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Out of the Abundance of the Heart

A friend of mine asked me the other day “What does the Bible say about cursing”. I assumed this meant profanity and not the kind of cursing that Balak wanted Balaam to do on the children of Israel.

I’d like to share a few scriptures that I thought were appropriate to the subject that I sent my friend. Perhaps others will be blessed by this.

Let’s begin with taking the name of the Lord in vain. This is not something the Lord is pleased with,yet many people view this as “not as bad” as some of the major curse words today. But look at the following passages:

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exo 20:7)
And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. (Lev 19:12)

I think the passage in Leviticus really brought it home for me. “Profane the name of thy God”. I can’t imagine this! How could we take the name of the Holy One and profane it. This really ought to be unthinkable to any of us! To mix the unholy with the holy!

Now, many people would look at this topic and say “this word is good, this word is bad, this word is ok”. Even further we have words that we say “that’s just a mild form of this or that word.” I don’t want to get into all that with this post. I really want to look at the principle of cursing itself.

Consider the Scriptures:

But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. ( II Tim 2:16)

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Eph 4:29)

So how about those? Is your “babblings” profane or vain? Is your communication corrupted? These things will increase into more ungodliness! They already ARE ungodly…and will cause MORE!

Yet Paul finishes in Ephesians by saying “but that which is good to the use of edifying”. I think that’s the main point here. Ultimately Christians should be full of grace. Why would Christians, who are supposed to be reborn with the Spirit of Christ, be speaking anything that is not edifying and filled with grace? Why would it be negative? Why wouldn’t it be BLESSING instead of cursing?

 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

You see, it’s more than whether the actual words we are speaking are “right” or “wrong” but our communications are an indicator of what’s inside.

Just as Jesus once said:

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. (Matt 12:34)

And there we have it. Are you speaking cursings, negative thoughts, and words that refer to vile things? If so, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh”. Are you speaking blessings, positive words, and those things that are filled with praise and virture? Well then, “out of the abundance of the heart…”

God Bless,

Bro Trevor

Take It In Context

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ~ St John 3:16

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” ~ I John 2:15

The carnal, intellectual mind will constantly look for discrepancies in the Bible and the Message, but once you recognize the Revealed Word: Genesis to Revelation, and 47′-65′ comes into focus.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” ~ St. John 4:24

All three verses were penned by the same author (St. John), and inspired by the same Author (God), but until the Spirit quickens the Word it is dead letter. The Spirit quickens the Word, and It becomes flesh.

Will He hear YOUR prayer?

Will He hear YOUR prayer?

I CORINTHIANS 11:5
But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

I CORINTHIANS 11:13
Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

Bro Branham has many times referred us to the above passages.  Many times stating things such as “The Bible says it’s a common, sinful thing for a woman pray with her hair cut short. That’s right.”

None of us deny the truth of this. Many of us men hear that and start judging some sisters that trim or cut their hair in our heart.

I read a Scripture the other day that I felt was thought provoking and could apply to us men.

EZEKIEL 14:3,4
»     3     †     Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
»     4     †     Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

Here God is telling Ezekiel that he will not be enquired of by men that have idols in their hearts.  Remember an idol isn’t just a fat little man molded out of gold or silver.  An idol is anything we put before God.  Not just in our deeds, but in our hearts.

Ask yourself if there are there things that you love more than God?  What is your desire when you wake up in the morning?  What are your hopes, aims, and dreams consisting of? Do they consist of worldly things or are they consisting of a desire to be closer to Him?  To serve and adore Him more?

If you have desires that you are thinking on, and offer Him a really quick prayer, I wonder if He will be enquired of by you at all.  Worse yet, He may answer you according to the multitude of your idols.

I don’t like the sound of that. Make sure your prayers are effectual – get rid of the idols.

Has it been 10 generations for you?

This post is part of a series that exists in my mind dealing with not allowing the devil to take singular scriptures/quotes or scriptures/quotes out of context and using them against us.  We don’t want to allow the devil ONE INCH.  So to be spiritually built up,  I wanted to address an unfortunately common question that exists in our world today, even amongst the believers.

 Recently I have been asked the question about what happens to children born out of wedlock or some otherwise illegitimate births.  Can they be bride?  Can they go to heaven?

