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Knowing No Man After the Flesh

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Knowing No Man After the Flesh

All mankind whether in the faith or not makes many judgments every single day.  We do this every time we respond, think and act to the various stimuli (all things) the Lord is working in our lives.  Decision making is judgment making and the Lord is working all of it, even declaring to us our very thoughts (Amo 4:13) even giving us the words we speak (Pro 16:1).  That is just how powerful our sovereign Lord truly is that the world and all in unbelief know not.

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

 Php 2:13  For it is God [it is NOT YOU] which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

It those few given to know these truths, by coming through the fire that our first learning to trust in the Lord.  Once the Lord starts this work in us, we grow in our understanding that the Lord is working all things and has predestinated our entire lives (Psa 139:16) declaring the end from the very beginning (Isa 46:10).

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

The title of this study comes from this well-known Scripture that tells of the complete paradigm shift those of the household of faith are to exhibit in conducting ourselves in these clay vessels.

2Co 5:16  Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 

What does “know no man or Christ after the flesh” really mean from a spiritual and practical significance?  We hope to explore the answer more thoroughly in this article.

The very next verse helps zero in on what knowing no man after the flesh is all about. Those that “know no man after the flesh” are those in Christ (in the true faith in the His Body of true believers) that are striving to be like the Lord and following His example.

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

The precious few given the Spirit of Christ and dragged to His Body (Joh 6:44) are those given the gift, a measure of Christ’s faith, and who are now walking differently as compared to their former selves and the entire carnal world.

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 

We don’t even know ourselves anymore in the flesh when we walk as the new man. Faith has us no longer condemning ourselves for the things the Lord has wrought in our life.

The short answer of what it means to “know no man after the flesh” is to walk by faith and not by sight (using our carnal physical senses).

Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 

2Co 5:7  For we walk by faith, not by sight [physical/carnal senses]

Simply put, those “being justified “ (saved, delivered, judged, etc) by the process; are doing it BY FAITH.

Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

With the root of faith established, we thereby grow through the many trials the Lord brings that is continuing to teach us how to see things from God’s eyes.

Col 2:6  As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

Col 2:7  rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught [in and by judgment – Isa 26:9], abounding in it with thanksgiving.

God is not a respecter of people

Contrary to many trapped by the letter and not seeing the Spirit in all Scripture, the Lord is not a respecter of personsAll men are viewed the same and given the same judgments and the same rewards, there is NO DIFFERENCE except the timing of when we seek Him.

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

The punishments and the reward, the entire process is ONE process that comes alike to all men (Ecc 9:2) in the times appointed.

Col 3:24  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 

Col 3:25  But he that doeth wrong [we all do wrong before we are taught and caused to do right] shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. 

Rom 2:9  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 

Rom 2:10  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 

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

The Lord is no hypocrite.  Our commands are to do what He does and follow His example in how we are to judge all things.  Here is what He does.

Joh 8:15  Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. 

Joh 8:16  And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. 

How to do we make these judgments every day to the many stimuli in our lives yet follow Christ and judge no man?  We do it by walking by faith according to the Word rather than the wisdom and logic of the carnal world.  Judging by the Spirit is how it can be said we judge no man and even that we “know no man after the flesh”.  The Word of God is what judges every man but even that only in the appointed times, the last days, the end of the carnal age for every man.

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

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

We judge each another today by the words of fire we speak, share and meditate on.  But we ourselves are judged not by a man but by the living Word, Christ in us and spoken by His Body. This is how the fire spreads among us and will, in turn, spread to all mankind in the “will be” fulfillment of the Lake of Fire.  This is how we attain the mind of Christ being raised from the spiritually dead [the carnally minded].

1Co 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 

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

It is Christ, the living Word within us that is doing the judging.  It is the authority of Christ within us, the Word, which we are to follow in conducting ourselves and judging righteous judgment rather than judging in the flesh.

Joh 7:24  Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.

With regarding to knowing men and how we are to make those judgments; we are to judge the fruit and the Spirit in the man rather than their appearances.

1Sa 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 

Far too often we are impatient and judge hastily based on appearances, [in the flesh] having respect of persons which is contrary to the commands of the Lord in the Old Testament.  The Lord changes not!

 Lev 19:15  Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour

Pro 24:23  These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. 

Also in the Old Testament, Scriptures about balances and weights refer to much more than our just our honesty in handling money [spiritual knowledge is also money or riches].  These OT symbols on measures ultimately speak to our faithfulness to the Lord and how we judge all matters of life (1Co 6:3).

Diversity in our judgment, playing favorites or being partial is using diverse weights and measures. That is what a carnal mind does in justifying things in the flesh.

Pro 20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are an abomination to the LORD.

It is the mature man of Christ who has learned to measure all things by the Word of God which is how we can discern good from evil.

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

James calls out the church (you and me) who in our immaturity continue to show respect of persons, knowing men after the flesh.

Jas 2:1  (NKJV) My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality [respect of persons]

Whatever is not of faith is sin and including our having respect of persons and judging according to the flesh.  James continues to give a seeming outward physical example yet remember “my words are spirit” and all of these words are signified.

