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Codus Electi I

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“For many are invited, but few are chosen.” The mercy of God is such that the salvation He offers to all mankind through Jesus Christ is an invitation.  It is not a command… although the Amplified version uses the words “called” and “summoned”.  When you learn to look at the entirety of the context of the word by bringing the translations together, you see that the verse says, “For many are invited, called and summoned, but few are chosen.”

You see that this word of Jesus – “Repent and believe the good news!” – is not a threat, but rather, it is a summons to His servants, a call to His people, and also an invitation to friends and those He wants to be His friends.  To the priests and teachers of the law of His time, “Repent and believe the good news!” is a summons by the Master to His servants.  To the people of God of His time, the Jews, it was a call… and to those who are neither, like the Samaritan woman who gave Him water to drink, it is an invitation.  And it has been continually broadcast for the last 2000 Julian years since Jesus first spoke these words because of the merciful patience of God who wants all to be saved and none to perish.  However, this one fact often escapes many who hear this message… it is an invitation, as such it is not only optional, but it is also extended with the greatest politeness from God Almighty because it is His very nature to be polite, even when He does not have to be… for He is Love and L/love is never rude.

However, we – men – twist even this simplest of invitation into a threat from God and add and imply to the message, “Or else!”  There is no, “Or else!”  It is simply an invitation – “Repent and believe the good news!” – to all who are not yet His servants or His people… and should be spoken like an invitation.  To those who are His people, it should be spoken as a call and to those who are His servants, it should be a summons, for loyal people do not need an invitation from their King, only a call, and every faithful servant should delight and expect that their Lord summons them.

From the multitude of His servants, people and strangers who are summoned, called and invited to believe, a few are chosen by Jesus as Jesus said, “Have I not chosen you, the twelve?” Chosen by Jesus to be His disciples so that they may learn from Him all that He knows of the Father.  When Jesus chooses a disciple (disciples are chosen; believers choose), the ultimate purpose is to raise up a student of His Sonship that would catch the eyes of the Holy Spirit in the hope that the Holy Spirit would set them aside for His work by His election.  And Jesus spoke of the coming of the elect of the Holy Spirit to His twelve disciples – the chosen – when He said, “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive.”

As surely as the Father gave His word to Jesus to summon, call and invite men and women to receive salvation through faith in Jesus by grace… so Jesus chose from those who believed His disciples so that they may be taught and trained.  However, those who are the elect of the Holy Spirit, who are set aside from believers and disciples for the work that the Holy Spirit has – like Barnabas and Saul were set aside in Acts 13.2 – are neither invited nor chosen according to the Father’s will or Jesus’ choice, but by the Holy Spirit’s exercising of His choice, His vote and therefore His election.

Understand once and for all… it was the Father who chose to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh as He promised in Joel 2.28 and fulfilled in Acts 2.1-4.  The Holy Spirit merely agreed and complied with the Father’s decision to pour Him out on all flesh as it is written:  “‘…God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people.'” That was the Father’s decision, not the Holy Spirit’s, or else it would have been written:  “In the last days, I will be poured out on all people.”  Neither does the Holy Spirit choose whom He is baptised into… for John the Baptist testified, “I baptise you with water for repentance.  But after me will come One who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry.  He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” But by Jesus’ choice, the Holy Spirit is baptised into all who are destined for the new truth, so that indeed they are born again of the spirit and not of the flesh.  However, like the outpouring, this is on the basis of God the Son.

But in the matter of election, it is the sovereign personal choice of the Holy Spirit as to who is set aside for His work, as He said to the church at Antioch, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Luke wrote for us:  In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. As such, one might observe that Barnabas and in particular, Saul were elected before they themselves became apostles of Christ.  They had become disciples and were placed into the offices of prophets and teachers, but not yet apostles.  There are no known written boundaries or rules as to who can be elected, as there are no rules as to who can be disciples… for the decision of making a believer comes only from the person to be saved.  The decision, the choice, as to who becomes a disciple of Jesus or an elect of the Holy Spirit comes from Jesus and the Holy Spirit respectively.

So then, elect, be humble of your status… for it is not made by your choice or decision, but by the Holy Spirit’s.

