Benefits of the Son of God to us no. 18

Keeps us from Falling away from The Faith

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Rev. Brian Kocourek

 

This morning we will speak on the eighteenth benefit or promise of God to us concerning His Son is that it keeps us from falling away from The Faith. For our text let us turn in the book of Hebrews.

 

Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,  5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,  6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

 

Now, what does that mean to crucify the Son of God afresh and put Him to an open shame? We need to know what this means if we are to understand how that knowing this relationship of God the Father to His Son Jesus Christ can keep us from falling away from The Faith.

 

First of all we must understand that The Faith speaks of The Faith that Jesus Had. Paul tells us this in Galatians chapter 2.

 

Galatians Chapter  2  Verse 20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”.

 

Notice that Paul tells us he lives by the Faith OF the Son of God. Now, he did not say that he lives by his faith IN the Son of God, but He said I live by the Faith OF the Son of God. So it is Jesus own faith that Paul was living by.

 

In the Book of Philippians 3:9 Paul tells us,  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

 

Now, we know that righteousness comes from the old English words right wiseness. Thus Paul is saying, And be found in him, not having mine own right-wiseness, which is of (or out from) the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, (but that which is through the faith out from Christ) the right-wiseness which is out from God by faith:

 

Notice in Romans 3: 22 Paul tells us,  Even the right-wiseness of God which is by faith (revelation) of  (out from) Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

 

And remember Faith is a revelation. Therefore Paul is telling us of the right-wiseness which comes by revelation, and that which comes only from God through understanding the revelation of Jesus Christ.  In other words, without understanding the relationship between the Father and the Son, what understanding do you have of God? How can you approach Him as a Father unless you know whose Father He is? How can you call Him a father if you do not believe He had a Son? To do so, your understanding resorts to works and not relationship. And that is not God’s plan at all.

 

In school you learned the  3 r’s which are reading, writing, and arithmetic, but with God there are three R’s that are very significant because they lead to a fourth R, but that fourth R is dependent upon how you place the three R’s together. 

 

We know that Righteousness comes by Revelation, but revelation of what? Therefore, the revelation concerns a relationship. Then if that be true, True right-wise-ness concerns Relationship. Therefore, Righteousness plus Revelation of relationship equals Redeemable, but Right-wiseness without the Revelation of this relationship equals Rebellion.

 

Here’s the formula to remember…

 

Righteousness + (Revelation) (Relationship)  = Reconciliation and Redemption

Righteousness – (Revelation) (Relationship) = Rebellion and reprobation

 

Why? Because it resorts to works. Lucifer was rightly wise. He was full of  wisdom, but without the relationship of Father to Son what good did it do Him, and with out the revelation of the Father and Son it lead to rebellion.  Why? Because Lucifer was a Twin but not by birth. He was a created being, but led in the worship with Michael.

 

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith (revelation) of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith (revelation)of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

 

Notice Paul here tells us that it is the Faith or revelation Of or out from Christ that we live by. His Revelation. His revelation in what? His revelation of His Relationship with the Father and of the Father. He went to the cross knowing by Revelation that God was his Father and would not leave Him in the grave but promised to raise Him up again. And that is the Faith or revelation in which we are made alive today. It is this revelation of relationship that gives us new birth. In John 1:12 we read, John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  The Greek word translated as power in this verse is exousia which means the ability to make a right decision.  So we see that these that have been given the ability to make a right decision are the ones that will receive Him, and these are the ones that are sons.

 

Ephesians 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:  12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

 

You see, it is by the Faith of Him, by the revelation He had concerning His relationship with His Father that we gives us  access and boldness  with confidence to the Father. Why? Because He is our Father..

 

Romans 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

 

You see, it is not your faith nor is it whether you believe or not. It is whether He believed in God and what God did for Him that Counts. Because God is not a respecter of persons and if He promised to raise up His Son then the promise is to all His Seed. That’s Acts 2:38 to you and your children forever.

 

So we see, Faith is a revelation. And it is not just any revelation, but The revelation. And there is but One revelation or as Paul says, One Faith, and that is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Who He is…

 

Therefore, The Faith of Jesus is to know the relationship with the Father. That is what his entire ministry was all about. He was an Obedient Son, and he did nothing, and said nothing until God showed Him first what to do or say.

