judgment, salvation

The Wonderful Day of the Lord

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2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

The Lord ’s Day is not Saturday or Sunday as most professing Christians will think and want to argue.  The Lord ’s Day aka the Day of the Lord is very significant spiritually and understanding what it represents will be an immense aid to understanding God’s word and His plan for mankind.  This post is a small primer on this important symbol that is used throughout Scripture.

The picture above I chose for this post may be a bit confusing to you.  But what I want to remind everyone is that the WORD is a two edged sword and there is both a positive and a negative application for all words and symbols.  This confuses the carnal mind and is used of God to hide His mysteries from the multitudes.  Those that think of a God that does not create evil and only think of the positive or the negative and not both; have no chance at arriving at the truth.

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.

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

So as you read this keep this major principle in mind.  The Day of the Lord quite simply is the day appointed for each of us when God will bring judgment to us and make war in our heavens.

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

And this day leads to salvation, that is God’s process.  The devils is cast out of us and our heavens, which is where the kingdom of God is, we are His Temple is purged.  There is no other way.

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

I used to think of the Day of the Lord as a horrible time that would usher in the most insidious torment and suffering mankind has ever seen.  This is partially true in concept but I missed the entire reason and purpose for this event.  Christ told us this period of tribulation would be unlike any before it or any that would come after.  The great tribulation is nothing more than our Day of the Lord that happens inwardly in our hearts and minds.

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

So while all orthodox Christianity has us thinking of this as something bad that happens only to those sinners over there but not to us, the truth is that the Day of the Lord is a wonderful time that is necessary for God to call the light out of the darkness and bring forth the new man, the Lord from heaven.

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

The Day No Man Knows The Time

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

The utter folly of carnal men thru the ages.  First they had no clue what this day or judgment day is all about, nor do they even have the baby milk right regarding the gospel; yet men have made a living predicting this day.  Be it Harold Camping, Tim Lahaye, 119 Ministries, and countless other carnal men,  these deceivers continue to be deceived and deceive others with this mesmerizing allure of the flesh.  Christ even warned us specifically not to follow after such men but we all will do it before we learn the truth.

Luk 21:8  And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 

The “Day of the Lord” is the day that no man knoweth, not even God’s Elect nor even Christ but only His Father.  

Mat 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

This certainly has an outward application as it relates to the resurrections of the dead in the ages to come, but these words of Christ are primarily to be applied inwardly.  All of Matthew 24 speaks to the Lord bringing judgment against our carnal mind and thereby destroying the old man, the beast within and bringing salvation.  Salvation is the process by which we are delivered from the bondage to sin resulting in our purification.   This is the time period, the AGE, in which Christ rebuilds the temple, which temple we all are!!!  This is what the Day of the Lord is really all about and this is foretold throughout Scripture once we are given eyes to see and ears to hear.

Heb 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. 

That process of delivering us from sin will never end while we are still in these bodies of flesh.  Yet like Jesus Christ we too must wait until we are perfected on our third day.  That fulfillment comes when we are resurrected in spiritual bodies if we are God’s Elect.

Luk 13:32  And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Flesh and blood has to go, the carnal mind of man cannot inherit the kingdom of God and must be destroyed.  This Day of the Lord begins the process that ends with our “perfection” when we are purified in our spiritual bodies.  For the Elect, this will be at the first resurrection and for everyone else it will be after the 2nd resurrection and their purification in the Lake of Fire.  Here are links to a couple of articles that speak to this ultimate pouring out of chastening grace in the ages to come.

http://iswasandwillbe.com/white_throne.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Fire_of_lake_of_fire.php

The Day of the Lord has a beginning but it is not just a literal day; it is the entire age (AION) the Lord has ordained for our judgment to take place and make the new vessel from the marred vessel of clay that represents all men at physical birth.  The age is part of living by every word that proceedth out of the mouth of God (Mat 4:4) and is part of the one event that comes to all men (Ecc 9:2) but the particulars of our Day of the Lord were written by God in our books before the world was even formed.

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

But this age will come to an end and the Potter would have delivered on His promises to us all.

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

Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make ALL things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Chastening Grace

Just learning what real grace does, will be a tremendous step forward in understanding spiritual things.  Grace is what chastens us, it is the same word translated “teaching” in the oft misquoted Titus 2:11.  But it is a very good thing to be chastened of the Lord.  It is this scourging of the old man that brings forth salvation.

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

Yet this is a process that takes the remainder of our life in these vessels of clay.   We can’t run one lap and then sit back and relax.

Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us

The false doctrines of Babylon do not prepare us to endure to the end when our day of the Lord begins.  We must know what is written about our lives henceforth and be prepared to count the cost.

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

1Pe 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Many will fall away and walk no more with Jesus.  Only the few chosen, the very elect will remain faithful to the end and gain the victory in this life.  It is not enough to be called and chosen, Lord willing we will be made faithful to endure to the end.

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

The Wonderful Day of the Lord

To the carnal mind the Scriptures are a contradiction.  The parables are only understood when the Lord gives us ears to hear and opens the door to receive His truth in our heavens.  This day of the Lord is a very dark day.

