How to Walk in the Sound Doctrine of Jesus Christ: Part 4 (The Continuation)

The Continuation of “No Other Foundation”

(Note: This series of postings is transcribed from a Sound Doctrine Seminar conducted in April, 1982. The expositions and revelations contained herein are for all generations. Scriptures quoted are taken from the King James Version of The Holy Bible.)

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  (Gal. 2:20)

If you have been born again then God has given you the ability to have this type of faith. This is the measure of faith that the Bible talks about in the Book of Romans,

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”  (Rom. 12:3)

God has given believers His faith but many believers have misdirected that faith. There is only one direction for faith and that is in Jesus Christ, God manifested in the flesh.

The subject of faith has been dealt with extensively in the Body of Christ. I’m sure many of you have read books on faith, gone to seminars on faith, and heard many great sermons on faith.

One well-known evangelist said he could announce that he was having a seminar on faith and people would fly in from all over the world just to sit down and learn about how to have faith.

Christians want to know how to have more faith; however Christians do not need more faith. Christians need to know how to properly direct the faith that God has already given them so that it may grow.

Jesus compared faith to a mustard seed. In Matthew chapter 17 and verse 20 we read,

“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”  (Matt. 17:20)

Now a mustard seed is extremely small, but a mustard seed can grow. Jesus gave the parable in Matthew chapter 13 verses 31 and 32,

“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”  (Matt. 13:31-32)

Jesus compared the kingdom of God to the mustard seed which is the smallest of all herbs, but once it is planted it grows into one of the largest of the trees and the birds come and lodge in its branches.

In other words, if we want our faith to be the “mountain moving faith” that Jesus talked about, we don’t need more faith. We just need for our faith to grow and it is going to grow when it is properly directed and fed.

A beautiful example of this in the Bible is the Old Testament story of Abraham and Sarah. The Bible teaches us that the things that happened in the Old Testament are examples and shadows of things that were to come in the New Testament.

“Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”  (Heb. 8:5)

The best example and shadow for the growth of New Testament faith is Abraham.

How many times have you heard someone preach about Abraham fathering Isaac when he was about 100 years old?

“And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”  (Rom 4:19-21)

God had promised Abraham that his seed through his wife Sarah would become as the stars in the sky for multitude, but yet Sarah had been unable to conceive. Now to show His power, God had waited until Abraham was at the age of 100 and Sarah at the age of 90 to declare that this was the time for it to happen.

We marvel at the faith of Abraham in that he believed God even though his body was now almost dead due to his age and Sarah was beyond the age of childbearing. He staggered not at Sarah’s body but he was strong in faith believing that what God had promised him he was able to perform.

He was strong in faith and at the age of 100 he was able to father a son, but did you know that his faith grew?

At the age of 137, Abraham took another wife named Keturah after Sarah’s death and she bore him six more children.

“Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.”  (Gen 25:1-2)

So we see that Abraham had great faith at 100, but his faith grew. It didn’t just stay there. It grew. Abraham realized that through faith, what he was able to do at 100 years old, he could also do at 137 years old.

God wants our faith to grow.

In Romans chapter 12 verse three, the Bible says,

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”  (Rom. 12:3)

The Apostle Paul says, “To every man who is among you.” This is the faith given to believers. There is not a single person here today who has been been born again that does not have the measure of faith.

The Bible says in Second Thessalonians chapter three and verse two,

“And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.”  (2Thess. 3:2)

The “measure of faith” is given to believers only.

We are not talking about the faith that someone needs to have to be able to get saved, but we are talking about the faith that God gives to every believer once they are saved.

Faith is also a part of the fruit of the Spirit. The Bible tells us in Galatians chapter five and verses 22 and 23,

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”  (Gal 5:22-23)

Fruit is a result or product of an effort. An apple tree produces apples. An orange tree produces oranges. Faith is the fruit or result of the Spirit.

It is impossible for us to create faith by works or efforts. It is produced by the Spirit of God. It is the faith of the Son of God. Second Corinthians chapter three and verse five tells us,

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;” (2Cor. 3:5)

However, James chapter two and verse 20 tells us that “faith without works is dead”. Faith has to have active works or it is going to die. Works will not create faith, but active faith will produce works.

(To be continued…)

Next- “He is: The Fulfillment of the Prophets”

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How to Walk in the Sound Doctrine of Jesus Christ: Part 4

No Other Foundation

(Note: This series of postings is transcribed from a Sound Doctrine Seminar conducted in April, 1982. The expositions and revelations contained herein are for all generations. Scriptures quoted are taken from the King James Version of The Holy Bible.)

