Jesus the Second and Last Adam
Corinthians 15:44-50 It is sown a natural body;
it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body,
and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, the first man Adam was
made a living soul; the last Adam
was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was
not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural;
and afterward that which is spiritual. The
first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the
Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are
earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that
are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy,
we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this
I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
There is so much to comment of in this
passage but we will limit our focus at this moment to
Christ being the second and last Adam.
From the time I was a young Christian
in my early teens until now I have probably read this
passage a few dozen times. During this same time period
I heard it quoted in numerous sermons, and I heard it
brought up classes in bible school. Only now in retrospect
do I realize that the preachers, teachers and speakers
had little idea as to the meaning of this phrase, other
than it was something that Paul the Apostle had said --
so of course we believe it.
One would probably term one’s belief
in something that they do not understand as being blind
faith. And then they probably grin at you with a crooked
smile and say that there as oh so many thinks that we
can not comprehend about God and his ways. By doing this,
and by labeling this as some mysterious thing of God –
all to many believe that they have excused themselves
from having to have any understand of it.
Paul calls this behavior ignorance. And his calling believers ignorant does not
sound all that honorable, or like a badge that I would
be willing to wear.
Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all
ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark;
sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
When we look at this verse in Isaiah
we find a clear definition from God on being blind and
ignorant. -- Because of blindness and ignorance they can not speak (the truth)
they can not bark (cry out a warning) And God states that
people in this state are in slumber, they lie down loving
every minute of their ignorant blind bliss.
Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your
devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO
THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship,
him declare I unto you.
In this passage Paul says these people
having devotions to an unknown God was ignorant worship
-- and their ignorant worship was of none effect. We could
also say that their teachings about this unknown God were
also ignorant and unprofitable to themselves as well as
their hearers. And therefore we could also say that their
belief or faith in this unknown God was ignorant and without
Paul tells us: “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing cometh by the word of God.” Knowledge
and understanding of God and His ways build our faith.
Ignorance and blindness cause unbelief.
25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing:
but the honour of kings is to search out
If we love the truth we will search out
a matter. We will seek until we find, we will knock unto
its opened unto us. However in this hour many are not
interested in seeking the truth. Many prefer instead to
dine on the regurgitated teachings of others rather than
seek God for their spiritual sustenance.
These are parasites and leeches trying
to live off of Christ’s relationship and teachings to
others but never coming to a knowledge of the truth themselves.
Christ emphatically warns that these lifeless branches
shall be cut off the vine and burned with fire – you have
to come to know and walk with Christ yourself, there are
no spiritual hitchhikers allowed in heaven.
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness,
and going about to establish their own righteousness,
have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of
Look now here, Paul says that by being
ignorant of God’s righteousness, these people have replaced
the true righteousness of God, and instead they have filled
the gap in their soul with something of their own manufacture.
In this case it is their own righteousness. When one is
ignorant one can not leave a blank space in their life
alone, so if they can not get it from God they will find
something from some other source to fill the gap in their
walk. This is
the great evil of a blind and ignorant ministry. Because
blind preachers and teachers can not bare to have their
nakedness exposed concerning their lack of knowledge of
God and his ways – So they fill in the gaps in their teaching
with something manufactured from another source, this
source could be one’s self, but most of the time
this source is purloined truth or purloined error
from other blind preachers and teachers or from the world and it’s philosophers, religionists.
So we have Pastors that speak of themselves, teachers
who speak from their teachers, and preachers who sermonize
from Aristotle and Plato and compare their words to Christ
and Paul the Apostle or lauding the deeds of unregenerate
men as a witness to the words of Christ.
Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye
should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should
be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is
happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles
be come in.
Because the Church let the truths that
were delivered unto them slip – they became blind and
ignorant. -- Because
of this blindness they became wise in their own conceits.
– The same thing that happened to Israel has come upon
us, but we want to remain blind. We oh so want to continue
to slumber, because we oh so love our own conceits.
We oh so love our Church’s conceits and we oh so
love our denominations conceits. We love these above the
truth of God to our own peril.
I must confess that I have never had any particular insight into
this verse speaking of Christ being the second and last
Adam. Nor had I ever given it any real consideration
during my entire walk. So I am guilty of the very attitude I have
described above. I have been saved and filled with the
Spirit for over three decades, I sat under some of the
great teachers of our day, I attended bible school and
I have even had had some amazing experiences by almost
anyone’s standards, however
I now realize that all this time I have been blind and
ignorant and was taken in by enticing words of men’s wisdom
thinly veiled as “Christian teaching” Almost two
decades ago God separated me unto himself. When this began
I would say that I had become mildly suspicious of some
of the things that were commonly taught in Fundamentalist,
Evangelical and Pentecostal circles. It was only as I
prayed and meditated on what I had been taught and had
taught myself to others that some of these things unraveled
before my eyes, while truths from almost seeming nothingness
recently God has given to me an understanding of some
of the underpinnings of our faith and the word of God
that have had very broad and terrifying implications to
believers and the Church.
I confess that living as a
blind and ignorant fool carried with it a certain delusional
bliss, but as God opens our eyes there is a requirement
of putting off these childish behaviors and with understanding
comes a responsibility for not only my walking in the
light but to those around me also to the body of Christ.
We are our brethren’s keeper; we cannot look to another
to cry out a warning.
the Church of this hour there is a sad lack of pondering
what you read in the word of God. Few in this day and
age meditate on the word of God.
Meditate – literally means: “To chew the cud” As
a cow would in the evening in the barn. they stand chewing for hours after, spending
a long day foraging. When they chew the cud it allows
them to better assimilate what they foraged.
This is one of the truths that came to me at an
early age and had made me over time. I spend a lot of
time meditating on scripture after I read it. I spend
time replaying conversations with brothers and sisters
in the Lord, to better grasp what they said or what they
were asking. – Sometime I’ve gone back to talk to people
when I realized a vital point was missed or omitted. Likewise
in my mind I play back messages and sermons deriving more
spiritual nutrients than if I just swallowed and went
my way as too many do. Meditating on God’s word gives
you greater understanding, and I believe this is the path
to spiritual discernment.
So let us move on the question at hand;
“How did Paul come
to call Christ the second or last Adam?
With my natural eye I could find no
particular scripture that directly addressed this concept
in the Old Testament, nor could I find any verse that
this in the New Testament or in the writings of the Apostolic
Fathers. Some might suggest that; Paul the Apostle had
some special extra-biblical insight from the Lord when
he wrote this verse, I don’t think so.
Acts 17:11-13 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in
that they received the word with all readiness of mind,
and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things
were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honorable
women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. But when
the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of
God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also,
and stirred up the people.
Do you suppose that in our
day and age, if someone were to scrutinize what their
Pastor preached, examine under a microscope what their
Teacher taught or go over point by point what their Evangelist
had to say that any of these people would consider such
a practice honorable? And if that someone were to confirm
the veracity of these ministers words in of all places
to the Old Testament what do you suppose these minister’s
or the Church’s or the Denomination’s reaction might be?
went about judging Paul’s preaching in much the way we
are told to that prophecy is supposed to be judged. But
more importantly they went into the Old Testament -- the
Law and the Prophets to confirm or deny the words of Paul
I want you
to pause for a moment and consider the implications of
this. In order
to learn we must ask questions. It is not enough to accept
things on face value or because some preacher told us
it or we read it in a book. We need to understand what
we believe and why we believe it. And if what we believe
can not be backed in scripture this doctrin or notion
in it’s current form needs to be jettisoned.
Why did the
Bereans go to the Old Testament to verify New Covenant
we not been repeatedly taught that the Old Testament is
not for the Church? Why did not Paul soundly rebuke the
Bereans for questioning
his authority and daring to question his person?
