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Sons and Virgins of Fresh Oil
When God speaks of those that make it or donít make it to heaven, He is talking primarily about those among His people who have had His Word and claimed to be His. We know those belonging to the world wonít make it, and God didnít give His Word to the world, but to His church. Psalm 92:10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. "Unicorn" is better-translated wild ox. A wild animal, nothing can tame. This is to be our strength. We are not to be Ďtamedí by darkness or by the powers of hell. Horn speaks of strength. God gives us strength so that we do not succumb, or bow down to demon powers and they canít tame us. Why? We have a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit. We need to be anointed with fresh oil. Fresh daily, being filled daily with the Spirit of God. (Psalm 92:11-12 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me. The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.) Cedars of Lebanon speak of great strength. We shall grow in His strength and be fruitful. Look where this tree is planted. (Psalm 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.) This son of fresh oil grows up like a tree in Lebanon, but he is planted in the house of the Lord; In His presence. (Psalm 92:14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;) Why are they this way? (Psalm 92:15 To show that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.) So we can open our mouths and declare His mercy and greatness to others, and make known His ways unto men. Everything that God makes, continues to give witness to His glory. If it doesnít, it gets cut off.
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. If itís natural, itís speaking of God, if itís spiritual, itís continually speaking of God. (Psalm 19:2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.) Every time you see a new day, it is telling you that God is faithful, it is speaking of His greatness and the majesty of God. All that He created speaks of Him.
Psalm 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; God doesnít listen to your excuses why you will not witness such as fear of menís response or rejection of men. (Psalm 103:18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.) Itís for those who keep His covenant, not for everyone who claims to be His. (Psalm 103:19-21 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.) Pleasure is also translated as will. (Psalm 103:22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.)
Psalm 104:4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: We are His ministers or servants. We are to be dispelling darkness. In Matthew 25 is the parable of true and false virgins. True virgins have the Oil of His Spirit to declare His Word.
Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. Ten speaks of completeness. All who claim to know and love God. They took their lamps (Proverbs20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.) They had oil lamps in those days, not flashlights. If we are a flaming fire, then something has to be burning within us. There has to be a source of fire. (Matthew 25:2-3 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:) The purpose of the oil is so that you can burn for the glory of God, that you can be a flaming fire for Him. (Matthew 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.) Not only did they have oil in their lamps that was burning, but they had an extra supply of oil so as not to run out. Not only were their lives burning for the Lord, but they were determined to share with everyone what God had done for and in them. They had an understanding and were prepared. But not the foolish virgins. They not only had no oil in their lamps, meaning they werenít being a light for Christ presently, but they took no oil with them with which to light their lamps. They had no plan or intent to be a light for Jesus. They didnít know the mind and plan of God. (Matthew 25:5-6 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.) They all got lazy and went to sleep spiritually. They took their eyes off God and His work. Itís midnight. Time is short and Jesus is coming soon. (Matthew 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.) They began to cut off the burnt part of the wick, so their lamps could once again burn bright. They began to cut the things out of their lives that were hindering their being a vessel of honor for the Lord, one that He could use. They were getting their lives straight and cutting the sin out of their lives. But no matter how much the foolish virgins try to cut sin out of their lives, and trim their wicks, they will not be saved. Theyíre missing something. (Matthew 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.) Give us some of your anointing, bless us. (Matthew 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.) You get your own life right with Jesus. You confess your sins and begin walking in obedience to His Word. (Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.) The door of salvation is about to close. (Matthew 25:11-13 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.) What is this all about? The next parable will tell us why the wise virgins were wise and the foolish virgins were foolish. Itís a continuation of the same subject. It tells us what the oil is all about. (Matthew 25:14-18 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.) Thereís your foolish virgin. No oil. (Matthew 25:19-25 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strowed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.) Being fearful is no excuse before God. He may have trimmed His lamp and got the sin out of his life, but he didnít go any further. He didnít obey and serve the Lord. (Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strowed:) You know my requirements. You know I saved you to serve me and to win souls for my kingdom. (Matthew 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.) The "interest" gained is human lives. (Matthew 25:28-29 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.) You had salvation, but no oil. You began by coming to Him in repentance, but you stopped there. You didnít witness or become a light for Jesus, then you loose your salvation. (Matthew 25:30-33 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.) The goats are those who are disobedient & rebellious. (Matthew 25:34-35 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:) This isnít talking about natural food. You can have all the food programs you want, but if you donít give them the true bread, youíve done nothing. In John 6, The people said Moses gave them manna to eat in the wilderness and then Jesus said it wasnít the true bread from heaven he gave them, then spoke of "the true bread" that came from the Father, referring to himself. Then he said "I am the bread of life." Thatís the bread we are entrusted to give others. (Matthew 25:36-40 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.) There is the answer. (Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:) Satan and his followers are not declaring the glory of God. (Matthew 25:42-46 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.) The righteous are the doers of Godís Word.
