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1Ephesians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Romans 8: 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Them he also doxazo. Them he also made to magnify his Doxa, His opinions, His values, His judgments. Now, before we begin our study of the 15th attributes of a son of God, I would like to just back up for a moment and ask the question, why have we taken this mini series on the attributes of sons of God? Why are there attributes to begin with? In fact what is an attribute? And why are we concerned with the attributes of a son of God? What does that mean? Well, to begin with an attributes is defined as an inherent characteristic. It is a trait, quality, or property that distinguishes one from another. It is what makes you what you are.
And in the law of Life that we see in Genesis 1:11 it says that every seed must come forth after it's kind. What that means is every seed will have a nature that identifies that seed, and the life of that seed, and every seed must according to the law of Life bring forth or manifest the same nature as the life it was birthed from, and it must manifest the nature of the source of that seed life.
So dog life will live itself out in dog. Cat life must live itself out in cat. In other words the very nature of cat life will and must display itself in cat. The same in dog. Dog life will and must manifest itself in dog.
Rapture the 65-1204 P:52 When a germ comes into the womb of the female, it don't take on... You didn't become a human germ from your father, and then the next thing you become a germ from a dog, and the next thing from a cat, and the next thing from a chicken; it was all human germ. And the Body of Jesus Christ. The Bride, will be part of His Body which He was the Word, and the Bride will have to be the Word, Word added to Word added to Word. Luther's justification, Wesley's sanctification, Pentecostal's baptism with the Holy Spirit, restoration of the gifts, and all the rest of it goes with it. It's got to be Word on top of Word, germ on top of germ, life on top of life, to bring out the full statue of the Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore if your life began in God, then the Life you will display or manifest will and must be according to the Law of Life, the law of reproduction, the same life that was in God to begin with.
John 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
This same God Life that was given from God to His first born son, Jesus, is the same God-Life that is given to all of God's sons and daughters. Only the measure is different. But it is the same source of Life, the same Father who happens to be God, therefore the same God, the same Father. Therefore the same God-Life,
I John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Therefore, John tells us in the next verse 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us:
Now, notice, God is the source of your life if indeed you are a son or daughter of God, right? Is that not what John tells us here? And if God is the source of this God-Life in His Son Jesus which is John 5:26 then won't the same God-Life in Jesus act the same way as the God-Life in you is to act according to 1John 5:11 will act in you?
And that is exactly what John tells us here in 1 John 5:12 when he says, 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
Now this word hath was translated from the Greek word "echo", therefore what John is telling us here is that He that echo's the Son echo's life; and he that echo's not the Son of God echo's not life.
Now, we all know what an echo is. An echo is a reflection of an original word or sound carrying with it the same as the original in meaning, and inflection. In other words, it declares the same thing, the same way. Therefore if a reflection then it is a reproduction of the original in every way, shape and form. And that is what the law of Life, which is the law of reproduction is all about. Making an exact replica of the original seed.
"He that echoes the son echoes the same Life that is in the son. He that reflects the son reflects the same Life that is in the son."
That is why I get excited when Paul says we are to put on Christ. When he says, we are to grow up into Him, in al things. That is why I get excited when I see that not only are we to be conformed to His image, but we are to become Him.
From his sermon, God's Servant Job 55-0223 P:61 Brother Branham said, "Jesus became me, that I might become Him. The innocent Lamb of God, He knew no sin, became a sinner, that I might be made an adopted son of God. Amen. There's the picture of true redemption: How He came down, worthy, robbed Himself, no home, no place to go, humiliated Himself, brought Himself down in sinful flesh, and took upon Him, not the nature of Angels, not the nature of God, took upon Himself the nature of man, that He might walk with man, eat with man, sleep with man, and die for man. There you are. The whole plan from the beginning, the spotless Lamb of God, there He is, the Bread of Life, here on earth. Now, the next thing had to be done, a kinsman redeemer had to be kinfolks real close to the person, to redeem him.
2Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
3Hebrews Chapter 6 and 7 57-0915M P:69 God became me, that I by grace might become of Him. He taken my sins, that through His righteousness I might have Eternal Life. I could not choose myself; my nature was a sinner; I had nothing to do with it. I was born of the world, shaped in iniquity, come to the world speaking lies, not even a chance at all, nothing, not even a desire. Tell a pig he's wrong eating slop, will you? See how much he'll listen to you. Tell a crow he's wrong eating on a dead carcass and see what he'll tell you. If he could talk, "You tend to your own business." Certainly.
4And I would like to add, tell a young woman without the holy Ghost as her guide that she is wrong to wear certain fashions and she will say, mind your own business, but tell a young woman with the Holy Ghost she needs to be more prayerful about the way she presents her self before men and women, and she will say, "Father, the hour is late, Glorify thy daughter with the Glory I had while I was ye in thee before the foundations of the world. And where i am other wise minded , please father reveal it to me that I might amend my ways to your ways.
