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Of the two whom the Holy Spirit elected originally, only Paul stayed on the course of his election by the Holy Spirit. Even though Barnabas remained true to Jesus, and no doubt is in Heaven now, he was unfortunately led astray by the hypocrisy of Peter and the other Jews in Galatia, and withdrew himself also from eating with the Gentiles because of the certain men who came from James the Younger.[1]

Hypocrisy is that which will remove you from the election of the Holy Spirit, even though it may not remove you from Christ, for hypocrisy is just another sin that Jesus has already died for, so that anyone who is in Him is the righteousness of God. But hypocrisy, which is pretending to be something that you are not, will remove you from the election of the Spirit of Truth, whereas sin, as defined by the Law of Moses, may not. That is why Paul is able to openly confess that he is the chief prince of sinners or the worst of sinners, writing: Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.[2]

The apostle Paul, whom some now claim to be a false apostle, was honest enough to confess he was still a sinner by the definition of Moses’ Law, even though he was already in Christ. He was no hypocrite, acknowledging that since there were parts of the Law of Moses he could not keep, then in truth he could not keep the entire Law, so that he wrote for us: So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.[3]

The hypocrisy of Peter and the other Jews was that even though they knew they were cut off from God by the Levitical Law, and therefore could have nothing to do with the Law of Moses, they still wanted to observe part of that Law in order not to offend ‘certain men’ from James.

Hypocrisy is the refusal to acknowledge the truth without necessarily lying, and anyone who practises hypocrisy has distanced himself from the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Truth. Hypocrisy gives rise to confusion, which is exactly what we have in the church when people say one thing and then do the other. Peter and the other Jews said they had drunk the blood of Jesus and eaten His flesh, yet they went back to abstaining from eating with the Gentiles because it was not proper in the eyes of the men from James. As the elect of the Holy Spirit, hypocrisy is one thing we cannot afford. That is, we cannot afford to say one thing and practise another.

And since the only sin that the Holy Spirit will convict of is the sin of unbelief in Jesus Christ, for Jesus said, “He will convict… in regard to sin, because men do not believe in Me,”[4] then we who say we listen to Jesus must practise what Jesus said and not what anyone else said. As such, our continuous unceasing repentance shows us to be sinners still, according to the Levitical Law of God, but not according to the Law of God given to the disciples of Christ, for that one perfect law states this: “…My Son… Listen to Him!”[5] So then, the only words we should endeavour to practise are the words of the One we are listening to—Jesus. If we listen to Jesus yet practise the words of Moses, we are hypocrites. If we listen to Jesus yet practise the words of James when he told the Israelites to resist the devil,[6] we are guilty of hypocrisy.

Paul’s singular mistake, when he went along with the advice of the elders and took the men and purified himself along with them,[7] earned him a prison term and a reduction of the miraculous powers of the Holy Spirit in his ministry. So that, by Acts 28:23, he had to resort to this: From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the Kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.[8] Then in his frustration, he left and went to the Gentiles, and for two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly and without hindrance he preached the Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.[9] Unfortunately for us, Luke could not record: the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it, as it is recorded in Mark 16:20 concerning when the first disciples preached.

So then, wipe out all traces of hypocrisy from each other and yourselves. Either you are wholly listening to Jesus and practising His words, or you are not, if you are to be fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is no hypocrite. He is the Holy Spirit because He is HOLY, that is, separated, set aside, only unto God and to Jesus. He is here to only do what Jesus has assigned Him to do as the Father has told Jesus, and to give us power to be witnesses of Jesus, not of anyone else. As such, you and I cannot be and remain in the election of the Holy Spirit unless we are holy to Jesus as He is holy to Jesus, and we also only do that which He has been sent to do and is doing.

As such, our first work is to “teach all things” and to remind disciples of everything Jesus said. Since we do not know all things and have not done all things, we cannot teach all things, but only that which we know and have acquired an expertise of through our practice. If we teach, we teach as witnesses, that which we know, that which we have seen and heard, but not that which we believe. The sharing of what one believes is not what a witness does; for a witness shares what he knows. As such, contrary to all that you have been taught and practised, we are not to share our faith but to share our knowledge. When you share your faith, you convert. When you share what you know, you convince.

Paul, in the end, learned fully not to convert but to convince. However, it is very difficult to convince with only words and no evidence. That is, the testimony is always meant to be backed up by evidence, by signs and wonders confirming the word preached and shared.

So then, we must first never ever suppose that we are to “teach all things.” That is the sole work of the Holy Spirit. He alone can teach all things, we can teach some things, and that is how you will always be reminded that He is the Lord and we are His students. However, we can teach some things, and more than just some things, we can remind every disciple and every Christian what Jesus said.

For example, you can remind the Catholic priests that it is Jesus who commanded that we should call no one on Earth, “Father.” And to those who are opposed to speaking in tongues because it is allegedly demonic, remind them that it is Jesus who said that those who believe in Him shall speak in new tongues, new languages.[10] If that argument is carried through, that speaking new languages is demonic, then a missionary learning the native language to speak can be argued as demonic. See how fruitless it is when Christians carry on practices that are contrary to the words of Christ?

