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My Father

Part 1



What was Jesus speaking of when He said, God was His Father? What was Jesus speaking of when He told us to not call any man on earth our Father?

To begin with, Jesus was not preaching what many Christians are preaching today. Jesus was preaching "...the gospel of the Kingdom of God" (Mark 1:14,15) The Kingdom of God means, "the reign of God."

The Kingdom of God that Jesus was preaching is not an earthly kingdom (John 18:36). It is not of this earth. It is an heavenly kingdom where those who reign in heaven are subject to God. God is in control of the kingdom of God, not the devil, not angels and not people.

Everyone in the kingdom of God must be obedient to God the Father. Those in the Kingdom of God cannot do their own will, they must do the will of God the Father. Anyone in the third heavens where the throne of God is, who is disobedient to God could be cast out of the third of heavens.

Lucifer, now called Satan the Devil was disobedient to God the Father and he was cast out of the third heavens, down to this earth. The angels that left their first estate (position in heaven) are held in chains until the day of judgement (Job 1:6: 2 Peter 2:4, Rev. 20:10).

In John 14:8-10, it says "Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us...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?...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."

Speaking of Jesus in Hebrews 1:3, it says, "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."

In Romans 8:14, speaking of who the sons of God are, it says, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."

When God is in complete control of a person's life and they no longer do their own will, they are the sons of God and God is their Father.

How did Jesus become the Son of God? Jesus said in, John 14:28, "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." Then in John 5:30, Jesus said, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." In John 4:34, it says, "Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work." In John 5:19, it says, "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." In John 6:38, Jesus said, "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me."

In John 8:26, Jesus said, "I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him." In John 8:28, it says, "Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things." In John 12:49,50, Jesus said, "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak...And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." Then in John 14:10,11, Jesus said, "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...Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake."

As we can see, a Son of God is one who has been sent by God, and does only the will of God who sent him. That is why Jesus is called the Son of God. Jesus never did His own will. Jesus only did the will of God the Father who sent Him (John 6:38). Anyone who does their own will is not a son of God. A son of God never does his own will, he only does the will of God.

Who is God? In 1 John 5:7, it says, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." To do the will of God includes doing the will of anyone of the three persons called God.

Jesus did the will of God the Father, therefore, Jesus was the Son of God. Christians who are led by the Spirit of God are called "sons of God" (Rom. 8:14).

In John 20:21,22, it says, "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you...And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost." Jesus sent Christians, who are truly born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ, to do the will of God the Father. First, God the Father sent Jesus to do His will. Now, Jesus is sending those who are truly born again into the body of Christ to do the same things that Jesus did.

In John 10:27-30, Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me...And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand...My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand...I and my Father are one." Three times, Jesus spoke of His Father in these verses.

Jesus was questioned by certain Jews in John 10:29-36, because He said, God was His Father. Jesus answered them by saying, "Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods" (John 10:34). That is, "You belong to God."

In Psalm 82:6, it says, "I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High." It is not talking about who is our earthly father, but "who do we belong to?" Everyone born of the flesh of Adam are "created human beings," created by the most High God. Christians should not take Psalm 82:6 out of context, but understand the complete Psalm 82. We all belong to God, for He is the one who created us in the beginning. It also means that God had chosen the children of Israel as His children.

The Jews at that time could not understand spiritual things, for until a person is born again they cannot understand spiritual things. This, Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:3, saying, "...Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

Jesus did not say that He was a Son of God, as though God was a male person and had a son through sexual intercourse with a female person. Jesus was the Word of God in the beginning, and came into this world as the Son of Man, born of the Holy Spirit and a virgin woman by the name of Mary. Jesus became "the Son of Man," being born in the flesh of mankind.

Jesus obeyed the Father when God the Father sent Him into this world to become the Son of Man. Jesus did not claim that He was "God's Son by birth." Jesus said in John 10:36, "Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?"

Jesus never claimed that He was "a God." Jesus was God with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, before the heavens and earth were created. God the Father sent Jesus into this world to destroy the works of the Devil, and become the beginning of a new creation of mankind in the Spirit.

First, Jesus needed to destroy the works of the Devil before anyone could become born again (translated from the flesh of Adam into the Spirit of Christ) (Rom. 8:9; Col. 1:13).

In John 1:1, it says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." In John 1:14, it says, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

Jesus was "the Word" in the beginning. In Luke 1:34,35, it says, "Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?...And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Jesus became the Son of Man when He was born into this world as a man. Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit, and a virgin woman by the name of Mary. Following Jesus' birth into this world, He was called both "the Son of God," and "the Son of Man." Jesus was the Son of Man, because He was born into this world of a woman, with a physical body of flesh and bones.

Jesus was the Son of God, because He obeyed God the Father in everything He did here on earth. To be a son of God, means "to be led by the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 8:14).

Jesus was not a man in the flesh until after He was born of the Holy Spirit and Mary, when "the Word became flesh" (John 1:14). Therefore, Jesus (the Word) was with God the Father before the creation of the heavens and the earth.

Jesus said to the Jews that, "God was His Father," being that the Father was greater than the Son. God the Father sent Jesus into this world. God the Father was before the Son. The Son proceeded out from the Father. God the Father is the "head, the beginning" of all creation. Jesus was sent into this world by God the Father. It was God the Father's idea to create the heavens and the earth in the beginning. God the Father was known as the author of the creation of all things, seen and unseen. God the Father was the beginning of all creation, the first to come up with the idea is called "the Father," meaning, "the creator, originator, source, supply, and transmitter of anything and everything."

Speaking of Jesus, Hebrews 10:5, says, "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me." God the Father prepared a body for Jesus in the flesh when Jesus was born of a virgin woman and the Holy Spirit.

In Matthew 23:8,9, Jesus said, "But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren....And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." Jesus was obedient to God the Father in everything. Jesus never did His own will. Jesus only did the will of God the Father.

Jesus was preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. Because Jesus was obedient to the Father in everything, He became Christ upon His resurrection from the dead. Now, Jesus Christ is the firstborn from the dead, and the King of kings and LORD of Lords over the kingdom of God here on earth. Jesus Christ is the head of the Body of Christ, and through Jesus' obedience to God the Father, born again Christians are "children of God."

Jesus was one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In John 17:20,21, Jesus prayed to the Father, saying, "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word...That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." This is the position Christians receive in the new birth.

Now it is up to every born again Christian to obey the LORD in everything. Hebrews 5:8,9, says, "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered...And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him."

The word "suffered" does not always mean "pain." It also means, "endure." Jesus endured all things, by His obedience to His Father.

What is involved in obeying the LORD? In Mark 8:34,35, it says, "And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me...For whosoever will save his life (psuche) shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life (psuche) for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it."

