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The church in Jerusalem of Acts 15 wrote their letter to the gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia, a letter that included these words:  It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.  You will do well to avoid these things. [Acts 15.28-29] Ignoring what Peter had said earlier in Acts 15.10-11, “Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear? No!  We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

The whole scene of Acts 15 was of course centred around a doctrine preached and practised by some believers who belonged to the party of the pharisees who said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses.” [Acts 15.5] There should never have been a need to consider this as they did in Acts 15.6 where it is written:  The apostles and elders met to consider this question. Had the apostles, that is, the likes of Peter, stuck to what Jesus taught them, they would have realised that those believers from the pharisees were introducing their yeast, for Jesus had warned them, “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” [Mark 8.15] They, of course, did not have these written words to refer to, and so should be excused and forgiven.  After all, it is difficult to remember everything that Jesus said.  And as such, we should not be so harsh on the apostles and elders of Acts 15.  You think?

That would be true, absolutely, if they did not then try to ratify and justify the authority of their recommendations in their letter by writing:  It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden… So by their admission they were saying that the Holy Spirit Himself was there reminding them of what Jesus had told them as Jesus said He would in John 14.26, “…the Holy Spirit… will remind you of everything I have said to you.” It really amazes me that the Holy Spirit did not remind them about what Jesus said of the pharisees.  As such, they should not have ever even considered what the believers who belonged to the party of the pharisees said.  See what Luke recorded for you.  Those are not believers who belonged to Jesus, but to the party of the pharisees.

There are many who are believers of Jesus Christ, but whom do they belong to?  Indeed, the Holy Spirit would have been reminding them that Jesus taught them to eat His flesh and drink His blood, which caused all in the first group of believers to leave Him in John 6.66 after the feeding of the 5,000… except for the twelve.  So why were they concerned about the blood of animals and strangled meat?  Indeed, the Holy Spirit would have been reminding them also that Jesus had declared all food to be clean when He said nothing that enters a man’s stomach can make a man unclean. [Mark 7.18-19]

As for sexual immorality, the Holy Spirit would have reminded them that Jesus had taught them, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.” [Matthew 5.28-29] As such, they should have ensured they were skilled in turning mud to eyes for all those who would blind themselves.  (See that Jesus did not teach that their eyes should be gouged out by others, but they should gouge out their own eyes.)

As such, the letter of Acts 15 holds a serious and grievous problem.  If we are to believe what they wrote, then it means they were saying that the Holy Spirit did not remind them of everything Jesus said, and worse still, that the Holy Spirit concurred with three of James the Younger’s judgment and recommendations that went against what Jesus said and taught.  We know it cannot be so, for the Holy Spirit is holy because He is here to only testify for Jesus and no one else.  As such, as gentiles you should completely discard the letter of Acts 15 unless you hold that the Holy Spirit truly concurred with the practice of words that went against Jesus.  If that were the case, then you are saying the Holy Spirit is antichrist!

As such, elect, see the dividing line that is Acts 15’s letter… for all who agree with that letter have knowingly or unknowingly said the Holy Spirit concurred with the practice of words in the church that go against the words of Jesus Christ.

Knowing that the discipline of listening and recognising the voice of the Holy Spirit would be lost, He reminded a few who could still hear and recognise and had them write down a statement of His testimony of Jesus Christ, and then had it fragmented into what we now know as the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John… so that when men everywhere began to listen to one another and to all kinds of deceiving spirits, there would be a written record to at least guide them through the darkness so that those who could no longer hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches could still at least see the words of Jesus that are written as the Holy Spirit reminded them… that is, the words that came directly from the mouth of Jesus who is God.

If men do not live on bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God, as Moses the scribe of God said, then those who have put their faith in Jesus, and so are cut off from God according to the Law, live only by the words that come from the mouth of Jesus.  For if you believe Jesus, listening to even the apostles, even Paul, is not like listening to Jesus Himself… and the first work ascribed to the Holy Spirit remains, “But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” [John 14.26] As such, any spirit that reminds you of what others have said first rather than what Jesus said first is really not the Holy Spirit, and is at best your spirit.  Even if your spirit is born again, it cannot compare with the Holy Spirit in helping you to know and decide what to do.  Surely you know that.

As such, as elect of the Holy Spirit, the time is coming and has now come when the recommendations of James adopted by the church of Jerusalem to send to us gentiles remain exactly that… the recommendations of James, a man who did not believe in Jesus even though he literally grew up with Him as a son of Joseph and Mary in Nazareth along with three other brothers. [Matthew 13.55] And we forgive them for dragging the Holy Spirit into it just to give their words some authority.  Having forgiven, we can, like God, forget.  That is, forget their advice that we do well to avoid these things.