Jas 2:2  (NKJV) For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, 

Jas 2:3  and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” 

Jas 2:4  have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges [of men in the flesh] with evil thoughts? …..

Jas 2:8  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you do well; 

Jas 2:9  but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 

Knowing men after the flesh is judging men in the flesh and is contrary to faith.  This puts us right back under the law for the lawless and in bondage to the carnal mind and its accusing and or excusing thoughts (Rom 2:14-15) about men.

Every Man is Jesus Christ

Knowing no man after the flesh includes us coming to see that EVERY MAN is Jesus Christ who is both the first adam and the last adam in every man.

1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 

Rev 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 

With the mind of Christ, we are able to look at every man and see them as Jesus Christ.  It is coming to see and live this truth that defines our maturity.

Mat 25:40  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 

Judging in the flesh has us knowing men in the flesh rather than the Spirit.  We no longer know Christ in the flesh and now we begin to see Him in every man regardless of where anyone may be in the faith or the road to maturity.

Gen 1:27  So God created [is creating] man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 

Knowing that Christ is every man and that men are truly clay in His hands, we will look at some natural behaviors and reactions of our flesh, so we can be on guard within ourselves and within the brethren to help one another.

Favorites:  We need to be aware the Lord will use our preferences for people to try our faith and to teach us righteousness showing us the partiality that lies hidden in our hearts.  Having such preferences itself is not sin, it is only when we apply a different plumbline and let those carnal desires interfere with being Christ UNIFORMLY to all men.

1Ti 5:21  I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality

In the end, all will be in Christ and in Christ we are told ….

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

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 

Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 

The Body of Christ (All men in the end) comes from all nations, tribes and tongues there being no respect of any person, creed, race or nation by the Lord.

Rev 7:9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Deu 10:17  For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: 

Preeminence:  The Lord shares His glory with no flesh and we are told often to be on guard the spirit of preeminence.  This is the same as a Nicolaitan spirit which is also a homosexual spirit where one man has dominion over another.  Being like our Lord will have us hating this Spirit any place we see it.

Rev 2:6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 

We all battle this spirit within ourselves and we have seen it in others who seek adulation from men even do many good works and using that for carnal gain.

Mat 23:5  But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 

Mat 23:6  And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 

Mat 23:7  And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

The Lord has established offices in the Body of Christ (Eph 4:11-12) for the edification of the church who bring only what the Lord has given them (1Co 4:7) to bring. Everything is to be done for the Lord’s glory in all things.

Col 1:18  And he [the Lord] is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 

Angel Worship:  Carnal minds naturally are drawn to give thanks and praise to those who bring favor to them.  It is right to give thanks and acknowledgment to those the Lord uses to bless us.  Yet we are denying the sovereign Lord when we go to far and bow before men who have done for us what was their reasonable service.  Twice we have the example of John being rebuked for bowing before his fellow servant who revealed the mysteries of Christ.

Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 

Rev 22:8  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 

Rev 22:9  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God

Recipients of such worship love their brother or sister and put them right turning the praise and worship back to God.  To Him alone goes all praise and glory and honor.

Rev 4:9  And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 

Rev 4:10  The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 

Rev 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. 

We are going to be tried over and over again by the Lord to burn all partiality in judgment from our heavens and earth.  We are getting to the place where we only say or do what we see our Lord doing.  That is the mature man in Christ who lives by faith and is obedient to the commandments.

Joh 5:19  Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son [you and me Lord willing] also does in like manner. 

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Micah Part 19 – Wicked Scales and Deceitful Weights

“Wicked Scales and Deceitful Weights”

Key Verses:  Micah 6:10 – 6:16

The setting here is still judgment living in the Day of the Lord now in this age if we are God’s Elect and in the age to come when all men and flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord (Luk 3:6).  With spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear we are now seeing the true doctrines and the real Jesus Christ and we are now hearing the Word in our heavens which is the rod that corrects us.  We truly are learning righteousness (Isa 26:9) and beginning to understand the Lord’s purposes and strange ways.

Mic 6:9 The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name (Doctrines, The Body): hear ye the rod (The Word), and who hath appointed it.

The last study focused mainly on verse 8 and the three things the Lord shows us He requires in our worship of Him.

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

Here are the last seven verses to complete Chapter 6.

Mic 6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

Mic 6:11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

Mic 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

Mic 6:13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

Mic 6:14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.

Mic 6:15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

Mic 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

Our obedience to what the Lord requires, comes about when light (truth, the Word) is shined into the hidden darkness and onto the deceitfulness of sin that still lies in our hearts (Luk 8:17, Luk 12:2). Until His work is finished in us and it won’t be until we shed these clay vessels, the Lord has something against us.  The process of judgment and our moving onto a mature man, a perfect man in Christ are one in the same process.  That is the reason the Lord gives us a Body and fills the functions of the church and ministries.

Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

The angels (Elect of God) speak the Word and as the lights unto this world, shine the light on what yet needs work in our walk. Progress towards maturity is being made yet we need to become more diligent in our walk of faith.  The washing of one another’s feet is an important parable of the need for the Body to keep us on the narrow road (Joh 13:14).

