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Where Do We Find Virtue to Add to Our Faith?

Chapter 24 of New Book Additions to the Faith Scheduled to Be Published Next June

Christ wants us to bear much fruit. That means spiritual growth. We do that by adding attributes of His “divine nature” to His faith, His belief system. The first element is to add virtue.

But how do we add virtue? How do we add any of the elements of the divine nature? We add them by realizing that it is not something that is coming to us from without, from outside of us. It is coming to us from something that is within us, if so be that we have risen with Christ spiritually [1].

The addition of virtue happens when we understand that it is a component of Christ’s divine nature. He is not adding it to weak flawed characters who still believe that they are sinners. That is not Christ’s belief system that He has given His friends. That is not His faith [2].

We are spiritual members of the body of Christ. And Christ contains all seven attributes already. When we “put on Christ,” we will have added virtue because virtue is part of His nature; it is part of Him [3]. {This in bold is crucial knowledge that He has given us! Prove it out and then believe it with your whole heart. And then you will feel His Spirit grow within you. And if you agree with this teaching, please help me get this to others by just hitting that “like” button.}

We are dead, and our new life is hidden with Christ in God. And His life is full of virtue, moral goodness, vigor, and power. But it takes faith—His faith—to believe it. This is what the Spirit through Peter meant when He said to add to our faith virtue through agape love [4].

We miss the mark when we try to add spiritual components of Christ’s divine nature to flawed and immature concepts of how Christ works. It is only when we believe and recognize that “it is no longer I that lives but Christ that lives in me.” And now I live “by the faith (belief system) of our Savior Christ [5].

Christ adds more of his divine nature to us as we judge our old nature dead and our new nature in Christ alive in us. We have the one faith when we believe that Christ lives in us and brings with him the seven additions, the first of which is his moral goodness and power—virtue [6].

[1] John 14:17      

[2] I Peter 1:1-12

[3] I Cor. 12:27  “Now you are the body of Christ and members in particular.”  Col. 2:10: “And ye are
complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

[4] Col. 3:3   “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

[5] Gal. 2:20 [6] Rom. 6:6-12

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Sowing the Seed, the Word of Our Testimony

Several of my readers have wondered, “How do I get this truth out into the public square? How do I find the sincere seekers of truth? The most effective and exhilarating is face to face. One on one is fine if you’re not fighting the cell phone and other interrupters. There is another way, a way that I have witnessed as an observer and a testifier.

This is something you can do. How do we personally reach those who are hungry for this light, famished for the deeper walk? We go to where they are. We go to the church houses who have an “open mike.”  They will ask for testimonies. This is where you stand up and tell them your testimony. That is what Yahshua and His apostles did. They went to the synagogues and spoke.

How does this work? Which churches do we visit? Usually in charismatic, “full gospel,” Assembly of God, Pentecostal, and “Bible” independent churches do you see this “calling for testimonies.” The goers have left the mainstream denominations, and a few are looking for a deeper walk with the Savior.

He has given us much knowledge. So, what do we share during our two minutes? Christ is our example. Christ’s opening message was always, “Repent.” Of course, to stand up and just say, “Repent,” will not do it. It is better to give a testimony of how repentance has worked in your own life, how your sins and sinful heart died with Christ on the cross, and how you were buried with Him and how by believing in His resurrection, you now have been raised to walk in a newness of life. You are telling them that you are a living example of repentance found in Romans 6:1-12.

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been set free from sin…” (6:6-8 NIV). “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God…” (Col. 3:3).

You have seen “Romans 6” in many of my writings. It contains the cross message, which is what the world needs. The cross is where the old selfish heart dies; it is the end of the sinful road for mankind. The message of the cross is the first of the apostles’ doctrine. It is what our Savior wants us to share. He will convict the heart that is ready. Our job is to deliver the message. The cross message is the powerful contact point for those seeking more than a religious social club. The cross and the resurrection walk [the second doctrine, Faith toward God] is the message.

Just tell them your story, your trip to the cross. And watch the miracle of another’s conversion come to you. For after you speak and the after the service, they will come and shake your hand. That is where you give them links to the reading material, perhaps a copy of one of the Immortality Road articles on the cross. Perhaps you would want to order your own business cards with your contact info along with the website address, etc. All avenues are open to you when you are doing the Father’s business. Yahshua said, “I must be about my father’s business.” and so should we be about His business. This is what He is doing. He is calling out His people to enter through the narrow gate. He is doing it through us, thus fulfilling his purpose of multiplying Himself.

