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1Romans 12: 1 beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3Now, in our last two messages we have seen the importance of the new birth in beginning the process of the body change, for without the. For we saw that without the new birth you will never understand the Kingdom of God, and thus your birth into the Kingdom, would only be confusion. But the new birth brings with it new desires and new understanding.
4Now, receiving the new birth is a series of events which begins with receiving a heart which is a new way of thinking., and then a new spirit comes forth from that new way of thinking and that new spirit is new desires, and finally you are ready for God's own Spirit or Life to come into your vessel.
5From the sermon, IMPERSONATION OF CHRISTIANITY 42 But God had to give you a new spirit. Why, the spirit you had, you couldn't even get along with yourself. So how are you going to get along with God? So God had to give you a new heart, not a patched up one, a new heart. That's your intellects that you think with, a new way of thinking. Then when He give you a new way of thinking, "Yes, that's right….... And then in the next paragraph 43 he says, "Then after that, "Then I'll give you a new spirit." What's that? A new desire, "I want to do right.."… But now, that's the new spirit. Then notice the order of the Scripture. After you get a new heart and a new spirit, He said, "Then I'll put My Spirit..." See? Oh, what? That's what the Scripture says here. That's the order, the pneumatics and numerical order of the Scripture: a new heart, a new spirit, and then My Spirit.
7Now, concerning point number 1, Brother Branham said, in his sermon Mary's belief 61-0121 P:30 "Except a man be born again he cannot even see the kingdom of God." Now, "see" means "to understand." There's a lot of people that say they're born again and can't understand the message of God, can't see the Angel of the Lord.
8And from IT SHALL BE EVEN AS IT WAS TOLD ME 50-0818 23 Anyhow, "to see" doesn't mean "to look at." The word "see" means "to understand." Jesus said, "Except a man be born of water and Spirit, he cannot see the Kingdom of God." In other words, he can't understand the Kingdom of God until he's born again. See?
9BLASPHEMOUS NAMES 62-1104M 23-4 And then, that was number one. Number one, coming to you, your mental faith, right here, comes the Holy Spirit, coming down into your mental faith making it a spiritual faith. Then the spiritual faith only recognizes the Word. Now, and Number two--three: Then you'll have spiritual, you'll have the Holy Spirit, and will seal all these things into you, as that Holy Spirit covers this. From your faith up to the Holy Spirit seals you in with Christ; then you become one. Amen. You become one. See, you and Christ live together. "At that day you'll know that I'm in the Father, the Father in Me, I in you, and you in Me." See? Then that's a sealed unit of the Lord God. Now, and then they are vindicated and placed. When that time takes place, they become vindicated sons and daughters of God.
10BLASPHEMOUS NAMES 62-1104M 22-1 The biggest part of our faith is mental faith. By hearing the Word it brings us to a mental recognition of God. But if this coming from above, oh, brother, if it ever strikes this, there is a godly, spiritual faith. Then what does that faith do? That faith recognizes only the Word. No matter what anything else says, it only recognizes the Word, because "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (And the Word's still God.) And the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us." And when the word Itself is pouring into our faith, our mental faith becomes a spiritual revelation. "And upon this foundation I'll build My Church," (See?), not upon a mental conception of church joining, a mental conception of that, but upon the revelation. When them streams of grace has poured into that mental faith that you've got, then upon this, a spiritual revelation, "I'll build My Church and the gates of hell can't prevail against it." See? That shows they would be against it, but it'll never prevail. Oh, what a glorious thing.
11Now, what are these streams of Grace that Br. Branham is speaking of here? In 1 Peter 1: 13 We are told that these streams of Grace will come at the time of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
12Now, this revelation is the apokolupsis which means the disclosure, when Christ comes down with a Shout to fully reveal Who He is and Why He is here. In Luke 17:30 Jesus speaks of this as the days when the Son of Man shall be revealed, and brother Branham when asked if he was “The Son of Man” said, I am not The Son of Man but a son of Man revealing The Son of Man.
