#509 – The Gospel of the Kingdom & The Gospel of Eternal Salvation
The Gospel of Forgiveness of Sins & The Gospel of Salvation.
The Man Centered Gospel And The God Centered Gospel.
How Do We Experience the Foundations?
February 11, 2012
Because these documents are sent to many places and into many religious diversities it is normal for me to receive very diverse questions by E-Mail. I try to answer EVERY request for clarification. When questions come from Bible Schools, the answers must be more complete and in details that use the scripture for an exact answer. Concepts and principles are not sufficient for Bible Schools. Since much of the teaching on the Kingdom and the Christian Life is rooted in the invisible realms, the answers tend to be rather abstract. It is for that reason that I will use these four different titles to attempt a to make a clearer explanation of the Gospel of the Kingdom and the Unfolding of God’s Eternal Purpose. I will use the Unfolding of God’s Eternal Purpose as the reason for and the basis of the Christian Life. I will try to answer the fourth question about EXPERIENCING the Foundations in the context of the explanation.
The first question I will attempt to answer revolves around the Preaching of the Kingdom from the Book of Romans where the Kingdom is only mentioned once and in a surface context.
Rom 14:15 For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
The question concerning the Kingdom and the Book of Romans is very important because “salvation” is commonly preached using the Book of Romans. In Evangelical circles this is called “The Roman Road To God” but these groups nearly ignore the Kingdom of God as the basis of this “highway to God.” The same highway with another name would be “ The Highway to Zion.” The question then is this; “How do you preach the Gospel of the Kingdom from the Book of Romans?” This cannot be treated as another “Nuisance Question” because this is a genuine concern for anyone who is trying to present the Gospel of the Kingdom to a student group. Because of the common usage the Book of Romans as the basis of presenting “salvation,” it will require a VERY convincing argument to present the Kingdom of God and His Internal Government from the context of this Book. However, it may be necessary to follow many the details that Paul presents in his other letters to present ALL the foundations for the Christian Life! This diversity will be of major importance rather than just using Romans 10: 9&10 as what I call “a one verse salvation!”
Of course there are 27 Books in the New Testament and no complete study can be made from one book. God has arranged His revelation to be spread over several books and NOT just the Book of Romans. However, we could probably limit our selves to the one person who recorded much of the revelation of the Third Heaven in the Epistles and that is Paul.
Recently a pastor told us he ONLY needs one verse to preach salvation and that is Romans 10: 9 & 10. He thought these two verses said it all! In my opinion that is a very dangerous position to take because people’s eternal destiny is involved. The Bible consists of 66 Books and not just two verses. For example; these two verses do not include the INTERNAL Government of God or bringing our lives under the Absolute Sovereignty of God. It is in Romans 9 that we encounter the Sovereignty of God. This occurs in the Book of Romans BEFORE the “salvation verses of Romans 10: 9 & 10 ! “Salvation” that does not bring the believer under the Sovereignty of God and His Eternal Government is beginning on a slippery slide. Why? Because, this generally results in a man centered gospel where man’s needs and his benefits are the central focus of this alien gospel and the Kingdom is ignored.
When we answer these questions about the actual gospel that is authorized by God there always seem to be an undertone of criticism of the visible church system. Even if I would like to refrain from all criticism and see things in a different light, it still appears that the visible church system has failed in about every quarter. Some major degree of natural understanding has set the visible church on an alternative path and the natural mind has evidently replaced revelation and spiritual understanding as the basis of ministry. Human concepts have been a substitute for the Spiritual dimensions of the New Covenant and the arrival of the Holy Spirit and His work of teaching us, leading us and convicting us concerning eternal things.
1Cor 2:6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9 but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man.
These several verses identifies the basis of ALL New Covenant Ministry. In other words to preach Roman’s 10: 9 & 10 by the understanding of the natural man is already suspicious as to its completeness and accuracy! To make this a “one verse salvation” is far short of the New Covenant Ministry of the Spirit and we can assume this human effort at ministry is at least open to question the reliability of this verse to present eternal salvation. The human understanding and the natural basis of ministry appears to be a deviation from the pattern of scripture. Whatever arises out of this realm appears to be big waste of time and useless for establishing full salvation or for evaluating spiritual and eternal things. Of course, this “widespread carnality” in the visible church system ALSO requires a “widespread condemnation” because too much of the total ministry in the visible church system is by the natural man who does not accept the things of the Spirit of God.
