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Psalm 82 ~ the congregation of God

If one is not careful to search out the sum of Father’s Word on passages such as Psalm 82, leaven can quickly destroy the unleavened truth that is profitable for pure doctrines:

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? (7) Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, even as ye are unleavened. For our passover also hath been sacrificed, even Christ: (8) wherefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Every scripture inspired of God is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: (17) that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.

Please patiently study this link to its revealing conclusion :o)

Let’s work through each verse of Psalm 82 considering associated precepts that help us understand what the Holy Spirit is conveying:

Psalms  82:1  A Psalm of Asaph. God(Elohim ~ sons of God) standeth in the congregation of God(EL~ Most High Father); He judgeth among the gods(Elohim ~ sons of God).

The 22nd Psalm contains prophesies of Jesus and His bringing many sons unto glory through His suffering:

Psalms 22:1 For the Chief Musician; set to Aijeleth hash-Shahar. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?

The God(Elohim) standing in the “congregation” of God(EL) is Jesus standing in the midst of a congregation of His brethren praising His Father who is the Most High God:

Psalms 22:16-23 For dogs have compassed me: A company of evil-doers have inclosed me; They pierced my hands and my feet. (17) I may count all my bones. They look and stare upon me; (18) They part my garments among them, And upon my vesture do they cast lots. (19) But be not thou far off, O Jehovah: O thou my succor, haste thee to help me. (20) Deliver my soul from the sword, My darling from the power of the dog. (21) Save me from the lion’s mouth; Yea, from the horns of the wild-oxen thou hast answered me. (22) I will declare thy name unto my brethren: In the midst of the congregation will I  praise thee. (23) Ye that fear Jehovah, praise him; All ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; And stand in awe of him, all ye the seed of Israel.

Psalms 22 is quoted in Hebrews chapter 2 where it is proven that Jesus is in the midst of many brethren who are one congregation of gods(Elohim) before our Father praising Him:

Hebrews 2:9-13 But we behold him who hath been made a little lower than the angels, even Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he should taste of death for every man. (10) For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (11) For both he that sanctifieth and they that are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, (12) saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, In the midst of the congregation will I sing thy praise. (13) And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold, I and the children whom God hath given me.

The Father is always judging among us “gods” to see who is judging unjustly or a respecter of persons among his fellow brethren:

Psalms  82:1-2He(God ~ the Father) judgeth among the gods(Elohim ~ sons of God). How long will ye judge unjustly, And respect the persons of the wicked? Selah.

We are commanded in the OT law not to respect the persons of the wicked or the mighty but in righteousness we must judge our neighbor:

Leviticus 19:14-15 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind; but thou shalt fear thy God: I am Jehovah. (15) Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty; but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor.

This same command has been passed on to us in our NT covenant:

James 2:1-9 My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. (2) For if there come into your synagogue a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, and there come in also a poor man in vile clothing; (3) and ye have regard to him that weareth the fine clothing, and say, Sit thou here in a good place; and ye say to the poor man, Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool; (4) do ye not make distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? (5) Hearken, my beloved brethren; did not God choose them that are poor as to the world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to them that love him? (6) But ye have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you, and themselves drag you before the judgment-seats? (7) Do not they blaspheme the honorable name by which ye are called? (8) Howbeit if ye fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well: (9) but if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.

Sons of God are required to demonstrate compassion for the poor, the fatherless, the afflicted, and the destitute:

Psalms  82:3  Judge the poor and fatherless: Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.

This is pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father as His sons:

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

To rescue the poor and needy in their affliction from the rich or wicked who often oppress them:

Psalms  82:4  Rescue the poor and needy: Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

We are to love the poor and needy in deed and in truth:

1 John 3:16-18 Hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (17) But whoso hath the world’s goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him? (18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.

Those “sons of God” who shut up their compassion do not understand the truth:

Psalms  82:5  They know not, neither do they understand; They walk to and fro in darkness: All the foundations of the earth are shaken.

They prove they walk in darkness and do not know they are headed to hell for the darkness has blinded their eyes to loving their brother:

1 John 2:9-11 He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now. (10) He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him. (11) But he that hateth his brother is in the darkness, and walketh in the darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because the darkness hath blinded his eyes.

It is God who makes one rich and another poor:

1 Samuel 2:7 Jehovah maketh poor, and maketh rich: He bringeth low, he also lifteth up.

Proverbs 22:2 The rich and the poor meet together: Jehovah is the maker of them all.

Jesus taught the parable of the rich man and Lazarus to prove our Father will condemn those who choose not to love the poor as themselves:

Galatians 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Luke 16:19-23 Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day: (20) and a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at his gate, full of sores, (21) and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table; yea, even the dogs came and licked his sores. (22) And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried. (23) And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

God blessed the rich man with a lifetime of good things and Lazarus with a lifetime of evil things but the rich man did not care enough to give Lazarus the crumbs that fell from his table! Both Lazarus and the rich man were sons of Abraham but the rich man walked in the darkness of failing to love his poor brother Lazarus as himself:

Luke 16:24-26 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame. (25) But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted, and thou art in anguish. (26) And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that they that would pass from hence to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from thence to us.

As sons of God we are to renounce all that we have to be a disciple of Christ:

Luke 14:33 So therefore whosoever he be of you that renounceth not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

This develops into a body of Christ who truly seeks equality among the brethren such as occurred shortly after Pentecost:

Acts 2:42-47 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers. (43) And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. (44) And all that believed were together, and had all things common; (45) and they sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, according as any man had need. (46) And day by day, continuing stedfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, (47) praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to them day by day those that were saved.

Acts 4:32-35 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and soul: and not one of them said that aught of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. (33) And with great power gave the apostles their witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. (34) For neither was there among them any that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, (35) and laid them at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto each, according as any one had need.

Those such as Ananias will be judged unworthy to stand in the congregation of the righteous for pretending to love his neighbor unconditionally: 

Acts 5:1-6 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, (2) and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. (3) But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thy heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? (4) While it remained, did it not remain thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thy power? How is it that thou hast conceived this thing in thy heart? thou has not lied unto men, but unto God. (5) And Ananias hearing these words fell down and gave up the ghost: and great fear came upon all that heard it. (6) And the young men arose and wrapped him round, and they carried him out and buried him.

Psalms 1:5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

From the very first millennium, it has always been those who walk with God who will be a part of the congregation with Jesus:

Genesis 5:24 and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, and perfect in his generations: Noah walked with God.2

Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, which parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

For more understanding on who the “sons of God” are in Genesis and Job please see this link:

https://sumofthyword.com/2019/02/15/who-are-the-sons-of-god-of-genesis-6/

The congregation of the righteous will only be made up of sons of the Most high God who is the Father:

Psalms  82:6  I said, Ye are gods, And all of you sons of the Most High.

Jesus was the firstborn Son of His Father who is God Most High:

Luke 1:31-35 And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: (33) and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (34) And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (35) And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God.

We are foreordained to be conformed to the image of Jesus who is the firstborn of many brethren:

Romans 8:29 For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren:

As sons of the Most High, we are to learn to love, be kind, give, and be merciful as our Father:

Luke 6:35-38 But love your enemies, and do them good, and lend, never despairing; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be sons of the Most High: for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil. (36) Be ye merciful, even as your Father is merciful. (37) And judge not, and ye shall not be judged: and condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: release, and ye shall be released: (38) give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they give into your bosom. For with what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again.

Jesus quoted Psalms 82:6 in the book of John. He clearly said the scriptures cannot be broken thus proving a “son of God” in both the OT an NT are gods:

John 10:34-36 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? (35) If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken), (36) say ye of him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am Son of God?

The Word of God came to both the Jews and the Gentiles who are called to be “all Israel” but only a remnant will be saved:

Romans 9:24-28 even us, whom he also called, not from the Jews only, but also from the Gentiles? (25) As he saith also in Hosea, I will call that my people, which was not my people; And her beloved, that was not beloved. (26) And it shall be, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, There shall they be called sons of the living God. (27) And Isaiah crieth concerning Israel, If the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that shall be saved: (28) for the Lord will execute his word upon the earth, finishing it and cutting it short.

For more understanding on who “all Israel” is please see this link:

https://sumofthyword.com/2017/12/19/all-israel/

Paul made it very clear that it was the circumcision of the heart that made one a Jew in the Father’s eyes:

Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh: (29) but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

One who is called to be a son of God is a debtor to God to be led by His Spirit in the putting to death their flesh:

Romans 8:12-14 So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh: (13) for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

This death to our flesh must occur in order to be acceptable to God as a living sacrifice to Him:

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. (2) And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Father expects the death of the flesh in all His sons as He did of His firstborn Son which He sent to die:  

Psalms  82:6-7 all of you sons of the Most High. Nevertheless ye shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes.

Jesus demonstrated that as a “son of God” He must be delivered into the hands of men to put to death his flesh which was the “son of man”:

Matthew 17:22-23 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be delivered up into the hands of men; (23) and they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised up. And they were exceeding sorry.

John 12:32-34  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself. (33) But this he said, signifying by what manner of death he should die. (34) The multitude therefore answered him, We have heard out of the law that the Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?

The Hebrew word for “man” is “adam” for in our flesh we are all a “son of Adam” and thus a “son of man”:

Luke 3:38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

We are not to put any trust in a “son of man” which is our flesh:

Psalms 146:1-10 Praise ye Jehovah. Praise Jehovah, O my soul. (2) While I live will I praise Jehovah: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. (3) Put not your trust in princes, Nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. (4) His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; In that very day his thoughts perish. (5) Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in Jehovah his God:

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith Jehovah: Cursed is the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from Jehovah.

We are commanded to become united with Jesus in the likeness of His death. This is the crucifying of our old man which is our “son of man”:

Romans 6:5-8 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; (6) knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin; (7) for he that hath died is justified from sin. (8) But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him;

Jesus learned obedience through the suffering of the death of His “son of man” so that He can now be the author of that same salvation in us who chose to walk in that same obedience:

Hebrews 5:7-9 Who in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear, (8) though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered; (9) and having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation;

Our body is the “son of man” that must spiritually die so that the life of Jesus who is the “son of God” will manifest in our mortal flesh:

2 Corinthians 4:10-11 always bearing about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our body. (11) For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

This is called casting off the works of darkness in our flesh and putting  on the Lord Jesus Christ which is the armor of light:

Romans 13:12-14 The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. (13) Let us walk becomingly, as in the day; not in revelling and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and jealousy. (14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Father has promised that He will punish any of the King’s sons who as princes have on foreign apparel rather than the Lord Jesus Christ:

Zephaniah 1:8 And it shall come to pass in the day of Jehovah’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s sons, and all such as are clothed with foreign apparel.

Many are called to put on the Lord Jesus Christ as a wedding garment but few will be chosen to be a part of that wedding for not doing so:

Matthew 22:11-14 But when the king came in to behold the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment: (12) and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. (13) Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and cast him out into the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. (14) For many are called, but few chosen.

As “sons of God”, we are to arise above the earth:

Psalms  82:8  Arise, O God(Elohim ~ sons of God), judge the earth; For thou shalt inherit all the nations.

