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Paul, when he was writing to the Corinthian church in his first letter at a time when they were a church out of order with denominationalism in the church, immorality of a type not occurring among the pagans, lawsuits amongst believers, and impropriety of worship with drunkenness at the supper, wrote:  Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.”

The first thing to note is this… the words “Do not go beyond what is written” are not a quote from Scripture, but a saying that was found possibly amongst the Jews.  It is a useful principal, but it is not a command or decree of God.  And it is certainly useful when there is controversy, but more importantly when the church is in disorder and disarray as the Corinthian church was at the time of the first letter.  As such, as much as it is wise not to go beyond what is written in some cases, it is essential for disciples of Jesus and even more so for the elect of the Holy Spirit that “Do not go beyond what is written” is not a command or a law, but a guideline.  A guideline in particular for correcting churches that are in disarray.

Disciples of Jesus must realise, and indeed if you do not realise this you should examine yourself to see if you are a disciple or not… disciples of Jesus Christ must realise that Jesus Himself at His time and ministry went beyond what is written.  In fact, He went and changed what was written.

In Matthew 5 to 7, six times He changed what is written and implemented His own word, saying, “But I tell you…”  And since Jesus has said, I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me (anyone who believes in Me) will do what I have been doing,” then likewise, disciples of Jesus can find themselves being able to say, “You have heard that it was said… so and so…  But I tell you…” 

Now see the circumstances under which Jesus was able to do this.  He said these things after 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 fulfill them.”  It was when and because of His intention to fulfill the law and the prophets and His ability to do so, that He then began to change what was said in the law and the prophets.  For example:  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you:  Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven.”  So then likewise, believers who are chosen to be disciples should first know what is written, and having read, begin to fulfill what is written by practising it.  Disciples, real disciples, true disciples, whose motive and attitude are to fulfill every command of Jesus and bring to fruition all His prophecies are those who can say as Jesus said, “…I have come… to fulfill them,” that is, fulfill the laws and the prophecies of Jesus.

Those who are too busy apologising for what Jesus said and are watering His words down (diluting them) with men’s philosophies do not qualify as disciples who can say, “I am here to fulfill the words of Jesus… His laws and His prophecies.”  As such, they should remain safely behind this advice of Paul, “Do not go beyond what is written.” 

Indeed, if you are not prepared to believe and obey the words of Jesus, you are not ready to be shown what is beyond the written.  That is why the eleven were never shown or allowed to do beyond the miracles that have already been written as done by Jesus and the earlier prophets, and even then they were not able to do all of them.  No water was turned to sweet water, wine or blood by them, no storm was calmed, no hailstorms raised, no rivers parted, no droughts ceased, no food multiplied in any form except what they could buy, and no translation in their journeys are recorded except for Philip’s experience. 

You see, the extent to which you are prepared to obey what you have been commanded is the extent you will be entrusted with power to do something.  And since they were not prepared to believe and obey what was told them that resurrection morning, they were not shown any more.  All that the eleven had to go by was what Jesus told them and showed them right up to the crucifixion, but after the resurrection, what Jesus could do was never shown them.  For after the resurrection, Jesus continued to perform His miracles in front of them – being able to appear in a different form so that the two on the road from Emmaus were kept from recognising Him; appearing in their midst behind a locked room, and to have fish cooked and ready for them when He had not even gone fishing.  These three post resurrection miracles were never recorded as being done by the eleven, but are written for us as a clue and hint to what they had missed out on learning and being able to do because they did not believe and go.

So in the very least, the disciples of Christ now, if they have the attitude to fulfil the laws and prophecies of Jesus as Jesus came to fulfil the laws and prophecies of the Father, would be able to go beyond what is written for them as Jesus went beyond what is written even as He taught.