It is for that reason that to explain the Kingdom of God and His INTERNAL Government we must begin in the basic preparation of the individual believer. Why? Because the natural man is limited to the parables because he cannot understand spiritual things. These foundations are very clear in the Book of Romans and possibly sequential in their nature. Then is it possible to preach the Kingdom from the Book of Romans, or not? Yes! It certainly is and the Book of Romans reveals the very basis of this Gospel, which begins through the preparation of each believer through laying of the proper foundations. However, every aspect of the Kingdom cannot be confined to one book or to one location in the Bible. Why? Because, the kingdom is not just outward and physical but is INTERNAL and spiritual. “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, (outward) but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”(inward). This “Truth” (righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit) is NOT about the Structure of the Kingdom or its Government! This defines the effects it has within the individual who has experienced the Kingdom Life and His Government as an inner reality. In other words, the Kingdom, to be experienced, must have a New Inner Man in which this Kingdom Government can be established. The Kingdom Government then has a manifestation as “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” But can’t we have these manifestations WITHOUT being bothered by having this King or His Government as an inner reality? NO! We cannot have the true manifestation of the Kingdom without the Kingdom life and its total experience!
This is exactly why the gospel of the “one verse salvation” is dangerous. Just dealing with past sins being forgiven is too limited in its scope when we present the magnitude of an Eternal Salvation that is compatible with the Eternal Government of God. This is especially true if we will participate with Christ Jesus in His Government by sharing His Throne!
Heb 2:2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,
The “one verse salvation” ignores the magnitude of this “So great a salvation” which is MUCH more than forgiveness of sins. It surely ignores the Government of God as an internal reality! Even “eternal Life” takes on another dimension of eternal reality as we see in Romans 6.
Rom 6:19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.
Are these verses just as valid as Romans 10: 9 & 10? Should these verses be ignored or should these verses be included WITH Romans 10: 9 & 10 as a part of “eternal salvation”? Then how about ALL the other verses in the Book of Romans? Can everybody see the serious error of this “one verse salvation” that is being preached? The Point I am making is this; The Gospel of the Kingdom requires ALL the verses and ALL the Books if we are going to receive an accurate understanding of Our Eternal Salvation that can function within the Eternal Kingdom of God as it relates to God’s Eternal Purpose.
The real value of the Book of Romans is in its recognition of man’s beginnings and the results of his departure from God which makes a full salvation essential. The Book of Romans reveals the method that God uses to transition estranged man into the real “salvation.” This does NOT happen within one or two verses. This “great Salvation” requires all the foundations.
Rom 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-- 13 for until the Law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
Any salvation that does Not deal with the “death that spread to all men” issue is NOT full salvation! God is just dealing with two men, the first Adam and Jesus Christ. Everybody upon this earth is in one or the other. However, EVERY person born upon this earth by natural birth was born into first Adam. NO ONE born on this earth has any means to escape from the sentence of death that fell on “the first Adam or the first man.” The ONLY means that God recognizes that will set man free from death is to be loosed from first Adam in whom the death sentence remains. This is NOT the full solution until each of us makes the transition to Jesus Christ who is called the Last Adam or the second Man.” Why? In Him alone is Life and Light!
The first man sinned and that original sin spread to all men who are still in that first man. This is where the Gospel of the Kingdom Must begin. “Sins” is what everyone commits who are in the first Adam. However, the “SIN” and death which spread to ALL men is much deeper than what man has done which is called “SINS, plural.” “SIN, singular,” is the very nature of first Adam and transfers to EVERYONE who is still in first Adam. It is the “SIN” that is the source of “DEATH.” “SINS” can be forgiven though faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, the “SIN” problem is not forgiven and MUST be dealt with differently! How? By death and burial!
The GREAT error of the Evangelical church is that they pronounce “you are saved” to anyone who has had their “SINS” forgiven. ( they also make this proclamation to some who have Not been forgiven) The problem with this delusory-salvation is that many have not escaped from first Adam nor have they escaped from the “SIN” nature of first Adam and are still living in “DEATH.” This is a terrible problem. However, within God’s Purpose, an even GREATER problem is that they CANNOT be accepted into the Kingdom of the Great King, Jesus Christ!
According to 2 Peter 1, ONLY those who are “IN CHRIST” and who have developed character can participate in the Kingdom of His Dear Son. This means that EVERYBODY must ESCAPE from first Adam AND be developed as a new inner man BEFORE they can be accepted into the Kingdom.
The preceding explanation is just a “basic Statement” of the condition of the natural man and the essential nature of a full salvation that becomes a reality when we have the several foundations experientially in our lives. It is for these reasons that these foundations are NOT optional and are absolutely necessary. To pretend to be raising up a “church” but ignoring these foundations is bordering on gross stupidity!
