Posts by Joe David Wilson

Error of Denominations Part 7

To have the Jew as God’s Chosen, today, what would have to still be true that is not now in existence? First, Christ would not have come into the world. The reason God EVER chose the Jewish nation was to bring Christ into the world be a PURE ancestry. Every “pure blood” has to have a history of 10 generations. Check the laws of pedigree and you will find this still exist. When Christ came into the world He had 40 generations by which to claim “purity”. The reason for the ancestry given in Matthew and Luke is to PROVE the generations of purity substantiated. This is the reason Ezra had the Jew to divorce all the women from Babylon when Jerusalem was rebuilt; the seed line had to be pure!! Conclusion: if the Jew is still God’s chosen, Christ has not come in the flesh.
To still be the “chosen” of God, the sacrifices of the Old Testament MUST still be offered. What established the nation, qualified the law-giver, also established the priesthood! “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change of the law.” Hebrews 7:12 If the Jew is still the “chosen”, the priesthood of Christ is in jeopardy. He could not be priest as qualified by the Law of Moses. He did not generate from Levi, so under the Law which established the nation of Israel Christ COULD not be a priest AT ALL!! If Christ is NOT our high priest and He cannot enter the throne room of the Ancient of Days in our behalf, how could sin ever be forgiven of sin?? “For it not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore, when He cometh into the world, He saith, ‘Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God.” Hebrews 10:4-7 The blood of bulls and goats, as you remember, was the offering for sin of the Old Testament Law, NOT THE LAW OF CHRIST!!!
To still be the “chosen” of God, we would STILL have to “keep the Sabbath day holy”. Moses, when he was decreeing the Ten Commandments wrote:”The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb (see Deut. 4:12-13). The Lord made NOT (EMPHASIS MINE) THIS COVENANT WITH OUR FATHERS, BUT WITH US, EVEN US, WHO ARE ALL OF US HERE ALIVE THIS DAY.” Deuteronomy 5:2-3 It would take sheer dishonesty to think any of us were alive THAT DAY Moses “handed down” that covenant. Since that covenant was with “all of who are alive this day”, none of us in the 21st century keep the Sabbath, holy!! “Let no man therefore judge (recognize, know, describe) you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17 The Seventh Day Adventist denomination thinks themselves over 2,000 years old!!
If the Jew is still the “chosen”, God will have to explain all the confusion He caused in the 1st century AD. Why, the apostles, miracles, signs and wonders, raisings from the dead, walking on water, healing the blind, and raising of the dead?? Why all the confusion? If God did not intend to bring salvation through His Son, establish the TRUE ancestry of Christ, and preach the gospel to ALL the world-why all the confusion?? What would be the purpose? If the same Law, same people, same priesthood, same sacrifices, same days of worship, and same day of remembrance still exist; WHAT WAS ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?? If it be true as some say that God did not fulfill ALL His promises to Israel (therefore she still exist) how can we be sure about any of the promises He has made to US?? I know, God lied and the Jew still is His chosen—right!!

