LUKE, Chapter 18 – The purification… in order to come to “the end of all flesh” (Part 7)

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The purification of the holy place in order to come to “the end of all flesh”
(Part 7)

In and by Christ, we must be willing to be cleansed of the sin of prayerlessness

In the chapters 12 up to and including 17 we have seen how the sin lodges in the deepest and finest fibers of our being; and this goes for every Christian! But we also know that our Lord Jesus Christ, by the offering of His body on the cross at Calvary, once and for all brought deliverance from all sins and powers of sin (Hebrews 10:10b; 1 Peter 2:24). By this sacrifice He gave us the way unto life, that we might escape all sin and darkness and might have communion with God, because the veil – which indicated the separation between God and man in the Tabernacle, and was (and is) pointing to our sinful flesh – was torn because of the offering of His atoning death (Hebrews 10:19-20; Matthew 27:51a); whereby the (direct) contact with God became possible again for each person who believes in Jesus and His sacrifice for us.
In the light of the Israeli Tabernacle we must see these chapters in the sign of this veil, torn for us (which points to Jesus Who gave His life for us). We, too, must, willingly and thankfully, undergo this “way of the cross”, namely the breaking down of our old, sinful life – by the inner, powerful workings of His Spirit and blood – that Romans 6:5 become a living reality in our life: “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection”.
We will now have a closer look at the last one of all sins a Christian must be delivered from. This sin, to un-anointed eyes, may seem small, but for God it is a very great obstacle, for because of this He cannot grant us the fullness of the glory of His nature; namely union with His holy, true and merciful Being. For sins, however small in our eyes, separate us from our God! “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). The indicated last sin is the sin of prayerlessness. For it is a matter of the highest urgency to put all of this sinful being of ours completely in the hands of our faithful Redeemer and Savior. With David we must pray: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24). If we sincerely desire this He will investigate our entire being and show us our sins and shortcomings, that we feel them as a burden, because of which we all too eagerly would lay them down at His feet; that He wash us clean in His precious and dear blood! Then we will experience His deliverance in our heart and life and will shout for joy before His countenance, because we will know by then that we are freed from the pressure and demonic compulsion of sin. For, “if the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (of [the power of] sin)” (John 8:36).
Let us now see how we must come to God in prayer, and which obstacles there are (may be); because of which our prayers shrink to quick prayers. Yes, because of which we even go through life prayerless, (thus without God)… Despite the fact that this subject was already discussed at length in Chapter 11, it appears that the Holy Spirit finds it necessary after all to touch on it again here.

We must pray with perseverance until we receive an answer

LUKE 18 verse 1-8, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (spiritually); Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not (help her) for a (long) while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long (is patient) with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find (true) faith on the earth?”
In this parable we are confronted with a widow who goes to the judge to seek justice, because her opponent did her wrong. But the judge was unjust and would not hear her. But, this widow clung to this judge like a bulldog. And, being wearied by this persevering woman, he finally administered justice. By this parable the Lord wants to teach us to display the same kind of perseverance in our prayers, until, in answer to our prayers, we are granted grace by our God.
We must put the sins the Lord showed up in our conscience at the foot of His cross; confronting God with the promises of His own Word. Let us thus, filled with a sincere desire for God’s justice, pray unto God with perseverance, pleading with Him to, after His own holy promise, answer us because we are willing to be completely cleansed, and want to become as pure as He is. And we are to continue praying until He fills us with jubilant faith by the assurance that He heard our continual prayer. If we remain faithful to Him, we shall find that He leads us in the full answer to our sincere prayer. For, He wants to make us pure, as white as snow, as white as white wool (Isaiah 1:18)!
(Very soon) there will be a time when Christians with such persevering prayer life will be persecuted. The “wise ones” among them will be led away (and kept in) the wilderness (see Revelation 12:6 and 14), but the “foolish ones” among them (the remnant of her seed – see Revelation 12:17) will have to go through the Great Tribulation, because they have not reached the fullness of Christ. And during this Great Tribulation they will be killed by the antichrist (see Revelation 11:1-2; 20:4). When Jesus thought of this, He sighed: “But when the Son of man cometh, shall he find (true) faith on the earth?”
We often still sin by showing the opposite of persevering prayer; maybe because we are (too) soon disappointed if our prayer is not immediately answered. This might also be the reason why our prayers often shrink to quick prayers. Let us pray the Lord for just such a persevering heart as the widow’s in above parable. Does not nature teach us that no new life will come without patient pregnancy and labor pains? Likewise that NEW LIFE of God shall not be given us without this patient waiting (expecting) and the labor pains, whereby the wrestling prayer is meant, as Jacob did (see Genesis 32:24-26)!

