THESE ARE THEY ...
All who are apprehended of the Father for sonship have been learning some very important lessons in the “school” of life. We have been in “school,” as it were, learning first to unlearn what we received by sitting at the feet of man! Then, when we are free of the corruption of man, and of man’s teachings and traditions, we shall sit at the feet of Christ, spiritually speaking, to learn from Him the greater truths of Perfection, the Life of Christ and the Kingdom of God! And I have no doubt whatsoever, that some of us are now spiritually sitting at the feet of Christ and learning of Him! And the lessons we are learning now, by the Spirit, may be lessons and truths no one before us has ever learned! This sign and others suggest that the manifestation of the sons of God is near!
One of the most important and significant lessons we are learning now is the greater truth of prayer and praying without ceasing. Our Father would have us enter into our “closet,” shut the “door” to our “closet,” which is our inner temple, and pray to Him in secret. And then our Father, who hears us in secret, shall reward us openly! Then our prayers will be answered! And this is the prayer we will pray, if we are in harmony with the plan and purpose of God for this momentous Day: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Mt. 6:9-13). All other prayers are secondary to this prayer, which expresses the wisdom and purpose of God for this new Kingdom Day! And it is certain that our prayers must not be religious prayers or prayers that are the result of the errors and the traditions of man. Our Father would have us pray this Kingdom Prayer, the prayer Jesus taught us to pray! Man calls it “The Lord’s Prayer,” but it really is “Our Prayer!”
Jesus also taught us how, in what manner, or the circumstances in which, we are to pray this Kingdom prayer. He said, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” (Mt. 6:6-8). When we pray this Kingdom prayer, by the Spirit and in obedience to the will of our Father, He will answer this prayer and will do it soon!
When this prayer is answered, all the world, as well as the whole creation, will know that the Kingdom of God is coming down from God out of Heaven to the earth (Rev. 21:2), changing the earth, restoring it and making it all new! Then all the benefits, the glories and the wonders of that most wonderful of all kingdoms, shall also come to the earth, supplying the many needs of everyone everywhere! The Kingdom of God is coming to the earth! And the elect are being prepared to reign with Christ in that Kingdom, which is increasing and which shall never cease increasing in righteousness, peace, plenty, power and authority, until the just and righteous reign of the Kingdom of our Father governs and controls every part of this vast and awesome universe!
In our previous booklet, we pointed out the meaning and purpose of the first verse of our Kingdom prayer (which is Mt. 6:9). Verse ten continues by asking this of our Father: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” The Concordant Version shows that same verse as, “Thy kingdom come. Let Thy will come to pass, as in heaven, on earth also.” The Moffatt Translation has it as, “Thy Reign begin, thy will be done on earth as in heaven!” And Weymouth has it as, “Let Thy kingdom come; let Thy will be done, as in Heaven so on earth.” In each of these translations, the thought presented is that just as God’s reign in the Heavens is pure, righteous, peaceful, and holy, so also shall His reign on earth be pure, righteous, peaceful and holy! All that Heaven is shall come to the Earth, bringing forth the new Earth! All that exists in the Heavens of God’s Spirit shall come down to the Earth, making the whole Earth NEW, and as righteous, pure, peaceful and holy as are the Heavens of God’s mighty, holy Spirit! When we pray to our Father from that secret and sacred place of our spirits, we are really asking that He bring His righteous government to the earth, as well as all the other blessings and benefits of the Kingdom of God. We are asking Him to establish His Kingdom on earth, thus replacing the church as God’s agent in the earth.
The next part of verse ten asks this of our Father: “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Not only are we asking that our Father bring His Kingdom to the earth, but also that His will be done on earth, just as it is being done in the glorious and peaceful Heavens of His Spirit. The will of God is a vital part of the Kingdom of God! And it is important that we know how important the will of God is in Father’s overall plan for this world, as His Kingdom comes to earth. The will of our Father must be done in all the earth. Otherwise, His Kingdom has not yet come to earth in fullness. We have also written that the will of God is the constitution of the Kingdom of our Father. And a constitution is defined as, “a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or organization is governed.”
