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4Let us pray, Dear father we have read for our text this morning where you spoke of your having an eternal purpose, and knowing this we reverently ask you to help us to better understand your eternal purpose and plan that we might not work against it, but rather that we might yield ourselves to your eternal purpose, for we ask this in Jesus Christ's name in whom you have rested your eternal purpose in him, and knowing that it also has to do with us as many other Scriptures declare. Be with us now as we open Thy word to study thy eternal purpose in Jesus Christ'a name we pray. amen.
5Brother Branham spoke of this eternal purpose and plan of God in paragraph 160 of his sermon, Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed, where he said, "That's the only way you'll know Him today, only way you'll get the threefold revelation of God is for the Holy Ghost... And the only way it can ever be, is you're predestinated to see it. If it don't, you'll never see it. If you're not predestinated to see it, you'll never see it, 'cause that Light can flash and you'll go away and make fun of it and explain it away by some intellectual conception when the very God Himself manifesting Himself and proving it. See? But if it ain't upon you to see it, you won't see it.
6Now, what he is talking about here is a belief in Predestination that places the responsibility for whether you will ever see or not see the purpose and plan of God solely with God.
According to Webster's dictionary, the word Purpose means: "something that one intends to do", in other words, the word purpose speaks of the intent or intention, resolution or determination, the object for which something exists or is done, in other words that which exists or is done "with the end in view", or with a specific end in view, not something done accidentally, but something done by design.
7In other words purpose speaks of doing something or planning something with a specific result in mind." And so we see that when God purposes anything, we must keep in mind His end product, or His specific outcome that He has in mind. His end view.
8We can see an example of this word purpose as it speaks to future ordained outcome that was planned by God in Romans 9:17 where the Apostle Paul speaks of Pharaoh, as we read, For the Scripture saith unto Pharaoh Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
10Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: In other words he is saying, the God who is all blessings has taken some of His blessing and has shared it, He has blessed us with what blessings He had in himself. Now, this begins to show us the nature of God and the nature of His purpose and plan, as to how to share Himself with his elect children.
"4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,
11Notice that God has already made up His mind that he is going to do this, he is going to share the blessings that are in Him as the great fountain of all blessings. and he is bound and determined to share them with his children. And He did this before the very foundations of the earth. So before there was even one dust molecule brought into existence He had already determined in His mind that His entirte purpose and plan would be to share Himself. And bring us to a condition that would appreciate this receiving of His blessings.
13Notice that before the foundations of the earth God determined, purpose, planned that we would be Holy and without blame in His presence. So he had to create a way, He had to plan a way for this to happen. Then he tells us in the next verse how it is all laid out in the mind of God.
15Now, we could go on for days about this predestinating us unto the adoption of children, and talk about what it is, and how a child comes to the place of adoption, and I have already preached these messages years ago on this subject, and I think all of you have the books on that, and we know that brother Branham spoke on this subject many times, in fact something like 28 sermons. But to place it all in a nutshell, we must understand what this adoption of children is all about, because it is part of the great purpose and plan of God. And we must know what this purpose and plan is in order to enter into this purpose and plan of God. For it is all about us and our relationship with Him as our Father, and how he plans to bestow all His blessings upon us once we reach this state in our predestined path.
17Now, we can not go any further in our reading without commenting on this. Notice the plan is all God's, and His plan includes giving us all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, which means He must impart His own blessings to us, and the plan depends on our being holy and without blame in His presence. And His purpose and plan include our coming to the place of the adoption of children and let's face it, His purpose and plan also means our meeting the qualifications to receive the adoption of children, because we know according to the law of adoption, we must be the right kind of son, one who is always about our fathers business. And so we read in verse, "6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." This tells us that the only way we will get there is by the grace of God. He purposed it, he planned it, and he makes a way for us to receive what he purposed and planned. That takes our will out of the picture, and that takes our initiative out of the picture, and this let's us know that all we have to do is just let go and let God. As brother Branham said, "the greatest gift is to just get out of the way and let God have His way".
197 In whom we have redemption (redemption as in being bought back with a price and he tells us what that price is) through his blood, (and with that purchase comes) the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
20So it is all about the grace of God because grace means unmerited favor. God so loved the world he gave his Only begotten son, that is grace. Before you and I were even created, before this world was created, God had it all laid out in His purpose and then He planned how it would unfold. He would do it all.