We are first born a natural earthy “son of man” but when we are born from above we become a spiritual heavenly “son of God” by faith:

1 Corinthians 15:45-48 So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. (46) Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual. (47) The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is of heaven. (48) As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

Our natural earthy “son of man” lived in the lusts of our flesh and did the desires of our flesh and mind and were by nature children of wrath who walked according to the prince of the powers of the air:

Ephesians 2:1-3 And you did he make alive, when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins, (2) wherein ye once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air, of the spirit that now worketh in the sons of disobedience; (3) among whom we also all once lived in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest:–

But now as  a “son of God” we are required to put to death that “son of man” and learn to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 2:4-6  but God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (5) even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved), (6) and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus:

We learn to dwell in heavenly places through the blood of the Lamb as we learn to live the testimony of Jesus:

Revelation 12:11-12 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony; and they loved not their life even unto death. (12) Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe for the earth and for the sea: because the devil is gone down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.

Jesus listed some of His testimony and the promises to those “sons of God” who live accordingly:

Matthew 5:1-12 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain: and when he had sat down, his disciples came unto him: (2) and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying, (3) Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (4) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (5) Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (6) Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (7) Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (8) Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (9) Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God. (10) Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (11) Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. (12) Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.

Those “sons of God” who overcome their flesh will inherit all the promises of Father’s Word but those who do not will take part in the second death:

Revelation 21:7-8 He that overcometh shall inherit these things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (8) But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.

Jesus listed seven promises to the overcomers within the seven churches proving that not all those in the church will receive them:

Revelation 2:10-11 …Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life. (11) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knoweth but he that receiveth it.

Revelation 2:26-27 And he that overcometh, and he that keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give authority over the nations: (27) and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to shivers; as I also have received of my Father:

Revelation 3:5-6 He that overcometh shall thus be arrayed in white garments; and I will in no wise blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (6) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

Revelation 3:12-13 He that overcometh, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out thence no more: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God, and mine own new name. (13) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

Revelation 3:21-22 He that overcometh, I will give to him to sit down with me in my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father in his throne. (22) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

Father has a congregation of gods He has redeemed through the blood of His Lamb to be the tribe of His inheritance whom He will sit as Most High over them:

Psalms 7:6-8 Arise, O Jehovah, in thine anger; Lift up thyself against the rage of mine adversaries, And awake for me; thou hast commanded judgment. (7) And let the congregation of the peoples compass thee about; And over them return thou on high. (8) Jehovah ministereth judgment to the peoples: Judge me, O Jehovah, according to my righteousness, and to mine integrity that is in me.

Psalms 74:1-2 Maschil of Asaph. O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? Why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? (2) Remember thy congregation, which thou hast gotten of old, Which thou hast redeemed to be the tribe of thine inheritance; And mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

Psalms 111:1 Praise ye Jehovah. I will give thanks unto Jehovah with my whole heart, In the council of the upright, and in the congregation.

This congregation is continuing to assemble in mount Zion:

Hebrews 12:22-24 but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels, (23) to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, (24) and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better than that of Abel.

So let’s continue to suffer with Christ that we may be glorified with Him as sons of God in the congregation before our Father:

Romans 8:16-19 The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God: (17) and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him. (18) For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward. (19) For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for the revealing of the sons of God.

Psalms  82:1  A Psalm of Asaph. God(Elohim ~ sons of God) standeth in the congregation of God(EL~ Father); He judgeth among the gods(Elohim ~ sons of God).

 
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Who are the “sons of God” of Genesis 6?

It is paramount that we understand that the Spirit of the OT letter can only be revealed when combined with the Spirit of the NT as one truth that CANNOT be broken! Please study this short teaching on my home page that lays the foundational scriptures for proper interpretation of any OT precept such as the “sons of God” spoken of in Genesis chapter 6:

https://sumofthyword.com/

Let’s first examine Genesis 6:1-3 verse by verse to establish the foundation for who it is that causes God to say by verse three “My Spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh“:

Genesis 6:1  And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them,

Is there any sin being named in Genesis 6:1 that would cause God’s Spirit to not strive with man?

Absolutely not because God told the man and woman to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth with more men and women who were to multiply also:

Genesis 1:27-28  And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  (28)  And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Now do we see any sin being named in Genesis 6:2 that would cause God’s Spirit to not strive with man?:

Genesis 6:2  that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose.

Absolutely because it becomes very obvious that God did not want the “sons of God” marrying the “daughters of men” or verse 3 would not express God’s displeasure with those “sons of God” mentioned in verse 2.

Now let’s pay very close attention to what God calls those “sons of God” that His Spirit was not going to strive with:

Genesis 6:3  And Jehovah said, My Spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.

Since we know that “daughters” can not be “man” that only leaves one other subject in Genesis 6:2 that God’s Spirit will not strive with!

God clearly defines those “sons of God” who took wives of the “daughters of men” are “man” that His Spirit will not strive with!

For any “brethren” to to go beyond what is clearly written in the first three verses of Genesis chapter six is to be puffed up and giving heed to Jewish fables such as were written in the book of Enoch which is NOT a part of the cannon set of scriptures:

1 Corinthians 4:6 Now these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes; that in us ye might learn not to go beyond the things which are written; that no one of you be puffed up for the one against the other.

Titus 1:13-14 This testimony is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, (14) not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.

If the “sons of God” were angels marrying the “daughters of men”, as is being hyped these days, then it would stand to reason that Jesus would have revealed these “fallen angels” when He described what was happening in the days before the flood of Noah, that are to again manifest in these last days:

Matthew 24:37-39 And as were the days of Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of man. (38) For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, (39) and they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall be the coming of the Son of man.

Luke 17:26-27 And as it came to pass in the days of Noah, even so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. (27) They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

Jesus did not even hint of any “angels” being involved but He did clearly define the “sons of God” as being “sons of the resurrection” which “angels” have absolutely no part in because they never die:

Luke 20:34-36 And Jesus said unto them, The sons of this world marry, and are given in marriage: (35) but they that are accounted worthy to attain to that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: (36) for neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

Only those sons of flesh who are accounted worthy to be part of the first resurrection no longer marry or die but are “sons of God” who are now equal to angels who have never married or died:

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: over these the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

The “sons of this world” are unbelievers who have no regard for the demands of our Father’s Word. But the “sons of God” in our new testament covenant are commanded by our Father not to marry unbelievers:

Galatians 3:26 For ye are all sons of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 6:14-15 Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? or what communion hath light with darkness? (15) And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what portion hath a believer with an unbeliever?

The “sons of God” in the old testament covenant were commanded by God not to marry unbelievers as well:

Psalms 82:6 I said, Ye are gods, And all of you sons of the Most High(God).

Deuteronomy 7:1-4 When Jehovah thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and shall cast out many nations before thee, the Hittite, and the Girgashite, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; (2) and when Jehovah thy God shall deliver them up before thee, and thou shalt smite them; then thou shalt utterly destroy them: thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them; (3) neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. (4) For he will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of Jehovah be kindled against you, and he will destroy thee quickly.

But it was not long before the “sons of God” were again choosing to marry the “daughters of men”:

Judges 3:5-7 And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites: (6) and they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their own daughters to their sons and served their gods. (7) And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and forgat Jehovah their God, and served the Baalim and the Asheroth.

Even before the law, Isaac understood that our God demanded total separation in marriage from the heathens of Canaan so he sent Jacob to wed from his mother’s family so that they would be a pure “company of peoples”:

Genesis 28:1-4 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. (2) Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother. (3) And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a company of peoples; (4) and give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land of thy sojournings, which God gave unto Abraham.

Abraham passed down this same command when seeking a wife for his son Isaac:

Genesis 24:1-4 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and Jehovah had blessed Abraham in all things. (2) And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: (3) and I will make thee swear by Jehovah, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that thou wilt not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: (4) but thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.

Our Father commanded the Jews not to marry the unrighteous during the 2000 year period from Abraham to Christ. Then again the same command was given to the Christians for the next 2000 year period from Christ till today. So it should stand to reason that the 2000 year period from Adam to Abraham would be the same command for “God seeketh again that which is passed away” that “hath been long ago in the ages which were before”:

Ecclesiastes 3:15  That which is hath been long ago; and that which is to be hath long ago been: and God seeketh again that which is passed away.

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10  That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.  (10)  Is there a thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been long ago, in the ages which were before us.

“In the ages which were before” the Abrahamic covenant would have been the 2000 year period from Adam to Abraham. God would have demanded those men who were called to be “sons of God” before the flood not to live after their flesh just as He has demanded of Abraham’s seed the whole way up through Christ until today:

Galatians 3:29 And if ye are Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, heirs according to promise.

History(His~story) always repeats:

Genesis 6:3 And Jehovah said, My Spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.

God repented for making men because those He called sons burned in the lust of their flesh for the daughters of men before the flood:

Genesis 6:6 And it repented Jehovah that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

After the flood, God demanded the flesh be cut off as a token of His covenant with Abraham and his seed. Any seed who did not cut off his flesh was cut off from his people:

Genesis 17:13-14 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. (14) And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

Those Christians who live after their flesh in our NT covenant will spiritually die but those led by the Spirit of God are “sons of God”:

Romans 8:12-14 So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh: (13) for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

The scriptures clearly teach that our flesh is contrary to the Spirit of God:

Galatians 5:16-17 But I say, Walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would.

God has always hated His sons living in the lust of the flesh:

1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vainglory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

So God patiently waited 120 years while Noah built the ark so He could destroy all flesh including those sons of God who lived in the lust of their flesh but saved 8 souls through water:

1 Peter 3:18-21 Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; (19) in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison, (20) that aforetime were disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water: (21) which also after a true likeness doth now save you, even baptism, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the interrogation of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ;

In true likeness we are also saved in our souls by the baptism of the washing of water with the Word of God:

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it; (26) that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word, (27) that he might present the church to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

For more on what it means to be saved in soul please see this link:

https://sumofthyword.com/2017/01/19/him-crucified/

Father was also prophesying that He was going to begin shortening man’s life from hundreds of years before the flood to an average of 120 years such as Moses who died nearly 1000 years after the flood:

Deuteronomy 34:7 And Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

So now we come to the most misunderstood verse in Genesis chapter 6:

Genesis 6:4 The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them: the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.

The English word “nephilim” comes from the Hebrew word “nephiyl” and is defined as fellows, giants:

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5303&t=KJV

Science has proven that before the flood the entire earth enjoyed a warm tropical environment and there was enhanced oxygen in the atmosphere that would have supported larger animals such as the dinosaurs. So it should come as no surprise that men would also have had the capacity to be much larger before the flood:

https://www.genesispark.com/exhibits/early-earth/atmosphere/

God created this water vapor canopy on the second day and called it the “waters above the firmament”:

Genesis 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

So the Nephilim or giants could have easily been on the earth since the days of Cain and Seth’s early descendants. The phrase “and also after that” in Genesis 6:4 was pointing 500+ years later when Enoch walked with God for 300 years “after” he begat Methuselah:

Genesis 5:21-24 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: (22) and Enoch walked with God “after” he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: (23) and all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: (24) and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, and Enoch were all alive together as the “sons of God” when Enoch was taken from among them for truly walking with God as a “son of God” should. Even today most “sons of God” do not walk as Jesus the firstborn “Son of God” walked:

1 John 2:3-6 And hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (4) He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; (5) but whoso keepeth his word, in him verily hath the love of God been perfected. Hereby we know that we are in him: (6) he that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk even as he walked.