5I am talking about sons and daughters of God acting and living like God is heir Father. Brother Branham said mothers that would want their young daughters to be popular and send them off to ballet school might as well just give them arsenic or strychnine poison, because you're sending them to hell anyway. And he said when they get about thirty years old they start to get the blues, and wish they had sowed more wild oats, and that just shows they have never even gotten saved yet.
6My heart bleeds when I see the young men and women in this Message that are walking the line, and haven't died yet to the things of the world. It is later than you think, and had it not been for the long suffering of Christ He would have pulled the plug a long time ago, and this world would have headed into the burning.
7But for those who have heard from their theophany, those who are longing to know the truth, God's obligated to reveal the truth. He is coming for those who are looking for Him, those who are longing for Him, like those Greeks were: "We would see Jesus." He says His Word, then He comes and fulfills it, gives His own interpretation.
8From his sermon, Deceived church by the world 59-0628M P:50 Brother Branham said, But as Israel was bound by their kings, that they could not follow the real King, and the real King, when He came, they didn't recognize Him, so is it today, O Lord, the King of glory has appeared in the form of the Holy Ghost, and, Lord, they don't know it. They don't recognize it. They're so organized so tight, that they do not understand it, because it's not in their organization. Lord, this is a work of the Devil that's done this to the people. May the Samson of God, may the true in heart, those who are longing and crying, and pleading and holding on, may they stay with it, Lord, until this new crop grows out, until there comes forth again a joy in Zion, and there comes forth a group that can recognize and understand, that can see the Messiah and the hidden power that's hid from the world, that they will not understand now. Grant, Lord, that they'll see this. For we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.
9Again from his sermon Communion 65-1212 P:18 brother Branham said, "What was it? ... A little spot of Eternal Life down there, from the genes of God, the Word of God that was placed in there. ... If you were in him before the foundations of the world, then you must come to the time in your life where your soul cries out, Where'd I come from? What brought me here?" Where am I going, Why have I been introduced to thei Word that the world hates? Why do I love it while they hate it? You see? But that is Eternal Life working in your body.
10Then as brother Branham continues, "Now, then one day as I walked on, that Voice talking, said "Don't never smoke, drink, so forth." And the young fellows and all, I got older. See, there was Something moving. But yet all at once I looked up, and I said, "I'm not the son of Charles and Ella Branham. There's Something calling." Like my little eagle, "I'm not a chicken. There's Something up yonder, somewhere. O great Jehovah, Whoever You are, open it up. I want to come home. There's Something in me, calling." Then I was born again. That little Life was laying there; the life of water was poured upon It, then It begin to grow. Now, that old life was forgiven, put in the sea of God's forgetfulness, to never be remembered against me no more. See? Now, we stand justified, as though we never had sinned in the Presence of God.
You see that is what Romans 8:11 is all about. 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 dwells in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to self, to live after self. 13 For if ye live for self, 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.
11You've got to have His Spirit in you to spark off his Life in you to make your own life come alive to God and His ways. And until you have His Spirit in you living your life for you, you are none of His.
12In his sermon, Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed pp. 194 brother Branham said, "Notice, God manifested Himself in His Body, Christ. Now, you see the threefold beautiful thing? Christ in His Body, the Church, vindicating His promised Word like God did through Christ. "Who can condemn Me of sin? If I do not the works of the Father, then where have I failed?"
13And how can you even call yourself a Christian if you are not Christ Like? That is what the word Christian means, Christ-Like. Just look in the mirror sisters, is the way you dress what you would wear if you were to meet Christ this morning? What about when you go to meet with your friends, do you dress as though you are going to meet the son of God? If not, why not? Do we have a double standard in the way we look Christian when we go to church and don't look Christian when we get together to play volleyball?
14I have notice a lot of the sisters tugging at their tops, doing a lot of this (tugging on your shirts unconsciously to make sure they are not slipping too low. Or when you sit down, tugging on your skirts to get them to come down past your knees.) If you have to do that those clothes are not modest, and you need to throw those clothes out, and get some Christ centered clothing.
15Paul said, You can not please God if you live for self. So die sisters, and brothers, you've got to die to yourself if you want to live. Her that would try to save his life will loose it, but he that is willing to loose his life will save it. Those are the words of your savior. They are not to be taken lightly. They are life and death words of wisdom that will save your life if you abide by them.