Note: Most in the church houses do not want to go to the cross and let their old heart die. It is not a popular message. That is why the preachers don’t touch it. But when that one or two respond, a true ecclesia is born, as in where “two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in the midst.”

The next step after gaining a portion of His knowledge is to share that knowledge. We do this by sowing the seed, the word, into the good ground, into the “good and honest hearts” of His people. And in so doing, we become an active part of His body, known as the Sower, who went forth to sow (Matthew 13).

This vessel is sowing right now. Through Yahweh’s grace, I have a song to sing that rushes down the corridors of light, illuminating the hearts of those He knew before the world began. “And they that impart wisdom shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever” (Dan. 12:3). That is our destiny and our calling, brothers and sisters. We just need to step out on the water.  Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Believing the Secrets of the Son’s Name

Man wrestles with God over belief. It is all about faith, or a lack of it. Hence, all will not believe the following words about belief. Yet these words are written down and are essential for the future 100-fold fruit bearers, the elect for these latter days. The following knowledge is crucial for those predestined to sit with Christ on His throne when He returns to earth: “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne…” (Rev. 3:20). These following words are better swallowed and digested in small contemplative bites.

“Belief” and “faith” are translated from the same Greek word. Faith is being sure of the things that we hope for based on God’s promises to us. Belief/faith is also being certain of the things that cannot be seen (Heb. 11:1 NIV).

We are told to believe in God. But what does that mean exactly? Belief in God is believing the words of God spoken and written down. Try to believe something—anything–without putting it into words first. Our minds immediately formulate words to cradle our belief. Thoughts come to us in words. Consequently, we believe words. Belief cannot exist without words.

To express our belief that the sun will come up in the morning, we use words describing this ball of fire rising in the east. To believe in the truth, we must believe the words of truth. With this in mind, we read the words of the Spirit written down by the apostle John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” (John 1:1).

In the Beginning Was the Word

There is something to be believed that existed from the very beginning. And that something is God, and He was and is a Spirit, and that invisible Spirit was comprised of words. For Christ said, “The words that I speak they are spirit, and they are life.” God wants us to believe in Him. Of course, he also knows that words are the things that are believed. Therefore, for belief to take place, something must be spoken or written in the form of words.

The spoken word has invisible spiritual qualities. Invisible because, like the wind, you can’t see them in the physical and natural sense. But also, like the wind, you can see and feel their effects on those in their path. Words spoken can destroy the hearer like a hurricane wind, but words can also comfort and cool like a summer breeze.

So, to believe God, we must believe the Word. For the Word was God, and the Word was in the beginning. And this Logos, this Eternal Thought/Word, who is the Father, “was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). This Anointed One (Christ) “has declared Him” (v. 18).

Christ’s life was the life of the Father—eternal life—and was read of all men who saw Him 2,000 years ago. And many millions afterward have believed His witness of just who the Word is. And the Word, the Son of God, spoke many words to us. To believe God, we must believe the words of the Word, who is God. For the Son of God is “the expressed image of the invisible God.” The Son expressed the words of the Word.

Again, for us to believe God, we must believe His words. There is a vast difference between saying, I believe God, and saying, I believe that there is a God. To believe God, one must believe His words, words that he declares about Himself and us. When He says, “Repent of your sins,” we must not only believe that it is possible with His help, but also mandatory as part of His initiation into His Kingdom. But to say, I believe that there is a God, is to speak hollow, lukewarm words that He will spue out of His mouth. “For even the devils believe in one God and tremble.”

Believing in the Name of the Son of God

[The following paragraphs are some of the secrets of the Almighty. The Spirit of Christ still speaks to us: “I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” These are some of the “mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.” It is given unto the elect to know them. “Whosoever has [been chosen to receive the secrets and mysteries] to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance…” (Matthew 13:10-12).]

We are talking about believing God’s words. He that believes in Christ is not condemned. “But He that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). Believing in Christ’s name is crucial. But how do we believe in His name? We saw above that “belief/faith” believes words. So, believing in His name is believing the message contained in His name.

