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Why We Fight!
The US Military showed films in Basic Training during World War II to explain to all the new recruits the purpose of defending America to keep it free and what would happen to us if we didn’t fight. The old 16mm film was also called “Why We Fight.” The church is at war with the enemy of our soul. There are attacks on every side. Here are some of the reasons why the church must fight sin, worldliness and our own flesh.
You Are A Committee Of One.
Webster’s Definition: Committee Of One
- An individual person designated to function alone as a committee.
Society teaches us that we are a committee of one and that each one of us must do the right thing.
The US Army
The Army recently scrapped its memorable advertising slogan, ”Be all you can be,” and replaced it with one intended to appeal to the individualism and independence of today’s youth: ”An Army of one.”
For many years public service announcements on the radio have showcased Smokey Bear saying, “Only You can prevent forest fires.” The meaning is clear. Everyone venturing into the forest is expected to handle fire responsibly.
Some things in life depend on just us. We are the bottom line. There is no one else to blame. We then must strive to be responsible.
“The Buck Stops Here”
Last year during a visit to President Harry Truman’s Library, I took note of his signature desktop motto. “The Buck Stops Here.” Seeing that one plaque was one of the more memorial highlights of the tour. The President made it plain, he wasn’t passing the buck, but will to stand up and face the challenge.
We Have Biblical Examples
- Ester Was A Committee Of One When She Went Before The King.
- Elijah On Mt. Carmel Was A Committee Of One.
- David Was A Committee Of One Fighting Goliath’s.
Staying In Church And Being Saved Is Up To You!
Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
“Save Thyself,” Is Still The Message!!
- Each one must want to be saved enough to make the effort.
- The fact is most preachers want to see some folks saved more than they do.
- If you are no longer saved today, you have no one to blame but yourself.
You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Staying Saved.
Protecting Yourself From False Doctrine is Up To You.
1 Timothy 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.
Paul’s advice warned Timothy to:
- Watch yourself
- Be careful
- Pay attention to your personal life
- Pay attention to your doctrine
- Your life depends on it
- Others are looking at you to follow your steps
- It’s up to you Timothy.
You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Spiritual Carefulness.
Holding On To This Apostolic Message, Is Your Responsibility.
The Apostles spoke to the church warning them to protect themselves from false doctrine.
Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
2 Pe 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
2 Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
- Be careful what holiness and doctrinal arguments you listen to.
- Smooth talkers will lead you astray from truth if you let them beguile you.
- Some try to reason the Acts 2:38 truth and holiness standards away.
- You cannot let them lead you into delusion.
- False doctrine is just an “amen” away.
- If you don’t know the truth, your soul is on the line.
- You are an army of one in protecting your soul.
You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Resisting Error.
Being Ready For The Coming Of the Lord Is Up To You.
Matt. 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
- The ‘watch ye’ is understood. It’s your job to watch.
- Watch, Jesus is coming.
- Watch, you have to get yourself ready, and be ready.
- Watch, it’s up to you.
- ‘Preppers’ prepare for potential national and end time disaster.
- They believe survival is up to them individually.
- Some are preparing more for government failure and stockpiling for the tribulation than they are preparing their hearts for the coming of the Lord.
You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Being Ready For The Lord’s Return.
Getting Past Grudges And Hurts Is Up To You.
James 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
- How long will you let this battle go one?
- You hold the key to the door of Peace.
- If you don’t forgive others, God won’t forgive you.
- It’s your call.
You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Forgiving Others.
Restoration Is Your Duty.
Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
- Don’t be foolish and act too holy to love and restore the fallen.
- Restoration is your duty.
You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Restoration
Worship Is Your Job
Psalms 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
- Worship Is Everybody’s Business
- How can anyone be so spiritual clueless as to feel comfortable letting others do the praising for them?
- Don’t let worship leader or praise team do the worshipping for you. It’s your job to praise the Lord.
- Worship is everybody’s business
- Don’t let the same old six or seven lead out in worship. You do it.
- Let everything that has breath… It’s up to you.
You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Worship.
You Are A Committee Of One In The Prayer Room.
James 5:16 … The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
- Your prayer is powerful.
- Your prayer can flip the switch the kills the power of the enemy.
- Your prayer is the bottom line of spiritual defense.
- We fight the evil on our knees.
- The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Prayer.
Being A Witness Is Your Job Too.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Soul Winning.
December 2014 celebrates the fifth birthday of The Ballestero Blog. I personally wish to thank each one of my readers. In memory of this anniversary, popular posts will be showcased from each year. This one is from March 2010:
Why My English Teacher Wanted To Be Baptized In Jesus Name!
Ms. DeGroote, as she wished to be called, was from France and she taught my senior year English class at South Bend Central High. She was 63 and referred to herself as a spinster. We had more creative names for her. Most of the students dreaded her classes. We were taught diction and enunciation with a heavy French accent. It seemed to make learning to speak proper English an impossibility with her as the instructor. By much effort I received the only A in her class both semesters.
My class was filled with Catholic students. South Bend, Indiana still is a predominately Catholic town. Its claim to fame is the University of Notre Dame. I was the only non-Catholic in the class.
Ms. DeGroote was a stern woman who tolerated no-nonsense in any of her classes. I was highly confined in her restrictive and controlled environment.
During the course, we had many weeks of conjugation and diagramming sentences. Somehow the nerd in me found those subjects easy and interesting. No, that is not normal, but it happened nevertheless. (I knew I was a nerd and not a geek, because geeks make more money than nerds.)
One day Ms. DeGroote said, “Now students, tomorrow I want you to bring to class a sentence or sentences that you have diagrammed. You may go to the board and diagram your sentence, and I will correct your paper. Or, I will go to the board and diagram your sentence while you correct the paper.
For the life of me, I could not think of a sentence to diagram. Especially since the whole class would see. Then it dawned on me. What better sentence in the world to diagram! I went home, picked up my Bible, and copied Mt. 28:19 down. I proceeded to diagram the verse. This just had to be right.
The next day couldn’t come soon enough. I was ready for class. When 3rd period English finally arrived I knew I would be the second one called on. Everything in the class was by alphabet. Even our seating was arranged that way. I set behind Adams. We were all called by our last names.
When Adams was called on, he went to the chalkboard and almost got his correct. Ms. DeGroote sat at his empty desk and corrected his paper while he was at the board. When he finished, I heard “Ballestero!”
“I would like you to go to the board and diagram my sentence, and I will correct my own paper,” I said to Ms. DeGroote.
She said, “Read me your sentence.”
“It’s a Bible verse, if that’s OK,” I ventured.
She nodded and I read my Scripture.
Matthew 28:19 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
“Go ye therefore (comma)” I said.
Ms. DeGroote prefaced her work with a (you) in front of the word “Go”.
When I read the verse aloud, I paused on the word “name,” while I waited for her to catch up.
“Of the Father,” I said.
“Now, here we have a prepositional phrase modifying the word name. At this point we do not know yet what the name of the person is, but we do know by this prepositional phrase, that whoever this person is, they are a Father,” she said.
She then drew the appropriate lines on her diagram.
“Of the Son,” I continued.
“Now we know, that this person is both a Father and a Son, but we still don’t have a name.”
“Ms. DeGroote,” a girl named Williams called out with her hand in the air. “Aren’t Father and Son names?”
