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The author found himself becoming very discouraged in trying to share the truth of God with others. It just seems that there are very few people that want to hear or read the Word of God as was spoken with power ( the gospel) and walked in e ample by !esus "hrist. The author had been very dedicated and spent many many hours writing down the precious things of God# but just who has ears to hear or eyes to see$ %o many hearts are wa ed gross and their ears are dull of hearing. &any say they see# yet are fully blind (Mt 13:15, Jn 9:39).
'ven those closest to the author tired of hearing the beloved truth of the (ord. )e has been called mad*cra+y by some# and others# including some friends and family members# have separated from his company. The author was absolutely certain of the truth of the message# but just began to be weary (worn down) due to all the rejection. The author considered the fact that he could not just stop speaking and writing God,s truth and simply keep to himself the cherished things that the (ord was revealing. This would be to hide your light (truth) and put it under a bushel (Mt 5:15). This would be to lay up the truth in a napkin or hide the truth in the earth (Lk 19:20-23, Mt 25:25-28). This is to be as salt that has lost his savour (Mt 5:13). )owever# we are to give light unto all that are in the house ( Mt 5:15). &atthew -./0# 1(et your light so shine before men# that they may see your good works# and glorify your 2ather which is in heaven.3 4 candle (light) must be set upon a candlestick so that all may see (Mk 4:21). There is a great responsibility and obligation (a o!!and!ent) to speak and demonstrate the (ord,s gospel (Mk 1":15, Mt 24:14) 5 not only to believe on him# but also to suffer for his sake (#hp 1:29, 2 $hess 1:5, 2 $i! 2:12). The (ord spoke to the author,s heart and revealed something precious that brought about the needed encouragement 6 a reminder (a help to re!e!%er so!ething i!portant). The (ord said that man rejected )im when )e spoke the 2ather,s Word# so how much more will you be rejected when you speak &y Words (Jn 15:18)$ (uke 7/./8# 14nd ye shall be hated of all men for my name,s sake.3 This was so incredibly encouraging to me# but why$ 9ecause it revealed to me something desired more than anything this world has to offer 6 it revealed that I was walking in the steps of my (ord (1 #t 2:21, 4:1). The author was not being offered a solution to end all of the rejection or necessarily a remedy to remove the hurt. The author was being offered a cross and a narrow path to continue to walk in (Mt &:13-14, 1":24, Mk 8:34, 10:21, Lk 9:23, Jn 14:") 6 just as "hrist had walked. This was more beneficial and pri+ed ('alua%le). This was a treasure and a pearl of great price (Mt 13:44-4", 19:21). (uke 0.:;# 1The disciple is not above his master. but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.3 4<= &atthew /;.7:57-# 1The disciple is not above his master# nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master# and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house 9eel+ebub# how much more shall they call them of his household$3 7 Timothy >./7# 1?ea# and all that will live godly in "hrist !esus shall suffer persecution.3 4fter all# !esus learned obedience by the things which )e suffered 6 and so shall )is followers ((e% 5:8-9).
The (ord plainly tells us. (uke 0.7757># 19lessed are ye# when men shall hate you# and when they shall separate you from their company# and shall reproach you# and cast out your name as evil# for the %on of man,s sake. @ejoice ye in that day# and leap for joy. for# behold# your reward is great in heaven. for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.3 %o. / Aeter -.B# 1Whom resist steadfast in the faith# knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.3 ?our not alone in your tribulations 6 !esus endured suffering and so do all )is followers. <ow there are many religious people in this world and most claim to be following "hrist. The truth of the claim is revealed when your life actually lines up (aligns) with the e ample that !esus walked (Jn 15:20). This is how we must judge ourselves (2 )or 13:5). !esus said we would be judged by )is Words (whi h (e walked *lawlessl+)C so "hrist,s Words are our standard to live by (Jn 12:48). The religious world claims to practice or adhere to God,s Word# but mostly ignores or e plains away the hard things 6 those things that come against the will of the flesh 5 those things that reDuire sacrifice. These often compromise away the meat of the message that was spoken of God in the person of !esus "hrist ( the ,ord o* -od !ade *lesh). ' amples might be. being hated by others (not popular, Mt 5:10-12, Lk ":22)C losing your life for "hrist,s sake and the gospel,s (Mt 10:39, 1":25, Mk 8:35, Lk 9:24)C bearing your cross (d+ing to sel*, Lk 14:2&)C forsaking all that you have (Lk 14:33)C not loving the world or seeking fleshly lusts# desires or possessions (or walking in the ourse o* this world, 1 Jn 2:151&)C placing !esus before father# and mother# and wife# and children# and brethren# and sisters# yea# and your own life (Lk 14:2")C bearing the injuries of others (*orgi'eness, Mt ":15, Mk 11:2")C and loving your enemies (Mt 5:43-45). These things are often e plained away by religious man thus making "hrist,s Words of none effect (e**e t - to pro!ote needed hange). There are many hard truths in the 9ible and it is certain that a true follower (dis iple) of !esus will e perience everything that "hrist e perienced. / !ohn 7.0# 1)e that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk# even as he walked.3 4<= "olossians 7.0# 14s ye have therefore received "hrist !esus the (ord# so walk ye in him.3 !esus is the firstborn of many brethren (.! 8:29). 9rethren are brothers whereby one resembles the other in nature and e perience. !esus forged a path that )is disciples must follow along 6 for )e is the %hepherd and they are )is sheep (Jn 10:2&). )e goeth before them (Jn 10:4). Galatians -.7-# 1If we live in the %pirit# let us also walk in the %pirit.3 Ene of the things a follower of "hrist Duickly learns is that man has consistently rejected God and )is Word from the very beginning. When !esus came (the ,ord o* -od !ade *lesh) speaking God,s Words# )e 3
was soundly rejected by those who claimed to serve God 6 meaning religious man. !esus said of )is followers. !ohn /8./:# 1I have given them thy wordC and the world hath hated them# because they are not of the world# even as I am not of the world.3 If !esus is hated by the world then )is disciples must also be hated by the world 6 thus you know that you are following "hrist. Why are they hated$ They are hated because of God,s Word or truth. The world is in rebellion against this truth. The world walks opposite of the truth. "hrist sanctifies (sets apart) )is followers in God,s truth. !ohn /8./8# 1%anctify them through thy truth. thy word is truth ( also Jn 1&:19).3 %o. (uke /;./0# 1)e that heareth you heareth meC and he that despiseth you despiseth meC and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.3 God,s Word is the real issue hereF Therefore. If you walk as !esus walked and speak )is Words# then the world will hate and reject you just as it did !esus. !ohn />./0# 1Gerily# verily# I say unto you# The servant is not greater than his lordC neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.3 4<= !ohn /-.7;# 1@emember the word that I said unto you# The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me# they will also persecute youC if they have kept my saying# they will keep yours also.3 What we are being told is that by and large rejection is an e pected condition of speaking the truth of God,s Word. "hrist,s disciples perfectly follow )im in all things including being persecuted# rejected# hated and despised. Enly the humble (sel* den+ing) will receive God,s truth. "onversely# if your message is being well received by a large audience (su h as authoring a 'er+ popular %ook)# then you have cause for concern (1 Jn 4:5). The world loves its own (Jn 15:19)F !esus spoke to and was rejected by a very religious people who thought they knew and served God. This was Duite a disconnect in that God (the ,ord) became flesh and spoke God,s Word or truth to )is own people only to be rejected by them. "hrist,s message (whi h was the /ather0s ,ord) was rejected by religious man. !ohn /./;5//# 1)e was in the world# and the world was made by him# and the world knew him not. )e came unto his own# and his own received him not.3 =o not be surprised that the e act same condition e ists today in so many of those who claim to know and serve !esus "hrist. In other words# many claim to follow !esus# but they do not know )im. These same one,s who claim to follow !esus (with !ental a knowledge!ent) will actually reject walking the path that !esus walked. God,s truth Duickly separates the light from the darkness (2 )or ":14-18). &any 1identify3 with God,s Word# but who 1practices3 God,s Word$ !esus said. &atthew 8.7;# 1Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.3
God,s Word is so divisiveF The Word of God Duickly separates the real from the false. The majority of man# including much of what calls itself "hristian# has rejected the Word of God. )ow so$ They have not 1received3 God,s Word in that they will not apply it to their lives and actually walk therein. &ost of the religious world has a 1free gift3 and 1cheap grace3 doctrinal theology that essentially believes that !esus did everything (and (e is worth+) and nothing is reDuired of man (that through )hrist sin !a+ a%ound111). They bandy about (pass a%out *reel+ and arelessl+, e2 hange in argu!entati'e !anner ) the ill5advised (unwise, !isguided, *oolhard+) phrase. 1works do not save.3 This outlook has nullified the Word of God and made it of none effect. It is so much easier to accept (as in so!e !ental a knowledg!ent) or tolerate the words of another (Jesus) when you do not believe that you must actually walk them (li'e the!) or be held accountable to them. )owever# we must E9'? the truth (.! 2:8, 2 $hess 2:8, -al 5:&)F <othing is so easy as to deny that which is not agreeable to your own desire. Eh it was just fine when !esus walked the narrow wayC however# !esus always said# "ome# follow &e.3 !esus is telling you dear reader to 1follow.3 (et us understand what 1works3 means. &odern "hristian thinking is that if you 1accept3 !esus (as in so!e repeated sinner0s pra+er) that you will somehow be e empt from having to walk and live the things !esus said 6 confusion$ 6 its all so surreal. They distort (do not understand) and are ignorant of the verses. 'phesians 7.H5B# 12or by grace are ye saved through faithC and that not of yourselves. it is the gift of God. <ot of works# lest any man should boast.3 The underlined words are what modernpopular "hristianity stresses (e!phasi3es). Inderstanding 1grace3 and 1faith3 is the keyF God,s grace is the )oly %pirit of grace working in you to accomplish the (ord,s purposes ( 4 ts 4:31-33, #hp 1:25, 2:13, (e% 10:29). The )oly %pirit is the giftF Grace J gift J )oly GhostF Aeter said it well. 4cts 7.>H# 1Then Aeter said unto them# @epent# and be bapti+ed every one of you in the name of !esus "hrist for the remission of sins# and ye shall receive the gift of the )oly Ghost (also 4 ts 10:45).3 Aaul said. 7 "orinthians B./:5/-# 14nd by their prayer for you# which long after you for the e ceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.3 The grace in you or unspeakable gift is the )oly Ghost which dwells within you ( 1 )or 3:1", 1 Jn 4:13). 2aith is your free5will (not oer ed, !ust %e sin ere and genuine) submission# obedience# love# trust and devotion toward God. When such faith is coupled with the )oly Ghost,s working in you# then God,s will is accomplished (4 ts 5:32, .! 4:1", 5:1-2, 5, #hp 1:", 2:12-13, 15). This results in a 1change3 of conditionF @ather than denying God to seek self# you will now deny self to seek God. %uch 1change3 will turn your life 5
upside down 6 a complete change of directionF ?ou shall be renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him ()ol 3:10). IniDuity# which is the transgression of God,s will# is destroyed because those who fear God depart from that which opposes God. If God,s Word is not mi ed (5oined, united or %lended) with such faith it does not profit the hearer ((e% 4:2). True faith as led by the %pirit is what saves you and "hrist,s death made it possible. "hrist,s life and death provided four essential things. /) God,s truthC 7) an e ample to followC >) forgiveness of past sinsC and :) the ability and means to follow 6 namely# the )oly Ghost. ?ou must 1conform3 to the will of God which is found in "hrist (.! 8:29, 12:2). "olossians 7./;# 14nd ye are complete in him# which is the head of all principality and power.3 !esus is well pleasing to GodF 2ollowing "hrist by faith through the leading of )is %pirit makes you well pleasing to GodF This cannot be achieved soley through your own works 6 no one will be able to boast of such. Aeter said. 1through sanctification of the %pirit# unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of !esus "hrist God hath begotten us in )is mercy (1 #t 1:2-3).3 The sprinkling of "hrist,s blood is forgiveness of past sin (transgressions against -od0s will, .! 3:25, 1 Jn 2:2). 9eing 1set apart3 by the %pirit unto obedience is the )oly Ghost leading you through your faith. God forgives past sin for a purpose 6 to transform you (%orn again, 1 #t 1:23) into what you were originally intended to be (%e*ore orruption, 1 #t 1:14-1") 6 to make you perfect 6 in )is image (Mt 5:48, Lk ":40, .! 12:2, 2 )or 13:11, 2 $i! 3:1&, (e% 13:21, 1 #t 5:10, .e' 3:2). This image is found in "hrist 6 look unto )im and follow. Aeter goes on to say. 1kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (1 #t 1:5). We shall understand that the power of God is the )oly %pirit. 4<= 1ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the %pirit(1 #t 1:22).3 Webster,s /H7H dictionary defines 1grace3 as divine influence or the influence of the %pirit in renewing the heart and restraining from sin. We are 1Duickened (!ade ali'e)3 by the %pirit. 'phesians 7.-# 1'ven when we were dead in sins# hath Duickened us together with "hrist# (by grace ye are savedC).3 The %pirit of God K man,s faith J path of righteousness. The (ord leads in the way of righteousness (#' 8:20, 12:28, #s 23:3, .! 8:14). This means that the )oly %pirit will <'G'@ lead you to remain in sin*bondage. !esus, death provided the means of reconciliation with God. @econciliation with God is based upon a free5will desire to serve God 6 to seek )im with all of your heart. This desire must be demonstrated in your life. ?ou must have virtue whereby you voluntarily seek God and walk in )is truth. 2aith is never coerced*forced# but must come forth freely from a willing heart.
