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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

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The First and Last: The Alpha and the Omega

alpha-omegaRev 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

All things are of God is a most important spiritual pillar that is so often spoken about on this blog and believed by so precious few.  This includes everything, the good, the bad, the dark, the light, even our very sins without any exceptions.

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:

So few are given to know this and brought into this inheritance in this life in these clay vessels.  But it does not change the immutable truth of who the Lord is and what He is doing in the lives of men.

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?

Jesus is the beginning and the end.  Sure He created all things thru the power God gave to Him and it is Him who hold all things together.  These verses cannot be shown enough, if only people could believe them.

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

Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

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

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

Yet these profound words of Scripture about “ALL THINGS” and the  Lord being the Alpha and Omega are far larger and profound than anyone yet carnal can comprehend, until their eyes are opened to see.

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

What this verse and many others like it say for those who can believe, is that all things that happen and that anyone does are from the Lord.  Jesus Christ is the first and the last, the beginning and the end.  But do you know that all men are first Adam and then the Lord from heaven?  Did you know that first comes the man of sinful flesh thru Christ and then comes the new man thru Christ? Don’t you know that flesh and blood was never intended to inherit the kingdom of God and cannot?

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

First the natural than the spiritual.  But all things in between, THE ALPHA and the OMEGA, are still all IN CHRIST. 

Paul’s words describe this macro truth and giant pillar that if you are given too see it and believe it will open up giant doors in your heaven to receive the truth and grow in knowledge of the Lord.

1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

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.

1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

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

1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (alpha and omega, beginning and the end)

So all men will go thru this process, it only matters the times appointed before hand.  You see all things have been written in our books of life before there were any such days.  That is simply how powerful God Almighty is and the carnal mind just cannot accept these truths.  But God’s Elect will simply stick with the Scriptures that sayeth this:

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.

Job 14:5  Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

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:

And yes this includes our initial marred in the flesh, rebellious and sinful state.  There are no exclusions to God’s sovereignty despite what our carnal minds might want to believe.

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

Here is the vision of what God the potter is making and the process He has ordained for it. Contrary to Babylon folklore, man did not fall in the garden, but instead was created in bodies of sinful flesh on purpose.  And this is how ALL ISRAEL shall be saved in the end!!

Jer 18:1  The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

Jer 18:2  Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

Jer 18:3  Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

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.

Jer 18:5  Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Jer 18:6  O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

The New testament says the same thing, God’s plan never changed.  So much for the lie about the fall of mankind, it sure seems to say we were created marred ON PURPOSE!!!!!  That is Christ’s work in us.

Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Nobody has arrived in these clay vessels.  We all wait but God’s Elect, the firstfruits will understand these things and earnestly be praying for the hastening of the Lord’s work in us.  A down payment or earnest of the Spirit is awesome but we wait for the fullness of the purchased possession in our new spiritual bodies.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

God first gives us this experience of evil on purpose.  We have to learn good and evil and recent posts such as Who Is The Author of Evil  and I Make All Things New have spoken on those topics at length.

In God’s higher ways, our own wickedness is used to correct us in due time.  But make no mistake, this is all HIS work in us, we have nothing to do with it.  He is the alpha and the omega in our lives and the lives of every human being that has or will ever exists.

Jer 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Via the process of judgment we will learn good and evil and be taught the righteousness that is only found in Christ.

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.

And here is a great verse rarely seen or believed by the carnal minds of those in Babylon who cling to their strong delusion of eternal torment and free will of men.

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

The fact is that everything we do is IN CHRIST.  He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end; he is the alpha and the omega.  Even the bad stuff that is cut off is IN CHRIST.  Still don’t believe?  What sayeth the Lord?

Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Paul tells us this also, in this very profound and enlightening Scripture. The Lord is not coming in behind us cleaning up our messes, He is working all things for the counsel of His will.

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.

Knowing that all things that happen are not some coincidence or strange happenstance but are for the sakes of God’s very Elect is a mind blowing truth.  As we grow we can begin to look behind in our walk and see how the Lord has done these things to us.  I have suffered much of late, been stripped of many things but all those things were done for the sake of the new Peter and Christ in me to grow and for the old man Pete to die.  Even the suffering, especially the trials and the suffering.

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.

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

As we begin to grow in the truth, we will finally come to understand this truth and why we should work out our own salvation with fear and not be murmuring and disputing with the carnally minded.

Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Php 2:13  For it is God (NOT YOUR FREE WILL) which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Php 2:14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

It is coming to believe and not doubt this truth  — that Christ is the first and the last and all points in between that is spiritual maturity.  We have to be brought to our wits end with our sins and be taught that of our own striving we cannot and will not conquer anything.  We are all first fools and incapable of stopping our sinning despite the outwardly clean cups we remain full of death with uncircumcised hearts.  But then the Lord comes to bring judgment and destroy that beast within us all.

Psa 107:17  Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

Psa 107:18  Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat (true doctrines) ; and they draw near unto the gates of death (believing false doctrines and lies such as eternal torment and free will)

Psa 107:19  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses (when they come to see they are truly a beast and nothing good dwells in their flesh, etc)

Psa 107:20  He sent his word (causes them to hear His word spoken by the angels of God), and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

This process begins IN CHRIST when we see and when we as the reader understand who and what is the abomination of desolation.

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:)

Once that happens then the victory will come little by little.  This is the Lord’s work in us to bring salvation and give us deliverance.  It will only take place if we are brought to Mt. Zion with spiritually speaking means into His Body.  We all will live the experience of thinking this is all up to us yet we will miserably fail. This is part of what living by every word of the Lord means.  Yet in our day of judgment, if that day has come in this age, we will learn otherwise.

Psa 107:23  They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters (CARNAL WORKS, FLESH)

Psa 107:24  These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

Psa 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

Psa 107:28  Then (when they see they are the beast, the abomination, in need of repentance, need a physician……THEN) they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

Psa 107:29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

Psa 107:30  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

We all must be dragged to Christ.  He brings us into the desired haven, we would never make such a free will decision of our own choosing.  The real Jesus is a rock of offense and a stumbling block and we will esteem HIM NOT when we are yet carnal and devoid of ears to hear and eyes to see.

Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Revealing the antiChrist

We are all antiChrist’s when we go around believing and denying that the Lord is working all things for the counsel of His will.  We deny Jesus Christ with such carnal blasphemies.  It is the spirit of self righteousness, lying spirits that all seduce us at first.  These are the lies and false doctrines taught and believed by billions in orthodox Christianity.  Lord willing we will learn to try those spirits and our own thoughts against what the WORD says to sort out the truth from the lies.

 1Jn 4:1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

The spirit that says Jesus Christ was not first and is not the very beginning of our lives and all points in between, the good, the bad, the sins, the stumbling, the falling into lusts and pride, etc………… IS THE LIAR.  Such a spirit denies Jesus Christ, is not from God, and will keep us in bondage and spiritually blind.  This spirit will claim God has nothing to do with our sins and those are free will decisions we ourselves make.  Those spirits, thoughts and doctrines are not from God, they are from the enemy (tares of the field) that the Lord has put there to guard the way to the tree of life.

 1Jn 4:2  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

This verse has nothing to do with anyone speaking physically that Jesus Christ came 2,000 years ago in the flesh.  It has a much greater spiritual depth and intended meaning and is speaking about Jesus Christ HIS BODY that lives in each generation and is His Elect.

