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The “Whosoever Will” Gospel of Faith

rivers of lifeJoh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

The “whosoever will” gospel of carnal man and BABYLON uses only part of the word of God to support its false doctrine of man’s free will. It’s entire understanding of the gospel and who Christ is, is all based on a big fat lie called the free will of man. It is nothing more than the exaltation of man and the bringing down of God and Christ.

Verses like this are thrown around and used to be of their own interpretation even though it contradicts other scriptures.

Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Luk 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Luk 7:23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

The reality is that the whole counsel of God is truth. The SUM, not some of the word is truth. The carnal mind will only see in the Scriptures what the idols of its heart want it to see as God works those very idols in our lives. The carnal mind cannot understand, appreciate and much less apply this verse of Scripture.

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

Scripture interprets Scripture. Beware if and when Scripture becomes its own explanation and is used to the exclusion of other Scriptures to promote a false doctrine. The free will of man is an easy one to spot understanding this principle. While we see that only those who drink of living waters, and lose their life shall save it, what the carnal mind fails to consider are the many Scriptures that tell us it is God who gives us the very desires of our heart. It is God who is making His will in our lives play out daily. There is no contradiction, whomsoever will means those that God has willed it to be as HE is working all things for the counsel of HIS will. It is not up to man to do anything.

Php 2:13 For it is God (it’s not you or your delusion of free will) which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Rom 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth (it’s not you choosing), nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man (It is not you), but of God.

IT IS NEVER THE WILL OF ANY MAN. It is always God’s WILL.  His will is what is always done.  Almighty God is not depending on you, me or anyone to get HIS will done which ultimately is for all men to be saved.

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

God is not a situational Potter.  He is either the Potter and you are the clay all the time or else you do not believe the Scripture that tell us HE is the potter.  He is doing ALL THINGS to shape and mold us and yes that includes evil things.

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.

Isa 63:17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? 

All will come to repentance. Whosoever will, will ultimately be all men.  The Lord is working all things, even those things.  This is Crystal clear in hundreds of bold Scriptures that the natural man cannot receive the revelation.

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

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.

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

So which Scripture is true? Is Luke 9:24 true that says the only ones saved will lose their life or is Phil 2:13 true which says God is doing all things and causing us to do what we do?

They are both true. “Whosoever will” simply refers to those that God has ordained to do those things. All the days of our lives have already been written before there were even any days. That means before the foundation of the world.  This is a hugely powerful Scripture if one is given the eyes to see and ears to hear what it is really saying.

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.

God is working and is causing all things. He is the one who causes us to obey Him and to keep His statutes. It is not us, it is God.

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

You need to come to know that grace, the chastening grace of the Lord is not outflanked by sin. Where sin increases, grace increases even more and the fire of God will ultimately prevail and sin will be purged.  Those believing the lies of the harlot, including eternal punishment know not the grace of God, they certainly don’t walk in faith and they clearly don’t believe this verse.  Their god is a pathetic loser.

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

Part of the trial of God’s Elect is living among many religious types who while they preach holiness also teach unbelief with their gospel that has God losing the battle to sin and most of creation being burned in eternal torment.  Such folly.  The Lord is our Shepherd, and if our time has come, He does not ask us nicely and hope we will obey, HE MAKES us lie down in green pasture.

Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

When the ROCK falls upon God’s Elect, there is no choice in the manner. His will is being done and we will be made to go along with the program of salvation. There is no free will choice in the matter.  We don’t choose to have the ROCK fall upon us much less to have that ROCK grind us to powder.  Yet only those upon whom this happens are being saved in this life.

Mat 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

The real God and true Christ is all powerful and is not dependent upon pieces of clay to make sure His will happens. Such thinking is utter nonsense yet is the basis for the false doctrines of Babylon. it is the prideful beast of the carnal man, all of us, you and me included, that will resist the truth and want to claim it saves itself and that man does have free will to choose. This is because the beast within considers himself/herself a good person that believes they by their own choosing make themselves righteous and holy before the Lord. But here is the truth.

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.

