Doctrine, Elect, GRACE

Feeding On The Mountain of the Lord

feed my sheepJoh 21:15  … He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock …

Doctrine is what we eat spiritually speaking.  Doctrine’s importance cannot be overemphasized in our walk!  It is gigantic in its importance and anyone claiming otherwise has a false view and does not understand the ways of God and vastly overestimates how few, “few chosen” really means.

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

These words of Christ do not speak to who goes to heaven or who goes to hell as Babylon will teach, they speak to how precious few will be God’s Elect in this age and will come to understand and teach true doctrine.  It is of paramount importance to know and follow and teach sound doctrine because this is what will save ourselves and those who hear us.

1Ti 4:16  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Who, how and when shall we be taught true doctrine and come to know the truth about the Lord?  This post will attempt to answer this question.  Doctrine is extremely important as without it NOBODY can be saved.  I hope some will be given the ability to hear this message and begin to understand the profound truths of the Scriptures and be able to separate the lies we all learn first in Babylon.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The word of God is a two edged sword.  Nearly all that call themselves Christians have heard this statement yet extremely few actually understand the profound mystery of this sword, what being two edged really means and the way the Lord works with His real church, which is the Elect.  The sword has many functions spiritually speaking.  A very key one is that it is what brings judgement to us in the appointed time, so it is a very good thing in that regard.

Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment (speak the truth to those given ears to hear) to the Gentiles.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints (Christ, His Body) shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

I have updated this now even longer post to give a second witness to most points, bringing forth treasures out of the old and the new just as the the Elect are commanded.

Mat 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Deu 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

So when we are given to hear the word, then the sword of God brings judgment upon us.  Here is what happens, the old man is destroyed.

Eze 11:10Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Mat_10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

The sword of the Lord is also used to deceive us.  You see darkness and the light are the same to Him and He is the word of God.

Psa 139:12  Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

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:

The sword of the Lord guards the way to the tree of life.

Gen 3:24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep (guard)  the way of the tree of life (Christ)

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

Every way means both flesh and spirit, light and darkness, truth and apostasy.  The sword is used by God to perform His ordained works in our lives in the appointed times. ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD.

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

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.

Of course it is all Christ, both the sword and the tree of life.  Our carnal mind devoid of the Spirit given to the precious few cannot understand these mysteries given only to His Elect.

1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Exo_4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

God’s Elect are His messengers (angels) and the very same cherubim’s who speak His word.  To most those words will remain utter darkness as they cannot understand as it has not been given to them to understand.

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

Joh 12:40  He (THE LORD) 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.

Yet to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see they are the light unto this dark world.  Absolutely amazing when you are given to see the sovereign hand of the Lord in both blinding the multitudes and restoring sight to the blind.

Pro 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

the Lord even makes the unhearing ears and the unseeing eyes …

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

Whether it is light or darkness, the word of God, which is Christ is both darkness and light.  It just depends on which side of the cloud one is viewing it from.  If outside the veil of flesh, the truth of Christ and His bread, His true doctrine  is utter darkness.  This is things like the salvation of all, God’s absolute sovereignty, his non trinity relationship between Christ and God etc.  These things are the true light that save us as we grow in the knowledge of the Lord. But those not yet dragged to Christ and thru the veil that is His flesh, these truths will be utter darkness.  Such is the example we are given between those in the world and the true Israel of God.

Exo 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

Until we are dragged thru this veil into His flesh, the Body, we won’t be able to see the light of the world.

Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, HIS FLESH;

And guess who is the flesh of Jesus Christ????

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

The body of Christ is this veil, it is the cloud one must be dragged to in order for one to see and eat the bread of life and drink the living waters.  The cloud of the Lord’s witnesses today and in each generation since Jesus have been this darkness or light as the case may be.  The words we speak and the espousing of the true doctrines of Christ will quickly get us labelled as having devils just as our Lord was falsely accussed.  It is just the necessary reproach and enmity God has ordained be between those given the gift and those not given.

Few Chosen To Be Given The Truth

One either has ears to hear and eyes to see or they do not, and that all by the sovereign hand of the Lord.  Nothing infuriates our pride and self-righteous nature than to be told there are a few who have something we do not.

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

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.

They killed Christ for speaking the truth and they will do the same for His chosen few who speak the same truth. That is the way of the Lord whose ways are not our ways nor are His thoughts like ours.  The Lord is not in the fairness business.   This is an oft repeated truism of God’s Elect being given the truth and the rest of the world, even the professing church is everywhere in the Scriptures.

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.

Notice who does it, it is God who purposefully puts them to sleep and blinds them and makes them deaf so they cannot hear His words.  No free will involved!

Rom 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:

The doctrines they eat, their spiritual table is a snare and a trap.  This is our spiritual prison, our beliefs, the very doctrines we hold to as the truth that keep us bound in our apostasy until the Lord sets us free in our day of judgment.  The real Christ is a stumbling block we all will first reject as we believe lies like free will and eternal torment.

Rom 11:10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.

As Christ said, when what we think is light is actually darkness, how great is that darkness.

Mat 6:23   If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

It is strong delusion and that seems like an understatement.  This is the Lord’s plan and why His entire word is a parable hidden in types and shadows such that carnal minds and ears cannot discern the truth.

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

People hear and see physically, sure they do, but very few are chosen to be given understanding.

Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

Drawn From The Breasts 

We see this mystery of the Lord purposefully blinding the multitudes and giving sight only to His chosen Elect throughout the Scriptures.  Isaiah speaks to the word being used first as a snare, spoken in a stammering tongue we will not understand (without ears to hear).  This is where we all must first go and spend our appointed 70 years in spirit in prison in Babylon.

Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

Note, HE MAKES us to understand doctrine, that is what it says above.  This is the same thing as Him Making us to lie down in His green pastures just as Psalm 23 says, we don’t choose.

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

This is how we are all dragged to the real Christ in due time.  He makes us to understand it, He gives it to us.

Isa 28:10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

But the truth is the SUM OF THY WORD, it is not a line here or a line there cobbled together to create one’s own doctrine.  That is what Babylon has done and is likened to seven woman who make their own bread as Isaiah 4:1 declares.  No prophecy of Scripture is of its own private explanation, the truth is only found in the sum of the word.  Such a simple concept yet so few can grasp it.

Isa 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

We all must first get deceived and drink strong drink before we will ever know the truth (Deut 29:6).  At first the Lord speaks to us being yet carnal in stammering lips and a language we do not not understand and neither did any of His disciples.  How plain can it be as we are shown in Luke.

Luk 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

When we can’t hear the words of Christ in Spirit, we continue in our own dead works to serve the Lord and cannot yet enter into the true rest that remains for the people of God.

Isa 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

And this is how the Lord uses His word to first cause us to be deceived and be taken captive in Babylon where we will spend our appointed and symbolic 70 years thinking we serve the Lord but not having a clue as to His true doctrines and what the gospel is really all about.  We all fall backwards into perdition when first coming to Christ.

Isa 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Those that see will first be blind and know they are blind when their eyes are opened.  That is what the parables speak of about blindness but few can receive it other than an outward history lesson.  We won’t see until we are first blind as bats yet we will claim we do see.  This is where we will be then and yet we all fall victim and live by this experience.

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

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

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

The Lord puts His words in the mouth of His Elect and it is those very words that are also a fire and a light and a sword among other things.  That sword is the judgment of our old man which must be done away with for salvation to come.   This is indeed one of the great mysteries those without ears to hear cannot grasp in any fullness.  The instrument for bringing judgment is Christ, being His body and the word spoken from the mouth of the Lord.

