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Special Prophecy Update Number 267A

March 18, 2006

We escape by grace, NOT to be recaptured by the Law!

We escape by grace to unite with his local body in Love!

Loving Jesus is Abiding in the Work of His Local Body!


Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. [19] Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

This was spoken to 11 disciples, all baptized by John the Baptist after repentance of their sins, and all of whom had faithfully followed Jesus for more than three years. Jesus had called them out after their baptism, choosing them by direction from his Father, as the first church of the New Testament Church period. They were a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers who obeyed the commandments Jesus had spoken to them as they were given by his Father. Jesus also, as directed by his Father, had been baptized by John, even though he had no sins to confess.

So what were they in reference to their head Jesus, who had kept them together for more than three years, and what was their roll to be, particularly after his leaving them by ascending into heaven?

Ephesians 5:30 – For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. (they were a local visible church)

They were the extensions of his body and, as such, were an assembly of scripturally baptized believers that were assembling as a local, visible body, a church, in the city of Jerusalem, And, out of that body each part of it was to be used to start other such local, visible bodies called churches across all the earth by the authority Christ Jesus, their Head, had given them. He gave authority to them as a body, a local church, the first church, to carry out the great commission of Matthew 28:19,20.

Each new local church that came out of this first church was given the authority to baptize and keep the two ordinances delivered to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. And the churches that came out of the first church were given the same authority as the first church gave them. This was meant to be the way that churches were to multiply across the earth – each one to evangelize and teach where it was locally, and to send out missionaries with church authority to start new churches in other areas. Each church was to give glory to God by Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:21 – Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The head of each church was to be Jesus Christ, and his Spirit was to indwell each church.

Ephesians 1:22,23 – And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, [23] Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Ephesians 5:30 – For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

All the saved are children of God, an eternal part of the Family of God, each one born again, eternally indwelt by the Spirit of God, and all are heaven bound.

Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

They are children of God by faith in his Son to save them from what we all are, natural sinners from birth. Baptism and works after salvation do mean a lot as to where you live in heaven, but they have nothing to do with your salvation. You should be baptized as your Savior was baptized, by immersion and by the proper authority. Jesus gave the authority to the first church he called out, and a local church today should still be teaching all that he taught them during his earthly ministry, plus what he taught them by his Spirit after his ascension to complete the New Testament, especially the two ordinances he gave to the church, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Jesus knew that after his departure the Devil would do everything in his power to destroy his teachings once delivered to his first church. In fact, he indicated there would not be very many churches when he came again still teaching the doctrines of the faith he had delivered to them.

Luke 18:7,8 – And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? [8] I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

John 15:1-12 – I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

The local church is his body on this earth, it is the body representing the vine, and it is through that body that the Father, the husbandman receives fruit it produces.

[15:2] Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

If one of his local churches does not produce the fruit he desires, after a while he removes his Son’s Spirit from it and no longer considers it one of his churches. If it does produce the fruit he desires, he brings it through all the trials it must endure to purge it, and it produces more and more fruit.

[15:3] Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

He reminds the eleven disciples they have been purged by his living words he has spoken to them. They were saved and baptized before they ever heard him speak. He is referring to the post salvation process of John 17:17 – “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

[15:4] Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Except a person abides in one of his local churches, and his Spirit abides in it because it teaches the truth, no fruit will be produced that honors God in the manner he wants to be honored.

[15:5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The vine represents the local church as the body of Christ. Individual church members represent branches that extend out from it. The power of Christ in his local body, the church, extends out from the body through his branches, the local church members.

[15:6] – If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

I will always be in Christ Jesus and he will always be in me by the New Birth. But many born again believers do not abide in one of his churches, each one representing his body. Once they do this they dry up spiritually, and unbelievers ridicule them for the once great testimony they gave for Christ, and they are all categorized as not believing what they once stood for, and are like wood that is only fit to be burned in the fires of adversity.

[15:7] If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

If the branches (local church members) remain in the local church, and the words (teachings of Christ) abide in them, what they ask (if it accords with his words) will be done unto them.

[15:8] Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

“Herein” refers back to “my words” in verse 7, and this principle is mirrored in John 8:31,32 – “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

[15:9] As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

This is the mark of a disciple, his love for Jesus by the love he has for his fellow disciples. Jesus gave this new commandment to only the true disciples after Judas had departed to betray him in John 13:34,35 – “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” If one always tries to keep this commandment, the rest of them seem to fall into place.