The “nephillim” reappeared on the earth once more after the flood in the land of Canaan where Abraham and Isaac had refused to takes wives for theirs sons from! This was when Moses sent the 12 spies in to see what the people were like in Canaan:

Numbers 13:17-18 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way by the South, and go up into the hill-country: (18) and see the land, what it is; and the people that dwell therein, whether they are strong or weak, whether they are few or many;

But 10 of the 12 spies brought back a lying evil report distorting their size to that of grasshoppers in comparison to the men of great stature that were inhabiting the land of Canaan:

Numbers 13:32-33 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had spied out unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. (33) And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

So the question becomes who are the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:4? The shorter answer is the “sons of God” were NOT angels whether righteous or fallen for at no time were any angels ever called a “son of God”:

Hebrews 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, This day have I begotten thee? and again, I will be to him a Father, And he shall be to me a Son?

God specifically says that He never called an angel His son nor are they born of Him for they were created spirits by God:

Hebrews 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh(created) his angels winds(spirits), And his ministers a flame of fire:

But for those Christians who argue that the OT “sons of God” were not the same as the NT “sons of God” let’s consider this passage:

Psalms 82:6 I said, Ye are gods, And all of you sons of the Most High(God).

Jesus quoted that Psalms passage in the book of John. He clearly said the scriptures cannot be broken so a “son of God” in the old testament was a “sons of God” in the new testament:

John 10:34-36 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? (35) If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken), (36) say ye of him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

There were plenty of OT Jews who were born of the seed of Abraham but were rejected from becoming sons of God:

Hosea 1:9-10 And Jehovah said, Call his name Lo-ammi; for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God. (10) Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass that, in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

That passage in Hosea is clearly declaring the OT children of promise through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as sons of the living God:

Romans 9:7-8 neither, because they are Abraham’s seed, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. (8) That is, it is not the children of the flesh that are children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for a seed.

Romans 9:25-27 As he saith also in Hosea, I will call that my people, which was not my people; And her beloved, that was not beloved. (26) And it shall be, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, There shall they be called sons of the living God. (27) And Isaiah crieth concerning Israel, If the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that shall be saved:

But just to be sure let’s examine the only other 3 passages where the phrase “sons of God” is found in the OT, all being in the book of Job:

Job 1:6 Now it came to pass on the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before Jehovah, that Satan also came among them.

Job 2:1 Again it came to pass on the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before Jehovah, that Satan came also among them to present himself before Jehovah.

We know that God took both Enoch and Elijah to heaven before they died:

Genesis 5:24 and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God translated him: for he hath had witness borne to him that before his translation he had been well-pleasing unto God:

2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, which parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

We also know Peter, James, and John witnessed Elijah and Moses who reappeared from heaven to speak with Jesus on the mountain:

Matthew 17:1-5 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: (2) and he was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his garments became white as the light. (3) And behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with him. (4) And Peter answered, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, I will make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah. (5) While he was yet speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Most biblical historians agree that Job existed sometime after the flood up until the time of Jacob. Those “sons of God” mentioned in Job chapters one and two would be those righteous souls who died from the lineage of Seth up through until possibly Jacob depending on when Job actually lived on the earth.

Some of those “sons of God” in Job chapters one and two who presented themselves before Jehovah are listed in the book of Luke:

Luke 3:22-38 and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form, as a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of heaven, Thou art my beloved Son: in thee I am well pleased. (23) And Jesus himself, when he began to teach, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, (24) the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, (25) the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, (26) the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, (27) the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, (28) the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, (29) the son of Jesus, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, (30) the son of Symeon, the son of Judas, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, (31) the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, (32) the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, (33) the son of Amminadab, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, (34) the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, (35) the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, (36) the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, (37) the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, (38) the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

In the underlying Greek text of Luke 3:22-38 the word “uihos” is translated to the English word “son”. Though that Greek word is found only in verses 22, 23, and 38, God was clearly proving the lineage from Adam to Jesus were all “sons of God” as most English translations prove by carrying the word “son” through from Jesus to Adam.

Adam was called a “son of God” who was born of God when He breathed into him the breath or spirit of life. Only his flesh was created from the earth:

Genesis 2:7 And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath(spirit) of life; and man became a living soul.

Jesus was the Word of God who was the image of His Father and the first born of all His creation:

Colossians 1:15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;

God sent His Holy Spirit with His Word as the seed placed in Mary who became become flesh and named Jesus :

Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Matthew 1:18-20 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. (19) And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. (20) But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

For more understanding of the relationship between God’s Holy Spirit and His Son Jesus please see this link:

https://sumofthyword.com/2017/02/17/trinity-true-or-false/

Now let’s examine some of Genesis 6 with a little more context:

Genesis 6:1-7 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them, (2) that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose. (3) And Jehovah said, My Spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years. (4) The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them: the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown. (5) And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (6) And it repented Jehovah that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (7) And Jehovah said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the ground; both man, and beast, and creeping things, and birds of the heavens; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Please notice again that Jehovah clearly labeled the “sons of God” in verse 2 as “men” in verse 3 who in their carnal flesh took for themselves “daughters of men” of all they chose to marry so that God’s Spirit would no longer strive with them. 

Man’s heart was only evil continually to the point that Jehovah repented that He had made men for they grieved Him in His heart. 

Not one place in that text does God blame angels whether righteous or fallen for all the sin but He does mention man/men ten times as the focal point of his anger for most of the corruption on the earth before the flood:

Genesis 6:8-13 But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah. (9) These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, and perfect in his generations: Noah walked with God. (10) And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (11) And the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. (12) And God saw the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. (13) And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

There is a very clear distinction made between Cain and Seth! Cain was driven from the presence of God as an unrighteous soul:

Genesis 4:13-16 And Cain said unto Jehovah, My punishment is greater than I can bear. (14) Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the ground; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth; and it will come to pass, that whosoever findeth me will slay me. (15) And Jehovah said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And Jehovah appointed a sign for Cain, lest any finding him should smite him. (16) And Cain went out from the presence of Jehovah, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

In all three passages in the bible where Cain is mentioned outside of Genesis chapter 4, he is described as offering up a poor sacrifice of unrighteous self works:

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had witness borne to him that he was righteous, God bearing witness in respect of his gifts: and through it he being dead yet speaketh.

He was led of the evil one, who we know to be satan, to slay his brother:

1 John 3:11-12 For this is the message which ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another: (12) not as Cain was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

Cain only understood naturally, like creatures without reason which are to be destroyed, for not loving one another such as his brother Abel:

Jude 1:10-11 But these rail at whatsoever things they know not: and what they understand naturally, like the creatures without reason, in these things are they destroyed. (11) Woe unto them! for they went in the way of Cain, and ran riotously in the error of Balaam for hire, and perished in the gainsaying of Korah.

Whereas Seth was the only son of Adam described to be after his own likeness and image:

Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

This is the same likeness and image that was passed from God to Adam:

Genesis 1:26-27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (27) And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

God proved that or image and likeness of Him did not include our flesh:

Genesis 6:3 And Jehovah said, My Spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.

The English word “man” in that text came from the Hebrew word “Adam”. Eve was taken out of Adam and became the mother of all humans who ever lived on the face of the earth:

Genesis 3:20 And the man called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

Eve understood that Cain was driven out from the presence of God and another seed needed to come to replace Abel:

Genesis 4:25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For, said she, God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel; for Cain slew him.

Abel was a prophet who prophesied by his offering that God would someday provide a perfect firstborn Lamb as the final offering for sin:

Luke 11:49-51 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send unto them prophets and apostles; and some of them they shall kill and persecute; (50) that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; (51) from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary: yea, I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.

Genesis 4:3-5 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto Jehovah. (4) And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And Jehovah had respect unto Abel and to his offering: (5) but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

For this offering Abel was recognized by Jesus as righteous. Adam and Eve were given Seth to replace righteous Abel:

Matthew 23:35 that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous unto the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the sanctuary and the altar.

Eve knew Cain and his seed were rejected as sons by the Most High so she was looking for the seed she called Seth to replace Abel. Seth and His lineage were commanded by the Most High God to remain separated from the lineage of Cain:

Deuteronomy 32:7-8 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee. (8) When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

These “sons of God” were to remain separated from those God had driven from His face. God followed through with this same principle and commanded it to His sons in Israel’s day:

Deuteronomy 7:3-4  Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.  (4)  For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

So Adam passed on to Seth the same likeness and image he inherited from God. Then Adam begat Seth who begat Enosh in that same likeness and image. Then Adam, Seth, and Enosh as three began to call upon the name of God:

Genesis 4:26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enosh. Then began men to call upon the name of Jehovah.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

The truth above should be enough to convince us that the “sons of God” were the lineage of Seth that took the daughters of Cain to marry but some Christians are convinced that this passage proves “angels” are “sons of God” in the OT:

Job 38:6-7 Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof, (7) When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

One of the biggest errors we as Christians make is to think God exists on a linear timeline like we do. God operates outside of time and exists from everlasting to everlasting. He also has the power to declare the end from the beginning:

Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me; (10) declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure;

Psalms 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

This was proven by God choosing us before the foundation of the world:

Ephesians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ: (4) even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love:

God also proved this by the works being finished from the foundation of the world:

Hebrews 4:3 For we who have believed do enter into that rest; even as he hath said, As I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

There is only one foundation and corner stone and He is Jesus Christ who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world but was not manifested until the end of the times:

Isaiah 28:16 therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone of sure foundation: he that believeth shall not be in haste.

1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:19-20 but with precious blood, as of a lamb without spot, even the blood of Christ: (20) who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was manifested at the end of the times for your sake,

1 Peter 2:6-7 Because it is contained in scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: And he that believeth on him shall not be put to shame. (7) For you therefore that believe is the preciousness: but for such as disbelieve, The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner;

Ephesians 2:20 being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief corner stone;

In Job chapter 38, God was clearly addressing Job nearly 2000 years before Christ came while at the same time declaring the end from the beginning when He spoke of the corner stone of Jesus having already been laid which causes ALL the “sons of God” to shout for joy:

Job 38:6-7 Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof, (7) When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Not one “fallen angel” would shout for joy about the corner stone of Jesus being laid 2000 years ago!

All angels stand by the throne of the Father whether the fallen to His left or the righteous to His right waiting to be sent forth by the Father as ministering spirits:

1 Kings 22:19-23 And Micaiah said, Therefore hear thou the word of Jehovah: I saw Jehovah sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. (20) And Jehovah said, Who shall entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner; and another said on that manner. (21) And there came forth a spirit, and stood before Jehovah, and said, I will entice him. (22) And Jehovah said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt entice him, and shalt prevail also: go forth, and do so. (23) Now therefore, behold, Jehovah hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets; and Jehovah hath spoken evil concerning thee.

Not one of those spirits have flesh and bones as Jesus and man:

Luke 24:39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye behold me having.

They are all ministering spirits sent forth to do the will of the Father:

Hebrews 1:13-14 But of which of the angels hath he said at any time, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet? (14) Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to do service for the sake of them that shall inherit salvation?

All angels whether fallen or righteous are completely under the control of our Father as His ministering spirits so not one of them ever went rogue and married women!  Man will also be as angels in heaven who neither marry or are given in marriage:

Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as angels in heaven.

All “fallen angels” are referred to in the scriptures as demons, evil spirits, or unclean spirits for we wrestle against all these principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness, and spiritual hosts of wickedness:

Ephesians 6:12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Some unclean spirits are more wicked than others but they all desire to seek rest by inhabiting the watery house(body) of any foolish male or female believer who is swept of their old sins but have not filled themselves with the Word:

2 Peter 1:9 For he that lacketh these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.

Matthew 12:43-45 But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and findeth it not. (44) Then he saith, I will return into my house whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. (45) Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man becometh worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this evil generation.

