How many of us know the words of Jesus Christ? How many of us follow His teachings? How many of us listen to His voice? Let us begin in Luke 6:46, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
“Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” In order for us to understand the Word of God, should we understand the sayings of Jesus Christ? Is there any way to know the Lord or understand the Bible without his teachings?
Jesus tells us in Luke 14, “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” He also tells in in numerous ways, “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Are you leaving it all behind for the Lord? Are you denying yourself through abstinence? Are you attempting to crucify your flesh with your lusts, passions, and desires, on a daily basis? Are you following the Lord and walking as He did? “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” – 1 John 2:6. Are you sharing the truth with others as Jesus did? Are you his disciple?
As we dig deep through the Bible and the words of Jesus in the Gospels, He teaches us that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Have you learned His ways? Are you doing them? Have you learned the bitter truth? “Is it not written in your law, I said ye are gods.” – John 10:34. Are you building your temple as you are forsaking everything else? “Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
Why did Jesus say, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple?” Why is the New Testament about people forsaking it all and following Jesus, even as the healings, which represent the same thing? “Rise, take up thy bed (abstain, deny), and walk (follow me)?” And immediately, you are made whole.
If the Lord was to come back tomorrow, what would you say to Him? “But he that heareth, and doeth not (my sayings), is like a man that without a foundation built a house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”
As we are told that Jesus is the Life, that life only comes by understanding His sayings, and doing them. Life comes by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. As I have been seeing and hearing more and more about this Canary Island situation, I consider all of those that I know, who are living as if we all will have one more day to do better. We all need to live as if today was our very last day. We all need to live as if the Lord was calling us Home. Because, we truly never know. “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
See those things which angels desire to look into. Have you ever wondered why that is even mentioned in 1 Peter? “Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”
Why does Peter go on to say, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance?” Or, why is the Book of Jude in the New Testament? Have you ever read the Book of Jude? Those questions and many more will be answered in the following free eBooks. They are available in PDF here on this website, free via Smashwords in the links (pdf, epub, mobi – Kindle). As well as Google Books, Play Books, Kobo, many on Barnes & Noble, Apple, among others. All free for download. Why not Amazon? Amazon only allows free eBooks for a short period of time and than requires the books to be listed at a minimum of $.99 cents. If the Word of Life is free, those who are sharing the good news, should not be making a profit.
All six free eBooks in the best order for your understanding. Each book builds upon the one before, adding more Scriptural evidence, to allow us to see and hear exactly what Jesus and His disciples were teaching.
What If We Were Angels?
Why is the Book of Jude in the New Testament? What does it matter what happened to the angels roughly 6000 years ago? What does Jesus say on this subject? What did He know, that we are all unaware of?
The Bible Unveiled – Who Are We? Where Do We Come From?
Understand one of life’s biggest questions and how profound it truly is. Jesus taught us the Truth to this world, and the answers to everything are located within His Words.
Crucified At Golgotha
Calvary or Golgotha simply means, “The place of a skull.” Paul was teaching something very specific on the place where Jesus Christ was crucified. Let’s see what it was.
Are You Following The Commandments of Jesus Christ?
Here, we will begin to understand what Jesus meant when He said, I am the Way. This is one of the mysteries that surrounds full repentance, and after you have fully grasped who we truly are.
Jesus, Abstinence, & The Bible
Let us walk as Jesus walked, together. As we grow in Him, we learn to do as He did, and become how He was. He is the same today, yesterday, and forever. We should choose to become like Him through everything.
About My Father’s Business
As we draw near to the Lord, He has drawn near to us. After we have understood certain Gospel Principles, we are given a very specific task: “Feed my sheep,” and “Preach the Gospel to every creature.” Have you answered that call?
May the truthfulness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ reach you all in abundance.
If you are a Christian, are you doing as Jesus instructed us? “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” – Matthew 5:44-45.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, are we not to turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, and to not resist the evil? Did Jesus open His mouth as He was being persecuted? “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” Do you pray for the leaders of our government, even if you don’t agree with them? As the Messiah was being crucified He said this, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”
I was recently pondering some of my friends posts on social media and the current affairs of this world. I don’t need to go into what your opinions are on the left, or on the right. Regardless of what your political stance may be, none of it matters. Did Jesus come speaking upon such things? He called them all hypocrites. We as a body of believers need to take council from the words of Jesus Christ, “If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
“For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” We all should know that we don’t war against flesh and blood.
