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A Special People unto the Lord

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“A Special People unto the Lord”

The special people unto the Lord are His own people, the ones He has chosen and called to be a holy and blessed people.

Deu 7:6  For thou art an holy people [obedient] unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special [peculiar] people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. 

Deu 7:7  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 

Deu 7:8  But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 

To be holy one must be blessed of the Lord and given the Spirit of God and then endure through the suffering and fiery experience that delivers us from spiritual death and raises Christ in us [the First Resurrection].  This is how we are caused to obey the Lord (Eze 36:27) and become obedient children unto our Father.

Deu 26:18  And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; 

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1Pe 2:10  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 

The Favor of the Lord

It is the chastening, scourging grace of God that appears to all men that is the favor of the Lord that first comes to His people in this age.  This is the blessing of grace that is teaching us righteousness and purifying us into the special people the Lord promised in His covenant.

Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he [the Lord] for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 

The favor that brings forth the new man is also destroying the old man brings forth the peculiar people who make of the Lord’s people.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 

Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 

Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing [within] of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 

Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 

As we have seen in recent studies since the sharpening of our sword, there is no difference in the experience and events all men will live by in coming to know the Lord.  Only the timing of our judgment and harvest to life is different.

Rom 10:12  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

Act 15:11  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we [the Elect, chosen of God now] shall be saved, even as they. 

One of the first orthodox lies we come out of is regarding the flesh Jews and knowing who the Israel of God and the Jews in our bible are actually referring to.  With ears to ear, we quickly learn that is not the physical nation of Israel nor are the physical Jews throughout history who are the true people of God.

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 

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

For those new to the faith and the doctrines of Christ, here is an article focused on distinguishing between the true Jews and Israel after the flesh.  Such basic truths are needed to come out of the bondage of orthodoxy and the “other jesus” that is preached there.   Who is the Israel of God?

The carnal minds of men [of our father the devil] will have us perverting the timing differences of the second and third harvest and twisting the Scriptures into different sets of rewards and punishments. The recent studies on Rewards and Resurrections have revealed these errors and corrected them expunging any darkness about God’s plans and processes for all mankind.  The Lord is making ONE of two [twain].  ALL mankind will be ONE with Him and that by living by every word which is the one event for all.

Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both [Jew and Gentile] unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 

Eph 2:17  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 

Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Ezekiel’s prophecy of the valley of dry bones and the two sticks becoming one in the hands of Christ is an OT witness of this immutable truth of God.

Eze 37:16  Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: 

Eze 37:17  And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. 

The stick of Joseph and all his companions becomes one with the stick of Judah and all of his companions.  This gathering together of all in ONE is by the fire words that the Elect speak (Jer 5:19) which converts those prepared to hear the words of Truth and transforms them into the Israel of God.

Eze 37:21  And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 

Eze 37:22  And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: [all one, no Jew vs Gentile]

Eze 37:24  And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. 

The doctrine regarding the Elect (chosen few) has been corrupted by carnal minds that lusted after rewards and was led astray by pride and gain seeking as the Scriptures warn everywhere (Balaam, Cain, Core, Jezebel, etc).  The Scriptures teach one class of men, all receiving the same rewards and same blessings by the very same process.

Ecc 9:2  All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath. 

The Lord is going to make Himself known to ALL men in the appointed times, to the Jews first and then the Gentiles.  All men will be the people of God as the Lord makes known the riches of His glory [His Word] in every man in the times declared from the beginning.

Rom 9:25  As he saith also in Hosea, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved

Rom 9:26  And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 

A remnant is being saved now in this age, yet all men will come in before the ages are consummated.  Lord willing, we can completely purge from our heavens any prideful self-exalting spirit that we are somehow better than or superior to other men not chosen (elected) of God now in this age.  Any such thoughts are of the flesh and the pride of life that have ensnared many who forgot in their heart that all blessings and gifts are from the Lord given freely and not based on any merit.

1Co 4:7  For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? 

Jas 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights …..

We should never deny or acknowledge the great blessing that has befallen us.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!.  Yet our election of the Lord and being given faith is a gift of God that is 100% the Lord’s work in us.  We have nothing to boast, the law of faith precludes it and our speaking down to others thinking we are better.

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

All Men Will be God’s Peculiar People in the End

There is an Elect or a chosen remnant in every generation that is called out of the world which becomes the church of the Lord.  Nothing in this study takes away from that pivotal truth.  The called out ones are the church and IS the Body of Christ in ever age and generation as His Word is always at work and will never pass away.  In each generation of man those elected of the Lord is a very small number.

