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The power of the Holy Spirit has been given to disciples for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to be a witness for Jesus. The use of this power for any other purpose is abuse of the power, and the power being of the Holy Spirit, abuse of this miraculous power is close to blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. When a person like the false prophet uses the miraculous power that has been given to him to have himself declared a god and to oppose the return of Jesus Christ, then that is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.

For it was the Holy Spirit who declared Him, Jesus, to be the Son of God by raising Him from the dead with His power, thus proving Jesus Christ true to His word when He said, “the Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about Me.”[1] Thus, the Holy Spirit is the first Witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and the disciples who witnessed Jesus walking this Earth in the flesh after His resurrection are the co-witnesses. They are in fact, witnesses both of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, for their testimony that Jesus had risen in the flesh and that they had touched Him confirms the work of the Holy Spirit. It confirms also the Person of the Holy Spirit, that He is the Spirit of Truth. In order to maintain His status as the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit must at all times Himself be speaking on behalf of and working for the glory of the One who sent Him, Jesus Christ.

Thus, when even we take the power of the Holy Spirit into a realm that does not allow Him to glorify the One who sent Him, it makes the Holy Spirit no longer the Spirit of Truth. The false prophet will use the miraculous power given him to breathe life into the image of the beast so that the beast can set up his one-world government for a short time to wage war on the saints and speak unheard of things against the God of gods. In so doing, he takes the power to prevent the ultimate glorification of Jesus Christ. The arrival of Jesus Christ, the Son of God as Son of Man, on the clouds with the glory of the Father and His holy angels, is the penultimate evidence that Jesus Christ is truly who He said He is. It is the final piece of evidence that will vindicate Him and declare all who refuse to believe in Him worthy of the condemnation they had provided for themselves, for God did not send Jesus to condemn the world but to save the world through Him. Thus, those who refuse to believe in Him provide themselves with their own condemnation to live their lives under the power of Satan who, through the power of sin, will put them to death to join those in darkness where they will be tormented by unceasing fire. Men condemned themselves to die and to share the fate of Satan when Adam listened to Eve and sinned, just as the devil had sinned. From man came his own condemnation to share in the condemnation God had provided and reserved for Satan and his angels. But from God came Jesus to save this world and all men who’d believe from that condemnation, a condemnation from God intended for Satan, not for men, which men willingly partook of when Adam ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

The work of salvation is finished. There is nothing more to be added to it for Jesus declared it finished from the cross. Thus, anyone who proposes that salvation is an unfinished work, which still needs observance of the Law of Moses to complete, has called Jesus Christ a liar and is in fact an antichrist. So complete is the work of salvation that the words of the prophets Joel and Zephaniah are fulfilled and we will see them come to pass when all things are completed. What remains incomplete is not salvation, no, what remains incomplete is the witness of Jesus Christ by His disciples and the fulfilment of the Father’s original plan for this Earth. …Plans that were delayed and diverted; even lost because of Adam’s sin. Eve’s sin, which was to add and change the command of God and then be deceived by Satan, did not lose God His plans; it was Adam, to whom the command was given, who is held accountable.

Likewise, the command to listen to Jesus[2] was not given to Israel or the sons of Haggai or Keturah, the other wives of Abraham, nor was it given to Ham and Japheth’s descendants, but only to disciples of Jesus Christ, Jews and Gentiles. As such, the world is not held accountable for not knowing Jesus… disciples of Jesus are. It is important to understand this so that you may see clearly why Jesus can call those who used His Name to drive out demons, evildoers, and not allow them to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.[3] Whereas the Lord had promised through Joel: “And everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.”[4] So complete is the work of salvation that God has promised: “Therefore wait for Me,” declares the LORD, “for the day I will stand up to testify. I have decided to assemble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out My wrath on them—all My fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed by the fire of My jealous anger. Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the Name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.”[5]

So complete is the salvation of the Lord that even those who will be deceived by Satan at the end of the one thousand years of Christ’s reign, from God and Magog,[6] will still have their lips purified by the Lord that they may still call upon the Name of the Lord after, yes, after the fire came down from Heaven and devoured them.[7] So complete is the work of salvation that there is even a final opportunity for all to call upon the Name of the Lord, even after the Earth is destroyed.

The works that remain incomplete are the works of witnessing for Jesus by His disciples and the manifestation of God’s original plan for the sons of Adam on this Earth. The latter will be completed in the Millennial Reign when the sons of the Last Adam will be reigning over the sons of the first Adam.

For now, the work that needs completion is the work of witnessing for Jesus by those who have been given the Holy Spirit, for as Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.” Power that is not confined to the apostles for the Holy Spirit has been poured out on all flesh.[8] As such, every person of flesh on this Earth has the power to be a witness of Jesus. That is, by their words, actions and life, they will testify to the truth of Jesus’ words.

