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“Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me.”[1] “If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command.”[2]

The proof of the Lord’s love for us is His laying down His life for us, and the laying down of His life is also proof that He loved the Father, and in obeying the Father, He chose to remain in His love. Their love is inseparable. Jesus’ love of the Father has an inseparable, not just sacrificial quality, for even when forsaken by God, He still committed His spirit into His hands when His work was finished.

In forging and sealing the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins with His blood, Jesus received His greatest joy, which is to see the Father become that which He purposed to be—God the Forgiver of sins. That is the joy that gave the Lord His strength and that same joy is added to us so that our joy may be complete, and if our joy is complete, then our strength is perfect.

Thus, when Nehemiah said, “The joy of the Lord is your strength,”[3] then for us, the joy of Jesus is our strength. When Jesus said, “I have told you this so that My joy may be in you,”[4] what had He told the eleven? What is this that puts His joy in us other than, “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you.”[5]

In Harder Teachings, Proof of Love I[6] and II[7], I taught you that ‘proof of love’ ultimately is love without reason to love, so that Jesus might say, “They loved Me without reason.” So now, what is the proof of inseparable love? It is the continuation of love, not without reason, but beyond reason. It is that absolute refusal to let go of the other, not when there is no reason to let go, but now to go beyond all reason. What then is this beyond reason of inseparable love? It is held in the Parable of the Lost Sheep. “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”[8]

The actual parable itself questions what is reasonable for the shepherd to do, to risk losing ninety-nine for one lost sheep, because by leaving them alone in open country he would end up with the other ninety-nine wandering off, or worse still, these unprotected sheep will now fall prey to the wolves and lions, and even dingos for you Aussies. It is not a reasonable thing to do, but the good shepherd does the unreasonable thing, he goes after that lost sheep forsaking the ninety-nine he has.

That is the unreasonable thing that God did. He forsook the only Son who obeyed Him perfectly for the sake of those who are not His sons, but are sons of Adam and of Satan, when He forsook Jesus on that cross and made Him who was without sin to be the sin offering,[9] sin, that we might be the righteousness of God.[10] It is unreasonable, without reason, for Christ is and has always been the righteousness of God.

To put it in terms of the parable, it would be akin to a shepherd who leaves his ninety-nine sheep to look for the lost sheep that does not belong to Him, but is His enemies’, that He might rescue it. Do you mean to say that Christ died so that God could save the sons of the devil? Yes, and double yes, for who are the sons of the devil? Jesus said to the Jews who believed in Him and claimed to be descendants of Abraham, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”[11] To these same Jews, He later said, “You belong to your father, the devil.”[12] These are the very people, they, you and me, who He died to forge the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins for so that God can forgive, and even so that those who wait until the Earth has been destroyed by the fire of His jealous anger may still call on the Name of the Lord and serve Him.[13]

Thus, the sacrificial love of God, the sacrificial aspect of God’s agape love is without reason. There is no reason for the shepherd to leave the ninety-nine to look for the one lost sheep that belongs to him. However, the inseparable aspect of God’s agape reason is beyond reason, for in truth, He sacrificed His Son not only for those who belonged to Him, but for those who did not belong to Him, even the sons of the devil. For Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me—just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to My voice, and there shall be one flock and one Shepherd. The reason My Father loves Me is that I lay down My life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord.”[14]

What are the other sheep of another sheep pen that belong to Him? At the immature level, it is Jews and Gentiles, but for you and me, the sheep of the other sheep pen, means that they have another gate and another watchman. “The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.”[15] At that sentence, Jesus said, “I am the Gate for the sheep.”[16] Then who is the Watchman but the Father, who is watching? However, what of this other sheep pen? What is the other gate and who is the other watchman other than the gates of Hell and the watchmen are Death and Satan.

When Jesus said, “I have other sheep,” He was also taking responsibility for Satan’s sons, for they would not have come into existence if God never created Satan in the first place. Now, this is love beyond reason, love that is inseparable as well as sacrificial. Sacrificial love is without reason. Inseparable love is beyond reason. For the Lord to bring the sons of Satan into His household and to work to create a situation that would make them listen to His voice is why He was made alive by the Spirit, through whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.[17] Who were these spirits that were separated from their flesh by the flood? They were none other than the sons of Seth, the image of Adam, and the Nephilims, the sons of angels who mated with the daughters of men.[18] These were not the righteous who were waiting in the bosom of Abraham for Jesus to come, nor Noah or his lineage, but sons of Seth and the Nephilims. He preached to them, so then, they heard His voice, and I think that after 2500 years in prison, they might have wanted to listen.

