By Carron Lake www.thelightoftheword.org
When we look at The Bible, which is a collection of writings from different penmen of both The Old and New Testament times, the cover of The Book has for many years been the color of black. And although The Bible is a collection of writers, who wrote of The One True AUTHOR, WHO revealed HIMSELF to them through the receiving of HIS Word, Whom HE has sent unto them, to make HIS PERSON known unto them, these writers by GOD’S Word sought to understand The Things HE was revealing unto them and through them, unto us by HIS Word. Peter, who also received GOD’S Word, he said of the prophets of old, that they, “…have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you” (1 Peter 1:10).
Today, we have a community network, which is given the name “Facebook”, which is the collection of thousands of writers, who share their interest of what they believe would be of interest to both friends and family, and even to the general public through this community network. Although each member of this network of writer’s present a cover picture to represent their person, these are real people, each with a history of his, or her own, to reveal, or to keep hidden, from those, who do not know them. Some choose not to present a personal cover picture of their person, but choose rather to reveal a cover picture of their interest, or something that they like, which might reveal something about them. But the cover pictures that are presented, they are given mainly to identify whom we are addressing, or responding to. These cover pictures do not necessarily reveal their whole history. In other words, we cannot judge, or comprehend the life of a person just by looking at one single cover picture, and then say by that one click of a button, “I like” or “unlike” by a button. There is more to a person than what is seen, and is found appealing, or not appealing to the eyes.
When we look at The Book called The Bible, there appears to be no cover pictures on the cover, even though there are many writers in this community of writers called The Bible. If we were to get to know the writers in The Book called The Bible, we would not based our knowledge of these writers by one cover picture that is presented from the life of these writers. We would need to take the time to get to know each person by spending some time reading their life story, or their life’s his-tory. The same thing can be said of The Word of GOD. But how does He reveal Himself to men, if He appears to have no cover picture that we can see to interact with Him?
To much of the world, there are those, who believe that GOD does not exist. Yet GOD makes HIMSELF known to us through HIS Son--The Word of GOD. But, if men do not know The Word of GOD, Who was sent to make The Father known to men, then the result in their minds is that He does not exist. In other words, if He is out of their sight, and they cannot see Him, then He must also be out of their minds, because, He does not appear to exist. But this view of The Son of GOD’S existence is not the case.
The question then that we would need to understand is this: how would The Word of GOD reveal to us His story? Does He use a pen and paper to write a book? If He has written a book, then where can we find that book, to read about His biography, that we might know Him? Is there a book in The Scriptures that we can point to and say, “Here is The Book written by The Word of GOD?” If that were the case, then what would we call the other books that are in this collection of books called The Bible?
Although the writings of all these writers of the book of The Scriptures are of real people, who lived their lives on this earth between the covers of the beginning to the end, their hearts were open to receive The Word, Who was sent from GOD to make HIM known unto to them. GOD used them to convey HIS Will to men. And before The Bible was known to us, as The Word of GOD, Paul testified of the men of old, and said, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets” (Hebrews 1:1).
Notice that GOD spoke to the fathers in times past by divers manners that HE used to communicate to men The Knowledge of HIS Will. Although much of these ways are still in place through nature, that HE uses to reveal HIS Will, much of these ways, which are being used by, GOD, many do not understand what we are seeing, or what is being revealed to us by them, to receive and understand The Knowledge of GOD. In our technological age, we have not been accustomed to recognizing the divers ways that GOD used to communicate to men. Neither have we understood in our generation how to interpret the messages being testified too in HIS divers ways of communication through the things that HE has created by HIS Word.
We have thousands of men and women, boys and girls, all connected together in a web community called Facebook. But with many of these thousands of real people, their interest at this time is in mainly that, which pleases their interest. But GOD has made us for a purpose to please HIS interest. And for about six thousand years HE has been working to fulfill that purpose in us, even in our generation, where understanding of HIS divers ways of communication is not understood clearly. And if we do not know the reason for our being in existence, then we will fail to fulfill GOD’S purpose without knowing HIS Will.
Today, we use and present all sought of pictures, and videos, and music, and even games, which occupy our minds for hours, to keep us feeding upon more of these things, which appears to satisfy and give us pleasure in these things. But The Word of GOD says, “Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17). These things of the world are all consuming of our minds, of the time and of the strength given to us. They are designed to keep us from doing what GOD has called us to do. We tend to use these gifts of the mind, the time, and the strength, to pursue worldly interest, and think that after we retire, we will give what is left of our minds, of the time and of our strength to be used for GOD. But with the way this world has been degrading from the time of man’s sin, many have not made it to their retirement from sin. And in our generation many do not find the time to pursue the cause of GOD.
