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1This morning I would like to speak once again on Faith and this time on Faith confirmed, or shall we say that faith confirmed is the manifestation of the revelation. In other words we understand that Faith is a revelation, and the confirmation of faith is the manifestation of that revelation. Thus when our Faith or our revelation is confirmed it is because it has become visible to us in the form or reality which as brother Branham said, "God always confirms or interprets his word by bringing it to pass.
2Therefore it is this confirmation of Faith which we will examine this morning.
Now, we have looked throughout this series on Faith for the end time promises of God to us and the promise of this hour lays in the Spirit of Adoption. But the Spirit of Adoption is an invisible thing being It is God's Holy Spirit which can not be seen. Yet we know when we have His Spirit in us, because he promise that His Spirit would bear witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
4Notice here that this verse speaks of God confirming to us His promise of Adoption, so we are looking at this confirmation to us coming in some way that he lets us know the promise in more than just a mental revelation, rather this confirmation of the promise comes via a manifestation or reality of the revelation. In other words that which is invisible become visible to us.
5We know the promises of God to us are a seed, for they are seed life. And therefore in 1 John 1 we see how that they being a Seed and being Life are actually given to us in an invisible form, which form is that by reason of a promise from God. But something happens to that invisible promise which we receive by faith in Word form, and when we truly see it first in its invisible Word form, then God does something to confirm that promise to us, and when He confirms it, the Life that is in the promise actually makes that promise materialize to us and thus confirming the promise is as real as reality itself.
7The Apostle John speaks of this 1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
8Notice the progression that the Word promise takes us through. First we hear it and "faith cometh by hearing". And when we have just heard it, it is in an invisible for yet. But once Faith takes hold on what we have heard, then the next step for us is to recognize what we heard, and once that happens and we recognize what it is we heard, something takes place in us that begins to bring this promise from an invisible thing into a realistic life experience. We then step into what we first heard and has now begun to become a reality, and that is when we act upon it.
9So the Apostle John says "first we must hear the promise", then he says "we will begin to see it, we will begin to perceive it" and in perceiving what we have heard it is now coming forth from the dimension of our mind into the three dimensions which we are living in, and that is when what we see or now begin to perceive our hands begin to reach out to take a-hold of what we first heard and then began to see and perceive until it becomes visible to us in this very dimension where we live, and that is when we step into that promise which is now becoming a reality to us.
10And what we are looking at here is creation itself. Now, think in terms of the squirrels which were created. First the prophet had to have the thought placed in his mind. The Holy Spirit spoke to our prophet and said, "what do you want? What are you hunting for?
11I have heard but now I see 65-1127E P:66 And I heard It again, say, "You are hunting, and you need game. (Notice that it was God that placed the thought first in the mind of our prophet to get his squirrels. And that is exactly what we have learned in this series on Faith that the scripture teaches us, "For It is God working in you both to will and to do his good pleasure. So God says to his prophet) "How many do you need?"And I thought, "Now, I don't want to overdo this; I'm just going to ask for three, three squirrels. I want young, three red squirrels. I want them."He said, "Then speak about it."
12(Now, notice that God is with his prophet while the prophet is out for a time of relaxation which he does in the form of hunting. But notice how things are developing here. what we see happening here is that "It is God working in His prophet to will and then to do", Because God tells the prophet what do you want? What is your will? Then he says what he wants, and then God tells him you have to speak what you will in order for the process to begin. He says, "You must speak it first." You have to speak it first because that is how faith works. "Faith cometh by hearing", and if he doesn't speak it, then it must remain an invisible thought. But once spoken, faith is born, and begins the creative process for "Faith cometh by hearing.")
14I have heard but now I see 65-1127E P:66 And I heard It again, say, "You are hunting, and you need game." (God placed the thought first in the mind of our prophet to get his squirrels. So God then says to his prophet) "How many do you need?"And I thought, "Now, I don't want to overdo this; I'm just going to ask for three, three squirrels. I want young, three red squirrels. I want them."He said, "Then speak about it."
