GOD'S PLAN AND PURPOSE IN PREDESTINATION
By George Kirkpatrick

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1
The Positive and Negative Side of Jesus' Coming 
CHAPTER 2
The Foreknowledge of God's Predestination.
CHAPTER 3
God's Predestined Plan For Life
CHAPTER 4
Justified and Made Righteous
CHAPTER 5
The Glorification of God's Saints.........

God's Plan and Purpose in Predestination 

Chapter 1

The Positive and Negative Side of Jesus' Coming

As we search the scriptures for Spiritual truths, it is necessary to look deep in the Word for the hidden nuggets of truth. God is desiring to reveal these Spiritual truths unto those who are seeking an intimate relationship with Him. Paul wrote to the Romans:

"What if God, willing to shew His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:" *** Romans 9:22

In order to make His power known to His people, God has endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction. Why?

"And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory." *** Romans 9:23

God's vessels of mercy were afore prepared unto glory. God has made a definite distinction between those who are fitted for destruction and those He foreknew to prepare for glory.

God has given His creation, man, two covenants. He has written them down and preserved them down through the ages. These are called His Old Covenant and His New Covenant. These are known to us as the Old and New Testaments. These two covenants are presented and preserved for us in what we call the Bible. These two covenants were made by the same God. We did not change Gods when we received the New Testament. What changed was our perception of God and our relationship to Him. 

In the Old Testament the ancients knew only the majesty of God. They held this majesty in reverential awe, thinking they could never come into God's presence and live. When Jacob wrestled with the Lord and lived, he

"...called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." *** Genesis 32:30

The ancients believed that if they were caught up into the presence of God they would surely die. Their fear of God, therefore, was a mortal fear instead of the reverential fear God desires. 

The ancients perceived God in many lights. Isaiah was caught up in the Spirit and saw God in all His glory. Moses spoke to God face to face as a man speaks to a friend. Daniel knew God's protective power in the lion's den. Daniel also knew God's power in answered prayer. Many times Daniel used the anointing to interpret dreams. Jeremiah knew God as a God of judgment. To Ezekiel, God showed the living temple that He would inhabit for all eternity. 

We could speak of Gideon who was empowered by God to accomplish an impossible task; or Samson who was given tremendous physical strength. How God appeared to the ancients is an endless essay of miracles and supernatural events. God's Word reveal how this nameless, faceless God empowered the ancients to accomplish His purpose in the earth.

From the close of the book of Malachi, to the opening of the book of Matthew, four hundred years had passed. Many things pertaining to the ancients had changed. Empires had crumbled and Rome was in power. Rome had conquered the whole known world. Judea and Jerusalem were even under their control. Rome ruled Judah and Jerusalem with an iron hand, bringing God's people into tremendous bondage. Remarkably, this is the same condition God's people, Israel, were in when God was preparing Israel for a deliverer in the book of Exodus. At that time God's people were under the iron fist of Pharaoh. 

When we open the New Testament, God is again preparing the world for a deliverer. God would appear unto His creation, man, not through the prophets, not as the nameless, faceless, unseen God, but God would appear to His creation clothed in human flesh to speak to them the Words of the Eternal Father, face to face, in a language they could understand. Paul recorded:

"But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law," *** Galatians 4:4

The appearance of Jesus, "The Incarnate God", had a positive effect, but it also had a negative effect. The positive side of Jesus coming was that God clothed Himself in human flesh so the nameless, faceless God could relate to His creation, man, in a way that man could comprehend.

"And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." *** Ephesians 3:19 

It is God's desire that His called, chosen ones be filled with all the fulness of God so that they may become vessels of honor, a new creation created after righteousness and true holiness. God desires to have a people who will glorify the Father, "children of light", "a city set on a hill", filled with the Spirit of the Living God.

As we look at the positive side of Jesus' coming, we need to look at God's purpose for sending His Son. Peter wrote:

"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:" *** I Peter 2:21

Jesus came to show and prepare the way for His creation to come back to the Father. Jesus Christ is the only way that man can again return to the life he had in the Father in the beginning. All must follow the way of our example if we are to take our rightful place on the right hand of the Father as His sons. In order for us to do this, we must live and become the truth, as Jesus enlightened His disciples:

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy Word is truth." *** John 17:17

John stated, "Thy Word is truth". He also related for all mankind to know:

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us...." *** John 1:14

Jesus was the living Word made flesh. John further related that when the Spirit of Truth had come it would lead and guide us into all truth, *** John 16:13. Jesus came as the Spirit of Truth, the Second Comforter on the Day of Pentecost, *** John 14:17. 

Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly, *** John 10:10. Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets, the whole of the Old Testament, *** Matthew 5:17. Jesus came that we might have forgiveness of sin, *** I John 1:9. He came in the express image of the Father, *** Hebrews 1:3, that He might show us the Father:

"These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father." *** John 16:25

Jesus told Philip:

"Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" *** John 14:9 

Many have difficulty recognizing Jesus as the Father. But Isaiah, the prophet, revealed who Jesus was over 700 years before the fullness of time came, when Jesus, in the express image of the Father, would make Himself known to His creation man as the Son of God; or the offspring of His reality. Isaiah proclaimed the Son for all to know and understand:

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." *** Isaiah 9:6

If Jesus is the Prince of Peace, if He is Wonderful, (a miracle worker in our lives), if He is our Counsellor or advocate with the Father, then He is also the Almighty God and the Everlasting Father. 

When Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem for the last time where He would lay down His life for the sin of all mankind, He came to the cities where most of His miracles were performed, and the people would not repent. At this time Jesus spoke:

"All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him." *** Matthew 11:27

Only those that the Son has revealed the Father to can know who the Father is. These have come to the knowledge that it is the Father who does the work in our lives. It was the Father who did the work through Jesus, and it is the Father who does the work through us. Jesus was our example as the writer of Hebrews discloses:

"Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered;" *** Hebrews 5:8

As our example learned obedience by the things He suffered, we too, must learn obedience to His Word and His voice. How much we suffer depends on how soon we come into obedience. We know there will be no ruling and reigning in the kingdom without suffering, 

"If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us:" *** II Timothy 2:12

Jesus came to give us overcoming power in our lives. That overcoming power is the Holy Spirit of Truth. Jesus received this overcoming power without measure, *** John 3:34. He used this overcoming power to overcome every temptation in His life. The writer of Hebrews records:

"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." *** Hebrews 4:15

Many teach that we cannot live without sinning. This is because they are not willing to allow the overcoming power in their lives to do its work. We have God's promise through His Word that when temptation comes, He has already made a way for us to overcome:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." *** I Corinthians 10:13

Jesus provided us a way. We need to learn to walk in it. Jesus provided us a way in all areas of our lives, where we can be filled again with all righteousness:

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." *** I John 1:9

We need to learn to confess our sins before the Father. He is faithful to forgive us our sin if we have a repentant heart. We sometimes forget the words God spoke to the prophet Samuel in the house of David's father. Here he proclaimed, "God looks upon the heart not the outward appearance of man," *** I Samuel 16:7. Sometimes we try to fool God with our mouth or good intentions, but God knows the heart. The New Testament records fourteen times where Jesus knew people's thoughts. One example is:

"And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?" *** Matthew 9:4

We cannot hide our unrighteousness from God. He is desiring to forgive our sin if we would only confess it to Him and turn from the wickedness in our thoughts. Jesus came to set man free: 

"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." *** John 8:36

It is God's desire that man not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Many of these are bondages in our lives because of the sin we refuse to deal with. Other bondages exist because man has brought God's people under laws; Moses' law, man's law or laws set down by religious denominations. 

By Moses' law we have the knowledge of sin, *** Romans 3:20. We are to use Moses' law as a light that we might know what is acceptable and unacceptable in the sight of God. Paul recorded these inspired words:

"Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart." *** II Corinthians 3:3

God has written His law on the fleshy tables of our heart. It is God's Spirit who interprets these laws for us to follow. For this reason we are not to come under the yoke of bondage of man's religious laws, who's sole purpose is to enslave men to their systems. This the Pharisees, Sadducees and all the religions in Jesus' day did. Jesus called them snakes, vipers and sons of the devil. It is no different today, only the names have been changed. Peter wrote:

"And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." *** II Peter 2:3

Jesus came to correct our walk that we may come again into the Father's presence. As we look at the positive side of Jesus' coming, it would be impossible to make a complete list of all that Jesus accomplished for us while He dwelt in human flesh. As the beloved John wrote:

"And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. *** John 21:25

PART TWO

When we realize all the glorious accomplishments that we have in our lives because of the coming of Jesus, we may ask, "What is the negative side of Jesus' coming?" The Word records that "God sent forth His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh," *** Roman 8:3. Since that time man has relegated the Almighty God to a fleshly existence, worshiping the fleshly existence of Jesus more than the Father who sent Him. Many have ceased to fear God as the "All Glorious One", to worship their fleshly God which they have created. In his letter to the Romans, Paul declared:

"And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things." *** Romans 1:23 

It is to be understood that Paul was not speaking of the worship of Jesus' flesh. He was referring to the worship of idols. But this very same thing has happened in the worshiping of Jesus' flesh. Many worship the man from Nazareth instead of the Risen Glorified Christ. They fail to read and comprehend the Words of Jesus to His disciples when He declared:

"For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in Me, And He was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning Me have an end." *** Luke 22:37

Jesus' fleshly existence had an end. But man has raised up that flesh, not recognizing, nor acknowledging the fact that Jesus finished the work the Father gave Him to do in the flesh. His Words on the Cross, "It is finished", was the end of Jesus' fleshly existence. In everything that Jesus did, He glorified the Father who was doing the work through Him. 

When the rich young ruler came to Jesus, his greeting was, "Good Master", *** Matthew 19:16. Jesus' answer was, 

"Why callest thou me good, there is none good but one, that is God", *** Matthew 19:17. 

Jesus had no sin in His life, but He knew the words that Paul would later write to the Romans,

"For I know that in Me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:" *** Romans 7:18a

Jesus informed His disciples:

"Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice,

because I said, I go unto the Father: for My Father is greater than I." *** John 14:28

Jesus' revelation to His disciples was that the Father was greater than He. Those who are still worshiping Jesus in the flesh are worshiping a lesser God. They are not worshiping the Risen Glorified Christ. Those who have relegated God to a fleshly existence do not have the fear, nor awe of God in their lives. They worship a God to whom they have given human emotion: love, hate, fear, jealousy and ego. These who worship their fleshly Jesus try to please God by their actions. These believe their church attendance and their faithfulness to their religious order are all that is required of God. These have overlooked the words of Jesus to the scribes and Pharisees:

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone." *** Matthew 23:23

The scribes and Pharisees did their religious things. They thought paying tithes and adhering to their religious order was all that was required of God. Jesus told them they should pay their tithes, but they omitted the weightier matters of God's law: judgment, mercy and faith. Today when judgment is spoken of, the church draws back and proclaims, "There will be no judgment because we are under grace." These fail to realize those before the flood lived under grace because as yet God had given them no law. But judgment came when every imagination of their thoughts was continually evil. God judged the thoughts and intents of their heart. The judgment of God will come upon those whose thoughts and intents are evil before God.

The church system only speaks of the mercy of God when they need a covering for their sin. Many state, "God overlooks my sin because He knows I am only human." Jesus came to change this. He demonstrated how we could overcome the human, fleshly, carnal nature; not to give us an excuse to maintain it.

The church system only teaches faith when they want something from God, "Have faith and God will give it to you." This is not what God disclosed to His chosen people Israel:

"And It shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God." *** Deuteronomy 28:1-2

How do we receive from God?

# 1 We are to hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord our God
# 2 We are to observe and do all His commandments
If we do these things then we will be set on high above all nations on earth, and all God's blessings shall come upon us and overtake us if we only hearken to the voice of God. But man would rather depend on his own ability to "name it and claim it", then to hearken unto the voice of God and do His commandments.

