Sunday, May 24, 2020

Weekly Bible Study – May 25, 2020 The Angelic Conflict. Part 11. Satan’s main goal is not to get believers to sin, but to be independent from God.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your known unconfessed sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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The Angelic Conflict. Part 11. Satan’s main goal is not to get believers to sin, but to be independent from God. John 8:52-58, 10:30, 14:28; Luk 4: Phil 1:29; 1Jo 4:4; Psa 91:11-12



Point 9 in the doctrine of the Angelic Conflict: the Importance of the Hypostatic Union. The hypostatic union means that in the person of Jesus Christ there are two natures: Undiminished deity and True humanity in one person forever. There’s no mixture of the two natures, He is not half God and half man. The human nature always remains human and the divine nature always remains divine. Therefore, He is called the God-man. Sometimes our Lord would say things from His deity only, John 8:52-58, The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets {also}; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he shall never taste of death.’ Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out {to be}?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’; and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I shall be a liar like you, but I do know Him, and keep His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw {it} and was glad.” The Jews therefore said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am [or before Abraham came into being, I existed eternally, I am].'” He did not exist eternally as the God-man but as God. Sometimes the Lord would speak from His humanity and not His deity, John 19:28, After this, Jesus [“Jesus”-emphasis on His humanity], knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.” God does not get thirsty; only the humanity in TLJC [The Lord Jesus Christ] does. John 10:30, the Lord said “I and the Father are one.” He said this from His deity! In John 14:28, “You heard that I said to you, I go away, and I will come to you. If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.” He said that from His humanity! Sometimes He made statements from His hypostatic union. John 6:62, “What then if you should behold the Son of Man [humanity] ascending where He [deity] was before?” It is vital that you understand the hypostatic union because there are cults that will show you scriptures where the Father is said to be greater than the Son, but this is speaking about the Son’s human nature, not His divine nature.

In the dispensation of the hypostatic union, Satan did everything possible to destroy the humanity of Christ through temptation and attempted assassination in order to keep Him from reaching the cross. There are three unique temptations from Satan to our Lord Jesus Christ during the hypostatic union. These were temptations to His humanity, for as God He could not be tempted. The first one is the temptation to rely on self rather than the ministry of Holy Spirit (Matt 4:1-4, Luk 4:1-4). When believers reach spiritual maturity, Satan is permitted by God to cross-examine them in the historical phase of the angelic conflict. Satan is given a tremendous amount of leeway. This includes taking away health and prosperity, causing misunderstanding and loss of friends, in fact, almost any kind of disaster. Remember this is the main reason you have been created: to glorify God! God will not allow us to go through more suffering than we can bear (1Co 10:13). The only one who will put on us more than we can bear is ourselves through our own negative volition, under the law of volitional responsibility! Through residence, function, and momentum in the PPOG [predesigned plan of God] we have the same power system that our Lord’s humanity used to advance to spiritual maturity. When our Lord was baptized by the Spirit He began His public ministry, and had already attained spiritual maturity. Because of His spiritual maturity He was qualified for evidence testing, Satan’s cross-examination of every witness presented by God in the historical trial of all fallen angels.

The first temptation is found in Luk 4:1-2, And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days; and when they had ended, He became hungry. The word tempted is the Greek word peirazo meaning to make proof of, test, scrutinize, examine, or to try or test one’s faith, virtue, or character by enticement to sin or to act independently of God. Why was Satan allowed to test TLJC? Because there is an angelic conflict. It does exist, it is real, and it is important for you to understand! The issue: if the humanity of Christ sins even once during this test, He cannot go to the cross and die for the sins of the whole world. So He was tempted far beyond anyone of us! Luk 4:3, And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” The devil opens up with a verbal examination, “Ei huios ei tou Theou” which actually says “If you are the Son of God, and you are [first class condition], tell this stone to become bread.” Satan recognized that Jesus was the Son of God, so he starts out with a true point of doctrine! Will TLJC who has the power to turn the stone into bread use that power and operate independently of the power of the Holy Spirit, or rely on God to meet His needs? We are all faced with this issue on a smaller scale. Will we rely on ourselves to meet our needs or will we wait for God? Most people have difficulty with waiting, but it is definitely worth waiting on the timing of God.

If Jesus Christ uses His deity, and His own power, to satisfy His hunger by turning the stone into bread then He steps outside of the PPOG [predesigned plan of God] for His life, the power system provided by God the Holy Spirit! Our Lord in hypostatic union would be acting independently of the plan of God the Father, and then Satan could say to God, “Even your own Son chooses to act independently of You!” This is the doctrine of kenosis which means that during the dispensation of the hypostatic union, our Lord Jesus Christ voluntarily restricted the independent use of His divine attributes in compliance with the Father’s plan. He lived among men with their human limitations and established in His humanity a spiritual life which is an example for the Church-age believer. Certain functions of His deity continued to function, such as holding the entire universe together, but these were in accordance with the Father’s will. In fact, all the temptations that Satan brought against Christ in this chapter attacked kenosis. During the First Advent, TLJC depended on the provision and power of the Holy Spirit, the power of Bible doctrine, and the power of the problem-solving devices (PSD’s [problem solving devices]), and gave up any independent exercise of certain divine attributes. Being full of grace and doctrine (John 1:14), the humanity of Christ extrapolated from His own soul, PSD’s. The humanity of Christ had to learn, metabolize, and circulate doctrine in His soul just as we must. He concentrated on the PSD’s to prevent the conversion of the outside pressure of adversity into the inside pressure of stress in the soul. Remember the principle, adversity is inevitable, stress is optional. The PSD’s used by the humanity of Christ were: The filling of the Spirit, The faith rest drill, Grace orientation, Doctrinal orientation, A personal sense of destiny, Personal love for God the Father, Impersonal love for all mankind, and sharing the Happiness of God. (We have two additional PSD’s, Rebound and Occupation with Christ). Our Lord did not depend on His deity to execute the Father’s plan, He depended on what the Father provided in the plan. What the Father provided for Him, He provided for us.

In His state of extreme hunger, Satan said to Him, Luk 4:3, “If You are the Son of God, [and I know you are] tell this stone to become bread.” Our Lord had the power to turn the entire universe into bread, but under the doctrine of kenosis, He did not use His omnipotence independently of the Father. He refused to rely upon His own omnipotence during the incarnation. This is also a temptation to solve the problem of hunger by a miracle rather than the function of his own humanity and under the doctrinal principle that the Holy Spirit led Him here, and God the Father will provide for Him. As long as God the Father has not removed the suffering, He intends for the humanity of Christ to bear it! If God doesn’t remove it, He intends for you to bear it.