13Questions and answers COD 64-0823E P:52 291. Some say Brother Branham is the Son of man. I thought the Pillar of Fire was the Son of man. Am I mistaken?Well, that's a good question, very good. But I am not the Son of man, but a son of man. There's quite a difference. Jesus Christ was the Son of man…
14He also said from From that time 62-0713 P:102 How many knows there's a difference between the appearing of Christ and the coming of Christ? It's two different words. Now's the appearing, the coming will soon be. He's appearing in the midst of us, doing the works that He once did, in His church. Now, you're a part of that church, and by grace you believe. So we see it is going to take streams of grace for our eyes to see it.
15And then brother Branham went on to say,…...But my ministry is a different ministry from a pastor or teacher. I'm not. And if I say things wrong, brethren, forgive me. I don't mean it. But this is my ministry (See?) to declare Him, that He's here.
19This is the time when God Himself shall bring down the Headtsone to cap off the building of the Body of Christ as prophecied by Zechariah 4: 7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
20We see the Apostle Paul speak of this grace that is to come at the time of the unveiling of Christ, and it is to come for a purpose. And that purpose is that we come behind in no spiritual endowment or understanding concerning what is going on at that time.
22Now, notice what this Grace is to do. 5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance (Logos), (that word utterance was translated from the Greek word Logos, which we know as Word, but also it means doctrine or teaching) and [in] all knowledge; So we see that this Grace is to enrich us like fertilizer does to the seed planted in the soil, and it is to enrich the doctrine and knowledge in order to produce a fully manifested crop of sons and daughters.
23Then he tells us why. 6 Even as the testimony (witness) of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift (Charisma or spiritual endowment); (the word is charisma and it means endowment as in mental acuity or ability to understand.. So God sends a special anointing of Grace in order to anoint our minds to the doctrine so that we come behind in no understanding) waiting for the coming (apokolupsis, unveiling or revelation ) of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8 Who shall also confirm (establish) you unto the end, [that ye may be] blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 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. Notice how this grace is to bring an understanding which brings with it the same mind and judgment. Not everyman receiving a different measure, but all receiving the same mind, and the same rule or standard of judgment. I believe that is those streams of Grace that brother Branham is referring to when he said, When them streams of grace has poured into that mental faith that you've got, then upon this, a spiritual revelation…
24Notice in particular what Jesus is saying. He is saying that unless you are born again there is absolutely no way for you to understand the message. So we see the importance of the new birth in beginning the process towards recognition of the Angel of the Covenant, none other than the Lord Jesus Christ in our midst.
26In 1 Peter 1: 23, Peter tells us “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” So we see what it means to be born of corruptible seed, because corruptible seed must produce a corruptible life.
29Therefore, the Message is to do something for those that receive it. It brings a special dispensation of Grace that is to change our minds first and then our bodies next. And when our minds are changed then we will see what God sees, because we will think what God thinks.
30Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. So we see there is a special dispensation of Grace that is to take a hold of our minds and renew us in the inner man. And without the Shout there will be no change of the mind which then there could be no change of the body which then there could be no resurrection of the dead nor could there be a catching away. So the Shout starts the whole thing in motion. And Jesus said, "As a man thinks in His heart so is He and out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." So then if God Himself comes forth with a shout, this can only be a declaration of Himself. And that is exactly how we are to receive our change. In 1 John 3: 2 the scripture tells us, " Beloved, now we are the sons of God, but it does not Appear what we shall be, but we know that when He Appears (At HisAppearing) We shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He really is.”
33So we see again that it takes His Appearing to bring out of us who we really are. This Appearing then is instrumental to our change. Seeing Him changes us. Earlier we quoted Br. Branham telling us when that which is perfect comes and he told us He has come. It is God in the form of the Word. Now in 1 Cor 13:12 we are told, " For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face: (When? When God comes!) Now we know in part, but then shall we know even as (in the same manner) also we are known." We also see in 2 Cor 3: 18 that as we look into the mirror of Gods Word we only see Christ and the more we look upon Him the more we are changed from image to image and from Glory to Glory.