17Then God responds, "He said, "Which a-way will they come?" "Well," I thought, "I've went this far, there's Something talking to me here," just the same as you hear me talking. And God in heaven, with this Bible over my heart, knows that that's true. And He... And I said, "Well..." I picked out a ridiculous place, an old dry limb hanging out there, about fifty yards, where my rifle was shot in. I said, "The first one will be right there," and there he was. I rubbed my eyes and looked back. I turned my head, and I thought, "I don't want to shoot a vision." So I looked around again, and there set the squirrel. I throwed a shell up in my gun, aimed up, and I could see his black eye, young red squirrel. I thought, "I... Maybe I'm sleeping, I'll wake up in a few minutes. See? I'm dreaming about this." Well, I leveled down, shot the squirrel and it dropped off the limb. I thought, "Well, I don't know." I thought, "Should I go over and look for it?" And I walked over there, and there it laid. I picked it up and blood run out of it. A vision don't bleed, you know. So I picked it up, and it was a squirrel. I got real numb all over.
18Now, hold this story in mind as we go back and read again what the apostle John was telling us in 1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, (remember, he first had to hear it from God, for faith comes by hearing) which we have seen with our eyes, (and Once he spoke it, then the thought - the life- become material and John says) which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2 (For the life was manifested, (now, life is invisible until it manifests and then when it manifests we can see by its characteristics what form of life it is.) and we have seen it, and in seeing it we now can bear witness of it, and then we can shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we (express we by the spoken word) unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
19So the promise we are looking at for you and I in this hour is not squirrels, that was just to show us the principle of creation or the power of the spoken word, and how to use it. but our promise is the promise of adoption. Our promise has to do with being Children of God and then if children of God then also then heirs of God. And inheriting the promises of God.
20The Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
21Now, here is something that is a paradox. he is telling us that we must suffer with him. People think when God sends you the path will be nice and rosy. Well, let me tell you if God sends you do not expect anything short of suffering.
I've had people tell me you must not have been sent by God because every time you go, you end up suffering some sort of health crisis.
23We just red where the Apostle Paul said, And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
24So don't think that if God sends you to do something for him that you can expect nice weather and sunny days. No, that's not the way of the cross, that is not the way to become conformed to the image of the first born son. He came to save us, and in doing so he suffered much for our behalf. If God is truly calling you to the field then you can expect no less than what God put his first born on through.
25That is our path to adoption, and we know the path towards adoption is the path to being conformed to the image of the first born son. Listen to what brother Branham says about this in his sermon, Communion 57-0418 P:14 Now, if God did not spare His Own Son from the cruel testing, then He will not spare you or I from the cruel testing. And Jesus was here confronting the greatest test that He had ever had. Gethsemane laid just before Him, where that once and final all-sufficient test must come, when the burdens of the entire world laid upon His blessed shoulder. There was no one in all heavens or earth could ever stood it but Him. And to know that all of the sins, of past sins, and present sins, and future sins, rested upon this decision. And it was one of the most greatest victories that Christ ever won or proved His great Messiahship, as when He said to God, "Not My will; Thine be done." That was the greatest victory He had ever won. All the demons of torment was around to tempt Him and try Him. And when we get right with God, when our hearts become pure and the Holy Spirit has taken Its place in our heart, it's the most glorious thing to have testing. The Bible tells us that our testings and trials are more precious to us than silver and gold of this world. So we are--should be thankful.
26Now, brother Branham of course is referring to 1 Peter 1:3 where he says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 And you Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, (the trial of your revelation) being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, (the confirmation of your faith) even the salvation of your souls.
27How many times brother Branham would go on the field, and then suffer in is body for even up to months with ameba's and all sorts of illness. But did that stop him from going? No, just as soon as his body recovered he was off again to help the children of God.
