Saturday, July 15, 2017

CONDUCT AND CHARACTER

A person's conduct is a witness to their character.
You will know a person's character by his conduct.
A righteous man will not produce evil, sinful conduct.
A sinful man will not produce righteous, holy conduct.
A righteous man will not be covetous of another man's possessions.
A sinful man will not love others with a righteous motive and attitude.
A sinful man will produce sin.
A righteous man will not commit sin.
These are the true teachings of Jesus Christ and His disciples.

Matthew 7:17-21
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 12:33-37
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

You are what you do. Your actions are a reflection of your attitudes. You do what is in your heart. If your heart is evil, you will do evil. If your heart is holy, pure, clean, justified, then you are made free from evil deeds and desires.

Revelation 22:1-2
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.
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.

Galatians 6:7-10
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Don't deceive yourself or allow someone to deceive you. What you do, whatever your conduct is; that is who you are. If you disobey the Holy Spirit who teaches you all things, then you are an evil person. If you obey the voice of the Holy Spirit and keep His counsel and commands, then you are holy, blameless and justified before God.

1 John 3:1-6
3 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.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

A sinful man is known by his conduct, his actions and attitudes.
A righteous man is also known by his conduct, his actions and attitudes.
A sinner will commit sin and be condemned.
A righteous man will do good and not evil.

Luke 6:26-33
26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

What kind of attitudes and actions do you have toward those who oppose you and speak evil of you? Can you really love them and do good to them? Your actions and attitudes toward those who oppose you are a measurable indication of how much grace you have. A justified, yet un-sanctified person, will have a real struggle with his attitudes and actions toward his opposers.

James 4:17
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

If you know what you ought to do, in any situation or circumstance, but you rebel  and refuse to do it, you are rebellious and disobedient and you are not saved. You are a sinner in need of repentance.

Do good and be good. Obey the voice of God and be ye holy, today.

Friday, July 14, 2017

THE WINE OF BABYLON

In this message title, I have used two words which are metaphors. A metaphor is a word used as a figure of speech in which the word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another. When metaphors are used to tell a story or teach a lesson, it is called an allegory or parable. God has chosen to hide many spiritual truths by using divine allegories and parables. These spiritual truths are revealed to the children of God and hidden from the children of the world (sinners). In this last statement, the word “world” is used as a metaphor for sinners.

The New Testament repeatedly confirms that God gives understanding to the disciples of Jesus Christ, but hides certain knowledge and understanding from sinners. Let us read and understand these three witnesses.

Matthew 13:11
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

God is merciful and will, at some time in a person's life, give them an opportunity to be saved and have fellowship with the Father and Jesus Christ. People ought to realize that when they ignore the voice of God and refuse to obey His words and His commandments, God is not obligated to continue to call them. He is not unjust when He quits dealing with rebellious people.

Mark 4:11
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

When God has something repeated in the Holy Scriptures, it is for the purpose of emphasis and to cause people to pay attention and do what He commands.

Luke 8:10
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

This is the third time this is recorded in the gospels. Do you think that Jesus meant what the Word says? How many times does God need to say something? He is a just God and when judgment and punishment come, He is still a God of mercy and justice.

Revelation 1:19-20
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

An angel is a messenger of God. The angels of the seven churches in Asia to whom the Revelation is addressed are the pastors of those congregations. The seven candlesticks are the seven congregations to whom the Revelation book was addressed. These words and phrases are symbols which tell an important truth which God wants His people to understand.

Let us study a parable and define the symbols which Jesus used.

Matthew 25:1-13
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins [pure, clean and undefiled individuals, i.e. saints], which took their lamps [the light of true salvation, the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ], and went forth to meet the bridegroom [Jesus Christ, the Husband and the Head of the church].
2 And five of them were wise [possessed the full knowledge of the complete plan of salvation], and five were foolish [these did not have the experience of full salvation or entire sanctification, they were therefore weak and faulty].
3 They that were foolish took their lamps [the light of truth], and took no oil with them [they had oil in the lamp, but did not have a second measure of oil in their vessel with their lamp]:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels [an additional or second measure/source of oil] with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered [half asleep] and slept [fully unconscious].
6 And at midnight [end of time] 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.
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 [Jesus] 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 [whose light had gone out, i.e. backslidden], saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not [you workers of iniquity who have allowed your light to go out].
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

A woman or women are often used as a symbol in the Bible to represent a religious organization. There is the virgin woman which represents the true church of God and then there are other women who are portrayed as whores and harlots who represent false religious organizations.

