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Exposing the Lie

Introduction

This study is based on a letter that I am writing to my dear chiropractor [80 years old] who showed much LOVE and KINDNESS to me according to his understanding in my suffering here in a vessel of clay and now and whom God THROUGH Christ is ordaining that I may show him the TRUE LOVE of God through Christ. And we know what love is:

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. 

 How do we keep His Word if we do not have the TRUTH of His doctrines and His  POWER, His Words of Spirit and Life, to walk out that Truth?

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 

 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. 

Let us look at Scriptures to give us the answers and not think ABOVE what is written.

1Co 4:6  And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us NOT TO THINK of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. 

Before we encounter the TRUE Christ, our heavens are tainted by many lies and false doctrines and the Lord REQUIRES it from our hand, that if the enemies of the cross of Christ, are willing to listen for a moment and ASK of us, we may give them the Truths of His Word.

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 3:15  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: 

 Rom 12:20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Rom 12:21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. 

 With this being said, let us look a little closer at the false doctrine of free will.

 Free Will

Why does Christ, the LIVING Word say, “Come let us reason together”, when in reality …

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…  

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw [ Gk. – drag] him?

 The answer is that while God, the Father, is all knowing (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…] we, on the other hand, do NOT know what tomorrow brings. Consequently, we make daily decisions AS IF we, ourselves, are making those decisions when the Truth is: it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Php 2:13). So, then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy (Rom 9:16). Is this also true of those He asks to “Come and let us reason together?” Is it true for those of whom He says: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me (Rev 3:20)? Here is the answer:

Joh 6:44 No man can come to [ sup with] me, except the Father which hath sent me draw [drag] him.

So, while the word “responsibility” is nowhere mentioned in Scripture, the word “account” is everywhere mentioned.

Rom 14:12  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. 

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

 God, the Father, through Christ is the great CAUSER of ALL things which all of humanity ever do, has done or will do. It is true for every person who lives, has lived or whoever will live. Freewill is a false doctrine, consider these truths:

Pro 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

 Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

 A NT witness:

 Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of HIS OWN will: Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first [“first,” not ‘only’] trusted in Christ.

Christ does not hold us accountable for anything we do. Paul makes it clear the sin we commit is “a law working in our members .… IT IS NOT I THAT DO IT.”

Rom 7:17  Now then it is no more I that do it but SIN THAT DWELLETH IN ME. Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not. Rom 7:19  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. Rom 7:21  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

 WHO sustains that law of sin “in our members”?

Jas 4:12  There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

There is “ONE lawgiver”, and it is God, the Father, through Christ and His Christ, who determines all things. Every day of our lives is “written in His Book BEFORE there are any of them”. There are no Scriptures to support free moral agency. We choose only what God CAUSES US TO CHOOSE, and there is nothing “free” about our choices. It cannot be stated any clearer:

Psa 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.

Pro 20:24  Man’s goings ARE OF THE LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

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


Amo 3:6  Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD HATH NOT DONE IT?

Rom 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of GOD  THAT SHEWETH MERCY.

More witnesses in the Scriptures about the sovereignty of God:

Pro 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD DETERMINES HIS STEPS.

 Pro 19:21 Many are the plans in a man‘s heart, but it is the LORD’s PURPOSE THAT PREVAILS.

 Isa 55:11 – So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but WILL ACCOMPLISH WHAT I DESIRE and ACHIEVE the purpose for which I sent it.

 Paul says he is UNABLE to carry out his will.

Rom 7:15 “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I AM DOING THE VERY THING I HATE.”

 Rom 7:19 “For the good that I want, I do not do, but I PRACTISE THE VERY EVIL  that I do not want.”

 and another witness

Gal 5:17 “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you MAY NOT DO THE THINGS THAT YOU PLEASE.”

 Christ HARDENS the heart of Pharaoh (you and me the old man) in Egypt:

Exo 4:21 The LORD said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I WILL HARDEN his heart so that he will not let the people go.

 Exo 10:20 But the LORD HARDENED Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.

