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No Spiritual Growth Without Knowledge

To grow in God, first, we have got to know things—His things. “Knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Prov. 9: 10). If you want to take a look at a human being without this kind of knowledge, then observe the young man in Proverbs 7. He does not know of His plan to perfect us. He hasn’t a clue about the spiritual maturity that can transform us into righteous powerhouses. He has no knowledge of God and His thoughts and ways, and he is left as prey for the lion Satan who “goes about seeking whom he may devour” (I Pet. 5: 8).

The young man is a type of all young men who are “void of understanding” and who lack true knowledge of the holy. He easily falls prey to the “woman with the attire of a harlot.” This loose woman in Proverbs is a symbol of the false religious system; she is exposed later as “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev. 17: 5). She through flattery and empty promises of love and peace seduces the young man, and he goes down “as an ox goes to the slaughter.” The Spirit concludes with this warning: “She has cast down many wounded; yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”

So we see that the young man was indeed destroyed for lack of true knowledge of God. False knowledge taught by the mother church and her daughters about God will ruin us. This is the lesson of Proverbs 7. Without much extrapolation, we see that, yes, we must have His knowledge; without it we are a complete spiritual failure in our Maker’s eyes.

After attaining His knowledge of His plan and purpose, we must begin  to do what we now know to do. “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Free from what? Free from thinking that you have to sin. For that is exactly what the churches keep pounding into you.

But God has it all lined out. To grow to full maturity/perfection, to be like the apostles and prophets, He’s got a grid of requirements that we are to do. These are not works to get salvation or stay saved. No. We do what He’s asked us to do because we love and appreciate Him. Yahweh desires for us to grow to be like Him, so that we can be a channel of His love to the world. That is why we do the knowledge. We are to be “doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving [our] own selves” (James 1: 22).

The word says that we can do all things through Christ. The harlot church teaches that we will be sinners right down to the bitter end of this mortal existence. The churches teach that we can never grow to maturity/perfection in this life, that we will always be sinners.

But the apostle John did not believe that. Here’s some knowledge for us. “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin. Whosoever abides in Him sins not; whosoever sins has not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man deceive you…” (I John 3: 5-7). These have got to be the least quoted verses in the Bible.

And as for the argument that we cannot be like the early apostles, that it was just for their time, the word says that grace teaches us “to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” The “present age” is our time, too, for Christ does not change (Titus 2: 12). We know that it is possible; just look at the early apostles and their doctrine that took them to maturity/perfection. And nowhere does it say that we cannot be like them–“in this present age.”    Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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God’s Warning to the Pastors

It is sad, really, to see the pastors, preachers and priests go through the liturgical motions of laying on of hands when their heart is still in a state of sin. I know that many are merely trusting their denominational mentors who taught them in their seminaries and bible colleges. Being made free from sin is not in their curricula.

Many of them are sincere, which makes it even sadder to see them trapped in the false doctrines. They have the remnant’s teachings collected in the Holy Bible, but they lack a witness today.

What is the problem with their laying on of hands? By thinking it is their hands and not God’s hands, they think that their dutifulness and their soberness and their righteousness will touch God, and surely He will hear from heaven. And surely He will keep His word and heal this poor person or grant a baptism in the Holy Spirit to this one.

Yes, He will answer the prayers of His remnant, those whose sinful old natures are dead, buried, and risen with Christ to walk in a newness of life. He said that He will answer the prayers of those who have become His body now—where it is not their body with their hands, but it is now holy men [and women] of God, moved by the Holy Ghost, laying His hands on the sick.

For His remnant “is dead and [their] life now is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3: 3). One of the remnant who communed with the risen Christ said that it is no longer I that lives, but Christ that lives inside. (Gal. 2: 20).

Somebody will say, “But I quote that verse in Galatians 2: 20.” Yes, people can quote scripture all day long, but one will know that it is real if “all things have become new” with a new heart, and a new life, a new Master. You say that you go by every word of God. But the word is clear and succinct: “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” How is it a new life in Christ if sin is still plaguing you as your slave master? “For he that sins is a slave to sin” and “no one can serve two masters” (II Cor. 5: 17; John 8: 34).

