7 Foundations – (2.2) Faith: Bronze Altar
The Sacrifice of Calvary
Forgiveness of Sins /Salvation / Regeneration / Redemption / Reconciliation / Conversion
Leo Fenton (2013-2018)
Because of the casual way we started this series and the shallow way we handled Calvary in the first studies, there have been several questions that have arisen.
It has become clear that we need to add several aspects of the “Bronze Altar” and more of “the provision of Calvary” to make “Faith Toward God” a genuine and much fuller Foundation.
Therefore, we shall add this short addendum about the “Cross of Calvary” to the 2nd Foundation concerning Repentance and Faith towards God.
The questions that have arisen are concerning the difference between “His Cross and our cross.”
Since this focus upon OUR CROSS is related to our Great Salvation, we will attach “our cross” to the document called “Faith Towards God.”
· the Feast of Passover,
· Unleavened Bread and
- the Feast of First Fruits
are essential to understanding the many aspects of Calvary. Why?
Because He IS our Passover Lamb!
In addition other questions include the “communications related to Salvation.”
The new questions address the experience of “My sheep hear My Voice” which is more of a Christian cliché than our actual experience.
There are so many questions concerning “OUR SO GREAT A SALVATION.” This may require another document to address this subject.
In several other studies we have focused upon Calvary and His Cross as our introduction to the Kingdom Dimension of the New Covenant Priesthood and its Life and function.
In other studies we have made a distinction between forgiveness of sins and the subsequent personal experiences of “salvation” in the Kingdom Dimension.
The Kingdom Dimension means that its citizens are subservient to the Kingdom Laws and Government.
Salvation, in the Priesthood Dimension, must include some form of COMMUNICATION between the Head and the Body of our High Priest.
If SONSHIP is in the “MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE” realm it may adjust how we view “Salvation.”
In this paper I will focus more upon the “life and function” dimensions which are designed to be integral with salvation and the Christian’s personal living experience!
This will be to point out once again that all these seven (7) Foundations are experiential!
Our thesis will revolve around the truth that NOTHING eternal can be built without the proper and the prescribed Foundations.
We would like to see more of an emphasis upon our actual experience of Calvary than upon our vicarious benefits of Jesus’ Sacrifice.
Are we denying our vicarious benefits of Jesus’ Sacrifice?
Certainly not! This present emphasis will be upon “our participation in the Cross” rather than our vicarious benefits from His Cross.
In other words, our Kingdom Redemption must “save us”:
- under, and
the Kingdom of God.
Any “salvation” that leaves us outside the Sovereign Kingdom Government of God and the Absolute Sovereignty of Jesus Christ is LESS than Kingdom Salvation!
If we are not yet saved out of our anarchy and into obedience to His:
- Eternal Government, and
· internal Laws,
we are then still in the process of the preparation of our so Great a Salvation.
Whenever “the Christian” still holds to his veto power, he is still independent of the Kingdom Government and therefore, short of Kingdom Salvation.
John 5:30 "I can do nothing on My Own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My Judgment is just, because I do not seek My Own Will, but the Will of Him Who sent Me.”
John 5:19 Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”
This is an example of Sonship in the Kingdom of God Realm.
“The Law said but I say” is OK but “the Father said but I say” is an abomination in the Kingdom of God Realm of Life.
The Son holds NO VETO POWER over the FATHER in the Kingdom.
In like manner the sons of the Kingdom hold NO veto power over anything concerning the Government of God.
Some imaginary veto power is really anarchy!
Wherever we find anarchy, we will never find the Real Kingdom in manifestation.
Pseudo salvation will always be present along with pseudo ministry but none of these are welcome in the Kingdom dimension.
Phony hype, insincerity and pretentious, ego-centric persons will produce NOTHING in the Eternal Kingdom realm because they eliminate themselves.
Another more “extreme” example of Kingdom Salvation is this:
“Be ye therefore, perfect as your Father in heaven is Perfect.”
This would mean that the highest qualities, attributes and characteristics of the Father would be transferred to man.
The commandment to “be Perfect” implies that these ultimate and Absolute Qualities of the Father can become manifested in man and be seen on earth.
“Brother, how could you be so naive and foolish to suggest such a thing?
Aren’t you aware that a well-known man of God recently said that no one can achieve perfection in this life?”
Of course there are many opinions about this!
However, the Prototype Son achieved “perfection” and then demonstrated this Truth by His Life.
Jesus said, “As the Father sent Me, I also send you.”
8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the Source of Eternal Salvation,
10 being designated by God as a High Priest according to the Order of Melchizedek.
