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Paul’s often quoted passage of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 about love is so well used it probably ranks with John 3:16 as the most quoted.  It gives a wonderful working description of love and if one really looks at it carefully, it gives a very troubling description as well, particularly where it is written:  it always trusts…[1]

However, having said that, aside from advising all to trust God, there is scant little advice in whom else to trust as well.  Of course you should trust God, for He alone is trustworthy, but does that mean you can trust because you are commanded to love your neighbour as yourself and your fellow disciple as Christ loved you?  Does that mean that you can trust those who call themselves Christians and who come in the Name of Jesus proclaiming that He is the Christ and prophesying, driving out demons and performing miracles in His Name, or those who sit with you to eat and drink of the same spiritual food?  And since we are also commanded to love our enemies,[2] does that mean we should also trust them?

When you look at love in the Light of Love, you will see much more clearly all that love is and who Love is, for you will have learned to look at God as Jesus does, and at Jesus as God does.  Indeed then, yes, love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, might and mind, especially trusting Him, protecting Him, hoping for Him and persevering for Him.  It [love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…[3]

For the Lord is the Truth and His word is the truth, and when you put His word that you have heard into practice, you will find out for yourself the truth of His word, which will give you the testimony that you must have if you are to be eligible for beheadment for Him.  That is also why those who believe in Jesus, but do not put His words into practice, which they should have heard if they listened to Him, cannot build up a testimony which makes them eligible for beheadment.  Remember, John the apostle wrote:  And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God.[4]  It requires the fulfilment of two conditions, which are to be beheaded for their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God.  Christians dying as accidental tourists on holidays do not count… they are saved for Heaven to await the second Resurrection, but not the first.  Jesus has asked all His disciples… no, He commanded all His disciples to “Trust in God; trust also in Me.”[5]

What is it to trust someone?  It means not just believing in them, but to put something, which belongs to you that is precious to you, into their hands.  You can have faith in someone and believe in a person without risking something of yourself, but to trust means you have put part of yourself into their hands.

So when Jesus said, “Trust in God; trust also in Me,” He was commanding you and I to put our lives into God’s hands and to rely on Him, just as He said to His Father, “Father, into Your hands, I commit My spirit.”[6]  A continuous experiential walk with God where the constant practice of His words builds up an ever increasing testimony will ensure a growth of trust as your love for Him grows, and is not and should not be a problem with anyone who is serious about following Jesus.

However, when it comes to our enemies, loving our enemies as Jesus commanded therefore becomes tricky.  Our natural instinct is to distrust our enemies, because you do not know what they are plotting, and we fail to realise that God is good to us always, so good that even in the realm of enemies, He has given us an enemy we can absolutely trust… the devil and Death.  Few realise that you can trust, that is rely on and have faith in the devil more than you can another human being.  Indeed, God said, “Beware of your friends; do not trust your brother,”[7] and, “Do not trust a neighbour; put no confidence in a friend.”[8] 

If you have come to know that Jesus’ words are the truth, then you’d realise that you can trust the devil to always lie to you, for Jesus has said, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”[9]  And since you know that, what fear do you have of his threats?  What ever he says is a guaranteed lie and will never come to pass, but the opposite is the exact truth.  So, it would be an offence to the Lord and to the devil if you do not trust the devil also… trust him to always lie to you as you always trust Jesus to tell you the truth.  AMEN.

But, who amongst the humans can you trust?  Is this important to know or is it not important?  You decide for yourself, but God Himself has warned that at the time of the king who “will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods,”[10] that “those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered.  When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them.”[11]  Did you hear the warning “and many who are not sincere will join them”?  That means within our own ranks are many who are not sincere, not sincere about their faith, their belief and what they say.  It is important for you, as part of your training and education to be the Holy Spirit’s elect, to know even more now those who are not sincere, though I have spoken on this matter before. 

