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As we come to the end of the age, we are beginning to sense God doing a new thing among His people. Those who have walked with the Lord for any length of time are beginning to realize there is more to God's Word than what they have been taught. The messages from the pulpits have become a dry bone the people are asked to chew on Sunday after Sunday. God's people have depended on what they have been taught, but it cannot and has not produced life in the hearer. Most of the teaching in the church today is carnal, with little or no Spiritual application made to the day in which we live. Many teachings are not even Scriptural. They are put forth simply to tickle ears and draw the people back for more of the same next week.
The songs they sing are delightful to hear and easy to listen to, but they, too, are not Scriptural songs. They are sung simply as part of their well-organized service. Again these songs do not produce life in the singer, nor do they lift up and glorify God. Their singing is more an exercise then a praise unto their God.
The messages consist more of our relationship with God in the future, and in a far-off place called heaven, than our relationship with God in the here and now. The great need today is not only to read God's Word, but hear what the Spirit is desiring to change in each of our lives on a daily basis. The message of "overcoming" needs to become an every day reality in God's people.
We need to ask ourselves honestly, "What is our relationship with our God?" Then we need to ask, How can we move into a closer relationship with our God in the here and now.
As we read the Old and New Testament, it appears that God's people had a one on one relationship with their Creator. Today we hear such things as, "God does not speak with me. I do not know God's voice. I can never be like Jesus. God does not care for planet earth any more. He has forsaken His creation, and we can expect nothing from God neither good or evil."
All these are simply not true.
Most Christians have never come into an intimate relationship with the Father. This is because many do not understand who they are in God, nor do they understand what their inheritance is in God. Once we come to the realization we did not just happen to be here living in this time and place, our concept of this life changes. God has made promises to His creation man from the beginning of time. He has made it possible for us to claim every promise made to man through all the ages. Paul made a dramatic statement in His letter to the Romans:
"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 to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all," Romans 4:16
Paul remarked, "...to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed".
When we consider the word seed, we discover it has the meaning of "offspring, family, race, and posterity". We are the offspring, family, race, and posterity of Abraham who is the father of us all.
Abraham is called the Father of Faith. God made many promises to Abraham concerning his seed, his offspring, and his posterity. Much has been made of Abraham's son Isaac born to him in his old age. As this age draws to a close we need to look at these events and view them through Spiritual eyes to understand the mysteries of God concerning His creation.
As we begin our study of Abraham, the Scriptures disclose that Abraham was seventy-five when the Lord spoke to him to leave his home, his country, and his relatives. Abraham was commanded to go to a place God would show him.
Like most today, Abraham spent his life making money and doing his own thing. It was not until Abraham was seventy-five that he came into obedience to God's voice. It was at this time Abraham came into God's will.
God promised Abraham a seed. Yet it would be another twenty-five years before this promised seed would manifest itself in the life of Abraham. God's promise to Abraham of a seed was a long time in coming. God made Abraham and his seed many promises. When Abraham was ninty-nine God spoke again to him:
"Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee." Genesis 17:5
During those years of waiting, a work had to be done in Abraham's life. First, Abraham had to leave Ur of Chaldees and travel to a new land. This land was called Canaan which would later be called Israel. After Abraham arrived in his new land, God brought a severe famine. This drove Abraham into Egypt. During this time Abraham accumulated much wealth.
But God had promised to make Abraham the father of many nations. As we understand the use of the word nations, we discover it means "people or peoples". The word nations does not mean "countries". The United States is a country, but the country is made up of many nations (peoples). God promised Abraham he would be the father of many "peoples". God made Abraham another promise:
"That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;" Genesis 22:17
Abraham was promised a seed who would be as the stars of heaven. He was also promised a seed who would be as the sand upon the sea shore. Two seeds: a Godly seed, and an earthly, carnal, fleshly seed. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth about bringing forth the natural, earthly man first, then the Spiritual:
"Howbeit that was not first which is Spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is Spiritual." I Corinthians 15:46
This was true in Abraham's life as it is in each of our lives. Abraham first brought forth the natural seed who would become the sand seed. This seed was earthy, sensual, and carnal. In order for God to bring the promised seed to pass, it was necessary for God to send a drought upon Caanan. This drought forced Abraham and Sarah to go down to Egypt. When Abraham and Sarah came out of Egypt, they brought two things: great wealth (a gift from Pharaoh); and an Egyptian maid by the name of Hagar.
Like so many today Abraham became impatient with God to fulfill His promise of an heir. So after ten years of waiting, Abraham listened to his wife, Sarah:
"And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai, Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife." Genesis 16:2-3
Hagar brought forth a son and they named him Ishmael. Abraham was eighty-six when Ishmael was born. But Ishmael was not the seed God had promised Abraham. Abraham was to wait another thirteen years for the promised seed to come forth:
"And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before Me, and be thou perfect." Genesis 17:1
The second thing that had to happen in Abraham's life before God could bring forth the promise seed was that His name had to be changed from Abram to Abraham, Genesis 17:5.
Before the promised seed can be brought forth in our life, we, too, must have a name change from Gentile to Christian. When God changed Abraham's name, He made a covenant with him:
"And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee." Genesis 17:7
The covenant God made with Abraham was an everlasting covenant. This covenant is still in effect to all the seed of Abraham. We can claim all the promises God made to Abraham.
The third thing Abraham had to do before the promised seed could come forth was to be circumcised:
"And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt Me and you." Genesis 17:11
Circumcision is a token (sign) of the covenant God made with all the seed of Abraham. God made Abraham another promise:
"And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant." Genesis 17:14
The uncircumcised shall be cut off from God's people. Circumcision is the exposing of the head of reproduction. Paul spoke of circumcision in his letter to the church at Rome:
"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the fle: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." Romans 2:28-29
Today the circumcision God requires in His people is not the outward cutting of the flesh, but the Spiritual circumcision that must take place in the heart (mind) of every man. Each person must allow the Holy Spirit to do its work in changing their way of thinking. Our Spiritual circumcision in the heart exposes the headship of Christ in our life. We no longer look to man for his recognition or praise. We look to God, and to God alone, for every need. Until this circumcision takes place, our new name of Christian cannot, and will not, be manifest in our life:
"And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin." Genesis 17:24
Abraham was ninety-nine when he and his whole household were circumcised. When Abraham was obedient to God's voice . . .
". . .the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;" Genesis 18:1
God was ready to fulfill His promise of a seed to Abraham. Abraham had come into a place in God, where God could bless him and fulfill His promise.
"And He said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind Him." Genesis 18:10
God promised Abraham He would restore his youthful vigor, not to Abraham only, but also to Sarah, his wife. God was ready to bring forth His promised seed. Abraham was ninety-nine and Sarah was eighty-nine. When Sarah heard this, her reaction was one of unbelief:
"Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?" Genesis 18:12
This same disbelief is in the hearts of many of God's people today. When someone proclaims God is going to bring forth His promised seed; these, too, laugh. God has a people He is going to bring forth from the old church system which many believe is dead. God has not given up on the church. Paul spoke of Abraham when he wrote to the church at Rome:
"And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:" Romans 4:19
The church system represents the deadness of Sarah's womb because no life is coming forth from it. God is going to restore life to those who will bring forth the promise seed. We must remember the words of the Apostle Peter:
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." II Peter 3:9
We know all are not going to come to repentance, but we also know it is God's desire that all would come to repentance. God is not slack concerning His many promises to man. The covenant God made with Abraham concerning his seed is as viable today as it was when He made it to Abraham. Sarah conceived and brought forth a son to Abraham when he was one hundred years old, and as God directed they called his name Isaac.
As we study the use of God's Biblical numbers we discover the number one hundred means " Spiritual and divine perfection". God could not bring forth the promised son in Abraham's life until he came into Spiritual perfection. The same is true today. God cannot bring forth His manifested sons until they come into divine and Spiritual perfection. God spoke to Abraham,
"Walk before Me and be thou perfect." Genesis 17:1
God is speaking the same thing to His body in the earth today. Jesus admonished the people:
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:48
The wvord perfect means "to come to full age, mature, completeness". It does not mean you will never again make a mistake. What it does mean is that you will cease to be children tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.
When Abraham turned one hundred, he came into a very special place in God's divine order. He had witnessed the fulfillment of God's promise. As impossible as it seems, Abraham believed and God brought it to pass. As Paul proclaimed, Abraham was not weak in faith. He did not consider his body dead. No matter how much we hear the opposite, God's body is not dead. He is going to bring forth His promised son.
God was not through with Abraham. Abraham would bring forth more sons. There came a time in Abraham's life when Sarah would die.
"And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah." Genesis 23:1
Sarah was one hundred and twenty-seven when she died. This would make Abraham one hundred and thirty-seven years old. Much has been made about the age of Abraham when Isaac was born. But after Sarah's death Abraham took another wife (concubine):
"Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah." Genesis 25:1-2
Keturah was to bear Abraham six more sons. This would make Abraham eight sons: seven by the two concubines, Hagar and Keturah, and one by the true wife, Sarah. In these eight sons, God would fulfill His promise to Abraham and make him the father of many nations (peoples), Genesis 17:5.
After the birth of Isaac, trouble arose between Ishmael and Isaac. Sarah came to Abraham to solve the problem:
"Wherefore Sarah 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
Ishmael would not be an inheritor with Isaac. Today we know the Ishmaelites will not inherit with the true seed. There must be a separation between the starseed and the sandseed. God instructed Abraham to separate Hagar and Ishmael. So Abraham sent them away. This grieved Abraham because he loved Ishmael, being his firstborn son. Even though Ishmael would not inherit with Isaac, God made Abraham a promise concerning his son, Ishmael:
"And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation." Genesis 17:20
Ishmael would become a great nation. After Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away, they went into Arabia. Today the sons of Ishmael make up a large portion of the Arab nations. The Arab nations call Abraham their father.
The sons of Keturah were also separated from Isaac. The sons of Keturah would not inherit with Isaac.
"But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country." Genesis 25:6
The Scriptures declare, "...the sons of the concubines". The word concubines is plural. This Scripture includes Hagar and Keturah. Keturah's sons would make up the balance of the Arab world. Abraham gave gifts to the sons of his concubines. This is a very important passage as we will discover later. What did Isaac receive?
"And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac." Genesis 25:5
Isaac was Abraham's only inheritor. When Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away, God gave Abraham a promise concerning his seed:
"And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called." Genesis 21:12
"...in Isaac shall thy seed be called..." This is a truth most have overlooked or have not understood. Isaac was not the promised seed, but in Isaac God would call his promised seed. If Isaac was not the promised seed, and if the son of Hagar was not the promised seed, and the sons of Keturah were not the promised seed, then who is the promised seed of Abraham? Paul answered this question in his letter to the Galatians:
"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
Abraham had only one seed, and his seed is Christ. The word Christ is the Greek word CHRISTOS and means "anointing, anointed one, or anointed ones". Abraham's only seed was the anointing. It would be through the lineage of Isaac that the anointing, the anointed, and the anointed ones would be called.
Though Abraham had eight sons, only one son was born to his true wife, Sarah. It would be through Isaac the promised seed lineage would be carried to Jesus Christ. Isaac had two sons: Jacob and Esau. As we study these two sons we discover the promised seed would not pass through the eldest, because Esau sold his birthright in God. Therefore he was unable to receive the blessing of his father. Jacob, Isaac's second born, would receive the blessing of his father.
God changed Jacob's name to Israel. Twelve sons were born to Israel (Jacob). These twelve sons became the twelve tribes called the children of Israel. The anointing moved from Abraham through Isaac to Israel. As we follow the anointing, it passed from Israel (Jacob) to Judah.
After the death of Solomon, Israel became divided. The ten northern tribes were given to Jereboam. Rehoboam, Solomon's son was given only one tribe, the tribe of Judah.
By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Matthew gave us insight:
"The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." Matthew 1:1
As Matthew recorded, Jesus was the son of Abraham. How did Jesus become the Son (seed) of Abraham? It was through the anointing. The anointing passed through the tribe of Judah to Jesus because Jesus was of the tribe of Judah.
As we consider the genealogy in the book of Matthew we witness this passing of the anointing:
"Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;" Matthew 1:2
As insight is given in God's Word, we come to the understanding that Abraham was not an Israelite, nor was he a Jew. Abraham was a Hebrew. The word Hebrew means "one who has passed over". Abraham, the Father of Faith, the Friend of God, was one who had passed over from death unto life. The anointing rested upon Abraham in everything he did.
As we follow the anointing from Abraham through Isaac to Israel to Judah, we know the anointing flowed through David. David was also of the tribe of Judah. This becomes very important when we consider the genealogy of Christ, the anointing:
"So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations." Matthew 1:17
From Abraham to David there were fourteen generations. These fourteen generations were Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Phares, Esron, Aram, Aminadab, Maasson, Solomon, Boaz, Obed, Jesse, and David; count them, fourteen generations.
There were fourteen generations from David unto the carrying away into Babylon. These fourteen generations are: Solomon, Rehoboam, Abia, Asa, Jehosophat, Joram, Ozias, Joathan, Achaz, Ezekias, Manasses, Amon, Josias, Jechonias; fourteen generations from David until God sent His people into the Babylonian captivity.
Matthew recorded there were fourteen generations from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ. Matthew's list included Solathiel, Zorobabel, Abiud, Eliakin, Azor, Sadoc, Achim, Eliud, Elezar, Matthan, Jacob, Joseph, the husband of Mary who bore Jesus.
As we count this list, we discover Matthew only records thirteen generations from the carrying away into Babylon unto Jesus. We know Jesus was the Christ, the anointed of the Father. As we search the Scriptures for God's Spiritual hidden truths, it becomes clear that God has revealed a Kingdom mystery through the pen of Matthew. There are fourteen generations from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ. The anointing did not end with Jesus. Christ, the promised seed of Abraham, makes the fourteenth generation.
To follow the anointing we must consider the Day of Pentecost. This was when the anointing fell on all those who were obedient to God's voice. Jesus informed the people:
"And, behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." Luke 24:49
Those who tarried in Jerusalem, the true place of worship, were endued with power from on high. The passing of the anointing was completed on the Day of Pentecost. The Christ anointing was the fourteenth generation from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ. God had fulfilled His promise to Abraham. Those who received this anointing became the seed of Abraham.
God has His Christ seed in the earth today. That promised seed in the earth today is the "forty-second" generation. The number forty-two is 6 x 7. Six is the number of man and seven is the number of God's divine perfection. The forty-second generation will be those who have come into God's divine perfection. As Peter proclaimed to those who were there that day:
". . . Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." Acts 2:38-39
The promise of the Father was not only for those who tarried in the Upper Room. This promise is to you, your children, and to all who are afar off. The Holy Spirit anointing is available to all whom God will call. When the anointing falls we become Abraham's seed and heirs to all God promised Abraham. This anointing is called by many names in the Old and New Testament:
Christ Holy Spirit
Holy Ghost Spirit of the Lord
Spirit of Truth Spirit of God
The word used most in the New Testament for the anointing is Christ. When the anointing came and sat upon Jesus, He became the Christ (the anointed of the Father). When Jesus asked Peter, "Who do you say I am". . .
"And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Matthew 16:16
Jesus was the Christ, the anointed of the Father. Once Jesus' disciples understood Peter's revelation . . .
"Jesus then charged His disciples that they should tell no man that He was Jesus the Christ." Matthew 16:20
Jesus became the Christ when the anointing came upon Him in the form of a dove on the banks of the Jordan River. It was only after the anointing came that Jesus did the works the Father had sent Him to do. Prior to that time Jesus never healed the sick, never cast out demons, never raised the dead, nor had He spoken publicly of the Father. The writer of Hebrews proclaimed:
"For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham." Hebrews 2:16
Jesus did all His miracles after the anointing fell. It was only after He took on the seed of Abraham that He became the son of Abraham.
Today when most hear the name of Christ they think of Jesus. We need to raise our thinking and our vision, and begin to understand the full meaning and application of the word Christ. As we view the word Christ without the limitations of the carnal mind, a whole new aspect of the Bible opens to us. As we rightly divide the Word of truth, we come to the knowledge that there are three applications of the use of Christ in the Bible:
1. As associated with
the name of Jesus as being the Christ
2. As the Anointing, the Christ
3. As God's people being the anointed ones, the Christs
Most draw back from applying Christ to their name, even though they claim to have the anointing of the Holy Spirit in their lives. We know by the Scriptures the head of the church is Christ. We who are part of His true church are called the body of Christ. How, then, can our head be Christ, and we being part of the body of Christ, not be called Christ?
It is difficult to recognize ourselves as being the Christ in the earth today. We are not claiming to be Deity when we use the word Christ. What we are saying is that we are the anointed of God. We need to recognize ourselves as the anointed ones (the Christs). As Jesus was the anointed (Christ) of the Father, we are the anointed (Christs) of the Son. When we receive the anointing, we can truly claim Abraham as our father.
Abraham was the Father of Faith. It is impossible to have faith without the anointing. The fruits of the Spirit (the anointing) are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Faith is a fruit of the anointing. The writer of Hebrews proclaimed:
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him." Hebrews 11:6
We can conclude, then, that without the anointing it is impossible to please God. Many try to please God with their good works, with their giving, with their attendance, with their self-denial, and many other things. But without the anointing it is impossible to please God because faith comes by the anointing.
Abraham was also called the Friend of God. The Apostle James recorded:
"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, he exercised his faith. This is such a rarity today in those who choose to be called by the name Christian. Abraham had faith in what God spoke to him, and he was called the Friend of God. Abraham was tried many times. He had waited twenty-five years for his promised son. When Isaac was a teenager God spoke to Abraham to kill his son, and offer him as a burnt offering unto God. This was too much to ask of any human being. First he was to cast out Ishmael his eldest son whom he loved. Now he was to kill his rightful heir. We know by the Scriptures Abraham was obedient to the voice of God. He believed God's promise that Isaac would be his heir. We do not find the answer to this dilemma until the writer of Hebrews gave us the insight . . .
"By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure." Hebrews 11:17-19
Abraham knew even if he plunged his knife through Isaac's heart, God would raise Isaac from the dead. Why? Because God told Abraham, "In Isaac shall thy seed be called". Abraham operated his life by faith based on the Word of God. We, too, must operate in faith based on the Word of God as revealed by the anointing. Then righteousness will be imputed unto us, also, because we believe the Word of God.
Abraham was called the Friend of God. We, too, have this promise in Christ. Jesus spoke of greater love:
"Greater love hath no man that 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, "Who are Jesus' friends?"
"Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." John 15:14
We become friends of God the same way Abraham became the Friend of God, through obedience and faith in God's Word. Jesus continues:
"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
Today we hear many proclaim, "I just want to be a servant of my God". Others proclaim, "I just want to be a child of the King". These have overlooked or misunderstood what Paul wrote to the churches in Galatia:
"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
As long as the heir remains a child or has not come to maturity (perfection), he differs nothing from a servant. Abraham had a servant named Eleazar, but Eleazar did not become heir. It was not God's intention to bestow Abraham's wealth on his servant. God spoke to Abraham:
". . . This (Eleazar) shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir." Genesis 15:4
The servant Eleazar would not inherit, nor will children inherit. Only those who come to maturity and act upon God's Word in faith will become inheritors. Jesus spoke this to His disciples:
"And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the Kingdom of heaven. "But the children of the Kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 8:11-12
The children of the Kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness. These are not the children of the world, but those who remain children in the Kingdom of God. The outer darkness is not hell, as has been taught. Outer darkness is the wrath of God that will come upon all those who have not entered into God's protective place. The wrath of God will come upon those who do not obey His voice or His Word.
Jesus makes a promise to all who become obedient to His voice and His Word:
"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
Those who remain servants or children will not know what God is doing. They go along hoping for the best, wondering if they are in the will of God.
Jesus promised His friends He would make known what He has heard from His Father. Abraham was the friend of God and we, too, can become the friend of God when we become Abraham's seed through the anointing.
Today many are seeking the anointing. They are running here, running there, going to this convention, to that meeting where it has been proclaimed the anointing has fallen. As we witness these so-called great works of God come and go, we need to heed the warning Jesus gave to His disciples. Jesus proclaimed:
"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Matthew 24:23-24
Many have ignored Jesus' warnings and have been deceived. God has warned His very elect not to become part of these false Christs. These raise themselves up as some great men of God, and when they fail there is another to take His place. Thus the deception goes on. Jesus continued His direction:
"Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not." Matthew 24:25-26
Those seeking the anointing need to come to the realization they can only receive the anointing from one place, and that is from the Giver. When the anointing came upon the one hundred and twenty on the Day of Pentecost, it was not because they were running to and fro, looking for something. It came on the Day of Pentecost to those who were obedient to tarry in the Upper Room. Jesus gave the instruction:
". . .Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." Luke 24:49
First they were obedient to their instructions, secondly when they came into the Upper Room...
"These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren." Acts 1:14
They were not only obedient, they came into one accord, into one purpose, to seek God for what He would have for them. They came into unity, into agreement. There was one other factor. We must consider the time factor:
"And when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place." Acts 2:1
The time factor is very important. Nothing is done that is not done in God's timing, obedience, purpose, and unity. When these factors are right, God moves. Those who are running to and fro looking for something from man need to go to the source. This does not mean God cannot use man to point the way. It is man's place to lift up Christ in whatever he endeavors. If this is done, then it is God who will be lifted up, not man.
As we look deeper into the three uses of the word Christ, many Scriptures begin to open up to us. We know Jesus was the Christ, the anointed of the Father. On the Day of Pentecost Peter revealed another aspect of the anointing:
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Acts 2:36
Peter proclaimed, "... God hath made..."
The words hath made mean "to form, to construct, to produce, to make something out of something". Jesus attained to a position He did not have in the flesh. Jesus was made Lord. The word Lord means "Lord, sovereign, chief, supreme in authority". He also was made Christ, the Anointing. Jesus in the flesh was the anointed one. On the Day of Pentecost, He came as "The Anointing", the Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father, the seed of Abraham. Jesus proclaimed His exalted position to His disciples after His resurrection:
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18
We must continually deal with the little word "ALL". All means "all, all inclusive, nothing left out, nothing added". Jesus was given all power in heaven (the Spiritual realm) and earth (the flesh realm). Paul recognized the Anointing as the power of God on the earth.
"But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God." I Corinthians 1:24
Christ, the Anointing, is the power and wisdom of God in our life no matter if we are Jew or Greek. When Paul wrote this he was not referring to the Jesus he knew in the flesh, but to Christ Jesus after His resurrection. We can only know Christ Jesus through the Anointing. The beloved John wrote:
"But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him." I John 2:27
The Anointing is our teacher. We must remember:
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" II Timothy 3:16
Since all Scripture, both Old and New Testament was inspired by the Anointing of God, then we must depend on the Anointing to teach us all things. As we are taught by the Anointing through His wonderful Word, we can abide in Him. Jesus revealed this anointing as the Spirit of Truth:
Those who received the anointing on the Day of Pentecost became the first fruits of the body of Christ. The cleansing power of God began to cleanse and prepare His body. Those who are cleansed and made righteous will rule and reign with Him a thousand years.
"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come." John 16:13
The Spirit of Truth is the Anointing who will lead us into all truth. John was not writing about the Jesus he knew in the flesh. He was writing about Christ Jesus, who he knew on the Isle of Patmos. The Apostle Paul wrote to the churches at Galatia:
"My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you," Galatians 4:19
Paul spoke of the new birth, the coming forth of the one new man created after righteousness and true holiness. Paul travailed, or was in labor pains for the bringing forth of this new man. It was Christ being formed in them that would bring forth God's new creation in the earth.
The word formed is the Greek word MORPHOO. It is the metamorphosis process that changes us again into the image and likeness of our Creator. The Anointing changes us from the inside out. What we are becoming is not evident to the fleshly eye. It is God who is doing the changing. This change takes place in our thinking processes. When our thinking changes, our actions change. Many fight this change. They still desire to be an individual doing their own thing, being their own person. When Christ is truly formed in us, the old life will pass away. The old man must die, or the new man can never come forth.
"And when He was demanded of the Pharisees, when the Kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation:" Luke 17:20
The Kingdom of God is within us.
The word Kingdom is made up of two words: king and domain. We are to become the King's domain, and as we yield to the Anointing and are taught by the Anointing through His Word, then the Kingdom begins to manifest itself in our lives.
God's Kingdom does not come with observation.
God changes come slow and gradual, but He is bringing forth one new man in the earth. That new man is Christ. When Christ is formed in us, we not only have put on the seed of Abraham, we have become the seed of Abraham, the Christ in the earth today.
In his second letter to the church at Corinth Paul declared:
"Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I." II Corinthians 11:22
Paul was an Hebrew, one who had passed over from death unto life. Paul was also an Israelite, naturally and Spiritually. In the natural, Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin. He became Spiritual Israel and the seed of Abraham when the Anointing came upon him on the road to Damascus. Paul knew the benefit of the Anointing. In his letter to the Philippians, he declared:
"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ," Philippians 3:8
Paul not only lost his earthly possessions, he lost his prestige and his recognition as one of the Pharisees. He counted it all as loss that he might win Christ, the Anointing. Paul's whole desire was to obtain the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. God is truly bearing His arm to all those, as Paul, whose total desire is to know Him, serve Him, and love Him as He deserves.
This brings us to the third use of the word Christ in the Word speaking of those who are His in-Christed ones or Christ-Like Ones. This has become a touchy subject with many. When they hear someone say we are Christ, they get the idea someone is trying to replace God or to become Deity themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth. When we consider the word Christ (the Anointing) the Scriptures become clear as to who God's anointed ones are in the earth today. The Apostle Paul spoke of God's anointed ones in his letter to the Corinthians:
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." I Corinthians 15:22
All who remain in Adam are dead. As Paul declared, "In Adam all die". Only those who have entered into life through the Anointing are alive in Christ. Churches are full of those who still dwell in their old, Adam death, never knowing the life of Christ in the Anointing. Paul continued:
"But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming." I Corinthians 15:23
Jesus was the firstfruit Christ. As Paul continued in his letter to the Corinthians:
"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept." I Corinthians 15:20
Jesus arose from the dead and became the firstfruits of them that slept. All God's creation was dead in their Adam sleep. Let's consider those Paul spoke of:
"They who are Christ's at His coming"
Those who are Christ's at His coming are God's anointed ones in the earth today. These are God's called, chosen, and elect. These are the Christs in the earth today, the promised seed of Abraham, the forty-second generation. Jesus revealed the Christ in the earth today 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
The day in which we live is fast coming to a close. The loud voice we are hearing in the earth today is proclaiming,
Now is come salvation, strength, and the Kingdom of our God.
Along with these also comes the power of His Christ. These are God's anointed ones who have been made ready by the firstfruits anointing of the cloven tongues of fire. These have been made ready to receive the power of His Christ. The prophet Joel spoke of this coming power:
"Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month." Joel 2:23
God poured out His former rain moderately. This came on the Day of Pentecost. Paul referred to this as the firstfruits of the Spirit, Romans 8:23. He also referred to this as the earnest (down payment) of the Spirit, II Corinthians 1:22, II Corinthians 5:5.
Paul also called this anointing the earnest (down payment) of our inheritance, Ephesians 1:14. Joel related this anointing would come in the first month, or at the beginning of our New Day, the Seventh Day of God's Creation. The Apostle James admonished us:
"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until He receive the early and latter rain." James 5:7
The Early and Latter Rain Anointing is the Anointing of Peace and Power. It will come at the beginning of the New Day. The New Day is directly ahead of us. We need to prepare our lives to receive this new anointing.
Paul went into a long explanation of our relationship to the law in his letter to the churches at Galatia about the Law being our schoolmaster. Paul concluded this with this revelation:
"And if ye be Christ's then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:29
Herein lies the key, if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed. When we become God's anointed ones, we become the seed of Abraham, and heirs according to the promises God made to Abraham. God made many promises to Abraham. The Christs (God's anointed) in the earth today can claim every promise God made Abraham.
1. God will bless those who bless
2. God will make us a blessing
3. Every place our foot shall tread and our eye shall see will be ours
4. God will make our seed as the stars in the heaven
5. God will make us a great nation (the nation of Spiritual Israel)
6. God will make our name great
7. In us, all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
These are seven promises we can apply to our lives and look forward to their fulfillment.
We know by the writer of Hebrews Jesus took on Himself the seed of Abraham, the Anointing of the Father. Jesus also makes promises to those who will serve Him through the Anointing. Jesus promised:
"...the meek shall inherit the earth". Matthew 5:5
Paul revealed this promise God made to Abraham in his letter to the Romans:
"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 word Paul used for world was the Greek word KOSMOS. The word KOSMOS not only speaks of the earth, but the whole universe: the arrangement of the stars, the heavenly host, and the ornaments of the heavens. Our inheritance in God is eminent. Our minds cannot even begin to comprehend what God has planned for those who become the seed of Abraham through the Anointing.
Many claim Abraham as their father. As stated before Abraham had eight sons, seven were born to concubines. Only one son was born to Abraham's true wife, Sarah. Isaac was the promised son. Speaking in allegory, Paul referred to the sons of the concubines as "the desolate":
"For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband." Galatians 4:27
The desolate are far more in number then those of the married wife. Today many are claiming to have the true anointing. They flout their anointing to be seen, and lifted up by man.
God's anointing is the overcoming power in our life. It is only through this overcoming power that we can be made ready to enter into the Kingdom age God has for His people.
Abraham gave gifts unto Ishmael and sent him away. Abraham gave gifts unto the sons of Keturah and sent them away. They would not inherit with the rightful heir. Jesus spoke of those who were given gifts, but were sent away:
"Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:21-23
Many today are crying, "Lord! Lord! We have operated in your gifts". But as Jesus proclaimed, they are workers of iniquity. The word iniquity means "transgression of the law". God's Law is the whole Word of God as recorded in the Bible. Those who transgress His law do not keep the Word of God. Instead, they use their God-given gifts to further their own interests. Paul warned the church at Phillipi:
"The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:" Philippians 1:16
The word contention means "to put oneself forward, to raise oneself up". Paul grieved when he witnessed this happening in the body. This added to Paul's afflictions. God has promised He would send away those who use their gifts to work iniquity.
Abraham spoke to Ishmael and the sons of Keturah, "Depart from me, you will not inherit with the true seed." Paul also declared this to the church at Rome:
"Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, in Isaac shall thy seed be called." Romans 9:7
Those who come through the rightful Son are the called of God. Jesus was the rightful Son. The Father declared on the banks of the Jordan and the Mount of Transfiguration...
". . . This is My beloved Son. Hear ye Him." Mark 9:7
Those who hear the Beloved Son and allow the Anointing to do its wonderful work in their lives will be God's inheritors.
"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 be inheritors. Those who become the promised seed through the Anointing are the Christ (anointed ones) in the earth today. The Bible declares our only hope in God:
"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 in God is to have Christ the Anointing formed in us. Until the Anointing has consumed our whole being, we can never be like Jesus. Jesus only spoke what the Father spoke. Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing. When we come to this place in our walk, we will be the Christ at His coming. Then the power of His Christ will be revealed in us, and we will be heirs according to the promise made to our father, Abraham. Then we, too, will be called the Friend of God, and shown all things that come from the Father.
To God be the glory as His wonderful promises are made manifest in His body. Praise the Lord!
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
Children of Promise
The Promised Seed
1.The word seed
2. Abraham is called the father of and the of God.
3.What mighty work had to be done in Abraham's life before he could bring forth the promised seed?
4.Describe the two seeds Abraham brought forth:
5.Was Ishmael, Abraham's firstborn son, the promised seed? Explain. Galatians 3:16
6.Spiritual circumcision exposes the of Christ in our lives.
7.The church system represents the of Sarah's womb. Why?
8.Name Abraham's eight sons who make up the sand seed nations:
9If Isaac was not the promised seed, then who is the promised seed? Explain Galatians 3:16
10Since Matthew recorded only 13 generations from the carrying away to Babylon to Jesus, who is the 14th or 42nd generation?
11.The promised seed in the earth today is the generation. Explain
12.Did Jesus do any mighty works before He was baptized in the Jordan River? Explain
13.Christ, the Anointing, is the of the church.
14.How can we, as Abraham, become a friend of God?
15.Explain the three uses of the word Christ.
16.The cloven tongues cleansing power of the Holy Spirit enables us to receive the anointing or the as it was given on the Day of Pentecost.
17.The Kingdom of God is us. God's Kingdom does not come with , Luke 17:20. Does this happen at the time of salvation? Explain why change is necessary.
18.List seven (7) promises we receive when we become Abraham's seed?
19.God's anointing is the power in our lives that will prepare us for the .
20.Only the will become inheritors. Our only hope in God is to have formed in us.
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
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