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Casting Out Evil Spirits

April 22, 2017

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“Casting Out Evil Spirits”

Many questions are often asked about casting out evil spirits and how we can do that and whether we need to know its name.  This may be elementary to those mature in the Truth yet it is always good that these important things be brought to our remembrance because as I will show, we must ACT on what we know to do the work of God.

Let’s first remember that all those examples of demons being cast out were written to us as PARABLES of the spiritual reality of how it will work within us in the kingdom of God.  The events in the Bible are  done in parables to hide the true meaning from the world as we are told (Mat 13:9-10).

Mar 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done (not just spoken)  in parables:

Our battle is within.  The war we are fighting is first and foremost in our heaven.  This is where the lying spirits and Christ in us are waging warfare.

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 heaven (Strong’s G2032 – heaven,  not high places)

Rev 12:7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,

We also need to remember that casting out of an evil spirit is the same thing as casting out a false doctrine out of our heavens (mind).  Spirits are doctrines, what we believe or follow.  As the Body of Christ, we most definitely are to be doing EVERYTHING in the name of Jesus including casting out evil spirits.

Mar 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Act 16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

However, doing things “in the name of Jesus Christ” has nothing to do with how we correctly say or pronounce the Lord’s name but instead speaks of our speaking THE TRUTH, the sum of thy word (Psa 119:160).  The truth will set us free of evil spirits when we truly believe.  Doing things according to sound doctrine, the truth is how evil spirits are cast out when we trust  in those words with our whole heart.

The Word of God is spirit which is the Truth but so are the lies, they are spirits also.

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.

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

The Lord is the father of all spirits (Heb 12:9), the light and the darkness (Psa 139:12).

Heb 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits (EVEN EVIL ONES), and live?

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

We are not given the ability to cast out evil spirits and are instead bound by the lies of the wicked one who deceives the entire world, all of mankind who are carnally minded.

Rev 12:9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Only when Christ has come and the Spirit of God is given, then we can begin to cast out the lies.

Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

It is THE Lord is the one sending all the spirits to us even giving us our every thought (Amo 4:3).  Very many witnesses to this truth that only add to what we know is in the box of “All Things” that the Lord is working and causing.

Psa 78:49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

1Sa 19:9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.

The Lord sends evil spirits to us to try our faith to see if we will obey Him and trust in Him or not.  At first, we all will not obey and will give heed to these lying spirits in our mind and not stand on the WORD of God alone.  These are doctrines of devils.

1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 

Evil spirits teach us to act in disobedience to the commands and not to obey the Lord.  Here are some examples of evil spirits leading us astray while we are in the “Church” and holding onto false doctrines, following these lying spirits.

Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Rev 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

The Word of God (Jesus Christ in us) is powerful and when spoken/believed in faith, it speaks with authority and the demons and lies within us cower and in the Lord’s timing are cast out.

Mar 1:27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.

Mat 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

It is the truth of the Word that shall set you free of evil spirits.  Continuing in the Word is continuing in our suffering and afflictions and not turning back.  These are the same sufferings and torment we in the Body of Christ experience daily and which we all partake of as one.  If we endure, we are set free and are being set free more and more each day.

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.

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,

Yes we will all struggle to be free but we must continue and learn to wait on the Lord and believe that He will free us. This is our struggle and all of our struggle in learning to wait.

Luk 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Being set free speaks primarily to our sins, but those sins are done away with (salvation) only by the Word and our belief, our faith in that Word.  Our coming to know Christ in the whirlwind of judgment we are in right now, is what will shut the mouth of the evil spirits who will no longer be allowed to speak.

Luk 4:35 NKJV But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.

Mar 1:25 NKJV But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”

These lying demons cannot speak against the truth.  The truth will shut them up the day we hear it with God given ears to hear.

Mar 1:34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

Luk 4:41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.

Demons, the messengers of Satan who is the Father of Lies leave when they hear the truth spoken against their lies.

Mat 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Mat 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

The Babylonian tradition of exercising demons by asking questions and engaging in ongoing dialog with demons, even yelling at them, is a deception and the Lord turning them over to the idols of their heart.

Eze 14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; 

Eze 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

Both the deceived and the deceiver are the Lord’s work (Job 12:16) and He sends us strong delusion and has created this false ministry that snares so many in the orthodox churches of Christianity.

Jesus Christ who is the Word cast out demons by His word and in almost all cases the demons were not allowed to speak nor were they addressed by name.

Why some need prayer and fasting and others do not.

Some lies are easily refuted and cast out of our heavens when we speak the word in truth.  The disciples (the Body) can readily cast those demons out just by speaking the truth to those the Lord has prepared to hear the word.

Luk 10:17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

Think of lies such as eternal hellfire, these are spirits that are cast out quite readily by the disciples of Jesus Christ speaking truth to us.  Once we see the truth of the Word with eyes to see, it instantly vaporizes many of the lies of Babylon.  Still there are much deeper lies linked into the very essence of our being that hide out the rocks and crevices in the mountains within us. These are lies that keep us in bondage to our besetting sins (Heb 12:1).  These are the ones that require our prayer and fasting to cast out.

Mar 9:28  And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? 

Mar 9:29  And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. 

The fast the Lord is speaking about is the one given us in Isaiah 58.

Isa 58:6  Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Isa 58:7  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Isa 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.

To cast out the deep seated lies that  keep us in bondage to our besetting sins we must be in service to the Body of Christ (better to give than to receive) and not hide ourselves from our own flesh (the Body of Christ is One).

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

1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 

Our love, our obedience to the Lord (1Jo 5:3) which includes being a living sacrifice and in service to our brethren; is what covers a multitude of sins, including our own.  This sends the demons packing from our heavens.

I personally think of the strong emotions and desires or lusts and the related sins when I think of what takes prayer and fasting.   Bondages to things like the love of money, sexual gratification, envy, shame, a fault finding critical spirit, etc.  require prayer and fasting to be cast out.  We remain in bondage to these sins in part because we are still believing in lies and not walking in faith.  The lies of the harlot are said to be 200 Million strong (Rev 9:16) and as long as we allow these demons to speak to us we will be unable to find repentance from those besetting sins.

Rev 9:19  For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

Rev 9:20  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Rev 9:21  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Christ telling us “this kind comes out only by prayer and fasting” (Mat 17:21) was said in the context of remembering how we are to pray and what we are praying for which is the will of God (our sanctification).

Mat 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 

Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Praying this prayer without ceasing, in faith, combined with our fast is how they come out.  Our fast is our labor to strive and resist the temptations to give in to evil (starving the old man – Isa 58) and is how we will get the victory and in the Lord’s due time,the spirit that binds us in a sin will leave.  Our faith without our action (works) is dead so we have to show our faith is true faith, by obeying the Lord and doing the works which include acting on our faith and doing the fast that He desires.

Jas 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Jas 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Jas 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We always apply these verses outwardly but they also apply inwardly. Our fasting in faith is a good work that we are to walk in.  Our fasting and striving against sin is believing in the Lord which is doing the work of God in the earth.

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

Our torment is the waiting on the Lord to deliver us from our sin and the lies that keep us in that bondage.  Christ will come and set the captives free right on schedule. We are always going to be at war with lying spirits and demons that operate in our heavens.  The Lord has a purpose in frustrating us and not bringing deliverance when we want it.  We need to trust Him but keep pressing onward, knowing we truly are His work.

Php 3:14 I press (prayer and fasting without ceasing) toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

We are learning to walk by faith and not by sight by taking captive the carnal thoughts that come to us which exalt themselves against the truth.  Lastly, we must learn from our failings to not have to repeat the lesson.  When these spirits are cast out, we must fill the house, which house we are with truth and stand on that truth otherwise the lies come back and we are worse than before.

Mat 12:43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

Mat 12:44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.

Mat 12:45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

The war in our heavens (in our mind) is won when we stand on the truth and there is no room for the lies to stay.

Rev 12:7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,

Rev 12:8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.

We (that wicked generation first to be judged) eventually in the Lord’s timing will be given the faith to stand and the house will be filled and there will be no more room for the liars.

Your fellow warrior in the good FIGHT of faith, Lord willing all the way to the end,

Pete @ peterjwilson56@gmail.com

 

Faith Towards God

April 25, 2017

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“Faith Towards God”

“Faith toward God” by various teachers, notes compiled into one study for Women by Ronel

Jas 1:16  Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
Jas 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Jas 1:18  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

We are sown in bodies in corruption in the likeness and weakness of sinful flesh. Born slaves to sin, no good thing comes from within us unless the Lord does the initiation.

The gift of faith is not our own faithit the faith OF Jesus Christ. It is the faith OF Christ that becomes our faith. As Christ is so are we in this world (1 John 4:17)!

Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

This gift is only being revealed unto God’s chosen ones in their appointed times. Like all gifts, the giver of the gift, determines when and how the gift is imparted. Having been predestinated or chosen to receive it before the world was formed; we are receiving a tremendous blessing to be the firstfruits of the harvest and salvation of all men if we continue in His goodness being saved through a fiery process of judgement.

Acts 13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

Faith towards God is part of the milk doctrines which are:

Heb 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

Heb 5:13 For everyone that useth milk [partakes and continues only on milk] is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

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.

Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Heb 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit [God willing].

As we learned from our first study, “Repentance from dead works,” milk, is a necessary part of our diet to develop, and is an essential part to the sum of God’s Truth. All who desire to live a godly life in Christ must first partake of this milk, without which any child of God cannot grow up. At the appointed time of the Father, the child of God is to move onto perfection through partaking of the “strong meat”, the “deep things of God”. Let us remind ourselves of the importance of milk from our last study;

1Pet 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word [Why?] that ye may grow thereby:

Introduction:

The second of these six elementary principles (milk doctrines) of Christ is faith toward God. A principle can be defined as a foundation for belief, an essence, a basis of conduct or a fundamental truth from which ALL others are derived from. It is therefore mandatory that we use the basic principles the Scripture sets out to understand faith. To be born again, or “as newborn babes,” one must first being born (John 3:6).

When the Scriptures talk about our first birth, it is not placing emphasis on our physical birth by our physical mother, but rather the birth of the old man, the old adamic human nature which is strongly tied to the system of the world, faith of this age and its earthly things. Being a “newborn babe” refers to the birth of the nature of Jesus Christ in us (His Word, mind and ways) and living His Life through us (Rom 8:10).

Faith toward God is a process TOWARDS God that does not take a few seconds, days, months or a few years. It is a process that lasts for the rest of our lives until we get to the FULLNESS OF GOD. The destination is to the Father, and the Captain dragging us toward God is the Lord, Jesus Christ, himself. He alone knows the WAY, the obstacles and how to overcome those obstacles and complete the mission in getting us to God. There is no other captain or route. We obtain age abiding life through Christ (John 17:3).

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

The multifaceted composition of faith and manifold parts will be revealed to us only as we continue toward God. The first thing we need to know is the basic definition of faith, according to Scripture. Let us look at the true faith of God’s elect versus the faith of orthodoxy.

What is TRUE Faith?

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is not based on substance or anything tangible. It is only required when there is no physical evidence that we can see or scientifically prove something. A better and more appropriate translation of Hebrews 11:1 that fits the rest of Scripture is:

Heb 11:1 (NASB) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

It is the belief in the invisible. The assurance intended to give us confidence beyond our natural comprehension.

Joh 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

1Pe 1:8 (ESV) Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.

Faith is a NOUN. It is not a verb or an action. Faith is a possession. True faith is the down payment, the earnest, of the Spirit given to us:

2Co 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

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

Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

We are not being able doing anything for God without this given faith. Believing on the Lord means that we are trusting God to deliver on ALL of His promises. Faith is believing that God is doing what He is saying and that He is FAITHFUL to His Covenants, even if we are not. It does not depend on us and our faithfulness. God is faithful to all His covenants and promises.

