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1This morning we are going to pick right up where we left off last night and go to the next paragraph in our study of brother Branham's sermon, Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed. We will begin at paragraph 220. And we have a whole lot of reading to do today and very little commenting, so please bear with me as we read.
2220 When I think of it makes me shiver. Oh, to live with Him: going home with Him to live with Him, going home with Him to live with Him forever, having Eternal Life...This is God's great mystery of love expressed, that God and man became one. See? The whole thing is God and man one. God and man was one there, and God and man is one here. See? What is it? Being filled with His Spirit, Him having the preeminences. (in other words, Him receiving preeminence in your heart, your life, your soul) That was God's achievement. That's God purpose to do that, that He might be in Christ and Christ in us, and all of us together one. The Holy Spirit, same thing that revealed it to Christ reveals it here, the supernatural, creative power. Oh, my.
3Notice that he is talking about Jesus prayer here in John chapter 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 which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
4221 The same God that could say to Moses, "Let there come frogs," the same One could said there, "Let water be turned to wine." See? Amen. Is that right? He's the same God, the same One; He just don't change. It's God in man. That's His manifestation. That's what He's revealing. That's what He's trying to do. And God's own Word revealed and shows that man cannot create (God's the Creator); and it ain't man no more; it's God the Creator in man, which is His Church now (Amen!), going home to heaven, live with Him ever, God expressing eternal love to the Church.
5222 Listen. Listen close now. I want you not to fail to get this. No other church, no other sign, no other fellowship, no other government, no other testimony, no other creed, no denomination is accepted outside of this. (Look, basically what he is saying is none of your religion or religious acts are accepted outside of the one thing and that is you truly being born again of the Spirit of God) God accepts nothing else but that. Christ in you, the hope of glory the only thing that God recognizes. No fellowship, no church, no creed, no denomination, no nothing; everything else is dead. Its fragments that has to be cut off, pruned off away from the thing that Christ might live with pre-eminences in you. Not referring back... I got one laying here that says, "It's my organization..." That's got to be cut off too. "I got my so-and-so here; this says this." "My mother will tell me I'm a holy-roller." That's got to be cut off too. See? "Well, I know my husband wants me to wear these shorts." That's got to be cut off too. See? It's got to be cut off and pruned till there's just you and Christ alone. See? Um. Think.
6Oh, brothers and sisters, if I can do one thing as your pastor, and that is to help you get to the place where it is just Christ and you alone. Then I will know that you have come to know Him in the power of His resurrection, Then I will hear those most beautiful words, "well done my good and faithful servant.
7223 By the living Presence of the living Christ by the living Word... Oh, living Christ, living Presence, living Word... Watch. By His Own personal a-vindication proves His Church, not members. He never done it in the days of Moses. He never done it in the days of anybody else at the end of the world when it come to the place where it was the destruction. In the days of Lot it wasn't membership. It was personal a-vindication, God in flesh (See?), personal a-vindication.
9224 Remember. Think of it, that people borned of His Spirit in a day like this, in this great denominational age that we live, and the living God takes His living Word and vindicates It personally. This Life that's in the Word, the germ that's in the Seed (and the Word is the Seed that a sower went forth to sow), and the Life is Christ in the Word personally in you, vindicating something that you cannot do, proving Himself that it's not you, but it's Him. And you become one, a love slave to Him to be a Bride.
10225 Thanks be to the living God Who created the heavens and the earth and all that's in the midst. No wonder He's Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, He that Was, which Is, and shall Come, the Root and Offspring of David, the bright and the Morning Star; He's All in all.
11226 His Presence in the individual with a personal a-vindication of Himself expressing Himself--the living Word that's promised for the day, expressing Itself through you, a- vindication of the great revelation of God... Look, only in an individual, never in a group: an individual, not in a group, His identification is with an individual. You get that? Not with the Methodists, not with the Baptists, not the Presbyterian, not the Lutheran, not the Pentecostal, but as an individual. "I'll take one and leave one. I'll separate them." That's right. "There'll be two in the field; I'll take one and leave one. There'll be two in bed, and I'll take one and leave one." It's not a group. It is a personal vindication of a pregnated child of God filled with the Holy Ghost, so surrendered to God that he don't care about anything else, and the Holy Spirit living Its Life, pulsating through him, showing the personal, personal vindication of the Word Itself expressing Itself to the people and to the world.
12227 How can the world blindly walk by something like that? Just as the same as the Catholics walked by St. Patrick and didn't recognize him till after he was dead. Same thing they done to St. Martin, they didn't recognize it, same thing they done in all ages. The same thing they done to Joan of Arc, the Catholic church burned her for a witch, because she was spiritual. About a hundred and fifty years later dug up the body of those priests and thrown them in to do penance.
