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2Mark 4:1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. 2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, 3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. 9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all [these] things are done in parables:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and [their] sins should be forgiven them. 13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? 14 The sower soweth the word. 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended. 18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive [it], and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
3Let us bow our heads in Prayer: Dear Gracious and Loving Father, we come to You in who are the Author of Eternal Life, the great fountain of Life, and we come to you knowing we have received Eternal Life through Your Son Jesus, and we are thankful for your promises to us concerning that Life living itself out in and through us. We believe Father that Your Word is a Seed, and it contains Life, and because it is your Your Seed, it contains Your Life. And we know that every seed must bring forth after it’s kind, for that is the Law of reproduction. And that is the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus. And, therefore Father, we commit ourselves to your great purpose and plan for our Life in the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen. You may be seated.
4This morning we will look at paragraph 209 of Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed where brother Branham says, "209 As Jesus was the Word of God, He vindicated the same. If He wasn't the Word, He wouldn't have made manifest the Word.
Notice that he is speaking something that is pure common sense and Bible sense as well. He says how in the world can one manifest the Word if that one i not the Word in the first place to manifest. And coupling that with what we spoke on last night wehn we read several quotes where brother Branham said, "what you are is what you are inside and you can only manifest outwardly what you are inwardly."
5For we read in Genesis 1:11 "that every seed must bring forth after its kind or nature."
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.
7Now, life, especially the life in a seed, when the Light strikes the seed and it begins to grow into a plant of any sort, that first manifestation of life shows itself in the central portion of the plant which is in the trunk or stem in which the Life of the seed begins to move up into and while the Life is in it, the plant is green showing it is full of life. Now, before it is manifested the Life breaks forth from the seed into the roots. And if it has not roots, it will not survive. I am hoping that you can see the spiritual application of what I am saying here.
8Then as the Life in that seed begins to further manifest itself, up through the stem, as it moves further into maturity it begins to grow some shoots off of that central stem. It does not matter whether these offshoots are leaves or flowers, or perhaps as we see in corn or wheat, the ear begins to grow. At first all we see in that ear is the tassle or the part that looks almost like leaves that surround the out part of the ear.
9Next as the Life moves on in the plant, we see the life go into the husk which is the inside of the tassle, and this husk has a shape to it, but it is just a protector of the seed life that is growing forth within it. It is there only to protect the seed life. Then finally the Life moves further into manifestation in those little seeds that are being produced in the ear that look just like the original seed that went into the ground. That is what we call the corn itself.
12John 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
13Jesus told us in John 6:63 That the word of God is Life. And that the Spirit of God quickens that Life in us. "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life."
16And we know that the Life form in which God brings forth His own Life is in His Word. The Apostle Paul called it the Word of Life in Philippians 2: 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
17And again in Acts 5: 20 The apostle Peter said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. "The words of this Life? Yes, God's Word is the Book of Life. It's all about God-Life coming down, and expressing itself.
18As we read the quotes last night where brother Branham said the sole purpose of our receiving the Holy Ghost is to manifest Holy Ghost. Then why would brothers fear about sons of God manifesting as sons of God. If we manifest the Holy Ghost Life then aren't we manifesting God tot he world? And isn't that just what brother Branham said we are to do and didn't he tells us in our sermon last night that God wants us to be co workers with him to manifest God-Life to the world.
20After all, if God is the Word and we are born of the Word, then won't we manifest Word to the World? Didn't the apostle Peter teach us that our New Birth comes by the Word of God being sparked off in our being. I Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
21Now, notice he told us there are corruptible seeds and there is an incorruptible seed. And he tells us the incorruptible seed is the Word of God, for all other seed have a beginning and an ending of Life but there is only one source of Eternal Life, for there is only One Eternal, and that is God’s own Life. Therefore when you receive Eternal Life is when the very life of God comes into you and sparks you to the Life that He ordained for you even before He framed the world into existence. Because you had to be a part of God in order to have eternal Life.
22In fact we see the entire plan of God in Ephesians chapter One. So let’s open out Bible to Ephesians chapter One and begin reading at verse 3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
24Now, in the next verse we see that we were actually in Him before the foundations of the world. 4 "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him" or in His presence..
