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The salvation that came by Grace through faith[1] gives purpose to the faith of all men, for as I have said before, faith is available and present in all men as God’s gift for all, however God’s Grace is not. That is why it is written: I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated,[2] for God has mercy on whom He will have mercy, compassion on whom He will have compassion.[3] All men should use the faith God has given them, which is the ability to believe that which cannot be seen to seek God, and not to waste it on some God-less pursuit, for by faith, men practise what they hear and believe.

I remind you, even an atheist has faith, for he believes that there is no God even though he has never seen the evidence that there is no God, just a theory that has been made up to explain what he believes he is seeing. Even sinners have faith. Indeed, it is precisely that all sinners, including gamblers, drug addicts, idolaters, and even cowards, have faith that God purposed that salvation would be through faith by His Grace and not by works. For men are not born equal. Some are born in circumstances better than others, such as taller, stronger, richer and more intelligent, so that if salvation was by works, then those heroes of old, the Nephilims, would have cornered the market for salvation, and as the song goes, only the rich would live and the poor would die.

In setting in place His Chief Cornerstone, Jesus Christ, through whom salvation through faith in Him by God’s Grace, God ensured that all who would call on the Name of the Lord whom they had not known, much less seen, would be saved. Thus, all regardless of their birthright and their birth’s gifts by flesh could equally have access to God’s salvation through Jesus Christ whom He presented, not as a King who had come to reign, but as a Servant who had come to serve with no natural beauty or majesty about Him that would attract us to Him. Thus, the desire to call on the Name of the Lord would be and would come by pure Grace, just like the blind men called out to Him whom they only heard of. Thus, it is those who hear and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ who are saved, not those who see Jesus who are saved, and not even those who know Jesus who are saved. For demons know Jesus for who He truly is, yet God’s salvation through Jesus Christ is not for them, but only God’s judgement through Jesus Christ is for them. For those demons see Jesus and know who He is but have not repented, yet blind men who did not see Jesus called out to Him for help as the One who would deliver them from darkness into light. In the justice of God, even those who died without hearing the voice of Jesus would hear it, and those who hear it will live. For Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear it will live.”[4]

Indeed, those who died without hearing the voice of the Son of God have heard it when He, being made alive by the Spirit, went to prison to preach to those spirits who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.[5] So then, even the spirits of those heroes of old, the Nephilims, were permitted to hear the voice of the Son of God, and if they heard it, they were allowed to live. And we know that on Judgement Day, all the dead, whether great or small, will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear it will live, for concerning that day, God said, “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.”[6] Those who refuse to accept the immensity of the mercy of God’s graciousness will consider such a teaching blasphemy, but those who delight in the mercy and compassion of God’s graciousness manifested in His supreme and sublime control of timing every act of His to perfection so that His will is always done, will rejoice. For salvation knows no other time than a day called Today. When that day becomes today, salvation has come for those destined for that day. That is the secret of God’s impeccable timing.

In establishing Jesus Christ as the Chief Cornerstone of the new creation, the new Temple of God, a Cornerstone who not only fulfilled the Law of God, but turned the whole design of the Temple of God and all its regulations upside down so that the Cornerstone became the Capstone, the crowning glory of the finished work. God maintained Grace as its plumbline that straightened out the straight way for the Lord as He set in place the Capstone and all who would rise from the Cornerstone to receive the Capstone in its place. What does it mean, you ask?

It means that once anyone has received their salvation by Grace through faith, through abiding and continuing, unceasing faith that grew from belief to obedience to trust until faith reached its fullness, God gave them growth through continuing Grace as they practised and obeyed words, rules, decrees, laws and commands that are impossible for men to do. Since the laws, commands and decrees of Jesus are in truth impossible for any man to fulfil even in part, much less in full, and more impossible than for the Law of Moses to be fulfilled, then Grace, continuous, abiding Grace is needed, Grace that would flow continuously and abide unceasingly, only if the Spirit of Grace would be heeded.