Isaiah 4:1
And in that day seven women [religious people who claim to be of God] shall take hold of one man [Jesus Christ, the Husband of the Church], saying, We will eat our own bread [doctrine], and wear our own apparel [religious conduct]: only let us be called by thy name [church of God], to take away our reproach.

This verse speaks of the Protestant and Catholic churches of our day who claim to be Christian, but will not obey the doctrines of Jesus Christ and act like disciples of Christ ought to act. They want to believe that they are Christians. They want other people to accept them as Christians. However, they will not submit to sound teaching, modesty and holiness.

Revelation 17:1-6
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
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.

False religion is any religion which would teach false doctrine which causes people to remain in their sins and still claim to be in fellowship with Jesus Christ. Their false doctrine is the “wine” which makes them drunk with the conviction that they can go to heaven without ceasing from their sins. They are drunk with the wine of her fornication. To be joined to a false religion is to commit spiritual fornication against Jesus Christ.

Revelation 19:1-2
1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

If any person becomes one with or in fellowship with these Babylonian organizations then they will be judged with the corrupt system. To join them in their false worship is to become partakers of the sin of Babylon.

Revelation 14:8
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

You can not effectively witness to someone who is drunk on alcohol; neither can you effectively witness to someone who is drunk on Babylon's doctrines.

Many religious people are drunk on the following doctrines:
1. Eternal security – sin you will, sin you must every day in thought, word or deed.
2. The millennial reign of Christ in Jerusalem at His second advent.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sanctification a Present Reality

I have compiled this list of scriptures for someone who asked for a list of scriptures which teach sanctification as a present-day reality. This is a critical doctrine which is very apparently being neglected. It seems that very few people (even in “church of God” congregations) are being taught and led to this vital experience. A lack of sanctified Christians is directly related to a lack of power in the congregations of the church of God.

Luke 1:74-75
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

1 Corinthians 3:17
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.


1 Corinthians 2:6
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect:

2 Corinthians 7:1
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Ephesians 1:4
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

1 Thessalonians 4:7-8
7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

Hebrews 12:14-15
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

1 Peter 1:13-16
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Matthew 5:48
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Luke 1:6
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

1 Corinthians 1:6-8
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.

1 Corinthians 2:4-6
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

2 Corinthians 13:9
For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Hebrews 10:14-16
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

Ephesians 4:11-13
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
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:

Colossians 1:28
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Colossians 4:12
Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

1 Thessalonians 2:10
Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

1 Thessalonians 3:8-13
8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

2 Timothy 3:17
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Hebrews 6:1-6
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, if God permit.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Hebrews 10:14-20
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

James 1:4
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Sanctification is an act of divine grace performed by the Holy Ghost upon the nature and soul of a person who submits himself entirely to the holy will of God. In sanctification the inherited carnal nature of him who is seeking to serve God is purged. The inherited carnal nature is enmity against God and a hindrance to the total submission and obedience of a justified person. A person can only remain in a justified state (un-sanctified or lacking the second work of grace) only until that time when not yielding oneself as a sacrifice to be sanctified would be disobedience to the command of God. Entire sanctification, as defined by the reception and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, was never experienced under the Old Testament covenant of Moses. On various occasions God did send His Holy Spirit to empower and enable His servants to operate under the divine influence of the Holy Spirit; however, these special empowerings did not result in the purging of the carnal nature or the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit. “The way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing.” (Hebrews 9:8b).

Isaiah 4:2-4
2 In that day [the day of the gospel dispensation] shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.
3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion [the church of God], and he that remaineth in Jerusalem [the church of God], shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:
4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment [justification], and by the spirit of burning [sanctification].

Isaiah 65:24-25
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
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.

This divine allegory given to Isaiah is a prophecy of the baptism of the Holy Spirit fire which purges the carnal nature and makes the child of God a partaker of God's divine nature. When such a nature change takes place, it will be as miraculous as the wolf and the lamb feeding together and the lion eating straw. The Holy Spirit changes the nature of them who are destructive into humble and peaceful people.

