Words To The Body of Christ
Teaching the Everlasting Gospel of God's Kingdom
George and Jeannie Kirkpatrick, Authors
and the Harvest Team at New Foundations Ministries
Men Most Miserable
Or A People of Rejoicing
by George Kirkpatrick
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” I Corinthians 15:19
Those who do not grow in their walk with God, and have no closeness with their God - - - then they are of all men most miserable. God’s Word speaks expressly of our need for growth. Peter related:
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” II Peter 1:5-9
Peter was speaking of continual growing and overcoming the old, Adam nature we are all born with. Peter said those who lack these things cannot see afar off, or they have no vision of what God has promised in His Word. The All - Wise Solomon wrote:
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18
Those who have no vision are those who have no faith, virtue, knowledge (of God’s Word), no temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, or charity. Those who lack these things cannot see afar off. And as Solomon stated, they will perish - - - not physically, but Spiritually. Peter warns:
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” II Peter 1:10
We are to make our calling and election sure by reading and becoming God’s Word. Paul wrote much about growing:
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” Ephesians 4:15
If we are to become God’s rulers and reigners and become part of the headship of Christ, we need to grow up in Him. So what is the vision we should have? The book of Isaiah is full of our hope in God. We can indeed have hope in getting past the things that are coming upon the earth. What is our vision, what is our hope in Christ? Isaiah speaks to the church:
“Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear My voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto My speech.” Isaiah 32:9
Symbolically, the daughters in the Old Testament become the women (the church) in the New Testament. Isaiah writes to the women who are at ease. The word ease means “secure, careless, prideful.” It is plain to see the women Isaiah is speaking to is the religious church who are secure, careless, and prideful. They believe, that because they belong to this or that religious group, they are safe and secure. All they need to do is hang on, die, and go to heaven. Those who only have hope in their false religious doctrines are of all men most miserable.
What Paul tried to explain to the Corinthians was that if we only look to our relationship to Christ in this life, and what religious orders teach - - - where their only hope is dying and going to some far off place called heaven or through a false rapture- - - then they are of all men most miserable. Isaiah tells these to rise up, come out of their carelessness and pride and hear His voice:
“Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.” Isaiah 32:10
Isaiah is speaking to the religious system. Ye shall be troubled many days and years. The vintage shall fail (grapes for food and wine - - - the New Wine). The gathering shall not come. The gathering is the time of harvest at the end of the age. Those who have no vision, and are not growing up into the Head, Christ Jesus, will not be part of His gathering. Jesus spoke of this gathering:
“And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:31
This is the gathering Jesus spoke of. It is the time of thrusting in the sickle to gather the full ripe fruit (His fruit) in the earth.
“Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins. They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. Upon the land of My people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city, because the palaces shall be forsaken, the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks;” Isaiah 32:11-14
The people will lament for the teats, or the breasts. Those who have depended on the milk of the Word from their religious system are going to lament. They will lament because the vine is dried up and the fields of harvest do not produce. The fruitful field will be covered with thorns and briers, and the houses of joy in the joyful city shall become a lamentation, a joy of wild asses. The wild asses are those who have no restraints in their life. These will lament when God’s judgment comes upon them, unawares.
Besides the wild asses, God has a pasture of flocks to which He has made wonderful promises. He begins His promise to His flock by promising:
“Until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.” Isaiah 32:15
God has promised His people that His Spirit will be poured out from on high upon the pasture of His flocks. The wilderness will become a fruitful field, and His fruitful field will be counted for a forest, made up of His trees or righteousness.
“Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” Isaiah 32:16-17
Judgment shall dwell in the wilderness. This will be God’s righteous judgment on all the things that still affect our lives. God is going to have a fruitful field of righteousness, and our righteousness will be a place which will bring quietness and assurance forever. What a promise!
“And My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;” Isaiah 32:18
God has promised we will live in a peaceable habitation. What a difference, where truth and trust are the order of the day, and not having to deal with unrighteous decrees of government. No lying, no deceit, no doubt, fear, or worry - - - only peace, tranquility, and no loss of anything - - - a sure dwelling place where we are promised 1000 years, then all eternity.
But God warns Israel what will happen to them if they follow their old ways, and again fall into sin:
“Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.” Deuteronomy 28:39
Because of sin, they will plant and not drink of the fruit of their labors. This is very relevant today with many who, because of debt and repossession, lose all they have worked for. And even those who are able to keep their lands, the worms eat their crops because of all the chemicals placed on them. The farmer has to spray for everything. But God has promised a different lifestyle for His people who obey His Word:
“And I will bring again the captivity of My people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.” Amos 9:14-15
God’s people will have a permanent dwelling place, just as He promised through the pen of Amos. God had reversed His judgment on ancient Israel, and will renew His promises to Spiritual Israel, those who are His righteous inheritors. When we overcome all the things in this life by becoming the Word - - - and when the Word of God and the Spirit of God become our total existence - - - we have God’s assurance we will be partakers of His Kingdom and His eternal life He has promised from the beginning. This is not in some far off place, but here on the earth which God has created for His creation man.
Isaiah goes on to explain God’s promise to those who love Him and have made His Word their life, their very being:
“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” Isaiah 65:17-18
God is creating, or recreating, a new heaven and a new earth. Jesus revealed this to John on the Isle of Patmos.
“And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:5
Jesus just confirmed the words of Isaiah. Isaiah wrote, “Behold I create Jerusalem a rejoicing and a joy for her people.” How many know he was not speaking of the ancient city Jerusalem, but the New Jerusalem? Paul spoke of the New Jerusalem God was creating for His people.
“For this Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” Galatians 4:25-26
The old Jerusalem is Mount Sinai - - - or the old Jerusalem represents the law of Moses which keeps its people in bondage. But the Jerusalem above is free and is the mother of us all. This is the Spiritual Jerusalem God is creating to be a joy to His people. This was prophesied by Isaiah and confirmed by Paul and Jesus:
“And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.” Isaiah 65:19
This Jerusalem will be a joy to God because He sent His only Son, Jesus to purchase this city with His blood. This city will be made up of those righteous trees who have become a forest. Weeping shall be no more heard, nor the voice of crying. Jesus also revealed this to John:
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Isaiah spoke of this time and place:
“There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.” Isaiah 65:20
In this time if someone dies at 100 years of age, he will still be a child. Every old man will fill his days. What promise is that? God’s people are promised 1000 years, then all eternity. So the old man would be how old?
“And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of My people, and Mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.” Isaiah 65:21-22
Again we see the same promise God made through Isaiah. We will enjoy the works of our hands. When we build, we will inhabit for ever. Isaiah proclaimed as the day of a tree are the days of My people. How long does a tree live? Many of the redwoods live to be 3000 years old and more. We have God’s promise His elect will long enjoy the work of their hands.
“They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.” Isaiah 65:23
We will not labor in vain. Anything we put our hand to will succeed. There will be no trouble for the blessed of the Lord - - - not only for us, but for our offspring. We will reproduce in the Kingdom. Notice these promises are not made for some far off place called heaven. They are made for the overcomers who will receive their inheritance on planet earth. This will be a renewed earth and a renewed heaven which God has created for His people.
“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24
Our prayers will be answered before we finish praying, because we will ask for nothing the Father does not want us to have.
“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and the dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 65:25
The last part of this Scripture means a lot to me. We will not hurt nor destroy in all His holy mountain, New Jerusalem. No death, no weeping or crying will be there. God’s people will suffer no loss. Everything we attempt will succeed. The wolf and the lamb, though mortal enemies, will feed together. The lion will no longer eat meat, nor will he have to kill to survive. What a day that will be - - - a day of peace and safety. We will not have to worry about the wild animals or bears attacking us. The snake will not harm us, and the animals will be able to cross the road with no fear, or the fear of being hunted.
God has given many wonderful promises for those who love Him, and walk by the Spirit of His Word. Our walk with God must be a constant, continual growing and overcoming walk. If we don’t grow, then we only have hope in this life. In conclusion, again as Paul related:
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” I Corinthians 15:19
We need to latch on to the hope God has given us in His Word, not of putting our dependence in the things of today. We need to joy and rejoice in the coming day of the Kingdom God has promised us. Paul quoted the words of Isaiah when he wrote to the Corinthians: “...Eyes have not seen, nor ear heard what God has planned for those who love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9
Our hope is not in this life, but it is in the overcoming life. Jesus warns us that if we try to save this life, we will lose it, but if we lose this life for His sake we shall find life eternal. Those who put their faith in this life are of all men most miserable.
Let us choose life and live. Then, and only then, will we be an eternal joy unto our God.
Purify Our Hearts
by Robert Bixler
“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them. And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: sprinkle water of purifying upon them, and let them save all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean”. Numbers 8:5-7
The Levites were to be taken from the children of Israel and cleansed. Cleansed here means “to be clean(physically – of disease), to be clean ceremonially, to purify, be clean morally, purge, pure and purifer”. How clean and pure are you before the Lord?
To cleanse oneself, vs 7 tells us to sprinkle water of purifying upon themselves. Water here is the Word of God, Ephesians 5:26. The Word is the only pure water we can partake of. We can get a sprinkling of God's Word at church on Sunday from our pastor. This is great, BUT as we read on in vs 7, the Lord tells Moses to wash their clothes and make themselves clean. Our clothes are our robes of righteousness. Is your robe of righteousness white as snow or does it have spots and wrinkles in it?
So many of God's people get a sprinkling of God's Word on Sunday and then nothing the rest of the week. God is wanting a people to cleanse themselves. In order to do this, we must immerse ourselves in His Word. We can't become clean by simply being sprinkled with water. We must bathe or shower ourselves in His Word daily to become purged and pure.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation: and uphold me with Thy free spirit”. Psalm 51:10-12
The only way we can be washed from our iniquities and cleansed from our sins is to CHANGE. No one likes change, but reading His Word will not make us clean. We must wash away our old fleshly man, our ways of sin: anger, wrath, the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. Vs. 10 says to “Create in me a Clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. This is a renewing of the mind (heart, our way of thinking). This only comes by Change. This means saying: I WILL overcome sin in my life. Not only do you need to say it, but you must do it too. Be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer only, James 1:22.
“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. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His”. Romans 8:6-9
God gives us His peace. If we don't have peace in our hearts then we must look inward into our heart (mind) to see what part of our carnal mind needs changed. If our carnal mind is running our lives we can't please God.
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Master's use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, and them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart”. 2 Timothy 2:20-22
The house that we should be concerned about is our Spiritual house; our walk in God. We must purge ourselves from those things in our lives which dishonor the Lord. The word purge means: to make clean, cleanse, to free from defilement of sin and from faults, to free from guilt of sin. When we purge ourselves then and only then will we be sanctified and meet for the Master's use.
“But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For he is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap: And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness”. Malachi 3:2-3
In order to abide the day of His coming, we need to purify our hearts now. To purge gold and silver it must be heated very hot. This is when all the impurities come to the top to be taken out. If we don't take the time now to get rid of the impurities in our lives, then God will have to turn up the heat so that we may able to stand in the day of His coming. Our lives are our offering unto the Lord. Will your life be an offering of righteousness or will you hear “Depart from Me, I never knew you”, Matthew 7:23.
“And He saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still”. Revelation 22:10-11
Time is short. We must cleanse our bodies, our minds, and our robes of righteousness now before it is too late. Robert Bixler
New Foundations Ministries
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