Then HOW can we EXPERIENCE these basic foundations so we may escape from the first man and then be joined to the Last Adam, the second man?
When the first man, Adam, sinned, the death sentence was placed upon Adam so that EVERYONE in the First Adam- his complete genealogy- MUST DIE because this DEATH sentence spread to all men. The next problem then that the Evangelicals ignore is the “DEATH PROBLEM.” Even though our “SINS” are forgiven (which we may have experienced) we are still living in this old creation that takes its life from Genesis 3. This “life” has the sentence of death upon it. Since the Kingdom functions in the Life realm, death will eliminate us from the Kingdom dimension. It will also eliminate us from the Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek because that “ministry” is after the POWER of an INDESTRUCTIBLE LIFE. It should be easy to understand that death and life CANNOT be mixed together as a Priesthood. Of course, much of what we call New Testament ministry, of the modern type, is a mixture of death and life and a mixture of first Adam and Christ. It might even be a mixture of letter and Spirit. Therefore, the “death” problem MUST be solved within the Experience of the foundations for the Kingdom and the Kingdom of Priests to be operational. The Death Problem must also be solved BEFORE anyone can become a Minister of the New Covenant which is NOT of the letter but of the Spirit! The “letter” is connected to “death” ( it kills) and the “Spirit” is connected to “LIFE.”
To make a quick summary we could say; Everything related to death, sin, sins, first Adam, the Law, Old Covenant, and the natural man MUST be solved BEFORE we can begin to participate in the Lampstand Church, the Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek or the Illumination of the Seven Spirits of God and this Holy Place Life and Ministry of the New Covenant.
The presence of anything of the first Adam in our lives will eliminate us from EVERY THING necessary for our participation in the Kingdom Government of God. The Adam nature will prevent us from making this transition into the Lampstand Church or the Priesthood ministry! These various problems of our origin CAN ONLY be solved by EXPERIENCING the proper foundations.
But, could you at least explain how we can experience this freedom from the death sentence?
Yes! Paul is very clear about this fact. The sentence of death has fallen upon every person who is in first Adam. This is an eternal fact and cannot be negotiated or plea bargained into some counterfeit impartation of Life. Neither can any Pastor, Prophet or Apostle lay hands on you to impart life. This ignorance ignores the simple teaching of scripture which anyone, even the natural man who has had his sins forgiven, should be able to understand.
The “experiential” nature of this death is fully explained in Romans six chapter. However, the solution is NOT just in death but in (1) Death (2) Burial and (3) Resurrection into (4) a new LIFE dimension. If these four things have NOT taken place in your EXPERIENCE, this basic foundation has NOT been properly laid. If this foundation, which is one of the seven foundations, is Not experientially laid in your life, you may still be in first Adam and still subject to death and rejection by the Kingdom. This is also true of the other six foundations.
NOW it should be clear WHY the visible church is so pathetic. Those who walk in the flesh (Adam) CANNOT please God or inherit the Kingdom of God!
Rom 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
The big problem is that you can still be a pastor and preach from the pulpit without ever experiencing the authentic death and burial and without the resurrection Life or any of the other foundations. However, without each foundation as experience this can ONLY be the natural man, doing the best he can, preaching in the flesh. The flesh / Adam man has been eliminated from the New Covenant and is still functioning in first Adam. In other words the ONLY way to escape the first Adam is through DEATH, which requires burial, but no New Covenant “ministry” is possible without the impartation of resurrection Life. This LIFE comes from God and not from any ministry originating from man.
We can sum up this portion by saying “The Kingdom Of God, as a Life Reality, demands each and every foundational experience just as the basic PREPARATION for the transition to the Priesthood, the Lampstand Church and the Internal Government of God. To ignore the experiential nature of these prescribed foundations and NOT make them THE priority of the ministry is the heights of stupidity. How do I know that? That is what I did and betrayed those who trusted me to take them on into Christ, the King, and His Government.
Rom 6:3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin.
This is certainly NOT complicated and anybody should be able to understand what Paul is revealing about the next dimension of Christ! Forgiveness of “SINS” is wonderful and everybody needs that grace but this does NOT eliminate our need to be free from our body of sin. Why? Otherwise we will still always “be slaves to sin.” Can God really deliver us from”“SIN?” Yes! How? Through DEATH and burial. For he who has died is freed from sin. Let us repeat this simple fact.
