Jesus said "blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy". Does this mean that
if we don't forgive someone, God won't forgive us?
someone that has hurt you is principle that will benefit the person who
practises it. However if we look deeper into the Sermon on the Mount we
will see some interesting insights. Jesus came to the Jews as a prophet
under the law. The Sermon on the Mount was and still is the constitution
for the Kingdom of Heaven and will be in place during the Millennium.
He starts His sermon by saying "Blessed
are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy" to the discerning ear that is Law. The law is about DOING SOMETHING to
RECEIVE SOMETHING from God, such as being merciful to receive mercy.
many that day doing something really unusual, He began to add to the law
by saying "You have heard that it was
said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill
shall be in danger of the judgement: But I say unto you, That whosoever
is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement."
Those Jews who were listening to Jesus knew nothing other than trying
to keep the law in their own strength. In an instant He made living by
Law nigh impossible for them to keep perfectly, was now really impossible.
This ploy of adding
to the Law of Moses was aimed at the Pharisaic legalists who were also
listening to Him to find fault. He knew they couldn't fulfil the law back
then, and He knows you can't do it now so don't try. He added to the law
because He knew He was going to fulfil it Himself through the perfect
sacrifice of His own body.
Think back, did any of us have to forgive anyone in order to receive God's
mercy before we got saved? Of course not. 329
Is teaching telling us to target groups, which don't adhere to Christian
values correct. How can accomplish such a task to reclaim our town for
the preaching of the true Gospel takes place people come under the conviction
of the Holy Spirit, Resulting in faith being given for the hearers to
receive Christ as saviour. If a preacher delivers a legalistic message
to an unsaved person regarding values or keeping the law, which includes
the 10 commandments, he has not preached the true Gospel of the grace
of God. True evangelistic preaching is to reveal Christ' finished work
on the cross and that He is the only way to the Father.
When a born-again
believer hears a message from a minister of the gospel and after 15 minutes
or so, he doesn't bring out the truth of "Christ
in you, the hope of Glory" and He as your life, your
only life, he is not ministering new creation realities. Instead of spiritual
food to feed the new man, a diet of do's and don'ts and ought too's, which
is behaviour modification, will be preached as a substitute That is not
the true gospel, it's "another gospel"
to "otherwise minded saints".
Paul himself said: "…if any man
preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be
accursed" Gal 1:9.
There is another gospel
and it will be preached again during the millennium.. Christ will clean
up this earth; Jesus ruling through His body, the church, will speak with
a rod of iron and the nations will be corrected and the earth will be
restored, but that's not for now. So 'kingdom now', teaching
about establishing church rule on earth for God through law, is in the
wrong dispensation. How can we have 'kingdom now' in a physical
means without the King on His physical throne? 312
27. A lot
of people are asking whether the virgin birth actually took place and it's
making me wonder whether it did or if it matters either way.
Well it did according to the Word of God and as a Christian that is our
final authority. Sound miraculous? Of course it is, but who today would
refute that miracles can and do take place? Let's give God, who created
the entire universe, benefit of the doubt and trust Him in this matter
of a virgin birth, He couldn't have paid the price that death required
for our sin without it, Mary had
to have a Divine conception. The Word of God is very plain that the seed
of the Heavenly Father and not the corruptible seed of an Adamic man were
placed in the womb of Mary. If Jesus was the seed of Joseph then He could
not have been called the Son of God on the Divine and the Son of Man on
the Human level. i.e. "And the angel
answered and said unto [Mary], The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and
the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy
thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Lk 1:35.
Whether it matters
or not, now that is a question, that needs answering. Sin, or the nature
we all inherit through being born into this world, is passed down from
generation to generation through the blood from our original parents Adam
and Eve. You could say that the original sin-nature was imparted to Adam
and Eve when they deliberately ate of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge
of Good and Evil.
Jesus' blood wasn't
genetically from Adam; this was vital otherwise death not life would have
been in the blood of the Jesus who's body was made to be the sin sacrifice
to redeem mankind. 319
I don't feel I can pray to God because I just haven't been doing the things
I should and I do instead a lot of so called sinful things.
often desire to do things that we in our minds do not, even Paul the Apostle
said "For the good that I would I do
not: but the evil which I would not, that I do." Rom 7 is the chapter that we all need to study, it's
all explained by Paul as he discovers the liberating secret of his union
with Christ. He brings this truth to light by first recalling his identification
with Adam, In that first union he saw that it wasn't he who was sinful
but the sinner (Satan) whom he contained in the temple of his flesh.
illuminating moment instead of continually thinking to himself, "Oh
wretched man that I am!" he began instead to focus
on the fact of his state and standing before God as a new creation, and
said instead, "Thank God for Jesus!"
