Christ is the Law in us. Christ mind is the 10 law in our mind. Our actions show how much we love Christ. Christ is truth, the law is truth. Christ is perfect, the law is perfect, so if Christ the law is in our mind we will be in perfect obedience, because only Christ can make us perfect. Perfect and holy simply means to be in constant agreement with God. They will remember that God is no respecter of persons, and that severity to a few may prove mercy to many. They will remember also that in the one who rebukes evil the spirit of Christ should ever be revealed.
This we must regard as a mistake, as the seven churches in Asia represent seven distinct periods of the TRUE church, and the Philadelphia is the sixth, and not the last state. And is not this dreadful description a most perfect picture of our present condition? It is; and it will be of no use to try to evade the force of this searching testimony to the Laodicean church.
What language could better describe our condition as a people than this addressed to the Laodiceans? The messages of the first, second, and third angels will in the future [now] be proclaimed with a loud voice. In the parable, all the ten virgins [Adventists] went out to meet the bridegroom. All had lamps and vessels for oil. For a time there was seen no difference between them. All have a knowledge of the Scriptures.
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But as in the parable, so it is now. They have no oil in their vessels with their lamps. Without the Spirit of God a knowledge of His word is of no avail. Without the enlightenment of the Spirit, men will not be able to distinguish truth from error, and they will fall under the masterful temptations of Satan. The message to Laodicea is one of judgement with a call to repentance. Judgement starts with the House of God. Many who profess to be looking for the speedy coming of Christ, are becoming conformed to this world, and seek more earnestly the applause of those around them, than the approbation of God.
They are cold and formal, like the nominal church, that they but a short time since separated from. The words addressed to the Laodicean Church , describe their present condition perfectly. See Revelation The time has come when a large portion of those who once rejoiced, and shouted aloud for joy, in view of the immediate coming of the Lord, are on the ground of the churches and world who once scoffed at, and derided them for believing that Jesus was coming, and circulated all manner of falsehoods to raise prejudice against them, and destroy their influence.
Many of these professed Christians dress, talk and act like the world, and the only thing by which they may be known, is their profession. Though they profess to be looking for Christ, their conversation is not in heaven, but on worldly things. But it is evident that many who bear the advent name, study more to decorate their bodies, and appear well in the eyes of the world, than they do the word of God, to learn how they may be approved of him. What if the lovely Jesus, our pattern, should make his appearance among them, and the professors of religion generally, as at his first advent?
He was born in a manger. Follow him along through his life and ministry. He was a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief. These professed Christians would be ashamed of the meek and lowly Saviour who wore a plain, seamless coat, and had not where to lay his head. His spotless, self-denying life would condemn them; his holy solemnity would be a painful restraint upon their lightness and vain laughter; his guileless conversation would be a check to their worldly and covetous conversation; his declaring the unvarnished, cutting truth would manifest their real character, and they would wish to get the meek Pattern, the lovely Jesus, out of the way as soon as possible.
They would be among the first to try to catch him in his words, and raise the cry, Crucify him! Crucify him! Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. Some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And the disciples spreading their garments and branches of palm-trees in the way would be thought extravagant and wild.
But God will have a people on the earth that will not be so cold and dead but that they can praise and glorify him. He will receive glory from some people, and if his chosen people, who keep his commandments should hold their peace the very stones would cry out. Jesus is coming, but not as at his first advent, a babe in Bethlehem, not as he rode into Jerusalem, when the disciples praised God with a loud voice and cried, Hosannah; but in the glory of the Father, and with all the retinue of holy angels with him, to escort him on his way to earth.
All heaven will be emptied of the angels. The changed saints are caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air, never more to be separated from the object of their love. With such a prospect as this before us, such a glorious hope, such a redemption that Christ has purchased for us by his own blood, shall we hold our peace? Shall we not praise God, even with a loud voice, as the disciples did when Jesus rode into Jerusalem?
Is not our prospect far more glorious than theirs was? Who dare then forbid us glorifying God, even with a loud voice, when we have such a hope, big with immortality and full of glory? We have tasted of the powers of the world to come, and long for more.
My whole being cries out after the living God, and I shall not be satisfied until I am filled with all his fullness. The way to heaven is rugged.
