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The Godhead By William R. Starr

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My Father-In-Law, Brother William R. Starr Was A Pastor For Almost 40 Years In Albion, Michigan, The District Superintendent Of Michigan For Nearly 30 Years, And A Traffic Judge As Well.

He Wrote This For His Doctoral Thesis. It Was Rejected. He Later Taught It As A Bible Study In Grand Ledge, Michigan, Where Pastor Doug Stephens Had It Transcribed.

 

Bible Study On The Godhead

By Rev. William Richard Starr

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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.

Questions

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?

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm

It’s Come As You Are, Not Stay As You Are!

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It’s Come As You Are, Not Stay As You Are!

 

Come As You Are? Yes.

Stay As You Are? No.

 

Most churches have promoted an open-door policy to every new visitor. They want everyone to feel welcome to attend. Although the Bible doesn’t actually say, “Come as you are,” churches reach for everyone. Apostolic Pentecostal Churches are no different. (But, it might be amazing to see what some actually are willing to wear to God’s House using the ‘come as you are’ umbrella as an excuse!)

 

That, however is not the real problem. Some folks not only come to church as they are, they have chosen to stay as they are. They are not willing to change. They ignore how the saints dress, worship and live. They have chosen not to change or to submit.

 

Living for God is all about change. Completely change. Change is necessary. Change is required. Change is the will of God for everyone. With salvation comes change. With deliverance comes change. Unchanged people have no hope of deliverance, no hope of being a testimony, no hope of being used of God, and no hope of heaven.

 

How Do We Become A “New Creature In Christ Jesus” If We Don’t Change?

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

How Do We Become “Transformed” If We Don’t Change?

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

How Do We Become “Born Again” If We Don’t Change?

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

 

How Do We Become “Holy” If We Don’t Change?

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

 

How Can We Come Out From Among Them And Be Separate, If We Don’t Change?

2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

 

How Can We Have Christ In Us And He Never Changes Us?

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

 Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

 

Do You Mean To Tell Me That When We Repent We Really Don’t Have To Change Anything?

Do You Mean To Tell Me That When We Get Baptized In Jesus Name, We Don’t Change?

Do You Mean To Tell Me That We Can Be Filled With The Holy Ghost And Never Be Changed?

 

When Jacob Prepared To Go To Bethel, He Changed.

Genesis 35:1 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.

Genesis 35:2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

Genesis 35:3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

Genesis 35:4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.

 

 When normal people come into the presence of the God, they quickly remember their sins. At that point, they must choose to keep them or confess and forsake them.

God might be merciful and forgiving, yet His word tells every confessor to forsake their sins.

If the God you serve lets you do whatever you want, and live like you want, then your god is you. You became your own god!

 

Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

 

 If We Want God’s Mercy, We Must Not Only Confess Our Sins But Forsake Them!

Mercy comes to those who confess and forsake. That is the change God looks for. Forsaking your old life is what living for God is all about.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

  •  (And Such Were Some Of You!) That Is Change!

 

Repentance Must Bring Change. If It Doesn’t Bring Change It Wasn’t Real Repentance!

In The Old Testament, God Chose Not To Bless Israel Until They Changed.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

  • Change Puts Us In The Direct Path Of God’s Blessings.

 

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

 

Let’s Get Real Plain…

If you see a sinner man and a Holy Ghost-filled man standing together talking, you should be able to tell which one is which.

If you see a sinner woman and a Holy Ghost-filled woman standing together talking, you should be able to see the difference.

When we obey Acts 2:38, (by repenting of our sins, getting baptized in Jesus name, and being filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues.) We are no longer the same. We are changed on the inside. What is changed on the inside quickly shows on the outside!

  • We don’t do the things we used to do
  • We don’t talk like we used to talk
  • We don’t go where we use to go
  • We don’t have the kind of friends we used to have
  • We don’t dress like we used to dress
  • We don’t drink what we used to drink

 

Why?