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are Elect [chosen – Elecktos G1588]

Deu 7:7  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 

The chosen few, the Elect are the church of God and in due time that will extend to all mankind.  All men will be in the Holy City, will be with the Lord and be His Church and His chosen ones.  Yet the Lord is only working with the few in this age and is not now working with those not yet brought into the faith.

Rom 9:6  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 

All men are Israel in the Lord’s eyes who declares (Isa 46:10) and sees the end from the very beginning (Rom 4:17).  This is how Christ can say He is every man we help or did not help that He put into our path (Mat 25).  Only the new man, the younger, the second Adam in every man is being saved.

Rom 9:13  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. 

The sum of the word depicts the salvation of all in the three harvests of the Lord, hence we know that the timing (i.e. “the when) is the only difference between the chosen (elect) of today and the chosen (elect) of tomorrow.

Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved [made alive]: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 

Our flesh so badly wants to take some credit and some glory for its salvation, even abusing the doctrines of the Elect and the Body of Christ by creating a special class of people contrary to so many other doctrines and attributes of the Lord.  No man, who is mere clay in the Lord’s hands has any part of saving Himself so there is no place for anything SELF in the discussion.

Rom 10:20  But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. 

Psa 3:8  Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. 

Our outward enemies and persecutors who reject us (Christ) were made that way by the Lord.  Yet they are beloved for the Father’s sake of them being the Election of God, part of all men being saved and part of the Israel of God in the end.

Rom 11:27  NKJV FOR THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.” [the enemies, the heathen, the Gentiles – the rest of mankind]

Rom 11:28  NKJV Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they [the rest of mankind] are beloved for the sake of the fathers.

They are beloved of God concerning the election because they are Elect in the Lord’s eyes.  Thus, we have commands to see every man as Jesus Christ Mat 25) and follow the example the Lord gave in ministering to ALL MEN that came across His path.

Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 

Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Mat 10:36  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household [because all men are Israel and Christ, His Body and His chosen ones in the end]

Who do we think we are to be worthy of special rewards and elite status with the Lord when all of it was the Lord’s work without any merit on our part?  Such carnal thinking is the opposite of humility and thinking above what is written and more highly of ourselves than we should.  The only reason we have been given faith is because of the unbelief of the rest of mankind.

Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 

Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 

Our sins are blotted and forgiven first because He loved us first.  But the Lord loves all men and came to save all men and He will via he same one process.

1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

We need to reexamine how we look at those unbelieving heathen out there in the world, even our worst enemies and persecutors.  All things are in the vine of Christ and are growing exactly on His schedule.  All will partake of eternal life which is to know the Lord (Joh 17:3).  We need to see Christ and a holy root when we look at our fellow man.

Rom 11:15  For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? 

Rom 11:16  For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 

We are warned not to have a high minded attitude with us being elected now in advance of our fellow man.

Rom 11:18  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 

Rom 11:21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 

Seeing all men as Christ is a Walk [Game] Changer

Seeing the big picture and the Elect (all Israel) as being all men in the end; it becomes easier to walk humbly before the Lord.  Our Election is a gift from God that will come alike to all men in their appointed time as well. We are nobody special, God is truly not a respecter of any person, race, or nation.

Rom 2:11  For there is no respect of persons with God. 

Knowing these truths, we will be more circumspect in NOT looking down on our fellow man whether they be in the faith or not.  We know that all will be saved, they even as us and no man of themselves can do anything (Joh 15:5). A more humbler spirit devoid of pride will begin to take root within us.

Jas 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace [that saves us] unto the humble. 

Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? 

Doctrines that have the Elect ruling outwardly over men, having dominion and lordship is false.  Getting this vision corrected will help us see that we are unworthy servants, working out of duty to God (Rom 12:1) who has redeemed us from our sins.  As ministers of the gospel, we bring the grace of God to all prepared to receive it and do not lord not over the Lord’s flock.

Isa 45:13  I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts. 

1Pe 5:2  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, [carnal gain, exaltation among men] but of a ready mind; 

1Pe 5:3  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

Seeking after rewards and dominion over men is expressly forbidden for the people of God.  That is what the carnal world and the unconverted pursue.

Mat 20:25  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 

Mat 20:26  But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister

Isa 1:23  Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them. 