28John 4:6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. The greek word for wearied is kopiao which means to feel fatigued, worn out. physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain, etc.; fatigued; tired:
29Perfect faith 63-0825E P:10 Now, faith is based on forgiveness then. And then, as we said this morning, trying to get the church into the place to where we could really see apostolic times moving among us, that's what we all hunger. And it's just laying right at the door. We see it, but we want to see more of it. We want it such a flow that it'll be a help to us, flow out to others. Remember, Jesus (as we had in the lesson this morning), He never used His power for Himself, He used it for others. That's what it was sent for. And you think sometime, "Why would a Man that was so full of power like Him, would have to ever be sick?" Yes, sir. I've read in some book somewhere, where when He raised up that boy, the widow's son from Nain (I believe, "The Prince of the House of David"), that He set on a rock and groaned with a headache. See? He bore our infirmity. "Bear" means "to pack them." See, He bore... And He had all things like we have. He had sickness; He had temptations; He had trouble; He had flusteration just as we have; because He had to be the right kind of a Mediator; so He had to be partaker, the Husbandman of the fruit, before He would know. The woman at the well and many things (See?), if we looked right into the Scripture...
30And if Jesus Christ bore our infirmities, then what about you and me. When God sends you to project Christ to others, he doesn't send a superman, he sends a suffering lamb. In weakness God is made strong. If God sent me to a place and I never had to suffer in going, then God didn't send me because that is not the way of the cross. he sends sons, who like the first born son are subjected to every trial and tribulation that men must go through that we might present Christ in our weakest condition. That is when they sees Christ projected in you.
31God doesn't send his son's as the best dressed, best equipped super teacher to teach those who have nothing. He sends his sons as he sent his first born son, in a body that can be hammered an pummeled until it is so dependent on Him, and then He takes over from there. Once God can get you out of the way, then the invisible Life can reflect through your life. And that is what the whole world is waiting to see.
32Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. (all of creation is waiting to see the very God Life manifests in the sons of God, showing in their bodies an expression of the invisible God life in sons)
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
33So we are looking this morning at how God confirms your faith which is invisible by bringing it from an invisible promise to the place of fulfillment or manifestation once you have stepped into the invisible revelation making it a visible manifestation.
35From his sermon Look 63-0428 P:56 brother Branham said, "Pharaoh did not have this potential. He was offered it, but refused it. And when he refused it then he couldn't focus. No man, after he's turned down the Word of God, can ever focus himself into it, because you refused the Word that brings you into relationship with Christ. That's right. So... But Moses looked out of this window. He believed it. Why? Moses looked by faith. That's how Moses looked. Now, listen real close to this remark. Faith... Now, don't forget to get this now. Faith is designed to see what God wills and wants. There is no knowledge that can do that. Faith alone is designed and give to the human race to find out what the will of God is. And you take your faith that you've got and it don't focus with the Word, then leave it alone, you got the wrong faith. But when your God given faith focus you with the Word of God, you're directly in line and zeroed. Oh, my. God help us this hour, great hour that we live in. Faith, designed to see what God wants. How do you see it? Through the camera of His Word, His promise. This is a full revelation of Jesus Christ.
36Why cry speak 63-0714M P:65 Now, watch what takes place now. Moses saw this by a vision and Pharaoh said that, "This is great." God said, "It's an abomination." So God... Moses chose what God said. Now, notice, faith sees what God wants you to see. See? Faith sees what God sees, and reasoning and senses see what the world wants you to see. Notice, reasoning. "Why, it's only human sense; it's only reason it's this. This is... Well, ain't this just as good." See? That's just exactly when you use those senses which is contrary to the Word (See?), then that's what the world wants you to see. But faith don't look at that; faith looks what God said. See, see? You cast down reasons.
37Christ was so submissive to the Will of God that Isaiah called him the blind servant who was deaf to anything but the Voice of God, and blind to all but what God willed for him to see. And that made him the perfect servant.
