Thursday, October 18, 2018

Joseph Today

In the story of Joseph you read how the jealousy of his brothers caused him to go into slavery. [Gen 37:23, 28 KJV] The bible says there’s no new thing under the sun and that the Old Testament is given for our example. If you have ever had family betray you, you have an idea of what this must have been like. Seventeen years old and your whole life ahead of you. Your dreams of becoming this or that. You get up one day and per your fathers command set out for a life changing, dream crashing, devastating and betraying experience with your own family. Family, you know the ones that are supposed to be “blood is thicker than water” companions by your side.

Each and every moment had hope, fears and imagination running wild in it. If you haven’t received a life changing phone call, been through a life changing event, then right you might not understand what he was going through. But I’ve received that more than once and during those moments, your mind is racing. He is now a slave. From the owner to the slave in one day. He could really be beaten to death for disobedience. The mercy of God was to put him in Potiphar’s house. It wasn’t to deliver him from slavery. In Potiphar’s house he became favored. [Gen 39:1, 6, 21 KJV]

Here’s where I want to really begin. Joseph wasn’t some super human perfect man. He was like you and I. How could he not be sitting there imagining his father hearing that he was gone and not coming to look for him? He had dreams of his brothers bowing to him. His father loved him and gave him the very coat his brothers took off him that day. His father lived for God and God talked to him. He knows its death or beating if he tries to run away. Canaan is not a short distance to travel, if he even knew the way. Really what else is he to do but serve? He believed there is a God of Israel. He believed and loved the stories he had heard all his life. He wanted the blessing he was told about. So he did what we would do, serve his master until his deliverance would come.

I work at my job. Some days it’s easy, other days it’s hard. I have good moments and bad moments. I haven’t found a better job yet. There were days I wanted to walk off, days I said things I shouldn’t have. I’ve been there twenty five years now and I’m still looking for a new job. Sure I could’ve walked off, quit and lost everything. Everything meaning my favor with God. God has through all my faults and mistakes, given me favor with the owner and my boss. I am not some super human Christian that never did or said anything wrong and yet God has been with me and I have favor.  I have to believe it was the same for Joseph because there’s no new thing under the sun.

I can imagine Joseph making himself comfortable in his servant-hood. His boss made him the chief of all things. Maybe life wasn’t that bad after all. Sure his father never searched for him and his brothers “got away with” selling him. Oh year after year I can see the disappointment of each new voice, new person, new gossip and yet no sign of his family regretting what they did or his loving father searching for him. His dreams were now something he pushed aside yet he still knew God was with him. Those little God winks as we call them today. Telltale signs that let you know He does exist and for some reason is allowing this. You don’t understand but you submit anyway. He is God and maybe what you are going through will show itself one day. Maybe there’s something coming you don’t see or know about that He is doing, cause you see Him. You feel Him and you know He’s there; and all the other things we tell ourselves today to help us cope with disappointment and life changing events.

How can I say “all this?” Really think about how you respond to things today. You’re the same human being he was. You don’t know the whole story either. But you can do like he did and live for God no matter what comes your way. Not with a human perfection our mind likes to trip us into believing in order to change the situation. If I were better, didn’t speak this or do that. Well yes, you are learning, but I can’t see Joseph as perfect in everything or else he would have been without sin. I only know of one who was without sin and that is God.

The bible is clear that Joseph had forgotten his dreams (Gen 42:9) and was living daily in hopes of freedom in his requests to the butler.  [Gen 40:14-15 KJV But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.] This is eleven years after that day.
Another hope and another disappointment. The butler was restored, the baker was hanged and Joseph was forgotten. I myself have made the best of things and have had some great times, memories and was used of God during this time of vanished dreams. I can relate on so many levels, except the ones that speak of Joseph as if he were super human. As if he didn’t make a mistake at all or else he wouldn’t have been used of God. No, Joseph loved the God of Israel, his God. But he was in all points tempted and with sin. The things the bible points out is the times where it showed he chose not to willingly sin but to live for God during temptation. I have those moments too and the others God doesn’t bring up unless it helps me and others to overcome. He puts it under the blood with repentance.

Two years later and now thirteen years after being sold into slavery, Joseph meets Pharaoh. (Gen 41) During those thirteen years he learned how to manage and increase goods. He learned how to speak the Egyptian language fluently. I can also say, since I am learning this, he learned how to control his emotions and believe that God is working when you don’t see Him working. When he went throughout all the land, he could’ve understood at that time the dreams given to baker and butler. He could name it as a God working in his benefit. It might have taken a few days to put everything together, after all it was another one of those life altering experiences; from prison to a palace in one day.

[Gen 42:9, 18 KJV And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye [are] spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come. ... 18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:]

Joseph had ups and downs, but maintained his belief that God was God. Knowing that I can see at times God working in my life would lead me to believe that after the dreams, he did too. He grew in wisdom and had convictions. This is the key element in your life. Those convictions have kept me out of a mess and in favor with God.

[Gen 50:19-21 KJV 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. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.]

At the end of this story it’s easy to miss a few more things. It was jealousy that his brothers needed to repent of. In order to repent they had to come to the place of acknowledging God saw it and they didn’t get away with it. They too had to confront it. Joseph had to go through thirteen years period. It didn’t matter how much he prayed, how faithful he was, how “perfect” his walk with God was or anything else people like to throw are you proclaiming all the reasons you haven’t been delivered or are in the situation you’re in. He had to be there for yes, himself, but because of his brothers. It’s proven with Benjamin and no jealousy when given a double portion and Judah willing to offer his life for him. What a change that took thirteen years to produce.

When you’re going through your life changing, dream shattering events and no deliverance seems to be coming your way; remember that Joseph didn’t know the end of the story all those years either. Pray that God will give you want you need to change as He sees fit and that if someone else is the cause of your “event,” that you’ll have forgiveness and wisdom to deal with it / them when the time comes. It will come. Hopefully you are not the cause of someone else’s event. But if so, repent. Judah repented and was converted. You know that God accepted him because He came through Judah and is known as the Loin of Judah. Be all you can be and know that no one did anything in the bible that you yourself cannot do, both good and bad. Flesh is flesh and God is good!!!!

Submitted by: Tina Marie

Friday, September 28, 2018

He alone is God and His name is Jesus

The goal in this is to state facts, ask questions (in most cases answering with the obvious and logical answer) and to let God reveal that He alone is God and His name is Jesus.

 According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible and Strong’s Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words, cognate 3068 Yhvh or Yehovah (used in Ex. 3:15) means: (the) self-existent or eternal. This is derived from cognate 1961 hayah (used in Ex. 3:14) which means: to exist, be, become.
   Let’s look at the various uses of Jehovah (the self-existent) throughout the old testament.

                 1.)    Jehovah-Jireh: (the) self-existent will see (to it)
                 2.)    Jehovah-Nissi: (the) self-existent (is) my banner
                 3.)    Jehovah-Tsidkenu: (the) self-existent (is) our right or righteousness
                 4.)    Jehovah-Shalom: (the) self-existent (is) peace
                 5.)    Jehovah-Shammah: (the) self-existent (is) thither

  We see, through examination of the use of this word, Jehovah is not actually a name such as Darryl, Chris, Cory, Tony, Tyler etc., but acts as an adjective: describing the nature of God…self-existent.
  What then does the bible mean in Exodus 3:15?

    “And God said moreover unto Moses, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the self-existent (Lord) God of your fathers, the self-existent (Lord) God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name forever.”

  When you understand that the definition of the word name is simply, a word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to, you understand that the Almighty was simply saying that He was always going to be known as the self-existent God of the fathers of the children of Israel. He was not speaking of a name such as Darryl, Chris, Cory, Tony, Tyler, etc., but was simply stating that He was always going to be known by that word or set of words to the children of Israel. He truly is the self-existent God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and He shall be known as that for evermore, but He does in fact have a true name.
How do we know? Well, when we use the same definition of the word name and apply it to Matthew 28:19, we find something very interesting….

