ENCOURAGEMENT TO OUR MINISTERS”
It seems to this writer, that the God-called minister has a two-fold
purpose in preaching the Gospel. He
must preach in a way that will convince his hearers that are lost, that they are
in true fact, Lost! There are thousands of people sitting in churches who give
no evidence that they are Born-Again, but who are quite confident that Jesus has
saved them. Our Message Churches are
not at all exempt from this deception. God’s
ministers have a responsibility to these people who have been tricked into
thinking that intellectual knowledge and correctness of doctrine qualifies them
for the Rapture.
How can we, with any degree of the Love of God in our hearts, remain
silent, when we see people that have not yet understood that there must be a
Moral and Spiritual transformation in the Soul, that begins with Justification
and is carried on by Sanctification, and the infilling of the Holy Spirit of
Christ? And so, one main
responsibility of the Minister is to present the part of the Word to these good
people that sets forth their lost condition.
It is a very real truth that one must see his lost condition before he
will cry out to be saved. As the
Philippian Jailer, they must be made to cry, “What
must I do to be saved?” God’s
Word plainly warns us that “There is a
generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their
filthiness.” (Pr. 30:12)
On the other side of the page, the Minister must encourage the Born-Again
Ones, who are being made to doubt their Salvation. Many of God’s Elect are
despondent because they have not properly understood the TWO NATURES that remain
in the Born-Again person. The
infilling of the Holy Ghost does not do away with the “Law
of Sin in our members,” (Rom. 7:23, and
the enemy, using our sins and failures as his weapon, attempts to destroy our
Faith and disrupt our fellowship with our Lord.
If we would but remember that the Bible says, “Satan is a liar and the
Father of all lies,” then we would catch him in his craftiness.
Since he cannot but lie in the final end of his preaching, we can
understand that he must tell the LOST that they are SAVED and tell the SAVED
that they are LOST! How else could
he even hope to win a victory? Our
Father permits his attacks, but it’s only to shake us down to the place of
standing on His Word. Our Prophet
said we must determine whether our Faith is real wheat or only chaff.
A Godly life is the first proof that we are a Child of God!
A make-believer may have all the facts of the Message correct, he may
testify as well as any, he may worship along with the real Believer, he may be a
regular attendee in a Message Church, he may even have some faith and preach the
End-Time Message, yet not have received the New Soul, or Nature!
The Godly Life, which strives to LIVE ALL THE WORD, will be missing.
There will be some parts of the Word that he will not believe in his
heart, and those parts will be missing in his daily walk.
What an awesome responsibility God has placed on the shoulders of His
Ministers! How diligent we must be
in study, and in prayer and obedience, so that our message does not leave the
blood of the people on our hands. We
must minister the true condition of the Lost to them, and we must minister the
true condition of the Saved to them, also. The
Lost must be encouraged to seek Salvation, and the saved must be strengthened so
as to hold onto what they have.
Now, may we speak for a few minutes to some who may not as yet have the
New Nature? Remember, the Prophet
and the Scriptures declare that we may be Justified and not yet Sanctified, and
Sanctified, but not yet filled with the Holy Ghost.
Also, please remember that some, in their Pentecostal days, received an
anointing that was called, “The Baptism of the Holy Ghost,” which was not
the infilling of the Spirit of Christ, but only an anointing on the flesh man.
To these good people, the Prophet said, “You can have the Baptism of
the Holy Ghost everyday of your life and still go to Hell.”
(We do not at all say that some back in Pentecost did not receive the New
Nature, and we believe those who did were led into the End-Time Message.)
Church people will
say, “I have BELIEVED on
of God, and I have also BELIEVED
Message, therefore I know I am Born-again and no one can talk me out of it.
I am fully assured that I have Eternal Life!
Does not the Scripture say in John 5:24, “Verily,
verily I say unto you, he that heareth My Word and BELIEVETH on Him that sent
me, has everlasting Life.”
Indeed this is Scripture,
but it is not ALL the Scripture that instructs about Eternal Life.
How wrong are those who suppose that BELIEVING is the only requirement
for Salvation. The Bible speaks of a
number of people who BELIEVED, but who were not saved.
John 2:23, “Now, when He
was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the Feast Day, MANY BELIEVED IN HIS NAME,
when they saw the miracles which He did.
Verse 24, “But
Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men,
Verse 25, “And
needed not that any should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.
Here we see that Believing was not all that was required; there must
be some “Works” to prove Faith. “Faith
without works is dead.” (James 2:17)
John 12:42-43 “Nevertheless,
among the Chief Rulers also,
BELIEVED ON HIM, but
of the Pharisees, they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the
Synagogue. For they loved the praise
of men, more than the praise of God.”
