Once Saved, Always Saved

Once Saved, Always Saved

Thinking back to my childhood, the first ever thought that I remember having about GOD was not of HIS love, but of HIS wrath. If I had to be honest, I would have to confess that the first time I gave my heart to the LORD it was not because I loved HIM. It was because I feared HIM, or rather feared what my end would be if I didn’t believe in HIM… which was to send me to hell.

 

This notion made me afraid of GOD. It really did. While I was still growing in my knowledge of GOD and struggling with works of the flesh, I would always fear being hit by a car, or whatever sudden calamity would befall me, dying and going to hell. Every day was a struggle within myself. What if I died now, would I be saved, would I go to heaven?

 

Thank GOD that I was taught about the completed work of our FATHER, which HE did through Jesus Christ on the cross.

 

In order to gain a better understanding, let us start at the beginning. What exactly happened when Adam fell into sin?

 

GOD created man in HIS image and likeness so that mankind may rule and reign on earth as GOD would. Adam and Eve were in a position of righteousness. They fell into sin and were no longer in the state of righteousness; they were in the state of sin. Subsequently every child born from there on forward would be born in sin, although that child did not commit any sin. Why is this? Because sin is not something you do, it is something you are. You are either in the position of sin or you are in the position of righteousness.

 

Let us look at the words of Jesus Christ where he explains this to us.

John 16:8-9 (NKJV)

And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me.

 

Jesus Christ teaches us that the Spirit will convict us of sin (singular), not sins (plural). Then he explains what this sin (singular) is. It is the act of not believing, showing once again that there are only two positions: a position of righteousness and a position of sin. He is not talking about your carnal sins, which involve the works of the flesh, but of sin, which is the state you are in before you are born into righteousness.

 

Please look at the definition of ‘sin’; it is the Greek word hamartia, and, in this passage of scripture, it is a noun, not a verb. It is not something you do, it is something you are. Please also note that the Spirit will convict the world of sin, not those who are born again, because they have already been moved over from the state of sin to the state of righteousness. Believers are in the world but not of the world anymore. We have been taught that the Spirit convicts us of sin (the believers), which is not what Scripture teaches us.

 

The cross of Jesus Christ made it possible to cross over from the position of darkness (sin) to the position of light (righteousness).

Colossians 1:12-14

Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

 

How do we become the righteousness of GOD, you may ask?

Romans 10:9

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

When you believe in the work of the cross, the following happens: GOD forgives your sins, HE saves you and you are born again from HIM, a birth into the position of righteousness. At the very moment you believe and confess (confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, not confess your sins) you are moved from the position of sin to the position of righteousness. GOD is the one who moves you, because you are born from HIM. HE is the one that takes you out and puts you in.

2 Corinthians 5:21

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

The above illustration is what happens when you confess as per Romans 10:9. You pass over. Jesus became sin so that you can become the righteousness – not so that you may do righteousness but that you may become righteousness.

 

Please look at the definition of the word ‘righteousness’. It is the Greek word dikaiosune which in this passage of scripture is also a noun. Again, this is not something you do, it is something you are. You become righteousness.

 

What did you do to become sin? Nothing. Adam sinned and we all fell short of the glory of GOD. From Adam, sin was birthed.

What did you do to become the righteousness of GOD? Nothing. Jesus Christ did the work and we simply needed to believe. Due to the work of Jesus Christ, we are born from GOD, which is righteousness in ITSELF.

 

Romans 5:18

Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

 

GOD is the one who put you in the position of righteousness and there is nothing you can do to remove yourself out of that position, as it was not your work that did the placing in the first place.

 

GOD saves by way of us being born again, not by forgiving our sins.

 

Let us look at the natural type of the lamb, in the Old Testament. Once a sacrifice was made for sin on behalf of an individual, it would cover that person for the year to come. Whatever sin they committed in that year, it would already be forgiven (like a prepaid account). It was not committed in hindsight for sins done in the past, but in foresight for sins that would still be committed.

 

 

This is the work of the cross, it removed your sin completely, even the sins (works of the flesh) that have not been committed yet. The cross did not only change your position of sin, but also forgave the works of the flesh. FOREVER.

Hebrews 10:14

For by one offering He has perfected FOREVER those who are being sanctified.

 

Our first step into the faith is the forgiveness of sin. If we do not believe that this work has been completed, we will never trust GOD for anything else. We would never be able to move to step two of our faith. If GOD says, then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more (Heb 10:17) and this work has not been completed, how would we be able to trust GOD for all the other promises HE made? If the first step is not completed, we will never move to the next step. This is where the church finds itself even after two thousand years, still at the cross; and they miss the purpose of the cross. Because we do not believe we are ‘once saved, always saved’, we stay at the cross, asking for forgiveness for something GOD already accomplished two thousand years ago through the work of Jesus Christ. This work is eternal. Why are we still doubting this? Because of this the church is not growing up to maturity.

Hebrews 5:9

And having been perfected, He became the author of ETERNAL SALVATION to all who obey Him.

 

Do you remember what Adam did when he sinned? He hid himself from GOD. This is what sin consciousness will do to us. If we do not believe this work is complete we will constantly be sin conscious and hide ourselves from GOD.

 

We know GOD cannot be in the presence of sin. Therefore in the Old Testament, the high priest had to be purified of sin before entering the Holy of Holies. If there was sin in his life he would be struck dead when entering the Holy of Holies. Scripture teaches us that GOD does not live in temples built with hands any more (Acts 17:24) but that our bodies are now the temples in which GOD lives (1 Cor 6:19). If sin (the position) was present in our lives whilst GOD was living in us, we would fall dead on the spot.

 

Although we still have works of the flesh, we are not sinners any more. You cannot be a sinner and a Child of GOD.