And the kicker is this one.  All men are beasts.  Salvation only comes to us when the Lord reveals this to us at the deepest level and we realize we are the abomination that is causing desolation, sitting in the temple of God proclaiming ourselves as god.

Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

It is a blessing when we are given to see this truth.  That is because Christ said that when you see this, that His coming is nigh at the very door.

Mat 24:32Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
Mat 24:33So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Mat 24:34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

This is not speaking about the end of the “world”, it is speaking about the end of the “age” (AION).  This is the end of our walking as carnal babes without the Spirit of God.  This is the working of salvation to God’s Elect now thru the judgment of God against our old man and carnal nature.  What a blessing it is, sweeter than honey and more desirable than gold as David wrote in Psalm 19,

God needs nothing from man, He as already determined the boundaries of our habitation, and has declared each and every day and what will happen. We are merely the clay in the hands of the Potter, but few are given to have the faith to believe the truth.

Act 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Act 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed 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;

The Father drags us to Christ in our appointed times.  We are given the gift of the faith of Christ and the hunger and thirst for righteousness is planted in our hearts.  This is all the work of God and that hunger and thirst is satisfied by the revelation of Jesus Christ and His true doctrines.

Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

May the sheep the Lord has led to this site, receive and hear these words.

Your brother, awakened to truth by God’s mercy, now proclaiming His truths with joy,

Pete

For a related article see:

http://truthinscripture.com/2012/09/15/gods-sovereignty-vs-mans-free-will/

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Wrestling With “the Law” Deception

freedomThere are very many false gospels and other jesus’s preached throughout Babylon.  Given there are 200 Million false doctrines, there are a seemingly innumerable number of denominations and sects that promote doctrines opposed to the doctrines of Christ.   I want to share a particular false gospel that has some very zealous followers who do speak of Christ but without knowledge.  This pertains to those who insist that faith in Christ is additive to the law of Moses.  This issue was dealt with and put to bed early in the church’s history for those with ears to hear and eyes to see.

Act 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

Act 15:6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

Act 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.

Act 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

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

I was engaged recently with a so called brother that has been ensnared and bound tightly into the carnal doctrines espoused by the Jewish Messianic movement. In our immaturity as babes in Christ we can easily get into the mindset of thinking worshiping God relates to what we do on the external in the flesh. This includes many flesh rituals the least of which is those that think they are pleasing God and Christ more by using what they believe to be His Hebrews names in their speech. The far bigger error is the one that has them believing that the Torah (Law of Moses) and its observance is for Born Again Christians, God’s very Elect. God’s Elect, the chosen few, are no longer bound by the law of Moses and all of its carnal commandments and ordinances. Christ is the new priesthood and with that comes a change in the law.

Heb 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

Heb 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

Grace and truth that came thru Christ has totally replaced the worship of God in the flesh. Yet despite many Scriptures that speak plainly to the old being done away with and the total folly of trying to add the law of Moses to faith in Christ. Paul called such gospels foolish (the foolish Galatians) . Those to whom Christ has appeared and imparted the gift of faith are no longer under the law of Moses. Old things such as that law have passed away and all things are new for them.

Gal 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Paul and the Apostles (ACTS 15) had many a wrestling match with carnal minded believers in the early days of the church and we are promised to have them today. Paul wrote about those that have swerved into this egregious error who teach these things and put their followers into bondage. Such teachers of the law, are deceitful workers, false Apostles and are to be avoided if they insist on their heresy.

1Ti 1:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;

1Ti 1:7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

We are to reject such heretics after the second or third admonition, which I have been slow to do in the past. Such foolishness to be arguing over the law of Moses. It is so vain and useless.

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

Tit 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

Tit 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

The law and its carnal commandments are useful and are good as indeed it is thru the knowledge of that law that we are dragged to Christ in our appointed time. Yet once Christ has come, we move on in our new found freedom and no longer bear that burden of the law of sin and death. And NOBODY in the truth will never then say or think, let’s go sin so grace may abound. Yet that is the false accusation that will always come from those in the flesh when we speak of our freedom in Christ.