If the Lord Jesus has not come in and is found sitting on the Throne of
our hearts, and if our first concern is not to please Him, then our profession
is vain, and our words idle. And
Scripture tells us to, “Examine ourselves
whether you be in the faith, prove
your own selves.” (11 Cor.
The man that Jesus likened unto one who built his house upon the rock was
not merely one who “BELIEVED” because the Scripture also says, “Whosoever
DOETH THEM.” (MATT.
Who are the truly Born-Again? It
is “Everyone who doeth
Righteousness.” (1 John 2:29) They
are those who “Love the Brethren.” (1
John 3:17-18) They are those “Who ordereth his conversation aright, (Him) will I show the Salvation of God.” (Ps. 50:23)
The mark of true Salvation is that “Which
purifies the heart.” (Acts 15:9)
It is that “Which overcometh the
world.” (1 John 5:4) The
New Birth can only be recognized BY ITS EFFECTS ON THE PERSON.
We must compare what God has promised to do in His Elect, by what has, or
Has not been done in our lives. This
is to compare Spiritual things with Spiritual.
(1 Cor. 2:13) Jesus said, “The
tree is known by its fruit,” or that is to say the Spiritual condition of
a person is known by the life they live.
Now, may we look at the other side of the page and the second, awesome
duty of the Minister? He must preach
the part of the Gospel that will reassure the saved Saints, who are being
discouraged as they see the mass of corruption that still remains in them.
There are many times when the Believer has hope that a good work has been
started in him, but if we tell the truth, there are also times when we wonder if
we have been made a New Creature. There
are times when our hearts seem cold toward God, and we wonder if the Love of God
has been shed abroad in us. Doubts
come into our
minds as fiery darts and so far as our emotions are concerned, it would
seem presumptuous to claim Faith in our Lord.
We know that we want to love Him, trust Him, and serve Him, but it seems
that we cannot. We find ourselves
mourning night and day because we feel of all men most miserable.
As the great Apostle Paul said we feel completely, “Wretched.”
The Born-Again Christian
has much to mourn over, as far as his own sins are concerned.
To see the plague of our hearts make us to cry, “Oh wretched man that I am.” (Rom
7:24) The unbelief that “Does
so easily beset us,” (Heb. 12:1), and sins that we commit, which
are more in number than the hairs of our head, are a constant source of mourning
to us. Our tendency to leave Christ
out of certain parts of our lives, our lack of proper communion with Him, and
the shallowness of our love for Him and His people give much room for mourning.
We mourn over our excuseless failures and confess them to our Father.
He then comforts us with the assurance that, “The
Blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
It is scripturally true that only those who mourn will be given the true
Comfort that is eternal. Though we
groan over our own sins, and the dishonor done to God on every side, yet we are
COMFORTED by the Words our Father spoke to us through our Prophet.
QUOTE: INVISIBLE UNION OF THE BRIDE OF CHRIST, PAGE 37, “This is
my message to the Church (Bride) now as we go off the air in just a minute.
You are standing, if you are standing on God’s Word, and with God’s
Word, every amen, every jot, every tittle, where
are you standing?
trying to tell
from those shucks and get out
here in the wheat where you
can get ripe before the
sun. I hear the coming of the
Combine. YOU ARE STANDING COMPLETE,
JUSTIFIED LIKE YOU NEVER DID IT IN THE FIRST PLACE…..I am more thankful for
that than anything I know of. You
are the pure, virtuous, sinless Bride of the Son of the Living God.
Every man and woman that is born of the Spirit of God, washed in the
Blood of Jesus Christ, and believers of every Word of God, stands as though you
never sinned in the first place. You
are perfect. The
Blood of Jesus
Christ.” (Cleanses you.)
We are anxious to win Heaven by our own goodness.
God’s way of salvation is too humbling to the carnal mind, for it
leaves no room for boasting. To be
told that God will accept nothing from us, that Salvation is solely a matter of
Grace, that Eternal Life is only for those who come empty-handed to receive it
as a gift of Charity, is offensive to the self-righteous religionist.
But, it is not so with the one who is “Poor in the Spirit,” and who
mourns over his vile and wretched state. The
very word Grace starts his spiritual heart to pumping as his faith in that Grace
rises. Eternal Life, as God’s free
Gift of Grace exactly suits his poverty-stricken condition, and he has the
revelation that it is his ONLY HOPE. Grace
to the Hell-deserving is what he knows he must have, as he loses all hope of
ever justifying himself in God’s Eyes. He
is overwhelmed with joy at the chance to take his place in the dust before his
mighty King and Saviour. Ps. 149:4, “….He
will beautify the Meek with Salvation,”
During the long wait for
His appearing in the clouds, we have been called to suffer with Him who was the
Man of sorrows, but it is written, “If…we
suffer with Him….we (shall) be also
glorified together.” (Rom.