Believing in His name is believing what His Hebrew name means. For the Son’s name has meaning! It literally means “Yah is the Savior.” Yahweh is the Father; He is a Spirit that dwells inside the Son; He is the Savior (Isa. 43:11; 45:21; Hosea 13:4). And our Savior’s Hebrew name is Yahshua, the same name of the patriarch Joshua–Yahshua. And it literally means “Yah saves or Yah is the Savior.

Christ’s Hebrew name is encased as one of the Father’s secrets. But they can be ours. For “the secrets of YHWH belong to them that are in reverential awe [fear] of Him.” This secret and many more are like tree ripened pears, ready for our hands to grasp them and hold them to our hungry lips. All we need do is to believe His words about His name.                                  

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Taking the Kingdom by Force—The Battle in the Heavenly Dimension

Last June I lay on my bed, meditating on how heaven was another dimension–how this spiritual dimension was God’s dwelling place. His presence was so close that afternoon that He was “at hand,” that He could literally be touched…For He said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” It is right here. I never truly understood that before. Then I drifted off.

Thirty minutes later I felt two thumps on my chest like when you tap someone to wake them up. I woke up. And then I knew that God rewarded my search for Him through the gentle taps on my chest. He wanted me to know that He heard me. He wanted to encourage me, for I had been having a tough week.

Some scriptures came to mind. “For we live, move, and have our being in him…” and, “Though He be not far from us…” ( Acts 17: 27-28; Col. 1: 17).

Crossing over

Christ beckons us to cross over from our current earthly, material dimension thinking into His spiritual, heavenly dimension. For heaven is that same spiritual dimension that Christ and his apostles walked in. That is where the healings are performed. That is where the staggering miracles reside. It is in that heavenly dimension where we will find all the power that Christ promised us.

Remember Christ’s words: “Even the Son of man which is in heaven” (John 3:13). He spoke these words standing on earth in a mortal body. Therefore, he was speaking about where His heart, mind and spirit were. He was speaking of “heaven” being the invisible spiritual dimension where the Spirit dwells.

How do we access that dimension? We must meditate on his words of promise that He has left us. We must believe His words. Faith is and has always been the key. How else does one approach an invisible Supreme Being except through belief, yet having not seen Him and His Kingdom and His dimension.

Crashing Through

For we must crash through the material worldly barrier that separates us from this wonderful, invisible Holy Spirit dimension. Christ did say that the “violent take the Kingdom by force” (Matt. 11:12). Why is there such a struggle in the destiny of God’s elect? The struggle is not with other humans. No, it’s a struggle in the spiritual dimension, of which we speak. We wrestle against powers that invisibly course through that spiritual Heavenly dimension.  [Satan is the Prince and power of the air].

[I know that I must seem insane, talking about invisible spirits intersecting our physical lives. But I am merely a teacher/reporter, sharing truths that, for some reason, have been shared with me by our Wonderful Father. These things are what Paul, John, James and Peter, as well as many more of Christ’s apostles, talked about. It is there in black and white.]

Into the Dragon’s Lair

We must understand that the spiritual land of miracles and great grace is, also, the battleground where we face the dragon. With this knowledge, references about war in the scriptures come into focus. “Fight the good fight of faith…” and, “the armor of God,” and “Endure hardness as a good soldier…” and “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds…”

This is the battle we are in as followers of Yahshua the Anointed One. Only those who overcome the spiritual battles will be counted worthy of sitting with Christ on his throne and being rulers over 10 cities in his Kingdom coming to this earth. I speak not of only salvation, which is wonderful. But we speak of the manifestation of the sons of God, of the 100 fold fruit bearing disciples spoken of in Revelation 14 and 7. We speak not of the little children of God, who are saved. There is so much more than being a dependent little “babe in Christ.” God has chosen those who will be strong and valiant, who will bear the brunt of battle with wicked, unseen, spiritual forces that lay before us to conquer, in this spiritual dimension. This is the challenge for the elect. This is what we must understand to know what is happening to us.

But through it all, God is close to us in His spiritual dimension. He beckons us to seek those things that are not seen and not seek those things that are seen. “While we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (II Cor. 4:18).

He calls many and chooses but a few, and He will give them a whiff of His spiritual dimension. And as they struggle to climatize and get their bearings in this new invisible land, God allows an evil entity that tries to convince us that “there is nothing to see here,” that “all things continue as they were” (II Peter 3:4).

