Thursday, August 30, 2018

God IS LOVE

Bless the Lord for His Word for it is truth and it does make one free. As i listened to MYSTERY BABYLON or the man made religion I heard and taught salvation was God saving us from sin and us going to heaven to walk streets of gold. Well it sure sounded nice but as I grew in the Word I saw so much ugliness within my self and wonder about the lie of repenting from sin. See at that time I questioned my self's repentance for what I was suppose to turn from I found closer to me than a friend.

I started to feel as if my feet were no longer going to walk the streets of gold instead I wondered if I was to be placed in a infernal hell and be tormented forever and ever. Well I was just living by MYSTERY BABYLON goggles at the time.

 “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servants whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no Savior. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, THAT I AM GOD. This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.” Isaiah 43:10-12,21

As I spent time asking the Lord questions I found the answers all pointed back to Him!

See I know now I am called to be His witness and many would say AMEN to that. However, today by His Spirit I see that I am a witness to the truth that the Lord is “GOD.”

Ohhhhhhh many will say He is God, and yea shake my hand in total agreement. BUT! Do they know that the Lord is "I AM" and being I AM they too are images of who they know! Come on sons of God do we look like we are a witness of God or the flesh? Does others see us as images of God or do they just see the same image they are? ADAM!

One beautiful evening I was coming home after witnessing in the park and on my way home I saw 2 guys break a store window run in, grab some items and start to run to their hiding place. Well I started to run after them to see where they where going to and at the same time the police came in cars to the store. As I followed them, I saw what house they ran into so I headed back to the police to let them know and they went to the house and went in and caught the 2 men.

The police took my statement on the incident and told me I will have to go to court as a witness to what happened. If I did not show up they would be let free. So I followed up and went to court and the 2 guys saw me so they changed their plea from not guilty to guilt!

Now if I did not go as a witness they would have been set free to maybe commit more crimes.

After all of this my Dad called me and said my brother in law saw the police chasing me down the street and my dad wondered what I did wrong. See now my brother in law did not know the crime but saw the police and me and figured I was being chased.

Another witness!

So here is 2 witness. One for a crime committed and one looking at the scene and drawing conclusion that I was in trouble with the police.

Do we see how important it is as a witness!

Does others see our actions as a crime or is our life a witness to all of their crime committed by one man ..... ADAM?

See a witness must be one with a personal knowledge of the events relating to the case. A witness must be able to say: Your Honor, I saw when it happened! I was standing 20 feet away, when I saw such and such!

A witness CAN NOT speculate what they see after the crime.

Now we as witnesses of God CANNOT EXPECT JUST TO SAY WHAT Jesus said, or Peter, and so on.

What kind of witnesses are we? We can't give second hand witness unless we know the situation and the solution given to it!

Lets look at an awesome example of God's witnesses---->“But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have SEEN and HEARD.” Acts 4:19,20.

Yes the witness MUST be one that has SEEN and one that has HEARD!

“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; 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.” 1John 1:1,3

That is truly God's called witnesses!

I know I spent much time and energy being a witness of a religious group, a doctrine and tradition held by man and not God!

I was truly a MYSTERY BABYLON witness!

I thank the LORD and I raise my hands to bless Him for His mercy and grace in that He never ceased to call me son. EVEN WHEN I WAS LOST AND DEAD He stilled called me son!

Ohhhhhhhh yea we jump up and down and we rejoice when we read about the walk of the Apostles and what they wrote, but why do we ignore the living epistle being written about us in the lives of His sons and daughters? Ohhhhhhhhhhh come on now. When did the Word of God stop? Revelation 22:21? COME ON NOW.

If you believe that then I will tell you the Holy Spirit has STOPPED WORKING IN YOUR LIFE!

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the EPISTLE OF CHRIST ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 2 Corinthians 3:2,3

And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 2 Corinthians 5:15

From the time man was made from the dust of the earth and placed in the garden, God’s plan and his eternal purpose is to manifest Himself to creation in form. Do we not see this? ADAM was even called a son of God?

Are not we the sons of God, a chose vessel to show forth to the darken world the "I AM."

Deep even calls unto them that swim in Him. Even the Son of the most high HAD TO BE FORMED TO BE His witness!

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a BODY hast thou PREPARED ME” Hebrews 10:5

I looked deep and hard at this one .... this wittiness that was in the Father's bosom! What was it about Him that changed the world .... what was it about him that stopped a system of lies. Ohhhhhh as I looked the Father whispered a word back to me that shook my whole frame, and that word from the Father will be the witness that all His children shall show for they know who "I AM is!

LOVE! YES LOVE!

It is to this TRUTH that we are called and saved; that while in our human body, the life of Christ and the glory of God can be manifested to the rest of creation.

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 1 John 4:7

Yes I could post verse after verse on the truth of the love of God but that just be as a parrot! It's coming to know God is love and turning to all in His love and seeing them as His off spring is how we are called to be witnesses!

YES it is easy to judge and dam one that says they are Mormon or one that says they are Catholic. Yet is that any different then they that brought one caught in the act of adultery? Any different then the finger pointing of Peter towards John?

COME ON SONS OF GOD! Lets be a LIVING WITNESS to the VERY LOVE OF GOD ..... FOR GOD IS LOVE! (1 John 4:8,16)

What is God doing in your life that is not greater than LOVE! Is it not the LOVE of God that is molding us into the image of Christ? WAS IT NOT THE LOVE OF GOD THAT TOOK AWAY THE WAGES OF SIN?

MY MY MY God have mercy upon us and make us living witness of the I AM so that any and all about us would see GOD IS LOVE!

Why did Jesus the Christ say---->“If you see me, you see the Father?” was He special and no other was allowed to proclaim that? Come on, take your eyes off that flesh of Jesus and see that within that man WAS THE VERY HEART OF GOD!

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his OWN BLOOD. Act 20:28

I claim not to be God, I know that within me is the very Spirit of the LIVING GOD! I am but His son, birthed by Him and for His use.

A servant of the HEART of heaven!

“And ye are COMPLETE IN HIM, which is the head of all principality and power. In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:9-12

TRUTH FOR EVER SETTLED IN THE VERY HEART OF GOD!

“I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even everyone that is called by my name: for I have CREATED HIM for my glory, I have FORMED HIM; yea, I have MADE HIM.” Isaiah 43:6,7

God did not place ADAM in the garden for his own interests. For the understanding of His Word by His Spirit, is making me aware that God’s plan of salvation for me and humankind has much more profound dynamics than what I have been taught over the years. God is not looking for, or creating a people merely to offer testimonies of healing, and salvation from sin. Let us looking more closely in scripture and see that God’s divine purpose in our salvation is to create (form) a people through whom he can be made manifest to the world.

GLORY shall unfold through His sons and daughters!

Ohhhhhhh yea for years I looked at verses and wondered WHY, WHY, WHY God am I not that way!

All that time God was MAKING ME HIS WAY
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Let that living truth sink in your heart and let it grow forth that you become a living epistle of Him for any to read!

Even the Apostle Paul passes unto us the Word of life so that we may be NOT conformed (made like—fashioned) to this world, but to be transformed (metamorphosis) by the renewing of our minds.

COME ON sons of God turn, repent from MYSTERY BABYLON lies and see that before we were born, we were already known to God: and not only so, we were already predestinated (pre-determined) to be fashioned like Jesus Christ, whom I call “the Pattern Son” so that He can indeed be the first born among a family of many brothers and sisters.

Steps ..... To make a cake or chapatis, one must put in the right indigents to get a finished product.

God has done that for us--->Moreover whom he (God) DID PREDESTINATE, them he also CALLED: and whom he CALLED, them he also JUSTIFIED: and whom he JUSTIFIED, them he also GLORIFIED. Romans 8:30

YES! God foreknew us: that he predestinated us, and followed up by calling us, He then adds unto us justification and by His Word of life we shall see the next level to be a witness of "....them he also glorified

This is when we become His witnesses, attesting to the fact that he is God!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Oneness 04

At the time for my wife and I to go to Kenya the Father started to show me the light of His Word in a brighter and glorious way. See I taught one had to be born again of water and Spirit. The sad fact is I turned the living Word into some river that flowed upon this world. I did it because I turned to what religion said rather then thus saith the Lord! Now upon our arrival to Kenya the truth of being BORN AGAIN flooded in my mind and heart.

See being born again IS mandatory because that which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Now the Holy Spirit showed me what the Apostle Peter penned. We are being born again not by corruptible seed, but incorruptible, by the word of God which lives and abides forever. This, is the nature of God, of which we are made partakers by the “born again process.”  Even among us humans, nature (genes) cannot be transmitted through adoption: it must be through the birth process.

