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A Special People unto the Lord

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“A Special People unto the Lord”

Now that we have received the truth in the powerful study “Receiving a Full Reward”, all by the Lord’s mercy and giving His people the increase; we have grown in clarity and understanding of the Truth regarding related topics.  The special people unto the Lord are His own people, the ones He has chosen and called to be a holy and blessed people.

Deu 7:6  For thou art an holy people [obedient] unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special [peculiar] people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. 

Deu 7:7  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 

Deu 7:8  But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 

To be holy one must be blessed of the Lord and given the Spirit of God and then endure through the suffering and fiery experience that delivers us from spiritual death and raises Christ in us [the First Resurrection].  This is how we are caused to obey the Lord (Eze 36:27) and become obedient children unto our Father.

Deu 26:18  And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; 

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1Pe 2:10  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 

The Favor of the Lord

It is the chastening, scourging grace of God that appears to all men that is the favor of the Lord that first comes to His people in this age.  This is the blessing of grace that is teaching us righteousness and purifying us into the special people the Lord promised in His covenant.

Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he [the Lord] for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 

The favor that brings forth the new man is also destroying the old man brings forth the peculiar people who make of the Lord’s people.

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

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

Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing [within] of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 

Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 

As we have seen in recent studies since the sharpening of our sword, there is no difference in the experience and events all men will live by in coming to know the Lord.  Only the timing of our judgment and harvest to life is different.

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

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

Act 15:11  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we [the Elect, chosen of God now] shall be saved, even as they. 

One of the first orthodox lies we come out of is regarding the flesh Jews and knowing who the Israel of God and the Jews in our bible are actually referring to.  With ears to ear, we quickly learn that is not the physical nation of Israel nor are the physical Jews throughout history who are the true people of God.

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 

Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. 

For those new to the faith and the doctrines of Christ, here is an article focused on distinguishing between the true Jews and Israel after the flesh.  Such basic truths are needed to come out of the bondage of orthodoxy and the “other jesus” that is preached there.   Who is the Israel of God?

The carnal minds of men [of our father the devil] will have us perverting the timing differences of the second and third harvest and twisting the Scriptures into different sets of rewards and punishments. The recent studies on Rewards and Resurrections have revealed these errors and corrected them expunging any darkness about God’s plans and processes for all mankind.  The Lord is making ONE of two [twain].  ALL mankind will be ONE with Him and that by living by every word which is the one event for all.

Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both [Jew and Gentile] unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 

Eph 2:17  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 

Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Ezekiel’s prophecy of the valley of dry bones and the two sticks becoming one in the hands of Christ is an OT witness of this immutable truth of God.

Eze 37:16  Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: 

Eze 37:17  And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. 

The stick of Joseph and all his companions becomes one with the stick of Judah and all of his companions.  This gathering together of all in ONE is by the fire words that the Elect speak (Jer 5:19) which converts those prepared to hear the words of Truth and transforms them into the Israel of God.

Eze 37:21  And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 

Eze 37:22  And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: [all one, no Jew vs Gentile]

Eze 37:24  And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. 

The doctrine regarding the Elect (chosen few) has been corrupted by carnal minds that lusted after rewards and was led astray by pride and gain seeking as the Scriptures warn everywhere (Balaam, Cain, Core, Jezebel, etc).  The Scriptures teach one class of men, all receiving the same rewards and same blessings by the very same process.

Ecc 9:2  All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath. 

The Lord is going to make Himself known to ALL men in the appointed times, to the Jews first and then the Gentiles.  All men will be the people of God as the Lord makes known the riches of His glory [His Word] in every man in the times declared from the beginning.

Rom 9:25  As he saith also in Hosea, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved

Rom 9:26  And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 

A remnant is being saved now in this age, yet all men will come in before the ages are consummated.  Lord willing, we can completely purge from our heavens any prideful self-exalting spirit that we are somehow better than or superior to other men not chosen (elected) of God now in this age.  Any such thoughts are of the flesh and the pride of life that have ensnared many who forgot in their heart that all blessings and gifts are from the Lord given freely and not based on any merit.

1Co 4:7  For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? 

Jas 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights …..

We should never deny or acknowledge the great blessing that has befallen us.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!.  Yet our election of the Lord and being given faith is a gift of God that is 100% the Lord’s work in us.  We have nothing to boast, the law of faith precludes it and our speaking down to others thinking we are better.

Rom 3:27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith

All Men Will be God’s Peculiar People in the End

There is an Elect or a chosen remnant in every generation that is called out of the world which becomes the church of the Lord.  Nothing in this study takes away from that pivotal truth.  The called out ones are the church and IS the Body of Christ in ever age and generation as His Word is always at work and will never pass away.  In each generation of man those elected of the Lord is a very small number.

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are Elect [chosen – Elecktos G1588]

Deu 7:7  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 

The chosen few, the Elect are the church of God and in due time that will extend to all mankind.  All men will be in the Holy City, will be with the Lord and be His Church and His chosen ones.  Yet the Lord is only working with the few in this age and is not now working with those not yet brought into the faith.

