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1Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;
2Romans 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
3This evening we will speak again from paragraph 312 of brother Branham's sermon Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed and we are going to focus on the third statement of the five part statement wherein brother Branham is speaking of the attributes of the apostle Paul.
8Now He is not saying here Paul lived the Word so much until Paul expressed the Word. That is not what the Apostle Paul said. So let's turn in our Bibles to Romans 7 to find out what Paul said about himself.
10Here is the first point I want you to understand. The Apostle Paul said that the "Law is spiritual" is that not what he said? Therefore if the Law is spiritual then it can not be satisfied with anything that your flesh or any flesh can produce.
11That's why I always tell the young men who say "I just can't live it", I tell them of course not no one can. And they say well, then what is the use of trying? And they are missing the whole picture right there, because you say what is the use for ME to try. It's not about you, it's about Him. No man can live it, but one man did and that man when he lived it, he set the standard so high no man can live up t that standard. But He can! And how do I know that? Because He already did.
12So Paul tells us the Law if spiritual but I am carnal, and not only am I carnal but I am sold under sin which is missing the mark or basically not believing. I'm sown that way to begin with, we are all "born in sin, shaped in iniquity, and come into this world speaking lies", so how do you expect to live it, when you were not made to live it. But He was. Because He was born from above, and He was not born by a sexual act of the flesh, but he was born from above.
13Therefore, I want for you to get that out of your thinking right now, and don't let that thought hold you down. When the devil whispers in your ear that you can't live it, you tell him, you are absolutely right devil, but I know one who did. And that one who did wants to live it in me as well, so stand back satan, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ because "I am crucified with Christ, and nevertheless, I know that I am still living, yet it is no longer me that is living, but Christ Himself is living in me", and the Life I am now living in this flesh I am living by the Faith, by the revelation of the son of God, His Faith, His Revelation, because it is Him that is alive in me."
14Then Paul goes on to explain how that since the law is spiritual, and he is carnal, how that he is not able to live out the Law Himself. 15 For that which I do I allow not: (in other words, the things I seem to do in this flesh, I really didn't plan to do them, they just happen because of my flesh. I mean I don't even have to think to do them, they just happen. It's the human nature to do them. That is why I don't have to allow them, they just happen.
15And then he says, "for what I would like to do, that do I not do; (In other words the things I allow for), those I don't seem to do, and those things I make no allowance for that is what I seem to be doing.
17Now, why would the apostle Paul make such a statement as that? Because he is telling us that it has nothing with what I can in this flesh or not do, because it has nothing to do with this flesh because it is spiritual, the law is. He is saying, “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I myself am not".
18Paul is saying, "What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide to go one way, but then I act in another way which seems just the opposite of the way I intended to act, doing things I absolutely despise doing. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes very obvious that God’s command are necessary".
19So Paul says in verse 16 "If then I do that which I really don't want to do, or if I find myself doing those things that I never intentionally thought about doing, and I despise the doing of them, then in in reality I am agreeing within me that the law that God set up is good for me. 17 Now then if my desire is to do what God has shown to be holy and righteous, but my body doesn't do what I wish it to do concerning what is holy and righteous, then it is not really me doing those things, but sin which is unbelief that dwells in me that causes me to do those things. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
2019 For the good that I would do, I do not do: but the evil which I would not do , that I find myself doing. 20 Now if I do what I would not do, then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then this law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
2123 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin
22Now, what Paul is saying in this is that there is a law called the law of reproduction, or the law of life, and it is operating in this body. And when I delight in the Law of God inwardly, I know that the Law of God is spiritual, because even though I long to do God's will and obey His law, yet this body is not spiritual, and was sown in sin, shaped in iniquity and has come to the world speaking lies.
23So when we look at the body of flesh, it has a law operating in that body that makes the body to manifest itself according to the nature of the seed that gave birth to that body. But he says there is also another law within me which is spiritual, and this nature as it grows up within me, seem to war against the nature of my flesh. And this nature is spiritual, because it is the nature of the inner man by a new birth. And the two natures war against each other. But since both are tied directly to whatever seed was sown, then hence when I would to do good, there is another nature so in effect the nature of the flesh wars against the nature of the spirit.
24So here is the problem, I desire to live a life like Christ but my body is not capable of going along with my desire. So what do I do in this case? Am I held accountable for every act that is done in this flesh?
28Now it doesn't look good for man his ultimate sentencing because even if he wishes to do good, there is a law in the flesh that will not permit him to do that which is good. So now, that we have set forth the case against our bodies being capable of living a sinless life, let's read again what brother Branham said in paragraph 312.
33Notice, as Paul said in Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ is living 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. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
36Matthew 13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
3720 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
38Now, I want you to notice that the one who bears fruit is the one who receives the word and because the Word is in good ground he tells us that good ground is to hear and understand what we heard, and when we do it brings forth much fruit.