 We are BEING granted repentance from our sins:

 2Ti 2:24-26 And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that GOD WILL GRANT them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

 Christ was predestined and so are we, those He called:

Rom 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Rom 8:30 And those he PREDESTINED, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

 The Pharisees clearly displayed that they WERE UNABLE to repent (“turn”), because God has blinded them and so it is for us today.

John 12: 39-41 39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere: 40 “HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn and I would heal them.”

 Peter did NOT desire to deny Jesus, yet he did.

Luk 22:34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, YOU WILL deny three times that you know me.”

 Paul at first tries to destroy Christians of his day. God transformed his heart with great ease. Saul (Paul) changed his mind quickly.

Act 9:4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. Act 9:6  And he trembling and astonished said, LORD, WHAT WILT THOU HAVE ME TO DO ? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 

 Prophecy contradicts free will. God, the Father, through Christ, declares what He will do AHEAD OF TIME of time, then DOES IT.

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.

Isa 14:24 [A Prophecy Against Assyria ] The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I HAVE PLANNED, SO IT WILL BE, and as I HAVE PURPOSED, SO IT WILL STAND.

Isa 14:27 For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and WHO CAN THWART HIM? His hand is stretched out, and WHO can turn it back

 Our hearts are being controlled, we do not choose the condition of our hearts. Pharaoh, king of Egypt, has NO choice in this OT witness.

Exo 9:16-17 But I HAVE RAISED YOU UP for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. 17 You still set yourself against my people and will not let them go.

NO ONE can resist Christ and His purpose. Man’s will does not matter.

Isa 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I WILL DO ALL THAT I PLEASE.

 God, the Father carries out all of His desires THROUGH Christ and His Christ.

Isa 46:11 From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far- off land, a man to fulfil my purpose. What I have said, THAT WILL I BRING ABOUT; WHAT I HAVE PLANNED, THAT, that WILL I DO.

 Joh 6:44  “NO ONE CAN COME to me unless the Father who sent me draws[Greek: basically, should be translated ‘drags’] him, and I will raise him up at the last day.

 No one can come to God and Christ unless THEY make him.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that [‘that faith’] not of yourselves [NOT of your own faith or will] it is the GIFT of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8-10).

 Salvation is a GIFT, not dependent on man’s will or work.  


“For it is God [ who? ‘GOD’] who works in you both TO WILL and TO DO of His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).  

 “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son CAN DO NOTHING OF HIMSELF, but what He sees the Father do: for what things so ever He does, these also does the Son likewise” (Joh 5:19)

 In Daniel chapter 4 we are told “… that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomever HE WILLS, and setteth up over it the basest [lowest in morals] of men” (Dan. 4:17, 25, 26 & 32).

Christ told His disciples:

Joh 15:16 YE DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU, and appointed you, that ye should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

The question remains, WHERE IS FREE WILL IN ALL OF THIS?

Isa 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me [where is anything about man’s fabled ‘free’ will in these verses?]:

Isa 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else  [Where is this ‘free’ will?].

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD DO ALL THESE THINGS.

 Last Word

If we claim to be Christians, we stand on the WRITTEN WORD of God. We are at first drawn away by the idols of our hearts and our own imaginings because Christ tells us that He is the One DECEIVING us.

2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

 Mat 24:11  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

As true worshippers, we worship in Spirit and Truth (John 6:63). Getting past the LIE of free will is essential to come to see the truth of the promise of the salvation of ALL MEN. When the myth of free will is destroyed, then the Lord’s purpose in using evil to bring about good becomes clear and many false doctrines are instantly consumed in the fire that is the truth (Gen 50:20, Rom 8:28, Ecc 1:13 CLV). The will of God, the sanctification of all men (1Th 4:3), is being accomplished on schedule.

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Yet carnal minds are not being able to believe this unless our eyes are opened.

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.

These truths and the plan of SALVATION of all are foolishness to the natural man (1 Co 2:7).

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 Truth is found only in the SUM OF THE WORD (Psa 119:160) and applying Peter’s warning here about making doctrines out of one verse.

2Pe 1:20 (CLV) knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture at all is becoming its own explanation.

