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274 This fine scholar went on talking to me, as I said awhile ago. He said, "Billy," he said, "Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness". "What more could the man do, but believe God?" I said, "That is true, doctor. It's right. He did believe God. The Bible said so. You're right. As far as you've come you're correct. As long as the-the twelve spies that were sent out to go over to spy out on the land of Canaan, as long as they went forward towards Canaan, they were gaining ground; but when they came to the border line, then they rejected." I said, "You Baptists are all right as far as you come, but have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?" I said, "Remember, God recognized Abraham's faith. He believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness. That's true. But then God gave him the seal of circumcision as a sign to him. Not that his flesh circumcised had anything to do with his soul, but it was a sign that God had recognized his faith. And He gives us the sign of the Holy Ghost that He has recognized us as believers. For, 'Repent and be baptized every one in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you...'" You get the point, now?
3Notice, brother Branham gives us two Scriptures here to establish his point because that is all that is needed to establish any point. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:1, "In the mouth of Two or Three witnesses shall any word be established." And so The word or point that brother Branham is making is established via these two scriptures but let me give you a few more.
61 John 5:1 Whosoever believeth (and you have to be a believer to believe, right?) 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.
7Notice now, he tells us here that you can not call Jesus the Christ, or Jesus the anointed one, because the word Christ means, anointer, anointed, and anointing. It all depends on the context of the sentence. But He is telling us that Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, and you can not believe unless you are a believer, Therefore, "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God.
8Therefore as brother Branham explained this, Questions and answers COD 59-0628E P:27 Now, the Scripture says that no man can say Jesus is the Christ only by the Holy Ghost. So you cannot believe that Jesus is the Christ until you have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. You're only testifying or saying what the Scripture says, saying what the pastor says, saying what mother says, or some good preacher says. But you don't know it yourself until He has witnessed His resurrection to you. And no man can call Jesus the Christ until by the Holy Ghost.
10Notice he says, " So you cannot believe that Jesus is the Christ until you have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. (then brother Branham says, "o you can talk it, and repeat what others have said to you, but until you actually experience that anointing in you, changing your life, you cannot actually say it with a true confirmation, in other words, until you have actually experienced God's anointing upon and in your life, you can are not a witness to the actuality of Him being an anointer) But you don't know it yourself until He has witnessed His resurrection to you."
11"Now, the Scripture says that "no man can say Jesus is the Christ only by the Holy Ghost". So you cannot believe that Jesus is the Christ until you have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. You're only testifying or saying what the Scripture says, saying what the pastor says, saying what mother says, or some good preacher says. But you don't know it yourself until He has witnessed His resurrection to you. And no man can call Jesus the Christ until by the Holy Ghost."
12So the witness has to be in you of the anointed one, or you can say it all you want but those words are only words, and have no meaning to you, because you have not personally experienced or witnessed the Holy Ghost anointing in you.
13Listen to the language, how perfectly brother Branham lays this out for us in his sermon, Patmos vision 60-1204E P:39 Now, ask God to... While we're talking on Revelations, ask Him to give you a revelation of this. For it can only be known by revelation, and you can only be saved by revelation. You have a knowledge of it intellectually, but you can't be saved until it's revealed to you. "No man can call Jesus the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost." That's what the Bible says. No man can say Jesus is the Christ until he has received the Holy Ghost. He might say, "The pastor said so; the Bible said so." Them are true. "The church says so." That is true. But you don't know yourself until the Holy Ghost has revealed it to you, and He's become in you. "No man can call Jesus the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost." Not by knowledge, not by intellectual.
14So brother Branham is telling us this revelation of Jesus being the Christ, or being the anointer, doesn't come by intellectual understanding, but it comes via Christ actually entering into you and anointing you with his anointing. Then you can speak from an experiential knowledge, and not just repeating what someone else has told you. When you have truly witnessed within yourself the anointing of Jesus you can say He is the anointer. And the Apostle Paul told us in Romans 8:11 "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 dwelleth in you."
15Notice what the apostle Paul is telling us is that the same Spirit, God's Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead will also quicken or make alive our own mortal bodies by His same Spirit as it dwells in us. So we are not talking about intellectual understanding here, we are talking about experiential knowledge. You know because you have personally witnessed it.
16What Holy Ghost was given for 59-1217 P:45 Now. "The works that I do..." God is in His church to continue His works. That's why He sent the Holy Ghost. Now, He knowed that. He knowed it wouldn't be, it couldn't be done that way, so was it by otherwise... So He had to send... The Father that sent the Son, put all that's in the Son in you. And the same works that He did, the same very works now that Jesus did, you'll do also, the church. Wouldn't you like to do the works of God? Jesus said, "If you want to do the works of God, believe on Me." How you believe on Him? You can't do it till you got the Holy Ghost, 'cause no man can say He is the Son of God. You're saying what somebody else said," The Bible said that He's the Son of God; I believe the Bible." All right. "The Bible says He's the Son of God; I believe the Bible. The pastor says He's the Son of God; I believe the pastor. Mama says He's the Son of God; I believe Mama. My friend says He's the Son of God; I believe my friend." But the only way that I can say He's the Son of God, is when the Holy Ghost comes in and bears record of Itself. Then I know He's the Son of God. No man can call Jesus "Christ," only by the Holy Ghost. There.