[15:10] If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

If you do not keep on trying to keep his commands as a church member, you do not lose your salvation, but you do lose the joy of close fellowship with him and, while he is still your friend, you are not his in this situation.

[15:11] These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Unless you are walking in the truth taught in one of his local churches, you cannot know the full joy of being his friend in full fellowship. I John 1:3,4 – “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. [4] And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” III John 1:3,4 – “For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. [4] I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

[15:12] This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. [13] Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. [14] Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. [15] Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

I Peter 2:2-5 – As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: [3] If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. [4] To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, [5] Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.


Special Prophecy Update Number 267B

March 20, 2006

Escaping by Grace, Only to be Recaptured by the Law!  Part 18


The first heresy found among the local churches was probably the one that occurred some 1950 years ago in the church at Galatia, where false teachers were telling the church that unless you kept the law after you had been saved by grace, you would lose your salvation.  It was apparent to Paul it was if they had been bewitched, put under a spell by demons, to believe that what God had given them as an eternal gift, could be completed in them by keeping the law.  Either they were complete in Christ, or they were not complete, and thought that they could be made complete, or perfect, in him.

Galatians 3:1-3 – O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? [2] This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? [3] Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?  

Colossians 2:9,10 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. [10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Works can make a person look good on the outside, whether Christ is living in them or not, but it is not the works that makes them complete, but Christ living in them who is their completeness, and he does the works.  The works are done by the one living in them, in whom all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily.  If Christ is not in you, you cannot work the works of God.

Someone who is a saved man is not a saved man because he tries to keep the law – he is a saved man because God has spiritually circumcised his heart.

Romans 2:28,29 – For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: [29] But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

The saved grow in grace by grace!   All of our saved lives we are meant to come to understand, more and more, that growing in grace is growing in the awareness that, with each passing year, we learn that the grace of God is much greater than we believed it was the year before.  Keeping the law to grow in grace actually gives one a haughty spirit.  We are not to live our lives in the strength of the law, but in the strength of Christ.

I Corinthians 15:56b – And the strength of sin is the law.

As long as people remain under the law, they remain under the power of sin.  God gave us the law not only to lead us to Christ that we might be saved by grace through faith in him, but that it might keep on revealing how sinful we are in the flesh after we have been saved, and thereby keep us from becoming like the Pharisees, The law has kept me daily exercising I John 1:8,9 for 61 years.

Romans 3:19,20 – Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. [20] Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

I look upon myself as a much greater sinner than I was last year, because the law has revealed to me things about myself this year that I did not know about myself last year.  I understand what Paul meant in Romans 7:24,25.

Romans 7:24,25 – O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? [25] I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Most of the religious world today believes a person can lose his or her salvation, and consequently most church buildings are filled with millions of men and women who firmly believe they can lose their salvation by what they call “backsliding,” which is some invisible mark passed when their sins build up passed a certain level.  No one except extreme religionists seem to know exactly what that level is, the extreme believing one sin will cancel out your salvation and sent you to hell, if you do not confess it one second before you die in a car crash.  What a horrible way to live – That is not freedom, it is the bondage of the law!

They seem to believe you can be removed from under the condemnation of God, then be put right back under it when you sin, or be passed from spiritual death to spiritual life by the new birth, and them pass right back again to spiritual death the minute you sin.

John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

They seem to believe when God gives everlasting life it is only temporary, and that God will cast them out of his hand if they backslide.   The only place I backslide to is the grace of God every time I sin, exercising what I John 1:8,9 teaches.  God’s commandment spoken by his Son is life everlasting in his Son, received when we put our faith in the words spoken by his Son to forgive of all our sins forever.

John 12:48-50 – He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. [49] For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. [50] And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

John 10:27-30 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: [28] And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. [29] My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. [30] I and my Father are one.

What don’t you understand about “never perish” or “any man” or “no man?”  And don’t tell me, well, I can pluck myself out?  You are a “man,” and secondly, who in heaven’s name would want to pluck themselves out?

They seem to believe God will stop loving them if they “backslide.”  

Romans 8:37,39 – Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. [38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I sometimes wonder if they know the same God I know in Christ!