John 14:16-17
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

These words of Jesus Christ were fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, fifty days after the Passover and the crucifixion of Jesus.

Acts 8:12-17
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

The new converts at Samaria believed the gospel of Jesus Christ, they received the gospel and they were baptized. These were justified by their faith and the blood of Jesus Christ. It is very apparent that they were subsequently (at a later time) sanctified by the Holy Spirit when Peter and John laid their hands on them and prayed that they would receive the promised Holy Spirit.

Romans 5:1-2
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The human body, the flesh, of Jesus Christ is represented by the veil in the temple which was torn from top to bottom signifying that we now have access into this grace which gives us the power to consistently and continually resist Satan and to say no to every temptation. Holiness is living free from all sin.

2 Corinthians 1:15
And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;

The Greek word charis (khar'-ece); is defined as the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life. This is the power of God which is called “grace.” This divine power is the influence of the Holy Spirit upon the heart which is reflected outwardly in the conduct of the life. By the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit we have the ability to live free from sin all the remaining days of our life.

2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

If a person has not been filled with the Holy Spirit subsequently to being born again (regenerated, converted, justified) then he is not yet complete in the salvation which has been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. Our completeness in Christ includes both justification and sanctification. Don't try to make it to heaven on one cleansing work of grace. The plan of God includes two cleansing works of grace. This is not the design of any man. It is the design of God set forth in types, symbols, metaphors and allegories.

If the carnal nature is still active in your soul, you will have great difficulty keeping yourself from sin. If the fruit of the Spirit is not clearly evident in your conduct, it is a good sign that you are not sanctified.

Galatians 5:22-25
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

The nine characteristics describe the virtue of the Holy Spirit and all those who are sanctified. It this entire list of virtues is not evident in your life, please fast, pray and ask God to give you the gift of the Holy Spirit so that you can keep your heart from refusing the counsel and commandments of God.

Monday, July 3, 2017

A BETTER COVENANT

A BETTER COVENANT
A more excellent way
A new and living way

If we are to know the truth and learn the truth, we must accept the Witnesses of God as the supreme authority for all the things we believe and hold to be true. The Two Witnesses are the Word and the Holy Spirit. It is by these Two Witnesses that we judge and measure all things, including the “temple of God” and the “altar” and “them that worship therein.” Let us establish and accept the only authority given to us to know and judge all things.

Revelation 11:1-6
1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

WATERS is a symbol of people and nations.
Revelation 17:15
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

Romans 3:4
God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;

Can you humble yourself to submit to the measuring rod of the gospel of Jesus Christ; His doctrine and the teachings of the Word and the Spirit? If the Word and the Spirit would teach you a more excellent way, a new and living way, which is clearly set forth in the Holy Bible, will you be willing to change what you believe? If you can show me in the Bible where I am mistaken on what the Bible teaches; then, I will change what I believe. Will you?

The message the Lord has given to me to share is one which Satan has worked hard to prevent people from hearing. Satan hates the gospel of Jesus Christ and the deliverance from sin which full salvation brings to the obedient soul. If people do not hear, believe and accept this message, then they will not have the grace and power of God working in their daily life. The reason we have so many congregations and ministers living without the power of God in their life is because they have not experienced the full plan of salvation which Jesus Christ purchased with His own blood on the cross of Calvary.

I am not willing to settle for “half of the gospel” which Jesus shed His precious blood to purchase for me and the whole world. I am not willing to settle for “one third of the gospel” which Jesus shed His precious blood to purchase for me and the whole world.

Let us consider that Moses and Elijah went to heaven. What could be better than being accepted of God and going to heaven when you die? Many prophets and men of God are listed by name in the faith chapter, Hebrews chapter 11. These all died in the faith and went to heaven. What could be better than being accepted of God and going to heaven when you die? Why did Jesus come and give His life for our salvation since salvation was already an obtainable reality? What fault, what deficiency existed in the Law of Moses and the sacrifices for sin which the obedient children of God offered in the Old Testament?

1 Corinthians 12:31
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

What is this “more excellent way” which the apostle Paul writes about?
It is the same excellent way which John the Baptist spoke of in:

Matthew 3:10-12
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

We must pay close attention to what the Word of God teaches us. Words have specific meaning and we must understand the message and doctrine of Christ.