So, the issue: Would our Lord Jesus Christ relieve His own hunger by performing a miracle rather then waiting on the divine provisions from God? Leaving the plan of God may not be manifested by overt sin. You can leave the plan of God for your home, the details of life, marriage, business, social distraction, friends, pleasure, personal goals and ambitions. There’s nothing wrong with any of these things providing that they do not take you away from the plan of God. That’s when you become what 2Ti 2:4 says “entangled in the affairs of everyday life”

So, Luk 4:4, And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.'” Instead of performing miracles under His own power, our Lord used the greatest power ever known in human history! He used Bible doctrine in all three parts of his testing. Bible doctrine is the greatest power ever known, far greater than God performing a miracle. When God performs a miracle, it requires only His sovereignty [will]. But, when a believer applies Bible doctrine and advances in the PPOG that is the greatest power and the highest function that any member of the human race can attain. Bible doctrine is the very thinking of Jesus Christ (1Co 2:16), and it is the word of God, a reference to God Himself (John 1:1). Whenever a believer uses Bible doctrine in this life, He is operating in a power that Satan hates because it comes strictly from God and no one else!

Our Lord didn’t use false solutions to suffering. There are two that most believers use: Prayer and Miracles. To pray for strength in time of suffering is blasphemous, since under the PPOG, strength is provided in another way, through the power of the Spirit, Acts 1:8, and the power of the word of God, Heb 4:12. No one would be taking this type of test from Satan unless he already had the strength from spiritual growth. There is an allotted time in your life, ordained by God, for you to go through undeserved suffering. Phil 1:29 says, For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.

Our Lord continued to be hungry, and met Satan’s temptation with Deut 8:3, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. By this, our Lord established the fact that Bible doctrine had #1 priority in His life, and He used the power of Bible doctrine. The temptation of Satan was designed to lure the humanity of Christ away from reliance upon the omnipotence of the Father for His logistical grace, and upon the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit inside the PPOG. Satan’s main goal is not to get the believer to sin but to get the believer to become independent from God. In the same satanic trap today, Satan tempts us to step outside of God’s provision and do it on our own. This is the arrogance of the believer who becomes legalistic!

So, Luk 4:4, And Jesus answered him, “It is written,” He used one scripture and the power of that scripture is greater than the power of a miracle or any power man could ever have. The power is in the word, Heb 4:12, For the word of God is alive and powerful. We are dealing with an invisible enemy, Satan, and all of the demons that operate under his command, and the Satanic systems. We are dealing with a genius, and yet we have been given a power that is far greater. Tragically most believers are rejecting the power, 1Jo 4:4, You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. All spiritual victory in the angelic conflict is related to the Word of God.

The second test was to test our Lord’s relationship to the plan of God for His life (Luk 4:5-8, Matt 4:8-10). Luk 4:5-6, And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.”

There are two aspects to this temptation: First, Satan says, avoid the purpose of the Father’s plan for the incarnation and by-pass the cross and I’ll promote You. Second, avoid the purpose of the Father’s plan for the Second Advent; take the crown or the kingdom now! The Father’s purpose is for TLJC [the Lord Jesus Christ] to go to the cross and die for the sins of the whole world! The Father’s purpose is to deliver all the kingdoms of the world to Christ at the Second Advent not the First! So the devil makes a legitimate offer to TLJC [the Lord Jesus Christ]. Satan does have the right to make this offer and he does throughout history! What follows is Satan’s desperation in a losing battle to tempt our Lord to avoid or by-pass the cross and move to the crown. Without the cross there can be no crown! This time Satan uses a third class condition, unlike the first class condition when he said in verse 3, if you are the Son of God and You are. Luk 4:7-8, “Therefore if You worship before me [third class condition, maybe you will, maybe you will not], it shall all be Yours, for it has been handed over to me [by Adam], and I give it to whomever I wish.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”

TLJC is pointing out to Satan that all creature obligation and loyalty is to the plan of God in the sense of serving Him! The phrase, it shall be all yours (kingdoms of this world) illustrates that Satan, instead of serving God, is seeking to hinder the believer from serving God by offering the believer the things of this world. Our Lord passes this test and temptation with one scripture “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”

The first test had to do with our Lord’s relationship to the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. The second test had to do with our Lord’s relationship to the plan of God the Father for His life, the first Person of the Trinity. The third test had to do with our Lord’s relationship to the word of God, the second Person of the Trinity.Luk 4:9, And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here [pinnacle is the noun pteurgion, the edge or the highest point on the temple, Herod’s porch, a 450-foot drop] for it is written, ‘He will give His angels charge concerning You to guard You, and, ‘On {their} hands they will bear You up, Lest You strike Your foot against a stone.”

Satan is now quoting Psa 91:11-12, with a false application of a correct doctrine. He is trying to persuade the humanity of Christ to jump 450 feet onto rocks! Satan quotes scripture, Psa 91:10-12, “No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent. For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, Lest you strike your foot against a stone.” This Psalm was probably written by Moses and Satan is following the pattern of our Lord’s quotation from Deut 8:3, written by Moses! The humanity of Christ has already resisted the temptation to act independently of the Holy Spirit and the Father’s plan, by utilizing scripture! So, Satan now attacks scripture by quoting scripture. False application of a true doctrine is a very subtle attack from the kingdom of darkness. Psa 91:11-12 is not saying that if you decide to do something daring don’t worry because your guardian angel will protect you. However, Satan is using scripture to tempt the humanity of Christ to act independently of its real meaning. It is not part of the Father’s plan for the humanity of Christ to do a foolish thing like jumping 450 feet in the valley below! God does not condone senseless and unreasonable action.

In Luk 4:12, And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'” The Lord quotes DEU 6:16, a verse that pertains to the real issue and the real application of what Satan is doing. When Jesus Christ said “your God” He was making it very clear that He was the one Who created Satan. Satan made a mistake by putting God to the test. In the first attempt, he said to the Lord, You are God, therefore, tell these stones to be made bread. Therefore, TLJC by quoting Deut 6:16 turns the first class condition, (if you are the Son of God and you are) against Satan. The Lord is saying to Satan, “You know I’m God, you said that yourself, and you should not put the Lord your God to the test!” Consequently, the devil does not use any more first class conditions with TLJC in this dialogue. Satan quoted scripture that did not apply, and thereby he distorted scripture. Jesus quoted scripture that did apply, with a correct and accurate application, and so used the greatest power God has ever given. Luk 4:13, And when the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time. In other words, he’ll be back!

