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In Hebrews 5:12, it says, "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles (logion) of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat." The Greek word "logion," means, "an utterance of God." To teach the principles of God, a person must be hearing the voice of God speaking to them and through them, as in prophesying. Those who are teaching without the anointing of the Holy Spirit are walking after the flesh and not after the Spirit.
In Galatians 3:17, it says, "And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect." This is a principle of God. What comes first, cannot be changed by something else that comes after. What comes later can become effective in what it declares. But it cannot change what came first.
The first time mentioned is also a principle of God. The first becomes the beginning. The beginning cannot be changed by anything that comes after the beginning. This applies to God, to angels, to people, even to the words used in writing the inspired Word of God called the Scriptures.
The complete Bible is laid out upon the Principles of God, not on the Laws of God. There is a major difference between the principles of God and the laws of God. The principles of God came before the laws of God. Therefore, the principles of God are greater than the laws of God. The principles of God overcome the laws of God.
In 1 Timothy 1:9,10, it explains the purpose of laws, saying, "Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers...For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine."
The two commandments given to Christians by our LORD Jesus Christ, are principles of God. Christians who live according to the two commandments, that are given to us by the LORD Jesus Christ, are not under the laws of God. Christians who do not live according to the principles of God will come under the laws of God, and be judged accordingly. The greatest principle of God is, "God is love (agape)." "The Love of God overcomes all laws."
Every principle of God is found in the inspired written Word of God. (English versions of the Bible are not the inspired written Word of God. The inspired written Word of God was written in Hebrew Chaldees, and Greek. Any Bible that does not agree with the inspired Hebrew, Chaldees or Greek is not of God, it is of man).
Principle Number One
In 1 John 4:8 it says, "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." The greatest principle of God is "God is love." This is seen in the two commandments given to Christians by the LORD. In Matthew 22:36-40, it says, "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?...Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind...This is the first and great commandment...And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself...On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Christians need a better understanding of these two commandments. The first commandment includes loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind. All, means all. If we were to do that, what would we have left? If all our love is given to God, what would we have left to love our neighbors with?
Here is a mystery that is not understood by many Christians. First of all, every Christian is born of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:23; John 3:6). In the new birth, every Christian is in Christ, and Christ is in every Christian. Not only is Christ in us, but also God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all dwell in every born again Christian (Eph. 4:4-6; 1 John 4:24; 2 John 1:9). In Colossians 2:8-10 it says, "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...For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily...And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power."
Therefore, if we love God, we must also love everyone who is born of God. In 1 John 3:14-17 it says, "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death...Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him...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...But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?"
Christians who love themselves more than they love their brethren, are not walking in the love of God. They are still walking in the knowledge of good and evil. They justify themselves and judge others after the flesh.
In Acts 9:4, when Saul was on his way to Damascus, persecuting Christians, the LORD said to Saul, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" The in Acts 9:5, it says, "And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."
The way Christians treat other Christians is the same way they treat the LORD. The LORD is the head of the body of Christ, and all Christians are members of His Body (the Church). We must treat the body of Christ the same way we treat the Head of the Body. If we love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, we must also love those who are also members of the body of Christ the same. Therefore, the first commandment and the second commandment are the same. In Matthew 22:39, Jesus said, "And the second is like unto it (the same), Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
These two commandments are a principle of God, which is greater than the Law and the Prophets. The principle of these two commandments will overcome the Law. Not just the law of the old testament prophets, but even the law of sin and death which came in the garden of Eden in Genesis 2:17, which says, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (two deaths)." In Romans 8:2, it says, "For the law of the Spirit of life (zoe) in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." The life (zoe) in Christ Jesus is the life (zoe) of God. In John 1:4 it says, "In him was life (zoe); and the life (zoe) was the light of men."
God is love (agape) (1 John 4:8). The life of God includes the Love (agape) of God. We cannot have the life of God without having the love of God. These two are one in each other. God is not God without the love (agape) and the life (zoe). Jesus would not be the Son of God if He did not have the life (zoe) of God and the love (agape) of God in Him. Neither are Christians "Children of God" without the life (zoe) of God and the love (agape) of God in them.
Therefore, the first principle of God is love (agape). "God is love" (1 John 4:8). The first principle of God includes that of God Himself. God came first. Therefore, because God is love, the first principle of God is love.
Love is a principle. Love is not a law. The principle of love, overcomes the law. The law of sin and death came in the garden of Eden after Adam was created and before Eve was created. Adam was in the garden of Eden when the LORD God proclaimed "the law of sin and death." It says, "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat...But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (two deaths)" (Gen. 2:16,17).
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." Therefore, the law of sin and death was overcome by the love of God, when God the Father sent His Son, "Jesus" into this world to take away the sin of the whole world. Why? So that man could live and not die. The principle of God's Love (agape) overcomes the laws of God.
All of the principles of God are based upon God Himself. God does not require anyone to do anything that God Himself would not do. God gives His creatures the ability to do whatsoever He requires them to do.
Principle Number Two
Two of the principles of God are, "Headship," and "Each after His kind." The beginning of any creature becomes the head of all like creatures. Each one must reproduce "after his kind," (Gen. 1:11,12,21,24,25).
The principle of "after his kind," also applies to the words used in the Hebrew, Chaldees, and Greek text of the Scriptures. The words in the Hebrew, Chaldees, and Greek have what is called "a root word." The root word is the beginning of all words that come out from the root word. This same principle applies to understanding the Scriptures by interpretation or revelation of the Holy Spirit.