 

The trinitarians would have you believe that the Son of God was co-equal with the Father and was co-eternal with the Father.

 

Now, that is very poor theology, for if the Son was co-equal with the Father why did he say he was dependent upon the Father to speak or to do. He said, “not my will but thy will be done”.

Now, we know that God is sovereign, and that means that he is completely independent of all others. No one can tell him anything he does not already know, and no one can persuade Him, or convince Him, or other wise coerce God to make Him comply to their desires.

 

In the strictest sense of the word, to be sovereign means you answer to no one, and are completely independent of all. Therefore you must be omniscient and omnipotent. For if you are omniscient you know all things and there is nothing that you do not know. Now, we know that knowledge is power. If you know even one thing more than the other guy you can use that one thing as a leverage over that person. And Omnipotent means all powerful, which means you are able to enforce whatever your desires are.

 

Now, we know that God is omniscient and omnipotent. He alone has these attributes and characteristics. No man can tell God what to do, because no one has greater power than God. No principality, no power that exists nor any power that does not yet exist is greater than the power that God has. He alone is sovereign. No king, no dictator, no president, no Congressman, no Senator is all powerful, nor are any omniscient. In fact brother Branham said no politician can make a correct decision. 

 

Knoweth it not 65-0815 P:104 The mental faculties of men, they can't make decisions. I'm not a politician. I don't... Neither Democrat or Republican, they're all filthy. I'm for one Kingdom and that's the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. That's all. But how in the world... Did you ever see a bunch of puppets like we got up there now? Like that bunch of Texans we got in there. [ed. Notes: the Johnson administration] Why, they say, "Whatever the people wants. If they want Communism, we'll give them Communism. If they want integration, we'll give them integration. Want segregation, we give... whatever." Where is men? Oh, God, that's like the pulpit. Where is men? Men that's men that stands for a principle? Where is women that stands for a principle? Where is a church that stands for a principle? I ain't got a nickel's worth of time for a wishy-washy, give in, compromising spirit.

 

Now, in getting back to our text, Paul was telling us that if any shall fall away from the once for all enlightenment, they do it because they are crucifying the Son of God afresh. His exact words are, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”

 

Now notice the falling away from THE Faith is made manifest by their crucifying The Son of God afresh, which means to do it all over again. And so we must ask why they did it in the first place, and we find our answer in

 

1 Corinthians 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect (that means those that are mature and complete) yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (Notice the purpose of this wisdom is for our glory. The word glory is translated from the Greek word doxa which is the opinion, estimation, or judgment . so we see that the hidden wisdom was hidden from the world but was ordained to bring us to the same mind that is in Christ. And it is available only to those that are born again and have received the Spirit of God in their being. And notice how it pertains to Jesus Christ in the next verse.)

 

 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. That’s the Lord of doxa. The Lord of the Opinion, estimation and judgment of God. And the word Lord comes from the Greek word kurios which means the supreme authority.  And Jesus Christ was the supreme authority of the doxa, for we are told, he could do nothing, or say nothing unless the Father 1st told him or showed him by vision what to do or say, therefore “let this mind that was in Christ Jesus be in you”.

 

Notice the evidence that they did not have this wisdom or revelation is that they crucified the Son of God, and if that was so then, then the same thing must occur today. And thus they crucify the Son of God afresh because they lack the Revelation of this Relationship, “Who He is in relationship to The Father”. Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. Look! Jesus was possessed by another spirit, the Holy Spirit. God Himself who is The Holy Spirit indwelt His Son.

 

You see the hidden wisdom was hid in God as Paul tells us in Ephesians 3:9 and revealed unto us by or through Christ Jesus, the Son of God.  And that is why they crucified Him, because they did not understand this relationship that he was declaring to the world. In John chapter 10 They said to Jesus, You make yourself God, and he said, How is that possible when I say I am the Son of God. And they say because you said you and your Father are One, and He said that is because my Father dwells in me. That is the revelation of the relationship we are talking about here. That is the Faith (Revelation) of Jesus Christ. That is what His revelation was and that is what your revelation should be unless you are reprobate.