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

Before our day of the Lord arrives, when we are in Babylon, the true things of God, His doctrines and His Elect will be total darkness to us.  But when our judgment begins, we will begin to die, being crucified with Christ and it is this blood of the moon that will cleanse us from all sin.

Joe 2:31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 

Yet this  day of the Lord is also wonderful day for the new man as it brings salvation to those God has chosen for salvation. That of course is all men but the order of salvation has already been established by God and declared from the beginning.

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

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

1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

The truth of God’s mysteries is hidden from carnal eyes and ears and given only to those God has chosen. To everyone else these truths will be foolishness.

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.

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

The Paradox of Scripture

The carnal mind has a tough time seeing God as both light and darkness.  The positive and the negative at the same time seems like a contradiction.  We might get the Lamb and the Lion paradox, but it really extends to every word of God having two sides.  The fact of the matter is the doctrines of Christ, the true word is to the Elect the light that guides them but to the Babylonians and the Egyptians spiritually speaking, it is total great darkness.  And the WORD tells us so and it is this same cloud that separates the two groups of the CALLED from the CHOSEN.

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.

Here are some good news verses that speak of salvation coming to God’s people.  Our carnal doctrines will all take these for bad news and that only wicked people have to go thru God’s wrath on the day of the Lord.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  This is God remaking the vessel, decreases the old man, destroying the power of sin and calling light out of darkness.  It is wonderful if one can see it.

Isa 13:9  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

Isa 13:6  Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

I recall using the book of Joel to promote the false doctrines of eternal torment and justified myself as some righteous watchmen for God by misquoted these verses and blaspheming the name of the Lord and His work.  Thankfully that was in my ignorance and by mercy have been forgiven and shown the light of the truth.   This speaks of great news and the Lord bringing the man to us thru His righteous judgments.  I hope some of you are getting this.

Joe 2:1-3  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;   A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

All of the prophets speak of this mystery of how Christ is formed in His people.  These are the very same verses often used by the carnally minded, such as the old me, to falsely teach the damnable heresy of eternal hell or torment.  These all speak of the good news coming upon men;  when Christ comes to crush our pride and beastly nature to fine powder.

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

But this is all nonsense to the carnally minded.  But it will just amaze you when you do see it as it is everywhere and the plan and consistency of this is so clear.  Let’s look at a few more verses that speak to the process of judgment, called the “day of the Lord” which really are the wonderful works of God to the children of men.

It is a day of vengeance:

Blessed are we if we are given to have our judgment and give our account to God in this life.  We will have to suffer for a little while to be freed from sin.

Jer_46:10  For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.

1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Jer 50:28  The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon (God’s Elect), to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.

I am declaring to you the reader today, this vengeance of the Lord for His temple.  All men have sinned, all have defiled the temple of the Lord and the Lord will have vengeance.  But this is the mystery that no man will believe even if you declare it to them.  Only the Lord can open ears and prepare hearts to receive this truth.

The only way any man, any of us, will enter into the temple of God and have Christ in us, the hope of glory is by us living thru and thereby fulfilling the seven plagues poured out upon our carnal mind.

Rev 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. 

During this day is how we lose our life and are separated from the world.

The day of the Lord is when His sword is abiding upon our spiritual house and killing all off the land of Egypt.  Our worldly interest and desires will be changed as our heart is circumcised by the sword.  We will be separated from the multitudes that remain in Egypt and Babylon.

Eze 30:3  For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

Eze 30:4  And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down. (crushed to powder)

This passage in Zephaniah is full of symbols that tell much about this great day of the Lord.   Nothing will be spared as the Lord remakes us by this process.  All our idols, sins, false doctrines, all will be burned up in the fire that consumes the adversaries.

Zep 1:14  The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

Zep 1:15  That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

Zep 1:16  A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

Zep 1:17  And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

The Lord is serious in His refining of us in His furnace of affliction.  Nothing shall be left.  He goes on to tell us that our silver and gold, which represent our righteousness and our idols wrapped in God’s word will not be able to save us, they too will be burned by the fire of God’s jealousy.

Zep 1:18  Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

Thank God this is a relatively quick “speedy riddance” process as otherwise no flesh should be saved.    Our weak flesh could not endure this for too long but in God’s mercy, He does cut these days short.

Mat 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Before the day comes we will get serious about obedience and begin to see our sin 

Mal 4:5   Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

John the Baptist represents Elijah and is the work of God bringing to our mind the sins of the flesh and the ungodliness of how we are living our lives.  The law of Moses and the 10 commandments are used to bring conviction to our hearts and usher in the wrath of God against our old man.  But the coming of John within us, just precedes the coming of the Lord and the great and terrible day of the Lord.  No flesh or carnal mindedness is going to stand and remain, the Lord will complete His good work in us.  We will be converted and the words of Christ shall not return to Him void.

Joe_2:11  And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

The answer is NOBODY can abide in the Day of the Lord.  No flesh shall stand.  All will be changed and remade.  Repentance is not a onetime deal, it is ongoing working of the Lord in our lives in this process called the Day of the Lord. So we do begin to repent and clean ourselves up when Elijah the prophet is sent to us.  We get baptized the Babylonian way and adopt their doctrines, but this all precedes the day of our judgment.  It is Christ who comes afterword that brings the judgment and baptizes us into His death with the fire of the word working in us.