39The NIV says, Who is blind like my servant, and deaf like the Messenger I send? Who is blind like the one that is committed to me, blind like the servant of the Lord? You have seen many things but have paid no attention, your ears are open, but you hear nothing. You Pleased the Lord for the sake or righteousness, to make His law great and glorious.
40From his sermon Total deliverance 59-0712 pp. 55-56 brother Branham said, "Jesus was completely, totally man. He could cry like a man, He could eat like a man; He could become like a man. He was completely, totally man in His physical being. And in His Spirit, He was completely, totally God, so He made His flesh submissive to the Spirit that was IN Him. You see, He was tempted in all manners like we are. He was man, not an Angel. He was a man. He had desires and temptations just like we do. The Bible said He did. He was a man, not an Angel above temptation. Hebrews 1 said that He was... Hebrews 1:4 said He was made lower than the Angels. He was man, completely man, that God took a complete man to bring total deliverance; and He filled Him with His Spirit; the Holy Ghost was in Him without measure. And He was tempted like we were. And He was completely God. He proved it when He raised the dead, when He stopped nature, the roaring seas and the mighty winds. When He spoke to the trees, and so forth, they obeyed Him. He was God inside. And He could've been man, for He was Man, but He totally and completely delivered Himself as a Man into the hands of God for the service of God. And He is our example. 56 We are men and women. We're also Christians. If He's our example, let us completely deliver ourselves into the hands of the Holy Ghost, that we might be subjects of the Kingdom of God. He was totally man; He was totally God, but He surrendered His natural parts and His physical parts, and His Own thinking, and His Own doing, and His Own cares, and "I do only that which pleases the Father." There you are. Totally delivered from human beings... The priests come to Him, the great men, and said, "Rabbi So-and-so," and tried to bribe Him into their affiliations and denominations, but He was totally delivered because He trusted in God. Did not the Psalmist say, "Thou will deliver Him, for He has completely trusted in Me"? See?
41Jesus was so committed to his Father, that he did nothing, but what God showed him to do., he spoke nothing but what God commanded him to speak, he taught no doctrine but what doctrine God gave him to teach and he did not do his own will, but the will of Him that sent him.
42John 5: 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
43So when Jesus focused only on what he saw the Father do, it was still an invisible word, a revelation to him, but when he stepped into the vision, God confirmed that promise and he became that Word fulfilled.
44Again we see this principle in John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
46John 14:10 the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. The Words which I speak unto you, first they were invisible to all but me, and then when I spoken what I heard they now took on the form of reality and became materialized before you.
47John 14: 24 the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. It was in an invisible form when it was with my Father, but once I heard it, and spoke it, now it has taken on flesh to you.
48John 14: 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence. when the Father gave it to me, it was still invisible, but when I stepped into what he said, it became a reality to you, and it become life to you.
49John 12: 49 I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. again, notice the word is invisible, but once Jesus heard it, and recognized it and then acted upon it, the Fathers word now put on flesh and God confirms his word by bringing it to pass.
50John 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17 If any man will do his will, he shall know (ginosko experiential knowing) of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
52What I believe to be taking place in this hour is that God is coming more and more into His church, and sons are becoming more and more in the image of their elder brother, which means they are coming more and more into the image of the Source of Life which is their Father. Now, if Jesus, our eldest brother in a vast family of brethren came forth in the exact image o f His father, which is Hebrews 1:3, then if we are to be conformed to the image of the eldest son in a vast family of brethren, then we are to become the very image of our Father also.
53Let me just read these two scriptures for you. First of all let’s read Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
55Amplified Translation Hebrews 1:1-5, In Many separate revelations, - each of which set forth a portion of the truth, - and in different ways God spoke of old to our forefathers in and by the prophets. But in the last of these days, He has spoken to us in the person of a Son, Whom he appointed heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by, and through Whom, He created the worlds, and the reaches of space, and the ages of time, - that is, He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order. He is the sole expression of the Glory of God, - the Light-being, the out-raying of the Divine, - and He is the perfect imprint and very image of God's nature, upholding, maintaining, guiding, and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had, by offering Himself, accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, he sat down at the right hand of the Divine Majesty on High. Taking a place and rank by which He, Himself, became as much superior to angels as the glorious Name which He has inherited is different from and more excellent than theirs. For which of the angels did God ever say, "You are My Son, today I have begotten you, And Again, I will be to Him a Father, and he will be to Me a Son."
