Book review 20: Our earthly Divine calling: “And you shall be My witnesses”

I. You are the light of the world

(Matthew 5:14)

Besides the salt-forming (the becoming of salt by the hand of the Lord [Matthew 5:13], viz. the forming of the new person), we must also become the light of the world. Both these works are done by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, on the basis of our faith and our submission. The salt-forming is the introductory work in order to prepare us according to the will of God. We were born sinners, but by the Holy Spirit we are redeemed from our sinful “I”-life, and we are transformed until we will have the wonderful Jesus-life within us.
But besides this the anointing is also meant to make us witnesses for our fellowmen that we might bring others into the circle of God’s grace by the power of the Holy Ghost. Many only witness in the Church, but we should not only do that, but the more so in the world outside. So that is the most important place, our most important (work)field. We must try to draw people out of the world until they learn to live for Jesus, until they are open to the grace of Jesus Christ. This then is the spreading of light. And this, too, is a work of the Holy Spirit. For without the power of the Lord no witness is possible. For the world is evil, is in the grip of satan. When we try to witness in our own power, people will laugh at us. They will proclaim us to be simple or some such thing, as the wisdom of God is folly to the world. When we do not witness in Jesus’ power, the testimony will have no value at all.
Let us first read the verses 14-16 from Matthew 5:
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Again: the spreading of light in this world is an impossible task in the power of man. In man there is no possibility to spread light. For Jesus says: “I am the Light of the world”, and it is Jesus, Who by the work of the Holy Spirit in us, will make this light to shine through us. Therefore, without Jesus’ work through the anointing, through His Holy Spirit, no light is possible. Neither is this possible through good works that we might do.
There is a beautiful song in a Dutch hymnbook, which reads: “Everything that is done out of love for Jesus, will remain.”  This is a lie, for this could just be man’s will. One might want to do a whole lot of things for Jesus, but when done in one’s own power these things will have no value at all. They must be done because of the work of the Holy Spirit within us. They must not be our own works, but works of the Holy Spirit through us. He must inspire us. He must lead us. He must urge us. So, this goes for both works: the spreading of the light as well as the works on behalf of the people around us. In both cases it is a matter of the anointing, God’s Spirit working in and through us.
The light should be on a mountain. A mountain is in this case the type for the power of the Holy Spirit. This goes also for the candleholder. The candleholder and the mountain are both types for the power of the Holy Spirit. We must be driven by God’s Spirit. In order to prove this, let us go to the text in Acts 1 verse 8:
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
This witness only comes after that strengthening by the Holy Spirit. First the power of the Holy Ghost will come upon us, and then comes the witnessing.
In general one thinks too lightly of the “waiting in the upper room” of our spirit for this strength, this anointing. Let us therefore continue to prayerfully ask for these wondrous powers of the Lord, until He come in; let Him do His work in and through us, then we could witness of the Lord. We are all called to witness. To tell the world that He is risen, that He is a living Savior, and that He is a Helper in all circumstances of life. He will solve all problems if we put them in His hands. Satan’s powers will then be overcome by our faith in Jesus Christ, and by our yielding to Him.
The Holy Spirit is therefore essential, it is the only way we could witness and spread light. We then would not only be able to speak about the Lord, for the Gospel does not only consist of words, but especially of power. We can read this in 1 Corinthians 2 verses 4 and 5. The preaching, and teaching must be instigated by God’s Spirit if they are to have eternal value.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
That is what it is all about: the power of God, which is the anointing. This anointing must work, and that anointing works when the Word is spoken in the power and authority of the Holy Ghost. So it is not the word itself: a beautiful speech; This will have no value whatsoever, no effect, for it is the living Word (i.e. Jezus) Who must do His work. He must change us; He must bring us to repentance, to conviction of sins and to confession of guilt and to submission. Then the Lord can heal us. It is the power of Jesus, which must achieve this on the basis of the spoken word; otherwise it is all in vain. Therefore, we might have given lots of messages without them having any eternal value if they were brought in our own human strength, without the Holy Spirit’s urging, blessing and anointing. We are to ask for this enormous anointing at all times, His power alone is able to work this, could be a light to people.
There is a connection between the salt-forming and the spreading of the light: the more we have the new nature within us, the more we can carry this with us, the greater light we spread by the Spirit’s power, the greater power the Lord could develop through us. There are different kinds of power, and there is a power to the spreading of light. John 1 verse 12 also speaks of a power