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  (Heb. 11:6)

We have looked into many Scriptures as we have studied the Triune Godhead as to “who God is.”

“He that cometh to God must believe that He is.”

We found out that God deals with mankind through Jesus Christ the Son. In First Corinthians chapter three and verse 11 we read,

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  (1Cor. 3:11)

It has been said many times that “the New Testament is concealed in the old and the Old Testament is revealed in the new.” But there is a problem today in that many times the Old Testament Scriptures are not emphasized at all.

Some denominations and ministers have even done away with the Old Testament Scriptures in their preaching and teaching, except for a few Bible stories and prophecies that are sometimes referred to.

When Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness by the devil, the Bible says in Matthew chapter four and verse four,

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”  (Matt. 4:4)

The Bible tells us that Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses in all points. We are not under the Law of Moses but many of us do not know what the law is that he fulfilled, when the fulfilling of that law is instrumental to you and I as a Christian in understanding our position in Christ.

Jesus fulfilled the prophets but the problem is many Christians do not know what the prophecies are that he fulfilled, when the fulfillment of those prophecies is what gives us the basis for believing that Jesus is the son of God.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”  (2Tim. 3:16-17)

Jesus quoted the Old Testament. The apostles quoted the Old Testament.

In Luke chapter 24 verses 13 through 27, we read the story of Jesus appearing to two disciples on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection. The Bible tells us in the 27th verse,

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”  (Luke 24:27)

Jesus taught from the Old Testament.

“Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.  (Psalm 40:7-8)

Paul also would enter into houses and synagogues and teach from the Old Testament, persuading them out of the Law and the Prophets that Jesus was the Son of God.

“And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.”  (Acts 28:23)

This was the basis for the faith they had that Jesus was the Messiah prophesied of old. This was the basis for their extraordinary faith which the Bible says in the Book of Acts “turned the world upside down.”

A person cannot have full working faith without knowing and believing in exactly who Jesus is, what he has done, and what he will do.

Notice I said full working faith.

A person can believe in Christ, but to have full working faith we really need to know exactly who Jesus is, what he has done, and what he will do for us.

This is found not only in knowing what the New Testament has to say about Christ, but also in knowing and understanding the Scriptures that Jesus fulfilled contained in the Old Testament.

The English word for “faith” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word pronounced “pis’-tis”, which has a threefold definition.

The first definition is “conviction”. The second definition is “especially reliance upon Christ for salvation”, and the third definition is “constancy in such profession or confession”.

In this threefold definition we actually have the three types of faith the Bible talks about.

Number one is “conviction”. This is a worldly kind of faith. A person can have a conviction that their doctor is the best doctor there is. A person can be convicted that they have the best lawyer. A person can have convictions concerning any number of worldly things.

It doesn’t take faith in Christ to have these kinds of convictions. This is the worldly type of faith.

The second type of faith is “reliance upon Christ for salvation”. This is the ability given by God unto every individual to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ if he or she so chooses.

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”  (Rev. 22:17)

This is faith unto God for your salvation.

The third definition for the Greek word “pis’-tis” (faith) is “constancy in such confession or profession”. This is the faith of God. This is the ability to stay constant and unwavering in your confession or your profession of faith no matter what.

This is the type of faith that God used to frame the worlds.

This is the type of faith that “turns the world upside down”.

This is the faith the Bible talks about in Hebrews the 11th chapter beginning with verse one,

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  (Heb. 11:1)

This is the faith of the Son of God.

(To be continued…)

Next: The Continuation of “No Other Foundation”

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How to Walk in the Sound Doctrine of Jesus Christ: Part 3

The Truth of the Triune Godhead

(Note: This series of postings is transcribed from a Sound Doctrine Seminar conducted in April, 1982. The expositions and revelations contained herein are for all generations. Scriptures quoted are taken from the King James Version of The Holy Bible.)

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  (Heb. 11:6)

“…believe that He is…”

The Bible tells us in First John chapter five and verse seven,

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”  (1John 5:7)

This Scripture has possibly caused more problems in the body of Christ than any other, except for the Scriptures that deal with genuine salvation and being born again.

“There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

I have talked to many, many people and a lot of Christians have expressed their difficulty in understanding and comprehending the concept of this Scripture. That is why we have two basic doctrines regarding the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

One of these doctrines is called the “Doctrine of the Trinity” and the other is called “The Oneness Doctrine.”

We are going to look at a demonstration the Lord gave me entitled “The Truth of the Triune Godhead” which will help us to understand this concept concerning God.