Because Now We’re A New Creature In Christ Jesus.

 

How Do We Lay Sin Aside And Not Change?

1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

  • (Growth is change, too)

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

  • Removing things from our life that will keep us from being saved, is change.

If we say we are saved, yet remain unchanged… We are not honest with our soul, with God, or with the truth.

 

Our Heart Must Change

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation (our old lifestyle) the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

 

Our Speech Must Change

Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

 

Our Outward Appearance Must Change

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

 

Change Requires Modesty For Men And Woman

1 Timothy2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

1 Timothy 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

 

Hair Care Changes

1 Corinthians 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

1 Corinthians 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

 

Our Priorities Must Change

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

Even Our Furniture Must Change

Psalms 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

 

The Things We Love Must Change

1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 

We Say We’re A Christian, (Christ-like) And Yet…

  • We’ve Never Changed On The Inside Or The Outside?
  • We Neither Look Like Nor Act Like An Apostolic Saint?

 

Who Are We Fooling? Only Ourselves.

James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

If we balk at Biblical correction and refuse to allow God’s Word to change our life… then we have shown to everyone that we are not a true child of God. We are of illegitimate birth in the Kingdom of God.

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?

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

 

What’s Missing In Our Lives That Would Keep Us From Allowing God To Change Us?

No Conviction of Sin?

No Fear of God?

No Respect?

No Obedience to His Word?

No Love for His House?

 

Are we just being Rebellious?

Are we just Clueless?

Are we not able to see that we don’t measure up to God’s Standards?

Are we just Insincere?

 

How can we come to church for months and even years… claiming to be Spirit-filled, and never change?

 

Ask Yourself…

If we had a beard and applied for a job at a company that had a ‘no beards’ policy, would we be willing to change?

If we worked for a fancy restaurant that had a no tattoo ‘visible’ policy for its employees, would we be willing to cover ours?

If we got hired by a good paying company but we had to work nights, would we change our sleeping habits?

If our job gave us a promotion, but we had to relocate, would we be willing to change towns?

If the doctor ordered us to change our diet because of cancer, would we?

If our heart doctor wanted us to change our lifestyle to live longer, would we?

If our homeowner’s association didn’t approve of our lawn display, would we take it down?

What if God reminded us in the Judgment of all the changes in our life that we made for man and for money, yet we chose not to make any changes for Him. What will our answer be then?

 

We Must Allow God To:

Change us like He changes Night into Day, Winter into Spring.

Change us like He changes a Caterpillar into a Butterfly.

 

The Kiss Of Death

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The Kiss Of Death

“Remember Elizabeth? She just got a hearing implant to see if that would cure her deafness,” my wife said. We were eating lunch in Georgia, at a National Country Club.

“They call that, The Kiss Of Death, in the deaf community,” offered the court certified Interpreter for the deaf who was seated at the table with us.

The Kiss Of Death?” I was in shock! “Why would they call being able to hear, The Kiss Of Death?

“Hearing would ruin their life, as they know it. Many deaf people are very happy in their own world,” she said. “It’s a very tight-knit society.  Lip reading is a coveted gift. Most deaf people don’t want to be healed. They are happy being deaf.”

She related an incident about signing to a client. The client signed back to her that she could read lips and only wanted to be spoken to, not signed to by a hearing person. Although the court had certified the Interpreter, she was still an outsider to the deaf.

The Interpreter began to describe some of her client’s anti-hearing sentiments. She served several expectant mothers who were deaf. These moms-to-be wanted their babies to be deaf as well.

As a hearing person, I’ve had very limited communication with the deaf. If they can read my lips, that’s wonderful. I cannot read theirs. We can only write notes back and forth to each other. I cannot imagine anyone not wanting to hear.

I also have no way of knowing how accurate the Interpreter’s opinion was. She was only relating her life experiences.

Although my interaction with the natural deaf is somewhat limited, I am however, very familiar with the attitudes of the spiritually deaf.