Therefore# only the humble (sel* den+ing) can possibly come to this position. ?ou can 1say3 all you want# but God observes them that 1do.3 Its not your works that save you# but rather your obedience to the %pirit,s leading and teaching 6 the )oly %pirit working to transform you into the image of "hrist. Titus >.-# 1<ot by works of righteousness which we have done# but according to his mercy he saved us# by the washing of regeneration# and renewing of the )oly Ghost.3 ?ou are changed into the same image from glory to glory# even as by the %pirit of the (ord (1 )or 3:18). !esus is able to do e ceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think# according to the power that worketh in us (6ph 3:20). 2irst you receive the )oly %pirit and then your heart is purified by faith as you obey )is Word (4 ts 15:8-9, 6ph 5:2"). 5 the work of faith with power (2 $hess 1:11). In other words# we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand (.! 5:2, also -al 5:5). This is so elementary (%a%+ *ood 7 !ilk, not !eat, 1 )or 3:2)# yet so completely misunderstood by a religious world. Ebedience is not your 1own3 work toward 1earning3 salvation# but rather submitting to the will of another# who is God. Ebedience is a free5will sacrifice of self offered to God (the opposite o* what !an did in 6den). ?our obedience to God,s will produces God,s works and not your own works. To 1obey3 God,s will and thereby produce God,s works actually reDuires that you 1die3 to (*orsake) your own will and thus forfeit your own works. %o# its not your works of righteousness# but rather God,s through )is %pirit. =on,t be lost in religious confusion that contradicts the bulk of God,s Word by having you think that nothing is reDuired of you. "onsider God,s intent. )ebrews /;./-5/8# 1Whereof the )oly Ghost also is a witness to us. for after that he had said before# This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days# saith the (ord# I will put my laws into their hearts# and in their minds will I write themC 4nd their sins and iniDuities will I remember no more.3 )ow are they put there$ 7 "orinthians >.># 12orasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of "hrist ministered by us# written not with ink# but with the %pirit of the living GodC not in tables of stone# but in fleshy tables of the heart.3 This speaks of the )oly Ghost and )is leading and teaching. 2or what intent$ Titus 7.//5/:# 12or the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men# Teaching us that# denying ungodliness and worldly lusts# we should live soberly# righteously# and godly# in this present worldC (ooking for that blessed hope# and the glorious appearing of the great God and our %aviour !esus "hristC Who gave himself for us# that he might redeem us from all iniDuity# and purify unto himself a peculiar people# +ealous of good works. 4(%E consider. Galatians /.:# 1Who gave himself for our sins# that he might deliver us from this present evil world# according to the will of God and our 2ather.3 %o. God,s grace ((ol+ 8pirit) in you bringeth salvation 6 the %pirit 1brings about3 salvation in you by teaching you to forsake those things that oppose God. 7
Ence you understand 1faith3 and 1grace#3 then the follow5on verse to the above 'phesians verses makes sense (usuall+ o!itted %+ religious !an). 'phesians 7./;# 12or we are his workmanship# created in "hrist !esus unto good works# which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.3 The result of your faith yielding to the )oly Ghost is good works known as the fruit of the %pirit (-al 5:22-23, 6ph 5:9, .! ":22, &:4). 2aith must yield good works (Js 2:1&-2", 3:1&). &ay !esus stablish you in every good word and work (2 $hess 2:1"-1&).3 Therefore. "olossians /./;5//# 1That ye might walk worthy of the (ord unto all pleasing# being fruitful in every good work# and increasing in the knowledge of GodC %trengthened with all might# according to his glorious power# unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.3 "hrist,s sacrifice was so that 1we might be made the righteousness of God in )im (2 )or 5:21).3 We are 1made3 righteous through obedience to the )oly Ghost. %o. / Aeter /.-# 1Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.3 (The 1power of God3 J the )oly Ghost) K your faith J salvation. Why did !ohn the 9aptist place such an emphasis that !esus would bapti+e with the )oly Ghost (Mt 3:11, Mk 1:8, Lk 3:1", Jn 1:33, 4 ts 1:5)$ Why did !esus say it was e pedient that )e go away such that the )oly Ghost would come (Jn &:39, 14:2", 1":&, 20:22)$ Why did "hrist insist that )is disciples tarry at !erusalem until they received power from on high (Lk 24:49, 4 ts 1:4, 8, 2:2-4)$ The reason is so clearF The )oly Ghost is the grace of God. The )oly Ghost is the promise of God. The )oly Ghost is the gift of God ( .! 5:15-21). The )oly Ghost is the power of God (Jn 1:12, Lk 24:49, 4 ts 1:8, 2 $hess 1:11, 1 #t 1:15). The )oly Ghost J God,s grace J God,s promise J God,s gift J power of God. 2aith without works ((ol+ 8pirit0s tea hing9leading) is dead (Js 2:1&, 20, 2")F 2aith must produce God,s purposes to have merit. 2aith must 1change3 you 6 transform. Alease understand. 1the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life (.! 5:18).3 The )oly %pirit came upon man at Aentecost because !esus# the bapti+er of the )oly %pirit# received this promise from the 2ather and shed it forth (4 ts 2:1-4, 33). 9y the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many be maderighteous (.! 5:19). We are 1made3 righteous by the workings of the )oly %pirit through our faith ( su%!ission, o%edien e). !ohn /./7# 19ut as many as received him# to them gave he power to become the sons of God# even to them that believe on his name.3 The 1power to become3 is the )oly %pirit working to transform you to God,s e pectations. Therefore. @omans H./:# 12or as many as are led by the %pirit of God# they are the sons of God.3
The )oly Ghost is your comforter# teacher and guide to conform you to "hrist,s well pleasing image such that you become a son of God. "onsider what Aeter told the !ews after the )oly Ghost had come upon the Gentiles. 4cts //./05/8# 1Then remembered I the word of the (ord# how that he said# !ohn indeed bapti+ed with waterC but ye shall be bapti+ed with the )oly Ghost. 2orasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us# who believed on the (ord !esus "hristC what was I# that I could withstand God$3 Inderstand that grace is not simply unmerited favor in the sense that God just looks the other way (a on ept o!pletel+ ontrar+ to -od0s ,ord) or does not hold you accountable for the evil that you continue to do (walking in darkness). God does not look the other way and this is why !esus had to suffer man,s condemnation of 1thou shall surely die.3 Grace is actually the )oly %pirit working in you to transform you into the image of "hrist. Ence you comprehend this# then scripture makes sense and verses no longer conflict with one another. Those who are sojourning in this world and seeking God Duickly come to the knowledge that there are two different 1"hrists3 preached and proclaimed. /) Ene group (the !a5orit+) preach a !esus who justifies you in your sin (-al 1:"-&). They essentially say in so many confused religious reasonings that !esus is a covering for man,s continued sin because man is incapable of stopping 6 a 1not perfect just forgiven3 mentality. This is to hold the truth in unrighteousness (.! 1:18). 7) The other group (a !inorit+) preach a !esus who delivers you from your sin. They say that !esus came to free you from the bondage of sin that you may be reconciled to God and freely serve )im 6 by &y %pirit saith the (ord. If the fruit of your doings has not changed with regards to "hrist# then what has !esus availed you$ If you are still burdened by sin# then how are you free$ These groups may sound similar at times# but are eternally different. ?ou must choose very wisely based upon sincerely seeking God and placing )is Word (truth) in your heart. "hrist,s first Words concerning the time in which we live were. 1Take heed that no man deceive you (Mt 24:4).3 !esus came to lead in mercy# truth and righteousness ( %+ M+ 8pirit) and this is the key to understanding. Who shall ultimately prevail$ /) &an through the justification of his transgressions against the will of God E@ 7) God through the purging of all transgressions against )is will$ Is sin justified or erradicated$ What prevails 6 the lie or the truth$ "an one be found 1wicked (sin*ul, transgressing o* -od0s will)3 in "hrist !esus$ If one kills in the name of !esus (as in war)# does that make him innocent (Mt 5:43-45)$ If a thief steals (or is adulterous, l+ing, hating, et :) in the name of !esus is he no longer guilty$ )ebrews /;.70# 12or if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth# there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins (also 63 3:19-20, 18:2", 33:12-13, 18).3 ?ou must again sincerely repent and forsake such evils to 9
be found in "hrist. "ontinued sin nullifies any 1forgiveness3 given. ?ou cannot be forgiven to continue to violate the thing you were forgiven 6 that would void the meaning of the word and the action. The issue is that many have made 1peace3 with sin rather than 1overcoming3 sin. 2or most# the battle is over 6 they say you can,t live a 1perfect3 life acceptable to God and that "hrist,s blood is a covering for your continued sinfulness. In other words# they are in agreement with the devil that you can sin against God and 1ye shall not surely die#3 ?et !esus said. &atthew -.:H# 19e ye therefore perfect# even as your 2ather which is in heaven is perfect.3 The (ord also says. / Aeter /./-5/0# 19ut as he which hath called you is holy# so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (li*est+le)C 9ecause it is written# 9e ye holyC for I am holy.3 / !ohn -.:# 12or whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world. and this is the victory that overcometh the world# even our faith.3 =oes God reDuire us to do something that cannot be done$ This reasoning will not stand because God has given us )is %pirit. I say this to those who have made peace with sin. / "orinthians /-.>:# 14wake to righteousness# and sin notC for some have not the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.3 The )oly Ghost is the grace of God that leads one in truth unto righteousness. )owever# religious man attributes the grace of God as a covering for unrighteousness which is only found in the devil,s lie. They essentially say# through so many religious words and doctrines# that grace is God not acknowledging or holding you accountable for continued transgressions 6 because you cannot stop sinning. "an you see how this is utterly contrary to the )oly %pirit,s work and a denial thereof. The only thing they are justifying is sin and they make "hrist the (ord of sin 6 )e who brings license$ What does the (ord e pect$ 1To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life# which is in the midst of the paradise of God (.e' 2:&).3 This verse 'LI4(% J @evelation 77./:# 19lessed are they that do his commandments# that they may have right to the tree of life# and may enter in through the gates into the city.3 Those who overcome do the (ord,s commandments and have lifeF 555 its all so simple! <ow consider. @evelation 7.70# 14nd he that overcometh# and keepeth my works unto the end# to him will I give power over the nations.3 4<= @evelation >.-# 1)e that overcometh# the same shall be clothed in white raimentC and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life# but I will confess his name before my 2ather# and before his angels.3 %o# is overcoming no more than repeating a prayer that is not even of your own making (i:e: a sinner0s pra+er)$ Is overcoming 1saying3 and not 1doing$3 ?our eternal destiny is based upon correct understanding. If you do not 1overcome#3 then you will not be found in the (amb,s book of lifeF 10
(ets get right to the cru ed of the matter. @evelation >.7/# 1To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne# even as I also overcame# and am set down with my 2ather in his throne.3 This brings us back to 1following3 !esus and walking as )e walked ()ol 2:", 1 Jn 2:", 1 #t 2:21). This reveals that we must conform to )is image (.! 8:29, 2 )or 3:18, )ol 3:10). There is a narrow way that must be trod with cross in hand and no true disciple of "hrist will travel it any other way (Mt 10:38, 1":24, Mk 8:34, 10:21, Lk 9:23, 14:2&). Eh# there is still a battle raging (with eternal onse;uen es) irregardless if you are in it or have again been taken 1captive3 by the enemy. 7 Timothy 7.70# 14nd that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil# who are taken captive by him at his will.3 There are those who are 1free3 and those who are 1bound.3 !esus came to 1freeC3 are you still bound$ The 1bound3 are in %atan,s prison houseF God,s Word never contradicts itself when it is properly understood and applied. )ow does one separate grace from the %pirit of God working in you$ Godnever# under any circumstances# accepts transgression of )is will (diso%edien e to (is o!!and!ents). God does not oppose )is own truthF God does not justify the wicked and will by no means clear the guilty (62 23:&, 34:&, <eut 25:1, #' 1&:15, =s 5:23). The (ord does not overlook evil. If you believe that !esus came to justify or provide a covering for sinful behavior# then you have completely 1missed3 God,s purposes. %atan is the author of the lie that proposes you can transgress the will of God and 1ye shall not surely die (-en 3:4).3 This proposition completely opposed God,s Word of 1thou shalt surely die (-en 2:1&).3 Aick your sideF 4re you walking in %atan,s lie$ &any religious men (Mt &:15) would have you believe that !esus came to justify you in your sin and disobedience to God,s Word. Galatians 7./8# 19ut if# while we seek to be justified by "hrist# we ourselves also are found sinners# is therefore "hrist the minister of sin$ God forbid.3 %hall the throne of iniDuity have fellowship with thee (#s 94:20)$ 4 false prophet,s message always has the implication that you can disobey God (through )hrist) and 1ye shall not surely die (-en 3:4).3 This is the devil,s lieF They will say that you can never measure up to God,s e pectations and that you must live vicariously through "hrist. To be vicarious is essentially to share5in or undergo another,s e perience through 1imagined participation.3 This reasoning utterly negates everything the )oly %pirit is sent to do and absolutely opposes God,s purposes. 2or those who say they love !esus# but walk in darknessC know this. God always says. 1I will not justify the wicked (62 23:&, #' 1&:15).3 !esus in no way came to justify the wicked (Jn 3:19)F / !ohn /.0# 1If we say that 11
we have fellowship with him# and walk in darkness# we lie# and do not the truth.3 !esus is not a covering for continued wickedness ( sin, ini;uit+, transgression o* -od0s will). Those who continue in darkness only prove the insincerity of any commitment they may have made to "hrist (#' 14:1", 1":1&). %o# is it possible to be correct with a theology of 1works do not save3 and that what you do does not contribute to salvation$ Aaul said of such. Titus /./0# 1They profess that they know GodC but in works they deny him# being abominable# and disobedient# and unto every good work reprobate.3 )ow can you say you are saved by God irregardless of your actions toward God$ =id this theology (on e sa'ed alwa+s sa'ed wa+ o* thinking) work for 4dam$ =idn,t such opposition to God,s will bring sin# death and so much misery into the world$ !esus said. (uke />.7:# 1%trive to enter in at the strait gate. for many# I say unto you# will seek to enter in# and shall not be able.3 6 to be accounted worthy to obtain (Lk 20:35, 21:3"). Aeter said. 1be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace# without spot# and blameless (2 #t 3:14).3 Aaul said. / "orinthians B.7:# 1Mnow ye not that they which run in a race run all# but one receiveth the pri+e$ %o run# that ye may obtain.3 !ohn said. / !ohn >.># 14nd every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself# even as he is pure.3 4<= / !ohn -./H# 1We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth notC but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself# and that wicked one toucheth him not.3 To strive# be diligent# run that you may obtain# purify yourself# sinneth not# and keepeth himself all speak of effort that results from your faith (su%!ission, o%edien e and de'otion to -od). There are some things that are monumentally important to understand. 2irst of all# we are held accountable to "hrist,s Words. !ohn /7.:H# 1)e that rejecteth me# and receiveth not my words# hath one that judgeth him. the word that I have spoken# the same shall judge him in the last day.3 %econdly# the application of God,s Word to your life shall determine if you 1received3 !esus, Words. In other words if !esus said 1stop3 and you 1go#3 then obviously you did not 1receive3 what )e said as proved by your actions. "hrist said. &atthew /0.78# 12or the %on of man shall come in the glory of his 2ather with his angelsC and then he shall reward every man according to his works.3 4<= !ohn -.7B# 14nd shall come forthC they that have done good# unto the resurrection of lifeC and they that have done evil# unto the resurrection of damnation.3 ?ou will be judged by your works and deeds. @omans 7.05B# 1Who will render to every man according to his deeds. To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality# eternal life. 9ut unto them that are contentious# and do not obey the truth# but obey unrighteousness# indignation and wrath# Tribulation and anguish# upon every soul of man that doeth evil# of the 12
!ew first# and also of the Gentile.3 'very man,s work will be revealed according to his ways (Jo% 34:11, 6 l 3:1&, 11:9, 12:14, 2 >g 8:39, #s "2:12, #' 24:12, 29, =s 59:18, Jer 1&:10, 25:14, 32:19, 63 &:34, 8-9, 2&, ?%a 1:15, @e h 1:", Mt 12:3"-3&, 1":2&, Jn 5:29, .! 2:", 1", 14:12, 1 )or 3:13, 4:5, 2 )or 5:10, )ol 3:24-25, 2 $i! 4:1, 1 #t 1:1&, 4:5, Jude 1:15, .e' 2:23, 20:12-13, 22:12). %o# works and deeds really do matter. Therefore# how does God judge$ 1Without respect of persons judgeth according to every man,s work (1 #t 1:1&).3 4 simple profession (!ental a knowledg!ent) of "hrist without a walk of faith will fall short 6 even so# "hrist judges the very intent of the heart. d The following writing came about as the (ord began to show the author just how God (and (is truth) has been rejected by man from the beginning. The world loves it,s own# but has rejected God. !ohn /-./B# 1If ye were of the world# the world would love his own. but because ye are not of the world# but I have chosen you out of the world# therefore the world hateth you.3 That verse reveals how standing on the side of the (ord and speaking )is Word will set you up for rejection by the world. If you love the world (it0s wa+s, path, ulture, et :)# then the world will love you. It is only when you come against the world that you are rejected. When you walk in step with !esus# you walk out of step with the world ('i e 'ersa). !esus said concerning the world. 1but me it hateth# because I testify of it# that the works thereof are evil (Jn &:&, -al 1:4).3 To speak God,s Word or truth is to come against the world and testify that its works are evil. Is it any wonder that you would be continually rejected$ <atural man loves the darkness*world rather than the light*truth ( Jn 3:19-21). If the majority of mankind loves the world and you speak against the world# then where does that leave you while being in the world$ (et me tell you dear reader# it is very hard to stand against this world. <o one can do it in their own power for a sustained period of time. ?ou must be walking in God,s truth and be empowered by the )oly %pirit. If you are walking in God,s truth and you desire to do )is will# then God will make a way 6 but you have to really want it. It is so easy to go along with the flow of this worldC there is no persecution in compromise 6 neither is there a witness for God. The free flow of this world is as a mighty river flowing over a cliff and down into a great abyss. %houldn,t you fight against such a current with all your might$ Is going against the current (gra'it+) ever easy$ ?ou are either traveling with*in the current or you are fighting against the current. The (ord saves*rescues those who are fighting against the current. The (ord helps you in your struggles to reach )im# but never in your concession to the world,s flow. 13
The following writing will reveal man,s initial rejection of God and then will specifically move on to how man has rejected the Word of God made flesh called !esus the %on of the )ighest who was sent from God (Lk 1:31-32). &an is blinded by the flesh and remains that way when he will not 1receive3 and 1walk in3 the Word of God. !esus came that the blind might see and those who see might be made blind (Jn 9:39). The (ord has been longsuffering toward the world and )is Word does not return void and accomplishes that which )e pleases# and it prospers in the thing whereto )e sends it (=s 55:11, also =s 45:23). The (ord says concerning )is purposes. 1I have spoken it# I will also bring it to passC I have purposed it# I will also do it (=s 4":11).3 The (ord desires the 1few3 who have ears to hear (Jn ":40). !esus often said. 1)e that hath ears to hear# let him hear (Mt 11:15, 13:9, 43, Mk 4:9, 23, &:1", 8:18, Lk 8:8, 14:35).3 %hall we hear$ !esus once profoundly touched a blind man,s lifeC this man later said. 1one thing I know# that# whereas I was blind# now I see.3 The only blind men that were healed were those who sought ( ried out) God for sight (Mt 9:2&-29, 20:30-34, 21:14, Mk 10:4"-52)F %hall we see$ %hall we cry out to the (ord for sight$ God desires the 1few3 who will hear and apply )is Word and see to walk )is pathN Whom hath God called$ Isaiah :>.85H# 1'ven every one that is called by my name. for I have created him for my glory# I have formed himC yea# I have made him. 9ring forth the blind people that have eyes# and the deaf that have ears.3 2or I will pour water upon him that is thirsty (=s 44:3, Mt 5:"). The water is the )oly Ghost (Jn 4:&-15, &:38-39). If you have eyes to see and ears to hear 6 if you hunger and thirst for righteousness# then God can work in you.
Chapter 1, Disobedience to God Brings Death In the beginning God created man in )is own image and placed man in a beautiful garden (-en 1:2"-2&, 2:&-8, 15). God gave man )is Word. Genesis 7./05/8# 14nd the (E@= God commanded the man# saying# Ef every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. 9ut of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil# thou shalt not eat of it. for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.3 In other words# if man disobeyed God,s Word and ate from the forbidden tree# he would surely die.