For the Holy Spirit knew that at the time of the end when these words of the Lord Jesus – “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive.  But for the sake of the elect, whom He has chosen, He has shortened them” [Mark 13.20] – would find fulfilment, there would be men and women who would obey the restored command to so listen to Jesus that they would be able to recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit, like a son recognises the voice of his father, so that indeed the Holy Spirit is able to remind them EVERYTHING that the Lord Jesus had said… like what He said to James, John and Peter when they spent the night on the Mount of Transfiguration before they came down the next day to find the nine arguing with the crowd because they could not drive out a demon.

Since Paul had said that we should not go beyond what is written in his letter to a church out of order in 1 Corinthians 4.6… so likewise we should not go beyond what is written when it comes to interaction with churches that suffer the same problems as the Corinthians did in Paul’s days.  That is, churches that have sexual immorality, lawsuits between brothers, quarrels about who follows whom, that is, denominationalism, and so on.  With them you will find, as you have found, it is difficult enough to teach what is written about what Jesus said, much less go beyond.

However, that does not mean we limit the Holy Spirit in what He would remind us of what Jesus has said that is not written down, so that the true practice of the words of Jesus begins with what is written and continues onto what has been spoken, reminded but not written.  And how do you know that this can be so?  Because there are signs and wonders to confirm?  No, for to be allowed to practise what is not written, you must come beyond the need for confirmatory signs… so that the Holy Spirit can consign those aids to another use.

You, elect, must come to the place where you know and understand the Holy Spirit so that your boast is not about signs, wonders or miracles or of prophecy… but rather, it is you know and understand that He is the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on Earth for Jesus only… for in Him He delights.  So that, as the Lord said in the Old Covenant, “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches…” [Jeremiah 9.23] it can be said, “Let not the prophet boast of his prophecies, or the believer of the demons he has driven out, or the disciples of the miracles they have done in Jesus’ Name…” but let him who boasts boast about this… that he knows and understands the Holy Spirit, that He would never fail to remind anyone who would listen of everything that Jesus said, nor would He ever condone any recommendations or judgments that go against what Jesus has taught.  Then perhaps, he would really know and understand what are true kindness, justice and righteousness in God’s eyes.

And when will this happen?  When the written words have not only been practised but have begun to be mastered… for if “…every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the Kingdom of Heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old,” [Matthew 13.52] then what can be said of every teacher of the grace who has been instructed about the Kingdom of God?  And how can you teach unless you have been taught and have mastered the subject you are to teach?

So likewise, when there are those who are the teachers of grace, who receive the instructions of the Kingdom of God, then shall we see both the new and the old brought out, like treasures from a storeroom.  When there are those who are prepared to practise with the desire to master the word in writing, in speech and in practice, then shall the Holy Spirit let them bring out more treasures from the storerooms.  And where are these storerooms that hold these treasures?  Is it not the heart… “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”? [Matthew 6.21] And if your heart is like good soil that received the seed, then should it surprise you that the Holy Spirit is able to multiply the word of Christ you have heard 30, 60, 100, 100, 100, 60, 30 times as much so that He is able to remind to you 30, 60, 100 and many more times of what is written for His personal delight and satisfaction?

Indeed, if the manifestation of the Kingdom of God through the disciples of Jesus Christ gives the Father satisfaction… what will bring satisfaction to the Holy Spirit?  Is it not when He is able to remind the disciples of Christ EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING that Jesus has ever said to them… so that having fulfilled His work, He is able to speak on His own not to the disciples of Christ, but to His own elect as He did to Paul in 1 Timothy 4.1 when Paul wrote for us what the Holy Spirit told him:  The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons?

Indeed, if you seek righteousness by the practice of the Law from which you are cut off, have you not abandoned the faith?  Indeed, if you are following a spirit that concurs with teachings that go against the word of Christ and that does not remind you of the words of Christ, but rather, the words of the Law, is that not a deceiving spirit?  And without going into teachings taught by demons… are not teachings taught by Satan even worse?  And is not Satan a man who does not have in mind the things of God but of men?  So then, what does a man who recommends things contrary to Christ’s words have in mind?

Have you ears to hear but do not want to hear?  Have you eyes to see but do not want to see?  As for what seems good to the Holy Spirit and to us, is it not to “Listen to Him,” [Matthew 17.5; Mark 9.7; Luke 9.35] and as He said, “Believe Me…” [John 14.11] “…hold to My teaching…” [John 8.31] “…come(s) to Me… and put(s) them into practice…” [Luke 6.47] ?  Would He not say, “You do well to master these things until He returns”?

“The Lord arises to testify… who can stand before Him?”

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