The spiritually deaf that I know, don’t want to be healed. They resist getting a spiritual implant to hear the Word of the Lord. To them, that would be The Kiss Of Death!

Forty-two times the Bible uses the phrase, “He that hath an ear to hear.” Evidently, not everyone can hear what the Spirit saith. Their Pastor/Interpreter is an intrusion into their world.

They too do not wish to be healed and want all of their children to be deaf as well. The preached Word of God is something that the spiritually deaf person cannot hear. They can’t hear sermons about:

  • Doctrine
  • Tithes
  • Holiness
  • Separation from the world

It is really futile to try to communicate with those that are deaf to God’s Word. The interference of hearing people into their life is resented.

Jesus healed the deaf. We read about it in the Gospels. He is still able to heal the spiritually deaf today who want to be healed.

My father had been the pastor at a church for three years. A brother came up to him after the Saturday night service and complimented his sermon. Dad thanked him. Sunday morning the same man gave him another compliment.

Sunday night, the same brother came up to Dad and with tears in his eyes said, “Bro. Ballestero, I thank you for that message! That was the best I’ve ever heard! You saved me tonight!”

My father invited the man into his office. When they sat down, my father began his inquiry.

“Brother, for the last three years you’ve fought me tooth and toenail. You have resisted me at every turn. Not one time have you said a nice thing to me since I’ve been here. You have never complimented any of my messages before. Now, for three sermons in a row, you’ve bragged on me. What’s your game?”

The brother broke down and cried. He apologized to my Father. He said, “I am so sorry I’ve been like that to you Pastor. The reason I’ve complimented your preaching, is because I just got my ears open!”

All a Pastor can pray for is that his hearers will get their ears opened! He knows that for those who are content not to hear preaching, it is truly, The Kiss of Death!

 

The Last Thing You Lose Is Your Hearing

Bro. Henry Baskins fell like he’d been shot. The sound of his head hitting the floor was enough to make those nearby sick and alarmed. His fellow workers called 911 and anxiously watched for the ambulance.

Within minutes, my phone rang and informed me that one of the most precious men in the Kingdom of God was in a coma and being taken from the ER to ICU. My heart sank. Bro. Baskins was near retirement age. No one had an answer why he had passed out on the job. He’d had no previous health concerns.

Henry Baskins

He was a church favorite. Even though he drove over 20 miles each way to church, he was always an hour or so early. He had been an usher as long as I could remember. His pockets always contained a bag of candy for the children. That made him a very popular man after church.

Sis. Baskins lived a pampered life. He waited on her hand and foot, did the grocery shopping, chauffeured her anywhere she wanted to go. What if he died? What would happen to her? She’d never even driven a car!

After calling the Prayer Chain in our church, I rushed to the Osteopathic Hospital. As I headed for ICU, I noticed family and saints were gathering too. There was a waiting room next to the ICU door.

No one, not even family was allowed to go in and see him yet. I told the folks in the waiting room to pray for Bro. Baskins. They prayed Pentecostal style.

I pushed the call button and announced myself. The nurse buzzed me in. She escorted me to Bro. Baskins’ room. My heart sank when I saw him. There were more tubes connected to him than I’d ever seen. There were tubes down his throat, up his nose, in his chest, his arms, his hands and his leg. It seemed like there were 10 monitors going. The pumping sounds of the machine doing the breathing for him were hard to ignore. He looked hopeless.

Even though he was unconscious, I announced myself to him. I said, “Bro. Baskins, this is Bro. Ballestero and I am here to pray for you.

My prayer was probably only a minute or so. I felt guilty being the only one allowed back in his room. I really didn’t want to leave even though my prayer was over.

My Dad had always said that the last thing we lose is our hearing, naturally and spiritually. I remembered that and began to talk.

I said, “Bro. Baskins, no one knows what happened at work today. Those close to you said you just fell over and hit your head. You have been in a coma ever since. The ambulance brought you to the Osteopathic Hospital.

