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11 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
3This morning I would like to take one final review of Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed where brother Branham speaks for several paragraphs and lays out what the New Birth really is in contradistinction to what most people think it is. But before we do I hope you noticed Peter speaking of two forms of new birth here in our text that we read.
6Now, we know that in Genesis 1:11 the law of Life tells us that every seed will bring forth after its kind or nature. So the law of life tells us that the life that will manifest must come from the seed that is sown. And Peter tells us here that if the seed that is sown produces a temporary birth, then the seed is a corruptible seed. But if the seed that is sown produces Eternal Life, then it is from the Word of God which Lives and abides forever.
8And that is what brother Branham is speaking of in his sermon Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed. So let's pick up at paragraph 120 where we hear him tell us, "Look, Christ in you makes Him the center of Life of the revelation. See? Christ's Life in you makes Him the center of the revelation.
9Now, let's examine what he is saying here and not just read over them like so many are willing to do. I don't know about you, but I like to know and understand what the prophet is talking about. I don't like to just say I believe something because the prophet said it. Because then you could be saying you agree with things you haven't got a clue as to what he is telling us. And then when your belief get's tested, and I can guarantee by the Word of God that it will be put to the test. And when the test does come, and you have no clue what you say you believe, you are not going to make it through the test. because you are agreeing to agree when you have no clue what you are agreeing to.
10Communion 65-1212 P:26 Neither do I believe that the baptism of Jesus Christ, in the Name of Jesus Christ, in water does forgive your sins. I do not believe that you... I believe you could be baptized all day long... Now, I know that there's perhaps people setting here who come from the Apostolic church, I mean, or the United Pentecostal church, which they teach that. But, you see, I do not believe that the water forgives sins. Or if it was, then Jesus died in vain. See? I believe that it's only an ordinance of God (See?) to show that you have been forgiven. But to be baptized for regeneration, no, I don't believe that. I don't believe that water forgives sins. Neither do I believe that this bread and wine has anything to do with you, only keeping an ordinance that God has ordained for us to do. See? That's right. I believe water baptism is the same thing. I believe it's compelling to us to do it, that He done it all for our example. And He done this for our example. And He washed feet for our example.
1127 Now...After the same manner also,... (25th verse)... After the same manner also he took the cup, and when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as oft... (Remember now.)... For as oft as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do shew forth the Lord's death till he come. (How long? "Until He comes." See, see?) Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. Let me stop just a minute. The reason he said this, you noticed in another verse here, another chapter, that he said, "I understand when you come together you're eating, even getting drunk at the Lord's table." They misunderstood it. You see? They just gluttoned in. See? Just like people are doing today, just live any kind of life and take it. See? And he said, "You got homes to eat in. (See?) But, this is an ordinance that we should keep." See? Now, in other words, don't just come to take it as a... As I said awhile ago, about what the Jews, their sacrifice, they... It was wonderful; it was given by God. But it got to a place where they didn't do it in sincerity and reverence and in order, then it become a stench in His nose. Now, the same thing is by our coming to take the Lord's supper, that we must come knowing what we are doing. Just like when you go into the water to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, you know what you're doing; you're putting on to the church what God has put in you, Christ. When we take this, it shows to the church that "I believe every Word of God. I believe that He is the Bread of Life that come from God out of heaven. I believe every Word that He says is the Truth. And I live by It to the best of my knowledge, God being my Judge. Therefore, before my brothers, before my sisters... I do not swear; I do not curse; I do not do these things, because I love the Lord, and the Lord knows it and bears me record. Therefore, before you, I take the parcel of His body, to know that I am not condemned with the world." See? There you are, then it's a blessing.
12Notice brother Branham makes the case in baptism and communion and foot-washing that we must know what we are doing. we don't just take it because it is a tradition of the church, we take it fully knowing what we are doing. The same way with salvation.
14They believe if they can get the person to confess or repeat John 3:15-16 that the person will be saved. And so like Billy Graham they comb the world and use influential speech to draw the people down to the altar where they then can recite some magical words over them and then pronounce that person is a believer in Jesus and they are now saved.
15Now, I don't wish to sound like a skeptic, but that is so far from the truth it stinks in the nostrils of God. If you wish to understand what John 3:15-16 is about, go back and read before and after it to find out the context.
18Expectation 55-1001 P:24 Now, God is not known by intellectual faith. God is known by the experience of new birth, only alone. Jesus said, "Except a man be born again of the Spirit of God, he cannot even see the Kingdom of God." Now, any Bible scholar here knows that the word "see" there does not mean "look with your eye." It means "understand." You say, "I'm looking at something or other, and you say, "I just don't see it." You mean; you don't understand it; you're looking right at it. You look with your eyes, but understand with your heart. That's right. You can't understand it. And no man can know nothing of God, until first you're borned of the Spirit of God. The Bible said, "No man can call Jesus, Christ." Only by the Holy Spirit is the only thing that... You can say, "Well, I believe He's the Son of God." If you haven't been born again, you're taking somebody's word for it. You say, "The Bible said so." That's right; the Bible's right, but what about you? You say, "The preacher said so." The preacher's right, but what about you? "Mother said so." Mother's right, but what about you? It's a personal experience of your own that you've got to be borned again or you'll never understand God.
So Jesus is telling Nicodemus, you just don't get it. You just don't understand the kingdom of God.
194 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
2115 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
22Now, listen brothers and sisters. Jesus said if you are not born of The Spirit you will never understand the things of God. Then if you don't understand the things of God how can you claim to believe that which you don't understand?
25Brother Branham said in 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.
26And from his sermon, Why cry speak 59-1004E P:29 Brother Branham said, “Jesus said, "The works that I do, he that believeth on Me..." Saint John 14:12, "He that believeth on Me the works that I do shall he do also. He that believeth on Me..." No man can believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God until he's received the Holy Ghost. You're only taking it by faith and accepting it. You can't say that it is. You can say, "I believe it is." But no man can call Jesus the Christ until the Holy Ghost is in him. The Bible said so. The Holy Spirit has to come in first, then It gives a witness. You know yourself that Jesus is the Christ because He lives in you.
27And brother Branham said from his sermon, Christ is the Mystery pp. 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.
28Now, brother Branham is not talking about Gifts here. And I want to make sure you understand that when we speak of John 14:12 we are not speaking of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are speaking of the Holy Spirit Himself, living in you as He did in Jesus Christ. That is why brother Branham said you do not qualify as a believer in John 14:12 unless you are born again and filled with the same spirit that Indwelt Jesus Himself.
29We have proven to you over and over that when brother Branham refers to our doing the works of Christ he is talking about what ever spirit lives in you, you will do what that spirit does. And you are not even considered a believer unless you are filled with the spirit of Christ. And I have one more knockout punch coming. You are not even considered a believer unless the works of Christ are being done it you.
30You must be born again to be considered a believer according to Scripture and according to God's prophet. For he quoted the Scripture that said, "no man can call Jesus the Christ except by the Holy Ghost."
31Revelation chapter 4 pt 2 24 elders 61-0101 P:108 "These signs shall follow them that believe." Some great, big fellow say, "Oh, I believe in Him. Hallelujah." "Have you ever spoke with tongues, interpret tongues, cast out devils, visions, and so forth, as He promised?" "No, that days are past." He's not a believer; he's a make-believer. Jesus said, the last words He said, "These signs shall follow them that believe into all the world and to every creature." That's right. "They shall follow the believer until I return." That's the last Words He said. How many knows that? The Bible, Mark 16. Now, see, he's a make-believer. But when you find a believer that really believes, with signs following, and you see the humility of their life, not an impersonator, know that they are a Christian, a real, genuine article, just keep still. Thing of it is, join right up with them, start moving along, 'cause you're moving right up the King's highway.
32Missionary talk 58-0330A P:11 Now what is the Gospel? The word, "Gospel," means "good news." The good news is the Bible, but the Bible is the letter. "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.
33Balm in Gilead 59-0707 P:43 And if God's never give you the Holy Ghost yet, you claim to be a believer, and you never received the Holy Ghost and passed from death unto Life, then God's never confirmed your faith yet. See? Ephesians 4:30 said, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you're sealed until the day of your redemption." That's God's Seal, the Holy Spirit. Receive It, friends.
34Token the 63-0901M P:84 Now, a scene. Every spiritual happening is a sign from God. Be careful; notice that. See? Watch. Every spiritual happening, everything that happens is a sign. We're not here by accident. These things just don't happen by accident. It's a sign. It's a sign to get to safety quickly. Noah was a sign to his generation; Elijah was a sign to his; John was a sign to his. See? Everything... The Message of the hour is a sign. Watch it. Look what it's doing. See? It's a sign. Everything has a meaning. At no other time could this type of a message ever happen. It could not have come in Luther's day, couldn't have come in Wesley's day; it couldn't even come in Pentecostal day. It couldn't do it. See? There's been no such thing happen. And yet, it was promised in the Bible. See? We're at the end. Nothing could happen... It couldn't have happen till this time, and it's happening for a sign, wonder. What is a sign? Oh, little people, my brother, sister, get under that Token quickly. See? Don't, don't take no substitute. Don't, don't, don't, don't do that. See? Don't just imagine it. You stay there until you know that the Token is applied, until your whole--the mind that was in Christ is in you; until all the nonsense of the world is gone, until the whole heart's desire is Him. See? Then you know something's happening. Jesus said, "These signs shall follow them that believe," not make-believers, but believers. See?
35So you see brother Branham's understanding of Scripture is right with Scripture, but the fundamentalist just think that believing is a mental acknowledgement, but it isn't. It's God's Spirit bearing witness with your spirit.
36So they think they are saved because they made their confession of faith. And they use John 3 and Romans 10 as their Scriptural proof for their doctrine but they are totally misapplying the Scripture when they think to believe is a mental thing you do.
37So let's read from Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
38But you have to take this with the rest of Scripture to understand what he means by believing with the heart. For John said no man can call Him the Christ, and only by the Holy Ghost can he do it. And I've just shown you two other Scriptures that brother Branham said will prove whether you are a believer or not. John 14:12 and Mark 16. Now, don't argue with me, argue with br. Branham and Jesus because Jesus said those things first and Br. Branham just said the same thing as Jesus said. So whose word are you going to believe and act upon, some man's words or the words of Jesus and William Branham who was a vindicated prophet of God.
39So much for people confessing with their mouth and that being their proof of their salvation. Even Jesus himself said what you say with your mouth don't amount to a hill of beans. It's the condition of your heart with God's Word.
42Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
43Now, let's get back to Christ is the Mystery and pick up where we left off at pp. 120 where we heard him tell us, "Look, Christ in you makes Him the center of Life of the revelation. See? Christ's Life in you makes Him the center of the revelation.
45Christ in the Bible, makes the Bible a complete revelation of Christ. Christ in you makes you the complete revelation of the whole thing.
Christ in you makes you the completion of the revelation. That's what Paul said in Ephesians 4.
46Ephesians 4:13 "Till we all come in the unity of The faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, (a completed and finished off man) unto the measure (the metron, the portion) of the stature (character) of the fullness (or fulfilling) of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things,(not grow up unto Him, but we are to grow up INTO him which is the head, even Christ:
47So we hear brother Branham continue by saying, "See, what God's trying to do? (in other words do you understand what God is trying to do?) What is the new birth then? You say, "Well, Brother Branham, what is the new birth?" It is the revelation of Jesus Christ personally to you. Amen. See? Not you joined a church, you shook a hand; you done something different; you said a creed; you promised to live by a code of rules; but Christ, the Bible... He is the Word that was revealed to you. And no matter what anybody says, what takes place, it's Christ. Pastor, priest, whatever it might be... It's Christ in you. That is the revelation that the Church was built upon.
48And remember, the word "revelation" means "manifestation of divine truth". So we're not talking about a metal or intellectual endeavor here, but we are talking about a "manifestation taking place in you" that is "manifesting through you" the Divine truth, the Divine nature.
121 You say, "Well, I'm a Lutheran"; "I'm a Baptist"; "I'm Presbyterian." That don't mean [Brother Branham snaps his fingers--Ed.] that to God, not a thing, not a snap of your finger. What is it? It's Christ being revealed, and He is the Word. And when the Word is revealed, It expresses Itself.
49Look, how can I say it any plainer than how brother Branham just said it. He said it is a manifestation, which he said is an expression of Itself in you. We saw it in Him and we saw Christ. And God wants us to see it in ourselves. And when you see this manifestation of His Divine nature in you, then you will have come to the fullness of His Character in you and you will have grown up into Him in all things.
50See? That's God's purpose for Jesus Christ, was to express Himself, to take His own laws and live by His laws, and fulfill His law by death. Christ, God died in flesh in order to condemn sin in the flesh that He might bring to Himself a glorious Bride, redeemed back, that will believe only in the Word of God and not swap It, like Eve did, for intellectual conceptions of men. You see it?
51122 That's Christ's idea. That's God's idea. The new birth reveals this. And if a man says he's borned again and try to place these promises of Christ in this last day to some other age, making Him Christ yesterday, but not today, then that man or that person has been in a delusion by Satan.
52You know I preached a sermon a two years ago called "Revelation or delusion", and I preached one very similar on "understanding the difference between revelation and delusion" four years ago. so you arte getting some repeat from now and then, but I hope you are understanding it as I bring it to you.
53Now, catch what brother Branham says next. And if that man says that he believes that, and it doesn't manifest itself through him... Jesus said in Mark 16, "These signs shall follow them that believe... into all the world and to every age." Casting out devils, and speaking with tongues, and all of these great manifestations of gifts that would follow, that they shall, not that they maybe, they ought to; they will. And heavens and earth will pass away, but His Word won't.
So brothers and sisters, it is not a matter of "if" but when it happens. because that is when God is confirming you have His Spirit. And That's what Paul taught us in Romans 8:11 where he said, 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. and verse 16 "The Spirit Itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God":
54And how does His Spirit bear witness with your spirit? By doing the same thing using your spirit as he did in His Son Jesus. How does God bear witness that you are a believer? Because you will do the signs of the believer, and the works he did you will do also. By their fruits you shall know them. So look at what he did and look and see if you are doing the same. That's what God's prophet told us to do.
55And then brother Branham continues in pp. 123 So it's Christ expressing Himself in the individual, whether he's intellectual, or whether he don't know his ABC's. (and brother Branham is not talking about himself here, because he adds) Half the apostles didn't know them. That's right. But they knowed Christ. They never taken heed to Peter and John, knowing that they had been out of some seminary. They said they taken heed and noticed that they'd been with Christ when they healed the lame man (See?) at the gate. They knowed hey had been with Christ.
57124 The new birth is Christ, is a revelation. (and a revelation is a manifestation of Divine truth, it is the expression of God Life in you.) God has revealed to you (God has revealed to who? He said to you!!!) this great mystery, (what great Mystery? That the same God Life that was in His first born son is in other sons, and you know it because you see His same expression, his same manifestation of God Life living itself out in your own being) and that's the new birth.
58Now, what are you going to do when you get all that group together, where the revelation (where the manifestation of God Life, where the expression of God Life) is perfectly in harmony, and God expressing it through His Word by the same actions, the same things that He did, making the Word manifest? (making it manifest where? In that group he's talking about, the bride of Christ) Oh, if the Church only knew its position. It will one day. Then, the rapture will go when it knows what it is. Now, notice. You say, "Brother Branham, but that ain't..." Oh, yes, it is, too. It is the Truth.
59Did you catch what he just said? He said when the bride catches this revelation, when she begins to see the expression of the same Life and nature that was in Christ living itself out in her, then she will be ready for the rapture. He says when she knows it. Knows it. When she begins to experience that power in her life, to live as He lived, to walk as He walked, to talk as He talked, the express the will of the Father as he was so willing to express the will of His Father.
60In other words, when John 14:12 becomes expressed not only in an individual here and one there, but when the whole group begins to walk in it, and manifest it, then she will be ready for the rapture. Now, remember, brother Vayle told us in his Sermon on the adoption, that we read several pages from a few weeks go, he said he believed that John 14:12 is the third pull, and we know what the prophet said about the third pull. He said "when that pressure comes down, the squeeze, it is then that the third pull will manifest itself in the bride, and that's John 14:12. And it will express itself in the bride as never before.
61125 Did you notice? Paul never knew Jesus physically. Paul never knew Him. The only way that Paul knew Him was by a revelation, by vision. Is that right? Paul only knew Jesus by the revelation, just like Peter did. Peter had seen Him in flesh, but he didn't know Him by flesh, 'cause Jesus said so. "Flesh and blood didn't reveal it to you. Even My own Life didn't reveal it to you, but My Father which is in heaven has revealed the thing to you," that He is the Word of God. "And upon this rock I'll build My Church." Peter didn't know Him by flesh.
62126 Men walked and handled Him and everything else. Paul had something greater than any of the apostles did. See? They said, "Well, I've got more of a revelation than you, Paul, because, you know, I walked with Him. I went fishing with Him one day. I heard Him talk. He set in a boat with me, and after He told me, 'Let's go over here and fish in this place, and we'll get more fish.' And we did it. (See?) See, we seen Him do things." But Paul saw Him after He was dead, buried, rose again, and expressed Himself in the Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel, knowing... Paul, being a Jew, would've never called that "Lord" unless he'd have seen the expression that He was back the same yesterday, today, and forever. He said, "Paul..." in other words, "I'm the same God today that I was yesterday. Here I am in the same Light, the Pillar of Fire that Moses talked to in the burning bush." No wonder he could separate the Law from grace over in the Book of Hebrews. He met that same Pillar of Fire. He said, "I'm Jesus, Whom you persecute."
63127 And here He is today in the same manner by the same Pillar of Fire expressing Himself and vindicating Himself the same, revealing the mystery of God that's been hid since the foundation of the world. See it? Paul only knew Him by revelation. Peter knew Him by revelation. He walked with Him, talked with Him. Therefore, you can set this Word... Now, I've just said that He was the Word. Now, a scholar can sit down and read that Word till he can just tie your mind up in any way (See?), if he wants to do it; 'cause he's smart, brilliant. Get a Catholic priest, or not so much as that as a real good trained theologian in the Bible, brother--a Baptist, or a Presbyterian or something; he'll make you think that you don't know nothing. See? When it comes to talk... Why? See? Because that he has knowed Him in the flesh, the Word.
64128 But the only way that you're saved is by know Him by revelation. If I can take... I can take the Presbyterian doctrine and tie you Pentecostals till you won't know... I can take the Baptist doctrine and show you Pentecostals a million things that you know nothing of. That's right. But that's not it; that's not His Church. That's not His Church. His Church is Himself revealed (Amen. Do you see it?) and expressed by the Word Itself that He is God.
65Did you just catch what he said? he said the church is Himself Revealed, manifested, expressed. He said the church is not theology. The church is not knowing the written word so well you can twist up others with it. The church is manifesting and expressing the very Life that lived itself out in Christ.
66129 How can you say, "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost" then and be baptized in it? Heathens. Right. How can you say you know Jesus Christ, He's the Word, when there's not a Scripture in the Bible, there's not a place where anybody was ever baptized in the Name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost? And you "Jesus Only" people, just using the name "Jesus" for baptism, I'm personally acquainted with four or five Jesus's myself. So, you see what your denominations lead you into? That's the darkness, the expression of Cain, who brought fruits in the stead of blood. But the revelation come through the Blood, through Jesus Christ, Who is the Blood of God, creative Blood in the womb of Mary.
67130 And Paul knew Him by revelation. (And how did Paul know Him by Revelation? because Paul's life expressed the very life of Jesus Christ, Paul's Life manifested Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever.)
That's how we know Him today, is the only way you could know Him. (what's he telling us here? The only way we could know Him is how? Not by reading and memorizing the Word of God, but by expressing and manifesting the very life that lived itself out in Jesus and Paul and William Branham and now in you. That's what this Message is all about. That's what the revelation of Christ is all about.)
68Not say, "I'm Methodist." That means nothing. "I'm Baptist." That means nothing. "I'm Catholic." That means nothing. But by the revelation that God has revealed the Word to you. He is the Word, and the Word, how you know It's revealed, It lives Itself and expresses Itself through you. Oh. Churches has long forgotten that great revelation. That's right. Revelation of the Truth, they have forgotten it.