Error of Denominations Part 6

Of the Jewish people, the apostle Paul wrote: “For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen even as they have of the Jews; Who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.” 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16 Earlier, Paul by inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote: “Thou art inexcusable, O Man, whosoever thou judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou doest the same things; But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?….But after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God..” Romans 2:1-6 “Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through the breaking the law dishonourest thou God? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.” Romans 2:23-24 “But to Israel He saith, ‘All day long I have stretched forth My hands unto a disobedient and a gainsaying people” What would make you want to have a people like this for children?? Do you think God still wants the ‘challenge’(?) of tolerating this kind of person any longer than necessary?? Of all the bigoted, harsh, snobbish, recalcitrant people in the world, the Jew has the reputation of being the worst!! If you were God, would you want to do anything ‘special’ for a people thusly described?? Why would you want to blame God for these people?? Do these people remind you any of Jesus Christ? If we are to be ‘Christ-like’ where did these people loose the way?? Do they not remind you more of Satan??
How do people get the idea that these people belong to or are of God Almighty? Is it not true that those of the parent possess the same disposition as the parent? -Did God not ‘bring up’ the Jew when He brought them out of Egyptian slavery? Have you ever read of anyone being “better” to someone that God was to these people? No doubt there are some among them who emulate the goodness, kindness, mercy, and love one would think all “children of God” would have, but either their reputation as a people is unjust or most of this group are entirely opposite what we know and see of God: for God is Love!! Talk about parents have trouble raising children, what kind of parentage is seen of God raising the Jewish nation-IF- THEY, IN FACT, ARE THE OFFSPRING OF GOD!! These people are not the offspring of God, they spring from another: “Ye are of your father, the Devil, who was a liar from the beginning and abode not in the truth”. John 8:44 If this had been spoken be a German, he would have been expected to be carrying a swastika chanting for Hitler, this was spoken by the Son of God who came among this people to find for Himself a bride, one compatible to Himself and found none!! I am not anti-Jew; I just want the truth to be seen. If the Jew is a people of God, they have never shown the attributes of God as a people!!
God USED this people to bring Christ into the world. This is the only claim to fame they possess. Their ancestors as well as they, themselves; fought God the whole time she was married to Him. It never was a happy marriage, nor a happy home. While married to God they committed adultery with every false god they encountered, they violated the Holy One of Israel continually: How call them His Chosen Race???

Error of Denominations Part 5

Since miracles no longer prove the Word of God (see Hebrews 2:1-4, Mark 16:17-20, 2 Corinthians 12:12, 1 Corinthians 13:8-13), WHY DO WE NEED THEM?? If the Word of God has COMPLETELY been given, perfectly, without any need for alteration or revision, Jude vs 3, John 16:13-15, 2 John 8-10; WHY DO WE NEED MIRACLES when, again, all miracles EVER did was prove what the messenger said was true to the plan of God?? Answer: the honest seeker of truth would never seek a miraculous proof when God has provided something far better, His Inspired Word!!
On the same vein, why would anyone, today, want to claim to be a Jew for religious purposes?? What was the original purpose of the Jew? Where and for what reason did he come into existence? Who was the actual FIRST Jew? Who was the actual LAST Jew? Did not the reason for their existence END when the ONE for whom they existed came into the Earth? IF, IF they continue to exist, would it not prove the One for whom they came into existence HAS NOT COME?? Another way of asking this last question is, do you believe Jesus Christ to be the only begotten Son of God? IF YOU DO you are calling God a liar when you claim to believe the Jew is still God’s chosen people!!
When God created man and man sinned, God determined to intervene in man’s affairs to do for man what man could not do for himself, save himself from his own disobedience. God had a plan from the beginning to show His love for His creation, it was not a surprise to Him when man sinned. Gen 3:15 No sacrifice would ever appease God that could be offered by man, so God had to offer one of His own!! After the flood, man again went back to his profligate life of sin. This time, there were NO PREACHERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS as before. Jude vs 14-16 There was a man of the seed of Seth named Abram who lived in the Ur of the Chaldees (modern Syria). This man was the son of an idol-worshipper who was married to his brother’s daughter. He was not like those with whom he lived, like Noah, Abram found grace. As Noah built an ark “for the saving of his house”, Abram left his homeland to wonder as a vagabond to “bring his ‘seed’ into existence. There would be a difference with Abram’s seed, He would be the salvation, the sacrifice, the “offering of the Lord” that God could and would accept for the sins of mankind: as Noah left his world to save mankind so Abram left his homeland, world. Should we expect it to be any different, now?? How can we expect to remain in the same old habits, with the same associates, going to the same places, stay in the same man-made denomination and SAVE OUR SOULS?? Not knowing where he went was typical of those who had faith in God Time had come to begin the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15. You have to get out of this world and get the world out of you, you have to declare yourself a vagabond and become an owner of only ONE dream, hope, to be used of God!! Abram left home so Christ could come into this world and take us home!!
The story of Abram’s call, his sojourns, his marriages and children, his wives, his offering of his only begotten son: all these most people know. WHAT THEY DO NOT SEEM TO KNOW IS WHY. BY THE WAY, Abram was not, let me repeat myself, WAS NOT, the father of the Islamic Arabic Muslim people!!! Ishmael was no more the father of the Arabic nation than Abram was the father of Adam!! In every sense Abram was in the same blood line as the modern Arab and HE was ‘E PLURIBUS UNIM’ (one among many)!! Abraham’s dream: he was ‘looking for a country’, that describes, tells the why of EVERYTHING he did!! He had ONE dream!