“They’re just descriptive titles. They tell us something about the name, but they don’t tell us His name, they are only titles.” was her answer.
She again drew the second prepositional phrase on the board.
“Of the Holy Ghost.” I continued.
After the 3rd prepositional phrase was in place, my teacher looked carefully at the diagram on the board from end to end. She shook her head. “All we know here is that whoever this person is, they are a Father, a Son, and they are the Holy Ghost! But we still don’t know what the name is.”
“Martyn,” she said looking at me carefully, “What is the name?”
I had been waiting for this moment. I stood, and gently said, “Jesus is the name!”
Ms DeGroote looked at her writing on the board. Then she turned back to me with her arms wide in surrender. With a heavy French accent, my Catholic English teacher said, “I guess I need to be baptized in Jesus name!”
“Yes!” I said as I pulled my upraised clenched fist down from my chin area. The other 30 students in the class clapped. I did a modest jig in the class aisle myself.
Have you been baptized in Jesus name?
Acts 2:38 (KJV) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 4:12 (KJV) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The Worst Part Of Being Wrong
The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.
- It is very easy to believe a lie and be confident that you are walking in truth when in fact you are not.
- Just because you go to church doesn’t mean you are saved.
- Just because you live a moral and good life doesn’t mean you are saved.
- Some will never know or ever admit they are wrong.
- They may not ever be convinced until The Judgment Day.
- But by then, it will be too late.
It Is Even Possible To Pray About Your Life Choices And Feel That God Agrees With You.
- Just because you feel good about your choice after praying, makes you believe God approves and agrees with you.
- Be careful and don’t make a mistake here. The will of God is not always comfortable for you.
- Balaam felt he was right too. But he died with the enemy.
- Saul felt he was right as well, but God had to knock him to his knees on the road to Damascus before He could turn him around and open his eyes to the truth.
Every Way Of A Man Is Right In His Own Eyes
Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.
- First is the rationalization of your decision. You rationalize your choice and point out the negative in those you walk away from.
- Then comes justification. You justify your every action.
- Then comes defensiveness. You defend your every way.
- Then comes arrogance. You cut off those that don’t agree with you.
- You refuse help and Godly counsel.
- You feel good about everything and no one can convince you otherwise.
- Just because it’s right in your eyes, doesn’t mean it’s right in God’s eyes.
- The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.
Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
- A backslider’s heart is flooded with his agenda, his dreams and his desires.
- There is no room left for God in his heart.
- For the backslider, it is all about him, and not about God.
- The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.
Some Evidently Have To Learn Hard Way.
- It is sad to watch those who appear to be determined to learn the hard way.
- They’re right in their own mind. The pastor, and their family are all wrong.
- They are the ones who are right.
- Even when they go against Biblical instructions and warnings, they feel good about their choices.
- The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.
Watching Friends And Loved Ones Self Destruct
- They seem to be happy with their life away from truth and the safety of God’s House.
- The devil has blinded their eyes.
- Your heart aches as you watch them destruct and turn their back righteousness.
- Is like being a thousand miles away from home and hearing that the water pipes have just burst in your basement. You feel helpless to fix the problem. You may make a few emergency calls, but that’s about all you can do.
- The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.
If Our Gospel Be Hid…
2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
- If truth is hid, it is hid to them that are lost.
- Who is hiding the gospel or the truth from the lost? Satan.
- The reason they can’t see the truth about themselves is because the devil has blinded their eyes and they refuse to admit it or see it.
- As a result, they have easily believed a lie.
- They’ve deceived themselves.
- The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.
Acknowledging The Truth About Yourself
2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
- This is not just talking about doctrinal issues.
- This includes praying that the sinner will see the truth about themselves, their errors, their sins and their ways.
- Paul used the word peradventure. That means, he had no guarantee the wayward would ever admit their wrong doing or that God would forgive them, but that in meekness, Timothy should keep reaching for them.
- The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.
There Is A Way That Seemeth Right
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
- What seems right to you may also destroy you.
- There may not be a problem you can see now, but at the end, eternal death awaits.
- The Pharisee praying in the temple thought he was the one that was approved by God. How wrong he was even though he felt right.
- The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.
Many Churchgoers Are Lost Because Of False Doctrine And Yet Feel Saved.
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
- They even ministered in the name of the Lord and still were lost.
- They were believers
- They no doubt were Spirit filled.
- They cast out devils,
- The saw signs and wonders,
- They prophesied and it came to pass,
- They used the name of Jesus in their ministry,
- Yet they were still lost in eternity.
- The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.
- Say they are glad they have been delivered from bondage.
- They say they never felt better.
- They feel sorry for those ignorant folks still in bondage to standards and doctrine.
- Like a dog going back to it’s vomit and a pig to its wallow, they’ve returned to the world and feel good about their soul.
- The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.
Fools Blame God For Their Circumstances And Refuse To Repent
Revelation 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.
The Prodigal Came To Himself
A parent’s and a pastor’s prayer is that those they love who are doing wrong will come to themselves like the prodigal son did.
How To Keep From Making Bad Life Choices And Mistakes
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
- Your understanding and high IQ is not enough to keep you safe. Admit that to yourself.
- Call on the Lord for direction in every choice.
- Include your pastor in your major decisions.
- Kings even did that in the Bible. They asked the Prophet to enquire of the Lord for them.
- In ALL your ways (decisions and choices) ACKNOWLEDGE Him. Include God in your everyday life and He will direct you path.
- When God directs your path and you walk in it, only then will you begin living a mistake free life.
Remember, The Worst Part Of Being Wrong Is Thinking You Are Right.
“Who Are You To Judge Me?”
How many times have we heard someone say that, whether it was directed to us or to someone else? It’s easy for most of us to get offended when others express disapproval of our actions.
By nature, most of us are very private. We resent outsiders intruding uninvited into our personal lives. We automatically throw up a defensive barrier. Somewhere in all of us there is a storage room that houses cryptic phrases designed for rebuttal and justification. We quickly grab one and use it with the hopes of silencing our accuser. Sometimes, it works.
Most church members and ex-church member alike consider the act of judging a grievous fault. So, since most of us have been judged at one time or another, let us look at the subject of judging others.
As citizens, we are used to being judged every day on our skills, behavior, and performance.
Judgment Is Common In Every Day Society
- Television shows, such as American Idol, judge contestants on their ability to sing and perform.
- At the County Fair, someone will judge which pie is the best.
- There are judges at dog shows, and the dollar value of someone’s beloved pet may be at their mercy.
- When a prospective new driver turns 16 years old, his or her driving ability is judged. Someone must determine if they should be issued a driver’s license.
- To be promoted to the next grade and even graduate, a teacher must determine the student’s academic ability.
- To become a licensed minister in an organization. An applicant’s worthiness is determined when he appears before a licensing board.
- Every new pastor that is voted on by the church has his qualifications judged by the congregation’s yes or no vote. The same holds true for politicians.
- The Bank Officer judges the applicants credit rating and payment history before loaning any money.
- The Miss America beauty pageant uses Judges to determine who should represent the U.S.A.
- There are multitudes of judges for every Olympic event.
- The gardener judges whether or not the tree’s branches need pruned, or if the tomatoes need watered.
