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1Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed pp. 35 Now, oh how good the Lord is! I hope everybody's feeling good. And now, let us remember... And now, when I pray for these handkerchiefs, to remember Brother Dauch; he's a precious brother, and we want to remember him in prayer.
36 And I see Brother Ungren, but I can't see Sister Ungren anywhere, whether she's all right now... Yes, sitting right out from him, sure; yes. I'm glad, 'cause we was called out the other night, just a emergency case of her and her daughter, Sister Downing, run off the road, and just the grace of God or they'd both have been crushed to pieces right there. And here they come right on to church, got on a train and come on. I'll never forget you all. I love you. God knows that. I love you.
37 How across the country through slick weather... When I look at some brother here from Georgia, and Alabama, and different places, and Tennessee, and around, where they ride their car down the road where the ice sliding, and back and forth like that, to come here for one service...
38 When I had that emergency call to Brother Dauch the other day, I didn't realize that Lima, Ohio, was so far away. Just I thought that was a little skip, hop, and a jump. But my, I left here real early that morning, and never got there until 1 o'clock that afternoon, driving everything that the speed limit would allow and on dual highway. And I think how close that is to way down in the south where these other people come from, way out in the north and west, where they come. I love you. And that's the reason I try to be deadly sincere here.
39 And the old-timers... I see Brother Creech and them setting back there now, and the ones that's been with me all these years and things, and how we come up together. I was looking at Mary Jo's picture (I believe it was a couple of nights ago): just a little, bitty, tiny thing when we first met; and now she's married, I guess, and got children. Brother Creech and Sister Creech, young, black-headed and Meda and I; and here we are gray and stooped over. See, there's something about people like that; it grips you. See? You want to stay with them. See? There's something another that always makes your mind pull back. Just giving them for examples to others that's here, young and old; we look forward for the coming of the Lord.
40 So this morning I have put it... God, I believe, put it in my heart to teach a Sunday school lesson here this morning, God willing, for a lengthy time. And this being my last service for a little while, as far as I know, and I want you to remember that Brother Neville here left in the church in the charge of this Tabernacle under the Holy Spirit that he's left here, and he believes this Message and teaches It just the same as I do. Right.
41 And any time that you'd want to, you can see fit to come to hear Brother Neville, he certainly would do you good, I'm sure. He's a great servant of Jesus Christ. I've knowed Ormand Neville since I was a little boy, and he hasn't changed one speck, only got closer to God. I remember when I first saw him, I was invited to his Methodist platform. And when I come back here to the Tabernacle, I said, "Someday I'll baptize him in the Name of Jesus Christ." And here he is with the Message now, going on, a real gallant servant.
42 And Brother Neville goes through many strains and heartaches that... He doesn't show it here at the Tabernacle, but being that the Lord lets me have a little sight into people's life, I know what he goes through, whole lot of it. See? And he certainly goes under a lot of labor and strains and things. And you people here hold him up like Joshua and Caleb held up the hands of Moses as he's bringing the Word.
43 Love one another above everything. Love one another. Don't... No matter what the devil tries to say... Now, you're all one great, big, sweet group now, but remember my warning. See? Satan won't let that stay that way. No, sir. He'll shoot everything, if he has to bring somebody in to make his target. He'll bring some critic or unbeliever in, set him down, and cause him to fellowship with you under the quietness and things. Then he will shoot that guy with some kind of poison stuff, and he'll start through the church with it. Don't you take sides with it. Don't you have nothing to do with anything else. You stay right loving and sweet and kind to one another. Pray for that man that he'll be saved too, or that woman, ever who it is. Just pray for them and stick one with another and stay with your pastor. See? He's the shepherd and you give him respects. He'll lead you through, and, cause, he's ordained of God to do so.
2Now, in his sermon The Masterpiece 64-0705 168 brother Branham said, “At the harvest time the Seed is back to its original condition, and must have all of the Word in order to be the Seed. Now, you can't have a half of seed; it won't grow. See? It's got to be the whole Seed. It's got to not manifest, say, "I believe in baptism of the Holy Ghost. Hallelujah. I believe speaking in tongues." That's just part of the Seed. Uh-huh. But now, there's added to that (Hallelujah. See?) the Life, not the gifts, the Life of the gifts. See? See what I mean? We're at the end time, brethren. Stalk, tassel, husk is dead and dried now. There's only one thing that has to happen to that, it's to be gathered in the World Council of Churches for its burning.
