” in this passage. The word or is in there for a reason. Some will say “but Sarah was his Half sister”. The law doesn’t say the daughter of thy father AND mother, it says the daughter of thy father OR mother. So according to the law of Moses, Abraham committed sin punishable by death. Abraham clearly violated the laws of Moses. How could God bless a union that was in clear violation of his law that he gave us through his prophet?
Abraham married his sister, an act which is condemned by God’s law. That we have established. Did Abraham sin? Absolutely not! Why? The law clearly shows that what Abraham did with Sarah in marrying her was a direct contravention of the law of God as written by his prophet Moses. So if Abraham transgressed the direct commandment of God, then how is there no sin?
The law concerning that transgression had not yet been added. Without law there is no guilt of transgression. And it wasn’t just Abraham that married his sister. Abel. Seth. Enos. The first few men had no choice, they either had to marry a sister or not marry at all for there were no other women on the planet. But it was not sin because there was no law concerning it yet and where there is no law there is no guilt of transgression. But don’t you do it today. If you do it today you will be found guilty and condemned with the world.
Now does that mean that if we don’t know the law we are saved? No don’t go getting that idea. Even in the laws of man, the ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse. The Bible covers that too:
Romans 2: 12For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.
They did not know any better so they are judged outside of the law. They however still do not have Christ because it is the law that is the schoolmaster that leads us to Christ. So without the law they are not judged in the law, yet they still do not, and cannot, have Christ. So since the law leads us to Christ we cannot find salvation outside of the law, and since the law cannot justify us we cannot find salvation IN the law either. The law leads us to Jesus Christ, who is the salvation, the resurrection and the life. Jesus said:
Luke 12: 47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
See, the law teaches us to come to Christ, but if we do not come, the punishment is most severe. Ignorance is no excuse. The one who did not know of the law was still beaten with stripes. But the one who knew it was doubly guilty, first for transgressing the law and then also for disregarding the law which he knew. The Bible goes on to say in Hebrews that if we sin willfully after we come to the knowledge of the truth there is no more sacrifice for sin but a certain fearful looking for judgment.
Matthew 7:21 Not everyone 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.
Jesus tells us here that we must do the will of the Father if we are to have any hope of entering the kingdom of Heaven. Then in order to be saved we need to know exactly what is the will of the Father? How can we know what the will of the Father is?
We need someone to teach us what the Will of the Father is or we could never know it. Without a teacher we are lost. God provided a teacher and not just any old teacher but a schoolmaster. The law is our schoolmaster. The law tells us what sin is, and what is not sin. It is the law that teaches us what the perfect will of God is. The law was added because of transgressions against God’s perfect will. It was added to teach us what those transgressions are and to show us what our reward is if we do them. Without the law how would we know? How would you know what God required of you unless He told you? You could try guessing. Lots of churches do that and look where it got them. We have over a thousand “Christian” churches today all preaching different, all preaching a different “perfect will of God”. God can only have ONE perfect will.
So the Law is our schoolmaster. Unfortunately that leaves us with a peculiar little paradox. We are told conclusively that we need the law, and that it is the law that teaches us the perfect will of God and leads us to Christ that we might be justified. But the Bible also says:
Galatians 5:18But if ye be led of the spirit, ye are not under the law.
How can we resolve this apparent contradiction? Like I said many times in the past, every line has to run true or it isn’t Bible. The Bible is incapable of contradicting itself, so if we find a contradiction then we must be off the scriptures somewhere.
If our doctrine gets stuck somewhere in scripture then that is a sign that our doctrine is wrong and we have to start over. Always remember that. If we have to explain away a single line of scripture, then our Urim Thummim, the Holy Bible, the Word of God, is telling us that we are wrong. Every doctrine of God lines up perfectly with every single word in the Bible. There are no mistakes.
But are we stuck with a contradiction or do we just need a couple of scriptures to bridge the gap in our understanding? There isn’t any gap in the Word, it’s complete and perfect. The gap is in our understanding of the Word, or rather our lack of understanding of the Word of God.
So let’s find the bridge that ties the two thoughts perfectly together.
The law is our schoolmaster, which the Bible says in Galatians, has two purposes. It first brings us to Christ. Second, in bringing us to Christ it brings us to a place where we can be justified by faith.
Lets start with the first thought. The law is our schoolmaster which brings us to Christ. So the law teaches us something, and what we learn from the law somehow brings us to Christ. Is that right? What does the law teach us?
We’ve already seen that it teaches us what is and what is not sin by showing us and defining what transgressions are. It clearly demonstrates to us what the perfect will of God is and thus shows us when we are not in the perfect will of God.
If we know what the crimes are, then we know what God wants us to avoid doing. And if we know what God wants us to NOT do, then by default does it not also tell us what God wants us to do? And if we know what God wants us to do, and we know what God wants us to not do, doesn’t that mean that we know the will of God? It makes sense doesn’t it? This brings us back to what Jesus said about who gets into the kingdom, those who do the will of my Father. And now by the teaching of the schoolmaster, we can know what the will is.
How can you do the will if you don’t know what the will is? We’ve come full circle. So the schoolmaster teaches us the Will of God. Is that all it teaches? Is that all we need, to know what the transgressions are? Will that in and of itself bring us to Christ and to justification by faith? The Bible says no. The Bible says it is not enough to know the law. It is not enough to know the will of the father. Jesus didn’t say those who know the will of the Father get into heaven, but only those who DO the will of the Father. Remember it also says in James chapter two “you believe in one God, you have done well, the devil also believes and trembles”. (Most churches today don’t even believe in one God, they believe in three Gods. They are not even as spiritual as the devil.)
James 1: 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Knowing right from wrong is not enough, we must be doers of the word and not hearers only. And James pointed out that it is the law that teaches us as well.
St. John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
Jesus said if you didn’t know better then there was no sin, but since you do know better, and you claim to know better, your sin remains. They knew the will of the Father, they had the schoolmaster of the law, but they did not obey and they did not receive its teaching. They had been under its teaching their whole lives. But still it wasn’t enough. Was it just because they did not obey the law?
Lets take an example:
Mark 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him , Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross and follow me.
So here we have someone who knows the law, and who keeps the law and has kept it his whole life, yet that wasn’t enough because he could see that he did not possess eternal life. He still was not justified. Knowing and keeping the law did not justify him. The law cannot justify us.
The law is our schoolmaster, and it teaches us what the transgressions are. And in teaching us it is supposed to bring us to Christ but the law itself cannot justify us. We can have the whole law and yet be unjustified as the rich ruler was. He had the law and the Bible says he even kept it from his youth, but he did not have eternal life. He was not justified. He was lost.
But it is not the law that justifies us. It was never intended to justify us but to bring us to the One that would justify us. That man is Jesus Christ. And he justified us through the law by fulfilling the law. Remember earlier we said the law has two components. One told us what not to do. And the other told us of the penalty for transgression. The first part was accomplished to John the Baptist time. That is what Jesus said. The law and the prophets were unto John. So the Old Testament is the schoolmaster that shows us what not to do and what to do. Where does Jesus come in?
Jesus Christ fulfilled the entire law. The law was added until John then Jesus, the great capstone, fulfilled the law. He fulfilled the law first by taking the commandment part of the law and changing it from an external law to an internal law. In the old testament it was a physical do or do not. But Jesus tells us that it is not enough to maintain a physical outer law. We must have the law internally.
Matthew 5: 21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. BUT I SAY unto you that whosoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the judgment.
Just stop there for a moment. If we are angry at a brother without cause we are guilty of murder? Is that what Jesus is saying. He said in old days you had to actually take the life but today it is sufficient to hate without cause. The External law is transformed to an Internal law today. God said in our day he would write his word upon our hearts and minds. So if it is written on our hearts and minds then it can also be also transgressed in our hearts and minds. This is an essential concept. I hope you are catching that.
Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 BUT I SAY unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Jesus said that the person has “Committed it in his heart”. The law is written on our hearts so it is also transgressed in our hearts. So then what chance do we have? At least at one time it was a matter of subjugating the urges you felt and just not going out and doing them. Now to simply willfully entertain those things in our thoughts makes us guilty of sin. Is there any hope for any of us? Certainly not in the law, it condemns us to death. It condemns us internally.
1 John 3: 20 for if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence towards God. 22 And whatsoever we ask we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
The law is now an internal law and will condemn us internally if we even desire to commit a transgression of the law.
But Jesus fulfilled the whole law. He fulfilled the first part. He fulfilled the law by completing the second part as well. He took the entire penalty for all transgressions upon himself. He took All the transgressions both external and internal. He paid the price in his flesh for every sin committed, past, present and future.
That is our only hope, our only salvation, our only reason to live, our only way to live. He alone is the truth the life and the way. He is all in all. Oh what miserable creatures we were without him. And when we receive Him we are set free from the law of sin. Here we get to a very crucial point. This is a point that will surprise most who read this. It is perfectly scriptural but little known. It is absolutely the Bible, absolutely the truth but hidden from most. Remember the paradox we just reviewed.
Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the spirit, ye are not under the law.
Galatians 3: 25 But AFTER that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
So the schoolmaster, the law, teaches us and bring us to Christ and then WHEN we receive Christ in faith, He justifies us through that faith because he fulfilled the law. At THIS POINT we are set free from the law. It is the very moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior that we are set free from the law. We were not set free 2000 years ago. He fulfilled his part back then, but we are not personally set free from the Law until the moment we accept Jesus Christ.
We are set free from the Law the moment we receive Christ, not before.
So what of those who have not received Christ? So what of those not led by the spirit? The term If always goes with then. If, then. IF, IF ye are led of the spirit THEN, ye are not under the law. We have to slow down here a little. This is going to be a chunk of meat for some I think.
So then are those who are not led by the spirit, those who refuse the spirit, those who refuse Christ still under the law? Absolutely!
Those who refuse Christ are still under the law!
They will have to stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an answer for every word in the law. We are either under the law or under grace, there is no third position. We are either in or out. We are either saved or lost. With law comes the judgment and if there were no law then there could not be judgment. And the Bible says he who offends the law in one word is guilty of all. Is that Bible? We mentioned it earlier.
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
He is “guilty of all”. If we do not receive Jesus Christ as our saviour, if we are not justified by faith in Him, we will be held accountable for every letter of the law and we will be found Guilty of ALL.
Galatians 3:10 for as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in ALL things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
All the things, not some of them, not most of them, not all but one thing, A-L-L, ALL of them. If we are not in Christ Jesus then we are still under the entire written law. The New Testament is of absolutely none effect to us without the blood of Jesus Christ.
So then what do we do? Receive Christ! Sound good but how? Men and brethren what shall we do?
Acts 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, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
See, at this point Jesus had already died for our sins some 50 days ago and risen and ascended on high, but those men who witnessed the pouring out of the Holy Spirit were pricked in their hearts. They were internally condemned by the internal law of the Spirit of God. They were guilty of the law and condemned by it and they knew it. They realized they needed to be justified.