Surely he was an Apostle hand picked by Christ the Father
was confirming Pauls words with signs wonders and diverse
miracles, perhaps like the Apostle John, Paul could have
called down a little fire from heaven to put these rebels
in their place. Were they not indeed touching the anointing
as it is commonly taught in our day? Why did not Paul
shout them down and call them Pharisees and warn them
with the sternest words that what they were doing was
blocking the kingdom of heaven and stumbling others? How could Paul and the Apostles possibly
call someone “more honorable” that would openly challenge
his words and discard anything that he said if they could
not find it in the Old Testament? Did the Apostles understand something about the word of God
and more particularly what we have come to call the Old
Testament that we do not some 1950 years later?
would seem evident that Paul and the Apostles held that
the Law and the Prophets was the final authority of all
teaching and doctrine – we to our shame and own destruction
do not hold to that standard.
did they understand something about the authority with
which they preached even by revelation that maybe it was
not all knowing, and all powerful, and that something
was expected of their hearers – that is that their hearers
were expected to judge their words and searching the scriptures
to see if they be so. Why is this not done in our day?
had a Baptist preacher spit venom all over me because
in an open Bible study I suggested that what he was saying
regarding the word “All” was based on the English in the
KJV Bible and that the Greek would not substantiate what
he was saying. This carnal man became vitriolic and pounded
me for 20 minutes with scripture after scripture waiting
for me to break or crumble. When I did not, he promptly
adjourned the Bible study meeting. After telling God the
Following morning I had failed him, I was told an hour
later that one person in the meeting had been impressed
that I had stood up to this ungodly Pastor’s assault.
This young man, a recent convert to Christ had also become
a member of that church, and this same pastor had made
a public spectacle of berating this young man until he
had capitulated and apologized for asking a simple question
about a scripture being discussed during a Bible study.
this man Paul the Apostle called himself a Pharisee of
Pharisees. In a book I recently read that the author said
that in order to become a Pharisee one was required among
a list of things to memorize word for word the entire
five books of Moses and be able to quote them. Gameliel
was called a Pharisee of Pharisees this title meant not
only that he was ahead and shoulders above his peers but
it probably meant that Gameliel and Paul had not only
memorized the five books of Mosses but all of the books
of the prophets as well. Now imagine a man of this education
that can read and translate every word from it’s original
Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic humbling himself and allowing
his authority to be questioned by a bunch of hacks that
were more than likely unable find the verses in the scrolls
much less interpret them.
that Paul had multiple personal visits of Christ – yet
he humbled himself before a people that were not even
here that Paul did not come to these people with enticing
words on men’s wisdom but in demonstration and power.
Paul did not witness of himself rely on other’s
to be his witness. So When Paul spoke to these Berean’s,
we can be pretty sure that it was accompanied by signs
and wonders. But unlike any other city Paul had preached
in, these people’s head’s were not turned by his words
or arguments. They were not turned by the signs and wonders,
they only wanted to know of a surety that Paul’s words
were the immutable truth from the scriptures contained
in Moses and the Prophets. And for this they were called
more honorable than the other synagogues and cities Paul
had preached in. We might say that these people had a
love of the truth
And this love
of the truth consisted of taking every sentence of Paul
and ripped it apart and their wanting Old Covenant verses
to back up every statement he made. – With a people like
that Paul was forced to cross every t and dot every i.
What we would call these Berean’s today? Highly critical?
Having a critical spirit? Being judgmental? Old
Covenant minded? Touching God’s anointed?
We could say that these people didn’t care a wit
about what Paul had to say. Instead they were so completely
caught up with the Old Testament and they only would receive
his words or sentences it if met their Old Testament approval
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received
the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the
scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore
many of them believed.
So by application we too should
be able to take the writings of Paul and the other Epistles,
and that those who possess readiness of mind should search
the Old Testament scriptures to see the scriptures that
make these things so.
And the believers that would conduct this practice
would likewise be called “more noble.”
Now regarding Paul’s Claim that Christ
is the second and Last Adam we know where Adam is in the
word of God so that would appear to be a good place to
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between
thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed;
it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
If there is a connection to Christ being
called the second or last Adam in this verse, I confess
with my natural understanding I can not see it. So we
come back to the question above, “How did Paul come to
call Christ the second and last Adam?”
I was recently fasting and praying when
all of a sudden this verse came to me. As I indicated
above by neither peoples’ preaching, peoples’ teaching,
or my personal Bible study had I ever latched onto any
truths concerning Christ being the first and last Adam.
I now believe strongly that this was
something that Jesus had to have revealed personally to
Paul. Paul tells us earlier in this same Epistle that
Christ revealed to him the events of the last supper and
he gives us some tremendous insights in communion that
are not detailed in the Gospels. However he just drops
a few words on us about Christ being the first and last
Adam and then moves on. I would like to suggest this is
a hint about Christ being the second or last Adam.
So the Holy Spirit drops this verse
into my consciousness and I kind of shrug and say, “Yes
Lord.” After all
I have no insight or anything that I can really say. And
all of a sudden the Lord shows me that this verse is actually
referring to the Virgin Birth. And in an instant several
verses come together and I am given an understanding that
I have never seen or heard – my breath is taken away.
I exult the Lord for revealing to an absolute nobody –
in the middle of nowhere. (I live in Alaska.) So lets
now look at what I saw.
Genesis 2:7 And
the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man
became a living soul.
So God took dirt and breathed his very
breath into it, and it became a living soul. Note here
the power of breath of God – that in itself it creates
life, consciousness, the ability to reason, it converted
mere dirt into flesh and blood and so much more than we
could not begin to express the glory of what that single
breath of a holy and righteous God did for a nameless
altar of dirt.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our
image . . . and God named him Adam. And God testified
of Adam that he had created him in his image and his likeness.
Note here that Adam was created in God’s
image and likeness.
So Adam and Eve are created in this Holy
blameless state. – They walk side by side with God, and
they speak directly with God in the Garden. They may have
also ate and communed with God though the scripture does
not say so. So
Adam and Eve sin against God and they are kicked out of
the Garden. And God then makes a sacrifice on their behalf
and covers them with coats of skins.
And Adam later has two sons Cain and
Able – and we know what happens between the two Now I
want you to note a detail that about the birth of his
first two sons appears that is not brought out in the
verse that mentions their births.
Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat
a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called
his name Seth:
See Adam was created in the Image
and likeness of God. But after the fall Adam’s seed was
permanently corrupted. So when Adam had children they
were no longer in the likeness of God, they were created
now created instead in Adam’s fallen image, they were
copies of his fallen state.
As God had said in the garden in Genesis 2:17 for in the day that thou eatest
thereof thou shalt surely die. God knew that this
was going to happen, and He told Adam it was going to
happen – you might say He warned him. And even though
He warned Adam that Satan was a roaring lion seeking those
whom he may devour, even though God provided Adam with
a way to escape the temptation Adam and Eve succumbed
anyway and in that day something died in Adam. Everyone
since I was a young Christian says that it was Adam’s
Spirit that died – someone needs to find a Chapter and
verse that says that. If you search this out you won’t
find it because no such verse exists. This is an interesting
application, but I think this teaching shrouds instead
of illuminating truth. How do I mean that? Well I have observed over the decades every
time a Pastor or individual comes to this verse they say
: And Adam’s spirit died that day” and it stops right
there . It is as if the answer was given in Final Jeopardy
and so there is nothing left to say and all the contestants
pack it in and go home.
This answer doesn’t seem to open truth it seems
to close truth by function.
I again remind you of the words of
Paul And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was
made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural;
and afterward that which is spiritual. This means
something, but I’ll leave you
to wrestle with the Lord to come to what God is saying
So back to the Virgin Birth, if Jesus
had been born of the seed of Joseph he would have been
born in the fallen image of Adam and therefore he would
have been corrupted and subject to the Prince of darkness.
But God had a plan, a glorious plan of salvation that
would restore man to the walk with God we were called
to in Adam..
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself
shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive,
and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
1:34-35 Then said Mary unto the angel, How
shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the
angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest
shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy
thing (Gender Neutral)
which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of
God. (And now are we called to become the son’s
So when the appointed time came to pass
that Mary was to conceive, The Holy Spirit simply overshadowed
her and breathed into her egg -- and her unfertile egg
became a living soul.
And because of this, Christ was born
in the original state that God had created Adam in. Thus
Jesus became the second and last Adam. The second because
in all of the Law and prophets God had not done such a
thing to anyone but Adam. The Last Adam in that God will
not do this ever again. So Christ was born wholly blameless,
able to fellowship and commune with God, and most important
Jesus was not subject to the Prince of this world.
So Christ was fully flesh in every sense
of the word like the First Adam had been fully flesh.
Because of God breathing into Mary’s seed Christ
was not subject to the Devil. Because in Christ the second
or Last Adam the knee of the First Adam had not been bent
to the God of this world.