 

Consider the following question. How many times did you give your heart to the LORD? Once… twice… ten, twenty times? Maybe More? This makes the work of the cross null and void, as if it never happened. You can only give your heart to the LORD once! From thereon forward you are a Child of GOD; you have been born again. You are never again known as a sinner.

 

You may ask, “Are you telling me that I can never be lost again after I confess the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted his sacrifice for my position of sin? Are you telling me that there is nothing I can do to not be the righteousness of GOD anymore? Are you telling me that even if I curse GOD that I will still be HIS righteousness?” This is exactly what we are saying.

 

Let us look at the following example.

 

A husband and a wife have a beautiful child whose name is John. Let us call them Joseph and Mary. John grows up and says to his father Joseph: “I hate you, I do not love you anymore, I want nothing to do with you, you are not my father anymore”. John moves overseas, changes his last name, changes his first name, changes his eye colour, dyes his hair…

Is John still the child of Joseph and Mary? Yes, because John was born from Joseph and Mary and there is nothing that John can do to change that. He will forever be the child of Joseph and Mary.

 

This is what happens when we are saved. We are born again from GOD. There is nothing you can do to change that. You are born from GOD and HE will forever be your FATHER.

 

1 John 3:9

Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

 

You will never be placed in the position of sin again because you were born of GOD the day you accepted the sacrifice. You will be a Child of GOD forever. This is the completed work of the cross.

 

Does this mean you do not need to ask for forgiveness of your sins at the end of the day? Yes, it is exactly what this means. You cannot ask GOD to forgive your sins, because HE already has.

 

Do we still repent when we have works of the flesh, however? We most certainly do, but not so that GOD can forgive our sins, for this HE already did, but because we have a relationship with our FATHER and we have a responsibility to represent HIM. So, if I miss the mark with my works of the flesh I will speak to my FATHER and tell HIM I have remorse for what I did wrong, that I am sorry for not representing HIM accurately, that I repent of my works that did not reflect HIS Kingdom and HIS righteousness.

 

Does this mean we can do whatever we like? Most certainly not. We can never use our freedom as an excuse to do what we want.

1 Peter 2:16

As free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.

 

It would certainly not be the first time for the above question to come up. When Paul ministered the completed work of the cross, the people had the same reasoning, that they could do whatever they wanted. The answer is, No!

 

Romans 6:1-2

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

 

We are dead and the lives we live we live for HIM. We were not put on this earth to be saved but to represent GOD. To be HIS image and likeness, to rule and reign, to tend and to keep. Earth should reflect heaven; this is done when we represent GOD accurately. We died with Jesus on the cross when we accepted the sacrifice, but more than that, we should be raised with Jesus Christ. If we do whatever we like we have not risen and we are still dead to the plan of GOD. The Kingdom will never be seen in our lives.

 

1 Peter 4:1-3

Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles–when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.

1 Corinthians 10:23

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.

 

Sometimes we are naughty Children of GOD, but we are still HIS Children. We will always be HIS offspring but sometimes we do not look like HIS offspring. This is sad. For the righteousness of GOD should look like the righteousness of GOD, in word and in action. We may think that this message will make us more likely to ‘sin’, to do the works of the flesh. We may think that this is a license to sin. But Paul teaches us differently.

Romans 5:17

For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

 

This message will not make us want to sin more, it empowers us to reign as we should.

John 10:28-29

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

 

No one can snatch you out of the FATHER’s hand, not even yourself.

 

But what about 1 John 1?

1 John 1:5-10

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

 

We should understand a bit of context when we read 1 John. John wrote this book for the Gnostics. The Gnostics claimed that a truly enlightened man would have a superior spiritual knowledge and this knowledge would bring them to the state of light, the state of righteousness. In fact, the word “gnosis” means “to know”. Gnosticism did not deal with sin, as they believed that sin was in the body and they were spirit, thus there was no need for a sacrifice, for their spirit was not sinful. They did not believe in sin, but rather in ignorance.

 

This is what John is talking about. He is telling the Gnostics that if you think you are in the light without going through the sacrifice you are lying and fooling yourself. You need to recognise and confess your position of sin; this you do ONCE. He teaches them that if they say that they were not in the position of sin and thus not needing the sacrifice, then they make GOD and Jesus Christ out to be liars.

 

But what about Heb 10:26?

Hebrews 10:26-27

For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

 

Remember what the function of the Spirit is. To convict the world that they are in a position of sin. Once the Spirit has convicted you and you become aware that the only way to be saved is to accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and to be reborn as a Child of GOD, and you do not accept this sacrifice and stay in that position of sin, you are in trouble. For there is no other sacrifice. If you have received the knowledge, but do not want to accept it, there remains no other sacrifice for you. The only way is through the completed work that GOD did through Jesus Christ.

 

Measuring Fruit

Measuring Fruit

When measuring the fruit of Christ in Me International, people tend to look at the dividing factor and not the implementing factor. Thus, some people wrongly conclude that Christ in Me International bears bad fruit.

To further explain, let us look at the following narratives taken from the Does Christ in Me International break up families and marriages  article.

 

Story 1

Once upon a time, there was a happily married agnostic couple with three small children. One day, they sat and watched a religious program about Jesus Christ, which stated that if you believe in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, you would also become a Son of GOD. One parent believed this and became a devoted believer, the other parent stayed an agnostic. Due to their different views, they divorced.

Who was responsible for the divorce?

  1. Was it the parent who became a believer, because (s)he believed and subsequently changed?
  2. Was it the parent who did not change, because (s)he would not believe in what Jesus Christ did for him or her?
  3. Was it the Christian Organisation that produced the program?
  4. Was it GOD, because HE sent HIS firstborn Son to the cross so that many may pass over into the promise of Sonship?

 

Story 2

Once upon a time, there was a family. They were devoted Muslim believers. One day, a family member read an article about Jesus Christ, which stated that if you believe in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, you would also become a Son of GOD. The family member believed this and become a Christian, but due to fundamental differences in belief, this person ultimately lost contact with his family.