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

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

The Last Days

We must be given ears to hear and the faith to believe before our day of judgment begins.  The last days for each of us do not commence until that time.  But when we do hear, the new man in us will receive the words spoken by Christ and those words will bring the sword upon our old man and the process of salvation will quickly come to pass.

Joh 12:47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Joh 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

God is working with His Elect now in preparing them to fulfill His purposes IN CHRIST which is that we shall judge the world in righteousness.  The way we are prepared to become the judges of the world is to first be judged ourselves and it is a marvelous thing to know this and have it combined with faith.

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?

Heb 4:2  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

 Losing Your Life is Being Killed by the Sword

Luk 17:33  Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

To be born again, the first man Adam in us must die for the second man Adam (Christ in Us) to come forward.  The old man that knows Jesus in the flesh must decrease so Christ in us can be increased.

Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

The parable of the walk to Emmaus shows us this mystery.  It is not until we walk with “Christ” and eat bread with Him (His Body), sharing truths and edifying one another thru fellowship that we will see Him in the flesh (the way Babylon knows Him) no longer.  When we do this,  we eat the true bread of life and over time progress on to the meat of the word.

Luk 24:30  And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

Luk 24:31  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

God’s Elect will be given over time the mind of Christ.  This comes only as we lose our life and spiritually speaking are decapitated and lose the head of our old man.  I know this is repulsive to our carnal minds but is an appropriate application of Romans 1:20 which tells us it is the outward physical things that are spiritual types and shadows of how it works in the spirit.

Having The Mind of Christ

Being beheaded spiritually by the sword that is the word of God that destroys the old man and false prophet within us all is a prerequisite for being given the mind of Christ and being in the first resurrection where we will  rule and reign on this physical earth.

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Those who have been beheaded and truly born again in the spirit will no longer think like the world thinks, we will truly be different and separated.  Within the body of Christ there will be no divisions, we will think alike having the mind of Christ.

1Co 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

There are not 40,000 denominations in real Christianity there is indeed only ONE TRUE DENOMINATION and that is the church that Christ build. Man and his efforts of serving God are all vanity.

Psa 127:1  Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Those infected with Babylon doctrines have spiritual leprosy which comes about from its false belief on confusing tolerance of doctrinal differences with loving one another.  The carnal mind will be easily snared by this lie and see tolerating other’s false doctrines is somehow likened to being loving.  It is no such thing, that just perpetuates strong delusion and adds more plagues to our apostasy.

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

Oneness with the Lord means there is no variation, there is no turning, there is no allowance for false doctrines.  For a deeper look at the importance of sound doctrine please see this post Take Heed Of False Doctrines.

Rom_15:6  That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2Co_13:11  Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Php_1:27  Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

That is even what the vision of the whirling wheels is all about, speaking and telling us in type and shadow what God’s Elect do as the Body of Christ in this world.

Eze 1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

Eze 1:5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

Eze 1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

Eze 1:7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.

Eze 1:8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.

Eze 1:9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

The doctrines of Christ are the foundations on which the BODY is built.  They are likened to HIS BONES and that is why we are told not one of His bones was broken.  Not one of His doctrines will be corrupted IN CHRIST, it will remain pure and undefiled.  The words of Scripture that are spirit foretell of this great mystery.

Psa 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

Joh 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

Inheriting the Mountain

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.

Christ is the mountain on which the Elect will dwell.

Mat 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Mat 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Our inheritance is being dragged to this mountain which is Christ which is His Elect also know by very many names including The Church, The Body of Christ, the Bride, The Christ, the saints, the brethren, the election, His witnesses, the tree of life, etc. etc.  Those so chosen will be dragged out of this world and onto the mountain that is Christ.  There we shall be fed the true living bread and learn to eat strong meat which all related to the true doctrines of Jesus Christ rather than the lies of Babylon.

Eze 34:12As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

The Lord has scattered His little flock but then regathers them from all nations of the world.  We are brought into our own land, our inheritance and there we feed on the mountain and drink the living waters which also flow from us and give drink to others (feed thy sheep)

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

The Lord puts elders and teachers into His body to feed the flock of God and it is indeed a bountiful feast to those prepared to hear it and take it to heart.

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

And this is how we grow, mature and cease from our own works in due time.  This is the true sabbath rest that remains for the people of God.  The Lord is indeed our shepherd and He is His Body.

Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, (and cease from their own carnal works) saith the Lord GOD.

On this mountain, God’s Elect shall dwell in the consuming fire with a sword always abiding upon our spiritual house which house is the temple of God.

Isa_65:9  And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.

Jdg_1:8  Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.

This is how and where we all shall lose our life to gain it.  This is not eternal torment, this is the way salvation comes to us all in our times appointed!!!!!

Isa_66:16  For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

Salvation Comes On The Mountain

Exo 19:16  And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.

This is what working out our own salvation with fear and trembling takes place, on the mountain that is Christ dwelling in His Body.

Praise the Lord, all men shall be saved eventually.  All men will have their inward cities and kingdoms that are in rebellion against the doctrines of Christ burn with fire and cut off by the sword of the Lord.

Jesus told us that the kingdom of God is within us and comes not with visible observation.  Yet that is where salvation comes, within, it is the destruction of the old man and emergence of the new man, the Lord from heaven that is in fact salvation.  This battle and war is all within us and takes place in our hearts and minds.

Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Mat 10:23  But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

All those stories and examples in the OT were there to show us this truth and were written only for God’s Elect who would come many years later (1 Peter 1:10-12, 1 Cor 10:11, etc).  Maybe now the log of eternal torment will begin sliding away from your spiritual eyes?  Here is some good news for the man within.

Deu_13:15  Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.

Deu_13:16And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again.

1Sa_30:3So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.

Which is an older version of this same truth:

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.

Nobody is escaping this process, it only awaits the times appointed for each.

Jer_25:29  For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.

Eternal damnation and hell fire is a lie, an invention of carnal men and apostate Christianity.  If only the Lord will pull that log out of their eyes then they could begin as new born babes to drink the MILK of the gospel, the salvation of all men in due time.

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

His Two Witnesses

What those believers is such blasphemous doctrine as eternal hell fire do not perceive is that they are yet carnal and that all the Scriptures are about what takes place within us.  The two edged swords that is Christ is the two edges sword that is His Christ.  As His witnesses we are the two witnesses that first speak falsely on His behalf and then are killed and risen again and only then are we seated in the heavens with Christ.

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Rev 11:4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Rev 11:5  And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Rev 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

At first we fall backwards and are deceived by fleshly carnal doctrines and our witness for Christ will fail.  But we are Christ, He is the first and the last and a resurrection in down payment form is coming in this age if one is God’s Elect.

Rev 11:7  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

But when Christ’s comes to us and our day to believe comes, we arise from the dead and then our judgment and the earthquakes of all the carnal nations and lust within us begins in earnest.  The second half of our witness is after we are resurrected from the dead and have the spirit of God living within us.  Our inward and outward enemies will all bow in due time.

Rev 11:11  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

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

Rev 11:13  And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Rev 11:14  The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

And it is here that we enter into Christ and know Him and His Father being of the family of God and seated with Him in heaven which is our hearts and minds.  Now the Lord will rule us with a rod of iron and the Elect will rejoice as the angels in heaven.