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 1 Peter 1:24,25

Being born again brings us into ONENESS with Him and it is not by some man made doctrine of flowing water nor is it just confess and believe!

It is ONENESS with Him by Him!

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the SPIRIT of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:15-17

Does not those verses ring out the blessing of our ONENESS with Him through Christ!

"...And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;..." We are his children by being born again of water (WORD) and Spirit and as so we share IN his treasures, and all that Christ claims as his will belongs to all of us as well.

SUCH GLORY TO BEHOLD; THIS ONENESS IN THE LORD!

As Jesus IS, so are we in this world!

“A dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.”1 Corinthians 9:17

I've been on the back bench of the world since I can remember. I've also felt different from the rest of the people that passed through my world. I was what many would say 'the outcast' the trash that needs to be taken out. Then one night in 3 dreams He called me from the world I was in to His. It has not been a easy walk nor did my mouth speak mature Truth. But what I had was what was birthed in me .... The desire to love Him more and more each and every day!

As I grew by His Spirit and Word I wanted so much to be something in His kingdom. However when the money came to go to bible school for 5 years and graduate to be a pastor or a church; He stepped aside. I asked Him why He did that when I had 5 years of total support to be a calling in His church. He in His loving way whisper back to me "I can teach you Who I AM!"

I left that church to be a loner with my bible and Him. I've never had what many would call a blessing to have a pastor or even just fellowship with others. No. I've been the one on the side line listening to Him knowing His will, His purpose for me was greater than any worldly position offered to me by man or religion!

Over time I grieved and complained to Him of my loneliness. All the while He in His mercy and grace kept pulling me closer and closer to Him that one day I would see the great position He was calling me to!

SONSHIP!

“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.” Galatians 1:15,16

I don't hold my head higher than the Apostle Paul but in ONENESS with the Father I stand next to the Apostle Paul knowing that the revealing of His Son IN ME is the revelation I am to share with one and all.

I will take what Mordecai said to Queen Esther---->“.... And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this ....?” Esther 4:14

We think God has piles of sons as we see the many mega churches around us. NO! See sonship is not a religion offered by man it is a life given from God!
I fully believe that the sons of God are placed in places and lives of others so that they may also grow IN the knowledge of His Son! I am not a head above any but I am at the same level as you are. "And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:...." Ephesians 2:6

I don't look for likes nor the amen. What I look for is HIM!

There is no glory for any man to behold then the glory of the LORD!

See God is preparing a ministry and as so He is also preparing His ministers! We can not move ahead nor can we sit and wait out His calling. Just as Christ came in the fullness of time so we as His sons must know we are being readied for His moment.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done IN earth, as it is IN heaven. Matthew 6:10

Its not a matter of I know more, for knowledge only makes one a peacock rather then a dove. We MUST awake and realize that through out the Old Testament God always had a man (a ministry) slated for service and designed specifically to meet that need. It even is seen in the New Testament by the Apostle set in a moment that God needed a voice to reach men!

Let me say...."Sonship is a person that has to be molded and shaped into the vessel that will be obedient to the breaking and molding process."

See there is a difference from casting and molding! Casting is the process, that the output is unfinished and requires a final finishing. Whereas molding is process where the output is the final finished part!

As we have seen before Moses spent 40 years learning the ways and culture of the Egyptians: in so much that the bible said he was a mighty man in Egypt in words and in deeds. (Act 7:22) So at about the age of 40, he went out and tried to force the issue, only to find that he was out of touch with God’s schedule. He had to spend another 40 years in the desert, unlearning all that he learned in Egypt, so that when God knew he was ready, he politely asked to be excused because he cannot speak.

NOW we MUST NOTICE that God refused to use the language and culture of Egypt that Moses knew so very well, just as many of us had to lose the language and culture of man made religion. Oneness with God is not my own invention, born out vain imagination or human ego. It is a truth that was well thought out by God himself: and to en-graft us into his heavenly family, He himself became earthy, meeting us on the plane to which we were lowered.

This is God’s will and purpose to which we could not attain by ourselves, or upon our own merits. Not only did God have to lower the bar: he also had to provide us with an escort so we could re-enter our original place in him.

Forasmuch then as the children ARE partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise TOOK PART OF THE SAME; that through death he might DESTORY him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

For verily he took not on him the NATURE of angels; but he took on him the SEED of Abraham.

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be MADE LIKE UNTO his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Hebrews 2:14-18

Just as God the Word was made flesh in Jesus the Christ so He must purpose the same in us!

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12,13

ONENESS is to be partakers of His divine nature by His Spirit within! MARVEL not sons of God for to be as He is is to be born again of His Word and Spirit!

MARVEL not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:7

Ohhhhhhhh would one say "Brother Frankie did not the Apostle Paul say in Romans 8:23 that we are "...waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." Ahhhhhh yes I would reply back but let us look at the word "adoption." The Greek word used for adoption in this verse is huiothesia which means the placing as a son.

In other words we can and must look at it this way...'the adoption that Paul referred to signifies our coming of age, and us maturing and becoming competent enough to conduct the dynamics of God’s kingdom.' We see this in Jesus the Christ; For when Jesus came up from the waters of baptism and the Father acknowledged him as his Son; that was his huiothesia, (his adoption) meaning that he had become of age and is now being anointed or authorized to conduct his Father’s business.

Beloved, Now (Not tomorrow, not in some religion) NOW are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: BUT WE KNOW that, when he shall APPEAR, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2

YES! WE ARE NOW the sons of God! NOW! NOW! NOW!

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

IT IS TIME WE STOP SEEING HIM AS WE ARE! BUT TO SEE HIM AS HE IS!

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus;
look full in his wonderful face:
and the things of this world will grow strangely dim,
in the light of his glory and grace."

Ohhhhhhh lets take what the Holy Spirit said through the Apostle Paul and we MUST look with an OPEN FACE! To be open face is to rid ourselves of vain traditions, and doctrines that have served their purpose and have lost their reason to still exist. It is to see we NEED help and that help comes from the LORD! To be open face and looking in a mirror (glass) we would NOT see anything glorious of our selves BUT THE LORD'S GLORY looking back at us and as we keep looking at His glory we shall be changed in the same image from glory to glory!

Now I don’t want to be mean or judgmental in any way: but the truth is that the greater percentage of what we deem to be the church, have no clue of what God is doing in this our day. One's oneness with God was his own idea to begin with; and to bring it out of the invisible realm to the visible, he took on flesh as we are.

He became US, so we can become as HIM!

“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared before the face of all people.” Luke 2:29-31







Let me say "All Christian writing is plagiarism! For it has already been spoken by ONE!

Oneness 03

QUOTE - Like archaeologists digging for ancient treasures and forgotten artifacts, as we dig into the Word of God, layer by layer, we continue to unearth golden nuggets of truths that leave many in disarray and throw some in total denial. Others who are conscious and aware of what the Holy Spirit is doing are inspired to dig even deeper and deeper: until streams of living water begin to gush from within until it forms the river of living water that John saw in the Revelation. - end of QUOTE!

ONENESS has been the subject of my heart for as He is so am I. Yes! In the spirit I am one with Him and He is my Father. To dig through the bible is to indeed have Holy Ghost goggles. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh and the Word is the living bread from heaven and they that see it falling are they that have eyes to see.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (The chief vine-dresser) Every branch IN ME that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Abide IN ME, and I IN YOU. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it abide in the vine;

No more can ye, except ye abide IN ME.

“I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth IN ME, and I IN HIM, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me (outside of me) ye can do nothing.” John 15: 1,2,4,5.

Such light to behold as those verse say it all in plain English, and already the full picture should be framed before our eyes and in our heart. For many years I had John 15:1-8 as a scroll on my kitchen wall. Daily as I had coffee and eggs I would read them verses over and over. They were enticed into my mind and the day the light came on was the day I knew I was walking in the light where He was--->But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

Many times my mind reminds me of the days I damned many to a hell that was made by religion rather then the Word. I am so blessed to know the Father knew the day would come that I would come seeking for the LIVING WATER and not the dead sea presented in many religious groups. It was baby steps that I kept walking by His grace. It was baby steps that brought me face to face with the one who is the Word of life. It was baby steps that showed me I was to walk one day as a son of God.

A while ago we went to a winery and for some that don't know it was a grape farm that grew grapes and made wine. I wanted so much to know John 15:1-8 by seeing grapes growing upon a vine. As the grower took us out to the vine yard I was able to see rolls and rolls of grapes growing upon vines. As I looked at these grapes I realized they did not worry about the water they needed nor did they worry about the nutrients the roots extracted from the soil. All that happened was the vine yard keeper walked along the rolls trimming and prune off branches that took sap from the grapes. This way the grapes got all they needed to be fruitful. hmmmmmmmmmm

“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” John 15:8.