Imagine if you will a pitcher of water filled to the brim, and that pitcher of water is labeled “God.” Now, suppose for a moment that this pitcher and the water in it represent God.

Many times in Scripture water is symbolic of God.

Jesus himself said, “Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.” And the Bible goes on to say, This spake He of the Spirit.” (John 7:38)

When we read in the Bible about the city of New Jerusalem, we are told of streams of living water flowing out of God’s throne and giving life to all. (Rev. 22:1&2)

The Bible tells of being “washed by the water of His Word”. (Eph. 5:26)

When Jesus comes back to reign for a thousand years there will be waters flowing out of Jerusalem. (Zech. 14:8)

So we see that many times water is symbolic of God.

For the purpose of our illustration, we are imagining a pitcher filled to the brim with water labeled “God”. This is the fullness of God. This is all there is. There is no other God. There never has been nor shall there ever be any other. This is all the “God” there is.

The Bible says in Deuteronomy chapter six and verse four,

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:” (Deut. 6:4)

However God has chosen to manifest himself in three distinct personages. One of these is the Son, so imagine pouring water from the pitcher into a glass labeled “The Son”, filling it about one third full.

A second personage is the Father, so we will imagine pouring water again from the pitcher labeled “God” into a second glass labeled “The Father”, filling it about one third full.

The third personage is the Holy Ghost, so we will pour again from the water in the pitcher labeled “God” into a third glass labeled “The Holy Ghost”, filling it also about one third full.

The water remaining in the pitcher labeled “God” represents the omnipresent (meaning present everywhere at once) God, as the Bible says,

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”  (Acts 17:28)

The water that we have poured from the pitcher labeled “God” into the three glasses labeled “The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost” represent God manifested in His three personages.

By looking at the water remaining in the pitcher and these three glasses of water, we can better understand the verse we began with in First John,

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”  (1John 5:7)

As a matter of fact, with these three glasses of water we can now demonstrate many of the Scriptures that seem confusing concerning the Triune God or what many call The Trinity.

In the Book of Genesis, the first chapter, the third chapter, and the 11th chapter, God refers to Himself as us,

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”  (Gen. 1:26)

“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever:” (Gen. 3:22)

“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”  (Gen. 11:6-7)

As we can see by the water that was labeled “God” now poured into three glasses labeled “Father”, “Son”, and “Holy Ghost” we have us. This is the “us” that God referred to in the Old Testament.

God has always chosen to manifest himself to man through the Son. The book of Colossians chapter one verses 15 through 17 tells us,

“Who (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”  (Col 1:15-17)

Jesus Christ created all things. He is the creator. God has manifested himself to us through the Son. He is the “Melchisedec” that Abraham gave a tithe to. He is the pre-incarnate Christ that sat with Abraham in the door of the tent. He is the One that was in the cloud and in the pillar of fire that led the children of Israel in the wilderness.

When John the Baptist came walking and saw Jesus, he said,

“And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.”  (John 1:33-34)

Imagine if you will now taking the glass of water labeled “The Holy Ghost” and pouring it into the glass with the water labeled “The Son”. Thus you have the Holy Ghost and the Son together in one vessel.

Jesus spoke in another place and said,

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”  (John 14:10)

Now imagine taking the glass labeled “The Father” and pour it also into the glass labeled “The Son”, thus having all of the Father, the Holy Ghost, and the Son in one vessel filled to the brim.

This is why the Bible can then say that Jesus was the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

“For in him (Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” (Col. 2:9-10)

The three personages of God, in one place, in one vessel, at the same time.

The Bible goes on to say that God was in Christ reconciling the world onto Himself.

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”  (2Cor. 5:19)

Jesus said, “I and my father are one.” (John 10:30)

However, when Jesus went to the cross of Calvary the miraculous plan of God had to come to pass. There was a mystery of God that was held secret since the beginning of time and this is where God gained victory over the devil.

When Jesus went to the cross, the Bible tells us

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”  (2Co 5:21)

The Bible teaches us in the Old Testament that the Heavenly Father cannot fellowship sin. So when Jesus bore our sins on the tree, God the Father had to leave Him.

“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”  (Mark 15:34)

To illustrate this verse, let us take the glass labeled “The Son” which now has all the water of the three glasses in it, and we shall pour one third of the water back into the glass labeled “The Father”.

The Father has forsaken the Son.

Hebrews chapter one also tells us,

“Who (Christ) being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”  (Heb. 1:3)

The Bible teaches us that Jesus, as the Son of Man and the Son of God, had to make the atonement for our sins by Himself. So the Holy Ghost had to leave also.