Rev 11:15  And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Rev 11:16  And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

Rev 11:17  Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Rev 11:18  And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

Rev 11:19  And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

As we saw above, it is on the mountain that is Christ that all of these lightening, voices and thunderings, earthquakes and great hail take place.  It is a marvelous thing.

Mat 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

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

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

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

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

Being saved will cost us everything if one really knows what salvation means and can be moved beyond the strong delusion of eternal torment.  This sword is the tool the Lord uses to make war in our heavens and that is exactly what must take place BEFORE salvation comes.   These are not a history lesson or an outward prophecy, they are words you, me and all men shall live by in the appointed times.

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Rev 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We know this sword has come to our house when we are shown are wickedness and learn that we are the abomination that is causing desolation defiling the temple of God.  This is the sign that our day of the Lord has arrived and Christ has come to make war in our heavens and destroy the beast and false prophet within us all.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (our day of judgment and being dragged to the truth) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

We must fall away first and then be shown who and what we truly are:  Beast and chief of sinners etc.

2Th 2:4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

We must be shown we are the false prophet, the antichrist, a self righteous beast speaking like a dragon

2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

We will never receive this until our day appointed arrives.  It is all in the Lord’s hands.

2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

But that day will come and the wicked wretched man that we all are in the flesh will be revealed to us and then the Lord will begin to consume and destroy that wicked beast within us all with the sword and fire that is His word.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

And the lies we all beleived and were held in deception, including what we honestly believed were true miracles and deliverances will be shown for what they were, an event to keep us bound in darkness during our appointed time in Babylon.

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:

In type and shadow, this is what happened to David, who is a type of Christ and a type and shadow of all of God’s Elect.  A prophet of the Lord will come to us and speak the word that will shine light on our darkness. David like all of us looked past his own sins and so easily saw the sin in others and was offended by those sins.  But his hypocrisy as our own will one day be shown to us in stunning clarity.  David wanted the life of the man that took the ewe from the man who had but one, and that man was David and is you and me  and all men who are brute self righteous beasts.

2Sa 12:7  And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

2Sa 12:8  And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.

2Sa 12:9  Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

We all despise the Lord while claiming to serve Him.  We live by every word, even these.

2Sa 12:10  Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

The sword divides.  It is what separates us from our old way of life and the new way of life.  It is the means by which the old man is crucified and the beast and false prophet that represents all of us is finally destroyed.   But the sword is not abiding on anyone that thinks they are righteous and have not been shown clearly who they are in the flesh and what really they are made of.

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.

Such ones are the ones Christ does not come for in this age.  They need no repentance, don’t need a physician and are pros at pointing out other people’s sins but can’t see their own.  Until the logs of false doctrines are pulled from their eyes they have no business trying to pull specks out of others.  Yet all of us will be guilty of doing it as we live by every word.  Those that do not know or believe they are truly a beast will have no need for repentance.

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

Which is why Christ said, the end does not come unless and until you see it.

Mat 24:15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

One can’t see until they are healed of their blindness and that only by the Lord’s mercy.  One will not understand until then and will be ever learning and never able to come to knowledge of the truth.

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Isa 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

When you begin to see these things, then you begin to be humbled and that is what must occur for salvation to come.  Blessed is the poor in spirit for they shall see God.  But if you are given mercy and are shown these truths in the spirit, then salvation has come unto you and the Lord will make a relatively quick work to destroy that beast and kill that old man within you and eliminate the false witness and false prophet we all are at first.  Here is a wonderful event that will usher in salvation for all men when it comes.

Rev 19:20  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

This indeed is what true grace is, it is what chastens us and is how the sons of God are scourged by a loving Father.

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

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

It is this sword that our father uses.  The rod of Aaron in type and shadow brings this judgment upon our sinful ways of the flesh.  It is what causes us to obey the Lord in due time.

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.

Contrary to the false love believed by most and taught in the Babylon churches, the Lord’s ways calls for a heavy dose of discipline to teach us righteousness.

Pro 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Isa 26:9  With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Those that have been shown mercy will know the trials are the blessing and what is needed for us to be remade into the image of Christ.  This is a process that requires us to learn patience.  I am a blessed man and have been shown such mercy by others and have come thru the door and it is my purpose to show others this same mercy.  I pray you hear if you were led to read this very long post.

Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door (The Christ) is the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

This is the works of God and the greater works Jesus said His Christ would be doing.

May these words be an encouragement and spiritual food to a precious lamb who the Lord is dragging to Himself.  Sincere questions or comments are welcome.  Please feel free to email me at (note a new email address)

peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Joh 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

In love,

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

For a related post on doctrines showing how many of the OT stories are all about doctrine also see this link:

http://truthinscripture.com/2014/03/19/tolerance-of-false-doctrines/

Biblical Truth

How God Delivers On His Covenant Promises

stars of the heavensContrary to the teachings of the churches and the carnal doctrines believed by all but a very few, God does not need anything from man to make good on His promises. 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

This is because God is working ALL THINGS in our lives. I had a busy day today, wrestling with beasts and contending with religious spirits that stand in opposition to Christ and His doctrine. I wanted to remind and encourage all that still doubt the sovereignty of God to review the promises of the New Covenant and remember how God made covenant with Abraham.

Heb 6:13-14 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

The Abrahamic covenant is the covenant of faith and is the one God swore on an oath to fulfill and will bring to pass. This quite simply is the salvation of all men. But all of us will walk in unbelief not believing nor understanding this covenant promise that God swore by.  We will think it is up to us to take actions to save ourselves.  The salvation of all men, the very essence of the good news and the promises of God is foretold to us in many places and the first of those are shown below.

Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Gen 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Any time you see a reference to the dust of the earth, God is speaking about ALL MEN.  Few shall be saved in this life, God’s very Elect but in the end,  all men shall be saved and their numbers shall be as the dust of the earth, the stars of the heavens and the sands of the sea.  These symbols foretell God’s purposes and His plans to save all men in the appointed times for each.  Here are just a few more of the hundreds of witnesses for the salvation of all men.  May those with ears hear these wonderful truths.

Gen 13:16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

Hos 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

Gen 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

The truth is right here.  All shall be sons of the living God in the end.  We cannot count the stars, the sand, the dust,  this is God telling those given ears to hear that all men shall be saved.  The salvation of all men in God’s appointed time is the blessing that shall come, not might come to all the families and nations of the earth. God swore this on an oath and He is not a man that He should lie.

Num 23:19  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

God will make good on His promises to save all men.  That is the gospel of good news and it depends not upon man’s free will.

If we go review the promise of the new covenant, which is really the fulfillment of the promise made to Abram, it might surprise some to see that there is no YOU involved in making any of it come to pass. All things are of God and it is especially true that salvation is all of the Lord.

Jon 2:9 Salvation is of the LORD.

This fact that the delivery on the promise of the new covenant is 100% of God and 0% man is seen on both Jeremiah and Ezekiel version of the promise. Let’s take a quick look at each.
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jer 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

There is no YOU DO ANYTHING here in Jeremiah, it is all I WILL says the Lord. The Lord does it all, He works in each of us according to His will to accomplish all of His good pleasure. This should be no surprise because that is what Paul repeated many times in his epistles to the early church.

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

Now let’s take a look at what the prophet Ezekiel was given by God to speak.

Eze 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
Eze 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
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.
Eze 36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Eze 36:29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
Eze 36:30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.

