1This evening we will speak from the book of Galatians beginning at chapter 5. As we found Paul speaking of the spirit of adoption in chapter 4 early on and then letting us know that not everyone who is born is adopted, but we must be the right kind of son, for from Abraham there were two sons, and two covenants, one covenant for those born after the flesh and another covenant fro those born after the spirit. Now, a covenant is a contract,  agreement or that makes disposition. The covenant calls for certain actions or obligations on the side of both parties. We saw that one covenant established a works obligation, ie: if you do I will do sort of wording. The other covenant, which was a covenant by promise, made no reference to works, but emphasized an attitude of grace and mercy.

2This evening we will further study this letter to the Galatians which spoke of this adoption of sons, and look further into the two covenants.

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4Galatians 5:1Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

5Now, it is very clear here that the apostle Paul is making a distinction between these two covenants, and thus the two different kind of sons. And the Son by promise is to do one thing here, and that is to stand fast in liberty. Now, why would the apostle Paul make this statement as to standing fast in liberty. The reason is that when people are pressed upon they begin to waiver if they are not certain. As we see today that people are so willing to give up their liberty in favor of security. That is what has happened to this country and many others. The people sit back passively while the so called elites conspire to bring them under bondage in one way or another. They all situations to come on that cast a shadow of fear over the people, and then promise them security. But in order to grant them security the people must be willing to give up their liberty.

6Now, this is not a ploy that is made just in politics, but if you look throughout history you will find the church has done the same thing.

7The Catholic church constrained the people to bow to idols and pay homage to her leaders and thus stifled the peoples liberty, promising them security in the church. And then when the people begin to flex their freedom, the church became the enforcer using terrorism as a means to control the people, juts as the political leaders have used in the past couple decades to brig the people under a passivity that makes no allowances for liberty.

8Liberty dies off or is sold off or used in payment to purchase security, because security always has a price or so it seems in religion and politics. The liberty dies. So the Apostle Paul is warning us to stand firm in our liberty, or our liberty will give way to bondage.

9Now, verse 22Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

10Notice that Paul saw the works of human circumcision becoming a work of bondage upon the people. The people were set free from the law under Christ, for a free gift is free indeed and exacts no payment in return, but the Jew made a sign in his flesh of circumcision, and as a sign in his flesh he tried in his flesh to obey the law in his flesh. But as Martin Luther pointed out, if the law were for the flesh then it could be satisfied by the flesh. But since the law is spiritual, it then can not be satisfied by the flesh. 

11Martin Luther in His Preface to the Book of Romans said, "God judges according to what is at the bottom of the heart, and for this reason, His law makes its demands on the inmost heart and cannot be satisfied with works, but rather punishes works that are done otherwise than from the bottom of the heart, as hypocrisy and lies.

12The Apostle Paul taught us in  Romans 7: 14For we know that the law is spiritual:”

13And thus since "The law is spiritual," it must be satisfied by what is spiritual, namely the motives and objectives of our heart. Martin Luther said, “If the law were made for the body, it could be satisfied with works; but since it is spiritual, no one can satisfy it, unless all that you do is done from the bottom of the heart. But such a heart is given only by God's Spirit, who makes a man equal to the law, so that he acquires a desire for the law in his heart, and henceforth does nothing out of fear and compulsion, but everything out of a willing heart. And that is our key to adoption, and the spirit of adoption. The condition of the heart.

14Martin Luther continued saying, “That law then is spiritual which will be loved and fulfilled with such a spiritual heart, and requires such a spirit. Where that spirit is not in the heart, there sin remains, and displeasure with the law, and enmity toward it, though the law is good and jut and holy.

15Now we see in the book of Ezekiel that God said, Ezekiel 36: 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

16Ezekiel 11: 19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

17Impersonation of Christianity 57-0120M P:43 They say, "Yes, sure I don't want to go to hell. I want to accept Christ." That's all right. That's good. That's just your first...?...Then He said after that, "Then I'll give you a new spirit." What's that? A new desire, "I want to do right." "Now, I know I'm a Christian, …and then he said,  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 numerical order of the Scripture: a new heart, a new spirit, and then My Spirit.

