By George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
In order to understand the children of light we must begin in the book of Genesis:
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." Genesis 1:1 - 3
The earth was without form and void - - - or, there was nothing but wasteland and there was darkness upon the face of the deep. But the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water.
"And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:4-5
From the beginning, God made a difference between the children of the day and the children of the night, and He did this on the first day of creation. This set the basis of what He would proclaim throughout His Word.
Once we come to the knowledge that God knew all of us in the Spirit before He laid the foundation of the earth, then we can understand that He knew who the children of light were and who the children of darkness were from the beginning. He explained this through the pen of Paul. Paul explained this to the church at Rome and to the Ephesians:
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." Romans 8:29-30
It is the children of light who have been predestined to be conformed to the image of God's Son, Jesus. The children of light have been called, justified, and glorified. To the Ephesians Paul wrote:
"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will:" Ephesians 1:5 & 11
The children of light are God's adopted children. We have obtained this inheritance according to His purpose and will. Predestination is God's plan for His people. The question most people ask, "Is everyone predestined?" As stated before, God knew all of us in the Spirit before we ever came to this life, and He knew who would serve Him and who would not. We have God's assurance of this in Paul's second letter to Timothy:
"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." II Timothy 2:19
The Lord knows those who are His from the beginning, because they were with Him in the beginning. And let all those who name the name of Christ, depart from iniquity (unrighteousness).
The only relationship God's creation can have with Him is through Jesus. Most believe Jesus was God when He walked the earth in His flesh existence. But He was not. He was called `The Son of God', and the son is not the father. Jesus was also called the `the son of man'. John revealed:
"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the son of man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed." John 6:27
Jesus was called `the son of man'. How could He be the son of man and the Son of God? This has been confusing to many people. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul revealed:
"But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, under the law." Galatians 4:4
Jesus was born of a woman. Her name was Mary. And we know by God's word that it was the Holy Spirit that overshadowed Mary, and conceived Jesus in her womb. So Jesus' Father was the Holy Spirit. This is how He became the Son of God.
To understand how Jesus called Himself the son of man we must look again at the book of Genesis:
"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him: male and female created He them." Genesis 1:27
When God created man, He created man - - - male and female - - - as He did all His creation. When God created deer, He created the buck and the doe. When He created sheep, He created the ram and the ewe. All God's creation were created male and female. The female part of man is called `woman'.
Because Jesus was born of Mary, He became the son of man. As stated before, when Jesus walked the earth in His flesh condition, He was not God, but the Son of God. What proof do we have of this? We know this by Jesus' own words. John recorded Jesus' words:
"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 14:10
If Jesus was God, why did He not do His own works? With great diligence in study, we discover Jesus was the perfect vessel for God to flow through to do the works of the Father (the Holy Spirit). Jesus had no agenda of His own. Jesus' only agenda was . . .
"And He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him." John 8:29
Jesus' whole purpose in life was to please the Father. This should be our agenda also. Let's check some of Jesus' words further:
"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." John 5:19
Jesus could do nothing of Himself. He could only do what the Father gave or allowed Him to do. Again Jesus stated:
"For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me." John 6:38
Jesus never did His own will. He only did what the Father willed Him to do. Let's look at more of Jesus' words:
"Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me." John 7:16
Jesus' only doctrine was that of His Father. And finally . . .
"For I have not spoken of Myself: but the Father which sent Me, He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak." John 12:49
Jesus spoke nothing except what the Father had given Him to say. Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, explained what we must become:
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps"" I Peter 2:21
Jesus was given to us as an example of what we should be. If we do not follow in His steps, then we will never get to where He is. We must become what He was, if we are to walk in His light. So by Jesus' own words, we know He did not declare Himself to be God. He only declared Himself to be the Son of God and the son of man.
Jesus' whole life on earth exemplified the Spirit and the Kingdom of Light. In contrast, satan or the devil is the spirit of darkness. God separated these two kingdoms in the beginning, and they can never come together - - - because when light comes, darkness will flee away. This is the lesson the church needs to learn.
Even a little light will cast away the darkness. If you light a match in a darkened room, there is no place the darkness can hide. David knew this when he wrote:
"For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness." Psalm 18:28
God desires to light a candle in the church to dispel the darkness that has crept in through the years. Many have said all religions are alright. But are they? Every religion, in some way or other, serves the spirit of darkness. During the `Inquisition', the Catholics killed thousands who did not believe what they were told. Today the Catholic church has been racked with child abuse and sodomy.
The Moslems teach their believers it is alright to kill the unbeliever and those who do not go along with their thinking. The news media would want us to believe only the extremists of the Muslim faith do such things, but all Moslems are taught to kill the unbelievers. This is part of their doctrine.
The Mormons teach it is alright to kill the Gentiles or non-Mormans. The Hindus, as well as the Buddists, torture and kill those who disagree with their religion.
Only the Christian faith teaches to forgive their enemies. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught the people:
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" Matthew 5:44
This teaching is different from all other religions on earth. And yet, many Christian denominations act no different than the false religions of the world. They may not teach their people to do bodily harm to those who disagree with their denominational teachings, but they ostracize them from their midst and speak harsh words concerning them. Then you have the `Jesus only' people who do not believe in the Holy Spirit. They believe only in Jesus. These are all embracing the kingdom of darkness. Those who are part of the Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of Light have put away the things of darkness and choose to dwell in the light.
As we come to the end of the age, the division between light and darkness becomes more evident, as we witness more murders, violence, and corruption in business and in government. Jesus warns us of the days in which we live. Matthew recorded Jesus' words:
"But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark," Matthew 24:37-38
As Matthew recorded, in the days before the flood the people were eating and drinking, marrying and working. Everything seemed normal. But as in the days of Noah, judgment was on the horizon. Moses recorded the condition of the world and the people just before the flood came:
"The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth." Genesis 6:11-13
The earth was corrupt before God. The word corrupt means "perversion in the sight of God." Today the sodomites are recognized in every part of our society. They are in the military, in government, they teach in our schools and colleges - - - and yes, they are even standing in the pulpits of perverted churches who claim to serve Christ.
Moses also recorded the earth was full of violence. Truly our earth today is full of violence. The television, books, magazines and streets are full of violence. Violence is bad enough, but our earth today is full of perverted violence. Most mass murderers are committed by sodomites who kill their victims to hide their terrible sins. Even in the church, the young suffer at the hands of those who are in authority. Some of these children are mentally maimed for life. They never get over what has happened to them. This perversion has caused young girls to be molested even before the age of ten. Female high school and college students are being brutally raped and tortured, even after they have been killed. Truly violence has filled our earth. Can God's judgment be far off? Paul also warned of the violence in our day:
"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." II Timothy 3:13
Evil men who deceive are getting worse and worse. Deception is the lowest form of lying. The word deceive means "to lead away from the truth, or to fall way from the truth, being misled, to do harm." The Psalmist Asaph gives us insight into the evil of our day:
"Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty." Psalm 74:20
The dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. These are all part of the spirit of darkness. The prophet Micah prophesied of those who are part of the habitation of cruelty:
"Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand." Micah 2:1
They plan their cruel acts in the night, and they practice them in the daylight. These believe they have the power to do these things. These are the children of darkness and the children of the night. The day of darkness is truly at hand. The prophet Isaiah prophesied of our day:
"For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee." Isaiah 60:2
Darkness is covering our earth today, and gross darkness is covering the people. The spirit of darkness has invaded every aspect of life. Things that are considered normal today were not even thought of a few generations ago. Who would have ever thought that same sex marriage would be an issue, and that laws would be passed to make these abominations before God, legal?
Two people living together without the benefit of marriage is thought of as normal. These unmarried sit in churches with nothing said about their sin. The women even brag about how many men they have slept with and how many abortions they have had. The spirit of darkness has invaded every corner of the land.
Every prophet declared the day of the Lord's wrath. The prophet Zephaniah stated:
"That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness," Zephaniah 1:15
God's wrath is on its way, and many declare it is already here. The clouds warn of the approaching storm, and yet man goes on as if everything is alright. Isaiah declared:
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20
Today we have those who call good, evil; and evil, good. It seems as if the law punishes the victim, and frees the crook. It is nonsense that all must be treated equal. When a killer or thief is caught in the act of a crime, they should be treated as a criminal, not as a respected citizen. Yes, we can forgive the crime, but after the criminal is punished for his or her wrong doing. And as Isaiah declared: "Woe unto them that call evil good."
God's wrath is called the Day of the Lord. The prophet Amos spoke of the Day of the Lord:
"Shall not the Day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?" Amos 5:20
God's wrath is going to be a day of darkness, a very dark day for all those who do not know their God. The prophet Joel also spoke about the Day of the Lord:
"A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations." Joel 2:2
Joel speaks of the day of darkness that covers our land - - - clouds that cause thick darkness. Clouds are our sign of an approaching storm. And there is a storm coming. But Joel also speaks about a great and strong people God is raising up. There has never been a people like this before on earth. It is God's glorious army, the children of light. Paul spoke of these who walk in the spirit of light.
