by George Kirkpatrick
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As Christians we need to learn the meaning of five basic words:
Chastisement Repentance Obedience Submission Forgiveness
When these five things are working in our life, nothing can overcome us, the world cannot affect us, adversity cannot stop us, and no spirit except the Spirit of God can control us.
Too many times when God brings correction in a life, they complain about satan being mean to them. They also get angry at God because He is allowing satan to cause havoc in their lives. In reality it is God who is trying to get their attention to change something that is not pleasing in His sight. God brings chastisement to cause repentance to bring them into obedience to His Word. When God is bringing correction in their walk, they need to remember the words of Paul to the church at Rome:
"Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" Romans 2:4
It is by God's goodness, forebearance, and longsuffering that we are lead to repentance. When we are walking in a way not pleasing to God, He may need to bring chastisement to expose our need to repent. It is because God wants His people to be successful in Him that He brings chastisement in their lives. Many refuse to submit because they do not realize chastisement is for their good. All too often those who are being corrected begin to believe God has abandoned them, and somehow or another they have lost their salvation because God has rejected them. They forget the Scripture where God promises, "I will never leave you nor forsake you", Hebrews 13:5. If there is any leaving or forsaking, it is on their part, NOT God's.
The word chastise means "to nurture, instruct, educate, train, and cultivate the mind and morals." We need to realize our education many times comes through God's chastisement. Just as our earthly parents corrected us so we would do better, so our heavenly Father corrects and educates us through chastisement so we will do better in His sight. He also chastises us to train and cultivate our minds so we can be morally straight with His Word. We need to realize God's correction in our life is to bring us into a place where we can be acceptable in His sight, so He can bless us.
The word chastise has been vastly misunderstood. Misunderstanding God's correction has caused those who call themselves by His name not to trust Him. For this reason many have held grudges against God, and refuse to forgive Him. Their lack of knowledge of what God is doing in their lives has caused them many hardships. Not knowing the promises of God, and not believing His promises brings confusion in a multitude of lives. This confusion exists because God's people do not read His Word, so they cannot act upon it. The only word they know comes from the pulpit. Not knowing God's Word has kept them weak. You cannot eat once or twice a week and remain strong. Everyone of God's people must seek Him daily through the Word if they are to know and understand God's calling in their life. When correction or adversity comes we will not be able to stand without constantly feeding ourselves in the Word.
We must never forget one of the fruit of the Spirit is longsuffering. Without the fruit of longsuffering in our life, we will not endure correction, tests, trials, and suffering when they come; and they will come! Many have been taught "No Chastisement", "No Judgement", and "No Wrath". Those who believe these false teachings will not be able to stand in the coming Day of Trouble. Paul admonished the Ephesians:
"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." Ephesians 6:13
The word evil means "great trouble." We are to have on the whole armor of God. Why? So we can stand in the day of great trouble. ". . . having done all . . ." means to be totally prepared. We must wear truth as a girdle. Our breastplate of righteousness must be in place. Our walk must be in the gospel of truth. Our shield of faith must be in our hand at all times. Our head must be covered with the knowledge of God's salvation plan. The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God must be in our hand and in our mouth at all times. If we are properly prepared in God's Word nothing can come against us. Our praise and worship must continually go up before God, thanking Him for His grace and mercy. But most of all we must praise and worship Him for His chastisement to bring us into obedience to His Word. As Jesus promised, the gates of hell cannot and will not prevail against His true church.
God has made many great and wonderful promises to those who recognize who they are in God. We can only recognize who we are in God by studying His Word and applying it to our life. We can only claim God's promises when we become obedient to His Word. Until we re-cognize who we are in God, we will never move toward God to take our rightful place in Him.
We know we are to be totally separated from the world, but all too often we discover we still have many ties to the world. These ties keep us in bondage to the world, and hinder our walk in God. These ties may be family, friends, job, or it could be our desire to be like the world or to be successful in the world. The apostle Paul informs us:
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" I John 5:4-5
Many claim to be born again, or born of God, yet there is no evidence of overcoming the world or their worldly appetites. Those who overcome the world must believe Jesus is the Son of God. If we truly believe this, then we need to do as He says.