Instead of performing miracles, our Lord lived in the greatest power ever known, Bible doctrine. Remember, Satan’s main goal is not to get the believer to sin but to get the believer to become independent from God. Satan did this with the woman in the garden, with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This why we have the failures of the great men and women recorded in the scriptures, and all their failures were related to becoming independent from God and relying on their own power.
In Gen 12:13-19, Abraham willfully lied to deceive the Pharaoh and protect his own life. Isaac, in Gen 26:7, committed the same sin as his father Abraham. He willfully lied and told the men of Gerah that Rebekah was not his wife but his sister. Jacob, in Gen 25:31-33, was naturally crafty and sly and stole the birthright from Esau. Gen 27:18-29 records his master deception over his father Isaac, and yet God was faithful to him. The Lord changed his name to Israel, “a prince with God,” and when the Lord appears in the O.T. He says, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

Then Moses, in Exo 2:12, killed a man with his bare hands. It was murder! He made excuses to the Lord in Exo 3:11 saying that he was not fit to be used by the Lord. Gideon was a man troubled with fear, and in Jud 8:24-27, he foolishly made a golden ephod which became a snare to Israel.

We also have the record of Samson. In Jud 14:1-3 he kept associating with evil people, wild and perverted women. Samson was very spiritual at times, Jud 13:25, Jud 15:14, yet he was under the power of carnal lust for prostitutes, and finally for the ravishing Delilah. In Jud 15:4, he was childish in his plans, yet courageous in battle. He was mighty in physical strength, yet weak in resisting temptation.

In 1Sa 21:1-10, David willfully lied, and the result of his lie was that an entire city was wiped out (city of Nob). He also faked madness and hundreds died, 1Sa 2:11-18. Then David failed in his responsibility as the King in 2Sa 11:1. He should have led his troops in battle, but he stayed home in Jerusalem, resulting in disaster on the battlefield. He ended up committing adultery, got a man drunk, committed murder, and he willfully lied. In 2Sa 6:1-13, he ignored the word of God regarding the ark and men were killed as a result. In 1Ch 21, David rejected the promises of God and even questioned the faithfulness of God, as a result 70,000 people died.

Then we have David’s son, Solomon, born from the woman he murdered for, Bathsheba. He lived an excessive luxurious lifestyle (1Ki 4:22-23), and married ungodly women (1Ki 11:1-2). He lived in excessive sensuality in 1Ki 11:3. He even sanctioned idolatry in 1Ki 11:4-7. In 1Ki 19, Elijah just had a tremendous victory, and then he ran from the threat of a woman. He sat under a tree and complained to the Lord.

Jonah was a reluctant self-centered, filled-with-hatred missionary. He kept running away from the Lord. He was very disappointed at the great success of his own ministry. These realistic portraits of the great heroes of the faith teach us to expect perfection out of no human being, including ourselves. Perfection is found only in heaven and in the person of the perfect God-man, the Lord Jesus. If you cannot see God at work in fallen man you will never be able to see God at all. So in all tests our Lord used Bible doctrine, the only way to defeat the satanic trap to step outside of God’s provision and do it on your own.

Point 10. The Pseudo Victory of Satan in the Original Fall of Man.

When Satan first rebelled and sin entered into the universe, there were two courses of action open to God. His nature would not allow Him to simply ignore sin and rebellion. First, He had the power to strike down Satan and the fallen angels, whom He had brought into existence through His creative act, and to annihilate them or put them in prison. However, if God had done this, He could never have created another mighty being like Satan with the freedom of choice, for there would always have been the possibility of another rebellion and the necessity for another repression. The history of heaven would then have been dotted with a series of disasters. The second alternative open to God was the one that He chose to follow. The claims of Satan’s equality to God and his superior power had to have their complete trial. God decided to give Satan a chance to prove himself before both creations, angels and humans. By doing this God would settle the issue of the creature’s relationship to the Creator once and for all. God’s plan was for all the universe to see unequivocally if it were possible for any creature whatsoever, regardless of rank, and no matter how exalted, to live for even a moment independent of God the Creator.

So, this trial, the angelic conflict, actually brings out a second will, the creature’s will over God’s will, and this is the reason why you and I have been created! Eze 28:15 says concerning Satan “You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created, Until unrighteousness was found in you.” When unrighteousness was found in Satan, manifested by his independence toward God, God took action. God revealed His hatred toward the sin of rebellion by putting an ice pack around the earth and confining Satan and all of his followers to this prison, Gen 1:1-2, 2Pe 3:6, Job 9:5-8, Jer 4:23-25, Psa 18:7-15. These passages reveal when God’s judgment flamed against the domain of Satan at his outbreak of independence. The curse of God had to come forth against the creation which had been corrupted by sin. It was a judgment fitting for Satan and his followers because it revealed at the same time the power of God and the impotence of Satan. God had created the earth and the heavens by His Word. And Lucifer, the devil, the son of the morning, had announced that he wished to take possession of heaven and earth for himself. By a simple Word from God the heavens and the earth were brought down into judgment and chaos. In that same moment, Satan got his first mouthful of dust, a perfect description for defeat and frustration. From the very moment when Lucifer in his pride, cried out his I will’s, he was doomed to everlasting disappointment and damnation. Anyone who thinks even for a moment that he can get along without God, that he can accomplish anything in his own power, is doomed to the sensation of dust in the mouth.

In this experience the fallen cherub Satan saw his domain in waste and desolation without being able to do a thing about it. He must have been totally stunned by the fact that his knowledge, beauty, and wisdom were insufficient to do anything about what God had done. Satan had wanted to possess heaven and earth, but he discovered that he was powerless in a judged universe. And, it began to dawn in his darkened mind that his wisdom was not omniscience, that his power was not omnipotence, that he was a creature and had no ability to create. He had lifted himself up toward heaven in a surge of his lustful desire to be like God, and his mouth was now filled with dust. He had carried with him a group of angels and demons who had been willing to accept his authority and his ways, and they would learn that even with their combined intelligence and power they would be unable to put their chaotic world together again. Satan had the appetite and desire to be like God, to act like God and to possess the universe, but there was nothing but a sense of emptiness, impotence ¬ because of inability! His mouth had watered for a delicacy but his bite filled his tongue with dust. And here was the ultimate in absolute frustration. Satan must have ranted and raved in the madness of that chaotic darkness he was confined to. If he called out, “Let there be light,” there was no answer except the empty echo of his screaming voice. Every man and woman who wishes to be independent of God should know that the path of any creature who cuts loose from a surrendered dependence upon God is in the path of Lucifer. Emptiness, inability, frustration, dust: these are the portion of the man who walks his own way. God has gone to extreme measures to reveal to His creatures that satisfaction is not to be found outside of a personal relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ and obedience to His will. There is no other source of joy!

