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The Father Does the Works through the Son—We Are the Body of the Son

Therefore, the Father will do those same works through us, the body of Christ. That’s the promise, whether we can grasp it or not at present. But I am getting ahead of the story. Let me back up to the beginning long before we little humans were scurrying about the planet.

God is the Word/the Logos/ the Plan to fulfill His own purpose (John 1:1). He desires to reproduce Himself in us. That is His purpose. How He will do this is written in His own words in the Holy Bible. God also wrote His whole plan out in the life and death and resurrected life of one man. They call Him Jesus in the English speaking world. But His Hebrew name is Yahshua. His name in the Hebrew means “Yah is the Savior” or “Yah Saves.” His name is the same as the patriarch Joshua.

The Father’s purpose is to reproduce agape love, which is Himself. “God is love” (I John 4:8). God is also Spirit, the Spirit of Love (John 4:24). He will reproduce Love in and through you and me, if we follow on. He does this by showing us how to do what He has done and how to love.  When we do what He does, then we grow spiritually. If we continue in Him, we will grow to full maturity as his sons and daughters. That is if we humble ourselves and pray and study His word and seek His face while He may be found.

The Word is the seed (Matt. 13:19). And “each seed bears its own kind.” Since we now are born of the “incorruptible seed, the word of God,” we will be like Him at the time of the harvest, which is “end of the world.” We will be like him after we do the things he does. Again, the question arises: What did the Father do? And what does the Father do now? For He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So, what are his works?

As we have learned, Christ commands us to believe that the Father is in Him. We are to believe Christ that it was Yahweh, the invisible Spirit Father that inhabited the Son of God. Christ said that it was the Father inside of him that did “the works.” According to Christ’s own words, when you see a miracle done by the Son, it is really the Father inside of Him that is doing the works.

Works—What Are They?

“Works” is translated from the Greek word # 2041 ergon, meaning “an act, deed, thing done.” So, what were the things that Christ did? John the Baptist inquired about these works, sending two of his disciples to ask Christ, “Are you he that should come, or do we look for another?”

Christ said, “Show John what you see and hear: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached unto them” (John 7:22).

Christ said that the miraculous works that he did were “the works of my Father.” Believe the works “that you may know, and believe, that the Father is in Me (the Son of God) and I in the Father.” No mortal man can do miracles. So, it must be the Father, the Spirit, in the Son of God that is doing the works (John 10:38).

The Promise of Power for Us

When the time comes that the Father grows to a fullness within us, then the Father will do miracles through us. As people witness and see these miracles, they will know and believe that the Father is in the Son. And since we believers are the Son’s body, they will know that it is the Father dwelling in us, also.

This takes us to John 14:10-11. Christ said, “The Father that dwells in me, He does the works/miracles.” Then here comes the blockbuster promise that boggles our minds. Christ says, “He that believes on me, the works [the miracles] that I do shall he do also…” (John 14:12). He that believes that the Spirit that was in Christ was the Father, that person shall do the same miracles that Christ has done, “and greater works…” We will do the same miracles because it is the same Father in us that is in Christ. Wow!

There are two prerequisites before we receive this power. First we must believe that the Father is in the Son. This takes getting rid of old leaven concepts about God that muddy the water.  Second, we must ask Him for the power. “And whatsoever you shall ask in My name, that will I do” (v. 13). What should we be asking for here? We are to ask our Father for His power to do the works, the miracles that He just promised in verse 12. But we must “ask in [His] name.” Before we can ask in His name, we must know His Hebrew name and know what it means. [Much more on this in my book The Eleventh Commandment, pp. 42-44; 70-99. Order it here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/free-copy-of-the-eleventh-commandment/].

These miraculous exploits are written in the book of life, a book about the Spirit in us. If we are one of His chosen/elect, our destiny is written out. He has already prepared someone in need, someone who needs a miracle, someone who needs healing of cancer or palsy or some other incurable disease. The Father has divine appointments for us to cross paths with a terminally ill person. The appointment to heal them is set. He does all things well, our Father, as He flows His healing power through us to the sick. These miracles [the works] are already written down in the book of life. The miracles are already set up by the Father. It will happen after we leave our 30 fold childhood ways.

A Story about a Miracle

Let me tell you a story about the works of the Father. Christ and his disciples passed by a blind man. The disciples asked Him, “Why is this man blind? Is it because of his own sin or his parents’ sin?”

Christ said that neither he nor his parents were to blame. “But this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” And then Christ healed him and said, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me.” He said that we must do the Father’s work. That’s us, too (John 9:1-4 NIV).