So the plan begun in Eden was begun once
more in earnest. See God in Adam had a plan that went
vastly beyond the Garden. God wanted Adam to go beyond
the state of being a living soul to becoming a quickening
spirit and he wanted Adam to become a son of God with
dominion over all the beasts of the field including –
the serpent. But that did not happen – it was aborted
– and something died – that something caused Adam created
in the image and Likeness of God to have offspring that
were in God’s image but no longer in God likeness. Instead
of being the son’s of God men become the son’s of the
Think now of how as Christians are born
again is it not that we pray to conformed to his image
and likeness --
if we abide in him . . .
Children of light are to be in the image and likeness
Now the Bible says of Jesus that He was
tempted on all points and found to be sinless. And there
fore could offer himself for the sins of the world. One
more brief thought in the Garden the serpent came quoting
scripture to Eve (He came quoting the words of God) So
too came the serpent to Jesus in the wilderness quoting
scripture – I want you to see that this first and Last
Adam revelation has more legs to it than what I have said.
Seek God. Let him open his truth to you.
This is a very powerful revelation. This
is an earthquake in the tainted teachings we have all
been made to drink.
us look now in the Gospels and Epistles and see if we
can find more of what we have been talking about. For
surely so important of a revelation, so important a foundation
stone of our faith must be talked about and more than
in a scant passage by Paul. And so it is written,
the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that
was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural;
and afterward that which is spiritual.
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named
Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The
same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi,
we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no
man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God
be with him.
is a Pharisee not just any Pharisee but a Pharisee among
Pharisees like Paul and Gamaliel. We know that because
he was made a ruler among the Jews. In order to be a Pharisee
you were required to memorize the five books of Mosses
word for word –but this man was head and shoulders above
his brethren. It
is highly likely that this man memorized word for word
the entire Law and the Prophets. I repeat all this to
make a point.
man was a man of the word in every sense that a Fundamentalist
of our day could be. Pharisees were obsessive, and legalistic
about scripture, their crime was they worshipped the letter
above the one who wrote it. Because they were natural
men the could perceive nothing but the words themselves,
so that when God sent them two witnesses John the Baptist
and Jesus along with third witness the works of the father
they rejected and killed each of the three witnesses. So Nicodemus comes to Jesus by the night, surreptitiously
he slips over to Jesus under the radar screen of his fellow
Pharisees and unknown to his fellow rulers. He does this
to insure that he keeps his position. – Note that Christ
does not rebuke Nicodemus for this offense. We can also
say that Nicodemus came to Jesus in spiritual darkness,
that he was blind, deaf, naked, spiritually, and this
man reeked of the doctrines and traditions of men. – Note
that Christ did not rebuke him for these offenses either.
instead looked upon the yearning heart of this man, as
he does with us. This was a man that the Father had truly drawn unto Christ. And
he addressed him as Rabbi, Nicodemus may have been blind
spiritually but in his dimness of vision he perceived
Christ as a purveyor of truth, truth beyond what he as
a Pharisee of
Pharisees held, and being a ruler among the Jews Nicodemus
saw Christ was more excellent than any of his fellow peers.
So that what Nicodemus acknowledges that Jesus is head
and shoulders above himself and his entire religious order.
His coming to Christ was no small thing. Out of the entire
pharisaical system it appears that only this one man came,
God called out too many but few came. And finally Nicodemus acknowledges Christ as
a teacher with the witness of God the miracles signs and
answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom
now responds and his words should be of the utmost interest
to us. Jesus accepts Nicodemus’s perception of him, he
accepted Nicodemus’s statement as to his place and position
and Jesus accepted Nicodemus’s statement about the witness
of the Father attesting to his words with mighty miracles,
signs and wonders. Now when Jesus says truly, truly one
should perk up their ears – because Jesus is about to
speak a deep far-reaching truth. Not that all of Christ’s
words aren’t rich and powerful, but when he says truly,
truly he’s about to say something huge. And what does
Jesus sayin this case: “Except a man be born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
is saying to Nicodemus your perception of me is correct.
You have seen something; you have perceived something
through the workings of God in your life. And you have
taken the next step and acted upon what you have seen,
you have come unto me to receive, but sitting at my feet
in the natural and learning of me is not enough.
It is also not enough to witness the witness of
the Father, to take in all great miracles, the signs,
and wonders that I perform.
Your having a part in all of this is not salvation.
All of this is but the Father’s drawing you.
And at this very juncture all of Fundamentalism
Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism have staked their claim
for Salvation. How is this that all of them walk in lock
step on salvation being a once and for all experience
that occurs at a certain point of time and then it is
complete in itself? Because of the writings of one man
that they all unknowingly revere above God and scripture
– Their spiritual father Menno Simons.
is saying to Nicodemus that if you settle for this as
your salvation, you will only be a part of the mixed multitudes,
which come and rejoice in the light for only a season
and then return from whence they came.
way of explanation Jesus said: “Except a man be
born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” I
remind you that Jesus is speaking to a
Pharisee among Pharisees So when he said: “Except
a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God”
I believe Jesus expected Nicodemus
to recognize in this statement something about God breathing
life into a pile of dirt in the garden and that it became
a living soul. Jesus says if you come into this born again
state, this sanctified state before God, then and only
then can you see the kingdom. Note here that Jesus did
not say in this state you could enter the Kingdom. In
this state you are as Adam the Son of God, you are them
made a “son of promise”.
What few have understood is that with all this
you are only at the starting line, nothing has yet been
accomplished. See what the Church has taught for hundreds
of years that if you say a few magic words that include
Jesus forgive and heart. When said they receive the whole
ball of wax. They state that salvation is at a point of
time it is a line that is crossed it is a monument planted
but everywhere I read in scripture salvation is a path
or highway – it is a lifelong relationship. We are told
salvation is finite that we possess salvation, salvation
is infinite and we can become possessed of it but that
says I have a plan I want to meet with you, I want to
dwell with you, I want to sanctify you and give you dominion
over all the beast of the field even the serpent. You
have none of that, you are but at the starting line.
saith unto him, “How can a man be born when he is old?
Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and
that Nicodemus in his response to the question of being
born again seems to have somewhat understood what Christ
was talking about – and he seems to understand as well
that it is the starting gate that one can only see the
kingdom in this state. What Nicodemus asks is: “How.
asked the same question of the Angel of the Lord when
she was told she would bear a child, the Son of God. “How.”
Nicodemus said I’m a grown man this can hardly be accomplished
by in the flesh crawling into my mother’s womb a second
time. So Nicodemus asks “How.”
answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man
be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into
the kingdom of God.
that Jesus does not rebuke him for a lack of faith. Jesus
does not rebuke him for a lack of understanding, he does
not rebuke him for being dull of hearing and having a
hard heart. I have heard all of these messages preached
from this verse and the verse previous. None of them are
true. Nicodemus was truly seeking, Nicodemus truly wanted
instruction for the teacher above all his peers, because
he wanted to do it.
which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit.
verse in and of itself may be quite hard for “Christians”
to understand, but because we call ourselves Christians
that does not make it so. Because we go to the same Church
as our parents does not make it so either, and because
we use a formula with a specific set of words to “get
saved” that does not make it so any more than it did for
Nicodemus. Because we “do good works” that does no make
it so. See that which is flesh will always be flesh you
can rename it you can dress it up in good works you can
disguise it with all the Christian trappings but unless
you are born of the Spirit nothing inside has changed
and it is the heart of man that God is after. Salvation
is circumcision of the heart, and that can only be accomplished
by being born of the Spirit.
two are as different as light and darkness but to the
natural unregenerate eye there is no difference the two
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born
its not going to help you one bit to marvel at or be in
awe of this concept. This is not a philosophic matter
of little consequence this is a command demanding action.
Ye must be born again.
looks at what Paul said about the first Adam and the second
and last Adam again in order to better appreciate what
Christ is acknowledging here.
Adam was made a living soul; the
last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit
that was not first which is spiritual, but that which
is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
first Adam was born of the flesh and sanctified, the second
Adam and last Adam Jesus was born of the Flesh he then
progressed to the Baptism of John where he was infused
the Spirit and John the Baptist declared two things of
Christ – he said Jesus had a two part mission to be “The
lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world.”