Rev 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

Rev 2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Jezebel is most famous for corrupting her husband King Ahab and leading Israel further into fornication with the world and worship of the gods of Baal which are no gods at all but merely lies and false doctrines of the world.

Spiritual adultery and fornication are the works of the flesh (Gal 5:19) and is the outcome of Israel’s failure to come out and be separate (2Co 6:6). True doctrine (our food) is corrupted when we mingle strange fire (the 200 million lies of Rev 9:16) with the Lord’s truths. Inevitably compromises are made, leaven creeps in and one is led astray into spiritual adultery and fornication.  It is what Balaam did in causing Israel to sin (Rev 2:14) and it is what Jezebel did in causing King Ahab and Israel to depart from the living God.  Flattery and smooth talk of the rebellious woman will seduce us away from the truth (doctrine) and into spiritual adultery.

Pro 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

In order to burn this adultery and fornication out of us, The Lord will put His people, the adulterers and adulteresses of James 4:4 into great tribulation to bring us to repentance.

Let’s now look at these individual verses at a deeper level.

Mic 6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

Mic 6:11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances [h3976], and with the bag of deceitful weights [H68]?

Balances and weights refer to much more than our just our honesty in buying and selling things or handling money.  These symbols ultimately speak to our faithfulness to the Lord and how we judge all matters of life.

We weigh things on balances and in the spirit this is discerning between the good and the evil. The word for balances [H3976] comes from the root word which means to give ear, to hearken, to perceive.

H238 – ‘âzan, aw-zan’

A primitive root; probably to expand; but used only as a denominative from H241; to broaden out the ear (with the hand), that is, (by implication) to listen: – give (perceive by the) ear, hear (-ken). See H239.

Here is a pivotal verse in the OT showing us the application of hearkening to the voice of the Lord which requires us to weigh things on spiritual scales.

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken [H238] to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Giving ear or hearkening to the voice of the Lord requires making judgments based on what the Word says and not based on the wisdom of the world.  A spiritual man judges all things and as we mature we must learn to do this well according to the Ttruth.

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Mal 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

The word translated as weights [H68] her in Micah 6 is the same word much more often translated as stones.

H68, ‘eben, eh’-ben

From the root of H1129 through the meaning, to build; a stone: – + carbuncle, + mason, + plummet, [chalk-, hail-, bead-, sling-] stone (-ny), (divers) weight (-s).

Total KJV occurrences: 272

stones, 143

stone, 105

weights, 6

Lev_19:36, Deu_25:13, Pro_16:11, Pro_20:10, Pro_20:23, Mic_6:11

Stones are what were used to weigh items on the scales.  The people of God uses the Word of God that is a stone to make these measurements on the scales of judgment.

Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone [H68], a tried stone [H68], a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

The treasure in the house of the wicked are the lies and false doctrines of the rebellious old man.  The Lord still has something against us when we hide these deceitful weights and hold them as treasure of our wicked fleshly hearts.  This is feigned worship and contrary to worshiping the Lord in Truth.  False weights and measures are an abomination to the Lord.  Learning to judge properly is important for the future judges of all mankind (1Co 6:2, Oba 1:21)

Lev 19:35 NKJV – You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume.

Lev 19:36 NKJV – You shall have honest scales, honest weights [stones H68], an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Pro 20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.

We can’t pick and choose the counsel of God we like and only apply that to our judgments.  We must apply the Sum of thy word which is the only truth.  Anything else is a the scant, lean or short judgment (measure) referenced here in Mic 6:10.  This work of judging, weighing things is also the Lord’s work in us.

Pro 16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag are his work.

Mic 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

Mic 6:13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

The negative side of knowledge is it puffs us up and makes us rich.  Those riches unaccompanied by the fear of the Lord will be used by flesh to bring forth dishonest scales of judgment.  Mixing lies with truth is doing violence to the Word.  A lying tongue, a false witness and those that do violence are three of the six things the Lord expressly hates (Pro 6:16-19).  All of this comes about because of the influence (enticement) of the harlot that leads our beast and causes a lackadaisical Israel to worship other gods including the works of their own hands.

Pro 7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

The power in the mouth of the locusts are the lies and false doctrines we are seduced into believing and worshipping and thereby doing violence and fornication with the harlot within us and without us.

Rev 9:20  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Until we are given a true zeal to please God and obey Him, a lascivious “loving the world” spirit will impede us from walking the narrow way.  These hidden lies and false doctrines in our heavens results in spiritual sickness that manifest unrighteous judgments.  This is what our beast and old man do to stay alive in the fire and secretly cling the plagues of Egypt (world) and Babylon (Rev 18:4, Rev 22:18).  A healthy Body within and without is disease/plague free.  A healthy Body judges itself and examines itself often to see if it is still in the faith and not committing fornication and sacrificing to idols.

1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1Co 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

Being diligent requires us to examine ourselves and our walk against the true scales of justice which is the SUM of the Word. It is a high calling that gets higher as we grow. It is our failing to judge righteous judgment that snares men and carnal minds in nets of deception.  Thinking above what is written brings deceit into our spiritual houses and perverts righteous judgment.

