Friday, December 31, 2010

CONDEMNATION VS. COMPASSION

I have addressed this subject many times; however, since it is so commonly abused it demands further attention. I am continually amazed at how widespread the absence of brotherly love has become among those who profess to be saints of God in the church of God. During the Evening Time apostasy (1930 to our present day), Satan saturated the world with a free love spirit among the flower child people, the hippies, and the compromising religious denominations of Protestantism. It appears that this snare of Satan caused the ministry of the church of God to become confused on the meaning and administrative principles of the law of love. They failed to provoke people to love and good works in fear of creating an environment which they termed “that old free love spirit.” The failure to promote godly and holy brotherly love caused the ministry and the church to drift into a destructive mode of administration. Judging became a higher priority than mercy and righteousness. Ministers and saint began to judge and condemn those whom they believed to be corrupting the church. Even if a person insisted that they had not committed willful sin; if the judges condemn you, you must repent and accept their doctrine or be excommunicated. The precious virtues of compassion, mercy, longsuffering and a burden to instruct precious souls in righteousness had been lost.

Oh how sad it is when brothers and sisters in the family of God fall into that terrible condition of biting and devouring one another. It is insufficient to just say that this condition exists. It is fruitless to just talk about the lack of compassion and the excess of people judging and condemning one another. We must identify the characteristics of this awful activity in such a manner as to expose it to the people.

Judgment and condemnation for willful sin must be preceded by an undeniable act of sin. Knowledge of this act of sin, with unquestionable proof, is the only justification for rendering judgment and condemnation. If a judge has not this certain, irrefutable knowledge of sin being committed, there can be no condemnation. The Word of God is very clear on the great necessity of proof with reliable witnesses before judgment and condemnation can be passed upon an individual. As a general rule of the Kingdom of God, we are clearly exhorted not to judge one another.

I look around me and I say, “Where is the burden for men’s souls? Where is the love of God that moves a saved person to want to participate in the salvation of another sinner? Where is the burden and loving kindness that will humbly forgive rather than judge and condemn?” There are some interesting scriptures which show this great contrast.

At the very beginning of this dissertation, I would like to state my belief that: It is rarely the will of God that a minister makes the initial announcement that some soul is lost without salvation. To condemn a soul is serious business and must not be done except by witnesses and the Holy Spirit. How often has this sad deed been done to the detriment and division of a congregation? Ministers have assumed the responsibility of keeping the church clean; and therefore, they have taken this authority upon themselves which is primarily reserved unto Jesus Christ. Endeavoring and brotherly love has been replaced with condemnation and purging. Let’s see how Jesus did it.

John 3:17-21
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world. He came to set an example of holiness and righteousness and mercy. He came to teach and exhort and rebuke. A rebuke should not be followed by a judgment and condemnation of the soul. Let the Holy Spirit do His work of convicting and convincing the heart to bring forth the confession of a broken and contrite heart. Lift up the standard of righteousness and let the light of that standard reveal the evil of men’s deeds. Our duty is to preach the gospel. It is not to sit in the judgment seat of Christ, condemning the souls of men.

Luke 6:36-38
“Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

There is a vital principle in these two verses which many have overlooked. Did Jesus come to condemn? No. He came to teach and to save. His primary mission was to teach and to bring people to the saving knowledge of salvation. In an environment where truth is consistently preached and the standard of righteous lifted high, sin can not stay hidden. The light will expose it. The Holy Ghost will reveal it. It is the minister’s responsibility to warn, reprove and rebuke. It is not to condemn, except in that rare case where the sinner is beyond the reach of grace. All effort should be exhausted to restore him that is out of the way in some manner of conduct or belief. Notice how Jesus handled His disciples.

Mark 16:14-20
“Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

Notice the strong language which is used here to address these disciples with whom Jesus had just spent 3 and ½ years teaching and instructing in the way of faith and preparing them for the things which they had just witnessed. He “upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Did Jesus condemn them and tell them to repent? No, He upbraided them. This word “upbraided” (SEC:NT:3679 Greek: “oneidizo”) is a strong expression of reproof and rebuke. He did not wink at their unbelief. He addressed it. He corrected them. He set before them the right way. And then Jesus immediately sent them forth to preach the gospel of salvation. These hard hearted, unbelieving disciples were not condemned but rather corrected and instructed.

In the situation of the disciple we all know the failure of Peter. We have two situations which I want to bring to your attention where Peter is used as an example. The first example is given in Luke 22:32, knowing that Peter was going to commit sin (lying and cursing) by protecting his own flesh, Jesus said to him: “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Jesus knew that Peter was about to commit sin, so He encouraged Peter to not give up, but to be converted back to faith in Christ and be a useful vessel to strengthen the brethren.

I want you to notice that Jesus did not wink at Peter’s act of sin. He warned Peter and prepared him beforehand with the knowledge that Peter could repent and be converted. The words of Christ impressed upon Peter’s mind the opportunity of reconciliation which enabled Peter to have faith to believe in the forgiveness of the Savior whom he had denied. Behold the compassion of Jesus Christ.

There is a disturbing absence of this compassion for souls in the church of God today. It is because the church has been sleeping and an enemy has come in and sown some bad seed. Tares have been sown among the wheat while the laborers have been sleeping. Shall we go and gather out the tares from among the wheat? Not until the time of harvest. When is the time of harvest? After the field has been watered and matured so that the fruit of each plant clearly identifies who planted it. Judgment comes at the end of the harvest, not in the winter, spring or summer. A plant (or a soul) should not be judged in the hardship of the winter season. It should not be judged when it appears to be young and budding. Neither should it be judged in the heat of summer when the outward appearance of its leaves seem to indicate what kind of plant it may be. But at the time of harvest when the fruit has been borne then there is no mistake about the identity of the plant.

Jesus made the statement in John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” Paul later asked this question in 2 Corinthians 10:7, “Do ye look on things after the outward appearance?” Can you answer that question for yourself? Do you judge according to the outward appearance? Is the conduct of a person an infallible reflection of the thoughts and intents of his heart? Can a person misunderstand, be confused or unlearned in such a manner as to outwardly appear to be disobedient and yet not be rebellious in their heart? Was the unbelief and hardness of the hearts of the eleven disciples of Christ evidence of sinful rebellion? Or, was it really an issue of weak faith? They were struggling with believing all that Jesus had told them. They had not rejected Christ. They did not despise the gospel. They were not refusing to obey. They were weak in faith and did not comprehend the width, the depth and the height of the wonderful gospel of salvation. Jesus had mercy and not condemnation. He reproved, rebuked and instructed them to go and do what He had commissioned them to do.