Mat 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Mat 3:12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

The Day of the Lord is Now for God’s Elect

It is almost comical when you see it fully, but all the orthodox churches speak of Christians avoiding God’s wrath.  Most now seem to believe in a secret rapture while other just think God will miraculous protect His own from literal fireballs falling from the sky.  If the reader could understand what is being said in this verse, then the seals on the book will begin to come off.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keepthose things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 

People that have been reading and “hearing” or understanding the words of the book of Revelation have been experiencing their day of the Lord for 2,000 years.  It is not some past event or some way out in the future event like the various flesh doctrines of men have taught.

One is blessed when they can read, hear and then keep; which means to live or experience the words written in the following chapters of the book of Revelation.  This means that judgment has fallen upon them and that is quite sweet.

Psa 19:9-10  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

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?

All men are proud beasts fit to be destroyed and remade in the appointed times by the Lord.  God has to show us and He does when judgment comes that we are beasts.

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.

By shining His light in our darkness, via the doctrines of Christ spoken by His Elect, we will come to see what and who we are.  This is the beginning of the Day of the Lord and the process by which salvation comes.

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:)

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

and what have we been doing all the while thinking we are serving God?  We are a beast sitting on God’s throne.

2Th 2:4  Who 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.

What is even worse, is we are deceiving others as well as ourselves speaking like the dragon but looking like a lamb.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

This man of sin is all men. It is you and me especially when we think we are good and very righteous.  We simply have not yet endured what must be endured and shown for what we really are.  Pauls was shown this and we too will be shown this in our appointed times.

Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

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.

Job 40:3-5  Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

The pride of all of us must be cut down and that is a focus of God’s judgments upon us.  We have to come to see how vile we are and our need for a Savior to deliver us from our sins and self righteousness.

Isa 2:12  For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

So the day of the Lord is a good day, one we should pray and hasten that it come quickly.

Rev 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

The coming of the Lord is not an outward event, it is an inward event, where Christ will appear to us a second time for salvation without sin.  For a blessed few, that will be in this life in the flesh as God’s Elect.  Christ will appear in the heavens and the elements will be destroyed with fire and heat of His judgments against our carnal mind.

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

We will never know the truths of the Lord’s day until we have first been living it.  Then we will hear the truth and be able to look behind us and where we have walked and with God given eyes we will see what the Lord is, was and will be doing in the lives of all men, beginning with His very Elect.  We will see Jesus Christ with Spiritual Eyes and hear His voice with Spiritual Ears.  These words below describe Jesus Christ perfectly and on that day, we will hear these words and we will begin to understand the deep things of God.

Rev 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Rev 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Rev 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Rev 1:14His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Rev 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

These words describe Christ and His Body and how they minister to the inhabitants of the earth.

Understanding the Lord’s plan and the purposes of His fiery trials and our partaking of His sufferings is needed for us to endure to the very end.  We have to know the reason behind it if we are to be found faithful.  We won’t be able to count it as joy if we are ignorant of God’s plan for us the Elect.  When God gives us a hunger and a thirst to know righteousness, He is going to fulfill that desire and bring circumstances into our live to teach us and this is how we learn it.

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.

This is what I think of now when I think about the Day of the Lord.  I pray to hasten its coming and completion of God’s good work.

Psa 107:8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

So I hope this has helped some to understand this topic and to know what may lie ahead if this things have not yet fallen upon you.  Your focus should be in the mirror and inwardly as that is where Christ does His work in the hearts and minds of men.  Only a few will be taught of God the truth of His word and these will be dragged out of Babylon as part of the process of judgment.  Christ will come to us as a thief in the night to begin His good work in us.  May you be found watching.

1Th_5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Mat 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

The days is coming.  Wait for it then stand in this day knowing what the Lord is doing in His saints.  The man will be formed and repentance will be granted to all men and all Israel shall be saved in the end.

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

Sincere questions or comments can be sent to peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your brother in Christ speaking of the wonderful works of God to the children of men,

Pete

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God’s Sovereignty vs Man’s Free Will

Pro 19:21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

The will of Almighty God gets done and it depends not one iota on the will of any man.  This is truly what real faith is all about and the Lord must give it to us and open our hearts to understand it.  I have been shown and have been tracking this wonderful, yoke removing truth,  that God is in control of all things that happen on this earth and in the lives of all.  I share this with joy for those with ears to hear.

Isaiah 65:1-2  I was sought by those who did not ask for Me, I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ To a nation that was not called by My name.  I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, According to their own thoughts

God makes people seek Him.  He reveals Himself to those who did not make a mental decision (ie a carnal one) to seek Him.  God does all the calling, choosing and literally dragging of people to Him.  That is the mystery and seeming paradox these verses from Isaiah declare.  But the truth that all things are of God is much bigger than just that simple truth.   This blog has covered many times of late the fact that nobody decides to save themselves by choosing God.  God alone is in control of salvation and to whom and when it comes.  It will come to all men ultimately that is the promise and the foundation of the GOOD NEWS.  Knowing this wonderful truth will give you freedom you cannot describe to those that cannot hear the words of Christ.    I have been seeking and seeing an almost equally amazing truth with my new spiritual eyes.  This truth is that God is absolutely sovereign over His creation.

