Monday, May 30, 2016

WEAPONS OF WAR

I would like to cause you to think about the carnal and spiritual warfare which continues throughout the ages of time. Many people have used the Holy Scriptures to support the right and even an obligation to kill another person under certain conditions. I do admit that under the Old Testament law there was the right granted to exercise the law “an eye for an eye.” If someone killed a person then he may be subject to being killed. However, it must be acknowledged that Jesus changed that law and many others. The New Testament covenant is a more perfect covenant than the Law of Moses.

Matthew 5:38-39
38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Are Christians allowed to retaliate with physical force?
Can you see Jesus using physical force to defend Himself?
Can you imagine Jesus killing someone whom He came to save?
What does the Bible say?

Romans 12:19-21
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

John 18:33-38
33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

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.

Matthew 24:4-14
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Matthew 5:44-45
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Love your enemies, but if they resist you or threaten you, kill them.” That is the message of the Koran to the Nation of Islam and Muslims. It is not the message of Jesus Christ to His church.

I do not think that any person can find justification for killing a person just because they have threatened or intend to kill you or your family. I firmly believe in the divine protection of God; and if God allows it, He will give the grace to go through it. Many saints have died for this gospel and I do not intend to change the clear message of the New Testament.

Jesus is the Captain of our army and He gave His life for the salvation of the souls of those who would believe in Him and keep His commandments.

Hebrews 2:9-11
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

The problem with so many people in our day is that they have a strong aversion to suffering and pain. People are not willing to crucify the flesh and get victory over their fear of pain and death.

Mathew 10:34-36
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

Is Jesus speaking symbolically or literally when He said that His coming brought a “sword?” As we continue to study this subject, I am confident that the scriptures will clearly prove that He is speaking symbolically.

Luke 22:36-38
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

Are two swords sufficient to defend the 12 disciples and Jesus against the robbers and thieves who roam the hills and deserts of Israel. Two swords were probably sufficient to defend themselves against wild animals and serpents.

Romans 13:1-4
1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Do ministers of God carry swords to punish unruly individuals? I think not!!!

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The sword of the Lord is His Word and by His Word He is able to overcome any enemy, both spiritual and physical.

Revelation 9:16-18
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

The sword of the Lord is described as fire, smoke and brimstone.
Revelation 19:19-21
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

If you make the decision to kill someone, where do you think their soul will go? Are you sure that God will approve of you making the decision to send a soul to hell? How many innocent people have been killed in the name of “capital punishment”? Are you willing to use fatal force in defense of your property and family? Can you not have faith that God is able to protect your life, property and family?  Remember, Christians do not kill people and they do not use any physical force in their defense.  If you reject my last sentence, you need to re-study the words of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.



Sunday, May 29, 2016

WHAT IS TRUTH?

Perhaps one of the greatest and most important questions ever asked is this: “What is truth?”

What is truth? The answer must be: “The Word of God is Truth.” The greatest challenge which is set before each of us is: What does the word of God say and what does it mean? Truth is Truth whether we understand it or not. Truth is Truth whether or not we understand how to apply it to our own life. It is possible that a violation of Truth may be unintentional. The worst violation of Truth is comprised in the mental attitude and decisions which constitute a willful disobedience to what is known to be Truth. Our God is a merciful God and does not condemn a person who has not been enlightened to the reality of Truth, unless that lack of enlightenment is also the result of disobedience.

A person can commit sin by an act of rebellion, an act of disobedience.
A person can also commit a sin by doing nothing when God has given instructions to obey. This is the sin of commission and the sin of omission. You can disobey by doing the wrong thing; and, you can disobey by not doing the right thing.

Romans 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

What does Paul mean when he said “where no law is, there is no transgression.”? Does a law have force where there is no knowledge or understanding of the law? No, not with a just and merciful God. If it did, then a child who does not understand the sin of lying and stealing must be guilty and punishable for their transgressions.

