If There Is No Speed Sign Did I Break The Law?


Rom 7:1  Brethren, do you not know—for I am writing to people acquainted with the Law—that it is during our lifetime that we are subject to the Law?

Paul begins his discussion on the “Law of Moses” by comparing it to a marriage of two people.

In the New Testament, the Law is symbolic of our attempts to please God, or serve Him, outside of the direct voice of the Holy Spirit.

Thus we come to serve the Lord through our own efforts, agendas, and strength.  This is The Law.

The Law of Moses was comprised of 643 laws.

God knew that it was impossible for the Jews to keep them. Yet, look at what God tells us about keeping His laws. If we break one of His laws, we have broken them all.

Do you think that God expected us to follow these laws perfectly? Of course not.

God has another way.

Lev 19:37  Therefore shall ye observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: I am the LORD.

 James 2:10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

In the voice of the Holy Spirit however, resides the law of faith, which enables us to believe and act upon the given promises of God through His voice to bring them into existence. This is the true meaning of grace.

Grace, is the supernatural power of God for us to obey Him, rather than a license for us to do as we feel.

Ro 3:27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

In the voice of God resides the rhema or living Word of God.

Heb 12:19  And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of rhemas which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:

Every rhema word, or every utterance of the voice of the Spirit, has resident and active within it the law of faith to make the specific rhema word come to pass.

 Ro 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the rhema of God.

Rom 10:6  But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

7  Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

8  But what saith it? The rhema is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the rhema of faith, which we preach;

The rhema word reveals Christ.

Joh 17:8  For I have given unto them the rhemas which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

In the person of Christ resides grace.  Grace is what sets us free from the bondage of sin. Grace is the superhuman labor of God revealed to us in proportion to how much we obey God. Grace is more abundantly given so that we can obey God to a greater measure.

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

 Romans 7: 2  A wife, for instance, whose husband is living is bound to him by the Law; but if her husband dies the law that bound her to him has now no hold over her.

Paul compares the law to a marriage between a man and a woman.

Paul tells us that a wife is bound to the law of a marriage between her and her spouse.  he law of marriage constrains both partners to remain with each other “till death do them part.”

Another bounding agreement of this marriage law is that it affords no provision for marital infidelity in between these two people.

However if the husband dies, the wife then becomes free from the marriage law and can re-marry again.

3  This accounts for the fact that if during her husband’s life she lives with another man, she will be stigmatized as an adulteress; but that if her husband is dead she is no longer under the old prohibition, and even though she marries again, she is not an adulteress.

4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Verse four is of supreme importance to the victorious Christian life.  Let us look at it carefully.

Ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ;

Through the death of Christ we have become dead to “the Law.”

As the wife became released from the law of marriage at the death of her husband, so we became released from “The Law” at the death of Christ.  This means that we are released from serving the Lord by our own strength, out of condemnation, guilt, performance, our own agendas and programs, into a simple walk of attaining to all the promises and blessings of God through the voice of the Holy Spirit.

4  that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead.

Here lies the beauty of walking simply by the voice of the Spirit of God.  Now that we have been released from serving God through “The Law” by the death of Christ, we are free to re- marry.  Our remarriage is to no one else than Christ Himself.

In this remarriage, we are espoused even to him who is raised from the dead.

Christ now abiding in the power of resurrection life cannot be touched by sin or bondage of any kind.  Our remarriage now to Christ means that we no longer serve God out of our strength, performance, or agendas.  We now live our Christian lives simply out of the voice of the Spirit in the power of Christ’s resurrection life.  This is the only way to bear lasting fruit unto the Lord.

That we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Is it any mystery that our lives and our churches are so powerless and caught in the web of dead programs and the yield of little fruit?

We continue to serve God under The Law, and our own agendas, though in fact we have been released from it.  Why do we still live in this deception?  It is because we have not allowed the Lord to take us through Romans Six.

5  For whilst we were under the thraldom of our earthly natures, sinful passions— made sinful by the Law—were always being aroused to action in our bodily faculties that they might yield fruit to death.

God’s purpose for giving us the more than 600 laws under Moses, (as I said called “The Law”), had nothing to do with us ever keeping them!  This includes the Ten Commandments!