 The Bible instructs us to choose the right way and to obey the Lord. YET, we are also told that our choosing righteousness is not of ourselves. It is the Lord’s WORK IN EACH OF US and in the times, He has ordained.

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

 The faith we are given is a measure of faith.  Not all get the same and this, too, is the Lord’s work that we learn in respecting where the LORD HAS EVERY MAN IN HIS AWESOME HANDS.

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.

 A final example to consider: WHO was responsible for the death of Christ. Was it the Jews? No, we are told by Christ that the Jews was not given to understand WHO HE WAS, nor to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God (Mat 13:11-16). Therefore, while hanging on the cross, Christ admitted: “they know not what they do” (Luk 23:34).

Was JUDAS responsible for the death of Christ? Judas could never have carried through if Satan himself had not been sent to “enter… into Judas”

Luk 22:3  Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 

Christ told Judas “that thou do, do quickly” (Joh 13:27). Christ in no way discouraged Judas.

Peter tells us who really was responsible for the death of Christ. The whole world is blinded to this:

Act 2:22  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 

Act 2:23  Him, being delivered by the DETERMINATE COUNSEL AND FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 

Act 2:24  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 

Did the other disciples see it this way? Here, they agree with one accord:

Act 4:23  And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. 

Act 4:24  And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 

Act 4:25  Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 

Act 4:26  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 

Act 4:27  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 

Act 4:28  FOR TO DO WHATSOEVER  THY HAND AND THY COUNSEL DETERMINED BEFORE TO BE DONE

 Will Judas or the Jews BE CAUSED to give an ACCOUNTING of their deeds? Yes, they will give an account for their deeds even though they are NOT RESPONSIBLE “that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth…” (Mat 23:35). Will the Gentiles be caused to give an account of their evil deeds? Certainly: “the wages of sin is death…” (Rom 6:23).

Coming to see that man’s will is in no way shape or form free of God’s will is ESSENTIAL to see the truth.  Filtering Scriptures through the delusion of man have such free will is a sure fire way to remain in darkness. The truth will always remain the same: “HE WORKETH ALL THINGS AFTER THE COUNSEL OF HIS OWN WILL”

Sincere questions and comments are always welcome.  You can also email Pete or Ronel directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

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The Hidden Mystery Part Two

Introduction

As we have seen in Part One, we, mature in Christ which leads to the Lord CAUSING  us to have understanding, inner happiness, worthiness of character, homemakers in His Kingdom and worshippers.  This leads us to act more like the weaker vessel [type of femininity] as His Bride, radiating joy, health, childlikeness and dependency upon Christ and Him alone. As always, we think spiritually, what it means for us today as we read, hear and keep the sayings of the prophecy of this Book [Rev 1:3].  There are certain qualities that Christ is causing us to have as we mature in Him. He has chosen us as His very own, as a kind of firstfruits of all humanity [Rev 14:4].

2Th 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2Th 2:14  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 Jas 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Jas 1:18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 

 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: 

Femininity

What is feminine?

We know there is no male or female in the Body of Christ.

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. 

We look at the topic of femininity spiritually, in other words, we look at the Body of Christ as the weaker vessel. As Christ is the Son of the Father and also His wife, so are we to Christ. We look unto Christ for everything. We, as the true sons of Christ, are being made to surrender to Him in all things because we know this:

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 

Isa 44:24  Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; Isa 44:25  That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; Isa 44:26  That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof: Isa 44:27  That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers: Isa 44:28  That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. 

The Lord has chosen us, as a man chooses His Bride. We do not chase after Christ, but He chooses us and drags us to Him.

 Psa 135:4  For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. 

 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. 

 As Christ’s Bride, we are in the process of obtaining the clothing of His Bride. Let us contrast this with the attire of a harlot [Mystery Babylon, state of death and spiritual disobedience] of which we are coming out of day by day, little by little.

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  Rev 19:9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Pro 31:25  Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 

 When we lose our first love, in other words, when we are being disobedient, is, was and will be, we are clothed with the attire of a harlot.