And then John revealed Christ’s second
mission “He that sent me to baptize with water,
the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit
descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which
baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
of the sting of losing almost 30% of their Churches to
the Azusa Street revival from 1906-1910 the Fundamentalists
now openly deny Christ’s second mission, they have planted
themselves at the gate of the kingdom. They deny all within
their ranks to enter therein, and neither do they enter
in themselves. Doesn’t this sound like a verse of Scripture?
It should because it is.
Luke 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge:
ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering
in ye hindered.
the time Jesus meets Nicodemus, Jesus has already progressed
as the Son of God well beyond the first Adam. He has been
tested of the serpent but refused to allow himself to
spent years in the temple as a child learning the Scriptures
and growing in grace and favor of God and of men. With
this experience alone our Fundamentalist brethren say
Jesus that was good to go.
They say he needed nothing else he was born again
and that is all there is. But Jesus’ ear was inclined to the Spirit of
God and not the doctrines and traditions of the Pharisees
of his day, and certainly not the “Christian” Pharisees
of our day. Jesus knew he had to be Baptized of water and then of Spirit. For
in order to become a dispenser of the Holy Spirit Christ
had to be first a partaker of being born of water and
born of the Spirit. I remind you that it was only after
that that Jesus came into the power of the Spirit and
performed the signs and wonders that we read of His ministry.
And knowing all this the Fundamentalists our modern Pharisees
deny the experience of Christ to all those who are held
under their sway and will not enter into it themselves
either. This is a great sin. This is not some minor difference
of opinion. This is having a form (or having the appearance
of ) Godliness but denying the power thereof (or rejecting
calls Christ the Author and Finisher of our faith and
the Forerunner. So Christ himself became the divine pattern by being baptized first
of water of John, and then with the Holy Spirit and thus
became Jesus became the second and last Adam which Paul
the Apostle declared “a quickening spirit.”
so doing, God has shown me that Christ became the first
Spirit-filled Christian. Christ became the first person
who had a well of life of Living life-giving waters springing
up out of his soul unto everlasting.
God also confirmed that Christ was the first spirit-filled
Christian with an abundance of scripture.
Isaiah 11:1-3 And there shall come forth
a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow
out of his roots: And the spirit
of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom
and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the
spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall
make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD:
and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes,
neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
Bible says that Christ went about doing good and healing
all those that were oppressed of the Devil. How did he
do so? In the power of the Spirit, demonstrating to
the world the flesh and the devil the gifts of the Spirit,
and preaching the Gospel to the poor. He did all this
that he might impart to his this same Holy Spirit to his
Apostles and that they might be able to hit the ground
running knowing already what to do with it.
If Christ did all this as the Author and Finisher
of our faith, and as the Forerunner and he clearly did.
Then anyone who denies this Baptism of the Spirit, this
Spirit-filled life of demonstration and power is the salvation
that Christ was speaking to Nicodemus of is preaching
another Gospel, and is none of His.
has shown me in scripture that Jesus himself, was not
only filled with the same Holy Spirit that he later gave
unto us, but that he operated in every gift of the Spirit
during the course of his ministry.
This was a jaw dropping revelation – this was huge, this
has left me speechless I have never heard anyone preach
or teach these words. And yet it is plainly written in
the word of God in not a single verse or two verses but
hundreds of verses in both the Old and New Testaments.
How could we have not seen this all along? How is it that
generation upon generation has not seen this? Because
they have been blinded by the doctrines and traditions
of men. When they read the word of God they read it with
blinders on. They see words and hear the teachings of
men in their mind so loudly that: Seeing they may
see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and
not understand; lest at any time they should be converted,
and their sins should be forgiven them.
compelled to make a comment here. I want you to see that
when John the
Baptist spoke to two of his disciples that they were “Baptists”.
And John the Baptist pointed them to Christ saying
behold the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the
world and that this same Jesus was to baptize also with
the Holy Ghost.
either of John’s disciples tell John the Baptist. “Nay,
thou art the Baptist of God and we will stay with you?
No the Bible says they left John the Baptist and straightway
two disciples were John the beloved of the Lord and Andrew
– And both were filled with the Holy Spirit as prophesied
by John the Baptist – Our modern Baptists forget that
John the Baptist was a Prophet and was also moved by the
Spirit. The second thing that our modern Baptist’s should
consider how their Denominations name came to be. A bunch
of believers did not wake up one morning and say we should
call our selves Baptists.
The believers that pioneered this movement did
not select this name. You might be interested to know that the revival all this stems
from occurred in 1530 and the movement was named “Ana-Baptists”
by their enemies and the devil. –
When Menno Simons came along a decade later he
knew that the name had to be changed – So take care of
this problem, he carnally chose to name the movement after
himself as Martin Luther, John Calvin and others hand
done. It was less than a century later that breakaway
denominations from the Mennonite movement chose to call
themselves once again Baptists identifying themselves
with forever with John the Baptist and his baptism of
water instead of the baptism of the Holy Spirit with which
the so called “Ana-Baptist” was born with. See neither
the pioneers nor Menno Simons believed alone in water
Baptism. Modern Baptists do not know that for the first
100 years of their movement believers were baptized not
only in water but Baptized in the Spirit as separate experience
as described in the New Testament.
only after the movement backslid and no one in the denomination
knew any longer the way back to the grace which God had
once bestowed upon them Then and only then carnal unenlightened
men adopted the named Baptist for the movement in honor
of water baptism being their highest realm of attainment.
This is very profound. – This is so similar to what happened
with the early Church it should give one pause as to what
was done and what its meaning is.
Consider also the
writings of the Apostles that speak of the new birth,
being babes, being children, those who use milk, and the
first principals in Christ. In these you will find many
more truths concerning the first and last Adams and how
it relates to us. This subject is huge in the New Testament with
many related scriptures and passages.
Now we will progress to the subject
I have already indicated, there’s is a lot more to Christ
being the second Adam than his having been breathed on
by the Holy Spirit and then later being born in the Virgin
God has also shown me that after God
breathed on Adam and he became a living soul, that this
same Adam also had been sanctified. Yes Adam was created
in a sanctified state.
And Adam as soon as he was first able to move,
he walked and talked with God, and fully communed with
God. There was
no veil of sin over Adam.
So also when the Holy Ghost breathed
upon Christ, Jesus fully enjoyed this same sanctified
state. And therefore as a child in natural flesh he too
was able to walk, talk and commune with God.
Now before some one decides to jump to
the wrong conclusion here that the Baptism of the Holy
Ghost is sanctification I need to remind you that when
Jesus went to be baptized in water of John some 30 years
after He was breathed upon by God. Then and only then,
did Jesus receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit as clearly
stated in the four Gospels.
So what then is this God breathed sanctification
that came upon Adam and Christ?
First it may help to define sanctification
by scripture: Genesis 2:3 And God blessed
the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it
he had rested from all his work which God created and
So why was the seventh day sanctified?
– Because God rested on that day from all his work.
So it would appear that laboring in whether in
works of righteousness, or laboring in prayer, or laboring
in fasting are not what God desires. Opening yourself
to up God, waiting before God in Prayer, and communing
with Him would seem to be more of the order of the day
here. This soundly
oddly like what Adam was already doing in the garden in
his sanctified state.
We now need
to go to Exodus to read of and learn from the most profound
example of sanctification or the lack thereof in the entire
Bible. This part of the study begins in Exodus chapter
19 and ends in Exodus 33.
I will attempt to go through this material as thoroughly
as possible so that you can get the fullest impacts of
the events that took place.
Exodus 19:1 In the third month,
when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the
land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness
of Sinai. First I want
you to consider when this event we are about to read happened?
the third month after the Children of Israel were gone
forth out of the Land of Egypt. How many years
were the Israelites in the wilderness? 40? No. They were 80 years in the wilderness. After
the events in the next few chapters this entire generation
was condemned to death in the wilderness, and after this
they yet sinned grievously once more 40 years later when
Mosses sent out the spies into the promised land and they
came back with a evil report the next generation was condemned
again to death in the wilderness (I am defining a generation
by 40 years.)The generation born in Egypt perished, the
first generation born in the wilderness perished it was
the third generation (the second generation born in the
wilderness (“the children knowing neither good nor evil”)
that entered into the promises of God.
So the first lesson of Exodus 19 is
that God desired to do a quick work in the people of God.
He desired to do this in the third month out of Egypt.