To be spiritually minded we must continuously keep in memory the truth
for "There is therefore now
no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus". Rom 8:1
How does God see it
then? When Christ died on the cross, guess what, He died as you. Did Christ
need to die? No, not for Himself, He was sinless, He never sinned, so
for whom did He die? Us, He died as us,
When God remembers
Calvary He sees the One Son die as you. Also then when Jesus was buried,
He was buried as you. When He rose from the dead, He rose as you. When
He ascended and sat down at the right hand of the Father, He sat down
as you. When the Father sees you, He doesn't see you, but the Son of God
in you. So as long as the Father sees the Son of God in you, He says,
"I accept you in the beloved." 336
I've gone a week or so, living a good Christian life, the same problem pops
up every time. I either lose my temper or rile up on the inside against
someone who makes me angry. I've asked God to help me in this matter, but
how can I solve this?
never obtain perfection, as concerning the deeds of your body, on this
side of Christ's coming; so don't let yourself come under false condemnation.
The sin of the believer is trying to be a good Christian or trying to
be Christ-like by self-effort. We're not meant to be Christ-like, instead
our purpose for 'being' is to contain Christ.
The more we try to become Christ-like, the more unlike
Christ we become. Trying certainly messes up our testimony and lands us
in the dilemma of Rom 7 "For
the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I
do" vs19. As we attempt 'Christ-like status' the
law whacks us to remind us of our inability to keep Law perfectly and
to diffuse the 'LIE' inherent in the human psyche.
Now, if we expect God to accept us through our own righteousness
we will be sadly disappointed, as was Cain. Instead our "robes
of righteousness" will be seen as filthy rags to God, as in
all 'religions'. We are never accepted on the basis of our 'doings',
which always falls short of His perfect holiness. The law is the holiness
of God. By us attempting, to match God's holiness by our self-effort is
deception that needs correcting. This problem is solved 'IN THE SPIRIT'
the moment we see, by revelation, the finished work of Christ and "..receive
abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life
by one, Jesus Christ". Rom 5:17 305
Why doesn't God work miracles through Christians in an even greater way,
so much so that it will catch the whole world's attention and lead to
a revival? If only a blind eye opening could be caught on camera!
Even if miracles
were evident at every evangelistic meeting it still wouldn't be enough
to convince the doubters. That blind eye opening caught on camera would
be labelled as trick photography.
The healing side of
the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth was specifically to the Jew to make
an unmistakeably impression on them that He was their promised Messiah.
The greatest miracle in this church age is when the Holy Spirit convicts
a person of their sin and the need to receive Christ as their personal
saviour, causing them to be born-again.
When the emphasis
in preaching is always to see outer miracles to prove that God is real,
we lose the very thing that is important, which is for a Christian's mind
to be renewed to fact of the in-dwelling Christ.
the mind to the "isness" of God, we can witness people
being raised from the dead and still be ignorant to the "good,
acceptable and perfect will of God". Outer miracles
are impressive but possibly can hinder a person from receiving an inner
knowing and that's why Paul the Apostle said, 'know this'; "knowing
that", "keep in
not unto the things that are seen but the things that are not seen"
and "holding the head".
I still lay hands
on the sick in my meetings and expect the "gift of healings"
to be operational. But what's more important in my estimation is having
the power of the Spirit in manifestation whereby the light of revelation
truth is operating in the minds of the hearers. 300
spent most of my bible reading time in the four Gospels. Someone said
that these are the best books to read, as they are all about what Jesus
did. Is this true?
gospels are all about Jesus of Nazareth, what He did, and in the book
of John - Who He was and is. The synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark and
Luke are historical accounts of Jesus who came to the Jew as a Prophet
under the law.
is the last of the books in the Bible to be written. John, who was with
Jesus, now also had a working revelation of Paul's "mystery
gospel"; that's why his account begins in a different
dimension than the synoptic gospels, "In
the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was
greater insight of "Christ Jesus the Lord", than Mathew,
Mark or Luke. John's gospel detailed Christ as the 'now' resurrected and
Glorified Lord. He received the same revelation, as did Paul who called
this revelation, 'my gospel'
or the 'mystery gospel'.
John's Gospel is more in keeping with the Pauline epistles and is the
best place to start as a new believer and continue to read as a Christian.
The greatest truths and where we as believers find the "Doctrine
of Christ" for our daily walk is in the books called
the "General and Prison epistles" of Paul. There we
delight in the discovery of truth in books like Romans, Ephesians, Colossians
and 1st and 2nd Thessalonians.
'my gospel' must become our gospel and the next time we read
one of the four gospels, we'll be able to divide it correctly, knowing
what applies to me as a New Creation and what does not, and John's account
will be seen as being more than a history lesson. 313
sort of things should I say to a Christian who has backslidden? Paul
backsliding refers only to Israel as in Jer 3:22 "Return,
ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we
come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God" and
is not mentioned in the New Covenant. When you think about it in a "New
Creation" context, it's impossible to 'backslide' from
Him who is in you as your only life.
You can however 'backslide' from religion or your church's teaching or the pastor's audio teaching
tapes, but you can't "backslide" in the same way as did Israel
If you speak to so
called 'backslidden' Christians, you will find that the majority
still love the Lord and want to talk about Him, but they don't want to
go to ant more legalistic church meetings. When they come into the freedom
that the truth brings, that we are the church and that we don't have to
go to church to meet with God, Then we will find them desiring to be around
people of like minds, that's church. As we should all know by now, church
isn't a building but an elect people saved by Grace through faith.
