You shall be hated of all men for my name sake


The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. ( 1 John 3:1 )

Being called and used of God is a rare and distinct privilege, but definitely not to be considered as a life of ease, leisure and safety, without the trials, trauma and tribulations promised to accompany those whom accept that call. Below is a thumbnail sketch of some things to be expected. And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. ( Luke 21:17 ) If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. ( John 15:19 ) "...handing you over to synagogue or prison, or bringing you before kings and governors, for my name's sake. This will be your chance to witness for me. So make up your minds not to think out your defense beforehand. I will give you such eloquence and wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict it. But you will be betrayed, even by parents and brothers and kinsfolk and friends..." ( Luke 21: 12 - 16 (Phi) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ( Galatians 6::9 )

Lest anyone get the wrong impression about how I feel as I impart the truth of God to other folks. I am not so naïve as to believe or somehow think they will welcome me or the message I bring with open arms, being happy and appreciative to learn the truth of God. Standing in awe of my great understanding as they show their grateful attitude in thanksgiving and appreciation. That is not at all the way it will be, and I know that truth also according to the word of God. All one has to do is to read about it in your own bible, to understand how you will be received when you may decide to impart the truth of God to others. Get ready to temporarily have your eyes opened up and your ears unstopped as you read about it within the pages of your own bible, in God’s own inspired words of truth.

"Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. ( Mark 13:12 )
Everyone will hate you because you are committed to me. But the person who endures to the end will be saved. ( Mark 13:13 )
They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. ( John 15:21 )

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:5-13 Our Lord Jesus, in reply to the disciples' question, does not so much satisfy their curiosity as direct their consciences. When many are deceived, ( as the case now is around the world ) we should thereby be awakened to look to ourselves. And the disciples of Christ, if it be not their own fault, may enjoy holy security and peace of mind, when all around is in disorder. ( who can deny that all around is in disorder? ) But they must take heed that they are not drawn away from Christ and their duty to him, by the sufferings they will meet with for his sake. They shall be hated of all men: trouble enough! Yet the work they were called to should be carried on and prosper. Though they may be crushed and borne down, the gospel cannot be. The salvation promised is more than deliverance from evil, it is everlasting blessedness. ( end quote )


So it is with these words of truth ringing in my ears, I go forward with the truth of God, knowing for absolute certainty, to do so will bring persecution upon myself. I willingly place myself in the position to be hated of all men, to reveal His wonderful truth to others as He reveals it to me. My reward and motivation is not to be liked, loved and admired by this world, held up as it were by the world as an example of all that is good and pure. If that would happen, it would be proof positive that I myself were also of the world. Notice what it is telling us in ( James 4:4 ) You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever * wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." Therefore I am not attempting to make myself a friend to the world. And in fact many years ago I followed after the commandment of God in Revelation 18:4 to come out of this worlds religious system known as the Babylon of confusion. After forty plus years of trying to make square spiritual pegs of understanding, fit into round spiritual holes of understanding. Where all Godly understanding supposedly came from the high mucky muck, little Hitler dictator at the top, that sat in his plush furnished comfortable surroundings, counting the tithes and never ending offerings that came flooding into his bank account.


I worry not about what this world thinks of me. We all may enjoy being thought well of, being looked up to, being friends of all the world, but is it worth it if it means being an enemy of God? If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. ( John 15:18 ) How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. ( 1 John 3:1 ) Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. ( John 15:20 ) In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, ( 11Timothy 3:12 ) I may not like and enjoy persecution, but it will identify those whom God has given a love of His truth and is calling into His own service to impart His truth to others, either in person or on the internet all around this world in which we live. I believe as well, it identifies those that He has given the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to do it, along with the courage to do it. To be His Elect, the prize of the “High Calling” to rule with Jesus Christ for a thousand years during the millennium. Reason enough to be willing to be hated of all men for a fleeting moment of physical time, in exchange for a ruler ship with the King of all heaven and earth.


Something we should always remember is that which Christ reminded us of in ( John 18:15 ) If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. And not just a hate from a far away distance, but an up close and personal hate that had great pain and suffering attached to it. Christ was beaten almost beyond human recognition, that He might prevail, to suck it up and take it, for you and for me. To endure the worst possible twisted and severe torture that mankind under the influence of Satan the devil could afflict upon Him. To do it without ever once sinning or complaint, that He could secure salvation for all of creation. Isaiah 52:13-15 (NLT) The Lord's Suffering Servant 13 See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted. 14 But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.15 And he will startle many nations. Kings will stand speechless in his presence. For they will see what they had not been told; they will understand what they had not heard about." Here is another scripture which speaks to this question, to a lesser extent: Psalm 22:6 NLT 6But I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned and despised by all!" The idea here is that he doesn't look like a man any longer. And finally, we see Jesus' willingness to be scourged, spat upon, ridiculed and killed for the redemption of humanity. Isaiah 50:6 NAS " 6 I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting." All of this endured to finish what God had sent Him to do. The Father has given all things into His hands, and He will not lose one the Father has given Him. Universal Salvation to all.


What has happened that mankind has lost their way and forgotten the truth of God? That no one believes this anymore? The Word of God has been changed by unrighteous men, so says the true Word of God. God's anger is revealed from heaven against every ungodly and immoral thing people do as they try to suppress the truth by their immoral living. ( Romans 1:18 ) My reference bible puts it this way: Who changed the word of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. ( Romans 1:25 ) Read on through the rest of chapter one here in Romans. Talking among other things of God giving women up to vile affections. That even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And also the men likewise lusting after one toward another. No one wanted to retain God in their knowledge. Therefore we here today find ourselves living in a society that shuns God. Keeping Him at arms length, not at all interested in hearing, understanding or learning His word and the way He intended for mankind to live by. God then chose to remedy the situation in this way. 28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. ( Romans 1: 28 - 32 )


The word of God is filled with His admonition of exercising caution while dealing with even our own family members, while dealing with friends, neighbors and acquaintances. We are not to assume we are dealing with Christians with integrity that will not lie or deceive us. Notice in Romans 1:25 quoted above, how the true word of God was changed into that which is false. our brothers, your own family--even they have betrayed you; they have raised a loud cry against you. Do not trust them, though they speak well of you. ( Jeremiah 12:6 ) Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception. ( Psalm 12: 2 ) "Beware of your friends; do not trust your brothers. For every brother is a deceiver, and every friend a slanderer. ( Jeremiah 9:4 ) Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning. ( Jeremiah 9:5 ) Because by them the true word of God was changed into that which is false, and they gave worship and honour to the thing which is made, and not to him who made it, to whom be blessing for ever. So be it. ( Romans 1:25 ) They worship and serve that which is made as opposed to their own maker, God!  A good example yet today is what the word of God tells us in Jeremiah 10. 2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, ( They must be carried where ever they go ) because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. ( Jeremiah 10: 2-5 ) Did you put up your own ( Idol of choice ) the Christmas tree this year? Here is further information on idolatry and the position that God takes on it. I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made. ( Jeremiah 1:16 ) Notice here it is not the pagans He addresses, He is talking to His own people. This should be a wake up call to those that have received the love of the truth, to others it will serve only as an aggravation that will cause even a deeper hatred between themselves and Christ and the one pointing out the truth of God to them.