As the world around us is tearing apart at the seams, it is the right time to walk in Love. Even to those who are without. “Have your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
I had a neighbor who shared a common wall years ago, in an apartment building . Meaning that, his living room wall and my living room wall, were backed up against each other. I was probably only there a week or so and was playing Christian music on the radio. It wasn’t loud by any means. Yet, he began screaming and yelling, pounding on the wall, causing things to shake, and pretty upset. After turning the radio down and praying on the matter, I felt prompted to go next door, introduce myself, and offer him some food that we had just made. After a while, understanding that his life had been hard, he was dealing with an immense amount around him, and he was dying from emphysema, it didn’t matter anymore to me that my neighbor had been a total… fill in the blank with whatever word comes to mind.
By being kind, despite having someone be miserable and angry, you typically receive a friend from someone who may have become your enemy. I have had this experience on more than one occasion. An act of love, often leads to tender mercies, as we walk in the Spirit to those who are without. And if it doesn’t, at least you can stand proud, knowing that you have done as our Father in Heaven commanded us.
In the Movie God’s Not Dead, we see an atheist professor who is struggling with his own belief in God. Through faith, love, and tender mercy; even at the very end, we all have a chance to turn back to Him. We don’t always know what impact we will inevitably have on someone. Maybe, just maybe, your act of kindness will be what pulls them out of the fire, even if you aren’t aware of it until the final day.
In John 7, we see Jesus walking in Galilee. The Messiah says to them, “My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” Here we are told by Jesus, it is the Truth that will convict you of your deeds, whether they are good or evil. Why? Because Jesus is the Truth. They will hate the Lord because of His words. Even if it may seem that their anger is directed at you.
Jesus goes on to say, “My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” As we grow in the Gospel and begin our walk of faith, the words of Jesus Christ become a part of us. As we continue on, He becomes more of who we are. While letting go of the old man, and putting on the new, the doctrine of Jesus Christ begins to resound like a bell from within our heart.
As that bell is sounding, ringing, and singing to the Lord, some will come to see what that noise is all about. Of those, are ones that are annoyed at the sound of the bell. It is like an alarm clock telling them to get right with God. For others, it becomes music to their ears. Just as in that trilogy we are all to familiar with, The Lord of the Rings, “The Beacons of Minas Tirith! The Beacons are lit!” “Gondor calls for aid!”
Jesus tells us in Matthew 5, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Become that light that shines out of a dark place. And let the peace of God, rule in your hearts.
As we grow in our understanding and our knowledge of the way, the truth, and the life, we all have a duty. “Faith without works is dead.” “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.”
Let me begin with this… When the 12 were chosen by Jesus, did they have any clue what they were doing? Did they fully even understand His teachings? It wasn’t until the Book of Acts, that we see the Messiah come to them. Then, He opened up all things unto them by His Spirit. The Lord takes us wherever we are in our journey of growth and specifically says, “Follow me.” How are we to be the same as the Lord if we don’t live as He did and walk as He walked? In our journey with the Truth, we grow in our own knowledge and understanding, as we are walking with Him. As days turn to weeks, and months into years, we are able to see more of His reflection is us. If… we let go of this world with everything in it. Some things are easier than others. Some take a long time. But in our walk, we all have a mission.
Throughout the New Testament, we see a pattern within the Word itself. An example will be shown to us of what we all should be doing. Words will than be spoken solidifying the example, of what we were just shown. And many times, it will be restated, proved again, and shown another way in the following verses. I will show you below. Let us begin with Luke chapter 5. We will make some additional ties with what the Spirit has shown me. This chapter begins with the calling of Peter, James, and John. And it is a story that most of us are familiar with. Why don’t we take a moment and refresh ourselves with the story.
“And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
Now, before we get into the similarities of what Jesus was doing with them, and the words that He chose, let us look at one more comparison from John chapter 6. “And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, andthe disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.”