Jer 5:26  For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.

Jer 5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

Jer 5:28  They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

As a false witness for the Lord (hearing but not doing) is not blessed. As we saw recently a witch and a sorcerer, one who uses powers outside the Word shall not be suffered to live (Exo 22:18).

Pro 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

The Lord will cause us to err from His way and show us our nakedness in order to correct us via the chastening scourging grace that comes to the sons of God (Heb 12:6). Our spiritually sick condition will ultimately be used for good in our judgment (Jer 2:19).  Christ comes not for the righteous but for the unrighteous and to turn acknowledged sinners to repentance (Luk 5:32).

Mic 6:14 NKJV You shall eat, but not be satisfied; Hunger shall be in your midst. You may carry some away, but shall not save them; And what you do rescue I will give over to the sword.

Mic 6:15 NJKV “You shall sow, but not reap; You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; And make sweet wine, but not drink wine.

In destroying the pride of life, the Lord is going to frustrate our own works/efforts to show us He is the Lord and it is only through Him that our salvation comes.  It is necessary we first live our days in Babylon, deceived by the harlot and the Jezebel’s that cause us to commit fornication, eating defiled bread.  This too is all the Lord’s work and is what brings the occasion for us to drink the cup of wrath.

Lev 26:26  And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
Lev 26:27  And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;
Lev 26:28  Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

The Lord builds His House, man does not build it.  The works of our hands are vanity.

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

Becoming at ease in Zion and seeking to build bigger barns is what a self-righteous spirit will do. But that life of gainsaying and coveting worldly mammon will be required of us and it is through that process of having things taken from us that we learn to trust only in the Lord.

Luk 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Luk 12:22  And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

The initiation of our judgment will spoil the fruit of our self-righteousness works and reveal their vanity.  We can no longer be satisfied or be fed by the works of our own hands. All of our fleshly and carnal works turn to nothing in our day of the Lord.

Zep 1:13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

Deu 28:39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.

Deu 28:40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.

It is only the meek, those who are being humbled by judgment and coming to their wits end who shall eat and be satisfied.

Psa 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Mat 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day (our day of the Lord) when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

We will truly learn through our various periods of spiritual famine and thirst.  They are a necessary experience to make us dependent on the Lord and to know that apart from Him, we truly can do nothing (Joh 15:5).

Here is our final verse for the study.

Mic 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

Worshiping the Lord deceitfully is what we first do when we follow the counsels of these two bad kings and do what they did spiritually.  Those lessons were indeed written specifically for our admonition (1Co 10:11. 1Pe 1:12). Ahab was Omri’s son and is arguably most famous marrying an outsider by taking Jezebel as his wife and being in charge when Elijah had the showdown with the false prophets of Baal at Mt. Carmel.

1Ki 16:31  And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.

King Omri who was Ahab’s father and a King of Israel who took the throne from King Zimri by violence.  Omri then survived a divided nation coup when he prevailed over his emerging counterpart Tibni by violence.  The whole history of Omri is contained in 1 Kings 16:16-28.   But these Scriptures are not there to just record history, there is a deeper message we must dig up.

Names are almost always instructive and here we see this definition according to Strong’s.

H6018, ‛omrı̂y, om-ree’

From H6014; heaping; Omri, an Israelite: – Omri.

Total KJV occurrences: 18

The root of Omri will be more instructive for our edification.

H6014, aw-mar’

A primitive root; properly apparently to heap; figuratively to chastise (as if piling blows); specifically (as denominative from H6016) to gather grain: – bind sheaves, make merchandise of.

Total KJV occurrences: 3

merchandise, 2

Deu_21:14, Deu_24:7

bindeth, 1

Psa_129:7 (2)

make, 1

Deu_21:14

Before we look at this let’s remember that salvation comes BY JUDGMENT and there is a prescribed way for us to judge and that is to judge righteously, according to the WORD.

Binding sheaves is what Omri means.  Binding is an important step of gathering stocks of grain in a harvest.  Sheaves represent men to be saved as the dream of Joseph and his brothers bowing down to him shows us (Gen 37:7).  There is a right way and a wrong way to harvest the Lord’s crops and bring forth the fruit of the land.  The right was is judge righteously and have no respect of persons meaning all things are known to be the work of the Lord.  It takes faith, mature faith to live to that standard and we are all getting there.

Omri represents the wrong way to serve the Lord.  He stands for one that uses wicked scales and deceitful weights.  Once again in the definition of Omri, we have a direct link to the merchandising ways of flesh.

Deu 24:7  If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise [H6014] of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

Only the mind of Christ can judge righteously not thinking above what is written.  The self-righteous religious beast (Rev 13:11) that thinks he is helping God out is buying and selling with the mind of the beast and not the mind of Christ.  The primary act as a King that Omri is recorded doing is one involving some merchandizing activities and it did not end well.

1Ki 16:24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.

1Ki 16:25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse than all that were before him.