Different Translations of James 4:4

James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever * wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." (NASB: Lockman)

Greek
:

moichalides, ouk oidate (2PRAI) hoti e philia tou kosmou echthra tou theou estin? (3SPAI) os ean oun boulethe (3SAPS) philos einai (PAN) tou kosmou, echthros tou theou kathistatai. (3SPPI)
Amplified
: You [are like] unfaithful wives [having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God (

Amplified Bible - Lockman)
ASV: Ye adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore would be a friend of the world maketh himself an enemy of God.
BBE: O you who are false to God, do you not see that the friends of this world are not God's friends? Every man desiring to be a friend of this world makes himself a hater of God.
Darby: Adulteresses, know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore is minded to be [the] friend of the world is constituted enemy of God.
ESV:
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
GWT: You unfaithful people! Don't you know that love for this {evil} world is hatred toward God? Whoever wants to be a friend of this world is an enemy of God.
KJV: Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Macent: Degenerate race, don't you know that friendship with vice is hostility against heaven. he that is a friend to the vicious world, is an enemy to God.
Moffatt: (Wanton creatures! do you not know that the world's friendship means enmity to God? Whoever, then, chooses to be the world's friend, turns enemy to God.
NAB: Adulterers! Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world makes himself an enemy of God
NLT: You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can't be a friend of God. (

NLT - Tyndale House)
Phillips: You are like unfaithful wives, flirting with the glamour of this world, and never realising that to be the world's lover means becoming the enemy of God! Anyone who deliberately chooses to love the world is thereby making himself God's enemy. (Phillips: Touchstone)
RSV: Unfaithful creatures! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
TLB: You are like an unfaithful wife who loves her husband’s enemies. Don’t you realize that making friends with God’s enemies—the evil pleasures of this world—makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy the evil pleasure of the unsaved world, you cannot also be a friend of God.
Wuest
: O, adulteresses, do you not know that your friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore would desire after mature consideration to be a friend of the world is constituted an enemy of God. (

Erdmans)
Weymouth: You unfaithful women, do you not know that friendship with the world means enmity to God? Therefore whoever is bent on being friendly with the world makes himself an enemy to God.
Young's Literal: Adulterers and adulteresses! have ye not known that friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever, then, may counsel to be a friend of the world, an enemy of God he is set.

My position on teaching the word of God


I believe I am one of the many being called of God at this time. It appears as well that I may even be one of the chosen few that God has chosen to become one of His elect. For many are called, but few are chosen. ( Matthew 22:14 ) How will we ever know if we have been chosen as the few known as the elect that will rule with Christ? It appears to me that even the Apostle Paul was concerned about this aspect of his own person. We can read in the word of God how he voiced his feelings on the matter. ( Philippians ) 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Here Paul is obviously not concerned that he will not make it into the kingdom of God. He knew very well that as the Savior of the world, His Lord was compelled by God the Father to save all. He however could not be certain whether he would attain to the prize of the high calling or the upward call as an elect of God. But he goes on and tells how he will press on toward that end. 12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. He presses on to lay hold of it, “the prize of the high calling”. He did not feel as he could claim it at this point in time. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. He could not presume to know that which only God will determine. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; God in His own time will reveal it to you. Most likely at that future moment of time when it actually happens. 16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained. He is saying, “never the less” let us continue on living by the same standard which we already have attained. ( Philippians 3: 11 - 16 )


I submit to you, there is no difference today in our own lives as we strive to attain the prize of the high calling, than there was during the time of the struggles that Paul had to endure. It is true the intensity may not be as great for us as it was for Paul, but the principle remains the same. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake. ( Acts 9:16 ) Christ kept His promise and Paul did suffer greatly as can be determined by the word of God. The Apostle Paul had more than his share of problems, disappointments and frustrations in life. In ( 2nd Corinthians 11:23-27 ) the Apostle Paul shares with us some of the hardships of life he went through . . . "...in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness."


But notice, secondly, what the Apostle Paul said in ( Romans 8:18 ) concerning our present sufferings . . . "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” The Apostle Paul addresses the "sufferings of this present time." Everyone endures some degree of suffering in this earthly life, some much more than others. There is no pain like the pain caused when a spouse files for divorce and abandons. There is no sense of loss as that of losing one's children. It is difficult to continue in life when one's health is poor and pain is a constant companion. There is nothing more frustrating than jealous and malicious co-workers who enjoy harassing and making one's life more difficult on a daily basis. There is nothing more disappointing than to have one's plans for the future destroyed. Living can so easily turn into surviving in this frail world in which we dwell. There is no guarantee of success, happiness, or health in life. The only guarantee is problems and death. I don’t know about you, but to a lesser degree Christ has shown me also the things I must suffer for His name sake. Things I must suffer in this physical life to be driven in the direction that Christ would have me go. I have not suffered shipwreck or that of being stoned to near death, but I have felt the symbolic sting of being beaten over the back, body slammed to the ground, and pummeled by the winds of adversity. All I might add, to serve a good later purpose in me as pleases Christ.


Sitting alone in a Veterans Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Holding the hand of my closest brother as he gurgled and choked out his last breath of life, after a botched brain tumor operation. Then having to go down to Atlanta, Georgia to tell his three little kids their daddy would not be coming home again. Watching my soldier comrades shot cold stone dead by my side or being blown to pieces and mangled in every conceivable way imaginable. Personally handling multiple hundreds and even thousands of dead mangled bodies to be sent home to their families. Standing along side of my sixteen year old granddaughter where her little six year old brother lay on a gurney in the hospital. After hearing he had not made it, dying from being hit on his bike by a truck. Years later pulling into my driveway about midnight and the car lights shining on the body of our precious twenty one year old granddaughter hanging by her neck. Deciding life was no longer worth living. The sight yet of our daughter, her mother, sobbing uncontrollably, holding and cradling her in her arms as she lay dead on the cold hard ground. My wife temporarily loosing her mind because of the grief. Then having to deal with all of the gut wrenching aftermath. These things and many more, not to unlike what others have to suffer as well. But there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. ( Romans 8:17, 18, ) “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. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”


Commentary below from the internet:


“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing” (Philippians 3:12-16).


Introduction:   This is another of the most misunderstood and abused sections of Paul’s writings. Today many in the church think that there is no need to strive towards spiritual perfection as they believe that the Lord has already made them as perfect as they are going to be on earth. Their lives often show little evidence of such perfection. Some people in Paul’s day thought that he was claiming to be perfect, but it is clear from this text that he was stating the exact opposite. Nevertheless he does teach that God takes hold of the believer for a gloriously high purpose, that is, to bring him to perfection in Christ. Maybe the vision of glory had inspired Paul to reach beyond nominal Christianity towards the highest goal (2 Corinthians 12:4). He was determined to progress upwards until he reached the place he could see his Lord face to face. None of us are spiritually perfect, yet we are called unto perfection. In the same way, because we are not physically or mentally perfect, we do not let that stop us from bettering ourselves either through exercise or education. We must follow Christ faithfully if we aim towards perfection in Him, nevertheless all true believers recognize their spiritual imperfections. “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do” (Romans 7:18-19).