Rom 9:6  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 

All men are Israel in the Lord’s eyes who declares (Isa 46:10) and sees the end from the very beginning (Rom 4:17).  This is how Christ can say He is every man we help or did not help that He put into our path (Mat 25).  Only the new man, the younger, the second Adam in every man is being saved.

Rom 9:13  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. 

The sum of the word depicts the salvation of all in the three harvests of the Lord, hence we know that the timing (i.e. “the when) is the only difference between the chosen (elect) of today and the chosen (elect) of tomorrow.

Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved [made alive]: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 

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

Our flesh so badly wants to take some credit and some glory for its salvation, even abusing the doctrines of the Elect and the Body of Christ by creating a special class of people contrary to so many other doctrines and attributes of the Lord.  No man, who is mere clay in the Lord’s hands has any part of saving Himself so there is no place for anything SELF in the discussion.

Rom 10:20  But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. 

Psa 3:8  Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. 

Our outward enemies and persecutors who reject us (Christ) were made that way by the Lord.  Yet they are beloved for the Father’s sake of them being the Election of God, part of all men being saved and part of the Israel of God in the end.

Rom 11:27  NKJV FOR THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.” [the enemies, the heathen, the Gentiles – the rest of mankind]

Rom 11:28  NKJV Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they [the rest of mankind] are beloved for the sake of the fathers.

They are beloved of God concerning the election because they are Elect in the Lord’s eyes.  Thus, we have commands to see every man as Jesus Christ Mat 25) and follow the example the Lord gave in ministering to ALL MEN that came across His path.

Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 

Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Mat 10:36  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household [because all men are Israel and Christ, His Body and His chosen ones in the end]

Who do we think we are to be worthy of special rewards and elite status with the Lord when all of it was the Lord’s work without any merit on our part?  Such carnal thinking is the opposite of humility and thinking above what is written and more highly of ourselves than we should.  The only reason we have been given faith is because of the unbelief of the rest of mankind.

Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 

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

Our sins are blotted and forgiven first because He loved us first.  But the Lord loves all men and came to save all men and He will via he same one process.

1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

We need to reexamine how we look at those unbelieving heathen out there in the world, even our worst enemies and persecutors.  All things are in the vine of Christ and are growing exactly on His schedule.  All will partake of eternal life which is to know the Lord (Joh 17:3).  We need to see Christ and a holy root when we look at our fellow man.

Rom 11:15  For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? 

Rom 11:16  For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 

We are warned not to have a high minded attitude with us being elected now in advance of our fellow man.

Rom 11:18  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 

Rom 11:21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 

Seeing all men as Christ is a Walk [Game] Changer

Seeing the big picture and the Elect (all Israel) as being all men in the end; it becomes easier to walk humbly before the Lord.  Our Election is a gift from God that will come alike to all men in their appointed time as well. We are nobody special, God is truly not a respecter of any person, race, or nation.

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

Knowing these truths, we will be more circumspect in NOT looking down on our fellow man whether they be in the faith or not.  We know that all will be saved, they even as us and no man of themselves can do anything (Joh 15:5). A more humbler spirit devoid of pride will begin to take root within us.

Jas 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace [that saves us] unto the humble. 

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

Doctrines that have the Elect ruling outwardly over men, having dominion and lordship is false.  Getting this vision corrected will help us see that we are unworthy servants, working out of duty to God (Rom 12:1) who has redeemed us from our sins.  As ministers of the gospel, we bring the grace of God to all prepared to receive it and do not lord not over the Lord’s flock.

Isa 45:13  I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts. 

1Pe 5:2  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, [carnal gain, exaltation among men] but of a ready mind; 

1Pe 5:3  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

Seeking after rewards and dominion over men is expressly forbidden for the people of God.  That is what the carnal world and the unconverted pursue.

Mat 20:25  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 

Mat 20:26  But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister

Isa 1:23  Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them. 

The truth is that ALL MANKIND will get the same reward, even the same coat of many colors as all will go through the same experiences and one event.  The Lord loves the new man in each of us and that is how we will all move from death unto life and from being lost to being found.  This should bring great joy to our spiritual hearts to know and receive this truth.

Luk 15:22  But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 

Luk 15:24  For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

We are instruments (ministers of God) who are used of the Lord to pass on His gifts and blessings to others.  It is a wonderful thing to serve in the kingdom of God and be a part of His living and active ministry in the world.

1Pe 4:10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 

Joh 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 

Flesh will be disappointed to know it gets no exaltation and shares not in the glory of the Lord.  The same carnal thoughts of why obey God if all men are going to be saved will try us also when we realize there is nothing special in it for us except to be blessed first and used of the Lord to bring in others.  We are chosen now so we can serve Him only and work in His kingdom. It is our greedy father the devil who will perverts to blessing of God into self-seeking glory.

Luk 4:8  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 

Lord willing, we will keep growing in the faith knowing we are not our own and all that we do is for the Lord’s glory.