Those who are wicked will confirm what Jesus said about the wicked, those who repent and believe will confirm with their lives what Jesus said, and those who are discipled will confirm what Jesus has said.

As such, the power to be a witness for Jesus has not been given for just believers, but also on all flesh.The difference is: Those who are unbelievers or those who do not practise His words and those who are hypocrites will be witnesses who will testify to the condemnation that Jesus spoke of. Whereas those who believe, who listen and who practise His words will each bear witness to the truth of His words in their lives so that through all men, Jesus’ words will be confirmed.

The destruction, the condemnation and the woes spoken of by Jesus require the unbelievers and the evildoers, the hypocrites and the unrepentant to fulfil. The blessings of an eternal life with present miraculous power, needs disciples who will become His friends to prove. By God’s grace, the latter task has been given to us.

Thus, power, miraculous power, will manifest for all who seek to be witnesses of Jesus, witnesses who desire to stand up and testify that Jesus is who He says He is and His words are true. Those who desire to do so the Holy Spirit will assist, for it is also His work to successfully testify to Jesus’ words. As such, the Holy Spirit Himself must be able to complete His own testimony that which Jesus spoke concerning Him is true.

Jesus said concerning the Holy Spirit:

1. “He will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you;”[9]

2. “He will testify about Me;”[10]

3. “He will convict [us]… of righteousness;”[11]

4. “He will guide [us] into all truth;”

5. “He will speak only what He hears,”

6. “…and will tell [us] of what is yet to come;” [12]

7. “He will bring glory to Me by taking from what is Mine and making it known to you”[13]

(And He will give you power)

These are the seven things Jesus said the Holy Spirit will do, and in order to prove Jesus’ words are true, the Holy Spirit needs to do them. For that He needs people who are disciples who:

1. Want to be taught all things and be reminded of what Jesus said.

2. People to whom He can testify so He will need people who recognise His voice.

3. People whom He can correct of righteousness, that is, He needs people who know that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father.

4. People who want to be guided into all truth.

5. People who want to hear what He has heard.

6. People who want Him to tell them what is yet to come.

7. People who want to know all about Jesus.

In short, He needs you elect for Himself to complete His task of witnessing that every word Jesus spoke about Him is true. Now, when we seek to help the Holy Spirit to finish His task of witnessing for the Lord’s words concerning Him, He in turn will help us finish our task of witnessing the words of Jesus about us, and together we will finish witnessing the words of Jesus about Satan, his angels and about every human being on this Earth.

But how could the Holy Spirit have such people to help Him if Christians will not listen to Jesus, but go around listening to those whom the Father did not command them to listen to? How could He even begin to fulfil tasks of testifying and speaking to us if no disciple recognises His voice? How could He convict us of righteousness if no one believes Jesus is at the right hand of God, much less knows that He is at the right hand of God, and so on?

So, looking back these last few years, it is no wonder that you have been called, chosen and elected to read the word, to highlight the word and to know the word and the power to be brought into a realm of Christian life few have experienced. It is no wonder that a blind man has received his sight in our midst, the lame have walked and demons are driven out. No wonder you are odd.

To the elect of the Holy Spirit, like Paul and Barnabas of whom the Spirit said, “Set apart for Me… for the work to which I have called them,”[14] this work is to finish the task of being witnesses of Jesus that all of His words are true and therefore, He is the True Witness. The Holy Spirit has His set of words to witness and we have our set of words to witness. When we help the Holy Spirit to finish His witness that He started by bringing Jesus back from the dead, He will help us finish our task of witnessing so that Jesus can be brought back from the right hand of God in glory. And as we focus on completing the words that are our responsibility to witness, then those who do not believe, those who have heard and chosen not to practise, and those who choose to oppose Jesus and remain under the curse of the Law will fulfil their parts as witnesses of the truth of the words of Jesus.

Our cooperation with the Holy Spirit to help Him fulfil His work as the Lord’s Witness and to provide opportunities for Him to stand up and testify for the Lord, fulfils the command, “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”[15] As we become the people through whom the Holy Spirit can fulfil Jesus’ words about Him, He will help us fulfil Jesus’ words about us, even giving us the powers we need to live and never die and to do the things that Jesus has been doing and even the greater things.[16] Since God works as effectively with the few as He does with the many, we few are enough for the purpose, and the many will join us later. It is clear now that the Holy Spirit’s work is finished easier with the few in keeping with His humility, and the disciples’ work is finished with the many in keeping with Jesus’ glory.

Thus, if we can stand up and testify through two or three here that, yes, the Holy Spirit has taught us all things and reminded us of what Jesus said; that He has testified for Jesus because Jesus is alive; that He convicts us of righteousness; that He tells us what He has heard; and what is yet to come; that He has made known to us what belongs to Jesus; and that He guides us into all truth, then the work of the Holy Spirit’s witnessing for Jesus is complete and He can be taken out of the witness stand, then He will be free to help us complete our testimony for Jesus.