Bearing fruit in His garden is the ultimate result that the Husbandman is waiting for. We go from fruit, to more fruit, and finally to much fruit.

It is a growing process we go through as we spend time abiding in Christ! To abide not is to be dying with the flesh!!

See there is no need for the branches to wonder for their survival each day—they simply abide in the vine: and each branch possesses the same nature as the vine, as long as it abides in the vine.

 That is how we are made partakers of the divine nature---->Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4

The verses of John 15:1-8 paints an image of complete ONENESS in Him and how through that ONENESS we can have life and ABUNDANTLY!

A place of rest .... A place of no burden ..... A place behind the veil!

Take MY YOKE UPON YOU (be yoked to Christ like a horse pulling a cart being yoked to it), and LEARN OF ME; for I am meek and lowly IN HEART: and ye shall find REST unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:29,30

Let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light (Romans 13:12)!

This morning I realized that my brothers and sisters all had experienced parenthood. However, not one of them nor their grandchild are boys. Yes odd but true they all have girls from daughters to granddaughters. My wife and I have been blessed to have 3 boys (and a blessing of a one daughter). Now some may wonder what that has to do with the Word of God. Let me share with you concerning children of God.

“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.” Acts 17:28,29

Now being God’s family (offspring) is an outward expression of the oneness we see in the Word. It is understood that your offspring is an expression and an extension of yourself: bearing your family characteristics and DNA. The sons carry on the name of the father in the world, just as the sons of God carry on His name.

The only difference is in the realm of the Spirit, see the name of the Father is the characteristics of Him!

Now let us notice the Holy Spirit speaking through the Apostle Paul---->“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us (made us alive) together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places IN Christ Jesus.

But for what purpose, and unto what end is the process designed? 

“That in the ages to come (after Paul’s time) he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6,7

The exceeding riches and his kindness will be shown to the whole creation from what will be God’s master piece, His manifested sons!

Before we press on let me say sonship IS NOT limited to men only! Our Sisters IN Christ will be in the ranks of sonship ruling and reigning over God's kingdom! For God IS NOT a respecter of person!

Let us realize the complete package of salvation is not to save us from some religious man made hell, but rather that we become physical expressions of God and Christ, to a world dying in total darkness.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

ONENESS IN HIM! 02

I was asked about "All in All" and in my seeing ONENESS I am seeing "All in All."

That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, .... Ephesians 1:10

Ahhhhh to see All in All is to know from God .... “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.” Ephesians 1:9

All is based upon God's will and purpose, for He is God!

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” Isaiah 46:10.

“Who hath SAVED us, and CALLED us with an holy calling, NOT according to our works, BUT according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ before the world began.” 2 Timothy 1:9

The plan of salvation was birthed in the Father's heart before the beginning of time; and as so it is His will and purpose that ALL BE IN ALL!

 “According as he hath chosen us in him (Christ Jesus our Lord) before the foundation of the world, (before the worlds were founded) that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated (pre-ordained) us unto the adoption by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will: To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians 1:4-6

”That he might PRESENT it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:27

Our ONENESS with Him is for one to be found in His heart of love!

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:7,8

Before creation God had a blue print for humankind and through the ages it has been outlined in His Word.

“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice, and keep my covenant, then shall ye be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.” Exodus 19:5,6

ONENESS was seen and taught through out the Old Testament---->“And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day (The day of the Lord) shall there be one Lord, and his name one.” Zechariah 14:9

Another prophet wrote---->“And saviors shall come upon mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.” Obadiah 21

Yes! Throughout the Old Testament there are verses that show God shall be ALL IN ALL (ONENESS)---->Yea, all kings of the earth shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.” Psalm 72:11

The first book the Father took me to was Daniel and today I am seeing why!

“These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. And the kingdom and DOMINION, and the greatness of the kingdom under the WHOLE HEAVEN, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and ALL DOMINIONS shall serve and obey him. ” Daniel 7: 17, 18, 27.

That very messenger of the Lord came unto Mary and said---->“And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:33.

Another prophet bore witness to these same truths as we read---->“And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river (Euphrates) even to the ends of the earth.” Zechariah 9:10

Are these prophecies only partially fulfilled?

Ohhhhhh let us again look at the messenger sent unto Mary---->“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.” Luke 1:32

YET was not the Son of the Highest cut down 3 1/2 years into His ministry? Peter thought so for he suggested that they go back fishing.

10! YES 10 days before the Son of the Highest was to ascended into heaven, His disciples questioned whether it was time for Him to restore the kingdom to Israel.

Ahhhhh But the Son of the Highest side stepped—evaded the question and pointed to what would happen in a few days.

 “And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times and the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:6-8

It was widely believed not only by his disciples, but Jews at large, that this man was the Messiah in so much that they bodily took hold of him to crown him king. However, only shattered hopes of the setting up of his reign upon the throne of David plagued many hearts as it does today when many teach a rapture a coming back in the clouds.

A hopeless generation today that do not see what the Holy Spirit had to say through Peter---->“Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his loins he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.

He seeing this before spake of the RESURRECTION OF CHRIST (Peter is nor referring to the second coming in the clouds,) that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David hath not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool.” Acts 2: 29-35

SUCH GLORY TO BEHOLD .... OUR ONENESS WITH HIM!

See Peter is saying that David was dead and had not ascended into the heavens to sit on his throne, but Jesus had, and from thence, as the Apostle Paul wrote, “For he must reign (as he has been doing since his ascension to sit on the right hand of God) till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:25, 26

And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: but this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down ON the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. Hebrews 10:11-13

ONENESS IN HIM!

ONENESS in Him

Life and death .... which one has the hold on you?

In my time of studying and learning from the Holy Spirit I am seeing how death does not have a part in my life. Ohhhhhhhhhh yea, this body might have to be buried or it can be a part of the manifested sons of God.

My ONENESS with the Father is through the Word of life---->“As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.” John 6:57

To be transformed by the renewing of one's mind is to see the separation between the physical secular world, and the world that vibrates and pulsates by the Living Spirit of God.

“In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:1

“And he is before all things (life), and by him all things consist (His life holds all things together).” Colossians 1:17

The veil (flesh) is being lifted from my eyes and heart and seeing I hope and in hoping I believe!

The question of life for me today, is not based upon my human efforts to try and live holy, and to please any religious group. I am now taking a second look at losing my life so I can find it.

For in the light of Life I see what The Apostle Paul shared for edification seems to be more a figure of speech containing words that seem to contradict each other. 

Paul said that he is crucified with Christ: (meaning that he died when Christ died) he said he is dead, but immediately said that it was not Paul who lives, but Christ who lived in his stead.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth ON the right hand of God.

Set your AFFECTION on THINGS ABOVE, NOT on things on the earth.

For YE ARE DEAD, and your LIFE IS HID WITH Christ IN (ONENESS) God.

When Christ, WHO IS OUR LIFE, shall appear, then shall ye also APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY (ALL IN ALL). Colossians 3:1-4

The seen light in this part of Paul’s walk lesson is found in the first and second verses. “If ye then be risen with Christ (after you were baptized into HIM by the Holy Ghost) seek those thing which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

ONENESS is not one with the world, darkness nor death! It is ONENESS with eternal life that was before all existed.

MY, MY, MY. How I see that we are constantly being held back; being robbed of the good that the Spirit quickens in our hearts by our mortal flesh, our carnal mind!

To those who look for him, he will appear a second time, not this time to deal with sin but to bring to full salvation (the redemption of our body) those who eagerly await him.” Hebrews 9:28

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Conscience

J. Preston Eby - Echos from Eden Chapter 18 CONSCIENCE IN THE GARDEN

"And they were both naked, the man and his wife, AND WERE NOT ASHAMED. And the woman took of the fruit, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they KNEW THAT THEY WERE NAKED; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons" (Gen. 2:25; 3:6-7).

The first chapters in the Book of Genesis stand unmoved and immovable, as a record which is still more up to date than ALL modern human wisdom and knowledge. The first three chapters of Genesis are stupendous miracles of TRUTH. The entire plan, purpose, and economy of God are as visible there as the stars which come to the view of human eyes in the darkness of night. The word "genesis" of course means "origin" or "beginning," and the Book of Genesis gives the only true and reliable account of how ALL THINGS and ALL CONDITIONS and ALL STATES OF BEING came into existence. Gen 1:1 reads, "In the beginning God created." Yes, in the plural number – "beginnings." There were many things begun all at the same time, as the manifold wisdom of God found expression in innumerable ways to bring forth into the realm of visibility the majestic purposes of God.