Who was responsible for the breakup of the family?

  1. Was it the Christian family member, because he chose to leave the Muslim faith?
  2. Was it the Family, because they chose to stay true to their faith?
  3. Was it the Christian Organisation that wrote the article?
  4. Was it the Christian publishing house responsible for the magazine?
  5. Was it GOD because HE sent HIS firstborn Son to the cross so that many may pass over into the promise of Sonship?”

 

From the two narratives, the answer is simple. It is GOD’s Word that brings separation! The reasonable conclusion would then be that GOD bears bad fruit. When HIS Word brings separation and ultimately breaks up marriages and families, it causes much pain and contention, which is considered a bad fruit according to Galatians 5. Or, perhaps this is the incorrect conclusion, in other words, maybe the way in which we measure fruit is incorrect? We all know GOD is good, even Jesus himself said that only GOD is good.

 

Mark 10:18 (NKJV)

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

 

So how then are we supposed to measure fruit? The principle is plain and simple, you look at the tree. Different types of TREES produce different types of fruit. For example: an apple tree produces apples, or spiritually speaking, a person that believes he/she is a sinner (type of tree) will produce sin/not reflecting the Kingdom of GOD (fruit of the tree). A person who believes he/she is the offspring of GOD/Godkind (type of tree) will produce and manifest Kingdom on earth (fruit), as it is in Heaven.

 

Matthew 7:17-21

Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

 

GOD’s Word divides people. HIS Word is the dividing factor. When you apply GOD’s instruction and ways you will change from a ‘Sinner tree’ to a ‘Godkind tree’. The fruit will only then testify of the tree that you have become. Good trees reflect the Kingdom of GOD, as in heaven so on earth. The focus is on the “Kingdom” part. This is GOD’s way. Heaven IS a Kingdom. Bad trees reflect everything but a Kingdom – this includes a democracy mentality with many opinions, because Heaven is not a democracy. Heaven is not run by different opinions and a voting system, therefore the Church of GOD on earth should also not be run by different opinions and a voting system.

 

When you measure a church’s fruit you look at its people (trees) over a period of time. Are they doing the will of GOD by manifesting the Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven? Does everybody have only one opinion, the opinion of GOD? Are these people laying down their lives and taking up their new lives in Christ as ‘one-minded’ people?

 

Philippians 2:1-2

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

 

Kingdom trees produce: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, as described in Galatians 5:22-23, because when people show these characteristics they are ‘one-minded’.

Democracy trees produce: idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies et cetera because different views produce ‘non-Kingdom-minded’ fruit.

 

All works of the flesh are linked to people having different opinions and therefore a different system to that of the Kingdom-of-Heaven ‘one-mindedness’. Different opinions are working against the Kingdom of GOD and are prolonging the coming of the LORD.

 

When you measure Christ in Me International, measure whether we implement and live for the Kingdom of GOD, where you will find good fruit. Yes, some marriages failed, and some families broke up because some chose to stay, and others chose to leave. This is the dividing factor of GOD, not the fruit. To measure the fruit, you need to come and get to know the people of Christ in Me International and experience the Kingdom of GOD.

 

GOD has a RESTORATION PLAN

GOD has a RESTORATION PLAN

GOD has only ONE dream:

HE wants to fill the earth with HIS glory (HIS view, judgement and opinion).

GOD has only ONE plan to achieve this dream:

HE has chosen mankind to be ‘IN CHRIST’ (the second Adam specie*).

GOD has only ONE strategy of enforcing this PLAN to achieve HIS dream:

The gospel of the GLORY of Christ (the second Adam specie*), who is the image of GOD, the Sons of Glory.

Psalms 24:1 (NKJV)

A Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.

GOD is not mysterious, but understandable; HIS ways are not a secret but were hidden until the right time.

GOD’s ways are not random; HE works with straightforward mathematics.

In Genesis, GOD started off with Adam and Eve, who were supposed to multiply whilst in the image of GOD. But they lost that image of GOD. Since that day, everything GOD did was done with the express purpose of implementing a recovery plan to return mankind to that which Adam and Eve lost – GOD and HIS creation in harmony, on earth (not in Heaven). This is GOD’s only desire.

 

Jesus Christ was part of that recovery plan. Whatever Jesus Christ did (as he only did what the FATHER told him to do) would further this recovery plan – to restore the earth to its original state, and mankind to GOD’s image. GOD would not give Jesus Christ or any of his prophets, servants or Sons any other instruction than to play their part in restoring the earth to its intended purpose, and mankind to HIS image. This is what GOD is busy with.

 

This is the mathematics of GOD.

Jesus Christ’s purpose is NOT to take you to heaven; it is mathematically incorrect! It does not add up (mathematically speaking) because that would mean that GOD abandoned HIS original plan with the earth and essentially abandoned the earth, which is unscriptural.

GOD’s equations always point to the same answer – HIS Kingdom on earth, as in Heaven; restoring the fallen state to a restored Kingdom state. We find ourselves in the fallen earth (old) and we, as Sons of GOD, are restoring the old to the new.

We now realise that the cross was only necessary because Adam and Eve fell. Jesus Christ’s work on the cross was not part of the original ‘playbook’, so to speak, it was only put in place afterwards to recover that which Adam lost or, as the word of GOD puts it:

2 Corinthians 5:18

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

 

If Adam and Eve did not fall then reconciliation would not have been necessary!

Are you starting to see the simple mathematics that GOD put in place for us to understand what HE is busy with?

The earth is a “work in progress” from a fallen state to a Heavenly state (the earth must reflect Heaven), that which Adam and Eve experienced in the beginning. The workers of this project are the Sons of GOD, those who only do what they see the FATHER do because that is the ONLY thing GOD is busy with.