"The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light." Romans 13:12
The night is far spent. This means the night is just about over, and the day is at hand. The day always brings the light, and God is giving direction to His people. He is warning them to cast off all works of darkness. If there is anything in our lives, that the spirit of darkness can claim, we are to cast that off, so we can stand clean before the Lord.
As Paul discloses, the light is our armor. Nothing or no one can harm us through God's armor. It is only when we have the armor of light, that we can be victorious. God is raising up an army, an army of light. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul speaks of this army:
"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." II Timothy 2:3-4
Those who are called to be soldiers in this army have had to endure much hardness, which means they have endured much suffering. They have had to endure this suffering because of their walk with God. These have freed themselves from the affairs of this life, and are only concerned with the things that please God. These are God's warriors of light. Paul wrote to the Corinthians about this army:
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" II Corinthians 10:3-5
These are those who have put on the armor of light, and have equipped themselves with the Word of God, and are ready for the battle. Solomon had a glimpse of this army when he wrote:
"But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." Proverbs 4:18
Those who have put on the armor of light have the vision of the perfect day when God is going to put down all unrighteousness and set up His Kingdom on earth. The prophet Isaiah spoke to all the children of light when he wrote:
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." Isaiah 60:1
We may ask, "When is this going to happen?" It is when darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people. This is when the Lord will speak to His children of light and say, "Arise! Shine!" Paul spoke this to the church at Ephesus:
"Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Ephesians 5:14
Today God is trying to arouse His people from their sleep state. He wants them to arise from their dead state. The original text reads, "We are to arise from among the dead." - - - Interlinear New Testament, by Berry. The dead are all around us. They are dead in their trespasses and sin. They are dead to the things of God and to His Word. They are dead in their own self-importance. But God commands us to arise from our sleep. If we arise, Christ will give us light.
Isaiah states the glory of the Lord is risen upon the children of light. This is the same glory that shown in Moses' face. Moses had to put a veil upon his face when he spoke to the rebellious Israelites. This was the same glory that shown on Jesus' face when He was transfigured in the presence of Peter, James, and John. Matthew recorded , Jesus' face shone as the sun, Matthew 17:2. This is the same glory Paul witnessed when he met Christ Jesus on the road to Damascus. As Paul declared:
"At midday, O King, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me." Acts 26:13
Paul declared the glory of God was brighter than the sun at noon day. This is the same glory that will shine upon God's children of light. When Jesus met the woman at the well, He told her:
"Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews." John 4:22
"Ye worship ye know not what." Today all the church systems we spoke of before are worshiping they know not what. They still worship Jesus in the flesh. While others worship some false idol or some dead human. Those who claim to be Christians, but still worship Jesus in the flesh do not worship the one who gave Him life or raised Him from the dead. In his letter to the church at Rome, Paul declares:
"But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you." Romans 8:11
The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead shall quicken our mortal bodies by the Spirit of Christ Jesus which dwells in us. John continues with the words Jesus spoke to the woman at the well:
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him." John 4:23
We cannot worship God in the Spirit as long as our minds are on Jesus' fleshly existence. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul gives us insight into worshiping God in the Spirit:
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;" Hebrews 10:19-20
We must go through the veil of His flesh if we are to enter into the Holy of Holies where Christ Jesus dwells. Jesus' flesh has become a veil on most people's minds because they have no Spiritual understanding as to who Jesus was - - - and that is - - - He is our example of what and who we must become.
"And, behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." Luke 24:49
Many who read this Scripture believe the Father had made a promise to the people. But what Jesus stated was: the promise of the Father He would send was the anointing whereby the children of light could do the greater works. This anointing goes beyond the first fruit anointing we received when we were baptized in water. Those who will receive this anointing are those as Luke recorded:
"And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith He, ye have heard of Me." Acts 1:4
These were to wait in Jerusalem until they received the promise of the Father. Jerusalem represents the true place of worship. These are those who worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. These are those Jesus showed to John on the isle of Patmos:
"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Sion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father's name written in their foreheads." Revelation 14:1
Those who have received the anointing of the Father become part of the children of light and the children of the day. The children of the day have no darkness in them. Paul wrote much about the children of light and the children of the day. To the Thessalonians Paul wrote:
"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness." I Thessalonians 5:5
Paul was relating the division God made in the beginning when God separated the light from the darkness. Paul also spoke of the day of creation when he proclaimed to the Corinthians:
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." II Corinthians 4:6
This glory that shown in the face of Jesus was when He was transfigured before Peter, James, and John. It is the same glory that shined in the face of Moses when he came down from Mount Sinai. God has promised this same glory to His children of light. And as Paul revealed to the church at Rome:
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Romans 8:18
The same glory that was revealed in the face of Jesus will be revealed in His children of light. Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, related this same glory to all the scattered people of God:
"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." I Peter 4:13
Today God's children of light are scattered all over the earth. God is raising up a mighty army in the wilderness. These have been ostracized, talked about, lied about, and generally misunderstood. But these are remaining in the true place of worship until they are endued with power from on high. This is when the promise of the Father will be revealed to them. Peter continued:
"The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:" I Peter 5:1
Peter knew, that because of His faithfulness to the gospel and the suffering that he was enduring for His walk in Christ, that he would also be a partaker of the glory God is going to reveal in His people.
Throughout the Bible, God has separated the light from the darkness. The prophet Isaiah gives us insight in understanding why the world, and especially the church system, does not preach the true gospel of Christ:
"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20
If the church is not warning their people to cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light, it is because their light has become darkness, and that darkness has quenched the light. They have gone so far from the light that all that is left is darkness. Jesus warned the people of this through the pen of Luke:
"Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness." Luke 11:35
When Jesus said take heed, He meant to listen, to pay close attention to. Those who teach `once-saved, always saved' need to heed Jesus' words, because many who have listened to their words are now filled with darkness, and there is no light in them. Their meetings have just become country club meetings, as if they all belonged to the same fraternity. Again, John gives us insight as to how far man has fallen:
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:19
The word condemnation means "judgment or punishment." God is going to send His judgment upon those who once knew the light God sent into the world, but walked away. This light was Jesus Christ. But man loved the darkness, more than they loved the light. Why was this? It was because their whole way of life had become darkness, and their deeds were evil. God has warned His people over and over again to separate themselves from the spirit of darkness:
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?" II Corinthians 6:14
What we need to know and understand is - - - that which is not light is darkness, and God's children of light are not to become unequally yoked with unbelievers.
What communion (fellowship) are the children of light to have with the children of darkness? The obvious answer is "NONE!" In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul relates:
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." Ephesians 5:11
The children of light are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. We receive a promise by the words of Paul:
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you," II Corinthians 6:17
In the beginning, God made the separation between light and darkness. Now , if we want to be received by God, then it is up to us to make this separation. This separation must take place in family, friends, and all our other acquaintances. Paul made this separation plain in his letter to the Ephesians. Paul related:
"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:" Ephesians 5:8
God has called His children of light from the foundation of the world. As God's elect, we need to walk as children of light. It matters not what our family, friends, or acquaintances think of us. If we want to be received of Him, we must do as He directs. If we do not, then our consequences will be dire. As Matthew recorded Jesus' words:
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house." Matthew 5:14-15
When Jesus was on earth, He was the light of the world. Now His children of light are the light of the world. And the children of light must let their light shine in everything they do, and every place they go. Matthew continues:
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16
Everything Jesus did brought glory to the Father. It is the same with us. We are to let our light shine. Why? Is it so we can be seen of men? No! We are to let our light shine to glorify the Father in heaven (the Spiritual realm). The prophet Amos spoke of the day of God's judgment:
"Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?" Amos 5:20
The Day of the Lord for those who do not know their God is going to be a day of gross darkness upon the earth, where there will be no light or brightness in it. But the prophet Isaiah declares what will become of the children of light:
"For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest. Until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth." Isaiah 62:1
The lamp Isaiah spoke of is a torch; and a torch to be held high. Or, as Matthew recorded Jesus' words, "A city set on a hill" which is going to light all the surrounding area for the glory of God.
God is now holding His peace until He has prepared a people in the wilderness. Yes, God is now preparing a people in righteousness who will bring forth the brightness and the glory of God. Daniel prophesied of this same people:
"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:3
God's people who walk in God's glory are going to shine as the brightness of the firmament, just as Moses witnessed God's glory, and as Jesus' face did shine, and as Paul saw God's glory brighter than the sun. Yes, God's children of light are also going to shine as the brightness of the firmament. This is an unfailing glory that we will dwell in for all eternity. And as Paul proclaimed, "We are to walk as children of light."
God knows our heart. If this is our desire, than God will show us the way. Because as He stated, "I am the way, the truth, and the life," John 14:6. If we follow our example, then we will walk in His way, declare His truth, and dwell in His life eternally. We must never forget we are the light of the world, and we need to be seen as the children of light. Praise the Lord!
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