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“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,”[1] said Jesus from the cross, and honoured His Father so that the privilege of forgiving would come first from the Father—and then from Himself at the completion of the forging of the Covenant.

However, would He still have said that if they knew what they were doing? Would there be forgiveness if they knew – not believed – knew that they were crucifying the Son of God? They were forgiven because they did not believe, much less know, that Jesus is the Son of God. But what about those who do know that Jesus is the Son of God and yet willingly crucify Him? Now, Jesus cannot be crucified again, but for those who know Jesus Christ is the Son of God, yet want to kill Him, there can be no forgiveness.

We are not speaking about those who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and sin, nor are we talking about those who know Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and sin. We are not even speaking about those who blaspheme Jesus Christ. For we all still sin even as we practise righteousness, we still sin even as we listen to Jesus… for anytime we forget what He showed us, not believe what He told us and not obey what He commanded us, we sin. And there is no one, not even apostles, who have not done that at some time in their ministry or other. …But to want to kill Jesus Christ again, knowing that He is alive, for how can you plan to kill someone unless you know, not believe, that He is alive.

John wrote: Then I saw the beast and the kings of the Earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the Rider on the horse and His army.[2] The beast and the false prophet with him are two who want to kill Jesus, for no one makes war without intending to kill the one you are warring against. That is what war is. Both the false prophet and the beast know who Jesus is, and their deliberate attempt to kill Jesus again earns them the distinction of being the first to be thrown into the Lake of Fire… alive. Aside from Satan and Death, anyone else who joins them in the Lake has to first die and be raised to be cast into the Lake of Sulphur. Thus, to blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to seek to destroy His greatest work—the raising of Jesus Christ from the dead, so that by His power, He declared Him the Son of God, and in declaring Jesus the Son of God, the Holy Spirit also declared that God is the Father of Jesus. Anyone wishing to kill Jesus again has crossed the line into the unforgivable sin. The reality is this; no one can really kill Jesus again, not unless they have the actual power to do so. And the Holy Spirit alone has such power, for if the Holy Spirit raised Him, He can certainly kill Him. Thus, the ability to kill Jesus Christ again, the very thought that one could kill Jesus Christ again, and take His Kingdom, must come from an individual who has the power. Enough to convince himself and those allied with him that it can be done, or should I say, delude themselves. The only powers, enough to perhaps kill Jesus again, are the powers of the age to come. That is why the author of Hebrews wrote: It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened who have tasted the Heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace.[3]

Thus, the unforgivable sin, the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, is to consciously destroy the Holy Spirit’s testimony of Jesus by wanting to kill Jesus again. Those, who have received the powers of the age to come, who have been enlightened and so forth, and who strive to remain alive till He arrives to greet and welcome Him, cannot blaspheme the Holy Spirit. For to crucify the Lord again, is to kill Him again. Anyone who wants to be alive to greet Jesus as He arrives, does not want Christ crucified again, and anyone who believes enough of Jesus to want to remain alive to greet Him on His arrival, has honoured Him. They are not subjecting Him to public disgrace, but rather, they are subjecting Him to praise and worship.

Then there are two extremes: One who is already condemned because he wants to crucify Christ by warring against Him, even after he has matured to the point of having tasted the powers of the age to come, and those who can never be condemned because the fruit of their maturity inspires them to remain alive till He arrives, or else die testifying for Him. These two extremes of persons are both what we now call Christians. In between these two extremes lie the rest who have varying measures of faith and knowledge, who believe yet do not believe everything, and who know a little about Jesus and are satisfied so as not to pursue to know all there is to know of Them. They believe in the miracles of Jesus, but they will not practise them. For them, miracles are too impractical, and it is far better to live, believe and die, so that they may be rewarded with Jesus greeting them in Heaven rather than remaining alive to see Jesus arrive.

Unless the Lord had one and ones who raised themselves up from the general morass of His people to be ones who would lay down their lives for the Gospel, even to the point of death, and ones who sought out the Holy Spirit to come to know Jesus with all their heart, soul, might and mind, then judgement cannot begin in the house of God. That is why Paul wrote: And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.[4]

But no punishments have yet been unleashed, no strongholds have been demolished, nor the arguments and pretensions been torn down in 2000 years. And those who raise their voice to deny the existence of God grow even louder and more convincingly so, and likewise those who claim to know God so the multitudes stream to them. Why? So far, we, the church, have been pointing the finger at Satan and the world, and fail to see three fingers pointing back at us – the fingers of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. For it is us, the church, who have truly sinned against God, and not those who are of the world – not the heathens, nor the pagans, and not the Satanists.

How can they believe unless someone is sent to preach, and how can someone preach unless they were given the message? The full message isn’t just selected extracts of the message that suit us, like a catechism, and the fullness of the message that was given to the church was not just words. For Jesus said to the disciples of John the Baptist, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard.”[5] The message, the full message, is not just words that can be heard, but action that can be seen, like the blind receiving their sight, the lame walking, and so on. That was the way Jesus showed us the message. He did not just teach His disciples, He also showed them. They didn’t just hear, they were shown and saw in a way that one should not and could not forget—they saw Jesus transfigured before them. His face changed, and His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.[6] And Jesus said to them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”[7]

We know Peter and John did not tell anyone what they saw when they heard the news from the women, and although Luke records that the disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen,[8] there is still no record that the three, James, Peter and John, ever mentioned it while they were still together. After James was beheaded, Peter and John do not appear to minister together. And had they then spoken of it, they were but one witness, not the two or three required to confirm all things. So the testimony of what they saw and heard on that mountain lost its validity. It lost its validity because no more eye witnesses were found that God did say, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”[9] to validate the testimonies of Peter, James and John. Had they been there as commanded on Resurrection Day and saw the transfiguration, that is, all eleven plus the women, plus whoever else God would have drawn to that mountain over the next forty days, how different things would have been.

