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August 19th, 2012 ~ John 18:14-18

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As we continue to look at John 18, the arresting of Jesus, last Sunday we heard the LORD speaking to us from verses 12-14. We began with verse 12 as we saw Jesus being bound. To the natural eye this would appear to be a tragic moment but as we have seen in past weeks this is being directed by Jesus. All of this would not be happening except that the LORD had initiated it. It must be. Sin must be removed from mankind so that they can be saved from the judgment of sin and death. We learned three things in these verses. One, we see that Caiaphas, the High Priest, is the man that God uses to set the wheels of salvation in motion. In John 11:47-52, we see that the LORD gave Caiaphas a prophecy that he spoke that set the goal of the actions they would be taking to bring this sacrifice to fruition.
As Jesus was showing us that He was giving Himself to be bound, the LORD took us back to Abraham and Isaac. Jesus told us how He told Abraham, the possessor of the promise of Messiah the savior, to take his only son Isaac, the next in line to be the steward of the promise of Messiah, to Mount Moriah and there offer him as a sacrifice. We saw that Abraham did not argue with God but in faith obeyed knowing that if Isaac was sacrificed that God would raise Isaac up. As they went up the mountain, the LORD spoke to us of how Isaac knew that they had no lamb to sacrifice but did not protest or question. He kept going toward fulfilling the command of the LORD. Isaac helped his father build the altar knowing he was going to be on it. Then when his father said, “son put your hands together,” he did not run or fight. He obeyed, allowing his father to bind him and lay him on the altar.
That was the place where Jesus was now, the same Mount Moriah now called Calvary. What happened to Abraham and Isaac was a foreshadowing of what was now taking place between The Father and The Son Jesus. Jesus knew that He was the sacrifice. As Isaac looked at his father’s eyes so Jesus eyes were on His Fathers eyes in obedience. Isaiah 53:7 declares, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” So we see that Caiaphas, the high priest, was the man God used to start the sacrifice. The second point is Jesus is the man/God come down from heaven to be the sacrifice.
The LORD showed us one more man that was to complete this great event of salvation. This great act of salvation would be of no value to mankind if this third person was not fulfilling their calling in the Grace of God to the world. The LORD spoke to us of the Apostle Paul to whom the LORD said, “Paul is to be a vessel that will bear witness of My Name before Gentiles, kings and the people of Israel.” Paul was used to build the church, the body of Christ, which would go and make disciples, baptizing and teaching them. Yes, we, the members of the LORD’s Church, are the ones that are to go with the Gospel to tell them of the great gift that God has given to us in Christ Jesus.

August 12th, 2012 ~ John 18:4-14

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Last week we heard and learned from the LORD from John 18:5. He spoke to us from the scripture as the band of men and officers from the temple came to arrest Him. Jesus had asked them whom did they seek? They replied, “Jesus of Nazareth” to which Jesus replied, “I Am.” This name “I Am” among the Jews was the first name that they were given of God. Before the time the Moses came to them in Egypt and told them that “I Am” had come down and sent him to lead them out of the land of slavery, they only knew Him as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The soldiers came for Jesus of Nazareth and He answered, “I Am.”
The LORD had a lesson for us in this. Though Jesus was raised and lived in Nazareth, He had been born in Bethlehem Judah which was the place that was prophesied in Scripture that the Messiah would be born, Micah 5:2. This was a mystery. Though He was born in Bethlehem Judah as the scripture foretold, it was kept a mystery by God. The LORD taught us from Matthew 13:10-12 that the mysteries of the Kingdom are only for those that have followed Jesus and have a disciple relationship with Him. This band of soldiers from the temple of God did not know Jesus as the Messiah. They only knew Him as the Jesus from Nazareth. Therefore, the mystery of the Kingdom of God that Jesus is the Messiah was not known to them.
This is the way many know Jesus. They only know him as a man of history called the son of God that was the great teacher of the things of God but their eyes are blind to the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Let’s speak of some of these mysteries, the important truths of these mysteries.
The first truth is that Jesus is and was the Messiah that came into the world that He had created with salvation, deliverance from the slavery of sin, the judgment of God and the sentence of a real burning hell. Another truth was that it was the will of the LORD that everyone that received Messiah would have eternal Life. But, this only was given when one repented, turned away from the life of the world and followed the teachings and life of holy Jesus.
Next the LORD spoke to us of the name. He said that He was, “I Am.” This Holy name is also a mystery. It means, “I Am the God that exists; I am real, I live, I am not something imagined or written about, “I Am”. This name is God speaking to His creation, “I Am the one that made you and holds your destiny in my hand.” As Jesus spoke this, the power of His name was exalted and drove the band not only backwards but to the ground.
This was a band of men numbered at least two hundred that were hardened soldiers. They do not fall easy but they were like straw to the power of God. In this, the LORD taught us that He was not merely a man of history or imagined. He is the God, the creator to be feared. Always remember Proverbs 16:6. We need to fear and reverence Him and turn from evil. There is enough that we have learned that we need to apply to our lives.