When I last spoke on this matter, I could only warn you that many are not sincere, but we did not have the litmus test for their sincerity.  Firstly, know your scripture and the power of God.  Any who do not know both of these are already in error, as Jesus said, “You are in error because you do not know the Scripture or the power of God.”[12]  You cannot trust anyone who is operating in error, and anyone within the ranks who shows no desire to know the Scriptures or the power by diligent study and practice cannot be trusted as God can be trusted and even the devil can be trusted.

However, many will have studied Scriptures and can come with a clear demonstration of the power with signs and wonders as Jesus Himself warned us, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in Heaven.  Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and in Your Name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.  Away from Me, you evildoers!’”[13] 

Indeed, we can be of this group ourselves, for we prophesy, drive out demons and practise miracles in His Name, as so do many others.  So, how do you know if they are genuine?  Who amongst those who say, “Jesus is Lord” and “He is the Christ,” who teach in His Name, prophesy in His Name, has power to do miracles and drive out demons in His Name, can be trusted?

Now, understand this, I am talking about the person, not the message.  The Gospel can be trusted, but the person may not be trustworthy, so learn to distinguish the message from the person.  Paul wrote this in Philippians:  It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.  The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defence of the gospel.  The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.  But what does it matter?  The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached.  And because of this I rejoice.[14]

Learn to rejoice when repentance in Christ is preached regardless of the motive or the practice, for some as Paul warned Timothy, think that godliness is a means to financial gain.[15]  When you learn to do this, rejoice that Christ and repentance is preached for it saves the listeners, and you will not worry about the vessels used.  For the message of Christ saves those who listen and put it into practice, not those who talk about it without listening to their own message or practising it.

So, as those who have been elected for maturity, learn to show no concern, no respect or disrespect, trust or distrust to anyone who comes in the Name of the Lord prophesying, driving out demons or doing miracles.  That is you yourself, we ourselves, should subject ourselves to this judgement, and do not expect people to respect us or trust us and do not be offended when people distrust us and show us no respect, for who knows what the Lord will say to us if we were to say, “Lord, Lord…”

Paul made a promise to the Corinthians:  but eagerly desire the greater gifts.  And now I will show you the most excellent way.[16]  What followed was his discourse on love in chapter 13, which in itself is without peer as a theological, philosophical discussion, except it does not carry enough light for me and neither should it carry enough light for you.  He does not take it to the Lord’s definition of love, which is, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.”[17]  “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”[18] 

For you, the most excellent way is not the way of philosophical, emotional love, but of a practical application of the Lord’s commands put into practice on a constant basis that is directed at generating a testimony and a love of the word of God that you aim to be beheaded for it.  A genuine desire to be beheaded for the sake of your testimony of Jesus and the word of God is the desire to have, to show and to prove your greater love, and that love is not shown by a blazing zeal to die for the Lord, but to live and not die for the Lord, for He has said, “Whoever lives and believes, will never die.”[19]

So what is the test, not of a person’s faith or knowledge or understanding of the Lord, but their love?  Is it not their unreserved preparedness to be beheaded for their testimony and the word of Jesus, who is God?  That is true.  Such a test cuts through age, race and success; it makes failure as worthwhile as success; and it reduces boasts of size of ministry and years of service to nothing.  For many serve the Lord, but are secretly ashamed of Him and His words that they present a respectable, acceptable and attractive face to the world so as to avoid being beheaded.  Their goal is to get to Heaven and unknown to them, such a goal to attain Heaven was also the ambition of he who said, “I will ascend to Heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.  I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”[20]

And they will… because God is faithful to His word, but that does not mean He will trust them to come back with His Son to reign upon the Earth for the Millennium, but only those who are beheaded.  Thus, here is the test:  If God does not trust them, neither should you.  God loves them, but trust them?  Indeed, the only apostle who could be trusted to do his work properly was Judas, chosen by Jesus for the precise reason Jesus said, “Yet one of you is a devil.”[21]

There is no place for boasting here, no place to say, “Lord, if that be You, call me and I will come to You,” or “Lord, I will never betray You, even if the others do,” or “Let us go that we may die for Him.”  You might just find yourself proved a liar and drowning in your tears.  This is the place of quietness, the place of veterans of many battles who know that winning a battle is not like winning the war.

