Aug. 15, 2021.
For the Body.
The true heart of a Christian is ready to do God’s will because they not only received the Holy Spirit but have made Faith their substance for all their needs, wants, and ministries. I recently heard a Christian singer proclaiming to God to be placed in the fire meaning to be Spiritually supercharged for Christ and God’s Kingdom. Yet, God has already given all that is required for this by the Holy Spirit which was reiterated once again in the upper room as stated; “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost” - Acts 2:3-4. This happened after Jesus left them the second time reiterating as previously stated; “I tell you the truth; it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Spirit) will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” - Jn. 16:7.
The Holy Spirit was already present with them once Jesus started His ministry and His disciples were also ministering as stated by Jesus; “And these signs shall follow them that believe; (for) in My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (and) they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” - Mk. 16:17. Then why did the Holy Spirit come again in the upper room if He was already here? The Holy Spirit can only indwell in you when you are abiding in Christ as stated; “He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit” - Jn. 15:4. The Apostles became fearful after Jesus’ death resulting in the Holy Spirit’s seemingly abandoning them. But in reality, it was the Apostles who abandoned the Holy Spirit who is always ready to assist all Christians for God’s purposes. When we walk in Faith; the Holy Spirit is obliged to be there for us. It is when we are not consistent in this walk that it seems the Holy Spirit and Faith is a hit-and-miss practice. Remember as stated; "God has dealt (given) to each one a measure of Faith - Rm. 12:3. Just like everything God gives us it is our responsibility to sow and reap to the fullest potential for our benefit; the church's, and to His Glory.
Jesus did not truly start His ministry until the Holy Spirit came upon Him. Yes, He demonstrated Wisdom at an early age but His impact on the world only came after receiving the Spiritual garment that sustained Him to the Cross and His resurrection. The Holy Spirit did not go to the grave as some religious-minded will say. Here’s why as stated; “Be you be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship has Righteousness with unrighteousness and what communion has (the) Light with darkness” - 2 Cor. 6:14. He’s not just talking about marriage but every aspect of the Christian’s life. You can’t see each other as the temple of God and then listen, endorse music that degrades the human body. God will never accept the middle ground christian! Jesus went to the grave as a sinner as stated; “For He made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us” - 2 Cor. 5:21. That means He went to the grave in a corrupted state. Not that He was corrupted! This means the Holy Spirit was unable to follow Him and His Anointing was no longer on Him. So every man or woman who goes to the grave does not have a Spiritual garment on them. That garment that God looks for in the final judgment as stated; “because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I (God) will vomit you out of My mouth” - Rev. 6:16. In the wedding Parable, God is speaking to those who snuck into the wedding feast (Heaven) as previously stated. The Spiritual garment is everything! So it’s critical to adopt an attitude, aptitude, and action that embodies you with a lifestyle of; “The Cross before me; the world behind”. To not be perturbed by the world or whatever satan tries to throw against you. Because without the Holy Spirit’s endorsement of your Christian Walk there will be no place for you at the wedding feast to celebrate with; not the Lamb of God but the Lion of Judah.
Flush it Out - There is always time before the Day to repent, renew, and restore all that God called us to be so that the sons of God will be manifested here in the Earth.
In many cases, they will not be given the opportunity for repentance, forgiveness, and Salvation as Peter stated; “Ananias, why has satan (darkness) filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit (...and) why have you conceived this thing in your heart (having) not lied to men but to God; (...upon) hearing these words, (he) fell down and breathed his last. This same sudden death also happened with his wife Sapphira. Consider; this occurred in the infancy of the Gospel ministry where many before received Grace for their sins but not these newly converts. Did God take their lives or were they so tormented by their deep and blatant deception they succumbed to the Spirit’s conviction of their sin? In reality, they purposefully sinned against the Holy Spirit. As Christians, we often have a roller coaster walk and the only thing that allows us to keep our Salvation is not Grace but Covenant. That’s why the Christian will have a sterner judgment because he knowingly knows what is at stake; yet often violates God’s Grace by thinking forgiveness is always available to because they accepted Jesus Christ. That’s why if you are not a conscientious Christian you are not a Christian at all but as stated; “a wolf in sheep clothing” - Matt. 7:15. As Jesus declares; "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined; but new wine must be put into new wineskins” - Mk. 2:22. There must be a point in the Christian walk when there is no looking back at the carnal flesh but forward at the Spirit's reward.