In fact, if the eleven did go that morning, then there would have been much more written, certainly in the post resurrection chapters of the four gospels, and the Acts of the apostles would be very different for Luke to record.  Peter would not have needed an angel to get him out of jail nor Paul have needed an earthquake.  They would have been much harder to recognise as they would also have had the ability to appear in different forms to stop themselves from being recognised.  And provision of food would have been such that no multiplication was ever needed.  Jesus’ ascension before their very eyes was merely the prelude of what they themselves would do when they also rise to meet with Him on His return.

Now if the disciples of Jesus Christ can have the ability to go beyond what is written because they have fulfilled the laws and prophecies of Jesus, then the elect of the Holy Spirit can go even further.

Indeed, to the disciples of Jesus, the Holy Spirit was to do this – “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.  But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come” – to disciples who are listening to Him that is, and not disciples who are listening to men and who then place their approval on the words of mere men, saying, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements.”

You see, elect, if the apostle who was set aside by the Holy Spirit for the work He had for him could write this to the repentant Corinthian church – I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.  I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third Heaven.  Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows.  And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—was caught up to Paradise.  He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell – then you can expect to follow in his footsteps as you too will be caught up and shown things in visions and revelations, whether in the body or apart from the body it does not matter.  Things that are inexpressible and not lawful for men to speak of, for it is the Holy Spirit who knows what no ears have heard, no eyes have seen and therefore, no one has written down, but He will make it known to us, as Paul wrote. 

Us… who us… which us?  Those who do not care to listen even though they say, “We believe,” and yet in their hearts say, “How is this possible?”?  Those who do not care to fulfill what is commanded, but go and make their own judgments as to what is right and proper for the church like James the Younger did?  Those who do not care for the honour and glory of Jesus and are more than happy to have Him look like a liar while they pray to be blessed so that they may die and go to Heaven for eternal peace? 

Who may go beyond what is written?

Certainly not those who love and cling to the practices of a church torn apart with denominationalism (divisions) and all sorts of immorality, impropriety and unforgiveness like the Corinthian congregation as described in Paul’s first letter.  No, for them they must first fulfil what is written, that is, like the Corinthians, they must be brought to repentance for:

  • their divisions (denominationalism);
  • their immorality that is worse than pagans, for pagans are more faithful to what is written for them than many ‘Christians’;
  • their impropriety of worship and liturgy, for the mixing of the practice of the Old Covenant with the New… you cannot practise partial observance of the law like tithing when you are cut off from the law, or avoidance of foods sacrificed to idols and so on;
  • and worst of all, their unforgiveness as exemplified in the Corinthians with lawsuits between brothers.

To such, they must be brought back to what is written and until they fulfil what is written with the Proof of Life, they cannot be expected to even understand what is waiting beyond what is written.  And what is that which is written that all churches must be brought back to?  “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”

“Listen to Him” is that which is written that churches like the Corinthians must be brought back to, and like the apostle, it is your work to show them and help them understand the importance of not going beyond what Jesus said until they have fulfilled His commands, so that their eyes are opened to see the prophecies of Jesus being fulfilled.  Those who do not practise repentance and forgiveness to grow to being able to do what He has been doing are not those who are interested in really fulfilling Jesus’ commands.  They may be zealous to fulfil the laws of Moses and maintain the traditions of morality, but they are not really interested in fulfilling Jesus’ commands.  As such, they will not show interest in fulfilling His prophecies.  They would not be looking forward to the end times with joyful anticipation of His glory, but rather, with fear and dread of what is coming upon them.

The cleansing of the church in preparation of it to greet Jesus on His arrival is to restore the command and to bring them back to what is written so that the errors introduced by James and the detestable practices of the Nicolaitans, Balaamites and Jezebelians together with their religion, greed and witchcraft can be removed.

So understand, elect, when speaking to those of the churches, it is our work to restore to them the command to listen to Jesus so that they are brought back to what is written and to not go beyond what is written as Paul wrote.