Are the Ten Commandments then bad, or is the Law of Moses wrong, and they should not be followed?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!!

All the laws of God are good!  The answer lies in that were never supposed to obey The Law through our own strength!  The Law was given by God to point out to us and expose our sinfulness!

Therefore the more that we try to obey God in our own strength, the more that we will end up sinning.  The answer to our deliverance is found in the following scriptures.

Ro 8:4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Ro 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Both of these scriptures are similar to each other.  What is noteworthy about these scriptures is that The Law is good and that God expects it to be followed and fulfilled perfectly.  However its fulfillment cannot and will not occur through our own efforts.

As we die to self through the operation of the cross of Christ, the person of Christ is revealed in us.  As the person of Christ is revealed within us, the voice of the Spirit becomes more defined and clearer within us.  It is the presence of the revealed Person of Christ who is the end of the law.  The fulfillment of the law comes to those who walk in the Spirit after the Voice of the Lord.

The resurrection life of the Lord found in the revealed Person of Christ, is what purifies us and makes us holy so that we end up naturally birthing and fulfilling the Law within us without our trying, but through our dying!

Our only responsibility is to obey the voice of God as perfectly as we can.  The Law will become naturally fulfilled in us through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in the completed work of Jesus Christ.

Our lives will become an example of the accomplished law of God in the beauty of the presence of the revealed Person of Christ. Or the fulfillment of the law, is the fully revealed Person of Christ.

·Can you see now why our churches and our Christian lives lie in such shambles?

It is because we refuse to die with Christ on the cross so that the person of Christ may be revealed.  We continue to operate by the Law in our efforts, plans, committees, and agendas.  Little do we know that living and operating in this realm will only birth and activate more sin, more powerlessness, more frustration more dead programs, and much sowing and little reaping. We fulfill the law of God, not in perspiration, but in revelation.

Once again to reiterate; the purpose of the Law is to expose our sinfulness to us.

Ro 7:8  But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

Without “The Law” we would never know our sinfulness and or be responsible for it.

The Speeding Ticket

Let us assume that you are speeding down an expressway through a country that you have never visited before.  In your worry to obey the speeding laws, you habitually look at the sides of the highway trying to spot the speed signs.  To your dismay however, nothing appears that will help you.  Suddenly from your rear emerge the ominous flashing red and blue lights of the summoning you to pull over for speeding.  You calmly protest to the officer that there were absolutely no speed signs visible to let you know what the speed ought to be.  The police officer sees your point, kindly admonishes you with the needed information, and lets you go without a citation.  With the absence of these signs, you had no concept of what the speed limit was, and were not held responsible to obey it, even though you had just finished breaking the law!

Ro 7:6  But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

The Law has now no hold over us, so that we render a service which, instead of being old and formal, is new and spiritual.

Our Christian lives should now work solely out of the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Our marriage to The Law has now once and for all been terminated.  Yet most believers continue to live and die in this fantasy marriage!

7   What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.For instance, I should not have known what covetousness is, if the Law had not repeatedly said, “Thou shalt not covet.”

This is exactly what we discussed in verse five!  The purpose of the law is to expose, describe, and define sin in its utter sinfulness!

8  Sin took advantage of this, and by means of the Commandment stirred up within me every kind of coveting; for apart from Law sin would be dead.

As with the story of the speeding ticket; without speeding signs visible on an interstate highway, we are not responsible for breaking the speeding law, simply out of sheer ignorance.

In other words, without the visibility of these signs, our responsibility to keep the proper speed is dead or non-existent.

Without “The Law” likewise, we would never know sin, or what types of sins in the eyes of God.

God could no convict us of sin, because we were ignorant to the fact that we had sin or were even sinning!

9  Once, apart from Law, I was alive, but when the Commandment came, sin sprang into life, and I died;

Without The Law the knowledge of sin was non-existent.   This made sin not to be apparent, so it was not sin!  People could sin all that they wanted to!  When The Law came, sin was suddenly exposed and became alive because we were made aware of it.  At that moment were found guilty of being sinners and by all intent and purposes died!

10  and, as it turned out, the very Commandment which was to bring me life, brought me death.

So The Law, as good as it is, brings death to us by exposing our sinfulness.