So, as we grow into the 60 fold realm and beyond, we will ask Him for miracles, knowing that it will be the Father doing them in and through us. It is all Christ, for Him and to Him. Humility will lead our way. We can humble ourselves under His mighty hand, or He for our good will chasten us and correct us. “For whom the Lord loves He chastens and scourges every son whom He receives” (Heb. 12:6).

When the Son of God and the members of his body do a miracle, it glorifies the Father, for it is the Father doing the miracle through them. If the self is still there, then God won’t be. We are talking about those pre-destinated by God to “be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8: 28-30).

Christ prayed for us who are to be called and glorified. Speaking of us he prayed “for them also which shall believe on Me through their (his disciples) word; that they may be one, as thou Father are in me and I in thee, that they may be one in us, and the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one (John 17). He is so merciful to share His throne with us. But before He “hands us the keys to the Kingdom,” He will test us.  

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Covid Pandemic a Curse from the Hebrew God?

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If we are to ever understand why this pandemic has swept the globe, we must see it through God’s eyes. The word “pandemic” is not in the Bible, but “pestilence” and “plague” are. We Christians must search out the causes and effects of our current pandemic. As we dig deep, we discover that Yahweh, the Hebrew God uses pestilences and plagues in His plan. Why?

As I ponder this viral crisis, other questions arise. Where are the overcomers for these last days? Where are the Jeremiahs and Daniels of today? Where are the latter rain apostles who will do the “greater works” that Christ promised they would do, even greater miracles than what Christ did (John 14:12)?

And then I thought of the pandemic that we have all been going through, how it has robbed our joy by spreading fear of death and fear of the other. Our shared experience…

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On Becoming Older–“Though Our Outward Man Perish”

In the world of men, the older one becomes, the less valuable they become–especially in American culture.  For only the outward appearance is esteemed.  But in the kingdom of God, as our earthly bodies age, it ofttimes yields a needed wisdom on the inside.  And with wisdom, one finds much spiritual treasure.

A Sense of Our Own Mortality

As our earthly body begins its corruption through aging, we begin to get a sense of our own mortality.  When we were young, we never thought that one day we would expire–that one day we would have breathed our last breath of earth’s good air.  We careened through youthful roads with a reckless abandon, never contemplating the delicate balance between life and death.

And then one day, we wake up and realize that we cannot do the physical feats we did in our youth.  And if we are blessed, we will then turn to the inward spiritual country, a land prepared by the Master Surveyor, laid out for those of us who will seek that rare realm.  This great land of the heart is called “the Kingdom of God” and it “is within you.”

Feeling the Need for the Spiritual

And as we turn to go there, we begin to feel the need for the spiritual food to sustain on our journey.  We see the futility of clamoring after things for just our earthly bodies, and we begin to respect and reverence the Spirit that fathered us anc created and placed us down here on earth.

Becoming older brings wisdom, for the dreams and schemes of youth have run their race cars into a wall of disillusionment.  Survivors of the crash walk more circumspectly, more grateful for more time to now think about the eternal things of God. It takes time’s erosion of our earthly strength to help us realize that God has an eternal purpose in all our trials, temptations, and tears.

The Fisher of Men

God allows us spools of line as a fisherman does a giant, fighting fish.  And with that extra line and time, the fish flips and flashes and flaps and flails until all his dreams and schemes of his own vainglory are surrendered to the will of the Great Fisherman.

And so it is with us.  He gives us great latitude to pursue our own way of non-surrender.  As the years pass, some will work so hard to wrestle free from God, that He allows them to throw off the hook.

But a chosen few will realize that they are destined for greater things, spiritual things, “things kept secret from the foundation of the world,” and they will surrender to His will.  They will see that “though the outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”  And because of this, these few will not look at the outward appearance, which shows the mere temporary things, but they will look on the invisible, into that dimension which is eternal (II Corinthians 4: 16-18).

And thus God brings them into His ship, into His heart, giving them a new spirit and a new in life–His life.

So becoming older can mean becoming wiser.  For with age comes spiritual clarity and more reverence for the Great Fisherman.  Youth are more likely to trust in the “arm of flesh,” which never has the strength to carry us down the road to immortality.   Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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The Virus, the Beast, and the Time of the End (First published 3-30-2020)

The Virus, the Beast, and the Time of the End

We are living during the beginning of the time of the end. I believe the “beast” of Revelation just may be Big Technology, what with 5G, AI, the internet of things, facial recognition, the herding of the sheeple using fear and hysteria…”And the whole world wondered after the beast…”

What is the one thing that the masses are clamoring for and wondering after? It is the latest technology breakthrough. They are addicted. Technology is an electric drug that is leading them into accepting a tiny chip that will hook their brain up to the Internet’s cloud whereby they will be the smartest little android in the office. This chip will insure that they can “buy or sell.” [If you still don’t believe this is happening, you are living in the past. Please do your own research on these things.]