The principle of "headship" is seen in Genesis 1:27; 2:7,21, 3:17; 1 Cor. 11:8,9; Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:17,18; 1 Tim. 2:13; Rev. 1:17,18. In Genesis 1:27 it says, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." The word "man," in Genesis 1:27 does not mean "Adam," it means, "mankind, male and female"
In Genesis 2:7, it says, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." This word "man," is not Adam, but mankind (male and female). Notice. Eve was in Adam, when mankind was created. The LORD God formed Eve from the flesh and bone of Adam and brought her to Adam (Gen. 2:21-23).
The first time Adam (as an individual person), is mentioned in Genesis, is where it says, "And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof" (Gen. 2:21). Ephesians 5:23 says, "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body."
This is a revelation of the principle of "headship" according to the first time mentioned starting in Genesis 1:1. Yet, headship existed from before Genesis 1:1, where God the Father became the head of the Godhead, the Son (the Word) and the Holy Spirit follow in order.
Headship requires that everything created and under the headship of God the Father, must submit to the headship established by God the Father. Those who rebel against the headship established by God the Father will suffer the consequences according to the principles of God, established from the beginning.
"The first principle of God's Headship does not allow for anyone to do their own will." Everyone, including the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit must submit to the will of God the Father. This is God the Father's creation, and anyone who rebels against the will of God the Father is subject to receive according to their own doing.
God the Father is Love (agape in the Greek). Love must be the greatest desire of anyone who will submit to the Headship of God the Father. Love prefers others before themselves. A partial list of the attributes of Love (agape) is in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. It says, "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up...does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil...does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth...bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things...Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away" (NKJV). Love forgives and forgets the past.
Lucifer, now called Satan the Devil, was the first one to rebel against God the Father's will. Lucifer, now called Satan the Devil, can never again enter into the third heavens before the throne of God. He has already been judged, and condemned to Hell for all eternity. We can read the full account of Lucifer's rebellion and final destination in the Scriptures.
Adam became the first man in the flesh (male or female), that lived upon this earth. In Genesis 2:7 it says, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Adam was not spiritual. Adam did not become a living spirit as some falsely teach.
We cannot go only by what it says in Genesis 2:7 to determine what God is telling us about the creation of mankind in the beginning. We must study the complete Scriptures to know and understand the truth revealed in the Scriptures.
In the Hebrew and Chaldees languages, words change their meanings according to the subject that is being spoken of. Therefore, as an example in Genesis 2:7 it says, "...man became a living (chay) soul (nephesh)." In the Hebrew language, the words "chay nephesh," mean, "a living air breathing creature."
Therefore, we must go to the Greek language in 1 Corinthians 15:45-47, to understand what God is telling us in Genesis 2:7 concerning the creation of mankind in the flesh. It says, "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit...Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual...The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven."
Here is some wisdom from God. When it says in the Scriptures, "it is written," that means, it is established by God and it cannot be changed. It is God's Word, and God's Word cannot be changed. That is how Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness in Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13. For Christians to defeat the Devil in their lives, they also must know and speak the Word of God to the Devil.
The Scriptures are the inspired written Word of God (not the miss-translated versions of the Bibles that are available today). Do not look for some special "Bible translation" that you think you can understand better than some other "translation." It is impossible for anyone to understand the Scriptures according to their own natural mind. Jesus said in John 3:3, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
In 1 Corinthians 2:14 it says, "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." The Scriptures must be discerned by the Holy Spirit and revealed to those who are submitted to the Holy Spirit as their "Teacher." The Scriptures were written by men who received their information by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). They can only be understood by those who are taught by God, not by men (Job 32:8). See 1 Corinthians, Chapter Two.
In 1 Corinthians 15:45, it says, "The first man Adam was made a living (zao) soul (psuche)..." The Greek word "zao" means "alive, living." The Greek word "psuche" is "psyche" in English. In English, the word psyche means, "the human soul, the mind, the intellect."
The living soul of man is not physical like the physical body. It is spiritual, whereby it does not take up space in man, and it is not a part of the physical body of man. It is a living soul that will continue to live forever in eternity. It cannot cease to exist.
The word "psyche" in English means that "the living soul of man is psychic." Psychic means; (1) of or having to do with the psyche, or mind. (2) beyond natural or known physical processes. (3) apparently sensitive to forces beyond the physical world.
That is why there are people who can contact the spiritual realm of Satan, and become witches, warlocks, false prophets, etc. They contact the Satanic spiritual realm with their mind, and receive information from the Satanic spiritual realm.
The soul of man is not the spirit of man. The spirit of man belongs to the LORD. It does not belong to man. It is given to man by God, and used by God to help man overcome the works of the Devil. Job 32:8 says, "But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." That is the purpose for the spirit of man, which is in man.
If the spirit of man is in man, then man is not the spirit. Man is "a living soul." How ignorant can Spirit-filled Christians get before they lose their relationship and fellowship with God?
When men try to understand the Scriptures with their natural minds, they will not know the truth that is revealed by the Holy Spirit to those who are taught by God and not by men ( John 3:3; 6:45). Those who are taught by men, usually come up with all sorts of doctrines and teachings that do not agree with the inspired written Word of God.
Jesus said in John 6:45, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." Jesus cannot lie. If Jesus had lied once, He would no longer be a part of the Godhead. He would be a liar, just like the Devil, who is the beginning of all lies (John 8:44).