It should be easy to see that our obedience is directly connected to “Perfection” and “perfection” is related to the Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek.
The Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek is directly related to the Kingdom of Priests.
5 and from Jesus Christ, the Faithful Witness, the First-Born of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him Who loves us, and released us from our sins by His Blood,
6 and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the Glory and the Dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Three times in the Book of Revelation it is confirmed that God will have His Kingdom of priests or those who are kings and priests to our God.
7 "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him."
8 Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us."
9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, 'Show us the Father'?
10 Do you not believe that I AM in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The Words that I say to you I do not speak on My Own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.”
21 Jesus therefore said to them again, "Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you."
22 And when He had said this, He breathed on (in) them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.”
23 "If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained."
Mat 5:48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is Perfect.”
The problem with these 12 words is that it requires volumes to explain what these 12 words reveal about the Kingdom.
Maybe, we will NEVER be able to fully explain what that means.
1 John 4:8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is Love.
These 3 words, God is Love, conveys a Truth that would require books and more books just to investigate what that means in just one dimension.
Even then we could not exhaust the depth of its meaning.
This is the problem of explaining the term “Kingdom Redemption” or “Kingdom Salvation.”
There are numerous realms of redemption and realms of salvation.
The one salvation fits all believers is a transitory truth and may mislead us!
Let us take another Truth.
20 Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the Kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said,
"The Kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed;
21 nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or, 'There it is!'
For behold, the Kingdom of God is within you."
If we understood the tremendous ramifications of what this reveals, we still could not explain it.
IF this “inward Kingdom” is our actual experience, then the Laws and Government of God would be within us.
We would be living under the Absolute Sovereignty of God.
This would revolutionize:
· our whole life,
· our vision,
· our character, and
· our purpose for existing.
We can quote these words but have no life experience of these words.
Therefore, these words form NO FOUNDATION in our experience or in our lives.
This lack of the genuine experience becomes a tremendous weakness in our ministry because our words will certainly lack power of the experiential Truth!
Is the “Kingdom within” synonymous with “salvation” and His Absolute Government within the normal Christian Life?
Since there are also realms of our salvation FROM which God speaks, it will be necessary to create another document just for that dimension of God’s communication.
The 3 areas of the Tabernacle of Moses will reveal the 3 realms and elevations from which God speaks.
The Tabernacle of God is vertical. It stands upward.
Phil: 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus.
The Tabernacle of God is made up of the New Earth, the New Heaven and then the New Jerusalem. This is called the “Eternal Heaven.”
These three (3) levels speak of our three (3) degrees of salvation.
We know from past studies that God speaks from Zion.
His Communication within our preparation in the Outer Court of the Tabernacle of God reveals how He speaks to our inner man through His Word and His Spirit.
These “Realms of Communication” are an important and very essential part of the process of His activity in “developing our progressive and growing salvation.”
For example; there are at least 3 levels of “faith towards God” that are compatible with the 3 areas of the Tabernacle of God.
The “end of our faith” should arrive at the Most Holy Place and the Throne of God.
Therefore, our “faith towards God” incorporates more extensive areas of our life than some basic beginning of faith.
This “faith” must also include our faith to complete our growth potential into a Christian function and our personal participation in and our completion of God’s Eternal Purpose.
Our faith towards God must also endure the process of advancement into the real UNION Realm of Life.
The 3 main Realms of our Communication and Salvation are;
(1) Outer Court = Preparation or Foundations.
(2) The Holy Place = Function and Priesthood;
(3) Most Holy Place = Union - Oneness (I in You and you in Me realm)
We cannot include those realms of enquiry here in this document.
However, this “growth and function priority” should be integral to our normal understanding that follows our vicarious benefit of Calvary.
This greater “dimension of our personal participation” in Calvary is what we will call “Conversion or Redemption or Reconciliation or Rectification or Salvation.”
In other words, we are suggesting that our participation in Calvary through “our cross” is synonymous with “so great a salvation.”
Therefore, our participation in the Cross is NOT optional as some teach.
Why is this so important?
That is because there is an issue of:
· the world yet to come”,
· our personal Priesthood within the Kingdom and
· our Resurrection LIFE,
which are integrally connected to our participation in the personal cross.
Is this statement about our personal cross very controversial?
Yes, it certainly is both controversial and offensive.
23 And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
24 For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.”
Refusing to take up the personal cross is related to saving your natural life.
Taking up our cross daily and following Him is related to giving up our natural life, psuche!
When we attempt to reconcile the verses about forgiveness of sins with theses verses about laying down our lives “for His sake,” there appears to be a lot of back-pedaling that begins in the pulpit and continues in the pew.