Now, this evening I would like to look at the pre-text thoughts of Brother Branham’s in Christ is the mystery of God Revealed where he talks about his friends and the love that we are to have for one another in the church. And then tie that with this thought here on the Masterpiece where brother Branham has spoken to us about the essentiality of having all the word, and then he hones in on the life.
Now, the first thing he said was that we have to be able to stand alone like Jesus had to stand alone. And that I believe we are willing to do, but then what about the Life because it comes right down to the Life. Do you have the New Birth or do you not have it. Have you been born again by the Word of God which lives and abides forever, or have you not.
6From his sermon, The Token 63-0901M 103 Don't just come this far, say, "I believe the message.” You obey the message. Come into Christ. You say, "Oh, I believe every word you said, Brother Branham. "That's good. but that's just--that is just being able to read. Take the Message; take it into your heart, that you must have the Token, the very Life that was in Christ, be in you. "When I see that, I will pass over you."
7Now, brother Vayle a few years ago said, “you know where Hebrews six tells us that we must go beyond the principals of the Doctrine of Christ. You know what that is? It means to quit fussing about who is right and who is wrong concerning the Doctrine. And what does that mean? It means that just because you can recite the doctrinal principals like a school boy, doesn’t mean one thing to God.
8Brother Branham in his sermon, Way to have fellowship 55-1009 P:18 said, I'd rather have a church... Listen, just a moment. I would rather have a church that knows nothing about any spiritual gift, and just be so in love with each other and with Christ, I'd rather have that than every spiritual gift operating in the church. Now, that might sound hard in a Pentecostal group, but I would rather have it. Where there is gifts, they'll fail. Where there is gifts, they'll bring confusion. Where there is gifts, they can be questioned. But where there is love, it is perfect. That's right. And if you had perfect love you'd have perfect gifts. That's right. So work first with love. That brings fellowship, and fellowship brings gifts.
9Now, if you understand that these gifts are not just speaking in tongues and things like that, but Knowing and teaching the Word, are also part of those gifts, then you can see that this applies to all of us who believe the doctrine.
101 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy,(that’s the gift to preach or teach) and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
11Listen, if there is a church in this world that should understand the doctrine and live it, it is those churches who understand the doctrine of Christ. Yet, br. Vayle has told me on more than one occasion, "these people have it but don't have it". And that’s true for just about everywhere. They have it (mentally), but they don't have it in there hearts or their lives.
12Brother Branham said in his sermon, GETTING IN THE SPIRIT 61-0428 47 I don't care if the man's wrong. If he's wrong and sincere in his heart and you're right in your belief and you're wrong in acting the way you're acting. I'd rather be in his place than be in yours. That's right. I'd rather be wrong in my doctrine and right in my heart. God will respect it more. So if a man is wrong, what of it? Help him. He needs help. Love him. If you can't love your enemy the same as you love those who love you, you're no better off than the publicans. That's right. That's what the Church has failed to get. I hope you get it tonight. I hope you see what I'm talking about.
And again in the sermon, GODHEAD EXPLAINED 61-0425B 40 I said, "now, I do not take either sides with you brethren, and I know, as long as you fuss, you're both wrong (See?), because I would rather be wrong in my doctrine and right in my heart, than to be right in my doctrine and wrong in my heart." See? I said, "After all, it's your heart's condition. "And I made that a practice to know this, that if a man, no matter what he does and how much he differs, and what he says about me, if in my heart, not from just a duty, but from my heart I can't love that man as well as I love anyone else, then I know there's something wrong in here. See?
Now, God is Love and so if we have His Spirit living and abiding in us, then we ought to possess God's own Love in our vessels as well. And the Apostle Paul said, 2 Corinthians 5:14 “For the love of Christ constraineth us”, and if Love constrains us then we must know what it means to be constrained by Love.