The devil entered the garden through a serpent (-en 3:1). The serpent told man that he could disobey God and eat from the forbidden tree and that 1ye shall not surely die (-en 3:4).3 The devil,s word was utterly contrary ( o!pletel+ opposite) to God,s Word. The devil changed the truth of God into a lie (.! 1:25). &an obeyed the devil,s word and rejected God,s Word (-en 3:"-13). &an chose that which was opposed to GodF &an did not obey the truth# but obeyed unrighteousness (.! 2:"-9). To reject the truth is to obey a lie 6 for no lie is of the truth (1 Jn 2:21). God,s Word reDuired a denial of self5 will in order to obey God,s will. The devil,s word embraced self5will and thus denied God,s will (,ord9 o!!and!ent). The devil,s word benefited the flesh and offered that which was forbidden. &an elevated (e2alted) his flesh over God,s Word in seeking its lust and desire. &an rejected God in favor of self. To disobey God and walk in your own will*way is to rebel against your "reator. This e altation of self is known as 1pride.3 Aride always goes before destruction and this is the broad way in which the devil leads (#' 1":18). &an chose to be as a god and decide good and evil for himself rather than submit to and obey the one true God (-en 3:5). @omans >./05/H# 1=estruction and misery are in their ways. 4nd the way of peace have they not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.3 The devil overcame man through his craftiness and man lost his standing with God. 12or of whom a man is overcome# of the same is he brought in bondage (2 #t 2:19). Eh# who shall redeem us from such bondage and death$$$ %adly# we shall discover that most do not necesserily want to be redeemed when they discover that they must relinDuish self5will ( to %e as a god). Death Ene thing is clear throughout God,s Word and that is that disobedience to the will of God brings forth death. God is the giver of life and there is no life apart from )im (-en 2:&). @omans -./7# 1Wherefore# as by one man sin entered into the world# and death by sinC and so death passed upon all men# for that all have sinned.3 God told man that the day he disobeyed )is will ( o!!and!ent) that 1thou shalt surely die.3 This condemnation is an e pected and eternal conclusion for those who do not reverence their "reator ( #s 119:4). The truth of this statement still stands and always shall. God is your lifeF If you remove yourself from God# then you remove yourself from your life 6 plain and simple. The creation does not have life within itself 6 it is not self sustaining. God created youF %houldn,t you love
and be devoted to the Ene who gave you life$ %houldn,t you reverence and obey )im$ %atan is a created being who deceived man in saying. 1ye shall not surely die.3 The devil has no life to give and can only offer death# through bondage in his lie and rebellion. This rebellion shall not stand and its only purpose in temporarily continuing is to shake that which can be shaken so as to remove the chaff. God prevails in every way 6 )e retains that which has been tried and tested and is pure. Chapter 2, Obedience to God Brings ife &an has been disobedient and rebellious toward his "reator. &an has violated God,s will and is under the condemnation of death. The (ord God has no further obligation toward man and can certainly carry out the sentence of death at )is discretion (.! 5:1"). )owever# God is a merciful God 5 longsuffering toward man# not willing that any should perish# but that all should come to repentance (2 #t 3:9, #s 103:10). Asalms H-.:58# 1Turn us# E God of our salvation# and cause thine anger toward us to cease. Wilt thou be angry with us for ever$ wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations$ Wilt thou not revive us again. that thy people may rejoice in thee$ %hew us thy mercy# E (E@=# and grant us thy salvation.3 God,s mercy and forgiveness can only be obtained through God,s determined way which is always found in )is truth. We shall only understand God,s path of salvation when we understand. Asalms H-./;# 1&ercy and truth are met togetherC righteousness and peace have kissed each other.3 "an there be mercy outside of God,s truth$ "an there be peace with God apart from righteousness$ 2or it is said of God (and )hrist0s throne). Asalms HB./:# 1!ustice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne. mercy and truth shall go before thy face.3 4<= Isaiah /0.-# 14nd in mercy shall the throne be established. and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of =avid# judging# and seeking judgment# and hasting righteousness.3 Asalms /;;.-# 12or the (E@= is goodC his mercy is everlastingC and his truth endureth to all generations (also #s 108:4, 115:1, 11&:2).3 We shall understand in this book just how important it is to be found in God,s truth so as to partake of )is mercy. @ighteousness or 1fear of the (ord3 tendeth to life (#' 11:19 A 19:23, also #' 12:3, 28, 13:", 15:9, 21:21, 1 #t 2:24, 1 Jn 2:29, 3:&). The (ord says. )osea 0.0# 12or I desired mercy# and not sacrificeC and the knowledge of God (truth) more than burnt offerings.3 Therefore# let us understand. @omans -./B# 12or as by one man,s disobedience many were made sinners# so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.3 Who is this 1obedient3 man who brings life to 16
the repentantN$ Who is this obedient man who brings 1truth3 and makes 1righteous#3 through 1mercy#3 so as to establish 1peace3 between God and man$ !he Coming of Christ The first mention of the coming of "hrist or the &essiah is given in the following account. The (ord God !')EG4) through )is mighty hand delivered )is people from the bondage of Aharaoh in 'gypt and brought them out unto )imself into the wilderness (62 ":3, &:1", 13:3, 14, 1", 14:13-14, 18, 30, 15:2, "-&, 13). Israel encamped at &ount %inai*)oreb where &oses had first met God at the burning bush (62 3:1-12, 19:1-2). God said. ' odus /B.:50# 1?e have seen what I did unto the 'gyptians# and how I bare you on eagles, wings# and brought you unto myself. <ow therefore# if ye will obey my voice indeed# and keep my covenant# then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people. for all the earth is mine. 4nd ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests# and an holy nationN3 The people responded. 14ll that the (E@= hath spoken we will do ( 62 19:8).3 The (ord God was going to speak so that the people would hear )is voice. ' odus /B.B# 14nd the (E@= said unto &oses# (o# I come unto thee in a thick cloud# that the people may hear when I speak with thee# and believe thee for ever. 4nd &oses told the words of the people unto the (E@=.3 The people were made ready and assembled to hear God speak (62 19:915). ' odus /B./057;# 14nd it came to pass on the third day in the morning# that there were thunders and lightnings# and a thick cloud upon the mount# and the voice of the trumpet e ceeding loudC so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. 4nd &oses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with GodC and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 4nd mount %inai was altogether on a smoke# because the (E@= descended upon it in fire. and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace# and the whole mount Duaked greatly. 4nd when the voice of the trumpet sounded long# and wa ed louder and louder# &oses spake# and God answered him by a voice. 4nd the (E@= came down upon mount %inai# on the top of the mount. and the (E@= called &oses up to the top of the mountC and &oses went up.3 2urthermore. =euteronomy :./;5/># 1%pecially the day that thou stoodest before the (E@= thy God in )oreb# when the (E@= said unto me# Gather me the people together# and I will make them hear my words# that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth# and that they may teach their children. 4nd ye came near and stood under the mountainC and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven# with darkness# clouds# and thick darkness. 4nd the (E@= spake unto you out of the midst of the fire. ye heard the voice of the words# but saw no 17
similitudeC only ye heard a voice. 4nd he declared unto you his covenant# which he commanded you to perform# even ten commandmentsC and he wrote them upon two tables of stone (also <eut 4:3"-39, 5:4-").3 =euteronomy :.>># 1=id ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire# as thou hast heard# and live$3 God then began to speak )is Ten "ommandments. =euteronomy -.:# 1The (E@= talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire# (I stood between the (E@= and you at that time# to shew you the word of the (E@=. for ye were afraid by reason of the fire# and went not up into the mountC) saying# I am the (E@= thy God# which brought thee out of the land of 'gypt# from the house of bondage.3 4<= ' odus 7;./# 14nd God spake all these words# saying# I am the (E@= thy God# which have brought thee out of the land of 'gypt# out of the house of bondage.3 4mong the Ten "ommandments# the (ord specifically said. ' odus 7;.># 7># 1Thou shalt have no other gods before me. ?e shall not make with me gods of silver# neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.3 (ater# the people again said. 14ll that the (E@= hath said will we do# and be obedient (62 24:&).3 The people greatly feared God (<eut 5:24-2&). ' odus 7;./B# 14nd they said unto &oses# %peak thou with us# and we will hear. but let not God speak with us# lest we die (also <eut 5:23-28).3 =euteronomy /H./85/B# 14nd the (E@= said unto me# They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Arophet from among their brethren# like unto thee# and will put my words in his mouthC and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 4nd it shall come to pass# that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name# I will reDuire it of him.3 The (ord further said of them. =euteronomy -.7B# 1E that there were such an heart in them# that they would fear me# and keep all my commandments always#that it might be well with them# and with their children for everF3 The whole purpose of God speaking directly to the people was so that they would 1fear3 God and keep )is commandments and walk in )is ways (<eut 4:10, 5:29, ":2, 10:12-13, 20). God,s Word reDuires a submission and obedience from man. This people rejected hearing directly from GodF Gery soon after God had spoken )is commandments# they also rejected God,s Word (and 'iolated their own word) in that they built a god of gold (62 32:1-8). While &oses was meeting with God# they made a molten calf of gold and worshipped it# and sacrificed thereunto. and they said# These be thy gods# E Israel# which brought thee up out of the land of 'gypt (62 32:4, 8, 23, <eut 9:12-14, 1"-1&). Ence again# man did not obey the truth# but did obey unrighteousness (.! 2:"-9). Therefore it was said. 4cts 8.>B5:;# 1To whom our fathers 18
would not obey# but thrust him from them# and in their hearts turned back again into 'gypt. %aying unto 4aron# &ake us gods to go before us. for as for this &oses# which brought us out of the land of 'gypt# we wot not what is become of him.3 God had delivered them from 'gypt and the house of bondage# but when it came right down to obeying God# who really wanted to be delivered$ %imilarly# !esus delivers man from the world# but when it comes right down to obeying "hrist# just who wants to be delivered from the world (-al 1:4)$ Who reallywants to die to self5will and the lusts and desires of their flesh (Jn 3:19)$ Who really wants to make God the foremost desire in their life$ &any say they love God# but obey the flesh (5ust as th+ *irst *ather, 4da! 7 =s 43:2&). !esus said that 1if ye love &e# keep my commandments (o%e+ Me, Jn 14:15).3 The (ord said. 1I have seen this people# and# behold# it is a stiff necked peopleC3 and had it not been for &oses )e would have destroyed them and blotted their name out from under heaven (<eut 9:13-14). God also said. 1a very froward generation# children in whom is no faith (<eut 32:20, also #s &8:&-8, 22).3 These were the people that had seen all of God,s miracles and wonders. These were not heathens# but rather the (ord,s people whom God had delivered by )is mighty power and stretched out arm from the most powerful nation on the face of the earth (62 19:5, <eut 4:20, 9:29, 14:2). &oses would later say of them. =euteronomy B.7:# 1?e have been rebellious against the (E@= from the day that I knew you.3 4<= =euteronomy >/.78# 12or I know thy rebellion# and thy stiff neck. behold# while I am yet alive with you this day# ye have been rebellious against the (E@=C and how much more after my death$3 6 1I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves# and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you (<eut 30:29).3 'ven though God had done so many miracles before them they were full of unbelief and disobedience (<eut 4:34-35, 11:1-&, 2":8, 1 )or 10:1-12, #s 10":21-22). Asalms 8H.>7# 12or all this they sinned still# and believed not for his wondrous works.3 Asalms 8H./;5/7# 1They kept not the covenant of God# and refused to walk in his lawC 4nd forgat his works# and his wonders that he had shewed them. &arvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers# in the land of 'gypt# in the field of Ooan.3 %o# God said of them. )ebrews >.B5/7# 1When your fathers tempted me# proved me# and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation# and said# They do alway err in their heartC and they have not known my ways. %o I sware in my wrath# They shall not enter into my rest. Take heed# brethren# lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief# in departing from the living God (also #s 95:9-11).3
The (ord counseled them. =euteronomy /;./0# 1"ircumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart# and be no more stiffnecked.3 In other words# stop being obstinate and stubborn (o%durate) in your own way and yield to God. 4 circumcised heart for what purpose$ =euteronomy >;.0# 14nd the (E@= thy God will circumcise thine heart# and the heart of thy seed# to love the (E@= thy God with all thine heart# and with all thy soul# that thou mayest live.3 4t mount %inai*)oreb# the people did not want to hear directly from God. The (ord said. =euteronomy -.7B# 1E that there were such an heart in them# that they would fear me# and keep all my commandments always# that it might be well with them# and with their children for everF3 The (ord said )e would one day raise up a prophet from among them and would put )is Word in )is mouth. This prophet would come speaking only that which God commanded )im to speak. This is very relevant to "hrist as will be discussed below. 2urthermore# the words spoken would be reDuired of man 6 man would be held accountable to obey. !esus was this one who would come and speak God,s Words ( truth). Aeter acknowledged that !esus was the one in saying. 4cts >.7757># 12or &oses truly said unto the fathers# 4 prophet shall the (ord your God raise up unto you of your brethren# like unto meC him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 4nd it shall come to pass# that every soul# which will not hear that prophet# shall be destroyed from among the people.3 The faithful martyr %tephen also acknowledged that !esus was this prophesied one (4 ts &:3&-39). God in these last days spoken unto us by )is %on ((e% 1:2). God the 2ather said of !esus. &atthew /7./H57;# 19ehold my servant# whom I have chosenC my beloved# in whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my spirit upon him# and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. )e shall not strive# nor cryC neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 4 bruised reed shall he not break# and smoking fla shall he not Duench# till he send forth judgment unto victory.3 Asalms H-.//# /># 1Truth shall spring out of the earthC and righteousness shall look down from heaven. @ighteousness shall go before himC and shall set us in the way of his steps.3 !esus leads those who will 1receive3 God,s truth back to 1peace3 with God. When !esus later came )e was very emphatic that )e only spoke the 2ather,s Words. !esus said. !ohn /7.:B5-;# 12or I have not spoken of myselfC but the 2ather which sent me# he gave me a commandment# what I should say# and what I should speak. 4nd I know that his commandment is life everlasting. whatsoever I speak therefore# even as the 2ather said unto me# so I speak.3 4<= !ohn 8./0# 1!esus answered them# and said# &y doctrine is not mine# but his that sent me.3 !ohn the 9aptist bore witness in saying. 12or he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God (Jn 3:34).3 20
The (ord said. 1for this cause came I into the world# that I should bear witness unto the truth. 'very one that is of the truth heareth my voice ( Jn 18:3&).3 The Word of God brought God,s Word or truth to man as a man. Those who receive this truth are of God. !ohn >.7/# 19ut he that doeth truth cometh to the light# that his deeds may be made manifest# that they are wrought in God.3 The Word was made flesh to teach man the Word or truth of God# both by Word and e ample (in the *or! o* a ser'ant, #hp 2:&-8, #s 119:1"0). 4ll of God,s commandments are truth (#s 119:151). !esus said. 1I speak those things I have heard of him (-od the /ather, Jn 8:2").3 "hrist also said. 1I must work the works of )im that sent &e (Jn 9:4).3 !ohn 0.:-# 1It is written in the prophets# 4nd they shall be all taught of God.3 !esus came and taught God,s Words (whi h were taught to (i! o* the /ather, Jn 8:28-29) and those who desire the truth and seek God must come to )im. 1'very man therefore that hath heard# and hath learned of the 2ather# cometh unto me.3 !esus further said. &atthew //.7B# 1Take my yoke upon you# and learn of meC for I am meek and lowly in heart. and ye shall find rest unto your souls.3 !esus brought God,s truth to man to complete God,s path for reconciliation. !ames /./H# 1Ef his own will begat he us with the word of truth# that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.3 The (ord 1brings us into being (%orn again)3 as sons of God with the Word of truth and gives us the %pirit of truth (Jn 1:12-13, 1&:1&, .! 8:14, -al 4:", #hp 2:15, 1 Jn 3:1-2). God,s mercy is for those who desire (hunger and thirst *or) )is truth 6 those who live byGod,s Word (<eut 8:3, Mt 4:4, Lk 4:4). It is very important to understand that !esus proceeded forth ( was sent) from God bringing 1mercy3 and 1truth.3 !esus revealed this when )e said. !ohn -.7:# 1Gerily# verily# I say unto you# )e that heareth my word# and believeth on him that sent me# hath everlasting life# and shall not come into condemnationC but is passed from death unto life.3 4<= 1the %on of man is not come to destroy men,s lives# but to save them ( Lk 9:5", 19:10).3 1)e that is of God heareth God,s words (Jn 8:4&).3 !esus came the first time in great mercy bearing an offer of forgiveness. When !esus shall be sent from God the second time it will be in great wrath and judgment (=s 13:9-11, 13, 34:1-", @eph 1:15, 2:2-3, .e' ":1"-1&). Who can stand before his indignation$ and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger (Bah 1:")$ 2or those who receive "hrist,s Word. 1the word of God# which effectually worketh also in you that believe (1 $hess 2:13).3 The Word or truth of God and the %pirit of truth work in you to achieve God,s purposes ( Jn 14:1&, 15:2", 1":13, 2 Jn 1:2). 6 1to stablish your hearts unblameable in 21
holiness before God (1 $hess 3:13).3 Asalms >>.:# 12or the word of the (E@= is rightC and all his works are done in truth.3 / Aeter /.7-# 19ut the word of the (ord endureth for ever. 4nd this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.3 4<= Isaiah :;.H# 1The grass withereth# the flower fadeth. but the word of our God shall stand for ever.3 When !esus was with Aeter# !ames and !ohn (the pillars o* (is *uture hur h) at the mount of transfiguration (Mk 9:1-")# the following significant event occurred. &ark B.8# 14nd there was a cloud that overshadowed them. and a voice came out of the cloud# saying# This is my beloved %on. hear him (also Lk 9:34-35).3 This brings us back to when God appeared in a cloud at &ount )oreb and the people feared to hear God. God again appears in a cloud and now directs us to listen to the one )e has raised up from among the brethren to speak )is Words (<eut 18:1&-18). !esus was sent of God to speak God,s Word or truth. !ohn >.>:# 12or he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God. for God giveth not the %pirit by measure unto him.3 The 2ather,s message to these men was 1hear )im.3 !esus said on several occasions. 1If any man have ears to hear# let him hear (Mk 4:9, 23, &:1"). (ets repeat. 1)e that is of God heareth God,s words (Jn 8:4&).3 The Words spoken by "hrist (gi'en %+ the /ather) will be reDuired of man. !esus said. !ohn /7.:H# 1)e that rejecteth me# and receiveth not my words# hath one that judgeth him. the word that I have spoken# the same shall judge him in the last day.3 The judgment of God is according to truth (.! 2:1). 2urthermore# !esus said. &atthew 7:.>-# 1)eaven and earth shall pass away# but my words shall not pass away (also Mk 13:31).3 %o# if "hrist,s Word shall never pass away and all of creation will be held accountable to these Words# doesn,t it behoove us to take them very seriously$ !esus said. (uke /;.7:# 12or I tell you# that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see# and have not seen themC and to hear those things which ye hear# and have not heard them.3 !esus gives sight and hearing to know God,s will# which is the (ord,s truth. Through &oses# God gave Israel the following commandment. =euteronomy 0.:5-# 1)ear# E Israel. The (E@= our God is one (E@=. 4nd thou shalt love the (E@= thy God with all thine heart# and with all thy soul# and with all thy might (also <eut 10:12-13).3 !esus reiterated this commandment. &ark /7.7B5>;# 14nd !esus answered him# The first of all the commandments is# )ear# E IsraelC The (ord our God is one (ord. 4nd thou shalt love the (ord thy God with all thy heart# and with all thy soul# and with all thy mind# and with all thy strength. this is the first commandment.3 These commandments speak of self sacrifice for the benefit of others and encompass love and mercy. ?ou can be absolutely assured that man will be judged according to this standard*Word*truthF "onsider the denial of self (+our lusts and desires) that must be done to accomplish this commandment. ?ou must 1seek first 22