In Mark 8:35, it uses the Greek word "psuche" for the word "life." Psuche (life) is "soul life." It is the living soul of a person. It is the soul life of a person that is in control of everything a person does in this world. The soul (psuche) contains "the mind; the will, the emotions, and the intellect."

To become a "son of God, led by the Spirit of God," a Christian must deny himself. That is, set aside his will, emotions, and intellect, and do whatsoever the Holy Spirit leads him to do. A Christian cannot do his own will and be led by the Holy Spirit at the same time. It will not work. A Christian's will must be "to do only the will of God, led by the Holy Spirit." When a Christian's "will" comes before the leading of the Holy Spirit, they are disobedient to the Holy Spirit. A "son of God" is never, at anytime, disobedient to the Holy Spirit.

The angels in heaven are never disobedient to God. They do only the will of God. They never do their own will. That is why they are still in the heavens, doing the will of God. The angels in heaven know what the will of God is for their existence in the heavens and that is all they do, never anything other than what they were created for. Jesus knew what God the Father sent Him into this world to do, and Jesus never disobeyed God the Father at any time during His thirty-three and one-half years on this earth as the Son of Man. Every word Jesus spoke was the Truth. Jesus never lied once. Jesus never disobeyed the Father even once. That is what it takes to become "a son of God."

Not doing our own will of the flesh, but doing only the will of God is what makes Christians "sons of God." This must be done by being led by the Holy Spirit in everything. That is what makes a Christian a "son of God."

Born again Christians are not "sons of God" when they are first born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. They are "children of God," in the spiritual realm. They are translated from the flesh of Adam into the Spirit of Christ. They are not in the kingdom of God. They must mature in the body of Christ until they are obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit in everything. It tells us that in Galatians 4:1,2, saying, "Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all...But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father."

In 1 Corinthians 3:1-3, the Apostle Paul wrote, "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ...I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able...For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" As long as there is envying, strife, and divisions among Christians, they are still babes in Christ. They are not "sons of God."

When a Christian is led by the Holy Spirit in everything they do, God the Father becomes the source and supply of everything they need. That is the example that Jesus set for those who are truly born again. That is what makes a Christian a son of God. That is when a Christian can truly say, "I am a son of God and God is my Father."

Concerning born again Christians, in Ephesians 1:3-9, it says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ...According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love...Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will...To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved...In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace...Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence...Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself."

Christians, born again in Christ Jesus, is a work of God, not of man. In John 1:13, it says, "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." God chose Christians from the foundation of the world and adopted Christians in Christ Jesus unto Himself. Christians "are adopted children of God." Christians are adopted out of the flesh of Adam into the Spirit of Christ Jesus.

Jesus said in John 17:16, "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." Christians are "a new creation of mankind." Christians are no longer in Adam. Christians are in Christ Jesus. Christ Jesus is not a natural man. Christ means "anointed." Christ Jesus means, "the anointed One." The anointing is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is "a Spirit," not natural of the flesh. He is God with the Father and the Son.

God the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit are all spiritual beings, not natural beings. God the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit created all natural things. As the creator of all things, God the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit operate in the spiritual realm, creating and controlling everything they created.

In Romans 8:7-10, it says, "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be...So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God...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...And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness."

The carnal mind is the mind of the flesh. When a person who was first born of the flesh of Adam becomes born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, they are translated from the flesh of Adam into the Spirit of Christ Jesus. Thereby they are no longer in Adam, but in Christ Jesus.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, it says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." This could not happen until Jesus came into this world in the flesh of mankind, died and rose again from the dead and became "the firstborn from the dead." The first born is the Head, the beginning, of the body of Christ.

Christ Jesus, being both God in the Spirit and Man in the flesh became the second Adam (the second creation of mankind).

Now, in this world there are two types of people. Those who are still in the flesh of Adam, and those who are in the spirit of Christ Jesus.

Being in the Spirit of Christ Jesus, and no longer in the flesh of Adam, Christians must renew their minds to understand and operate in the spiritual realm, not in the natural realm. Those who are not born again in Christ Jesus do not have the "anointing" of God to live and operate in the same spiritual realm as God operates in "the spiritual realm." There should be a major difference between a person who is born again, and a person who is not born again.

When a person who is first born of the flesh into this world, they do not know anything about life in this world. They need to be taught how to live in this world in the flesh of Adam. They are taught by the world, which operates by the knowledge of good and evil (which is the world's way of living). Their minds are programed by "the god of this world" to believe whatsoever they believe.

Satan is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). Satan does not want anyone to know who God, the Creator of all things truly is. Therefore, Satan blinds the minds of people so that he can control everything they know and do.

Satan has a counterfeit operation which sounds like the true operation when it comes to who is truly born again and who is only saved, and not truly born again. There are many ways to know if a person is truly born again, or if they are only saved.

In the new birth there is a major change in the way people think. Their main thoughts are no longer of the things of this world. There is a great desire in their spirit to know and understand the Word of God. If that desire is not in a person who says they are a Christian, then there is something missing.

In Ezekiel 36:26, it says, "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." In the new birth a person receives a new heart, and a new spirit. One of the first things that happens is that there is a change in our heart's desires. The desire for this world and the things of this world should pass away. They should no longer be of importance to Christians. The Word of God is the most important thing in the lives of those who are truly born again.

God was doing things in my life from the age of six years old. I knew God was doing things in my life. But, I did not understand spiritual things. I knew it was God working in my life, but that is all I understood.

I knew all "about God and Jesus Christ." I was taught that by men. I read my Bible many times. I worked with people in the Church system I belonged to.

I was like a lot of people today, who love sports. They go to Baseball and Football games and watch others play the game. When they leave the game, they are still the same as when they went. There was no change in their lives. Only those who were playing the game benefitted from the game. Watching others play Baseball or Football will not benefit anyone. If a person wants to benefit from Baseball or Football, they must get in the game and become a player, not just a watcher, or viewer of what others do.

Everyone who has a Bible and says they are a Christian should study their Bible and find out what they must do to become Born Again themselves.

After many years of going to Church and doing religious things, I found out that to become born again, a person must "receive Jesus Christ as their LORD." LORD, means "supreme in authority." When the LORD is "supreme in authority," you are no longer supreme in authority in your life.

At the age of forty-five, I found out that to become truly born again, I must receive Jesus Christ as my LORD and Savior myself. No one else could do it for me. I went down in my basement alone, and prayed, and asked Jesus Christ to come into my life and be my LORD and Savior. I asked Jesus to take over my life for me, I could not continue to try to do it myself.

That night, in June of 1979, I was truly born again. My thoughts changed completely. I lost all desire for the things of this world, and all I wanted to do was study and read my Bible day and night.

When a person is truly born again of the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23), and the Holy Spirit (John 3:5,6), the desires of their heart will be changed. They will no longer love the world and the things of this world. They will love the Word of God and desire to know and understand what the Bible truly says to Christians today.

