The true church of Jesus Christ is not divided (1Co 1:13). Christ is ONE with the Father and with His Christ.
Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.
Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Christ being One with His Father and His people means the TRUE church cannot be divided and will be of one mind in matters of the Spirit and of Doctrine.
1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
The divide of Christ’s church is really a separating and a sifting of the wheat from the chaff as only a remnant shall escape from Jerusalem in this age.
Our fallen brothers and sisters have erred in vision and stumbled in their judgment all the Lords doing of course. In love, we have tried and will continue to try as Lord allows us to win them back.
Denying the Lake of Fire is a subtle way of denying the cross and creating a different process (less punishment, more rewards) for the Jew vs the Gentiles in being saved. But the truth is all men are saved the exact same way and given the exact same reward – THE MIND OF CHRIST. The Elect just receives it first. It is the carnal mind that has led our fallen away (the error of the wicked) elders into believing we deserve special rewards and prizes. The Bible teaches otherwise when rightfully divided. Here are five witnesses that more than establishing the truth of the true doctrine.
Act 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
Act 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Act 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Eph 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Mat 20:14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. SAME REWARD
Our living the Second Death which is the Lake of Fire is how we overcome and how we are saved. It is not something to be avoided.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him [Satan and his messengers] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the [second] death.
1Co 1:18 For the message of the cross (lake of fire) is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death (second death, death to death) he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15 And deliver them (SAVE US) who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage
“Come Lord Jesus Come” is what we should be saying rather than the Lake of Fire is not for me. We must be baptized by His fire in the lake of fire.
Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
Rev 22:18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
Rev 22:19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Foundational Principles Abandoned
The origin on the errors is an abandonment of the foundational principles of how Truth is established. Those errors extent deeper into other areas such as rightly dividing the First Resurrection and understanding what the Reward and the prize of the higher calling in Christ represent.
- The Word IS, WAS and WILL BE (present, past and future fulfillment) – Rev 1:8, Rev 4:8
- The Word is a two-edged sword speaking about the old man and new man in every word and every verse – Heb 4:12
- The sum of the word is true – Psa 119:160
- No scripture is of its own private explanation – 2Pe 1:20
- Man shall live (the IS/inwardly) by every Word God spoke – Mat 4:4, 1Co 3:21
- God speaks of things that ARE NOT as if they already are – Rom 4:17
- His words are Spirit and not to be taken by the letter – Joh 6:63
- Truth is found by comparing spiritual to spiritual – 1Col 2:13
- All things come alike to all, one event to all men – Ecc 9:2
- All things are done in parables to hide the meaning in the letter (Mar 4:11, Hos 12:10)
As we teach, we must always watch and prove all things, being vigalent in trying the spirits and testing the doctrines.
1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity [living by every word, one event, etc] that is in Christ.
We Live Every Word Inwardly
One distinction that will help clear the smoke of confusion is to remember that “living by every word God spoke” is speaking about living them ALL INWARDLY. Where is the kingdom of God and where is the Lord working to bring about Christ in us?
Luk 17:20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;
Luk 17:21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
We live all words INWARDLY, fulfilling the IS part of “is, was and will be” because now is judgment upon the house of God (1Pe 4:17). Problems and quarrelsome questions come up on this subject when we forget to emphasize the inward and living part of that is what every man lives.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword
It has never been said that this means applying them in the WAS or the WILL BE sense to every man. For example, we did not go thru the flood of Noah outwardly, but we did inwardly. The same is to be applied for all events in the historical past, but we will live them all out in their INWARD application. As a further example, we all come out of the world (Egypt) and then go through a wilderness experience after first coming to the knowledge of the Truth before we enter the promised land and begin to conquer sin (the giants) in our land.
Future events for us also cannot be lived by everyone outwardly. Only the very Elect who are completed in Christ in this age, will be the administrators and outward ruling with Christ in the next age. For example, anyone already physically dead that was not Elect cannot be ruled over in the outward Millennium. Yet all men in their order of harvest will live those words out INWARDLY even for those in resurrected spirit bodies as the kingdom of God is still WITHIN those men.
Lake of Fire and Second Death
The Lake of Fire is where salvation is found and the new man formed and completed by the wrath of God against our old man. The revealing (revelation) of Jesus Christ in the hearts and minds of every man is the greatest gift and reward imaginable. As this church has rightfully taught in the past, it is our living out those words that bring this greatest blessing and gives every man the mind of Christ.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things (lives them) which are written in it; for the time is near.
The new man is brought forth in this fire and Christ in us, the overcomer, is raised when the dead old man dies. It’s not us overcoming, again it is Christ in us doing the work and ushering in righteousness in the kingdom of God.
1Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you (CHRIST – the new man), than he that is in the world.
The Second Death is a functional living event like all words of Scripture. Those dead to death (the Second Death) are blessed indeed because at that point, it is finished and they have put on the mind of Christ and are at rest. It is a blessing to die to death and live the Second Death.
Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
The old man is destroyed and the new man (Christ in us) raised up in power by going through the wrath of God. That is the gospel and how one is blessed and made holy.
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
As an overcomer, the fire of God’s word has already burned out all the wood, hay and stubble and we are complete in Christ in need of nothing. Thus we see Christ and His Christ in the fire administering the Lake of Fire and the fire cannot hurt us. Christ and His Christ can walk in this fire without hurt. They had already overcome by the same fire.
Dan 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Dan 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
There it is. The new man in us, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, overcome and come forth from the fire. The new man in us is THE RESULT of going into the fire in faith and losing our life in the flesh. Avoiding the lake of fire means no overcoming in this age.
Christ in us is the overcomer and only He can dwell in the everlasting fire and not be hurt.
Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”
The answer is the NEW MAN in us, the overcomer…..
Isa 33:15 He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil:
The new man is not appointed to wrath but to salvation. Double witness right here.
1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us (Christ, the new man) to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Rev 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh (Christ in us, the new man only) shall not be hurt of the second death.
The new man in us is not appointed to wrath!!!. The Second Death experience will not hurt the new man. The new man is being raised up in the same proportion as the old man is being destroyed in the fire whether it be called Lake of Fire or fiery trials. We are following in our Lord’s footsteps.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death (second death), certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, (the First Resurrection, the mind of Christ)
Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
Rom 6:7 For he who has died (the second death) has been freed from sin. (Holiness, the blessing of the new man, Christ in us the hope of glory)
A more complete version of the doctrinal issues covered in this study were included in this study which came from the combined efforts of all the elders.