We can now extract the similarities, comparisons, and lessons, from both of these teachings. Because, they are telling us the same thing. In Luke chapter 5, we are told that Jesus entered in to one of the ships and taught out of it. Peter launched off into the deep and dropped down his net at the very Word of Jesus Christ. When he had done so, he caught a great many fish. Then he beckoned unto those that were with him to help in catching the fish. Finally, they forsook everything, and followed Him. The two images below are the KJV Bible with the original Greek for reference. See what the words forsook and followed mean.
Jesus showed us the example of what they were doing before He even spoke the words, “Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” Then the Bible says, “And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.” “He that forsaketh not all that he hath, cannot be my disciple.” In laymen’s terms, Jesus is at the helm of your “ship,” or your temple. When we are first coming to our understanding of the way, the truth, and the life, we start sharing what we know, and get those we know that are, “on board,” to begin doing the same. We forsake everything and follow the Lord wherever He leads us. Be it, social media, friends, acquaintances, online, websites, videos, articles, books, promoting what you have already been shown, sharing info from others who have this information, etc…
Let’s liken Luke 5 to John chapter 6 now. Jesus is up in the mountain with His disciples. You, dwelling in your temple, have been in the Word of Truth with the Spirit. He has been teaching you things, and sharing certain principles and understandings. “He saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes.” “Hey, there is this person sharing the Word of God, but it may not seem like a whole lot of information…” Jesus tells them to cause the men to sit down and listen, because there is much pasture to graze on, they just aren’t aware of it. Jesus, as in Luke, gives to the disciples. And then, the disciples give to those who are sitting down, waiting to dine on the Word of the Lord. Jesus finally tells His disciples to gather up the fragments so that no one would be lost.
Are you one who claims to know Jesus Christ? Are you one who can see and one who can hear? The Lord is calling you as His disciple, to walk as He walked, and do as He did. As the prodigal son, forsaking it all, willing to go to his Father just as a hired servant; we are told this, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” I would rather be least in the kingdom of Heaven than not there at all. Wouldn’t you?
None of us are Jesus Christ, and in this flesh, we never will be. We do the best that we can. We fall, we stumble, we make mistakes. But waiting for some perfect day or some perfect moment to begin sharing the truth will leave you like this at the end. “Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
As a servant of the Lord, we all have a job to do. “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” It is time to let your lights shine before men brethren. It is time to be the salt of the earth. It is time to gather the lost sheep.
We needn’t focus on the events transpiring in the world. We are in the world but not a part of it. Get out there and feed the sheep. Get out there, and feed the lambs, as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
While many of us remember this day, not forgotten is history, let us place our minds on the higher things. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 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. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
A playlist to lift you up on this day…
“Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.”
Love your neighbor as yourself… Even if the whole world rises against you. We stand in Him. Fear not what may be coming and take no thought for your life. “Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.” No guile was found in His mouth…
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Jude 1:3-4..
There are many questions within the pages of the Bible, that we don’t have the answers to. Although, some answers are easily found with a heart of humility, and with a willing spirit. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
May the answers to all of the questions that we seek, be found. May the light of life shine before you and within you. May the peace of the Father be upon you. And finally, may His grace overshadow you…
What if… Nothing in this world is truly what it seems? What if… The words of Jesus Christ were true? He told us that His mission was to free the captives, restore sight to the blind, to open the doors to the prison, and to wake us up from the dead. What if, we were all captives? What if, we were all blind? What if, we were all in prison? What if, we were all born dead? What if, all of these things were true? If Jesus told us these things, are they not true? Did the Lord ever tell a lie? Did He tells us that we are all of our father the devil? How could these things be true? How could we not see? How could we all not understand?
What if the parable of the prodigal son wasn’t a parable at all, but Jesus was telling us exactly who we are? There are many confusing questions that we have when reading the Bible, yet we make an attempt to reason things out within our minds in order to make sense of it all. The Messiah told us that we need to become as little children. As we begin, that is what I am asking you all to do. Take the eraser to the chalk board of your lives, wipe the slate clean, and forget everything that you have ever thought to be true. Maybe, just maybe, you will wake up from the dead. Maybe, just maybe, you will no longer be blind. Maybe, just maybe, you will be set free. In many previous posts, we have looked at the KJV Bible using the Strong’s concordance, in order to further understand the Word of God. Today. we will take a walk on the surface and see that we don’t always need to do so.
