Purged With Hyssop
George Kirkpatrick
 


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Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of God's Kingdom


Vital Words to the Body of Christ 
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Today much confusion reigns in God's people because they do not know what God expects of them, or what they must become to be acceptable in the Beloved. This confusion exists because God's people are only given the hope of dying and going to heaven, or being raptured out. There is no overcoming in any of these messages. Speaking to His disciples just before His resurrection, Jesus declared:

"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' declaration of overcoming the world was an example to us. We, too, need to overcome the world in this life. If we do not overcome the world, then there is no promise of inheritance given to us. Jesus informed John on the Isle of Patmos:

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be His God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7

Only the overcomers will inherit all things. This includes the earth and eternal life. There is no promised inheritance except to the overcomers. Paul informs us:

"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" Colossians 1:27

Our only hope of glory is when Christ is revealed in us. The word revealed means "to make manifest, or to disclose that which is hidden." Paul informed the Romans:

"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

Our sufferings are nothing in comparison to the glory God is going to reveal in His overcoming, manifested sons. So what must the overcomers do if they are to stand in the presence of God in all His glory? When Paul came to the end of his ministry, he gave us insight into the hope he had in God:

"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing." II Timothy 4:6-8

Paul knew his death was eminent. He had fought the good fight, and had finished what God had given him to do. Paul knew he had earned his crown of righteousness. But he would not receive his crown until the day those who love Christ's appearing would also receive their crown. Paul knew his departure from this life was at hand. He did not say he was heaven bound or that the rapture was going to save him from the chopping block. Paul knew his hope in glory was Christ dwelling in Him. He also knew he had an inheritance which was eternal in Christ Jesus. Paul knew and understood what it was going to take for all those who love Christ's appearing to receive their crown of righteous.

This was the second letter Paul had written to the young man, Timothy. Paul knew Timothy would carry on the work of the ministry. Timothy was the third generation of believers. Paul reminded Timothy:

"When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also." II Timothy 1:5

Timothy was raised by a godly mother, with the influence of a godly grandmother. Now Paul informs Timothy what he must do to inhabit the Kingdom:

"If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master's use, and prepared unto every good work." II Timothy 2:21

Paul informed Timothy that to be a vessel of honour, sanctified (set apart), meet (profitable) for the Master's use, and prepared unto every good work, then he must purge himself from all unrighteousness. He did not say God would purge him, but he was to purge himself. This is something each of us must do if we are to be used of the Master. The word purge means "to free from defilement of sin and from faults; to purify from wickedness; to free from guilt of sin, to purify; to consecrate by cleansing or purifying; to consecrate, dedicate." This takes a conscious effort on a daily basis to come into a place where our lives are without spot, wrinkle, or defilement. David, the Psalmist, wrote:

"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." Psalm 51:7

Hyssop is the symbol of purification. David desired to be washed so he would be whiter than snow. The prophet Malachi informs us:

"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 3:3

Our God is a refining fire. If we do not purge ourselves from all the defilement of this life He will turn up the fire to loose all the dross so He can skim it off. As God stated:

"The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith the Lord of hosts." Haggai 2:8

We are His silver and gold, His special treasure in the earth. If we are to be acceptable in His sight, then we must be refined. If we do not purge ourselves, then His cleansing fire will do it for us. God gave Isaiah insight into this purging process:

"And I will turn My hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:" Isaiah 1:25

Tin is the symbol of worthlessness. The dross in our lives can only be loosed when the refiner turns up the fire. So as chosen vessels we can purge ourselves, or we will suffer tribulation to bring forth Christ's glory in our lives. Paul gave Timothy a list of things he was to purge himself of. Paul began his revelation to Timothy:

"Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers." II Timothy 2:14

Paul disclosed that we are not to strive about words. The phrase to strive about words means "to be contentious about words and trifling matters." Most of the division in the church system today is over trivial, meaningless differences. These differences are in the interpretation of God's Word and doctrinal issues. The denominational system is famous for their doctrinal differences. One denomination will not fellowship with those of the same name because one believes musical instruments are part of the their praise and worship, and the other believes musical instruments should not be used.