(*ore!ost)3 the kingdom of God and )is righteousness (Mt ":33, Lk 12:31). To summari+e# God sent )is Word as prophesied (Jn 5:3&). The Word was made flesh# as a man# to speak God,s Word or truth to man (Jn 1:14). !esusspecifically came to speak God the 2ather,s Word or truth unto man. "hrist was anointed to preach the gospel (Lk 4:18). The (ord was totally devoted to do God,s will. !ohn -.>;# 1I can of mine own self do nothing. as I hear# I judge. and my judgment is justC because I seek not mine own will# but the will of the 2ather which hath sent me.3 4<= 1&y meat is to do the will of him that sent me# and to finish his work (Jn 4:34).3 4<= !ohn 0.>H# 12or I came down from heaven# not to do mine own will# but the will of him that sent me.3 4<= 1the living 2ather hath sent me# and I live by the 2ather (Jn ":5&).3 !esus said. 1whosoever shall receive me# receiveth not me# but him that sent me (Mk 9:3&).3 God will hold man accountable to obey and live )is truth 6 count on itF 4nyone who says otherwise is a false prophet*teacher (2 )or 11:13-15, #hp 3:2, 18-19, )ol 2:8). !esus not only 1perfectly3 matched the description of this coming prophet who would bring the Word of God# but is also man,s 1e ample3 of God,s e pectations for man. &an is to be completely devoted to God as !esus the %on was to God the 2ather. 1&an shall not live by bread alone# but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (<eut 8:3, Mt 4:4, Lk 4:4).3 !esus is 1the Word3 that proceeded forth and was sent from God (Jn 1:1-3). &an,s life is found in "hrist (1 Jn 5:11-12). &an shall live by "hrist,s Words and shall be held accountable for such. "hrist said. !ohn 0.>># 12or the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven# and giveth life unto the world.3 The 1bread of God3 eDuates to the 1Word of God.3 The Word came down from heaven and was made flesh# and dwelt among us (Jn 1:14). !esus said. 1!ohn 0.:H I am that bread of life.3 &an lives by the Word of God which is !esus whom God sent. This is that prophet which was foretold to &oses. !esus brings God,s truth and man shall live by that truth. "onsider this prophesy concerning "hrist. Isaiah :7./0# 14nd I will bring the blind by a way that they knew notC I "ill lead them in paths that they have not known. I will make darkness light before them# and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them# and not forsake them (also (e% 13:5).3 #ent from God !esus was very emphatic that )e was 1%'<T3 from God (Jn 3:1"-1&, 4:34, 5:24, 30, 3", 38, ":29, 38-40, 44, 51, 5&, &:1", 18, 33, 8:1", 18, 29, 9:4, 3", 12:44-45, 49, 13:1", 20, 15:21, 1":5, 28, 1&:21, 23, 25 ). !ohn 8.7H57B# 1Then cried !esus in the temple as he taught# saying# ?e both know me# and ye know whence I am. and I am not come of myself# 23
but he that sent me is true# whom ye know not. 9ut I know him. for I am from him# and he hath sent me.3 4<= 12or I proceeded forth and came from GodC neither came I of myself# but he sent me (Jn 8:42).3 God sent )is Word to accomplish )is purposes and prosper in that which )e pleases (=s 55:11). God,s Word shall return victorious. !ohn /0.7H# 1I came forth from the 2ather# and am come into the world. again# I leave the world# and go to the 2ather.3 Those who 1hear3 and 1live3 this Word shall be found in this victory. If you do not believe# !esus said. 1ye shall die in your sins (Jn 8:24).3 The Gospel is the Aower of God unto %alvation d <ow here is something very important to understand. The 1gospel3 is the Word of God with power# and the 1power3 is the )oly %pirit 6 the inseparable combination of the two 6 for )is Word was with power ( Lk 4:32). !esus was anointed to preach (<a'id had also %een anointed o* -od, 2 8a! 23:1-2 A 1 8a! 1":13). The anointing or power is the )oly Ghost (Jn 1:12, Lk 24:49, 4 ts 1:8, .! 1:1"). !esus, disciples also receive the anointing which teaches them all things (1 Jn 2:2&). Into us which are saved it is the power of God (1 )or 1:18). 7 "orinthians 0.8# 19y the word of truth# by the power of GodN3 It was noted above that "hrist spoke the Words of God and the %pirit was not given by measure unto )im (Jn 3:34). This reveals the indivisible blend of Word and power. God,s Word goes forth with power because it always accomplishes that which )e pleases# and it always prospers in the thing whereto )e sents it. God has the ability to 1enact3 )is Word and this is just what )e does. There is tremendous and unbelievable power behind the Word or truth of God. Aharaoh found this out when he resisted and opposed God,s Word. 4ll creation will know this power at the great !udgment. !esus spoke God,s Word and this was followed by demonstration of power (signs and wonders, !ira les). It was said of !esus. (uke :.>0# 14nd they were all ama+ed# and spake among themselves# saying# What a word is thisF for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits# and they come out (other e2a!ples: Mt 8:1", 24-2&).3 The people also said. 1Whence hath this man this wisdom# and these mighty works (Mt 13:54)$3 Words are just that without the powerF 6 the demonstration. Without the power# God,s truth is just so many words to the unbeliever or religious Aharisee (and !odern 'ariation o*). The demonstration of power verified the Words !esus spoke. &atthew B.75 H# 14nd# behold# they brought to him a man sick of the palsy# lying on a bed. and !esus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsyC %on# be of good cheerC thy sins be forgiven thee. 4nd# behold# certain of the scribes said within themselves# This man blasphemeth. 4nd !esus knowing their thoughts said# Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts$ 2or whether is 24
easier# to say# Thy sins be forgiven theeC or to say# 4rise# and walk$ 9ut that ye may know that the %on of man hath power on earth to forgive sins# (then saith he to the sick of the palsy#) 4rise# take up thy bed# and go unto thine house. 4nd he arose# and departed to his house. 9ut when the multitudes saw it# they marvelled# and glorified God# which had given such power unto men.3 "hrist,s Words were undeniable due to the works )e didF The 4postle Aaul said. 'phesians >.8# 1Whereof I was made a minister# according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.3 4<= @omans /-./B# 1Through mighty signs and wonders# by the power of the %pirit of GodC so that from !erusalem# and round about unto Illyricum# I have fully preached the gospel of "hrist.3 4s previously discussed. God,s grace J )oly %pirit J power J God,s gift. )ebrews 7.:# 1God also bearing them witness# both with signs and wonders# and with divers miracles# and gifts of the )oly Ghost# according to his own will$3 %o now we understand another dimension to God,s provision. The )oly Ghost is God,s gift to man. The )oly Ghost further gives additional gifts to man to be used for God,s purposes. God,s Word is power and the )oly Ghost eDuips those who speak this Word with power 6 bearing them witness. Aaul also wrote. / Thessalonians /.-# 12or our gospel came not unto you in word only# but also in power# and in the )oly Ghost# and in much assuranceC as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.3 4<= / "orinthians 7.:5-# 14nd my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man,s wisdom# but in demonstration of the %pirit and of power. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men# but in the power of God.3 4<= / "orinthians :.7;# 12or the kingdom of God is not in word# but in power.3 4<= @omans /./0# 12or I am not ashamed of the gospel of "hrist. for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believethN3 The Word and the power cannot be separated in "hrist,s gospelF What about those who do separate the Word and power through unbelief$ 7 Timothy >.-# 1)aving a form of godliness# but denying the power thereof. from such turn away.3 $repare %e a &ouse The (ord told =avid (through Bathan the prophet). / "hronicles /8.//5/:# 14nd it shall come to pass# when thy days be e pired that thou must go to be with thy fathers# that I will raise up thy seed after thee# which shall be of thy sonsC and I will establish his kingdom. )e shall build me an house# and I will stablish his throne for ever. I will be his father# and he shall be my son. and I will not take my mercy away from him# as I took it from 25
him that was before thee. 9ut I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever. and his throne shall be established for evermore.3 !esus fulfilled this prophecy e actly. &any will consider that God was referring to %olomon. )owever# %olomon,s wives turned his heart unto other gods and he built temples to these gods which became a stumbling stone to !udah (1 >g 11:1-10). / Mings //.0# B5/;# 14nd %olomon did evil in the sight of the (E@=# and went not fully after the (E@=# as did =avid his father. 4nd the (E@= was angry with %olomon# because his heart was turned from the (E@= God of Israel# which had appeared unto him twice# 4nd had commanded him concerning this thing# that he should not go after other gods. but he kept not that which the (E@= commanded.3 9ecause of this the (ord God split the kingdom of Israel (8olo!on0s throne) and only left one tribe to !udah 5 and that only for =avid,s sake (1 >g 11:12-13, 32-3"). 2inally# the temple that %olomon built was later destroyed. (et us consider how !esus "hrist fulfills this prophecy. 1' 1I will raise up thy seed after thee# which shall be of thy sons3 5 !esus came forth from the seed of =avid. !ohn 8.:7# 1)ath not the scripture said# That "hrist cometh of the seed of =avid# and out of the town of 9ethlehem# where =avid was$3 4<= @omans /.>5:# 1"oncerning his %on !esus "hrist our (ord# which was made of the seed of =avid according to the fleshC 4nd declared to be the %on of God with power# according to the spirit of holiness# by the resurrection from the dead (thus -od did not take awa+ (is !er + *ro! (i!, see %elow).3 1I will establish his kingdom3 6 !esus talked e tensively about the kingdom of God. "hrist spake. &ark /./-# 14nd saying# The time is fulfilled# and the kingdom of God is at hand. repent ye# and believe the gospel.3 The gospel was the truth of God that "hrist brought and shall be reDuired of man. God,s Word is with power and establishes )is purposes (=s 55:11) 6 sifting the good and the bad ( dis ussed %elow). God the 2ather has appointed !esus the %on an eternal kingdom ( Lk 19:12, 22:29, Jn 18:3"). Isaiah 77.77# 14nd the key of the house of =avid will I lay upon his shoulderC so he shall open# and none shall shutC and he shall shut# and none shall open. 4nd I will fasten him as a nail in a sure placeC and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father,s house (also .e' 3:&).3 1I will be his father# and he shall be my son3 5 God the 2ather said of !esus. )ebrews /.-# 12or unto which of the angels said he at any time# Thou art my %on# this day have I begotten thee$ 4nd again# I will be to him a 2ather# and he shall be to me a %on$3 4<= 4cts />.>># 1God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children# in that he hath raised up !esus againC as it is also written in the second psalm# Thou art my %on# this day have I begotten thee (also #s 2:&, (e% 5:5).3 God the 2ather said of !esus. &atthew >./8# 14nd lo a voice from heaven# saying# This is my 26
beloved %on# in whom I am well pleased ( also Mt 12:18, 1&:5, Mk 1:11, Lk 3:22, 2 #t 1:1&).3 2urthermore it was prophesied. Asalms HB.70578# 1)e shall cry unto me# Thou art my father# my God# and the rock of my salvation. 4lso I will make him my firstborn# higher than the kings of the earth.3 )' 1)e shall build me an house3 6 Isaiah :-./># 1I have raised him up in righteousness# and I will direct all his ways. he shall build my city# and he shall let go my captives# not for price nor reward# saith the (E@= of hosts.3 !ohn the 9aptist prophesied of !esus. (uke >./8# 1Whose fan is in his hand# and he will throughly purge his floor# and will gather the wheat into his garnerC but the chaff he will burn with fire unDuenchable ( also Mt 3:12).3 We discussed how !esus was raised up from among the brethren to speak God,s Word or truth to man (,ord o* -od !ade *lesh, Jn 1:114). The Word that !esus brought separates the good from the bad. Enly those of a humble and contrite heart will receive God,s Word and apply it to their lives. "oncerning these !ohn said. (uke >./0# 1!ohn answered# saying unto them all# I indeed bapti+e you with waterC but one mightier than I cometh# the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose. he shall bapti+e you with the )oly Ghost and with fire (also Mt 3:11, Mk 1:8, Jn 1:33).3 !esus builds an house for God to dwell in by bapti+ing with the )oly Ghost those who receive God,s truth and are obedient to it (Jn 14:21, 23, 4 ts 5:32). "hrist said. !ohn /:./-5/8# 1If ye love me# keep my commandments. 4nd I will pray the 2ather# and he shall give you another "omforter# that he may abide with you for everC 'ven the %pirit of truthC whom the world cannot receive# because it seeth him not# neither knoweth him. but ye know himCfor he dwelleth with you# and shall be in you.3 2urthermore. !ohn /:.7;# 7># 14t that day ye shall know that I am in my 2ather# and ye in me# and I in you. !esus answered and said unto him# If a man love me# he will keep my words. and my 2ather will love him# and we will come unto him# and make our abode with him.3 "hrist builds a church (6kklesia 7 alled out ones) which are called out of the world unto God (.! 1:", 8:28, 30, 9:24, 2", 1 )or 1:9, 24, 2", &:1&, -al 1:", 6ph 4:4, )ol 3:15, 1 $hess 2:12, 2 $hess 2:14, 2 $i! 1:9, 1 #t 1:15, 2:9, 3:9, 2 #t 1:3, Jude 1:1). !ohn 0.>8# 14ll that the 2ather giveth me shall come to meC and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.3 4<= !ohn 0.::5:-# 1<o man can come to me# e cept the 2ather which hath sent me draw him. and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets# 4nd they shall be all taught of God. 'very man therefore that hath heard# and hath learned of the 2ather# cometh unto me.3 !esus bapti+es each member of )is body with the )oly Ghost and dwells within them (4 ts 2:33, .! 8:9). Ene is 1sealed3 unto God by the %pirit (2 )or 1:22, 6ph 1:13, 4:30). 27
*' 1I will stablish his throne for ever3 5 God has given "hrist an eternal throne and everlasting kingdom (Mt 1":28, 25:31, )ol 1:13, 1 $hess 2:12, 2 $i! 4:1, 2 #t 1:11). (uke /.>75>># 1(uke /.>7 )e shall be great# and shall be called the %on of the )ighest. and the (ord God shall give unto him the throne of his father =avid. 4nd he shall reign over the house of !acob for everC and of his kingdom there shall be no end (also 4 ts 2:30).3 4<= Ahilippians 7.B5//# 1Wherefore God also hath highly e alted him# and given him a name which is above every name. That at the name of !esus every knee should bow# of things in heaven# and things in earth# and things under the earthC 4nd that every tongue should confess that !esus "hrist is (ord# to the glory of God the 2ather (also 4 ts 5:31).3 !esus was e alted to sit at the right hand of the 2ather (Mt 22:44, 2":"4, Mk 12:3", 14:"2, 1":19, Lk 20:42, 4 ts 2:33-34, 5:31, &:55-5", .! 8:34, 6ph 1:20, )ol 3:1, (e% 1:3, 13, 8:1, 10:12, 12:2). (uke 77.0B# 1)ereafter shall the %on of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.3 4<= / Aeter >.77# 1Who is gone into heaven# and is on the right hand of GodC angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.3 +' 1I will not take my mercy away from him3 5 God the 2ather did not take )is mercy from !esus the %on when )e took our sins and suffered our condemnation. It was prophesied of !esus. Isaiah -:.85/;# 12or a small moment have I forsaken theeC but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a momentC but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee# saith the (E@= thy @edeemer. 2or this is as the waters of <oah unto me. for as I have sworn that the waters of <oah should no more go over the earthC so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee# nor rebuke thee. 2or the mountains shall depart# and the hills be removedC but my kindness shall not depart from thee# neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed# saith the (E@= that hath mercy on thee.3 ,' 1I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever. and his throne shall be established for evermore3 5 !esus said of )is body. / Aeter 7.-# 1?e also# as lively stones# are built up a spiritual house# an holy priesthood# to offer up spiritual sacrifices# acceptable to God by !esus "hrist (also 6ph 2:21-22).3 !esus is the chief corner stone of this spiritual house (Mt 21:42, Mk 12:10, Lk 20:1&, 4 ts 4:11, 6ph 2:20, 1 #t 2:"-&). When "hrist,s kingdom is fully reali+ed on a new earth# the (ord says. @evelation 7/./5># 14nd I saw a new heaven and a new earth. for the first heaven and the first earth were passed awayC and there was no more sea. 4nd I !ohn saw the holy city# new !erusalem# coming down from God out of heaven# prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 4nd I heard a great voice out of heaven saying# 9ehold# the tabernacle of God is with men# and he will dwell with them# and they shall be his people# and God 28
himself shall be with them# and be their God (also .e' &:15).3 4<= @evelation 7/.7># 14nd 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 (amb is the light thereof.3 The (ord !esus perfectly fulfills the prophecy in that )e was born of the seed of =avid and was called the %on of God (%egotten o* the /ather, Jn 1:13, 18, 3:1", 18, 4 ts 13:33, (e% 1:5, 5:5, 11:1&, 1 Jn 4:9, that hol+ thing whi h shall %e %orn o* thee shall %e alled the 8on o* -od, Lk 1:32, 35). !esus absolutely obeyed the 2ather,s will and spoke God,s Word or truth to man. This truth separates the righteous from the wicked. Those who genuinely*sincerely receive God,s Word and walk in )is ways are bapti+ed in the )oly Ghost. This is such an important pointF !esus builds a sure house with a firm foundation and God dwells within each member (Mt &:24-2&, Lk ":4&-49). 'phesians 7.7;577# 1 4nd are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets# !esus "hrist himself being the chief corner stoneC In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the (ord. In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the %pirit.3 The 2ather raised !esus from the dead (who %ear the sin o* the world) in great and eternal mercy. Aroverbs /0.0# 19y mercy and truth iniDuity is purged. and by the fear of the (E@= men depart from evil (also #s 119:11# /;-).3 Eh such a house the (ord !esus has built. Isaiah B.058# 12or 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# "ounsellor# The mighty God# The everlasting 2ather# The Arince of Aeace. Ef the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end# upon the throne of =avid# and upon his kingdom# to order it# and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The +eal of the (E@= of hosts will perform this.3 -dditional $rophecies of the Coming of Christ God had a plan whereby )e would dwell among men bringing )is eternal truth. It was prophesied. Isaiah 8./:# 1Therefore the (ord himself shall give you a signC 9ehold# a virgin shall conceive# and bear a son# and shall call his name Immanuel.3 This was later confirmed when an angel told !oseph ( on erning Mar+ his espoused). &atthew /.7># 19ehold# a virgin shall be with child# and shall bring forth a son# and they shall call his name 'mmanuel# which being interpreted is# God with us.3 In the course of God,s timing# the Word was made flesh. !ohn /./;5//# 1)e was in the world# and the world was made by him# and the world knew him not. )e came unto his own# and his own received him not.3 The (ord came to )is own people# yet was rejected by them. Thus the prophecy concerning )is suffering (death on the ross). Asalms 77.05H# 29
/0# 19ut I am a worm# and no manC a reproach of men# and despised of the people. 4ll they that see me laugh me to scorn. they shoot out the lip# they shake the head# saying# )e trusted on the (E@= that he would deliver him. let him deliver him# seeing he delighted in him. 2or dogs have compassed me. the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me. they pierced my hands and my feet.3 It was also prophesied of the coming of "hrist. Asalms 7./5># 1Why do the heathen rage# and the people imagine a vain thing$ The kings of the earth set themselves# and the rulers take counsel together# against the (E@=# and against his anointed# saying# (et us break their bands asunder# and cast away their cords from us.3 This prophecy clearly reveals the rebellious and corrupt nature of man. &an does not desire to be under God,s authority# but rather seeks self5will and to be as gods as per the tenets of the devil,s lie (-en 3:4-5). )ow does God respond$ Asalms 7.05B# 1?et have I set my king upon my holy hill of Oion. I will declare the decree. the (E@= hath said unto me# Thou art my %onC this day have I begotten thee. 4sk of me# and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance# and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of ironC thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter,s vessel (also .e' 12:5, 19:15).3 !esus (the 8on) later tells )is followers. @evelation 7.70578# 14nd he that overcometh# and keepeth my works unto the end# to him will I give power over the nations. 4nd he shall rule them with a rod of ironC as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers. even as I received of my 2ather.3 The (ord God knew in advance that )is Word would be rejected of man. 'ven so# God,s purposes were fulfilled in the midst of it. Isaiah ->.>50# 1)e is despised and rejected of menC a man of sorrows# and acDuainted with grief. and we hid as it were our faces from himC he was despised# and we esteemed him not. %urely he hath borne our griefs# and carried our sorrows. yet we did esteem him stricken# smitten of God# and afflicted. 9ut he was wounded for our transgressions# he was bruised for our iniDuities. the chastisement of our peace was upon himC and with his stripes we are healed. 4ll we like sheep have gone astrayC we have turned every one to his own wayC and the (E@= hath laid on him the iniDuity of us all.3 God made a way for 1repentant3 man to be forgiven of his past sins. !esus lived a perfect life of obedience to the will of God. )e then offered up )is life in place of our sins (2 )or 5:21) and suffered our condemnation of 1thou shalt surely die (-en 2:1&).3 5 Who gave himself a ransom for all (1 $i! 2:"). "hrist,s sacrifice assuaged God,s wrath by providing atonement for remission of sins (.! 5:11).