18You see, God is dealing with our hearts and not our flesh. So it really matters not how well you seem to be in your flesh, God discerns the Thoughts and intents of the heart.

19“Therefore, sin, in the scripture, means not only the outward works of the body, but all the activities that move men to outward works, namely the inmost heart, with all its powers. Faith on the other hand is a living, daring confidence in God's Grace, so sure and certain that a man would stake his life on it a thousand times. Faith is not that human notion and dream that some hold for faith. Faith, however, is a divine work in us. It changes us and makes altogether different men, in heart and spirit and mind and powers, and it brings with it the Holy Ghost”. Martin Luther

20Brother Branham quoting the Hebrews 10:2 in his sermon, Show us the Father and it will satisfy 60-0731 P:56 he said,  The worshiper once purged has no more desire of sin." The Bible says, "Conscious," which really means "desire." A worshiper once put his hands upon the head of Jesus Christ by faith, and feel that quivering flesh like the man did on the lamb, dying, crying, an innocent one, and with all your heart, believing that Son of God died in your place, and when you make that confession the Holy Spirit, from that Blood cell that sanctified you, comes into your life, and you are a new creation in Christ Jesus. The Life of God is in you, and He's adopted you, and you are a Son of God. Amen. Don't get scared. "Amen" means "so be it." That won't hurt you.

21Expectation 51-0930 P:21 Now, David said in the Scriptures, "When the deep calleth to the deep..." The deep calls to the deep, in other words, when there's a desire in here, there's something out there that's causing... In other... Here, before there is a desire in here there has to be something create that desire. See? And if there's a creator to create that desire of that creation. You get what I mean?

22So what we are looking at this covenant of Life is that it deals not with the flesh as the other covenant dealt with, “You do this and I will do this”, but it deals with motives and objectives which come from the heart.

23Then Paul says in Galatians 5:5For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. We through the Spirit of God wait in anticipation, or wait with earnest expectation for the right-wise-ness that comes by revelation. That is why the Revelation of Jesus Christ is so important to us, because it brings with it an understanding and a right-wise-ness in the soul, in the heart, in our spirit. And that right-wise-ness then begins to move us in our bodies in the right direction, or into the will of our Heavenly Father.

24Notice what Paul means in verse 6For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. You see, he is talking about an act of the flesh, so whether we have that act in the flesh to confirm our stand with God or whether we do not have that act in our flesh, it matters not, but what really matters is our faith. And that faith which is revelation working by the right motive which is love.

25Let’s read that again. 6For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision (you confirmation in your flesh) availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision;(whether you do not have that confirmation in your flesh) but faith (the Revelation of Jesus Christ) which worketh by love. And we love from the heart, so Paul is talking about that what motivates your heart, and that is love.

26Then he says in verse 7Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? (In other words, you were running in this race well, but who did cut in on you to prevent you from obeying the truth.)

278This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. Now, Paul is going back to his original argument that he gave in Chapter 1: 6-9“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him (In other words, he is saying, I am astonished that you have deserted the One) that called you into the grace of Christ unto different gospel: (unto a Gospel which has a different nature) 7And this Gospel they preach to you is not totally a different Gospel as though there words are totally not the same, yet the Gospel they are preaching to you has been perverted, twisted, until they throw you a curve ball when they present it to you.  Using the same text, they trouble you by perverting the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

28Now, what happened in that church age Paul saw coming, so it was not a blind thing to him. He saw the little twists here and the little twists there, and he could see that the same word that he taught was subtly being changed so that it took on a different meaning to what he had received from Jesus Christ and given to the people. 

29Now, remember, in this Letter to the Galatians Paul is mainly speaking on the Spirit of Adoption and the nature and Characteristics of the right kind of son verses the other sons who are not worthy of being heir and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

30So we see that the standard for adoption and receiving inheritance is the first born son, and the path to that inheritance comes through the Word which He preached, of which some had entered into the flock and were twisting to the point that it was bringing into the people a twisted nature, and not the nature of Christ. But it brought with it a wrong spirit, a nature that would persecute the righteous as wee see later on in this letter in chapter 4.  