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
Scripture speaks here also about power and strength, but this is not a power and strength to witness, but to become a witness. This has to do with the salt-making, and not with the spreading of the light. These powers and strengths of the Holy Ghost are introductory powers and strengths that will transfer us into children of God, sons of God. The other powers and strengths I spoke of before, are to do with spreading of the light, with witnessing, and testifying to others; passing the Word of Truth to others. Any man must first be formed by the Lord. We should not mix these up.
As we read: the lit candle, this strengthening to witnessing, should not be hidden. We read in Matthew 5 verses 14-16, that the light should not be hidden under a bushel, but should be placed on a candlestick. A bushel is the type for the daily cares of life. The light should not be hindered by the daily cares. The daily worries and burdens should not become dominant. Our ministry should be uppermost, should be free, above all daily cares. We should be willing to serve Him, without cares. We should not worry, for the Lord wants to provide in all our needs, and we are to put all this in His hands, focus on Him and not on the circumstances. We should continue to walk and witness with that focus on the Lord. We should therefore not be influenced by daily cares, but hand these over to the Lord.

Let us go to Luke 8 verse 16:
“No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.”
A vessel refers to food and drink, and “a bed” could refer to sexuality or laziness, not wanting to work for the Lord because of these things. All these human things: a bushel, a vessel, and a bed refer to daily human life. Man’s daily life should not wrongly influence the witness-life; prevent us from being witnesses. We should at all times be prepared to be witnesses for the Lord as God’s Spirit speaks through us: that we might be capable to witness. We must always have the preparation of the Gospel of peace. As it says in Ephesians 6 verse 15: “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”  We must have a willing heart to testify of Jesus if God’s Spirit urges us to do this. And this should not be hindered by “vessel” or “bed” or “bushel”. Therefore, the human everyday things should not have the emphasis, but as children of the Lord we should first and foremost be wanting to do this: Proclaim the Gospel to others that they too might share in the grace of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 25 verses 18 and 24 are about the man that hides his talent:
“But he that had received one (talent) went and dug in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.”
“Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed.”
This servant of the Lord had received power (talents have nothing to do with earthly things, these talents refer to divine things), powers and strengths of the Holy Ghost to witness. (The one receives this and the other that. One will receive more power to witness, the other less.) But this man buried his power in the earth; a different text says: “hidden in his sweatcloth”. A “sweatcloth” refers to labor on earth, and earth to earthly things. So, the earthly things took preference with him; he buried his talent under them. Instead of using his talent it was buried under earthly needs. Things of the earth were more important to him.
Moreover, he accused the Lord, that He was so strict. Instead of admitting his laziness, he said: “You are strict, You mow where You did not sow, You make us work.” He accused the Lord of having to work. People which have received power from the Lord, will eventually be rejected because of this laziness, and their part is with the cursed, because they would not work while the Lord gave them power for it. It is wonderful to receive something from the Lord, but we must invest; use this. We must make the most of it; we must work with it. Let us not follow this man’s example, and deem the earthly things greater, and bury our talent under earthly cares, earthly pleasures like food and drink or under a “bed” (all thoughts in relation to “bed”).

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By E. van den Worm

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LUKE, Chapter 16 – The purification… in order to come to “the end of all flesh” (Part 5)

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The purification of the holy place in order to come to “the end of all flesh”
(Part 5)

In and by Christ, we must be willing to be delivered from all unholy desires for earthly things (such as: money, unholy sex, fame)

This chapter, too, we are to see in the light of the veil (i.e. the curtain that separated the Holy Place and the Holy of holies) of the Israeli Tabernacle: hereby is meant the breaking off of all (powers of) sin in our flesh – by the union with His body that was broken for us, and His blood that was shed for us – in the strength of the Holy Spirit.
We will now have a closer look at those sins, which will always reveal the (sinful) flesh by the unholy desire for (much) money and property; for unholy and unrestrained sexual experience and for receiving fame and honor (thus applause) from people.