The Garden of Eden Experience

It is the Garden of Eden experience again. The Garden is like God’s spiritual dimension. And He has allowed Satan to walk to and fro in it (Job 1). Satan tempts us with the fruit of the material, earthly dimension. Every temptation has to do with the physical and material, not the spiritual.

We have all heard the voice of the dark spirit, which is designed to discourage us. Satan is doing his job, ironically trying to detour us from coming to the spiritual dimension of God. Overcoming him strengthens us and brings new power in His spiritual realm.

The patriarchs, prophets, and apostles had experiences in the spiritual dimension. The signs, wonders, and miracles that intersected their lives show that there was another dimension at play.

As they overcame their adversaries, they received confirmation that God is real with His Spirit running through their hearts and minds.  Ah, but that is the problem for us today. Spiritually we want to eat the fat of the land without first conquering our spiritual enemies. We want to pluck and taste the grape without first seizing it from the nations of Canaan, without first conquering the land.

We must seek the Spirit with a whole heart. For there is “spiritual wickedness in high places.” Our fight is not with other human beings, but with “the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this Dark World and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 6:12). Yes, we heard right. Right now, as we read this, there are invisible, evil spirit/powers in the heavenly spiritual dimension, of which we speak!

Remember how the four beasts, the four evil world Gentile empires, are seated around the throne of God (Rev. 6:1; Dan. 7:3)? This is symbolic of them being in His plan all along. [Stay with me.]

God tells us to seek and you will find. Where do we seek? Answer: Seek His Spirit, our source of power in the heavenly dimension. That is where the power of God is. We must access His heavenly dimension, procure the power, and then go to spiritual war with the enemy spirit. We are to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness,” which is the heavenly dimension right now, right here on earth.

Christ said to not be concerned about things in the earthly realm, like food and clothing. We rather should be more concerned with the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

“We now are spiritual beings sojourning here in earthen vessels, and we have a problem. It concerns the “spiritual forces of evil” from the spiritual dimension. They cross over into our earthly fleshly dimension and attack us. But they can only attack us if we are caught up in earthly dimensional concerns, the “cares of this life,” as the Master said. The Spirit through the apostle Paul calls this looking after the flesh and not after the Spirit.

These evil spirits come from the spiritual dimension. We are adversaries. However, when we are walking in the heavenly dimension, they cannot touch us. We in Christ have power over them because in the heavenly dimension our adversaries are already conquered. When we realize that they are already vanquished by our Head Christ, we begin to see them as a cardboard cavalry, an army that trembles and will flee from us like they did from Gideon’s 300, armed with lamps.

The heavenly dimension is full of light and understanding, which makes known God in all his glory to us. The “glorious gospel of Christ” is that we, once lost and blind earthlings, can repent and believe in the Light and begin to walk in the heavenly dimension, a Kingdom so close to us that He can tap us on the chest to awaken us from meditative slumber. Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Secrets of the Sabbath, Part One

Men have fought and died over which day is the Sabbath day and how to keep it holy. They died not knowing the spiritual secrets of the sabbath.

Most denominations say it is Sunday. Several claim that it is on Saturday, most notably of which are the Jews. Saturday is the 7th day of the week, after all. But their angst is misdirected; sadly, they are all missing the boat.

Most Christians will tell you that the Sabbath day is important, for God gave the 4th Commandment to men: “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). Christians endeavor to keep all Ten Commandments the best they can. But they fail, and by their own volition declare that after their conversion to Christ, they still sin, which is breaking the Ten Commandment law (I John 3:4). God, of course, knew that natural man could not keep the law; He made him that way. And yet, spiraling down through the centuries, sincere men and women have tried unsuccessfully to keep the law in their own strength.

The Law Is for Lawbreakers

Nevertheless, despite all their ruminations, there is a curious passage of Scripture that the followers of Christ have not discovered nor understood: “The law is not made for a righteous man” (I Tim. 1:8-9). The Ten Commandment Law was given by God to man, to reveal the sin in his heart, to show man his sin. “The law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners…” It is just like the law against murder in the natural sense; it is for murderers, not you and me. The Sabbath is for sinners–to show them, along with the other nine commandments, of their sins and their need for the Savior.