In other words there is generally a “big argument that begins” about “the God I know” or about “Greek words” or about “false interpretation.”
It appears to be easier to create an argument against the Truth than to adjust our lives to incorporate the Truth.
34 And He summoned the multitude with His disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
35 For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel's shall save it.
36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
37 For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the Glory of His Father with the holy angels."
Does Jesus mean that saving your life means losing your soul and losing your life by means of the personal cross is the way we save our soul?
If this is what He is saying then “WINNING SOULS” takes on another more serious dimension of ministry.
To “save your psuche (natural life) means to lose your soul” seems like a very harsh gospel.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that One died for all, therefore all died;
15 and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him Who died and rose again on their behalf.
This TRUTH about our participation in the Cross does not leave much wiggle room where we can play dodge ball with the Scriptures.
If our sins were forgiven by the Blood, what was the purpose of Him dying?
One of the predominant and obvious failures of the Adam species is that Adam lives just for himself.
He is selfish and self-centered.
His first response to any requirement is “what is in it for me and how can I benefit?”
It appears one of the provisions of Jesus’ death was to break man’s selfishness and to break the Adam syndrome of living just for himself.
His death seems to present an obligation for man to re-order his life so he will live ONLY for Jesus!
His death removes our veto power unless we insist upon “our rights because we are “the King’s kid.”
Jesus’ Resurrection “on man’s behalf” is also involved in this transition from “me-centered to become Christ-centered.”
If we really understood the New Covenant Priesthood and our calling in eternity future and our function in the world yet to come, the personal cross would be acceptable and logical.
If we really recognized the “old man” and his lawless nature, the personal cross would be welcomed as essential to God’s Purpose!
When we refocus from the “past tense” of His Cross, Calvary, to “present tense” of our cross, we might wonder why this selfishness and self-centeredness was not broken by His death on the Cross, in the modern church system.
The visible church has reserved the veto power over the personal cross.
Even if the church has by-passed this provision, surely the ministries should have experienced this Kingdom provision.
We should seriously ask the question;
“If Christ Jesus died to free us from ourselves, our ego and self-centered lives, why is our life still organized around ourselves, our ego and this earth dimension of religious function?”
When we solidly add the Kingdom dimension, when equating this “salvation to eternity,” we find quite a few Scriptures that present a problem.
How can we possibly add these verses about the personal cross to this “gospel of the half-priced sale” that is preached without embarrassment or restraint?
Does “salvation” and “Eternal Life” relate more to the Cross than to the Blood?
For example; “Whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.”
How, exactly, can we reconcile receiving “Eternal Life” (Zoe) by forgiveness of sins with “saving our life,” (Zoe) by taking up our cross daily and following Him?
How can giving up our life, psuche, relate to saving our Life, Zoe?
Instead of accepting this personal cross as “Gospel Truth,” it is much easier to do a word study and show that both times in this verse Jesus uses the word “psuche” which refers to natural life.
“For that reason we can dismiss this verse as being unimportant because we already have Eternal Life by faith!”
However, when we read this same verse in another Gospel that “argument” disintegrates into dust.
25 "He who loves his life (psuche) loses it; and he who hates his life (psuche) in this world shall keep it to Life (Zoe) Eternal.
26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall My servant also be; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.”
The clincher comes when we see the context in which He makes this startling statement.
"If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me;
and where I am, there shall My servant also be.”
To follow Jesus and then serve Him shall result in “being where He Is.”
We could logically ask; “But what if we DIDN’T follow and serve Him, would we arrive at His dwelling place anyway, just because of “Grace?”
If we failed to enter where He is in Eternity, how would we describe that kind of salvation?
Would that be a second class salvation?
Laying down our “psuche” life in order to “SAVE” our Zoe Life is related to “being where He is.”
To fail to see and experience the profound difference between the psuche life and the Zoe Life could easily change our eternal destiny.
To clearly respond to God in the personal cross and in Kingdom obedience can certainly change our eternal destiny and relate us to “the High Calling in Christ Jesus.”
It should be easy to see that this “gospel of half-priced salvation,” as it is being preached, falls far short of the revelation contained in several clear Scriptures.
This “Truth” about saving our life and being where He dwells is certainly NOT hidden in Scriptures or only revealed through dark sayings and implications.
John 14:2 "In My Father's house are “many dwelling places;” if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.”
The dwelling places in the Father’s house are set aside for the Father’s multitudes of Old Testament saints and maybe New Testament babies or children.
Many of these dwelling places are already assigned to the Old Testament saints who qualified for Old Testament perfection like John the Baptist.