If this world is coming apart at the seams, then we need to understand the purpose for why we are here, why were we created, because this world cannot be repaired, with no knowledge of the cause of it’s problems. If our doctors of higher learning do not understand the cause of our problems, and patients go to them to fix their ailments, doctors spent the time given to them, as a talent to learn about the physiology of the human body, to address the causes of the problems in our bodies. But with many doctors of science, with all their accumulation of earthly understanding, they do not believe that GOD exists. Why? Because they don’t believe that there is sufficient evidence that HE does exist. Yet, they are seeking to confirm, or deny the existence of GOD by looking for HIM, as something HE has created. But Paul has testified by GOD’S Word and said, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3). In other words, what we do see, did not create what we are seeing. So the purpose of GOD is not being fulfilled to their minds, because they have seen no evidence to support the existence of GOD.
Their whole focus of mind has been to study the creature, or the creation or the physiology of man, but they are missing the purpose of The CREATOR, WHO created living creation to reveal HIS Glory. But if the living creation do not bear witness to WHO GOD is, then does this mean that HE does not exist? And herein is revealed the problem. The world worship and reveal what they desire to be like. You may have heard the phrase, “Be like Mike”? Well, man was created to be like The HOLY ONE, WHO created him by HIS Word. But how can we reflect The Image of GOD, to be like HIM, if HE does not exist? And if HE, WHO created us does not exist, then those, who do not believe in HIM, they are saying without knowing it that they do not exist, according to their own belief.
When we set a course to find GOD, where do we go, if we do not trust The Faithful Witness of GOD through HIS Word, Whom HE has sent to reveal HIM unto us? Jesus Testified to His disciple Thomas, who ask of Him the question, “how can we know the way?” Jesus said, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him” (John 14:6, 7). Jesus--The Living Cover Image of The Father came to this earth, to reveal The Father’s PERSON to the people, whom HE called by HIS Word unto Him, to be a peculiar people unto HIM. And John testified of Him and said, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:10, 11).
The reason that His Own received Him not, is revealed in the writings of Paul, who wrote of Moses, who received The Word, and he said of him, “…he endured, as seeing him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). Christ Own people could not receive Him, because He is invisible to men. But in the fullness of time, The Word of GOD, Who is The Living Cover Image of His Father, He came again to His Own, to reveal The Father through Himself, by covering Himself also in human flesh that His Own might see and receive Him.
The cover pictures that we use on Facebook, to reveal our person, they do not, move. But to interact with friends and family through a video chat network on Facebook, the network does give its’ members the option, to see and speak to friends and family through their moving cover images called VCN, to interact with friends and family on Facebook. But what if Jesus chose to live His life, or to pursue a self interest in the things of this world. Would The Father have another way to reveal HIMSELF to The world, if Christ Jesus is The Only Way? Yet, Jesus made it clear that He is The Way, The Truth and The Life to The Father, and that no man comes unto The Father, but by Him. When Christ--The Word of GOD came to the prophets of old, they were His living cover pictures in connection with Him, Who revealed The Father through Himself, Who is GOD’S Cover Picture to them. For The Father reveals HIMSELF to men through Him--The Word of GOD. They the prophets would tell us, when we take the time to read of their witness of Him, when they said, “The Word of The LORD came unto me saying”, and revealing to them HIS Will.
When we open The Words of Scripture, the pages reveal more than just words on the pages that conveys the thoughts of the writers of those books, which are written. And like the letters of the alphabet, which are called upon from “a” to “z”, to form words, to communicate the thoughts of a writer to men, GOD calls upon men and women, boys, and girls, to first be connected to HIM by The Vine of HIS Word, that HE might convey by HIS Word, The Thoughts of HIS Will into our hearts by Him, Whom HE has sent, to reveal HIM to men. If GOD sent HIS Word to reveal HIS Glory, then all, who are connected to GOD by The Vine of HIS Word, they are sent as His cover pictures, to reveal Him, Who is GOD’S Cover Picture to them.
