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Repentance from Dead Works

These are notes compiled from various teachings by Ronel for the Woman’s Study.

“Repentance from Dead Works”

Repentance is very clearly stated as vital for salvation throughout the Bible.

It is impossible for man on their own initiative to repent. Repentance is indeed a necessary part of salvation which is not a mystery that is veiled from carnal eyes. What is at issue is the origins or the causation of that repentance. The truth is God is the one working all aspects of salvation and man has absolutely no say in it or its timing.

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

Repentance cannot be done on our own initiative and without repentance it is impossible to enter into the kingdom of GOD:

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

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

Psa 119:160 The entirety of Your word is truth.

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

If one accepts the Scripture such as Ephesians 1:11 then you are obliged to accept that HE, the Lord, also is working our repentance according to HIS will because all things means ALL THINGS.

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

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

This speaks not only to the number of days but all that will take place on those days. God has declared the end from the beginning and He will bring it to pass without exception. It is true that our repentance was also written in His Book therefore;

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

Our Father is not at all surprised or confused by our shortcomings because not only did He create us and devise a plan for our lives but He also said this:

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

Knowing the unchanging nature of God leads us to consider these powerful Words of Truth.

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

Repentance from dead works is one of the milk doctrines:

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

We are admonished to “leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ [and] go on unto perfection”. Going on unto perfection is for those who are ready to do that. Leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ and going on unto perfection, is not an admonition to forget about those who are not yet ready to “leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ”. The Truth is that this verse in Peter complements these verses in Hebrews six:

1Pe 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

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

1Pe 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

How do “new born babes … taste the Lord [and know] that the Lord is gracious”? They do so only through “tast[ing] the Lord” who we are, because we are “the Christ”.

Act 22:7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Act 22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

So we are not only a “spiritual house” for God, we are also the physical flesh and bone of “the Christ “until this very day:

1Pe 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

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

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

Part of going on unto perfection is to be very careful to demonstrate to new born babes that the Lord is gracious, by realizing that we are not all at the same level of maturity, and that we must, with a very loving heart, bear with those who are desiring the sincere milk of the Word, and never belittle them or do anything unloving which would ever make them feel any less a part of the Body of Christ.

What Is the Spirit of a New Born Babe in Christ?

Here is what our Lord Himself tells us:

Mat 18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

Mat 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 18:5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Here is how “this little child” presents himself to Christ:

Jas 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

The Process of Repentance:

  1. We are rebuked and told to repent of our sin.
  2. We see our sin and are sorrowful.
  3. We turn from sin and bear fruit keeping with repentance.

The Lord calls us to repent:

Jer 25:4  And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.

Jer 25:5  They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever:

Jer 25:6  And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.

Eze 14:6 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord GOD:” Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations.

Eze 18:30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, everyone according to his ways,” says the Lord GOD.” Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin.

Why can we apply things that happened to people in the old Testament to our lives?

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples (examples): and they are written for our admonition

We have to realize that we are sinful before we are able to repent.

Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them,” Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Mat 9:13 … For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.

The law of Moses (Law of the Gentiles) shows us that we are sin:

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 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Sorrow precedes repentance:

2Co 7:9  Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

2Co 7:10  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

2Co 7:11  For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

Here is an example of repentance:

1Ki 8:46  If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;

1Ki 8:47  Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;

This is an example of NOT repenting:

Jer 8:6 I listened and heard, But they do not speak aright. No man repented of his wickedness, Saying, “What have I done?’ Everyone turned to his own.

Repentance comes before the Kingdom of God.  What is the Kingdom of God?

Rom 14:16 -17 Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Repentance prepares the way for the Kingdom of God within us:

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

Repentance leads to forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit:

Act 3:19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

Act 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.

Who will repent?

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

1Co 15:22-23 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.

We do not repent until we are being chastened greatly with many trials:

Rev 9:20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.

Rev 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.

Rev 16:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

How Do We Repent?

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

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

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

Man repents only and because we are granted and given repentance not because our flesh desires to repent on its own.

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

Hence the word GOODNESS;

chréstotés: goodness, excellence, uprightness

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

Hence the word REPENTANCE:

metanoia: change of mind, repentance

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

Who puts this new heart and Spirit in us?

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

Hence the word HEART:

leb: inner man, mind, will, heart

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

Is Repentance Necessary for Salvation?

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

And here is how it is done, Spiritual surgery:

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

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

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

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

Turning/Conversion:

Those who turn or repent will turn from transgression. The Lord is burning out all that which defiles out of a man who has been so blessed, chosen and granted this gift of repentance unto life.

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

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

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

After repenting and being forgiven, we are to change our actions.

Mat 3:7  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Mat 3:8  Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Mat 3:9  And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Mat 3:10  And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Act 26:20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.

Repentance is the first step, then comes Judgment:

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

Mat 3:12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Different Types of Sorrow:

Repentance is the fruit of being sorry for having made a mistake. There are two totally different types of sorrow which are mentioned in the Scriptures, and they are both mentioned for our admonition. Both are ours to know and to experience. Both types of sorrow are contrasted in these verses of 2 Corinthians:

2 Co 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

2 Co 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

2 Co 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

The Sorrow of the World:

“The sorrow of the world” is the sorrow we feel when we are caught red- handed, and we are forced to publicly acknowledge our sin. There is no godly sorrow or real repentance involved, and we go right back to our wallow in the mire.

We have many Biblical examples of the sorrow of this world, like that of Balaam the prophet, and that of King Saul. Both of these men are types of what is within the flesh of our own old, first man Adam. Worldly sorrows are based upon the approval of men, giving in to the people.

Godly Sorrow:

When we see Godly sorrow which works repentance, we are witnessing the fruit of true godly love for our brothers, which is demonstrated only by our obedience to His doctrine and His commandments which drag us to that repentance.