Peter said to them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Do you see it? By receiving Jesus Christ we are set free from the law. Without law is no sin. We still committed the acts, but we are set free from the guilt of it. When we repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, it is at that moment that we are set free from the law. It is at that moment in time that we are justified. Until that very second we were completely under the law and guilty of the whole law and condemned to death and hell.
And we must follow exactly for there is a way that seems right unto man the end thereof is death. The Bible gives us a very detailed description of how to receive Jesus Christ. First we must repent, get the inward law and acknowledge our transgressions and make right those things we had made wrong. Then we must be baptized in full immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ. No other baptism, no baptism in titles, but specifically in the name of Jesus Christ. Thre is exactly one baptism. That is why in Acts chapter 19 a group of repentant believing Christians needed to be rebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ; their original baptism was in error.
Another place where people get lost here is they forget the repent part. Miss that and you go in a dry sinner and come out a wet one. Repent. Make the wrong into a right. Live according to His commandments. Die unto yourselves. Baptism is a burial. And today I think we bury to many live people.
St. John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him. If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
What does it mean to “keep” his words? Does it just mean to know them? Does it maybe mean to not change them in any way? The Greek word used here is tereo which means to guard, obey and observe. The Greek word for prison has the same root. So how do we keep His words? It is more than to just know them or to maintain them. To keep the word of God is to imprison them in our hearts and minds. Don’t let them go. Guard them with our lives.
We guard them, we observe them, we obey them, we live them. But what of the law, we are free from the law. So how can we be free from law and yet still have commandments to obey? Are they not the same, commandments and law?
We saw how the law has two facets, a do or do not do, and a punishment for transgression. And we have seen that it is no more an external law but an internal law of the desires of the heart. But here we have commandments. Here we have a way of life laid out in print. And there is not a punishment for not transgressing his commandments.
If we do not keep his commandments then we are still under the law and the law contains the punishment. Do you see it? Jesus said if we keep his commandments, his words, then He will make his abode with us and justify us and free us from the law. So when we keep his words we are free from the law. Then, conversely, when we reject his words, any of his words, we are guilty under the law.
So then we need to receive Him. Have we received him? How do we know we have received him? How do we know we are justified?
Jesus said by their fruits ye shall know them. So what are the fruits? What was the sign of the spirit, the sign that the 120 were told by Jesus to watch for at Pentecost? The sign was Power. How does that power manifest? What is the fruit of that vine?
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions heresies 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they with do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith 23 meekness, temperance: against which there is not law.
See, the law is brought in because of transgressions, because of the work of the flesh, and the law condemns those works and assigns a punishment to them. But the fruit of the spirit aren’t transgressions so there is no law concerning them. So when we receive the spirit of God then we are free from works of the flesh and thus the law concerning those works, being justified by faith in Jesus Christ.
A little note here that I hope doesn’t concern anyone reading here. The word witchcraft doesn’t mean black magic here, it is from the Greek word pharmakeia which means drug user. It means a Drug user of any kind. We are not talking medicines we are talking recreational or addicted drug user. We are talking about cigarette smokers. It refers to marijuana smokers. It is pointing out heroin, MMDA, Cocaine, etc etc users. They are different words but all the same meaning. Paul says if you smoke you will NOT inherit the kingdom of God because you are still under the law as a transgressor of the law and will be judged by the law.
So get free from the works of the flesh today. Jesus Christ bled and died to set you free from those things. Accept him and his sacrifice today. Throw those things out of your life and be saved in Christ. Throw them in the garbage and go to your knees in prayer for strength to overcome, for faith to be delivered and he will give it to you because he promised it. God cannot lie. God cannot fail.
Why can we not live in the works of the flesh and be saved? Because the sprit and the flesh are contrary to each other and the works of the flesh are the very transgressions that the law was added for. We cannot serve God and mammon.
Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and you members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.
It says here to whom (personal pronoun) we yield ourselves to obey Him (personal pronoun) we serve. If we obey the spirit of God, THEN we are justified by faith and free from the law. But if we yield to sin and the spirit of the world, to the flesh, then we are not justified and still under the law and will be judged accordingly.
And it is not just a matter of doing the acts anymore. We saw earlier that it is a matter of WANTING to do them, of consciously desiring them. Now we are all tempted, that is for sure, and tempted in our weakness and in our flesh. The difference is in what we DECIDE to do about it. A battle rages in the mind of every Christian, the greatest battle ever fought. And the thoughts in our minds during this battle are not sin, they are temptations TO sin. They arise out of our flesh, and out of our weakness.
So what is the difference? When does our fleshly lusts, which we all have and will have until the rapture changes our bodies, when does it become sin? When is it a transgression? When is it the fruit of the flesh? The thoughts are the seed and a seed must germinate and grow to bear fruit. So then when does the seed of sin that the devil is trying to plant become the fruit of the flesh and sin?
James 1:12 Blessed 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 way when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be temped with evil, neither tempted he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
So the temptation is not sin but a blessing! That is hard to believe and I think most will reread that line because they will think they read it wrong the first time. The temptations are a blessing. The Bible says so. We are blessed when we endure temptation.
The fight in our minds, the evil thoughts that come up, the war we have with the devil on a daily basis, is a blessing to us IF we are overcomers. For when we are tried we receive a crown of life. But when do these trials become a sin, a transgression? When we let them conceive, when we make the decision that we want consciously to do them. It is not just having the desire in our flesh, that is the battle, but when we decide that yes I want to do that. That is when we become wilfull sinners. When we decide that even though we know the Word says not to do it, even though our schoolmaster says it is a transgression, we decide that we want to do it anyway. Then we let the thoughts enter our hearts.
It is at this point that sin conceives in us and bears the fruit in time. Remember Jesus said if a man looks at a woman to lust after her. A healthy man cannot look at a beautiful naked woman without being affected. But that isn’t sin. It is when he decides that he wants to keep looking and lusting, when the spirit says turn away and he thinks in his mind, NO, I like it and I am going to do it, that is when the sin conceives in his heart.
The devil will tell you that “oh you got tempted by this or that and you sinned and are lost”. That is a lie! The temptations are there to prove us, to try us, so that we may receive a crown. We just read that when we are tempted it is a BLESSING to us. The temptations are a blessing to us. It is when we yield to the temptation that we are doing wrong. And pay close attention here. This is a very important point. The devil will only tell you that you are wrong when you are right. And he will only tell you that you are right when you are wrong.
Did you get that? The devil will only tell you that you are lost when you are saved. If you are saved he will never point out your fault to you, he’ll point it out to everyone else, but never to you because he knows once you see your fault that you will repent and be free from it being justified by Jesus Christ. Do you see it?
He will try to get you to compromise on the word. He will try to get you to believe his interpretation where he explains away scripture. He will play with your pride by praising you to try to get you to be proud and steal God’s glory. And he will use your pride by insulting and attacking you to try to get you to step out from the word and defend yourself. And the big one here, he will try and convince you that you sinned a sin beyond salvation, that you are serpent’s seed, that you have gone too far. He will only tell you that when it is a lie because he is a liar. And he will only tell you that when it is not true because-
SATAN IS ONLY AT WAR WITH THE SAINTS!
Did you get that? The devil is only at war with the saints. His battle is with the predestinated children of God. He will never say those things to the lost. He is trying to convince you of his lie by telling you that you are lost. But the Bible says that “all those who cry out in the name of the Lord shall be saved”. The Bible says that “he will never leave us or forsake us”. Is that Bible? Then what the devil says must be a lie.
He will also tell you that you are saved when you are not. He will tell you that what I have said up here today is bunk and not worth the effort to listen to. He is looking to destroy you. If he can’t destroy you completely he at least wants to make you a foolish virgin. He will tell you that you are fine when you are not. And he will tell you that you are lost and unsavable when you are already saved and justified by Jesus Christ.
That devil is cagey and sly but the Bible shows us his colours. Remember the spirit of God shows you your wrongs AND the way to repentance. The law, the schoolmaster is there to lead us the Christ. Is that what we read? The law shows us what transgressions are, and leads us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Amen? So when your mind and thoughts show you that you are wrong and going into judgment with no hope, then that is not God doing it. God shows you your wrongs and leads you to repentance and takes the guilt away.
God doesn’t tell you that you are hopelessly lost, he tells you that he has saved you and that he wants you to repent and come back to him. The one telling you that you are lost and beyond hope is the devil. And he is a liar. He always was a liar and always will be a liar. Don’t believe a word of it. There certainly will be a time when it will be too late to repent, but don’t think the devil will remind you of that. He wants to convince you to give up, to believe that you are too bad, too evil, too weak, too sinful to be saved. DON”T BELIEVE IT!
The law is our schoolmaster which shows us what transgressions are that we may come repenting to Christ and receive Jesus and be justified by Christ in faith. The law, the Bible, shows us that we are wrong so that we might have cause to repent and come to Christ. The Law shows us our faults so that we might make them right. The law shows us our weakness so that we may seek the strength of Jesus Christ. The law shows us our unrighteousness so that we may seek to be covered in the robes of His righteousness. The law shows us our sin so that we may wash it in the blood of the lamb. The law shows us judgment that we may find grace.
Fight the fight. Put on the whole armour of God. Give NO place to the devil. Make not provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof. Don’t allow your fleshly lusts to conceive sin. Get into Christ. Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and receive the Holy Spirit. It is for you. It is God’s promise to you. Get out from under the law and under the all sufficient umbrella of grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The door is still open, He is still on the mercy seat, the fountain is open deep and wide to wash away all your sin, all your iniquity and make you a new creation in Christ Jesus the Lord. Get everything under the blood Jesus Christ. Let the schoolmaster show you what is wrong that you might make it right. Examine the rule of the schoolmaster that you might be led to Christ and justified by faith in him.
There is no other salvation, nor any other name given where we can find salvation. Jesus Christ alone, in him dwells the fullness of the godhead bodily.
The Bible goes on to say that in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God and the word was made flesh and dwelt amongst men. Jesus Christ is the word of God made flesh. The Bible is Jesus Christ, the word of God, in print. Paul says to change a word, even if you were an angel from heaven, you get you cursed. We must accept the whole word of God, the entire Bible, exactly as it is written with no interpretations or changes. Our doctrine must hold true from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. His word will never change.
Look into the perfect law of liberty today and let it lead you to the one salvation, the one true God and eternal life, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the healer of all of our diseases. He forgives all of your transgressions. Accept him as your Lord and savior. Repent and be baptized in his name and come out from under the bondage of the law today.
Luke 24: 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 and their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Luke 18:43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
May God add His blessing to the reading of His Word. What we would like to speak on here for a few moments is to tie these two scriptures perfectly together. This is a powerful scripture. I would like to take for a text, “when their eyes were opened”. When their eyes were opened they knew him and in Luke 18, when his eyes were opened he followed. When their eyes were opened. Before their eyes were opened they did not know Jesus or follow Him even though He was right there with them. They should have known him for they spent the last three years with him day and night. If you notice, not only were they not following him, but he was following them. We never went looking for the Lord God, he came looking for us. You did not find God, He came looking for you and when He opened your eyes, then you saw him, and then you started following Him. Are our eyes opened this morning? Jesus did it!