Paul’s desire was to follow Christ closely and continuously. He did not believe the notion of sudden perfection but that Christians ought to grow towards it as they live daily for the Lord. The words “follow after” mean ‘to keep up the chase’ and ‘press on’. The same expression is found in 1 Corinthians 14:1, “Follow after charity.” Also in 1 Timothy 6:11-12 he writes, “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” These are things we have to do rather than having them automatically imputed to us. Why is it any different with perfection? Some have a problem with this, but surely we should follow God’s purpose for our lives, not lukewarmly but in wholehearted service to Him! “Follow after” [Greek ‘dioto] is an athletic term used in running sports, therefore it cannot be those who lazily meander through life. Paul was not complacent but eagerly desired to reach perfection. Sadly many Christians pull up short and will never reach the finishing post. “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” (Galatians 5:7). This can be quickly remedied though. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).


“Apprehend”  is similar in meaning to ‘attain’. Here it refers to something we must ‘lay hold of’ and ‘seize’ with a firm grip. Christ has firmly taken hold of us; therefore our grip on Him must not weaken. We ought to “lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:12, 19) and “lay hold upon the hope set before us” (Hebrews 6:18). We no doubt have heard of a policeman apprehending a criminal after a chase. The word used by Paul has the same meaning. While Paul knew that Christ had “apprehended” him, he realized that he had not “apprehended” the “high calling”. In other words, he was not yet in the place he should be. He was as determined as a runner in an endurance race to reach his goal. He needed singleness of vision. He needed to “forget” everything from the past and focus upon Christ the “forerunner” (Hebrews 6:20). Let us not pass by the word “forget” without considering what it was he had to forget. In fact Paul has just reminded us of his old life in Judaism with its rituals and feasts, his heritage, his persecution of the church, and of his own personal suffering. None of these were permitted to hinder his service for God. The past needs to be forgotten, especially our human talents, abilities and achievements if we are to go on in the Lord.


Advancement:  “Reaching forth” means to ‘stretch forward’ like a runner nearing the finishing line. Our aim is not to gain the advantage over our fellow runners, but simply to be the best Christian that ever lived. “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain” (1 Corinthians 9:24). This is amplified by the words “press toward the mark”. Paul pressed towards the goal, and wanted to be totally conformed to the perfection of Christ. “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). Is it not strange that those who stand firm for predestination ignore the need of conformation! Here is the “one thing” so many Christians turn a blind eye to. It is impossible to advance towards perfection unless we are “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). Looking back, like Lot’s wife (Genesis 19:27, Luke 17:32), will end with going back and making ourselves unfit for the Kingdom of God. “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). We must “Strive to enter in at the strait gate” for as Jesus says, “many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (Luke 13:24).


The apostle Peter wrote exactly the same thing, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:13-16.). God always wants His people to “go forward” (Exodus 14:25). God continues to stir up our hearts to reveal where we are falling short, and His Holy Spirit convicts us of the need to be more like Christ in our daily lives. “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Colossians 1:28) … “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God” (Hebrews 6:1).


The “mark” is Christ for He stands at the finishing post to welcome us home, and the “prize” is the “crown of life” to those who finish the course (James 1:12). Therefore the “prize” is not the “high calling” but the end result of it. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). How few run well! “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain” (1 Corinthians 9:24).


Those who are always backsliding have to question their commitment to Christ. A part of growing towards perfection is maintaining that which we have already achieved in Christ. Trying to ascend in faith without holiness and sanctification is like a bird with no wings attempting to fly. We need to be disciplined enough to resist all hindrances to our growth. “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). It must be noted that Paul is also rebuking the ‘perfectionists’ of his day, for the word “perfect” in verse 15 means ‘to be mature’ rather than achieving a state of sinless or spiritual perfection. This word can also mean ‘fully fit to run’, that is, according to the principles laid down in Scripture. There are those who believe that they have reached a state of perfection, but in truth they are deceiving themselves.


Conclusion: There will always be those who cling to the idea that they have already achieved the state of perfection either through imputation or good works, but God has ways to reveal just how wrong they are. There will always be those who suggest that absolute perfection is impossible on this side of eternity, so it is not worth trying. How will they ever receive the “prize” for following the “high calling of God in Christ Jesus”? Are they truly walking “in the Spirit” or fulfilling the “lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16)? Those who claim to follow Christ ought to live according to truth found in 1 John 2:6, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked”, otherwise they are fooling themselves. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). What level of perfection do we think we have advanced to? The spiritual determination that has brought us thus far will drive us forward, onward and upward in our relationship with Christ. It is not our willpower, but the power of the Holy Spirit who enables obedient Christians to aim higher towards perfection. Let us never stop pressing on. ( end quote )


But I roughly treat my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. ( 1 Corinthians 9:27 ) Again here we should be able as mature Christians following after and believing the word of God. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. ( 1 Timothy 2:4 ) To conclude here that the only possible thing that Paul could be discussing here is the possibility that he could lull himself to sleep through lack of diligence and falling short of the mark. Causing himself as it were to be disqualified from the high calling of the elect to rule with Christ during the millennium. Since Paul was concerned about and was taking steps to make his election sure, then all of the rest of us should follow his example in this. "For many are invited, but few are chosen." ( Matthew 22:14 ) Therefore rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall: ( 2nd Peter 1:10 ) Most professing Christians I know believe wholeheartedly they will be among the elect of God. That to me however is a pipe dream brought about by blind faith along with some self deception. We have to remember it is the many being called, but here is the rub, it is only the few being chosen. Out of the multiple millions being called, and even eventually billions. It then becomes clear and realistic to me that the number being chosen will be comparatively small. Many consider it to be the 144000, 12000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Lets consider further instruction from the word of God, after all one opinion is just as good as the next one. Enter in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be who go in there: ( Matthew 7:13 ) But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. ( Matthew 7:14 ) So we see here too the contrast between the many and the few. "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. ( Luke 13:24 ) See how nicely this scripture fits with Matthew chapter 7... 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, ( in the first resurrection to rule with Christ ) but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ( Matthew 7: 21 - 23 ) The many will have cast out demons in the name of Christ, they have prophesied in His name and done many wonderful works in His name. But what does Christ say? I never knew you, depart from me! They obviously had not been believing and following after the word and the way of God. God could not allow them to be in His kingdom at that time to rule with Christ during His thousand year rule here on earth. Who in their right mind would put anyone not believing Them or understanding Their instructions, into the most important position in the universe?


Christian? YES! Believer? NO!

There is a right way and a wrong way to walk on the highway and journey leading up to the millennium. It requires a belief in the word of God along with a concerted, effort and willingness to follow it. Most will not believe or follow it. Here is some of what Christ has to say about that. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness within himself: He that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. ( 1 John 5:10 ) And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. ( John 8:45 ) The worlds sin is unbelief in me. ( John 16:9 ) ( NLT ) We have heard the same Good News that your ancestors heard. But the message didn't help those who heard it in the past because they didn't believe. ( Hebrews 4:2 ) Anyone who accept your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God who sent me. ( Luke 10:16 ) (NLT) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. ( Hosea 4:6 ) God does not consider it a little thing that his people refuse to believe His inspired word. Christ has known from the beginning whom the nonbelievers would be. 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. John 6: 63 -64 ) Those refusing to believe His word, subject themselves to hearing the words of Christ. “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”

 


DYBI? = Do you believe it? God tells us that He is not willing that even one person will perish. DYBI? Nothing in all of heaven or the earth can thwart the will and purpose of God. DYBI? He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to suffer and die that all of mankind could and would be saved. DYBI? To pay the price for all sin, for all time. DYBI? All has been given into the hands of Jesus Christ and He will not lose one the Father has given Him. DYBI? No one will snatch them from His hand. DYBI? No one will snatch them from His Father’s hand who is greater than all. DYBI? 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 ) DYBI? How long will we continue to dig our heels in solid, in unbelief of the word of God? We go on and learn some more about the journey the elect will take to arrive and to rule in the kingdom of God with Jesus Christ during the millennium. And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it. ( Isaiah 35:8 ) We can determine by these few verses that a great distinction is being made between the many and the few. I believe it is foolish for any one of us to presume without reservation to be an elect of God, to rule with Christ. Since the Apostle Paul himself wondered out loud and left a written down message about it. It is God alone, the One that knows the end from the beginning. The One who will make that choice known at the appropriate time, and in fact already has done so within His own heart. While I press forward for that high calling myself, I will always be happy and content that it be God that makes the call.