Briers and thorns are in the way; but we can with cheerfulness tread the rough pathway, knowing that Jesus, the King of glory, once trod it before us. We will rejoice that we can follow in his footsteps, and be partakers with him of his sufferings, that we may finally partake of his glory. What if reproaches are heaped upon me, even by those who profess to be looking for the Lord? All this I can bear cheerfully. Why should I repine? My Master, the King of Glory, was treated a thousand times worse than I have been, and can I, a poor, unworthy creature, expect any better treatment in following Jesus, than he received?
Shall I complain, when Jesus bore the scoffs and derision of his own people, the Jews, and was finally rejected and crucified by them for me? For my sins he bore all this. Only let me have an inheritance in glory, and it will be enough. For that, I can endure anything and everything. Heaven, sweet heaven.
Let us, dear brethren and sisters, crave the suffering, crucifying part of religion. For we are to be purified and fitted for the kingdom through suffering. We must keep separate from the world, if we would have the love of God abide with us. But if we keep humble, live holy, harmless and separate from sinners, we shall see of the salvation of God.
Let us strive to be Christians Christ-like in every sense of the word, and let our dress, conversation and actions preach that Christ is formed within, the hope of glory, and that we are looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of Jesus. Let us show to those around us, that this world is not our home, that we are pilgrims and strangers here. My affections, interest, treasure, all, is in the bright world to come. I long to see the King in his beauty, whom angels adorate, and as they bow, cast their glittering crowns before him, and then touch their golden harps, and fill all heaven with their rich music.
We have the satisfaction of knowing, that while they curse, Jesus has pronounced a blessing. Think ye that the commandment-keepers will be sorry, and mourn when the pearly gates of the Golden City of God are swung back upon their glittering hinges, and they are welcomed in? No, never.
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They will have right to the tree of life, a right to its healing leaves. They will hear the lovely voice of Jesus, richer than any music that ever fell on mortal ear, saying, There will be no more sorrow, pain or death; sighing and crying have fled away. The prophet Isaiah saw the end-time saints as a wedding party. He saw them going forth with lamps shining brightly, even in the midst of thick darkness.
Everyone is to hear the last call to the marriage supper of the Lamb. These words are for us! Isaiah 1. And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy. The Everlasting Covenant of God — the paid Bride price — the highest price ever paid for a bride — paid by his life blood. This is the central drama of the 70th week. While many will fall away the endtime saints will embrace the grand adventure and the divine romance.
They will take center stage in this climactic time of witness. They will have their eyes on the Mighty One of Israel. Like our Apostle Paul they will,. The same truths taught by the 12 disciples are also taught by the ,! Who are the ,? They come from the Adventist church as leaders who practice what they preach and just like the pioneers could not join the SDA church today neither can we. The church has changed its position over the course of time.
Slowly and insidiously the Trinity doctrine and all its errors have found their way into the system of belief now professed by the SDA church. We have accepted a doctrine that our pioneers would not have tolerated. Cornell it was a fruit of the great apostasy, along with such false doctrines as Sunday keeping and the immortality of the soul.
Watch video here. For J. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. According to the counsel of the True Witness, Laodicea is offered gold tried in the fire, that she may be rich. The cause of our poverty is not that we lack faith. Like our works, our faith too, is of human origin. This means that it is polluted with self, or in other words, it is self-centred or ego-centric faith.
It is the same kind of faith that the Apostle James condemns in his Epistle, because it is without love and therefore cannot produce fruit. It is faith void of genuine works and hence it is really dead James 2:l Our faith in Christ and our service for Christ are not motivated by self-sacrificing love, but is full of self-interest. Love to God is the very foundation of religion. To engage in His service merely from hope of reward or fear of punishment would avail nothing. This is our situation. As the last generation of Christians we need and must have both the imputed as well as the imparted righteousness of Christ.
This is because, not only must we appear clothed and without shame, through the imputed righteousness of Christ, before the judgment seat of God now going on in heaven; but much more. Only thus can love, the love of God, really be vindicate. Certainly the flesh can never endure such a test for it is sold under sin or self Rom The people of God are represented in the message to the Laodiceans as in a position of carnal security. They are at ease, believing them-selves to be in an exalted condition of spiritual attainment. What we have failed to do during the time of prosperity we must now accomplish in these very difficult days.
Thank God it is not too late, but time is short. This false security must go for it will not carry us through the fire. Let us repent therefore and take heed to the heavenly voice. This is my plea:. Again and again has the voice from heaven addressed you. Will you obey this voice? Will you heed the counsel of the True Witness to seek the gold tried in the fire, the white raiment, and the eyesalve? The gold is faith and love, the white raiment is the righteousness of Christ, the eyesalve is that spiritual discernment which will enable you to see the wiles of Satan and shun them, to detect sin and abhor it, to see truth and obey it.