56Now, brother Branham said, Believe from the Heart 57-0623 E-46 Jesus was a witness of God. He become so full of God, till him and God was One. God dwelt in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, the very expression. A man's work declares his character. Christ was God's work. And Christ declared God's character, His feeling for the sick, His longing for saving of souls, till even He gave His own life. God's work... God's character was declared in Christ.
57Therefore, we see that He was the very expression of God. This first light that God brought forth was the Logos which was a part of God coming forth as an expression which God called His Son, and then through this expression, or expressed Word, or Manifested Word, God brought forth all of creation.
59Again brother Branham said from, Sirs we Would See Jesus 57-1211 021 Now, Jesus was born for one purpose, that was for God to manifest Himself through that body. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. He was a body that was made physical, that men and women could see what He thought, and His expressions to the people in His gratefulness. And His attitude towards all mankind, He expressed it through Christ. Christ seemed to be a dual personality. He would speak sometimes and they'd scratch their heads; and they didn't understand Him. He'd speak one thing one time, look like, and something else another time. What it was, was Jesus speaking, and then Christ speaking. Jesus was the man. Christ was the God that was in Him. "Not Me that doeth the works: My Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the work." See? God will not share His glory with no one.
60You see, that is exactly what the Apostle John said in 1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
61So the Life, which is God Life, that He’s talking about, came forth from the Father into His Son to become expressed in a visible being. Thus the invisible God could become visible through the body of His Son.
63And what is life without an expression of that Life? And if God expressed His very own Life through the body of His first born son, then what about other sons? Then what about us? We are also sons born by the same Spirit into the same family, and given the same name as our Father. The same name given to the first born is given to the other sons as well, for the whole family of God is named Jesus.
66I love the way the Weymouth Translation reads Romans 8;29 For those whom He has known beforehand He has also pre-destined to bear the likeness of His Son, that He might be the Eldest in a vast family of brothers;
69Identification 63-0123 P:21 But when He seen that His creation had fallen, now His own loving character molded Himself into the Person of Christ. God's own character of love projected Himself in the man, Christ. As Paul, speaking here, "Thinking it not robbery, but making himself equal, equal to God," rather. See, His own character molded that kind of a Person. Oh, no one could ever do that but God.
70Christ is identified the same 64-0415 P:26 He was the manifestation of God. He was God in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself. He was expressing what the Father was in Himself. He said, "I do always that which pleases the Father. And I and the Father are One. The Father dwells in Me. When you see Me, you've seen the Father." In other words, He expressed God, the Spirit so much in Him, that He and the Father, it wasn't robbery for Him to be the same Person.
71Investments 63-0126 P:84 Jesus Christ was the expressed Image of God. He was what God through His power projected: a body which was called Son because He was a man, and He come from God. And He was so committed to God, till He didn't think it robbery that Him and God being the same Person. And they were, because God was the Word, and He was the Word. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. And there's where God could take His Word without anything, any interruption. He was constantly doing that what the Father wanted done. And there the Word could work through Him there, till...?... Him and Father was One. That's what...And then He took that perfect Life and all of our sins, and placed it upon that perfect Life and He died that we renegades could die to ourselves and be born of above, and His Word could work through us the works of God.
72Shalom 64-011 7 Jesus. "No Man has seen God at any time, but the only begotten of the Father has declared Him." See? In other words, God was identified. The Person of God was identified in the Body, the Lord Jesus Christ, so He was the expressed image of God. Or, God expressing Himself through an image, see, through an image, Man. God expressed Himself to us, and He was God. Not a third person or second person; He was the Person, God. He was God Himself, identifying Himself, so we could feel Him.