He wants repentance from sin not everlasting penance. When repentance from sin is accomplished in a person’s life, it is over and done with. That person is free, “for he that is dead is freed from sin” (Rom. 6: 7). Coming into Christ is not joining a benevolent social club; it is a renunciation of a sinful life and a dying, a burial, and a resurrection with Christ.

To the Pastors, the Shepherds of His Flock

With much respect of God’s plan to have pastors feeding the word of God to the people of His pasture, I write this. We who endeavor to feed the flock of God must get it right. We must dig deep and take no teaching for granted. For Yahweh has pronounced a woe upon the pastors of His flock who teach false doctrines and precepts (Ezk. 34; Jer. 50: 6). Prove out the above paragraphs. If you still break the Ten Commandments, turn to Him now from that path. Go to the cross once and for all and let that old sin nature expire with Him and be buried with Him, and, praise God, be raised to walk in a newness of life. For we who feed the flock of God will receive the greater condemnation at His judgement seat if we do not get it right with the Chief Shepherd. We must never forget how austere our Master is, for He will say to some very devout and well-meaning shepherds, “Depart from Me; I never knew you.” And they will say, “But, Lord, we preached in your name and did good things for you…”

I get nothing material for writing these words—no money, no recognition, no laurels. And that is fine. If I can help one person to become a manifested son or daughter of God, my reward is secure. After the smoke of tribulation clears, just to be able to see each other be a part of His Kingdom here on earth, to be able to stand side by side as members of His cadre, to witness Christ in His glorious spiritual body come forth through the portals and address His people there in Jerusalem. Wow! And in that first year of His Thousand Year Reign, as we look at each other and smile, it is enough that we can be present at that holy convocation. That is our reward. Just to look upon Him, and who knows, perhaps to speak to Him, He who made the worlds and everything in them. To see His plan and purpose come to fruition—that is enough. Kenneth Wayne Hancock

[This is an excerpt out of Chapter 46 of my new book, The Apostles’ Doctrine.]

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Spiritual Hands of a Spiritual Body

To understand the apostles’ doctrine of the “laying on of hands,” we must first see how “hands” are members of the body of Christ. But what is the body of Christ? “Hands” are members of a body. Therefore, holy hands must of necessity be members of the body of Christ. Our search is leading us into the “unsearchable riches of Christ.”

Consequently, we must always in our search “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (II Cor. 4: 18). The answers will not be found in the things we can literally see with our eyes. The answers will be gained through contemplating the invisible, eternal things.

The Body of Christ

Therefore, the body of Christ is invisible. For years I thought that your earthly body and my earthly body, cleaned up spiritually by God, was the body of Christ. I thought that the members of the body of Christ were the humans who gathered together in a building of some kind and wor-shipped God. Later I saw the church as a body of humans called out from the world, not necessarily “members in good standing” of some manmade religious organization. But I still thought that the church was the body of Christ and the church were the humans in that group of Christians.

But now I am realizing that there is a revelation waiting for us concern-ing the body of Christ. We have been “looking after the flesh” when dealing with the body of Christ.

Oh, we have had wonderful dreams of our hands doing great things. Totally understandable to have them. We looked at our hands and we imagined them being guided by the Spirit to heal, and, yes, even raise someone from the dead. We’ve seen our literal hands as being used by God to do special things as members of His body, doing His works in the earth.

Stop the daydream. This is looking after the flesh, however well inten-tioned. It is what Paul called “not discerning the Lord’s body.” For the body of Christ is a body of Spirit. It is a spiritual entity. The body of Christ is not a “form of matter.” It is not a “material substance” [“body” Webster’s].  It is not made of human flesh like your earthly body and mine. The body of Christ is not that which is gathered together in a church building, where humans sit in pews, or any other manmade structure.

What is the body of Christ then? It is a body of spiritual righteous actions that the Holy Spirit does. We must stop looking after the flesh! We have known Christ after the flesh; we have seen Him as a human who suffered bodily on the cross. That marred body, ironically, is not the “body of Christ,” for the body of Christ is spiritual and invisible.

“Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer” (II Cor. 5: 16). We must rather fully awake to the fact that Christ now is a Spirit that can and does enter into our natural earthly bodies. The aforementioned “unsearchable riches” are found in the glorious mystery, which is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” And it takes born-from-above eyes to see the Kingdom of God established in everyone who receives Christ, the Spirit, into their heart (Col. 1: 26-27).

We are talking about the Spirit of God—Christ—the Anointed One—the Anointing—the Truth—the Spirit of Truth. His Spirit will take up residence in us. “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith” (Eph. 3: 17). How can Christ the man from Galilee dwell in our hearts? By receiving His Spirit, which is the Father, for Christ and His Father are one—one Spirit.

So now, the body of Christ is a spiritual body of actions and attributes of the Spirit. And when we get out of the way and let Christ’s Spirit take over and love through us, then Christ will have reproduced Himself. This takes us back to His purpose—to reproduce Himself.

But, alas, that is the initial problem. We spent many years existing on the planet, nourished only on the imaginations of men. And habits of thinking and living have entrenched themselves into our grey matter. But God calls us out of the matrix-like soup of deception, and He saves us and gives us wonderful experiences that we cleave unto. But the habit of thinking ourselves to be part of the “other”—other than God—this thinking prevents us from making room for the Spirit Himself to dwell in our bodies fully.

This is why Christ provides a way for us to once and for all dispose of the blockage that prevents us from manifesting agape love. For our egos are the exact opposite of God’s nature of selfless love.

This is why Christ, as our example, died on the cross and now has required all of us to die in revelation with Him. The Spirit says, “You are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

Once again, let us look at our hands. They as a part of our current physical bodies are alive. But we are dead. The old selfish sinful nature of born-from-above children of God has perished with Him on the cross. And the life that we now live, we live by the faith of Christ, for He has given us of His Spirit, by believing in His resurrection. We are the second man, a quickening spirit, a righteous spirit now, hidden in the Spirit called Christ. We are no longer bound by the belief that we are members of the animal kingdom, human beings calling ourselves the church, the body of Christ. We are not. We are a spirit that makes alive, a righteous action, and a force of truth, wisdom, and mercy. All things have become new. Old ways of looking at ourselves have passed away. We are now “members in particular” of the mystical, spiritual body of Christ.

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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The Hands of God

[This is Chapter 44 of my new book The Apostles’ Doctrine, due out late this fall.]

The elect, the remnant in the last days, repented of their sins. They forsook their selfish ways. And they walked in God’s faith like the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles of old. And the elect for these latter days became particular members of the body of Christ. And they grew to become the hands of God—God’s very own hands—hands that are destined to be laid upon a sick and dying earth.

To fully grasp the depth of this the doctrine of the laying on of hands, we first must see things through God’s eyes, the way He sees them. For He sees it through the lens of His purpose, which He has embedded in the pages of the Scriptures of Truth. Knowledge of His purpose is the key that unlocks every good door that He desires us to open. Believing in His purpose casts light on the incomparable calling of the “hands of God.”

It Is All About the Creator’s Purpose

All spiritual roads lead us back to God’s purpose. For His purpose is the glue that holds the meanderings of men’s feet steadfast on the paths of righteousness. Believing in His purpose gives our lives meaning. And when life goes sideways, as it will do, we can rest in the knowledge that it is all part of the plan to fulfill His purpose.

And this is His eternal purpose: God is reproducing Himself in human beings. He is in the process of multiplying Himself and planting His Spirit of Love throughout the universe. It is the reproduction of agape love, pure and simple. And He will do it through the body of Christ—you and I—if so be that we have surrendered to His plan and purpose. Nothing else can give our lives true meaning. He is Love and His desire to reproduce Himself in and through us is incomprehensible grace. There is really nothing else of any value in heaven or earth to compare to this kind of Love. For God-Love is the seed of all things and the harvest of all things.