The Laodicean message does not stop at the counsel. The result is:. The Testimony of the True Witness has not been half heeded. The solemn testimony upon which the destiny of the church hangs has been lightly esteemed, if not entirely disregarded. This testimony must work deep repentance, and all that truly receive it will obey it and be purified.
God is not pleased with our attitude, but because He loves us and wants us to repent He must rebuke and chastise His Church. Today, we as a people are confessing that the Second Coming of Our Lord has been delayed because we have not finished the work and therefore it is our fault. While this is both good and true it is not enough. This is because the real problem behind the delay is not an unfinished work but an independent work. And yet this will not accomplish the task, as long as self is still on the throne. Unless we as a people can demonstrate to a skeptical and unbelieving world that Christ is able to deliver us from the principle of self Babylon and produce in us His Righteousness, which manifested the self-sacrificing love of God, our task will remain unfinished.
This is Righteousness by Faith. With longing desire Christ has been knocking at our door for the past 90 plus years. But because of our unbelief and stiff-necked attitude towards the straight testimony of the True Witness, this will only be accomplished after the Lord rebukes and chastises us. Why this is necessary is what we must investigate in this unit. But first of all it is of utmost importance that we as a people fully understand what is our role and task in these last days. What the Christians must accomplish in these difficult times.
After so many years the church must confess with shame that it has failed to reveal to a lost world the life and character of their Saviour. This is now our task, to show this doomed world what Christ is really like. And this task of lightening the earth with His glory must begin with a clear understanding of the truth as it is in Christ.
The context of this passage is the bondage to sin or self, the stumbling-block to holy living. The reason why self, this stumbling-block to the unfinished work, plays so great a part in everything that we do as a people, is because we have failed to grasp the full significance of the cross of Christ, the power of God unto salvation 1 Cor All Christians are aware the fact that on the cross Christ died for our sins.
It is through this supreme sacrifice that forgiveness of sins becomes possible. According to the clear teaching of scripture, not only did Christ die to sin but much more, we too died in Him. Read 2Cor ; Col ; ; 2Tim ; 1Pet Having gathered unto Himself the whole fallen Adamic race in the Incarnation, Christ, as the second Adam, brought to an end the sinful life of the first Adam at the cross. Thus He condemned sin-this life of sin-once and for all in the flesh Rom ; Then in the resurrection He raised up this Adamic race with His own life; a life which produced perfect righteousness in sinful flesh.
Rom This truth accomplished at the cross is made real in our experience by faith alone, when we surrender to the cross of Christ and are baptised. According to Roman the true meaning of baptism is our union with Christ crucified, buried, and resurrected. Baptism thus understood becomes not only the basic of our salvation MK , 16 but also the basis of our deliverance from the power of sin. True baptism must result in walking in newness of life. Note this inspired statement:. The new birth is a rare experience in this age of the world. This is the reason why there are so many perplexities in the churches.
Many, so many, who assume the words Christ are unsanctified and unholy. They have been baptised, but they were buried alive. Self did not die, and therefore they did not rise to newness of life in Christ. This is truly coming out of Babylon. According to 1 Cor the crossing of the Red Sea is equated with the baptism of ancient Israel. The result was that their self-life became a stumbling-block to them to the wilderness and which made it impossible for them to enter Canaan symbol of heaven.
This is clearly brought out in 1 Cor and Heb It was for this reason that God had to rebuke and chastise His people in the wilderness for forty years. Finally as a concluding lesson, God required those that entered into the Promised Land to be rebaptised in the river Jordan. Note carefully what took place in this experience.
In exchange Joshua took 12 stones from the wilderness and placed them in the midst of the Jordan v. The very thing which delayed Israel of old from entering Canaan has delayed modern Israel from entering the heavenly Canaan: For forty years did unbelief, murmuring, and rebellion shut out ancient Israel from the land of Canaan. The same sins have delayed the entrance of modern Israel into the heavenly Canaan,. In either case were the promises of God at fault.
As it was with ancient Israel, so it is with Laodicea. At the very heart of our unbelief, murmuring, worldliness, unconsecration and strife is this self-life that loves itself, the world and things of this world. Therefore as God rebuked and chastised ancient Israel so He must deal with Laodicea. Any form of repentance or confession that does not accomplish this is falling short of the Divine objective! In analyzing this text under consideration Rev it would be well for us to observe the following facts. The first is the motive in His dealing with us.