We will begin to build off of what Jesus said, and found our temples from there. We will lay brick by brick, pour the mortar, level the surface, and continue to build. Let us start, with the prodigal son. The story of the prodigal son tells us about a young boy, who wanted to leave his Father and go and do his own thing. He told his Father, give me what is mine, I am going to make a name for myself. Although, this son, even though he may have had the best intentions, we see that the outcome faired not well for him. When he got there, he wasted all that he had on riotous living.
Jesus tells us in John 10:34, “Is it not written in your law, I said ye are gods?” He was quoting Psalm 82. Let’s now look at it, together. “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, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.” We will take what Jesus is telling us and liken it to the parable of the Prodigal son. Remember, Jesus said that we are all blind, asleep, and that we need to arise from the dead. So, what is it that they won’t understand? Who are they?
What if, the prodigal son’s, were a third of the host of Heaven, who left their father and chose Lucifer as their father? “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do… and because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” What if, we just don’t remember it? What if, we all woke up in this world asleep, and truly dead, just as the Messiah told us? What if, our inheritance was our eternal life? What if, the far away land that the prodigal son went to, was the earth?
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities… But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.”
Once again, we see that these angels, are filthy dreamers that defile the flesh, They know not, and apparently they don’t understand either.” “Arise O’ sleeper, wake up from the dead, and Christ shall give thee life.” “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Is there even more in the Bible that speaks on this, or proves this even more so? Yes. And the evidence is overwhelming. Let’s see what Peter says on the matter. “But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption.” Here again, they don’t know, and they don’t understand what they are being told. Let us now watch this video below.
“When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when you awake, you shalt despise your image. Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.” – Psalm 73.
So here we all are. Yet, there is even more. “When we were all fallen to the earth.” “God comforteth those that are cast down. “When men are cast down, then there shall be a lifting up, and he shall save the humble person.” OK. So we are angels. We are all the prodigal son’s. We all took our eternal life, came to the earth, and wasted our eternal life on riotous living. The Bible calls us strangers and pilgrims. We are also called aliens and sojourners. All of these imply that we are not from here. We are all residing in a foreign country.
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”
OK. If the truth isn’t frightening enough, and learning who we all are and where we all come from isn’t enough, we also have even more understanding to gain. “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” -Isaiah 53. Here again, we all have gone astray. And that isn’t even the worst part.
Remember, we are angels, prodigal son’s, strangers and pilgrims, aliens and sojourners. We aren’t from here. We don’t belong here. And, once again, at one time, we all were son’s. “The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are two entirely separate accounts of creation. Genesis 1 is the God of this world who hath blinded the eyes of them who believe not. Genesis 2 is the Lord God, who formed Adam from the dust of the ground and took Eve out of his side. Interesting that Jesus was pierced in His side while on the cross.
Before we get into that, the foundation is still being laid. After the first set of bricks have been leveled, we begin squaring off the corners for the second layer. In Genesis 1 we are told about the creation of man, and the image of God. For this understanding, we need to go into the original language so that we can see who God truly is and what the image of God means. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Let’s use the Strong’s Concordance and e-Sword to deepen our understanding. See who God is in Genesis 1 and pay attention to the word image in the original language.
Who is God in Genesis 1? Is the word LORD in front of God? What is the definition for image? The Bible says that God means, gods in the ordinary sense, of the Supreme God, and angels. The word image means, a shade, a phantom, an illusion, especially an idol. So man by definition alone is an idol. It says so in the Bible. “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when you awake, you shalt despise your image. Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.” Second layer, now complete. Let us continue.
In Exodus 20, we are given a specific set of commandments from the Lord God. Let us ponder these verses. “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.” OK. Was Jesus’ mission to free the captives? “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” You may ask yourself, how can I liken Egypt to the earth? “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” – Revelation 11:8. The whole world spiritually is Egypt and Sodom. If what I am saying is true, and we made ourselves as angels, into the form of a man, bowing ourselves down to our image to serve them, would Exodus 20 tell us this? Why don’t we look deeper at Exodus 20:4. See the words walked all the way back to the roots.