Israel was called to be the people of God. They were, and still are, a holy nation, a chosen people, and a blessed people. God was with them and them alone. They had prophets, they had history with God, they had signs and wonders, they had the scriptures, they had the Law of God, they had God’s promise to Abraham, they had the message of the hour brought by the Elijah of their day, John the Baptist. They had everything you could ask for except that they did not have open eyes.
How could this be? This is not my words this is Bible.
Matthew 13: 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, by hearing ye shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see and not perceive.
Did you get that? They both saw and heard everything, and yet they saw and heard nothing. Is that not exactly the same today? I met a fellow in Victoria who had just come from church one Sunday. He said it was great at church that morning so I asked him what the preacher spoke on and he could not remember. Does that sound fantastic? Not more than a half hour after the service and he could not remember a singe aspect of what was spoken. It is Bible too. It is the parable of the sower; some seed fell beside the road and the birds got it immediately. His heart was not prepared that day to receive the word, so his eyes were closed, and no sooner did he hear the word but the devil came and took it from him. He heard it all and still heard nothing. And it is very, very common today.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever. Amen? So is the devil. God don’t change and neither does the devil. The prophet told us if we want to know what Jesus is today all we have to do is find out what he was in the Bible times of yesterday and we will know exactly what Jesus is today. He was our healer yesterday and so he is our healer today. He was the life-giver yesterday and he is our life-giver today. He was the deliverer yesterday and he is still the same deliverer today. He is our prophet, priest and King. He is the resurrection and the life, the same yesterday, today and forever.
And if we want to know what the devil is today all we have to do is find out what he was in the Bible times of yesterday. And if we want to know what people are like today, and what the church is like today, all we have to do is find out what they were like in the Bible times of yesterday. Is that Bible?
Look what it says about the people.
Matthew 23: 29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, 30and say, if we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Jesus is telling us right here that the people of His day were exactly like the people of previous days and that their own testimony condemned them as such. They were a generation of vipers. Cain’s seed, the serpent’s seed is still the serpent’s seed. They are today just as their daddy was 6,000 years ago in Eden! They haven’t changed. There is no evolution, only devilution! Read or listen to William Branham’s sermon “Satan’s Eden”. That is your homework for this week. You will see that it clearly. Look at the warning to our time. How did Jesus say this time would be? What did He tell us to watch for?
As it was in the days of Noah and as it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be at the end. As it was 3,000 years ago and as it was 4,000 years ago so shall it be today. So if we find out what things were like in the days of Noah and how was it in the days of Lot, then we should be able to identify the end times. We should know these things.
Matthew 24: 37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark 39 and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
They were eating and drinking and building and marrying wives, multiple remarriages, oblivious to the situation, even though they had a prophet of God preaching from the roof tops for 120 years that the end was coming. Sound familiar? Every person on earth heard the message of Noah. There was not a soul that did not know about this crazy old man with his land-locked boat collecting hundreds of baby animals in pairs and stowing them away on this monstrosity of a barge during what was probably one of the worst heat waves in memory.
The Message of the Hour was everywhere. They all knew it, and they all discarded it because their science, and their philosophy, their logic and their reasoning told them that it was impossible for it to rain, and certainly impossible for the whole earth to be flooded.
Their religion, the religion of Cain, told them that God was a good God and surely they wouldn’t die. After all Cain was allowed to continue on. The very same lie he told Eve and it was still at work in Noah’s day, and it is still at work today. It is still being preached today. Live any way you want, believe whatever you want, as long as you worship God because God is a good God and would never judge one of His worshippers. The serpent, Cain, and the people of Noah’s day all had the same relationship with God, which was no relationship at all, and thus the same religion. They heard and they saw everything, and they heard and saw absolutely nothing! And every one of them is dead, eternally separated from God.
On the very first Easter, Jesus went down into hell and preached to the lost, the souls who rejected Noah. He went there to vindicate Noah, and to condemn them. His very presence did that.
The almighty Lord God hasn’t changed, the devil hasn’t changed, and humanity has not changed. People are the same, only worse. The same quality with just more quantity. In Jesus’ day He pronounced upon the church the prophesy of Isaiah and today the very same prophesy is pronounced upon the people by that same Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 3: 14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; these things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.
That is the Church today. That is not the world, that is the Church! Jesus was speaking to the Church in His day, and here He speaks about the Church of our day, for he titles it “unto the angel of the CHURCH of Laodicea”. We are at the end of the end. This is the seventh and last Church Age and we are at the end of it. Elijah has come and gone long ago. Israel has been in the holy land for nearly 70 years now. The message of the hour is all over the planet, even in countries like Iran and North Korea. There are websites everywhere about the message, tracts and books are printed by the tens of thousands in virtually every single language and there have been preachers and missionaries to no end all over the planet. We have had the most published message of all time. You can even see videos of the prophet on You-tube and Facebook! Just as in Jesus’ day, the Church is blind! It sees and sees not, it hears and hears not. This generation has seen and heard everything and yet has seen and heard absolutely nothing.
How can people be so blind? What happened to them to blind them? Spiritual things are not difficult things, they are not complex things, they are simple things yet people have become blind to them. Why?
2 Corinthians 4: 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.
The gospel is hid to those that the god of this world, the devil, has blinded. The serpent’s seed will never ever see it. The simplest spiritual things are hidden from them forever. And not just the meaty things but even the milk. Even things which are written in black and white become invisible. Things like the godhead, footwashing with the Lord’s supper, Christmas trees and even water baptism. Look how clearly the Bible lays out water baptism for us.
Acts 2:38 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, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Could it be written any plainer that that? There is nothing left to ponder, nothing to argue, nothing left to chance. Proper water baptism is expressed here in minute detail and yet they cannot see it. There is not one record of anyone in the Bible after John the Baptist, not in church records, nor in secular history, being baptized in any other way than immersion in the name of Jesus Christ prior to the Nicene Council of 325 AD.
Baptism in titles is catholic in origin and is absolutely contrary to the Word of God. Proper water baptism is so essential that Paul commanded all those baptized in any other way, including the baptism of John the Baptist, to be rebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Apollos and the Italian band, believers, baptized by John the Baptist, had to be rebaptized in order to receive the Holy Ghost. It is the same for each and every one of us today. Apollos had open eyes. HIs eyes were opened. He believed the word when he heard it and obeyed it, even if he did not completely understand it. He was not too proud. It is clearly written in black and white and yet people will not believe it, because they cannot see it. They cannot believe it. It is Bible and they cannot believe it because the god of this world, the devil, has blinded their eyes to it. And it is by our choice that he blinds us. We’ll see that in a bit.
And if they cannot see something as simple, as straight-forward, and as obvious as water baptism, how will they ever see more complex matters? If we cannot come to understanding of justification, where will we be on sanctification and the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
And the people in Jesus day whose eyes were closed were not a bunch of drunks in a bar, they were the religious church goers. The drunks and prostitutes came to him, repented and received him. The rejecters were educated in the Word and the Law. They were theologians, pastors, preachers, evangelists etc. The scriptures were read to them, and even by them, every single Sabbath. They knew the Law and the Prophets forwards and backwards. It is the same today. It is the religious that are blind. We read of the Laodicean Church, not Laodician world, the Church. That is us, that is the church going christians! Blind and don’t even know it! What a miserable state to be in. Poor, wretched, miserable, and blind and don’t even know it.
How can people ever get help if they don’t even know they got a problem? The religious world of today is blind. The Bible says that Jesus is outside of the church, knocking at the door trying to get back in. Jesus’ generation murdered him, and this religious generation is crucifying Him afresh.
Hebrews 6: 4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
If we hear it, and we see it, and we taste it, and it is shown to us in the Bible, and we willfully reject it, then we crucify Christ afresh and step out from the mercy of God. If we see and see not, and if we hear and hear not, if we see and hear it and reject it, rejecting the Revealed Word of God for the Hour, we become willfully blind and become guilty of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The Bible doesn’t say we have to understand every word, it says we have to believe every word.
In the old testament they had a party every 50 years that they called the jubilee. At jubilee they would blow the trumpet and any slave who heard it would be set free forever. But if that slave liked his master he could request to be taken to the gates of the city and his master would pierce his ear with an awl, and that slave would become a slave forever no matter how many more times he heard the trumpet. Pierced ears? Now you know where it comes from; it is a sign of eternal slavery. Here is the type, everything in the old testament is a type or shadow of the new. Every scripture speaks about Jesus Christ.
Jesus was crucified and rose, and 50 days later at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit fell in the pillar of fire, divided itself up and rested upon the 120 and each was filled with the Holy Ghost. Jubilee was a type or shadow of Pentecost.
2 Thessalonians 2: 10 and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.
Each and every soul was conceived in iniquity, born in sin, coming into the world speaking lies. We were all sold under slavery to sin, but Jesus Christ purchased us back with His own holy blood. But when we hear the trumpet, which is the message of the hour, and we reject that trumpet, then our earthly master, the devil, pierces our ears and we will never hear the word again. We become blind to it and no matter how many more times we hear the truth preached to us, we will never receive it. It is our choice, when our jubilee comes, when our Pentecost comes, we are given a choice to receive our freedom or reject it and become eternal slaves. That is sinning willfully, and that is our choice to make. That is our Kadesh Barnea.
The devil blinds the minds of people to spiritual things. When we hear the word and it does not fit our desires or our ideas and we reject it, the devil blinds us and deafens us with philosophy, with logic, dogma, and with religiousness. A religious spirit is the worst spirit to have. Look at Jesus’ day again. The Pharisees and the Scribes and the Sadducees all called Jesus the devil. He did mighty miracles in their midst even to the raising of the dead right in front of their eyes and they called Him the devil. They were schooled in the scriptures, in the letter of the law. They could quote to you every prophesy in the Bible concerning Jesus and here He was in their midst day and night fulfilling every single prophesy right before their eyes, exactly as it was written, and they could not see it!
Yet a little prostitute out in Samaria, one day by a well as she went to get some water, upon seeing one little miracle, said “sir I perceive you are a prophet”. One little miracle is all it took. Her eyes were opened! She saw with her eyes, heard with her ears and believed in her heart and she was changed. She accepted what she saw and heard. The religious types saw many times more miracles, rejected all of it, and didn’t see a single thing.
What are we saying about the word today? How are we receiving it? Do we see it? Are our eyes opened?
Isaiah 60: 1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Darkness upon the earth and gross darkness the people. Is that not today? The world is oblivious to the truth that is all around them. The people, the religious people, are completely oblivious to the truth around them. They are too busy in politics and business trying to get rich, popular and powerful. They are so busy building bigger churches and filling seats to get more and more money that they don’t have any time or concern for spiritual things. They spend so much time raising money and building their popularity and developing television and internet programs that they have no time left for the Lord God.