For even though we have failed miserably in our task and therefore greatly disappointment Our Lord, it is not out of anger but infinite love that Christ rebukes and must chastise us. If not for any other reason, this itself should be enough to bring about the desired repentance. To rebuke generally means to scold or tell off, while chasten has to do with punishing. The rebuke naturally comes first, but when this fails to bring about a change in us, the chastening must follow. This is how it was with ancient Israel. Once again, it seems that God will be forced to repeat the same procedure with modern Israel.
For certainly His many rebukes have failed to accomplish the required repentance:. His blessings have been withdrawn because the testimonies He has given have not been heeded by those who professed to believe them. Oh, for a religious awakening! But the means that God has devised to awaken the church to a sense of their spiritual destitution have not been regarded. Thus the light the truth as it is in Christ has had but little effect upon minds and hearts.
The Bible has much to say about the chastening of God. It would be well for the reader to consider the following texts: Deut ; Job ; Ps ; Prov ,12; Isa ,11; Mal ; Jn ; Rom ; 2 Cor ; Heb ,; 1 Pet ; The result being all our promotional programmes to hasten the finishing of our task will bear no genuine results. It is important that we, as the shepherds of the flock, fully understand and are perfectly aware of what it means when Christ calls us to zealous repentance.
And this is what God requires of His people to turn away from our carnal mind and have the mind of Christ. Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? In the first place it is a mind that is totally emptied of self. And secondly, it is a mind that is under the full control of the Holy Spirit, so that the thoughts, desires and actions proceed from God read Lk ; Such was the mind of Christ. Unlike us, Christ as a man walked entirely in the power of God through the indwelling Spirit. Thus He manifested God in the flesh see Jh ; 1 Tim The latter belongs to Christ v.
Armed with such a mind the Apostle Peter tells us we will cease from sinning read 1 Pet The mind of Christ is a mind that will never consent to sin but always to righteousness. Such a mind, even though it will bring suffering and disappointment to the flesh each time we are tempted see Heb.
And is this not the only desire we must have in these last days? Having taken our humanity, the sinful humanity of Adam after the fall, Christ, the Captain of our salvation, had to be made perfect through sufferings Heb ; , 9. In other words, in order for Christ to produce perfect righteousness in our sinful flesh in which He was made, He had to suffer in this flesh which craved for sin, because it was sinful. This will not be easy for it will bring untold suffering to this proud, self-righteous flesh of ours.
He wants us to turn away from our present lukewarm works which are of the law, to the hot works which is righteousness by faith alone. In simple terms, Christ wants Laodicea to turn from righteousness by works to righteousness by faith; from producing her own righteousness of the law through self-effort to bearing the fruit of the Spirit, the righteousness of Christ. And the fruit of the Spirit, which we have already discovered as works of faith, can only be experienced by those who have lost all confidence in the flesh Phil and are by faith abiding in Christ Jh It is true that as a Church we claim to believe and teach Righteousness by Faith.
But the doctrine of Righteousness by Faith means different things to different people. The Roman Catholic Church for example, whom we have rightly branded as Babylon, also believes and teaches Righteousness by Faith. So do the Evangelicals, and in fact most Protestant denominations. There are many concepts of the Gospel but only one true Gospel Gal ,7; 2 Cor Sanctification, they teach, is important but does not belong to the doctrine of Righteousness by Faith because it includes our obedience or works.
Then 3 we have this teaching which elevates both Justification and Sanctification as vital parts of the doctrine. Hence Justification and Sanctification are inseparable and must be both taught in this all important doctrine of Righteousness by Faith. Since we, as the Church, have not taken a clear unified stand on which position we hold, all three concepts are preached and taught today among us.
The result is, sad to say, much confusion about this subject, both among our people as well as in our witnessing. When we turn to Rev we come to a very sad note in the Laodicean message. But alas! She is asleep, unconcerned, does not want to be bothered and is quite satisfied without Him. This is indeed a very sad picture and one that must strike our conscience hard; for it is a picture of our own sad denominational history. Had Christ been before them, they would have treated Him in a manner similar to that in which the Jews treated Christ.
Unpleasant as this revelation may be, truth requires that it be faced honestly. Yet twelve years of Mission service has clearly revealed to this worker that this is our true situation. Without doubt, it is clear that this is the result of our unfortunate history. And this time we cannot afford to fail Him, for the desperate situation of the world demands the Loud Cry and the Latter Rain. Laodicea must come to the realization that, wonderful as she may appear, there is a vacuum in her works — they are without Christ.
