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The Will of God

What Is The Will Of God?

What is the will of God? We are told by Jesus that we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind. And, to love our neighbor as ourselves. In order for us to understand these words better, we will be looking at the Book of Revelation and the Angel of the Church of Philadelphia. Before doing so, let us watch a very brief two minute video. I am beside you in spirit, watching it with you.

In Revelation chapter 3 it says, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” – Revelation 3:7-8. So, what is the will of God? Let us now look deeper at a few of the words using the Strong’s Concordance and a program called e-Sword. We will be looking at the original languages, the root words, and the definitions. The first word that we will look at is Philadelphia and the meaning behind it.

The word Philadelphia means, fond of the brethren, that is, fraternal: – to love AS brethren. We are told by the Messiah to love our neighbor even as ourselves. The word fraternal means, of, or like a brother. In simple English, we should be loving everyone like they are our brother. Yes, that also includes our spouse. We will get into that a little later. First, let us look at the meaning of the word David. As it will add even more to our understanding. The meaning of David is, loving, as a brother, (well-) beloved, as a father’s brother. Let us now look at it using e-Sword.

Let us now build upon this revelation of knowing a deeper meaning behind loving our neighbors as ourselves, and consider once again, what is the will of God? Previous posts on this website have covered Biblical Abstinence. If you have yet to read the free eBook, Jesus, Abstinence, and The Bible, do so now by clicking on the link. Sanctification of the Spirit, and the Gift of the Holy Ghost come by understanding this principle, fully committing to believing it, KNOWING who we all are and what we all did, and by understanding Biblical Repentance.

A good place to lead you in a beginning of understanding the foundational principles of the Gospel would be, The Gospel Of Jesus Christ. It is an in depth Bible Study, which starts with who we all are, what we all did, and builds it’s way up from there. Each lesson builds briefly upon the previous one, leading us in our understanding of not only the Truth, but also the Way, and the Life.

In 1 Thessalonians 4, we are told this by Paul, “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.” Here is a post which dives deeper in to this understanding, This Is Your Sanctification – Even The Will Of GOD. Romans 12:2 tells us, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Ephesians 5:17 says, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

The Bible tells us that we are washed by the water of the Word. A good post to look at now would be, The Baptism Of The Holy Ghost. If you don’t know the Bible, and are being fed by pastors and teachers that are only showing you parts of verses, or a verse here or there, you are being fed with bread. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Let’s now tie some of this together with a short video on the Church of Philadelphia.

The Church Of Philadelphia – Love AS Brethren – Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself

As our own knowledge and understanding grows, the old man begins to lose grip within us. At least, it should. If, we are reaching forth unto those things which are before. I did a recent video on the parable of the sower and will tie to it again from Mark chapter 4. We will specifically be looking at the seed that is sown amongst the thorns. The seed that is amongst the thorns are those who “hear” the Word, and the cares of this world with it’s distractions, uselessness, and the lusts of all the other things this world has to offer, prevent us from bearing any fruit. Let us look at the meaning behind a few of these words now.

As we have seen, the things that are in this world prevent us from pushing forward, prevent us from following the Lord with our whole heart. “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!” – Matthew 6:21-23.

Where is your heart brothers and sisters? Is one leg in the world, and one leg out? The last few posts have been on becoming a soldier for Jesus Christ, and through love, serving one another. It would be a good refresher to look at the last post, Be A Good Soldier Of Christ. Because it ties into the next part of the Angel of the Church in Philadelphia. It tells us, “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” We will look at a couple of the meanings now.

This understanding has been covered in detail throughout this website with posts such as, About My Fathers Business, Fit For The Kingdom Of Heaven, and Through Love Serve One Another, as well as others. In the last mentioned post, it begins with, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” – Galatians 5:13-16.

Are you one who “hears” the Word? Are you one who knows the truth? Are you sharing what you know to be true with others? Are you using your own unique set of gifts and talents to further the Kingdom of our Father in Heaven? “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 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.” – Romans 8:5-8. “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” – Philippians 1:9-11.” We will now look deeper at these verses in e-Sword.