Revelation 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. Candlesticks. Are they a source of fire? Did they burn oil. He only walks among those who have the oil of the Holy Spirit! (Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:) This is the life of a trimmed lamp, without oil. They had shunned evil, and could tell true from false preachers, and rejected those who preached falsehood, but they still lack something. (Revelation 2:3-4 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.) When you first got saved, did you know very much Bible? What did you do? Did you not still tell others what Jesus had done for you? Did you not try to witness to family and friends and not care about how they responded? There is the first love they lost. They became professional church goers, but lost their love for God and zeal to tell others of the love and glory of God. (Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.) First works. The deeds you did when you first came to me and I forgave and saved you. Not to do so is to have your candlestick removed from itís place. There is the foolish virgin, lamp in hand, departed from sin, but no oil. Why? A new creation in Christ not declaring the glory of God. Remember why the Holy Spirit is given? First of all, to make us witness for Christ (Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.) (Revelation 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.) Thatís the once-saved, always-saved lie. (Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.) This is to those who have a heart for God.
Matthew 5:13a Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? When you stop witnessing for Christ, you become tasteless. (Matthew 5:13b it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.) At one time it was good, but no longer, so it is cast out. Thatís being cast out of His kingdom. (Matthew 5:14-15 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.) Remember Proverbs 20:27 ( The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.) He is talking about when he brought salvation into your life. Those walking in true salvation, are not trying to hide it, but declare their salvation. (Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.) Is that clear? This is what we are supposed to be.
Zechariah 4:1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleepÖ Didnít we read about the virgins going to sleep and waking up at midnight. (Zechariah 4:2a And said unto me, What seest thou?) He is given a new vision. (Zechariah 4:2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:) We are parts and members of the body of Christ. If we are attached to Him and He is a flame of fire, then what are we supposed to be? This is a picture of Christ and His body. The bowl represents Jesus. He is the source of oil. (Psalm 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.) The vision is in two parts. The Lord, and His true body, the wise virgins, which is the seven lamps Then he sees something else having to do with the body of Christ. (Zechariah 4:3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.) "Two olive trees." This is a picture of Christ and His two witnesses in the earth. (Zechariah 4:4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?) The first answer has to do with Jesus and His works. (Zechariah 4:5-6 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.) Then he tells us not to worry about the small beginnings in our lives in v.7-10. (Zechariah 4:7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.) He is saying, that as long as you are one of His lampstands, it doesnít matter what mountains you face in your life, you will be enabled to walk over it because of the grace of God upon your life. The head stone is Jesus. Whatever work God has begun in your life by His Spirit and the decree from His mouth, will be made complete. (Isaiah 46:9-11 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.) (Zechariah 4:7b Ö before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.) Godís grace is sufficient to make us complete, and enable us to overcome any obstacle and walk in His victory. (Zechariah 4:8-10a Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things?) Godís plummet is His standard, His Word. Thatís His measuring stick. (Zechariah 4:10b Ö for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth) The seven lamps, which represent those that are truly His, are His eyes in the earth. But Zechariah hasnít understood the second part of the vision either, so he asks again. (Zechariah 4:11-12 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?) They empty the oil out of themselves. (Zechariah 4:13-14 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.) They are the virgins with oil. Remember when Jesus called His twelve and gave them power and authority to cast out devils and heal the sick? He anointed them for ministry and sent them out. How? Two by two. Itís all symbolic, including the numbers. They are the same as the 5 wise virgins or the 144,000 in Revelation. Notice the two stand by the Lord. As you stand by Him you are anointed by Him to walk with Him.
