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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[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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LUKE, Chapter 14 – The purification… in order to come to “the end of all flesh” (Part 3)

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In and through Christ we must be willing to be delivered from the noxious terrestrially and worldly minded view(s) of life

This new chapter deals with the fatal, worldly influence(s) in the life of Christians; an influence which is experienced by the body (verses 1-6), the spirit (verses 7-11), and the soul (verses 12-24). It is the influence which is exercised on each worldly minded person (and thus also on each worldly minded Christian) by the spirit of this world; by the (demonic) forces in the air, whereby, in our human nature, from birth, there is rebellion against God and His will. And because of this influence by the tempting and deceiving forces going forth from satan, many Christians are reduced to spiritual death, to a life without God and without rules, because the power coming from satan fills them.
But God wants to cleanse us from every sinful lust in our natural spirit, soul and body, which this demonic worldly spirit seeks to manipulate by means of its temptations and deceits. That is also the reason why He says to us: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters…” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18; compare also Isaiah 52:11 and Revelation 18:4). And, if we really do what He asks of us, He will fill us with His nature and Spirit, so that we will be (or become) truly children of the almighty God.
At the end of this chapter (verses 25-35) He advises us to, carefully and with discreetly, accept the purifying and sanctifying working of His power of grace, because it is solely this way of the cross – namely the way we, in and through Christ, must go in order to (completely) die to (the powers of) sin within ourselves – which will lead us to the blessed presence of the fullness of His Spirit in us.

The spiritual death brings sickness in the body

LUKE 14 verse 1-6: “And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched him (closely). And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy (or oedema). And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day? And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; and answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day? And they could (or rather would) not answer him again to these things.”
The spiritual death reveals itself here in the dropsy (oedema; this is a sickly [abnormal] accumulation of fluid in the body) of that person, who was also invited into the house of the chief of the Pharisees. The same way the spiritual death can reveal itself in all kinds of sickness in our body, and weaken it, sometimes unto death. But Jesus came to deliver us (completely) from this spiritual death and from all its effects in our body, soul and spirit. And He will heal us, if we surrender to Him (completely), so that we will experience that wonderful rest (of the soul) which is in Him (see Matthew 11:28-29). But, in order to be (completely) healed by Him we must have completely mended our ways and turned away from all the old and sinful things in our heart and life. Also there must be, besides faith in Him, the desire to be (completely) delivered from all influence(s) of the spiritual death, which also causes sickness.

The spiritual death brings pride and the desire for honor and/or fame in our spirit

LUKE 14 verse 7-11: “And he put forth a parable to those which were (also) bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honorable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
The Lord here tells us a parable of someone, who was invited to a wedding feast. So are we all invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb of God (Revelation 19:6-10). Every worship service or (public) expression of our faith must be seen in the light of this spiritual feast.
Man finds himself, by nature, and thus under the influence of the spiritual death, very important and, at any occasion, loves to assign himself an important place. This, unfortunately, is also the case at all religious occasions, where one loves to be seen, and heard. Positions in the Church, which were taken this way, whereby one was driven by pride and the desire for honor and/or fame, unfortunately disturbed and/or ruined many gatherings already; sometimes to the extent that congregations were torn apart thereby… When do we learn to subject to that mighty guidance of God’s Spirit? When will the sincere plea live in our heart which only asks: “Lord, what would You have me do?” On the other hand many spiritual leaders are also guilty of stubbornness (self-will); of the (often strong) tendency to rule and of short-sightedness, whereby they, and not the Spirit of God, have the say-so.
All those, who by their willfulness, and thus driven by pride or the desire for honor and/or fame, have taken in (or even won [by fighting for it]) positions in the Church of God, or who were called by people or by themselves (and so not by God!) to hold certain positions in the Church, and thus act in their own will, always oppose the Spirit of God, and by doing so harm the Body of Christ! Is it not Christ alone Who is the only Builder of the New Jerusalem (Hebrews 11:10; Psalm 127:1-2)? Therefore we all are to be called by Him alone, in order to be used as living instruments in and by His building Hand (1 Corinthians 3:10)! Is not Christ alone the only Good Shepherd (John 10)? Therefore all, who are called by Him to the pastoral function, should only be living extensions of His shepherd heart!
The satan, who is the cause of the spiritual death within us, always holds out the false hope to us of a great ministry in the Church and in the world. Let us therefore learn to recognize the voice of satan, and rebuke him, in order to (be able to) take in a lowly place at His feet, giving Him all the glory; to (be able to) hear His loving commands there concerning our ministry in Him, that we perform those in His strength (Romans 12:3). This way we shall learn to honor each other; namely the anointing which (also) works through our brother and/or sister. We shall also learn to esteem others more than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). If we have the sincere desire in our heart to serve Him, and if He has also called us personally thereto, then He shall lead us also personally to that position (appointed by Him) in Him. He will personally prepare us to (be able to) do good works (see Ephesians 2:10). As Christians we should not use our elbows; but God will remove all obstacles personally! In this way He also put David on the throne of Israel. The Word of God is applicable here: “He that believeth shall not make haste” (Isaiah 28:16)!
Should we, however, fill a position in the Church of God while we have not been called to it, and led by the Spirit of God, then we could, if we have a winning human personality, draw many to us and captivate them, but because of us these will, during their earthly life, not become “citizens of heaven” (by which is meant a life of complete subjection and devotion to God). For this is something only the Spirit of God can do. And if we are not called, we miss the so needed anointing of God, because only His anointing can work strongly and with power in the hearts of the audience, whereby they, should they really want this, could be (completely) delivered and renewed by His power. “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 17: The 10 fulfilled (perfect) laws of the kingdom of heaven on earth (the Church), given by our Lord Jesus Christ