Hence He is standing outside knocking at the door seeking an entrance. What does this all mean and involve? In other words, where actually is Christ standing and knocking from, and which door must Laodicea open? These are vital questions that must be answered if we are truly to benefit from the Laodicean message. There are many in our midst whose understanding of Rev is that Christ is standing outside of us seeking an entrance inside of us.
Clearly, if this is the situation, we, as a people, are unconverted, and therefore unsaved. But this is not the situation of Laodicea. It may be true that there are many in the Church who are still unconverted even though they have been baptised, but when Christ addresses Laodicea He is addressing His Church, the last generation of Christians. Laodicea on the whole is made up of born-again Christians who have accepted Christ as their Saviour. We have not openly rejected Christ but on the contrary believe in Him and are part of the Christian Church.
Our sin is actually a subtle one and therefore difficult to detect. While Laodicea may be made up of born-again Christians who stand justified before God, she is nevertheless a carnal Church and here is where our problem of lukewarmness lies. In view of this, where is Christ standing and knocking — which door please? The great error of the Christian Church, after the Apostolic Period, was to separate the body from the soul and give the soul a separate existence independent of the body. This dualistic concept was borrowed from the Orphic religion f the reeks and is not a Biblical teaching.
According to Scripture man is a complete. The function of each of these three elements or components is distinct, contributing to the spiritual existence of the whole man, but none of these is able to exist independent of the others, so that at death the whole man, spirit, soul and body dies Ezek ,20; Ecc , 6; In examining the spiritual structure of man, as revealed in Scripture, we will find that there exists a definite connection between the temple of God as outlined in the old Testament, which was the Tabernacle or Sanctuary, and the Temple of God in the New Testament, which is the Christian himself see 1 Cor ,17; This is because the Sanctuary or Temple of the Old Testament was a type or symbol of Christ incarnate see Ps ; Jh ; Rev ; also compare Ps with Jn , who in turn is the prototype of the regenerate believer read Eph ; 1 Pet ; Heb ; 2 Cor You will notice in reading your Bible that the promises of God as given under the New Covenant are but the reality of the type as seen in the Sanctuary of the Old Covenant read Jer ,34; Ezek ,27; Heb ; 2 Cor In the Old the law was written on tables of stone and placed in the ark.
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In the Old God dwelt in the innermost part of the tabernacle, while in the New God in the person of His Spirit dwells in the innermost part of man. Ezek ; Jn ; Rom , In the Old the Sanctuary structure represented the temple of God but in the New the Christian himself becomes the temple of God 1 Cor , 17; The body with its various members may be compared with the Courtyard, occupying an external position with its life visible to all; this is the place of sacrifice Rom ; Col Having discovered the facts, that spiritually man is constituted of spirit, soul and body, we can now proceed to consider the place and function of each of these elements and their relationship to the work of Christ in men through the Holy Spirit.
The Bible teaches clearly that every person possesses a spirit. This spirit must not be confused with our breath, nor equated with our soul, nor identified with the Holy Spirit. The following texts give ample proof that man, as created by God, possesses a spirit:.
For the spirit of man desires to commune with the spirit world, just as our bodies communicate with the material world and through our souls minds are social beings. But sad to say, the entrance of sin marred this wonderful program. When Adam sinned the Holy Spirit left him leaving his spirit vacant. Man was originally endowed with noble powers and a well-balanced mind i. He was perfect in his being, and in harmony with God.
His thoughts were pure, his aims holy. But through disobedience, his powers were perverted, and selfishness took the place of love. His nature became so weakened through transgression that it was impossible for him, in his own strength, to resist the power of evil. He was made captive by Satan, and would have remained so forever had not God specially interposed. This is how, unfortunately, all the children of Adam era born, uninhabited by God and slaves to the Devil and sin.
Thus, using fallen man as his tool, Satan has developed this world in total opposition to God. This is what Christ has prepared for each one of us in His humanity and which now is made available to the believer through the work of the Holy Spirit. Consequently, that which dominates the whole man, prior to the new birth, is the soul with its life of self and the body with its lusts Eph However, at conversion the spirit of man is regenerated or made alive by the coming and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
The believer who has experienced the new birth is a born again person who has received the life of Christ in the person of the Holy Spirit. Just as a new born baby has to learn to walk on its feet, so also a baby in Christ must now learn to walk in the power of the indwelling Spirit; this is the process of sanctification. And as the Holy Spirit begins to increase in strength i.