The Law, the Ten Commandments, is a good thing, if it is used lawfully and properly (v. 8). The way that we use the 4th Commandment lawfully and properly is to know that it was instituted for sinners. The Sabbath commandment is not a hoop that we are to jump through to prove that we are righteous before God. Nor is it a way for us to become righteous in God’s eyes. Believing Him is the only way. Believing His word that says our old sinful nature has died with Christ and that now we have a new heart that beats in concert with the rhythm of the Spirit of truth now residing in us (Romans 6:1-12).

Ironically, every denomination says that they believe every word of God. But do they believe the previous paragraph. But “without faith (belief) it is impossible to please Him.” Us working keep the sabbath law in order to please God is a bondage wrapped in a cloak of well-meaning. And it is work, not rest.

Being Made Free from Sin

Understanding the secrets of the sabbath weaves together three threads: the Ten Commandments which includes the sabbath commandment; sin, and the cross of Christ. One who has died with Christ on the cross, been buried with Him, and have risen with Him by believing in His resurrection—is “freed from sin” (Rom. 6:7). We are resurrected with Him. We believe His promises that by faith His Spirit now lives within us, and our faith in Him is counted for being right with Him.

“Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Romans 4:3). Yahweh imputed, reckoned to Abraham the ability to live in an upright manner, keeping Yahweh’s laws and not sinning, by just believing His word! God accounted righteousness to Abraham because of his belief–before he was righteous. This is how our old nature is put to death on the cross. We must “reckon also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God” (Romans 6: 11). [See pp. 154-159 in my book Yah Is Savior: The Road to Immortality available free with free shipping. See details at the end of this article.]

We have seen what the sabbath commandment is not, and how it is impossible to keep through man’s own strength. In Part Two we will see scripturally just what the sabbath is and how to enter God’s sabbath rest. It is a beautiful secret that will make the chains of worldly wisdom drop to the stone floor of the Sure Foundation.

[I know that this is new wine for many of you. Christ said that one who drinks this new doctrine will at first say that the old teachings are preferred. I implore you: Go by the scriptures of truth. Study these truths out. They will make you free.] kwh

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The Wide Gate Leads to Destruction

God provides an “entrance into the everlasting kingdom” of Christ our King. This happens after we have added the seven attributes of his “divine nature” to our faith (II Peter 1:10-11).

But there are two gates—the narrow one and the wide one. The small and narrow gate leads to life, and “only a few find it” (Mat. 7: 14). The other gate is wide and broad. Many enter through it, but it leads to destruction (Matt. 7:13).

Two gates, two entrances, one choice. The elect are those who will bear 100 fold fruit, who will become like the early apostles. They will enter through the narrow gate. But most professing Christians do not realize that they are trying to enter God’s Kingdom dimension through the wide gate.

The Wide Gate

Two billion souls consider themselves to be Christians. Two billion is not a “few.” They have entered the easy wide gate. Why does this happen? In the next breath, Christ warns us of false prophets. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (v. 15). Paul warns us of these “grievous wolves” (Acts 20:29). Who are they? They are pastors who look like good devout Christians, but they lead their flocks into danger. Christ likens them to voracious wolves. They take money from the congregation, but they do not feed Christ’s sheep and lambs. They teach falsehoods about Christ. And they entice others to follow them through the wide gate.

So, what is the “wide gate” that leads to destruction? The wide gate symbolizes the easy way. It is a wide gate that can accommodate the baggage, bundles, and boxes that each soul is carrying in this life. They teach many erroneous doctrines. A few are addressed here: false doctrines | Immortality Road (wordpress.com).

This baggage is full of false teachings and corrupt doctrines that will not fit through the narrow gate. We are to study to show that we are approved by God to be able to discern both good and evil. To get through the narrow gate, one must lose the false teachings. It is only then that we may enter the heavenly spiritual dimension where the king resides.

The Narrow Gate

Entering the narrow gate is not the easy way. To lay all of your ambitions on the altar is not child’s play. To willingly let your ego, self, and pride die with Christ is entering into His sufferings. No wonder He said that few would enter through the narrow gate that leads to life. Why? Because man’s old nature wants to walk a path of least resistance. He wants an easy life, free from pain and suffering; it’s natural—not spiritual. To suffer for the King Christ is missing in his makeup. The old selfish nature will take the painless and easy-to-follow Christ, where not much is asked of him. Just read a little Bible; come to church; pay your tithes and offerings. [Interesting concept: pay your tithes. Like you owe God money. Giving God money He already owns everything. He “owns the cattle on a thousand hills.” So, He doesn’t want our money. He wants our hearts.