2 Tim 2:13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself

Without faith, it is impossible to please God. This is because, without faith, a man will lean on his own understanding and trust in his own works and efforts to bring about the will of God. We have to exceed the righteousness of the Law!

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

We are not being able to believe in God and His Word without Him giving us the faith to do so. We, are all like the father of the demon possessed son, who cried out “Lord I believe; help thou mine unbelief”:

Mar 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Those with TRUE faith profess Christ as Lord:

 The true gospel of Christ is hated by the carnal mind. Humanity is at enmity with God and is repulsed at the idea that it is God alone who chooses to whom He imparts spiritual gifts. The sons of Christ are being given POWER of the Holy Spirit and the gift of faith is salted with fire to go preach this gospel to the ends of the earth within.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast

Paul is saying that nobody calls Jesus Lord, in Spirit and Truth, without having the Holy Spirit inside of them.

1 Cor 12:3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

We have to ASK our Father for the gift of the Holy Spirit!

Asking the Father and receiving from Christ:

Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

Acts 2:23-24 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore, being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

Here again we see the importance of repentance to receive Christ:

 Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Why is the FAITH of God’s sons different from orthodoxy?

There are many beliefs within Christianity, what makes this faith of God’s elect any different? The focus and subject of this faith is Christ bringing us toward God the Father. As newborn babes, two good starting points for having faith toward God are: There is One God and One Lord.

1Co 8:5 (ESV) For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth–as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”

1Co 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

Believing in the true one God, through the one Lord Jesus Christ, is the faith of God’s elect. This is the only faith that will drag us towards God the Father.

Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

Believing or having faith towards God is NOT recognizing that there is a man Jesus or even a God that exists. As can be seen in the verse with Thomas below, there are many “Thomases” who believe according to sight.

Joh 20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

Joh 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe [faith by sight].

The WORK of God:

True faith towards God includes the work of God, which we will begin to do once we get to the stronger meat of the Word. This is an important point to keep in mind when thinking about faith toward God. Without its work, it is dead! Let the Lord tell us Himself;

Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Joh 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

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

Believe what Lord?

Act 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, [faith toward God is ….] believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

2Ti 3:16 All scripture [Gen 1:1 to Rev 22:21] is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, [Heb 6:2 “the principles of the doctrine of Christ”] for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

This faith operates by obedience to the Word of God, believing and doing all things we are instructed and commanded of the Lord to do. In doing so, we are working and producing good works. This is the true LOVE of God and is covered in the stronger meat of God’s Word.

Gal 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

We do not have the true FAITH of God, we have faith in “another Jesus ”to begin with:

Before we start being dragged to “faith toward God”, we all like to think and believe that we have faith of Jesus. The question is posed:

Luk 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

As will be clearly revealed to us as we go onto the stronger meat of God’s Word, we did not have the faith that will bring us toward God when He first comes to us. As was mentioned in our last series of repentance from dead works, we first have to be made to realize we are sinful before we are granted repentance. Likewise, we first have to be brought to a point where we are being able to acknowledge, that we are without “faith toward God”.

Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Jer 3:13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.

Only after we acknowledge our faithlessness does the Lord begin to show us that what we had was NOT of faith. Faith toward God from the beginning had been omitted in our midst for many reasons, from genuine lack of understanding to it not fitting our denominational identity, when we first placed our faith in “the wisdom of men and our own religious beliefs as well as the ten commandments of Moses”.

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Our faith was first placed in wisdom of religious men, what the Scripture also calls a “schoolmaster” or in some translations “tutors” / “guardians”.

1Co 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. This is when we were ‘believers’ who in times past used to say:

1Co 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ [” I am of Catholic faith…I am Pentecostal…I am Baptist…I am so and so”].

This is all contrary to the faith that brings us to God. As newborn babes, once we know we have One Father and One Lord, from then on, we are to be known only by His Name and begin to take on His true Christ-like nature. Even whilst abiding in the body of Christ, at first, we are only hearing and not doing yet.

At the appointed time of the Father, the Lord is sent to us through His Holy Spirit to bring us to God. The Lord is teaching us the Father’s Word, plans, thoughts, ways and doctrines. All the Lord does is to the intent to bring us “towards the Father”. The Lord chooses a few out of the multitude He has and is calling; He gives a measure of Himself in their hearts, which is the measure of faith. As newborn babes, it is good to always bear in mind that this is not just any faith (in the wisdom of men), rather it is the faith of God’s elect which is inevitably bringing us to God through the Holy Spirit through many fiery trials in this life.

 Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

MEASURE of faith given:

How much faith is given? We are all dealt a portion of Christ, that is, a measure of faith. Contrary to beliefs in time past, it is NOT given in a few seconds prayer, nor is a vast portion given at once. Rather, it is a very small amount as tiny as a grain of mustard seed.

Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Rom 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

As we learned in the study, “Repentance from dead works”, we are not to despise those weak in the faith, simply because FAITH IS A GIFT. All newborn babes are given a talent to begin with also (see the parable of the talents). We are all weak in the faith at first, but by continuing daily, we become stronger in the faith. No man is given a hundred-present faith toward God at a single time. Likewise, there are multitudes of followers, to whom faith toward God is not yet given, but the faith given is in the wisdom of men.

2Th 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

In both cases, it is very important for newborn babes to know that the law of faith rejects and excludes all vainglory and boasting, especially against those that have not been given faith and those that are still weak in the faith.

1Co 4:7 (NKJV) For who makes you differ from another? [strong in the faith or weak in the faith or have no faith toward God?]. And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

Rom 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Not faith of ourselves? WHAT and WHERE is it?

It is vital to note again that “faith toward God” is not of ourselves.

There is nothing we can do of our own will that can take us “toward God”.

Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power [faith] to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, […” as newborn babes”] not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

It is for this reason faith is referred to throughout the Scriptures as being the faith of Jesus Christ.

Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Gal 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

1Ti 1:14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

1Ti 3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

2Ti 3:15 (MKJV) and that from a babe you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Jas 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

We have no input to get to God, it is all a gift of God, and ONLY found in Christ.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Rom 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Keep in remembrance where it is found. From the mouth of the Lord Himself;

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.

Through what channel does this faith come to us? The Lord is His Word (Joh 1:1-4) and we receive His Spirit (Joh 6:63) by hearing Him if he grants us spiritual ears to hear Him and a heart to understand Him. It is through His MINISTERS who have this Spirit of faith, that we are being granted this precious faith.

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!

Rom 10:8 (MKJV) But what does it say? “The Word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart”; that is, the Word of faith which we proclaim;

1Co 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

2Co 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; As we grow in the faith and increase our understanding, “we also believe, and therefore [should] speak.”

What does this faith toward God produce in us? Let Peter answer us;

Act 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

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.

As we continue toward God in faith, His righteousness, is progressively revealed to us.

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.

What is the OUTCOME and end of this Faith?

The answer is that this “Faith… [is] toward … God”. Reaching the Father is the destination, and we are told:

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

The end goal is to be ONE in God through Jesus Christ. This is an age lasting process that necessitates we continue in this faith toward God day by day until we get to God. Once we are given a measure of faith, we are to continue, increase and grow up from being babes towards a mature man in Christ Jesus. This will only happen…

Col 1:23 If ye continue in the faith [toward God] grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, [toward God] and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

2Th 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, my brothers, as it is right, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each one of you abounds toward one another;

2Co 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

Trials and manifold temptations arise in due time to prove us, to test us and the purity of the faith of Christ as we continue toward the Father.

1Th 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

It is a rare and precious faith, one that we have to contend with the enemies and adversaries all of our lives:

2Pe 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

There is a great prize at the end, through many trials, and the purpose and reward is to enter into the Kingdom of God:

Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, [toward God] and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Getting to the Kingdom of God through “faith toward God” is our SALVATION, our COMPLETION, and our PERFECTION.

2Ti 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

Contrary to the faith in the wisdom of men, we do not receive the salvation of God through a few second sinners prayer at the beginning, but rather through an age-lasting process of the prayer of faith:

Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

To eventually receive:

1Pe 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

CONCLUSION:

It is of utmost importance to know there is increasing unity in the faith of Jesus Christ as we grow towards the Father. There is only one faith, even as there is One God and One Lord Jesus Christ bringing us to God.

Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

Let us now bear in mind all these admonitions of Scripture whenever we think of the faith of Christ. It requires great boldness, strength and bravery in keeping the commandments of God.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

1Co 16:13 (NASB) Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, [grow from newborn babes to] act like men, be strong.

And lest we forget, let us remember why we need to go beyond these six “first oracles of the doctrine of Christ”. Here is the reason why:

Gal 4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child [Greek – nepios – baby], differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

Gal 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.

Gal 4:3 Even so we, when we were children [Greek- nepios- babies], were in bondage under the elements of the world:

Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons [An entirely different Greek word- huios – mature son].

Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons [Greek – huios – mature son], God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son [huios] into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Gal 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son [huios]; and if a son [huios], then an heir of God through Christ.

If “a huios” then an heir of God through Christ. God is calling many to remain as immature “nepios” babes in Christ. Out of those many babies He is calling a few to “leave the principles of the doctrines of Christ” and go onto maturity. The few who are chosen out of the many called, are to be the future rulers of this world. God is not using babies to rule this world. He will only use those who have “had their senses exercised to know good and evil and who want to go on to the “strong meat” of “filling up in my body what is behind of the afflictions of Christ …”

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

So, we see the “first principles of the doctrine of Christ” in the Biblical perspective, are for babies to grow thereby:

1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes [Greek – nepios – babies], desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Let us appreciate “the milk of the Word” for what it is. Milk is for spiritual babies, let none of us be guilty of refusing to “grow thereby” and “leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ” so we can go on unto perfection and maturity and eat the strong meat of the Word.

Nugget:

We first “another Jesus” in orthodoxy that is based upon the Law of Moses, the wisdom of men and our own religious ideas and the works that follows this faith which are our self-righteous rags to the Lord. Even whilst we are having true doctrine, coming out of orthodoxy, being joined to the body of Christ, if we do not move on and our faith being tested like gold tried in the fire, our faith does not stand because faith without works are dead.

Jas 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

Jas 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Jas 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

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?

Jas 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Jas 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

Jas 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Jas 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

True faith is an earnest of the Spirit given, it is the faith of Jesus Christ, and a process to sanctify the faith of Christ as it is being tried and tested by the fire of Christ’s commands moving us onto maturity.

The true Bride of Christ, are the ones abiding in the fire until the end.

Son 4:10 How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!

The consequence of true faith leaving the faith of “another Jesus” is HOPE:

Having the faith of Christ is to have Hope. We are to be ready to give an answer always of the reason we have Hope in this life.

1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

The world’s attention is focused on all the evil events that takes place in this life and from time to time, there is a story of encouragement and hope, of people despite dire circumstances never giving up hope are saved, they had hope that they would be saved from the deep, dark grave of whatever circumstances kept them in bondage that they would become free. It is a witness just how much and how long we, as humans, can endure in the physical, and actually do quite well, if only there is communication that we will be saved. It is the same in the spiritual. This is how we are told to view our deliverance from our sinful bodies of flesh into our glorious new spiritual bodies.

Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now, is our salvation [our deliverance] nearer than when we believed.

Rom 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Rom 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

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

Our salvation is nearer than when we first believe, but how are we being saved? As we see “we are being saved by Hope”. Hope is what gives purpose to our trials. Without hope we despair of the trials of this life.

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.

Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Rom 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

We rejoice in Hope of the Glory of God, in other words, our obedience because we have glory in tribulations … we know that tribulations work patience, and patience works experience, and experience brings us back to hope.

Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Rom 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Experience works hope. How does experience work hope? Looking behind us, we see how the Lord is bringing us through the many trials increasing our faith.

Why are we being judged now instead of being judged with the world?

It is “for the hope of the promise made of God to our fathers … for which hope’s sake we are accused of the [outward] Jews [of this world]. In other words, hope for the resurrection inwardly as well as outwardly.

Act 26:6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:

Act 26:7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

Act 28:20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.

It is those, who through Christ, have inherited “the promise made of God to our fathers”, because, according to the Gospel, we are now “the Israel of God… [with] the hope of Israel” to be God’s people in this world (Gal 5:15-16 and Eph 2:11-22).

Eph 2:22 In whom [Christ] ye [Gentile Ephesians] also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

How have we been granted this “promise made of God to our fathers”?

Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

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

 

It is through the Spirit of Christ, “by faith”, [that we] wait for the hope of righteousness, [and] we have access … into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. In other words, we have the promise of Christ in us, the Hope of Glory. We are being made obedient to Christ, being saved, knowing Christ and His Father.

Where are Christ’s RICHES? Where is Christ’s inheritance?

The world is telling us that Christ’s inheritance is in heaven, and that He ascended into heaven to be at the right hand of His Father. It is true if we see and ask where does Christ and His Father dwell? It is only through the gift of faith that we are given eyes to see what we are plainly told.

Eph 2:22 In whom [Christ] ye [Gentile Ephesians] also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

 We were “called in Christ before the world began”. We were intended to be “an habitation for God through Spirit… before the world began”.

2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

It was “according to His own purpose and grace” that we were “called with a holy calling, in hope of eternal life, before the world began”. Christ wants us to know that “His inheritance is in us”, and that without us He would have no inheritance, simply because that is “according to God’s own purpose” and that was the case “before the world began”. That is the hope of our calling.

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 [which is] in the saints,

We, the sons of God, understand that the hope of our calling is in Christ, and the riches of His inheritance is in us. That is what it means:

Joh 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Joh 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

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

Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

 Christ manifests Himself only to those who love Him and keep His commandments. He comes to us while we are still in sin, but if He is in us, He is gaining dominion over that sin and become its Master, and we will “keep His commandments” and come to “know what is the hope of His calling and the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints”.

It is in one hope, “the Hope of the Lord”, that we possess many hopes. Here are a few reasons for the hope that lies within us:

Col 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

The fact that “the hope of the gospel was preached to every creature under heaven” back in the days of the apostles, should help us to understand what “go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel” really means. It means to ourselves within first, we are to judge ourselves with righteous judgement to see if we are in the faith.

While it seems that every time hope is mentioned in Scripture, it is a superlative [“unbeatable hope”], there is a very good reason for that, as is revealed in these verses.

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

1Th 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Tit 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

What is GLORY?

Glory is brightness, and brightness is produced only at the expenditure of great energy. Our judgment expends great amounts of energy which is coming from the Lord, because we can do nothing of ourselves:

Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.

Our judgment is our glory. Glory, like grace, is not just a dead lifeless noun. Glory, like grace, is also much alive and a very active verb, which glory we receive as the result of the work of God’s chastening grace and His judgments which we endure in this life. Here is the Biblical spiritual equation of what is being required to produce the Glory of God within us:

Eze 28:22 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her.

Joh 11:3 Therefore his [Lazarus] sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

Joh 11:4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

That is the purpose for sin and death. It is through these things that God is glorified, and it is through the destruction of our old sinful man that Christ is glorified in us:

Joh 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Joh 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

So then, this is the simple equation which produces the Glory of God within us. This is how we are being glorified:

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint- heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part, he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

 Here is how Isaiah makes this same point:

Isa 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

So, let us repeat again and ask what is the reason for the hope that lies within us?

Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Our judgment is our glory, and that is why we are being judged at this time and not with the world in the lake of fire to come. We are dying daily, and that is glorious, because the world is not dying daily. We are being hated of all men, and that is glorious because all men speak well of us when we are part of them. We are hated by false brothers who believe they are doing God a service as they kill us, with their hatred, but that is glorious because they are not hated as we are. Hated means “love less”.

Here is how Paul accounted for the Hope that was in him, despite the unbearable trial he endured.

2Ti 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and [that] all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

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.

Our hope is in the Lord and in Him alone.

1Th 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

 Finally, the reason for the Hope that is in us is also this promise which we are claiming as ours, in Christ.

Rom 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [His] purpose.

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who can be against us?

Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Rom 8:33 Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth.

Rom 8:34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Repentance from Dead Works

April 22, 2017

These are notes compiled from various teachings by Ronel for the Woman’s Study.

“Repentance from Dead Works”

Repentance is very clearly stated as vital for salvation throughout the Bible.

It is impossible for man on their own initiative to repent. Repentance is indeed a necessary part of salvation which is not a mystery that is veiled from carnal eyes. What is at issue is the origins or the causation of that repentance. The truth is God is the one working all aspects of salvation and man has absolutely no say in it or its timing.

 John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing.

Repentance cannot be done on our own initiative and without repentance it is impossible to enter into the kingdom of GOD:

Matthew 3:2-3 (John the Baptist coming) and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD;

In order to understand repentance, we need to first accept that these words are actually true:

Psa 119:160 The entirety of Your word is truth.

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of him who works ALL THINGS after the counsel of his own will:

If one accepts the Scripture such as Ephesians 1:11 then you are obliged to accept that HE, the Lord, also is working our repentance according to HIS will because all things means ALL THINGS.

Here are the things we must accept in order to even begin to repent:

Psalm 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.

This speaks not only to the number of days but all that will take place on those days. God has declared the end from the beginning and He will bring it to pass without exception. It is true that our repentance was also written in His Book therefore;

1 John 3:20  Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.

Our Father is not at all surprised or confused by our shortcomings because not only did He create us and devise a plan for our lives but He also said this:

Job 14:5 Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.

Knowing the unchanging nature of God leads us to consider these powerful Words of Truth.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Repentance from dead works is one of the milk doctrines:

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

We are admonished to “leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ [and] go on unto perfection”. Going on unto perfection is for those who are ready to do that. Leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ and going on unto perfection, is not an admonition to forget about those who are not yet ready to “leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ”. The Truth is that this verse in Peter complements these verses in Hebrews six:

1Pe 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

1Pe 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

How do “new born babes … taste the Lord [and know] that the Lord is gracious”? They do so only through “tast[ing] the Lord” who we are, because we are “the Christ”.

Act 22:7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Act 22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

So we are not only a “spiritual house” for God, we are also the physical flesh and bone of “the Christ “until this very day:

1Pe 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

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

Part of going on unto perfection is to be very careful to demonstrate to new born babes that the Lord is gracious, by realizing that we are not all at the same level of maturity, and that we must, with a very loving heart, bear with those who are desiring the sincere milk of the Word, and never belittle them or do anything unloving which would ever make them feel any less a part of the Body of Christ.

What Is the Spirit of a New Born Babe in Christ?

Here is what our Lord Himself tells us:

Mat 18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

Mat 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 18:5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Here is how “this little child” presents himself to Christ:

Jas 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

The Process of Repentance:

  1. We are rebuked and told to repent of our sin.
  2. We see our sin and are sorrowful.
  3. We turn from sin and bear fruit keeping with repentance.

The Lord calls us to repent:

Jer 25:4  And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.

Jer 25:5  They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever:

Jer 25:6  And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.

Eze 14:6 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord GOD:” Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations.

Eze 18:30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, everyone according to his ways,” says the Lord GOD.” Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin.

Why can we apply things that happened to people in the old Testament to our lives?

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples (examples): and they are written for our admonition

We have to realize that we are sinful before we are able to repent.

Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them,” Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Mat 9:13 … For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.

The law of Moses (Law of the Gentiles) shows us that we are sin:

Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Sorrow precedes repentance:

2Co 7:9  Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

2Co 7:10  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

2Co 7:11  For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

Here is an example of repentance:

1Ki 8:46  If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;

1Ki 8:47  Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;

This is an example of NOT repenting:

Jer 8:6 I listened and heard, But they do not speak aright. No man repented of his wickedness, Saying, “What have I done?’ Everyone turned to his own.

Repentance comes before the Kingdom of God.  What is the Kingdom of God?

Rom 14:16 -17 Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Repentance prepares the way for the Kingdom of God within us:

Mat 3:2-3 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD;

Repentance leads to forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit:

Act 3:19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

Act 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Who will repent?

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

1Co 15:22-23 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.

We do not repent until we are being chastened greatly with many trials:

Rev 9:20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.

Rev 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.

Rev 16:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

How Do We Repent?

2 Tim 2:25-26 … if God perhaps WILL GRANT them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

Act 5:31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, TO GIVE repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

Act 11:18 When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.

Man repents only and because we are granted and given repentance not because our flesh desires to repent on its own.

Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Hence the word GOODNESS;

chréstotés: goodness, excellence, uprightness

Original Word: χρηστότης, τητος, ἡ
Short Definition: goodness, benignity, kindness
5544 /xrēstótēs (“useful kindness”) refers to meeting real needs, in God’s way, in Histiming (fashion). Hence 5544 (xrēstótēs) is listed as a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22). With the believer,

Hence the word REPENTANCE:

metanoia: change of mind, repentance

Original Word: μετάνοια, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: metanoia
Phonetic Spelling: (met-an’-oy-ah)
Short Definition: repentance, a change of mind Definition: repentance, a change of mind, change in the inner man Cognate: 3341 metánoia – literally, “a change of mind” (“after–thought “); repentance. See 3340 /metanoeō (“repent”).

Who puts this new heart and Spirit in us?

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Hence the word HEART:

leb: inner man, mind, will, heart

Original Word: לֵב
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: leb
Phonetic Spelling: (labe)
Short Definition: heart

Is Repentance Necessary for Salvation?

2 Corinthians 7:10 For having sorrow in a godly way results in repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regrets. But the sorrow of the world produces death.

And here is how it is done, Spiritual surgery:

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

Col 2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Romans 8:15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Turning/Conversion:

Those who turn or repent will turn from transgression. The Lord is burning out all that which defiles out of a man who has been so blessed, chosen and granted this gift of repentance unto life.

Isa 48:10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

Isa 59:20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” Says the LORD.

Isa 59:21 “As for Me,” says the LORD, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the LORD, “from this time and forevermore.”

After repenting and being forgiven, we are to change our actions.

Mat 3:7  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Mat 3:8  Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Mat 3:9  And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Mat 3:10  And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Act 26:20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.

Repentance is the first step, then comes Judgment:

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Mat 3:12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Different Types of Sorrow:

Repentance is the fruit of being sorry for having made a mistake. There are two totally different types of sorrow which are mentioned in the Scriptures, and they are both mentioned for our admonition. Both are ours to know and to experience. Both types of sorrow are contrasted in these verses of 2 Corinthians:

2 Co 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

2 Co 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

2 Co 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

The Sorrow of the World:

“The sorrow of the world” is the sorrow we feel when we are caught red- handed, and we are forced to publicly acknowledge our sin. There is no godly sorrow or real repentance involved, and we go right back to our wallow in the mire.

We have many Biblical examples of the sorrow of this world, like that of Balaam the prophet, and that of King Saul. Both of these men are types of what is within the flesh of our own old, first man Adam. Worldly sorrows are based upon the approval of men, giving in to the people.

Godly Sorrow:

When we see Godly sorrow which works repentance, we are witnessing the fruit of true godly love for our brothers, which is demonstrated only by our obedience to His doctrine and His commandments which drag us to that repentance.