The second example where Peter is used to teach us how to handle a person who has erred is found in Galatians 2:11-14, “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”

In this account of Paul and Peter disagreeing on the relationship of Jews and Gentiles, Peter did not use wisdom in his effort to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to both the Jews and the Gentiles. Peter allowed his perception of the opinion and authority of other ministers to cause him to show respect of person. The Bible says in James 2:9, “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”

Before certain saints came to Antioch from Jerusalem, Peter ate his meals with the Gentiles which practice was not acceptable with the orthodox Jews. After the saints from Jerusalem arrived in Antioch, he refused to eat with the Gentiles for fear that the Jewish saints might object. In this matter, Peter committed an error. Did he backslide? Did he fall from grace and stand in need of repentance and conversion, once again?

There is no evidence in the scriptures which would imply that Peter was required to repent of sin in this matter. The first and second Epistles of Peter were written subsequent to this event and Peter speaks of the Apostle Paul with respect. Their relationship does not appear to have been broken, although Paul reproved Peter. The reproof is believed to have been effective and producing reconciliation. They did not disfellowship one another as has been common in our day of this Evening Time apostasy. Paul did not accuse Peter of being a sinner. He simply stated that Peter did not “walk uprightly.” Peter’s ignorance and lack of Holy Ghost discernment was not overlooked or “winked” at. He was reproved. He was corrected. But he was not excommunicated by Paul or the ministry. Why was Peter not condemned as a sinner for having respect of person? Because his transgression was due to a lack of understanding on how to handle a sensitive and difficult cultural issue. Peter did not have a rebellious heart. He wanted to do the right thing, but did not understand what to do to avoid offending either the Jews or the Gentiles. Do we ever encounter this dilema in our day? Do we always fast and pray so that we have Holy Ghost discernment in reconciling opposing parties?

My prayer: Lord Jesus, please help us and teach us to follow your example. Teach us the righteous and peaceable ways of your love and compassion. Send the Holy Spirit into our hearts to bring the power of your holy love to influence the works of our hands and ever motive and intent of our heart. Help us to have compassion and not be hasty in judgment. May our prayers and supplications be pleasing in your sight and worthy of your blessings. Amen.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

CAREFUL NOT FEARFUL

Some people think that they are being careful when in fact they are fearful. Their carefulness is rooted in doubt and fear that they have not kept the word of God faithfully. They question their experience and relationship with God. They are continually examining themselves and being so careful to do the right acts; yet they are without confidence that they are doing it right. This is a snare of the Devil to cause you to be fearful instead of careful.

Then, there are those who are careful and walking circumspectly before the Lord; and, Satan will continually try to cause them to believe that they are fearful. Satan will try to convince you that your carefulness is fanatical and that you ought to relax and enjoy your salvation.

The way we live our life and our relationship with God is too important to be guessing and doubting. The key to victory is to receive and have the Holy Spirit whom Jesus said would teach us all things. How can we learn without the Teacher?

John 14:26-27
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

If we have repented of sin and consecrated ourselves to be obedient to God in all things, then God has promised to send the Holy Spirit to teach us all things. We must have confidence that we have done our part and that God will do His part. If we are in that place, our hearts will not be troubled and we will not be afraid. We will be able to go forth with confidence.

We must examine ourselves with confidence. We must obey with confidence. We must fast and pray with confidence. We must go forth with confidence.

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

You must examine yourself with complete confidence that if God shows you something you need to change or do, you will do it. You do not need to be fearful of finding sin in your heart. You know that you have repented of all your sins and you are clean from all disobedience. You have submitted yourself to God and you are willing to do everything God tells you to do.

Satan hates for people to daily consecrate themselves to God. Satan hates it when you remind yourself and everyone that you have submitted your life and consecrated yourself to the perfect will of God.

1 Corinthians 11:25-29
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

Don’t be afraid to examine yourself. You must examine yourself with that confidence which is born of total consecration to do the will of God regardless of the suffering or persecution which may come from your obedience.

When Jesus told the rich, young ruler to go and sell all that he had and give it to the poor and come and follow Him, the rich, young ruler found that he was not willing to consecrate himself fully to obey the commandments which God gave to him. The love of the world proved to be greater than his love of God.

Luke 18:18-25
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Whom does God command to “sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor”? I don’t believe that this command is given to every person; however, every person must be willing to do whatever God calls him to do. People who love money and things more than the love God need to do whatever God requires to remove everything in their life which is more important than God. Because God has said, “you shall have no other gods before me.”

The Holy Spirit will show you what stands between you and complete submission to God. It is a sad thing when God gives someone a gift and then they allow the gift of God to become more important to them than God.

Psalms 26:2
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

Self-examination is dangerous. Don’t attempt to do it by yourself. You must let the Holy Spirit guide you and instruct you as you examine yourself. No man can do the work of God. Judging is God’s work. Consider the meaning, the sense and the context of the following three verses.

John 5:22For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

John 8:15-16
15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

1 Corinthians 4:3-5
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

What truth do we find in these three verses:
1. God the Father has made Jesus the Judge of all things.
2. The judgment of Jesus is in agreement with the laws of His Father.
3. We must not judge ourselves or others without guidance from the Holy Spirit.
4. We must recognize the difference between preaching the judgments of God and judging the relationship of a soul with God.

Proverbs 9:8-10
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

The “fear of the Lord” brings you to God. It teaches you that you ought to obey God rather than men or Satan. The fear of the Lord teaches you that God is the Judge of all men’s souls and you will stand before Him some day and give an account for how you have lived in this life.

Proverbs 16:6
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

People who continue in their sins, in rebellion against God, do not fear God.

1 John 3:18-22
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Obedience produces confidence. Confidence produces peace and faith. If you are afraid of God, then it is because you are doubting your full obedience. You are afraid that God is not pleased with you. You must seek and find out what you ought to do in order to have confidence in your relationship with God.

