Birthing the Living Word

Birthing the Living Word

After suffering for several days from three different strains of flu, almost simultaneously, I was abruptly reprimanded by an unbeliever and told that my faith was not producing results and I should turn to a better source for help. I was taken aback by the pointed remark.

I did not doubt for one moment that I trusted the right source, but I did question my testimony. I disliked appearing weak. I wanted my testimony to look better to the world than it was looking. I wanted to appropriate my healing and other outward signs of my faith, not just for my health’s sake, but to improve my testimony of the living Christ.

I wondered how much responsibility I should bare for the trials and afflictions that assail me. It was then that I was reminded how life had changed for me after I accepted the message of salvation; the over-whelming transformation that transpired after I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit was remarkable. I wondered what would be the magnitude of our change after we fully accept this Love realm revelation. This question took preeminence in my mediation, and I remained in the same frame of mind for a couple of days.

Just past midnight, on the third night, I awakened, and these thoughts were still up front in my mind. Suddenly two thoughts entered into my mind as statements; “Love suffers long” and “Love seeks not her own.” I had always thought that “seeking her own” here (1 Cor. 13:5) was referring to seeking to fulfill one’s own selfish desires. We know this is true; but when this statement came to me in a higher realm of comprehension, it took me into a deeper spiritual dimension. In this revelation, I was hearing the Spirit say something different than I had heard before.

The Spirit reminded me that I was made from earthly substance and my living temple is maintained by earthly substances. When I seek, I will naturally seek my highest scope, but it will still be of an earthly substance. For at this point in time anything my comprehension can reach for concerning myself is earthly, “. . . for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of Yahweh (not according to my will),” Romans 8:26-27.

The Spirit sees and knows all things because Spirit is the reality. This being so, why should I insist on filling out the order blanks for my spiritual development with my natural understanding? The ways of the Spirit are much higher than my ways.
The word charity, in First Corinthians 13, comes from the Greek word agape and is obviously speaking of a kind of love that is pure, holy, and above human ability. Yet in this particular scripture, this love seems to be brought down to the human level, in as much as it is “her” love, not “his.” This scripture is talking about a higher love, which we can experience and express through the human (spirit) that is joined to Yahweh. This was Yahweh’s attributes brought down into the human level of experience.

I recognized the voice of the Spirit and responded, “If I am not to seek for my own, how can I let my request be known?” The answer that came was, “Seek first the Kingdom of Yahweh.” If I am seeking to be joined to Spirit, with the intentions of allowing Spirit to rule in my temple through the Spirit’s higher concept, he alone would have to become the begetter and controller of the seed thoughts that impregnate my intellect. I would need to yield to him (the Anointed, revealed Word) and seek nothing more. In doing this, I would stand by faith and allow Yahweh’s word to be glorified by satisfying all the rest of my needs, not as a reward, but because the living and abiding Spirit and the Word’s influence automatically creates a spontaneous response, which brings me into a right relationship with the positive Life-force.

The Word is living power that creates; my intellect is a recipient of that energy and power which comes from the Father to the earth through the Word, but I am not the begetter of the substance. I simply must nourish, strengthen, and spontaneously give birth to that which I have received from the Father’s wisdom. I must patiently wait, giving it time for its full development. I may ask what I will (wealth, popularity, prestige) and receive it, but if my higher will is to receive the Kingdom so that Yahweh’s will supersedes all else, I must submit myself to the Father and allow everything else to be added by him at his discretion. He must do the initiating; I must yield my intellect to the promised seed thoughts and trust him with the outcome. All initiating must come from the Truth realm, that is, the Anointed Word (Christ) if I am to unite with him. If I attempt to do the initiating, I will stumble as Eve (the mother of all living) did. Through the finished work of Christ, the intellect was submitted wholly to Spirit (Yahweh) through the crucifixion of his flesh, but we must enter into his crucifixion and resurrection by choice.

I was reminded that there is no death in the Kingdom realm. So I am no longer in bondage to death; that is, the old Adam’s carnal thinking cannot enter into the Kingdom realm. I am free from old Adam’s death. I can now bear fruit for I am joined to Spirit. The Spirit is in control, and he alone will impregnate the womb of my intellect. My natural mind is a Hagar (in bondage to Adam). It is time for Hagar to leave the house of Sarah; she cannot share the intimate secrets that are transpiring between the husband and his free wife, which is my spiritual intellect that dwells in my temple.

I must nourish the sperm of truth, which I have received from the Word and wait patiently for it to develop and come to birth without my interference. The mother must always wait for birthing time and allow it to happen naturally and spontaneously. Her job is to nourish, strengthen, and protect the seed. On the Spirit realm, we understand that Word represents seed/sperm.

We birth that which we have conceived in our intellect; that is, we act and react according to our concept of principle. When the seed (idea) is introduced and accepted, the mind becomes impregnated by that seed thought and is spontaneous at birthing. The intellect has no choice but to birth that which impregnates it. Choosing time is at the conception and definitely not at the time of birth.

We cannot plot a genuine spontaneous reaction on this realm, though I do have a choice of what I accept as truth. I am what I am and act the way I act, because I have allowed my subconscious mind to be programmed to produce my actions. The things I allow to enter my mind draw the blueprint for my outward expressions. The same is true of the new creation.
Most people’s imaginations come from a different realm. They have a right to question our conduct and ponder our actions. But what they think about us or feel we should do or not do, has absolutely no bearing on our responsibility of carrying this seed to birthing time. We have been impregnated with a Living Word. The manifestation, or birthing, of that Word now depends on the strength of our spirit to feed and nourish it. We must depend on our connection with the Spirit for our nourishment and strength. The revealed Word is the only source of nourishment available to us. The vigor and strength of the fetus is dependent upon how much spiritual food we consume. If we neglect and starve the fetus, we will abort. It is the husband that protects his pregnant wife and supplies the nourishment for her; she still has the option to accept or reject what he offers her.

I am dependent completely on the Living Word that I conceived from the Begetter of Life, which is my new husband. We, Yahweh and I, have settled down in the temple that we share to raise our family. I can allow nothing anyone says, thinks, or feels to affect my faith or actions. My objective now is to birth my children—the fruits of our love. I tune my ear to Love’s command and listen for the Spirit and Truth.

What if this does not work? You might ask. I’m sorry; that thought cannot enter my mind, because it is foreign to me. I do not hear anything except the Word; the Word of Yahweh, alone, impregnates my mind.

Betrayal of Friendship

Betrayal of Friendship

The worst friend a person can have is a Christian who justifies him or her in their sin and rebellion. Many people react to sin as if it is a moral issue only, which is not true. We should be ready to tell our sinner friends that the wages of sin is death. As long as death reigns over a person, he is a slave to sin.

If we refuse to be honest with the sinner about his problems, we shut the door of salvation in his face. But when we lie to our sinner friends or family, we do worse, we deliberately camouflage the door so that it is not visible to them. Our motive for the deception is usually selfishness; we care more about our friends accepting us than we care about their separation from Life.

Yasha said we should let our light so shine so that others may see. Another way to say this is “Be the truth you see and teach.” Your words must match your convictions and expressions if you desire to be a light to those in darkness.
We are not setting a Christian standard if we pretend to accept obvious sin in others’ lives to keep them from being uncomfortable around us. If we hold our relationship with man to be more important than our relationship with Yahweh, we are in darkness because we are not allowing our light to shine. There is no need to nit-pick or condemn others unnecessarily. For instance, our friend might confess that he or she is not sure they are a Christian. Be honest; tell them they need to have an experience that will thoroughly convince them that they are a Christian. If you doubt your salvation, you definitely lack an experience that is available to you. If you think, act, and talk like the rest of the world, you are one of them. This is truth that needs to be understood by the unconverted person.

I remember a lady coming to me in the church and confessing that she had always thought she was a Christian, but that she did not have an experience like I had. She said, “Your experience has changed you. You are different than I am. I have never had that kind of an experience.”

