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The Very High Calling of Marriage

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The Very High Calling of Marriage

The Word of God regarding marriage is a much bigger lesson than just physical marriage to those given to receive it.  The standards for marriage be they spiritually with our Lord or physically with our God-given spouse, are far higher than we first believed.  Not many are able to receive the truth of the gospel and even fewer to walk it out in faith; however, the Lord has chosen some to be His preacher and go to those prepared to hear.

Rom 10:14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 

Rom 10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  

This study has come with much hardship and great dissension within the camp of spiritual Israel.  The Lord is continuing to sift His flock through new trials of faith all of which is prophesied throughout the prophets.  Those in the faith know the Lord will lose none of His little ones and those same few sheep will hear His voice.  Those standing in the truth of the gospel will tarry individually for those still sincerely searching for the truth as we are commanded.  However, this study which has been requested for many weeks will now go forth and the Lord will further His work.

The word of God is not bound by men’s lack of understanding or lack of faith.  It will go forth and be preached and save those who are given to believe, whether men are pleased with it or not.

2Ti 2:9  Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. 

Gal 1:10  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 

Getting this marriage issue correct is far greater than just knowing how to behave in our physical marriages.  Marriage is the symbol and parable of our relationship with the Lord and the lessons learned about spiritual marriage apply to the physical and vice-a-versa.

Introduction:

Those in the true faith strive to obey the Lord and that means enduring through all the trials the Lord puts into our path.  Those in true faith being dead to the law of sin and death [their carnal reasonings] are resting from their own works and stand in Christ.  To those in faith, the simple commands of the Lord are clear and there is no allowance for divorce in any case or situation.  We wait and trust in the Lord and do as we are commanded in seeking restoration if that be His will.  This study will expose the errors of Babylon that continue to trouble many in seeing the truth and are still being used by the adversary to muddy the waters of life and sow confusion.  The calling for the faithful few coming out of the chosen few that come out of the many called is truly high.

Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The function of marriage [Joh 6:63] is a shadow of our relationship with Christ as His bride and He as our husband.  Our marriage to Christ is for life and that is how the Lord wants His people to view and act on their physical marriages.  Being married in spirit or in clay, we become one with one another and it that view those in the Body are married to one another and are never to be permanently divorced.  These commands are to be obeyed in the same way we are not to physically commit adultery, fornicate, get drunk with wine, murder, etc.

Eph 5:28  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 

Eph 5:29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 

Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 

Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 

So right here the principle of oneness and the inseparableness of marriage is shown as the commandment of the Lord.  The Lord does not have two standards or rules for Himself and for us.  There is only one standard and we are to strive to follow His example and life in all things.

1Jn 4:17  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

There are many more witnesses to this to establish it solidly as truth and the doctrine of Christ. The Lord never leaves us or forsakes us and that is our example to our spouses when we are married physically.

Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 

Marriage as the spiritual example shows that it was always intended by the Lord to be for lifeThe exceptions most believe comes from the law of the Gentiles [the law of sin and death – carnal reasoning] and not from faith and belief in the gospel.  This is the same as leaning on one’s own understanding and is a departure from the faith.  The Lord’s own words tell us that there is no provision made for divorce or putting away from the beginning as we will soon see.  Our obedience [love] is being completed as we grow in faith, stand in the face of our suffering and wait for the Lord to finish His work making no provision for the flesh.

Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love [obey] the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 

Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.

Keeping Christ’s commandments is the end goal and purpose of the Lord’s work in us.

Mat 19:17  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 

Pro 7:2  Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

Our marriage to Christ only occurs in the day of the Lord [Day 3].  This is important to understand as what was lawful and righteous under the law, before our day of the Lord and marriage to Christ,  is no longer good enough to enter into the kingdom of God.  Scribes and Pharisees are us before we know the Lord and before we are given faith to believe the gospel.  When faith has come, the standard for righteousness is much much higher.

Mat 5:20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. 

Pharisees argued with Christ about the way of life and those arguments will continue in our life when Christ comes to us and we begin to walk by faith and follow Him.  Those being made righteous walk by faith trusting nothing of themselves and their carnal reasonings that were all perfectly lawful under the law for a carnal nation, yet we cannot enter into life and know the Lord while we are bound to that law.

Eze 20:25  Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; 

It is those few given faith upon whom the gospel is received and believed meaning the time of reformation is come to them.

Heb 9:10  Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 

Christ the reformer, who changed what is lawful under faith, never uttered the word divorce in the times of reformation.  Divorce is never an option under the law of faith [gospel] as the commandment is clear and simple: what God has joined let no man separate.  Those that cannot receive the hard to accept yet simple truths show their unbelief and continued bondage to the law of sin and death in wanting to reason the Lord’s commandments.  Hopefully, the truth will be heard and they will be set free of that bondage.

We are all hardened in unbelief at first, rich with our knowledge of the Scriptures and outward obedience.  Yet we lack one critically important thing.  This trial brings new light on this parable.

Mat 19:21  Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 

Mat 19:22  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. 

Mat 19:23  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 

 The true gospel is not received or meant for those who are rich, it is meant and received only by the poor [Luk 4:18] who of themselves are counting on the Lord in all things.

Mat 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

In the day of the Lord, our wedding day with the Lord, it is no longer about the knowledge and our reasonings of the Scriptures which is a continuation of our being under the law and seeking to justify ourselves.  That is what Pharisees and Sadducees do as they search the Scriptures trusting on that knowledge [riches] yet being unwilling to obey the simple commands.  Such ones think they are awake to life yet are sleeping until awakened when Christ comes, and His commandments arise within us.

Joh 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 

Joh 5:40  And ye will not come to me, [MY COMMANDMENTS] that ye might have life. 

Truth is rejected and those in unbelief will follow men who come in their own name with their spiritual riches and reasonings.

Joh 5:43  I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name [his own carnal reasonings about the commandments], him you will receive. 

Joh 5:44  How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

Sadly, some are now falsely believing that since their husband is “spiritually dead” and reasoning they could bear more fruit elsewhere have made plans and inquiries regarding departing their marriage via divorce.  This is a total twisting and perversion of Paul’s words that Peter warned us we would experience that is called the error of the wicked.

2Pe 3:15  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 

2Pe 3:16  As also in all his [Paul’s] epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 

2Pe 3:17  Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 

Note the intro of Peter reference to Paul mentioning the cross and our longsuffering to find salvation.  Those standing in the faith will not be complaining to God they are condemned to a loveless marriage, they will know this is the cross, the longsuffering to which those in faith are appointed and in that they should be rejoicing.

Col 1:11  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

May the Lord open the eyes of understanding, so these errors are spotted for what they are   — a stark departure from the true faith and living God.  Lord willing, we are teaching all to stand by faith and wait on the Lord, letting no man take their crown by coming down from their cross.

Rev 3:11  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

The Gospel:  Jesus Christ and Him Crucified

It is important to remind ourselves what is the gospel and how that is central to our faith.  We are to believe the gospel and all the related promises of God.  The gospel is also known as the “gospel of grace”.  It is all about trials and us going to the cross and trusting in the Lord and the example He gave us.

Act 20:24  But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 

When we begin to reason the marriage or any commandments, we are being moved by another gospel that has one reasoning under the law of sin and death when one should or can depart a marriage.  This is known as adding to the Word of God and that will bring further plagues and deceptions upon us if we are not given to repent and believe the gospel.

Rev 22:18  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

We are told many times we must endure to end, finish our race in order to be saved and be given the overcoming of our sins.  We won’t make it if we come down from the cross.  All such reasoning is our carnal mind that will naturally seek and reason away sufferings.  It is not of faith but from our father the devil who is rebuked when the truth is spoken.

Mat 16:22  Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 

Mat 16:23  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. 

When we twist the Lord’s commandments, we are fallen from grace and our faith [is now unbelief] is said to be in vain.

2Co 6:1  We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 

Gal 5:4  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law [Rom 2:15 – carnal reasonings of Gentiles]; ye are fallen from grace.

Not many mighty works of the Spirit [i.e overcoming] are done if we abide in the midst of unbelievers.  This is why the canker that has been spread about marriage needs to get out of our fellowship.  It casts even more doubt upon the Lord’s promises if only we would believe.

Mat 13:57  And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 

Mat 13:58  And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. 

This dispute manifested when efforts to provide answers to “practical questions” about marriage and divorce was initiated.  Immediately one in truth could see how this took the conversation away from Christ and turned it back to man’s own carnal reasonings under the law.  The trumpet has been blown via this study and Lord willing, faithful watchmen will continue to expose these errors and departures from the only true faith that will save us.

Rather than entertain speculative hypothetical “what if” questions, acting in faith, would have us just believing the Lord.  His promises to us include that He won’t give us a trial beyond what we can handle [1Co 10:13]. Is the Lord not capable of making sure NONE of His little ones is abused to the point of no return?  Of course, He is more than capable, yet our carnal reasoning will continue to doubt and keep us in unbelief.

Mat 19:24  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man [trusting in his own reasonings and wisdom] to enter into the kingdom of God. 

Mat 19:25  When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 

Mat 19:26  But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

When we even begin to entertain the idea of divorce as a believer, we are entertaining our carnal reasonings.  All of it is doubting the promises of the Lord who tells us He is capable of ensuring none of his sheep are put into an untenable situation.  When we go beyond what is written it is not of faith but carnal works under the law.  Here are two witnesses proving the Lord will not bring any trial we cannot handle.

1Co 10:13  There hath no temptation [trial, grace, THE GOSPEL] taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 

Eph 4:7  But unto every one of us is given grace [the fiery trials] according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

We must be found faithful in the end.  This means we will not abandon the gospel but live it and declare it boldly in opposition to man’s wisdom and reasonings.