When Jesus said "It is written in the prophets," that means what is written cannot be changed. It is the Word of God and it cannot be changed, for God cannot change. When Jesus said "And they shall be all taught of God," that only applies to those who obey God, and the LORD Jesus Christ. Those who disobey the LORD, and God, can have their names taken out of the Book of Life, and end up in the lake of fire. This is all explained in the Scriptures from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation.
The Scriptures are "very clear," to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to those who belong to Jesus Christ. Those who do not belong to Jesus Christ will not understand the Scriptures, and will not inherit eternal life in heaven. That is also very clear in the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:22).
In Ezekiel 18:4, it says, "Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die." The "law of God" says that "every soul that sinneth shall surely die" The "principle of God" 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" (Heb. 5:8,9). The principles of God are greater than the laws of God. The principles of God came first, then the laws of God came after Lucifer rebelled against the principles of God and became Satan the Devil.
Adam became the first human being created by the LORD God. Therefore, Adam became the head (the beginning) of mankind in the flesh. Everyone who is born "of the flesh" is born in Adam. Sin and death came upon Adam, when he sinned against God in Genesis 3:6,17. Therefore, it says in Romans 5:12, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." Everyone born "of the flesh" had sin and death resident in them from the beginning.
Sin and death came "upon mankind" though the headship of Adam. It passed upon all who are born "of" the flesh. (Note: Jesus was not born "of" the flesh. Jesus was born "in" the flesh.) Adam was not Jesus' Father. Jesus' Father was God the Father. Jesus' mother was Mary, a virgin woman.
Acts 17:24-26, says, "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands...Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things...And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation." Following Adam's sin, sin and death passed through the bloodline of Adam to everyone born of the flesh.
Principle Number Three
The principle of "after his kind," applies to everything, including the Godhead, created creatures, and even to the words used in the Hebrew, Chaldees, and Greek text of the Scriptures.
Starting with Genesis 1:1, it says, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." This word "beginning" is speaking of the beginning, before the angels, before Genesis 1:2, and things following Genesis 1:2.
As we look at this verse, keep in mind, this principle includes the Hebrew, Chaldees, and Greek languages. We cannot know what God is revealing unless we understand the principles of the Hebrew, Chaldees, and Greek languages.
In the Hebrew, Genesis 1:1 begins by saying, "In the beginning (re'shiyth)...." The Hebrew word "re'shiyth," comes from "ro'shan," which comes from an unused Hebrew root word. This word "beginning (re'shiyth)," (as it is used in the Hebrew here), means, "before anything was created by God, who created everything that was created in the beginning." The use of this Hebrew word does not pertain to before God, for God is the beginning. But it pertains to before God created the heavens and the earth.
A correct translation of Genesis 1:1 should read, "God, in the beginning, created the heavens and the earth." God was, before the beginning that is spoken of in Genesis 1:1.
The Hebrew word for God in Genesis 1:1 is "elohiym" which is in the plural form, meaning, "two or more individuals in one." In John 1:1,2, it says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...The same was in the beginning with 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."
In John 14:28, Jesus said, "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." Jesus said, God the Father is His Father, meaning, "the beginning, the first one."
God the Father is the first one, therefore, God the Father is the "root," or the beginning of the Godhead. The root must reproduce "after His kind." The "root" is the beginning.
Out of the "root," comes the "stem." In John 15:1, "the stem" is called "the vine (or as in a tree, it would be called the trunk)." The vine or stem "proceeds up from the ground from the root." As a tree grows, it has its beginning in the root, then it starts growing and proceeds up through the ground into the area above the ground. What we see above the ground is the "stem." or the vine or the trunk.
Out from the vine or the trunk, comes the branches. On the branches are the leaves, and then the fruit. The fruit and the leaves are dependent upon the branches. The branches are dependent upon the vine or the trunk. The vine or the trunk is dependent upon the root. Therefore, the root is the source of the vine or trunk. The vine or trunk is the source of the branches. The branches are the source of the leaves and fruit. The fruit is the source of the new seed.
Another tree is produced from the seed which is in the fruit of the first tree. When that seed is planted, it must die, and through death, a new tree begins to grow from the heart of the seed which died. By this a new root, a new tree or vine is established by which there comes a new stem, or trunk, which produces new branches, which produce new leaves, and fruit, which produce new seeds, which are planted and die. etc., etc., etc. Every seed must reproduce "after his kind."
In Genesis 5:1,3, it says, "This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him...And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth."
Adam was created in the likeness of God. But all the descendants of Adams were born in the likeness and image of "Adam," after sin and death came upon Adam in the garden of Eden. Therefore, mankind continued to reproduce "after his kind."
Until Christians understand this principle, they will easily be deceived by those who do not understand this principle. Therefore, let those understand, who have ears to hear and eyes to see, and a spirit to understand.
As for the rest, there is no hope. Many kings and noble men of this earth will die, without knowledge or understanding. Revelation 22:11, says, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." In 1 Corinthians 14:28, it says, "But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant." Spiritual things are not understood by the natural mind.
Principle Number Four
Principle number four is "A free will." All principles are established by the beginning of the principle. God the Father is the beginning of all principles. God the Father is the beginning of the Godhead. God the Father has "a free will."