John the Baptist said that the Messiah was near at hand and that He would baptize the believers with the Holy Ghost and fire. The blood of Jesus Christ is the blood sacrifice for our sins. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all of our sins when we repent and turn from all of our sins. When the blood of Jesus Christ is applied it always signifies that a cleansing/purging work is being done. There are two occasions and two applications of the blood of the sin offering for the sins and errors of the people. We read about this in the book of Hebrews when Paul was writing to the Hebrew people of Israel explaining the fulfillment of the Old Testament covenant.

Hebrews 9:6-9
6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

When Jesus paid for our salvation with His own blood and sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts, the way into the holiest was made manifest for all the children of God. Because by His blood we have been made kings and priests to rule and reign over our flesh in this present world.

John 14:17
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

When Jesus was present in the flesh, He gave them power over all spirits and diseases. However, it is evident from the many instances given in the four gospels, that, although the disciples were saved out of the world, they were still carnal and self-serving. After the day of Pentecost, we find a different condition with the disciples. They had power to be witnesses to the whole world and stand faithful without giving in to the desires of the flesh.

Acts 8:12-17
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had  received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

Ministers of God do not baptize people just because they come and attend our worship services. We baptize people whom we believe have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Philip did not knowingly baptize sinners. These people in Samaria had “received” the gospel of Jesus. They had become disciples and followers of “the way” which Philip preached. They were baptized with water and then later they were baptized with fire, just like John the Baptist prophesied.

Hebrews 8:6-10
6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

How does God write His laws into our minds and hearts? By the gift of the Holy Spirit, we receive a teacher who dwells within our heart and mind to teach and guide us into all truth. The Holy Spirit is an infallible guide and He will bring us into perfection if we will listen and obey His faithful counsel.

John 14:26
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.

Without the Holy Spirit, the children of God are limited in their understanding of the plan of salvation. Without the Holy Spirit, the sinner is in darkness and can not understand the perfect plan of salvation. The Holy Spirit is with the justified child of God and He is in the sanctified child of God. Remember what the apostle John said: 
 John 14:17 “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

This promise of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, this Baptism of Fire, was prophesied from Adam and Abel and Abraham to John and Jesus. It was fulfilled with the ministry of Jesus Christ and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

Luke 1:70-79
70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Without the baptism of the Holy Spirit and that fire which purges and burns up the carnal nature, no man can consistently and continually live all the days of his life in holiness and righteousness. The carnal (un-sanctified) man tends to cause strife, confusion and division, and will not know the way of peace in all circumstances.

Hebrews 10:16-22
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Have you entered into the “holiest”? The holiest was the second room in the tabernacle and was also called the Holy of Holies. These two rooms were preceded by two altars upon which were offered two applications of the blood of the sin offering. One offering was on the brazen altar for the sins of the people. The second offering was on the golden altar for the errors of the people. These two cleansing works of grace were purchased by the blood of Jesus. This is our completeness in the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. If you do not have both cleansings which were both purchased by the blood, then you do not have the complete plan of salvation working in your life. No man designed this plan of salvation; and no man has the authority to change or modify it. If man changes this plan of salvation, it will be unacceptable with God.

Hebrews 10:29
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?

This is the better covenant, the new and living way which Jesus Christ has purchased with His blood. We have the privilege of being part of a better ministry. To reject the second cleansing is to do despite to the Holy Spirit who gives you grace. Grace is the power and influence of God in a sanctified life. Power with God comes when the Holy Spirit comes into the heart of the consecrated and obedient child of God.

Hebrews 12:23-24
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

What is this “blood of sprinkling”? Let the apostle Peter explain it more fully.

1 Peter 1:2
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Have you been sanctified?
Has the fire of the Holy Ghost baptism, purged your heart from the corrupt nature which you inherited from your forefathers all the way back to Adam? 
Do we need to speak to you about the two Adam's; the one who brought us into bondage by disobedience and the second who delivered us from all the power of sin?

Satan hates this message of being sanctified through the two cleansing works of the plan of salvation. This is God's plan. It is not by my design. Neither is it offered as an option or an alternative way to serve God. It is the only way to bring the glory of God back into the camp of the saints!