SCRIPTURES THE APOSTLE PAUL NEVER WROTE

If the apostle Paul had NOT been inspired by God, and if he had talked like folks talk today, This is what one of his letters to Timothy may have looked like:

Timothy, my beloved armor-bearer:

I wrote to you last November and told you that a shift was in the atmosphere, but Jezebel has been trying to hinder it. We must stand against her and break the power of the words she has spoken against us. Jezebel wants to keep our destiny from manifesting.

Timothy, God is getting ready to do something and we are going to a new level. I break the power of Jezebel!

Remember also, when the things we prophecy don’t manifest, it isn’t because our prophecies are false, its because the people do not activate those prophecies. Most likely its because they are under a generational curse.

Timothy, we must walk in our dominion, and keep confessing the double portion, and surround ourselves with people who are going to speak into our lives those things which help our destiny and purpose come to pass.

We must continue to confess our destiny so God can release our purpose into the earth realm.

Timothy, I am confessing that you will be with us at The Apostolic Conference this fall. We will be prophesying and activating people into their divine assignments. We will be offering “apostolic- life coaching” for twenty five shekels.

Timothy may you be supernaturally blessed.

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HOW GOD USES THE UNBELIEVER TO QUALIFY HIS MINISTER

According to the Bible, a Bishop must have a good report among those outside of the church.

The sad reality is that there are “so called” apostles and prophets who are hood winking the gullible within the church. Rather than teaching sound doctrine according to godliness, they rant about their Jezebel “insights” and “shifts” and “destiny” etc.

Those who are outside the church can often see right through this, and see it for what it is. When unbelievers have more discernment than believers, it doesn’t speak well of our testimony for Jesus.

Those who teach things which come across as “weird” and “cultish” are not qualified (from a Biblical perspective) to be leaders within the church.

According to the Apostle Paul, a Bishop, “must have a good reputation and be well thought of by those outside the church, so that he will not be discredited and fall into the devil’s trap.” ~ 1 Timothy 3:7

The unbelievers around us need to see Jesus, and they see Jesus when we walk in truth by walking in integrity, humility, honestly, kindness, gentleness, and purity of heart – not when we go around talking about Jezebel and constantly “fighting” some spiritual battle that only exists in our carnal minds.

The real battle that Satan is fighting against the church is that which keeps us preoccupied with ourselves, in our own little world, created by our “air-castle theology.”

This keeps God’s people from growing in grace and walking in sound doctrine. If the devil can cause us to come across as weird or cultish, he can can weaken our influence and testimony in the lives of those who don’t know God.

THE FOUR MAJOR COVENANTS

Here are the four major covenants that have a direct bearing on every Christian’s relationship with God. It would greatly benefit every Christian to understand these, and it would help you to rightly divide the Word of truth.

1. The promises God made to Abraham, which are confirmed in Christ. (Galatians 3)

2. The Law of Moses (aka the old covenant). This was Israel’s covenant in the flesh.

3. The new covenant. This covenant replaced the old covenant (Israel’s covenant in the flesh). This covenant was given to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. Those who among the people of Israel believe the gospel are given this covenant and Gentiles who believe the gospel are grafted with them as the Israel of God.

4. The oath God made with David. God promised David that he would raise up one of his descendants, who would be the Messiah, to reign as King forever upon his throne.

David, was the great King of Israel after the flesh. Jesus Christ is the King of Israel being exalted at the right hand of God.

When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary he said concerning Jesus, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him THE THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID.“ ~ Luke 1:32

In Acts 2, Peter interprets the resurrection and exaltation of Jesus at the right hand of God as THE FULFILLMENT of the scriptures that the Messiah would reign from the throne of David.

Therefore BEING A PROPHET, AND KNOWING that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, HE WOULD RAISE UP CHRIST TO SIT ON HIS THRONE; HE SEEING THIS BEFORE SPAKE OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD EXALTED, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, SIT ON MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE THY FOES THY FOOTSTOOL. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both LORD AND CHRIST. ~ Acts 2:30-36

The apostle Paul referred to this as “the sure mercies of David.”

32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,

33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, HE SAID ON THIS WISE, I WILL GIVE YOU THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID.

35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. ~ Acts 13:13-37

CONCLUSION

How do these covenants have a direct affect on the lives of Christians?

