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1This morning we will pick up our reviews at Christ is the Mystery no 141 Christian Life No 21 Repentance And Conversion and for our text we will begin reading from Brother Branham's sermon, Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed paragraph 214.
2214 Notice. Then one like the first Adam and Eve before sin separated them in death, now Christ the second Adam in Life redeems His Bride from death, and now on His way back to the original Eden, restoring back His Bride in fellowship back with God, as Husband and Wife to the garden of Eden: Christ and His Bride.
3Notice brother Branham's words, here. He tells us that at this time, Christ will redeem back His bride from death, and restore her walk as it was meant to be in Eden, where as a Bride we can walk with God and have fellowship with Him as it was meant to be back before the fall in Eden. Now, I would like to examine this by Scripture because in order for us to come back into fellowship with God as it was back then certain things have to happen, and a certain atmosphere must come into being. First of all we know by scripture that to have fellowship with God there must be repentance first, for the scripture teaches us "how can two walk together lest they be agreed".
4What went ye out to see 59-1001 P:22 If you asked the person quickly, "Are you a Christian?" Say, "Yes." Quickly they'll say, "What denomination do you belong to?" Now, that's all right, but it has nothing to do with Christianity. One of them will say, "Well, I'm a Methodist, or a Baptist, or a Presbyterian," or whatever church that they happen to be affiliated with, which is perfectly all right. But that doesn't answer the question. You still need repentance. And repentance shakes the people. They think they don't need it. "I'm the deacon. I do certain things at the church." That doesn't excuse anything. You still need repentance.
5In his sermon, What went ye out to see 59-1001 P:21 Brother Branham is speaking of John the Baptist and he said, "The first thing he preached was repentance to all. And repentance always blinds the eyes of the unbeliever, or the church member. The church member feels that he has nothing to repent of. And when that person or persons get to that place where you think you've got nothing to repent of, you're in a more serious condition. Though being a member of the church, you're in a more serious condition than the sinner on the street. For the Scripture said over in the Book of Revelations, talking about the church, said, "She was naked, wretched, miserable, and blind, and didn't know it." Now, if a man was on the street and was blind, that would be horrible. If he was poor, would be horrible, naked, horrible. But not knowing it, that's the miserable part. And there's people today that claim to be Christians, that belong to church, that doesn't know that they need repentance. And to tell someone that, it stirs them up.
12So without repentance first there can be no remission of sins. Therefore, repentance is step number one, and with it when we are baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we are promised to be filled with the Holy Spirit as we read in Acts 2:38.
13Then after we've come through repentance and then conversion, we have a promise in this hour of complete restoration according to Brother Branham's terminology, which has the same definition as what the Bible calls restitution. Restoration and restitution are actually the same thing. They mean to restore back to the original condition. When you make restitution it mean you give back what was taken. To restore means to bring back to it's original condition. And in order for a pure fellowship to take place with God, to where we walk with him as Enoch did, or as Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden, this restitution has to be a complete restitution.
14Let's turn to the Book of Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, (that's number one, before anything else can take place there must be repentance first. And once you have truly repented, then he continues) and be (2) converted, (and we will need to know what this conversion is because it brings something with it.) that (3) your sins may be blotted out, (and then it would be helpful if we knew when this was to take place, so he says,) when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
15Now, notice that without this prophet we have no restitution of all things. And without this restitution of all things, we have no rest. Without this restitution of all things, Jesus will not return. Without repentance, there would no restitution of all things, for we will not know what to repent from, and without that repentance we will not have conversion, and without conversion, we will not have any blotting out of our sin which is our unbelief. And without all that we will not have a return of Christ in fellowship.
16So you see how all these things are dependent upon God sending a prophet, because without the prophet we have no understanding to straighten out our wrong thinking. And that is what Malachi Four is all about.
17Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
18The Hebrew word for "heart" is "leb", which refers to the heart; and is also used figuratively for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything:-it also means for the ability to care for, courage, kindly, the mind, regard, understanding, willingness and wisdom.
19So we have a promise from God. I will send you Elijah the prophet to turn the hearts (the understanding) of the children to the Fathers, because if I don't I will certainly come and destroy the earth with a curse.