Those who refuse to take the chip will be counted as rebels against the beast one world system.  They will have read the book of Revelation and will refuse to take the “mark of the beast.” For this they will be persecuted. We see this persecution unfold when we read Revelation 6: 9-11. It just may be the 5th seal coming off the scroll of what is to happen in these last days.

God allows these sufferings in His plan to awaken His followers. In so doing, they will awake from their long sleep unto righteousness. “Awake thou that sleepest…and Christ shall give thee light (Rom. 13:11; Eph. 5: 14).

Many are realizing that something is wrong with all of this ginned up media driven hysteria. Do not fear. Yes, the virus is real, but there are other things going on. It is like a magician. Yes, the playing cards are real in his left hand. And while he directs our eyes on the machinations of his fingers and thumbs, with the other he is preparing to release a black swan from under his coat. That big black bird that “comes out of nowhere” is a worldwide economic collapse that will destroy the dollar as the world’s reserve currency and sling us into another great depression.

The Obama administration said to “never let a crisis go to waste.” They are not. While this virus does its thing, every mom and pop business in the nation is shut down. Most will not recover. Millions upon millions of workers are being laid off.

The world is in trouble and is suffering. But be of good cheer. Everything—I mean everything is going according to His Plan. The following months will bring hardship and panic. But through it all, hearts will turn back to the One who loves them.

I leave you today, the day that my dear mother brought forth her first born son some 73 years ago, with these encouraging words from our Creator: “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generation of old….I, even I am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass…I have put My words in your mouth, and I have covered you in the shadow of My hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say…You are my people (Isa. 51: 9-16). This is His vision for the earth. We need to make our thoughts His thoughts.

[Be sure to watch the documentary The Social Dilemma on Netflix. It exposes more on this]

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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God’s Catch-22

God has a Catch-22 going on in His human creation. It seems to be an integral part of His Master Plan to bring mankind to Him. It has to happen so that the next phase of His plan to reproduce Himself can begin.

Remember how Christ, who was all about doing His Father’s work, promised His disciples to make them “fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19)? God is angling to catch human beings. That’s what you do when you fish. You catch.”

What does God want to do with us after He catches us? He wants to reproduce Himself in us by placing His Spirit in our minds and hearts. Like a seed, He then as the Great Gardner helps us to grow—or, rather, He grows within us.

How This Works

The scriptures say that God has given mankind the spirit of slumber. Man is asleep spiritually. And that sleep is a blindness. “For the LORD has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers has He covered” (Isa. 29:10; Rom. 11:8).

And when you are spiritually blind, you cannot see the vision of what your Creator is doing. This leads to disastrous results, for “where there is no vision the people perish” (Prov. 29:18).

He has placed the world and all of its vanity and vexation in the human heart so that we would give up and surrender to Him and His plan. Ironically, He uses evil and sin to get us to a place where we will cry out for help and seek the Savior.

Man is never satisfied with sufficiency. The sons of old man Adam have to have a fancier car, finer clothes, and a younger and more beautiful woman in order to stave off temporarily the pangs of the prison of his old selfish nature.

As long as we humans drown in the oceans of our fleshly selfish desires, we will remain blind and asleep as to what God wants to do with us. He wants to take us from the slave dens of sinful shame to His throne room, eventually to sit with Him there, prepared by His Grace to rule the nations.

The Catch

The catch is this: It won’t be us doing the ruling. It will be the Spirit of Christ in us. It will be the King Himself multiplied and reproduced in all His glory—in the new spiritual bodies He has promised to those who love Him and His plan.

When you say, I can’t be like the apostles, much less Christ, you are saying that the Spirit of Christ could never live in me. Of course, you cannot because “you are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.” This negative thought is a declaration of unbelief in the power of God to transform us! But as the prophet said, “Who has believed our report?” (Isa. 53:1).

The spiritually blind will only begin to see after they are born from above. Christ said, “Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” He also cannot “enter’ it. The Greek says, “born from above,” and in order to be born from above one has to spiritually die with Christ, be buried with Him, and by believing that He was raised from the dead, one experiences his own spiritual resurrection from the dead (Rom. 6:1-12).