Now, this may seem like a shocking question to some, especially in our culture today where over 50% of births ARE to unmarried couples.  However, the basis of this question comes from the Biblical principle.

DEUTERONOMY 23:2
»     2     †     A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.

So serious is this sin that they can’t enter the congregation of the Lord on earth, for 10 generations, well then, how about heaven?

You can see from that scripture alone how serious the issue is.  We are not to have sexual relations outside of marriage.  Period.  The consequences are heavy.  Therefore it would behoove a minister to really hit that sin hard.  Bro Branham does in the following quote:

 Dear Brother Branham, if a baby is born of a–out of wedlock, can this child ever be saved or go in the rapture?
Saved? Why sure, I believe the child could be… The child can’t help what’s been done. That is true. But I… About going in the rapture… Saved, I’d say, “Yes.” But in the rapture it’s a predestinated seed that goes in the rapture. And I can’t believe that adultery was a predestinated seed. You understand? See? I believe the people can–the baby can be saved; it has no–no rights of its own. It’s a awful act and things.
But now, in the Old Testament when a baby was born a bastard child, it could not even enter the congregation of the Lord for ten generations, four hundred and something years, that curse was so bad. Just think of that. A innocent baby, its great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren, just think, the baby’s great, great, great, ten great grandchildren could not even come in the congregation of God. That’s right. (64-0823E)

Now, someone had the question and Bro Branham gave a serious Biblical answer.  He didn’t go all grace and love and God is all moosy gooshy and doesn’t care anymore because He died for you anyway – no – he told it the way it was.

If you stopped there however as most people do, you’d miss the following paragraph:

But you see, there was nothing there strong enough to forgive that sin. The blood of the Old Testament did not forgive sins; it covered sins. But the Blood of Jesus Christ divorces it. That’s different now. When the Blood of Jesus Christ comes in, it’s the different. (64-0823E)

So there Bro Branham brings in Grace.  But only AFTER he hit on the reality of how bad the sin really was. 

Let’s key in on the word Bro Branham uses:  “divorce”  He says “The Blood of Jesus Christ divorces it”. 

What does that mean?  Let’s look at how Bro Branham defines this word in the same type of scenario in a different message.

  Like sins at one time were covered. But now they’re not covered; they’re divorced. They’re completely gone, put in the sea of forgetfulness to never to be remembered no more. I like that. (62-1124E)

Completely gone.

We also need to look at Ezekiel 18:

EZEKIEL 18:1 – 3
1  ¶  The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,
2  What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?
 3  As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

Later it says:

19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. 

20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Now, at this point you may be saying,  “Bro Trevor, none of this discounts what Bro Branham said in that Questions and Answers message about not being able to go in the rapture.”  I completely understand. 

Now, I’m not trying to say that our beginning “Questions and Answers” quote has no merit.  I’m not the one to say who goes in the rapture and who doesn’t anyway.  I merely want people to understand there is MORE than just that one quote on the matter.


Consider the following quote as well:


   That’s how someone got it the other day. I’ve–I’ve got a lot of letters on that, Hybrid Religion, that I made a remark over in… The Bible said that a illegitimate, called “bastard child,” could not enter the congregation of the Lord for ten generations, which would be four hundred years that a illegitimate child could not come into the congregation of the Lord. That’s how bad that hybreeding was; that was a woman that let another man live with her in order to bring forth a child, that that child was hybrid, not by its father but by some other man. See? And that was so evil before God, it taken ten generations to ever breed that out again, before God.
But that doesn’t apply to this age. You have a new Birth now. They don’t… They had just one birth back there, that was the actual sexual breeding. We have this new Birth now which is the spiritual, that breeds out all the cull. And we are new creatures in Christ Jesus, born again of the Spirit of God. New creatures!   (60-1211M )

THAT DOESN’T APPLY TO THIS AGE.

I didn’t say it… He said it.