39Now, let's examine this parable from one other place in scripture, as we turn over to Mark chapter 4. Notice here in this version, Jesus is now speaking about those who are not with us, but are on the outside looking in, and he says, but unto them that are without, (without means those on the outside, or the outsiders who are in this Message, those whose nature is an outsider) all these things are done in parables (Now, notice there is a purpose for the parables, they are for the purpose of keeping the truth hidden from those it is not meant for to receive it.)12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, (therefore unless you see and perceive and hear and understand you will never be converted. And if you are not converted then your sins remain. and you can never express anything in this body other than what it already is capable of expressing, and that is flesh, or self. ) and their sins should be forgiven them. 13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? Next, he is going to tell us the meaning of the parable. 14 "The sower soweth the word." Now, we know the Sower of Seed is the Son of Man, or in other words, God in the form of prophet, teaching or casting forth His Word. 15 "And these are they by the way side, where the Word is sown;" Now, never forget what is being sown here is the Word of God. "but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts." Now, we have all seen these kind of people. They stop long enough to listen, but immediately they reject what they heard. God allows something to happen that they get their focus on instead of staying focused on the Word, and then bingo, they are gone just like that. (Br. Brian snap's his finger) Then Jesus tells us about another group of believers in verse 16. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the Word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution arises for the Word's sake, immediately they are offended.
40Now, these are those who can not stand the trials God brings along. They come for the Word but when things get a little tough in their life, they want to run away from it all. That is because they have no roots in the Word. But Paul told us that those that can not stand the trials and testing are bastard born and not children of God. Look, when things are going easy and seem to be too good, just know for certain they won't last long that way if you are a child of God. Because God wants nothing more than to mold you and make you into the Image of His first Born Son, and to do that you must learn obedience by the things you suffer. Too many times God allows us to suffer because of something in our life that needs fixing. But the problem is that we try o fix it ourselves and when we do that God is left to sit back and just watch. When what we should be doing is asking Him to help us solve our problems for us.
41And that leads us to the next group which is the Laodicean believer. And these are they which are sown among thorns; (Notice he said among thorns. These are not thorns but the Word was sewn to a people who are among thorns.
42And these are they such as hear the Word, (Now, these have heard the Word, they understand it, but they allow their focus to drift from the Word, and get strangled by the cares of this life and they loose their focus of why we are here and refocus themselves on what the thorns present to them. Now notice what Jesus describes as the thorns. Number one) The cares of this world, and number two) the deceitfulness of riches, and number three) the lusts of other things entering in, (Now, notice what these three things do to the believer. Jesus says, they) choke the word, and It becometh unfruitful. Now notice he said "IT becomes unfruitful" He's speaking of the Word of God that was sown into this person who allows these things to take away the focus of the Word and refocuses the mind on the three other things. The word of God was meant to be received into a tilled heart, a heart that is ready to bear fruit and to bring forth into manifestation the divine nature that was birthed into it by the Holy Ghost Baptism.
43And just as Br. Branham said of Paul, he lived the Word so that IT expressed It. I hope you see the same thing Jesus says here. That the Word wants to express itself. It is not you trying to express it, It expresses ITself. It, the Word can only express itself if it has a life to do so. And so we see that brother Branham tells us here that Paul lived in such a way as for the Word to express Itself out from His vessel, and that is the key we are taking about here, and the only way you can do that is to not do it yourself but simply die and get out of the way so God can do it.
45 The Apostle Peter said in 2 Peter 1: 3 According as His (God's) divine power (That's His Word, which Paul said in Romans 1:16 the Word of God is the Power of God, and we know God framed the world by His Word which is His Power. Any way, Peter is saying,) According as (God's) divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: So you see the Word of God is to unleash in us the Divine nature of God if we will just let go and die to self and let God's Word do according to ITS own nature.
46But we allow things to come into the way and thus by altering our focus on things instead of on God's Word and Will for us in this life, we allow that Word which we have received to get choked out. Then the Life of the Word gets choked out.
47Years ago I was preaching at another church and I was trying to get across the understanding that although there is to be a squeeze that brother Branham tied with the council of churches coming against the Bride, yet I was trying to warn the people that there is something else just as bad and in fact worse for the bride and that was the Cares of this Life choking off the Word and the Word not coming alive in them because they had lost their focus on things. I said the word choke signifies another type of squeeze and this squeeze is far worse than the one coming because the Word can not produce fruit under this squeeze. Now, the word choke means To become blocked up or obstructed, Something that constricts, To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea. And also to check or slow down the movement, growth, or action of: like a garden that was choked by weeds.
48So you see the Word becomes choked from producing fruit is a far worse squeeze spiritually than the shutting down or persecution of the church. Now, that does not mean there won't be the Squeeze brother Branham talked about, where they shut down the churches, but according to he parable of the sower, to have the Life of the word choked so much to the point that it produces nothing is far worse than shutting down your church or being persecuted for your faith. In fact I believe the Bride in America and Canada need the squeeze brother Branham talked about just to get them to wake up, if it isn't too late by then. They need something to shake them up. You see when the devil wants to fight, we are not commanded to get into the ring and duke it out. The Bible says, resist the devil and he will flee. Now how do you resist him? You just let go and let God. That's all. God will fight your fight if you get yourself out of the way and let him do it. But if you don't think God will do it for you then you get yourself so entangled in the fight yourself that you forget that God is Sovereign and nothing escapes His Seeing or Hearing. So you see the Word was meant to produce fruit which shows that it is alive. If cells are not multiplying themselves, then they are dead. And if a plant is not able to produce fruit it might as well be plucked up and cast into the fire. That is what Jesus did. He cursed the fig tree that was not producing fruit and it withered and died. So we now get to what God has ordained for us in Mark 4:20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some an hundred. That is what God intends for his people, his children. He wishes that we bear fruit.
51And now from John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
52Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;
53Romans 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.