This truth forms the springboard for the thoughts we would share in this study concerning the CONSCIENCE. It is not difficult to understand the conscience. The word "conscience" is translated, in the Bible, from the Greek word "suneidesis" meaning, CO-PERCEPTION or A KNOWING WITH ONESELF. The root from which it comes means "to understand, to be aware, to see completely." When the Scripture says of Adam and Eve, "The eyes of them both were opened, and they KNEW THAT THEY WERE NAKED," it means that the eyes of their carnal understanding, sense knowledge, were opened and suddenly THEY KNEW THEMSELVES. Ones conscience indicates the nature of what he understands and perceives. To perceive right from wrong is one function of the conscience. To condemn or justify is another one of its functions.

THE ORIGIN OF THE CONSCIENCE
Let us now look at the origin of the human conscience. When did it first exist, and how did it come into being? The word "conscience" is used 32 times in the New Testament, but does not appear at all in the Old Testament. This does not mean that the Old Testament has nothing to say about the conscience, merely that it is spoken of in terms other than the actual word, for man's conscience is clearly one of the myriad things that had its beginning in the first three chapters of Genesis.

"And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. and the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, THEN YOUR EYES SHALL BE OPENED, and ye shall be as gods, KNOWING GOOD AND EVIL. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And THE EYES OF THEM BOTH WERE OPENED, and they KNEW THAT THEY WERE NAKED; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons" (Gen 2:25; 3:2-8).

There is no doubt as to the innocence of Adam and Eve when they were first created. As man stood in the garden, he was neither holy nor unholy, he was innocent, brought forth by the hand of God, pure, innocent, undefiled, and to be sure, very unproven and untried. I know that most theologians will tell us that Adam was holy, but there is nothing in the Bible to indicate that. Holiness, as you know, is one of the attributes of God, eternal, unchangeable, and indestructible. If Adam had truly been holy by nature he could not have sinned! No, my brother, God did not create Adam holy, He created him innocent, without self-consciousness before God or the creation; the one thing Adam was conscious of was GOD and only of himself in relation to the One Whose will he was to fulfill, the main trend of his life was towards God. Man before the fall was in a primeval state, like a newborn babe. At that time he was not ashamed of his nakedness anymore than a day-old infant is ashamed. This proves that within man there was NO CONCEPT OF GOOD AND EVIL, right or wrong, showing that there was neither the feeling nor the function of the conscience. A little child is in no moral or spiritual struggles.

Then the command was given, "But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, ye shall not eat of it, lest ye die." Now we have a law – the command is clearly stated – will we obey, or disobey. Sin is the transgression of the law. Obedience is under trial. God set up a law, and this law was a TEST for the creature. It spake of death in the midst of life. Strange, solemn sound! Adam's life was suspended upon his strict obedience. The link which connected him with Lord God was obedience. And here he failed. He had not known experientially any such thing as wrong. In this world, if we were only innocent (na├»ve) and did not know right from wrong, it would not be but a few hours until some thief or co artist would take all that we have and betray our innocence. An innocent person is suspecting of no one or any wrong doing. He has no knowledge of evil. This was man’s state when the serpent appeared in the Garden that day long ago.

The serpent enters with a bold question as to divine revelation, "Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" This was Satan's crafty inquiry; and had the Word of God been dwelling richly in Eve's heart, her answer might have been direct, simple, and conclusive, as was that of the Lord Jesus in the hour of His temptation in the Wilderness of Judea. So the serpent continued his harassment, "God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." Let us now inquire how far Adam and Eve realized the serpent’s promised advantage. This inquiry will lead us to a deeply important point in connection with the fall of man. God has so ordained it THAT IN AND BY THE FALL, MAN SHOULD GET WHAT HE PREVIOUSLY HAD NOT – A CONSCIENCE, a knowledge of good and evil. This, man could not have had before. He could not have known naught about evil as evil had never been experienced. He was in a state of innocence, which is a state of ignorance of evil. Let all who read these lines meditate deeply upon this great fact: Man in the image of God was NOT CREATED WITH A CONSCIENCE; the conscience is A PRODUCT OF THE FALL!

Well has George Hawtin written: The things all Christians seem to have forgotten, if indeed they ever knew it, is simply this: The almighty Lord of the universe said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” The initial step in the plan, which would take ages to complete, was to make a man in God’s likeness, but not wholly so, for the man He made was to begin in innocence. Intelligent as he was, he was woefully ignorant of good and evil, sin and death, and vanity. Have you ever heard people affirm that it is wrong to spank a child? You should reason with him, they try to tell you. The real truth is that you cannot reason with a child because a child has neither experience nor basis from which to reason. In his innocence he must learn to obey or suffer the pain of correction, and later on he will understand the reason for your demand. The foolish restraint of parents in sparing the rod is the one basic cause above all others for the dreadful wave of disobedience, hate, and rebellion among the young people of our day. A child does not know good from evil, neither does he understand right from wrong any more than Adam understood it. Don’t waste your time reasoning with children who as yet have no basis from which to reason. All they will do is “pull away the shoulder” and purposely break your heart. – end of quote.

As soon as man fell by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we read, "And the EYES OF BOTH OF THEM WERE OPENED, and they KNEW THAT THEY WERE NAKED. and Adam and his wife HID THEMSELVES FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD GOD amongst the trees of the garden." There is bitter pathos in this scene. Two people, conscience stricken, overwhelmed with a sense of sin and shame, furtively slink away into the shadows to hide from God! "The eyes of them both were opened," no doubt about it; but, alas! to what a sight! – it was only to discover their own nakedness and shame. They had gained knowledge but had lost peace of soul and mind. No human tongue could possibly describe the awful nightmare that must have scared their souls when they awoke to their nakedness, unclothed, nude, undraped, disrobed, bare – BEFORE GOD! It was not any fresh knowledge of heavenly excellency they had attained, no fresh beams of divine light from the pure and eternal fountain of life and glory – alas! no; the very first knowledge that came was the shocking discovery that they were naked – followed swiftly by a chilling fear!

Where conscience is permitted to speak, the pain of conscience will be experienced in all its gradations, from almost imperceptible restlessness to peacelessness, fear, anxiety, horror, and wildest despair. Suicides bear witness to the fact that the pangs of conscience can become greater than even the dread of death itself. It is these terrible and unending pangs of conscience also which compel the criminal to make confession of crimes, which the police have not been able to solve. He prefers any kind of punishment to the torments of his conscience, which he feels he can no longer endure. As every psychiatrist knows, people in our mental institutions are there primarily because of guilt. People have wrestled with the guilt they cannot bear up under, until finally their minds snap, and forms of mental illness develop. Nothing contributes so much to a negative self-image than a deep feeling of guilt. We read about it in literature: After committing murder Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth exclaims: “Oh, all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand!” All of us have had enough experience with unresolved guilt-feelings of our own to know what they do to our self-image: We begin to despise ourselves, to feel utterly worthless, and are likely to plunge into a nightmare of despair. Guilt is a function of the conscience.

It was the pangs of conscience – guilt – that sent Adam fleeing from God, hiding from Him. He did not insolently confront God, but when he heard God’s voice in the Garden he hid from Him. Adam’s reaction was not one whit different from man’s response today. How quickly the small boy who has stolen the tarts hides when he hears his father’s voice, not only for fear of punishment, but from shame of his own condition and at disobeying a loved one. What a strange delusion of Adam’s, both then and today, to think that he could hide from God, as though the world were opaque to God! But in the throes of conscience-pangs he could not flee fast enough. “Adam, where are you?” With this word God calls Adam forth out of his conscience. God speaks to him, He stops him in his flight. “Come out of your hiding-place, from your self-reproach, your self-covering, your secrecy, your self-torment, from your vain remorse, do not lose yourself in despair.” God calls Adam forth out of his conscience and presents to him the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world to reveal the Creator’s forgiveness and His power to cleanse from all unrighteousness.

Do not forget for one moment, dear ones, that God, omnipotent, omniscient, PLANNED ALL THIS. Adam was intended by God, ere the morning stars sang, and the sons of God shouted for joy, to take part in his own development unto perfection by a series of moral choices, with ensuing failure, sorrow, redemption, and discipline, whereby He would transform him FROM INNOCENCE INTO HOLINESS!