The Kingdom of God is not a democratic form of government, nor is it a dictatorship, a monarchy, or communistic. Some may believe that a democracy is the best form of government and should be the form of government in the Kingdom of God. But, as we have clearly seen in recent years, our democracy also is a corrupt form of government, for it has now become government solely for the benefit of those who rule! A democracy can be just as corrupt as any other form of government, whether it is communism, a monarchy, or a dictatorship, for they are all run by man! Furthermore, all human governments, including all democracies, will end with the coming of the Kingdom of God, or the government of God, to the earth! The Kingdom of God on earth is a theocracy; it is the government of God by God; it is the world governed solely and exclusively by our heavenly Father, through Christ and His chosen sons. Then, to make the reign of Christ on earth as pure and as holy as is His reign in the Heavens, each chosen son must obey the principles of the constitution of the Kingdom of God; each one of them shall do their Father’s pure and perfect will in all the earth, for His glory and honor! Then and only then can we expect to see that new Earth, wherein dwells the purity and the righteousness of Christ (2 Pet. 3:13)!
When we pray to our Father, saying, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,” we are really asking that His will be done, first in the earth, which we are. Our bodies are made up of the elements of the earth; we are a part of the earth just as the literal soil, the trees, the shrubs, the grass; all of it makes up the earth as we know it. Therefore, when we ask that His Kingdom come to the earth, we are asking our Father to reign supreme in our lives. We really want His Kingdom to rule and reign in our lives, for we have seen the folly of man’s misrule, including our own! If the government, dominion, or Kingdom of God does not come FIRST TO OUR OWN EARTH, to rule and reign within us, how can He come to reign in all the rest of the earth? Since we are part of the earth, it is impossible for Him to fully reign over all the earth, if He does not reign entirely in our own lives! This prayer is very personal for us! We want Him to reign in our lives so He can reign in all the earth, even as He reigns in the Heavens, for His glory and honor!
The Psalmist expressed the true Spirit-born desire of our hearts, when he said, “Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Ps. 40:7-8). All who are walking in sonship and obeying the principles of the Kingdom of God, share this high calling with the Psalmist David. As with David, so also do we know there is a prophetic Word concerning us, that is written in the great volume of the Book of Life (Phil. 4:3, Rev. 21:21), declaring plainly and clearly concerning us: I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” Why do we delight in doing the will of our Father? Because His law and His word are written on the tables of our hearts, as well as in “the volume of the book!” The Word of our prophetic destiny is written, both “in the volume of the book,” and also on the tables of our hearts (Heb. 8:10), thus linking us together with Heaven’s glories and our earthly, yet spiritual, destiny! Heaven and Earth are thus joined together with us, because of our obedience to the perfect will of our Father in Heaven! Then, we shall be given the keys of the Kingdom, as our Lord has promised, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mt. 16:19).
When we come before our Father declaring, “Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.” He then “taketh away the first, that he may establish the second” (Heb. 10:9). When we declare our intention to do all His will in the earth, the past age, which is the Church age or the Pentecostal age, with all its inpartness and incompleteness, as well as its past glories, are removed from within us, and we are then established and confirmed as sons of God and as kings and priests in the Kingdom of our Father! But as long as we are “married” to the former things, or to the old Pentecostal, church order and the things of it, it is obvious that we have not yet surrendered to our Father’s perfect will concerning His Kingdom! And also like David, because we know we are destined to do all His will in the earth, as it is being done in the Heavens, we will ask our Father: “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness” (Ps. 143:10). And what is that “land of uprightness” if it is not the new Kingdom “land,” or the spiritual “land” of the Kingdom of God in all the earth!