God is not finished with any of us at this time, we have much more to learn about and to understand. But Christ tells us we cannot bear it all at once. I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. ( John 16:12 ) We have to be spiritually fed within the capacity that we individually are able to bear it. Who we are, where we come from and where ever we go from here, God is more than capable to bring each of us to the place He wants us to be at any given time. Our lineage will have nothing at all to do with it. We will see where God can raise up stones to accomplish his purpose, and His purpose shall stand. Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. ( Proverbs 19:21 ) We of ourselves cannot even claim the good that we do, it is God working in us, bringing us in line with His will. For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ( Philippians 2:13 ) Just as Christ could do nothing without God, we in turn can do nothing without Christ. Remember the story of Rahab the harlot and How God used her in the lineage of His only begotten Son. We all without exception are usable in the capable hands of God. As He is the potter and we are the clay that never leaves His hand. He will mold and remold as needed until we all reach that finished product that He planned out before the world began. In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; ( Titus 1:2 ) Consider a short segment of what another dedicated individual writer has written below.

'From: Ralph Knowles… ''NOW JERICHO [a fenced town with high walls] was tightly closed because of the Israelites; no one went out or came in.'' Joshua 6:1. Amp. Any religious city or organization still has the same purpose even today! Contra-wise it is enlightening to remember that we also ''are a city set on a hill.'' God can open up wide any city whether it be literal, allegorical or spiritual by having the walls to fall down flat by today’s Joshua's & Caleb's who are now ruling as clouds. We need to realize that Jericho represents far more than organization per-Se; as today for us it represents a way of thinking that would try to keep souls blinded & away from where God is taking us & that is very deeply WITHIN into our Most Holy Place. Every man is predestined to this & this of course is away from the flesh & delusiveness of a Jericho & that which would allow man to find his wonderful full Godly inheritance. I also find it so assuring that even within the city of a Jericho that God would still bless & keep a Rahab who kept her integrity & devotedness to God & His cause, so much so that she became a forerunner in the genealogy of Jesus Christ Himself. So those who today who are in a Jericho, God will act on their behalf. For within the walls of the City of your strong religious Jericho, you also will find that which is your Rahab who God is going to bless in EVERY MAN. Also as with Rahab who became a forerunner of the man Jesus; even greater than that is He that is within you the very Christ Himself who told us that ''I and My Father are ONE'' who is your TRUE identity, even your deity. The spiritual Rahab of your true identity who is pure & perfect & untouched by the human seed of corruptibility is alive with you in purity today. Also as Rahab was preserved of God & was the seed of royalty even in Jericho, so within you - which includes all - you too have an untouched seed of royalty a Rahab as it were dwelling even now in your Jericho experience which is very soon to pass away & the walls of this Jericho experience will also fall down flat


No Stony Heart Is TooHard For Our God!


'And do not presume to say to yourselves, We have Abraham for our forefather; for I tell you, God is able to raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones!'' Mat 3:9. Amp. There are some who are by nature very determined individuals & the harder the task the more persistent they become & whatever the project once they have started it they are committed until it is accomplished, no matter what! This of course comes from our creator, God delights in making something out of a seeming nothing & will not cease until he accomplishes this in every man! ' And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will remove the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh,'' Eze 11:19. MKJV If there are those reading these words right now who are discouraged & feel that you could never be a part of those who come to perfection, I have news for you in one sense it has nothing to do with your mortal understanding, it is God that does the choosing. God chose a virgin called Mary to birth the Christ, the choosing had nothing whatsoever to do with her own opinion of herself. So God is choosing right now who He wishes to birth the Christ child within their most holy place. You say oh but at times I feel as though my heart is stony. Hear this God is able to raise up descendants for spiritual Abraham from these stony hearts, He is in the process of removing the stony heart out of your fleshly thinking & is in the throes of giving you a spiritual heart of flesh. Be encouraged son & daughter of God. It will come to pass, so says God's Word. The very poor, subdued, hated & mistreated Cinderella did not even remotely imagine that she was a future princess until the prince laid his eyes on her recognized her as such & then pursued her until he had claimed her as his own. He saw in her what others did not as most others were looking at the natural, carnal & delusional five sensed circumstances. ( end quote )


Are there positions yet open for those that God will select as his elect? I would say yes, there most likely is, but is it wise to assume without question that ourselves ahead of others will be selected to fill that position? Especially since we already have been told and do understand that it will be only the few? While God can know our innermost character traits, our integrity, and everything else about us, none of us have that ability. Does it require asking ourselves, are we developing all of the character traits as faithful believers and followers of the Word, that God has before hand determined to be needed to rule with Christ? Consider if you will these words in ( Isaiah 46; 10 ) 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. Every moment of our lives have been laid out before a single day had passed. God has known us very well before we came out of our mothers womb. It has not been any question at all in the mind of God, whom it will be, or will not be, the selected ones to rule with His Christ during the millennium. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. ( Psalms 139: 16 NLT. ). Even the Apostle Paul wondered about this high calling, lest he preach to others but not attain to that position himself. How many of us could endure all that He endured, and remain faithful? Now we can add to that by what Christ has already told us, about what will happen to those who follow Him. And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. ( Luke 21:17 ) They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. ( John 15:21 ) You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. ( Luke 21:16 ) We have also been told to count the cost before beginning and then once we have begun He adds this message. Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." ( Luke 9:62 ) It is likened to Lots wife who turned to look back and was turned into a pillar of salt. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. ( Genesis 19:26 ) Representing a longing to return to the filth and degeneration of life in Sodom and Gomorrah. Therefore now that our journey has begun, the only direction available to a son of God is to be going forward. Our options are not at all negotiable, regardless of the difficulty of the journey. Many it will be that will elect to take the easy way. To tune into the wavelength of the god of this world that has led Christianity down the pathway of least resistance. Steadfastly remaining in the Babylon of confusion that God has commanded us to come out of in Revelation.