265 "in love having predestinated us" (now, notice that having predestinated us is speaking in the past tense. This is what He did while we were yet in His mind before He even framed the worlds. Then when God framed the worlds with us in His mind, He framed them for us to enjoy. God existed for an eternity before He even framed the worlds, so He didn’t do it for Himself, he didn’t need it, but He did it for you and I so that we might enjoy the mountains and the sea, and the valleys and the rivers etc. Therefore we read, ) 5 "in love having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will," so it was His good pleasure to predestinate us unto the adoption of Children by Jesus Christ.
27Now, in the old testament when a son was born he was raised under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the Father. And when the child, the first born showed Himself to be able and mindful of what His Father wanted, in other words, an obedient son, the Father would take him out and before the public he would adopt his first born son. Then that son would be given 50% of all that the father owned. The rest of the children did not receive a portion until the Father died.
28But as long as the father lived the others received no inheritance. And we have a Father who is the only immortal King and who can not die, so it was expedient in the plan of the Father to allow His Son Jesus to die that we might receive His inheritance. And that is what the Apostle Paul is saying here. 5 "in love having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 herein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;"
30And so we see that the Word is a Seed and the Life in that seed is God’s Life, Eternal Life. John 5: 24 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."
31And therefore the attributes of one ordained or predestinated to Life (To God Life) is that they will believe. Acts 13: 48 "And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed."
32John 6: 63 "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
The Masterpiece 64-0705 118 "But you can't hide a germitized seed. It's got to come forth. Because why? The Great Sculptor is on the job. Going to build again, so the Seed went down, the Word. 119 When we see St. Paul, Peter, James, John, all those who wrote the Word, and the word they wrote become alive and lived. And It lived. And when we find after it begin to get ripe, John begin to write in epistles. He was thrown on the Isle of Patmos after being burnt in oil for twenty-four hours. But the Word must come forth. It's got to be wrote. They couldn't boil the Holy Ghost out of him with oil, so he come forth. His work wasn't finished. He died a natural death."
341 Corinthians 13: 11 "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, : but when I became a man, I put away childish things..."
Now, we noticed that the seed which Jesus was talking about that was to fall into the ground was the very Life that was in Him, and that begin to come forth on the day of Pentecost. This Seed that was sown in the first age has come up to a complete body in this last age. When planted, the seed will bring forth a crop that is in the same likeness as the seed that went into the ground.
35And if Christ the Word was which is a seed was buried in death and came forth when God raised up His Son from the grave and then on the day of Pentecost that same Life begin to grow up and manifest itself in the Church, the if it was the Word Seed that was buried, then that very Life that was in that Word must also produce the same Life germ back in the church again, at the Harvest Time.
36And since we know that the Word was made flesh, and we beheld His Glory, and that Glory that we beheld was the Doxa of God which was His Very opinion, assessment, and Judgment in the earth, then as the Apostle Paul said, He is to come again and this time to be glorified in His Church. That is 2 Thessalonians 1 and verse 10.
37And that Glorification will be the Word again in human beings, sons of God in which the Apostle Paul told us, “Let this Mind that was in Christ be in you.” So we see that there are an ordained people who will learn to get out of the way and let God and let God.
38Several years ago I preached a mini series called the We called “The Garden of your Mind”, and in this mini series we focused on the mind as it pertains to a garden, because our minds are full of many seeds which are thoughts, of which some are good or righteous, and others are bad, or evil. And we found that as a seed is a carrier of life, our thoughts too are carriers of actions which create an atmosphere, and from this atmosphere reactions occur.
We showed how that as with any garden, we must have a plan if we are to harvest or reap the desired outcome of our garden. For you can not just let anything else grow in your garden than what you desire for harvest, or the other seeds will sprout forth as well, and they will compete with your planted seeds for life. As you know in any garden, if the weeds crop up, they compete with the good crops, not only for room, but for nutrients from the soil as well. The weeds, if not kept in check and under control will many times crowd out and suffocate the good crops, or the crops in which we desire a harvest, because “many more are the children of the desolate than she which has a husband.” And you should know by experience, that weeds are more plentiful and grow faster than a harvest crop.
Now, Jesus told the parable of the Sower several times.