The LORD always confirms His Word with signs following. Jesus gave us His Word in John 3:3-7. Jesus will confirm His Word with signs following the new birth. Not always the same signs with everyone. But there will be signs following the new birth. The greatest sign is a desire to read and study the Bible, and never stop studying and reading.

For me, in less than a week after I was truly born again, the LORD took me out of my physical body and I saw myself standing on a big white fluffy cloud in the sky. I was looking down on the earth and saw many things happening, as well as things concerning my own life. I heard a voice say to me, "All of this will pass away, the only thing that will matter is your relationship to Me." In 2003, two angels appeared to me in my living room.

Not everyone has these same experiences following their new birth, but they should experience a change in their lives. There should be a major noticeable difference from before they were born again and after they are truly born again.

The second thing that happens is they see and understand that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is for everyone who is truly born again. It is revealed to them in the Scriptures, and there is a great desire in their heart to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 1:4,5,8, 2:4).

If similar things did not happen in a Christian's life, then they may have been deceived by the teachings of men. In John 6:45, Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God..." Therefore, Jesus said that all Christians shall be taught by God. Jesus is God with the Father and the Holy Spirit. God cannot lie. Do not believe what others say, believe what Jesus said. Christians need the Baptism in the Holy Spirit to enable the Holy Spirit to teach them all things (1 John 2:27).

There is a major difference between someone who is truly born again and someone who has only been saved. Born again, means "a new birth" into Christ Jesus. That means "A new creature, born of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit."

If we are truly born again, then there should be change in the way we live, "from what we were in Adam to what we are in Christ."

After there is a change from being in Adam to being in Christ, we must understand what that means? Therefore, let us use "a type and shadow" of another creature in God's creation. Let us look at the life of a caterpillar and a butterfly.

When the egg of a butterfly hatches it becomes a caterpillar. A caterpillar has many legs and moves about and lives by what he is able to eat. A caterpillar is limited by his ability to crawl upon his legs. He cannot fly like the butterfly that laid the egg that began his birth into this world. The caterpillar does not have any wings.

When a caterpillar goes through a process of change from a caterpillar to a butterfly, its whole physical being is changed. It no longer has multitudes of legs. But it does have wings. Now it can fly (which it could not do while it was still a caterpillar). Now, the caterpillar is "a new creature." It is no longer a caterpillar, but it has become a butterfly.

What would happen to that butterfly if it continued to try to live like a caterpillar? If it refused to fly, and change the way it lived before it became a butterfly, what would happen? Truly, beyond all doubt, it would die. A butterfly cannot live like a caterpillar.

Neither can a born again Christian continue to live like people who are not born again. In Galatians 6:7,8 it says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap...For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Reaping corruption is the opposite of reaping life everlasting. Those who reap corruption could spend eternity in hell with the Devil and his followers.

Those who are not born again live after the flesh. They are like a caterpillar, crawling around, living off the world and the things of the world. They love the world and the things that are in the world.

How can you tell the difference between a caterpillar and a butterfly? You can tell by how they live. The caterpillar crawls around upon its legs. It cannot fly. A caterpillar mostly lives off what is attached to the ground.

A butterfly flies in the heavens where the fowl of the air fly (Gen. 1:20). A butterfly travels usually in the daytime when there is light, not usually in the darkness (1 John 1:5,6). A butterfly feeds mostly upon nectar from flowers. A butterfly is useful to plants by carrying pollen from one plant to another. Butterflies are productive and not destructive.

How can you tell a Christian from someone who is not truly born again? Born again Christians should be like the butterfly, living in the heavenly realm, by the Word of God, which created all things (John 1:1-3). Christians should be productive, not destructive. Christians should have the attitude of Jesus Christ, not that of the Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees. Christians should love one another and help one another, with more concern for each other than for themselves.

A Christian should no longer love the world or the things that are in the world. In 1 John 2:15,16, it says, "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...For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. "

God is the Creator of all good things. Christians should be like their heavenly Father. Satan is the destroyer of all good things. The world is very wasteful of everything. Christians should not be wasteful of that which God provides (Ex. 16:16-20; John 6:12).

There is as much difference between "walking after the flesh" and "walking after the spirit," as there is between living like a caterpillar or living like a butterfly. It is a whole new way of living, a whole new life in Christ Jesus.

In Galatians 5:16,17, says, "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh...For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would."

If Christians want to continue to live in the Spirit, then they cannot go back to walking after the flesh. In Galatians 5:25 it says, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." If a butterfly cannot go back to living like a caterpillar and continue to live, why do Christians think they can continue to "walk after the flesh" and still inherit eternity in heaven?

God did not adopt Christians so they could continue to do their own will of the flesh. God adopted Christians so they could be like Jesus, led by the Holy Spirit in everything they do. Doing only the will of God the Father as Jesus did the will of God the Father.

Is God the source of everything Christians need? Or, is the world the source? If Christians continue to listen to others who call themselves Christians, teaching the things of this world, the way the world teaches the things of this world, they may never understand God or the Word of God. They may never let God become GOD in their lives here on earth. Their minds will still be upon the world and the things of this world. As long as they do not renew their minds, they cannot become transformed to understand God and His Word (Rom. 12:2).

My Father

Part 2



What was Jesus speaking of when He said, God was His Father? What was Jesus speaking of when He told us to not call any man on earth our Father?

Jesus was not speaking of His Father as a male person who had a child, which He called His Son. That may be the idea that many people have concerning who is a Father and who is a Son? If you study the Scriptures closely, you will find that God does not go by what people believe. God has His own way of doing things and what He does.

The Word "Father" as pertaining to Jesus has different meanings. One meaning is, "The Father of Jesus Christ, is one whom God has united to himself in the closest bond of love and intimacy, made acquainted with his purposes, appointed to explain and carry out among men the plan of salvation, and made to share also in his own divine nature." Another meaning of the word "Father" includes, "The creator, originator, source, supply, and transmitter of anything and everything." One English dictionary definition is "an originator, founder, or inventor."

In Luke 1:31-33, the angel, Gabriel, said unto Mary, "And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS...He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David...And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end." The angel, Gabriel, was speaking the Word of God, which was already declared as finished from the foundation of the world. God knew that Jesus would not fail to do the perfect will of God the Father. Therefore, the angel said, "...He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest..."

In the Scriptures, Jesus is called "the Son of God." In John 1:14, it says, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." Why is Jesus called "the only begotten of the Father?" Christians need to understand "who is a son of God?" In Romans 8:14, it says, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."

When Jesus came into this world as the Son of Man, born of a virgin woman and the Holy Spirit, He was the only one who was totally and completely led by the Spirit of God. From the time that mankind was first created in the beginning, until Jesus came into this world, no one was totally and completely led by the Holy Spirit.

