PRINCIPLE No.(6)

After revealing to His disciples the concept of receiving and delivering the Word of God, Jesus was troubled at heart because of the betrayal of one of His disciples. Why would Jesus allow this disciple, who would betray Him to take part in the communion service with the other disciples?

He was troubled because as He said, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him" (John 6:63,64).

From the beginning, Jesus new that Judas would betray Him, yet He treated him with the same love and care as He had shown to the other disciples. Although Judas followed Him wherever He went, he was not a true follower of the Word, because his mind was blinded to the spiritual things of God. The Light of God was shinning on him, yet he turn and walked into Darkness.

He was more concern about the things of this world and would not allow the Word of God to renew a right Spirit within him. Although Jesus washed his feet, he did not allow the Word to cleanse his heart that he might receive Life. It was for this reason that Jesus was troubled at heart. Not only was He troubled in Spirit because of Judas rejection of Him, but He was troubled also for those who are rejecting Him.

Today the Word is knocking at the door of our hearts, seeking communion with us that HE the Father might cleanse us by HIS Word to walk in HIS Way. For the hour of darkness is coming upon this world, and those who do not understand the Light of Truth will walk in the path that Judas walked.

To the seventy disciples through whom He ministered Himself to the people before Him, He said, "He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10:16-19).

Principle No.6

Notice the testimony of the Word and Who it was that gave the disciples Power to subdue the power of the enemy. Through the testimony of these disciples, it was revealed that it was by the name and the Power of the Word working His will through them that caused the serpents, scorpions and the devils to be subject unto them. Even though the Word knew before hand the path that Judas would take, He was willing to accomplish the Father's will through him, who was also among the seventy disciples.

Notice also that the Power of God is found not in screaming or shouting, neither is It found in the ink on paper, but in receiving, comprehending and walking in the Light of the Word of God. The principle lesson revealed by allowing Judas to remain with the other disciples, showed the Truth about the Word and how He came to serve and not to be served. He did not reject Judas, but continued to work through and with him, right up to the time when Judas finally rejected Him. Many will follow Christ by receiving His name and becoming Christians. But as the Word said, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).

Those who allow their hearts to be quickened by the Spirit will have Life and have it more abundantly. But those who reject the Light of Truth, by their disbelief in the Word, Who is the Spirit and Life of men, Whom the Father has sent, they will bring upon themselves darkness and death. Not being sanctified by the Word, many will turn and walk no more with Him.

To us He said, "...Take heed lest any [man] deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for [such things] must needs be; but the end [shall] not [be] yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these [are] the beginnings of sorrows.

"But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations. But when they shall lead [you], and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

"Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against [their] parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved" (Mark 13:5-13).

The Word 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).

Principle No.6

If the servants of Christ in the last days receive The Word of God, then He-The Word will sanctify them, that by the Word, HE The Father will speak through them to those who believe not. We do not need to rehears in our mind what we are to say, because it is the Father, WHO speaks through HIS Word through us. And the Word will speak that which the Father has commanded Him to speak.

The Word said through His servant Paul, "Servants, be obedient to them that are [your] masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

"With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether [he be] bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

Principle No.6

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

"And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. But that ye also may know my affairs, [and] how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

"Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and [that] he might comfort your hearts. Peace [be] to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace [be] with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen..." (Ephesians 6:5-24).

Realizing that his time of ministering the gospel to the church was coming to an end, Paul presented his farewell message to the elders from the church at Ephesus. He said to them, "...Behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I [am] pure from the blood of all [men]. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears" (Acts 20:25-31).

Notice the important words of Paul when he revealed to the elders that it was the Holy Ghost Who made them overseers of His flock (the church), which He has purchased with His own blood. It was clear in Paul's mind as to the identity of the Holy Spirit, for it was he who wrote to the church at Corinth and said, "The Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17). It was clear in the mind of Paul, that the Lord is the Spirit, Who purchased the church with His own blood. Yet, many continue to reject the Truth as revealed by the Father through HIS Word in His servant Paul.

It is the devil-the ruler of darkness in this world, who works through his servants, who are flesh and blood to do his will that they might keep all in darkness to the Truth, that they might destroy all who follow the Truth. We are the battlefield in which he is waging war against the Father and HIS Word. But God is seeking for us to work with HIM by HIS Power to defeat evil with good and save mankind by HIS Power of Love in us. For those who reject the Power of God will yield themselves to the power of darkness and death.

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