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

It is only when we are given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God (the land within us) that we will be able to bow before the Lord knowing He is working all things after the counsel of His will.  Then we will come to understand what working out our own salvation with fear and trembling means, knowing it is GOD and not us that works in us to will and to way according to His good pleasure (not our delusion of free will).  And here ladies and gentlemen is an easy way to spot the deceiver in ourselves and in those that claim to know the Lord but do not.

 1Jn 4:3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Those that are truly of God will have been given ears to hear this truth and eyes to see it in the Scriptures.  It is everywhere when your eyes are opened.  Here is how we will know who is in the truth and who is not in the truth and that is whether or not our words as God’s Elect are received by those who hear us.

1Jn 4:6  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

The Lord is the one who first makes our paths crooked and then in due time comes to straighten them out.  He is doing it all, the first and the last and all points in between in our lives in these vessels of clay.  If you are so blessed to be His anointed, to be His Very Elect then these words apply to you.

 Isa 45:1  Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

See that it is the Lord doing it all.  He holds our right hand (we are His workmanship, mere clay), He subdues kings (sins in our lives, false doctrines we believe), He opens the doors and gates into His Body and in our heaven and gives us ears to hear and eyes to see as His Two Witnesses.  And no delusion of free will or anything else is going to change that, the gates shall not be shut, His word will not fail to accomplish what is has been sent to do.

If we are Cyrus in this age, then the Lord will go before us to make our formerly crooked paths straight.  He will break all the flesh gates and carnal thoughts that have held us back and kept us in bondage in Babylon.

Isa 45:2  I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:

We will come to know He is the Lord when He brings judgment upon us and pours out His wrath on our carnal lusts and desires of the old man.  All things in our lives will be brought into this marvelous light.

Isa 45:3  And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

We will be dragged to Christ and His name will be written on our mind (forehead).  He is doing this to His Elect only in this age, the true Israel of God that Christ has chosen before the world was even formed.

Isa 45:4  For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.

Isa 45:5  I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

We will learn by abiding in this fire that is Christ, that there is nothing that happens that is not the Lord doing it.  He truly is the alpha and the omega and we will come to know this with every fiber of our being in due time as we mature in the true faith of God.  We will learn a new appreciation for what Lord means and the completeness of what sovereignty really means.  Apart from Him doing it, we ourselves can do nothing and are in fact clay in the Potter’s hands.

Isa 45:6  That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

We will be able to speak and show others that it was not them, but the Lord who caused all those pains and evils in their lives and they will see and believe verses such as this.

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

And when a door to our inner heavens is opened to these truths, then the pure doctrine will fall from the sky and come to our earth and the crops and fruit of the Lord will begin to blossom within us which is the righteousness of the saints.

Isa 45:8  Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

When we continue to strive and not cease from our own carnal works, we will be judged.  That pothsherd (carnal mind) will be destroyed in time and we will no longer believe in any way shape or form the lie of free will that so deludes the masses of mankind.

Isa 45:9  Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

Jesus is the first and the last.  He is both darkness and light.  He is everything.

Rev 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

The salvation of all men is to come.  It only awaits the timing God has already determined.  All things are of the Lord.  I trust this has given some some issues to ponder about the deep meanings of the word of God.

1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (His Elect).
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Questions or comments can be made here or sent to me via email at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your brother in Christ,

Pete

Biblical Truth

Feeling Unworthy of God’s Choosing

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I received a question from someone God is working with and opening ears to hear the truth.  This man asked a very good question which I repeat here along with my answer to him.  I hope this will edify others as this is a very common question, one I myself asked for a long time as I was slowly dragged into the truth.

QUESTION:  I just do not feel worthy or that I can be God’s Elect.  I am still struggling with some sin and I can’t seem to overcome it.  Why would God choose me to be His witness and representative here on the earth when I have not overcome these sins.

ANSWER:  Thank you for this question.   This is a logical thought we all will ask ourselves as we are dragged to Christ.   Having the breadth and depth of our sinful nature shown to us, is part of the process God has ordained that brings salvation in due time.  I hope I can show some of that to you here in my reply.  Let’s start out by remembering that all flesh is sin and that all of us come into this world in a marred vessel of clay and that vessel will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Mar 10:18And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Not even Christ said He was good in a body of sinful flesh.  The fact is there is  no one who is good, no one not even one!!!!

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

Being chosen of God means we will be the first to be judged.  Judgment begins at the House of God, the very Elect and this is bad news for the old man but good news for the new man.  This process of judgment requires that our  sinful nature and totally wretched being as carnal men walking in marred vessels of clay be exposed to us.  God has a unique way of using evil for good and using our sinful nature to draw us close to Him.

Pro 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

The Elect of God will always question their worthiness to be God’s elect.  The very sins that have beset us will cause us to think we are not worthy and this is true, we are not worthy.  Yet being God’s elect has nothing to do with our own righteousness and none of it is based on merit of any kind.  Being God’s Elect is solely based on God’s choosing us before the world was made.  Being God’s Elect is based on the will of God and what He declared from the very beginning.   God is not counting on or depending upon anything from any man.

Isa 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

A second major point is to remember that no man is justified by our own works, or by our obedience.  All is of faith and that too is a gift from God that we can do nothing to earn or merit.

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

Justified By Faith Not Works

And we have clear Scriptures that tell us it is not about us, it is all the work of God in us by this gift of faith.  Yet few really believe.

Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

The righteous shall walk by faith and not by sight.  The only way anyone is going to be righteous in a sinful body of flesh is by them being implanted the precious gift of faith of Christ.  This is given only to the very Elect that were chosen before the world was formed.

Isa 49:1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

So nobody anywhere is going to be justified by their obedience and outward appearance of holiness. Yet we see multitudes preaching a holiness message that don’t have one iota of truth in them.  They know not even what salvation means much less what faith and grace are and therefore know another jesus and have a different gospel.

We Are Clay In The Potter’s Hands

All of those called by God thru Christ and chosen to be servants and prophet or disciples did not feel worthy.  We could recount numerous stories here that impart of this message but I will show two that reaffirm the thoughts you have shared of feeling unworthy to be God’s Elect are simply words we as His Elect will live by.  Isaiah when brought into the throne room immediately felt unworthy.

Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Isa 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
Isa 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

But you see, the fire of God’s word, which we hear by faith and believe by faith is what purges us of all sin.  Moses also when called and given his commission was not worthy in his mind.

Exo 4:10  And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

And the Lord answered telling us that He is working all things as the Potter.  He has made us who we are.

Exo 4:11  And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

And the Scriptures declare that God’s ways are not our ways (ISA 55) and that those He chooses confounds the wisdom of the wise men who walk after the flesh.  God is not going to pick witnesses and servants that conform to the wisdom of this world.  He picked me which is just as dumb to the world’s view and God picking a man like Moses or a wicked man like Saul of Tarsus.  But pick me He did which simply confounds the wisdom of the world and the carnal mind.

1Co 1:27  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

1Co 1:28  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

and why is that V______________?  Here is why.

1Co 1:29  That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Being chosen of God and being given ears to hear the true gospel is not based on merit.  It is based as you know on God’s choosing, Him having predestinated a chosen few to know the truth in this life in the flesh.

Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

God is Working Even the bad things

The battle we all have against sin is a battle that is given to us by God.  He has worked those sins and trials and temptations into our lives.  He is the Potter, we are the clay.  Of course we are not to take the truth of God’s sovereignty and turn it into a license to sin.   But also you must come to understand and to believe that God is working all things in your life, even the bad things, even the wicked things.