1Jn 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

The Power of repentance:

One thing that made the testimony of the apostle Paul so powerful was the fact that he had “breathed out slaughter against, [and] persecuted the Church of God.” It was his repentance that made his testimony so powerful. So it is with us. Paul had “a change of mind”. He repented, the Lord forgave him and healed him.

What leads us to Repentance?

There is simply no way around this Truth. It is” the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering.” We are being led to repentance by “the riches of the Lord’s goodness and forbearance and longsuffering,” of the evil experience which He has given us to humble us and “bring us to repentance.”

Rom 2:4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

God is preparing us to be kings and priests who will be given the rulership of all mankind since Adam within and without. It requires that we be tried and tested until our righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees. It is a fiery trial but the glory which is to be revealed in us will make all the suffering and struggles against our flesh and the powers and principalities in the heavens, unworthy to be compared of.

Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Recap:

  • Repentance is vital for our salvation.
  • Repentance is a gift from God and cannot be done on our own initiative, the Lord grants us repentance.
  • Repentance is one of the six milk doctrines.
  • We are to move onto maturity, leaving the milk doctrines behind.
  • We are being rebuked and told to repent.
  • We have to be chastised with many trials before we repent.
  • Repentance means a “change of mind”.
  • We see our sin and are sorrowful.
  • We turn from our sins and bear fruit keeping with repentance.
  • Repentance prepares the way for the Kingdom of God within us.
  • Repentance leads to forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  • There are two sorrows, godly and worldly sorrow, working salvation and working death.
  • It is God’s goodness that leads us to repentance.

And in case we missed it, the Kingdom of God is the state we are in when we are being obedient to Christ having joy and peace that comes with Christ’s righteousness.

What are dead works?

Dead works are things we do while we are dead in our trespasses and sins. So who is dead and what is death spiritually?

We are spiritually dead when we sin. All of mankind is dead until Christ comes which is now for us, His first fruits, making us alive, forgiving us our sins. Note before forgiveness comes repentance. The rest of mankind are not being judged now. They say they “see” and have no need of repentance, they are not being judged now and being healed of Christ at this time.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death…

Eph 2:1-3 Also you– being dead in the trespasses and the sins, in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience – among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

Col 2:13 And you– being dead in the trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh— He made alive together with him, having forgiven you all the trespasses,

What is Death?

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally (g5461) minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

What is to be carnally minded? Look at the Fruit of the tree:

Gal 5:19  Now the works of the flesh (g5641) are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Gal 5:20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Gal 5:21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

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.

Rom 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Christ cleanses our conscience from dead works. Before He is coming, we have to be sorrowful and repent of our sins so we may receive the implanted Word which is Christ and “His Christ”.

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

Do not despise the weak in faith that are not being given to move onto maturity, how do we handle the weak in the faith, the sum of His Word is Truth:

Rom 14:1  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Rom 14:2  For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

Rom 14:3  Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

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

2Ti 2:24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

2Ti 2:25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

2Ti 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Take of the Study, what are we being admonished of?

We have many reminders to admonish and exhort us to beware of becoming slothful and lazy with regards to our battle with worldly lusts. Sinful ways of living needs to be put behind us, we are not being in “times past”…… but moving towards heavenly Jerusalem, forgetting what is behind stretching out what is before.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Becoming a doer of the Word and not just a hearer requires work. Christ did not come and is not coming so we can continue to live in sin. He comes to set the captives (all men within and in due time without) free from bondage to sin. This is the essence of what salvation is all about.

The promise of salvation is we are being saved from our sins. This comes little by little as the Scriptures declare. We are not to think we d0 it by our own strength and initiative.

Deu 7:22 And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

As we mature we are looking behind us and see progress being made as we are giving more and more dominion over sin. The Lord is long-suffering and this process takes far longer than we want and that is to teach us patience.

Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Not seeing that progress should be a warning sign something is amiss. We examine ourselves to see if we are really in the faith. The grace of the Lord that scourges us and teaches us and ultimately causes us to obey the Lord (Eze 36:27) can be received 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.

We receive such grace in vain, when we do not learn from our mistakes and the chastening the Lord brings when we sin. If we are failing to learn the lessons, we are doomed to repeat them and this will impede moving on to be a mature man in Christ. There is a fine line between claiming ourselves to be the “chief of sinners” (which we are apart from Christ working in us) and to receive the grace of the Lord in vain.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

We are naturally brute beasts (Ecc 3:18, Rom 7:24) and it takes our entire lives to be delivered and we only receive it in down payment form until we are given our new spiritual bodies. We fall victim to lascivious spirits that keep us in bondage to sin. We need to be reminded of this and our need to get up and to get back on the narrow road and learn what went wrong and make changes in our walk. To win the war we have to start and continue in winning the battles against our fleshly desires.

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Sin no longer should be ruling in our mortal fleshly bodies because as our faith grows and actions are added to our faith and we (Christ rising up in us) begin to gain victories little by little.

Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

We speak often to one another of the Lord’s Sovereignty in ALL THINGS but much less frequently of the battles and lessons REQUIRED to overcome sin and walk out our faith. We need to beware of lascivious spirits and remember we do not inherit the promises until we have done the will of God.

Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

And what is that will?

1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from (spiritual) fornication:

We best beware of “those men”, especially our carnal deceitful hearts that creep in unawares with a lascivious spirit. Like Jude, we need to exhort one another to be diligent which means careful to contend for our faith. It is the lazy spirit of sloth and lasciviousness that wants to use God’s sovereignty and the salvation promised to all men to avoid the need to strive and labor in our walk of faith.

Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

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.

Jude reminds us what happens if we do not move onto maturity and stop our progress of overcoming sin. The Lord is destroying the old mindset.

Jud 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

Our learning comes by suffering and being chastised by the Lord.

Heb 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

We endure to the end and we do that by fighting, striving and working. It is the last days and we are being warned what happens in those days in each of us and this is what happens …… we have a form of godliness but denying the power of Christ in us (thru our unbelief) to change us.

2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Being cautious of pinning all of our sins on the Lord and using that to justify our continued bad behavior is how a lascivious spirit deceives us. The Lord is causing it but He is doing it to His people so we are learning and turning. We are fighting to lay hold of the life promised and flee from those things that is defiling us.

1Ti 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses

Guarding our hearts and the entry points into our life is being required. Faith without works are dead.

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life…

Pro 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Pro 4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

If we stop striving diligently we are falling short.

 Luk 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

We are reaping what we are sowing. If we continue to sow inequity to that disobedience (no matter what it is) we are also reaping.

Heb 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things (i.e. strive and work) which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Heb 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;

Sins are being recompensed.

Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

We work and strive together to make our calling and election sure. We add to our faith and our knowledge the things Peter mentions. This is the way we are BEING made partakers of His Divine nature (i.e. saved from our sins) and escape the lusts of this world within and without. We are moving onto maturity if the Lord wills. The end of the matter is our obedience and this comes by ADDING to our knowledge and to our faith. This is how the DOING part comes about.

2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity(LOVE)

Jesus Christ is not a minister of sin.

Gal 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

We are slaves to sins when we start out, but we are becoming slaves of righteousness.

Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Without us being given the zeal to work, we will not eat and will not grow in our faith and maturity. A lazy spirit leads to lasciviousness and abusing the grace of the Lord.

2Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Wisdom is the combination of KNOWLEDGE with understanding that comes with experience. Fear of the Lord is necessary to move us on to be Holy as the Lord is Holy.

Pro 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Wisdom results from the fear of the Lord and that is how we learn the lessons and become wiser and wiser with the trials and temptations we are continually given daily.

Isa 33:5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

Isa 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

Under the law of true faith, Christ is judging His people.

Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

We are proving our faith by passing the test and trials that are given to us.

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?

Conclusion:

Christ is honoring the Father by giving “the firstfruits of all thine increase” none of which will be lost (Joh 17:12). In the end however we weep bitter tears in our seasons and humanity will weep bitter tears and be ashamed (H954disappointed, or delayed) simply because they were not granted to come to true repentance in this age (2Co 7:10).

Our prayer is to never be put to “confusion”, never to become “dry”.

“…let me never be put to confusion” H954 בּוּשׁ bûsh boosh

A primitive root; properly to pale, that is, by implication to be ashamed; also (by implication) to be disappointed, or delayed: – (be, make, bring to, cause, put to, with, a-) shame (-d), be (put to) confounded (-fusion), become dry, delay, be long.

God’s sons intimately understand that repentance is a gift of a loving Father, having wept and weeping bitter tears ourselves as we learned and are learning and be convinced that He has always been the One doing all things, including the bringing of a few to true godly repentance in this age of our judgment, so we in turn now show mercy to those who are being delayed by the Father for our sake. We have nothing to offer, it is the Lord keeping us in all things!

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.

We are being matured in the Church of the living God to move beyond the six milk doctrines:

This next verse is very symbolic of the life of Christ and His Body who are being matured in the Church, with Christ’s mother being a type of the church (Luk 1:28, Luk 2:35).

Psa 71:6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

Christ was “holden (H5564) up from the womb” (which is ‘shown favour’ or ‘established’) not just in the womb of his mother which symbolizes the Church but his entire life (Luk 2:40, 2Pe 3:18).

Jeremiah is another example of this predestined conditioned (type and shadow) that God has given to the elect to experience before the rest of humanity (Jer 1:5-7).

H5564
סמך
sâmak
saw-mak’

A primitive root; to prop (literally or figuratively); reflexively to lean upon or take hold of (in a favorable or unfavorable sense): – bear up, establish, (up-) hold, lay, lean, lie hard, put, rest self, set self, stand fast, stay (self), sustain.

We are called to be “holden (H5564) up from the womb” and to go onto maturity so that we may, God willing, be used to help bring in the later harvest of humanity who will also be “holden (H5564) up from the womb” of the ‘earth, earth, earth’ condition (“my mother’s bowels”) that we all must come out of spoken of in Jeremiah 22:29.

Here and now in the Body of Christ, we are striving to present ourselves and each man perfect before the Lord in our seasons.

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

We are a peculiar people “a wonder unto many”, we, who are seated in heavenly places, worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth, at truth that has been taken away from the world today.

Psa 71:7 I am as a wonder (H4159) unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

Isa 20:3 And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder (H4159) upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;

The Lord has set in motion this witness being proclaimed throughout the Body of Christ and has provided us “strong refuge” so that what has begun within us can and will be accomplished in Christ through whom we are able to endure all things today and every day.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

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.

We ought to be a people with praise continually on our lips and with a spirit of gratitude that honors God continually who gives us the gift of repentance through Christ and “His Christ”.

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

We are all getting there Amen!

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Act 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:

Rev 1:11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”

The dream is one. Repentance is preparing the way for the Kingdom of God to come. It is the washing of the water by the Word, the HEARING of the Word which brings a “change of mind”. The Lord then forgives us and judges us “is, was and will be” so that we may be entering into His rest “little by little” in our Day of the Lord.

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

 

 

Amos Part 16 – Being at Ease in Zion

April 19, 2017

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“Being at Ease in Zion”

Key Verses:  Amos 5:24 – Amos 6:1

This study as most of these studies in the Prophets are exhorting us to contend for the true faith and not be overtaken by a lazy or lascivious spirit. The sooner we take to heart how the Lord’s grace works, the sooner we will overcome and move onward to maturity. A “que sera sera” aka “a whatever will be will be” attitude, can mistakenly apply the Lord’s sovereignty and lead us into captivity. We are still learning the sum of the Lord’s sovereignty which includes:

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, (scourging, chastening, rebuking) grace did much more abound:

Jude spoke of “certain men” who are those outside ourselves as indeed many false prophets have gone out into the world. Yet these men are also you and me, God’s very people who have been ordained to live by every Word God spoke (Mat 4:4) including these.

Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

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.

The deceitfulness of sin that hides our fleshly hearts will deceive us and snare us in bondage to sin and unbelief while we claim to serve and obey the Lord. We are so much in need of the Body as our safety and refuge to keep our faith strong and to get the help we need including strong rebukes in times of trouble. I hope this message is an exhortation to all who read it as it was to me as I prepared it.

Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

We continue in Amos and see more of the Lord’s controversy with us His people.

Amo 5:24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Amo 5:25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

Amo 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

Amo 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

When judgment is on the house of God, it shall not fail to roll and the purifying waters shall continually be bringing righteousness to our heavens and our earth. It’s all the Lord’s work, it is His zeal for His people by which the Lord performs and establishes judgment in His kingdom.

Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Righteousness is learned only by enduring judgment (Isa 26:9) and bearing the trials the Lord sends and standing on His Word through the affliction. The rushing waters are the torrent, the fiery Word that come against our house to try our faith and expose what is not built on faith so only that which is of faith shall remain (Luk 6:47-49). These waters flow out of the Words that the Body of Christ is speaking to those prepared and gathered to hear.

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

We should be striving to learn the lessons of the Lord and hastening the coming of the Lord within us (2Pe 3:12). If we don’t learn the lessons and do not move on to maturity (Heb 6:3), we are bound to repeat the lessons until we do. Israel was led around for forty years with many trials (4 x 10, the whole perfection of flesh) but was not given to cross over and enter into and possess the land.

Amo 5:25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

Like physical Israel, the Lord’s Elect in every age are first unable to cross over and overcome and we repeat the lessons. Until grace is poured out in our day of judgment, we are unable and instead offer outward sacrifices and offerings to the Lord while claiming His Name.

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Heb 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

The Lord does not want outward obedience and rituals. He is looking to our hearts and He demands all of it be given to Him as a living sacrifice. The joy of the old man is turned to gloom and the mourning of the new man to joy as we endure major spiritual heart surgery.

Psa 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Our time wandering in the wilderness is our time of testing that follows our initial baptism into the truth (1Co 10:2). This precedes the second coming of Christ within us for salvation apart from sin (Heb 9:28). Like our Lord experienced (Mat 4:1-2) and Paul (Gal 1:7) we too, must be tested to be made ready for ministry and service. Unlike our spotless Lord, we will be unfaithful and fall down our appointed “seven” times. As we die to the flesh we are being saved and gain dominion over sin the more we look to our new life, becoming a living sacrifice.

Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man (Jesus Christ and His Christ) be lifted up:

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

As we abide in faith and stand in the grace of God, in DUE TIME, we are being made partakers of Christ. The Lord is grieved by our sins and keeps us in torment (Rev 14:11) to destroy all faith in ourselves and instill faith in Him alone. Israel of old could not and Israel of today, the spiritual Jews cannot enter into because of unbelief.

Heb 3:17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

Heb 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

We are being made into a living sacrifice by the blood of the Lamb as we are made to drink and partake in judgment. This turns our faith into an active faith evidenced by our works. The Body of Christ is the second sacrifice (the scapegoat) along with our Lord that are used to bring salvation to all mankind as saviours and The Savior, respectfully (Oba 1:21).

Amo 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle (covering) of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

The law for the lawless and self-righteous has us covering ourselves with our own works which is not of faith. Instead of offering pleasing sacrifices we are committing fornication and spiritual incest with our flesh. This is how we bear the tabernacle of Moloch (who is the God of Ammonites) and the false god of Chiun [H3594] which is another name for our self-righteous beast that does many good works in seeking glory.

H3594, kı̂yûn, kee-yoon’

From H3559; properly a statue, that is, idol; but used (by euphemism) for some heathen deity (perhaps corresponding to Priapus or Baal-peor): – Chiun.

Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

The Word for tabernacle is H552 is found once in Scripture per the KJV Concordance.

H5522, sikkûth, sik-kooth’

Feminine of H5519; an (idolatrous) booth: – tabernacle.

A religious self-worshiping beast (Rev 13:11) is certainly an idolatrous booth or house. But the point I want to make here is that this image to the beast we setup is about covering ourselves with righteousness and taking away God’s reproach. The Lord’s true coverings, the true garments of salvation are knitted together only as we endure through many tribulations being crucified with Christ.

Going back to the root of the root, we find H5526, which primarily speaks of our covering which we know is what makes us acceptable and presentable to the Lord.

 H5526, sakes /  śâkak

Total KJV Occurrences: 23

covered, 8

cover, 5

covereth, 2

covering, 2

defence, 1

defendest, 1

What is really being said here is we are putting on self-righteousness and spiritual clothing that is our own works as we worship the idols and image of the beast. Such a mindset is a defiled wedding garment that needs to be uncovered and is in our day of judgment at the wedding feast (Mat 22:11).

Jas 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Rev 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

Salvation is of the Lord (Jon 2:6) and we must be GIVEN our garments (Isa 61:3) from the Lord. White washed robes and the “fine linen” worn in spiritual Babylon are defiled garments that are being exposed and rewashed/remade in the afflictions and suffering (the blood, the dying daily) the Lord has and is appointing us to endure (Phi 1:29).

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

The Lord is faithful to finish the good work in us which means He is/will complete our judgment which will completed in full which is how we are saved from our sins.  Our beasts and the false prophets are being destroyed in the age abiding fire that we as His sons are enduring now (Rev 19:20) and the rest of mankind will endure in the lake of fire.

Amo 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

Damascus is the capital of Syria (Isa 7:8) and spiritually represents our flesh and the lineage of where our old man and our father Abraham’s physical family has come from.

Gen 25:20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethune the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.

Going beyond Damascus is going beyond just our flesh and into the territory of the Assyrians.  Assyria is likened to the land of Spiritual Babylon (Jer 51:18, 2Ki 17:23-24) and these nations are the rod of the Lord’s anger sent to Israel (The Elect) that are hypocrites (Isa 10:5-6). The falling away does not lead us back to Egypt but instead takes is into spiritual Assyria.

Hos 11:5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

Hos 11:6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels.

Hos 11:7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.

Being captives to the Assyrians is being turned over to our fleshly lusts and the pride of life, and being led to fornicate with the many lies of the harlot. We are being shown in our judgment that nothing good dwells in our flesh and that we truly are the chief of sinners without the headship of Jesus Christ (Rom 7:24, 1Ti 1:15). In due time this brings about a change in our heart as we cry out for deliverance.

The entire phrase “Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity” comes from one Hebrew word galah H1540. The use of this word in itself shows that becoming “captive” from the negative perspective, is being enslaved to our sin and having our nakedness (sinfulness) uncovered.

H1540, gâlâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 217

carried, 34

captive, 24

uncover, 22

discovered, 18

away, 17

revealed, 11

discover, 10

uncovered, 10

captivity, 9

open, 6

revealeth, 3

published, 2

uncovereth, 2

Here are some examples of being led “into captivity” with H1540 galah.

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover [H1540] their nakedness: I am the LORD.

Eze 23:18 So she discovered [H1540] her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.

There is a purpose in the Lord revealing the shame of our nakedness. This is how He is making known His power to us as the first marred vessel (Jer 18:4) and is now being destroyed.

Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Rom 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Beyond Damascus puts us deep into the Assyrian/Babylonian Empire where the Lord has us in captivity to not only our flesh but also the lies of the spiritual harlot. We are this harlot bound to the world, having all the godly gifts, all the knowledge but still fornicating with the kings of this earth and making merchandise of the Lord’s treasures.

Rev 17:4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.

Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

When the Lord returns as a thief in our spiritual night, we will be found at ease in Zion having buried our talents, including our gift of faith in the earth.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

Entering into the rest of Jesus Christ does not mean we don’t work. We rest from our own works but not from the Lord’s work. Here is the Lord’s work which is a demonstration of our faith IN ACTION which never ceases.

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

Joh 5:17 (NKJV) But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”

Knowledge before the baptism by fire comes is making us slothful thinking we have arrived. But when the fire comes we see more clearly and are given some wise counsel.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Believing is work, it requires us to make judgments and stand on the Word and not rely on our own works or the wisdom of this world. These words from James apply inwardly as well as outwardly. They complement rather than negate the words of John 6:29.

Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

The charge to come out of her (the harlot) my people (Rev 18:4) and truly separate from the world and the heathen ways within and without, is a serious commandment if we plan to make the first resurrection.

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?

2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

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.

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Trusting in the mountain of Samaria is trusting in ourselves and leaning on our carnal understanding and the ways of the world and its chief nations (the strongman within).

Exo 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

Exo 23:33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee

That is what ancient Israel did many times in going to the “chief nations” (the strong man within) to seek treaties and covenants with them to take away the reproach of the world and make their lives easier. We live out those words as these disobedient kings and go to the chief of the nation’s instead of standing in faith. Here are just two examples.

1Ki 15:18 Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants: and king Asa sent them to Benhadad, the son of Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,

1Ki 15:19 There is a league (covenant) between me and thee, and between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent unto thee a present of silver and gold; come and break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.

1Ki 20:34 And Benhadad said unto him (Ahab), The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.

These covenants with the chief of the nations are covenants with death and the carnal mind (Rom 8:6). Such covenants will be disannuled in our day of the Lord.

Isa 28:18 Your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; When the overflowing scourge passes through ….

Being at ease in Zion is failing to stand on the Word and fight the good fight of faith. Who wants to carry a cross and stand in faith, when it’s far easier for our flesh to make a peace treaty and compromise the Word of God and go along to get along? An obvious example of this is the outward keeping of days, times and years. Yet this “weak of faith” spirit afflicts us all in our immaturity as our man of sin is always looking for ways to lessen the burden than bear the reproach of Jesus Christ. The narrow way requires work, it requires us to stand in the face of great opposition from the heathen nations within and in the outside world.

Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

We have a good example of faith in action via a maturing King Hezekiah.  He stood on the Word of God against the threats covenant promises of the Assyrians. Despite much carnal fear and a doom and gloom prognosis Hezekiah stood in faith. Yet Israel was delivered by their faithfulness (2Kings 18-19) and obedience to the king’s command not to answer back the Assyrians or enter into any covenants.

The Lord is sore displeased with those unfaithful to the Word and doing evil while claiming His Name. In His mercy, the Lord returns to save us from our sins and rebuilds His Temple within by the plumbline of His Word.

Zec 1:15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction (“RA” H7451 – EVIL).

Zec 1:16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.

While it is true that “the Lord is doing it” as it relates to our disobedience and obedience as all things are of Him (Rom 11:36); we are never to lose sight of why the Lord is doing it. He is causing our erring so we will stop doing it and thereby learn righteousness (Isa 26:9, Exo 6:6). We are admonished to ALWAYS strive, labor, contend, and engage in the good fight of faith.

Luk 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

We are to labor for the things of the Spirit and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mat 6:33). This is the work of faith and how we lose our life to gain it.

Joh 6:27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Faith without works, is faith without fighting. To lay hold on eternal life we engage in the war and fight the good fight of faith all the way to the very end (Mat 24:13, 2Ti 4:7).

1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

The spiritual battles and the greater war can only be fought successfully by trusting (putting on) in the whole armor of God. The Word of God will not fail in the end and we need to learn patience and to trust in the Lord.

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.

Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Next week Lord willing, we will see more details of our journey “beyond Damascus” where the Lord is taking us deeper into captivity. Here is the first verse of Part 17 where we will see the theme of pride/self-exaltation develop as our self-righteousness is exposed as filthy rags.

Amo 6:2 Pass ye over to Calneh and see, and go thence to Hamath the great, and go down to Gath of the Philistines, Are they better than these kingdoms? Greater is their border than your border?