A religious woman was standing near by and was listing to the lady’s confession and immediately interrupted her in the way of a rebuke. She told her she should never belittle her salvation or compare it with another person’s experience. She was not comparing in the spirit that the woman accused her of, but had made a simple statement that she had become aware of her lack and that something greater was being made available to her. I was unable to help the lady because the woman quickly whisked her away and refused to allow us to finish our conversation. The, would be, repentant lady continued to live a defeated, miserable, religious life and died without her release.

Behold I Come

Behold I Come

It cannot be denied that the abundance of information handed down from the minds of the great scholars of the past have opened before us vast treasures of knowledge. This enormous bulk of data, once available only to members of higher degrees of learning, is presented in forms easily comprehended by those of the most humble birth, those who were unable to attend schools of religious training. Because of these great labors of love, we are now far distant removed from the religious bondage of the dark ages, or are we?

Some Christians are satisfied to blindly cling to the convictions of their forefathers or to their church dogma. Can our loyalty and dedication to our religious environment and customs hold us captive as strongly as the cords that bound our progenitors during the medieval darkness? We know that it can, and it often does.

We are facing a time when humanism has spread its delusions, saying, that truth is arbitrary and not an essential ingredient to happiness and survival, and that one has the right to believe what he or she chooses to believe in spite of opposing evidence. This theory is running rampant through the, so-called, sons of God movement. But is what we believe important to us and those we influence? Of a surety, it is.

We are living in a time when the Church is sliced into numerous denominations. This division weakens the force of its power on earth; it will remain weak as long as the division exists. Only truth can liberate and unify it! What we believe about ourselves, our destiny, our environment, and our Creator creates and controls our character and attitude. It dominates our judgment and reaction to others. What we believe creates the environment where we live and it cultivates the soil from which our seeds are nourished. What we believe takes preeminence over all other things.

Yasha’s message was about believing the power of the revealed Word. But says some, “Unity looks too far away; we will never see eye to eye.” If this is your opinion, read these scriptures in Ephesians 4:11-16. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the has of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole Body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplied, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the has unto the edifying of itself in love.”

There is no doubt in my mind that Paul came into the unity of the faith some two thousand years ago. He did nothing to hinder me from coming in now. We will not hinder those who still must come in later, but we will all come in the unity of the faith. Too many Christians think we all must be on the face of the earth at the same time if we are to be numbered with those in unity with Christ; that is not so.

“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will,” Ephesians 1:9-11.

“For by him (the Word) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the Body, the Church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all (things) unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven,” Colossians 1:16-20 (The word, “things” in the above scripture, was added by the translators).

“Then said Yasha to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” John 8:31-32.

Truth has the power to liberate us from death. It is the only weapon to tear down the walls of discrimination, but rejected Truth has no strength.

The theory that the world is soon to end is a side effect of the misunderstanding of the prophecies of Christ and is, at this time, the most popular teaching among Christians. The root of this theory runs deep through many of the most predominate and influential denominations and dictates every vein of their theology. Could it be founded upon a mistranslation of the Holy Writ? Gifted and knowledgeable Christians of the past clearly refuted the doctrine by presenting a solid foundation that cannot be refuted by Scripture.

If the scriptures we have used in the past to promote the soon-coming second advent of Christ speak of another time and another situation, where are we today? What do the scriptures say of the future of our globe? What is our expectancy of future events?

To allow thoughts to lodge in our minds that rule out the possibility of a soon-coming Savior who will rescue us from a dying planet is frightening, to say the least. It is like suddenly finding ourselves “lost in space” with the Robinson’s family. The question that looms before us is: if we are not to be rescued, then what of our destiny?

Can we allow the idea to enter our heads that we, the creation, alone are the reapers of what we have sown? Were we truly given dominion (Gen. 1:26)? Do we still have dominion? Is this mess that’s lying on our doorstep to be swept away by our own hands or will it be left to fester and expand while it is being revitalized daily by more ignorance? The answer to this age-old mystery must be found in rightly dividing the word of truth.

When the Savior spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem in Matthew chapters 23, 24, and 25, Mark chapter 13, Luke 19:41-44, and in many other scriptures, to whom was he speaking? Was he addressing the people on earth today, a people that is yet to be born, or was he addressing his contemporaries?

This question is answered by one of two opposing theories that are of the greatest importance to the sincere believer. These theories are equally popular with the most learned and brilliant Bible scholars and former church leaders of great renown. The debates between the opposing factions have supplied us with sufficient material to research the division and make stable judgment if we are truly concerned.

The fact that thousands of outstanding Bible scholars have debated this subject throughout Church history should inspire us to ask questions and open our Bibles and our minds to find answers.

This is a new day, and the vast accumulation of Bible helps presents us with an opportune time to confront the mystery. Is it the appearing of the Lord on a cloud, or is it to be the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh and the king-priest ministry that will dominate the future? If we can dig down through all of our preconceived ideas and confront the Biblical facts, we can find a solid foundation on which to build.

Someone might suggest that I leave this issue to be explained by the scholars and educators. I was tempted, but then the Father revealed his purpose to me. The brilliant scholar speaks the language of a scholar. I am a layperson and speak the layman’s language in its simplicity, but, I have searched the scriptures and have observed the work of a multitude of scholars throughout many years. What is more important, I have sought the Spirit concerning this subject, and on many occasions I have heard his voice leading me on into this query.

Now, let us deal with those numerous quotes from the Messiah himself that has aroused so very much contention.

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled,” Matthew 24:32-34.

How could any statement be clearer of its meaning? Yet this and the many other clear statements concerning the second coming of Yasha to establish his Kingdom “in that generation” has been the generator of many heated debates. Some folks that oppose the simplicity of this statement attack the word generation and apply various meanings to the Greek word genea, mainly that it can and should be in this text translated race or nation. We cannot dispute that the word genea, has in time past, been translated race and nation. But it is unreasonable to translate it race or nation in this particular setting. This would have the Messiah saying, “This race or nationality shall not pass away until all these things are fulfilled.” That would be such a ridiculous answer if you take into consideration that these people never expected their nationality to vanish off the face of the earth. In fact, they expected to populate the whole earth. But before we consider such a preposterous interpretation, let us examine the facts more closely.

First, we will look at other scriptures that deal with this subject. Matthew 16:24-28: “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels (messengers); and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” Many who oppose me refute the notion that our Savior was speaking of his contemporaries that were present that day by suggesting that our Savior did not specifically state it was the individuals of his day that would be standing there, but would be those of another age standing in the exact same spot when he appeared. This again supplies an answer that would be meaningless.

Mark also has something to say on this subject: “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. And he said unto them, verily I say unto you, That there be some ‘of them that stand here,’ which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of Yahweh come with power,” Mark 8:38-9:1.

Mark pinpoints the people that he referred to in the statement, “… there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death.” This quote eliminates any doubt that Christ addressed any other than those of his race in his day, when he spoke of the nearness of his return.

We have established our point, but for the words of another witness let’s read Luke 9:26-27: “But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of Yahweh.”

The word “this” always accompanies the word “generation” when Yasha speaks of his return being before the passing of a generation as is in the following passages.

Matthew 24:34: “Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”Mark 13:30: “Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.”Luke 21:31-32: “So likewise you, when you see these things come to pass, know you that the kingdom of Yahweh is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.”

To say that when Yasha said “this generation” he was speaking of a generation that would be living more than 2000 years in the future, is preposterous. This is to accuse the Messiah of a deliberate deception. But what is more, such an interpretation is a corruption of the English language.

Visualize, if you will, Christ suddenly appearing to rapture the Church, and then fit the statement “this generation will not pass away” into the scene. Why would he need to say that some of the people living on earth at the time of the rapture would not die before he returned being as he would have already returned by that time? That is saying, “There will be some people living on earth at the time of Christ’s second coming that will not die before Christ’s second coming.” This is a senseless statement.

