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Micah Part 2 – In the World but not of the World

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Book of Micah Part 2 – In the World But Not of the World

By Pete Wilson

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Mic 1:2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

Mic 1:4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.

Mic 1:5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

Mic 1:6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.

Mic 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

In Part 1 we covered just verse one and we need to cover some additional points to complete the foundation.

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw[H2372] concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

These words of Micah are a vision, they are things he SAW concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.  What this means to us is that these words become SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING (i.e. maturity) when we also PERCEIVE/SEE and learn to apply it in our walk.

 H2372 – “Saw”

khaw-zaw

A primitive root; to gaze at; mentally to perceive, contemplate (with pleasure); specifically to have a vision of: – behold, look, prophesy, provide, see.

Micah like all of the Lord’s prophets and all of God’s elect are called to be watchers and be very circumspect about our walk and environment.  This role of being a watchman is to look within ourselves and within the Body of Christ.  Before we have Micah the prophet, we have a Micah the idolater, making molten images.

Jdg 17:4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.

The Micah of Judges is indeed a different Micah than the Morasthite, who has the Goliath within under control.  Yet our spiritual completion (seven Israelites named Micah in Scripture) requires us to live by every word of Scripture.

Samaria became the capital of the Northern Kingdom of the ten tribes when King Omri bought the land.

1Ki 16:23 In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began Omri to reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he in Tirzah.

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

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

Building on the hills is making idols for ourselves in our self-righteous zeal.  It is in Samaria that we will seek the perfection of our flesh yet we remain outside of the true city and separated from the Lord and His Christ.  The son of Omri was Ahab who is infamous for marrying Jezebel and building shrines and promoting worship of Baal (other gods).

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

1Ki 16:32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.

1Ki 16:33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.

Samaria is north of Jerusalem and the direction from which we all will come in the days of our judgment.  The meaning of Samaria from its root word is very instructive.

 H8111 – “Samaria”

sho-mer-one’

From the active participle of H8104; watch station; Shomeron, a place in Palestine: – Samaria.

Here is the Strong’s definition of the root of Samaria H8104 shaw-mar’

A primitive root; properly to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.: – beware, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep (-er, self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for), watch (-man).

Of the 468 occurrences of the root word “shamar” H8104, the vast majority are translated as “keep” or “kept” or some derivative thereof; however, this same word is where we get some of our well-known passages for watchmen.

Isa 62:6 I have set watchmen [H8104] upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD,keep not silence,

Psa 127:1 A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman [H8104] waketh but in vain.

Watchmen sit on the wall that separates the Holy City of New Jerusalem with the religious world (a type of Babylon also) which is represented by Samaria.  The wall and the cloud are the same thing, “the dream is one”, they are Christ and one side is thick darkness (Jos 24:7) and the other side is the true Light (Exo 14:20).  On the one side is “The Christ”, sons of God, and the other represents the heathen (mixed multitudes) that are the spiritual Gentiles.  This applies inwardly as well outwardly as the Kingdom of God is divided and there are raging battles within and without.  When we begin to follow Christ and work for Him, we all bring our “idols of Samaria” into the Holy City with us (Exo 12:38, Neh 13:3). This is a constant battle being in this world.

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

1Jn 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

The woman at the well (in Samaria) was found by Jesus Christ and a lost sheep was returned to the fold worshipping in Spirit and Truth and partaking of the living waters. Our role as watchman is not just within Jerusalem.  From the wall we look both inwardly and outwardly.  From the wall that is CHRIST, we are also to look out into Samaria and pull in the lost sheep of the house of Israel the Lord has prepared and brings to us (Psa 10:17).

Mat 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

Mat 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Like many things in Scripture these Words appear as a contradiction to the carnal mind and those in Babylon just conveniently ignore them.

Joh 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

Joh 4:5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

In the World But Not of the World

The answer lies in differentiating the spiritual from the physical.  We are physically in the world but the Lord’s people are not of the world.  We have a different mindset, the mind of Christ.  We march to the tune of a different drummer called Christ.

Joh 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Joh 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Ezekiel chapters 16 and 23 give us greater detail on Samaria and its spiritual significance.  Samaria is said to the older sister (where we first start out with the truth) of Jerusalem.

Eze 23:2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

Eze 23:3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.

Eze 23:4 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

These two sisters are shadows of different stages of our walks.  Samaria is the beast who receives the deadly wound and continues to be a whore in Egypt (the world) refusing to obey the Lord and be separate (2 Cor 6:14-16).  Yet Jerusalem is even worse of a whore because she has been dragged into Christ and yet still plays the harlot.  To whom much is given much more is expected.  To continue to disobey the Lord after having come to knowledge of Truth brings greater stripes in our day of the Lord.  These parables tell of our progression until the Lord brings the baptism by fiery judgment to sanctify His great Name in us (Eze 36:23).

So while Samaria represents the world, it is also a later rendering of the world in type and shadow representing our linkage to “spiritual Babylon”.  With a storied history even the place of the showdown between the prophet of the Lord and the prophets of Baal; Samaria is, was and will be ruled over by the flesh and by many evil kings that reign over the “ten” tribes such as King Ahab.  This is where the religious beast continues to thrive (Rev 13:11). Moving on to maturity as we progress in our kingship we must learn to separate from our idol worship in Samaria.

Act 8:9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

Jer 23:13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err

King Ahab of Israel married Jezebel and did more evil than all the prior kings.  This is what we do before our great day of judgment and the Lord’s Christ are sent to us to speak words of fire (Jer 5:14) that bring judgment (Mat 19:28).  The story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal was accomplished at Mt. Carmel in Samaria.  It always takes a prophet of the Lord to go show the people of God, the “kings” of the land, the error of their way.