1Co 2:1  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 

1Co 2:2  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified

1Co 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 

If we claim to be Jesus Christ, of His Body and of His faith, then we best get with the program of knowing it is appointed we be crucified and lose our life.  The bar is truly high and carrying a cross is harder than we thought just yesterday.  We will learn to trust in the Lord and His promises to deliver us from evil and not try us beyond what we can bear.  When the Lord comes to your personal earth [Luk 18:8] will He find faith?  We know from the sum it will indeed be very few in this age, the vast majority of the chosen few will fall away from the truth and follow the fables of their carnal reasoning.

Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 

Those not ordained to have faith will depart and walk no more with Christ once they are told how high the bar is and what the Lord demands from us.  This includes disciples who believed and walked with Christ for years even the one holding the bag of riches [knowledge of the Scriptures].

Joh 6:66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 

Anyone reasoning hypothetical questions and advising women to seek a divorce in order “to bear fruit unto the Lord” or do good works, has already departed from the faith and remain under the law of the Gentiles.

Gal 5:4  Christ becomes of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 

Gal 5:5  For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 

Gal 5:6  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love [1Jo 5:3 – obedience]

Gal 5:7  Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 

Gal 5:8  This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 

The will of God is that we abstain from fornication [spiritual and physical] and walk by faith in Him and His commandments alone.  We are not to give heed to these reasonings and carnal questions which are in fact spiritual fornication.

1Ti 1:4  Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 

1Ti 1:5  Now the end of the commandment is charity [obedience] out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:  

The end of the commandment is a clear conscience towards Christ.  The new command is much higher than “love your neighbor as yourself”.

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 

We are to love others including our spouse as Christ loved us.  A truly godly husband or wife acting in faith is sanctifying her spouse in Day 3 as they submit to Christ and give up their life [and carnal reasonings] to die in order to sanctify themselves and their spouse.  It is the same example the Lord gave to His people to follow.  As the Lord was sent, so He sends His true ones to die for the sinners and unbelievers [Joh 20:21].

Rom 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us [we are His spouse]

If we are unwilling to do this our faith is feigned meaning we are not in the faith and have fallen from the true grace of God.  Christ is not attractive to anyone’s flesh, His commands are deemed too harsh and unloving by our carnal mind [Isa 53:2].  Christ rebuked the Pharisees strongly for trusting in their own knowledge and reasonings and unwillingness to come to Him with childlike faith.  We are all those Pharisees and will naturally want to please the flesh and our hearers with smooth words that sound godly but are a departure from the law of faith.

Isa 30:9  That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 

Isa 30:10  Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 

The time to be on guard for this is now, in the last days [Day 3] as the Lord is saving His people.

2Ti 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 

2Ti 4:4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 

This truth that is the gospel is not going to be popular.  We need to be extremely wary of reasoning away any of His commands the very force Paul dealt with and wrote often about in his epistles to warn us of the same.

Prisoners of Christ preach the commandments and singleness of the gospel knowing it is never going to be well received and will instead bring persecution and much opposition from our own spiritual family.

1Th 2:2  But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention

1Th 2:3  For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 

1Th 2:4  But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 

The simple truth and our obedience to those commandments is far better than volumes of knowledge that twist away the judgment of the Lord and make provision for flesh.

Pro 16:8  Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice [judgment].

Our trials, even severe trials in marriage, are to teach us and produce the fruit of the Spirit in us.  Lord willing, we will learn to trust the Lord in all things and wait on Him.  Ruling and reigning with Christ over our flesh requires us losing that life to gain spiritual life.  Our calling is extremely high as are the costs!

Mat 19:27  Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 

Luk 18:28  Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. 

Disciples indeed” will be differentiated from disciples when the heat of the Lord’s trials is turned on and we are told to stand in faith and trust Him.  Few are given to continue but some will hear and believe the gospel.

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 

We are to continue in the commands and not to seek to exit a trial.  Our doing so wrests away the judgment of God against our carnal life the very experience that is saving us from our sins.  So, it is with all of the Lord’s commandments and the accompanying trials He brings to accomplish our obedience and that includes issues pertaining to marriage.

Php 1:29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;  

The Simple Marriage Commands

The risen Christ within us is the rising of His commandments within us! It is those commands to which we should look to establish what is good and acceptable in His sight.  The most basic commandment regarding marriage is to stay married and not seek to depart from what the Lord has joined together. Regarding marriage, the high calling is not difficult to pin down.

1Co 7:10  And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, [this is a command] Let not the wife depart from her husband: 

1Co 7:11  But and if she depart, [here is another command of the Lord] let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. 

We need to be watchful for the Pharisee spirit within us, that is yet carnal and wants to reason away the simplicity of the commandment.  Here are some more witnesses to the simple truth that divorce is not an option under the law of faith, it only being for the carnally minded who are bound by the law.

Mat 19:3  The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 

Mat 19:4  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 

Mat 19:5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 

Mat 19:6  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 

It is such a basic truth that the Lord causes and works all things [Eph 1:11] and has already determined every day and minute detail of our life [Psa 139:16, Isa 46:10].  This means that all of our physical marriages were ordained and caused by the Lord.  The Lord did it, He joined us together with our spouse be they a believer or an unbeliever.  We or no man is to be taking any action of cause to separate what the Lord has joined together.

No matter what the trials the Lord gives us, we are to stay married and trust and wait on the Lord, striving to obey Him in all ways.  Divorce is all related to the law for the lawless not for those that walk by faith in Christ and believe in the gospel.  Pharisees do not know the Lord and do not have faith and will reason against Christ [the Word, the commands].  Christ uses this to teach His disciples, those with ears to hear, the difference between the law of Moses/Gentiles and the law of faith.

Mat 19:7  They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 

Mat 19:8  He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 

Mat 19:9  And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away [G630] his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. 

Here we have some added details and contrast given by the Lord.  These are some of the most butchered and mistranslated verses in all the Scriptures.

Putting Away versus Divorce

It is critically important to know the difference between “putting away” and “divorce” as all the orthodox doctrines have it wrong as do the translators in nearly every version.   These differences between divorce and putting away are as applicable to spiritual marriage as they are to physical marriage.  Referencing how we behave in trials with our brethren, to whom we are married in Spirit, will be a huge reinforcement and witness to how we are to act in our physical marriages with divorce and putting away. Remember, physical marriage is just a shadow of a larger spiritual principle.

Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 

Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 

These verses have been horribly mistranslated and continue to this day to give cover to the carnal reasoning and confusion on what are truly simple commandments of the Lord.  Here is the NKJV

Mat 5:31  (NKJV) “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 

Mat 5:32  But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. 

The NKJV words bolded in every case are not the word for divorce.  The subject being discussed is putting away if you look into the actual Greek words.  Here is the KJV which gets it right in two of the three places G630 is referenced.

Mat 5:31  (KJV) It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away [G630] his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 

Mat 5:32  But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away [G630] his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced [G630 – should say put away] committeth adultery.

The reason it is considered adultery if one marries someone who is put away is that such a one is not divorced, remains married and is thus unable to marry another.

There is another blockbuster error that has sowed much confusion over the commands about putting away.  One needs to understand that “putting away” a spouse for any cause other than fornication causes the one disobeying the Lord to commit adultery.  It is an error to say the one put away is caused to commit adultery as nearly every bible translation says.  Such reasoning is contrary to the Lord and who is to bear the inequity of sins.

Eze 18:20  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him [the one doing the sinning, committing adultery by their disobedience]

Adultery is our disobedience to the Lord’s commandments spiritually speaking.  Said another way, it is our unfaithfulness to our Lord or His commandments.  The translators add to the carnal confusion over this by choosing to use the word “her” for G846 which adds to the twisting of this commandment.  The correction to this verse, which is 100% consistent with how the Greek word is used elsewhere is shown below.

Mat 5:32  But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her [G846 – himself or the same (i.e. the one doing the act of putting away)] to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is put away [divorced] committeth adultery. 

The wrongly put away wife does not commit adultery just because they have been put away.  What the Lord is saying, again consistent with the definition of spiritual adultery, is the disobedient husband [spouse] who puts away his wife [spouse] without cause is committing spiritual adultery with His Lord.  The works of our flesh in all manner come back to adultery [our disobedience] which always seems to listed first in a list of sins.

Gal 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness … 

The Pharisees asked Christ about “putting away” in Matthew 19 not divorce and His answer was changing the law on putting away.  Divorce was only mentioned by the Lord in His answer as he contrasted what was lawful under the law of Moses/Gentiles versus the new standard.  The Lord in giving new commands is speaking about PUTTING AWAY a spouse, not divorce.  As is the case for all things under the law of faith, the bar for obedience is being raised considerably.

Under the law for a carnal nation, one could put away their spouse for any reason so long as they gave a writ of divorce.  Under the law of faith, one can only put away [NOT DIVORCE] for the cause of fornication.  Both aspects of the “putting away” command are being raised to a higher standard.  The reasons for putting away are being limited to just fornication and the option to permanently cut them off by divorce has been removed.  The bar for those that walk by faith, trusting the Lord in all things has truly been raised HIGH.

Nothing in these so-called divorce verses in the Beatitudes, properly divided, that actually speak about “putting away’ are suggesting anyone in the faith can divorce their spouse and do so in the faith.  They are speaking about putting away, doing the same thing the Lord does to us, and commands we do to those who spiritually fornicate in the Body of Christ to whom we are married.  The Lord is 100% consistent in what He does with us, what we are told to do to our brethren spiritually and how we are to handle issues in the physical.

Only the Lord can and will end marriages He ordains and causes to be ended.  Paul speaks the Lord’s commandments consistently as the Lord and tells us not to depart [divorce] our marriages.

1Co 7:10  And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 

1Co 7:11  But and if she depart [in a putting away only situation], let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband [leave/forsake/divorce] put away [not G630] his wife. 