But in this scripture of condemnation of the world lies a beautiful, wonderful promise too. “The Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee”. Our eyes, our spiritual eyes, just have to be open to see it. God’s glory is shining right now. The pillar of fire is in the room with you, he promised to be where two or three are gathered in his name so he is in this room, and in your room right now, shining brighter that the sun.
When Elijah told Elisha “if you see me when I go you shall have what you ask”, do you think Elisha closed his eyes? His eyes were wide open. He was looking for the glory of God and he saw it. I bet he even blinked one eye at a time.
God promised in our day, the evening time, that there would be light, and in the last scripture that there would also be a gross darkness. And the darkness is not just in the world, it is in the churches and in message ranks too. With each day the darkness grows darker but the light also grows brighter. We are quickly approaching the day when the message would be preached to the lost.
We are told that in the very end the world would begin to receive the word but it would be too late. Once grace has been removed from the gentiles there will be no more reason for the devil to blind anyone to the doctrine of the message for there will be no grace to receive. And they will receive the doctrine free of grace and not know it because they will be completely blind in total spiritual darkness. People will go on hearing the message and think they are getting saved and the whole time they are eternally lost and they won’t even know it because they will be completely spiritually blind. They will not receive the Word, just the letter of the message. And they won’t receive it because their eyes are opened, but because they were never opened. Sound strange?
Today people are receiving Luther’s message by the millions, Wesley’s message by the millions, but they reject today’s message. Luther was indeed a man of God sent with a message. Luther was more than a preacher, he was the messenger to his age, yet Luther’s message will not save you today. Wesley was the messenger to his age, yet Wesley’s message will not save you today either. In Moses day they accepted Noah’s message and died in the wilderness. In Jesus’ day they accepted Moses’ message and died in their sins. People are indeed receiving a message today. They are receiving yesterday’s message! They are eating yesterday’s manna and yesterday’s manna is rotten with worms.
And one day soon they will start accepting the Message of the Hour that was brought by the vindicated Word Prophet, the Elijah ministry of Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7 manifested in the ministry of Brother William Branham. On that day, when you see that happen, you will know that it is too late and there is no more mercy on this earth for gentiles. The Seventh Church Age will be closed.
In order for the Message of This Hour to reach public acceptance, it has to have become the Message of Yesterday!
How will the foolish virgins know that they missed the rapture? They will see things happening that they will know come after the rapture. And how will they feel? How would we feel if we see things happen that we know are supposed to come after the rapture? If our eyes are open today we will not be caught off guard.
1 Thessalonians 5: 3 for when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye. Brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
Don’t fall asleep! We are children of the day! We are all children of the day. We are not in darkness that the day should overtake us as a thief. The light is shining to them as well as to us. The light is shining to every person reading here. The light is shining to every person in your church, in your town. The light is shining to every person on this planet. The only difference between the Saved and the Lost is that the Saved have their eyes opened.
Each and every one of us was walking in total darkness at one point in our lives. Nobody is born saved, we are born-again saved! The physical birth creates a heathen, the spiritual birth creates a child of God.
Colossians 3: 6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
We walked and lived according to the world and the lusts of the flesh and of the world until the Lord God came and opened our eyes to the truth. If our eyes are not opened we will continue to walk in complete darkness. If our eyes are not opened then according to what we read in Revelation, we will not even know it. Indeed we may be very religious, even preaching the gospel, but in total, complete darkness.
So not only do we have to ask ourselves whether or not our eyes are opened, we have to ask ourselves if we are even able to discern whether our eyes are opened. Quite the thought. How can we know if our eyes are opened? Thankfully the Bible does give an answer.
John 10: 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them; and they follow me.
Do we hear his voice? Only his sheep can hear his voice. He knows them. Does Jesus know you, do you know him? Not just to know about him, but have you met him? Have you had an experience with him? Is he just a story book character? Do you just believe he exists, or do you know he exists? When their eyes were opened they KNEW him.
When our eyes are opened, we follow him. Not a religion, not a dogma, not a church, not a philosophy, not a doctrine, not a denomination, not a group, not a pastor, but we will follow Jesus Christ, the Word of God. Do you love him? Do you talk with him? Not just your daily duty prayer. But throughout the day, to you talk with him? Does he talk with you? Do you think on his word? Are you singing songs in your heart? Are you living the Word of God? Do we know Jesus Christ? Are we living for him?
1 John 2: 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
We know Him IF we keep His commandments. If we Keep (Greek: Tereo, to keep, to guard as in prison) his commandments. If we keep his words, his commandments, imprisoned in our hearts, guarded, then we know that we know him. Do you see it? It isn’t going to church, believing the message, following rules, it is to keep the word of God imprisoned in your heart. Never let it go. It is a precious treasure that you guard. And in order to keep it in our hearts it first has to get into our hearts, and if our hearts are blinded, that will never happen. We will just get the letter in our heads. And the letter killeth but the spirit bringeth life.
Jesus said “my words are spirit and life”. When we keep his words in our hearts, we have his life in our hearts. His life is eternal life. So in order for His eternal life to enter us, His words must enter our hearts and stay there. The letter cannot enter your heart. Only the Word, Logos, can enter your heart. The letter becomes the Word when the Holy Spirit of God quickens it and makes it come to life through revelation. When we hear the word it is just a letter, but when the Holy Spirit reveals that letter to our hearts, opens our eyes to see it, it then becomes a Living Word, Spirit and life eternal. When we hear the Word it is a letter to us, but when we accept that letter, when we believe that letter, then the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to it.
If our eyes are not opened we will never receive revelation on the Word and it will remain a dead letter to us no matter how much time we spend in church, how many tapes we listen to, how many tracts we read, how much we sing and shout and praise God, without Jesus opening our eyes we will never see it for what it really is.
John 14: 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
God said “let my word be truth and all men be liars”. The spirit of truth is the Holy Spirit that reveals the truth, the Word of God, to us. The world cannot receive it because it does not see him. The eyes of the world are close, blinded by the devil, blinded by sin and unbelief, blinded by lust, blinded by greed, blinded by fear, blinded by hatred, blinded by self righteousness and pride. They cannot see because their eyes are closed, and they will never have their eyes opened because they do not want to have their eyes opened. They are happy being blind.
The Word is contrary to our flesh and it cuts us deep. If we live after the flesh we shall die but if we crucify our flesh with the lusts thereof, then we shall live. We are given a choice, to accept the Word or to reject the Word. It is not a matter of whether or not we understand it, but whether or not we believe it. If we believe it, then God will give us the understanding.
Jesus said if you do not drink my blood and eat my flesh you cannot be my disciple. Did the 12 understand what he said? No. Did the 12 believe what he said? Yes! They did not have a clue what Jesus was talking about but they believed it, and because they believed it, he opened their eyes to understand it. They kept his word and the Holy Spirit quickened that Word to them and made it alive. To the world it was one of the worst things he could have said, but to the children of God, it is still one of the most wonderful words he ever spoke. It is the Lord’s supper where we eat broken bread and drink wine to remember his bleeding and suffering, and dieing for our sins. And if our eyes are not opened, we won’t understand that today either.
The apostles asked Jesus why he spoke in parables. Why was everything given in story form? Why is the gospel hidden in metaphors and similes? Would it not be better for him to come straight with it so everyone would understand plainly?
Mark 4: 10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11 and he said unto them, unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
Can you see it? The ones that are without have no desire for the truth and so God will not open their eyes to see it. The truth, the mystery, is only for his Bride. All things are created so that God can reveal his attributes to his children. It is all about the Lord revealing himself, but he will not reveal himself to the devil. The serpent’s seed has no desire for truth, they are happy with religion. Cain was satisfied with an alter of fruits and vegetables, a man made religion, but Abel wanted more. Abel desired to know why, and God opened his eyes and revealed to him the reason for them being out of Eden, and thus Abel brought a more perfect sacrifice.
The religious world does not care about the truth for the truth is of no value to them. And because they don’t care about the truth, God will never reveal it to them. He only reveals the Word to his children. You can learn doctrine. Someone will come along and convince you into something, then someone smarter will come along the next day and convince you right out of it. That is where these dogmas come from, a lack of revelation. They do not have open eyes to the truth so they have to take guesses at what the Word really says, and the guesses will always lean towards their particular lusts. The devil is tugging away at them, giving his brand of “revelation”, intellectual reasoning, philosophy, psychology and logic so called.
Jesus said of them that “they are blind leaders of the blind and if the blind lead the blind they shall both fall in the ditch”. If you are blind you do not know where you are going. You need someone else to lead the way. But if the person who is leading you is as blind as you are, you will both wander in darkness with no hope. When our eyes are opened we will see, and when our eyes are opened, we shall follow Jesus. When our eyes are opened, and only when our eyes are opened, then we are led by Jesus, else we are led by men.
Ephesians 5: 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of Light:
Darkness and blindness are all we will have without Jesus Christ. Without the Holy Spirit, without revelation, without Jesus Christ we are in complete darkness, led by cunning men with vain words and craftiness, as it says in the 14th verse, lying in wait to deceive. They are stalking you, lying in wait, just like their daddy the serpent. They want to win you over to their side, to their church, to their camp. They are completely blind and want to lead you by the hand into the pit of hell with them! The Bible says to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but to reprove them.
Ephesians 5: 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Jesus is the light. He will make manifest the truth. He will open our eyes to show us the truth. He will reveal it to us by his Holy Spirit. He will set all things in order. He will give us understanding. His Spirit will discern for us. But we first have to want it.
The two on the road to Emmaus wanted it. All they could talk about was Jesus. When He met them on the road they were ranting about Him. Then he spoke to them and their hearts burned within. They had a desire and he met that desire by opening there eyes. And once their eyes were opened, they could see him, and they knew him.
Do we see Him? Do we know Him? Do we see the godhead? Do we know who Jesus Christ is? Have we met him or are our eyes still closed? Is Jesus Christ leading you by His Holy Spirit this morning or are you still being led by men? Jesus broke the bread and opened their eyes. He is breaking the bread of life this morning. Are you hungry for it? Then he will open your eyes too.
The blind man was crying out “thou son of David have mercy on me”. He wasn’t mumbling or whispering. He shouted so loud that not only did they hear him over the noise of the crowd, but the whole crowd fell silent and stopped to look at him. Cry out today. Cry out so loud that the whole church stops to look at you. Cry so loud that the whole world stops. Do you want your eyes opened, cry out. Shout! If that blind man cried out as loud as we do hear in the church he would be still blind to his death. He was convinced and concerned. He was convinced that Jesus could heal him, and concerned to get his attention.