Double mindedness defines Samaria and our inward battles of the mind.  The Lord is not making the carnal mind and the flesh in harmony with His mind, He is destroying that mindset.  We cannot mix and match our gods, we must choose today and “we choose life” Lord willing (Deut 30:19).  The seven churches within us that make up the ONE church includes Thyatira where we hear and learn how serious the Lord is about purity and separation from the world within and without.  Good is the enemy of excellence in our weak of faith state, we hear but not do the Word as a weak King Ahab.

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

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

We must hold fast our confession and endure, striving to stay on the narrow road and wait for the Lord.  Only the called, chosen AND FAITHFUL is overcoming and be given to rule with Him.

Rev 2:25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

It helps to learn to think about sisters and brothers and family depictions in the Scriptures as maturing phases in our walk and our coming to be the perfect man in Christ. The “is” and “was” application of Ezekiel 16 is our time in the holy city committing whoredoms despite knowing the Truth and coming behind in no gift.

Eze 16:45 Thou art thy mother’s daughter, that lotheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which lothed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.

Eze 16:46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.

Eze 16:47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing,thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways.

We are always abiding in the fire that is Christ and should never be at ease in Zion.  We should follow the example of our Lord who was always at work.  Nobody has arrived and that is the mistake we make in the Body with our head knowledge before we are given to walk it out.  We learn the lesson of the deceitfulness of sin that lies in fleshly hearts.

Joh 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father works until now, and I work.

Amo 6:1 Woe to those at ease in Zion, and those trusting in the mountain of Samaria, those noted as the leader of the nations! And the house of Israel came to them.

The Witness From The Temple

Mic 1:2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

The earth represents all mankind and the carnal nature these clay vessels were purposefully made marred and naturally at enmity and in rebellion to the Word of God. So we are the earth that at first refuses to take heed.

Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Such a rebellious one will not be prospered and it is that seed, the seed of the serpent, the carnal mind, that will not be sitting on the Lord’s throne and ruling within us any longer when we hear the prophets speak.  “Oh that Ismael may live before You” is the plea of the old man (Gen 17:18).

Jer 22:30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

Who are God’s witnesses?  We are, the Body of Christ, who are also the faithful watchmen.

Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

So when the Lord says He is a witness against us from His holy temple we should know and be reminded what we are being told.

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

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.

So this is a scriptural proof right here in Micah 1:2 that we are the judges and reprovers of one another right now while we abide in this Body.  This is where we are judged now (1 Cor 11:31-32) and prepared and be given the role of judging “all of mankind” in the Millennium and Lake of Fire to come and at present with each other (1 Co 6:2, Mat 19:28, Rev 20:4).

Judging and being judged and having His Word be a witness against our sins and ungodliness is how we are sanctified by fire.  It is here, abiding in the Body, breaking bread with one another, speaking words of fire with one another that the sons of Levi’s that the elect represent spiritually, are purified.

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

Mal 3:4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

We learn to fear the Lord and tremble at HIS Word as our faith grows and we mature in HIS chastening grace.

  Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

Mic 1:4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.

The Lord is His Word and we are also that Word as His Christ.

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

The Lord coming out of His place is us speaking those Words of fire to one another.

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.

The work of our redemption through that “sweet” judgment (Psa 19:9-10) can only take place when we are in the midst of the temple and that temple is in the midst of us.  This is how the high places of our earth; the idols, the pride, the carnality, the giant sins …. anything that defiles is being plowed up and being melted away by the fervent heat of the fire of “age abiding” (not everlasting) fire.  Isaiah saw this vision of the temple and the throne room and saw the elect, the Body of Christ, the seraphim worshipping the Lord which is how the old man king Uzziah, dies and the new man comes forth.  The seraphim are the ones who bring the fire to us and that fire is what causes the spiritual earthquakes (Zec 14:5, Rev 16:18) in the earth, our earth.

Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Isa 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

Isa 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Isa 6:4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Isa 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

Isa 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

The judging of that great whore within us, as Aholibah (Jerusalem), occurs as we live out the Words of the Micah’s prophecy.

Rev 19:1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

Rev 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore,which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

The symbolism of fire and wax and molten mountains is this process of being refined in the “furnace of affliction”, the very purpose of the trials and the scourging grace the Lord gives us.

Psa 97:3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

Psa 97:4 His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

Psa 97:5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

Psa 97:6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

And a NT witness of the same event:

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

2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

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?

2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

The transgressions are the same, the dream is one!

Mic 1:5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

We endure this wrath for our own transgressions and for the sins of the house of Israel.  These rhetorical questions are answered in the same way.  The transgression of Jacob, a type for Jesus Christ and representative of the elect, is our worldliness and refusal to separate from the idols of Baal.  The high places of Judah are the idols we still hold in the Body of Christ, representative of the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Isa 10:10 As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;

Isa 10:11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?

There are lots of ways to create idols of our hearts, even angel worship of others, all of which are an abomination to the Lord.  We must move on to maturity and be given to overcome these few things the Lord still has against us while we dwell in spiritual Jerusalem living in these marred clay vessels fighting the good fight of faith.

Rev 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

When we are not faithful to watch over the flock beginning with ourselves, leaven creeps in and the people and the temple is defiled (1 Co 5:6-7) and the wrath is kindled against us (2 Ch 24:18).  Christ in us, the new man, the second man from heaven, must supersede and replace the first man Adam.  This is what being “supplanted”, the meaning of Jacob means in the end!

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

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

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

But that comes by living out the process of our life both in the world (Samaria) and in the Body (Jerusalem).  Those being saved are those in Zion who are given to turn from their transgressions in Jacob (the new man).

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

Judgment is now on the House of God and we have many Micah’s speaking to us often Lord willing in our frequent fellowships and breaking of bread.  Here is what these words of fire do:

Mic 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

Isa 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

The kingdom does come to earth as it is in heaven.