To see truth in Scripture, we must take the sum of thy word (Psalm 119:160).  We will see in this post that while we do have thoughts, those thoughts are given to us by God and their interpretation and how we respond to them is also all the work of God.  This statement and thought I am sure will get many spinning already.   But stay with me on this,  it is a powerful truth to see.  This post is long and will show many verses, such as this one from Paul’s Mars Hill speech that speak to God working all things as HE determined beforehand.

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

Man does not go anywhere or do anything not already written and declared from the beginning.  Coming to know the profound truth of God’s sovereignty is what will bring deep peace and remove the yoke and heavy burden all men carry without true knowledge of God.  One will know what I speak of when they come to see that nothing happens, and I mean nothing on this earth or in your life that the Lord has not ordained to happen.  It was all written and determined beforehand.  That is how powerful our God is that we will always put into a box and limit in our carnal minds.  Knowing this is the means of entering into the Sabbath rest that remains for the people of God and ceasing from our own works.

Hebrews 4:9-10 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

God willing, I will share some things He has shown me in that regard but let’s focus here to understand that man has no free will and that ever decision, word, step, action, event that happens in our lives is from the Lord.  There is not much of a particular order of the verses we will now review in this post.  The common theme in all the verses is that they declare the sovereignty of God and gives God the credit and the glory for all things that happen.

This certainly includes salvation, ultimately for all men;  but it also includes choosing His Elect now, deceiving us, giving us eyes to see, making us deaf and dumb spiritually; you name it; it all belongs to the Lord.  This truth of God’s sovereignty destroys the false belief that man has any free will in this life.  Carnal minds and flesh will  never want to accept this nor can they even receive this truth as Romans 8:7 states.  All men are born blind to this truth as we will see just shortly in this post.  God’s total and complete sovereignty must be revealed to us in the Lord’s appointed time.   Not only is man born totally spiritually blind, and will be hostile to this word of truth,  men will scoff at and despise at the mere suggestion we have no free will.  Those that teach the truth will be reviled and labelled as heretics and blasphemers.  Yet we will be in good company following the footsteps of the Lord and the Apostles and bearing the hatred and accusations they endured and indeed all true disciples endure.

Quoting from Habakkuk 1, the Apostle Paul spoke to the Jews (the self righteous, free will crowd) of his day declaring this mystery and the unbelief that would veil HIS mighty working from the multitudes that walk after the flesh.

ACTS 13:41 Behold, you despisers,
Marvel and perish!
For I work a work in your days,
A work which you will by no means believe,
Though one were to declare it to you.’

The things spoken of thru the prophets are the total sovereignty of God and Him working all things for the greater good of the chosen few who love Him now.  All is indeed being worked pursuant to God’s will, not even birds fall from the sky outside of that will.  This is what the carnal mind will not believe even if it is declared to them. I have gotten a baptism by fire in learning this rejection in recent months since I was healed and my appointed day of  believing this gospel arrived.  I have learned the utter folly or arguing and striving, contending and wrangling over these deep truths of God.  The blind cannot see.  The deaf cannot hear.  The free will doctrine is a form of self righteousness and a real idol of the heart.  It is pretty simple.  God simply lets men live within this deception until their appointed day of the Lord arrives.

Ezekiel 14:4 Thus says the Lord God: “Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the Lord will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols

Only God Reveals His Truths and WORD

Man does not study himself smart on the truths or mysteries of God.  If you had one take away from reading the Bible and the stories about the Pharisees and Sadducee’s and religious folks,  it should that man is incapable of discovering the truth on his own.  All revelation is given by God period.  The reverse is also true; all deception is ordained and given by God.  All things are of God.

MAT 13:11 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.

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.

So God will get all the glory, even for anyone knowing the truth of the mysteries of the Kingdom.  Like faith, knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom are all good gifts coming down from the Father.  Speaking to His disciples, and not speaking to the world, ONLY THE CHOSEN FEW, Jesus says this.

Matthew 11:25,27 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. …. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

How clear is this?  We see the same story with some additional detail over in Luke. What a blessing to be given ears to hear.

Luke 10:2324 Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.

The kings and the prophets are all of those in the world that are called of God and are seeking the mysteries of the kingdom. What many seek they do not find because they have not been chosen.

God hides things from the wise and prudent and reveals these mysteries only unto His babes.  Even the knowledge of God, and of the Son is subject to this universal truth.  All things are of God.  The Apostle John reinforces this and directly stated that believing this gospel, having true faith in Christ and what Jesus has done thru the Father,  that very faith is only revealed by God.  The rest are blinded, every last one of them.  They can’t believe even if they try.

John 12:39-40Lord, who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

39 Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:

40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, (GOD DOES IT)
Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.”