The truth is that ALL MANKIND will get the same reward, even the same coat of many colors as all will go through the same experiences and one event.  The Lord loves the new man in each of us and that is how we will all move from death unto life and from being lost to being found.  This should bring great joy to our spiritual hearts to know and receive this truth.

Luk 15:22  But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 

Luk 15:24  For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

We are instruments (ministers of God) who are used of the Lord to pass on His gifts and blessings to others.  It is a wonderful thing to serve in the kingdom of God and be a part of His living and active ministry in the world.

1Pe 4:10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 

Joh 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 

Flesh will be disappointed to know it gets no exaltation and shares not in the glory of the Lord.  The same carnal thoughts of why obey God if all men are going to be saved will try us also when we realize there is nothing special in it for us except to be blessed first and used of the Lord to bring in others.  We are chosen now so we can serve Him only and work in His kingdom. It is our greedy father the devil who will perverts to blessing of God into self-seeking glory.

Luk 4:8  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 

Lord willing, we will keep growing in the faith knowing we are not our own and all that we do is for the Lord’s glory.

1Co 10:31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 

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Being Taught by Him

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Being Taught by Him – All Shall Know the Lord

No matter one’s circumstances on the road towards salvation, we are learning a deeper appreciation and understanding of just how sovereign the Lord is in every aspect of our life. He is the Potter and we are merely the clay.  The Lord wastes nothing in our lives in orchestrating all things according to the predetermined will of God.  In the day of the Lord, He is now making known His power to us and within us through manifest tribulation as we are taught of God.

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, 

Wrath to the old man is the greatest blessing we can receive as this is the grace of God that will save us through much tribulation which will manifest His holiness within us.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 

Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 

Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing [Within You] of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 

Our very being is “in Christ” and there is nothing done under the sun outside of Christ and which is not already written in our book of life.

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

Act 17:27  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 

Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 

Our spiritual upbringing from entering orthodoxy, to being taught the law and eventually being born again in our spiritual mother’s womb, is all part of our predestinated journey to become a mature son of God.

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. 

David’s words and experience from Psalm 71 became the Apostle Paul’s experience which also becomes ours to fulfill in due time.  As we grow in Christ, we see how the Lord has orchestrated our spiritual birth from within the people of God and our later separation when He comes to lead us into the third day of living and preaching the Gospel.  Henceforth, we all are being taught, not by sermons or studies prepared by men, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ within us.

Gal 1:11  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 

Gal 1:12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ

Gal 1:13  For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 

Gal 1:14  And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 

Gal 1:15  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb [Psa 71:6] and called me by his grace, 

On the third day, the day of the Lord, no man is our teacher as we are henceforth taught obedience by the chastening of our heavenly Father.  This is the way all men will intimately come to know the Lord.  This is the promise of the new covenant as we are led by the Spirit and grow by the manifest trials the Lord orchestrates.

Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 

Heb 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

Henceforth, The anointing, which is the Spirit of God is now leading us in all things and teaching the way of life.  It is only those who have been delivered from the law of Moses/Gentiles and the carnal reasonings that define such law that are the true sons of God.

We must live through days 1 and 2 to get to the third day.  All of it is needed and useful in preparing us for what lies ahead.  But when Christ is come to save us, we are freed from the law and carnal reasoning of righteousness that has everyone on the opposite side of the veil in bondage to this very day.  When faith is truly imparted, everything changes and we are no longer bound by the law that was used for a season to bring us to Christ.

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 

Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 

It is taking us many days to grow into the knowledge of the grace of God and act in faith [doers of the Word] as mature sons and daughters of God.  All that we do, the good, the bad, the ugly is the work of the potter who has made a marred vessel purposefully to then destroy it and by that process bring salvation.  This is the wonderful works of God to the children of men when we are given the understanding.

Jer 18:3  Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 

Jer 18:4  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 

Christ coming to us the first time is our rebirth in the spirit.  As new babes in Christ, we are then raised up by the tutors and governors the Lord places over us.  According to the Scriptures, this progression of our spiritual growth is the plan of the Lord for every man as even the Lord in His days in the flesh sat under the dominion of the Pharisees and Sadducees who would later reject the law of faith that is the Gospel.

These two spiritual days of our upbringing is our time of bondage under tutors and governors where we await the Lord’s coming.  This includes our time in Egypt [Day 1 in the world] and then Babylon [Day 2 in the church] where we remain  (unknowingly at that time) under bondage to the carnal mind and the reasoning of men.  Here we are taught the law and given a foundation of truth that is used to draw us to Christ and prepare us for His coming within us.  A day eventually comes, the fullness of times to every man, when we begin to be set free from our carnally minded bondage and are henceforth led by the Spirit of God.