We need to understand that if the first generation of
Israelites born in Egypt had truly repented and believed
God from the first when Mosses appeared in Egypt performing
all the signs and wonders as they followed on to know
God they would have been well prepared for what was to
occur in Exodus 19 but they did not repent or believe
God at that time.
If they had truly repented and turned
their whole heart to God When they put the blood on their
lintels and doorposts and the angles of death passed over
they would have been well prepared for what was to occur
in Exodus 19 but they did not repent or believe God at
If they had repented and believed when
God delivered them out of Egypt with a mighty hand and
parted the Red Sea.they would have been well prepared
for what was to occur in Exodus 19 The bible says they
sand and danced, but the reality of that is that “they
soon forgat – because they did not repent or believe God
at that time.
See the issue Israelites having stiff
necks and hard hearts did not begin in the wilderness
– the signs Mosses gave were indisputable but they never
really accepted Mosses as their leader or as the Oracle
of God and this comes out again and again as they murmur
If the Israelites had at least repented
and turned their heart to God when they first arrived
in the wilderness and God miraculously providing them
with manna and drink from Divine springs so that they
could eat and drink with Him in the wilderness. If at
any point they had truly turned their heart to God believing
that He is and a rewarder of those that diligently seek
Him as Mosses did, then by the third month these people
would have been a sanctified vessel, prepared for the
Lord’s use. But this clearly did not happen.
What I am saying is that if these people
would given their hearts over to God at any point leading
up to this day in Exodus 19 they would have had a spiritual
capacity to receive the
divine rain unto their souls. But they didn’t repent they
didn’t turn to him they had not reached a state of sanctification.
And yet as we will see in this event that God in his love
and desire reaches out anyway in the hopes that some will
hear Him anyway.
Exodus 19:3-6 And Moses
went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of
the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house
of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen
what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles'
wings, and brought you unto myself.
Now therefore, if ye
will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then
ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people:
for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom
of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words, which
thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Look at this, God tells
the people of Israel (and unrepentant and hard hearted
at that) He only wants for them to obey His voice, and
to keep His Covenant. then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all
the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of
priests, and an holy nation.
We need to understand what Covenant is
God is speaking of here? God is speaking of the Covenant
of Abraham. The law and covenant of Mosses had not been
What was the Covenant of Abraham? It
is a Covenant where God could swear by no greater than
himself. So God appears as a fiery smoking furnace and
walks between the blood and parts of the sacrificed animal
to seal the covenant between Him and Abraham forever.
And God then says here, if they will
do these two things, “Obey
God’s voice and keep His Covenant.” These two things
alone, that He will make the people of this mixed multitude
a kingdom of Priests and a Holy nation.
Now hold on a minute.
– I thought that promise was reserved for the Church
alone. That we could only get that status with God because
we have a new better covenant than the Israelites of the
Old Testament got?
If you have been taught this, you might
we do well to ponder this point.
Because many of the things we have been told over
the years are not true.
We have been all given of the same polluted cup
spoken of in Revelation to drink. We must purge ourselves
of all of the doctrines and traditions of men that we
have been force-fed. Note, that this process of drinking
of that cup began long before we first believed or even
heard the word of God.
movies, TV, friends, coworkers, and even your Pastor and
Denomination have unwittingly become the messengers of
Satan bearing about his doctrines and traditions. As unthinkable
as it is, before you even come to the Lord you were thoroughly
indoctrinated. This poison in your heart mind and soul
affects greatly, in how you read God’s word how you pray,
how you hear from God, and how you respond to God. This
all needs to be purged and cleaned from our beings. It
is no light thing that God has hid his face for generation
upon generation since the fall of the early Church. He
can not look upon sin, He can not hear when we pray the
prayers of the lust of the eye the Lost of the flesh and
the love of the world. God wants us to plainly see this
repent, and sanctify ourselves and then He will meet with
us to build upright ministry.
We were talking about Adam just a few
moments ago, and I had mentioned that God had something
far better for Adam, more than simply being a custodian
in the garden of God – And likewise God also had a far
higher purpose for the Children of Israel in the Wilderness.
Like Adam God wanted Israel to fellowship with him, to
walk with Him to commune with Him and to have dominion
over all the people of the promised land that included
dominion over the Tempter as well.
Back now to Abraham and his covenant.
Let me give you a thought while you still have Abraham’s
covenant fresh in your mind. When God made his Covenant
with Abraham he found Abraham wanting. – Abraham was unlike
Adam before the fall; Abraham did not have Adam’s state
of sanctification. So God having no other than Himself,
that He could swear by, swore by no greater than
Himself, and made this Covenant with Abraham by Himself.
Now in the fullness of time when God
desired to make a new covenant with men he swear by no
greater than himself – And He sent his only Son. And Jesus
made this New Covenant by himself. Instead of using the
blood of bulls or goats He offered Himself as the offering
and He also was at the same time the Covenant maker.
And after he was raised from the dead and glorified
He gave us the same Holy Spirit (His quickening Spirit)
that lived in him that it might indwell us. So that he
could write his laws in our inward parts and write it
on our hearts.
Why is this called a better Covenant?
It is better because it was not done with the blood of
bulls and goats, we now can call on Christ’s name and
confess our sins. It is better because we now have available
the indwelling Spirit – And Jesus did not offer himself
as the carnal men of our day suppose, that God wanted
to make us wealthy with the corruption of the world. Nor
did God did not do this as the carnal men of our day suppose
to give us ministries that would be exulted to be seen
and praised of men. Nor did God do this as the carnal
men of our day suppose that God wanted to give us every
wanton lust of the eyes that we see and desire as our
own. Do any of these things sound remotely like the humility
of Christ? Does this sound at all like the sacrificial
life that Christ led in the flesh? We are called Christians
– this means that we are to be Christ-like. Are we in
God’s image and likeness, or are we in the image of our
fathers before us?
Have you heard this before in your heart?
God is revealing new and profound truths. Something big
is coming. To herald it He’s bringing forth new Revelation
that we might prepare ourselves that we might be sanctified
and have a capacity to receive what’s coming. Halleluiah!
8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak
through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness
of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Exodus 19:7-8 And Moses
came and called for the elders of the people, and laid
before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded
him. And all the people answered together, and said, All
that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned
the words of the people unto the LORD.
What is important here is the mixed multitude’s
response to what God had spoken.
All that the Lord hath spoken
we will do. So
Mosses the priest of God returns to God and tells God
that the people are willing to become a kingdom of priests
and a Holy nation.
When I was young in the Lord I heard
this saying: “The best Preacher preaches himself out of
a church and the best Teacher teaches himself out of a
church. If Mosses was to be successful in his ministry -- one or more members of his “Church” would
have to come to a relationship with God like him, no longer
needing Mosses as an intermediary.
We see that Jesus did this with the Apostles. You must understand that God wanted this and
Mosses wanted this. But God in his grace has left it up
to individual responses from of those who comprised the
mixed multitude to determine the final outcome.
Adam was also a son of promise, but he
unfortunately wasn’t able to even get out of the batters
box. We too like Adam, like Abraham, like the Children
of Israel and like the Apostles and the early Church have
been given exceeding precious promises.
However many have their eyes only on the promises
of God and not on the God who made the promises. Entering
in has nothing to do with your ability to quote any or
all God’s promises; it is how in our hearts we respond
to the wooings of God that determines our final outcome
Exodus 19: 9-11 And the
LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick
cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee,
and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of
the people unto the LORD.
And the LORD said unto
Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and
tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, And be ready
against the third day: for the
third day the LORD will come down
in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
I want you to note it appears that Mosses
the friend of God did not hear
that God wanted to come down in the sight
of all his people. If appears that Mosses only heard that
God wanted to come down and speak to him in front of the
People. He probably got so excited when God finally told
Mosses he was going to vindicate him, that he was unable
to receive the rest of what God was still speaking. You
need to know that Mosses the friend of God was flesh,
like Paul the Apostle and both at times appear to have
had selective hearing, and both appear to have gotten
in trouble with God over it.
19:12 -13 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people
round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye
go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever
toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:
There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely
be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man,
it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they
shall come up to the mount.
This passage is very pivotal in what
is taking place here. In this first passage God tells
Mosses that there are boundaries to be set up around the
mount of God. And that the Israelites and Priests were
to take heed to themselves. No one could approach the
mount of God. No one can touch it. If they do they were
to so they were immediately be killed by their brethren.