THE WORK OF THE CONSCIENCE
Now, it is well to understand how the conscience works. Some students of scripture have divided the Bible into seven dispensations: the dispensations innocence, conscience, human government, promise, law, grace, and the kingdom. The first three dispensations are categorized according to the principle of government. In the dispensation of innocence we see the principle of GOD'S RULE; in the dispensation of conscience, the principle of SELF-RULE; and in the dispensation of human government, the principle of MAN'S RULE. Of the three kinds of government, the one which is under the rule of SELF is the one related to the CONSCIENCE. Before the fall, no sin barrier existed between God and man. This was the so-called dispensation of innocence, when man was ruled directly by God. He lived before God and was responsible to God. Man failed under God's rule in innocence and became sinful within and without: so the holy and righteous God drove man out from the realm of the Kingdom of God.

Consequently, from the time of Adam's expulsion from the Garden of Eden to the time of Noah's departure from the Ark, God established the conscience within man to represent Himself in ruling over man. This is the so-called dispensation of conscience. In this period man was ruled by his own conscience and was responsible to his own conscience. Before this God had been personally present with the primal pair in the Garden. He was no stranger to the Voice of God. Often he would be awakened by its tones calling him to fellowship; and climbing some verdant hill he would talk to God as a man talketh with his friend. When the evening shadows began to lengthen it was with deep, awful ecstasy that he repaired to some sweet glade, where he would ask his questions and received answers that guided him in his destiny. He was like a grown-up child, no memory, for there were no childhood experiences to look back on. No past experience to guide him – no books, no science – but all he needed came in converse with God from whom streamed all wisdom and knowledge.

Thereafter this close fellowship and sustaining life-flow was broken. God withdrew. He gave no law to guide them. They and their offspring were left to themselves. All that they had was the knowledge of good and evil – the consciousness that the works of the flesh were displeasing to God – that is, conscience. This was the fragile link that connected them to God. It was the underlying principle of His dealings with them. Under this self-rule, man again failed. He ignored the rebuke and control of the conscience, and God judged this dispensation by the flood. Paul writes of this rule of the conscience in Rom. 2:14-15: "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 show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another." The conscience represents God in ruling over man. Just as a nation governs its people through the police force, so also God governs the fallen man through the conscience. God set up the conscience within fallen man that man might govern himself according to the principles and laws of the knowledge of good and evil. If anyone acts contrary or is about to act contrary to this knowledge of good and evil, his conscience immediately condemns him and restrains him from going further astray and falling into corruption. Therefore, the major function of the conscience is to govern man.

Our conscience can really be compared to a judgment seat. A judgment seat never has legislative authority over men’s lives; it has judicial authority only, that is, it can only state whether the action of the accused is punishable according to the law of the land or not. Its duty is to examine the deed in relation to what the law says, and then decide whether the deed conforms with or violates the law. This is also what the conscience does. It compares our deeds or our words or thoughts or our nature with the law of the knowledge of good and evil and then pronounces judgment, deciding whether we are in conformity or in conflict with it. The conscience acts as both judge and jury, as well as the key witness in the case! In this realm of the knowledge of good and evil whatever a man does, as far as he does it from conscience, so far is it lawful, for his conscience is formed of all those things which he thinks to be true, and so thinks to be lawful.

LIVING ABOVE THE CONSCIENCE
There are man sacred realms of the revelation where I often fear to tread, not because I doubt their truth or fear to embrace the wonders which their truths portray, but I fear those reprobate souls who would with roughshod feet and unbowed head stomp in to gaze with unsanctified eyes at the burning bush of God's sacred revelation, and who, like those men of whom Jude wrote, with corrupted hearts turn the truth of God into a lie and the grace of God into lasciviousness. I now proceed to write of these sacred truths with godly fear and much prayer to God that He might safely hide the deep things of God from the carnal heads of the "wise and prudent" men and reveal them unto babes who walk in the love and fear of the Lord.

We have already noted how the first three dispensations of innocence, conscience, and human government reveal the principles of government: in the dispensation of innocence we see the principle of God's rule over man in the blessed realm of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth; in the dispensation of conscience, the principle of man's self-rule by the inner knowledge of good and evil; and in the dispensation of human government, the principle of man's rule over man by force.

Before returning to the rule of the conscience, there are a few things I should like to mention concerning human government and the principle of man's rule. After the flood, God told Noah, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed (Gen. 9:6). Because man was neither subject to God's rule nor obedient to self-rule, God authorized man to represent Himself in ruling over man. Therefore, not long afterwards there was the beginning of nations; there came into being among the human races the rule of political authorities, police and military authorities, the power of society and laws, and the control in the family. For example, in the nation there are the president, the officials, and the police; in a factory, the supervisors; and in a family the parents. These are authorities set up by God to represent Himself in ruling over fallen man. This is why Rom. 13:1-2 says, "Let every person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God – by His permission, His sanction; and those that exist do so by God's appointment. Therefore he who resists and sets himself up against the authorities resists what God has appointed and arranged. And those who resist will bring down judgment upon themselves – receiving the penalty due them" (Amplified Bible). This is the dispensation of human government, by which man is ruled by man and is responsible to man. All those who live under human rule are living before man. They dare not do many things because of the fear of man. Whenever they are not under man's jurisdiction and observation, they do as they please!

Sadly, the condition of many Christians today is the same! Their behavior STILL REQUIRES THE RULE OF MAN. Students must be controlled by their teachers, children by their parents, churches by their Headquarters, ministers by their bishops, and believers by their pastors and elders! If that rule is not there they don't know what to do, nor how to walk, and their spiritual lives become disoriented and weak. This proves to a great degree that THEY ARE STILL LIVING IN THE FALLEN CONDITION OF BEING RULED BY MAN! We praise God for every Spirit-anointed ministry that God has set for the encouragement and strengthening of the body of Christ, they are examples to the flock, and we rejoice in that flow of life that emanates from each one, but I do not hesitate to declare to you, beloved brothers and sisters, that if you still need a man to RULE OVER YOU AS A LORD, whether apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher, or elders, then you know nothing yet as you ought to know of what it means to be a son of God led by the Spirit. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, THEY ARE THE SONS OF GOD" (Rom. 8:14).

But, let me ask you, is the principle of self-rule, of living by the conscience, superior in any way to the rule of man? I declare to you that it is not! Conscience means A KNOWING WITH ONESELF, and is, simply, the carnal consciousness of WHAT WE ARE. Many are astray as to this; they think that the conscience will bring us to God. Did it operate thus in the case of Adam and Eve? Assuredly not! In the very moment when their conscience sprang into life within their bosoms, the first thing they did was run from God and try to hide from Him! There is not one sinner in the whole of the universe who has ever come to God by his conscience. Millions have come to God by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, certainly, but not one has been brought by his conscience! How can they? How could the sense of what I AM ever bring me back to God, if not accompanied by the faith of what HE IS? Impossible. It is necessary, therefore, for God to reveal Himself to man. Man's conscience will testify only of his shame, remorse, fear and self-reproach. It was acquired in and by the fall, it only proves that he sees himself, naked, and it drives man away from God. It was conscience that drove Adam behind the trees of the Garden, but it was THE REVELATION OF GOD WALKING AND SPEAKING that brought him forth from his hiding place into the presence of God. The consciousness of what he was terrified him; the revelation of what God was tranquilized him. The reality of what I am is met by the reality of what God is, and here is salvation!

Since man has been degraded from God's rule to self-rule and human rule, God, in saving man, and bringing him into the Kingdom of God, must recover man not only from human rule but also from self-rule, that man may once more live before God in simplicity and under His direct authority. In salvation God is not restoring us to the rule of the human conscience, but to the rule of GOD HIMSELF BY THE SPIRIT, that we may now pass through the conscience realm and live in the presence of God! Consider now how great are the words of the Lord Jesus, and with bowed head and yielded heart listen as He explains the wonder of an eternal life, saying, "And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent" (Jn. 17:3). The loss of the knowledge of God was death; but the knowing of God is life. Conscience is the knowing of self, and this knowing brings death. This necessarily makes life a thing outside of ourselves, and dependent upon what God is. Let me arrive at whatever amount of self-knowledge I may, it is not said that this is life eternal that I might know myself – but that I might know HIM! To know God AS HE IS is life eternal, blessed be the name of the Lord!

Self-rule and God's rule differ greatly. Self-rule means that a man lives by the feelings of conscience, being responsible to his conscience; whereas God's rule means that man lives BY THE REVELATION OF THE SPIRIT, being responsible to GOD. We know that God by the Holy Spirit lives in our spirit, and as new creatures in Christ Jesus we are now putting on THE MIND OF CHRIST. "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST" (I Cor. 2:14,16).