It was through Moses, who put in writing in a Book, The Thoughts that GOD revealed to him by The Cover Picture of HIS Word, Who came unto him, as a thick Cloud that covered the Mount of Sinai. In that thick Cloud that Covered The Mounting, Moses wrote The Thoughts of GOD revealed to him by HIS Word, Which we call The Bible, and is known, as The Book of Books, or The Volume of The Book, Which is written of Him. In This Book, GOD revealed by HIS Word to Moses, the condition of darkness that was upon the face of the deep, at the beginning of the creation of this earth, which did not exist, because the earth was without form and void, according to Genesis 1:2.
This darkness spread from not knowing The Truth of GOD, or not receiving The Light of HIS Word, Who reveals HIS Glory through Him, to all HIS creation by Him. Through the prophet Jeremiah, The LORD revealed by HIS Word, saying, “…my people [is] foolish, they have not known me; they [are] sottish children, and they have none understanding: they [are] wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. I beheld the earth, and, lo, [it was] without form, and void; and the heavens, and they [had] no light” (Jeremiah 4:22, 23). Notice that if the earth was without form, and void, and the heavens had no Light in them, then The Word of GOD is revealing a time that existed before the earth was created. The people that are being spoken of, these were not human characters, who did not understand The Truth of The Father and The Son. But they were angelic characters, who did not understand The Nature of The Father and The Son, Who is The Express Image of The Father. And they were to be the cover pictures of His Glory. But the darkness of not knowing GOD spread because, GOD’S people had not known HIM, through their receiving of The Light of HIS Son.
Paul, who received The Word of GOD, he testified of The Father WHO, “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:2, 3).
As it was noted above, “…the purpose of The CREATOR, WHO created living cover pictures to reveal HIS Glory” HE said to HIS Son, “…Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:26, 27). As The Son of GOD is The Express Image of GOD’S PERSON, and upholding all things by The Word of HIS Power, GOD created by HIS Son, man, to reveal GOD’S Glory. And HE by HIS Word made man--male and female, to reflect HIM by having dominion over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, just as HE--The Father and HIS Son has dominion over everything in the Kingdom of heaven and earth.
Why did HE create man by HIS Son? As a man, Moses testified of The Glory of GOD, WHO, as a result of the darkness that was upon the face of the deep, the darkness of not knowing The Truth of GOD, HE said by The Spirit of HIS Son--The Word of GOD, “…Let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). GOD was not creating Light at this time, because HE and HIS Son are Light; The Light that was not being received upon the face of the deep.
The disciple John, who received The Light of The Word of GOD, he has testified of Him and said, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen [it], and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:1-10).
According to the witness of John, who spoke also of the other disciples, who were with him, they were the living cover pictures of Christ—The Christians, who are the members of Christ body, through whom He reveals The Father’s Glory to the world. As John said, what they have seen and heard, they have declared unto us. Why? That we in this world might have fellowship with them, and according to John’s testimony, their fellowship is with The Father and with The Son. And the message given to us through them--the network of Christians, is that GOD is LIGHT, and in HIM is no darkness at all. This means that if the disciples were having fellowship with The Father and The Son--Christ Jesus, then they also were not of darkness, to deny The Truth of The Only True GOD and HIS Son, Whom HE has sent. John made it clear and said, “…these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full”. But, if we say that we have fellowship with GOD, and we are walking in darkness of not being in fellowship with them, who received The Light of Truth, then through John’s testimony, It is written that, “we lie, and do not the truth”.
Is it important that we know The Truth of GOD by HIS Word, Whom HE has sent? In his testimony of The Word of GOD, John said of Him that, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:4, 5). Many have read these words by John, and have missed their application, because their minds are not being enlightened, to the importance of what is being revealed. If darkness was upon the face of the deep, because The Truth of GOD and HIS Son was not clearly received, and GOD and HIS Son are without darkness, then all the angels, who were not in fellowship with GOD and HIS Son, they have chosen to be in the darkness of death. Why? Because, as John said of The Word of GOD, in Him is Life, and that Life in Him is The Light of men, and no doubt also of angels, who were created by GOD and HIS Word to reveal HIS Glory. But if He does nor exist, or man and angels have chosen someone else to be god, then they are in the darkness of death.
Yet, in our highest education system, men of science, might say, “How come we are living if we are dead? And we are not in darkness, if the light of the sun is shinning?” That answer can only be understood when we take the time to receive The Knowledge of GOD. But if HE does not exist, then The Light of that Truth will remain hidden from men, if they have not a way of connecting to GOD, to be in fellowship with HIM by HIS Son. But even in this world we experience a space of time called grace, which means that if a payment was due to be made, and it was not made, that payment was suspended by a grace period. Yet, some might question, what is the payment that was to be made, or is to be made? That answer has been revealed by GOD’S Word through Moses. For Moses testified of GOD’S Word of Life to Adam, saying, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16, 17).