We must pray with a penitent heart

LUKE 18 verse 9-14, “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in them-selves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather (more) than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
Both prayers remind us of the offerings of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:3-5). Like Cain offered the (best) fruits of his harvest to God, so this Pharisee pleaded on the (“good”) works of his righteousness. And like Abel, especially because of his awareness of sin, only pleaded on the blood of the substitute offering of the sacrificial animal, so this publican only prayed to God for grace because he was aware of his sinful state.
Because of the added word “rather” (in our bible translation) by the translator (verse 14) the impression is created that the Pharisee who prayed so haughtily, was also justified by God. But this is impossible, for such a haughty prayer will never receive God’s approval and blessing, just as Cain did not receive it! We, too, should never appear before God’s face with a “holier-than-thou attitude” with regard to our fellow brothers and sisters. Were we not all pulled out of the mire of sin? Not for nothing it is written that the one who thinks to be standing (strong, spiritually), must watch out that he does not fall himself. Is not everything, that is really good, really righteous, really noble and really loving, from Him? Would it be right that we exalt ourselves regarding the things which are not of ourselves, but which were given to us by God’s grace? It is Jesus Christ, and Him alone, Who should receive all honor and glory. For, when we spread the fragrance of (divine) righteousness, then this is not of ourselves (otherwise it would be selfrighteousness), but it is the fragrance of the Rose of Saron (see Song of Solomon 2:1), whereby is indicated Jesus, our heavenly Bridegroom, Who by His grace will flower (and grow) in us.
Let us always be willing to stand before our God in a “Lazarus condition” – namely “begging” for spiritual food, that we grow spiritually, whereby He will be able to let us walk in and by His grace – but never with (spiritual) pride, such as that rich fool in the parable of the “rich man and poor Lazarus in Luke 16:19-25, who, because of this, opened his eyes in hell!

We must pray like a child

LUKE 18 verse 15-17, “And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them, but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”
Just like a child we must believe everything concerning the Kingdom of God. We must have the faith and trust a child has in its parents. How happily and trusting a child can be when someone promises it something. Our relationship with God, too, must be one of childlike dependence and affection. For, a child blindly trusts that which its father says or promises. “My father said it and therefore it is so!” When we have such a heart’s condition with regard to our heavenly Father, we will receive all the promises from God!

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 21: Sanctification

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Sanctification

1.
What is sanctification?

It is the changing divine activity, which brings about the change of a sinner into a saint, of  a human, who inwardly and outwardly is redeemed from his sinful nature, which makes him fit to live henceforward inwardly and outwardly in sanctification and justification by the grace of God.
The Scriptures teach us, that we are not able to achieve this in our own human power or by positive thinking
Tit. 3:3-5, “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
Rom. 3:21-26, “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a Propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

2.
This Divine sanctification and justification is built in our being by our faith in and by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who brings this about in our being by His Holy Spirit

  • We have to willingly take part in His graceful offer, which He has achieved for us,
  • We have willingly being planted together in the likeness of His death.
  • We have willingly toeat and drink (spiritually) His flesh and blood.
  • We have to do this continually as long as our sanctification has not yet been finished.

1 Cor. 1:30, “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”
2 Thess. 2:13, “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”
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.”
John 6:48-58, “I am that Bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the Bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living Bread Which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this Bread, he shall live for ever: and the Bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this Man give us His flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me. This is that Bread Which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this Bread shall live for ever.”
2 Cor. 4:10-11, Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”

Now faith is no matter to be brought about by ourselves, but is a gift of God, if we have been converted to God, andhave confessed our sins.
Eph. 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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By E. van den Worm

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Table of contents

  1. What is sanctification?
  2. This Divine sanctification and justification is built in our being by our faith in and by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who brings this about in our being by His Holy Spirit.
  3. Sanctification is the will of God; for He wants to completely redeem mankind, who is fallen in the power of satan and sin, in order to bless us and lead us to Himself into His heaven.
  4. Sanctification makes us to step out of the dimension of darkness and sin into the dimension of God’s divine light, into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son.
  5. The sanctifying work of our almighty Lord Jesus Christ begins with His redemption from the powers of satan and sin in our heart and life, and our rebirth out of God, the beginning of our spiritual resurrection life out of God.
  6. Without sanctification, which brings forth holiness of heart, we are not able to see God.
  7. This rebirth out of God is firstly not seen by our fellowman.
  8. This hiddenly created godliness has to develop into the revelation of God’s sonship, already here on earth.
  9. Sanctification does not happen automatically, we have to co-operate with Jesus for achieving it. In Jesus’ power we have to flee from any temptation that comes from the world around us and we have to mortify the power of sin in us until it is dead and we can not sin anymore.
  10. Let us so with perseverance and patience follow this Highway of sanctification under the conduct of the High Priest, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who comes to us through His Holy Spirit.
  11. The perfect sanctfication of all souls, who take part in the eternal Bride of God’s Lamb, also those out of the Old Covenant, happens in the Kingdom of King Jesus of 1000 years.
  12. Then God’s original plan with mankind has been perfectly achieved.