Don’t let the accuser, Satan, steal your confidence.
And, don’t resist the Holy Spirit and lose your confidence.
You can either give up your confidence to the accuser or lose your confidence through disobedience. Your willful failure to keep your whole life on the altar will result in loss of confidence and loss of your salvation.

1 John 5:13-15
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Your faith is dead, if you do not have confidence in your relationship with Jesus.
You will not produce the works of faith, if you do not have confidence in your relationship with Jesus.
The manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit is lacking in the congregation which is full of sleepy, slumbering, worldly minded people who do not have that confidence and assurance from the Holy Spirit.

It is important that we be very careful in all of our conduct; but we must not be fearful.
Loving obedience to the commandments of God will produce the fruit of salvation.
Total surrender to the Holy Spirit will produce peace, power and praise.
Give your all to Jesus and you will receive all He has for you.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

SUBSCRIPTION FOR SALVATION

When I woke up Saturday morning, these thoughts were running through my mind, how that salvation is like unto a subscription.

I am sure that you have had the same experience that I have where you receive an invitation to subscribe to the Reader’s Digest or Good Housekeeping or Handyman or some other magazine.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have co-authored a book called The Bible, the Holy Scriptures. In this book they have designed the plan of Salvation for your soul, the temple of the Holy Ghost. They have sent you an invitation to subscribe to this great plan.

Have you received an invitation to subscribe to the plan of salvation?
Have you subscribed to the plan of salvation?
Have you paid your subscription fee for the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
You can’t pay $5 for a $50 subscription.
Have you renewed your subscription?
Has your subscription expired?
God wants you to pay the fee for a lifetime subscription.

The word “subscribe” means to engrave, to write, to record. God engraved His ten commandments upon tables of stone and He invited the people of Israel to accept the invitation to his subscription. He required them to pay the price to participate in this great plan.

Jesus came to give us a better plan and an invitation to a better subscription.
The subscription price for the New Testament plan is a million dollars, but since you only have a penny, Jesus is going to let you have it for a penny. A penny is all you have, you don’t have any more. When you give all you have, you get so much more in return. It is really a gift of salvation, although it cost you all you have. You don’t really have enough to purchase it, so Jesus purchased it for you and He is offering you a subscription if you will give Him your all.

The subscription for salvation is a daily subscription, you must go to the door each morning, there will be a knock on the door and you must open the door and accept your daily digest which will give you instructions on what to do for your own protection and for the good of others.

Jeremiah 32:41-44
41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
42 For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.
43 And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say, It is desolate without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.
44 Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the Lord.

To “subscribe evidences” means “to register the bill of sale.”
This Old Testament account is analogous to the plan of salvation in the New Testament. You must buy the field, register the bill of sale, have it sealed with the Seal of the Holy Spirit and have witnesses to verify that you truly made the transaction. Do you have any witnesses that verify that you bought the field and paid the price? Is there a record written in Heaven which proves that you paid the subscription price?

When you receive an invitation in the mail to subscribe to Reader’s Digest, it will have a little card for you to fill out and send back with a check for $29.95. That is how you register the bill of sale for the subscription. If you meet their requirements they will send to you your first issue of the Reader’s Digest. If you only send $5, they will not send you the magazine. You can’t just pay $5 for a subscription which requires the payment of $29.95. There are many people who try to get a subscription for salvation without paying the full price.

Let us look again at verse 44 of Jeremiah chapter 32:

Verse 44 says: “Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the Lord.

We see four commands for action in this verse: “Buy” “Subscribe” “Seal” and “Take Witnesses.”

First of all: Have you bought your subscription?

Before you can ever enjoy reading your subscription and gaining the benefits of its publications, you must buy the subscription.

Matthew 13:44
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Revelation 3:14-22
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

“Subscribe Witnesses” – i.e. “Register the bill of sale.”

You must make it public knowledge that you have purchased your citizenship in the family of God. You have accepted Jesus Christ as your husband. You have publicly vowed to be faithful to Jesus Christ as long as you shall live. This is one of the principal reasons why we have public baptisms, so that you can let everyone know that you have died out to your old self and been resurrected new in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 6:11-14
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Can you imagine that it could be possible to go to heaven without any witnesses of your having subscribed to the covenant of the gospel of Jesus Christ? No witness can be found that you were a faithful worker in the field which you claim to have purchased. Who will be a witness for you at the judgment?

Has your subscription been sealed?

When a document is sealed, it is protected from being corrupted by unauthorized persons. When Grandma preserved the fruit of her garden, she sealed it with fire and a seal to protect the fruit from corruption. Has your subscription been sealed by the Holy Spirit?

Ephesians 1:13
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 4:29-30
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Can you take witnesses with you who will confirm that you did in fact subscribe to the “Book of Life Club”?

1 Corinthians 1:4-9
4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Hebrews 11:5
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

What is your testimony in the congregation of the saints?
What is your testimony which is written in the Book of Life?
Before you can enter into that Heavenly Place where God dwells, you must have this testimony that you “pleased God.”

Have you bought your subscription?
Have you subscribed evidence? Is there a record written that you paid the price?
Has your subscription been sealed by the Holy Spirit?
Can you take witnesses with you to prove your claim on eternal life?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Dispensation of God

The following excerpt is taken from the book “Birth of a Reformation” by A.L. Byers. This book was published in 1921 and is very beneficial for our instruction today. Truth does not change. Please read this carefully and prayerful.

“The human will, intended for the rule of our bodies and things terrestrial, things which belong to man’s province, becomes sadly out of place when exercised in any sphere or capacity that belongs to God. In such sphere it becomes a rival of God, a monster evil of great proportions, a distinctive satanic spirit, always opposing the true work of God. This man rule in a province to which God alone has rightful claim (for indeed it exercises the prerogative of God when it presumes to direct God’s work and people) has characterized all Protestant sectism just as it did Roman Catholicism, only in milder aspect. Man rule is represented in prophetic symbols by beastly character.”

“The beast element is the man rule. We are not speaking merely of human instrumentality, which God certainly uses in his church, when the will is wholly submitted to him and susceptible to his Spirit, but of that exercise and dominance in ecclesiastical matters which, as apart from God, is distinctly human. Such prevails more or less as a system in all sects, gives occasion for jealousy, pride, and emulation, wants to be let alone, and opposes any reform that threatens it. This is the element which naturally becomes disturbed at the preaching of the truth that exposes it.”