God the Father is "the seed," the beginning, "the root" of the Godhead. By the "free will" of God the Father, the Son (the Word of God), and the Holy Spirit came out of the Father. The Son of God (the Word of God), is the stem "the Vine" (John 15:1). The Holy Spirit is the "mood" (the branches), where the fruit is produced. The Son of God (the Word of God), must produce in the likeness of "the root," the beginning of the Godhead, which is God the Father. The Holy Spirit, "the mood" (the branches) must produce after "the stem" (the Vine) (John 15:1).
Therefore, the Son of God (the Word of God), and the Holy Spirit have a free will. Because God the Father has a free will and the Son of God and the Holy Spirit are "after His kind," they also have a free will, to choose between their will and the will of God the Father.
As long as the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit do only the will of God the Father, they will remain a part of the Godhead. If they do their own will "contrary" to the will of God the Father, they will no longer be "one with the Father." The seed must produce "after His kind."
Lucifer was created by God and given a free will. Lucifer did his own will, contrary to the will of God the Father. Thereby, Lucifer rebelled against God, and was cast out of the third heavens. Lucifer, now called Satan the Devil will spend eternity in a lake of fire called hell.
Adam was created by the LORD God, and given a free will (Gen. 2:16). The Tree of Life was in the garden along with the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:9). Adam rebelled against the will of God and was prevented from eating of the Tree of Life (Gen. 3:6.17, 22-24).
Christians are born again into the body of Christ by the will of God. We did not choose God. God chose us (John 6:44, 15:16). John 1:13 says, "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." In the New Birth, Christians were translated from the flesh of Adam into the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 5:17; Col. 1:13). Christians received the gift of life in Christ Jesus (not by our will), but by the will of God the Father. Christians received the gift of the Holy Spirit (not by our will), but by the will of God the Father.
What will happen if Christians do their own will, and do not do the will of God the Father? What will happen if the seed of "our will" does not deny itself? Will the seed of our will reproduce after its kind?
Principle Number Five
Principle number five is, "You must be born again." In John 3:7, Jesus said "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." This is a principle of God. The new birth is not a law.
This principle of God, is greater than the law of sin and death. In the new birth, a person is passed from eternal death unto eternal life (John 5:24). Even though Jesus said, "Ye must be born again," This is not a commandment. This is a statement of a principle of God.
Why is this principle number Five instead of Four? Because this principle is based upon principle four, which is "a free will." Because it is based upon a free will, not everyone will become truly born again. Even though, only those who are truly born again can enter into heaven when they leave this earth, the new birth cannot come by the will of man. No man can cause another person to become born again.
In John 6:44, Jesus said, "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." In John 1:10-12 it says, "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not...He came unto his own, and his own received him not...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." This is the only way a person can become truly born again. No one else can cause anyone to become born again. It must be a personal, "receiving of Jesus Christ as LORD" by each person individually. God is a personal God. God will not accept anyone any other way. Those who believe they can be born again, or have been born again any other way, are being deceived.
A person cannot be born again "by water baptism." A person cannot be born again "by infant water baptism." The new birth cannot be performed by anyone other than God.
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."
In John 3:3, Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see (understand) the kingdom of God." By the new birth a person enters into the body of Christ, which is the Church (Col. 1:13,18). By the new birth, a person becomes a new creature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).
The new birth is in the spiritual realm, which is the heavenly realm. It is not in the physical or earthly realm. The new birth is a spiritual birth into a spiritual body. It is impossible for any physical object or person to cause a new birth into a spiritual body. Water cannot cause a new birth into the spiritual realm.
The new birth is a combination of two spiritual elements. In 1 Peter 1:23, it says, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." The first spiritual element is "the Word of God." In John 3:6, Jesus said, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." The second spiritual element is "the Holy Spirit." There are no physical elements involved in the new birth.
Anyone who is not truly born again cannot understand the new birth, or heavenly spiritual things. For those who are born again, they can be enlightened, by studying carefully 1 Corinthians, Chapter Fifteen. Multitudes of born again, Spirit-filled Christians have read 1 Corinthians, Chapter Fifteen, hundreds of times, and still do not understand the new birth. Unless a person is taught by God, and not by man, they will not totally understand spiritual things.
The spiritual realm of the Spirit came before the realm of the natural. God lives in the realm of the Spirit, and until Christians are truly born again, they cannot understand the realm of the Spirit (John 3:3).
Many, who are truly born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit are still teaching that "born again," and "saved," are the same thing. God knows the difference between born again and saved. That is why God used both, the words "born again" and "saved" in John, Chapter Three. God knows what He is talking about. That is why Jesus made sure both "born again" and "saved" were mentioned when speaking to Nicodemus and His disciples.
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." A born again Christian is a new creature in Christ. They are born as "babes in Christ," not having knowledge of what happened, only that something great took place. Something that the natural mind cannot understand.
When I was truly born again at the age of forty-five, my whole thinking changed. I could not even force myself to think of the things of this world any longer as I had been doing for forty-five years. I received a new heart, and a new spirit. I was translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son (Col. 1:13). I was no longer of this world (John 11:16). I was born from above, where my Father in heaven sits upon His throne. God became my true Father, and Jesus Christ became my LORD and Savior.
I no longer loved the world, or the things in this world (1 John 2:15-17). The love of God came within me, and I loved God more than anything in this world. I wanted to read and study the Scriptures day and night. I loved the Word of God more than anything else.
When I could not understand what happened to me, within days, the LORD took me out of my physical body into the skies above the earth. There I saw myself standing on a big fluffy white cloud looking down on the earth below. I saw all that I owned and was working for to obtain in my life. Then a bright light showed down on me from above. A voice said to me, "All of this will pass away. The only thing that will matter is your relationship to Me."