This also applies Spiritually as well:

      And hybriding was such a horrible thing in the Old Testament. He said, “A bastard child shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ten generations.” There’s nothing to breed him out, only that sin. Think. Ten generations, four hundred years before a illegitimate child could ever come into the Kingdom of God. There was no serum to take care of him. He had to just breed it out through the family. Four hundred years ‘fore a illegitimate child could come in the congregation of the Lord.
But today, since the Blood of the Jesus Christ has been shed and you’ve been interbred by all different kinds of ideas, the Holy Spirit is here this morning to breed you back to the original, bring you back to Pentecost, breed you back. And we sit together this morning in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, letting the Holy Spirit [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]…?… work. What is circumcising? Cutting off all the hybrid, the surplus, the things of the world, the things of the church age, bringing us back to Pentecost like it was at the beginning.  (60-1127M)

Now that we have covered some of the quotes and Scriptures surrounding this topic, I do want to close with a final thought.

Many have fallen away because of this topic.  They think to themselves “if I can’t be bride, what’s the use of me trying to serve the Lord?”. Now I understand this sentiment, however it must be said, that if you have repented and believed on the Lord, solely for the rewards, then you missed something.  God is so worthy of our repentance and our service, no matter the reward we would receive.  Should not we rather say like Job, “though he slay me, yet I’ll trust Him”!  How also should we say like Bro Branham:

     But I don’t serve the Lord because I think He’d send me to hell if I didn’t; I serve Him because I love Him. I serve Him because there’s something in me. If you go out and say, “Well, I have to quit doing this because my church don’t believe in it,” you’re just playing the part of a hypocrite. That’s right. But if you do it because that it–you love it, and–and it’s a contribution to God, and something in your heart making the love of God so greater to you than these things, now you’re on the right line.  (59-0628E)

Who Is My Neighbour?

The commandment to “love they neighbour as thyself” is used seven different times throughout the Bible. (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 19:19, Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8)

In St. Matthew 22:35-40 Jesus tells a lawyer that “all the law and the prophets” hang on two commandments. “Love they neighbour as thyself was second only to, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind).”

Quite possibly the same lawyer (wishing “to justify himself“) asks Jesus in St.Luke chapter ten, “Who is my neighbour?” Jesus goes on to tell him the story of ‘The Good Samaritan‘. In this story we find that those who should have felt obligated to help a man of their own religion and nationality (who had been robbed, and badly injured) neglect to do so. Then someone he would have probably avoided even speaking to (because of racial and religious prejudice) had he not been in his current circumstances, goes out of their way to help him at the expense of their own time and finances.

Geographically, religiously, doctrinally, and racially ‘The Good Samaritan‘ was not his neighbor (even though those who passed him by were), but Jesus asks this lawyer, “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

The lawyer wisely answers, “He that shewed mercy on him“. Then Jesus tells him to, “Go, and do thou likewise.”

1 John 4:20 tells us that, “If a man say, ‘I love God’, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Who is your neighbor? Is it the family member closest to you? The person on the pew beside you in church who sees things the same as you doctrinally? Those of the same color, religion, or nationality as you?

Who should we help? Those who we know can return the favor someday? Those who can do something in return to help our position in the church, or at work, or in society? Those who believe exactly the way we do?

If ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful
.” (St. Luke 6:32-36)

The Predestinated Snails

Let’s dramatize just a moment, so you get the picture“.
Rev. William Marrion Branham

The following is a little drama that I felt inspired to write many years ago (February 11th, 1998). I hope the little thought that the Lord laid upon my heart during that time will be a blessing to you as you read it. ~ Bro. Nathan Bryant

Genesis 6:18-20
“But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.”

Our drama is set right around the time of the flood.

God told Noah, “Build an ark”, but He didn’t tell him to go collect the animals. The animals came on their own.

The flood was coming. Noah had preached it, and now it was right at hand. There [were] going to be two of every animal (one male, and one female) [to preserve life].

[There had to be a group of snails] living in Noah’s time [who were overcomers].

Now the horses could run, and the birds could fly (making pretty good time), but these little snails [would] have to crawl every inch of the way.

That’s like the bride. Some people are [granted eternal life after the second resurrection because they are] kind to the bride [St. Mark 9:41, Church Age Book p278], but [the true Bride of Jesus Christ will] have to crawl every inch of the way [overcoming] the devil’s temptations and torments [on every hand].

[These little snails would have to make it in] the ark, or their entire species would be wiped off the face of the earth forever.

After a few days this group of snails [were] just like Israel in the desert (murmuring and complaining).

After a few weeks almost half of them had given up [with all kinds of excuses].

