The Word of God–Spirit, Life, Light, and Wisdom

When we hear the phrase, “the word of God,” most of us think of the book, the Holy Bible. The  Bible is our precious library of books inspired by the Spirit of God, written down by certain foreordained men of God. That is true. All of us seekers of truth have benefited greatly by the efforts of those who made the Bible happen.

However, the Holy Bible is but a repository of the inspired spiritual words that God spoke originally out of His heart.

The future manifested sons and daughters of God must get back, back, back to the beginning, before the word of God ever appeared on the printed page, back before it was committed as ink stains on fragile scrolls, back even before the word of God was transmitted orally, when Noah told of God’s plan and purpose to Shem, and so on down orally to his offspring like Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.

For the Word of God is alive; it contains the very thoughts and longings of the Father’s heart. “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life” (John 6: 63). These words were spoken by the Word Himself, who “was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1: 14). He spoke words comprised of His thoughts; He spoke truth because He is the truth (1: 17). He spoke words explaining His plan for us and all the earth. And these words that He speaks now enter our ears and seep down into our encrusted hearts, and they bring life to the spiritually dead.

For His words are life itself. They are the very breath of everlasting life. They are a spirit that makes us alive unto Him; they are spirit and life for us mortals. And this life is  contained in His words, which are spirit; they are our light. “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.” And this light now shines on into the darkness of men’s hearts, and they do not comprehend Him, for He is the “true Light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” He is the Light, for He reveals God’s purpose and plan (John 1: 4-9).

His Words Are Spirit

The words that came out of the mouth of the Son of God are spirit and life. A God given curiosity compels me to ask, How are spoken words spirit? Fair question. Going to the Greek in Strong’s, “spirit” is translated from “pneuma” meaning “wind, breeze, breath.” It is from a root word meaning “to blow, to breathe.”

How are audible words formed? We literally create the spoken word by breathing air over the voice box, thus producing sound through the vibration of our vocal cords. We humans speak all kinds of words this way. But when we speak God’s words, divine words, holy words, His thoughts–then we breathe His Spirit. For His words are spirit and they are life.

We are admonished to speak the word of God, His words. “For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you” (Mt. 10: 20). The prophet Ezekiel is told by God several times to speak to the children of Israel, and what comes out of his mouth? The word of God.

The Word of Wisdom

If we study His word with true knowledge, then He will give us words to speak. The very first “gift of the Spirit” happens to be the “word of wisdom” (I Cor. 12: 8). It enables us to speak His thoughts about being in reverential awe of not only His majesty, but of His purpose and plan of reproducing Himself. He will reveal in a word to us  His great heart in sharing Himself with us.

But the time grows short. People sit like orphans in the dark streets of despair, hungering and thirsting for the truth. We must all share the portion of the truth that we have. We must not let His knowledge expire with our last breath in human flesh.

For our appointed time for the death of our old corruptible, decaying, earthly bodies fast approaches. We His children must share what we have while the sands of time still flow through the hourglass. We are channels and not the objects of His blessings. For knowledge of the holy things is the richest blessing our ears can hear.

Wisdom. Ask one thousand people what it is and you will receive one thousand different definitions. Philosophy cannot tell you what wisdom is, for it prattles on vainly about how much it loves (philos) wisdom (sophia), but it has never met her. Imagination cannot tell you, for it only projects images conjured up by the faux genius of earthly man’s mind.

And yet, the word of wisdom is the very first “gift of the Spirit” that God gives us to give to others. But it is not a mystical unction bestowed upon us from on high. We must seek to know what wisdom is–according to what the word of God says it is. Most do not know that wisdom is being in reverential awe of God. I repeat: Wisdom is being in reverential awe of God ( https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/book-yah-is-savior-the-road-to-immortality-chapter-2/ ).