There is yet another opposition standing to refute the immediate return of our Messiah in that day; namely, that his promise to return was “spiritually” fulfilled on the day of Pentecost and shall be “naturally” fulfilled at a later date. There is no scriptural support for this assumption. If it is the truth, why did he not tell them something that indicated his second coming would be within a few weeks and the third would be a millennium after they were dead. Jerusalem was not destroyed before Pentecost. Yasha explanation stated that first the city was to be destroyed and then the coming of his Kingdom.
To address Yasha’s discourse squarely, one must first consider what was to accompany his coming, and what evidence would there be that he had come to fulfill his prophecy? But first let us consider his audience to which he uttered these dark sayings. The book of Matthew is literally brimming with rebukes and warnings to that generation. On more than one occasion he addresses them as a generation of vipers. He bluntly stated that they were murders, children of the devil, an evil, adulterous, wicked, and a perverse generation. He spoke to them in parables and pleaded with them in tears to no avail.

The book of Matthew gives greater details of Yasha’s final warning (quoted from the literal translation—the Greek Interlinear:
“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the graves of the prophets, and decorate the monuments of the righteous, and say, if we had been in the days of the fathers of us, we would not have been sharers of them in the blood of the prophets. So you witness to yourselves that you are the sons of those murdering the prophets and you fill up the measure of the fathers of you. Serpents! Offspring of vipers! How do you escape the judgment of Geenna? Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets and wise ones and scribes; and of them you will kill and crucify; and of them you will scourge in the synagogues of you, and persecute from city to city, so comes upon you all the righteous blood being poured out on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, to the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Truly I say to you will come all these things on this generation. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets, and stoning the ones sent to her, how often I desired to gather together the children of you, in the way gathers together a bird the young of her under the wings of her, and not you desired. Behold is left to you the house of you desolate,” Matthew 23:29-38.

In the above discourse, Matthew identifies the subjects as scribes and Pharisees. Their thought patterns and actions are pinned down; they were hypocrites. They were not harmless hypocrites; they killed to protect their flimsy covering. Yasha’s desire was to reach them; he had their conversion and deliverance at heart. Jerusalem was about to be destroyed. The Mosaic order was winding down, and Yasha was warning them of the end of that age. He knew the prophecies concerning the end of that dispensation marked the beginning of his Kingdom. It was to be a holocaust, and he came to save as many from the disaster as possible.

Listen now as Yasha sends the twelve disciples forth:

Matthew 10:5-6: “These twelve Yasha sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter you not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Matthew 10:23: “But when they persecute you in this city, flee you into another: for verily I say unto you, you shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.”
Matthew 15:22-28: “And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she cries after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Yasha answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as you will. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”

There was an action taking shape, a plan being carried through. The twelve were not sent to the Gentiles, but Saul (Paul) was.
“Yasha said unto them, Did you never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of Yahweh shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof,” Matthew 21:42-43.

It is obvious that Yasha had announced the end of something; this scripture certainly indicates he did not believe it to be the end of all action. Please allow me to point out that the above statement announced a change in the priesthood and in governmental control. Judaism was then and is now a religiously controlled government.

Some people think Yasha said that the nation of Israel lost their salvation, but he said that the natural mind cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit. We know that Israel is not exempt from salvation through the new covenant, for in Ephesians Paul, speaking of the Gentile (heathen) nation, explains: “For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these (Israelites), which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this ‘mystery,’ lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer (Yasha Christ), and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins,” Romans 11:24-27.

In John 1:29, John said, “…Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, which takes away the sin of the world.”

In another place, Paul expands the subject concerning the salvation of Israel and includes both the Jews and Gentiles, saying, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of Yahweh: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Yasha unto good works, which Yahweh has before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that you being in time past ‘Gentiles’ in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time you were without Christ, being ‘aliens’ from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without Yahweh in the world: But now in Christ Yasha you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made ‘both one,’ and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile ‘both’ (Jews and Gentiles) unto Yahweh in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off (Gentiles), and to them that were nigh (Jews). For through him we ‘both’ have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of Yahweh; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Yasha Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom you also are built together for an habitation of Yahweh through the Spirit,” Ephesians 2:8-22. Please notice that there is one Corner Stone, one Building, and one Body.

Though most of the warnings in Matthew chapters 23, 24, and 25 were the Messiah’s rebuke to the scribes and Pharisees, his discourse on the Mount of Olives was spoken to his disciples privately: “And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world?” Matthew 24:3.

The disciples knew more about what Yasha was talking about than most of us do today. This was not a new subject; they did not ask him about the end of the earth, or world, as it appears here. He had taught them that the righteous would inherit the earth: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth,” Matthew 5:5.

The word translated “world” in Matthew 24:3 comes from the Greek “aion” and speaks of age, or dispensation. They asked, “When is the end of this administration?”

When Yasha told them the temple would be torn down, it inspired their questions. There was no doubt that they heard what he had told the scribes and Pharisees and the remark he made about their house being left desolate. We must understand what effect this had on the ones listening. He was addressing the ruling government of that city and country. When he said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that killed the prophets, and stoned them which are sent unto you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate,” Matthew 23:37-38.

Yasha announced the overthrow of the Mosaic priesthood and his immediate return to replace it. The disciples knew the meaning of his speech. He carefully told them what to expect in their lifetime. The language he used definitely included their involvement. He then answered their question concerning the end of that administration (v. 34), saying, “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

Yasha’s concern was to see that the nation of Israel was properly warned and given a chance to repent before the end of that administration went into effect and Jerusalem was destroyed. The statements he made in Matthew 24 certainly do not describe a rapture scene: “When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray you that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day,” Matthew 24:15-20.

The rapture, as it is commonly taught, would not be hindered by the Sabbath, because very few people keep the Sabbath now and most women of our generation do not allow their babies to breast-feed. Neither would there be a necessity to flee into the hills of Judaean or any other hill if the world was ending. Our housetops are not flat, nor are they used for guard duty.

According to Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian of that day, Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 69, 70, and 71. He described the destruction and told of the incomprehensible suffering that the starving Israelites were subjected to before they were destroyed and their carcasses were thrown into Geenna, just as Yasha had predicted. See The Works of Flavius Josephus, volume one, chapter nineteen, page 200 in the Wars of the Jews.

Luke 21:20-24 gives a clue to Yasha’s coming that Matthew failed to give, which was to destroy the hypocritical system and establish Yahweh’s kingdom (this did not to end the world): “And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” He continued in verse 27, saying, “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

Flavius Josephus tells us that Titus waited to attack until the Israelites had gathered into the city of Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. When Titus withdrew his Army for a short period of time (for some unknown reason), many of the Israelites remembered the warning given by the Messiah and escaped, but the rest perished.

To do justice to this subject, there are many other scriptures that must be dealt with, such as Revelation 10:6-7, “And swear by him that lives for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets.” In the mouth of the doom’s day prophet, this scripture can send cold chills streaking up and down your spine and make your hair stand on end.

What? No more time? Common sense should tell us that if our universe exploded this second it would not stop time, not even for us.

But the angel said, “There should be time no longer.” Is this statement in harmony with the other scriptures? Certainly it is, if we are thinking on terms of finishing the mystery of Yahweh. There would be no more waiting for the mystery to be completed. What was the mystery that was to be revealed?

Paul said,“Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you (Gentiles), and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his Body’s sake, which is the Church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of Yasha which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of Yasha; Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom Yahweh would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Yasha: Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily,” Colossians 1:24-29.

Remember, the time Yasha spoke of was not to be in the immediate future; the tone of his suggestion leaves us visualizing only some of the people yet living when the prophecy was fulfilled, but neither was it to be such a long time that all would be dead.

The administration of the law ended when the temple was destroyed; the Ark of the Covenant disappeared and the brazen altar was polluted by the sacrifice of a pig. The manna, rod, and commandment plates vanished. They could not make sacrifices or do their ritual. The law dispensation was over. The sons of Yahweh were manifest. The dispensation of the previous age was under the administration of messengers, in the hands of a mediator—the Mosaic priesthood. We have no need for a mediator now that we are joined to the indwelling Christ. The Mosaic priesthood is not standing between man and Yahweh anymore. Their time ended; there would be time no longer.