Then in verse eleven we are asking our Father, “Give us this day our daily bread.” How we need our “daily bread!” Of course, we need daily bread for our fleshly bodies, but we believe the Spirit is referring to spiritual Bread, rather than the bread that feeds the flesh. Daily we need that spiritual Bread, which is the Bread of God, to survive and grow spiritually and become manifest sons of the living God! When Jesus was tempted of the devil, He replied, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Mt. 4:4). And where is this prophetic Word concerning us written? It is written in “the volume of the book,” which is the Book of Life! And the Word that is written is the same Word that is always and continually coming forth from the mouth of God; it is the Word that we need daily! Jesus also said, “I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, HE SHALL LIVE FOR EVER: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” (John 6:48-51). We need that daily Bread, not for ourselves only, but also “for the life of the world!”
It is imperative that we partake of our daily Bread, which is the living Bread of God, that we may live forever with our Father! We must partake of Him to be changed into His glorious image and heavenly likeness! When the Jews quarreled and argued among themselves about eating the FLESH of Jesus, He said to them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye EAT THE FLESH of the Son of man, AND DRINK HIS BLOOD, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him” (John 6:53-56).
What Does It Mean To “eat the flesh of the Son of man,
and drink his blood?”
The original word means flesh and includes the literal, physical body as the symbol of what is external (from Strong’s). To eat the flesh of Jesus and drink His blood does not mean we should become cannibals and literally eat His flesh and drink His blood, even if that were possible! To eat the flesh of Jesus and drink His blood means we should live the kind of life He lived in this world! The literal flesh and blood body of Jesus refers to the life He lived in this world! His life on earth is as a symbol to us; it is a sign, a representation, an expression or a manifestation of the kind of life we are to live in the flesh, as we journey through this earthly realm of man. The word “eat,” actually means to eat, whether literally or figuratively. Taken figuratively and spiritually, the word “eat” can be interpreted to mean that we are to partake of Christ by living in this world as He lived His life in the flesh. His life in this world is our example! Follow the footsteps of Jesus while He was on earth in an earthly body, and we will have found the true Bread of Life! Follow the path of sin and death common to the majority of the people of this world, and we will receive the consequences of that sin, which is more of Adam’s death.
To eat His flesh and drink His blood means we will walk as He walked, living the life in this world that Jesus lived. This is the path of Life! This is what it will take for us to live the Life of Christ in glorious fullness and completeness! Our Lord Jesus Christ was quite clear when He stated this truth. And He prefaced this truth by saying, “Verily, verily, I say unto you!” By saying this, Jesus was asking for our attention! He was asking that we pay close attention to what He had to say, for His Word, as well as His life in this world, is also OUR LIFE! The word “verily” means “amen;” it is a sure and firm amen, drawing attention to the words that follow! And then Jesus said, “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.”
What Jesus was really saying is, unless we walk the walk that He walked and live the life that He lived while on this earth, we have no life within us! The way Jesus lived in this world of corruption and sin is our example. His flesh and blood body outlined a map for us to follow in this world. His earthly, yet spiritual, journey in this world established a way for us to live, and a path for us to follow, if we would receive His Life! Perhaps the song writer had this truth in mind, when he wrote this old Gospel song, titled, “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked!” It is not that we should walk where He walked in Nazareth, or in Galilee, or Capernaum, or anywhere else in the literal land of Judea. But we walk where He walked spiritually by following His earthly example! We walk where Jesus walked by walking the path of righteousness that He walked while in this world. We walk where Jesus walked by realizing that He is the “way” that we should walk while on this earth. We must walk where He walked and as He walked, spiritually on this earth, if we would receive the fullness of the Life of Christ! Unless the earthly life of Jesus is our pattern and the example we follow daily and consistently, we will have no life within us! Surely, the message of Jesus could not be any clearer than this! “These are they...” who shall hear His Word and then do it with all that is within them! Then we shall live the Life of Christ in glorious and complete fullness, and shall reign with Him in the purity and righteousness of the Kingdom of our Father!