When GOD made man in HIS Own Image, to reveal The Truth of HIS PERSON by HIS Word, it meant that man was to be in fellowship with GOD, that HE might reveal HIS Word of Truth through man. This meant that Adam and Eve were clothed and covered in His covering of Light to reflect The Light of being in fellowship with GOD and HIS Son. But they were led to disobey GOD’S Command by HIS Word, to break from that fellowship with GOD, and join to the adversary, whose covering is darkness and death by denying The Light and Life of GOD in HIS Son--The Word. As a result of joining in fellowship with the spirit of darkness, which is death in not knowing The Truth of GOD and HIS Son, Adam and Eve lost their Eternal Life with GOD.
By receiving the lie from the adversary, who spread his darkness upon the face of the deep, Adam and Eve, were to receive their payment of death from their disobedience in choosing to believe the lie of the adversary, who said, “…Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4, 5). Notice that the problem with that lie, which the adversary believed, is that he, as God could exist without GOD, or The Power of HIS Word. For the nature of GOD is to be self-existing, and not dependent on another source.
As GOD said that in the day that man eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would surely die. Adam and Eve did digest the lie of the adversary, to die that very same day, in losing The Light of GOD’S Glory by HIS Word in them. As branches that were connected to The SOURCE of Life, Which is The Father, Adam and Eve were connected to HIM by The Vine of Life in HIS Word, Who connects all the branches of The Kingdom to GOD, WHO sustains Life to all by HIS Word. Christ has revealed to His disciples, saying, “I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
“If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:5-10).
But in the day that Adam and Eve disobeyed The Command of GOD by HIS Word, they severed their connection to GOD by not keeping GOD’S Command, to abide in GOD’S Word, to bear the fruit of obedience in doing The Will of The Father. As a result of disobeying GOD’S Will by HIS Word, man lost eternal Life with GOD. But Christ--The Vine of GOD’S Word stepped in to take the death that was owed to man, to suffer our death. And having disobeyed GOD’S Will, man lost The Light of GOD’S Glory to reveal and reflect HIS Express Image in That Light of The Father’s Glory, as revealed in HIS Son. Christ has been receiving the pain of man’s death ever since sin entered the Kingdom to cause separation from that one fellowship with GOD. By His acceptance of man’s death by his sin, it is written of Christ that He is, “…the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).
Taking the payment of man’s sin, and suspending, or postponing the death of man, GOD’S Grace provided to man the opportunity to repent from his path of sin, and return back to GOD, WHO desires that man might fulfill HIS purpose in revealing HIS Glory in The Light of Life. But the adversary, whose works of darkness brings death to man, who was created to reveal The Glory of GOD, he--the adversary has been at work, to keep man in darkness that man would suffer and die, thereby destroying The Image that GOD revealed in man. And with GOD’S provision of Grace available to man, the adversary works to keep man from repenting back to GOD, that HE might not accomplish HIS awesome purpose through man. And with this conflict of interest over and in man; if men do not put their trust in GOD by HIS Word, Who is our Light and Life in us, then the alternative for those, who chose not to believe and Trust in GOD by HIS Word is eternal darkness and death, which is the power of the adversary’s deception.
Notice the problem, which, if not understood, men are led to misinterpret The Scriptures. Because of man’s sin against GOD and HIS Word, Who abide in The LIGHT of Eternal Life, The Light of GOD’S Glory can not abide with darkness, without destroying those, who abide in darkness to The Truth and The Light of HIS Glory. For we know all to well what happens when we turn on a light in a dark room. And GOD’S Glory will destroy the kingdom of darkness. GOD has reveal this truth through nature. Notice that on this same earth, on the side that has turned its’ face away from the light of the sun, that side, without a clear sky, to see the stars at night, it would be in total darkness. But at the same time on the other side that has turn to face the light of the sun, the sky is not in darkness, and we can see the beauty of creation, as it is revealed in nature in the warmth of a beautiful day.
So to save man from abiding in darkness in that final day of the eradication of sin and of darkness and death, GOD sent The Spirit of HIS Son to reveal The Truth of HIS Glory to men, who were “Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into” (1 Peter 1:11, 12).