1Co 10:31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 

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Being Raised With Christ Part 2

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Being Raised With Christ Part 2

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Joh 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;   

Joh 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.   

Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. 

As has been emphasized recently, we must not think that any part of God’s word is not for us.  “In your days, will I say the word, and will perform it”, says the Lord (Eze 12:25).  The Father has given our Lord life in Himself and He is giving it to His elect in this age.  The Father has also given the Son the authority to execute judgment, and the Lord is indeed executing it in our days.  The hour has come that all in the graves within us shall come forth and they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation [judgment].

We have seen last week how we live by the resurrection of damnation.  This is when we are raised from the sea to the earth.  The resurrection of damnation is not something to be applied to those evil people out there and is not something that will happen only in the future.  Most people who call Him Lord deny that they will live by those words. We all deny that we live by every Word of God until the Lord opens our eyes to the truth.

Let’s see how the Lord executes His judgment to those who call Him Lord.

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

The Lord is the best at doing both, giving sight to those who are blind, and blinding those who say they see.

Joh 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Let’s look at Joh 5:29 again.

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

They that have done evil shall come forth unto the resurrection of damnation!  Is there anyone exempted from that?  Is there anyone who has not done evil?

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Even our Lord who “knew no sin” was made sin for us, was born of a woman, born under the law, and partook of the resurrection of damnation because of His sinful flesh.  This seems so obvious to us once we are blessed with eyes to see, but that’s how strong the delusion is which God has sent to those who do not trust the Lord and lean on their own understanding. We must always remember that we too were once deceived and under strong delusion, and should not be proud but fear.

Rom 11:19 (ESV) Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”

Rom 11:20 (ESV) That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.

All in Adam need to partake of the resurrection of damnation before they can partake of the resurrection of life in Christ.

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

His Resurrection, also known as the blessed and holy First Resurrection, is the end of all things when the word of God has been fulfilled in the hearts and minds of every man.  All the words of God when lived out bring us to the end and the receiving of this great reward where we are made partakers of His holiness.

Joh 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

In God’s sight, only one resurrection matters. He does not count the “shadow”. He finds fault with it and it’s beneath His glory. He only ‘sees’ one.

Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

When all the spiritually dead within every man are raised to life, death is no more, and God is all in all.

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

This begins with an earnest deposit when faith is come and we grow into His fullness as more and more of the dead within us are destroyed in the lake of fire and Christ in us increases.

Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

2Co 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

This is the good news, the gospel that we preach to all those that are dead (carnally minded) so that judgment can work its work of righteousness.  This better resurrection is the hope and the end of all things we soberly watch and patiently wait for the Lord to perform.

1Pe 4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

1Pe 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

The end of all things of the flesh is indeed at hand to those who are living according to God in the spirit.  The Lord sends His holy spirit to dwell in us with one purpose: to destroy our old man.

2Th 2:7  (BBE) For the secret of evil is even now at work: [within] but there is one who is keeping back the evil till he is taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8 And then will come the revelation of that evil one, whom the Lord Jesus will put to death with the breath of his mouth, and give to destruction by the revelation of his coming;

The “revelation of his coming” in our hearts simultaneously reveals our still wicked heart even after receiving the resurrection to condemnation. The process of the Lord Jesus putting to death our old man with the breath of His mouth, is the second death.

The wound of death that the Law brings to us is healed and we remain a beast as we live and abide in our resurrection of damnation.

Rev 13:11 (NKJV) Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.

Rev 13:12 (NKJV) And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

The first covenant and our first raising up to the earth when given the Law, was not faultless and did nothing to purge our hearts and minds of evil.

Heb 8:7 For if that first covenant [=resurrection to damnation..] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. [= Resurrection of Life/ A better resurrection.]

Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:[=for the New Man resurrected to Newness of Life]

A day and hour no man knows is appointed to every man when there is no more time for the lesser resurrection of damnation.  A time comes when the Word of God will be performed and that day is the day of the Lord.

2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;   Being a partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God is none other than being a partaker of the Second Death!

2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

2Ti 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished [abolishing, aorist] death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Apostle Paul is saying the same thing he said in the 2nd Thessalonians verses we read above, our Savior Jesus Christ has appeared in our hearts to destroy the carnal mind/all the evil that naturally resides in our hearts (Mar 7:21-23).

Psa 58:2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

Psa 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

The time for the better resurrection, to be raised to the Life of God was also shown to us by John.

Rev 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and  upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

Rev 10: 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound,[in us!]  the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

But the time is come in this age for the faithful Elect to partake of the better resurrection (in earnest or down payment), that is, to be perfected, raised by and into the Spirit of God.

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

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

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

The First Resurrection is the better resurrection that Paul and all disciples press onward and upward to obtain more fully in this age giving up all things and considering them dung.

Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Php 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

“Being made conformable unto his death” is dying the Second Death, dying to our flesh and the carnal mind resident in it. Dying the Second Death is how we attain the resurrection to life, being made into His image.

On the other hand, being alive yet still being carnal does nothing to change our hearts and even those of old times pressed onward to obtain the resurrection to life that is now being made manifest in the saints.

Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised  to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

The word raised in the first part of Heb 11:35 is translated from the same Greek word translated resurrection in the same verse, as in the phrase “a better resurrection”.  The words “raised to life again” refers to the lesser resurrection of damnation, back to the realm of the flesh that works damnation!

Hebrews 11 talks about the faith of the patriarchs which is a shadow of the faith of Jesus Christ given to the saints.  Let’s look at how this chapter ends and see how blessed we are in this age if we are given the faith of Christ to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

Heb 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

Heb 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;   

Heb 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Heb 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Why would the patriarchs listed in that chapter of Hebrews (Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob), even those who did not accept deliverance hoping to obtain a better resurrection, “should not be made perfect [without us]”?

Because the law given to them cannot make them perfect.

Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

The law of Moses or the law of the Gentiles cannot make those who live under them perfect.  It is only through the better testament, through the new covenant that one can be made perfect.

Heb 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better  testament.

Heb 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

The better resurrection can only be attained by living under a better covenant.  Living under this better covenant comes with better promises.

Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises

Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God:  for he hath prepared for them a city.

For the new covenant (testament) to take effect, there must be the death of the testator or the one making the covenant.  That maker of the covenant is Christ in us who dies to death (the second death) in order to be raised with power.

Heb 9:16 (NKJV) For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Heb 9:17 (NKJV) For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

Heb 9:18 (NKJV) Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.

These verses in Hebrews are dark sayings and parables that are simply saying that we must lose our life, the old man, in order to receive the life of Christ, the new covenant.

Joh 16:7 (NKJV) Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

Joh 16:8 (NKJV) And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.

Mat 16:24 (NKJV) Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Mat 16:25 (NKJV) For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

What is the main difference between the old covenant and the new covenant?  The focus.

The old covenant is focused on outward righteousness, while the new covenant is focused on inward righteousness.

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

Outward focus:

Mat 5:21 (ESV) “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’

Inward focus:

1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer:  and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Outward focus:

Mat 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

Inward focus:

Mat 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Outward focus:

Mat 5:33  (ESV) “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.

Inward focus:

Mat 5:34  (YLT) but I—I say to you, not to swear at all; neither by the heaven, because it is the throne of God,

Mat 5:37  (ERV) Say only ‘yes’ if you mean ‘yes,’ and say only ‘no’ if you mean ‘no.’ If you say more than that, it is from the Evil One.

When Christ comes to us by sending His holy spirit:

  • He will burn out the murderer within who hates his brother
  • He will burn out the whoremonger within who lusts after a woman in his heart
  • He will burn out the liar within who swears an oath but doesn’t mean it when he says yes or no.

Is there a verse that describes this burning out process of the man of sin, who is a murderer, a whoremonger and a liar, within us?

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

We know we are being baptized with fire if our main focus has shifted from outward righteousness to inward righteousness. We have gone past the baptism of water and have progressed to the baptism of fire if we now take heed to ourselves before we take heed of others.  God’s unquenchable fire is now kindled in our hearts if we remove the plank in our eye first before we try to remove the splinter in our brother’s eye.

A dear sister asked about this unquenchable fire and the answer further demonstrates to us that the elect must be mainly concerned on cleaning the inside of the cup.

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

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

What chaff? We need not guess…

Mar 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: …

Mar 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mar 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: …

Mar 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mar 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell [=Gk: Gehenna] fire:

Mar 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mar 9:49  For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Some men may be ignorant and thereby falsely conclude that “if you cut off the one offending hand… cut off the one offending foot..if only we can pluck out the one offending eye…then we will enter into life, (=resurrection to life) halt and maimed and we will then avoid being cast into that Gehenna fire!

The way you avoid anything in Scripture is by going through it.  That truth remains as true as ever.

Yes… we cannot get away from any “jot or tittle” of the word of the God.

Great in the kingdom of God do we become as all is being fulfilled in us. (Mat 5:19).

You are that [living] sacrifice on the altar. It’s not just one hand that causes offense… it’s not just one foot causing offense… it’s not just one eye causing offense!

Behold… the whole body of the old man is vile, sick and defiled.

Mar 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Mar 7:22 Thefts [=hands causing offense], covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Mar 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Hence the spirit calls it “the body of death”….”sinful flesh”… “the body of sin” that must be “salted with fire”, that is, destroyed.

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

As we’ve learned beforehand, the ALTAR is THE CROSS.

That’s where the destruction, salting with fire is taking place. We call that place also “Golgotha” where we are crucified with him, that is, cast into that fire…smoke and brimstone. Fulfilling His word, the Second death in us.

Joh 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

Joh 19:18 Where they crucified him [Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live…], and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

Our body of sin and all unrighteousness, when crucified on the cross, becomes a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God.

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.

Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

Let us keep this in our remembrance.  The word translated “hell fire” above is Gehenna fire… typical of the Lake of fire.  In Christ, the true light now shines and is no more a figure of something coming, but behold, the time is now for this unquenchable fire to be fulfilled in us.

