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1This evening I would like to take for our text 1 Corinthians 13 because we know already in this series, that brother Branham taught us that this Scripture refers to the Token. We know God is Love, The Bible says that He is love, and We know He is the Holy Ghost, and in this Sermon we hear brother Branham teach us that the Holy Ghost is the Token. And we know that it is the very God-Life that lived in the blood of the Lamb that was slain, Jesus the son of God, and that Life was released from the Son of God on Calvary, and has come back upon us.
2So let's just read for our text what the apostle Paul with a little help from Brother Branham as we read 1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) it profiteth me nothing. 4 (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) suffereth long, and is kind; (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) envieth not; (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) Doth not behave itself unseemly, (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) seeketh not her own, (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) is not easily provoked, (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) thinketh no evil; 6 (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) rejoiceth in the truth; 7 (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) Beareth all things, (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) believeth all things, (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) hopeth all things, (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) endureth all things. 8 (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, (When I applied The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then (when The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) that is when I shall see Him face to face: now I know in part; but then (when The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,) shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, and (The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,), these three; but the greatest of these is (when The Token, The Holy Ghost, the very Life of Christ expressing Itself out from me,).
6In other words, the life hidden away would have done the man no good. The Blood that Israel was to show openly on their door posts and lintel represented the Life of an Innocent Lamb had died. And since Life is invisible, then the chemistry of the blood became the outward visible showing that the lamb had died a substitutionary death. The death angel was coming through the land, and where the blood was already applied, the substitute death had already taken place, and the applying of the blood represented, the life of the innocent Lamb was on display.
7There is no other way to have expressed that Life, or shown the Life had left the lamb except for the blood of the lamb on the doorposts, because if the blood remained in the lamb it would still be alive, but the very fact that the blood was on the doorposts and lintel showed the blood had been shed, and thus the blood represented the life displayed on each door.
8That is why brother Branham said the blood itself was only the chemical that was available to express the Life was slain, But today it is the Life being manifested in the individual which expresses the Life of the innocent one who died, Jesus, is now living itself out in the individual.
9That is why you will see that John 14:12 is the expression of the Life of the lamb of God in the believer. That is why you will hear brother Branham speak of John 14:12 over and over again in this sermon, showing the expression of the very Life that was in the lamb of God is now on display in the believer, and when God sees that Life, He sees the Life of the innocent sacrifice of His son on display, and when I see the Life I will pass over you.
1175 The Jews, no matter how much they could prove that they were circumcised, but the token had to be showed. and "If not, (if the Life was not showed,) there the covenant was not effective. It was... Same now, same thing. No matter what you do, no matter how much you can explain the Bible; you might be a Bible student and oh, my... You might say, "I'm a believer," and everything, but still the Token is required.
13"A Bible student, you say, "I was a good person, Brother Branham. I don't care what anybody says, you can't beat that man. I never saw him do anything wrong in my life." That don't have that [Brother Branham snaps his fingers- Ed.] to do with God. There's one requirement, and that alone, and you cannot do that. You cannot put the blood on the lintel of the door, where the token could not be, unless the lamb died. And the blood was a positive sign that the lamb died, no make-believe; the lamb died.
14Notice the blood which represented the life of the lamb was a positive identification that the Life of the innocent lamb had been slain, and was now applied to their life for all to see. Of course, because it was displayed for all to see and identified each home where that Life was accepted and applied.
15Now, we know that you are what you eat, and each family then was required to eat the innocent lamb, giving them energy for the exodus, and identification with its innocence displayed for all to see.
16And in this day John 14:12 is the identification for all to see that your life also identifies with the Life of the innocent Lamb of God, and it identifies you as a true believer, just as the blood on the doorpost did at the first exodus. And the very Life of Christ expressing itself out from your life, shows you have only been accepted His Life and sacrifice for you, but it shows also you are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.
1876 And the Holy Ghost is a positive Token that your Lamb died, and you received the Token upon yourself; for His very Life is in you. See? There's no make-belief. There's no put-on. There's no impersonation. It's there. You know it. You know it; the world knows it. The Token is there.