As we are washing off the old man and putting on the new, after our sanctification of the Spirit, the fruit that we bear should be, “as plucked.” Meaning, for others to eat from, and for others to see. That my brothers and sisters is what Peter means when he leads into this, “And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

I will finally tie into the next portion of the Angel of the Church of Philadelphia, with the following, “and (thou) hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” Let us look at it deeper.

It is not just knowing who we are and what we did. It is not just knowing about abstinence. It is not just coming to terms with those truths. It is also about letting go of the man that we once were in the flesh, becoming more like the Father, walking as He walked, and most importantly, doing as He did. “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” – Luke 22:31-32. We all as Peter, being built up as living “stones,” a temple for the Lord God to occupy, once we are converted and are able to “hear” what the Spirit says unto us, are all tasked with strengthening the brethren.

Please take the time to digest fully all that you have seen and heard hear today. Our sins take care of themselves as we draw closer to the Father. As our desires line up more perfectly with His, the things that we used to do, put simply, we don’t want to do anymore. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Don’t wait for next week. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. None of us are sure what tomorrow brings. Don’t let those in your immediate vicinity take away that which is ever “before” you. What is the will of God? To love the Lord God with all our heart, mind, and strength. And, to love our neighbors as ourselves. Now, I hope you have a better understanding of what this means. I pray that the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, will shine bright within your hearts, as you become a light unto this very dark and evil world.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Be A Good Soldier Of Christ

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. – 2 Timothy 2:3-6.

What does it mean to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ? My hope is that by the time you are done reading the post, watching the videos, and revisiting previous lessons, you may gain a better understanding of what we are all called to do once we have gained an understanding of the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We will begin with a portion of the story of David and Goliath. We will look at a humble shepherd boy with no fear of man, no fear of death, and no fear of his enemy. Why? Because the LORD is on his side. And, if the LORD is truly for you, you have nothing to fear.

And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.
And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands.
And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.
And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.
And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armor in his tent.

In a previous post, Fit For The Kingdom Of Heaven, we looked at following Jesus as His disciple, and more specifically, to do as He did. Once we have gained a deeper understanding of what we all did, who we all are, and sanctification of the Spirit, we should no longer have a fear of death. To be a good soldier of Jesus Christ, means to follow after our Father with complete trust and faith in Him. As we begin to follow by His example in sharing the Good News of the Gospel, the struggles that we have in the flesh begin to take care of themselves.

Once you have fully understood the deeper meaning behind the words of Jesus when he says, “Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do,” we learn of a parable of Jesus. I will expand further on this. “And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.” What Jesus is telling us, is that by pushing forward by sharing His message, our “father” the devil, begins to lose his grip within our flesh. As we see the lives of the early Apostles before they had received His Spirit, they were still teaching and sharing what they knew. For my brothers and sisters who “See” and “Hear” the LORD, there is never a better time than right now to push forward. A good lesson to look at next would be, Feed My Sheep.

If you feel as if you are unworthy to serve the LORD, you are not. If you feel as if you can’t share His Love with others because of how deep your personal pain is, or because your sins are great, you don’t need to feel that way. I personally began sharing the WORD the very first moment I knew something to be true. As I continue, taking up my cross daily, my flesh takes care of itself, and the things that I used to do, I no longer do anymore. With each passing moment, day, or period of time, something else I struggled with, no longer affects me. The “dead” will bury the “dead.” If… we follow after and reach forth unto the things which are before. If we are stalling out, we are in danger of losing even what we have. The LORD is ever patient and merciful to us, but the time is drawing extremely short. Let us now look at a short video.

Be A Good Soldier For Christ

Jesus tells us in John 7, “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.” To add to this is, we can look at, Your Time Is Always Ready. I pray that you are taking the time to click through the links, and watch what is contained therein. If you are stalling out for another reason such as friends, family, loved ones, a spouse, etc., we are told this by the Messiah, “And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.”

Below is a playlist that I put together for my friends who are still holding on to this world, with one foot in and one foot out. Remember what we are told, “they that are in the flesh, cannot please God.” It is time to let go. It is time to forsake everything, and if need be, according to the Word, even everyone. “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.”

“We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses.” There truly is no better time then now to become A Good Soldier Of Jesus Christ. I earnestly pray that we all figure this out.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Redeem The Time – For The Days Are Evil

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor. – Ephesians 5:1-2.