The conscience has only the feeling of right or wrong. It condemns all that is wrong and justifies all that is right and good. But THE MIND OF CHRIST is above right and wrong, good and evil. The mind of Christ is above wrong and also above right; it is above evil and also above good! It condemns all that is wrong and all that is evil, but it does not necessarily approve all that is right and all that is good. It accepts not only that which IS OF GOD, OF THE SPIRIT, AND OF LIFE.

Let me illustrate: Lying is condemned by the conscience while truthfulness is approved. If we live by the conscience, all is well as long as we do not lie, but tell the truth. However, if we live in the mind of Christ, walking by the sense of God, then not only can we not tell lies, but also we cannot always tell the truth. We have to ask: Are these words of God or of my self? God does not want us to lie, but neither does he want us to speak the truth. What God desires is that we speak HIS WORDS, WORDS THAT ARE OF HIM, OF THE SPIRIT, AND OF LIFE; not our own words, even if they are the truth! Therefore, when one is ministering the Word, whether he is speaking the truth or not will be witnessed to by the conscience. But as to what he should minister, what God is in mind for him to speak – this only can be witnessed by the Spirit. The conscience is unable to do anything in this respect. Only through the mind of Christ can one touch the mind of God and led by God to speak His words. These differences between the conscience and the mind of Christ are also the differences between self-rule and the rule of God! We have all had the experience of hearing someone give a good teaching, minister a good word, yet knowing by the Spirit that they had missed the mind of God and were not giving the word for that occasion. I have heard many so-called prophecies over the past years that were good so far as what they were saying, I could find no fault with the content, the words, yet I knew by the Spirit that they proceeded out of zeal, not out of anointing; out of the intellect of the speaker, not out of the mind of God. The saints judged the prophecy by the sound of the words, the truth of its message, and all shouted amen! never realizing that GOD HAD NOT SPOKEN ANYTHING.

Our knowledge of good and evil can prevent us from obeying the Voice of the Spirit. Put yourself in the place of Abraham. What if God told you to go out and sacrifice your only son – the son God Himself gave you. Most of us would immediately dismiss the Voice as being from satan – our conscience would render the logical verdict – it is wrong to make human sacrifice! Our knowledge of good and evil would prevent us from obeying God. Beyond that, we like to make little rules for ourselves, such as “it is always good to give” or “it is always wrong to deceive.” Do you see what we are doing? Once we say that we will always do this or we will never do that, God can no longer lead us in any area of our lives. Our well-meaning rules take precedence over God’s leading. There are times when it glorifies God to share and times when it is sin – God commands us not to give to some apparently worthy cause. Jesus deceived men on various occasions. He stood before the temple in Jerusalem and declared, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again,” fully knowing that the people would mis-interpret the meaning of His words. And he did not correct their deception. We cannot depend on our rules or our knowledge of good and evil. We must listen to God’s voice on each occasion and do what HE tells us to do.

George Hawtin once gave this godly counsel: “In the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, cease from giving your ear to every man that clamors for attention, including the myriad voices in your own soul. In quietness and confidence give your ear to Him that you might know His voice apart from all strangers. Cease from trying to divide between sheep and goats and seek to know the one truth Shepherd. He will do the dividing for you. Cease from consulting with men about who is right and who is wrong, who is of God and who is of satan, but seek to know Him who is the only mediator between God and men.”

Today there are too few that are living completely under the rule of God! Brethren, I do not count 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 prize of the High Calling of God in Christ Jesus, that I may be a member of that firstfruit company which shall reveal His all- surpassing glory, bringing deliverance to the creation. Many saints are living in a condition which is a combination of the three kinds of government. The greater part of their being is under human rule; they still need to be ruled by man. Another part of being is under self-rule, the rule of the human conscience. But only a small part of their being is under God's rule so that they are controlled by God directly. This is a very abnormal condition. Therefore, there is the need to have God deal with us more thoroughly so that we can, on the negative side, be delivered from the need for human rule, and from self-rule and, on the positive side, enter into God's rule to be directly under His control BY HIS SPIRIT OF LIFE WITHIN.

CLEANSED FROM AN EVIL CONSCIENCE
This brings us to a most marvelous verse of scripture in Heb. 10:22. "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, HAVING OUR HEARTS SPRINKLED FROM AN EVIL CONSCIENCE." When quickened by the spirit of revelation this passage staggers the imagination with its wonder. Such things are too wonderful for me! In our fallen state while yet our eyes are dim through the ravages of sin and death and the weak and insipid rule of conscience, we can but see through a glass darkly. But now comes the word, "Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience," – having the "evil conscience" REMOVED FROM OUR HEARTS by the blood of Christ!
The heart is the center of human life, and the conscience again is the center of the heart. By his conscience man not merely realizes that he commits sin, but that he is sinful, and alienated from God. He who desires to enter into the life of God must have his heart cleansed from an evil conscience. The words are translated "our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience," but the word sprinkled indicates a cleansing. Mention is often made in the New Testament of a clean or pure heart. Jesus said, "Blessed are the PURE in heart" (Mat. 5:8). Paul speaks of "love out of a PURE heart" (I Tim. 1:5). Peter exhorts the saints to "love one another with a PURE heart fervently" (I Pet. 1:22).

The word CLEANSING is also used. We read of those who are described as God's people that God purified(cleansed) their hearts through faith (Acts 15:9). The purpose of the Lord Jesus concerning those who were His was "to purify (cleanse) to Himself a people of His own possession" (Titus 2:14). As regards ourselves we read, "Let us CLEANSE ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit" (II Cor. 7:1). All these places teach us that CLEANSING is an inward work wrought within the HEART. The heart is cleansed from an evil conscience. The evil conscience is the human conscience acquired through disobedience in the fall. It is the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus that avails. The precious blood of Christ, which is HIS LIFE, will cleanse your heart, removing the evil conscience as soap and water remove a stain of dirt from a garment. The INCORRUPTIBLE LIFE in the blood of Christ must be so brought by the Holy Spirit into direct contact with our hearts that our hearts become cleansed from an evil conscience. The power of HIS LIFE WITHIN removes all self-condemnation, as well as all self-knowledge and self-rule, that we may now enter, by His life, beyond the veil, into the HOLIEST OF ALL to live, no longer unto our conscience, but unto GOD!

Little do most saints realize how "sin-conscious" we still are, when we need to be far more "GOD CONSCIOUS." We still have such an awareness, a KNOWING of corruption and sin that surrounds us, and far too little of AN AWARENESS OF GOD, A KNOWING OF HIS ABIDING PRESENCE, AND THAT HE IS IN CONTROL OF ALL THINGS. Oh, to be purged from all the "knowing of sin" and the "knowing of self" and all the discouragement and frustration that attends this, that His truth might spring forth from every avenue of our being and bear witness to the glory of God that is set before us. It was the partaking of the KNOWLEDGE of good and evil, an entering into state of duality with its consciousness of evil as well as good, which brought such
 a state of confusion. It is now the KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST DWELLING WITHIN that shall bring peace and glory!

PURGING THE CONSCIENCE FROM DEAD WORKS
"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, PURGE YOUR CONSCIENCE FROM DEAD WORKS to serve THE LIVING GOD" (Heb. 9:14). The words of this beautiful passage of scripture cast a ray of eternal hope across the gloomy pages of human tradition and ritualistic religion with its static creeds, ordinances, ceremonies and programs that for centuries have blinded men's minds and made their feet to stumble and lose their way so that they have become lost from the glorious and eternal reality of THE LIFE OF GOD IN THE SPIRIT. Oh that men might know that it is the Holy Spirit alone who makes men alive, and it is the Holy Spirit alone who must lead us into all truth and bring to fulfillment the purposes of God in our lives. Oh that men might know that we are the servants of THE LIVING GOD, and our spirits have been quickened by His Spirit that we might live by His Life. The flesh with all its slavish forms of religion and dead works, profiteth nothing. Fill your mind and life with as many doctrines, rituals, ceremonies and rules as you wish. It profits you nothing. Celebrate Mass every day of the week, if you so desire. It profits you nothing. Be baptized, join the church, attend meetings every Sunday, take communion, serve on the committees, if you like. It profits you nothing. Give all your goods to feed the poor, or give your body to be burned. It profits you nothing, for you are still dead and chained by the power of inbred sin. Tradition and forms of religion and godliness can do nothing for men except to cause them to walk in blindness. Men do not need religion. Men do not need external ordinances, rituals, rules and regulations which merely soothe the human conscience. They are one and all DEAD WORKS. Men need Christ. They need to KNOW HIM. Christ is the light of men and the light of the world, and all who follow Him will not walk in darkness but have the light of life, having their conscience PURGED FROM DEAD WORKS TO SERVE THE LIVING GOD!