20And also in Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Why, because dead men do not lust, nor do they make any provisions for their flesh.
21Then brother Branham said, "No matter how good the person was... Might been a Bible student; it might be... It might be any kind of a good church member. It might be a good person. It might be a denominational head. It might be the hierarchy of Rome. I don't know who it is, it's not... But don't make it anything."
2277 "But Israel... Any Bible student knows that Israel was a type of the church, exactly, to the promised land. That's where she's journeying. But when the evening time come and the journey was on, there was one solemn requirement. No matter how much Jew he'd been, how well he kept his crops, how well he'd taken care of the neighbors, how much he had done, how good a member he was, how much tithes he paid, all these things was fine; that was okay; he was a good man, recognized among his people as a good man; but without the token of the blood, he perished...?..."
2378 "Oh, may God help me, both present and in the tape to pin that down. That no matter... You might've preached the Gospel; you might've cast out devils; you might've spoke with tongues; you might've shouted, danced in the Spirit; but without the Token...(without the Life of Christ manifested in your life) You say, "Can I do it?" Paul said you could. "Though I speak with tongues like men and angels; though I give all my goods to feed the poor, my body to be burned as a sacrifice; I have faith to move mountains and these things; I'm nothing yet." Hallelujah. Don't rely upon that. It's the Token. No matter how much you've done, how good you are, when the wrath of God flashes, it'll only recognize the Token. It'll only recognize the life of Christ manifested in the individual.
2479 It is a Token that a price has been paid, that's been required; and the price that was paid was the Life of Jesus Christ, and He gave His Life, and His Spirit comes back upon you as a Token that you're received. Then you carry the Token with you day and night, not just on Sunday. It's all the time. You have the Token. "When I... The blood shall be a token unto you." You say, "I still believe. I am a believer." That's all right, but if you reject the Token, (the expression of that Life of the lamb which is John 14:12) then how you going to be a believer? It speaks against you. See? It speaks against your testimony that you do... Bible student, good person, church member, ever what you are, doesn't mean a thing. Yes, sir. Maybe your father's a preacher, maybe your mother was a saint. May... That's okay; they have to answer for themselves.
2580 As I've said, try... People try to make God some big old fat doting grandfather (See?), a bunch of grand-kids that's like little Rickys and Elvises, and there's no harm in them. Not God, He has no grandchildren; He's a Father. You got to be born again. He's not big, soft, doting; He's a God of judgment. The Bible speaks He is. His wrath is fierce. Don't you trample on that and expect the goodness of God someday take you in your sin and to take you to heaven. If He'd done that, He'd excused all of this here and have took you. You'll believe His Word or you'll perish. And when you believe His Word, the Token will be upon you.
2681 Death was ready to strike Egypt that night at any time. (and brothers and sisters, the death angel is on its way to this earth as we speak. first the economy will go because there must first be a Squeeze, and the word squeeze that brother Branham used is an economic term that you can only find in the Wall Street Journal and other financial papers. And as it was in the Alpha it will be in the omega. Before the plagues struck Egypt, the people were squeezed by Pharaoh to make bricks without straw. So the squeeze must come before the judgment tribulation period, and we are already seeing the beginnings of it)
27Brother Branham continues, "It was a fearful time. All their ceremonies, all their feast days and fast days... God had visited them; God had showed His great signs and wonders in the midst of them. What is that? Now, stop a minute. God had showed them His grace. He give them a chance. They couldn't turn it down. They said, "Aw, there's nothing to that. It's nonsense. It's just something up in the cataracts; there's an eruption of red mud flew out. That's what made the sea red." Then the hail came. Then the frogs came. God had prepared a place and put His Word in a prophet's mouth, and when he spoke, it come to pass.
29"And they seen it; they couldn't deny it. What Moses called for, that's what Moses got from God, because, he only spoke the Word of God. He said, "I'll make you a god." Moses was a god to them. See? They knowed no difference, so He said, "You'll be a god, and Aaron will be your prophet. (See?) "You'll be like a god. For I'll take you, your voice, and I'll create with you. I'll speak, and the people can't deny it, 'cause right there it is. What you say will happen."Oh, my. "I'll show you those things." And Egypt saw it. They saw it, just before the evening time or just at the evening time. He showed them His goodness. He showed that He could take it way, heal.