Rom 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

It would take a very long paper to lay out all the Scriptures and reconcile the arguments used by these Torah promoters.  But I want to share something I see that very simply explains this if we have some spiritual understanding. Christ said this.

Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

The law is fulfilled in the lives of God’s Elect. When judgment comes, our old heavens and old earth are destroyed by God’s fire. All things are new and the spiritual man is Born by the power of God.

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

The fulfillment of the law in our lives is accomplished when we are judged. This begins at the House of God, His very Elect. The heavens and the earth of a true born again believer have passed away. That is what this says and it validates the true message Christ was given but the carnal minded did not understand from Matthew 5 and His Sermon on the Mount. When we are born again by the gift of faith, then our heavens and earth pass away. We are a new creature! The Law of Moses brings this judgment and when we are judged, then comes salvation and the fulfillment (earnest deposit) of the promises given to Abraham.

If we can understand where heaven is, then these words of Christ will begin to tell a consistent story of God bringing salvation to all men thru judgment in the appointed time.

Luk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

God’s throne,  His kingdom is in our hearts.  That is where Christ sits at the right hand of God.  As Christ says, we all will live by every word and will be judged, reaping what we have sown. Salvation by no means has any man avoiding the wrath of God. That wrath will be revealed in our heavens against all the ungodliness and unrighteous lies we once believed as the truth.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

It is by experiencing this wrath and going thru this judgment that we will enter into Christ and come to know Him in the Spirit. The story of JOB tells us of God’s plan to bring judgment and great wrath upon us and in doing so be remade into a new creation.

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.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

The Scriptures and prophets of old all prophesied things for us living today that have been blessed to receive the Spirit of God and be judged now. It is these marvelous works of God to the children of men.

2Co 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

The circumcision is without hands. No flesh is involved in purifying our hearts by faith. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LAW. It is by faith that we will all be saved in our appointed times.

I am still learning how to deal properly with these heretics that are bound by these legalistic bondages and claim to be teachers of the law and know not of the true grace of the Lord Jesus. God has given us power and great boldness to speak His truths, we shall know the truth Christ said and it is this truth that has set us free from the law of sin and death that defines the Torah aka the Law of Moses.

Gal 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Babylon has perpetuated many a carnal ritual that puts the emphasis on the external, what men do in the flesh as evidence of one’s standing with God. Yet God looks to the heart and it is HIM doing the work, the circumcision is truly without hands.

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

You can’t put new wine into an old wine skin. You can’t sew a new patch onto an old cloth. All things are new if one is truly in Christ. God is not looking for fleshly worshipers and has not for 2,000 years.

It takes God given ears to hear to come to know and believe these truths. God’s Elect speak these truths among much opposition because that is our commandment and faith only comes by hearing and for that reason God sends us to do His work.

Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

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The Precious Gift of Faith

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

Most that profess to know God are truly deceived. They do not heed nor even understand this warning from James. Only God is good. It is only by His Will we receive any gifts or truth of heavenly things. We are sown in bodies in corruption in the likeness and weakness of sinful flesh. Born slaves to sin, no good thing comes from within us unless the Lord does the initiation. As the Apostle James wrote above, every good and perfect gift comes down from our heavenly Father. This includes our faith and belief in God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The gift of faith is not even our own faith, it the faith OF Jesus Christ.  It is the faith OF Christ that becomes our faith.   As Christ is so we are in this world!

Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says:
“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”

Faith is truly a gift from God. This gift is only revealed unto God’s chosen ones in their appointed times. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the WORD of God. What this means is God must give us the ears to even hear HIS words. The gift of faith is free. Yet it is not for everyone to receive based on when they decide to receive it. Like all gifts, the giver of the gift determines when and how the gift is imparted. If the recipient of a gift got to choose when they got it, then a gift is not a gift but rather becomes an entitlement. That is pretty much how the carnal minded church views this amazing gift of God. They can “name it and claim it” whenever they decide, or so they think in their carnal mind. We are certainly living in an entitlement society at least in the western countries so what else is new under the sun. But the Scriptures and God both say this view of the gift is an error.