Therefore# it can be said of !esus. Isaiah ->./;5/7# 1?et it pleased the (E@= to bruise himC he hath put him to grief. when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin# he shall see his seed# he shall prolong his days# and the pleasure of the (E@= shall prosper in his hand. )e shall see of the travail of his soul# and shall be satisfied. by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify manyC for he shall bear their iniDuities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great# and he shall divide the spoil with the strongC because he hath poured out his soul unto death. and he was numbered with the transgressorsC and he bare the sin of many# and made intercession for the transgressors.3 !esus hung on a tree (!eaning a ursed o* -od, ru i*ied, <eut 21:22-23, 4 ts 5:30, -al 3:13) as an offering for man,s transgressions against God. / Aeter 7.7:# 1Who 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.3 God prophesied of "hrist. Isaiah -:.85H# 12or a small moment have I forsaken theeC but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a momentC but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee# saith the (E@= thy @edeemer.3 The Word (Jesus) that was sent (pro eedeth *orth) from God did not return void# but accomplished that which God pleased# and prospered in the thing whereto )e was sent (=s 55:11). !esus finished the workF !ohn /8.:# 1I have glorified thee on the earth. I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.3 !esus brought God,s Word to those who have ears to hearF !esus walked in God,s truth as a perfect e ample for man to follow. !esus atoned for man,s past transgressions of God,s will. !esus procured the promise of the )oly %pirit and has shed forth such that man is empowered to walk the narrow way (4 ts 2:33, Mt &:13-14, Jn 14:2", 15:2"). 4ll of this was done such that through faith a man can be saved or have eternal life. Therefore# !ohn /:.0# 1!esus saith unto him# I am the way# the truth# and the life. no man cometh unto the 2ather# but by me.3 Chapter (, &e !hat &ath .ars to &ear When !esus spoke God,s truth to the people )e spake many things to them in parables (Mt 13:3, Mk 4:1). &atthew />.>:5>-# 14ll these things spake !esus unto the multitude in parablesC and without a parable spake he not unto them. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet# saying# I will open my mouth in parablesC I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. 4 parable is a simple story dealing with a very real circumstance (situation, *a t, e'ent) in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The principal subject is thus kept out of view# and one is left to ponder the intentions (!eaning, o%5e ti'e, purpose) of the speaker. 4 parable will 31
often say something the flesh does not want to hear (re ei'e) in such a way as to defuse (neutrali3e, disar!) personal objection (people tuning out their attention or *o using on their o%5e tion )# or prejudice and hold the attention of the hearer and convey the message (whi h is pondered in their hearts *or an e2tended period). %o. &ark :.>>5>:# 14nd with many such parables spake he the word unto them# as they were able to hear it. 9ut without a parable spake he not unto them. and when they were alone# he e pounded all things to his disciples.3 "hrist spoke parables because man could not bear to hear the truth of what God was revealing (=s 44:18). This is why !esus said. &atthew />./>5/-# 1Therefore speak I to them in parables. because they seeing see notC and hearing they hear not# neither do they understand. 4nd in them is fulfilled the prophecy of 'saias# which saith# 9y hearing ye shall hear# and shall not understandC and seeing ye shall see# and shall not perceive. 2or this people,s heart is wa ed gross# and their ears are dull of hearing# and their eyes they have closedC lest at any time they should see with their eyes# and hear with their ears# and should understand with their heart# and should be converted# and I should heal them.3 The gospel of &ark says. 1&ark :./7# 1That seeing they may see# and not perceiveC and hearing they may hear# and not understandC lest at any time they should be converted# and their sins should be forgiven them.3 In other words# if the people could 1receive3 the truth that "hrist brought# then they could be 1born again3 or converted and be reconciled with God (.! 5:10). 2or those who truly walk in the light (truth)# the blood of !esus "hrist cleanseth from all sin (1 Jn 1:&). )owever# if !esus had spoken many of God,s truths openly then rebellious man probably would not have suffered )im as long as they did. The gospel of !ohn adds. 1)e hath blinded their eyes#andhardened their heart that they should see with their eyes nor understand with their heart and be converted (Jn 12:40).3 The hardness of the people,s hearts (o%stinate, sti**ne ked, un+ielding, stu%%orn, o%durate, in*le2i%le ) only enraged them when they heard God,s truth and further blinded their eyes. This seems to always be the effect on those walking in pride (sel* e2altation, sel*-will). &an,s heart is hardened and he becomes blind when he seeks his own way. ?our way is those stubborn (i!!o'a%le) ideas that you place above the truth and will not release. This is a refusal to let go of your ways and submit to God and embrace and walk in the (ord,s ways. )ardness of heart is to seek your inclinations and not God,s truth. This is 1to be as a god3 and 1deciding good and evil for yourself3 rather than submit and obey the one true God (-en 3:5). This hard heart must be circumcised
(stu%%ornness ut awa+) that thou turn unto the (E@= thy God with all thine heart# and with all thy soul (<eut 30:", 10, .! 2:29). !ohn the 9aptist prepared the way for "hrist by preaching repentance ( =s 40:3, Mal 3:1, Mt 3:2-3, 11:10, Mk 1:2-4, 15, Lk 1:&", 3:3-4, 8, &:2& ). To repent is to acknowledge your transgressions before God# forsake your evil# and fully turn to God. Ene must be humble and meek to repent. This is self denial that focuses upon God. Enly the meek can be taught of God and only the meek will walk in the (ord,s ways (Mt 5:5). Asalms 7-.B# 1The meek will he guide in judgment. and the meek will he teach his way.3 !esus was meek and )is disciples will learn from )im and follow in his e ample (Mt 11:29, 21:5). !esus was anointed to preach good tidings unto the meek (=s "1:1) otherwise known as the poor in heart*spirit (Mt 5:3, Lk 4:18, =s 29:19). %o# we must with meekness receive the Word or truth that "hrist brought. !ames /.7/577# 1Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness# and receive with meekness the engrafted word# which is able to save your souls. 9ut be ye doers of the word# and not hearers only# deceiving your own selves.3 This Word is found in the two great commandments and these must guide your life,s actions ( Mt 22:3&-40, Mk 12:29-31, Lk 10:2&, Js 2:8). The (ord,s truth would be revealed to or understood by those who are humble and genuinely and sincerely seek to know it. The gospel tends to be 1esoteric3 which means it is understood only by a particular and often small group 6 he that hath ears to hear. !ohn B.>B# 14nd !esus said# 2or judgment I am come into this world# that they which see not might seeC and that they which see might be made blind.3 This is why !esus always said after most parables. &ark :.7># 1If any man have ears to hear# let him hear.3 This is a monumental statement of tremendous and eternal importance. !esus is the prophet raised up from among the brethren who spoke only that which God commanded )im. What !esus spoke will be reDuired of man. 4cts >.7># 14nd it shall come to pass# that every soul# which will not hear that prophet# shall be destroyed from among the people.3 =o you have ears to hear$ &ost people do notF !esus revealed the meaning of the parables to )is disciples ( i:e: Mt 13:3"3&, Mk 4:34). "hrist told them. &atthew />./0# 19ut blessed are your eyes# for they see. and your ears# for they hear.3 "hrist,s disciples were chosen due to their humbleness and hearts toward God 6 they could bear to receive the Words spoken. They were given additional e planation from !esus as to the meaning of the parables. 'ven so# !esus also told them. !ohn /0./7# 1I have yet many things to say unto you# but ye cannot bear them now.3 "hrist further said. !ohn /0.7-# 1These things have I spo Chapter ), !he /ord %ade 0lesh
The birth of "hrist was in this fashion. !ohn /./:# 14nd the Word was made flesh# and dwelt among us# (and we beheld his glory# the glory as of the only begotten of the 2ather#) full of grace and truth.3 !esus came full of the )oly %pirit (gra e) and truthF )ow so$ The Word became flesh when the )oly Ghost overshadowed &ary (.! 1:3, =s &:14). &atthew /./H# 1<ow the birth of !esus "hrist was on this wise. When as his mother &ary was espoused to !oseph# before they came together# she was found with child of the )oly Ghost.3 6 for that which is conceived in her is of the )oly Ghost (Mt 1:20). (uke /.>-# 14nd the angel answered and said unto her# The )oly Ghost shall come upon thee# and the power of the )ighest shall overshadow thee. therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the %on of God.3 In other words# !esus was 1born of the %pirit.3 Those who 1follow3 "hrist (dis iples, %rethren) must also be born of the %pirit. We follow !esus in all things. !ohn >.-50# 1!esus answered# Gerily# verily# I say unto thee# ' cept a man be born of water and of the %pirit# he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is fleshC and that which is born of the %pirit is spirit.3 To be born of water is the baptism of repentance. This prepares the heart to be bapti+ed of the )oly Ghost# which !ohn the 9aptist had stressed that !esus would do. !esus was literally born of the )oly %pirit. "hrist,s disciples must be literally 1born again3 of the )oly %pirit (Jn 3:3). To be born of the flesh is to be born in corruption and in bondage to the devil,s lie. To be 1born again3 of water and the %pirit is to be redeemed from the bondage of %atan (5ust as -od redee!ed the hildren o* =srael *ro! #haraoh ). 4ll things become new 6 your nature# and whole life,s motivation P purpose focus upon doing the will of God. 4cts 70./H# 1To open their eyes# and to turn them from darkness to light# and from the power of %atan unto God# that they may receive forgiveness of sins# and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.3 %uddenly you can 1see3 (re*er to C(e that hath 6ars to (earD a%o'e). The darkness is the way of wickedness (+our wa+, the will o* the *lesh) which is opposite of the light (-od0s truth). Aroverbs :./B# 1The way of the wicked is as darkness. they know not at what they stumble.3 =arkness is blindness to the truth of God. The power of %atan is his appeals (allure!ents, enti e!ents, %eguiling) to the lusts of the flesh 6 thus leading in darkness. The power of God is the )oly Ghost working in you (gra e) and leading in God,s truth. God is light# and in )im is no darkness at all (1 Jn 1:5). God calls us out of the darkness and into )is marvellous light (1 #t 2:9). %o you must stop being led of the devil through the desire of the flesh and start being led of the %pirit by submitting to the truth of God (1 #t 2:11, 4:2). Galatians -./0# 1This I say then#Walk in the %pirit# and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.3
@edeemed in "hrist (1 #t 1:18-19)$ !ust as God delivered the children of Israel from the bondage and corruption of 'gypt (62 15:13)# !esus delivers repentant man from the corruption that is in the world and from the bondage of the devil (-al 1:4, (e% 2:15). @omans H.7/# 19ecause the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.3 "orruption is through the lusts and desires of the flesh. In 'den# man sought the desires of his flesh rather than obey the commandment of God. To be 1redeemed3 means that you no longer walk in or serve the darkness. ?ou no longer walk in the lusts and desires of the flesh. The children of Israel were redeemed out of 'gypt and served under bondageno more. To be redeemed by "hrist means that you no longer walk in the course of this world ( the darkness, 2 #t 1:4) 6 you have a new &aster and (ord (Jn 13:13). The )oly %pirit leads us to be 1sons3 or 1children3 of God (.! 8:14-15, dis ussed !ore %elow). In other words# the %pirit leads us out of the corruption that is found in the flesh into God,s will or righteousness. 7 Aeter /.:# 1Whereby are given unto us e ceeding great and precious promises. that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature# having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.3 2inal and complete deliverance shall be reali+ed*obtained upon !esus, return. @omans H./-# 12or ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fearC but ye have received the %pirit of adoption# whereby we cry# 4bba# 2ather.3 We are delivered from %atan,s bondage into adoption as children of God. We were partakers of the devil,s corruption through bondage# but now (ha'ing %een redee!ed) we become partakers of God,s nature as sons. <otice that 1forgiveness of sin3 is predicated upon 1turning from darkness to light.3 ?ou cannot be forgiven to continue to walk in darkness. =o you forgive a thief to keep stealing or a murderer to continue to murder$ The intent of forgiveness is that the violation will stop or be forsaken. There must be a very real 1change3 of actions in you. This is an e change of kingdoms. "olossians /./># 1Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness# and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear %on.3 ?ou now yield to the will of God in all thingsF !esus is the Ming in the kingdom of God. ?ou no longer defend the flesh and its lusts and desires (the de'il0s lie). ?ou must no longer walk in the course of this fallen and corrupt world or follow the prince of this world (-al 1:4). 'phesians 7.7# 1Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world# according to the prince of the power of the air# the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience (also -al 1:4).3 ?ou no longer say things like. 1works do not save3 or 1everyone sins3 or 1you can,t out sin God.3 ?ou now desire God,s will and do not justify the will of the flesh. The flesh (sel*) must die in every respect. It must be crucified with "hrist !esus (-al 2:20). @omans 0.0# 1Mnowing this# that our old man is crucified 35
with him# that the body of sin might be destroyed# that henceforth we should not serve sin.3 4<= 7 "orinthians -./8# 1Therefore if any man be in "hrist# he is a new creature. old things are passed awayC behold# all things are become new.3 %uddenly these verses have new and great meaning. &atthew /0.7:# 1Then said !esus unto his disciples# If any man will come after me# let him deny himself# and take up his cross# and follow me.3 Etherwise# you cannot be "hrist,s disciple (Mt 10:38, Lk 14:2&). Those who are 1born again3 are no longer led by the lusts and desires of the flesh. / Aeter :.7# 1That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men# but to the will of God.3 4<= @omans />./:# 19ut put ye on the (ord !esus "hrist# and make not provision for the flesh# to fulfil the lusts thereof.3 4<= Galatians -.7:# 14nd they that are "hrist,s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.3 %o. the 1born again3 walk not after the flesh# but after the %pirit. 2or they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the fleshC but they that are after the %pirit the things of the %pirit (.! 8:4-5). ?ou no longer do the things you once did and are washed# sanctified and justified in "hrist !esus and by the %pirit of God (1 )or ":9-11, -al 5:19-21, 6ph 5:3-8, 11). To no longer walk in the course of this world or in the lusts and desires of the flesh is the evidence of the )oly Ghost,s work in you. The world is crucified unto me# and I unto the world (-al ":14). @eligious man often tells us that our righteousness is imparted to us by virtue of "hrist,s righteousness and it is nothing we do. This is a partial truth with serious connotations. Why did !esus die$ Galatians /.:# 1Who gave himself for our sins# that he might deliver us from this present evil world# according to the will of God and our 2ather (also 6ph 5:25-2&).3 To continue to walk as the world is to not be delivered from it ( onsider are*ull+: -al ":8). To 1not change3 is to 1be the same.3 / !ohn /.058# 1If we say that we have fellowship with him# and walk in darkness# we lie# and do not the truth. 9ut if we walk in the light# as he is in the light# we have fellowship one with another# and the blood of !esus "hrist his %on cleanseth us from all sin.3 !esus brought the 1truth3 and we must 1receive3 and walk it 5 'phesians -./;# 1Aroving what is acceptable unto the (ord.3 The (ord,s truth must be demonstrated in you 6 as it was in "hrist !esus. ?ou are now led of the %pirit. @omans H./:# 12or as many as are led by the %pirit of God# they are the sons of God.3 %uddenly# you understand the true meaning of the following verse. @omans H./# 1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in "hrist !esus# who walk not after the flesh# but after the %pirit.3 &ark H.>- 2or whosoever will save his life shall lose itC but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel,s# the same shall save it (also Mt 10:39, 1":25, Lk 9:24, 1&:33, Jn 12:25). %o# Galatians -./0# 1This I say then# Walk in the %pirit# and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh (also -al 5:25).3 36
