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These final words of Jesus to the crowd sums up the entirety of the life and times He had lived before them – His words and His actions:  “When a man believes in Me, he does not believe in Me only, but in the One who sent Me. When he looks at Me, he sees the One who sent Me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness.  As for the person who hears My words but does not keep them, I do not judge him.  For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a Judge for the one who rejects Me and does not accept My words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. For I did not speak of My own accord, but the Father who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it. I know that His command leads to eternal life.  So whatever I say is just what the Father has told Me to say.”

It is not what others do with the words of Jesus which they have heard that needs to concern us, for as the Lord has said, there is Someone else who is their Judge.  Rather, the concern, our concern is what we do with the Lord’s word ourselves, and that is, how we keep them and what is the attitude with which we keep them.  When we have learned to hold onto the words of Jesus because they are the words of the Father, that is the moment you have joined with Moses on top of a mountain listening to what God is dictating to you about the kingdom that is coming into your life and through your life.

For those who have learned to separate the words spoken by the mouth of God from the words spoken by the mouth of men, you know now that the book of Leviticus is virtually God uninterrupted, as is parts of Exodus when God was speaking directly to Moses and Moses, sitting in the presence of the glory, took down every word to reproduce it later.  There was no distraction, no interruption, no miracles or signs and wonders as God spoke to Moses.

When each of us learn to recognise what comes out of the mouth of Jesus is exactly what the Father has commanded Him to say and exactly how to say it so that the words of Jesus cause the blind men receiving sight to fade from your sight and your attention is not focused on the bread multiplying or the storm calming, but your entire attention is so focused on the words that come out of the mouth of Jesus and how they are being said that you have been taken by the Spirit in the spirit to the top of your own mountain, like Moses, to be enveloped in that cloud of glory to hear the Lord dictate to you the laws, commands and decrees of the kingdom He is going to give you.

Moses received the laws, commands and decrees for the kingdom of Israel that God was giving to him to lead, to govern and to bring into their promised place and time in the history of the created world.  So likewise, to all who belong to the little flock, as the Lord said, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom,” when He was teaching them (the disciples) as they were journeying to Jerusalem for the final time before His death.

Just as God had said to Moses, “So now, go.  I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring My people the Israelites out of Egypt,” so there was this promise to the disciples of a kingdom, a people of their own.  Because Moses did everything he was told all the way up to Mount Sinai, the Lord was able to give him the constitution of the new kingdom – its laws, decrees and commands, even its very culture of thought and hopes.  However, the kingdom that was promised by Jesus to the disciples never, never received its constitution, for they did not heed the words of Jesus, “For I did not speak of My own accord, but the Father who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it.” For if they had, then they would have listened to Jesus after the transfiguration as if it was the Father who was speaking and so would have begun to see that what He said and had said was the basis of the constitution of this kingdom they had been promised.

Indeed, even though they had failed to attend the meeting on top of the Mount of Transfiguration on resurrection morning to receive the constitution of the Kingdom of God, as Moses received the constitution of the kingdom of Israel on Mount Sinai… they would still have been able to draw up the constitution of the Kingdom of God based on what Jesus had been saying and telling them, for the laws and decrees that would govern the society and behaviour of the citizens of the Kingdom of God were already shown them in the signs and wonders of Jesus Christ.

Even though they did make an attempt of it, because they did not really hold onto the words of Jesus and keep them as if they came from the mouth of God, it did not take much convincing for them to revert to and bring in the words of Moses.  After all, as Jews they knew by teaching and tradition that God spoke to Moses.  As the pharisees said, “We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this Fellow, we don’t even know where He comes from.”

Elect, you can blame the pharisees and all manners of religion whose adherents claim that God spoke to their prophet, like God spoke to Moses for the Jews, for all the hostility and lack of advancement of the preaching of the gospel in this world.  The truth is the problem does not lay with those who belong to other kingdoms, but the problem lays with us.  When Jesus said, “As for the person who hears My words but does not keep them…” who are the ones who fail to keep the word of Jesus they heard – His disciples or His enemies?

Take the word of Jesus when He said to both the disciples and the crowds as well as the pharisees when He told them of His rising from the dead three days after He is killed… who kept them?  Was it the eleven who so kept this word that they mounted a three day vigil outside the tomb, or was it the pharisees who broke their own law by going to Pilate on the Sabbath to ensure that there would be no trickery about the rising from the dead?  It is written: The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. Elect, you know the day after Preparation Day is the Sabbath, as it is written:  It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

The pharisees so held onto the words of Jesus and kept it that they broke the Sabbath to do work and sought Pilate out to appoint a guard outside the tomb. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ “ The pharisees remembered those words of Jesus, but the eleven forgot.