The purpose of this post is to show the truth on the gift and in so doing preach the gospel of faith to this world. May God give ears to hear this message of truth to those He has predestinated to hear it. God has brought many of us together here at Truth In Scripture. We are just a part of the larger Body of Christ called and chosen and the recipient of this wonderful gift of faith. Having been predestinated or chosen to receive it before the world was formed; we have received a tremendous blessing to be the firstfruits of the harvest and salvation of all men. This is the way God’s impartation of faith has always worked. Jesus does indeed build His church in His appointed times.

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

Until the Lord is revealed unto our hearts we will never come to believe this truth and have this faith on our own. One can spot a false teacher in seconds based on how they handle the truth on this amazing gift. When man gets credit and is the one who chooses to have faith, then the speaker is yet carnal and has not the power of God working in them. Salvation will come to all men in the appointed time; this is the promise of God He swore on an oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This salvation which comes by faith is an inheritance. When someone inherits something, they had absolutely nothing to do with their newly found riches. Such are inherited gifts given to men as the Book of Ephesians declares.

Ephesians 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

This makes the adoption by our Father Abba that much more special, knowing it was all from HIM.

Many hear this word of God preached but have not the gift of faith. Without such faith it is impossible to please God and many zealously pursue the things of God but without knowledge that is accessed only by this gift of faith. But when the WORD is combined with this precious gift, ONLY THEN comes the revelation and we enter into the door that is Christ and find the promised rest for the people of God.

Hebrews 4:2 -3 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said,

“ As I swore in My wrath,
They shall not enter My rest,”

Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. The Scriptures tell us in the examples of old Israel that they could not enter into this rest because of their unbelief. They had not been given the gift of faith that only comes to the chosen few.

Hebrews 3:18-19 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.

The promise given to the father of all faith Abraham was prepared before the world began as even the lamb was slain in that time. All men will be redeemed back to God in the appointed time. This is the blessed hope for the ages to come and eternity when all creatures shall be singing praises and bowing to the glory of God.

Revelation 5:13 And EVERY CREATURE which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

As was shown in many of the prior post comments, every creature means exactly what it says, every creature. This includes even the devil and the demons that were made and used for the very purposes of bringing about God’s plan of creation and reconciliation. Man it’s going to be good. Far greater blessing to those chosen few who are given this truth now by the impartation of faith in God.

WHAT IS FAITH

Faith has been greatly complicated and confused by carnal man, especially of the religious persuasion. Faith simply defined is believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. www.dictionary.com defines faith this way.

faith,

noun

1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.

2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.

3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.

I love that word confidence. That is what I now have, full unwavering confidence. This only comes from God and once given to a man leaves ZERO doubt. Trust is another very good definition for faith. When a man has faith, they have absolutely 100% trust in God and His promises. The fact that all men are saved is already settled in heaven and we will not even debate such heresy to the contrary. We will trust fully in the Father and His Son Jesus to accomplish all His good works in their appointed time. This brings real freedom and peace and a joy that truly is inexpressible.

But I want you to notice one more thing about “faith” and its definition. Faith is a NOUN. It is not a verb or an action. Faith is not an action. Faith is a possession. It is something we hold in our hearts and stand upon as the guiding truth of our lives. Once faith is received you will never ever let go of this precious gift. This faith will keep you on the straight and narrow path, confidently trusting and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, the savior of all men. This is very good if you can receive it.

The great chapter on Faith in Hebrews 11, tells us of this precious possession that the true Patriarchs of God held dear. It was only by faith that we all shall be saved. But this gospel is preached even to dead people sitting in graves so says the Lord. But what a treasure to receive it now by the will of our heavenly Father. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. It is by this faith that we do all the things we do for God. Whether it be obey, warn, receive, preach, etc, all these are done in faith and by faith. Those who come to God must really and truly believe that HE is the Great I Am. Know that all things are held in His Mighty Hands.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

We can do nothing for God without this given faith. Believing on the Lord means that we are trusting God to deliver on all of His promises. Faith is believing that God will do what He said, that He will be faithful to His Covenants, even if we are not. I have some good news for you, very good news. It does not depend on us and our faithfulness. God is faithful to His covenants and promises, all of them.

