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154 It's yourself gone. You're no more... You reckon yourself dead, and the Token is what lives in you, and it's not your life; it's Him. Paul said, "The life that I now live..." He lived a different life from what he once did. "It's not me, but Christ liveth in me." There is the identified Token that God required. Identified with our, identification with our sacrifice. The Life of our Savior in us, the Holy Spirit... Oh what a... A positive Token. There can not be any more Token. Oh, my, if you'd only could catch the thought of it. If I had the power this morning with words to express and place into your soul that's not your ears, but your soul. If you could see the guarantee of it. It takes... It makes you so relaxed.
2 55 What if you had committed a crime and you were going to be tried in a federal court, and you knew that if they found you guilty, that you were going to die, you were going to the electric chair, or the gas chamber, or whatever public execution they were going to have for you: maybe hung or something, lynched, whatever the penalty was, and you knew that you were guilty... You know you were guilty, and you must die if you don't get some attorney to represent you who can get you out of the thing. And now, you'd want the best attorney that you could have. And then, getting an attorney that was a good, shrewd attorney, you'd feel that your case was a little; you could relax a little bit, because you had an attorney. But still there would be a question whether this attorney could change the judge's idea or change the jury. If this attorney with his shrewd speaking, and the knowing of the laws could change that, and could plead your case, and prove that you should live...But yet in all of his great authority and the great speech that he could make, and the impression he could put upon the jury or have with the judge, maybe you might get a relax for a few minutes; but still there'd be a question in your mind: "Can he do it?"
356 But in this case, the Judge Himself has becomes our Attorney. God became Man. There was no attorney could do it. We couldn't find one. Moses and the law, the prophets, nothing could do it. So the Judge become both Jury, Attorney, and Judge Himself and took the justice of His Law in His Own hands and paid the price of it Himself, how much more secure could we be? and sent His own Life back upon us as a Witness that He's accepted It. How safely. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I'll fear no evil: for thou art with me..."
4Now, Jesus Christ in Whom the fullness of God dwelt in is called our attorney or advocate by the Apostle John in 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
5And again he is called our mediator, which is the function of an advocate or attorney. 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Therefore, we have two parties that need mediation between them.
God and man, and the mediator between God and man is the man Jesus, as stated by the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy.
6And we see in Galatians 3:20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. So in essence he is saying, God is not our mediator, because a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. So we see that God is the "one" that the mediator is pleading our case with.
8 57 When He becomes both Judge, Jury, and Attorney, He pleaded our case. We, found guilty by His Own law, and He come and took the guilty person's place that was in the sanctuary. He took his sin. He took it upon Himself, and died, and paid the price, and shed His Blood, and give back His Own Token: His Own Life. Why, we are perfectly... The case is dismissed. There's no more sin to the believer. Oh, God, have mercy. If the people can't see that, that there's no more case. "He that heareth My words, and believeth on Him that sent Me, has Eternal Life, and shall not come to the judgment, but is passed from death unto Life." There's the case. Case dismissed; no more case to it. Amen. Then safely with the Token applied, when Death begins to smite against the door out there, it has no control.
10Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
1258 Yes, the Token is applied. Only the Token's recognized now. See? He did that so that the Token could come. The Token was God's Life, and when God made the first man, He made him a son. And the son was so corrupt, that he listened to his wife instead of God, and the woman listened to the devil instead of her husband. And when he did, it so corrupted them together, that it brought a pollution. And He knew that when they did that, they'd have to bring children into the world. The fruit in the midst of the tree could not be touched. And then when it was, they brought this sin upon themselves; and therefore, the whole human race that was born, was in sin.
162 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
19Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
22This lets you know that God's Children are to come to a condition of Parrhesia or an absence of fear when Christ's great presence and disclosure takes place. This is His manifesting Himself in His True Character, when it takes place as we see in Colossians 3:4.
251 John 3: 2-3 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
27And remember brother Branham said in his sermon, 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. I am a member of that church. Now, I'm not a preacher. You know I'm not. I have not the education to do it. Sometimes I feel reluctant standing here by men of God, who's called to that office. There are apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors, and evangelists. Not all are apostles, not all are prophets, not all are teachers, not all evangelists. I'm standing here...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.
28It is I be not afraid 62-0611 P:81 You know, there's a difference between the appearing of Christ and the coming of Christ. That's two different words altogether. He's appearing now in His church. We see Him; we know it's Him. It's the Holy Spirit. See? We know it is. Now. We believe that the Holy Spirit is God. All of us know that.
29Jehovah Jireh part 2 62-0706 P:74 This is the close of the royal Seed's waiting. He's here, the appearing of Christ. Did you ever try to divide... There's a place in the Bible, you know, I ain't got time to go into it, says, the appearing of Christ, and then the coming of Christ. That's two different things altogether, the appearing and the coming. He's appearing now, working with us in the form of the Holy Spirit, making it just perfect, the Church; It has to.
30At this time of His Appearing the Church is supposed to come into a condition of uninhibited assurance and open confidence. Why? because as He appears so she also appears with Him in the same Glory, the same Doxa, the same opinions, and values. Why? because it is the same Life. He said, When Christ who is our Life shall Appear, we shall appear with Him in glory.
31This condition of our being as he is, is a result of the unveiling of Christ. but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
32And at this time He comes not only as Husband, but as our Advocate and Judge. As Husband He does not have to testify against us, and as our advocate He is our defense attorney, and as our Judge the case is closed. We are predestined not to fall. "He that has begun the good work in you shall perform it". "He is the Author and finisher of our faith".