Pro 7:9  In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: Pro 7:10  And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. Pro 7:11  (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Pro 7:12  Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) 

 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! Rev 18:17  For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 

Rev 18:18  And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 

What is our feminine manner, as His Bride, do we walk like a woman speak like a man, or look like a lamb, speaking as a dragon?

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 

 The true Bride of Christ has a meek and gentle Spirit.

Psa 149:4  For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. 

 Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

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

 Jas 3:17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Jas 3:18  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. 

 The feminine nature [think spiritually] of the Bride of Christ is to trust her Husband above all else and to depend on Him for our care and protection.

Psa 4:4  Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Psa 4:5  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. 

 Psa 5:11  But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. 

 2Co 1:9  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 2Co 1:10  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 

When we become a working wife [negative application] pursuing a career, making a name for ourselves we do not have the Spirit of God and Christ. This is spiritual speak for, when we do not have the gift of faith or walking that faith out.

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 3:21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 

 Joy

 Christ’s Bride is being caused to have joy and an attitude of thankfulness about what her Husband is doing in our lives.

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

 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. Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col 3:17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. 

Health

As the Bride of Christ, the Lord causes us to have food, sleep, exercise, and air [Spirit]. Think spiritually. Think about how these attributes to our physical health apply to us in Spirit. The Lord gives us food necessary for our spiritual health.

Pro 30:7  Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Pro 30:8  Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 

 1Ti 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1Ti 6:7  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1Ti 6:8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 

 Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 

 As His Bride, we sleep [die daily] and exercise our senses comparing spiritual with spiritual [1 Cor 2:13], all things necessary for our spiritual welfare.

1Co 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 

Php 1:18  What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. Php 1:19  For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Php 1:20  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Php 1:21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 

 1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1Co 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 1Co 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 

 The attributes of the Bride of Christ, which we are Lord willing, makes us so attractive to our spiritual Husband. The Lord causing us to have fresh air and a happy attitude about all the trials we go through which is saving us from spiritual death. Truth and grace come when the true Christ comes.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 

 Psa 61:5  For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. Psa 61:6  Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations. Psa 61:7  He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. 

 The renewed Covenant [my Words are Spirit and Life John 6:63], is the fresh air that we need and which is giving us newness of life.  Elihu speaks as a type of God’s Elect in rebuking Job.

Job 33:4  The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. 

 Heb 8:9  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 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. 

 A little child

The Bride of Christ is not only dependant on Him for all things but is learning to become like a little child, laughing [positive application], lifting the spirits of others, optimistic about the future, asking in a specific way etc. Let us look with spiritual eyes.

Radiating happiness [laughing] living in the present moment, this woman [the Bride] knows the joy of being married to Christ, knows that her suffering is not in vain as she works out her salvation with fear and trembling being made into a vessel of honour.

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: 

 Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

 This woman is and was overcoming her anger [being under the law] and has a gentle way, walking out that way in love which means keeping the commandments of Christ.

Sa 22:36  Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great. 

 Lifting up the spirits of others, letting her Light shine, is what this woman is about.

Pro 13:9  The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. 

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

She is the doer of His Word if we look with spiritual eyes.

1Ti 2:8  I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 1Ti 2:9  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 1Ti 2:10  But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 1Ti 2:11  Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 

 She has hope for the future knowing God’s sovereignty and that all is on schedule according to Christ’s perfect will, which reflects the will of the Father. The Bride of Christ is asking of her Husband as she is being taught by Him how to ask.

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. 

 Jas 4:3  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 

 Summary

In this two-part study, we have look at the hidden Mystery or revelation of Jesus Christ within us which teaches us about the marriage relationship between Christ and His Bride.

Eph 3:3  How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Eph 3:4  Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 

We have seen that Christ loves us, chose us before the foundation of the world [Eph 1:4], prepares us [Matt 3:11], marries us and then refines us [fine tunes] us, giving us a roof over our heads [the gift of faith], food [pure doctrine], clothing [the righteousness of Christ, grace] and marital relations [Christ in us, the hope of glory or age-abiding life John 17:3].