1Jn 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

The Power of repentance:

One thing that made the testimony of the apostle Paul so powerful was the fact that he had “breathed out slaughter against, [and] persecuted the Church of God.” It was his repentance that made his testimony so powerful. So it is with us. Paul had “a change of mind”. He repented, the Lord forgave him and healed him.

What leads us to Repentance?

There is simply no way around this Truth. It is” the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering.” We are being led to repentance by “the riches of the Lord’s goodness and forbearance and longsuffering,” of the evil experience which He has given us to humble us and “bring us to repentance.”

Rom 2:4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

God is preparing us to be kings and priests who will be given the rulership of all mankind since Adam within and without. It requires that we be tried and tested until our righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees. It is a fiery trial but the glory which is to be revealed in us will make all the suffering and struggles against our flesh and the powers and principalities in the heavens, unworthy to be compared of.

Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Recap:

  • Repentance is vital for our salvation.
  • Repentance is a gift from God and cannot be done on our own initiative, the Lord grants us repentance.
  • Repentance is one of the six milk doctrines.
  • We are to move onto maturity, leaving the milk doctrines behind.
  • We are being rebuked and told to repent.
  • We have to be chastised with many trials before we repent.
  • Repentance means a “change of mind”.
  • We see our sin and are sorrowful.
  • We turn from our sins and bear fruit keeping with repentance.
  • Repentance prepares the way for the Kingdom of God within us.
  • Repentance leads to forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  • There are two sorrows, godly and worldly sorrow, working salvation and working death.
  • It is God’s goodness that leads us to repentance.

And in case we missed it, the Kingdom of God is the state we are in when we are being obedient to Christ having joy and peace that comes with Christ’s righteousness.

What are dead works?

Dead works are things we do while we are dead in our trespasses and sins. So who is dead and what is death spiritually?

We are spiritually dead when we sin. All of mankind is dead until Christ comes which is now for us, His first fruits, making us alive, forgiving us our sins. Note before forgiveness comes repentance. The rest of mankind are not being judged now. They say they “see” and have no need of repentance, they are not being judged now and being healed of Christ at this time.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death…

Eph 2:1-3 Also you– being dead in the trespasses and the sins, in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience – among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

Col 2:13 And you– being dead in the trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh— He made alive together with him, having forgiven you all the trespasses,

What is Death?

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally (g5461) minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

What is to be carnally minded? Look at the Fruit of the tree:

Gal 5:19  Now the works of the flesh (g5641) are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Gal 5:20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Gal 5:21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Rom 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Christ cleanses our conscience from dead works. Before He is coming, we have to be sorrowful and repent of our sins so we may receive the implanted Word which is Christ and “His Christ”.

Heb 9:14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Do not despise the weak in faith that are not being given to move onto maturity, how do we handle the weak in the faith, the sum of His Word is Truth:

Rom 14:1  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Rom 14:2  For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

Rom 14:3  Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

2Ti 2:23  But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

2Ti 2:24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

2Ti 2:25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

2Ti 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Take of the Study, what are we being admonished of?

We have many reminders to admonish and exhort us to beware of becoming slothful and lazy with regards to our battle with worldly lusts. Sinful ways of living needs to be put behind us, we are not being in “times past”…… but moving towards heavenly Jerusalem, forgetting what is behind stretching out what is before.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Becoming a doer of the Word and not just a hearer requires work. Christ did not come and is not coming so we can continue to live in sin. He comes to set the captives (all men within and in due time without) free from bondage to sin. This is the essence of what salvation is all about.

The promise of salvation is we are being saved from our sins. This comes little by little as the Scriptures declare. We are not to think we d0 it by our own strength and initiative.

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.

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.

As we mature we are looking behind us and see progress being made as we are giving more and more dominion over sin. The Lord is long-suffering and this process takes far longer than we want and that is to teach us patience.

Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Not seeing that progress should be a warning sign something is amiss. We examine ourselves to see if we are really in the faith. The grace of the Lord that scourges us and teaches us and ultimately causes us to obey the Lord (Eze 36:27) can be received in vain.

2Co 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

We receive such grace in vain, when we do not learn from our mistakes and the chastening the Lord brings when we sin. If we are failing to learn the lessons, we are doomed to repeat them and this will impede moving on to be a mature man in Christ. There is a fine line between claiming ourselves to be the “chief of sinners” (which we are apart from Christ working in us) and to receive the grace of the Lord in vain.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

We are naturally brute beasts (Ecc 3:18, Rom 7:24) and it takes our entire lives to be delivered and we only receive it in down payment form until we are given our new spiritual bodies. We fall victim to lascivious spirits that keep us in bondage to sin. We need to be reminded of this and our need to get up and to get back on the narrow road and learn what went wrong and make changes in our walk. To win the war we have to start and continue in winning the battles against our fleshly desires.

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Sin no longer should be ruling in our mortal fleshly bodies because as our faith grows and actions are added to our faith and we (Christ rising up in us) begin to gain victories little by little.

Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

We speak often to one another of the Lord’s Sovereignty in ALL THINGS but much less frequently of the battles and lessons REQUIRED to overcome sin and walk out our faith. We need to beware of lascivious spirits and remember we do not inherit the promises until we have done the will of God.

Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

And what is that will?

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

We best beware of “those men”, especially our carnal deceitful hearts that creep in unawares with a lascivious spirit. Like Jude, we need to exhort one another to be diligent which means careful to contend for our faith. It is the lazy spirit of sloth and lasciviousness that wants to use God’s sovereignty and the salvation promised to all men to avoid the need to strive and labor in our walk of faith.

Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jude reminds us what happens if we do not move onto maturity and stop our progress of overcoming sin. The Lord is destroying the old mindset.

Jud 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

Our learning comes by suffering and being chastised by the Lord.

Heb 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

We endure to the end and we do that by fighting, striving and working. It is the last days and we are being warned what happens in those days in each of us and this is what happens …… we have a form of godliness but denying the power of Christ in us (thru our unbelief) to change us.

