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The Bible – Fact Or Fiction?

When Pilate was questioning Jesus, whether to find fault with Him, he posed a series of questions. Let us look at one. “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. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?”

In John 14, Jesus teaches us who He is, and what His words mean. “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Jesus tells us, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” In the last couple of posts we covered many things. In Temporal Concerns, we dove deep into walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh. If you haven’t read it, I recommend doing so. All Scripture begets Scripture. Building upon our own foundation, helps fill us with His words.

The last post, Like In The Days Of Noah, we reviewed who we all are, where we come from, and what we are all doing here in the first place. Then, we looked at the scenario of how things would look at the end of the world. We finished off that post where we begin today. The Bible says, “He who hungers and thirsts after righteousness shall be filled.” As a Christian, we believe the Bible, and we know that it it the Word of God. We know that it is true. Many of us have no doubt. Why is it so hard for us just to read it for what it says? Why do we always try to interpret what it says? The Bible is simple. The easiest way to understand the Word is simply believing what is said. That is it. That is the simplicity. No? Don’t believe that it could be so simple? Let’s set the stage and I will give you the first prime example.

Jesus tells us in John 10:34, “Is it not written in your Law, I said ye are gods?” What do the words on this page say? What did Jesus just say? He said that all of us are gods. Everyone of us. Although, what was He referring to. Let’s look at the Law, and where Jesus was quoting, Psalm 82:6. Why don’t we open up our Bibles, or whatever program that we use and see what it says? Let’s look at Psalm 82:5-7. “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.” “Arise O’ sleeper… Wake up from the dead.”

falling man

OK. Just take a moment, and consider. Think. Ponder. What is it that is happening within you at this very moment? Is it disbelief? Is it anger? Is it something else? Why? Who are they? Why does it say all of you? Where did they fall from? Why will they now die like men? What is it that we are all to be judged for? A sin that happened by two people roughly 6000 years ago? Or did we do something that would warrant an eternity of punishment? Why do we need to be born again? Why did Jesus say that we are of our father the devil? Is he really our father? Does Jesus tell the 100% truth? Has He ever lied? Do you believe the Bible is the Word of God? What did Jesus mean when He said that we are all gods?

What if there was another verse that confirmed this? What if there were two? What if there were ten? What if there were more? Would you continue to dismiss it? Or, would you believe the very words that are written on the pages within the Word? The following are a couple of free eBooks that builds upon these verses with more information than any man could possibly deny. If… You only allow the Spirit to open up your eyes and your hearts. We are all captives and prisoners. We are the prodigal son’s. Satan is the god of this world who has blinded our eyes from believing. This world truly is the Matrix. The Bible proves it over and again. Read the free eBooks. Pray over them. Ponder them. Click on the Bible Study link on the Homepage or here directly, for even more that builds upon this subject.

In the Book of Revelation, we are told about an angel giving him a book, that in his mouth was sweet as honey. Although, once he had digested it, it became very bitter. Why? Why did the truth become bitter to him? Why did the Word become bitter to him, the Bible? What is it that we are all repenting from? Take the time and seek it out for yourselves. I ask you for nothing but a few moments of your time. What possibly do you have to lose? What is it that you would lose if you were wrong? Eternity…

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.

These eBooks are free in pdf, epub, and mobi (kindle). They are free on Kobo, Google Books, Play Books, Barnes & Noble, and others. There are six free eBooks that reveals the Word of Life here within the pages of this website. I pray that you take the time to read them all and pray over them. Ponder them. Consider them. The Bible is either Fact or Fiction. And if it is Fact, which I know for a surety that it is, you have to be willing to accept it all. Even the portions that you don’t want to believe. We are all to be judged out of it, regardless of whether we want to believe it or not.

Everything within the pages of this website is what the Spirit has reveled to myself and others. Read all 6 free Christian eBooks here. They are placed in an order where one builds upon another using the KJV Bible, the Strong’s Concordance, and questions for you to consider. The only requirement on our part is to become as a little child. As well as letting go of our preconceived notions. I pray that the Father of Heavenly lights will open your hearts and the eyes of your understanding. May the Full truthfulness of the Everlasting Gospel shine within you. See all of the recent lessons.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Like In The Days Of Noah

When we are reading the New Testament and the words of Jesus Christ, we need to consider one thing. It is something simple. It requires little effort on our part. And all that we need to do is believe it for what it is. Jesus tells us, “I AM the Truth.” So, whatever He is telling us, it has to be true. We, in our human nature, have a desire to interpret things to meet our understanding. Yet, the Gospel is opposite of, who we are. Whatever Jesus says is what He means.