16In other words, the word “constrain” speaks of a force that governs our behavior in a forceful way, for some purpose greater than ourselves. And if we are talking about the Love of God, then it is this Love that constrains us. Paul said, the love of Christ constrains us. Not just any love, but the Love of Christ is what constrains us. This love of Christ is what causes us to do what we normally would not do. In fact that is what brother Branham told brother Vayle when he went to brother Branham and asked him to seek God for a vision or word from God as to why he did not have this love. And Brother Branham told him he did have the Love of God within Him. Then brother Branham explained to him, that the Love of God constrains you to do what you would not normally do, but you do it because of your Love for God.
That is why Paul explains to us what Love is and gives us the attributes of what makes up this Love of God as he explains in 1 Corinthians 13:4 Love suffers long, In other words, Love is patient. So what does that mean, "love is patient"? it means that Love is willing to Bear or endure pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance with calmness. You are not patient if you are an angry person. But patience is marked by a calm demeanor. A relaxed demeanor. In other words, if you really truly understood that God is working all things together for the Good of those that Love Him and are thee called according to His Purpose, nor our purpose but His purpose, then you will trust that whatever happens is going to work together for your good. Then you don't get angry and loose your temper when things don't go your way. You don't get angry and shoot off your mouth when things don't seem to be going the way you had hoped for them to go. But rather you are patient because you are trusting in God to be in control even though you are not.
James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers testings; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
And the Apostle Paul said, in Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by Revelation, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by Revelation into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in testings also: knowing that testings works within us patience; 4 And patience produces experience; and experience produces hope: 5 And hope which is an earnest expectation maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
So we see that Patience works into us experience which shapes our character and produces in us an earnest expectation that is never ashamed because of the Love of God which the Holy Ghost has placed within us.
Now, we are looking at the attributes of this Christ given Love that Paul is talking to us about. And he said first of all it suffers long. It is patient and that means it remains calm even under trials and testing.
And next he says, and is Love is kind; Now, that is one attribute of love that I wish there was more of in this message. Now, the word “Kind” means: a friendly, generous, or warm-hearted nature. 2. Showing sympathy or understanding; charitable: 3.Humane; considerate: 4. Forbearing; tolerant.
I only wish there were more people expressing this Love of Christ because the whole world is in need of this kindness. Now, this does not mean that you become a patsy or let people walk all over you. No, it does not mean that you don't hold to your principles, but you can do it in a right way, and that is to be friendly, and warm-hearted, and you show sympathy, and understanding. This idea of people talking to one another in an abusive way is just not right. And really there is no reason for it. And why people do it I really don't know.
Now, the next attribute of the Love of Christ Paul tells us is “Love does not envy”. Now, this is important because “envy” is defined as: A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another. And the Scripture commands that we shall not covet thy neighbors whatever.
25You see Love does not look at others for what they have. That is why The Love of Christ is color blind. When I was in Africa there was a lot of talk among the African ministers as white man this and white man that. And I really hate that kind of talk. To me I do not see my brothers in Africa as anything less than sons of God, and I do not hold stereotypes of them or their race. To me race is a four letter word. It's bad to think of people by the color of their skin. Perhaps I can't explain it to you but when I think of my brothers in Africa and their love for the same Doctrine of Christ that I have, it just helps me to see brothers in Christ, and I am totally color blind.
So love does not envy. Love is not discontent and love shows no resentment to others. It just doesn't. Now, that is not to say that love will not show disappointment when someone pulls a deal or lies to you. Those are evils that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for. But Love does not envy.
Because what do we have that we have not received from God anyway? Paul said in, I Corinthians 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? All we are asked to do is to echo what God has already given to us to echo.
And in Romans 3: 27 The Apostle Paul said, "Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith”. Because if Faith is a Revelation, then where does revelation come from? If something is revealed that means it was hidden and by grace it has been unveiled or revealed to you. Then who has ownership of that which is revealed? God has. So where is boasting then. What are you going to boast about? If God doesn't do it, it won't get done, so where then is your boasting. And Paul said The Love of Christ never boasts in self.