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

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

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

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

So knowing this, I hope God will give you the ability to apply these words inwardly.  The evil in the city is not just the evil out there in the world,  it is the evil in there, in the cities and nations that make up the kingdom of God within you and me.

We don’t harden our own hearts based on our own initiative.  God does!!!  We of ourselves like Christ can do nothing on our own initiative and that includes both good and evil things.  The Potter works us the clay.

Rom 9:15  For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

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

Rom 9:17  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Rom 9:18  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

Yet salvation is a process.  Many are called and only a very few are even given to be judged in this life and to have salvation come to them now while still in these marred vessels of clay.  Salvation comes to us only by the process of judgment against our old man and carnal nature.  It is good news for the new man but affliction and great sorrow to the old man, but it is the way of the Lord.

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?

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.

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.

There is a time and season for everything in our lives as God teaches us and molds us via HIS process.

Ecc 3:1  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Ecc 3:2  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

Ecc 3:3  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

Ecc 3:4  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Ecc 3:5  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Ecc 3:6  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Ecc 3:7  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Ecc 3:8  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

These various times and seasons include us being overcome and snared into deep besetting sins.  This is part of God’s way of humbling us and showing us that of ourselves we can do no good thing.   The storms and trials of live are raised up by God and also calmed by God.  He must bring us to our wits end, where we will give up on the flesh to save ourselves and have no place to go but to cry out to Him.

Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

Psa 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

Psa 107:28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

Psa 107:29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

So please do not abuse the truth and sit back and relax and accept your sin.  But know that it is the Lord doing it all.

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

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.

Salvation is a two step process. Flesh and blood was never intended to enter the kingdom of God.  The old sinful man, God created on purpose will be destroyed in His time and that is how the new man will come forth.

Jer 18:3  Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

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.

Being Aware of Our Sin is a BLESSING!!!

The fact that you feel unworthy and are aware of your sin is a very good thing V______.  That is truly a work of grace in your life and you are very blessed.  Consider here who is marked for God.

Eze 9:4  And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Eze 9:5  And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

Eze 9:6  Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

Eze 9:7  And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

When we are made aware of our sins and made to feel horrible about them, this too is all the work of God.  He is bringing us to our wits end as we saw in Psalm 107 above.  He must bring us to a place where we will have NO CONFIDENCE in our flesh and will have to be 100% reliant upon God for our salvation.  That is the way it works V___________.  But please do not make the mistake others make that get this truth, and they in turn turn the grace of God into lasciviousness.   We must make every effort and attempt to depart from inequity.

2Ti 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

The old man will be slain by the judgment of God and the new man will be spared and raised up in power.  That is the good news, the process of God bringing salvation to us.  Christ spoke about this often and a key milestone of the process of salvation is the Lord revealing to us that we (the beast, the carnal man) is the abomination that is causing desolation in the temple of God.  God has to first show us this…..WHEN YOU SEE said Christ, oh what a blessing your new man is in for.

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

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

This is the same thing Paul wrote about here.  Salvation does not come until first we fall away from our first love (get ensnared into sin) and then the man of sin (you and me, all men) is revealed to us.

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; (YOU AND ME,  all men are that man of sin)

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.

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

There are some very good teachings on the IWWB site about these verses and Scriptures.  let me know if you want to talk about these some more.

The Scriptures tell us that we are both the old man and the new man.  We are raised first in sinful bodies (marred in the hands of the potter) and then if we are so blessed in this life as God’s Elect, then the Lord begins destroying that old sinful man by opening our ears to hear His words.  It is hearing those words that brings judgment and which over time destroys the old man.  Remember it is a process.

1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

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.

1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

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

1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Getting Giants Off the Land

I mentioned to you in our chat that God does not deliver us of our sins all at once.  It is a process.  Getting the giants off the land takes time.  God delivers us little by little as we grow in faith and knowledge of Christ and His grace.

Exo 23:27  I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.

Exo 23:28  And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.

Exo 23:29  I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.

Exo 23:30  By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.

Again we see this in Deuteronomy:

Deu 7:19  The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid.

Deu 7:20  Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed.

Deu 7:21  Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.

Deu 7:22  And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

Deu 7:23  But the LORD thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed.

All men will be saved by fire in our appointed times.  That fire is the word of God which will work its purposes in our lives.

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

Overcoming the law of Sin God put into us

All men will struggle in overcoming the flesh. It can only be done by the power of God.  And it will be done in the times appointed us by God.  Listen to Paul and heed these words.  Twice Paul tells us what is causing us to sin.

Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Rom 7:16  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good.
Rom 7:17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

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

Who put that law of sin and death in us?  God did.  there is only one lawgiver says James.   It is God who has made us subject to the law that causes us to sin when we would do otherwise. The fact that we have no free will is as applicable to our sins as it is to our righteousness. Both are the work of God in and through us.

Yes, we must repent of our sins, but ‘repent’ means ‘to change,’ and we are not repenting of doing things of ourselves. Even our repentance is the work of God in our lives. We simply change from doing the wrong thing to doing the right thing, and both are all of God. The apostle Paul actually separates himself from the law of sin and death, and acknowledges God’s sovereignty in all things. “All things” certainly includes our sins.

Be patient V_______,  Trust in the Lord.  So now you should have a much better understanding of the depth of this verse:

Luk 21:19  In your patience possess ye your souls.

So be sober, and be vigilant, but also be patient. You are being delivered from the sin in your life, but it is taking place on God’s schedule.

Rom 8:20  For the creature (YOU, ME, ALL MEN) was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

We shall be delivered by the Lord in the appointed times.  BELIEVE this gospel!  Believe in the report of Isaiah and the salvation of all men.

Your brother who is dealing with the same issues in being molded into the image of Christ,

PETE

Church, Elect, Sovereignty

Christ Builds His Church

living stones1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ

If we are God’s Elect, we are the temple of God and collectively as the body of Christ represent a spiritual house that performs the work of the Lord.  The building of the house of God is serious business and one we have many examples in type and shadow throughout the Old Testament.  Those examples contain some profound wisdom for God’s Elect who have ears to hear the truth of this word.

A common error the ministers in Babylon have a hard time getting beyond, is coming to the understanding that the Lord Himself builds His House and He does not need man to build it for Him.  Jesus Christ is not only the foundation of the House but He is also the builder. This carnal misunderstanding leads all of us while we are in Babylon to go along with false doctrine of man having free will. We will believe and some rather passionately that that it is up to those called of God to go warn others that the only way to avoid “eternity in hell” is for them to choose Christ and then using their free will to stop sinning.   That basic lie is gigantic in its error and permeates all of orthodox Christianity.

Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Virtually everyone has heard the above Scripture, that Jesus will build His church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.    Yet the belief that man has free will and it is up to them to choose Christ directly contradicts these words and are a stumbling block that very few are given to get beyond.  The principle that the sum of God’s word is truth, if we can apply it, will keep us in the truth which is determined by the whole counsel of God.  Christ does build the church by appearing a second time for salvation without sin within the hearts and minds of His Elect.

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.

The Elect, the bride of Christ are given to Him by the Father.  They were chosen before the world began and in the appointed times, the church is built by the process of the Elect being dragged to Christ.  It must be given to us even to understand this simple truth.

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

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

NO MAN means NO MAN, there is no room for debate.  If anyone comes to Jesus Christ, it was 100% an act of God and man had absolutely nothing to do with it.  I had a local minister of Babylon send me an article that depicted his personal beliefs about faith and salvation. The title of the article was “God’s role and Man’s role in Salvation”.  Stop right there!   The title alone gives this away instantly as another jesus and a false gospel because the clear truth is this:

Jon 2:9  Salvation is of the LORD.