 

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

 

Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

 

Now, we know  from our text that there is to come a falling away from The Faith. And we know The Faith is the Revelation of Christ. Paul tells us in Ephesians 4 that there is One Lord and One Faith. And since we know that Faith is Revelation, we know that this one Faith concerns this One Lord. And we are told that if any depart from this Faith or revelation of the Relationship of God in Christ that they will manifest their falling away by crucifying the Son of God afresh and putting him to an open or public shame.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

 

So we are warned by the apostle Paul that the day of the Lord will not come until there comes a falling away first. You see, the advent of that great day is to be first indicated by a falling away.  Again we see in 1 Timothy 4 that this falling away is not just from faith in general, but from The Faith which is The Revelation. Which is the revelation of the relationship He had with His Father.

 

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

 

So we see that there must be a departure from The Faith. Now the word depart means to go away from. In other words we are talking Hebrews six the once for all enlightenment.  And what is their motive? The same Apostle Paul tells us in    1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 

You see, they so covet after the money that they err from The faith.  Now, the word erred here was translated from the Greek word apoplanao which means to lead astray, passively to stray, or become seduced.

 

Now, I have seen this Word that Paul is speaking here vindicated as plain as the nose on all your faces, and I have traveled to all six continents where men live, and have taught the Doctrine of Christ, which is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, and I have seen how in many areas they seem to embrace the truth for a while, but the love of money takes over and some do not mind erring from the truth.

 

Listen to me! As brother Branham said, “I would rather drink branch water and eat soda crackers than to deviate from one jot or tittle of this great revelation.How do you think you are going to please God without having this revelation? Paul told us there is but One faith which is One Revelation, and that is the Revelation of Jesus Christ. So how are you going to please God if you deviate from that? Because Paul told us in Hebrews 11,

 

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

Palmerworm locust caterpillar 59-0823 P:92  If I have to eat soda crackers, and drink branch water, and be martyred, I'll stand for God's Truth and die on the stump. That's right.

 

We would see Jesus 61-0208 P:56 Give us strength and courage to stay on God's Word, bring It regardless of what it means, what it says. Take ministers to get money in to compromise, to run big television outfits, and things like that, compromise with the people. Not me. I'd rather lay on my stomach, and drink branch water, and eat soda crackers, and preach the truth, than have to stand there before the church on the day of judgment and condemned with them. Our Kingdom is not of this world. My treasures is not in this world. My treasures is in heaven, and my interest is God's people, His church.

 

Why are we not a denomination? 58-0927 P:72  Let me tell you, brother; I'd rather preach the Gospel and eat soda crackers and drink branch water, and tell the Truth about it. If every one of my congregation got up and walked out, I'd tell them the Truth. Yes, indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

What is that in your hand 55-1120 P:47  I'd rather lay on my stomach and eat soda crackers and drink branch water, and preach the true Word of God, if I have to preach it on the street corner, than to compromise with the devil, and live in the best palace that they had and have to compromise. Preach the truth. I'd rather wear a hand-me-down suit, and my shoes gone off my feet, and preach the Gospel and tell the truth about It, the way God writes It in here, than to compromise with the devil and take a back seat. Amen. Be honest with people.” Preach the Gospel," that's what God said. Let the chips fall where they will. That's the thing to do.

 

God making His promise 56-1209A P:59 Someone, years ago when I first started preaching, they said, "Billy, you preach that and your church will be tore up.” I said, "Any church that's tore up by old fashioned gospel preaching ought to be tore up." That's right. That's exactly right. I said, "I'd preach It if I have to lay on my stomach and drink branch water and eat soda crackers every day of my life and preach to a four pillar post in the church." I'd rather do it and tell the truth and have favor with God than preach to ten thousand people and eat fried chicken three times a day. Yes, sir. To be honest with God...What difference does it make? You're going out of this world one of these days. You better be right before you go. There ain't going to be no disappointments and see the boot-legger and the harlot, all that condemned. But one of the disappointments is going to be to you that thought that you were all right. There's where's the disappointment's coming.