As the sum of the word shows us with eyes to see when addressing all these aspects of fornication, we are to separate for a time and a season always holding out the hope of reconciliation.

Col 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross [our dying daily, carrying the cross, walking only by faith], by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 

Being married in Spirit to our fellow brethren, the spiritual or physical “Corinthian” fornicator is not to be permanently cut off or divorced forever.  They are to be put away with the intent they will be reconciled back in due time.  The Lord does not make it confusing, He is consistent in how the commands are applied.

1Co 5:1  It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. 

1Co 5:2  And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 

1Co 5:3  For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 

The law of faith has us staying unmarried and seeking reconciliation with our spiritual and physical spouses rather than divorce.

2Co 5:18  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation

2Co 5:19  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. 

Christ dies for His enemies while they yet sin in order to reconcile them back to Himself.  In the same way and example, we don’t forsake our spouses, we seek reconciliation and wait upon the Lord.

1Co 7:11  But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away [not G630 – leave or forsake] his wife. 

Those holding to false doctrines and causing divisions in the church [the fellowship to whom we are married in spirit] are spiritual fornicators and they are to be marked and put away [not divorced]. It is the same thing as in our physical marriages.  Putting away is intended to bring shame to those fornicating and in due time lead them to be reconciled back.  Here are two more examples of putting away a fornicator.

2Th 3:14  And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him [put him away], that he may be ashamed. 

2Th 3:15  Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 

Rom 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid [put them away] them. 

The hope of putting someone away is to keep ourselves undefiled and let the Lord bring His wrath and destruction to turn their hearts back [reconcile].  It works the same in our spiritual and physical marriages.

1Co 5:4  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

1Co 5:5  To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 

Christ puts us away when we spiritually fornicate but always accepts us back when we repent.

Isa 59:2  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. 

The Lord takes us back when we repent, and ultimately the Lord will bring the fire to accomplish that repentance in our day of the Lord.

Isa 30:15  For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning [repentance] and rest [from your carnal reasonings of self] shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

Under no circumstances are we to leave via divorce and disobey the commandmentDoing so is never of faith in the promises of the Lord including this one.

1Co 7:14  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 

To the carnal mind, this will seem like a condemnation to a loveless marriage, but to those who believe and trust in the Lord, it unleashes great power [Christ in us] to work many mighty miracles.  This is giving all to Christ, the true tithe that will result in many miracles and overcoming, even the Lord sanctifying our unbelieving spouse.  Yet so few have faith.

Mal 3:10  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing [power to overcome, strength to endure, faith, etc.], that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 

Welcome to the lake of fire and what walking by faith and carrying a cross is all about!  It is a much higher standard and hotter furnace than we first believed.  Those being saved in that day learn to wait and trust in the Lord.  If He breaks the marriage up, by His causing the unbeliever to depart, then we are no longer under any bondage as happened in several examples in our fellowship.

1Co 7:15  But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. 

A godly wife acting in faith can lawfully in faith separate for a time with the consent of their husband, but they cannot divorce in the law of Christ.  They stay unmarried and seek to be reconciled back to their husbands in the appointed times as the Lord makes happen.

1Co 7:16  For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

We return to the Lord, our first love in Day 3, walking out the gospel, carrying our cross to death that has us striving for the high calling God commands as it was from the very beginning.  In the beginning, before the law of Moses/Gentiles was given, there was no option for putting away much less divorce.

Mat 19:8  He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 

That is the high calling of God and where faith brings us back to when we are released from the law of carnal reasonings.  It is a hard saying but divorce by the believer for any reason, is contrary to faith and there are zero exceptions.  This is the message throughout the Scriptures. The reconciling with Judah, the two sisters, Hosea’s unfaithful wife, the prodigal son, the dream is one and the Lord is 100% consistent in His commands and the road to eternal life.  When we receive the gospel, Christ marries us.

No matter how or where we are called, we are to abide there and suffer for righteousness sake and obey the Lord and stand in faith.  The fruit of righteousness is borne in all of us through our many sufferings.

1Co 7:18  Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised.` Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 

1Co 7:19  Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 

1Co 7:20  Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

Unbeliever not Pleased to Dwell with the Believer

These verses have also been widely misunderstood and abused in continuing to encourage and defend those who claim to be in faith to divorce their spouse.  Hopefully, the huge distinction of putting away versus divorce puts these verses back into their proper perspective.  They speak to PUTTING AWAY not DIVORCE as Paul is by no means now contradicting the Lord and his prior words in the same chapter.

1Co 7:12  But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 

1Co 7:13  And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him

If the Lord wants to end a marriage, He can and will do it.  He can easily make the unbeliever to depart lest we forget how sovereign the Lord is.   We of little faith need only to believe and wait on the Lord.

Jer 10:23  O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. 

Pro 21:1  The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Many say they believe the Lord works all things but when their faith is tried on hard issues like marriage trials, they abandon the faith proving to be reprobates.

The true believer being made a prisoner [bondservant] for Christ and never moves or departs from where the Lord has placed him.  They bear their reproach, knowing its good work in them and wait on the Lord.

Psa 62:5  My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 

Psa 62:6  He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 

Only the Lord can open and close doors of life that all mankind pass through.  We are learning of His Sovereignty in all things in our trials and waiting on Him to deliver us from all our adversaries within and without.

Jer 15:21  And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.

2Ti 4:18  And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

We are to be freed from serving our flesh and the old man as we no longer live for ourselves but unto the Lord.

1Co 7:21  Art thou called being a servant [of your flesh and lusts] care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 

1Co 7:22  For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. 

1Co 7:23  Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 

1Co 7:24  Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. 

Paul’s main point here is for us to serve the Lord not our own bellies.  We have been bought and now belong to Him as a believer and all of our behavior is to be conformed into godliness.  Our service to God is our work for God and that work is quite simply summed up by our Lord.

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. 

Marriage Trials Produce the Fruit of the Spirit

We serve the Lord well when we suffer for the sake of righteousness.  We can never in our doctrine imply that being bound to an unbeliever in marriage would hinder one from bringing fruit unto the Lord.  That opens the door to the carnal mind to come in and destroy the commands of God.  Such avoidance is not how God works.  We don’t avoid trials to bring fruit unto God, we go through the trial including being in marriage with an unbeliever.

2Co 4:15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

If we suffer for doing good, that finds favor with the Lord. That is what staying in a hard marriage does.  Without a word we win our spouses over by our conduct and their sanctification process begins.  The Lord puts us in those trials to try us and refine us as we suffer with Him.  We never seek to escape and wrest the judgment of God away.

1Pe 2:18  Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward

1Pe 2:19  For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 

1Pe 2:20  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 

And another witness.

1Pe 3:17  For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing [obeying God’s commands], than for evil doing. 

We are constantly warned about deception and deceivers that can creep in unawares and lead us astray from keeping His commandments.  Those in faith are in the last day and we are warned to stand firm and not to let any many steal our crown and move us away from the simple child life faith in the Lord to deliver us from all evil.  These admonishments are everywhere.

Col 1:22  in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish, and without charge in His sight, 

Col 1:23  if indeed you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard and which was proclaimed in all the creation under Heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister, 

The subject of marriage is an area the enemy has feasted upon the people of God. Suffering is our appointment and that will only increase the further we stand for the truth against much opposition and endure in our day of the Lord.

2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2Ti 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 

When one infers a believer should depart an unbeliever so they can bear fruit unto God, they have departed the faith and reverted back to carnal reasoning.  The trials, the suffering, the afflictions is the grace of God that is saving us and that we must walk through.  It is our doing righteousness in the trials that produces the fruit of the Spirit.

Christ’s Christ will save the entire world [their husband, their wife, all mankind] in the appointed time. This begins at home with our physical spouses yet so few truly have the faith to believe that.  We either have the Faith of Christ and act on that faith or we do not.  Reaping what we sow applies to our faith.

Mat 9:29  Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith let it be to you. 

When we have faith as small as a mustard seed that seeds says believe in Me and lean not on your own understanding.  The truth of the Word says we can and will win our spouse back. With God nothing is impossible, but we must have faith for the Lord to work His miracles.  That is the way we enter into Christ producing the fruit of the Spirit.

1Pe 3:1  Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation [obedience to commands] of the wives; 

1Pe 3:2  While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 

When we find ourselves in difficult and challenging circumstances, we should always seek the Lord first [His Commandments]. Asking Him to come to us and help us, bringing His commands into His Kingdom is how we stand, grow in faith and bear the trial and thereby produce the fruit of righteousness.

Those acting in faith do not seek to depart a marriage even when it is hard and full of trials.  Those trials are producing fruit within us and they will in due time begin producing fruit in our spouse.  So says the Lord if we only believe and have patience in waiting for Him.

1Co 7:14  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

All things,  even the suffering, and evil the Lord puts into our path are working together for good of those who believe [Rom 8:28].  To become like our Lord we ourselves must be taught patience and longsuffering.  Our Lord long suffers with us, giving us the example of long-suffering with our spouses.

1Co 13:7  [Love, our obedience] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 

To remove those trials is in opposition to the true works of God.  The believing few are sanctifying the unbelieving both at home now and in the age to come to the whole world.  We are being made ministers and sent to those who shall be heirs of salvation.

Rom 15:16  That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. 

Heb 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? 

Hard trials in marriage are a great proving ground of our faith to see if we will work the work of God or not.

Jas 2:19  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

Jas 2:20  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

It is going thru these tribulations and trials that is making us worthy in the kingdom of God.

2Th 1:4  So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: 

2Th 1:5  Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: 

Our food and drink as the Body of Christ is to eat of His flesh and drink of His blood [Joh 6:53].  That is the only way we find eternal life.  We best not water this down with the reasonings of Esau which is our carnal mind.  The Lord says such offerings are contemptible to the Lord.