Most professing Christians have one of three thoughts about the gifts of the Spirit. Some just don’t know that they exist. Others say that the “gifts of the Spirit” are not for modern times, thus limiting God’s power through unbelief. Another group are just the opposite; they “catch on fire” for God and immediately clamor for the power to perform miracles and healings.

The reality is that the gifts of the Spirit are real and are being given to His people. But they are given to us “decently and in order.” The first two gifts that God gives us is the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge. Without them the new Christian will not grow spiritually. They will be stunted children, “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness” (Eph. 4: 14).

We must be rooted and grounded in His word. We must dig deep and put our spiritual house on the Rock. We must seek deeply “that we may be filled with all the fulness of God.” We must see and believe the Word, our Savior, savoring just where His words of glory came from–the Beginning. “In the beginning was the Word…” (John 1: 1).   Kenneth Wayne Hancock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Word “HalleluYah”–Its Origin, Meaning, and Significance–Part Two

[Part Two of the tract “The Word HalleluYah–Its Origin, Meaning, and Significance” Part One can be found here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/the-word-halleluyah-its-origin-meaning-and-significance/ ]

Part Two

There is also a direct connection between the name of the Almighty and the name of His Son, our Saviour. In Psalms 72: 17, in the well known World Publishing Co. edition of the King James translation, the center reference gives the original Hebrew to read as follows: “His name shall be as a Son to continue His Father’s name forever: and men shall be blessed in him; all nations shall call Him blessed.” This is clearly a prophecy concerning the Saviour. And, of course, a son always bears his father’s, or family, name. The Saviour himself said, “I have come in my Father’s name…” (John 5: 43). And Eph. 3: 14-16 shows that the Father’s name is upon “the whole family in heaven and earth.”

Bible scholars know that our Saviour was not known by the name “Jesus.” The fact that many have come to accept the person of the Saviour while knowing only the name Jesus does not make that His actual name. He was born a Hebrew as prophesied in Isa. 9: 6, Micah 5: 2, and elsewhere. But the name “Jesus” is not Hebrew. It is, in fact, derived from the Greek name “Iesous” which is found in the Greek translations and copies which are remaining today of the original New Testament. According to the famous Liddel and Scott Greek Lexicon, “Iesous” is the Ionic masculine form of the name “Iaso” (the Greek goddess of healing–see under the word “Iaso”).

But be that as it may, the important thing is not what is not His name, but what is His name. It is in fact the same as Joshua, the successor of Moses. In the King James translation in Heb. 4: 8 and Acts 7: 45, the name “Jesus” is used when speaking of Joshua. If the “J” in Joshua is pronounced as in original English, and as accords with Hebrew which has no “J” sound, we have the correct pronunciation of the Saviour’s name. But to write it as “Yoshua” does not make the pronunciation clear and does not show the connection it has with His Father’s name. Therefore, the best way to write His name in present day English is Yahshua…

So our Saviour’s name is Yahshua. His name contains the divine, family name of YaH. He truly came in his Father’s name as He Himself said, and “His name shall be as a Son to continue His Father’s name forever” (Jn. 5: 43; Psa. 72: 17). He alone is the “Salvation of Yah.” “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4: 12).

This is not to deny that those who in the past have been unwillingly ignorant of His true name, have found salvation in the person of the Saviour. After all, the significance of any name is that it denotes a certain person. Some have therefore accepted the person of the Saviour while being ignorant of His true name, but in heaven it is recorded that they are saved by the blood of Yahshua the Messiah.

The reason this can be so is that Yah is the Father of grace and mercy. Therefore, He looks not on the outward appearance, but on the intention of the heart (I Sam. 16: 7). But He is also full of justice and truth. So his past mercy in no way justifies continuing in ignorance…When any truth is restored that men’s traditions have hidden, it becomes the responsibility of His true people to walk in that truth regardless of the cost…

According to Rom. 10: 13-14 and Acts 2: 21, 16, Whosoever shall call upon the name of Yahweh shall be delivered or saved is fulfilled by calling on the name of Yahshua the Messiah which contains the Father’s name, the family name YAH.