Fallen angels have no interest in merely marrying and procreating with human females as they do not differentiate based on sex or flesh:

1 Corinthians 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fishes.

They desire a watery house to inhabit regardless of whether it’s a male or female human or swine:

Luke 8:32-33 Now there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they entreated him that he would give them leave to enter into them. And he gave them leave. (33) And the demons came out from the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd rushed down the steep into the lake, and were drowned.

So therefore the flesh that the majority of God’s anger is turned toward is man for in his natural carnal state he has no preeminence over the beasts of the earth:

Ecclesiastes 3:18-19 I said in my heart, It is because of the sons of men, that God may prove them, and that they may see that they themselves are but as beasts. (19) For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; and man hath no preeminence above the beasts: for all is vanity.

The “sons of men” in their carnal state of flesh have no preeminence above the beasts and since the scriptures CANNOT be broken that would include the “daughters of men” in their carnal state of flesh. The “sons of God” should not have lusted after and married the “daughters of men” for their disobedience caused God to repent that He made man:

Genesis 6:4-7 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them, (2) that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose. (3) And Jehovah said, My Spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years. (4) The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them: the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown. (5) And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (6) And it repented Jehovah that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (7) And Jehovah said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the ground; both man, and beast, and creeping things, and birds of the heavens; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

We know that God condemned Cain to be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth for murdering his brother:

Genesis 4:12 when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee its strength; a fugitive and a wanderer shalt thou be in the earth.

So Cain’s likeness and image as a murderer was spreading through his lineage for Cain’s descendant, named Lamech, killed both a man and a young man:

Genesis 4:23-24 And Lamech said unto his wives: Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; Ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: For I have slain a man for wounding me, And a young man for bruising me: (24) If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, Truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

So if murder was becoming commonplace and righteous men were marrying unrighteous women then it would not be surprising at all for God to have given them up unto a reprobate mind:

Romans 1:28-32 And even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting; (29) being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity; whisperers, (30) backbiters, hateful to God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (31) without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, unmerciful: (32) who, knowing the ordinance of God, that they that practise such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also consent with them that practise them.

We must not forget that before the flood it was not very strange at all for man to converse with the beasts of the field for Eve very casually debated with a serpent about eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil:

Genesis 3:1-5  Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which Jehovah God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of any tree of the garden?  (2)  And the woman said unto the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat:  (3)  but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  (4)  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  (5)  for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.

Please remember it was not until after the flood that God put fear and dread of man into animals minds for God also declared they would become food for man after the flood:

Genesis 9:2-4 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every bird of the heavens; with all wherewith the ground teemeth, and all the fishes of the sea, into your hand are they delivered. (3) Every moving thing that liveth shall be food for you; as the green herb have I given you all. (4) But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

So if man and animal were able to fully communicate and “every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually” it would not be very surprising for beastiality to have become rampant upon the earth before the flood:

Leviticus 18:22-25 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (23) And thou shalt not lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith; neither shall any woman stand before a beast, to lie down thereto: it is confusion. (24) Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out from before you; (25) and the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land vomiteth out her inhabitants.

Many forms of sexual abominations and confusion had defiled the land of Canaan after the flood where no beasts were able to communicate with man but rather feared him.

How much more would deviate sexual perversion and murder been devised in the heart of man when the beasts could also communicate their lusts with man before the flood.

It would not be hard to imagine how corrupt all flesh would have become to the point the whole earth was ready to vomit out the inhabitants so that Father had to destroy the earth as well:

Genesis 6:11-13 And the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. (12) And God saw the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. (13) And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah as one who was a righteous man and perfect in his generations which was to walk with God as his great grandfather Enoch did:

Genesis 6:8-9 But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah. (9) These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, and perfect in his generations: Noah walked with God.

Genesis 5:21-24 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: (22) and Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: (23) and all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: (24) and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Noah was perfect and righteous among all those generations of brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins who sprung out of his grandfather Methuselah’s sons and daughters after he begat Noah’s father Lamech who also had sons and daughters after he begat Noah:

Genesis 5:26  and Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:

Genesis 5:30  And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:

Methuselah and Lamech both died just before Noah entered the ark but all their generations lived around Noah while he built the ark. Not one of “his generations” were righteous enough for God to invite on the ark with Noah and his immediate family:

Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, and perfect in his generations: Noah walked with God.

Jude is another scripture that some try to twist to prove “fallen angels” are “sons of God”:

Jude 1:5 Now I desire to put you in remembrance, though ye know all things once for all, that the Lord, having saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

Jude was simply trying to give us examples of how God is no respecter of Christians or angels who choose to leave their “principality” which comes from the Greek word “arche” and means their “beginning”:

Jude 1:6 And angels that kept not their own principality(arche), but left their proper habitation, he hath kept in everlasting bonds under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, for that God chose you from the beginning(arche) unto salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

The angels who chose to fall with satan in eternity past are now “principalities” cursed with everlasting bonds under spiritual darkness that roam the heavenly places where Christians wrestle with them:

Ephesians 6:12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities(arche), against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ:

Jude was not implying the angels that left their proper habitation were committing fornication like Sodom and Gomorrah:

Jude 1:7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them, having in like manner with these given themselves over to fornication and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire. (8) Yet in like manner these also in their dreamings defile the flesh, and set at nought dominion, and rail at dignities.

If one pays close attention to grammar it becomes very apparent that it is “the cities about” Sodom and Gomorrah that “having in like manner with “Sodom and Gomorrah had “given themselves over to fornication and gone after strange flesh”. This is obviously speaking about homosexual desires of the whole city that exceeded their desire for Lot’s two virgin daughters:

Genesis 19:4-11  But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; (5) and they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men that came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. (6) And Lot went out unto them to the door, and shut the door after him. (7) And he said, I pray you, my brethren, do not so wickedly. (8) Behold now, I have two daughters that have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing, forasmuch as they are come under the shadow of my roof. (9) And they said, Stand back. And they said, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and drew near to break the door. (10) But the men put forth their hand, and brought Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. (11) And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

Jude was proving that both angels and Christians who choose to teach contrary to God’s purpose will be anathema which means to be accursed:

Galatians 1:8-9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach unto you any gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be anathema. (9) As we have said before, so say I now again, If any man preacheth unto you any gospel other than that which ye received, let him be anathema.

So history(His~story) throughout the bible from Genesis to Revelation will always repeat about only those “sons of God” living and walking as “sons of God” will be taken:

Matthew 24:40 Then shall two men be in the field; one is taken, and one is left:

There will be more truth added to this teaching as more leaven surfaces :o)

 
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Once Saved Always Saved?

Paul warned us over 1900 years ago, that shortly after his departure, Christians within the church would arise speaking lies that would pervert the truth:

Acts 20:27-30  For I shrank not from declaring unto you the whole counsel of God. (28) Take heed unto yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit hath made you bishops, to feed the church of the Lord which he purchased with his own blood. (29) I know that after my departing grievous wolves shall enter in among you, not sparing the flock; (30) and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

Any Christian including Paul who dares to teach another gospel other than the whole gospel that the apostles taught, were to be “anathema” which is accursed or hell bound:

Galatians 1:6-8 I marvel that ye are so quickly removing from him that called you in the grace of Christ unto a different gospel; (7) which is not another gospel: only there are some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (8) But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach unto you any gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be anathema.

They are false teachers fashioning themselves as ministers of righteousness while perverting the gospel of Christ:

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ. (14) And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light. (15) It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.

Peter also warned us that false teachers within the church would lead many Christians into their lascivious teachings that destroy the truth:

2 Peter 2:1-3 But there arose false prophets also among the people, as among you also there shall be false teachers, who shall privily bring in destructive heresies, denying even the Master that bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. (2) And many shall follow their lascivious doings; by reason of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of. (3) And in covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose sentence now from of old lingereth not, and their destruction slumbereth not.

These ministers promote ear tickling sermons that appeal to the flesh:

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts; (4) and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables.

One of those ear tickling false doctrines in the church today is this fable that once a person is “saved” they are always saved which is often referred to as unconditional eternal security:

1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

We are instructed by both Jesus and Paul to consider “every word” of “every scripture” when constructing a doctrine such as eternal security:

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

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: (17) that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.

Those ear tickling bible teachers simply ignore the hundreds of passages that clearly prove eternal salvation is conditional on our obedience to Jesus:

Hebrews 5:7-9 Who in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear, (8) though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered; (9) and having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation;

Our spirit, soul, and body each need to be preserved through sanctification for eternal salvation to be complete in us:

1 Thessalonians 5:23  And the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We begin salvation by being born anew in Christ from a life dead in sin:

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Ephesians 2:1 And you did he make alive, when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins,

Our “spirit” is “how” we exist for it is the breath of life within us:

Genesis 7:21-22  And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both birds, and cattle, and beasts, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:  (22)  all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, of all that was on the dry land, died.

Ecclesiastes 8:8  There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power over the day of death; and there is no discharge in war: neither shall wickedness deliver him that is given to it.

James 2:26  For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.

The scriptures are designed by our Father to nourish us first with the milk of the Word which saves us in spirit as newborn babes in Christ:

2 Timothy 3:14-15 But abide thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (15) and that from a babe thou hast known the sacred writings which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 2:1-2 Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, (2) as newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that ye may grow thereby unto salvation;

The newborn babe now sees the kingdom of God that he must begin to “violently” enter:

John 3:5-6 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: from that time the gospel of the kingdom of God is preached, and every man entereth violently into it.

This “violence” is the war that we must now wage against the wiles of the devil for our soul:

Ephesians 6:10-17 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. (11) Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (13) Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (15) and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

We put on the armor of God by laying our Father’s Word in our heart:

Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I laid up in my heart, That I might not sin against thee.

This empowers us to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God in our soul:

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh (4) (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds), (5) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;

Our “soul” is the “who” we are that manifests out of our heart, mind, will, desires, feelings, and emotion as living creatures:

Genesis 2:7  And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath(spirit) of life; and man became a living soul.

Job 12:10  In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, And the breath(spirit) of all mankind?

Father always distinguishes between our soul and spirit even to the point of His Word being able to divide them:

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Our body is the earthly house for the tabernacle of our spirit and soul:

2 Corinthians 5:1  For we know that if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens.

We are bought with the price of Jesus’ blood and have become the temple of God:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own; (20) for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body.

We are to cleanse the soul of our temple through diligent study of our Father’s Word maturing through faith unto the purifying of our soul:

James 1:21 Wherefore putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls

1 Peter 1:6-9 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold trials, (7) that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ: (8) whom not having seen ye love; on whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory: (9) receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently:

We are not to shrink back from that faith unto the saving of the soul:

Hebrews 10:38-39 But my righteous one shall live by faith: And if he shrink back, my soul hath no pleasure in him. (39) But we are not of them that shrink back unto perdition; but of them that have faith unto the saving of the soul.

Jesus referred to this as putting our hand to the plow and looking back:

Luke 9:62 But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

We are to continually forget those things of the world that we must leave behind as we continue to press toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus:

Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus. (13) Brethren, I count not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before. (14) I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

This is our hope as we continuously purify our soul and body through the knowledge of our Father’s Word:

1 John 3:3-6 And every one that hath this hope set on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (4) Every one that doeth sin doeth also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. (5) And ye know that he was manifested to take away sins; and in him is no sin. (6) Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither knoweth him.