That is a portion of why we are told that we need to become as a little child. Little children have no understanding, no bias, and no preconceived notions. If we are told that we are gods, Jesus means precisely that. The verse that He was quoting is from Psalm 82. It says that we all fell, and will now die like men. Why would Jesus lie? Jesus is the truth. He doesn’t lie. If Jesus says that we are of our father the devil, He means what He says. Why else would He say that? If Jesus says that the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who believe not, there must be some other controller here running things. Who is the god of this world? Why did the Messiah say that His role was to free the prisoners and the captives? Or, to restore sight to the blind? Who are the captives? Who are the prisoners? Who are the blind? Why does the Bible say to arise from our sleep and wake up from the dead?

In the Book of John, we learn that In the very beginning, was the Word. The Word became flesh, even Jesus Christ. His words are Spirit, which brings us back to life. If you don’t know the Gospels and the words of the Holy One, how could you know the Lord?

“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.” – Luke 17.

Below is a short video using the Strong’s Concordance and additional sayings of Jesus Christ to help us understand what He is telling us.

“Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever… It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” – John 6.

The only way to know the way, the truth, and the life, is by dwelling in the words of Jesus Christ. Spend time in all four Gospels. Read them all, over and again. We only have life by His words, no less. May the Everlasting Father, the Beginning and the End, bless you all, while we are stuck here, at the in between.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Parable Of The Poor Widow

As someone who follows Jesus Christ, have you counted the cost? Have you done what the Lord requires of all of us, as His disciples? As we consider these questions, let us look upon the two great commandments. “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

We may claim that we Love the Lord. We may claim that we know Him. What does the Bible say on this subject? “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.” – 1 John 2:3-6.

What does Jesus teach us about the New Covenant?  “And he answered Jesus and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” – Mark 10:20-21. “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:33. “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.” – Luke 9:23. What does it mean to forsake everything? What does it mean to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him? Let’s now go back to the parable of the poor widow.

“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” – Mark 12:41-44.

What is the difference between the people and the widow? What has she done that is so important, that the Lord had to point it out? Why do we need to know that she is a widow, and not just another old woman? And, what is it that she is giving, that is greater than all the others? Below, we will look at the meaning of the word “widow.” As well as the word “more.” Pay close attention to what is being said, and see what connections the Spirit can make inside of your temple, with your own understanding.

To begin with, we can see that a widow is one, who is figuratively lacking a husband. What does Paul tell us in Romans 7? “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. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” Remember, we are speaking upon the new covenant, or the New Testament. And, what Jesus is teaching us about the difference between the Old and the New.

“No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

As we previously looked at Luke 9:23, let’s look at it again. “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.” What do the words deny, cross, and follow, mean in the original language? Let’s look, together.

We can see that the Lord is telling us to abstain by denying ourselves, and following Him, or more specifically, becoming like Him. As we have been given the parable of the new garment and the new wine, we almost certainly can see that our change doesn’t happen all at once. Yet, as we continue in Him, we let go of more of the person that we once were. As Jesus pointed out that she is a widow, and lacking a husband, we as the body of Christ need to be abstaining from sex with our spouse. It is our requirement for sanctification, and receiving His Spirit. It is part of the New Testament. “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.” How am I 100% sure? Because Jesus said it, and He doesn’t lie. “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:33. “Deny yourself through abstinence and self denial daily, and accompany me as my disciple.”

Paul tells us, “Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.  And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.  Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

This poor widow cast in more than all of the others, the major portion. What is the major portion of our lives? What is it that we are doing with our free time? Are we learning of the Lord? Are we letting go of self? Are we forsaking all others? “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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.” – Matthew 11:28-29. “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” – Matthew 19:29.

Are you going out with your friends, living in this world? Are you focusing your attention on the media, next football game, movie, etc.? Are you shopping for no other reason, than to go shopping? Are you hanging out with the world and enjoying what it has to offer us? “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” – Romans 14:17. What else from the parable of the poor widow do we need to know in correlation to Jesus’ other teachings? In Mark 12:44, we are told this, “For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” Let’s see what it says below.

This poor widow, knowing that she was falling short, gave quite literally, her present state of existence. She gave the Lord her whole life. “One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” – Mark 10:21. “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:33. “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.” – Luke 9:23.

To love the Lord with all our heart, means to obey His commandments, and to do as He did. To love our neighbor as ourselves means to share the good news of the Gospel with them. Even if it comes with persecutions. Because, Jesus did precisely the same thing. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.”

As the very fabric of this world is coming apart at the seams, we all need to strive each day, to do better than the day before. We all need to stand in the Truth and not be ashamed of it. “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” May the everlasting Father bless you in all things as you continue in Him. Read the previous posts, watch the videos, read the books. In general, all that the Lord has blessed me to receive, I have given you. “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby most have entertained angels unawares.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, I said, ye are gods?”