17Super sense 59-1227E P:34 Now, you cannot believe it until you are regenerated. The Bible said that no man can call Jesus the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost. We went through that this last week. And it's been such a stumbling block, especially to the Pentecostal believing people, when they hear me say that. Jesus said in Saint John 5:24, "He that heareth My Word and believeth on Him that sent Me, has Eternal Life." Eternal Life comes from God alone. "And no man can say Jesus is the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost." You're only taking what somebody else said, what you learned by intellectual, what you learned by the natural five senses. But when the sixth sense comes in, the Holy Spirit, It takes away all the reasonings of these six senses--and the five senses, and lifts you up into that sixth sense, to make you believe things that you can't see, taste, feel, smell, or hear. It does something to you. Then you can say Jesus is the Christ, because you have witnessed it; not what intellectual teaching has taught you, but what you've experienced.
18Questions and answers COD 59-0628E P:27 Now, now, I knowed that great Scripture; I use It myself--I've got It written here: St. John the 5th chapter, 24th verse. It's a pet Scripture to me. For Jesus said this: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, 'He that believeth on Me has Eternal Life.'" Let me read it, so that I'll get It just perfectly right. St. John 5, and I want you to listen close now as we go into this Scripture, 5 and the 24th verse. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my words, and believeth on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."He that believeth on Me..." Now, the Scripture says that no man can say Jesus is the Christ only by the Holy Ghost. So you cannot believe that Jesus is the Christ until you have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. You're only testifying or saying what the Scripture says, saying what the pastor says, saying what mother says, or some good preacher says. But you don't know it yourself until He has witnessed His resurrection to you. And no man can call Jesus the Christ until by the Holy Ghost.
19Attitude and who is God? 50-0815 P:4 And I'm happy tonight to know that people still believe in the Blood (See?), the Blood of Christ. And I do not believe in this social gospel they have today, and these cults that go around saying, "Well, there's no such a thing as the Blood, and the Holy Spirit." You just... Your not a Christian when you do that. You can't be. You can't be a Christian without being born again. That's right. You can't be, no matter what you try to profess. But He said, "No man can say Jesus is the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost." See? If you're just taking what somebody else said, you're going by what someone said. But you'll never know it until the Holy Ghost has filled you with His Presence, and witnessed to you that He is the Holy Spirit and is right. I know you that believe that Jesus Christ the Son of God, is born in the Spirit of God. But you are only taken what somebody else said until it's a witness to you. See?
20Infallible Word of God 56-0406 P:38 "Upon this rock I'll build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Yes, sir. The spiritual Divine revelation that Jesus Christ is the Son of God... The Bible said, "No man can say Jesus is the Christ only by the witness of the Holy Ghost." And if you deny the Holy Ghost exists, if you deny there's no such a thing as the baptism of the Holy Ghost, how can you believe in Jesus Christ? Only by historical standpoint you can believe it. But when you have received Christ the Holy Spirit into your heart, and been regenerated and borned anew, then the Holy Ghost Itself bears record. And that's the reason people today that can believe in Divine healing in the supernatural, because the very God that made the Word created it, has sent His own Spirit in the hearts to vindicate that to be truth. And that's why today we have signs and wonders and powers working among us all over the world.
21God's provided way of healing 54-0719A P:26 Now, in you, up here, every person here this afternoon, I want to believe, believes in Divine healing, every one of you. You say, "Sure, Brother Branham, I believe in Divine healing."Now, maybe you mean that with all the intelligence you know how to speak it. You believe it. That's in your head. But remember, there's a subconscious down there, that's got to say the same thing. If it doesn't, you'll never get nowhere. You might read the Bible, say, "Well, here Brother Branham, the Bible says this."That's true. That's exactly right. There's where people say today, "Well, I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and I'm saved.""How do you know He's the Son of God?""The Bible said so." See? And I say, "Well, how do you know He's the Son of God.""Mother said so. The preacher said so."Well, they're right. But how do you know? The Bible said that you cannot know it until you have received the Holy Ghost. You're only taking somebody else's word. Did you know that? That didn't go very good. But that's the truth. Quote it, "No man can say Jesus is the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost." That right? The Holy Ghost in you has to bear record to the resurrection and Jesus being the Son of God, or you're only taking somebody else's word for it. You're only taking what the Bible says. The Bible's right. Or you're only taking what the minister says. The minister's right. Or what some other good person said. They're right. But you, as an individual doesn't know that Jesus is the Christ until the Holy Ghost has brought it to you. That's right.