1Ki 16:26  For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin, to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities (leading astray into false ways).

Shemer the Hill that Omri bought means the dregs or lees.

H8106, shemer, sheh’-mer

The same as H8105; Shemer, the name of three Israelites: – Shamer, Shemer.

H8105, shemer, sheh’-mer

From H8104; something preserved, that is, the settlings (plural only) of wine: – dregs, (wines on the) lees.

Total KJV Occurrences: 7

lees, 4

Isa_25:6 (2), Zep_1:11-12 (2)

wines, 2

Isa_25:6 (2)

dregs, 1

Psa_75:8

Shemer is linked to the dregs (lees) of the wine.  Dregs refer to the least desirable of something and in a liquid is the sediment impure bottom of the barrel.  This is the old stuff, the leftovers that has been kept.  The old wine and the law of Moses, the works of the flesh as it relates to WINE, is the dregs.  The dregs is the wine made for a carnal nation (Heb 9:10) but not the true Israel of God to drink.  One cannot put the new wine of Faith in Christ into bottles holding the dregs.  The two do not mix, we cannot serve God and fleshly mammon at the same time.  Furthermore, it is the wicked who drink the dregs of the wine.  The righteous of the Lord drink the Lord’s wine by enduring through a baptism of fire.

Psa 75:8  For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

The good news in all of our judgment is that we learn by it.   It is guaranteed we will drink of the good stuff, the wine that will bring wrath to our old man and sinful ways.  The angels tells us that those who have this mark of the beast will indeed drink of this new wine.

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Omri is you and me in due time as we all live by every word the Lord spoke.  Omri like all flesh when judgment first comes, tries to save (redeem) himself by the works of his own hands and uses that to justify ourselves to the Lord.  But flesh does not build the church of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ builds it thru His Christ only and it is all of faith and not of any man’s works.

Omri showed zeal but the same zeal for God Paul spoke about.  Such a zeal is not of faith and is what the immature do until they learn to judge righteously by being judged ourselves.themselves.

Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

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

That true church will not be built on a raised up (puffed up prideful) mound of flesh (a hill that is in the world).  It will only be built on the one and only true foundation that is Jesus Christ.

1Co 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

We will of course first do what Omri did and build on a different foundation, on a hill in Samaria.  But our work will be revealed by fire in our day of the Lord.

1Co 3:13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

Next week we will start Chapter 7, the last chapter in Micah.  The fire will quickly begin revealing some things to us on the road to maturity.   Mic 7:1  Woe is me!……..

Sincere questions and comments are always welcome.  Please email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com if I can be of service.

Studies

All Things Are For Your Sakes

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All Things For Your Sakes May 19, 2016

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by Pete Wilson

2Co 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

It is a real blessing when we come to realize that all things we have and do and experience in life; with no exceptions, are the work of the Lord.  We really begin to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord when we are given to understand and to trust in that immutable fact.  This is the hidden wisdom the world cannot see or hear.

1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

What a mind boggling concept this is to the natural man.  Everything that happens in your life, everyone you meet, every word spoken, every response given, whether good or bad or indifferent is for YOUR SAKE.  Only fools would believe such a doctrine and that is exactly what we must be to become wise in the ways of the Lord.

1Co 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

1Co 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

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.

This truth is shown in scores of powerful verses those without ears to hear and eyes to see cannot see much less apply in their walk.  We that have such capacity are indeed a blessed little flock.  Here is the extent of the working of the Lord in the affairs of every man.

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?

Coming to see the sovereignty of God in ALL THINGS is essential for us to grow and mature in the faith.  This understanding to me is what maturing is really all about.  Until we get the knowledge of this doctrine into our walk (our actions) we will struggle in bringing forth the fruit of the Spirit.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Gal 5:24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Love is mentioned first in the list of the FRUIT of the Spirit in Galatians 5 and for very good reason.  Lest we confuse what love truly is we are told point blank what the love of God is that represents this fruit of the Spirit.

2Jn 1:5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

We most often seem to cite 1 Joh 5:3 but here is a second black and white witness to what the definition of AGAPE or love is.

2Jn 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

As we hopefully are learning as we abide now with Christ; living with true doctrine is not enough.  We must become doers of the Word to walk in the Spirit (Jam 1:22-23).  It is when we show respect of persons and judge things in the flesh that we are not living by the truth that all things are for our sakes.  When we are not content with what the Lord is doing, we are walking in the flesh and acting double minded.  When we whine, complain, criticize, stay angry, look down upon others and have any other reaction than THANK YOU LORD, we are judging in the flesh.

We must come to know and trust in the Lord and His promises that He is working all things for the greater good.  That is how the scourging grace of the Lord, the very thing that saves us by transforming us rebounds with thanksgiving to the glory of the Lord.

Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

How often have we failed at doing this?  Many times we will fall down before we learn.  It is beyond this study to cover “judging righteous judgment” but we had best learn to make judgments but to make them according to the Word of God and not the logic of this world or the carnal mind.