Deuteronomy_1:39 Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.

Romans 3:19-26
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Hebrews 10:26-29
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

The expression “if we sin willfully” clearly implies that there is a distinction, a definite difference, between a willful sin committed with knowledge of the law of God and that act which is done without knowledge.

The great wickedness of our day is that people pretend that they do not know, when in reality, they do know that they are doing acts of disobedience, and they know that they are not doing the things which God has told them to do.
They are sinning by willful commission and by willful omission.

A serious caution must here be noted: It is a dangerous thing to charge a person with the sins of commission and omission when you do not know the true intent of the heart. Godly counsel requires the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit to discern the actual intent of the heart. If you condemn a person who is saved, you are putting a stumbling block in the pathway of a child of God. This has serious consequences for the person who causes a child of God to stumble and fall.

Truth is defined by God's Word. Jesus Christ came into this world to make the Word of God become flesh. He taught the whole world by His life of holiness setting us an example that we should follow in His steps. There is no truth or salvation outside of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no true religion outside of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What adjectives could you use to describe Truth?
  1. Eternal – it is timeless, its precepts apply to every generation of man
  2. Just – fair, equitable, without respect of persons
  3. Holy – without any trace of evil or guile
  4. Pure – it does not mix with error or falsehood
  5. Beautiful – it is an adornment to all who live by it
  6. Dependable – it never becomes unfaithful or variable
  7. Powerful – it never is lacking in strength, it is always sufficient

Nothing can be compared to Truth. We can talk about it and try to describe it; but, its value is beyond human measure. It is more valuable than all the things of this world.

Matthew 13:44-46
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.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

When you find Truth which is all about the Kingdom of heaven, the church of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ, you ought to be willing to sell all you have to gain Truth. If you are not willing to sell all to have and possess the Truth, then you are not worthy to be part of the Kingdom of heaven.

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

1 John 5:2
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

Jesus is TRUTH. The Holy Spirit is TRUTH. You can not know truth without knowing the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit would come and teach us all things. Jesus also said that the Holy Spirit would not speak of Himself, but would testify unto all the words which Jesus had spoken. The Holy Spirit will teach us truth. Will we listen to the truth which comes from the Holy Spirit.

Truth is not to be found in the doctrines of some man-made or man-ruled religious organization, and they are many. The Bible tells us that many are the children of she which has no husband. That expression means that there are more converts in false religion than there are converts to the truth.

So truth can only be discovered by those who seek for truth with their whole heart, with desire and with a sincere attitude of obedience to that truth when it is revealed to them by the Holy Spirit.

Do you have truth? Have you proven your doctrine by careful examination, by scriptural verification and with the assistance of Holy Spirit inspiration.

Will you buy the truth when the Holy Spirit reveals it to you?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

THE CARNAL MAN

A proud, carnal person does not like to confess that he has made a mistake.
A sanctified person will humble himself and confess his error and accept correction. Correction is accepted with a loving, respectful attitude.
It is imperative that we know how to recognize the characteristics of a carnal man.
Likewise, it is also imperative that we know how to recognize the characteristics, the attitudes and actions of a sanctified person. The Word of God and the Holy Spirit will teach us how to do that. Both the carnal nature and the sanctified, divine nature have specific characteristics which are observable.

The carnal man has been an adversary, an enemy, to righteousness since the sin of Adam and Eve. The carnal character of pride and envy caused Cain to kill his brother Abel. Do you know why Cain killed Abel? Cain killed Abel because when they brought their sacrifices to offer to God, God told Cain that He did not like His offering of grain. God told Cain that He wanted Cain to offer a blood sacrifice like the one his brother Abel offered. Cain was offended at God and jealous of Abel. The carnal man caused the Israelites to murmur and complain against God. The carnal man is at the very source of all division and strife. It remains the bane of every congregation. Unless it is purged, it will cause division and destruction.