Once again; if we try to obey God in our own strength, without having our plans and visions initiated by the voice of the Spirit, our plans will yield either more sinfulness or bear little fruit. For obeying God by our own efforts cause us to fail and exposes even more of our sin.

11  For sin seized the advantage, and by means of the Commandment it completely deceived me, and also put me to death.

The exposure of sin by the knowledge of the Law puts us to continual death.

12  So that the Law itself is holy, and the Commandment is holy, just and good.

As we earlier stated, The Law is absolutely good!

13  Did then a thing which is good become death to me? No, indeed, but sin did; so that through its bringing about death by means of what was good, it might be seen in its true light as sin, in order that by means of the Commandment the unspeakable sinfulness of sin might be plainly shown.

The Law was given to make “sin exceedingly sinful.”

14  For we know that the Law is a spiritual thing; but I am unspiritual—the slave, bought and sold, of sin.

15  For what I do, I do not recognize as my own action. What I desire to do is not what I do, but what I am averse to is what I do.

These verses are so crucial to us!  As long as we as believers attempt to continue to serve God by The Law, without the leading of the Holy Spirit we will continue to do what we do not want to do.  The reason is that the law of sin and death in the bodily members of every human being is activated every time that we obey God outside of the leading of the Holy Spirit!

In the Christian, the law of sin and death lies dormant in the human body parts.

The Christian has been set free from the sinful nature, but not the law of sin and death. We are dead to sin, but sin is not dead to us.

Do you remember? The Law revives sin in us!  Therefore the activated law of sin and death which is dormant in the Christian, but activated when we try to please God outside the voice of the Holy Spirit causes us to fail every time that we attempt to serve God, overcome sin, or promote the agendas of our churches through our own means.

God allows us to be in this very, very painful catch 22 situation until we come to realize that only in the revealed presence of the Person of Christ, through our death to self, by the operation of the cross, are we set free from the law of sin and death, and it remains inactive in us.

Within the revealed person of Christ resides the law of the Spirit of life.  As you can see, it is not about us doing, but about us becoming!  It is not about us living, but about us dying. It’s not about perspiration but about revelation.

  Ro 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

 16  But if I do that which I do not desire to do, I admit the excellence of the Law,

17  and now it is no longer I that do these things, but the sin which has its home within me does them.

Once again the law of sin and death will be activated, and will remain in activity within us as believers, if we do not learn to walk in the Spirit by the death of our self-life, through the operation of the cross of Christ.  We will never attain to a total victory over sin and deliverance from the oppression of the devil.  Our victory lies in the revealed Person of Christ within us.

18  For I know that in me, that is, in my lower self, nothing good has its home; for while the will to do right is present with me, the power to carry it out is not.

19  For what I do is not the good thing that I desire to do; but the evil thing that I desire not to do, is what I constantly do.

20  But if I do that which I desire not to do, it can no longer be said that it is I who do it, but the sin which has its home within me does it.

21  I find therefore the law of my nature to be that when I desire to do what is right, evil is lying in ambush for me.

22  For in my inmost self all my sympathy is with the Law of God;

23  but I discover within me a different Law at war with the Law of my understanding, and leading me captive to the Law which is everywhere at work in my body—the Law of sin.

24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? {the body…: or, this body of death}

25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Our final deliverance comes through the absolute death of the self-life as discussed in our study of Romans six and the full revelation of the Person of Christ Jesus in us.

I want to leave you with the true meaning of the body of this death found in verse 24.  Paul chose this expression and shows his understanding of the diseased self-life that must be put to total death so that we stop doing the things that we do not want to.  God Bless you!

In verse twenty-four Paul gives a perfect description of the self-life.  He calls it the body of this death.  In the days of Paul one of the most horrible types of punishments inflicted on criminals was the following.  A corpse was bound and tied to the body of the condemned fellow.  The villain was forced to live out his existence as to his time of punishment with this corpse rotting, and decaying, bound, and on top of him.

24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? {the body…: or, this body of death}

This is called “the body of this death” and describes the depths and utter sickness of our sinful self-life, which keeps us in bondage at every point

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So is it Rob Bell or Hell’s Bells?