2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Being cautious of pinning all of our sins on the Lord and using that to justify our continued bad behavior is how a lascivious spirit deceives us. The Lord is causing it but He is doing it to His people so we are learning and turning. We are fighting to lay hold of the life promised and flee from those things that is defiling us.

1Ti 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses

Guarding our hearts and the entry points into our life is being required. Faith without works are dead.

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life…

Pro 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Pro 4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

If we stop striving diligently we are falling short.

 Luk 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

We are reaping what we are sowing. If we continue to sow inequity to that disobedience (no matter what it is) we are also reaping.

Heb 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things (i.e. strive and work) which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Heb 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;

Sins are being recompensed.

Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

We work and strive together to make our calling and election sure. We add to our faith and our knowledge the things Peter mentions. This is the way we are BEING made partakers of His Divine nature (i.e. saved from our sins) and escape the lusts of this world within and without. We are moving onto maturity if the Lord wills. The end of the matter is our obedience and this comes by ADDING to our knowledge and to our faith. This is how the DOING part comes about.

2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity(LOVE)

Jesus Christ is not a minister of sin.

Gal 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

We are slaves to sins when we start out, but we are becoming slaves of righteousness.

Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Without us being given the zeal to work, we will not eat and will not grow in our faith and maturity. A lazy spirit leads to lasciviousness and abusing the grace of the Lord.

2Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Wisdom is the combination of KNOWLEDGE with understanding that comes with experience. Fear of the Lord is necessary to move us on to be Holy as the Lord is Holy.

Pro 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Wisdom results from the fear of the Lord and that is how we learn the lessons and become wiser and wiser with the trials and temptations we are continually given daily.

Isa 33:5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

Isa 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

Under the law of true faith, Christ is judging His people.

Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

We are proving our faith by passing the test and trials that are given to us.

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Conclusion:

Christ is honoring the Father by giving “the firstfruits of all thine increase” none of which will be lost (Joh 17:12). In the end however we weep bitter tears in our seasons and humanity will weep bitter tears and be ashamed (H954disappointed, or delayed) simply because they were not granted to come to true repentance in this age (2Co 7:10).

Our prayer is to never be put to “confusion”, never to become “dry”.

“…let me never be put to confusion” H954 בּוּשׁ bûsh boosh

A primitive root; properly to pale, that is, by implication to be ashamed; also (by implication) to be disappointed, or delayed: – (be, make, bring to, cause, put to, with, a-) shame (-d), be (put to) confounded (-fusion), become dry, delay, be long.

God’s sons intimately understand that repentance is a gift of a loving Father, having wept and weeping bitter tears ourselves as we learned and are learning and be convinced that He has always been the One doing all things, including the bringing of a few to true godly repentance in this age of our judgment, so we in turn now show mercy to those who are being delayed by the Father for our sake. We have nothing to offer, it is the Lord keeping us in all things!

Joh 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

We are being matured in the Church of the living God to move beyond the six milk doctrines:

This next verse is very symbolic of the life of Christ and His Body who are being matured in the Church, with Christ’s mother being a type of the church (Luk 1:28, Luk 2:35).

Psa 71:6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

Christ was “holden (H5564) up from the womb” (which is ‘shown favour’ or ‘established’) not just in the womb of his mother which symbolizes the Church but his entire life (Luk 2:40, 2Pe 3:18).

Jeremiah is another example of this predestined conditioned (type and shadow) that God has given to the elect to experience before the rest of humanity (Jer 1:5-7).

H5564
סמך
sâmak
saw-mak’

A primitive root; to prop (literally or figuratively); reflexively to lean upon or take hold of (in a favorable or unfavorable sense): – bear up, establish, (up-) hold, lay, lean, lie hard, put, rest self, set self, stand fast, stay (self), sustain.

We are called to be “holden (H5564) up from the womb” and to go onto maturity so that we may, God willing, be used to help bring in the later harvest of humanity who will also be “holden (H5564) up from the womb” of the ‘earth, earth, earth’ condition (“my mother’s bowels”) that we all must come out of spoken of in Jeremiah 22:29.

Here and now in the Body of Christ, we are striving to present ourselves and each man perfect before the Lord in our seasons.

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

We are a peculiar people “a wonder unto many”, we, who are seated in heavenly places, worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth, at truth that has been taken away from the world today.

Psa 71:7 I am as a wonder (H4159) unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

Isa 20:3 And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder (H4159) upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;

The Lord has set in motion this witness being proclaimed throughout the Body of Christ and has provided us “strong refuge” so that what has begun within us can and will be accomplished in Christ through whom we are able to endure all things today and every day.

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:

1Pe 4:13 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.

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

We ought to be a people with praise continually on our lips and with a spirit of gratitude that honors God continually who gives us the gift of repentance through Christ and “His Christ”.

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

We are all getting there Amen!

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Act 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:

Rev 1:11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”

The dream is one. Repentance is preparing the way for the Kingdom of God to come. It is the washing of the water by the Word, the HEARING of the Word which brings a “change of mind”. The Lord then forgives us and judges us “is, was and will be” so that we may be entering into His rest “little by little” in our Day of the Lord.

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

 

 

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Amos Part 12 – Prepare to Meet Thy God

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“Prepare to Meet Thy God”

Key Verses: Amos 4:5 – 4:13

Before we get into our new verses let’s address the second half of verse 5.

Amo 4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings [H5071]: for this liketh [love] you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

We are called into the camp of the saints (Gilgal, Bethel, Hermon etc.) in our filthy garments still in marred vessels of clay. As the chosen few (Mat 22:14), the elect of the Lord are only given an earnest deposit of the spirit of God which is a down payment of the fullness to come (2Co 1:22, Eph 1:14) at the first resurrection. It is here in the Body of Christ that we bring sacrifices to the Lord with leaven (Lev 7:13), initially a virtual sinning machine (Psa 51:5), helpless to do otherwise until the Lord brings the fire of judgment upon us.