Greek: γέεννα

Transliteration: geenna

Pronunciation: gheh’-en-nah

Definition: Of Hebrew origin ([H1516] and [H2011]); valley of (the son of) Hinnom; gehenna (or Ge-Hinnom) a valley of Jerusalem used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment: – hell. KJV Usage: hell (9x), hell fire (with G4442) (3x).

That unquenchable fire is the Gehenna fire that is fulfilled in who..?

Mar 9:49 For every one shall be salted with [=Gehenna] fire,  and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

“Every one”…. starting with….starting where?

Eze 20:47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

Eze 20:48 And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched. 

“I will kindle a fire in you”.  “It shall devour every green tree [and every dry tree] in you”.  Where is all these taking place?

Eze 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

The prophet is speaking in parables…How do we practically live this…? Where is all these being fulfilled?

2Th 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

2Th 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

“In his saints…in all them that believe…parables are about the kingdom of God…within” Brethren, this event is simply “the work of faith and power”….”the good pleasure of his goodness” being fulfilled in us.

2Th 1:12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul is revealing the deep things of God to us here. This event is how we begin to be raised from the dead… the Book of Revelation is simply a more comprehensive, deeper/darker parable of the same event.

It is the same spirit inspiring all who wrote the Scriptures.

1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man [Paul, Peter, John] severally as he will.

The one and selfsame spirit is not confused/divided.

1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

This is HOW we become worthy of His calling. This is how we attain the high prize of His calling…. ONLY by the Lord working His good pleasure in us, in heaven.

The unquenchable fire is simply the flaming fire of Christ and his holy angels destroying the old man in us. This is the deep things of God working within the heart of man at their appointed time.

Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Rom 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

As we are perfected in this better resurrection, we will be given power, dominion, and eternal life in earnest.  In due time, we will be kings and priests with Christ in the third harvest, as we perfect others and gather them into the Lord’s barn, that is, the First Resurrection for all men.

Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, [by enduring our lake of fire and dying to death]

Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

All men get the same reward which is the prize of fulfilling the Word of God and living by every word. The Elect who are the chosen few, just get this reward of the better resurrection first. An earnest deposit that increases in this age and the fullness when given our spiritual bodies in the age to come.

Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

The only variation for all men partaking of Christ’s Holiness by this First Resurrection is the order/sequence ordained by God.  Contrary to the lie of Babylon, the blessing for God’s people of eternal life is also given to those who will be saved in the third harvest.  We do get it first, and that should be enough motivation for us to strive for the prize of the high calling.  The Scriptures declare this Truth to those given eyes to see and ears to hear.

Eph 3:6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,

Act 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Act 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

The resurrection of life is not exclusive for the faithful elect, as much as the resurrection of damnation is not exclusive for those who are not faithful in their lifetime.  The whole world will be given eternal life which the Father has given to the Son.

Mat 20:14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.

Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

God puts no difference between the spiritual Jews and the spiritual Gentiles.  The Gentiles will be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ.  Most Christians have been blinded to this secret or mystery and instead believe in false doctrines of special rewards and lesser punishment for God’s faithful elect.  The Elect of God are unworthy  or unprofitable servants, working not for pay but merely doing our duty which is our reasonable service.

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

We are to contend against all fleshly thoughts and beliefs that seek to exalt one group of people over another.

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.

The Elect are blessed indeed being given the rewards first yet the rewards, our salvation which is the First Resurrection, is the same for all men when they are given faith.

Gen 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

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

Gen 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

God is not a respecter of persons.  We all go through the same process.  We all do evil first and are raised unto the resurrection of damnation, before we do good and are raised unto the resurrection of life.  We are all fools first before we are made wise.  This is illustrated by the answer to a question asked by a dear brother regarding the parable of the ten virgins (Mat 25:1-13).

Ecc 2:14  (YLT) The wise! —his eyes are in his head, and the fool in darkness is walking, and I also knew that one event happeneth with them all;

That parable of the ten virgins concerns the kingdom of God, which again means it’s a living and active ONE EVENT within us.  We are the foolish before we become wise. That is God’s mode of operation. If we put the foolish on someone else, or postpone it to another age…then the Truth is gone.

Christ did not know us even when we did many wonderful works of the flesh, even had a lamp (Bible) but no oil, no spirit of discernment, no fruit of the spirit. It’s only by His spirit coming into us a second time without sin, (Heb 9:28) as a flaming unquenchable fire (2Th 1:7-10) that brings us to His wisdom, that is, raise us up to the third heaven where the Life of God resides.

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 [=burning, consuming fire within], he is none of his.

To become wise, we have to go to them that sell oil. They that sell oil are the administrators of the Fire, who make up the Lake of fire. It is through the church, His Body that all men of all time will come and buy oil for their vessels/lamp.

Eph 3:10 (NKJV) to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places [our heavens],

Eph 3:11 (NKJV) according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

The church is made up of Christ’s holy angels/ministers who are as He is, in the form of fire.

Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

So no man can buy or even sell any of the oil, except they first had the mark of the beast. That is, except they’ve first experienced flesh and blood, being in the first Adam.

Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Rev 3:18 (NKJV) I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

Only those that acknowledge they are beasts and in need of a physician will lose their life to gain life in Christ. We ‘sell’ all of our old carnal ways to ‘buy’ of God gold tried in the fire (the truth).

As is evident in our recent trials, we live every jot and tittle of that little book. When we “eat the book”, every sentence written therein becomes ours.

We’ve all been led in the foolish wisdom of men, raised to carrying the Bible in our hands (as religious beasts), raised to damnation and reserved unto fire for judgment of that great day of the Lord.

Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

But after that, the bridegroom comes, the signified 1000 years have been fulfilled within…what happens next in less signified language:

Tit 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, And lest we boast of our Lord appearing in our hearts, we are told this in the very next verse:

Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved [=is saving, aorist] us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

As we are seeking how these are fulfilled in our lives NOW brethren, we know this is the same event in the book of Revelation. But not all are given to discern this wisdom at this time.  So in dark signified language, let’s see HOW that “kindness and love of God our Saviour toward us [= the five foolish virgins] appeared,..

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, [=five foolish virgins who are seeking to buy oil for their lamps]

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: [=a process of knowing the manifold wisdom of God, chastening is not joyous to our foolish flesh..]

So as we go to “buy” the Spirit of Christ – And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name….. the beast and false prophet that caused us to remain in foolishness also has to be destroyed in the presence of the Lamb and His holy [= five wise virgins] angels…

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. [=the 5 foolish..] These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Now here is Wisdom.

It is THROUGH the Lake of fire, that “one event unto all” in the presence of Christ and His Body/Church, that we attain the manifold wisdom of God. This is the Father’s age lasting purpose to all Men.

We cannot boast about anything!

We all have to buy oil and trim our lamps.

Once we undergo that buying process, from the sellers who once had the same mark/name/number as us, then it is FINISHED.  We have gotten victory over foolishness! (Death/Satan/Beast/Falsehood of the false prophets within us).

We become an OVERCOMER through the Lake of fire.

Then we can now say….

Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, [= the once five foolish virgins] stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

We become the New Man, the five wise with “the manifold wisdom of God” we “bought” from His holy angels (the Church), and can now say that we worship God in the spirit and truth, and have no confidence in the flesh, that is….we don’t worship the beasts..etc:

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

A thousand years signified is simply this plain saying brought out in the first part of this study:

2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, [=the five foolish virgins by that Lake of fire..] yet the inward man is renewed day by day. [=1000 year reign upon the earth]

As we begin to look inward instead of outward, we are not ignorant of this one thing anymore:

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Signified 1000-year reign = practical living to us enlightened saints is simply…”the inward man is renewed day by day”.

It is through the breaking of bread with the church that we know the mind of the Lord.

Luk 24:35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

It’s our joy and crown of life.  We desire nothing else upon this earth, only to be counted worthy to walk with Him in white raiment.

Let’s look closely at Ecc 2:14 quoted above with the surrounding verses, and see how abundantly clear that these verses are witnessing to the ten virgins within us!

Ecc 2:12 And I turned myself [within] to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly…

The elect sees both wisdom and folly when we turn to ourselves within.

Ecc 2:12…for what can the man do that cometh after the king?   even that which hath been already done.

What can we do to follow after Christ?  Answer: To do what He has already done!  “Take up your cross and follow me”.

Ecc 2:13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

If the holy spirit dwells in us, wisdom will indeed excel folly as far as light excels darkness.

Ecc 2:14 The wise man’s eyes are in [within] his head; [=the four beasts full of eyes within] but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all [Yes, one event happens to both the 5 wise virgins and the 5 foolish virgins within us]

Ecc 2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.

Amen, king Solomon, Amen!  It is vanity to think that we are more wise, we are more special than those who have not been given the holy spirit at this time.

Ecc 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

Again, how does a wise man die? As the fool.

We all die by the sword before we can kill with it.

Mat 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword…

What was the apostle John inspired to call this one event that happens to us all: going into captivity or being killed by the sword/the word of God?

Rev 13:10…Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

This is our patience and faith, brethren, that our old man is being killed by God’s word in this age, as our new man is given spiritual life.

Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

The elect are given spiritual life first, so we can in turn give it to others.  That is what the priests of God are doing to bring Christ to all.

Col 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:

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; [as His Priests] that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: [providing them  something better also, that is, “the Better Resurrection”] 

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

The resurrection unto life is an ongoing, living and active event in the life of the saints. As we read, hear and live His Word, we are passing from death unto the newness of life. Having the mind of Christ and partaking of the fruit of the spirit is partaking of the blessed and holy First Resurrection.   We are given the victory over spiritual death (sin and carnal mind) through our dying to death with our Lord.

1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Again, we must not put any verse we read into the future.  We are the dead in Christ who are rising first, from our earthly mindset to a spiritual mindset.  “Age lasting destruction” is the is, was and will be fulfillment of dying daily to the old man through that fiery trial.

