The More Excellent Way
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of Yahweh; and every one that loves is born of Yahweh, and knows Yahweh. He that loves not knows not Yahweh; for Yahweh is love. In this was manifested the love of Yahweh toward us, because that Yahweh sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved Yahweh, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if Yahweh so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
No man has seen Yahweh at any time. If we love one another, Yahweh dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Yasha is the Son of Yahweh, Yahweh dwells in him, and he in Yahweh. And we have known and believed the love that Yahweh has to us. Yahweh is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in Yahweh, and Yahweh in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love Yahweh, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love Yahweh whom he has not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loves Yahweh love his brother also,” I John 4:7-21.
These beautiful words have been with us for more than nineteen centuries, yet it seems they are just now beginning to sink into the hearts of the Christians. We are not criticizing our forefathers; there is no denying that many of them loved their religion enough to die for it, and one cannot turn the pages of Church history without becoming overwhelmed with gratitude for the sacrifices these brave Christians made. Yet, we are aware that most of the Christians who died throughout the dark ages were killed by other Christians. Thank Yahweh; it is time to move on into a knowledge that prevents us from trying to destroy one another.
I was reading the twelfth chapter of First Corinthians recently and its clarity was so outstanding that I wondered how the enlightened could have possibly stumbled over that chapter for so many centuries; then I remembered that accepting it as a present truth was a major controversy as late as mid-twentieth century and sometimes even now. But we, who have finished the chapter and considered the last verse, have now latched on to the “more excellent way” ministry without abandoning the gift realm.
That which we receive, we must receive by faith. We must now claim and proclaim our inheritance regardless of what we see with our natural eyes. Our spiritual eyes are stayed on Yahweh.
Paul said, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Yasha: Who, being in the form of Yahweh, thought it not robbery to be equal with Yahweh” Philippians 2:5-6. “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of Yahweh: And if children, then heirs; heirs of Yahweh, and joint-heirs with Christ,” Romans 8:16-17.
These scriptures, and many others too numerous to be quoted here, are lovely and inspirational scriptures. We are familiar with them and grasp them fervently to our hearts; because they declare our hope and the true promises of sonship. These are promises we could never have conceived had the Spirit not revealed them to us. But Wait! Is it really time to do away with the gifts and destroy the Bible? Is that what maturity is all about?
I have been in the closet with my heavenly Father some lately, and I have heard secrets that are too deep to utter, but the glory of them has made me aware of the lack in the realm I now dwell in. They have truly humbled me. They drew my attention to the next chapter, the Love chapter. If we progress out of chapter twelve, we must be ready to progress into chapter thirteen. Let us take a good look here and see if this company, which is ready to stop shouting and wants to do away with the Bible and gifts just before they are positioned on the throne, fits the description of Love.
What Are We Seeing?
I have not been sent to judge you, but I am told to judge myself. As I do this, I need to take a good look inside and outside. By “outside” I do not mean the other brethren. What fruit am I producing in my own territory? Have I overcome all vain-pride, arrogance, self-will, fleshly ambition, aggressiveness, jealousy, biased judgment, rudeness, and partiality? Or am I yet struggling for recognition, power, and the highest seat in the assembly?
I’m seeing the dawning of the greatest move of the Lord this globe has ever witnessed, but the Spirit is telling me to strip myself of the flesh and its deceitful lust.
The move that I see coming is the unadulterated love of the Father that is made manifest in those who are bearing the image of the Son. They are ministers with the wisdom to know what sin is without imputing it to others.
Ministers who are ready to strip away fleshly desires and give themselves to Love, a Spirit-born Love, does not see the difference between the rich and poor, black and white, the talented and the not so talented. Ministers who are ready to point their converts to their true Mediator, desires nothing more than to lead souls to Christ, their source. Once they are converted, they are free to grow in grace. These ministers will encourage their converts to study to show themselves approved by reading the written Word, the Holy Bible, which is the foundation of all Truth.
Ministers who prays with their new converts until they are filled with the sweet Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, and encourage them to submit themselves to be used in the gift realm (not as puppets), will furnish the needed spiritual strength for them to develop on into full maturity.
We will never lay claim to maturity by destroying the Bible or the things that the Spirit has in the Church for those who are in the Church. The Spirit anointed word, written or spoken, is penetrating hearts and developing the spiritual minded into a higher comprehension of reality. This development is the only action that is necessary for individuals to reach maturity.
I remember years ago when my boys worried about being treated as children. One of them asked me how long it would be before people would recognize him as an adult. I told him, he would be recognized as an adult when he matured enough not to worry about what people thought. It is the same with spiritual maturity, when we are at peace with ourselves and not striving to prove something, we will have arrived.