Perhaps you already know the Saviour. If so, we urge you to now start calling upon Him by His true name and ask Yah to “take the names of Baalim (LORDS) “out of” your “mouth.” If you are yet in your sins, having never really accepted the Saviour, put your trust in Him who died for our sins and who is now living at the Father’s right hand, who will also soon return to set up His kingdom on earth…For “as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of Yah, even to them that believe on His name” (Jn. 1: 12).

And how do you receive Him and put your trust in His name? “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you in the name YAHshua Messiah for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (which is His indwelling invisible presence and power in your life and body) “for the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as Yahweh our Almighty One shall call” (Acts 2: 38-39). (See also Acts 8: 12, 16, 35-36; 10: 43, 48; 16: 31-33; 19: 4-5; 22: 16; Rom. 6: 3-4; Gal. 3: 26-27; Titus 3: 5; Heb. 10: 22; I Pet. 3: 21; Mark 16: 16)

[This tract opened up a door that Yah was wanting opened in my heart and mind. In fact, it led me to write my first book Yah Is Savior: The Road to Immortality, which gave birth to the title of this blog Immortality Road. You may read this book online found here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/book-yah-is-savior-the-road-to-immortality/ . I have learned throughout this experience not to underestimate the power of the truth contained in one of those little tracts. When God has completed His preparation of the human heart to receive His word, even a little tract can take root and grow in that very heart and bring forth fruit.   Kenneth Wayne Hancock]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Word “HalleluYah”–It’s Origin, Meaning, and Significance

My mother and I were waiting for the body of my stepfather to arrive from Ecuador. He died in a car accident a week before that September afternoon in 1997. To escape the heaviness of the moment, I went outside and strolled in the misty evening. It was eerily quiet; no birds were chirping and no cars passing. I was broken; a major milestone had arrived, the passing of one of those who had helped me find God in 1971.

I was getting wet, so I ducked into an old VW Rabbit that my stepfather had been fixing up. I looked up and saw a piece of paper under the visor. I took it down. It was a tract entitled “The Word HalleluYah–It’s Origin, Meaning, and Significance.”

I read it–devoured it, really, for my soul was hungry and ready for the next major revelation in my search for truth: the sacred name of God. I see now that it was at that particular moment in time, when my heart was broken and humbled, that God could reveal this precious knowledge to me. The irony? My stepfather had evidently been reading this tract and had inadvertently left it for me to find that grey misty day.

And so, I want to share it with you.

The Tract

“The word hallelujah, pronounced halleluYah, is the most ancient of all words of praise. It is used both on earth and in heaven to worship the Almighty (Rev. 19: 1-6). What is the origin, meaning, and significance of this word?

It is a pure Hebrew word and yet is found in almost every language under the sun. The first part of the word, “hallelu-” means “praise” or “praise ye-“. And the last part is YaH, which is the name of the one being praised.

YaH is the personal name of the Creator. It is found in the Bible in its original language, over 6,800 times. We also find it in the names of many men of the Bible such as Elijah (ELiYAH) which means “my Mighy One is YaH,” Jeremiah, Obadiah, Isaiah, Zechariah, etc.

YaH is the basic or short form of the divine name. The full form of the Heavenly Father’s name is YaHWeH. This name may be found in the Hebrew Scriptures, large Bible concordances, encyclopaedias and dictionaries, in many current writings of history and archaeology, etc.

Until recent years it was thought that this name was to be pronounced as “Jehovah.” But, as the Encyclopaedia Brittanica explains, “Jehovah” is an erroneous form of the divine name, of which the true form is “Yahweh”…All up to date dictionaries show the same. And we should not profane the divine name by using an erroneous or corrupted form. This wrong form came about when certain Bible translators mistakenly used the vowel sounds of the Hebrew word for master (adonai) and mixed them with the Hebrew letters that form the divine name.