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.

To be partaker of Christ’s sufferings is to be a partaker of the second death.

1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

1Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

Fiery trials are not only being “reproached for the name of Christ” as the new man.  It also includes our old man suffering as a murderer [hating a brother], a thief [who kill, steal or destroy, Joh 10:10], as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters [seeing the fault of others but not willing to see the evil within them].

The Lake of Fire ushers in the first resurrection, being raised in the likeness of His Resurrection:

Rom 6:5-6 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Destruction of the old man is the only way to the resurrection of Life.

The life of Jesus manifesting in us is after being raised from our flesh, (via the destruction of death) when we no longer are walking after the flesh or under the Law.

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

Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

This is an ongoing event as the unclean old man decreases and Christ in us increases (Joh 3:30). Paul talks of this event being fulfilled in our lives to the Ephesians also:

Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together,  and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [..the First, the Resurrection]

The death of the Cross is the spiritual event that must happen before being  RAISED to Life. “It is finished” is fulfilled when we are crucified with Him.

Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Joh 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

We must endure to the end of this crucifixion to be saved.  This is why we need each other and are connected in a Body, so we can be helped in our times of need.

We must be found faithful (Rev 17:14) in addition to being called and chosen to be in the second harvest, raised in glory with Christ with the fullness of the Spirit.

2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The Cross is one and the same as the Lake of fire, that destroys the handwriting of ordinances of the letter used by the false prophets within us.  Being raised above, to the New Jerusalem where righteousness dwells, we strive to live the Life of Christ in us.

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

1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

We are to live our life, with our affections not on the carnal flesh and attachments, but as in the first resurrection, in Christ in earnest, as already risen from the dead. Let us pay very close attention to when this blessed and holy resurrection is being fulfilled in the Saints.

Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness [=as Kings] unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members’ servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Yielding our members servants to righteousness is partaking of the blessed and holy resurrection, it is reigning as Kings until it is ALL fulfilled.

Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. [= LAKE OF FIRE, to destroy death.]

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

Those now being raised to the resurrection of life are also Priests and Kings now in down payment of the Spirit, not just in the “will be”, third harvest, outward fulfillment.

And this is how priests live when they walk in the spirit of life.

Mal 2:7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.

We are warned and admonished not to forget the Law of Christ.

Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth

Conclusion

We started by getting reminded that all Scriptures are profitable for us, so we must apply every single verse of the Bible in our life.

Then we saw how we partake of the resurrection of damnation, as we are given the law which becomes our righteousness.

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:

But the righteousness through the law cannot perfect us for it is just a shadow of good things to come, the better covenant.  We are perfected through the righteousness which is of God focusing on the inside.  We are now concerned with burning the rest of the dead within us as our new man is renewed day by day.

Brethren, let us beg the Father to count us among those whom He has predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son in our lifetime.

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

Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  

And to partake of the resurrection of life in our days in the flesh.

Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

We have received a great blessing as the Lord has chosen us and imparted faith to us in His Word.  Knowing this gospel requires us to die to death in order to be raised, we need to minister and to edify one another daily and encourage all to hold fast our new-found confidence all the way to the end.

Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end

(All Scriptures in KJV except as noted)

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Abandoning Principles Leads to Error

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The true church of Jesus Christ is not divided (1Co 1:13).  Christ is ONE with the Father and with His Christ.

Joh 10:30  I and my Father are one.

Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Christ being One with His Father and His people means the TRUE church cannot be divided and will be of one mind in matters of the Spirit and of Doctrine.

1Co 6:17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

The divide of Christ’s church is really a separating and a sifting of the wheat from the chaff as only a remnant shall escape from Jerusalem in this age.

Our fallen brothers and sisters have erred in vision and stumbled in their judgment all the Lords doing of course.  In love, we have tried and will continue to try as Lord allows us to win them back.

Denying the Lake of Fire is a subtle way of denying the cross and creating a different process (less punishment, more rewards) for the Jew vs the Gentiles in being saved.   But the truth is all men are saved the exact same way and given the exact same reward – THE MIND OF CHRIST.  The Elect just receives it first.  It is the carnal mind that has led our fallen away (the error of the wicked) elders into believing we deserve special rewards and prizes.  The Bible teaches otherwise when rightfully divided.  Here are five witnesses that more than establishing the truth of the true doctrine.

Act 15:8  And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

Act 15:9  And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Act 15:11  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

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.

Eph 3:6  That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Luk 17:10  So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Mat 20:14  Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.   SAME REWARD

Our living the Second Death which is the Lake of Fire is how we overcome and how we are saved.  It is not something to be avoided.

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him [Satan and his messengers] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the [second] death. 

1Co 1:18  For the message of the cross (lake of fire) is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death (second death, death to death) he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 

Heb 2:15  And deliver them (SAVE US) who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage

“Come Lord Jesus Come” is what we should be saying rather than the Lake of Fire is not for me.  We must be baptized by His fire in the lake of fire.