The Christian who is drawn away from this responsibility, by his own lust, risks spiritual death:

James 1:13-15 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth no man: (14) but each man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. (15) Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is fullgrown, bringeth forth death.

Unfortunately many Christians do not put forth the effort to mature from a spiritual babe on milk to the meat of the Word that washes away the carnality of the soul:

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, as unto babes in Christ. (2) I fed you with milk, not with meat; for ye were not yet able to bear it: nay, not even now are ye able; (3) for ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you jealousy and strife, are ye not carnal, and do ye not walk after the manner of men?

The Word of God is very clear that every Christian is to mature into the solid food that manifests teachers:

Hebrews 5:11-6:3  Of whom we have many things to say, and hard of interpretation, seeing ye are become dull of hearing. (12) For when by reason of the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need again that some one teach you the rudiments of the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food. (13) For every one that partaketh of milk is without experience of the word of righteousness; for he is a babe. (14) But solid food is for fullgrown men, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil. (6:1)  Wherefore leaving the doctrine of the first principles of Christ, let us press on unto perfection; not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, (6:2) of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. (6:3) And this will we do, if God permit.

Moving past the first principles unto perfection is to go from being a hearer of the Word to a doer of the Word who walks by faith through the fiery trials that Father uses to prove us:

1 Peter 4:12-19 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you: (13) but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exceeding joy. (14) If ye are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are ye; because the Spirit of glory and the Spirit of God resteth upon you. (15) For let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil-doer, or as a meddler in other men’s matters: (16) but if a man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name. (17) For the time is come for judgment to begin at the house of God: and if it begin first at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God? (18) And if the righteous is scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear? (19) Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing unto a faithful Creator.

We are to become a “living sacrifice” by being transformed through the renewing of our mind in the Word:

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. (2) And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

A “living sacrifice” is one who learns to die to this life that the life of Jesus will manifest in the mortal flesh of our bodies here on earth:

2 Corinthians 4:10-11 always bearing about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our body. (11) For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

Jesus expects us to become a complete sacrifice to be His disciple:

Luke 14:26-27 & 33  If any man cometh unto me, and hateth not his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (27) Whosoever doth not bear his own cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple…. (33) So therefore whosoever he be of you that renounceth not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

It would be better for a Christian not to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back back into wilful sin:

2 Peter 2:18-22 For, uttering great swelling words of vanity, they entice in the lusts of the flesh, by lasciviousness, those who are just escaping from them that live in error; (19) promising them liberty, while they themselves are bondservants of corruption; for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he also brought into bondage. (20) For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the last state is become worse with them than the first. (21) For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto them. (22) It has happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog turning to his own vomit again, and the sow that had washed to wallowing in the mire.

Jesus taught His disciples and by extension His church that we are to bring the body of our temple under submission to the Word very seriously or be cast into hell:

Matthew 18:8-9 And if thy hand or thy foot causeth thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life maimed or halt, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire. (9) And if thine eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire.

If any Christian chooses to destroy their temple by living in willful sin, God promises He will destroy that Christian’s temple:

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (17) If any man destroyeth the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, and such are ye.

Paul agreed with Jesus that we must buffet our body and bring it into bondage to the Word or risk being rejected by our Father:

1 Corinthians 9:27 but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.

God is no respecter of persons for He promises wrath on every Christian who chooses to walk in unrighteousness rather than obeying the truth:

Romans 2:6-11 who will render to every man according to his works: (7) to them that by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and incorruption, eternal life: (8) but unto them that are factious, and obey not the truth, but obey unrighteousness, shall be wrath and indignation, (9) tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that worketh evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Greek; (10) but glory and honor and peace to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek: (11) for there is no respect of persons with God.

The devil already has the world devoured so he is seeking the Christians who are not resisting him through stedfastness in the Word by faith:

1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, (9) whom withstand stedfast in your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world.

James 4:7 Be subject therefore unto God; but resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Jesus warned us that we must fill our souls with the Word and Spirit soon after salvation or the demons that departed will come back with more wicked ones and the last state will be worse than the first:

Matthew 12:43-45 But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and findeth it not. (44) Then he saith, I will return into my house whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. (45) Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man becometh worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this evil generation.

This man was cleansed of his old sins but he wasn’t actively making his calling and election sure:

2 Peter 1:9-11 For he that lacketh these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins. (10) Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never stumble: (11) for thus shall be richly supplied unto you the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

We are called by our Father as children of obedience to gird up our minds with His Word seeking to be holy as our Father is holy:

1 Peter 1:13-16 Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (14) as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance: (15) but like as he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living; (16) because it is written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.

Those Christians who do not learn to keep Jesus’ commandments are proving they do not love Him nor is His truth in them:

John 14:15 If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.

1 John 2:3-5 And hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (4) He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; (5) but whoso keepeth his word, in him verily hath the love of God been perfected. Hereby we know that we are in him:

As believers we are commanded to present ourselves as servants of obedience unto righteousness:

Romans 6:12-16 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey the lusts thereof: (13) neither present your members unto sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves unto God, as alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (14) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under law, but under grace. (15) What then? shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace? God forbid. (16) Know ye not, that to whom ye present yourselves as servants unto obedience, his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Jesus came to set us free from the bondage of sin but if we choose to continue in sin we become a bondservant of sin and will not abide in God’s house forever as His sons will:

John 8:34-37 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Every one that committeth sin is the bondservant of sin. (35) And the bondservant abideth not in the house for ever: the son abideth for ever. (36) If therefore the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (37) I know that ye are Abraham’s seed: yet ye seek to kill me, because my word hath not free course in you.

Those saints who allow the Word of God to have free course in them will present themselves as servants unto obedience to God and will have their fruit unto sanctification and in their end eternal life:

Romans 6:20-22 For when ye were servants of sin, ye were free in regard of righteousness. (21) What fruit then had ye at that time in the things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. (22) But now being made free from sin and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end eternal life.

Paul was agreeing with Jesus’ parable where we are born again branches in Jesus as the Vine who must bear His fruit unto sanctification:

John 15:1- 3 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (2) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he cleanseth it, that it may bear more fruit. (3) Already ye are clean because of the word which I have spoken unto you.

Our Father as the husbandman(gardener) expects us to bear the fruit of His Vine who is His Word that we must abide in or risk being cut back off of Jesus and cast into the fires of hell:

John 15:4-6 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; so neither can ye, except ye abide in me. (5) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing. (6) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

To abide in Jesus is to study the Word of God with a hunger and thirst for righteousness as His disciples:

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

John 8:31-32 Jesus therefore said to those Jews that had believed him, If ye abide in my word, then are ye truly my disciples; (32) and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

A true disciple will seek to be filled with the knowledge of his will desiring to walk worthily of the Lord bearing His fruit in every good work:

Colossians 1:9-10 For this cause we also,since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray and make request for you, that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, (10) to walk worthily of the Lord unto all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Whether we are likened to a branch on the vine or as a tree, the requirement to bear good fruit is always the same or be cast into the fires of hell:

Matthew 7:15-20 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. (16) By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (17) Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. (18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. (19) Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (20) Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Paul was warning the church at Galatia that those Christians who practice the works of their flesh will not inherit the kingdom of God but those who learn to be led by the Holy Spirit will bear the good fruit:

Galatians 5:14-25 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (15) But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. (16) But I say, Walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would. (18) But if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. (19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20) idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, (21) envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) meekness, self-control; against such there is no law. (24) And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with the passions and the lusts thereof. (25) If we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk.

All Christian brethren are debtors to God to be led by His Spirit to put to death the deeds of our fleshly body:

Romans 8:12-14 So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh: (13) for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Only Christians partake of the Holy Spirit with the Word of God but those who chose to fall away from bearing the good fruit will be burned in the fires of hell:

Hebrews 6:4-8 For as touching those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, (5) and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come, (6) and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. (7) For the land which hath drunk the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them for whose sake it is also tilled, receiveth blessing from God: (8) but if it beareth thorns and thistles, it is rejected and nigh unto a curse; whose end is to be burned.

Thorns and thistles in our land is the evil fruit that Jesus said would choke out the seed of the Word of God that should bring forth the good fruit to perfection in us as the parable of the sower teaches:

Luke 8:11-15 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. (12) And those by the way side are they that have heard; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. (13) And those on the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. (14) And that which fell among the thorns, these are they that have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. (15) And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Our land must become the good ground that receives the seed of the Word bearing good fruit as all three parables of the sower prove when brought together:

https://sumofthyword.com/2017/03/19/parable-of-the-sower/

The more we exercise our faith to manifest the fruits of the Spirit the more we learn to love even those who persecute us that we may prove we are sons of our Father:

Matthew 5:43-48 Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: (44) but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; (45) that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. (46) For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? (47) And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same? (48) Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

No matter what persecution comes our way we must endure unto our end to be saved:

Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.

Matthew 24:12-13 And because iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold. (13) But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.

Father’s sons learn to be doers of all His Word and not just hearers:

James 1:21-25 Wherefore putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (22) But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves. (23) For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror: (24) for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. (25) But he that looketh into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and so continueth, being not a hearer that forgetteth but a doer that worketh, this man shall be blessed in his doing.

Only those Christians who do the will of the Father will enter into the kingdom of heaven:

Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. (22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works? (23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

We as Gentile Christians are grafted into the ONE olive tree but can be cut back off for being highminded rather than continuing in the goodness of God:

Romans 11:19-22  Thou wilt say then, Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. (20) Well; by their unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by thy faith. Be not highminded, but fear: (21) for if God spared not the natural branches, neither will he spare thee. (22) Behold then the goodness and severity of God: toward them that fell, severity; but toward thee, God’s goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

A highminded Christian is one who continues to exalt the things of the flesh rather than learning to be led by the Spirit:

Romans 8:5-9 For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (6) For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace: (7) because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be: (8) and they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (9) But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Paul warned that many brethren walk contrary to the Spirit of God minding earthly things:

Philippians 3:17-19 Brethren, be ye imitators together of me, and mark them that so walk even as ye have us for an ensample. (18) For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: (19) whose end is perdition, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

Those who mind earthly things continue to love the world and the things in the world:

1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vainglory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

We are to live in this world without partaking of their sins:

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 I wrote unto you in my epistle to have no company with fornicators; (10) not at all meaning with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous and extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world: (11) but as it is, I wrote unto you not to keep company, if any man that is named a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no, not to eat.

The brother in Christ who continues to be friends with the world is becoming the enemy of God:

James 4:4 Ye adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore would be a friend of the world maketh himself an enemy of God.

We are to learn to come out from among the world and be separate touching no unclean thing in the world so God will receive us:

2 Corinthians 6:16-18 And what agreement hath a temple of God with idols? for we are a temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (17) Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you, (18) And will be to you a Father, And ye shall be to me sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

To do the will of God is to learn to die to the world so that we bear much fruit:

John 12:24-26 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die, it abideth by itself alone; but if it die, it beareth much fruit. (25) He that loveth his life loseth it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. (26) If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be:if any man serve me, him will the Father honor.

The Christian who sows to his flesh shall reap corruption(hell) but he that sows to the Spirit shall reap eternal life:

Galatians 6:7-9 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (8) For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life. (9) And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

As soldiers of Christ we must learn to increasingly become untangled from the affairs of this life:

2 Timothy 2:3-4 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (4) No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.