3082 Magicians tried to do the same thing, the impersonators. You always find them. There was Jannes and Jambres; they stood there. But when it comes to the real thing, they didn't have it. That's right. They followed along a little while, but after while, their folly was made manifest. And don't the Bible say that the same thing will happen in the last day. "As Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses..." But their folly was made manifest. So will it be again. See? There it is. Men of perverted minds, reprobates concerning the truth--the fact, they might have congregations, and great things, great high, big, flowery things, but the hour will finally arrive. Stand steady with the Token. That is what God wants us to do. Hold to His Word. Don't move from It. Stay right with It. The Bible said so. Death was striking. God had showed them mercy, showed powers and signs.
3183 Now, let's stop just for a moment or two on that clock there. Let's just think in our minds back what He promised would happen in the last days. I wonder if we hadn't just about check up too. He done all these things, and yet they still desired not to repent or to believe the message of the day. They still didn't want to do it. Although it'd been displayed before them, and had been surely made known... And when you see such things taking place, it's the sign of oncoming judgment. Judgment will follow those things. It's always done it, and this won't be no exception. See? Judgment follows grace. When mercy is spurned, there's nothing left but judgment. So it'll always follow.
3284 Now, a scene. Every spiritual happening is a sign from God. Be careful; notice that. See? Watch. Every spiritual happening, everything that happens is a sign. (alrigth, then what about that storm in Uganda, and what about the weather in Kentucky and Argentina, and what about those three rainbow in Congo?, He said, Every spiritual happening is a sign from God.)
33"We're not here by accident. These things just don't happen by accident. It's a sign. It's a sign to get to safety quickly. Noah was a sign to his generation; Elijah was a sign to his; John was a sign to his. See? Everything... The Message of the hour is a sign. Watch it. Look what it's doing. See? It's a sign. Everything has a meaning. At no other time could this type of a message ever happen. It could not have come in Luther's day, couldn't have come in Wesley's day; it couldn't even come in Pentecostal day. It couldn't do it. See? There's been no such thing happen. And yet, it was promised in the Bible. See? We're at the end. Nothing could happen... It couldn't have happen till this time, and it's happening for a sign, wonder. What is a sign? Oh, little people, my brother, sister, get under that Token quickly. See? Don't, don't take no substitute. Don't, don't, don't, don't do that. See? Don't just imagine it. You stay there until you know that the Token is applied, until your whole, "the mind that was in Christ is in you"; until all the nonsense of the world is gone, until the whole heart's desire is Him. See? Then you know, then you know something's happening. Jesus said, "These signs shall follow them that believe," not make-believers, but believers. See?
34There you go, the Token is the Life of Christ in the individual, but it has to be applied, it must be applied, for without it being applied, when the death angel comes, he will not pass over you. There must be an identifiable characteristic that He lives in you and it is His Life and His nature reflecting from you in speaking as he speaks, living as he lived, acting as he acted and doing the things, the works he did you do also. There's your token on display.
35John 14:12 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Token the 63-0901M P:49 Now, the very Spirit Itself is the Token. The Holy Spirit Itself is the Token, not the Blood. ... But the Token is the Holy Ghost upon the church, that they see Christ.
36Token the 64-0308 P:62 That's a cutting Message, but it's the Truth. That's what we need, is Truth. God help us to know Truth. "You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free." I claim that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I believe that God gives the Holy Ghost as a Token, right now, just before the exodus of the Bride going out of the church. I believe there's so much tommy-rot, and people saying they shouted, they spoke in tongues. I believe in those things; but you can't rely on that. How can you rely on that and then deny the Word? See? The Token is the Word identified in you, living Itself out. That's God being His Own interpreter. You don't have to say, "Well now, you interpret my tongue." That ain't it. He interprets your life by the Word. When He takes your word, what you are, and identify His Word through there, it don't need any interpretation; it's already there. God does His Own interpretation, and we've had these promises for the day.