Are we convinced? Are we convinced that Jesus can open our eyes? Are we concerned to get his attention? Cry out! All those who whisper? CRY OUT! In the name of Jesus shall be saved. Call on the Lord. He is closer to you than your own breath. He will never fail and never be late. He promised to meet every need. But if our eyes are not open, then we will not have revelation on that promise, and without revelation, we cannot believe. Cry out for open eyes! Cry out for revelation! Cry out for Jesus.
Godhead is an interesting term and a mystery to most. To the Bride of Jesus Christ the godhead is no longer a mystery. He is her head, her Bridegroom. She is part of him, flesh of his flesh, blood of his blood, bone of his bone. But to those who have not yet been born again, who do not know Jesus Christ personally, even though they may have been attending a “church” for many years, the godhead remains a complete mystery. In fact many have not even heard the term “godhead” ever spoken in their Churches.
Please bear with me hear and forgive my ramblings. I believe I might be able, by the grace of God, to shed some new light for you on this mystery of the godhead.
It All Starts with Revelation
Jesus spoke to us in parables. So much so that the apostles questioned him on the practice. He told them in
Matthew 13: 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
And in Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to other in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
And more particularly in Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables 12 that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
Revelation, you see, is only given to the elect, to the Bride of Christ. It is only given to those with a desire for it. Jesus told us:
Matthew 7: 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
As your read this, please seek, knock and ask of the Lord for his revelation. Don’t take my word for anything. I am just a man. Take God’s word. Seek the revelation of it through the Holy Spirit. Seek and ye SHALL find. Knock and it SHALL be opened. Ask and it SHALL be given.
The Mystery of the Godhead
So, taking this into consideration let us start by having a look at what the Lord Jesus said in Matthew about baptism.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of he Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Look at exactly what he said. He directed us to baptize in the “name”. That is singular; one name. He did not say names, plural, but one singular name. And he did not say titles either. Father is not a name, it is a title. So is son. And holy ghost, that is not even a title but more of a description. I am a father. I am also a son. I am also an engineer. But neither of those are my “name”. They are just titles I hold. Jesus specifically told us to baptize in the “name”. So then how do we baptize? We must find out what the “NAME” is that Jesus was talking about.
See, even this scripture was given to us in a parable without direct revelation. This is very similar to when he said “if you don’t eat my flesh and drink my blood you cannot be my disciple”. He did not give an immediate explanation there, and the apostles didn’t even get it until the night of the Lord’s Supper when he broke the bread and passed the wine. They believed it but did not know what exactly they were believing. At the Lord’s supper he explained it and revealed unto them what the body and blood of the Lord meant.
Then we have been handed another puzzle. It is the mystery of the godhead. But the answer, the revelation, MUST be in the Word or he never would have said it.
Isaiah 9:6 For 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.
That should settle it for us right there. The “son” was born. His “name” is also “the everlasting Father” and the “councillor”. Do you see it yet? There are three offices of one God. God above us, God with us, God in us. There were three jobs that needed to be done, but the only one capable of doing them was the Lord God himself. So he manifested himself in three separate offices to fulfill the word. But lets take it a little further for the word says let nothing be established but before two or three witnesses.
Matthew 1: 20 While he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Well isn’t this marvellous? We find that the angel tells Joseph that Mary’s baby is conceived of the “holy ghost”. What???? I thought that the father of Jesus was God the Father, and here we see plainly that the “holy ghost” is named as the father of Jesus. So then either God the Father is the self same person as the Holy Ghost or Jesus has two fathers, and that would make him a bastard and not a son. I’m not sacrilegious or blasphemous here, I am pointing out a basic truth. It has to be one way or the other. Either the Lord God Jehovah Father IS the Holy Spirit, or there is something completely wrong.
John 14: 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus 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?
That is pretty plain english to me. When you see Jesus, you see the Father. Compare that with Isaiah 9:6 for reference. Jesus therefore is the Father in flesh. They are one and the same. They are not two separate entities, or two separate persons. They are two manifestations of the ONE person.
Now we see Jesus doing something else. Later in this chapter when speaking of the Holy Spirit we find him interchanging titles all over the place. Watch and see.
John 14:16 and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with your for ever. 17 Even the Spirit of Truth; which the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (Who was dwelling with them? Jesus. See here he says the spirit is coming but then in the next verse)18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (so then who is coming? The spirit or him? They are one and the same person. Then we see him say)19Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.21 He that hath my commandment, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (Saying it is him again but then he says) 22Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him, ( so now it is both the father and son. but then he turns and says) 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. 25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send IN MY NAME, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. ( See now it is just the Holy Ghost again “in his name”, refer once again to Isaiah but then) 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. (See here he again says he is coming but then says he is going to the Father.)
Then we can add to that these two scriptures:
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
So who is the mediator then, Jesus or the Holy Spirit? Either Jesus Christ IS the Holy Spirit or the Bible is wrong and self contradictory. It not only says that Jesus is the mediator, it says that he is the “ONLY” mediator. Then it says that the Holy Spirit makes intercession. The only way for these two scriptures to agree is if Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit.
Look at this:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…….14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
And Jesus speaking:
John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was I AM.
Jesus plainly told us that He is the great I AM and that he and Abraham saw each other. When?
Genesis 14: 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 19 and he blessed him, and said Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth. 20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand, and he gave him tithes of all.
So who was this Melchizedek that met Abraham?
Hebrews 7: 1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of Peace; 3Without father or mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God, abideth a priest continually.
And then also we can look at :
1 Timothy 3:16 And 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.
“God was manifest in the flesh”. God was “justified in the Spirit”. God was “seen of angels”. God was preached unto the gentiles”. God was “believed on in the world”. God was “received up into glory”. All those things speak of the Lord Jesus Christ and yet the Bible calls him “God”. That is the mystery of the godhead. That is also the revelation of the godhead.
And discerning what someone would think and say in advance, the Lord directed my by his spirit to point out that the word “God” here comes from the Greek “Theos”. Theos defines the person spoken of here as God the Father, Jehovah, Elohim, the great I AM. So speaking specifically of Theos, the Bible describes the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And as well this scripture:
1 John 3:16 Hereby 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.
WHOA!! Who died for us??? I though Jesus died for us. The son died on the cross. But here it clearly says that GOD died for us. So then Jesus Christ MUST be God or the scripture doesn’t run true. I know, it is hard to break through the trinity dogma that you have been beaten over the head with all your life. But just stop and look at the word. Look at what the Bible says. It is clear. Don’t take my word for it, seek, ask and knock. Seek the revelation from the Lord.
And we can also add this scripture:
John 5:43 I come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not; if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
He came in his father’s name. I came in my father’s name. His last name was Brake and guess what, so is mine. Jesus came in his Father’s name.
Baptism and the Mystery of the Godhead
So then where does this all lead us? Right back to where we started. What is the One “name” by which we should be baptized, which is the “name” of the Father, and is also the “name” of the Son (same name) and is also the “name” of the Holy Spirit (same name again)? What is the ONE name for all three? What is the name of the godhead?
Acts 2:38 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 Spirit, 39 for 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.
So there you have it. The reason the trinitarians baptize in titles is:
1) they do not have the revelation of the godhead,
2) they do not have the revelation of Matthew 28:19.
3) They choose to ignore acts 2;38-39.
4) They choose to ignore the fact that the only Christian baptism found in scriptures, in Church history, or even in secular history, was in accordance with Acts 2:38-39 until Rome brought in their heresies at the Nicene Council of 325 AD.
They have the parable, but as we saw earlier, without the revelation of the godhead they will be lost. Without revelation the word becomes a dead letter. That is why there are over 1,000 denominations, all preaching out of the same book, all disagreeing. They don’t have the same spirit. So which church is right? NONE of them! Only Jesus Christ is right. It don’t matter where you fellowship. Those organizations are not Churches. They are simply lodges. You and I are the Church. The Church is the people, the called out ones. The only truth is the Bible. The one true God and eternal life is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the mystery, the revelation and manifestation of the godhead bodily.
In fact there is only one baptism that God accepts and that is the baptism in Acts 2:38. Without it we have no remission of sins, and without it we will not receive the Holy Spirit.
Let me leave you with one final example from the scriptures. There was a man, a lawyer, who had started preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible even goes so far as to call him a “mighty preacher”. This man was persuading men to receive the Lord Jesus and their Lord and Saviour. He had a small but growing congregation of dedicated souls. This man had run across two noted Christians, Aquila and Priscilla. They led the Apostle Paul to go to one of his meetings.
Acts 19: And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7 And all the men were about twelve.
So here was a church, with its pastor, all Christians all baptized by John the Baptist. Yet they had not received the Holy Spirit. They were living sanctified lives. They had repented. They had done more than most Christians today. They were perfectly sincere and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet the Lord had refused to fill them with the Holy Spirit. They did not yet have the revelation of the godhead.
Now when the Apostle and Prophet Paul came to visit, the Holy Spirit in him discerned that something was not quite right. So he, led by the spirit, asked them how they were baptized. That was the problem. They were baptized. They were even baptized by John the Baptist, the man who baptized the Lord Jesus Christ. He was also the man who Jesus said was the greatest of all the prophets. Yet that was not good enough.
They had to be rebaptized in accordance with Acts 2:38-39which is the revelation of Matthew 28:19.
Apollos immediately obeyed the Word of the Lord. He received the revelation of who Jesus Christ is, of the godhead, and the Holy Spirit of promise. Not only did he obey, his entire congregation followed him into the water to be baptized in full immersion in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
Why could Apollos not receive the Holy Spirit? He had not fulfilled the requirements. The Lord gave us a requirement. He expected the 120 in the upper room to obey it, the 3,000 on the day of Pentecost to obey it, Apollos and his congregation to obey it. He also requires you and I to obey it.
That revelation of the proper and only acceptable baptism is also the revelation of the godhead.
It is not three persons, a committee. It is ONE God, ONE person, the Lord Jesus Christ, manifested in three offices to fulfill God’s plan of salvation for humanity.
If it still isn’t real to you, please, please, I beg of you, pray over it. Fast and pray, read the scriptures over and over until the Lord God himself reveals the truth to you in his word by his Holy Spirit. Do you not wonder why the Bible never says “three persons”, never says “trinity” but always says “one true God”? Because there is only ONE, manifesting three offices. Jesus Christ is the manifestation of the fulness of the godhead bodily.
Colossians 3:1 If ye be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in Glory.
May the Lord add a blessing to the reading of His word.
I’ld like to take as a topic for today “If ye be risen with Christ” and a text “Eulogy of the Flesh”. That is quite a concept. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. He was born, he lived, he died, he was buried, he even went into hell, and now he is risen from the dead and lives forevermore. Jesus Christ is alive and well today.
He sits today on the mercy seat making intercession for us. He is our advocate. When we make a mistake we bring it before his throne and he makes the intercession for us. When he steps off of that mercy seat to rapture away his bride, there will be no more mercy for he will no longer be our priest, he will be our King. And he will be our judge. And he will sit in the judgment seat and judge every man by his own word.