To those who believed in Him, Jesus gave us words upon which to build as an unshakable foundation so that anyone who practised His words of Matthew 5:3 to 7:23 would be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock. These basic doctrines of Christ[7] can be practised by all who have believed so that they may discover no man or woman can practise them successfully without the power of God. From these elementary words, the Lord then takes us to a place where no amount of practice can give success without the power of the Holy Spirit, for no man can live and never die, no matter how much they believe, if the Spirit of Life does not keep them invulnerable from death, and no one can do the greater things than what Jesus has done if the Spirit of Revelation does not reveal to them what the greater things are. For we only know a few of the things that Jesus has been doing as John told us that Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.[8] If we do not even know all the things that Jesus has been doing, how will we know what are the truly greater things unless the Holy Spirit reveals it to us? And who can walk on water, raise the dead, multiply the food, change water to good wine, cause the blind to see, the lame to walk or calm a storm with a word without the power of the Holy Spirit of God?

Thus, the Spirit of Grace gives continuous Grace to those who seek to practise the words of Jesus, for only the words of Jesus need the continuing presence of the Spirit of Power for them to be fulfilled. And no one can grow towards the Capstone without the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus, the continued faith in the words of Jesus manifesting in a continual obedience and trust to keep practising that which seems impossible, ensures that the Holy Spirit will continue to avail to those who practise the words of Jesus His power. And since no one can succeed in their practice of the words of Jesus without the Spirit of Power, then He also gives us His continuing unlimited Grace to sustain us in our failures and our successes, so that we do not ever cease practising His words. The Spirit of Knowledge and of Understanding knows that we can never fulfil the words of Jesus and prove them true without His power, and though we try, we will fail more than we succeed until Christ is fully formed in us by the Spirit of Sonship. So the same Spirit gives us Grace in abundance to fulfil the purpose of our faith, which is Christ in us, the Hope of Glory. The Spirit of Glory knows that without the Grace that flows from Him continuously, the hope of Glory would never be possible. Thus, to all who practise only the words of God, which were given through the only One who came full of Grace and Truth, the Spirit gives without limit of Himself, for how much greater is the one who practises the words of God than the one who speaks the words of God. Indeed, John the Baptist said, “For the One whom God has sent speaks the word of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.”[9] Then what would and should be done for the one and ones God has drawn to the One He has sent, who practise the words that God has given Him? For them, the Spirit gives without limit, without limit of His power and of His Grace, that they may be perfected even as they practise. And if Grace flows continuously, then there is no judgement, for the Spirit Himself remains the Spirit of Grace. And where Grace prevails, judgement is stayed.

What then can be said of those who, having believed in Jesus and who having received their glorious salvation by Grace, then turn back to practising words that do not need the Spirit of Grace to help them to fulfil by His power? For all the laws of Moses can be fulfilled in part by all men, although it takes one whose righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees to fulfil them in its entirety. For although no single person of Israel by himself could fulfil the entire Law; as a nation it was possible for them to do so, and that without the power of the Holy Spirit. For during the time of Moses and the time of king David, Israel did all that was commanded of them by the Law as a nation, and God blessed them without having to pour His Spirit on all flesh. But as individuals, it was impossible for any individual to fulfil the entire Law, especially if there was no longer a tabernacle that was in the Holy of Holies to sprinkle the blood upon. Jesus alone was and is the only Individual who could fulfil the entire Law, for He is not only the Lamb of God, but the very Temple that housed the Holy of Holies as well, for in Him God dwells in fullness. However, even He who fulfilled the Law and the Prophets relied on the Holy Spirit to declare Him with power on the third day so that the Temple of God, which is the Body of the living Christ, would be and could be raised. Then how much more we, who now form that Temple, must rely on the continuing power of God?