- Someone will be a judge over who gets custody of the child, and who gets what, in the divorce settlement.
- The Traffic Cop judges whether or not you should be pulled over and cited.
- Every employee knows the meaning of a “Performance Review.” Someone must sit on the other side of the desk and judge the employees worthiness.
- Actually, everyone that wants the bragging rights of being the best, the fastest, or the most gifted, must first meet the judge.
We seem to be comfortable with the idea of being judged according to our fleshly activities. We understand that no one receives approval without a judgment of some kind. However, it’s man’s judgment of our spiritual pursuits, or lack thereof, that brings the fire into our reactions.
1: to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises.
You’re Sick And Tired Of Others Judging You? I Understand. Let’s Look At The Subject Of Judging In The Bible.
Is it true that Christians are told not to judge? The surprise answer is no. In fact, according to Scripture those who do not judge are more likely to be led astray by false doctrines and are less than effective witnesses for Jesus Christ.
Most People Who Cite The Lord’s “Command” Not To Judge, Use Following Quotation:
Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Matthew 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Matthew 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Matthew 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
To Whom Were These Words Spoken?
This whole passage is addressed to the religious hypocrites of the day. Jesus warned these self-righteous people who criticized others, but were guilty of the same things… or worse.
You’re Sick And Tired Of Others Judging You? As Much As Our Flesh Doesn’t Like It, Church Members Must Make Judgments.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
- False prophets are to be recognized (judged) by their fruits.
Should Christians Judge Each Other? Absolutely!
The Lord is pleased with those that judge righteously.
John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Some Lukewarm Church Members Feel That A Preacher Should Not Be Their Judge.
I would point them the Lord’s instruction to the Priest Joshua.
Zechariah 3:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.
Remember John The Baptist saying:
Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Mark 6:17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her.
Mark 6:18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.
- John had guts enough to tell King Herod that he was wrong, that he was living with his brother’s wife. Herod had John thrown in prison and finally beheaded. John was not afraid to make a righteous judgment.
The Prophet Nathan Looked King David In The Eye And Judged Him.
2 Samuel 12:7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
There Has Always Been Resentment In The Congregation Against Messages That Judge.
Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
- Even in the days of Isaiah, men wanted to be left alone by the man of God. They only were willing to hear smooth preaching. Not much has changed. They wanted to do what ever their conscience allowed them to do.
Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
- Without accountability, even the people of God sink to this level. The shocking news for our flesh is that what is right in our eyes may not be right in God’s eyes. We all need help. We just need it in different areas.
What About Discernment Of Spirits?
1 Corinthians 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
- This is a gift that God provided for His body, whereby Holy Ghost filled people may be able to determine what spirit another is manifesting. In a way, it’s like being able to see what’s on the inside of another person.
Try The Spirits. (Judge Them)
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
The Prophet learned about judging spirits the hard way. He found out quickly that God looked not only on the outside, like humans, but He looked especially at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
(Note: They that are spiritually wayward love to justify their carnal and maybe even sinful outward appearance by saying that God looks on the heart. (As if that were the only place He looks.) This passage strongly makes the point that God did not even like what he saw on the inside. Maybe the self-righteous should not use this verse as their defense.)
If You Don’t Want Anyone Judging You, Be Glad You Weren’t There When The Apostle Paul Preached.
Paul Judged Situations Publically Without Being Present.
- Case 1. Immorality
1 Corinthians 5:3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
1 Corinthians 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
- That person’s lifestyle resulted in the church judging them guilty and calling them by the name of their sin.
1 Corinthians 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1 Corinthians 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
- Case 2. Church Factions During The Lord’s Supper
1 Corinthians 11:17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
1 Corinthians 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
- Paul Openly Judged Sensitive Situations.
Judgment Is Required Of All Spiritual People.
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
(The Message) 1 Corinthians 2:15 Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics.
Spirit Filled Saints Are To Judge All Things.
Godly Spirit-filled saints are required to judge all things. Judge spirits? Yes! Judge things as well? Absolutely!
We Are To Judge All Things By God’s Standard Of Judgment. Things Such As:
- Life Situations
- Internet Activities
- Hollywood Presentations
- False Doctrines
- Styles of Dress
Just To Name A Few
(Note: EVERYONE that I have seen who re-evaluated their Holiness Standards or Convictions has not grown closer to God or resembled the Old-time Pentecostal lifestyle, but rather moved closer to looking and acting like the present world.)
The Apostles Judged A Situation Correctly And The Holy Ghost Confirmed It.
Acts 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
Paul Wasn’t Afraid To Have His Brethren Weigh His Words.
1 Corinthians 10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
1 Corinthians 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
You Dislike Being Judged? I Understand, But Even Prophets Are Subject To Being Judged.
Prophets Judge Other Prophets.
A Prophet’s reward is not money or fame. It is simply that his prophecy comes true. If the prophecy does not come true he is, by all standards of measurement, a false prophet.
1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
The Pastor Must Make Judgment Calls.
Some situations a Pastor has to deal with are not mentioned specifically by name in the Bible. So, he must make a judgment call, or a ruling. Hence, they that make good rulings are worthy of double honor.
1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
There’s No Doubt A Good Reason Why Some Make A Loud Noise About Not Wanting Anyone To Judge Them.
Maybe They Are In Rebellion And Don’t Want To Change.
- Because they are not doing right, and they do not want anyone reminding them.
- They know what they have been taught.
- They remember how they used to live.
- They chose to ignore the Word of God and the Pastor.
Maybe God Has Turned Them Over To A Delusion.
- They feel they are right and will debate you tirelessly in their attempt to justify themselves.
- They feel saved and content even though they have never been farther away from Truth.
- They wouldn’t love Truth, so God handpicked their delusion and gave them something they would love. Error.
A Humble Heart Will Repent When Judged And Correct The Error.
2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
Preacher… Preach The Word. It Is God’s Plumb Line.
- Preach Without Fear or Favor.
- Be Not Afraid Of Their Faces.
- You Must Answer To God For What You Preached And Didn’t Preach.
- Preach It Even if It Affects Your Friends Or Family.
- Preach it Because It Is Truth.
Correction Must Be Given When The Actions Of A Saint Are Judged To Be Wrong.
1 Timothy 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
If We Willingly Receive Correction and Instruction, We Show Evidence Of Being God’s Son.
Hebrews 12:5 … My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Hebrews 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Hebrews 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
If You’re Still Sick And Tired Of Others Judging You…
- How Then Can Anyone Help You?
- You Don’t Want A Pastor.
- You Don’t Even Want A True Friend.
- You Choose To Do What You Want.
- No One Can Be Helped Without First Being Judged To Be In Need Of Help.
- Please Don’t Put Up A Wall Of Defense Any More When Your Life Is Judged To Be Not Pleasing Unto God.
Who Are You To Judge Me?
- A Tender Hearted Person Would Never Speak Those Words.
- Have You Become Unteachable?
- Are You Past Help?
- Have You Become Hard Hearted?
- Do You Want A Tender Heart?
- Do You Want To Be Saved?
- Then Start By Humbling Yourself And Submitting To God’s Word.
Bible Study On The Godhead
Rev. William Richard Starr
Rev. William R. Starr became pastor of Christ Apostolic Church in Albion, Michigan in 1951. He faithfully pastored there until his death in 1987.