 
 

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 268B

March 29, 2006

Escaped by Grace, Only to be Recaptured by the Law!  Part 19


“Beware of the Concision” – the word translated as “concision” means “a cutting off” so as to produce one section cut off from another, such as a circumcision of a part of a male’s body, or a schism, a division, in a local church body.

A Jew was identified physically by the Jews as a child of God by the circumcision of his male organ. But Paul, in Philippines 3:1-9, makes it plain that this is no longer acceptable to God, but that it has always been spiritual circumcision of the heart that makes one a child of God.  He advises the Philippians that they have become the family of God by Christ’s spiritual circumcision of their hearts, and the Jews are now the concision, because they have been cut off, and their circumcision is now only counted as a mutilation of the male organ.

Philippians 3:1-9 – Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.  [2] Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. [3] For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. [4] Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: [5] Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; [6] Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. [7] But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. [8] Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, [9] And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Galatians 3:24-26 – Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. [25] But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. [26] For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Salvation is God’s Spiritual Circumcision of the Heart!  A circumcised heart rejoices passionately when it hears God’s word!

Luke 24:30-32 – And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. [31] And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. [32] And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

John 6:62,63 – What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? [63] It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Romans 2:28,29 – For he is not a Jew, which is one out-wardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: [29] But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Luke 24:32-36 – And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? [33] And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, [34] Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. [35] And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.  [36] And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

I John 3:2 – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Heart Circumcision is God’s Spiritual Workmanship on the hearts of men and women when they repent toward God and put their faith for salvation in Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Colossians 2:11 – In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Physical circumcision was a picture of the separation of the sins of the flesh from the physical body.  Spiritual circumcision of the heart is the picture of the eternal spiritual separation of the sins of the flesh from the heart of the man at the time of the new birth.

Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Romans 4:6-8 –Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [7] Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. [8] Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin

We were not justified by keeping the law to be saved by our works, neither is our justification maintained by doing the works of the law after we are saved by grace through faith.  The believer is saved by God’s grace and kept by God’s grace.  If, after the believer has been saved by grace, he or she believes they can commit a sin that will return them under the condemnation, they are saying the blood of Christ was not enough, and thereby make him a minister of sin, and not of grace.

Galatians 2:16-21 – Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. [17] But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. [18] For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. [19] For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. [20] I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, HATH everlasting life, and SHALL NOT come into condemnation; but IS PASSED from death unto life.

Romans 4:6-8 – Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [7] Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. [8] Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Galatians 2:21 – I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. 

 
 

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 269A

April 2, 2006

Escaped by Grace, Only to be Recaptured by the Law! Part 20


Many are led to Christ by their inability to keep the Law of God, which is his standard of righteousness, and are eternally saved when they put their faith in Jesus to save them, believing he kept it and died for them.

Galatians 3:24-26 – Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. [25] But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. [26] For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

The purpose of the law was to teach us how sinful we are from our natural physical birth. I hope you do not think that it ever stops teaching us this as long as we live in this body of flesh. I hope you do not try to tell me that you realized the depth of how sinful you really were when you put your faith in Christ to save you. If you do, then you are a spiritual hypocrite and little more than a Pharisee. The Law continues to teach us, until the day we die a physical death, that we are even greater sinners than we thought we were at the time he saved our souls. I have discovered hundreds, perhaps thousands, of things about myself that are sinful, which I did not recognize as such at the time I was saved.

Many people, after they have been genuinely saved, try to go back under the law by believing they can change what they are in the flesh and, because they continue to sin in the flesh, live miserable lives, wondering if they really are saved, because they keep on sinning. Before we were saved we were powerless against sin, but tried, through the human conscience of reasoning, to develop a defense against what we made sin to be in our own eyes. But there is no genuine battle against sin that God accepts until after we are saved. Many mistake the battle our saved soul puts up against sin by the Spirit of Christ in us, when it loses by yielding to the desires of the flesh, as a sign they are not saved, and consequently live guilt ridden lives. The fact that we do battle the flesh, even when we yield to it, is one of the surest signs of eternal salvation by the Spirit of Christ in us, because he is the one who strengthens our soul to battle the flesh. He gave us I John 1:8-10 knowing our souls would yield to the flesh over and over again throughout our lives in the flesh.

I John 1:8-10 – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

We can never, living in bodies of flesh, change them to the extent we never commit sin. The best we can ever do, by the Spirit of Christ in us and the study of his life changing word, is to control the sinful urges of the flesh more and more with each passing year, but we cannot even come close to controlling the flesh to the extent we can live a sinless life.