Gal 4:1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, 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, 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, [our birth and upbringing in the church]

Gal 4:5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

When the Spirit of Christ comes we are being freed from our bondage to this law of carnal reasoning that blinds the entire world.  This is the difference and the separation of the true sons of God from those still bound in bondage their carnal minds.

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

This fulfills the Word of God when we are separated from the carnally minded and all of our own people still bound to the law.  This is the Lord’s salvation and our entering into the third day where He is teaching us and causing us to rest in Him.

Eze 34:13  And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 

Eze 34:14  I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. 

Eze 34:15  I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD. 

Eze 34:16  I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. 

It is through our sufferings outside the camp of Israel where salvation comes and we learn obedience by sufferings.  Our dependency upon other men and an organized church to teach us instantly vanishes as the Lord has become our teacher.

Heb 12:25  See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 

Heb 12:26  Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 

Heb 12:27  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 

Heb 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 

Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire. 

We have been set free from bondage to carnal reasoning and the Pharisees and Sadducees who raised us up and prepared us for Christ.  Whom the Son sets free is free indeed if they stand in faith and do not shrink back.  There is no more need for knowledge and new tongues as the living God that abides within us is directing us into the righteousness of Christ.   We shall no longer be seduced by religious men who have forms of godliness but who are still bound to the law for the lawless.  Abide in Him and the anointing that has been given and lean not on our own understanding and carnal experiences.

1Jn 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 

Now being fed judgment by the fiery word of God living with us, the old things in our lives are passing away as they are consumed in the fiery trials the Lord brings to us in the day of the Lord.

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. 

Take heart saints as these trying times are what is saving us and we must stay standing in faith and endure to the very end. Fiery trials are assured to come but take heart that this suffering is how we are being made holy and taught the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

Psa 119:71  It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. 

Psa 94:12  Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law; 

Isa 48:17  Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. 

This is the only way we can enter into the temple that is Christ and find the peace of God that transcends all understanding.  Knowing the Lord is having His mind [crown] and we are becoming more like Him as we endure for a little while His season of wrath against our old carnal ways.

Jas 1:12  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Our precious faith and the hope of things to come and not yet revealed will get us through this time of great tribulation.  We remind all of Paul’s admonishment to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

May these words bring comfort and consolation to those precious few that share the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ with us.

His Servants patiently enduring in faith,

Pete and Ronel

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Suffering Outside the Camp

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Suffering Outside the Camp

To give comfort and encouragement to ourselves and to the scattered saints, we share these words with those given to understand.

The walk of Christ’s disciples is a lonely walk as we become increasingly estranged and separated from the carnal world and its priorities.  Our increasing isolation confirms we are following the Lord’s footsteps and the path of the prophets and disciples that came before us.

Rom 11:3  Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 

Rom 11:4  But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 

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

In every generation, there is an escaped remnant, spiritually signified as the 7,000, which are the Lord’s small, scattered, and separated people.  We are not connected in the physical but are one with the Lord in Spirit. While we may not know outwardly our fellow companions in tribulation, we earnestly await their revealing and restoration of communion.

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. 

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Our separation and the gap between us and all those of the world is the great gulf fixed; which is our precious faith.  Our faith and the gap between the people of God and the carnal world continues to grow as we are matured through the “three-day” process of salvation.  The Lord’s chosen remnant is always being divided and separated as that is what the Lord brings when He comes.

Luk 12:51  Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 

This occurs both in our mind and thought life (within) but also in our outward physical circumstances (without).  At each of the three steps of “being called of God”, then “chosen of God” and finally being “made faithful” the Lord divides and separates His people through manifest trials.  Being faithful in all things is the conclusion of the inward war and end that is promised when victory over our inward beast is assured.

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

Our time of being called and then chosen are the time we are under tutors and governors, being raised up in the things of God awaiting His coming.  These two days are instrumental for preparing us for what lies ahead on the third day wherein we are now being perfected.  This progression brings increasing trials and isolation as we fulfill the Scriptures and understand more of the Lord’s process of destroying all reliance on carnal reasonings and the strength of the flesh.