In 1958 Rev. Starr was elected as Superintendent of the Michigan District of the United Pentecostal Church International after having served in the capacities as Youth President and Sectional Presbyter. During his 28 years in this office he also served as Executive Presbyter for the Eastern United States of the UPCI.
He received his Master of Arts Degree from University of Michigan. He also completed all his Doctorate educational requirements, although he did not turn his thesis in to receive his degree.
This material was originally transcribed from a Bible Class he taught in the United Pentecostal Church of Grand Ledge, Michigan.
This Bible Class was later transcribed and printed in the Michigan District News. Final editing by Martyn Ballestero, 2011
BIBLE STUDY ON THE GODHEAD
St. John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth.”
When you begin to study the Godhead, it is important to start with the under- standing that God is a Spirit and they that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Conception of God
Psalms 139. Here David describes how great his God is. It is unfortunate that many people have a limited conception of God. Really, they have a paganistic, heathen type conception of God limited to a superman concept, but notice what David said:
Psalm 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
Psalm 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
Psalm 139:9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Psalm 139:10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
Psalm 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Psalm 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.
Psalm 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Now, David was speaking his conception. He said, “Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? Whither shall I flee from Thy presence?” We might ask you the question, Where can you go and get away from God? Or how long does it take God to go from Grand Ledge, Michigan, to Tokyo, Japan, New York City, Berlin, Germany, or Buenos Aires, Argentina? Of course you know He’s there already. How long would it take God to go from here to the farthest star?
Scientists tell us that the light we see from some of the stars actually lit those stars while Jesus still walked on Earth, and that light travels at the rate of 186,000 miles per second. That staggers my imagination. But however far away those stars are, our God is there ,and everywhere present ,at the same time.
So he says, “Whither shall I flee from thy presence or whither shall I go from thy Spirit?” When Jesus came into the room with the disciples, the apostles, after He was crucified and rose from the dead, they were affrighted, thinking they had seen a Spirit.
Jesus said, “a Spirit has not flesh and bones as you see me have.” So you see a Spirit is non-corporal. A Spirit only fills a body; a Spirit is not weighed as we would weigh a person or a substance but the Spirit of God is everywhere present at the same time. He has all wisdom, all knowledge, all control, all power. This is the God that we serve, and when you have a conception of God like this, there can’t be more than one like Him.
Jesus Had All Power
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Notice that He has all power. If there is any other person in the Godhead, that person has to be a powerless person, because Jesus proclaimed that He had all power in heaven and in earth.
Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.”
This is one of those verses you should commit to memory because it is so essential to the understanding of the Godhead.
Isaiah 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.
Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
Isaiah 43:12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.
Isaiah 43:13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
Notice He said, “I am God and there is none else. There was no God formed before me, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.”
Some people, have a conception of what they call, the eternal sonship. The Bible never mentions an eternal sonship; that the Son was sitting beside the Father way back there before the world was created, and before man was created. This very verse, along with many others, points out that this can’t be true. He says, “I am God and there is none else and beside me there is no Savior.” Beside Him and in addition to Him, there is no Savior. I would like to point out that there isn’t any sitting there either.
Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
Isaiah 44:7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.
Isaiah 44:8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
God, The Father of Jesus
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Matthew 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Now I hope you all believe that God was the Father of Jesus. This verse says that she was found with child by the Holy Ghost. It says it twice. Notice the angel spake, “for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
Now for those -unfortunate people that believe there are three separate and distinct persons in the Godhead, they say God the Father, is first; God the Son, is the second; and God the Holy Ghost, is the third.
Notice this, that the Holy Ghost is the Father of Jesus; so this would make No. 1 and No. 3, fathers of the Son. He would have two fathers instead of one. Remember that God is a Spirit and that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost so that the Holy Ghost and God have to be identical. They are, in fact, one and the same… the Holy Ghost being just another of God’s titles.
Emmanuel, God With Us
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Matthew 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
How many God’s are there? One. Can you quote the first commandment to Israel?
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And He said, “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son and they shall call His name Emmanuel which being interpreted is, God with us.” Not the second person in the Godhead, but God with us.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
John 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
“He was in the world and the world was made by Him and the world knew Him not.”
Who created the world? Who was this speaking of? It was God. And, of course, it refers to the Lord Jesus Christ who was indeed God.
Before Abraham Was, I Am
John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
John 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Now you have to remember what made them so sensitive. He said before Abraham was, I am. You recall that when Moses was in the mountain taking care of his father-in-law’s sheep, that he saw a bush burning. But, it was not consumed by fire.
He turned aside to see this sight and a voice came out of the bush and said:
Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
Moses realized that God was speaking to him. God told Moses the mission that He was calling him to perform, was to lead His people out of slavery from the land of Egypt.
So Moses then requested of God, whom should he tell the people had sent him. The voice from the burning bush said, “Tell them I am that I am.”
Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
For Jesus said that, you Jews claim to have Abraham as your father, he rejoiced to see my day; but before Abraham was, I am. So He was not only claiming to be older than Abraham, but taking the title of the one that spoke to Moses out of the burning bush. The Jews became so excited that they gathered up stones to stone Him to death.
I and My Father Are One
John 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
John 10:30 I and my Father are one.
John 10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
John 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
John 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
He didn’t have to make himself God, He was God.
St. John 5:43 “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” While we’re in passing, let’s say something about the name.
In St. Matt. 1:21 He said, “Thou shalt call His name, Jesus.”
The name Jesus comes from the Hebrew name Jehoshuah meaning Jehovah Savior. Jehovah or Yahweh which is the more properly pronounced, according to Hebrew scholars now days. Yahweh was the special name of God. It was so sacred that the Hebrews avoided pronouncing it very often.
They did not want to proclaim that special name that meant Self-existent One. So they were very careful. But the name, Jehoshuah; now the name Joshua in the Old Testament, has that name. He has the same name Jesus had.
When you bring the Hebrew to Greek, in the Greek it is pronounced ‘Iasus. You bring ‘Iasus from the Greek to English, we say Jesus. But Jesus, the name of Jesus, combined the ancient venerable holy name, the special name of the Lord and Savior. He is Jehovah Savior.
Joshua brought the children of Israel across the Jordan into the promised land of Heaven. There is some symbolism if we go back to the name of the original Joshua.
As far as the Old Testament is concerned, Jesus’ name has a special meaning. “…thou shall call His name JESUS; for He shall save His people from their sins.” The name of Jesus contains the word Savior in it, so it has a wonderful meaning all its own.
Jesus Is the Name
John 5:43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
You say how can He be Father, Son and Holy Ghost. We’re going to dwell on that a little later but he has His father’s name, as I of course, have my father’s last name. So He said, “I am come in my father’s name and you receive me not. If another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.” The angels announced the name of the Son in Matt. 1:21. Thou shall call His name JESUS.
St. John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
The Holy Ghost comes in Jesus’ name. So you want the name of the Father? You know Father, is not a name. You men that get ready to cash the check, or you wives who cash your husband’s never write father even though he is a father. You would never write son even though he is a son. You would never write citizen or employee or any such title. You would write his name. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are titles and Jesus said baptizing them in the N-A-M-E, name.