To walk as Jesus walked and live as He lived in this world may be difficult to define and explain. But we may be certain that we are on the path and are walking the way He walked in this world, if we will hear His Word and then do it. The experiences of Jesus while on this earth in a flesh and blood body, a body like we all have, are the same experiences we will have also. For example, the first thing that happened to Jesus after His baptism in water and of the Spirit (as in Mt. 3:16), was His encounter with the devil. He was tested of the devil, which is something we will all experience; we will all walk that path as He did! The scripture clearly states: “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (or, to be tested and disciplined) of the devil” (Mt. 4:1). Jesus never yielded to the devil’s tempting and deceptive suggestions, and neither shall we! It is impossible to be a son and not be tested of the devil! We will know we are on the path to Life, which is the same path Jesus walked while on this earth, when we are tested of the devil! The devil is one of Father’s agents He uses to test and try His sons (see Job 1:6-22 & Mt. 4:1)! Our lives in this world must be tested, and then disciplined, if necessary, to establish and confirm our walk with God. And Father uses the devil, as well as all the other “tools” in His vast arsenal, to do that testing work in our lives. This, we believe, is what it means to “eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood.”
Later, when Jesus was confronted by the Pharisees after healing some people, we read this: “Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; And charged them that they should not make him known” (Mt. 12:14-16). Indeed, there is a vast network of people out there who are unknowingly antagonistic to the Lord and to us, as well as to the Truth of God! They call themselves “Christians,” but they are really un-Christ like in nature and spirit! They would like to make us a part of their Babylonish systems, but they cannot, for we are of God! The worst they can do to us is persecute us, for Father is keeping and protecting His sons, who are dedicated to faithfully doing all His will in the earth! Persecution, as well as all other negative treatments, are planned by our Father for our ultimate good! When Jesus realized that some of the people wanted to destroy Him, “He withdrew himself from thence!” No doubt He also would have prayed for them, saying, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” And that is what we will do too! Furthermore, because of our obedient walk with the Lord, “great multitudes” will follow us, perhaps spiritually if not literally, even as they followed Jesus!
Another situation that took place in the earthly life of Jesus was His encounter with some scribes and Pharisees. “Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” (Mt. 15:1-3). Those scribes and Pharisees came to Jesus, not to accept Him and His Word, but to criticize His disciples. That they were scribes and Pharisees was bad enough. But this group came from Jerusalem, the center of all Jewish, religious authority, influence and power. It was a city that Jesus avoided. As near as I can tell from reading the scriptures, Jesus never spent a night in Jerusalem. If He had to go to that city of religious confusion and bondage, it was only to do what His Father wanted Him to do in the daytime. But He usually took His disciples and went to another nearby village for the night (see Mk. 11:11).
Jerusalem was the denominational headquarters of the Jewish religion, so to speak; it was a religious center that Jesus avoided. And we should avoid any contact with all such denominational centers and religious headquarters, just as He did! And as we do so, we are “eating” the flesh of Jesus and “drinking” His blood! Also, it was the scribes from Jerusalem who accused Jesus of casting out devils by Beelzebub, the prince of devils (Mk. 3:22). It was also in Jerusalem where Jesus suffered “many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes,” and where He was killed (Mt. 16:21). And it was in the temple in Jerusalem where Jesus cast out the moneychangers (Mt. 21:12-13). Jesus pronounced judgment on Jerusalem, describing it as a city and a people who killed the prophets and stoned those whom God sent (Mt. 23:37). The Jerusalem of this world is a corrupt city; it is a city of religious confusion, turmoil and bondage; it is also a city where more wars have been fought than perhaps any other city in this world! But, thank God, there is the NEW JERUSALEM, the blessed City of the King; it is that New, Heavenly City of high spiritual order and purpose, where all is Peace, Rest and Life abundant!
Jesus described the scribes and Pharisees of Jerusalem: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but DO NOT YE AFTER THEIR WORKS: FOR THEY SAY AND DO NOT. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But ALL THEIR WORKS THEY DO FOR TO BE SEEN OF MEN” (Matt. 23:1-5). There are certainly such religious people among us today! They do not call themselves “scribes and Pharisees,” but they sit in Moses’ seat also, laying the law on people, but never doing what they say should be done according to the law! Jesus said, “DO NOT YE AFTER THEIR WORKS: FOR THEY SAY AND DO NOT.” “These are they” who will not do as the scribes and Pharisees did then or as they are doing today! Father has called and chosen us, and we will be faithful to that high calling of God in Christ! Rather than sit in “Moses’ seat” repeating the law and condemning others, we will hear and do all our Father asks of us!