31Brother Branham also told us that He only said what Paul had said, and Paul said "We must rightly divide the Word of Truth," and as we see in this letter to the Galatians the people were already in that age beginning to deviate from the true nature  of what Paul was saying, an by so deviating from that original seed, they were accepting the life of another seed, another Covenant, and by the time the Second Church Age came around there were so many isms in the Message, that Irenaeus wrote his books to outright show how far they had deviated from the Message that Paul had brought. In his writings, Irenaeus said; "there is an importance to the order and connection of the scripture."

32Therefore, we must keep the True meaning of Scripture, and not render our own interpretations to it, hoping we have found some great deep secret of scripture that is not really there. The Apostle Peter said "the Word of God is of no private interpretation". Why?, because God interprets His Own Word by bringing it to pass.

33Now, you must always remember, according to William Branham vindicated prophet of God, he said, "the Alpha has become Omega," And what happened in the first church age must repeat in the last. And what took place in the first church age is, they left their first Love, and our first Love according to Deuteronomy is to have only One God, and Him alone shall we love with all our heart and mind and soul.

34So if they went off in this understanding in the first age, won't they do so again in the last age when God once again visits the earth to declare Himself in the Revelation of Jesus Christ? After all, it wasn't those who were God's Elect that went off, but the church who went off.

35From his sermon, God who is Rich in Mercy 65-0119 brother Branham said, “And now then, we find out that we have come to another Ephesians, another Ephesus now. ...We must have an Ephesians again. We must have an exodus to "come out" and to "go into," for the rapture. And what happened to the church in the Ephesian church age?”

36In Revelations 2:1-5 we read,  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

37Now, what I am trying to tell you is that what happened in the first Church Age must repeat. And to find out how the first church age ended we must actually look to the second church age to see what condition the church was in. Let me begin then by reading to you what Irenaeus said in his 1st book entitled, "Irenaeus Against Heresies Book I", concerning those who were propagating the same errors concerning the Godhead in the First church age.

38Now, the reason I bring this up is because we see Paul make the warning in Galatians chapter 1 and then in Chapter 2 he speaks of the false brethren who crept into the Alpha Message unawares and brought with them damnable heresies.

39Galatians 2:1Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. 2And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.  3But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 4And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

40Now, to avoid spending too long a time right now in this chapter, because after all, if we were to take this entire letter to the Galatians as we did the book on Romans where we spoke 142 sermons and spent two years on it. But right now I am just covering the high point so we can understand this letter to the Galatians is a letter concerning the spirit and path to adoption, and what it entails for the believer. You can read the rest of Galatians chapter 2 for your homework assignment.

41Now, in getting back to what Irenaeus encountered among the people, he saw how far they had already slipped from the nature of the original seed that Paul planted, because he could see the nature of those who were claiming to believe the Message, and yet how far from the original messenger they had become in their own spirit.

42So we see Irenaeus continuing by saying, “In as much as certain men have set the truth aside, and bring in lying words and vain genealogies, which, as the apostle says, (he means Paul) "minister questions rather than godly edifying which is in faith," and by means of their craftily-constructed plausibility's they draw away the minds of the inexperienced and take them captive, Therefore, I have felt constrained, my dear friend, to compose the following treatise in order to expose and counteract their machinations. (Paul did not use this word machination, but he used the definition of the word machination when he said  the words, “cunning craftiness whereby they would lie in wait to deceive”.

43Now, Irenaeus continues,  “These men falsify the Word of God, and prove themselves evil interpreters of the good word of revelation. They also overthrow the faith of many, by drawing them away, under a pretense of superior knowledge, from Him who rounded and adorned the universe; as if, in truth, they had something more excellent and sublime to reveal, than that God who created the heaven and the earth, and all things that are therein.

44Now, Paul aid the same thing in 2 Corinthians 11 when he calls them super duper apostles.

453: But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. 5 I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles. 6 I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.”

46So you see someone crept in and began to change the meaning of the Message to the people, and Paul saw it coming, and Irenaeus saw the manifestation of that seed change because he saw the display of the nature in the people and it was not the same as the original seed.

47So in getting back to Irenaeus we hear him continue saying, “Therefore, by means of specious and plausible words, they cunningly allure the simple-minded to inquire into their system; but they nevertheless clumsily destroy them, while they initiate them into their blasphemous and impious opinions respecting the Creation; and these simple ones are unable, even in such a matter, to distinguish falsehood from truth.”

482. Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous, as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself. "A clever imitation in glass casts contempt, as it were, on that precious jewel the emerald (which is most highly esteemed by some), unless it come under the eye of one able to test and expose the counterfeit. Or, again, what inexperienced person can with ease detect the presence of brass when it has been mixed up with silver?" Lest, therefore, through my neglect, some should be carried off, even as sheep are by wolves, while they perceive not the true character of these men, because they outwardly are covered with sheep's clothing (against whom the Lord has warned us to be on our guard), and because their language resembles ours, while their sentiments are very different, --I have deemed it my duty (after reading some of the Commentaries, as they call them, of the disciples of Valentinus, and after making myself acquainted with their tenets through personal intercourse with some of them) to unfold to thee, my friend, these portentous and profound mysteries, which do not fall within the range of every intellect, because all have not sufficiently purged(6) their brains. I do this, in order that thou, obtaining an acquaintance with these things, mayest in turn explain them to all those with whom thou art connected, and exhort them to avoid such an abyss of madness and of blasphemy against Christ. I intend, then, to the best of my ability, with brevity and clearness to set forth the opinions of those who are now promulgating heresy. I refer especially to the disciples of Ptolemaeus, whose school may be described as a bud from that of Valentinus. I shall also endeavour, according to my moderate ability, to furnish the means of overthrowing them, by showing how absurd and inconsistent with the truth are their statements. Not that I am practiced either in composition or eloquence; but my feeling of affection prompts me to make known to thee and all thy companions those doctrines which have been kept in concealment until now, but which are at last, through the goodness of God, brought to light. "For there is nothing hidden which shall not be revealed, nor secret that shall not be made known."(1) From Chapter VIII. --[How the Valentinians pervert the Scriptures to support their own pious opinions.]

491. Such, then, is their system, which neither the prophets announced, nor the Lord taught, nor the apostles delivered, but of which they boast that beyond all others they have a perfect knowledge. They gather their views from other sources than the Scriptures; and, to use a common proverb, they strive to weave ropes of sand, while they endeavour to adapt with an air of probability to their own peculiar assertions the parables of the Lord, the sayings of the prophets, and the words of the apostles, in order that their scheme may not seem altogether without support.

50In doing so, however, they disregard the order and the connection of the Scriptures, and so far as in them lies, dismember and destroy the truth. By transferring passages, and dressing them up anew, and making one thing out of another, they succeed in deluding many through their wicked art in adapting the oracles of the Lord to their opinions. Their manner of acting is just as if one, when a beautiful image of a king has been constructed by some skillful artist out of precious jewels, should then take this likeness of the man all to pieces, should rearrange the gems, and so fit them together as to make them into the form of a dog or of a fox, and even that but poorly executed; and should then maintain and declare that this was the beautiful image of the king which the skillful artist constructed, pointing to the jewels which had been admirably fitted together by the first artist to form the image of the king, but have been with bad effect transferred by the latter one to the shape of a dog, and by thus exhibiting the jewels, should deceive the ignorant who had no conception what a king's form was like, and persuade them that that miserable likeness of the fox was, in fact, the beautiful image of the king. In like manner do these persons patch together old wives' fables, and then endeavor, by violently drawing away from their proper connection, words, expressions, and parables whenever found, to adapt the oracles of God to their baseless fictions. We have already stated how far they proceed in this way with respect to the interior of the Fullness.

51Now having read Irenaeus' description of their practice and their teaching techniques, we should be able first of all to see how it is that they are able to draw away people's minds from the Truth into error. Because the ignorant, as Irenaeus calls them, do not know the Truth, they therefore open themselves to error. Which reminds me of one sister years ago who said, "Since I don't understand, I can not be held responsible," but she was rebuffed by my good friend br. Vayle who told her, "on the contrary my sister, you are responsible, therefore you had better understand."

52How many foolish people will try and twist brother Branham's words. The Oneness believed he was a Trinitarian, while the Trinitarian believed he was oneness. Others tried to make him say things he never said, and some claim he taught that you do not need to understand, you only need to believe. He explicitly taught that only the Elect will understand. For how can you believe without knowing what you believe?