The Lord God told us not to make any idols or any phantom or specifically embodiment species. I am aware of no man since the beginning of time that has had the capability to do this. Are you aware of anyone? No. Why? we all already did. “How art thou fallen (already happened) from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars (princes) of God (EL): I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” – Isaiah 14:12-14.
Lucifer creates the world, and what we will call our human host body to trap all of the angels. The confirmation is in Ezekiel 28, “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the Sardis, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so.” Yep, he covered all of the angels, hid our true identity, gave us flesh to dwell in, and made us all idols. We now can be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth. Not as much fun as you thought it would all be, is it? Look at the mess that we all got ourselves into. “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.”
The Sistine Chapel
This place is truly riddled with so much truth, that it causes you to have a headache, seeing all that there is to see. Remember, “Arise O’ sleeper, wake up from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” Why is there an angel holding a suit of skin? Because it it true. The simplest answer is always the most logical. And usually, it’s the 100% truth, slapping you right in the face.
Now, we know a good portion of who we all are and what we all did. Let’s get back to Isaiah 53 and go even deeper. “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” What does it mean to esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted? Let’s look, together.
As we have learned, we are all angels, we are all the prodigal son’s. At one time, we were all male energy. By coming here and choosing another as our father, we plaited or interpenetrated, and weaved ourselves into something else; by choosing to lie with a woman, by choosing the forbidden fruit. “Neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” He was smitten, murdered, slayed, and slaughtered by the angels. We took our inheritance, came to the earth, and wasted it on riotous living.
“He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” As we consider this, we will now look at the meaning of the word transgressions. We will walk it all the way back to the roots and gain the full understanding of the meaning behind this word.
We all rebelled and revolted, by breaking away from just Authority, the Lord God. That is, to trespass and to apostatize, by spreading the legs. I am not sure if it could be clearer or more obvious than that.
“When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when I awake O Lord, when I awake out of my sleep, I surely will despise my image. Thus, my heart is grieved, and I am pricked in my reins. So foolish am I, and ignorant: I am as a beast before thee. FORGIVE ME FATHER.” “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.”
In a general sense, that is only the beginning of the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner.” We come to the understanding of who we all are and what we all did. We wake up out of our deep sleep, say oh my gosh! It is true. It is all true. We turn back to the Father, ask Him for forgiveness, and then… begin our journey back to Him. Jesus tells us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Now, you have the truth. Let’s learn the way. And it begins with repentance. Turning back to the beginning. The very beginning. The First Estate, when we were all angels. The answers to everything are in the very words of Jesus Christ. As we consider once again the prodigal son, we will also tie some additional words of the Messiah together for deeper meaning. We are now in the process of building your temple. A place for the Lord God to occupy.
“And when he came to himself (arise o’ sleeper), he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.”
The prodigal son, or more specifically you and me; we came to ourselves, woke up from our deep sleep, realized that we are blind, deaf, dumb, captives, and prisoners, asked the Father for forgiveness and we went towards the Father, leaving it all behind. “He that forsaketh not all that he hath, cannot be my disciple.” “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Whether you are ready to stomach it or not, Jesus meant exactly what He said. Your father, mother, wife, children, and brethren are not what they appear to be either. We are all angels. Every last one of us. We are all equals. We are all the same. There is not one higher or better than the other.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” We have to let go of this world with everything in it. We need to forsake it all, and leave it all behind. What happened to Lot’s wife? We are to deny ourselves through abstinence, letting go of our flesh with it’s lusts, passions, and desires, as we continue our walk back to the Father. If you want to know whether you should stop doing something, there is one very simple answer. What would Jesus do? If He wouldn’t do it, we shouldn’t either.
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” The crucifying of our flesh doesn’t happen all at once, it is something that we continually work on daily. As we let go of something, there is that much more room for the Spirit to occupy our temples. And as we are letting go of self, we begin bearing the very fruits of the Spirit. Are you asking yourselves if you can no longer have sex with your spouse? Jesus said to forsake everything and it is required for our sanctification of the Spirit. “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication.” It doesn’t say to abstain from adultery.