“The doctors are trying to find out what the cause of the problem is. They don’t know. No one but me is allowed back here right now. So, don’t worry about your family not coming in, because the nurses are being very protective of you right now.

“Your wife is in the next room. All of her needs are being taken care of. Your children are here. The saints have filled up the ICU waiting room and I have the Prayer Chain praying for you.

“When they start letting family come in here, it will only be once every 4 hours and then, just for a few minutes. Now don’t worry about anything. You just focus on getting well, we’ll keep praying. I love you!”

Every time I went to see him, I prayed, and then I chattered. I told him of the news in the church. I talked about his family. Reassured him of his wife’s comfort. Every day for about 3 weeks I visited his room.

One Friday, he woke up. They checked him over and checked him out. When I heard the news that he was home and walking around. I rejoiced! This was awesome news.

Sunday morning when I stepped into the auditorium, there was Bro. Baskins standing at his usual ushering post. He hugged my neck and tears came into his eyes.

“Bro. Ballestero, when you came into my room and prayed for me and talked to me, I heard every word you said. Thank you, Thank you!” He said.

He could still hear! Unbelievable! Even when he was in such bad shape!

Dad’s words again echoed through my memory. “The last thing you lose is your hearing, naturally and spiritually.”

Can you still hear?

If You Can Hear, It’s Not The Kiss Of Death,  It’s The Kiss Of Life…  Spiritual Life!

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

March 22, 2018 at 7:33 pm

Pastor Lester Has A Problem With Pastor Ballestero

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Pastor Lester Has A Problem With Pastor Ballestero

 

“Pastor Ballestero?” The female voice on the phone asked.

“This is he,” I responded as I settled into the Lazy Boy recliner.

“I’m calling on behalf of Pastor Lester. He would love for you to come to our new FM Radio Station tomorrow night.

“He would like for you to evaluate our new Christian Radio Station’s transmitter. Could you come at 7 pm tomorrow night?

“He will give you a personal tour of our new facilities, and I think he will try to encourage you to come on board as one of our regular broadcasters.”

I laughed. “Tell him that I’ll do my best to be there, thanks.”

 

That I was into Amateur (Ham) Radio, was no secret. I had even worked as an Electronics Wholesaler but I knew next to nothing about Commercial Broadcasting equipment. Why would I get invited to ‘evaluate’ the new 50,000-watt FM radio station? I couldn’t legally.

What was the catch? Was that just a ploy to get me to move our church radio broadcast to their new FM station? Probably.

 

At 7 pm sharp, I walked up to the front office and announced myself to the receptionist.

“Pastor Lester is expecting you,” she said as she welcomed me and shook my hand.

I heard my name announced over the intercom and almost immediately I was shaking hands with Pastor Lester.

 

We walked down the hall towards the transmitter room and he placed his arm around my neck like we were old friends. Actually, we’d never met. I only knew of him because I’d heard him on the radio from time to time over the last several years. He pastored the large Charismatic church in our town.

 

“I just got back last week from Africa.” He began. “I saw over 100,000 get the Holy Spirit in one service in my Crusade!”

“That is amazing!” I blurted out! How do you get 100,000 people to get the Holy Ghost in one service?”

“Aw, that’s easy… I just stretched my hands toward the crowd, and said in Jesus Name, receive the Holy Ghost!”

“And they did?”

 

“They sure did. Not only that, but we had over 50,000 confirmed miracles the same day.”

I replied, “How did you get 50,000 people healed in one day?”

“Why, I just stretched my hands toward the people and prayed… be healed in Jesus Name!”

“And they were healed?”

“Yes, they were. But I also cast out over 1,000 demons the same day as well.”

 

I stopped walking. “How did you cast out 1,000 demons in one day?”

“I just pointed my hands toward those who were bound and said, in Jesus name, come out of them!”

“And they came out?”

“Yes, they did.” He said.