8:17) There is coming soon the
dawning of a morning without clouds. Then
“Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
(Isa. 35:10) In the
meantime, as we were taught by the Prophet, we should not look so much at what WE
DO (After we repent), but we must dwell on
WHAT WE ARE in
By reason of our sexual birth, every one of us has the spirit of a
Pharisee; we try to be Justified by keeping the Law.
From Adam and Eve, we inherited the desire to make ourselves a
“Covering” for our sins. We walk
in the way of Cain until taught by the Spirit; we offer God our own works, our
own labors. We want to gain a
standing before the Holy One through personal merits.
“Guilty but innocent.” We
are sinners saved by Grace. Though
the chastening Hand of our Father is often laid upon us, we can say with the
Apostle Paul, “As sorrowful,
(Mourning) yet always rejoicing.” (11
Cor. 6:10) We, at times, are led
to drink the bitter waters of Marah, but our God has sent a Tree to sweeten
them, Jesus Christ, in the body form of a Prophet.
By the ministrations of His Major Prophet, the Word has been brought home
to our hearts in Power. “They
shall be comforted. They who mourn
now shall be comforted in the end; the best wine is reserved for the last.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
In Matt. 5, the sermon on the Mount, there are Some Strange Words
spoken by our Lord that we may read and not understand.
Verse 2, “And He opened
His mouth and taught them saying, blessed are the POOR IN SPIRIT, for theirs is
the Kingdom of Heaven.”
In our natural way of reasoning, we would suppose He should have said,
“Blessed are the
Spirit,” or “Blessed are those whose Spirit has been LIFTED UP.”
Instead, He said
have a POOR Spirit are
blessed. To the natural mind, it
might seem that there is a contradiction of terms here!
How could one Whose Spirit is
in poor condition be Blessed?
Our Lord did not mean that a Poor Spirit is one that lacks Spiritual
Knowledge, or Spiritual Wisdom, but just the opposite.
The Spirit of a Christian is made POOR by the revelation of Spiritual
Knowledge; the knowledge of the mass of corruption that still remains in us
produces a POOR SPIRIT. The parable
in Luke 18:10-14, explains the true meaning of our Lord’s reference to
a “Poor Spirit.”
“Two men went up into the Temple
to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a Publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God I thank thee I am
not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this
Publican….Verse 13, “And
the Publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto
Heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.”
The Publican had a POOR SPIRIT.
His knowledge of what he was in the flesh had given him a POOR SPIRIT.
Because of his poor spirit, he had a repentant heart, and because of his
repentant heart, he was Justified, and there
than to be JUSTIFIED in
Therefore, our Lord said, “Blessed
are the Poor in Spirit.” In Matt.
this same line of thought.
”Blessed are they that MOURN, for they
shall be comforted.” Again,
the natural mind may ask, “How can one MOURN and at the same time be BLESSED,
Mourning is a thing to be hated by our natural minds.
We shrink from it. We seek
after cheerful things and we long to be full of joy.
Yet, when our spiritual eyes are opened to our Lord’s teaching, we see
that it is this very MOURNING over the failures of the flesh that eventually
produces the joy we seek. He stated
that those who MOURN will be COMFORTED. The
Pharisee was not a mourner, he was a boaster.
He boasted because his spiritual eyes had not been opened.
The Publican was a mourner, and he mourned because his spiritual eyes had
been opened. To mourn is to be
repentant, and to be repentant is to be forgiven, and to be forgiven brings the
true joy we seek. Can we not see
then, that those who MOURN are truly blessed?
Men, who live only in the natural
of the prosperous
Jesus pronounced happy
we understand that the
mourning that God blesses is the mourning over sin. There is a “Sorrow
of the world that worketh death.” (11 Cor. 7:10)
The mourning that God blesses is the result of our understanding the unspeakable
Holiness of God, as compared with
the depravity of our flesh, and
the daily guilt found in
our conduct. This is the mourning
that Jesus promised to “COMFORT.”
In this teaching of the Lord Jesus, we see a part of the proof that we
are Born-Again. The person who has
never come to be Poor in the Spirit through mourning over his sins, though he
believes in Christ and the End-Time
Message, and though he may even preach the Message, this person needs to make
diligent inquiry as to whether or not he has entered the Kingdom!
Mourning is a characteristic of the NORMAL Christian, and we should never
allow Satan to point to it as proof of our being lost.
As has been said, he preaches to the LOST that they are SAVED, and to the
SAVED that they are LOST.