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

Without faith it is impossible to please God. This is because, without faith, a man will lean on his own understandings and trust in his own works and effort to bring about the will of God. But you see, God does all the work in our lives. He directs ever single step we take. God is letting us live in the darkness so that when He does give us this gift; we will truly know and appreciate His goodness. He is indeed that powerful that Jesus used the example that not even a bird falls from the sky outside of the will of our Father.

Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps

I need to be brief here but I also want all to know that each of us are given a measure of faith based on God’s design and greater purposes. Not all receive the same gifts or the measures of the gifts. This needs to be its own topic and will one day. But I have come to appreciate the uniqueness each of us in the Body of Christ have as it relates to the gifts, including that of faith.

1 COR 12:4-5 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.

I have now been given a strong measure of faith and it has come from God. Perhaps God is going to use me to bring encouragement to others going through trials and afflictions. I don’t know for certain what today or even tomorrow will bring, but I look forward to going where He sends me and using these gifts to edify the Body of Christ, the true saints of God.

Romans 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

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

Faith is a gift. Faith is a noun. It is all of God and man has nothing to do with it. Those who have ears will have heard these words.

The New Birth

The result of God giving us this wonderful gift of faith, is the new birth that results. God is the Master Potter and we are likened to pieces of clay. We are born as natural men with natural bodies. Yet God’s plan was to make us in a two step process that He designed. Carnal man will want to argue with the Potter on what and how He makes us but we will learn to just trust Him and believe the Scriptures.

Jeremiah 18:3-5 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!

Praise God. We truly are in His Holy Hands.

We come in as natural bodies, a seed of what is far more glorious to come. We shall surely die God told Adam. We all must die to be raised anew in the likeness of our Lord and Savior. This promise will not be fully fulfilled until the ages to come and only a few get the down payment of this promised inheritance here in this life.

John 12:24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.

Paul spoke about the grand plan of the Potter also echoing the same words of Jesus.

1 COR 15:37-38 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” 36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.

This mystery of godliness and how Christ is formed into us cannot be comprehended by the carnal mind. It is only understood when God imparts His precious gift of faith to the chosen few. The bible scholars and religious zealots will never ever see it. Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, an esteemed teacher of the Scriptures who was quickly shown to be blind as a bat to the true heavenly wisdom.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is BORN AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

This mysterious work of the potter is done to rebirth us into spiritual people. This is all the work of God by the circumcision made without hands. God does this to those He chooses in their appointed time. Man has no say so on the timing of their rebirth. It is all by the Spirit of God. Here is how Jesus answered the carnal minded Nicodemus regarding how this transformation and rebirth would occur. No free will choice in this answer!

John 3:8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Lastly on this topic of the new birth, let’s consider the strong clarity with which Paul spoke of these great mysteries of the Master Potter. First comes the natural man and then the spiritual man.

1 COR 15:42-45 The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

The above Scriptures along with a hundred others fly directly in the face of the heretics that speak against the doctrine of Original Sin. Man is absolutely brought into this world as a sinning machine that cannot help but practice sin. That is the selfish nature of a natural man. This man will be remade into a new man in God’s appointed time. The beginnings of this is the impartation of faith by the Lord.

1 COR 15:46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

Those With Faith Profess Jesus As Lord

The true gospel is hated by the carnal man. His mind is at enmity with God and is repulsed at the idea that it is God alone who chooses to whom He imparts spiritual gifts. This election of a group of people by grace, is the called out remnant that is the true church of Christ and His bride. This is very few people overall but in total represent the Body of Christ on this earth. This body is given power of the Holy Spirit and the gift of faith is salted with fire to go preach this gospel to the ends of the earth.