When Jesus spoke to the scribes and Pharisees He called them hypocrites because they depended upon their religious affiliations instead of the voice of God and becoming obedient to that voice. We hear many say, "God loves you" or "Jesus loves you", as if love was an emotion of God. The Word proclaims that God is love, *** I John 4:8. Love is not an emotion or feeling of God. He is love. All love comes from God. No love exists outside of God. Too many substitute feelings and lust for love. Love is a commitment and God is love. He loved us while we were yet in our sin. When Jesus looked down from the cross, He typified the Father's love when He said, "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do". 

Man has made a slave out of their God. Many have the distorted idea that God is only there to serve them, instead of them becoming an obedient servant who stands in fear of their creating God. 

The apostle Paul had no fear of the man from Nazareth. His zeal was to persecute His followers. But Paul had a totally different concept of who the Risen Christ was when he met Him on the road to Damascus. Paul's life was forever changed. Paul related this life-changing experience before kings:

"At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me." *** Acts 26:13

The brightness of the Risen Christ was brighter than the sun. God had to put scales on Paul's eyes to keep His brightness from blinding Paul. 

John, the Beloved, was one of Jesus' closest disciples, who leaned on Jesus' breast at the Last Supper. But John had a different experience when Jesus appeared to him on the Isle of Patmos:

"And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last." *** Revelation 1:17

Many of the ancients had similar experiences when they came into the presence of the "All Glorious God". Moses, at the burning bush, was told the ground he stood on was holy because he was in the presence of God. Ezekiel witnessed the throne of God coming down three times. Isaiah was taken into the presence of God and all he could say was, "I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips." Job justified himself before God before he came into God's presence. But when Job stood before the "All Living One", he declared, "I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes." The times God appeared unto the great prophet Daniel, he recorded his experience in God's presence: 

"For how can the servant of this my Lord talk with this my Lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me." *** Daniel 10:17

When the flesh comes into the presence of God, it is only the hand of God that protects us, or the flesh would perish. Jesus declared unto the Father,

"And now, O Father, glorify thou Me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. *** John 17:5

In Jesus dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. He was the express image of the Father, but His flesh could not receive God's glory. Jesus only received this glory after His resurrection when He was changed again into the Invisible God. The work Jesus did in the flesh was to bring glory unto the Father, not the Son. 

When Jesus talked with the woman at the well, and His disciples wanted to get Him something to eat, Jesus declared: 

"My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work." *** John 4:34

Jesus never drew attention to Himself. He turned all attention to the Father. Those who are worshiping Jesus' fleshly existence have missed the whole purpose of His coming. Jesus came that man could relate to the nameless, faceless God of the Old Testament. Jesus came to show us the way to become acceptable in the sight of the "Living God". Jesus is the way back to the Father. He did not come to be another fleshly God, among the many that man has created to scratch his religious itch. We need to recognize Jesus for who He is and what He accomplished in His thirty-three plus years that He walked this earth.

"But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 

And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." *** Philippians 2:7-8

Jesus was made in the likeness of man, not to be worshiped as God in His fleshly existence. Jesus is to be worshiped as the "Risen, All-Powerful, Glorious, Almighty God, the Father of all Creation".

Man, in his fleshly, carnal condition, needs to know that God created him to serve and worship the Creator, not the created. When man finally comes to this revelation in their lives, then God can begin to move upon man's life to bring him into the place that God created him to occupy in His kingdom plan in His Kingdom Age. 

The Spirit inspired Paul to write:

"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." *** Romans 8:29-30 

God has a course that man must traverse if he is going to return to the glory of the Father.

Chapter 1 Questions
1. How do we find the hidden nuggets of truth in God's word? 
2. Who has God made a definite distinction between?
3. What did Jacob call the place where he wrestled with the Lord and lived, and what does that name mean? Gen 32:30 
4. How much time passed between the close of the book of Malachi and the beginning of the book of Matthew? 
5. What was the positive side of the coming of Jesus who was, in fact, the Incarnate God? 
6. What was God's purpose for sending His Son? 
7. Many have difficulty recognizing Jesus as the . John 14:9 
8. Who can know who the Father is? 
9. There will be no ruling or reigning in the Kingdom without what? II Tim 2:12 
10. Why do many teach that we cannot live without sinning? 
11. Jesus provided us a way, in all areas of our lives, where we can be filled again with what? I Jo 1:9
12. What two things are necessary if we are to be forgiven of our sins by the Father? 
13. How are we to use Moses' law? 
14. Where has God written His laws, and how are they interpreted? 
15. What is the negative side of Jesus' coming? 
16. What signified the end of Jesus' fleshly existence? 
17. What is the only time the church system speaks of the mercy of God? 
18. What two things must we do in order to receive from God? 
19. The work Jesus did in the flesh was to bring glory unto the and not the . 
20. What is Jesus to be worshipped as? 

Chapter 2
The Foreknowledge of God's Predestination

God has a plan and purpose for every person who has become part of His new creation man. Paul wrote that God had a

foreknowledge of those who would be conformed into the image of His Son. These are predestined in the foreknowledge of God. Paul wrote to the Ephesians:

"Wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 
Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself." *** Ephesians 1:8-9

Paul stated, "God hath abounded toward us". The word abounded is the word PERISSEUO. This word was also translated "abundance" which means "to have over and above that which is expected". So God has given us an abundance of wisdom and prudence (understanding). Why? That He may make known to us the mystery of His will.

The word mystery means "the hidden or secret things", those things that cannot be understood with the carnal mind. Man's endeavor to understand the Spiritual with the carnal mind has brought confusion and a multitude of man's doctrines. These doctrines consist of lists of do's and don'ts, that which is good and bad, and that which is acceptable and unacceptable, all dictated and regimented by religious systems. 

God has made known the hidden things of His Word through His Spiritual anointing. He has given us His wisdom and understanding that we may know His perfect will in our lives. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "Christ (Holy Spirit) the power of God and the wisdom of God", *** I Corinthians 1:24b. It is by and through the Holy Spirit that we have understanding of God's will in our lives.

The word will means "what one wishes, or has determined shall be done." In each life there are two wills. There is self-will and God's will. Self-will means self-government and selfishness. God's will means God's government and selflessness. It boils down to, "Are we in God's will, or is self dictating our lifestyle? Is self our motivator, or is our total desire being directed toward God.

Paul went on to state that it was God's good pleasure to reveal unto us the mystery of His will that He purposed in Himself. God foreknew us, and has predestined us according to His will which He has purposed in Himself for each of our lives. In Jesus' famous discourse at the Last Supper, John recorded:

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and will bring to your remembrance all the things which I have said to you." *** John 14:26

There is a little three letter word in that scripture that we must deal with when we read the Word; and that is the word "ALL". The use of the word "all" means "ALL". It is inclusive, nothing left out, nothing missing and nothing else but "ALL". When we come to this understanding, then the Word begins to open to us in new vistas. Jesus stated, "The Holy Spirit will teach you all things". We only have one teacher and that is the Holy Spirit. John confirmed this in I John:

"But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him." *** I John 2:27 

The anointing (Holy Spirit) will teach us all things. It is the teacher's job to open the scriptures so the anointing can minister life through the Word.

Jesus used the word "all" in *** John 14:26 when He stated that He would bring "all" things to remembrance which He had spoken to His disciples. In our shallow, carnal understanding, we would simply say that Jesus was going to bring to remembrance those things He had taught His disciples while He walked upon the earth.

Did not Jesus have a foreknowledge of His disciples? Had He not foreknown them in the Spiritual Realm before they came to this life? Did not Paul write that God had a foreknowledge of us also, predestining us to be conformed to the image of His Son? *** Romans 8:29

In Jesus' prayer to the Father in the garden, before being betrayed, He proclaimed His foreknowledge concerning His disciples: 

"While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled." *** John 17:12

When had the Father given Jesus His disciples? When was it written that Judas would betray Jesus? David recorded it in Psalms:

"Let his days be few; and let another take his office." *** Psalm 109:8

This scripture was fulfilled in *** Acts 1:26 when Matthias was chosen to fill the vacancy that Judas left when he committed suicide. Matthias filled his office to make the twelve complete. God foreknew the disciples and they were predestined to walk with Jesus, just as we are predestined to be conformed into the image of the Son and complete the work that Jesus began in the earth. 

Many who are striving to "enter in at the strait gate" have wondered why they have been misfits in the world. They never seem to fit anywhere. Many times their parents could not understand them. They were oddballs in school. These seldom succeeded in the business world because they were not willing to do the things that was demanded of them to be what the world terms "successful". These seem to be listening to another voice, above the noise of the world. These do not have the drive to obtain worldly possessions, but would rather give, than receive. This is the high calling of God in Christ Jesus that Paul spoke of in *** Philippians 3:14. These are those who are pressing toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. In his first epistle, Peter called these "peculiar". God has had His peculiar people down through the ages. Moses gave up the throne of Egypt, 

"Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;" *** Hebrews 11:25.

God spoke to Jeremiah, 

"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations," *** Jeremiah 1:5. 

God foreknew Jeremiah and predestined him to become a prophet unto the nations. 

Isaiah was also known by God from his mother's womb. He was predestined to do the will of God. Isaiah recorded:

"And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob again to Him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength." *** Isaiah 49:5

Job was another man who was foreknown of God, predestined to suffer great afflictions to bring forth the glory of God. After Job was condemned by his religious friends and his true spiritual condition revealed by Elihu, the allwise Spirit-filled young man. Then God spoke to Job. God's first words to Job was a question: 

"Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?" *** Job 38:2

Job was a man of many words, but he had no understanding. God was about to bestow an abundance of wisdom and understanding upon Job. God told Job to gird up his loins, *** Job 38:2. When man girts up his loins it is a sign that he is about to enter the race. Job was about to enter the race for which there is only one winner. The winner is the one who finishes the race. God's second question to Job was:

"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare if thou hast understanding." *** Job 38:4 

Where was Job when God laid the foundation of the earth? Again Job lacked understanding. God continued to ask Job questions to which Job had no understanding:

"Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;" *** Job 38:5-6

All of the questions required wisdom, understanding and knowledge. God asked Job, "Who has measured the earth, or who can tell how the foundations of the earth are fastened? What holds the earth in its place? Who laid the corner stone of the earth?" 

We know by Paul's writings that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone, but the cornerstone is not the whole building. But God was bringing understanding into Job's life, and God is also attempting to bring Spiritual understanding into our lives. 

The next question to Job is all part of the same question: 

"When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" *** Job 38:7

What was God revealing to Job? God was about to disclose to Job who was there when He laid the foundation of the earth. The morning stars were there, as were all the sons of God. How many of the sons were there? "ALL!" All the sons of God that would ever be were there with Job when God laid the foundation of the earth. 

The morning stars (plural) were there also. Today many would have us believe that God does not recognize the difference between male and female. The female is not an inferior creation to man. Women were created as helpmates unto the man. Could God be revealing those females who were chosen in Him to be His daughters, those who will be lights to shine into that new day; those who have come above their earthly existence and are seated in the heavenlies with Christ along side His sons? 

God gave Job understanding of these things. We need to understand also that when God laid the foundation of the earth that all His sons were with Him, also His daughters, the morning stars; His chosen, His called. God's predestined were there shouting for joy. Man was not an after thought in God's creation. Man was part of God's original design, both male and female. Isaiah recorded: 

"For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else." *** Isaiah 45:18

Did God create the earth to be inhabited by man alone? NO! God created the earth to be inhabited by His whole creation. God intended the earth to be inhabited for all eternity. He certainly has not changed His mind. God is revealing His mysteries to those who will inhabit eternity with Him.