And God has poured it all into His Son. It is all there. The Son is our chance to shine as we have given up our desires for vain self- glory and have put on the mind of Christ, who is the Seed-Son. We are created for His pleasure, and it pleases Him to expand His nature of Love using us as the medium. This is the theme of my 2017 book The Royal Destiny of God’s Elect [1]. He is sovereign; He calls the shots. He works all things out according to His plan and purpose.

When we see things through the eyes of His purpose, then we will comprehend how such a grand Spirit of Love needs us His people, as we need Him. He needs us to be the channels of His love to those in need. And we need His agape love flowing down and through us to give our lives fulfillment and meaning. “We love God because He first loved us and gave Himself for us.” God is that Spirit of Love who needs a body of people to love through. And yes, He wants to be loved and appreciated just like we do.

Why He Created an Elect

 Consequently, to fulfill His purpose, He has created and fore-ordained certain individuals, who are predestined to respond fully to the calling and election He has placed on them. He has left nothing to chance. He will make it happen. He cannot fail. If He has called and chosen you, you will respond, even when it looks to natural man’s eyes like you are resisting Him, for your names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. It is a done deal; we just have to be Hit witness through acting on knowledge of His plan.

He calls these people His elect, His chosen ones, His remnant. They are alive today, but dead to themselves, and the new life inside their hearts is the life of Christ reproduced again, a brilliant seedling bursting through the sullen earth, growing and living by the faith of the Son of God (Rom. 8: 18-33; II Cor. 3: 18; Col. 1: 27).

The Creator has given to His chosen ones the heart and ability to see these things of which we speak—to realize that they are His corporate body, His literal torso, legs, arms, and His hands. For He needs hands to show mercy and love to those entering into His Kingdom. He needs hands to bless and guide others out of the pervading darkness. Without hands it is difficult to lay foundations to physical as well as spiritual buildings—skills needed during the reconstruction of this world after Great Tribulation and His return to His throne.

When we begin to see things through God’s eyes, we will see that we, the body of Christ, hold a special place in the King’s heart. For He will choose certain members of His body to be His hands, chosen for a special calling. For He will place His hands upon people to heal them and bless them, much the same way that Christ sent forth His disciples out two by two.

He said to them, “He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do…” (John 14: 12). How could we ever do anything greater than raising the dead? Their deeds will be greater, for they will be more numerous. Because it is the time of the harvest, thousands of the sons of God will do the same works that Christ did. For at that time their hands will be Christ’s hands. They will do the acts of Christ because Christ’s Spirit will be fully formed in them.

It is through this promise of the “manifestation of the sons of God” that the purpose of God will be fulfilled (Rom. 8: 19). His Life, Love and Essence will be multiplied, for He will have reproduced Himself in His elect for the last days. They will come right on time. That time is now.

Thousands of His elect will lay the “hands of God” on the peoples of this world, and by the Spirit of Christ within them, they will heal the nations as they herald the coming of the Kingdom of God. God will lay His hands on this sick world, and He will heal it on an international level.      Kenneth Wayne Hancock

[1] A trade paperback copy of The Royal Destiny of God’s Elect is available—free with free shipping. Just send your mailing address in the USA to wayneman5@hotmail.com  Please mention the book by name.

 

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Re: The Laying on of Hands–It’s Not What You Think

[The following are two chapters from my new book in progress]

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 The Common Concept of the Laying on of Hands

 “In Christianity, the laying on of hands (Greek: cheirotonia – χειροτονία, literally, “laying-on of hands”) is both a symbolic and formal method of invoking the Holy Spirit primarily during baptisms and confirmations, healing services, blessings, and ordination of priests, ministers, elders, deacons, and other church officers, along with a variety of other church sacraments and holy ceremonies.

In the New Testament the laying on of hands was associated with Christ healing the sick (Luke 4:40) and after his ascension, the receiving of the Holy Spirit (See Acts 8:14–19). Initially the Apostles laid hands on new believers as well as believers. (See Acts 6:5–6). In  the early church, the practice continued and is  still used  in  a wide variety of church ceremo nies, such as during confirmation” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_laying_on_of_hands).