Mic 1:6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.

Mic 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

The land within us will be plowed and made desolate and burned with fire as we have scores of witnesses throughout the prophets.  This process of judgment is what discovers the foundations of the beast and our carnal mind and the shame of this nakedness; our own wickedness is used to correct us (Jer 2:19).  We are the light of the world yet that light is made and continues to burn only while we endure in this winepress, playing harps and singing the new tune that only comes to the blessed few through this chastening and scourging of a loving Father.

Exo 27:20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.

The Elect of God are not appointed to wrath but to salvation (1 The 5:9) but that will only come by us drinking the cup of the Lord and being judged in this age.  That is what will cause our lamp to always burn.

1Th 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

These Words of Micah we will study are the wonderful day of the Lord that comes to the children of men and brings us to our wits end of our old man and fleshly lusts.  We do reap what we sow in our whoredoms (fornicating with the world) all the while claiming to be the Body of Christ.  This is the second coming of Christ for salvation APART FROM SIN.  A Holy Seed comes forth only by much tribulation (Acts 14:22) and burning with fire. No one can enter into the temple any other way (Rev 15:8).

Isa 6:13 (NLT) If even a tenth—a remnant—survive, it will be invaded again and burned. But as a terebinth or oak tree leaves a stump when it is cut down, so Israel’s stump will be a holy seed.”

Rev 16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

Rev 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

Rev 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

I hope this study has upgraded our awareness that we need to constantly examine ourselves and ensure we are guarding our gates and staying separated from the affairs of the world and not holding on to idols of our deceitful hearts (Jer 17:9).  We must be given to move on to maturity, if the Lord permits (Heb 6:3).  Pressing onward and upward requires us to abide in the fire that will constantly judge us and bring the hidden things of darkness to the Light that is Christ.

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 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

1Co 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

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.

We will be seeing more of the Lord’s kingdom coming into our earth in the next few studies.  Some interesting names and their meanings will enhance our understanding of the process of judgment and how we come to know the Lord.

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

Body of Christ, Elect

Meeting Christ In The Clouds

Divine LightJoh 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me (My Body), and I in you.

If Christ is not in us and we in Him, we are none of His.

I was led to write this post after communicating with someone who has the basic truth down (i.e. the salvation of all men) but has not yet been given to move beyond that and on to maturity and come to understand the deeper truths of God’s word. We are to receive the babes in Christ that have an elementary level of faith and understanding but we are not to allow them to dispute established church doctrines with us whether they can receive it or not.  That is what Romans 14 is all about.

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

Being a babe depends not on how long one has been a Christian, it is all about the measures of faith that one is given by the Lord.  The pride of man and the lie of free will object to being called a babe but those that are matured will learn not to argue such truths with the babes.  A babe who continues to attack sound doctrine is to be considered a heretic but that is another lesson in the truth.

Tit 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Tit 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

The failure, or in all actuality, THE INABILITY to understand God’s plan and purpose for His Body (the body of Christ) is a big stumbling-block that the vast majority of Christians, even those wandering in the wilderness outside of orthodoxy; cannot get beyond. My hope is a few that are led to read this post may be encouraged and come into understanding of who the Body of Christ is and they must be connected to have any part of the Lord’s inheritance. The inheritance of the Lord is His saints and that is the prayer all in the Body of Christ have for one another.

Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance IN the saints,

Those that still cling to their personal and “private revelations” from the Lord and have no need for a body are not in the Body of Christ and do not yet know the truth or can heed the many admonishments such as this one.

1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is (THE) Christ.
1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many. 
1Co 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
1Co 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. (HE CHOOSES US, we do not choose Him – John 15:16)
1Co 12:19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
1Co 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
1Co 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

The Oneness of the Body of Christ

One is either a part of the living organism that is Christ or they are not. Those in this Body will be of one mind and there will be NO SCHISMS and arguments over what is the truth. The Body will be of ONE MIND.

Php 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

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

2Co 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

We have many lessons and Scriptures that tell us how to deal with heretics and be watchman over the flock of God and this is what the Elect do to keep themselves unspotted by the world and not defiled by the harlots of Babylon with their false doctrines.

Lone wolves have NO PLACE in the body of Christ.  Such ones are not “in me” as Christ spoke in John 14:20 at the top of this post. Those given over to this idol of their heart, don’t need a body. To them the Lord is working with them one on one; but that is all a carnal lie that deceives many people who take some of God’s word to the exclusion of many others to make their false doctrines (bread). Here is one such Scripture they don’t care much for.

Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  (WHY DID GOD DO IT THIS WAY… we don’t have to guess…)
Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Amazing however those that claim they hear from God but are not part of the Body of Christ.  As God promises, the things in the natural tell us how things work in the spiritual. The sheep that represent the flock of God gather together, yet wolves (those with false doctrines) run around separately in their own packs.

Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

The Lord gathers His sheep together and brings them to His mountain (Christ His Body) and there He feeds them and yes that includes being fed with JUDGMENT; being judged now by the fiery word we hear.

Eze 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

Those that go it alone and don’t see a need for a body, a living organism and their need to be part of it, do not know “Christ” despite them having a few things right potentially. The Lord is not working with lone wolves, He is only working with the chosen few He is knitting together in love which means putting them thru many trials and afflictions. That is how He writes His laws on our hearts, thru the trials.

Heb 10:16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

The putting the laws on our spiritual hearts is done by the finger of God (we have nothing to do with it)

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:

And this is actually how it is done, by the scourging of the old man and destruction of our carnal way of life.

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.

Christ Comes In the Clouds

The power of God is His word and that power was put into the Elect.  That is really one of the great macro truths of the story of Noah and the covenant God made to save ALL MEN in due time.

Gen_9:13  I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

and the day the Lord brings “His Cloud” over the earth (brings judgment to us in our appointed time); then He will remember His covenant to save all men.  In that day, every eye shall see Him in the cloud.