Thus, as you become more trained up in the work of the elect of the Holy Spirit, you will find that our work is to work as the Holy Spirit works, to help the disciples of Christ become the witnesses for Jesus that they are called to be. And having learnt Paul’s lesson, we never make the mistake of losing the power of the Lord so that we are only left with words to convince people. Paul’s hypocrisy was that he spent so much effort opposing the Judeaizers and the men from James, even calling Peter a hypocrite, yet at Jerusalem in Acts 21, he made the same mistake.

So then, in the matter of sin, which is disobedience of the commandment of God, there is only one sin we are to avoid, and that is what the Holy Spirit will give us conviction of—unbelief in Jesus. As for the other ‘sins’ as men call sins, sexual immorality, murder, lying, idolatry, and cowardice, we are already guilty of all of them, for we have sinned irrevocably according to the Levitical Law by eating the flesh of Jesus and drinking His blood. Even though we do not practise them, we are guilty of them because we are ‘sinners’ according to the Law of Moses. As such, our concern is not about the avoidance of sin as defined by the Law God gave the Kingdom of Israel, but by the Law God gave to the Kingdom of God, “Listen to Him!” And conviction that we are breaking that law is when we disbelieve Jesus.

As such, if someone calls us a liar, we are guilty of lying even if we haven’t lied, for we have drunk blood. If someone calls us sexually immoral, we are as guilty of immorality even if we are not, because we have drunk blood. So, therefore, we repent, and repent continuously of all our sins that our sinful nature is capable of, so that we have no holiness or righteousness that comes from observance or fulfilment of the Law, the Prophets or the Psalms. But our holiness and righteousness is that our repentance is a sign that we have listened to Jesus and we have believed Him, for He said, “Repent.”[11]

So then, we do not justify ourselves by denying that we have sin in our lives or live a life of avoidance of sin, but rather, when confronted with the truth that we are breakers of the Levitical Law, regardless of whatever point we are being accused of, we repent, reminding the Father that it was Jesus who said we should repent, and we repent as ones who are cursed so that Moses is proved true, for he said, “Cursed is the man who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out.”[12]

So then, the holiness and the righteousness of an elect are not based on how successfully they have avoided sinning against the Law of the Kingdom of Israel, but rather it is based on how well they have upheld the Law of the Kingdom of God. The proof that we are law abiding citizens of the Kingdom of God lies in our ability to practise and observe the words of Jesus, even to the point of doing the greater things. For the conviction of righteousness that the Holy Spirit brings is not the conviction of avoidance of sin against the Israelite laws, but rather the conviction that Jesus has gone to the Father where we no longer see Him. “In regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see Me no longer.”[13] And Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”[14]

And since we judge ourselves cursed according to the words of Moses, so then we can judge anyone cursed who does not uphold the words of the Law of the Kingdom of Israel, which is made up of the Levitical Law and the Law of Moses.

Now, see the kingdom that Paul preached boldly. It is not about the Kingdom of Israel, it is not even about the Kingdom of Heaven, but rather, the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God because Jesus said, “But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.”[15] The work of the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with the Kingdoms of Israel or of Heaven, but rather, it is to do with the Kingdom of God. That is why Paul wrote: The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.[16]

Paul had power, but when he himself strayed into hypocrisy, that power was drained, so that by Acts 28:13, he could only convince them by what he said and not by what he could do. The singular reason why many cannot understand the writings of Paul is because they read the letters of Paul in the ignorance of the Law of the Kingdom of God, and they try to apply his letters in the context of the Law of the Kingdom of Israel.

So, when they read: So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s Law, they are thinking that God’s Law is the Levitical Law of Israel with portions of the Mosaic Law of Israel, never realising that when Paul wrote: So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s Law, to the disciples of Jesus Christ, he was speaking of those three words, “Listen to Him.” Thus it is easy work and it is easy to abide by the Law of the Kingdom of God if you know what it is, and it is easy to convict with regards to know what that Law is. It is all about believing in Jesus.

Thus, each and everyone, who is called to be an elect, should examine themselves and see if there is anything that Jesus said that they do not believe in, and if that is the case, they should repent of that sin until the Lord gives them the faith to believe. And certainly, no one who seeks to be of the elect should practise or preach the words of Jesus he does not believe in, for that too is hypocrisy.

It is then this simple, frank and open concerning what we believe or not believe about the words of Jesus, and what we are prepared to practise that gives us the spirit of truth to fellowship with the Sprit of Truth. You see, as Paul wrote: My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.[17] And that about those who boast to be somebody but yet are not, no matter their titles, like Paul, we will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.[18]

They who have the power to be beheaded for their testimony of Jesus Christ and the word of God will reign with Christ through the Millennium with those who have the power to remain alive until He arrives. Amen


 

[1] Galatians 2:12-13

[2] 1 Timothy 1:15-16

[3] Romans 7:25

[4] John 15:8-9

[5] Matthew 17:5; Luke 9:35; Mark 9:7

[6] James 4:7

[7] Acts 21:26

[8] Acts 28:23-24

[9] Acts 28:30-31

[10] Mark 16:17

[11] Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:15

[12] Deuteronomy 27:26

[13] John 16:10

[14] John 14:12

[15] Matthew 12:28

[16] 1 Corinthians 4:20

[17] 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

[18] 1 Corinthians 4:19

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