One of the largest denominations has over seven hundred, seventy-five different branches within their denomination, all using the same name. Many divisions are caused over baptismal procedure: what name to be baptized in, do we pour, sprinkle, or immerse. All these differences cause division in the body of Christ. Paul warned the church at Corinth against such division:

"That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another." I Corinthians 12:25

All those who are involved in such matters claim to be right. In reality, what they do is in direct opposition to the Word of God. Paul stated that striving about words do not profit, leading only to the subverting of the hearers. The word subvert means "to overthrow or destroy." All controversies over doctrinal differences could be worked out if the Holy Spirit was given pre-eminence in the lives of those who are in authority over these different groups. Paul continues:

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth." II Timothy 2:15

We are to study to show ourselves approved unto God. We may ask, "What are we to study so we may be approved unto God?" We are only given one thing to study ---- the Word of God. How else are we to know His will, His way, and His purpose in our lives? To the Thessalonians Paul wrote:

"And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you:" I Thessalonians 4:11

The word study has the meaning of "striving or laboring." We are to work, strive, and labor at being quiet. In this fast paced world, it is hard to find time to just sit and get alone and be quiet before God. This is why we must plan a time to be quiet before God. Jesus tells us to enter into our prayer closet and close the door. He is simply telling us to quietly come before Him, so we can hear His voice, receive our instructions, and enter into His rest.

We are to do our own business and work with our own hands, as we are commanded by God. Our lives are to be lived before God. His is the only approval we should seek. Paul directed us to study (strive and labor) to show ourselves approved unto God so we can become workmen in His Kingdom. The Kingdom is the King's domain. When we study God's Word to discover how we are to labor, then we need not be ashamed of what God accomplishes through our efforts.

Then how are we to labor? We labor by rightly dividing the Word of truth. The phrase rightly divide means "to cut with a straight line, to dissect." When we dissect God's Word we are not to alter the Word to include what we believe or the doctrines of our denomination. Peter informs us:

"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation." II Peter 1:20

Private interpretation of the Word of God has brought confusion, disorder, strife, and contention in the body of Christ. Many refer to this as "continuing revelation." They overlook the Revelation Jesus gave us when He stated:

"But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things." Mark 13:23

Where has the Lord foretold us all things? He has foretold us all things in His Word, the Holy Bible. The word all is the Greek word PAS and means "the whole, each and everything, nothing added, nor taken away." So when today's prophets speak, they are to speak, "It is written," or "Thus the Lord hath said." Every word must line up with, and be part of the Word of God. Anything else is not rightly dividing the Word of truth. Paul continues his revelation to Timothy:

"But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness." II Timothy 2:16

Paul warns Timothy to shun profane and vain babblings. The word shun means "to avoid, not become part of." We are not to become part of vain babblings. The phrase vain babblings means "empty discussions about useless matters." Our minds are not to be on the things or the problems of this life that have no solutions. Paul gave many warnings about the things that increase to more ungodliness:

"But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness." I Timothy 4:7

Paul warned Timothy against old wives' fables. These are fictitious tales passed down from generation to generation which have no Scriptural basis, nor any Spiritual application in our lives in Christ. These fictitious tales are treated as true fact, but only lead the hearers into more ungodliness. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul had warned Timothy of this same thing, saying:

"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:" I Timothy 6:20

What was committed to Timothy's trust? Paul informed him:

". . . from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." II Timothy 3:15

The Word of God was committed to Timothy's trust from the time he was a child by his godly mother and grandmother. Paul also informed Timothy to oppose science, falsely so called. The word science should have been translated knowledge. Paul was warning Timothy to oppose what was falsely called knowledge. Any knowledge that does not line up with the Word of God is false knowledge from the mind of man. Our admonition is to oppose such knowledge for what it is, "False!" Paul also informed Titus:

"Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth." Titus 1:14

Jewish fables, commandments of men, and old wives' tales seem to be put in the same category. Paul warns these things turn God's people away from the truth of God's Word. Paul also warned Titus:

"But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain." Titus 3:9

Paul gave Titus a list of three things to avoid. First he was to avoid foolish questions. Another rendering of the phrase foolish questions would be "stupid controversies and speculations." Today many stay busy trying to figure out spiritual things with the carnal mind. Paul informed the elders in the church at Corinth:

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." I Corinthians 2:14

The natural man enters into controversies about the Bible because He desires to be right in the sight of men. When men argue about God's Word, they argue about their carnal understanding and their religious doctrines. They have no spiritual discernment of the Scriptures and the things of God. To the Romans Paul disclosed:

"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." Romans 8:5-8

We are to avoid those who want to be contentious about God's Word because of their carnal understanding. Paul tells us the carnal mind is enmity (hatred) against God. The carnal mind produces death because it is not subject to the law (the Word of God). Those who still act through the carnal mind do not please God. They continue with their foolish questions and controversies about the Scriptures.

Paul also warned Titus to avoid genealogies. The study of genealogy is the tracing of one's ancestors back to their beginning. The Jews were famous for their genealogies. The Old Testament is full of genealogy charts showing who beget who. When we come to the New Testament (the New Covenant) God made with man, He informs us we are a new creation. We are not to be known by our ancestry, but who we are in God.

In the Old Testament the priesthood was given to the tribes of Levi. So all those who were of the tribe of Levi were to work in the temple. All other tribes were to serve and care for the tribe of Levi. Today our high priest is Christ Jesus, which was not of the tribe of Levi. Christ Jesus has no genealogy. He came from no tribe. Bloodlines always come through the Father. Jesus was fathered by the Holy Spirit. The mother has nothing to do with lineage. So the blood that flowed through Jesus' veins had no earthly ties. It was a new blood line. When we come to Christ by and through the anointing, we become part of His bloodline, and we no longer have any genealogy, but Christ's. Paul informed Timothy:

"Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do." I Timothy 1:4

Endless genealogies do not edify, nor do they add to our faith. All genealogies do is lift up the searcher when they discover a famous person who did a mighty work in his or her past. Paul admonished Timothy not to waste time on such things.

Next Paul told Titus to avoid contentions and strivings about the law. The word striving means "to be combative and to quarrel." From the time of Jesus' resurrection, the battle has raged between one denomination and another as to where we stand with the law. Do we keep the whole law, do we keep part of the law, or do we keep the law at all? As we study God's Word, it becomes very clear as to our relationship to the law. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul informs us:

"For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect." Hebrews 10:1

The law was only a shadow of the good things to come. A shadow is only a veiled image of the real thing. All the sacrifices ancient Israel made in good faith could not bring them into perfection (maturity). Maturity can only come through the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote to Timothy concerning the law:

"Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers," I Timothy 1:9

The law was not made for the righteous. Israel had to continue to offer sacrifices because they continued to sin. They could not keep the law because they were not righteous before God. Then the question arises, "Do we need to keep the law?"

"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." Romans 3:20

We need to know the law, because by the law we know what is acceptable and unacceptable before our God. The word sin means "missing the mark." We can only be acceptable in the sight of God if we hit the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus. This can only be accomplished through righteousness and obedience to God's Word. Paul reveals to us many times how we can be free from the law:

"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

When we come under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, we are free from the old law that states if we sin we must die.

"Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us into Christ, that we might be justified by faith." Galatians 3:24

The law was only our teacher to bring us to Christ. It is by the law that we have the knowledge of sin. When we come to Christ, then we are justified by our faith, not because we keep the law.

"But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law." Galatians 5:18

Those who are NOT led of the Spirit are still under the law, and will be judged by the law. All sin will be judged under the law. Paul further related to the churches at Galatia:

"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." Galatians 5:4

If we attempt to be justified by keeping the law, then we have fallen from God's grace. If we no longer live by God's grace, we will be judged by the harshness of the law. James informs us:

"So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty." James 2:12

Those who are led of the Spirit are under a higher law which is the law of liberty. Paul lived by the law of liberty once he was set free from the law of sin and death. Paul informed the Corinthians:

"All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any." I Corinthians 6:12

The word expedient means "profitable for unity." Paul was free to do all things, but by the Spirit he was confined to do only that which promoted unity in the body of Christ. The apostle James knew:

"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." James 2:10

We cannot keep part of the law, and not all the law, because if we keep the whole law and offend in one point, we have broken all the laws. Today some put bondage on God's people to keep the Saturday sabbath. The word Sabbath means "rest." God gave us a day of rest, but if we take our day of rest to keep the law, then we are under bondage to the law, and are required to keep the whole law. If we keep the whole law perfectly, we would still miss Christ. As Paul informed the Romans:

"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Romans 10:4

When we come to Christ, then we have come to the end of keeping the law in the flesh. If we do not come to Christ, then we are still under the bondage of the law, and we remain in our unbelief. Our schoolmaster has taught us nothing, and we will have fallen from the grace of God. [see "Release of the Spiritual Man" by G. Kirkpatrick]

Paul warned Timothy to shun all profane and vain babblings which only increase to more ungodliness in the people. Then he continues his revelation to Timothy:

"And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some." II Timothy 2:17-18

Hymenaeus and Philetus were two men who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. Paul had written Timothy about Hymenaeus in his first letter:

"This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck. Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme." I Timothy 1:18-20

Hymenaeus must have been a man who had a following. This time his name appears with Alexander. Hymenaeus was a man who denied the very tenants of the faith in Christ. According to I Timothy 1:19, this man had made shipwreck, or wrecked the faith of other men. Paul was admonishing Timothy to beware of this threat in his midst. Today we have those who have made faith in Christ a mockery. They have an answer to every miracle and every spiritual word Jesus spoke.

Paul stated he turned Hymenaeus and Alexander over to satan to teach them not to blaspheme. When Hymenaeus and Philietus taught that the resurrection was already past, they were teaching the people there was no judgment, no tribulation, and no punishment for sin. Today we have the same teaching in "Ultimate and Universal Reconciliation". This false teaching teaches that all who ever lived will eventually be saved. These false teachings have never changed, they just give it another name. The Hymenaeuses, Alexanders, and Philetuses are still making shipwreck of many lives, turning them from the truth of the gospel of Christ. Paul then gives Timothy the assurance:

"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 foundation of God is sure. We must then ask, "What is the foundation of God?" Paul informed the church at Ephesus of this foundation:

"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone;" Ephesians 2:20

The foundation of God is the Word of God, the Holy Bible. The apostles wrote the New Testament, and the prophets wrote the Old Testament. The foundation of God is what the Holy Spirit inspired the apostles and prophets to reveal to His holy people. Those who build upon the foundation God has laid, have the seal of God in their lives. And God truly knows who are His, not only by the seal, but by the foundation His people have in His Word. God's seal is in His hand today, sealing those who are crying out because of the sin and hypocracy they witness in those who are called by His name. As Paul proclaimed:

". . . let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." II Timothy 2:19b

The word iniquity goes beyond sin. It means "unrighteousness, injustice, and devoid of law and justice." Those who are guilty of iniquity have violated every Word Jesus uttered as to how we are to live. There are multitudes who name the name of Christ, who have not built their lives on a sure foundation, and do not have the seal of God in their forehead (mind). These will be judged by the law they claim to live by. This is why Paul disclosed to Timothy:

"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 honour, and some to dishonour." II Timothy 2:20

The great house is the household of God. In His house, there are vessels of silver and gold. But there are also vessels of wood and earth. Wood is the symbol of the flesh. Earth is the symbol of mortal man. The prophet Malachi declared that our God is a refining fire, and He will purge those who are in His great house.

As we look closely at these four vessels in God's great house, we discover the gold and silver will be refined in the fire. Fire loosens and separates all the impurities in our lives, so they can be dealt with. When this process is complete, all that is left is the perfected silver and gold.

Earthen vessels are hardened in the fire. These are those who, no matter how much God turns up the heat, only harden their hearts, refusing to change to become vessels of honor.

Wood is simply destroyed by the fire. It is burned to ashes, and will be discarded as dung upon the earth. Those who put confidence in the flesh, and their fleshly works (wood) need to know how Paul enlightened the Corinthians:

"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." I Corinthians 15:50

No flesh will enter into the Kingdom of God. All flesh must be dealt with before the Kingdom Age, or that which is still flesh will be destroyed. As the Lord disclosed to the prophet Haggai:

"The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith the Lord of hosts." Haggai 2:8

Those who have been purified by the cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit will be God's vessels who will make up His holy city.

Paul spoke of the foundation we are to lay to the church at Corinth:

"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;" I Corinthians 3:11-12

No man can lay any other foundation, than Jesus Christ. He, alone, is the cornerstone. And our foundation must line up with every word He has spoken. Everyone who names the name of Christ must build on this foundation.

Some, whose works have already been tried by fire, build with gold and silver and precious stones. Those who have not made God the head of all their works are building with wood, hay, and stubble.

"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." I Corinthians 3:13-15

All works done in God's name will be tried by fire. If a man's work remains, this means his work was gold, silver, and precious stones. These men's works have been purified by the fire of the Holy Spirit.

Wood represents our works of the flesh, hay is grass, and stubble is what is left after the grain harvest. But Paul disclosed ". . . he himself shall be saved." The word saved is the Greek word SOZO. The church system today teaches when someone is saved, they are home free. This is not what Paul revealed. He stated those whose works are wood, hay, and stubble will be saved by fire. Paul speaks of fire as being God's great tribulation. Those whose works have not been purified by fire will go through the tribulation. Jesus revealed this group of saints to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." Revelation 7:9-10

Jesus showed John a great multitude of people standing before the throne of God with their robes of righteousness, crying salvation. The salvation message was the only message they knew. Their works had been tried by the fire, and they had nothing to offer God as they stood in His presence.

"And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And He said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Revelation 7:13-14

These had to go through the great tribulation. As Jesus stated, these are they which came out of great tribulation. They could not have come out of, or through the tribulation if they had not been in it. Their robes of righteousness had been defiled by their fleshly walk, and they had to be cleansed and made clean by the judgment fire of God. They were part of the great house, but their vessels had to be cleansed by the fire of God to become vessels of honor. Paul continues his list of things Timothy was to purge himself of: [see "Day of Fire" by G. Kirkpatrick]

"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." II Timothy 2:22

Paul admonished Timothy to purge himself from youthful lusts, all the things we lust after because of our immaturity. Paul also informed Timothy:

"Let no man despise thy youth; But be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." I Timothy 4:12

Paul informed Timothy to let no one despise (condemn or think little) of his youth. Even though Timothy was young, he still was to be an example to other believers in conversation (his way of life), in charity (manifested agape love), in spirit, in faith, and in purity. If Timothy was going to be this example, then he had to flee (leave behind) all his youthful lusts; not only immoral lust, but also foolish lust. When we flee youthful lusts, we leave the temptations that hinder our walk with God behind. As youth we need to follow the steps of others, who have walked in God's way before us. We can get this help by listening to those who have succeeded in their Spiritual walk.

"Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy Word." Psalm 119:9

If we are to flee youthful lusts, we must read, study, and take heed to God's Holy Word. It is our guide in our walk with God.

Paul inspired Timothy to follow after righteousness. The word follow means "to pursue hard after." We need to pursue with all diligence to make righteousness the main goal in life.

Paul admonished Timothy to display his faith in his everyday life. His charity (manifested agape love) was also to be shown forth to everyone he met.

Also the peace of God was to be clearly evident at all times in everything he did. Paul was simply telling Timothy to allow the fruit of the Spirit to have preeminence in his life. This is how everyone would know Timothy. Timothy called upon the Lord out of a pure heart. Not as a hypocrite (play actor), not just having a religious spirit, but having a pure heart toward God. This is true of everyone who purges themselves of the things of this life, and seeks after the things of God with their whole heart, soul, and strength.

"But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes." II Timothy 2:23

Paul warned Timothy to avoid foolish and unlearned questions that gender strife. The word gender means "to beget or breed." Paul wrote to Timothy in his first letter:

"If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself." I Timothy 6:3-5

Today the church is full of those who dispute the Word of God. They find it necessary to bring reproach and questions about the Word. They reject God's Word because they do not want to change the way they live or the way they think. Paul describes these as proud and knowing nothing. All they do is question and strive about words, meanings of words, how the word is translated, what rendition of the Bible should be used, what denomination is right or wrong, what day of the week one should worship God, or should musical instruments be used in worship or not. All these things divide the body of Christ. Paul stated because of these things, come envy, strife, railings (injurious speech), evil surmisings, and perverse disputings (useless business). Paul disclosed these are men of corrupt minds, men who are morally and spiritually corrupt, who use their influence to weave webs of untruth around God's people.