Mal 1:7  Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.

Mal 1:8  And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.

Those that belong to Christ have been bought with a price and live no longer for themselves but unto God.  If the Lord, who is working all things, puts us in an unhealthy marriage regardless of the physical and emotional issues involved, our most basic command is to stand and endure what the Lord has worked.  The righteous are never moved, it is always the unbelievers who depart.

Psa 21:7  For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved. 

Navigating the narrow way in marriage, like all issues of life require us to put on Christ and not make any provision for our flesh in our actions.

Rom 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. 

As the day of the Lord approaches, the fire of “Day 3” is going to separate the few chosen from the many called when our bondage to Christ and adversity of our sufferings begin to manifest.

Heb 13:3  Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. 

Those few having received the promise of the resurrection, will not be accusing and excusing under the law of the Gentiles.  Instead, they will turn down immediate deliverance and escape from trials so that they might attain to the better promise.  Paul wrote of those examples of faith so we might embrace the high calling.

Heb 11:35  Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection

Heb 11:36  And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 

Heb 11:37  They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 

These hard to understand and accept truths will similarly grieve many yet they are the narrow way to eternal life which is knowing the Lord and His Father [Joh 17:3].

Seeking the Lord

When we begin to reason on the commandments, we open the door for strife and contention over what is the narrow way.  This is the danger of reasoning off the top line commandment of marriage.  For example, what is abuse can be a widely different standard depending on many factors.  We must truly be wise and wary of any such carnal reasoning and bring those thoughts into subjection to the commandments.  Where we have sincere questions, we are to ask the Lord, go to His Word and Commandments for wisdom when needed.

Jas 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Luk 11:10  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Luk 11:11  If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

When we are in trouble and need guidance in a marriage, we are to seek the Lord [His Word and Commands] as only He can give us life and deliver us.

Psa 50:15  And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Pro 28:26  He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered

This does not mean we don’t seek counsel from others but we need to weigh all such counsel against the Lord’s commandments and the high calling.  We have so many warnings about the last days and the deceptions we will face as we earnestly contend for the faith.

Jud 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 

We should always look within ourselves first to see if our ways please the Lord. That inward focus could change our circumstances.

Pro 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

It is incumbent for the believer to always ask herself or himself,  “am I acting in the faith of Christ, am I obeying the commands”?

2Co 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?

We should look to ourselves and evaluate our obedience [godly love] to the Lord in seeking to win over our spouse.  This is the same as nourishing our enemies by living the example of Christ providing them spiritual bread to eat and water to drink.

Rom 12:20  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. 

Rom 12:21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. 

We need to grow in contentment as the day of the Lord is all about suffering in the flesh.

1Ti 6:6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain.

1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

1Ti 6:8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

We have a body and a multitude of counselors to whom we can seek further help and encouragement along with our own work for the Lord.  These matters should be handled with the utmost privacy as we tempt not anyone with the spirit of gossip.

Pro 11:14   Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

The issues in this study are important matters of spiritual life and death.  Anyone battling hard issues in a marriage should seek counsel in private.  Come to the mature brothers or sisters to help you weigh the whole counsel of God and have peace in your heart of what is doing righteousness.

1Jn 3:21  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 

1Jn 3:22  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things [asking in His name – according to faith] that are pleasing in his sight. 

The Lord is working all things for good and the counsel of His will including all our trials in physical marriage.  The Lord knows what we need and will create the circumstances to accomplish His will in our life.  He does not need our help in going to the world’s courts to seek divorce to bring His will about and perform His strange work within us.

Act 17:25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

Act 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Final Admonition

If we are being saved in this age, a day comes when we will face the fierce opposition to the truth that the Lord, Paul and the disciples faced.  When those persecutions and contentions come to sway us away from the truth, we cannot give in even for an hour.

Gal 2:5  To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. 

When the commands of the Lord are replaced with many questions and reasonings about specific situations we best beware and know the trial of our faith is at hand.  We are to flee from such idolatry.

Tit 3:9  But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 

2Ti 2:23  But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 

The day of the Lord is at hand when Christ arises within us and we stand on faith and preach the gospel.  Those found worthy will be persecuted and hated by their own people.  The Jews put Christ on trial and our faith will also be tested the same as our Lord’s.  May we all be counted worthy in our hour of trial.

Act 23:6  Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.”  

Marriage is very hard, even for godly couples.  But as hard as it is, the Lord is able, He is even stronger.  Don’t sell the Lord short in unbelief and trust in Him.

Psa 147:5  Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. 

When we trust the Lord and stand in the face of great adversity that is when the Lord steps in and delivers His people.  We can do all things in Christ but being in Christ means we have to stand on faith alone and walk the gospel.

Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 

Many of us began well in faith but grow weary and fall back into perdition.  I pray this study will prick the hearts of everyone and awaken them from their sleep in the same way others have already been awakened.

 Eph 5:14  Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 

A prisoner of Christ bound to please Him and not men,

Pete

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The City of Jerusalem Above and Below

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Jerusalem Above and Below

To the faithful saints, who are alive in Christ, that have been raised from the dead and now walk by faith. When Christ comes in Spirit [the second time without sin], imparting the faith of Christ to the faithful, one ceases to live according to the law of carnal reasoning [also known as the law of sin and death] and now we walk by faith and not by sight.

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 

2Co 5:7  For we walk by faith, not by sight. 

The true Jews and all men in due time will in their seasons, escape the bondage to the law, even Moses [the ten commandments] and the law of the Gentiles [Rom 2:15] and will be called up into heavenly Jerusalem above, being saved.

Isa 4:2  In that day 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. 

Isa 4:3  And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: 

This is the ascension of Christ which His Christ also lives because as is the Lord, so are His people [1 John 4:17]. Our lives henceforth are being hidden with Christ [Col 3:3] as we dwell in our inheritance with the saints in heaven in down payment according to our measure of faith, an inheritance undefiled.

Act 1:9  Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 

The Lord’s church is seated in heaven being one with Christ and worship God in Spirit and in Truth, one faith, one Lord, one baptism [Eph 4:5].

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 

Heb 12:23  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, 

Ascending into heaven and the clouds of the Lord’s witnesses is manifested in earnest as the people of God separate from those in the world and those who do not believe the Gospel and the Lord’s promises.

2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 

When under the law we are joined to the bondwoman who in type is represented by Hagar and her offspring, Ishmael, who was born after the flesh and not of the Spirit. This is also known as Jerusalem below which is a great city, known by other names [in type and shadow] including Sodom and Egypt, which is where Christ is crucified by the professing Jews of every generation. The spirit of anti-Christ, reigns in these cities [2 John 1:7-11].

Rev 11:8  And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 

It is only a faithful remnant that is given to escape the bondage to flesh and the law of sin and death [our reasoning carnal minds] who are brought into Jerusalem above and build the Temple of the Lord.

Ezr 9:8  And now for a little while grace has been shown from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage. 

Ezr 9:9  For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem. 

The contrasts and differences of the two Jerusalem’s contrast those who walk by faith versus those still bound to the law for the lawless. There is a gathering in Jerusalem on the earth and there is one in heaven neither of which has anything to do with the physical city of Jerusalem in modern day Israel.  That Jerusalem is just an outward shadow of the deception we live spiritually as first the natural and then the spiritual.  The contrasts of the two Jerusalem’s spoken about in the Scriptures are both spiritual cities we experience in the process of being resurrected from the dead and raised to life in the Spirit.

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

The story of Abraham and his two sons contains this mystery and God’s plan for the sons of faith [Abraham]. Only the one is the true heir who is exalted and given the promise.

Gal 4:22  For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 

Gal 4:23  But he who was of the bondwoman [Ishmael] was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman [Isaac] was by promise. 

Gal 4:24  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 

Gal 4:25  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage [to the law of carnal reasoning, aka sin and death] with her children. 

Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above [in heaven, the gathering of the saints] is free [released from the law and its bondage], which is the mother of us all. 

Heavenly Jerusalem is not entered into unless faith is come, and we rest from our own carnal works. It is here in Jerusalem above that we rest and enter into the Kingdom of God, Christ being our Sabbath.

Heb 4:6  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in [into the kingdom of God] because of unbelief: 

Anyone trying to enter in outside the gate is a thief and robber which is all men first called and chosen who have not been given the faith of Christ.

Joh 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 

Joh 10:2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 

By faith we walk, trusting, standing on the promises of Christ. Those in bondage to Agar, to Jerusalem below, have vastly more children today than those precious few in the faith who are initially barren having no children. Spiritually speaking it means the carnal mind at first has far more reasoning’s wresting the judgment of God away rather than receiving the implanted Word with meekness, doing what Christ says. The wisdom of God is foolishness to the natural man and this barren seemingly hopeless state changes through the maturing process. Rejoice ye faithful for you shall bear many children in the Lord.

Gal 4:27  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. 

Gal 4:28  Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 

Gal 4:29  But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. 

The bondage of Hagar [Agar] is the law and all our carnal thinking before faith comes. This mindset must be cast out as there is no inheritance in the Kingdom of God for Hagar or any of her voluminous carnal offspring. Those walking by faith, are vigilant to guard their hearts and minds, being separated from the world and those bound in the world within ourselves and without.

Gal 4:30  Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. 

Gal 4:31  So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. 

This is a hard truth that tries our faith as we learn just how narrow the Way is to the Tree of Life, which is Christ, our spiritual Sabbath. Our spiritual fathers and mothers left behind on the earth have the knowledge and strive to attain righteousness, but they continue to do so in unbelief as they have not the gift of faith and do not have the love of the Truth. Living by every Word of God [Luk 4:4] includes fulfilling the experiences of all the Lord’s disciples that come out of the bondwoman.