Gen 9:14  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

The bow in the cloud is the power of God in His Elect and that power of course is HIS WORD.  Christ is already come in the flesh. “Christ” is already come into the clouds of witnesses that He ascended and where He has made His abode in the hearts and mind of the very Elect.  He has already returned the same way physical eyes saw Him leave.

Act 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Act 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Act 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so (Christ) come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Christ has gone nowhere and has been in this same cloud that received Him 2,000 years ago to this very day.

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

The cloud that is Christ is in fact His Body, the body of Christ, the Elect who as this post will confirm are the vessels thru which the Lord does His work in this age and every generation of men. This cloud is a light of truth to those given ears to hear and eyes to see; but to everyone else this cloud is sheer darkness, sometimes called thick darkness or strong delusion in the Scriptures. The messengers of God are in fact these angels the witnesses thru whom the Lord works.

Exo 14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
Exo 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

This contrast is how the Lord separates His chosen few, the Elect from the world who is represented in type and shadow in this story by the Egyptians.

Ultimately Christ will be seen by EVERY EYE coming in the clouds of His Elect witnesses. This only awaits the day ordained by the Lord for each of us. But the word and this promise is true. One only must come to know and apply these words and prophecies as spirit first.

Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

When the sons of God are revealed to the world, then this prophecy shall be fulfilled outwardly yet it is fulfilled inwardly in the hearts and minds of the Elect in this age.

Luk 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

“The Christ” is many things in Scriptures, the symbols and types are VERY MANY and include the clouds in addition to many others including angels, pillars, body of Christ, bride of Christ, mother of Jesus, priests, kings, firstfruits, prophets, etc etc. But to the natural “carnal” man, not yet given ears to hear and eyes to see, and only knowing Christ “in the flesh”, these truths will indeed been invisible to them; in fact they will be considered down right foolishness.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishnessunto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The Purpose of Christ’s Parables

The article “THE” was not retained in many instances when English translators did their work. Yet in some cases it did get thru to make this concept of Christ much clearer, yet in Babylon they only know the other jesus in their fleshly carnal understanding and the cloud that is Christ today is in fact utter darkness to them to this very day.

Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

When you see it written, unto this day,  it is a special emphasis that the Lord’s plan has not and will never change in this regard.  He is only revealing Himself to a few and is blinding everyone else.  That is His way.  The Lord is in the darkness to the carnally minded.

Exo 20:21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

Deu 4:11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.

Jos 24:7 And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.

Psa 18:11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

2Ch 6:1 Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

Which all of these simply affirms the same message that all that Christ spoke AND DID, was done in parables and those parables were done to blind the world on purpose.

Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

It was not just the words, it was the events themselves….”all these things”…

Mar 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

The truth is that the Lord must drag us to Himself and He causes our ears to hear His words, there is no free will involved despite what millions of false teachers, the blind leading the blind want to tell you.

Jer 18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Jer 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

To the carnal mind, the truth that Christ has a Christ and that it is this body through which the Lord does His many great works is indeed foolishness. But if we are given the gift of faith and prepared to hear the words of the Lord, then we will be able to discern the truth and learn to walk only by faith and not by sight. Doing such requires us to heed these words.

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

Not thinking above what is written requires one to embrace the SUM OF GODS WORD IS TRUTH principle. Taking some of God’s word and building doctrine around that is how one is kept in darkness believing lies and false doctrines, knowing another jesus, the one we all first know in the flesh before we know the real one.

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

One either is or is not able to hear the truth and this has no relation to one’s own initiative or supposed free will.

Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

If one does not hear His words, then one is not of God currently. And as blasphemous as it sounds to the natural man, that is exactly the test true disciples are given to apply to know who is of God and who is not.

1Jn 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
1Jn 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

John sure was an elitist, who does he think he is!  That is how he would be responded to by the Babylonian churches of men today if he quoted the Scripture he was inspired to write.  And so it is for the Elect today.  Those in the Body know who is of God and who is not, it is pretty simple to quickly know who can hear what we speak and who cannot.

Joh 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
Joh 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

Knowing these basic truths on who can hear and see, as we mature in the body of Christ and walking in the fire, we won’t argue and debate the truth of God’s word with those God is still blinding. It sounds oh so unloving but this is a commandment that we not let such ones into our spiritual houses, doing so is doing evil.

2Jn 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
2Jn 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
2Jn 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Anyone bringing false doctrines to us like eternal hell, free will of man, the Trinity, man born sinless, and millions of others is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a false prophet that we are to not fellowship with or discuss the things of God.  If we do so, we are doing evil and are being disobedient.  We must learn to wait on the Lord to prepare one and bring us a sheep to feed and remember the Lord does not need us to do anything, salvation and all things are of God, even one’s ability to receive the truth.

So much for the false love of the apostate churches who love to say everyone welcome on their church signs, but they just do not know the commandments of God, they cannot hear His word yet. If we are God’s Elect we are to leave them be and wait for the Lord to drag His lost sheep to Himself which is HIS BODY.

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

Doing the Greater Works

Christ told us that “we”, His Chosen Disciples, His Elect would do much greater works than He did. That is happening today although the entire world is oblivious to it.

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.
Joh 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Christ is inseparable from His Father who is God and is Spirit.  When Christ and His Father make their abode in us, then Christ is seated on the right hand of the Father in the heavens of our heart and mind.  We are His temple and this is where Christ sits today, dwelling in His people.

Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Of course doing these greater works only happens when we do it in Christ’s name. Doing things in Christ’s names has nothing to do with physically saying His name as those in Babylon believe, it has everything with doing it according to sound doctrine, the word which is Christ which is also His Body.

Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

And this promise is profound for those given the faith to hear His word and to actually believe it.