A love so unreasonable as to be beyond reason, a sacrificial love that does not allow the Possessor to be separated from anything of what He loves. And what does God love with this agape love? “For God so loved the world…”[19] The sons of Seth, the image of Adam, were in the world as were the Nephilims. Reason? No, we are beyond reason now and that is why it is impossible for anyone except the few to accept. Are you one of those few?

Such love, unreasonable and beyond reason, demands a response that is not only without reason, but a response that is beyond reason. And what response should the Good Shepherd get from the ninety-nine sheep that is beyond reason?[20] It is this: that as one, they all follow the Shepherd as He goes to look for the lost sheep. Now, those who know sheep know that sheep do not behave like that. When left alone, they scatter, and they do not follow the shepherd without coercion, hence we have sheep dogs. In the natural realm, it is the sheep dogs that listen to the commands of the shepherd, not the sheep. Do you see?

So, what is a reasonable response of love? We love because we are loved first. That is reasonable. What is love that is without reason, but to love even when we are not loved, to love without reason, as taught in harder teachings. But when then is love beyond reason, and what is the proof of that love, the ‘proof of inseparable love’, not sacrificial love?

Jesus laid down His life for us; the Good Shepherd lay down His life for the sheep. Likewise, we can lay down our lives for one another, be it figuratively speaking and even literally, that is, take one another’s place in death. So we sacrifice our life; but for those who are disciples, and I am speaking about those who are disciples not believers, those who are mature and not children, dying is not as big a sacrifice, for we gain Heaven and leave behind all the problems of this world. We would be rejoicing with the angels at the repentance of every sinner in the very least, not to mention the fact that we will be where Jesus and the Father are. It is not as major a loss as you would think, but we would be separated from the Holy Spirit, for He remains on Earth.

So, what is the sacrifice that is beyond reason that is the ‘proof of inseparable love,’ a love for God that is truly inseparable? Listen to what the first of the Holy Spirit’s elect had to say: For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.[21] The apostle Paul wrote this to the Philippians’ church when he was imprisoned at a time when death was certainly more inviting than life. He didn’t write this when he was comfortable and had reason to live. He wrote this at a time when he had every reason to die.

Thus, the sacrifice, the ‘proof of love inseparable’ that is beyond reason, is not to lay down your life, but lay down your death. To choose to remain alive because you can, even though you can chose to die, especially like Paul, for to die is gain, but to live is Christ. You cannot say that to live is Christ until your life is such that to die is gain. And when will that be? When will dying seem to be like gain? When men search for death and cannot find it, as it is written: During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.[22] During which days? During the days when the fifth angel sounded his trumpet;[23] the “days of distress unequalled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equalled again.”[24]

Christians fear death now because life seems good, yet, even those who have made up their fanciful doctrines of pre-tribulation and mid-tribulation raptures, are longing to go and be with the Lord, not because they love the Lord more, but rather, because they fear the ‘tribulation’, as they call it, more. So, being with the Lord, for them, is motivated out of fear of the days of distress as well as a love for Him. If that is the case, their love is not pure. Pure love for the Lord longs to be with Him where He is, and where is our Lord? Look! Look! And understand! “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, who He has chosen, He has shortened them.”[25]

Look, hear and understand what cannot be understood by others, even if they hear and see what others cannot see, even if they are shown. So, we will remain with our Lord where He is, still at work. Thus, the ‘proof of inseparable love’ for those who want to take hold of the hardest teachings, is to lay down your death for Christ’s sake. Choose to remain alive through the days of distress even for the extra three and a half days and especially as it is written: “Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1335 days.”[26]

Whatever these days mean, be it the 1290 between the abolition of the daily sacrifice and the setting up of the abomination, or the 1260 days the two witnesses will prophesy, it is irrelevant to those who have chosen beyond all reason to love their Lord so inseparably and their fellow elect so inseparably that they will lay down their death. AMEN


 

[1] John 14:21

[2] John 15:10-14

[3] Nehemiah 8:10

[4] John 15:11

[5] John 15:9-10 “…now remain in My love. If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love.”

[6] http://www.holyspiritsworkshop.com/word2006/20.05.2006_HarderTeachingsIII.pdf

[7] http://www.holyspiritsworkshop.com/word2006/24.05.2006_HarderTeachingsIV.pdf

[8] Luke 15:4

[9] Romans 8:3

[10] 2 Corinthians 5:21

[11] John 8:31

[12] John 8:44

[13] Zephaniah 3:8-9

[14] John 10:14-18

[15] John 10:2-3

[16] John 10:7

[17] 1 Peter 3:18

[18] Genesis 6:1-2

[19] John 3:16

[20] Luke 15:3

[21] Philippians 1:21-26

[22] Revelation 9:6

[23] Revelation 9:1-5

[24] Mark 13:19

[25] Mark 13:20

[26] Daniel 12:12

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