To be a Son of God, a person must be in the likeness and image of God. They must obey God in everything. A son of God, cannot do His own will. A son of God must live by the Word of God, not by the natural things of this world.

Adam was not "a son of God" according to God's definition of who is a son of God. Adam was created in the image and likeness of God. But Adam had never eaten of the Tree of Life, which could have produced the very life (zoe) of God within him.

Adam did not do the will of God. Adam "disobeyed the LORD God," and ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam did his own will, when he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Sons of God cannot do their own will. They must do only the will of God.

Jesus never did His own will. From the very beginning Jesus was, "the Word of God," with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Word of God never did His own will. When the Father sent the Word of God into this world to do the will of God the Father, the Word of God obeyed God the Father. The Word of God became flesh according to the will of God the Father.

At the time that Jesus was alive in a physical body of flesh and bones, He was the only Man in a body of flesh and bones that totally and completely obeyed God the Father. Therefore, at that time, Jesus was the only begotten Son of God.

Jesus came to do the will of God the Father, which included bringing many sons of God, born of God and obedient to God into the Kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is not an earthly kingdom, but a heavenly kingdom, where God reigns in complete control of everything that is done within the kingdom of God.

Note: In the kingdom of God, which is not of this world, God does not see any difference between males and females (Gal. 3:28). In the resurrection, there is no giving in marriage (Gal. 3:26-28; Luke 20:34-36). A female here on earth can become a "Son of God," according to God's definition of who is a Son of God. Sons of God are those who are led by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14). It does not have anything to do with sex. There could be great error in the teachings of men today, not knowing, or understanding spiritual things.

Jesus was put to death in the flesh, to pay the price of salvation for those who would receive Him and obey Him (Heb. 5:8,9). Jesus (as Man) became the firstborn from the dead.

Sons of God today are those who are in the image and likeness of God, doing "only" the will of God, and not their own will of the flesh. The flesh and the spirit are contrary to each other. In Galatians 5:16,17, it says, "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh...For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." Sons of God cannot walk after the flesh and do their own will. No one can walk after the flesh and walk after the Spirit at the same time. Therefore, like Jesus, the Sons of God "cannot do their own will of the flesh." Jesus said in John 5:30, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." Had Jesus done His own will at anytime, He would not have continued to be the Son of God.

A true Son of God is one who does only the will of God the Father, following the example of Jesus Christ, who was the only begotten Son of God when He lived upon this earth.

Following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there are many adopted children of God, "born of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit." These are born again "children of God." That does not make them "Sons of God." That only gives them an opportunity to mature and become Sons of God, by doing only the will of God the Father. Those who do their own will are not "Sons of God," they are "disobedient children of God" (Eph. 2:2).

The wrath of God does come upon many of those who are disobedient children of God (Rom. 1:18-32; Eph. 5:6; Col. 3:6). Children of God are under tutors and governors until the time appointed by God the Father (Gal. 4:1,2).

By grace, children of God are given time to be taught by the Holy Spirit to do the will of God. Those who obey the Holy Spirit in everything, can mature and become Sons of God.

Speaking of Jesus, who is the firstborn from the dead, Hebrews 2:10 says, "For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."

If we study the Scriptures completely, we will find that Jesus was the Word of God before He came into this world as the Son of man, born of a woman and the Holy Spirit. As the Word of God, Jesus was with the Father from the beginning of the creation of the heavens and the earth. As the Word of God, Jesus never disobeyed God the Father. Jesus always did the will of God the Father.

Those who are born of God, and do the will of God the Father, are the Sons of God. Angels are not born of God, they are created beings. Angels do not have the very life (zoe) of God in them.

Jesus proceeded out from God the Father. Jesus had the very life (zoe) of God in Him when He was born into this world of the Holy Spirit and a virgin woman.

Adam was not a son of God. Adam did not have the very life (zoe) of God in Him. Adam was a natural man, created by the LORD God in a body of flesh and bones. Adam could have received the very life (zoe) of God, had he eaten of the Tree of Life.

As we can see, a Son of God is one who has been sent by God, and does only the will of God who sent him. A son of God must have the very life (zoe) of God within him. That is partly why Jesus is called the Son of God. Jesus came into this world with the very life (zoe) of God in Him. Jesus never did His own will, He only did the will of the Father who sent Him (John 6:38). Anyone who does their own will is not a son of God. A son of God never does his own will, he only does the will of God.

How can a person today become a son of God? A person today, must first be born again, with the very life (zoe) of God abiding in them, before they can become a son of God. Born again and saved are not the same thing.

Born again, means "born from above," a new birth in the spiritual realm. Not born of flesh and blood, but born of the Spirit of God and the Word of God into the body of Christ, who is the firstborn from the dead.

As Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:3-7. It says, "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...Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?...Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water (the Word) and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God...That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit...Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."

Saved means, "deliver, and/or protect." Which includes "to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction; to heal or make whole." Saved and Salvation are talking about the same thing. They are only two different words coming from the same Greek root word, "sos." The difference is in the use of the word "saved or salvation."

In the Old Testament times, people were saved. That is, they were delivered and/or protected, healed, etc. In the Gospels, multitudes of people were saved, which includes "delivered from demons, healed from sickness, and disease, even raised from the dead, etc." That is salvation, or saved.

None of those in the Gospels were born again. They could not become born again until after Jesus rose again from the dead.

How can a person become truly born again? In 1 Peter 1:23, it says, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word (logos) of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." The seed of the new birth is "the living Word of God." The seed of the new birth must be "made alive" by the Holy Spirit. In John 1:13, it says, "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." The new birth is not a work of man, but of God. Therefore, in John 3:6, it says, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." It is the Holy Spirit that causes a person to become born again.

How does the Word of God cause a person to become born again by the Holy Spirit? Jesus said in John 6:44, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." When the Holy Spirit draws someone to Jesus, they must receive Jesus as LORD in their lives. The word "LORD" in Greek is "kurios" meaning, "supreme in authority."

To make Jesus "LORD" in a persons life, a person must do what it says in John 1:12, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name" (NKJV). This cannot be done by anyone else other than the person themselves. A person cannot become born again in infant water baptism. An infant cannot receive Jesus Christ as LORD until they are drawn by the Holy Spirit, which is done by revealing the Word of God to someone who can make a decision to receive Jesus Christ as LORD. This is something that happens in the spiritual realm, not in the natural realm.

This is not the same as Salvation. This is the beginning of "a new life in the Spirit." This is a spiritual life, which is born of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, into Christ, who is the Head of the Body of Christ.

Those who are only saved, and have not made Jesus Christ "LORD" in their lives may not be truly born again. When a person "receives" Jesus Christ as "LORD" in their lives, they become born again. This is explained in John 1:13, saying, "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

Therefore, when a person is truly born again, they are born of the Word of God by a work of the Holy Spirit. Until a person is truly born again, they cannot become "a son of God." Then, until they are led by the Holy Spirit, they are not "sons of God," but only "children of God." Children of God are not sons of God until the time appointed by the Father. It tells us that in Galatians 4:1,2, saying, "Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all...But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father."