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

 When married to Christ, we, as the true Bride, are being caused to bear children [1 Tim 5:14], raising our children and teaching others to love their husbands and children [Titus 2:4]. We are workers at home [in His Kingdom, Titus 2:5] trusting Him for all our needs, food and clothing. He is the one protecting us. We radiate joy and happiness and thankfulness as the new man for all Christ is doing to the Glory of His Father and our Father. We rest in Him and accept that He is working it all [Eph 1:11]. This is the Mystery hidden from the beginning.

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Eph 5:33  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Almighty God Gets What He Desires”

The catalyst for this post was an email I received from a known heretic attempting to persuade me once again to the error of my ways.  Using no Scripture and repeating the oft-repeated lies everyone learns in orthodoxy, I was told it is up to man to choose to repent and only then will the Lord save us.  This heretic, like the heretic we all are at first before we are dragged into truth, just cannot see what we are so blessed to see in our Bibles. Here is one such giant verse.

Psa 135:6  Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places.

The heretic did not get an answer having long ago received his two admonitions (Tit 3:10, 2Jo 1:10).  This unsolicited event brought to my remembrance how profound the basic truths we in the Body live by as we search for the deeper things that our Bibles reveal.  I share now with the brethren to stir their memory.

2Pe 3:1  This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

Getting past the lie of free will is essential to come to see the marvelous truth of the promise of the salvation of all men.  Those that cling to the false doctrine of man having a free will, have a very small God.  Such a God would, therefore, be dependent upon his own creation and their actions to accomplish the Lord’s will in their life.  But is that what the Scriptures teach?  Most certainly not as this post will touch on the basics.

1Co 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

When the myth of free will is destroyed, then the Lord’s purpose in using evil to bring about good becomes clear and many false dominos are instantly consumed in the fire that is the truth (Gen 50:20, Rom 8:28, Ecc 1:13 CLV). The will of God, the sanctification of all men (1Th 4:3) is being accomplished on schedule.

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

1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

That glorious event that occurs in the lake of fire has already been declared from the very beginning.  The Lord is a powerful God, unlike the ones our carnal minds cannot help but invent.

Isa 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
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:

The Lord is in charge of all things and His pleasure is getting done all the time.  Almighty God, our Lord, and Savior does not need anyone’s help to accomplish His will in the earth and in the hearts of men.  He is working all things and is sovereign over all His works.  Lords and Kings rule over their kingdom and so does our Lord.

Psa 115:3  But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. 

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

1Ti 6:15  Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate (Ruler/Authority), the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Yet carnal minds don’t and can’t believe this unless and until the Lord opens spiritual eyes and gives faith.

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.

Joh 12:39  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

Joh 12:40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Only a few are given the ears to hear and eyes to see the truth of God’s plan for mankind.  These truths and the plan of salvation of all are foolishness to the natural man not given the precious gifts of faith and spiritual understanding.

1Co 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

A common push back those speaking the truth face is responding to those claiming it is up to man to repent and choose himself to believe the gospel.  While some Scriptures taken by themselves seem to say this (e.g. Jos 24:15), the real truth is found only in the SUM OF THE WORD (Psa 119:160) and applying Peter’s warning here about making doctrines off one verse.

2Pe 1:20 (CLV) knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture at all is becoming its own explanation

Choosing today whom we shall serve does not change the truth that all of our choices, be they good or evil, are all choices the Lord of Lord’s is causing us to make.  That is the truth and what the Sum of the word declares.  We have matter of fact verses telling us we have nothing to do with choosing to follow the Lord.

Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you

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

The Bible is chock full of verses that tell us to choose the right way and to obey the Lord. Yet we are also told, our choosing righteousness is not in ourselves.  It is 100% the Lord’s work in each of us and in the times He has ordained.

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

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Men do not choose to have faith.  True faith is indeed a gift of the Lord (Eph 2:8) and that all of our works are really His works.

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.

The multitudes that know another Jesus (2Co 11:4) cannot see that faith is never OUR faith, it is always about the faith OF Jesus Christ.  Big difference.  

Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith OF Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

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

The faith we are given is a measure of faith.  Not all get the same and this too is the Lord’s work that we learn in respecting where the Lord has every man in His hands.