When we look at the works of Jesus Christ, we are in fact looking at the works of GOD. Therefore, at that point in time when Jesus was being crucified, GOD was paying the price together with HIS Lamb, to reconcile mankind to HIMSELF through Jesus Christ. So, Jesus Christ fulfilled his mandate as a worker on the “project” two thousand years ago. He did what GOD asked him to do, reflecting what GOD was doing. The other workers NOW need to continue from where Jesus left the “site” (earth – a work in progress) so to speak because only a Son can reflect what GOD is busy with and the project needs to be finished.

It is very important to understand this equation, for you will need this CALCULATION when you continue to the Doctrines.

The Doctrines are the MATHEMATICAL PROOF of this statement.

This means that every single doctrine or principle that GOD revealed to us, is a mathematical sum that gives an answer. Each answer forms part of a greater equation.

And this greater equation only gives one answer: GOD IS FILLING THE EARTH WITH HIS GLORY (Num 14:21).

You will soon realise that although random Christian principles may sound justifiable standing alone (the trinity doctrine, for instance, or the belief that the plan of GOD is to take us to Heaven) they do not work together to give the answer of: GOD IS FILLING THE EARTH WITH HIS GLORY.

 

* The newly coined word ‘specie’ (derived from ‘species’) is used to emphasise the fact that there can be only ONE kind or sort (no variation).

 

One GOD

One GOD

We all grew up with the trinity doctrine that there is a ‘GOD the Father’, ‘GOD the Son’ and ‘GOD the Spirit’.

 

I could never quite grasp the concept of three-beings-in-one as one GOD. It also left me confused as to whom I should pray… Should I pray to the Holy Spirit to help me out of a situation, or to the Son to forgive my trespasses, and what should I pray to the Father, if at all? I asked these questions but was made to understand that it was not right to ask them and was told that I was rebellious because of these questions. The Scripture teaches us that no one can serve two masters (Matt 6:24), as he would automatically give more glory to the one than the other. I can testify to this… At times I gave more glory to the Son, although he said that no servant (referring to himself) was greater than his Master. Jesus Christ also said that a kingdom divided against itself will not stand. I interpreted that a kingdom could not be divided or have more than one Head, yet we divided GOD? Today, the church is divided because we divided GOD, thereby depriving GOD of power, as in unity lies strength.

 

This subject is probably one of the most sensitive subjects to discuss because the doctrine of the Triune God is the generally accepted doctrine amongst Christian denominations.

 

Whenever one would differ from the teaching of a Triune God one would immediately be classified with religions like Islam, Buddhism and Judaism – religions that do not believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of GOD, therefore not accepting him as the only sacrifice for sin.

 

On the other hand, when you do believe in Jesus Christ as the only sacrifice for sin and that he was born of a virgin and that he is the anointed Son of GOD, although not ‘GOD the son’, you are easily classified as a cult or a sect.

 

With this study, our aim is to not dig too deep into this doctrine theologically, because many theologians even disagree on this matter.

 

Ever since the Roman Catholic Council of Nicaea accepted a Triune God doctrine, by means of a vote, many Biblical translations and written works have been done from a Triune perspective. However, when we look at the studies and works of many theologians who lived in the years 120-325 AD (before the Council of Nicaea) we clearly see that many of them did not believe in a Trinity doctrine and differed with one another on several aspects.

 

Looking at what Jesus Christ and the Apostles taught in the Bible we cannot find such a doctrine, but rather the opposite (almost on every page of the New Testament).

 

In Christ in Me International we do not believe as the mainstream teaches. We believe in the one true GOD – the FATHER of Jesus Christ our Lord. You may ask, what about the Holy Spirit then? Well GOD is SPIRIT (John 4:24) and HE is holy. HE is not a SPIRIT with a Spirit. HE IS SPIRIT.

 

GOD expresses HIMSELF in diverse ways and sadly, because of some of these expressions, different identities have been attributed to GOD than that which is the one absolute truth. Here are a few simple examples:

 

There are various scriptures in the Bible that indicate and explain the Person of GOD, HIS identity and who HE is.

  1. GOD is Word (John 1:1)
  2. GOD is Spirit (John 4:24)
  3. GOD is Father (1 Cor 15:24)

 

From the above, we used to conclude that GOD was three. But the scripture also says:

 

  1. GOD is Light (1 John 1:5)
  2. GOD is Love (1 John 4:8)

 

According to this, there is already a five-in-one GOD?

 

  1. GOD is Judge (Ps 75:7)
  2. GOD is a consuming fire (Heb 12:29)
  3. GOD is King (Ps 47:7)
  4. GOD is sun and shield (Ps 84:11)
  5. GOD is Creator (Isa 40:28, Isa 43:15, Rom 1:25-27)

 

Is there now a ten-in-one GOD?

 

We misinterpreted the diverse ways that GOD expresses HIMSELF – to illustrate HIS fullness of functions – and we made it HIS identity. Thus, GOD became so divided, just naming a few make HIM at least a ten-in-one GOD. We combined and confused GOD’s Person with HIS functions.

 

Let us look at a familiar example in the natural. A man may have a wife and a son, making him a husband and a father (and since he was also born from a mother and a father, he is also a son). This, however, does not make him three individuals because of his different functions.

 

Scripture teaches us that the most important commandment is this: “Hear, O Israel, The LORD our God, the LORD is one (Mark 12:29 NKJV). This is quoted by Jesus from Deuteronomy 6:4.