However, it is possible for a man to practise part of the Law, especially parts he chooses and selects by his own judgement, without the power of the Holy Spirit. It takes no power of the Holy Spirit for a man to tithe even if he has to tithe a tenth of mint, cummin and dill. It takes no power of the Holy Spirit for a man to abstain from certain foods or to dress in a certain way or to pray in a certain way. It takes no power of the Holy Spirit to appear sexually moral externally. It takes no power of the Holy Spirit to wear wide phylacteries and fiddle with a prayer chain reciting the same mantrous prayer again and again. And since the purpose the Lord sent the Holy Spirit for is to give us power to be His witnesses, to remind us of what He has said and to make known to us what belongs to Him, there is no reason at all for the Holy Spirit to remain with those who do not need Him. And since they are only practising that which any man can do without His power, then the Holy Spirit has no need to remain the Spirit of Grace to those who, having believed in the One who is full of Grace and received their salvation by Grace, turn away and return to that which is common to all men, practising words that need no divine power of God to fulfil. To them then, the Spirit of God, when His patience is run out, will become the Spirit of Fire and Judgement, just as He was to Israel when they so tested God that His patience ran out.

Thus, those who practise the recommendations of James the Younger of Acts 15, and so love it that they add even more recommendations like it, such as tithing, an eye for an eye and exclusion from fellowship on the basis of race, physical form or parental inheritance, have guaranteed themselves a life devoid of assistance from the Spirit of Power in their practice and are reaping for themselves the sure judgement of punishment for those who belong to God yet do not listen to Him. Their faith will save them, yes, but their works will not endure for their works are based on words that will pass away when Heaven and Earth pass away. For when judgement comes for God’s people, only those who have practised the words of Jesus will see their works endure the fire of God’s judgement that will melt even the present Heavens and Earth and all the words of the Law will also pass with them. For Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, until Heaven and Earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”[10] But He also said, “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”[11]

So, if even the Law will pass away when all things are accomplished, which are the words of the Father, and only Jesus’ words remain, then how much more the words of men are subject to utter destruction? If those who practise the Law will not have works that will endure the destruction of Heaven and Earth, what of those who practise the words of men? Then, what purpose their faith? None! And since their faith has no purpose, then Grace has no purpose for such men if it is not for the immense generosity of His graciousness that He should “then… purify the lips of all the peoples that they may call upon the Name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.”

So, God will not be mocked. Those who persevere in their practice of the words of anyone except the One who is full of Grace and Truth, will receive no help from the Holy Spirit except a conviction of sin and of the judgement that faces the prince of this world. So the Holy Spirit will oppose them like He opposed the twelve when they did not listen to Jesus but listened to the one who suggested Capernaum rather than Bethsaida, and will keep them struggling in the dark until they welcome Jesus and listen to Him.

That is how you will see the distinction between those who listen to Jesus and those who listen to men who speak and teach that which is contrary to what Jesus said, even though it seems good to them, and they will claim to the Holy Spirit also.[12] When the storm comes, they will either be floundering in the boat or be in the waves, even if for a time they appear to be able to walk on water. Only those who are as the Lord would have them be will be able to stay above the waters of the storm and cause the boat they enter to immediately reach the shore. In them, the Spirit of Grace will have His fulfilment and manifest the hope of Glory, declaring Himself to be the Spirit of Glory so that the world will know that the Lord has sent Him.

So the line is straight and the plumb is true. Those who practise the words of the One who is full of Grace will by Grace escape not only the Spirit of Fire and of Judgement, but will be found standing on a firm foundation built on what He has done. Those who practise the words of men like James’ and his disciples’ teachings, will find themselves scorched and yet saved, like one just escaping from the fire to stand naked and without foundation before the Judge of all men.

Be earnest then and repent before He arrives and fights against us with the sword of His mouth. Why have Him fight you when you can have Him sup with you, when He says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.”[13]

Come in Lord Jesus, come in and be seated that we may serve You, O King!


 

[1] Ephesians 2:8

[2] Malachi 1:2-3

[3] Exodus 33:19; Romans 9:15

[4] John 5:25

[5] 1 Peter 3:18-20

[6] Zephaniah 3:9

[7] Hebrews 6:1 [OKJV, AMP]

[8] John 21:25

[9] John 3:34

[10] Matthew 5:18

[11] Luke 21:33

[12] Acts 15:28

[13] Revelation 3:20

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