I know a saved man who was carnal, had sin dwelling in him, did evil things God hated, served the law of sin, at times was held captive by sin, and was sold under sin, but that man is in heaven today.

Romans 7:12 to 8:4 – Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. [13] Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. [14] For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. [15] For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. [16] If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. [17] Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. [18] For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. [19] For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. [20] Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. [21] I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. [22] For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: [23] But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. [24] O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? [25] I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. [1] There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. [3] For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: [4] That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

John 3:6 – That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.


SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 269B

April 5, 2006

Escaped by Grace, Only to be Recaptured by the Law – Part 21


Philippians 4:8,9 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. [9] Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

The same man who wrote this, also wrote the Epistle to the Romans. So how could his soul have had peace with God?

Paul was a saved man who was carnal, had sin dwelling in him, did evil things God hated, served the law of sin, at times was held captive by sin, and was sold under sin, but Paul is in heaven today.

Romans 7:14-25 – For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. [15] For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. [16] If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. [17] Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. [18] For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. [19] For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. [20] Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. [21] I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. [22] For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: [23] But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. [24] O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? [25] I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

How can a soul have peace with God, and yet do what Paul said he did?

My soul has the “rest” of eternal assurance that God will never separate me from him because of my sins, but when I do not “do” the things that Paul advocated in Philippians 4:8,9, my soul loses the “peace” of God. When I yield to the flesh and follow it, I have no “peace” with God until I repent of what I have done by asking him to forgive me for Jesus’ sake.

I John 1:8,9 – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I know I can never be separated from the “rest” of security in God’s love, but I can be separated from the “peace” that he gives me I if I fail to “do” what he tells me in his commandments.

Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

John 5:40 – And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 3:18 – He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Romans 4:6-8 – Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [7] Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. [8] Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Romans 8:31-39 – What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? [32] He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? [33] Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. [34] Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. [35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? [36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. [37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. [38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul was a wretched man when he followed the flesh, but knew God would never forsake him because of his sins. He had the “rest” of God, no matter what he did, and knew he had eternal life, but he had no peace with God when he followed the desires of the flesh, rather than the Spirit of Christ in him.

Romans 7:24 to 8:7 – O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? [25] I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. [1] There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. [3] For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Philippians 4:9 – Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Philippians 4:4-7 – Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. [5] Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. [6] Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. [7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Romans 15:13,14 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. [14] And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

Ephesians 4:3 – Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 
 

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 270A

April 9, 2006

Escaped by Grace, Only to be Recaptured by the Law – Part 22


Romans 3:10 – As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Belief in Christ for Salvation = Righteousness

Keeping the Law for Salvation = Self-Righteousness

The righteousness which is of the Law = Self-Righteousness

The righteousness which is of faith = Righteousness

There is only one kind of righteousness a man can have before he is saved – SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. There are two kinds of righteousness a man can have after he is saved – CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SELF- RIGHTEOUSNESS. He MUST have the righteousness of Christ to be saved. He MAY, OR MAY NOT, HAVE SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. If he continues to try and obey the commandments of God to KEEP his salvation, then he is SELF-RIGHTEOUS – he has chosen to be recaptured by the law. You do not have to HELP God to SAVE you or to KEEP you after you are saved – both THE SAVING AND THE KEEPING OF THE SOUL ARE TOTALLY BY GRACE.

THE RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS OF THE LAW IS SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS BECAUSE IT IS NOT BY FAITH IN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST.

Romans 10:1-13 – Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. [2] For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. [3] For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. [4] For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. [10:5] For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. (Can you keep the law in every point?)

James 2:10 – For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

John 5:39,40 – Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. [40] And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (Christ alone gives eternal life)

Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

[10:6] But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

Do you hear what the righteousness which is of faith is saying to you? Do you understand what it is telling you NOT to do in your heart to be saved?

Did you have to ascend into heaven to help God save you? How did you help him? Did you have to assist God in bringing his Son down from above?

[10:7] Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

Did you have to die and go to the grave with Christ? Did you help God raise him from the Dead? Did he, or does he, need your help to be saved or to stay saved? Did he do enough all by himself without your help? So, if you are not to think these things in verses 6 and 7 to be saved, what does the righteousness which is of faith say you are supposed to do to be saved and stay saved?