34So we see that the Word is what brings about our change and if we are to receive a change that is incorruptible it must come by a Word which also is incorruptible. That is why it is so important for God Himself to come down. Br. Branham told us that Christ Himself is our Elijah of today. He said, Christ is the Messenger to this Age. And as we know he speaks to us through the lips of His Prophets. So God comes down with a Shout which is a Message which is a declaration of Himself. As He is, so He speaks. And we are caught up into the Revelation of God Himself, and this brings about our change. In Ephesians 1: 17 Paul tells us that God will send forth the Spirit of wisdom and Revelation in the Knowledge of Him, that we might know what the hope or earnest expectation of this calling from God is. Br. Branham defines this for us in the Sermon, Seventy Weeks of Daniel pp. 67 where he said, "The Spirit of Wisdom comes into the church by the Revelation of the Holy Ghost bringing the church in and revealing what day that we are living in. Just the same as Gabriel come to Daniel, the Holy Spirit comes to the church in the last days to reveal these great deep secret things. Do you understand now?"
35So we see the whole picture at this time is God getting us ready first through the baptism of the Holy Spirit and then God sends down His own Spirit to deliver to elect of God a Message that will bring on the transformation by the renewing of the mind.
37Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According 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: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. 15Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far aboveall principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
38Therefore the emphasis is not on the baptism any more but the Baptizer, Himself, for Paul speaks of this Spirit of wisdom and revelation in Ephesians 1: 15 - 17 that come to ones who were already prepared by the baptism of the Spirit which he spoke of in verses 13 - 14. So then we can see the Message brother Branham spoke in this hour takes us beyond the baptism of the Holy Ghost right into the very Presence of the Baptizer Himself, Who is the Holy Ghost. In fact that is why there is so much flack amongst the Pentecostal element in this Message.
3930 Br. Branham warned us this would come in Q & A on the Holy Ghost pg. 19 "Now, when the Holy Ghost comes in and reveals the Truth of anything and proves it by His Own Presence and by His Word, you can't expect the Pentecostals to agree with it. You've got to stand alone like Luther did, like Wesley did, like the rest of them did."
4132 JOHN 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received (Lambano, to lay hold of, to appropriate to oneself, to give one access to oneself, to experience. As many as were given access and thus were able to appropriate what was given to them by) him, to them He gave power (exousia = authority, right, judicial decision or judgment, in other words, the ability to make a right decision, a right choice. Thus we were given an ability to make a right decision. Now contrast that to all other men. The Bible teaches us there is a way which seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof is the way of death. So man will always take the way which seems right but it leads to death. So we must be thankful to God for giving us this special endowment of Grace to allow us to think as He thinks.) to them He gave power to become (to ginomai, power to come to fulfillment as) the sons of God, (now as I already mentioned the word to become was translated from the Greek word ginomai, which means to become or to come to fulfillment. But another thing I want you to understand is that this word gino-mai has it's roots in the word "gino" which is also the root word for "gino-sko" which means "to learn to know, perceive or understand". Thus the word to become is a learning process that can only take place by a teaching from the Holy Spirit, a child training, a Message declaring who He is and why He is here. HEBREWS 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;) JOHN 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 12 to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. This tells you it was not your choosing, neither did you have anything to do with it, but simply you were chosen and ordained by God to be fulfilled as Son of God). And further more, we see that those who receive Him are those who are called sons of God. Therefore unless you are sons you are reprobate and can not come to an understanding of the truth.
42II CORINTHIANS 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? to be of opinion, think, suppose
43Notice Paul is telling us here that if we do not have the spirit of Christ in us we must be reprobates. Now the word reprobate comes from the Greek word adokimos which has its root in dokeo which means "to think or suppose, to seem, to think, or to judge. Thus a reprobate is one that cannot make a right decision, and thus can not make a correct judgment because there is nothing in Him by which to judge. He has no discernment of the Word because there is no Word in Him".
44Jesus said, JOHN 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, [even] God. 42 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. (and remember hear means to understand. Therefore Jesus was saying why do you not understand my speech, even because you can not understand., you are unable to understand because you are not seed of God.)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 (understands) God's words: ye therefore hear (understand) them not, because ye are not of God.
46ISAIAH 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.
47Notice that we are told that our thoughts are not His thoughts and we are incapable of knowing His thoughts unless we repent of our own thoughts. But it is not in man to do this unless God intercedes on our behalf and that will not happen as Jesus said unless we are seed of God. For unless we are God's seed we have no place for the Word, and thus we are incapable of understanding the mind of God.