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” – Ephesians 5:14-21.

Be ye therefore followers of God my brothers and sisters. To walk in Love is to share the Word, the everlasting Gospel. Loving your neighbor as yourself is to feed them with the Word, as we have been fed. “Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.” Everything that is in this world is in direct opposition to the Spirit. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the Law.” – Galatians 5:17-18.

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

Are You Risen With Christ? For Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also.

May the Everlasting Father, the Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Prince of Peace, bestow upon you all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Behold My Mother And My Brethren

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. – Matthew 12:48-50. In my own walk of faith, I have been blessed to understand many wonderful things about the Word of Life. Although, none of it came easy. The Bible tells us, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” – Matthew 5:6. You may find this website, the articles, the eBooks, and the videos, and say, this guy must really have it together. I laugh at that statement. Or, the exact opposite, this guy must have completely have lost his mind. I laugh at that one too.

Growing up, I loathed reading. I crammed for exams and used cliff notes when I was supposed to be reading books for school. About the only time that I ever did read was when I got in trouble. And only when I had my outdoor and TV privilege’s taken away. I have to say though, the one book that immediately comes to mind, was quite the internal adventure. I rather enjoyed the book. But in general, I was lazy pertaining to educational experiences. That summed up most of my childhood and part of my early adulthood. Looking back, I may have changed some things.

Change for me didn’t start taking place until much later in life. As Paul says, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” I understand that one. Have I ever put someone to death or had them put to death? No. Although, knowing what I do now about the Gospel, any time that we get angry with our brother, or say something mean to them, we are in essence snuffing out a portion of their light. Now add to that having kids. Aargh. Especially teenagers these days.

In my immediate family, we are split. I believe the Bible to be true. My spouse does not. Or, so she thinks. So our kids are divided. I will now liken the battle with the Truth and the reason why most people don’t want to believe or accept it. The truth is painful. No? Most people wouldn’t think so either. We are taught to go to charismatic churches who gloss the surface, feed us with crumbs, and somehow, a bait and switch happens and we leave feeling satisfied. What does the Bible tell us? “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Herein lies the problem. And why I began with snuffing out someone’s light. We have been conditioned to push pain as far away from us as possible in order to protect ourselves. Although, this is contradictory to what we should be doing. By being angry with our brother, we are pushing them away from the light even more, instead of drawing them to it. When we aren’t facing our own difficulties, we aren’t drawing to the light either, so that we can be healed. The Lord loves a humble spirit and one who acknowledges their guilt before Him. That in essence, is it in a nutshell. The inability to acknowledge ones guilt, and ask for forgiveness.

By some happen chance, how I began this post, is not where I thought it was going to end up. Or, maybe this was exactly the way that it was supposed to go. As I began maturing and started acknowledging my own guilt, the Light of Life was finally able to begin His process with me. It took years, and it’s still in the process. I had to go through many “faiths” in order to determine whether they were true or not. “And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” – John 10:5. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

Remember, I said that I used to loathe reading? And in fact, I still do. Except when it comes to the Word. The Word is something to marvel at. It is Magnificent. It is Marvelous. He is Amazing. The Lord God is Splendor. He is other worldly. As in my experience of the internal adventure I had reading a book growing up, The Bible takes you to places that are unimaginable. When you go to a church, or any ministry, they attempt to interpret what is being said to make the message sound good and to fit within their beliefs. What church have you ever gone to and felt guilt or remorse? If there are any, they are few and far between. I know of only one man. Yet, even he fell short. Once again, trying to interpret what is being said, instead of just reading it.

Nevertheless, on to perfection. As I have posted here previously about who we are, where we come from, abstinence, sanctification, and the indwelling of the Spirit by the washing of water by the Word, I feel reminded to bring up the most just cause after we have known the Lord God intimately and have been blessed to receive of His Spirit, loving our neighbors as ourselves. For if we are not doing this, how can we say that we know the Lord?

“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. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the WORD which ye have heard from the beginning.” “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

There is a very good reason that nearly every moment that I have free, all that I am led to do is share the good news of the Gospel. That is all that I desire to do. It is all that I want to do. And it’s not burdensome. If only one comes to the knowledge of understanding and only one sinner turns to repentance, that is one brother saved from death. “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” I pray that the following video will be received well.