This is the separation spoken about in Heb between soul and spirit, which is produced by the Word. We ought to tremble before God daily, asking him earnestly to teach us through experience what is spiritual and what proceeds from the feelings and emotions of the soul. Even in our Bible study we tend to depend and rely more on our mental ability hence the emphasis on education and degrees rather than letting the Spirit guide us into all truth read 1 Cor ; Jn The element which makes us human belongs to the soul. Some of these elements are: ability to learn and think; ideals, love or hate, feelings, discernment, choice and decisions etc.
Numerous examples are to be found in the Bible, in the original languages of the Old and New Testaments i. This is an important fact that all Christians must realise, for it bears greatly upon whether you become a spiritual Christian or remain a carnal fleshly believer see Rom ,6. This is our natural life because we inherit it at birth. Consequently, such a life is the life of the flesh, which is the only life the unconverted man can live; and nothing we do of ourselves can change this life, not even education or culture.
But, sad to say, this life of the flesh is also the experience of the carnal believer see 1 Cor , a life that is a contradiction to Christ and the life of the Spirit. When this happens, the believer has the mind of Christ read Phil Going back to the earthly Sanctuary you will notice that access to the Most Holy Place was only possible through the Holy Place, so that it was impossible to communicate from the Most Holy Place to the courtyard except through the Holy Place.
For this reason Christ could be and was tempted in all points as we are Heb , which was through the lust of the flesh James Now the temptations of Christ came to Him through the sinful selfish desires of His flesh; as mentioned above, the same way as ours do. Christ being tempted in the flesh, suffered in the flesh see Heb , but His victory was in the mind. So also says Peter, if we arm ourselves with the mind of Christ, which was the mind of the Spirit see Rom , sin will cease in our lives, but the flesh will suffer. This is because the nature of the flesh will always desire to sin and therefore must suffer if not satisfied.
It is in the mind or the soul that Christ gives the believer victory over sin, through the indwelling Spirit. In the unbeliever, the soul as well as the body is under the dominion of sin self-life so that perfect harmony exists between the two. This is because the life of the soul is also the life of the body in the unconverted man, which life has been contaminated with self, as a result of the fall. But the spiritual Christian is one who is not only born of the Spirit but by faith, absolutely surrendered to the spirit has the mind of Christ ,so that it is no longer him but Christ, through His Spirit, that is living in him.
The body in fallen man is the instrument which gives expression to the self-life of the soul. What the soul mind wills is expressed through the body. Thus the desires of the body such as sex, hunger, love etc. Hence the life of fallen man is in harmony with the principle of self originated by Satan, which is the very opposite of what God originally planned for man.
This is because the principle of sin which is the principle of self has permeated every member of the human body see Rom Now the body in and of itself is not sinful, but it is the self-life that motivates the body and which originates from the unregenerated soul that is sinful and therefore makes our bodies sinful. And this body with its life of sin is beyond repaid, for this reason the believer looks forward to the Second Advent when our sinful bodies will be redeemed Rom ; Phil ,21; 1 Cor Until then the principle of the cross which is the principle of self-denial must daily be applied through the Holy Spirit to our sinful lives See LK The body of sinful man as well as his soul are both under the power of self so that at his very best, without God, he is totally self-seeking.
Isa , emphasis supplied; see also Phil ; 2Tim ,2. Thus the natural life of man is the life of the flesh which we must now consider. The natural self-life of the soul and body together make up the life of the flesh. Man becomes flesh by birth Jn The natural man therefore cannot live any other life but the life of the flesh. Man may educate himself and become highly cultured, but he will still live the life of the flesh.
That is to say, selfishness in one way or another will be the controlling factor in his life. Every believer must fully realise that the corruption of the flesh is unrepairable 1 Cor Great though His power is, God will not transform the nature of the flesh into something that is pleasing to Him.
This is because the self-life of the flesh belongs to the realm of Satan which realm is condemned by God unto destruction. For this reason, at the cross, Christ crucified the flesh Heb , Both the soul and the body are by nature of the flesh, and we must never forget this. Hence all genuine attempts to improve the flesh, either by punishing the body, or making promises and resolutions are bound to meet with failure. In saving man, therefore, from the power of sinful flesh, He does not try to change the flesh. This is salvation from the power of sin Gal Once the self-life of the soul surrenders to the cross of Christ by faith, this makes it possible for the Spirit to take over the faculties of the soul mind.