Christ Sends Out His Christ

A huge understanding that the world cannot perceive is God’s plan to first send Christ and then Christ to send His CHRIST  (the Body) to do His work. My last post spoke about the focus of that work and ministry to the lost sheep of Israel, code word for God’s Elect. Like our Lord who was sent only to the lost house of Israel, that is exactly to whom “Christ” (the Body) is sent.

Mat 10:5  These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
Mat 10:6  But go rather (only) to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Click here to access the post on the LOST SHEEP OF ISRAEL.

As Christ father sent Him, so Christ sends His Christ. Coming to understand the plan of God is essential to have the pieces of truth fall into place and remove the lies of carnal reasoning. Here are some very prophetic words.

Joh 20:21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

As Christ is and was sent, so are we if we are indeed His. We have another NT witness to the same.

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

The Lord sends out HIS CHRIST in advance of where He comes.  So we are the preachers sent to speak the words of fire to ears prepared to hear the truth.  That is why we go and that is why we rejoice when just one lost sheep is returned to the fold.

Luk 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
Luk 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Luk 10:3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

We have many OT witnesses as well and these words from Isaiah 53 that speak of “Christ” and apply both to the “head” (the Lord) but also to “the body” (His Christ). The Lord is working ALL things, even bringing affliction, grief and rejection to His chosen servants. He came to save sinners and to turn them to repentance and He does just that by showing us who are old man truly is and then bringing judgment upon us.

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Isa 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Isa 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Ånd this is indeed the burden of “the Christ” to be the scapegoat in the wilderness, the offering for the trespasses of the people of God, the true church.

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:

If Christ did it all on the cross 2,000 years ago, what is there to fill up on with regards to affliction? The fact is the substitutionary atonement is another lie of Babylon and unless we die in our due time, we too will not inherit the kingdom of God. This is way to big a topic to segue into here but Lord willing a future posts will be focused on that gigantic Babylonian lie.

Who is the light of the world?

Christ says He was the light of the world, but look at what He says about His Christ.

Joh 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Who are the judges of the world?

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

Christ said His words will judge the world. Yet we saw earlier who speaks His words. Well guess who will judge the world!

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?
1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

 Who speaks His word?

1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

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.

Eze 2:7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.
Eze 2:8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isa 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

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

Rev 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, (the words spoken) as it were the noise of thunder, (the word brings judgment) one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

Christ speaks His word thru His Body of Christ. Those who hear us are of God and those who do not, are not currently of God as we saw earlier. Few will receive us, precious few but we rejoice in those days.

Luk 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

The body of Christ are the temple including the pillars to the temple and it is through them that all must pass to enter into Christ.  Here is this message foretold in the symbols of Scripture, the words that are Spirit.

Deu_31:15  And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.

And here in JOB we learn also of the mystery of the clouds that are THE CHRIST.  Think of how the natural foretells the deep truths of the spiritual (Romans 1:20). WOW.

Job 36:27  For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:

Job 36:28  Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly. (The Elect speak His words….)

Job 36:29  Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?  (only those given ears to hear and eyes to see by the Lord Himself)

Job 36:30  Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it (The Elect are the light of this world) , and covereth the bottom of the sea.

Job 36:31  For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.  (The Elect shall judge the world)

Job 36:32  With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.  (The Lord shuts the eyes of most, blinding the whole world and only reveals truth to the few)

What are the saviours of the world?

This will be a hard truth to swallow for those still immersed in the flesh jesus and Babylonian doctrines.  Yet the truth about who is Christ applies to every turn and every aspect of Christ and that includes who is the savior.  Our Lord and head Christ is the Savior (capital S) yet the Christ of Christ is also saviors of the world (Christ in them, the word working the greater works).  So say the Scriptures when we can see them on the other side of the veil of flesh.

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: (i.e. a lamb led to a slaughter) nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth 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.

Gen_22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

Oba 1:21 And SAVIOURS shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

Neh 9:27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them SAVIOURS who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.

The Lord sends His Christ to do His work.  This is how He brings it to pass and that is the mystery of what the Scriptures declare and it is indeed marvelous once you see it.

Those Without

The answer in every case to these rhetorical questions is CHRIST. But knowing who Christ is. is in fact what separates those that have the gift and those that do not.

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Co 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

It is those who cannot receive this truth who kick against the pricks and do not know Christ and continue to worship the dragon in their ignorance.

1Jn 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

These words have nothing to do with physically speaking out that Jesus came in a flesh body 2,000 years ago and died on a cross. That is all Babylonian carnal nonsense who do not know that all His words are SPIRIT.

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

The fact is that the Body of Christ is in fact “Christ”.  Not the head but very much the BODY.  Here is a zinger that makes this perfectly clear.

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

Until we are dragged thru the veil to the other side of the cloud, we cannot see the truth.

Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

This veil of His Flesh, which is His Body is what the world cannot see.

Angels/Messengers Reveal Christ To Us

Everything Christ does, He does thru His Body.  We are His instruments.  He dwells in us, His people.  We are the ones who speak the work to ears prepared to hear.  That is how Christ builds His church.  The revelation of Jesus Christ to each of us is given to us by a member of the Body of Christ, of of God’s Angels (messengers).

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

We all have Christ revealed to us by our fellowservant’s that are already in the Body!  Such have the testimony of Jesus, another words they speak the truth and show us sound doctrine.  We are not to worship these “angels” as they are only messengers of what God has given them.

Rev 22:8  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
Rev 22:9  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

We all initially will fall victim to some level of angel worship until we mature in the faith and truly believe that all things are indeed of the Lord.  Nobody Lord’s over anyone in the Body of Christ, we reject the doctrines of the Nicolatians that puts it all on one man and calls that man the Pope, the Minister, The Pastor etc.