Let me warn you, that if you don’t take the Apostle’s doctrine, you can’t have Jesus at all. He commanded them, He ordered them, to baptize in the NAME, one name.
Father is not a name, son is not a name, Holy Ghost is not a name. Those apostles who heard that command understood what He had intended for them to do and they went out and did it and everywhere where they ever baptized, they obeyed His command. They called the name of the Lord Jesus Christ over them in the water method.
You know there’s a difference between repeating a command and obeying it. They intended for you to obey it. These poor people who are confused, and mislead into repeating the titles Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, are not obeying the command. The only people who are really obeying the Bible command, are those calling the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost over the candidate before they baptize him, and that name is Jesus.
The Father is Jesus
John 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Philip very humbly asked the Lord a question. He said, ” Lord, show us the Father, we will be satisfied.”
Maybe you think you’ve taught somebody something. Surely, of all the things you taught them, they would know this one thing.
Our Lord turned to Philip and said, “Philip, have I been so long time with thee and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?” “He that hath seen me hath seen-the Father; and- how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?” Who did we say the Father is – Spirit – I am in the Spirit and the Spirit is in me. The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself. but the Spirit – Father – that dwelleth in me He doeth the works.
Anytime anybody tells you we deny the Father, that’s a lie from Satan. We do not deny the Father, we identify the Father, and if you’ll let us, we’ll introduce you to Him. His name is the Lord Jesus Christ.
And He said, “Have I been so long time with you and yet hast thou not know me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father-Spirit and the Spirit-Father, is in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself; but the Father. The Spirit that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.” The word dwelleth means live. The Spirit that lives in me, He doeth the works. I am in the Father, meaning I am in the Spirit and the Spirit is in me. He was in the Spirit and the Spirit was in Him.
In Him Is The Fullness of Godhead
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
We have a warning from the apostles here. Beware, watch out! Beware lest any man spoil you. It’s possible for you to be spoiled through philosophy. A so-called love of wisdom. A beautiful system of thinking, and vain deceit, and after the tradition of men.
You know they say that blessed Holy Trinity is the orthodox doctrine of Christianity and what a horrible thing to deny the Trinity. It’s not horrible at all. The word Trinity is not in the Bible.
It may be in somebody’s notes at the end or around the edges but not in the Bible itself; and the doctrine is not in the Bible. Pentecostal, Jesus Name, New Testament, One God, Holy Ghost preachers for years have been challenging the people, offering their worldly goods, everything they have, if they can find the word Trinity in the Bible, and be safe as can be.
You can’t compare the rudiments of the world. Some. have said, “I see your father in you.” They may see some physical characteristics, but we’re two separate people We are not the same person. You can’t compare human beings to the Godhead because God is a Spirit. He said, Beware, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit (trickery) and after the tradition of men (most of the orthodox church would have taught the Trinity). The apostles warned us against that. “After the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” That ought to settle it. There shouldn’t be any arguments.
Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
It was God’s way of revealing himself to the world through Jesus Christ.
God Revealed Self Through Jesus
1 Tim. 3:16 “And without controversy – (controversy is an argument) great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest (the word manifest means made known. God chose to reveal himself to the world through Jesus Christ) in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 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.
Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Note He said, “I am Alpha and Omega. Alpha is the first and Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. The beginning and the ending.
He’s saying, “I am everything from A to Z. I am the Almighty.” If you don’t really know who He is, let’s read verses 17-18.
Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
He Identifies Himself.
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
“I Jesus.” He didn’t include anybody else and He is the all and all. There is no other God before, neither shall there be after, there is no God beside me. He said, “Is there any other God? I know not any.”
God is One
In Luke 2:7-11, the angels are speaking about who He is.
Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Luke 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
What is the first commandment again? “Hear, 0 Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.” In Isaiah 43 He said, “I am God and there is none else beside me, there is no Savior. There is no God formed before me, neither shall there be after me.”
Now somebody might say, and they do often ask, “Now if you believe Jesus was God, who was He praying to in the Garden of Gethsemane?” He prayed and sweat as with great drops of blood. He said, “Father, if thou be willing, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless not my will but thine be done, for the Spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.” In the Garden of Gethsemane, the Son of God prayed to the Spirit, to the Father, to God. The human being, the man Christ Jesus, prayed to God.
I can remember when I was a student at the University of Michigan that I was in a course where the professor said that at the last minute Jesus realized He was wrong on the cross and He repented when He said, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” I was on my feet before I realized it and saying in a real loud voice, “That’s not true, that’s not true.”
The Spirit Of God Left The Flesh To Die On The Cross
I then pointed out that the Spirit which was God, left a man, the human being, the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world, the Son of God, to die on the cross. If the Holy Spirit, the Everlasting, all wise, all powerful Spirit, who was the source of life, had stayed in that body, He would not, and could not have died.
But the Spirit, which was God, had to leave the man who was the Son of God, in order that He would die on the cross, and fulfill His mission. He said, “For this cause came I into the world.”
So when Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” The human being; He was complete man and He was also in the Spirit, almighty God. He was both a complete man in His flesh, in His humanity, and He was almighty God in the Spirit.
The man cried out to the Spirit on the cross, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” In the Garden of Gethsemane the man cried out to the Spirit, “Father, if thou be willing, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless not my will but thine be done.” Notice He said, “for the Spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.” So His flesh recoiled from the torture, from the suffering.
A number of years ago, one of my closest friends who is now an attorney, asked me the question, “What was the sacrifice of Jesus? Why was it so great? Many men have died for their families, for their country with no hope of getting up the third day. He said you teach that Jesus knew He was going to get up the third day, so why was His sacrifice so great?
That caused me to ponder for quite a long time. Then I believe I reached the heart of it. Jesus knew from the time He was a child that He was born to die. The Bible said in the Book of Romans, when were strangers, and enemies, and aliens, and when we didn’t care, Christ died for the ungodly. So Christ died for a world that doesn’t care.
Most of the World Doesn’t Care
Now He said, “For peradventure for a good man some would even dare die, but for when we were yet without strength Christ died for the ungodly.”
Many a young soldier, or even elderly, or mature soldiers, may be over there suffering and being wounded and even dying with the hope that he is dying for his country with the pictures of his family, he may feel like he is dying for a loving father, loving mother, brother or sister and great country to be free and so forth. And maybe he thinks he’s dying for a loving wife and in some cases she might be running around but he doesn’t know it at that time.
But you know Christ had no illusions. The Bible said that He didn’t have to be told what was in man, He knows what is in man. And He knows that most of the world doesn’t care. The fact that Jesus came and suffered and died and over and over and over throughout His long life He had to undergo the mental suffering to know that He was born to die and that the world that He was dying for really didn’t care.
You stop to think about that. The worst kind of torture, is that of the mind and of the soul, and of this I received an understanding of Abraham and Isaac. You know that, an account in the Bible reads along so nicely, that God told Abraham to take this son that was born in their old age. He was 100 and Sarah was 96 or whatever it was; the people were almost dead. It seemed impossible. The son of promise, the one that God said the whole world would be blessed through, and God, after He gave him that son, the miracle son, the son of promise, whose descendants were supposed to be as the sands of the sea and the stars of heaven for number; and then he said go offer him, go make him a sacrifice.