Now, there is nothing wrong in boasting about Christ. Or what God has done for you. Or even boasting about others. That is a good thing. The apostle Paul said, in 2 Corinthians 9: 2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
So the Apostle Paul did boast about his converts to Christ and their lives and dedication to the Message. But of himself, never. And in fact the opposite is true. He abased Himself. 2 Corinthians 11: 7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?
And again in Philippians 4: 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Now, that means Love is not rude. Now, I have met some pretty rude people in this message. And that just tells me those people are carnal and not born again, because you can't be rude and be filled with the spirit of God that never rude.
The word “rude” is defined as “ill-mannered and discourteous”: So we must never be that way. Jesus said, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and we call that the golden rule. And when asked which of the commandments of God were the greatest Jesus said in, Mark 12:28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
And love is not self seeking… No, if “God is love’, and “the Love of God constrains us”, then “the Love of God is not self seeking.” So when you find yourself having a pity party or saying things that are totally about self, you had better know one thing, that is not inspired by God but the devil. Love is other directed, always, it is other directed. Love is what you do for others, not for self.
And He continued by saying, Love is not easily provoked, in other words, Love is not easily angered. Now, I am not saying you can not be angry at times. The same apostle that is teaching us of Love also said in, Ephesians 4: 26 that it is ok to Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil.
And in Colossians 3: 8 we read, But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, and in Ephesians 4: 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Reaction to an Action 59-0810 21 Isn't it strange how God does things? He will let us get right down to the last, the last mile away. You know, He likes to do that. He did it with the Hebrew children. He knew who He could trust, so He let that them boys walk right up to the fiery furnace, till they could almost smell the fire, and He never moved. But when it comes time, He will move. He will move, but He waits till His own time. He wanted to see what kind of a reaction they'd have. He knew they'd made their stand. And when He knows that you make your stand... He will let Satan take you to the last mile of the way. But just remember, He's still there. He wants to see if you really mean what you're talking about. "Oh, I believe God's a Healer. Yes, I sure believe it." And the next day, you still got your pain. "Well, maybe I never got it." Sure you got it, He just wanting to see how you're going to react on what you said. You say, "Oh, praise God, I believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit." The first little temptation that comes along, you fly off like a buzz saw. He's trying to see your reaction on your action. He's trying to test you. "Every son that cometh to God must first be chastened, tested." Every child that comes to Him, He puts him through a test to see how he will act.
And remember, wit is ok to be angry because we have disagreements, but we must learn how to control our anger so that it will never control us. Anger is ok to use as a tool as long as you are controlling it. I have used it in many cases to make a point, but once that point has been made, I quickly turn it off. I used to do it with the children and I have done it in the ministry but if you do not use it as a tool of expression, and then turn it off, it can have a crippling effect on you and how you come off to others.
Now, if Love is not easily angered, then Love has a long fuse. And Paul adds to this, and love keeps no record of wrong; That is one of the greatest attributes about the Love of Christ is that it holds no grudges. It does not keep a record of wrongs Love has a capacity to forget.
Now, we have an expression in our country that says, "Dog bite me once shame on dog, dog bite me twice, shame on me." But that is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible says, " love keeps no record of wrong"
And why is that important? Because until you are willing to forgive and forget, you will always be controlled by your record of wrongs, and then if you keep a record of wrongs, then your motive is not right. Because why would you keep a record of wrongs? It is because you either wish to get even, or else you wish to control the person you are keeping record of.
Now, that is an attribute of the devil, keeping a list of wrongs. God is willing to throw all your sins into the sea of forgetfulness if you will let him. And one of the first principles of a new beginning is forgiveness and unless you are willing to forgive and forget you will never have rest for your own soul. It is important for people to learn that when you forgive and forget you are doing more for yourself than you are for the other person. Because in order to have a peace in your soul, you must not carry in it the baggage and sins of others.
Brother Branham had a principle he lived by and that was this: If you can not say something good about a person, then say nothing at all. and he said, we are little Messiahettes, and we create around us an atmosphere and that atmosphere is a reflection of our own little universe within us, and it is a reflection of our own spiritual condition.
It Wasn’t Sp from The Beginning 60-1127M 8 Did you ever meet people that you just loved to be with? You've had that, and why, they create that atmosphere by their life, the way they live, and the things they think about, and the love they have for you. …. You create an atmosphere, and that's the atmosphere you have to be in to pray for the sick. See? It's the same thing. It's love that casts out evil spirits.