The second question we need to ask ourselves is, "Are we willing to make the changes His Word demands?" John proclaimed:
"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world." I John 4:17
We need to ask ourselves, "Are we willing to have our love made perfect (complete)? If we are, then we must be as He is in this world. We must be as He is NOW, in this time. If we are as He is we will have boldness in the coming Day of Judgment. This is how we know we are born of God and believe He is the Son of God. When we truly believe, then the overcoming aspect of our life will have its beginning. The beloved John also explained:
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." I John 2:15
If we love the world and hang on to the things of the world, then we truly do not have the love of the Father in us. If we want the love of God to permeate our lives, then we must let go of the things of the world and let God have the preeminence in our lives. Then the love of God will exude from us, and all will know we have been in the presence of the Father.
If we are to act upon the promises of God, we must know to whom the promises were made. Paul revealed this to the church at Rome:
"For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith." Romans 4:13
The promises were made to Abraham and his seed. These promises were not made to Abraham and his heirs through the law. God's promises were made through the righteousness of faith. God's promise to Abraham and his seed was that they would inherit the world. The word world is the Greek word KOSMOS. The word KOSMOS does not only mean "terre firma" or "earth", it means the whole universe and everything in it. God promised Abraham and his seed that they would inherit the world, the whole universe, and everything God created. Everything God created on the earth, in the earth, and above the earth is God's promised inheritance to Abraham and his seed.
God also promised Abraham's inheritance would be through the righteousness of faith. These promises are made to those who have become righteous through their faith in Christ Jesus and His Word. Paul continued his revelation to the church at Rome:
"For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect." Romans 4:14
Those who remain under the law, no matter how devout they are, will not inherit. Their devotion to the law has made the working of faith void in their life. For this reason they cannot claim the promises of God in the Old or New Testaments. Those who remain under the law try to become righteous through the law. God's inheritors will obtain their righteousness through faith.
"Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all," Romans 4:16
We must remember faith is a fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22. Man cannot come into a Spiritual walk through the law. As Paul proclaimed to the church at Rome:
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2
The law of the Spirit of life has made us free from the law of sin and death. Moses law declared if you sin you died. There was no forgiveness under the law of Moses.
Our partaking of God's promises is by faith and grace. The word faith means "the conviction of truth". When we are convicted of God's truths and operate in them, we establish our faith.
The word grace means "the free gift of God." The word grace is the Greek word CHARIS. It is the base word for "charisma". It is where the word "charismatic" comes from which means to operate in God's gifts. Paul gave insight into these gifts in his letter to the church at Corinth:
"Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit." I Corinthians 12:4
There are a variety of gifts God has given through the anointing, but all the gifts are by the Holy Spirit. Paul gives a partial list of God's gifts to the Corinthians:
"For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit: To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:" I Corinthians 12:8-10
Paul made sure to note these were all by the same Spirit. It is only by and through the Spirit we can come into God's grace. Paul discloses:
"But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal." I Corinthians 12:7
All God's Spiritual gifts are given to profit withal, or to profit all with. God gives His gifts to be a benefit to His whole body. When His gifts are used properly God will extend His kindness and holy influence upon all His people. It is only when we are convicted of His truth and are established in His righteousness that we can expect His grace, or gift, to be exhibited in our life. All God's gifts must be governed by the power of His divine grace.
Paul declared when we operate in faith we establish all of God's promises He made to Abraham's seed. We need to operate in the faith of Abraham who is the father of us all. Most of the world claims Abraham as their father, either through genealogy or religion. We recognize Abraham as our father of faith, Romans 4:11. When Jesus addressed the Jews, they declared Abraham to be their father. Jesus stated to them:
"...If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham." John 8:39
How can we claim to be the seed of Abraham if we do not do the works of Abraham? Only when we do the works of Abraham can we claim the promises made to Abraham and his seed. We need to ask, "What are the works of Abraham?" Paul declared:
"Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." Galatians 3:6
The works of Abraham were that he believed God in faith. Abraham not only believed God, he acted in faith on God's Word. Abraham was convinced of God's truths, and Abraham operated in them. Paul wrote to Rome concerning Abraham:
"And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, he was able also to perform.
And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness." Romans 4:21-22
Abraham was ninety-nine years old when God told him Sarah being ninety would conceive and bear him a child. Abraham knew God was able to perform anything He promised, and his trust and belief was accounted to him for righteousness. Abraham's righteousness came through faith. It was through faith God brought His promises to pass in Abraham's life. The prophet Isaiah made a beautiful disclosure concerning Abraham:
"But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham My friend." Isaiah 41:8
Isaiah declared Abraham to be the friend of God. Abraham was the only one in the Old Testament who received this distinction. The apostle James summarized:
"And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God." James 2:23
Abraham believed God acted upon His Word. Abraham's belief and faith in God accounted to him for righteousness, and God called him His friend. We need to ask ourselves, "Do we want to be the friend of God? Do we want to be heirs to the whole universe God created? As the Word declared, "Only Abraham's seed will be inheritors." If we want to be Abraham's seed we need to do the works of Abraham.
We may ask what is the difference between Israel and Jacob? Jacob's name was changed to Israel. Jacob's name means "supplanter, or one who takes the place of another." The name Israel means "God prevails, or ruler with God". When God changed Jacob's name he told Jacob, "As Israel you have power with God and with man," Genesis 23:28.
Jacob (the supplanter) represents natural or ancient Israel. Jacob supplanted, or took the place of Esau who represents the flesh man who has no regard for his birthright in God. When Jacob's name was changed to Israel, the spiritual man had power with God and with man.
When Isaiah wrote of Israel, he was speaking of Spiritual Israel. Those who come to Christ today by the Spirit are Spiritual Israel. Jesus opened the way so whosoever will can come into God's grace and mercy. Those who serve God with their whole heart and walk in the Spirit are Spiritual Israel. The first chapter of Matthew declares:
"The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." Matthew 1:1
Did Jesus become the seed of Abraham because He was the son of Abraham? NO! Jesus, being Abraham's son made him Abraham's offspring. Jesus became the offspring of Abraham because of lineage. He became the seed of Abraham because He was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
We need to understand the word seed which means "that from which a plant germinates." The seed does not germinate because it is the seed. The seed germinates because of the life in the seed. When this life breaks forth, the seed sprouts, and begins to grow.
The word seed is the Greek word SPERMA and means "the life giving power." The Holy Spirit of God is the life giving power. The Holy Spirit is the divine energy operating within the soul by which we are regenerated.
When Mary asked how she could bear a child, seeing she had never been with man. . .
". . . the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35
The sperma (seed) came upon Mary. The life giving creating power of the Holy Spirit conceived Jesus in Mary's womb. This life giving power was the beginning of all things, the creating power of God. As we begin to understand the seed, we can understand many things in the Bible. Paul wrote to the churches in Galatia:
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." Galatians 3:16
God's promises were made to Abraham's seed, not to his seeds. God's promises were made to one seed, and that one seed (sperma) is Christ. The word Christ is the Greek word CHRISTO and means "the anointed or the anointed ones". Many today consider themselves to have received the anointing, yet they fail to realize they have become the Christ in the earth. As Jesus was anointed of the Father, we are the anointed of the Son. As Jesus was the Christ of the Father, we are the Christs (the anointed) of the Son. We are not replacing God, nor are we taking the place of Jesus. As Jesus Himself declared, we were to continue His work, and even do the greater works. Paul revealed:
"But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming." I Corinthians 15:23
". . . every man in his own order. . ." The word order means "that which has been arranged." Jesus was Christ the firstfruit. Jesus came as Christ the anointing on the Day of Pentecost. Since the Day of Pentecost, Christ has had a body on the earth. There will even be a greater body on earth at Jesus' second coming. Jesus revealed His body to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night." Revelation 12:10
Jesus declared, "Now is come salvation and strength." The word strength is the Greek word DUNAMIS. It is where we get the word dynamite. It means "ability to do mighty works." It is only by and through the Spirit that we can come into the promises of God made to Abraham and his seed.
Jesus spoke of the power of His Christs. The word power means "authority." The word authority means "authority to rule; the power of choice by obtaining physical and mental powers." Once His Christs obtain this power, they will be able to come into their full salvation: spirit, soul, and body. Those who receive this power and authority will do the greater works Jesus prophesied they would do. [see "Three Fold Salvation" by George Kirkpatrick]
God made many promises to Abraham's seed. Those who are Christ at His coming will receive the power and authority to rule with God for all eternity. Who will rule and reign with Christ? Abraham's seed. As Jesus explained to the Jews, if they were the seed of Abraham they would do the work of Abraham. Abraham accomplished much through faith to become the friend of God. As we begin to understand the faith of Abraham, it becomes plain why Abraham's faith was accounted to him as righteousness before God.
Let's discover the works of faith in Abraham's life. Abraham operated in blind faith, active faith, unselfish faith, and obedient faith. Abram, whose name was changed to Abraham, lived with his father, Terah, in the Ur of the Chaldees for seventy-five years. God spoke to Abram:
". . . Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:" Genesis 12:1
Abraham was to leave his family and home, only taking with him what he could carry. The writer of Hebrews gives this account of Abraham's departure:
"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went." Hebrews 11:8
God did not tell Abraham where He was sending him. He only made him this promise:
"And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:" Genesis 12:2
God not only promised Abraham He would make him a great nation and bless him, He promised that he (Abraham) would be a blessing. What more could anyone ask than to have God make them a blessing to other people? Paul related this fact to the churches in Galatia:
"And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed." Galatians 3:8
So Abraham went out of the Ur of the Chaldees in blind faith. Sometimes God calls on us to operate in blind faith, only telling us what to do, and not telling us why. Blind faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness.
The next time God would use Abraham was when four kings made war with Sodom, Gomorrah, and the cities of the plains:
"And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way. And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan." Genesis 14:11 & 14
Lot, Abraham's nephew, was living in Sodom. When Abraham heard Lot and his whole family were taken captive, Abraham's faith became active. Knowing the tremendous odds he faced, Abraham took the servants he had trained in his own house, those he could trust and depend on. Abraham was victorious, and returned all the goods to their rightful owners, receiving nothing for himself. His was an act of mercy. God had truly made Abraham a blessing, not only to his nephew, Lot, but to all the citizens of the cities of the plains. Abraham's faith was active. He did not sit back and wait for others to act. He advanced forward with those he had trained in his own house.
God has given pastors the opportunity to train God's army in their own house. In this they have failed. They send their recruits off to seminaries, and they return with no knowledge of Spiritual warfare. They are only taught to expound the man-made doctrines of their denominational orders. When the battle comes they will not be victorious because their faith was not active in the time God had given them to train His army. The apostle Paul informed Timothy:
"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 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 2:2-4
Paul admonished Timothy to teach others what he had taught him, so they could teach others. What was he to teach others? He was to teach them to endure hardness (hardship) as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. He also informed Timothy, soldiers did not entangle themselves with the affairs of this life. We need to operate in active faith, ready at all times. Paul also wrote to Timothy:
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." II Timothy 4:2-4
We are to be instant at all times to proclaim the Word of God. We must be able to reprove, rebuke, and exhort using the Word of God as our only tool. The time Paul spoke of is today. Sound doctrine is no longer acceptable. All people want to hear is what tickles their ears. God's people no longer want to hear the truth. They only want to be taught fables such as Rapture, Once Saved Always Saved, No Judgment, No Wrath, and All Will Be Saved (all races, all religions, are God's chosen and none will be lost). These have no active faith working in their lives, and they will not stand in the days of adversity.
Abraham and Sarah had no children. Sarah was barren, but God promised Abraham a son. Knowing she was barren, Sarah gave Abraham her maid Hagar, an Egyptian servant, to bear him a son. The son Hagar birthed was named Ishmael. Since Ishmael was Abraham's eldest son, this made him Abraham's rightful heir. But Ishmael was not the heir of promise.