The truth and the mysteries of the kingdom of God are revealed only to whom God chooses. Everyone else is blind and knows not what they are doing when they persecute the true disciples of God and by extension Christ Himself.  Lest anyone thinks, this truth of revelation of the mysteries is just contained in the gospel accounts; I will leave this subtopic with one verse (of scores) from the Epistles of the Apostles.

Romans 11:7  What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded.  Just as it is written:

“God has given them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes that they should not see
and ears that they should not hear,
to this very day.”

This topic of the sovereignty of God is so big and so important it transcends into virtually every possible topic of doctrine.  This is the giant log that is in the world’s eyes which only God can remove so they can see. 

ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD

Now we can begin to accept and have the walls of our carnal understanding torn down by the fire of God’s Word.  Perhaps some can now begin to embrace that God works ALL THINGS that happen.

 Ephesians 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:

2 COR 5:18  Now ALL THINGS are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ

All things truly means all things.  No exclusions and most certainly the free will of man.  God is the causation of all things.  He works in us to will and to way.  I am trying to keep this short but I wanted quickly make the point that the accusation is typically made by carnal minds that men are not robots.  I agree totally but want the carnal mind is slow and hard of hearing, and limits God always, is that God causes all events and circumstances to happen so we make the choice that we make.  We are clay and He is the potter.  There are tons of stories of events that could be cited here that foretell this macro truth.  God influences circumstances to bring about the decisions He has ordained for men to be making.  God even sends evil spirits to people to entice them into evil deeds, even murder.

1 SAM 19:9  And the evil spirit from the Lord was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.  And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin

1 Kings 22:20-21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. 22 And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he (GOD) said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.

Ezekiel 14:9  And if the prophet is induced to speak anything, I the Lord have induced that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand against him and destroy him from among My people Israel.

This is strong meat yet we will come to know that God control all things, even evil spirits that He created.  But let’s also consider some very simple things from life.    A simple example using food or drink shall suffice.  Some people like Coke, others don’t.  These are choices they make.  But those choices come from their body’s response and specifically their taste buds.  Guess who made the taste buds?  GOD.  We all are unique creations.  But extend this over simplified fact into every decision you make, and maybe, if God permits you can begin to see that all things truly are of God.  There is freedom that comes from this understanding plus the fear of God, knowing this unimaginable power.  But back to the simple Scriptures that declare how and why things happen.

Phil 2:13  for IT IS GOD who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure

2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and CALLED US with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to HIS OWN PURPOSE and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began

It is not about what we do, it is all about what God does.  The deeper we dig, the broader the scope of God’s sovereignty becomes if we have been given eyes to see and ears to hear.  Here is a verse that shows that every one of our days has already been predetermined.

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.

This is not just speaking to how long we live in this body; it is speaking to everything that happens on every one of those days.  This was all determined and purposed by God, when there were no days, which means before the world began.  That is a powerful God my friends.  The very day we were appointed to come to faith, die, get married, graduate from school,  have a child,  all such days have already been determined.  We now must just live those days as man will live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Men will look at Scripture like this that say our days are already determined, acknowledge  it and then in their next breadth claim that we have control over how long we live based on our lifestyle.

JOB 14:5 Since his days are determined, the number of his months is with You; And his limits You have set so that he cannot pass

By all means we reap what we sow, but you see God is so powerful, He already knows what we will sow and what and when we shall reap.  God is causing all this reaping and sowing.  All things are of God!

JOB 38:8-11 Or who shut in the sea with doors,
When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
9 When I made the clouds its garment,
And thick darkness its swaddling band;
10 When I fixed My limit for it,
And set bars and doors;
11 When I said,
‘This far you may come, but no farther,
And here your proud waves must stop!’

This is not speaking of the ocean; it is speaking of man and the limits of his supposed free will.  God has set the boundaries and our self righteous carnal mind can only go so far.  He is in absolute control.  Such peace to come to believe this truth, which as we have seen is indeed a gift.

In my former ignorance I blamed the Jews and held hatred secretly in my heart for their claim of special privilege with God and because I believed they on their own choice, rejected Christ and had Him crucified.  They did no such thing.  They did exactly what the Father had predetermined they would do on the exact day and time He has written before the world began.  Peter explained in his early sermons.

ACTS 4:27-28For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.

ACTS 2:22-23  “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death

The lamb was slain before the foundation of the world.  Every sin and every wicked deed was known in advance by God and He was totally prepared and spoke His plan from the beginning.  It shall come to pass exactly as He declared it.  No man will have any effect on the will of Almighty God.  Jesus knew the power of His Father and that He truly did nothing on His own initiative.  All was of God.

 Luke 22:2122 But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table. 22 And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!

The Lord Directs Our Steps

The free will belief that dominates orthodox Christianity is truly an idol of the heart.  Many will agree that birds don’t fall from the sky outside of the Father’s will, but yet will stubbornly cling to their false doctrine of free will.  It truly is a giant log that is solidly entrenched in the spiritual eyes of the religious crowd that I have been pulled out of in God’s mercy.  His power extends to our very thoughts.