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

There are many witnesses of the old and new to judging the right way vs the wrong way.  I used to think of respecting persons as simply respecting their worldly economic standing but it has a much wider meaning.  Respect for persons is judging them in the flesh and not attributing what they do to the Lord and His absolute sovereignty.  Doing so is the opposite of faith.  When we put the cause and the blame on any individual, even ourselves, we are having respect of persons and judging in the flesh.  We are commanded to do no such thing.

Deu 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

Pro 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

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

Jas 2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

1Pe 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

The Elect of God are in training now for our roles in the ages to come (1 Cor 6:2, Mat 19:28).  Those roles are to rule with Christ in the Millennium and to be the judges through which all men shall be saved in the end.  We best learn how to judge righteous judgment and get past having respect of persons now. When we judge people in the flesh we are forgetting that ALL THINGS are for our sakes and were caused of the Lord.

Once we come to understand what the grace of God is and realize it is that grace that chastens us then we begin to mature.  We mature when we accept the things the Lord is causing (working in our lives) without bitterness and receive it all with joy trusting in what the Lord is doing in our remaking process.  It is so easy to be led astray by the deceitfulness of sin and the pulls of this carnal world.  Peter warned the church and warns us to beware lest we ourselves fall.

2Pe 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

The fail safe way of not falling is to learn to apply this principle in our walk and in all of our judgments of people, actions, events and situations.

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

When we think above what is written we will get puffed up and will soon find ourselves doing what the adversary does which is being an accuser of the brethren.

As we grow, we learn to apply all things being for our sakes.  We may not outwardly receive the chastening with joy but our inward man will receive it and we will grow in our ability to endure the trials the Lord has put before us in this age.

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

Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

The new man “Christ in us” will be called out of the darkness that is the old man.  Look at this verse again and notice why all things are for our sakes as God’s Elect and where are eyes are to be focused.

2Co 4:15  For all things are for your sakesthat the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

2Co 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

2Co 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

The grace of God that is poured out upon His Elect comes back to God with thanksgiving and praises to the Lord.  This is what occurs as we become mature men and the will of the Lord is being accomplished in our life more and more.  This is the will of God for all men….

1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

1Th 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

1Th 4:5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

When these things happen, the Lord will get all the glory and we will learn to rejoice in our trials knowing they are what is working the fruit of righteousness in us and accomplishing the Lord’s will in our lives.  We must learn to be patient and to wait on the Lord to bring it to pass.

Heb 12:11 Now no chastening (Grace) for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Relatively speaking our trials are considered a light affliction considering the honor we are being prepared in service to our Lord, if we endure.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

 In the same way Jesus Christ in the flesh cried out to God and His Father while on the cross, we too if we God’s Elect feel the same at times.  And this is why we must be connected to the Body and be ministered to and strengthened by the angels of the Lord through our trials.

We can’t be reminded often enough of the sovereignty of the Lord and the endless extent to which it applies.  It takes many repetitions to drill this truth into the fiber of our every thought and action.  The sermon on Mars Hill defined the limitless boundaries of the Lord in the affairs of mankind.

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

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

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

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

All things that happen in our lives, ALL THINGS, are the direct work of the Lord.    Those things, be they good or evil have already been determined by God and He has already declared what shall be from the very beginning.  We know but forget to apply these powerful Scriptures in a carnal and immature way. The sooner we get them into our walk and not just head knowledge the quicker the fruit will come.

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.

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

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Our natural mind only wants to give the Lord credit (and the glory) for the good things that happen.  Even knowing the truth of His sovereignty our carnal mind will want to blame ourselves and others for their actions.  While we certainly have to learn from our mistakes the fact is the Lord is working all things, even the dark things when they happen.

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

Lam 3:37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

Lam 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

No man can enter into Christ (the temple) until they live through the judgments of the Lord against their flesh and carnal mind.  Contrary to the doctrines of man’s religion there is no other way in.  The redemption of the Lord’s people is with judgment.

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

Isa 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

Nobody’s unrighteousness is going to get a pass, there is no respect of persons with the Lord either.

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

 So we learn the truth and are given the garment of salvation by experiencing that judgment.

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 (the fiery trials) are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

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

 Judgment is us being crucified, a living sacrifice and losing our life through the death of the old man.  Yes it hurts, it is very painful to be crucified with Christ.  Yet if we are given faith to believe we can say this about the judgment of God.

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

The new man is being saved by the destruction of the old man within us.  Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God and was never intended to (1 Cor 15:50).  The Lord is merciful in that He only gives us to understand things when we are also given to bear them (Joh 14:12, 1 Co 10:13).  It is only as we mature that the Lord will give us greater understanding of His processes and truths.  With that understanding comes a greater expectation.

Luk 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

The grace of God will be dialed up perfectly for us to bring the trials and tribulations preordained for each of us to enter into the kingdom of God and be in that first resurrection Lord willing.  Here is just a small sampling of treasures from the old and the new that confirm this wonderful work of trials and suffering in our lives. This is also known as the wonderful works of the Lord to the children of men.

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

Php 1:29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

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.