I remember as a young man on an outreach ministry for retired Elder’s of a church who needed help in everything; when an older Christian minister remarked on their incontinence and how disgusting it was to have to see, and to clean it up; and who did not demonstrate any compassion or tolerance for these Elder's inability to keep their dignity. This person would often make degrading comments about these Elders over dinner. In contrast, my religious school teacher made it a part of the curriculum for his students to assist him at a hospice for senior burnt victims. The smell, sounds of pain, sores, and skin inflictions were so horrendous, and at times unbearable to the senses and mind. But yet, he spoke, handled, and cared for these victims all with a smile, joy in his eyes, and a compassionate heart. It is when we face our fears, and discomforts that the flesh will reveal if we are the true reflection of Jesus; our LORD, and Savior. And without that reflection, God won’t recognize us.
We can never judge the book by its cover because unless we walk in the lost sinners' lives we don’t know the circumstances and motivations that pushed them to sin. And just to be clear! We don’t judge and condemn people but we judge their actions. And for those of us who proclaim Christ we ought to judge as stated by Jesus; “First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” - Matt. 7:5. The plank in your eye is anything that prevents an objective review of others. It is not your sins as the religious-minded tell us because as Paul states; "for all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God" - Rm. 3:23. Just because there is a sin remnant in us does not remove our responsibilities to the church and the world. What Jesus is encouraging is the examination of each other's Christian walk not by the motive of condemnation but by the two main commandments as stated; “you shall Love the LORD God with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the mind (...and) you shall Love the neighbor as yourself (... because) on these two commandments hang (depend, supports) all the Law and the prophets. Now it goes without saying that you can’t Love your neighbor as yourself unless we first know what measure and standard of Love God desires and demands. Jesus is this measure and standard!
God is not forgetful nor is He willing to be taken for granted. Yes! He is compassionate, merciful, and long-suffering. But that season is now seeing its horizon event and no matter where or who you are with; there will no escape from His wrath and judgment as stated; “For when they shall say peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” - 1 Tess. 5:3. The only place there is shelter is under the Blood of Jesus. Shelter, not protection! No matter how long you have been a devout Christian it will be in the moment of danger your actions of Faith or fear will determine the Blood’s effectiveness over yourself and those whom you love. We see this with Lot's wife who looked back in fear rather than forward with Faith as stated; "Do not look behind you" - Gen. 19:17. This looking back is about the fear of loss of the things that crowd and impede our true obedience to God's will, Blessing, and providence.
The Christian is at any moment in time only a shadow away from being a sinner again as stated; “As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly” - Prov. 26:11. He is not talking about the sinner but the Christian. And as stated by Paul; “If they (Christians) fall away, to renew (bring back) them again to repentance, since they crucify (condemn, criticize, denounce) again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him (Christ) to an open shame (mocking, humiliation, indignity); (and because) the Earth which drinks in the rain (blessings from God) that often comes upon it, and bears herbs (protection, provision, providence) useful (necessary) for those by whom it is cultivated (sowed), receives blessings from God; but if it bears (corrupted, tainted, rotten) thorns (sin) and briers (vain imaginations), it is rejected (abandoned, discarded, unused) and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned. We are no longer living by the Old Testament's shadow of Jesus' reality. Because the Blood of Jesus has fully cleansed our temples to be Sanctified for as stated; "your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have (been given) of God, and you are not your own?" - 1 Cor. 6:19.
We are under the Spirit of God and are constantly measured against His Son as stated; “you shall be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect” - Matt. 5:48. So those Christians, who allow sin thinking there is always Grace is being flippantly ignorant, willfully disobedient, and self-deceiving. And because Jesus is the beloved Son and did all His Father told Him; therefore He is perfect! He is not beloved because He is God's begotten Son but because He is perfect in His obedience to the Father. It is certainly a challenge every day for the Christian that walks in this world especially today as it grows darker with each moment. But we need to protect that walk of obedience with God for that is how we are made perfect as stated; “that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him” - 2 Cor. 5:21. Without our daily efforts to build Righteousness upon Righteousness; to ensure we have enough for the proverbial rainy day. Unfortunately, many who struggle to be Christians will be caught in the tangled world wide web and not as stated; “caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the LORD (Jesus) in the air; so shall we ever be with the LORD” - 1 Tess. 4:17.
As Jesus stated; “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a wedding prepared for the King’s Son” - Matt. 22:2. Jesus is literally referring to Himself by this Parable. So we must take note of what He focuses on in detail. Ultimately, those chosen that did not heed the invite but were disrespectful even in mockery were rejected. After this rejection, Jesus states; “both bad and good (were invited) and the wedding was furnished with guests” - Matt. 22:10. Isn’t that strange that the bad was not only invited but welcomed at the wedding feast? The explanation and key are in Jesus’ qualifying statement for both the bad and good who were invited without any pre-conditions such as wealth, status, or office as stated when some snuck in as stated; “Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding garment?” After which with no credible explanation was thrown out followed by the foundation criteria of Salvation as stated; “For many are called, but few chosen” - Matt. 22:14.