Those born of the flesh cannot receive such truth. / "orinthians 7./:# 19ut the natural man receiveth not the things of the %pirit of God. for they are foolishness unto him. neither can he know them# because they are spiritually discerned.3 Those who defend the flesh defend the one who leads in the lusts and desires of the flesh 6 the devil. !esus said in a conversation with such men (Jn 8:31-4&). !ohn H.::# 1?e are of your father the devil# and the lusts of your father ye will do. )e was a murderer from the beginning# and abode not in the truth# because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie# he speaketh of his own. for he is a liar# and the father of it.3 !esus further said to them. !ohn H.:8# 1)e that is of God heareth GodQs words. ye therefore hear them not# because ye are not of God.3 The Word was made flesh to bring life (the ,ord o* li*e, 1 Jn 1:1). !esus came as a light to show us the way in this dark and fallen world ( =s 9:2, 59:9). &atthew :./0# 1The people which sat in darkness saw great lightC and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.3 4<= (uke /.8B# 1To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death# to guide our feet into the way of peace.3 !ohn /.:# 1In him was lifeC and the life was the light of men.3 This light is God,s truth (the ,ord !ade *lesh). To be in God,s truth is to partake of the (ord,s life. !ohn H./7# 1Then spake !esus again unto them# saying# I am the light of the world. he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness# but shall have the light of life.3 Therefore# !esus boldly proclaimed. 1I am the way# the truth# and the life. no man cometh unto the 2ather# but by me (Jn 14:").3 9ondage We must come to the lightF !ohn >.7/# 19ut he that doeth truth cometh to the light# that his deeds may be made manifest# that they are wrought in God.3 !ohn /7.>-# 1Then !esus said unto them# ?et a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light# lest darkness come upon you. for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.3 'phesians -.H# 12or ye were sometimes darkness# but now are ye light in the (ord. walk as children of light.3 4<= / !ohn /.8# 19ut if we walk in the light# as he is in the light# we have fellowship one with another# and the blood of !esus "hrist his %on cleanseth us from all sin.3 d We discussed earlier in this paragraph how the children of Israel were redeemed from 'gypt 6 the house of bondage (62 13:3, 14, 20:2, <eut 5:", ":12, 8:14, 13:5, 10, Josh 24:1&, Jdg ":8 ). God took them out of 'gypt and freed them to serve )im and never return to 'gypt again or serve them (<eut 4:20). Ence you are redeemed# you never walk under the old way (%ondage) again. This can easily be eDuated to being 1born again3 in "hrist. The old life is dead (*orsaken) and the new life is embraced and walked in. !esus delivers us to walk in )is light and serve the darkness no more. The redeemed shall walk in the way of holiness ( =s
35:8-9, Lk 1:&5, .! ":19, 22, 2 )or &:1, 6ph 4:24, 1 $hess 3:13, 4:&, (e% 12:14). &any want to serve God# yet remain in 'gypt. In other words# many want to live as this world and yet serve God also. They essentially serve God on one day (perhaps 8unda+) and live for self and the world the rest of the week. God calls us out of self and the world unto )imself 6 you cannot have dual masters (Mt ":24, Lk 1":13). God desires your full heart# soul# mind and strength. God desires that you seek )im first*foremost. God told the Israelites to tell their sons. =euteronomy 0.7/# 1Then thou shalt say unto thy son# We were Aharaoh,s bondmen in 'gyptC and the (E@= brought us out of 'gypt with a mighty hand.3 In "hrist. We were the devil,s bondmen in the worldC and !esus brought us out of the world with a mighty hand (Jn 8:31-3", .! 8:21, -al 4:3-5, 5:1, (e% 2:15, 1 Jn 3:8). We are given a description of %atan in the book of Isaiah (=s 14:12-1&) in which it is said. 1he opened not the house of his prisoners (=s 14:1&, also =s 42:22).3 'ven so# the %pirit of the (ord was upon "hrist to preach deliverance to the captives (Lk 4:18, also =s 45:13).3 Isaiah 0/./# 1The %pirit of the (ord GE= is upon meC because the (E@= hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meekC he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted# to proclaim liberty to the captives# and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.3 The deliverance is found in the truth that !esus spoke. 4(%E Isaiah :7.8# 1To open the blind eyes# to bring out the prisoners from the prison# and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.3 Those that hear and apply this true will no longer be in bondage. !esus destroys the works of the devil which are found in sin (transgression o* -od0s will)F / !ohn >.H# 1)e that committeth sin is of the devilC for the devil sinneth from the beginning. 2or this purpose the %on of God was manifested# that he might destroy the works of the devil.3 It was further prophesied of "hrist. 1I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles# that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth ( =s 49:").3 Isaiah :B.B5/;# 1That thou mayest say to the prisoners# Go forthC to them that are in darkness# %hew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways# and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirstC neither shall the heat nor sun smite them. for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them# even by the springs of water shall he guide them (si!ilar to #s 23:2-3).3 @eturn to bondage$ When the children of Israel were led out into the wilderness (desert) they were denied the comforts of the flesh. Their flesh suffered in its desires on the way*journey to the Aromised (and. This was intended for the purpose of learning trust and obedience toward God# (*oreshadowing o* sa ri*i e in this world and li*e0s 5ourne+ to o%tain the world to o!e). They began to look back to 'gypt (62 14:12, Bu! 14:338
4, 4 ts &:39) 6 after all# the bondages now didn,t seem so bad 6 there was some benefit to the flesh. The children of Israel built a god of their own making to return to 'gypt# the land of their bondage ( 62 32:4, 8, <eut 9:1", #s 10":19, Beh 9:18, 4 ts &:41). They worshipped the work of their own hands# that which their own fingers have made. The golden calf that Israel made was a god controlled by man. This was a rejection of the true God who is sovereign over man. That which man makes*builds# man controls. )owever# we must reali+e that which God creates is in God,s control. Israel had cried to God for deliverence# but having been delivered had no appreciation for the (ord,s way 6 and sought their own way. Israel had no sense of direction (%lind)# but were sure they knew where they were going (stu%%orn, o%stinate, un+ielding, hard headed, un%elie'ing, diso%edient). We must consider that many religious men today serve a god of their own making# carefully constructed through theology# doctrine and tradition 6 precepts of men (=s 29:13). This is a god that allows them to remain in their bondage (sin) walking in the course of this world (6g+pt). In an honest evaluation and comparison with God,s Word# their religious system reflects the image of the world much more than the image of the !esus described in the 9ible. They most likely call this god !esus ( 2 )or 11:4). We are to be 1born again3 to embrace God,s nature. God will not be re5 created (through religious !anoeu'ring) to conform to man,s nature. The stubborn ways and blindness is the deception they walk in. Infortunately in many cases# the blind are leading the blind (to %e dis ussed in )hapter &). The 1real3 !esus delivers from the bondage of sin and will not allow one to remain there. !ohn H.>/5>0# 1Then said !esus to those !ews which believed on him# If ye continue in my word# then are ye my disciples indeedC 4nd ye shall know the truth# and the truth shall make you free. They answered him# We be 4brahamQs seed# and were never in bondage to any man. how sayest thou# ?e shall be made free$ !esus answered them# Gerily# verily# I say unto you# Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 4nd the servant abideth not in the house for ever. but the %on abideth ever. If the %on therefore shall make you free# ye shall be free indeed.3 <o my friends# God didn,t redeemed the children of Israel so that they could continue to serve Aharaoh and 'gypt in bondage. !esus doesn,t redeem you so that you can continue to serve %atan and the world in bondage. In both cases# the freedom was to serve God. )ow do you honor God with your redemption$ This writing has made clear that the Word became flesh to speak God,s Word or truth to man 6 as a man. Those who continue in the Words or truth that !esus spoke are )is true disciples. To 1continue in3 takes one 39
beyond just hearing the Word ( onsider the para%le o* the seeds). To 1continue in3 leads one to apply and walk in the Word or truth 6 brings them to "hrist,s marvellous light. Chapter *, 1esus Begins &is %inistry "hrist was literally born of the %pirit (!ade /lesh). )owever# !esus was walking an e ample for man to follow so )e was bapti+ed of water and the %pirit 6 even though )e was filled with the %pirit and had no need of repentance. &atthew >./>5/8# 1Then cometh !esus from Galilee to !ordan unto !ohn# to be bapti+ed of him. 9ut !ohn forbad him# saying# I have need to be bapti+ed of thee# and comest thou to me$ 4nd !esus answering said unto him# %uffer it to be so now. for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness (in other words, to set the e2a!ple). Then he suffered him. 4nd !esus# when he was bapti+ed# went up straightway out of the water. and# lo# the heavens were opened unto him# and he saw the %pirit of God descending like a dove# and lighting upon him. 4nd lo a voice from heaven# saying# This is my beloved %on# in whom I am well pleased.3 God revealed to &oses concerning )imself (in a song, <eut 31:19). =euteronomy >7.>5:# 19ecause I will publish the name of the (E@=. ascribe ye greatness unto our God. )e is the @ock# his work is perfect. for all his ways are judgment. a God of truth and without iniDuity# just and right is he.3 !esus who is God and the @ock perfectly walked that description as a man on the earth (,ord !ade *lesh). !esus came bearing the truth and was without iniDuity (Jn 8:4", 1 #t 2:22). The 2ather# %on and )oly Ghost were all present at the (ord,s baptism. The same must be true for "hrist,s disciples 6 for they follow )im in all things. This is why !esus said. &atthew 7H./B# 1Go ye therefore# and teach all nations# bapti+ing them in the name of the 2ather# and of the %on# and of the )oly Ghost.3 4 man can only be 1born again3 of God ( Jn 1:13). 9aptism of repentance (water) and baptism of the )oly Ghost are two separate events. !ohn the 9aptist made it clear that he bapti+ed with water unto repentance# but that !esus would bapti+e with the )oly Ghost and with fire (Mt 3:11, Mk 1:8, Lk 3:1", Jn 1:2"-2&). In other words# those bapti+ed of !ohn did not receive the )oly Ghost for )e was not yet given because !esus was not yet glorified (Jn &:39). !esus, disciples also bapti+ed men with water unto repentance (as Jesus looked on)# but those that were bapti+ed did not receive the )oly Ghost because the )oly Ghost was not yet givenC because that !esus was not yet glorified ( Jn 4:1-2, &:39). !esus said you must be born of /) water and of 7) the %pirit ( Jn 3:5) 6 two events. "hrist,s disciples were bapti+ed with the )oly Ghost at Aentecost after !esus had been glorified (4 ts 2:1-4, 33, 38-39).
In the book of 4cts# some were bapti+ed with water before they were bapti+ed with the )oly Ghost and some were bapti+ed with the )oly Ghost before they were bapti+ed with water. 2or e ample. /) 4cts H./-5/8# 1Who# when they were come down# prayed for them# that they might receive the )oly Ghost. (2or as yet he was fallen upon none of them. only they were bapti+ed in the name of the (ord !esus.) Then laid they their hands on them# and they received the )oly Ghost.3 4<= 7) 4cts /B.:50# 1Then said Aaul# !ohn verily bapti+ed with the baptism of repentance# saying unto the people# that they should believe on him which should come after him# that is# on "hrist !esus. When they heard this# they were bapti+ed in the name of the (ord !esus. 4nd when Aaul had laid his hands upon them# the )oly Ghost came on themC and they spake with tongues# and prophesied.3 "onsider that events occurred in reverse order when the gospel (-od0s ,ord) was given to the Gentiles. 4cts /;.::5:H# 1While Aeter yet spake these words# the )oly Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 4nd they of the circumcision which believed were astonished# as many as came with Aeter# because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the )oly Ghost. 2or they heard them speak with tongues# and magnify God. Then answered Aeter# "an any man forbid water# that these should not be bapti+ed# which have received the )oly Ghost as well as we$ 4nd he commanded them to be bapti+ed in the name of the (ord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.3 'ven though baptism in water and baptism of the %pirit are two separate events# God is not limited and both could occur simultaneously depending on circumstances. The point is that most people assume that if they have been bapti+ed in water that they have also been bapti+ed in the )oly Ghost and this is usually not the case. The clearest indication that one has been bapti+ed in the )oly Ghost is speaking in tongues. This may be a hotly disputed# contested and abused issue in the religious world# but !esus said. &ark /0./8# 14nd these signs shall follow them that believeC In my name shall they cast out devilsC they shall speak with new tongues.3 %peaking with new tongues always followed being bapti+ed with the )oly Ghost as detailed in the book of 4cts. It is also very important to reali+e that the )oly Ghost first fell upon the !ews at Aentecost followed by speaking in tongues and the )oly Ghost first fell upon the Gentiles at "ornelius, house followed by speaking in tongues (4 ts 2:4 and 4 ts 10:44). In e plaining that God had given )is truth to the Gentiles# Aeter told the !ews. 4cts //./-5/H# 14nd as I began to speak# the )oly Ghost fell on them# as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the (ord# how that he said# !ohn indeed bapti+ed with waterC but ye shall be bapti+ed with the )oly Ghost. 2orasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us# who believed on the (ord !esus "hristC what was I# 41
that I could withstand God$ When they heard these things# they held their peace# and glorified God# saying# Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.3 The only evidence that the )oly Ghost had fell upon the Gentiles was the speaking in tongues. )ow did the )oly Ghost fall on the the !ews at the beginning$ 4cts 7.:# 14nd they were all filled with the )oly Ghost# and began to speak with other tongues# as the %pirit gave them utterance.3 %peaking in tongues is one of those things that men become hard hearted about and refuse to yield to God on. 4fter all# this is a humbling thing and it denies the flesh its reasoning and control. %ome call it gibberish (nonsense)# but this position is found in pride. When one prays in tongues# it completely bypasses human understanding ( and inter*eren e) and this is the point. / "orinthians /:.7# 12or he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men# but unto God. for no man understandeth himC howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.3 4<= / "orinthians /:./:# 12or if I pray in an unknown tongue# my spirit prayeth# but my understanding is unfruitful.3 %peaking in tongues is your spirit praying as the )oly %pirit ( who dwells within +ou with +our spirit, dis ussed %elow) gives utterance (4 ts 2:4, 1 )or 14:14). The understanding of the flesh is not reDuired nor desired. <ot having the baptism of the )oly %pirit places you with an impossible handicap in serving God 5 if any man have not the %pirit of "hrist# he is none of )is (.! 8:9). This does not mean that you can,t be 1religious3 and do many 1religious things3 just like the Aharisees did. )owever# like the Aharisees# you will not 1know3 God or be walking in )is ways. 1?e say# that )e is your God. ?et ye have not known )im (Jn 8:54-55).3 To reject the )oly %pirit is to reject God,s grace or free gift and this is certainly 1not knowing3 God. The )oly %pirit teaches God,s ways and leads in them ( Jn 14:2", .! 8:14, 1 )or 2:13). 2urther understanding concerning baptism. Water baptism represents death and resurrection. We must die to the old life in the flesh and embrace new life in "hrist. @omans 0.>5-# 1Mnow ye not# that so many of us as were bapti+ed into !esus "hrist were bapti+ed into his death$ Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death. that like as "hrist was raised up from the dead by the glory of the 2ather# even so we also should walk in newness of life. 2or if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death# we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.3 When a man is born# God gives him life and there is a spirit in man ( Jo% 32:8). Genesis 7.8# 14nd the (E@= God formed man of the dust of the ground# andbreathed into his nostrils the breath of lifeC and man became a living soul.3 !ob >>.:# 1The %pirit of God hath made me# and the breath 42