19:14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the
people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their
Now I want to be clear here that we do
not know what exactly Mosses did or was done to sanctify
the people in this verse. And want to remind you that
when this was said and done the neither the Ten Commandments
or the Law had been given. Not only that, but I do not
think Mosses, Aaron or the people had any hint about the
Law or the Ten Commandments. So looking at this verse
the bible does not say Mosses made sacrifices on an altar
for the People. It does not say Mosses preformed any type
of Sanctification Ceremony. Nor does the Bible say Mosses
he passed the offering plates. I suspect that Mosses had
a little talk with them to try to get them in the right
frame of mind for the coming event with God, and then
he probably prayed when he was done.
I want to also mention that despite how
this verse reads as the Sanctification and the washing
of clothes happening all at once, I think we realize that
Mosses would have followed God’s words closely. So if
God said do this over two days Mosses did it over two
days. So on the second day they (Mosses, the Priests and
all the Israelites) washed their clothes and maybe even
bathed a little themselves. I will add here that God has
shown me that this washing and cleansing that took place
here, is the basis of the Baptism of John. We need to
understand that nothing in the New Testament was made
up out of whole cloth. That all that is in the New Testament
is found in the Old. The New Testament was given unto
us to be a Tutor and Governor. But that is another subject
large subject that we will cover elsewhere.
19:16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning,
that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud
upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding
loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
The name of Exodus in the Hebrew is Literally
“These were the names.” In the Greek Septuagint the name
means “The way out.” I have another source that says this
is “The Book of Redemption.” So it should be of little
shock to learn that there are major correlations between
the events of Exodus and the Book of Revelations which
it the books of the Churches way out. Or the Book of the
In this verse is the beginning of a series of trumpet
blasts from heaven. Mosses and Aaron in chapters 5 – 12
bare strong resemblance to the two witnesses of Revelation
11. Exodus 24:11-12 where they see God standing on sapphire
1:26 And above the firmament that
was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as
the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the
likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance
of a man above upon it.
Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was
above the head of the Cherubims there appeared over them
as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance
of the likeness of a throne.
21:19 And the foundations of the
wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious
stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire;
the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
There is a lot more which of Exodus in
Revelation, but we can’t explore that right now..
19:17-18 And Moses brought forth the people out of the
camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part
of the mount. 18 And mount
Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended
upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the
smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked
So when are led by mosses outside of
their Church to meet God. They are first greeted with
the sight of a smoking furnace. I am sure by this point
every man woman and child could recite verbatim God’s
visit to Abraham and how God had made this covenant with
him. So God appears in a form that they could easily recognize. Abraham. God then goes beyond being the smoking
furnace of Abraham; God wants a greater relationship with
his people here, so he comes down to their level and he
is now going to seek to elevated their understanding.
He wants to be able to commune with them far beyond the
level as being a smoking furnace.
Exodus 19:19 And when
the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder
and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
This is now
the second trumpet --
what is here not Mosses praying to an invisible unknowable
inscrutable God, but Mosses speaking openly to God these
after all a trumpets of revelations or revealing and in
this trumpet God answers him by an audible voice.
have heard it said repeatedly that God’s purpose in speaking
with an audible voice was only to get the people
of Israel might believe Mosses. But shortly we are Going
to see that God had a much higher purpose than merely
attesting to Mosses’ words.
God’s true purpose in this little demonstration
was that he wanted someone, anyone in the congregation
of Israel to stand up during this act or shortly after
it’s conclusion and say” “I want God to speak to me as
he does with Mosses.”
God was actually calling the people unto himself,
He was calling the Multitude of Israel to a higher calling.
we substantiate this claim? I think we can for the context
of the chapter. Think back now to the beginning of the
chapter. What did God first say he wanted to do? – Don’t
you remember? Have you so easily forgotten? God said He
wanted to make the mixed multitude into EX: 19:6 “a Kingdom of Priests a Holy
Nation.” Was God saying there that he wanted to
make all of Israel Priests like Aaron and his sons?
No – the Law and the Ten Commandments had not yet
been given! So what kind of Priesthood did God want to
make Israel into? God wanted priests unto himself like
unto Mosses, a priesthood that could minister before Him
as his friends. This is why God spoke audibly to Mosses that
they would believe him forever. He was trying to provoke
something in His hearers. Can you see a glimpse of Christ
and his relationship with God here? Can you see Adam and
his relationship with God in the Garden? This is about
the capacity of relationship, as it relates to our level
of sanctification and our hunger for God alone. Not a
hunger for a ministry or a gift, but a love and desire
of God for himself.
Exodus 29:43 And there I will meet with
the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified
by my glory.
I digress for a moment. We see plainly
in this scripture that sitting in the presence of the
Lord, letting his glory waft our beings has a sanctifying
or cleansing effect. Gods appearing is true sanctification,
of the highest order. But in order to receive of it you
have to sanctify yourselves – the bride hath made herself
Exodus 19:20-25 And the
LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount:
and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount;
and Moses went up. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down,
charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD
to gaze, and many of them perish. And let the priests
also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves,
lest the LORD break forth upon them. And Moses said unto
the LORD, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for
thou chargest us, saying, Set bounds about the mount,
and sanctify it. And the LORD said unto him, Away, get
thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with
thee: but let not the priests and the people break through
to come up unto the LORD, lest he break forth upon them.
So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.
This is the second passage in this chapter
dealing with the separation of God’s people from the mount
of God. God says here that Mosses needs to warn the People,
lest any of them break through onto the mount to gaze
upon the Lord.
Now remember I said that what was said
in Exodus 19:12 -13 was
very pivotal to this narrative. In the first passage God
says erect barricades anyone that approaches or touches
the mountain is going to die – not by him but by human
intervention. Now only 8 verses later god says warn the
people that if they break through unto the Lord to gaze
upon Him MANY shall perish.
I have already told you a few important
things regarding what is going on in this passage #1 This
narrative is dealing with sanctification of which the
mixed multitude of Israelites has precious little. #2
I have Told you that God want to make these people into
a Kingdom of Priests like unto Mosses the friend of God.
#3 I have spoken of Adam’s relationship with God in the
Garden and God’s desire to have this relationship with
his people, even in the Old Testament under the Old Covenant.
Note that God warns in the second section
not that all will perish or be thrust through for touching
the mountain but that many but not all will perish if
they break through to gaze upon God –Do you see that rather
than His being the hateful wrathful God he is seeking
to protect unsanctified flesh. He is not really saying
that no one can look on him but that the multitude is
not prepared as a group. God want to speak to these people
with an audible voice and he wants to meet with his people.
Verse 22 And let the priests also, which
come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD
break forth upon them. And Moses said unto the LORD, The
people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargest
us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it.
Now in Verse 22 God give Mosses a new
set of instructions regarding the Priests but again Mosses
is using selective hearing and doesn’t get what God tells
him. God Tells Mosses to have the priest sanctify themselves
Lest the Lord break upon them. Now Mosses gets God ‘s
drift here that God is telling Mosses to prepare the priest
to come up the mountain but Mosses responds and repeats
back what God had earlier said and on to- of that we now
have an indication here that Mosses the Friend of God
is not comprehending what is really going on here because
he tells God this can’t be done because You Just told
me to put up boundaries and sanctified the mountain. Now
I see in this verse that God gets a little annoyed at
Mosses for not paying attention – Mosses mind had no doubt
wandered -- but
worse still Mosses negated Gods latest word with an older
word that Mosses had also misunderstood. God does not
appreciate ministers trying to tie Him up with his own
words – and misunderstood words at that.
I think that we can now better see that
God was not saying in Verses 12-13 Stay back, keep away
from me, For I am a Holy God and if I as much see anyone
of you even touch this mountain with your pinky I’m going
to break forth on you and annihilate every last one of
you. This is important because this thought is regularly
taught about this passage.
God in the Old Testament is fearful,
hateful, and at the least provocation kills everything
that moves. But Jesus in the New Testament is all love
and flowers – and tamed the angry God of Old by his sacrifice.
Ponder these words. I’m sure that you’ve heard these sentiments
many times. This is assumption is very incorrect and has
lean to all sorts of erroneous notions among Christians.