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.

The pillar of truth that was used to open my eyes was coming to see the sovereignty of the Lord in all things.  We truly can nothing apart from the Lord.  It is everywhere in our bibles, but we just can’t see it before our time to see it arrives.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Pro 16:9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Even the bad things we do are His work in us (Isa 45:7).  Here is an article/post which covers the bad things we do and who is causing them.

Who is Responsible for Evil?

Blessed are the eyes of the few given to know these mysteries and the symbols and parables by which the Scriptures are written to keep the multitudes blinded. The heavens, earth and deep places primarily speak to what the Lord is doing IN YOU as all these words are signified and are Spirit (Joh 6:63).  Yet many multiple of witnesses speak to the immutable truth of the limitless power of God’s authority over the affairs of men.

Psa 135:6  Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places.

Job 23:13  But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. 

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 

Dan 4:35  And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

The Lord needs nothing from His pieces of clay He is molding.  He has already declared it and we and every man are just living it out now.

Isa 64:8  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

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.

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

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

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

It is the Lord’s desire to bring every man to repentance and save every man.  That He will do by the means He has devised from the very beginning.

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.

2Sa 14:14  For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him (i.e. Saved). 

The way of salvation by us living by an experience of evil and then being judged by the Word we are so blessed to hear and that which is alive with us.  Thus, the true grace of God is being made manifest to those the Lord has chosen to be His House in this age.

Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

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.

The Old Testament spoke clearly of this as well.  The way God’s people are redeemed is thru many tribulations (Act 14:22) which is the judgment of God.

Exo 6:5  And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

Exo 6:6  Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

Judgment is the fire that will burn up the unclean, consume the wood (carnal mind) and sanctify us in Christ.   The judgment of the old man is the blessing for the new man and the means of salvation.  It is also known as the strange act (Isa 28:21-22) that will consume all of God’s adversaries in the earth.

1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Turning our hearts back to the Lord (repentance) is the Lord’s work in us just as the turning of our hearts away from Him is in the first place.  As clay in His hands, the Lord turns us into destruction on purpose in order to then turn us back (grant repentance); but only in the appointed times.

Psa 90:3  Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return (REPENT), ye children of men.

Isa 63:17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

New Testament witnesses agree, and it is through these multiple witnesses that every truth is established.

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?

2Ti 2:20  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

Even repentance is in the “box of all things” the Lord is working in the hearts of all men.

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

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?

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.”

Only those blinded by God could speak confidently and repeatedly in arguing that our choosing the Lord and repenting are all the choice of man’s supposed free will.  Not that more proof is needed but we have lots more once we see this with God-given eyes.

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me drag [draw] him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:65  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

The promise of the New Covenant expressed through the prophets shows the hand of God involved in every aspect of salvation.  There is no “we must do anything” in this promise, it is all “I WILL SAYS THE LORD

Eze 36:23  And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD,” says the Lord GOD, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.

Eze 36:24  For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.

Eze 36:25  Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.

Eze 36:26  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Eze 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.

Eze 36:28  Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.

Eze 36:29  I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.

It is 100% the Lord.  The circumcision of our hearts is done by His hands and not the delusion of man’s free will doing it.

Col 2:11  In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ

Those that think it is up to them are not the true circumcision as such ones still have confidence in flesh and by extension the delusion of free will.

Php 3:3  For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,

Those whom the Lord has blinded in this age will stay blind until the Lord has ordained them to see and to hear the things of the Spirit.  One of the hardest things we first learn is this principle and that we cannot give to anyone what the Lord has given to us.

Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

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

The Lord is working to bring about His good and perfect will in the lives of every man that has ever lived.  He will do it and bring it all to pass exactly on schedule beginning with the chosen few, the Elect (Mat 22:14) who are given to believe now.

Isa 45:12  I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

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.

1Ti 4:10  For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe (now). 

1Ti 4:11  These things command and teach.

These are essential truths upon which the house of God is built and the process of salvation works within our heavens and our earth.  Good to remember and be able to give answers to those precious few the Lord will put in our path.

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:

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