The Lord will put focus on our feasting on meat and drinking lots of wine but not tending to the weightier matters of Godly Love.

Sincere comments and questions are welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

A Servant In  Christ,  Pete

Amos Part 15 – I Will Pass Thru the Land

April 6, 2017

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Key Verses:  Amos 5:14 – 5:23

In our day of the Lord, the elect of God who are being judged now (1Pe 4:17) are always learning. That is the function of grace and the purpose for our being punished for our sins and wicked ways. It is the occasion the Lord seeks to bring about and end to our flesh and our sins.  This is the process of dying daily that ushers in the newness of life in Christ Jesus.

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Our faith grows and we mature through the experience of evil the Lord sends to us (Ecc 1:13, Psa 37:9). The repetitive nature of our falling down seven times is to devour any confidence we have in ourselves and in the flesh. As verse 5:13 showed, the wise will be silent (still) and endure the process of judgment with patience knowing it is how we are given the righteousness of the Lord. The sooner we are still; the sooner Jesus Christ is being exalted in our earth.

Psa 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Here are the verses for our study of Amos’s words regarding the coming of the Lord.

Amo 5:14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

Amo 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Amo 5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful of lamentation to wailing.

Amo 5:17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

Amo 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.

Amo 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

Amo 5:20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

Amo 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Amo 5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

Amo 5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

Seeking good is seeking the Lord and not turning or wresting away the judgment of God. No man can enter into Christ any other way but by going through judgment (Rev 15:8, Exo 6:6). This the only way and we are refusing it at first but in the end, we most certainly drink the cup.

Jer 25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

This is the process is bringing death to the old man, the man of sin and our carnal thinking and ushers in the newness of life in Christ. Seven times the Lord tells us that judgment is coming to us that are prideful, trusting in appearances and being hypocrites (saying and not doing).

Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness

The Lord is showing us that the power of God is not in our words but in power of our actions.

1Co 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

We become doers of the Word and are justified by faith as we are living by every word (Mat 4:4, 1Co 3:21) which is revealing to us what we are as flesh and blood. We can only glory in Christ.

Jer 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Jer 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

The only way to seek the Lord is to be given the zeal and ability to lay down our lives. It is costing us everything to follow Jesus Christ (Luk 14:33) and only the Lord can prepare us to pay that price. It is a wonderful thing and a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  The new man is blessed and the old man is destroyed as we establish justice in our gates.

Amo 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Before we are dragged to Christ we have no judgment in our gate and know not the peace of the Lord.  We will first trust in vanity which is our perverted knowledge (double minded man) that mixes truth with carnal thinking and thereby wrests away righteous judgment.

Isa 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

When we begin to guard our gates, and stand in faith and wait on the Lord to perform His Word in us, then we are establishing judgment in our heavens. This is faith in action.

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

This all sounds so wonderful and it is, but only for the new man. Be careful what you ask for! The Lord of Hosts is a Lord of unlimited armies in heaven and in earth. The Lord answers our prayers of faith when they are aligned with His will that is not a secret.

1Th 4:2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

1Th 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

Establishing judgment is done by aligning God’s will with our walk. This leads to the prayer of faith as the Lord taught. Putting knowledge into action is praying this without ceasing.

Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

The Lord is establishing judgment in our gates now via the trials, suffering and afflictions that teach us and cause us to love one another (1Th 4:9) as we are humbled and our pride departs.

Amo 5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.

Amo 5:17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

The Lord passing “through thee” speaks of the coming of Christ inwardly which is where the Kingdom of God is found in this age (Luk 17:20-21). The Hebrew word H7130 is used to derive the “through” in “pass through”.  Yet this word is the primary word for midst, within or inward.  The Lord passing through the land is the second coming of Jesus Christ within us for salvation.  He is now in His Temple inwardly working righteousness as we live by every word of God.

Eze 2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

Eze 2:10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

Turning us back to the Lord (granting repentance) is the Lord’s work in us (Psa 90:3) and this is His goodness (Rom 2:4) and the wonderful works of Psa 107.  His army executes His word.

Joe 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Joe 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

As God’s elect, it is upon us to whom this grace first appears and reveals to us our sins against the Lord and those we are piercing. Flesh has got to go and the carnal mind which remains at enmity with the ways of God must be done away. The Lord only turns us back to Him when we know the truth but are not doing the truth. When we come to see our sins, and come to know that we truly are the chief of sinners without Christ (1Ti 1:15), we wail and mourn over all the abominations we are committing in the land.

Jer 9:19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, how are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.

Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.

It is the husbandmen of the Lord, you and me if we are His people; that is first spoiling the field and losing the spiritual harvest of the Lord.

Joe 1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

The Lord’s vineyard is being taken from the old man and been given the new man. One is taken from the field and the other (new man) is left (Mat 24:40).

Luk 20:14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, this is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

Luk 20:15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

Luk 20:16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

Rachel weeping for her children (Jer 31:15, Mat 2:18) is a shadow of the Body of Christ who is the mother of us all (Gal 4:26, Mat 12:48-50). Like Rachel died in bringing forth Benjamin (Gen 35:15-16), so we too will give up our life to bring forth the children of the Kingdom for the Lord.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

2Co 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

Our entry into the kingdom is with much tribulation as we are being fed judgment, hated by the world and always bearing the reproach of Jesus Christ with death always working in us.  We are there to hold each other up, bring comfort and pray for one another that we ARE BEING SAVED.

Joe 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Joe 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, where is their God?

We need the Body and to be in fellowship to be spiritually healthy.  A NT version of Joel 2 is this.

Jas 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Death brings new life. In the same way, mourning our destruction brings joy in the end.

Ecc 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

Going through this painful process and mourning our death and destruction of our former life, is bringing joy in the end.

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

Mat 5:4  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Being thrown into outer darkness is needed for us to come to see our true spiritual condition.  It is the Elect, the first children of the Kingdom who are judged and go through outer darkness.

Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, for judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

Seeking the Lord is seeking judgment in this age which brings the three woes (spiritual progression of judgment) that we live out in the Book of Revelation.

Amo 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.

Amo 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

Amo 5:20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

We have heard the saying “it’s always darkest before dawn”. That is also a truism of the coming of Jesus Christ within us as the old is being destroyed as the new is coming forth. But it is a process as the darkness does not at first understand the light or the purposes and ways of the Lord.

Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

We come to understand the light (i.e. know the Lord) only by judgment and that by the Word performing its work in us.  We won’t know Him in truth and in Spirit until we are given to eat the true bread from heaven (Christ’s dying flesh) and drink the new wine of the renewed Covenant.

Deu 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God

The new wine is dripping down from Mt. Zion (Joe 3:18) and is sanctify us by the washing of the Word. Yet this new light initially turns our old light (the old wine and our sun) into darkness.  Consequently, we stumble and are being snared and taken (Isa 28:13, Act 2:20).

Pro 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Isa 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

We cannot run or hide from the Lord’s hand. There is no escape, only the learning righteousness and patience in the day of His wrath. There is no other way into Christ except by living through the seven vials of wrath poured out by the seven angels of God (Rev 15:8).

Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

The Lord has devised means to return His people to Himself and He is using spiritual lions, bears and serpents to bring judgment and punishment to His people. This is the chastening of a loving God to His children which seems so unpleasant at first (Heb 12:11).  Falling into sin and believing lies are all part of the Lord’s work to bring the occasion for the Lord to bring us out of darkness and into the marvelous Light that is Christ.

1Ki 13:26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, it is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.

Num 21:6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

The Lord is shaking out all things in heaven and on our earth, such that only the unshakable things of Jesus Christ is remaining (Heb 12:26-27). The Lord despises our filthy works of self-righteousness (Isa 64:6) and the outward sacrifices we perform to make ourselves acceptable to the Lord.

Amo 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Amo 5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

Amo 5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

We do have an altar that only those within the veil of Christ can eat (Heb 13:10). Yet the sum of the Word that is truth makes it clear that feasting (eating and drinking on knowledge of the Scriptures) is not the primary outcome, it is only a means to the end.

Rom 14:17 (NKJV) for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Luk 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, we have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

Luk 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

Of far greater importance is that we walk in love and obey the foremost commandment in Spirit and in truth. We must remember the definition of the love of God which is our obedience.

Joh 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

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

Our offerings to the Lord are not acceptable to Him unless they are built upon a burnt offering which symbolizes a sacrificed life to the Lord and His Christ. Such is our reasonable service (Rom 12:1) in Christ.

Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

We come to acknowledge the Lord in all things and give Him the glory in all things as otherwise our offerings are rejected as were Cain’s (Gen 4:5). The Peace Offering is symbolic of how we find peace with the Lord. That only comes through living a sacrificed life and it is this offering that nourishes us and enable us to endure to the end of our judgment.

Lev 3:5 And Aaron’s sons shall burn it (the peace offering) on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

A broken spirit is a life laid down for the Lord that is dead to SELF. This is sweet smelling to the Lord and the true sacrifice the Lord demands. Dying daily is how eternal life is possessed.

Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

Believing we and the brethren are beloved in the Christ and are exactly where we are supposed to be (Psa 139:16); is done by faith in the promises of God. This faith is needed to find true peace and stop trying to justify ourselves by the works of our hands. Faith is the substance of things not seen (Heb 11:1) and therein lies the patience of the saints in waiting for this coming hope to appear WITHIN us and others in the appointed times.

 Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (being revealed in us).

The Lord shuts His ears from hearing our feigned worship and the outward appearance of righteousness (Pro 1:28). A double minded man serves SELF and we are told to expect to receive nothing to advance our man of sin and our self-righteousness (Jam 1:7).

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.

Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

It is only as we are being redeemed by judgment that we are taught to sing the new song in the assembly of the saints that is pleasing and sweet to the Lord’s ears and nose.

Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

It is those who overcome and are standing on the sea of glass (overcoming the flesh) that are singing the new song that the Lord is pleased with. The words of the new song acknowledge the great works of the Lord and the justice in His judgments in all His ways.

Rev 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Next week Lord willing, the Lord is still passing through the land and bringing judgment as our sins and abominations are exposed so righteousness can be learned.

Sincere comments or questions are welcome and encouraged. You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Pete Wilson

Amos Part 14 – The Wise Shall Keep Silent

March 30, 2017

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Key Verses:  Amo 5:7 – 5:13

In the last installment (Amos Part 13), we were admonished to seek the Lord and live. Of course this tells those with ears to hear to give up their life and die in order to find the Lord.  This is how we walk in the Spirit of newness of life in Christ. It is through death that judgment then comes (Heb 9:28) and the overcoming of sin takes place.

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;

Those that can read, hear and keep the sayings of the Scriptures are the House of God in every generation and upon whom judgment is now coming. We live out the Word of God and keep His judgments, learning the manifold wisdom of God while abiding in the body of Christ’s flesh which is the Church (Eph 3:10, Eph 5:30). This process of judgment is what reconciles us (returns) us to the Lord.

Col 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Establishing justice in our gates is putting on the mind of Christ. This is being worked in God’s elect in our day of judgment, in the day of the Lord as we continue in the Book of Amos.

Amo 5:7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,

Amo 5:8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:

Amo 5:9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

Amo 5:10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.

Amo 5:11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.

Amo 5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.

Amo 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

We don’t willingly walk to our death and give up our lives, we indeed are dragged there as the Word of God is bitter to our fleshly way of life (Rev 10:10) and seeks to avoid the mourning, lamentations and woe, the reproach the Word brings to us in this world (Eze 2:10).