 

I looked puzzled at him, then I said, “I’m starting to see a pattern here. I notice that when you prayed for the Holy Ghost to be poured out, or when you prayed for healing, or even when you prayed for demons to be cast out, you said ‘In Jesus Name’ every time. Why is that?”

“Why, Bro. Ballestero, Pastor Lester said in his most condescending tone of voice, the Bible says that ‘Whatsoever we do in word or deed, do all in the Name of Jesus’.”

 

He smiled.

I smiled.

I put my arm around his shoulder, positioning his head so we could lock eyes.

“Then why don’t you get baptized in Jesus Name?” I asked.

 

Pastor Lester took his arm off from around my neck, shook his head, and walked back to his office without a goodbye.

Hmm, I never did get to see that new 50,000-watt transmitter!

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 21, 2018 at 10:50 pm

Why Doesn’t That Scripture Work For You?

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Why Doesn’t That Scripture Work For You?

 

Those of us who knew ‘Tucker’, never heard what his first name was. We just called him by his last name, Tucker. The group of us that were ‘40’ something, never failed to enjoy his oddball humor. Tucker was maybe 55 or 60 and a local folk hero of sorts.

He was just an old bachelor who didn’t seem to be blessed with many social graces. No one ever saw him chatting with the ladies, or even the men very much, for that matter. Tucker was a loner. We usually only got to see him when we visited a friend’s church anniversary service.

His clothing probably never received many compliments. His thick-framed glasses always sat askance on his nose. The lopsided glasses attracted our attention. We were fascinated. How could anyone be comfortable with their glasses sitting whomper-jawed on their face? It never bothered Tucker.

To complicate the matter, he held his mouth kind of funny when he talked. It looked like he was talking out of the side of his mouth. He never talked fast. He drug out his words in a near monotone voice. Whenever he testified in church, we gave him our full attention.

Tucker always sat on the front row.  When he stood to testify, he stood with an open Bible, just in case he needed to read a Scripture.

His testimonies were often memorable. One of my favorites was, “I thank the Lord that I’ve been saved five-fourths of my life.”

One night, Tucker stood and waited his turn. When he was called on, he took his time and read a verse from his big Bible.

Isa. 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

He stressed the ‘run and not be weary’ part with his voice. With all eyes on him, Tucker slowly laid the Bible down and took off running. Well, kind of lumbering really. He ran laps around the church. He ran long enough that the organ started to play a chorus. The people sang along.

After what seemed like 12 laps or so, Tucker crumbled on the floor in front of the pulpit completely out of breath. His chest was heaving, his face was red and he didn’t move for a minute. When Tucker finally struggled to his feet, the organ and the singing stopped.

Tucker continued with his testimony. He looked at the congregation, shrugged his shoulders, he then turned toward the preacher, and while holding his arms out in a sign of failure, said: “That Scripture don’t work for me!”

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Bro. Tucker may not be the only one who feels like there is a scripture doesn’t work for them. If so, then that begs the question: Why doesn’t that scripture work for you?

  • Could it be because you didn’t read it right?
  • Could it be because you misinterpreted the verse?
  • Could it be because you misapplied the scripture?

 

To explain my point, let’s look at a few verses:

 

She Offended Me and the Bible says nothing is supposed to offend them…

Psa. 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

 

Someone might say, “I don’t understand this verse. I am very offended by what she said to me.

That scripture doesn’t work for me”

Please read the verse in its entire context. It is talking about God’s Word. The Law. If you LOVE His Law… Then NOTHING in the LAW will offend you. People may always offend you if you let them. Jesus even said that offenses will come. But, if the Word of God offends you then you are not really in love with the Law. That scripture will work for you.

 

Lay Hands Suddenly On No Man

1 Tim. 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

So, do you hesitate around the altar and resist praying for someone because of this verse? Well, you shouldn’t because it has nothing to do with praying for seekers in the altar. The verse is dealing with ordaining ministers and sending them out to preach. The Elders are warned to be careful laying hands on just anyone and ordaining them to preach. That may be why that scripture wasn’t working for you, you just took a verse out of context and made it mean something else.

