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“Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees,” Christ Said…But Why?

What was so wrong with their teachings? They were religious, after all. They prayed publicly. They gave money to the poor and homeless, and they supported financially their place of worship. They referenced the law of Moses, the prophets and followed the commentaries of their elders and rabbis. They were devout. So what was the problem at its core? What was this “leaven”?

Christ warned: “Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy” (Lk 12: 1). In a word, they were hypocrites. “Hypocrite” in biblical Greek means “a pretender.”  Christ said as much. “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15: 7-9).

There it is. The Pharisees claimed to be teachers sent from God but were only teaching “commandments of men.” Other translations flesh out what they were teaching: “human rules (NIV), precepts of men (RSV), human commands (CSB), and man-made ideas (NLT). They were hypocrites, for they disguised themselves as God’s representatives. They “transformed themselves into angels of light,” but were only teaching false doctrines out of human imaginations.

These doctrines of men are the “old leaven” that we are admonished to get rid of. “Purge out therefore the old leaven that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened” (I Cor 5: 7-8). We are the unleavened bread; God has faith that we will respond and become un-leavened bread, for He calls things that “be not as though they were” (Rom. 4: 17). We must repent of false concepts that will permeate our whole being, as yeast spreads throughout the whole lump of dough. We are the “unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” Therefore the leaven that must be repented of is insincerities, hypocrisies, and falsehoods.

Leaven consists of the list of errors in our worship. God looks at the intent of our hearts. Coming into Christ, we carry old baggage with us. We do not intend to worship Him with false concepts and beliefs about Him. Growing up, we were all taught many false doctrines about God and His plan. However, the gravest error is to cling to them rather than proving from the Scriptures their veracity or not. We must repent of the errors if we are to grow unto full maturity (perfection). If we really desire to go all the way to the throne room to be in His presence, if we sincerely want to walk with Christ as Peter, James, and John did, we have to get honest with ourselves about the leaven and purge it out. Getting rid of the false doctrines is a major part of the apostles’ doctrine of “repentance from dead works.”

Those that don’t purge out the old leaven will be like the five foolish virgins who had no oil in their lamps and were not ready. They will be like those who asked the Lord, Did we not cast out devils in your name and do many mighty works in your name? And He will say to them, Depart from Me; I never knew you. There will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” for those who had a chance to be very close to the King and blew it. Why? Because they were stubborn, and they would not study to be approved of God to be one of His kings in His Kingdom. They hardened their hearts and would not repent of the old false concepts about God.

So which teachings about God are false and have got to go? Which comfortable traditions come from the imaginations of the human mind and which things are from the mind of Christ? How are we to know for sure? The answers will come from the written Word, which is  “given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine…” In this worldly hothouse of emotions, we will quietly trust and “watch to see what He will say” to us out of His word (Hab. 2: 1). For in the end, that is really all we have.  In the end, that is really all we need, for Christ is the Word now being made flesh and dwelling among us–again.   Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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“What Is Man?”–Created to Fulfill God’s Purpose

What Is Man?

The age old question hangs there in the mind: What is man? What are we supposed to be doing here on earth? Why are we here? What is our purpose?

After looking up into the heavens at the awe-inspiring stardust, King David asked that question. “What is man that Thou art mindful of him? And the son of man that Thou visitest him?” (Psm 8: 4-5).

A time-lapsed photo was taken of a speck of dark space by the Hubble Space Telescope. Thousands of galaxies with billions of stars were captured from the darkness. Its implications are truly mind-boggling and jaw-dropping. Reflecting on the sheer magnitude of the cosmos, we become insignificant; our Creator has left us in awe and wonder.

With such power and might to create the heavens and all therein, why is He mindful of us? In our first state, in comparison with millions of galaxies, we are as nothing, a mere worm, a puff of air inhabiting a fragile shell soon destined to the dust bin of history, and sadly forgotten after the passing of our children and grandchildren. This is old man Adam–lost, alone, and corrupt.