We are all called to service for the Lord, there is no way around it. “The old commandment is the WORD which ye have heard from the beginning.” Once you have dined, receiving the chief principal meal, after you are converted, we are told this: “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. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”

Brethren, feed the sheep… “While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, 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.”

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Paul And The New Covenant

What is the New Covenant? The Apostle Paul was a Pharisee before being converted on the road to Damascus. He was one who knew very well the letter of the Law. He never thought twice about persecuting or even killing those of the Sect of the Nazarenes. What was it though, that was different about this specific group of people who followed the teachings of Jesus Christ? Why were they all so upset, to the extremity of putting someone to death for being a follower of the Way?

Let us begin by looking at a parable of the Messiah. We can take His words, and His message, and compare it to the understanding that Paul had obtained by walking in newness of Spirit, and not in oldness of Letter. We will be looking at Mark 7:14-23, using the KJV Bible. “And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” – Mark 7:14-16

Before we continue, as some may begin to think that they know what Jesus is speaking about, let me ask you a question. Is he only talking about your mouth? What about your heart? What about both? What if there was even more here that most of us aren’t even aware of? Let us continue. “And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.  And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.” – Mark 7:17-20. These verses, very few would even dispute over what is being said. But, what about what Jesus says next?

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” – Mark 7:21-23. Why does He mention fornications? Why does He mention covetousness? Why does he mention lasciviousness? Why are they sperate from adulteries? Are they not one in the same? Couldn’t it just be summed up with that one word? The answer is no. Paul was taught by the Spirit of All Truth, and not after the tradition of men. He already knew the Law. After his conversion, he was teaching the new covenant, or what we all know as the New Testament. Were you aware that there was another law, a higher law? Have you taken the time to read the Book of Romans? What about Hebrews? Does some of it sound like gibberish? Have you glossed over a lot of it? I know that I used to. The majority of it presented itself to me in much of the same way prior to my own conversion. Now, I understand all that I ask the Father about, with perfect clarity. At least I can say, with the amount of His Word, which has now become the greater part of me.

Paul tells us in Romans 7, “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” Wait… What? Stop for a minute. Think and consider. When we are lusting, we are coveting? What about our spouse? Sex is ok with our spouse right? What is it that Paul just told us? What did Jesus say in Mark 7? Why did the Messiah say elsewhere? “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” – Luke 9:23. The answer is no. Sex is not ok. Not at all. We are to be married to another. We are to be the wise virgins. We are to walk, even as He walked. We are to forsake everything. The sect of the Nazarenes must of been a sight to behold back then, I would imagine. “They that are in the flesh, cannot please God.”

Let us now take, what some of you may be highly upset about, and use Paul’s understanding to solidify the teachings of Jesus Christ, and those who were followers of The Way. Before doing so, I will add to the Old Testament, and the New. Within the Old Testament, we have the Law, or what most of us would call the ten commandments. Although, the New Testament translated, literally means, the new covenant. There are two separate laws. There is the natural man, and there is a spiritual man. There is a carnal mind, and a spiritual mind. There is a Levitical priesthood, and a Melchizedek priesthood. There is a natural law, and a spiritual law. Paul tells us in Galatians, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

Romans 8 begins as such, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

Let us now backtrack to Romans 7, and build further upon, what we all have just gazed at. “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.” The Old Testament, and the New. The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, and the law of sin and death.

“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.” – Luke 5:37-39.

— Jesus Turns Water To Wine —

“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.” “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.” Jesus Christ gave us the Way. He is the Way. He taught us how each of us need to walk, in order to please God. He taught us not to live under the Law, but to live even better. He taught us about abstinence. It is necessary for our eternal salvation, and for our own conversion.

Jesus gave us the Way, the Truth, and the Life within the Gospels. If you don’t know the Messiah’s words, you can’t fully understand the epistles. Jesus Christ is the whole foundation of the church, and we live or die off of what he said. Not our understanding of only one or two verses elsewhere. Especially if we don’t know what is being said. The epistles of Paul are given as an example to different churches in their own conversion process, and with their own level of understanding. Once you read all of 1 Corinthians 7, and understand the “folly” of the carnally minded church in 2 Corinthians, you see how Paul even says this towards the end when speaking upon sex, “But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none.” He says more than once in the chapter that he is speaking and not the Lord, and not as an authority of the subject. The Apostles even say this when Jesus is teaching about the most misunderstood word, “fornication,” in this final Biblical age, “If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.” Yet, here is the real punch in the gut when you know this. “But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.  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.”