It is important at this point that Laodicea also understands the dual works or behaviour of the flesh. However, when the soul dominates a man he may live by high moral standards moralists so that his character may be a fairly good one. Nevertheless, the lives of both these individuals are the life of the flesh, even though their characters may be very different. The acts or behaviour of the flesh may therefore be divided into two distinct categories: 1 sinful acts and 2 self-righteous acts.
The sinful acts mainly proceed from the lusts of the body and you will find a list of these acts enumerated in. The self-righteous acts, on the other hand, proceed from the soul and do not resemble the defiling sins of the body. The self-righteous acts of Paul before his conversion are a good example see Phil In 1 Cor the Apostle Paul divides all believers into two classes: the spiritual Christian in whom the indwelling Spirit of God controls the whole man -spirit, soul and body; and the carnal Christian who has experienced the new birth see v.
Consequently, the life of the carnal Christian is not much different from that of the ordinary man i. The spiritual Christian on the other hand, is reflecting the life of Christ, being filled i. The major problem facing the Laodicean Church today is the problem of carnality. Our churches are full of babes in Christ, even though the believers on the whole are old Christians.
According to Paul this was the problem of the Corinthian and Galatian churches 1 Cor Gal History has repeated itself, sad to say, but thank God it is not too late, Christ still stands at the door. Hence, victory over the flesh should be the deep longing of every believer, living in these last days since the glory of God is to lighten the whole world in our day Rev And this victory is gained through the deeper work of the cross, as the Holy Spirit daily brings it to bear upon us. Each time self pops up its ugly head, the Spirit will bring conviction; our reaction must not be to defend or excuse ourselves, but surrender this self to the cross of Christ.
The total life of the Christian is intended by God to be a life guided and controlled by the Spirit of Christ read Prov ,6. Thus the Bible clearly teaches that the Holy Spirit is the one who 1 Liberates us from this self-life of sin and reproduces in us the glory of Our Lord 2 Cor , This is what the opening of the door involves. Returning to Rev let us now consider the true significance of the knocking on the door in the light of what we have just studied.
Clearly, Christ through His Spirit is dwelling in our spirits but is outside of our souls or minds. Hence, self still dominates us and therefore, even though we are born-again Christians, we are nevertheless walking after the flesh which makes us carnal Christians.
Consequently our works are lukewarm — they belong to self-righteousness. But if our works are to be well pleasing to God, Christ must have all of us and as long as self is enthroned in our minds He is left outside of our works. This veil represented the flesh of Christ see Heb , which flesh was really our flesh which He took upon Himself. This incident signifies that at the cross Christ brought to an end the self-life of the flesh so that God may not only dwell in us but also walk in us 2Cor When this truth is applied to our lives by faith, it represents Laodicea opening the door of her mind to let Christ in.
It shall be a Sabbath of rest unto you Righteousness by Faith , and you shall afflict your souls , by a statute for ever. From this it becomes clear that Christ not only wants to impute His righteousness to us i. This truth Laodicea also desperately needs to learn if her works are to be well pleasing to God. This is what Christ has been patiently waiting to do for His remnant people since the message of Christ Our Righteousness was brought to us.
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Wherefore come out from among them those who worship self , and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved Laodicea , let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one …………………………………..
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This repentance or change of mind in turn will cause Laodicea to open the door to Christ as author and finisher of our righteousness. The outcome or result of this will be victory for Laodicea. This total victory Christ attained over Satan and sinful flesh, He now longs to communicate to Laodicea. At the end of His earthly mission Christ could claim that Satan had nothing at which he could point his finger.
The devil, and sinful flesh, was totally defeated. This final display of the power of the Gospel will vindicate Christ forever in the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan. Through Laodicea, Christ will finally demonstrate His victory over sinful flesh and the devil. But now we must come to a most important consideration. What is involved in being an over-comer? To understand what this means, it would be well for us to consider the great lesson brought to us through nature. We are all aware of the fact that every grain of seed possesses life within itself.
This life is to be found in the germ which is located in the very heart or innermost part of the seed. For this life to break forth and be fruitful the outer shell of the seed must die or be broken. Until this happens the life of the seed remains dormant, encased in a hard impenetrable shell. But when the seed is cast to the ground the outer shell dies but the result is that the life within breaks forth to bear much fruit, l Cor The natural self-life of the soul with its outer shell, the body, is the great hindrance to the inner life of the Spirit which every believer possesses through the new birth.
