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For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul wrote this as part of his encouragement to the church in Rome.  Indeed, he asked the question: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  If you make a list of the things in Romans 8 that Paul mentioned – trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, sword, death, life, angels, demons, present, future, powers, height, depth, or anything else – he left out one person.  For the answer to the question, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” is us.  No one else, no circumstance, no angels, no demons, no person can separate you from the love of Christ except you, not even God.  As he wrote:  If God is for us, who can be against us?  Since Christ has already been given to us by God for our salvation and justification, there is no one who can separate us except us.  For it is then our choice… our choice to not speak against the Holy Spirit or to speak against Him and act against Him.   

With the clear definition of what the command is and what the unforgivable sin is and what the plans of the Holy Spirit are, there will be no excuse left in the days to come for ignorance, certainly not for the one who is condemned to the lake because of his wilful rebellion to oppose Jesus on His arrival.  Indeed, such a person will already be sizing up the opportunity afforded him to break Scripture by destroying the Mount of Olives, being emboldened by his success in deceiving those who consider themselves as the elect who are really no elect, for they have not been faithful to the royal command themselves.  You see, for them the royal command is the royal law that James spoke of in his letter:  If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbour as yourself,” you are doing right.  They are in error because they firstly fail to realise that James was writing to the twelve tribes of Israel and not to the churches of Jesus Christ.  They compound their error because of the failure to recognise the timing of James’ comment… for the Gospels were not Scripture until after the first century.  What was Scripture to Jesus were the five books of Moses, the prophets and the psalms… not the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  What we consider to be Scripture today includes the epistles, which the church of the first century did not see as Scripture.  Certainly the Jews of the twelve tribes would not have seen James’ letter as Scripture!  Thus, the royal law is for the Jews as James said, but the royal command, that is, the command given by the King, is not “…love your neighbour as yourself.”

There is the royal command and there are the royal commands.  The ability to know and understand this is essential for you in knowing the answer to the question, “Who do you think you are?”

For the elect of the Holy Spirit, there is only one royal command – “Listen to Him.”  And the royal commands from He who is Love are:  “Love your enemies” and “Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  The two commands from the Scriptures fulfilled by Jesus are:  “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your (might) and with all your mind,’” and “Love your neighbour as yourself.”  These two commands have already been fulfilled by Jesus, as He said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them.” 

As such, all who are in Christ have already fulfilled the two greatest commandments of the law, for to have faith enough in Christ to abide in Him, is to fulfil those commands.  For the love of God with all your heart, soul, might and mind is to be in Jesus with all your heart, soul, might and mind.  And to love your neighbour as you would love yourself is to have the words of Jesus not only abiding in you, but to have His words proved true completely as you would have your words proved true too.  It is to see that Jesus receives justice and the Father receives vengeance, as you would desire to receive justice and vindication.  Thus, anyone who is in Jesus has already fulfilled those commands (the two of the Mosaic Law) by abiding in Christ and His words abiding in him to the point that John 15.7 is lived by him, that is, whatever he wishes or asks and wills is done for him.  And since a will and a wish are not necessarily exposed by the spoken word, but rather, they are manifested as a thought in the mind and a thought in the heart, and when you find that what you are thinking is being done for you, it is the absolute proof that you are abiding in Him and His words are abiding in you. 

For the Lord to ask Moses to speak to the rock was not God’s way of testing Moses, but teaching Moses so that God could so honour Moses that the very thoughts of Moses would be manifested, his wish and his will, in a way that only Moses was privy to the knowledge that God was doing what he, Moses, wished and willed.  A relationship so personal, so intimate, that truly you have entered the sanctuary of God and God has put His sanctuary in you.  For that is the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Father and Son.  He who searches the mind of God knows the thoughts of God, and He carries them out before God has spoken.  This is the edge of Their sanctuary relationship with Each Other.