So Abraham started up the mountain and got to the place where he built the altar, put the wood on the altar and drew the knife back and God stopped him. The angel of the Lord stopped him and showed him a ram in the thicket. On the way up the mountain the son of promise looked up at Abraham and said, “Father, we have the wood and all that but where is the sacrifice?” And Abraham said, “God will provide himself a sacrifice.”
That was a prophetic statement. To really understand that, you have to think of what Jesus went through when He looked at the world that didn’t care. Those unconcerned people didn’t care about Him even in His own time. He knew that down through time they didn’t care. You have to think about Abraham. After God told him to sacrifice his son, He knew he had to do the will of God. Over and over again in his mind, I believe that he went through the torture of plunging the knife into that boy and he went through all the mental anguish and got to the other side and said, “God can give him back to me. If I sacrifice him to the Lord, He can raise him up and give him back to me.” He got through it and got to the other side.
Many times we go through mental anguish, but if we could just hold on until we get to the other side. And, faith believing what God can do, is what Abraham did. Now, our Lord had to undergo a mental torture over and over again, knowing that he was born to die. There are many references that we might give you, but I would like to deal with some special questions.
Jesus On The Right Hand Of Father
Many people are concerned about the question, “What about Jesus being on the right hand of the Father?”
St. Mark 14:62 “…the son of man sitting on the right hand of power.”
Let’s go over to Acts 7: (Many of your trinity friends are going to take you over there to see what Stephen said.) Verses 54-59.
Acts 7:54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
Acts 7:56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Acts 7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
Acts 7:58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
First of all let’s take this business of the right hand. It is pathetic that people would try to make that a spacial or physical idea. Turn to St. Matt. 25 and read about the sheep and goats. I am sure that most People don’t try to make the right hand a physical or spacial idea over here. Verse 31-36.
Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Matthew 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Matthew 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matthew 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
I want to ask you the question, “Do you think that the ones on his right hand were four footed animals with wool and the ones on his left hand were four footed animals with horns and the tendency to butt and say bah? Or do you believe those on his right hand were the saved, the honored human beings and those on his left hand were the rejected and the lawless?
Actually when it comes to God from a physical point of view, the spirit is everywhere present so he would be to your left, your right, above you, beneath you, in front of you and back of you, all around you. You can not make a physical idea out of the right hand and left hand with reference to the Godhead.
Ecclesiastes 10:2. A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.
Do you believe this verse refers to the blood pumper? That a wise man’s blood pumper is at his right hand and that a fool’s blood pumper is at his left hand? Or do you think that this refers to a man’s soul, his mind, his feeling, the sum of his attitudes and his innermost being?
I think any intelligent person would recognize that this verse is similar to the one that says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are issues of life.”
The verse when the Apostle Paul warns people that you would not sear their conscience with a hot iron; in other words a wise man is careful not to violate his conscience but a fool just goes ahead and violates his conscience, sears it, and destroys is feeling. That’s why you can’t make a physical idea out of the right hand or left hand.
It’s a spiritual idea. Right hand is a place of honor. Remember in Col. 1:19, “It is pleased the Father that in him shall all the fullness dwell.”
God Revealed Self Through Jesus
All mighty God chose to channel His blessings, and the revelation of Himself, and His truth through Jesus Christ. The man Christ Jesus, was the Son of God. He was a means for God to make Himself known to the world. We say, God robed Himself in flesh. He took upon Him a human body. The Spirit spoke through Jesus Christ. It caused Him to speak and heal, for He said, “Believest thou not that I am in the Spirit and the Spirit is in me – that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words I speak, I speak not of myself, but the Father which dwelleth in me. He doeth the works.”
God chose to cause the virgin Mary to have a baby. The great, all wise, all powerful, everlasting Spirit who has always had all power and all control, caused the virgin Mary to have a baby. That baby was the Son of God in the Flesh. The Spirit in that baby was Almighty God, and God chose to reveal Himself to the world through that human being, named Jesus. In the Spirit, He was almighty God. That’s why, when Nicodemus came to Him, He said, “You have to be born again of the water and the Spirit” and Nicodemus said, “How can I be born again when I am old? Can I enter a second time into my mother’s womb to be born?”
John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
And he was looking Nicodemus straight in the eye right then. Jesus was everywhere present and was all powerful. He could speak as a man or He could speak as Almighty God.
Pictorial Presentation Of God In Two Offices
Some people have been troubled by Rev. 4:1.4 and they caused me to study this a few years ago. It’s along the same line.
Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Revelation 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Revelation 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
Revelation 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
Revelation 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
Revelation 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
Revelation 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.
Revelation 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.
Revelation 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Some say, “See there you’ve got God sitting on a throne, nobody found in the earth or under the earth to open the book and then there’s a lamb standing that had been slain.”
But, let me point you back to the description of Him that sat upon the throne. The Bible said He was to look upon, like a jasper and as a sardine stone.
John the Revelator saw this of a throne; of a glowing presence and notes throughout the whole Bible when it speaks about God’s throne, it just speaks about one throne. We just read where Jesus was going to be on that throne and was going to separate the sheep from the goats. “He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone,” and saw the glowing presence and then He had a book in his right hand, “And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.”
And they said, “who is worthy and he said I wept much because no man was found worthy to open and read the book and neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals there of. 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,”
Now here, a lamb as had been slain. You certainly don’t take this and try to make it a literal animal. An animal that was killed, and still standing. This represents the sacrifice of Christ, He was killed, and yet He lives. A Lamb standing as it had been slain having seven horns and eyes. You don’t make a literal animal standing there after it’s killed having seven horns an d seven eyes. You know this represents the Lord Jesus Christ who was slain, and yet He lives; “Having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”
Somebody said, “Is this two persons?” Indeed not, this is a pictorial representation of God in two different offices. You see, He is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. if that’s a mystery to you, I invite you to read the book of Hebrews – He is a high priest and the lamb that was slain. That’s a mystery in itself.
In Israel, they slew the lamb for sins, the high priest took the blood into the holy place and brought back the announcement if God had forgiven the sins. But Jesus is both the Lamb that was slain and the high priest.
The Bible said we have a high priest that can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. Here you have a pictorial representation of God in two offices. The one, the majestic King of Kings and Lord of lords. The eternal, all powerful king. And the other, the office of sonship, the redeemer, the sacrifice for sins. The one through whom God brought salvation. The one through whom God brought the revelation of Himself.
He is God in two different ways in Grand Ledge here, while we’re having a Bible study and in Albion can He also manifest Himself through preaching, through healing. Could somebody be filled with the Holy Ghost here at the altar and elders be praying for the sick here and God revealing Himself as a healer at the same time?
Office of Sonship Will Cease
Rev. 5 refers to God in two different offices; the office of the King of Kings, the all powerful God and the office of sonship. This brings me to I Cor. 15: (Some people try to confuse saints with this and I think I ought to bring this in.) Verse 24-28
1 Corinthians 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
1 Corinthians 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
1 Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
But when He saith, all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, (notice the spelling of this). excepted. People read this with the idea that there is an old man, and a bird representing Father, Son, and Holy Ghost and the young man is going to come to the Father and say ‘All right, Father, I am all done on earth and you can put everything under our feet. All our enemies are subdued.