The interesting part is how or why this happened. Originally the name YaHWeH was known and used in the whole earth when all men knew YaHWeH and there were no names of false deities. But after most of the world went into idolatry, YaHWeH made himself known again by name to certain men such as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Gen. 12: 8; 26: 25; 28: 13) and later unto Moses (Ex. 3: 15; 34: 5).

Thus His name was revealed unto the Hebrew people who were instructed to use it. And for centuries it was freely used. But much later the religious leaders began to say it was too sacred to be spoken. They told the people to just say or read Adonai (LORD) when they came across the divine name in the reading of the Scriptures…As a result, in later years, when translators sought to translate the Scriptures into other languages, they became confused, and mixed the vowel sounds for adonai with the letters of the divine name, and came up with “Jehovah.”

The Importance of the Sacred Names

Now, some may ask what the importance of all this is. To me it seems strange that anyone should question the importance of their Creator’s name, especially if they know Him as their Heavenly Father. And the Bible itself does not leave us in doubt as to whether or not the Name of YaH, or YaHWeH, is important for us to know and use. When the true name is put back in the places where the translators have substituted the word “LORD,” the reading of the Bible makes it very clear that we should know and have the name of YaHWeH. Here are just a few examples:

Micah 6: 9 “Yahweh’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name.”  Ezk. 39: 7 “So will I make my Holy Name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my Holy Name any more; and the heathen (Gentiles) shall know that I am Yahweh the Holy One in Israel.” Zech. 14: 9–“And Yahweh shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall there be one Yahweh, and His name one.” Joel 2: 32–“And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be delivered” (saved). Ex. 20: 7–“Thou shalt not take the name of Yahweh thy Almighty One in vain, for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.” (To say it is unimportant or a vain thing is certainly one form of taking it in vain.) Mal. 3: 16–“Then they that feared Yahweh hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared Yahweh, and that thought upon His name.”

The one verse in the King James translation which does bring this name over into English is the word “JAH” (pronounced YAH as in “halleluJah”). It is by itself enough for the obedient soul to see his responsibility to use this name. That verse is Psalms 68: 4 which in the King James reads, “Sing unto God, sing praises to His name; extol Him…by His name JAH, and rejoice before him.” So it is very clear that the name of YaHWeH is meant to be known and used by His people.

There is also a direct connection between the names of the Almighty and the name of His Son, our Savior…”

{Thus ends Part One of this tract, Part Two to be continued next time.  Note: The contents of this tract is by an Unknown Author and was printed by Kingdom Identity Ministries, of which I am not, nor ever have been associated. I am just grateful that it was waiting for me over that visor that day almost twenty years ago.  Kenneth Wayne Hancock}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I Saw Yahweh Always Before My Face”

The prophet David and the apostle Peter join together in proving yet again that it was none other than Yahweh of the Old Testament who walked in human form as the Savior in the New.

It is the day of Pentecost and the apostles have just been filled with the Holy Spirit, and Peter stands up and preaches. He tells the people that what is happening was foretold by the prophets of old.

He tells them that Joel prophesied of this mighty move of the Spirit, quoting him. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and you sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2: 17).

He then tells them about the Messiah, the Savior, mentioning Him by name–Yahshua of Nazareth–how He was approved by God because of the miracles He performed and how He was delivered up to be crucified by the predetermined plan and purpose of the Almighty. And then He was raised from the dead.

And then Peter alludes to David and quotes him on that day of Pentecost, speaking about this Savior who was raised from the dead. Peter’s words: “For David speaks concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face…(2: 25). Peter was quoting Psalm 16: 8. If you read that, you will see that “Lord” there is rendered “LORD.” And we know that “LORD” in all capital letters is a title, a convention that the King James translators invented, taking the place of the word “Yahweh,” the true name of David’s God. Any encyclopedia or Bible scholar will confirm this.