Taking the glass labeled “The Son”; we shall pour another third back into the glass labeled “The Holy Ghost”, thus leaving the glass labeled “The Son” one third full of water (God) as in the beginning.

For the first time ever since the beginning of time the Father was separated from the Son and the Son was separated from the Holy Ghost.

Satan thought he had won a great victory.

Jesus had told the parable of a certain householder who planted a vineyard, hedged it in, and let it out to husbandmen. When the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to receive his portion.

The husbandmen decided to kill the servants and keep all the harvest for themselves. After sending other servants whom the husbandmen also killed, the householder decided to send his only son.

He said to himself, “Surely they will reverence my son.”

However, the Bible tells us in Matthew chapter 21,

“But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.”  (Matt. 21:38-39)

As in the parable, Satan thought he could kill the Son and gain the inheritance.

The Scripture says in First Corinthians chapter two verses seven and eight,

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”  (1Cor. 2:7-8)

Satan knew he could not defeat the Father, but now that the Son was separated from the Father and the Holy Ghost, he thought “Surely I can beat the Son.”

What Satan did not understand was that although Jesus was the Son and all alone on the cross, separated for the first time ever from the Father and the Holy Ghost, He was still God.

I can imagine Satan standing and bragging about his victory over the Son of God to all of those who were held captive in the lower parts of the earth, when suddenly Jesus appeared, tapped him on the shoulder, and took away the keys of death and hell. (Rev. 1:18)

“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”  (Col. 2:15)

The Bible goes on to teach us that Jesus not only took away the keys of death and hell, but He also stripped Satan of all his power. That is why Satan is not an authority anymore.

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Jesus) also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”  (Heb. 2:14)

The original Greek for destroy literally means “paralyze”.

The only power Satan has now over the Christian is what the child of God gives him.

Jesus defeated Satan and rose from the dead victorious over sin, death, and hell. He appeared unto Mary at the tomb and said “Touch me not” because He still bore our sins and had not yet ascended unto the Father.

He ascended into heaven where He came before God the Father. In Zechariah chapter three verses one through five we read where the prophet sees Jesus (Joshua) in a prophetic vision coming and standing before God after His ascension.

“And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.”  (Zech. 3:1-5)

 

Joshua is the Old Testament name for Jesus. In the Book of Ephesians chapter four, the Bible says that Jesus had to first descend before He could ascend. This is why the Lord called Him “a brand plucked out of the fire.”

The filthy garments in the vision are our sins that Jesus bore on Calvary and the iniquity that God causes to pass from Him is our iniquity. The fair mitre is His crown and His new garments are the righteousness of God.

We, as born again believers filled with the Holy Ghost, have been given authority and power over the devil and over all his demonic forces.

Jesus said before he left,

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” (John 14:16)

Jesus went back to the Father, sat down at the Father’s right hand, and prayed for Him to send back the Holy Ghost who now has come to indwell us and rest upon us.

This is the truth of the Triune Godhead.

(To be continued…)

Next: “No Other Foundation”

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How to Walk in the Sound Doctrine of Jesus Christ: Part 2

True Joy

(Note: This series of postings is transcribed from a Sound Doctrine Seminar conducted in April, 1982. The expositions and revelations contained herein are for all generations. Scriptures quoted are taken from the King James Version of The Holy Bible.)

Humbleness does not come automatically.

We must determine to obtain this principle. We must humble ourselves and become obedient. In First Peter chapter five and verse six the Bible tells us,

 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” (1Peter 5:6)

To “humble ourselves” is something that God requires of us before we can go on and really obtain the deeper principles of God. In other words, we must first have a proper self-image of who we are in Christ.

The true self-image is in realizing that there is none worthy. There are not any of us here who are worthy of what God did for us beginning from salvation up to every other blessing that we have received.

There is none worthy, but God thought we were of great worth.

This puts all of the grace, all of the mercy, all the unmerited favor in the hands of God to give.  

An old sentimental object you might have around your home may not mean anything to anyone else, but it means everything to you.

That’s the way we are in God’s eyes.

He thought we were of such great worth that he sacrificed his only Son. Seeing his Son in anguish and torment, He watched as Jesus died in agony on the cross. He was separated from his only Son in order that we might receive everlasting life.

This is the goodness of God and his attitude toward us.

We need to have a proper self-image of who we are in Christ.

Psalms chapter 51 verse 10 tells us,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”  (Psalm 51:10)

This is the cry of every individual who first comes to Christ.  We have to come to Christ in humility and confession of sins, asking for His forgiveness and salvation.