20So God sends His prophet in the Spirit and power of Elijah to change the hearts of the children. To change our minds and our understanding first, then to change the way we act and do with that understanding. In other words, the Hebrew word for heart means The way we care for, the way we encourage with, the way we regard, and then our willingness to do whatever that new wisdom asks of us to do.
21To me this is exactly the attitude that Jesus suggests to us in John 14:12. It is not so much about any specific work that God wants done, but rather it is more about our willingness to please God and our willingness to do whatever God would ask us to do.
22Because when Jesus said, "the works that I do you will do also" you have to remember, this is the same Son of God who said, "The son can of himself do nothing, but whatsoever He sees the Father doing that doeth the son likewise."
23From his sermon, To whom shall we go - 60-0604 43 Brother Branham said, "Except a man be borned again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God." Now, that translation there is really "understand"--understand the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God's within you, so you couldn't actually see it, 'less you see it operating. But the only way you'll ever be able to understand it; you've got to be borned again. To be borned again, you've been filled with God's Spirit; then you're in Christ. And when you're in Christ, the Holy Spirit that wrote the Bible, that manifested Christ, is in you to recognize His own Self. Amen. That's why you must come to Him. 44 But they taken heed that they had been with Jesus, because they acted the same way He did. They knowed that His life was in them, because they were doing the works that He did. Jesus said in Saint John 14:12, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do, shall he do also". There you are. 45. That's why we got to come to Christ today. I believe Christ is soon coming; I believe we're at the end of the road. I believe the nations are breaking; I believe the end time is at hand. I know it is; frankly, I absolutely know it is. I'll go further and say, "I believe it; I know it." We're at the end of the road. Just how many days, how many years or weeks, I don't know; nobody knows, not even Jesus. He said, "God knows that only." I don't know when it will be, what hour it will be; but I know that it's soon, for these are the things that's supposed to take place just before His coming. Let me persuade you tonight, my friend outside of Christ, if you want the sure Foundation, the Way, the Truth, and the Light, you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and be filled with His Spirit. Then when His Spirit goes to moving, you'll know His Spirit.
25So it is not about any particular work as much as it is about the mindset that wants to please the Father in all things. And this is what brother Branham is talking about in this paragraph, because he says in the next paragraph.
281 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order:
30216 Listen closely now again as we go on, going back to the original Eden. Then when we are born of Him, we are filled with Him. See, your life... His Life is in you. Then all of our actions should declare Him. It's like taking life out of one tree and putting it into another. Taking life out of a pear tree and put it in an apple tree, it'll bear pears. It's got to, 'cause the sap, the life in it, the germ is pear tree. All right. Then all of our actions should declare Him. We have His Name. Is that right? We should bear His Name.
31Notice that brother Branham is speaking of the converted ones here, those who have been filled with the Holy Ghost. Because the law of reproduction according to Genesis 1:11 tells us that every seed must bring forth after its kind or nature.
32That means if we are born of His Spirit, then we will have his nature as well. And that's why I don't understand why some people have trouble understanding John 14:12. What is so hard about understanding that if you are born again, and filled with the Holy Ghost, then it is only natural that you will think like Christ, and walk like Christ and talk like Christ and do the things Christ did?
And so we read on with paragraph 217 And remember, we are now as His Bride, pregnated with His Spirit. Oh, my. The Church bearing children (See?), pregnated by His Spirit with His Name, bearing His Name, bearing His Life, bringing forth the signs of His Life evident with the preeminences, evidence of His resurrection showing that He is not dead, but alive forevermore. This is Eternal Life. And vindicates to the world that we are alive in Him. Whew.
33Now, listen, to what he is saying here. When you are born again, filled with His Spirit, you are impregnated with His Life, and any life from that point on, that comes forth from within you is God Life. If that's true, then what sort of Life is expressing itself from you. Then if it's not Christ Life expressing itself from you, what life is it? It has to be an un-regenerated Life. And let me read again a quote from brother Branham that tells it all.
34Explaining healing and Jairus 54-0216 P:37 What you are here is a reflection of what you are somewhere else. "Those who He called, He justifies." Is that right? "Those who He justified, He has glorified." Already in the Presence of the Father, we have a glorified body. Whew! Wasn't that deep? All right. We'll find out whether it's right or not. "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting." Is that right? That's right. So right now, what we are here, is a reflection of what we are somewhere else. So if your deeds are evil, you know where it comes from. You know where your other body's a waiting.
36In His presence 62-0909E P:52 A man, when he thinks God's gone, he'll cuss, he'll lust after women, he'll do... He'll steal, cheat, lie. He'll do anything when he thinks that God don't see him. But bring him into the Presence of God, he'll stop it right now. See? And David said, "I have put the Lord always before me." That's a good thing. No wonder God said he was a man after His Own heart. Man will do everything when he thinks that God isn't near. But when he realizes that God's near, did you ever notice a sinner? Let a godly person walk up, he'll quit his cussing, if he's got any respects at all. See? He won't tell the dirty jokes that he would've told. See? See, he'll leave off that, because he knows that he's in the Presence of God, 'cause God dwells in the tabernacle of His people.
37Influence of another 62-1013 P:70 David said..., "I place the Lord always before me, that I shall not be moved. Moreover," he said, "then when I do that, my flesh shall rest in hope." Yes, sir. "Because I know what... He will not leave my soul in hell, neither suffer His Holy One to see corruption. For the Lord is always before me." Wherever you go, place God. If a man get angry and cusses you, place God between you and him. If a guy calls you a holy-roller, place God between you and him. If the wife gets angry with you, place God. If the husband gets angry, place God. If the children aggravate you, place God. See? Whatever you do, place God. If papa and mama gives you a little spanking and corrects you, place God. Remember what God said about that? "Bring up a child in the way it should go." See? Always remember, place God. Put God before you, and you'll have reverence for God and respects for Him. That's right.
39God perfecting His church 54-1204 P:34 You're either a believer or a unbeliever. And the reason that you smoke, and drink, and cuss, and do the things you do, is because you are an unbeliever. It bears fruits of itself. And then, if you just say, "Well, I'm going to quit smoking. And I'm going to quit lying, stealing." You're doing that in yourself. That still doesn't make you saved." I'm going to go to church and try to do better." That still doesn't mean it's salvation. You've got to be born-again and righteousness only comes to the attributes of a believing life. "He that sins wilfully after he has received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." Here it is. If the truth has been presented to people, and you see it and you wilfully (because your church won't accept it or something) walk away from it and say, "That's a bunch of holy-rollers, 'cause my church said so," you've crossed the line." He that disbelieves wilfully after he has received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." You get it?
40Israel at the red sea 1 53-0326 P:65 Cussing, swearing, drinking, that's not sin; that's the attributes of sin. You're a sinner, what makes you do it; but that isn't sin; that's the attributes of it.
41So you see, if you lie, steal, cheat, cuss, tell dirty jokes, it's because the Holy Ghost is not your absolute. You are still alive to yourself, your feelings, your emotions. But how do you know when you have died to yourself? When someone speaks evil of you and you don't respond. When someone smack you on the cheek and you give them the other cheek. Then you know that you have passed from death into eternal life.
44Then Paul says, 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, (phaneroo) then shall ye also appear (phaneroo) with him in glory. (in the same opinion, the same values, and the same judgments. and if you do he says, then) 5 Mortify (kill off) therefore your members which are upon the earth; and then Paul goes into a lot of detail as to the attributes of sin that you have died to.
45And that led is to Christ is the Mystery no 142 Christian Life No 22 A Pregnated Child Of God where we read paragraph 226 through 228 of brother Branham's sermon Christ is the Mystery of God revealed.
46226 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.
47God comes for individuals, never a group. God expresses Himself always through individuals, never a group expression. We've seen that in every age, so he is not talking about one individual here but individuals plural. That's why he follows this thought with the next statement as we read on. And notice he quotes Scripture.
48"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.[/i
49Notice He speaks of a pregnated Child of God. I want you to notice also he uses the term "personal vindication" concerning the life of God expressing itself through that pregnated child of God. And this word personal vindication simply means vindication in the person.
50Now, I know within the Message circle we use the word vindication only for a prophet but that is not the correct usage of the word vindication and thus the word vindicate means simply to prove. And as we showed you Wednesday night brother Branham uses the word correctly but most Message people do not.
51We showed where brother Branham said,: "God vindicates His truth, God vindicates His gifts, God vindicates His ministries, God vindicates His Apostles, God vindicates His Prophets, God vindicates His teachers, God vindicates His Pastors, God vindicates His servants, God vindicates His children, God vindicates His Word, God vindicates His Message, God vindicates you if you are a Christian, and God vindicates Believers, and God vindicates His presence.
52So then we must ask what is the application of the usage of the Word. Brother Branham uses it when he speaks of God backing up that person whether prophet or saint of God. According to Webster's Dictionary the word vindication simply means: to show that (someone or something that has been criticized or doubted) is actually correct, true, or reasonable. So it speaks of proving to be correct what others have doubted. And this word can be applied not only for a prophet of God but for any one person who stands for God's Word in the midst of all sorts of doubt and unbelief. Then brother Branham adds,
53227 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, 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.
54Notice that he used the term vindication and then speaks of many saints throughout the ages, some were Messengers but others were not. Some were women such as in Joan of Arc. It is God showing or proving those people to be standing with His Word in the face of all doubters. Therefore he is using here the word vindication as what God does in backing up His Word in the individuals who stand with it.
55Then in speaking of the doubters, he says, 228 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.
56Notice he tells us that person, whoever it might be, that individual who is so surrendered to God's Word and His Word alone, that person who becomes a prisoner to God's Word, is the one God will stand behind, and that is the one God vindicates, or proves to be true.
58He says, "It is a personal vindication of a (1) pregnated child of God (2) filled with the Holy Ghost, (3) so surrendered to God that he don't care about anything else, and (4) the Holy Spirit living Its Life, pulsating through him, showing the personal, (5) personal vindication of the Word Itself expressing Itself to the people and to the world.
59Notice brother Branham uses the same expression the Apostle Paul uses in describing this Life of God that's been injected into the believer like an egg and sperm coming to life and being formed within the believer as a child forming within the womb.
64And this life that was in Christ was intended to be released from Him so that you and I might also receive that life and express or manifest it in our bodies as well as we see in the following Scriptures.
67Again in going back to the Apostle Paul we read in Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
68And again the Apostle Paul teaches us in 2 Corinthians 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
69And then back to John who says in 1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not (initiate) sin; for his (God's) seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. So he's talking about a birth, God Life being birthed in the individual, and when we receive this God Life in us, it changes our nature and the way we conduct our lives. And he says when we are born of God Life we no longer initiate unbelief in our lives. Because sin is just unbelief. A man sins because he doesn't believe.
70Mark of the Beast - 61-0217 69. "He that sins..." What is sin? Unbelief. I want somebody to tell me one definition of sin besides unbelief. "He that believeth not is condemned already." That's right. "He that..." You don't even get the first... What if... Committing adultery is not a sin. Smoking cigarettes and drinking is not a sin; that's the attributes of unbelief. If you was a believer you wouldn't do that. See? That's right.
72And not only will the believer, the one who is born of God, not disbelieve willfully, but when the flesh strains and pulls to enter into sin or express or manifest unbelief, the Bible teaches us that if we are really truly Believers, we will overcome that pull, which is nothing more than the pull of the world.
74And in 1 John 5 we find out that only those who are born of God buy His Spirit can believe that Jesus is the Christ. That's what the Bible says in 1 John 5:1 Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:
75And we know that you can not believe that Jesus is the Christ unless you are born of His Spirit. You must be born again to be a genuine Believer, for the Scripture said, "Know man can call Jesus the Christ except by the Holy Ghost."
76And from his sermon, Who is this 59-1004M P:48 No man can call Jesus the Christ, only by the Holy Spirit. You say, "I believe It because the Word said so." That's true. But the Word says that no man can say Jesus is Christ, until you have received the Holy Ghost. No man can call Jesus the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost.
78Now, brother Branham tells us in Jehovah Jireh part 3 62-0707 P:72 "You might intellectually think you do. But a man can't see God until he's born again. "See" doesn't mean... You don't see with your eyes; you look with your eyes. "See" is to "understand." You looked right at It, and say, "I don't see it," you mean you don't understand it. You'll never know what we're talking about until you're born again. You've never had that experience?
79And that is the problem with Christianity so called. Anyone who has the Holy Spirit knows that most people who claim to have the Holy Ghost don't have it, because "by their fruits you shall know them". And the Scripture plainly teaches us "how can you know the things of God except the Spirit of God is in you". And the very fact that people will willfully turn down the doctrine and the Life given by a prophet and vindicated to be true by God shows they do not have it.
80Paul said that in 1 Corinthians 2:11b even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God knows. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
82Book of Exodus 1 55-1005 P:8 Jesus said, "Except a man be borned again, he cannot understand the Kingdom of heaven." There's no way of understanding it until you are borned again, and then God reveals Himself to you, and then you know that you've passed from death unto Life, because no man can call Jesus the Christ, only by the Holy Spirit. See? The only way that you'll ever know that Jesus is the Christ, is when the Holy Spirit personally witnesses to you that He is the resurrected Lord Jesus. No matter what He would do, what kind of signs, what kind of miracles, you'll never know it until your personal experience with God. You say, "Well, I believe it because the Bible said so." Well, that's good. The Bible, it's true. It knows it. "Well, the preacher said so." Perhaps, he knows it. "Mother said so." She knows it. But what do you know about it? You'll never know it until it's revealed to you individually by the Holy Spirit. And then, by accepting it, you become a new creature in Christ Jesus, born a second time.
83Missionary talk 58-0330A P:11 "The letter killeth, and the Spirit giveth life." So Paul said, "The Gospel come not through Word only, but through the power and the manifestation of the Holy Spirit." Now notice, the only way that the Gospel could be preached then, would be to manifest the power of the Holy Spirit. Then what's the next quotation? "And (a conjunction) these signs shall follow them that believe." Not these signs may follow them, they ought to follow them, but they shall follow them that believe. Then strictly speaking, a man cannot qualify himself as a believer until this has happened. No church can have the right of calling themselves a believing church until these signs has followed them. That's what Jesus said. What is it doing? It's making the Word manifest.
84Now, listen brothers and sisters, until your life is one with God and His Word is living in harmony within you, and His Life is pulsating through your own heart, you can not say you are truly a believer. Those are tough words but that is what brother Branham is saying here. He is telling you that words, mere words are not enough. There must be a confirmation of the Spirit of God bearing witness with your spirit that you are a son or daughter of God. And that is what Paul tells us in Romans 8.
85Romans 8:16 The Spirit (God's Spirit) itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
86Notice the Apostle Paul is telling us that when you have been truly born again, and the same Spirit that raised up Jesus dwells in you, it will make your mortal body come alive to the Word and God's Spirit will bear witness with your spirit.
88Who is this 59-1122 P:16 His Spirit dwells in you; you take His nature; His Word is alive in you; everything He said is "Amen." You'll not say, "The days of miracles is past, and no such a thing as Divine healing," with the Spirit of the living God Who wrote the Bible in you. You can't do it. He will vindicate Himself. Then when you see such things going on, you'll not criticize that, you'll glorify God, because the very Spirit that wrote them and is performing them will bear witness of them. That's the Spirit of the church of the living God, the living God living in the living church. And they are dead to sin and trespasses, and have been awakening in His likeness and moved by His Spirit. Therefore, no matter what denomination you go to, if you are born of His Spirit you have His nature in you.
89Hebrews Chapter 2 part 1 57-0825M P:34 God always bears witness. Your life will bear witness. I don't know what your testimony is, but your life speaks so loud, your voice can't be heard. What your living, your every day life will testify what you are. God bears witness. Yes, the Holy Spirit is a Seal, and a seal takes both sides of the paper. They see you standing here and see you when you go away, not only in church but at every day work. You're sealed on both sides: inside and outside. By the joy that you have and by the Life that you live, you're sealed in and outside. But you know you're saved, and the world knows you're saved by the life that you live, for God bears witness.
90You see, it is not so much God bearing witness with you, but with His own Life that is living in you. That's what brother Branham said in Leading of the Spirit 55-0807E P:14 Sons of God are led by the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God will always bear witness of the Word being the truth.
91Discerning body of Lord 59-0812 P:35 The best witness that we have that we got the Holy Ghost is when our spirit bears record with the Word. If we call ourselves Christians and say we're filled with the Spirit, and we see that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is poured out on the believers for all ages, and our spirit tells us "that's for another age", you're wrong. That's right. When the Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, if our spirit said, "No, He's dead. He's gone on," there's something wrong. Jesus said, "The works that I do shall you do also. Lo, I'm with you always, even to the end of the world," and if our spirit pulls back from that, we haven't got the Holy Ghost. For the Holy Spirit will say "Amen" to every word He wrote. Now, intellectual knowledge will pull you away from it, but the Holy Spirit will say "Amen" to His Own Word. He certainly will. And He's seeking, and hunting, and trying to find someone that He can put Himself into. He longs to find it.
92So how does the Spirit of God bear witness with your spirit? God allows you to do what He does, showing you have His Nature, His Life. After all the word bear witness means to give proof or evidence. So if God is in you giving a witness to your spirit, then God is in you with an evidence, and a proof, backing up the fact that you and He are one Just like Christ and God were one.
93I have never understand why people can claim to be Christian, and have so much difficulty believing God is the Word. If the Word is living and abiding in you then there's got to me more than just some silly theology identifying what life is living and expressing itself in you. That is why brother Branham had no difficulty trusting God to do the things that he did in his ministry.
94That is why any true Believer, filled with God's Spirit knows they are filled with God's Spirit. They have seen the evidence in their life of the Supernatural God living and expressing His Life in them. They know they're born again and no one can convince them otherwise. Not because they sat under the right minister, the minister has nothing to do with it. If you base your faith on what you have seen in another man's life, you're not born again.
95If you believe that Jesus is the Christ because your church says so, you are not born again. If you believe that Jesus is the Christ because your pastor said so, you are not born again. But, if you believe that Jesus is the Christ because you've seen Him come in and change your Life, and live your life for you, then you are born again, because you've seen His Spirit bearing witness within your spirit that you are a son of God. That is why John 14:12 is so very, very important to us in this hour. Because the Believer is the one who has been born again. And if born again of the Spirit of Christ, then the very nature of Christ is living itself in you, and if the very nature of Christ is living itself in you, then the things he did you will do also. And until you know for certain that it's His Spirit doing the same things in you that he did in Christ Jesus, you are not born again. When you see his Spirit witnessing with proofs and evidences that He has taken over your life, then you know as you are known.
96Just like Jesus himself as we see in John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. 31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. 33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. 34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. 35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. 37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
97Position in Christ 60-0522M P:83 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we're children of God: How does it do it? You say, "Glory to God. Hallelujah. It don't bother me; I'm a child of God," and go out and do the things you do? The Spirit of God will do the works of God. Jesus said, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also." See, see?
God identified by characteristics 64-0311 P:22 John 14:12, "He that believeth," Jesus said, "on Me, the works that I do shall he do also." Now, look, "He that believeth on Me (a true believer), the works that I do shall he do also." Notice. In other words, like this, "He that believeth on Me, shall be identified by My characteristic, the works." Now, that's what He did. He said, "If I don't do the Father's works, then don't believe Me." And the Father spoke to the prophets, and that was their characteristic, identification. So was it with Jesus. And promised it to him that believeth, "My characteristics shall do in him just as it did in Me. And if I do not the works of My Father, then don't believe Me. But if I do the works, and you can't believe Me, then believe the works, because it's spoken of; it must be." He said, "Search the Scriptures, for in Them you think you have Eternal Life, and They are They that tell you Who I am." That was Jesus (See?), God manifested, showing Himself. "They testify Who I am." That makes Hebrews 1:1 now, "God in sundry times spake by the prophets," clearly identifying the characteristic now of the resurrection of His Son. God spoke by the prophets then, through His Son now. The unchangeable God, the same characteristic, "The works that I do, shall you do also." God's known by His identified characteristic. That's how you know. You say, "Well, I tell you this; we sing this, we do this, and we do." That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about the Word made manifest and identifying this Life, the characteristics of the promised Word for the age. Them Pharisees knowed that Bible as good as anybody, better than any of us clergymen know ours today. They had to live by It. Their great-great-grandfather were priests. They studied It, day and night, and they failed to see that identified Word. 23 Today, Luther said, "When you believe, you've got It." The Methodist say, "When you shout, you got It." The Pentecostal said, "When you spoke in tongues, you had It." We find all that wrong. Some of them said, "The fruit of the Spirit's got It." And it's wrong. The only evidence is, is when the a-vindication, when God Himself identifies Himself in the promised Word of the hour. There it is. Who had any more fruits of the Spirit than them kind old priests, circumcised the children, and blessed them, and everything else? And here this guy Jesus was, come around, kicked over their sacrifice blocks, looked upon them with anger, beat them, run them out, no identification of nothing. The Scripture is His identification. He had no fellowship card; He belonged to no organization. But God spoke of Him; that was His identification. That's the genuine identification of God in any hour, is His identification. That's what it is, the Scriptures that's promised made identified by the characteristic of the promise which is God, and God is the Word. And the characteristic of that promise being identified, that makes the believer. Jesus said so, and that settles it. Amen. Notice, now we find out, the characteristics identify Him. As He said, "If it doesn't do it, then don't believe Me." Now, Jesus spoke that it would identify Him.
98So what promise for the age are we talking about? What promise for this age are for you and I? What does the bible promise to the believer? Ephesians 1 and Galatians 4 the Spirit of Adoption, for this is the hour for adoption. And Romans 8 the manifestation of God's sons on earth, and being conformed to the image of the first born son, manifesting that obedient nature of that real genuine first born son.
99Christ is the mystery 63-0728 P:273 Now, we see the promise being fulfilled. Christ, the true Headship coming in His Bride, doing the same works that He did at the beginning, and making ready, and fulfilling His Word as He did at first in John 14:12: "He that believeth on Me the works that I do shall he do also." Then the Head and the Body are becoming one in works and in sign and in Life, vindicated by God Hisself through His promised Word for the last days. He promised this in the last days. Now, if you're spiritual, you'll catch it.
100Christ is the mystery 63-0728 P:137 You take that hybrid corn. It's a pretty corn. But you plant it. What do you get? A little stalk comes up like this and turns yellow and wilts down. That's the way every denomination is when it's hybrid with man's words mixed with God's Word. It'll come up to the signs and wonders and what Jesus said about believing the Word, and it turns yellow and say, "We can't accept it," and go back.
101Christ is the mystery 63-0728 P:212 Notice, notice. And the "Father that sent Me" went with Him. The Father that sends--the Jesus that sends us goes in... "A little while and the world won't see Me no more, yet ye shall see Me, for I (personal pronoun, 'I 'the Person, Jesus) will be with you, even in you to the end of the world. The works that I do shall you do also." Now, go back and see what He done; then see what you do, and then compare yourself.
102Oh, brother if you are not born again and filled with his Spirit, His nature, his Life, then those words ought to haunt you. For what can you do with them except to disbelieve them because you don't see the evidence in your life.
104Spoken word original seed 62-0318M P:89 The works that Jesus did--if a man has the Seed of God in him with the Spirit of God watering that Seed, the same works that Jesus--was manifested in Jesus, Him being the original Seed of God, His death brings you back to the original Seed of God, and if the same Spirit that was within Him is in you, then the same works will be manifested. You don't believe that? All right, let's turn over to Saint John 14:12.You say, "I'm a believer, Brother Branham. I sure am a believer." All right, I'm going to see if Jesus would call you one, see if the Word of God calls you one...Verily, verily,... (absolutely, absolutely)... I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father. 91 Then the works will be manifested in Him are the same, for it is the same Seed Word of God. God's Son was His example Seed. And what His Life was when the Spirit poured upon Him after His baptism and the Holy Ghost come upon Him, the very Life that He produced will--that same watering Spirit of the Holy Ghost will bring forth the same kind of a Life, doing the same thing that He did; if it's the same Seed. Son of God Seed will bring forth a Son of God Seed. Now, shame on you women with bobbed hair. Shame on you preachers denying that Truth.