IT IS ALL OF GOD – GOD DOES IT ALL

What perfect consistency. There is no YOU WILL any of this.  NONE.   God is doing it all. All the things essential for salvation are the work of God. The giving of faith, the granting of repentance, the filling with an earnest deposit of the Holy Spirit, all things are of God. None of it is the work of man. Our job is to believe and even that is given to us by God.

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.

God even tells us why He does it here in Ezekiel 36:22.   The word says He does it to sanctify His great name. Nothing delights the Lord more than to show mercy, He delights in mercy and it is only by His mercy that He reveals Himself to us and brings salvation upon our house.

Nothing brings more glory to God than to turn all of His enemies into His friends and that is exactly what God is going to do.

Psa 66:1 To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm. Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:

Psa 66:2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
Psa 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
Psa 66:4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

This is all the work of a great God who created us flawed on purpose to teach us and to remake us and to bring great honor for His namesake. Christ is the Savior and it is HIM doing all of it. He gave us the wicked deceitful hearts all men are born with and only He will change those hearts when the day and hour ordained for us to be changed arrives. Oh praise God for His goodness and His mercies which endure forever.

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

We can take the promises of God to the bank.  God is faithful even when we are not. All men shall be saved which means delivered of their sins and washed clean. Even right now Christ is seated in the heavens and is not imputing our sins and trespasses against us. He is working all those things to bring about His good and perfect will in our lives in the times ordained of the Father. This is the good news and it becomes real to us only when we are granted the faith to believe it.   If only men would trust in God and not in their delusion of free will and their own strength, initiative and carnal understanding.

Isa 26:4  Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

Yet all of us will at first deny the Lord and will lean on our own understanding and think it is about us choosing and doing all these things to save ourselves.  But that is not the way of God. He is the Savior and the Deliverer and His arm is not too short to save all men.  He has declared that from the beginning and He will bring it to pass.  Far greater blessing to believe that now and trust in HIM.

Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
Heb 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Heb 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

The days are coming and now are that the dead are hearing the voice of Christ and are awakening to the righteousness that is found only by faith in this good news. I hope you will join me in believing this report.

Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

The circumcision of all men will happen.  It will be accomplished without hands and flesh and the free will of man will have no part in bringing it to pass.  Until we are brought to the place to believe this we will continue to oppose the true work of God.

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:

Biblical Truth

Repentance Unto Life

Many wrongly accuse those preaching the truth that salvation is 100% of the Lord of eliminating repentance from the gospel.  Such is not the case and this argument stems from the carnal belief that man saves themselves as a result of its own free will decisions they make on behalf of Christ.  The  hope is that this post on Biblical repentance will open up the understanding for some that are stuck with the dilemma of repentance without man having free will to repent .  A recent question came in as follows:

Repentance is very clearly stated as vital for salvation throughout the Bible.  If you don’t see repentance written throughout the Bible then I’m not sure what Bible you are reading!   You  are putting forward a world that repentance is not possible.

This is not at all what disciples of Christ teach and is by no means what has been promoted on this website.

What has been said on this site is that it is impossible for man on their own initiative to repent.  This post will show this clearly from the Scriptures.  Repentance is indeed a necessary part of salvation which is not a mystery that is veiled from carnal eyes.   What is at issue is the origins or the causation  of  that repentance.  The truth is God is the one working all aspects of salvation and man has absolutely not say so in it or its timing.   Very challenging to our carnal minds to truly believe that we like Jesus can do absolutely nothing on our own initiative.

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

Repentance is most certainly in the list of things that man cannot do on his own initiative    Yet it is a very simple  truth that  without repentance it is impossible to enter into the kingdom of GOD:

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

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

Psa 119:160  The entirety of Your word is truth

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

If one cannot truly accept that it is GOD who IS  in control of every second of our lives than it will do you no good to continue to read this post.    If one accepts the Scripture such as Ephesians 1:11 and others like it,  then you are obliged to accept that HE also will have to work our repentance according to HIS will because all things in GOD’S economy means ALL THINGS.

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

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

This speaks not only to the number of days but all that will take place on those days.   God has declared the end from the beginning and He will bring it to pass without exception.  If Psalm 139:16 is true (and it is) that all our days were written and ordained for us than it is true also that our repentance was also written. therefore;

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

The God I serve is not at all surprised or confused by my shortcomings because not only did He make me and devise a plan for my life but also said this:

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

No man can exceed all that has been determined because it has been written and here is what GOD tells us about what has been written;

Malachi 3:6  For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Knowing the unchanging nature of God leads us to consider these powerful words of truth.


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

So every word that has been written in GOD’S book for our lives we will have to live them out.   What happens and the order and sequence of things has all been determined in advance by an Almighty God for which nothing is impossible.  Look around you… look at every one who is in much worse shape than you financially or spiritually they too are living their written words because;

Acts 10:34
Then Peter said, “Now I understand that God doesn’t play favorites.

Every night when you lay your head on the pillow knowing that you have lived every word of GOD is the only way you will find peace and not feel guilty here is why we feel guilty;

Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.”

Satan cannot just come against us unless he is directed by the Lord to do so.  Once Satan does his work and makes us sin, Satan then goes back to God and accuses us and this is where our guilty conscience comes in.  This can be readily seen in the story of JOB, who is a type for God’s Elect and God bringing judgment against us through the destroyer HE created for this very purpose.

JOB 1:6-12 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.

7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord

But through judgment,  God will humble us and we will learn righteousness and salvation will come.

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brothers is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

but if CHRIST is indeed living in you, you will not fall victim to his tricks;

2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

because the word of GOD tells us that;

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

GOD indeed is no respecter of persons remember it was GOD who sent CHRIST to be tempted by satan;

Young’s Literal Translation
Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led up to the wilderness by the Spirit, to be tempted by the Devil,

but is why CHRIST tells us these words;

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

If indeed you have come to understand all that has been written so far than the rest will certainly make sense to you. and so let us begin the study;

How Do We Repent


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

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

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

Man repents only and  because we are granted and given repentance not because our flesh desires to repent on it’s own.  It is right there in clear words.  Because if you reading this now did not know this before you will know it now;

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

 

Hence the word GOODNESS;

chréstotés: goodness, excellence, uprightness

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

HENCE THE WORD REPENTANCE:

metanoia: change of mind, repentance

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

 

WHO PUTS THIS NEW HEARTS AND NEW SPIRIT IN US?

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

WHO WILL REMOVE THE OLD HEART FROM US …OURSELVES…? NO! GOD!!!

HENCE THE WORD HEART:

leb: inner man, mind, will, heart

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

Is Repentance Necessary For Salvation:

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

Everyone talks about Repentance and repentance and have no clue that there are two different kinds of sorrows.  One leads to repentance and the other one to destruction.

Here is the difference if you can see it and we will use the example of lust, but it applies to all sin and things that defile:

MAT 5:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

 There are tons of people who are not committing adultery but how many of us have not committed adultery for fear of being caught and on the flip side, how many have committed adultery for years but when they were caught (chiefly those in the public eye) are quick to offer a so called candid apology to the public but within self still wish never were caught, so therefore the lust to fornicate is still deeply penetrated within their souls.

 See when this things happen folks are not sorry of having committed adultery or whatever one is caught doing because the same unrighteous act has been going on for years but folks are sorry cause they were caught and so what does a little jail time or embarrassment causes ….? A WHOLE LOT!