The world will hate those that God has chosen. They will reject us and persecute us at every turn, speaking evil of the good news and glad tidings we preach. But we will preach it anyway as we no longer live for the approval of men.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

One of the most well known lines in the entire Bible is this one, which speaks a major pillar of truth.

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

Those of us that have been blessed to receive this unmerited gift from God can spot false teachers miles away. As soon as we see someone speaking of faith as an action a man takes, we know they are still bound in spiritual darkness. No other discernment is necessary, it is indeed that easy. The power of an almighty God is always denied by those still in the flesh.

Paul said something very provocative that is missed by the carnal mind.

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

What Paul was saying here is that nobody calls Jesus Lord, in spirit and in truth, without having the Holy Spirit inside of them. This is confirmation of the essential truth that faith is a gift. The Holy Spirit is only given as a gift and it is only by the Spirit that one can express true faith.

There are many that profess faith and that claim Jesus is Lord but their testimony is not valid. In their works they deny Him. These are those Jesus will say depart from me, I never knew you on the last day.

The preponderance of evidence and the full council of God makes this clear. I will provide at least 10 witnesses below to this immutable truth that the Holy Spirit and by extension faith is totally a gift of God. Man has nothing to do with it. But what is so glorious is that when God truly gives you something, you know it was from Him. You don’t need to see it in a book, because your spirit testifies of the origins of the gift.

Romans 3:10-14 I will continue to show this Scripture often as it contains powerful truth that proud people have a hard time accepting at face value. But when they are humbled, they will see it and rejoice.

As it is written:

“There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.
13 “Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known

John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

Jesus does all the choosing. He builds His church, man does not build it, and they only toil in vain and unbelief.

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

Our Father loves us and gives His children good gifts, including faith and salvation. AMEN

ACTS 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth

God calls His witnesses. He alone awakens us to righteousness. True faith always comes with POWER. There is a lot of powerless Christianity out there today.

ACTS 2:23-24 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

Again we see the origins of all gifts having come from the Father in their appointed time. We don’t decide what gifts we get and when. If we do not have this power working in us, we are none of His yet.

ACTS 10:45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

The early church freaked out when they came to realize that God had poured the same gift into the gentiles that was given to them. They could see it was all of God and not of any man’s choosing.

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

Getting the Holy Spirit is a gift. Does anyone want to really dispute that now? This gift follows the gift of faith. If faith was man’s doing and choosing, then it could rightly be said that we give the Holy Spirit to ourselves by our own action. Do you see the foolishness of such carnal thinking?

ACTS 19:32This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

This immutable truth is everywhere once you see it. Three times is the charm it is said. But make no mistake, the Father gives us faith and by extension pours out the Holy Spirit into our hearts.

John 7:37-39 If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified

Here we see Jesus directly linking FAITH with RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT. It is all the work of God. Do you see it? Will you start to believe in this gospel and the goodness of our Father in heaven?

Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

Whose will is it to give all of these gifts? It is not man’s will, it is God’s. To HIM goes all the glory.

EPH 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory

Believing and having the Holy Spirit go hand in glove. Believing is true faith and it always comes with the Holy Spirit and with fire. There is power and boldness that come with the real deal given from God.

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

I am on fire for God now. No more lukewarm Pete. The words God gives me to speak are the fire and they will burn the wood up that they are sent to burn. Thank you Jesus.

So my friends, I love all of you, especially those that share with me this precious gift of faith given to us by God. We must stick together and encourage and strengthen one another in these evil days and the increasing persecution and rejection of the true faith. It is a lonely walk but I have been greatly encouraged by my being dragged out of Babylon. God has sent you to me to give Pete encouragement at just the right time. I am here for any of you, to give back what was given to me.

Let us not exalt one another or think more highly of ourselves than we should. None of us are good, only God is good. Let us rejoice in our partaking of these great and special promises of the Lord. Let us celebrate His goodness and treasure the gifts He has so freely poured upon His Elect. There will be unity in the church of Jesus Christ. He is bringing His children together.