The revelation of the existence – the formal acknowledgement in writing so that it can be said, “It is written…” of the existence – planned and now manifested, of a group of believers and disciples who are set aside by the Holy Spirit as His elect is in fulfilment of Jesus’ answer to Peter’s specific question concerning the times of the end.

In speaking of the end times or the times of the end of this age, Jesus mentioned many signs.  Some of these were mentioned specifically in answer to the questions fielded by the disciples as they left the temple for the last time.  The last time for Jesus… for He would never again enter that temple, not even after His resurrection.

When they arrived at the Mount of Olives, His disciples asked Him about the comment He made as they were leaving the temple, “Do you see all these great buildings? As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down. I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” They asked Him four questions: “Teacher, when will these things happen?  And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” Then, As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives… Peter, James, John and Andrew asked Him privately, “Tell us, when will this happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” and “And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”

If you have learned by now to consolidate the different accounts of the same event in the gospels together as one rendering… you will see that four questions and four signs were asked for by the disciples:

  1. “And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” In the context of Luke’s writing of the event, the sign and event the disciples were asking for was the sign that the stones of the buildings would be thrown down.  Jesus replied them in Luke, saying, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near,” a line that is not repeated in Matthew’s or Mark’s rendering.
  2. “…and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” In answer to this, Jesus said, “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains,” as the sign of His coming.  An event that would take place when the gospels are available for reading.  As such, this would not happen as long as the gospels were locked away by the clergy, especially by the Romish clergy.  Knowing the Lord said this and understanding what Jesus meant when He said, “…let the reader understand…” the enemies of Jesus locked the scriptures away so that only clergy and scholars would read them, thus denying the fulfilment of this sign until the printing press was invented and men gave their very lives to translate and print the scriptures so that all could read and understand.  Now in the Julian year 2010, this is fulfilled, and the availability of scriptures for all to read is the beginning of the fulfilment of this sign that heralds His coming – the appearance of the abomination that causes desolation.
  3. And of the sign of the end of the age, Jesus said, “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the Earth will mourn.” The appearance of the Rock from Heaven not caused by human hands is the sign of the end of the age as far as men of the world are concerned.  The day the astronomers and scientists see the Rock that is on a collision course with the Earth is the fulfilment of the scripture, and yes, the age will end… the end of the world as we know it will come, and as you now know, but not as they think.  It will be a collision that will cause mass extinction, yes, but mass extinction of a species this world can do without – sons of the devil in all their various guises.
  4. And finally the disciples asked, “And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?” In answer to this question, the Holy Spirit changed the response recorded in Matthew 24.22 – “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened” – and recorded it in Mark 13 where the question was asked and it is written:  “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive.  But for the sake of the elect, whom He has chosen, He has shortened them.” Thus the appearance of the elect of the Holy Spirit, the speaking of such a terminology and the manifestation of people who are believers and disciples who are elected by the Holy Spirit’s choice, is the sign that all things are about to be fulfilled.

In order that there is no misunderstanding of His words, Jesus then said in Mark 13.26-27, “At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the Earth to the ends of the Heavens.” There is a group from the church who are the elect of Jesus, some of whom will be alive on His arrival; others are the martyred saints who will be returning with Him for the millennium.  The so-called ‘rapture of the church’ will happen for those of the elect of Jesus Christ, the Lord, who are left alive until His coming.  There is no such thing as a pre-tribulation or mid-tribulation rapture… just the rapture of those who are left alive on His arrival as Paul so clearly wrote.  Yes, those days will be shortened for the sake of the elect of Jesus, but it is done because of the election of His own elect by the Holy Spirit as written in Mark 13.20.

If there is no such group as the elect of the Holy Spirit, then there is no need for a ‘Codus Electi’ or ‘The Code of the Elect.’  Then, dear reader, forgive and forget what you have read and continue to follow Jesus, your Lord and Saviour, listen to Him and practise His words earnestly.

For those who know otherwise, your existence is the fulfilment of this scripture and the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled.  And over this sign will be written His words:  “Look up!  For your salvation draws nigh!”

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