Another man who came to this understanding was Jonah. We all know how God used the prophet Jonah to spare Nineveh. Mostly this has been made a child's story, but Jonah was a real man, who was also mentioned in *** II Kings 14:25. The great fish that swallowed Jonah was real. Jonah died in the belly of that great fish and God resurrected him. It is recorded:

"The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.: *** Jonah 2:5-6

Jonah sunk to the bottom of the earth and the bars of death enclosed him. Jonah had suffered what is termed death, but he stated, "God hath brought up my life from corruption." Corruption means "the pit, destruction and death". God had raised Jonah from his death condition. God was about to bring understanding into Jonah's life also:

"They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy." *** Jonah 2:8

How many lying vanities are we observing in our lives? When we allow lying vanities to rule our lives, we forsake the mercy of God. Jonah observed lying vanities. He did not believe the people of Nineveh were worth saving, saying they would not repent anyway. It would just be a wasted trip and his time would be wasted. One might ask, "Where was God's mercy in Jonah's life when those seamen were throwing him overboard?" Through disobedience, Jonah had forsaken God's mercy. But God heard Jonah's prayer of commitment: 

"But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord." *** Jonah 2:9

Jonah made his commitment to be a vessel of thanksgiving and to keep the vow that he had vowed. What vow had Jonah vowed? It is not recorded, because Jonah had agreed to go to Nineveh before he had ever come to this life, and God was bringing all things into his remembrance. When Jonah came into obedience to the voice of God, the fish got sick of him and vomited him out. 

Jonah went to Nineveh and the whole city repented. They turned from their wicked ways and worshiped the True and Living God. This is an example of what one man can do when he is obedient to the voice of God to fulfil God's plan and purpose in his or her life. When God's predestined, chosen ones become obedient to pay the vow they vowed unto God before the foundation of the earth, then God's hand will move to fulfil His perfect will in each life. 

God is beginning to reveal the mysteries, the hidden things of this life unto His people. It is time to seek the mysteries of God in our lives. It is time to know the plan and purpose that God has predestined in us. It is time to fully understand that His will must prevail in every area of our lives. 

These are only a few examples of God's foreknowledge of man and how God predestined him to perform His will. In Paul's letter to the Romans, he spoke of God's foreknowledge of His chosen in this time, those He has predestined to be conformed into the image of His Son, Jesus. The word conformed is the Greek word SUMMORPHOS and means "to be transformed into the same image as another". We are to be conformed into the exact image of our example, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. God had a foreknowledge of each life. The choices we make in this life must be God's perfect will if we are to come to our final destination in Him. 

The religious system would have us believe that God has called us all into the same walk; to look alike, talk alike, act alike and think alike. As we study the word we discover the idea of sameness is nonexistent when we realize God has called us into oneness, not sameness. We are called, individually, so that God our differences into the oneness of His body. As Jesus declared: 

"No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." *** John 6:44

We were drawn to the Father by the unction of the Holy Spirit. This was not some accident because someone gave a good message and we went to the altar to receive salvation. God had predestined us to come into this place in Him. Paul's letter to Timothy proclaims clearly:

"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." *** II Timothy 2:19

The foundation God laid in the beginning standeth sure. The word sure means "firm, solid, stedfast, strong, unmovable". Those who were with God at the laying of the foundation are unmovable, sealed in the foreknowledge of God; and the Lord knoweth these who are His. God's plan of predestination is well recorded in the Bible. John recorded Jesus' Words:

"Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you." *** John 15:16

Jesus proclaimed that we were chosen in Him to bring forth fruit. What is the fruit we are to bring forth in our lives? The fruit of the Spirit. The religious system would have the people believe their fruit is those they bring to the Lord. Those whom we share Jesus with is not our fruit. Paul wrote to the Corinthians: 

"I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase." *** I Corinthians 3:6

We are only planters and waterers. All increase comes from God. So how could we claim the fruit? Jesus was referring to the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and those fruits should remain, and become operational on a daily basis in our lives. These fruits only come by and through the Holy Spirit. Again, John recorded Jesus' Words:

"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." *** John 15:19

God has chosen us out of the world; therefore the world hates us. Many of God's chosen feel rejected by the world. They were rejected in school, in the work place, and many times they were rejected and pushed back by their parents because they were not understood. They were rejected because they were different and did not fit the worldly image. God is revealing Himself through His Word. When were we chosen into this place in God? In Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians, he declared:

"But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth." *** II Thessalonians 2:13

When were we chosen? Paul declared that it was from the beginning. When did God lay the foundation of the earth? In the beginning? These are the first words in the Bible. God's sons and daughters were with Him. This is when He predestined us into our calling in Him. 

The word predestined is the word PROORIZO and means "to predetermine or to decide beforehand". It was our foreordaining in Christ. The word predestinate is made up of two words. Pre which means "before", and destinate which means "destination". It is a predetermined beforehand destination.

To use an example: When we plan a trip, we plan the routes we will take. With a little calculation we can determine the approximate time we will arrive, so that when we arrive at our destination we are not surprised. So when you come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, God was not surprised. You were predestined to walk there from the foundation of the earth. 

Many will use the scripture in Luke to try to prove the surprise factor when someone comes to repentance:

"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth". *** Luke 15:10

The word used for sinner is AMARANTOS and means "that fades not away and perennial {never ceasing}". When those who are called in God from the beginning, who are everlasting, cease from their sin and come into the place where God has designed for them to be from the beginning, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels. The whole Spiritual Realm of God rejoices when God's people come to the knowledge of the truth that God has a purpose in His calling. This is when His virgins will awake out of their sleep, and put on their beautiful garments.

Too many are sitting in church pews with no purpose. They do not know, nor are they searching for what God's plan and purpose is for their lives. No one has ever told them that God has called them for a purpose. Most of them just remain pew warmers. They do not know their purpose because they have never sought God. They have never cried out for God to reveal the hidden mystery that has been hidden in Him from the beginning. They have never cried out to God to bring to their remembrance all those words He spoke to them before they came to this life. They have never cried out to God to reveal His preordained purpose for their lives. 

Too many of God's people are trying to be pleasing in the eyes of the world. They desire only to do their own things. If we are to be pleasing in the sight of God, we know the world is going to hate us. Jesus wanted us to know the world hated Him before it hated us, *** John 15:18

God is desiring that His people come into the full knowledge of the mystery of His will in their lives. Paul wrote to Timothy in His last earthly letter:

"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began," *** II Timothy 1:9

God has an holy calling in each life according to His own purpose and grace. And this purpose and calling was in Christ Jesus before the world began. This purpose and calling are in those who were there when He laid the foundation of the earth. 

Paul had a clear understanding of God's predestined plan for each life. In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he declared: 

"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, *** Ephesians 1:5

We were predestined to come into God's adoption plan, to become His property.

"For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." *** I Corinthians 6:20

We are bought with a price. We are not our own. We are to glorify God in our body and spirit. These belong to God. This we agreed to when we were with God in the Spiritual Realm before we came to this life. The Psalmist David revealed God's knowledge of us before we came to this life:

(Quoting from the Amplified Bible)

"Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days of my life were written, before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them." *** Psalm 139:16

David proclaimed all the days of our life are written in God's book before our body ever took shape in our mother's womb. God foreknew us and predestined us in Him from the beginning. Paul further explained:

"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will:" *** Ephesians 1:11

We are predestined according to God's purpose in Himself, after the counsel of His own will. When His will becomes our will, and His purpose becomes our purpose, then we come into a place where we can inherit all things. Those who come to this place in Him will rule and reign with Him for one thousand years, and for all eternity. Paul declared in Romans:

"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son," *** Romans 8:29 

When Paul wrote this, he was speaking of sonship. Much has been spoken and written about sonship. Paul wrote that we are predestined to be conformed in the image of the Son. The word conformed has two meanings: the first is "representation", the second is "manifestation". We are to be the representation in the earth while He is being manifested in this physical life.

Those who are claiming sonship now are not manifesting the life of Christ in their lives, nor is His representation evident in their lives at this time. Until the life of Christ is manifested in a person's life and they become the representation of Christ in the earth, sonship will not be evident in their lives. The sonship message has become very popular and many are proclaiming sonship, but their lives are lacking the Biblical definition of sonship. Paul proclaimed:

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." *** Galatians 2:20 

Paul understood sonship. The son must be the representation of the Father and the Father's will. Paul was no longer living his life to please self, but to please the Father.

Jesus was a son and as He proclaimed:

"And He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him." *** John 8:29

If we are sons, then we will strive to always do the things that please the Father. We need to become a vessel that God can flow through to accomplish His purpose and pleasure in the earth. Jesus revealed through the pen of Luke that it was the Father's good pleasure to give the kingdom to His little flock, *** Luke 12:3, those who have come into a sonship relationship with Him. Paul went on to declare:

"Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called ..." *** Romans 8:30

We are called of God and we need to come to an understanding of what that means in our Spiritual walk. It is a further mystery that God has chosen to reveal to His endtime generation.

Chapter 2 Questions
1. Why Has God given us an abundance of wisdom and understanding? Ephesians 1:8-9
2. What has the endeavor to understand the Spiritual with the carnal brought to man? 
3. How is it that we can have understanding of God's will in our lives?
4. What are the "two wills" in each person's life, and explain each?
5. It is the teacher's job to open the so that the can minister through the Word. 
6. Who does Psalm 109:8 refer to when it says "Let his days be few, and let another take his office"? 
7. What are we predestined to conform to? 
8. Who are called "peculiar"? 
9. Who was there when God laid the foundation of the earth? 
10. Man was part of God's design, both and .
11. God intended for His creation to inhabit for all eternity.
12. What do we forsake when we allow lying vanities to rule our lives? 
13. As we study the Word, what do we discover about the idea of sameness?
14. How were we drawn to the Father and why? John 6:44 
15. What is the fruit that Jesus proclaimed we were chosen in Him to bring forth? 
16. Why does the world hate us? 
17. When were we chosen? II Thessalonians 2:13 
18. Why do many not know their purpose in life? 
19. When God's will becomes our will, and His purpose becomes our purpose, what place do we come into? 
20. When will sonship become evident in someone's life? 

Chapter 3

God's Predestined Plan for Life

Those Who are Called

Paul revealed the mystery of God that had been concealed from the time that God had laid the foundation of the earth. He related that all whom God predestined, He also called. 

The word called is the Greek word KALEO and means "to invite, to call aloud, to summon, to call out, to call forth, to bid or to beckon". It also has the meaning "to approach to and stand before". From the beginning, God has called and prepared those who would serve Him and do His bidding. Paul began his letter to the Church at Corinth:

"Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called (to be) saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:" *** I Corinthians 1:2

The words "to be" are in italics which meant they were not in the original text, but were added by the translators. Paul revealed that those in the true Church, which is the Church of the living God, are called saints. These have been sanctified in Christ Jesus.

There is much misunderstanding about the use of the word "saint". Much of this misunderstanding comes from the Catholic church. When they determine that someone who has lived a good life and they want to bestow honor upon that person, they nominate them for sainthood. This honor is bestowed upon that person by carnal man, and because of this error, God's chosen shrink back from using this beloved title that can only be bestowed by God. 

The word saint is HAGIOS. It is also translated holy and means "to be separated from sin unto God". Saints are the people of God who have separated themselves from sin. Sin no longer has an influence in their lives.

In Paul's statement, the saints were "sanctified". 

Sanctification is another word that has been greatly misapplied by the religious orders of men. Many use sanctification as a work that goes beyond the initial act of receiving forgiveness of our sins. They call it the "continuing work of grace in our lives". Paul wrote that we were sanctified in Christ Jesus. To understand when God's sanctification took place we need to look again at the words of Timothy:

"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began," *** II Timothy 1:9

Our holy calling and sanctification was in Christ Jesus before the world began. This calling is not based on works, but on obedience to that which God has foreordained and purposed in our lives. His grace is abounding toward those whom He foreknew, predestined, called, and sanctified.

The word sanctified is HAZIAZO and means "to declare sacred and holy, to consecrate, to be separate from the profane and dedicated to God; that which is set apart in the Spiritual Realm". Those who are called by God are set aside in the Spiritual Realm for God to complete His work in their lives. Peter wrote: 

"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:" *** II Peter 1:10

Those who are foreknown, predestined, called and sanctified have an election in God, and we are to make that election sure. Our election means we were chosen of God; His elect. Peter warns us to make our election sure. 