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word


Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9, says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Sermon: We all have the same amount of time to serve the Lord, whether we are rich or poor.
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John 13:1-20 = the Last Supper took place as His Bride waits for Him to come back and take His Bride back to Heaven to celebrate our Honeymoon with Him and get ready for the marriage of the Lamb to begin.

Every individual stands before our Lord with the gown of the perfect righteousness of our Lord as well as with the blessings and the crowns that believers have that they will cast at the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All of us ought to protect and honor His place of privilege when we stand before the Lord and reveal our respect and being in awe of Him.

Don’t insult Him by not showing respect for His Name and His title, or in His case “TITLES” and “VICTORIES.”

Notice this fantastic marvelous statement = for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”

Luk 12:40 “You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.”

1. “The marriage of the Lamb has come.”

2. “His bride has made herself ready.”

It is the glory of the bride to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

“experiential sanctification” = you have sanctified or set apart some specific time when you can concentrate on your calling.

If you do not have any time at all to do what I just said, then I would strongly recommend that you change your schedule.

If you do not have Diving Timing, Satan and his kingdom of darkness is going to either ignore you because you are no threat to him or because he wants to destroy our unity, love, virtue and our spiritual achievements.

Ecc 3 is a passage that teaches that everything in life is a matter of timing.

We are not given years to live or months to live but according to the Bible, we are given days to live.

Psa 90:12 “Teach us to number our days, That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.”

Psa 31:15, David said, “My times are in Thy hand.”

In Ecc 3:1-8, while you will probably experience most of these things and blessings you will not enjoy these things without doctrine which gives you capacity to enjoy life to its utmost.

We all have the same amount whether we are absolutely without a dime or whether we happen to be the richest person on earth!

An anonymous donor who loves you very much has decided each morning for the rest of your life to deposit in your bank account, 86,400 pennies each morning = $864.00.

One stipulation = “You must spend all the money that day.”

864.00 a day times 7 = $6,048.00 a week!

Times 52 = $ 314,496.00 for the year.

Every morning someone who loves you very much deposits into your bank of time, 86,400 seconds which represents 1440 minutes which equals 24 hours.

Eph 5:16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

God gives you and me a certain amount of time that you and I might use it properly for His glory.

Isa 43:7 “Everyone who is called by My name, I have created for My glory, Those whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”

Rev 4:11 “Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.”

God has created you for His glory and until you believe that and then live for that purpose, you will never find true happiness and contentment in life.

Every day we live is a gracious gift from God and it should be a day that we have time set aside for our relationship with Him which is special and intimate.

The only time we possess to honor God in this life is the number of days He provides for us in the Christian life, Psa 90:12; James 4:13-15.

James 4:13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow, we shall go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”

Job 23:12 “I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”

“treasured” is the verb tsaphan which means to esteem; to admire, appreciate, respect, and even worship.

Psa 56:4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust;

Psa 56:10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, Whose Word I praise,

Days of life are lost through divine discipline, Psa 102:23 “In the course of my life, He broke my strength, He cut short my days.”

Eph 5:16 17 “Constantly buying time, because the days are evil. [you purchase time with doctrine] Because of this, stop being ignorant, but completely understand the will [purpose] of the Lord.”

How you and I can buy back the time that we lost and hopefully we conclude that “The great use for one’s life is to spend it for something that will outlast it!

This verse doesn’t say that there is a time to be conceived and a time to die! It says, a time to give birth because time begins at birth not in the womb.

Question 1 == When does life begin?

Question 2 == What type of life are we talking about, biological life or soul life?

Question 3 == What is the difference between biological life and soul life.

Question 4 == When does the fetus become a member of the human race?


Question 5 == Is having an abortion murder or sin or both?

God gave you life at that moment, so that was the right time for you to be born.

You had nothing to say about your birth and that’s why your timing was perfect!

God created soul life and imputed that soul life to the fetus in the woman’s womb on the day you were born — your birthday!

Don’t say you were born too late or too early or you would have been better off if you lived during another generation.

If we complain about anything related to our birth or our environment, or our parents, or our home, we are blaspheming God.

Anyone who resents his parents or his early environment, no matter how bad or how good it was, is totally out of sync with life.

Every time you use your environment as an excuse for your bad habits or your bad decisions, you are so far out of line that you are disoriented to life.

A female becomes a Flaky Fluffy Female minus normal thinking and controlled by the emotional complex of sins.

Just like we had no control over our birth, we also have no control over our death.

When we are born and when we die is a matter of the sovereignty of God or God’s judgment.

Only our perception of what’s happening can be wrong, and that will be brought out in this subject at the proper time!

People are often bitter, upset, and disturbed because of the way someone they love dies, putting themselves out of God’s timing for the rest of their lives, as if somehow everything in life is unfair to them.

There is a lot of unfairness in the world, but the minute you react, you are out of God’s timing.

Excuses are never solutions to problems.

Becoming very pushy and trying desperately to make things happen is a sign of being on your own timing.

Your wrong timing as a believer will destroy you and make you miserable in life.

Timing is simply defined as the selection of the best time for doing something in order to achieve the desired effect with maximum results.

For the Church-age believer, timing is a matter of adjusting to and synchronizing with the PPOG [predesigned plan of God].

In God’s plan for your life, bad timing is a matter of being out of fellowship, falling apart when under pressure, being out of the will of God, having the wrong priorities, making the wrong decisions.

The Hebrew for plant is nata which means to plant, to work, to invest.

In our day, “There is a right time to invest and there is a right time to reap from that investment.”

This verse says that whatever you do in life by way of making a living, there’s a right time and a wrong time.


This is saying that timing in life is a matter of knowing what you want to do in life, what business you want to be involved in, what you want to do to make money to sustain yourself.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Weekly Bible Study – May 18, 2020 The Angelic Conflict. Part 10. Operation footstool began the Triumphal Procession in heaven, which will conclude on earth at the Second Advent.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your known unconfessed sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


Study to show yourself approved to God!