August 5th, 2012 ~ John 18:3-4

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Last Sunday the LORD spoke to us from John 18:3-4. In verse 3, He taught us from observing Judas. He brought to our attention the question where and how did Judas get a band of men from the chief priests and Pharisees? Of course He knows the answer but He wants us to look, see and learn from this.
We learned that Judas was a man that the LORD created for His glory; a man that the LORD loved and was not willing that he should perish. The LORD gives each of us a free will to choose the way we will go. Judas was chosen by Jesus to be a disciple. Judas was a highly educated man different than the other disciples who were fishermen. The LORD gave him the “Bag”, the combined money of the band of disciples for their needs. Judas joined the band for a purpose, not to follow Jesus and serve Him but to follow Jesus to influence Him to do the agenda that Judas had.
This agenda was to maneuver Jesus into the Sanhedrin to display His power and to lead them to drive the Romans out of the land of Israel. At some point in the LORD’s Supper in John 13 Judas, as he was being tempted by satan, found out that Jesus’ plan was to allow Himself to be taken and crucified to become a sacrificial lamb for the sin of the world. This was contrary to what Judas wanted Jesus to do. So Judas, who had already been in contact with the Scribes and Pharisees, after learning of Jesus’ will, allowed satan to enter into him.
He went to the chief priests and received a band of soldiers to bring Jesus by force before the Sanhedrin then Jesus would have to use His power and they would see and follow Him and carry out Judas’ agenda. Jesus having showed us this said that this same sin is committed by many of His disciples, Pastors and those that say they are His disciples but are not. Many are only using Jesus to fulfill their own agenda. Many supposed preachers are not following Jesus to fulfill His will but are only using Him to build their own kingdoms, their own name. In the same way many follow Jesus to fulfill their own happy, prosperous, successful lives and not to fulfill His will. The LORD called us all to examine ourselves and to make sure of our motives for following Jesus.
Next, in verse 4, we learned that although Jesus was going to go through great tribulation, He was in control. He came forth and said to the leader of the band “Whom do you seek?” He did this because He knew the joy that was before Him. We cannot have victory without being in a battle. Those that shrink from the battle do not have the joy of the victory. He knew that He must endure the shame, agony, and anguish of heart on the cross to have the joy of the victory in the saving of the souls of the captives of sin.
The Joy of this was greater than the pain and agony of the cross. The LORD spoke to us of the joy that is set before us of eternal Life in the kingdom of heaven with Him. It is the same with us. To receive this Joy we must go through tribulation, Acts 14:22. We must go through the battle of our soul with the lust of the flesh the daily battle to pick up our cross, Luke 9:23. We must crucify our flesh and give ourselves to the LORD and the daily battle to carry out the will of the LORD the great commission and to lay down our own agenda.