1 COR 12 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

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Fighting the Good Fight of Faith

Salvation through the narrow way is a difficult journey.  It is a calling given to a chosen few by God to accomplish His purposes upon this earth.  It is a fight against darkness.  The righteous shall walk and live by faith in all that God has done and has promised.  I want to share some thoughts on this fight and the weapons of our warfare.  I pray it blesses those who have eyes to see.

1 TIM 6:11-12 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called

It is the power of the Cross of Christ that saves all men.  All shall be made alive in the end by this spiritual gift and blessing of an Almighty Good God. But those God chooses now must fight using the weapons God provides to lay hold of the eternal life right now.  This is the place of the true Sabbath rest when we cease from our own works and only do what our Master tell us to do.  His yoke is indeed easy and His burden is light.  This is because of His awesome power working through those He has ordained to eternal life right now.

Carnal man believes the power is in their ability and their decision to choose Christ on their own initiative.  But they can truly doing nothing on their own initiative.  Recent posts have shown in scores of places that man does not come to God and that it is all grace, the power of God that draws men to Jesus Christ.  Slaves of sin do not decide to free themselves as indeed they are slaves and held in bonds they cannot break.  All is in the hands of the Master Potter.  Pieces of clay cannot decide for themselves.  We all are God’s workmanship, even those that do not know Him yet (ISA 45:5).  Even Jesus could do nothing on His own initiative.  He was in the hands of His Father, who is also our Father in heaven.

John 5:30  I can of Myself do nothing

Nothing is not a complicated word.  It means nothing, nada, zip.  Pontius Pilate saw only through the prism of carnal logic and actually believed he was in control when speaking to Jesus.  Jesus corrected this man who lived in spiritual darkness.

John 19:10-11 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do you not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?”

11 Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above.

All things happen for a reason and the purposes of God.  He indeed is working all things out for the greater good of those who love Him. Eventually that will include all men and creatures that Jesus created.  But to see this and believe this now is power.  Moses came to see and to know that the very Lord who created him was the one who makes the mouths of each man speak.

Exodus 4:11  So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?

But carnal men cannot comprehend these things.  Such will always limit the power of God.

When freed of our bondage to sin by the mercy of the Lord’s choosing, we will instinctively, be bearing our new hearts from God and witnessing for Jesus Christ.  This is what Pete is now finally doing having been delivered from the kingdom of darkness.  I have been enlisted in God’s army and have become a true Soldier of the Cross.

2 TIM 2:3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Such soldiers will be given the armor and weapons of the Lord do to battle.

The purposes of the soldiers are to defend the true gospel and to take its life giving power to overcome darkness to the ends of this earth.  When the Lord is truly leading a man, such a man has a confidence and a boldness that defies the carnal mind’s understanding.  This can typically be looked upon as arrogance but it is not, it is simply boldness, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ has come, is risen and has already saved the entire world.  Praise God Forevermore.

1 COR 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

The power is in the cross.  The power of faith and salvation is all in the blood of Jesus Christ, given to all men.  But so few believe this in actuality; even those that claim the name of God.  Many false gospels of self-will, self-righteousness and an eternal hell,  all have one thing in common.  They all empty the cross of its power and by default deny Jesus is the Christ.

Many profess to be soldiers for the cross but they actually work against the purposes of God and point away from the cross and its absolute POWER to save all men.  They are mere stooges in the Potter’s hands and their folly will be shown for what it is in due time.  Their works shall all be burnt up yet they themselves shall be saved but as thru fire.  Those given eyes to see by God can spot such a mile away.  But the good things is we also can spot the real deal, the true soldiers of the cross and this is who we long to fellowship with.

Phil 3 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.

Virtually all those that I had interacted with for the past several years were all of a like mind that denies the power of the cross.  We did not do such a thing literally with our carnal words, but we most certainly did with the underlying beliefs that brought Christ down and exalted man in the plan of salvation.  The pretenders are bringing glory to themselves and stealing from God.  Their end will be destruction, which we now know is not an eternal hell but a fire that will consume the adversaries of God resulting in their ultimate sanctification.  In that we will trust and will rejoice always.