Then there are those who suppose or believe that gain is godliness. Today the prosperity message is rampant in the church. God's people are taught to covet, seek after, and demand of God the wealth of the world. These build opulent buildings trying to entice the world into their midst to support their abominations before God. Paul informed Timothy to withdraw himself from such people and activities. Paul further warned Timothy from being taken in by these men of corrupt minds:

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come." II Timothy 3:1

We are truly living in the last times. Perilous times have certainly come upon the church.

"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God." II Timothy 3:2-4

This is quite a list. This is the mirror we should look into to see if these things exist in our lives. If any of these things are resident in our lives, then these need to be purged and dealt with quickly. If they are not dealt with now in our lives, then we cannot expect the Kingdom of God to come within, without observation. Paul continues:

"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5

These have a form of godliness. The word form means "the mere form or semblance." Those who deny the power only have a semblance of godliness. They follow their denominational orders, but they deny the power of the Holy Spirit. Yielding to the Holy Spirit brings the necessary changes in our lives so we can stand in the presence of God, clean and whole. Paul inspired Timothy to turn away from those who only have a form of godliness. The word turn means "to shun or to flee from, to avoid."

"For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." II Timothy 3:6-7

Paul stated these creep into houses. The houses Paul was referring to are the denominational orders that lead silly women captive. The plural form of the word women represents the denominational order. The true church is referred to in the singular form as the woman. The denominational system proselytizes each other to lead away those silly women who are held captive by their denominational orders, only to enslave them to their denominational doctrines.

As Paul described, these silly women are ever learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ. Today the church system is trying to make our walk in Christ a brotherhood of man, instead of a separated people unto God. Twice Paul told Timothy to withdraw himself and to turn away from those who only use God and His Word to do what they desire. Paul continues his revelation to Timothy:

"And the servant of the Lord must not strive: but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient," II Timothy 2:24

Paul informed Timothy that a servant of the Lord must not strive. The word strive means "to be in a war of words, to quarrel, wrangle, dispute, or contend at the law." All these things tend to separate and divide the body of Christ. If these are in our life, then we need to purge them out.

A servant of the Lord must be gentle. Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit. A servant of the Lord must be skillful in teaching the Word of God. As Paul wrote to the church at Colossi:

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. If we are to teach, it must be by God's Word and His anointing. If we are to admonish, it must be by God's Word and His anointing. If we are to sing and rejoice, it should be by God's Word and His anointing. The Psalms were written to be sung. Whatever we do we must do it with grace in our hearts to the Lord. All we do and say must be before the Lord. All our worship and praise must come from the grace in our hearts.

Paul informed Timothy a servant of the Lord must be patient. Patience, too, is a fruit of the Spirit. When Paul wrote to the church at Colossi, he declared:

"Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;" Colossians 1:11

Longsuffering and joy are fruits of the Spirit. With this list, Paul included patience. The same was true in his first letter to Timothy:

"But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness." I Timothy 6:11

Paul spoke to Timothy as a man of God. He told him to flee certain things. What was Timothy to flee?

"But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." I Timothy 6:9-10

Paul admonished Timothy to flee from the pursuit of earthly wealth. It is not money that is the root of all evil, it is the love of money that is the root of all evil. Then he informed him of the things he should follow. He was first to follow after righteousness, then godliness, then faith, love, patience, and meekness. Faith, love, patience, and meekness are all fruit of the Spirit. When we follow after the fruit of the Spirit, then righteousness and godliness will be in our path. By Jesus' words we know:

"In your patience possess ye your souls." Luke 21:19

Paul, like Jesus, was taught patience by the things he suffered. This is why he could write to the Corinthians:

"But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses," II Corinthians 6:4

As ministers of God, we know if we are to possess our souls, we must be patient. When we are in afflictions (tribulations and persecutions), necessities, calamities, and in distresses (anguish, in dire straits and tight places), we are to proceed with patience. Paul continued his dissertation:

"In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;" II Corinthians 6:5

As ministers of God we also will have stripes (wounds in the physical and Spiritual), imprisonments, tumults (unstable times, disorder, and confusion), labors, watchings (sleepless nights), and fastings. In all these things, the servant of the Lord must display patience. We know by Paul's letter to the Romans:

"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:" Romans 5:3-4

If we have any hope in God, we know we must glory in our tribulations, because going through tribulation worketh the patience needed in our lives to endure the times ahead. Paul learned this, and we too must learn these lessons. Now we know why Jesus said we possess our souls through patience:

"In meekness instructing those that oppose [themselves]; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;" II Timothy 2:25

This Scripture may seem a little confusing because of the word "themselves." The word "themselves" does not appear in the original writing. Paul was speaking of those who oppose the truth of the gospel. Paul admonished Timothy to instruct those who opposed the truth of the gospel in the Spirit of meekness. This is so they could be brought to a place of repentance. Then Paul continues:

"And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." II Timothy 2:26

Those who oppose the truth of the gospel are snared, trapped, and taken captive by the devil (spirit of darkness). They have been blinded to the truth. Paul enlightened the church at Corinth:

"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." II Corinthians 4:3-4

These cannot comprehend the gospel of truth because the spirit of darkness hath blinded their minds. Many times the purging process demands deliverance from the spirit of darkness. Sometimes we blame a hardened heart, when the problem is their blinded eyes. Before those who are blinded by the gods of this world can see the glorious gospel of Christ, these gods must be bound and cast out. Only then can the image of God shine unto them. To be purged with hyssop means to be cleansed, both physically and spiritually.

The church at Corinth had many problems with carnality. Therefore Paul wrote to them so they could be made whole to stand before God as a vessel of honor:

"Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us." I Corinthians 5:7

Paul admonishes the Corinthians to purge out the old leaven. Leaven (yeast) is the symbol of sin. Yeast is a fungus that causes fermentation and putrification. The use of leaven in God's Word displays how sin attaches itself to us and changes our mental process. Unless we purge out the old leaven (the old sin that so easily besets us), we can never become a new lump (the new creation man created in righteousness and true holiness). We need to become unleavened (free from the effects of sin and the old sin nature).

When Jesus took the bread at the Last Supper it was unleavened bread. He proclaimed this is My body. If we want to be part of His body, we too must become that new unleavened lump. To become that new unleavened lump, then we must be purged through and through with the cleansing power of Christ. [see "Communion" by G. Kirkpatrick]

"Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." II Corinthians 7:1

If we are to become the new creation in Christ Jesus, we must cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh. This cleansing process must begin in the heart (mind). If our desire is to be pleasing with our whole heart in the sight of God, then the filthiness of the flesh must be cleansed. As long as the filthiness of the flesh has pre-eminence in our lives, the purging process cannot begin.

We are also to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the spirit. The spirit of man is his conscience. If sin has seared our conscience, then we are no longer convicted of our sin because we have justified our sin. When we are no longer convicted of sin, then we will dwell in our sin.

In summary, we need to take inventory of our lives:

Strive not about words to no profit
Study to show thyself approved unto God
Study to be quiet
Study to do your own business
Work with your own hands
Do your own business
Shun profane and vain babblings
Refuse profane and old wives' fables
Avoid foolish questions
Avoid genealogies
Avoid contentions and strivings about the law
Do not err from the truth saying the resurrection is past already
Depart from iniquity
Vessels of gold and silver in God's great house or vessels of wood and earth
Flee youthful lusts
Let no man despise thy youth
Take heed thereto according to God's Word
Follow after righteousness
Display your faith every day
Display the peace of God clearly
Avoid foolish and unlearned questions
Turn away from such as only have a form of godliness
The servant of the Lord must not strive
The servant of the Lord must be gentle
The servant of the Lord must be patient
The love of money is the root of all evil
Instruct those that oppose the truth
Purge out therefore the old leaven
Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit

Take inventory. These all need to be judged against the Word of God. If our lives are not perfected in holiness (moral purity) and in the fear of God, then the purging process is not complete. The beloved John informs us:

"And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure." I John 3:3

There is an eternal life to obtain, but it will only be attained by those who have purged and purified themselves even as God is pure. Many are under the false illusion they are acceptable in the sight of God because they confessed their sins and go to church. This is the not the end of the salvation process.

Pureness and holiness are the only acceptable qualifications to stand before our God. Without a purged, sanctified life, we will never see God or rule and reign with Him in His Kingdom. Let the purging process begin. As the Psalmist writes:

"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." Psalm 51:7


 Spiritual Growth II
 What Do I Need To Put Off

Alphabetical Titles Link Page

What Can Separate Us From God?
Man Of Sin
The Two Nations of the Mind
The Enemy of God
Dust
Pulling the Lion's Teeth
Blessings and Cursings
Harden Not Your Heart
Murmuring
Thorns and Thistles
Sowing and Reaping
Kill Off, Put Off, and Put On
Revile Not Again
Do No Violence
Purged With Hyssop
The Unfulfilled, Unhappy Life of Solomon
Weighed in the Balances


The following is an outline of the contents of this book for Further Discussion

The Overcomers
God's Manifested Sons
Christ in us the hope of glory
Refining Fire
Prayer Closets
Continuing Revelation is Private Interpretation
The Perfect Law of Liberty


Questions

1. What is the Christian's hope in glory?

2. What must the overcomers do if they are to stand in the presence of God in all His glory?

3. What is tin the symbol of?

4. What does it mean "to enter into our prayer closet?"

5. Many refer to private interpretation of God's word as what?

6. Where has the Lord foretold all things?

7. What did Paul warn Timothy to oppose? I Timothy 6:20

8. Who is described as making the faith of other men shipwrecked?

9. What does the foundation of God consist of? Ephesians 2:20

10. Every man that names the name of Christ must depart from what? II Timothy 2:19b

11. What difference is brought out in the fire with silver, gold, wood, and earth?

12. Explain the following Scripture: "If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." I Corinthians 3:15

13. What are the webs of untruth men of corrupt minds have spun around God's people?

14. According to II Timothy 3:3-4, what list must we take inventory of in our lives and change so we may enter into the Kingdom of God?

15. What does the word turn mean in II Timothy 3:5?

16. Paul spoke to Timothy and told him to flee certain things. What was Timothy to flee?

17. What is the pre-requisite if we are to sing, teach, and admonish others?

18. Why must we instruct those who oppose the truth of the gospel in the Spirit of meekness?

19. Many of God's people today are under what false illusion?

20. When one confesses his sin and receives salvation is he home free? Explain why or why not.

Answer Key

1. What is the Christian's hope in glory?

Christ in us is our hope in glory

2. What must the overcomers do if they are to stand in the presence of God in all His glory?

The overcomer must purge himself from all uncleanness and unrighteousness

3. What is tin the symbol of?

Worthlessness

4. What does it mean "to enter into our prayer closet?"

Entering our prayer closet means we come quietly before God in a place where we can hear His voice, receive our instructions, and enter into His rest.

5. Many refer to private interpretation of God's word as what?

Continuing Revelation

6. Where has the Lord foretold all things?

He has foretold all things in His Word, the Holy Bible

7. What did Paul warn Timothy to oppose? I Timothy 6:20

Oppositions of science falsely so called

8. Who is described as making the faith of other men shipwrecked?

Hymenaeus

9. What does the foundation of God consist of? Ephesians 2:20

The prophets and the apostles which is the Old and New Testaments, the whole Word of God, the Holy Bible

10. Every man that names the name of Christ must depart from what? II Timothy 2:19b

Iniquity

11. What difference is brought out in the fire with silver, gold, wood, and earth?

Silver and Gold are refined
Changed to usefulness
Wood and earth are hardened
Hard hearts

12. Explain the following Scripture: "If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." I Corinthians 3:15

Those who are wood, hay and stubble must be put through the fire so all iniquity is burned away.

13. What are the webs of untruth men of corrupt minds have spun around God's people?

Example: Those who suppose that gain is godliness (covetousness)

14. According to II Timothy 3:3-4, what list must we take inventory of in our lives and change so we may enter into the Kingdom of God?

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.

15. What does the word turn mean in II Timothy 3:5?

To shun or to flee from, to avoid

16. Paul spoke to Timothy and told him to flee certain things. What was Timothy to flee?

Flee from those who desire the love of money

17. What is the pre-requisite if we are to sing, teach, and admonish others?

We must sing, teach and admonish by God's Word and His anointing.

18. Why must we instruct those who oppose the truth of the gospel in the Spirit of meekness?

So they can be brought to a place of repentance

19. Many of God's people today are under what false illusion?

Many are under the false illusion they are acceptable in God's sight solely because they have confessed their sins and go to church.

20. When one confesses his sin and receives salvation is he home free? Explain why or why not.

No, salvation is only the first step. There must be a continual purging and purifying if we are to become acceptable in the Beloved

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