In lieu of the heavens, why would God have anything to do with us? Why did He create us? For David goes on and says, You have made man mortal, unlike the angels, but You “have crowned him with glory and honor.”

From the Grave to the Throne

Wait a minute. Our first nature has us dying and going back to dust ingloriously. And now the Holy Spirit through the prophet David says that we have been crowned with glory and honor. How does that happen? In another place it says, “Man is the glory of God.” In another, man is nothing, a flower that wilts in the sun’s heat. How do we get from the grave to the throne?

What is our purpose? Why are we here? Here’s the answer: God is using mankind to reproduce Himself. That is why we humans are so special to God. We are the medium in which God’s Seed of love will grow and grow into the reproduction of Himself. God’s purpose is to reproduce Himself in us. He desires to multiply Love, which He is, through us.

Without knowing God’s purpose, solving the mystery of God is like doing a jigsaw puzzle without the picture on the box. The pieces are nice and colorful and have names like “faith” and “salvation” and “grace.” But what’s the picture of? How do they connect together?  We need Macro-vision and not Micro-vision of God’s  things. Knowing the big picture helps us manage the many concepts of God’s plan.

God’s purpose is to reproduce Himself in us. He desires to multiply Love, which He is, through us. We need to look at our neighbor and our brothers and sisters in Christ with new eyes. They are important to God, for He wants to reproduce Himself in them. When we see God’s purpose for our neighbor, then we will love them more.

God’s Purpose Is the Reproduction or Multiplication of Himself

Nature teaches us of His purpose of reproducing Himself. Every living thing in nature is endeavoring to reproduce itself. God created nature to teach us about what God is doing and how He is using us in the process. And the written word of God is the record detailing His plan to accomplish His purpose.

Just like a seed in our gardens, our new life comes out of Christ’s death. He was and is the Seed Son. He said, “Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone; but if it die, it brings forth much fruit” (John 12: 24). Christ is the Seed; we are His harvest of many more seeds ready to be planted into the ground of good and honest hearts (Luke 8: 15).

And we, in turn, will voluntarily give up our old life and allow God’s Spirit to breathe new life into us. We give up our old life that God may reproduce His life and love inside us. Christ also said: “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matt. 16: 25). Man’s old nature hangs on to his selfish desires for his own life, and he will only receive death in the end. But if we lay down our own lives and take on God’s desires for us, then we will receive from Him everlasting life in a new spiritual body. That is the choice. Live unto ourselves and die. Or present our bodies a living sacrifice by taking on His life.

How do we lose our life for Christ’s sake?

I knew a young man some 50 years ago. He was lost. He was drafted into the Army and became a medical lab tech. He arrived at a MASH hospital in Viet Nam in Sept. 1967. He could perform 20 different lab tests, but he only cross-matched blood for the patients, 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week. That is how bloody it was; it never stopped. He started using marijuana to ease the stress and became an everyday, all day, user.

But God used the horrifying fruit of war to plant in his heart a yearning for answers. Why were we here? Why all the death and waste of young men’s lives? For they bled and died before him, and he could not stop the carnage. Where is God in all this? What is happening?

He wanted the truth! But first, survival was the key, and by God’s mercy he survived two rocket attacks and was pulled out of an undertow a day before he was to go home.

He made it back home, enrolled in college, studied literature and religions, and continued to lead a depraved, drug-fueled lifestyle—all the while still searching for the truth! You talk about mercy—God patiently waiting for him to awake unto righteousness.

It was then that the epiphany came: The old self had to die. That was his sign. Whoever told him this truth would have his heart.

He went on a three year search for a religion or philosophy that would show him how the old self can die and leave the body alive. He visited the temples of the Eastern religion; they did not know how to get rid of the old self. He searched and searched, growing more cynical each day.

And he had just about given up when the answer came in April 1971. It was a little house-church with 15 people present. And the preacher with his infectious smile and confidence began to teach Romans 6, as if he already knew what the young man’s sign was.

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

The young man stopped the preacher. The silence pounded in his ears. “Is this talking about the death of the old self?”