Now we must consider that Jesus is a Son over His Own house which He is preparing now!
John 14:3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
This is a different place from the Father’s house.
The house the Son is preparing is for His Bride and this is called the City of the Great King, the New Jerusalem.
Rev 21:2 And I saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
4 "And you know the way where I am going."
5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?"
6 Jesus said to him, "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”
It should then be obvious why these OTHER “demanding” Truths” about our cross, and being where He Is, must be included in our New Covenant Gospel, the Gospel of the Kingdom.
“But why can’t we just base our eternal salvation upon one or two verses that are obviously true?”
If one or two verses conveyed the total Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible would be VERY thin and could be read quickly in a few minutes.
However, Eternal Salvation is in a higher realm that is much more demanding because of this Kingdom dimension.
Still, to personally be counted worthy of the Kingdom is mostly hidden by the modern gospel.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the Truth.
14 And it was for this He called you through our Gospel, that you may gain the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This “other dimension of salvation” is designed for us to gain the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This Scripture reveals that God has chosen us and called us to this “higher degree” of salvation through both faith and through sanctification by the Holy Spirit.
The “Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ” incorporates the New Covenant Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek.
8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the Source of eternal salvation,
10 being designated by God as a High Priest according to the Order of Melchizedek.
Then how should we interpret this dimension of “Eternal Salvation?”
Is “our obedience” required to participate in this “Eternal Salvation?
Many will answer;
“Of course not! Salvation is by Grace and through faith ONLY and certainly NOT by obedience.”
The fundamentalist position is this;
“We must do NOTHING but believe something about Jesus or we are subverting our faith by some offensive “works.””
11 For the “Grace of God has appeared,” bringing salvation to all men,
12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,
13 looking for the blessed Hope and the appearing of the Glory of our Great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;
14 Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His Own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Since the context of these verses is the “GRACE that appeared,” wouldn’t it be more honest to just accept these verses as “Truth” rather than try to create an argument against it?
How is this argument presented?
By re-defining “Grace” as a covering for our sin.
It is assumed that “Grace” hides our sin from God so that He cannot see it.
However, Paul identifies this “Grace” as being a Person Who has appeared bringing salvation to all men.
His purpose within this “salvation” was to redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His Own possession.
Is this “salvation” following forgiveness of sins or before?
Is “forgiveness of sins” the same as this “salvation” which purifies and redeems a people for HIS OWN POSSESSION?
For HIS OWN POSSESSION attaches “salvation” to the Consecration Offering.
“Who gave Himself for us” ties this dimension of salvation back to Calvary.
25 just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself up for her;
26 that He might sanctify her, (the Church) having cleansed her (the church) by the washing of water with the Word,
27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.
Everybody should be able to understand that this “cleansing and washing” is something that “sanctifies” beyond forgiveness of sins by the Blood!
This, now, is what “salvation” means in the Kingdom dimension!
Eternal Salvation is related to a transformed people who are consecrated as a people for His Own possession!
This total salvation is not just one event but a process in which God changes us from what we are to what Jesus IS, as the Prototype Son.
It is AFTER we join the “church group” that this sanctification, cleansing and washing takes place.
Is this for “forgiveness of sins?”
No! This is to prepare and cleanse the “church!” Why?
That He might present to Himself the Church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.
The “gospel of the half-priced sale” seems to ignore this whole aspect of salvation that goes beyond forgiveness of sins and approaches the Life defined by the Gospel of the Kingdom.
2 Thessalonians 1:5-12
5 This is a plain indication of God's Righteous Judgment so that you may be considered worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.
6 For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire,
8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.
9 And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the Presence of the Lord and from the Glory of His Power,
10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed - for our testimony to you was believed.
11 To this end also we pray for you always that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with Power;
12 in order that the Name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the Grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
This certainly presents a different “interpretation of Grace” than is generally preached.
If the believers are being warned that “they must be considered worthy of their calling AND worthy of the Kingdom of God,” what, exactly, does that mean?
If God is going to deal out retribution to those who do not OBEY the Gospel of our Lord Jesus, how should we interpret this warning?
For example; let us suppose that someone believed in Jesus and had their sins forgiven but never obeyed the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ!
What confidence could we give them that they would be considered worthy of the Kingdom of God?
40 "Therefore just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.
41 The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,
42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”
If there are stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness who are “saved people” in the church or in the pulpit, what confidence could be give them that they will be considered worthy of the Kingdom of God?