He says, ‘In fact, here’s the kingdom.’ That isn’t really what this is saying. Well the Father’s going to say ‘ALL right, Son, I accept you now; you’ve done your duty.’ That isn’t the way it is. The Lord said, “My right arm brought salvation.” The Lord God is our Savior. He is our Savior.
Notice it said, “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For He hath put all things under His feet. But when He saith, all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted,”
EXCEPTED. If I go to every house EXCEPT your house, I don’t go to your house. If you and I have hard feelings and I EXCEPT you for my friend, you cease to be my friend. There is the office of sonship so long as there is anybody to be saved, but when all the enemies are subdued and death is abolished, there will be no longer a savior because there won’t be anything to be saved from or anyone to be saved. His office will cease.
I will perform, I hope, my duties as a son, but if I should live so, long that my parents, who are both here, should pass from the scene, I’ll no longer have that relationship. I’ll no longer have the duties and responsibilities of a son because my reason of sonship will have passed on with death.
And when the last enemy is destroyed and death is destroyed, the office of sonship, which is the office of the redeemer, the Savior, the Lamb of God, who took out place and died in our place that we could live in His place, that will be eliminated. The Bible says God will be all in all. There will be no more distinctions – the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Then, we’ll just worship God. Now we refer to the Son of God, who is the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world. But in eternity, we won’t make those distinctions because God will be all in all.
Royal Plural of Majesty
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 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:
Genesis 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
Genesis 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Genesis 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
Genesis 11:2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
Genesis 11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
Genesis 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Genesis 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
Genesis 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Genesis 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
Genesis 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Genesis 11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
Isaiah 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.
Isaiah 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.
Isaiah 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.
Isaiah 6:4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Isaiah 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.
Isaiah 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:
Isaiah 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.
Isaiah 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.
Ezra 7:11 Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel.
Ezra 7:12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.
Ezra 7:13 I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.
Ezra 7:24 Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them.
I gave you those passages to tell you that these are examples of what in grammar is called, the royal plural. The plural of majesty. It’s a common utterance taken from a king like Artaxerxes, who speaks by himself. He starts out, I make a decree, king of kings. Then he switches and says WE certify you, it is certain that he’s still certifying the decree.
Now when God said let’s make man, somebody said who is He talking to? They say well, the word in Hebrew is Elohim, and it was Elohim. They say well the Elohim ending in Hebrew is plural, while Hebrew does form plurals by “him,” but the word Elohim takes a singular verb.
Now if you’ve had any languages, such as Latin, French or Spanish, you know that the verb tells you whether the subject is singular or plural. We have a little inflection left in English. We say: I run, you run, he runs. You wouldn’t say they runs, you would say he runs.
So the verb Elohim throughout the first chapter of Genesis is always singular. In the Beginning Elohim created heaven and earth – singular. He said, singular, – in verse 26, it is singular.
Let me give you a little further illustration to make it meaningful for you. In English we form many of our plurals by adding an ‘s’ suffix to a word; dog, singular; dogs, plural; cat, singular; cats, plural. I remember when I was like some of these teenagers, they had a comedian from Arkansas named Bob Burns. He has an ‘s’ on the end of his name, but that didn’t make him more than one person. When you’re referring to Elohim, the verb shows He was singular and another thing in Exodus 7:1, God told Moses I’m going to make you Elohim to Pharaoh. I’m going to make you Elohim to Pharaoh.
Before God got through, Moses seemed like God to Pharaoh because of the power. “And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.” God said, I have made thee an Elohim. He didn’t make him three separate and distinct persons of the same substance and essence in the blessed Holy Trinity. He said I have made thee Elohim.
They try to say that Elohim shows a plural of the trinity – it does not. I had a Hebrew professor named William Worrell at the University of Michigan when I took a course in Hebrew and he was an Episcopalian. I asked him in class one day, “Is EIohim plural in meaning? Does that refer to the trinity?” He said, “No, Sir. I believe in the trinity because that’s the doctrine of my church, the Episcopal Church, but I would be dishonest if I tried to act like that in the first chapter of Genesis the word Elohim indicated the trinity.”
He said, “That’s singular,” and he gave me the explanation I’m giving you. He said this is an example of the royal plural and he taught Hebrew for 40 years. He went to Palestine and he knew Hebrew better than most of the Hebrew people do. He said, “But I would be dishonest if I tried to say that Elohim indicated plural or the trinity – it’s not in there.”
Genesis 1:26 Not Talking to Church
Now I’ll give you a simple illustration to what He was doing. He was like a preacher who says “Now, we’ll take our text tonight, in Acts 2:38. You very well know that the preacher is the only one going to do the talking. He’s the only one taking his text.
When I was a little boy they had a real interesting teaching that when God said, “Let us make man,” He was talking to the church.
He gave some apostles, some prophets, some pastors, teachers for the perfecting of saints for the work of the ministry. Till we all come to the fullness of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man. Man’s not completed because he’s not perfect yet. He’s not really acting like Christ yet, but he’s in the process of being made and he’s not done yet and when He gets done that will fulfill what was spoken in Gen. 1:26.
That’s all right if Gen. 1:26 is all you deal with, but what are you going to do with Gen. 3:22 when man has become like one of us? What are you going to do with Gen.11: back there at the tower of Babel ? I can’t get the church back there at the tower, can you? When He said, “Go to, let us go down,” and the Bible turns right around and says the Lord did go down and confound the language. Just like it says, God says, “Let us make man” and in the very next verse says, God made man.
I’ll tell you what it is. It’s God speaking by Himself in the presence of His angels. Somebody said, “Who heard Him?” He made man. The Bible wasn’t asking the angels to make man. He made man. The Bible makes it plain that God made man.
Who heard Him? The angels did. I took this home from church about 10 years ago or so and of course, some of them jumped up and said where could you prove that the angels heard Him? I took them to the 38th chapter of Job. Job was complaining so loud and God came to Job and said, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
When the sons of God and the morning stars sang together?”
You know, they can refer to the angels too as sons of God because they’re God’s people and the morning stars sang together even before there was an earth made. God made the angels. Before He made man, He made the angels. So when He said, “Let us make man,” that was the almighty, all powerful, all wise, the everywhere present Spirit who has all control of the universe, speaking by Himself in the presence of His angels.
God said that man will become like one of us knowing good and evil and the Lord said, “who will go for us” and He said “go to and let us go down and there confound the language.” I believe that’s God speaking by Himself in the presence of His obedient angels and then He goes ahead and executes His own will. The Bible says He spoke the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done saying, “My council shall stand and I will do all my pleasure.” Isa. 46:10. The Bible says He swore by Himself because there was no greater.
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism
Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
The great all wise, all powerful God; who is from everlasting to everlasting, who is not limited by time or space or any other limitation that limits human beings. This great God had a plan from the foundation of the world.
The Bible speaks of the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world. The Bible speaks of His people chosen in Him from the foundation of the world. The Bible says He knew the end from the beginning and He planned to come down and take upon Him the form of a man and to redeem mankind with His own blood.
John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
I John 3:16 says, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” The love of God how He laid down His Life for us. So is the love of God.
You know, He owned that life of Christ’s and if you own anything you can destroy it. Now it might be foolish but I own this suit and if I want to tear it up nobody can say anything. He laid down His life. The life of Christ was His life. It belonged to Him, and He could do with it as He liked.