In and by Christ, we must be willing to be cleansed of all Mammonish idolatry

The Scriptures start with the greatest and most committed sin: namely the desire for (much) money, riches and possessions. It is the dance around the gold calf, the worship of the mammon, which is done in many ways and in all intensity in this world… The Scriptures warn us emphatically for this: “For the love of money is the root of all evil…” (1 Timothy 6:10).

LUKE 16 verse 1-8, “And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.”
The Lord here pictures the way of life of a dishonest steward. He was a man who had no difficulty using his lord’s money for himself. But these dark practices of his were discovered, and his lord dismissed him and asked him to account for his stewardship. But, being self-centered and unjust, he looked for a way to still be able to provide for himself, after his dismissal, if in a dishonest way… He even made his lord’s debtors accessories to his dishonest practices, that he might blackmail them later, when he would be pressed for money, with the papers they themselves signed in hand. He did this for the purpose that these debtors might not deny him the necessary money as part of the loot, for fear to be accused by him of being accessories to the deceit. And that lord praised the well thought-out action of that dismissed steward, whereby he insured the future for himself.
The Scriptures then make a comparison and compare the action of the children of this world regarding their future, with that of the children of God. And the Scriptures conclude that worldly people insure themselves more carefully of a “good” (earthly) future than the children of God do regarding their eternal future. Children of God should manage their finances as carefully and honestly as possible, yet with a “loose hand” as well; that hereby neither the “100 measures of oil”, namely the 100% ministry in the Spirit they owe their heavenly Father nor the “100 measures of wheat”, namely the 100% ministry of the Word, are influenced unfavorably. The child of God should rather spend his money on the labor of the Lord. And those who receive this money will thank God for the (generous) gift and pray for the mercy and blessing of the Lord for the (generous) giver. This last thing is said in different words in the following verse:

LUKE 16 verse 9, “And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.”
According to the Lord the being of the mammon (as it is the god of the money) is unrighteous and in practice we also notice this to be so. Often “trade” in essence is swindle; one often competes with one another in a dishonest manner, and one recommends things as being “fantastic”, while one would not want to buy them oneself. The stain of unrighteousness clings to money… Therefore the Lord advises us to rather make friends with this “unrighteous mammon”. Whereby is meant that we had rather, by means of gifts from a loving heart, act in such a way with our money that, if we should be in need (this is: when we, spiritually seen, are lacking towards the Kingdom of God), God will be gracious towards us to call us (again) to repentance and to His mercy. It goes without saying that such a child of God could still be lost if he does not want to respond to God’s gracious call to repentance.

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 19: The ULTIMATE, Divine GLORY of the TRUE Church… in the end-time, is GREATER than the glory of the 1st Church

Greater GLORY

Table of contents:

  1. The labour of the Lord as High Priest – in and through the Holy Spirit – during the time of grace from His heavenly throne.
  2. The deep decay in the end-time of the Church into the power of sin and into spiritual sleep.
  3. The introductory labour of the High Priest to heal this Church.
  • He sends His servant (messenger) to prepare for Him the way under still increasing divine judgements.
  1. The spiritual healing of the “wise” among His people in the in sin fallen Church by the labour of His anointed, predestined, pioneering servants in and through the power of His Holy Spirit. These “wise” are consciously seeking for sanctification in the power of the Holy Spirit and the shed Blood of the Lamb.
  • The 7 acts of the heavenly High Priest, which shall bring about the total purification of His Sanctuary, the “wise” part of His Church.

His 1st act:  He accomplishes by His Holy Spirit a common awakening among His people.
His 2nd act:  He brings about, by the Holy Spirit, His light over the conscience of all true Christians.
His 3rd act:  His call by the Holy Spirit to take part in the marriage supper of the Lamb of God.
His 4th act:  His taking the “wise” among His people, those, who seek sincerely His sanctification in and through the Holy Spirit.
His 5th act:  He pours out His purifying spiritual fire over and in the “wise” among His people, who He has accepted as future members of the Bride of God’s Lamb. By this they accept perfect redemption from all their sins.
His 6th act:  He sends His “Latter Rain”, His refreshing new (resurrection) life over and in His people.
His 7th act:  Jesus Christ in His Function of High Priest brings the “wise” among His people into the marriage hall and clothes them with divine glory.