AMOS 4:13 For behold, He who forms mountains, And creates the wind, who declares to man what his thought is

Psalm 149:49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope

WOW.  The Lord even gives us thoughts.  Hope is a thought and even that is from God.  Do you see it?  That is an all powerful God.  Yet God also gives us evil thoughts.  We saw earlier that God put it into Saul to murder David (1 Sam 19:9-10).  All such evil plans are given to men by God and the agents He has delegated this assignment (evil spirits).

Ezek 38:10 Thus says the Lord God: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan:

So as the truth and the breadth and depth of the richness of God and His hands over ALL THINGS, becomes clear, we can now hopefully begin to see the deep truths of Scriptures such as Proverbs 16.  The Lord is doing it all, every word, every step, both good and evil.

 Proverbs 16:1 The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

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

When God turns on the light, the truth pours out like a flood.

Prov 20:24  A man’s steps are of the Lord; How then can a man understand his own way?

Prov 21:1  The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; (GOD) He turns it wherever He wishes.

Jeremiah 10:23 O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps

Psalm 37:23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.

Psalm 40:6  Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened.

This has become a powerful Scripture to me now.  The ability to not only hear, but also to speak the truth and the things of God is all given to us by God.  He is the potter, we mere pieces of clay.

Exodus 4:11 So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

God is Responsible for Good and Evil

When we understand that God created all things and is the cause behind all things,  then we will begin to understand the vastness of God.  I don’t think it is possible for us to truly contemplate the vastness of the things of God.  It is a misunderstanding of carnal men, not given knowledge of the truth that is quick to give God credit for good things and blame anyone else, be it the devil or men themselves for evil things.  But that is just carnal logic.

Amos 3:6  Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?

LAM 3:37-38  Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not? 38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

Of course these things are all from God.  ALL THINGS are from GOD.

While men will give account for what they did, either good or evil, God will remain responsible for all of it.  He is the creator and the causation of ALL THINGS.  We see that God gets credit for both our obedience and our disobedience if you search the Scriptures and have eyes to see.  Please don’t accuse me of saying let’s go sin so grace may abound.  We’ve covered that of late in the comments.

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

Praise God for this new covenant promise.  He is our righteousness and the cause of it all and to HIM will go all the glory for any of our good deeds.  But look also.

ISA 63:17 O Lord, why have You made us stray from Your ways, And hardened our heart from Your fear?

Man has simply put Almighty God in a box with his carnal minded limitations.  God does it all.  He causes all things to happen.

JOB 2:10  But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

I like JOB am not sinning by giving God the credit and responsibility for ALL THINGS, even wicked things.  But foolish men with their hearts still darkened by the will of God, will never ever see it.

Proverbs 16:4  The Lord has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.

In fact,  God made the destroyer. He created evil including Satan, who was a murderer from the beginning, not some good little angel that rebelled against God.  Tearing down that false doctrine of Babylon will have to wait, this is a long enough post as it is.

ISA 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things

We see great evil done by Joseph’s brother in selling him into slavery to get rid of him and satisfy their wicked jealousy in their hearts.  Yet all the while they thought in their carnal minds, they did the evil,  we are told clearly in a couple of places that it was not them, it was God that did it.  Here is one such place and the whole story is told in Genesis Chapters 37-50.

Gen 50:29-20 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

JOB 12:14-16  If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt;
If He imprisons a man, there can be no release.
15 If He withholds the waters, they dry up;
If He sends them out, they overwhelm the earth.
16 With Him are strength and prudence.
The deceived and the deceiver are His.

God does work all things for the greater good of those that love Him.  Even working evil and raising up deceivers and letting people get deceived.  This is what carnal minds will not believe but those with ears to hear no differently and will give GOD ALL THE CREDIT.

2 Thess 2:11  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

ISA 65:4  I (GOD) also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them

God does it.  God sends the strong delusion to work HIS WILL.  He even made a devil and created a destroyer to destroy.  That is a good God once we understand these things.

ISA 54:16-17  “Behold, I have created the blacksmith
Who blows the coals in the fire,
Who brings forth an instrument for his work;
And I have created the spoiler to destroy.
17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”

I believe this Scripture and know that my righteousness only comes from God.  My own righteousness is truly as filthy rags as Isaiah says elsewhere.  Without His garments of salvation I would be like all men, naked and in my sins, the same way Adam and Eve came into this world.  God’s ways are not our ways that is for sure.

God calls the chosen few out of their slumber in the middle of the night (spiritual darkness) and opens their ears to hear.  This is the beginning of our path of discipleship, we are withdrawn from this world, made aliens to it, by HIS choice and HIS power, so we will do HIS will.

 Job 33:15-17

In a dream, in a vision of the night,

when deep sleep falleth upon men,

in slumberings upon the bed;

16 Then he openeth the ears of men,

and sealeth their instruction,

17 That he may withdraw man from HIS purpose, and hide pride from man.

As clay in the hands of the Potter, we are put to sleep in spiritual darkness by His power.  In our appointed time, He awakens us to His righteousness and opens our ears and seals our instructions by the Holy Spirit.  This lake of fire experience to the chosen few,  will chop down and hide the pride of man, that self righteous, free will believing carnal man that we once were.  This is the glorious truth that is revealed unto babes.