 

Why do we divide GOD into three Beings or Persons when there are so many scriptures stating that GOD is one? The more we divide GOD the more we allow ourselves (even as the church) to be divided and to make allowance for differing from others under the pretence that GOD is divided (thus many denominations worldwide instead of one church). The common assumption is that we are ‘allowed to’ differ in opinion from one another because GOD (as three) differed from one another – for example, Jesus (the Son) praying against the will of his FATHER in Gethsemane. Was GOD then divided in HIMSELF? NO, because GOD is only one

 

Scripture also states that GOD cannot be tempted by evil, yet Jesus was tempted by the devil. Scripture is clear that there is only one GOD and FATHER of us all; there also should only be one church, one calling, one Spirit, one faith and one baptism (Eph 4:4-6). As Christians we seem to think that it is acceptable to differentiate between different church denominations; we may see these “one’s” Paul is referring to as “diverse” because GOD is “diverse”. It is commonly accepted to look from different angles at the same GOD, and still hit the mark. By accepting and allowing this, we are dividing GOD, going up against HIS most important commandment.

 

Let’s look at the general way this doctrine is explained.

 

 

This picture makes it very clear that both the FATHER and the Son, as well as the Holy Spirit are GOD, yet that the FATHER is not the Son and the Son is not the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is not the FATHER.

 

With this in mind, it immediately causes a great confusion when just looking at the following two scriptures:

 

Luke 3:22

And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

 

John 14:10-11

10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

 

Thus, according to Trinity doctrine, Luke 3:22 says that ‘God the Son’ receives ‘God the Holy Spirit’ but according to John 14:10 it is ‘God the Father’ who lives in the Son, but God is not the Spirit?

 

There are no scriptures in the Bible that refer to a Trinity. The word “Trinity” does not even appear in the Bible. There are only two scriptures in the Bible that might seem to refer to a Trinity until you look at it without the ‘glasses of a Triune doctrine’.

 

Matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Take note: It does not say “make disciples in our name”. It also does not say “make disciples in the name of the Father and in the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Spirit”, referring to “three Gods”. Furthermore, it also does not say “baptize them in the names (plural) of …“

 

Here it clearly refers to one name. “Name” refers to “authority and character” in the Greek language. Let us look at the following example, there could be thousands of employees working at Sanlam but when one of them wants to sell a policy to anyone, he comes in the name of Sanlam – the authority of Sanlam, one name and one authority. Similarly, when a traffic cop pulls me off the road, he does so in the name of the government, with that authority.

 

The other scripture that seems to point to a possible Trinity doctrine is…

1 John 5:7

7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

 

Notice the two expressions used here… “are one” and “agree as one”. “Are one” means it is the same thing, whereas “agree as one” means that there are three different things that speak of the same thing. The Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit is one being… GOD HIMSELF.

 

‘But the Word is Jesus Christ’ you may say. This is not what Scripture teaches us. The Word is GOD and it lived in Jesus Christ first.

 

The two general ‘go to’ scriptures that are used to try and ‘prove’ that Jesus is GOD, are John 1 verses 1 and 14.

 

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

It is very important to understand that the word ‘Word’ in John 1 is the word logos (G3056) which is definitely not the word ‘Jesus’ translating to Iēsous/ Ἰησοῦς (G2424), meaning “Jehovah is salvation” according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon.

 

John 1:1, 14 (NKJV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, G3056 and the Word G3056 was with God, and the Word G3056 was God.

14 And the Word G3056 became flesh and dwelt among [also translated as “in”] us, and we beheld His glory, [the Word’s glory, GOD’s glory] the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

This word “logos” is the same Word that we are born again from.

 

1 Peter 1:23

23 Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word G3056 of God which lives and abides forever.

 

What about the virgin birth (thus supernatural conception) of Jesus?

 

The fact that Jesus, as son of man, was supernaturally born from Mary’s womb is not a valid argument with which to try and prove his divinity. Adam and Eve were also created supernaturally, even more supernaturally than Jesus. In Jesus’ case, he was at least born from the womb of a woman. Adam was created from the dust of the earth and Eve from Adam’s rib bone – and that did not make them GOD.

 

Even the prophecy over Jesus’ life in Isaiah 7:14 (that Jesus would be born of a virgin and would be called Immanuel, ‘GOD with us’), has no reference to Jesus being GOD. Jesus as Jesus Christ would eventually become the first man in whom GOD’s SPIRIT would dwell and through whom GOD would reveal HIMSELF in the earth. As was the case with Jesus Christ, each of us that is born of the SPIRIT of GOD can now also be called Immanuel, GOD with us.

 

The reference in Isaiah 9:5 that Jesus will be called: “Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace” also does not indicate that he is GOD.

 

Remember, Trinitarians teach that the Son is not the FATHER and the FATHER is not the Son, but Isaiah 9:5 says that Jesus would also be called the Everlasting FATHER… These are ‘spirit terms or functions’ that prophesied on what Jesus Christ would be called because of the indwelling of GOD’s SPIRIT after his baptism. It also applies to all of GOD’s Sons who would follow.

 

GOD is SPIRIT (John 4:24), HE does not have a Spirit, HE is SPIRIT… the Holy SPIRIT.

 

The moment when GOD’s SPIRIT becomes one with your spirit, is the moment when you are born again, and GOD becomes your FATHER and you become a Son of GOD because of HIS SPIRIT that is now joined with yours. As Jesus Christ was born of GOD, so every reborn Child of GOD is also born of GOD.

 

GOD is very clear when HE refers to Jesus Christ in the Bible – HE refers to him as HIS beloved Son. HE never introduced Jesus to us as GOD or a ‘co-God’. Jesus Christ also never introduced himself to us as GOD or ‘GOD the Son’. Jesus always referred to GOD as his FATHER.

 

If by any chance it might have been true that Jesus Christ was GOD, one would think that GOD (or Jesus himself then) would have introduced himself to us in that way. This is not the case. To try and prove that Jesus is GOD, one needs to drastically distort the Scriptures and form unmotivated linguistic arguments.

 

The question still remains, why would GOD withhold such a great and important truth from us, if indeed it was the case?

 

Christ in Me International teaches that:

  1. GOD is not a Triune GOD
  2. that Jesus is not GOD
  3. and that “in my name” means “in my authority”

 

…all of which were official views of many of the early church historians.