37From His sermon, We would see Jesus 57-0226 P:21 William Branham tells us the reason why John 14:12 is for all, and what purpose it is for. "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 anymore; 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.
38Identification 63-0123 P:51 We've got to take the entire full Gospel. We must... And now, being that we have identified ourselves as full Gospel people, let's mold our character. We're invited to be molded in His Image, that we might reflect His Presence. "And the works that I do, shall you do also. The Life that I live, so shall you." We're invited by God to take Him as an Example, and let our character be molded like His. What a thing. My. Then when we let His character be in us, then we have become sons by having the mind of Christ: mind, which is His character. Your mind makes your character. "Let the mind," Paul said, "of Christ, this mind that was in Christ be in you." Let that mind of Christ be in you. It molds the character of a son of God.
39Jesus Christ the same 55-0806 P:38 Now, notice why he did it. Listen. Why did he do it? Listen at him when he addresses Him. "Rabbi (Teacher. See?), Rabbi, we know..." We who? The Pharisees, the religious world. "We know that Thou art a teacher come from God." Why? Because You got a degree? No. Because You speak so eloquent? No. Because that You are an educated man? Nope. Because You belong to a certain deno... Nope. "We know that Thou art a teacher come from God (Why?), because no man can do the things that you do except God was with him." There you are. Not, "No man could teach the things that you do." Not, "No man could teach the theology you do." Not, "No man that could do these things, or teach the Bible like you do," but, "No man could do the works that You do." There's one thing to teach something, there's another thing for God to confirm it and say it's the truth. There's one thing to say something; it's another thing to do something. It's not hearers; it's doers. "Show me your faith without your works, and I'll show you my faith," said Paul, "by my works." If you believe it, you'll act upon it. That's it. And then your faith becomes works and God can go with you then." We know that you're a teacher come from God," we Pharisees. "Well, why don't you come and join with me then. Why don't you believe me?" "Well, of course, we have regulation. And our regulation is a tradition of the elders which says if you don't belong to the Sanhedrin or the denomination here at Jerusalem, why, we'll all be excommunicated. And therefore we can't accept it." And yet, was willing to admit that no man could do the things that He did except God be with Him. Why? God is proving His Gospel. God's always did it.
40Prophet like unto Moses 59-1120 P:34 Now, the reason that I believe in this Church, the Church of the Holy Spirit, is because Jesus ought to know how to set up a church. And Jesus said that the works that He did, the church that believed in Him would do the same works. Paul said, "If there come one among you and you all speak with tongues and no interpretation" said, "the unbeliever will say you're mad. But if one speaks prophesying, and reveals the secret of the heart then they'll all fall down and say God is with you." The order of Christ's church, not religious ceremonies, but the living Presence of the resurrected Christ. That's the church of the living God, God living in His church, living His life, and doing through His Church, speaking Himself out through His servants as He did when He was here on earth. We can just let our hearts be so wrapped into Him, and our spirit so under control, that He can move in and take away our own thinking, and just do our thinking, confirming His Word. Then we'll go away and say, "Truly, God is with us.
41I stand at the door and knock 57-1208 P:56 And if a spirit of the devil is in you, you'll do the works of the devil. If you're an outlaw, if John Dillinger's spirit was in you, you'd pack guns and kill people. If the spirit of anything was in you, it'll make it act like the person. If the Spirit of Christ is in you, it'll act like Christ. It'll do the works of Christ. "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he also." There you are.
42Possessing the enemy's gates 59-1108 P:34 In the Church of the living God this morning lays the power to heal all sickness. In the Church of the living God lays power to overcome all temptation. In the possession of the Church of the living God this morning lays the power to change sin and throw it away, and receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost. In the Church of Jesus Christ "Whatsoever you desire, ask in My Name and it shall be given to you. A little while and the world (the un... not seed, the un-regenerated seed) will see Me no more. Yet you'll see Me, for I'll be with you, even in you, to the end of the world." What? The Royal Seed. "The works that I do, shall you do also. I'll verify Myself that I'm with you, for these signs shall follow them that believe." He shall possess the seed of his enemy. He shall possess... His seed shall possess the gate of his enemy." No matter what the gate is, if it's sickness, temptations, sin, whatever gate it is, it's conquered. And the seed of Abraham possess it.