“I just can’t do it.”
“I can’t live that kind of life.”
“It’s just too hard!”

But one little snail looked over at [one of those] hypocrites and said, “But God said He would never give us anything too hard [I Corinthians 10:13]. He [will] provide a way!”

“But if only two are going to make it what chance have I got?”

That same Godly snail looked over and [quoted St. Matthew 22:14], “Many are called, but few are chosen”.

“But I just don’t have the strength to go on. We may not even be going the right way…”

[One other faithful little] snail looked over at him and started singing, “I know the Lord will make a way for me. I know the Lord will make a way for me. If I live a Holy life, shun the wrong, and do the right; I know the Lord will make a way for me!”

Oh, it made those other snails so mad. These two (no matter what the situation was) always had a scripture or a song, and they always seemed so happy! Even though they were just as tired as the others, they pressed on to the mark of the high calling [Philippians 3:14].

[Some of those make-believer snails] tried to change God’s Word a little bit.

“Well, what if He didn’t really mean [literal rain]?”
“What if we’re doing this for nothing?”
“What if there is no [ark]?”

Those chosen snails looked at [them] and said, “If God said It, I believe it. I’m standing on It, and claiming [It]. Praise God! Every promise in the book is mine!”

[The vast majority] of the snails gave up, or died in the journey, but these two ‘Predestinated Snails’ pressed on because they had the faith to accept the Word, and apply it to their own lives.

[It would not have been enough for them to simply say they believed Noah. They proved they really did believe his message by making themselves ready (Revelation 19:7).]

Now in the last days (right before God closed the door) the sun was beating down. [Those two little ‘Predestinated Snails’] were in an awful state. The [doubting] snails that had given up were making fun of them, [and] trying to get them to [quit].

One of [those] ‘Predestinated Snails’ turned to the other and said, “Resist the devil, and he will flee” [James 4:7]. The other one [shouted], “Praise God!”, and they kept on.

After a while the other snails [gave up trying to bother] them, and went away.

[As they came over that final hill] they could see the ark sitting there. Praise God! We’re almost that close today. “Lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” [St. Luke 21:28b].

They had just enough time to make it in before the door was shut.

If God knew the snails were predestinated to be there before the foundation of the [world], how much more [does] He know that we’ll be there?

If we’ll just press on (and not just read the Word, but write our own names in there and apply it to our own lives) then we’ll be able to make it in before He shuts the door, just like ‘the predestinated snails’.

Someone said, “Well, there’s no need in me trying it. Brother Branham said there’s only going to be one saved out of Jeffersonville.” See? Now, see, it’s showing a parable. That–that–that isn’t… That–that isn’t it. There might be thousands saved. I don’t know. I hope every one of them is saved (See?), but I don’t know. But here’s the way I want to believe it: I’m that one. You believe the same for you. If you don’t, then there’s something wrong with your faith. You’re not sure what you’re doing.” ~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (63-0324M)

Romans 8:29-31
[“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”]

*** Text in between brackets indicates newly added and/or modified text. ***

The Body Of Christ Q&A

We have been receiving more, and more e-mails to our blog@twomessageministers.com account. Many are prayer requests, some are encouragements to ‘keep up the good work’, some are requests for advice, and counseling, and some are Scriptural, or Message-related questions.

Last night I responded to one of the Scriptural questions we received recently, and thought it was worth sharing as a ‘Bible Study’ post for those who have had (or been asked) similar questions.

Q. (paraphrased)

If God was in Christ, and Christ was the body of God; does Christ in us mean (that) a body dwells within us? Also, does “by one spirit we are baptized into one body” means, we get into a body?

A.

I trust that yours is a sincere request in search for truth, and not simply a mocking question of unbelief.

Either way I will try to answer your question to the best of my ability, as I set aside a little time away from my family to follow up on a few ministry-related e-mails.

II Timothy 3:16 tells us that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness“.

I believe that if you can take the time to study the Scriptures, and ask God to reveal them; you will find that they do not contradict one another. They dovetail perfectly together if you will set aside carnal thinking long enough to take an honest, open-hearted look at them.

I Corinthians 2:13-14 reads: “We speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

You have asked a Scriptural question, so I will do my best to give you a Scriptural answer.