July 29th, 2012 ~ John 18:1-2

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The LORD spoke to us from John 18:1-14 but, we only made it through verses one and two. In verse 1, from the phrase, “When Jesus had spoken these words” the LORD reviewed three main points from His prayer in John 17. The first was that He had asked the Father to keep us by His nature John 17:11. The word “Nature” refers to the life of God or to His Holy Spirit. Jesus reminds us that He had asked the Father to keep His disciples by the Life of the Spirit of God, the Spirit we had received when we were born again.
This is why we must be born again. It is His Spirit that brings the change in our lives. Living in the teachings and commandments of the LORD is life. Living in the ways of the world is death. It is the Spirit of God that leads us in the way of life and keeps us as Jesus prayed. He took us to the scripture, Galatians 5:16, that promises that if we will walk in The Spirit or His Spirit we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, the ways of the world; to want this or want to be like them etc. etc. In this verse, the LORD showed us that His Spirit in us and the mind of our flesh are contrary to one another.
As we go through the day the mind of the flesh has an agenda. The Spirit of God has an agenda. Both are completely opposite of the other. By having His Spirit we have the power to overcome the mind of the flesh. This option is like having a passing gear in your car. When you need to overcome the slow moving car in front of you, you can press the pedal and have the power. In the same way, when we have the Holy Spirit through the new birth we have the option that when the mind of the flesh is leading us in the vanity of the world to sin bringing death, we can chose the way of the Holy Spirit and have the power to overcome the lust of the way of the world.
Next, He prayed that we would be sanctified or separated by the truth, John 17:17. This means that we would be separated from the frivolous life and the lust of the world. We would be separated from the lust of the flesh and the pride of life, 1 John 2:15-16. We would be separated by the teachings of His Word that we follow his word and not the ways of the world.
The third thing He reminded us of from His prayer was that we would be protected by His Word or His teachings John 17:15-17. When we live in His Word or teachings we are protected by His covering. When we leave His Word and follow the ways of the world we are not under His protection because of our disobedience.
In John 18:1, Jesus talks about the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus is called “The Last Adam” in 1 Corinthians 15:45. The first Adam was tempted in the Garden of Edom and followed the way of the flesh, the devil. But, the Last Adam was also tempted in the Garden of Gethsemane, Luke 22:39-46, and chose the way of the Spirit by laying down His Life and taking up His cross, taking the full cup of God’s wrath for sin to give us salvation. We have the battle of temptation as He did and we have received the Holy Spirit to choose as Christ did the way of the Spirit of God.

John 18:1-2 ~ July 29, 2012

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The LORD spoke to us from John 18:1-14 but, we only made it through verses one and two.  In verse 1, from the phrase, “When Jesus had spoken these words” the LORD reviewed three main points from His prayer in John 17.  The first was that He had asked the Father to keep us by His nature John 17:11.  The word “Nature” refers to the life of God or to His Holy Spirit.  Jesus reminds us that He had asked the Father to keep His disciples by the Life of the Spirit of God, the Spirit we had received when we were born again.
    This is why we must be born again.  It is His Spirit that brings the change in our lives.  Living in the teachings and commandments of the LORD is life.  Living in the ways of the world is death.  It is the Spirit of God that leads us in the way of life and keeps us as Jesus prayed.  He took us to the scripture, Galatians 5:16, that promises that if we will walk in The Spirit or His Spirit we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, the ways of the world; to want this or want to be like them etc. etc.  In this verse, the LORD showed us that His Spirit in us and the mind of our flesh are contrary to one another.
    As we go through the day the mind of the flesh has an agenda.  The Spirit of God has an agenda.  Both are completely opposite of the other.  By having His Spirit we have the power to overcome the mind of the flesh.  This option is like having a passing gear in your car.  When you need to overcome the slow moving car in front of you, you can press the pedal and have the power.  In the same way, when we have the Holy Spirit through the new birth we have the option that when the mind of the flesh is leading us in the vanity of the world to sin bringing death, we can chose the way of the Holy Spirit and have the power to overcome the lust of the way of the world.  
    Next, He prayed that we would be sanctified or separated by the truth, John 17:17.  This means that we would be separated from the frivolous life  and the lust of the world.  We would be separated from the lust of the flesh and the pride of life, 1 John 2:15-16.  We would be separated by the teachings of His Word that we follow his word and not the ways of the world.
    The third thing He reminded us of from His prayer was that we would be protected by His Word or His teachings John 17:15-17.  When we live in His Word or teachings we are protected by His covering.  When we leave His Word and follow the ways of the world we are not under His protection because of our disobedience.  
    In John 18:1, Jesus talks about the Garden of Gethsemane.  Jesus is called “The Last Adam” in 1 Corinthians 15:45.  The first Adam was tempted in the Garden of Edom and followed the way of the flesh, the devil.  But, the Last Adam was also tempted in the Garden of Gethsemane, Luke 22:39-46, and chose the way of the Spirit by laying down His Life and taking up His cross, taking the full cup of God’s wrath for sin to give us salvation.  We have the battle of temptation as He did and we have received the Holy Spirit to choose as Christ did the way of the Spirit of God.