The Lord says that if we will come to Him with this attitude He will create a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us.  God has created a clean heart in you and me.

We have been born again.

In Isaiah chapter 65 and verse 18 the Scripture goes on to say,

“But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.”  (Isaiah 65:18)

Here God is talking about creating Jerusalem a rejoicing, but we know Jerusalem is symbolic of Mt. Zion, and Mt. Zion is always symbolic of the church.

This verse of Scripture is prophetically speaking about the Church and individual salvation.

The Lord here is really saying “be glad forever in that which I create” and what He has created is our new heart.

Jesus in the Gospel of John chapter 15 verse 11 says,

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”  (John 15:11)

Jesus said that my joy might remain in you.

What is God’s joy? What makes God happy? What makes God hilarious?

In Zephaniah chapter three and verse 17 we have the answer,

“The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”  (Zeph. 3:17)

God’s joy is in us.

He said to let His joy be in us that our joy might be full. God wants us to rejoice in our salvation.

Jesus sent forth the 70 disciples and they came back rejoicing that even the demons were subject unto His name. In Luke chapter ten and verse 20 Jesus said,

“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”  (Luke 10:20)

He has commanded us to rejoice that our names are written in heaven.

You are not just an “anybody” but you are a “somebody” in the eyes of God. You are not someone just barely scraping by, hoping that you can somehow manage to get through life until finally you can enter into Heaven where there are streets of gold and gates of Pearl.

You are somebody right now in the eyes of God.

He is rejoicing over you now as we are sitting spiritually at the feet of the Holy Ghost and learning of God. I believe God is hovering over us and rejoicing in us. God is literally hilarious over us here as we are gathered together in His Word.

Romans chapter eight verse one tells us,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”  (Rom. 8:1)

There is now no condemnation.

We are not here because we are walking after the flesh. This is the last place we would want to be, in a seminar with deeper life principles, if we were walking after the flesh.

We are here because we are walking after the spirit; therefore the Lord says there is no condemnation.

I don’t believe there are any of us here who are in condemnation before God if we have been born again, our sins washed clean white as snow, and our names penned in the Lamb’s book of life.

If so, then we are prime candidates to sit at the feet of the Holy Spirit and learn of God.

There is not a single person here that God wants to withhold anything from. There is not a single person here that God would say to them, “You are not worthy.”

There is not a single person here that God would say to them, “You are too ignorant, you are too unlearned, and you have too little understanding.”

No, God would tell each of us that if we are hungry for the meat of the Word, if we desire the meat of the Word, then we shall receive the meat of the Word.

This is the proper self-image we should have before God, that we are nothing in ourselves.

God did it all.

He created a new heart in us. He gave us a repentant heart. He gave us his righteousness. He is the one rejoicing over us and we are to walk in that.

There is no false pride in that. There is no spiritual pride in that, because we are rejoicing in God.

(To be continued…)

Next: “The Truth of the Triune Godhead”

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How to Walk in the Sound Doctrine of Jesus Christ: Part 1

The Error of Pride and the Advantage of Humility

(Note: This series of postings is transcribed from a Sound Doctrine Seminar conducted in April, 1982. The expositions and revelations contained herein are for all generations. Scriptures quoted are taken from the King James Version of The Holy Bible.)

Before we can begin to receive the instruction of the Holy Spirit and enter into the deeper things of God, we must first have the correct attitude.

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”  (James 4:6)

Many times we hear the Scripture quoted, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).

But let’s look at the entire context of the Scripture.

As a matter of fact, we are going to be looking at a lot of Scriptures in this seminar that are oftentimes preached out of context; however, we are going to look at them in context and see what they literally mean.

Here we read in Philippians chapter two verses five through eight,

“Let this mind (attitude) be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”  (Philip. 2:5-8)

Now, the Gospel of John chapter one verse one tells us,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  (John 1:1)

These verses in the Bible tell us that Jesus Christ was in the form of God, was God, and was equal with God.

But yet Christ had such a humble nature that He yielded Himself to the will of His Father, took upon Himself the form of flesh, and in obedience suffered the shame and torment of the death on the cross.

And we are to follow after the example of Christ’s obedience.

Throughout this seminar we are going to be building upon two underlying principles. They are humbleness of self and pride or reverence for God our Father.

It is written in First Corinthians,

That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”  (1Co 1:29-31)

As God was revealing this to me, He gave an illustration of how some Christians today treat God in their daily lives.

He brought to my remembrance how several times I had been out in a public place such as a mall or a county fair, and there I would sometimes see parents with their child on a harness and leash.