Now, the unrepentant purposeful sinner is no longer under judgment because once Jesus took His rightful seat with the Father; and anyone having heard the Gospel and conscientiously rejected it already has their sentence; which is eternal separation from God. Does this mean they cannot be saved? These defiant sinners, like the Pharisees, are not those sinners who are lost, confused, or disenfranchised but are those who have made their bed of corruption and disobedience and just as satan made themselves into demigods that operate by pride, deceptions, and self-interest for their own kingdoms and have no redemption available because in their heart there is only the darkness of envy, covetousness, and evil. They do not want to be part of God's Kingdom just like the one-third angels that absconded from Him.
Just because you accepted Jesus Christ as Savior years ago or just today doesn’t mean at the time of the Rapture you won’t be a sinner unsaved regardless of Grace. Because Grace is not an anointing of holy water or Sanctification. Nothing God has given us will save us unless we not only acknowledge it but more than that put it into practice and live it by Faith; especially on the Day of the Rapture. As Paul declares; once saved not always saved as stated; “hand this man over to satan for the destruction of the flesh so that his spirit may be saved on the Day of the LORD” - 1 Cor. 5:5. Paul is hoping this backsliding Christian will physically suffer enough so that he will repent back into the Grace of God for his Salvation. Unfortunately, this form of Salvation acceptance is fleeting because even though and once the pain is gone unless a regiment of free Righteous choices occurs to become like Christ; these individuals remain as children and slaves to the master’s whip rather than transforming into a free willing heir into the Kingdom of God. These Christians become sinners again even after knowing Jesus’ Blood, Word, and Spirit. The word doesn’t tell us if that backslider returned to the fold. But what is sure if it was something significant for the Body to know it would be in the Bible.
God is tolerant of the sinner and the Christian. But we have to ask ourselves; when is enough; enough! We can’t think of God as the constantly compassionate, and merciful One; who only wants every man, woman, and child to be saved from the misery of hell and satan. He knows what His Kingdom is about and is to be as stated; “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, and it grieved Him (God) at his heart; (by no choice) I (God) will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the Earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repents (remorseful, regrettable, laments) Me that I have made them” - Gen. 6:9. Don’t think this means He was not perfect in the creation of man but in reality, He was more disappointed that man used the free will given to abuse all that was established and provided for them. Hence; why as stated; "And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man, (and....) likewise as it was also in the days of Lot, (and...) even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed" - Lk. 17:26-30. In all of these events; God moved Heaven and Earth to demonstrate His sovereignty in dramatic splendor resulting in death and fear while at the same time Salvation and Faith.
What was the purpose for man? God created man to expand, establish, and expunge! God cannot be satisfied and therefore must continue to expand by creation. He only does this to establish His will. Therefore all things that do not comply with His vision must be expunged from what He desires. This is His purpose; to have Creation, Removal of abominations, the Salvation of the saints, and the finality of the fallen angels and man disobedience to His Sovereignty. He started this in Eden to fulfill His desire for the New Jerusalem! A New Jerusalem in Jesus’ image! The second Adam. We cannot expect that God will apply His Grace at the time of eternal judgment. Why? Because the New Jerusalem is not a place of sin, imperfections, or slaves. It is to be the Kingdom of Light! A Kingdom of eternal prosperity for the next step of God’s will. Some in the religious minded circles believe that even sinners will be included in the New Jerusalem based on; "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed; for this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality; so when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass (that) Death is swallowed up in Victory” - 1 Cor. 15:52-54. That sentiment is the same by those false ministers that say God is love therefore sexual abominations in man is acceptable in the churches which infers that acceptance in the New Jerusalem. That is mocking God and dismissing all He has done to redeem, restore, and repatriate mankind into His Kingdom.
Now, many religious minds interpret this to mean God has decided who gets into the wedding feast. This is far from any real Truth of why the human race goes through the centuries of darkness. Those at the feast wear a wedding garment which has to be put on before one enters through the gates into the celebration room. The servants sent out did not hand out wedding garments but those invited from the good and bad chose to prepare for the wedding by acquiring and wearing a wedding garment not only for the celebration but more importantly to be accepted into the feast. They transformed into an acceptable guest for the feast. That wedding garment is the Holy Spirit. It is not God’s Grace, His forgiveness, our spiritual gifts, and fruits; nor is it any other thing we try to use to be accepted by God like social graces, works, or how well we know the bible scriptures. It is only by the Holy Spirit that God recognizes us. And to be clear; the other things do matter but are not as critical as having the Holy Spirit endorsement.