For those who are in Christ, then what really remains to be obeyed is the royal command to “Listen to Him,” and having obeyed the royal command, the reward of obedience from the Father is already yours.  He is well pleased with you.  However, to hear without practising does not please Jesus, for He has clearly warned us what those who hear His words but do not put them into practice are like… foolish men.  The twelve heard what Jesus said after the feeding of the 5000… go immediately to Bethsaida, but they did not put it into practice and went instead to Capernaum.  Mark 6.48 records that as Jesus was walking on the lake, He was about to pass by them.  He was not in fact walking towards them, but rather, there was a gap between where they were heading and where Jesus was heading.  A separation caused not by Jesus, but by them, for failing to put into practice the words of Jesus they had heard to …go on ahead of Him to Bethsaida, while He dismissed the crowd.

The failure to practise the words of Jesus we have heard is what produces the separation.  Not even sin can cause the separation, for the moment we repent, that separation is closed.  And since we do not live under the law, then the definition of sin according to the law does not hold for us.  But rather, the sin we can never repent of, for there is no forgiveness for this sin, is that which has been put into place so that no one would make Adam’s mistake again except for the one who will condemn himself by crossing the line to speak, and not only speak, but to act against the Spirit and His Jesus Christ whom He declared to be the Son of God by His power by raising Him from the dead on the third day.  The false prophet will disagree with the Holy Spirit’s declaration that Jesus is the Son of God by raising up for himself a false son of man – the beast.  The raising back to life of the image of the beast by the false prophet is his act of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.  For a pagan to say Jesus is not the Son of God is a word of ignorance and the Spirit of Grace overlooks that.  However, to use the very power of the Holy Spirit Himself to raise up another and declare him to be the Son of God, the Christ, is beyond forgiveness, and that by the Holy Spirit Himself.

Thus, those who have heard Jesus’ words and have not put them into practice are and will be like the twelve in the boat, terrified and fearful at the darkness, wind and waves… watching Jesus walk pass them and failing to recognise it was Jesus, but thinking it was a ghost, that is, the spirit of a dead man, an unclean thing.  To those who do not practise the words of Jesus they have heard as these days of distress continue in earnest, the actions and words of Jesus will seem to them to be unclean… like a ghost.  Thus, we ourselves must cleanse our mouth, for the Holy Spirit is not the Spirit of a dead man, but of a living Man, Jesus Christ.  No longer must we be found speaking of Him as the Holy Ghost.  Forgive us, Lord.  So, continue our circumcision afresh.

For those who have not practised the words of Jesus they have heard, the separation they will experience will be like the separation the twelve experienced.  For whatever they fail to practise, that is where they will experience the separation.  As the twelve experienced the separation in the route travelled by Jesus because they did not go on the route given them, so those who do not practise the power Jesus spoke of will find their separation will be in the power of God.  Those who do not practise the secrecy Jesus spoke of, their separation will be in the secret things of God.  Those who do not practise the forgiveness Jesus spoke of, their separation will be experienced in the forgiveness.  For them, the sight of the manifestation of the power of God will seem unclean to them.  For knowledge of the secret things of God will seem unclean for them.  The need for forgiveness will seem unclean for them, and their confidence in their own self righteousness will be their undoing.  Their ignorance of God’s way will be their darkness, and their powerlessness in the midst of distress will be their fear.  These are just some examples for you to leave and consider the way that failure to practise the words of Jesus is what causes a person to experience degrees of separation from God.

Though the twelve and Jesus were on the same lake, the same night, and in sight of each other, they were not with each other.  No more than those who will not return with Jesus for the millennium be with Jesus, though from Heaven they can still see Jesus.

And so, what can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord?  When we fail to practise the new commands of love He gave us, which are not in the law that He fulfilled:  “Love your enemies” and “Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  Anyone who does not practise those two commands he has heard has separated himself from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.  There are many other things that are in Jesus Christ other than love, including His peace, His suffering, His anger, His grief and His persecution.  Imagine receiving all that without also receiving the love of God.  Not pleasant.  Then watching your house come crashing down is not pleasant either, for that is what Jesus said we are like if we hear and do not practise.