This is a typical encyclopedia rendering of this doctrine. They all say about the same thing. But, really, is that all there is? Surely not. It has always been my experience that whatever churchianity teaches on a biblical subject, the whole truth is not in it. They clothed their half-truths in sheep’s clothing, warm, white and self-assured. But inwardly, those half-truths lead His people astray. This is not to say that all of the clergy nor all of the laity are guilty of this. For many are very sincere and are searching for the truth.

Nevertheless, now that man’s understanding of this topic has been broached, let us see where the Spirit of Truth wants to take us concerning the laying on of hands. Do we really think that the early apostles went for all of the formalized mumbo-jumbo of Pharisaical Judaism? And since there is nothing new under the sun, and since Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, should we His followers today acquiesce to what mainstream churchianity says about the laying on of hands? Do we honestly believe that the Holy Spirit can be conjured up at will by our words and our hands—hands, defiled by formalized religious practices (Isa. 1: 11-18). The sin-soiled hands of the clergy are laid upon the heads of the little lambs. May God lift us up to see this teaching as He sees it, according to His word.

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 Isaiah’s Prescient Preface to the Doctrine of Laying on of Hands

Before we can get to the deeper levels of understanding concerning the “laying on of hands,” we must examine why man’s attempt to employ this teaching falls woefully short. We look to Isaiah 1 for answers. It goes to the root of the problem.

First, as with all of the prophets, it is the Spirit of our Savior who speaks through Isaiah. Understanding this is paramount to receiving more revelatory truth. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (II Pet. 1: 21; I Pet. 1: 11). And because it is the Spirit of Christ ministering through the words that the prophet Isaiah penned down, we His body  can receive understanding from Christ Himself.

Isaiah 1 is a vision in which Yahweh laments for His people who had rebelled against Him. He says that even dumb animals know who feeds them and where to go to get that feed. “But Israel does not know, My people do not consider (1: 1-3).

Isaiah 1 is a cautionary tale that glimpses into the heart of a people and presciently instructs you and me to not do what they did. It speaks down through the centuries to us “upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

The Sickness

The Spirit likens their rebellion to a physical sickness. The whole nation is sick because “they have forsaken Yahweh.” And the Spirit describes this sickness: “The whole head is sick.” The mind of the leaders and the people is eaten up with corrupt thoughts. “The whole heart is faint.” The very core and center of the people is weakened and puny because of self-centeredness. “The sole of the foot even to the head, there is not soundness in it; but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores…” And they have not been given medical aid to bind up those wounds (vs. 4-6). This extended metaphor tells us that the sickness of His people is complete. The whole nation has contracted this illness. What illness could infect the entire nation?

He reveals the grave spiritual sickness in one statement: “Ah sinful nation” (v. 4). The sin nature was contracted at birth. It is the root and core of why His people have rebelled against Him. The Spirit is saying, “Because of your sin, ‘your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence’ [sound familiar?] (v. 7). And if it were not for ‘a very small remnant, we should have been Sodom…’ (v. 9).

Lifeless Religious Liturgies

The whole nation is sick in sin. And then in the very next breath, the Spirit of Christ lays it out there, exposing the phony, lifeless, futile religious liturgies that both the clergy and laity participated in under the old testament law: animal sacrifice, the vain oblations, the incense, the burnt offerings, the Sabbaths, and the solemn assemblies. He calls all of these actions of 760 B.C. temple worship “iniquity.” It troubles Him. He hates all of this (vs. 11-14).

And echoing down through the centuries, His Spirit still calls the religious liturgies practiced today “iniquity.” That would include the laying on of hands as seen in the encyclopedia article above.

Why does He call it iniquity? Because the priests and people are still sinning. The pastors tell the flock of churchgoers that they cannot live without sinning. Therefore, their worship is soiled and tainted and unacceptable because their hearts are soiled with sin. “Ah sinful nation” still applies. Only the remnant in Isaiah’s day had changed their ways and repented and walked in the faith, believing that His Spirit can and does live in them. In Isaiah’s day, the names and exploits of the remnant were immortalized in the pages of the Bible. Today His remnant will fulfill and dramatize those illustrious pages of scripture.