The word sure means "firm and stedfast". We are to make our calling and election sure and stedfast in God. We are not to look to the right or left, seeking the approval of man. We are to look to the one who has called us and set us apart unto Himself to accomplish His plan and purpose in our lives. In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he continues to reveal this mystery hidden in God that can only be revealed by and through the Holy Spirit:

"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints," *** Ephesians 1:18

God is trying to open our eyes of understanding so that we may know what is the hope in our calling. Jesus informed us, "For many be called, but few chosen," *** Matthew 20:16. Why are some that God called not chosen? These have failed to recognize the hope of their calling in Christ Jesus. They go their own way, doing their own thing, not hearing the voice of God. Jesus spoke a parable to His disciples:

"Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." *** John 10:1 

Those who are called, who desire to approach to, or stand in the presence of, their God must enter in by the door into the sheepfold. All those who are trying to enter in another way are thieves and robbers. Jesus proclaimed to His disciples, "I am the door of the sheep", *** John 10:7.

"All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them." *** John 10:8

All the precepts and doctrines of men that are placed before, and which have replaced, the words and the example that Jesus left that we must follow, are thieves and robbers of our direction in Christ. These propose that we can enter in by another way, other than a changed, sanctified cleansed life. These thieves and robbers have failed to heed the words of Jesus when He spoke, "I am the way." Jesus left us His life as an example that we must follow if we are to approach unto, or stand in the presence of the Father. 

Jesus is the door. The "door" alludes to the door in Moses' Tabernacle. There were three entrances in Moses' Tabernacle: the "gate", the "door" and the "veil". The "gate" led to the outer court. This is where we laid down our lives on the brazen altar to receive forgiveness of sin. The gate also led to the laver, the symbol of water baptism. 

The "door" leads to the Holy Place. The Holy Place is where we discover the candlestick, the symbol of the church, *** Revelation 1:20. The Holy place contains the table of shew bread, God's provision and government. The altar of incense is also found in the Holy Place. This symbolizes our worship and praise before God. The Holy Place is the sheepfold and Jesus is the door to the sheepfold. This is where the True Church resides, ready to enter through the veil.

The veil was rent in two at Jesus' death. The way to approach to and stand in the presence of God was prepared, but as the writer of Hebrews exclaimed, we are to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, *** Hebrews 10:19.

"By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;" *** Hebrews 10:20

If we are to enter into the Holiest of all we must enter in through the veil of His flesh. Those who have not had the eyes of their understanding enlightened are still worshiping Jesus in the flesh. They fail to come to the risen Christ to know Him as He was revealed unto Paul on the road to Damascus, where Paul's eyes had to be covered so the glory of the Risen Christ would not blind him. Nor do they know the risen Christ of the beloved John, who leaned on His breast at the Last Supper, saw and fell at His feet as dead on the Isle of Patmos. 

The organized church today still teaches a fleshly Jesus. They celebrate His birth, His death and His resurrection, but refuse to praise and worship Him in the Spirit of Truth. They refuse to hear what the Spirit is saying unto the Church and enter into the Holy of Holies through the veil of His flesh. They have failed to grasp the riches of the glory of His inheritance in His saints, *** Ephesians 1:18. Many are trying to climb up some other way than the way He said we must follow.

"But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep." *** John 10:2

Those who enter in by the door come to the Shepherd of the sheep. Those who are in the outer court, the realm of salvation and baptism, have not entered into the Shepherd of the sheep. These justify themselves by their religious orders and the precepts and doctrines of men. They depend on works. They have not ceased from their own labors, nor have they entered into His rest. Those who have approached to or stand in the presence of the Shepherd of the flock are led by His voice.

"And to him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear His voice; and He calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out." *** John 10:3

God is leading those out whom He has called by name and are following His voice. Out of what? Religious dogmas, false teaching and false hope. These who are having their understanding enlightened no longer trust in the false hope of the religious system and are desiring to come to the knowledge of the truth, which is the hope of their calling.

"When He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice." *** John 10:4

When God calls out His sheep, He goes before them and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice and they are following His voice, His direction and His calling in their life. 

"And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers." *** John 10:5

Today many of God's called are following strangers. Strangers are those who are not known by God. They are strangers to His calling because they are following another voice. God's True Church will not follow these strangers who are building their own flock. The prophet Ezekiel spoke of those strangers who stand in the Holy Place:

"Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? 

And as for My flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet." *** Ezekiel 34:18-19

Those strangers who stand in the pulpit and refuse to reveal to God's people the good pasture and the pure water of the Word are destroying the hope of God's calling in the lives of His people. Those who know their God will not follow these strangers. As Jesus related:

"I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." *** John 10:9

The word saved is SOZO and means "to keep safe, to rescue from danger or destruction". It differs from the word SOTERIA which is translated salvation which has the meaning of "entering in". 

Many have treated the word SOZO (saved) as God's totality in His redemption plan. SOZO is when we come to the knowledge that all men need a Saviour, one who can rescue him from danger and destruction. When man receives forgiveness of sin and partakes of water baptism, this certainly does not mean he or she has entered in. These are only the first steps in God's redemption plan for mankind.

Many believe that when they have received the forgiveness of sin and have been water baptized they are home free. Nothing could be further from the truth! Our being foreknown by God, our predestination in God and our preordination of God does not mean that we are home free. The prophet Isaiah revealed a truth that few in the church have been able to grasp:

"Now will I sing to My well-beloved a song of My beloved touching His vineyard. My well-beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:

And He fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and He looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes." *** Isaiah 5:1-2

God's vineyard is His people. Those whom He has called are His choicest vine. He has hedged His vineyard about. He has set His Holy Spirit protection around us. He has gathered out the stones, (all things that offend). 

God looked for fruit from His vineyard, but it brought forth wild grapes. The fruits God is looking for in His vineyard are the twelve fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, righteousness, patience and lowliness. 

Instead of these fruits of the Spirit, God's vineyard is bringing forth wild grapes. The word translated wild means "stinking and worthless". God has planted His vineyard with the choicest of His vines. His vineyard, His called are not bringing forth fruit in their lives that which is suitable to be set before the King. Instead they are bringing forth stinking, worthless, corruptible fruit, the fruit that will not endure. These are the fruits of the flesh, carnal activities that do not produce life, but death. God spoke through the pen of Isaiah concerning what he would do with His vineyard:

"And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it." *** Isaiah 5:5-6

God is going to purify His vineyard, His holy chosen ones, and He will do this through His judgment. Peter informed us:

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" *** I Peter 4:17

God's judgment is going to come upon His house to remove out of it all things that defile it. He will do this to purify and cleanse it, that it may enter into His presence, pure and undefiled. The writer of Hebrews informed us:

"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:" *** Hebrews 12:14

Without holiness no man will see God. Holiness is a prerequisite to our entering into God's presence. God will use every means to bring His foreknown, predestined, called, chosen, elect ones to repentance, so that He may bring forth holiness in the life of those He foreknew and predestined to be called saints: 

"That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." *** Ephesians 5:27 

God will have a people who will stand in His presence with fruits fit for the King's service. These will have neither spot nor wrinkle. They will be holy and without blemish. As Paul wrote to the Ephesians:

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." *** Ephesians 2:10

We are the workmanship of His hands, created in Christ Jesus. We are to be that new creation man that has put off the stinking, worthless fruits of the flesh and have become a glory in the hands of the Master Craftsman, the Creator of all things. These, as Paul proclaimed, were foreordained to walk in this place in God. 

God set two things in the midst of His vineyard. He built a tower and made a wine press. The word tower is the word MIGDOL. Migdol was the last encampment Israel had before they crossed the Red Sea and made their final separation from the bondage of Egypt. Egypt represents the world or sin in our lives. Migdol means "castle or pulpit". God told Moses:

"Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea." *** Exodus 14:2

God informed Moses to have the people to camp before Pihahiroth. Pihahiroth means "house of wrath". They were to camp between Migdol and the sea over against Baalzephon. Baalzephon means "God of the North". So where did He set His castle, His tower, His pulpit? He set it between the mouth of wrath and the God of the North.

In the Bible the direction North is symbolic of the throne of God, or God's judgment. God has set His people there to prepare them for the greatest miracle in all the Bible, the dividing of the Red Sea. This freed God's people from all enslavers, although Egypt was in hot pursuit to bring them again into the bondage of the world. This is where God has His chosen, His elect, His foreordained encamped today.

The tower is a place of protection in the time of the coming storm. Those who have their house founded upon the rock will weather this storm. The house built upon the sand (flesh and fleshly works) will fall. Jesus foretold, "Great was the fall of the house built upon the sand," *** Matthew 7:27. There is only one shelter in the time of the coming storm, and that is in the hand of the Father. Our house must be founded upon the Solid Rock. 

Israel had the Red Sea before them and the enemy behind them. If God would not prepare the way, all would be lost. Today, with the enemies of God in power all over the face of the earth, and with the New Age cry to eliminate all Christians, if God does not prepare the way all would, indeed, be lost. 

God told Moses to take the rod of authority that He had placed in his hand and stretch it out over the sea:

"...and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided." *** Exodus 14:21 

The children of Israel passed over on dry land. However this was not without prior preparation. God had informed Israel that they were to take no leaven with them, either in their bread or in their kneading troughs. Leaven is the symbol of sin. This is symbolic that there will be no sin in those whom God will deliver in the day of His wrath. These will stand in His presence, pure and holy. 

There was a strong, east wind blowing in Israel's face as they crossed the Red Sea. East represents the New Day, and the wind that is blowing is the wind of the Spirit. The wind blew all night. Night is the time of darkness. Isaiah wrote:

"For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee." *** Isaiah 60:2

The world, as well as most of God's people, are in darkness, but the wind of the Spirit is blowing from that new day that lies directly ahead of us, and many are beginning to move toward that Spirit. Those who have the wind blowing in their faces are moving toward the Spirit, heading directly into that new day. Those who are feeling the wind on the side of their faces have turned to the right or to the left, desiring to climb up some other way. 

The Red Sea was the only route to the Promised Land. When Israel entered the Red Sea the water stood in a heap on both sides of them. The water represents the Word of God. Those who will cross that Red Sea of freedom must be totally immersed in the Word. Those who are called, chosen and elected in God must become the Word of God.

As the prophet Isaiah revealed, God has built His tower in His vineyard, among His people. This is His pulpit to teach and train His people so they might come to maturity to become fruit fit for the King's table.

Isaiah also reveals that God set a winepress in the midst of His people. The winepress is for those who refuse to come into maturity in Christ Jesus. In His revelation to John, Jesus revealed that the winepress is the great wrath of God, *** Revelation 14:19. In this passage Jesus spoke of sending forth two sickles: 

The First Sickle

"And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe." *** Revelations 14:18

The first sickle gathered the full, ripe clusters of the vine, that which was mature and fit for the Master's table. The grapes (saints) that had come to full maturity, and had been freed from the worldly system by total separation unto God. Then God administered His second sickle.

The Second Sickle

"And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God." *** Revelation 14:19 

This time it was the vine that was gathered. The vine is not the worldly people. It was God's vine that had not produced fruit fit for the Master's table. Because of this, this vine was cast into the great winepress, the wrath of God. These were still choice vines that God had chosen from the beginning and had been planted in His vineyard, but these had refused to be immersed in the Word. These failed to feel the wind of the Spirit in their faces because they were looking to climb up another way, always looking for the easy way that does not demand change and dying to self. These who will be purified in the wrath are those that Jesus spoke of when He revealed:

"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." *** Matthew 24:13

These will be purified and made holy in the wrath of God. God's winepress of His wrath is set in the midst of His people and so is His tower. God has set His teaching ministry between His wrath and His throne. Those who will learn God's ways and walk in His righteousness have no need for the winepress. God has promised in His Word that the sun-clad woman, the true, all-glorious church has a place that God has prepared for her during the three and one- half years of the wrath of God upon the earth.