The LORD was speaking to me personally. The LORD was speaking of my "relationship" to Him, which is the beginning of the New Birth.
"Relationship and fellowship" are not the same thing. Relationship is becoming a true Child of God, not of this world, but born of God from heaven above. I was a new born babe in Christ. I did not know anything about living in the realm of the spirit. Even though I read my Bible from the age of sixteen until I was forty-five years old. Even though I taught Sunday School in Church. Even though I worked with Pastors of the Church system I belonged to from birth. Even though I worked on Church Councils, and did many things the Pastors did. I was not truly born again. I was only deceived in believing what I was taught by those who taught me.
To know and understand spiritual things, a Christian must be taught spiritual things by the Holy Spirit, not by man. Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me" (John 6:45).
Until a person is truly born again, they will not understand spiritual things. Those who are "saved" and not truly "born again" will not understand spiritual things. They will experience things in the spiritual realm. But their understanding will be darkened by fellowship with this world and the spirits of this world.
When a person is truly born again, God is their true Father. God is the beginning of all things in the spiritual realm. God is the Father of His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. God the Father is the Head of the Godhead over all things that exist in heaven and on earth. The new birth brings a new born creature in Christ into "relationship" with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. That is "Relationship."
"Fellowship" is continuing in communication with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. My greatest desire "immediately" the same hour, I was truly born again, was "fellowship" with God. I could not think of worldly things. I was no longer of this world, and the things of this world were not important to me (John 17:16).
When someone tells us that "relationship and fellowship" are the same thing, they are not teaching "by the anointing." God knows the difference between "relationship" and "fellowship." Many have been told a lie like Eve was told a lie by the serpent in the garden of Eden. When they are speaking of "Fellowship" and calling it "Relationship," they are speaking from their natural mind of the flesh, not by the Spirit (1 Cor. 2:14).
Born again and saved are not the same thing. If anyone says that "Born again" and "Saved" are the same thing, they are not hearing from God. God knows the difference between born again and saved. That is why the inspired written Word of God uses these two different words and phrases. This is important to God. This should also be important to Christians.
Many are teaching from their natural mind. They have been listening to the teachings of men. They are not speaking by the anointing (Hebrews 5:12; 1 Peter 4:11).
In Acts 2:47, it says, "And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." These Christians were already added to the Church, which is the LORD's Body. They now needed to be "Saved." Once a person is truly born again, they must still be saved. Until the day we leave this world, we need to be continually saved. Jesus said in Matthew 24:11-13, "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many...And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold...But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."
If Christians are not saved from the false prophets and their false teachings, they can easily be deceived, just as Eve was deceived in the garden of Eden when she listened to the voice of the serpent.
Christians must be saved from all the works of the enemy, which means "deliverance and protection" from spiritual wickedness in high places and healing and deliverance for our earthly bodies, and minds.
If at anytime, the love (agape) of God is no longer in us, we are without hope in this life, and possibly in the future. (See Revelation, Chapters Two and Three).
In 1 John 2:15-17, 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...And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
Every day of our lives we must choose to keep the two commandments of the LORD. We must never depart from the love of God within us. This is the first principle of God, and the most important one of all the principles of God.
We must never let "the love of God wax cold" in our lives. We must never depart from the faith that we received in the new birth. All of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22,23, were given to us in the new birth. The fruit of the Spirit are for our benefit, which by them we can mature in Christ. We must mature in Christ, and became sons of God, led by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14).
Principle Number Six
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4,5,8). This is number six, only because it cannot come before the new birth. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit in not a law. It is a principle of God, that is above all the laws of God. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit will keep us free of all the laws of God. It is the ability of God in our lives to do the will of God the Father, just as Jesus did the will of God the Father in His life as the Son of God.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is "the anointing" of God. It is God working in us and through us to do His will. It is the sum of all the principles of God, which could not come until after the new birth. It is the final preparation and perfecting of the saints for a heavenly reign in Christ.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit, is God in us doing His will and His good pleasure. There are no words that could completely sum up the importance of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. There is nothing that the Holy Spirit cannot do within the will of God the Father. The Holy Spirit will glorify the Son, and the Father in everything He does (John 16:14).
The Holy Spirit "upon us and in us" will cause us to become witnesses unto Jesus (Acts 1:8). A witness unto Jesus is someone who lives like Jesus lived. Someone who walks like Jesus walked. Someone who talks like Jesus talked. Someone who does things like Jesus did things.
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."
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the power of God, "the anointing," that destroys the works of the enemy. It is not who we are? It is who God is? It is all about God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, doing the will of God the Father here on earth.
The Holy Spirit is our Teacher, sent from God to teach us all things pertaining to the will of God the Father. The Holy Spirit is our Helper to do whatsoever the LORD and God the Father desires for us to do. The Holy Spirit is our Guide, and He will guide us into all Truth and righteousness. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter, and He will comfort us in every situation in our lives here on earth. The Holy Spirit is our Leader, and He will lead us in everything we are to do. The Holy Spirit is the Power of God that manifests things from the spiritual realm into the natural realm.
It is not possible for man to understand all that the Holy Spirit is, and the ability of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Any Christian that does not desire the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, is deceived by the teachings of men, just as Eve was deceived by the serpent in the garden of Eden.