The Armor of God

Ephesians 6Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Very few people have on all the pieces of this armor.  But to truly be a warrior for God,  we must have them all on or we can readily be defeated and overcome.  What does this armor of God really mean?  Most think this just an intellectual ascent that Jesus is the Lord, but it truly is much more than that.  I want to review in my own words of how I have come to see the weapons of the Lord given to all who believe in Him and ALL of God’s promises.

 1.  Breastplate of Righteousness:  Quite simply this is LOVE AND MERCY in your heart for all men.  This is the peaceable fruit of righteousness.  Knowing that God is love, a true agape sacrificial love and it is only by that love we exists,  then we will want to be like our Father.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness

2. Sandals of Peace:  Our walk is to bring peace to people, to show them the goodness of God and the glory of God’s plan for mankind.  He truly is the Prince of Peace not a cruel monster that torments people forever in a hell chamber.  We pursue peace with all men with this good news message, knowing that without this as our driving life force, no man shall see the Lord (Heb 12:14) in this present evil age.

and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace

3.  Shield of Faith:  This is simply put; standing on the ROCK that is Christ and His precious promises and covenants.  This is the only way one will achieve the divine nature of Christ.  Yet God is faithful even when mankind is not.  When you truly come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of the whole world, then and only then are you carrying this shield.  You will then be fearless knowing all is settled in heaven.

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the     wicked one.

4. Helmet of Salvation:  This is putting on the mind of Christ.  God will be speaking to His people.  His sheep really do hear His voice and they follow Him.  We will do nothing on our own initiative but will follow where the Lord shall lead us.  This is this helmet given now to the chosen few.

And take the helmet of salvation

5.  Sword of the Spirit:  It is the living word of Christ formed inside of our hearts that is this sword.  It is not the dead letter pages of the Bible by itself.  But when Christ appears to us, we are made alive and given new hearts and are sent to preach this gospel in all boldness.  This is the sword of the Spirit.  The words of Jesus are life and when spoken out, will not return void, they will accomplish their purposes.  This sword will destroy all false pretenses and the devil will flee from it.

And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

Much more could be said but I wanted to just provide the cliff notes of my new understanding.  God is doing a great work in many of us right now.  In that I praise Him and in that I rejoice.  We all need to edify one another and encourage each other just as we have been doing of late.  This world is going to create battles and obstacles for each of us to continue on our military mission for Christ.  We must stay the course.  We cannot and will not get the victory with a carnal mind using carnal logic.  It says so right here.

2 COR 10:4  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,  5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

We must walk by faith and trust in the supernatural power of God to give us what we need in the time that we need it.  That is grace, the power of God working through His saints.  In my short journey I have found this to be so very true.  All these false pretenses that come into my mind or are used by carnal men to attack the truth, are utterly destroyed when we walk wearing this armor that only God can give to us.

2 TIM 2:4   No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

Once enlisted by the Lord, we should never get ourselves entangled back in the things of this world.  Many will come to try our faith and bring strife, dissensions and the like to bring our dead flesh back to life to defend itself or its honor.  But a dead man, now enlisted in God’s army will stay dead; they have been crucified with Christ.  The life they are now living is not for themselves but for the one who has called them and is mighty to save all men.  This is the Lord.

Paul likened this walk to a good fight and a marathon race.  We will be poked at, hated, rejected, scourged, accused and all manner of evil spoken of us, yet we must persevere to the very end.  Knowing that all men shall be saved in the very end, I can now preach this good news gospel.  It is through sharing God’s goodness and demonstrating that in our deeds that we will turn the hearts of the broken lost sheep back to the true loving God who always delights in showing them mercy.  Such a walk submitted unto the Lord, is the good fight and one that will result in a special crown of righteousness in the ages to come for those who finish.  May I be found worthy!

2 TIM 4:6-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

I have loved the Lord’s revealing of Himself to me in my heart.  It will change your life and my prayer is that all that God has chosen in this generation will be strengthened and encouraged in the battles we will fight in the days to come.

Love to all the Saints.