So, “I foresaw Yahweh always before my face…” It was Yahweh that David spoke about so lovingly. Yahweh! And Peter quotes that exact passage referring to the Messiah!

Peter continues to quote the Psalm 16 passage. “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption” (v. 10). We have to see what the word “hell” really means here. It is translated from the Hebrew word sheol, #7585 in Strong’s Concordance. That same word is translated “grave” over thirty times in the old testament scriptures. David is singing about a great hope that he has that his nephesh, his own earthly being, will not be left in the grave, that some day God will give him a new spiritual body. This assurance comes because Yahweh has shown him that the Messiah, God’s Holy One Incarnation, Yahweh in human form, will be raised from the dead before His earthly body is decayed or corrupted.

We see in these passages that Peter and David had this revelation. The Savior was Yahweh in human form. It was Immanuel, God with us, walking and talking with us. And thus the passages about the Savior in Isaiah resound through the ages to us: “I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God…I, even I, am Yahweh; and beside me there is no savior…There is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside    Me ” (44: 6; 43: 11; 45: 21). Paul, of course, backs all of this up when he says, “God (Yahweh) was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself” (II Cor. 5: 19).

Our Savior wants us to see Him as He really is. This revelation will help us do that.

Kenneth Wayne Hancock    [First published in The Search newsletter, January 2001   For more on this, see my first book found here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/book-yah-is-savior-the-road-to-immortality/ ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beware of a Spiritual Cancer in the Body of Christ

A cancer is growing in the body of Christ, the church. It is a heresy that is spreading throughout the land. Many are being bewitched by a rather “righteous and holy” appearing doctrine. It is a false doctrine that seems true to the uninitiated and unlearned. It is the very same doctrine that was running wild throughout the era of the early church during the first and second century A.D.

This doctrine deceives people into thinking that by their own might and will they can keep the Ten Commandment Law–that by working to keep the law, they can be righteous in the Savior’s eyes. In fact, they are led to believe that by keeping the law, they will be justified by God; God will see that they are righteousness.

Someone will say, What’s wrong with that? Why are you putting them down? Keeping the Commandments is a good thing, isn’t it? Yes, the law is holy and good; it is the perfect law of liberty. The catch is that the old carnal nature cannot successfully keep it on its own strength. Only through the Spirit of God dwelling in us can we keep the law.

Paul writes about such matters. And because the apostle’s writings are diametrically opposed to this cancerous doctrine of trying-to-keep-the-law-on-our-own-strength-and-not-by-His-Spirit-dwelling-within, some people are rejecting Paul’s teachings! I have heard people say that Paul is in error! They reason that he could not be correct because he does not agree with their interpretation of scripture.

Well, God has news for them. Paul has a direct revelation from God, and the world would do well to take heed to what the Spirit through Paul is saying.

If You Throw Out Paul, You Must Throw Out the Rest of the NT Writings

If you get rid of his letters to us, then you will have to finally reject the rest of the New Testament. Peter will be the next one that the cancer consumes, for Peter believed that Paul was a prophet and an apostle of God (II Peter 3: 14-15). Peter said that Paul was a beloved brother, had wisdom from God, and that Paul was writing things that agreed with Peter’s thoughts. Peter did say that Paul wrote things that were hard to understand for the “unlearned and unstable,” who wrestle with his writings, “as they do the other scriptures.” Peter considered Paul’s writings of the same caliber and quality as the other inspired writings of the prophets and patriarchs.

Consequently, if you throw out Peter, you will eventually have to throw out James and John and Matthew and the other original disciples because they were all “in one mind and one accord” on the day of Pentecost in the upper room. They all saw eye to eye spiritually. And they all received the same immersion in the Holy Spirit and fire (Acts 2: 1-4).

The exploits of the early church are set forth in Luke’s book of the Acts of the Apostles. Luke, who had “perfect understanding of all things from the very first” (Luke 1: 3), vindicates Paul’s ministry, devoting 2/3 of Acts to it.