13228 It goes right by them, and they don't recognize it till it's gone. It only picks up the predestinated seed that God predestinated before the foundation of the earth. The same thing come through in the days of Noah. Same thing come through in the days of Moses, days of Elijah, days of the prophets, days of Jesus, on down through and to this very hour. The pregnated person with the seed of God, the Word in there manifesting Itself, so surrendered to the will of God that the Word and the Word alone manifests Itself and this person's a prisoner, to an individual.
14229 Not say, "My church done..." My church has nothing to do with it. It's an individual, one person. All hell is against this teaching. All hell's against this truth, but it is the truth. Jesus never said, "Now, Peter, you, and John, and all the rest of the people, you've got the revelation, now the whole church is saved." No, it was to him personally. "I say unto thee ('thee,' not to them,) to thee, thou art Peter, upon this rock I'll build My Church." And the word "Peter," means "a stone"; "stone" means "the confessed one, or the separated one." Upon a certain stone, upon a certain thing (See?), a called out, the Church called out, upon this stone, upon this revelation. "Flesh and blood never revealed it to you, but upon this revelations (called out group) I'll build My Church in them, and all the gates of hell will never be able to withstand it. Not one hair of your head shall perish. You are Mine; I'll raise you up in the last day, give unto him Eternal Life and raise him up at the last days." There it is, the revelation. Not them, but him, an individual: not a group, an individual. All hell's against it.
15230 But His mystery is only revealed to His beloved Bride. That's the only one could see it. He said, "Well did Isaiah speak of you, you hypocrites, you snake in the grass. You go out here and say, 'Oh, the great holy prophets, we mark their tombs; we polish them.'" He said, "You're the one that put them in there." Did He say it? Same thing they'd say to the Catholic churches in their days. When they were sent the prophets of the Old Testament before they had Nicaea, Rome, up there and let them old prophets come out of there eating grubs and things out of the ground with, not even with clothes on, with sheepskin wrapped around them and tried to stand for that truth of the Bible... But the Catholic church wanted their intellectual conception. Then they brought out... There come St. Irenaeus, Polycarp, Martin, all the rest of them. And what did they do? They put them in the tomb: Joan of Arc, St. Patrick and the rest of them. They put them in there, and now come back and whiten the walls like they did in Joan of Arc. What did they do? They put them in there.
16231 May I say this. His Spirit calls unto you, "whited walls, you hypocrites, calling yourself something when you take the intellectual conception of men and leave the Word go instead of come pregnated with the Seed of God, the Word in you. You've taken every other hybrid..."No wonder she set as a whore, because she commits spiritual fornications, teaching the people things of man and not things of the God. But He said, "Fear not, little flock, it's your Father's good will to give you the Kingdom." That's right. Certainly. There we have it.
17232 The Bible in Revelations said this great city reigned over all the kings of the earth, said she was a whore. What is that? A woman that claims to be a lady and commits fornication. She had a cup in her hand of toast to the world filled with the filthiness of the abominations of her fornications. And she had daughters: the Protestant churches. They every one come out of her with her same false doctrines, same baptisms, and by shaking hands instead of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and their false doctrine of Father, Son, Holy Ghost and all of that instead of taking the Name of the Bridegroom and so forth... You say, "It don't make any difference." It does. If I put my name on a check and say, "the Reverend," "the Minister," or so forth, that won't cash nothing. That's right. It's turned down at the bank.
18233 Notice, All right. But all this mystery is revealed only as He promised to His Bride. Hell is against this truth of the revelation of this mystery. But the Bride is standing on it. That's Her stand. Why do you hunger, Church? Why do you thirst? It's the Father trying to reveal this hidden secret to you, but you let so many things get it out of you. You let your job, you let your wife, you let your husband, you let your children, you let the cares of the world, you let some pastor, you let somebody else get that out of you, when you know that way down in your heart you're a-thirsting, hungry. It's God trying to reveal it to you (See?), the revelation. The last day is here.
19234 Notice, now, Let's look back again; I can't pass all of this. See? I just want you to look here just a minute now, and we'll close just in a few minutes. If you just give me your undivided attention for a minute.
20235 Notice, Colossians the 18th verse here, in the Book of Colossians, 18th verse. Now... he is the head of the church, the body,... who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. He is the Head of the Church which is His Body, and He wants the preeminences. Listen now. Listen close while we're going.
21236 Watch. He is to be the Head of the Body, His Bride's body, which is taken from Him, flesh and bone like in Adam (See?), Bride, born from the dead (See?) that's born from the dead, sin of unbelief. What killed Eve? Unbelief. Is that right? The unbelief in what? What? For the unbelief in God? No, she had faith in God. Sure. Did she say, "There is no God"? No, sir, she wasn't an infidel. "Well," she said, "you know, I don't believe His Word at all." Oh, no, she believed all but one little thing. See?