However, entry into the Land of the Absolute demands not only that you have practised, but it demands absolute success.  The Israelites would have trained for war, but the training, the practice, was of no account if they got killed in Jericho.  As such, the practice must bear the fruit of success – absolute success.  And for all the trials and distress of the days to come as we journey into the Land of the Absolute until the whole land is possessed – the entire promise is manifested.  One thing that we must be absolutely certain of is the love of God.  Then you will not cry out in terror, like the twelve, even when darkness comes, and the wind and the waves rise.  For you know it is you who brought the darkness, it is you who caused the wind to cause the waves, so that any other boat on the lake would be equally in danger of sinking so that their occupants might call out to God, like the sailors who threw Jonah overboard did, and saved themselves.  To be absolutely certain that you are not separated from the love of God by you, then you must be certain that you are loving your enemies and one another as Christ loved you.  How Christ loves you, you should know.  In the very least, He died for you, not to mention all the times He blessed and forgave you.  Indeed, elect, if you do not know what you have in Christ now, you will lose what you think you have.  For indeed, your ignorance is proof that you have not taken regular stock of what you have in thanksgiving to Him.

What I am saying is this, you must be certain who your enemy is and the very definition of that enemy.  For those who insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Jesus are no longer your enemies.  They are your source of blessings, for Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.”  Those who persecute you, curse you and hate you are the enemies that permit you to practise the command to love your enemies.  But once you have succeeded with the practice, then you will have the perfection to recognise the perfect enemy – the one who not only persecutes you, curses you and hates you, but will renew the persecution on Christ, cursing Him with all sorts of unheard of blasphemies and hatred… seeking to kill Him, not just again, but once and for all time by breaking Scripture so that the Word of God Himself is broken forever.  You come to the place where the false prophet is your absolute enemy, and only he and he alone. 

For neither Satan nor the beast has the right to commit the sin that would demand Christ’s crucifixion all over again, nor do either of them have the power of the Holy Spirit turned on the very people Christ died to save to deceive them with false signs and wonders.  For while other false prophets will deceive with false powers, he, the false prophet, will deceive with the very real power of the Holy Spirit, which he received when he was a disciple.  You see, Judas betrayed Jesus with a real kiss, with real information of where He would be, with a real greeting, for Jesus was his Rabbi!  Like the Israelites at Canaan, Egypt was no longer their enemy, Jericho was.  So likewise, pagans, Satanists, backsliders, you name it, the blind guides, the Pharisees, the Nicolaitans, the Balaamites, the Jezebelians, are no longer the real enemy.  They are just practice dummies for you to prepare for the real enemy – the antiChrist, the firstborn of the ingratiates – so that you will be ready to face the ingratiates of the end of the millennium.  Like the Israelites, Jericho was but the first step, the dream was not over, the vision was not complete, and the promise was not fulfilled, until they stood on the banks of the great river.  Likewise for us, the work is not over until we too stand on the backs of the great river flowing down the middle of the great street of New Jerusalem.  Such must be your resolution.  

In the same way, you must be certain who your neighbour is, that is, who is He who showed mercy on you.  Indeed, you chorus, “God had mercy on us through Jesus Christ,” and rightly so, but that mercy was shown to all who are given the faith to believe.  But now, you are the elect.  He who showed you mercy is He who elected you, and then to ensure that you would survive these days of distress, not only have you His power without limit, but also He shortened these days for you… the Holy Spirit, for He is the God you love with all your heart, soul, might and mind, for not only is He in you by the will of Jesus, but you are in Him by His will.

And lastly, you must be certain whom you are to love as Christ loved you.  For the command “Love one another,” is to disciples, who are those with whom you are personally discipled with, who are within the workshop.  But when Jesus said, “Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another,” He was also speaking to those who would be in fellowship together, and elect, we are in fellowship with the Holy Spirit, for He is in us and we are in Him.  Hence, though the Holy Spirit is no disciple of Christ, He is a fellow worker with us, for He has His own commands from Jesus that He has to fulfil.  Hence, since we have shared and partaken of Him as part of our process of maturity, it is only fitting to love Him, the Holy Spirit, as Jesus loved us, to include Him into the royal laws and the royal command and commands, to include Him into the love we are commanded to have for God, neighbour and one another, and to make His enemy our only enemy.  When that happens, the law of absolute holiness has been fulfilled and we can enter the Land of the Absolute.

For He who makes us holy, He is holy.  Amen.



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