Abraham, like many today, acted in the flesh to try to fulfill God's promises in his life. Abraham was eighty-five when Ishmael was born. It would be another fifteen years before his promised heir would be born. God was true to His Word. Abraham's promise was not fulfilled until he was one hundred years old. Sarah, being ninety years old, bear Abraham a son and they called him Isaac. As Isaac grew Sarah saw Ishmael mocking Isaac, and spoke to Abraham:
"Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac." Genesis 21:10
The son of the bondwoman will not inherit with the son of promise. The apostle Paul addressed this in his letter to the churches in Galatia:
"For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise." Galatians 4:22-23
Abraham had two sons: one by the bondwoman, the other by the freewoman, his true wife. Ishmael was the son born after the flesh. Isaac was the son of promise:
"Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar." Galatians 4:24
The word allegory means "to speak in a figure, or to use things alike to make a point." Paul related these two sons of Abraham represent the two covenants God made with His people Israel. The one covenant He made with physical or ancient Israel at Mt. Sinai. This covenant gendered or brought ancient Israel under the bondage of the law. Paul declared this was a figure of Agar (Hagar).
"For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children." Galatians 4:25
Hagar represents those who remain under the law and look to ". . . the Jerusalem which now is. . .", the ancient city in the country Israel. Those who remain under the law are in bondage to the law, and their faith is made void.
"But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." Galatians 4:26
The Jerusalem which is above is free. This is the New Jerusalem John saw coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband, Revelation 21:2
The New Jerusalem is the mother of all who are free in Christ Jesus. If we are to become part of the New Jerusalem, we, too, must cast out the bondwoman and her son born after the flesh. This is the same situation Abraham faced. The son of the bondwoman could not inherit with the son of promise.
"And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son." Genesis 21:11
We need to understand Abraham loved Ishmael very much, just as many today who love their old man nature. Ishmael was a teenager at this time, and Abraham was called on to make a great sacrifice; that of casting out his firstborn son. Abraham would not be allowed to see him grow into manhood or take a wife, nor see his grandchildren. This called for unselfish faith:
"And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba." Genesis 21:14
It was Abraham's desire that God would accept Ishmael as his heir. He cried out before God:
". . .O that Ishmael might live before thee!" Genesis 17:18
Ishmael was born of the flesh. Because Sarah was past child bearing age, Isaac was a born of the Spirit. This was an act of God. Paul expounded on this in his letter to the church at Rome:
"That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed." Romans 9:8
The flesh cannot bring forth the seed. The seed can only come forth by the Spirit. Only those who come through the Spirit are counted for the seed. Anything produced through the flesh is only wood, hay, and stubble. Only God's gold, silver, and precious stones who are purified and made holy in His purifying fire of the Holy Spirit will become Abraham's seed. These alone will receive God's reward of eternal life. Unless we operate in unselfish faith as Abraham, we can never become his seed.
As time went on Abraham was called on to make even a greater sacrifice then he made with Ishmael:
"And He (God) said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of." Genesis 22:2
Abraham had to cast out Ishmael. Now God informed Abraham to take Isaac and offer him as a burnt offering. Abraham had to have the greatest heartache any man has ever suffered. He knew to be pleasing in God's sight he had to offer his son Isaac. Abraham was required to operate in obedient faith. This is faith of not just believing, but having faith to obey God in whatever He requires of us.
"And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off." Genesis 22:3-4
Abraham had three days to consider what he had to do. How many times in those three days did he look at Isaac with a heavy heart, questioning if he had heard God? How many times did Abraham wonder how God was going to keep His promise that in Isaac his seed would be called? Without obedient faith Abraham could never had gone through with God's demand, but Abraham had obedient faith:
"And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you." Genesis 22:5
Abraham told his young men not only would he return but also the lad, Isaac, would come again with Abraham. How could Abraham say this if he was going to be obedient to God's voice? We must seek the answer to this question in the book of Hebrews:
"By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son," Hebrews 11:17
By faith Abraham offered up his only begotten son. What did Abraham have faith in? It was God's promise that in Isaac his seed would be called. God has made us many promises in His Word. If we do not act upon God's promises in obedient faith, He cannot bring them to pass in our life. The writer of Hebrews explained Abraham's faith:
"Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure." Hebrews 11:19
Abraham knew that even if he thrust the knife through Isaac's heart God was able to raise him up from the dead. Truly Isaac's birth was a miracle. Abraham had witnessed God's miraculous life giving power when Sarah's dead womb gave life. Now if he was required to kill Isaac, he would witness life from the dead again.
As the writer of Hebrews proclaimed: ". . . from whence also he received him in a figure." The word figure is the Greek word PARABOLE and means "comparing one thing to another." This happened when Abraham compared the miracle of Isaac's birth with the fact he had to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. By obedient faith Abraham could say, "I and the lad will go yonder and worship and come again to you."
It takes all kinds of faith to produce the seed of Abraham in each of us. If we are to become the friends of God we must operate in blind faith. When god calls on us to go without telling us where, we must operate in active faith. When we are given a job to do without question, we must operate in unselfish faith no matter how much it hurts self. Knowing God's promises, we must operate in obedient faith. The only way we can claim God's promises is to act upon them.
It was necessary for Abraham to go through everything he went through to become our father of faith. By his example we know what we must do to come again into the presence of God.
The promises God made to Abraham were not made to Abraham only. They were made to his seed also. As was stated before Abraham had one seed and that seed is Christ. Christ is the Holy Spirit of God. It is recorded, when Mary the mother of Jesus visited Elizabeth who was about to birth John, the baptizer:
"...When Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" Luke 1:41-43
"And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." Luke 1:46-47
As Mary continued her exhortation, she proclaimed: "As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever." Luke 1:55
What God spoke to Abraham was also spoken to his seed forever. Jesus became Abraham's seed when He received the Christ anointing on the banks of the Jordan. The writer of Hebrews declared concerning Jesus:
"For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham." Hebrews 2:16
When the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus, He took on Him the seed of Abraham. This anointing contained all the promises God had made to Abraham. Jesus did nothing except as the Spirit directed. The apostle John recorded Jesus' words:
"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
"I can of Mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is just; because I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me." John 5:30
Jesus knew without the anointing He could do nothing. What Jesus spoke and what Jesus did was always by the direction of the anointing. Jesus took on Himself the seed of Abraham. When He did this, He became the Christ. Jesus became the Christ, the anointed. As the anointed of the Father, Jesus could only do the works of the Father. Being faithful to the Father, He only did what the Father spoke. Because of this Jesus became the friend of God. When we receive the anointing we, too, become the Christ. Jesus declared to us how we, too, can become the friend of God. John recorded the words of Jesus' promise:
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
Jesus laid down His life for His friends. We need to ask ourselves, "Are we willing to lay down our self life for our friends?" Jesus proclaimed:
"Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." John 15:14
When we hear the word command or commandment we naturally think of the ten commandments. Yet what God commanded Abraham to do had nothing to do with the ten commandments. God's commands to Abraham were acts of faith. Abraham was obedient to God's voice and because he was obedient he became the father of faith. The same is true for us today. If we are to follow the example of our father, Abraham, we must be obedient to the voice of God. His voice is demanding us to operate in overcoming faith. It is imperative that we deal with our selfish nature. To do this we must put on the new man created in righteousness and true holiness who is created in Christ Jesus. We must learn to walk after the Spirit and not satisfy the desires of the flesh which is enmity against God.
When Abraham was obedient to God's commands, it was accounted to him for righteousness. When we ask, "How can we stand righteous before God?", the answer is simple, "Become His friend by doing whatever He commands us to do."
How do we show our love to God? The only way is to be obedient to His every command. Too many times when God speaks to us to do something we ask why, when, how, and what's in it for me? When God says "Jump!" we look for an easy place to land. This is not acting in obedience. When we have to ponder God's commands and reason them out in our minds, we are not obedient, we are acting in our carnal nature. Our reasoning does not supersede the commands of God. The prophet Isaiah recorded God's words:
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9
If God's ways and thoughts are higher than our thoughts, how can we reason out His directions in our carnal minds? When we try to reason out what God wants us to do, we generally change or alter God's original direction. When we do this we end up in disobedience.
Jesus continued His promise to His friends:
"Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you." John 15:15
If we follow His commandments we are no longer considered servants. We are then called the friends of God. Paul declared to the churches in Galatia what the servant can expect:
"Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;" Galatians 4:1
The child will not inherit, nor will the servant inherit. Only those who have come into full maturity and sonship will inherit. When we become the friend of God, Jesus has promised whatever He hears of the Father, He will make known unto us. We see an example of this when God was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. The angels and the Lord visited Abraham. When the angels departed the Lord stayed and said. . .
". . . Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him." Genesis 18:17-19
God knew Abraham would be the father of faith and our example of establishing faith in the earth. The Lord declared, "Shall I hide from Abraham the thing which I do?" As His friend, God would reveal His plan concerning Sodom and Gomorrah. Many proclaim we are not to know the times and seasons, nor are we to know what God is going to bring upon the earth. As God's friends we will know what God is bringing upon the earth. [See "Are We To Know" by George Kirkpatrick]
God knew Abraham would become a mighty nation and all the earth would be blessed in him through his seed. God gave us insight as to what the seed of Abraham should do:
They are to keep the ways of the Lord,
They are to do justice and judgment
If we do as God commands us we, too, will receive the promises made to our father of faith. Faith must be established upon the earth. Jesus asked the question:
"And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them?" Luke 18:7
God's elect are those who cry unto Him day and night. These are those who are grieved in their Spirit, when they see what has happened to the faith which was once delivered to the saints, Jude 3. Jesus answered his question. But He concluded with another question:
"I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8
When Jesus comes will He find faith on the earth? We need to ask ourselves, "If Jesus was to return today, would He witness faith working in our life, or would we be rejected as Abraham's seed because we are not counted righteous because of our faith. John recorded a promise Jesus made to those who love Him:
"He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he that it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him." John 14:21
If we love Him we will keep His commandments. If we keep His commandments we become His friends. If we become His friends, He will manifest Himself unto us. As Paul declared:
". . .Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." Galatians 3:6
If we believe God, act upon His Word, and become obedient to His commands we, too, will be counted righteous. But we must operate in blind faith. We must have unselfish faith. We must also operate in obedient faith. But most of all we must have active faith if we are going to be heirs to the Kingdom, and we can only attain to this through overcoming faith. Jesus gave us His assurance:
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33
Jesus overcame the world, and He has empowered us with His anointing so we too can overcome the world. As Jesus disclosed, "He could do nothing without the Father". He spoke these same words to us:
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing." John 15:5
Without Jesus and His anointing we can accomplish nothing. Without His anointing we can only do the deeds of the flesh. Only those who become the seed of Abraham through the anointing and do His commandments will become the friends of God.
Related Books by George Kirkpatrick:
God's Progressive Gift
Release of the Spiritual Man
The Starseed and the Sandseed
Are We to Know
Three Fold Salvation
The Seed of Abraham
The Promised Seed
Further Discussion - The following is an outline of this book for your study
The Work's of Abraham
The Father of Faith
Heir's of Promise
The Friend of God
The Holy Spirit Life-Giver
Christs At His Coming
The Five Faiths
Blind Faith Active Faith Unselfish Faith
Obedient Faith Overcoming Faith
1. What have many pastors failed to do? What have they done instead?
2. List the five faiths we must operate in to be accounted righteous:
3. Nothing can overcome us when what 5 things are working in our lives?
4. What is the purpose of God's chastisement?
5. Not knowing God's Word brings and keeps one .
6. Why must we put on the whole armour of God?
7. God promised Abraham and his seed that they would the world.
8. It is only by and through the That we can come into God's grace.
9. What causes the working of faith void in our lives?
10. Abraham is the Father of .
11. What is the Spiritual significance between the name Jacob and Israel?
12. The Holy Spirit of God is the - power.
13. Explain the phrase, ". . .Christs at His coming. . ."
14. Who will rule and reign with Christ?
15. How can we show God our love?
16. The child will not , nor will the servant . Only those who have will inherit.
17. Who are God's elect?
18. If we believe God, act upon His Word, and become obedient to His commands we, too, will be .
19. Define the following terms:
Order Christ Power Authority Strength Seed Faith
Grace Chastise Evil World Allegory Figure
20. Answer the following personal questions:
Are you willing to make the needed changes God's Word demand?
Are you willing to have your love made perfect through chastisement?
When Christ comes will He find faith in your earth?
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
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