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.

Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Amos 4:5 is one of those verses the carnal Christian world thinks speaks of man having a free will, free from the will of God. The SUM of God’s word is the truth (Psa 119:160 – ASV) and no Scripture is of its own explanation (2Pe 1:20 – CLV).

Man, not having any free will, is a firmly established truth in the true Church which is the Body of Christ (see links at the end for several Free Will’s studies to firmly establish this in your minds if this Truth is not settled in your mind). Man, not having any free will is true despite the KJV translators use of the word nedâbâh, H5071 as “freewill”. Carnal men have taken these Scriptures by themselves (ignoring the SUM) to create and defend the false doctrine of free will.

H5071, nedâbâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 26

freewill, 15

free, 2

freely, 2

voluntary, 2

willing, 2

Without going into details of all these references, let’s just point out some other Scriptures that make it perfectly clear that man has a will but it is by no means free of the Lord’s working all things.

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

In fact, I like to point out the last verse in Amos 4 and get one to think about just how big God is and how active the Lord is in every minute detail of everyone’s life. Not only does the Lord order all our steps (Psa 37:23, Jer 10:23), gives us every word we speak (Pro 16:1. Isa 57:19), but our every thought is given to us by the Lord.

Amo 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

Our study next week will begin with Amos 4:13 and I will share a dialog Steven Crook and I had about it some time ago. The issue in discussion was on who the “his” was in “his thought” because who is the “his” in “his thought” could be subject to different interpretations. But in the meantime, a God that declares thoughts to His creation is a mighty God indeed!

As carnal men, we have no idea of the Lord’s hand in our life and we only see this as we grow and mature in the truth and look behind us in our day of judgment. We truly are just clay in His hands (Isa 64:8).

Pro 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

We continue on as the Lord who loves us (Heb 12:6) drags us to Himself as we are being prepared to meet our God.

Amo 4:6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Amo 4:7 And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.

Amo 4:8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Amo 4:9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Amo 4:10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Amo 4:11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Amo 4:12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.

We are being prepared to meet our God by being caused to err from His ways and then not responding to the chastening intended to bring us to repentance. The theme of chapter 4 is “you have not returned to the Lord”. It is no coincidence this phrase is found 5 times (grace thru faith) in today’s verses as repentance comes about only by the Lord’s process of pouring out of wrath that works righteousness in us little by little. The repentance, the baptism and the process of salvation is all the same process of judgment the Holy Spirit brings.

Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

It is this process of chastening that brings salvation and is teaching us righteousness (Isa 26:9).

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12 Teaching (chastening) us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Repentance is the process of learning obedience by the things we are given to suffer. Flesh is stubborn and despite seeing many miraculous works and having much wrath and tribulation already poured out upon our old man, we refuse to turn to the Lord. Each of the seven churches, which represent the complete church, all of which are inside of us, are called to repent. Here are three of the seven “repentance” messages to the seven churches.

Rev 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Rev 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

This is the purpose of judgment, to turn us to repentance yet we are not going there willingly.  We indeed have to be “drug” there (Joh 6:44) our old man kicking and screaming all the way.  Flesh and the carnal mind is extremely stubborn and we see this in the pouring out of wrath in the Book of Revelation as well as throughout all the prophets.

Rev 9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

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

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

Repentance is proven by the fruit our deeds produce (Mat 3:8). Knowledge is not enough.

Amo 4:6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

The elect of God is given the blessing of knowing the mysteries of the kingdom and eating the bread of Life at an altar that no other man can eat at (Heb 13:10, Mat 13:11). Having spiritual ears to hear and eyes to see is what enables us to know the truth and how properly divide the Scriptures. We have to eat the Word (the true bread from heaven) and suffer the loss of the kingdom of the old man to become doers of the Word. We can’t serve two masters. Having true doctrine, drinking the milk does grow us in the faith (1Pe 2:2, Gen 49:11-12) but that is to prepare us for the second coming of Christ that will bring lasting fruit bearing repentance.

Isa 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord will set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, that shall remain, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

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 harlot within us will deceive us into thinking we are doing no wickedness despite our eating and drinking in the Kingdom of God.

Pro 30:20 So is the way of an adulterous woman; She eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

Jer 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Our beastly nature loves feasting on the knowledge of the truth. Like physical riches and possessions, these spiritual blessing also become stumbling blocks. Fighting the good fight of faith requires us to be content on what we have and beware the snare of riches that drown men into destruction and perdition (1T1 6:9).

Amo 4:7 And also, I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.

Amo 4:8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

The Lord is the only physical and spiritual rain maker. Spiritually speaking, rain is the Truth and our understanding of the Word of God and sound doctrine.

Deu 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

Deu 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Cities represent strongholds within the Kingdom of God within us that need deliverance from our bondage to sin and the carnal enmity with God. The Lord spiritually rain on some cities to bring forth spiritual growth (fruit of righteousness) and in other cities there are a drought and all spiritual things wither. This is all designed to cutoff the pride of man and humble us by showing us the Lord is truly working all things in heaven and earth.

1Pe 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

The rain and blessing of the Lord are withheld when we turn back and remain defiant in our day of the Lord.

Jer 3:2 …and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.

Jer 3:3 Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD

Joe 1:13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.

The Lord has given us the two or three witnesses to establish every matter of truth (Deu 19:15); yet even after seeing multiple witnesses to the Words of Christ, stubborn flesh do not turn back to the Lord. The living waters are bitter to our bellies (Exo 15:23, Rev 10:10) and we would rather have the old drink rather than the new (Luk 5:39). So we wander seeking relief from our trials and reproach, drunk on knowledge but finding no peace. Every learning but never able to come to knowledge of the truth, we are brought to our wits ends.

Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger [H5128] like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

The word for wandering is the same word the Psalmist used for stagger. It is only those brought to this place of crying out in meekness that are then able to eat and drink and be satisfied (Psa 22:26, Mat 5:3-6). Thankfully salvation is the Lord’s work in us and He is bringing it to pass through the means He has devised exactly on schedule. A loving Father scourges every son He receives (Heb 12:6).

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

We will look behind ourselves to see the blessing and the miracle of righteousness the Lord has worked and is working in us as we continue running the race for the prize.

Amo 4:9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Blasting and mildew are part of the long list of curses of the Lord for disobedience.

Deu 28:22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

Growing into maturity is hard because flesh keeps on wanting to take credit for what the Lord is doing. Even when the spiritual growth (the crops, the vineyard, trees etc.) increases, the Lord sends His army to devour that crop because we have not returned to Him. A jealous God is not going to allow His wife to continue to commit fornication and adultery.

Rev 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

Salvation is only of the Lord and there is NO, I, me or my in any of it. We all like Job, will come to see ourselves as very righteous and godly (Job 29) long before we ever are and BEFORE we are given to meet the Lord in the whirlwind of judgment. The fruit of self-righteousness will not remain (Joh 15:16), it will be burned up and spoiled by the plagues the Lord sends.

Joe 1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

The plagues come to reveal the hidden thing of darkness that need purging. The subsequent chastening of the Lord is what teaches us the right way and brings about the fruits worthy of repentance. Before we learn to overcome, we will be overcome by the beast (Rev 13:7). Only later in the process (in the end) do we overcome is, was and will be IF we are called, chosen and faithful (Rev 17:14).

Drunk on knowledge and thinking we have arrived, far from the end, the Lord brings out the worms of our self-righteousness to show us our need for repentance.

Joe 1:4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.

Joe 1:5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

Mold is mildew which is likened to a plague similar to leprosy which we know is our sinfulness.  The root word for mildew [H3418] comes from a word translated as green and described as yellowish green or sickly vegetation per Strong’s. Green and yellow represents a mixed mind of flesh and spirit and is a very immature mindset that we need to come out of.

H3418, yereq, yeh’-rek

From H3417 (in the sense of vacuity of color); properly pallor, that is, hence the yellowish green of young and sickly vegetation; concretely verdure, that is, grass or vegetation: – grass, green (thing).

The Lord’s purpose in these plagues is our salvation and shining light on what needs repentance. The prayer of dedication to the Solomon’s Temple shows us the Lord’s purposes in bringing the plagues upon us which is to move us on to maturity and overcoming, being doers!

1Ki 8:37 NKJV “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is;

1Ki 8:38 whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple:

1Ki 8:39 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act,and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men),

1Ki 8:40 that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.

1Ki 8:48 And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:

Amo 4:10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

The Lord sends pestilence upon Egypt (the world) and the man of sin/beast initially ruling the land (Pharaoh). He does the same again (is, was and will be) against the religious beast we have become (Rev 13:11) with the knowledge of Truth but not yet being able to perform the Word.  Seeking occasion for judgment (Jdg 14:4), our stubbornness in refusing to repent is used of the Lord to further bring judgment and to multiply the signs and wonders in our heavens and earth.

Exo 11:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.

As we strife with the best flesh can offer we are overcome and powerless (no horses) to being snared in besetting sins. We begin to see our spiritual stink but are helpless as we are being brought low by design. These plagues are the hand of God humbling us.

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

1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Living by every word includes us having a Sodom and Gomorrah experience as the Lord delivers His people in the fire of His judgment.

Amo 4:11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Only those chosen to overcome in this age will overcome and are overcoming. These Scriptures are not here to warn us of eternal hellfire but tell those that hear that salvation is all His Work.  It is only the exaltation of Jesus Christ within our hearts and minds, via the process of judgment; by which repentance is granted to Israel (the elect of God).

Act 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Salvation comes little by little, city by city, as the prophets of the Lord are sent to preach the gospel to the heathen within ourselves. All the cities within are given over to fornication and worship of strange gods and require the suffering of AGE ABIDING (not eternal) fire to be turned back to the Lord.

Jud 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Luk 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

A firebrand [H181] plucked from the burning is a POKER delivered from fire. A fire poker is an instrument used to turn embers and hot coals in a physical fire. And this is exactly what the elect, who are being judged first are being prepared to be. We are the spiritual fire pokers for the Lord that are the instruments of judgment.

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.

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

The house of God is the Body of Christ, and we are the instruments of judgment that speak the Words of fire. We are a fire poker because we will be the ones tending the fire in the lake of fire (Isa 33:14-15, Rev 20:5). That is why we are being judged now to be prepared to be the fire and the fire managers at the Great White Throne Judgement. We are the Lord’s witnesses who will bring salvation to all the Gentile nations within and without ourselves in the times appointed.

Mic 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

As we saw a few studies back (Amos Part 9), we are not able to walk with the Lord unless we meet with Him. That is how we come into agreement and have the same mind via the process.

Amo 4:12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.

So this is the reason the Lord pours out chastening grace (five times) and that is to turn us back to Him and grant repentance to the Israel of God. Finding repentance and coming to know Jesus Christ only happens in Zion which is in The Christ.

Isa 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn (repent) from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

The Lord is working all things for His Will and that includes our every step, thought and deed; even our very sins (Isa 63:17, Amo 3:5). All the signs and wonders, the plagues, the scouring are “the miracles” working righteousness in us. In the heat of our plagues, we don’t see it that way but looking behind us, we rejoice being set free.

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

Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

We know from the sum of the Word that we meet and get to know the Lord in the whirlwind, in the fire of judgment. That is what abiding in AIONIOUS (eternal) life requires. Like Job, we meet the Lord in the whirlwind (Job 38:1, 40:6). It is there that He is speaking with us and teaching us righteousness. These judgments are teaching us the Lord’s ways and expanding our understanding of what being “Lord in heaven and earth” truly means.