 

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LUKE, Chapter 17 – The purification… in order to come to “the end of all flesh” (Part 6)

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The purification of the holy place in order to come to “the end of all flesh”
(Part 6)

In and by Christ, we must (be willing to) be cleansed of all sinful words and actions which may be exchanged from man to man. We must live in that abundant love of God, whereby we, too, become merciful and gracious towards our neighbor

This new chapter discusses the irritations and temptations our old nature can cause in the heart and life of our brothers and sisters in Christ. In and by Christ, we must be (willing to be) delivered from our old nature, especially from all actions and/or words which give cause to irritation and temptation; wherewith we may offend our brothers and sisters, and whereby their progress (or growth) in God’s Kingdom may be hampered or prevented.

LUKE 17 verse 1-2, “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, then that he should offend one of these little ones.”
By “one of these little ones” the Lord Jesus means a sincere child of God; a person (large or small, young or old) who, like a child, knows that he is dependent on the Father in everything. The Lord Jesus not for nothing depicted His greatest Gospel preachers as little children: “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me” (Matthew 18:5). “Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me” (Mark 9:37). Compare also with Luke 9:48. “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42). “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). By “their angels” is meant “the born-again spirits, of God’s children which serve God” All being well the believing person who is truly born again of God, must be just as humble as Him, Who said: “…and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29). When Jesus, our heavenly King, was here on earth, He did not walk as a Prince in Palestine (the present-day Israel), but as a humble Servant of God the Father, with as His only and greatest desire: to save sinners for eternity. How very differently, strayed far from this divine example, many Christians and preachers, who preach God’s Word, walk among their fellow believers and neighbors today!
Let us not bring to irritation and temptation our neighbors, and certainly not those “little ones” (namely our brothers and sisters); whereby we, as it were, bring them to resentment and sin. That is also the reason why God says that for such believers it might be better “that a millstone were hanged about their necks and they be cast into the sea”; whereby is meant that it would be better that such unbelievers (possibly by force) be removed from the fellowship (the congregation of brothers and sisters; the church), that they no longer hinder or block the others’ way to salvation, holiness and justice. Not for nothing God says: “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm” (1 Chronicles 16:22; Psalm 105:15). “For he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8b). Christ would rather see the opposite of the (sinful) attitude which causes sin and temptation in the Church; namely the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which must grow to fullness in the NEW MAN; this is the true fellowship! For love towards our brothers (and sisters) is the characteristic of being children of the Lord Jesus. “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to an-other” (John 13:34-35).

In and by Christ, we must (be willing to) be delivered from all spitefulness

According to the Lord, the first attitude which causes sin among fellow believers is spitefulness or implacability in spite of the fact that the other, guilty party possibly already asked for forgiveness.

LUKE 17 verse 3-4, “Take heed to yourselves: if thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.”
For the Lord proclaims a gospel of reconciliation. “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” (2 Corinthians 5:19).
He, Who paid for us an unpayable debt, wants us to live in the same spirit towards each other. He wanted to express this in the parable of the unmerciful servant; which we can read in Matthew 18:23-35, and which ends with these words: “And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”
Does not “the Lord’s prayer”, the model prayer the Lord gave us, teach the same thing? “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12). The Scriptures then continue in the verses 14 and 15 with: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, our heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
We serve a merciful God, Who wants His children to be merciful as well as a result of the mighty, inner workings of His Spirit. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” we are taught by one of the basic rules of Jesus’ sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:7). This is why He also gave us the parable of “the good (merciful) Samaritan” in Luke 10:25-37. His express demand with regard to His children is: “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36).
Returning to our subject we see the reaction of the disciples, who, on hearing His teaching, answer with:

LUKE 17 verse 5-6, “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamore tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”
Indeed, no man can fulfill this rule for living in his own strength. By his faith in God, he must be justified in such a way, that he can do this, for “the just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38). Faith in God and in His wonderful promises make possible the impossible!

By E. van den Worm

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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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