That experience comes first before any kind of spiritual growth happens. A dry seed sitting on the shelf cannot grow. It must be buried in the earth, lose its own personal identity and then it sprouts; it resurrects. Then it starts growing. It’s the same with us. Our faith in Christ’s resurrection regenerates us. We don’t work to bring on the above. It is a gift. The honest hard work comes after. To grow up spiritually, to be like the early apostles and prophets and even Christ Himself, we must do certain things. We must study and pray, of course. But study what exactly? You can find some answers in my free books (with free shipping in the USA) that I offer. Here’s the info:  (https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/donate/ ).

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Open Letter to the Body of Christ

To my brothers and sisters in the body of our great Messiah and King and Creator. May His peace cover you with the warmth of His love.

I write to you His faithful ones who look out over this evil world, and who long for Him to come back to this bloodstained earth and heal its wounds. I write to you who walk on alone. But you are not alone. I write to you who realize that there is more we should know and more we should do. It is a lonely journey. But you are not alone, for this brother in Spirit walks with you and yearns for our fellowship in a better world.

I miss your eager desire to know our Savior as we walk on, believing that the Father dwells bodily in the Son, of whom we are a member. That means the Father is in us, too. I encourage you to walk on in this truth, knowing that it is His will. Pray according to His will, which is His eternal purpose—to bring us into His throne room in our new spiritual body.

I only ask one thing from you, just five minutes of your time to read these lines of love in Christ to you, and that you write a few lines to me to let me know how you are doing during this stressful time of pestilence and plague. I only ask for a few words from your heart to mine. [You can comment here or email me wayneman5@hotmail.com ]

May His peace and love abound in and through your heart and on out into the world,

Wayne

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“Thy Will Be Done in Earth”

God’s will is His wish, desire, and purpose. It is to reproduce Himself. His will is strong, like a mighty invisible river that flows from His heart throughout the earth.  He is the cause of all things; His desire causes His vision for His universe to come to pass.  Nothing can stop His will from being done. Nothing can stop Him from accomplishing what He has set out to do. The King will make his wishes reality.

Consequently, if we have a purpose in this life that is not in His will, we will feel thwarted.  Futility will haunt our endeavors.  It will be as if we are paddling a canoe upstream.  We will thrash about, working hard, but we will be struggling against the current.  And that current is His will.

Knowing and surrendering to His will makes our burden light, as Christ said. He said that we are offspring of the King. Our future in Him fulfills His purpose. Our future is painted in scripture: “Christ in you, the hope of glory…Bringing many sons (and daughters) unto glory…That you might be filled with all the fulness of God…Perfecting of the saints…”

These words describes us. He believes in us. So let’s believe Him with His own faith. His will is to present His sons and daughters to the world at the end of this age.  He will accomplish His purpose “in earth as it is in heaven.” 

His Game Plan

God’s will is His game plan. He will win. The Kingdom of Light will overtake and destroy the kingdom of darkness. Like Gideon’s army, He will use human beings that are weak and powerless in their own eyes and know they need Him to overcome the adversary the devil.

Through this victory of good over evil, He will receive great glory as He helps His body of sons and daughters do this. His name will be honored and glorified. All will know that Yahshua means Yah Is the Savior.  And He shall enact what His very name means as He saves us from destruction in the latter days.  Yah will deliver us out of the ashes of a smoldering world system.

Christ spoke plainly about the Father’s will.  “And this is the will of Him who sent me that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up at the last day.”  He promised us that He would raise us up at the last day!  He would raise up God’s sons; none would be left behind; none would be forgotten, whose names were written in the book of life.

Christ wants us to pray with this understanding.  This is why He included the Father’s will in His model prayer. When we pray with this knowledge, the Father will perk up His ears and will listen to us.

Let’s be honest. We have all tuned out our own children at times when they are talking foolishly or ignorantly. We did not take them seriously, nor do we even remember what they were talking about. It is no different with our Father and us. It is only when we get on His page. Then He will answer when we pray, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” 

Yet, our Savior knows our frailty. So He has provided heavenly bread to sustain us on our journey. We will need to ask Him for His spiritual bread…

[This is Chapter 11 of my new book. The working title is The New Commandments of Christ. I hope to have it published in the spring of 2021. Obeying His “new commandments” is so important to anyone who desires to grow to the “stature of the fullness of Christ.” KWHancock

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Hold Me Like This [adapted from Mario Clavell’s “Abrazame asi”]

Just hold me like this

So we can feel both our hearts beat as one

With this embrace, know our life has begun

Since the moment you touched me.

When you hold me like this,

I can feel your heart beat close to mine

In perfect rhythm that goes with the rime

Of my words, “I adore you.”