The Elect of God, the Chosen Few, HIS PEOPLE

Psalm 3:8  Salvation belongs to the Lord.  Your blessing is upon Your people

We  saw above that God makes wicked people and of course He makes good people.  He makes ALL THINGS as this post is proving from the Scriptures.  We are all the work of His hands.

ISA 64:8  But now, O Lord,
You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand

Yet the Scriptures also tells us of God’s plans for His Elect, the chosen few that He saves in each generation and sends forth to preach His true gospel.  A tremendous revelation to come to know this and you will only know it if you are so blessed a chosen vessel of God.  Lest anyone thinks we boast, no we do not,  such an election is all unmerited and was determined by God before the world began.  Like faith, this is all a gift.  Here are some “election” verses that speak to God’s purposes and plans for these few people, which collectively are the BODY of CHRIST, the BRIDE and the true church.

Romans 8:28-30  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

I used to foolishly argue this predestination spoke corporately to all of those that would choose to accept Christ in this life.  Oh how dark are the carnal reasoning of mere men.  God must show you this and when He does, you will know it came from Him as a gift.  You will not be taking credit for figuring it out.

Eph 1:3-5  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will

Salvation is all by grace and God’s choosing.  In each of our generations,  God is only choosing a few to save and a few to bring His righteous judgments upon.  Their day of doom and fiery trials in the lake of fire will be now. 

1 Peter 1:9-10  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

2 TIM 2:10  So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen

As we saw, those not given the truth by God’s choice are blinded.  They cannot hear the words of Jesus because they have not yet been chosen.  Jesus only speaks to His Elect and they are His sheep and the only ones that hear His voice.  This pisses of the carnal minded ones called but still in darkness.  It used to piss me off and I have been on the receiving end of this dynamic the past few months.  But truth is truth and I write this for those that have ears to hear.

John 13:18  I am not saying these things to all of you; I know the ones I have chosen

John 15:16  You didn’t choose me. I chose you.

Disciples don’t choose to be disciples. Man has no free will to choose God.  Even the process of being born again, which comes to all disciples, is clearly the work of God yet carnal minds will continue to argue the clear Scriptures.

John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,  who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God

All that come to God do not come willingly by their own will.  God drags them kicking and screaming in their flesh wondering what the heck is going on with me.  Been there done that!

John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me DRAGS (draws) him

John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me

ALL CHOSEN DISCIPLES WILL COME.  None shall be lost, except Judas so the Scriptures could be fulfilled.

Romans 3:10-12 There is none righteous, not even one;  There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.”

Isaiah 64:7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

We truly are clay.  We have no free will to do anything, much less choose God.  These Scriptures are perfectly clear on this immutable truth and as you can see, there is a plethora of them, it is not possible to build a doctrine on a single corrupting of Scriptures.  God’s absolute sovereignty and man’s lack of free will is not a doctrine, it is a pillar of truth upon which the entire gospel stands.  If one does not believe this, they have another gospel and a different Jesus than the one true living God.  There is no “you choosing” in any of this.

Romans 9:15-16 – For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.

We don’t even “decide” to love God.  That too is given to us.

Romans 5:5  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us

If someone has read this far and if God’s willed it,  it should be getting clearer the truth of this Scripture.

2 COR 5:18  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

We are His chosen vessels made in this marred lump of clay.  But God is doing a mighty work in His Elect and the power working thru us, is not us but is all God.

2 Cor 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

 God’s Thoughts and Ways

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

What we read in the Bible with carnal eyes about judgment and wrath and destruction lead us to a false image of God.  I wanted to just touch on these seemingly “horrible” things to prod those breaking loose from Babylon with some deeper thought.

The righteous judgments of God are a wonderful mystery, hidden from the eyes of the world.  Such judgments are the very acts of God,  the very tribulations all so blessed and chosen by God, that we will all endure in our appointed time.

Psalm 19:9-11 The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

God is good and is working all things for all of us to accomplish that for all men.  It will happen in the appointed times, in the ages to come.  Yet carnal minds will not trust in God nor understand His ways.

Psalm 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous

This verse will confuse those who see judgment as a bad thing and believe in this eternal hell doctrine that has orthodox Christianity bound in spiritual darkness.  It is good to stand in the judgment seat.  That is the only way one can be destroyed and surely die as a child of the devil.  God willing, I hope to share more of these mysteries when He leads me to share.  God rains down judgment on His House, His very Elect.  Every son He receives He scourges.  When will man begin to understand these mysteries?  Only when God reveals it to us.

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

Scourging is not good but it for our good in the end.  It is how the man that shall surely dies does die.  I am still amazed daily at the strong delusion that holds the multitudes in darkness and veils this glorious gospel.  It gives stronger credence to this well know verse.

ISA 55:8  For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

God’s ways including making us into new creations in a two step process.  God will use blessings and curses, anger, judgment, wrath, love, all of these things to bring about His good and perfect will in due season.  This is what true believers will come to trust and not in the strength of their flesh.  If you know how it all turns out, this blessed hope of salvation for all men,  then  the life you live now will no longer be lived for yourself but for Him who died and then rose again on your behalf.