“That is exactly what it’s talking about, the death of our old sinful nature,” the joyful preacher said. He continued reading, “For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now…” But the young man could not hear the words, for they were just sounds now, faintly flowing down a long hollow tube, bypassing his ears. He had heard enough for one day, for he had found his sign…

That young man was me. It took me a month or so to come to grips with the shock I was in. But when I finally surrendered to the Savior according to that first message in Romans 6, the drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, cursing, infidelities, and all the other sins fell completely away. It was an amazing conversion, and I thank God every day for His mercy on me.

What the joyful preacher shared with me that day was repentance that starts at the cross and is the first apostles’ doctrine. To be like the early apostles, we must do what they did. And “they continued stedfastly” in the doctrine of Christ, and they made it their own (Acts 2: 42; Hebrews 6: 1-2).

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The Manifestation of the Sons of God– What the World Needs Now

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This world has one major need right now at the beginning of the 21st Century.  The world doesn’t need another politician telling the people what they want to hear.  The world doesn’t need a steady robust economy to help it through the hard times that have been prophesied upon it.  No.  The world needs the sons of God to arrive on the scene.  They must come forth for these last days.

The whole creation, the apostle Paul wrote, (whether it knows it or not), is anxiously awaiting the sons of God to come upon the world stage.  For the sons of God will have something that all mortals walking the face of the earth must have.  They will have the key that will set the whole creation free from the chains of a certain physical death.  These children of the Most High are God’s elect, His sons made in His image, and they are what this world needs.  They are the ones who will have cut through all of the deception and vice in this world system.  They alone will see the Spirit and walk in the Spirit and be filled with the Spirit of the living Yahweh.  They will build the old waste places and build the spiritual walls to the heavenly city.

Why the World Needs the Sons of God

The creation has purposely been subjected to mortality by its Creator God. The impending gloom of a certain death is no accident or aberration of God’s  original  plan.  It  has  been  His  will  all  along  for  death  to  come to all living.  If that were not the case, then He would not have created it that way. And then, a few mortals will be brought by Him to an awareness of the abiding power of His spiritual presence and will become His actual spiritual children. He will change them and will engulf them with immortality one day soon.   And it is through them that the whole creation will finally come to know this glorious liberty from a certain physical death. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. Romans 8:19-21, NIV. 

     Every living thing on this planet will die; the whole creation will decay and go back to dust.  And we, this earthly creation, are “in bondage of corruption,” as it says in the King James Version.

The word “corruption” is translated from the Greek word phthora, #5356 in Strong’s.  It means “decay.”  Its root comes from #5351 phthio, to waste, shrivel, or wither.  We, the creation, are bound to become decaying matter someday.  And all of us, be we religious or not, are groaning under the impending physical doom that awaits us.

All of us have a built in desire to live forever.  Every ancient culture, without exception, was concerned with this impending gloom of an early exit from life.  All the ancient religions were concerned about how to secure immortality  for  the  mortal.   And  so  it  is  with religions today.  Man keeps on waiting, waiting, waiting for something real that will happen in order to deliver them from a certain death.

The creation is like the wife of the Creator, who is in the  deep  pains  of childbirth.  She is struggling to deliver her  children,  the  sons  of God.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Romans 8: 22-23, KJV.

The whole creation is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the sons of God because they are the first ones who will be released from mortality’s chains.  They will be the first ones who will not have to taste death.  And then after they are made known, the creation can look forward to its redemption.  That is how important the sons of God are.  When they are adopted or placed as sons, then a new era begins—an era where immortals will stride the earth, showing forth God’s way.

We Who Have Some Truth Also Desperately Need the Sons of God

Just look around us.  What do we see in every corner?  We see lurid trash in political high places, filthy-minded  movies and TV.  There is no shame to the world system.  And it is not getting any better.  So we try to lock in on the word of God.  We endeavor to glimpse a truth here, a truth there.  Some of us are trying to lead a holy life, but we “see through a glass darkly.”  We know, or should know that we are not walking in all truth.  For if we were, we would be bearing the same spiritual fruit as the prophets and apostles of God.  And we can’t seem to get in agreement and one accord with other sincere followers of Christ.