Jesus tells us in St. John 4:24 that “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

God is a Spirit. You cannot see a spirit, you cannot kill a spirit. Jesus even says in St. Luke 24:39 (referring to His earthly tabernacle), “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

Because man had fallen into sin there had to be a yearly sacrifice made to atone for those sins, but the blood of bulls & goats could not permanently rid sin (Hebrews 10:4), so there had to be a pure, sinless, Holy sacrifice made, but there was no one found who was worthy (Revelation 5:2-9).

God was the only one who was worthy, but He could not die as a spirit, so He created a body in the womb of Mary that would be born a virgin birth as promised in Isaiah 7:14. Colossians 2:9 explains that “in Him (Jesus) dwelleth ALL the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

All that God was He poured into Christ. The body of Jesus was a tabernacle that God dwelt in to be a tangible being that could be seen, and touched (St. John 1:1), and could die to rid sins for all those who would accept His sacrifice.

Jesus told His disciples in St. John 6:53, “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” Many of his followers left him because of this saying (St. John 6:66), because they thought he was speaking literally, and that he was a cannibal that wanted them to eat His literal flesh. Had they only asked Him further, or waited until they could have received the spiritual discernment to understand they would have seen He was referring to Communion / The Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:24-26).

It seems that you are thinking along the same carnal lines of those who left Jesus in St. John 6:66 (a physical body inside of a physical body). This is similar to how Nicodemus misunderstood Him when He told him, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus thought He was literally saying that a man had to “enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born” (St. John 3:1-10).

Jesus told His disciples in St. John 14:18-20, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” A short while later we find in Acts 2:1-4 (after the physical body of Jesus had ascended into Heaven in Acts 1:9) we find that He sent The Comforter to 120 of them in the upper room (Acts 1:15), and filled them with the Holy Ghost.

The same Spirit (the Father) that dwelt in Christ (the Son), was now dwelling in His people (in the form of the Holy Ghost just as Jesus had promised). “I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” The same Spirit / Person in three different offices (or attributes).

It wasn’t an actual body living inside of Jesus, but it was the fulness of the Spirit of God dwelling in an earthly tabernacle / body. So is it not the physical body of Jesus living inside of our physical body, but a portion of that same Spirit (God’s Life) that dwelt in Him in fulness, dwells in each individual who receives the Holy Ghost.

Romans 12:5 says, “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”

If you read all of I Corinthians chapter twelve with an open heart it should help explain this thought more thoroughly. The spiritual body of Christ has many different offices & gifts (apostles, prophets, teachers, preachers, evangelists, singers, workers, etc) but if each member has the Holy Ghost they are all performing some work for God as part of His spiritual body.

I hope that my response has helped you to understand what you are questioning further. I would not be able to see the continuity of the Scripture in this way if it had not been for the fulfillment of Malachi 4, Revelation 10:7, Matthew 17:11, and Luke 17:30 as God has allowed to be fulfilled in our age through the humble ministry of William Marrion Branham.

Thank you for your inquiry, and may God bless you, and reveal to you the answers you are searching for.

Bro. Nathan Bryant
Co-Founder & Co-Author
Two Message Ministers
blog@twomessageministers.com
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Helpful Bible Study Tools

The following links are a helpful resource for extensive studies of The Bible.

Brother Branham refers to, (and speaks highly of) both translations. (See the following quotes).

– Bro. Nathan Bryant

Ephatic Diaglott (Online)

THE QUEEN OF SHEBA (60-0401E)

I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Lamsa, today, the translator of the Lamsa translation of the Bible. And such a privilege… You know, I would rather you’d give me a little rose bud, right now, than a whole wreath after I’m gone. I think maybe he’d think the same thing. I certainly can prescribe to his translation, for meeting him and finding such a lovely spirit of a real true Christian believer. God bless his gallant soul. I don’t know as I’ve ever met any more spiritual man than Dr. Lamsa.

THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST (CHURCH AGE BOOK)

… let us read both the King James version and the translation by Dr. Lamsa. To our gratification we find the words in both amazingly the same so that there is no difference actually in content or doctrine. We may even conclude that God has allowed these newly discovered manuscripts and recent publications of already known scripts to come before us to prove the authenticity of what we already had. And we find that though translators may fight each other, scripts do not.

