God's Young Men
George Kirkpatrick  


Vital Words to the Body of Christ

Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of God's Kingdom


Vital Words to the Body of Christ 
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God uses many different terminologies to give us insight into the wonderful truths hidden in His Word. For instance, He uses the term bowels as "the seat of our compassions, affections, and kindness." Paul writes:

"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;" Colossians 3:12

When we have bowels of mercy, we are displaying compassion toward others in every situation.

God uses the term heart as "the center of all life and emotions." From the heart comes all motivation, both good and evil. Many believe when God refers to the heart, He is speaking of the physical heart that pumps blood through the body. When God's Word refers to the heart, it is speaking of "our minds, the center of all emotions and thought processes". The all-wise Solomon wrote:

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he . . ." Proverbs 23:7

God's Word is a Spiritual book, and we must begin to look at these terms through Spiritual eyes. It is only by and through the Spirit that we can understand God's terminologies in His Word.

Another example of God's terminologies is to look at the term loins. The loins represent the "reproductive part of the body." As Jesus revealed:

"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;" Luke 12:35

When the Lord used the term loins, He was speaking of our ability to reproduce our life which we have in Christ in others. Our loins are to be girded about with truth, and our lights are to be burning (shining). We are to let our lights shine. This light that dwells in us is the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, II Corinthians 4:4. We are to set our light on a candlestick, not hide it under a bushel, or under the bed, Luke 8:16.

As we study and search throughout God's Word, He truly is beginning to reveal His Spiritual truths to those who have eyes to see and ears to ear. The beloved John revealed one of God's glorious truths:

"I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known Him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known Him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the Word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one." I John 2:13-14

As we study these verses, we begin to understand John is revealing three basic groups of people. We need to use our Spiritual eyes to discover who these three groups of people represent. As we look at these two verses, we observe that John is writing to the fathers, to the young men, and to the little children.

As we begin to Spiritually look at these three groups of people, we are able to recognize and identify to whom John is writing. These three groups represent the three realms in which God deals with His people. First, we need to come to the understanding that the Spiritual meaning of the terms fathers, young men, and little children has nothing to do with chronological age, but rather, John was addressing their progression to maturity.

The Little Children

Speaking of little children, John wrote:

"I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake." I John 2:12

The little children are those who have had their sins forgiven, but have never gone any further with God. Today the church is filled with those who desire to remain little children. Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, spoke of these immature, little children. He calls them newborn babes because they have never gone any further than the initial salvation message. Peter wrote:

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby:" I Peter 2:2

As babes, many only desire the milk of the Word. They continue to go back to church Sunday after Sunday, hearing the same message of salvation. They must be breast fed because they are unable to nourish themselves from the Word of God. They become dependent on anything spoken from the pulpit because they are unable to discern good from evil. Paul spoke of these little children in his letter to the Hebrews:

"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Hebrews 5:12-14

These little children have sat in church for twenty, thirty, forty years or more. Paul admonished them, saying by this time they should have become teachers of the Word. Instead they choose to be taught only the first principles of the oracles of God. They have become so stunted in their growth process, they have no desire for the strong meat of the Word; and as such, they are unable to discern good from evil. They are unskilled in the Word of God, and they are hoodwinked, trusting in their relationship with their religion instead of growing up into the headship of Christ. John also relates the following concerning the little children:

". . . ye have known the Father." ** I John 2:13

The word known means "to have knowledge of." There is a big difference between having knowledge of someone, and knowing them personally. Even the apostle Paul cried out:

"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death." Philippians 3:10

Paul's whole heart's desire was to know Christ Jesus in an intimate way. Paul knew the only way he could truly know Christ Jesus was by knowing the power of His resurrection. We know by Paul's writings what the power of His resurrection is.

"But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you." Romans 8:11

The power of Jesus' resurrection is the same Spirit that dwells in us; if, indeed, we have asked for the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The little children are like the disciples at Ephesus. Paul asked them:

". . . Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost." Acts 19:2

These disciples (learners) had not even heard of the Holy Ghost. Many in the church system today have not been taught about the baptism of the Holy Ghost; and because of this, vast multitudes of congregations remain babies.

Paul also cried out to be allowed to be in fellowship with Christ's sufferings. Today, in most churches, the "message of suffering" is taboo. If the message of suffering is mentioned, there are many empty pews the next Sunday. Paul knew what he wrote to Timothy was true:

"If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us:" II Timothy 2:12

If there is no suffering in our lives, there will be no ruling and reigning with Christ for the one thousand year millennium. Paul also declared:

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." II Timothy 3:12

If we truly live a godly life, we will suffer persecution. If we are not suffering, we should be asking God, "Why not?" Paul knew when his earthly race was over, he could expect his crown of righteousness because he had endured suffering. He also knew this was the only way he could be made conformable unto Christ's death. Paul would further write:

"I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily." I Corinthians 15:31

Paul knew it was necessary to die daily to self. He knew he must put down all earthly, fleshly emotions, and put on the mind of Christ. Without the desire to die daily, we remain little children, only doing what pleases the flesh. Little children always demand their own way. If they are not pacified, then they become very disagreeable. How like the church system today!

The Fathers

As we continue to Spiritually observe the three groups of people in I John 2:13-14, we observe the second group John wrote to was the fathers. John declared that the fathers knew Christ from the beginning. The term John used for fathers is the Greek word PATER and means "progenitor." In addition, the term father is explained at length as "the originator and transmitter of anything; the author of a family or society of persons animated by the same spirit as himself; one who stands in a father's place and looks after another in a paternal way." This is why Paul wrote:

"For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ Jesus, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel." I Corinthians 4:15

As Paul stated, we have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet we do not have many fathers. Today the pulpits are full of those who are to be instructors in Christ, but instead, they are only hirelings. To them, pastoring is only a job. These pastors who have the responsibility of caring for God's sheep are not fathers who care for the flock. These are not operating as the progenitor, the author of a family. They certainly are not looking after the flock in a paternal way. Many only desire to build the flock and keep them pacified so they will keep coming back. [see "Bringing God's Church Into Order" by George Kirkpatrick]

As John stated, ". . . the fathers knew Him from the beginning," I John 2:14. These were with the Father in the Spiritual realm before He laid the foundation of the world. When God spoke directly to Job, He asked him:

"Where wast thou when I laid the foundation of the earth? Declare if thou hast understanding." Job 38:4

God continued His revelation to Job:

"Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." Job 38:6-7

When God laid the foundation of the earth, the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy. God was revealing to Job, that he (Job) was there when God laid the foundation of the earth; as were all the sons and daughters (morning stars) of God. Paul understood this truth when he wrote to the Ephesians:

"According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." Ephesians 1:4

All God's sons and daughters were chosen in Him before He laid the foundation of the world. To the Romans, Paul wrote:

"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them he also glorified." Romans 8:29-30

God has a predestined people He has known from the beginning. Those God foreknew, He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. The predestined are the called and justified whom God will glorify. John referred to these as fathers who knew Him from the beginning. Paul wrote to these predestined ones in the church at Thessalonica:

"But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth." II Thessalonians 2:13

God has chosen His predestined ones to salvation from the foundation of the world. He sanctifies them by His Spirit when they believe His truths. Paul also revealed to Timothy:

"Who hath saved us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." II Timothy 1:9

We are called with an holy calling according to His own purpose and grace. Our calling was in Christ Jesus before the world began. When Paul and Barnabas addressed the Gentiles, only those who were foreordained heard the words of life. Paul recorded:

"And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the Word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed." Acts 13:48

Those who believed were those who were ordained (chosen) to eternal life. The message of God's fore-knowledge was understood by the ancients from the beginning. The all-wise Solomon understood God's foreknowledge when he wrote:

"The Lord possessed me (wisdom) in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth: when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there: when He set a compass upon the face of the depth: When He established the clouds above: when He strengthened the fountains of the deep; When He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment: when He appointed the foundations of the earth. Then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him: Rejoicing in the habitable part of His earth: and my delights were with the sons of men." Proverbs 8:22-31

By wisdom, Solomon understood he was predestined in God. He knew the sons of God were present in the beginning, before He began His creation, before the earth was. Jesus spoke of these sons who are a delight to the Lord and will sit on His right hand:

"Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Matthew 25:34

God's Kingdom was prepared for the sons on His right hand from the foundation of the world.

As John related, the fathers knew God from the beginning. Paul spoke of these when he revealed to the church at Rome:

"For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." Romans 8:19

The earnest expectation of the whole of God's creation is the manifestation of the sons of God. The word manifestation means "something that has been hidden and is now revealed (made manifest)." This manifestation of the sons of God will occur when God reveals the fathers whom He has known from the beginning. These will be the progenitors of God's new society in His Kingdom. These will be the fathers who have learned to operate in God's Kingdom principles and are able to teach His ways to others. Jesus spoke of these fathers to His disciples:

"And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom His Lord shall make ruler over His household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom His Lord when He cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that He will make him ruler over all that He hath." Luke 12:42-44

God is beginning to manifest His fathers as the end of the age draws to a close. Paul seemed to have clear understanding of the age in which we live, when he wrote to the Ephesians:

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10

We are the workmanship of God's hands. We are created in Christ Jesus and God has ordained the way wherein we should walk. As this age comes to a close, we have the opportunity to walk into all that Christ Jesus created. As Paul related there are ten thousand instructors in Christ, but there are not many fathers. We need to ask ourselves,

"Are we part of the company of manifested sons who will walk into God's Kingdom, or will we remain little children, dependent forever on the milk of God's Word?"

The Young Men

The beloved John also wrote about the young men, saying,

". . . ye have overcome the wicked one . . . "

". . . ye are strong . . . "

" . . . and the Word of God abideth in you . . . " I John 2:13 & 14

Again, it should be noted the term young men has nothing to do with chronological age. The young men are spoken of much throughout the Bible. The young men are those John spoke of when he declared:

"But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God." I John 1:12

The power the Lord gives the young men to become the sons of God is the Holy Spirit anointing in their lives. When John wrote that the young men are strong, we find the word strong means "strength of soul to sustain the attacks of satan."

How are the young men able to put off the attacks of satan? First they have the Holy Spirit anointing in their lives. Secondly, they are filled with the Word of God. In other words, the young men have put on the whole armour of God so they can stand against the wiles of the devil, Ephesians 6:11. Because the young men have put on the whole armor of God, they will be able to stand in the evil day, Ephesians 6:13. Paul knew the young men were not fighting against flesh and blood, but were to wrestle against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places, Ephesians 6:12.

The young men are strong because they have girded themselves about with truth. The word girt means "girdle." The young men are held in by the truth of God's Word. They have put on righteousness as a breastplate. Their feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. They are ready to minister whenever God sends them forth. Their faith in God has become their shield to ward off all the fiery darts of the devil. Their helmet that covers their minds is the knowledge of God's salvation working in their lives. They have the two-edged sword of the Word of God stored up in their hearts to use as their offensive and defensive weapon, Ephesians 6:14-17.

The young men know the words of John:

"We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not." I John 5:18

When young men put on the whole armor of God, then the wicked one cannot touch them. When we have yielded to the overcoming power (the Holy Spirit anointing) in our lives, then we have the victory over the wicked one. He is a defeated enemy who can no longer touch us unless the Father says so. Today many in the church have used satan as a crutch. They blame him for all the failures in their lives. In reality, their failures come because they do not operate in the Holy Spirit anointing, and they are not filled with the Word of God. When trouble comes, they cannot admit their failure, so they blame satan.

David's Young Men

As we begin to discover the overcoming young men in the Bible, we are drawn to David's young men. When Samuel anointed David as King of Israel, because God had rejected Saul, it became necessary for David to flee for his life. When David came to Nob to Abimelech the priest, he and his young men were hungry.

"And the priest answered David, and said, There is no bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women. I Samuel 21:4

The only bread Abimelech had was the anointed shewbread. This was to only be eaten by the priests. David, and his young men, were not of the priesthood tribe, but Abimelech told David if the young men had kept themselves from women, they could eat of the shewbread.

"And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth, women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in a vessel." I Samuel 21:5

The young men had been kept from women three days. Three is the number of completeness, or complete separation. The young men had been totally separated from women. As we study the New Testament, we find the term woman refers to "the true church." We also find the plural form of this word, women, refers to "the church system." John explains those who were standing before the God of the whole earth had not been defiled with women.

"These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb." Revelation 14:4

Those who were standing before the God of the whole earth had not been defiled with women, the organized church system.

The name David means "beloved." David was a type of Jesus being the shepherd of the flock. As Jesus revealed to John, those who had not been defiled with women followed the Lamb whithersoever He went. David's young men followed him whithersoever he went. David's young men were outcasts and outlaws in the eyes of King Saul, and their lives were in constant danger, but it made no difference. They loved King David and followed him because they knew he was their anointed king. David told Abimelech, the priest, the young men were holy. He also told Abimelech:

". . . in their presence the bread was common, though it was sanctified this day in the vessel." I Samuel 21:5

David was informing Abimelech that God was more interested in His anointed people, than He was in anointed bread. Many times the religious system puts more emphasis on things and creeds, than they do on people. The religious system builds their big buildings to impress the world, and put God's people in bondage to meet the debt, rather than to take care of their families.

David knew, that in the presence of God, his young men were holy, and as such, could partake of the shewbread of the priesthood. The shewbread served would pass away, but the priesthood that David and his young men were part of would never pass away. Peter, who was given the keys of the Kingdom, revealed this priesthood:

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light." I Peter 2:9

The young men are part of God's chosen generation, His royal priesthood, and His holy nation (Spiritual Israel). Peter also tells us the young men are a peculiar people. The word peculiar means "purchased possession." God gives those who have been purchased by the shed blood of Jesus, the power (the Holy Spirit anointing) to become His sons. God has a chosen generation, and it is the last generation who will set up and inhabit His Kingdom.

Rehoboam's Young Men

Solomon became king after David. When Solomon died, Rehoboam, his son, became king over Israel. But the people of Israel rebelled against the kingship of Rehoboam. They wanted a better deal than they had received from King Solomon. So they chose Jeroboam, a servant of Solomon, who had fled into Egypt after Solomon had accused him of sedition and threatened to kill him.

The people of Israel came to Rehoboam with Jeroboam as their chief speaker. Their petition was:

"Thy father (Solomon) made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee." I Kings 12:4

The people told King Rehoboam they would serve him if he made their way easy. How like the luke-warm church of today. They will serve God as long as there are no hardships. They want an easy way, and they want God to serve them. Rehoboam told them to depart, and return in three days. In the mean time, he consulted with the old men.

The old men had been Solomon's counselors. They agreed when Solomon built groves and idols to the gods of his strange wives. The old men had agreed with all of Solomon's greed and lust to acquire whatever his soul had lusted after. The old men agreed with Solomon when he violated God's commandment not to multiply wives and treasures.

Knowing how the old men had compromised God's Word in order to please their sinful king, Rehoboam rejected their counsel and sought counsel from his young men who had grown up with him.

"And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter? And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions." I Kings 12:9-11

The young men knew Solomon's ways were not pleasing unto God. They also knew Israel had turned away from God to worship many of the same idols Solomon's wives worshiped. The young men were unwilling to compromise God's Word. They knew if Israel was to return to God, Rehoboam's methods would have to be hard.

"So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day. And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him." I Kings 12:12-13

Had Rehoboam accepted the old men's counsel, Israel would have continued in their sin. He would have become a puppet king, and Israel would have continued in their idol worship.

"Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people, for the cause was from the Lord . . . " I Kings 12:15

The people turned from Rehoboam and followed Jeroboam, thus dividing the kingdom of Israel. Those who followed Jeroboam retained the name of Israel. Those who followed Rehoboam became known as Judah. God blessed Judah as long as they followed His ways.

In these two kings we can see the two types of churches today. The name Jeroboam means "increaser of the people." The name Rehoboam means "enlarger of the people." Today, all the Jeroboam churches want is more people, more buildings, and more money. The Rehoboam churches desire to build a people for God's Kingdom. This is happening in the true church today with the young men who have overcome the wicked one, who are strong, and who are filled with the Word of God. These young men have kept themselves from organized religion and refuse to compromise God's Word.

The Young Man, Elihu

We also witness one of God's young men in Elihu. When Job's three friends, who represented the organized church system, finished condemning Job, Elihu spoke:

"Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job." Job 32:2-3

Elihu's wrath was kindled as he sat silently, and listened as Job's three friends criticized and condemned Job. Then his anger was kindled against Job because he continually justified himself, never recognizing what he was going through was God's correction in his life.

"Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he." Job 32:4

Elihu was the young man in their midst who knew and understood that God does not chasten his people without cause. This basic principle is found also in Paul's letter to the Hebrews:

"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him: For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?" Hebrews 12:5-7

God chastises those He loves and has chosen to be His sons. Elihu knew if we do not suffer chastening, then God deals with us as bastard children (ones who have no father). Elihu knew God was bringing needed correction in Job's life.

"When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled." Job 32:5

Elihu knew Job's three friends had no answer for him. Today the organized church system can only condemn and make excuses. Their main excuse is to blame satan for the problems in people's lives, instead of recognizing it is God who is chastening them as sons.

Job's three friends failed to see satan (the devil) as a tool in the hand of God to bring repentance in the life of Job.

"And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion. I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." Job 32:6-8

Because Elihu was a young man, he was willing to listen to the wisdom of the aged. But Elihu also knew God anoints his young men and gives them understanding. God's young men have the Holy Spirit anointing. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:

"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." I Corinthians 2:12-13

Paul did not speak according to man's wisdom. He spoke as the Holy Spirit taught him. Elihu knew without the Holy Spirit anointing, he could never give Job answers to what was going on in his life. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Elihu spoke:

"Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment. Therefore I said, hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion." Job 32:9-10

Elihu knew years alone do not make men wise and able to understand God's judgment. Elihu knew it was only by the leading of the Holy Spirit and the study of God's Word that man can understand God's judgments.

The all-wise, Spirit filled, young man, Elihu, would point out what God was attempting to correct in Job's life. There were twelve things in Job's life he had to change before God could give him a double portion blessing. By the Holy Spirit anointing, Elihu pointed out these twelve things to Job:

1 Job was self-righteous

"So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes." v Job 32:1

Isaiah informs us:

". . .all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. . . Isaiah 64:6

2 Job suffered from self-pity

"What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water? Job 34:7

3 Job was unequally yoked with unbelievers

"Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men." Job 34:8

4 Job stood proudly before God

"For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God." Job 34:9

5 Job rebelled against authority

"Shall even he that hateth right govern?" Job 34:17a

6 Job spoke against God who is most just

". . . and wilt thou condemn Him that is most just?" Job 34:17b

7 Job spoke without knowledge or wisdom

"Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom." Job 34:35

Both knowledge and wisdom are gifts of the Spirit, Colossians 2:2-3. So Job's eighth sin was. . .

8 Job operated in the flesh, not the Spirit

Job's words were from his fleshly under-standing, not Spiritually inspired.

9 Job was cruel to others

"For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands, among us, and multiplieth his words against God." Job 34:37

The word clappeth means "to slap or mock." Job had an oppressive spirit.

10 Job thought himself to be more righteous than God

"Thinkest thou this to be right that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?" Job 35:2

11 Job did not see any reason to change

Job thought God accepted him as he was.

"For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? And, what profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?" Job 35:3

12 Job words were empty, without insight

"Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain: he multiplieth words without knowledge." Job 35:16

It was only by and through the Holy Spirit that Elihu discerned the work God was trying to do in Job's life. Elihu was a Spirit-filled young man who could hear the voice of God.

In his letter to the Romans, Paul gives us insight into what the Holy Spirit can do through each of us:

"And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another." Romans 15:14

It is only when we have the Holy Spirit, that we are able to admonish one another in love. The Holy Spirit gives us discernment so God can speak through us.

The word admonish means "to warn or exhort." Elihu's words were not words of criticism (as the religious system states) used to point out Job's sins. Elihu admonished Job so he could repent of the shortcomings in his life. When Job repented, then God used him mightily. Respectfully, Elihu stated:

"Behold, I waited for your words: I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.

Even though Job and his friends were Elihu's elders, he waited to speak until God showed him the matter. Evidently, Job's friends were men of renown, but Elihu knew he must speak:

"When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more:   I said I will answer also my part, I also will shew my opinion." Job 32: 16-17

Then began Elihu to speak:

"Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away." Job 32:21-22

Elihu knew not to accept any man's person or give flattering titles. In many churches, everyone has to have a flattering title. The leaders are called bishops, doctor, or reverend. The word reverend is only used once in the Bible:

"He sent redemption unto His people: He hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is His name." Psalm 111:9

There is only one who sent redemption unto His people, Jesus Christ. There is only one who made an eternal covenant with His people, Jesus Christ. And there is only one who deserves to be called Reverend, and that is Jesus Christ. To all others, it is just a flattering title, and the Lord will soon come and take them away.

Joshua's Young Men

Another example in the Bible is when Joshua sent his young men into Jericho to spy out the city. These young men lodged in Rahab's inn. Many have taught that Rahab was an harlot, but historians tell us she operated an inn. Today we would call it a hotel. When Joshua's young men came to Rahab's inn, she hid them:

"But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof." Joshua 2:6

Rahab had a reason for hiding the young men who came to spy out Jericho:

"And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you." Joshua 2:9

She knew God had given Israel the land. When the news was heard how God dried up the Red Sea and overthrew the kings of Basham and Gilead, their hearts melted for fear. There remained no more courage in the men of Jericho to defend their city. But they were intent upon capturing the spies sent out from Israel to know their plans.

Rahab came to the young men to get them to help her, since she was willing to hide them from the men who were seeking their lives:

"Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the Lord, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token. And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death." Joshua 2:12-13

Rahab's desire was that she and her family be protected when the Israelites took the city.

"And the men answered her, Our life for your's, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the Lord hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee." Joshua 2:14

The young men gave Rahab their word that she and her family would be protected. As a sign to Israel's army, Rahab was to hang a scarlet cord in her window. This was the same scarlet cord she hung over the wall to let the young men down to safety.

Scarlet or crimson is the color of Jesus' blood. Jesus shed his blood to provide each one of His creation safety from the fierce judgment He will bring upon the earth. It was this scarlet cord that would assure Rahab and her family's safety.

We know the orders Joshua was given. They were to encompass the city once a day for six days. The seventh day they were to encompass the city seven times, and the priests were to blow the trumpets. When Israel was obedient to God's Word, the walls of Jericho would fall, and Israel would enter the city.

"And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel." Joshua 6:23

Israel was totally victorious in taking Jericho. The old saying is, "To the victor go the spoils." The young men could have forgotten their promise to Rahab, but those who have overcome the wicked one, who are strong, and who are filled with God's Word, love their King and will always keep their word. They know by the Word of life . . .

"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Revelation 21:8

Unknowingly, the young men who kept their word by saving Rahab alive, were instrumental in Rahab being used by the Father. Rahab became the wife of Salmon, who was the father of Boaz, who married Ruth, who begat Obed, who begat Jesse, who was the father of David. So Rahab became the great, great grandmother of King David.

We never know what God has in store for those who keep their word. Lying has almost become an art in the day in which we live. Telling the truth is thought to be old fashioned, but God's young men will always be truthful.

The Rechabites     Uncompromising Young Men

The Rechabites were also young men who obeyed the voice of their father. God spoke to Jeremiah:

"Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the Lord, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink." Jeremiah 35:2

Jeremiah was to take the Rechabites into the house of God, and set wine before them.

"And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them. Drink ye wine." Jeremiah 35:5

Jeremiah set wine before all the Rechabite young men, and spoke to them to drink the wine.

"But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever." Jeremiah 35:6

They were to drink no wine, their sons, or their son's, sons; forever. But how could they refuse? Had not the great prophet Jeremiah had spoken these words to them in the house of God? How could they not heed the words of the prophet?

These young men knew by the Holy Spirit the directive their father had spoken to them was from God; and God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Man does not change God's mind.

"Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;" Jeremiah 35:8

The Rechabite young men were obedient to the Father's voice. When young men today become totally obedient to the voice of their heavenly Father, they need never fear what man can do to them. They can never be swayed from the Father's direction. Since the Rechabite young men would not drink wine, God made them this promise:

". . . because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever." Jeremiah 35:18-19

What a promise! There would always be a young man of the Rechabites to stand before the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, forever.

Young men of the Bible always heeded the Word of the Father. Today, young men need to be faithful to God's Word and listen to the voice of the Spirit. If they do, they will never falter in their walk before their God. In his letter to Titus, Paul gives us insight into what God expects of His young men:

"Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded." Titus 2:6

Paul exhorted (admonished) the young men to be sober (serious) minded. In addition Paul admonished them to:

"In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you." Titus 2:7-8

The young men's lives were to be a pattern of good works. They were to be sound in their doctrine (the Word of God). They were to have no uncorruptness in their lives. They were to be men of integrity.

Paul spoke to the young men of gravity. The word gravity means "dignity, honor, and purity, a character that demands respect." God's young men are to be men of dignity, honor, and purity; possessing a character that demands respect.

God's young men are to have sincerity. They are to be men of moral uprightness. Paul also related that God's young men are to be men of sound speech. Their words are not to deviate from God's Word. When we only speak God's Word, then our words cannot be condemned. God's young men are to live their lives in such a manner that no one can have any evil thing to say.

The Prodigal Son

We witness the fathers and the young men in Jesus' parable of the two sons.

"And he said, A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living." Luke 15:11-12

The man had two sons. The younger son wanted his inheritance.

"And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living." Luke 15:13

The younger son took his inheritance and went into a far country. Any time we go away from our Father, we are in a far country. This young man, like many young men today, gambled with his inheritance in God. In this young man's desire for the things of this life, he discovered what many other young men of our day have discovered:

"And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want." Luke 15:14

The famine in the land this young man was experiencing was the spiritual famine in his soul. This young man had to learn the same lesson Moses also had to learn as a young man:

"By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season." Hebrews 11:24-25

Many young men must enjoy their pleasure of sin for a season, filling their bellies with the husks of the world. But God's calling is still in their lives:

"And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!" Luke 15:17

The young man realized even the servant saints in His father's house had it better than he did.