"And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days." *** Revelation 12:6

This sun-clad woman will be totally cared for during the time of God's wrath. Jesus revealed:

"And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, [three and one-half years] from the face of the serpent." *** Revelation 12:14

The sun-clad woman who has come forth in all God's glory will be given the wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness. This is not literal, but symbolic. The eagle flies above all the troubles upon the earth, and as God spoke to Israel in their wilderness experience:

"Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself." *** Exodus 19:4

Those who have been called, chosen and elected are promised God's deliverance and protection during this time. Again we hear the word of the apostle, Paul:

"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." *** II Timothy 2:19

Those who have departed from iniquity will be afforded God's protection and deliverance during this time. Those who refuse will partake of the winepress of the wrath of God which He has set in His vineyard.

In the book of Esther, God gives us a beautiful picture of God preparing His people to stand in the presence of the King. Esther was chosen to take the place of the rejected Queen Vashti. Vashti's name means "to waste away". Esther was the adopted daughter of Mordecai. Esther was very beautiful, but before she could stand before the King, there was her time of odors:

"Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to King Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women;) *** Esther 2:12

These maids were all virgins. Anyone who stands before the King must be a virgin. This is not speaking in a natural sense of virginity, but undefiled by the world or the worldly church. All these virgins had their time of purification.

The True Church must also have its time of purification. There first must come the oil and myrrh. The oil is the anointing that all who will enter into the Holy Place must be partakers of. No one enters the Holy Place without the anointing. Myrrh is the symbol of suffering. Suffering is part of the purification process. Paul wrote to Timothy concerning the importance of suffering:

"If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us:" *** II Timothy 2:12

Suffering goes hand in hand with reigning. If we refuse to suffer with Him, we deny Him, believing the servant is better than the master, *** Matthew 10:24. 

When the time of suffering is over, there is a time of odors when the fragrance of the Lord becomes evident in our lives. These are only preparations in the lives of those who will enter into an intimate relationship with the Lord.

There came a time when Esther was required to enter into the king's chambers uninvited. Esther knew the law of the king: 

"All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live..." *** Esther 4:11

By the king's order, those who entered into the king's presence without an invitation would be put to death. Those who try to climb up some other way and are not prepared to stand in the King's presence, nor possess the fruit in their lives that is acceptable in the King's sight will not be accepted. These will be rejected and cast into the fire of the wrath of God. When God prunes His vineyard, that which does not produce fruit will be cast into the fire of God, *** John 15:6

We need to ask ourselves, "Are we prepared to stand in the King's presence? Would He extend His sceptre to us, or would we suffer the fate of those who refused to enter at the Strait Gate, but chose another way?

The Bible is a book of examples. Those who are foreknown, predestined, sanctified, called, chosen and elected need to follow the example that is set before us and walk in the way that Jesus walked. If we are to stand in the presence of the King and have Him extend His sceptre unto us as acceptable in His sight, then we need to make our calling and election sure in this time of preparation.

As Jesus related, "Many be called, but few chosen." The King is sitting on the throne today, holding out His scepter to us. He is saying, "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest," *** Matthew 11:28. 

God has called each of us. Some fail to recognize their calling, or are willing to settle for a lesser calling. Paul stated that he was pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, *** Philippians 3:14. Paul refused to settle for a mediocre calling in his life. The suffering, the loneliness, and the imprisonment did not deter Paul from pressing toward the prize of the high calling. What was that calling? Paul wrote to the Thessalonians:

"As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory." *** I Thessalonians 2:11-12 

Those who have been called into His kingdom and glory must walk worthy of God and that calling we have been called into. When we realize and recognize God's calling in our lives, then we must press toward that calling in Christ Jesus our Lord. Paul

admonished the Corinthians:

"God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.: *** I Corinthians 1:9

We have been called to come into the fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ, to be conformed into His image and likeness that we may walk in His way, so that we may understand the mystery in God that has been hidden from the foundation of the world.

As Paul continued to reveal this mystery, he related to the Romans that whom He called, them He also justified, *** Romans 8:30. 

Chapter 3 Questions
1. Who are called "saints"? 
2. Our word "saint" comes from the word HAGIOS, meaning what? 
3. What does the word "sanctified" mean?
4. Who have an election in God, and are referred to as His elect? 
5. Why are some that are called not also chosen? 
6. What were the three entrances into Moses' Tabernacle? 
7. Where did each door in Moses' Tabernacle lead to? 
8. The organized church today refuses to praise and worship Jesus in and .
9. Out of what is God calling those whom He has called by name and who are following His voice? 
10. Who are many of God's called ones following today? 
11. What are the first steps in God's redemption plan? 
12. What is God's vineyard? 
13. What are the fruits God is looking for in His vineyard? 
14. What is God's vineyard bringing forth instead of the fruits of the Spirit?
15. What does "wild grapes" refer to? 
16. How is God going to purify His vineyard? 
17. Without no man will see God. Hebrews 12:14 
18. In the Bible, what is the direction "North" symbolic of? 
19. What is the great winepress, and who will have no need for it? 
20. Why have we been called to come into the fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ? 

Chapter 4

Justified and Made Righteous

As we continue to search out the mystery of God hidden from the foundation of the world, we begin to realize that God has a people that He has foreknown, predestined, called, sanctified, elected, and chosen. These God has also justified.

The word justified is the Greek word DIKAIOO and means "to deem right or righteous". The same word was translated "righteous or righteousness". So those whom God has chosen from the

foundation of the world, He has deemed righteous in His sight. This is not speaking of our own righteousness, or self-

righteousness, which is as filthy rags in the sight of God, *** Isaiah 64:6. It is speaking of the righteousness of God in Christ. Paul wrote to the Philippians:

"And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:" *** Philippians 3:9

Our righteousness comes by faith, the faith we have in God, knowing that we were predestined by Him, called in Him, justified and made righteous through Him. Righteous means "to be upright, virtuous, obedient to God, innocent, faultless, and guiltless". 

Paul was well aware he could not be made righteous by following the law. To follow the law was something Paul did in his own will, not the will of God. Paul could appear righteous before men and remain an abomination in the sight of God. Solomon wrote in Proverbs:

"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." *** Proverbs 14:12 

There is a way that seems right to man, but the end of that way is death. Many today appear righteous before man by following their manmade creeds and doctrines. This only stimulates self- righteousness. Many try to please God by how they dress, what they eat, what day they esteem to worship Him; some even appear righteous by abstaining from certain foods and activities. 

All these may appear to be acts of righteousness, but unless there is a change of heart in our worship toward God we cannot stand righteous before God or become justified in His sight. This change of heart will be evident in how we work, think and act. This alone will make us acceptable in the sight of God. Those who are only going through a religious motion are an abomination in the sight of God. Jesus spoke to His disciples:

"For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." *** Matthew 5:20

The scribes and Pharisees were the religious order of Jesus' day. Their righteousness was measured by how perfectly they kept the law, creeds and doctrines that were set down by their religious orders. If our worship of God is only to follow the law, creeds and doctrines of a religious order, then we have become as the scribes and Pharisees, and cannot expect to enter into the kingdom of God. Jesus continued to warn the religious system:

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess." *** Matthew 23:25

Extortion is that which we receive, yet have not labored for. Excess means "the lack of self-control or self-discipline", living our lives, inconsistent with the Word of God. The scribes and Pharisees looked good on the outside:

"Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." *** Matthew 23:28

The word hypocrisy means "play acting". The scribes and Pharisees acted righteous, but were full of lawlessness and sin. Jesus went on:

"Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?" *** Matthew 23:33

Jesus called the religious order of His day serpents and vipers, meaning that they had the serpent nature; venomous, poisonous, deadly to all those around them. They appeared righteous before men. But Jesus asked them, "How can ye escape the damnation of hell?" 

In another meeting with the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus told them, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lust of your father ye will do," *** John 8:44. Jesus warned us if our righteousness did not exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees we would not enter into the kingdom of God. 

The Pharisees thought they were worshiping God by keeping their law and their religious ordinances. Many today are making the same mistake, believing that by going to a certain denomination or religious order they are made acceptable in the sight of God. Jesus spoke:

"For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." *** Matthew 12:37

We can be justified by our words or we can be condemned by our words. Our words are the result of our thinking processes. Jesus told the Pharisees:

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." *** Matthew 12:34

Our mouths speak what we are thinking about. Whatever our mind is on comes out of our mouth. If our heart (mind) is pure before God, the mouth will speak life, and we will stand just and justified before God. The writer of Hebrews spoke of the power of the Word of God in our lives:

"For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." *** Hebrews 4:12

The Word of God divides our soul and spirit. The Word is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of heart (mind). By the Word we can know if our thoughts are soulish (carnal flesh), or if our thought processes are yielded to the Spirit of God. Is what's coming out of our mouths controlled by the soul or by the Spirit? God discerns the thoughts and intents of what we are thinking. We can be justified by our words, or our words can condemn us. When God destroyed the earth the first time God had Moses record: 

"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." *** Genesis 6:5

God brought judgment upon the earth at the time of the flood because every evil thought imaginable was in the heart of man. Their minds were constantly imagining new ways to do evil in the sight of their Creator. They had become so degraded in their thinking that the beast nature was in full control. The prophet Isaiah wrote:

"But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt." Isaiah 57:20 

The wicked are still stirring up mire and dirt. The wicked are like a troubled sea. They are never at rest. We have the promise of God:

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." *** Isaiah 26:3

Our God will keep us in perfect peace if our mind is stayed upon Him, and the Spirit has control of our thinking processes. If we, as Paul wrote to the Corinthians:

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" *** II Corinthians 10:5

Then our mouths will speak life and we will stand just and justified before God. Solomon informed us:

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." *** Proverbs 18:21

We can speak life and be justified before God or we can speak death and be condemned. What we speak indicates if the Spirit of God controls our thoughts, or if the spirit of darkness has control of our lives (our minds). If the spirit of darkness is still occupying the high place, then the man of sin, the old man that was clothed with a beast nature is still controlling our thought processes. 

The Spirit of light cannot complete the work that the cloven tongues of fire came to complete in each life if the carnal, beastly nature has not been cast out of the high place in our lives. God's work is hindered because light and darkness cannot dwell together. But the darkness will flee when the Spirit of light is given its rightful place in our lives.

One of the meanings of the word righteous is "to be obedient to God". In our Christian walk we have two options: to be obedient or to be disobedient. We can be obedient to what God has predestined in us, or we can be disobedient and go our own way, do our own thing and miss what God has for us to accomplish in this life.

As Jonah, we can attempt to flee from God's purpose in our lives. But as Jonah discovered there is a penalty for our disobedience before God, and we open ourselves for correction. Many will state, "I am in the will of God." The question then arises, "Are we in God's perfect will, or His permissive will?" 

Using the example of raising children is the best way to explain God's perfect will and His permissive will in our lives. When we give a child a chore to do and he performs that chore faithfully, on time, without murmuring or complaining and with a joyful heart, this child is rewarded with more freedom and responsibility. He is appreciated and praised by the parents. This child is in the perfect will of the parents and receives the reward that obedience brings.

Another child is given the same job and he or she must be reminded everyday to do the job; and they do it with murmuring, complaining, doing it out of duty and with a begrudging heart. They did the will of the parents although it was not their perfect will. This child has opened himself for correction. 

This is the way that God judges our service toward Him. Are we doing His perfect will or His permissive will? If we are in His permissive will, we open ourselves to correction. The writer of Hebrews revealed:

"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." *** Hebrews 12:11

Chastisement in our life yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness. The peaceable fruit of righteousness is when we come into total obedience to God's perfect will in our lives. When we come into His perfect will in total obedience to His predestined call in our lives, then we will stand just and justified before our God. 

Jesus Christ came as the way, the truth and the life to give us an example that we must follow if we are to stand in the presence of the Almighty God. Two of Jesus many names were, The Just and The Just One. Luke recorded in the book of Acts, the words of Peter and Stephen. Peter responded:

"But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;" *** Acts 3:14

Stephen's words were: 

"Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:" *** Acts 7:52

Jesus was The Just and The Just One. He was the Just and the Just One because He was in God's perfect will in everything He accomplished in the Father. We are to follow His example. John, the beloved, gave us eternal insight into the plan and purpose of God which He executed through the life of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit of Truth.

