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2Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we behaved ourselves in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works,(that word is ergon which is the same as used in John 14:12) lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, (and this is the same word ergon used in John 14:12) which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
4Notice then we are not saved by doing the works of John 14:12. That is not what will save us. But rather he says, He (God) ordained that we should walk in them. Then it is not a work as though that work is something you have to do or else. But rather it is a work that is predestined, we have been ordained by God to do them.
7And we also read in Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
8I hope then you can see that it is God doing the work in you and through you, because he ordained before the foundations of the world to work the works of Christ in you. Then it is not you doing, but God doing, and he's just borrowing your body as He borrowed the body of His dear son Jesus.
9Then if it is God who "ordained that we should walk in them," then who are we to put that off the works of Christ to just one person as if that one person did them for us. In other words, if we are ordained to do them, then you can't help but to do them, for it is not you doing them, but the fore ordination of "God working in you both to will and to do." And if you are ordained to it, it is because that is your nature.
10And the Apostle Paul told us in Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
11And also we read in Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, (this shows that not only have we died but our body has been put under) wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
13As I mentioned in a sermon a few months ago, if we have truly died to self, and have placed our sins under the bleach blood of the innocent one, Christ, and since he took the punishment for our sins, and having received His Spirit to live out our lives for us, then we can never again receive punishment for those sins which have been covered, seeing you do not dig up a dead person to punish them after they have been buried. Only the Catholic church does that as they did those priests who burned Joan of Arc at the stake.
1414 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
15Now, this takes us to the next paragraph in brother Branham's sermon, Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed, 285 Notice the vindicated Word in His Body is His very victory and the reason of His death. See, the death, not in the Spirit... When He died, He only died in the flesh; His Spirit went to hell and preached to the souls in prison. Is that right? His flesh only died, then He raised it up again and quickened it ("Quicken," means "made alive."), His flesh, which was His Body" (and that's the Word). It's been laying dead for years, but It gradually begin to come in the reformation, and now She's standing up on Her feet.
16Now, the key to what brother Branham is telling us here is that the death is only to the flesh. Jesus had to die to self in Gethsemane before he could manifest that death on the cross. And then God raised Him up to sit with him on His throne. Then you and I have to die to self first, right here in this body of this death, before we can be quickened to Life to sit with Him on His throne as he sits now with his Father on His Throne.
20Communion 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 should be thankful.
21Melchisedec the Great Prince 55-0109M P:68 My greatest victories, the greatest pleasures I have, is when I come up against something I can't see over it, around it, or under it; I just keep walking towards it, believing this: that God will make a way when I get there.
22And that is what I've had to do many times whether I was in Africa and the storm was so great you couldn't hear yourself preach, or in South America and the heat was so hot 110 degrees, and the people were suffering in their seats, and even down here in Kentucky back in 1997 when the temperature had been 102 for so many days and was so hot, the brethren were suffering and sick. It matters not when, it matters not where, it matters not why, it matters not what it is, because if Jesus promised us in John 14:13 and whatsoever you ask the Father in my name I will do it. Then if he promised you that why don't you do it, unless you don't believe Him. I believe him, and I've seen the results. And these testimonies I have shared with you, I don't do it to say hey! Look at me. I do it to say, Hey!!! Look at Him, Look at Him, get your eyes off of yourself and look at Him, and "all things are possible to them that believe." Not him as though only one person believes, but all things are possible to them (plural) that believe. Is that not what the Scripture says?
23Brother Branham said from his sermon, Have faith in God 54-0900 P:27 And Jesus said, "If thou canst believe. Well, all things are possible to them that believe." Is that right? Only believe, for all things are possible to them that believe. That's just as real today as it was the very hour He spoke it. All things are possible to them that believe.
24Spiritual food in due season 65-0718E P:6 God teaches it in His Word and then proves it to them who will believe it, for He said, "All things are possible to them that believe." You say, "There's nothing impossible with God." You believe that? There's nothing impossible with you either, for "All things are possible to them (God is one Person), to them that believe." See? So there's nothing impossible with you, for you, if you can only believe.