For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin. Without these simple foundations as a Life experience no CHURCH can be built and the assembly of “believers” cannot NOT be of the Bible kind.
Does that mean that we never baptized the believers? Not at all! We insisted upon Water Baptism for everyone who believed and over the years I have baptized hundreds of believers. The failure was in NOT confirming that the baptism was genuine and had the genuine Bible result! We never insisted upon the actual EXPERIENCE of Baptism which is a genuine death, burial and resurrection into a totally new Life. We taught it but did not follow through to make sure they had experienced the real baptism. While hundreds got wet only a few got baptized into the genuine foundational experience. For that reason the letter concerning water baptism (the ritual) was fulfilled but the foundation was not laid as a Life experience. It is for that reason that the Kingdom message fell to the ground and was ineffective. Why? Because the Genuine Kingdom Life Reality can ONLY follow the Genuine Foundational Experiences. Why? Because the Kingdom CANNOT become Life in any part of the Old Creation man after Adam, who is existing in “death.” Why? Because the Kingdom requires a completely New Creation Man who has escaped the OLD SPECIES by becoming a totally New Species of Man who has been born anew into an Eternal Life! This LIFE can ONLY come from the Kingdom dimension as sperma in the New Creation. This “sperma” is NOT conceived within the old creation.
Attempting to build a successful and functioning church with the former species of the Adam man is a big waste of time. Any attempt to build an assembly with the natural man will always require a lot of wasted human effort. Why do we say wasted human effort? Because a spiritual minister will not waste his time ministering “spiritual principles” in the flesh or try to teach “the flesh persons” in the pews spiritual things! What must happen FIRST? DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION! We must not jump ahead with “ministry” while ignoring the basic foundations.
Therefore, when I say “What we are doing is Not working” THIS is what I am talking about. Even the basic foundations are Not being laid! How do I know that? Because the FLESH, the Old Man, the Old Species and the natural man is still VERY active in the assemblies, both in the pew and in the pulpit.
But brother, we have to build our assemblies with fallen man! That IS the general concept but that is another LIE that is accepted! We may gather together a group of carnal people, who assemble on Sunday, but these people will be rejected from the Pure Gold Lampstand Church, which is Eternal. Why? Because that CHURCH, the one He is building, is ONLY built from Christ and no trace of first Adam, human beings or wood, hay and straw will be found in it very long. Why? Because the One who walks among the Lampstands will sift them out quickly. How do you know? Because I read Revelation 2 and 3.
But, brother, if each of the foundations are experiences how do we know when we have the real experience? How can we make a distinction between the doctrine of Baptism and the Life of Baptism
G907 βαπτίζω baptizō bap-tid’-zo — From a derivative of G911; to make whelmed (that is, fully wet); to be immersed;- dipped;- used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism: - baptist, baptize, wash.
Then what is the evidence that we have been immersed into a DEATH and then been immersed into Resurrection Life? If our life is still centered in just the outward things in which the natural man lives, we should question the authenticity of the “baptism.” Why? Because the impartation of Resurrection Life is within the new inner man and the central focus of ministry will be redirected to the invisible realms. But, how can these thing be? This is the questioned that Nicodemus asked Jesus when Jesus pointed him to the invisible and heavenly realms. These invisible things will NOT make sense until the three births are experiential. Are you a leader and don’t know these things?
As an example; how can we distinguish if we are still eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or if we are eating from the Tree of Life? This has been a problem every since Genesis 2. Knowledge just produces death and the tree of Life lifts us into the eternal realm of LIFE in the invisible realm. While Baptism of the old, outer, natural man is a Baptism or immersion into Death, at the same time the New Inner Man is being baptized or immersed into Life.
The problem with understanding these foundations is that they are not ONE time events but births into advanced realms of Life. Baptism is a Baptism into HIS DEATH but, if it is authentic, it is a BIRTH also in the realm of Life. However, what may be difficult to understand is this Baptism into death results in a birth into a “continuing experience of death” as an ongoing experience. Paul expresses it this way;
2Cor 4:10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death works in us, but life in you.
If we got baptized into Christ Jesus but the continual dying of Jesus is Not our personal experience, the ministry of Life will be lacking. Why? Because Death must be continually working in the minister so that LIFE can continually be working in the assemblies. This death begins at Baptism but continues throughout our life and ministry. From this fact we get our understanding that Water Baptism must result into a series of new births. Jesus said “You must be born of the water and born of the Spirit.”