Jesus spoke of who is someone's father to certain Jews in John, Chapter Eight. In John 8:37-39 it says, Jesus said, "I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you...I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father...They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham." Notice how that Jesus was using the word "father."

Then in John 8:40,41, Jesus said, "But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham...Ye do the deeds of your father..." Then it says, "...Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God...Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me...Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word...Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it" (John 8:42-44).

How did Jesus become the Son of God? Jesus did not do His own will. Jesus did the will of God the Father. How did the Devil become the father of certain Jews? They were not doing the works of Abraham. They were doing the will of the Devil. Therefore, the devil was their father.

Who is our Father? It is not determined by who we are in the flesh. As "Children of God" it is determined by who we are in the Spirit. As "Sons of God" it is determined by whose will are we doing? If we are doing the will of God, then God is our father. If we are doing the will of the Devil, then the devil is our father.

Look at what it says in 1 John 3:12 "Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous." Why does it say that Cain was of that wicked one? In Genesis 4:1 it says, "And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD." This tells us that Adam was Cain's earthly father in the flesh.

God does not always see things the way the world sees things. God is speaking of what is happening or was happening in the spiritual realm. In Genesis 4:6-8, it says, "And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?...If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him...And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him." Cain did not listen to the LORD God, but continued to obey the Devil. Therefore, 1 John 3:12 says that Cain was of the wicked one. According to whom we serve, he becomes our father in the spiritual realm.

God does not operate according to our natural understanding. God operates according to His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. God does His will according to what God has written in the inspired written Word of God and taught to people by the Holy Spirit. Those who are not taught by the Holy Spirit will not understand the Scriptures.

In 1 Corinthians 2:6-14, it says, "Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought...But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory...Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory...But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him...But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God...For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God...Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God...Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual...But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

Are those who say they are Christians, truly Christians? Or, are they only saying they are Christians? Speaking of true Christians, in Romans 8:9 it says, "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." A true Christian is one who is truly born again, and translated from the flesh of Adam into the body of Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Many people living today say they are Christians, because someone else told them if they are saved, they are a Christian. Even for many, they do not understand what it means to be saved. They do not understand what Salvation is?

What Jesus did for mankind on the Cross, and in His death and resurrection was for the salvation of the whole world (1 John 2:2). But the whole world is not saved. Jesus did His part, but people must do their part to become saved. If the people of the world do not do their part, they will not be saved.

If those who are saved do not receive Jesus Christ as LORD in their lives, they will not become truly born again. Jesus did His part that people can become born again. But, if those whom God draws to Jesus do not receive Jesus as LORD, they may not become born again.

Jesus was not preaching the gospel of salvation. Jesus spoke about salvation many times. Yet, Jesus was not preaching the gospel of salvation. Jesus was preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

In Mark 1:14,15, it says, "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God...And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."

The Kingdom of God, is "the reign of God" the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who are born again. When those who are truly born again, still want to do their own will of the flesh, they cannot enter into the Kingdom of God (reign of God). God cannot reign in the lives of those who are born again, unless those who are born again stop doing their own will, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was the Son of God, because He did not do His own will. Jesus did only the will of God the Father. Jesus is our example of what it means to be a Son of God. Only the Sons of God will reign with Christ in eternity.

In John 3:3, Jesus made it clear to Nicodemus that a person must be born again before they can understand the Kingdom of God (reign of God). In John 3:5 Jesus told Nicodemus that a person must be born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, before they can enter into the Kingdom of God (reign of God).

Then Jesus made another statement about those who are truly born again in John 3:8, saying, "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." When those who are truly born again enter into the Kingdom of God, they are no longer in control of what they do, when they do it, and how they do it. That is when born again Christians enter into the Kingdom of God (reign of God).

Jesus was in control of what He did, where He went, and how He did what He did. Jesus was totally committed to keeping God as His Father, by doing only the will of God the Father. That is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God that Jesus was preaching.

In Mark 8:34,35, it says, "And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me...For whosoever will save his life (psuche) shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life (psuche) for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it."

In Mark 8:35, it uses the Greek word "psuche" for the word "life." "Psuche " (life) is soul life. It is the living soul of a person. It is the soul life of a person that is in control of everything a person does in this world. The soul (psuche) contains "the mind; the will, the emotions, and the intellect."

Man was created a living soul (psuche) with a physical body and a spirit within man. Jesus said, Christians must deny themselves, which is, "their will, emotions, and intellect," and make Jesus Christ "LORD" in place of their "will, emotions, and intellect."

Born again, Christians can no longer be "supreme in authority in their lives." Jesus Christ must be "supreme in authority" in their lives. Christians can no longer do their own will. They must do the will of Jesus, which is the will of God the Father. Self denial is the key to following Jesus and making Jesus LORD in our lives. Without self denial, Jesus cannot be LORD in our lives. Without us making Jesus Christ LORD, He cannot be LORD in our lives. Jesus will never force us to do anything. It must be our will to make Jesus LORD.

We must follow Jesus, by putting the Holy Spirit in total control of everything we do. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" (Rom. 8:14).

Jesus did the same thing in His life. Jesus never did anything unless He heard from His Father. Jesus denied Himself and did only the will of God the Father.

To be led by the Holy Spirit, we must understand spiritual things. We cannot understand spiritual things by operating from our natural mind alone. We must learn to listen to God in our spirit, where God dwells in born again Christians. When born again Christians receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit they receive the ability to walk in the Spirit and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in everything.

The Holy Spirit leads us according to the Word of God and the Blood of Jesus. By the Word of God the Holy Spirit teaches us all things pertaining to life in the spirit, and living in the spirit. By the Blood of Jesus, the Holy Spirit helps us to confess our sins and repent when we disobey the LORD.

This obedience to the Word of God and the confession of sins enables us to maintain our fellowship with the Father and Jesus Christ. The whole book of First John gives us details on maintaining our fellowship with the Father and Jesus Christ.

In John 8:31,32, it says, "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed...And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The word "continue" implies "daily, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week." It is not just on sundays, or whenever we think we have time. In John 15:4, Jesus said, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." In John 15:7, Jesus said, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." This is a lifestyle, a way of living in the realm of the spirit.

For the Holy Spirit to lead us, we must be taught by the Holy Spirit from the written Word of God. The Holy Spirit does not lead us contrary to the Written Word of God. In 1 John 5:8 it says, "And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water (Word), and the blood: and these three agree in one." These are the only three witnesses given for the New Covenant.

If Christians do not continue in the Word of God daily, the Holy Spirit cannot teach them spiritual things. We do not learn everything over night, or even over a few years. Every day, the Holy Spirit teaches us.