Being separated is painful to our flesh as it is destroying our former way of life and making all things new within us.  As faithful witnesses, a time comes when we are released from the tutors and governors that have raised us and we are then exiled by our own people who reject our testimony for the Gospel. This was the Lord’s path and one we follow as John shared our entrance into Day 3 and the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Rev 1:9  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 

Our exile on an island is our appointment of suffering outside the camp.  This is necessary for God’s work to be completed and for us to become a living sacrifice for the atonement of sin.   Suffering as a living sacrifice in exile [outside the camp] has always been the Lord’s plan for Israel (all men) as shown in the shadows of the law.

Exo 29:14  But the flesh of the bullock, and his skin, and his dung, shalt thou burn with fire without the camp: it is a sin offering. 

This spiritual truth was foreshadowed in the law of offerings that required two sacrifices both Christ and His Christ.

Lev 16:7  And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 

Lev 16:8  And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 

Lev 16:9  And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 

Lev 16:10  But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. 

The separation and isolation of God’s people from the world have multiple layers as the winnowing of Israel progresses from the called, chosen, and faithful.  On one level the camp of Israel is all mankind as “All Israel shall be saved”.  When called of God, we are separated from the camp [the whole of the world] and thus begins the journey that is molding us and making us pure.

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. 

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

As we learn by experiencing it and understanding it looking behind ourselves; in our three-day journey, we must be rejected by our own people and made a scapegoat to fulfill the Scriptures and finish the plan of God.  This multiple winnowing of Israel from the world first, then the called of God, and finally, the chosen of God is what was and is still making us faithful.  We must not lose hope and stay the course to the end. Understanding this revelation brings a clearer understanding of just now miraculous is the Lord’s plan in freeing us from the world and the bondman which is our bondage to the law of carnal reasonings.

Deu 7:6  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. 

Deu 7:7  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 

Deu 7:8  But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt

During each day of our spiritual journey, the Lord’s words are lived out and fulfilled in our lives. Thus, we are caused to learn the meaning that all things present, past and future are in Christ as we are just clay in His hands.

Rev 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. 

Christ is the Word and we are living out and fulfilling now [IS], in the past whether we knew then nor not [WAS] and we know we shall live Christ tomorrow [TO COME].  At each stage of the journey, the separating out the remnant from the many is a consistent theme.  The Lord brings division when He comes, which is the constant winnowing and separating of His people and their inward mindset from the carnal world and all bound under the law.  Even back when we were in the world [spiritual Egypt], there are only a few that are called out of the world.   Later in the journey, the Lord further separates His servants the Levites from His priests in distinguishing the Sons of Aaron.

Num 8:14  Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.

The Scriptures depict our journey through the process of being born of God and brought onward toward maturity.  The Lord has wasted nothing in His process and the increasing degree of separation outside the camp is all part of the cleansing and remaking process that transforms us into sons of God.

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, 

Rather than despair our fate, Peter admonishes us that this rejection and isolation should be taken as something to rejoice as it shows the Lord’s mighty hand at work.

Act 5:41  So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name

With knowledge of the Scriptures and the comfort they bring, we now press onward in faith for the mark of the high calling in Christ.  This has us being foreigners and stranger’s in our own land as we are exiled, rejected and spurned just as our Lord.

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. 

Joh 15:20  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 

A daily trial of our faith is to remember that our rejection by Israel, by our own people is because the Lord is causing it for His name’s sake.

Joh 15:21  But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 

Reviling not again, we embrace our fate and praise the Lord through a renewing mindset that grows daily in our sufferings outside the camp.

Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 

We now abide outside the camp of Israel separated from the world and our fellow brethren in faith but connected to our brethren by the Spirit.  Now being made free, no longer bound by the law nor under tutors and governors, the Lord is now our teacher and we are learning to be doers of the Word by the things we are given to suffer.

Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 

Our set-apartness has been since birth as we have been predestinated to fulfill the Word of God and by so doing, we are becoming partakers of His righteousness.  We are learning to go to Him alone for our sustenance as we bear the reproach of the whole world which does not understand and cannot partake of our spiritual food.

Heb 13:13  Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 

Heb 13:14  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 

Knowing our isolation is the Lord’s plan by faith brings comfort and consolation so we may endure the further temptations in our life.  We are warned to remain diligent and not to let any man or carnal thought steal our treasure.  Particularly in these last days, with a rapidly declining world, let’s guard our hearts and keep the focus on the Lord.

1Pe 2:25  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. 

Your fellow companions in tribulations.