The notion that a loving God would allow people into  a place of destruction, damnation, or fire, which is eternal, or which will not end, is beyond a finite mind to comprehend.

Yet I know that it’s not God’s will for anyone to go there. The place of everlasting fire was prepared, not for humans, but for the devil and His angels.

Matt 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Interesting enough, though this verse tells us that everlasting fire was not prepared for humans, humans will enter it due to a choice of habitually obeying or disobeying God.

I guess that everlasting life or destruction is a matter of man’s freedom to choose?

The great preacher, G.K. Chesterton once remarked, “Hell is God’s great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human personality.”

The purpose of this entry though, is not to talk about heaven or hell, Rob Bell, universalism, will a loving God send people to a place of eternal damnation, or the teaching of ultimate reconciliation.

I am not here to try to convince or debate with you.

I simply want to discuss Strong’s Word # <166>.

Strong’s Greek Word # <166> is αἰώνιος or  “aionios.”

The word “aionios ”is an adjective. An adjective modifies a noun.

In this instance, “aionios”, modifies such nouns as life, fire, or damnation, in the verses which will follow.

“Aionios” adjusts them to mean eternal or everlasting in nature.

The Greek definition of Strong’s Word # <166>, “aionios”, is as follows.

1) Without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be

2) Without beginning

3) Without end, never to cease, everlasting

I would like to prove that Jesus, the Apostle Paul, the writer of Hebrews, and the Apostle John use the word “aionios”, both to describe eternal life, eternal damnation, judgment, or fire.

They did not discriminate between life as eternal, while punishment or separation from God, as not.

The same word, without prejudice, from the original Greek scriptures, is freely interchanged in the matters of life, separation from God, damnation, punishment and fire.

All of these verses use, “aionios”, Strong’s Word # <166>.

Mt 18:8  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 <166> fire.

Mt 19:16  And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal <166> life?

Mt 19:29  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting <166> life.

Mt 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting <166> fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Mt 25:46  And these shall go away into everlasting <166> punishment: but the righteous into life eternal <166>.

Mr 3:29  But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal <166> damnation:

Mr 10:17  And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal <166> life?

Mr 10:30  But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal <166> life.

Joh 3:15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal <166> life.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting <166> life.

Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting <166> life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Joh 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting <166> life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Joh 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting <166> life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:47  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting <166> life.

Joh 17:2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal <166> life to as many as thou hast given him.

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal <166>, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Ro 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal <166> life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal <166> weight of glory;

2Co 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal <166> in the heavens.

2Th 1:9  Who shall be punished with everlasting <166> destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

1Ti 1:16  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting <166>.

1Ti 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal <166> life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal <166> judgment.

1Jo 1:2  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal <166> life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

1Jo 2:25  And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal <166> life.

1Jo 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal <166> life abiding in him.

.Jude 1:7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal <166> fire.

Re 14:6  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting <166> gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

Let your conscience be the truth barometer.

Today, I am not attempting to convince you. We are not children who need to be banged over the head.

I come to you, highly intelligent people, as an exegetical teacher of the Scriptures.

There was a “ hard rock and roll” group in the 70’s named AC/ DC.

Even in my “druggie” days, I found AC/ DC too harsh, too crude, and too scary for my liking.

Their songs, “Highway to Hell”, or “Hell’s Bells”, were a bit much when I was high.

Yet, we see from their lyrics that AC/ DC knew that it was not God pulling people into hell, but Satan Himself.

And Satan can only do that when we give him the flexibility by free will.

So is it Rob Bell or Hell’s Bells?

Hell’s Bell’s by AC / DC.