 

Your Baptism Scripture Doesn’t Work For You?

Jesus gave His Disciples orders on how to baptize all believers:

Matt. 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:

The reason your baptism scripture isn’t working for you, may be because you didn’t fully obey the command. The command was just repeated, and not obey. They baptized you without saying what the name was. Jesus is the name.

Your sins are not washed away unless the Name of Jesus is said over you in baptism! That is why Peter said what he did on the Day of Pentecost when he quoted and fulfilled the last words of Jesus to His Disciples.

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Acts 2:38 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.

Act 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

That’s why the New Testament ONLY baptized in Jesus Name!

Jerusalem:

Acts 2:38 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.

Samaria:

Act 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

Household of Cornelius:

Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Ephesus:

Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

 

Baptism ONLY works if the minister pronounced the Name of Jesus over you when you were baptized!

I can help you find a church that will baptize you the Bible way. In Jesus Name!

 

In Conclusion:

ALL Scripture Will Work For You!

Just believe it, obey it, and see.

2 Tim. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 2, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Death By Misadventure

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Death By Misadventure

 

Amy Jade Winehouse

“Amy Winehouse’s death was the result of the singer drinking too much alcohol, a coroner has said. A verdict of misadventure was recorded into the 27-year-old’s death after an inquest heard she was more than five times the drink-drive limit.

Winehouse was found dead at her home in Camden, north London, on 23 July. St Pancras coroner Suzanne Greenway said the “unintended consequence” of Winehouse drinking so much alcohol was her “sudden and unexpected death”.

Three empty vodka bottles, two large and one small, were found at her flat, St Pancras Coroners Court heard.

‘No pulse found’

The inquest heard the singer, who won five Grammy awards in 2008, had 416mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The legal drink-drive limit is 80mg.

The pathologist who conducted her post-mortem examination said 350mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood was considered a fatal level.”

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-15453517

 

Brian Jones

“Brian Jones was a founding member of the Rolling Stones, and contributed heavily to their early success. But, as time went on, he felt pushed aside by the songwriting team of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and his growing drug problem also helped alienate him from his bandmates, who fired him in June of 1969.

Jones was discovered dead in his swimming pool on July 3, 1969. Coroners ruled his death an accident. Noting his alcohol and substance abuse played a role, they called it “death by misadventure.” Theories and rumors have swirled for decades that Jones was murdered, though despite a new investigation in 2008, nothing has ever been proven.”

Read More: Brian Jones – Death by Misadventure | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/brian-jones-strange-rock-deaths/?trackback=tsmclip

 

Death by Misadventure – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“A death by misadventure, as recorded by coroners and on death certificates and associated documents, is one that is primarily attributed to an accident which occurred due to a dangerous risk which was taken voluntarily.

In contrast, when a cause of death is listed as an accident rather than a misadventure, this implies no unreasonable willful risk. [1] Misadventure is a legally-defined manner of death: a way by which an actual cause of death (trauma, exposure, etc.) was allowed to occur. For example, a death caused by an illicit drug overdose may be ruled a death by misadventure as the user ignored the risks of the drugs. Misadventure is a form of unnatural death like accident, suicide, or homicide.”

 

Death By GPS

“People are renting vehicles with GPS and they have no idea how it works — and they are willing to trust the GPS to lead them into the middle of nowhere.” – Fox News

Over the past 15 years, at least a dozen people have died in Death Valley from heat-related illnesses.

 

Rita Chretien

“Rita Chretien was found Friday by a trio of hunters after spending seven weeks in the couple’s van stuck in mud, surviving off trail mix, hard candy and water from a nearby stream. Her husband set out on foot to find help, hoping to make it to Mountain City. He hasn’t been seen since.

The B.C. woman who survived seven weeks alone in the Nevada mountains told her pastor that her new global positioning device caused her and her husband to become lost.”