“This movement [of the church of God] proceeds with no show of prominence in the world. It causes no political disturbance, but works only in the province of genuine Christianity, silently, effectively, as the leaven in the meal. It is altogether a spiritual movement and its discernment can therefore only be spiritual. It may appear outwardly as only one religious body among many; for it is only when judged by the spiritual standard of God’s word that its character is seen. It is a call to those who are willing to be led of God.”

“The dispensations of God are in the beginning often insignificant and despised in man’s eyes. God chooses things that are not, to bring to naught things that are.”

“The constructive stage calls not so much for continual denunciation of sects as for manifesting those essential principles that characterize the church in her unity and entirety. The responsibility is to make good the claim, and this means much. Any tendency to establish traditions, or to regard a past course as giving direction in all respects for the future, or to become self-centered and manifest a “we are it” spirit and bar the door of progress against the entrance of further light and truth, or in any way to refuse fellowship with any others who may be Christians, would itself be sectarian, altogether unlike the true reformation, which, if it be final, must necessarily be a restoration and possess universal characteristics.”

“For proper representation everything depends upon the understanding of, and the attitude toward, this great movement. For any body of people to hold that the reformation is entrusted to them, or that they have become the standard for the world, is a self-centered attitude, vastly different from that which regards the reformation as something prophetically due, as having come independent of man, and as being greater than the people who have been favored with its light, and that it is their part to conform to it in principle, doctrine, and everything. The great movement is in the world, and any attempt to “corner” it or to limit it to a particular body of people could only result in making that body a sect, or faction, while the movement itself would proceed independently.”

Sunday, November 28, 2010

THE TRUE CHURCH OF GOD

The true church of God is the visible and invisible body of all true Christians. It has, in her normal state, under her divine head, certain essential characteristics which make her exclusively the church, the whole and not a part. The church is not a sect. It is not a denomination. It is not limited to a group, a certain fellowship or specific geographical location.

The church has and must have the following characteristics:

1.) Possession of divine spiritual life. If the church does not possess this she is not Christ’s body and therefore not the church. She must know the Spirit of God. This divine spiritual life teaches the scriptural process of salvation, by which people may obtain a real deliverance from sin and have the Holy Spirit as a witness to their salvation.

2.) Disposition to obey all scripture and to let the Spirit have his way and rule. This constitutes her safety in matters of doctrine and government. The truth only, and obedience thereto, is its motto; and it recognizes the rule of the Holy Spirit in the organization and government of the church.

3.) An attitude receptive to any further truth and light. This humble attitude safeguards against dogmatism and a spirit of infallibility and intolerance, against interpreting Christianity in the light of traditions and old ideas. It does not assume to possess all the truth, but stands committed thereto, holding an open door to the entrance of any further light and truth.

4.) Acknowledgment of good wherever found and the placing of no barrier that would exclude any who might be Christians. This makes salvation, a holy life, and a Christian spirit the only test of fellowship, and disapproves all human standards of church membership and fellowship. The spirit of the movement is to acknowledge good wherever found and to regard no door into the church other than salvation and no test of fellowship other than true Christianity possessed within the heart.

We repeat that these constitute the scriptural standard of the church and characterize her in her unity and integrity. It is by lacking in one or more of these essentials that a sect is a sect.

(Note: the foregoing thoughts were selected and edited from Brother A.L. Byers book “The Birth of a Reformation, 1921.”

I have heard these principles taught by ministers of the church of God since I was a young child. However, it seems that there has been a great disconnect between having the knowledge of these principles and having the experience of which they speak. I am confident that this sad condition is part of the effect of the Evening Time silence and apostasy. We must earnestly seek the Lord that we may see the restoration of glory of God upon the church of God.

It has been eighty long years since the church began its downward slide into silence and apostasy. Every decade has brought strife and division among God’s people. Many ministers have formed groups and fellowships under the guise of protecting the church from heresy and heretics.

Satan successfully convinced some that it was necessary for them to judge their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, lest some wolves in sheep’s clothing creep into the congregation. Based upon the foundation of their personal understanding, those who agreed with them were accepted and those who disagreed with them were rejected. This method of administration, where ministers judge one another without Holy Ghost guidance, is the establishment of a sect.

It is important that you and I validate these four characteristics which Bro. Byers has identified in the true Church of God. Do I and my congregation exhibit these four characteristics in our attitude, conduct and administration? Let us examine these four items more closely.

1.) Possession of divine spiritual life. If the church does not possess this she is not Christ’s body and therefore not the church. She must know the Spirit of God. This divine spiritual life teaches the scriptural process of salvation, by which people may obtain a real deliverance from sin and have the Holy Spirit as a witness to their salvation.

What is the proof that we possess this divine spiritual life? The proof is in what we believe and what fruit our faith produces. Divine spiritual life comes from the Father through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ came into this world in the flesh to set an example of this divine spiritual life. He is our example. Our divine spiritual life will look like and be like the divine spiritual life which He manifested.

1 John 4:15-21
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

What does it mean to “love your brother?”

When the Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, what fruit does it produce? What characteristics will be visibly observable to those who are watching?

The fruit of the Spirit will be evident in the daily conduct of the child of God.

Judgment, righteousness and mercy will be evident in the administrations of the church.

A strong burden for the salvation of souls will prevail among the ministers and saints.

1 John 3:1-10
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

Bro. Byers wrote: “Possession of divine spiritual life. If the church does not possess this she is not Christ’s body and therefore not the church.” This divine spiritual life stands in strong contrast to the human judgments and operations of those who are lacking this divine spiritual life. The minister and congregation which operates without this Holy Ghost anointing is operating outside of the will of God. Except God awaken, they will descend into sectism.

2.) Disposition to obey all scripture and to let the Spirit have his way and rule. This constitutes her safety in matters of doctrine and government. The truth only, and obedience thereto, is its motto; and it recognizes the rule of the Holy Spirit in the organization and government of the church.

Romans 6:11-18
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither 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.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Obedience from the heart is one of the essential keys to a victorious Christian life. Faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the other key. That person who will humble himself in faithful obedience to the Holy Spirit will inherit the kingdom of God and all of the inheritance which God has promised.

The desires of the flesh, its comfort and satisfaction, will war against your faith and obedience.

Satan will provide you with many temptations to turn your heart away from faithful obedience.