“I’m rolling thunder, pouring rain

I’m coming on like a hurricane

My lightning’s flashing across the sky

You’re only young but you’re gonna die

I won’t take no prisoners won’t spare no lives

Nobody’s putting up a fight

I got my bell I’m gonna take you to hell

I’m gonna get ya, satan get ya

Hells bells

Hells bells, you got me ringing

Hells bells, my temperature’s high

Hells bells

I’ll give you black sensations up and down your spine

If you’re into evil, you’re a friend of mine

See the white light flashing as I split the night

Cos if good’s on the left then I’m sticking to the right

I won’t take no prisoners won’t spare no lives

Nobody’s puttin’ up a fight

I got my bell I’m gonna take you to hell

I’m gonna get ya satan get ya

Hells bells

Hells bells, you got me ringing

Hells bells, my temperature’s high

Hells bells

Hells bells, satan’s coming to you

Hells bells, he’s ringing them now

Those hells bells, the temperature’s high

Hells bells, across the sky

Hells bells, they’re taking you down

Hells bells, they’re dragging you down

Hells bells, gonna split the night

Hells bells, there’s no way to fight

Hells bells”

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Mr. Rob Bell, Who Poisoned The Fountain of Youth ?


Adam                   130                         800                         930

Seth                      105                         807                         912

Enos                       90                          815                         905

Cainan                    70                         840                         910

Mahaleel                65                         830                        895

Jared                      162                        800                         962

Enoch                     65                         300                         365

Methuselah             187                         782                        969

Lamech                  182                         595                         777

Noah                       500                        450                         950

NAME                HAD IST CHILD      REMAINDER          DIED@

For those who wink at sin or say that they are not sinners, above is a chart of the longevity of the first generations of humans, as sin was beginning to permeate the race.

Sin, is missing the target of what God has designed for humanity.

This chart shows us why Jesus Christ paid such a frightful price to restore mankind from the utter toxicity of sin, that it, the portion of humanity who wants restoration. Not everybody does, because if they do, they want it on their terms, and not God’s, which is non-negotiable with Him.

This also demonstrates why universalism, or saying that hell is not real, would depict that there is nothing wrong with sin, since everyone regardless of what they do, all share the same destiny.

This would also expose Jesus Christ and what He did as the biggest idiot and the greatness madness on planet earth.

Chart courtesy of Dr. Peter Pett.

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Our bathing water in Aram Kenya, where there are no wells.

The Church Is The Globe’s Most Important Society


The church is the most important institution in the universe.  This is the why God implemented it in the first place. He has none else.

The church’s most important job is to bring forth the glory of the Lord into all the earth, and throughout all eternity.

Ephesians 3:21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Glory is defined as the end product of the invisible God becoming visible. The Lord accomplishes this through His Word, His attributes, and righteous deeds.

Isaiah 40:5  And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The glory of God is of supreme importance.  Through it, men are ushered into eternal salvation, physical healings take place, people are set free from demonic oppression, spiritual gifts are displayed, and revival of cities and nations that change civilization are carried out.

Mark 6:56 and as many as touched him were made whole.

Civilization’s most essential need, and most desperate need, is to be capable of beholding an invisible God, who desires to make Himself plainly evident, through Jesus Christ in His glory.

The key to all of humanity’s needs, past, present, and future, lie locked in the Person of Christ.

To the proportion that the invisible Christ becomes visible to mankind by His glory, is to the exact proportion that all mankind’s needs will be met and answered forever.

John 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

The church of Jesus Christ is GOD’S ONLY INSTRUMENT, which can make Him visible.  Aside from His glory as seen in creation, God has made for Himself no other avenue that will allow Him to become visible in a real, personal and intimate way to people.

Ephesians 3:21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Moses was commissioned by God to build Him the tabernacle in the Sinai Desert. It was of eternal importance that he would follow God’s architectural blue prints for its construction with exactness and accuracy.  God’s spiritual architectural blueprint is referred to as the “pattern in the mount”.

Hebrews 8:5  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

Why did God demand such precision?  The purpose of the OT tabernacle was to manifest the invisible God in His glory so that His people, the Israelites, would know Him.

Through His glory, God also revealed His laws to Moses to then be transmitted to the Jewish nation.

It would also be fair to say then, that the New Testament church has a “pattern in the mount” of its own. This model must be followed with the precise accuracy so that the world may see the glory of the Lord through the church.

Any local NT assembly must understand, and execute “the pattern in the mount” with meticulous care.

This model is demonstrated for us primarily in the Books of Ephesians and Colossians.

A congregation’s success or failure to do so will result in the same success or failure to manifest the Person of the Lord Jesus to a dying world.