50I CORINTHIANS 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: (that means of full age) yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (notice that the Wisdom which was kept hid since before the world was created was kept safeguarded for our glory.) 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
51 That is why when you are born again by the spirit of God you can't get enough of the Word of God. Because the Spirit of God that is in you searches the things of God to know the things of God and there is such a desire in you to understand the things of God that you hunger and thirst after right-wise-ness. And then he tells us that unless you have the spirit of God living in you, you will not know what to search for.) 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
52In other words, the Spirit of God knows the things of God and unless you have the Spirit of God living in you, you will never know the things of God. That is why so many that were in Pentecost and came to this message while they were in Pentecost do not understand the Message, because they thought they had already received the Spirit of God because of the gifts. They thought the gifts were the evidence of having His Spirit, and thus they left off seeking the baptism of the Spirit because they already thought they had it based on gifts. But gifts are not the giver. And yet if they have the true baptism of the Spirit there is an evidence which a vindicated Prophet of God came and told us it is to know and understand the Message for the day in which you live. But if you do not know, and neither do you understand what that message is, then you had better be praying to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, because you don't have it. For only those with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit are able to receive the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the Knowledge of Him. That is what Paul tells us in Ephesians 1: 13-18,
531 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but The Spirit which is of God; that we might know (notice the whole purpose of receiving the Spirit of God is to know. Know what?) the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; (you see the Holy Ghost is the teacher) comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 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. So we see the natural man is not able to receive the things of God, and neither will understand the things of God, and therefore can not understand the Message. That is why Ye must be born again. But do you think you could ever get someone raised up in Pentecost to seek for Holy Ghost baptism? That is why brother Vayle told me years ago that a person coming into this message as a rank heathen or catholic has a better chance than those coming in from Pentecost or Baptist. Because you can't tell those people anything. They think they already have it and don't realize that they are just as empty as empty could be.
54Unless you are willing to forget everything you ever knew when you came to this message, you are not fit for being filled with the Spirit of God, because you are more interested in self vindication than in true vindication which can only come from His Presence. Brother Branham taught us that the most treacherous thing is to think you have it when you don't because as long as the devil can make you think you have the baptism of the Spirit you will not look for it.
55WHAT DOES TAKE MAKE CHRISTIAN LIFE 57-0113 32 Now, I want you to listen for a few moments before closing. I want you to notice one thing and watch closely now. Watch the order of the Scripture, "I will take away the stony heart and give you a new heart." Now, the heart is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. "And I will give you a new spirit." I want you to watch the order. Now, many people get mixed up there. They think they got the Holy Ghost, but they just get a new spirit. Watch. "I'll give you a new heart, and a new spirit. And then I will put My spirit..."
56Now, the new Spirit... God had to give you a new spirit, but that's a new spirit God give you so you could get along with the Holy Ghost. With that old spirit you had, you couldn't get along with your neighbor; you couldn't get along with yourself; so you know you couldn't get along with God; so God gives you a new spirit. And many times under enthusiasm, and if you'll watch the life that it bears... I hope I'm not hurting, but I hope I'm uncovering. See? A lot of times you'd think that you'd have the Holy Spirit. "Oh," you said, "I sung; I spoke in tongues." Certainly. Being that close to it you might do all of that, but that isn't the Holy Spirit yet. See? The Holy Spirit bears record of Jesus Christ. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
59Dear Father we are so grateful that you have been with us to teach us this morning, to know without a shadow of doubt that the evidence of the new birth is to receive the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the Knowledge of yourself, for that is what Paul taught and that is what Your prophet has taught us in this hour. For we must have the new birth if we are to receive your mind and if we are to be able to know your thoughts and reflect your thoughts. Therefore, we pray Heavenly Father to be filled with your Spirit that we might know Thee in the power of your resurrection, for you are the resurrection and the Life. And this was evidenced to us when you raised up your Son Jesus from among the dead. Grant us Father an in-filling that will change our minds, and change our thinking and then it will begin to build within us that new body which is a Word Body to get us ready for the catching away, for we ask it in the wonderful name of your Son Jesus Christ, amen.