The scribes and Pharisees came to Jesus, not to congratulate Him for healing the multitudes of Gennesaret, who simply touched Him or His garment and were made whole, but they came, as they usually will, to condemn and to criticize the Lord of glory. And their only complaint then was that His disciples transgressed “the tradition of the elders!” But that is what the real Spirit of sonship will always do! The Christ within His elect will always “transgress the tradition of the elders!” And if we are not, by our spiritual lives, transgressing the tradition of the elders, there is something wrong with our spiritual walk as sons of the living God!
Those who walk with their Father, “eating” the flesh of Jesus by following His earthly example, will transgress the traditions of the religious elders, for we are walking a new path by the Spirit. Yet, this path, or this way of the Lord, is not entirely new; it is the same path Jesus walked; it is a path, or a way, that very few have taken or will take, during their spiritual journey through this world. Only the elect will walk the path of Jesus, on their spiritual journey through this world. They will indeed “transgress the tradition of the elders!” When the scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus why His disciples transgressed the tradition of the elders, Jesus responded by asking them, “Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” (Matt. 15:3) Tradition, especially religious tradition, which transgresses the commandments of God, must be broken, so that new and higher spiritual principles, along with a new spiritual order, which is the new order of the Kingdom of God on earth, can be established in all the earth for the benefit of all.
Drink Ye All Of It
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it” (Matt. 26:26-27). Of course, Jesus said the bread represented His body, while the cup represented His blood. He said of the cup, “this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:28). The bread and the cup, as used in the above scripture, represent the body and the blood of Jesus Christ, which was offered for our redemption. But Our Lord also told us that we are to “eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood” And when we drink His blood, symbolically speaking, we are doing the same thing as when we drink the cup of the Lord, which contains His blood, or the “blood of the new testament!” In either case, we are spiritually and symbolically “drinking” the blood of Jesus Christ, which is shed for us for the remission of sins, and for our ultimate, full salvation! When we do so, we are walking out the path of Jesus, which is the path leading to the abundant Life of the Kingdom of God!
When Jesus said, “Drink ye all of it,” He was not merely telling us to empty the cup; He was actually telling us to walk out the full measure of His life on this earth, just as He did! Therefore, by walking and living through this earthly realm of man, as Jesus did, we are eating the flesh of Jesus and drinking His blood! Do you know that when Jesus was sent to the earth, He came as a spiritual being to have an earthly, yet spiritual, experience? And do you also know that we too were sent to the earth as spiritual beings, to have an earthly, yet spiritual, experience?
Be assured also that as we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we are literally walking out this earthly, yet spiritual journey, with our blessed Lord! When we eat His flesh, which is the Bread of God, we will eat all of it! And when we drink His blood, by walking out the life He lived in this world, we will drink all of it; we will empty the cup! Then, we will be able to say, as the old song goes: “I walked today where Jesus walked!” When we have reached the end of our journey, we will receive the prize and will reach the goal, just as Jesus did! We will then also be fully inChristed, just as Jesus was! Oh the wonder of this “so great salvation!”
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
This is the next verse of “Our Prayer,” which is the prayer our Lord taught us to pray (Mt. 6:12). The Kingdom of God is a debt-free society! In the Kingdom, there are no debts and therefore no debtors! This will be true economically and literally, as well as spiritually and figuratively! It is not that no one will owe anything, for we are all debtors to our Lord Jesus Christ. Luke’s account of this same prayer, shows it this way: “And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us” (Lu. 11:4).