Because after released from jail, find a new job or in the adultery example make up with the wife  nothing has really changed.  When the wife begins to trust a bit after the adultery is exposed, the perpetrator becomes smarter, more careful and equips self with new and more effective strategies which guarantee they will not be caught and therefore this kind of sorrow leads to continued sin which leads to death.

So all the crying in public may have fooled the blind but it will not fool the saints because we shall know them by their fruit.

 Therefore all the repenting folks talk about is carnal because godly repentance can only come from GOD.   Godly repentance is the repentance that will make sure that before you even commit the act again you have already been convicted and chastised in your heart.  With Godly repentance one will repent right there and then and will therefore not commit the physical sin.

Here is how CHRIST describes it best:

MAT 5:28 But I say to you that any one who looks at a woman with lust, has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Has any one ever looked at a woman or man with lust…?Oh  I am sure many haven’t …right? Yea okay. This however had to of dis-inflated this disciples overly righteous and big ego folks so much that they to end up saying at one point;

Mark 10:26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?

And of course CHRIST as always had the answer and so HE tells us still today that:

Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking on them said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

All things are possible with God and this includes granting of repentance in one’s heart.  GOD is the only one who can lead us to Godly repentance.

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

Where in this scripture does it say that we can repent on our own will or own initiative?  It does not.  The Scriptures say everything to the contrary it says that our flesh is the enemy of GOD so our flesh instead of repenting for doing wrong, it will do the opposite, our flesh thrives on doing wrong.

GOD is the only one who can make us turn (repent) from looking at women with lust or man with lust and therefore heal us. Our flesh cannot repent of anything.  It can do nothing on its own initiative except to do what it was created to do which is to sin.

 We cannot think up things to repent about. all sincere repentance come from GOD because it cannot come from us because our flesh is weak and hates the things of GOD.

And here is how it is done, the spiritual surgery :

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

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

I need to make it clear that here where it says that GOD will give us a heart of flesh is simply for the purpose of contrasting it with the heart of stone. A new heart.

No one is born with an actual heart of stone right…? but we are all born with hardened hearts.  As far as a new Spirit well why…? because here is from who spirit we are first:

John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Are this words for someone else…? NO! These words are for you who is reading the Scriptures put forth! We all live by every word of GOD. We are all first children of the devil whether we agree or not but at an appointed time here is whose child we become when given the new Spirit;

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

Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

And is why Apostle Paul tells us this great mystery:

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

Once we are revealed this mystery we with Apostle Paul through the Holy spirit can say:

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

We have no FAITH unless CHRIST comes and live in us through HIS word. It is only than that we gain HIS FAITH and is why we are told this:

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

and once again why;

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

But GOD had the whole thing planned out and international version says it best look;

Ephesians 2:13 For we are God’s masterpiece, created in the Messiah Jesus to do good works that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.

I would like to also touch a bit on the wrath of GOD who it has come up on.

Psa 78:31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.

Is come upon the spiritual chosen and so we with Jeremiah say;

Lam 3:1 I AM the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

And here is what happens

Lam 1:21 They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, (THE DAY OF WRATH) and they shall be like unto me.
Lam 1:22 Let all their wickedness come before thee; and do unto them, [affliction by the rod of his wrath!] as thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.

Psa 78:62 He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.
Psa 78:63 The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage.

 Who is his inheritance again? Paul tells us that “the riches of the glory of his inheritance is in the saints,

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

Because of our unrighteousness and the Spirit of old Adam in us all by nature, GOD in his fiery wrath carried us ALL away into Babylon; this is part of the “ongoing revelation of the wrath of GOD in our lives;”

Ezra 5:12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon.

 In spiritual Babylon, where we are held captive for 70 symbolic years, we try to keep the Law of Moses and try to be perfect upon the earth, and offer burnt offerings and sacrifices according to the Law. (i.e. tithing, keeping Holy Days, etc.). In doing this, we aim to be as Job, “perfect and upright, and one that feared GOD and eschewed evil.” [Job 1:1] In the same way, we try to be as Paul before Damascus, having our “own righteousness, which is of the law“.  But as Paul learned, such righteousness is dung.

Phi 3:9 And be found in him, NOT having my own righteousness, which is of the law, BUT that which is through the faith of CHRIST, the righteousness which is of GOD by faith:

We really truly are clothed and covered in garments of salvation by FAITH,  which is a gift given to few in this life.

It is my sincere hope that all reading this will come to appreciate the vast importance of repentance in our salvation.  But it is equally important that we understand repentance just like all aspects of salvation is the work of the Lord. It is not the work of man.  We can see a stark reminder of this in the words of the Lord when He explained about why He spoke in parables and hid the meaning of His words.

Mat 13:13  Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

 Mat 13:14  And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘HEARING YOU WILL HEAR AND SHALL NOT UNDERSTAND, AND SEEING YOU WILL SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE; 

Mat 13:15  FOR THE HEARTS OF THIS PEOPLE HAVE GROWN DULL. THEIR EARS ARE HARD OF HEARING, AND THEIR EYES THEY HAVE CLOSED, LEST THEY SHOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, LEST THEY SHOULD UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEARTS AND TURN (repent), SO THAT I SHOULD HEAL THEM.’

All happens in the appointed time.  God is working all things for the counsel of His will.

Eph 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

He is the grantor of salvation and He is also the grantor of repentance.  It is all HIM 100%.  There is NO “YOU” involved.  All is the work of God in the appointed time.

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.

It is only AFTER God does all of these things,  that then we shall dwell in the land of promise.  This is the heavenly Jerusalem which of course is inside of us just as Jesus said.

Luke 17:20-21  The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

God turns His chosen people through judgment.  It is thru His judgments that the whole earth will learn righteousness in the appointed times.

ISA 26:9  For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

 Salvation and every step of it is all the work of the Lord,  even repentance.  This is what God will have to show you and He will in due season.  We will end this post with a few verses that contain this hidden mystery of God and how He brings His people to salvation through HIS judgments.  When this happens or begins to happen to you,  then you will know He is the Lord.

Isaiah 1:24-26  Therefore the Lord says,
The Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel,
“Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries,
And take vengeance on My enemies.
25 I will turn My hand against you,
And thoroughly purge away your dross,
And take away all your alloy.

The Lord and our Father God get their will done in the end.  The will of God is that no man should perish but all will come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  It will be done in its appointed times.  All enemies will be destroyed, not in an eternal hell, but by the power of God (GRACE) turning the hearts of all people back to Himself.

Psa 66:3  Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.

Psa 66:4  All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah

Those who turn or repent will turn from transgression.  God will be sure to burn out all that which defile out of a man who has been so blessed,  chosen and granted this gift of repentance unto life.

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

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

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

God will put His words into our mouths and that is what we shall joyfully proclaim even amongst great opposition.  That is a promise and is part of the testing and trial of our new found faith given by the Lord.

Salvation is of the Lord,  all HIS doing.  He will grant repentance to men unto life.

ACTS 11:18  When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

 Disciples will preach these truths among great opposition.  God will use these times to teach us gentleness and humility and patience as we strive and pray that they would be granted the repentance and come to know the truth.

 2 Tim 2:24-25  And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,  in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,

May God open eyes and ears to see and to hear this truth.

Jonah 2:9  Salvation is of the LORD!

