by Carron Lake - www.thelightoftheword.org

The Father's Open Door to men

Through Paul, it is written, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 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 1:1-3).

It is said that our heavenly Father spoke to the early fathers by the prophets; yet HE did this by HIS Word through the prophets. For the prophets will tell you that The Word of The LORD came unto them saying, or making known to them, or passing to them The Expressed Will of The Father, through Him to them. The prophets have enquired and searched diligently of The Grace of GOD, WHO would come and dwell among men. They searched for understanding of The Spirit of Christ, Who was in them, and of the significance of His Testimony, which He testified beforehand through them, of the sufferings He would receive, and the glory that should follow. To them, GOD revealed by HIS Word, that The Things signified through them, were not unto themselves, but unto us. For it was through them that GOD by HIS Word ministered The Things, which the disciples received and have testified unto us, of The Things of The Gospel of Christ, Which they have preached unto us, of GOD, WHO works by HIS Word through men to do HIS Will, which even the angels desired to look into and understand.

The disciples, who received The Treasures of Christ through the prophets testified to us, and said, "[We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

"We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present [us] with you. For all things [are] for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:8-18).

Using the principles of receiving Him by faith, which He has established through His disciples and have passed on to us, Jesus testified not only to them, but to us through them and said, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know" (John 14:1-4).

The Way to GOD has been demonstrated and shown to us through those, who have received The Word of GOD. Through Moses, we have seen that The Way to The Most HOLY PLACE on The Mount of Sinai was in climbing up The Holy Mount like a Ladder and entering into The Most HOLY PLACE through The Veil that stood between The Holy and The Most HOLY Place. Through the Tabernacle of the congregation, it was shown that men did not yet know The Way into The Most HOLY PLACE, Which is revealed only through The Holy One, Whom HE had sent. And The Way into The Holy Place is reveal only when a repentant heart is brought through The Door of the court, to The Door of Tabernacle of the congregation.

Through the church, which is not a structure made of stones, doors, or windows, but a Spiritual House, into Which men and women are brought into The One fellowship in Christ, through Whom GOD has made known and has revealed HIS Will to men. There may be many spiritual houses in this world, but if He, who makes the house Holy is not abiding there in the tabernacle of the believes, then that house is made desolate.

Through His servant John, who sat before The Open Door to GOD; The LORD through The Door of HIS Word, revealed to us The Things He had revealed to them. "Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, 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. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us" (John 14:5-8).

From our study, GOD has revealed to us by HIS Word, that no man has seen HIM at any time; yet HE has revealed HIMSELF to us through HIS Son, Who is the brightness of HIS GLORY, and The Express Image of HIS Presence. Through Him The Father spoke Face to face to Adam and Eve. Through Him, HE spoke Face to face to the early fathers of men. By Him, The Father reveals HIS Will to all men, as HE did by HIS Word through the prophets, who received and testified of HIS Word through them. If there was another Divine being, who existed with The Father and The Son from everlasting, then He would have told us so. For He said, "All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and [he] to whom the Son will reveal [him]" (Luke 10:22).

Notice that it is through The Son that The Father is revealed to men, both in His Expressed Image and in His Voice to men. Yet, sitting before The Open Door, Who revealed in symbols The Two Holy compartments in The Tabernacle, "Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake" (John 14:8-11).

Notice that John testified that Jesus said, or that He opened His mouth and The Father spoke directly to Philip by Him. For He is and Was and shall be The Word of GOD, by Whom all things are made. He did not deny The Father in making HIS Will known to Philip. No, Jesus made it clear that the words spoken by Him to Philip was not of Himself, but of The Father, WHO was dwelling in Him. This He said we must believe of Him, for He is The Key to the work The Father has done, and is doing, and will do through those, who receive and believe in Him, Whom HE has sent. It is the principle teaching that He has established with His disciples. For He said unto them, "He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me" (Luke 10:16).

Jesus testified and said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it]" (John 14:12-14).

Notice Who does the works of faith in us. If we believe on Him, then the works that The Father did through Him, He will do through us. For He said to those, who believed not on Him, saying, "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent" (John 6:27-29).

But many of His disciples lack the faith to believe What The Father had revealed to them through HIS Son. And like them, many in the church today lack the faith to receive What He has revealed to us through the disciples, who received Him. For "After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told [it] unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with [them], and confirming the word with signs following. Amen" (Mark 16:12-20).

Notice that when The Lord Jesus was received up into heaven, He did not sit down next to Himself, nor did He sit down between two Divine Beings. No, He sat down on The Right Hand of The Father, WHO sent Him. And because all Power is given to Him alone to do The Father's work in both heaven and earth, He is able to work The Father's Will in and through all, who receive and believe in Him, that He might glorify The Father through us in doing HIS Will. For He said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" (John 14:15-17).


Keeping The Covenant between GOD and man
to receive HIS Gift
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Through His disciples, who served Him in His Tabernacle, Jesus testified to us and said, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I [am] in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him" (John 14:18-21).

The only reason we live today is, because we live by Him, Who is The Light and Life of man, that we may choose to receive Him rather than darkness and death. For He said to His disciples, "...it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath" (Matthew 13:11,12).

He also said, "Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death" (Proverbs 8:32-36).

As one of the doors to His Tabernacle, "Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being [yet] present with you. But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:22-26).


Whom has GOD sent with HIS Word to men?
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Jesus said, "...He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak" (John 12:44-50).

It was the darkness of distorting and eclipsing The Truth of The Father and The Son among the heavenly beings that called for The Light of Truth to be known. To bring about and restore The Truth in the hearts of all in His Kingdom, The LORD by HIS Word said, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light."

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the 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 1:1-3,26,27).

Notice that the moving of The Spirit upon the face of the deep is the same as The Father speaking to the hearts of men by those, who have received HIS Word, that all, who receive HIS Word in their hearts might partake and redeliver, or represent HIS Word again to those, who have not yet received The Truth of HIS Word. This is the work of GOD by HIS Word of Love, in calling the hearts of men out of darkness into The Kingdom of HIS Only Begotten Son. By receiving His Wisdom and Understanding in our hearts, He works through us to shine against the work of the enemy, who brought darkness upon the hearts of the inhabitance of heaven, and then upon the hearts of men, that he might reign over all.

This work could not be completed before the creation of this world. However, by calling men out of darkness into His Light, GOD has revealed by HIS Word of Truth, The Light of The Knowledge of The Glory of GOD, Which is seen in The Face of HIS Son, upon the hearts of men, who receive HIS Word.

I pray that HE will Seal HIS Word of Truth in our hearts
to chose HIS Gift of Light of Life over the power
of darkness and death, which we know all to well.

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