John 17:11-23 ~ July 22, 2012

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     We have been looking and listening to Jesus as He prayed to the Father as He walked with His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane.  The LORD has revealed this in the scriptures that we may see and learn of the great gift that He has given.  That we may continue to share this gift with the lost that are about us.  In John 17:11, the first thing the LORD wants us to see is that Jesus asks the Father to keep His disciples through the Fathers name.

      The word “name” comes from the idea of nature.  The name of a person is to give an identification of who the person is.  Remember Abram had his name changed by the LORD to Abraham meaning “the father of many” because he would be the father of the Jewish, Christian, Palestinian and Muslim people.  Then there was Jacob whose name meant “supplanter” meaning to take someone’s place by force of deception.  This he did as he took his brother’s birthright.  The LORD changed his name to Israel because of his zeal for the LORD.  Also, the LORD changed Peter’s name to be Cephas the Rock because he would be a source of strength in the band of disciples. 

     These names reveal the nature of the person.  In the same way the Father’s name reveals His nature in the Holy Spirit.  So the LORD Jesus is asking the Father to keep His disciples by His Spirit.  We need to look at how the Holy Spirit keeps.  First, I found that the Holy Spirit seals us, Ephesians 1:13, after we make our confession of our faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sins.  

     Next, He convicts us or chastens us, Hebrews 12:6.  This means to discipline us as children so when we sin He, the Spirit of the Father, is there to convict us.  He dwells in us, 1Corinthians 6:19.  He does not cohabitate with other spirits.  He is our comforter/helper, John 14:15-16.  The Holy Spirit is like Jesus was to the disciples.  They were secure with Him.  He helped them to live holy.  So He does in us, His disciples.  This is how the LORD keeps those that are truly His disciples.

     In verse 14; the LORD said that the world would hate us.  The word hate means “to love less than.”  We understand from this is because the LORD has given us His Word, His teachings, to live by which are contrary to the way the world lives, this makes them to detest us.  They detest us because we live a righteous life which reveals their lives as being unrighteous.  This passage really spoke to me because it proved a point that I have been preaching that when a person is truly saved there will be an evidence of a new life in them.  That life will be changing to be like the life of Jesus.  1 Peter 4:1-4 declares that the world will think us strange or peculiar because we don’t run to the same life of sin that we once did.

John 16:16-33 ~ July 8, 2012

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     First, the Lord spoke to us of the darkness of the soul that the disciples would experience as He went to the cross, died and was buried.  During this time the world would be happy that He, Jesus, was gone but they, the disciples, would be confused.  They would wonder about their faith.  Was it all true?  They would wonder what they would do now.  Their faith life with Christ had been everything and now they would be left empty with nowhere to look for hope.  They had been to the highest with Jesus but now it was all like a ship crashing into a rocky shore in a great storm all smashed to pieces.  Jesus was saying, “I am telling you now that you will endure this great storm in your soul.  It will be like the agony a woman goes through when she is giving birth, but just as it is when the child is birthed, there is great joy and so it will be with you.”  As the LORD taught us what He was teaching the Apostles, He told us that we are in a similar situation that is coming.  He has written of this in Holy Scripture 1 Timothy 4:1-2, 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and Matthew 24:36-39.

      It would be a time in which His teachings, morals and values would be marginalized, made to look like fairy tales, trashed and forgotten by the majority of the generation that is before us, a time in which if it were possible the very elect of God would be deceived.  This means just what the LORD had told the Apostles they would be going through being confused and wondering about their faith.  Was it all true or just a dream?  The LORD cried out in me as I preached that we would hear what He was saying and make ourselves sure in our faith.  He said that Noah preached about the coming cataclysmic flood for 120 years.  As he preached and worked building the Ark he called to the people to believe and get in.  In the same way there is a cataclysmic torrent of antichrist thinking coming upon the earth and the LORD is building another Ark.  This time the Ark is the Church.  Not a building but the people of God who have believed and received Christ Jesus as savior.  His preachers are building His Church, His Ark, by preaching and calling all who will to come in through receiving Christ and being Born Again. 