I am persuaded that no man can serve his human conscience and at the same time serve THE LIVING GOD. I do not mean by this that the child of God has no conscience, but my earnest prayer to God is that all who read this message may quickly be brought to see that the true conscience of the child of God IS THE CONSCIENCE OF GOD HIMSELF and not the old HUMAN CONSCIENCE which has its existence in the fallen nature of Adam. The scriptures do, indeed, testify that saints have a conscience, but I exhort you to pay heed to what kind of conscience it is!

"I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness IN THE HOLY GHOST" (Rom. 9:1). This is a conscience which resides IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, it originates in God, being the conscience of the NEW CREATION, of the SPIRIT, not the old conscience of the soul.

"Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a PURE HEART, and a GOOD CONSCIENCE" (I Tim. 1:5). Here are two items: a pure heart and a good conscience. The pure heart is the NEW HEART, the heart of the NEW SPIRIT. "A NEW HEART also will I give you, and a NEW SPIRIT will I put within you: I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh. and I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes" (Eze. 36:26-27). The good conscience is the NEW CONSCIENCE of the new spirit and the new heart, the voice of CHRIST WITHIN, directing our lives in the righteousness and will of God.

"Holding the mysteries of the faith IN A PURE CONSCIENCE" (I Tim. 3:9). Man has three main parts in his being: spirit, soul and body. Before we were born again our spirit was DEAD – unresponsive to God – and it should be self-evident that the human conscience is not located in the unregenerate man's spirit, rather in his soul, for "the first man was made a LIVING SOUL" (I Cor. 15:45). The unregenerated man is like a car that is not running with all of its cylinders, he does not function in all three areas of being, only in two – soul and body. The regenerated man, born of Him who is made a QUICKENING SPIRIT, functions in all three parts of his being – spirit, soul and body. When one has a clear understanding of the duality of the unregenerated man, and the tri-partite nature of the regenerated man, it becomes increasingly obvious that the regenerated man possesses a set of THREE OF ALL HIS FACULTIES, while the unregenerated man possesses only a set of TWO of his faculties.

Every child of God has a three-fold conscience. Within your body is the biological conscience which distinguishes between things which are cold or hot, painful or pleasurable, bitter or sweet, pretty or ugly etc. Within your soul is the psychological conscience which judges whether things are good or bad, legal or illegal, honest or dishonest etc. This is the conscience man got in the fall. Now, within your spirit is the spiritual conscience which determines WHETHER A THING IS OF GOD OR NOT OF GOD, OF LIFE OR NOT OF LIFE. The natural man is guided entirely by his biological and psychological consciences, making all judgments upon the basis of good and evil. The spiritual man, however, judges all things by the MIND OF CHRIST and discerns WHAT IS OF GOD AND OF LIFE.

The problem with the soulish conscience is, first, that it is a product of the fall; second, it is a conscience of condemnation which can never lead you to God; and thirdly, it is totally undependable, being CONDITIONED by the external influences of the world. To understand the truth of what I now say you have only to observe the life of a child. In their first bloom of innocence children can readily develop a sense of what is right. But as they grow older, deprived of original simplicity, imbibing of the voices, concepts, and influences of the world around them - of parents, friends, teachers, television, movies, books etc. – they become affected by the values they learn from these sources and their conscience becomes CONDITIONED TO JUDGE RIGHT AND WRONG BY THE STANDARD OF WHAT THEY ARE TAUGHT. Your conscience is like a computer into which data has been fed from childhood on. Your computer gives out the information that has been fed into it!

 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; HAVING THEIR CONSCIENCE SEARED WITH A HOT IRON" (I Tim. 4:1-2). The more a person yields his mind to the sway and control of the spirit of this world, the more his conscience will become seared, insensitive to the spirit of right, and begin to lose its function. The moralistic sense of the world bends to the desires and lusts of the flesh, justifying itself, excusing itself, though generally quick to accuse others.

The conscience takes the shape of the things we feed the conscience with. If one is born in a Moslem country his conscience takes on the Moslem characteristics. A Muslim, in good conscience, without any compunction will slay an infidel. It is his guarantee of glory. He has done the will of Allah. He has acted with a clear Muslim conscience. This is the very root of all terrorism perpetrated out of the Moslem countries. If one is raised under communist indoctrination his conscience takes on communist characteristics, sensing right and wrong according to communist value. If one is raised in an ungodly home where cursing, filthy language, drunkenness, and adultery is the order of the day, then his conscience takes that shape. If one is raised in a Catholic home his conscience takes the Catholic shape. If he bends his knee in front of an image, his conscience will approve it, because that is the way his conscience has been conditioned. If another has been raised in a Baptist home his conscience is conditioned by the Baptist values and if he bows before an image his conscience will not let him sleep!

Suppose all your life had been taught that drinking coffee was wrong. Would something rise up within you if a person offered you a cup of coffee with your meal? Would a mere reminder, "But Jesus says in Mat. 15:11 that it is not that which goes into a man's mouth that defiles him," immediately free you to drink coffee? Probably not! A Hindu widow’s conscience convinces her that she should fling herself on the funeral pyre of her deceased husband. She has been brought to see this as the most noble act she can perform to appease her gods. There are places where a pagan African woman will, if she gives birth to twin girls, bury both alive. Her conscience is convinced that this is proper. Her pagan conscience constrains her to commit this act because it is the finest, most self-sacrificing step she can take. Paul, formerly the petulant, self-righteous Pharisee, persecuted the early disciples of Christ with intense hatred. In all good conscience he hounded and harried and jailed and murdered them all across the country from city to city, certain he was doing God’s will. Then he saw the bright light on the Damascus road and was given a new conscience. From all the foregoing it may be seen that a “Moslem conscience,” a “Catholic conscience,” a “Baptist conscience,” a “Hindu conscience,” and a “Pharisaical conscience” simply are not the voice of God. Rather, conscience is the way a spirit sees or perceives God to be, and what it understands and holds in view as God’s will and wishes.

Can you not now see why the apostle declares that OUR CONSCIENCE MUST BE PURGED FROM DEAD WORKS to serve the living God? The condition of the conscience is a very important thing! In my case, I was born into a Mennonite home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. While I was still a small child my parents received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and were promptly excommunicated from the Mennonite denomination of our forefathers. As a result, I was raised in a Pentecostal home. So, upon arriving at young manhood I had acquired a PENTECOSTAL CONSCIENCE! It was shaped by the doctrines, practices, and traditions of the Pentecostal movement in the area of south Alabama where we lived. In those Churches there were many rules and traditions and practices that have changed through the years. We couldn't go to the beach to swim, it was sin. We didn't attend the County Fair, it was worldly. If you even walked inside a movie theatre, and didn't repent, you were sure to "bust hell wide open!" The women were not allowed to wear facial makeup of any kind, lipstick was a sin. Short hair and curled hair were wicked. Women could not wear slacks and their dresses must be long, with long sleeves and high necks. Bright, splashy colors were vain. And then, no jewelry of any kind was permitted, not even a wedding band!

I remember when as a young man I wanted a tie pin to hold my tie in place. In those days I pinned my tie to my shirt with a safety pin, underneath. I thought about the tie pin for a long time and finally got up enough courage to go buy one. I purchased a rather plain, gold colored one. I will never forget the day when I put it on, stood in front of the mirror, looked at myself, and said, "Preston, you've really done it!" Then, at once my Pentecostal conscience smote me and I took the thing off! You see, my conscience had been formed in the Pentecostal tradition and I thought that was salvation! Ah, my brethren, I testify to you that if I was saved at all it was only because Christ in His great mercy was present there among all the foolishness of man's ideas and concepts.

Shortly afterward, when a fresh and marvelous moving of the Holy Spirit came and swept over my life in quickening, bringing glory and the Spirit of revelation from God, there came a new and wonderful UNVEILING OF CHRIST to my heart, and for the first time in my life I saw the bondage of tradition, the commandments of men taught as the doctrine of Christ, for the pitiful thing it is. The blessed Spirit of God turned the searchlight within and I saw that just as the sinner needs his heart cleansed from fornication, adultery, lying, drunkenness, cursing, and all the ungodly works of the flesh, so did my conscience need to be cleansed from the traditions of religion – PURGED FROM DEAD WORKS TO SERVE THE LIVING GOD!