Rom 9:30  What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 

Rom 9:31  But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 

Rom 9:32  Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 

The faithful remnant pulled out from the chosen few and the many called, are being saved by grace and not by their own works and self-righteousness.  The Lord continues the winnowing and let a small remnant escape from the oppression of the law that blinds us at first to this day.

Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 

Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. 

Rom 11:7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 

Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 

Once we enter into the Holy City of Jerusalem above, we are going out no more. We are dead to death which is our carnal mind and it is in heaven we have overcome the wicked one, the devil, and dwell in the city of God and are given a new name that no man knows except to whom it has been given.

Rev 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 

When the old has passed away, all things are made new even the spiritual city of Jerusalem. There is one on the earth and there is one in heaven. Far better to be called up into the one above.

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 

Rev 21:3  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. 

Our living and fulfilling the prophecy of the Scriptures comes to an end. The things concerning Christ spoken about in the law and the prophets have a defined end. The faithful saints are raised from the spiritually dead when faith comes, and we die daily to our carnal mind which is death. Thus we fulfill the Scriptures and on the third day, our time of knowing Christ after the flesh come to an end as we are called up hither into the Jerusalem above.

Luk 22:37  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. 

When things are fulfilled, Christ is risen.  As He is so are we His Christ.

Luk 24:44  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 

Luk 24:45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 

Luk 24:46  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 

Those called out of Jerusalem below and brought up hither into the Holy City of Jerusalem above, do not look behind them. Anyone made fit for the Kingdom of God does not turn back to their worldly vomit and the bondage to the law of sin and death that the Lord has mercifully delivered them from. We are commanded to press forward by faith being thankful for all the experiences that have shaped and molded us into the children of the living God.

Heb 11:15  If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.

Heb 11:16  But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

Taking thoughts captive, reaching out for the prize of the high calling in Christ, is how Christ increases and we decrease as we strive to obey Him in all things, dying daily [Gal 2:20].

Luk 9:60  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 

Luk 9:61  And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 

Luk 9:62  And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. 

Let us rejoice in our blessing and guard what has been entrusted to those made faithful. It is impossible for us to be renewed back to repentance if we fall away now in this age, but as Paul, we believe and we are being saved.

Heb 10:38  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 

Heb 10:39  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. 

Peace to the Israel of God.

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God of the Living not of the Dead

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God of the Living not of the Dead

We, as servants of Christ, are led to write to our scattered spiritual family and fellow sojourners.  Our desire is to encourage all to continue in the things we have learned and what we have heard through many hardships and to not lose our crown of righteousness. Having now being made a pillar in the Temple of the Lord, we stand steadfastly in full assurance of the realization of the promises [rewards, Rev 2-3] through the Gospel.

Rom 1:4  And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 

All men are born spiritually dead and it is only through Truth and grace which came with Christ, that we are being made alive and are now being seated with Christ and our fellow saints in heaven. The Lord’s people are the children of the resurrection, who were once dead [without God and Christ] but now have been raised up through the precious gift of faith, the faith of Christ [as He is, so are we 1 John 4:17].

Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus

Our land has now been married to Christ and we now rest in Him, no longer partaking of the back and forth carnal reasonings [meat] that holds all men in bondage to Satan, of their father, the devil, who is a murderer from the beginning [John 8:44].

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 

Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 

Heb 2:16  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 

Before faith came and before our conversion takes place, all prior works are dead works, thus our deliverance from sin and overcoming were not being made manifest. Yet when faith IS come, the true work of God is being done by those made faithful by the hand of the Lord.

Jas 2:20  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 

The true work of God is this:

Joh 6:28  Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work   the works of God?” 

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” 

Those given this precious faith, now partake of the living Bread and have obtained age-abiding life; which is to know and abide in Christ [Joh 17:3]. Henceforth the Lord promises we shall never die.

Joh 11:25  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 

Joh 6:50  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 

Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 

God is a living God through the Son. Those being conformed into His image are likewise living and thus also alive in the Spirit. Coming to see this truth is far bigger than we once knew when we were bound by the law of sin and death in our members and not yet converted. Jesus spoke of things that are not yet as if they were when answering Peter and the Sadducees who did not understand what a living God and being alive to Christ meant.

Mat 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 

Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 

Mat 22:31  But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, 

Mat 22:32  ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” 

When Christ comes into His people for salvation, He gives us His Spirit that brings the fire that henceforth purges His Temple and guides those ordained to be faithful before the foundation of the world.

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 

Despite our claims to believe in Him [Joh 8:30], the Lord is not the Lord of those who walk according to the flesh doing the works of the flesh [Gal 5:19-21] which exemplifies those that are dead and not alive to Christ.

In every generation, a carnally minded Israel remains spiritually dead and God is not their God as they continue to do the deeds of their father the devil.  Before faith comes, all abide in unbelief to the Gospel who claim to be wise but remain reprobate walking as fools [Romans chapter 1] and worshipping the creation rather than the Creator.

Joh 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 

Joh 8:45  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 

Those bound by the carnal law of sin and death, follow after strange gods [idols of the heart] who are no gods at all in corrupting the Gospel and twisting the Lord’s commandments to their own destruction. This is how flesh seeks to keep itself alive all the while claiming the Name of Christ. We remain dead in our sins and trespasses, pursuing the error of Balaam and twice plucked up by the roots. The living God is only the God of those who are led by His Spirit who have come out of the bondage to the law that binds them in spiritual death.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 

Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 

Rom 8:9  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. 

When one abides in spiritual death, they are not alive unto Christ. All men at this stage of deception are hypocrites, scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees that oppose Christ and who teach and follow man’s reasoning [carnal doctrines] rather than obeying His clear commandments.

Mat 15:7  Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 

Mat 15:8  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 

Mat 15:9  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 

We can look behind ourselves and see how great an escape the Lord has provided.

2Th 2:9  The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 

2Th 2:10  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 

2Th 2:11  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 

The Lord uses the Sadducees in every generation, who remain bound to the law of the gentiles [accusing and excusing, Rom 2:15] and who deny His resurrection, saying it is past; to teach us that He is the God of the living and not of the dead. Sadducees are devoid of faith, who holds the Truth in unrighteousness as it is this day. They come to Christ in every age, being the spirit of anti-Christ, denying the Lord who has bought them with a price. They know the Truth but deny it by their works. This is us in our times and seasons.

Mat 22:23  The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, 

Mat 22:24  Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 

Mat 22:25  Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: 

Mat 22:26  Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 

Mat 22:27  And last of all the woman died also. 

Mat 22:28  Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. 

Christ rebukes the Sadducees for their denying the power of God. Sadducees symbolize those who trust in their own reasoning and deny the power of God which is the resurrection of the dead [to bring Christ up again] to a lively hope in His people.

Mat 22:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 

Those not knowing the power [Christ] of God, do not know the Lord and are not alive to Christ and His Christ. Such is the state of all those who claim His Name that have not faith.

1Jn 4:2  By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 

1Jn 4:3  and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 

1Jn 4:4  You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 

1Jn 4:5  They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 

1Jn 4:6  We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 

Those in faith are married to Christ and no longer know any man after the flesh [2 Cor 5:16]. There are no male or female, bond or free, in the risen Body of Christ; but all are One in Christ through the Spirit who have been made free in our Day of the Lord.  Those with the faith of Christ are the true descendants of Abraham, the true Jews of the seed of Isaac, whose seed are blessed.

Mat 22:30  For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 

Mat 22:31  But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 

Mat 22:32  I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 

There is only one seed that brings forth the righteousness of Christ and that is faith.

Gal 3:16  Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “AND TO YOUR SEED,” who is Christ. 

We are first baptized with water and not with fire [Spirit] and at this time,  continue to live in pleasure being led by various lusts, full of dead men’s bones. We are dead while we live, all part of fulfilling the Scriptures [living by every word of God, Luk 4:4]. At this stage, we are without the Law of Liberty [Christ] and remain dead in our sins.

1Ti 5:6  But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. 

Mat 23:27  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 

Mat 23:28  Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 

Rising above death [being carnally minded under the law] only comes when Christ comes to us a second time without sin.

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 

Heb 9:28  so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. 

Whatever is not of faith is sin [lawlessness] and it is sin that is the sting of being carnally minded where victory and overcoming remain elusive. Victory does not come until faith is come and Christ, the morning star, rises within our hearts. Then we are released from the law of sin and death and are being made alive with the Lord through the White Throne Judgement, the Lord bringing the reward.

Rom 6:7  For he that is dead is freed from sin. 

Rom 6:8  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 

When the Lord comes our works will be revealed by the light that is also the fire which is burning out all the wood, hay and stubble that represents our carnal reasonings.

1Co 3:11  For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 

1Co 3:12  Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 

1Co 3:13  each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 

1Co 3:14  If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 

1Co 3:15  If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 

The living are never found among the dead. They are separated [being made holy, set-apart] through faith, the faith of Christ, doing the will of the Father, who sent Him. It is the great gulf fixed that no man can cross unless it is given unto them. Thus, the parables of the cross and the resurrection tells of this mystery to those given ears to hear and eyes to see.

Luk 24:5  And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

Those alive to Christ come out from among the spiritually dead and after they have been crucified, separate themselves from those that walk after the flesh who are still bound to the law for the lawless.

1Pe 1:13  Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 

1Pe 1:14  as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 

1Pe 1:15  but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 

1Pe 1:16  because it is written, “BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” 

Those that die to death [their carnal mind] die to the Lord and are the same as those that live to the Lord.

Rom 14:8  For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 

Rom 14:9  For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

We are redeemed with the precious blood of the Lamb, without spot and wrinkle. The Lord is the Lord of all when all things are put under His feet.

1Co 15:25  For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 

1Co 15:26  The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 

1Co 15:27  For “HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 

1Co 15:28  Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. 