Isa 48:10  Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Jas 1:2-4  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

The Lord is going to work all things in your life to bring about the tribulation, suffering, fiery trials and heat that furnace of affliction to the perfect temperature.  I hope all of us will grow in the knowledge of the Lord’s grace and move on to maturity.  This comes about by experiencing good and evil and learning the lesson and true righteousness of the Lord through that process.  I hope this study has reminded us all to stand on our faith and the word of God in discerning the truth of any situation and that the Lord has caused that situation for your very sake.  How we respond to these situation and circumstances is the best measure of our maturity rather than our head knowledge of Scriptures.

Rom 2:13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

What should our response to be to these “works of the Lord” in our lives?  We could write pages to answer that, but let me just share Paul’s words to the Philippians to summarize it.

Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Php 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Comments and sincere questions are welcome.  You can also email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

GRACE, salvation

Where is Boasting? It is Excluded

bluesky1 COR 16:13-14 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.  Let ALL that you do be done with love.

There is so much false religion that is not love.  This falling away from the truth is the sign of the end times.  There is so much deception it is unbelievable for those whom God has awakened and given eyes to see it.  We must be circumspect in these darkening  days and guard our hearts because it is easy to be caught in the web of man’s traditions and carnal logic.  Indeed most have been captured and caught by something religious and stay in a spiritual prison.  It is only by the grace of God that we can ever see anything spiritually or even have a heart for the things of God. I am going to share some things that I have been shown, which if you see them clearly will shake to the ground and expose the false religion most of us have pursued.  This may come against some strongly held beliefs you may have and yes some of them can be defended by picking and choosing thru the Scriptures, but they are lies and will keep you in bondage and from producing the fruit of love and righteousness.

First off you need to get past the claim and secret boast that you saved yourself.  Few will expressly say this, but very many implicitly claim it in their message and ministry.  This is wrong and shows they still have not grasped the wholeness of the  true gospel.  They just cannot see it, YET.  It is a fact that only God saves.  It is by His sovereign choice and election.  Oh yea, we got things to do once we are chosen,  but we should never ever puff ourselves up and think we are somebody because we know the Lord or a few Scriptures.

To Him goes ALL the glory!  Men will want to argue this “free will” issue till the cows come home but as it relates to initial salvation, we have no free will and can never reason it is because of our deeds or actions or will that we have come to know the Lord.   God is the mighty Savior, not men.  A dead person without life in the Spirit cannot choose to seek after God.  Good luck trying to explain these Scripture away as many have tried:

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

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

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

John 14:16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain

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.  

 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.

 This could go on and on as this is the truth shown from Genesis to Revelation.  But you get the picture I hope.  We are the clay and HE is the potter.  None of us seek after God or find God on our own initiative.  This is not a defense of Calvinism which I have issues with and am not a follower.  So if you want to accuse me of that be my guest but I hope you will read the rest of this and take it to God first.  Salvation is of the Lord.  This is a core gospel truth that man has cut out to justify building the church by the work of their own hands.

 Jonah 2:9  That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord!

Men need to quit boasting for being smart enough to save themselves.  Men need to quit condemning others that do not yet have eyes to see.   The people of God must quit being led by the spirit that is the accuser of the brethren.  This is all spiritual pride that is hidden deep into the hearts of many.  We must cleanse our hearts of all such filth to walk in newness of life and bear the peaceable fruit of righteousness which is love.

There is a huge log in all of our eyes that must be plucked out before we can see.  When our ministry and walk is all about pointing out specks in others and focused on finding fault, you can be sure, you still have a huge log in your eye.

I say this out of love, having been the worst of such offenders.  But there was no true inner peace.  The peace of God will never live in our heart when we are walking with a spirit of condemnation and judgment. 

Many pretend obedience to the Lord and can spout off Scriptures right and left on holiness and godliness.  Yet they are far from true godliness.  They have a form of godliness yet inside are full of dead men’s bones.  They know who they are and don’t really need to be told by any of us.  The word of God itself will convict them and their lack of confidence before God should be a big clue.  But this was me as indeed I was living as a hypocrite and claiming to love yet being nothing but an evil judge clanging a gong.   What defiles a man lives and lurks on the inside.  We must come to judge ourselves in this regard.  It is God’s will that each and every one of us be sanctified and cleansed from all of this impurity that defiles and secretly tries to steal God’s glory.

Our walk with Jesus Christ is all about getting the living WORD planted deep inside of hearts and letting it transform us into the image and likeness of the Lord.  This is the mystery of godliness.  It is God’s work to do, He is the one who performs it, we just must submit to Him in faith.  So many have been deceived by the god of this world who has corrupted the simplicity and purity of our devotion to Christ. 

Love God and Love your Neighbor – this fulfills the whole Law

But as we begin to cleanse ourselves of our sins by submission to the Holy Spirit and suffering in the flesh; be watchful for the enemy who will tempt you into taking credit for your goodness, intellect and faith.  It is not you my friend; it is God as only God is good.  This is how the enemy eats up the good seeds and the plant grows and is cursed as a fig tree bearing no fruit.  It is GOD working in you to both will and to do.  Give Him all the glory.