When you hold me like this,

My heart sways in Eternity’s arms

And I know that there’s nothing can harm

Us in Love’s special hour.

Just hold me like this

In our embrace now we’re frozen in time

In perfect comfort, a love that’s sublime

When you hold me like this.

[Spanish words and music by Mario Clavell; English words by Kenneth Wayne Hancock]

Note: I wrote these lyrics a year ago—words to convey to the English speaking world the beautiful sentiment of this Latin standard. I am an incurable romantic. I believe in love, the love from above. Man and woman, if they are blessed, will taste a morsel of this divine love perhaps once in their life. It is this that the human heart longs for. Books, movies, and songs depicting this need for love will always be with us.

I believe that this rare emotional love is a metaphor of Christ’s love for us all. He said for husbands to love their wives as He loved us. We all yearn to be loved, and some of us yearn to love—to love with the love from above. To fill this aching vacuum in our hearts, the poets and composers write songs depicting this love. And they always will.

[Listen to Roberto Carlos sing this song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UHhmK6n9s0

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The Land of the Unforgiving

A trial of our personal faith just may come like this: Someone who is very close to us—a spouse, a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a best friend—accuses us of a foul deed that we did not do. And this person lashes out and stabs us with sharp words that cause extreme heartache. And the wound causes our joy to evaporate, and our peace is invaded as chaos fills our mind. And we harden our thoughts to protect our heart from the attack. And as our defense builds, we marshal enough resolve to make sure this breach of trust will never happen again.

But as we assemble our spiritual defense, we are sowing the seeds of our own spiritual decline, for we have placed ourselves in the land of the unforgiving. We cannot forgive someone if we are preparing ourselves to not at any cost be hurt by them again. The irony is that we hurt ourselves by trying to prevent any more pain.

So we begin to dry up spiritually. We pray and ask God to help us, for we are losing our bearings and are sailing away from His harbor of peace. In desperation, we ask for forgiveness. “I’m sorry, Father. Forgive me for drifting away from you. Why have I done this, Father?”

And then He in a still small moment reveals the truth to us. “You want me to forgive you of this in your life. But I cannot until you forgive the one who hurt you.”

And then you realize why He told you to pray for that one who has despitefully used you. When you pray for them, you forgive them. As Christ said at His death: “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” By asking the Father to forgive them, the Son showed that He was forgiving them. He also said that if we do not forgive each other, then the Father will not forgive us.

So the trial is not that we have been wounded by hateful words, but whether we will forgive that one who has hurt us. As we forgive, our heart changes, and we book passage out of the land of the unforgiving.

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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To Those Who Desire to Be Anointed

I wrote a song called “Beauty for Ashes” back in the seventies during my missionary days. The tune was original, and I adapted the lyrics from Isaiah 61:1-4. It has been 48 years since then. There’s such beautiful imagery in that passage written down for us by the poet and prophet.

I thought again of those lyrics and marveled at their meaning: “The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me.” Why is the Father’s Spirit on Isaiah? “Because the LORD (Yahweh) has anointed me.” What is the scriptural definition of the “anointing?” The anointing is truth (I John 2:27).

We have all wondered and even asked God for His Spirit. Here it is. God gives His Spirit to those whom He has given the truth. But having the truth means having the whole truth and nothing but the truth. That means there must not be any false concepts concerning Christ, who is the truth (John 14:6). This is why the scriptures of truth incessantly warn us to purge out of our minds false doctrines, teachings, concepts and traditions. We must get rid of them in order to have Him—the Truth. Christ is the Anointed One; He is the truth.

Many sincere Christians desire that God anoint them. And He wants to. But they have to understand just what the anointing is. It is the truth about who Christ, the Anointed One, the Truth, is, and what He is about according to the holy scriptures of truth. That would include His purpose, plan, and will.

The Spirit of Christ in Isaiah says that the Spirit is upon the prophet because God has anointed him. God has given him the anointing, which is the truth.

Now for what reason? What is His purpose in anointing us? “To preach good tidings unto the meek.” “Meek” means the humble and downtrodden in spirit. We shall bear the good news of His kingdom coming to the “poor in spirit.” He has sent us to heal the brokenhearted; to free those still slaves to sin, freeing them from their prison of self; to proclaim the correct year leading to His “day of vengeance [Great Tribulation Period];” and to comfort those who mourn, both now and during that time of “Jacob’s trouble.”

But we shall be there for them, and we shall “give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations” (Isa. 61:3-4).

Sounds like His anointed ones will have a lot of work here on earth after great tribulation shatters the land. “Thy kingdom come, Father. Thy will be done…

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