22Notice, he hath abounded toward us" it's all about what He does for his children, abound, which means to super-abound, it speaks of His abundance, His great wealth, His abundance He gives to us. His Wisdom and His prudence. and this word prudence means the mental insight to be able to understand the wisdom.
23And the Apostle John tells us the same thing in John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
24Notice even the new birth is of God, and man has nothing to do with it but receive God and what he wishes to do for us. And notice John says He (God) hath given to us power to become sons. This word power was translated from the Greek word exousia and it means an ability, a capacity, a competency to accept what God has for us, an ability to make a right decision. And that is what Paul speaks of when he says God gives us wisdom and prudence. Prudence being the mental acuity or insight to understand and accept what God is doing. In-sigh, inner sight, that sixth sense of faith to believe in what we do not yet see manifested.
25Then Paul begins to tell us how this wisdom and prudence are given to us in order for us to understand this purpose and plan of God. 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
26Notice God makes know to us this hidden mystery of His will, because if it was not hidden it would not be a mystery, and he adds, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: So we see the purpose is what God planned within Himself, so it is all about him, and we are but His recipients.
28And it all has to do with our being gathered together in Him, because that is where it all began, in Him. and he tells us when this gathering will begin to take place. In the dispensation of the fullness of time. In other words at the end time.
29As brother Vayle told us in our message last week, that since the day of Pentecost all who have received a genuine New birth had received the spirit of adoption, which is the potential for adoption, but only at the fullness of time, at this hour is the manifestation of that potential going to take place. And I am looking forward to when it begins. Now, God has been gracious enough to us that we have seen glimpses of that manifestation throughout the ages in men like Paul, and John, and Irenaeus, and Polycarp, and martin, and Columba, and St. Patrick, and even William Branham, where God changes nature at the bequest of one of his sons, or alters the course of storms, or weather, or even when they tried to kill Martin and tied him to the bottom side of a tree that was on a steep him, and began cutting the tree so it would fall upon him, that the tree actually fell up hill and killed those who were cutting it down. And Irenaeus, who when burned at the stake, the fire leaped away from his body so that it could not be burned. And that is what all creation is waiting for, the sons of God plural to manifest as sons of God. Not just one man here and one incident there, but sons plural, living in such harmony with God that all creation responds to that son.
30Then Paul get's down to the point in verse 11 In whom (he is talking about God) in Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will:
31Notice, we are predestined, pedetermined, ordained according to God who is the one How willed it, and Who also is working to make sure that all things he purposed and planned will work together according to His own counsel and will.
34Then the Apostle Paul tells us in verse 9 "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
36Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
37Now, we are talking about purpose this morning, but man in his own religious nature wants to feel that he is doing something for God. Let men tell you something, there is nothing that you can do for God that is of any good unless it is something that God has asked you to do.
Jesus the Son of God, said, The Son can of Himself do nothing but what he seeth the Father do, that doeth the Son likewise. John 5:19 and John 5:30.
38There is a book called "The Purpose driven life", but it does not speak of God's purpose. It speaks of you having a purpose. Yet what good is it for you to be purpose driven if it is not God's purpose that is driving you. That might sound real good, and that kind of talk can take an ordinary salesman into an extraordinary salesmen, but God has not called us to be salesmen. He has called us to be obedient sons.
40Brother Branham said in his sermon, Divine healing 54-1219M 49 Listen. It's not him that wants to get saved, that's saved. It's him that's saved by God's choice. Esau wanted to get saved too. He wept bitterly, and couldn't find no place to repent. He wanted to get saved. It ain't 'cause you want to get saved. God said, "I've hardened who I will harden. I have mercy on whom I want to have mercy." That's right. He said, "Before Esau or Jacob, either was born, not knowing right and wrong," God said, "I love Jacob and hate Esau.'" And Esau tried to get right with God and couldn't. Pharaoh tried to get right with God and couldn't do it. So it's not you, not what you want. It's what God has ordained for you to do. That's right. Paul said in the 9th chapter of Romans there, "Hasn't the potter got power over the clay to make an honored vessel or a dishonored vessel, to show His glory to those who He has honored?" You didn't know that, did you? That's what the Scripture says. Pharaoh tried his best to repent. He was kindhearted. He said, "Sure, I'll let you go. Go on." God said, "No, you ain't. I'm going to harden his heart so you can't do it." 'Cause God's Word has to be fulfilled. And if we're living in this day when formalities and things has broken the church down, broke away; why, it's God's Word being fulfilled. As sure as God said, "These signs would follow them that believe," as sure as God said these churches would be like they are now, God also said this opposition would meet it. So the same God that ordained signs and wonders, ordained that these should be persecuting against It.