  • The 144.000 “firstfruits” of the Lamb of God.
  1. The cleaning/purification – by the heavenly High Priest, in and through the Holy Spirit – of the “foolish” part (of the Church) and the labour and struggle against the 7-headed sin dragon, who is hiding in her heart and live.
  • The spiritual war of the heavenly High Priest in His function of Supreme Commander of the heavenly hosts (Ps. 24:10).  He then bears the Name of Michael (see Dan. 12:1)  in His war against the 7 headed dragon.
  • The world wide revival.

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By E. van den Worm

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A closer look at Christ’s Second Coming

Second Coming for the Bride

Introduction:

When we talk about the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we must realize that there are (in succession) an INvisible and a visible Coming.
The INvisible Second Coming is the (hidden) coming for the Bride(church); this is the so-called “wise-virgin” part of the true believers.
The VISIBLE Second Coming is the coming on the clouds, when every eye shall see Him in His full glory as King and Lord, also the eyes of those that pierced (or rejected) Him.

The VISIBLE Second Coming

In my opinion the following Bible texts all relate to the VISIBLE Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. And, from the context of the following Bible texts we can learn that the visible Second Coming will take place AFTER the Great Tribulation and BEFORE the beginning of Christ’s Millennium of Peace.
The resurrection of all true believers who passed away (or died) in Christ in the course of the ages until the end of the Great Tribulation (see Revelation 20:4), will also take place AFTER the Great Tribulation, but BEFORE Christ’s Millennium of Peace. Nowhere in the Bible do we read that there is a resurrection of the righteous BEFORE as well as AFTER the Great Tribulation.
Also one and the same event is meant by the trumpet mentioned in several texts below; viz. the trumpet of Revelation 11:15. Here again one reads that Christ’s Kingdom (i.e. the Millennium of Peace) starts AFTER the sound of this trumpet (and the great voices in heaven – see also 1 Thessalonians 4:16).

1 Thessalonians 4 verse 15-17:
“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (the resurrected righteous [i.e. the believers]) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (namely 1,000 years with the returned Lord ON EARTH)

Matthew 24 verse 29-31:
“Immediately AFTER the tribulation (the Great Tribulation, see verse 21) of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man (thus this is the visible Second Coming) coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

1 Corinthians 15 verse 51-52:
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (NOT all ‘pass away’ or ‘sleep in the Lord’), but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible (AFTER the Great Tribulation), and we (that are left alive from [and thus AFTER] the Great Tribulation, because God saved them – see Revelation 12:6, 14) shall be changed.”

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By A. Klein

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LUKE, Chapter 15 – The purification… in order to come to “the end of all flesh” (Part 4)

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A threefold parable of God’s redeeming love

In and through Christ we must be willing to be delivered of every spiritual mistake and self-will in the service of the Lord

How often children of God follow their own sinful heart, and that they act willfully while serving their Lord and Savior. Many Christians often do not ask themselves, whether they do walk and act in and by the Spirit of the Lord. How often is the Lord not saddened by the stubborn actions of many a child of God, because, tempted by one’s own deceitful heart, one over and over again tries to justify oneself before God and men.
Strikingly the Lord Jesus Christ tells us in this chapter, by means of three parables, of a spiritually mature laborer, and child of God, who also acts so willfully (and thus wrongly), but – we must give God alone all thanks for this – also of His redeeming love, whereby he is found again and brought back home (with God and His Church), because he let himself be found by that divine love!

