by Carron Lake -

We have seen from the parable of The Sower, Who it is that plants The Seed of Life within the field. However, of the soil condition, or the hearts of men in the field, only the soil that would receive The Good Seed of Life will bring forth from the heart The Good Fruit to the glory of GOD. In order for the soil of our hearts to be good soil, we must take heed to what we hear from The Word. For we were instructed by The Father to hear Him, Whom HE has sent. In order to hear Him, we must receive in our hearts His Testimony of what He has seen and heard from The Father, which is His Faith. For it is His Testimony that is revealed to our hearts through the gospel, which is replanted from the faith of HIS Heart to the faith of another. But many have rejected The Bread of Life in order to produce their own bread, which brings about no life in the heart.

We have been called from before the world was, before sin, to a Holy Calling, that through the church He might proclaim The Light of Truth to all, who are in darkness. For The Word to the hearts of all is this, "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 3:36).

To confirm that it is He and not someone else, Who does The Father's Will through those, who are partakers with Him, The Father has revealed evidence for our faith in His Written Word, Which supports The Truth by Which those, who believe in HIS Word are sanctified. For it was revealed in the following verse that, "When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee" (John 4:1-3).

Notice that it was clearly noted in the Scripture that the Pharisees heard, or received in their hearts that it was Jesus, Who made and baptized more disciples than John. He did this by extending in His disciples His Authority to baptize the people in His name, for they were made partakers with Him in His profession. This however is not the only evidence that reveals this Truth. But because of the error in the interpretation of one verse to the hearts of men and women, many in the church today do not see and receive HIS Gospel to their hearts, because they have not understood His Testimony to perceive The Truth.

To confirm The Truth in our hearts, and understand more clearly the dilemma in the church, after witnessing the transfiguration of Christ on the mount and hearing The WITNESS of The Father to their hearts, "...It came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him. And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, 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" (Luke 9:37-40).

If we were to study chapter nine of Luke's gospel, we would find that it was Christ, Who prayed to The Father that through Him, the disciples might provide all that was needed to feed the multitude, because they were partakers with Him in His profession. It was He, Who was working through them to provide Power and Authority in them that they might overcome all the power of the enemy, to cure diseases and to preach to men The Kingdom of GOD. And if it was He, Who gave to them Power and Authority to do His will, then Why could the disciples not cast out the spirit that had control of the man's son?

It is for the same reason that many in the church today are so divided. It is because many have lost hold of The Truth, and have replaced Him with the spirit and wisdom of men. By not holding firm to the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end, the church today, like the Jews of old have lost the eyes of faith to see Who's Spirit they had replaced within His dwelling. By loosing the ability to perceive The Hidden Wisdom of God, The Truth that was once revealed to the early Church, men had replaced during the Dark Ages with the spirit, who gave them confidence in the wisdom of men. Yet, if as members of His body we continue to follow our own ways away from Him, The Way of Truth will be hard to receive in our hearts, and many would be lost. For an unbelieving spirit cannot cast out an unclean spirit. As a result of following and believing the wisdom of men, many today continue to follow their own ways, to establish the ways of the majority, as the right way, which is based not on The Word of GOD, but on the interpretation and wisdom of men.

To the disciples and the people, who stayed behind in the place close to Bethsaida, ...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" (Luke 9:41,42).

Like the disciples then, and those today, who are waiting for The Lordís return; the question we should seek to answer for ourselves is this, Will He find faith in His church when He returns? Or will He find His church being ovecome by the ways of the world? Will He find His church trusting in Him, or being a generation that has become perverse with the world? This all depends on the spirit we choose to follow, and who's spirit we will choose to partake of. Like the disciples, many in the church could be found without faith, because they are being motivated more by the enticing words of man's wisdom, rather than placing their trust and faith in The Word, Who had revealed to His disciples that He was with them all along, and was suffering their unbelief in Him. Did He not reveal to the church that He would be with us alway, even unto the end of the world? Do we really believe in Him that He is with us, or are we placing our faith in someone else?

In rebuking the unclean spirit that had control of the child, The Word and Power of God healed the child and delivered him again to his father, but the disciples also needed healing from the spirit of unbelief. "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" (Luke 9:43-46).

If there was a saying that needed to take root in the hearts of His disciples, it was this saying. But at the sowing of these words in their hearts, they understood not His sayings. Like the disciples of Christ, many today need healing from the spirit of unbelief that has overcome many in the world. But how can the church with its many divisions receive healing, if our hearts are open more to the enticing words of man's wisdom than GOD'S Word of Life? Yet, He patiently knocks at the doors of our hearts, seeking to enter in and take root in our hearts, but are we listening to His call that we might understand The Truth with our hearts? Are we being converted by HIS Power of healing that through us, He might demonstrate HIS Spirit to those, who need to receive The Bread of Life to complete their journey?

In order for Him to demonstrate HIS Spirit and Power in those, who are made partakers with Him, we must receive and understand His sayings that He might accomplish HIS Will in and through us to The glory of The Father. We must not jump to conclusions of our own understanding by misinterpreting one saying that sounds like another, but we must study the context in which the saying is given, and look to Him to reveal to us the answer.

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to the early church.