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The Angelic Conflict. Part 10. Operation footstool began the Triumphal Procession in heaven, which will conclude on earth at the Second Advent. Col 2:13-15; Mic 7:18; Heb 8:12, 10:17; Eze 16:63; 1Jo 2:12; Eph 4:8-10; Luk 4:1-4


Point 8 in our study of the Angelic Conflict: The Strategic Victory of the Angelic Conflict. This victory, in human history, refers to our Lord’s humanity being judged for our sins on the cross. Col 2:13-14, And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh [your human nature could never be acceptable to God], He [God the Father] made you alive together with Him [Jesus Christ], having forgiven us all our transgressions, Having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us and He has taken it out of the way having nailed it to the cross.

The term having cancelled is from the Greek word ezaleipho, meaning to blot out, cancel, erase, eradicate, to wipe out. The cross is where all of this was accomplished, for all members of the human race. Satan hates that, because the JUSTICE of God is our point of contact with God. God is SOVEREIGNTY, but before He can do what He wills, His JUSTICE must be satisfied. God is perfect RIGHTEOUSNESS; He can have fellowship with anyone who is perfectly righteous; God’s JUSTICE provides this to those who believe on TLJC. God is OMNIPOTENT, but before He can use that power, His JUSTICE has to be satisfied. God is OMNISCIENT; He knows every problem and difficulty we would ever have, and He knows the solutions. However, He cannot solve those problems and difficulties unless His JUSTICE is satisfied. God is also IMMUTABILITY; He cannot change, therefore He could never have fellowship with a sinner unless His JUSTICE did something about it. God is LOVE, but He cannot express it in totality unless His JUSTICE is satisfied. God is also VERACITY or truth, but He can never give that truth to us unless His JUSTICE is satisfied. God is OMNIPRESENCE, but even though He is with us always, He cannot comfort us unless His JUSTICE permits Him to do so. God is ETERNAL LIFE, but He can never give this to anyone unless His JUSTICE is satisfied. This is why no member of the human race ever goes to hell because of their personal sins; they go to hell because of one sin: unbelief. John 3:18, “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (see also John 16:7-11).

In Col 2:14, this certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us is made up of certain principles, such as the fact that we owe God perfect righteousness, and not one of us could pay off that debt! We owe God a perfect life; a debt no one can pay. This IOU that has been cancelled was totally impossible for any of us to pay. We were all in an impossible situation. There is nothing that we could do to enter into a relationship with God, because the IOU against us was a total barrier between God and man. God found a way to cancel that debt without compromising His character. This is an important principle, because if you don’t understand the grace of God in all of this, you’ll get involved with false systems of spirituality. Stay away from the stereo-type Christian; stay away from the conventional, the traditional type, because the majority is always wrong. Matt 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.”

Let’s note some characteristics of the stereo type Christian: the stereo-type Christian is someone who has personally believed in Christ, but is totally ignorant of God’s plan as a member of the Royal Family. These Christians generally conclude that the goal of the Christian life, and spirituality, is living moral, or having a sweet personality. They attend church at least once a week, observe religious rituals, but they are still loser believers. They regard the mature believer as a fanatic because they have never heard certain doctrines. They respect the pastor who doesn’t have time to study, because he’s too busy hustling around the church, which results in pitiful sermons with traditional sayings, but no doctrine. The congregation never learns the plan of God for them as members of the Royal Family. They like a convenient pastor, one who counsels when they need attention, one who doesn’t offer the challenge of truth; one who marries and buries. To stereo-type Christians, whatever is not understood, is wrong. They can be easily conned into programs to whitewash the devil’s world rather than taking in doctrine. Being ignorant of God’s plan, they are proud, legalistic, and self-righteous. The result of all this is a total failure in time, and at the Bema seat judgment they are going to shrink away in embarrassment (1Jo 2:28-29). Preferring not to study, as 2Ti 2:15 teaches, they like to be entertained, resulting in arrogant subjective believers. They can counterfeit an outward righteousness through change of behavior, but cannot counterfeit an inner change of integrity. The only way to manufacture integrity is through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit controlling the soul filled with doctrine. Believers must learn to distinguish between personality and spirituality! Once you believe on TLJC and you are born into His Royal Family and born into His kingdom, you have to live on doctrine, Matt 4:4, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

Col 2:14, Having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Satan hates the cross and the work which was accomplished there, and he blinds believers from understanding what really happened at the cross. Believers who are very sin conscious, who feel guilty, unworthy, condemned or ashamed, as far as their relationship with God is concerned, have been blinded by Satan with regard to the work of the cross. Satan does not want us to discover or to remember Heb 8:12, “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Or Heb 10:17, “And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Satan loves to blind guilty believers from passages like Mic 7:18, Who is a God like thee, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? Yes, you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

The specific truth concerning the work of the cross is found in Psa 103:12, As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. In Isa 38:17, For You have cast all their sins behind Your back. Psa 103:10, He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. In Psa 65:3, As for our transgressions Thou dost forgive them. In Isa 43:25, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake [because of my honor and integrity]. Furthermore, I will not remember your sin.” Psa 85:2 You did forgive the iniquity of Your people; You did cover all their sin.” The Lord has not covered some of your sin, but ALL of your sin. In Eze 16:63 the Lord said to people who were involved with the grossest sins you could imagine “I will forgive you for all that you have done” Rom 11:27 says, He will take away our sins.

Have you become so familiar with these verses and this principle of doctrine that it no longer has an effect on your life? If so, the kingdom of darkness has blinded you concerning the one place they have been defeated, the cross.1Jo 2:12 says, your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake. Satan hates the cross, because it reveals the character and nature of a loving and gracious God.

Col 2:14, Having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Verse 15 brings us to the ultimate victory of our Lord in the angelic conflict, When [at the cross] He [God the Father] had disarmed the rulers and authorities [fallen angels], He [the Father] made a public display over them [the fallen angels], having triumphed over them. While God the Father was canceling our debt on the cross (vs 14), the whole satanic system of fallen angels, superior to man, was also being disarmed and neutralized at the cross. The cross broke the back of Satan! Satan appealed his first judgment in eternity past, and the cross was the place of his second judgment. The phrase having triumphed is the Greek verb thriambeuo meaning to lead a Triumphal Procession or making some kind of exhibition. This is a reference to operation footstool which began the with the Triumphal Procession in heaven and will conclude with a Triumphal Procession on earth at the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. When TLJC [The Lord Jesus Christ] was resurrected three days after the cross, He was on the earth for 40 days; then He ascended to the right hand of the Father. When TLJC arrived in the presence of the Father, He arrived as the conquering general, and in front of Him came Satan and demons in the Triumphal Procession as captives. So, TLJC has already had one triumphal procession. It started, but it won’t be over until the Second Advent. Eph 4:8-10, Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.” (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things).