Our debt is the debt of sin, which was forgiven us in Christ at the cross! No longer are we debtors, for Christ has set us free! Since we were forgiven at Calvary, we should also forgive everyone else! But most “Christians” today condemn, criticize and hold everyone else accountable for their sins, even though such “Christians” are free in Christ! (Compare the typical “Christian” behavior of today with the words of Jesus in Lu. 6:35-37.) All who sin, do so because the Lord has not yet drawn them unto Himself. They were given this carnal nature, as we all were, but they have no spiritual life within them to counteract their carnal, sinful nature, or their life of sin and shame. Therefore, they are not to be held accountable for their sins. In the fullness of time, all shall come to Christ, to be forgiven of ALL their sins and iniquities! Now this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as the Good News of the Kingdom of God! Any other “gospel” is a lie that originated in the carnal mind of Babylon’s leaders! Man’s perverted and distorted gospel is the bad news of the corrupt religious systems of man and of this world!
The message and spirit of FORGIVENESS is the main message of the Kingdom of God! The message of forgiveness flows from the spirits of those who are walking the Kingdom walk! There are no debtors in the Kingdom, for all are forgiven in Christ! To illustrate this great Truth, Jesus gave us this parable: “Then Peter came up to Him and said, Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? [As many as] up to seven times? Jesus answered him, I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven! [Gen 4:24.] Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a human king who wished to settle accounts with his attendants. When he began the accounting, one was brought to him who owed him 10,000 talents [probably about $10,000,000], And because he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and his children and everything that he possessed, and payment to be made. So the attendant fell on his knees, begging him, Have patience with me and I will pay you everything. And his master's heart was moved with compassion, and he released him and forgave him [cancelling] the debt.
“But that same attendant, as he went out, found one of his fellow attendants who owed him a hundred denarii [about twenty dollars]; and he caught him by the throat and said, Pay what you owe! So his fellow attendant fell down and begged him earnestly, Give me time, and I will pay you all! But he was unwilling, and he went out and had him put in prison till he should pay the debt. When his fellow attendants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and told everything that had taken place to their master. Then his master called him and said to him, You contemptible and wicked attendant! I forgave and cancelled all that [great] debt of yours because you begged me to. And should you not have had pity and mercy on your fellow attendant, as I had pity and mercy on you? And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (the jailers), till he should pay all that he owed. So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you IF YOU DO NOT FREELY FORGIVE YOUR BROTHER FROM YOUR HEART HIS OFFENSES (Mt. 18:21-35, AMP).
Forgiveness is one of the keys of the Kingdom of God! And our forgiveness of a brother must take place, not merely from the shallowness of our minds, but from the very depths of our hearts! Christendom’s heartless treatment of some sinners in this world is a disgrace! They would deny them jobs, cut them off from civil benefits, and make them pay and pay and pay for their sins, while they remain debt free! Such un-Christlike behavior will not be tolerated in the Kingdom of God! And to restore and bring righteous judgment to this corrupt and unrighteous world, which is greatly influenced by the false doctrines of the Babylonish church system, Father will deal with every one of them until they freely forgive their brother from their heart his offenses.
I personally know and have experienced the benefits of forgiveness! My father was very abusive to me, and his physical abuse continued for several years. A few years before I became a teenager, I was freed from his abusive treatment. My father was a sick man and I realized that was the reason for his bad behavior. But I was not yet free of the inner anguish of my soul, which resulted from the abuse. Then, my loving and merciful Father in Heaven rescued me from much of the inner struggles and soulish resentment during the Latter Rain outpouring of the Spirit. By His Spirit, which was then poured out in abundance, much of my past troubles and problems were washed away.
Although my father had passed away, I realized, with the Spirit’s help, that I had not yet forgiven him. There was still some resentment and anger in my heart and I began to realize that all that “stuff” from the past was hindering my walk with God. So I asked the Lord to forgive me. But then I knew I had to forgive my father also. And I did forgive him, in the Spirit and by the Spirit. Now my heart is free and clear of any and all resentment and anger, as well as the “debt” in my life that was such a heavy burden. How important forgiveness is! To forgive someone who has wronged us does not excuse their behavior or make it any better, but it heals us within! Anger and resentment, when allowed to remain in the hidden recesses of our soul, will destroy us! But forgiveness releases us from that anger and resentment, and clears our hearts and souls of all the former “stuff” with which we were once burdened! And to forgive someone who has already passed away, as I did my father, will teach us this great truth: “whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mt. 16:19). Our Heavenly Father is giving us the keys of the Kingdom! And one of those keys is the key of forgiveness, which we are learning to use wisely, by the leading of the Spirit! And when we use that Kingdom key of forgiveness, by the Spirit, it will unlock the treasures of the Kingdom of God, not only for us but also for those we have forgiven!