Christ Gets Angry

And so it is today. The Spirit of Christ that spoke through Isaiah continues to speak to us because our nation has provoked Him to anger (v. 4). Christ gets angry? Yes. Just think: money changers at the temple, tables turned over, sharp rebukes flying through the air. I can see Him rebuking today’s televangelists, who preach the prosperity doctrine. Send us your money, they say, and God will multiply more money coming back to you. Sow the seed of faith by giving us your money and you will harvest 100 fold. What a lie! What an abomination! They are nothing more than modern day money changers. Where is the outcry from the pulpits? Why do the sheep get sheared so blatantly without even a word of protest?

So, yes, I believe that Christ would be rebuking the religious leaders of today the way He rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees 2,000 years ago. He said to them, “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do.” Remember that these are the most powerful religious leaders of that time and place. They were the chief priests and rabbis with the power of life and death over the laity. And Christ said that they are the sons of the devil. The devil “was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8: 44). Wow. You talking about fearless.

And so, the Spirit still is speaking: The prosperity doctrine is a false doctrine from the devil. It cheapens the beauty of God’s grace in giving us the true law of harvest—but they pervert it, saying that you can receive financial blessings by “sowing” seed money into their ministry. That is a lie from the father of all lies! And it is a horrible deception that has gone out all over the world. And these false teachers will turn right around and lay their hands on the lambs of God and pronounce great things for them as they become “partners” in the deception. Can we now see how the devil perverts things like the laying on of hands? No wonder God is angry. There is no justice in the land while deceit and lies run rampant.

It Is Always about the Sin

It is sin that we are talking about. Christ always brought up sin in the conversation. And He would today, just like He did in Isaiah’s day. He changes not. He would ask our sinful nation today, Why are you still in sin? Why are you still sinning? I am manifested to take away your sins, and in Me there is no sin (I John 3: 5). ]

Because Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, He would say to the sinful nation today: “You say that you are washed in My blood. And yet you still break My Ten Commandments. You say that you are following Me, and yet you hide secret desires that will destroy you. You say you are born again, and have been baptized, and have joined a church, but you are still struggling with sins that yield guilty thoughts and a troubled conscience.

“Something is wrong in your thinking. For you say that the Bible is the word of God and that you believe every word of it, and yet you do the opposite of what my word says to do. And you say, Well, my pastor says that no one can keep the law. Nobody’s perfect; everyone sins.

“But you do err, for you neither know the scriptures nor the power of God. Either My blood is powerful enough to cleanse you from all sins along with your sin nature, or it is not. And you have forgotten that with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. All things.

“So bring no more of those solemn ceremonies and ecstatic praises and rituals and traditions and baptisms and laying on of hands, for sin still stains the hearts of both the pastors and their flocks. ‘When you spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you…when you make many prayers, I will not hear…’ But My hand is still stretched out. ‘Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…” (1: 16-18).

“If you repent, you may join My remnant, My elect, My chosen. They will walk in the light of Love. I am the Seed and they are the harvest. They will restore all things and help usher in the kingdom of God. And they will rule and reign with Me. They repented of their sins and walked in faith, and as the body of Christ, they became the hands of God—hands destined to be laid upon a sick and dying earth.

[These are the opening chapters of the “Laying on of Hands” doctrine. It is not what we have been lead to believe it is. It is far more elevated, created in the heart of God for astounding results. These chapters are excerpts from my new book coming out, hopefully this fall. We wait on the Spirit, for without Him I cannot write this. It is called The Apostles’ Doctrine. Its contents illuminate our path to nothing less than perfection, which is spiritual maturity. Like the other books that I have written for the elect, this book is seminal for the harvest of His manifested sons and daughters. I highly recommend that you first read The Royal Destiny of God’s Elect, available to you free with free shipping. All I need is your mailing address sent to my email… wayneman5@hotmail.com  I will advise as to when The Apostles’ Doctrine is finished and published. It is free with free shipping, as well.    Kenneth Wayne Hancock ]

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The Milk of the Word Is Not Milk Toast

The first principles of Christ’s teachings is the milk of the word of God. But that does not mean that its precepts are not ground-breaking and earth shattering. And heart-rending, too.