But in these last days many Christians love the pleasures of this life more than they love God. They hold a form of godliness but deny His power to put to death the deeds of their flesh:

2 Timothy 3:1-7 But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, (4) traitors, headstrong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; (5) holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof: from these also turn away. (6) For of these are they that creep into houses, and take captive silly women laden with sins, led away by divers lusts, (7) ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Jude described these shepherds and their sheep as autumn trees without the good fruit who are twice dead:

Jude 1:12 These are they who are hidden rocks in your love-feasts when they feast with you, shepherds that without fear feed themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

Our body can only die a physical death once:

Hebrews 9:27 And inasmuch as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this cometh judgment;

But the Christian soul who chooses to error from the truth and live in wilful sin will become “twice dead” if he or she refuses to repent from that sin:

James 5:19-20 My brethren, if any among you err from the truth, and one convert him; (20) let him know, that he who converteth a sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins.

Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more a sacrifice for sins, (27) but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries.

As believers we are to continuously lay up the promises of the Word in our heart using them to cleanse us from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God:

Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I laid up in my heart, That I might not sin against thee.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

The Christian soul who does not fear God enough to do this just may end up “twice dead” in hell:

Matthew 10:28 And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

 
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All Israel

Who is “all Israel” today? 

Peter made mention of some things Paul taught that were hard to be understood causing the ignorant and unstedfast to wrestle with:

2 Peter 3:15-16 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given to him, wrote unto you; (16) as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; wherein are some things hard to be understood, which the ignorant and unstedfast wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

One of those subjects Paul so eloquently proved but the church so violently opposes is the understanding of who the Israel of God is today:

Galatians 6:15-16 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (16) And as many as shall walk by this rule, peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Let’s pull some key scriptures together to help lay the ground work for what Paul was saying :o)

Almost 2000 years before Christ, our Father made a covenant with a Gentile named Abram that he would be the father of a multitude of nations:

Genesis 17:1-8  And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, Jehovah appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be thou perfect. (2) And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. (3) And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, (4) As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be the father of a multitude of nations. (5)  Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for the father of a multitude of nations have I made thee. (6) And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. (7) And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee. (8) And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land of thy sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Father required every male throughout Abraham’s generations that was born in his house, bought with money, or any foreigner in his house that is not of his seed was to be physically circumcised as a token of the covenant:

Genesis 17:9-14  And God said unto Abraham, And as for thee, thou shalt keep my covenant, thou, and thy seed after thee throughout their generations. (10) This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee: every male among you shall be circumcised. (11) And ye shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of a covenant betwixt me and you. (12) And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every male throughout your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any foreigner that is not of thy seed. (13) He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. (14) And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

Yes Abraham was a Gentile and so was Isaac for it was not until Abraham’s third generation that God changed Jacob’s name to Israel:

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for thou hast striven with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

This covenant was made with Abraham around 1900 BC. But it was not until 1200 years later, during the reign of king Ahaz, about 700 BC, that the word “Jews” was first used to refer to the people of Israel:

2 Kings 16:5-6 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.  (6) At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drove the Jews from Elath; and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there, unto this day.

After the resurrection and ascension of Christ, the nickname of a “Jew” is now assigned to those who are circumcised inwardly in their heart in the spirit not in the letter:

Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh: (29) but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

So the gospel that was preached to Abraham 4000 years ago was a prophecy of the Gentiles becoming Abraham’s seed through faith in Christ:

Galatians 3:7-9 Know therefore that they that are of faith, the same are sons of Abraham. (8) And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all the nations be blessed. (9) So then they that are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham.

The fact that this gospel was spoken by God to a Gentile named Abraham 2000 years before Christ proves our Father always intended to bring Gentiles with the Jews into one man in Christ Jesus:

Galatians 3:26-29 For ye are all sons of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus. (27) For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ. (28)  There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither bond nor free, there can be no male and female; for ye all are one man in Christ Jesus. (29) And if ye are Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, heirs according to promise.

The physical Jews who were the physical children of Israel were also called the “church” who Moses led out of Egypt into the wilderness:

Acts 7:37-39 This is that Moses, who said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall God raise up unto you from among your brethren, like unto me. (38) This is he that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel that spake to him in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received living oracles to give unto us: (39) to whom our fathers would not be obedient, but thrust him from them, and turned back in their hearts unto Egypt,

So if Paul referred to the children of Israel as the church and the NT covenant is with the house of Israel who is also the church then we are all the house of Israel as God’s chosen people:

Hebrews 8:9-10 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers In the day that I took them by the hand to lead them forth out of the land of Egypt; For they continued not in my covenant, And I regarded them not, saith the Lord. (10) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel After those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, And on their heart also will I write them: And I will be to them a God, And they shall be to me a people:

Romans 10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek: for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich unto all that call upon him:

Colossians 3:10-11 and have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him: (11)  where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all.

Under the old covenant the Gentiles were alienated from the commonwealth of Israel but the new covenant reconciled both the Jew and the Gentile into one body. The Gentiles became fellow-citizens of Israel as fellow saints of the household of God:

Ephesians 2:11-22 Wherefore remember, that once ye, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called Circumcision, in the flesh, made by hands; (12) that ye were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (13) But now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ. (14) For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition, (15) having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man, so making peace; (16) and might reconcile them both in one body unto God through the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: (17) and he came and preached peace to you that were far off, and peace to them that were nigh: (18) for through him we both have our access in one Spirit unto the Father. (19) So then ye are no more strangers and sojourners, but ye are fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, (20) being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief corner stone; (21) in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord; (22) in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.

Father never intended for His children to be just from the physical seed of Abraham but the children of His promise:

Romans 9:6-8 But it is not as though the word of God hath come to nought. For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel: (7) neither, because they are Abraham’s seed, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. (8) That is, it is not the children of the flesh that are children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for a seed.

Christ redeemed both the physical Jews and the Gentiles so that both might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith:

Galatians 3:13-14 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (14)  that upon the Gentiles might come the blessing of Abraham in Christ Jesus; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

As our Father chose us all before the foundation of the world and foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ:

Ephesians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ: (4) even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love: (5)  having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

We must never forget it was Father who declared from the beginning of the world who His sons will be in the end:

Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me; (10)  declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure;

He declared in Isaiah that only a remnant of physical Israel will be saved when He is about to finish His Word upon the earth:

Romans 9:27-28  And Isaiah crieth concerning Israel, If the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that shall be saved:  (28)  for the Lord will execute his word upon the earth, finishing it and cutting it short.

But two chapters later Paul is declaring “all Israel” shall be saved:

Romans 11:26  and so all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer; He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

The only way for this to be true is if Father declared from the beginning that the commonwealth of Israel will be made up of many Jews and Gentiles grafted into ONE olive tree:

Romans 11:7-28 What then? That which Israel seeketh for, that he obtained not; but the election obtained it, and the rest were hardened: (8) according as it is written, God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, unto this very day. (9) And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, And a stumblingblock, and a recompense unto them: (10) Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, And bow thou down their back always. (11) I say then, Did they stumble that they might fall? God forbid: but by their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy. (12) Now if their fall is the riches of the world, and their loss the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? (13) But I speak to you that are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I glorify my ministry; (14) if by any means I may provoke to jealousy them that are my flesh, and may save some of them. (15) For if the casting away of them is the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? (16) And if the firstfruit is holy, so is the lump: and if the root is holy, so are the branches. (17) But if some of the branches were broken off, and thou, being a wild olive, wast grafted in among them, and didst become partaker with them of the root of the fatness of the olive tree; (18) glory not over the branches: but if thou gloriest, it is not thou that bearest the root, but the root thee. (19) Thou wilt say then, Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. (20) Well; by their unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by thy faith. Be not highminded, but fear: (21) for if God spared not the natural branches, neither will he spare thee. (22) Behold then the goodness and severity of God: toward them that fell, severity; but toward thee, God’s goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. (23) And they also, if they continue not in their unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. (24) For if thou wast cut out of that which is by nature a wild olive tree, and wast grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree; how much more shall these, which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? (25) For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery, lest ye be wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part hath befallen Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in; (26) and so all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer; He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: (27) And this is my covenant unto them, When I shall take away their sins. (28) As touching the gospel, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sake

So the mystery is the commonwealth of Israel is made up of only those Jews and Gentiles who are not broken off of that ONE olive tree called “all Israel”!

Jesus declared that both the flock of believing physical Israel and the flock of believing Gentiles will become ONE flock with ONE shepherd:

John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and they shall become one flock, one shepherd.

Many bible teachers believe the tribulation is only for Old Testament Israel but the Word of God proves the church is the woman that as ONE flock must again flee into their wilderness to prove who is worthy to be a part of “all Israel”:

Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that there they may nourish her a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Acts 14:22 confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God.

Mark 13:19 For those days shall be tribulation, such as there hath not been the like from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never shall be.

For more understanding on who the tribulation is for please see this link:

https://sumofthyword.com/2016/10/04/the-rapture-of-the-church-is-after-the-tribulation/

 
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The Parables of the Sower

The “parable of the sower” is recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Examining all three accounts together yields a much greater understanding:

Isaiah 28:9-10  Whom will he teach knowledge? and whom will he make to understand the message? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts?  (10)  For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little.

Jesus declared the “parable of the sower” the foundation for knowing and understanding any of His parables:

Mark 4:13 And he saith unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how shall ye know all the parables?

Knowing this parable will greatly enhance our understanding of why Father cuts some saved Christians, likened as branches, off of His Son Jesus who is the true vine:

John 15:1-2  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  (2)  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Jesus makes very clear distinctions between the four types of hearts, likened as ground, where the Word of God is sown into.

Those “by the wayside” hear the Word of the kingdom but do not understand it. So satan steals the Word from their heart. These do not believe and thus are not saved:

Matthew 13:18-19  Hear then ye the parable of the sower.  (19)  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the evil one, and snatcheth away that which hath been sown in his heart. This is he that was sown by the way side.

Mark 4:14-15  The sower soweth the word.  (15)  And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, straightway cometh Satan, and taketh away the word which hath been sown in them.

Luke 8:11-12  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  (12)  And those by the way side are they that have heard; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved.

Jesus made it very clear in Luke 8:12 that those by the wayside did not believe and so were not saved:

Acts 16:30-31 and brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? (31) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house.

He then goes on to prove the three other types of ground represent those who hear, receive, and believe the Word sown in their heart and thus are saved.

Those likened to rocky places receive the Word of God with joy, enduring for a while in that salvation. But they do not allow the Word of God to root deep enough to overcome trials and temptations and thus fall away:

Matthew 13:20-21  And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that heareth the word, and straightway with joy receiveth it;  (21)  yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while; and when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway he stumbleth.

Mark 4:16-17  And these in like manner are they that are sown upon the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, straightway receive it with joy;  (17)  and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble.

Luke 8:13  And those on the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

Jesus makes it very clear in Luke 8:13 that those with rocky soil are believers.

Unlike those rocky believers who only endure for awhile, we are required to endure temptation unto our end to be approved and receive the crown of life:

Matthew 24:13 But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been approved, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to them that love him.