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/b-c-woman-blames-gps-for-getting-couple-lost-1.1007231

 

Most Backsliders Are Victims Of “Death By Misadventure.”

Every death by misadventure is tragic. It is an avoidable death. The victim didn’t mean to die. Their poor judgment at the moment or the misinformation (faulty GPS directions) led to their demise. Sadly the same thing can happen spiritually.

  • They got a job that kept them out of church. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They moved from their church out of the will of God. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They married the wrong person. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They chose friends who led them down wrong paths. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They compromised and argued over standards. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They didn’t feel convicted about some holiness issues. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They had marriage problems that caused many to go astray from God. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They accepted false teachings, which led them astray. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They got offended or hurt, so they stayed home and sulked. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They wanted their gift to be used of God, but they took matters into their own hands. They didn’t mean to backslide.

 

Abner

It could be said that Abner died by misadventure. He found safety in a City of Refuge, but came outside to talk. It was there that he was killed, just outside safety. He didn’t mean to die. King David grieved over Abner’s foolish thinking.

2Sam. 3:33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?

 

Samson

Thought to be invincible, yet he laid his head in a woman’s lap, not knowing he had opened the door to death by misadventure. He didn’t mean to die.

 

Reader: What About You?

There are decisions you must make in everyday life that influence your direction towards eternity. Wrong choices and carnal influences constantly make themselves available to us all.

I pray that you make righteous decisions and surround yourself with godly influence. Make sure you obey God’s Word and submit yourself totally to Him. Stay connected to your Apostolic pastor. All it takes is for you to make one bad mistake.

 

If We Look To Him For Guidance, He Will Never Let Us Make A Bad Decision.

Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Prov. 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Prov. 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Prov. 3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Prov. 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Prov. 3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

 

May God Help Us All!

 

 

We Will Adjust To Your Lifestyle

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We Will Adjust To Your Lifestyle

 

The dietary nurse stood beside my Memphis hospital bed with a clipboard in her hand. I was confident that I already knew the speech she was about to give me. I’d heard it almost seven years earlier, the first time I had gotten blood clots.

“Is this the Anti-Vitamin K speech?” I asked her, expecting that I would not be able to eat anything green as long I was on the Coumadin blood thinner again. Nothing green had entered my mouth in over a year during my first bout with blood clots.

“Oh No!” she responded with enthusiasm.

“We don’t do it that way any more. We now adjust the medicine to fit your lifestyle. We’ve had too many complaints from our patients. They didn’t want to change, so we changed. They didn’t want to change how they ate. That’s why we changed our approach to the treatment of blood clots. We now tell the patient to keep eating like they always have and we will adjust the medicine to suit them.” She said this with a big smile, feeling certain I would share her enthusiasm.

“Really?” I said with my eyebrows raised in surprise.

“Yes,” she said. “For example, if you eat two helpings of turnip greens this week, then just eat two helpings of turnip greens next week too. Keep on living like you always have and we will adjust the meds to adapt to your lifestyle.”

I looked at her not believing my ears. I remembered the many monthly trips I had made to medical labs around the country to let them draw my blood for a PT-INR test. The results were faxed to my doctor so he could check up on my dietary compliance.

She smiled and assured me that I now could have all the salads, green beans, and broccoli I wanted. This news was unreal. The doctor would adjust the medicine to accommodate me. I wasn’t going to be required to change. The doctor and the medication would have to change, but not me. I could live like I always had.

My mind went back to the incident Bro. Wayne Huntley experienced with his heart some years ago. When he returned for his check up one year later, the doctor congratulated him and said, “Most of the patients like you do not make it to their first year check up because they refuse to change their diet. You’ve changed how you live, that’s why you are still here.”

 

Gentle Reader? The reason you got sick in the first place was because of how you were living, and now you say you want to be healed but aren’t willing to change? Oh my!