42Therefore as we began this review we noticed where brother Branham said, "If you're not predestinated to see it, you'll never see it, 'cause that Light can flash and you'll go away and make fun of it and explain it away by some intellectual conception when the very God Himself manifesting Himself and proving it. See? But if it ain't upon you to see it, you won't see it.
43Notice that brother Branham is telling us that either you are ordained to see the Threefold Purpose of God or you are not. It is just that plain. And we know that the first fold purpose was that God wished to manifest Himself in and through His Son, the eldest son in a vast family of brothers. That's purpose number 1. And remember we are talking about family here.
44Now, many who claim to believe the Message have never even came to this because they do not believe God had a son, they believe God is His Son. They get hung up on the body, and do not know what to do with it. But "the Body was not deity, but deity dwelt in the body". And "God and Jesus were not one like your finger is one". They do not see Father and son, That is the first fold purpose of God. They do not see it. That God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself.
45And that is why we see so many falling away from this message, because no matter if they were brought into it by their parents, if God did not bring them in they will never see it, because God doesn't have grand children, only children.
46I am sure if Brother Branham were here today, he would be very disappointed in many of the people who claim to follow His ministry. Because most people who claim to believe the Message are frankly not being taught even the simplest knowledge concerning salvation and redemption let alone what this great Message is all about.
47As brother Branham said, "if they don't even know their ABC's how can I teach them the deeper things of God?" And believe me this message is the deeper things of God, it's all about His great purpose and plan for His Elect.
491) They believe that there is One God.
2) They believe there are certain conduct, order and doctrines that are essential for us to conduct our lives in.
3) They believe women should not cut their hair.
4) They believe women should dress modestly
5) They believe women should be submissive and the man is the ruler of the house.
6) They believe God sent a prophet, and only those who believe this prophet will be saved.
53Now, I could do this another way, I could read to you the tenets of faith and conduct for the "United Pentecostal" church from their own website and it would fit 99% of followers in this message. It used to teach the first five of those tenets above plus not having television in the house, but today their website no longer covers that tenet of their faith.
55Therefore, if you do not understand why Jesus died, and how his death, burial and resurrection directly affects you, you are in no better shape than the Muslim, and you are not even saved although you may attend a Message church.
57Martin Luther said, "Faith is not that human notion and dream that some hold for faith. The reason people can not accept Faith alone is because they see faith as something which it is not. Because they see that no betterment of life and no good works follow it, and they can hear and say much about faith, they fall into error, and say, "Faith isn't enough; one must do works in order to be righteous and be saved,"
58He then said, "This is the reason that when they hear the Gospel, they fall into the same old trap and make for themselves, by their own powers, an idea in their hearts, which says, "I believe". This they hold for true faith. But it is only a human imagination and idea that never reaches the depths of the heart, and so nothing comes of it and no betterment follows it"[/i .
63Therefore if it is God working in you, it is not you doing works, but rather you yielding yourself and becoming obedient to your heavenly Father. That is why Paul continues in verse 9 " Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
64Martin Luther said, "Faith, however is a divine work in us. It changes us and makes us to be born anew of God; it kills the old Adam and makes altogether different men, in heart and spirit and mind and powers, and it brings with it the Holy Ghost."
65Have we died out. Have we really come to a place where we can just let go and let God? If we have not then how can we walk by Faith which is a revelation? And if we do not walk by Faith then we are not yet justified, because the just shall live by faith, those justified live by revelation.
66Now that leads us to this: If you have not truly been justified by Faith, then how can you truly live a sanctified life? Therefore if your Justification is a human notion which is just a figment of your own imagination wherein you say I believe therefore I have faith, then what sanctification you have also is just a human effort at trying to appease an angry God.
And an evidence of not being justified is that you will not be sanctified.
67The your idea or human notion of justification is "if he forgave me for adultery once before he will forgive me of it again, and again, because is he not the same yesterday today and forever?" And therefore your justification is based on your own human notion and belief system and not upon the revelation of Jesus Christ.