[10:8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; [9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. [12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Belief in Christ for Salvation = Righteousness

Keeping the Law for Salvation = Self-Righteousness

The righteousness which is of the Law = Self-Righteousness

The righteousness which is of faith = Righteousness

So, where is your faith placed for the salvation of your soul?

(a) In your works

(b) In Jesus plus your works of self-righteousness

(c) In Jesus alone

1 John 1:8-10 – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

I long ago lost count of the number of people who have said to me, “I am just as good as those people who tell me that have been saved.” They seem to have difficulty in confessing they have any faults. So do saved people!

Luke 18:18,19 – And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? [19] And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

James 5:16,17 – Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. [17] Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. (Elias was a man of sinful passions like Paul, like me, and like you, but he confessed his faults before God, and he answered his prayer. So who is a righteous man? Which one of the two in Luke 18:9-17 is the righteous man? Whose prayer did God answer?)

Luke 18:9-17 – And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: [10] Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. [11] The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. [12] I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. [13] And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. [14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. [15] And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. [16] But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. [17] Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.


 

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 270B

April 12, 2006

Escaped by Grace, Only to be Recaptured by the Law – part 23


Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Are you saved, how heavy is the old dead man you are still carrying? Is he still tied to your back weighing you down?

He is, if you believe you can lose your salvation?

Many children of God do not understand they were “made dead” to the condemnation of God for sins of the flesh they commit after they have been saved.

John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, HATH everlasting life, and SHALL NOT come into condemnation; but IS PASSED from death unto life.

You will never get the dead man off your back until you learn of the true graciousness of Jesus Christ after he has saved you.

Matthew 11:29 – Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

And this is what you will discover as you learn of Jesus!

John 3:18 – He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is what you will discover as you learn of Jesus!

John 11:25,26 – Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: [26] And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

And this is what you will discover as you learn of Jesus!

Romans 8:38,39 – For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

And this is what you will discover as you learn of Jesus!

John 10:28-30 – And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. [29] My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. [30] I and my Father are one.

And after you learn these things about Jesus from the Scriptures, the old dead man begins to slide off your back and you “find rest unto your soul” in him, which is a much lighter burden on your back that the old dead man of the law.

Matthew 11:28-30 – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

The burden is light and the yoke is easy because Jesus has set you free forever from God’s condemnation for what you were from fleshly birth – a sinner! He has set your soul free from God’s condemnation to hell by a new birth of the Spirit.

John 8:30-33,36 – As he spake these words, many believed on him. [31] Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. [36] If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Colossians 3:3 – For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Romans 4:7,8 – Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. [8] Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Romans 6:6-11 – Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. [7] For he that is dead is freed from sin. [8] Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: [9] Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. [10] For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. [11] Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Galatians 2:20,21 – I am crucified with Christ: never-theless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. [21] I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Hebrews 9:25-28 – Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; [26] For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. [27] And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: [28] So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

I John 5:12,13 – He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [13] These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life,

John 3:36 – He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

I Thessalonians 5:9 – For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Hebrews 7:25 – Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Philippians 3:20,21 – For our conversation (permanent home address) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: [21] Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Ephesians 2:6-10 – And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. [8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

John 5:40 – And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.


PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 271

April 14, 2006

Escaped by “Finished” Grace, Never Again a Prisoner of the Law – Eternally set free by the work of the King on Easter Through his One Time Passover Offering for us! The King and His Kingdom will Soon Arrive to Complete our Final Redemption – The First Resurrection.


Matthew 3:1,2 – In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, [2] And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:17 – From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Luke 22:15,16 – And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: [16] For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Matthew 26:62-67 – And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? [63] But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. [64] Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. [65] Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. [66] What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. [67] Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,

Luke 21:27 – And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Revelation 19:16 – And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

John 18:33-37 – Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? [34] Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? [35] Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? [36] Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. [37] Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

John 18:37A –Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king.

Matthew 2:1,2 –Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, [2] Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Revelation 22:16 –I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Luke 1:31-33 – And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. [32] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: [33] And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Daniel 2:44 – And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

John 18:37B – Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born,

Daniel 7:13,14 – I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. [14] And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

John 18:37C – To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.

Galatians 4:4-6 – But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, [5] To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. [6] And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (The law had been fulfilled)

John 18:37D – Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. (The word of God is the voice of Jesus)

John 10:27-30 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: [28] And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. [29] My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.