THIRSTING FOR LIFE (60-0304)

Now, I’ve got an old Emphatic Diaglott of the original Greek translation, and it’s the one–most outstanding things. I’d advise it to any of the clergymen.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE HOLY GHOST (59-1219)

Now, reading from the “Emphatic Diaglott” of the Greek translation, where I was at last evening, which is laying open before me now. That’s the original translation from the Greek to the English. It doesn’t go through other translators; it’s–and other versions, it’s right straight from the Greek to the English.

FELLOWSHIP (60-0611B)

I’ve got the Emphatic Diaglott of the original translation off of the Heb–of the–the–from a–Vatican City, of the original Greek. Then I’ve got the Aramaic and many of the others that proves that he said, “Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?”

Evasion

A short clip from my daily Bible readings today:

JOHN 7:19
Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?
JOHN 7:20
The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?

So Jesus, knowing their hearts asks a question. The people evade by asking another question. Fast forward 5 verses:

JOHN 7:25
Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?

Whoa! Looks like everyone knew it, but no one wanted to admit it.

What kinds of things do we know, but all we want to do is evade the question? Time is getting short my friends. Don’t evade the truth, stand in the full face of it, and let it set you free.

God Bless,

Bro Trevor

Who Is Jesus? (Part II)

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II. “What Relation Will Messiah Be To God?”
by Brother Nathan Bryant
Was Messiah supposed to be a third person of a trinity, or an eternal sonship, or God Himself manifested in flesh?
As we have already discovered in the first part of this study: the word ‘Immanuel’ (Isaiah 7:14) means “God with us”, and that He would be “The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father” (Isaiah 9:6).
Before time began, before anything was created, there was just ‘the self-existing One’. He was Eternal, alone with His Thoughts. God is ‘one that is worshiped’, but there had been nothing created to worship Him.
JOHN 4:24
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
If “God is a Spirit” then He could not be seen, or touched. He was without form, yet He had attributes that He wanted to display. He was God, but there was nothing to worship Him. He was Father, but there were no sons or daughters of God. He was Savior, but there was no one to save. He was Healer, but there was no one to heal.
The first thing that He created was the Logos (or Pillar of Fire), which was a form that He could be seen in. The Logos was ‘the Son of God’ (a form that God could be seen in), because when Paul met the Pillar of Fire on the road He introduced Himself as Jesus.
ACTS 9:3-5a
“And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
“And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.”
God changed His form many times through history. Moses saw Him as the back part of a man*, Ezekiel saw Him as a “wheel in the middle of a wheel”**, but whenever He appeared in a form that we could behold Him in, It was not a separate person, but God Himself dwelling in a created Tabernacle. Not a second person, or a third person, but The Person.
* Exodus 33:18-23
** Ezekiel 1:16
EXODUS 33:20
“And He said, Thou canst not see My face: for there shall no man see Me, and live.”
JOHN 1:18
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.”
Please pay close attention to the following verses, which are all referring to The Lord Jesus.
HEBREWS 1:3a
“Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express Image of His person…”
COLOSSIANS 1:15-17
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:
“And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.”
Then if He (Jesus) created all things, and was before all things; Who was It that created all things and was before all things, but God Himself?
I JOHN 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life.”
ST. JOHN 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
“The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.”
ST. JOHN 1:10-11
He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.
“He came unto his own, and His own received Him not.”
ST. JOHN 1:14
And the Word was made 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.”
HEBREWS 10:5
Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared Me:”
COLOSSIANS 1:19
“For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell;”
COLOSSIANS 2:9
For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
Trinitarians believe that the Father is the first person, the Son is the second person, and the Holy Ghost is the third person of the trinity. Some believe that they are not actually three completely different ‘persons’, but rather three different ‘personalities’. Do we ascribe a personality disorder to God then? (God forbid)! They baptize in the names of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost because of their interpretation of St. Matthew 28:19.
MATTHEW 28:19
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
Jesus did not say to baptize them ‘in the names of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost’, nor did He say to baptize them ‘in the name of the Father, and the name of the Son, and the name of the Holy Ghost’ (as many quote it), but He said in The Name (singular).