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When God Gives A Gift You Know It

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

Being saved is to have eternal life.  The kingdom of God and eternal life came 2,000 years ago and a few have been entering in ever since in every generation.  Contrary to the teachings of men, salvation is not being spared the wrath and judgment of God; it is coming to know Him and possessing eternal life in the present tense.  The Kingdom of God was near, at the very door 2,000 years ago and many wicked people have been destroyed by Christ’s appearing,  been converted and have entered in ever since.  Even  spiritual prostitutes who played the harlot like me!!  What a blessing to know the Father and the Christ that He has sent.   Jesus prayed this prayer for all of His disciples including those who would come in the future generations.

John 17:3  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Eternal life is not living forever with the same immortal soul.  That is just another false doctrine of Babylon.  All men shall die.  But it is also true that all men shall be resurrected to life in the ages to come and it is this resurrection to life that is the blessed hope and good news for all men.  But make no mistake eternal life is knowing Christ here and now.  Is better said to be AIONIAN life, a present tense knowing Christ.  Few there be that shall find this way.

1 John 5:20  And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

This new life called eternal life, which means KNOWING GOD, is truly a gift from God that will ultimately come to all men in the appointed time.  This life is found only in the Son.

All men sin, there is not one that does not,  yet God has delivered on His promises to Abraham and will destroy death and make all men alive in due season.

1 COR 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ ALL shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order

Since my healing and opening of spiritual ears and eyes,  I have come to know that HE is the LORD and was working all things in my life and the lives of all men.   He came suddenly and saved me despite my wicked deeds only on the basis of His Election of me before the world began.  When this happens to you, you will KNOW HE IS THE LORD!

Ezekiel 20:44  And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I deal with you for my name’s sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 37:13  And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.

All men, all families, all nations will come to KNOW THE LORD and be saved in their appointed times.  This is the blessed hope on which this good news gospel stands.  Praise God.

Ezekiel 37:28  And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore

Ultimately in the ages to come,  the Lord will be in the midst of ALL MEN.  WOW.  This will happen WHEN the day of salvation comes.   This is the  appointed time for each of us already written in God’s books before the world began.

Psalm 139:16  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them

I wrote a post a few months ago about this precious GIFT of faith (click here) which is the only way we come to know God.  This gift of faith, is the also the gift of eternal life (“aionian” life) that will appear to all men in each man’s appointed time.  The order is the Elect, the very few,   followed in the ages to come at the 2nd resurrection of the dead of all men.

In speaking these wonderful “good news” things I have not made many friends in the religious community be it online or otherwise.  I continue to study to show myself approved to be able to rightly divide the WORD of truth and speak confidently of the things the Lord has affirmed in my heart.  I want to always be ready to give an answer to those who inquire on the things of God and especially His love and innate mercies and goodness that never ever will fail.

This post is simply a collection of verses that speak to this amazing and wonderful work of God in imparting faith to His people.  All that will be saved will be saved by faith and that too only from God.  This is how God brings and works eternal life in His people.  May those with ears hear these words.

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

The classic verse is one of the most well known but least understood passages in all of Scripture.  The very gift of God is the faith of Christ.  No man chooses and hence no man can boast that they chose Christ and someone else did not.  Man has absolutely no role in his salvation.  It is all the work of God, a circumcision that is truly without hands.

Phil 1:29-30 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,  having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

What a wonderful verse that reaffirms Jesus statements on the cost all true disciples WILL PAY.  When God blesses grants to you this gift of faith then our suffering has just begun.  We will fill up in the afflictions of Christ and that is where the glory and honor will be for His chosen disciples.  When God gives you this gift, then you come to truly appreciate the potter and clay Scriptures and know they mean exactly what they say.  God is the one is doing all the “willing”,  man has no part in salvation and most certainly not choosing to be saved.

Romans 9:16-18  So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

This theme is in scores of places, especially if we perused the Prophets,  but it crystal clear in the gospels for anyone with eyes to see.  We will come to know God is working all things in all men in all the earth.  When Jesus began building His church by choosing disciples, He told them this.

Luke 10:22  All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

There is no room to argue these words.  Nobody comes to know the true God and the living WORD of Christ unless the Son chooses .

John 15:16  You did not choose Me, but I chose you

The inward boasting, glorying and the self righteousness we all cannot help but have in our carnal fleshly minds,  will only be destroyed by the brightness of the appearing to Christ in our hearts.  It is this very gift of faith that gives us the access into the grace of God.

Romans 5:1-2  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Ezra 1:5  Then the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, with all whose spirits God had moved, arose to go up and build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem

Jesus Christ really does build His Church and man has no part in it whatsoever   All of God’s chosen people; His disciples receive grace based on the measure of faith given to each.   It is the Father’s good pleasure to give good gifts to His children that have inherited the kingdom of God.

Eph 4:7-8   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.”

There are many teachings that make clear, from the negative, that those who do not have faith and do not have ears to hear or eyes to see don’t have faith because they were purposefully blinded and shut up in spiritual darkness by God.  This is the fate of all men and the way we come into this world.  Salvation and imparting of faith and the gift of eternal life is all in the hands of God and His predetermined plan for all of creation.

Romans 11:7-8 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 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.

Only the elect will come to understand. Only the elect will believe in this true gospel.  We will preach it and those God has predestined to hear it and believe will hear it and will believe.  That is an amazing God, declaring the end from the beginning and orchestrating it exactly as He already has spoken.

John 12:39-40 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 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.

Carnal eyes will see these verses but cannot receive them. Of course those that think they chose to have faith will always believe this speak to the man down the street.  But it really is true that God has shut the whole world up into darkness,  He has sent all strong delusion and He will get all the glory when people do come to the true light.  They will know He is the Lord.

Like all words of Scriptures, the understanding must be given to us by God.

Matthew 13:10-13 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”  11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

Chapter Six of John’s gospel is one of my favorites.  It contains some powerful Scriptures and heavy meat for those weaned off the baby milk of salvation for all men.  In this section, we see that all the Father has chosen will come to Jesus.  Nobody is going to exercise free will and decide not to come to Christ.

John  6:37  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

John 6:39  And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

Nobody who comes to the real Christ is going to be lost.  In my former ignorance and carnal Christianity days,  I preached aggressively against Once Saved Always Saved.  The whole premise of this argument is flawed from both sides that like to argue it constantly.  But neither side understands what salvation is nor the power of God.   Neither know the truth.  But I will believe Christ who says He will lose none of His chosen disciples, except for Judas so the Scriptures would be fulfilled.  EVERY ONE Christ said.

John 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Not only will all the Father chooses come.  No man can come unless they are literally dragged, kicking and screaming spiritually speaking by the Father.  The Greek word translated draw in this verse and others, is actually drag and is used in many verses speaking of fishing nets and catching fish.  Something to think about!

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

Wise men in the flesh, will be boasting in their free will decisions and self righteously promoting themselves and their carnal knowledge of Scriptures.  I did the exact same thing.  But the real learning only comes from the Father after He drags you to Christ.

John 6:45  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Every man that has ears to hear,  “hath heard”  learned from the Father and came to Jesus.  This is the same lesson Jesus explained to Peter on who revealed He was the Christ.

Matthew 16:17  Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven

I long for a world when all people will know the Christ and have this revealing unto them.  That day is coming and is promised for all.  We just must wait on the Lord.   Hallelujah.  The restitution of all things!