Error of Denominations Part 4

To those proponents of the “change not” doctrine, we have shown that God DOES change, has changed, and prayerfully WILL change, again!! He changes EVERYTIME He forgives of sin, He changed when He covenanted with Abraham to kill his only son, Isaac; He changed when Moses and his sons were not destroyed when they re-entered the company of the Israelites; He changed when He chose to not destroy man and raise up a new seed to Moses; and on and on. This is not the REAL reason for their argument; they are proposing that God does not change to try and find SOME scriptural reason for the retaining of miracles, tongues, healings, and the claim that the descendants of Abraham are STILL God’s chosen people!! There needs to be ONE question answered that will satisfy their hearts; why would ANYONE still want to work miracles? Why would ANYONE STILL WANT TO BE A JEW??
Would it glorify God for anyone, today, to work miracles? If we need miracles, what need have we of the written Word of God?? Is it not true miracles were but to qualify, confirm, and endorse what the message and messenger of the spoken truth? Listen to Hebrews 2:4 and Mark 16:20 among others: “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will?” and then “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following.” Everyone who studies the Bible knows that in the absence of the written Word, some means of confirming the message has to be!! Correspondingly, when the Written Word came into being (that which is perfect had come, 1 Corinthians 13:10), the oral or visual means of confirming the word (that which was in part) was done away, forever gone!! “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.” 2 Corinthians 12:12 “Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.” Romans 15:19 If there are miracles, today, then there have to also be apostles, today!! When miracles ceased the work of the apostle was done; “earnestly contend for the faith which is once and for all been delivered to the saints.” Jude verse 3 When the work of the apostles was done, miracles ceased; “For the gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as you know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” 1 Thessalonians 1:5 “But when they shall have delivered you up to the councils, and they scourge you in their synagogues; and you shall be brought before kings for My sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles—when they shall deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak. For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” Matthew 10:17-20 Why would the Spirit of God NEED to speak, TODAY, when He had given ALL His message THEN to the apostles of the first century as they and they alone had waited in Jerusalem to be baptized in the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ, Himself?? The purpose was to “lead and direct the apostles into ALL the truth.”. John 16:13, vs 3, 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, Acts 1:4-8
Why do they want miracles, tongues, and healings, today? They want to have something to brag about, something to point to and tell you they are better than you, for God has DONE for them a work to PROVE they are saved without OBEYING HIM!!
They “got a feeling”, not a book, chapter, and verse to prove their salvation!!