As  a  large  body  of  people,  we  can’t  see  eye  to   eye enough to get together.  Divisions abound.  We, if we are blessed, have a place to meet with a few other people who share some of our own beliefs, but something is drastically missing.  The unity of the Spirit is only a dream, for one group does not see eye to eye with another.  We are to be in one mind and one accord, and yet, who is to say just what that one mind is?  Who has the authority to say for sure anything?  Who has a sure word? There are several thousand Christian denominations, and they are growing exponentially daily.  There is probably a different concept of God and His plan for every one of His professing followers.

And it appears that the enemy is gaining ground, and we, the body of Christ, because of our disagreements and lack of unity, are seemingly losing ground as far as any “great move of truth” is concerned.

So what is the answer to this dilemma?  It is as if Yahweh Himself is needed to come down and just flat appear to His select few, whoever they are!  That would clear up the dim vision of those He has chosen.  They would definitely “get on the same page” after that shared glorious experience.  In the light of His own countenance and glow filling the room each would be in, He would straighten out off-concepts, purge out old leaven, old hypocrisies, and false concepts of Himself.  There would be no self-delusion if the King Himself came down to a handful!

Then a fire would well up from out of their bones!  Then they would cry to His people in His stead.  They would be His voice with his word welling up and out as springs gush out making rivers where dry land once was.

That is what we all need.  We need a sure word.  We need the Captain of our faith Himself to get a cadre of His brothers to catch on fire and, in turn, ignite the world.  We need a group of people baptized with the Spirit and with fire.   We need them!   We groan within ourselves, longing for someone to stand in the gap between God and the world.

That is the only thing that will ever turn this world upside down—if the people of the world were ready and knew they had a need for God in human form, had a need for the sons of the living God.

This whole creation is crying and groaning looking for someone sincere and true to believe in.  The heroes are gone; the people run to their idols of music and movies.  Those are their gods—gods who cannot see or hear them and their longings and needs, for their gods can see no one but themselves.  The whole creation does not know it, but they are groaning and longing for the manifestation of the sons of God.  And these sons will walk with the Lamb wherever He goes, for they shall be like Him.  These are they who will do the greater works that the Master spoke of.

It All Hinges on the Sons, But Do They Know Who They Are?

Yes, the manifestation of the sons of God is of extreme importance in God’s plan, but do they know who they are?  Do they realize their calling that He has placed on them?   Do  they  know  that  He  knew  them  long  before their earthly sojourn began?  Do they at present realize that  He  has  already  given  them  a  glorious   destiny—a destiny that has them justified from sin, set apart for this special work, and also glorified from heaven?  Does God’s elect, His chosen ones, know these things?

Have they called on His name and restored their heart back to Him?  But if they haven’t believed on Him, then how are they to call on Him?  And how can they believe on this God if they have never heard Him, never heard His Spirit, never heard Him who is the Word?  They are going to have to hear Him being spoken out of the mouth of another son in order to believe on Him.  And how shall these prospective sons hear unless there be a preacher?  And who is really going to be effective as a preacher?  The world is full of preachers.  Anyone who thinks they have heard from God calls himself a preacher.  The future sons will be reached by those who proclaim the truth.  And these proclaimers will be sentFor whosoever shall call upon the name of Yahweh shall be saved.  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach, except they be sent?       Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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The Calling, the Election, and the Great Supper

Christ said, “Many are called but few are chosen” (Matt. 22: 14). Many do indeed believe that God has a calling on them. Yet very few wind up in the “chosen” category, which is the “elect” category. For the word “chosen” and the word “elect” are translated from the same Greek word. They are interchangeable in meaning.

It is like Christ has invited many to become rulers with Him in His soon coming kingdom. Ask those who feel called of God, As Christ’s followers, what things are we to seek after? Most will not know that we are to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matt. 6: 33). Most will not know how to make sure they are part of the elect.