But today, at least at the writing of this blog, he is on the mercy seat. One day somebody may be reading this, and it will be too late. This morning he is on the mercy seat. This afternoon, he may not be there anymore, but right now at this moment he is still making intercession for us. But I digress for the moment.
So then “if ye be risen with Christ”. Quite a concept it is indeed. How can we be risen? And how can we be risen with Christ? Did you ever ask that question? Did you get an answer?
To start with, in order to be risen, must we not first die? To be risen, is to resurrect, or to come back to life. Then we must have to be dead in order to come back to life. And truly each and every one of us was dead in trespasses and sin.
Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
All! Everyone of us was concluded under sin. We were all dead in sin. And anyone who has not been born again is still spiritually dead. Walking, talking, laughing, singing, working, dancing, running and jumping and D-E-A-D dead. It does not matter who you are or who you think you are, if you do not have the Holy Spirit in you then you are absolutely dead. You could be a preacher, a president or a pope and it would not help you; the only true life, the only eternal life, is in Jesus Christ. Hard words but we need to hear them.
But it is not enough to be dead in sin. We need to be dead TO sin.
In order to be brought back to life we must die, to ourselves, to our flesh, and to the sin which dwells in our flesh. It is within our very flesh that sin, unbelief, dwells. Our flesh is lustful. It is evil. Our flesh is so bad that even the Lord God cannot fix it. Our flesh is not redeemed, our souls are. Then we move from our flesh to our theophany. Flesh and blood cannot inherit eternal life. The flesh loves fleshly pleasures that are contrary to the will of God.
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
That is not my word but God’s very own holy word. The lusts and desires of our flesh, of my flesh, of your flesh, are totally and completely contrary to the will of God. They work against God. In order to be the children of God we must be overcomers of sin and of this flesh. It is not enough to hold our flesh prisoner, it will escape. That is what we do in the carnal. That is how alcoholics anonymous works. They train themselves to take their flesh prisoner, to control their urges, to quit doing the bad thing. But the desires are still there and one day when you are least expecting it those desires will rear up and overtake you and you are back at square one. You never overcame, and the reason you never overcame is that your sin never died.
If you do not die to your sin then your sin is still alive in you!
Look at cancer. How is it treated? The doctors will cut our most of it from you, but there is still some left, and if more is not done, it will grow and destroy you. We quit smoking, we quit this quit that and think we are fine. We have just cut a few parts of sin away but there is more left just like cancer and just like cancer what is left will grow and destroy you. So the doctor then administers a poison called chemotherapy. The poison is designed to kill the remaining cancer cells. If even one cancer cell is missed by the poison, then it can grow, and with your weakened body from the poison, it will soon devour you. To those who are spiritual, even if every cancerous cell is destroyed, as long as the cancer spirit remains, the cancer can come back. That is how a person can be “cured” of cancer and then die of it ten years later. The spirit that caused it was never cast out. That is the same way a person can quit smoking and then start back up 15 years later. The spirit never left them.
We cut this, and cut that, and get psychology, and seek therapy, and get religious, and come to church, and hang out with new people and cut out a bunch of old habits. But if there is sin left behind, if we do not actually kill the sin then it will grow.
Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fall of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Just like cancer, a root of bitterness, an undead sin in us, will spring up when we are least expecting it and defile us. That is why we MUST die to our sin. If we just put off a few things, or quit a few things, then we are not dead yet. We cannot be risen until we are first dead! Let me repeat that so it sinks in. We cannot be risen until we are first dead!
People will ask, “what must I do to get the Holy Spirit?” DIE! Die to your sin so that you can be risen with Christ. Die a death as sure as if you put a gun to your head and blew your brains across the room. But the death is a spiritual one, not physical.
Romans 6: 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of live. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. 6 Knowing this that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 for he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.
Do you see it? Did you get all that? Lets look at it more closely:
Romans 6: 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Christ were baptized into his death?
How were you baptized? Were you baptized into a church? That is what the Jehovah witnesses do. Not into Christ but into a church. Most denominations will baptize you into titles of father son and holy ghost. But look what the scripture says, we must be baptized into Christ. Then and only then are we baptized into his death. But there is more.
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of live.
Buried in baptism. Not sprinkled with him, but buried with him in baptism. A full immersion in water is required or the Lord does not recognize it. Jesus was placed in a tomb. Then we must walk in the newness of life. A new life. We must live a new life. If we are not living a new life, with new ideas and new desires then we are not yet dead to our sin. That is the problem, we get so excited to baptize people that we are baptizing live people. We are burying live people. You cannot bury someone until they are dead. The Bible says to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin. Repent, die unto sin, then be baptized. Without repentance you will simply go in a dry sinner and walk out a wet sinner. A spiritual zombie. We will think we are OK, but according to the Word of God, we are not.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. 6 Knowing this that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Our old man is crucified with him. The body of sin is destroyed. Is our old man crucified this morning, or just kept under raps until we get out of church and away from other Christians? Are we dead to sin? Are you serving sin in your life? If so then you are not dead to sin yet.
7 for he that is dead is freed from sin.
There it is in one line. “He that is dead is freed from sin.” There is your answer. There is my answer. If we are dead then we are free from sin, therefore if we are not free from sin then we are not yet dead. One leads directly to the other.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.
And there is the fulfillment, “if we be dead with Christ we shall also live with him”. So to put it together, if we are dead then we are free from sin and thus we will live with him.
If we are still serving sin, then we are not yet dead, and we will NOT live with him.
Now there is a difference between serving sin and making mistakes. You and I will make mistakes until the very moment of the rapture. Every one of us will fall short. We are in the flesh and thus quite imperfect. The difference is, are you serving sin? Are you pandering to your lusts? We all have lusts. Do we sin wilfully? Anyone who says they are not tempted is a liar. The flesh we live in, that we just heard, wars against the spirit, but do we pander to our lusts, or do we do as the Apostle Paul did?
1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
“I Die Daily”.
Not once years ago when we became Christians, but each and every day of our lives, we either put our flesh to death, or we pander to it. It is not just to not do things, but to not want to do them. As Christians we become an incredible paradox, the desires of our hearts and the desires of our bodies are completely different. We will look into that in a few minutes.
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness:
Who do we obey. Who do you obey? Who were you obeying last night, last Tuesday? Who will you obey tonight? Sin is of the devil. If we have not crucified our flesh and died unto sin, then in serving and obeying sin, we are servants of the devil. Let that sink in. Hear it and understand it. If we are serving sin, then we are servants of the devil.
If we sin wilfully, then we are wilfully serving Satan.
Nobody here wants to serve the devil. If you did, you would not be reading a Christian Blog, and certainly would not have gotten this far in it. But that is how deceiving it is. That is how he sneaks in. When Eve disobeyed God and listened to the serpent, she was serving the devil. She didn’t realize it at the time, but she was doing it. Every time we serve our sin, our lusts, we serve Satan. Remember that. Every time we pander to our lusts, we are serving the one that makes us sick. Every time we obey our lusts we are serving the one who is killing us. Think about it.
Hebrews 9: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Purge your conscience of dead works.
When we receive Christ he purges our conscience of dead works. Our flesh is still evil. We still have fleshly lusts that war against the soul, but now we have a new desire. Here is the paradox. Our body wants to do one thing, but our minds and hearts have a desire to do the opposite. It does not make sense to the carnal mind and in fact it seems quite mad. Our minds and hearts want to do things that do not please our flesh, things that do not bring us pleasure in the flesh, and not do things that our flesh finds very pleasurable.
And we fight a war daily with our flesh, crucifying it with Christ, so that when he comes, and he will come so very soon, we will be with him and be made like him. Lets continue our original scripture for a moment.
Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, with is idolatry: 6 For which things sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
That’s pretty straight. You know your lives. I know my life. God knows our lives. We all have our individual weaknesses and the devil will attack you where you are weakest. But “mortify your members”. Kill them! Die unto sin and live!
Without Christ it is all impossible. If it were possible then he died in vain. But it is not possible without him. We have to meet Jesus Christ in person. It is not good enough to sit in church and hear about him. That is good, very good, but not good enough. We need the new birth. And it comes, as the fleshly birth, in three steps. And it has an amazing result on our lives.
Ezekiel 36 25: Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: an d I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 and I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments and do them. 28 and ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses; and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. 30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. 31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
Can you see it coming together? First we get a new heart where we are sorry for our lives and realize that we need salvation, then a new spirit that makes us desire the things of God, his holiness and righteousness, then the Holy Spirit which imparts God’s holiness and righteousness to us. Water, blood and spirit. Justification, sanctification and filling.
And look at the results. First we receive the blessings of the Lord, the salvation of the Lord, Justification. We still have desires. We have guilt. But he removes the guilt. He washes it away. Then the sanctification where he cleanses us from all our uncleanness and iniquities. Then comes the paradox into us. We will loathe our own selves because of our fleshly lusts and the lives we used to live where we catered to those lusts which God calls abominations. God calls our own ways evil. My way is evil. Your way is evil. God’s way is good. Only God’s way is good. And He gives us the Holy Spirit. It is that Holy Spirit that empowers us.
Your flesh will fight against God’s way, which is in his word, and will hate it for God’s way crucifies your flesh in the lusts thereof.
Life is a series of decisions. We are given free choice in this life. We choose our final destination. Each and every one of us decides where we go. If you go to heaven, that was your choice, if you go to hell, that is also your choice. But those choices are wrapped up in the myriad of other choices we make every minute of every day. With every though, every word and every action, we have to decide how we are going to react.
You had to decide whether to come to church or not. You have to decide whether to believe what I am saying or not believe it. You have to decide whether even to listen. You have to decide whether or not you will receive Jesus Christ. You do that party by deciding whether or not you will believe and obey his word.
This is the word of God. If you accept it you are accepting God, and if you reject it you are rejecting God. My words are nothing, but His word is all powerful. What is more important to you, God or the world? Decide. What is more important to you God or your friends? God or your popularity? God or your reputation? God or your career? God or your fashions? God or your pride? God or your church?
Decisions, decisions, and each one leads you on a path. There is a way which seemeth right unto man, the end thereof is death. Straight is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life and few there be that find it. Eve had to decide. Cain had to decide. Even Jesus had to decide whether or not to go to Calvary for you. he had to decide whether or not to accept the devils offers in the wilderness.
You want to be raptured? You are deciding right here and now whether or not you will be raptured. Did you realize that? We will be judge on our lives by this Holy Revealed Word of God. Either we crucify our flesh and live with Christ or do the opposite.
Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
When we hear this word of God we either accept it and crucify ourselves, or we reject it and crucify Jesus Christ afresh. I’ll let that sink in real deep. If we receive the word of God then we will crucify our flesh.
If we reject the word of God then we crucify Jesus Christ afresh.
You know Israel was given the word of God, and they rejected it at Kadesh Barnea. And when they rejected it they died. Two million people left Egypt with Moses, they were all Israelites, they all had the prophet and his message, they all ate manna, they all were baptized in the sea with Moses and they all died. All but two. Two out of two million.