This is because the life of the flesh loves itself and all that goes to make up the world. Consequently, unless this outer life of sinful man dies or is broken, through the application of the cross of Christ, the life of Christ we possess through the indwelling Spirit remains dormant and as a result the believer bears no genuine fruit. Anyone serving God will discover sooner or later that the great stumbling block to his work is not others or the church but himself. If Laodicea really understands her divinely appointed mission as outlined in Rev ; we will readily confess that this self-life of the flesh is and has been truly a great hindrance to the cause of God.
It is very true to say that God is much restricted by man. But strange to say, many are still treasuring the alabaster box, thinking that its value exceeds that of the ointment. Many think that the outer life of the flesh with all its attainments is more precious than the Inner life of Christ and its righteousness. This has indeed become one of the great problems of the church. But is it not high time that we realise that we are not antique collectors or vase admirers?
But without the crucifixion of the outward man, this earthen vessel, there can be no revelation of Christ, the precious indwelling ointment. The Holy Spirit has not ceased working in our midst. Each rebuke or each chastening from the Lord has but one purpose: to bring to nought the activities of this sinful self-life of the flesh, so that in exchange Christ in us may come through.
Yet here lies our big difficulty: we fret over trifles, we murmur at small losses, we complain when mistreated by the brethren. The Treasure indeed is in the earthen vessel, but if the earthen vessel refuses to be broken, who will be able to see the Treasure within? The Lord longs to lighten the earth with His glory so that this doomed world may be blessed through the church — His chosen vessel Brokenness is the only way that others can be blessed through us.
And only deep heart-felt repentance can break this outer man so that the world may be aware of that most precious ointment within. When we offer ourselves for His service and glory, we cannot afford to be lenient with ourselves. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind having the mind of Christ that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Coming back to our text, to overcome and be victorious does not mean that now we have learnt and trained ourselves how to imitate Christ and His works.
External imitation is not of God: it is of man, the flesh. It is self-righteousness made to appear like Christ-righteousness. As counterfeit behaviour multiplies, the person himself believes that such is his real self. Often it is hard to convince him of his unreal-ness, for he has become spiritually blind and cannot distinguish the true from the false. This is the terrible situation, or condition of Laodicea. Once this proud, stubborn flesh of ours is broken through deep repentance, we will readily open the door of our minds for Christ to come in and take over.
This is the true preparation for the Latter Rain. And when this is realised we will over-come even as He overcame. May God give us the grace to be willing to submit to all that is involved in overcoming as Christ overcame.
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All that men have seen in us is a poor imitation and a sham. It maybe true that the world has seen some of our so called good works. Obviously because the source of our good works is self and not God. Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?
It was through His works that Christ manifested God in the flesh. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. On what basis could Christ claim that His works originated from God and not the flesh? Surely the United Nations, a worldly organisation, is not only duplicating our works, but is far exceeding them. The greatest proof that we are Christians who possess the very life of Christ is when our justification is manifested by our works.
Because of our works of the law, we have shamefully failed to manifest genuine justification by faith which is demonstrated by works of faith. But if our works do not manifest Christ how can the world believe on Him? Whether Laodicea will fulfill her mission in revealing Christ to this present generation will depend entirely upon our attitude towards the straight testimony of the True Witness to Laodicea:.
The Lord calls for a renewal of the straight testimony borne in years past. He calls for renewal of spiritual life. The spiritual energies of His people have Iong been torpid, but there is to be a resurrection from apparent death. As we do this, the power of the Spirit will come to us. We need the Pentecostal energy. This Will come, for the Lord has promised to send His Spirit as the all-conquering power.
How long shall we continue to take an indifferent attitude towards the straight testimony to Laodicea? What a privilege: But first we must overcome. Today, in these last days, God longs to restore His glory in the Church, so that the world may have one final chance to believe and be saved before the end comes.
In Rev , we have recorded for us a vivid description of the Second Advent. But when we proceed to chapter 7 of Revelation, there is hope presented: the , will stand because they have been sealed with the character of Christ see Rev ,5. With longing desire Christ has been waiting to reproduce His Character in Laodicea. But we have kept Him waiting all these years, too absorbed in our own affairs and theology, and quite happy with outward progress. In the meantime, taking advantage of the sleeping virgins, the devil has plunged the world into even greater darkness.
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely……He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Rev , You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. I am Pastor Brother Ade Yisrael. Be blessed.