Notice carefully to whom it is that God is speaking to here. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues. ( Revelation 18:4 ) It is God’s own people He is commanding to come out of this worlds religious systems. The system being led by Satan, the god of this world, and his ministers. In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. ( 2nd Corinthians 4:4 ) "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." ( 2nd Corinthians 6:17 ) Words that are not hard at all to comprehend, yet most all will elect to stay deceived. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. ( 2nd Corinthians 11:15 ) Make no mistake about it, Satan is the god of this present evil world. For those determined to follow after his deception, feeding at the table of demons. Consider what the word of God has to say to you. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. ( John 8:44 )


So! My brothers and sisters in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To all of you that have put your hand to the plow. To all of you not looking back and longing for the filth and corruption that God has brought you out of. For all of you not in denial of His Word. For all of you going forward and sharing that truth with others. For all of you willing to accept being hated of all men for the sake of Jesus Christ. For all of you not attempting to be a friend of the world, causing you to be an enemy of God. For all of you willing to be persecuted for living Godly lives. For all of you with the willingness and a glad heart, to accept and be thankful for the station in life that God has prepared for you now and in our immortal, spirit future life. And so much more so, if it be as His elect to rule with His Son Jesus Christ during the millennium. To all of you that recognize and seek and search out the deeper truths of God through out the entire Word of God. To all of you not settled into the sole teaching of your church of brick and mortar that you consider a part of your empirical self. To all of you with the willingness to break loose and come out of this worlds religious systems. To all of you in diligent pursuit of the kingdom of God. To all of you making yourself ready to become as God and Christ are. To have life as They have life. May the God of all heaven and earth bless you with an ever increasing open mind and a willingness to accept and to believe the Word of God. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ…. Amen!


As we contemplate and meditate on what a commitment to follow the word and the way of God and Jesus Christ may ultimately subject ourselves too as the Apostle Paul and many others have shown by their examples to have suffered. My hope and prayer is that God will give us also the resolve, the tenacity, and the strength of character to endure whatever we must to remain faithful in the face of all adversity. Men like Stephan have been stoned to death for following Christ. Now Saul heartily approved of putting Stephen to death. That day a severe persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and everyone except for the apostles was scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria. ( Acts 8:1 ) But Saul ravaged the assembly, entering into every house, and dragged both men and women off to prison. ( Acts 8:3 ) But we notice with all of this happening in their lives, they didn’t turn tail and run, they instead continued to preach the gospel. Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. ( Acts 8;4 ) Here is Paul’s own words concerning his actions against the church that he was attempting to totally destroy. The church that Christ was building in Jerusalem. Being a fledgling small beginning church, but for the intervention of Christ Himself, Paul could have achieved his purpose. I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, ( Acts 22:4 )

Clarke's Commentary on the Bible:


Saul was consenting unto his death - So inveterate was the hatred that this man bore to Christ and his followers that he delighted in their destruction. So blind was his heart with superstitious zeal that he thought he did God service by offering him the blood of a fellow creature, whose creed he supposed to be erroneous. The word συνευδοκων signifies gladly consenting, being pleased with his murderous work! How dangerous is a party spirit; and how destructive may zeal even for the true worship of God prove, if not inspired and regulated by the spirit of Christ! It has already been remarked that this clause belongs to the conclusion of the preceding chapter; so it stands in the Vulgate, and so it should stand in every version. There was a great persecution - The Jews could not bear the doctrine of Christ's resurrection; for this point being proved demonstrated his innocence and their enormous guilt in his crucifixion; as therefore the apostles continued to insist strongly on the resurrection of Christ, the persecution against them became hot and general. They were all scattered abroad - except the apostles - Their Lord had commanded them, when persecuted in one city, to flee to another: this they did, but, wherever they went, they proclaimed the same doctrines, though at the risk and hazard of their lives. It is evident, therefore, that they did not flee from persecution, or the death it threatened; but merely in obedience to their Lord's command. Had they fled through the fear of death, they would have taken care not to provoke persecution to follow them, by continuing to proclaim the same truths that provoked it in the first instance. That the apostles were not also exiled is a very remarkable fact: they continued in Jerusalem, to found and organize the infant Church; and it is marvelous that the hand of persecution was not permitted to touch them. Why this should be we cannot tell; but so it pleased the great Head of the Church. Bp. Pearce justly suspects those accounts, in Eusebius and others, that state that the apostles went very shortly after Christ's ascension into different countries, preaching and founding Churches. He thinks this is inconsistent with the various intimations we have of the continuance of the apostles in Jerusalem; and refers particularly to the following texts:

Acts 8:1, Acts 8:14, Acts 8:25; Acts 9:26, Acts 9:27; Acts 11:1, Acts 11:2; Acts 12:1-4; Acts 15:2, Acts 15:4, Acts 15:6, Acts 15:22, Acts 15:23; Acts 21:17, Acts 21:18; Galatians 1:17-19; Galatians 2:1, Galatians 2:9. The Church at Jerusalem was the first Christian Church; and consequently, the boast of the Church of Rome is vain and unfounded. From this time a new era of the Church arose. Hitherto the apostles and disciples confined their labors among their countrymen in Jerusalem. Now persecution drove the latter into different parts of Judea, and through Samaria; and those who had received the doctrine of Christ at the Pentecost, who had come up to Jerusalem from different countries to be present at the feast, would naturally return, especially at the commencement of the persecution, to their respective countries, and proclaim to their countrymen the Gospel of the grace of God. To effect this grand purpose, the Spirit was poured out at the day of Pentecost; that the multitudes from different quarters, partaking of the word of life, might carry it back to the different nations among whom they had their residence. One of the fathers has well observed, that "these holy fugitives were like so many lamps, lighted by the fire of the Holy Spirit, spreading every where the sacred flame by which they themselves had been illuminated." ( end quote )


The life of dedicated Christians has not been an easy one. The persecution that Christ promised has always been present at different levels of severity. There is no reason to believe that it will ever cease from the face of this present physical earth on which we live. While not really expecting the severity that some of our brothers and sisters in Christ have had to endure in the past, we ask God that He shield us from such horrendous cruelty that so many have had to face up to and endure. Following, is a short blurb from ,  WIKIPEDIA: Of the eleven remaining apostles (Judas Iscariot having killed himself), only one—John the Apostle, the son of Zebedee and the younger brother of the Apostle James—died of natural causes in exile. The other ten were reportedly martyred by various means including beheading, by sword and spear and, in the case of Peter, crucifixion upside down following the execution of his wife. The Romans were involved in some of these persecutions. ( end quote )


The renewing of our mind:


It is not by great praise and acclaim from the unconverted around us, nor from other Christians that we hope will understand our message, but seldom do, that we have been drawn to preach and teach the true word of God. I claim to be in the body of Jesus Christ, as He also is within me. God is building His Temple within those of us that are following after the word and the way that He has laid down through out the bible. And in the grand finale of things to come, God will have built His Temple in every single person that has ever lived, or will yet live on this earth. God’s great plan and purpose in creating mankind, is, was and always has been to reproduce Himself. To make Himself a dwelling place to live here on earth within each of us. Giving greater understanding at the present, to those willing to seek and to search for it beyond their church made walls, of brick and mortar. The entire bible is a parable, so much more in it than can be learned by just scratching the literal surface. The bible my friends will never be understood by anyone taking it literally only. We have nothing to beat our chests about and suppose we have done anything on our own. It is all from God, what we have been given is from God alone. Without Christ we can do nothing. God is now revealing and opening up understanding to some while at the same time keeping it from others. Our citizenship as a growing Christian is not of this world, it is in the kingdom of God. Remembering as we travel down the road toward immortal, spirit life, to be a friend of the world, will make us an enemy of God. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ( Romans 12:2 )  We are to be renewing our minds if we have expectation of becoming the elect of God. If we are to be renewing our minds, it is specifically because something within our minds needs to be renewed. By necessity something old has to go, be cleaned out, discarded, to make room for a replacement of false assumptions. We have been told to prove all things. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good; ( 1 Thessalonians 5:21 ) What we haven’t been told is the same word translated into prove, means also to approve. With this in mind we have to ask the question of those believing and accepting the teaching of their own church doctrine, of a literal, ever burning hell to toss most of mankind into forever. To be tormented and tortured unmercifully for trillions upon trillions of years without one second of relief. Who in their right and sane mind could approve of that? Do you approve of that? If you answer yes, may God have mercy on your twisted and tortured soul. If you answer no, then my friend it is high time you begin seeking and searching out the truth of God for yourself, that the Holy Spirit may lead you into a deeper understanding of the wonderful truth of God. I am not leaving you here without help in doing that. I encourage and urge you to peruse our website and others we have listed on it. The same thing applies if you accept and believe your churches equally Satanic deception of annihilation. Where most all of our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles, friends and acquaintances will be done away with and gone forever. Supposedly, coming from the work of a God whom actually is LOVE!


If we are serious about being followers of Jesus Christ, then we must demonstrate it by our every day actions amongst our fellow human beings. We must be growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. The One that came to deliver us all from our sins. To give His own life in total payment for all creation, for all time, past, present and future. We must come to realize that we do not have a choice in the matter. We cannot lose our salvation, it is an impossibility. It has been secured by Jesus Christ and nothing in all heaven and earth is allowed to change it. The promise of salvation from God to us is irrevocable. For all the promises of God, whatever their number, have their confirmation in Him; and for this reason through Him also our "Amen" acknowledges their truth and promotes the glory of God through our faith. ( 2nd Corinthians 1:20 ) We are all to become as Jesus Christ is according to Romans. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. ( Romans 8:29 ) Our goal should be to let Christ live in us, that is what He desires to do. To do that requires that our self or selfish desires must diminish, as the word and the way of Christ needs to expand within us. As we find ourselves interacting amongst the residents of this planet that we live on. When we begin to feel offended or misused in some way, self or self righteousness takes over and we justify our bad attitudes. We should instead resolve before hand, if someone bumps into us, Jesus Christ will splash out! Do not fear what others have to say about our salvation, it cannot be lost.


From another website:  You see, the reason we can stand before God is not because we're righteous. Accusing us of sin is not going to get it done. Satan may try to do that, he does try to do that. It's not going to get it done because our salvation is not predicated on our righteousness, is it? It is predicated on the righteousness of Christ imputed to us. On the cross Jesus bore all of our sins, took the full wrath of God, He bore our sins in His own body on the cross, Peter says. He was made sin for us, Paul says. God poured out all the fury of His wrath against Jesus Christ as our substitute, put all our sins on Christ and then took the righteous life of Christ and covered us with it, imputed it to us. What we've said before...God treated Jesus as if He had committed all our sins, so He can treat us as if we only lived Jesus perfect life. It doesn't do any good for Satan to go before God because...and accuse us of sin because all that sin has been paid for and we're not justified, we're not righteous, we're not holy before God because of our own righteousness, but because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to us. So if God were to take away that righteousness, then He would be demeaning the work of Christ...which is imputed to us. You don't have to hang on to your own salvation by your own righteousness. And that's the fallacy of the kind of theology that says you can lose your salvation. It's predicated on the idea that something you do creates salvation, and nothing you do can save you and nothing you do or don't do can keep you saved, it is purely the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.( end quote )


We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.  ( 1 John 5:19 ) This is true to a degree, Satan is the god of this world, and the world has had their minds blinded by Satan to prevent them from understanding the wonderful truth of God. It is recorded in this way. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. ( 11 Corinthians 4:4 ) With that being said however, it is Jesus Christ who has all power in heaven and earth. ( Matthew 28:18 ) He has the power and authority to over ride and to negate any power, at any time that has been given to Satan. It is required for us to know this, otherwise Satan could be reasoned to be an equal power to Christ, which just is not true. Satan was created by Jesus Christ and placed into his position of power and authority for the express purpose and plan of God to bring all of creation up to His own level of immortal, spirit life, for His own glory. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. ( John 17:15 ) We do need this protection from the evil one, without it we would be tossed around like a feather in a tornado. No man will ever be on equal footing against the wiles of Satan the devil. Without Christ looking out after our best interests, we would face physical death at any moment. And if Satan had his way, we would also face certain spiritual death. Thank God that his purpose and plan for mankind is under perfect control. It will come about exactly and precisely as planned before the world began. Universal Salvation!


My urgent plea to all who read these words. Do not let your birth right be stolen from you. Do not trade it for a bowl of soup. Do not let Satan or his ministers lull you to sleep with the fascination of the customs, rituals and traditions of this world, in exchange for the truth of God. Custom, ritual and tradition for the most part is designated for the scrap heap of dung that it really is. All of those things that have become an abomination to God will eventually fall by the wayside. Just in case there is any doubt about what it is that I am talking about as custom, ritual, and tradition that this world has been in, is now in, and will continue on wallowing around in, until Jesus Christ returns and puts a screeching halt to all of it. Jesus Christ will no longer allow his Fathers name to be used in vain, as it is now all around this present evil world, known as well as this present evil age. Attaching it to pagan celebrations. Example: Christmas and Easter. Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God our Father: ( Galatians 1:4 ) One would most certainly have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to be able to see and recognize the validity of this being a most evil world in which we live. But my friends, what is not commonly known, accepted or believed, is the fact where much of this evil originates and comes from. Way to much of it comes right straight from organized Christianity, known too as the Babylon of confusion. All around this planet on which we live, organized Christianity is arm pit deep in the slime, filth and grunge of deception under the sway of Satan the devil. Remember what I told you through the word of God at the beginning of this letter? If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. ( John 15:18 ) How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. ( 1 John 3:1 ) Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. ( John 15:20 ) In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, ( 11Timothy 3:12 ) We will be hated of the world for the sake of Jesus Christ. Do not in any way let it even enter your mind that I believe I am endearing myself to anyone by telling them their religion is a farce. That their religion is soon to be relegated to the scrap heap. That they are worshiping and serving a false god. That they are knee deep in using the name of God in vain. Following after the ministers of Satan that transform themselves as ministers of righteousness. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. ( 2nd Corinthians 11:15 ) NO! I am not being fooled into thinking or believing that anyone is going to think I am “MR. Wonderful” For revealing this truth to them. Instead, as it is stated, I will be hated of all men for the sake of Jesus Christ, and gladly so I might add. Let it be known, I am communicating here with the people of God.


All of us people of God who have read and studied the bible, have been and still are given the opportunity to respond to the commandments of God. Again it is the commandment of God in Revelation 18 that I wish to zero in on here. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. ( Revelation 18:4 ) As God is not a respecter of persons, applying the same treatment and promises to all alike. Failing to come out of Babylon, this evil worlds religious system of a counterfeit Christianity, by the true word of God, subjects those failing to do so of being partakers of her sins, that will receive along with her, her plagues. Not that any one of us can claim to be more righteous than the next person, more converted, more convicted or in some way more special to God. Where we are at in our understanding and conversion is all of God. If we have greater knowledge, wisdom and understanding of the word and the way of God, it is because we have received it from Him. If we lack in those areas, it is because He is with holding it from us. There is one thing missing in Christianity that really bothers me. In most everything I write, sooner or later I will probably allude to it. I believe it is an impossibility to come to anywhere even near to a true and purposeful understanding of the word of God without it. At its beginning hundreds and even thousands of years ago when it entered the so called Christian church, all around the world, right up until now. Where it remains a solid teaching, one of their main, but most diabolical and evil doctrines.