The sermon of Jesus on the mount

Introductory word

When a Christian deals about God’s 10 commandments, he mostly means the 10 commandments, which Moses received from God in the old covenant. Often one has no insight in the 10 fulfilled (perfect) commandments, which our Lord Jesus Christ has given us in His sermon on the mount. Therefore we need to study accurately these commandments, which our Lord has given us.
It is impossible to fulfill these 10 commandments in our human power and will.
These 10 commandments of our Lord Jesus show us in what things we fail. But if we confess these shortcomings, they will be forgiven us. Then we wash our conscience in the dear Blood of God’s Lamb, and we are washed in His blood by Him also. We are not yet able to achieve these commandments of our Lord without sinning against them, because we are not yet made perfect. Even the Mosaic 10 commandments we can’t achieve in our unperfected state. Don’t mourn therefore, if you are not able to keep these fulfilled (perfect) laws of our Lord. Our shortcomings only prove our unperfected state in Christ Jesus. This perfect state, however, is a state, which He demands, therefore He will bring us in this perfect state.
Mat. 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father Which is in heaven is perfect.”
These 10 commandments (laws) of Jesus have a core, which we can find in Mat. 22:37-40, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
So we have to love God above all, even above our own life, and love our neighbour as our self.
It is possible for us to be nice and kind, but not doing so cordially. Our human nature has to die. Only then the Lord will build in us His Divine nature. This Divine nature does not come before the Lord has burned away our old, sinful nature.
In the biological nature we have a perfect example in the development of a caterpillar into a butterfly. If the caterpillar wants to be a butterfly, he has to surrender himself in a process of dying in order to come in the state of a butterfly. The same we have in the spiritual world. The Divine life does not come before we have brought our sinful, human life, in the power of the Spirit of God, into death, by sharing the death of God’s Lamb. The old sinful man in us wants to be cherished and be served. If not, we may come to hatred. By God’s grace we have to be borne again out of God, and become mature in this Divine state.
Many Christians think they already have this love of God (in Greek: agapè), but they still have their human love (in Greek: philio), because they are not yet born again out of God, or because their process of – being born again – is not yet grown to maturity.  For this being born again and its growth we have to share the process of dying, which the Lord wants  to give us, if we are willing to grow into His death.
Rom. 6:5, “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection”

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By E. van den Worm

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The prophecy of Ethan, the Ezrahite (about the perfect New Covenant in Christ Jesus)

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The perfect New Covenant in Christ Jesus implied in Psalm 89

Psalm 89 verse 15-18:
“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance. In they name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favor our horn shall be exalted. For the Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.”

This is a prophetic Word, taught by Ethan, the Ezrahite. For the Old-Testament believer lived on divine promises, which he had not yet obtained in his earthly life.
Hebrews 11:39-40, “And these all, having obtained a good report (of God; that they pleased Him) through faith (in God’s promises, Word), received not the promise (of God); God having provided some better thing for us (of the New Covenant), that they without us should not be made perfect (we are to teach then in Jesus’ Millennium, and are to lead them to perfection in Him).”
Let us look at these verses in Psalm 89 in the light of the end-times.