These Foundational Principles of His Teachings Are Powerful

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit…and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4: 12 NKJV). Christ’s doctrine about repentance will cut us to our very spiritual core, exposing what we are really thinking about God and what our intentions are on the stage of life.

Just because these first principles are the milk and not the meat of the word and are to become our very foundation upon which to build the temple of God, we should not take them lightly. For “repentance from sin” will shake us to our core. It will break our hearts, minds, and our wills. It will evoke a complete upheaval of the human heart.

It will provoke us to question whether we really can follow the Lamb wherever He goes. Christ admonishes us to “count the cost” of discipleship. And He asks us this question, “Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” (Matt. 20: 22). This was not the water baptism of John but rather the baptism into His death that Paul speaks of in Romans 6: 3-6. And, yes, Christ answers His own questions to us with a resounding prophecy: “You shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with” (v. 23).

For repentance from sin is a complete reversal of the old  life’s ways and means. Instead of depending on our own wits and talents to gain advantage in the game of this earthly existence, we now depend on the Creator’s sustenance from the new Spirit He has ignited in us.

Of course, our new life in Him is really His creation. He restores us day by day back into His heart. We are His clay as He exhales the fire of His lungs into our breathing moments, thus transforming us into a new creation, created in true righteousness and holiness.

And God does have greatness in store for us His children–things so grand and glorious that, like the apostle Paul said, “it is unlawful for a man to utter” (II Cor. 12: 2-4). These are heavenly things that the human eye has not seen, “nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for them that love Him” (I Cor. 2: 9). These things will be the meat, the spiritual food that He will feed us when we get the first principles fully operating in our lives. This is one of the major problems in Christianity today. New followers want to jump into the book of Revelation or visions or prophecy or the heavenlies while they are still struggling with repentance from dead works in their lives.

First, we must get strong enough in our walk and get mature enough in order to be able to glimpse those rare, glorious, spiritual things that He has prepared for us. Prepared for whom? “For them that love Him.”

So How Do We Love Him?

Let’s get it from our Savior’s own lips. “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14: 15, 23). And one of His commands to us is “Repent of sin.” We show our love for Him by obeying Him. We must hear His sayings and do them. Really do them. And the first thing is to repent from sin, the breaking of the 10 Commandments.

Someone will say, Well, no one can do that. True, because that’s the way God designed it. No human in their earthly strength can keep the law successfully. He made it this way in hope that we would turn to the Savior and seek forgiveness. For left to our own devices, eventually man surely will see the futility of his selfish ways and seek to find a place of repentance, won’t he?

Repentance will be realized when brokenhearted man believes the word concerning God’s sacrifice for sin–His Son. Not just believe that Jesus of Nazareth died for mankind’s sins some 2,000 years ago, but believe that we must be immersed spiritually into Christ’s death and by faith in His resurrection, we now walk in a “newness of life.” This is done by faith, believing that He now lives in our hearts. We rise with Christ by faith (the second principle of Christ’s doctrine). Christ’s Spirit now is living within.

Many of you have experienced this wonderful spiritual reality. Praise God for you. Yet some may wonder, Why all the details about repentance? Why is it necessary to study all this out?

The answer is this. If we love Christ, we will obey His command: “Feed my lambs…Feed My sheep…Feed My sheep (John 21: 15-17). We  need to be rooted and grounded in these teachings in order to be able to teach them to others coming into the church, the body of Christ. That’s it, pure and simple. Can we explain it and teach this miracle of transformation in our lives to others? When we can, then He will feed us with a banquet fit for kings and queens. HalleluYah!       Kenneth Wayne Hancock

[This is part of Chapter 10 of my new book The Apostles’ Doctrine due to be published later this fall. I will announce on this blog its arrival and how you can receive your free copy (with free shipping). It is seminal and proper spiritual food for the lambs and sheep of His pasture. Be sure to subscribe and may our Father bless all of you.]

 

 

 

 

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“There’s Power in the Blood”—Power to Do What Exactly?