Mar 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
Mar 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

God’s Elect are His angels, they are His prophets and it is thru them only that Christ speaks.  We are His mouth, His arms, His legs, etc etc.  Very few know the real Christ.  They will falsely accuse God’s Elect of being elitist and having the audacity to call themselves the sons of God.  But that is exactly why carnal men rejected and crucified the Lord and the same will happen to His body.

Joh 5:18  Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

We sure can, especially at first in our immaturity, mishandle this truth and be a bit condescending to others that are blind, deaf and dumb to the truth of God’s word.  I am as guilty as anyone of doing this, but that is part of God’s plan and the process by which we are humbled and brought to truly understand the sovereign work of God and that ALL THINGS means ALL THINGS.

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

Yet the other side of the narrow road shows us situations where we are to rebuke those that come against the truth.  We have such an example in John 8 where the Lord spoke to those that “believed on Him” but could not yet hear His word.  They thought they needed no repentance.

Joh 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

We can speak the truth all day long to those shut out without ears and they cannot believe us.  This is a story and a parable in John 8 of words we shall live by and experience.

Joh 8:45  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

This is all of us before we are given ears to hear.  We claim His name but know another jesus, we only know him in the flesh, not in the spirit.  We all will think we know Him but cannot understand His speech because it simply has not yet been given to us.  Our pride will not like to hear that we have nothing to do with having ears to hear or eyes to see. We so much want to take credit for it but God will have NONE OF IT.

Pro 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

Pro 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

The concept of the body of Christ being Christ is all over the bible but it is hidden from carnal eyes.  I will end this post with a reminder of who the Lord Himself says is Jesus Christ?  Saul of Tarsus never saw the Lord and yet the Lord had this to say about who Saul was persecuting.

Act 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
Act 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Act 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

The Body of Christ is Christ.  We are the temple in which He dwells.  He IS come in the flesh already and lives to this very day.  This is the city of angels, the heavenly Jerusalem that is the light unto this world.

Rev 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
Rev 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

We are commanded to feed the sheep and nourish the lambs and that is exactly what we do when we speak the words of truth to those the Lord has prepared to receive it. It is a rare blessing indeed.

Luk 10:23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
Luk 10:24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Just as Christ was rejected and persecuted, so is The Christ.  We follow our Lord’s footsteps.

Act 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

“Christ” does all the work for His Father and we His Christ do all His work.  That is the way God ordained it from the beginning of the world. Here is a gigantic verse, a trinity buster as well that simply tells us the plan of God and how HE is bringing this all about.

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

Many come into the true faith but are not faithful and begin fornicating with the world and allowing false doctrines to creep in all in the name of “love”.  But we best examine ourselves and our walk often and ensure we are properly discerning the Lord’s Body.  Those who think they don’t need the Body are sadly mistaken and now sleep and are sick being weak in the faith.

1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
1Co 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

One day all men shall be caught up and will meet Christ in the clouds.  In that day we will all be of one Spirit.  That is what this verse falsely used to support a rapture doctrine is really saying when one is given to know what is said.  We meet Christ in the clouds which is in His Body of witnesses.

1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: (in spirit)  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Sincere questions, comments can be made here or please send me an email at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.  I would love to be a helper of your joy and feed the flock of God.

Your brother in Christ,  PETE

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Growing To See the Fullness of Christ

imagesThe many called of God will first come to know Jesus Christ only in the flesh.  From out of the multitudes that know Christ in the flesh,  the Lord will drag a few chosen thru the veil of flesh into the realm of the spirit.  These few are God’s Elect who are given this blessing and the spiritual healing that comes with it.  It is when this veil is removed that our blindness is healed and we are given to see and to hear spiritually.  With ears to hear and eyes to see,  such blessed men and woman will be given to see past the letter of the Scripture and begin to understand the mysteries of the kingdom.

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

2Co 3:14  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 

Unless and until this happens, all the Lord’s doing, we will not understand what is really being said in the Scriptures.  I can attest we will think otherwise but will have no clue until Christ is revealed to us in our appointed times.

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 

At this stage of our walk we are yet carnal and remain unconverted. We may well have cleaned up the outside of our cup while in Babylon and will be doing many good works, but the fact remains our hearts will not be circumcised until the Lord returns a second time to bring judgment against our old man and carnal nature.  We won’t know Him and have eternal life abiding in us, until our “day of the Lord” has begun in earnest.

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.

Christ will come again to make war in our heavens and that is how salvation will come and how we will then know He is the Lord.

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

Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 

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

For a great article on where is heaven, click here.

Once faith has come and the Spirit given to God’s Elect (no free will involved) then as babes we will learn and grow quickly.  The original Apostles who walked with Christ for 3.5 years remained unconverted themselves and Pentecost was just the beginning of their walk in the Spirit. They still had everything to learn and much to unlearn as the Scriptures tell us as they matured in the true faith.  We like Peter and ALL disciples will think we are already converted and see when we are still blind as bats not knowing who Christ truly is.

Luk 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken. 

Luk 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.  (We can’t do the works of God until faith comes and the Spirit is given)

Mat 26:35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples (you and me all of us will live these words, it was not just Peter)

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. 

There is no avoiding it.  We can’t shortcut God’s plan and not live the words of God that say we will first serve Him in the flesh but not know Him in the spirit.  Before we know the real Jesus and understand Christ we will follow and know Him only in the flesh and will have no spiritual understanding as carnal babes in Babylon.  But a day will come when the Lord returns to make war in our heavens and that is when we will begin to be taught the deep mysteries of the kingdom and know Christ in spirit

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

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (even the Jesus we knew in the flesh)

Understanding We Live By Every Word

Isa 55:8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 

God’s ways are not the ways of the carnal mind and the carnal mind will think the ways of the Lord are foolishness.  This verse below quoted in both Matthew and Luke, from what Christ spoke in Deuteronomy is a stumbling block to those that walk after the flesh who are yet carnal and claim they see but are indeed spiritually blind.  That is all of us at one time because as we saw above when Christ comes to us the second time, those that say they are blind will be given sight and those that claim they see will be made blind.