The first parable: The lost sheep

LUKE 15 verse 1-7, “Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”
We read here about the redeeming love of the Son of God. In this parable the relationship between shepherd towards sheep is discussed. Some two thousand years ago the Savior gave His (earthly) life on the cross at Calvary; but now, by His resurrection in the NEW (divine and eternal) LIFE, He is united in the spirit with His spiritual Body, namely the Church, and all its members. He now is, for all eternity, united with humanity in the spirit, with all who have accepted Him in their heart as their Lord and Savior.
What is a shepherd without sheep; what is a head without the body? By (physically) dying and rising the Son of God, by His (Holy) Spirit, has become the Head of the Church, His (spiritual) Body. What is a vine without its branches? What is a bridegroom without his bride? By His death and resurrection, which brings us (and all who are willing) redemption – He forever entered into this wonderful relationship with those who sincerely believe. He sought this union with the (believing) person; this union is given Him (by the Father), and the joy over this must have been so immensely great that He was fully prepared to suffer the shame and death on the cross; and because of which He was able to meet this suffering courageously. He is the Prince of Life, but He put Himself under the heel of the prince of death to save mankind. He (voluntarily) surrendered to the power of darkness, to satan. Satan is (and remains) His enemy, but He voluntarily put Himself under his heel to save you and me, His Church, His Body and His Bride, by sharing the human body, vulnerable to sin (He, as the Son of man on earth, had a will of His own). The joy of these (spiritual) riches, He knew, would be great for Himself as well as for His Bride(church)!
The sheep in this parable is not a lamb, but a mature sheep in a (special) group of a hundred! This has a deeper meaning, for the number 100 can be divided in 2 x 50, whereby the number 50, seen in biblical light, is God’s code for the infilling with the Holy Ghost. These two groups of 50 sheep refer to God’s children and laborers of the so-called “Former Rain” (whereby is meant the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost; see Acts 2:1-4), and those of the so-called “Latter Rain” (whereby is meant the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end-time), which now is about to break through. Therefore, to keep it brief: this sheep belongs to the Bride-church. Thus, it is a Christian, filled with the Holy Spirit of God; a Christian belonging to the “elite corps” of Jesus! What made this sheep withdraw from the flock (the Church) and from its Shepherd? It had tasted the sweet relationship with Jesus; it had the sweet guidance to the green pastures of God’s Word, to the very quiet waters of the comforting communion with the Holy Spirit. What made it draw away from Shepherd and flock? What was the reason? Slowly, ever so slowly, and undetected by the unwatchful eye, the poison of sin penetrated little by little the heart, once purified by the blood of Jesus. By the cleansing in the blood of the Lamb of God, this heart used to live in fervent devotion for Jesus and His Kingdom. Clearly a fiery “first love” was present. But by the almost imperceptible penetration of sin that (spiritual) fire was quenched… Because of it the sheep inwardly went through a straying from the only and right way, so that it did not feel at home with the Shepherd and the flock. The self-willed ego-life again flourished… and because of it, it reached the point that it separated itself from the Shepherd and the flocks… All kinds of causes could be mentioned for this, but in fact they were all caused by a three-headed monster, namely by the (sin)monster of lust. This monster tempts with… a beautiful man and/or woman, and sinful enslavement to sex; with (pursuing) riches, or the worries and many activities of (daily) life; a self-willed labor for Jesus or pride; a desire for honor, fame and the applause of people.
We are not told why this sheep drew away from the Shepherd and the flock. What we do know, is that this three-headed monster will try carefully and resolutely to sneak into hearts which are devoted to God. And if it is successful, the self-centered life, in different areas of life, will surface again, and before one realizes what is happening, one (again) is a prisoner of some lust which leads to sin! Slowly, but surely, this force of sinful lust will then come and dwell in that life, and will force the human spirit to satisfy this lust; because of which the person, who at first was a servant of justice, now again has become a servant of sin.
One could also become disloyal to the Lord by following (the will of) another person, while that will in essence is contrary to the will of God. And that person could be: an essentially apostate minister, a friend, one’s own husband or wife. One could also idolize the minister, one’s own husband, wife or child, or another person, with the sad result that one automatically strays from the Savior because of this. For, if we no longer love Jesus Christ above all and everything (else), if we no longer give him the (seat on the) throne of our heart, but give that place to something or someone else, then all mercy will (have to) leave us, and we will lose the bond with His Holy Spirit and His Word. Then we will separate from the Shepherd and from the flock.