They didn’t live in a world 2000 years ago as we do today. They didn’t have TV’s, movies, media, R rated movies, and worse. They didn’t have pornography popping up every where they turned as we do today. Yet, this was written nearly 2000 years ago. Maybe this might make some sense to you now, “For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.” We are to abstain from sex with our spouse. What would Jesus do? If He came back right now, at this very moment, search deep inside and ask if you would feel ashamed? Knowing, that you are an angel. That your spouse is also an angel. That you both are male energy, and that you both are brothers. Remember, the prodigal son’s.
As we begin our walk back to the Father, He sees us afar off, comes to us, kisses us on the neck and welcomes us back. One of the most profound experiences that we could have spiritually. You are not only His son, you become, His disciple. Now, as we are letting go, we all have a task to perform while we are still here. “Feed my sheep.” “And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.” As we let go, as we become more like Him, His reflection is seen in us. We have a duty. We have an obligation. “Feed my lambs.”
We need to show others the way, the truth, and the life that we found. Fret not when the whole world will despise and reject you. They did the same to Jesus. Marvel not as if some strange thing happened to you. We are no longer part of this world, we are only in it now. In His reflection, as we are beginning to see the new man, we spend more time with Him and in His Word. The Bible has become alive to us. After you found the treasure buried in the field, the field becomes a green pasture, or a great orchard. So, no matter where we look, and no matter where we turn, we hear the Word. We see the Word. We understand the Word. “And His disciples heard it.” Quite literally. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
Start your path back to the Father in Jesus Christ. Begin with His words, and in the Gospels. Your temple can only be built off of His words. I pray that the foundation which was laid, the planting, watering, and the pulling of weeds, will be beneficial for your eternal salvation. May the Everlasting Father, the God of Mercy and Peace, shine brightly within your hearts. And finally brethren, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner – This is the Way, walk in it.
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Are you one who hungers and thirsts after righteousness? Do you desire to be filled? Are you willing to listen to the Words of Jesus Christ and follow his teachings? Are you willing to do as He instructs us? Are you willing… To forsake it all? Are you willing to be His disciple? For all those who find their way, for all those who seek peace, for all those desiring the better, more praise worthy things, may what I have learned on one principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ bless you, as we prepare for the wedding.
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“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
What is it that the New Testament teaches us about sex and abstinence? Many of us as Christians may have wondered about this very question. The one thing that I learned is that before we can go diving through the Epistles for understanding, we first need to understand the teachings and very words of Jesus Christ. For through Him and By Him, everything stands. So whatever the Messiah is telling us, it has to be true. We can then build our foundation off of the principles that He taught us. Finally, we can compare them to the Epistles and understand how they were saying the same thing.
We are told by Jesus in Matthew, Mark, and Luke to deny ourselves and take up our cross. So what is one thing that the Messiah is referring to? What is so important about these words that Jesus rephrases it differently throughout the Gospels? As we will further look into this by looking at the root words, I want you to consider what Paul tells us in Romans 2:12-15.
“For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.” Paul is basically telling us that most know the difference between right and wrong. Most people know that adultery is a bad thing. Although, why would the Lord be telling us to deny ourselves of something that we already know we shouldn’t be doing? Let’s now look at Luke 9:23 where Jesus says, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Below is the KJV Bible with the original Greek translated for further understanding. Take the time to read what it says, digest it, and think upon it.
Jesus just told us in the Bible to, deny utterly, abstain, and disown ourselves. He said we are to do it daily through self denial. He finally told us that we all need to accompany Him as His disciple, by being the same way He is, and by following Him. One very important Scripture that Jesus says, which very few are even knowledgeable of, is Luke 14:33, “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” So, based on the words of Jesus as our original foundation, as the author and finisher of our faith, the beginning and the end, should we be having sex? The answer is no, period.