This “forgiveness of SINS” may NOT be even the first birth. Born again probably is the basic beginning of the New Inner Man, which we metaphorically call “the conception.” We should ask WHEN WERE THE DISCIPLES BORN AGAIN? Was it at Calvary when the blood was shed? Was it immediately following the resurrection when Jesus BLEW into them the Spirit Holy. We know from various scriptures and even from the types that forgiveness of “SINS” is through the blood.
Heb 9:22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. 23 Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
The question we are presenting is this; If Jesus was NOT resurrected AND if He did NOT Blow into them, could they have been born again? Would their SINS also have had to be forgiven BEFORE this BLOWING into them could have happen? Why is this important? Because, of the concept that we are “born Again” by the forgiveness of “SINS,” though the blood of Calvary.
Are these next “births,” in another dimension, but within the New Inner Man to awaken man to the “SIN” problem and to these Spiritual Dimensions of the Kingdom of God? Are ALL these other dimensions revealed by our experiencing the blood of Calvary or in a progression of other experiences?
From the Book of Romans we learn there must be several experiences connected to our beginnings. We require BOTH the shed blood and the death of Calvary. Blood without death is NOT complete. Why? Because there is both the SINS problem and the Adam problem! However, salvation is not complete without the resurrection and the blowing into the new believer, the Breath of Life! The “conception” is NOT complete until there is the Genesis of the new creation man.
What one foundation does in producing a portion of our new life experience, the other foundations MUST also do for us to participate in a full salvation. Each and EVERY foundation is absolutely essential!
However, to ignore any of these foundations still leaves us short of the Christian Life. This is “part” of our controversy with the visible church system. They are quick to declare a full salvation when NONE of the real foundations are even laid, as experience, in the believers lives.
Even co-death with Christ Jesus and co-burial with Him can NEVER be complete until there is an impartation of Resurrection Life.
John 20:21 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 them, (Greek- blew in them) and *said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
It is my opinion that the deadness in the church and in its leaders is simply because of the lack of His Resurrection Life. Could these disciples have been born again and become New Covenant ministers UNLESS Jesus had breathed resurrection Life into them? Could they have gone out to minister in His Authority if they had ignored the NEXT FOUNDATION which is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit? If a “minister” speaks in tongues does that mean he has participated in the complete Feast of Pentecost? Does the SIXTH Foundation of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit require that we keep the whole Feast. How much of the Consecration Offering is it essential that we experience for us to qualify as Ministers of the New Covenant?
Most “Christians” who have some light, have been “baptized in water” by getting wet but only a very few have actually experienced the tri-level experiences of Bible Baptism. This means (1) Death (2) Burial (3) Resurrection Life.
When we say “This is not working” we mean there are so many things lacking in our actual LIFE experiences that it could be that God will not PERMIT us to go on to perfection. But who is at fault if we are lacking so much? We can ONLY look to the ministers as having failed because none of these things are hidden in confusing scriptures that are just too complicated for ignorant and unlearned fishermen to comprehend. If these things are clearly revealed why have the “ministers” ignored these truths and set up counterfeit systems of their own?
Because, that is what Adam and his genealogies do!
Gen 4:11 “And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 “When you cultivate the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you; you shall be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.” 13 And Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is too great to bear! 14 “Behold, Thou hast driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Thy face I shall be hidden, and I shall be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and it will come about that whoever finds me will kill me.”
Part of Cain’s punishment was to become a vagrant and a wanderer upon the earth. He was not to settle down in any good place to live out his days. God put a “sign” upon Cain so that where ever he wandered no one would kill him. However, what did Cain do in response to this punishment?
Gen 4:16 Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17 And Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.
Cain’s sentence was to always wander over the earth but he decided to settle in the land of Nod and then built a city there as his place to live and prosper. This is what the Adam man always does! He does his own will and builds just to suit himself. This is repeated again and again in every generation. These can ONLY escape from this wasted life through death and burial and the solution is just by living in Christ by His Resurrection Life.
Forgiveness of SINS is wonderful but that does NOT take the place of laying ALL the foundations in the believers life just as preparation for the Christian Life of the Lampstand Church. This is NOT complicated but the natural man who is “ministering” can see no purpose in it so let us just “read some verses and call that the ministry of the word.”
Instead of acknowledging God’s Purpose for the Lampstand Church let us just call an assembly of believers, who are supposed to be in preparation, “THE CHURCH” and save us all the distress of trying to lay the proper foundations. We think God will be pleased if we “BUILD THE CITY of God” in the land of Nod, which means vagrancy!
After all, God knows our heart so He knows we mean well and we would lay foundations if we could, but we can’t.