Rev 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

Rev 22:18  For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;

Rev 22:19  and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 

Foundational Principles Abandoned

The origin on the errors is an abandonment of the foundational principles of how Truth is established.  Those errors extent deeper into other areas such as rightly dividing the First Resurrection and understanding what the Reward and the prize of the higher calling in Christ represent.

  1. The Word IS, WAS and WILL BE (present, past and future fulfillment) – Rev 1:8, Rev 4:8
  2. The Word is a two-edged sword speaking about the old man and new man in every word and every verse – Heb 4:12
  3. The sum of the word is true – Psa 119:160
  4. No scripture is of its own private explanation – 2Pe 1:20
  5. Man shall live (the IS/inwardly) by every Word God spoke – Mat 4:4, 1Co 3:21
  6. God speaks of things that ARE NOT as if they already are – Rom 4:17
  7. His words are Spirit and not to be taken by the letter – Joh 6:63
  8. Truth is found by comparing spiritual to spiritual – 1Col 2:13
  9. All things come alike to all, one event to all men – Ecc 9:2
  10. All things are done in parables to hide the meaning in the letter (Mar 4:11, Hos 12:10)

As we teach, we must always watch and prove all things, being vigalent in trying the spirits and testing the doctrines.

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

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 [living by every word, one event, etc] that is in Christ.

We Live Every Word Inwardly

One distinction that will help clear the smoke of confusion is to remember that “living by every word God spoke” is speaking about living them ALL INWARDLY.  Where is the kingdom of God and where is the Lord working to bring about Christ in us?

Luk 17:20  Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;

Luk 17:21  nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” 

We live all words INWARDLY, fulfilling the IS part of “is, was and will be” because now is judgment upon the house of God (1Pe 4:17).  Problems and quarrelsome questions come up on this subject when we forget to emphasize the inward and living part of that is what every man lives.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword

It has never been said that this means applying them in the WAS or the WILL BE sense to every man.  For example, we did not go thru the flood of Noah outwardly, but we did inwardly.  The same is to be applied for all events in the historical past, but we will live them all out in their INWARD application.  As a further example, we all come out of the world (Egypt) and then go through a wilderness experience after first coming to the knowledge of the Truth before we enter the promised land and begin to conquer sin (the giants) in our land.

 Future events for us also cannot be lived by everyone outwardly.  Only the very Elect who are completed in Christ in this age, will be the administrators and outward ruling with Christ in the next age.   For example, anyone already physically dead that was not Elect cannot be ruled over in the outward Millennium.  Yet all men in their order of harvest will live those words out INWARDLY even for those in resurrected spirit bodies as the kingdom of God is still WITHIN those men.

Lake of Fire and Second Death

The Lake of Fire is where salvation is found and the new man formed and completed by the wrath of God against our old man.  The revealing (revelation) of Jesus Christ in the hearts and minds of every man is the greatest gift and reward imaginable.  As this church has rightfully taught in the past, it is our living out those words that bring this greatest blessing and gives every man the mind of Christ.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things (lives them) which are written in it; for the time is near.

The new man is brought forth in this fire and Christ in us, the overcomer, is raised when the dead old man dies.  It’s not us overcoming, again it is Christ in us doing the work and ushering in righteousness in the kingdom of God.

1Jn 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you (CHRIST – the new man), than he that is in the world.

The Second Death is a functional living event like all words of Scripture.  Those dead to death (the Second Death) are blessed indeed because at that point, it is finished and they have put on the mind of Christ and are at rest.  It is a blessing to die to death and live the Second Death.

Rev 14:13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

The old man is destroyed and the new man (Christ in us) raised up in power by going through the wrath of God. That is the gospel and how one is blessed and made holy.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

As an overcomer, the fire of God’s word has already burned out all the wood, hay and stubble and we are complete in Christ in need of nothing.  Thus we see Christ and His Christ in the fire administering the Lake of Fire and the fire cannot hurt us.  Christ and His Christ can walk in this fire without hurt.  They had already overcome by the same fire.

Dan 3:25  He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Dan 3:26  Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. 

There it is.  The new man in us, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, overcome and come forth from the fire.  The new man in us is THE RESULT of going into the fire in faith and losing our life in the flesh.  Avoiding the lake of fire means no overcoming in this age.

Christ in us is the overcomer and only He can dwell in the everlasting fire and not be hurt.

Isa 33:14  The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”

The answer is the NEW MAN in us, the overcomer…..

Isa 33:15  He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil:

The new man is not appointed to wrath but to salvation.  Double witness right here.

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us (Christ, the new man) to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh (Christ in us, the new man only) shall not be hurt of the second death.

The new man in us is not appointed to wrath!!!.  The Second Death experience will not hurt the new man. The new man is being raised up in the same proportion as the old man is being destroyed in the fire whether it be called Lake of Fire or fiery trials.  We are following in our Lord’s footsteps.

Rom 6:5  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death (second death), certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, (the First Resurrection, the mind of Christ)

Rom 6:6  knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Rom 6:7  For he who has died (the second death) has been freed from sin. (Holiness, the blessing of the new man, Christ in us the hope of glory)