Your closest friends and family, may tempt you draw back from a full consecration to God.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Whereas you once disobeyed God, now you must seek revenge against Satan by giving your full obedience to the commandments of Christ.

Hebrews 5:9
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Only those who obey Christ have eternal salvation.

3.) An attitude receptive to any further truth and light. This humble attitude safeguards against dogmatism and a spirit of infallibility and intolerance, against interpreting Christianity in the light of traditions and old ideas. It does not assume to possess all the truth, but stands committed thereto, holding an open door to the entrance of any further light and truth.

1 John 1:5-10
5 This 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.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Fellowship is based on each child of God walking in the light which he receives from Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. You can not have fellowship with the body if you are disobedient to the Head of the Body.

If any person says that they have not sinned, they are a liar. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. If any person claims to be a child of God and continues to commit sin, he also is a liar, because you can not be a child of Satan and a child of God at the same time. Whomever you obey, he is your father. Either you obey Christ in righteousness or you obey Satan in unrighteousness.

4.) Acknowledgment of good wherever found and the placing of no barrier that would exclude any who might be Christians. This makes salvation, a holy life, and a Christian spirit the only test of fellowship, and disapproves all human standards of church membership and fellowship. The spirit of the movement is to acknowledge good wherever found and to regard no door into the church other than salvation and no test of fellowship other than true Christianity possessed within the heart.

1 Timothy 6:2-5
Verse 2b: These things teach and exhort.
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

Surmising is to be suspicious. Suspicion is the negative opposite of confidence.

WEBSTER: SUSPICION: 1 a : imagination or apprehension of something wrong or hurtful without proof or on slight evidence.

SEC: Evil: NT:4190 poneros (pon-ay-ros'); from a derivative of NT:4192; hurtful, i.e. evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from NT:2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from NT:4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners: KJV - bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked (-ness). See also NT:4191.

Evil surmising is the fruit of a disagreement where Holy Spirit guidance is replaced by human reasoning. Human reasoning is a playground for the devil to work. He will take disagreements and turn them in to doubts and suspicions which evolve into evil surmising. Evil surmising destroys relationships and divides loved ones from each other.

Galatians 6:1-5
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

Ephesians 4:1-3
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The church has and must have the following characteristics:
1.) Possession of divine spiritual life.
2.) Disposition to obey all scripture and to let the Spirit have his way and rule.
3.) An attitude receptive to any further truth and light.
4.) Acknowledgment of good wherever found and the placing of no barrier that would exclude any who might be Christians.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Forgiveness

The Meaning of Forgive and Forgiveness

Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Forgive: transitive verb 1 a : to give up resentment of or claim to requital for b : to grant relief from payment of
2 : to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) : PARDON

Forgiveness: the act of forgiving

Requital: something given in return, compensation, or retaliation

Repent: to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life

Ezekiel 18:26-3226
When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.
27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?
30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

Luke 13:3
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Acts 2:37-38
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Revelation 2:4-5
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Revelation 2:20-23
20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

Revelation 3:18-22
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

The sequence of the work of salvation:
Holy Spirit enlightens the heart to its sinfulness.
Holy Spirit brings conviction upon the heart, knowledge of judgment and condemnation to come.
Sinner acknowledges his sins with humility, godly sorrow, repentance and a commitment to turn from all his sins.
Jesus Christ knows the thoughts and intents of the heart and sees the sincerity of the penitent sinner.

Jesus Christ forgives the sinner and brings peace into his heart. He is the Prince of Peace.
The sinner is pardoned, justified and restored to a holy relationship with the Father and the Son through the work of the Holy Spirit and the blood of The Lamb.

Repentance always activates forgiveness and produces reconciliation. Unless the transgressor is accepted and received in fellowship by the mutual works of repentance and forgiveness then either repentance did not take place; or, forgiveness did not take place. A person is not forgiven if he continues to be rejected and denied fellowship.

Forgetting should not be a part of the definition of repentance because it is not possible for men and women to erase from their memory certain severe trespasses. Although they may not be able to forget, they can forgive and not demand requital. They can cover that transgression with love and receive the transgressor back into their fellowship. We have been commissioned to practice a gospel and ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Luke 17:3-4
3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

Matthew 18:21-22
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Mark 11:25-26
25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Mercy and forgiveness are given to them who repent, not to them who continue in their rebellion.

This little booklet was written by a Christian who loves you. My greatest joy would be to help you find Jesus Christ and to know Him as your Lord and Savior.
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How can someone who admits that they are in bondage to sin and can not cease from sin help you get deliverance from sin? These are they of whom Peter wrote: “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.: Read 2 Peter chapter Two.

Romans 6:12-18
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither 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. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Increase Your Account in Heaven

Matthew 25:14-30
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.


This is a lesson to teach us how God operates in the church of God.
You need to believe that this is the way things work in the kingdom of God.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

We are not all alike. God knows our abilities. We all have personal strengths which can be used for the glory of God. God will equip you with certain abilities and then expect you to use those abilities and for His glory.

Read 2 Corinthians 10:12
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

If you think you are acceptable with God on the mere belief that you have done as well or better than your neighbor, then you have a distorted belief in how God will judge you. It is a very unwise act to compare yourself with another person. God did not create us with equal talents and abilities. Regardless of whether we have five, two or one talent, we must use what we have for the glory of God and the good of the Kingdom of God.

Are you using your talents and abilities for the glory of God; or, are you hiding your talents in the satisfaction and fulfilling of your own selfish desires and ambitions? People hide their talents by using them for themselves instead of for the glory of God. People hide their talents in their vocation, their possessions and their own fleshly desires. They are not much concerned about doing the perfect will of God. They are mostly concerned about what they want.

16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.


We are given an example of three men who were give three different levels of ability.
No doubt there are numerous levels of ability and God knows what He has given to you.

Your duty is to study and pray and ask God what He wants you to do and then go do it.

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

There is a day of reckoning coming. You will be judged by Jesus Christ concerning what you have accomplished. If you have done nothing but hide the abilities which God gave you, you will be cast into outer darkness.

Philippians 4:17
Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

Paul was interested in the saints producing an increase for God which would be credited to their account in heaven.

Romans 14:11-13
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

You will give an account of yourself and the record of your account will go before you to the judgment. You will meet the true account and you will not be able to deny it.

20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.


Notice that this man had a 100% increase.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.