Error of Denominations Part 3

We have done the unusual; we have gone to the text and looked at the verse in context that is under discussion. Next, we will consider the REASON this verse and verses already listed are so interesting to the denominational world. By the fact they blatantly can cry out, “God does not change”, they THINK they can protect their pet doctrines which in any fair discussion would be seen as completely false!! Those doctrines focus around two subjects: that miracles STILL exist and they can work such, and, the Jew is STILL God’s chosen nation, so one BETTER take care not to offend national Israel or one who claims such. We will look at both errors and find the Bible answer!
The fact that miracles have ceased needs not to be controversial; it is answered in totality in 1 Corinthians 13:8-14. The apostle Paul is writing by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (it is not his opinion) when he states; “love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” Interestingly, the verse is either not read or not believed when read!! It would help to do a word study on the word “fail” as used in this text. The word “fail” is from the Greek word katargeo, the first part of the word is kata, an intensive and the second is argeo, to be idle. It means to render inactive, idle, useless, and ineffective. The kata gives to the intransitive argeo the transitive meaning of to make to cease, see its use also in Hebrews 2:14 (translated destroy). With Paul this word always means to cause a complete cessation! There go the prophecies!! Paul continues, whether there be tongues, they shall cease, pausontal, meaning to stop some action, such as speaking, see Luke 5:4, Christ had stopped speaking, Luke 11:1, Christ was praying and He ceased, He stopped. Do you get the picture, tongues stopped!!
Finally, “where there be knowledge, it shall vanish away”. The Greek word is katargethesethai, it means to make idle or useless, waste, abolish, do away with, and destroy. Basically, if you believe the Bible to be the Word of God at all, you MUST come to the conclusion the use of tongues, knowledge, and prophecies are no longer, by the power of God!! I can only pause to cause you to remember, God changed His way of preaching the gospel, God Changed, when the complete revelation concluded!!
Now, to the Jew. As with the purpose of tongues, knowledge, and prophecies; when they were no longer the method of use, God changed! What was the purpose of the Jew from the beginning of the Jew? With whom did God start this arrangement, and when did it end? God started this with Abraham, Genesis 12. God INTENDED His Son have a “pure blood-lineage” when He came into the world!! This is the reason God “put up” with the Jew so many years!! Matthew and Luke have the lineage of Joseph and Mary, both trace the lineage back to Abraham, the lineage of Mary even goes back to God!! The Jew had laws against marrying people of other ancestries so the ancestry of Christ would not have gaping holes. When the Israelites came out of captivity, Ezra commanded them thusly; “you that transgressed and have taken strange wives….make confession and do the pleasure of the Lord God of your fathers, and separate yourselves from the strange wives and some of them had wives by whom they had children. Ezra 10:1-44. Why would God not want these to keep the wives of their captivity? It would diminish the clams God would demand for the purity of the Jewish nation, that purity in fact that would be true when Christ came unto His own. Once the purpose of the Jewish people was concluded, they could marry anyone they wanted to marry!!

Error of Denominations Part 2

Establishing the fact that God does in fact change else man could never be saved, one only has to look at the covenantal arrangement in the Scriptures. First, there was the Patriarchal Covenant. This covenant was as the father ruled his family. He was priest of his offspring and was the only one who could offer sacrifices to God. When man spread across the continents, this father-rule yielded to the oldest living male. He became the “senior patriarch” or high priest and was the guarantor of peace and prosperity among his congregation. Then, during the Patriarchal Covenant, God added the Mosaical Covenant. This was really an addendum, not a separate covenant. This addendum was strictly a national government for the Jewish people. Patriarchal in its arrangement, the Moasical Covenant followed the same moral code but added a weekly national day of remembrance for those who had crossed the Red Sea. This day was the Sabbath day and it was a day of remembrance, not a day of worship, necessarily. God had chosen for Himself a people who would bring His Son into the physical realm through a physical people. Finally, God “changed His mind, again” when He sent His only-begotten Son into this world through the seed of Abraham. This Son would reign over God’s people as planned. The purpose of the Jewish people would be accomplished when Christ would come into this world. Those who believe the Jew to still be chosen have to deny the coming of Christ and believe the promise to Abraham still to be existent.
To the text and context. Malachi was a name meaning “my messenger”. It was written in and about 450BC just after the walls of Jerusalem had been restored. Priests had been offering sacrifices for about 100 years, but the priests were careless, they were offering lame, sick, blind, and animals that were halt. In so doing, they were mocking God instead of honoring Him. The people doubted God and were intermarrying out side Israel. The enthusiasm that marked the return to Jerusalem 100 years earlier had ceased. The Jewish people were discouraged, there was a drought, and the crops were bad. They had expected a golden age to follow their return but it had not dawned and they complained and wanted to know WHY!. Did not God care? Malachi answered these doubts: God is still on His throne, Malachi reported, and if God is to bless His people, they will have to pay their tithes, obey Him, and see how wonderful things could be. The Messiah was still truly coming and before the Messiah came, Elijah (John the Baptist) must come. Here, we take up our quoted text, “For I Am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away form mine ordinances, and have not kept them, Return unto Me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of Hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed Me, even this whole nation.” Malachi 3:6-9 God declared, He had not changed the plan, the Messiah was still coming, but in their condition of heart, if He were to come, He would destroy them from the face of the earth!!
God is as good as His word!! This principle is the guide to all our dealings with our Lord. When it seems He cannot do what He has promised, God will do what He promised. When all seems to point to the contrary, God will do what He intended. His plan to send the Messiah, even though it looked impossible in the present circumstances, God would make happen. Miracles, tongues, and the Jew as God’s chosen, deny ALL the integrity of the God we serve. To teach them as truth deny God!!