Thus, despite what may seem a protracted and hard course, the end is simple and the means to achieve that end is even simpler. It always centres on Jesus being vindicated, justified and glorified before all of creation, both His servants and His enemies, that He is who He says He is… the Son of God and the Son of Man whom God sent to save the world. Thus, as we remember, and it is only seven things to remember, that which the Holy Spirit needs to do through us to complete the witness and we raise up disciples to maintain the witness, then shall He help us complete the witness.

James’ recommendations did not in anyway help the Holy Spirit complete His witness for Jesus, for his recommendations raised up people who would go back to listening to Moses rather than Jesus. His recommendations raised up people who would practise God’s words through Moses rather than God’s words through Jesus. Reminding disciples what Moses said was not what Jesus said the Holy Spirit would do. If the Holy Spirit did that, He would have made Jesus out to be a liar. Reminding disciples what David said to God is not the work of the Holy Spirit. No wonder we are deceived. Returning to partial observance of the Law to allow God to bless us, prevents the Holy Spirit from convicting us about righteousness, but does allow Him to convict us of sin for the power of sin is the Law.[17] It is no wonder that the church is so sin-phobic and sin-conscious, but has very little understanding of the righteousness that came by faith in Jesus Christ for those who have eaten of His flesh and drunk of His blood. Judeo Christianity is what believers patched together… a bit of old wine in new wineskins and new wine in old wineskins… a patchwork of old and new garments sewn together when they dragged the Holy Spirit’s Name into their conspiracy, saying, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.”[18]

If there is anything that Israel’s relationship with God can teach us, it is this: Rarely do the people of God appreciate what God deems to be good and agree that it is good, but rather, it is in the nature of Israel and of all men to complain and murmur against the plans of God. If there are situations where men will agree with God easily, I fear, as history shows us, those situations are rarely of God. The traditions of men are such that we will disagree with God’s plans and seek to change them.

For we failed to look at our one and only true forefather of faith, who is not Abraham who lied and bargained with God even though he offered Isaac up. No, the man who is truly the forefather of our faith, and by a strange coincidence, is truly the father of all men alive as much as Adam is, is Noah. Noah, this strange preacher of righteousness, when warned of the destruction that was coming, listened to God and build the Ark according to all God’s plans without changing a single detail even though it took him one hundred and twenty years. And even when given the impossible task of gathering in the animals pair by pair, he did not grumble or bargain. Noah is the only man who possessed the whole Earth. He fulfilled the dream of men like Hitler, Napoleon, Stalin and countless despots, wiping out all who opposed him, for whoever was not for him was against him, by fulfilling that which God told him to do.

Jesus Christ’s return to Earth to be the Ruler of the Earth is part of Him taking up His inheritance as the Son of Man, Son of Adam, and Son of Noah. Likewise now, the man who should inspire us is not Abraham, for as much as Abraham was God’s friend, it is through Abraham that we have the legacy of the conflicts of the sons of Sarah, Haggai and Keturah. No, our legacy must go back to Noah, the true elder, who had only one wife and whose three sons gave rise to all the races of the Earth. He is the true example, for when warned of holy destruction, he did not bargain with God to avert it, but obeyed God to the letter so that God could have His way.

Likewise, we have been warned of the holy destruction that is coming, and instead of bargaining with God to reduce the destruction by making up fanciful timetables for the ‘rapture’ and theories of who will be taken and who will be left behind, like Abraham bargained, it is best we, like Noah, complete that which God has given for us to do and let Him have His way.

He commanded us to listen to Jesus and Jesus wants us to be His witnesses. Let us focus on being the witnesses of Jesus who can stand up and testify, saying, “That which this Man, Jesus Christ, has said is true. I heard it and saw it.” Until that which has been given to us to witness is completed, even as we help our Lord and our Friend, the Holy Spirit, complete His task assigned to Him.

God forgive us of our ignorance and lack of understanding that keeps destroying and ruining His plans and restore to us the power to be co-witnesses of Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit. Quoting the amour bearer of Jonathan, whose name only God knows: “Do all that you have in mind. Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”[19]


 

[1] John 15:26

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

[3] Matthew 7:21-23

[4] Joel 2:32

[5] Zephaniah 3:8-9

[6] Revelation 20:7-9

[7] Revelation 20:9

[8] Joel 2:28

[9] John 14:26

[10] John 15:26

[11] John 16:8

[12] John 16:13

[13] John 16:14

[14] Acts 13:2

[15] Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31

[16] John 11:26; 14:12

[17] 1 Corinthians 15:56

[18] Acts 15:28-29

[19] 1 Samuel 14:7

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