Nowadays we see many separate from the flock; they no longer visit the congregations. And, most assuredly, even if they claim the opposite, they have left the Shepherd. Their heart no longer is the property of Jesus; their heart does not have the first love for Him anymore, for if that were so, they, in spite of everything, would be found in the circle of the flock and, above all, at His feet.
Drawn away by lust and self-will the sheep strays further and further from the Shepherd and the flock, and becomes increasingly more entangled in the thorns of the wilderness of this life. But, alleluia (praise ye the Lord), there is One, Who came to seek that which is lost; the rescue operation initiates from Him, from Him personally. It comes forth from the compassionate heart of the Shepherd: “He leaves the ninety-nine and goes after that which is lost, until He finds it!” The Spirit of the Lord seeks for the lives of those who once belonged to His flock. He seeks them with His searching love: He calls them with a wonderful Word of grace. He goes to them, He approaches them, He calls them; He calls those whose hearts have almost been totally destroyed by sin. Blessed that sheep that responds to the call of the Shepherd. So many believers were lost in the wilderness of the earthly life. Some used to preach the Word full of fire themselves; namely the news of Him, Who died for us on Calvary, in order to give us a NEW LIFE here on earth, and ETERNAL LIFE in the Kingdom of God. But many did hear the call of the Shepherd (again), but did not respond; they stayed away and were lost forever! But this sheep was blessed, because it responded to the call of the Shepherd! It bleated, it called for help! Glory to Jesus! “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” (Psalm 50:15).
Beloved, that is how it is when we respond to the call of that almighty Shepherd of Love. When we do, and in all sincerity say: “Yes, Lord, here I am, the lost and strayed sinner!”, then He will put us upon His shoulders. We do not have to take care of the homecoming, He will do that for us. He will rectify what we have spoiled (botched), without any reproach, if we confess our sins to Him (Proverbs 28:13). He it is Who will take us back to the safe circle of the flock (the Church of the Lord), whereby we will be one of the 100 (2 x 50) again. Glory to God’s great mercy! He it is Who carries us upon His shoulders, Who fills our heart with new joy and courage, whereby we receive strength to fight in the life of the cross (i.e. the dying process of our old life), and to enter into His Kingdom. It is Jesus Who will restore all things for us, when we again accept Him in our heart, because for Him all darkness must disappear. Then that same first love will be kindled again which made David exclaim: “For by Him I have run through a troop (with Him I will defeat [the army of] the enemy); and by my God have I leaped over a wall!” (2 Samuel 22:30; Psalm 18:29). It is God’s mercy when this first love is kindled (again) in our heart and life, but this first love must burn in each laborer of Jesus! O, that first love, the love for Jesus, that love that is so needed and necessary, also for the labor for Him. But, this first love must go together with the “fear of God“, whereby is meant the fear to again stray from God into the desert of sin of this life; the fear which keeps us alert to shut every little door and chink to satan that might cause us to stray again.
Beloved, let us maintain that first love. It burns in the hearts of those who have just discovered the great love and mercy of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. But do you still have this first love? For with all, who are not alert enough, who do not walk in the fear of God, this first love will gradually disappear, because of the powers of those monsters of lust and self-will. Therefore we must see to it that we remain in this first love, in the ardent love for Jesus. We must continue to feel this burning longing for Jesus in our heart and life. Even after thirty, forty or fifty years. For, however long we have walked (in faith) with Jesus during our earthly life, this first love must lead us, and must be the basis of our everyday life. This first love must be the motivation of all our labor, of all our speaking. It is the love wherewith we love God with all our heart, with all our mind, and with all our strength. It is by this love that we can reach the final phase of our sanctification and our justification; whereby we will also experience that perfect love towards our neighbor; yes, even towards those who hate us! It is by this love for Jesus that we will stand as conquerors on the shores of the crystal sea (see Revelation 15:2).
This sheep then again returned to the flock; this child of God fortunately came back again in the circle of his brothers and sisters; in that circle where he can love his Lord and Master and can serve Him, because he has been delivered from all self-will and sinful lust! Glory to Jesus!