Yet the details of this article profane the name of the Lord and pervert His truth with carnal doctrines.  It is truly amazing to see the extent and completeness of the apostasy.  Here is an excerpt that denies the Lord which is what we all will do when we are blind but claim we see.  Lies are all over this little paragraph, there is zero truth in any sentence yet this is what billions of people believe.

Repentance and faith are not vicarious but are the free acts of men.  Men, with their own mind, heart, and will must renounce sin and receive Christ.  God doesn’t repent and believe for us~we repent and believe.  Turning from sin and reaching out in faith to Christ are the acts of man, and every man who so responds to the gospel call does so because he honestly desires to do so.  He wants to be forgiven and he can only be forgiven by repenting and believing.  No one, including God, can turn from sin for us, we must do it.  No one can trust Christ “in our place,” we must personally, knowingly, and willingly trust Him in order to be saved.

Wow, amazing what the delusion of free will can do to the truth!  We have to save ourselves they believe or else we will burn in eternal hell.  What a puny pathetic, not all powerful God this man serves.  This God is at the whim of a piece of clay to save himself.  What a bunch of lies these words represent.  This may sound right to the flesh but it is another jesus.  We can’t decide to believe on our own, FAITH IS A GIFT.  We don’t decide of our free will, Repentance must be granted/given to God’s Elect (Israel).  Any obedience is all the work of the Lord, HE CAUSES it, it has nothing to do with the carnal mind’s delusion of free will.

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

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

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

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

The immutable truth of the matter is that Christ builds the church on the Father’s timeline.  He will not fail and He will lose none.

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

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

Babylonian doctrine greatly diminishes the Lord and puts themselves and the flesh of men in the position of saving themselves.  In their doctrine, Christ loses very many and most people will burn in eternal punishment.  So utterly silly to see the things we used to believe after the Lord has mercy and opens our eyes to see the truth.  Oh thank God for the wonderful works of God to the children of men!

Old Testament References

The truth of God’s plan is shown throughout Scriptures.  We can bring out the treasure from both the old and the new.  We can see that in every case of Israel going to build the house for the Lord, the prerequisite in all cases was the Lord stirring up their spirits.

Hag 1:14  So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God,

There is no room for free will in any of this.  It is the Lord’s work.  He stirs up our spirits and that is what leads us to Him and to work in building His House.  The story is consistent, the truth changes not.  Here we have the Israelite s (type for God’s Elect) being stirred up and being MADE WILLING to build the House for God.

Exo 35:21  And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD’S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.

There are very many witnesses to this immutable truth that the LORD raises people’s spirits to go to work to build His true house.  Here we see who left Babylon to go back to build the Temple, this of course being type and shadow for God calling His Elect out of Babylon today.

Ezr 1:5  Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.

Jesus Christ builds His church.  Flesh shall have nothing to do with building the house of God.  These verses are never the subject of any sermon or if they are, they truth is overlooked and the flocks are mislead with the inference of free will. The truth is simply that, that the Lord will build His house.  I heard a sermon last week where the minister read the Haggai verses then went on to falsely state, contrary to the Scriptures, that these people decided themselves to begin obeying God and because of their decision, then the Lord began to use them to build His house.  There is no truth in that theology, it is a lie plain and simple.  Jesus Christ builds His church just as He said.  The potter does not wait for the piece of clay to choose God.  Christ said YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, I chose you.

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

And so it is with how the house of God is built. The living stones are made and sent forth ALL, 100% by the working of the Lord.  It depends not on anything a man does.  Christ is not counting on us for anything, HE IS WORKING ALL THINGS!!!

Men Toil In Vain in Babylon

Psa 127:1   Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.

There is an awful lot of labor in vain going on in the name of Jesus Christ.  The strong delusion is the belief that men have free will.  They have no such thing and it is carnal minded men, that walk in the flesh that will continue to pick and choose verse to support their false doctrines.  This of course is all of us, you, me, them, all men as the Lord brings us all into this world spiritually blind and only for the few does He have mercy and open their eyes.  So those God has blinded He has blinded and it is thru no fault of anyone, it is simply the Lord’s will.

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

If only we could be learned to apply the sum of God’s word is truth, we would see the truth of the Lord building His church everywhere.  FLESH SHALL HAVE NO PART IN IT says the Scripture:

Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Joh 1:13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Which is the same message as this from the Old Testament.

Exo 20:25  And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

Man has polluted it by raising up its hands and its desires of its own choosing, not of the Lord to build His house.  This is the toil that will be in vain and those works shall be burned up in the end.  To restate, the words of Christ make it perfectly clear who builds the church and that no man has any ability to come to Him on their own initiative.  It is everywhere once your eyes are opened to it.  Apart from Christ we can nothing includes coming to Him.  Man does not choose God.

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

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (including making a decision to come to Christ or to follow Him).

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

Paul said the same thing too, the bible is totally consistent.

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:

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

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

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

We are even told, the OLD TESTAMENT and ALL THOSE STORIES were not even written for the flesh jews, they were written for God’s very Elect.  They are not history lessons, they are spiritual lessons that each of us will live in our appointed times.  We will live by every word God spoke and He spoke those words too.

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

So Christ has been building the church since Pentecost.  It is only a very small remnant in each generation that are being dragged to Christ.  These are the few chosen out of the many called.  The rock that is Christ will fall upon them and their old man and carnal mind will be grinded to 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.

That is the way of salvation, coming thru the righteous judgment of God against our old man.  This is a gigantic verse if one is given the ability to truly understand it.

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.

So the living stones that make up the church of Jesus Christ have all been chosen since before the world began.

1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ

2Ti 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,

We are precious and quite few, the apple of the Lord’s eye.  The church of Jesus Christ means ekklessia or called out ones.  We are truly aliens and strangers in a foreign land and will not fit in with this world because we have been chosen out of it.  This is all the work of the Lord and we had nothing to do with it.

Joh 15:19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

The Body of Christ in Operation

Jesus Christ build the church through HIS Christ, His body.  God’s Elect, the few in number will speak His words to those other few that the Lord has prepared their heart and opened their ears.  When the words of eternal life are heard with spiritual ears, the house of the Lord begins to be constructed within.  Here are some verses that speak of the Lord building His church be sending forth His Body,  His disciples to speak His word to hearts He has prepared to hear.

Psa 10:17  LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear

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

Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Rev 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

This article has conveyed the truth of God’s word and shown that GOD and not man is the one who works all matters of salvation.  There is NO EXCEPTION.  Faith, repentance, all of it is given to men from the Father of Spirits.  Anyone who is building the house of the Lord was stirred up in advance to do so by the Master Potter.  The Lord gives us our very desires of our hearts.  He is in control of that, not us.

God needs nothing from man, He is not cleaning up after man, He is causing all things that happen.  His will is being done in everyone’s life every single day.  That is a truth that the carnal mind cannot accept yet it is foretold throughout the Scriptures for those with ears to hear.  I hope you have ears and can receive this truth and if you are in Babylon, will hear the voice to come out of her my people.

Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
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.

Sincere comments or questions can be emailed to me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your brother in the Christ sharing the truth with joy,

Pete

babylon, Church, Sovereignty

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/

salvation

The Blessing of God’s Election

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

This short sentence by Jesus has confounded the wise men of religion for years.  Yet it states a simple fact.  This fact is that while God will ultimately call all men to Himself (the many),  He will choose very few to be HIS ELECT on this earth.  These are His chosen servants  and Jesus will reveal Himself and make His abode with His Elect.  All that God has spoken and planned since before the world began will come to pass exactly in the order and sequence God has ordained.  His will, will be done!