25Book of Exodus 2 55-1006E P:14 The greatest experiences of my life, is when I come up against a mountain that I can't get over it, under it, or around it. And just stand still, and God will move the thing back. And He will move, no matter how dark the cloud is, faith pierces it yonder with a eye that looks beyond anything that the Devil can set before you. 'Cause God is our victory. Amen.
26God Commissioning Moses The Prophet 3-0508 37 Don't be scared to ask. Ask abundantly. "You have not, because you ask not. You ask not, because you believe not." That's right. Ask, ask a whole lot. God will give you a whole lot. Have a lot of faith.
27Accepting God's Provided Way 63-0115 68 Well, that's the way we're supposed to do. If I see a promise in the Bible that's God's Word, then I just stay there and cry out till God gives it to me. And He'd do that to get you off His hands. You see? That would be in the natural. But He's wanting you to do it. He likes for you to ask. "Ask abundantly that your joys might be full." Yeah,. Cry until His Word is a-vindicated. Now, friend, let's watch just a minute now. Cry until the Word is a-vindicated. The trouble of it is, we get a cookie and think that's all there is. There's a whole table full. We get so we can speak in tongues; we say "Oh, brother, that's it." Oh, no. That ain't it. That's just some of it. That's right. "Oh, I got happy enough to shout." That's some more of it. But there's a whole lot more of it. Just keep on crying out until... That's God's provided way for His people. God's provided way always is to take His Word and hold onto It until It's a-vindicated to you. Now, do you follow me? God, a provided way, Hold on to the promise until it's made manifest to you.
28God's chosen place worship 65-0220 P:45 What a beautiful thing. God had a certain place He met Abraham, and there Abraham worshipped. All down through the Testament... And His promised Word will be interpreted in you by Him. Did you get that? The Word that He promised to fulfill in the day that you're living in, you will be a written epistle of God, read of all men. Not what you claim, but what God does through you will speak out louder than anything you could claim. God said, "These signs shall follow them that believe." That speaks through you. He spoke of this age, what would be now. The believers of this age has to believe this, what He promised today. Just the same as they had to come into the ark to be saved, go out of Egypt to be saved, they have to come into Christ to be saved now, into the Word Message that He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. How do you get into it? By Baptism. Baptism of what, water? By the Holy Ghost. One Spirit we're all baptized into this one Body.
29What it takes to Overcome all unbelief 60-0729 55 Now, how are we planted? We're planted in Christ Jesus. Now, I believe, just in my estimation of Him. He's the inexhaustible fountain of Life, that you cannot exhaust His goodness. Some people think, "Oh, I hate to call on God so much." That's what He wants you to do. "You have not because you ask not. You ask not because you believe not. Ask abundantly that your joys might be full." That's what God wants: Ask big things. I'm asking for hundreds of souls in this meeting. I'm asking that every sick person enters that door will go out of here well. I'm believing it.
30Why do you think his ministry was so much like that of Jesus Christ? Because he believed God's Word, he believed God is more than able to make His Word come to pass, and he acted upon that Word. And you claim to believe this message and yet you don't believe the same thing that he believed? Then you're not a believer yet. Get to be a believer first, and then watch the word manifest itself all around you, in you,and through you.
31That's what he said in his sermon, Influence of Another 62-1013 41 Remember, we can have what we want if we will ask in faith believing. Jesus said, "All things are possible to them that will believe. You have not because you ask not, and you ask not because you believe not." He said, "Ask abundance that your joy may be full." I like that. Our teaching right: say the right thing; do the right thing; think the right thing; always be thinking right. And I have a little slogan: Do right, that's your duty to God. Think right, that's your duty to yourself; And you're bound to come out right. Jesus said, ask abundantly and Elisha that is a type of the church wasn't afraid to ask for great things. Here he was in the day of Elijah, and when he was told to ask what he will, he asked for double what God had given to Elijah. He asked for a double portion and got what he asked for. Job got back a double portion of everything he had lost. He wasn't afraid to ask it from God. And He got back exactly what he asked for, and he got his family back that had been lost and he got them back because he asked for them.