They don't want religion
that's all and when we confirm to them that it's okay - not having have
to go to church, and tell them instead that God's love is unconditional,
you won't be able to get them out of church.
I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of
God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Rom
33. Is there
someone that could pray for the bad thoughts (possible demons) to vacate
my mind, body & soul? I have badly sinned so much in my past and find
myself still caught up in a terrible frame of mind and awful ideas. I know
one should confess your sins to God, although I am sure he knows it all.
It is obvious
that you are under a mental attack from the enemy. Somewhere along the
line you opened the door to your mind by sinful acts. Just be honest with
God and confess your sins and believe by faith that He hears you. I
Jn 1:9 "If we confess
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse
us from all unrighteousness".
If you have already acted on the truth of 1Jn 1:9, and have ceased in
the sins that you mentioned, then it is a problem of faith or lack of
it that's keeping you in condemnation. Accept by faith on receiving this
answer that your sins are blood washed and righteousness is once again
yours. It is not your "doing" but your "knowing"
that is important now.
As for the terrible frame of mind and awful ideas that
you still have these can only be sorted by replacing the sense knowledge
thoughts with revelation knowledge truths regarding your state and standing
before God as a New Creation believer. Eph 6:10-18 "Finally,
my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put
on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles
of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." 303
I lost the path and desperate in finding it again. I have forsaken my
God more than once. I believe there is no hope for me. I have 3 children
and 3 grandchildren who I am so scared might suffer for my sins!
keep in mind that for a Christian the path or way is a person and that
person is Christ. For Jesus himself said in Jn 14:6 …"I
am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but
by me". With that truth in mind and that
Jesus also said as stated in Heb 13:5 that He would "never
leave or forsake us". how then can we fail. It's
not us finding Him, but He finding us, and once found, BE ASSURED He will
not let you go.
As for your
children and grandchildren commit them to Lord in prayer and stop worrying
about your past life effecting them in a negative way. Christ not only
suffered for the sins of your children and grandchildren and yes - the
sins of the whole world. You are most probably referring to the Old Testament
scripture of Exodus 20:5 "….
I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth
generations". This is where God instructed
the people in the Law which He gave to Moses. This is for a people in
a different dispensation called Law. We in this Church age are under an
opposite mandate to the Israelites; we are in the Dispensation called
Grace. The Word says this regarding the Law. 1Ti 1:9 "Knowing this, that the law
is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient,
for the ungodly and for sinners…" This also isn't for you as you are made righteous in Christ Jesus. 303
35. How does
one become a born-again believer? Michael
years ago Jesus Christ said to a man named Nicodemus, "You
must be born again" That was the beginning
of a message, which has revolutionized the lives of untold millions and
secured for them the hope of eternity. Soon after that conversation Jesus
fulfilled His destined role and became the sacrifice for sin by dying
a death by crucifixion on a wooden cross at a place called
Through this one act of obedience to His Fathers will, Jesus made the
way possible in Himself for all to have access to eternal life and forgiveness
of sins. This free gift of salvation has to be received by faith, and
when you hear the "Good News" it's up to the individual
to make the choice whether to receive Christ or not. This decision for
Christ is the one thing necessary for Him to enter into the life of the
individual and prepare that one for eternity.
The gospel message is so simple; all that is necessary is a hearing ear,
humility of heart and a willingness to accept by faith the words of Jesus.
After that He will do the rest, even providing the faith to make that
step towards Him. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin nature and the
need for His righteousness to be imparted to us. My prayer for you is
that you will make the right decision and become a part of God's family
as I did.
"That if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart
man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made
unto salvation". Rom 10:9-11 301
Who is Jesus? I 'm a non-believer.
regarding the identity of Jesus of Nazareth has always been a debate.
Many believe that he is a great prophet who is equivalent to Mohammed
Buddha, Confucius, and others. Some give him tribute for being a thoughtful
moral teacher. Others are of the opinion that he was a loving, somewhat
weak man, who unfortunately got killed for a cause that was decent, but
These are people's opinions but are they accurate? Or are some significant
details left out? People in this day and age require intellectual and
honest answers to their search for truth, and so they should. So to, regarding
who Jesus is, it is necessary to have the facts before choosing to believe
for, or against, his claim. Jesus claimed to be God, the Creator of the
universe, the one and only way by which we can enter into the presence
of the Heavenly Father,
Many are confused about the subject of Jesus by the many voices proclaiming
themselves as an alternate way to God. The safest counsel I would give
to those searching for the true path, is to personally and directly ask
the main head power.
Over the years I have learnt to demand to speak to the owner of the business,
thus avoiding middle management, if I am to get a result regarding my
problem, The religious middle management are the numerous gurus and self-appointed
clerics. How much more then, in the case of eternal life should we ask
God Himself if Jesus Christ is His Son and above all other claimants to
this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life
is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son
of God does not have life." 1 Jn 5:11-12
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