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.
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.
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.
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.
THE FORESHADOWING OF THE DESTRUCTION OF SATAN
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.
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.
CONTEND MEANS TO FIGHT FOR: CONTEND EARNESTLY OR YOU WILL NOT OVERCOME WHAT MEN HAVE DONE TO THE TRUTH WITH THE LAW.
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.
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