If you are reluctant to agree with this reasoning, read down a few verses to see what more the angel had to say.
“And he (the angel) said unto me (John), You must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings,” Revelation 10:11.

Did the Apostle John, the old Israelite disciple and prophet, prophesy before nations, tongues, and kings? Had not Yasha told him, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter you not”?
This is not a contradiction; time had run out for Israel. It was time for spiritual Babylon to fall and the new covenant to be put into effect. Though this is wonderful news to the nations, it was not good news to the Israelites if they remained carnally minded.

There is something else I would like to point out, especially to you that are in your golden years. Tradition tells us that Saint John was on the Isle of Patmos as a prisoner, but the Bible tells us that he was there to hear the words of Yahweh and was in the Spirit, not chains. Tradition tells us he was old and beat and died there. The Bible tells us that he would be prophesying before nations, tongues and kings. I believe the Bible.

If you are reading this, you are searching for truth. I beseech you in the name of our Savior, do not look at your age, your situation, or your limitations—look to the power and strength of the mighty Christ within. In Christ, age is not a negative factor.

Water Baptism

Water Baptism

Is It Essential to Our Salvation?

We are told in First Peter 3:21 that water baptism is essential. The writer explains that the water does not wash away our sin, but is effective only because the Church is under a water baptism covenant; so we must perform the requirement to fulfill all righteousness. Baptism is the act of accepting our resurrection by faith. “The like figure whereunto even ‘baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward Yahweh,) by the resurrection of Yasha Christ,” 1 Peter 3:21.

Mark 16:16 says, “The one believing and being baptized shall be saved.”

Baptism in water was not a part of the old order as many people assume. There is no record of anyone practicing or teaching others to be water baptized until John the Baptist’s ministry began. The people of the Old Testament lived under the covenant of circumcision; we are under the covenant of the new creation through the symbolic acceptance of our resurrection.

Yasha was not baptized early in his life, though I am sure his parents were faithful to the law. He was baptized at the beginning of his last day revival, for it was at this time he began to announce the Kingdom of Yahweh was at hand. This was three and one half years before his crucifixion. Yasha taught in the synagogues before he was baptized (see Luke 4:16), “And as His custom was he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up for to read.” This scene seemed to have taken place immediately after his baptism and temptation. We cannot believe that our Savior was converted at age thirty, but he asked to be baptized by John then. This indicated that baptism was a new thing and very important.

John did not want to baptize Yasha because he felt inferior to him (Matt. 3:13-16), yet Yasha insisted that John baptize him. He said he wanted to “fulfill all righteousness.” Should we do anything less?
One important question I would like to ask those who deny the legality of water baptism is, When did water baptism cease to be an act that fulfills all righteousness?

If water baptism was required under the law and doesn’t belong to the New Covenant Church, why were Yasha and his friends not baptized years before they were? The only conclusion I can draw is that they were not baptized because it was a New Covenant Church ordinance and not part of the Mosaic Law.

Some people think the practice of water baptism ended when Jerusalem was destroyed; hence it was only for Israel’s forty years of grace. They claim the ordinance was not for the Gentile church, but for Israel only. There is absolutely no ground to build this doctrine on, but there is much to refute it. The Ethiopian eunuch that Phillip baptized in water certainly was not an Israelite, neither was Cornelius, the Italian of Acts 10:27-28. The scriptures are very clear that Peter baptized the eunuch in water after he requested Peter to perform the ritual. The scriptures do not tell us what Peter taught the man, but we know that water baptism came into the discussion enough to convince the eunuch that it was a necessary element of his salvation; otherwise, he would not have been anxious to be baptized. We must also realize that an angel was instrumental in Philip’s ministering to this Ethiopian. After the Ethiopian was baptized, Philip’s mission was completed and the Spirit transported him to Azotus. So we must conclude that the only reason Philip was instructed to go to Gaza was to meet this man, instruct him about salvation, and baptize him. He talked to no other person, and after he ministered to the man, he did not continue his journey to Gaza.

In First Corinthians 1:14 and 16 Paul said he had baptized Crispus, Gaius, and the members of Stephan’s household. How can we justify Philip, Paul, Peter, and Christ if water baptism is not for the church age?

If there remains an honest question in your mind concerning water baptism, allow yourself to study closely Peter’s response to the men that murdered the Lord when they sought an answer to what they should do. Remember these men crucified the Lord in their ignorance. Their hearts were pricked deeply when they realized what they had done. But the Lord prayed for their forgiveness, and forgiveness had been granted. “Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized (Who is supposed to be baptized?) each of you (How do we get baptized?) in the Name of Yasha the Anointed (why should we do that?) for the remission of sins (then what will happen?) You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (How do we know that we are in on that promise?), Because the gift is for you and for your children and to all that is afar off even as many as the Lord our God shall call,” Acts 2:38-39. I added some questions here in parenthesis to emphasize what Peter was saying; however I did no violence to the text.

I have never talked to one person that gave me one biblical reason for rejecting water baptism.

Some ministers teach that Christ only baptized twelve of his disciples and the rest of his converts were not baptized. This they read into the text found in Saint John 4:1-2: “Then when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Yasha made more disciples and baptized more than John, though Yasha himself did not baptize, but His disciples—he left Judea….” If we use this scripture to do away with baptism, we must make the last half of the verse contradict the first half or be content to preach that John only baptized eleven people in his lifetime. If Christ only baptized twelve people, yet he baptized a greater number than John baptized, this would say John’s converts remained less than twelve. Of course this is foolishness. If we have attended revivals where hundreds of souls are saved in one day, we understand the Evangelist could not possibly baptize all of his converts. Modern evangelists usually leave this responsibility for the local ministers to perform. In the ministry of Yasha, baptism was left to the disciples. In Paul’s ministry it evidently became the responsibility of the local church leaders, or it is possible he had companions with him that took on this responsibility.

Water baptism is so clearly taught in the Scripture that anyone who has a cheap Bible that does not have a center reference would immediately come upon the scriptures that deal with water baptism. To refuse the ritual is to defy the Church ordinance established by Yasha, his disciples, and the Church fathers. It makes no difference whether it is out of fear or rebellion; neither one is excused.

Every incident of water baptism in the Bible makes it clear that they were baptized in a body of water. The Greek word for baptize is baptizo (#907) and comes from the Greek word bapto (#911), which means to cover wholly with fluid, whelm, engulf, to submerge (to put or sink below the surface of water).

The vessels used in the Old Testament sacrifices were sprinkled with blood, but people were not. However, there are two scriptures in the Old Testament that might appear to teach the concept of sprinkling instead of baptism, but when carefully studied it becomes crystal clear that they do not. One is found in Isaiah 52:13-15: “Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.”

The other is in Ezekiel 36:24-28: “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.”

A Race Is Set Before Us

A Race Is Set Before Us

From time-to-time I pick up Aryana, my eight year old granddaughter, from school. Each time I ask her, “What did you learn today?” She will think for a few seconds and then tell me something that she learned. She is eager to learn and is very intelligent for her age. She is very much involved in our church. She sings, testifies, seeks prayer for her friends in need, and participates in Bible class. She is very thoughtful, kind, and helpful. I could go on and on, but I think this is enough to get my point across.

We, too, should ask ourselves at the end of the day, “What have I learned today?” If we cannot come up with something, we should remember that each day is given to us as a learning experience, an opportunity to grow. We are in a race to reach full maturity and there is a biological time clock that is ticking away our time.

Only the supernatural powers of our Creator can extend the time on our clocks, and the way he does it is revealed in these two scriptures:

“For the law of the Spirit of life in the Anointed SAVIOR has made me free from the law of sin and death,” Romans 8:2.
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace,” Romans 8:6.