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not names, but they are titles of God (just as Rose of Sharon, Lilly of the Valley, Prince of Peace, etc). I am a son, I am a husband, I am a father, I am a friend, I am an evangelist, but none of those are my name; they are titles.
ACTS 4:12
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Now if there are three separate persons of the trinity, and God the Father was Jesus’ Father (a separate person or personality), then what do we do with the following verses that plainly state that the Holy Ghost was His Father?
ST. MATTHEW 1:18
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with Child of the Holy Ghost.”
ST. MATTHEW 1:20
“But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
In the light of these Scriptures we have to agree that God the Father, and The Holy Ghost are the same Person.
After receiving the knowledge of this Truth there are still many that claim there are ‘two lords’ (God the Father and Jesus Christ) because of their interpretation of the following verse from Psalms:
PSALM 110:1
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.”
Through their interpretation of this Scripture they are separate God the Father to be ‘The Lord’ who says unto Jesus Christ (‘my Lord’) to sit on His right hand. However; if you take this verse back to the original Hebrew words it actually reads “Jehovah said unto Adonai”. So if we believe that Jehovah of the Old Testament is Jesus of the New Testament, then the line of thinking in interpreting this verse as ‘two lords’ would be like ‘putting the cart before the horse’.
Remember that Abraham saw three men and said ‘my LORD’*, where Lot saw to of those same men and said ‘my lords’**. Abraham and Lot obviously had two very different revelations.
* Genesis 18:3
** Genesis 19:2
We must also make sure that our interpretation of a certain verse can match the entire canon of Scripture. Remember that Thomas not only called Jesus his Lord, but also his God.
ST. JOHN 20:28-29
“And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God.
“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed”.
ST. JOHN 13:13
Ye call Me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am”.
MATTHEW 6:24a
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.”
DEUTERONOMY 6:4
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.”
ZECHARIAH 14:9
“And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and His name one.”
MARK 12:29
“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord.”
I CORINTHIANS 8:5-6
“For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we by Him.”
Many try to use this verse to split God and Jesus into two separate Persons, but this verse is not saying ‘two Lords’ (in fact it plainly says ‘one Lord’), and it also saying that all things were ‘by Jesus’ and ‘of God’ (remember the verse from Colossians earlier in our study about all things being created by Jesus, and how He was before all things).
EPHESIANS 4:5
One Lord, one faith, one baptism.”
When you see my flesh you do not see my soul, or my spirit. The only way you could know me, see me, or recognize me is by seeing my body or hearing my voice (which the vocal chords are part of the body).
We (like God) are a triune being. I am not complete without all three (body, soul, and spirit). All three are separate attributes of who I am, but that does not make me three different persons (or personalities).
You could say that ‘Nathan is a spirit, and no man has seen Nathan’s spirit at any time, but Nathan’s entire spirit dwells in his body. His body is the express image of his person’.
He (Jesus) is the express Image (something we could see) in which the entire fullness of the Spirit of God (which no man could see) dwelt (a tabernacle, a body that we could touch) so that He could redeem us back from our fallen state.
God could not send an angel, or someone else and be just, He had to come Himself. We are not saved by Jewish blood or Gentile blood, but we are saved by the created Blood of God.
I would like to compare several Scriptures referring to Jesus (that were used in different areas of the study earlier) directly in line together for a short review, along with some additional verses:
GENESIS 1:1
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”.
COLOSSIANS 1:16-17
“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:
“And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.”
I CORINTHIANS 8: 6
“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we by Him.”
ST. JOHN 1: 3
All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made”.
ST. JOHN 1:10
He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.
ST. JOHN 10:30
I and My Father are one.”
ST. JOHN 14:8-11
“Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works.
Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ sake.”
I pray that this Scriptural study has helped you to see beyond a shadow of a doubt Who Jesus really is, or if you have already seen Him for Who He Is; that you can use these Scriptures as a witnessing tool to help others.
There is an empty tomb in Jerusalem today. He is not there for He is risen*, and is still the same yesterday, today, and forever**. He (and He alone) is worthy of all of our worship, and our praise. Blessed be His Holy Name!
– Brother Nathan Bryant
* Matthew 28:6
** Hebrews 13:8
*** The doctrines, and examples used in this study were gleaned from, and inspired by the ministry of Rev. William Branham. To learn more about Brother Branham’s ministry please visit: www.branham.org ***
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