34 And Jesus said to them, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage,
35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage;
36 for neither can they die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”
It seems amazing that these verses are seldom preached in the “visible church” because these verses are generally ONLY assigned to the unsaved.
However, these things were written to the believers.
It would be incredible if we heard someone preach that believers must be considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead!
According to the popular gospel,
“Aren’t ALL believers sons of God, being sons of the resurrection?
Could Jesus possibly be confused about these things?
Why would He say such a thing since EVERYBODY knows that all we have to do to be a believer is to accept Jesus as personal Savior and our eternity is secure.
Of course we are told, if we believe something about Jesus we are automatically counted worthy of the age yet to come and to participle in the first resurrection of the dead.
Brother, why are you trying to cast doubt and destroy the believer’s confidence in their salvation?”
Our purpose is to show that the Foundations are essential for ALL believers to be qualified to function in the Kingdom Dimensions of God and His Eternal Purpose.
The AGE YET TO COME will incorporate a Kingdom of Priests.
These will be the sons of God (who are sons of the Resurrection) who are developed out of having the Resurrection Life.
The new inner man is the one who is clothed with Christ.
We have attempted to show that the seven (7) experiential Foundations are the preparations of the children of God (the Body of Christ) to become the sons of God or the sons of the High Priest (the Body of our High Priest).
Since the (Holy Place) is the location of the Pure Gold Lampstand Church, we are not at all embarrassed to make this application.
I, in no way, feel awkward, self-conscious or ashamed to add these Truths that are included in the “real Gospel of the Kingdom!”
It is the “preachers of the gospel of the bargains” who should be embarrassed.
IF we accept 10 verses about Salvation and declare these to be the inspired Word of God but then ignore these other verses from the same Bible, how can we justify that ignorance?
19 "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 So then, you will know them by their fruits.
21 Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the Will of My Father Who is in Heaven.
22 Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'
23 And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'”
Many “preachers” are bold to say that “EVERYONE who accepts Jesus as personal Savior is guaranteed a place on the Throne!”
They fail to mention anything about bearing acceptable fruit or even doing “the Will of My Father.”
Then we should ask IF they are preaching any TRUTH at all?
19 "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire
20 So then, you will know them by their fruits.”
This is the context in which Jesus warned that not everybody who says “Lord, Lord” is “saved” from the fire.
He warned that ONLY those who actually “did the Will of God” will participate in the Kingdom.
EVERYBODY who practiced lawlessness will be eliminated from the Presence of Jesus.
“Well, Brother, that is NOT the God I know!
Since I had a powerful ministry I know that God is pleased with me and will give me a high place in His Kingdom.”
This deception has been rampant in the visible church and the Charismatic movement for many years.
Since these verses are so clear, how it is possible to be so foolish to think they are not true or to ONLY apply these verses to unbelievers?
We wouldn’t ever expect unbelievers to have a powerful ministry like this.
29 "For to everyone who has shall more be given, and he shall have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
30 And cast out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Our real purpose in this addendum is not to focus upon the foolish ones who “minister as worthless slaves” and end up being cast into outer darkness!
Our purpose is to show how the Foundations are designed to prepare us to be fruitful ministers of the New Covenant and prepare believers to participate in the Kingdom Priesthood and to inherit the Precious and Magnificent Promises.
God’s primary purpose in:
· shedding the Blood,
· the death,
· the burial,
· the resurrection and
· the ascension of our Savior
was NOT to save man from hell but to prepare man to fulfill God’s Eternal Purpose.
This “preparation” then is the primary purpose of the ministers who He appoints in the church.
What if I said that there are MANY worthless slaves in the “ministry” who say 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles’ but did NOT lay any of the Foundations so the believers could become a Kingdom of Priests?
What good is ANY minister who does not prepare their new believers to complete and participate in God’s Eternal Purpose?
The excuse that “I WAS ONLY CALLED TO WIN SOULS” will not be acceptable in the day!
I realize that this is a terrible indictment of what is normal in the visible church.
However, since I wasted 30 years of my life in fruitless activity, and was corrected and disciplined for that foolishness, I feel qualified to speak freely.
I am certainly NOT qualified to give warnings but I feel obligated to point out the foolishness of what is considered NORMAL while God may call it disgusting, wasted, worthless and rejected!
Even this document must be considered much too shallow to really convey the seriousness of the Kingdom Salvation that is designed to prepare us to participate in the world yet to come.
To be “COUNTED WORTHY OF THE KINGDOM AND WORTHY OF OUR CALLING” may be beyond the capacity of a written document to explain.
Then, if we focus upon our Eternal Calling rather than our earthly calling, being counted “Worthy” will take on another quality.