of the 4lmighty hath given me life.3 God gives and the (ord takes away (Jo% 34:14, #s 104:29, 6 l 8:8, 12:&). The vessel of clay is the container that the spirit dwells within (-en 3:19, Jo% 10:9, 13:12, 103:15, 6 l 3:20, 12:&, =s 29:1", "4:8). When a man is 1born again#3 God gives him the )oly %pirit to dwell with his spirit in the vessel of clay 5 for your body and spirit are God,s (%od+, Jn 1:12-13, 3:3, 5, &, 1 )or 2:10-1", ":20). This is the baptism of the )oly Ghost. The )oly Ghost is our "omforter (Jn 14:1", 2", 15:2", 1":&). @omans H.B# 19ut ye are not in the flesh# but in the %pirit# if so be that the %pirit of God dwell in youN3 God hath said# I will dwell in them# and walk in themC and I will be their God# and they shall be my people (2 )or ":1", also .! 8:11). Therefore. / "orinthians >./0# 1Mnow ye not that ye are the temple of God# and that the %pirit of God dwelleth in you$3 4<= / "orinthians 0./B# 1What$ know ye not that your body is the temple of the )oly Ghost which is in you# which ye have of God# and ye are not your own$3 ?ou are no longer your own because your spirit now has a "omforter ((ol+ 8pirit) dwelling with it. The spirit of man knoweth the things of man. The %pirit of God knoweth the things of God (1 )or 2:11). God,s %pirit dwells in you to reveal and lead in the things of God (1 )or 2:12-13) 6 through your faith. In this way# you have the mind of "hrist (1 )or 2:1"). "hrist was the temple of the )oly Ghost. !ohn 7./B# 7/# 1!esus answered and said unto them# =estroy this temple# and in three days I will raise it up. 9ut he spake of the temple of his body.3 )is body was the temple of the )oly Ghost and three days after )is death )e was raised by the power of the )oly Ghost. @omans H.//# 19ut if the %pirit of him that raised up !esus from the dead dwell in you# he that raised up "hrist from the dead shall also Duicken your mortal bodies by his %pirit that dwelleth in you (also 2 )or 4:14).3 4<= / Aeter >./H# 12or "hrist also hath once suffered for sins# the just for the unjust# that he might bring us to God# being put to death in the flesh# but Duickened by the %pirit.3 The )oly %pirit is our access to "hrist and the 2ather (1 )or 2:10-1"). 'phesians >./8# 1That "hrist may dwell in your hearts by faithN (also -al 3:14)3 'phesians 7./H# 12or through him (Jesus) we both have access by one %pirit unto the 2ather.3 %o. / !ohn :./># 1)ereby know we that we dwell in him# and he in us# because he hath given us of his %pirit.3 4<= @omans H./0# 1The %pirit itself beareth witness with our spirit# that we are the children of God.3 "an you see how the )oly %pirit and your spirit ( i* +ou %e (is) are together$ The )oly %pirit provides comfort to your spirit bearing witness that you are God,s. 4ll of this is for a purpose. We are 1born again3 to live unto God ( heart, soul, !ind and strength, .! 12:2). @omans 0./;# 12or in that he died# he died unto sin once. but in that he liveth# he liveth unto God.3 The old way 43
of life in seeking the lusts and desires of the flesh is dead. @omans 0./75 /># 1(et not sin therefore reign in your mortal body# that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. <either yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin. but yield yourselves unto God# as those that are alive from the dead# and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.3 ?ield to the %piritF )ere is something ama+ing. The children of Israel worshipped God in a temple made with hands. God dwelt in the holy of holies and only the high priest once a year went in ((e% 9:3-&). The holy place was separated from the holy of holies by a veil. )ebrews B.H# 1The )oly Ghost this signifying# that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest# while as the first tabernacle was yet standing.3 When "hrist died that veil was rent from top to bottom ( o!pletel+) signifying that through !esus man has direct access to the 2ather (Mt 2&:51, Mk 15:38, Lk 23:45, 6ph 2:18). 4s described above# the (ord dwells within those who love and obey )im 5 for they are now )is temple (Jn 14:15-1&, 21, 23). These are precious things# but who has ears to hear and eyes to see$ Christ $reaches in a #ynagogue 4fter having been tempted of the devil in the wilderness# !esus returned in the power of the %pirit into Galilee. %hortly thereafter#!esus came to a synagogue in <a+areth and stood up for to read (Lk 4:1"-1&). )e read a prophecy concerning )imself from the book of Isaiah ( =s "1:1-2).(uke :./H5/B# 1The %pirit of the (ord is upon me# because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poorC 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# To preach the acceptable year of the (ord.3 !esus told the audience. 1This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears (Lk 4:21). Eur 1sight3 is recovered when we begin to hear and see what !esus said. "hrist ne t answered what )e knew was in their hearts with a short rebuttal which was not well received. (uke :.7H57B# 14nd all they in the synagogue# when they heard these things# were filled with wrath# 4nd rose up# and thrust him out of the city# and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built# that they might cast him down headlong.3 This event seemed to set the tone for man,s future response to God,s Words as spoken through !esus the %on. !esus came forth boldly speaking God,s Word and demonstrating it in great power for all to see. The (ord,s followers or disciples will do just as )e did. 4cts :.7B5>/# 14nd now# (ord# behold their threatenings. and grant unto thy servants# that with all boldness they may speak thy word# 9y stretching forth thine hand to healC and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child !esus. 4nd when they had prayed# the 44
place was shaken where they were assembled togetherC and they were all filled with the )oly Ghost# and they spake the word of God with boldness.3 4fter being filled with the )oly Ghost at Aentecost# Aeter Duickly got everyone,s attention when he healed a lame man at the gate of the temple which is called 9eautiful (4 ts 3:1-11). Ef course this deed of love and compassion also Duickly brought about persecution from religious man (4 ts hap 4). !he #on of %an #pea2s to %an !esus came speaking only the 2ather,s Words# doing the 2ather,s will and doing the 2ather,s works (Jn 4:34, 5:1&, 19-20, 3", ":38, &:1"-18, 8:2", 28-29, 9:4, 12:49-50, 14:10, 24, 31, 15:15). "hrist showed only love and compassion toward )is fellow man and )e fed# taught# sacrificed for# healed# raised the dead# calmed storms and delivered from demons ( Mt 4:23-24, 8:1", 9:31-33, 11:4-", 14:14, 35-3", 15:30-38, 1"-21, 19:2, 21:14, 32-33, Mk 1:34, 3:10-11, 4:3&-41, Lk ":1&-19, et : ). 'ven so# )e was despised by religious man (=s 53:3, Mt 9:34, 12:10, 14, 45-4", 21:15, 22:15, 2":4, Mk 3:2, ", 14:1, Lk 11:53-54, 20:19-20, 22:4, Jn 5:1", &:1, 20, 25, 8:", 48, 59, 9:1", 24, 20, 25, 30, 44-49, 10:20, 31, 39, 10:20, 11:8, 4&-48, 50, 53-54, 5&, 12:19, 15:24 ). !ohn H.:7# 1!esus said unto them# If God were your 2ather# ye would love me. for I proceeded forth and came from GodC neither came I of myself# but he sent me.3 "hrist walked the two great commandments in that )e loved the 2ather with all )is heart# soul# mind and strength. !esus loved )is neighbors and sacrificed for their benefit. !esus showed man how to relate to the 2ather 6 as a loving faithful %on who is devoted to and honors the 2ather,s will. "hrist showed us to love each other by always desiring the welfare of others. !esus revealed 1perfect3 love by laying down )is life (all that (e had to gi'e) for man,s benefit and God,s will. %ome followed !esus just to see the great wonders that )e did. !ohn 0.7# 14nd a great multitude followed him# because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.3 %ome had other reasons. !ohn 0.705 78# 1!esus answered them and said# Gerily# verily# I say unto you# ?e seek me# not because ye saw the miracles# but because ye did eat of the loaves# and were filled. (abour not for the meat which perisheth# but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life# which the %on of man shall give unto you. for him hath God the 2ather sealed.3 &en were following for fleshly reasons and not for God,s truth which brings eternal life. !esus spoke some hard truth and it immediately brought a separation. !ohn 0.0;# 1&any therefore of his disciples# when they had heard this# said# This is an hard sayingC who can hear it$3 !esus told them. !ohn 45
0.0># 1It is the spirit that DuickenethC the flesh profiteth nothing. the words that I speak unto you# they are spirit# and they are life.3 The flesh is opposed to God,s truth. God,s Word comes against the fleshF The flesh nature in you must die (%e ru i*ied with )hrist) if you are to follow in the (ord,s narrow way. !ohn 0.0-500# 14nd he said# Therefore said I unto you# that no man can come unto me# e cept it were given unto him of my 2ather. 2rom that time many of his disciples went back# and walked no more with him.3 Enly those whose heart,s have been humble and no longer walk in pride (sel*) can come unto "hrist. 3e4ection !esus grew up in the region of Galilee. &atthew />.-:5-8# 14nd when he was come into his own country# he taught them in their synagogue# insomuch that they were astonished# and said# Whence hath this man this wisdom# and these mighty works$ Is not this the carpenter,s son$ is not his mother called &ary$ and his brethren# !ames# and !oses# and %imon# and !udas$ 4nd his sisters# are they not all with us$ Whence then hath this man all these things$ 4nd they were offended in him. 9ut !esus said unto them# 4 prophet is not without honour# save in his own country# and in his own house.3 This is so true# those most familiar with you tend to give you the least amount of respect 6 who are you that you should be able to tell us anything$ The author has e perienced this in following )is (ord. The result was. &atthew />.-H# 14nd he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.3 Those with unbelief toward God always come out the losers. The people said. !ohn 8.78# 1)owbeit we know this man whence he is. but when "hrist cometh# no man knoweth whence he is.3 They further said that out of Galilee ariseth no prophet (Jn &:52). =o we see God when )e is in our midst or do we just e plain things away$ God raises up whom he will to confound the wise (1 )or 1:2&). The author has heard some of the most profound things of wisdom from men who had been humbled through imprisonment or having lived homeless on the streets. =o you recogni+e truth when it comes from a source that you do not e pect or from one you have little respect for$ =o you say. 1out of my family# friends or from the stranger down the street ariseth no prophet$3 4 man in jail taught the author (who was suppose to %e the one doing the tea hing) something that profoundly changed the author,s life. )e said that the television had been the single worst influence in his life and had destroyed him. Eh# such wisdom for those who only have ears to hearF 4nother man humbled through great need once told the author that its not in talking about what "hrist did# but rather doing what !esus did. )e said he saw that in me as I was lending some help# and this I would not trade for great riches. We must have discernment to recogni+e 1truth.3
The prideful give no thought to those they consider beneath them. / "orinthians /.7057H# 12or ye see your calling# brethren# how that not many wise men after the flesh# not many mighty# not many noble# are called. 9ut God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wiseC and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mightyC 4nd base things of the world# and things which are despised# hath God chosen# yea# and things which are not# to bring to nought things that are.3 God,s way is not man,s way. "hrist,s own brothers did not believe )im. !ohn 8.-# 12or neither did his brethren believe in him.3 These were the children of !oseph and &ary who were named !ames# and !oses# and %imon# and !udas (Mt 13:55). When one is 1born again#3 they are born into a new heavenly family. !esus said. &ark >.>>5>-# 14nd he answered them# saying# Who is my mother# or my brethren$ 4nd he looked round about on them which sat about him# and said# 9ehold my mother and my brethrenF 2or whosoever shall do the will of God# the same is my brother# and my sister# and mother.3 This is your eternal family 6 those who completely submit to God and walk in )is ways. (et us re5consider something very important once again. God,s prophecy. =euteronomy /H./H5/B# 1I will raise them up a Arophet from among their brethren# like unto thee# and will put my words in his mouthC and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 4nd it shall come to pass# that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name# I will reDuire it of him.3 "hrist,s Words. !ohn /7.:H5-;# 1)e that rejecteth me# and receiveth not my words# hath one that judgeth him. the word that I have spoken# the same shall judge him in the last day. 2or I have not spoken of myselfC but the 2ather which sent me# he gave me a commandment# what I should say# and what I should speak. 4nd I know that his commandment is life everlasting. whatsoever I speak therefore# even as the 2ather said unto me# so I speak.3 !esus was completely focused upon completing the 2ather,s work. &ark >.7;57/# 14nd the multitude cometh together again# so that they could not so much as eat bread. 4nd when his friends heard of it# they went out to lay hold on him. for they said# )e is beside himself.3 To say 1beside )imself3 would eDuate to being unbalanced or losing control. !ohn :.>:# 1!esus saith unto them# &y meat is to do the will of him that sent me# and to finish his work.3 If you follow "hrist with such devotion# friends and family will say the same of you. They will say 6 1(ets not be e treme3 or 1you must keep things in balance.3 ?et# with the same passion# they will serve the things they love (ho%%ies, entertain!ents, olle tions, sports tea!s, et :).
!he %iracles @ecall that the children of Israel saw the mighty miracles of God in 'gypt and the wilderness yet were full of unbelief and did not obey God or walk in )is ways (4 ts &:39). !esus also came speaking God,s Word and doing mighty miracles. )e healed# opened blind eyes# delivered from devils# raised the dead# calmed the sea# and fed multitudes with only minor provisions. !ohn /7.>85>H# 19ut though he had done so many miracles before them# yet they believed not on him. That the saying of 'saias the prophet might be fulfilled# which he spake# (ord# who hath believed our report$ and to whom hath the arm of the (ord been revealed$3 @omans >.>5:# 12or what if some did not believe$ shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect$ God forbid. yea# let God be true# but every man a liarC as it is written# That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings# and mightest overcome when thou art judged.3 9eing found in God,s truth# ye shall withstand the judgment. &an continues to reject God and refuses to walk in )is truth. What more could God do in reaching out to man$ The (ord has said. 14ll day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people (.! 10:21).3 To gainsay is to oppose or act against. The (ord God reaches out in love and man continually resists because to walk with God man must concede (gi'e up, *or*eit) his own way (1 Jn 4:10). It is the "reator,s right to be sovereign over )is creation. It is the Aotter,s right to have power over the clay (=s 44:9, "4:8, Jer 18:", .! 9:21, .e' 2:2&). Woe to the rebellious onesF %o# just how are the (ord,s purposes being accomplished$ !esus came for the lost sheep to lead them back to God. (uke /B./;# 12or the %on of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.3 4<= 1I am not come to call the righteous# but sinners to repentance (Mt 9:13). God desires to grant mercy to the repentant. There is a percentage of man# however small# that will humble themselves and receive God,s truth and walk therein. The (ord delights in mercy and rejoices when a lost sheep is found (Lk 15:4-"). !esus said. !ohn /;.7857H# 1&y sheep hear my voice# and I know them# and they follow me. 4nd I give unto them eternal lifeC and they shall never perish# neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.3 !esus said it over and over. 1he that hath an ear let him hear3 and 1I say to those who hear.3 4re you one that will hear$ The evidence of having heard is to followF The evidence of having 1received3 is to obeyF
Chapter +, !o #eparate or #ift God,s Word has it,s effect in separating the good from the bad. !ohn the 9aptist said of !esus. &atthew >./7# 1Whose fan is in his hand# and he will thoroughly purge his floor# and gather his wheat into the garnerC but he will burn up the chaff with unDuenchable fire (also Lk 3:1&).3 !esus spoke the truth and it had a sifting effect. !ohn 8./7# 14nd there was much murmuring among the people concerning him. for some said# )e is a good man. others said# <ayC but he deceiveth the people.3 !ohn 8.:># 1%o there was a division among the people because of him.3 %ome presumed one thing. !ohn 8.7;# 1The people answered and said# Thou hast a devil. who goeth about to kill thee$3 Ethers were not so sure. !ohn 8.>/# 14nd many of the people believed on him# and said# When "hrist cometh# will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done$3 !esus sent forth )is disciples into the surrounding area with )is Word and power (Mt 10:1). &atthew /;.85H# 14nd as ye go# preach# saying# The kingdom of heaven is at hand. )eal the sick# cleanse the lepers# raise the dead# cast out devils. freely ye have received# freely give.3 4 follower of "hrist shall be as his master in all things 6 particularly speaking God,s Word with power (!ira les). "hrist gives )is followers authority to speak for )im. (uke /;./0# 1)e that heareth you heareth meC and he that despiseth you despiseth meC and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.3 4<= &atthew /;.:;# 1)e that receiveth you receiveth me# and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.3 !esus further instructed them. &atthew /;./:5/-# 14nd whosoever shall not receive you# nor hear your words# when ye depart out of that house or city# shake off the dust of your feet. Gerily I say unto you# It shall be more tolerable for the land of %odom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment# than for that city.3 Why is this important$ 9ecause God specifically stipulated that those who would not hear the Words that )e put in the mouth of the prophet would be destroyed from among the people ( 4 ts 3:22-23) 6 these Words would be reDuired of them (<eut 18:18-19). !esus further said the Words that )e spoke would judge man in the last day (Jn 12:48). "hrist said. &atthew /7.>;# 1)e that is not with me is against meC and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.3 To 1reject3 "hrist,s Words is to oppose !esus# and the message )e brought which is God,s truth. This is to set yourself against God. When the disciples went forth speaking God,s Words with miracles# then man would either 1receive3 or 1reject3 the message 6 an eternal sifting. =o not suppose or presume that you are due multiple and endless opportunities to respond to God in an acceptable way (not words, %ut de!onstrated *aith walked dail+). This day may be your last 6 as a snare come upon you.