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." *** John 1:17

God used Moses to give natural Israel the law. God used Jesus Christ, the Just One, to bring grace and truth to Spiritual Israel. Jesus brought grace when He walked the earth in His fleshly existence. He brought truth when He came as the Spirit of Truth, (the Second Comforter) on the Day of Pentecost. Peter proclaimed: 

"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." *** Acts 2:36

God hath made that same Jesus both Lord and Christ. Hath made means it was something that God had accomplished in Jesus after His death on the cross. Jesus was no longer the Anointed One. He had become The Anointing. He was no longer Jesus Christ but had become Christ Jesus in all His glory, seated at the right hand of the Father. He came as the Holy Spirit of Truth to lead us into all truth, to complete what He began in the flesh by and through the Spirit. Thus His name is rendered Christ Jesus 58 times after its first use in Acts 19:4. 

Paul's eyes were illumined to Christ Jesus after his encounter with Him on the road to Damascus. He wrote to the Romans:

"To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of Him which believeth in Jesus." *** Romans 3:26

Jesus was the Just and The Just One. But He has become the Justifier to all those who believe in Jesus' name and have come to the knowledge of the truth. He has become The Justifier to all those who are allowing the Holy Spirit of Truth to complete the work of the whole salvation plan of God in their lives. 

As God reveals His mystery as to who we are in Christ Jesus, then new light is shed on the whole Word as to how our walk must be in Him. The writer of Hebrews proclaimed:

"Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him." *** Hebrews 10:38

The just must live by faith. When man draws back and begins to try to figure out in his mind what God is trying to accomplish in his life, then God has no pleasure in that person. We were created for His pleasure, *** Revelation 4:11. 

Those who strive to please God in the flesh go back under the law, either Moses' Law or man's religious law. In Paul's letter to the Galatians, he addressed those who were trying to get the new converts to be circumcised. Paul wrote:

"For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 

For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith." *** Galatians 5:3-5

When we attempt to be pleasing to God by keeping the law, we must keep the whole law. Paul knew it was an impossibility to keep the law in the flesh. As Paul declared to the Romans:

"For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin." *** Romans 7:14

Paul declared that the law was spiritual and he was carnal. Paul related to the Galatians that if their justification came by the law, then Christ (the Holy Spirit) had no effect in their lives, and they were fallen from grace. When one falls from grace, they remain in their sin. It is only through the Spirit that we have hope in righteousness, and that comes by faith. In Paul's letter to Titus, he further expounded on justification:

"That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." *** Titus 3:7

We are justified by His grace and we do not come into grace by keeping the law. It is only by the grace of God that we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, *** Romans 8:17. Paul knew that God's redemption plan was through Christ Jesus:

"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" *** Romans 3:24 

We are redeemed through Christ Jesus. The word redeemed means "to pay full price for". We have been redeemed by the Spirit, not by the blood. The shedding of Jesus' blood gives us forgiveness of sin; the Spirit brings redemption. Without the Spirit working in our lives leading us into all truth, there can be no redemption working in our lives.

When we accepted the shed blood for the remission of our sins, this was only the beginning of God's redemption plan for His creation man. It was not the whole plan. When we were baptized in water, it was the next step in God's redemption plan, but it did not complete His redemption plan. When we were baptized in the Holy Spirit it was the next step in God's redemption plan. But it, too, did not complete God's redemption plan for mankind. The continuing work of the Holy Spirit that produces the fruits of righteousness in our lives, and the washing of water by the Word will bring us into a place where we can stand righteous and justified in the sight of God. This is the grace of God that shines forth in our lives to bring us to the place in God that we were created to occupy from the foundation of the earth.

As we have witnessed, this did not happen by accident. It was God's plan and purpose from the beginning, when the morning stars sang together and the Sons of God shouted for joy. The apostle Paul had a clear understanding of God's plan and purpose in those whom God would redeem from among man for His eternal purpose. 

Much of Paul's writings were to get those who received his letters to realize God's plan and purpose for mankind. To the Romans, Paul wrote:

"Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth." *** Romans 8:33

It is God who justifies and that only comes by and through the Holy Spirit. We cannot earn it by good words. We cannot earn it by church attendance. We can only receive it when we come into God's perfect will for our lives, that which He ordained in us from the foundation of the world. To the Corinthians, Paul wrote: 

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." *** I Corinthians 6:11

We were washed (made clean), sanctified (set apart in the Spiritual Realm), justified (deemed righteous) in the name of the Lord Jesus. 

Luke recorded that Peter, being filled with the Holy Spirit, informed the people,

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." *** Acts 4:12

There is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. But there is a continuing work that must be accomplished if we are to be thoroughly washed by the water of the Word. We must be sanctified and made holy, justified and made righteous. That work must be completed by the Holy Spirit working in our lives. Jesus made a profound statement when He spoke to the multitude:

"The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children." *** Matthew 11:19

Jesus did come, eating and drinking. He was a friend of publicans and sinners. Jesus did not attempt to justify Himself Holy before the religious system, nor did He try to justify Himself before the world. He knew who He was in the sight of God. As He stated, He only spoke what He heard the Father saying. Jesus' words were the words of His Father. He only did that which He saw the Father doing. His works were the works of the Father. And when He ate and drank with the publicans and sinners, this He saw the Father doing. 

Jesus was obedient unto death; obedient to whom? To the Father, only. The Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes accused Jesus many times of breaking their law and God's Law. But Jesus spoke that "wisdom is justified of her children". Wisdom means "full of intelligence". It also means "skill in the management of one's affairs, skill in imparting Christian truth, and the knowledge and practice of Godly and upright living". Wisdom is justified of her children. When we come into God's perfect will which He created in us, then we will become the children of wisdom.

God's children are full of intelligence because the Holy Spirit is leading them into all truth. They can manage their affairs because, through the Spirit, they have the gift of government. They can impart Christian truth because when the Spirit of Truth comes, it testifies of Jesus. They live a Godly and upright life because they are hearing the voice of the Spirit and no longer do the things that satisfy the flesh. These will be justified in the sight of God.

"For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." *** I Peter 3:12 

God watches over the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers. They have access to the throne of God. Why? Because they have been justified, and God's care and keeping is constantly in their presence.

In Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, he capsulated the plan and purpose in God. Paul stated,

"That no flesh should glory in His presence.

But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:" *** I Corinthians 1:29-30

Those who are in Christ Jesus are children of wisdom, walking in righteousness, protected in sanctification and advancing toward redemption. This is not possible through the keeping of Moses' Law or man's religious law. This is only possible by and through the Spiritual revelation of who we are in Christ Jesus, who foreknew us, predestined us, called us and justified us before the Almighty, Creating God.

The Holy Spirit gave revelation through the pen of Paul when He revealed that "those He justified He also glorified". There is another day coming when God is going to glorify those who have allowed the Holy Spirit of Truth to complete God's intended purpose in their lives. 

When Jesus disciples asked Him to declare the parable of the tares unto them, Jesus expounded on the judgment that would come upon the earth. He stated:

"Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." *** Matthew 13:43

The righteous are going to shine forth when they are endowed with the glory of the Father. Solomon wrote:

"But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." *** Proverbs 4:18

That perfect day is the 1000 year day when God's elect will receive the privilege of ruling and reigning with Him in all His glory.

Chapter 4 Questions
1. What does the word "righteous" mean? 
2. How do many today appear righteous before man? 
3. How do we become as scribes and Pharisees? 
4. What does the word hypocrisy mean?
5. What did Jesus call the religious order of His day? 
6. Our words are a result of what? 
7. How can we know if our thoughts are soulish or if they are yielded to the Spirit of God? 
8. The wicked are like a troubled . Isa. 57:20 
9. What will flee when the Spirit of light is given its rightful place in our lives? 
10. What will God give us when our mind is stayed upon Him? Isa 26:3 
11. Jonah discovered there is a for . 
12. What does chastisement yield in our lives? Hebrews 12:11 
13. Why was Jesus the "Just" and "Just One"?
14. To whom has Jesus become the justifier? 
15. The just must live by what? Hebrews 10:38
16. What does the word redeemed mean? 
17. How are we given forgiveness of sin and how are we brought redemption? 
18. Why do the righteous have access to the throne of God? 
19. When will the righteous shine forth as described in Matthew 13:43? 
20. What will God's elect be doing during the 1000 year perfect day? 

Chapter 5

The Glorification of God's Saints

"Those whom He justified, them He also glorified"

When we think of glory we only attribute this realm to God. The word for glorify is DOXAZO and means "to praise, extol, magnify, celebrate; to shine, to hold in honor, and to clothe with splendor." This is God's promise to those He foreknew, predestined, called, sanctified, elected, justified, made righteous and redeemed. These He will also glorify.

The question arises: "How will God glorify His saints?" He will glorify these in the likeness of Himself. These will come again into the image and likeness of God. In the beginning man was created in the image and likeness of God. This is man's rightful place in God. All God's glory resided in His original creation, man. But when sin entered in, the Spirit and the glory departed. 

God killed animals and clothed man. This is symbolic in that man had chosen to be clothed in the beastly nature. Because of sin, man was required to return to the dust nature from which he was taken. Man became a fleshly creation instead of a Spiritual entity who resided in the glory of the Father. In order to come again into God's likeness, we must allow the beast nature to be stripped away by God. 

When man became a temporal being, death was added to his existence. Man's time was reduced from an infinite being to living less than one day, or living less than 1000 years. No man has ever lived that 1000 year day. In His revelation to John on the Isle of Patmos, Jesus foretold a people who would live that 1000 year day, *** Revelation 20:4. 

Man's time was shortened to 120 years, then to 70 years because of his continued disobedience to His Creator. Since the Garden, man has gloried in his flesh. The apostle Peter wrote: 

"For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:" *** I Peter 1:24

Man's life has become like the grass. It no sooner reaches maturity than it is cut off. Peter reveals that the glory of man is as the flower of the grass. The flower lasts a very, very short time, then it withers and falls to the ground. James spoke of the life of man when he asked, "For what is your life..?" James answered that question,

"... It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." *** James 4:14 

But the glory the Father has promised is an eternal glory that will never fade away. God has promised this glory to His

foreknown, predestined, called, and justified ones in Him. 

The church system teaches that if man is to have any glory it will be in heaven, and we can only enter into that place after we die; only then can we be with the Lord. Paul wrote to the Ephesians:

"And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" *** Ephesians 2:6 

Paul speaks of those who have been raised from their old sin, flesh nature and are "now" seated in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. These have put the old man of sin to death and have put on God's new creation man. This is the first resurrection that Jesus revealed to John. He stated:

"... on such, the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years," *** Revelation 20:6 

Our hope in God is not the grave. Paul wrote to the Colossians concerning our hope in Christ: 

"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" *** Colossians 1:27 

Our hope of glory is having the revealed Christ in us, the eternal life of God dwelling in us, which has consumed the old sin nature. Paul spoke of God creating a new man in his letter to the Ephesians:

"And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." *** Ephesians 4:24

God has promised a new creation in man that will be created in righteousness and true holiness. Paul also spoke of this new man in his letter to the Colossians:

"And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him:" *** Colossians 3:10

God's intended purpose is to again have a people who will come into the image and likeness of the Father. To the Philippians Paul revealed:

"Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself." *** Philippians 3:21

All things in our carnal existence must be subdued by the Spirit of God to bring us into the perfect will of the Father. He will continue to deal with the beast nature until all things are brought into His perfect will. When God's perfect will is manifested in our lives as it was in our example, Jesus' life, then God will release His glory and fill each vessel fitted for the kingdom with His glory, the same glory man had in the garden when man was in his innocency. The writer of Hebrews gave us a picture of God's intended plan for man:

"But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:" *** Hebrews 2:6-7

Many have always attributed this passage as being spoken to Jesus, only. But the author of Hebrews plainly states that this is God's created purpose in man. The writer asks the question, "What is man that thou art mindful of him?" He further stated, "Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the work of thy hands: "Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet." 