So let’s take an inventory. Those who throw out Paul must throw out also the gospels, Acts, Paul’s letters, James, the letters of Peter, John, Jude, and Revelation. Not much left of the Savior’s first coming and of His death, burial, and resurrection. All that is left is a looking forward to a first coming of the Messiah. This cancerous doctrine will leave you hopelessly  wandering to the nearest synagogue in search of others who are hopelessly trying to keep the 10 Commandments on their own strength.

This cancer is devouring the faith of many who have discovered the Sacred Names of Yahweh and Yahshua. Since they are names in the Hebrew tongue, the unlearned think that all things Hebrew is the answer, including getting into the Law of the Old Testament. The cancerous teaching is called “the works of the law” being our way to be justified, as if we could keep them in our own strength. The law leads us to Christ and His Spirit. After receiving His Spirit, His Spirit keeps the commandments by faith in the Christ of the New Testament.

As you explore the beauty of the sacred names of the Father and Son, beware of this cancer that is a “cunningly devised fable” that would deceive the very elect if it were possible. Oh, by the way, Paul and Peter warned us of it.                    Kenneth Wayne Hancock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Light of Love from Above

[ Full article found here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/the-light-of-love-from-above/ ]

Light is that ephemeral miracle we take so much for granted. It physically exposes the dark corners of our rooms, and it also spiritually makes known the hidden recesses of our hearts and minds.

Light is that essence of the divine that heals our blindness and ends our vain gropings to make meaning of the hopeless darkness of our first earthly estate.

Of course, God is Light, and He is Love which casts out the fear of remaining in the dungeon of despair. God’s Son is the way out of that calamitous corridor of personal corruption. Through Christ’s Spirit we no longer inflict collateral damage to all who crossed our path. We now shine the light of love.

We who are called and chosen by the Redeemer to escape this dungeon of darkness have laid hold of His outstretched hand. He has snatched us up out of that selfish march to death that we were on and has shined the truth of His words into our hearts. His thoughts are like the early morning rays of the sun that sharpens our perception of just what our world can be.

Instead of the coarse commonality of our selfish old nature, our Creator has now enlightened our eyes as to His desire to use us to reproduce Himself in us. Astounding as it may seem, He is now shedding more light onto His plan to “bring many sons (and daughters) unto glory.” And this glory is the unearned privilege to sit with Christ on His throne when He returns to set up on earth the 1,000 year reign of His kingdom. He is, after all, the “King of kings” [1].

In a word, His purpose is to reproduce, like a seed, His Love in us. Since God is Love, when we love others with His Spirit of Love, God is reproducing Himself [2].

God has a plan to make all this happen. He has written it down on how to walk in the light of His love. He has left us instructions as to how people will act when God’s Spirit of love is leading them.

These instructions are called in the holy scriptures “the law.” The “testimony” is the witness of one who through God’s Spirit follows the instructions as to what Love looks like walking around in a human being.

Love–agape love–the love from above–this love is God. And this love, when poured into the heart and mind of man, fulfills all the descriptions of what love is. We look to our example, the Son of God. He is Love incarnate. And the Love that He is, now resides in His children’s hearts. And we are growing in His plan and purpose as He grows in us.

This love from above follows the instructions of the law as to our actions. In a nutshell, the ten commandment law requires that we love our neighbor as ourselves. Therefore, the Spirit of Love-from-above-within-us fulfills the law [3].

God’s Love is the Light that now shines into and through our hearts and minds to others.

Christ has left us teachings to help us fulfill His purpose. They are like a treasure map with footsteps leading to a throne room. He has entrusted the map to His apostles. The apostle Peter exhorts us: “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; which you do well to heed, as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the morning star rises in your hearts” [4].