Those Christians with thorns in their ground are distracted with the cares and pleasures of this life. This chokes the Word bringing no fruit to perfection:

Matthew 13:22 And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that heareth the word; and the care of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

Mark 4:18-19  And others are they that are sown among the thorns; these are they that have heard the word,  (19)  and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Luke 8:14  And that which fell among the thorns, these are they that have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Christians are to come out of the world of sinful passions and idols so that we may bring forth fruit unto God in our temple:

Romans 7:4-5 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ; that ye should be joined to another, even to him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto God. (5) For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were through the law, wrought in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

1 John 2:15-17  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vainglory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

2 Corinthians 6:16-18 And what agreement hath a temple of God with idols? for we are a temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (17) Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you, (18) And will be to you a Father, And ye shall be to me sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

The good ground represents the Christians who learn to separate from the world and its many idols that distract us from time in the Word. In an honest and good heart we are to hear and hold fast to the Word bringing forth the required fruit:  

Matthew 13:23  And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; who verily beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Mark 4:20  And those are they that were sown upon the good ground; such as hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.

Luke 8:15  And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Diligent study of our Father’s Word helps us to recognize the difference between being approved with good fruit or rejected for having no fruit:

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Manifesting the good fruit is to enter the narrow door of the Word where we learn to do the will of the Father:

Matthew 7:13-23  Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby.  (14)  For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it.  (15)  Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.  (16)  By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  (17)  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  (18)   A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  (19) every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  (20)  Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  (21)  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.  (22)  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works?  (23)  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Paul warned that shortly after he departed over 1900 years ago that men who are believers among us would rise up teaching many perverse things:

Acts 20:29-30 I know that after my departing grievous wolves shall enter in among you, not sparing the flock; (30) and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

These men turn the grace of our Father into lasciviousness which is a license to sin by denying that their Master Jesus who bought them can overcome their sin nature:

Jude 1:3-4 & 12  Beloved, while I was giving all diligence to write unto you of our common salvation, I was constrained to write unto you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints. (4) For there are certain men crept in privily, even they who were of old written of beforehand unto this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ…..(12)  These are they who are hidden rocks in your love-feasts when they feast with you, shepherds that without fear feed themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

In true hypocrisy, these teachers will be quick to quote that we can do ALL things through Christ BUT in the same sentence deny we can overcome our sin nature through Him:

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

To be “twice dead” is to be spiritually dead before one is “saved”. Then after being born again that Christian turns back from the Word into the world of sin:

2 Peter 2:20-22  For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the last state is become worse with them than the first.  (21)  For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto them.  (22)  It has happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog turning to his own vomit again, and the sow that had washed to wallowing in the mire.

These Christians were saved and called into righteousness but over time fall away causing spiritual death to reoccur:

2 Timothy 1:8-9 Be not ashamed therefore of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but suffer hardship with the gospel according to the power of God; (9) who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,

He first saves us when we are born anew as a baby Christian that begins to “see the kingdom of God”:

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

But only those who actively seek sanctification through the washing of water with the Word and being led of the Holy Spirit will “enter into the kingdom of God”:

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Ephesians 5:25-26 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it; (26) that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,

Romans 8:12-14 So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh: (13) for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

For more understanding on what it means to be sanctified please see this link:

https://sumofthyword.com/2018/04/03/once-saved-always-saved/

Those who walk by the Spirit of God learn to crucify the flesh with its passions and lusts so the Spirit can then lead us into bearing all the fruit:

Galatians 5:16-25 But I say, Walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would. (18) But if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. (19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20) idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, (21) envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practise such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) meekness, self-control; against such there is no law. (24) And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with the passions and the lusts thereof. (25) If we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk.

The false teachers with their lies strip a believer from understanding the need to produce the fruit of the Spirit. But those who hold fast to our Father’s Word are abiding in Jesus learning to do the will of our Father. This is producing the good fruit which keeps them from being cut off of Jesus:

John 15:1-6  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  (2)  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he cleanseth it, that it may bear more fruit.  (3)  Already ye are clean because of the word which I have spoken unto you.  (4)  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; so neither can ye, except ye abide in me.  (5)  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing.  (6)  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

No one becomes a branch on the vine who is Jesus without believing on the Lord Jesus Christ:

Acts 16:30-31  and brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  (31)  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house.

As believers, we are required to be servants of God who present our members as His servants to righteousness producing the fruit unto sanctification:

Romans 6:19-23 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye presented your members as servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity, even so now present your members as servants to righteousness unto sanctification. (20) For when ye were servants of sin, ye were free in regard of righteousness. (21) What fruit then had ye at that time in the things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. (22)  But now being made free from sin and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end eternal life. (23) For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This requires losing our life for the life of Christ through faith:

John 12:24-25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die, it abideth by itself alone; but if it die, it beareth much fruit. (25) He that loveth his life loseth it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me: and that life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.

As we look earnestly for the manifestation of Jesus’ life in our mortal flesh, in this life, which is called the peaceable fruit of righteousness that our Father brings through chastening:

2 Corinthians 4:10-11 always bearing about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our body. (11) For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

Hebrews 12:6-7 &11  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, And scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (7)  It is for chastening that ye endure; God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father chasteneth not?…..(11) All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised thereby, even the fruit of righteousness.

This manifestation of Jesus’ life in our mortal flesh is to partake in Christ’s suffering which proves we love and obey the gospel of God:

1 Peter 4:12-19 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you: (13)  but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exceeding joy. (14) If ye are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are ye; because the Spirit of glory and the Spirit of God resteth upon you. (15) For let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil-doer, or as a meddler in other men’s matters: (16) but if a man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name. (17) For the time is come for judgment to begin at the house of God: and if it begin first at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God? (18) And if the righteous is scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear? (19) Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing unto a faithful Creator.

 
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Trinity: True or False?

The doctrine of the Trinity defines God as one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who are co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.

Let’s examine scripture to see if the trinity doctrine is true or false.

First Jesus can not be coequal with His Father because He declared His Father “my God” while on the cross before His resurrection:

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Then Jesus declared His Father “my God” after His resurrection but before His final ascension into heaven:

John 20:17 Jesus saith to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended unto the Father: but go unto my brethren, and say to them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.

Then Jesus declared His Father “my God” 4 times after His ascension while seated at the right hand of His Father:

Revelation 3:12 He that overcometh, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out thence no more: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God, and mine own new name.

Paul and Peter both agreed that the Father is the God of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Romans 15:6 that with one accord ye may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort;

2 Corinthians 11:31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for evermore knoweth that I lie not.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ:

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Twice in Corinthians; Paul spoke of our Father’s authority and possession over Christ as His head just as Christ has authority and possession over us:

1 Corinthians 3:23 and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Next if the Holy Spirit is a distinct person as the trinity doctrine requires then why does the Holy Spirit not have a throne with the Father and the Son?:

Revelation 3:21 He that overcometh, I will give to him to sit down with me in my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father in his throne.

This is because the Holy Spirit does not have his own soul and body with which to sit on a throne like the Father and His Son Jesus have.

Our Father has a Spirit, soul, body, and a throne:

Matthew 12:18 Behold, my servant(Jesus) whom I have chosen; My beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit upon him, And he shall declare judgment to the Gentiles.

Daniel 7:9 I beheld till thrones were placed, and one that was ancient of days did sit: his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and the wheels thereof burning fire.

Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus has a spirit, soul, body, and a throne as well:

Luke 23:46 And Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said this, he gave up the ghost.

John 12:27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour. But for this cause came I unto this hour.

Matthew 26:12 For in that she poured this ointment upon my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.

Matthew 25:31 But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory:

Even Daniel was shown in a night vision Jesus as the son of man brought before His Father who as the ancient of days gave Him dominion, glory, and a kingdom:

Daniel 7:13-14 I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, there came with the clouds of heaven one like unto a son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. (14) And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

There is not one scripture that declares the Holy Spirit has a soul, physical body, or a throne as the Father and Son but He is seen as the bodily form of a dove when descending upon Jesus:

Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form as a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of heaven, Thou art my beloved Son: in thee I am well pleased.

This is because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father:

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of redemption.

The Holy Spirit is the omnipresent aspect of God the Father that dwells in us:

John 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

Psalms 139:7-8 Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? (8) If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there.

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1 Corinthians 2:10-12 But unto us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (11) For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God. (12) But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God.

Many claim such passages as Matthew 28:19 prove the trinity doctrine is true but the words “Father”, “Son”, and “Holy Spirit” are not names but titles. The word “name” in the Greek is “onoma” which means nature, character, and authority. So Jesus was telling His disciples to baptize new disciples into the nature, character, and authority of the “Father”, “Son”, and “Holy Spirit”:

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:

The “Father”, “Son”, and “Holy Spirit” are one in nature, character, and authority because our Father through His Holy Spirit gave Jesus His nature, character, and authority:

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.

1 Corinthians 1:24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

2 Peter 1:2-4 Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; (3) seeing that his divine power hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us by his own glory and virtue; (4) whereby he hath granted unto us his precious and exceeding great promises; that through these ye may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.

Luke 22:69 But from henceforth shall the Son of man be seated at the right hand of the power of God.

John 10:30 is often used to declare the Father and Jesus are one in essence:

John 10:30 I and the Father are one.

But Jesus proved that He and Father were only one in unity and not in essence:

John 17:11 And I am no more in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are.

John 17:22 And the glory which thou hast given me I have given unto them; that they may be one, even as we are one;

Jesus was praying to His Father in John chapter 17 for His disciples that “they may be one, even as we are one”. We as disciples can only ever be one in unity so Jesus is declaring He is one in unity with His Father and not in essence:

John 17:20-21 Neither for these only do I pray, but for them also that believe on me through their word; (21) that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us: that the world may believe that thou didst send me.

The Jews wanted to stone Jesus for saying “I and the Father are one”:

John 10:30-33  I and the Father are one.  (31)  The Jews took up stones again to stone him.  (32)  Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from the Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?  (33)  The Jews answered him, For a good work we stone thee not, but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

They wanted to stone Jesus because He was a man claiming to be a “Deity”(a God) to which Jesus reached back to Psalm 82 to prove that men can indeed be “deities”:

John 10:34-36  Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?  (35)  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken),  (36)  say ye of him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

All of the Jews who by natural birth through the 12 patriarchs were “deities”(gods) and sons of the Most High God their Father:

Psalms 82:6  I said, Ye are gods, And all of you sons of the Most High(God~Father).

Luke 6:35-36  But love your enemies, and do them good, and lend, never despairing; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be sons of the Most High: for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.  (36)  Be ye merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

Jesus made it very very clear that it was the works in His Father that Jesus manifested out of Himself that proved the Father was in Him and He was in the Father. So they were ONE in nature, character, and authority not essence:

John 10:37-38  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  (38)  But if I do them, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.

Jesus was speaking to the lost sheep of the house of Israel at the moment. But Jesus also made it very clear earlier in the chapter that there were other sheep of the Gentiles who He is bringing in to become ONE flock ONE shepherd:

John 10:16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and they shall become one flock, one shepherd.

As sons of God we are all “deities” which are “gods” under our shepherd Jesus:

1 Corinthians 8:5-6 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or on earth; as there are gods many, and lords many; (6)  yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we through him.

Jesus often silenced the demons because they knew He was the Son of the Most High God and wanted to declare it:

Mark 1:34  And he healed many that were sick with divers diseases, and cast out many demons; and he suffered not the demons to speak, because they knew him.

Mark 5:6-7 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped him; (7) and crying out with a loud voice, he saith, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the Most High God? I adjure thee by God, torment me not.