These prophets searched diligently to understand The Things that GOD was revealing to them by HIS Word, Who was in them. David testified and said, “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known [me]. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted [with] all my ways. For [there is] not a word in my tongue, [but], lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. [Such] knowledge [is] too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot [attain] unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there]. [If] I take the wings of the morning, [and] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light [are] both alike [to thee]” (Psalms 139:1-12). Notice that David has testified that although The LORD could be afar off, like in heaven, HE can search and know us, to understand even our thoughts from HIS location. HE is acquainted with, our every move, even the words that are upon our tongues. To GOD, the darkness and the light are both alike. There is no place that one can chose to hide from HIM, WHO loves us and watches over us as a PARENT watches over HIS children working to restore us back from abiding in the darkness of not knowing HIM.
But John testified of The Word, Whom HE has sent, and said of Him that, “…the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name” (John 1:5, 10-12).
GOD has been working by HIS Son, Who being invisible among men in this world, have sought to make us unto HIM, as sons of God. But because of men being in darkness to The Light of Truth of HIS Glory, The Son of GOD committed Himself to dwell also among men in the likeness of our sinful flesh. In other words, when He covered His divine nature in the same covering of flesh that we have, then He was so much like us, that He blended in to be one with us, because we are all being sustain by the life He has given us, to live by Him. But His own people, which we all are, NOT just the Jews, they knew not Him, Who sustains all by His spirit in us. Paul wrote of His mission in dwelling among us, saying, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
“For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:9-15).
Notice that it is by Christ, by Whom are all things, which do consist. Christ made it possible to dwell among men without destroying man by The Light of His Glory, which is The Express Image of The Father’s Glory seen in Him, Who also veiled Himself in a body made for Him in the likeness of sinful flesh. And because Christ was able to dwell, where the adversary thought he was safe from The Very Presence of GOD, he--the adversary works through men to destroy The Body Temples, and of The Son of GOD, which is the objective that he has for all men created in The Image of GOD. Why? Because we have all been made to be the living cover witnesses of Christ, to counteract the darkness of his lies, by representing through us The Light of Truth from GOD. But if we walk in darkness with the adversary, we cannot have fellowship with GOD.
By knowing with accuracy, a long time before the events of the future would occur, GOD created this world to reveal through nature and man the evidence of HIS existence. And this evidence builds our faith in GOD, to counteract the darkness of the lies of the adversary. Paul testified of this faith and said, “…I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:16-20).
Notice that even though The Invisible Things of GOD have been revealed through the things created by GOD, and HIS Truth is revealed to us by faith in the study of The Scriptures of HIS Word, Paul has testified and wrote of those, who read the Books of Moses, and said, “But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which [vail] is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:14-18).
Notice that for some whose minds have been blinded to The Truth, they are blind to The Truth because they have closed their minds from receiving The Truth into their own hearts, where Christ is to shine through them, to reveal Himself through our hearts, because we are His tabernacles of flesh. But if we all with open faces, like a network of cover witnesses to reveal The Glory of Christ, Who is not seen by those, who receive GOD’S Word, Paul said of our hearts that when our hearts shall turn to The Lord--The Son of GOD, just as the world turns to face the light of the sun, then the veil of darkness that hides Christ Glory in us shall be taken away to change us from glory to glory, from light to Light by The Spirit of Christ Jesus, Whom we must behold daily as we study Him by our open face reading His Words, to become like Him.
In His instructions to those, who would walk in fellowship with Him, Jesus said to them, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me” (John 6:51-57)
Notice that if we are the cover members of Christ’s Body, Who dwells in us, then if we are to become like Him, then His Spirit must also be dwelling in us. And for Him to dwell in us, we must feed upon His every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of GOD, Which is The Covering of HIS Spirit, Who is from The HEART of GOD, WHO sent Him, to be covered also in the likeness of our flesh. As we receive Christ, Who also became like us in the nature of flesh, His Spirit in His Own Cover Image, not only of the written Word, Which He revealed of The Father, WHO sent Him, but He became also a Living Earthen Vessel to be one with us in the nature of flesh, and still be one in nature with GOD--The Father, WHO sent Him.
But to prevent this from happening, to keep man from changing into The Same Glory of Christ, and of The Father, and thereby destroying his kingdom of darkness, the adversary uses man, as a shield, to prevent his kingdom of darkness from being destroyed, as the brightness of Christ in us is revealed unto Christ Glory with The Father. Paul testified of this Truth by saying, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:1-7).