Isaiah 46:10-13

Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’
Indeed I have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it.

12 “Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted,
Who are far from righteousness:
13 I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off;
My salvation shall not linger.
And I will place salvation in Zion,
For Israel My glory.

God will personally place all that are saved in Zion.  He is the Savior and it is only by His election of grace that all men shall come to be saved in the appointed time.  Man does not save himself and has no free will to even choose God as has been shown in several recent posts.

We saw in the last post regarding God’s supposed hatred of Esau, that God really did not hate Esau.  God choosing Jacob over Esau was simply based on His absolute Sovereign choice of election.  The Elect of God by no means nullify the promises of God and the salvation that is guaranteed to all men. Salvation for all was the promises given the fathers of faith and they will come to pass exactly as promised.  But God has a plan that was spoken before this world was evened formed.  God’s plans and purposes call for a chosen people,  THE ELECT of God to be His servants on this earth.  No need to apply for a job,  God does it all as the Scriptures make clear.

Ephesians 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love

It is a tremendous blessing to be among the chosen few.  I am still learning what all this entails.  But it also comes with a commitment to suffer for Christ and live a life of sacrifice and persecution by those of the world.  This is the cost of discipleship.   These are the paths the Spirit is now leading me on and I will look to my brethren, the true saints to help me stay strong and encouraged in the Lord.

This message is written only for those that have ears to hear.  It is for the edification of the Body of Christ, which is the ELECT of God.  It is by sharing in His afflictions and rejection by the world that we shall come to share in His glory.

Romans 8:30  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Many reading this post will be offended. What this is blasphemy some will say.  God shares His glory with nobody.  Well that is true, but He will share His glory with His sons and daughters, the very ones HE chooses and gives an inheritance into the kingdom.  That is a topic for another day, but it says it right here in Romans 8.  He has called us for His own glory so His name shall be magnified in all the earth and ALL shall come to know He is the Lord.

Those not in the true faith will see this as bragging or being arrogant by claiming some special privilege with God.  I have gotten a few emails charging me with such an offense.  But I will stand blameless before the Lord on that charge.  Such charges are the deceptions of a carnal mind and the same envy and bitterness expressed by the Pharisees to Jesus and His disciples.  All so chosen by God who lives a godly life in Christ shall be persecuted.  In this we rejoice knowing this is confirmation of our salvation given already.  These words of Paul, as all of his letters, we written only for the ELECT.

Phil 1:27-29  Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

A great calling has been placed upon the Elect.  It is only for them so chosen.  This is the work of God, His Sovereign choice of electing His servants and who shall be His Bride.  Man does not choose to be the Bride of Christ.  God chooses all His Disciples.  Disciples will be held responsible for the light of truth given to us and whether we walked in this covenant with our God and Maker.  We will rightfully show mercy to our accusers, knowing they don’t know what they are doing and remain ignorant of the true faith.

Luke 12:48  For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

The Lord has always had a people, called out and separated from this world.  These ELECT people, chosen only by the will of God are the true ISRAEL OF GOD.  God has always had a true Israel which are children designated for rebirth by the Spirit of God.  These are the spiritual descendants of Abraham born of the spiritual seed of his son Isaac.

Romans 9:6-8  But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.

Faith is indeed a great gift of the Almighty God.  Those who hear will all know this.  Those who do not hear will reject this and claim it is man’s choice to have faith.  But such remain in spiritual darkness, they are not sons of the light.

The Elect are these children of the promise given to Abraham.   In due time all men shall be saved but how God brings this about is through choosing His Elect.  In times past, I saw glimpses of this truth on the spiritual versus physical Jew and wrote things speaking against the Jews that were half correct in identifying the Israel of God.  But the elect of God is a deeper mystery yet.  The very faith that one must have to even believe in this gospel and the salvation of all men, is given to the Elect.  Faith is indeed a gift as are all the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  Man’s religion has built entire doctrines and systems around the carnal belief that man chooses God and thereby chooses to have faith.  This is patently false and has already been discussed elsewhere on this blog.

The purposes of God’s Election are clear, they have been spoken and it shall stand.  No man or demon is going to get in the way of God bringing all of His preordained steps to fruition.

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

God is indeed the Master Potter orchestrating His plan perfectly.  Not even a bird falls from the sky outside of our Father’s will.  There is still only a remnant in this generation according to God’s election.  It is all grace if one sees the truth of this glorious gospel and believes and is thereby granted repentance and drawn to Christ by the Father. (Romans 2:4,  John 6:44)

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.

Who gets this grace?  How do they get it?  It is all the work of God to His Elect.

7 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 8 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.”

God has given this faith to the chosen few ordained from the beginning of time.  But to all the rest, they have been blinded on purpose and not allowed to see it right now.  This is all the work of God as salvation is of the Lord and His appointed time for each man.  His ways are not our ways but we can simply trust God for those who see with spiritual eyes, knowing that He promises of  mercy will be given to all in the end.  Hallelujah!

The potter always has to remake the original.  We are all born into and conceived in sin.  It is through this process of death and destruction that new life is brought forth through the hands of the Master Potter.  We must perish, we shall surely die and these things are all for good as our God is good and is simply accomplishing His will of purifying all of His people in the appointed order and sequence.  But a carnal minded man seeking God himself will invent doctrines such as an eternal hell to justify themselves, yet it is all of grace and faith which are the gifts of God.

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.

We must be BORN AGAIN to enter the kingdom of God.  We each must be remade by the Master Potter.  I cannot sit here and explain all the ways of God.  I believe no man can.  I must just trust the faith given to me to believe this gospel and the report of Isaiah.  My hope is solely standing on the faith the Lord has poured into my heart and confirmed by many witnesses of Scripture.  We persevere trusting in God and His promises.

Romans 8:20 –  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

We all were born in sin and conceived in inequity.  This was the plan all along.  God did this on purpose and it is all for good once you see it as God will reveal to His Elect.

Once chosen of God,  the saints of God will not be complacent.  God has called us for a purpose and has lit a fire in our hearts to go serve Him.  There are many gifts and many ministries in the Body of Christ.  The common element however is faith and a love for people which is true holiness and defines the very essence of our great God.  We have been delivered and called out of both Egypt and mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots.  As was told to me lately,  I don’t think I appreciate yet what all of this means.

DEUT 7:7  For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. 7 The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; 8 but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Nobody decided to come out!  If you are truly out, God dragged you out.  It is all of His choosing.  With love poured out in our hearts, His Elect obey Him and love God and our neighbors as ourselves.  This is our heart’s desire and we do it not to be saved but because salvation has already come to our house, the very bodies or tents that we occupy.

Destruction will come to all others.  This is by no means speaking of an eternal torment in hell.  But the potter simply has to remake all the marred vessels of clay in the appointed time to fulfill His promises.  It is God’s will that all of us, the Elect and all, be sanctified and purified of all sin.    All people will one day be reconciled back to God and death shall be abolished and destruction shall be no more.  This is really good news for those God has chosen to hear it now.  Jesus holds the keys to Hades and Death but we have this wonderful promise that applies to all that is yet to be fulfilled.  After doing all of this “destroying”  look what God says happens.