An un-sanctified person is in serious danger of being influenced and destroyed by his own selfish desires. Satan does not want the justified person to understand his need of a second cleansing, a purging of this inward foe, which if left unattended will corrupt the heart.

The eradication of the carnal nature is of paramount importance as it is an essential element of the plan of salvation. Jesus Christ, the Second Adam, came to deliver us from the curse of the First Adam. The principal cause of backsliding is the corrupt nature of man which remains in the inward man after repentance and justification. Jesus came to become the perfect sacrifice which is able to purge and cure the curse of sin and the selfish nature of men.

Romans 8:1-39
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Question: When is there no condemnation upon a person's heart?
Answer: When there has been an effective repentance, forgiveness and subsequent obedience to righteousness.
If a justified person, who is free from condemnation, begins to resist the Holy Spirit and refuses to walk in the light of truth being given to him, then he has fallen back into condemnation because he has walked after the flesh and not after the Holy Spirit. It is evil to refuse to receive the gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit which Jesus gave His life to provide.
Listen to the righteous counsel of the prophet Isaiah. It is possible to lose the precious gift of salvation by refusing to receive what Jesus has given His life to provide.

Isaiah 1:16-28
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
24 Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:
25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:
26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.
27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

Isaiah does not mean to say that Zion shall be redeemed with criticism and condemnation. Zion is redeemed by the preaching of the righteous principles of God's Word. Paul said that people are saved by the foolishness of preaching. The preaching of holiness and a sanctified life sounds impossible and foolish to those who do not believe in the cleansing power of faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.

Back to Romans Chapter 8
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
When is a person no longer carnal? When the Holy Spirit is in you and is in control of your decisions, desires, attitudes and actions. You can not walk after the flesh and in the Spirit at the same time. If the lust or desires of the flesh are alive in your heart, your condition is opposed to the Holy Spirit and is an active enemy agent against the Holy Spirit.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The carnal man is continually tempted and enticed to love himself and his own way more than he loves God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing but full salvation which includes two works of grace can protect you from sinning.

1 Corinthians 3:1-4
1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

Paul warns the Corinthian congregation of the church of God of the danger of remaining in a carnal, un-sanctified state. Their carnal condition was the root cause of envy, strife and divisions. Paul clearly identifies them as “babes in Christ” and yet carnal. No person can remain in this justified, and yet carnal, state for a long period of time and not need to repent of sin. In due time, if left in place, the carnal nature will overcome the justified person's will and cause him to transgress the righteousness of God. The carnal nature must be purged.

Matthew 25:1-13
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Question: Is there such a thing as a (spiritual) foolish virgin?
Answer: Yes. A foolish virgin is a justified child of God who attempts to go forth to the “marriage supper of the Lamb” with only one measure of oil. Throughout the scriptures, “oil” is used symbolically to represent the work of the Holy Spirit.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Notice that the foolish had their lamps, the light of salvation. However, they did not have an additional source or measure of oil. Unlike the “wise virgins” who took oil “in their vessels” with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Without two measures of oil, no man can endure long while he tarries/waits for the bridegroom to come. In the spiritual war between the flesh and the spirit, the carnal nature will overcome the soul who is lacking the second cleansing grace which comes by way of being baptized by the Holy Spirit.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

The door, the opportunity, to be justified and sanctified is open to us today. If we pass by this opportunity and enter not in, we will be in grave danger of being eternally lost. If we willfully refuse to accept the gift of the Holy Spirit, we make ourselves a sinner again by reason of our disobedience.

Today, you should repent and be saved.
Today, you should ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit and make yourself a living sacrifice unto God.
Do not carelessly pass by this door of opportunity.
Sell all that you have and buy this great experience, this “Pearl of Great Price.”

I recommend the acquisition and prayerful study of the book “The Second Blessing in Symbol” published in1893 by Carradine. It is an excellent presentation on the true and essential doctrine of two works of grace which has been consistently taught by holiness preachers.