73As I Was With Moses 51-0503 E-15 When Jesus of Nazareth... I believe that the Father was in Him, that all the great things that was the Father's was given unto His Son, all the great blessings and gifts; for He was just expressed image of the Father. And in Him dwelled all the richness of God dwelling in Him here, looking up. And I... He said, "I and My Father are One. My Father dwelleth in Me." Just as Jehovah... Just what Jehovah was, Jesus was. He was the expressed image of Him. He was God shaped out here, and all the powers of God formed into, and put in a human body. He said, "It's not Me that doeth the works; it's My Father that dwelleth in Me; He doeth the works."
74And God not only was identified in the body of His first born son, but in this hour he was identified in another son William Branham, and the invisible God was so expressed through his body that many thought he was God manifested in Flesh. And he was. He was so one with God that he thought it not robbery to be the same person as God.
76Hear ye Him 56-1215 P:39 Notice. Now, when this child become at a certain age, if it'd a been a correct child, had been zealous of the father's works, had been stable, always abounding in the works of the Lord, not tossed about with every wind and care, not one day a Presbyterian, the next day a Methodist, and the next day a Nazarene, the next day a Pilgrim Holiness, tossed about like a leaf on a troubled sea. If it was stable, its mind, no matter where it was at, set on Christ, his affections, working with one single heart, zealous of getting souls saved and not the church's fusses...Then in the Old Testament there come a day that this father brought his son out into the public as a witness, put a robe on him, and set him up upon a great place where all the city could see him. And they had the law of adoption. This father to his own son, who had been born in his own family, and now was of age, and was a child worthy to take his place, he adopted, or placed his own son into position. Any Bible reader knows that: the placing of a son. Then after that ceremony, that son had a right, his name was just as good on the--the check as his father's was. There's where the church should be today. "The things that I do shall you also; more than this shall you do, for I go to My Father."
77That’s where the church should be today, but they’re not. And why? Because of petty indifferences, and jealousies, just like in the days of Joseph and in the days of Paul, because of petty indifferences, they wouldn’t get behind what Paul was doing. Shame on them!
78Hear ye Him 56-0611 P:27-28 Now, this child was obedient, then there come a certain day when this child become matured. That's the day the Pentecostal church ought to be now. You Presbyterians ought to been that way a long time ago, Baptist and Methodists, but what's the matter? Then there's a certain day come, that when that father draw all the people around the regions that had come into the city, or some great place. And he took and set this son on a high place, and he put him on a beautiful robe. And they had a ceremony, and that father adopted that same son that had been born, he adopted it into his family. Or in other words, he placed him, positionally what he was in the family, and then he become an heir of everything the father had. In other words, his name on a checkbook was just as good as his daddy's. And that's where the church should be today; it should be to a place... And I say this to myself and to you: oh, what a pity it is when I walk around and see the sin, and the afflictions, and the sickness of the people and so forth. We ought to be to a place in faith in God, so separated that what we ask the Father in the Name of His Son, He'd grant it to us. That's right. 28 He took him into a place, and there he adopted him into his family, or as a special time when he set him apart. The church ought to be that way tonight, an Angel come to you, set you apart and tell you your position, where you're at. Not a bunch of men to lay hands on you, that's earthly. I mean God; God sets you apart in a place where you belong. God does it; your Tutor does it. He's present when it takes place. Now, notice, God was doing here just exactly like He asked man to do. His Son had been obedient, he had minded the father. He hadn't be gadding about in places and say, "You see who I am? My campaign's the biggest there is in the country. Yes, sir."He'd been obedient. He'd been obedient to the father. He hadn't been gadding around the things of the world, associating with them; he'd been obedient. And God took witnesses of the earth, Peter, James, and John, brought down Elijah and a Moses from heaven, and stood them there, and adopted His own Son. He was glorified in the presence of these witnesses. And God came down and overshadowed Him. And the Bible said "His garments glistened like the sun." You see the robe, the glorification of Him? He put Him on a robe before the witness of heaven, 'fore the witnesses of earth.