Your life has very definite purpose, meaning, and definition in this angelic conflict, especially in the Church-age with all its unique features. Never has there been anything as important as the baptism of the Spirit, which results in the creation of a new spiritual species and the Royal Family of God. Never before has there been anything as important as the PPOG [Predesigned Plan of God] of the Royal Family of God. There has never been anything as important as the phenomenal portfolio of invisible assets which belongs to every believer. All believers, regardless of background, handicaps, successes, or any human factor, have equality given by God Himself. There has never been anything as important as our unique royal commissions: Royal priesthood and Royal ambassadorship. Never before has there been anything as important as the unique mystery doctrines of the Church-age, and the indwelling of the Trinity for every believer. We live in the dispensation when the ordinary believer is important. You are important, your life is important, and your attitude toward doctrine is important. Our time on this earth is like a drop in the bucket compared to eternity. Anyone who places other things in life above doctrine is losing all the equal privilege and opportunity God has provided. All those things will become so very meaningless in eternity; at most, they will add up to regret. In eternity you will realize that the things you considered important were not important at all. Although you cannot lose your salvation, you are a loser believer. A part of the agony of the sin unto death is to realize that you had an opportunity to make your life count in a fantastic way; instead, you chose to follow the plan of Satan for human life on this earth.

Point 9. The Importance of the Hypostatic Union.

The hypostatic union is the fact that in the person of Jesus Christ are two natures, undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever. There is no mixture of the two natures; He is not half God and half man. The human nature always remains the human nature, and the divine nature always remains the divine nature.

Therefore, He is called the God-man.

Sometimes our Lord would say things from His deity only, John 8:58, Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am [before Abraham came into being, I existed eternally]” He did not exist eternally as the God-man, but as God. In John 10:30, the Lord said [from His deity] “I and the Father are one.”

Sometimes the Lord would speak from His humanity only, John 19:28, After this, Jesus [He’s called Jesus, emphasis on His humanity], knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.” God does not get thirsty; only the humanity of TLJC [The Lord Jesus Christ] does.

Sometimes He made statements from both natures or from His hypostatic union. John 6:62, “What then if you should behold the Son of Man [humanity] ascending where He [deity] was before? It’s very vital that you understand the hypostatic union; if not, some cult will show you scriptures where the Father is said to be greater than the Son, but it is speaking about the Son’s human nature not His divine nature.

Since the incarnation, Jesus Christ is true humanity and undiminished deity in one unique person forever. Jesus Christ had to become perfect humanity to be our Savior, our high priest, the mediator between God and man, and to fulfill the promise of the Davidic covenant that David’s son would rule forever. Jesus Christ had to become true humanity to be the Savior of the world, because as God, Jesus Christ could not have anything to do with sin except to judge and reject it; only humanity could bear our sins. Jesus Christ had to become true and perfect humanity in order to receive the imputation and judgment of our sins on the cross, 1Pe 2:24, and He Himself bore our sins in His body [humanity] on the cross, Jesus Christ had to become true humanity to be the mediator between God and man (Job 9:2,32-33; 1Ti 2:5-6). He had to be equal with both God and mankind to be a mediator between both parties. Therefore, Jesus Christ had to be both undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever. 1Ti 2:5, For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

Jesus Christ had to become true humanity to be a priest, a priest must be a man in order to represent man before God. Jesus Christ became true humanity to be our high priest after the pattern of Melchizedek (Heb 7:4-5,14,28; 10:5, 10-14). Jesus Christ had to also become true humanity to be a king and rule forever. He had to be the son of David to fulfill the Davidic covenant to Israel (2Sa 7:8-16; Psa 89:20-7).

The doctrine of the Hypostatic Union is documented in many passages, including John 1:1-14; Rom 1:2-5; Rom 9:5; 1Ti 3:16; Heb 2:14; Phil 2:5-11; 1Jo 1:1-3. In the dispensation of the hypostatic union, Satan did everything in his power to try to destroy the humanity of Christ through temptation, attempted assassination, and to keep Him from reaching the cross. In all of this, he failed. The work of Christ on the cross destroyed the works of the devil.1Jo 3:8, The person who keeps on doing the sin [unbelief John 16:9] is from the devil because the devil has sinned from the beginning; and for this purpose, the Son of God has been revealed that He might destroy the works of the devil.

We have the three unique temptations from Satan to our Lord Jesus Christ during the hypostatic union. These were temptations to His humanity only, for as God He could not be tempted. The first one is the temptation to rely on self rather than the ministry of Holy Spirit, MattT 4:1-4, Luk 4:1-4. Luk 4:1, And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, [Iesous, Joshua or Savior, is always used for the humanity of Christ, not for His deity] returned from the Jordan and was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness, The Greek verb for was led up is ago which, in the passive voice, means that He was led by the Holy Spirit. When a believer reaches spiritual maturity, Satan is permitted by God to cross-examine him in the historical phase of the angelic conflict! Satan is allowed a tremendous amount of leeway because spiritual maturity prepares a believer to take anything in life! This can include taking away health, prosperity, loss of friends, many kinds of disasters! But remember, God will not put on us more than what we can bear (1Co 10:13). In fact, the only one who will put on us more than we can bear is not even Satan; only our own negative volition will give us more suffering than we can bear. So, through residence, function, and momentum in the PPOG, under the same power system we have, our Lord’s humanity advanced through the various stages of spiritual adulthood. Because He arrived at spiritual maturity, He was qualified for evidence testing. In Matt 3:16-17, And after being baptized [the water represented the will of God the Father for the humanity of Christ], Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

So Luk 4:1-2, And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. If you do not believe a conflict exists, why was an inferior creature, Satan, allowed to put our Lord through a test? Because there is an angelic conflict! It does exist, it is real, and it is important to understand. If the humanity of Christ even sins once during this test, He cannot go to the cross and die for the sins of the whole world; therefore, He will not only be tempted like we are, but He will be tempted far beyond us (Heb 4:15). It will be the Holy Spirit that leads us to the test, but He will not tempt us, James 1:13 says, Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. The Holy Spirit leads the mature believer to the test, but Satan is the one who gives it.