"hrist rebukes those cities which have rejected God,s Word. &atthew //.7;57:# 1Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done# because they repented not. Woe unto thee# "hora+inF woe unto thee# 9ethsaidaF for if the mighty works# which were done in you# had been done in Tyre and %idon# they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 9ut I say unto you# It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and %idon at the day of judgment# than for you. 4nd thou# "apernaum# which art e alted unto heaven# shalt be brought down to hell. for if the mighty works# which have been done in thee# had been done in %odom# it would have remained until this day. 9ut I say unto you# That it shall be more tolerable for the land of %odom in the day of judgment# than for thee (also onsider Mt 12:38-42).3 %hall !esus also say woe unto you$ The prideful disregard God,s Word and the humble receive it (Mt 11:25, 28-30). The (ord,s Word will intentionally produce divisions and !esus made this very clear. &atthew /;.>:5>0# 1Think not that I am come to send peace on earth. I came not to send peace# but a sword. 2or I am come to set a man at variance against his father# and the daughter against her mother# and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 4nd a man,s foes shall be they of his own household.3 There will be division because those who seek to walk in God,s Word will walk opposite from those who walk in the course of this world. There will be great contention over God,s Word. 'ven so# we must choose our side wisely. &atthew /;.>85>B# 1)e that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 4nd he that taketh not his cross# and followeth after me# is not worthy of me. )e that findeth his life shall lose it. and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.3 2or the disciple of "hrist# the real family are those who do the will of God (Mt 12:4&-50, Mk 3:32-35). 5iolating God6s /ill 9y reading God,s Word we can be assured that God,s anger is directed toward those who ignor or disregard )is Word and treat )is commandments as trivial (uni!portant, insigni*i ant) or irrelevant (#s &:11). The (ord,s wrath will be against those who do not acknowledge )is authority and submit to it 6 they do not retain God in their knowledge or thoughts (Jo% 24:13, #s 10:4, .! 1:28). This rebellious attitude was e pressed by Aharaoh when he said. 1Who is the (E@=# that I should obey his voice (62 5:2)$3 and 1I know not the (E@= (62 5:2).3 &any think# 1It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God (Jo% 21:15, 34:9).3 !ob 7/./:# 1Therefore they say unto God# =epart from usC for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways (also Jo% 22:1&).3 The wicked# through the pride of his countenance (sel* e2altation)# will not seek after God (#s 10:4). Asalms >0./# 1The 50
transgression of the wicked saith within my heart# that there is no fear of God before his eyes (also .! 3:18).3 2or those who are truly repentant and fully acknowledge and forsake their evil# God is very merciful (#s 8":5). ?ou must call upon God in truth (#s 145:18). <o one is worthy for all have sinned and fallen short of God,s glory (.! 3:23). @omans >./;# 14s it is written# There is none righteous# no# not one.3 The (ord,s pleasure is found in those who fully acknowledge their sin and completely turn from it back unto the (ord. There is rejoicing in heaven over such (Lk 15:&, 10). Asalms /:8.//# 1The (E@= taketh pleasure in them that fear him# in those that hope in his mercy.3 The (ord says. Aroverbs 7H./># 1)e that covereth his sins shall not prosper. but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.3 4<= Isaiah --.8# 1(et the wicked forsake his way# and the unrighteous man his thoughts. and let him return unto the (E@=# and he will have mercy upon himC and to our God# for he will abundantly pardon.3 The (ord always says. '+ekiel >>.//# 1%ay unto them# 4s I live# saith the (ord GE=# I have no pleasure in the death of the wickedC but that the wicked turn from his way and live. turn ye# turn ye from your evil waysC for why will ye die# E house of Israel$3 Turning from your way (*orsaking it) to God,s way is repentance. God is longsuffering not willing that any should perish# but that all should come to repentance (2 #t 3:9). This is the goodness of God 6 )is forearance and longsuffering that leadeth thee to repentance (.! 2:4). / "orinthians H.># 19ut if any man love God# the same is known of him.3 To love God is to deny or sacrifice self for )is benefit. "onsider God,s nature. The (E@= God is merciful and gracious# longsuffering# and abundant in goodness and truth# Meeping mercy for thousands# forgiving iniDuity and transgression and sin# and that will by no means clear the guilty (62 34:"-&, also <eut 4:31, #s 11":5, Jonah 4:2, Lk ":3", (e% 8:12). God is plenteous in mercy for the contrite of heart ( #s 103:8). Asalms H0./-# 19ut thou# E (ord# art a God full of compassion# and gracious# longsuffering# and plenteous in mercy and truth.3 4<=Asalms H0.-# 12or thou# (ord# art good# and ready to forgiveC and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.3 God,s mercy is based upon acknowledging and walking in )is truth (*orsaking and es hewing e'il, #s 5&:10, 85:10, 89:14, 100:5, 103:11, 108:4, $i 1:1, 2 $i! 2:25). Asalms 7-./;# 14ll the paths of the (E@= are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.3 4<= Aroverbs /0.0# 19y mercy and truth iniDuity is purged. and by the fear of the (E@= men depart from evil.3 The (ord is greatly upset when. 1there is no truth# nor mercy# nor knowledge of God in the land ( (os 4:1).3 4<= &alachi 7./8# 1?e have wearied the (E@= with your words. ?et ye say# Wherein have we wearied him$ When ye say# 'very one that 51
doeth evil is good in the sight of the (E@=# and he delighteth in themC or# Where is the God of judgment$3 The (ord responds accordingly. Asalms /H.7-570# 1With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself mercifulC with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself uprightC With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pureC and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward (also .! 9:18).3 The upright man is virtuous or pure in heart (genuine, real sin ere, right !oti'es) meaning he voluntarily obeys the truth. To be froward is to refuse to do what is right or e pected or to turn from the truth. God is not mocked# for what a man sows he shall reap (-al ":&). =euteronomy 8.B5/;# 1Mnow therefore that the (E@= thy God# he is God# the faithful God# which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generationsC 4nd repayeth them that hate him to their face# to destroy them. he will not be slack to him that hateth him# he will repay him to his face. )atred would be to sacrifice (disregard) God for the benefit of self. In other words# to place 1self3 before (ahead o*) God is to hate the (ord. To hate God is to make )im of lesser importance in your life. %isleading the $eople7 <ot only were !esus, Words not received and rejected by the people# but )e was accused of perverting the nation before the the power and authority of the @oman governor ((k 7;.7;# 7>./57). To pervert is to turn from the truth# propriety# or from its proper purposeC to distort from its true use or endC as# to pervert reason by misdirecting itC to pervert the laws by misinterpreting and misapplying them. The religious leaders said. 1)e deceiveth the people (Jn &:12, 4&). The %on of God who spoke only the 2ather,s Words was accused of turning men from the truth or lying. In other words# religious man accused God of doing what the devil had done at the beginning. The governor did not agree. (uke 7>./:5/-# 1%aid unto them# ?e have brought this man unto me# as one that perverteth the people. and# behold# I# having e amined him before you# have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him. <o# nor yet )erod. for I sent you to himC and# lo# nothing worthy of death is done unto him.3 !esus showed nothing but love# first toward God the 2ather and then toward )is fellow man. In other words# !esus perfectly walked the two great commandments. &atthew 77.:;# 1En these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (also Mt &:12). 4lso these two great commandments are more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices ( Mk 12:33). !ohn /-.7-# 19ut this cometh to pass# that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law# They hated me without a cause.3
Chapter ,, Blind eading the Blind We discussed how blindness to the truth results from hardness of heart (hearts as an ada!ant stone). This is a refusal to forsake your own way and is manifested as obstinacy# stubbornness and obduracy. This is to cling to and e alt your way above God,s way. This is to be froward# which is a refusal to do what is right or reDuired. This is also to walk in pride. @omans 7.-50# 19ut after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of GodC Who will render to every man according to his deeds.3 The judgment is all based upon God,s Word 6 did you yield to it or stubbornly and contentiously resist it (.! 2:9-10)$ @omans 7.//# 12or there is no respect of persons with God.3 When Ming %aul was disobedient to the (ord in the matter of the 4malekites# %amuel told %aul. / %amuel /-.7># 1Nstubbornness is as iniDuity and idolatry. 9ecause thou hast rejected the word of the (E@=# he hath also rejected thee from being king.3 %tubbornness is iniDuity because it places your will*way above God,s. To reject God,s Word or truth is to also be rejected of God 6 action begats reaction (1 8a! 15:2"). 4fterward# the %pirit of the (ord departed from %aul (1 8a! 1":14). (et him hear that hath ears to hear. The religious leaders accused !esus of transgressing the tradition of the elders (o* !an) concerning the washing of hands (Mt 15:1-2). "hrist pointed out how the religious leaders violated God,s commandment through their traditions by not honoring their father and mother. Through their religious maneuvering they had made God,s commandment of none effect (Mt 15:3-"). !esus said. &atthew /-.85B# 1?e hypocrites# well did 'saias prophesy of you# saying# This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth# and honoureth me with their lipsC but their heart is far from me. 9ut in vain they do worship me# teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.3 &any were concerned by what had transpired. &atthew /-./75/:# 1Then came his disciples# and said unto him# Mnowest thou that the Aharisees were offended# after they heard this saying$ 9ut he answered and said# 'very plant# which my heavenly 2ather hath not planted# shall be rooted up. (et them alone. they be blind leaders of the blind. 4nd if the blind lead the blind# both shall fall into the ditch (also Lk ":39).3 Was this harsh$ <o# the religious leaders were infle ible and stubborn and refused to yield to God,s truth. They sought the way of man through doctrines and traditions and nullified God,s Word or truth. They were leading in disobedience to God which is the way of death. These men were blind and walked in pride. !esus said of such. !ohn -.:;# 14nd ye will not come to me# that ye might have life.3 Why$ 9ecause of their hardness of heart and frowardness (o%stina +, o%dura +). "oming to 53
"hrist reDuires humbleness which denies the flesh its place or control. "oming to "hrist reDuires one to admit fault and change direction in their life. The religious leaders thought they could see# but were truly blind ( Jn 9:39-41). !esus was specifically sent from God to reveal God,s Word with power. Walking in your way or the ways of the world blinds you to the truth !esus brought. We must eDually and seriously consider that there are many blind leaders in modern "hristianity. These are no more willing to yield their religious ways than were the Aharisees of old. These walk in the doctrines and traditions of man. They speak great things with their mouth and lips# but their hearts are far from God# but near to self. $ride and &ypocrisy !esus brought many things to light concerning the behaviors of religious men. @eligious men are those who seek God their way through their doctrines# traditions and religious protocol (!odus operandi, pra ti e, theolog+)# yet are unyielding to God,s way (stu%%orn, o%stinate, sti** ne ked). &atthew 7>.:58# 12or they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne# and lay them on men,s shouldersC but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 9ut all their works they do for to be seen of men. they make broad their phylacteries# and enlarge the borders of their garments# 4nd love the uppermost rooms at feasts# and the chief seats in the synagogues# 4nd greetings in the markets# and to be called of men# @abbi# @abbi.3 They walk in pride (sel* e2altation)F 9lind guides (Mt 23:4)F &atthew 7>./># 19ut woe unto you# scribes and Aharisees# hypocritesF for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men. for ye neither go in yourselves# neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.3 Through their great institutions with their doctrines# traditions and theologies (o* !an) they misdirect. &atthew 7>./-# 1Woe unto you# scribes and Aharisees# hypocritesF for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte# and when he is made# ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.3 Their theology tells us 1the doctrines we are to believe3 and 1the duties we are to practice.3 9lind 6 without perception or understanding. They know not what they do# but are steadfast in their course (#' 4:19, Lk 23:34). Eh such a form of godliness they possess 6 they say. 1you must come to us and our institutions to find God.3 &atthew 7>.7857H# 1Woe unto you# scribes and Aharisees# hypocritesF for ye are like unto whited sepulchres# which indeed appear beautiful outward# but are within full of dead men,s bones# and of all uncleanness. 'ven so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men# but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniDuity.3 !esus said. &atthew 7>.>># 1?e serpents# ye generation of vipers# how can ye escape the damnation of hell$3 What did the serpent do (.e' 20:2)$ 54
The serpent led man away from God into the path of disobedience and rebellion (-en 3:1-"). The serpent led man into the path of darkness which is blindness to God,s truth. 9lind leaders of the blind# you are leading opposite of God to eternal damnation. The blind walk in darkness and know no where they go# yet they are positively sure they are almost there. Aray for eyesalve# that thou mayest see 6 ye blind men that have need of nothing (.e' 3:1&-18). 3ebellious %an Condemns God to Death "hrist said. &atthew 7>.>:# 1Wherefore# behold# I send unto you prophets# and wise men# and scribes. and some of them ye shall kill and crucifyC and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues# and persecute them from city to city.3 In other words# God send many men to speak )is truth and all were soundly rejected and treated harshly. @eligious man had been anticipating the coming of 'lijah ( 6lias) and the coming of the &essiah. It was prophesied. &alachi :.-# 19ehold# I will send you 'lijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the (E@=.3 When !ohn the 9aptist (in the spirit o* 6lias, Mt 11:1314) and !esus "hrist came# neither one met religious man,s e pectations and both were also soundly rejected. !esus revealed something to )is disciples that was very condemning of religious man. &atthew /8./;5/># 14nd his disciples asked him# saying# Why then say the scribes that 'lias must first come$ 4nd !esus answered and said unto them# 'lias truly shall first come# and restore all things. 9ut I say unto you# That 'lias is come already# and they knew him not# but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. (ikewise shall also the %on of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of !ohn the 9aptist.3 Is this not a serious disconnect between religious man and God$ =o you not reali+e that much the same still e ists in the religious world today (in whate'er *or!)$ !esus was despised of the religious leaders 6 rejected of men# a man of sorrows (=s 53:3). )e came to )is own# the people of God# with a message from God (the gospel) and )is own received )im not (Jn 1:11). !eremiah H.B# 1The wise men are ashamed# they are dismayed and taken. lo# they have rejected the word of the (E@=C and what wisdom is in them$3 What wisdom do you have you great blind theologians$ =o you walk blind to the world yet in the light of the )oly %pirit of truth (2 Jn 1:2)$ "hrist spoke and walked God,s Word# yet man condemned )im to death. 'ven so# God,s purposes are being fulfilled even to this day. There is a great and eternal separation occuring 6 a sifting. The (ord is determining who will 1receive3 and 1walk3 in )is Word. In other words# God is determining just who really loves )im. 2aith in combination with the 55
workings of the )oly Ghost will produce what God desires and shall yield a harvest unto the (ord. The fruit will be evident and cannot come forth any other way. Great &ope Those who receive "hrist have great hope. !ohn >.>># 1)e that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.3 4<= !ohn /./75/># 19ut as many as received him# to them gave he power to become the sons of God# even to them that believe on his name. Which were born# not of blood# nor of the will of the flesh# nor of the will of man# but of God.3 !ohn >.7/# 19ut he that doeth truth cometh to the light# that his deeds may be made manifest# that they are wrought in God.3 4<= / !ohn /.8# 19ut if we walk in the light# as he is in the light# we have fellowship one with another# and the blood of !esus "hrist his %on cleanseth us from all sin.3 Those who do truth come to the light and walk in the light and have forgiveness in "hrist,s shed blood. Those who walk in truth will not walk or abide in darkness 5 have the light of life. (Jn 8:12, 12:35, 4"). !he 1ourney 4 journey that last for eternity begins with a first step. ?ou must take that first step toward God and never look back (Lk 9:"2). God is lightF Those walking opposite of God are walking away from )is light and into ever greater darkness. This darkness further blinds their eyes to God,s truth (#s 18:28, =s 9:2, 42:1", Mt 4:1", Lk 1:&9, Jn 1:5, 12:35, 4 ts 2":18, 2 )or 4:4). !ohn H./7# 1Then spake !esus again unto them# saying# I am the light of the world. he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness# but shall have the light of life.3 4<= !ohn /7.:0# 1I am come a light into the world# that whosoever believeth on meshould not abide in darkness.3 4<= 'phesians -.H# 12or ye were sometimes darkness# but now are ye light in the (ord. walk as children of light.3 'ach step toward God is one more into the light and one more step out of the darkness. / !ohn /.-# 1This then is the message which we have heard of him# and declare unto you# that God is light# and in him is no darkness at all.3 'ach step toward God is that much more clarity in understanding God,s truth. To walk toward God is to see God ever clearer. To walk toward God is to walk in "hrist,s path. !esus is 1the Way3 and 1the Truth (Jn 14:").3 'ach step toward the (ord increases your understanding. 'ach step draws you nearer to God. With each step it becomes all the more evident to you that. 1I was blind# but now I see.3 'ach step increases your love toward God and relationship with )im. 'ach step increases your faith and thereby your strength. 56
Walking toward God is walking in mercy# truth and righteousness. There is no place for justifying unforgiveness# sin*iniDuity and unrighteousness. The closer you draw to God the more evident it becomes that there is no place for any opposition to God,s will. ?ou reali+e that the flesh has no place and is a great hindrance to doing God,s will. &ay your eyes begin to open that you may see these thingsF &ay your ears become unstopped that you may hear. Conclusion &an is a most rebellious creationF &an has been rebelling against God and rejecting )is Word since the beginning 6 from generation to generation. The (ord God knows this. God intends to harvest a faithful obedient remnant from throughout the ages 6 called of God (Joel 2:31-32, Mt 13:3"-43, .e' 14:15). !esus acknowledged this in saying. (uke />.7>57:# 1Then said one unto him# (ord# are there few that be saved$ 4nd he said unto them# %trive to enter in at the strait gate. for many# I say unto you# will seek to enter in# and shall not be able.3 4<= &atthew 8./>5/:# 1'nter ye in at the strait gate. for wide is the gate# and broad is the way# that leadeth to destruction# and many there be which go in thereat. 9ecause strait is the gate# and narrow is the way# which leadeth unto life# and few there be that find it.3 4 remnant shall be saved (.! 9:2&-28, 11:5). What more could God do for man$ &ust the "reator bow to the will of )is creation$ !esus "hrist (the ,ord o* -od !ade *lesh) came as a man speaking and demonstrating God,s Word. !esus gave everything for man,s benefit 6 complete sacrifice 6 complete love. God says to the disobedient and rebellious. 1I have called# and ye refusedC I have stretched out my hand# and no man regarded (#' 1:24). God,s is slow to anger# but )is wrath is certainly kindled and shall come forth in great fury ( .e' ":1&, 19:15). In the religious world# most men are led about by the doctrines of men rather than the )oly Ghost. !esus said we are to be led and taught of the )oly %pirit (8pirit o* truth, )o!*orter, Jn 14:2", 15:2", .! 8:14). "omplete theologies (what we !ust %elie'e and pra ti e) have been developed through what men like &artin (uther# !ohn "alvin or perhaps some "atholic father taught. 'ven so# there is much error in these teachings and in these men,s e amples. The )oly Ghost does not have such handicaps and is certainly without error. / !ohn 7.78# 19ut the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you# and ye need not that any man teach you. but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things# and is truth# and is no lie# and even as it hath taught you# ye shall abide in him.3 The )oly Ghost teaches and leads each generation in God,s truth if they will receive itF The 57
religious# Duite frankly# have their doctrines# theologies and traditions and do not desire the )oly Ghost,s teaching 6 it usually conflicts with theirs. The G@'4T condemnation is that light is come into the world# and men loved darkness rather than light# because their deeds were evil (Jn 3:19). !esus 1personally3 brought 1light3 or God,s 1truth3 unto man. &en prefer the darknessF 6 seeking their own way through the lusts and desires of the flesh 6 led about by constant temptations. !ames /./:# 19ut every man is tempted# when he is drawn away of his own lust# and enticed.3 Who leads in such temptations$ The devil deceives through the flesh ( 2 )or 2:11)F 7 Thessalonians 7./;# 14nd with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perishCbecause they received not the love of the truth# that they might be saved.3 &en refuse God,s truth that the 1Word made flesh3 brought unto man. They do not love the truth because they love darkness which is the devil,s lie. They believe the devil,s lie# yet reject God,s truth (2 $hess 2:11). The truth will bereDuired of man by God and you must be found in it to have life. Those led of the flesh walk an opposite direction from God. 7 Thessalonians 7./7# 1That they all might be damned who believed not the truth# but had pleasure in unrighteousness.3 To love the darkness is to have 1pleasure3 in unrighteousness. Eur righteousness before God is only found in our faith ( lo'e, su%!ission, o%edien e, trust and de'otion toward -od) as guided in truth by the )oly %pirit through !esus "hrist. This is the path back to GodF This is the only escape from the condemnation of death. Those who walk this path shall fully reali+e complete reconciliation and restoration in that death is swallowed up in victory (1 )or 15:54). They shall be raised from the dead just as !esus was 6 "hrist went before and they follow after ( as sheep). / "orinthians /-.--5-8# 1E death# where is thy sting$ E grave# where is thy victory$ The sting of death is sinC and the strength of sin is the law. 9ut thanks be to God# which giveth us the victory through our (ord !esus "hrist.3 Those who have made peace with sin and 1religiously3 or otherwise justify it shall have no right to life. =eath shall claim them as its own. Aroverbs -.77# 1)is own iniDuities shall take the wicked himself# and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.3 The wages of sin is death and death shall rightfully claim its own (.! ":23). The 9ible speaks of a time when all things shall be restored upon the earth. Isaiah //.B# 1They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain. for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the (E@=# as the waters cover the sea.3 4<= )abakkuk 7./:# 12or the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the (E@=# as the waters cover the sea.3 Those who have 1received3 "hrist,s Words and endeavor to walk in them as led by the )oly Ghost# look forward to such a time of 1peace.3 58
Those who have 1rejected3 "hrist,s Words as evidenced by living in a way opposed to the truth (walking in darkness 7 religiousl+ or not ) will have no place. (et us be found walking in the truth that !esus brought so that we may partake of the mercy that )e obtained with )is own blood. Aroverbs >.>5 :# 1(et not mercy and truth forsake thee. bind them about thy neckC write them upon the table of thine heart. %o shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.3 The (ord says 1come3 to 1whosoever will#3 but how many receive )is Word and walk therein (.e' 22:1&)$ Who has ears to hear$ Who hath eyes to see$
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