 

Error of Denominations

There are many times people mis-understand the TRUTHS of the scriptures. One reason is they desire to. They are looking for a verse to fit their faith, not that of the Word of God!! Having been defeated in doctrinal discussion, they seek some way (as do children in a fight) to counter the truth with something they have heard and not studied. Like the Russellites, the easiest way to defend themselves is to TAKE A VERSE OUT OF CONTEXT and apply to it their own meaning (or the meaning of some pastor with whom they many times do not agree on other Biblical doctrines, but this time find agreement)!! Other times they just absolutely refuse to believe the truth and find solace in a verse they take completely out of context and will not discuss this verse with any other person or persons who they know will not agree with them, especially one who quotes verses of scripture IN CONTEXT not allowing persons, willingly or unwillingly, make the Word of God contradict itself!! The first point of this discussion then is this: God’s Word DOES NOT contradict itself!! 1 Corinthians 14:33
Pentecostal and Premillenialists use the above strategy for exegesis(??) when they discuss a verse they try to deny the truth on the change of the covenants, cessation of tongues and miracles, and the so-called “chosen ones, the Jews”. In this series, we study these “doctrines of demons” and see the blatant errors of their positions. We do not seek to convert them from the “error of their ways”!! If the written Word cannot be believed by them, how think we that we can do any better converting them by logic or debate??
“I change not”, is found in Hebrews the 13th chapter and the 8th verse. There are those who try to “change the night into the day”, Job 17:12, or take a truth and make it mis-represent every other thing taught in the Scriptures. This, if they are allowed, “damn themselves and them that hear them”. Matthew 23:15
If the God of Heaven cannot change anything, the second coming of Christ cannot occur!! When Jesus returns, He will “change” everything: the type of bodies of the saints, the situation in which all mankind will exists, the place of existence, the order of our existence, death will be NO MORE, tomorrow will never come, again, separation will be concluded.
If the God of Heaven cannot change, no sinner could ever be saved!! Do you not understand that it takes a “changing of the mind of God” to allow a sinner to be saved?? If “God changes not”, this will be impossible!! “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me (made it possible for a plan of salvation to be enacted so I could be saved!), for that He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy (something else we could not use IF GOD CHANGES NOT), because I did it ignorantly in unbelief…..Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all long-suffering (something else God would not need), for a pattern (something else God would not need) to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting.” 1 Timothy 1:12-17 This doctrine is not sounding too good, is it??
If the God of Heaven cannot change, we would be living under three covenants: the Patriarchal, Mosaical, and Christian; and all at the same time!! What confusion. Under the Patriarchal there was NO SET DAY OF WORSHIP, under the Mosaic, the DAY was not set, just the date of observance (by the way, the Sabbath was NEVER a day of worship, it was a day of rest), and in the New Covenant, the Lord’s Day is the day!! Which do you chose? Do we do all three? Has God changed His mind?? Psa 115:24

