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June 18, 2012



Principles

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Introduction



This is Part Two of the "Principles of God." Only a minor part of what was covered in Part One will be repeated in this Part. Therefore, it would be very helpful if those reading this Part, would read Part One first.

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 "a word of knowledge or prophesying" (1 Cor. 12:7-11). Those who are not teaching by 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 later. What comes later can become effective in what it declares, but it cannot change what came first.

The first time something is mentioned is 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 the written inspired Word of God, called the Scriptures.

The complete Bible is laid out upon the Principles of God, not upon 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 Part One, there is mentioned the first four major "Principles of God." The first Principle of God is "Love (agape)." This is the first principle, for God is Love (agape) (1 John 4:8). This is a principle, not a law. This principle is greater than any of the laws of God.

One example is in the two commandments given to Christians by Jesus in Matthew 22:33-40. The law of sin and death says in Ezekiel 18:4, "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." By the love of God, those who keep the two commandments that Jesus gave us will inherit eternal life in heaven. They will not experience the second death, which is eternity in the lake of fire, which is called hell (Rev. 20:14,15).

The second principle of God is "Headship." The beginning of anything, and everything is the head of whatsoever it is speaking of. God the Father is the head of the Godhead. Adam was the head of mankind in the flesh. Jesus Christ is the head of the Body of Christ.

The third principle of God is "after his kind." Everything that has a beginning that can reproduce must reproduce after his kind. God the Father reproduces after His kind, which includes His Son (the Word of God) and the Holy Spirit. These three make up the total Godhead. Each one of these are exactly the same as God the Father in everything they are and do, yet they are not greater than God the Father, which is the head of the Godhead.

Adam is the head of mankind born of the flesh. Therefore, all who are born of the flesh are like Adam, born with the sin and death of Adam resident within them. Jesus Christ is the Head of the body of Christ, therefore, those who are in Christ must produce "after His kind" (John 15:1-6).

(Be careful of this, for no one within the Body of Christ has been fully matured to produce after Christ's kind. Many, will die before they mature to produce in the likeness and image of Christ. See 1 Corinthians 15:49-53. Many will not be in Christ when they leave this life in the flesh, and therefore, they can end up spending eternity in the lake of fire, which is called hell. There is a lot of information on this subject in the New Testament). Study carefully John 15:1-7, where this principle is explained by Jesus.

The fourth principle of God is "A free will." God has a free will. Angels have a free will. Mankind has a free will. By our free will we must choose if we will do the will of God or our own will? By our choice, using our free will, our place in eternity will be established forever.

Satan has teachings that are "contrary" to the principles of God. If Satan can get people to believe his lies, he can control what people do. In Isaiah 14:12-14 it says, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!..For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north...I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." The teachings of men are the doctrines of demons.

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 comprehend.

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 to them, "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.

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