    “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” -Matthew 28:19

  We must do two things here:
1.       We must realize it says name (singular) and not names (plural). This means that Jesus was stating that there is one name that applies to all three of the titles mentioned. Just as  you or I can have multiple titles, but we have a name.
2.       We must use what we know and apply our understanding of the word name in its proper context.

  When we do these things, we read it like this, “…baptizing them in the word by which the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are all known by.”
  This is how we know that the self-existent God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has a true name now.
  What is his name?  His name is Jesus.

  The Son said, “I am come in my Father’s name…” -John 5:43. This is hinting that the name of the Father is Jesus.   Of course, the Son’s name is Jesus.

  Last but certainly not least, “But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name…” -John 14:16. This tells us that the name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus.
  Jesus is the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.

  Jesus is “…Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” -Revelation 1:8

   This means that there is not a threefold Godhead with three distinct, separate, but co-equal and co-eternal individuals (making it Godheads, thereby implying three Gods), but rather that there is only one God, who “is a Spirit” (John 4:24), the Almighty God, who was “…manifest in the flesh…” -1 Tim. 3:16. Who made himself a man, yet was not the product nor the offspring of a man but of God (that by definition makes him the Son of God), though He came through a woman (which makes Him the Son of man), that He (the Almighty God) could put the fullness of the Godhead (His Spirit) in the body He created for Himself (Christ). “For in him (Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” -Col. 2:9

  The bible says, “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself…” -2 Cor. 5:19.

  Which God is that scripture referring to? Isn’t there only one God? Isn’t that one God the Almighty God?
  This means that the Almighty God was in Christ. After all, Jesus did say, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” -Matthew 28:18. Did he not? Another word for power is might. If Jesus has all might, doesn’t that make Him Almighty?

  The bible says that Christ is the express image of God’s person (Heb. 1:3), and that He is the “…image of the invisible God…” -Col. 1:15.

  The definition of Greek cognate 5287 (used in Hebrews 1:3 as person) is, essence. A synonym for essence in the English language is spirit. The definition of synonym is, a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language. So, essence and spirit mean the exact or nearly the exact same thing.

  Our bodies are the express image of our spirit (person). Our bodies simply hold our spirit. In the same way, Christ (the body God made for himself) is the express image of the Almighty God’s spirit, which was in Christ “…reconciling the world unto himself...” -2 Cor. 5:19. That is why Jesus said, “…the Father is in me…” -John 14:11. The body was simply the holding cell of God Almighty who “ a Spirit...” -John 4:24.

  “Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, 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? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. “-John 14:8-10

  Why would Jesus Christ refer to himself as the Father (Almighty God) if he wasn’t? Was Jesus Christ a liar? Does not the bible clearly say that “…in Him (Christ) is no sin…” -1 John 3:5? If Jesus Christ was not the Father in the Son, that makes Christ a liar, and lying is a sin, but Christ “…knew no sin…” -2 Cor. 5:21 and cannot lie.

  You will ask, “Why did Christ say, ‘My Father is greater than I.’” -John 14:28? Jesus was referring to the body He was in. Did not Paul do the same thing when he said, “…in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing…” -Rom. 7:18?

  Flesh is inferior to God Almighty, is it not?

  If man was made lower than the angels (Psalm 8:4) doesn’t that mean we are lower than God too?
  Jesus was saying, “My Father (the Spirit of God Almighty) who “…is in me…” (John 14:11) is greater than this flesh.

  Why is the manifestation of the Father greater than the manifestation of the Son? Because the manifestation of the Father is not limited by the flesh.  But isn’t the manifestation of the Son, the Father in the flesh?  Yes.   Then why can’t the manifestation of the Son know the time and day of the end?

  It is because of the limitation of the flesh. When the Spirit of the Father manifested himself in the flesh, He willingly limited Himself and gave up His omniscience that He could be in the flesh and save us. No flesh and blood holds the ability to know everything. So, God, loving our lives more than He loved His, sacrificed His omniscience to come suffer the pains of this life and death that we may be saved.

  Speaking of being saved, “…there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” -Acts 4:12

  How are we saved? “…baptism doth also now save us…” -1 Peter 3:21. How do we stay saved? We receive the Holy Ghost and keep in unto the end. “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” -Matthew 24:13.

  Anyways…saved by baptism. What does this mean? It means our sins are remitted (forgiven). How are our sins remitted? By baptism in Jesus’ name. (See Acts 2:38)

  The Jews asked a good question, “…who can forgive sins but God (the Almighty) only?” -Mark 2:7
  First, this is hinting that Jesus Christ is the Almighty God manifest in the flesh (see again 1 Tim. 3:16) because He has the power to forgive sins.

  Second, this raises a question. If God Almighty is the only one who can forgive sins, who’s name but God Almighty’s has the power to remit sins? If the Almighty God is the only individual who can remit sins, then His name is the only name that has the power to remit sins.

  “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” -Acts 2:38

  And as the word of God has already established, “…there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” -Acts 4:12

  The only way the apostles had the power to remit sins is through the name of Jesus Christ in baptism. Is that not how our sins are remitted? Does it not say in Acts 2:38 to be baptized for the remission of sins? Yes, it absolutely does. Baptism in Jesus’ name is the only way to have our sins remitted, because Jesus Christ is not here bodily anymore to forgive sins. Therefore, we must use His name.

  A triune Godhead that claims there is three separate but equal individuals, but is defying the way God made things, one individual: it’s impossible and that would mean there are three Gods. If there are three separate individuals in the Godhead and all are God, there cannot be one individual God. There is nothing in creation that can be three individuals, yet one individual. The doctrine of the trinity is “…philosophy and vain deceit,” and is “…after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” -Colossians 2:8.

It is confusing and cannot truly be understood. In response to such a statement, true trinitarians would say that the Godhead is so complex that we can’t understand it. This is not true “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal Godhead and power; so that they are without excuse:” -Romans 1:20. 

The bible does not teach there is a trinity, or a triune God, nor three separate but co-equal and co-eternal individual persons in the Godhead. In fact, you will not even find one of these sayings in the word of God. The bible teaches that there is one God, the Almighty God, Jesus, who revealed himself in the flesh (1Tim. 3:16) and died for our sins; “that remission of sins (baptism) should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” -Luke 24:47. 

That His Spirit, the Spirit of Almighty God, Jesus, may dwell in us and continually cleanse us and purge us of all ungodliness until “…Until the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” -Titus 2:13

[Isa 43:10-15 KJV Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.]

Submitted by: Michael Pontrelli

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Adams nature and the evil in this world

This is a continuation on the thought of Adams nature. More explicitly the serpent part of that nature. 
The serpent was that poisonous thought which comes from the heart and lies concerning the known truth. That produces rebellion and resentments. The serpent is the contrary thought that comes from within out of the heart (Mat 7:21). 
I would like to point out that Jesus dealt with this in two particular places. 
John 3:13-14
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

If God cannot be seen as Jesus, then there is deception here. There are many who can see that Jesus is God but they do not seem to grasp the greatest miracle of all; which is what he came into the flesh to perform. He took the serpent nature of Adam to the tree. If while looking at the cross you do not see a serpent hanging dead there, then you have the wrong God. The almighty God came into flesh and blood for one specific reason and that was to save sinners.
In order for the master to do such a thing he had to become part of them to destroy that thing in them which had them in bondage and captivity to sin and death. The serpent nature of Adam, this is the reason God called for a serpent to be displayed on a pole and healed all who would look for a long period of time at it. Today it requires nothing less than to see the serpent on the cross Jesus took, this is the reason John wrote of it in John 3:14. 
God took his one, true and only body, the only begotten Son, the Son with both divine nature and human nature, the human nature is the serpent nature of Adam, and hung it on a tree. For God so loved the world and those bitten to death by the serpent nature of Adam, that he came himself to provide us with a remedy and a promise of salvation through himself. 
If you do not see a serpent on the pole it is because you cannot figure out what a serpent would be doing in Jesus; further how a serpent would have anything to do with salvation. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whomsoever believeth in him should not perish. The only way one would perish is to not see and investigate the serpent part of what Jesus did at Calvary. This is how he destroyed the devil and this is how each person destroys the devil through faith and a continued look into the perfect law of liberty. 