JOEL 2:28  “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon ALL people

The Elect Are God’s Witnesses On Earth

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

We are called and chosen for a purpose.  That is to be a witness for the Lord.  We shall testify of His goodness and His love both in words and in deed.  This is how we glorify God by loving all men and being a testament to His enduring nature of love and mercy.  That is how God does it my friends.  It is by the foolishness of kind acts of mercy and love, combined with speaking truth in all boldness and power that the hearers are themselves converted into true believers.

Peter did not sit on his butt and rest on his laurels.  When God called him to go, he went where he was sent.  Peter made sure Cornelius’s family knew that he was just a mere man and that it was only by God’s election that he had been given the revelation and the commandments to go preach.  The revelation is a gift God gives to equip His chosen servants.

ACTS 10:40-42  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. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead.

The Apostles always start their letters with a reference to this calling and election by God.  We are to always live humbly knowing the source of all gifts and our very faith that is our hope.  But God is pleased to reveal Christ inside of us to those He has chosen.  This is why I now preach my friends without apologies for the boldness of my new hope.  Listen to Paul who knew like I know that we were chosen by God before we were even born.

GAL 1:15 But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me  so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.

Speaking of how we are to walk once chosen by the Lord we have many instructions that all point back to love and mercy.  The very attributes of our great merciful Father.

Col 3:12Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others

Oh the power.  There is true power in the words of a true disciple chosen and sent by the Lord.  A carnal man will think this is arrogance or pride, but it is not.  There is power standing in the truth and full assurance of the salvation for all men, already paid by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

1 Thess 1:4We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.  For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you.

I am going to share some more verses here that are everywhere in the Bible that speak to this glorious privilege of election.  We can see clearly how men are saved; it is by the choice of God who gives His Spirit which then causes us to walk in obedience to His commandment to love ALL.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvationa salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth

A recent post spoke of Fighting the Good Fight of Faith.  We do press onward once saved by God not to keep a salvation as that can never be lost.  But we do persevere and we do endure all the way to the very end, finishing this race God has set before us.  Why?  We do it for the prize and the reward we shall get if we finish.  Our reward can be a  crown of righteousness that will enable us to rule and reign with Jesus Christ in the next age.

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. This is a trustworthy saying:

If we die with him, we will also live with him.

If we endure hardship, we will reign with him.

Do you see Paul stating here that we don’t save anyone?  We just preach and if God has chosen them,  they will believe.  That is why we do not argue, or strive or contend over clear matters of faith that God has revealed into our hearts.  We reject such heretics and move on after the second or third admonition.

I have developed my singing voice of late.  Having be saved and translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His marvelous light, I can’t help but sing loudly praises to our King.  To come to know the love He has purposed me for and poured out abundantly into my heart.  Verses like these bring great tears of joy to those of us so blessed by the Lord.

Ephesians 1:4-7 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son

When God heals us of our blindness and hardened hearts, we instantly can see. The mysteries of His plan for all men become clear to use and the anointing He has given to us is our teacher and we need no man to teach us these things.  Paul summed up the plan of ELECTION nicely in Ephesians.

Ephesians 1:9-11  God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.  12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God.

Ears to Hear

The manifold wisdom of God is hidden in the Scriptures and is only revealed unto babes as the Lord chooses.  This is why Jesus spoke in parables it is said.  He did not speak this way to make it easy to understand the meaning,  it was done on purpose so only God can quicken the revelation knowledge to those He has ordained to hear it.  These are His chosen ones.    When Jesus is speaking, He is not speaking to all men,  He is speaking to His disciples, the ones He chooses.  This is why Jesus ended His statements many times with this saying.

Matthew 11:15  He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

Of course a carnal minded man that reads the Scripture will think he understands and hears.  Yet I can attest this is not the case.  Like the multitudes today, I had a zeal for God but without real knowledge.  Same thing Paul said about the Jews in Romans 10.  It is only by the Spirit that a man can discern the things of God and this only upon Election by God in the appointed time.

1 COR 2:14  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Let’s look at some of the things Jesus said regarding who has ears to hear the truth.

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

John 14:22-23  Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?” 23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them

The world cannot hear the words of Jesus.  This includes those that profess faith, the ones Jesus will tell I never knew you on the last day.  Very many book smart, spirit dumb Pharisees walk this earth finding fault with everyone and not knowing the true God and not believing in this wonderful gospel of salvation for all men.  They have made the Scriptures their idol but they have not yet been made willing to come.  God has not yet dragged them to Himself and that is the only way a man shall come to God.

John 5:38-40  But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. 39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

We will most certainly know the true disciples of Jesus Christ by the love they produce.  We will know them by their fruits. Those attacking this gospel preached on this web site will be ashamed one day of their fruit.  They may do some good deeds, I do not know but the fruit of love is certainly not produced in their writings or comments.  They think they have chosen God on their own initiative but they are greatly deceived as their belief in an eternal hell clearly reflects.

John 15:16You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

What has gone on at this website in the past month with these religious heretics has a very clear parallel in Acts 13.   The Jews incited a riot amongst the crowd to silence Paul and Barnabas but they were undeterred.  God had put it in their heart what to say and how to say it.

ACTS 13:47-49 Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and declared, “It was necessary that we first preach the word of God to you Jews. But since you have rejected it and judged yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we will offer it to the Gentiles. 47 For the Lord gave us this command when he said,

‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles,
to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.’

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.

Religious people hate this gospel.  They hate it when an Almighty God does all the choosing and all the saving.  It cuts out their self righteous hypocrisy.

50 Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and the leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town. 51 So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium. 52 And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

These religious folks that walk in a form of godliness are not filled with joy, nor the Holy Spirit.  They simply don’t know God and can to this day cannot hear the word of truth.  But this gospel must go and be preached as it has been commanded of the Lord’s disciples.

To the critiques and attackers of the truth we say this:

Romans 8:33-34  Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

With God being before us, the Elect of God don’t really care who is against us.  We have a Father in heaven who was pleased to reveal Himself to us.  We have a great privilege to serve the living God in this body of flesh with a down payment of the inheritance to come.  What a blessing.  It is my heart’s content to want to become a blessing and be just like my Father in heaven.  He loves all and shows mercy to all and that is what I will strive to do for the remaining days of my life.

Romans 9:4 They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God’s adopted children. God revealed his glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave them his law. He gave them the privilege of worshiping him and receiving his wonderful promises.

In a great mystery we are told that God did not reject His own people.

Romans 11:2  No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning.

This is a riddle that confuses carnal man always.  As we saw above, the spiritual seed of Isaac were the children of the promise.  Not all Israel is Israel.  ONLY THE ELECT IS ISRAEL.  This is how it can be stated that all Israel shall be saved.  These will be the few that enter by the narrow way.  All men are saved in the end in the ages to come and even death is no obstacle for the Master Potter to preach the gospel and give new hearts to men.

This is all of God’s choosing and appointment.  It has nothing to do with the free will of mankind.  It is all of grace and not any works.  True faith is a gift as is the eternal life it leads to now, in this body of flesh in partial down payment form.  It is the earnest of our inheritance as the chosen ones of the Lord.

Romans 11:7 -8 So this is the situation: Most of the people of Israel have not found the favor of God they are looking for so earnestly. A few have—the ones God has chosen—but the hearts of the rest were hardened. 8 As the Scriptures say,

God has put them into a deep sleep.
To this day he has shut their eyes so they do not see,
and closed their ears so they do not hear.”

This could not happen to us modern man thinks.  But God has never changed and His plans and purposes for ELECTION were spoken before the world began and they will come to pass.  Every jot and tittle.  But God has His plans and it is by the mercy of the ELECT that all men shall come to be saved.