This is the same garment Adam had on and then lost by their disobedience as stated; “they realized that they were naked” - Gen. 3:7. Even Jesus had to receive His garment as stated; “And the Holy Spirit came upon Him” - Matt. 3:16. The difference between us and Jesus is that we are redeemed from corruption while Jesus became corruption. But in both cases without the Holy Spirit we are not recognized as guests for the wedding feast as Jesus stated; “Not everyone (saying) to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in Heaven; (for) many will say to me in that Day, LORD, LORD, have we not prophesied in your Name and in your Name have cast out devils and in your Name done many wonderful works; (but) then will I (Jesus) profess to them, I never knew you; (therefore) depart from Me, you that work iniquity” - Matt. 7:21.
These fake disciples of Jesus were only cheap imitations because they did not have the authentic stamp on their lives and ministries. The stamp of approval is only the Holy Spirit. That is without the Spirit of God operating in your spirit, mind, and body one is nothing more than a cheap knockoff. How was it possible they had ministries that reflected Jesus'? Just as today as stated; "Faith is a substance" - Heb. 11:1. This substance is no different than oxygen that is available, invisible; yet tangible for all to utilize and benefit from regardless of their creed, religion, or culture. It is a substance! The Holy Spirit is not a substance but a being that has inalienable rights above substances; one of which is Righteousness just like man's right for free choice. So whatever the Holy Spirit endorses is labeled for Righteousness. It is not automatic but a partnership between those with free will and God's Power.
So how do we receive the stamp of the Holy Spirit? It is only by Faith which is the only act we can do to please God and by inference receive His Spirit for Righteousness as stated; "For by Grace you have been saved through Faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift (Grace) of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast". - Eph. 2:8. It is by Faith that Grace is made available to us and not the other way around which affirms as stated; "But without Faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is; and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him". - Heb. 11:6. The greater or deeper desire of your Faith; the quicker or precise the manifestation. The weaker or undefined desire (wish) of your Faith; the longer or inaccurate the manifestations. But some say they have Faith with no results. Having Faith is not putting Faith in action. We have to self-examine our walk of Faith not our confession of Faith. Because without the walk it isn't Faith. The Faith to “Forsake All Intellect Trusting Him”. God tells us. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee” - Hos. 4:6. We can’t use our knowledge to walk the Faith God wants us to but only by His Knowledge is our Faith authentic. This Knowledge is not carnal but by the Spirit, as stated; “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be Spiritually minded is Life and peace” - Rm. 8:6.
The LORD declares; “Woe (distress, fire, judgment) to the rebellious (sinful, disobedient, uncaring) children (offspring); who carry out a plan (scheme, deception), but not Mine; and make an alliance (allegiance, union, covenant) but not of My Spirit (Will, Kingdom, Throne) in order (to organize, place, establish) to add (multiply, increase, build on) sin to (on) sin” - Is. 30:1. The LORD will not tarry His purpose in the days before the Rapture. Why? Because the enemy will do it for Him. He will as stated; "for the elect’s (appointed) sake those days will be shortened" - Matt. 24:22. He; satan, wants to drag out this age with the intent to break down the Christian's resolutions to be caught in his nets of despair, fear and hopelessness. If as a Christian this worries you may I suggest you check the foundations of your Faith.
There’s that garment again! The Spirit garment. Many of Jesus’ actions actually contradict and go against what many churches teach. For instance, to be sheep in the midst of tribulations. Jesus never taught nor displayed that. And yet, many pastors did not lead their flock to stand their ground when governments censored them for gathering. This is because we tend to make Jesus unreachable and above it all rather than see His examples were for real-life situations with supernatural support. Consider; if we remove Jesus’ name from His exploits and put a hero’s name, many of us would be motivated by their actions. Because it’s easier to relate to an ordinary human who fights against injustice and deceptions; and because we often put Jesus only as the Divine Son of God; and the sacrificial lamb who went innocently to the slaughter we believe His actions are beyond our reach. But until His last few days of His earthly ministry, Jesus was only an Anointed man speaking the Truth and taking actions His Father by the Holy Spirit told Him to. He was wearing the garment God will be looking for on us as stated; “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole Earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. - 2 Chron. 16:9.
Keeping that in perspective: Jesus went to His crucifixion, punishment, torment without sin, and because He did this; God was able to legally justify His interference of removing Jesus from hell. Jesus took on the weight of sin in self-sacrifice to redeem us and vacate the curse of the law of sin and death. God did not save Jesus because He was sin but as stated; “For He (God) has made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin” - 2 Cor. 5:21. God retrieved Him from hell because of Jesus' Righteousness through His life. And because of this, we are empowered over death and all of the curse to be Righteous. This is the qualification for our Rapture!
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