How desperately we still need much of this purging, for in many of us our conscience yet labors under the hangover of multiplied man-made-standards, and duty-bound rituals and observances. Many who hear the call to come out of Babylon find it difficult to obey because their religion-conditioned conscience will demand that they "go to church somewhere" on Sunday morning even if they aren't fed spiritually and the place they go reeks of the mustiness of time-honored tradition and the stench of flesh. The fact it is a chore, a struggle not to be critical because of the dryness and emptiness they experience once they get there, doesn't help matters – but until every area of their conscience is purged from DEAD WORKS, these LIFELESS OBSERVANCES, many feel condemned if they don't go someplace, and we surely don't condemn them for going. It is not a question of whether we fellowship someplace or don't fellowship – it is a matter of BEING LED BY THE SPIRIT as to where to go, and how to live out every aspect of our lives, daily. If our fellowship is in some Babylonian Church System because our religion-oriented conscience dictates that we must, that is one thing; but how much better to BE WHERE THE FATHER WANTS US, DOING WHAT THE SPIRIT DICTATES. The defiled human conscience is being replaced by THE LIVING SPIRIT OF CHRIST WITHIN, HE is becoming LORD, blessed be His name!

Within the defiled human conscience are ingrained certain concepts of right and wrong, of what is acceptable to God and what is not acceptable to Him. When ever we are challenged to change one of these concepts we feel threatened. Then, when God puts His finger on some area of our lives, and we do change, quickened by His Spirit, it is hard for us to see that not everyone has to make the same changes! Our attitude is, "If the Lord deals with me about this, He had better deal with you about it!" Not so! God alone knows each of our hearts, our motives, our needs, our plane of growth and development in Him, and He works one way with one individual, and another with the next. HE ALONE knows the what, when, how and why of dealing with each one to accomplish His overall purpose and to conform each of the apprehended ones into THE IMAGE OF CHRIST. All who receive the call to sonship will be dealt with to abandon all confidence in the human conscience that they may put on THE MIND OF CHRIST.

GOD ALL IN ALL
The apostle Paul wrote of great and glorious day that is coming, "Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, THAT GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL" (I Cor. 15:24,28). The Amplified Bible expresses this so beautifully, ".so that God may be all in all – that is, be everything to everyone, supreme, the INDWELLING AND CONTROLLING FACTOR OF LIFE." Truly that is realm beyond human rule and the self-rule of the conscience – GOD the INDWELLING AND CONTROLLING FACTORS OF LIFE, GOD ALL IN ALL!

This will be the grand conclusion of the great drama of the world's history and of Christ's redemption. There will come a day – the glory is such we can form no conception of it, the mystery is so deep we cannot realize it – when the Son shall deliver up the kingdom that the Father gave Him and which He won with His precious blood and established and perfected from the throne of His glory, the Son shall deliver the kingdom up to the Father, the Son Himself shall be subject also unto the Father, "that God may be all in all." It is this that Christ died and rose again for; it is this that His Spirit is working for today in us; it is this that His heart is longing for in each of us, "that God may be all in all." And now, joined unto His as one spirit, the passion of our lives has become: Everything made subject and swallowed up in Him "that God may be all in all." What a life is ours when this becomes the vision! I am praying, and the Holy Spirit is wrestling in me with unutterable longing, "that God may be all in all – in me!"

Yes, the day shall come when throughout all the unbounded heavens, and unto the lowest hell, God shall be all in all, but now there is a company of firstfruits being called and selected to experientially know this "all in all" realm in the here and now, that it may be revealed to the rest of creation. Let us take this home to our hearts that it may rule our lives – this one thought, this one desire, this one aim, this one joy, this one faith: From henceforth I live fully, wholly, only, for this one thing, that in my life, GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL!

A little seed is the beginning of a great tree. A mustard seed becomes a tree in which the birds of the air can nestle. That great day of which the apostle speaks, when Christ Himself shall be subject to the Father, and deliver up the kingdom to the Father, and God shall be all in all – that is the great tree of the Kingdom of God reaching its perfect consummation and glory, when there shall not be a creature anywhere in God's great universe to whom He has not become EVERYTHING. What a song! the Celestial Song of Creation, when every voice intones the words, and every heart bursts with the message, "HE IS EVERYTHING TO ME!" Oh, let us take the seed of that glory into our hearts and let us bow in lowly surrender and submission, saying, "Amen, Lord; this be my one life – that the spirit of sonship within me here and now bow in submission to the Father, delivering up the kingdom in my life, surrendering all to Him, that today, and for ever, GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL."

God help everyone of us who cherish the hope of sonship. God help us all to yield ourselves to HIM, and to make it our everyday life, for His name's sake. Amen!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Age and Ages 03

Now let (no pun attended) us look at the words "everlasting", "ever" and "eternal." Before we do I
want to at the Hebrew and Greek meanings for the Hebrew word olam and the Greek word aion both mean "age" or "eon."

The Hebrew "olam" comes from a root meaning "hidden." The word therefore means a period of
time, but a period of unknown or hidden length. The word was often used to mean a man's lifetime because it was an unknown period.

However it is the Greek word "aion" I like for us to look at in depth for it is a word used much in the New Testament. The Greek word "aion" was the word used for the Hebrew word "olam". According
to Hebrew and Greek usage, therefore, these words mean a period of time, a period of unspecified
length, the duration of which is determined by the fact or condition or person to which the term is
applied.

The word "aion" in noun form is used 128 times, while the adjective form "aionios" is used 71 times. In the King James Version "aion" is translated "age" only twice. Thirty-eight times it is translated
"world."

Now I want to look at one letter, the letter written to the Ephesians Church. The word "aion" is used six times in the first three chapters as follows:

In 1:21 we read "not only in this world" where it should read "age";

In 2:2 we read, "according to the course of this world"; it should be "according to the eon of this
world"--not the eon before the flood nor the eon of the millennium, but the eon of this world
(kosmos);

In 2:7 it is translated as it should be, "in the ages to come."

In 3:9 we read "which from the beginning of the world," where it should read, "from the ages."

In 3:11, we find, "according to the eternal purpose," where it should read, "the purpose of the ages,"

In 3:21 we discover "world without end" for the phrase, "to the age of the ages."

To add to the confusion, the word genea, which means "generation(s)," is translated "age" twice in
the third chapter: in 3:5 "which in other ages, (generationS)" and in 3:21 "throughout all ages
(generationS)."

Now is there any wonder that people do not know what the Bible teaches about the "ages"? The miss use of the word has brought about many damning teachings and has enslaved many.

Now why the letter to the Ephesians? Because, years ago I studied the letter word for word and saw
the miss usage of the words and changed them in my bible. Before pressing on I like to share a few examples of scriptures that I changed.

Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages (genea), world (aion) without
end. Amen. Ephesians 3:21 KJV

This verse should read "to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations of the age of the ages. Amen." Ephesians 3:21

We have no difficulty in understanding "King of kings" or "Lord of lords." Everybody knows that they mean the greatest King of all kings, and the highest Lord of all lords. It ought to be equally clear
that "the age of the ages," means the greatest age of all ages, the great consummation of the ages
when God brings to completion what He has been busily engaged in during all other ages.

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before
the world unto our glory: .... 1 Corinthians 2:7 KJV

Should read: "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God
"foreordained before the ages": .... 1 Corinthians 2:7

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to
his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, ... 2 Timothy 2:9

Should read: Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but
according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus "before eonian times",

In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; ... Titus 1:2 KJV

Should read: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised "before eonian times."
God was before the ages.

How about "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by
the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the ages [aion] (NOT - worlds);

Or "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God" Hebrews 11:3

But it should read, "Through faith we understand that "the ages were planned [or, "attuned"] by the
Word of God."

God made the eons (ages) through Christ.

How about "And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end" Luke 1:33

This should read, "He shall reign over the house of Jacob for the eons (ages)"; indeed, the time will
come when Christ will no longer reign over this kingdom. "Then cometh the end when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father" 1 Corinthians 15:24

But the kingdom will continue under the Father's rule, and it will have no end.

How about Hebrews 9:6 "For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself."

It should read ""But now, once, in order to [lit., "on"] a conclusion of the eons (ages), hath He been
manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself."

Now for some it will be the icing on the cake.

Jesus said ".... But whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come." Matthew 12:32

Should read ".... But whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, neither in the age to come."

YES .... He will not be forgiven in this age, nor in the age to come; For he will carry his sin still
unforgiven!

When one sees the plan of the AGES does one see the beauty of God's Program for the redemption of humankind.

My final thoughts on age and ages ... "when shall it be done"?

In Ephesians 2:7 we read, "That in the ages to come..."; here, through the usage of the Greek aion in the plural, we learn that there shall be, at least, two ages after this one. Similarly, Revelation 20:10 speaks of "the ages of the ages."