Revelation 11:1-2 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. The first verse is the five wise virgins, the second the five foolish virgins. (Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.) They will proclaim the Word of God. "Sackcloth" speaks of humbling your flesh. (Revelation 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.) Why olive trees? They represent producing the fruit of the Spirit. Why lampstands or candlesticks? They are flames of fire for God. Both symbols saying the same thing. They stand before the Lord. (Revelation 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.) Now you know that Jesus told us that we would be rejected as He was rejected. But God is not concerned with whether they accept or reject you, but in your being a living witness for Him. The fire is the Word of God. (Revelation 11:6-8 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.) Now you know Jesus wasnít crucified in Sodom or Egypt. What is He saying? Before I come back, my church will look like an outlaw to the world and they will want to kill us. They will pass laws against the true church and Godís people. These witnesses are not dead physically, but in the eyes of the people, who donít want to hear what they have to say. We already know that we will be rejected for the most part. Where ever in the world His Word is spoken, it will be the same. (Mark 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. Luke 10:1-16 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.)
(Revelation 11:9-10 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.) When you witness to the lost, you are tormenting them. How? Because you torment the demons in them. (Revelation 11:11-12 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.) This is when Judgment falls. Noah condemned the world then by His obedience to God. He preached for 120 years without a single convert.
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! This is not talking simply of being in unity with each other. This is being in unity with God, with His plan and purpose. (Psalm 133:2a It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beardÖ) Thereís the oil. Is the oil upon Jesusí head? (Psalm 133:2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;) Was Aaron the priest. (Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!) (Psalm 133:3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.) "Dew" represents the Holy Spirit! Jesus saved you and left you in this world because He had a plan and purpose for you. We are here to declare His glory.
John 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Can you thank Him because you will be rejected and that you are supposed to be. It should be no surprise to you. We are to be like Him, not of this world. (John 17:15-17 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.) Do you believe it? Then read (John 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.). Why was Jesus sent into the world? To seek and to save the lost! (Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.) (John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.) Could He mean that we are to be witnesses for Him. Is our fruit that is supposed to remain the new souls we bring into the kingdom. (John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;) How do they come to believe? (John 17:21-23a That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one;) There is the unity of Psalm 133. (John 17:23b-26 and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.) "In them." Letís see some more of the fruit of human lives.
John 15:13-20 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. Can you thank the Father that you will be hated and persecuted, because Jesus was? (John 15:21-26 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:) What did Acts 1:8 (But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.) say will happen to us after the Holy Spirit comes upon us? That we would be witnesses unto Him! (John 15:27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.) If we have received His Spirit, we will be His witnesses. Period.
In Acts 4 a man was healed. The religious Jewish church came against the Christians, gave them orders not to teach or preach in the name of Christ. Acts 4:18, 20, 23-32a And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done. For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was showed. And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common..
Ezekiel 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. If you are silent, you are counted as a spiritual murderer. (Ezekiel 3:19-21 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.) There is Isaiah 58. They fast and cry out to God and delight in His nearness and presence and are asking Him for just decisions, and then God tells them why He is not answering them, and then tells them clearly why in Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:; We read about the virgins being separated; some with oil and some without oil. We read about the sheep and goats being separated. (Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.) (Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.) Whatís the problem? (Isaiah 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.) "Defiled with blood." This doesnít mean that youíre physically a murderer. If youíre not witnessing for Christ, youíre guilty of the blood of souls. Donít receive the grace of God in vain. All that is of God is declaring the Glory of God. 2Corinthians 5 is about that. Then 2Corinthians 6:1 tells us not to receive the grace of God in vain. Thatís a continuation of Chapter 5 telling us we are ambassadors for Christ. (2Corinthians 5:19-20 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.) We are beseeching others in Godís stead to be reconciled to God. The problem with the church of Ephesus was they lost their first love of God, and so the love for lost souls.
Isaiah 58:6-12 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them. Letís pray and tell Him we have lost our first love, and lost the oil and the joy and happiness of salvation. That we have not been walking in His covenant.
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