I’m sure to the parents it was a matter of convenience and safety, but to me it just didn’t seem right.

The parents would often be walking along and the child would be trailing behind, when suddenly the child would stop and see something of interest and the leash would tighten as the parents continued to walk.

The parent would stop and tug on the leash telling the child to “come on, come on” and the parents then would continue on partially dragging the child behind them.

Many Christians have come to a place of spiritual pride in their lives where it is as if they are dragging God behind them believing Him to go their direction and fulfill their desires when it is really not the direction or desires of God.

We need to be humble of self and submit our will to God, always recognizing and giving respect to our Heavenly Father and having pride in Him.

The Lord gave me another illustration to show the true attitude we should have toward Him. It is opposite to the illustration of the child on the leash.

Did you ever see a little boy walking hand-in-hand with his daddy? It doesn’t matter to him how dark an alley they walk down. It doesn’t make any difference to him how rough a section of town he is in because he is with his dad.

He doesn’t even think about himself and the situation.

It doesn’t enter into his mind what he would have to do should trouble arise because he knows that his daddy has everything under control.

He has complete trust in his father. He is not afraid.

This is the way we are to walk with God.

Our Heavenly Father is able.

We are to walk as ambassadors of Christ fully recognizing the power we have as His ambassadors but never forgetting it is all His power.

This attitude of spiritual pride has really infiltrated the church more than any of us realize. There are those who have even come to the point of thinking that they can command God as to what he has to do.

This is spiritual pride in the extreme.

We are going to be dealing more and more with this error of spiritual pride as we continue further along into this teaching series.

(To be continued…)

Next: “True Joy”

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How to Walk in the Sound Doctrine of Jesus Christ: Introduction

Introduction

(Note: This series is transcribed from a Sound Doctrine Seminar conducted in April, 1982. The expositions and revelations contained herein are for all generations. The Scriptures quoted are taken from the King James Version of The Holy Bible.)

In 1980 I came to a place in the ministry of the Lord where I found myself, along with my family, temporarily living in an out-of-the-way place in Texas that was a lonely 12 miles away from “anywhere”.

There the Holy Spirit began speaking to me for approximately two months, instructing me through the Scriptures concerning five areas where erroneous teaching has entered into Christian theology today.

These teachings the Lord gave me are steeped in Scripture and revelation knowledge which He instructed me to compile into a teaching series entitled The Sound Doctrine Seminar.

The Lord assured me that when this seminar is taught, He would manifest the Word of Wisdom.

Many of these Scriptures you will find familiar, however I believe that the Holy Spirit will open our understanding as we study them and give us new insights into their true meaning.

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” (Eph. 1:18)

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” (Isaiah 28:10)

This is not my doctrine. I didn’t sit down and try to compile some new teaching or Bible study about what other theologians thought. This isn’t even my opinion.

The Holy Spirit taught me as I sat under a shade tree during a record breaking heat wave, telling me what Scriptures to turn to in my Bible, both in the Old and New Testament, and then explaining to me how they related one to another.

Jesus said in the Gospel of John chapter seven verses 16 and 17:

“Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”  (John 7:16&17)

And the Apostle Paul said in Galatians chapter one verse 12:

“For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  (Gal. 1:12)

Throughout the entire time that I was being instructed by the Voice of the Lord, the Holy Spirit would keep bringing me back to the following passage of Scripture contained in the Psalms.

Every time I would open my Bible, it would fall open to this portion of Scripture. I could go and borrow someone else’s Bible and it would fall open to this portion of Scripture.

God caused me to understand that these verses of Scripture, which I call “Our Prayer”, are foundational in this teaching because they tell us the attitude that our hearts should have in order to receive the instruction of the Holy Spirit.

In Psalms 119 verses 129 through 136 underneath the heading of “Pe”, the Word of God tells us:

“PE. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.”  (Psalm 119:129-136)

And this is the particular verse from that portion of Scripture that the Lord laid heavily upon my heart:

“Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.”

This pertains to the error that has crept into the church today. 

In Hosea 4:6 the Word of God says:

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)

There are many people who start well in their Christian walk. They begin to get involved in the work of the Lord. They get moving and going in the right direction concerning the things of God and then before you know it they have fallen away.

The Word of God says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

During this seminar, we are going to be battling three principalities, three “enemies” if you will.

They are Satan, self (also called the carnal man, the carnal mind, or the flesh), and ignorance.

Ignorance of the Word of God.

The Bible says that at one time God “winked” at such things, but now He commands men everywhere to repent.