And that is what brother Branham is saying in his sermon God's only provided place of worship 65-1128M P:109 God's only provided plan for His age, His sons in the Word age quickened by the Spirit like a spark that's lit off of something to make it alive; and seated now in heavenly places in present tense, already alive and subject to every promise in the Word. Then what does that do? You being a part of God's gene, a part of the Word, other men a part of God's Word, seated together, manifest the entire Body of Christ, because there's no leaven among you. No leaven among you, just the Word only, seated in heavenly places in the door where He put His Name: Christ Jesus.
And again from God's only provided place of worship 65-1128M P:97 But by one Spirit we're all baptized into one Body, and that Body is a family, the family of God.
And then he goes on to say, ..."In My house, My children, born of My genes..." Amen. Glory to God! "My genes are in them. I put My Word in them. I'll write them upon the tables of their heart. That's My family, the family of the Body of Jesus Christ: the family.
And so brother Branham tells us how that God brought forth sons, like Moses and Noah and Jonah but all came up short of what God wanted in his sons.
And so in God's only provided place of worship 65-1128M P:57 brother Branham says, "That great something in that sculptor, that vision that he had of what Moses ought to be with, was only portraying in type of the great Father God. He had in His heart before the foundation of the world, a Son, because He is a Father. But it was still in the genes of His Word. And He created a man, and He had to put him on free moral agency, but that man fell. But the great Sculptor, God, Who made man from the dust of the earth, He didn't settle for that; He started making man again. And He made a Noah, he died drunk. He made a Moses that failed to keep His Word. He made prophets that run in the time of trouble. And He kept building and molding, until after while He wanted a Masterpiece to reflect Him, His nature, what was in His heart what a son should be.
Therefore what we are trying to accomplish in this mini series is to help you understand that you are gene of God's genes and Word of His Word. And if so be that the spirit of God dwells in you and has quickened your mortal body by His Spirit, then if that be so, the next thing Paul said was, therefore if you are risen in Christ then mortify the deeds of your flesh, which is your self. If you are risen with Christ then you must crucify the flesh, that's self, and the lusts of self.
16Now, to understand the attributes of the God-Life that dwelt in the first born son of God are the same attributes that will also express themselves in your mortal body. Then to know what these are will help us to better understand this likeness, this image we are to be conformed to.
21It is very apparent by study of Scripture that we love God because he first loved us, and in doing a comparative study of the Words of Jesus there are ten times more Scripture where Jesus talks about his Fathers love for him than his love for his Father.
22In number 90 in this series on Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed we spoke again on attributes of a son of God which was no 14 in our mini series, and we saw how that obedience to the father is how we show our love to our Father which is exactly what Jesus in John 14:31 which we just read.
23That is also what Jesus says in John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
24Therefore the proof of our love for our Father is that we obey his commands what he asks us to do. Then seeing this attribute in the Son of God, let us look to the Word of God to see how this same attribute is displayed in the other sons.
1 John 2:3-11 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shines. 9 He that says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now. 10 He that loves his brother abides in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and knows not whither he goes, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
1 John 5:1-3 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Jehovah Jireh 57-0326 P:26 God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son. Now, look, not that God had to do it, but because that God did do it. And when God's love was projected, sovereign grace had to produce the object that His grace projected, or His love projected. And when you will love God, and believe God, grace will project the object that you ask God. Do you see it? See, you're Abraham's seed, then you love God. And when you love God, so love Him that you believe His Word and accept His Word, then sovereign grace will come down and project what you ask God, 'cause He can't keep from it. That's the basis that it's on is love. And love will project grace, and grace will project the object that you're asking for. You can't get it by emotions; you can't get it by scholarship. You never get it by education. You never get it by sensations. You get it by love. You believe Him and take His Word for it. And when you take His Word, that makes Him love you. And you get what you've ask for.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
26John 14:23-24 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
Love 58-0313 P:14 We need love. "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son." Now, when love is projected, and it comes to its end, sovereign grace produces what love projected. When God so loved the world that His love was at the end of its going and then that love projected sovereign grace that gave us the Savior. That's how we got Jesus. It's because that God loved the world. Something was produced because of His love. And Jesus the Savior was produced. The grand old story that we so forget so easy...
28God projecting His love 57-0806 P:13 Love is a powerful force. And when love is projected, and it comes to the end of its strength, sovereign grace will take it up from there and project the object that love has asked for. That's the reason we have a Saviour tonight, is because God so loved the world that His love, being projected to the world, produced a Saviour. God wanted to see you well so much, His love went out and it produced an atonement for your sickness, as your sins. It was the love of God that constrained Him to do it.
30Now, where there are fifteen attributes of a son of God, there must also be fifteen attributes of Serpent Seed: And This Seed hates God (because they hate the Word, and God is the Word.
John 10:32-3932 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. 39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand, 40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.
John14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
311John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
John 8:42-47 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. 48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
John 5:42-47 42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. 43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. 44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. 46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
1Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.