Making Our Calling and Election Sure

Yet there is His way for us to walk to make sure we become one of His elect. We can “partake of the divine nature.” We are to add certain spiritual attributes to the faith that we have received of Him—not to gain eternal life, but to grow to full spiritual maturity after His gift of salvation, which is only the first step in the Christian walk. Peter writes to us about seven additions to the faith, seven spiritual attributes that are necessary to “make our calling and election sure.”

Those seven additions are virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity/agape love. “For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (Yahshua) …Give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall…” (II Peter 1: 4-10).

Somebody asked me the other day, What do we do now? We do these things. To make sure we are a part of the election, we add these seven additions to our faith. It takes first knowledge of these things coupled with prayer and study. In the very next chapter of II Peter, he immediately warns of the false teachers and false ministers who will not teach chapter one to you. They will “bring in damnable heresies.”

The Called and the Chosen Ones and the “Great Supper”

Christ has called, is calling, and shall call many human beings to be a dynamic part of His plan and purpose to reproduce Himself. It is as if He is inviting the many to a great supper that is coming up in the near future. So says the parable of the great supper (Luke 14: 16-24). It was a great supper, and those who were invited made excuses about why they could not attend. They were too busy with their own worldly cares. So the lord of the feast told his servants to go out and invite the “poor, maimed, the halt, and the blind” and “compel” them to come in. Then the lord said that none of those initially called “shall taste of my supper.”

I believe that this parable has far reaching ramifications for us in the end times. Just six verses before He spoke this parable, Christ mentions “a wedding.” “When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding” be humble and take the lower seat (Luke 14: 8).

And so must his elect be at the end of this age. For this “marriage supper” in Revelation is not a white tie and gown affair. The supper is rather to the “fowls that fly in the midst of heaven.” They are bidden by an angel, “Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men…” (Rev. 19: 17-18).

This is the aftermath of the Battle of Armageddon and the destruction of the kingdom of Satan. This supper is not where we the sons of Light eat, but where the sons of darkness are eaten. This ushers in the Kingdom of God as Christ returns to set the earth in order. This kingdom is what the elect will be seeking along with its corresponding laws that will establish at long last His righteousness and justice and equity.     Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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New Book–“The Royal Destiny of God’s Elect” Has Arrived

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Let me share with you the distillation of forty years of the study of the Holy Scriptures as Sacred Literature. This is a much different approach than listening to the dogma passed down by a denominational hierarchy. Being a literature major and led by the Spirit, I have approached the Bible with no pre-conceived theories or doctrines. Don’t read into it.  Just explain in clear exposition what the words of scripture mean. And back up your findings with the words of the Hebrew patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and, of course, the King Himself, Christ.

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If you are seeking God and want to be like the early apostles who demonstrated great power from on high, then  you need this book. Like in the parable, the Lord is inviting you to a great feast (of knowledge and wisdom). Don’t turn Him down. God bless you, my readers.                         Kenneth Wayne Hancock

 

 

 

 

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Spiritually Growing by Knowing Him That Is from the Beginning

The apostle John addresses his first letter to children, young men, and fathers in Christ. These represent the three levels of Christian growth. “Fathers” here represent Christians like Peter, James, John, and Paul, who knew God up close and personal. In fact, John is writing to them “because you have known Him that is from the beginning.” These were capable of fathering others in the gospel, and he wrote to them for one reason: “Because you have known Him that is from the beginning” (I John 2: 13-14).

Furthermore, speaking of Christ, the apostle John tells us that he and the other apostles have heard Him speak, and “have seen with our eyes,” and “we have looked upon” Him, and “our hands have handled” Him. John’s testimony is that they with their senses heard, saw, observed,  and touched Christ some 2,000 years ago. And this Christ that they walked with those 3 ½ years was the same One that “was from the beginning” (I John 1: 1).

In other words, that Holy Entity that was from the beginning was made flesh, and was heard, seen, observed, touched, and literally walked with. This is the same One that “was from the beginning” in God’s dealings with mankind.