32And what about you? You all have "loved ones" who have either gone astray or who have never seen this light. That don't mean they can't be saved, you need to ask abundantly that your joy shall be filled. Remember when Jesus healed on the Sabbath and they accused him of doing wrong. He said what is easier to say thy sins be forgiven, or take up thy bed and walk. But that you might believe that I have power to forgive sins, I say unto you take up thy bed and walk, and the man did.
38Thy House 61-0808 P:44 But you understand what I mean now to believe? "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thy and thy house shall be saved." Believe for yourself, and believe for your house, and you shall have it. Say, "Well, the doctor said I can't get well." Well, if thou can believe on the Lord, you can get well." Well, I'm out of work." But if you'll believe on the Lord (See?), and you shall have work. "And I don't know what to do about this situation." Believe on the Lord. Look where it sets with me right now, and wife there. I've always thought the Lord wanted me to leave Jeffersonville. Now, it's got to a spot, till I just had to commit myself to Him .So, here I am. He knows where I'm at right here tonight. So, and everywhere He wants me to go, I'll go. And what He wants me to do, I'll do it. And I'll be right along till He tells me. You see?
39Token the 63-0901M P:151 That's what they did in Egypt. That's what they did in Jericho. If you want to read another one? Acts 16:31. Paul told the centurion, "Believe; I'm the messenger of the hour. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, thou and thy house shall be saved." Is that right? Believe for your house. Bring them all under it. Now, you've seen the God of heaven perform a miracle, just before judgment. You believed it. "Yes, what can I do?" He said, "Rise and be baptized." Paul took him out and baptized him, said, "Now, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou and thy house shall be saved." Believe what? Believe the Lord Jesus Christ for you house. Apply the Token to your house. Then what do you do when you apply It to your house? Move all the trash out. Get all the short skirts, and the shorts, and the cards, and the cigarettes, and televisions, and whatevermore, and kick them out the door. You're going to apply the Token, won't stand still for it. Yes, sir. Take it all out. All the dances and the parties, and rock-and-roll, and old vulgar newspapers, and the stuff that's of the world, kick it out the door. Say, "We're cleaning out this place around here."
40One of the meanest men in town 61-0429B P:26 The Philippian jailer, down at Philippi, he said, "What can I do to be saved?" Most of us would tell him what not to do: quit drinking, quit stealing, quit lying, quit smoking. But that wasn't his question. "What must I do?" Paul said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou and thy house shall be saved." Say, "When a man gets saved, does that save his house?" No. But if he's got enough faith to get saved himself, he's got enough faith that his house will be saved also, the same faith that saved him.
41Thy House 61-0808 P:30 Now, if Job took a act upon the very thing that God told him to do, the only thing it was to be righteous, was to offer a burnt offering; that was righteous... And He saved Job and his house, then what is righteous before God? "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou and thy house shall be saved." So, if I'm believing for my house and you're believing for your house, by believing that that we trust God, God imputes our own faith, like He did Abraham or Job or any of them for righteousness. You see? So, it's allotted to us for righteousness, and that's how that thou and thy household shall be saved. Oh, I think it's a wonderful thing. So then, not only that, but I'm holding for every brother, all my brothers. My sister. I'm not only holding for that, but I'm holding for every person that's in my church; I'm holding for you all. I want you to hold for me, because of the righteousness of faith. We don't have to make a burnt offering; Christ is our offering. But we have to have faith in that offering that Christ made, that He made us this kind of a promise, that "Whatever you ask the Father in My Name, that I'll do. When thou prayest, believe that you receive what you've asked for and you shall have it."