Jesus put on the perfect law and gave the perfect law to the world by the disciples. The world however does not want the perfect law, they want the lesser imperfect Law of Moses. Why? Because the Law of Moses deals only with the exterior and the perfect law deals with both interior and exterior. Keep the Ten Commandments and claim Jesus as your savior and your all set, right? Wrong! Can you not see that the old man which lived in the Law of Moses must be killed and he cannot be killed through law. He must be killed by the teachings of Jesus and the perfect law of the apostles. The Law of Moses could not kill the serpent nature it could only prohibit it, stall the inevitable which is death. The perfect law however kills the old nature and reveals to us the divine nature. This is the reason why the same Spirit Jesus accomplished this all with must be received by all those who will put off the old man and put on the new men. 
We must receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost in order to accomplish the new birth. We must be led by the Spirit of God in order to be sons of God. For us to think we can live in the serpent nature of Adam and gain eternal life is a fairy tale thought. Baptism in Jesus name is necessary, it is to show the serpent nature of Adam must be buried and the divine nature of God put on. This is the Gospel. Any other gospel is not a gospel at all. The old man must die and the Holy Ghost promise of Acts 2: must be received. And with many other words did he testify and exhort saying save yourselves from this untoward generation. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship etc.....

Men and brethren, what shall we do? Peters divine authority and answer was REPENT! Repent from what? The Law of Moses you have been living by which crucified Christ. You have taken by your wicked hands and crucified and slain. Acts 2:23. They needed to repent of trusting any longer in the Law of Moses. Now was the time Jesus died for, to be able to point out the culprit and the cause of his murder. Now the out pouring of his Spirit to give a new birth, one that would grant eternal life and victory over death and hell. To prove his perfect law would lead to eternal life by his resurrection. 
Acts 2:37-40
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

This scripture illustrates that Jesus took upon himself the sinful nature of Adam, the serpent nature or the nature with the serpent in it. As the children are partakers of flesh and blood he likewise took part of the same that through death he might destroy him that hath the power of death, that is the devil. The power of death and those that trust in the law of sin and death are why Jesus came with another law, called the perfect law of liberty. The law that would free men from their sins. By the sacrifice of himself as a lamb without spot nor blemish he died for the sins committed by the serpent nature. Those who continue to believe that somehow the Law of Moses can save them without the perfect law are in trouble. They remain trapped in the law of sin and death. There is no possibility of salvation attempting to remain in the serpent nature of Adam. “Accept the Lord as your personal savior” will keep a person trapped in the serpent nature of Adam. Believe on the Lord and thou shalt be saved. This is true but requires much more in the way of a continued believing and hearing truth. The law requires no new birth and those who keep the law of types and shadows use the natural elements for salvation. Bread and wine which represents the word and Spirit of God. The natural element cannot save you are anyone. The perfect law however begins with the Gospel message and is completed by the epistles and teachings of Christ. 
Rom 8:1-8
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ is the perfect law of liberty. The law which frees men through the Gospel message of Acts 2:38. Death, burial and resurrection. What dies? The first nature is turned from (repent) to be killed. What is burial? The person identifies themselves with the perfect law of liberty in Christ Jesus through water baptism in Jesus name. What is the new birth? The infilling of the Holy Ghost. It is being born by the Spirit of God into the church with the apostles’ doctrine so the first born nature can be destroyed by putting on the Lord Jesus Christ through obedience to his word. 

To be carnally minded is death. To see the figures of the old in any other way beside figures is to be carnally minded. To be carnally minded is to keep the ten commandments and believe that is enough for salvation. To be carnally minded is to leave the allegories of the Old Testament remain simply literal, not seeing what they represent and stand for. So here goes.
John 3:13-14 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

There are many ministers and others who cannot understand this scripture and are blinded because of they’re seeing the serpent as literal. Seeing the serpent as the devil, who escaped Eden and now continues in an invisible state with his evil heard of angelic followers. The devil is the serpent, not one who escaped, but a title of a part of the evil nature of Adam. The serpent did not escape Eden to wander to and fro. The serpent left the garden in the nature of Adam. This is how the evils of sin continue to ravish those who gave themselves to it. Ishmael, Esau, Ham, Jeroboam, etc......this scripture in John 3 which says: as the serpent was lifted up even so must the son of man be lifted up. Does this not appear to be in conflict with rational thinking? Christ the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. Yes but as the children are partakers of flesh and blood he likewise took part of the same that through death, he might destroy him that has the power of death that is the devil. Those who remained in the law, stayed in a law that could only produce conviction of sin and finally death, having no remedy or escape from sin or death. The law could only prolong the inevitable and finally death would prevail and sin would conquer. So Jesus took on himself flesh and blood which contained Adams nature and the serpent. Jesus overcame the serpent in Adams nature by obedience to his own word and perfect law. The only way men will ever truly understand this scripture is to know the truth on the devil. The devil is the serpent in Adams nature. The devil is the firstborn nature. The serpent is the thoughts which come from the heart of the firstborn nature.  

Num 21:5-9
And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

The people of Israel had murmured and spoken against Moses and Aaron. For this the Lord sent literal poisonous snakes among them to bite them and to kill some of them. But along with the serpents he also gave a remedy. Many came to Moses acknowledging their transgression and asked Moses to pray for the serpents to be taken away from them. God did not take the fiery serpents away from them, but instead, he gave us a figure that foreshadowed his very coming in the flesh. Those who would continually look upon it would live. This is the figure for us, those that will understand and continually look upon the truth of Jesus coming in the flesh to take upon himself the serpent nature of Adam, will live. How can one adequately and wholly look upon Jesus and the cross he bore without understanding he took upon the serpent nature of Adam? Why must we continually look upon Jesus taking the serpent to the tree? Because he destroyed the serpent nature of Adam on the cross. The cross was denying the serpent nature to retaliate and win in that manner (after the flesh). He denied his own serpent nature of Adam in order to overcome death. The cross was not the end it was the answer for living. As the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he likewise took part of the same that through death, even the death of the cross he might destroy him that hath the power of death, the serpent nature is the one who has the power of death and that is the devil.
The people spoken of in Numbers 21 wanted the answer of how to cease from being bitten. God showed Moses the answer for them was to continually look on the serpent on the pole. When they continued to look upon the serpent on the pole, the literal serpents stopped biting them. When we look and see how Jesus’s perfect law gave him power over the serpent, when we see how he took the serpent to the cross, we can deny ourselves of the same lusts and temptations of our serpent nature and overcome being bitten by it ourselves. The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made (Rom 1:20). This type and shadow makes the invisible serpent nature abiding in us clearly seen. Murmuring and complaining instead of rejoicing that God had brought them out of Egyptian bondage was definitely a poisonous bite. God sent them literal serpents with poisonous venom to make them understand what they were doing when they spoke such things. They were killing themselves with poisonous words and evil speaking. God has given us the answer also by revealing it to us in Jesus taking the serpent nature of Adam to the cross. The reason he never opened his mouth in retaliation or complaint, reveals the divine nature. Jesus in his dying gave us the possibility of being partakers of the divine nature through faith. This makes it clear why we are to hear the word of God and change accordingly. 
Those who refused Christ Jesus choosing rather to remain in the serpent nature of Adam did so in direct opposition to the doctrine of the apostles and of Christ. 
Rom 1:20-25 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 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. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen
Vs. 20 if the Jew had attempted to see the truth through the figures of the Old Testament, they would have clearly understood the devil, the reason for the cross, the death, burial and resurrection. Paul is writing about those who had heard the words of Jesus and the Gospel message of the Apostles. To know God one must obey God. At one particular point these men knew God by keeping the commandments of Jesus’s perfect law, he wrote and also gave to his disciples. These men knew God but glorified him not as God, by not being thankful for the perfect law and they reverted back partially to the unfulfilled law. Through faith in the perfect law they had been enlightened but through returning to the unfulfilled law, their foolish heart was darkened by a law which could not save. The Law of Moses was meant to be fulfilled, anyone who returns back to Moses law after having known the truth in Christ’s perfect law, is like a dog returning to eat what he had regurgitated or vomited. To partake of anything to do with the Mass is sacrilege. The Mass incorporates the literal and unfulfilled type and shadow of bread. The Mass incorporates also the type and shadow of literal wine. This is an abomination to the Lord. Mass is an invented word to describe a scripturally illegal ceremony said to gain Christ and eternal life. The word fulfills the bread and the Holy Ghost the wine. Which is not part of the Mass. There is no such thing as Christ-Mass...
None of this brings any glory to God, it changes the glory which belongs to God in fulfilling the types and shadows, back to worshiping and serving the creature by types and shadows. 