“He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive.”

For Sean…

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

My Brother In Arms

My dear friend and brother in Christ, Jamie Black has just published his own blog. On his Website, Repent Now – Seek The Truth, he will take you wherever the Spirit leads him. I hope that those of you who have found anything useful here, may find the same over there as well. He is also fluent in Spanish, where I am not. Depending on where he is led, there may be some bilingual posts. Not to add to the pressure Jamie. 🙂

He begins on his homepage with explaining the world’s view of repentance and the Gospel view of repentance. Jamie begins in the heading with, “Time To Repent is Now.” And continues with Acts 17, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” As a believer, do we think that we have to repent, or can we just believe in any version of Jesus Christ and be saved? Jamie takes the time to break down the original language and shows us clearly what it means to, “change one’s mind or purpose.”

Within the second page of the website “The Time Of The End,” using 2 Timothy 3, he shows us exactly what we are seeing in the world today. He also goes briefly into the Book of Luke and shows us a way of escape. I would begin earnestly praying to escape all of these things which are about to come to pass. His Website is brand new. And as it is for all new bloggers, there always is a learning curve. My answer, “And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” – Matthew 21:16.

Follow his blog, consider the Biblical meaning of repentance, and compare it to what your pastors and teachers are telling you. Would it be better to believe the world, or believe the Lord? We are not of the world, even as Jesus is not of the world. “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.” – John 15:19. “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” You may want to consider those two verses for a moment.

You can go to his website directly by clicking this link: Repent Now – Seek The Truth

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I Am The Bread Of Life

As I consider this world with all of its current perils, it causes me to wonder. What if… We were to yearn for the Lord and hunger for the Truth as we do so many other things? As I remember the times with family during the holidays, and the smells coming from the kitchen, or the smell from walking by my favorite restaurant, or bakery, I now think deeply upon the words of Jesus Christ.

“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” – John 6:35. “I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” – John 6:48-51.

What if… We desired the Word as much, or more than what we have in this world? What would happen if we were literally to salivate over the Truth? Is that even possible? Although I haven’t the answer, “With God, all things are possible.”

I remember a morning, years ago, when the times were simpler. In fact, the world was nothing like what it currently is. I was near Lancaster, PA celebrating New Years with many family members, as was an early family tradition. We were all at breakfast and I was fairly young. I remember coming to what I believe was my first breakfast buffet experience. Upon looking at all of the delicacies, cakes, fruits, and appetizing delights, I asked a family member a question. What is all of this? His response to me seemed to roll off of the tip of his tongue, “Smörgåsbord.” I was in an earthly Heaven. All things considered, nothing could have been any better than at that moment. And the bacon? Well yes, even it was piled high.

“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.” “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 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… It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

While Jesus was tempted 40 days in the wilderness, the devil appeared to Him. “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” As we are told by the Messiah, our life only comes by the very words of Jesus Christ. And not just some of them. We need all of them to live. His teachings and His message is the New Testament, or the New Covenant, that we now have from the Father. “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” – Galatians 3:24-25. We are now to live even better.

Let’s now consider John 4 and Jacob’s well. “Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour… Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water… But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.” – John 12:24-26. “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.” – John 12:49-50.

As I remember that “Smörgåsbord” experience and all of the preparation, time, and care, I now know something far greater. By losing everything in this life, by letting go, by looking up, as it was in the beginning, and by serving others, we will find no greater joy, life everlasting. In the parables where thousands are fed, it is always Jesus giving to His disciples. Then His disciples distribute to those waiting to be fed. And in one parable, even the fragments are gathered up in “twelve” baskets, so nothing was lost.

Let go of what is behind you. Let go of the person, that you once were. Become something greater for the Kingdom of our Father. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14. May you continually be blessed, even unto the very end.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

September 11, 2001

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…

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

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.

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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