 

Please consider the following statements:

 

  • Jesus never referred to himself as GOD, but to reiterate, he always called GOD his FATHER.
  • There are more than forty scriptures in the Bible where Jesus Christ refers to GOD as his FATHER, but no scripture wherein he refers to himself as GOD.
  • There is also no reference to him as ‘GOD the Son’, by himself or by any of the apostles.
  • Jesus Christ teaches us that GOD is one GOD – our FATHER.
  • Although Luke 3:22 says that the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form upon Jesus Christ, Jesus never refers to it as the Holy Spirit dwelling in him but always as the FATHER abiding in him.

 

John 14:10-11

10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me…

 

It has never been the mind of the Apostles that Jesus Christ is GOD. They always referred to GOD being the FATHER of Jesus Christ (Rom 15:5-6, 1 Cor 8:6, 2 Cor 1:2-3, 2 Cor 11:31, Eph 1:3, Col 1:3, 1 Pet 1:3).

 

Jesus Christ, therefore, does not teach us that the Holy Spirit is another God living inside him, but rather that it is the One True GOD – GOD who is SPIRIT (John 4:24), who is also his FATHER – who lives in him.

 

Please also see the following very simply stated arguments:

 

  1. Jesus prayed. Does GOD pray? If so, to whom would GOD pray? And why would Jesus need to pray if he was GOD?
  2. Jesus prayed to the FATHER, he did not worship himself.
  3. Jesus died on the cross (GOD cannot die).
  4. Jesus did the will of his FATHER, not his own will.
  5. Before he received the SPIRIT at his baptism, Jesus never did any miracles, nor did he tell any parables, according to the Bible. He only started with this from the day he received the SPIRIT of GOD. From there only, being anointed by GOD, he was able to do all things through Christ who strengthened him (Acts 10:36-38).
  6. If Jesus is GOD, then I am also GOD. Romans 8:29 says that Jesus was the firstborn of many sons to come. GOD is definitely not my brother; HE is my FATHER. Everyone who is born again (Jesus included), is born of the same Seed/Word/Logos (1 Pet 1:23).
  7. GOD says in Genesis 1:26 that man must reign on the earth. GOD will go against HIS own Word if Jesus is GOD on earth, for man was appointed to reign on earth.
  8. No one born from a woman was greater than John the Baptist. “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matt. 11:11). This included Jesus, for he himself was also born from a woman as a son of man.
  9. When Satan tempted Jesus, Jesus did not say to him that he (Satan) should worship him (Jesus). Jesus said to him: “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve’ “ (Matt 4:10).
  10. GOD is not a man nor a son of man. “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Num. 23:19). (Also see 1 Sam 15:29, Hos 11:9.)
  11. Jesus needed to learn obedience, he needed to grow to perfection and was called by GOD as High Priest… He was not born that way. 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek” (Heb 5:8-10).
  12. If Jesus was GOD, then why was he given commandments from the FATHER? Why would GOD be giving commands to HIMSELF? 49 ”For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak” (John 12:49-50).
  13. Jesus never claimed the glory he possessed was his own but always acknowledged that he received it from the FATHER. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one (John 17:22). Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You (John 17:7).
  14. So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God (Mark 10:18). Take note, Jesus the son of man said this.
  15. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt 27:46). GOD cannot forsake HIMSELF?
  16. Jesus was made (not born) Lord and Christ by GOD. “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)
  17. Does GOD have a father? It may sound silly to ask something like this, but the answer is a definite ‘NO’, because GOD is the FATHER. Take note, Jesus had a FATHER… GOD.

 

In response to arguments about John 1:18 that Jesus is GOD, please consider the following clarification:

 

John 1:18

No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

No one has ever seen GOD, because GOD is SPIRIT and not flesh… which immediately makes the claim that Jesus was GOD null and void, since he was seen. Although the Bible says that GOD, in the time of Adam and Eve, dwelled in the garden and that they experienced HIM there, I assume that they never physically saw HIM. So also, was the case with Moses (and the other prophets), who still could not see GOD even though GOD spoke with him face to face, for GOD is SPIRIT and Moses was a fleshly man.

 

Jesus, the son of man, at the age of thirty was anointed by GOD at his baptism when the Holy SPIRIT descended on him and stayed on (in) him. (Acts 10: 36-38).

 

Here Jesus became the first, and in that time, the only Son of GOD on the earth, born from the Bosom/Word/Logos of GOD.

 

This indwelling of GOD‘s SPIRIT in Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the Word/Logos of GOD. This is where the Word/Logos of GOD, since the fall of Adam, became flesh again. From this “understanding“, from the Logos of GOD, from the same understanding of who and what GOD is –Jesus Christ started to reveal the FATHER in his actions and in his conduct.

 

Jesus was flesh and blood, born from the womb of the Virgin Mary, the forty-first generation (according to the genealogy register of Matthew 1). He, baby Jesus, was in the womb (bosom) of Mary and never in the bosom of the FATHER. (GOD is SPIRIT and Jesus is flesh.)

 

When Jesus at his baptism was anointed by GOD, when he was made Christ, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36) – he became the first, and at that time, the only Son of GOD on the earth, known as Jesus Christ, the forty-second generation (according to the genealogy register of Matthew 1).

 

A Son of GOD is someone whose spirit, like Jesus’ spirit, becomes one with GOD‘s SPIRIT, whom GOD anoints, who is made a Christ by GOD. No one without the SPIRIT of GOD can be a Son of GOD.

 

Jesus Christ was the first Son of GOD – the first of many Sons of GOD, brothers of Jesus Christ (Rom 8:29) in whom the Word of GOD would also become flesh… These are the revealed Sons of GOD (Rom 8:19) on whom creation eagerly awaits… Sons who are born from the bosom of the FATHER, who accurately declare and reveal HIM over all the earth, those in whom the Word/Logos of GOD become flesh.