Verse 24 And the LORD said unto him,
Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and
Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people
break through to come up unto the LORD, lest he break
forth upon them. So Moses went down unto the people, and
spake unto them.
So in Verse 24 God angrily tells Mosses
Away, get thee down. This
does not sound like God is very pleased to me. I think
you can take Away get thee down and type in an online
concordance and you will find that this verse is unique.
So God then tells Mosses you’re going
to come back with Aaron. But The Priest and the People
can not come because God will break forth on them – the
implication of this is that God Himself will vengefully
slay them all. Again I remind you this situation is very
pivotal in this passage.
19:25 So Moses went down unto the people, and
spake unto them. Chapter 20:1 And God spake all these
words, saying: And Mosses read out to the people a long version
of the Ten Commandments these are worth reading a pondering
because they had a lot of added details..
Exodus 20:18 And
all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings,
and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking:
and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar
While Mosses reading the commandments
the Israelites instead of feeling more confident and closer
to God are filled with fear and removed themselves and
stood afar off. This is their first negative response
and God does not condemn them for it.
Exodus 20:19 And
they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will
hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
The is the second negative response they People
tell Mosses we don’t want to hear God speak any more.
His audible voice scares the sin out of us and we’re afraid
if he speaks anymore we are going to die. What’s going on here? Why are the Israelites
suddenly backing away, why are they afraid – there is
a sanctification problem here – there are laden with sin
and with just hearing the audible voice of God the sin
cries out within them and they back off. Is this a good
or bad thing? God reveals sin, when he turns his searchlight
on you and reveals something displeasing is this a good
or bad thing? It is good you confess it, and you pray
for Jesus to forgive you and take it out of your life.
And you then are free to move on. But the mixed multitude
become paralyzed over this.
20 And Moses
said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove
you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that
ye sin not.
So Mosses tries to encourage the people
to sanctify themselves and overcome this wave of conviction
that’s overwhelming them. Mosses says God is come to prove
you – God is come to approve you, and that ye learn the
fear of the Lord and sin not.
21 And the people
stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness
where God was.
Next we will consider a verse of scripture
that has long left Pentecostals speechless as to an explanation
of events and had Fundamentalists claiming only the wind
When the Pentecostal Outpouring began
in 1906 it took place with members of a 2nd
Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Since I have been a child
I have never seen or heard of any Church that would call
itself the Second Church of anything. I have always seen
First Presbyterian, First Baptist, First Pentecostal,
First Church of Holiness; we know what motivates people
to name a Church first, but why would any Church call
itself 2nd Baptist Church – Well it turns out
that this particular Church believed in what was called
back then the second definite work of grace. And that’s
why they called themselves 2nd Baptist. You
are probably not familiar with the term “The second definite
work of grace.”
That is because it has fallen out of
fashion with Pentecostals, Fundamentalists, and Evangelicals
circles. Old hymnals typically have dozens and dozens
of hymns that make reference to getting victory over sin.
Martha wing Robinson in 1907 speaks of: ”Inbred Sin, the
carnal nature, its something more than forgiven sin an
man with a quick temper asks for forgiveness and Jesus
Blood fully covers that. But when God removes that temper
from this man it is sanctification.
When a man has immoral tendencies Jesus blood is
more than able to cover that confessed sin but the removal
of such deep seated tendencies is sanctification.”
Sanctification or the second definite
work of grace, covers a wide range of behaviors and while
much of it is the same for all something that we need
to be cleansed of can be personal. Bad tempers, Jesting, lying habits, immoral habits, conceit, selfishness
–even if people around you can not sense what your rally
doing because you mask it well when God’s searchlight
comes on you know it’s wrong. God does not look on individual
incidents with the same interest as patterns in one’s
These days when God starts working all
to many people say: “I rebuke you Devil.” When the Holy
Spirit convicts them, they say: “The accuser is accusing
me.” So it’s become
almost impossible for the second work of grace to take
understand this a little better, people used to pray for
days, weeks, months, and I have read of people that would
pray for years for God to come in their lives and remove
their unclean habits, bad habits and love of the world.
And these steadfast believers had it happen all the time.
As hard as it is to believe these people without
the baptism of the Holy Spirit were able to live holy
chaste lives. I
might well add on more important detail to this – and
in that day people didn’t pray through to receive anything
for themselves, other than a clean heart before God.
So in 1906 when a black one eyed preacher
named William Seymour, He first showed up in town and
he hooks of with these people who have prayed through
to sanctification after one sermon where Brother Seymour preached his message that believers should
expect to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with
the evidence of speaking in unknown tongues, the following
day He found the doors chained shut. But a dozen or so
people from the church met with him in a house meeting
and the Lord quickly found open clean vessels to pour
his spirit in.
So Pentecost began in a sanctified atmosphere
and great power great signs and wonders fell immediately.
Now one of the members of the Church
was a Charles Parham’s who had a Bible school in Topeka
Kansas and in 1901 the baptism of the Holy Spirit fell
on only one female student. And you should know that Brother
Seymour had been taught by Parham in lecture at his Bible
School. While Brother Seymour a mere student message
struck like wild fire, Brother Parham’s tepid success
rate was a lot more what we see like today.
What was different?
Sanctified vessels – people that had spent hours
if not months between the porch and the altar. Confessing
their sins and giving up all worldliness and fleshly desires
to walk with God. On top of that they weren’t doing it
to get blessed.
Historically the wheels fell off the
Pentecostal movement within 20 years of Azusa Street.
Pentecost then became known for people tarrying to receive
the Holy Ghost. People would kneel at the altar on in
a pew for days, weeks, months some tarried for years and
still many others never received. See in the old days
people sought God to live right, to be a better witness
and sought God for himself, but latter greedy selfish
people sought the baptism of the Spirit for a gift for
a ministry it was devalued so that it was all for self.
It was sought to be seen of men, and belong to that fraternal
church order. It was sought for one’s personal status.
Their motives were mixed. They were not at all like the
people that had received of the Lord in the early days
of Azusa Street.
You see the secret is that God give unto
you as you give unto him. Are you willing to give him
that which you hold more precious? Are you willing to
sell out all to know him. Some how I see an Image of a
father that has a little tree year old girl and she scribbles
on a piece of paper or find some leaf or twig in the yard
and coming in glowingly and gives it to her father and
says I love you daddy and I’m giving you this present
– and what father wouldn’t receive anything the child
brought with great joy scoop that child up and tell her
that their present wasn’t the greatest thing in the world
and give them a big hug. But you if you have a teenager
and they do that hoping to get some love for the cute
factor. The father will be polite and accept it and they
may get a pat on the head of a peck on the cheek. But
if an adult does the same it is viewed as an insult, a
is viewed as a sign that one does not care or is just
All too many spend their lives giving
God their leftovers. Ugly out of style ill-fitting clothes
that a rummage couldn’t even give away. Canned food that
they the giver wouldn’t ever eat themselves. I can just
see some man proudly talking with his thumbs under his
lapel. “That’s the good thing about my God, throw him
an occasional bone and he’s happy. He never complains
no matter what we give him, it’s all the same to him. If this doesn’t make your skin crawl I have
nothing to say to you.
These rainless clouds volunteer only
as long as it doesn’t involve work, and they get maximum
exposure of being seen of men. In Prayer they give God
his three to five minutes during the day spread out throughout
the day, in what amounts to small gulps lasting no longer
than it takes a Catholic to pelt through a Hail Mary and
about as effective. In Church they do their worship, they perform
their sacrifice of praise and even lift their hands at
the right moments. Likewise
they give their offering and they probably get out a calculator
to figure it out to the exact penny of what ever percentage
or formula they use to come to the right amount. This
lifestyle this worship this relationship with God is what
is described in Revelation as neither being hot nor cold.
Recently God spoke this to me—the statue
in the book of Daniel is a picture of church revival.
Daniel Chapter 2:31-35
31 Thou, O king, sawest, and
behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness
was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof
was terrible. 32 This image's
head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver,
his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His
legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
34 Thou sawest till that a
stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image
upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them
to pieces. 35 Then was the
iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken
to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer
threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that
no place was found for them: and the stone that smote
the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole
The Gold are those who sought for the
revival in the first place their paid the price laying
between the porch and altar to turn the heart of God to
his people a church or a group in this process they repented,
confessed all that came up and over time their changes
moved from a realm of selfish desires to a greater vision,
a vision that included a love for God himself, for others
and for far reaching effects – these people had fallen
into the sanctification process.
