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June 30, 2012



Principles

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Introduction



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

The fifth principle of God is "the New Birth." The new birth is a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17). We are born again from above with a new heart and a new spirit (Ezek. 26:25). We are no longer in the flesh, but in the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9). We are no longer an earthly creature, but a heavenly creature (1 Cor. 15:43-49). In the new birth we receive the nine fruit of the Spirit, to enable us to mature in the things of God.

The sixth principle of God is "the Baptism in the Holy Spirit." The Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Holy Spirit is the ability to become like the Head of the Body of Christ. The Head is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the anointing of God, that God can do His will in our lives by the anointing of the Holy Spirit within us. Without the Baptism in the Holy Spirit we cannot do the will of God. It must be God in us doing His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). Of our own ability, we cannot do anything that is pleasing to God.

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 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. 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 be no 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 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.

In John 5:30, Jesus said, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." In John 4:34, it says, "Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work." In John 5:19, it says, "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." In John 8:28, it says, "Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things." Jesus said in John 8:38, "I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father." In John 12:49, Jesus said, "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak." It says in John 7:16, "Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me." In John 14:10, Jesus said, "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." Jesus said in 15:4, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."

We are the branches, and Jesus is the Vine. A branch must reproduce "after its kind." A vine must reproduce "after its kind." The root of the vine must reproduce "after its kind." The seed must reproduce "after its kind."

Will Christians follow the example set by Jesus, who is the Head of the Body of Christ? Will we bring forth fruit "after His kind?"

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 what 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).

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