 

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The End of Pursuing Knowledge

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Chasing Knowledge Shall Cease

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

In the spirit, riches often symbolize knowledge and specifically the knowledge of the Scriptures.  Having such knowledge is a good and wonderful thing as it brings an understanding of God’s ways and purposes and opens up the Word for further learning and growth.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 

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

But knowing the Scriptures and studying them, is not the same as knowing Christ and having Him abiding within us.  We as Pharisees first, will not understand this until we are given to look behind our walk and see the vanity and idols we built trusting in our spiritual riches and knowing not we were still in need of a Saviour.

Joh 5:39  You search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 
Joh 5:40  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. 

We can’t come to Christ until the Lord gives us the free gift of His faith and then draws us near [Joh 6:44] by the journey of salvation.   The Scriptures reveal that salvation is a process that takes three spiritual days.  Our gaining knowledge and spiritual riches is only the beginning of a walk with God.  His work is not completed in us until the third of the three days during which the Lord builds His temple within us.

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

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. 

It is on this third spiritual day which is also known as the day of the Lord.  The coming of the Lord is with fire and vengeance for His temple.  Peter spoke of this same day that is what remakes the temple and creates a new heaven and a new earth within, wherein righteousness [Christ] dwells.

2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 

2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 

The story of the rich young ruler is the story and experience of all mankind, who will in their appointed time begin to follow Christ yet lack the most basic requirement for salvation which is faith.

Mar 10:17  And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 

Mar 10:18  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 

Mar 10:19  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 

Mar 10:20  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 

Mar 10:21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 

Our outward obedience and striving to be good by our strength is our time of being drawn to Christ but still in bondage to the law.  Continuing to trust in ourselves we are enslaved to the law and carnal reasonings that have us buying and selling in the Spirit to justify ourselves.  Christ must come and give us His faith.

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. 

Spiritually rich and immature (young) rulers lack the faith of Christ.  Without this gift, we can never fully let go of trusting in our Spiritual possessions and the knowledge we have learned as the Called and Chosen of God.   Few are given the ability to come and be made faithful in this outward age.

Mar 10:22  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. 

Mar 10:23  And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 

Mar 10:24  And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 

Our faith has grown and is being increased by the Lord as we abide in truth and take captive the carnal thoughts that only lead to spiritual death [Rom 8:6].  True riches are found as we are becoming poor in Spirit.

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

Being in weak and rebellious flesh, we are made willing by the Lord to pay the high cost of discipleship in following Him.  We all first walk away unwilling to let go of our wealth and great possessions in the Spirit.  But thankfully the Lord has ordained a day when He will return and come for us where we are transformed, made poor in the Spirit, and able to put all we have into the Lord’s treasury.

Mar 12:44  For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

A rich man in spirit is a man who is like a rich man in the physical.  Neither needs anything from anyone, being self-sufficient and by carnal reasoning have already made it [arrived] and is in need of nothing.  The Lord wastes nothing in His marvelous work and our time spent in bible studies and digging for the mysteries and the spiritual types and shadows in the Scriptures benefit all and are used to bring us to the day of Christ.   The fire is yet to come where we will buy the true riches in our day of judgment when the grace of God is poured upon us in full measure.

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. 

These spiritual riches of bible knowledge only get us so far on the road to salvation and thus we find ourselves as a “rich” young ruler.  Amazingly the Lord’s strong delusion will deceive us before judgment comes and the third day perfects us.  Trusting in our spiritual riches and outward good works (possessions) we claim to see but remain blind to greater truths and the true wisdom of God.  Without the faith of Christ, our sin remains as we have not the righteousness that comes only by faith.

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. 

Joh 9:40  And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 

Joh 9:41  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. 

It is the day of the Lord for every man that will usher in faith and bring His righteousness to us.   It is here in day three that the Lord will Himself teach His people chosen to be made faithful in this age.

Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 

Heb 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 

Heb 8:12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 

Heb 8:13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. 

The old carnal covenant of the law is now gone, having vanished as we henceforth are walking only by faith.  Our sanctification now comes as we die daily with Christ, suffering for a righteousness outside the camp of Israel following our Lord.

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. 

Heb 13:14  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 

It is truly a blessing to be stripped of trusting in our knowledge of the Scriptures and to be shown the vanity of the pursuit of riches to justify ourselves.   Our form of outward godliness denies the power of God to save us as we are ever learning but unable to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Rejoice in the Lord’s work.  He is come and will come for His people and finish the good work He started within us.

Pete

 

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The City of Jerusalem Above and Below

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Jerusalem Above and Below

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

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

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

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

Isa 4:2  In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. 

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

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

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

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

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

Heb 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 

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

Luk 22:37  For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace to the Israel of God.