So that when God rewarded them with an outpouring
they were best prepared to received and make use of it.
Then the next group comes the silver they are also hungry
for God. They know the value of an outpouring They more
than likely have a solid life of prayer and studying the
word of God – so why are they any different? Those in
this group that in times past received sanctification
but when you take what God did 5, 10, 20 years ago and
wrap it in a handkerchief keep that which is precious
safe it does not improve with age or keep well. Instead
becomes stale it no longer having that freshness about
it. And over time things creep in unawares. Another feature
of this group is that these are usually as those who are
not as far along in the process, because of that they
have given up less of themselves and God finds no fault
in that. It call also be said of these people that they
are those who have not reached crucial mass themselves
– some would call them hitchhikers on someone else’s revival.
Who owns revival God or men? Contrary to popular belief
God is also not in the habit using marksmanship techniques
to hit only those who are worthy. One day Mosses calls in 70 elders of Israel
to be anointed with the Spirit of prophecy God shoots
from on high and they start prophesying. Moments later
a young Israelite runs to Mosses and tells him something
awful is happening outside the camp – two unauthorized
men without the ordination of men are prophesying – Go
make them stop right this instant.
Mosses only smiles and says would to God that all
of God’s people were prophets.
So every level of revival decreases markedly
in value until we come to the clay. Adam was formed of
Earth or clay and God breathed into him the breath of
life. Clay speaks humanity – or lets say it another way
the flesh. So this revival in it lowest stages is borne
about by the flesh. – Fleshly deeds, the doctrines of
men, the traditions of men. Things are done for self-gratification
to be seen of men with wanton eyes of lusts etc. You get
the picture. And God really despises this in itself but
there more to this.
The pieces in themselves only pieces.
But when this beast is all put together exalting itself
to the heavens – it is an idol and God takes his rod and
destroys it. Grinding it to powder and it blows away like
Can we note this qualitative difference
between vessels anywhere in scripture?
I think we can.
20: 21-22 Then
said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father
hath sent me, even so send I you. And
when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith
unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
This particular passage has baffled Pentecostals
and given Baptists gleeful fodder allowing them to deny
the events in Acts 2:4 as the promise of the Spirit.
So we need to get a few of our facts
straight to at all understand what too place here
Jesus us 100% flesh
He was born because to Holy Spirit overshadowed her that
he might breath the breath of life into Mary’s egg.
The Holy Spirit took up offical residence in Christ and
it could not be shared until he was Glorified –aka seated
at the right hand of God.
So when Jesus
breathed upon the disciples and said receive ye the Holy
Ghost. What was going on? Did he breath on the disciples
as God? -- No
he could not. It would have wiped out our salvation and
made what he did unattainable.
Did he then
give them the Baptism of Fire and the Holy Spirit? No
he could not. He could not, because . . . the Holy Spirit had taken up its abode
in him and . . . Jeus had not yet been glorified.
them and he opened his mouth and the Holy Spirit breathed
life into their carnal minds and bodies and a work of
sanctification began and lasted for fifty days until Pentecost
and at that time most notably from amount the twelve three
were most prepared to be received and work in what had
been given Peter , James and John.
discernable seemed to happened because this wasn’t Pentecost
but a second definite work of grace. See if Christ was
the second and last Adam because of the Holy Spirit breathing
on Mary’s egg by the law of Mosses this experience could
not have been anything unique to Christ but also had to
be transferable to mere mortals like us and it is.
Next note how gigantically different
the now sanctified prepared vessel Peter Acts on Pentecost.
At Jesus arrest Peter flees, Peter denies him thrice.
After being with him for 3.5 years Peter understood
little or nothing of what Jesus was saying even after
Jesus was raised from the dead. On Pentecost Peter suddenly
speaks in tongues, Peter steps up to bat and preaches
by prophecy this sermon that brings 3000 to the Lord,
Peter then heals someone at gate beautiful with John.
Does he then flee? Does Peter deny the Lord? Does Peter
hide behind John? No Peter is a completely new man.
Was that because he received the Baptism
of the Spirit? This is actually not hard to judge when
reading Paul’s Epistles. In Paul’s Churches it appears
that a whole lot of unsanctified not sold out for God
people got the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and are doing
every kind of sin known to man and Paul is pretty put
out . He is unable to speak to them but as babes, he can
only give them milk and he says he has to keep repeating
basics and the first principals over and over again.
Look back again at Jerusalem and the
Church there 3000 get saved and it does not say that they
were immediately filled with the Holy Spirit some events
take place over an unspecified period of time. The people
get very afraid by some things that happen. Then God fills
them. Oddly enough we don’t read about the ruckus going
on in the Church at Jerusalem like the stuff that’s going
on in most of Paul’s Churches. Might Paul have been in
too much of a rush? Might Paul have been guilty of not
building a core group within each church that were fully
operating in the gifts and ministry that he speaks of
in 1st Corinthians? Buy Paul’s own account he says he’s
an imperfect vessel, like I suspect all the other Apostles.
What does this all mean to us I think
that after salvation there needs to be a little time given
to become more solid. In the Didache (The teaching of
the Apostles) the writer suggests that candidates for
water baptism should be made to fast for 2 –3 days, that
the Pastor that is baptizing these individuals should
also Baptize for 1-2 days, and those in
the Church that are able should also
do so also. It was suggested that in the Didache that the
candidate gets a more vital experience that way.
I would also like to further suggest
that if a person under those circumstances does not receive
the baptism of the Spirit, that the Church go into Jerusalem
mode. And provides for these candidates an adequate space
and time to let the Holy Ghost do a real work of sanctification.
Church in this hour is in crisis. The noxious stench of
the Idol the Church has built over the last 500 has reached
Gods nostrils and he intends to destroy it. No more is
God going to revive this rotting festering copse. He is
standing with his rod at the ready but has designated
a space of repentance signifying he is willing to put
it off for a generation or two or more.
I fear for the Church. I fear what this
really means. We are at a moment where a single stroke
could cast us into the great tribulation. I have seen
how it could happened and it seems that it is unstoppable
but for the hand of God.
The First great woe has struck Canada
has fallen. Canada is our sister and went awhoring
After socialism, sexual deviance, and
all that is against God. So God gave Canada up and over
and they have successfully banned the Bible. They have
made preaching about sin illegal, they equate these acts
with terrorism. Did I read some article no. I followed
this bill in a news group for some 6 – 9 months. Not knowing
Canadian Politics we thought it had to pas the house of
Lords and be signed by the Prime Minister. Not so one
June first an evangelist came to a church I attended she
had just been in Toronto for a revival meeting. At the
border going in she was interrogated for 45 minutes as
to where she was going what she was going to preach all
that she said was documented. She said what is this about
and they said the law passed. The Bible was banned. She
could not speak against sexual orientation or any other
deviancy. She could not speak about sin in a negative
way. She was sternly warned and barely let in the
This law will first be used to purge
the governments of all moral men and women. A cry will
rise have you read the Bible, Do you believe in God,
Have you attended Church and if it can be proven
they will be forced into resignation.
A few days ago the Anglican Church capitulated
and announced they will sanctify gay ministers and gay
couples. Soon Dozens of other harlots that have masked
their true inner rottenness will Join them and then will
be fulfilled before your eyes in that day shall seven
virgins lay hold onto the garments of one and say only
let us be called by your name so we can legally operate
– and take up offerings. We have our own raiment –(buildings
and infrastructure) and we have our own food – the money
America is next this is like the 10 tribes
of Israel going into captivity, and then later Judah for
instead of repenting and being reviled the opposite happened they became jealous
and plated the harlot and were sent into cruel bondage
The watchmen should be crying out on
the walls but the watchmen are drunk with the love of
the things of this world so they cannot. The shepherds
should cry out but they are too busy fleecing their flocks
and feeding themselves so they cannot. The teachers should
cry out but they are blind and so filled with the traditions
of men and the doctrines of men they cannot. The Prophets
cannot for they prophesy only smooth things and lying
visions and lying dreams, the apostles can not for they
spend all their energies building material kingdoms for
themselves and making a name for themselves. So who is
left the cry out an alarm in the land that the waster
is at the door – lone voices out in the wilderness, men
and women of no reputation. I fear for the church. I fear
for God’s people.