Romans 11:30-32   but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead. 31 Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy. 32 For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone.

 I will end this long post with a reminder of the last words of Peter.  We have been called and elected by God and this is a incomprehensible blessing.  Receiving this gift of faith from the Lord is the  only way we will believe this gospel of good news and glad tidings for all men.  But we are told to make sure we do not camp around and rest on our laurels.  We are instructed by the great Apostle to add to our faith and grow in our maturity in the Lord.  The end of the maturing and perfecting process of our walk of faith is that we will show the kindness and love that Jesus showed to all men.  Love is the end of this walk.  Pure love for all.  This is who our God is and it is wonderful to know Him.  If we eagerly pursue these things, we shall never stumble.

2 Peter 1:10  Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We need to get in the race and run with endurance.  Those called and chosen of God cannot be sitting in the balcony of life anymore.  We must go where He send us and speak what He gives us to say.  I look forward to striving on with many of you and looking forward to the blessed hope ahead.  It is a wonderful thing to be chosen of God.  May we all be found worthy of His praises in the ages to come.

salvation

Carnal Man Always Denies God’s Power

1 COR 3:1-4 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?

Until we are truly converted by the power of God at HIS choosing in the appointed time,  we will be unable to understand the deep things of God.  Very few are converted as this is ONLY for God’s Elect as the Scriptures declare.  That is who the Scriptures are written for and the carnal man will be ever learning but never able to come to knowledge of the truth.  We have seen this play out on this website in the comments since I myself was converted and began to preach the true gospel.

There really is true unity of the ONE FAITH that is only received as a GIFT from an all-powerful God.    There are no divisions in the Body of Christ.  The same God planted the same gift of faith into all of our hearts.  But a carnal man who thinks faith is something they do and act upon on their own initiatives will strive and contend and divide amongst themselves, arguing the things they have no true understanding about.  The natural (also known as carnal) man cannot receive the deep things of God until they become converted and walk by the Spirit.

1 COR 2:14  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned

There truly is no boasting from any man except that they know the Lord if they are indeed the recipient of this wonderful gift of faith.  The carnal man always asks the question then why do you preach?  The short answer is because God sends us to preach, He calls us and we follow.  But you can also see it here also in 1 COR 3 as Paul explained why they preach.

1 COR 3:5-8  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are ONE (unity of faith), and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

We preach this gospel because God opens ears to those who hear it and that is how God brings about giving the gift of faith.  But we also see that those converted and called by God are working for a reward, a crown of righteousness we see elsewhere.  Salvation is already assured for all men, that is settled in heaven long ago.  We serve God and preach this gospel to obey the one we have now been enslaved to, knowing that if we endure we shall receive a just reward and will rule and reign with Christ in the next age here on the earth.

Jesus spoke to carnal religious people all the time.  They constantly attacked Him and challenged Him using Scripture.  But they were yet carnal and knew not the things of God.  They had no idea of God’s power and they always limited God in their unbelief.  They could not believe He was the Messiah and the Son of God.  The same things is happening today and these Scriptures are written for our admonition.

Matthew 22:29 You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God

But thru all of the preaching of Christ and the disciples that followed, some,  few,  those appointed by God to hear came to know the truth and believe in this glorious gospel, calling on the name of the Lord.

With this background I want to review just some of the Scripture that makes clear that man has no free will to choose God.  That is religion, an invention of the carnal mind of man that has Man seeking after God.  But the true faith and ways of God is that God comes to man based on His election and appointment of time.  Let them be given ears to hear Lord in their appointed time.

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

This is strong if you see it.  This shows God CAUSES us to walk in obedience.  This is what a new heart, given only by the will of God will do for a man.  Read the whole chapter that describes this glorious promise of God.  Notice all the I WILL’s, showing it is all the work of God.  Notice also why God does it.

Ezekiel 36:22-23 Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went.  23 And I will sanctify My great name

It is not for our sake but it is for His sake as it brings glory to God and magnifies His name.  Go read Ezekiel 36 to see this powerful promise from the Most High God.

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

The whole plan of God’s creation was predetermined.  Every step,  every man,  every bird,  every word,  nothing was left to chance.  Our God is indeed ALL POWERFUL.  The carnal man has a hard time grasping the unlimited power of God.

Psalm 23:1-2 The Lord is my shepherd,  I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.

Go makes us lie down in His rest.  When He decides, it is going to happen.  But this is all for our own good and I for one am praising God for making me lie in His pasture of richness, rest and wisdom.  Thank you Jesus.

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

Again my friends.  Our hope only comes by FAITH and this a gift from God so that no man can boast.

Ephesians  2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Whose work are we?  We are His workmanship.  We are pieces of clay and He is the Master Potter.  It was prepared before the world even began.  That is how powerful and mighty our great God is.

Romans 6:20-23 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.

A slave has no ability to free themselves from slavery or to change masters from the devil to God. This is all the work of God but man continues to deny His power. God’s will is the sanctification of all men. This will happen. An almighty GOD will make sure and physical death is certainly no obstacle as the gospel declares.   Kind of silly to think a slave is in control!

Romans 3;10  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

I don’t know about you,  but simple math tells me NONE is NONE.  ZERO, NADA, ZIP.  There is not a single man who chooses to have faith and follow after God.  Did we not teach basic math to our children?  I am being facetious (humorous) of course.  It is God’s way to keep men blind until He chooses.  All revelation comes from the Most High.  Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was speaking to those spiritually wise that had been chosen of God and given these wonderful gifts.  Paul spoke of these good things of the Father given to the sons of God.

Ephesians 1:15  Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,  16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened

Mine eyes have been enlightened by these GIFTS of the Father.  Now I know what the writer of the song meant who wrote “mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”.  This coming is revealed inside of us, to our heart.  Christ IN US,  the hope of glory.

Exodus 4:11  And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?

Who is it that makes man speak?  Who made man’s mouth?  Who makes people blind and who makes them see?  This applies spiritually and as you can see, it is ALL OF GOD not man.

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

Lest you still doubted that God works ALL things, including all the words we speak,  here you see it again.  Carnal man’s theology has no defense when lined up with Scripture.

Proverbs 16:3-4  The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.

We showed that God created evil lately and even makes wicked people to bring about His plan of salvation for all men.  But most still will not believe.

Proverbs 16:9   The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Man may think he is directing his steps and choosing to do or not to do things.  But it really all is in the hands of a mighty and ALL POWERFUL God.  Those that think it is “them” do not believe this gospel and deny the power of God every single time they defend their unbelief.

Jeremiah 18:2-6  “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. 4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.

God does NOT make mistakes but He does have the right to make whatever He chooses.  He is GOD.  Let God be true and every man a liar.  God is God and will do what He pleases.  We need to come to understand that all of His works are for good, all the time.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 6 “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

Man is not directing his steps.  We all are in the hands of the Master Potter.  Let’s look at some more Potter and Clay verses.

Isaiah 29:16  Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

Carnal man in his foolish religion brings Christ down and exalts man at every turn.  But as these Scriptures all declare,  it is all the work of God whether man believes it or not.  Carnal man will deny that God has made them exactly as they are now.  It was ALL ordained of God.

Isaiah 64:8  But now, O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand. 9 Do not be angry beyond measure, O Lord, Nor remember iniquity forever; Behold, look now, all of us are Your people.