Our spiritual enemies within and without ourselves are those that are bound to the law of carnal reasoning and walk therein. Such remain separated from Christ and His righteousness. These are the men [lies] that oppress us and merchandise rewards and gain, so flesh can reign supreme. The one does it for reward and the other for a bribe [immediate gratification].  We are to earnestly contend for the faith against those that pursue such folly and turn God’s grace into lasciviousness.

Jud 1:10  But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 

Jud 1:11  Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. 

Jud 1:12  These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 

Jud 1:13  raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. 

Having already escaped the corruption, which is the world’s way of thinking, we need to be vigilant to guard our gates against the Sadducee’s spirit who knows to do right but suppress the truth. Wresting judgment away is the gall and vinegar or root of bitterness offered by those who crucified Christ and His Christ. Christ as our example, rejects and does not drink the gall but instead dies to the world.

Mat 27:34  They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 

Those who seek to save their carnal lives will lose it and not enter into the Kingdom of God where the living are found. When we partake of the world’s meat, we suppress the Truth of Christ’s commands, and drink spiritual gall and will not find the rest from our own carnal works. David prays the Lord to put those enemies and mindset within him under the feet of Christ.

Psa 69:21  They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. 

Psa 69:22  Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. 

Psa 69:23  Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake. 

Psa 69:28  Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. 

The battle with these carnal enemies and the law is all over the Psalms.

Psa 56:11  In God have I put my trust [not the reasonings of men, their flesh – Phi 3:3]: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. 

Psa 56:12  Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. 

Psa 56:13  For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? 

We enter the land of the living [draw near to Jerusalem above] when we are released by Christ from the prison that is Mystery Babylon [Rev 17:5], yoked with the yoke of hypocrisy. Being released from this harlot that binds us to the earth is the same as being called up hither into the heavenly realm. This is where the faithful saints who become the righteous compass about the throne being one Spirit with the Lord. This is our inheritance in the saints.

Psa 142:5  I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. 

Psa 142:6  Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I. 

Psa 142:7  Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

 

1Co 6:16  Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “THE TWO,” He says, “SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.” 

1Co 6:17  But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 

Our own righteousness and reasonings of right and wrong are filthy rags to Christ. The only righteousness that counts is His Righteousness that comes only through the gift of faith, the faith of Christ. Giving up our lives, dying daily is what conforms us into the Lord’s death and enables us to attain to the resurrection to the living.

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 

Php 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 

Php 3:11  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 

It takes Christ’s blood within us, our dying to death and forsaking all we have, to have spiritual death and carnality purged from our minds. Then we enter into His rest and serve the Lord in power, the Spirit of Glory resting upon us as unworthy servants.

Heb 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Col 1:24  I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 

Col 1:25  of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 

Col 1:26  the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 

Col 1:27  To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 

While we wait for the Lord to finish His sanctifying work, as the pillars in His Temple, we guard and keep our gates, being made holy, guarding the way of the tree of Life [Christ]. Knowledge [speaking in angel tongues] and pursuit of riches [spiritual drunkenness] is passing away and as the faithful, we now seek the things of the Spirit [doing His pleasure] and rest in the Lord and wait for Him, to finish what He has begun in us.

Eph 5:14  Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Eph 5:15  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Eph 5:16  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Being raised to life, we seek heavenly things and not those things on the earth.

Col 3:1  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 

Col 3:2  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 

Col 3:3  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 

Grace be with you. Amen!

 

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Thou Art My Son, Today have I Begotten Thee

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Thou Art My Son, Today have I Begotten Thee

Until one is released from the law and ceases from being bound by their carnal reasoning, one will remain separated from the Spirit of Christ and walk contrary to faith.  Having knowledge of and continuing to search the Scriptures is not faith as the Lord’s words to the professing Jews of every generation make perfectly clear.

Joh 5:39  You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 
Joh 5:40  But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

Joh 8:44  You are of your father the devil [following your carnal mind] and the desires of your father [at enmity with the Lord] you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 

There is much spoken about concerning “the law” in the Scriptures that throughout the ages carnally minded men have made very complicated and twisted to their own destruction.  When the Lord returns the second time for salvation, imparting the gift of faith, then we understand His truths and the simple commands.

Joh 16:25  These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs [parables]: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

Before faith is come, we will see and hear but not in Spirit and in Truth and will remain separated from the Lord and not know Him or have the understanding of the Father.

Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 

It only becomes plain when the Lord gives one the keys to the kingdom of God which is precious faith of the Lord [Eph 2:8] and His promises to come [Rom 10:9] if we endure.  But until the time one is given this gift, the kingdom of God will remain a mystery and we are shut out in spiritual darkness, outside the camp of the saints and not being able to partake of the wedding feast.  Faith is the covering, the very garment one must have to come to eat at this feast.  Until then we will be every learning but not able by our own works and reasonings of the Scriptures to come to the knowledge of the Truth.

Mat 22:12  And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment [has not faith]? And he was speechless. 

Mat 22:13  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 

The only way one is justified is by having the faith of the Lord and standing on His promises to save us if we can only believe.

Rom 3:28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 
Rom 3:29  Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 
Rom 3:30  since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 

Justification is our overcoming and that victory comes only by faith and our being born again into a living hope.  Standing on faith has us giving up all the carnal reasonings of what is right and wrong under the law given the carnal nation of Israel.  Christ is the end of the law for all those that truly believe.

1Jn 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1Jn 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 

All men are born into this carnal bondage that only the Lord can grant one repentance from and bring the freedom of Christ.  When He comes in our flesh, we are released from the law and the sin and death that so naturally results from walking with a carnal mind.  We thus become free as we enter faith and begin to know the Lord in spirit and in truth.

Mar 1:14  Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 
Mar 1:15  And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. 

Luk 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

The Lord’s prophets are also angels who minister to those that are given faith in their time and serve a valuable purpose in preparing God’s faithful remnant.  But those that serve and prepare the tabernacle of God cannot eat at that altar unless they are chosen and dragged thru the veil of the flesh.  Angels of God who are messengers in serving the Lord in preparing those given faith desire to look into the things pertaining to the Gospel but to them, it is not now given.

1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels [messengers of God not given to be faithful] desire to look into. 

The baptism of John prepares us for the coming of Christ and is representing by the prophets and prophecies and are growing in the knowledge of the Scriptures.  All good and necessary yet all men must wait until Christ comes to them and will be on the outside for truth but not finding it on their own efforts.

Mat 13:17  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 

Those faithful are pulled out of the people of God who serve the tabernacle and prepare the way.  Only a few are given to be His high priests in the order of Melchizedek that is given to bear the iniquity of the priesthood.  That iniquity and sacrifice are what Christ and His Christ will bear as they are rejected and crucified by their own people.   The true priests [the Sons of Aaron in OT type] and those that do service [the Levites in OT type] must be separated from one another and cannot eat at the same altar.

Num 18:1  And the LORD said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father’s house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood. 
Num 18:2  And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness. 
Num 18:3  And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die. 

Working for rewards or bribes, seeking to justify themselves by their outward good works,  those the Lord has blinded serve the tabernacle but cannot enter into the holiest of holies.  The faithful priests only, the true Sons of Aaron in type and shadow are the only ones that can eat at the altar of God.

Heb 13:10  We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. 

The difference between the two laws, the law Moses/Gentiles and the law of Faith is the great gulf [Luke 16:26] that separates God’s people from everyone else known as the Gentiles.  All mankind remains in bondage to their carnal mind, even after coming to the knowledge of the law and the prophets and must first be in bondage waiting on the Lord to come set them free.

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus [FAITH] hath made me free from the law of sin and death [The law of carnal thinking].

Those the Son has set free shall be free indeed from the law of sin and death and will no longer be reasoning back and forth of right and wrong but will come to Christ and stand on His simple commandments.  The Jews that believed on Christ were not free, they remained of their father the devil [being carnally minded] and bound in unbelief and could not receive the Truth to be saved.

Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 

All who first hear the Gospel will not enter into the Lord’s rest and lay down their carnal reasoning which is unbelief.

Heb 4:6  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 

Few are given to escape the bondage of being carnally minded in every generation, they all fall and get snared in [the church of] the wilderness.  Part of living by every word God spoke [Mat 4:4].

Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 
Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. 

The entire parable of John 8 and Christ speaking with the Jews who believed upon Him tells of this experience. All those chosen will first claim His name, saying we believe; but remain of our father the devil, bound by the carnal mind which is “the law of sin and death” that has us reasoning and determining what is right but being unwilling to come to the Lord as a little child and sit down.

Joh 8:37  I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 

Joh 8:38  I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father [the devil – Joh 8:44].

Only those born of true faith, the seed of Isaac will inherit the promises of the Lord and enter into the Holy City being connected to the Lord in Spirit.  The harlot, the church in the wilderness is a physical and carnal gathering that is one Body, but the true church is a spiritual gathering in heaven.

1Co 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 

1Co 6:17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 

We are “none of His” and do not belong to Christ, until we come out of her [Mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots] with great affliction and begin to be led of the Spirit having the gift of faith imparted unto us.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 
Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 
Rom 8:9  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. 

This religious experience is such a deception.  We will only see it when the Lord has mercy and pulls us up into heaven and reveals it to us.  It is part of coming to see it is all dung except the righteousness of Christ that only comes by faith [Phi 3].   John and we marvel when we see the harlot, the church in the wilderness that is Spiritual Babylon through which all God’s people must come.

Rev 17:6  I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. 

Rev 17:7  But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.

It is the signs and wonders and fire from heaven we experience being joined to this woman, that holds us in deception until the Lord is revealed and faith comes.  Mercifully a day comes, appointed unto every man in their time, when the Lord will reveal the truth to us [His word is the truth].   Then we see clearly that had been deceived and abiding with our father the devil, within and without all the while thinking we had been serving the Lord.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 
2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 
2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 

It is only to a blessed few of the Lord’s angels that He begets and declares to be His Son in this age.