There are some 3 billion people who call themselves Christians today. If numbers hold true then only 3000 people will be raptured from the whole planet. 8000 go missing every day in the United States alone, so 3000 from the whole planet would not be missed. The United States makes up 5% of the worlds population so statistically they will only loose 800 people in the rapture. Canada is one tenth the size. Are you going to be one of the 80 people in Canada that are raptured?
How many will be raptured? FEW! That is all we know. Could be 80 from Canada, could be eighty thousand, could be 1.
I’ve mentioned this before. If you run the numbers, there could have been as many as 13,000,000,000 people on earth in Noah’s day. That is twice the population of today. And of all those people only one was raptured.
I am not trying to depress you. I am not trying to make you sorry but to a Godly sorrow, for a Godly sorrow brings repentance, and repentance brings life. Don’t start thinking it is impossible. With the Lord nothing is impossible. It is so easy to receive eternal life. It is the easiest thing in the world to do. It has no price for the price was paid 2,000 years ago at Calvary. You don’t have to work for it. You do not have to buy it for it was already purchased for you by Jesus. Eternal life is absolutely free, and absolutely available to everyone here. Every man, woman and child here this morning can receive Jesus Christ into their hearts. Every single soul here can receive the Holy Spirit right now. Some already have received it. And every single soul that is filled can be refilled right now.
All you have to do to receive eternal life is to accept it. The pillar of fire is right there in the room with you. All you have to do is crucify your flesh. All you have to do is decide that the Word of God is right, and everything contrary is wrong, and leave your old life and follow Christ. Believe and obey the Word of God and you have eternal life! Jesus said he who believes and is baptized shall be saved and he who believes not shall be damned. So believe! Cast off all doubt and believe the word of God.
Only Believe! All things are possible if we only believe.
The Christian world, with all its denominations and organizations has rejected the word of God in favour of dogmas and creeds which are contrary to the Bible. Are we rejecting the Word of God? Look to the Bible, whatever it says is right. Anything that contradicts the Bible is wrong. It is that simple. It does not matter what you were thought, what your Sunday school teacher told you, what your preacher said, what the science journals say, what the TV says, if it is not word upon word, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little exactly according to the Bible it is wrong.
Our flesh is contrary to the Bible. Our flesh is wrong. Our carnal minds are contrary to the Bible. Our carnal minds are wrong. Our carnal minds cannot understand spiritual things. We cannot figure out the Lord God. The word must be revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the light of the world and it is only through him that we can understand anything spiritual. And the holy spirit will always point us back to the word of God.
People will tell you that God told them to do something, yet what they are doing is contrary to the word. It cannot be God for God cannot contradict himself. Yet they will be very religious in their doings.
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent et, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Very religious, having a form of godliness, but their flesh is not crucified. Look at the works described here and compare it to the fruit of the spirit.
Galatians 5: 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law 24 and they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Can you see the difference? Men are lovers of their own flesh but we are told to crucify our flesh. If we love our flesh then we will fulfill the lusts thereof and crucify the Lord, but if we loved the Lord, then we will crucify our flesh with its lust. If we crucify our flesh and die to sin, then indeed we will raise with him, and are already risen with him and sitting in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 4:3 For 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; 4 and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.
This word of God is power. When we hear the word it goes to our roots. If we accept it, the word washes us clean and sets us free, but if we reject it, that same word will condemn us. If we do not crucify our flesh, if we love our own selves, then we will not be able to endure a word that condemns our flesh. If we love the Lord, then we will love how the word circumcises our hearts and ears. We will love how the word of God cuts away our flesh. We will love how receiving the word of God crucifies our flesh with the lusts thereof. If we are not living the word, then we will be condemned by it.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than a two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
God knows our every word, and our every move, and our every thought. When you hear his word, it will reveal what is inside you. It is better than any X-ray, better than any CAT scan, better than an ultrasound. God’s word cuts deeper than any of them. It cuts away at your flesh and not just at the surface, but deep into the bones and marrow. God’s word goes so deep that it reveals the thoughts and intents of the heart. Not just your thoughts, but the very motives behind your thoughts. Every desire, every lust, every want, every like and every dislike is open to him. He knows exactly what you are thinking about what I am saying, and why you are thinking it.
Our flesh cannot stand it. If our flesh is alive then it will flee from the presence of God, it will flee from the word. Our flesh hates the word of God. Our flesh is God’s enemy. Our fleshly carnal minds are God’s enemy.
If we crucify that flesh, then we will be able to endure sound doctrine, which is the Word of God, and we will be risen with Christ. And if we are risen with Christ we will seek those things above.
2 Corinthians 5: 14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead; 15 And that he died for all that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16 wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have know Christ after the flesh yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17 Therefore if any man b e in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all thins are of God who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
We must become A new creation in Christ Jesus.
The new birth is not just a figure of speech, it is not a ceremony, it is a literal birth of a new person, a new human being, a new creature. Old things are passed away. Things you used to love, you now hate, and things you used to hate, you now love. Things that meant everything to you are now garbage. Things you were proud of you are now ashamed of. Things you would have been ashamed of are now your greatest treasures.
Are you changed? Have old friends commented on how they liked the old you better? People wonder what happened to you? People who used to be your friends now want nothing to do with you and avoid you? That is because you are not you anymore. You are now a brand new person. That is the new birth, it takes a twofold child of hell and rebirths them as a child of God.
It is a mystery indeed and the greatest miracle of all. God took Saul of Tarsus, a pompous religious murderer, and turned him into Paul the humble apostle and prophet messenger. God took the shameful creature that I was and made the creature I am now. God took the shameful creature that you were and made the creature you are now.
When you are born again you are the same person, but not the same person. You have the same mind, but with different thoughts in it. You have the same heart but a different spirit in it. Your desires change. Your tastes change. Your motives change. Your treasures change. Your goals change. Your priorities change. Your likes change. Your dislikes change. You become a brand new person. Even my tastes for food changed!
When you are born again, you become the person that God had in His mind when he wrote your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world. The predestinated seed will accept the Word of God. The predestinated seed will crucify their flesh. The predestinated seed will receive the holy spirit. The predestinated seed will believe every word in the Bible. Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh. The predestinated seed is the Bride of Jesus Christ and just as Adam’s bride was a part of him, so is Christ’s bride a part of the Word of God.
It is up to us to choose, live for our flesh, or live for Christ. Crucify our flesh, or crucify Jesus. All we have to do is accept him, accept his word, believe his word and cry out to him.
Romans 10: 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 for the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 for there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
You want salvation? Cry out! Confess Jesus Christ with your mouth. Do you believe he is here? Prove it. Talk to him. Cry out to him. If you saw him standing in front of you with your eyes you would all cry out and rush to him. He is there with you right now, closer to you than your own breath. The pillar of fire is right there. Cry out to him and be saved. Do you believe on him? The word says if you believe you will not be ashamed. Fear is a spirit. Resist the devil and he shall flee from you. Praise God!
Praise God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your body. Let every facet of your being cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ this moment, and receive of him. He is knocking at your heart this moment. Receive him and he will come into you and sup with you, and you with him. He will be your God, your saviour, your healer, your deliverer, your redeemer, your friend.
Do it today, do it now, tomorrow may well be too late.
May the peace and grace, power and majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
John 19: 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
It may seem like an odd scripture with Christmas approaching; more like an Easter message. But for a Christian every day is Christmas and every day is Easter.
The Carnal man will look upon this scripture, and the context of it, and say that Jesus had fulfilled the final prophecies of his life, and said it was done, and died. While this is true, there is a far deeper spiritual meaning to what he said. What exactly was finished?
What did he come to accomplish? There are lots of ways to take this line of thinking. But this is the direction that the Lord put on my heart for today.
Matthew 5: 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.18 For 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.
The first thing we see is that the Lord Jesus came to fulfill the law. Now in every law there are two distinct components. First there is a commandment, a do, or do not part. Second there is a penalty for transgression of the first part. Most people don’t realize this. That is why they do not understand how Jesus could fulfill the law. He did not change the do, do not part. He simply took the penalty for it upon himself. For example:
Exodus 21:12 12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.
There are two distinct parts. 1) if you hit someone and they die, and 2) you shall be put to death. Jesus fulfilled this law. Does that mean you are now allowed to hit someone and kill them? NO! It means that Jesus took the penalty upon himself. If you had killed someone, and you repented and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, then Jesus Christ took the penalty of death upon himself at the Cross of Calvary. This does not give us license to sin, it justifies us from our sin. Big difference. They are completely different ideas.
Romans 6:What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Jesus Christ took the penalty of the law upon himself. The commandment is still there. The commandment is still in force. The penalty is still in force as well if we are not under the blood covenant of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ laid down his life and took it back up. We do the same thing in baptism. We lay down our lives with him, crucify our old man, our old nature, with him. The difference is that we do not pick our old lives back up. We pick his life up, or more correctly, his life, the Holy Spirit, picks us up. Then we no longer live, but it is Christ Jesus living in us.
Galatians 5: 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
If ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Therefore the corollary of that is If ye are NOT led by the Spirit, ye ARE under the law. Do you realize what that means? Every single soul that is not under the blood of Jesus Christ, that has not entered into the covenant of the New Testament, is still under the law. The Whole Law!
When they come up in the white throne judgement, they will be judged by the Lord Jesus Christ using the entire letter of the law. They will be held accountable for every single law, every single ordinance in the Old Testament of the Bible.
It is finished! It indeed is. But we still must receive it! If we reject the pardon that was signed by the blood of Jesus Christ, we will be called to answer for every single letter of the Law of Moses.
It is finished! For the children of God, it is finished!
1 Peter 2: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
When were you healed? You and I were healed 2,000 years ago. It is finished!
But do we act that way? Do we act as though it is finished? We have a promise of the Lord. Every single disease, every single sickness, every single ailment we will ever get has already been healed! It is finished.
2 Chronicles 16: 12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.
Now Asa was not an unbeliever. He had a long history with the Lord, and with the supernatural power and might of the Lord God Jehovah. He also had a promise of the Lord spoken to him by a prophet:
2 Chronicles 15: And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: 2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; TheLordis with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. 3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. 4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto theLordGod of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. 5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. 6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. 7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. 8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of theLord, that was before the porch of theLord.
King Asa had the Word of the Lord. The prophet was sent and brought him the message of the hour. Do we have a message? Are we going to trust in the Lord, in the message, in the Word of God?
King Asa saw the Lord deliver him from undefendable odds. And the Lord not only defeated his enemies, he was given 35 years of peace. That is supernatural in any era. Yet after all that, after 35 years of supernatural experiences, after hearing the words of a vindicated prophet, when trouble came, he rejected the way of the Lord and sought the arm of flesh. And it cost him his life.
Why? Because with King Asa, it was not finished!
