1. "To enter HIS Kingdom"   2. "Have we received Him?"   3. "Choosing Him by our witness"

by Carron Lake - www.thelightoftheword.org

The call of HIS Spirit
to enter His Kingdom

While traveling on the road to Damascus, to bind men and women, who ministered in the service of The Word, Saul saw a Light from heaven shinning round about him. As he fell to the ground in fear and trembling, he heard a Voice speaking to him, saying, "...Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" (Acts 9:4) Laying on the ground in The Light of the Glorious Tabernacle of GOD, Who spoke to him, Saul, in fear at hearing The Voice, Who spoke to him, said, "...Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do" (Acts 9:6).

While Saul was there laying on the ground before Him, Jesus could have revealed to him directly the work that he was called to fulfill, but He did not do this. He said to him, "Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do." The Power of GOD'S Light shinning on Saul was able to cause him to change the direction of his service, from the authority of men to The Authority and Power of GOD by HIS Word.

It was not long before this that there was another Glorious event that took place, when "Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard [it], they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only" (Matthew 17:1-8).

Notice that Peter was speaking of James and John with himself, who, not knowing what to say of the things they were seeing, requested of The Lord, saying, "if it is Your will, let us build here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elias". They were witnessing an event like that in the time of Moses, which made the whole mountain Holy. But while Peter was yet speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed, or surrounded them with The GLORIOUS PRESENCE of The LORD and made the place where they stood even more HOLY and GLORIOUS. And they heard The Voice of GOD speaking out of The Bright Cloud saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased"; hear ye him.

Notice that The LORD came and overshadowed them all with HIS PRESENCE. HE did not come and select Christ only from among them, as HE did at His baptism, but selected Moses also, whom HE sent with HIS Covenant of Love, as HIS Authority to those, who will obey and do HIS Will. For the covenant written on Stone was just a symbol of The Everlasting Covenant HE had established with His people, who would love and obey Him, Whom HE had sent. GOD selected Elias also, as one Who represented the prophets through whom HE sent HIS Word of Authority, to bring HIS people back from idolatry in breaking HIS Covenant of Love, Whom they had promised to keep and pass on to their seed in all generations, and to all nations. HE selected His disciples, who boar witness of HIS Anointed, by Whom all men by faith in Him will hear HIS Voice, to come into His Kingdom of Fellowship knowing and doing HIS Will.

It was The True Witness of GOD that Saul was fighting against; for Jesus did not say to him, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou them?" No, He said he was persecuting Him, The One to Whom all the witnesses pointed. For GOD said to the enemy at the beginning, saying "...I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel" (Genesis 3:15).

Speaking to those in HIS Tabernacle, who served and obeyed HIS Word, in ministering The Same Word given to them, to the hearts of men, Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me" (John 13:20).

To make His message clear to our hearts, as to whom it was that He would send to us, Jesus also 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).

Jesus did not send to Saul a third divine being who is said to have existed with Him and The Father from everlasting. No, He sent to him one, who became a partaker of His Nature by receiving from The Father, Him, Whom The Father has sent. If Paul truly wanted to do GOD'S Will, he would receive whoever it was that The LORD would send to him by HIS Word. And if he would receive that person, he will receive The Father also by HIS Word through him. Jesus said to Saul, "Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do." "And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision Ananias. And he said, Behold, I [am here], Lord. And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for [one] called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting [his] hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

"Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized" (Acts 9:6,10-18).

Notice that The Lord had already prepared The Way for Ananias to be received by Saul, for He gave Saul a vision of His servant coming and putting his hand on him that he might receive his sight. As The Administrator of The Gifts given to those, who serve in His Tabernacle, Which we are, Jesus called Ananias to the side of Saul that he might be comforted by Him through Ananias, that his eyes might be opened to be filled with The SPIRIT of GOD through The Tabernacle of HIS Word, to minister and bear The NAME of GOD by HIS Word to the Gentiles, and to kings, and the children of Israel.

The Father's Open Door to men
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Having understood the principle of receiving The Father by HIS Word, Paul testified and said, "...I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my 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 2:1-16).

With The Mind of Christ, in Whom The Father is well pleased to dwell, Paul testified to the church at Ephesus and said, "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God" (Ephesians 3:8-10),

Speaking through his letter to the church at Colosse, to us in these last days, Paul said, "...I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and [for] them at Laodicea, and [for] as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

"And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:" (Colossians 2:1-10).

Speaking of our fulness in Him, Which they have received, John testified and said, "(...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" (1 John 1:2-4).

Are we truly in The Fellowship with The Father and those,
who have received HIS Son, or have we included someone,
who has taken the place of HIS Son?