     Next, the LORD spoke to us from verses 23-28 saying, “In That Day” we must pray in the faith of the Name of Jesus, meaning the person of Jesus, standing in faith that He is and His teachings are the truth of God when all around everything of society says the opposite, Psalms 2:1-3.  The LORD said that His name, Jesus, was not an abracadabra, a magical term that would give you what you want.  The term “In the name of Jesus” means what you are asking for in prayer is in the will of God for the glory of God and the good His kingdom.  But, this is not the way most “so called” Christians pray.  Their prayers are more the example of the magical name rather than the latter, for the glory of God and His kingdom. 

     Last of all, the LORD spoke to us that His Church has stood on His name to have victory over the Jewish war against them, then the Roman persecutions, the Catholic persecutions and now we must stand in the Name of Jesus against the attack of the cult of technology and those who say we don’t need God anymore we have technology.

John 17:1-11 ~ July 15, 2012

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     The LORD spoke to us from the scripture John 17:1-11.  He spoke of many things showing us that He was God.  In verse 2, we saw from the scripture that He has the authority to give eternal life.  This is something that we do not think about much because we are so focused on the “here and now” and there is no more fear of hell in the minds of the modern society.  Hell is a reality and as Isaiah 5:14 declares, its mouth is opening ever wider because multitudes are going there because they have lost the knowledge of hell and have no fear or reverence of it.  The LORD cried out to you, “I have eternal Life for whosoever will receive Me.  Eternal life is with Christ.  Many think heaven as just floating around but, in truth heaven means a life with Jesus on a restored earth, cleaned from the curse of sin, having no sickness and disease, no weeping or pain in a perfect world.

     Jesus said, in verse 3, that eternal Life is knowing Him.  This is what we have been hearing all through the book of John.  “Salvation is not in a prayer; salvation is in a relationship with Jesus that begins with a prayer.”  If you don’t have a relationship, knowing Him, you don’t have salvation.  To know Jesus starts by receiving Him, John 1:12.  This is being “born again” and being born of the Spirit as Jesus said in John 3:3-8.  Being born of the Spirit of God is the “Power” to become a child of God living eternally with Christ Jesus.  Knowing Jesus is being with Him in eternity, but not only in eternity but now.  Jesus said those that follow Him now will not walk in darkness which is the sinful life of the lost world, but they will walk (Now) in the Light that is following Jesus in a holy life John 8:12.  This is eternal Life.

     In verse 4, Jesus showed us that He had finished the work of salvation.  This is a truth that we must keep hearing because of our flesh.  If we don’t hear this, soon we will return to thinking that we have to do something for our salvation or to keep it.  The devil is always telling us this, trying to make us think we do not have salvation or we have lost it.  Then we feel we need to do something to get it back.  Jesus has finished the work of salvation.  He took us to Hebrews 10:4-10 to show us His work.  His work was to come into this world to be a human body that is the sacrifice for sin.  He was to be the one that would be before God as a sinner and would receive the punishment for the sin of mankind.  This was the only sacrifice that would take away the sin from mankind.  The bodies of animals given in sacrifice only covered the sin and did not take it away.  Only the body of a human, the body filled with the spirit of God, could go through death for sin, rise again and give life.  Only the body of Jesus the Son of God could take away the sin of mankind.  This was the work of the LORD Jesus Christ, to take away the sin of the world and to give His Life, His eternal Life to as many as would receive Him.  He has finished the work.  All we have to do is to receive what He did. 

     In verses 6-10, Jesus showed us what He had said to the Father in His prayer to Him.  This He speaks of all that have truly received Him and been born again.  He says to the Father, “I have given them the Gospel.  They have received it, kept it and do follow me.  I pray for them. I do not pray for the rest of the world.” 

John 16:4-15 ~ July 1, 2012

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     Last Sunday, the LORD spoke to us from John 16:4-15.  First, He spoke about the coming time of “Offence” in which the Church will be challenged by many new accepted ideas of the growing antichrist society.  These ideas will be contrary to God’s Word and will offend or deceive many Christians that are only religious and not born again.   He took us to 2 Timothy 4:3 which speaks of a time to come when the people will not endure sound doctrine because they are ignorant of the heart of God toward them. They will have not a reverence for His will which is to protect and keep them.  So, they only join churches that speak and preach of things that they want to hear.  The churches that preach the doctrines of God and what He wants become smaller and smaller.  The Lord has given us His Word that we will not be “Offended” and carried away with the multitude that will leave because the Word of the LORD is hard to the flesh.  In John 6, the multitude left Jesus as He preached the truth of the heart of God.