Deu 4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

Exo 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. 

Next week Lord willing, we will start with the last verse of Chapter 4 which is an amazing verse and then move forward in meeting the Lord in the whirlwind of our judgment in our day of the Lord.

Amo 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

Sincere comments or question are very welcome.  You may  also email me privately at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your Brother in Christ, PETE

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Nahum Part 5 – The Goodness of God Brings Repentance

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“The goodness of God brings repentance”

In our last study (Part 4) of Nahum we saw that the Lord reveals our own wickedness to us to initiate a great war that must be fought in heaven (our hearts and minds). The coming of Christ brings salvation and this requires a war of thoughts with horses, chariots and spears be waged. We won’t get to this verse until our next study but this is how the war ends up as the seed of the serpent within us is utterly cut off from the land.

Nah 2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

Our old man, aka the carnal mind of the flesh, will seek to save its life and will resist the things of the Lord with all our fleshly might. But ultimately the rider on the white horse, Christ, shows up and devours His enemies and subdues the beast that was sitting on the Lord’s throne (Rev 19:11). This clash between flesh and spirit is called enmity and was put there by the Lord on purpose (Gen 3:15, Rom 8:20). The conflict is the battle of the carnal mind warring against the law of Christ.

We are bound in captivity by our carnal thoughts but when Christ comes we are given the ability to wage war and to take this captivity captive (Eph 4:8). Here Paul contrasts the two sides of this battle.

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

All men must be dragged to Christ and be caused to lose their life. Nobody comes to the wedding feast voluntarily.

Mat 22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy

Luke’s version of this parable makes clear we are compelled, dragged there (Joh 6:44).

Luk 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled

I have titled this study “The goodness of God brings repentance” after Romans 2:4 which says just that. Chapter 2 of Nahum is covering the process of the Lord bringing this baptism by fire which leads us to repentance. Last week we saw the revealing of our wickedness, this week we will see how stubborn and unrepentant our old man is and how we must through many trials be brought to the place of true repentance. This is the goodness of the Lord; it is His righteous judgments as this study will show Lord willing.

Nah 2:5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.

Nah 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

Nah 2:7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts.

Nah 2:8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.

One of the themes of Nahum is the Lord contending with us for being hearers of the Word but not doers. It takes the second baptism by fire to turn our head knowledge into a new nature and for us to be given a new name of Christ. This is our period of wrestling with God, seeking to save our live in the flesh all the while claiming we are serving God. But nobody can serve two masters and an end has been determined for this double minded man that we all are until the Lord completes His work in us.

Luk 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Thy kingdom come, on earth as it already is established in heaven is our prayer and one that the Lord answers via the process being described here in the Book of Nahum.

Nah 2:5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence [covering] shall be prepared.

This war of flesh versus spirit continues with the enmity between the two serving the Lord’s purpose of showing us our innate sinfulness.  Beginning with His Elect, the House of God, aka “His worthies”, judgment will come in the age.  That judgment is how we will learn righteousness (Isa 26:9) and it is our own wickedness, caused of the Lord, that will be used to bring that correction in due time.

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

Luk 19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant…

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

In order to be corrected and be taught of the Lord, learning good and evil, we must fall seven times (Pro 24:16). To accomplish His purposes, the Lord causes this evil in our inward cities and uses that to seek the occasion to bring judgment against us in the appointed times.

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.

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?

It is complete foolishness to the natural man who cannot see that we are taught by a loving father through the chastening and scourging for our very mistakes, which includes our sins.

Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

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

The Lord recounting His “worthies” is remembering we are His chosen Elect, the apple of His eye and it is through His chastening that we are remade from the marred vessel into the image of the Son being a kind of first fruits unto salvation.

Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

2 The 2:13 (NIV) But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

When judgment begins to fall upon us, our carnal instincts will have us run to the wall we built in our religious zeal yet without knowledge. We will run to this wall built with our filthy works of the flesh anchored by the 200 million false doctrines of the great harlot (Rev 9:16) within to defend ourselves, wrest away the judgment of God and keep the beast alive and well (Deu 16:19).

Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

When we are rich and increased with goods, in need of nothing and relying on our own mammon (self-righteousness), we are building a high wall in our conceit.

Pro 18:11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

The baptism by fire, the sanctifying work of the Spirit is making an end to this and will usher in true righteousness.

Eze 13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:

Eze 13:11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.

Eze 13:12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?

Eze 13:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.

All of this sin and erring from His Way is the Lord showing us that we are truly beasts and that nothing good dwells in us. We have to come to see that and this does not really sink in until we fall the perfect number of times. The law of sin in our members, i.e. being carnally minded must be taken out of the way.

Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

This wall of flesh that separates us from Christ and which we think in our delusion protects us is only being removed when Christ comes the second time for salvation.

Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

We must endure this process of judgment to be spiritually complete, the walls only fall by us walking by faith and we must patiently endure the trials and tribulation.

Heb 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

The old man is lamenting this process and resists having his wall taken away but nobody is going to stand in the day of the Lord’s indignation. These walls built by our works shall all fall.

Lam 2:8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

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

Isa 2:13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

Isa 2:14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,

Isa 2:15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,

The word the KJV translated as “defense” is the Hebrew word sâkak H5526. This is rendered as “covering” almost always and helps to bring the verse to light as most other versions show including YLT.

Nah 2:5 YLT He doth remember his honourable ones, They stumble in their goings, They hasten to its wall, and prepared is the covering.

H5526, sâkak  /  śâkak

Total KJV Occurrences: 23

covered, 8

cover, 5

covereth, 2

covering, 2

defence, 1 —— Nah_2:5

defendest, 1

hedged, 1

join, 1

set, 1

shut, 1

The old man and all of our carnal mindedness (with its many chariots and horses warring against the Spirit) will fill the temple of God, His palace with violence. This covering of self-righteousness, this wall of flesh; shall not stand in the day of the Lord. It will be destroyed from the midst of Christ, the stones of fire. The Lord first sets us in the garden but His work is not done, we must first fall away.