However, as the elect of the Holy Spirit, what is written for us, the commands and the prophecies of the Holy Spirit that elects need to fulfil and should seek to fulfil, are the works He said to Barnabas and Saul, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

And what is that work, the work of the elect?  It is as it has been taught – to help the Holy Spirit finish the work assigned Him by Jesus and the prophecy, the promise, for prophecy is the promise of things to come… the prophecy of the Holy Spirit that awaits fulfillment is His promise to Jesus that He can return when He and the bride say, “Come!” to Jesus Christ.

As such, elect, you are entering the realm of beyond what is written because no one went there that morning to see and hear what God had prepared for them that they may write it down, or that men like Luke could write it down… their acts and their words that flowed from their complete and absolute obedience as they all got up immediately with the words of the women still ringing in their ears and rushed to Galilee to see what God had done to Jesus Christ!

The world has seen what it has done to Jesus Christ.  The disciples have seen what the world has done to Jesus Christ and the world has seen what the church has done to Jesus Christ, but no one has yet seen what God has done to Jesus Christ.  No one except those who have died, never to return, have ever seen the glory of Jesus, the glory the Father gave Him from before the creation of the world… because no one went to Galilee that morning.  Only the Holy Spirit has and those He allows to be caught up to the third Heaven, whether in the body or apart from the body it does not matter, and as Paul testified to the disobedient church:  …but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit,  to us… the us who have listened to Jesus as commanded and have practised His words to see them fulfilled that we may testify about them, who have been elected by the Holy Spirit and set apart for the work He has for us.

So understand then, to not go beyond what is written is good advice to those who belong to a church that behaves like the Corinthians, but to those who have fulfilled the commands of Jesus and seek to fulfill His prophecies, going beyond what is written is mandatory, for you will be shown things by God through the Spirit that “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived…” and therefore, no pen can write.

Now, because of these surpassingly great revelations that we have and will have… it is given to us not as a thorn in the flesh to torment us, nor as a message from Satan, no, but rather, our torment is the pain of the Holy Spirit, the silent One, He who hears what is spoken and knows the thoughts of God, who is zealous for the Father and Son beyond measure… such measure that He consented that He would be poured out upon all flesh, all flesh, that God be glorified.   No, what will be given to torment you, elect, will be the unbelief of the elect of Jesus Christ, those who have been called and chosen by Him and yet will look at you in disbelief, thinking your words to be madness, even as you tell them what you have heard, seen and commanded of them.  Like Mary and the other women, you will face their unbelief and doubts, even ridicule, but hold your silence, for if Paul could recommend to the Corinthians, “Do not go beyond what is written,” then this saying is your guideline, elect, “Remember, those who know do not tell and those who tell do not know.” 

Prepare yourself in this manner so that you are ready to be shown the things that men are not permitted to speak of, whether you are taken in the body or out of the body does not matter.  What matters is this:  You can live beyond what is written once you have fulfilled the law and the prophecy of the Holy Spirit so that you can finish the work that Barnabas and Saul were given to the glory, honour and delight of the Holy Spirit for His Beloveds, the Father and the Son.

To those who are disobedient, we say, “Do not go beyond what is written.”  To those who have fulfilled what is required of them, we say, “Come and see what God has prepared for those who love Him, especially for Jesus Christ, His beloved Son who so loved Him that He obeyed His Father and did everything commanded of Him.”

So with the Spirit and the bride, we too say, “Come!”  Say, “Come!” because you have heard the news and you are up on your feet rushing to our ‘Mount Carmel’, the Mount of Transfiguration.  For just as Elijah came at a time when Israel had turned to Baal worship and a confrontation took place on Mount Carmel that cleansed Israel of Baal’s priests, so the Mount of Transfiguration will bring the elect of the Holy Spirit to a confrontation with those who hold to the traditions of those who do not listen, who do not believe, but allow teachings and practices as detestable as Baal worship is in Israel into the churches of Jesus.  And like Elijah, it will be by fire and sword that there will be a cleansing by the Spirit of Fire and by the sword of the Spirit, by word and by power, and the world will finally see what God has done to Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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