 

Why is it important not to believe that Jesus is GOD?

 

For as long as the Church believes that Jesus is GOD, the Church will be without identity and will continue living as immature children without authority and therefore will remain unable to answer to our FATHER‘s dream – the earth to be filled with HIS glory.

 

Galatians 4:1

Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child [nepios], does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all.

 

The word ‘child’ in Greek is nēpios and means: “an infant, little child, a minor, not of age, untaught, unskilled”. Whereas a mature Son of GOD is someone who grows up under proper education (under tutors and governors) into his divine/heavenly identity. From this position and authority, he is able to manage his FATHER’s ‘business’, in other words, to bring GOD’s dream into fulfilment.

 

As long as Jesus is exalted in our minds as ‘GOD the Son’ and we do not come to know him as ‘the Son of GOD’, the first of many sons of GOD, we will spiritually remain children and never grow into mature Sons of GOD. This will prevent GOD’s dream from coming into fulfilment on the earth.

 

We need to understand that we are equal in value to our older brother Jesus Christ, but different in function. If Jesus remains ‘GOD’ in our minds he will always be ‘more’ valuable than us, he will always be GOD’s only Son in our minds and we will therefore always remain spiritually immature children (nepios) that differ nothing at all from those who are slaves. We will never be able to possess our inheritance and become lords of all.

 

 

Why many Sons?

Why many Sons?

At the beginning of the Bible, we see the purpose that GOD had with earth and with man. Firstly, HE created man in HIS image and HIS likeness and clothed him with GOD’s glory (Gen 1:26, Rom 3:23, later in the Bible GOD states that the whole earth must be filled with the glory of GOD (Num 14:21). GOD’s glory is His view, HIS judgement and HIS opinion. It is evident that GOD wants the whole earth to be filled with HIS image and HIS likeness.

 

After the fall of Adam, the only man who had the image and likeness of GOD, was Jesus Christ. It is important to understand that it was never supposed to be only Adam (before the fall), just as it was also never supposed to be only Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus Christ was the beginning of GOD’s restoration plan, which HE had in mind from the start – an earth filled with GOD’s image and likeness, not an earth filled with only one person bearing HIS image and likeness, who would take us to a better place one day.

 

The problem today is that Jesus Christ was put on this unreachable pedestal, where it was only him who could do the perfect will of GOD, where only he could be in the image and likeness of GOD. The longer this mindset is maintained, the more people make excuses for not being able to be the image and likeness of GOD. They reason that they can never be perfect because only Jesus Christ was perfect, and because of this belief GOD’s dream pays the price.

We, at Christ in Me International, believe in Jesus Christ, but we do not worship him as GOD but a the Son of GOD. This is very important to understand. When you believe in him, you believe in what he did for you, thus fulfilling his works in your life so that you can also be a Son of GOD, just like he was, your older brother. When you, however, worship Jesus as ‘GOD the Son’ it becomes impossible to be like him; besides, it is also unscriptural. Jesus Christ was sent to make you a Son of GOD, just as he was Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD. He was not sent, with all due respect, to drive the bus that takes us to Heaven. Jesus was sent to restore that which Adam lost. Jesus Christ was a ‘second Adam’. He was the origin of a specie*, just like Adam was.

 

Please understand this; there is always a Heaven and at the same time, an earth, and not only Heaven, or only earth. This means that whatever is going on in heaven should reflect on earth. Please also remember this; there will always be a heaven which will be made visible on this earth, as Jesus Christ confirms in his prayer in Matthew 6:10. This means that while you are on earth you should rule and reign as a Son “on earth, as it is in heaven”. It is pointless and downright heresy to believe and live your life with the expectation of going to a holiday destination called ‘heaven’ when you die.

 

Romans 8:19 beautifully states that everything that ever existed is waiting for the revealing of the Sons of GOD, not the Son (singular) but Sons (plural). Because a Son answers to the dream of GOD, as stated in Genesis, an earth filled with HIS glory…which reflects HIS image and likeness. Further on in the chapter, Paul explains what Son(s) he is referring too. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren (Rom 8:29 NKJV). Paul says that this “image” is the same image that Jesus Christ portrayed, that he was the first of these Sons (plural) and that we are destined to be that exact image.

 

Because of the work that GOD did through Jesus Christ, many of the fallen mankind will become Sons, exactly like Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 2:9-11 the writer states that Jesus Christ is not ashamed to call us his brothers because we are exactly like him when we carry that glory, because we carry the exact same Name that he carried. The name of the Father. A Son’s mandate is to represent the Father.

 

For us to understand this, we must understand that Jesus Christ had a natural and a Spiritual birth. Jesus was born without sin, supernaturally from the womb of Mary. Although he was born without sin, without the corruption of the fallen mankind, he was still born from flesh; it was still a natural birth, a natural body. On the other hand, Jesus had to be born again from heaven so that he might receive the SPIRIT of GOD to become a Spiritual man. Paul beautifully explains the concept of the natural and spiritual in 1 Corinthians 15:40-49. If we understand this, we will understand that the exact same process needs to happen to us. We were born from our earthly mother and father (in the natural), furthermore, we must be born again from our heavenly FATHER and mother (in the Spiritual). GOD never ever steps over the line; HE never crosses the spirit-flesh line. Flesh is always corruptible, meaning it grows old! GOD cannot grow old. GOD is always SPIRIT! Jesus’ body also grew older, but Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD is spirit and does not grow old. That spirit is also not male or female and does not have an age (Gal 3:28). When Scripture says, ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us’ (John 1:14), the true meaning becomes clear. The will of GOD ‘as it is in Heaven, so also on earth’ becomes visible through a fleshly body – the Spirit man (everlasting) inside the fleshly body (corruptible).