1. The blessing of Abraham, which is justification through faith in Jesus, is the inheritance of every believer. Through our faith in Jesus, we are members of the family of Abraham, which is the family of God.

2. Being in the family of God, no longer means being grafted into the nation of Israel, as was the case under the old testament. Under Moses, physical Israel was God’s covenant people, and being in covenant with God meant that one had to be a citizen of national Israel. This is no longer the case. The family of God consists of people from every nation, for God fulfilled his promise to Abraham, to make him the father of MANY NATIONS, through his Son Jesus Christ: the promised SEED of Abraham!

3. In Christ we become partakers of a new covenant. This new covenant was given to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In this covenant, believing Gentiles are grafted in with believing Jews as the Israel of God.

Paul uses the language of “the Israel of God” in Galatians 6 in conjunction with those who are circumcised, not with physical circumcision, but through the putting to death of the old man through the power of the Cross.

The apostle Peter says, “ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light…” ~ 1 Peter 2:9

4. Christ is the exalted King of glory, and we are his ambassadors as in a foreign land. His Kingdom is not of this world, but through us, his power and Kingdom saves people from the darkness in this world. We are his messengers and representatives, and his Kingdom reigns over darkness through his power, in his people, who are his ambassadors in this world.

One day, the King of glory will return and take over this world.

JEZEBEL

There is not a single verse in your Bible that mentions “the spirit of Jezebel.”

Did you know that?

Most people believe there is based on Jesus’ words in Revelation 2:20, but according to the text, Jesus was addressing a woman who was a SELF PROCLAIMED PROPHETESS and who was teachings ungodly doctrine and practices.

Jesus did not say she had a “spirit of Jezebel.” Jesus simply called her Jezebel, most likely because she had similar traits to Jezebel, the domineering wife of King Ahab, in the Old Testament.

It’s time for those who think they are prophets to get some SOUND DOCTRINE and stop making up things that they think they are called to reveal to the whole body of Christ.

Prophets in the New Testament do not have the same status as prophets in the Old. Prophets were not set in the church to led or guide the church.

The church is under the leadership of Christ who guides his people by His Holy Spirit.

SORTING THROUGH THE “NO MORE SIN CONSCIOUSNESS” DOCTRINE

That which I am about to address is the claim that believers, once saved, are to have no more consciousness of sins. This certainly can be true if held within the proper context. When held in the wrong context, it can lead people into spiritual error.

Below, I would like to address this doctrine (no more sin consciousness) by addressing the following points:

1. The proper context
2. The wrong context
3. The scriptures which are misunderstood
4. The failure of this doctrine when cross examined with other scriptures.

1. THE PROPER CONTEXT

First, allow me to address the proper context. It is absolutely true that we are set free from the guilt of sin in our conscience when we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus.

When we commit sin and repent, the blood of Jesus purifies our conscience and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.

This is the correct context.

2. THE WRONG CONTEXT

Now, the wrong context states that a believer should no longer be conscience of sin because all of his sins have been permanently dealt with.

This is dangerous doctrine because a saved person who happens to fall into sin, such as pornography, is going to experience guilt. Such guilt is the voice of his conscience, and guilt will not be taken away until he has repented and been cleansed from this sin by the blood of Jesus.

Teaching Christians that any consciousness of sin is something to be shunned, is actually teaching them to override the voice of their conscience when they are in sin.

In the book of Hebrews, the author of Hebrews tells us the following:

Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, THEY DO ALWAYS ERR IN THEIR HEART; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) TAKE HEED BRETHREN, LEST THERE BE IN ANY OF YOU AN EVIL HEART OF UNBELIEF, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; LEST ANY OF YOU BE HARDENED THROUGH THE DECEITFULNESS OF SIN. ~ Hebrews 3:8-13

Notice that the author of Hebrews warns believers to “take heed” so as not to allow an evil heart of unbelief and to not be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Also, the apostle John says the following:

And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, THEN have we confidence toward God. ~ 1 John 3: 19-21

Whenever anyone teaches that as believers we should never be conscience of sin, they are actually teaching people to drown out the voice of their own conscience in their heart which is alerting them to sin in their lives.

If we have dealt with a particular sin, and have been cleansed, the precious blood of Jesus will purify our conscience and remove the guilt, but if there is unrepentant sin in our life, our hearts will condemn us before God, because we need to deal with the sin in our life.

3. MISUNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES

Confusion arises in this area because of a misunderstanding of the “once for all” references in the book of Hebrews.

Bear with me while I address this.

The author of Hebrews places emphasis on THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST and refers to it as ONCE FOR ALL.

This does not mean that those who have been saved can’t err from the truth and be entangled again in sin? Otherwise, the book of Hebrews would contradict its own exhortations.

Contextually, the putting away of sins, and the once for all references in Hebrews, has to do with the superiority of the New Covenant in contrast to the Old, and the permanency of the finished work of Christ in contrast to the imperfect atonement under the Law which was merely as shadow of things to come.

Notice the following from Hebrews 7:

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing HE EVER LIVETH to make intercession for them. For such a high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and made higher than the heavens; Who NEEDETH NOT DAILY, as those high priests, TO OFFER UP SACRIFICE, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for THIS HE DID ONCE, when he offered up himself. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is CONSECRATED FOR EVERMORE. ~ Hebrews 7:25-28

Notice also, the following from Hebrews 10:

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL. And every priest STANDETH DAILY ministering and OFFERING OFTENTIMES the same sacrifices, which CAN NEVER TAKE AWAY SINS: But this man, after he had offered ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOREVER, sat down on the right hand of God. ~ Hebrews 10:10-12

The blood of animals could not purify man’s conscience in the sight of God and those offerings were not sufficient to provide lasting atonement for all sin, therefore atonement had to be made annually for the nation and daily for individuals. Furthermore, those sacrifices could not take away sin and cleanse the conscience from guilt.

Jesus’ sacrifice, however, provided atonement once and for all. His sacrifice is perfect and avails forever.

Christ’s sacrifice being “once for all” does not mean that God can’t see our sins. It does not mean that we do not need to repent when we know we have sinned. Nor does it mean that we will not be conscience of sin when we knowingly sin.

It simply means that there is no longer any need for any more offerings for sins. Jesus’ sacrifice was offered once and for all, and his blood will cleanse us and keep on cleaning us when we sin, if we continue in faith towards Christ.

Jesus is a priest forever after the order of Melchisedek (both priest and King, seated at the right hand of the Majesty on High). There will never, ever, be the need for another sacrifice or another priest. In fact, the Book of Hebrews tells us that if we go on sinning (living in sin and rejecting Jesus) after we have received the knowledge of the truth there is no more offering for sins.

Jesus’ ministry as our priest is unlike those who were ordained under the Law, “He does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this ONCE FOR ALL when he offered himself as the sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 7:27).

It is the blood that cleanses our conscience from sin, and not a mindset of not having a sin consciousness.

The “once for all” references have to do with the “provision” for the cleaning of our sins, and not a reference that once we have been cleansed, we are permanently holy no matter what we do or how we live. The provision has been made to sanctify us, and it has been made “once for all!” Yet, we must guard against the deceitfulness of sins and not harden our hearts against God.

4. A CROSS EXAMINATION

Finally, when we cross-examine the belief that all future sins are already forgiven, and God can’t see our sins, and that we should never address sin because we are to have no more consciousness of sin, we find that such ideology fails miserably.

In 1 Corinthians 5:1-2, the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit confronted the Corinthians for the sin of fornication in their midst.
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. ~1 Corinthians 5:1-2

If Paul inspired by the Spirit of God, reprimanded the Corinthians regarding this sin, God obviously knew about their sin.

In 2 Corinthians 7, Paul says the following to them:

For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. 2 Corinthians 7:8-11

According to the Bible, God saw the sin of fornication which the Corinthians were allowing in their midst, and after Paul rebuked them they repented.

Though they repented, Paul was still concerned about the lack of repentance of some among the Corinth believers, for they had allowed false teachers (specifically, false apostles) to influence them with another gospel. Paul says the following in chapter 12 within context of the Corinthians tolerating false apostles.

20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:20-21

Those who teach that God does not see your sins after you are saved because all future sins are already forgiven, and that you should never be conscience of sin, are teaching error, and bordering on the lines of being false teachers. Some have already crossed that line.
Did God see the sin of Corinthian believers? Absolutely! And he can see mine and your’s too.

Our conscience is cleansed by the blood of Jesus, but when we sin we should repent and the blood will cleanse us again and purify our hearts before God!