1 John 2:4-5 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
The types and shadows of the law were revealed to Paul and the apostles. So Paul was writing here to make the church understand why there were those who still remained partially in the law and partially in truth. Although the law is truth, it is not usable for salvation if it is not fulfilled in the coming of Christ. There were many of the Jews that heard the Gospel message, who received the Holy Ghost and began to obey the commandments given by the apostles, of the perfect law of liberty. The book of Acts and the epistles contain the perfect law of liberty along with the words which were spoken by Jesus when he was in the body of his flesh. Paul writing here in vs 20. Relates the fact that many which had originally began right did not remain right. When they knew God by keeping the commandments of the perfect law, the apostles doctrine, ceased to believe it was necessary and turned back to their trust in the Law of Moses for righteousness. Now if they had simply taken the apostles at their word and received the spiritual understanding of the law, they would have seen clearly and never stopped their obedience to the truth. Seeing the meaning of the types and shadows as afore mentioned concerning the serpent on the pole. The spiritual understanding of that, was the coming of Christ, having taken upon himself the serpent nature of Adam and destroy it on the cross through death. God having created all of these types before his coming so that his fulfilling them could be seen clearly by the church.
1 Tim 1:7-8
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 
The law used lawfully is used in types and shadows, patterns, allegories, figures and such to relay spiritual information for that which is fulfilled in the new testament church. 
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
When one knows God it is by and through obeying him. Glorifying God is to take the truth in through faith and allow it to change your thinking and actions. This is a true worshiper, one who believes the word and becomes a doer of the word, reflecting the word in their spirit. The true worshiper must worship the Father in spirit and truth. The truth believed must reach the actions of the believer. This is a lifetime project and one that can only be done in the church. The beginning of their demise was their unthankfulness for having the truth. It was the Law of Moses that many held to in retaliation of the need of further refinement by the truth revealed in Christ. So now the serpent nature of Adam was again at work as in the Garden of Eden. The serpent nature of Adam was implying that the need for salvation by and through the apostles doctrine was not necessary. The sacrifice of Jesus was necessary to fulfill the law but the rest of the law could remain. In this way they became vain, and continuing on such a path became an imagination. They refused to see the types and shadows and the spiritual understanding they possessed.
Therefore denying the only Lord God even our Lord Jesus Christ. So instead of acknowledging the truth of God given to the church: some apostles and prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints and the edifying of the body of Christ, they instituted a Pope like a high priest, cardinals, and a religious hierarchy completely different than that given to the church by the apostles. They kept all of the literal articles of the Old Testament, making their use imperative. They changed the baptism of the Holy Ghost into a drink of literal wine; forsaking completely any need for spiritual understanding and enlightenment. So now they created the Eucharist of bread which when eaten turns from bread into Christ inside of the soul. For baptism they kept Old Testament sprinkling instead of the New Testament revelation of the apostles to totally immerse the candidate. 
Vs 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. Their foolish heart was darkened. This one statement by the apostle reveals that they turned back to the law in places for salvation. They changed the truth of God into a lie, which was keeping the types and shadows for salvation instead of receiving the spiritual understanding of the apostles. Professing themselves to be wise they became fools. 
This takes us to the place of the five wise and the five foolish virgins. The wise virgins took oil in their lamps choosing to believe the doctrine of the apostles, the foolish virgins took lamps with no oil, taking the false doctrines of the arisen false church. The serpent nature of Adam had been successful once again in the New Testament, wiggling its way to pervert the truth by making the serpent nature look good enough to bring salvation.
The serpent nature of Adam can convince one it is good and can attain to the divine nature without the divine anointing of the Holy Ghost and the doctrine of the apostles. No man can be accepted of God being in the serpent nature of Adam. The serpent nature must be replaced by the divine nature. The divine nature consisting of the qualities: 1. Faith. 2. Virtue 3. Knowledge 4. Temperance 5. Patience 6. Godliness 7. Brotherly kindness 8. Charity. The wise virgins received through faith the Holy Ghost and continued in the truth of the apostles adding the qualities of God to their lives and destroying the qualities of the Adam nature. The wise virgins obtained spiritual understanding from the apostles and Christ. The wise virgins were thankful and glorified God through being obedient to the truth of the New Testament teachings of the apostles. The foolish virgins glorify him not as God because they “shop” for the easier way: settling that the Adam nature can achieve eternal life in some way. They remain believing there is some power in the Law of Moses without being fulfilled in Christ, which will usher them into eternal life. They however are wrong, the door being shut to them so that they cannot enter. 
Vs. 23 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. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Paul in the book of Romans writes to those in Rome, attempting to make them understand how to be carnally minded is death. To show them what happened in the beginning of the church to corrupt the true teachings of the apostles. The teachings they themselves had received from Christ himself, the very one true God of heaven.
Jesus was the image of the invisible God and showed the true sacrifice which would be accepted of God by making himself a living sacrifice, destroying the serpent nature of Adam with his perfect law of liberty. Humbling himself and his serpent nature by living the divine nature through obedience to the perfect law. It was the perfect law of liberty that Jesus related and transferred to the apostles for the church to gain eternal life. 
The apostles teaching the perfect law which would bring liberty over sin, was opposed by those who stood on the side of the Law of Moses without fulfillment in Christ and his sacrifice on the cross. The serpent will do anything to stay off the cross. The serpent nature of Adam is in every one of us, but there is and was a remedy given by God in Christ. Destroy the old nature by taking upon you the new one revealed by the apostles of the Lamb. Paul related the fact that those who once knew God by obedience to the apostles’ doctrine turned from that, going back to the image made by the law. The law requiring the destruction and separation of animals in various ways, the birds and four footed beasts and creeping things. This is what happens when the apostles’ doctrine is rejected for the insufficient sacrifices of the law. Men remain in their animal natures, the serpent nature of Adam. The nature cannot be changed by any literal object. The meaning of the object must be made known in order for people to be changed spiritually. The gift of the Holy Ghost is necessary for the new birth to take place. Then being led by the Spirit through the apostles’ doctrine is the only way the new birth can be effective and produce growth. The Holy Ghost and the apostles doctrine is the oil the foolish virgins did not get. The foolish virgins attempted to live for God in the serpent nature of Adam, which the law cannot destroy. There are many who claim salvation through the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus and his dying on the cross, yet while keeping the serpent nature of Adam, they attempt to portray the divine nature. This is impossible. The serpent nature of Adam must be destroyed, killed, wiped out, eradicated and replaced by the divine nature. This is a miraculous process and one that requires a lifetime of prayer and seeking God to accomplish. There is not condemnation while we through hearing the word and gaining faith in our churches, become partakers of the divine nature. We add by prayer and seeking God the qualities only he can give. 

Here is the scripture that depicts the life of a foolish virgins: who worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator who is blessed forever. It was not that they did not worship God, they just worshipped the creature, the serpent nature of Adam more than the Creator. This is how the foolish virgins became foolish, this is a great deception to those who are blind and looking for truth and do not know where to find it. The foolish virgins are very attractive to the flesh. The foolish appeal to those who would like salvation in a more moderate change and style. Because of such a deception being in the world many will never receive the truth. Because the truth has been changed into a lie by the foolish virgins. Therefore those who do not receive a love for the truth will find themselves in a church that worships God but the creature more. Churches that have “fifteen minute church” so the rest of the day can be used for the flesh and its desires is a foolish church. Thinking they have done some spiritual thing by literally eating for a spiritual supper. What an imagination. 