Many long centuries ago the plan of God was to reproduce Himself in mankind, that He would first create through His Son Jesus Christ. First out from Himself came Jesus Christ the first born of many brethren. 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1: 15 - 20 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. ( Romans 8: 29 )


Since God has fore known us all as we were being formed in our mothers womb, it follows that we all will be conformed to the image of His Son Jesus Christ. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. ( Psalms 139:16 NLT ) Something we need to get straight in our minds right away, is the fact that the destiny of all of mankind, is to become like God and Jesus Christ in every single way. Not one to be lost, destroyed or to burn forever in the Christian contrived hell doctrine, fed to them from the table of demons. Satan and his ministers masquerading as angels of light whose end shall be according to their works. But instead all of mankind to have life as They have life. But it is a process that does not happen all at once. As there is a gestation period in the lives and reproduction of us human beings, before we finally arrive first as a new born baby, then over time an adolescent before becoming a mature adult. So there is also a period of maturing needed to become as God is. And that my dear friends, my brothers and sisters is where we all find ourselves at today. Remember I talked about it earlier, as this most diabolical and evil doctrine entered the church? At its beginning hundreds and even thousands of years ago when it entered the so called Christian church, all around the world, right up until now. Where it remains a solid teaching, one of the churches main, but most diabolical and evil doctrines. One to keep the flock manipulated, intimidated, in fear and under control.


The hell hoax, or that most of mankind will be annihilated!


If the church you go to every week, the church that you pray and pay for and with, the church that you give your tithes and offerings to, the church that you sit spell bound on the edge of your seat every week waiting for a message from God, the church that you accept and believe as a true church of God, if they preach and teach either one of these concepts as the truth of God. Let me tell you with all of the sincerity and truth that I can muster up, That teaching is not coming from God the Father or Jesus Christ. It is a perversion plain and simple, being fed to you by the god of this world and his ministers appearing as angels of light and righteousness. “For Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness.” 11 Corinthians 11:14 - 15) . It becomes easier for me to understand why all who teach the truth of God and Christ will be hated of all men for the sake of Christ, as He has already told us about. So as not to become as any great surprise when it happens. It is not an easy thing to hear these things about your own church, is it? Instead of just letting you go on without any help in the matter, I will tell you exactly where your deceived teachers led you astray. It will however be up to you personally to do something about it.

The reason I know where you were led astray to believe a lie, is that I too in the past was led down that same road to believe that same lie. Those deceived ministers made it all sound so logical and walked you down the lane of deception with blinders on, keeping your mind and attention straight ahead to their own fore gone conclusion that other deceivers had taught them to believe. Teaching as it were that Satan had somehow morphed himself from an angel of light into Satan the devil. Flipping through the pages of the bible to Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14 to prove beyond any shadow of doubt, that it explained it all out in precise detail. Looking back at it now, I am surprised since they had me going their way, they didn’t also try and sell me the Brooklyn Bridge. Lets look first at Ezekiel 28 and verse 2. Son of man, say unto the prince of TYRUS Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: How long did it take you to find out to whom it is addressing here? Who with a sane mind could possibly claim it is talking about a Satan? It plainly says, "Yet thou art a man" IT’s the prince of TYRUS my deceived friends. Now lets go over and look at Isaiah 14. 4 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say , How hath the oppressor ceased ! the golden city ceased ! Did you get that, to whom it was that was being addressed? “THE KING OF BABYLON” Or were you to busy being sweet talked and wanting to fit in with this world to notice you were being hoodwinked? Satan did not morph himself into anything. Let me tell you the truth of the matter now, about what really happened.


I am going to be revealing truth to you now that very few people of God know or have been given the ability from God to grasp and to understand it. We first have to go back a few centuries and understand some very basic truth that until just recently has been locked away from most all of carnal mankind. It is such wonderful and awesome truth, that without Christ working in our lives and revealing it to us, we never in a trillion years could come to it on our own. Sit down and strap yourselves in, get ready to hear possibly for the very first time, truth that most all of you will still not understand, or believe, but no less, is the truth of our God and Father and His Son Jesus Christ. In all of the vast universe there is One Spirit. God the Father is Spirit, not a spirit, but is Spirit. God the Father is Omniparous, that is, out from God the Father comes all things in the universe. Out from God came Jesus Christ and through Christ came everything else in the universe. We have already seen that in Colossians 1: 15 - 20. Now again we see it here in John. 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ( John 1: 1 - 3 ) I hope I am not going to fast for anyone. God is Spirit and consequently creates in spirit. The spirit of God permeates every living thing through out the universe. Every blade of grass, weed, tree, insect, bird, animal, the wind, the rain, the oceans, the sky, fish and sea life, all life every where, that is there, is either sustained by God, or is dead, to be recycled by God back again into life. As a kernel of corn has to die first to be recycled back into a living corn stalk to produce the next corn crop.


With this introduction, we are now ready to hear the truth about where Satan originated or came from. He had nothing at all to do with his appearing on the scene. He hasn’t been given the ability to create or morph himself or anything else into existence. Again, by God through His Son Jesus Christ came Satan and his demons. Christ created Satan as an adversary to mankind. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: ( 1 Peter 5:8 ) Behold, I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire, and that brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. ( Isaiah 54:16 ) I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. ( Isaiah 45:7 ) Satan is a necessary part of the purpose and plan of God to bring all of mankind up to His own level of immortal, spirit life. To have life as God and Christ have life. Satan has been given his area of work to be an important part of the perfection of the saints of God. He is doing exactly and precisely what he was created for. Without Satan we could never reach our potential to become the gods that Christ is creating in each one of us. We must learn to know good and evil to become as God is. To know only good is not enough. Without knowing down, we would never understand what up is. As also applies to cold, hot. Hard, soft, light, dark, smart, dumb, strong, weak, old, young etc. One of the biggest surprises that Satan will eventually learn, is that he has been doing the will of God all along. It is also the reason that Satan and his demons will be saved too. God will not destroy His created beings, doing as He made and caused them to be doing.