Amo 5:7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth, 

We, like Job, become self-righteous and complain and contend with the Lord as the Lord brings occasion to reveal our hidden pride and humble us. We drink the bitter vinegar and gall that our sinless Lord did not drink and thus turn our judgment into wormwood. Like Ezekiel and Jeremiah, we go forth in bitterness initially.

Eze 3:14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.

Lam 3:15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood

To become a mature man and eat strong meat speaks to our ability to bear the trials and suffering, the reproach that falls on Jesus Christ. This is our dying daily. The Christ of Christ  take the cup we have been given to drink and give the Lord thanks for it, following our Lord’s footsteps.

Luk 22:17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, take this, and divide it among yourselves:

1Th 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Failing of the grace of God is when we are overtaken by a root of bitterness and become unthankful in what the Lord is doing (Heb 12:15). We learn not be bitter by first being bitter in our judgment and being chastened (Tit 2:11). We all like Job will at first hold fast our own righteousness and seek to disannul or invalidate the righteous judgments of God.

Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Christ in us is lifted up as we (the old man) is being humbled by the evil (afflictions) that the Lord is bringing upon us (Psa 34:19, Ecc 1:13 CLV).

Amo 5:8 Seek him that maketh the Pleiades [seven stars] and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name: 

While this verse speaks to the Lord’s omnipotence, that is not the primary point the Lord is conveying. This verse tells us of the mystery of how the Lord brings us back to Himself which we won’t understand until we live it and look behind ourselves (Rev 1:10, Luk 24:8). Stars give off light in the darkness and can be both positive or negative as they represent people (us) and/or the false gods we set up in our heavens to worship (the beast). The physical and the spiritual stars are all part of “all things” the Lord is making and working in our lives.

Psa 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

The Lord puts light and darkness into our minds by declaring unto us our very thoughts (Amo 4:13). We truly are clay and whether we walk in the light or sit in darkness is all the Lord’ doing as are all things.

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

To the carnal world, the true Light of the Lord is thick darkness (Deut 4:11) but to those that see it is a bright Light (Exo 14:20). It is all the same to Him who is working ALL things.

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 

Mentioning the names of two well-known constellations reveals this truth. Orion comes from a word meaning stupid or foolish.

H3685, kes-eel’

The same as H3684; any notable constellation; specifically Orion (as if a burly one): – constellation, Orion.

H3684, kes-eel’

From H3688; properly fat, that is, (figuratively) stupid or silly: – fool (-ish).

The true things of the Lord are foolishness (darkness) to the natural man (1Co 2:13). The Lord turns darkness to light and light to darkness according to His purposes. The turning of the shadow of death (being carnally minded) into morning (light) is done by Him making the darkness (the lies we believe and trust in) as our light.

Mat 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 

Both the deceived and the deceiver are the Lord’s (Job 12:16). He sends strong delusion to keep us bound in darkness awaiting our day of judgment. We leave our first love and fall away.

Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Isa 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations (H3685 – Orion) thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

Pleiades (H3598) is only mentioned elsewhere in Job 9 and 38. It is a well-known cluster of seven stars that point to the coming Spring season. The symbology of seven stars is the opposite of Orion which means foolishness. The Lord making Pleiades and Orion is another witness to the Lord making light and darkness. As we carry our cross, Christ in us dies to this world and the veil of flesh is torn in the temple within us (Mat 27:51) and we discern the true lights unto this dark world that is the church.

Rev 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (2Th 2:8)

The Lord stirs up our flesh, He manifest sins to give occasion for judgment and to have our own wickedness correct us and humble us in our self-righteousness. This is the spiritual significance of the waters of the seas (flesh of man) being poured out upon our earth (Jer 22:29).

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

The parables of the Scriptures convey this mystery of the process of salvation and shows those with ears to hear how faith is grown through the storms of life which the Lord is causing.

Mat 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Mat 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

Mat 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

As our faith grows, the Lord is raising up Christ more and more and the immature man of God that had been spoiled will begin to tread on the strong man (the man of sin) that has us bound.

Amo 5:9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress. 

Reaping what our old man previously sowed (Gal 5:7), the spoilers will themselves be spoiled in the fire of the Lord’s jealousy. The casting out of devils (lies) out of our heavens turns the tables and the devourers are now devoured and salvation comes as Christ rises up.

Jer 30:16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.

Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

The man of sin is very strong and gets his power from the god of this world. Only Christ rising up within us can overcome the wicked one.

Amo 5:10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.

Our flesh will abhor the righteousness of God. Jesus Christ is, was and will be despised and rejected of men who is not esteemed by the carnal mind (Isa 53:3). And the immutable truth is we are “Jesus Christ” and will follow His steps.

Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

It is the Body of Christ that stands in the gate, the entry way into Jesus Christ and the entry way into our personal heavens (mind). Those gates are guarded by the true elect who have eyes round about, within and without (Rev 4:6-8) to ensure that nothing that defiles is allowed into the Holy City within and without. Christ is the door by which all must pass to find life.

Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Rather than stand for Christ and bear His reproach and shame and endure judgment for our sins; we seek the gain of oppression and wrest away the righteous judgment of God. Hatred is murder in the eyes of the Lord (Mat 5:22). Our beast and man of sin seeks to kill the man child within us that is oppressing our sinful way of life by bringing judgment and fire from the Lord. It is you and me who are these Pharisees who eagerly seek knowledge and search the Scriptures, but are unwilling to submit to Christ (Joh 5:39-40) and instead hate (murder) the Lord’s prophets.

Mat 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

Mat 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

The Lord put us together in a Body to strengthen, comfort and to keep each other attentive. If we do not abide in the living Word that is Christ, the same which brings judgment and wrath to our man of sin; we will be led astray by the deceitfulness of sin (Heb 3:13) that lives in our hearts. Faithful and strong brethren snatch one another from the fire and keep our hearts striving to attain to the higher calling. The time will come when we need this help.

2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

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;

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Pro 28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

As our trials increase with our increased faith (1Pe 1:7), the costs of following Jesus Christ also increase as we can now bear greater trials (1Co 10:13, Joh 16:12). These trials are separating the “called and chosen” from the “called, chosen AND FAITHFUL” (Rev 17:14). To destroy the pride of life and humble us, our self-righteousness and gainsaying using the things of the Lord, needs to be exposed. The Lord is making His case for needed judgment to teach us the right ways.

Amo 5:11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.

Amo 5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.

The elect are being sent to preach the Gospel to the spiritually poor (Luk 4:18, Rev 14:6) and broken hearted. Giving to the poor is lifting up our brother and sisters, spiritually and physically when needed as we are given the ability and opportunity. We come to see every man alive as Jesus Christ, who is the first man Adam and last man Christ in every man.

Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Speaking and living the Word, judging righteous judgment is how we feed, clothe and shelter “Jesus Christ” who is every man. Full of doctrine and immature, we will first oppress the man child within ourselves and those outside ourselves. Getting the I, Me and My out of our walk and our life takes significant trials and scourging by the Lord. We all lack the one thing that Christ spoke to the rich man about. The one thing we all lack is to give up EVERYTHING, give it all to the Lord and trust in Him alone and not our own flesh and abilities.

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.

None of us voluntarily give up our lives. Flesh instinctively do the opposite and seek to save its life and seek gain and not be content in waiting for the Lord. We tread upon the poor within ourselves and without when we remove the burden of judgment off ourselves and pervert the Word of God. Taking away the grain (the corn or the wheat) is removing the Truth and wresting away the need for judgment and living a sacrificed life. This is robbery.

Pro 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Isa 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!

The Lord is jealous for His people and when we oppress the poor we reproach the Lord. We cannot wrest judgment (Exo 23:6) as there is no other way into the kingdom of God.

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Self-righteous flesh seeks to build a house for the Lord (Psa 127:1) and justify ourselves by the works of our own hands. But this all vanity and destined to be burned up when the fire reveals our works in our day of the Lord (1Co 3:15). Israel (you and me) are commanded to not built an altar made of hewn stone which refers to the works of our hands. Jesus Christ is building His church and He needs no help from any man to bring it about.

Act 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

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;

Turning aside the poor is leading one away from Christ and the narrow road and the words of fire that the walk of a disciple entails. We always have to try the spirits.

2Pe 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

Php 3:18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

We honor the Lord by speaking righteously and showing mercy, which is judging righteous judgment (Joh 7:24) and partaking of the suffering of Christ.

Pro 31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Pro 14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

The Lord calls our oppression of the poor that afflicts His people a mighty sin. Until we are given to lay down our life for Christ, we will continue to be a beast buying and selling and seeking gain and oppressing the poor within and without. A zealous Lord will have vengeance for His oppressed.

Psa 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

As we grow in faith, our ability to bear the burden of the Lord also increases. With maturity come greater trials but know the Lord will not try us beyond what we can bear (1Co 10:13).

Amo 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence [H1826] in that time; for it is an evil time

The rest (silence) that remains for the people of God is to cease from our own carnal works and put our faith in the Lord alone. This is the goal and where we are heading but we only get there by enduring and learning through an experience of evil.

Ecc 1:13 (CLV) I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens: it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.

We come into judgment like Job, whining and complaining and justifying ourselves by our filthy rags self-righteous works (Isa 64:6). But as we mature in our judgment, we begin overcoming sin and begin to speak what the angels of the Lord speak.

Rev 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

We are becoming wise in our foolishness for Christ and are given understanding of the Lord’s plan and purposes and as importantly the faith to believe. The time of the end has come.

Dan 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Dan 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

When a life is laid down for the Lord, we have the faith to trust in what He is doing and open not our mouth to defend or justify ourselves.

Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

We are saved by the chastening grace of the Lord through the faith we are given as a gift (Eph 2:8). True grace through faith grows us to a place of contentment and of rest. A meek and humble spirit is quietness and confidence in the Lord and not dependent upon horses we have depended upon our whole prior life.

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

Isa 30:16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.

It takes faith to believe, without which we will not enter into the rest and quietness that is promised to all who believe.

Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

God is resting from His works within us on the seventh day, the day we are being completed in Jesus Christ. Coming to Christ is where we find rest from our own works (Mat 11:28) and grow such that the Prince of Peace is ruling in our hearts. Charity, our love, which is our obedience is how that peace and quietness is found.

Col 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

We are not wise or silent at first in our day of judgments.  We are unwise and making all kinds of lamentations in contending with the Lord.  The commandment has been given to be silent.  Yet we learn obedience by making mistakes, experiencing evil and suffering the chastening of the Lord. This is where we pick up next week Lord willing, as the lamenting and wailing in the vineyards will increase as the Lord passes through the land within us.

Amo 5:17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

Sincere comments or questions are welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

A brother in Christ,  Pete

Amos Part 13 – Seek the Lord and Live

March 16, 2017

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“Seek the Lord and Live”

Key Verses:  Amos 4:13 – Amos 5:6

Before we move on to chapter 5, we will look again at the last verse of chapter 4 which is a testimony of just how mighty the Lord is.

Amo 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought [H7808], that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

The “all things” the Lord is working includes the outward physical and the inward spiritual. His Words are all Spirit (Joh 6:63) and signify things in the Spirit and not of the letter. He creates the pride and idols of our heart (mountains) and sends the wind (spirits, the beliefs we follow) and by declaring unto us our very thoughts; the Lord can turn the heart of any man and any king whatsoever way He desires.

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.

The carnal mind wonders about how the Lord can do certain things about such as bringing about the end and ruling the world within the few chosen. The power in His hand is beyond the comprehension of our carnal mind. Those being justified learn to walk and faith and believe the Scriptures that reveal the Lord’s hand in ALL THINGS we do.

Pro 20:24 Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The Lord making the new dawn, darkness, is all part of His process to tread down the high places in our earth and bring down the pride of the beast and remaking a new earth and a new heaven wherein righteousness dwells.