2 Thess 2:7-12
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
People who see churches of all sorts are looking at a mystery. The problem is that they believe they are all teaching the correct doctrines that will do the job sufficiently for getting them into heaven. The mystery of iniquity is the strong delusion God promised to send those who received not a love of the truth. This is the reason for this writing. That men may be incited in some way to compare the words of scripture with what is being said here and see the deception in the world and its churches. Those who left the apostles doctrine committed iniquity against the ministry of God and his apostles. The only real and true ministry in the world. The apostles and the early churches which believe the truth were an opposing force against those who were given to change. Those who partially went back to the teachings of the law for salvation. The only way the Pope’s teachings and the doctrines of the false church will ever be destroyed are by the spirit of the mouth of those who know and represent the truth.
There is no invisible individual named Satan which is promoting evil in the earth. Satan is the spirit of the serpent nature of Adam. The false church arose by the cunning innuendos of the serpent nature of those who saw a way to claim salvation in Christ; while keeping portions of the law to make easier and more advantageous in making money. The false churches hierarchy arose as soon as the apostles were removed through martyrdom. Those who would not succumb to the teachings of the false church were martyred. 
All deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish. For a while they looked the part but the compromise of the truth would soon corrupt entirely. The truth was not abandoned entirely, they changed it, refused to fulfil it, and killed those who did not agree. So instead of God giving a clear note on the subject, he let the falseness become a strong delusion, so that all who would not receive a love for the truth would believe a lie and be damned. These are not idle or small words. The devil then and his angels are those who preach the false doctrines omitting the need for the apostles’ doctrine and teaching. This evil is alive in the earth in men. Spiritual wickedness is not a flying bunch in the sky or invisible nowhere. Spiritual wickedness is when the word of God which came from the apostles is mutilated with the mixture of unfulfilled law. Making salvation possible without the baptism of the Holy Ghost evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit give the utterance. Making salvation possible by a drink or bite of food. Some believe the word and the food are necessary to enter heaven. The unfulfilled cannot be mixed with the fulfilled for salvation. It is a deception in the highest means. 
Eph 6:12-19
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

The lies I have heard from the scholars of fiction and imagination on these verses are more than heart breaking. I have heard men speak concerning the principalities as if they were invisible creatures in outer space and in our presence, invisible creatures that fell from Gods angelic host to make up spiritual wickedness thus affecting men from the unseen world. High places to them is space, outer space and in space around us. This is so far from the truth all because men refuse the truth on the serpent nature of Adam. They actually believe that all churches which have Jesus Christ proclaimed as savior are in fact saved. This is so far from truth. Spiritual wickedness is when men who had truth went back to portions of the law and changed truth into a lie. It is spiritual wickedness to proclaim a gospel message that does not have the baptism of the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues in it.
It is spiritual wickedness to profess there is a pope or potentate who represents Christ as vicar of God in the earth when in fact there is no such thing. It is spiritual wickedness when the Old Testament types and shadows are used for salvation and the apostles’ doctrine turned from. The literal bread which has no saving quality in it at all. The only saving quality of bread is that it represents the word of God, it is the word of God which must be ingested for salvation not a bite of bread or drink of wine. There is no saving quality in literal wine and those that proclaim there is remain in spiritual wickedness. Their principals are perverted principals. Their powers are perverted and fake powers. Yet God will perform through them to promote delusion to those who refuse to love his truth. The evil day is the day when the false church and its doctrines are rampant and received by the masses. When the whole world seems to have been taken by falseness and lies. 

Paul said this dilemma would take root, after his departure grievous wolves would enter in and destroy the churches. Wolves of false teaching and perverted doctrine of the law mixed with truth. Paul asked the church to pray for him that the mystery of the gospel could be made known by him. This was a tall undertaking and still yet it remains a tall undertaking. The mystery of the gospel is to be able to decipher and dig through the rubble of false teachers and present the gospel of Acts 2:38 along with the need for the apostles’ doctrine. Men with the serpent nature of Adam presented an alternative to the truth just like in the Garden of Eden, intimating absolute truth was not necessary to be totally observed to be saved. This is what men are who lift themselves above the doctrines of the apostles to pervert the gospel in presenting many other methods of salvation. They are spiritually wicked yet the world who is blind do not see them as such. If the true gospel is not revealed, if the mystery is not revealed of how so many gospels were created and perpetrated, men will be lost. 
Spiritual interpretation is needed in order that the truth concerning a literal object can be understood. The rock that followed them, that rock was Christ! That rock was a literal rock but it represented Christ Jesus. This is correct interpretation. That literal rock in the wilderness was not Christ but it represented Christ. That rock was Christ, the apostle giving the spiritual meaning of a natural rock. Spiritual wickedness is to change this somehow and pervert it. 

Jude 3-13
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Jude is speaking of men who left the truth for the lies of unfulfilled law. Back to darkness, no water to give, no winds but false ones, only fruit that withers, twice dead, meaning they were alive once and died to sin to be alive in Christ, turning back to law are dead the second time. Plucked up by the roots, the teaching of the apostles of Christ. Raging waves of the sea, causing upheaval for the church, supporting the teachings of law and advocating them for salvation. They wander from the place that had them revolving around the Sun which is Christ and his doctrine. They are back to darkness reserved in the blackness and darkness forever. 

The serpent nature of the law was revealed in those who did not want to glorify God by remaining faithful to the apostles’ doctrine. Going back and propagating the law as still retaining some sort of power for salvation, contending that it did not need to be fulfilled by the apostles’ doctrines and teachings. This is explained by Jude by using three characters in allegory to explain what exactly happened to the faith. The angels which kept not their first estate, Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent nature of Adam and fell. They were figures of those who would receive the truth of the apostles’ doctrine and being taken by the serpent nature also. Cain was the first example.
Cain refused to offer the sacrifice God required to be accepted. Therefore Cain is the figure of those who went from truth and glorified him not as God by keeping the sacrifice of the apostles’ doctrine. They returned back to the law and darkness to offer the unaccepted sacrifice of law from the ground. As Cain killed his brother in jealous rage for being accepted of God. So those who rejected the true sacrifice of the perfect law in the apostles’ doctrine persecute those who received the perfect law of Christ.
So the first figure and type of those who change truth into a lie is Cain. Who served the creature, Korah the second figure, who was part of Israel, attempted to usurp authority over the leadership of Moses was the next example. As Korah attempted to overthrow the leadership of Moses, so these men attempted to overthrow the apostles. Unsuccessful they brought to themselves swift destruction in leaving the truth. Yet in their leaving made the gospel message more and more difficult to find. Finally Balaam.......the prophet who did not belong to the nation of Israel. The prophet who had an insatiable desire to be elevated into a high position by the king of Moab. Although Balaam seemed to fear God and although Balaam actually heard the voice of God, yet he valued the higher position more than Gods voice. Moab was a Baal worshiping nation. I believe when Israel partially rejected the teachings of the apostles and of Christ, they are the ones who Baal depicts. In this case Moab could not overcome Moses and Israel through Baal, so he reached for the prophet that was known to have the word of the one true God. 
This is the power of the serpent: knowing Israel could not be defeated by his nation, he attempted to hire a prophet and promote a prophet to honor in Moab in order to get it done. Facts are God refused to curse his people at the sacrifices of those in Moab by Balaam. Instead through prophesy and through Balaam’s prophesying, God blessed them. This is the place the scriptures speak of Michael the archangel contending with the devil about the body of Moses. Balaam would offer seven altars of sacrifice and God would plainly and emphatically say to them NO!
He would not curse the body of Moses, which is Israel. Again the king of Moab would act as though God had said nothing, and offer another sacrifice of seven altars in another place. Again and again God said no and altogether blessed Israel instead. This was a definite dispute. Balaam was the devil working for the King of Moab who worshiped Baal. The spirit of these folks was the spirit of evil. Disputing about the body of Moses which is Israel. Literal Israel is not the body of Christ, the church is the body of Christ and the spiritual Israel.
Jude 9
 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Cain: the changing of the true sacrifice
Korah: the usurping authority over the true authority sent from God
Balaam: the selling of ones talents for the promotion of an idol worshiping nation and the cursing of a righteous one

This is how the faith was corrupted and this is how we earnestly contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints. 
1. We fight for the sacrifice which is accepted of God through the apostles’ doctrine.
2. We surrender ourselves to the doctrines and teachings of the apostles and oppose all other teaching which have corrupted it.
3. We fight against the compromise of churches which have been affected by the sly cunning devises of people
Such as Balaam who taught Balak the king of Moab, to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel.
A. The stumbling block was mixing the worship of God with that of idol worshipers (Going back to the law is the same as worshiping idols.)