There is more to life than just existing. None of us plot to be among the living dead. But then, on the other hand, some of us fail to plot to be made alive by the Anointing.

We should spend time every day searching for truth, for better understanding, and to become spiritually stronger.

I realize that Aryana is at school for seven hours and probably has five different classes to learn from. At that, we would hope she could learn more than one new truth every day. But we should be able to learn something new every day. If we don’t, then we might consider our priorities and think about where we will be twenty years from now. I am sure Aryana will be passing some Christians if they do not press on. Some Christians are like the hare in the fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare”— they think they have plenty of time, and before they know it opportunities and time have expired.

No matter how slow the process may seem, we need to ‘press’ toward the mark for the prize of the high calling (Philippians 3:14).

Hebrews 12:1 says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

We could translate the above scripture as, There is help to win this race all around us, so let us resist the many distractions and the habits that so easily take up our time. Let us run with patience the race to full maturity in this life. Let us take advantage of the time and opportunities that we have to learn truth and then put it into action.

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain. And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beats the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway (a reject),” 1 Cor. 9:24-27.

We can learn by just looking around us; by taking the time to really see the poverty within the minds of so many people. If we look, we will see the chaos and sorrow that is produced from their spiritual conditions. We can see children suffering from the corrupt images they are entertained by. We can hear and see the fear that haunts the children as they try to survive the day without their parents’ comforting love. I see more children than not who are being pulled between parents with mental and spiritual battles without the armor of the Lord to conquer them. Many of them don’t even recognize that they are in a spiritual battle, because they have become so accustomed to corruption.

Each measure of knowledge, whether learned through experience or shared, opens new doors to us all. Every truth given in wisdom and every ounce of energy put into the furtherance of the Kingdom of Righteousness brings someone that much closer to maturity, to the place where they can experience peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

We truly can be a great cloud of witness within our communities, our churches, and our work places. “He that believes on me (the Anointed Word), as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (Jo. 7:38). These rivers nourish the runners. All we have to do is to be thirsty for the Spirit of Righteousness and we will be like magnets pulling together and adhering to the Holy Spirit.

If we dedicate ourselves to the training, we will have this same testimony: “And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily,” Acts 16:5.

Being dedicated to righteousness should cover the whole of our day; our work, our entertainment, our fellowship, as well as our time alone with the Lord.

Paul said, in Acts 20:34, “You yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.” Here we find Paul doing manual labor, not only to support himself but to help those who traveled with him, yet he recognized it as a part of his witness of the Lord.

We can learn from the instructions given to the believers in First Peter 1:13-16, saying, “Wherefore gird up the loins (that which has procreative power) of your mind, be sober (cautious), and hope to the end (of the race) for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of the Anointed Savior (the Anointed Word); as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which has called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

 

Truth that Sets Us Free

Truth that sets us free

What is the “truth” that sets us free from sin and death? What are the lies that we believe that prevent us from being set free from sin?

Paul said in Romans 8:2 that the “law” of the Spirit of Life in the Anointed Savior had made him free from the law of sin and death. Yet he did not share all the truth he knew with those in his day because they were not able to bear it at that time. He said, “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able” (1 Cor. 3:2). These people could not be set free from sin and death because they were not ready in their hearts and minds to be obedient to the truth. One must wonder why they were not ready. What was it that held them back?

There is a “law” of the Spirit of Life, which is cause and effect. And there is a law of sin and death, which is also cause and effect. What is the “Spirit of Life”? What is “sin and death”? These are two truths that we must believe exist and understand if we are to come into life—into the spirit of righteousness.

The Spirit of Life is an energy force that draws you to itself like a magnet. It is kind and gentle, patient and understanding, it is wisdom and love. Sin and death repels Life’s energy force like two magnets back to back. Sin is falling short of the image of the Heavenly Father and death is that place of rebellion and ignorance.

James 1:14-18 tells us, “Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed (trapped). Then when lust has conceived (is considered), it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. Do not err (cause to roam), my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights (truths), with whom is no variableness (unpredictability), neither shadow of turning (a shading off). Of his own will begat(engender) he us (How?) with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

What is that “word of truth” that is sure and clear and able to set us free from sin and death? It is the word that is active, able to lift up, encourage and strengthen the spirit of the inner man.

Isaiah 44:20 (TLB) says, “The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes; he is trusting what can never give him any help at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, “Is this thing, this idol that I’m holding in my hand, a lie?”

The “Truth” that sets us free from sin and death is not in things, in idols that have not the spirit of life—such as a decorated tree, Santa, tooth-fairy, sun, elf, deer, egg, or a rabbit. It is not in symbols such as a wafer, wine, bread, water, nor in any other physical thing or activity.

Yahweh (GOD) set in place symbols and we are not to pollute these symbols by adding to them or taking from them, for they represent truths which we need to understand in order to come into life. Wine represented as the life of Christ, yeast symbolic of sin, the egg as a good gift, bread as the body of Christ, oil as anointing, light as truth, and so on are not sacred in themselves. They are tangible symbols for our spiritual understanding. Now when we “mix” these symbols with evil symbols we contaminate the truth and thereby contaminate the Word.

The American flag is a symbol of America. It represents who we are as a nation. It flies over all government buildings and many other places as a symbol of our freedom, yet we do not worship it; we recognize it as a symbol. We would be appalled if someone was to add a symbol to it that symbolized something other than what it was supposed to. If it was changed, It would no longer represent us. When we replace the communion wine with grape juice, or the bread with crackers, the anointing oil with water, or even the light with darkness, it takes away from its meaning, its value, because each symbol has pre-established meanings according to their natural function. If they are changed, they cannot represent the truth our Heavenly Father wants us to see. Biblical symbols should never be changed or contaminated with other symbols or pagan customs. Nor should we take pagan symbols and customs and make them sacred.

Paul writes, in Romans 1:20-25: “The invisible things of Yahweh, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made (tangible things), even his eternal power and Godhead; so that people are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God (Yahweh), they glorified him not as God, neither were they thankful; but became vain (foolish, wicked, idolatrous) in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened (unclear, doubtful, undecided). Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and they changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore GOD gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of Yahweh into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed (adorable) for ever.”

The prophet Jeremiah said unto Hananiah the prophet, “Hear now, Hananiah; Yahweh (GOD) has not sent you; but you make this people to trust in a lie” (Jeremiah 28:15). Because the people did not question what Hananiah had told them, they followed after his words and trusted in a lie. If you continue to read, you will see that Yahweh forbade him to continue to deceive the people and he died.

Our Savior, the Word in flesh, said, “Because I tell you the truth, you believe me not” (John 8:45). Why? Because it upset their desired carefree lifestyle.

The messenger said to John, “Blessed (fortunate) are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie” (Rev. 22:14-15). There are people who have not a love for truth, who spend all their time making up lies to tell others so they can get noticed and feel important. If we allow these people to teach our children and we ourselves neglect to teach them the truth they cannot set them free from sin and death.

So what is the truth that sets us free from sin and death? The truth is there is a “law” of Life and a “law” of sin and death. Many things, beliefs, and actions in themselves may not be “evil” yet they distract from and repel the truth and therefore, Life—they are adversaries of Truth and Life.

Second Timothy 3:5 warns the believers to turn away from anything that has a form of godliness, while it denies the power of the Holy Spirit.

If we really want to know and act in that truth that sets one free from sin and death, then we must “think” of the whole picture and ask ourselves, “Is this going to lead people to the Heavenly Father? Will it cause people to depend upon His principles, His ability and power, and cause them to seek to know Him personally? If it will, then it is the truth that will most certainly do what He said it would do, “set them free”.

Back to Basics

Back to the Basics

“And he (Christ) gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole Body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the Body for the edifying of itself in love,” Ephesians 4:11-16 (NKJ).

If I am just a part of the Body, I would really prefer to be an apostle; being a top person sounds very prestigious and impressive, a good sound to the natural ears. But Yahweh did the choosing for me. I am what I am in the Lord because he placed me where he wanted me to be. If he has placed me to be a watchman, I will still be a watchman, even if I nickname myself apostle. As the Spirit of the Most Holy moves upon me, I will function as a watchman even if I should choose to be an apostle.

The Lord places us in his Body according to our ability and need. If Yahweh places me in the Body as a shepherd, when I minister under the anointing, my gift will manifest itself as that of a shepherd’s ministry. We only fool ourselves if we try to place ourselves contrary to the Spirit’s placing. If we are called as an apostle, we will act in the office of an apostle, even if our peers see us unworthy of any title. We minister according to our calling, and not according to what we are called.

Yasha, our first living example of an apostle, was usually given the title of “the carpenter’s son.” If he was ever addressed as an apostle in the days of his flesh, we have no record of it. But his ministry was not hindered by the lack of a verbal title. It upset the religious leaders of his day because he refused to allow them to tell him how he was supposed to operate and under what title.

Some may glance at my heading, and refuse to read this study because they are persuaded that the gift realm has passed and body ministry is outdated. Some are persuaded that the Melchizedek Priesthood has replaced body ministry. If you agree with this line of thought, I challenge you to go with me to First Corinthians 12:28-31.

“And Yahweh has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.”

Please notice that the ministering and spiritual gifts are set in “one Body” and each is part of the functioning of that Body. We cannot embrace part and do away with the rest. The question is, Can we split the gift-realm? Can we say the gift realm that is manifest as faith, miracles, healing, knowledge, wisdom, languages, interpretation, discerning of Spirits, and prophecy has passed away, while the ministry gifts are still functioning? Some people are calling themselves apostles or prophets, and truly some of them are, but this is a bit confusing to me. If the body ministry has truly passed away, why are they still functioning in the gift realm as prophets, apostles, evangelists, teachers, pastors, etc?

I know the answer to this question. They are still functioning in the gift-ministry because nothing has replaced it. The part realm will vanish when the lack that created the part is overcome. The knowing and understanding in part will vanish when we no longer know and understand in part and truly have the mind of Christ. The trouble seems to stem from not knowing how the long awaited Melchizedek Priesthood is supposed to be manifested. What is it? How will it manifest itself? If we really accept the principle Christ taught and act it out just as he did and said we could, would that be the manifestation of the Son’s of Yahweh? I am certain it would.

Please listen for a moment; the priests that prepared the Passover Feast were the same ministers that prepared the Feast of First-fruits (Feast of Pentecost). They were also the ministers that prepared the Feast of Tabernacles.

Yasha was a minister from Galilee that went about serving the Passover Feast, but he also served first-fruits, that is, he healed the sick, worked miracles, prophesied, and he had faith, wisdom, knowledge, and discerning of Spirits. I am sure he had the interpretation of tongues also. We must say he did function on that realm, and all this happened after he had experienced Tabernacles (the indwelling of the Father).

The forth chapter of Ephesians tells us that the gift ministry was set in the Church by Yahweh himself, but for what purpose? To edify the Body? But what is the long-term goal, or objective, of the Church? Is it not to produce the “perfect man?”

Please read Ephesians 4:11-13 again and pay close attention to what the gifts are for. Are they not given to edify the Body of Christ? “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

Paul did not say until some of us come unto perfection and acquire an exalted position above the Body and then do away with the Body. He said, until we “all” come to the unity of faith. Some Christians may have attained to that glory, but I have not! So they cannot take away my hope, in the absence of their lack, as long as I am lacking. My development obviously depends on my participation in the Body. Some believers may have surpassed me in their growth, but if they are no longer connected to the Body they are disconnected from Christ because the head (Christ), though he is the head, he is still joined to and functions in union with his Body.

One part of the Body may be a newly created cell; therefore, compelled to function in the spiritual gifts as the Spirit moves, while another is a very successful minister operating in apostleship. They have one thing in common; they are both operating in an imperfect body, and yet they hold equal membership in it. I should say, they are members of a growing body and each a part of one unit. The gifts, whether ministerial or otherwise, are set in one Body—the Church.
Paul reminded us that certain parts of our Body appear to be more honorable, though in truth, the oneness of the Body demands equality of its parts. The gates of sheol will not prevail against the Church. But, if something or someone could do away with the Church, the ministry gifts (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher) would vanish with it. The Church is not the building, nor is it just the congregation that assembles in one building. The headship of the Church is in the heavens; the Church is the feminine part of Christ, it is his wife by whom he births his children. Though the congregation that assembles in the church buildings are members of the Body, they are far from being the whole Body, because every obedient believer that dares to follow on to know the truth, is part of that Body.

The Body was birthed on Pentecost and every born-from-above believer since, whether here or in the unseen realm, is a part of that Body. The Body of Christ is one with its head. Its head is Christ and it would be as easy to do away with the Father and Son, as it would be to do away with the Body of Christ. It is one with the Father and the Son, and they are one with us.

Now some folks are saying that some believers are predestinated to be losers, while others are predestinated to attain an exalted position. If some are favored and chosen to be exalted while some were created to be abased and losers, on what foundation are we to build unity in the one Body? Some Christians have said we could have unity in the Body on these terms if each member was willing to accept their own predestined election. I suppose there could be a small degree of acceptance, but not one that would produce unity.

I accept the queen of England, but I feel no union with her. When she has a birthday, I do not try to attend her party. Not that I would not enjoy birthday parties; her exalted position would make mine appear abased. There is no more of an existing union between the laity and an exalted clergy than there are between the queen and me. Yet, in reality we are all members of the same Body if we are born from above.

Our faith in the deity of Christ was the first principle required in the acceptance of our salvation. We understood that Christ was the Son of Yahweh; this was our first step toward development. He is deity, but the above scripture tells us that we must come to the “knowledge of the Son of Yahweh.”

Also, in another scripture, Paul told the Corinthians that they were weak and sickly because they did not discern the Body of Christ. Is that our problem? We, too, are weak and sickly, and many are sleeping. Do we need a revelation that enables us to discern the Body of Christ? If this is our need, and if we receive this revelation and act upon it, would it cure all our ills and awake the sleeping Christians? I am certain it would.

A few decades back, my dining room was filled with little children. We had four daughters when our twin boys arrived; our oldest daughter was eleven. We usually had other children in our home and mealtime for me was bouncing from demand to demand; I seldom sit more than a few minutes. I was dipping food into dishes and out of dishes and scooping it into little mouths. I was sometimes wiping spilled food or drink off the table or floor.

If my joy had not been achieved in serving my loved ones, I would have had very little joy in those days, for most of the time I had to depend on how full my stomach felt to know if I had actually eaten a regular meal. Some of the children were tearing chicken from the bone with their teeth, while the toothless ones had to have someone (me) to mash their vegetables and fruit and then spoon it into their mouths, while I struggled to keep from being smeared.

Gradually some of the children grew and became mother’s helpers. But they would not have been any help if the vessels we poured and dipped from had been empty. If my joy of life had not been achieved in serving, my family would also have suffered from my lack. I must be blessed and filled before I can bless and feed others. I shared this to say, we have similar situations in healthy churches. We do not get our platter filled with satisfying meat by listening to others minister, which is the dessert, but when we find joy in serving, we will find the meat of the word.

In every sonship meeting that I have attended, I have observed unleavened bread and bitter meat being served by some, while others served the wholesome leavened bread and sweet wine of communion, that is, the Feast of the Firstfruits. Others peeked behind the veil and drew the curtains far enough back so that those of us, who were looking, glimpsed a flicker of Light from the Holiest Place shining through. Yet each ministered from where they stood and each ate the fruit they supplied and grew in their own garden, for we must eat what we have sown no matter who is serving. We hear through our own spirit and interpret the words according to our present understanding, not according to the speaker’s meaning.

We must not only serve, but our main objective should be to teach others to serve. Those who refuse to participate in the moving of the anointed Body soon dozes off to sleep and withers away. Those who refuse to participate usually complain that they are not being spiritually fed. We need to teach them how to tend their own gardens. They will not be fed if they do not know that they must feed their spirit by serving others. It is hard to believe that a person can sit night after night in services where the Spirit is moving powerfully and dry up in their spirit. Their garden is too full of weeds to grow food for his or her soul. Remember the man that buried his talent and lost everything (Matt. 25:14-30)?

I do not worry about my position in the ministry, for Yahweh is Spirit. Flesh and blood (our natural abilities) cannot minister or even participate in the Kingdom realm; it is a spiritual thing.

I love having ministers who motivate the Body, sharing the light they have so that we can see the realm of glory he or she possesses. Some may find themselves slowly sliding back down to their status quo, but now they know that realm exists and can set higher goals because of that knowledge. But they cannot attain to a higher realm of truth than they willing to walk in, in their everyday life.

We feast together, but not everyone drinks from every pitcher nor eats from all the varieties, but, all are served to a satisfying portion if they are hungry.

This is what it is all about. We will be disappointed if we are waiting for a pompous priesthood that is decked in gold and purple to appear on the horizon. The truth is, if they did, they would be worshipped by the hungry multitudes that are starving because they will not till their own garden. But the glory that shall appear in Tabernacles will glorify the reality of Love, and no flesh will be glorified.

When the fullness comes, we may not see exactly what we have envisioned. For what we will see will be a powerful priesthood of humble servants, anointed with the very breath of the Creator and overflowing with the River of Life. The Water of Life will gush out even when they are standing with their mouths shut, for they will know how to open the flood gates of others. They will not only minister, but they will promote the participation of every member of the Body. They will serve for the love of serving without standing in the spotlight. I doubt that they will recognize themselves as operating in the fullness. I say this because the manifested Son will be seen as the Spirit of Christ flows out through the fruit of the Spirit, that is, love, joy, faith, peace, etc. Yahweh is Spirit; you can bet his Son will appear in Spirit form. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh.

If the perfect Son (masculine) is going to be birthed out of the perfect Body (feminine), then the Body will be here to birth her Son. We may be a little disappointed when we examine that perfect Body. I am convinced it must have many body parts, but each of those body parts have unequal functions in the Body, each is playing a different part and acting in a different manner. They will not resemble one another, but each must be supplied with a steady stream of life as it flows through the Body, and each part must participate in the birthing pains that produce the Son.

As long as there is one child or one unsaved person in the world, there will be a need for a Passover feast, which will demand a Pentecostal revival. Then we hope that they will eventually be ready to appear at the Tabernacle feast also.
We have always said that the Church is the people, not the building. That being so, it is not hard to figure that the law that leads us to repentance is still in tact, and it is still the child conductor that ministers to those who have developed to that realm of understanding—do not, kill, do not steal, etc. Passover is needed for the one that needs to drink from that cup and to taste the bread of the heavenly sacrifice for the first time.

There are always dear souls that are waiting to experience every feast that was given for the edifying of the Body. But I do not need a child conductor; I am not a child. I do not need someone to persuade me that Christ died on the cross for me and arose the third day. Though I have drunk of his Spirit that lifted me above condemnation, I will respect the child conductor and not attempt to interfere with his operations, because there are lawless ones that need to be convicted of their trespasses against Yahweh and their fellowman; sin produces death.

I will attend the three feasts, and throw in Atonement for good measure. If we hunger for Tabernacles, the table is spread; the veil stands only in the mind of man. The veil was ripped away almost two thousand years ago. If we are ready and willing to function in Tabernacles, all the powers in sheol cannot stop us unless it is through our own thinking. Don’t wait for me; go on ahead, but mark your trail as you go so I can see to follow on.

If you prophecy, if you heal the sick, if you give words of knowledge, or if you work miracles, it is a good sign that the gift realm is here and the Spirit is still operating for our good. Let us be thankful.

Let us stop judging the administration of the Holy Spirit in the lives of others by our own needs, and realize if Passover had been withdrawn before we heard the word, the door of salvation would not have been standing open for us. Let us not take away the part that we have, but strive to supersede it by receiving the whole.

The 1950’s are to be remembered—rivers of Life were flowing. In those days, we were taught to come to church with joy in our soul and expectation on our minds. We were told to concentrate on yielding to the flow of the Spirit and leave our worries at the door. It worked. It will work again.

Awake to Righteousness and Sin Not

Awake to Righteousness and Sin Not

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness or they shall be filled.”

This is a beautiful promise: If I hunger and thirst after righteousness, I shall be filled with righteousness. If I am full of righteousness, there will be no room for unrighteousness or sin in my temple, or is there? This scripture affords a strong argument against those who are defending sin as a terminal illness; there are strong voices out there who claim that we must bear sin as our lot on earth. They expect us to confess sin as the strongest power and ruling force in our lives. But we do not believe carnality (or spiritual ignorance) is a permanent malady. We do not agree with them when they say that confessing the light of Life in Christ is proclaiming ones own self-righteousness. To deny that He can control sin in our lives is to discredit the power of His indwelling presence.

Let us think for a moment; any righteousness I manifest must be accredited to the power of Yahweh within me. He and he alone can produce righteousness in his temples. But if he is able to produce some righteousness within me, and as my creator he is the first cause of my every weakness, what power prevents him from reinforcing my desire to be clean and thoroughly cleanse me, his temple?

If I confess all my righteousness is from the power of the risen Christ within (and I surely do) but yet insist that he cannot completely deliver me from the forces of sin’s inclination, whose ability and power am I finding fault with, mine or the supplier of my righteousness? The supplier, of course. If my weakness is stronger than Christ’s greatest strength, how strong is he? Did he not say, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” I John 1:9. Woe is me if the power of his redemption is so limited that he cannot cleanse me from all unrighteousness, for I must continue producing and reaping the deadly works of the flesh which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousy, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambition, dissension, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like (Gal. 5:19-20).

Paul has an added thought to his summarization of the above sins that would put a chill down my spine if I doubted the power of Christ over his temple: “…of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of Yahweh,” Galatians 5:21 (NKJ). It seems pretty clear here that if there is no deliverance from the above-mentioned sins, all hopes of anyone inheriting the Kingdom is void, and we are yet barred from the Kingdom. Please notice; he did not exclude the Christians.

One brother, in dealing with this subject, explained the indwelling power of Christ can deliver me from the big sins, which are the ones mentioned above, but he cannot deliver me from the petty sins of our every day life, which he said would not hinder us from our inheritance. Where, may I ask, do we find the terminology “petty sins” in the Bible? And what activates these so-called “petty” reactions? Are they not responses of the spirit, inner person, the same spirit that manifests itself in bolder expressions when antagonized, stimulated, or provoked? Another side of this issue we should examine is how can he deliver us from sin’s root, which are the works of the flesh, and leave all its harmful sprigs untouched? Are we to believe our so-called common sins are impossible for Yahweh to handle, but our gross sins are no problem? I say they are all a part of the carnal mind, and to be carnally minded is death.

According to Colossians 1:13, those of us who have come boldly before Yahweh’s throne of grace and have accepted the indwelling of his Spirit have been translated into the Kingdom of his dear son. “The Kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,” Romans 14:17. Am I to believe that the joy and peace of the Kingdom, given by the Father, is mine to experience but not the righteousness?

My righteousness, I am told, has nothing to do with reality, except in the mind of Yahweh. Does this apply to my joy and peace? Do they only exist in the mind of the Creator also? These wonderful treasures must be one package, for I say, peace and joy cannot exist outside of faith and righteousness.

How can we believe we can be filled with the Holy (sinless) Spirit of Yahweh that floods our soul with unutterable joy and peace, but yet be left to the mercy of a maverick spirit dwelling inside of us that Yahweh cannot control?

If a complete infilling of the Holy Spirit cannot produce righteousness in the temple of Yahweh, we Christians are yet most miserable and hopelessly lost in our sins. We have accepted and exhausted the highest power in the entire universe to no avail; we would still find ourselves desperately entrapped in sin. This cannot be; there is no power in heaven or on earth that is greater than the Spirit of Christ within our temples.