 

What was I missing? Doctors once required their patients to change and adjust their lifestyle, but not any more? Some tell me it’s progressive thinking. But then again, that is the spirit and mindset of the end times, especially for the church.

Evidently, not many want to change their lifestyle to live for Jesus. Over a hundred years ago church folk sang songs like:

 

Leaving All to Follow Jesus

Ida M. Budd, 1898

 

Leaving all to follow Jesus,

Turning from the world away,

Stepping out upon the promise,

All I have is His today.

 

Refrain:

Leaving all to follow Jesus,

Turning from the world away,

Stepping out upon His promise,

All I have is His today.

 

Some folks don’t want to give up much anymore to live for God. There are women who say they are Pentecostal but still wear their flashy jewelry and make up. They certainly want to wear their tight pants. Even if God did say it was an abomination, it doesn’t bother them. They will not change. They want the preacher to adjust his doctrine and standards to suit their lifestyle while they keep on wearing their skinny short skirts and other immodest apparel. Holiness is distasteful to them.

What do the preachers do about it? Not much as a rule. A surprising number of Pentecostal pastors are presenting the Gospel of Christ in much the same way as my dietary nurse. Pastors who are people pleasers are not God pleasers. The Scripture calls them ‘hirelings’. They are pastors who are not real shepherds. They are employees of the people, nothing more. The wishes of people govern their form of the Gospel, (Which is not a Gospel.) They are truly Laodicean.

Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

 

To understand the meaning of the word ‘Laodicean,’ and why it is used in this passage, examine the Greek root words from which it is derived: Laos (Strong’s #2992, meaning ‘people’) and Dike (Strong’s #1349), meaning ‘principle, decision’. Laodiceans trusted in their own ability to rule themselves, judging and deciding matters while disregarding Christ and His rule in the Church. The people wanted to rule the church. They didn’t want a pastor who was a God-called pastor to lead them. But, that is really nothing new. The same problem existed in the Old Testament.

Isa 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:

 

Oh yes! Some like their modern churches with their hireling pastors because no inward or outward change is required. (Just put your money in the basket.)

 

On The Other Hand, The Bible Is Full Of Examples Of Men Changing:

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

2Cor 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

 

The Rich Young Ruler didn’t want to change.

Ruth was willing to change.

 

No one in God’s Kingdom will ever be healed of sin until they are willing to change. Even before the Holy Ghost was given, Jesus continually reminded those He healed to go their way and sin no more. He told them to change.

 

Obedience Always Brings Change.

Arguments Come From The Disobedient Attempting To Defend Themself.

 

The reason you argue about Holiness is because you don’t want to change your way of living. You want to find a church that will preach a message that comfortably conforms to how you want to live, and you will.

Don’t tell me you are not convicted by what is written in the Bible. Don’t even say you’ve prayed about it and don’t feel it’s necessary to obey. If it’s in the Bible, believe it and obey it!

Men change, fellowships and organizations change. Denominations change. God’s Word NEVER changes. The very fact that your hireling pastor won’t preach and enforce God’s Word should be enough to keep you up at night. How can you stay in a church with a compromising pastor and a worldly congregation who like it like that?

In the Old Testament, Israel never argued about God’s Holiness requirements. They just obeyed. On the Day of Pentecost no one argued about the need of Jesus Name baptism or the need of the Holy Ghost. They just repented, got baptized in Jesus Name and were filled with the Holy Ghost.

 

Paul changed every day. (1Co 15:31… I die daily.)

 

The High School Driving Instructor taught my class, in 1960, that the average driver makes approximately sixty corrections or adjustments per minute while driving. What if they didn’t make any changes or adjustments?

When a couple marries they must make adjustments and changes, those who refuse will likely divorce.

If someone wanted to play on the football team, they must be willing to change their life to reach that goal. If they don’t change, they won’t make the team. Yet, in living for God, with Heaven in view, we foolishly refuse to change. Why?

 

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 25, 2016 at 11:28 pm