1 Cor 10:19-21
What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

Devils being used in this instance is speaking of idols. You cannot eat a literal bread and claim a spiritual understanding by being part of the true church. The church has the spiritual understanding of what bread and wine is. What the priesthood stands for, what the temple stands for. You can’t have both. 
Taking a piece of bread and drinking wine for communion does not make you part of the body of Christ. By one spirit are we all baptized into one body. Such eating gives no one right to call Jesus their Lord. The only ones who can call him Lord are those who have received the Holy Ghost promise which is in the scriptures. 
1 Cor 12:1-3
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

It is spiritual wickedness to change the Holy Ghost back to a drink and tell folks some spiritual thing happened to them when they took a literal drink. It is spiritual wickedness to profess to be in a clergy consisting of Pope, Cardinals and unmarried priests. A ministry that cannot not be found in the apostles’ doctrine. 
Those who claim the Holy Ghost in any other manner other than is prescribed by scripture cannot call Jesus Lord. This is a work of the serpent nature. The nature who does not want the cross. The nature that will lie to escape doing the will of God.

Submitted by: Pastor Davidson

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The evil that is in the world -Truth needs to be told!

As a Pastor, I would like to write about the evil that is in the world. I do not understand how people are so blinded to evil and its origins. The bible cannot be understood if it is read literally. The bible is understood when the types, shadows, allegories, figures are properly seen through spiritual understanding. 

Genesis is the book of beginnings, therefore if evil comes from a creature other than the human beings God created, then that would be recorded in the book of the beginnings. Our scholars of "fiction and imagination", make up their own Genesis for the devil. They conclude that God should have added something in the book of beginnings, so they inject the devil falling from heaven before Eden. Make no mistake, God missed nothing and the devil can be seen in Genesis clearly. 
Lucifer is not in the book of the beginnings, therefore Lucifer cannot be said to be the arch enemy of God everyone seems to think he is. Satan therefore had to have a beginning and somewhere in the book of beginnings God surely left us a record of where evil began. Nowhere but nowhere in the record of Gods days of creation do the scriptures mention Satan or an angel that fell from Gods abode to the earth. This is a misconception made up by those who attempt to add what is not written to what their imagination might create. 
Somewhere after God created the heavens and the earth students of myth calling themselves scribes, claim there was a war in heaven and God cast Satan, whom they identify as Lucifer out of heaven into the earth. Lucifer became the serpent in the garden which talked to Eve. This is all a clever cover up of truth. God however fully intended it to be this way. The true student of the bible and the lovers of truth will soon agree, these far-fetched excuses for truth are phony, contemplated and erroneous attempts from men to say there is evil outside of the flesh God created. The irony, caught in a trap nearly impossible to escape from are those who have accepted the false teachings of intellectual and carnal creators of evil. Their own perverted rendition of what the false church fully intended in order to cover up their evil deeds and changing of the truth into a lie (Rom 1:20-25). Spiritual wickedness is not flying in the air, it is found in men who will change the words of Jesus Christ mixing them with unfulfilled Old Testament types and shadows to make a false church. 
According to these scholars of fiction, Satan is alive and well on planet earth, roaming to and fro, up and down in the earth. This is not all wrong, however their premise is wrong. There is no individual called Satan who has his converted angelic cohorts running with him to and fro in the earth. There is evil however in the world, but if not according to these fictionists, then what is the truth? Is there an angelic invisible being called Satan who is the General over his demon angels? No. If this is not true, if this is a fairy tale, then what is the truth? What does the truth reveal? Can proper information be found? The answer to this question is: yes! There is a devil but truly he has hidden himself sufficiently as to continue working evil in the world of religion and intellectualism. 

According to the scholars of fiction and imagination: an angel decided he would turn into a serpent, if taken literally I believe that means a snake. In this particular instance a talking snake in the garden of Eden. The garden of Eden is where God placed his creatures Adam whom he first formed, then Eve. It is quite interesting though that there is no other place in the bible other than Balaam’s mule whom God spake through, that an animal ever talked. When the mule talked it was a miracle produced by God, to speak to Balaam whom running from God was in an insane state of mind. Animals are not created with the ability to articulate and form words with meaning. They have their own mannerisms to communicate with one another but it is not a language like those in the human race. 
Anyone who may take the side of an animal being able to articulate through speaking should quickly change your mind. Just like there is no link in human existence to connect man with ape, neither is there evidence an animal can talk; unless enabled like Balaam’s mule to one time and one time only by God. It is also interesting that the fiction scholars think the serpent was empowered by the invisible angelic individual called Satan. Satan became the incarnate evil demon in a snake. Further the scriptures are twisted and perverted by the fiction supporters of the devil, that he had legs. This is a must if the scriptures will be taken literally, because when he was cursed in the book of Genesis for having corrupted Eve, it was to go on his belly eating the dust of the earth forever. Then arises another extraordinary thing: Satan must have gotten off scott free because he, according to the biblical fictionists, is still here alive and well running to and fro. He just used the snake long enough to get the poor boy cursed and then he vacated. It may sound good to the innocent ear, but it is in fact a lie from those who bite into fictional imagery.
Those who believe God is all knowing or omniscient, did he not know this was going to happen in the garden of Eden? Did he make heaven a place where corruption and rebellion could enter? Is there a possibility that other angels could become disgruntled with God, his plans and also rebel and be ousted? I seriously do not think so. If God had created his angelic host with the capability to sin, he would have made provision for them to turn from their rebellion. Did God just allow this one time rebellion, to leave poor Satan without a way back into the place he once possessed? No! The reason being, there was no portion of Gods invisible angelic host made with he capability to sin. The very nature of angels is not sinful or capable of sin. There is no possibility of anything but Gods will that can be done in heaven. Did God make room for rebellious behavior in heaven? No! Heaven is a place we as Gods creation are desirous to enter. Heaven is where we never have to worry again about the presence of evil, or the presence of evil prevailing. 

Matt 6:9-10
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 

God did not take on himself the nature of angels because, his angels did not sin, neither could they sin. An angel is a messenger, whether it be a human angel or one of the angelic host of angels. Only the human angels have the capability to sin. Sin did not enter into the world by Lucifer, Satan or any other title which have been given to the evil of the world. by the scholars of fiction and imagination. Jesus took on him the seed of Abraham and the nature of Adam. God was concerned about reconciling the sins of the people not the sins of his angelic host. 

Heb 2:16-17
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

So then: am I saying there was no individual in the garden of Eden called Satan, Lucifer? Yes, I am saying that because the bible clearly speaks only of a serpent who was more subtle than any beast of the field. This very verbiage implies, that there was something there called a serpent which was more subtle than any beast of the field. There was a separation and the serpent was not one of the beasts of the field but a separate source of evil completely. More subtle than any beast, not any other beast, simply because it was not actually in the animal kingdom. Could it be that there are qualities in an human being capable of being described in figure as one of the beasts of the field? Yes! Example the faces of Jesus, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the Lamb. David calls young men who in their youth have the capability to devour, young lions. Humans have the capability to plan, follow and execute an attack, rape, war, theft, plot against the just. These are all qualities that reside in the human.The spirits of all flesh. Nowhere does the scriptures imply that there are spirits outside of the flesh or human arena.