22And notice in all these quotes brother Branham is telling us there must be a Witness of His Spirit, the resurrected Spirit of Jesus Christ alive in you. Not an intellectual understanding, anybody can say they believe but the true believer can say He believes because His life has been made anew. He has personally experienced the Spirit fo God living His life for him. And until you have died to yourself, God will never place His Holy Spirit in an unholy vessel.
23Witnesses 54-0303 P:18 Now, He didn't say, "I want you to go now and be my witnesses." He said, "You shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and then you shall be witnesses." See, you must be... You must have a first-hand experience. If I go down here to the worst roadhouse or whiskey place that there is in Phoenix tonight (a gambling devicities), and every person in there that would be drinking, I'd walk up to him and say, "What do you think of Jesus Christ?" He'd say, "The Son of God." That doesn't make him saved. Then I'd say this, "How do you know He's the Son of God?" "Well, my mother said so.""Well, maybe mother was right, but what about you?" See? If I went out here to a church member, and I said, "What do you think of Jesus Christ? Who was He?""Why, He was the Son of God.""Well, how do you know?""My pastor said so.""Your pastor's right, but what do you know about it?" See, see? Mother's right and the pastor's right. But before you know He is the Son of God... The Bible said no man can say Jesus is the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost has to witness it to you: must be a personal experience. I hope you see that.
24All things are possible 56-0722 P:14 "Well, just a minute." He eat--peeled the apple, took a piece, put it in his mouth, begin to chew on it and swallowed it, said, "I want to ask you a question. Is this apple sweet or sour?"The infidel said, "I'm not eating it. I don't know."Said, "That's what I thought." Walked right back and set down. How do you know whether there's a Holy Ghost or not until you've received It? How do you know Jesus heals or not, until you received it? Said, "No man can say Jesus is the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost." No matter how much you read out of the Bible that won't work. The Holy Ghost has got to witness it to you--His resurrection in your life--or you don't know whether it's sweet or sour. That's right. The poet said, "Taste and see the Lord is good." Who knows before he tastes it? It's he that tastes that knows. As the old saying is "The proof of the pudding is the eating thereof." So that's good. So this infidel was defeated in this case.
25Jesus arose 56-0405 P:14 One place said, "I'll be in you to the end of the world." He will be with us, even in us to the end of the world. "I," not someone else, "I will be to the end of the world." "I," is a personal pronoun. "And I'll be with you to the end of the world."And many people today doesn't realize that. Only those who have their names written in the Lamb's Book of Life and has been born again by the Holy Ghost, is a witness of the resurrection. The Bible said, "No man can say Jesus is the Christ only by the Holy Ghost." You might know it by the way of Word. You might know it by the way of the pastor, or by your mother, or some other testimony. You... But you don't know it yourself until personally He has witnessed to you that He's raised from the dead and lives in your heart. What a beautiful picture. And now, these disciples, we're taught that they was not educated. They might not have knowed all about algebra. They might not have knowed all about the geographics of the world; but there was one thing they did know: they knew Him.
26In this same Message, The Token 63-09-01 in paragraph 345 brother Branham said, "Let me live the example of what Christ said a man should be. Let me be a brother to a brother, a brother to a sister. Let me be a minister to the ministers. Let me be an example of examples. Let me show to the world that this Word is Christ. The only way I can do it is come into Him. Cause, I can't do it myself , you can't do it. But Let the Word and you become One, then It lives Itself out. You are a walking epistle of Jesus Christ, when He's got complete control, control of you , to make every Word."
28Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect (that means equipped and fully mature) in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
29Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of The faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
31That is how you know that he is the Christ, because you have become anointed with His same anointing. You have become Him. You have become a reflection of Him, and you have been conformed to the image of the first born son.
33The Token 63-09-01 par 224 " Don't you rely upon no speaking in tongues, no nothing else. but let the Token Itself be there, the Person of Jesus Christ, His Own Life in you. Circumcise not just this, that: but circumcise your whole being, till you and Christ are One. Christ is in you, and His Life lives out through you."
34We would see Jesus 57-0226 P:21 But now, while He's here working with His Church in the form of the Spirit... Then if His Spirit is with us, He will act just exactly like He act when He was here on earth. It'll make you act the same way, because it's not your spirit any more; it's His Spirit in you, Christ's Spirit in you." The things that I do... He that believeth on Me (Saint John 14:12.), the works that I do, shall ye do also." See? We'll do the same works, think the same thoughts, live the same type of life. If the Spirit of God is in you, it makes you live like Christ, Christ-like. Then you become a written epistle, read of all men, Christ in you, reflecting His Light out of you, as God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, and reflecting God from His own body. No man has seen God at any time, but the only begotten of the Father has declared Him. God was in Christ. And what Christ's attitude was, was God's attitude, 'cause the two work together, the Spirit and flesh united together. Got a sermon on that: "The Dove And The Lamb."