Notice that this man had a 100% increase.
What do you think God expects from us? He expects us to use our abilities at 100%.
God does not have lazy children. Slothfulness is not acceptable with God.

Sleeping on the job is not acceptable. Jesus is not coming back for a sleepy church.

If you want to go to heaven when Jesus returns, you must be watching and working.

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.


How many people have received abilities from God and then hidden them in the earth.
If you are only interested in making your life comfortable and pleasant, you will neglect the work of God and hide your talents in the earth.

If you are ashamed of this gospel and refuse to tell others, Christ will be ashamed of you.

Mark 8:34-38
34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

What happened to this man who hid his talents in the earth?

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.


God requires an increase. If you are just “holding your own” you are not increasing and you are not acceptable with God.

28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


The majority of the people in this world will fall into this third category where the talents which God has given will be hid in the earth and produce nothing for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 3:5-13
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

“Every man’s work shall be made manifest.” Your work will be made manifest. You have an account on the record books of Heaven. What is recorded on your Account? Have you had an increase for Christ?

Are you actively using the abilities which God has given to you; or, have you hidden the talents of God in earthly activities.

Ephesians 4:11-16
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

These are all different levels of talents and abilities. There are other talents not listed here. There are many workers who have been sent out into the harvest field of the Lord to be a witness of the righteous and holy character which God wants every person to see, to seek after and to possess. How will some people know about the holiness of God’s people if you don’t tell them?

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Are you making increase of the body?
Are you using your talents and abilities at the 100% level.
Will you hear these words of the Lord on that great judgment day?

Matthew 25:23, “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

Uncover your talents. Use them openly for the glory of God.
Make a commitment today to add to your account in Heaven.
You can’t go to heaven without an increase.

God bless you.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

To My Readers

I appreciate the new additions to my readers list. I know that there are many readers who choose to remain anonymous. Jesus had secret disciples because they feared being cast out of the temple by their religious leaders.

As you read, I pray that God will bless you with wisdom, discernment and all the graces of the Christian virtues: humility, gentleness, meekness, kindness, patience, longsuffering, charity, faith, hope, brotherly love, and such like.

As you read these blogs, understand that they are the product of 64 years of life and experience. They are the sincere intents, thoughts and motives of one who loves the Lord Jesus Christ will all my heart. I have to the best of my ability and knowledge told the truth about myself and others without any desire to hurt or offend. My sole objective is to teach the way of truth and expose the wiles of the devil.

I also pray and hope that each person who reads these blog postings will use the knowlege of the events given here in a charitable and loving manner. Do nothing for revenge or with any ill will. I do not judge or condemn any of them who oppose me. They think they are doing the will of God. If they are innocent in their lack of understanding, God will judge all things with mercy and justice.

Don't confuse teaching the judgments of God with judging the souls of men. Do all things with Charity. I pray that the God of all peace will keep your hearts stayed on Him and the way of holiness.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Don't Hurt God's Children

Don’t Hurt God’s Children

What would you do if someone hurt one of your children or grandchildren? Would you be upset with them? Would you make sure you find out what caused this hurt to happen? If someone intentionally hurt your child unjustly, would you want that person punished for what they did?

How do you think God feels when someone hurts one of his children? If one child hurts another, is God not going to instruct, teach and chastise the out-of-order child? In the church of God, one child is not ever going to intentionally hurt another child of God. If they did intend to hurt, it would be sin and they would not be part of the church of God.

Don’t Hurt God’s Children. God has said that they, “Shall not hurt in all my holy mountain.” In another place God has instructed the children of God to “Hurt not the oil and the wine.”

We want to look at these scriptures and let the Holy Spirit teach us and remind us of how our Heavenly Father wants us to treat one another.

All of you are familiar with the “Golden Rule” which has been taught to many generations. Remember the words of your parents and teachers: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Matthew 7:12
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

How do you treat people whom you love and respect? You do not intentionally hurt people whom you love and respect. The children of God must be careful how they treat one another.

Isaiah 11:1-9
11 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Something has gone seriously awry when people in the church bite and devour one another. God is not pleased when His children allow that old serpent, the Devil, to cause them to become strikers, hurting one another. What do you do with a child that strikes and bites another child? They must be chastised and corrected or else they will be put out of the home.

You better think twice before you carelessly hurt another person. We are not speaking of just a physical hurt. We are also talking about hurting someone’s reputation; or hurting them emotionally or spiritually. Remember, the Word of God says that “life and death are in the power of the tongue.”

Isaiah 65:18-25
18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
[Why? Because no one is being hurt. No biting or striking or destroying in God’s holy mountain.]Go to Verse: 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.

You have seen the artist’s picture of a child with a lion, a wolf and a lamb.
The destroying wolf has been changed to have the nature of a lamb.
The destroying lion has been changed to have the nature of a lamb.
Have you been changed so that you don’t hurt others?

Revelation 6:5-6
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

Here we have a statement that says that we should not hurt the oil and the wine.
We not only do not want to hurt other people, we do not want to cause hurt to the oil and wine of God.

What is the oil and the wine. It is the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
By these two witnesses, men are saved and God’s people are made strong.
God’s children are careful to how they handle the Word and the Spirit.
We do not take the liberty to just form our own opinions and establish our own doctrines and religious beliefs.

Revelation 9:1-6
9 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

This passage has reference to the power of Protestantism and Catholicism and all false religions to cause hurt and destruction. However, the power of Satan working through false religion is limited. He can not hurt the children of God, if they will stay close to the Lord Jesus Christ.

These religious powers could not rob the saints of their salvation and eternal life.
We are not to fear the people who have only the power to hurt the flesh.
We must fear God who is able to cast both the soul and body into an eternal hell.

You must not hurt God’s children and you must resist, reprove and rebuke those who do.

A Child Divided

A CHILD DIVIDED

What do you think of a mother that would not only allow but agree to someone cutting her child in half?

What should a mother’s response be to someone attempting to cut her child in half?
Should she think: “If God is going to allow it to happen, it will happen regardless of what I does.” Is that an acceptable response? “Well, Daddy isn’t home so what can I do?”

First, let us establish how God uses these allegories of two women.

Galatians 4:24-27
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

In this allegory, Agar (Hagar) represents the Old Testament covenant and Sarah represents the New Testament covenant. Agar represents what God and Moses did at Sinai. Sarah represents what God and Christ did at Jerusalem.