Act 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

The words “is his thought” H7808 is only found one place in all Scripture here in Amos 4:13.

H7808, śêach

From H7879; communion, that is, (reflexively) meditation: – thought.

Total KJV Occurrences: 1

thought, 1  —  Amo_4:13

H7879, śı̂yach, see’-akh

From H7878; a contemplation; by implication an utterance: – babbling, communication, complaint, meditation, prayer, talk.

Total KJV occurrences: 14

All of these 14 references of the root word for thought speak of some other entity than the Lord meditating, praying or speaking a complaint. So it is these mental contemplations, our every thought given to us by the Lord who is working all things. We think first and then we do. Such is how the Lord is directing our every step and giving us every word we speak.

Pro 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

The Lord, was and will be pouring out His Spirit on our flesh in our appointed days. Let’s move on with our new verses as we are meeting our God in the whirlwind of judgment.

Amo 5:1 Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel. 

Amo 5:2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up. 

Amo 5:3 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel. 

Amo 5:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: 

Amo 5:5 But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought. 

Amo 5:6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. 

There is a time and season for every purpose under heaven (Ecc 3:1) and that includes us being forsaken of the Lord, seeking and not finding Him. As our Lord is so are we His people (Joh 20:21), applies to us feeling forsaken when we are caused to carry our cross and die with Him.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

Mar 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Verse 1 speaks of a lamentation. This is the weeping and mourning we are enduring in being caused to give up our old life and carry our cross in following Jesus Christ.

Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Hearing and obeying the Word is a cross we carry. The Lord shall and is judging His people (Heb 10:30) and these words working righteousness within us are a lamentation to the old man. Our beast, being ridden by the spiritual harlot, (Rev 17:3) laments her destruction.

Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

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.

It is the elect of God who are the chaste virgins (2Co 11:2) that are being saved by judgment. It is the elect of God, living by every word of God, who have fallen away and need to be turned back to the Lord. The day of the Lord is a time of much trouble all of which the Lord is causing (Eph 2:11) and working for the greater good of saving all mankind within and without in due time (Rom 8:28).

Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

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;

It seems a contradiction to the carnal mind to think how one can be a chaste virgin and at the same time be a harlot. Yet it’s no contradiction at all when we understand the principles of the Word of God including these two:

Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

As the elect, we are promised the Lord will not forsake us or ever leave us (Heb 13:5). Yet we feel that way when we are being taught the Lord’s ways.

1Ch 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever.

Jdg 10:13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.

Amo 5:3 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel. 

Verse 3 speaks to the consumption and destruction of our flesh (Israel) and the resulting salvation of the remnant within, that is Christ in us being resurrected. Only the remainder, the residue of the Lord’s people, are being brought through the fires of judgment. The treasure in our earthen vessels is what is increasing and being saved while the flesh is being destroyed.

2Co 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

2Co 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

2Co 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

Jer 30:11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.

We do not humble ourselves, it is the hand of God working in us that humbles us (Jam 4:9, Mat 23:12). This is why the Lord seeks occasion to bring His chastening. We go out by the thousand or a hundred and return only a tenth of that.

Deu 28:62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God.

Only the remnant is being saved and this applies inwardly as well as outwardly.

Rom 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

Isa 10:22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

Isa 10:23 For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land. (the kingdom within Luk 17:21)

The concept of tithing, much abused and lied about in orthodox Christianity was always about giving the increase of the land or the herd to the Lord (Lev 27:30-32, Deut 14:22-23). Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God and is being destroyed in our day of judgment so only the true tithe, the increase, Christ in us, is given to the Lord

. The Lord in the OT type and shadow is only saving the the tithe (the 10%), that represents giving the Lord all of our increase in the New Testament in the covenant of faith.

Rev 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven

It is to the House of Israel, the Christ of Christ, that the remainder is left. Nothing the Lord is doing is for ourselves, it is all Christ centric. It is the tithe of tithes, giving our life for our brethren that is left in our day of the Lord. This is living a sacrificed life, giving it all to Jesus Christ which is our reasonable service.

Neh 10:38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

The harvest is brought into the Lord’s storehouse which is “The Christ” (Mat 13:30, Mal 3:10).  The threshing of wheat BY JUDGMENT is done in and by the Body who are the winnowing fork that separates the chaff and brings the harvest in for the Lord (Mat 3:11-12).

Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

It is abiding in this torment for the old man, in the presence of the holy angels of God, that the old man dies and we find eternal life (Rev 14:10).

Amo 5:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:

Living for the Lord is dying to self and our carnal and sinful way of life. We live for Christ being dead to our self when seek the Lord with all our heart, mind and soul. If we do not seek the Lord we remain dead in our  sins and trespasses abiding in death.

Mar 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Mar 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

2Ch 15:12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;

2Ch 15:13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

Eternal life only comes through death (Joh 12:24, Gal 2:20). Yet flesh does not want to die and will seek anything but its own death. We cannot find death to our flesh and carnal mind on our own, only the Lord can lead us there AFTER we are truly being converted, a process.

Rev 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

We won’t be able to find death separated from Christ. It is the only place we come to know Him and abide in eternal life.

Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

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

It is only by carrying our cross and dying with the Lord daily that we find peace with God and the enmity in our flesh (Gen 3:15, Eph 2:15-16) is abolished as the old man is slain. As powerful and wonderful as the Scriptures are and the knowledge they contain to those given to understand, the seeking of those riches for vainglory is not seeking the Lord.

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 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

This was the first of two times the Lord tells us to seek Him in this chapter. Two being the number for our witness, we now come to a verse that supports the truth that the day of the Lord will not come until we first fall away. We suffer the reproach of Jesus Christ outside the camp of the saints for our unrighteousness first, before we do righteousness.

Amo 5:5 But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought [H205].

Bethel means House of God.  The Elect of God are collectively this House and this house is also within us and it is the  Lord who is the Master Builder (1Pe 2:5, 1Co 3:16).

2Co 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Bethel coming to nought is not a great translation. That word Aven H205 is only used once translated as “nought” and as the KJC shows the word really means inequity or wickedness.

H205, ‘âven

Total KJV Occurrences: 79

iniquity, 47

vanity, 6

wicked, 6

mischief, 4

affliction, 3

unrighteous, 2

wickedness, 2

nought, 1  Amo 5:5

The word Beersheba comes from H7650 and H785 and means “well of seven” or “seven wells”.  Beersheba is where Abraham made a covenant with Abimelech and sojourned many days at peace with the Philistines (Gen 21:31-34). That is a shadow of the peace of Christ we find in the Body of Christ (The Israel of God) while we live out our lives in clay vessels. Yet there will be no peace, we won’t be near Beersheba when our day of the Lord is at hand. Beersheba is often used with Dan to define the boundaries of Israel “from Dan to Beersheba” with Beersheba being the southern end of the kingdom. As such Beersheba signifies another name for the Body of Christ much like Gilgal, Bethel and Mt. Zion.

Why are we told to seek the Lord but not seek Bethel nor go into Gilgal or pass by Beersheba? It was these very places the Lord called us to come earlier in Amos. As the elect of God, we are appointed to suffer and follow the Lord who suffered without the gate, outside the camp of Israel.

Heb 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

The first half of our testimony as God’s witnesses is done in the great city of spiritual Jerusalem, the one below (in the earth) not the one seated in heaven. Here we are being overcome and taken captive by our sins and the beast within us.

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

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

We must be overcome before the Lord comes the second time without sin, to save us by seating us in the heavens.

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

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.

An OT witness of this was seen in Mike’s Isaiah study. At the start of the prophecy the Lord is  speaking to Judah and Jerusalem. Yet we see a few verses later who we really are before the fires of salvation come.

Isa 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

All things are ours (1Co 3:21) and we are being separated from the world and our physical families. As our beast is being made manifest, the world reproaches us and mock us that we cannot save ourselves of our sins yet we claim to the sons of God.

Psa 69:8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.

Psa 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. 

Psa 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 

Psa 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

Psa 22:8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

It is only through the faith OF Christ (Gal 2:20) that we can do what our Lord did and die for Him and not care for the reproaches of mankind.

Luk 23:37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.

Luk 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Luk 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.

Before we can seek the Lord and find Him with our whole heart, we go into spiritual Babylon. It is there and only after our symbolic 70 years is over that the Lord returns and causes us to return to His House.

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 (salvation).

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.

It is important to distinguish the reproaches we suffer. We still suffer reproaches once returned to the Lord’s House, yet our suffering should be for doing righteousness rather than for doing unrighteousness.

1Pe 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

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

2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Bethel (the House of God within us) is coming to nought, it will be in bondage to inequity before the Lord restores Israel. This is speaking of our falling away first and leaving our first love which is Christ. We are the prodigal son who must fall away and leave our first love before we can be brought back by judgment.

Luk 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

Luk 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

A time of famine ensues and we come to our wits ends (Luk 15:14) and acknowledge our sin and repent. We return to our Father in Heaven and His Household.

Luk 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

This falling away as a prodigal son precedes the day of the Lord (2The 2:3, Rev 14:8) but it serves us well by humbling us by exposing our decrepit condition. While Bethel and Gilgal represent the House of God and Camp of the Saints, they are an immature version of what we and the Body become as we mature in our day of judgment.  It is the few chosen and the even fewer that are being found faithful (Rev 17:14) that are the true Body and “His Christ”. For example, it is in Bethel (in the general kingdom of Samaria) where we (Jeroboam #1 King of Israel) set up false gods and idols of the heart and worship while claiming the righteousness of the Lord.

1Ki 12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

1Ki 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

We are being delivered of our vainglory (Phi 2:3-4) by leaving our first love and falling into inequity. This is serving a great purpose to give the Lord the occasion to come the second time to teach us humility and the fear of the Lord as the old man is being consumed and burned up.

Amo 5:6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out [H7643] like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. 

It is the second half of our witness when we are caused to seek the Lord when the fire comes.  We naturally choose death and remain in a yet carnal, unbelieving “dead” spiritual state until the Lord comes the second time and drags us into His fire (Joh 6:44).

Isa 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

These words are also “is, was and will be” as Christ in us are going through the baptism of fire.

Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Luk 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

The name of Joseph is a type for the House of God and means Increaser. It is the breaking out of fire within the house of Joseph that will increase Christ and decrease the flesh (Joh 3:30).  The word for break out [H6743] is actually the Hebrew word for prosper which helps us understand the Lord is saving us when we meet Him in judgment. Here is how the CLV puts it.

Amo 5:6 CLV Inquire of Yahweh and live, lest He should prosper as fire in the house of Joseph, and it devours, and no one is quenching it for the house of Israel.”

The prospering of the Lord in our spiritual house (the Temple of God) is a very good thing, it is salvation in progress. Fire is what saves us and destroys the old man so the new man, Christ in us, is revealed in our day of the Lord. The increaser is also the decreaser. 

Heb 12:29 for also our God is a consuming fire.

Isa 1:28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

Seeking the Lord “to live” is actually seeking to die to the old and to live for Christ. It is a conundrum to the carnally minded yet a great spiritual truth to those few given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Life comes only through death.

Php 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Ecc 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

As we grow in the faith, our ability to endure the suffering increases. But getting there is hard and we will first turn the increasing judgment and costs we are being required to pay into wormwood. We will learn to not be bitter over what the Lord is doing by first being bitter. We will start Lord willing, in verse 5:7 next week where we will see a second witness to what the book of Job tells us in our seeking to justify ourselves and disannul the righteous judgments of Christ. Until we mature beyond lamenting our losses, we are still turning judgment into wormwood.

Amo 5:7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,

Sincere comments or questions are welcome.  You can also email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your fellow servant in Jesus Christ,  Pete

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