Animals are included in the flesh, some animals God created with little or no aggressive manner, others however he has created to kill, ambush their prey and devour it. Lions, bears, snakes, etc..... did Satan get into the lion that found a man wondering and sought to devour him? Or did God give him a nature to kill the wondering prey? I choose to believe the latter. God did not allow or plan to have one of his angels fall from heaven and become the evil sinister monster and creature the scholars of fiction have imagined and taught. God did not create his angels with a nature to sin and then become omnipresent, like the scholars of fiction purpose. He must be everywhere at once because it is stated when the word is sown, those of the wayside soil have the devil come and pluck away the word immediately. The word is often sown around the world at the same time. If Satan is not an omnipresent spirit, then the scriptures are incorrect. I chose to believe the scriptures are truth and Satan is everywhere there is a human being. The difference between the human and an animal is their ability to comprehend and make a decision based upon what they have heard. Animals cannot read or comprehend human verbiage. They can comprehend gestures and sounds but not principals and character. The breed of dog or animal determines there character. You can get a bad dog, a bad horse, a bad animal, because they cannot overcome their nature like a human to stop bad habits. 
James in depicting the inadequacy of the law, described it like this. This unruly evil described by James, is the "more subtle than any beast of the field". This tongue of the serpent nature we have is untamable by men. 
James 3:6-10
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, adulteries etc. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Whatever is in abundance in the heart that is what the mouth and tongue let out. The law took control only of the outward man. The perfect law of Liberty given by Jesus to his apostles, demanded control of both inward thought and outward actions. The tongue can no man tame because, the heart has to be seen in order to change the conversation and manner of living. Only God can know the heart of man. Only God knows the heart. Only God when given control through faith, can change the heart into what it is suppose to be. So animals have been given a nature that can be modified through training but cannot be changed into that which is acceptable to God as being his image, able to give glory to God for the miraculous change.

It appears here, that God did not like the spirits of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. For he wanted Moses to stand back and let him destroy the entire congregation and start another one. Moses interceded for the people, asking God to destroy only those men who had rebelled and attempted to usurp the God appointed authority of Moses. This is a spirit: attempting to overthrow the leadership God had set up, was a spirit of rebellion. The people did not like the results of Moses leadership and rebelled against it, inferring God would also receive their sacrifice as well as Moses. This infuriated God. What did Satan have to do with this? Did an individual angel inject into the hearts of these men to rebel against Moses and Aaron? Or did this spirit of evil come from within them out of their nature? Why would God swallow up these men in an earthquake if Satan had prompted this rebellion? He would not have. God is the God of the spirits of "ALL FLESH". 
Num 16:14-32
Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up. And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the Lord, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them. And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the Lord, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow: And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the Lord every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer. And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron. And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation. And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.
28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the Lord hath not sent me. But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.

Sin is the transgression of the law. We are tempted when we are drawn away by our own lust and enticed. God cannot be tempted neither tempteth he any man. For when a man is tempted he is drawn away by his own lust.
A little repetitious but true. Korah and company saw the authority of Moses and thought to use their position and powers with Israel to overthrow him. This is a spirit. Spirits come from within, anger is a spirit and is produced by provocation or dissatisfaction. Murder is a spirit and comes from wrath, anger and malice unchecked or not being dealt with properly. Men murder for money. When Cain was spoken to about repenting and doing right, getting rid of his wrath, he ignored the warning to overcome it, and allowed that spirit of anger to take control of his actions to become the first murderer. The father of that spirit was the nature of Cain he refused to subject to God. There was not a devil outside of Cain implanting thoughts, which is contrary to all scriptures. This is the idea of the scholars of fiction and imagination. 
James 1:13-18
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Mark 7:21-23
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

We were given a nature which we must overcome to be servant to God. We are instructed to become partakers of the divine nature through our expansion of faith. Add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge to knowledge temperance, to temperance patience, to patience brotherly kindness, the brotherly kindness charity. Sin did not enter into the world by an angel falling from heaven and entering into a serpent. Sin was not in the world when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden. The serpent was not the sin that entered into the world.
2 Peter 2:4
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

Remember in order to sin, you must have a nature to sin and be in the human family. Angels do not have a nature to sin or leave the service of God. Adam and Eve sinned and were cast forth from the presence of God and the flaming sword was placed at the entrance barring them from return without passing through the sword of the angel.
Those who see only naturally and cannot see the types, shadows, allegories, figures are blind. Those messengers or angels that turned from Jesus word back to the law were certainly cast down to hell and chains of the darkness of the law to be reserved unto judgment. If this is taken literally, there are some discrepancies. The literal angels are now bound and will remain such until the judgment. They would not be free to enter snakes and animals and to implant evil thoughts into men. The idea presented here is not to indicate a falling from heaven at all, but a falling from a first estate. As Korah, Dathan and Abiram left the divine instituted authority of Moses and Aaron, the angels or messengers, or preachers of the New Testament perfect law, also left their first estate to be cast down into everlasting chains of darkness. The law is darkness, this is not literal darkness. Literal darkness is used to explain spiritual darkness. The unfulfilled law is darkness, the types and shadows of the law cannot save anyone or bring salvation unless they have been revealed and we have found their fulfilment in the teachings of the apostles and Christ. 
Rom 1:20-25
 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 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. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

The invisible things are God, the devil, spirits, the eternal power. All are seen in the book of beginnings and in the old testament types and shadows. Adams nature is first seen in Adam and Eve and their disobedience and fall from the garden of Eden. There instructions from God was not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God made trees and used them to represent men in various ways. Fruit trees, non fruit trees (as evergreens). We of course are admonished to be fruitful and multiply, naturally and spiritually. The only tree however God ever made which contained both good and evil is the mind of man. He is the only one who can make that choice for from himself. For from within out of the heart proceed evil thoughts. God warned them of eating of this tree. Why? Because they had not yet come to discern the capability of their own nature and the thoughts that spring from it.
The serpent was in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil: namely man and his nature. 
Adams nature was what caused Adam and Eve to fall from their steadfastness in Eden. Let me interject this concerning the nature of Adam. We are instructed to put off the nature of Adam (Old man) and become partakers of the divine nature. Why? Because in Adams nature rests the possibility of taking the spirits born from the serpent nature. Our thoughts can be like the poison of serpent or asps. Our thoughts can be devouring like the raging of a wolf or lion. Paul fought beasts in Ephesus after the manner of men. Why? Because those who remain in Adam’s nature, often present traits of that nature in various ways. The sly cunning of an Leopard, or snake, or bear. This is the reason the scripture in Genesis begins like this. Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field. This serpent was the cunning thoughts of Adams nature in suggesting things contrary to the revealed will of God. Surely you won’t die says the heart that is deceitful and desperately wicked above all things. The serpent nature found in Adams animalistic nature. 
David understood that men could possess the spirits of animals in Adams nature. He wrote: Speaking of those who depended on their ferocious strength in their youth, yet without the wisdom of God. David admonished that if a man would seek the Lord, they would have strength and not lack.
Ps 34:10
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

David spake of his soul being among lions, meaning men who had spirits like lions, this came from Adams nature. David said their teeth were spears and arrows and their tongue a sharp sword. David knew where evil came from and how it existed in the world. What? Do the teachers of fiction and imagination simply read right past these scriptures which so identify evil and it’s whereabouts. 
Ps 57:4
My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

Adams nature must be harnessed. The old testament could only regulate the outward actions of the inward thoughts from being committed. The law however did not deal with the heart. Jesus came with the perfect law to bring true liberty to the captives of the law. If the thoughts of the heart could be changed, then the outward actions would be controlled. Those in this nature without this revelation. David said would not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. The poison is loosed from the heart by the actions and tongue. David asked God to break their teeth or their bite. Their bite was to devour David and remove him from being King. 
Ps 58:3-6
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord.

The law could not adequately deal with the nature of Adam. It could only control it somewhat. So Jesus took upon himself the seed of Abraham and Adams nature. Jesus is called the second Adam because he left us with another nature to enter in besides that of Adam. That is called the divine nature. The bride.
Ps 8:4-9
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

The angels of God desire to look into the salvation God has given unto man through his death, burial and resurrection. But they are unable because they have no will to choose, neither are they in sin to be redeemed. They are concerned about why God is so mindful of his human creation. God is mindful of his human creation because they are in sin and they will die in their sins if they do not choose the Gospel message that can save them from it. 
Those who are in the bride will not be there because God created them with a nature to be his own. On the contrary God created them with a nature contrary in every aspect, concerning being his bride. Therefore God even Jesus, gave an incentive so great as to induce them to try. Induce them to accomplish, induce them to achieve and induce them to overcome the very contrary nature of Adam to become the bride of Jesus Christ. The difference between his created angels that cannot sin and the angels that could choose not to sin is the reason he is mindful of man. God gave man the ability to choose and make a right choice or wrong one, the bride will have purposely made herself ready for his coming. She made herself ready.

Jesus was made a little lower than the angels to suffer death, to take on the nature of Adam and overcome it in this life. There was no sin laid to his charge nor guile found in his mouth. He was led like a lamb dumb before his shearers. Never a mumbling word knowing that the cross would be the thing to eradicate and destroy the devil. 
Within the nature of Adam is the devil. Satan is the evil thought of Adams nature. If the devil were an invisible creature only to be found in space somewhere supposedly hidden. Jesus would never had to have become a baby in a womb to take on flesh and blood as the children are partakers of. Men under the law live their whole lives in fear of death, not knowing what would be the outcome. Wondering if death were the end of it all. Jesus took upon himself the nature that is a little lower than the angels. This statement also intimates that the angels were made with a certain nature which would not allow them to sin. Humans can sin and have a nature that produces rebellion and disobedience against God. He took the serpent to the cross, he exhibited his perfect law over the creature and became the author of eternal salvation. 
Mark 4:35-39
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

The main point of the storm is pointing out the power of nature. The literal weather and nature represents the human nature. Jesus represents the divine nature. Many preach the storms of life and the antidote of calling on or not worrying if Jesus is one board. The implication of the story is that the divine nature has far more power than the human nature. The human nature can put you in a storm in a heartbeat. The divine nature might need to be wakened but when it comes awake and speaks to the Adams nature, it wins, it conquers, it prevails. The reason Jesus accused them of little faith was because having the divine nature on their ship was far more powerful than any sea or situation of nature. Where is the devil in all of this? They saw the waves and felt the wind, they saw the ship taking on water and becoming uncontrollable and unstable. They did what any follower of Jesus would have done, but when they called him they said, carest thou not that we perish. Actually they woke up the nature that was above the one that induced doubt. When they saw Jesus speak the word to the storm and saw it cease to exist, they were astonished. Dear scholar of fiction and imagination, where was the devil in all of this? Was he not in the nature? Was he not in the carnal observations of the minds of men? Did Jesus care whether or not they perished? Of course he did and he quickly came to the aid of the place the devil had taken them to, fear. God’s divine nature is greater than the serpent nature of Adam.

Eph 4:17-27
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.

The words of Jesus and his apostles need to be taken to replace the thinking of the old man, the serpent nature. Be obedient to the Lord and you will put on the divine nature of God. If this obedience is done willingly, then we shall eat the good of the land. 

Neither give place to the devil
After having written about putting off the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lust in the nature.
After having written about a need for the renewal of the mind. After having written about putting off lying, putting off anger, to sin not. After having mentioned wrath: then he says: neither give place to the devil, which he has already revealed in a few words as the old man and his deeds. Do not give place to the devil which is the old nature to lie, speak lies, be angry, bitter and wrathful, hypocritical by a false holiness promoted by law and eradicated by the perfect law of Christ. The apostle’s doctrine. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts thereof. 
This scripture in Ephesians 4:22 put off the former conversation the old man. Jesus revealed through the types and shadows that the devil was the first born nature and that he himself was the second born nature. Therefore Paul understanding this, wrote. Put off concerning the former conversation. What is the former conversation? It is the manner of living produced by keeping the law and living in the nature of Adam. Put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. What is true holiness? It is obedience to the perfect law which deals with both inward thought and outward actions. How do we accomplish such a task? 
It is by being renewed in the (spirit) of your mind. The mind is where spirits come from. They do not come from without the man, they come from within, out of the heart. This is the greatest of incentives for those who desire to be one of the bride of Christ. The bride of Christ will become like him. Will be changed into the same image from faith to faith. Choosing rather to serve God than sin for a season. If folks do not know that the devil is the Adam nature, if saints do not know what they are fighting exactly, it well may keep them from being in the bride of Christ. 
There must be a renewal, there must be a change. Changing from the old nature to the new nature. This in essence is the new birth. It is not merely receiving the Holy Ghost, it is putting on the divine nature by the power of the Holy Ghost. 
In confronting the serpent that was in the garden, Jesus makes it plain, that whosoever does not consent to be with him is against him. Also that those who retain law, being teachers of the law, who refuse to hear the truth of Jesus are labeled by Jesus as serpents, or generation of vipers. The disciples were totally aware that the spirits were subject to them, yet Jesus said not to rejoice in that they had power over serpents and scorpion’s and all the power of the enemy, but to rejoice that their names were written in the lambs book of life. They had chosen to follow the perfect law of liberty given to the apostles by Jesus. Cain represents the first born nature as well as the Jews who would remain under the law refusing the new birth promised by the Lord. As the Jews crucified Jesus so those who remain blinded believing the types and shadows sufficient for salvation, Cain was their figure. Cain foreshadowed those who refused to offer the accepted sacrifice of the second born nature. Rather he would offer what was not accepted as also did the Jews and they crucified the Lord. 

Jesus offered the first born nature a sacrifice to God. A sacrifice well pleasing to God as payment for the sins of the world. This is the only accepted sacrifice, the old man, the old nature, the serpent nature of Adam. This is how Jesus took the serpent to the tree. This fulfilled the serpent Moses raised on the pole for the healing of all those bitten. The Jews chose to turn back to the unfulfilled types and shadows. The types and shadows which Christ and his doctrines fulfilled, they turned back to the weak and beggarly elements of the law which cannot save in themselves. They chose to retain a literal priesthood with a potentate like the law, they chose to keep literal washing and sprinkling with literal water, they chose to keep food as a method of entering into the presence of God and the Kingdom of God. The Jews were the devils of that hour for sure. They rejected, they hated, they persuaded government to condemn by their envy, they witnessed falsely against Jesus. They were laughing when he did not take himself off the cross. They were the mockers which made fun at his blood being shed. He died for devils, just like he died for me when I was a devil. Judas Iscariot was a devil and he died for Judas Iscariot but Judas received it not, turning back also to law for justification, where it could not be found. 

Some say the devil was laughing when Jesus was on the cross. I have thought this to be humorous over the years because the Jews were standing right there spitting in his face, making fun and jokes of his dying. They were the ones who challenged him, that if he be the Christ to come down off the cross. Their spirit was the devil. The devil wasn’t standing around invisibly laughing with all the invisibles. No! The invisible things from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things which are made. (THE TYPES AND SHADOWS WERE MADE) Cain and Abel were made to be figures of that which is to come. This describes the invisible, the old nature which is invisible, and the new nature which is invisible. How to destroy the one and to put on the other, all done by and through faith in the Gospel message. The Spirit of God is that which quickens us to put on the Lord Jesus and become part of his blood line and lineage.

Matt 23:31-34
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 

These were men who openly refused the truth and despised the words of Jesus. These were as the serpent in the Garden of Eden, only open and unashamed. Jesus said they were the ones who killed the prophets and rejected the prophets of old. Those that rejected Christ for the law and to keep it, are the serpents. Those who are ministering the word but who refuse to obey the Gospel message and teach the truth concerning the new birth. A man must be born again. The only way a man can be born again is put off the first nature that captivates him and put on the new nature that frees him. So if you think Christ Jesus fought with invisible forces besides that of the first nature, the serpent nature of Adam, you are wrong.

Submitted by: Pastor Davidson