Eze 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

And once we have been caused to stumble and take for spoil the things of the Lord, He will come again to destroy that which defiles from His Temple.

Eze 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Eze 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

The positive side of covering is what the cherubims of the Lord do to cover the mercy seat.

Exo 37:7 And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;

Exo 37:8 One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

Exo 37:9 And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims.

New Testament witnesses of the real meaning of God’s Elect covering the mercy seat include:

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

1Pe 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

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.

Christ bringing war to us via the white horse is both going to 1) destroy the covering of self-righteousness but also 2) to cover us with His righteousness which will come by us dying with Him on the cross daily.

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Rev 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

When we are religious yet separated by the great divide (i.e. faith, ears to hear) that no man can cross, we have a zeal for the Lord yet without knowledge. We seek a righteousness of our own, of the carnal mind, but when Christ comes He puts an end to such folly.

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

Here is our next verse.

Nah 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

We reviewed a few weeks ago how the end of the carnal age within comes with a flood. This is a flood of lies and false words that deceive us and have us walking in strong delusion thinking we have arrived and are serving the Lord. The opening up of the flood gates bring the end of the great harlot within. (Rev 12:15-16).

The wicked within us all, the man of sin, the beast, the abomination of desolation, etc. is taken away by the flood. Only the righteous, Christ in us, inherits the earth.

Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

The wall we run to in order to save our life in the flesh is the same wall that swallows up the Egyptians and delivers Israel at the same time. It is the walls of water, of our own flesh and carnal mind that will consume the old man and usher in salvation for the new man.

Exo 14:27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

Exo 14:28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

Exo 14:29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

The word translated “palace” is interchangeable with the word temple. The word for dissolved is really the word for melt as earlier in Nahum we see the same word H4127 translated that way as is the most often translation of that word. The process is the same, we are just covering greater details in the Lord’s process.

Nah 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt [H4127], and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Putting these Hebrew words into their most common translation makes verse 2:6 read as follows:

Nah 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the temple shall be melted.

Melting and burning up is what fire and heat do. Water that washes us also cleanses by dissolving the dirt. Either way the palace, in the case the Temple of the Lord is cleaned up by the WORD. This is the very essence of baptism that comes when Christ comes to Nineveh the second time.

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

As the prophets tell us continually, it is the Body of Christ through which the rivers of living water flow.

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

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.

Christ, His Body, is the sent ambassador that preaches. We, the Body, are the gates, the very pillars of the temple of the Lord.

1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

When these gates are opened to us, then we enter into righteousness that comes by abiding in the Living Word, found in the Body of Christ, the temple of living stones. This is how judgment is brought to our heavens and we are remade through the baptism that “is, was and will be” coming to us as we occupy these clay vessels.

Psa 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:

Our understanding is increased greatly in our day of the Lord when this door to heaven is opened and these living waters come forth with the sound of the trumpet, signaling that judgment has come.

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Rev 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Hearing these trumpets, all seven of them is what reveals our works and the Lord cleanses His Temple, which temple we are!

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

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

Our third verse for this study is verse 7.

Nah 2:7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts.

The reference to Huzzab is simply a translation error according to most bible “experts” and even Strong’s suggest the same.

H5324, nâtsab, naw-tsab’

A primitive root; to station, in various applications (literally or figuratively): – appointed, deputy, erect, establish, X Huzzah [by mistake for a proper name], lay, officer, pillar, present, rear up, set (over, up), settle, sharpen, stablish, (make to) stand (-ing, still, up, upright), best state.

Here is the KJC rendering of this Hebrew Word typically translated “stand” or “stood” but this one time translated Huzzab.

 Total KJV Occurrences: 77

stood, 19

set, 18

stand, 9

officers, 6

standeth, 4

standing, 4

appointed, 1

best, 1

deputy, 1

erected, 1

establish, 1

huzzab, 1 —- Nah 2:7

laid, 1

officer, 1

pillar, 1

present, 1

reared, 1

settest, 1

settled, 1

sharpen, 1

stablish, 1

state, 1

stoodest, 1

Here is how Smith’s Bible Dictionary puts it.

(fixed), according to the general opinion of the Jews, was the queen of Nineveh at the time when Nahum delivered his prophecy. (Nahum 2:7) (B.C. about 700.) The moderns follow the rendering in the margin of our English Bible –“that which was established.” Still it is not improbable that after all Huzzab may really be a proper name. It may mean “theZab country,” or the fertile tract east of the Tigris, watered by the upper and lower Zab rivers.

Interesting this name was said to mean “molten” by Hitchcock’s Bible Name Dictionary. But not wanting to make too big of a deal on this, I concur this was simply a mistake and should be rendered as several translations such as YLT show it.

YLT – Nah 2:7 And it is established–she hath removed, She hath been brought up, And her handmaids are leading as the voice of doves, Tabering on their hearts.

When we are yet babes and untested in the fire, when distress first comes upon our land within, us we are easily led astray and revert back to our carnal ways. Again the Lord has to show us what we truly are without Him. So we must fall, the great falling away must come first (2 The 2:3-4). It is by the process of us falling down, acting in unbelief or sin that gives the Lord the occasion to bring His wrath and judgment to us. It is a wonderful thing; the judgment of God is truly sweet to the new man. Truly a man is blessed when all this wrath we are reading about in the prophets and Revelation is brought upon our old man. This is the goodness of God to the new man also called the wonderful works of the Lord to the children of men (Psa 107).

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.

Psa 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them [living them out now] there is great reward.

Judgment comes upon us as babes in the Truth. That is how we learn, through this chastening. The Lord causes us to be led away captive and then returns with judgment and that is how the times of the Gentiles (the carnal mindedness within) comes to an end.