This was Adam's position in the Garden. Adam was crowned with glory and honour. He was told to multiply and replenish the earth. He was to subdue it and have dominion over all God had created, *** Genesis 1:28. Man was to bring all God's creation under his subjection; "under his feet". 

"Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him." *** Hebrews 2:8

In the beginning God put all things under man's subjection, but man lost his position in God because of the sin of

disobedience. Therefore man has not come into his rightful place of dominion. The writer of Hebrews continues:

"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man." *** Hebrews 2:9

The writer explained God's intended purpose for man, and reveals that man has not yet come into his created place in God. He starts his next statement with "but". What He spoke was truth but there was more to say. He stated, "But we see Jesus". Jesus is what we are to see if we are to understand God's intended purpose for man.

Jesus, too, was made a little lower than the angels. He was created in the same position that all mankind was created. He is our example of God's overcoming people. The writer stated, "For the suffering of death...". This was not only speaking of His death on the cross, but His death to the fleshly, carnal nature that must be overcome in each one of us if we, too, are to be crowned with glory and honour in the kingdom of God.

Jesus was obedient to death. It was by God's grace that He tasted this death for every man. And it is by God's grace that we, too, can overcome the beastly, Adamic, carnal, fleshly nature that man has been plagued with since the Garden of Eden. 

"But we see Jesus" who is our example of dominion. He calmed the storms. He quieted the seas. He walked on the water. He had dominion over death and sickness. He was able to perceive the thoughts of those around Him. Jesus demonstrated God's dominion of having all God's creation under His control. He was our example of overcoming. 

Jesus came as the first Adam, (living soul), made a little lower than the angels, to reveal the overcoming power of the Spirit that dwelt upon Him, so that through death He could become the second Adam, quickening (life-giving) Spirit. Jesus became this life-giving, quickening Spirit so that we, too, can be renewed in the knowledge of righteousness and true holiness after the image of Him that created us. 

"For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." *** Hebrews 2:10

Jesus is the Captain of our salvation. He was made perfect, complete, whole and mature through suffering. Yet, today, the suffering message has been totally rejected by the church system. They want no part of suffering. Suffering brings the needed change to make us acceptable in the Beloved. Suffering is part of God's glorious plan for His predestined ones to bring them into glory. Speaking of Jesus, the writer of Hebrews informs us:

"Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered." *** Hebrews 5:8

The message for those who are coming into sonship is a message of suffering and change. God will reveal His glory to those who will suffer with Him. Paul wrote to Timothy:

"If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us:" *** II Timothy 2:12

Why is suffering necessary? It is necessary to bring those whom He will glorify into obedience to His perfect will, to bring them into their created place in God. Paul gave us the example of running a race:

"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain." *** I Corinthians 9:24

Are all in the race? Yes, but no matter how hard the course, or how many obstacles are in the way, only those who finish the race will receive the prize. What is the prize? Paul spoke of the prize just before His execution on the chopping block in Rome: 

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing." *** II Timothy 4:7-8 

Paul had finished his race on the course of life that God had set before him before he had laid the foundation of the world. Paul received his crown of righteousness, a crown of glory. This crown of glory is promised to all who love His appearing. Peter spoke of receiving this crown of glory:

"And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." *** I Peter 5:4

When the chief Shepherd shall appear, those who love His appearing shall receive this crown of glory that will not fade away. It is not a fleshly crown, but a crown of eternal righteousness that will be awarded at the end of the race. 

In ancient days the winner of a sporting event was crowned with a laurel wreath. They wore their crown until another winner was established in the same event. Their victory was temporal. Being victorious in the race that God has set before us is eternal, and as John informed us, "we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is," *** I John 3:2b. If we do not become like our example (pattern), we will not see Him. 

Those who love His appearing are striving to be like Him in every facet of their lives. Their desire is to finish the planned course that He has set before them and predestined them to walk into. When the course is complete, all those who have finished their race will receive their eternal crown of righteousness. The glory and honor that accompanies that crown will not fade away. It will not be dimmed by the eons of time that lie ahead of all those who finish their course.

Paul understood full-well that any glory received in this life was only temporal. He spoke of the two bodies the saints would receive in his letter to the Corinthians:

"There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another." *** I Corinthians 15:40 

Paul spoke of celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies. The celestial body has one glory and the terrestrial body has another glory. The word celestial means "heavenly, or a Spiritual body". The word terrestrial means "earthy, or fleshly body". Jesus, our example, displayed both these bodies on earth. For thirty plus years, He walked on the earth in His terrestrial body, a body made of a woman. He had the same body as every one who has ever lived upon the earth. In this body He obtained dominion, but He received no glory while He was in this body. He turned all glory to the Father, taking no credit for any of the miracles, but returned all glory, all honour to the Father. He knew the words of the Father:

"I am the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images." *** Isaiah 42:8

As the Son dwelling in the flesh, He knew He could receive no glory due the Father. As coming into His likeness, we, too, must acknowledge the Father as the giver of every good and perfect gift, *** James 1:17.

Jesus displayed the celestial body the forty days He walked on the earth after His resurrection. He displayed the body that He had created in the beginning before the devastation of sin on that body. He displayed a body that was not limited by time or space. Jesus appeared many times in this body to His disciples: on the road to Emmaus, in the upper room, to the five hundred. He appeared to individuals, and to the eleven on the banks of the Sea Tiberias (Galilee).

"To whom also He shewed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." *** Acts 1:3

Jesus appeared to all these to: 
# 1 prove His resurrection
# 2 expound the things pertaining to His kingdom
# 3 show His creation His celestial, Spiritual body 

In these appearances, Jesus opened their Spiritual eyes that they might see His Spiritual body. The Word states that He appeared to His disciples on the road to Emmaus in another form, *** Mark 16:12. He opened their Spiritual eyes so they could behold Him as He spoke all scriptures pertaining to Himself in the Old Testament, *** Luke 24:27. When they got to their home in Emmaus, He sat down to eat with them. He blessed the bread and brake it, then disappeared. Jesus simply reopened their physical eyes and they could no longer see His Spiritual body. The same was true when He appeared in the upper room. The doors and windows were locked, and He appeared. He simply opened their Spiritual eyes. He did not walk thorough walls as some would teach. 

God is revealing Himself. It is His desire that all come to this change that Paul revealed to the Corinthians:

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." *** I Corinthians 15:51-52

God is bringing this change about, not by the way of the grave, but by the way of righteousness, that He may reveal His glory again in His creation. To those who are striving to become as their example, God has promised that they will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. These will receive their celestial bodies. Paul wrote:

"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." *** I Corinthians 15:49

We have borne our terrestrial body and we will be changed into our celestial body as God created in the beginning. Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful." *** Revelation 21:5

God is going to renew the earth and everything He created upon it, this includes man. Man, again, will inhabit all eternity in His celestial body. God ordained this before He laid the

foundation of the world.

Being predestined in God is one of the most difficult things for His Body to understand and receive. Luke, the physician, gave us some insight:

"And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the Word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed." *** Acts 13:48

All those who were ordained to eternal life believed. Not all believed, only those who were ordained to eternal life. The word ordained is the word TASSO and means "to appoint, or appointed". Those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Paul gives more insight to this in his letter to the Romans:

"And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory," *** Romans 9:23

The message of the Word is clear. God has ordained, chosen and sanctified those whom He has called from the foundation of the world. His desire is to have a people; a people He can change into His image. He will glorify this people with all the glory of God. 

"Whereunto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ." *** II Thessalonians 2:14

There is an obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Risen Christ), who appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus, and to John on the Isle of Patmos. Jesus also revealed this glory to Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration:

"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light." *** Matthew 17:1-2

The word transfigured is METAMORPHOO and means to "change into another form". This is the same process that changes the larvae of the caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. The change does not resemble the former state in any way. Jesus revealed man in all his glory to His disciples. Jesus was our example of the terrestrial, being changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye into a celestial being. 

THE TWO MINISTRIES, MOSES & ELIJAH

Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. The appearance of Moses and Elijah was to reveal unto Jesus' disciples, and to those who were ordained to live in this last hour of time, the two ministries that God will return to earth in the time of His judgment. James wrote of the prophet Elijah:

"Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months." *** James 5:17

James declared that Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we. The difference came in the fact that Elijah operated his life by the anointing and the Word of God. Elijah spoke the perfect will of God, and because of this God operated through Elijah to accomplish His predetermined purpose in Elijah's life. When Elijah was taken off the earth, Elisha received a Double Portion of the anointing that rested upon Elijah. 

God is raising up the Elijah ministry in the earth today that will bring forth the Double Portion Anointing in His people. The Double Portion Anointing is spoken of throughout the Word. By the unction of the Holy Spirit, James stated:

"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until He receive the early and latter rain." *** James 5:7 

Today the Father is bringing His precious fruit to maturity so that He may pour out all His glory, power and authority upon that mature fruit to complete His plan in His original creation. 

Moses was the man God used to deliver His people from the power of Egypt. Egypt represents the world. God is sending His Moses' ministry again to deliver His people from the hand of worldly government, not by throwing down these worldly governments, or taking them over, but as God spoke of Israel, 

"They went out of Egypt totally free with an high hand," *** Exodus 14:8.

God has foretold the revival of these two ministries to be used during the time of His coming judgment. Jesus revealed to John:

"And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and three-score days, clothed in sackcloth." *** Revelation 11:3

These two witnesses will minister for 1260 days, three and one-half years, or the time God's wrath will be poured out upon the earth.

"These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will." *** Revelation 11:6 

The Elijah and Moses' ministries will come forth in all their power, authority and dominion. This was revealed to us on the Mount of Transfiguration when Jesus, our example, revealed the glory that He will send on those who have been predestined to walk in this hour, to be transfigured in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.

"Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." *** Matthew 17:4

Peter wanted to build three tabernacles; one for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elijah. These represent the three dwelling places where man chooses to dwell:

Jesus represents the flesh

Jesus was the word made flesh. But many choose to remain in the flesh.

Moses represents the law

Many choose to stay under the direction of the law; the Law of Moses or man's law set down in denominational church systems. 

Elijah represents the anointing that will bring forth the double portion Anointing in the earth. 

Those who choose to dwell in the Spirit will stand in the presence of God.

God is desiring a people who will come out of the flesh, past the law, into a true spiritual relationship with Him. Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos,

"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God." *** Revelation 21:3 

God will tabernacle (dwell) with His creation, man. He will be their God and they will be His people. This same voice spoke to Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration.

"While He yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him." *** Matthew 17:5

A bright cloud overshadowed the disciples. The cloud is the glory of God. It was the same cloud that went before Israel in the wilderness. It was the same cloud Jesus was taken up into when He ascended off the earth. 

There was another manifestation of God's glory in the wilderness and that was the pillar of fire that not only warmed Israel in the night, but led them through the wilderness in the darkness. That pillar of fire appeared again on the Day of Pentecost. It came as a rushing, mighty wind. This time the pillar did not go before the people as it did in the wilder- ness, but God broke the pillar apart and it came as cloven tongues and sat upon each of the 120 in the upper room. God's anointing became an individual experience in each life who had been obedient to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high.

That bright cloud is overshadowing His chosen in this hour. The voice that spoke, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well- pleased, Hear ye Him", is speaking these same words again. God's manifested sons will be transfigured for all the world to see. The glory that He has promised from the beginning will be revealed in His people.