  1. Rom. 8: 18-19, 28-31; Rev. 3: 20-21; I Tim. 6: 15
  2. 2. I John 4: 8-12
  3. Romans 13: 9-10
  4. II Peter 1: 19; Rev. 22: 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Resurrection of the Dead–Apostles’ Doctrine #5

Vital for Today’s Church

The apostles’ doctrine was the teachings that the early church walked in. Many Christians want what they had, but few in the pews (or pulpits, for that matter) know what those teachings are (Acts 2: 42).

In fact, some will say, We don’t want doctrine; we just want Jesus. Newsflash: You can’t have Jesus without His teachings. For the word for “doctrine” in the Greek means “teachings.” As the apostle states: “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9). So the doctrine of Christ is vitally important.

And His teachings are plainly listed in the scriptures: repentance from dead works, faith toward God, doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, eternal judgement, and perfection (Heb. 6: 1-2). Of course, there are seven of them.

The Resurrection of the Dead

To understand this teaching, we need to remember two things. First, there can obviously be no resurrection without a death. Self-preservation is built into a mortal’s DNA. We want to live forever, but our longings for immortality exist in a clay body that will die. So, ironically, the immortality that we long for will only come as a result of our inevitable death.

We cannot prevent our own demise. We need a Savior. We need One who understands, who has conquered death. We need someone to take our hand and lead us through this minefield of mortality and across the river of death to the green fields of everlasting life. We have that Savior who has tasted death for every man and woman. We see Him now, “who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Heb. 2: 9).

Second, in this doctrine there are several distinct types of resurrection. We have Christ’s bodily resurrection without which there would be no other resurrections. There is the spiritual side of His resurrection that provides our spiritual resurrection while still in these earthly bodies. There is the resurrection of the souls that lead into “eternal judgment.” And there is the resurrection and restoration of the House of Israel (12 tribes)–the dry bones of Ezekiel receiving life after so long a time. And then there is when we receive our immortal spiritual bodies at the end of this age.

Our Individual Spiritual Resurrection

This spiritual resurrection comes when we believe the following: He took upon Himself our sin, and when He died on the cross, it was our sinful old self dying with Him. Then we believe that we are buried with Him. And when we believe that He rose from the dead, we, too, receive a spiritual resurrection inside our current mortal bodies. We through faith and belief do now walk in “a newness of life.” He provides a new heart and a new spirit through faith where “all things are become new” (Romans 6: 1-11; Gal. 2: 20; Col. 2: 11).

His resurrection provides the way for our spiritual resurrection in Him. For by faith we have now received His Spirit. We are now “sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest (down payment) of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession” (Eph. 1: 13-14).

What “possession”? Us. We are bought with a price–His blood. He owns us. What “promise”? He has promised us that He would grant us everlasting life if we go with Him on this great spiritual adventure. Immortality is our “inheritance.” He is our Redeemer. He bought us out of the chains of sin and misery. We owe everything to the King.

It is this personal resurrection where we receive a new Spirit while still in these earthly bodies. This admits us into the receiving of our new spiritual bodies at the end of this age. Our earthly bodies can’t handle a fullness of the Spirit. God wants to reproduce Himself; that is His overriding purpose and plan. And He cannot do it in us as long as we are in these mortal bodies. “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” There’s that “inheritance” we talked about. Our inheritance is immortality. But we cannot receive it as long as we are in these aging, decaying, curruptible earthly bodies. We need a new spiritual body, a new wineskin, to contain the new wine of His spiritual fullness. Read I Corinthians 15; 35-58, the resurrection chapter, with new eyes. And rejoice knowing that in Him it is all worthwhile. For “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

In the end, these old decaying and aging earthly bodies have got to go. They must die in order to fulfill God’s purpose. He is reproducing Himself–in us.  This is the key to understanding everything else.

[I understand that the riches of His teachings are unsearchable. We haven’t even scratched the surface of the depth and breadth of His doctrine. I am humbled in this attempt to put into English a tiny bit of them. It will take us ages to search His treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Perhaps that is why He is granting us everlasting life].

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

 

 

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