22237 Now, didn't the Bible say over in the Book of Revelation--Jesus said Hisself, "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify these things unto you. Whosoever shall take one word from It or add one word to It..." And if all this heartache and sorrow had to come because a woman doubted one Word of God, will He let you back doubting one Word? He'd be unjust. See? See, that wouldn't be right. Condemned... Here's one man standing: he caused all of his heartache because of one Word doubted, then he goes ahead and takes years of experience and everything in the Bible and so forth and the others who's give their lives for it and then say, "Oh, you can go ahead and eat it. That's all right. I'll let you back anyhow." Oh, God is no respecter of persons. But...?... all. See, see? God is no respecter of persons.
23238 Now, notice. Notice now. He is the Head of the Body, that's borned from the sin of unbelief in God's Word (That excuses every denomination, every creed... See?), unbelief in the Word, which is Himself, the Word of Life. See? The Word only has Life. Any other word is a hybrid. No matter how much it looks like it, it isn't the Word. The Word produces Its own Life that Eve swapped for personal knowledge (see how the church has today?) through some man's understanding. Moses had a great understanding of God till he met the burning bush, then he saw his failure. The burning bush had what Moses lacked. The Word's got what the denomination lacks.
24239 He, the Head, is the First-fruits of the resurrection. (We'll go off this revelation. Just a little while longer, if you say so. All right, all right; just a little bit now.) He is the Firstfruits of the resurrection. Is that right? What? Then what is He? He's the Head of the Body, which is His Church, Bride. Uh-huh. Then the Bride-body must follow the Head, for it is part of His resurrection and part of the mystery. It's impossible for it not to go. Oh, my. It's part of God's mystery. How God revealed Himself here and raised it up by the Word, so He reveals the Church and raises it up by the same Word. It's a part of His threefold mystery.
25240 As the Head was took from the grave, so must the Body follow Him back to Eden. Where the Head of the family, the Man, the Bridegroom, the Bride being the Body of the Bridegroom must follow, the Bride, because that's the Head. And the Head's revealed and come back with Eternal Life; and the Body must follow that, because it is Husband and Wife again. Amen. And as long as you're pregnated with the same Word, which is His Body, you took His Body, become in Him when you took the Word--not the creed, the Word... (Oh, my. Wouldn't that make a text for this afternoon to go on? Huh? My, wouldn't that be wonderful? See? Just think of it now, what it is.) Therefore, the Body cannot recognize... (Don't you fail this.) The Body, therefore, cannot recognize any other headship but the Word, 'cause the Head is connected with the Body. And the Head is the Word, and it's the same Word: one Headship. Therefore, denominations, and holy fathers, and everything else is dead done. There's one Headship; that's Christ. The Body only recognizes one thing: the Word.
27Romans 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? (notice he speaks of the law having dominion which is headship, then he uses the analogy of a wife. )
282 For the woman which hath an husband (that's a wife) is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. (So as long as the husband lives he is still her head, until he dies. So Paul is using this analogy of a wife to her husband to help us to see how the law had dominion, or headship over us until the husband, ie: the law died.)3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
29Now, the law he's talking about is the law of life in Genesis 1:11. Every seed must bring forth after its kind. So all men "are born in sin, shaped in iniquity, and come to the world speaking lies," and thus while in the flesh are bound to their flesh.
30But Paul tells us that if we could die to self, to our flesh, then we may be permitted to be married to another that will have dominion over us, and be our head, and that is Christ the Word. So let me read Romans 7 for you from the Message translation, because I think it will help you to better understand what Paul is saying here.
31Romans 7:1-3 You shouldn’t have any trouble understanding this, friends, for you know all the ins and outs of the law—how it works and how its power touches only the living. For instance, a wife is legally tied to her husband while he lives, but if he dies, she’s free. If she lives with another man while her husband is living, she’s obviously an adulteress. But if he dies, she is quite free to marry another man in good conscience, with no one’s disapproval.
324-6 So, my friends, this is something like what has taken place with you. When Christ died he took that entire rule-dominated way of life down with him and left it in the tomb, leaving you free to “marry” a resurrection life and bear “offspring” of faith for God. For as long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. And this made us all the more rebellious. In the end, all we had to show for it was miscarriages and stillbirths. But now that we’re no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we’re free to live a new life in the freedom of God.
7 But I can hear you say, “If the law code was as bad as all that, it’s no better than sin itself.” That’s certainly not true. The law code had a perfectly legitimate function. Without its clear guidelines for right and wrong, moral behavior would be mostly guesswork. Apart from the succinct, surgical command, “You shall not covet,” I could have dressed covetousness up to look like a virtue and ruined my life with it.