I AM that I AM Part 7

And now the purpose for creation becomes apparent, now the reason for God, the Word becoming a high priest is fulfilled (priest comes from the Hebrew word “cohen” which means bridge builder), now all that the Father ever intended is reality, for NOW the Church of Christ will come into existence!! “And to make all men see (understand, know, comprehend) what is the fellowship (all three who possess the nature called God working together—(what a wonderful plan it is which requires the entirety of Deity) to bring about the mystery (the plan of the Father become reality and really exist) so man who had sinned, who had no way to remedy that default in his character—could enter an institution, the “called out who had now been made citizens” that would entitle the damned, because of unforgiven sin, forgiveness and inheritance in what the Father had conceived millenniums before, in His new creation, which had been bought by the blood of His only begotten Son, His fellow Deity.
God, the Father had a plan, God, the Son—called the Word, volunteered to bring that plan into existence, and God, the Spirit would communicate this plan so “whosoever will” obey from their hearts that form of doctrine, they can be added to sinless humanity, reserved in Paradise. Until the Father has had enough of the unrepentant and ended the “scheme of redemption” without apology or needed explanation, bringing the end of “time” and the beginning of sinless glorification for the newly elected “heirs of righteousness” He has united the “family in Heaven and on Earth,” forever and ever!!
Before this revelation of “the mystery,” God, the Word, had been treated with unbelievable hatred, cursed, spit on, and taunted. Those to whom He came rejected Him in a terrible show of disrespect for One who had healed their sick, given sight to their blind, physically fed their sons and daughters, and on and on; yet without thought to any received kindness, men and women reviled, mocked His name and character, even showed no respect for His mother, nor care for untold kindnesses He had openly and freely given. On the day of Pentecost, when He rightfully could have repaid them for their insults, He joyously gave these same peoples the message that would save their souls and that of their children who were accountable.
Unfortunately, we who have been “invited” into His Kingdom, have treated Him and His authority worse. Yet every time if we are humble and repentant, we can go by Him to His Father, He takes us into the presence of a Being we do no even the right to be in the same room with—and ask Him the desires of our hearts without restraint!! This is the “eternal purpose” the Father had in Christ Jesus, His Son. He has told us the reason WHY! “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither My ways, your ways.” This makes it clear that God is just different, better, beyond our abilities to understand—while at the same time make us determined to be more like Him every day we are privileged to live so someday we can spend the rest of our existence with a Being of such majesty. Often, we never consider our blessings—we do not understand how to not be selfish!!
Finally, God, the Father has, through His Son, Christ given us the way to live “before Him in love.” The Old Testament Jew could never “touch the hem of His garment” because nothing was theirs that would allow them to change, to become like, to have the mind of God!! We do!! Again, He, the Holy Spirit, is blessing us with His great ability to understand the Father so we can express to Him what we need. When we cannot express this in the way the Father desires, He even over-rides our control mechanisms with our will and not against our will and never brags, foolishly!!

I AM that I AM Part 6

There are many things we can write about our “big” Brother, the Lord Jesus Christ. If sixty six books written by the inspiration we will never touch the hem of the garment, how could we do more?? “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” John 21:25 How, then, could it be expected that more be written that could or would be more definitive?? That is not our purpose—our purpose is/was to aid those who are disposed to read this effort to a greater appreciation of Him for whom the word ALL cannot begin to describe—either in power, wisdom, glory, love, commitment–here words begin to fail!! No might or power could ever begin to match His story which began before there was ever anything and will never end when He who was and is might end, which He cannot, because He is life.
The incomprehensible story of the love He had and has for Him who ignited a string of incidents that Christ made real and existent is beyond human reasoning. What a concept! What a plan! What a Savior!! That a Being so far removed from need or desire could possess such a “heart” that could include the creation and re-creation of all who will prove their love for Him and those whom He loved, and that another of His kind could be so humble to never even have His name known after writing 66 books about His Fellow with whom He was/is equal. Who, after finishing this work of communication, would take on the molding and re-making of that blood-bought humanity, for whom the world was made, Himself being the second of the nature called God to work, live, and fight with beings so inferior to His nature, being so much far greater, no comparison could ever be drawn that could express equity. This must be or should be impossible, seeing we recently came from sin, having left the comforts of “home with God” for a lesser being than ourselves, created-that had a beginning as we, who has done nothing since he went blind with hate for all that is good and holy, doing nothing but destroy what He, who10 from whom this began as thought, conceived!! Our damnation, which could NEVER affect His person, place, or being, became His agony. He spends the existence between two eternities in what is called time, fighting with we who do not even know we are our own worst enemies!! We have become His tireless passion, one that only a being with the nature called God would ever undertake, never daunted, dismayed, ready to quit, or deny “that which He began in us, He must finish,” which He WILL finish, unless we pull out of the race that has been set before us with an insult that can’t and won’t ever say—“Thanks”!! Working tirelessly without benefit to His person, His name is used mockingly in modern denominationalism. They even make a division among those in Christianity, stealing the hearts of those who would follow His beloved Christ, justifying their existence by claiming a power for their experiences and mumblings, from this Great Spirit who has never been anything but true to the cause, as their source.
This I AM that I AM, Oh! What a glorious Being!! and to think we would NEVER have known Him had it not been for the selfless, predetermined, predestined chief resident of Heaven who intends to share ALL that He has and is with the disgusting creation that began with such promise, who wound up killing His only begotten Son in a place in the Hebrew tongue called Armageddon, choosing a reprobate, drunk with blood, in His place!! Thinking this destroyed the “mystery,” man found out 53 days later how this WAS in fact the plan, mystery “hidden from the foundations of the world.”!! On that day, the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter UTTERED that that had been hidden!!