Luke 4:41 And demons also came out from many, crying out, and saying, Thou art the Son of God. And rebuking them, he suffered them not to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.

Most teachers scoff at the idea that Jesus had a beginning but the scriptures prove He was the first born of all creation:

Colossians 1:13-15 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love; (14) in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins: (15)  who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;

Let’s see if we can prove Jesus is the firstborn of all creation through precept upon precept. We know that Jesus is the Word of God:

Revelation 19:13 And he is arrayed in a garment sprinkled with blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

We know that Jesus was the Word before He became flesh:

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth.

We know that Jesus as the Word of God is the wisdom of God:

1 Corinthians 1:24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

As the Wisdom of God, He spoke as the Word of God through the OT prophets and NT apostles:

Luke 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send unto them prophets and apostles; and some of them they shall kill and persecute;

We know that the Word of God who is Jesus is the same from the Old Testament through the New Testament and for ever:

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and to-day, (yea) and for ever.

So if the wisdom of God is the Word of God who is Jesus let’s see what “Wisdom” has to say about Himself:

Proverbs 8:12-36 I wisdom have made prudence my dwelling, And find out knowledge and discretion. (13) The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil: Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, And the perverse mouth, do I hate. (14) Counsel is mine, and sound knowledge: I am understanding; I have might. (15) By me kings reign, And princes decree justice. (16) By me princes rule, And nobles, even all the judges of the earth. (17) I love them that love me; And those that seek me diligently shall find me. (18) Riches and honor are with me; Yea, durable wealth and righteousness. (19) My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; And my revenue than choice silver. (20) I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice; (21) That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance, And that I may fill their treasuries. (22) Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, Before his works of old. (23) I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Before the earth was. (24) When there were no depths, I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water. (25) Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills was I brought forth; (26) While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, Nor the beginning of the dust of the world. (27) When he established the heavens, I was there: When he set a circle upon the face of the deep, (28) When he made firm the skies above, When the fountains of the deep became strong, (29) When he gave to the sea its bound, That the waters should not transgress his commandment, When he marked out the foundations of the earth; (30) Then I was by him, as a master workman; And I was daily his delight, Rejoicing always before him, (31) Rejoicing in his habitable earth; And my delight was with the sons of men. (32) Now therefore, my sons, hearken unto me; For blessed are they that keep my ways. (33) Hear instruction, and be wise, And refuse it not. (34) Blessed is the man that heareth me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. (35) For whoso findeth me findeth life, And shall obtain favor of Jehovah. (36) But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: All they that hate me love death.

So Father possessed His Word in the beginning and set Him up before the earth was, before the depths of the seas, and before the hills were. Father brought forth His Word out of Himself as His master workman that He used to speak forth all the rest of His creation:

Psalms 33:6-9 By the word of Jehovah were the heavens made, And all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. (7) He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a heap: He layeth up the deeps in store-houses. (8) Let all the earth fear Jehovah: Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. (9) For he spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

All of Proverbs 8:12-36 is clearly Jesus speaking as the Wisdom that Father brought forth from Himself. But verses 34 and 35 also prove Jesus is declaring Himself the door that we enter into life through:

John 10:9  I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and go out, and shall find pasture.

Jesus spoke in the NT exactly what Proverbs 8 teaches about Him coming forth out of His Father as the Word who became flesh:

John 8:42-43 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I came forth and am come from God; for neither have I come of myself, but he sent me. (43) Why do ye not understand my speech?  Even because ye cannot hear my word.

John 13:3  Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he came forth from God, and goeth unto God,

John 16:27-28  for the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came forth from the Father.  (28)  I came out from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go unto the Father.

Jesus also declared himself “the beginning of the creation of God” when speaking to John on the isle of Patmos:

Revelation 3:14 And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God:

Father spoke forth His Word as “the beginning of the creation of God” and declared Him our God. Father then used His Word as His master workman to make all of the rest of His creation through Him”:

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3)  All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that hath been made.

Colossians 1:15-17 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; (16) for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him; (17) and he is before all things, and in him all things consist.

All sons of God are the God(Elohim) who standeth in the congregation of the Most High God(EL) who is our Father:

Psalms 82:1-8 A Psalm of Asaph. God(Elohim) standeth in the congregation of God(EL); He judgeth among the gods. (2) How long will ye judge unjustly, And respect the persons of the wicked? Selah. (3) Judge the poor and fatherless: Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. (4) Rescue the poor and needy: Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. (5) They know not, neither do they understand; They walk to and fro in darkness: All the foundations of the earth are shaken. (6)  I said, Ye are gods(Elohim), And all of you sons of the Most High. (7) Nevertheless ye shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes. (8) Arise, O God(Elohim), judge the earth; For thou shalt inherit all the nations.

For more understanding on Psalm 82 please see this link:

https://sumofthyword.com/2019/03/16/psalm-82-the-congregation-of-god/

The first 85 times the word “God” was used in the book of Genesis it was translated from the Hebrew word “Elohim” and was speaking of two “Gods” being the Father and His Word. Father used His Word to speak forth all of the rest of creation. This is proven with God being described as plural with the use of the pronouns “us” and “our”:

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Genesis 14:18-22 is the first place the word “God” is translated from the singular Hebrew word “EL” in the old testament and just happens to be the first place the term “Most High” is used proving our Father is Jehovah God Most High:

Genesis 14:18-22 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was priest of God Most High. (19) And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth: (20) and blessed be God Most High, who hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him a tenth of all. (21) And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. (22) And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand unto Jehovah, God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,

Psalms 97:9  For thou, Jehovah, art most high above all the earth: Thou art exalted far above all gods(Elohim).

1 Corinthians 11:3  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Hebrews clearly proves the Father who is God Most High is “thy God” which is Deity over Jesus who is also a God ~ Deity:

Hebrews 1:7-9 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels winds, And his ministers a flame of fire: (8) but of the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God(Deity ~ Jesus), is forever and ever; And the sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. (9) Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; Therefore God, thy God(Deity ~ Father ~ Jehovah Most High), hath anointed thee With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

No man hath seen God Most High who is the Father but the Word of God which was born out of the bosom of His Father. The Word was sent by His Father to take on a body of flesh to declare the Father’s nature, character, and authority in the “son of man”:

John 1:18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

John 5:26-27 For as the Father hath life in himself, even so gave he to the Son also to have life in himself: (27) and he gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man.

This is why in the roll of Father’s book it is written of the Word being made flesh clearly proving the Father prepared a body for His Word to manifest His Son in flesh who called His Father “O God”:

Hebrews 10:5-10  Wherefore when he(the Word of God) cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, But a body didst thou prepare for me;  (6)  In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hadst no pleasure:  (7)  Then said I, Lo, I am come (In the roll of the book it is written of me) To do thy will, O God(Father).  (8)  Saying above, Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein (the which are offered according to the law),  (9)  then hath he said, Lo, I am come to do thy will. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.  (10)  By which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

We have a right to be joint heirs as gods with the Son of God who is our head: 

John 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

Romans 8:17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him.

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Jesus loosed us from our sins by his blood and he made us to be a kingdom, to be priests unto HIS God and Father:

Revelation 1:5-6 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loveth us, and loosed us from our sins by his blood; (6) and he made us to be a kingdom, to be priests unto his God and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

And as I pointed out earlier the head of Jesus is the Most High God:

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

The English word “Godhead” comes from the Greek word “theotes” which means supreme divinity or “head God” or simply another title for the Most High God:

Colossians 2:8-10 Take heed lest there shall be any one that maketh spoil of you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ: (9)  for in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, (10) and in him ye are made full, who is the head of all principality and power:

So in Jesus “dwelleth all the fullness of His Most High God bodily” who Jesus always referred to as “my Father” and Christians do as well:

Jeremiah 3:19 But I said, How I will put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of the nations! and I said, Ye shall call me My Father, and shall not turn away from following me.

John 14:10-12 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth his works. (11) Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. (12) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father.

When Jesus said “I am in the Father” He was saying He was the Word that was always in the Father just like our words are always in us. When we speak it should be a manifestation of who we are as believers:

Matthew 12:36-37 And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (37) For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

When Jesus said “the Father is in me” He was saying the Father’s Word(s) and His Spirit were in Him just like they should be in us:

Matthew 10:19-20 But when they deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that hour what ye shall speak. (20)  For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall bear witness of me:

1 Peter 4:11  if any man speaketh, speaking as it were oracles of God; if any man ministereth, ministering as of the strength which God supplieth: that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, whose is the glory and the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

So the true believer is first filled with the Spirit of Christ which is the Word of the Father and then the Spirit of the Father that wants to speak through us:

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Matthew 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you.

This is why Peter could accuse Ananias as a believer of lying to both God and His Holy Spirit. The presence of God was represented through His omnipresent Holy Spirit who is the essence of Him:

Acts 5:3-4  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land?  (4)  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

So the trinity doctrine as it is worded above is false doctrine. A true description of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is:

“Our Father is the Most High God who has a Holy Spirit. He brought forth His Word out of Him as the beginning of His creation and declared Him our God under His authority. He then had His Word become flesh as Jesus the Son of God and Lamb of God who was conceived of Father’s Holy Spirit”:

Matthew 1:18-20  Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.  (19)  And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.  (20)  But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:31-35 And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: (33) and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (34) And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (35) And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God.

 
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Just as the OT was only ever written to those under the old covenant. Likewise the NT was written only to those Father draws to His Son under the new covenant:

2 Peter 1:1  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

The word “us” in 2 Peter 1:1 was referring to Peter and the other apostles who “obtained like precious faith” with the believers he was addressing. Toward the end of his letter, Peter again included himself with the use of the word “us-ward” as a fellow believer with them that have obtained like precious faith. He was encouraging them that Father was longsuffering to “us”-ward not willing that any of us believers should spiritually perish from our relationship with Christ:

2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

James agrees with Peter when he uses the term “brethren” that he is only speaking to the saved. If any brother “err from the truth” but does not repent after being shown “the error of his way” that brother in Christ will experience the death of his soul:

James 5:19-20  Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;  (20)  Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Unlike our body, our soul can only ever experience a spiritual death:

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Jesus also made it very clear as the vine that only the saved become the branches growing off of Him but His Father will cut off and burn the ones who do not produce His Son’s fruit:

John 15:1-6  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  (2)  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  (3)  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  (4)  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  (5)  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  (6)  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Paul also made it very clear that we as wild olive branches could be cut back off the one olive tree if we get high minded or do not continue in the goodness of our new covenant:

Romans 11:20-22  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:  (21)  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.  (22)  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

Paul warned the Roman church and by extension us that if we do not put to death the deeds of our body we shall die a spiritual death:

Romans 8:12-14  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  (13)  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  (14)  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Living after our flesh defiles our temple where the Spirit of God dwells and will cause our Father to destroy us:

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (17) If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Living after our flesh is pursuing the lust of our flesh, the lust of our eyes, and having pride in our life which are the sins of the world:

1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Jesus taught the disciples that it would be better for them as believers to cut off their hand or foot or pluck out their own eye if any part of their bodies cause them to offend God rather than to be cast into hell with all their body parts:

Matthew 18:8-9 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. (9) And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

For our God is no respecter of persons whether Christian or not for He will render to every man according to his deeds. Eternal life to those who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality but indignation and wrath unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness:

Romans 2:6-11 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (7) To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: (8) But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, (9) Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; (10) But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: (11) For there is no respect of persons with God.

 
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