GOD has made it possible for The Light of GOD, or The Knowledge of GOD in Christ Jesus to shine forth out of darkness into this world of darkness. In other words, out of the hearts of men and women, earthen vessels of flesh and blood, who were made partakers of darkness and death, GOD has shined forth The Light and Life of HIS Son to the hearts of men. As Christ put on the form of flesh to reveal The Treasure of Truth in Himself, likewise He is able to clearly reveal and made known The Treasures of GOD sealed in The Word, through the hearts of those, who become partakers with Him, if we kept our faith and confidence in Him.

For Christ is The Son and Spirit of The LIVING GOD, WHO sent Him in the form of flesh, to be an example to us of how GOD would live and work through those, who are made partakers with Him. He revealed in Himself what The Father can do through all, who will receive Him. But this revelation was kept hidden from the hearts of men, because the god of this world, wanted to remain the occupant of the hearts of men, that all men might be lost in darkness and death.

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the dilemma and receiving The Revelation to men.

It was revealed to us in the writings, or the sayings through Ellen G White, that Christ was working through human agencies to uplift the people from their sin and degradation. But those in darkness to The Truth hated those through whom He worked to uplift the people from their sin, because they did not comprehend The Light of Truth shining through those, whom He had sent. For by hating The Light of Truth, the power of darkness keeps men and women from seeing that they are standing in opposition to The Gift of GOD, to love darkness and death rather than HIS Gift of Light and Life.

To confirm to our hearts The Word of Truth, Who was delivered to the hearts of His disciples, "Paul, called [to be] an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes [our] brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called [to be] saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours" (1 Corinthians 1:1,2).

If we are to be The Church of GOD, which is sanctified in Christ Jesus, called by Him to be saints, then we must comprehend His Sayings that He might take Root in our hearts to be partakers with Him. As Paul was called, so also we are called by Christ Jesus to be in fellowship with Him to do HIS Will. As Paul was called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ, so also we are called to be apostles for Jesus Christ.

The question then is this, What is an apostle?

According to The Strong's Greek Dictionary using the definition, No.652- The word Apostle is presented as Ap-os-tol-os;

It is from the Greek word "Apostello" defined in No.649- This meaning is to "Set apart" (by implication) to sent out properly on a mission, Literally or figuratively: put in, send (away, forth, out), set [at liberty].

From the greek word "Apostolos" defined in No.652- The meaning is an apostle, messenger, "he that is sent" a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders, specifically an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ"; (1a) specifically applied to the twelve apostles of Christ; and (1b) in a broader sense applied to other eminent Christian teachers.

To put it simply, the church is not a man made structure, which is made up of four walls and a roof. It is however, the people, who are made partakers with Christ, Who is The Door through Whom we must all enter by faith, to The Only Fellowship of Life, Who connects us with Himself to The Father, WHO sent Him. In this Fellowship, we are sent out as Holy ambassadors and as a Royal Priesthood, to let The Light of The Glorious Gospel of Christ, Who is The Image of The Father shine forth through us into a world of darkness to reflect HIS Glory.

With the understanding of the call to His Holy Profession, Paul was sent as an apostle with GOD'S Word of Power to the fellowship of believers in Corinth, that through him, they might take heed to His call. He testified and said, "Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and [in] all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, [that ye may be] blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you; but [that] ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them [which are of the house] of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 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" (1 Corinthians 1:3-18).

Notice the sayings that are planted in the hearts of those, who will take heed to HIS Word, that we might no longer remain divided from Him and each other. Through Paul, it was revealed to us, from WHOM and by Whom The Grace and Peace of GOD is delivered to our hearts. Through Him and by Him, The Father has enriched us in all utterance and in all Knowledge, even His own Testimony, which He has confirmed in us that we might receive HIS Gift in us, lack nothing, or being found waiting for Him, Whom HE has sent. For He shall confirm us unto the end, that we might be found blameless in Him on the day of His coming. If He is the Only One, Who could open to us The Book in the hand of HIM, WHO sits upon the throne, then all that He has seen and heard, He has revealed to us in His Testimony through HIS Gift of faith.

Being a partaker in the fellowship with Christ, Paul like Noah, with a message to be given to the world, testified and said, " speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." (1 Corinthians 2:4-16).

The Truth is clear to all, who will perfectly joined their hearts to Christ Jesus our Lord, because He has poured out in us, or have sown The Seed of His Mind in the soil of our hearts, that we might have all utterance, and all knowledge to proclaim His Faith and His Testimony of the things He has seen and heard to those, who will receive and become partakers with Him. There is no mystery, as to Who it is that reveals to our hearts the deep things of GOD, because He is The Only One, Who was found worthy to open to us the hidden things sealed in The Book, that we might be partakers with Him in His Holy Profession.

For it is written, "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make [them] the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:15-20).

It is my prayer that you will weigh all The Evidence carefully before making your verdict to accept or reject what, or Who has been planted, or sown in our hearts, that we might not rob God of His glory, and continue to defrauded the world with a counterfeit of His Gospel. If Christ is not the One abiding in our hearts, then why should He be knocking at the door of our hearts to enter in from the outside? "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses [was faithful] in all his house" (Hebrews 3:1,2).

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