Take the apostle Paul. He was near the pinnacle of the Pharisee [denomination] world. Pharisees were the chief Jewish religionists. Paul was up there with the leaders and high priests. He was so entrenched in their false doctrines that Paul was sent to kill followers of Christ, thinking that he was doing God a great service.

But to be used mightily by God—to get through the narrow gate—he had to get rid of all the false teachings. Paul was struck down on the road to Damascus. The heavenly dimension of which we speak intersected his life. All the baggage that was stuffed with falseness was emptied from his mind and heart when he encountered Christ on that road. Paul was then prepared to enter the heavenly dimension.

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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The Invisible Dimension–How Do We Enter?

Christ turned the water into wine at the marriage at Cana. That is another dimension. Christ raised up Lazarus from the dead after four days.  That is a different dimension than the one we wake up in every morning.

Peter and John healing “a certain man lame from his mother’s womb”—that miracle came out of a dimension that the public had never seen nor experienced before. The apostles took no credit, for they had crossed over into that new, heavenly dimension. They said that the miracle was from “the Holy One and the Just.”

How, then, did they do it? They said, “His name through faith in His name has made this man strong.” Faith/Belief had allowed them to enter this new, invisible, powerful, and spiritual dimension (Acts 3:1-16).

[Faith/Belief in His name? What does that mean exactly? Christ’s Hebrew name is Yahshua, which means  Yahweh is the Savior. That is the message encrypted into His name. We believe in His name by believing the message in His name. “I, even I, am Yahweh; and beside Me there is no savior” (Isa. 43:11; 45:21)].

So, we see that Peter and John crossed over into the spiritual dimension through “faith in His name.”  Or, believing in the message contained in His name. The miracles came from an invisible dimension. One of faith/belief, not sight. In fact, show me a miracle, and we will see it ushering forth from this invisible dimension. A few humans have walked in that spiritual dimension where miracles were on the menu. Think of Elijah, Moses and all the apostles and prophets whose walks on earth intersected with the heavenly dimension. The Holy Bible is record of their spiritual journeys into the heavenly dimension.

But how do you and I enter this dimension? That is the question.

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Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Be Established in the Present Truth by Faith–Walking in the Heavenly Dimension

The body of Christ, the church, is admonished to “be established in the present truth.”  We are to be in a stable walk with God that is called “the present truth.”

But what is this “present truth”?  To find the answer, we have to go back to Pilate’s question, “What is truth?”

Of course, the answer to that question was looking back at Pilate.  The Son of God said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  He is the “Word made flesh” dwelling among us.  Truth is expressed in words, and Jesus/Yahshua is the living Word, the living expression of God’s thought, “the expressed image of the invisible God.”  He is the embodiment of the expression of the will and Word/Logos of God.  He is the truth.  He is “full of grace and truth, and we are to be established in “the present truth.”  We are to be stable in Him, the Truth, and we are to be stable in Him in the present–right now.

Since Christ is the truth, then how are we to be established in Him presently–right now?  We arrive at spiritual stability right now by faith.  For it is all by faith, by belief.  But the word “faith” is one of those worn-out words that mean so many different things to people that its original meaning is lost.

Now faith is…”  Can we believe right now what He said without first seeing the evidence of its ultimate fruition?  Can we believe His words when He said, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world” (Matt. 28: 20).  His Spirit is with us though we cannot see it, for it operates like the wind which leaves behind evidence of its presence.

You can feel your skin cool as the wind breathes across your face.  You can see the leaves murmur and quiver at its presence.  So it is at this very moment with the Spirit–Him.  He is breathing in and even through  us.  Yet we cannot see Him, for He is an invisible Spirit with great power to move things like the wind.  “I am with you always,” He said.  It takes faith to walk in this knowledge.

For He is in another dimension called the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Spirit. It is invisible, and therefore difficult to peer into. Although the Bible is a record of those who have seen. It is a dimension where “all things are possible.” Paul and John and, well, most all of the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles have seen and walked in this other heavenly dimension. Please share your favorite examples in the comments.