 

Thus, there is no difference between you and me and Jesus Christ, or rather, there should be no difference. He was our example of what the specie* should look like when they are born again.

 

1 Cor 15:45-49 states that Jesus Christ was the first heavenly man born from above and that we will bear the same image as the first heavenly man.

 

Paul addresses an important principle in Philippians 2:5-9, that we should have the same mind as Jesus Christ had and not count it robbery to be equal to GOD. Why would Paul say this? Because people think that they are making GOD less when they say that they are equal with GOD. Usually right about here, we want to shout “blasphemy!” But this is exactly why Paul teaches us this principle. Please understand that there is a difference between function and value. In Function, GOD is GOD and we will never be equal to HIS Function. But in value, we are HIS offspring. We are HIS kind, HIS type, HIS equal value. Let us look at a natural example for clearer understanding; when a lion gives birth, it gives birth to a baby lion, not a baby dolphin. It gives birth to the same value and kind as what it is (Gen 1:11). When we say ‘equal in value’ we say that what is birthed from GOD, is the Godkind. A human baby is considered just as valuable as his or her father or mother, no matter the fact that the baby is not contributing to society yet. If you murder a baby, you will receive the same punishment as when you murder a full grown human being, regardless of age or function. All humans are considered equal because they are the same species. In the same manner, when GOD is your FATHER you are the same in value. This is essential for the earth to be filled with the fullness of GOD. And no matter the things you do, you can never lose your specie* description. No matter how bad you think you are, you will always be the Godkind. If Jesus Christ was the first of many – and Philippians 2:5 states that we should have the same mind as the first of our kind – then this is exactly what we should believe and be. Christ in a seed(offspring) of GOD, and Jesus became the 1st one born from above, the seed of Christ.

 

1 John 4:17 states that as GOD is, so are we in this world. What GOD looks like is what Jesus Christ came and showed us. Now, each of us must show what GOD looks like.

 

Jesus Christ was the image and likeness of GOD two thousand years ago. Today, we should also be the image and likeness of GOD, so that every school, company and sports team, to name a few, may be filled with the invisible GOD through HIS visible Sons.

 

Unfortunately, incorrect teachings taught us that we are only Sheep (and as sheep we bleat). The opposite is true however, we are Lions, Sons of the MOST HIGH GOD and we must ROAR!

 

* The newly coined word ‘specie’ (derived from ‘species’) is used to emphasise the fact that there can be only ONE kind or sort (no variation).

 

How to make choices in life?

How to make choices in life?

We all boldly proclaim that we belong to GOD, that we live for HIM alone, that HE is our GOD and we are HIS Sons, that we do not live for ourselves anymore, but that GOD lives through us. But, do we ever take a moment to consider what this really means?

 

If this is true, then what we are actually saying is, that our body, our thoughts, our voice, our dreams and aspirations, our ‘everything’ belongs to GOD. GOD is the owner of our lives and we are only the managers. It means that only GOD can make decisions when it comes to our lives as it is HIS ‘life’ now. Yes, maybe fewer people would be Christians today had they heard this truth and not only the ‘Hell and Heaven’ message. To belong to GOD is serious business, definitely not for the faint-hearted.

 

So how does this process work? How do we make sure we are in the will of GOD? Through HIS word – which is GOD’s thoughts, HIS actions and HIS judgement over a given situation or matter. When we pray about a specific matter, we do not merely pray and hope for the best. No, we pray and wait for an answer from GOD as to what HIS word is concerning this matter in our lives (which is HIS property now).

 

So, do we need permission from GOD before we do anything? Let Jesus’ words in John 5 from verse 19 answer this question. A Son can do nothing of himself. A Son only does what he sees the FATHER doing. A Son only speaks what the FATHER speaks. He only judges as the FATHER judges.

 

If you want to be a good steward that GOD can trust with HIS whole kingdom then you only move when you have a word from GOD, when you have HIS permission – not Christ in Me International’s permission.

 

Let us look at an example very familiar to us all.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says that our body belongs to GOD. So, who should give the word, or the ‘permission’, when we want to marry someone? Who should give the word, or the ‘permission’, if and when to have children? GOD! You do not need permission from Christ in Me International. That decision rests with GOD. We do, however, encourage our covenant people to come to the appointed leadership of GOD so that they can confirm what they feel GOD has shared with them. Paul teaches us in 2 Corinthians 13:1 that every word needs to be established by two or three witnesses.

 

No-one needs permission, but we do need confirmation. Why? Because, when you move on a word from GOD, you eliminate wrong choices, and secondly, you learn how to hear the voice of GOD accurately. By making choices on your own accord, you are in fact proclaiming that GOD is not the owner of your life.

 

But why should we ask the appointed leadership?

When we believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ we are saved, but that does not mean that we are already where we are supposed to be. We are still “children” that need to grow up to full maturity. Nothing changed in your natural state, only in our Spiritual state. Although the fullness of the inheritance is ours from that moment on, we are not yet mature enough to rule and reign over our inheritance. When we are saved we do not have the mind of Christ yet, it is a process where we need to grow to the fullness of Christ (Eph 4:13). Therefore, Paul teaches us this principle in Galatians 4:1-2. While we are still growing to maturity to the fullness of Christ, we are put under the authority of guardians and stewards on behalf of GOD, until the time appointed by HIM when we reach the fullness of the mind of Christ. The guardians and stewards have already grown to perfection (Heb 5:9), they have already grown to the fullness of the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16) and have been appointed by GOD to rule over the inheritance. They are therefore able to accurately confirm the word of GOD for us (Heb 1:2, Rom 13:1, 2 Cor 10:13).

 

When we have GOD’s stamp of approval on our choices, we put GOD in control of the outcome. This is the will of GOD and it protects us from the outcome of decisions that were not in line with HIS will. It helps us to always hit the mark.

 

Proverbs 15:22 (NKJV)

22 Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.