43God identifying Himself 64-0320 P:33 The pouring out of the Holy Ghost in the last days upon the common people has identified God's characteristic with the people. He promised it. It's the Word. He said He'd do it. Nobody can take it back. He said He would do it. So all these things that He's promised, that's what He does. It identifies His characteristic. Yes, sir. "Don't believe it, don't believe My claims, if My characteristic isn't that of God." Now, notice in John 14:12, "He that believeth on Me," He said, "has My identification, My characteristic. He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also." That identifies that the character of Christ is in him, displaying the characteristics of Him. Amen.
44Life 58-0512 P:8 Now, the Christian church should have real character then. And if the Life of Christ is in the church of Christ, then it's got to have the character of Christ. It'll produce the Life of Christ. It's just a no more than just what we call in the south, common sense. If the Life of the Spirit of Christ is in the church, it has to produce that Life, because the life that's in you, makes your character. And what kind of characters ought we to be, who have solemnly promised that we would serve the Lord Jesus as long as we live, and we have been baptized to His death, burial, and resurrection, and have put our names upon the church rolls, take out place in Sunday school, and then go out, and live something different. Oh, it's more... It's more of an detriment to the cause of Christ, than all the bootleg joints we have in America. God grant the day, that when men will live just what they are. And you can always tell them by their nature, their make-up.
45Faith once delivered to the saints 57-0610 P:38 Jesus said, "If I do not the works of God, then don't believe Me." But He did the works of God. And He said, "I do not do nothing in Myself, till I see the Father do it first. Whatever I see the Father doing, then the Son does likewise." He said, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also." That was the Church. Christ left this that His Church would have His Spirit. And the Spirit of Christ will perform, and act, and live like Christ. Amen. How can we segregate ourselves, when Christ taught brotherly love, "By this all men will know you're My Church," when you've got love one for another.
46We 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.
471957) Faith once delivered to the saints 57-0610 P:38 He said, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also." That was the Church. Christ left this that His Church would have His Spirit. And the Spirit of Christ will perform, and act, and live like Christ. Amen. How can we segregate ourselves, when Christ taught brotherly love, "By this all men will know you're My Church," when you've got love one for another.
48Adoption or placing 60-0522E P:23 Now, notice, then the coming of the Lord Jesus is so close at hand, until the Spirit from way down in here, just barely justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Spirit, and now right into the time of the coming of the Headstone... The church has got to be so perfectly like Christ, until Christ and the church can unite together, the same Spirit. And if the Spirit of Christ is in you, It makes you live the life of Christ, act the life of Christ, do the works of Christ. "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also." Jesus said that. See? Now, we're going to have... We got a ministry coming that's just exactly like the life of Christ. What does that ministry identify? The coming of the Lord.
49You must be born again 61-1231M P:121 When you're born again, God vindicates you. That's how God vindicates all of His nature. What? By their fruits. That's the way He vindicates His ministry. That's right. All of His servants are vindicated the same way He vindicates nature. How do you know it's a peach tree? 'Cause it bring peaches. How do you know it's an apple tree? Bearing apples. How do you know it's a Christian? Christian signs bear from it; Christian life comes out of it. How do you know he's a teacher? The Word comes from him. How do you know he's a prophet? The Word comes through him, bears record, vindication. It proves itself. How does it become that? When it dies and becomes one. That's right. When we die and become a new creature in Christ Jesus, it gets us with our calling; we stay with our calling. The fruits of the Spirit follow us when we are His servants. When we are born again, the fruits of Christ's Life follows us. That's right. How do you know it's a peach tree? It's got peaches. How do you know he's a Christian? He acts like Christ; he walks like Christ; he talks like Christ; he lives like Christ, above sin, victorious. What does he do, say, "See what I done"? Christ didn't do that. He gave all praise to the Father. That's right. That's how you know it. By their fruits you shall know them. What must..."Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born again he cannot even understand the Kingdom of God."