Satan remembers Jesus said that He is coming back.  Satan remembers that the two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into Heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into Heaven.” But we, the church… we forget.

Why?  Because we have never learnt to hold onto the words of Jesus as if they are the words spoken to Him by God in the same way as the Jews and others hold onto the words of their prophets as if they are words spoken to them directly by God and therefore cannot be varied or challenged.

Indeed, if Jesus was merely another servant of God, another prophet, then they would be correct to kill Him for changing and going against the words spoken by the previous prophets, particularly in the matter of eating clean and unclean food and the withholding of the death penalty from a woman caught in adultery.  You see, Jesus is not and never was a servant of God, but rather, He is, was and always will be the Son of God who came to serve His Father.  And the word of a son is greater than the word of any servant, which is why He said to those who were holding onto His Father’s word given through a servant, Moses, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

It is the failure of the disciples to hold onto the words of Jesus with this attitude, this spirit, that they came to Jesus from the Father directly, which prevented them from opposing James when he substituted the words God gave to His servant Moses for the words God gave to His Son Jesus.

Indeed, when you see the truth, elect, has it not set you free?  Free from the confusion, the doubts, the double standards, the pandering, even the very hypocrisy, the fear, the lies of those who claim to be believers of Jesus and say they are His disciples when they do not hold onto His word nor are able to do anything that He showed them and told them plainly, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in Me or who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing.”

In fact, those who claim to be His believers or disciples but do not hold onto His word, and beyond substituting His word with the words of others with some going even further to advance the interest of His enemies, are worse than lazy and wicked servants who buried the talent or mina that the master had given them.  They are betrayers who have taken the master’s money to finance the downfall of their master.

Without the wholesale cooperation of those who say they are believers and disciples, bishops and priests, in refusing to hold onto the teachings Jesus commanded but substituting their own perversions (perverted versions), Satan could never have enjoyed these two millenniums of freedom wreaking havoc on the people and world that Jesus had saved by His sacrifice.

So, elect, who is this Judge the Lord spoke of, “There is a Judge for the one who rejects Me and does not accept My words…” who has the authority and the power to not only be Judge, but Executioner with such swiftness that He can prevent a person from uttering a word of repentance?  Who was it who struck down Ananias as soon as he heard what Peter said so that he could not even breathe out the words, “I repent,” and also to Sapphira?  Is it not the One who has elected you from those whom the Lord has chosen from those the Father has drawn to Him?

So, elect, what is another of our concerns?  That the enemies of our Christ are better in remembering and keeping His word so as to oppose Him than we are to obey Him.

Now, if you are of the attitude, of the spirit, that every word spoken by Jesus was spoken to Him by God His Father and that Jesus has said it exactly how He was meant to say it, then you are of the spirit that will permit you to ascend the mountain to where God waits in the fiery cloud of glory to give to you the constitution of the kingdom He has promised to the little flock.

It is only when a nation has received its constitution that it is a nation or a kingdom in its own right.  That is why the Kingdom of God that is within you does not come out to be amongst us, for the constitution of the Kingdom of God has not been received by its citizens, for though they heard it pronounced to them by their King, they had gone and ran after and adopted the constitutions of other nations, and so the kingdom has never emerged.  But like Samaria, which was settled by the Assyrians and Babylonians with people from many nations so that the Jews could no longer identify it as part of Israel by the time Jesus came, so now there are settled in the kingdom Christ came to establish many different tribes who do not hold onto the words of the King, but mix His words with words from other kingdoms.

So who is the Judge?  He who elected us as He convicts them of guilt and unrighteousness that they may repent so as not to share in the condemnation of Satan.  However, if it is their judgment, their decision to refuse His grace, but yet still persist in their deception in calling themselves believers and disciples of the One who sent Him… then, elect, you will witness the swiftness of His execution of judgment so that they are removed, some to the eternal fire, others to the barns of God to await the resurrection, like seeds stored waiting to be sown again to live.

Your greater concern, elect, is to learn to give Him rest even from this work.  For we do not judge, but rather, each and everyone is judged by their own word.  By our words we acquit ourselves or condemn ourselves as Jesus said. So likewise, like Ananias, those who hold back the truth with full knowledge that they are doing so even when confronted with the truth will likewise swiftly receive the execution of their judgment.

So first be concerned that you yourself regard the word of Jesus in the manner Jesus has told you in all its true honour and worthiness, and having repented of any slighting of His word by your unbelief, then you are ready to learn what it is to be an elect of the Judge Jesus spoke of about His word at this time.

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