Psalm 89, verse 15a, “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound (of the perfect, true Word of God)…”
In the end-times the eternal Gospel will be proclaimed.
Revelation 14:6, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven (the kingdom of heaven on earth, which is the Church), having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.”
It is only by this Gospel that sinful man can be brought into the perfect salvation, and into the perfect rebirth of God, and so to walk in God’s light.
God’s Gospel knows the teaching of grace, of forgiveness of sins by the repentance of the sinner and by his washing in the shed blood of the Lamb of God; but also the teaching of the perfection, the perfection in Christ. This doctrine will only be fully taught, understood and accepted in the end-times.
The so-called “foolish virgins”[1] of Matthew 25:2-3 only accept the teaching of grace of God’s Word, the forgiveness of sins by the washing in Jesus’ blood.
The “wise virgins”[2] also accept the teaching of perfection of the Gospel, the perfecting sanctification in and by the power of the Spirit. The teaching of perfection is, amongst others, expressed in Ephesians 4 verse 13:
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (the full nature of Christ).”

Psalm 89, verse 15b, “…they (the Christians) shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.”
These Christians shall then, in perfect purity, delivered from all darkness of sin, live, walk and work in the light of God’s Spirit.

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By E. van den Worm

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[1] See – also on our Website www.endtime-messenger.com – the study: The 5 wise and the 5 foolish virgins and their destiny in the end-time”, from E. van den Worm.
[2] See note 1.
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LUKE, Chapter 13 – The purification… in order to come to “the end of all flesh” (Part 2)

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The rejection of unrepentant Judaism – until the time of the end

The majority of the Jews and their leaders in Jesus’ time lived an unrepentant life

LUKE 13 verse 1-5: “There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the (other) Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all (other) men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
Here the Lord reproached the Jews in His days for their un-repentance… Not  only the Galileans, that were slain by the sword of Pilate, but all Galileans were sinners. Not only were those inhabitants of Jerusalem, who were buried by the fallen tower of Siloam, sinners, but all inhabitants were! This does not mean, that the Jews of Jesus’ days were not religious. They most certainly were! But their religious practices and actions came from their (sinful) flesh; they did everything by following their self-will. And, even if the works of the flesh seem right in the eyes of men, they are always diametrically opposed (and thus contrary) to God’s will. For God wants us to turn to Him with all our heart (and soul), so that we may be open to His works of grace; that we come to the true purification and sanctification of our life and inner being. If this is a spiritual truth today, in the days when Jesus walked on the earth and lived among men, it was exactly the same! We must therefore be willing to be delivered from our self-will! For this self-will is always at war with the will of God; even if sometimes, superficially, it seems to agree with God’s will (Romans 8:5-8)!

A life without sincere repentance is unfruitful for God’s Kingdom

LUKE 13 verse 6-9: “He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.”
In above text God the Father is pictured as the owner of a vineyard, and that vineyard is the world. And in that world He had planted a fig-tree, and that fig-tree is God’s symbol (of the twelve tribes) of Israel. The dresser of the vineyard here is the symbol for the Lord Jesus Christ.
The three years that the owner (i.e. God the Father) waited for the fruit of the fig-tree (i.e. Israel), are an indication of God’s offer of grace to Israel. In the Old Covenant time this happened through the shed blood of sacrificial animals; and in the light of the New Testament it is an indication of God’s offer of grace (in the first place to the Jews – see Note 1 on page 3) in and through the sacrifice on the cross (and the shed blood) of the Lamb of God. All bloody sacrifices of the Old Testament pointed to the perfect Lamb, and thus the perfect sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. After all, He was to spend three days and three nights “in the heart of the earth”, when He fulfilled that offering (see Matthew 12:40).
Our conversion and our belief in God’s perfect sacrifice and in the omnipotence of Jesus, His Son, is a necessity for God, and the only way to bring about a NEW LIFE of spiritual fertility within us (and to develop it). His works of grace had to do that for the Jews in those days, and must do it for us also today. However, this is only possible when there is a sincere longing in us to surrender all self-will to Jesus Christ; a desire to be completely delivered from our self-will. Just as Jesus Christ was killed on the cross (and had to be killed) for our sins, so too must we covet (and pray for) this process of the cross in our thinking, heart and life, whereby we express the will that we too are prepared to completely die to our old and sinful ego, to our sinful “flesh”. When the Lord sees this sincere desire in us, then it shall be done in our life, so that all thoughts and desires, all our actions and walk, etc. which are not according to His will and pleasing, be destroyed, over and over again.
The fig-tree (type of a religious Jew) bore no fruit, but only leaves. And leaves only serve the life of the tree itself; but fruit serves the reproduction, and serves the life of others. A religion according to one’s own view therefore is always egocentric, and will always seeks one’s own advantage and honor, even if this is often hidden under beautiful show motivations. It is only the love of God, planted in the purified heart of man, which brings forth eternal fruit.
We also see from this parable, that our Savior is very patient, and that His sole purpose is to grant us grace (still). That therefore was the reason the dresser of the vineyard (type of the Lord Jesus Christ) requested another year’s respite of the owner (type of God the Father). He wanted to give extra care to the tree (type of the religious Jew) by digging around the tree, and fertilizing it. As you can see, we have a wonderful (and very gracious) High Priest, Who prays and intercedes for us with God, and Who wishes to bring us to repentance by allowing trials in our life, and Who wishes to put His precious Word in our heart. These trials and this Word of God must convict us of our un-repentance, and of our self-willed attitude; they are to cause us to repent and surrender to Him, that He cleanse us of all dead works, and of all sinful thoughts and desires.
We see the same patience with regard to the Jews of those days in Israel. The judgment of God did not follow immediately after the rejection and crucifixion of the Son of man. God waited approximately another forty years, and during that period the Gospel of His grace was proclaimed among the Jews. It was only around the year 70 B.C. that God’s judgment was fulfilled over this nation. Then the city of Jerusalem was burned down by the Roman armies, and many were killed by the sword. The survivors were exiled from their country… and were scattered over the whole earth!