Heb 1:5  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 

This declaration is made on “this day” which is today which is the last day of the three days by which the Lord is building His temple.  It is not a day we choose, it is the Lord who chooses us for salvation and comes to rebuild His Temple on that day.

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 

The Book of Hebrews is written not to flesh Jews but to the true spiritual Jews that came out of the harlot church when they were chosen of God and called up hither by the Lord.  These are the sons of God who are henceforth led by the Spirit and no longer are bound to their own self-righteous reasoning under the law.  We have an earnest of our deliverance now with the firstfruits of the Spirit and we no longer walk by sight but by faith in the promises of God yet to be revealed.

Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 
Rom 8:22  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 
Rom 8:23  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. 

All angels and messengers of the Lord are His ministering spirits speaking words of fire throughout the earth.  The Lord’s angels prepare those who will be declared sons and given the gift of faith of our Lord and exalted [called up hither].

Heb 1:7  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 

Heb 1:8  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 

Heb 1:9  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 

The faithful few are called out of their fellow angels and exalted by the Lord as He seats them in heaven and gives the true anointing [faith] in the Spirit.

This elevation by the Lord is accomplished when the sons of God are spiritually killed in the harlot city as those still bound to the earth [their carnal mind] make merry of their evil deeds to those who spoke the commandments that vexed and tormented their carnal reasonings under the law.

Rev 11:10  And they that dwell upon the earth [focused on carnal things] shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 

Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 

That is where the saints of the Lord are found, in heaven, all having been called up and seated at the right hand of God.  It is when Christ in us the hope of glory, is crucified and then raised to the dead, that we as Christ are made partakers of His holiness and the divine and precious promises of the Gospel.

Eph 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints

Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 

Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in heaven

Those the Lord is saving in every age seated at His right hand in heaven.  All our prior service for the Lord, being under the law and our carnal reasoning of right and wrong will be seen as vanity and dung when called up hither.

Heb 10:11  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 

Those yet under the law will continue to make a good showing in the flesh but those sacrifices can never take away sins.  It is only when the Lord comes and imparts faith and that we can cease from our own works and then be saved.

Heb 10:12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 
Heb 10:13  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 
Heb 10:14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

A carnal Peter, which is the carnal version of all men, did not understand the Lord when he first heard the Lord’s words.  A day comes to all God’s people when they will hear these words in the Spirit and know following Christ has cost them everything including being forsaken and forsaking all we once thought was important.  Losing and giving all of this up is the necessary cost of being His disciple and when we enter eternal life and our inheritance in the saints.

Mat 19:27  Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 

Mat 19:28  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 

Mat 19:29  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 

The saints of God and those the Apostles are writing and speaking to the saints to this very day.  We are joined in Spirit and with all those the Lord has made faithful and clothed bringing us into His wedding feast.  Our inheritance connects us with all the saints, not in the flesh or via phone and conference calls but in Spirit.  This is the church of God that has overcome the world [in down payment] and is being sanctified by the work of the Lord in their heart.  Only those in the faith of Christ partake of this blessing in this age.  It is all a gift, given to those the Lord has chosen.

Act 26:18  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me

The conversion from flesh to Spirit is a translation.  It is how we come out of Babylon [Rev 18:4] and are dragged thru the veil of flesh into a spirit realm all by the hand of the Lord.

Col 1:12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 

Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [enrolled] us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 

Thus the Lord works all things, send false prophets unawares into those He has chosen to sift and winnow out the true ones in due time.

1Co 11:18  For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 

1Co 11:19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. 

The winnowing and refining’s and sifting is all part of the process to bring out of Egypt [the world] first the called, then the chosen and then the faithful into His kingdom.

Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful

Paul’s experience is every man’s experience in the appointed time as man shall live by every word God spoke.  We must be separated from the spiritual mother [Joh 6:63] that begat us and called by His grace to a higher place of understanding.

Gal 1:15  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 

The mother that gives birth to us spiritually is the church in the wilderness which is another symbol for Babylon of which our time in orthodoxy is merely a shadow of the greater spiritual experience to come.  All of God’s people come out of this church in the appointed time after it has served its purpose in preparing us to be seated with Christ.

Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne [called up hither, seated in heaven]

Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 

Our evil experience includes knowing Christ in the flesh and being deceived all the while increasing in knowledge but still being in bondage to the gods of this world; both the Assyrian [world] and Babylonian [religious world] kings.  We live out both evil experiences thinking we are the Lord’s chosen people before we are made faithful and truly converted.

Jer 50:17  Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones. 

Jer 50:18  Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punished the king of Assyria. 

There comes an end to prophecies and speaking in tongues as Paul wrote to the carnal Corinthians.  To be Christ we must do Christ and that becomes the only thing we live by when the prophecies and learning knowledge and speaking in new tongues ceases.  The end of the matter is charity which is keeping His commandments.

1Co 13:8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 

That end comes when we are enrolled into heaven and translated by faith into His kingdom.  To fulfill the word of God we must live that word and once it is lived, there comes an end.

Luk 22:37  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. 

The end is when we are numbered by our own people as transgressors and put to death like our Lord.  The subsequent raising to life by the Spirit of God is the power of the Gospel that is revealed by our faith and what henceforth guides the Israel of God in the way.

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 

Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 

Just as the woman at the well found out [which woman we are when Christ comes to us],  the true worshippers of God do so in spirit and in truth and do not worship in the mountain [the world] or in Jerusalem [the one below, the harlot, spiritual Babylon].  The true worshippers’ worship in Spirit and in truth and no longer partake of the sacrifices and offering practiced by a carnal nation.

Joh 4:20  Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 

Joh 4:21  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 

Joh 4:22  Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 

Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 

The experience of being in the world and knowing Christ in the flesh and then going into Babylon has a second witness in Ezekiel and the story of the two sisters Aholah and Aholibah.  The second sister also known as Jerusalem is much more sinister and deceptive than even the first evil experience.

Eze 23:2  Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother: 

Eze 23:3  And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity. 

Eze 23:4  And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah

Yet we as Christ must go through these experiences of evil.  Christ must go through Samaria [Joh 4:4] and be crucified in Jerusalem below [Luk 13:33].   Both sayings speak to the evil experience we must experience to learn good and evil to have His work completed in us as we become like our Lord and possess eternal life.

Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. 

Gen 3:22  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever: 

When faith comes, the things concerning Christ come to an end and a new day arrives where we are joined to the Lord in Spirit along with an innumerable company of angels.  This is our enrollment in heaven and where the gathering of spirits being made perfect is taking place.

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, [all those faithful and One with the Lord]

Heb 12:23  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, 

The gathering in Spirit is the true heavenly Jerusalem.  The one on the earth still minding fleshly things, reasoning under the law, is the Jerusalem below which is still in bondage and represents Hagar and Ishmael.  That church still under the old covenant of the law is still in bondage to the law and is not yet free.

Gal 4:22  For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 
Gal 4:23  But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 
Gal 4:24  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 
Gal 4:25  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 
Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 

While the Jerusalem above is barren at first with no children, we are to rejoice as we have Christ our Husband and trust in the promises yet to be revealed.  In the end, we will bring forth children for God as we go to the Gentiles to sow the seed and wait upon the Lord to make those worthy for eternal life.

Gal 4:27  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 the end, this will encompass all men as all men shall be saved through Christ and will come out of the Holy City that worships Him in Spirit and in truth.  Thus the promise of faith given to Abraham will be fulfilled and all the nations and tribes of the earth shall come to Christ.

Gen 15:4  And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 
Gen 15:5  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 
Gen 15:6  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. 

All those made alive in Christ by faith are joined with Christ and are one with Him IN ONE SPIRIT.

1Co 6:17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 

Thus all things are made new and we know no man after the flesh but filter all things through the prism of faith and what the Lord is doing in the Spirit.  The way of Christ will be foolishness to the natural man and like our Lord, we will be reviled and called all manner of evil for His namesake.  Thus we count it all joy to judge righteous judgment in all things as we ourselves are not judged by any man.

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 
1Co 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 
1Co 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 

The word of God is true and cannot lie.  The true church is speaking and edifying the saints to this very day as all those raised to life live they did not die.

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 

Joh 11:26  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 

Extremely few believe these words.  Paul, Peter and all the faithful before us are not dead. They live today in Spirit with the Lord and minister to us being part of the One Spirit that is the true Christ.

Extremely few believe the Gospel and in the promises of the Lord.  It is that unbelief and trusting in carnal things that enable the devil [their carnal mind] to keep men bound for their entire life by the fear of death [Heb 2: 15].  But how precious is that death to the Lord who raises His people to eternal life.

Psa 116:15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints 

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 

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The Joy OF the Lord Is Our Strength

Heb 3:6  But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

The faith and joy of the Lord are intricately linked.  To those truly few called out and separated for salvation,  the Lord promises our sorrows that come from our travails will be turned into rejoicing and joy.  To those on the other side of the veil, those few given faith unto salvation looks like they have fallen into perdition.  Yet the same events to those brought through the fiery trials and persecution is a manifest token and sign that the Lord has come for us.

Php 1:28  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 

And that is exactly what has been fulfilled as the Lord’s promises are true.  When the Lord appears to us the second time for salvation, imparting faith that converts us from being carnally minded and abiding in death, we become One with the Lord and His Father having been given understanding of the ways of the Lord.

Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 

Where the King’s commandments are sent, the Lord’s commandments arise within us and one is converted, becoming a true Jew and a possessor of the light, gladness, joy, and honor.

Est 8:16  The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour. 

Est 8:17  And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them. 

