Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Fall 1973
Wade E. Taylor

We are to be identified with our Lord, both in vision and experience. We are to share in “His mind,” or life experience. Phil. 2:5. Unless we enter in some measure into “the fellowship of His sufferings,” we cannot be identified with Him in the Glory to come.

“He was despised and rejected of men; He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. We esteemed Him not.” “He came to His own and they received Him not.” The lack of spiritual understanding and perception in mankind was heartbreaking to Jesus.

He allowed a reproach to be on Him that only those who had a “spiritual eye” could understand. Jesus of Bethlehem became Jesus of Nazareth. Note John 1:46 along with John 7:41, 52. To the natural eye, it could not be. Understanding came by revelation. –Think a moment—If you were there at that time, would you have accepted what the multitudes and the church leaders of that day said, or would you have seen the Son of God thru the garb of Jesus of Nazareth?

It was only after two years of ministry that Jesus dared to ask a most crucial question to his disciples: “Who am I?” If the Sunday School and Christian book store pictures we have were accurate, they should have said, “It is quite obvious.” Such was not the situation. His identity could not be known by outward observation. The sorrow, grief and rejection of Isaiah 53 was intensely felt by Jesus at this moment as He waited the answer. When Peter answered, “Thou art the Christ, the son of the Living God,” Jesus was overjoyed: “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 16:13-17).

They had come to the place of spiritual perception. They could see beyond the surface manifestation. “Upon this rock I will build my church.” All the future hung on their giving the right answer. Matthew 16:21 begins, “From that time forth began Jesus to show.” They had to come into the realm of revelation before He could lead them on. They had to see beyond “Jesus of Nazareth.”

In the early days of Pentecost, “tongues” was a reproach. To be full-gospel meant to be a “holy roller.” Today the reproach is gone. It is popular to be a “charismatic.”

There is yet a reproach. Those who have a hunger for God and a discerning eye are moving on; the reproach follows. God always wraps His best in a package for which few are willing to pay the price. “Jesus of Nazareth” has no apparent value. “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” The same question is yet being asked by those who are not going on in God. “I see no value or purpose in all this; let’s stay with the past, it is safe and secure—and popular.”

Hebrews tells us we are to “go forth” from the camp bearing His reproach” (Hebrews 13:12-13). Today many are pressing onward seeking all He has for them and willing to pay the price of identity with Jesus of Nazareth.

Pinecrest has carried a reproach. Many have said, “Can any good thing come from Pinecrest?” We would say with Philip, “Come and see.”


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