Revelation 12:1-2
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

This woman is none other than the church of God, the Bride of Christ.

Revelation 17:3-6
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

This woman is the Roman Catholic church which is the product of the great morning time apostasy. She is called the “Mother of Harlots” because she produced many false Christian organization. She is the mother of Protestantism. This mother does not care what happens to the children of God. She is willing to divide congregations, families and marriages. The history of the Roman Catholic Church is full of testimonies of gross abuse to the children of God. They have cut them apart, pulled them apart and committed heinous acts of violence against God's children. Their unjust wars have brought great shame upon the name of Christ.

Revelation 17:18
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

The Roman Catholic church is a great political and religious conglomeration which rules and has ruled over many nations.

Luke 11:17,
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

Any kingdom which bites and devours one another will destroy itself. When people are willing to advance their selfish cause at the expense of unity, they will divide, divorce and destroy.

1 Kings 3:23-26
Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.

What is the message of wisdom in this passage of scripture?
Is it not in the unselfish consideration of the real mother for the welfare of the child?
The true mother cries, “Don’t divide the child! Don’t divide the child!”
The false mother says, “Divide it! Cut it into. You take half, I’ll take half.”

The church of God, the mother of all saints, does not want the children divided.
False believers will cry out, “Divide, divide. You take half, I’ll take half.”

How many ministers have sanctioned and participated in the dividing of God’s children, instead of laboring for the reconciliation of God’s people. Have they forgiven seven times seventy? Have they been longsuffering and patiently walked the second mile and given the cloak of charity?

How will you respond when you are confronted with someone who wants to divide the children of God? Will you be indifferent? Will you know what to say or do? Will you cry out, "Don't divide the child!" In almost every decade of the last century, God's people have been divided and scattered.

I can not be silent. We must cry aloud. We must sound the alarm. "Don't divide the child!"

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Revelation - Chapter Twenty-Two

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Jesus Christ is the source of the “water of life.” The water of life is salvation through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only one who can quench the thirsty soul. There is no pleasure or possession which can satisfy the soul; for it was created to desire truth and righteousness. John 4:13-14, “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

This chapter describes the life, the fruit and the eternal reward of the child of God.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

True salvation will cause the child of God to bear all of the fruit of the Spirit all the time. The message of salvation is for the healing of all nations. It is intended to heal the body and soul of all who will believe unto obedience. Proverbs 11:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”

JESUS SAID:
John 6:35, “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:”
John 8:12, “I am the light of the world:”
John 10:7, “I am the door of the sheep.”
John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd:”
John 10:36, “Say ye…Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?”
John 11:25, “I am the resurrection, and the life”
John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth”
John 15:1, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman”

3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

There will be no curse of sin anywhere in the city of God which is the true church of God. The habitation of God’s throne is judgment, righteousness and mercy.
John 1:29, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Psalms 89:14, “Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.”

Psalms 85:9-13, “Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.”

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
The name of Jesus Christ and His gospel will be in the minds of all His people. The forehead is used to denote the mind and mental thought process.

Ezekiel 3:8-9, “Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.”

Revelation 14:9, “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,”

5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

There is no darkness in the city of God. Jesus Christ is the light of truth and His gospel shines over all who dwell in the church of God. The holy scriptures teach us the meaning of spiritual expressions. We know that “night” and “darkness” represent the condition of a sinner and sinful deeds. A candle represents a witness to the light of truth. The sun represents the New Testament as the moon represents the Old Testament. Now if we transpose these symbolic interpretations into this verse we can see a fundamental and profound truth about the experience of New Testament salvation. If we have a right spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ, He is our Lord and Master and Savior; then, we have no need of any other witness or even the written word of the New Testament to inherit eternal life and a sure hope of heaven. The foundation of salvation is the fear of God coupled with faith in God which produces favor with God. If fear and faith lead us to repentance, then God will have mercy and pardon all them who seek Him and obey His voice. Subsequently, it is the perfect will of God that all His children be taught to know the Holy Scriptures and all the commandments of God. It is also His perfect will that His children have fellowship with one another. However, these additional benefits and blessings follow, not precede, the conversion experience of salvation. Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,” All of your friends could become your enemies; and, they could lock you up in prison and take away your Bible; but, they can not take away your salvation. You do not need people or books to be saved from sin. As the Apostle John stayed saved on the Isle of Patmos, where he recorded this vision, you also can stay saved in your trials and test, regardless of how severe they may become. The Lord Jesus Christ will give you light and life and you can reign with Him forever.

6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Notice that the angel was really a fellow servant to John. He was a saint whom God used to instruct John. We do not worship the fellow ministers of the New Testament church of God. We worship God and His Son Jesus Christ. We follow the ministers whom God has anointed to preach the gospel as long as they are followers of Christ.

10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

As John records these final words of the Revelation, we should understand that he is now speaking of the final days before Christ returns. The “sayings of the prophecy of this book” have been unsealed. The Seven Trumpets have been sounded. The Seven Vials have been poured out. The Seven Seals have been unsealed and revealed, the “mystery of God” is finished. When Jesus comes again, He will come as a judge and not as a savior. There will be no conversions at the time of Jesus’ second coming. If you are righteous, then you will be righteous. If you are wicked, then you will be wicked.

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed 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.

Saved people have eternal life and they enter through the gate Jesus Christ into the church of God. These saints are blessed because they have pastors after God’s own heart who feed them with knowledge and understanding. They feed on that heavenly manna, the tree of life, the bread of life, and the commandments of Jesus Christ.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Dogs are used as a symbol for false prophets. Isaiah 56:10-11 says: “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.”

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

A special invitation is given by the Holy Spirit for all who are willing and obedient to come and be saved.

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Fanaticism is the sin of adding man’s requirements to the Holy Word of God.

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Compromise is the sin of subtracting requirements from the Holy Word of God. The Highway of Holiness has a ditch on both sides. Fanaticism is to get off of the Highway into the right ditch in favor of being more strict and more righteous. This is foolishness and sinful. Compromise is to get off of the Highway into the left ditch in favor of making the way more tolerant and forgiving. This is also foolishness and sinful. Satan cares not which ditch he is able to get you into so long as he gets you off of the Highway of Holiness.