35What shall I do with Jesus 63-1124M P:95 As I said, if the life of Beethoven was in you, you'd live like Beethoven. If the life of Hitler was in you, you'd live like Hitler. And when the Life of Christ is in you, you'll live like Christ. And the works of Christ you do. If Christ lived today He'd do exactly what the Word said He'd do today. And if the Word said that, "He is the same yesterday, today, and forever," why can't this blind ecclesiastical world see the time that they're living. See?
36Christ is the mystery - 63-0728 So that same Word moves from the Head as the day comes close, down into the Body, down into the Body vindicating that they are One. They're Husband and Wife. They're flesh of his flesh, Word of His Word, Life of His Life, Spirit of His Spirit. See? Amen. How do you know it? Bears the same record, same fruit, same Word (See?), manifests Christ: same Life, same God, same Spirit, same Word, same Book (Amen!), same signs, "Things that I do shall you also." Oh hallelujah. My...
3763-0728 - "Christ Is The Mystery Of God Revealed" And Paul, this great intellectual man, never tried to express his great theological terms upon the people. He humbly accepted the Word of the Lord, and he lived the Word so that It expressed through him. He lived so godly until they seen Jesus Christ in him, so much, till they wanted his handkerchief, to take it and lay it upon the sick. There is the Life of Christ.
38No theologian can know this Life. They can know about it, but they will never know it by study. It comes by surrendering your own life and dying to your own self. It is not and cannot be received through theological study, nor from educating yourself to it, nor from any mental effort on your part. It comes when God Himself injects you with His own Life, when your life has died and His Life comes in to live itself out in you.
40John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he 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.
4163-0728 - "Christ Is The Mystery Of God Revealed" 147 God is known by simplicity and of revelation of Jesus Christ to the most illiterate person. See? Not your theology. It's a revelation of Jesus Christ. "Upon this rock I'll build My Church." No other rocks accepted, no other things accepted, no other Roman rock, no other Protestant rock, no other school, no other nothing, but on exactly the revelation of Jesus Christ through the new Birth. He borns in there, and He injects His Own Life, and your life is gone. And the Life of Christ is projecting Itself through you, with the preeminences, to the people; that they see the very Life, and works, and signs, and wonders, that He did, is doing the same thing through you. Outside of that, the rest of it's not even called to, at all. Watch God's great revelation unfolding. By lack of this revelation is why we have so many different divisions among us, and so much mockery. So much division among us, is because the people lack that revelation. See, they lack that revelation, the teachers.
4263-0728 - "Christ Is The Mystery Of God Revealed" And if the Life, the Life of Jesus Christ ever puts out another body of believers, it'll bear the fruit that the first one did. They'll write a Book of Acts behind it, 'cause It'll be the same, same Life. See what I mean? You just can't get away from it. It's the Life of Christ in you, been injected in you, by the Holy Spirit Itself living Its Life through you.
4363-0630E - "Is Your Life Worthy Of The Gospel?" A Christian is to be Christ-like. And a Christian cannot be a Christian until Christ comes into the man, the Life of Christ in him. Then it produces the Life that Christ lived, and you do the things that Christ did.
4463-0120E - "Just One More Time, Lord" And then if He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever, you touch His garment, and His Holy Spirit will operate through us. If you've got the right channel, the Spirit to believe by, the same channel that's here, it'll operate the same way. It's got to, it's God! You put the life of an apple tree in a peach tree, it won't bear peaches no more, it'll bear apples. And you put the Life of Christ in a man that's a mortal being, he'll bear the fruit of the Spirit. He'll bear the fruits of the resurrection.
45Ephesians 2:4-6 Amplified Bible (AMP) 4 But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us,5 Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for it is by grace His favor and mercy which you did not deserve that you are saved delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation.6 And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together with Him in the heavenly sphere by virtue of our being in Christ Jesus the Messiah, the Anointed One.
46The Voice 4 But God, with the unfathomable richness of His love and mercy focused on us,5 united us with the Anointed One and infused our lifeless souls with life—even though we were buried under mountains of sin—and saved us by His grace.6 He raised us up with Him and seated us in the heavenly realms with our beloved Jesus the Anointed.
47Questions and answers COD - 59-1223 And "If ye abide in Me and My Word in you..." See? We become a part of His Word, part of His Life, for we are flesh of his flesh, and bone of His bone, and life of His Life. Then we can no more perish than God Himself could perish. That's what the Holy Ghost is.