Luk 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Luk 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

This is how we transgress from babes to the mature man in Christ being able to discern good and evil having had our senses exercised BY EXPERIENCE!

Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

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

Anytime you see the “maids or maidens” that are supposedly serving us, leading God’s Elect, you can be sure the flesh has dominion and the beast is still sitting on the throne of our hearts. This verse of doves and breasts all sounds so positive but is actually the very bondage to the law and the carnal mind. This is represented by Hagar and Sarah.

Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

Gal 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.

Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

We have to be dragged away from Hagar and the false peace and safety of following the crowd.

Gal 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

Gal 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

The flesh Jerusalem and the spiritual Jerusalem represents the enmity of flesh vs. Spirit and the war that IS waging in our heavens. This is the battle and the result will be salvation to all men in the appointed times. The seed of Satan will be cut off and all men will be raised anew in Christ (1 Cor 15:22).

The language of verse 7 is very difficult as rendered in the KJV. The word for breasts is really the Hebrew word for heart or alternatively our mind or understanding.

 H3824, lêbâb

Total KJV Occurrences: 249

heart, 211

hearts, 22

mind, 4

understanding, 3

fainthearted, 2

unawares, 2

breasts, 1 — Nah_2:7

comfortably, 1

 Our maidens leading us as the voice of doves, is our time following the religious beast we set up and worship as God. Being yet carnal, we are easily led by our maidens (our flesh). In this state we merchandise the things of God until Christ comes the second time. Then this “buying and selling” will stop and the voice of the doves of the valley will no longer be heard in us. The parable foretells of this event.

Joh 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

Joh 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

Joh 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

We always think of this Babylonian and harlot experience as being in Orthodoxy. While that is true, the worst offenders are me and you who are long out of orthodoxy and in the body of Christ. We are the worst of the harlots, we are the chief of sinners and blasphemers of the Lord until our baptism by fire comes and is completed.

Hos 11:5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

Hos 11:10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west.

Hos 11:11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the LORD.

We get comfortable in the Body and do not take heed the seriousness of the Lord’s commandments. It is easy to be a hearer of the Word but it takes a painful process of baptism to become a doer of the Word.  It is easy to slide from the fear of the Lord and the trembling at His Word. But we must remain diligent less we too become a castaway. We have seen it happen in this very Body. We must run the race to the very end.

1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

It is so easy to be led by our maid and maidens. They are to serve us not the other way around. This warning was written by Paul to all of us in case we think we have arrived. We must be vigilant in our walk and examine ourselves. Nice pretty spiritual doves speaking words of love, peace and supposed godliness can easily lead us astray.

2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

It is not enough to have a form of godliness. Satan’s ministers come to us within and without disguises as angels of light. We must try the spirits and not let the lying spirits deceive us by telling us what our itching ears want to hear.

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Here is the final verse for this study.

Nah 2:8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.

Christ is a rock of offense and a stumbling stone. Nothing about Him or His Body is attractive to the flesh and the carnal mind (Isa 53:2-3).

1Pe 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

1Pe 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

The “they” Peter is speaking about includes me and you and is not those evil people over there.  We too will stumble even after having true doctrine, it takes judgment to bring the flesh and carnal mind under subjection and we are going to be dragged to that outcome.

The old is indeed better to the carnal mind and when the new wine, the true gospel is presented and we actually begin to have to live it out, we like Nineveh of old wants to flee away.

Luk 5:39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

The looking back here in Nahum refers to us repenting or turning back. As the first to be judged, we as God’s Elect will hear the admonishments of Truth but will not submit to them. We won’t turn back; we won’t repent until we are caused to repent by the Lord’s fiery vials of wrath. We see this four times in the book of Revelation alone, but here are two incidents.

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

Rev 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

When Christ comes to us and says arise (stand) and pick up your mat and walk, we don’t obey and stay walking even though we say we will (Jer 6:17). It takes the process of this baptism to get us to into thine house.

Mar 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.

Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

We cannot stand until we drink of this cup we are reading about in Nahum. Enduring this process is what causes us to stand up and stay standing.

Isa 51:17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.

Pro 12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

These words from Ecclesiastes nicely summarize the strong delusion we have of using our own strength to make us righteous before the Lord. Our pools of water just like our bread are defiled and do not bring righteousness nor salvation which is all the Lord’s work (Jon 2:14).  It is so compelling but in the end it’s all vanity and vexation of spirit as Solomon and we ultimately find out.

Ecc 2:6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:

Ecc 2:7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:

Ecc 2:8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

Ecc 2:9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

Ecc 2:10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.

Ecc 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

We must wait on the Lord and have patience to endure all these things. All things are ours, even living through this long and painful process that Nahum is describing in these symbolic words.

1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

1Co 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

Next week we hope to complete Chapter 2 and covering some very deep verses full of symbolism that reveal details of the mystery of the kingdom of God to those the Lord has given “ears to hear and eyes to see”.

 Related Links and Further Study:

Seeking an Occasion

The Zeal of My House

God’s Wrath on the Jew First

Goodness of God Leads Us to Repentance

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Repentance Unto Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psa 119:160  The entirety of Your word is truth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

because the word of GOD tells us that;

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

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

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

but is why CHRIST tells us these words;

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

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

How Do We Repent


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

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

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

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

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

 

Hence the word GOODNESS;

chréstotés: goodness, excellence, uprightness

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

HENCE THE WORD REPENTANCE:

metanoia: change of mind, repentance

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

 

WHO PUTS THIS NEW HEARTS AND NEW SPIRIT IN US?

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

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

HENCE THE WORD HEART:

leb: inner man, mind, will, heart

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

Is Repentance Necessary For Salvation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is how CHRIST describes it best:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And is why Apostle Paul tells us this great mystery:

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

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

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

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

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

and once again why;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And here is what happens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eph 1:11  In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will

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

Eze 36:26  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

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

Eze 36:28  Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jonah 2:9  Salvation is of the LORD!