Forgiveness also teaches us another important Kingdom truth, and it is this: our lives from infancy to childhood, and from childhood to adulthood, were all planned by our merciful Father in Heaven, for our good, and for the good of the Kingdom! I now understand that the abuse by my father was planned by God to train me and teach me some important spiritual lessons necessary to sonship and reigning with Christ. And so it is with you also! All that happens in our lives, does not take place by chance, or by mistake, or because someone erred! It all took place ACCORDING TO THE PURPOSE OF HIM, Who called us to this walk of sonship, perfection and Life! To know that all that takes place in our lives is the will of God and was planned by Him in the beginning is a wisdom and an understanding that can only come from God. And we will also know and understand, by the Spirit, “For thou, Lord, art good, and READY TO FORGIVE; AND PLENTEOUS IN MERCY unto all them that call upon thee” (Ps. 86:5).
So important is the “key” of forgiveness in the Kingdom of God, that Jesus said this at the end of “Our Prayer”: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, NEITHER WILL YOUR FATHER FORGIVE YOUR TRESPASSES” (Mt. 6:14-15). Jesus also associated forgiveness with prayer, when He said, “And when ye stand praying, FORGIVE, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses” (Mk. 11:25). The original Greek word, translated “forgive,” means to send off, or to send away; it is to send away or send off from us the guilt or burden associated with some sin or transgression. Forgiveness also frees people from the heavy burden and the guilt of sin and its penalty.
Our blessed Lord also associated healing the sick with forgiving sins, when He said, “Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house” (Lu. 5:23-24). When the man that was sick of the palsy rose up, took up his bed and went away healed, we read this of the people who saw it: “And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, WE HAVE SEEN STRANGE THINGS TODAY” (Lu. 5:23-24). Those were “strange things” indeed for the believers of that day! We have seen some of those “strange things” in outpourings of the Spirit here and in West Africa! When we commanded the disabled to get up and walk in meetings in West Africa, they believed and were healed! And they also were saved as well as healed in that one moment! I am quite sure we will yet witness even STRANGER THINGS in this glorious new Kingdom Day!
Just before Jesus was crucified, He said this of those who had sentenced Him to die: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Lu. 23:34). And when we are assaulted, accused and berated by those who lack spiritual understanding, we will also say of them, as Jesus did, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” This will release them and set them free! Our forgiveness of others will also free us, lest we find ourselves allied with the evil one, even him who is known as “the accuser of our brethren.” No doubt this prophetic word is still in the process of being fulfilled: “Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And (these are) they (who) overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Rev. 12:10-11).
During a famine in Israel’s history, Joseph was sent
to Egypt in preparation for that famine (Ps. 105:17), by his brothers who sold
him as a slave. There, Joseph gained favor with Pharaoh and, as a result of
a dream the king had, which Joseph interpreted, he was elevated to the throne
and given the responsibility of storing food for the coming seven-year famine,
which Pharaoh’s dream foretold. Joseph’s family and brethren were
suffering because of the famine, so some of the brothers were sent to Egypt
to buy grain. The man distributing the grain in Egypt was their own younger
brother, Joseph, whom they had sold into slavery! When Joseph, in mercy, gave
them food, the brothers returned home to find that their father, Jacob, had
passed away. But Jacob had left a message for Joseph, saying: “FORGIVE,
I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto
thee evil: and now, we pray thee, FORGIVE the trespass of the servants of the
God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. And his brethren
also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for
you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass,
as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Gen. 50:17-20). We are
also called, as Joseph was, “to save much people alive!” And we
may also stand “in the place of God!” Forgiveness is vital and necessary
in the lives of those who shall reign with Christ, “to save much people
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