Likewise, to know Christ better, we must be acquainted with what He did back in the beginning. This is the way to “know Him that is from the beginning.” This is the way to “know Him and the power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3: 10). This is part of our growth into fatherhood (and virtuous womanhood).

Christ visited, counseled and communed many times with the patriarchs and prophets of old. His deeds and actions with them will help us “know Him that is from the beginning.”

To further collaborate John’s testimony that it was Christ in His pre-incarnate human form appearing “in the beginning” to the patriarchs and prophets, we look to Christ’s own words about Himself. The Jews were seeking ways to kill Him. Christ told them, “If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another that bears witness of Me…Search the scriptures…they are they which testify of Me…Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust. For had you believed Moses, you would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me” (John 5: 31-32, 39, 45-46).

Christ was telling the Jews who sought to kill Him for saying that He was the Son of God, Look. If I plainly tell you that Yahweh dwells in Me, and it was I in My pre-incarnate form that appeared to man back in Old Testament times, then you would not believe Me. But we have Moses; maybe you’ll believe him whom you say you follow. Moses wrote about Me in the first five books of the Bible. If you believe Moses, then you would believe Me, for it was I who appeared in many passages that he wrote.

Christ said, “Moses wrote of Me.” Many today limit the mentions of Christ to Genesis 3: 15 and Deuteronomy 18: 15-19. Really? Are you kidding? What kind of respect is that? After all Moses went through from the burning bush calling, to the Exodus of God’s people, to the amount of miracles that He performed for the Israelites, do we think that Moses would only mention Christ twice?

Seeing Christ in the Garden of Eden

To know Him that is from the beginning, we must see through the misty millennia as He kneeled down lovingly onto the clay of Eden and formed Adam, the man who would serve as the environment of God’s plan to reproduce Himself. We see Christ in His pre-incarnate spiritual body forming Adam and breathing into him the breath of life (Gen. 2: 7).

Christ the Creator laid His hands on the cold earthen man-to-be and through His tender lovingkindness, Christ through His resurrection power breathed life into the first man. And even when Christ had to use tough love after Adam’s sin, He still showed tenderly His great love and care toward Adam and Eve.

The penalty was severe. They stood before their Maker and were ashamed and “knew that they were naked.” Despite their banishment, and the cursed ground from which they would toil through the sweat of their brow, and despite being doomed to return to that very dust from which they came—despite all this, Christ reached out to them and “made them coats of skins, and clothed them.” Christ did not call on angels to come and take the skins and make coats for them; He did it Himself. Christ is seen here touching animal skins and clothing them. Literally.

Christ’s Own Words Again

The Master mentions Moses’ writings again.  After His resurrection He joins two of His followers who were walking dejectedly down the road to a village named  Emmaus. They were prevented from recognizing Him as they spoke. He asked them what they were so down about.  And they basically said that the prophet they had been following had been killed by the chief priests and rulers.  And besides, it had been three days now and they had not seen hide nor hair of him.

And then He said this unto them. How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?  “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself” (Luke 24:25-27).  He has just said that all of the writings of Moses and the prophets were writings about Himself.

What Moses and all the prophets were writing about was Yahweh’s glorious coming to this earth in a flesh body to become the Savior of His creation.  That’s what the scriptures are about!  That is what the Master just said.

The Master, to finish the story, went on to the next village with them.  Still not recognizing Him, they encouraged Him to stay with them and eat.  During the meal they finally recognized Him, and then He disappeared. Then they asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32.  The scriptures open when we realize that they speak of Yahweh coming in human form!

     Many do not understand and therefore do not read the Bible because it is closed to them.  He will open the scriptures to us just like He did to those two on the road to Emmaus, when we believe that Yahweh of the “Old Testament” is clothed in human flesh and is really the Messiah of the “New Testament.” The previous sentence will only be revealed to us if He opens the scriptures to us—if He shows us who He really is (https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/moses-wrote-about-christ-how-he-opened-to-us-the-scriptures-chapter-12-of-the-book-yah-is-savior/).

Reading through the “faith chapter” of Hebrews 11, we begin to appreciate “so great a cloud of witnesses.” And as we read their stories again in the Old Testament, let us be assured that they communed with Christ in His glorified spiritual body. He took on a flesh body for a few years of His Incarnation for a certain work to be done—our salvation. Let us now enjoy Him in the Old Testament as He interacts with our heroes of the faith. Let us read anew with enlightened eyes of Christ’s many visits to earth, communing with these patriarchs and prophets outlined in Hebrews 11.

We can “know Him from the beginning” just like the apostle John. In fact, we must if we are to grow to our ultimate potential in Christ. Let us look at Christ in action. When we do, we will see His love and compassion in hearing the cries of His people in Egypt in Moses’ day and also in Gideon’s day. We will see His big heart in His desire to deliver His people from the sorrow and despair of slavery. He heard their cries and was moved to come down and not just appear, but also to insert Himself into the everyday drama of their sufferings. He is the living God, the fountain of all compassion and love. We will see Him literally lead and guide His people out of hard times.

All these things were written for “our admonition upon whom the end of the world comes.” That’s us. We need to have the scriptures open to us. Earlier in this article we saw the way that it will happen. We need to see Christ as He really is. He loved us then; He loves us now. And He will love us forever.

One other thought. We will know Him that is from the beginning when we believe that we were with Him in the beginning (John 15: 27; I John 2: 24).   Kenneth Wayne Hancock

{For more examples of Christ’s visitations, consult The Messiah in Moses and the Prophets by Eleazar Lord, Scribner: New York, 1853, ch. 2, p. 20, seen online at Gutenberg press}

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To Know Him That Is from the Beginning

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A relatively small number of human beings will in these last days overcome all things and will be invited by our Savior to sit with Him on His throne upon His return to this earth. Christ promised, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne” (Rev. 3: 21). The Spirit is talking to us, brothers and sisters. If we have ears to hear, then let us hear what the Spirit is saying to us (v. 22). And He is saying…

Those who are destined to walk with God, the way that the men and women of Biblical renown did, will know Him that is the beginning. The apostle John knew Him “which was from the beginning” (I John 1: 1). And John wrote to certain mature Christians who knew Him that way. John said, “I write unto you, fathers, because you have known Him that is from the beginning.”

Understanding the thirty, sixty, and one hundred fold fruit bearing principle detailed in the Parable of the Sower is the key to comprehending all of this. His spiritual law of harvest speaks of three general levels of spiritual growth in Christians (Matt. 13: 3-23). They first are babes in Christ or little children. Then they grow into young men and women, and then finally into fathers virtuous women. Children, young men, fathers (I John 2: 12-14).

The point is this: The over comers destined to sit with Christ on His throne will have grown into the 100 fold category and become “fathers” in the gospel much like Paul. He wrote the Corinthians, “In Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel” (I Cor. 4: 15 NIV).

We can grow into this 100 fold fruit bearing category as we begin to know Him that is from the beginning. And to do this, we must see Christ in action in the beginning of God’s dealings with man. This means seeing Christ’s deeds in the Old Testament.

How Do We Know Anyone?

We are to “know Him from the beginning.” And we know that the scriptures are referring to Christ because of John’s testimony in the gospel of John:1: 1, 14: “In the beginning was the Word…and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory…).”

How do we get to know of anyone? It is through knowledge of their deeds and actions. For example, You make a new friend, and you have heard that his dad is rather famous. You say to your friend, Tell me about your dad.

Your friend smiles and begins to tell you about the things that his dad has done. He played Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1970’s. He played the outfield and wears a World Series ring, having won it all back then. Anyway, the point is this: Your friend helps you to know his dad better by telling you of his accomplishments, actions, and deeds back in the beginning of his life.

Likewise, to know Christ better, we must be acquainted with what He did back in the beginning. This is the way to “know Him that is from the beginning.” This is the way to “know Him and the power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3: 10).

Christ visited, counseled and communed many times with the patriarchs and prophets of old. His deeds and actions with them will help us “know Him that is from the beginning.” [To be continued…]  Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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