Unfortunately most churches are ignorant of the New Testament model that must govern their operation.  Church becomes merely a place that we congregate to hear a Sunday sermon.  It is Sunday school for adults and kids.  It is a place for Christian fellowship, and Bible studies, programs, and committees.

It is hardly ever recognized as the one society instituted by God to manifest Him universally and eternally. The things that I have mentioned above are not bad in themselves.  The problem occurs when we make these activities a means to an end. The purpose of all church activities must be to reveal the Person of Jesus Christ through them.

John Brevere, a popular Christian speaker, says that we, the church, have minored in the majors and majored in the minors.

The Church Is The Fullness of God”

Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

 23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

The word for “fullness” in verse twenty-three, of Ephesians chapter one, is a most interesting word.

Envision that you have a bottle filled with Coca Cola. What is the Coca Cola?  Is it the bottle, or is it the liquid inside of it?  I would propose to you that it is that brown, sweet, delightful liquid that we gulp down and enjoy.

So what is this fluid called Coca Cola made of?  Well, it is made up of every ingredient that is perfectly mixed in its required quantities and precise order, to lawfully recognize and labeled it as this reality that we call Coca Cola.

This is the fullness of Coca Cola!  In other words, the fullness of Coca Cola is the very essence and nature of this liquid, which makes it to be Coca Cola and nothing else.

The fullness of God then, describes the very essence, the reality, and the evidence of who God is.  It also describes to us every attribute and characteristic that is required, to make God, God.

The church is the fullness of God!  The Lord has called upon the church to manifest Him in His very essence and reality.  He has also summoned the church to manifest every attribute and characteristic that makes up the essence and reality of who He is.  This is called the glory of God, or allowing the invisible God to become accurately identifiable.

Let us simplify this by taking the example of one believer.  A young lady in a local assembly is a totally surrendered, yielded, and obedient vessel to the Lord Jesus.  She allows the Lord to deal with her, touch her, and to transform her in every aspect of her life. This occurs through the process of the death and resurrection of the Lord within her. Whatever the Lord touches in her life by His cross, He then fills with His fullness.  In theory, if this believer would yield every aspect of her life to the Lord, she would be filled with the fullness of God.  In the phrase, “the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” the Lord describes Himself as “the God who desires to fill every person, and every part of that person, with Himself.”

However God wants to go further still.  He is not only satisfied with filling every part of one believer with Himself.  In any local assembly, God desires to fill every part of every believer within Himself.  As this takes place, the fullness of the Lord becomes manifested through that local assembly.

Wherever the glory of the Lord is displayed, multitudes will always throng to hear Him and to be ministered to by Him.  This is the definition of revival, and it can only occur through the manifested presence of the Lord.  Revival is one of the primary functions and responsibilities of every local assembly.  I have always been sadly puzzled with many of our church strategies, and church growth programs, developed in attempts to draw people to them.  We only need to allow the Lord Jesus to be amply manifested in His glory.  The multitudes will surely follow.  Jesus did not have to bring revival.  He is “the revival.”  The more that He becomes manifested; an automatic revival will always ensue.

The NT Testament church model demands that every believer must be touched, transformed, and filled by the Lord Jesus in every aspect of his or her life for the model to work at its peak.

 Matthew 4:25  And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.

 Luke 5:15  But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.

  The Church is The Holy of Holies

In the Old Testament we find that God’s fullness dwelled within the Ark of the Covenant located in the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle of God.  This Ark of the Covenant is also called the Ark of the Testimony.

Exo 26:33  And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.

 34  And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.

The American College Dictionary defines for us testimony as “evidence in support of a fact or statement.” Therefore, within the Ark of the Covenant resides the complete and absolute evidence that supports all the facts of whom God really is.  In other words the fullness of God dwells inside.  Therefore the church’s great responsibility is to give to the world at large with preciseness, who God really is.  It must so fully declare Him that the world has all the facts that it needs, to accept God or reject Him.  In reality, the testimony of God is no different to the testimonies given by witnesses in a courtroom.  The purpose of testimonies is to furnish a jury with enough factual evidence that will allow it to reach a truthful verdict.

Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

 20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

 21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

Ephesians 2:21 tells us that the church is a “holy temple in the Lord.”  If we would go and research our original Greek New Testament, we should discover that the word implemented here is the “Holy of Holies”.  The church in fact is the holy of holies of the Lord.  As the Holy of Holies, the church is the dwelling place of God.  As the Holy of Holies, the church does become in fact the Ark of the Testimony.   It is the one and only universal agent that must, and can, give full evidence with all supporting facts, that define the reality of whom God is.  It must manifest Him in His fullness, so that the world has enough evidence to reach a verdict to accept or reject the gospel.

 I Matthew 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness( testimony) unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

 Matthew 24:14 confirms exactly what we have spoken about. The only way that the gospel can be effectively preached is through the church’s testimony or witness of the Lord Jesus according to what we have spoken about. What is the kingdom of God?

Mat 10:7  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Verse seven and eight tells us that the kingdom consists of healing of the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons, and freely giving. The preaching of the gospel must include the testimony of God’s kingdom, or the plain evidence of these signs and wonders being performed by the Lord here on earth.  The testimony of the kingdom of God becomes a reality as the church brings forth the glory of God.  Many times I have been sadly bewildered when I hear the church getting so excited, and talking about the rapture, and the end of the world being so close at hand.  The end indeed may be close.  I am not the one to say!

However, the Lord tells us in Matt 24:14 that the gospel must be “preached for a witness”.  Are we doing this?  Are we furnishing strong and plain evidence to the non-Christians of whom God is, and making His kingdom visible?  Can the end yet really come?  I do not know.

Bringing in The Glory

I Cor 12:4  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

 5  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

 6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

 7  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

Verse four, of First Corinthians chapter twelve, tells us that God has given to the church a diversity of spiritual gifts.  Verse five describes for us that God has likewise given a variety of ministries and offices to Christians.  Verse six tells us that God administers His gifts and ministries in a multitude of ways, according to the person whom He works through, and the circumstances in which He releases these gifts and ministries in. Verse seven tells us that God’s spiritual gifts and or ministries have been given to every Christian; none is exempt! No one has the luxury of being a pew sitter, and no one has the right to prohibit the manifestation of the Spirit through another believer.  Verse seven goes on to tell us that the function of spiritual gifts and ministries is simply to the manifest the Holy Spirit.  What is so important about manifesting the Holy Spirit?  Look with me now at John 15:26.

 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 testify of me:

 The role of the Holy Spirit is to “testify of Jesus”.  As we have already discussed the process of testifying to the Lord Jesus has to do with the bringing forth of evidence in support of the facts of whom God is.  As believers, we have the grave responsibility of displaying the ministry of the Holy Spirit through our lives through the use of spiritual gifts and ministries. To the extent that we allow the Holy Spirit to work within our churches, will be to the extent that the Holy Spirit will be allowed to” testify of the Lord Jesus”, and bring forth the fullness of God.

Ephesians 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together  groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

 Ephesians 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Now let us look at verses above, both of them in the book of Ephesians. The word “fitly framed together” pertains to the building up of the church through the use of spiritual gifts, ministries, offices, and callings.  The Apostle Paul in Ephesians four and sixteen has marvelously described the operation of the New Testament church in one single verse. What he in fact says is the following.  A local assembly increases, and grows, as each parishioner within the local body supplies his or her part in accordance to the gifts and ministries, which the Lord has given to each of them.  This is what Paul means in verse sixteen when he employs the term “every joint supplieth.”  Many of our churches do not follow the model described in verse sixteen.  Too many churches have too few ministers; there is too much control by leaders whom prohibit the exercise of spiritual gifts and ministries.  Likewise there are too many complacent pew sitters who do not grow in their spiritual gifts and ministries, and so do not “carry their burden” of testifying to Jesus. The result is always the same.  Only part of the Lord’s fullness is evident, only part of His glory is manifested, and much of the revival that should have taken place, sadly does not come about.

Paul adds furthermore another the phrase; “According to the effectual working in the measure of every part”  .  Here, he tells us, that “EVERY” parishioner has the responsibility to work within a congregation at his or her “PEAK LEVEL OF SPIRIT LED PERFORMANCE”.  This requires uncompromising obedience to God, and dedication to the local body.   All of this must be done in line with the giftings, callings, and ministries deposited within each member of the local body by the Lord.