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:” (Acts 17:30)

And He commands us.

Jesus says in the Gospel of John chapter 15 verse seven,

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”  (John 15:7)

So the Lord expects us to know His word, to understand His word, and then to apply it in our life.

(To be continued…)

Next: “The Error of Pride and the Advantage of Humility”

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How to Walk in the Sound Doctrine of Christ: Part 3

The Truth of the Triune Godhead

(Note: This series of postings is transcribed from a Sound Doctrine Seminar conducted in April, 1982. The expositions and revelations contained herein are for all generations. Scriptures quoted are taken from the King James Version of The Holy Bible.)

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  (Heb. 11:6)

“…believe that He is…”

The Bible tells us in First John chapter five and verse seven,

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”  (1John 5:7)

This Scripture has possibly caused more problems in the body of Christ than any other, except for the Scriptures that deal with genuine salvation and being born again.

“There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

I have talked to many, many people and a lot of Christians have expressed their difficulty in understanding and comprehending the concept of this Scripture. That is why we have two basic doctrines regarding the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

One of these doctrines is called the “Doctrine of the Trinity” and the other is called “The Oneness Doctrine.”

We are going to look at a demonstration the Lord gave me entitled “The Truth of the Triune Godhead” which will help us to understand this concept concerning God.

Imagine if you will a pitcher of water filled to the brim, and that pitcher of water is labeled “God.” Now, suppose for a moment that this pitcher and the water in it represent God.

Many times in Scripture water is symbolic of God.

Jesus himself said, “Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.” And the Bible goes on to say, This spake He of the Spirit.” (John 7:38)

When we read in the Bible about the city of New Jerusalem, we are told of streams of living water flowing out of God’s throne and giving life to all. (Rev. 22:1&2)

The Bible tells of being “washed by the water of His Word”. (Eph. 5:26)

When Jesus comes back to reign for a thousand years there will be waters flowing out of Jerusalem. (Zech. 14:8)

So we see that many times water is symbolic of God.

For the purpose of our illustration, we are imagining a pitcher filled to the brim with water labeled “God”. This is the fullness of God. This is all there is. There is no other God. There never has been nor shall there ever be any other. This is all the “God” there is.

The Bible says in Deuteronomy chapter six and verse four,

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:” (Deut. 6:4)

However God has chosen to manifest himself in three distinct personages. One of these is the Son, so imagine pouring water from the pitcher into a glass labeled “The Son”, filling it about one third full.

A second personage is the Father, so we will imagine pouring water again from the pitcher labeled “God” into a second glass labeled “The Father”, filling it about one third full.

The third personage is the Holy Ghost, so we will pour again from the water in the pitcher labeled “God” into a third glass labeled “The Holy Ghost”, filling it also about one third full.

The water remaining in the pitcher labeled “God” represents the omnipresent (meaning present everywhere at once) God, as the Bible says,

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”  (Acts 17:28)

The water that we have poured from the pitcher labeled “God” into the three glasses labeled “The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost” represent God manifested in His three personages.

By looking at the water remaining in the pitcher and these three glasses of water, we can better understand the verse we began with in First John,

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”  (1John 5:7)

As a matter of fact, with these three glasses of water we can now demonstrate many of the Scriptures that seem confusing concerning the Triune God or what many call The Trinity.

In the Book of Genesis, the first chapter, the third chapter, and the 11th chapter, God refers to Himself as us,

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”  (Gen. 1:26)

“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever:” (Gen. 3:22)

“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”  (Gen. 11:6-7)

As we can see by the water that was labeled “God” now poured into three glasses labeled “Father”, “Son”, and “Holy Ghost” we have us. This is the “us” that God referred to in the Old Testament.

God has always chosen to manifest himself to man through the Son. The book of Colossians chapter one verses 15 through 17 tells us,

“Who (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”  (Col 1:15-17)

Jesus Christ created all things. He is the creator. God has manifested himself to us through the Son. He is the “Melchisedec” that Abraham gave a tithe to. He is the pre-incarnate Christ that sat with Abraham in the door of the tent. He is the One that was in the cloud and in the pillar of fire that led the children of Israel in the wilderness.

When John the Baptist came walking and saw Jesus, he said,

“And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.”  (John 1:33-34)

Imagine if you will now taking the glass of water labeled “The Holy Ghost” and pouring it into the glass with the water labeled “The Son”. Thus you have the Holy Ghost and the Son together in one vessel.