We again need to look at Colossians, where we read this. 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. ( Colossians 1: 15 - 20 ) And then on into first Corinthians where we see the following. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. ( The exact same all that die will all be made alive ) 23 But each in their own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. ( after death has been destroyed, the only thing left is life ) 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. ( 1 Corinthians 15: 22-28 )  Notice:  ( Not all in a few, not all in some, not all in many, but all in all of mankind )

Do I believe that you will be thankful and grateful for having this truth revealed to you? Do I believe that most will thank God for this wonderful revelation from Him? Do I suppose I have eternally endeared myself to you for taking the time to explain it out to you in a nut shell? Do I believe that most reading this have been enlightened? That most will go from here to seek and search out additional truth to substantiate this new understanding they have just learned? No I do not! I would instead expect most to be indignant and offended because I have knocked the nose off many of their cherished idols. I do not apologize for not fitting into the world and becoming an enemy of God. I count it as a blessing that I can be hated of all men for the sake of Jesus Christ. Our present physical, carnal life in this body of flesh and corruption that profits nothing, will soon die and rot down to the dust it came from. Our real life of spirit returns back to God whom had given it. To be absorbed back into God where we have been before the beginning of time. Everything that is, was, ever has been, or ever will be in the future is at this moment within God waiting for the predetermined time to live on, outside of God as separate entities with full and true free will for the first time. Mankind to be very God, to have life as God and Christ have life. That is exactly what your own bible tells you within its pages, it takes time and effort and having received the love of the truth, that God stop sending you strong delusion that you should believe a lie. ( Having not received the love of the truth ) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: ( 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 )


I feel I must tell you something of importance that could make a difference in how you might become more receptive to the truth of God that I expound upon here today. It is the gigantic difference of where I am coming from as opposed to where the ministers of Satan masquerading as angels of light that are preaching their messages to you, are coming from. I am not trying to save you. Jesus Christ has already accomplished that when He gave His life for all of the past, present and future sins of all mankind. There is absolutely nothing more that needs to be done, by anybody. He has done it all. Your salvation is secure and certain, you cannot lose it even if you tried to. None of us have a choice in the matter, what our Father God and Jesus Christ have put into motion, will not stop or be deterred until it has come to a complete and total success. All of creation will have been reconciled back to God and the last enemy to be destroyed will be death. All that leaves for ever after is life for all, where God then will be all in all, or everything to everybody. As can be witnessed in ( Colossians 1: 15 - 20 and in 1 Corinthians 15: 22 - 28 ) Where we all will have life as God and Christ have life, and the entire universe to explore and find meaningful activity to be involved in according to the foresight, purpose and planning that Jesus Christ under the tutelage of His Father has brought into being. I do not in any way need to feel burdened down with your salvation, therefore I can dwell upon educating and teaching you the truth of God that is being revealed to me.


Our God is a consuming fire.  ( Hebrews 12:29 ) His plan to bring all of mankind up to His own level of immortal, spirit life, will include each of us spending time going through the symbolic fire that He is. To burn out all wood, hay and stubble that represents sin. Purifying if you will, and making every last person who has ever lived acceptable once they have been purged of all sin. Thereby having made each individual accountable for their own actions while in the physical condition He had placed us in here on planet earth. Jesus Christ having been given all power in heaven and earth. ( Matthew 28:18 ) Is well able and qualified to place us in the fire, but to also bring us out again as a finished product. Fire is symbolic as making things pure, it doesn’t destroy as the ministers of Satan would have you to believe, it saves. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. ( 1 Corinthians 3:15 ) Christ told the Apostle Paul how much he would have to suffer for His name sake. I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name sake. ( Acts 9:16 ) It is something that a Christian should learn to expect if they are seriously following after the word and the way of Christ. so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them. ( 1 Thessalonians 3:3 ) All of these things can be described as going through the fire of God. To chasten, to mold and to break apart and remold again, as the clay that never leaves the potters hand until it has been formed into that perfect vessel that God has planned from the beginning. An actual reproduction of Himself.


There will come a time in the future that the usefulness and requirements of people like me whom God is using and has revealed a portion of His wonderful knowledge to, to pass on to others, will no longer be needed. Here is where He talks about that. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. ( Hebrews 8:11 ) No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." ( Jeremiah 31:34 ) It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' ( It therefore may be me doing the writing here, but we see it is God doing the teaching ) Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. ( John 6:45 ) May the God of all creation hasten the day of His return to rule in the hearts and minds of all His creation. To usher in, in full force the kingdom of God on this earth, where Jesus Christ and His elect will rule with a rod of iron, ,during His one thousand year reign. I would like to go back and review again some of what our Savior had to endure, that all may eventually have eternal life. To have life as God and Christ have life.


52:13-15 (NLT) The Lord's Suffering Servant 13 See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted. 14 But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.15 And he will startle many nations. Kings will stand speechless in his presence. For they will see what they had not been told; they will understand what they had not heard about." Here is another scripture which speaks to this question, to a lesser extent: Psalm 22:6 NLT 6 But I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned and despised by all!" The idea here is that he doesn't look like a man any longer. And finally, we see Jesus' willingness to be scourged, spat upon, ridiculed and killed for the redemption of humanity. Isaiah 50:6 NAS " 6 I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting."


This is how it was during the final day and final moments that Christ spent as a physical human being on this earth. Before He spoke those words, “It is finished”.  He was severely beaten and scourged in every way imaginable, spat upon and ridiculed and then finally crucified by His own people, all who hated and despised Him. Giving His back to be struck again and again, letting them pluck out His beard without a whimper. Not covering His Face from their spitting upon it and enduring the humiliation of it all. To save the lives of all those who hated Him. Because no one believed He was whom He claimed to be. Not believing that He had come to earth as a human being to suffer and die, that all would be saved. Not believing then that He was the Savior of all mankind and in fact all of creation. We can all marvel at the inhumanity, cruelty and insanity of these things happening as they did, wondering how it could all have come about. But the sad part about it is, nothing has changed, not one iota. The same mind set that was prevalent then exists today exactly as it did those two thousand years ago. It was God’s own people that didn’t believe Him then, and insisted He die for it. It is God’s own people today that refuse to believe Him. Not believing He is who He claims to be. Denying that He has the power and authority from God the Father to Save all. What does Christ have to say about it? He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness within himself: He that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. ( 1 John 5: 10 ) And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. ( John 8: 45 ) The worlds sin is unbelief in me. ( John 16: 9 ) We have heard the same Good News that your ancestors heard. But the message didn't help those who heard it in the past because they didn't believe. ( Hebrews 4:2 )


His own people didn’t believe Him then, they still don’t


What I have to say in closing is going to make a lot of the people of God smart with the rage of indignation and just more unbelief. I will be their target to be hated and despised, because I have dared to indict them with the truth of God. That will be alright with me, as it will also make the words of Christ all that much more true and meaningful as I read them once again. “You will be hated of all men for my name sake”. Anyone and everyone in denial of Jesus Christ being whom He claims to be, the Savior of the world, the Savior of all mankind and in fact and in truth, the Savior of all creation. They just as well could have symbolically been those crying out for His blood as they nailed His hands to the stake to be crucified. And symbolically in unbelief, you still today are holding the whip in your hand that is ripping His back to shreds, you are symbolically up close and spitting in His face, causing Him great humiliation. Because of your unbelief, you symbolically as well did disfigured His face beyond recognition. The One that never covered His face from the spit and humiliation. All that was being done to Christ two thousand years ago by His own people whom refused to believe Him, none of it has changed all that much. They ( His own people ) are still in denial of that same truth today, that took His life so many years ago. And yet without any hate or guile He still loves you unconditionally and has put all of our sins as far away as the east is from the west. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. ( Psalm 103:12 ) ( NLT ) "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. ( Isaiah 43:25 ) May the God of all heaven and earth unstop your ears and remove the scales from your eyes, that you may see and understand the wonderful truth of Universal Salvation. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!


“You shall be hated of all men for my name sake”


( 1/18/2013 )

Leith Cunningham

leithcunningham2@hotmail.com