39Mathhew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some [seeds] fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
40Matthew 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth [it] not, then cometh the wicked [one], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
41So then in order to eliminate the bad seeds, or at least the effects of the bad seeds, we must learn to cultivate the “gardens of our mind”, in order to prepare for a better harvest of the desired planting. Now we all know that the Lord calls us, His planting, and the type of plant that He likens us to are, “trees of righteousness” as we see in Psalm 61:3 and as we also sing the song, “that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be Glorified.”
And just like any other garden, our garden is planted according to the purposes of the one who plants it, and for the glory or betterment of the planter. If a person wants to harvest certain types of foods, they must plant the seeds of what they want to harvest. You do not plant a fully developed plant. No, that is called transplanting. But what we plant in the ground is seeds, that when they mature, they will reproduce the plant in every detail seeing that the seed contains the life of the plant, then it also carries the genetic code to reproduce that plant in every detail. So you see, the garden is planted with a desired harvest in mind, and it is up to the one who plants it to watch over it until harvest time. And so besides cultivating out the bad seeds, we are also to make sure that we water and fertilize the garden. And since we are the planting of the Lord, He will do His part in the watering and fertilizing of His garden as well. And this garden, the garden of our minds, the planting of the Lord, the trees of righteousness, or whatever metaphor we can use to type the Bride of Christ.
42Now in getting back to the Scripture that we read for our text, let’s open our Bibles again to 1 Corinthians 13: 11 "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, : but when I became a man, I put away childish things..."
Now, here we see Paul speaking of a certain time in life when we are at a certain level in our maturity. He begins by saying, “When I was a child,” and in using the word “When” we can see that Paul was looking back at a specific period or time frame that was part of his growth cycle or growth process. “When I was a child,” see? And then we are not only looking at this period of time, but now that we are focused on this period he wants to further elucidate to us certain attributes that were associated with that period of time in his life. And therefore he continues by say, “during this time when I was a child, there were certain attributes that predominated my life, “I spake as a child, I understood as a child, because I thought as a child.”
Now, what we may conclude from Paul’s statement here is that the reason we speak as a child is because our understanding is only that of a child, and this is because the way in which we think is only at the stage of that which is only a child. And therefore, our speaking is only a reflection of our thinking, which is an outward manifestation of the condition of our mind. Notice how brother Branham made reference to this when he said that a baby gets what it wants by crying. You can’t expect a baby to ring a bell, or something of that nature. It hasn’t got the functional attributes to do that yet. It is not that the baby doesn’t possess the mental genetics, but those attributes and characteristics have not as yet been exercised to the place of strength and maturity. And so we find Brother Branham pointing to us the simplicity of growth which he types also with our spiritual maturity.
And Jesus told us the same thing in Luke 6:45 "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."
43Notice that he is telling us that out of the abundance or overflow of the heart, which is the understanding, the mouth does speak. So what things you say is dependent upon what you know. I could not in any way expect any of the children in here to stand up here and speak to us concerning Einstein’s theory of relativity. No more than I could expect them to get up here and teach us about the Godhead. They may be able to tell us that there is only one God, and this One God had a Son, and that’s all I would expect from them at this stage or process in their spiritual growth. But if Brother Branham were to stand up and that was all he could tell us, then we would not have any higher aspiration to attain unto. Now this is not saying that it would be OK to just stop where we are at. Because the minute you stop, that is the minute you begin to die. God does not expect us to exceed his Prophet either, but as brother Branham said to Br. Hickerson, let me paraphrase his words. “You are now here and I am up here. One day you too will be up here as far as your understanding is concerned.”
44Jesus told us the same thing in Luke 6:40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master..
And so we are looking at the fact that our words are only a reflector or reflection of what stage of growth we are at. Now the way for any child to grow up, is that they begin to speak the words which they hear their parents speaking. Sometimes, it may come as a shock to some parents when they hear bad or vulgar words come from the babies mouth as their first words. But the baby can only say words which it has heard. A baby, like any person is limited to words which it hears from others. That is why we need to listen to the Voice of God on a regular basis. And just as a baby begins to formulate their little minds to the place where they begin to speak intelligible words, based upon what they hear, so too our minds, spiritually speaking, in order to grow up into the full stature or reflections of our Heavenly Father, must begin to formulate our thoughts into the same Words which He spoke to us.
In John 5:19, 30 Jesus said "the son can do nothing in himself but what the Father shows him to do." Now, I want you to notice that Jesus, just like any child, did not have words of his own. We all began our talking by emulating the words which we heard our fathers of mothers speak, and Jesus was no different.