In Isaiah 28:9-13, it says, "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts...For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little...For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people...To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear...But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken."

The Holy Spirit is the best teacher in all of God's creation. That is why God the Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit to be our Helper, Guide, Comforter, Leader, and Teacher. There is no one other than the Holy Spirit that is able to teach us all things.

Therefore, in 1 John 2:27 it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."

With all that God has done for people born into this world in the flesh of Adam, why are so many people listening to another voice, another spirit, or another person? Why not do what we are told to do in the Scriptures? Why not receive Jesus Christ as LORD in our lives, and keep Jesus as "supreme in authority" in everything we do? Why not receive the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, and learn to be led by the Holy Spirit in every area of our lives?

Why do Christians want to do their own will of the flesh, when God has already made it possible for Christians to be helped, guided, comforted, led and taught by the Holy Spirit?

Christians should be desiring to let the world go its way, and go the way the LORD God provided for us, in Christ Jesus. This world and everything in this world will pass away, but the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit will never pass away.

Many born again Christians are looking for some man, or men to teach them how to be led by the Holy Spirit. God did not send any men to teach his Children how to be led by the Holy Spirit. God sent the Holy Spirit to teach His Children how to be led by the Holy Spirit.

A lot of what men teach concerning the leading of the Holy Spirit is from the minds of men, not from the Holy Spirit. Christians must do what Jesus said concerning Himself, then the Holy Spirit will teach us how to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Many Christians have gone to Bible Schools and Seminaries to be taught by men what men teach. This could be the greatest error in the life of a Christian. What many Bible Schools and Seminaries teach are man's ideas of what Christians should do.

The New Covenant is much better than the Old Covenant. In the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit is the teacher, whereas, in the Old Covenant the Levites were to be the teachers (Numb. 3:1-45; Heb. 8:7-13).

God is well able to do what He tells us in His Word. God is well able to send the Holy Spirit to teach those who are truly born again into the body of Christ.

It seems that many people think they can do a better job of teaching than the Holy Spirit can. Therefore, they teach man's doctrines and theologies, and get people to follow them, rather than follow the plan of God for the New Covenant.

Until Christians do what Jesus did, the way Jesus did it, it will only lead them into deception. At the age of twelve, Jesus was already about His Father's business. Jesus was found "...in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions...And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers" (Luke 2:46,47). In Luke 2:52, it says, "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man."

Jesus was taught by God, and learned how to be led by the Holy Spirit over a period of years. Jesus was about thirty years old before He went out to do the work that the Father sent Him to do. God knows how to teach those who will first make Jesus Christ LORD in their lives, and then receive the Holy Spirit as their helper, guide, comforter, leader and teacher.

My Father

Part 3



For three and one-half years Jesus went throughout the area preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. During the time that Jesus was preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God, He made many statements concerning the Kingdom of God.

In Matthew 7:21, Jesus said, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God are the same. The apostle Matthew used the words kingdom of heaven, whereas the other three writers of the gospels used the words kingdom of God.

In Luke 6:46, Jesus said, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Is this the condition of the Churches today? How many Christians today are calling Jesus LORD and not doing what Jesus said to do?

In Matthew 24:14, Jesus said, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."

There is a time when the end will come. The end for many will come before Jesus returns. Therefore, it is important that we understand the kingdom of God, that we do what Jesus said to do.

What gospel was Jesus preaching? In Matthew 4:23, it says, "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people." In Matthew 9:35 it says, "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people." In Luke 9:1,2 it says, "Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases...And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick."

Are the churches today preaching the same gospel that Jesus preached? Or, are they preaching another gospel? How could Jesus go around healing every sickness and every disease among the people?

Jesus was not a medical doctor. Jesus did not use medication to heal the sick. Jesus never told anyone to go to a doctor. Why not? Jesus knew who His Father was. Jesus knew His Father was the source of everything good and perfect. James 1:16,17, says, "Do not err, my beloved brethren...Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." In James 3:17 says, "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."

In Job 34:10-12 it says, "Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity...For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways...Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment."

There is no evil in God. God is good all the time. Everything God does is perfect, with not even a shadow of turning from that which is good and perfect.

Where does all the evil come from? The Devil is the evil one, the wicked one, the liar, and the beginning of all wickedness, sin and death.

In Acts 10:38, it says, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." If God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit, and Jesus went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, it must be the will of God to heal the sick, and destroy all oppression of the Devil.

Therefore, what was Jesus doing when he went around healing all that were sick and all that had diseases? Jesus was showing us who His Father was. Jesus never did His own will. Jesus went about doing the will of God the Father. Jesus said, it was the Father in Him doing the works (John 14:10).

There needs to be an understanding of what is of God and what is of the Devil? In 1 John 3:8, it says, "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." According to 1 John 3:8, all sin is a work of the Devil. The Devil is the beginning of all sin.

In 1 John 3:9, it continues to explain what it said in 1 John 3:8. It says, "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit (continue in) sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot (continue in) sin, because he is born of God."

There seems to be an error in the King James Version of the Bible in this verse, being that it already told us in 1 John 1:8, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Also in 1 John 1:10, it says, "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." If the Scripture is truth, then one statement cannot disagree with another when they are both speaking of the same subject.

When translating from Hebrew, Chaldees or Greek to English, we must keep all Scripture in agreement from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21. If Christians, being in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ cannot sin, then that would mean also that Jesus Christ, being the Son of God could not sin. If Jesus could not sin, then all the temptations of the Devil to try to get Jesus to sin "would not have been true temptations." God would have been a liar, just like the Devil, if God would have called the temptations of the Devil in Matthew 4:1-11, and Luke 4:1-12, temptations, when it was impossible for Jesus to sin against God and obey the Devil.

If it was impossible for Christians to sin, then there would not be any need for 1 John 1:9 to be written. In 1 John 1:9, it says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." If Christians cannot sin, why would there be a need to confess our sins? If Christians cannot sin, why would 1 John 2:1,2, need to be written, which says, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous...And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."

It is by the Love and Grace of God, that He sent His only begotten Son into the world to destroy the works of the Devil, so that His children could receive the forgiveness of sins, and be restored to fellowship with the Father and the Son.

If Jesus totally destroyed all sin, then there would not be any sin in the world. Jesus did not destroy all sin, but Jesus did make it possible for those who have sinned to be forgiven and cleansed from sin.

In 2 Corinthians 5:21, it says, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." In this verse, it says, "...that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." Might does not indicate a completed operation. It is a continuous operation, which depends upon our continuous living in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.

What Jesus came to do was the will of God the Father. The will of God the Father does not to go contrary to what God already established as the free will of mankind in Genesis 2:16, where it says, "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat."

The LORD God gave mankind a free will to choose whom he will serve, God or the Devil? God will not force mankind to serve God. And God will not stop mankind from serving the Devil. Mankind has a free choice.