All the verses we see that infer man has a choice are being taken out of context by those without ears to hear the truth.   The Scriptures are written for God’s chosen few, the Elect.  They are not written for the people of this world, which certainly includes the multitudes of called but not chosen professing Christians.  When we are told to choose today whom we shall serve, we are choosing AFTER faith and salvation has come.  This is AFTER our day of election has come and we enter into the House of God by faith.  We will then know Christ in the Spirit where we once knew Him only after the flesh.  That is where the orthodox followers of Christ are to this very day.

Despite my numerous mistakes and errors of late,  I am thankful for the forgiveness of sin for the children of covenant.  I will press on with my new found brothers and sisters in Christ for the upward calling of God which is a crown of righteousness.  I pray I will be found worthy and be in this blessed and holy first resurrection.  Those so chosen of God must remain faithful to the end and not disqualify themselves from receiving their crown of righteousness.

1 COR 9:27  But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

No this verse does not speak to losing ones salvation, it speaks of not remaining faithful to the calling and election placed on the chosen few.  I am learning not to be like Peter and cut the ears off of those who seem to keep coming, bringing confrontation.  Jesus will heal those ears.  In my youth, I have done just that but was reminded the other day of these words of the Lord to His chosen disciples.

Matthew 10:16  Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Learning to be peaceful and humble through all of this is a learning curve.  I do apologize to any that I hurt in my non dove response in defense of this awesome God I now serve.  Those who do not hear, cannot hear and this is how and why we must show them the same mercy we ourselves have been shown by our Father in heaven.

Luke 10:16  He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me

No sense talking once it is clear someone cannot hear.  Those who reject are not rejecting me, they are really rejecting Christ and God will deal with them in their appointed time.  Tis why we need to move on when these words of love and good news are not received.   God is faithful even when we are not.  What He has vowed, He will do.

Jonah 2:9  But I will sacrifice to You
With the voice of thanksgiving;
I will pay what I have vowed.
Salvation is of the Lord

May the  peace and the love of Christ fill your hearts.

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Entering the Kingdom of God

I want to speak about entering the kingdom of God.   I want to share some understanding and hopefully let those who have ears to hear the truth hear it.  There is so much falsehood and error regarding the kingdom of God which has been available to be entered into for 2,000 years.

Luke 17:20-21  Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Carnal Christianity sees the promised blessing of eternal life as being some far off thing that comes only to a very few who will live for eternity with God.  This is always a future event awaiting the physical return of the Lord Jesus.  While such physical return does await and I hasten for it to come,  the kingdom of God was near and had already come 2,000 years ago.  The door that is Christ has been opened for those that the Father has chosen.  True disciples chosen by God will know this and will go and preach this gospel into the world.  Jesus told us 2,000 years ago not to point to a far off future event.  We bring healing to the world and tell them of this good news and kingdom that has come near. But make no mistake,  the kingdom of God or alternatively the kingdom of heaven was at hand a long time ago.  It was near, at the very door.

Luke 10:9  And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God HAS COME near to you.’

Matthew 4:17  From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven IS NEAR.

Mark 1:15  The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God IS NEAR! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

Knowing this truth about the kingdom of God,  it provides a totally different perspective on all those passages that have carnal man reading their newspapers and looking to the future to determine when Jesus is returning.  He comes without visible observation just as the Lord said at the opening verse from Luke 17:20.

Mark 13:29  Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors!

His kingdom has indeed come just as Jesus told us to pray.  Thy kingdom come,  thy will be done.  His will is our sanctification and it will come in its appointed time.  Guaranteed by the power of the cross and the oath of God’s word.

Once Jesus ascended up into heaven,  then the special blessing of the Holy Spirit could be poured out.  This is why it was beneficial that Jesus return to the Father as He explained to the dumbfounded carnal minded disciples at that time.  Jesus explained to the disciples that the appointed time for each to be saved and have the kingdom of God appear within them was only in the authority of God the Father.

ACTS 1:6  Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.

This is how we enter into the kingdom of God.  At the election and appointment of the Father.  So many just cannot grasp the simple truth that God controls who believes, who comes to faith and salvation is only the work of God.  Man has no choice in the matter.  This is clearly shown in the book of ACTS in several places including this one.

ACTS 13:48  Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

I do pray the Lord will send more harvesters into the field with the truth.  Because this is an important catalyst of how people come to enter into the kingdom.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the WORD OF GOD.  We have work cut out for us as there will be much opposition to the true gospel.  The carnal minds of men will be at enmity with the truth I preach along with many others.  We are dealing with a monstrous falling away from faith and belief in this eternal hell and self-will of man to choose God.  Those who believe this will see the broad way that leads to destruction referring to the 99% that go to this eternal hell hole.

The Scriptures do not teach such nonsense.  Such beliefs are all the deceptions of carnal minded men who have interpreted the Scriptures without the requisite revealing of the Lord Jesus.  Such false doctrines are many and the false precepts and traditions make sure that each of us is born into and raised in spiritual darkness awaiting the revealing of God to our hearts in the appointed time.

There are clearly more ages to come and the glorious eternity for all creation and all men to be bowing and worshipping before the Lord.  This is the blessed hope for all creation and magnifies the name of the awesome God I serve.  John saw a vision of this age to come.

Rev 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!”

My focus is not to refute eternal hell in this post as God knows I have already done that in recent posts.  My purpose here is look at the Scripture that speaks to inheriting, entering and seeing the KINGDOM OF GOD here on this earth in this body of sinful flesh.

Matthew 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen

It is our Father, God who chooses the Bride for His Son.  The chosen or the elect of God are the bride that will come to the wedding feast of the Lord.  This is supping with God thru the Lord Jesus in our hearts.  Few there be shall find the way.

Matthew 7:13-14  Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Jesus is the Savior of all men, but especially of those given this gift of precious faith from the Father.  Do you see in this verse that those that go the broad way, still enter in?  It says there are MANY who go in by the broad way of  destruction.  For these many, entering into the kingdom has not been ordained for this life and age, at least not yet — but will be in the ages to come.  They have been destined for captivity and their hearts will remain hardened to this gospel until their time does come.  And this is why we never ever judge those in the world who have not received this gift of faith.  But the power of God is undeniable and all that the Father gives to Jesus will come, there will be none that are lost.

John 6:39  This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day

Getting this good news settled in our heart is only done by faith and that a gift.  This is the good news gospel that God has chosen to put into the mouths of His chosen few.  This is what we shall preach and teach regardless of the opinions of men, especially those of religious men who know not the living God.

1 Tim 4:10-11 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 These things command and teach!

It is an honor to suffer shame and hatred for the sake of the Lord Jesus.  In this I rejoice as I know all my other brothers and sisters in Christ are rejoicing all over this world.  What a privilege the Father has granted to His elect.

Phil 1:29  For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,

There are many verses that speak to NOT entering into the kingdom God.  A carnal mind will always think of these warning passages as speaking to those  going to an eternal hell.  But what they really to speak is a reminder to those so blessed and chosen of God to not practice any of these things nor cast the pearls of wisdom given by God to such that do.  You see, a man still walking in the flesh is incapable of cleaning himself up and circumcising his own heart.  Such a person we are told is not a son or daughter of God.  Their deeds and the fruit they produce is the proof of the pudding.  This is what we are not to be deceived about.  But his has nothing to do with an eternal torment in hell.  Such people will be living in destruction and never finding the true peace that defines those who God has dragged into His kingdom.  Salvation is all the work of God in the appointed time.  Anyone doing such wicked deeds and practicing them is certainly not called of God yet and is by no means chosen and by definition are an unbeliever and an antichrist.