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 18: …God’s purpose with mankind – An eternal sanctuary of our almighty God and Father

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God’s purpose with mankind

We, Christians, are called to be made up to an eternal sanctuary of our almighty God and Father. For our being (body, soul and spirit) is like a vessel, which He fully want to inhabit and throne in (that is reign in love).

Gen. 1:26a, “Let Us (Father, Son and Holy Spirit – see note[1]) make man after Our image, after Our likeness.”

God didn’t gave up His original plan after the fall of man, but this happening did influence this matter so, that the Son of God – in God’s time – had to leave His heavenly throne in order to share fallen mankind to save them by accepting a human body, that, genetically seen, is a descendant of David and by His death at the cross of Golgotha (i.e. Calvary) to pay the debt of human sin, followed by His resurrection.
After 3 days and nights He rose out of the death and went up into heaven, where He sat on the throne at the right hand of the Father. There He can be the Mediator between God and the fallen man. From His throne He sends the 7 Spirits of God (see note[2]), the Holy Spirit, to all men. The Holy Spirit has to share His labour, which He has finished on earth, with all men, who have been repented unto Him.

Romans 1:3, “(the Gospel of God)… Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;”

Hebr. 10:5-10, “Wherefore when he (i.e. Jesus) cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou (i.e. the Father) wouldst not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me), to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldst not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the (Old Testament) law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O god. He taketh away the first (namely: the Old Testament), that he may establish the second (the New Testament). By the which (i.e. God’s) will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ one for all.”

Hebr. 9:11-15, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come (namely the spiritual goods the New Testament believer will receive), by a greater and more perfect tabernacle (namely the heavenly), not made with hands (of people), that is to say, not of this (earthly) building (like the tabernacle of Israel); Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (who are sinners by nature). For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve (perfectly) the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first (or old) testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”

John 3:16-18 and 36, “For God so loved the (people of the) world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  …  36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see (the eternal) life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

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By E. van den Worm

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[1] Our almighty God has three forms of revelation: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God’s Being is a Unity. He is one Being, one Person. The teaching that God consists out of three Persons is an error. In Deut. 6:4 is written: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord (He is one Person!).
This is, moreover, subscribed to by the fact that the two cherubim and the mercy seat had to been made out of one peace of gold (see Exod. 25:18). The both cherubim and the mercy seat picture our almighty God in His three forms of revelation. The cherubim picture the Father and the Holy Spirit, and the mercy seat the Lamb, the Son of God. Man also consists out of three parts: body, the visible part, and soul and spirit the invisible parts.
[2] See our study The 7 Spirits of God and of the Lamb of God, for FREE.
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The 10 fulfilled/perfect New-Testament Commandments of the Kingdom of Heaven ON EARTH

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Firstly:
The 4 laws in relationship to the neighbour:

  • Love your brother in Christ with the love of Jesus (see Matthew 5:21-26).
  • Love your wife/husband with the love of Jesus (see Matthew 5:27-32).
  • Do not deceive your neighbour, love him/her as yourself (see Matthew 5:33-37).
  • Love your enemy as yourself (see Matthew 5:38-48).

Secondly:
The 3 laws in relationship to God:

  • Show your love for God in your offerings (see Matthew 6:1-4).
  • Show your love for God in your prayers (see Matthew 6:5-15).
  • Show your love for God in your fasting (see Matthew 6:16-18).

Thirdly:
The 3 laws in relationship to the old man to which we must die:

  • Die to your own “I”-life in relation to money and material goods (see Matthew 6:19-34).
  • Die to your own “I”-life in relation to your interrelationships with others (see Matthew 7:1-12).
  • Die to your own “I”-life in relation to all spiritual labor (see Matthew 7:13-29).

 

By E. van den Worm

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* The sermon of the Lord Jesus Christ on the mount:
The constitution of the Kingdom of heaven on earth.

Part 3
The 10 fulfilled (perfect) laws of the Kingdom of heaven on earth (the Church), given by our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Matt. 5:17-48, Matt. 6 and 7)

 

 

 

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