The fear of the true Jews is the fear of the Lord that is our beginning of Godly wisdom and one being converted into a spiritual Jew.  Many claim the name of the Lord but extremely few are given to know Him in spirit and in truth with those few being worked on by the Potter and Spiritual Physician.

Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. 

The joy of salvation is knowing we are saved by our faith and none of our own works.  We first lose this joy as a consequence of our adultery [disobedience] and murders [hating our brethren], all exemplified in the sin of David [Bathshiba]; that is caused of the Lord and then we are restored of the Lord when we are granted repentance and believe the Gospel.

Psa 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 

Psa 51:12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit. 

It is HIS Joy not ours

It is the Lord’s joy that is put within the escaped remnant being saved in every age.  Said another way, it is not YOUR or MY joy, but HIS joy that is to be our strength as the precious few walks out this gospel of grace in faith. It is like faith, even that is not our own faith but is a gift of His Faith.  The same with the joy of the Lord!

Joh 15:11  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 

Joh 15:12  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you

It is through our believing [our faith in action]; that we are filled with joy and the fruits of the Spirit manifest having us resting in His peace and the power that now does the work in us.

Rom 15:13  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. 

Trusting in the Lord is faith in action and that brings great joy as we know the Lord is wasting nothing and all things being worked in our life are for the greater good of our salvation.  That is peace to stand and abide in the place of faith that has with it great joy that is the Lord’s joy growing in us.  Being made ready by His Hands and brought to His marriage and wedding feast manifests gladness and rejoicing in our hearts.  It makes all the pain and suffering and travails with our fellow man pale in comparison.

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him [by our obedience]: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 

Being given faith gives us the garments and what is needed to be clothed and married to the Lord. To receive faith we have to hear the Gospel and experience many sorrows as we carry our cross and lose our life.  When faith has come, this yoke becomes easy as it is for His joy we are made able to endure the cross and despise the shame and persecution by our own people.

Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

The Lord loses none of His little ones chosen from the foundation of the world.  When He comes His joy begins to be fulfilled in us.  The implanted Word that is Spirit and life [Joh 6:63] henceforth leads us into the way of peace and righteousness

Joh 17:12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 

Joh 17:13  And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 

Joh 17:14  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 

The Lord’s joy is our joy if we belong to Him and stand firmly in the Gospel guarding our gates with all vigilance.  This was the theme of Philippians 3 and Paul giving all things, counting them as dung, to be found “resting in Christ” [Heb 4] being clothed with the Lord’s garments and not our own.

 Php 4:1  Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. 

It is our time in Babylon, where the truth and lies are mixed together, no one is converted and where men seek after their own way of righteousness still being bound by the law of their carnal mind.  This is spiritual speak for making their own food and own garments.  These actions and this work in the Lord’s name is not of faith and is the bondage we all are appointed to endure first.

Isa 4:1  And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. 

We are warned not to let any man come take this crown and steal the Lord’s joy from us [Rev 3:11].  Those still bound to the world and its merchandizing ways [the carnal mind reasoning] go about seeking their own way instead of coming to Christ. That is the snare of Babylon and that mindset will hate us and speak evil of us casting Christ away.  This is every man’s evil experience to endure until His joy comes when the morning star is revealed in them.

Psa 30:5  For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. 

Those escaped from Babylon that “come out of her” and those that are still bound to the law of their carnal reasonings, “the circumcision” are those given to build the true temple of God holding the joy of the Lord.  That was the spiritual lesson here in Nehemiah, speaking of those that escaped from Babylon who are sent to build the wall of faith in Spiritual Jerusalem.  It is here we find the famous verse about the joy of the Lord.

Neh 8:9  And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. 

Neh 8:10  Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. 

The day we come out and make a stand for Christ, despising the shame, is the day of the Lord and when His joy begins to rule our lives.

Act 8:7  For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. 

Act 8:8  And there was great joy in that city. 

The deception about “the Jews” is far greater than just the outward physical Jews [physical Israel today] versus the Spiritual Jews.  The outward appeal and righteousness of the law is compelling to all flesh and blinds one to the work of faith.  We all first persecute the disciples of Christ and expel them.  Yet when we ourselves bear these marks for the Lord for our standing up for true righteousness and the Gospel, then great joy will soon come upon us.

Act 13:50  But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. 

Act 13:51  But they shook off the dust of their feet [carnal works and reasonings] against them, and came unto Iconium. 

Act 13:52  And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost. 

The precious few the Lord is saving all come out of Spiritual Babylon [Rev 18:4].  It is a necessary step to first come out of the world, which Babylon is just a religious rendering of the same world and its reasonings under the law.  Remember both Jews and Gentiles have the same law written on their fleshly hearts before faith is come.

Rom 2:14  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 

Rom 2:15  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 

When the Lord comes to save us, we are translated into heaven on the third day and then everything changes not in minor ways but in major ways.  Our sorrows and pain and doubts are vaporized when the Lord grants us understanding of His plan and work in us.  All tears and sorrow vanish.

Rev 21:4  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. 

Rev 21:5  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. 

Looking behind ourselves we see many things we did wrong that were worldly and of the flesh.  This includes our lusting after riches and chasing knowledge all the while being oppressed and in bondage to the law.  The focus is henceforth on the things ordained for the Spirit.

Rom 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink [gaining knowledge focus on learning]; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

All that matters is love which is our obedience and waiting on the Lord to perform that work in us.  These verses speaking of love [Agape in Greek also translated as charity] mean so much more when we are brought back to the SIMPLICITY that is in Christ and His commandments.  All the other stuff and seeking of riches and tongues will cease when the Lord matures in faith.

1Co 13:8  Charity [OBEDIENCE] never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 

1Co 13:9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 

1Co 13:10  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 

1Co 13:11  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 

In the third day, when the Lord is come, we have all the knowledge we need.  Circumcision and more reasonings about the Scriptures will profit us no longer.   What we lacked in Babylon [which is the carnal gathering of Jews under the oppression of the Assyrians – the world]; was faith and trust in the Lord and having no confidence in ourselves.  That was the punchline of the parable of the righteous man who followed the law but lacked ONE IMPORTANT THING.  He could not follow the Lord as he was very rich and still trusted in his own riches and reasonings of what was right and wrong.  That was one of the main topics in a recent article called “Who Has Believed Our Report

This carnal trust, is the buying and selling, the reasoning of what is right and wrong based on the law for the lawless and it stops when faith is come.  We forsake all to buy the treasure and therein we now rest in Him.

Mat 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. 

Now being seated in heaven with Christ, we can worship in spirit and in truth and stay in the Holy City and in His Temple with great joy and fervent praise for all the things the Lord is working in us and through us.

Luk 24:51  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 

Luk 24:52  And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 

Luk 24:53  And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen. 

The Lord returns for us in our appointed time. He does not and did not leave us captive in Babylon. Our captivity has now been taken captive and we are entering into His Joy. This is the plan of prosperity the Lord has for every man in the appointed day and hour.

Jer 29:10  For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 

Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 

Jer 29:12  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 

Jer 29:13  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 

Jer 29:14  And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. 

This is the same as the fulfillment of the parable of the Talents.  When we prove faithful in a few things, He promotes us into greater things and gives salvation and we enter into His Joy.

Mat 25:21  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. 

The power we had over evil spirits when still unconverted is surpassed by our understanding what the Lord meant when speaking to us much earlier in our walk.

Luk 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 

Luk 10:20  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. 

There is great joy in our heaven and all those seated with Christ when one person repents of His self-righteousness under the law [our inequity] and believes the gospel.

Luk 15:7  I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 

Luk 15:10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. 

Trusting only in the Lord, having escaped the bondage and oppression of Babylon and the Scribes and Sadducees that deny the power of the Resurrection, the wall is now built by those few with gladness and joy.

Psa 105:42  For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. 

Psa 105:43  And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness

Psa 105:44  And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people; 

We have to endure a little season where we will feel forsaken as our Lord experienced [Mat 27:46].  Being persecuted and crucified by your own people and waiting on the Lord to raise us up is this season.  We will weep and lament as our entire existence as we knew it and our faith is shaken to the core by this trying experience of the cross and be rejected by our own people.   This is how the sons of God are made manifest and come forth through much travail that is then quickly turned to joy.

Joh 16:20  Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 

Joh 16:21  A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 

The power of the Gospel unto salvation is come upon those who have borne these sorrows.  But we see our Lord again and in a new and much more powerful way when we walk in true faith believing upon Him being filled with His Joy.  Now in faith, we can ask the Lord ANYTHING according to His name and He WILL [not maybe] will do it.

Joh 16:22  And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 

Joh 16:23  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 

Joh 16:24  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. 

There it is, the promise of faith given to the few who believe and walk according to the Gospel of Grace.  When we receive the gospel and the power upon high our afflictions no longer bring sorrow as we have the joy of the Holy Spirit working in us.

1Th 1:5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 

1Th 1:6  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost

Now being married to Christ in Spirit, we are One with Him and are joined in Spirit with all the saints that walk in faith [Joh 14:20].  The flesh and old ways have passed away.  The comforter is come to His people and they are redeemed of the Lord.

Isa 65:17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. 

Isa 65:18  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. 

Isa 65:19  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. 

It is an honor and blessing to be given to stand up for righteousness sakes and be persecuted and stoned by those that claim they are Jews but are not.  Those precious few given to repent and believe the Gospel in every age are the Lord’s redeemed who will be full of joy and exceedingly glad for all the things the Lord is working.

Mat 5:10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Mat 5:11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 

Mat 5:12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 

The exceeding and great reward is having the mind of Christ, being seated with Him in our heaven.  Now is salvation come when Satan and his carnal reasonings has been cast out of our mind and way of thinking [Rev 12:7-10].

Isa 51:11  Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. 

Isa 51:12  I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; 

Amen.  Grace and peace be with the Lord’s people.