Notice that we are Christ tabernacles of flesh, to manifest The Word of Truth through us, to the earthen vessels, which are as a veil covering our hearts. As we turn, and return in giving our hearts to Christ, to behold His Glory daily, as He shines forth The Father’s GLORY to our hearts daily, then we shall change into HIS likeness by His Spirit growing up in us, as we grow up in Him, Who is in GOD. As Christ shines The Light of The Father’s GLORY, as seen in HIS FACE, into our hearts, then from our hearts, He shines out His light through our hearts to others, as we bear witness for Him everywhere, to shine The Light of Christ to those, who are in this world of darkness to The Truth of GOD, and HIS Son, Whom HE has sent.
To confirm The Glory of The Father to our hearts through Christ in us, John testified of Him from his heart and said, “He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I [must] decrease. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure [unto him]. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:29-36).
As Paul spoke of the faces of those, whose hearts were veiled in the reading of the books of Moses, or of The Testimony of GOD’S Covenant Law of Love as revealed in The Heart of Christ, John has testified and said that what Christ hath seen and heard of The Father’s Testimony, He has reflected and Testified, of His Fathers Testimony unto men. It is the same Testimony that The Father revealed by HIS Son to the angelic host, when HE said to them by HIS Son. “Let there be Light”, but there was already LIGHT.
But John says that no man receives His Testimony. The world has been led to believe that Christ came to abolish The Testimony that He received from His Father to give to man. David testified and said, “The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple” (Psalms19:7). In bearing witness of The Testimony of GOD, as revealed to him by The Word of GOD, Isaiah testified and said, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). And if there is no Light in them, then they cannot have fellowship with The Father and HIS Son, Whom HE has sent.
As The Faithful Witness of The Testimony of GOD, Which is GOD’S Law of Love, Jesus said to those, who followed Him, saying, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Jesus said, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:10-14). And He prayed to The Father saying, “…this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).
Notice that if in the beginning the cover of The Book of The Bible is Black, to represent a condition of a time of darkness in not knowing The Truth of GOD and HIS Son, which led to a revealing of The Light of The Knowledge of The Glory of GOD in The Face of Jesus Christ, Who is The Word of GOD, Who works in and through GOD’S works of creation in HIS earthen vessels, to reveal The Father through them, then, at the end of the revealing of The Only True GOD and HIS Son--Jesus Christ, Whom HE has sent, Who is The Word of GOD, both of Spirit and of Flesh, then the darkness comes to and end, which is represented by the closing cover of The Book, to end the condition of darkness, of not knowing The Truth of GOD and of HIS Son, Who is reveal as The Light and Life to men in The Book. Because The Truth has been revealed. The whole history of His Story of The Word of GOD has been revealed between the covers of The Book, Which is GOD’S Cover Testimony of HIMSELF.)
In the day that this study was completed, the devotional for this day revealed The Truth of Christ Covering, by which He revealed Himself as The Word of GOD to Moses. In the devotional, the title of the devotional speaks of the topic of His covering, which would be most interesting in The Light of Scripture. The writer entitled the devotional, as “Cloud and Fire” saying,….
"He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night" (Psalms 105:39). "And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light." . . . The standard of their invisible Leader was ever with them. By day the cloud directed their journeyings or spread as a canopy above the host. It served as a protection from the burning heat, and by its coolness and moisture afforded grateful refreshment in the parched, thirsty desert. By night it became a pillar of fire, illuminating their encampment and constantly assuring them of the divine presence.
“In one of the most beautiful and comforting passages of Isaiah's prophecy, reference is made to the pillar of cloud and of fire to represent God's care for His people in the great final struggle with the powers of evil: "The Lord will create upon every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for above all the glory shall be a covering. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain" (Isa. 4:5, 6, margin).
In the time of trial before us God's pledge of security will be placed upon those who have kept the word of His patience. Christ will say to His faithful ones: "Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment until the indignation be overpast" (Isa. 26:20). The Lion of Judah, so terrible to the rejectors of His grace, will be the Lamb of God to the obedient and faithful. The pillar of cloud which speaks wrath and terror to the transgressor of God's law is light and mercy and deliverance to those who have kept His commandments. The arm strong to smite the rebellious will be strong to deliver the loyal. Every faithful one will surely be gathered. "He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other" (Matt. 24:31). (Conflict and Courage, Page 91)
Notice that “He will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” and this sounds like a harvest from one end of the cover of HIS Book of Life to the other end of The Book. Do you have friends with their faces turned to behold GOD by The Cover Picture of HIS Word? I hope that you can discern the answer to this question. Amen.
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