1 John 2:3-4  Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth (that is CHRIST) is not in him.

There are very many Christian liars for sure of which I was one of the worst imaginable until the Lord had mercy on me.  What defiles a man lives in his heart and all the wicked are full of dead man’s bones and speak the things of spiritual death. Things like these:

Galatians 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Anyone doing such things will not be blessed and holy and in the first resurrection.  These will not inherit the kingdom now and unless chosen later will not partake in the symbolic thousand year reign of Christ on this earth.   Far greater blessing to come to Christ now, by the will of the Father; and enter into and posses the land that is a pure heart in Christ Jesus.

Trees of righteousness planted by God do not produce bad fruit (Matthew 7:17).  That is why these words of warning are all over the Scripture that are written only for the eyes and ears of the Elect of God.  These verses have nothing to do with an eternal hell as is widely believed in Christian circles.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Paul was speaking tough words to the church at Corinth.  Many of them were yet babes and carnal minded and had not come to a fuller understanding of spiritual things and did not comprehend the blessing they had already received through the gift of faith.  Paul goes on to tell them to not associate with those who practice such things and to remember from where God had brought them out of bondage to those sins.

1 COR 6:11  And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God

Those in the church did not wash themselves or clean themselves up,  this was all the work of God who generously poured out His Spirit into their hearts (Romans 5:5).  All the churches (the elect of God) that Paul wrote to got the same warning.   The same warning about the practice of sin is given and then we have this gem, which has been used to tell many they are going to an eternal hell.

Gal 5:24  And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Of course we know, that this crucifying of the flesh, was the work and power of God who did it without hands.  We just get in on it by faith and trusting in the Lord and His promises.  Now we do have a responsibility to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit once the gift is given to us.  So by no means is this statement saying that we have no accountability to God as is the often heard accusation.  But anyone so chosen of God is going to know when they are resisting God’s will as their hearts will be condemning them and the chastisement of the Father will bring them back in line. But this is a topic for another post or two.  But make no mistake,  the work of salvation and the giving of new hearts to men are all wonderful gifts from the Father.  This is how the power over sin is given to us.

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:

We see this message to the elect of God repeated throughout the Scriptures and this warning not to be deceived by the vanity of man’s religion.  We truly are called out to be separate from this world.

Eph 5:5-7  For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.

The fact is, it is very hard, actually impossible for a man to enter the kingdom God.  The only way it happens if and when God decides to do it.  Salvation is always the work of the Lord and it comes by this precious gift of faith.  Consider what Jesus said here about entering the kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:23-26  Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

God will save all men in the end.  All men shall enter into the kingdom in the end.  The gates of Spiritual Jerusalem shall never be shut the Scriptures declare.  A man with worldly riches does have a harder time entering in because their mind is focused on earthly things and protecting what they have in its natural carnal state.  But the power of an almighty God is much greater than man and when God drags even a rich man,  that man shall come to and enter the kingdom.

Isaiah 60:11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually; They shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles

The proud of heart do not receive this grace of God.  Only the humble receive it.  The Pharisees, the most religious folks known,  even today,  do not enter into the kingdom of God and they prevent others from entering in.  But God is more powerful and since it is never about man’s choosing,   Jesus continues to build His church and save all that the Father has given to Him.

Matthew 21:31  Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.

Jesus likened entering into the kingdom with being like a little child in receiving the gift of faith.  Little children are not proud,  they are just happy to get a gift from God and this is the way all that are awakened to true righteousness shall understand this gift of faith.  It is only by this gift that they have entered in and this understanding will destroy the pride of flesh and the wisdom of the carnal mind.

Mark 10:15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.
Luke 18:17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.

While everyone seems to understand that we must be Born Again to enter into the kingdom, most that say this do not understand this is all of the work of God and His imparting of precious gifts and power.  Nicodemus, a very wise man in the Scriptures certainly did not understand this and they are many just like him today professing to be wise that are really fools.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Of course we see earlier that unless one is Born Again they cannot even SEE the kingdom of God much less enter into it.  Dead people don’t decide or have the power to raise themselves to eternal life and enter the kingdom.  Spiritually blind people have no chance finding their way into the kingdom of God.  They are blind!  All that come will be dragged by God in the appointed time.  No exceptions and we know only the elect of God will come in this life.  These are the few chosen among the many called.

John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me DRAGS (draws)  him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Jesus goes on to tell us in the very next verse what all the elect know.  All true revelation is given only by the Lord.  He is our teacher and we learn from Jesus as given to us by the Father God.  God will use men to preach and teach this gospel but the responsibility to open eyes to see it and ears to hear it is all the work of the Sovereign Lord.

John 6:45  It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God’.

It is indeed a long journey in the wilderness before one can cross the Jordan river and enter into the land that is in Christ Jesus.  God has a special journey for all of His elect to go through many trials and tribulations to bring us to the point of the door that is in Christ.  I have many such stories to share and to testify but these are all unique to me in my walk and my journey.   But I praise God as I know all the saints do for putting these tribulations on us.

Acts 14:22We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.

Lastly I want to speak to some passages of Scripture that have perplexed me for some time but now I understand them fully.  I had shared some of this on my blog with other carnal minded believers about these verses.  I will only show the one but it is repeated in each of the synoptic gospels.

Mark 9:1 And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with POWER.”

This was Jesus telling the assembled disciples, that some of them would not physically die (taste death) until they saw the kingdom of God present with power.  What Jesus was speaking about was their spiritual rebirth, being Born Again and raised in newness of life with the power of God dwelling inside of them.  This is only given to a blessed few and I am now a partaker of this blessing and have seen this kingdom come, thy will be done on this earth and in my heart.  That is a true healing.  As a recent post spoke about,  I have been given power and boldness to speak these truths.  I also know that no devil can touch me and the devils that are in many people will run and hide when they see me coming.  I know this sound boastful but I simply speak the truth in power as a mere man raised by the power of God.

Such power will be used to bring glory to God and to heal those spiritually that are in need of healing.  This will happen in God’s appointed times and I am looking forward to serving Him with a humble heart and fulfilling the calling placed upon me.  Knowing I am not alone in this prized possession brings great comfort and I will pray for the edification of this Body of Christ.  Peter spoke of those who had entered into the kingdom of God by faith.  What great words spoken to God’s very elect.

2 Peter 1:3-5  His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

I believe in Jesus and the power of God.  The fervent effective prayer of a righteousness man avails itself much.  I need to learn to pray more fervently as I know God will hear and answer based on what Jesus has spoken.

John 14: 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

God truly is a living God.  He lives thru Christ.  Christ is risen and lives in those whom the Father has given to Him.    I know that one day all of men will come to this place of understanding and receive the special blessing promised to our father Abraham.  When this blessing does come,  behold all things will be changed and made new.  Those chosen only have this promise in partial down payment form,  so what we have to look forward to is beyond our comprehension, but know that it is good,  very good.  This is the kingdom of God that lives in our hearts.  May you all come to enter in and partake in this blessing.

John 14:19-21 Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

Have you entered into this kingdom?  Seek this kingdom and the righteousness of Christ and God in His time will pull you into this glorious blessing by His gift of faith.  If you have been chosen,  He will draw you and you will seek Him.  This is God’s salvation.  It is all of the Lord and it is wonderful.

Revelation 21:5  The One who sat on the throne said, `Look, I make all things new.’ And he said, `Write this, because these words can be trusted. they are true.’

Count on it.  Believe it.  This is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

faith

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.