JER 29:10-11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

Zechariah 1:7  Just as the Lord of hosts determined to do to us, According to our ways and according to our deeds, so He has dealt with us.

Here is another one of the “destruction” verses that carnal man thinks speaks of as evil but really speaks of salvation for all.  You Shall Surely Die and this death of the child of devil that we all are born is truly an awesome thing, more desirable than gold.

ISA 14:24-25 The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying,
“Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass,
And as I have purposed, so it shall stand:
25 That I will break the Assyrian in My land,
And on My mountains tread him underfoot.
Then his yoke shall be removed from them,
And his burden removed from their shoulders

Hallelujah!  Our heavy burden and difficult yoke, will be removed from us in due time.  When God chooses and performs the work in each of us as already declared,  it shall come to pass.

I have said in comments that I have a new Bible.  While I do have a new Bible physically and literally, I have a new Bible primarily in that the words, that are all spirit and all life are now coming alive and confirming the wonderful plan God has for man.  I used to read passages like this from Lamentation and be sad because it about people being destroyed and going to an eternal hell.  But this was the work of God, destroying the carnal man, the child of the devil, which is HIS work and the work that will precede the new birth of the spiritual man that follows the earthy man (1 COR 15).

LAM 2:8  The Lord has purposed to destroy
The wall of the daughter of Zion.
He has stretched out a line;
He has not withdrawn His hand from destroying;
Therefore He has caused the rampart and wall to lament;
They languished together.

God’s True Witnesses

The only people that will actually believe the true gospel are those chosen by God to believe.  These will be the chosen few Elect that will preach this true gospel with much opposition from the religious crowd.

ACTS 13:48   When the Gentiles heard this, they were very glad and thanked the Lord for his message; and all who were chosen for eternal life became believers.

Psalm 4:3  But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly

ACTS 2:47  And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved

The Father working through Jesus does indeed build His Church on His timing and in His way.  Man does not build it by their free will.

MAT 16:18  I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it

The religious crowd, of which I was an active participant in for many years, is called but not yet chosen.  I have learned to quit judging them knowing that they know not what they are doing, just as I did not know in my former ignorance.  But we just this gospel and let God deal with is as He indeed is over all His work.

ISA 43:10 “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen

After the resurrection of Christ,  He only appeared to those God had chosen in advance for Him to appear to.  It works the same way today my friends.

ACTS 10:41  Then God allowed him to appear, 41 not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses.

In our appointed day,  the Lord will reveal Himself to us and if you are so blessed, your life will never be the same. The power of God is more than radical and will turn upside down, the life we once knew in the flesh.  The Jesus we once knew in the flesh, we will know no more.

2 COR 5:16-17    Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

I apologize for continuing to pile on these verses, but I wanted to put in one place many of those I have found.  This teaching is a huge part of bringing people out of spiritual darkness and God will use this somehow, someway to help somebody.  Paul was taught by revelation of Christ as all men are taught.  He certainly was not boasting.

GAL 1:15 But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace.

I now know, that this is what happened to me.  It explains many things as I have lived a similar experience to what Paul did as will all of the chosen of God.  We will persecute the true church before we ourselves are rescued by the mercy of God.

Col 3:12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience

I was one of the best or the worst offenders at rationalizing away the grace of God and promoting man’s self righteousness as the way of salvation.  But here is  Scripture that I now understand its power of destroying all such carnal reasoning.

Romans 11:5Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

Isaiah 65:9  I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, My elect shall inherit it, and My servants shall dwell there

I will end this post for now although it remains a work in process as God shows me more Scriptures that reveal and proclaim the mystery of His Sovereignty over all His works.  Our Father has put all things that are of God, which are all things, under the rulership of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Psalm 8:6  You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet

Jesus lamented over the rejection of Him by His people.  He was obedient to the Father and wish they could have known who He was.  But it was not written, it was not the Father’s plan to do it that way.  They were blinded as we saw earlier but this was for good as God used it to show mercy and ultimately mercy shall come to all men.

LUKE 19:41-42  Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

It is God’s will that all men come to repentance and be saved.   In the end, God gets His will.  It has already been written and this is the main point of this glorious gospel.  I do hope you will believe this good news and come to find the freedom and peace that it will bring.

1 TIM 4:10  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.

When you come to understand that all things of our God.  You will be set free from the things that weigh down others in the dissipation’s of the world.

Sincere comments and emails welcome here or at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your brother in Christ,  PETE

related articles that speak to the lie of man having free will can be found here:

http://truthinscripture.com/2014/09/22/who-is-responsible-for-evil/

http://truthinscripture.com/2015/03/10/why-god-gave-commandments-without-free-will/

http://truthinscripture.com/2013/07/23/the-whosoever-will-gospel-of-faith/

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The Precious Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT IS FAITH

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

faith,

noun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The New Birth

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

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

Praise God. We truly are in His Holy Hands.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those With Faith Profess Jesus As Lord

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As it is written:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fighting the Good Fight of Faith

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

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

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

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

John 5:30  I can of Myself do nothing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Armor of God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And take the helmet of salvation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love to all the Saints.