Everyone has a free choice to choose whom they will make their father, God or the Devil? If we make God our Father, then we will serve God according to His will, not according to our will. If we make the Devil our father, then we will serve the Devil according to his will. In Romans 6:16, it says, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"

Our Father is the one to whom we must commit to serve. We are not Gods. We were created by God. Now it is up to us, whom will we obey, and whom will we serve?

What did Jesus do for us when He took all our sins and iniquities upon Himself, and died and rose again from the dead? Jesus bore the curse of the law of sin and death for us, that we could be free of the curse of the law of sin and death. This Jesus did for the whole world, but the whole world will not be free of sin and death, unless they make God their Father and obey God by living in righteousness and truth.

If Jesus made it impossible for Christians to sin, then why are so many Christians walking and living in sin? If Jesus made it impossible for the Devil to tempt Christians to sin, why are so many Christians doing the same thing the Devil was doing from the time Lucifer was cast out of the third heavens? Why are Christians raising themselves up as though they are God? In 2 Thessalonians 2:4, it says, "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."

The reason that Jesus was called the Son of God, is because Jesus never did His own will. Jesus did only the will of God the Father. If God is our Father, then we should be doing the will of God the Father, just like Jesus was doing the will of God the Father.

What Christians need to do is learn that they cannot "of themselves" do their own will and continue to be free of sin and death.

Sin and death are works of the Devil. The only way to be free of the works of the Devil is to obey God the same way Jesus obeyed God. As Jesus obeyed God in everything He did, God was His Father, and Jesus was the Son of God.

Because that Jesus obeyed God the Father in everything He did, God the Father has exalted the name of Jesus above every name. In Philippians. 2:5-11, it says, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus...Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God...But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men...And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross...Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name...That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth...And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

God the Father has given Jesus Christ power and authority over all the works of the Devil. In Matthew 28:18, it says, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Jesus obeyed God the Father in everything He did. Therefore, Jesus has been given all power in heaven and in earth.

In Matthew 28:19,20 Jesus said, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost...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."

In Mark 16:15-18 it says, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature...He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned...And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues...They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

In Luke 24:46-49, it says, "And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day...And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem...And ye are witnesses of these things...And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."

In Acts 1:4,5,8 it says, "And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me...For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence...But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

What Gospel are Christians to be preaching today? Are not Christians to be preaching the same Gospel of the Kingdom of God that Jesus was preaching?

When Jesus taught His disciples that they should heal the sick, cast out devils, etc. that seems to be what Jesus said Christians should be doing today. When Jesus said, we should receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, that seems to be what Christians should be doing today. Whatsoever Jesus said we should be doing, it seems that is what Jesus wants us to do today.

Did Jesus tell anyone to stop preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God that He was preaching? Did Jesus say the Baptism in the Holy Spirit was not for today?

Who came up with the idea that the Gospel that Jesus was preaching is not for today? Who came up with the idea that speaking in tongues was not for today? Who came up with the idea that Christians can do their own will of the flesh and still enter into the kingdom of God?

To the Galatians, the Apostle Paul wrote, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel...Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ...But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed...As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed" (Gal. 1:6-9).

It says in Mark 1:14,15, "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God...And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."

Why did Jesus say, "...the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel?" Jesus was speaking to the Children of Israel, who were living by the Law of Moses. The law of Moses is "the revelation of the knowledge of good and evil" that entered mankind when Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17, 3:6-19). In the revelation of the knowledge of good and evil there are the blessings and curses.

In the Law of Moses the blessings are based upon what those who were under the law would receive, if they obey the Law of Moses. The curses are based upon what those who were under the Law of Moses would receive, if they disobey the Law of Moses. The Law of Moses was based upon what people do while walking in the flesh of Adam.

The Gospel of the Kingdom of God, which is "the reign of God," is what God will do if Christians make God their Father. Those who have not made God their Father, are still walking after the flesh, and other gods are their father. Unknown to them is that Satan is their father, for there are only two gods in this creation. Either God is our Father, or Satan is our father. "Father," meaning, "the originator, source, supply, and transmitter of anything and everything." It also means, "whom we serve, believe, trust, and have faith in."

The world has a system of living by "the knowledge of good and evil." The worlds system is run by the Devil, who operates by the knowledge of good and evil. God's system operates by faith in God, as "the Creator, originator, source, supply, and transmitter of anything and everything."

In Mark 11:22, Jesus said, "Have faith in God." Jesus was preaching a gospel of. "faith in God." In the Epistles of the New Testament, it says, "The just shall live by faith" (Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38). In Hebrews 10:38, it says, "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul (psuche) shall have no pleasure in him."

Does God have a "soul?" Absolutely, God has a soul. God the Father has a soul. God the Son has a soul. God the Holy Spirit has a soul. Every living creature has a soul. Even the angels and demons have a soul.

The souls of all living creatures, including all spiritual beings, is their "mind, which includes their will, intellect, emotions, etc." Everything they do is dependent upon what they determine in their mind, which is the main part of their soul.

When Christians understand what it means to be "a living soul," then they will begin to understand why they must make Jesus Christ LORD in their lives and obey the LORD in everything. A living soul is not a living spirit. The soul of mankind is not physical. The soul is made of spiritual substance, like the soul of God, like the souls of angels, even like the souls of living earthly creatures.

The soul of mankind has a free will. The soul of mankind makes choices between good and evil. The soul of mankind makes decisions, as to what it will do and what it will not do? Even animals have a soul that determines where they will live, what they will eat, when they go to one place and when they go to another place.

Christians must determine in their mind, "which is the main part of their soul," how they will continue to live and who they will serve in their lives? If Christians are not doing the will of God the Father, they are doing the will of some other god. Christians are not God. Therefore, they must obey someone else to continue to live. Their lives are dependent upon whom they make their God?

The word "God" in the Greek is "theos" meaning, "Devine; any of various beings conceived of as supernatural, immortal, and having special powers over the lives and affairs of people and the course of nature." Christians are not "supernatural, immortal, beings, having special powers over the lives and affairs of other people."

Therefore, the only power Christians have is the power given to them by someone who has "supernatural, powers over the lives and affairs of other people." Christians can submit to Satan and his demons anytime they want to. God has never taken away man's free will to submit to whomsoever they desire.

Any submission to anyone other than God, is sin. Sin brings two deaths (spiritual death and physical death). Spiritual death is separation from God. When Christians are separated from God by sin, God is not pleased and cannot work in their lives. Christians cannot continue to serve two masters. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters (kurios): for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." The Greek word "kurios" translated "masters" means, "supreme in authority."

When Christians make anyone or anything else "Lord" in their lives God is not pleased. When God is not pleased with the faith of a Christian, He may not answer their prayers. Therefore, beginning with Hebrews 10:38, on through Hebrews 11:6, it explains what Faith is, and how faith operates.