I am of the belief that the church must be more of a school, college, and graduate school than anything else.  Time today, does not allow us to discuss the issue of the five-fold ministry found in Ephesians chapter four.  Suffice it to say that it is my belief that the senior pastor is the dean of this school.  The apostles, prophets, associate pastors, teachers, and evangelists are the professors.  The aim is to aid each parishioner become free from demonic oppression, sins, and the hurts from the past. The second phase will be to help each parishioner in discovering his or her spiritual gifts and ministries. The leadership must raise them up in accordance to these gifts as readiness is shown.  Then through the leading of the Holy Spirit, they must be released within the church to operate in their giftings and ministries.  This is one way to begin bringing forth the fullness of Christ into a local assembly

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Having said all of this, I would like to close today’s study by discussing with you some of the great hurts that we are bringing upon our own churches.

Countless believers today serve the Lord in the chains of past hurts, bondages, and demonic oppression.  Their service is of limited benefit to the Lord.  I believe that part of the problem lies in that we are not bringing forth the fullness and the presence of God into our local bodies. Our current church models, as we discussed earlier, are set up to discourage and limit the glory of God.

As we know, one of the Lord’s primary victories was to defeat Satan and destroy once and forevermore his works.   Every time that the Lord’s glory is revealed, we shall see Him at work destroying the works of the enemy and setting people free.

 2Thess 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

The brightness of the Lord’s coming is defined as the manifestation or the appearance of the Lord’s presence. “To destroy” is to make something useless, idle, and non-operational, because it has been broken down and no longer works.  The more therefore, that the fullness of the Lord resides in the corporate life of the church, the greater shall be the degree of the Evil One’s works becoming useless and of no effect.

1 John 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

In First John three eight, we find the word “destroy” once again.  Its definition is just a bit different here.  Instead of making the gamut of Satan’s works useless by breaking them down, here the Lord causes them to become undone.  But the end product is just the same. The important thing for us to realize is that the undoing or the breaking down of sins, hurts, and bondages are always proportionally related to the fullness of the Person of Christ as manifested in our local assemblies.

Our church model of “pew sitting” molds believers that never press on to discover and mature in their spiritual gifts and ministries.  Our churches are full of people that are not contributing their part of bringing in the fullness of God.  Because the church is one body made of up of many members, fellow brethren will never get the benefit of the fullness of God that should had been manifested through passive pew sitters.  Every believer has a unique way to manifest the Lord that can be never be replaced by anyone else.  It is an eternal loss for God and His body.

In the same light, we leaders propagate equal damage, when we use our churches as either “one man shows” or give the liberty of ministry to just a few. We are restricting the fullness of God as we do so. As pastors and ministers we must mentor, raise up, release the ministers and their ministries, and then step back to watch and guide.  We are the musical directors of the Lord’s symphony orchestra, the church.  Our role is to conduct all the instruments as the play through the ministries and giftings of the body, finally crescendoing   into the marvelous music of the Lord’s fullness and glory.

1 Timothy 1:18  This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

Ezra 6:14  And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia

In the above two scriptures, 1Timothy, and Ezra, we see two functions of prophets.  Through its relationship to prophecies and words from God, a church in part acquires the vision that is necessary for its warfare, direction, progress, and growth. A church will never succeed in executing and completing all that God has for it, if it limits or prohibits prophets and prophecies.  Our job is not to prohibit or limit, but to discern and distinguish between correct and incorrect prophecies.

I Cor 12:10  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

In this same light, those that have the gift of the “discernment of spirits” never come forth into their use of them. We know already that discernment of spirits is used to primarily cast out of demons.  I would like to also propose the following.  The Lord also uses the gift of discernment of spirits to expose false prophets within a congregation and to catch developing patterns of sin and error before it festers and hurts many. With our current church models in place, those that operate within this spiritual realm either remain silent, or never mature spiritually to a point that they recognize that God has called them into this ministry.  Our churches many times are so not aware that they are traveling a course contrary to that of the Spirit of God.

Let us study, and start building “according to the pattern shown to us in the mount” of the glory of the Lord.

The church therefore Is the globe’s most important society.

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Worship service at The Healing Water meeting in Nyack NY