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

It truly sickening to see the fulfillment of Matthew 24:5 about all the deceivers being played out in real-time on the Internet and the various social media.  The false prophets and false teachers are too numerous to even count anymore.  I truly need to clean up my life and mark those that cause such division and shun them.  That is our instruction on how to deal with false teachers.  So many like I did have morphed into evil judges and know not the origins of their faith and salvation.  They are storing up wrath by such actions by not walking in the way of the Spirit.

If you have been blessed by the Lord and shown the truth I speak of above, you will be a lot more humble than you once were.  Spiritual pride is instantly vaporized when exposed to the bright blinding light that is the love of Jesus Christ.  This gospel of Jesus and Him Crucified, will expose the hypocrisy and feigned humility of all religious activities that are not grounded in true agape love. This is a God kind of love that loves even when not deserved with no expectation of favor or return.   It seems so many of us have forgotten this:

Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us

Who are we to boast?  The only boasting we can make is that we know the Lord and even that only by His grace.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches. But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

The disputing, criticisms, judgment, gossiping, backbiting and accusations will only stop when one comes to see the truth of salvation. Those still in the flesh blinded by the god of this world that do not see this glorious gospel in its fullness cannot help themselves.  So we should judge them not on this as it is by God’s will only that they shall see.  It is by grace we have been saved and the faith we need to access that grace is a gift from God.  We don’t decide to have faith.  A spiritually dead person does not decide to seek after God.  It is all the work of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that (the faith) not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast

Even the very faith that starts our walk is a gift from God.  Our boasting as Paul wrote in Romans 3:27 must be excluded and have no part in our ministry.  So many are taking credit for their faith and being evil judges and accusers of the brethren.  They think they serve God but it truly is sad.  I am not mad at them,  I pray God will give them mercy and open their eyes to this deception so they could understand the love of God. 

My purpose here is to make the point that it is the Lord alone who saves not any man.  We have things to do to choose to act upon this faith and we will indeed bear the consequences of our obedience (blessings) or disobedience (curses).  So we must choose wisely and serve the Lord who has chosen to save us through His divine gifts.  Thank you Jesus for giving us a measure of faith.

Romans 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

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

God decides who is saved now.  But in the end always planned to show mercy to all.  I will no longer be pointing fingers and accusing.  Instead I will be preaching the gospel.  That is  the good news of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.  It is not up to me or you to save anyone.  That is the choice of an almighty God.  Jesus does build His own church.  I know I will be hated and spurned for the gospel that is a promise in the Scriptures.  But we must press on and work in the field God has placed us leaving the vengeance and judgment to Him.  I hope we all come to unity in the faith, the simple child like faith that saves us and not let our pursuit of knowledge or selfish ambition make us evil judges of hearts.  We best heed the Apostle.

James 4:11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

My prayer for all that do not know the Lord or are living in sin and helpless to overcome is that the Lord will have the same mercy on them as He did on me.  We will indeed be judged by the same measure we mete out to others.  If you want these blessings of God, then you better be sowing them.  The measure of a true disciple of Jesus Christ is this.  I have made it very large on purpose.

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another

How did Jesus love us?  Did He go around condemning sinners? Did Jesus kick people when they were down?   No,  as we saw up above He died for us while we were yet sinners. We should encourage holy living and the putting off the deeds of the flesh but most that do this are doing it with a spirit of condemnation and spiritual pride not in agape love.  Their motive is wrong.  I think the example of the woman caught in adultery is a good one for us to follow.  What Jesus did condemn and rebuke was religious people acting proudly with external forms of godliness that had not the love of God in their heart.

A true Born Again person will have this desire planted deep in their heart by the Spirit of God.  The love of God will compel them to live righteously and godly.  And when we fall down or stray, the Spirit of God is going to be right there to correct us and chastise us and bring discipline and wrath if we continue in our disobedience.   But you see this is the work of God, not the work of men.  Let us live for God and not for ourselves.   Don’t misread this as of course we are to correct brothers and pull specks out of eyes and wash their feet, but we do that gently, with humility, with love as our only motive.  When we act that way, it is God doing the correction working thru the Spirit of God that is inside of a true believer.

 Prostitutes and tax collectors were already entering into the Kingdom of God, 2000 years ago.  The kingdom of God was near, at the very door Jesus said even way back then.  My friends, I hope you enter into that door that is Christ Himself. God forbid you become a Pharisee and not enter in nor allow others to enter in to this spiritual kingdom.  Jesus will return one day soon and all of us will stand and be judged according to our deeds. 

John 5:28-29 Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

The Scriptures tells that many will be astounded and that faces will melt in fear and horror when some realize their religion was a big fat deception (Isaiah 13, 1 Thess 5).  We must be judging ourselves in this regard and inspecting our fruit of righteousness.  I urge all to be looking at this litmus test and not camp around your intellect or Scripture knowledge or good deeds you have done in the past.  Jesus said we will know them by their fruits.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Do not grow weary in doing good.  But please quit the boasting and remember where you were  — dead in your sins and trespasses until God showed you mercy and saved you.  Now we are to go and do likewise to others.  Remember who does the saving.

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

 May God Bless You Richly