So, whom can you trust?  They are those who God trusts apart from His Son and His Holy Spirit, those who have been beheaded for their testimony of Jesus and the word of God.  I hear you asking, is there no one living that can be trusted then, for surely they are all dead?

John the Apostle wrote this for us to test those who are not of Christ:  Every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.  This is the spirit of the antichrist.[22]  Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world.  Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.[23]

Those who call on the Lord and say, “Lord, Lord,” doing what is done in Matthew 7, and yet have plans only to go to Heaven and only teach others to go to Heaven, do not deserve your trust.  Rejoice over their ministry and message, for many who hear are being saved, but they are not your peers.  Indeed, you may find them opposing you, as Paul found brothers opposing him for his ministry to the Gentiles.  Our message to all who have accepted Christ is to live a life that makes them eligible for the first resurrection, not just Heaven.  For saints in Heaven give Him no glory, for if God had meant us to be in Heaven in spirit, then Adam would have been able to die without eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Humans in Heaven testify to the devil’s work as much as humans in Hell, although it was and is because of Christ that some are in Heaven.  Saints returning to Earth with Christ for the Millennium and saints alive on Earth to witness His return are all entirely and purely the work of Christ, and give Him the maximum glory and honour.

You have witnessed the weeding out from our own ranks those who do not hold to the desire to be beheaded for Christ, for in truth, they never had a desire to put the entirety of His words to practice or at least repent when they knew they had broken the Lord’s commands or decrees.

Knowing who you can trust is of the utmost importance for you now, for as the power of God increases, many who are not sincere will join us.  We do not exclude them, for they are also heirs of salvation that they might hear, believe and repent and be saved.  But be very aware that they can distract you from our one and only goal, which is to be amongst those who are still alive at the coming of the Lord, to witness the dead in Christ rise first, and then to rise to join with Him in the clouds.  That is our primary objective, and if we fail, then to die beheaded for our testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, so that we might be with those who are returning.

When there are men and women who are sons of Adam, who can live on this Earth and not die to see the coming of the Kingdom of God, then is the devil’s work in the garden completely destroyed, and the Lord’s own work fulfilled in the sons of man.  Until that happens, the war is not over.  After that, even the last battle as the hordes of Gog and Magog surround our camp at Jerusalem, will be a mere formality to place the final stamp of God’s approval on Christ’s work and His choice.

For the Lord is returning with all the martyrs, those He trusts because they loved Him so much they had laid down their lives for Him.  If indeed, they are to be greeted with honour, then they must be greeted by those whom the Holy Spirit so trusted, that He left the world in their charge and left so that the lawless one could be revealed.

Who does the Holy Spirit trust?  They are those who believe that Jesus is “the Resurrection and the Life… and whoever lives and believes will never die,”[24] and love Him so much that they aim to be beheaded for their testimony of Jesus and the word of God.

Therefore encourage each other with these words.  According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.[25]

Heaven can wait, we are busy.  AMEN

[1] 1 Corinthians 13:7

[2] Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27,35

[3] 1 Corinthians 13:7

[4] Revelation 20:4

[5] John 14:1

[6] Luke 23:46

[7] Jeremiah 9:4

[8] Micah 7:5

[9] John 8:44

[10] Daniel 11:36

[11] Daniel 11:33-34

[12] Matthew 22:29

[13] Matthew 7:21-23

[14] Philippians 1:15-18

[15] 1 Timothy 6:5

[16] 1 Corinthians 12:31

[17] John 14:15

[18] John 15:13

[19] John 11:26

[20] Isaiah 14:13-14

[21] John 6:70

[22] 1 John 4:3

[23] 2 John 1:7

[24] John 11:25-26

[25] 1 Thessalonians 4:18,15-17


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