Shortly after I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, the LORD started speaking to me from my spirit. One of the first things was concerning finances. I needed three thousand dollars within less than three weeks. I did not say anything to the LORD about my finances (See Matthew 6:25-33). From my spirit came the words "Send____One hundred dollars." Three days in a row, the same words came from my spirit. Each time, I immediately responded to the LORD, Saying, LORD______." The word LORD came automatically, without me thinking what I was saying. The third time I obeyed the LORD and sent the money. Within less than three weeks I had three thousand dollars, to pay my bills.
I did not tell the LORD I needed the money. He knew that I had need of the money and told me what to do, so that He could supply the money I needed (Matt. 6:32).
Within a short time, my daughter got into an automobile accident and injured her arm. When they called me from the Hospital and told me she was in the emergency room, and asked that I come down to the Hospital, I said, "She is twenty-five years old, you are there, the doctors are there. Call me if she needs to stay over night and I will come down." After getting off the telephone the LORD spoke to me from my spirit and said, "You better go down there." I looked at my watch; it was 6:30pm. I didn't go right away. About 15 minutes later the LORD said, "You better go there now!" I said, "Ok, LORD," and I prayed with my two sons and left. On the way down the LORD said from my spirit, "When you get there she will be coming out and I want to heal her." That evening the LORD healed her arm and she went to work the next day.
One time I broke my toe, and a thought came to me, "I had better go to the hospital and get it x-rayed, to be sure the bone was in the right place." The second thought that went through my head was, "When I do that the doctor will cut out the front of my shoe and put a bandage on my toe, and I will go around like that for about six weeks." Then the Spirit of God rose up within me and said, "You don't have to do that, by His stripes you are healed, He bore your sickness and infirmities, tell the devil to take a jump." Immediately I said, "Devil get out, I don't need this and you can't put this on me, by His stripes I am healed." "Jesus Himself took my infirmities and bare my sickness, so you can go take a jump. Thank you Jesus."
Within three days there was not even a mark on my toe where it was broken. It was totally and completely healed. I did not pray about the broken toe. I did not say anything to the LORD about my toe. Without me saying anything, the LORD told me what to do, and I did what I was told (Matt. 6:32).
Then I started getting words from my spirit, concerning things in the Bible. I would check them out and they were always correct. Sometimes I would get just a few words. Other times I would get complete verses of Scripture. Every time I would study them out, it was exactly what came to me from my Spirit.
I learned to hear the voice of the LORD by experiencing, what the LORD was doing in my life. I was taught many things from my spirit that did not agree with what was being taught by many who say they are called into the ministry. What I was taught from my spirit agreed with the inspired Word of God from Genesis through Revelation.
Christians need to know "how to hear the voice of the LORD!" Christians need to know "How the Holy Spirit teaches us from our spirit!" Christians need to "Hear the voice of the LORD speaking to them!" (John 10:27). Christians need to know "what is of God and what is not of God!" Christians need to know the difference between the flesh and the Spirit.
Satan uses people to teach his doctrines of demons. These demons work through the minds of people, teaching things that are not from God.
God uses the Holy Spirit to teach us all things that are truth and not lies. God teaches us by "the anointing" of the Holy Spirit. 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."
Jesus said in John 6:45, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." 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 apostle Paul said in Galatians, 1:11,12, "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man...For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ." In 1 Corinthians 14:21, Paul said, "In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord." In 1 Corinthians 14:18, the Apostle Paul said, "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all."
When we receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, we should receive the evidence of the baptism by speaking in tongues. This is a whole new way of being taught the things of God. The Holy Spirit uses the gift of tongues to teach us things.
The more we pray in the Spirit, the more the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. Our praying in the Spirit gives the Holy Spirit the opportunity to teach us all things.
Praying in the Spirit is having "fellowship" with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher, and He will teach us all things.
The most important things the Holy Spirit will teach us are the Principles of God. By these principles we can know what the will of God is for our lives. We can know and understand everything God desires for us to know and do according to His Will.
God wants total control in our lives. God wants to be our God, and we should be His sons and daughters. In 2 Corinthians 6:17,18, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you...And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
In 1 Peter 4:11, it says, "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
Hebrews 5:12, says, "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God..." The oracles of God, is the voice of God speaking to us and through us.
To become what God desires for us, we must receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. God is not interested in what we can do of our own natural ability. God is only interested in our obedience to be used by the Holy Spirit for His glory. We cannot do our own will of the flesh and do the will of God at the same time. Jesus never did His own will. Jesus only did the will of God the Father.
Principle Number Seven
The seventh principle of God is a "day of rest." This is first spoken of in Genesis 2:2. Where it says, "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." Then in Genesis 2:3, the seventh day is explained, saying, "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."
This "day of rest" is spoken of in Hebrews 4:3, saying, "For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world."
This day of rest is not just "one twenty-four hour day." This is the seventh principle of God for the New Testament Church (which is the body of Christ).
It is the will of God that His "sons of God, who are led by the Spirit of God," should enter into a lifetime of rest from doing their own works according to their own will.
Christians have not been called by God to do their own will (Principle Number Four). When Christians do the will of God, they will enter into a rest from all their works of the flesh, and walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25, says, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."
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 (your own will)."
How are we to cease from our own works, and do only the will of God? In each of the first six principles of God, we see a progression to reach this point in our lives, by which we can cease from our own works of the flesh and enter into a rest in the Holy Spirit.
Entering into this rest is done by faith. Faith works by love (agape) (Gal. 5:6).