53Now, I hope you understand how important it is to know the Truth, for "the Truth shall set you free." Not only should you know the Truth, but also you should love it, for if you do not love it, it is right there that you are placing yourself in a position to be deceived.

542 Thess 2: 10-12 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

55And so we see here because they have not a love for the Truth, God Himself will send them the strong delusion that will cause them to leave the Truth. Now if you think for one minute that you are more than able to resist what God sends, you had better not fool yourself.

56God is ever watchful of your attitudes. Remember, He knows the very inner-most thoughts that you have. And you've got to love it with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your soul, or you will open yourself up for deception.

57I Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from The Faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;  These are hypocritical lies, because they know better but refuse to teach the truth.

58The scriptures does not tell us, "some shall depart from faith", but from "The Faith," and we know that faith is a Revelation.

59Ephesians 4 tells us, There is only One Lord and One Faith or Revelation, and we know by scripture that this one Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the deception will have to be concerning this One True Revelation. Also it will come via doctrines of devils. So the doctrine will be error concerning the Godhead and this will produce error in the people. In other words, as it was in the days of Elijah, the false ministry of that day were successful in getting the people of Israel to worship God in a wrong way and thus to worship God outside of Truth is to actually worship other God's. That is why they worshipped Baal, which actually means Lord. So when they speak of worshipping the Lord, if their worship is based on wrong understanding, they are in fact worshipping a wrong Lord, and the sad part is they don't even know it. But will they open their heart to listen? Never. For Jesus said, the reason they will not receive the Truth is that they have no place for the Truth in them.

60Irenaeus pointed out that the wrong connection of the scriptures will give a wrong presentation of the Only True God and therefore will present a perverted Lord.

61In John 4: 22 Jesus said, "the gentiles worship what they know not," and He said, "But we know what we worship," and that is the Key, you’ve got to know Him who you are worshipping or you will be lost in your unbelief. He further stated "They that worship God must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth." And so apart from the truth your worship is in vain. You must worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Worship apart from a True Revelation is satanic, and God will not reveal anything without it coming via His Prophet. So, any revelation that comes outside of the vindicated channel of God is a part of the great deception.

62In 1 John 3:12 We see that Cain slew His Brother because his own works were evil. It did not say that the slaying itself was what was evil, but the reason he slew his brother is because his own works were evil. And what were those works? His offering to God apart from a Vindicated Revelation. He offered a first fruit offering which was perfectly scriptural and in fact it was a resurrection offering, but it was out of season. And it is not that he did not know better. He named His first-born Enoch, which is the name of the first raptured saint.

63But Cain's revelation, and therefore his offering was actually considered evil because it was not the Revelation for the hour, and in fact the Revelation that the Lord Himself descended with. If you will recall, The Lord descended with a shout in the Garden of Eden. And what did He reveal to Adam through this Shout (or Message)? That Because the serpent's blood was mingled with Eves blood, then blood must be required for an atonement, and Cain refused God's vindicated message and Revelation for that hour.

64In Genesis 4:7 After we see that God rejected Cain's offering, He said to Cain, "If thou do what is right, shalt thou not be accepted?” The Septuagint reads this way, "If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? Thou hast rightly offered, but thou hast not rightly divided." Notice how much importance God places on having the right division of His Word. Cain's Revelation was rejected and considered evil because he did not rightly divide the Word of Truth.

65This is why we find Paul in Galatians 1 and 2 Corinthians 11 speaking so vehemently about the people just putting up with any old thing. He said it results in the preaching of a different Jesus altogether, and the scriptures being presented are presented in such a perverted way that they take on a different nature, thus bringing forth a different spirit altogether. And that is what Irenaeus has shown in his illustrations of men who would make an image of a dog or fox and try to pass it off to the ignorant people as the image of a King. Talk about ignorance. How can you mistake a dog for "The King of Glory"? Yet that is what has happened.

66Now, lets go back and pick up in Galatians chapter 5 and verse 9 where we will close tonight on this:A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

67Now, since this could take an entire sermon to preach we will leave off until Sunday.

68Let us bow our hearts and our heads in a word of prayer.