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

Deu 8:3  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. 

Few are given to understand the depth of this statement by Christ. He did not say man should follow the 10 commandments when He spoke these words. That is what Babylonian doctrine teaches, the Scriptures teach something entirely different — the truth. The truth is man will live by every word God spoke in the Scriptures which is His word. Nothing will be left out and we have specific warnings in Revelation 22 about those that will add to or take away from the words of God. For those given eyes to see, they will come to know that they will live by every word in the Scriptures. This means they will see themselves in every verse of the Bible. The verses are not speaking about somebody else, they are speaking about you and me and all men in the appointed times. It does take time to grow and to fully appreciate what living every word really means but the Lord will give the increase when we are able to bear it. So when you see this you are blessed indeed as then you as the reader “will understand” and Christ’s appearing is at the very door.

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

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

CHRIST IS (not was) COME IN THE FLESH

The mystery of living by every word comes with the understanding that Christ is the first Adam (sinful marred vessel of clay, the old man with a carnal mind) and the second Adam (the Lord from heaven, the new man). Christ is the first and the last.

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Christ being the alpha and the omega means that we are Jesus Christ (part of the BODY, not the head) as we come into this world as the first man Adam and in the appointed times are transformed into the Lord from heaven, the new man. Christ was made sin not when He died on the cross, but when He came in the likeness of sinful flesh. FLESH IS SIN, Christ’s flesh was sin and our flesh is sin and as God’s Elect, we are in Him and He is in us. He is the the alpha and the omega.

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

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 he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Christ having already overcome sinful flesh suffered thru all the same temptations we do yet He was without sin.  But having done this, He is our high priest and is able to give us comfort in our time of temptation.  All the lies of Babylon about Christ being immaculately conceived and having a different kind of flesh is nonsense and is another jesus. Jesus Christ HAS come and IS coming NOW, in sinful flesh.   He is in my flesh right now making war in my heavens and bringing judgment upon the old man and cleansing His temple which temple I am and all of God’s Elect will be.

Act 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
Act 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

Knowing where is heaven and what the earth refers to is paramount to understand what is being said.  Anyone who denies this is still of their father the devil, is yet carnal and is antiChrist with their beliefs and are serving another jesus following a false gospel.

1Jn 4:2-3  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.   And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2Jn 1:7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Israel – The Body of Christ On Which the Head Sits

Isa 49:3  And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 

Understanding “The Christ” thru which Christ does all His work today is giant mystery that carnal minds will yell blasphemy when they hear such things; but they simply do not understand.  The Scriptures remains sealed unto them and it simply has not been given them to understand as many are called and only few are chosen.  God’s Elect are not Jesus Christ the head, but we are indeed Jesus Christ THE BODY.  Until Christ was resurrected in a spiritual body He had no place to lay His head and that was the parable being spoken about below.   Jesus was not suggesting we become homeless vagabonds as many carnal holy rollers will lead you to believe.  No, Jesus wanted to get on with building His church and bringing fire into the earth of His chosen vessels.

Mat 8:20  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 

Luk 12:49  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? 

The WORD is Christ and is within all those who are His body, the very Elect.   That same Word is also called ‘fire’ in the scriptures and lo and behold, that fire is found in the same place Christ and His Word are to be found:

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. 

Rev 11:5  And if any man will hurt them [God’s witnesses], fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Eventually all men will be dragged to Christ and be saved, all but the Elect at the White Throne Judgment.  Paul speaking to the Greeks at Mars Hill plainly tells us what organized religion can never accept.

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

A loving father is not going to torment his own children forever without end.  Utter carnal delusion.  So ultimately all men are Israel and Christ will dwell in all His people, but for now, God’s purposes is to save only the few His Elect.    Hence Paul wrote of this parable and riddle that continues to confound the wisdom of the wise.

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

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

It is God purposes to save the many thru the few and God’s Elect, the Body of Christ will be the rulers and judges in the ages to come.  It is our speaking the words of fire that is the lake of fire and the words “of Christ” that will judge the multitudes in righteousness.  Christ made clear that it would be “the words I have spoken” which would judge all men:

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

So Christ’s words are fire in the mouths of His elect, and we are all being judged by that very same fire now in this age:

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. 

First and Last & Alpha and Omega

Christ is the first and the last. The Alpha and Omega and all points in-between.  ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD. He causes all the  good and all the evil.  Yet the carnal mind and doctrines of Babylon have another jesus.   Lightness and darkness is the same to the Lord.

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

He is not evil but indeed works evil for good and creates it for His purposes.

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

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

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

So knowing these things, begins to unlock the mystery of what life is all about. If we are God’s Elect then we are told we are His temple, that is where He dwells right now sitting in our heavens.

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

We are God’s house if we are His Elect. Not only does judgment begin with us and we are judged first, but in our house are both honorable and dishonorable things. God uses them both to accomplish His will.

2Ti 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

And ultimately thru judgment the dishonorable things are purged from our lives, our bodies, our minds and the heavens that are within.  The wood, hay and stubble, the dishonorable things will be purged with fire and heat.

2Ti 2:21If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

And once He completes this refining and destruction of our carnal nature, then we as part of His Elect, His ministers of flame on this earth can be used to do the greater works that Christ spoke about.

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

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

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.

But these works cannot commence until our prior carnal works where we thought we served God but worked against Him and denied His name are burned up in the fire of His word during our judgment.

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

Christ being the first Adam in all of us just goes to show that it was God’s purposes for us to live every word and to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We cannot become like gods until we do so. We have to live by every word.

Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

And this includes are very sins, the evil we commit and live by until the Lord brings judgment to us and causes us to obey His commandments.

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.

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

While we are these bodies of flesh, full of the law of sin and death, we cannot help but sin and it is only by His grace that we are given little by little the dominion to overcome. Only God’s very Elect will be given this dominion, which is salvation in this age. The rest will be saved in the Lake of Fire.

So hopefully some of the readers will see the heresy in the carnal doctrine that man was made perfect and believe the Babylonian lie of the fall of mankind. The fact is we were created sin. Flesh is sin and nothing good dwells in it.

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

One day we will live these words and speak what David spoke and then we will understand that even Jesus Christ in a body of flesh was not good.

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

The Scriptures, the very words we live by everyone tell us of God’s plan. We will live the darkness and live the sins that are written in the Book.

Jer 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Jer 18:3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

The details of our lives will be different but the one event will be the same and that is living by every word, and this begins with being the vessel of dishonor, the virtual sinning machine in a body of sinful flesh. We will walk in strong delusion long before in His mercy the Lord opens our eyes to see His wonderful works to the children of men.

Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

This is remarkable truth of the Lord’s plan for us all. One that we will never believe even if a man declare it unto us. We will first be mockers of this truth.

Act 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

If we are so blessed to be His Elect, then the veil of flesh will be removed and the Body of Christ will come to us and open the seals from the Book. Then we shall see.

Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Rev 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Rev 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

I did not understand all of this at first. It took a couple of years of me eating the true bread from heaven and being in the midst of Christ to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. Now I have been given a ministry to feed the flock and to bring the lost sheep into the fold. There won’t be many of them in this age as many are called and few are chosen, yet the Lord has been faithful to give me those opportunities and to even bring forth fruit of that labor.

Praise God for Him giving the increase to seed sown and water poured out.

1Co 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

I can now look behind and see where the Lord has taken me. It is not me living, it is Christ living in me. I know there is much still to be lived and to learn yet for each new day we are given, I can truly say thank you Lord for the “all things” that have been given to me.

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.

CHRIST RETURNS IN THE CLOUDS – HIS WITNESSES

The parable of Christ ascending into the clouds where He sits at in heaven at the right hand of God tells those with eyes to see where Christ dwells.  Carnal eyes won’t be able to see where Christ went as it must be spiritually discerned.

Act 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 

Act 1:10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 

Again if we know where heaven then we can begin to understand the mystery.

Act 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 

Christ comes in the clouds, that is where everyone will see Him in due time.  Those clouds are God’s Elect.

Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 

Rev_11:12And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 

Rev_14:14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 

The Body of Christ is the clouds, we are His witnesses, it is us who have the testimony of Jesus Christ and loved not our life unto death.

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

Jesus Christ has a Christ and it is these witnesses that are likened to clouds in Scripture.  These clouds are the lights unto this dark world but the cloud that is Christ is both light and darkness.  To those very few God is dragging to Himself now, the clouds will be light in the night but to those carnal multitudes in Babylon who are not being dragged, the very same cloud is utter darkness.  I have shared this Scripture lately that foretell of this mysterious way of the Lord.

Exo 14:20  And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. 

Exo 19:9  And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever

I hope this post has brought you to see that we are Jesus Christ if we are His Elect.  We are not the head but we are the body and consider who Jesus Christ the head says we are when speaking to our persecutors.  Paul never saw the Lord when He was in His own personal body of flesh yet heed the words of the Lord.

Act 9:4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 

Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 

If we can’t say this is true then it is not true.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.  Just like our head, we will be hated and persecuted for doing what He did.  Those in Babylon will seek to kill Christ in us that is speaking these truths.

Joh 5:18  Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. 

It takes time to grow in our understanding of the depth of God’s wisdom and to understand the meat of His word.  We are not given it all at once, it is fed to us as we are able to receive it.

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

We will close with a review of the warnings of adding to or taking away from our part in the book.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DENY WE LIVE BY EVERY WORD?

All of us will at first be adding to and taking away from the book of life in which the names of God’s Elect are written and in due time will include the names of all men. We have Scripture that tells us what happens and these too are words we shall live by in due time.

If we add to the words of God, we just are given more false doctrines, the plagues to deceive us and keep us blinded from the truth.

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

If we subtract or take away from the book, saying those words do not apply to us, then we have no part in the book of life which means we do not know the Lord and are following another jesus.

Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

When we take away from the book, we don’t know Him and have not eternal life abiding in us.

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

I pray this has helped some of you see the bigger picture and to appreciate more that it is the SUM OF THY WORD that is truth. Only taking “some” of it is another jesus.

Psa 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth

Please email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com if you have questions or relevant comments.

Your brother living that one event that comes alike to all of us,

Pete

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.

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God’s Sovereignty vs Man’s Free Will

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only God Reveals His Truths and WORD

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

MAT 13:11 He answered and said to them, because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD

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

 Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh ALL THINGS after the counsel of his OWN WILL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
the days fashioned for me,
when as yet there were none of them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord Directs Our Steps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God is Responsible for Good and Evil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Job 33:15-17

In a dream, in a vision of the night,

when deep sleep falleth upon men,

in slumberings upon the bed;

16 Then he openeth the ears of men,

and sealeth their instruction,

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

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

The Elect of God, the Chosen Few, HIS PEOPLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 God’s Thoughts and Ways

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God’s True Witnesses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 TIM 4:10  For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 These things command and teach.

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

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

Your brother in Christ,  PETE

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

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

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

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

salvation

The Blessing of God’s Election

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

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

Isaiah 46:10-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 8 Just as it is written:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Elect Are God’s Witnesses On Earth

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

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

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

ACTS 10:40-42  Then God allowed him to appear, 41 not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If we endure hardship, we will reign with him.

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

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

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

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

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

Ears to Hear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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