In Hebrews 3:18,19, it says, "And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?...So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief." Then in Hebrews 4:1,2, it continues to explain this, saying, "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it...For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it."
This faith is not the type of faith that is taught in many churches today. This is faith in God, and the ability of God to do what He has promised according to the principles of God. Especially, the principle of denying ourselves, and doing only the will of God the Father.
The type of faith that is taught in many churches today is not based upon denying ourselves to do only the will of God the Father. It is a faith in how man can convince others to do their will by quoting certain Scripture verses that they say gives them the authority to receive from others whatsoever they desire. That is all of the flesh. God is not in on any of that.
Jesus told us in Matthew 6:25, "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" Then in Matthew 6:31-33, it says, "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?...(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things...But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." The kingdom of God is rightly translated "...the reign of God." That means, when God is in total reign of our lives, "...all these things shall be added unto you."
God wants to be the total and complete source of everything we have need of, while we do His will here on earth, and even continuing on into eternity. God will supply all that we need according to His principles, not according to the desires of the flesh.
In Romans 1:17, and Galatians 3:11, it states, "The just shall live by faith." This is talking about living by total and complete faith in God, not in what man can do. Then in Hebrews 10:38, it says, "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him."
Hebrews 10:38, cannot be understood by taking it out of context. Therefore, it would be good if those reading this Mini-Book would include everything from Hebrews 10:19 through Hebrews 11:6.
The faith that Christians are to be living by is a fruit of the Spirit, mentioned in Galatians 5:22, which operates by love (agape) (Gal. 5:6).
Therefore, everything God expects of us comes from God, not from man. Everything we need to do the will of God, is supplied by God. God is the source of everything, we will ever have need of.
Thereby, if the just shall live by faith, it must be total and complete faith in what God can and will do in the lives of those who will deny themselves and submit to the principles of God.
How can Christians go from where they are, to where God desires them to be? Jesus said in Matthew 7:13,14, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat...Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." The words "strait" and "narrow" are both used in this verse. Notice that the word "strait," is not spelled "straight." It does not mean "straight." It means, "the way is full of obstacles in the natural and in the spiritual realm." The natural mind cannot understand the ability of God to accomplish in man, His desires, and His will.
God did accomplish in Jesus, His desires and His will. In Luke 9:23, it says, "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."
For Christians, this must be a daily lifestyle, of self-denial. We cannot overcome the world and the things of this world, unless we first learn to live the way Jesus lived.
Until we understand the first six principles of God, we will not understand this Seventh principle of God. It is a whole new way of living. It is almost totally the opposite of walking after the flesh (Gal. 5:17). There are so many things that must be done on our part that it is not easy to explain. But, it can be summed up in this, We must be Taught by the Holy Spirit, Led by the Holy Spirit, Helped by the Holy Spirit, Guided by the Holy Spirit, and Comforted by the Holy Spirit in everything we do.
Without the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, it is impossible for any Christian to enter into the rest that God desires for us. There are many areas in our lives that we need to change in order to enter into the rest that God desires for us.
One area is in the words we speak. In 1 Peter 4:11, it says, "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
That means, every word we speak should be by "the anointing" of the Holy Spirit from within us. We do not belong speaking anything that does not agree with the inspired written Word of God. It does not matter where we are or what we are doing, what we say, must agree with the inspired written Word of God.
When we say anything concerning the work of the ministry, it must be the Holy Spirit "putting the Words in our mouth." That is what the Greek word "logion," translated "oracles" means. This is spoken of a number of times in the New Testament. In Hebrews 5:12, it says, "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat." What is this saying to us? It says, we need to first learn to speak by the unction of the Holy Spirit, before we try to teach anything from the Word of God.
In 1 Corinthians 12:3, it says, "Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." What does this mean? If anyone is speaking by the unction of the Holy Spirit they cannot speak anything that does not agree with the inspired written Word of God. It is impossible for anyone speaking by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to say anything against JESUS. It is impossible for anyone to confess truthfully that Jesus is LORD, except it be by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
If what Christians say, did not come from the Holy Spirit, it would be best for them if they had not said anything. God did not adopt us into the body of Christ to do our own will. God adopted us in Christ Jesus to do His Will.
In 1 Corinthians 14:1 it says, "Follow after charity (love/agape), and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy." This does not say what is mostly being taught in the churches today. It says, "Follow after love (agape), and desire spiritual..." "But, rather that ye may prophesy (speak by the unction of the Holy Spirit)." The word "gifts" is not in the inspired written Word. It was added by the translators. The word "But" is there, to explain why? Why is "speaking by the unction of the Holy Spirit" mentioned in 1 Corinthians 14:1? In 1 Corinthians 14:2, it says, "For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries." The words unknown and him are not in the inspired written Scriptures. These were added by the translators according to man's ideas. When we take these two words out, it becomes more clear, what the Holy Spirit inspired to be written.
When a person speaks in tongues, no man understands what they are saying. They are not speaking to man but to God. But, in the Spirit, they are speaking mysteries, things that man does not know, but God does know.
Why is it this way? God wants to be in control of what is being spoken. The natural minds of people are under the influence of the enemy, which is Satan the Devil. God is not about to tell the Devil what is being said, or spoken. At the same time, there are no mysteries that God does not know. God knows everything.
God is not interested in man controlling what man does according to man's ideas. God is doing His will, through those who will get their natural minds out of the way, so God can use them to do His will. Those who want to do what they call God's will, "their way," are listening to the wrong voice (Gen. 3:1-6; John 10:27).