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 16: The 7 Spirits of God and the Lamb of God (Revelation 4:5 and 5:6)

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7 Spirits of God and the Lamb

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Outline of the 7 Spirits of God

  1. The Spirit of God: The Spirit of judgment (namely of light and thus insight) over sin (Isaiah 4:4). In the end-time (last days) this Spirit will come “over all flesh” (Acts 2:17). It is God’s worldwide call to repentance/reformation.
  2. The Spirit of Divine mercy and supplication (Zechariah 12:10) and of new birth of God (John 1:13; 3:5; Titus 3:5) to all who wholeheartedly repent.
  3. The Spirit of His Son (the Comforter) to impart the works of the Lamb to all those that have completely surrendered themselves to Him (Galatians 4:6; John 14:15-17). The Baptism in the Spirit and in Fire (Matthew 3:11-12; Malachi 3:1-3).
  4. The Spirit of His Son to renewal (Titus 3:5): The Spirit that allows us to share in His resurrection(life). The purpose of the outpouring of the Later Rain in the end-time (Joel 2:23): to rebirth and growth to (the full) stature of the Fruit of the Spirit in us (Galatians 5:22; 2 Peter 1:3-4).
  5. The Spirit of His Son to participation in His anointing (on earth) (Isaiah 61:1-4). This in order to save (the people of) the world (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).
  6. The Spirit of His Son to sanctification (of our personal life) and to Divine justice (1 Peter 1:3-4; 1 Peter 1:2; Joel 2:23).
  7. The Spirit of the Father Who gives us Divine glory and perfection in Him (1 Peter 4:14; Ephesians 3:18-19; Isaiah 60:1-2; Matthew 13:43).

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Introductory words to the 7 Spirits of God.

  • “And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” (Revelation 4:5)
  •  “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” (Revelation 5:6)
  • “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (Revelation 22:1)

These texts tell us that the Holy Spirit goes out from God; from the Father as well as from the Son (the Lamb). It is this Spirit of the Son, as God’s High Priest, that personally works out in the heart and the life of those that have turned to God (here on earth), and have surrendered themselves to Him in the confession of their sins, the work on earth – finished by the Lamb of God through His death and resurrection.
It is the Lamb of God, That sitting at God’s right hand as God’s High Priest, imparts step by step through His Spirit to those that have converted to God and to Jesus Christ, His salvation obtained by His death and resurrection; thus making such Christians partakers of His victory over (the power of) satan[1] and sin, and so enabling them to walk, live and work in this world as conquerors over (the power of) satan and sin.
This Holy Spirit, this Spirit of the Father and of the Lamb of God, has 7 revelation forms, in Scripture called the 7 Spirits of God (see Rev. 5:6); we shall first look at these briefly before going into His revelation forms in more detail.
First, in His first revelation form, He tries to lead the sinner to true repentance; thereafter He will cleanse and sanctify him, after true surrender to Him, and then He will justify him.

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By E. van den Worm

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[1] We write the word “satan” not with a capital, as it is not a name, but a word meaning opponent or adversary, accuser.

 

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