The Lord has made us in vessels of weak flesh.  This was all on purpose so God can mold and shape us into the image of His Son.  This way God gets all the glory and His name is magnified into the heavens.  We truly can do nothing, even believe the gospel, on our own initiative.  Jesus could DO NOTHING,  the Son of God our Father.  What makes man think he can do anything?

John 5:30  I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

But the carnal man will never ever be able to see it.  They can’t see it even if one declared it to them like I am doing right now.  This revelation can only come from the Father.

John 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit

Jesus makes it pretty clear who chooses who.  We don’t choose God.  All the drawing near and all the giving of faith is a gift and the work of an almighty God.  Amazing that a carnal man can look at this verse and still deny it.  Amazing how strong the blindness God puts over eyes.

John 10:3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out

The GOOD SHEPHERD calls us out of Babylon by name.  Many have not yet been called out and they are the ones that will oppose and attack this true gospel of faith as a gift and salvation for all men.

Phil 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure

It begins to get redundant but who is it that works and will in each of us for HIS good pleasure?  It is God and not man.  Man has no choice in the matter.  If they hear His voice it is because God reveals Himself to them.  If they do not hear, it is because they are still blinded and bound in unbelief by the will of the almighty God.  They are not yet of God and will never ever be able to understand it until God acts.

Romans 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

They are all gifts freely given by God to who HE chooses.  Carnal man keeps arguing that they are not a robot and God can’t force anyone to love Him.  Oh yes He can and that is exactly what God does.  Nobody is good but God. Love is poured into our new hearts only by the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We don’t decide to love God as all these wonderful Scriptures declare.  The Spirit is given to us and it is only by that Spirit that love comes into our heart.

Romans 11:32  For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

People like to blame the Jews and enjoy saying they are all going to an eternal hell.  But those that say such nonsense do not know the Lord.  They do not see that this disobedience and unbelief was all the work of God.  He did it on purpose and tells us why right here, so that He can show mercy to all men by saving them in the end.  Now that is a good God whose love never fails and whose mercy endures forever!!

Romans 9:18  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires

A great chapter about the plan and absolute sovereignty of the Master Potter.  God chooses who sees and He chooses who does not see.  But know in the appointed time, all will see and all knees shall bow to God for His glory.  It is finished.

Eph 2:1  And you hath HE quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins

Who brought the Elect out of spiritual darkness and into this marvelous light of this gospel?  It is God who chooses to adopt His sons and He does it while we are still dead in our sins.  Do you see it?

ACTS 13:48  and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed

This shows the early church and those who came to believe after hearing the foolish sermons from Peter, Paul and the other disciples.  But those that believed were ordained by GOD to believe just as this Scripture says.

ACTS 2:47  And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

People did not choose to believe.  They heard this gospel and then God chooses who is saved and when.  But make no mistake; all will be saved in the end.

Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

This verse describes Jesus.  What part of ALL things do we not understand?  All the world is held together in the power of Christ.  He is the creator.  We limit God every time our carnal mouth speaks.  We can’t help it; it is all in the potter’s hands.

Isaiah 45:5  I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

Just to be clear, this shows that God is girding (controlling all movements) of all men, even the ones that do not know Him yet.  This is by far the vast majority of people as only few shall find the way to eternal life this side of the grave.

Col 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Paul never boasted that it was his will or his choosing.  He knew as do all of us that have been converted by the power of God, that this wonderful work is all of God and not of ourselves and our choosing.

1 Thess 1:4-5 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

Oh yes.  Standing on the Rock and living in the true word in our heart will bring power.  I speak with power never before seen from Pete.  I speak with boldness and confidence, full assurance, zero doubt of what God has done and His willingness and ability to bring to pass all His promises.  This includes the salvation of all men.   When God gives you a gift,  you know it.   It comes with power and with much assurance.  I can now stand and proclaim this gospel boldly knowing it is true.

1 John 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

All that truly are in the faith were begotten of HIM,  by GOD.  He chose us, we did not choose Him.  He chose us out of this world and commissioned us to go and bear fruit and this fruit will remain.  Nobody is going to snatch me out of His hands, and I mean nobody.

Romans 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.

Ah,  the Master Potter working all things, ALL THINGS for the greater good.  He is a wonderful loving and good God. As an adopted son,  I can call Him Abba and know I have an inheritance of all the things of the Kingdom.  That is good.

Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Those that come to faith in this body of flesh, will be few, they are the Elect, the chosen of God.  But all of this was predetermined from the foundations of the world.  As has been said, it is not of merit it is totally a gift from the Potter.  I receive it Lord and I hope I will be worthy of the calling you have now placed upon my life and the life of the other Saints.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus is the only way to come to the truth. Yet we know that nobody can even come to Jesus unless the Father wills. (John 6:44).

Matthew 20:34  So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him

These blind men did not heal their own eyes.  God does all the healing, even opening up spiritual eyes and removing the veil of unbelief that hides this true gospel from the multitudes.

Titus 3:4-7  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

This is God’s purposes for election.  It is all of His choosing and given only by His mercy. Man has absolutely no say so in this.

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

What make men repent and turn to God is their understanding the goodness of the Lord and His kindness and enduring love.  That is why we repent.  Nobody truly repents to avoid an eternal punishment which is false and creates an image of a false cruel and merciless God.  God must give you the eyes to see this goodness that HE is.  When He opens your eyes,  all the scales and false images and doctrines will fall to the ground. You like me, will be utterly ashamed in that day but yet thru the tears of mourning will be exceedingly glad.  You will come to see God in His glory and goodness.  Man is it good.

COL 2:11,13 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Man does not do surgery on his own heart.  This is all the work of God.  NO FLESH and NO HANDS involved and because of this, man has no say so in the timing of this surgery.  It is all in God’s appointed time.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

God does all the quickening.  This means to unveil the truth of the WORD in our hearts.  He plants it and He reveals the understanding, instantly based on my experience and the stories in the Scriptures.

Jeremiah 24For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. 7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Again we see the promise of the NEW COVENANT.  Notice all the “I Will’s” speaking of God doing the work and the total absence of “YOU WILL”.  Man has absolutely nothing to do with salvation.

Jonah 2:9  Salvation is of the Lord.

HE is the Savior.  His arm is not too short to save and will save all in the end.  It is written.  In the first sermon ever preached, Peter spoke of this promise that God would pour out His Spirit ON ALL.  He will do it in the appointed time.  At the end of this sermon,  Pete is asked by the people who were still carnal in their understanding what shall they do?  He answered and explained that if they turn their hearts to this good and loving God who is faithful to His promises, they shall be saved.   All will turn in time but salvation is in the hands and timing of the Master Potter.

ACTS 2:38  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.”

Do you see this promise is for all, even those of us today “far off”, 2000 years later.  But it only comes to those the LORD calls and chooses.  In the end, God gets it done.  All men are saved.  Knowing this, one can live a life of love, sowing mercy to all being set free from all fear and the worry of having to save ourselves.  The Spirit of God will lead us into obedience as the Scriptures say when we truly come to believe this gospel.  I hope you will be pulled out of darkness as today is the day of salvation for some.

So I hope this list of Scriptures and my brief explanation will give those of you who still do not believe this glorious gospel something to think about.  There are many more that show the truth of God doing the choosing in the appointed time.  This just scratches the surface.  Study these Scriptures, take it to the Lord in prayer.  May the God of all grace and supplications and spiritual blessings show you favor and open the eyes in the appointed time.

We all belong to God.  Whether we live or whether we die,  let’s do it unto the Lord.

1 COR 3:21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: