|Romans 10 |
1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law as a means of righteousness to everyone who believes. [When Christendom tells their sinning believers that the law is dead, they are really saying that for their believers there is no sin; no law, no sin. What better tale could the devil have spun? Do you not know brothers, (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives ? Rom 7:1. Until you lose your life by crucifying your sinful nature, your carnal mind, and your evil spirit, you are still alive and still subject to the inner law that includes the moral core of the outward law. Christendom has cast all law behind their backs, calling evil good, calling the wicked righteous, while totally ignoring the Bible's many stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation. The law cannot make you righteous, but the requirement to obey the moral ommands of the law only ends when a man's selfish spirit has been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial, and Christ Jesus is resurrected in him to totally control his thoughts, words, and deeds with the Law of the Spirit of Life. What makes you righteous? Obedience leads to righteousness, Rom 6:16; we believe what the Spirit of Christ in our hearts speaks to us as we, through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness, Gal 5:5. Yes, there is a difference between good and evil; yes there is still sin; yes the inner law has never been cancelled and includes the moral core of the outward laws, which are: love your neighbor as you love yourself; don't steal; don't commit adultery; don't lie; don't covet; don't murder; and honor your father and mother; do for others as you would have them do for you; etc. From the Word of the Lord within: "There are no laws when you are under complete control of the spirit; you walk in love in obedience as prompted — you don't walk in restricted flesh." ]
5 For Moses describes the righteousness which is of the law, "That the man who does those things, will live by them."
6 But the righteousness that is from faith speaks in this way: Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ [the word] down from above;) [This references the Old Testament, Deu 30:10-12, which actually says: Listen to and heed the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul. This command that I command you this day is not hidden from you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?']
7 Or, Who will descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ [the word] again from the dead.) [This references the Old Testament, Deu 30:13 which actually says: Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?']
8 But what did it say? "The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart [so you may hear and obey it];" that is, the word of faith, which we preach.1 [This quotes Deu 30:14, "But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you may obey it." The Apostles preached that the Lord speaks with words from within your heart, to be heard, believed, and then obeyed in faith; thus the word of faith. The Apostles preached that faith comes by hearing the word in your heart, Rom 10:17. Whoever comes to Him to listen to His spoken words, (from within your heart), and then obeys them, builds their faith on solid rock. Luke 6:47. You come to Him by sitting in humble silence, waiting on Him, as you listen for His spoken words and watch for His revelations.]
9 That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [The context of this verse is to believe the word in your heart and when ordered, to obediently speak the word in your mouth, which is the word of faith the Apostles preached, (Verse 8 above). And according to verse 17 below, that is true faith, to hear the word of God (Christ) in your heart, your belief resulting in your obedience to what you have heard. To confess Jesus to be your Lord, (if and when you are ordered to confess before men, Luke 12:8), is to speak what you are told to say;* because for him to be your Lord, you are totally controlled by Jesus' spoken words heard from within your heart; and when you were dead in your sins, you saw Jesus raised in your heart to be your ruling Lord and King, ordering your thoughts, words, and deeds. However, unless Jesus actually rules you, and he orders you to say "Jesus is Lord," saying that is of no value as many scriptures prove, (click to see).
To be saved from Hell when you die, you must experience salvation while still alive on earth, which means to be freed, cleansed, purified, delivered, purged from all sins, even the desire to sin. However, many of the millions of blind guides in Christianity, themselves still sinning and so slaves to sin, taking this verse entirely out of context, teach that if you say aloud "Jesus is Lord" and believe he rose from the dead in Jerusalem, then you will be saved from Hell. From the Word of the Lord within: "They think to be saved by making a noise about being saved. There are millions of blind guide preachers. These people are far from me, living in sin and teaching others the inevitability of sin until death. They want to be sons; they recognize the scripture, 'he that is born of God has no sin,' but they blithely go on." With beginning belief, you are obviously not saved, (saved meaning to be delivered from all sins); but if you persist in obedient faith to the end, making every effort, you will be delivered from all sins, washed, cleansed, purified, perfected, sanctified, and made holy by the power of God working mightily in you.]
10 For with the heart, man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth, man confesses to salvation.2 [Your believing the words you hear in your heart, and obeying what he commands, leads to salvation and righteousness. Obedience leads to righteousness, Rom 6:16; we believe what the Spirit of Christ in our hearts speaks to us as we wait for the hope for righteousness, Gal 5:5. Salvation is to be delivered from all sin, to have been purified by the grace of God that separates man from sin. To confess salvation is to confess you have been freed from all sin and have witnessed Jesus being raised in your heart, bringing your salvation, which is eternal life in God; like Paul confessed: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20. Jesus does not want the testimony of men with their hearts still full of evil, as we all are, until we are cleansed by Him.
As John said: Little children, let no man deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. 1 John 3:7; Jesus only spoke, judged, and did as He was prompted and ordered by God; to practice righteousness we also must be able to only speak what we hear Him order us to say and only do what we are ordered to do by God. This ability only comes after we have crucified our selfish spirit, as sin has been destroyed by the Spirit through bearing the inward cross of self-denial; then we are walking the same way He walked and in the world as He was with perfection, purity, and holiness. Peter warned us about how easily Paul's letters were twisted by the wicked (those still sinning): There are some things in his letters that are hard to understand, which those who are unlearned and unstable wrest [twist] to their own destruction, as they also do the other scriptures. Therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also, being led away by the error of the wicked. 2 Pet 3:17-18. The wicked try to convince you that sin is overlooked and excused by your believing in Jesus, but the righteous plead with you that sin is not acceptable: Paul said, Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Cor 15:34. To believe in Jesus, is to believe what he commands you to do; that belief results in obedience which leads to righteousness and salvation.]
11 For the scripture said, "Whoever believes in him will not be ashamed."
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek because the same Lord is over all, who richly gives to all who call on him.
13 For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.3 [The context of what Paul is saying with this verse is that not just the Jews can be saved, but that Greeks, even people from any nation can be saved. Christendom take this verse out of context, to create a false salvation. The original of this verse is in Joel 2:29-32: "before that great and terrible Day of the Lord, it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved for deliverance shall be in Mount Zion and Jerusalem, as the LORD has said; and among the remnant shall be those whom the LORD calls." To call on the name of the Lord and be saved only applies to the remnant in the Day of the Lord. So if you wish to be counted in that remnant to attain salvation on earth and enter the Kingdom with the eternal life of God, you first need to do much, much more than call on the name of the Lord. You need to first mortify the sinful deeds of the body in you by the Spirit because the Lord even gave us three detailed scriptures that show those who call on Him in judgment, having died while still sinning, are sent away, (to Hell). Mat 7:21-23, Luke 13:25-27, Mat 25:11-12.]
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how will they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?
15 And how will they preach, unless they are sent?4 As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah said, "Lord, who has believed our report?"
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.5 [Faith comes by revelation: Christ, the Word in your heart, speaking to you from within your heart, Rom 10:8. The words I speak to you are Spirit and they are life-giving. John 6:63. Faith is a series of revelations. Do not assume that one revelation from God is your evidence of being saved; rather it is his call for you to seek him with all your heart and soul, as the first priority in your life. Christianity erroneously teaches that faith comes by belief in the message of the Bible; if so, then how did Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, etc. have faith when scriptures were yet to be written? From the Word of the Lord within: "Once again, my word is in your heart and mouth, which is there to obey. What is the evidence of your belief? — operational faith. Faith is to hear the Word of God and obey. Only those who want to be clean can hear. I am only reached by those with a penitent heart. The Spirit gives life with every word heard. Hear and live."]
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes truly, their sound went into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.6
19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses said, "I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not my people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you."
20 But Isaiah is very bold, and said, "I was found by those who did not seek me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask after me."
21 But to Israel he said, "All day long I have stretched forth my hands to a disobedient and rebellious people."
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1 The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart [so that you may obey it]; that is, the word of faith, which we preach. Paul is quoting from the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 30:10-14, to clearly explain exactly what and where is the word:
When you listen to and heed the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this book of the law, and when you return to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deu 30:10
[Where is this voice of the LORD your God to be heard? Where is God to be turned to with all our heart and soul? In verse 14 below he answers: "the word," (who is God, John 1:1), "is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart so that you may obey it."]
For this command which I command you this day is not hidden from you, nor is it far off. Deu 30:11
It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?' Deu 30:12
Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?' Deu 30:13
But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you may obey it. Deu 30:14
Paul emphasized the above Old Testament verses when he wrote in Romans: "But what did it say? 'The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart [so you may hear and obey it];'that is the word of faith, which we preach." Rom 10:6-8. The word of God is the name of Christ; and faith in "that is the word of faith, which we preach," is to have faith that the words you hear from within your heart, (teaching, counseling, and commanding you), are from the Spirit of God — and therefore you obey and practice what you have heard. For as Paul writes in Rom 10:17, "then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God," which word is in your heart to be heard, believed and obeyed. From the Word of the Lord within: "Faith is to hear the Word of God and obey."
And when you hear the Lord speaking to you, teaching you, encouraging you, correcting you — then your faith begins to grow exponentially. John confirms the word of God within a man: "I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you," 1 John 2:14. How are you supposed to hear Christ speaking to you?—by exposing yourself to His spoken commands. How do you expose yourself to His commands?—to persistently and patiently sit in humble silence as you wait on Him by listening for His words and watching for the visions of His word.
*Notice THE COLOSSAL MISTAKE! The Jews were told in Deu 30:10, in order to keep his written commandments and statutes in this book of law, they must listen to and heed the voice of the Lord. Studying the book, (bible), is not enough; you must listen and heed the voice of the Lord. Although the Jews heard their priests read the scriptures every Sabbath day, it was not enough for His word to be implanted in their hearts; they didn't really understand the scriptures, which they so diligently studied in hope of finding eternal life; and without the Lord teaching them the scriptures' true meaning, they then persecuted Jesus and his Apostles — all because the Jews had only studied scriptures instead of doing their best to listen to and heed the voice of the Lord. Thus the vast majority of Jews never had their evil heart to be circumcised by the Spirit so that they could love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and might; so they could love their neighbor as themselves; so they could see His form and hear His voice; and so that they would not die while still sinning. Those abilities do not come by the will of man trying; those abilities only come by God circumcising your heart, which results by your persistent and patient listening to and heeding the voice of the Lord — then the love of God is perfected in your heart.
Today Christianity is making the exact, same, colossal mistake, studying the scriptures instead of what the New Testament also clearly states is the number one priority and the only one thing necessary:
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness... Matthew 6:33. (the number 1 priority)
And He told us how to seek Him, the one thing we needed to do:
There is only one thing needed and Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her..Mary sat at Jesus' feet and heard his [spoken] words. Luke 10:39,42 (the only one thing needed)
Jesus also said:
Surely he loves the people; all your holy ones are in your power. And they sit at your feet, each receiving your words. Deu 33:3
From the Word of the Lord within:
Those words we hear him speak to us are engrafted into your heart, James 1:21;
and those words we hear him speak to us are Spirit and impart the life of God to us, John 6:63;
which life of God is Christ, John 1:5, 14:6, so that Christ is formed within you, Gal 4:19.
Until finally Christ is fully formed and actually resurrected in you. 2 Cor 4:14,Col 2:11-12,3:1,Eph 2:5-6,Gal 2:20,Rom 8:11
You then see Christ, the glory of God, appear in your heart and witness him bringing your salvation and eternal life.
The Pentecostal "word of faith" movement radically twists the word of faith in your heart to be having faith in the Bible. They preach that if one believes the Bible, (what they call the Word of God), and confesses it, then the believer shall receive what they confess; they call it "standing on the word of faith," and use it to preach their gospel of financial prosperity, which is nothing but covetousness. The same leadership of the "word of faith" movement conducts services featuring drunkenness, revelry, screaming, shouting, foolishness, collapsing, twitching, jerking, and uncontrolled laughter — all of which evidence fruits of the flesh and are the opposite of self-control, peace, and gentleness, which are the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Regarding false prophets, Jesus told us: "you will know them by their fruits;" do not be misled.
2 The true meaning of Rom 10:9-10 has been twisted to prove the pretended salvation of Christendom, that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, man believes to righteousness, and with the mouth, man confesses to salvation. The blind guides of Christendom have totally misinterpreted this verse, teaching that if you say out loud "Jesus is Lord" and believe he rose from the dead in Jerusalem, then you will be saved; from the Word of the Lord within: "They think to be saved by making a noise about being saved." That is like believing that a few magic words spoken by you totally cancel the Bible's many warnings of exclusion, the requirements, and the qualifying conditions of salvation.
with the mouth confession is made to salvation. This is to acknowledge that you have experienced salvation; you have seen salvation appear in your heart; you have seen Christ bring your salvation. This does not mean you become saved, by saying you are saved; that is nothing but heathenish ritual to create the imaginary salvation of make-believe Christendom.
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name cast out demons? And in your name done many wonderful works?'
And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who work iniquity' [sin, lawlessness, or wickedness]. Mat 7:21-23
This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Mark 7:6
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lack of restraint, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within a man and defile him. Mark 7:21-23
And in no way shall there enter into it [heaven] anything that is defiled...Rev 21:27
To experience salvation is to witness your purity, holiness, perfection, judgment, being freed from even the desire to sin, destruction of the residual man of sin within one by the brightness of his coming, seeing Jesus resurrected in your heart, seeing one's name written in the Book of Life, union with Christ and the Father, entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven, seeing the Glory of God, them also appearing in glory, fellowship with past saints made perfect, and fellowship with the Father and Christ — an unmistakable salvation, clearly seen, clearly felt, clearly understood. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself,’ 1 John 5:10-12. ‘and he who has the Son, has the Father’ — to see the Son and the Father reigning in their hearts — the union. To confess the Lord Jesus, is to confess like Paul confessed: It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20.
However, the translators did not have a clue what the real gospel was, to have Jesus resurrected in your heart, to be your controlling Lord, in union with the Lord; neither did they believe that being saved was to be freed and saved from even the lure of sins because they obviously were still sinning, never bothering to determine why their translation and doctrine was in total conflict with the Bible's many stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation.
Paul further shows that beginning belief and salvation do not occur simultaneously in his letters to believers in the churches.
And Peter echoes the same message that salvation is not just believing or faith, rather salvation is the end of faith's obedient journey and requires growth :
Unless the Lord truly controls your words and deeds, he is not your Lord. Unless you obey him, he is not your Lord.
If Jesus is your Lord, then you obey him; you seek his guidance, you seek his teachings, you seek his commands to you,
you come to him, you listen to him, and then you faithfully obey him.
Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people.
And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you. Jer 3:23
Even Adolph Hitler said Jesus his Lord and Savior, but that certainly did nothing for him.
Saying the words, 'Jesus is Lord,' is no indication of you being controlled by the Holy Spirit, or of your salvation.
Jesus said, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. Mark 7:6.
Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46-49.
Afterwards the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us to enter.' But he answered and said, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.' Mat 25:11-12.
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Mat 7:21-23.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. They are a stubborn people; their hearts have waxed cold. They think to be saved by making a noise about being saved. They are a clueless, fruitless people. Do you agree with any who in their arrogance have stated that God excuses evil in believers? It's not fair, but they don't care. By their evident display of sin, Christians cause my name to be blasphemed among the people. These people no longer represent me; they have caused great indignation."
3 For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. But Jesus said: Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Mat 7:21-23. So, a casual calling on the name of the Lord does absolutely no good. From the Word of the Lord within: "Call on the Lord with a pure heart. Pray only as you are told." Until you can hear what the Lord desires you to pray, sit and wait in humble silence, hopeful of eventually becoming righteous: able to pray, praise, worship, speak, and act perfectly according to the will of God, which brings pleasure, honor, and glory to God.
Flee youthful lusts; but aim at and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, in the company of others who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Tim 2:22. Note! the pure heart; without a pure heart you are like those described by Jesus as hypocrites: You hypocrites, Isaiah did correctly prophesy of you, saying, 'This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me.' Isa 29:13, Mat 15:7-8. Saved means to be delivered from all sins and be in a sinless state. He [Jesus] became the Author and Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey Him. Heb 5:9. Think about it: the Jews killed the prophets thinking they were doing God a favor; they called on the name of the Lord regularly, but they killed his prophets. Joel 2:32 has the same scripture, and the Pharisees killed Jesus; but they called on the name of the Lord every day, many times. Jesus even told us that religious people would kill his true disciples: Yes, the time is coming when whoever kills you will think that he is doing a service to God. John 16:2; and so the Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Congregationalists killed 869 Quakers in the 17th Century, including hanging three men and a woman in Boston. The Roman Catholic priests and orders murdered 9,000,000 souls in the inquisitions of the Middle Ages. All of these murderers of those with a different religious opinion regularly went to worship services, prayed, were baptized, took "communion," fasted, and read their Bibles — obviously calling on the name of the Lord many times a day. NO! They were not saved, which is to be delivered from all sins and be in a sinless state.
This verse refers to Joel 2:28-32, and only applies to the remnant who have persisted to the end of carrying their inward cross of self-denial to purity, resulting in the appearance of the Lord in their hearts for final judgment and Jesus bringing salvation. Everyone passes through the fire on that great and terrible day of the Lord. The sun will have been darkened by the bright light of His coming, but then you are immersed in fire; at the last second, before you are totally consumed by the fire, in fear and hope you call on the name of the Lord, and he snatches you from the fire. We are to approach judgment with confidence and boldness — not falling on our face weeping and begging for forgiveness — nor does He want us to draw back in fear. We are to stand in confident, joyful expectation — even as we behold His fearful, awful presence. And as we are surrounded by fire, instead of running, we call out to Him to save us; and so He does save the remnant whom he has been purifying and cleansing, preparing them for his appearance. From the Word of the Lord within: "I will devour those who do not follow, and snatch the righteous from the fire."
This is the Day of the Lord, and even for the righteous who have been waiting, hoping, and expecting salvation, this day begins without joy and peace. The brightness of the light exposes all the remaining evil in you, which is sadness and sorrow; but that sorrow can be controlled if you focus on the light that is showing you your remaining sins, not worrying about what you might lose; and most important, never lose sight that this day will end in great joy, peace, salvation, seeing the Lord, heaing his voice for the first time, and entering the kingdom. It is the day of judgment, and you will recall other sins you had forgotten, plus you will listen to all your evil (non-edifying) ever words spoken, which you must not dwell on, by focusing on how you now are, and will be forever, far more pure. Remain confident that this is all in His control for your supreme benefit. The righteous knowing the terror of the Day of the Lord in themselves is witnessed by, (from his actual experience), kingdom-dwelling, early Quaker Francis Howgill:
"They who have not yet seen this day of the Lords vengeance in themselves, have never seen the day of salvation. The prophet cried out: 'Who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appears?' And many have been eye-witnesses of the dreadful day-of the Lord, which has appeared in them, wherein all peace has been hidden from their eyes; and all who ever came to see that day of joy and gladness, first knew the terror and the terrible day of the Lord in themselves. Therefore said the apostle: 'We, knowing the terror of the Lord, persuade men.'"
William Dewsbury, another kingdom-dwelling, early Quaker, also left a testimony of the terror in the Day of the Lord:
I was slain and baptized, and lay as a little child under his heavenly chastisements; as soon as ever my soul was brought to this, in my humiliation. Oh! then, the dreadful judgment was taken away, and the book of life was opened unto me, and the Lord spoke comfortably to me, 'I have loved you with an everlasting love;" and I was made a Christian through a day of vengeance, and of burning as an oven; and the haughtiness and pride of man in me was brought low.
Know you are going to die in the process and rejoice at the culmination of all your efforts to arrive at this moment. The body dies in this baptism of death, but the believer is raised (resurrected) with Christ and translated into the kingdom of God. Though raised with Christ to live in the heavens, they still walk the earth as a new creature together, in union with the Lord.
The following is from kingdom-dwelling, early-Quaker Stephen Crisp's The Necessity of a Holy Life, which gives us further first-hand knowledge of the baptism of fire:
There is no coming to obtain this baptism, but by sinking down into what will slay you, what will kill you. But there is such a shifting to save one's life, there are so many twistings and twinings of people to save their lives, that at last they lose them. But no one can ever find life that is eternal, but those who are willing to be given up to the dead, and submit to this baptism — that is, by the Holy Ghost and by fire. Only such come to life; they come to the resurrection. For you never knew any that died this death but that they rose again; it is as impossible for death to hold any one down that is buried in this baptism,* as it was impossible to hold Christ down, when he was in the grave. The same power that brought again our Lord Christ from the dead, the same power it is that quickens us, while we remain in these mortal bodies, after we have sustained this death and crucifixion, [on the inward cross of self-denial].
[* Your resurrection is very quick, and your burial is not in this physical world.]
Messages from the Word of the Lord within which apply to this day are:
As we are surrounded by the fire of His presence, we will call out in hope — we will say, "Save me Lord Jesus;" with confidence.
All others will be taken completely by surprise at his fearful appearance after their death. He is so pure and holy, they will instantly know they are hopelessly evil. He will cause them to panic and lose all reason — just wild, uncontrollable fear. See Howgill's description of what happens to those still sinning when they die.
4 how will they preach, unless they are sent? Those who are sent to preach are the feet of Christ. To preach one must be specifically sent by the Spirit of God, to preach to a specific people at a specific time, and preach only with words heard from the Spirit as they speak. Jesus told us: "Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest." Mat 9:38. To be trained by a Bible College or seminary and then sent by a sect's organization, is not to be sent by God. A man must first be taught all things by the Spirit of God, trained to perfection by the Holy Spirit, specifically gifted the office of preacher, specifically sent by the Spirit of God, and then supplied words to speak by the Spirit of God; otherwise a man is not a minister of Christ, but a minister of Satan. To prophesy is to edify, exhort, and comfort. 1 Cor 14:3.... ‘I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran [to you] , I have not spoken to them, yet they have prophesy. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.’ Jeremiah 23:21-22.... Then the LORD said to me, "The prophets prophesy lies in my name. I did not send them, neither have I commanded them, nor spoken to them. They prophesy to you a false vision and divination, worthless from the deceit of their heart. Jer 14:14.
5 Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. This is a critical scripture for understanding what is faith. The word of God is the name of Christ, John 1:1,14, Rev 19:13-16; and Paul just told us in Rom 10:8 that he preached the word of faith that is in your heart. So faith is hearing the word of Christ from within your heart, and recognizing it as the Spirit of God speaking to you, or Christ speaking to you; and believing it enough to obey. Thus to believe is: to believe, [trust, depend on, obey] on the word, Christ, heard in your heart. Blessed are those who hear the word of God [from within their hearts] and keep [practice, obey] it. Christendom would have you believe that hearing someone read the words of the Bible is hearing the word of God, and if you believe them, you are a "believer." But this only results in belief in a book and faith in the words in a book, Bible-faith.
There are two faiths, both with Christ as the object:
Christianity erroneously teaches that faith comes by belief in the message of the Bible; if so, then how did Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, etc. have faith when scriptures were yet to be written? If they tell you that "faith comes by hearing Bible verses (their word of God)," haven't they just cut Christ out of being the author and the finisher of your faith, by making the Bible their source of faith instead of the Living, speaking voice from heaven, Christ the Living God? If people insist that Bible verses are the "word of God," haven't they replaced Christ with the Bible — making the Bible their rule, their judge, their source of discernment, their authority — haven't they made the Bible their God? Think about it, even though it is a sad conclusion to make. Yet Paul has just told us that faith comes from hearing the word, which word is in your heart; so to have real faith, you must hear Christ from within your heart and believe whom you hear, to be the Son of God; and believe enough to completely obey him.
Paul clearly states that we must be taught by hearing Jesus speak to us:
you must not walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
Who being past feeling [pangs of conscience], have given themselves over to fleshly indulgences, to work all impurities with greediness.
But you have learned differently from Christ;
Assuming you have actually heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. Eph 4:17-21.
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
He will guide the humble in what is right and teach them his way. Psalm 25:8-9
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you shall go; I will guide you with my eye. Psalm 32:8
However when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. ... and he will show you things to come. John 16:13-14
But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit and whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things. John 14:26
Then, not a book about Jesus, but Jesus himself is the source and author of your faith: true faith, of which Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, Heb 12:2. By obedience to the word, Jesus, you have faith: For Jesus became the Author and Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey Him. Heb 5:9.
In this verse, (Rom 10:17), Most English Bibles translate ("word of Christ") instead of ("word of God'); click to see. This also shows that the original Greek (click here) could have just as accurately been translated as:
Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ. (and Christ does the speaking).
Look at the footnotes on this web page, which say: 1) the spoken word is much more likely, 2) the scribes of the early manuscripts were prone to change the translation from Christ to God, and 3) it could just as easily have been correctly translated as: Christ does the speaking.
Now realize that organized religion's scholars*, (schooled by men, not Christ), and Roman Catholic monks were doing the translating and copying of manuscripts, and none of them had a clue of what the true hope and promises of Christ were, see John 14 and John 17; therefore the prejudice of their religious training and order's pre-conceived beliefs would reflect in their choice of words. But since, "the Word of God" is the name of Christ, and since Paul said he preached the word of faith in your heart, it is clear Paul was explaining the Word, Christ, heard in your heart. Even the Bible refers to scriptures as scriptures and to Jesus as the Word of God. Despite the subtle inaccuracies of Bible translations, remember that the early Quakers only had the King James Version of 300 years ago; it was sufficient for thousands of them to reach purity, union with God, and enter the Kingdom of Heaven while alive on earth.
*In the 16th and 17th centuries, religious scholars who were trained in the languages of Greek, Hebrew, and Latin were know as "divines" because they supposedly had the heavenly tongues, and therefore they only could properly understand the scriptures. George Fox ridiculed this, saying "if knowing the three languages makes one divine, then Pilate was divine because he placed a sign on Jesus' cross, written in all three languages, which said: JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS."
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col 3:16.
I only wish to learn from you this: Did you received you the Spirit by the works of the law or by faith in what you heard? Gal 3:2
He who supplies the Spirit to you, and works miracles among you, does he do it by the works of the law, or by the faith in what you heard. Gal 3:5.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Faith is a series of revelations." You sit and wait on God, listening, watching, and then obeying. His spoken words heard impart the life of God into your heart, John 6:63. You grow in faith with each revelation received. You must keep hearing and obeying until your sinful nature has been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial, to then receive faith as part of the fruit of the Spirit, which frees you from the law and justifies you. You are saved through faith, and by faith your hearts are purified; but obviously in the beginning of faith, you are not purified, neither are you saved. Before purification and salvation, your faith must be tested in several trials, in which you must grievously suffer in order to be purified of sin. You must contend for the faith, grow in the faith, build up your faith, increase in faith, perfect what is lacking in your faith, fight the good fight of faith, until victory when your faith is finished by the finisher; faith is a process and a journey, the end of which is to see Christ bring your salvation, to bring your eternal life.
By the grace of His revelations, Jesus authors your faith, increases your faith, and finally perfects your faith, until you attain salvation, (freedom from sin), and later union with Christ and God. When you are in union with God and Christ, you no longer walk by sight; instead you walk in faith, hearing from the Spirit every and all words to speak, being shown by the Spirit everything you are to do, and being energized by the Spirit — thus you are doing the works of God, fulfilling his purpose in creating you. This walking in faith is walking in the light, love, and life; walking in the royal law of love; surpassing the law because you are under total control of the law-giver; no longer walking in restricted flesh, but walking as part of the body of Christ, wholly under control of the head of the one Church, Jesus Christ.
6 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes truly, their sound went into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.
Paul is referencing Psalm 19:
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the skies proclaim his handiwork.
Day after day they utter speech, and night after night they show knowledge.
They have no speech or language, no sound is heard from them.
Yet their sound has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world. Psa 19:1-4
Paul is speaking of the Spirit of the Lord's utterances heard through all the earth, to the end of the world; this is not the Apostles' preaching. The Americas had not even been discovered at the time of Paul and the Apostles, so they could not have gone through all the earth. There are remote places on the earth that the missionaries still have not ever entered. Furthermore look at this chapter's verse 16: But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah said, "Lord, who has believed our report?" Rom 10:16. Isaiah was speaking about people not obeying the gospel several hundred years before Christ. Even Abraham had the gospel preached to him: And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you will all nations be blessed." Gal 3:8.
Col 1:23 says all men, all over the world, have had (past tense) the gospel preached to them: "If you continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature under heaven; of which I, Paul, was made a minister." Now, if the gospel, (which is a mystery), was preached to all men, as this verses plainly states: the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature under heaven, then most of the preaching must have been done by the Spirit of Christ himself. The gospel is a mystery.
George Fox expands on this gospel being universally preached, in refuting the false doctrine of predestination:
he who enlightens every man that comes into the world, enlightens these [the nations of Esau, and of Ishmael, and of the Egyptians, and Babylon] as well as others; and his grace which has appeared unto all men, has appeared unto all these as well as others; and if they did not believe in it and receive it, it was to be a witness against them, and they were worthy of the judgment and condemnation; else how will God judge the world in righteousness, according to the gospel, the power of God, if that the gospel is not preached to, or in every creature under heaven; and that Christ has not tasted death for every man, which were dead in old Adam, that they might believe and be turned unto God? But the light of the gospel, which enlightens every man that comes into the world, and the grace of God in the gospel, which brings salvation, has appeared unto all; and God has poured out of his spirit upon all flesh in his new covenant, so that all flesh might see the salvation of God.
................. (and further down in the same writing)
For Ishmael and Esau had the covenant of circumcision, in the flesh, as is said before, a type of the new covenant and circumcision in the spirit. And the gospel was preached to them, being preached to every creature under heaven.
And Cain had his day of visitation; for the Lord told him, ‘if he did well, he should be accepted; and if not, sin lay at his door:’ so there was a promise of God to Cain, if he had believed it and received it; so his destruction was of himself. And so was the old world's, for grieving God's good spirit, and not receiving righteous Noah's preaching, who was a preacher of righteousness; and therefore, their destruction and condemnation came upon themselves, for going from the spirit of God in themselves, and not regarding this righteous preacher Noah.
....................................... and in his writing: To All Who Claim to Be Christians:
For ‘Christ has enlightened all,’ that they might see, and poured out his spirit upon all, that they might understand and obey. The apostle says, ‘he has tasted death for all, and is a propitiation for the sins of the whole world; and the gospel, which is the power of God, is preached to every creature under heaven;’ so that all are left without excuse, and God is just and righteous in his judging of the world, for all have had a visitation by God's light, grace, spirit, and gospel.
And so, the gospel is also preached in a man, when the Spirit of God visits a man, in the day of his visitation, which all men have. This is more evidence that faith comes from hearing Christ, the word of God, speak to you from within your heart. As Jesus said: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock. If any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev 3:20. God is fair. God is just. God is righteous. He would knock equally at every man's heart. He visits every man. He reasons with every man. Every man has his chance. The day of visitation can come from a true preacher, with spoken or written words supplied by the Spirit of God, or directly in a man's heart from the Spirit of Christ. At judgment, every man will remember his day(s) of visitation.
The everlasting gospel, the mystery, is explained by the great early Quaker, Isaac Penington:
"'Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him that made heaven, and earth,' Rev 14:7.
- If you know the Preacher that preached this,
- if you have heard this preached in your own heart,
- if you have met with that fear there, which God's Spirit teaches and gives,
- if you have known the hour of God's judgment, and had the axe laid to the root of the tree; and
- if you have been taught by the Son to worship the Father in Spirit and truth;
you have, without doubt, met with the gospel, the everlasting gospel."
The mystery, which has been hidden from ages and generations, but now is made revealed to his saints. Col 1:26. And for certain, today's Christendom, (without a saint to its name), has no idea what the gospel is. They are not even aware that the gospel is a mystery. They think the gospel is Jesus Saves or the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Take heart: Nothing is hidden, except what is meant to be revealed. Mat 10:26, Luke 12:2. Seek, and keep on seeking, with your whole heart and soul, and you will find. You will hear the gospel preached to you by Christ within your heart. The gospel is the ministry of the Spirit to totally free you from sin, as you repent from your old ways of selfishness on the inward cross of self-denial; to be washed, cleansed, and purified; to then be translated into kingdom of Christ; and then to live in union with Christ and God, on earth and forever.
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