42Jehovah Jireh 61-0209 P:34 Now, we find out after this dispensation, then it lasted on, that legalistic dispensation, until the real royal Seed come. Then He taken all the legalism upon Himself, and paid the price of redemption, and God's Church is back in grace again. Not under the law and legalism, it's under grace and the promise of God, the true Seed of Abraham. He taken the law upon Himself and the law nailed Him to the cross, of what we must do, and must not do, and must do, and must not do.Y ou know the thing of it today, when a sinner comes to the Lord, we don't treat them like Paul did when the Philippian jailer said, "What must I do to be saved?" Now, what would we say today? "You got to quit smoking; you got to quit drinking; you got to quit doing this."That wasn't what he asked. He said, "What must I do to be saved?" And Paul told him, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ."Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, not, "Come, join our congregation, and stand up before the church, and say this, and we'll sprinkle you, immerse you, or whatever you want to do, our way. And if you're not in our church, then..." That wasn't it. He said, "Just believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou and thy house shall be saved." If you can believe for yourself, you can believe for your house also. Have enough faith in God to believe for yourself, then believe for your children also. That same faith will save your children that saved you. If you just keep praying. God will answer prayer, don't worry. Just ask Him, and believe it, and get it anchored in your heart, and just keep moving on. That's the way it's done. Yes, sir.
43I hear too much people say, "if it be thy will God, if it be thy will?" Listen, either you know His will or you don't. his Word is His will, right? Then cut out the if it will be thy will. Jesus never said, if it be thy will, he said I know thy will, and I know my will, and my will says spare me the cup I must go through, but nevertheless, not my will but Thy will be done. There is no Scripture for saying, "if it be thy will o God." get that out of your mind forever. How can you expect to get anything from God if you don't even know his Will concerning your offspring being with you on the other side.
There is no ifs, and's or buts about it. Goats but, sheep don't but. get that if it be thy will out of your mind and never let the devil place it back in there again.
45And what promise is that? We are told in Isaiah 65:21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. 22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. 24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
47Where I think Pentecost Failed 55-1111 14 And God will never, You can never exhaust God's love and mercy to you. You say, "Well, I hate to bother You so much, Father." He wants to be bothered that way. He does. Don't never think that you could ever ask too much of God. I believe the Scripture said, "You have not, because you ask not. And you ask not, because you believe not." He wants us to ask and believe that our joys would be full. He wants you to ask abundantly. Ask for big things; don't limit your faith to some little mustard seed. Get on out here to some other kind of faith, and move out in big things. Ask... Big things is just as easy to receive as little things. You just have to believe; that's all. And you got faith, just know exactly how to use it, and it'll be all right. You can put it right to work and it'll just be fine.15 Could you imagine, talking about exhausting God's love, and power, and beneficiaries for you. Could you imagine a little bitty fish, about that long, way out here in the middle of the ocean say, "Now, wait a minute. I better consider this thing. I better drink of this water sparingly, 'cause I might run out someday." A little fish, about that big, in the middle of this ocean out here... Well, that could easily be done, more easier than you could ask too much of God. He's the inexhaustible Fountain of Life. Whatever you have need of, ask Him and believe it. He provided it in the redemptive blessings when He died at Calvary and gave a promise to you for everything you have need of while you're in the journey. And it's yours, if you'll ask and believe it. That's right. 16 Could you imagine a little mouse, about so long, under the great garners of Egypt, saying, "Now, wait a minute. I better not eat but just about two grains a day, 'cause I might run out 'fore the winter's over." That's the way people act as Christians. Get up of a morning say, "God bless my family today and keep us close to You. Amen. Well, I done my religion for the day. Oh, I just like to lay down really and drink in (Don't you?), and have just a real spiritual gastronomical jubilee, just drink till you just can't drink no more."
48In closing let's turn to 1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
49That's what the Apostle John taught us. And that is the key is, that you know that he hears you, then ask away. Brother Branham quoted Jesus saying, "Ye have not because ye ask not, ask abundantly that your joy may be full. Give God back his own Word and watch how quickly he answers your request. And Study God's Word because there are over 800 promises of God in His Word to every one of us.
50God loves to hear His own Word given back to Him, so "ask and believe that you receive. If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.