79God's power to transform 65-0911 P:104 Don't stumble at that word, "predestination." I know you do. But, listen, It's not my word. It's one of God's Words. You want to read it, read Ephesians 1:5, which, "He has predestinated us to the adoptions of sons through Jesus Christ." See? Just let me just break it just a minute, in just a minute to break this out of your mind. Look. Just as you were in your father at the beginning, a germ seed... Did you know that, every one of you? You were in your great-great-great-grandfather also, did you know that? Read the Book of Hebrews, where that we find that Levi paid tithes when he was in the loins of Abraham, four generations behind him. When Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedec, it was accounted to his great-great-grandson down below him, and he was then in the loins of Abraham. There you are. See?
80Believe from the Heart 57-0623 E-46 Jesus was a witness of God. He become so full of God, till him and God was One. God dwelt in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, the very expression. A man's work declares his character. Christ was God's work. And Christ declared God's character, His feeling for the sick, His longing for saving of souls, till even He gave His own life. God's work... God's character was declared in Christ.
81Therefore, we see that He was the very expression of God. This first light that God brought forth was the Logos which was a part of God coming forth into an expression which God called His Son, and then through this expression, or expressed Word, or Manifested Word, God brought forth all of creation.
83Sirs we Would See Jesus 57-1211 021 Now, Jesus was born for one purpose, that was for God to manifest Himself through that body. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. He was a body that was made physical, that men and women could see what He thought, and His expressions to the people in His gratefulness. And His attitude towards all mankind, He expressed it through Christ. Christ seemed to be a dual personality. He would speak sometimes and they'd scratch their heads; and they didn't understand Him. He'd speak one thing one time, look like, and something else another time. What it was, was Jesus speaking, and then Christ speaking. Jesus was the man. Christ was the God that was in Him. "Not Me that doeth the works: My Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the work." See? God will not share His glory with no one.
84Not me that doeth the works, but My Father who is invisible he doeth the works, and then when I do what I see him do, that brings the interpretation of the revelation into manifestation confirming the promise that it is real.
85Harvest Time 641212 87 034 Jesus said, "That they might be one, Father, as You and I are one." Not for some man to be over something, it never will work; one denomination wants to take over the other, and one man over the other. But that you might be one with God, like Christ and God was one; that's what the prayer is. That... He was the Word, and Jesus prayed that we might be the Word, reflecting Him. That's His prayer to be answered. See how Satan scruples it up in the carnal mind? But that wasn't Jesus' prayer, at all, that we might all congregate together and all have a certain creed and so forth. Every time they do it, they go further and further from God. He wants us to be one with God, and God is the Word. Each individual in his heart must be that one with God
86In John 17:11 ¶ "And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are."
90John 17:20 ¶ "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory (The Doxa, the invisible opinions, values, and judgments) which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:"
91And so when we become the very doxa of God personified, we have gone from Faith to Faith confirmed by becoming the manifestation in our Zoe, our Life the very expression of God Life. Therefore it is very apparent that we are one by receiving the same Word which bring us into the same Glory or same mind as the Father.
92"And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:" 2 Thessalonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, (en-doxa-zoe) and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. 2 Thessalonians 1:12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
93Now, hold this story in mind as we go back and read again what the apostle John was telling us in 1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, (remember, he first had to hear it from God, for faith comes by hearing) which we have seen with our eyes, (and Once he spoke it, then the thought - the life- become material and John says) which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2 (For the life was manifested, (now, life is invisible until it manifests and then when it manifests we can see by its characteristics what form of life it is.) and we have seen it, and in seeing it we now can bear witness of it, and then we can shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we (express we by the spoken word) unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.