Jesus spoke in another place and said,

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”  (John 14:10)

Now imagine taking the glass labeled “The Father” and pour it also into the glass labeled “The Son”, thus having all of the Father, the Holy Ghost, and the Son in one vessel filled to the brim.

This is why the Bible can then say that Jesus was the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

“For in him (Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” (Col. 2:9-10)

The three personages of God, in one place, in one vessel, at the same time.

The Bible goes on to say that God was in Christ reconciling the world onto Himself.

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”  (2Cor. 5:19)

Jesus said, “I and my father are one.” (John 10:30)

However, when Jesus went to the cross of Calvary the miraculous plan of God had to come to pass. There was a mystery of God that was held secret since the beginning of time and this is where God gained victory over the devil.

When Jesus went to the cross, the Bible tells us

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”  (2Co 5:21)

The Bible teaches us in the Old Testament that the Heavenly Father cannot fellowship sin. So when Jesus bore our sins on the tree, God the Father had to leave Him.

“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”  (Mark 15:34)

To illustrate this verse, let us take the glass labeled “The Son” which now has all the water of the three glasses in it, and we shall pour one third of the water back into the glass labeled “The Father”.

The Father has forsaken the Son.

Hebrews chapter one also tells us,

“Who (Christ) being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”  (Heb. 1:3)

The Bible teaches us that Jesus, as the Son of Man and the Son of God, had to make the atonement for our sins by Himself. So the Holy Ghost had to leave also.

Taking the glass labeled “The Son”; we shall pour another third back into the glass labeled “The Holy Ghost”, thus leaving the glass labeled “The Son” by Himself one third full of water (God) as in the beginning.

For the first time ever since the beginning of time the Father was separated from the Son and the Son was separated from the Holy Ghost.

Satan thought he had won a great victory.

Jesus had told the parable of a certain householder who planted a vineyard, hedged it in, and let it out to husbandmen. When the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to receive his portion.

The husbandmen decided to kill the servants and keep all the harvest for themselves. After sending other servants whom the husbandmen also killed, the householder decided to send his only son.

He said to himself, “Surely they will reverence my son.”

However, the Bible tells us in Matthew chapter 21,

“But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.”  (Matt. 21:38-39)

As in the parable, Satan thought he could kill the Son and gain the inheritance.

The Scripture says in First Corinthians chapter two verses seven and eight,

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”  (1Cor. 2:7-8)

Satan knew he could not defeat the Father but he thought, “Surely I can beat the Son.” What Satan did not understand was that although Jesus was the Son and all alone on the cross, He was still God.

I can imagine Satan standing and bragging about his victory over the Son of God to all of those who were held captive in the lower parts of the earth, when suddenly Jesus appeared, tapped him on the shoulder, and took away the keys of death and hell. (Rev. 1:18)

The Bible goes on to teach us that Jesus not only took away the keys of death and hell, but He also stripped Satan of all his power. That is why Satan is not an authority anymore.

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Jesus) also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”  (Heb. 2:14)

The original Greek for destroy literally means “paralyze”.

The only power Satan has now over the Christian is what the child of God gives him.

Jesus defeated Satan and rose from the dead victorious over sin, death, and hell. He appeared unto Mary at the tomb and said “Touch me not” because He still bore our sins and had not yet ascended unto the Father.

He ascended into heaven where He came before God the Father. In Zechariah chapter three verses one through five we read where the prophet sees Jesus (Joshua) in a prophetic vision coming and standing before God after His ascension.

“And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.”  (Zech. 3:1-5)

Joshua is the Old Testament name for Jesus. In the Book of Ephesians chapter four, the Bible says that Jesus had to first descend before He could ascend. This is why the Lord called Him “a brand plucked out of the fire.”

The filthy garments in the vision are our sins that Jesus bore on Calvary and the iniquity that God causes to pass from Him is our iniquity. The fair mitre is His crown and His new garments are the righteousness of God.

We, as born again believers filled with the Holy Ghost, have been given authority and power over the devil and over all his demonic forces.

Jesus said before he left,

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” (John 14:16)

Jesus went back to the Father, sat down at the Father’s right hand, and prayed for Him to send back the Holy Ghost who now has come to indwell us and rest upon us.

This is the truth of the Triune Godhead.

(To be continued…)

Next: “No Other Foundation”

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Especially for Christmas by Raymond G. Candy: “Jake and the Holiest Night of All”-“The Christmas Story as seen through the eyes of Jake, the little dog who grunts like a pig.” Suitable for all ages. $2.99 at bn.com for the NOOK, amazon.com for the Kindle, the iBookstore on iTunes for the iPad, and Lulu.com for other e-reading devices.