20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

The Revelation - Chapter Twenty-One

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

John is speaking here of the Church of God in its pristine glory as the bride of Jesus Christ. The church of God is this new Jerusalem. Hebrews 12:22-24 is written to the saints in the morning time of the gospel day. They were told that they were "come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn..." The church of God is the bride of Jesus Christ. He purchased it with His own blood. He brought it down to man that world could see the glory and power of God working through the saints of God. The church of God is the light of the world, the salt of the earth, the witness of God.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

We experience this wonderful relationship with God when we accept Jesus Christ. When He takes away all of our sins by reason of His sacrifice and our faith and repentance, there is no more tears of guilt and sorrow. Old things are passed away and all things are become new. The children of God no longer have the tears produced by the grief of sin. They no longer experience the wages of death which fall upon every sinner. The sorrow, the crying and the pain of sin have all passed away. With victory over Satan, sin and self we go forth rejoicing in righteousness and the grace of God.

5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

This is the message which has been preached from the beginning of the gospel. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." The language of this book "The Revelation of Jesus Christ" is in total agreement with the rest of the Bible.

6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

This is the promised victory which is the right and inheritance of all born again believers. It is not, never has been and never will be, the will of God for the children of God to be in subjection to Satan or be ruled over by his power. Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of Satan and the works of carnal flesh. Someday Jesus Christ will present His bride, the church of God, to His Father. According to Ephesians 5:27 and Jude v.24, the church of God, which is made up of the believers, will be glorious, "not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." and "to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy." If you do not fit the description of holiness and/or if the church you attend does not fit this description, you need to seek God and ask Him to help you find the true Church of God.

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

This is the promised punishment for all those who do not believe on Jesus Christ and reject His gospel. The lake of fire and brimstone is Hell. It is not life here on earth or any part of this time world. The second death is the term used to identify that final separation from God when a soul is cast into Hell. The fearful are those who know that they are not right but will not repent of their sins and seek God with a whole heart. They will all go to Hell. The unbelieving are those who do not believe they have to live holy in this present world and keep the commandments of Jesus Christ. They will all go to Hell. The abominable are those who live perverted sinful lives such as is described in Romans 1:28-32. They will all go to Hell. Murderers are those who have hatred in their hearts as well as those who shed innocent blood. They will all go to Hell. Whoremongers are those who lust after the flesh and live to satisfy their unlawful sexual desires. They will all go to Hell. Sorcerers are those who seek spiritual answers from any other source than the one true God. Witches, wizards, soothsayers, spiritualistic astrologers and diviners are among those whom the word of God classifies as sorcerers. They will all go to Hell. Idolaters are those who worship any creature, creation or mythical God. There is only one true God. They must be none before Him or beside Him. All idolaters will go to Hell. Liars include anyone who knowing tells something to produce an unjust deception. All liars will go to Hell. Is this the message you have heard your pastor preach? The apostle Paul wrote, "They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

The specific angel which had the seven vials is the seventh angel. It is during the time frame of the Seventh Seal, Seventh Trumpet, Seventh Angel ministry, being parallel/concurrent symbols, that the full judgments of the seven last plagues were poured out upon sinful Babylon. Not only is the Pagan/Catholic/Protestant Eight Beast exposed and judged, the beautiful Church of God the bride, the Lamb's wife is revealed.

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

There is no mountain so high or city so great as the holy Jerusalem, the Church of God. Jesus brought it down to earth that it might be the light of the world.

11 Having the glory of God: and her light [was] like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

The church of God has the glory of God. Jesus Christ is that jasper stone. He is the light of the world. His truth and His gospel are clear as crystal to those who have repented of their sins and through faith have been filled with the Holy Spirit.

12 And had a wall great and high, [and] had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are [the names] of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

The church of God has both the truth of the Old Testament as given to the twelve tribes of Israel and the truth of the New Testament as given to the twelve Apostles. The Old and New Testament constitute the entire will of God as inspired by the Holy Spirit to be written for the instruction of mankind in the ways of righteousness.

13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

The golden reed is the gospel of Jesus Christ with all of its commandments and holy precepts. It is used to measure or judge the city of God, the church of God.

16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred [and] forty [and] four cubits, [according to] the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

The church of God is perfectly shapened and formed. There is no part of it which is odd shaped or out of order. The symbolic terms "foursquare" "twelve" and "one hundred forty four" are numbers which God repeatedly uses to identify His actions. The "measure of a man, that is, of the angel" is the judgment message which the Holy Spirit delivers via the pastor of the congregation. An honest investigation of the scriptures will verify that God chooses to speak to the multitudes through the use of individual ministers. Old Testament prophets and New Testament ministers are made the mouth piece of God. These men are ministering angels, messengers of God. The people do well to take heed to their message.

18 And the building of the wall of it was [of] jasper: and the city [was] pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city [were] garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation [was] jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates [were] twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city [was] pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Only precious stones are used to make up the foundation of the church of God. There is no wood, hay or stubble. Only those things which can stand the Holy Ghost fire will remain in the building of God.

22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.

We have learned that the sun is the symbol of the New Testament and the moon is the symbol of the Old Testament. Ministers are represented by stars. All these, the sun, the moon and the stars are avenues of light. Verse 23 lets us know that when you get a revelation of Jesus Christ. When you see the real Christ and know Him personally; when you become part of His body, you will have no need of any inferior light to bring you to Christ. You will not need the Old or New Testament; you will not need the ministers of God, when you become illuminated by Jesus Christ Himself. The purpose of the Old and New Testament and the ministry is to bring you to Christ. This is not to say that while you remain in this world you will never again need to rely on the Old and New Testament or the ministry for instruction in righteousness.

24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

Faith in Jesus Christ with repentance unto salvation is the gate by which all men must enter into the kingdom of God. The light of truth illuminates this gate day and night. No man can open or shut this gate. Jesus said, "I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it." And He "openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth."

26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

There is no membership record book kept anywhere on earth which maintains the names of those who are members of the church of God. Jesus Christ is the head over all things to the church. The head and the headquarters of the church of God are both in heaven. There is where the book of life is kept. Jesus is the only one who can write a person's name into the book of life. He is also the only one who can blot it out. Only those people who have truly repented of their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Master of their life have their names recorded in the book of life. If your name is not written in the book of life before you die and depart from the world, then you will not be able to enter the eternal paradise of God.