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

6 Free Christian eBooks – The Bible Revealed

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.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Mercy, Peace, and Love, Multiplied

“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.”

Here is a key – Open The Door – The Book Of Jude

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…

The Book Of Jude – Open The Door.

What If We Were Angels?

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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Abstinence – Called To Be Holy

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.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

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Put On The New Self

In Colossians 3, Paul begins by saying, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” What is that we are being taught in the following verses? Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:21-24, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.”

Now, let’s take what Jesus was teaching, and apply it to the understanding that Paul had. Continuing on, after Paul tells us to seek those things which are above, he says, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Below is the KJV Bible with the Strong’s Concordance. Pay attention to the translation, and the root meaning of affection. Read what is highlighted in purple, than in light blue, and consider what is being said.

So, what is it that we just read? What is Paul trying to tell us? The Bible is telling us to interest ourselves through obedience, by reining in and curbing the midriff, as well as having the same mind as Christ. Paul reaffirms these previous two statements with a third, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth…” So he says, seek the things that are above, set your affection on things above, and mortify your members. They are all one of the same. They all mean the same thing. It is the portion that we are allotted as Christians, as we are walking with the Lord, by the continual crucifixion of our flesh. Let’s now look closely at, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth.”

We are told to deaden and subdue our passions, our lusts, our longing for, and coveting after sex, rightfully or otherwise. No? Just look at the definition and root for concupiscence.

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

“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.” “He that forsaketh not all that he hath, cannot be my disciple.”

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

The Whole Armor Of God

In the Book of Ephesians, we are told this by Paul, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Paul is telling us to walk as the Lord did. In the power of his might means, in his ability, and his strength. We know that Jesus lived a sinless life while He was here on the earth. We should be striving to do better each day than the day before. As the obstacles we face sometimes cause us to fail, we have the Lord to go to and ask for forgiveness. We are battling a spiritual war against the rulers of darkness.

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”

Now, we will look at Ephesians 6:13-15, take a walk through the Bible, and see where the Spirit can take us. In a previous post, we covered where Jesus told the paralytic man to rise, take up his bed and walk. Peter also tells us in the Book of Acts, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Although, what Spiritual significance does this have? “And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed And he arose immediately.” Jesus tells us, “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Are you beginning to see a connection there yet? Let’s tie this back into the verses we just looked at. Peter also tells us, “grid up the loins of your mind, and be sober.”

Paul tells us this as well, “for this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication.” Is the Bible telling us in a whole, and not just by looking at one verse here, or one verse there, that we shouldn’t be having sex? Yes. Now, we will look at these two verses even further, using the Strong’s Concordance. “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Pay close attention to the highlighted words, read the translation, consider what is being said, and think upon all of the scriptures that we just looked at.

Here, once again, we are taught about abstinence. Paul tells us, put a girdle around our procreative power. How is that done, you may ask? By no longer having sex with your spouse. As Paul continues on he says, “keep on the garments of justification, and righteousness, by being innocent, holy, and equitable. “Be ye Holy, for I am Holy…” Let us look at these words below.

Are we told elsewhere within the New Testament this same principle? Yes, in numerous places. Let’s look at a few of them. “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness…” Notice how adultery and fornication are separated. “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.” Once again, the word chambering means sex. So, to put it as plain as possible so that it even a child can understand it, if we are still having sex, or believe that we can still be having sex, we aren’t going to Heaven. “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Let us finish with the Triumphal entry of Jesus Christ in Mark 11. “And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.”

“Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.” “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.” “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments,” and his commandments are not burdensome. Stay in Him in all things and let your light shine before men.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

A Good Soldier Of Jesus Christ

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. – 2 Timothy 2:1-3

Are we spending too much time entangled with the affairs of this life? “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Will you be made whole? Jesus said to the impotent man, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.” “And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.”

Jesus saith unto them, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Once we have understood the foundational principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are all given one single task. It is a very simple task. Although, it comes with a price, and a burden to bare. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” “Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” We are all to carry our own crosses by walking as He walked, not after the flesh but after the Spirit. And teaching others what we have been blessed to receive.

As we strive for masteries and the command of our own vessels, we are to be sharing the Truth that we know. At whatever stage we are at. “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.” – 1 Corinthians 3:6-10. Now, we will build even more on these scriptures. Let’s watch this video, which takes the above verses, and expands on the original languages. It also layers additional supporting Scriptures with visual aids.

As we have seen, and have hopefully learned, the Lord wants to use us at whatever step we are at. “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” If we were hit with everything all at once, as in the download of a computer program, most of us would be executing error messages within ourselves. The Spirit doesn’t operate this way. It’s like a rinse and repeat theme as we grow in our faith, casting our cares upon Him. Quite literally, being washed by water of the Word.

May the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the fulness therein, find it’s root within you.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner