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2Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4Father we come to you this evening knowing you are first our God and then Father. Knowing you are the God of Moses, and of Braham, Isaac and Joseph, You are the God of Isaiah and Ezekiel and Jeremiah. You are the God of Elijah, Elisha and of David. You are the God of Malachi and all the prophets. And you are the God of Jesus your son, and of John, and Peter and Paul. And you are the God of Irenaeus, Polycarp, Martin of Tours Columba, Luther and Wesley. And Father you have shown us with many infallible proofs that you are still God, for you are still the God of William Branham your end-time prophet that you sent to get us ready for the return of your son Jesus. Help us Father to open our hearts totally to your word and lay ourselves before your throne of mercy. Help us Father as we approach this wonderful Message of Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed to come to the place that the very God-Life that lived in your son, and in your servant William Branham might also freely reflect itself from these human vessels that we have been given the Stewardship over. For we ask this in the lovely name of Your son Jesus. Amen.
Now, last Sunday we read from paragraph 98 which is paragraph 184 in the booklet Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed, where he said, “Predestinated... There's the mystery. Before Christ or anything else was ever on earth (You see His great mystery?) that He chose the Bride, knowing Eve would fall from disbelieving the Word, knowing that she would fall, but He would choose a Bride that would not fall, that would hold to that Word regardless of what all the rest of the world had to say about It; they would hold to that Word. They are predestinated to stand there. The adoption of children by Jesus Christ predestinated the Church to that great glorious stand.
5We spoke on the importance of being IN Christ, because most church goers might be in Church, or in the circle within their church, or even in the doctrine of their church, but are they “IN Christ” and Christ is the Word.
6You see it really does matter that you are in the right thing. And the right thing is not the doctrine of your church. The right thing is are you in Christ, completely surrendered to Him, filled with His Spirit. And how are you in Christ? By One Spirit we are baptized into one body. Not two bodies, not three bodies, but one body which is the body of Christ.
7In Noah’s day it was most important to be IN the ark which was the Message for that day. But in this Day the Message is Christ Himself, and you must be in Him or you are going to perish one of these days.
8Too many people have a carnal mentality when it comes to this Message. Well, when it comes to being a Christian. They are comfortable with the tenets of their church, but are not comfortable with being IN Christ.
9I was talking to Br. Billy Paul Branham the other day and I mentioned during the course of our discussion, I said, “Br. Billy, my whole desire and what I feel God wants me to do is to get the people to see that the God-Life that was in His son, is the very same God-Life that was in your Father, and that same God-Life is supposed to be in us.” and he replied, brother Brian, “That is the Message”, that is the Great Revelation. And as we have studied the Spoken Word is the Original Seed, that entire Message dealt with the Life in the Seed, and that same Life is to be in us.
10And for those of you who are knew to my ministry, I want you to listen to everyone of those Messages if you can, but I know that would be a whole lot to ask, so I will just ask you to get that sermon of brother Branham’s and read it for yourself word by word thought by thought. And please don’t read it like a book. We took three and a half years to get through that sermon, because there are so many beautiful and very important statements that br. Branham made in that sermon. Because when you go through it, you will see that the whole reason for us knowing the doctrine of Christ is that we might understand the relationship that God had with His first born Son, the Original Seed, and that the very life of God that was in that Seed (Christ) is also to be manifested in us just as it was manifested in Him. Because if there is no manifestation that seed has not been quickened to life.
11Back when we were studying that Message I mentioned it to br. Billy Paul, and He said his Father had told him that if anyone wants to hear one Message that brings out his entire Message in one sermon, it would be “The Spoken Word is the original Seed.” He said that one sermon was a compilation of all that he taught.”
12Spoken word original seed 62-0318E P:108 Oh, people, God bless you. Hear me. I can't believe nothing but God's Word, and I want It to be my life, everything that I am. I want you to do the same. Let your walks, your talks, your moves, everything you do, be in the Word of God. Let the mind of Christ come into you, and that'll pregnate you with the Word. If you let the mind of the denomination come in, you'll be denominational pregnated. If you let the mind of Christ come into you, He can't deny His own Word, 'cause He's God. You'll be pregnated with the Word and believe It. I don't care if they put you out, kick you out, run you out, and every door is closed, you'll go just the same. Amen.
13Spoken word original seed 62-0318M P:173 Now, it's rough, friends. It's very rough. I don't mean to be that myself. Yeah, I hope you understand that. See? But today I'm giving the expression of why I have did the things that I have done. Now, for just a little analysis before we dismiss for lunch is this: I want you to know that I have... This has been my motive, and my objective, is God's Word. My motive is to please Him. And I can't listen to everything and believe God's Word; neither can I listen to everything and please God. My motive is to know His Word and to please God by serving Him by His Word.
And so I was thankful to hear that because so many in this hour have gotten sidetracked by the explanation of the doctrine that they have failed to realize that br. Branham taught us that “the doctrine is Christ”. So it’s not to know about Him, but rather to Know Him is Life.
14Some think “if you have the doctrine you have Christ”. No, That’s not what the bible says, it says if you don’t have it then you can not echo God, so you need the doctrine in order to echo God, but let’s face it, you can echo the doctrine like a parrot and still not have Him who is the Doctrine. But I believe if you have Him, you will come to know the doctrine, because he is the Doctrine. But to have the doctrine in your head and not in your heart is no good. Believe Him, and He is the Word. Just saying you believe this brother or that brother isn’t it at all. That’s just being carnal.
15The Apostle Paul when told by some in 1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? 5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
17Now we are to earnestly contend for “The Faith that was once delivered to the brethren,” not faith in general, but he said “The Faith”, and we know this Faith, The Faith, One Faith is the revelation of Jesus Christ.
18And brother Branham said from Anointed ones at end time 65-0725M P:186 the faith, not a faith, the Faith. One faith, one Lord, one... You can't have one faith without believing in one Lord. You can't have two baptisms, not one for the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost. There's one baptism, Jesus Christ. That's right. See?
20From his sermon, Earnestly contending for The Faith 55-0123E P:2 “There's only one faith: one faith, one hope, one Lord, one baptism. You believe it? One faith, and that faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
22The Apostle Paul spoke to the believers in “1 Corinthians 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
24From his sermon Contending for the faith 56-0200 P:9 Brother Branham tells us that only in one place in Scripture are we commanded to earnestly contend for The Faith. He said, “Jude, calls himself a servant and brother to Jesus Christ. And He wrote this Book to the Church and told them that they should earnestly contend, the only place in the sacred Writings that's ever told us to contend, because we're not supposed to have contentions among us, but to earnestly contend for a purpose of faith that was once delivered unto the saints. And that's... We're not to contend, and we're not trying to contend. But we're wanting to face this.
25Let's just read it for ourselves. Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
27Now, there is a difference between contending and being contentious. Contending: means you are standing for something, You are endeavoring to make a stand over something that is controversial or is disputed. And we are asked to contend for The Faith. But being contentious: means you are just argumentative or belligerent. And the problem is that people do not know what it means to contend for The Faith, which is the revelation of Jesus Christ. They think they are to contend for this brother or that brother’s understanding of that revelation.
28It’s not a person or personality that we are to contend for, it is The Faith. But Brother Branham said in his sermon Sardisean Church Age 60-1209 P:46 Now, if you try to force in any other kind of a doctrine than what Paul taught, it's wrong. The Bible is correct.
31So contentions must come, but not being contentious. If we are all preaching the cross of Christ then why are their contentions among us? They don’t come if we are all saying what Paul said. They come when a people are carnal and can not see past their own little ideologies. Paul tells us that instead of looking to Christ who is the author and finisher of our faith, they look to the man from which they heard the Gospel. And that just shows they are carnal. Listen to what he tells us in the next verse…
33Now, just so you understand, let’s make this present tense for this hour. Some in this Message say, I’m of Br. Sproule, some say, I’m of Br. Green, Or, I’m of Br. Byskal, Or, I’m of Br. Coleman, or I’m of Br. Martin, or I’m of Br. Jenkins, some say, “I’m of Br. Frank”, and some say “I’m of Br. Vayle”, and even some say, “I’m of br. Branham only” and they will not receive any other servant of Christ. And that same attitude permeates every camp in this Message. “I only listen to this brothers tapes, and if you don’t, you are not even in it”
36To put it in 21st century English the Message Translation says, “1 Corinthians 1:10 I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common. I bring this up because some from Chloe’s family brought a most disturbing report to my attention—that you’re fighting among yourselves! I’ll tell you exactly what I was told: You’re all picking sides, going around saying, “I’m on Paul’s side,” or “I’m for Apollos,” or “Peter is my man,” or “I’m in the Messiah group.”
38Verse 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
39Oh, I hope you caught that. Listen carefully to what he just said… For Christ sent me to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. So what does he mean "of none effect". It means that the words are such that they just don’t bring an effect in the person hearing it. They either go over their head or they have no life in them. Because the Word of God is the power of God unto Salvation. So if the Word is Power, it is also Life and if the hearing of that Word does not change the life of those hearing, then either they are not hearing, or the words are without Life and thus not a true echo of what he said. Because he said, “My Words are spirit and they are life.”
40Notice Paul said, God didn’t send me out to collect a following for myself, that’s not what this Message is all about. He sent me to preach the Message of what Christ Jesus did for you, to collect a following for him. And he didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the real Message of Christ’s death and resurrection become trivialized into mere words and no God-Life comes out of it and is passed along to others.
41To whom would we go 60-0606 P:15 Now there is a way that people think that they just live a good life and can get to heaven. But that's an error. You do not get to heaven by living a good life. The people under the Mosaic law lived a good life. And then there is a way of church, that we try to go to heaven by the way of the church. But the church, as good as it is... And I think that every person ought to belong to some church. But in the church, and as good as it is, it still is not the way. The church can only point you to the Way. But Jesus is that Way. Some has preferred it that way, to change it into learning your catechism, or saying creeds, or going by a book of rules. All of that may be ever so good, but that's not the way. Jesus is the Way. He's the only Way. "No man can come to the Father except by Me," said Jesus. The only way to get to heaven is through Jesus Christ.
42As the eagle stirs her nest 61-0122 P:8 We can be church members, try to live a good life, but, brother, God's Life is what counts. Two men look just alike. Go... Both of them go to church, both of them deacons, both of them pastors: one have a germ of Life, and the other one does not have the germ of Life. So the difference is that where you find that nature, new birth; that something that's in there that takes away all the doubt out of it, and gives you an assurance in here that you know you've passed from death unto Life. Because your spirit and His Spirit is the same; they bear record one with the other. Oh, how wonderful it is to know the grace and the glory of God that's come to us and been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit: nothing like it.
4318 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (It is the dynamics of God). 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
45Restore to what? To the fellowship that she and Adam had with God. And it comes only by the Word living itself preeminently in you as it was in Christ. And it’s not your life, your life is hid in God through Christ Jesus. And we know that our fellowship is complete in him, and the way into fellowship is through His Blood by walking, not specifically talking but by walking in the light as He is in the light that’s what makes the blood truly efficacious to you.
46God's provided way fellowship 60-0709 P:78 Now, you may be a loyal member of a church; you may have lived a good life, sister, brother. But a good life won't do it. If it would, you could have lived it by the law. The law saved no one; the Blood of Christ saves. You could've been a good man, good woman, good neighbor, good church member. But yet, if you haven't come by the way of the Blood, you have never approached real fellowship, real kindred fellowship and relationship, until you come by the Blood.
4799. And now notice, as God opened up the side of Adam and took out Eve by his own flesh and blood, and divided his spirit from masculine and feminish, to feminish and put it in Eve, took the rib from under his side and made Eve out of it; so God did the same thing, taking out of the side of Christ the Blood and the water (and Christ is the Word), and taking the Word and making up His Church, Eve (See?), back to Himself again redeemed by the Blood that was come from His Body. You see it now? God's great mystery being unfolded that's been hid since the foundation of the world, but prefigured it all the way down through. Now, watch. We find that He did that. And here in Ephesians and many other places... But that'll give you enough to...