Luk 4:3, And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God [I know you are], tell this stone to become bread.” Satan is functioning as the defense attorney in the appeal trial of all fallen angels! The devil opens up with a verbal examination, “Ei huios ei tou Theou” which actually says “If you are the Son of God, and you are” meaning Satan recognized that Jesus was the Son of God. So, Satan actually starts out with theology, true theology. One of Satan’s most powerful deceptions is to use truth, and mix in his religious and legalistic lies. He’s going to try to trip up our Lord. Here is the issue, will TLJC who has the power to turn the stone into bread use that power and operate independently of the power of the Holy Spirit, or rely on God to meet His needs? This is actually something that we are all faced with continually; will we rely on ourselves to meet our needs or will we wait for God? Will you wait for the one God has for you or go into the cosmic system for a quick fix? Waiting is something most people have a difficulty with.

If Jesus Christ uses His deity, His own power, to satisfy His hunger by turning the stone into bread, then He has stepped outside of the PPOG for His life, the power system provided by God the Holy Spirit. That doesn’t necessarily seem evil and bad; however, it is committing the same sin that Satan did originally, choosing self-will over God’s will. By persuading the deity of Christ to act independently of the indwelling Holy Spirit and the function in the PPOG, our Lord in hypostatic union would be acting independently of the plan of God the Father. Then Satan could say to God, even your own Son chooses to act independently of You! This is what is known as the doctrine of kenosis which says that during the dispensation of the hypostatic union, our Lord Jesus Christ voluntarily restricted the independent use of His divine attributes in compliance with the Father’s plan. This means that He lived among men with their human limitations, and by so doing, He established in His humanity a spiritual life which is an example for all Church-age believers. Our Lord Jesus Christ voluntarily restricted the independent use of His divine attributes, but certain functions of His deity continued to function, such as holding the universe together. In fact, all the temptations that Satan brought against Christ attacked kenosis. This is why these temptations were unique to Christ.

So, during the First Advent, TLJC depended on the provision and power of the Holy Spirit, the power of Bible doctrine (B.D), and the power of the PSD’s Problem Solving Device.] and gave up any independent exercise of certain divine attributes while living among men with their human limitations. Being full of grace and doctrine (John 1:14), the humanity of Christ extrapolated from His own soul, the PSD’s. The humanity of Christ had to learn, metabolize, and circulate doctrine in His soul, just as we must do. He concentrated on the PSD’s to prevent the conversion of the outside pressure of adversity into the inside pressure of stress in the soul. Remember adversity is inevitable, stress is optional! The PSD’s used by the humanity of Christ were: The filling of the Spirit, faith rest drill, grace orientation, doctrinal orientation, a personal sense of destiny, personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, and sharing the happiness of God (we have two additional PSD’s: rebound and occupation with Christ). Our Lord did not depend on His deity to execute the Father’s plan; He depended on the One who provided the plan. This same plan is provided for us in the Church-age. This is also a temptation to solve the problem of hunger by a miracle rather than the function of his own humanity, under the principle that the Holy Spirit led Him here and God the Father will provide for Him. As long as God the Father has not removed the suffering, He intends for the humanity of Christ to bear it! If God doesn’t remove it, He intends for you to bear it! God will never put on you more than you can bear; only you can do that to yourself with self-induced misery!

Luk 4:4, And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.'” Once again, our Lord answered Satan with B.D., as He did in all three parts of his testing. In Luk 4:4, the Lord said “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.'” In Luk 4:8, the Lord said “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'” In Luk 4:12, “It is said or written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'” B.D. [Bible Doctrine] is the greatest power the world has ever known, far greater than God performing a miracle. For God to perform a miracle, only His volition, sovereignty, and omnipotence is involved. But, it is more difficult for God to give maximum blessing to a believer, because that involves the volition of the believer, and faith and trust in the character and nature of God. The temptation of Satan was designed to lure the humanity of Christ away from reliance upon the Father for His logistical grace, and upon the Holy Spirit’s omnipotence inside the PPOG. Had our Lord used His own omnipotence to turn the stone into food, He would have operated independently of the Father’s plan.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word


Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9, says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Sermon: Studying the word of God, listening and moving forward.


One of the many areas that the “Word of God” is very consistent in is in the area of many hundreds of doctrines; analogies; typologies; numerology, parables; promises and dreams.

These are just a few of the areas where the “Word of God” is mentioned along with the sovereignty of God.

Even though God will never use His sovereignty to coerce human volition, God will also not allow anyone to use guilt; fear; worry; anxiety; etc., to pervert man’s decisions.

The power of God or the omnipotence of God means that God honors your decisions, whether they are for Him or against Him.

1Ti 2:4 “He desires all men to be saved and to come unto the epignosis knowledge of the truth.”

What we do have are people, places, or things, “because of the grace of God that is at work within every believer.”

Remember — How to have successful relationships in marriage, in the home, on the job; in your social life, your church life, all in the midst of the Angelic Conflict in human history.

This is another reason that the Lord graciously reveals certain principles of doctrine that He calls “the secret things.”

Deut 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.

Deut 29:29; The secrets things belong to our Lord and are hidden by Him for the victories that we all have.

Notice the chart or the perfect environment of man ever since the beginning of man was documented against us as His servants or His slaves.

Doctrines = Systematic Teachings.

Analogies = Areas of Similarities.

Typologies = Visual aids using people, places or things to teach by analogy.

Numerology = The place of numbers in the Bible.

Parables = Stories and Illustrations that reveals our Lord’s wisdom to all of us.

Promises = God’s truth to man for man.

Dreams = God’s night-time vehicles for teaching.

Don’t be afraid to write down the different meanings or the different interpretations of what the passage is saying to you.

God speaks to us through His Word and in doing so, He speaks directly to us through the different ways He communicates to us in ways we can truly understand.

You and I may hear the message one way with a certain point getting across while others learn something totally different but it is still the same message of doctrine and it is still food for your soul.

Rev 2:17 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

I wanted to hear and see whether or not my messages have been coming through for you and for those of you who believe in God but they cannot receive the gifts that God has prepared for those who love Him.

I also wanted to see what your interpretation of the messages are and whether or not you are being prepared by those messages to handle any problem that life may bring.

