PRINCIPLES No.4 & 5

Many have received the Bread of Life, Who comes to us from the Father, yet after receiving the Word of God, many choose to follow their own way and deny the Will of God for their lives. The Word gave Himself freely to His disciples, including one among them whom He did not choose.

He said, "...Whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 10:33). After receiving the Word of God, and understanding the concepts presented by Him, Timothy said, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

"Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Timothy 3:1-7).

In Paul's letter to Timothy, he understood the problem of men who are ever learning, but not able to come to the Knowledge of the Truth; men who have a form of godliness, but deny the Power of God.

Peter also understood this problem. After having received the Power of God, He said, "...There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

"And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them] down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth [person], a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned [them] with an overthrow, making [them] an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly..." (2 Peter 2:1-6)

Jude also understood the problem, but said, "...To them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, [and] called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

"For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:1-4).

Notice that Jude recognized mercy, peace and love as coming from the only LORD God and our Lord Jesus Christ in Whom we are preserved. He did not recognize any other person from whom the gifts of God came. To add any other person, or to recognize a third person with the LORD God and our Lord Jesus Christ is in Jude's words "condemnation". For whosoever does this, he or she is denying the only LORD God and our Lord Jesus Christ, which was once delivered unto the saints,

Understanding the problem of men denying the Power of God, Paul wrote to the church at Corinth and said, "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

"For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

"For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

"Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

"And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 1:17-31).

From the testimony of these servants of the Word, it is clear that through them the Word of God has a message for us in our time. Many today are showning themselves as having a form of godliness, but are denying the Power of God in their lives. Jude thought it was important to urge us to earnestly contend for the faith, which was once delivered unto the saints.

Are we complying with the faith that was once delivered to the saints? Are we denying the only Lord God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, Whom HE has sent by including a third person in this Holy Union?

In seeking to work with the Lord in the ministry of the gospel, we are to receive Him as the Bread of Life, Who satisfies our every need. Yet after receiving Him, many deny Him as being the Power of God, Who works through us to accomplish the Father's will. And because we do not recognize Him as the Power of God, we fail to give Him the glory.

In preparing His disciples to work with Him in the ministry with the Father, the Word said to them, "Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am [he]".

What did the Word mean by this statement? And why did He reveal to His disciples before hand Who it was that was to come? To illustrate what was being said that they might understand the concept being presented, the Word said unto them, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me".

Principle No.4

Who is this person that is sent unto us? It has being accepted by many in the church for hundreds of years, that the person referred to in this text is another divine being, whom the Word of God would send unto us from the Father. However, if this concept held by the church today is correct then we shall see the evidence from the Word of God to support this view. But if our concept is incorrect then the evidence will show that we have been denying the Power of God, Whom the Father has sent unto us and therefore dishonor the Father, WHO sent Him.

To understand more clearly what the Word meant by these words, Matthew a servant of the Lord re-presented the same concept by the Word, Who said, "He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.

"And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold [water] only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward" (Matthew 10: 40-42).

Principle No.5

Before the disciples understood fully this concept of receiving and delivering the Word; an opportunity was presented to them to understand the Spiritual things revealed by the Word. It came to pass one day, when a man cried out and said, "...Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.

"And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not. And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.

"And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare [him]. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father. And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples,

"Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.

"Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.

"And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid [him] not: for he that is not against us is for us" (Luke 9:38-50).

The Word revealed to His disciples that He was with them, but suffered them, i.e. He endured their dullness of mind, because they denied Him the opportunity to do His good work through them. To help them and us to understand the concept of receiving the Word through His servants, the Word said to His disciples, "Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men".

To reveal more clearly what He meant by these sayings, He illustrated to them and said, "Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great". After revealing these things to them, the disciples did not at this time understand the concept being presented to them. John noted that he and the other disciples saw someone casting out devils in Christ name and they forbid him to do this, because he was not following the Word with them. But the Word said unto them, "Forbid [him] not: for he that is not against us is for us".

The disciples had the same opportunity as the man who cast out the devil by the Power of God, but because of their lack of understanding, the Power of God was not able to work through them. As the Word of God endured the Jews, who rejected the knowledge of Him being the Messiah, likewise, because of man's dullness of mind, the Word of God has endure our rejection of the Knowledge of Him being the Spirit of God Who has come to dwell with us.

It is made clear by the Word that if we desire within our hearts to receive the Father, then we must first receive HIS Word, Whom HE sent. And if we desire to receive the Father's only begotten Word, then we must first receive Him from the hands of those, in whom the Father has delivered HIS Word. They are the ones, who first received Him and have delivered Him unto us (the Church). However, it is also made clear from the Word that certain ungodly men have crept into the church unawares and have denied the only LORD God, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and have mishandled That, Which was once delivered to the saints.

Like Judas, who denied the Only LORD God and the Lord Jesus Christ, many in leadership position have denied the Father and the Son to receive their own following after them, just as Satan did before his fall from heaven. Jesus predicted that this would happen when He said, "...behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners" (Matthew 26:45).

Notice that there is a difference in the verse recorded in "Luke 9:44" and the verse recorded in "Matthew 26:45". Both verses focus on That Which is delivered into the hands of men. One verse speaks of the Son of Man being betrayed into the hands of sinners, while the other speaks of the Son of Man as being delivered into the hands of men. After hearing these words from the LORD through HIS Word, the disciples at that time understood not the sayings, which HE said to them, and it was hid from them and they perceived it not.

This saying is still hidden from men to this day. For many choose to receive the wisdom of men, which is delivered to them, rather than That, Which is delivered to men by The Father through His Word. Today, when we receive the Word by the testimony of His servants, we have received Him by faith through them. And if we have received Him by faith through them, then we have received the Father by faith through HIS Word, Whom HE has sent.

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