Another horrifying statement I keep hearing is the sad sick statement that Yahweh has locked some of his poor creatures out of his righteousness, joy, and peace because they were not of the frozen chosen or predestinated into that glory. A strong defense of this statement is found in John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day,” John 6:45. “Draw” is the key word in the above statement.

If the loud music and wild life that is produced in the modern saloons draws a crowd, where abides the strength of the drawing power–in the building, the booze, or in the music? Neither. These things don’t have power to draw anything. The spirit that abides in the people who hunger and thirst after what is offered in the houses of ill fame is the drawing force. Spirit attracts like spirit. If liquor and worldly activities had within themselves a captivating drawing power, none would be safe. I and millions of other people can stand in front of any joint anywhere and feel absolutely no pull toward going in. If the drawing power were in the place, we would all feel the force tugging at us as we passed by.

“Tempted” is another word for “drawn.” “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of Yahweh: for Yahweh cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death,” James 1:13-15.
“It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of Yahweh. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, cometh unto me,” Concerning his oncoming crucifixion, our Lord said, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die,” John 12:31-33.

Yasha’s death took the “if” out of the above statement. That “all” men (the word “men” is added by the translators) will be drawn to the Lord cannot be denied without contradicting this scripture.

Another scripture that certainly seems to be misleading if some are shut out and have not received an invitation to come is found in Luke 11:9-13, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

We wonder about the scripture below, which seems to be making a very broad statement concerning the capability of Christ and his plans for the future. “Wherefore Yahweh also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Yasha every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Yasha Christ is Lord, to the glory of Yahweh the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is Yahweh which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure,” Philippians 2:9-13.

It is precious that he allows us freedom to experience while he supervises the whole operation without robbing us of our initiative. “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will,” Ephesians 1:5-11.
Yahweh will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him. It is stated that the Spirit is the agent that draws man unto Yahweh. It is self-evident that that Spirit must be inside of an individual to be effective, but how does the Spirit get inside to begin to create a hunger toward righteousness?

We cannot claim that we do not have light to inform us of the difference between right and wrong; for John said, “He (John the Baptist) was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world,” John 1:8-9.

James gives us a powerful remedy; that is, “Submit yourselves therefore to Yahweh. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to Yahweh, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded (Christians),” James 4:7-8.

Are You Not Carnal and Walk as Men

Are You Not Carnal and Walk as Men?

“For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are you not carnal, and walk as men?” 1 Corinthians 3:3.

Are all baptized believers members of one Body?

“For as the Body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one Body, being many, are one Body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the Body is not one member, but many,” 1 Corinthians 12: 12-14.
If we’ve been baptized into Christ, then are we Abraham’s seed?

“For ye are all the children of Yahweh by faith in Christ Yasha. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Yasha. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,” Galatians 3:26-29.

Ephesians 4:4-6 tells us that there is one Body, one faith, and one hope: “There is one Body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

Confusion, strife, envy, nor divisions can cancel out the oneness of the Body. Denomination, segregation, nor separation can never disannul this truth. But these things reveal the need for the Body to become unified in love. The word of Yahweh cannot be changed; the believers must change. Yahweh’s word stands sure and steadfast and is unaffected by man’s opinions and carnal reasoning.

Ephesians 4:11-12 (speaking of the perfect man) says we should grow up, so we, as children, are no longer tossed to and fro. The ignorant are exploited by selfish schemers. The Church is destined to manhood; to the full measure of the stature of Christ. This is the hope, promise, and established truth, the spoken word—Yahweh will not fail. Yahweh is love, and love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).

Some feel that when Yahweh speaks of his Church, he is only referring to the part of the body that they are joined to. Yahweh’s Church is a many-membered Body, born of the Spirit; a spiritual family. Carnal eyes see only carnal things; spiritual eyes see the things of Yahweh. They understand the mysteries of the Spirit. Eyes of faith see the perfected Church. Yahweh, through his word, spoke a world into existence; that same word spoke a perfected Body into existence. As the Spirit manifests itself in flesh, it will reveal Yahweh’s glory.

Great responsibilities rest upon the ministers of Yahweh. King David could not bring the ark back by the carnal efforts of the flesh; we cannot bring the presence of Yahweh into the tabernacle by our carnal efforts. Man has tried to work it up, shake it up, scream it up, or buy it, anything but try it. Yahweh has a principle, or law. If we use that principle, the law begins to work. Paul said the law of the Spirit of life in Christ made him free from the law of sin and death. You cannot break that law any more than you could change the orbit of the planets. Man breaks the law of gravity by releasing a stronger power, but there is no power above Yahweh’s power.

We have a responsibility and the strength to bear it, if we go to the right source. “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free,” John 8:32.

Paul said that a child is a servant. Though he is Lord of all, children cannot be allowed total freedom because freedom comes with complete maturity.

Paul promised us spiritual meat, but spiritual meat is not found in the dead letter. If you are reading your Bible and hearing the same thing that any man would read into it, you are not hearing from Yahweh. Read 1 Corinthians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 3: 9-14. See verse 14 in the Amplified Bible. Natural man judges after his natural understanding.

If spiritual things sound foolish, it is because we have a carnal understanding. The carnal mind is enmity against Yahweh (Rom. 8:7). The law is spiritual, but the carnal man perverts it and uses it to kill. The Bible is one spiritual revelation. The flesh is a veil, and it must be rent before we can see beyond the shadow (2 Cor. 3:6-18). The shadow always points to the reality and must be revealed by the Spirit (Gal. 4:21).

“The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that you, being a man, make thyself God. Yasha answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of Yahweh came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, You blaspheme; because I said, I am the Son of Yahweh?” John 10:33-36.

“They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for you shall inherit all nations,” Psalm 82:5-8.

Are We Sons or Are We Slaves

Are We Sons or Are We Slaves?

If we do not hold a true image of our relationship with the Father, it is difficult to understand why we experience our trials and testing or to expect life to turn out well. We shoulder our cross, do our best to make wise decisions, and hope for the best. We are always compelled to accept the status quo. We look around and ask ourselves, “Why should we not adjust our thinking to accept life as it comes, everyone else does?”

To identify ourselves as birth-children of the Divine Creator is unthinkable to those who hold their earthy image. We receive this vision after we have experienced our heavenly birth.

We were created for the glory and pleasure of our Lord and Savior. I am convinced that Yahweh’s effort was not to create a world full of defective and despicable creatures that were unfit to claim the least connection with him. We are not contemptible in his eyes and should never be in our own. If we do not recognize ourselves as Yahweh’s workmanship and created in his image, we cannot have confidence and boldness to approach him with positive faith. An earthy image cannot produce an active heavenly faith—“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to Yahweh must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him,” Hebrews 11:6.

If we hold ourselves aloft from our Creator in our subconscious mind, we will assume the responsibility for our existence and also for our development. This would be evident that we have not accepted Yahweh as our responsible Creator nor have we established a connection to him.

Yahweh is our only source of love and goodness, and to think ourselves independent of him is to rob ourselves of the ability to possess his good nature. We then, in time, become the despicable person we visualized ourselves to be. In reality, we are exalting ourselves. Most people who shy away from a genuine connection to the Creator consider it as an act of humbleness—the flesh has many avenues of devious deceptions.

It is the Father’s design and will to have full fellowship with his creation. He knows where we are, for there are no hiding places from him. Our Lord said, “… seek ye the Kingdom of Yahweh; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom,” Luke 12:31-32. It is impossible for the natural mind to hold this concept.

We are the Spirit-begotten children of Yahweh; we are redeemed by the blood of the Deity. How can we imagine we are worthless nobodies?

1 Corinthians 3:15-16 tells us, “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of Yahweh, and that the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you?”

1 Peter 2:7-10:“Unto you therefore which believe he (Christ) is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of Yahweh: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy,” 1 Peter 2:7-10.