     The time that is coming is spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:3.  This is called the time of “A falling way.”  1 Timothy 4:1 speaks of it as a time that some shall “Depart from the faith.”  This time is also called the “Apostasy.”  The LORD Jesus spoke of it in Matthew 24:24-25 when He said at this time there will be false prophets.  Their work will be so powerful that even the Elect of God will have a problem.  But, the LORD has given us His Word that we may learn and understand and not be carried away and offended.

     Next, in verse seven Jesus says to His disciples and to us that the only way that He can save, protect and comfort us is if He goes away because the Holy Spirit cannot come until He goes to the cross.  Jesus must go to the cross, take the sin of mankind upon Himself, receive the wrath of the God in our place, then rise from the death, receive the promise of the Holy Spirit the very life of Christ Jesus Himself and pour it out for all mankind.  Only those that seek Him and want Him will receive Him.  While Jesus was with them He could only be in one place at a time but through the cross, burial and resurrection He is now able to be in every one at the same time.  By this, the will of God is accomplished as it has been His desire to dwell in His people from the beginning, Isaiah 66:1-2.   In this, the LORD was speaking to us of the relationship He wants to have with us.   

     In verses 8-11, the LORD showed us how He wants to use us, His servants, to convince the world of the sin of rejecting Jesus as savior and convince the world righteousness that is possible in the life of Jesus.  He wants us to convince the world of Justice by the life of the Holy Spirit in us, the disciples and servants of God.

John 16:1-7 ~ June 24, 2012

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     Last Sunday, the LORD spoke to us from John 16:1-13.  From verse 1, He has given us His Word, His promise that we would not be offended.  To be offended means to have been wounded, to give up hope, to lose faith.  It is the desire of all true fathers to protect their children.  That is why they give instructions to exhort their children with their word to keep them from being deceived by those that want to steal, kill and destroy them.  This is why our heavenly Father, our creator, calls us to come together in Church to hear His Word.  So we will know the way we are to go and what and where we are to avoid.  Also, daily we are to read His instruction book, the Bible, to hide His Word in our heart that we would not sin, go our own way, Isaiah 53:6.

     Next, He spoke to us from verses 2-3 from the phrase “all of these things they will do unto you because they have not known the Father nor Me.”  Jesus was persecuted, as were the Apostles, by religious people.  These knew religion, had a relationship with religion but did not know the Father and Jesus. We will also be persecuted as the religious try to offend us and kill our faith.      

     The LORD talked to us about the words “tolerant and intolerant.”    The LORD spoke to us as well as the church universal saying that we in the church body, Americana, have been tolerant to those that are in the church who do not know the Father and the LORD Jesus.  These that do not know Him or the Father have stolen the name of Christian by displaying a lifestyle that is an abomination to the LORD.  Those that are of the true Christian Church have been “Tolerant”, standing by saying nothing because they might call us “Intolerant.” 

     The LORD said we are to be INTOLERANT. I Corinthians 4:1-2 states we are to be stewards, protectors, of the faith of Jesus Christ.  A steward or manager should not allow someone to come corrupt the faith.  The steward is to manage and keep the mysteries of God.  We are to be a peculiar or distinct people, Titus 2:14.  This means we must be INTOLERANT of those that are defiling the faith of Jesus Christ bearing His name and corrupting it.  The disciple of Jesus named Jude said that we must, “Defend the Faith that was once delivered to the saints” . . . by Jesus.  I believe the LORD is calling us to be “Intolerant stewards and defenders of the true Faith.”  Let us learn His Word and be INTOLERANT defenders of the true faith.

     Last, the LORD spoke to us from verses 4-7 saying one of the most fundamental truths of the faith of Jesus Christ that must be understood and protected.  In this truth, Jesus taught the disciples what they were to teach the Church as it is birthed on Pentecost.  This basic truth of the Faith was to be carried on down through the millenniums, centuries until this present time.  The basic fundamental truth was Jesus telling them that He was going to the cross so that He may fulfill the will of the Father from the beginning of time that He might dwell in His Children and not in buildings.  Without this, God the Father could not dwell in us because we are living the nature of sin.  Only through Jesus taking our sin and suffering the judgment of God for sin and receiving His righteousness can we have our Father dwell in us each one having personal relationship of with our LORD and savior Jesus.