68Luther continued, "Oh, it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith; and so it is impossible for it not to do good works incessantly. It does not ask whether there are good works to do, but before the question rises; it has already done them, and is always at the doing of them. He who does not these works is a faithless man. He gropes and looks about after faith and good works, and knows neither what faith is nor what good works are, though he talks and talks, with many words, about faith and good works."
69And if you have not come to a true understanding of Justification, then what sanctification you have is humanly done, and therefore not even acceptable to God. In other words, it is no sanctification at all in God's eyes. Therefore if they have not truly been justified, and know why they have been justified, then they have neither been sanctified, and if no justification or sanctification, then no true baptism of the Holy Spirit has taken place either.
70Be not afraid 60-0717 P:86 If you live the life, I believe you got it. You say, "I got it speaking in tongues." Amen. If you live the life, I believe you got it. If you don't live the life, you didn't get it. That's all. See? You've got to have that Life behind there. "By their fruit, you shall know them." That's right.
74And remember brother Branham taught us in this sermon, Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed, in paragraph 77 Now, if He had this threefold purpose... We want to find out what is this threefold purpose. The first thing was that God wanted to reveal Himself to the people. He couldn't do it as a great Jehovah God Who covered all space, time, and eternity. He could not. He's too great to ever be revealed to people, because it would be too mysterious. How could that great Being that never did begin, that after you went beyond the cycle of a hundreds of billions and trillions and trillions of years of light space, and on out into the infinite, into the eternity, and a great Creature that was all that, and still is... 78 But what He wanted to do, He loved Fatherhood, for He was a Father. And the only way that He could express it was to become a Son of man. That's the reason Jesus kept saying, "The Son of man." See, they didn't know what He was talking about, many of them. But now you get it? He wanted to express Himself. That was His, one of His great threefold purposes, was to express Himself, identify Himself with human beings, to reveal Himself in Christ.
And as I have already stated that if that is the first fold purpose of God and you do not believe he had a son, then you could never understand how that God could reveal or manifest Himself through his son if in fact you do not believe he had a son. And so that takes out a great part of those who claim to follow William Branham because they do not believe what he taught concerning the Son of God and the relationship between the father and His Son.
In paragraph 79 brother Branham said, Secondly: to have the preeminence in His body of believers, that is, His Bride, that He might live in people. Now, He could do that in Adam and Eve, but sin separated them, so now there had to be some way to get it back again. Oh, my. Oh, when I... This is rich to me, just to even think of it. See? See what God's purpose was?
75Notice this second fold purpose of God he said is to have the preeminence in His Body of Believers. Now, remember the word preeminence means He has the preeminent position in you and brother Branham defines that by saying, that He might live in people. And he said he couldn't do it in Adam and Eve, because turning down one word brought on Satan's kingdom.
76And how could he have the preeminence in you unless you are willing to die out to self so that He can live your life for you. That is the only way and many baulk at this teaching thinking we are trying to become some great thing. Now, how in the world is dying to self, self promotion? How is being an obedient son trying to be something you are not.
77You see, these people judge you by what is in their own heart, not by what is in yours. They see the sin in their own life and want to dish it off to you, as though you are no different than they are, but that is a lie. You are different, because God made you different. Men judge others based on their own sinful nature, not based on the sinless nature of the son of God.
78And we already covered that in 1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual (spirit filled) judgeth (discerns) all things, yet he himself is judged (discerned) of no man. So all they can do is imply motives they have in their own hearts to you who are spirit filled.
80You see, with God it is not enough for you to talk about him giving him the pre-eminence in your speech alone. But God wants it in your life as well. He wants to express it. it is not enough to have the potential as brother Vayle said, but God wants to express it in you.
8185 Now, that's when He can express the pre-eminences. You see? He's got the man or the person so that he knows nothing but Christ. You get what I mean? All right. That's secondly. First, to express Himself completely: God in Christ. Second, to have the pre-eminences by this in His Church (which is His Body, Bride) to... He could have the preeminence to express Himself through them. All right. And thirdly, to restore the Kingdom to its rightly position that fell by sin by the first Adam, back to where He walked in the cool of the evening with His people, talked with them, fellowshipped with them. And now sin and death had separated them from His Presence and His entire expression. Do you read it? Before the foundation of the world to express all of His attributes, what He was...