45 John 7:16-18 "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 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."
46And to tell what kind of words parents speak around the house one has only to listen to their little children.
If the children talk about Jesus and the things of God then you will know what goes on in that home. But if the child cusses and uses vulgar words, then you will also know what kind of atmosphere is in that home. “By their fruits you shall know them.” And we know that the fruits is what they have been taught. It is the teaching for the season they live. And so we see that Jesus as our example, said, “I can of mine own self do nothing, What I say, What I do, I have been taught this by my Father. Even the Doctrine I speak is not mine, but His that sent me”.
Jesus told the Pharisees in John 8:38 “I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and you do that which you have seen with your Father.” And so if we are to grow up into the Image of our Father, we must fist see Him, and then we must recognize what it is that He is doing, that we might conform to this image.
471 John 3:1-3 "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure."
50So let’s read verses 9-12. (read) "For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known".
Now, I think we would all agree, that Jesus was our elder brother, and he set the example for what we should follow after in our growing into the stature of Sons and Daughters of God. He was our role model and our absolute for the Life that we desire.
51Romans 8:29-30 Now the Weymouth translation says it like this: “For those whom He has known beforehand He has also predestined to bear the likeness of His Son, that He might be the Eldest in a vast family of brothers,”
Therefore, we can see that Jesus was the role model that God, our Father, set before us. And Paul tells us himself that we are not to be like children in our thinking forever.
52He went on to say, 1 Corinthians 13: 11 But when I became a man, I put away childish things...
Now, I would like to ask some of you younger folks in here this question. Why would a person put away childish things when they become a man? Because the condition of their mind no longer regards those things as important to them. And we have already seen the answer that Paul gave us. Because when we are a child we think and understand as a child and therefore we hold to childish things as well. But when we grow up in our thinking and understanding, then those things that we held to as children don’t have the same impact on us any longer. Therefore we have passed from that stage of life into another as we see in...
53Malachi 3: 16-18Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Peter was a pretty practical man and he tells us that when a person has suffered in their body, they no longer have a desire to sin, because their desires are changing with the growth of the spirit.
55And this is true. The suffering in the body is but a process that helps us to turn our real affections in the right direction. And we are looking at the process of maturing here this morning.
John 6:44-45 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Therefore when Jesus said in John 6:44-45 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. It is then apparent that you can hear but unless you understand you will never come to Him. And the only way you can understand is by having the Holy Ghost, because John also said in...
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
1 John 2:20 But ye have an unction (An anointing) from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
56Matthew 13: 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. So we see that there are people who hear with their ears but are not really paying any attention to what they are hearing and because they do not pay attention to what they are hearing they actually miss what was being said. The world is full of people that way.
57Notice what Jesus tells us here. They hear but are not capable of understanding. Then what are they hearing? Not what is being said! But what they want to hear. Notice in the following quote that Brother Branham tells us the same thing. To hear means to understand, and to see means to understand, but just because you look with your eyes does not mean that you understand what you are looking at.
58Hearing Recognizing and Acting upon the Word 60-0221 30 First, faith cometh by hearing, hearing of the Word of God. Then the believer hears It, recognizes It, and acts on It. The carnal man will hear It, the sound of It, but never... "Hear" means to "understand It". Look at, is looking at something; but to see it, is to "understand it". "Except a man be born again, he cannot see or understand the Kingdom of God."
59John 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: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And you know that only those who were given the ability to make a right decision are those who were able to receive him, because those alone were sons. The word power was not translated from the Greek word Dunamis which means miracle working power, but the word exousia which means the ability to make a right decision. And thus unless you have been given this ability, you can not receive him for you can not make a right decision. And the word to become was translated from the Greek word "Ginomai gin o ma ee" and it means to generate, or to come forth into manifestation.
62Therefore if a man is left up to his own choosing, he will go in the ways of death. But God has given him, or has granted, given him or granted him the ability to know and to understand. And this ability to make a right decision concerning the doctrine of Christ is not for everyone. For Jesus told Nicodemus, these … 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. So He is talking about the new birth and the importance of that new birth is that God gives him an ability to know and to understand the kingdom of God and what it is all about.
Let us pray