In 1 Corinthians 14:3, says, "But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort." The word "But," explains what is being said. Therefore it says, "But, he that speak by the unction of the Holy Spirit, speaks unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort." God knows what He is doing. God is trying to edify, exhort, and comfort those who belong to God by the New Birth. God uses prophecies (speaking by the unction of the Holy Spirit), to do His will.
In 1 Corinthians 14:4 it says, "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church." When Christians speak in tongues, they edify themselves. When Christians prophesy, they edify the church, which is the LORD's Body.
God is for us, not against us. God knows what He is doing here on earth among those who are His Children by the New Birth into the Body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 13:8, it says, "Love (agape) never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away" (NKJV).
When we get to heaven, there will no longer be tongues or prophecies. There will no longer be any need for these. God will be in total control of what happens in the new heavens and upon the new earth. In 2 Peter 3:13, it says, "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." When there is righteousness and no unrighteousness, there will not be any need for tongues and prophecies.
In 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 it says, "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed...In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed...For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."
When there is no death in our bodies, and no corruption in our minds, the love of God will abide in us, and there will not be any works of the Devil. The Devil and all his followers will be in the lake of fire, called hell. Those Christians, who were faithful, and overcame the works of the Devil will be forever with the LORD (See Revelation, Chapters Two and Three).
The mortality in our physical bodies will continue until we leave this earth. The corruption in our minds will continue until we leave this earth. Therefore, God has given us responsibilities, in Romans 12:1-3. It says, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service...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...For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."
We cannot do Romans 12:1 until we do Romans 12:2 first. It is not possible for us to present our bodies a living sacrifice by our own ability. Romans 12:1 must be done by those who have renewed their mind, that they are no longer conformed to this world, but transformed by a working of the Holy Spirit within us. When we have been transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit within us, it will be God working in us and through us doing His good pleasure.
If we do not include Romans 12:3, Satan will raise us up as though we were better than those among us. We cannot think of ourselves more highly than even a new born babe in Christ. It is not what we are doing, but what God is doing in our lives. In Philippians 2:13, it says, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
Tongues and prophesies are used to get man's intellect, reasoning, imaginations, etc. out of the way, so God can do His good pleasure. God's good pleasure is that man would trust wholly and completely upon God's ability, not upon man's ability.
God's will is that we "walk by faith, and not by sight" (1 Cor. 5:7). That we "walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh" (Rom. 8:1,2). That we "are led by the Spirit" (Rom. 8:14). That we "are taught by the Spirit" (John 6:45; Isa. 28:9-13; Gal. 1:12,13; 1 John 2:27). That all things are done by God, working in us and through us, just as it was in the life of Jesus.
God never called anyone to teach, or preach the gospel from their natural mind. God only does things His way, not man's way. God only works through man by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The anointing of the Holy Spirit works through those who are anointed by God, not those who are in the ministry and not called by God.
God teaches those whom He calls by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. What man teaches, is not of God. It is of man. What we learn that comes from God, we learn when we are having fellowship with God in the Word of God and prayer.
After I received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, I decided to go to a Bible School to learn how to do the work of the ministry. While in Bible School, they taught that we had to prepare an outline, listing the main subject, then the main points we wanted to teach. We had to follow that outline, and not miss any points. We had only so many minutes to completely cover every point. We had to be within two minutes of the time allowed.
We were told to make our outline days ahead, and then continually speak what we intended to say over and over until we had it memorized. It was suggested that we do that in front of a mirror so we could see the expression on our face as we were speaking. The expression on our face will increase our ability to speak with confidence and enthusiasm. This would make our speaking effective.
I tried to do what I was told. I could not do it, no matter how I tried. When it came to my time to speak, I almost forgot everything I had written on the outline. I spoke from my spirit, not from my mind. I do not know how I received a passing grade?
What I was instructed to do was a work of man, of the flesh. It was not of God. Who was I to obey, the Spirit of God within me or man? Many people in the ministry today are following the guidelines of that type of teaching and preaching. In almost thirty years in the ministry, I have never been able to prepare an outline to speak from. I have never followed any notes. I trust in the Holy Spirit to give me the words to speak from my spirit, not from my mind. (We all have difficulty sometimes in keeping our mind from interfering with our speaking).
Teachers are not sent to teach anything that does not come by the anointing. The anointing is in us, and must come from our spirit, not from our mind. It must be God speaking through us by the anointing, not man speaking from his mind.
Numbers 22:38 says,"And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak." The words we speak, must be the words God puts in our mouth. They should not be the words that we put in our mind to speak out of our mouth.
We are getting closer to the days of Noah that Jesus spoke of (Luke 17:26). The love of God has waxed cold in the hearts of many Spirit-filled Christians. When the love of God waxes cold, what will happen to those who were once baptized in the Holy Spirit and filled with the Holy Spirit?
Christians need to repent and come back to their first love, and be restored into the body of Christ before it is too late. Jesus said to the Church at Ephesus, "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love...Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent" (Rev. 2:4,5).
God has a perfect plan for everyone who will do God's will His way. God is looking at eternity, not just this world. Those who are born into this world can follow the principles of God and obtain the perfect will of God in eternity.
It is not what we can do that God is looking for. It is what God can do in us and through us by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. God is looking for vessels that He can use to do His good pleasure.
God has chosen Christians in Christ Jesus to do His good pleasure throughout eternity. We should not let the things of this world become more important than doing the will of God in our lives.
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