Most Christians will agree that the blood of Christ does have a certain degree of power in it. But how does that power manifest itself? What does it do? How does it work? How does the shedding of His blood “cleanse us from all sin”?

For sin to die out and cease to plague us spiritually, we must submit to the cross and die with Christ. He “was made to be sin” (II Cor. 5: 21). At the moment of His death, sin died. “The life is in the blood.” The life of sin is in the blood. And the ancient law now tolls for all sinners: “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. With the shedding of the blood of the sin offering Christ, sin died that day at the cross. We must submit to this truth. As we believe that sin in our hearts died with Christ, we too can be raised up with Him, a sinless creature, a new creature.

The first overcoming, which leads to all of the overcomings, or victories in Christ, is the victory over sin in our lives.  It is a direct victory of the power of the devil in our lives, for “he that commits sin is of the devil.”

But to get rid of sin in our lives was the “purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (I John 3: 8). How is this done?  “They overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” (Rev. 12: 11).  Our victory over the evil comes through these two things.

Many talk a good Christian ballgame, but few deliver through the lives that they lead.  Many claim to follow Christ, yet they still do secret sins, which emanate from the dark recesses of an un-regenerated heart–a heart that is old and carnal–a heart that has not climbed Calvary’s hill to submit to the death of the cross along with Christ.

By the Blood of Christ the Sacrificial Lamb

He is the sin sacrifice–the “Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.”  He takes away the sin of the world. When He gets through, we don’t have it anymore.  But we must identify our old sinful heart with Him that day of the Lamb’s death some 2,000 years ago.  This is how the Lamb’s blood cleanses us.  When it drained out of Him, the life and energy and power of sin died out.  When His blood was all spilled out, then the life force of sin in us drained out as well. This is how we overcame the devil.  It is from this cleansing of sin through the death of our old nature, of our old spirit, of our old heart.

Yet, sadly, chances are very slim that you will hear this in today’s church houses and Sunday schools.  It is “too strong, too harsh.”  It is not politically correct and is a sure fire way for the hired preacher to lose his pastorship.  But the old preachers of past centuries taught these very things I have shared here.  John Wesley taught it, yet you won’t hear this in a modern Methodist church.  Martin Luther taught it, but today’s Lutherans won’t hear it in church.  Spurgeon taught it, but most Baptists won’t hear this stark message in their churches.

But this is how we repent from sin.  The very first apostles’ doctrine was “repentance from dead works.”  Sin, the breaking of the 10 Commandments, is a “dead work,” for it leads to death.  And getting rid of sin in our lives is the very cornerstone in the sure foundation Christ talked about.  Without this start in Christ, the foundation is shaky, and the house will fall when the devil winds blow.

Indeed, it is a major undertaking to get the sin question straight; it can be a real upheaval in a person’s life. But the bottom line is this: God has provided a way to get rid of sin and sinning in our lives. Our old selfish sinful nature dies when we reckon it dead with Christ. When He died on the cross, our old sinful nature died there with Him. When we spiritually make His soul the sacrifice for our sin, then we die with Him. And we are then buried with Him. And then through belief in God’s power that raised Him from the dead, we also are raised up with a new nature and a new spirit from our heavenly Father. Baptism in water symbolizes this act of faith, being “baptized into His death” (Romans 6; 3).

We have to reckon our old selves dead with Christ. It is this spiritual death that frees us from that bondage to keep breaking the 10 command-ments. We are freed from the slavery to sin. But it takes faith to believe it. I am not imagining this teaching. I have lived it. It is in the Holy Bible, although it is seldom, if ever, taught. Just read Romans 6: 1-13 and Colossians 2: 11-12, 20 for starters. It is there.

And this is just the beginning of the “milk of the word.” Just the first two principles—repentance from sin and faith toward God. We have got to get this into our hearts. Be shocked. Be astonished. Study it out thoroughly. Be fed the milk that you may grow up into Christ. That’s in there, too. Later the “meat of the word” will help us grow into full spiritual maturity to become just like Christ. There—I said it.                                            Kenneth Wayne Hancock

[This is Chapter 18 of my new book The Apostles’ Doctrine coming out later this fall.]

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