33Therefore at this time we come into a condition of uninhibited assurance and open confidence. This condition is a result of the unveiling of Christ. He comes not only as Husband, but as our Advocate and Judge. As Husband He does not have to testify against us, and as our advocate He is our defense attorney, and as our Judge the case is sowed up. We are predestined not to fall. He that has begun the good work in you shall perform it. He is the Author and finisher of our faith. As Paul said in Galatians 2, "we live by the faith of the Son of God." It is His faith we live by, not our own. Therefore, "whom the Son shall make free is free indeed." What else could we ask for. This brings confidence as never known before, when, "He which gave the Word is here to confirm it."
34Now God is the righteous Judge and remember He is Judge and Priest both as the Son of Man because the Bible tells us that. Jesus said, “As the Son of Man judgment is committed unto me.” But remember He is also the King in the order of Melchisedec. So therefore He was King-Priest- Judge. And so we find, God the righteous judge, and He’s King- Priest and judge, but it's the same person all the time, declaring us justified and the very righteousness of Himself, through the blood of His son. Therefore we are the sinless, Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ. On what grounds? On the grounds of accepting a vindicated Word, walking in the light as he is in the light, and having fellowship first with Him and with each other.1 John 1:7.
35Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Now, Paul is not saying from Faith to Faith as though God is revealed a little differently from one faith to another. But what He is telling us here that the very righteousness, or the right-wise-ness of God is revealed from revelation to revelation. In other words, we do not just stop once we have first received the revealed word. But as brother Branham taught us in the church age book about revelation, He said, it is like a roman candle that goes up and out from it comes another flame and from that another and from that another and another and on into eternity. And this is the key to understanding our day and it's message. If Christ has truly come down in this hour, then the message goes way beyond God sending a prophet. He said, "my ministry is to declare Him, that He is here". Therefore if his ministry is to declare, then we must know what it means to declare something.
36Now, Webster tells us that to declare means to reveal or show openly, to make clearly known. And that again is why Paul felt that He himself had to see the people face to face, because already during his time men were arising who were speaking perverse things concerning the revelation of Jesus Christ. And Paul wanted to go and declare the revelation of Jesus Christ himself because he wanted to make it perfectly known, and clearly revealed.
37Now, if the word declare means to make something perfectly or clearly known, then why is there so much confusion still? I'll, tell you why, because they are not saying it like the prophet of God said it.
42Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
45Jesus did not come into this world to make himself known to the world? He came to manifest the Father. There were two beings, that shared that body. Why is It the Scriptures tells us almost nothing of the childhood and young adulthood of Jesus? Why is it that we wait until he is 30 years old to begin the daily encounter of this man? It is because there was nothing to tell, well, hardly anything to tell until God also entered into that body.
47II Corinthians 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ (the Anointer) after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him so no more. 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ (anointing), he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ (the anointed One), and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ (God the anointer was in the anointed one or the one whom he anointed), reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
4920 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, (or on behalf of Christ, or for the sake of Christ) be ye reconciled to God. (Why?) 21 For He (God) hath made him (The Son of God) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
50That we might be made the righteousness of God? Yes, that we might be made the right-wise-ness of Go, being in Christ (the anointing). That we might know God in a right way, and act in a right way, and live in a right way. You see it all comes down to John 14:12.
51Reconciliation through fellowship 56-0120 P:33 And let me give you a little bit of scientific something. You can take a red, purely, genuine, red glass, and look through it at a red object, and red through red looks white. Figure it out. God, looking through the Blood of Christ to a red sinner, is white as snow. "Though your sins be red like crimson, they shall be white like snow."God knew what He was doing when He looked through the Blood of the innocent to the guilty that's bloody red, and He sees him white. Not because he's righteous, but because he's accepted the righteousness of God through Christ, and become reconciled back to fellowship again with God.
53"Not because something that you do, some good deeds... That's all right. You do the good deeds because you are a believer, but that doesn't do it by good deeds. Joining church is all right, but that isn't what does it. It's when you recognize that you're a sinner, lost, and the only way that God can see you righteous is through the Blood of Jesus Christ. Then when He sees you through the Blood of Jesus, He sees you as innocent as His own Son, Christ Jesus was. That's the Gospel story, friend. Believe that, accept that, and worship through that, you can have what you ask for. God said, so. Yes, sir.
54Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.
If we have the same spirit, the same Life, the same seed as the first born son, then we will act and live and talk and do what the first born son did. Why? Becauise we have the mind of Christ.
56I John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he (God) is righteous. So these people who talk the right doctrine but do not live the doctrine, or manifest the right doctrine how can they be the righteousness of God?
57So we see it is righteousness comes from the act of doing what is right. And you can not do what is right if you do not think what is right. Then the actions only manifests what is in the mind. Therefore, to have right-wise-ness is to do what is right. You act right because you think right. You speak right things because you think right things. So we are looking at being reconciled to God through Jesus Christ that we may think and speak and do the right things. And what are the right things? Those things that are of and for God. In other words if we have the mind of Christ we will do as Christ did.
58Jesus Himself said, The Son only wants to do that which is pleasing to the Father. That's what righteousness is. And that is the Token, the Life being displayed. In other Words John 14:12 is the displaying of the Token, the Life of Christ in the individual believer.