338-12 Don’t you remember how it was? I do, perfectly well. The law code started out as an excellent piece of work. What happened, though, was that sin found a way to pervert the command into a temptation, making a piece of “forbidden fruit” out of it. The law code, instead of being used to guide me, was used to seduce me. Without all the paraphernalia of the law code, sin looked pretty dull and lifeless, and I went along without paying much attention to it. But once sin got its hands on the law code and decked itself out in all that finery, I was fooled, and fell for it. The very command that was supposed to guide me into life was cleverly used to trip me up, throwing me headlong. So sin was plenty alive, and I was stone dead. But the law code itself is God’s good and common sense, each command sane and holy counsel.
3413 I can already hear your next question: “Does that mean I can’t even trust what is good [that is, the law]? Is good just as dangerous as evil?” No again! Sin simply did what sin is so famous for doing: using the good as a cover to tempt me to do what would finally destroy me. By hiding within God’s good commandment, sin did far more mischief than it could ever have accomplished on its own.
3514-16 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.
3617-20 But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
3721-23 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
3925 The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.
40Therefore we have two laws, the law of Life which is the law that follows all seed life. So what seed life we were born in this flesh with is in opposition to the law of the spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. This is also the law of Life but speaks of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. It is guided by the same principle that every seed will bring forth after its kind, but this seed is the Spoken Word which is the original Seed. And that is what Paul calls the new husband in Romans chapter 7 which can only be once the old husband, the law of Life that governed our flesh by our natural birth has died.
42Now, in getting back to brother Branham's next paragraph, he says in paragraph 241 Now, show me where somebody was baptized in the Body in the name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost? And what you recognize? See, I realize I'm talking to thousands on tape, you know. We got tape ministry around the world. What name are you baptized in? For there's not another name given under heaven (said the Word) whereby man can be saved. And if you're baptized to show your belief in Christ and then take on a creed name, then you're a hybrid.
43242 If you're not exactly like that church and exactly like their teaching, then you Catholic people (See?), how can you go under the jurisdiction of a pope now, saying that he is a successor by apostolic succession from Peter; and this pope and this church teaches so contrary to this first Word, which God recognized by signs and wonders to be His Church, and to see that same Word being brought forth today in its purity, showing the same resurrection that He had there, God living among His people doing the same things, then you can recognize the headship in Rome? Our Headship is in heaven. I'm not going to Rome; I'm going to heaven when I die. See, see? The Headship is in heaven.
44243 And the Body must follow the Head, as the wife follows the husband. Being that Adam was not deceived, he walked out with Eve. Eve was deceived. She was in the transgression, or the entire resurrection of the whole body would've come forth at the day of the Lord Jesus, when He come forth from the grave, but He had to redeem Her, which is His Body. She has to be redeemed in order to come to Him. Do you see it? Oh, my. See? It couldn't have happen then. The redemption is going on.
45244 Now, you see the Seals when He was in His mediatorial work back there redeeming? But someday He comes forth to get this Book that He's redeemed, and all that's in this Book would be Him, for that's the believer, the Words in the Book, and the Word is Him, and all that's in It. He come forth for this Book of Redemption, whose names are written on the Book before the foundation of the world when He was slain as a Lamb. And here He is today in His Word, manifesting the same thing He did there. She can't recognize another headship. No, sir. There's no bishop, no nothing. She recognizes one Headship; that's Christ; and Christ is the Word. Oh, my. Whew. I love that. Um. Yes, sir.
46245 As the Head was took up from the grave, so must His Body follow Him into Eden. Therefore, the Body cannot recognize any other headship, but the Headship of the Word. No denomination can put anything to It. For whosoever shall take one word away from It or add one word to It... They've took away from It; you're dead, hybrid, right there. She's back here with this testimony in her hands, the filthiness of her fornications, committing spiritual adultery against the very Word that she claims to believe. See? Therefore, it's Word or nothing. That's right.
47246 He, the Word... How do you know it's right? He, the Word is vindicated. See? He, the Word properly vindicated, is the Headship, the Head of the Church. He is the Word, the Headship. He's properly identified, vindicated by His own Spirit being in the Church itself (the person), showing forth Himself in vindication is the direct proof to the entire Body. You don't need creeds then. Denominations has perished, but the Headship Itself, recognized in the Body by personal identifications (See, identifying Himself) proves the Headship to the Body. Then we are united under One vindicated Headship; that is Christ, the Word of God, not under any church. Then our Headship is a Kingdom.
48247 "The Kingdom of God is within you," said the Bible, Jesus. The Kingdom... We are not a denomination. We belong to a Kingdom, and the Kingdom is the Word of God made Spirit and Life in our own life, bringing to pass every promise in this day as it did in that day when the Word and God was One. And the Word and God is One in His Church today, making it the Headship of the Body that is redeemed to bring the message in the last day and be taken up from the dead in the resurrection to go back and to restore again as Adam and Eve in the beginning of the garden of Eden. The threefold mystery of God, His Body... Oh, my.