For you are a believer-priest just like I am, and you know that God does not play favoritism between us, under the principle of equal privilege and equal opportunity, that the Lord gives to those who love Him.

Psa 145:20 “The Lord keeps all who love Him; But all the wicked, He will destroy.”

Mark 12:33 love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as himself, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

1Co 2:9 “But just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

James 1:12 “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

His listeners = Adam and Ishshah.

His garden was the perfect environment found in Eden where the man and the woman would be taught by the Lord in the midst of their Garden at that time.

Gen 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,

It was during this time and other times when the Lord would teach the man and the woman about their relationship with the justice of God and the love of God.

When the Lord leaves man on this earth, He does so when He walks through another garden, the garden of Gethsemane, to deal with the divine solutions for man’s problems.

Gen 3:21 And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.

When the Lord meets man for the first time, He taught him the first message that he would need as they walked through another garden, the garden of Gethsemane = Lord taught exactly what man would need.

When the Lord leaves meets man for the first time, He taught him the exact message that mankind would need as they walked through another garden, the garden of Gethsemane, where the Lord completed His mission.

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, was preparing Himself to face the most excruciating amount of pain and suffering ever recorded in written form that a person would ever go through in this life; Psa 23:5.

1. Let me break down the verse that our Lord quoted to give us some idea as to what we should expect from His guidance and directions in Psa 23:5.

2. It is the Lord who prepares a table for us to eat at and dine with Him while having peace and prosperity within our very own soul.

3. It is also the Lord who waits upon all mankind as He tries to prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies.

4. It is during these times of trials and tribulations that our problems seem to become so enlarged that the Lord reveals to us the power and the ability to enjoy the blessings that He created just for us.

5. He also anoints or gives us the ministry of the Spirit so that if we need something to pull us through whatever adversities we may be facing, and this is another reason why Psa 23 is called “The Shepherd Psalm.”

We also have victory over man’s nemesis of death which is said to be the victory over death which is called nothing — but a shadow.

Heb 2:9 “But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.”

It is this preparation that our Lord talked about that He lived in as He faced the pain and suffering that He had to be prepared for as He approached the cross that God led Him to.

Heb 5:8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.

It is knowing this and some of the other factors and principles that exist as we go through the valley of the Shadow of Death and overcome any fear that may comes our way as we prepare for death.

Psa 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.

Even though death is only a shadow, we will still have to face it, and when we do face it, we will face death and fear no evil because we know that the Lord is with us.

The principles: concerning the difference between winner and loser believers as we
get ready and prepared for whatever comes our way.

The real difference between winner believers and loser believers have to do with Attitude!

What is your attitude or motivation as it is related to the plan of God the Father to be filled by God the Son through the power of God the Holy Spirit?

Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it — mental attitude.

Mental attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad.

It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force we call mental attitude or biblical motivation.

Prov 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

Prov 27:18 He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit; And he who cares for his master will be honored.

By facing your problems head on — you are able to control whatever it is that you are facing—- just like Prov 23:7 says.

Prov 23:7 For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, “Eat and drink!” But his heart is not with you.

Prov 27:19 As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.

Here again is the principle of the heart of man or the thinking of man Reflects upon the way that the heart of man thinks.

Each experience that we face and go through and pass the test with shining colors can all work together ultimately for our own good.

There are so many different ways of communicating truth that it becomes a way of life for those who listen and obey what the “truth” is concerning what the Lord is saying to each individual believer.

Food is not what defiles the man inwardly but what defiles the man inwardly is from his mental attitude and what he allows to enter his soul.

“your spiritual service of worship” refers to whether or not you have presented not just your soul and your human spirit to the Lord but also your physical body, that is if you believe the Word of God.

1Ti 4:4-5, For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

What it does mean is that I have a proper motivation which can encourage, influence, convince or persuade an individual to do what is right!

It is the motivation which is most significant because it is also the motivation that will judge or evaluate your deeds and mine at the “Bema Seat Judgment.”

The “Judgment Seat” as being called the “bema set judgment” because God shines “beams of light” upon all the good deeds and good works that we have done while using the two power options.

Prov 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the Lord weighs the motives.

James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Having the right motivation is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position.

Mental attitude keeps you going or cripples your progress.

It fuels negative thinking and when my mental attitudes are right, there is no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for us.

It is more important than my past, my education, my money, my circumstances, my failure, my successes, more than what other people think or say or do.

Your mental attitude is more important than your appearance, your giftedness or your skill.

Psa 5:3 “In the morning, O Lord, Thou wilt hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch.

Psa 5:3 “In the morning, O Lord, Thou wilt hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch.

Psa 90:14 O satisfy us in the morning with Thy lovingkindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

We cannot change our past.

We cannot change others!

We can only change ourselves.

We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.

We cannot change the inevitable negative thoughts or the negative decisions or actions of other people.

One writer said, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”

Two Passages for Mental Attitude Tests:

Phil 2:5 “Keep on thinking this [doctrine] within yourselves which was also resident in Christ Jesus,”


1Co 2:16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.

“The pursuit of happiness is a matter of choice…it is a positive attitude we choose to express. It is not a gift delivered to our door each morning, nor does it come through the window.

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”
Matt 17:20 And He said to them, “for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you.

Matt 19:26 And looking upon them Jesus said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

In Mark 9:23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can!’ All things are possible to him who believes.”

Mark 10:27 Looking upon them, Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

Luk 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Luk 18:27 “The things impossible with men are possible with God.”

This is when we go through the principle that Ability is what we are capable of doing.

Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

“We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally.

Motivation determines the way that we do things and the reason why we think those same things either the right way or the wrong way.

Mental attitude also determines how well you do it.

We awaken in others the same mental attitude of mind we hold toward them.

It is our mental attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.

Success or failure depends more upon mental attitude than upon the capacity successful individuals have as they have accomplished or are enjoying something that they desire.

This means that if you act, look, or feel successful, and conduct yourself accordingly, you will be amazed at the positive results.

Nothing can stop the individual who has the right mental attitude from achieving his goal.

Success or failure depends more upon mental attitude than upon capacity that successful men and women have as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something.

Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.

We are injured and hurt emotionally, not so much by other people or what they say or do not say but by our own mental attitude and our own responses to who they are and what they said.

There are many times when our mental attitude is more important than facts.

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The following link is to a good-news message describing how one can receive eternal life:
Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about of their eternal future.