Everything concerning a Christian's faith must be based upon "faith in God" (Mark 11:22). The worlds system is people "believing in their ability" to receive whatsoever they desire, according to their ability to get someone else to do what they want them to do." That is "the opposite" of the gospel of the Kingdom of God, that Jesus was preaching.

To enter the Kingdom of God, and remain in the Kingdom of God, Christians must keep God as their source and supply of everything they need, by "Faith in God," not in anything or anyone other than God. Faith in God, means, "become a doer of the Word of God, not just a hearer of the Word of God."

The gospel of the Kingdom of God, is faith in God, and not in anyone or anything other than God. Jesus went about living by faith in God, not in man or any other source to supply of all His needs. Jesus trusted totally and completely in God as His Father, to supply everything He had need of. In Amos 3:3 it asks a question "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Can Christians walk with God if they do not agree with God?

God cannot be GOD in the lives of Christians unless they make God their Father (their source and supply of all they have need of). Other Christians who are a part of the body of Christ, are not to be the source and supply of all that some, who believes they have a right to live off other Christians. That is "cancer in the body of Christ." That is an evil spirit eating away at the vital organs or elements of the body of Christ. These are raising themselves up as though they are more important than others in the Body of Christ. These become "beggars, robbers, thieves, covetous, extortioners, etc." living off the wealth of others. There are many times in the New Testament that we are warned not to be a partaker of their deeds, seeking what belongs to others. (Matt. 7:15, 23:14; John 10:12; Acts 20:29,30; Eph. 4:28; 1 Peter 4:15; 2 Peter 2:1).

This does not make the receiving of tithes or offerings from those to whom they minister of none effect. But, the tithes and offerings must be made "by a willing heart," not by demanding or manipulation, or pressure of any sort. God loves a cheerful giver, who gives from his heart, which has been made willing by his spirit within him. Study closely, Exodus, Chapter Thirty-five and see what God says about giving. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, it says, "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."

When God becomes our source and supply of everything we have need of, then God is our Father. For God to become our Father, we must obey God in everything. Whomsoever we make our source and supply is our God. Whomsoever we serve in the spiritual realm is our God. We are not God. Therefore, we must submit to the LORD, "the supreme authority" in the realm of the Spirit.

In Acts 2:36, Peter, speaking by the anointing of the Holy Spirit said, "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." God has made Jesus Christ, "supreme in authority" over all that He created in heaven, on earth, even beneath the earth.

To enter into the Kingdom of God, a Christian must make Jesus Christ, "LORD," which is "supreme in authority" in their lives. When Jesus is LORD in the lives of Christians, the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit will operate through them to the glory of God the Father and the Son. Not to the glory of anyone other than the Father and the Son. It is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that destroys the works of the Devil. Without the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Christians do not have any power over the works of the Devil.



The Law of Moses or Grace and Truth



In John 1:17, it says, "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." Many Christians still believe that if they keep the Law of Moses they will be accepted into the Kingdom of God. The Bible does not teach that doctrine.

The Law of Moses was given to those who were in Adam, in the flesh of man. Grace and Truth is given to those who are born again into the body of Christ. That is why Jesus said in John 3:6,7, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit...Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." In 1 Corinthians 15:50 it says, "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."

Why are there so many calling themselves Christians, and still walking after the flesh, and not after the Spirit? Are their minds still blinded by the god of this world, not understanding what it said in Acts 13:38,39? It says, "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins...And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."

The New Covenant is not the same as the Old Covenant. The New Covenant is between God and "born again Christians, which is the body of Christ." Salvation is for the whole world, which includes everyone born of the flesh of Adam. What Jesus did on the Cross and in His death and resurrection is for the salvation of the whole world. In 1 John 2:2 it says, "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." Why does it say, "...not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world?" Because even though it is for the whole world, the whole world cannot be saved "unless they believe in what Jesus did for them and receive their salvation."

Salvation and saved means, "deliver and/or protect." Which includes "to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction; to heal or make whole." Saved and Salvation are talking about the same thing. These are only two different words coming from the same Greek root word, "sos." The difference is in the use of the word "saved or salvation."

Born again, means "born from above." Which is "a new birth in the spiritual realm." Not born of flesh and blood, but born of the Spirit of God and the Word of God into the body of Christ, who is the firstborn from the dead (John 1:13, 3:6; 1 Peter 1:23).

In the Old Testament times, people were saved. That is, they were delivered and/or protected, healed, etc. In the Gospels, multitudes of people were saved, which includes "delivered from demons, healed from sickness, and disease, even raised from the dead, etc." That is salvation, or saved.

None of those in the Gospels were born again. They could not become born again until after Jesus rose again from the dead.

To enter into the Kingdom of God a person must make Jesus Christ "LORD" in their lives. They must become born again into the body of Christ. They cannot continue to do their own will of the flesh. They cannot continue to follow another god. They must submit themselves unto God and resist the Devil.

The Kingdom of God is where God is in control of everything that happens within the Kingdom of God. People are not in control of what happens in the Kingdom of God. The devil is not in control of what happens in the Kingdom of God. Only God is in control. God the Father works with and through the Word, which is also the Son of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit. God works through born again Christians that obey the LORD Jesus Christ and submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Any operations within the Churches today that are doing their own will, are not of God. They are of the flesh, and those who sow to the flesh will reap corruption In Galatians 6:7,8, it says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap...For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."

Corruption and everlasting life are opposite of each other. Therefore, it is important that we do not sow to the flesh. It is important that we do sow to the Spirit.

How do we know if we are sowing to the flesh or to the Spirit? We know by our attitude, the things that we desire in this life. We can compare our attitude with the attitude of Jesus when He was alive in the flesh.

The following statements made by Jesus reveal to us the attitude that Jesus had while He was alive on earth in a body of flesh and bones.

Confessions of Jesus:

God the Father is greater than Jesus (John 14:28). I can of mine own self do nothing (John 5:30). I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father (John 5:30). My meat is to do the will of him that sent me (John 4:34). The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do (John 5:19) I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things (John 8:28). I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him (John 8:26). I speak that which I have seen with my Father (John 8:38). I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me (John 6:38). I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak (John 12:49). Whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak (John 12:50). The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works (John 14:10). My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me (John 7:16).

It is important that we "know and understand the will of God the Father," and do the will of God the Father. In short, God the Father is the beginning of all creation. God the Father revealed to us His will in His written Word. God the Father's will is that everyone receive His Son "as LORD" in their lives and do not follow anyone or anything that keeps them from making Jesus "supreme in authority" in their lives.

The Devil's focus was upon his will, and he disobeyed God. His eternity will be in hell. What does the Word of God say will happen to those who do not do the will of God the Father?

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