I AM that I AM Part 5

There is another God equal to and dependent on none, the name we have given us of Him is the Spirit. In the New Testament He is addressed as the Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost. As there is man and the spirit of man, so there is God and the Spirit of God. They are capable of a separate and distinct existence. “What man knoweth the things of man,” says Paul, “but the spirit of man that is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man but the Spirit of God.” There is in this case an image of God in man—not , indeed an exact image, but an image; for as Paul says of the law, so say we of man—“For the law had a shadow (a resemblance) of good things to come, and not the very (or exact) image of those things.” So man was made “an image” of God, though not the exact image. The active power of man is in his spirit. So John the Baptizer came in the power of Elijah, because he came in his spirit. The Spirit of God is therefore often used for His power; though it is not an impersonal power, but a living, energizing, active, personal existence. In all the works of God, the Spirit of God is the active operating agent. So, in the old creation, while ancient chaos yet remained—when ”the earth was without form and void, and darkness brooded on the bosom of the vast abyss,” the Spirit of God “moved (incubated and energized-brought order out of chaos or dis-organization) upon the face of the waters.” “The hand of the Lord has made me, and the Spirit of the Almighty has given me life.” “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.” And so was chaos subdued, man vitalized, “the heavens garnished,” and the body of Jesus made by the Spirit of God.
There is the Spirit, as it is said, to do, and to have done, all that God does and all that God has done. He has all divine perfections and works; and in the New Testament He is designated as the immediate author and agent of the new creation, and of the holiness of Christians. It is therefore call the Holy Spirit. In the relation of the deity, or godhead, He stands next to the Incarnate Word. Before time, it was God, the Word of God, and the Spirit of God. But now, in the finality of redemption, it is “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”—one God, one Lord, one Spirit. To us Christians there is, then, but one God, even the Father, and one Lord Jesus Christ, even the Savior; and one Spirit, even the Advocate, the Sanctifier, and the Comforter of Christ’s body—the church. Jesus is the head, and the Spirit is the life and animating principle of that body.
Creation, providence, and redemption are founded upon these relations in the Deity. Destroy these, blend and confound these, and nature, providence, and grace are blended, confounded, and destroyed. The excellency of the Christian system is, that it fully opens to the vision of mortals the divinity—the whole godhead employed in the work of man’s regeneration and ultimate glorification. God was manifest in human flesh, and is justified and glorified by the Spirit, in accomplishing man’s deliverance from ruin. Each being of the sacred three has its own peculiar work and glory and neither interferes with the other’s work. We are, by divine authority, baptized into the name of the sacred three; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, in coming into the kingdom of grace; and while in that kingdom the supreme benediction is, “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you!” In the old church, the moonlight period, the High Priest of Israel was commanded to put the name of the Lord upon the children of Israel, —“The Lord bless thee and keep thee—make His countenance shine upon thee, and give thee peace (the communion of the Spirit).