Peter, James and John stood in the presence of their transfigured Lord in the midst of two men that had been dead for hundreds of years. They stood and talked as if nothing was out of the ordinary. But when the Father spoke:

"And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid." *** Matthew 17:6

When the Father speaks, His sons will be on their faces, ready to receive their instructions. Paul was on his face on the road to Damascus. John was on his face on the Isle of Patmos, and every son will be on his face, ready to do the will of the Father, no matter the task or the destination. We will truly understand more clearly the words of Paul:

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." *** Romans 8:18

God is going to reveal His glory in His people. God is changing a people to receive His glory when it is revealed. In his second letter to the Colossians, Paul spoke of our looking into a mirror:

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." *** II Corinthians 3:18

The mirror we are looking into is the Word of God; what is being reflected back is the life of Christ. Our lives must be changed to reflect back that life that God created in man in the beginning, a life created in righteousness and true holiness. Jesus came to earth to live that life in the flesh in His terrestrial body, to leave us an example that man can overcome the flesh when he yields his flesh totally to the Spirit of God. Jesus informed us to:

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." *** Matthew 5:16

When we let our light shine before men, it is the light of God that is shining through us. It is reflecting the life of Christ that we have learned from the Word. When Peter confessed with his mouth, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God", he was granted the keys of the kingdom. Peter revealed this kingdom in his writings. Peter spoke boldly of those whom God would glorify. Peter revealed that Jesus was the example we should follow, *** I Peter 2:21. He also informed us that the prophets inquired and searched for the truths of the grace of God that came by Jesus, *** I Peter 1:10.

"Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow." *** I Peter 1:11

The Spirit of the Living God was in the prophets when they prophesied the suffering that Jesus would suffer and the glory that would follow that suffering. Peter's writings foretold the suffering that His saints in the earth today would suffer. They also foretold the glory that would be revealed in us:

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;" *** I Peter 1:13 

Peter wrote his epistle to those who are dwelling in this time, who will be partakers of His revealed glory. We are to gird up the loins of our minds. This means "to prepare our thinking". Paul stated that we are to be circumcised in the heart (mind), *** Romans 2:29. All fleshly thoughts and ideas are to be dealt with, so that our praise not be of men, but of God. This circumcision takes place in the Spirit. 

Peter stated we are to hope to the end. The word hope means "to trust, or to have confident expectation". We are to hold tight to the hope we have in the gospel and our example of the life of Christ. This hope is His revealed grace at the revelation of Jesus Christ. The first five words of the book of Revelation are: "The Revelation of Jesus Christ". 

John was in the Spirit on the seventh day. This was not Saturday or Sunday. This was God's seventh day of creation. God had translated John through the ages to the seventh day, or, His seven thousandth year, to reveal Christ Jesus unto His creation, man; to reveal the end of the age, His judgment, His new creation, man and the renewing of all things.

Peter spoke of this revelation. He also spoke of those who would receive His glory. Peter compared Christ's suffering with the suffering of those in whom the glory will be revealed: 

"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:" *** I Peter 4:12

Peter warned of the fiery trials that would come upon God's people. These fiery trials are the refining process in our lives that release the dross that it may be removed through the heat of the trial. The purifying process is not a strange occurrence in the lives of those who God is going to glorify.

"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." *** I Peter 4:13 

We are to rejoice in our fiery trials. We are to yield to the purifying process so that when His glory is revealed in His people, we can have exceeding joy. Most of the church system shrinks back when the subject of suffering arises. Those who shrink back from the suffering will also miss the glory. As Paul wrote to Timothy, only those who have gone through the refining process will reign with Him. These are those whom God will glorify with Himself: 

"If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified." *** I Peter 4:14

When our lives reflect the life of Christ, we will be reproached. When our name is associated with His name, the world will hate us as it hated Him. The Spirit of glory and of God rested upon Jesus because His life reflected the life of the Father. That same Spirit will rest upon those who God will glorify without measure; those who were foreknown, predestined, called, sanctified, elected, justified, made righteous, redeemed and glorified in God. When we receive God's glory, our light also will shine to glorify our heavenly Father, the Father of lights. 

In his first epistle, Peter spoke a third time of the suffering and the glory:

"The Elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:" *** I Peter 5:1

Peter suffered because of his dedication to the life and calling of Christ. Peter, as Paul, understood the glory that God would pour out upon those who would be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye; on those who God had chosen from the foundation of the earth to walk into that new day; on those who would be glorified in the Father to fulfill every word of prophesy that the prophets had revealed concerning His saints.

Most of the church system today are waiting for the physical return of Jesus. They use the scripture:

"Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven." *** Acts 1:11

They fail to realize that Jesus was not taken off the earth in His terrestrial body, but His celestial body. These overlook the fact that it was the cloud that received Jesus out of their sight. Jesus was caught up into the glory of God and He is returning in clouds and great glory, *** Matthew 24:30. Jesus is returning in the clouds of glory. The great apostle Paul revealed Jesus return in his letter to the Thessalonians:

"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day." *** II Thessalonians 1:10

Jesus' return will be when He is glorified in His saints in that day, the seventh day of His creation, His day of rest for His creation, man. Those who have ears to hear are hearing what the Spirit is saying unto the churches. They are beginning to live the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Their lives are in an everchanging process, preparing their vessels to be fitted for the kingdom that God is preparing to bring again to planet earth. 

But before our Father brings His kingdom on the earth, He must first put it in the earth. He is doing this by preparing those who He has predestined from the foundation of the earth to be glorified with Himself.

"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." *** Romans 8:29-30 

HALLELUJAH!

Chapter 5 Questions
1. Who has God promised to glorify? Romans 8:29-30 
2. How do we come again into God's likeness? 
3. What was added to man's existence when he became a temporal being? 
4. What is our hope of glory? 
5. When God's perfect will is manifested in our lives as it was in Jesus' life, then what will happen?
6. In the beginning God put all things under man's subjection, but he lost his position in God because of what? 
7. Jesus is our example of God's people. 
8. How was Jesus made perfect, complete, whole and mature? Hebrews 2:10 and 5:8 
9. Why is suffering necessary for those who wish to follow the example of Jesus? II Tim 2:12 
10. When the Chief Shepherd appears, what will those who love His appearing receive? I Peter 5:4 
11. What do the celestial and terrestrial bodies refer to? 
12. Which body did Jesus display after His resurrection? 
13. What is one of the most difficult things for the Body of Christ to understand? 
14. What does the word "transfigured" mean? 
15. What does the appearance of Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration reveal? 
16. Why is God bringing forth the Moses and Elijah ministries? 
17. God is desiring a people who will come out of the , past the and into a true relationship with Him. 
18. Who is going to be transfigured for all the world to see? 
19. How can "man" overcome the flesh? 
20. In the book of Revelation, where it says John was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, what does that mean? 
Answer Key
Chapter 1
GOD'S PLAN AND PURPOSE IN PREDESTINATION
ANSWERS
1. We must search the scriptures and look deep into the Word for them. 
2. Those who are fitted for destruction and those He foreknew to prepare for glory.
3. Peniel - For I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved. 
4. 400 years
5. God clothed Himself in human flesh so that the nameless, faceless God could relate to His creation, man, in a way that man could comprehend. 
6. To show and prepare the way for His creation to come back to the Father. 
7. Father
8. Only those that the Son has revealed Him to.
9. Suffering
10. Because they are not willing to allow the over coming power in their lives to do its work.
11. Righteousness
12. Confession and a repentant heart
13. As a light so that we might know what is acceptable and unacceptable in the sight of God.
14. They are written on the fleshy tables of our heart and it is God's Spirit who interprets the laws for us to follow.
15. Man has relegated the Almighty God to a fleshy existence, worshipping the fleshy existence of Jesus more than the Father who sent Him. 
16.When He spoke the words on the cross "It is finished".
17.When they need a covering for their sin
18.We are to observe and do all of His commandments.
19.Father; Son
20.The risen, all powerful, glorious, almighty God, Father of all creation. 
Chapter 2
THE FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD'S PREDESTINATION
ANSWERS
1. That He may make known to us the mystery of His will. 
2. Confusion and a multitude of man's doctrines which consist of the do's and don'ts, good and bad, acceptable and unacceptable regimen of the religious systems.
3. By and through the Holy Spirit
4. Self will means self government and selfishness; God's will means God's government and selflessness
5. Scriptures; anointing; life
6. Judas
7. The image of the Son and to complete the work that Jesus began on earth. 
8. Those who are pressing toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
9. All the sons of God and the morning stars
10. Original; male; female
11. His whole creation
12. The mercy of God
13. It is non-existent when we realize God calls us into oneness and not sameness.
14. By the unction of the Holy Spirit because God predestined us to come into this place in Him.
15. It is the fruit of the Spirit.
16. Because God has chosen us out of the world
17. In the beginning when God laid the foundation of the earth. 
18. They have never sought or cried out to God to bring to their remembrance all those words He spoke to them before they came to this life nor asked God to reveal His preordained purpose for their lives.
19. We come into a place where we can inherit all things. 
20. When the life of Christ is manifested in them and they become the representation of Christ in the earth.
Chapter 3
GOD'S PREDESTINED PLAN FOR LIFE
ANSWERS
1. Those in the true church who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus. 
2. To be separated from sin unto God
3. To declare sacred and holy, to consecrate, to be separate from the profane and dedicated to God; Set apart in the spiritual realm
4. Those who are foreknown, predestined, called and sanctified 
5. They failed to recognize the hope of their calling in Christ Jesus and they go their own way, doing their own thing and hear not the voice of God. 
6. Gate; door; veil
7. The gate led to the outer court. The door led to the holy place and the veil led into the holiest place.
8. Spirit and Truth
9. Out of the religious dogmas, false teachings and false hopes 
10. Strangers
11. Forgiveness of sin and water baptism
12. His people
13. The twelve fruits of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, righteousness, patience and lowliness.
14. Wild grapes
15. The works of the flesh and carnal activities that do not produce life. 
16. Through His judgment
17. Holiness
18. The throne of God or God's judgment.
19. It is the wrath of God and those who will learn God's ways and walk in His righteousness will have no need for the winepress.
20. To be conformed into His image and likeness that we may walk in His way, so that we may understand the mystery in God that has been hidden from the foundation of the world.
Chapter 4
JUSTIFIED AND MADE RIGHTEOUS
ANSWERS
1. To be upright, virtuous, obedient to God, innocent, faultless, guiltless 
2. By following their man made creeds and doctrines
3. When our worship of God is only to follow the law, creeds and doctrines of a religious order
4. Play acting
5. Serpents and vipers
6. Our thinking processes
7. We can know this by what is said in the Word of God. 
8. Sea
9. Darkness
10. Perfect peace
11. Penalty; disobedience
12. The peaceable fruit of righteousness.
13. Because He was in God's perfect will in everything He accomplished in the Father.
14. All those who believe in His name, have come to the knowledge of truth, and who are allowing the Holy Spirit of Truth to complete the whole salvation plan of God in their lives.
15. Faith
16. To pay the full price for
17. The shedding of Jesus' blood gives us forgiveness of sin and the Spirit brings redemption.
18. Because they have been justified and God's care and keeping is constantly in their presence
19. When they are endued with the glory of the Father
20. They will be ruling and reigning with Him.
Chapter 5
THE GLORIFICATION OF GOD'S SAINTS
ANSWERS
1. Those He foreknew, predestined, called, sanctified, elected justified, made righteous and redeemed.
2. We allow the beast nature to be stripped away by God. 
3. Death
4. Having the revealed Christ in us, the eternal life of God dwelling in us which has consumed the old nature.
5. God will release His glory and fill each vessel fitted for the kingdom with His glory, the same man had in the garden when he was in his innocency. 
6. The sin of disobedience
7. Overcoming
8. Through suffering
9. It is necessary to bring them into obedience of His perfect will and into their created place in God.
10. A crown of glory that will not fade away.
11. Celestial - heavenly or spiritual body.
Terrestrial - earthly or fleshly body.
12. The celestial body which He had created in the beginning before the devastation of sin.
13. Being predestined in God
14. To change into another form
15. The two ministries that God would return to earth in the time of judgment. 
16. He is sending His Moses ministry to deliver His people from the hand of the worldly government and the Elijah ministry will bring forth the double portion anointing.
17. Flesh; law; spiritual
18. The manifested sons of God
19. When he yields the flesh totally to the Spirit of God 
20. It meant God had translated him through the ages to the 7th day or the 7 thousandth year to reveal to him the end of the age and God's judgment, the new creation man and the renewing of all things.


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