"I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee. And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants." Luke 15:18-19

Thus, the young man was very humbled and saw his need to return to the father's house. All this is part of the overcoming process so necessary if we, too, are to return to the Father's house.

"And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." Luke 15:20

When the father saw his son's changed heart, he welcomed him back with open arms. He ran to his errant son and fell on his neck and kissed him. The prophet James informs us:

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up." James 4:10

Many who have had a relationship with the Father, and have fallen away, find it very hard to humble themselves and return to the Father's house. The reason for this is they have too much pride or they believe there is no room for repentance. But as the Holy Spirit inspired James, if we only humble ourselves as this young man did, then God will raise us up to live in His sight.

"But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:" Luke 15:22

The father not only forgave his son, and welcomed him back with great joy, but he clothed him in his robe of righteousness. He put a ring (signet) on his finger as the sign he was again given the authority to use his father's name. Then he shod his feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.

"And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry." Luke 15:23-24

This calf was not killed as a sacrificial sin offering, rather it was killed to prepare a feast for his son. The father had considered his son dead, and now he was alive from the dead. This young man had become part of the first resurrection. As Jesus explained to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." Revelation 20:6

The young men are part of God's first resurrection, and the second death has no power over them. They have overcome the wicked one, and are strong in the Lord. These are the young men who have been given the power (Holy Spirit) to become the sons of God.

But there is another son in the Father's house:

"Now the elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf." Luke 15:25-30

Many times when we witness someone being blessed of the Father, we get angry and jealous. Those who have labored in the field for many years without visible reward cannot understand why God pays so much attention to those they feel are unworthy. The Father spoke something to the elder son that should encourage all who have labored hard and long in the field:

"And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." Luke 15:31

The elder son had always been obedient to the father's voice. Because of this, the father assured him, "All that I have is thine!" None of his inheritance was wasted. As the beloved John wrote:

"I write to you fathers because you have known Him from the beginning . . ." I John 2:14

The fathers are the eldest sons who have known the Father from the beginning. The prodigal sons are the young men who have overcome the wicked one, and are becoming strong because they have filled themselves with the Word of God. God makes these young men a promise as well:

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

God has promised the overcoming young men they too will inherit all things and become His sons. To understand how the fathers and the young men can both inherit all things of the Father, we need to look at the letter Paul wrote to the church at Rome:

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together." Romans 8:16-17

Both the fathers and the young men will be joint-heirs with Christ. There are many other lessons to be learned from the young men in the Bible, but space will not permit to explore all of these, such as Joseph, Jacob, David, Jesus, and Timothy. We have learned this one thing from Paul's letter to the churches in Galatia:

"My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you," Galatians 4:19

Until we allow the Spirit of Christ to be formed in us, that is to say, until we allow the Holy Spirit to totally consume our whole being, then we cannot expect to become God's chosen, overcoming, young men who will inherit all things. God promised through the pen of Joel:

"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:" Joel 2:28

In the end of this age God is going to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. God's sons and daughters will proclaim the Word of God. The old men (the fathers) will dream dreams, and the young men will see visions of God's glorious kingdom age. God is going to restore all things back to their original condition. The whole earth is going to return to perfection as it was in the Garden of Eden in the beginning. And we know by God's Word:

". . .Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." I Corinthians 2:9

God has made preparation for His Kingdom people. All we need to do is walk in the way God has ordained. He has prepared the way. He has prepared His Kingdom. All we need to ask ourselves is, "Will we be part of it?" As Jesus proclaimed:

"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom." Luke 12:32

Only a little flock will inherit God's Kingdom, the fathers and the young men. The whole creation is waiting for the manifestation of God's sons (the fathers), and His overcoming young men. Praise God!

Further Discussion

The Little Children
The Fathers
The Young Men
David's Young Men
The Young Man, Elihu
Joshua's Young Men
The Rechabites, Uncompromising Young Men
The Prodigal Son

Questions

1. God uses many different to give us insight into the wonderful truths hidden in His Word.

2. Define the following terms:
        bowels heart loins known
        father manifestation peculiar Jeroboam
        Rehoboam admonish gravity

3. What do the following terms in God's Word represent?

    Children                Fathers                 Young Men             Women            Woman

4. In I John 2:13-15, it speaks of three groups of people. Who are they?

5. I Peter 2:2 tells us the little children are called                                              .

6. We must come to know God in a personal way. What did Paul say about knowing God in Philippians 3:10.

7. God has chosen His                                  to salvation from the foundation of the world.

8. The all-wise Solomon understood God's foreknowledge. Match the words with the phrase: (1) The Lord possessed me ( ) in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. (2) I was set up from everlasting, ( ), or ever the earth was. (3) When God prepared the heavens, ( ).

9. All the                                    of God were present in the beginning.

10. Romans 8:19 tells us, "For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." What does the word manifestation mean?

11. The beloved John wrote about the young men in I John, chapter two. What were the young men's attributes?

12. How are the young men able to put off the attacks of satan?

13. Why did Rehoboam reject the counsel of the old men, and seek counsel of the young men?

14. What enabled Elihu to speak wise counsel to Job and his three friends?

15. Did Job need correction? If so, what were the things in Job's life that needed correction?

16. What did the Rechabites do, that proves they were uncompromising young men? How can this apply to young men today?

17. God's young men are to have                          . They are to be men of                         . Paul also related God's young men are to be men of                             . Their words                                              . God's young men are to                            .

18. The young men are part of God's , and the second death has no power over them. They have the wicked one, and are in the Lord. These are the young men who have been given the power (Holy Spirit) to become                                                             .

19. What did the Father speak to the elder son in Luke 15:31 that should encourage all who have labored hard and long in the field?

20. The are the eldest sons who have known the Father from the beginning. The prodigal sons are the who have overcome the wicked one, and are becoming strong because they have filled themselves with the Word of God. Both the                                         and the                                                will be joint-heirs with Christ. p 39-40

Answer Key

1. God uses many different to give us insight into the wonderful truths hidden in His Word.

Terminologies

2. Define the following terms:

bowels heart loins known
father manifestation peculiar Jeroboam
Rehoboam admonish gravity

3. What do the following terms in God's Word represent?

Children Fathers Young Men Women Woman

4. In I John 2:13-15, it speaks of three groups of people. Who are they?

The Fathers, the young men, and the little children

5. I Peter 2:2 tells us the little children are called .

Newborn babes

6. We must come to know God in a personal way. What did Paul say about knowing God in Philippians 3:10.

"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.

7. God has chosen His to salvation from the foundation of the world.

Predestined ones

8. The all-wise Solomon understood God's foreknowledge. Match the words with the phrase: (1) The Lord possessed me ( ) in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. (2) I was set up from everlasting, ( ), or ever the earth was. (3) When God prepared the heavens, ( ).

Solomon, from the beginning, Solomon was there

9. All the of God were present in the beginning.

Sons

10. Romans 8:19 tells us, "For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." What does the word manifestation mean?

Something that has been hidden, and is now revealed (made manifest)

11. The beloved John wrote about the young men in I John, chapter two. What were the young men's attributes?

They are strong, the Word of God abides in them, and they have overcome the wicked one.

12. How are the young men able to put off the attacks of satan?

The young men have put on the whole armour of God so they can stand against the wiles of the devil.

13. Why did Rehoboam reject the counsel of the old men, and seek counsel of the young men?

The old men had been Solomon's counselors. They agreed when Solomon built groves and idols to the gods of his strange wives. The old men had agreed with all of Solomon's greed and lust to acquire whatever his soul had lusted after. The old men agreed with Solomon when he violated God's commandment not to multiply wives and treasures.

14. What enabled Elihu to speak wise counsel to Job and his three friends?

The enabling power of the Holy Spirit

15. Did Job need correction? If so, what were the things in Job's life that needed correction?

Yes! See pages 25 - 27 for a list of 12 things Job needed to change in his life

16. What did the Rechabites do, that proves they were uncompromising young men? How can this apply to young men today?

They obeyed the voice of their father.

Young men today need to become totally obedient to the voice of their heavenly Father, they need never fear what man can do to them.

17. God's young men are to have . They are to be men of . Paul also related God's young men are to be men of Their words . God's young men are to .

Sincerity, moral uprightness, sound speech, not deviating from God's Word, living their lives in such a manner that no one can have any evil thing to say.

18. The young men are part of God's , and the second death has no power over them. They have the wicked one, and are in the Lord. These are the young men who have been given the power (Holy Spirit) to become .

First resurrection, overcome, strong, the sons of God

19. What did the Father spoke to the elder son in Luke 15:31 that should encourage all who have labored hard and long in the field?

"And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." Luke 15:31

20. The are the eldest sons who have known the Father from the beginning. The prodigal sons are the who have overcome the wicked one, and are becoming strong because they have filled themselves with the Word of God. Both the and the will be joint-heirs with Christ.

Fathers, young men, fathers, young men


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