Jesus tells us, “For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.” Another interesting verse to consider from Jesus is, “If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” In any of Jesus’ teachings, did He give any room for but or although? The answer once again is no. We are told by the Messiah to disown ourselves, abstain, and to forsake everything. And we are told that this isn’t a one and done deal. We are to deny ourselves daily. The Bible says, “they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
After knowing what the Lord told us, most of us should know that we are all to be Judged out of the Bible. What if we are told by an Apostle, that he himself is speaking, and not the Lord? First, and most importantly, it’s not the Lord speaking. Second to that, we need to take everything into context and look at all that is being said. Let’s now look at 1 Corinthians 7:1. “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.” What does the word good mean in the original Greek?
The word for good means beautiful, valuable, virtuous, honest, meet, well, worthy, and better. Paul goes on to talk about them struggling with being able to contain themselves. He says in verse 6, he is stating this by permission, and not of commandment. His desire is for them eventually to become as he is. Let’s look at these verses here.
We have Paul telling us that he is familiar with the struggles that they are all going through because he himself, is in the flesh. And he specifies that he isn’t speaking as an authority on the matter, by a decree, or by commandment. In 1 Corinthians 3, we learn that the church at Corinth is an inferior church. “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.” In his attempt, he is trying to get them to move beyond their flesh to become as the Savior is. But in a slow manner, because of all the struggles that they are having as a body of believers.
Let’s now look further at some of the additional things that Paul states in 1 Corinthians 7. After going through a long speech about sex, he says in verse 26, “I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.” He finishes this in verse 29 with, “But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none.” Once again reaffirming that they should be moving away from this. After going again over the fleshly side of things, he summarizes with, “And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.”
Why don’t we take what Paul was teaching this carnally minded church, which was still being fed with milk, and compare it to one of his teachings elsewhere. “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God.” Does it say to abstain form adultery? No, we all know that adultery is a sin. Below, is the definition of concupiscence, as well as some synonyms.
I will now ask you this question. Should we be abstaining from sex? What is the meaning of concupiscence? Did Jesus say, “He that forsaketh not all that he hath, cannot be my disciple?” What else do we learn on this subject in the Bible, from Peter? “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” Below is 1 Peter 2:11-12 with the translated text. Pay attention to what the words conversation, and honest mean.
We are told by Peter to be abstaining pertaining to the flesh. He left no room for a but or although either. He tells us to have our behavior better, more honest, and more virtuous than everyone else. It is the same word that Paul uses in the very beginning of 1 Corinthians 7. Why did Peter say this? Most importantly, outside of the Lord telling us this, it is required for our sanctification of the Spirit. Paul was pushing the carnally minded church at Corinth towards this very thing. As in 2 Corinthians 11:2-3, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” You can’t be a chaste virgin to Christ if you are still having sex with your spouse, can you? Now, watch this video…
At this point, the evidence is overwhelming, and the Truth speaks for itself. Yet, there are still some that make an attempt to negate everything that Jesus said and throw this verse at you, “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” Paul goes in length in the book of Hebrews about the New Testament, or the new covenant, between Christ and His church. Or, I should specify, Christ and His bride. He speaks on the fulfillment of the Law, and Jesus being a Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. The word for bed means cohabitation and Paul is speaking upon the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Part of the great mystery concerning Christ and His Church. If you become married to Christ, would you even conceive of continuing to have sex with your earthly spouse? “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” – Romans 7:4.
What does the Book of Revelation say about the 144,000 which are to be redeemed from the earth, as firstfruits of Christ? Why do so many believe that the rapture is going to be millions, if not billions of people?
“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” – Revelation 14:1-5.
Let’s recap and add some more. Does Jesus give us the parable of the five wise and five foolish virgins? Are they virgins? Does Jesus tells us to disown and utterly deny ourselves? Are we told by the Messiah to forsake everything? Does the First Epistle of John say the same thing? We are told to walk as Jesus walked, as well as, those who are born of God, their seed remains in them. We are told By Jesus and the teachers in the New Testament to become as little children. Do little children have sex? Was Paul and Peter teaching us to abstain from sex? Yes. Every teacher in the New Testament, even Jude was teaching the exact same principle of the Gospel. The question is whether you are willing to listen, and to receive it.
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ… But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.”
And it goes on and on, over and again, once you have understood and fully believed this principle of the Gospel. May you all find that in which you seek. “He that forsaketh not all that he hath, cannot be my disciple.” – Jesus Christ. It’s time to let go of it all brethren. Stay blessed.
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