He laid down His life for us. So, the great, all wise, all powerful God caused the virgin Mary to have a baby. And that baby was a complete human being, and He was the Son of God in His flesh. But in His Spirit, He was Almighty God. And that’s why He could speak as man or He could speak as God. He could act as a man, or He could act as God. When it came time for Him to die, the man prayed to the Spirit.
Man Prayed to The Spirit
God was working through the Son of God. It was the Spirit of God working through the man. The man prayed to the Spirit and when He died on the cross, the Son of God, who was the Lamb of God, who was our sacrifice, who took our place and bore our evil, He that died in our place. He was the one that died.
You cannot kill a Spirit. You cannot stick a spear in a Spirit. You cannot nail a Spirit to a cross. They nailed a man. They nailed a human being. They nailed the Son of God, but they did not kill God.
He said, He laid down His life, but the life of the Son of God belonged to Him. Jesus said the Jews should destroy this temple, referring to His body, and in three days I’ll raise it up again because He was speaking as God. He said, “I’ll not leave you comfortless, but the comforter is the Holy Ghost which the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things. He let us know while He was with them that He would be in them. He said, “But the water, I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14.
He is the Father in creation. He is the son as a Savior and Redeemer. He is the Holy Ghost in regeneration, in coming in to live in our bodies. He said, “Know ye not your body is a temple of the Holy Ghost?” The Bible says in Romans 8, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” If any man have not the spirit of Christ he is none of his.
So the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Ghost are all of the same Spirit. He said, “Of one spirit are you all baptized into one body.” And so we refer to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost but in eternity it will be God all in all. And the angels announced that they shall call his name JESUS for he shall save His people from their sins.
These Three Are One
Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled of that which the prophet had spoken. A virgin shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call his name Immanuel which being interpreted is, God with us. So He had to be that one, true, all powerful, all wise God, but He was robed in flesh.
He was in the world and the world was made by Him and the world knew Him not. And now He comes to us in the Spirit. There are three that bear record in heaven; The Father, The Word, and The Holy Ghost and these three are one. (I John 5:7). They don’t agree in one, they are one. He is one essential, fundamental, indivisible.
Matt 28:19. The Bible said it pleased the Father – who is a Spirit, that in Him should all the fullness dwell. He could speak as Almighty God as well as the Son. He had all power. God chose to reveal Himself, to channel His blessings, to channel the knowledge of Himself to this world through Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Was all of the Spirit contained in the body of Jesus?
How many believe that we are the sons of God? What’s the difference between you and me as the son of God, and Jesus? Are we the sons of God that does not yet appear what we shall be when we know that He shall appear we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is?
We are identified as the sons of God. The difference between you or me as the sons of God and Jesus? John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,” God was the Father of His flesh. Therefore He had no sins. The Spirit was the Father of the man. The virgin Mary was His mother. The holy, all wise, all powerful Spirit was His father. He could have no sin.
Adam Doctrine False
There’s a false doctrine. People that used to preach our message, believe that he was the first man, Adam, came back to die for his own sin. That’s a false doctrine. If he had to die for his own sin, he couldn’t have died for our sins.
They say at the River of Jordan the Spirit of God said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” that’s when he was baptized for his own sin. The spirit of God said, “This is my beloved son in whom, (he was already in him and the Greek word shows he was in him and had been in the past in a timeless way) I am well pleased.”
He was already in him. The Bible said that “to wit that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.” The Spirit was the Father of His flesh. We have earthly fathers to our flesh. There was not the sin of Adam transmitted to Him because the Holy God did not beget sin or transmit sin to His only begotten Son. That’s one difference.
John 3:33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
In other words, God manifested Himself to the world in an unlimited, unrestrained manner. Now you might say, “Well, was all of God in that body?”
Well, to me, obviously all of God was not diminished by the body of Christ. He was still omni-present and everywhere present. He was still all powerful; but in this world you might say He made His headquarters in the body of Jesus Christ, and manifested and revealed Himself to the world through Christ. The Spirit was given to Christ without measure but it’s limited in us.
Spirit Given To Christ Without Measure
You mean that He’s in us the same way now, as He was in Jesus then?
The Spirit is not given by measure. I believe we all recognize that the spirit finds limitations in us; that there isn’t that complete manifestation – that all powerful manifestation through us that there was through Jesus Christ. There’s no limit no measure, no restraint, as there is through us.
Would that be because of the sin of Adam? Because that meant death?
Of course we are redeemed through His blood, before He gives the Spirit unto us, as to remit the sin of Adam. But, we still carry our carnal body about. We still have the battle of the flesh and the spirit.
The apostle Paul said, “The spirit wars against the flesh and the flesh wars against the Spirit and these two are contrary one to the other.”
And the other thing is that we are not the only begotten son of God. We are not in that same place. We are the body of Christ on earth, as a group we’re the body of Christ, in total. But individually, we could never measure up. This is what they call the “Adam doctrine.” That says, Jesus was the glorified human being, and that we can all be as great as He was… is along the line that we can all be as great as Christ.
We can be used of Christ to the extent that we yield and obey the Spirit and Word, but none of us will ever come close to the place the only begotten son of God as the manifestation of God even in this present world.
We have a great message. Jesus said, “Marvel not that if the world hateth you, it hated me before it ever hated you.” “Ye shall be hated of all nations for my namesake.”
The world’s embracing people who speak with tongues. Many business and important people claim to speak in tongues but the dividing line comes with the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The name that’s above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess; Jesus is Lord to the glory of God. It’s a great revelation, it’s a marvelous revelation. It seems to be the last one some people get and when they start to backslide it’s the first one they lose. Jesus said this was like a tree with no leaves.
I believe it’s essential for salvation to have the revelation of the Godhead. A real revelation of the Godhead… and when you feel yourself beginning to lose that revelation and get confused, you better get down and pray, talk to your pastor, get your mind straightened out.
You’ve got to start with this premise, there has never been more than one true and living God. There’s a lot of false gods, idol gods, heathen gods who are really nothing at all. But, there’s never been more than one true, living God. There isn’t room in the universe for more than one like Him, and that Jesus Christ was His name.
In the ancient times they wanted to know His name. Abraham wanted to know His name; and Jacob wrestled all night and had his hip put out of place, he wanted to know His name. All down through the ages of time they desired to know His name but God had His own good time to reveal His special name, of whom the whole family of heaven and earth is named and that’s the wonderful name of Jesus. And that’s the name of God; that’s the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The name of the only, true living God of the universe and that’s the name of His people.
When the Pastor Stephens and his wife go home tonight, chances are they’ll take the children named Stephens with them. And when the trumpet of God and the Lord Jesus calls the church out, He’s going to call those out that are called by His name. I don’t believe those that are not baptized in his name are going to go. He’s going to call those out that are called by His name. My family are called by my Name. Come on children. Come on home.
Another thing the Bible said, “be not deceived, God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sows that will he also reap.” This is a very simple lesson, very simple. If you sow wheat, you don’t get watermelon; if you sow oats you don’t get tomatoes, you get just what you sow.
On the day of Pentecost the Lord sowed the church, repented and baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, filled with the Holy Ghost talking in tongues and recognized Jesus as God. And when He comes back that’s the kind of church He’s going to reap out of the world. I want to be in that number, don’t you?