Explaining Healing and Jairus 54-0216 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, and 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.
The next attribute of Love is that Love does not rejoice in evil, but rejoices in Truth. You see Love does not wish ill towards anyone. Love is not vindictive. Love does not wish to get even, those are carnal thoughts. Because Love is protective. And Love always protects.
Yes, Love does protect. Just look at how Love is protective in a mother of any sort for her children. It does not matter what specie it is. A real mother will protect her young because she loves her young. And if you truly have the Love of Christ in your heart, you will do what you can to protect those you love.
Now, I know families that think you should never have any arguments in the home, and those are the appeasement people who will let their children stay home from church because they just don't want an argument. Well, let me tell you something. Those people don't have the Love of Christ either. Because, if something is not worth dying for, then it surely isn't worth living for either. And Jesus said, "no greater love can you have than to lay down your life for a friend". Well, how much more to love your own children that you will lay down or put aside your peace and quiet house in order to save their little soul.
Now, a man or woman that is always interrogating their spouse or their children doers not have too much love for that spouse or child, because Paul says, that Love is always trusting. And when you interrogate someone it is because you do not trust that person. And trust works two ways. Some people do not trust others because they do not trust themselves. But if we truly Trust God then we will believe God and if we trust our children then we will believe our children. And we should trust until that trust has been broken, and we have evidence that the person can not be trusted.
Now, I can say that I have tried to always trust the men I am working with overseas, and I do trust them until I am presented with strong evidence that shows me they have lied to me. Then I can no longer place my trust in them. And we get people all the time that want to live just any old life and yet receive the bountiful blessings of God, but God does not bless and curse a person. You either bring the blessing on or the curse on by your own free will. God told us that our blessings and cursings depend on our own attitude towards the Voice of God. And the Bible tells us that if a man claims that he has repented, then he must show fruits meet for repentance. And you do not have to trust those who are not trustworthy. But to begin with we must believe all things, and we know that God's seed are all things in Christ.
Love always has hope, In other words, Love always has an earnest expectation. It is always expecting the best, not the worst, but the best. And Love always perseveres, Love always remains constant to a purpose or ideal. And if it always remains constant then Love 8 Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. So you see there is but one constant in life and that should be the Love of Christ that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.
61Is Your Life Worthy Of the Gospel 63-0630E 71 When this takes place, the thing you'll do then, you'll find out that the Spirit that comes in you from the new birth, you will believe and do everything that God says in His Word for you to do. And everything that the Bible quotes for you to do, you'll punctuate it with a "Amen." And you'll not stop day and night until you receive it. That's right. That's right. And in all this time, you'll certainly above everything bear the fruit of the Spirit. You say "Will I speak with tongues?" You might do that, and you might not. "Will I shout?" You might do that; you might not. But there's one sure thing you will do. You will bear the fruit of the Spirit; and the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, faith, long-suffering, meekness, gentleness, patience. Your temper will not be. Just remember, when you got that, that poisons the Holy Spirit away from you. See? When you get to a place that you want to fuss with everybody you come along to, there's something wrong. When you get a place where the minister will read from the Bible that it's wrong to do a certain thing, and you,… just remember, there's no Christianity there at all. Now, "By their fruits you shall know them," it's what Jesus said. See?
66Let us bow our hearts in Prayer. Dear Father, we have spoken from our heart this evening to a people here locally and those willing to hear around the world, and we ask Father that those who are struggling with holding grudges and those who are guilty of keeping a record of other’s sins, we ask that you might help them to do to others as they would want others to do to them. We pray Father that you might touch their hearts to and heal them of this affliction and help them to live in peace and find rest for their souls. For we are a thankful people and appreciate so much that you Father who could destroy us in an instant for our sins and transgressions whereby we have offended Thee, and yet we know by Your own Word that you have placed our sin under the shed blood of the innocent one and have cast them into the sea of forgetfulness. Please Father as your Son Jesus cried out on the cross, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do" And so may we cry the same prayer Father, "Forgive them for they know not what they do", in Jesus name we pray. Amen.