[This is an excerpt from Chap. 31 of my book, The Apostles’ Doctrine. It is totally free with free shipping to all who ask for it. Details here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/donate/ ] Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Chasing Your First Experience with Christ

Many young Christians get entangled in the trappings of the first flush of Christian love that they experience. Christ’s amazing, selfless love many times overpowers them. They experience tremendous joy and love. And then, a bit later, the rush of that first, fine feeling of the love from above subsides and seemingly leaves them.

Instead of seeking more of His plan and purpose and seeking the “unsearchable riches of Christ,” the babe in Christ stays there in that congregation or circle, glued to a belief that if they stay right there, the Spirit will return and give them that same feeling again, just like what happened before. It is as if they are a prisoner of their own experience with God; it is just the first step.

I am not putting anyone down here. I speak from personal experience. A babe in Christ is like the thrill seeker going after that first high. But that first experience with God is when He calls us. The second will not be like the first. They don’t realize that spiritually young children of God are mostly alive to what they can receive of the Father. It is not about us feeling good. It is about His Spirit growing in us and manifesting His love through us. The rest of the journey is about how God works out His growth within us

In the above scenario, we see a picture of a child of God, a “babe in Christ.” They are held in the “play pen” of the music and activities of the church house or the study group. The pastors and teachers do not feed them with “the sincere milk of the word that they may grow thereby.” They learn about Christ having existed and some of the things that He did. They are not taught about how His Spirit grows and lives in us. They are not taught the “cross experience” (Romans 6) whereby we are crucified with Christ, which allows our old sinful nature to perish through belief in Christ’s death and resurrection. This is the seed beginning of His growth in us. And without this knowledge, “babes in Christ” will wither on the vine. Their pastors and teachers will be held accountable.

God wants us all to grow, and we cannot grow like He wants us to grow spiritually if we persist in trying to recapture those first few experiences that God called us with. Paul said that we must leave them in order to grow to full potential. “But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3: 13-14). The “high calling” is not being a child of God; it is becoming a manifested son and daughter of the living God.  God wants us all to grow up spiritually and become like the early apostles and prophets.

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Who Are the Future Manifested Sons and Daughters?

The Holy Scriptures speak of a group of Christians who will grow to become like the early apostles. Paul, John, and Peter wrote eloquently about them.

But who are these future immortal ones? The time in history is right for them to appear on the scene; it is the time of the end. Most Christians have read that “He is bringing many sons unto glory” (Hebrews 2:10). And they have read that He has given us power “to become the sons of God” (John 1:12). But most say that we cannot be like Paul, Peter and John. Who are the few who do believe, who are grown from the same seed as the apostles?

One major trait that they all have is an unsatiable appetite for the truth. They want the absolute, unadulterated truth as to why we are here on earth. Who is this Creator? What is His plan for us? What’s the timetable for coming events? What about the evil in the earth? Who inhabits Satan’s kingdom? Who is calling the shots, running the show, pulling the strings of the puppet politicians? How will the world end?

They want to know the truth about the things that touch all our lives. And when they hear it,    they are quick to lay the idols of their own prior understanding on the burn pile.

You can tell who they are by their ability to discern what is truth and what is a lie. God has given them this ability, and that is what sets them apart. That is what makes them different from other human beings. God has chosen them and ordain them for His mission. And he will not allow them to be deceived any longer.

It is this humility, this dependence on God’s Spirit, that allows them to seek and find the truth. Yes, God intervenes and creates a hunger in their hearts for truth. That is the beginning of God calling them to Himself. It’s the start of the Quest, when the hero awakens out of his selfish slumber. And he is made aware that there is something greater than his anemic little desires for vainglory. Something much greater than himself is afoot here. He begins to realize that something earth-shattering and then, earth-reshaping, lies in the prophetic pages soon to come to life for those who seek.

But it all starts when God instills the thirst for truth. It is all Him. He is behind everything. He is the “Author and Finisher of our faith.” He arranges our lives from desperation to the first steps on this pilgrimage to find the Source of love and peace. He injects our lives with desire to know Him who is the Truth. And then we learn that it is His ballpark—His bat, ball and gloves. He invites all to play. Those who show up for the meaningful and sometimes strenuous practices, will be learning to play by His rules. Those who learn them will be the starters at game time.

Kenneth Wayne Hancock  

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