2 Chronicles 15: 16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.
He did run well. He cut down the idols and burnt them. He cast out the idolaters. He was a message believer! He was justified in his day. He was sanctified in his day. He sanctified all of Israel!
BUT, “the high places were not taken away out of Israel”. His new birth was not complete!
Ezekiel 36: 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
The new birth is not a single event. It is several events locked together. It is just like the natural birth. The baby is conceived. We often forget that part in discussing the new birth. The baby is conceived first! How? A seed is planted and the seed grows, and the seed bears fruit. That fruit is the baby.
The first thing that happens in a new birth is the planting of the seed, which is the Word of God. The life in that seed is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 6:63 that “my words are spirit and life”. The first step in the new birth is that someone like you or I, someone who carries the seed, plants it in the heart of the heathen. Big word to use in this politically correct day. We are all heathens once too.
The life in the seed is the Holy Spirit. If we do not have the Holy Spirit, then the seed is dead inside of us. If we do not have the Holy Spirit, then the seed that we plant is a dead seed. That is why we have over 1,000 denominations on earth with 3 Billion people calling themselves Christians, all preaching out of the Bible, and planting DEAD SEED!
2 Corinthians 3: 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
If we preach the Word of God without the Holy Spirit, we are planting a DEAD SEED, a seed that will rot and kill the host. We will kill people with that dead seed. How can the Word of God bring death?
2 Samuel 6: 3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.5 And David and all the house of Israel played before theLordon all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.6 And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.7 And the anger of theLordwas kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
They were carrying the Word of God, the Ark. They had a good intent. They had no evil or malicious intent in their hearts. David, the King that the Bible says was a man after God’s own heart, led the way. They had musicians out in front. They had a program, a religious program that looked perfect. They had everything lined up but one. The wrong people were handling the Word. The Bible says it must be carried on the left shoulders of the Levites, over their hearts.
And when the Word of God went forth without the Spirit of God, then even the righteous man Uzzah died. Without the Spirit of God, the Seed of God, the Holy Bible, is DEAD.
Without the Holy Spirit, the message of the hour will bring DEATH! It is a dead seed without the life of Christ in it. That is why we have so many churches, preaching the Bible, and yet all they can create is still born babies.
So the new birth starts with the planting of the seed, the live, spirit borne seed. Then the seed germinates. A baby germinates for 40 weeks. Forty is one of God’s special numbers. Moses was on the mountain for 40 days. Jesus fasted for 40 days.
The seed of the Word of God will germinate in the heart, watered by the Holy Spirit. Now the Spirit does not indwell at this point, it anoints. There is a different. Remember Jesus said the Spirit would be with us, AND in us. And is a conjunction. Two separate events.
Then we get to the point where we usually start speaking on the New Birth. First we have Justification, then we have Sanctification, then we receive the Spirit.
1 John 5: 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
It is the Spirit that bears witness. Not the letter. The birth is water, blood and spirit. Just like a physical birth, first the water breaks, then the blood, then the baby. So too with the new birth. First the water, the justification in baptism. Then the blood, the sanctification. Then the filling of the Holy Spirit. Three definite steps.
And again the Scripture says here that “the witness of God is greater”. The witness is the Holy Spirit. Our witness without the Holy Spirit, is the witness of men, and it is powerless. It becomes a second had gospel.
Acts 19: 13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of theLordJesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
These seven men had heard the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. They had heard the message of the hour from the mouth of the prophet. Not only had they heard the message, they also saw the vindication in signs, wonders and miracles.
But for them it was not finished!
They had the letter, but they did not have the spirit. They came with a second hand gospel. They came quoting the prophet but without the spirit, they simply had the testimony of man. The testimony of God is greater. For the seven men, it was not finished. They had the message, but they did not have the Spirit or the Revelation of the message.
Is it finished for YOU?
We have to make this personal, intensely and completely personal. Do you have the Revelation and the Spirit? Is your new birth complete? Is your faith complete? Only you can answer that.
Are you trusting completely in the Lord today? Asa could not. He had the message. He heard it from the mouth of the prophet. He had 35 years of supernatural experiences with the Lord. Yet it was not finished for him. He did not take away the high places. He did a lot. But he did not do it all.
David, the man after God’s own heart, the anointed King of Israel, did almost everything. He had the musicians. He had all but one thing. He failed to get the Levites to carry the Word. He failed to get the Spirit of God in the picture. He had the letter, but not the word. He was planting a dead seed.
That can happen in our message churches today, and indeed it is happening. It was even happening when Brother Branham was here. He warned of it. He warned of the need for repentance before baptism. He said we are going in dry sinners and coming out wet sinners. He said we were creating still born Christians. It is the same today. Where is the Lord today? We have the message. We have the quotes. We have the music. We have fancy Churches. We have big buildings, great architecture, beautiful interiors, lights and sounds, audio visual systems, professional musicians and singers. We have preachers in $5000 suits.
They are Ox Carts!
The Word of God is not carried in a building, or an organization, or a system, or a program. It is not carried in a denomination. They can only carry the letter, the dead letter.
The Word of the God, the Spirit of God, can only be carried in the hearts of the Christians. The Lord dwells in the hearts of the Bride of Christ, and nowhere else.
Judges 6: 7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto theLordbecause of the Midianites,8 That theLordsent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith theLordGod of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land;10 And I said unto you, I am theLordyour God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.11 And there came an angel of theLord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.12 And the angel of theLordappeared unto him, and said unto him, TheLordis with thee, thou mighty man of valour.13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if theLordbe with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not theLordbring us up from Egypt? but now theLordhath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.14 And theLordlooked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
There are a few things to look at here to tie things together. First of they were sent the Prophet. The Prophet told them of all the power of the Lord God vindicating his word and his promises to them over the years. He is telling them that for them it should be finished.
Then we find the angel appearing to Gideon. Gideon responded with a very simply question. If God is with us, where is the supernatural vindication of a living God? Can we say the same today? If the Lord God is in our midst, then we have a healer here. If Jesus Christ is here, then there is deliverance. If there is a living God with us, then there will be supernatural signs, wonders and miracles. If for us it is finished, then we will most certainly have the fruit of it in full blossom.
And the third point, the angel did not say to Gideon that the Lord is with Israel, he said the Lord is with you.
The Lord God is with YOU! Go in thy might. Have I not sent thee?
The Lord God is with YOU Saints of God!
The only presence of the Lord God Jehovah, the Holy Spirit, is in the hearts of the children of God. He is nowhere else upon the face of the earth, except in you and I. When the rapture comes, it is the Spirit of God leaving this world, and anyone that is filled with that Spirit goes along for the ride. No Holy Spirit equals NO rapture.
Romans 10: 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.14 How 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?15 And 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!
How shall they preach except they be sent? They will plant dead seeds! We can preach the gospel, we can quote the message and even perfectly imitate the Prophet’s voice, but without the Spirit, without being SENT, we will plant dead seeds. Our words will simply be the testimony of man and rot in the hearts of the people. It will make them sick and they will spiritually die.
Have I not sent you? Are you sent? Have you all been sent?
Mark 16: 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Go YE into all the world! If you are born again, if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, if for you it is finished, then YOU have been sent. The harvest is ripe, but the labourers are few, and far between.
Is it finished?
Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel unto every creature. Preaching is not reserved for the preachers. There are five ministries from behind the pulpit, but all people are preachers. Even the women! Whoa that shocked someone. There are five pulpit ministries, Evangelist, Prophet, Teacher, Apostle, Pastor. Notice there is no title of “preacher”. We are ALL preachers. We preach the gospel by living it and by testifying of it.
Acts 18: 24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
They expounded to him. We are all supposed to testify. We are all supposed to bring the gospel. We are all supposed to go into all the world and tell every soul we meet of Jesus Christ and what he did for us.
That is not to argue doctrine. NO. We are supposed to introduce people to the Lord Jesus Christ. Tell them what he did for you. Tell them how you got saved. Tell them how you got delivered. Tell them how you got healed. Tell them of the signs, wonders and miracles that you have personally witnessed in your life. Do that. For that is our job as Christians. We are sent to be written epistles read of all men. ALL men. Go into the world by the Spirit of the Lord and let the world read Jesus Christ in you.
Do your neighbors know that you are Christians? Do they know the message of the hour? Have you told them about Jesus Christ? Have you testified to them of the signs, wonders and miracles that the Lord Jesus has worked in your life? Have to testified of salvation, of deliverance, of healing?
How about the people you work with? Does your boss know about Jesus Christ? Your customers? Your vendors? The guy who mops the floors? The receptionist? The forklift driver? You have been sent! Did you think you got that job by accident, or because of your qualifications? The Lord gave you that job, and he gave you that specific job for a specific purpose. You have been sent to them. You are an ambassador of Jesus Christ to them. That is your job.
2 Timothy 4: I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
Preach the Word! Not just in season, but out of season. Preach it where and when it is accepted and welcomed. Preach it where it is hated and rejected. Preach! Reprove. Rebuke. Exhort.
Finish it! If you dare.
Luke 9: 23 And 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.24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?26 For 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.
If it is truly finished for us then we will not be ashamed of him. We will have no problem testifying to everyone we meet. We will look for an in, an opportunity to, any opportunity to talk to everyone about the Lord Jesus Christ. We will express God’s opinion in every conversation, on every topic. We will be ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ, for the Kingdom of Heaven. We will plant the seed of God, the Word, by the Spirit. And we will do it all day, every day, with every soul.
Is it finished?
If we are ashamed of him, then it certainly is not finished; not for us.
The work is complete. The price has been paid. There is nothing that the Lord God can do for you today because he has already done everything. The atonement is paid. He cannot heal you because he healed you 2000 years ago. He cannot save you because he saved you two millennia ago. You have already been delivered. Your name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world.
It is finished!
The problem is with us. We need to accept it. That is all we have to do. We need to accept it, to believe it and receive it into ourselves. We need to allow it to be finished. That is what the Lord is waiting for. He is waiting for us to attain perfection; for us to allow ourselves to be made perfect. He is waiting for us.
It is finished!
Let it be finished!
Are you sick? Are you waiting for healing? It is Finished!
Are you suffering from oppression? Do you need deliverance? It is Finished!
Do you have financial issues? Do you have work problems? Do you have family problems? Do you have issues that the world says you cannot overcome? Has the doctor written you off? Asa trusted in the doctors. The woman with the blood issue did the same. Then she heard about Jesus. And when she touched the hem of his garment, it was finished!
Blind Bartemaeus begged for his dinner. But when he heard that Jesus was there, it was finished!
It is Finished!
We have the message! We have the gospel. We have the written Bible. We have the fivefold ministry. We have the gifts. We have the fullness.
But is it finished for us, or are we waiting for more? Is there something missing for us? Do we lack? Is there a need that you have, that you know should be finished, but you cannot realize it in your life? Is there a battle that you cannot overcome? Do you feel overwhelmed?
Reach out and touch the hem of his garment. IT IS FINISHED!