Although the message of salvation was delivered initially with visual displays of power with the lame walking, blind seeing and the dead raised, soon the loss of the power was such that the message was no longer accompanied with blind men seeing, lame men walking, and dead being raised. It was just a message, and when even the message was lost, what replaced it for people to see, were blind statues of wood and stone dressed in fine clothes, and sliver and gold statues that could not walk so they had to be carried, and are statues that have no life in them. And so, we replaced the message with its sights and sounds, with the silence of idols made by men, and carried by men. Isaiah was right when he wrote: As for an idol, a craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it. A man too poor to present such an offering selects wood that will not rot. He looks for a skilled craftsman to set up an idol that will not topple.[10] He nails down the idol so it will not topple.[11]

That is the shameful summation of our degeneration from the day we did not remember what we saw, did not believe what we heard, and did not do what we were told, and because of that, the world never received the full message that not only “God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life,”[12] but that the Son had also revealed the Father, whom God is, to all who listen to Him. For He said, “If you knew Me, you would know My Father also.”[13] The full message was not just about salvation, healing and deliverance in Jesus’ Name, but that in Jesus, through Jesus, the Father – THE FATHER – is revealed. Jesus did not come to save, heal and deliver to show us God Almighty who can save, heal and deliver, but that God Almighty saves, heals and delivers because He is the only good Father. Jesus did not come to tell us to repent and receive forgiveness from God Almighty, but receive forgiveness and repent because God Almighty is our Father.

The church, or rather, the disciples, beginning with the apostles, were to make known God the Father as the prophets had made known God Almighty. When the church stops making the Father known to the children of God who are entrusted to her, she becomes a prostitute. That is why the angel said to John, “I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.”[14] For a prostitute, in days before there was pharmaceutical contraception, bore children who never knew who their father was, for many were the men who used her services. Thus, a woman who brings forth children without knowing who their father is, is a prostitute. For even a woman raped can say to her children, “Your father is the man who raped me,” but a prostitute can only say, “Your father is one of the many who bought my services.”

When there was no emphasis, no revelation from the church, of who God the Father is through the message of Jesus Christ, so that generations of those who became children of God by faith in Jesus, grew up without knowing their Father, the church became the great prostitute. She became ‘the mother of prostitutes’[15] as the churches and religious orders and denominations she sprouted continued to preach the message of salvation in varying degrees of truth without the revelation of the Father. When traditions came up that began to proclaim “Joseph as father,” and priests began to call themselves, “father” in direct contravention of Jesus’ command, “Do not call anyone on Earth ‘father.’”[16] The revelation of God the Father through Jesus Christ was muddied until the world could not see the Father through Jesus Christ – but just another religion claiming a monopoly on God as an excuse to steal and enslave.

So, it is not the world that has sinned—as much as we have.

Not as much as Satan has sinned—as we have.

What we see now is a world produced by the teachings and traditions of the prostitutes, churches that have brought up children of God who do not know their Father. So, it is not the world that needs to repent; we need to repent. And the only way the church can stop her prostitution is if her children know who their Father really is. Not just know about Him, know – really know Him – as Jesus knows Him. And since Jesus alone knows the Father, for He is the Son, then it is by listening to the Holy Spirit that the church can know what Jesus knows of God the Father.

So then, listening to Jesus is not just about obeying Him, it is about getting to know the Father through Him. And for the churches, listening to the Holy Spirit[17] isn’t just about being reminded of what Jesus said,[18] or being guided into all truth, or being told what is yet to come[19] or being convicted[20], or knowing the secrets of the Kingdoms of Heaven[21] and of God.[22] No; listening to Jesus is about getting to know the Father whom Jesus knows. Everything else pales in the light of the knowledge of God the Father that is in the face of Jesus Christ. It is the revelation of the knowledge of God the Father, through our experiential living of the words of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, that is the complete obedience that Paul is waiting for, and for that matter, the Holy Spirit.

Thus, although John 3:16 has been preached throughout the world—the full Gospel of Jesus Christ that He came not just to save, but to show us the Father He knows in God,[23] has not been preached. For, we forgot what we saw, and we did not believe what we heard or obey what we were told. But now, you, who know the words of Christ, who have listened to Him, who have been practising to do what He has been doing and above all else, who can recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit, when your repentance is complete, the Holy Spirit will make known the knowledge of God the Father that is held in Jesus Christ, to the praise of His Name, and we who believe in Christ will no longer be like the children of a prostitute, for we will know our Father.

So then, forgive the world for it knows not what it does, so that we who are supposed to know what we do may be forgiven for not knowing our Father. So, as God said, “Come out of her, My people.”[24]

“You are My Son, today I have become Your Father.”[25] Amen


 

[1] Luke 23:34

[2] Revelation 19:19

[3] Hebrews 6:4-6

[4] 2 Corinthians 10:6

[5] Luke 7:22

[6] Luke 9:29

[7] Matthew 17:9

[8] Luke 9:35

[9] Matthew 17:5

[10] Isaiah 40:19-20

[11] Isaiah 41:7

[12] John 3:16

[13] John 8:19

[14] Revelation 17:1

[15] Revelation 17:5

[16] Matthew 23:9

[17] Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22

[18] John 14:26

[19] John 16:13

[20] John 16:8

[21] Matthew 13:11

[22] Luke 8:10

[23] John 14:6-11

[24] Revelation 18:4

[25] Hebrews 5:5 (Psalm 2:7)

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