KEEP GOD’S WORD BETWEEN YOU
& THE DEVIL. Eve failed because
God’s Word is the ORIGINAL Seed. Paul’s teaching IS THE SAME WORD, just more revelation to give a better understand.
But those FALSE APOSTLES came to impregnate the church with THEIR OWN SEED; their own doctrine!
The Ephesians knew to check what anyone preached against
what PAUL TAUGHT, & they’d call those preaching DIFFERENTLY,
LIARS, for not SAYING EXACTLY WHAT PAUL HAD SAID!
It’s not you, but it’s the Word that judges those 5 fold ministers.
Get back to the Word!
These FALSE APOSTLES are the WOLVES Paul spoke of.
Paul told them that once he was OFF THE SCENE, THEY’D CLAIM EQUAL REVELATION; just like it’s happening today!
BUT THEIR PURPOSE IS NOT TO HELP YOU, it’s to DESTROY YOU!
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W M B ~ These Ephesians believed that God’s people ought to be holy.
According to this verse they took steps to keep THE BODY UNLEAVENED FROM SIN.
Most evidently the apostasy had already started. SIN HAD ENTERED INTO THE CHURCH.
But they were OBEDIENT TO THE WORDS OF PAUL when he said to put away the wicked from amongst them. They were a SEPARATED PEOPLE.
THEY HAD COME OUT OF THE WORLD, and now they weren’t going to let the world enter amongst them.
They would not put up with sin in the church. HOLINESS WASN’T A PHRASE WITH THEM OR A FIGURE OF SPEECH; IT WAS A WAY OF LIFE.
“THOU HAST TRIED THEM THAT SAY THEY ARE APOSTLES, AND ARE NOT, AND HAST FOUND THEM LIARS.”
My, that is a blunt statement. “Thou hast tried them who call themselves apostles.” Isn’t that presumptuous?
What right has a people to try those who call themselves apostles? And HOW DO THEY TRY THEM?
Oh, I love this.
Here it is in Galatians 1:8, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach ANY OTHER GOSPEL unto you than that which we have (already) preached unto you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED.”
It was the apostles who brought the original Word to the people. That original Word COULD NOT CHANGE, not even a dot or dash of it.
Paul knew IT WAS GOD WHO HAD SPOKEN TO HIM, so he said, “Even if I come and try to give a second revelation, try to make one little change in what I gave originally, let me be accursed.”
You see, Paul knew THAT FIRST REVELATION WAS CORRECT.
God CAN’T give a FIRST revelation, then a SECOND revelation. If He did, He would be changing His mind.
He can give a REVELATION AND THEN ADD TO IT, as He did in the Garden of Eden when He promised the Seed to the woman, and then later designated THAT SEED had to come through Abraham, and then later said it would COME BY THE SAME BLOOD LINES IN DAVID.
But it was the same revelation. It only gave the people MORE INFORMATION to help them receive and understand it.
But GOD’S WORD CAN’T CHANGE. The Seed came exactly as revealed. Hallelujah.
And see what those FALSE apostles were doing. They came with THEIR OWN WORD. Those Ephesians knew that Word AS PAUL HAD TAUGHT IT.
They were full of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of Paul’s hands. They looked those false apostles in the eye and said, “YOU ARE NOT SAYING WHAT PAUL SAID. YOU ARE, THEREFORE, FALSE.”
Oh, that sets my heart on fire. Get back to the Word!
It is not you that really tries the APOSTLE, and PROPHET and TEACHER, IT IS THE WORD THAT TRIES THEM.
One of these days there is going to COME A PROPHET to the Laodicean Church Age and YOU WILL KNOW if he is the real one sent from God or not.
Yes you will, for if he is of God HE WILL BE IN THAT WORD EXACTLY AS GOD GAVE IT TO PAUL. HE WON’T DEVIATE FROM THAT WORD FOR A MOMENT, NOT BY ONE IOTA.
In that last age, when there will be MANY FALSE PROPHETS APPEARING, watch and see how THEY KEEP TELLING YOU that if you don’t believe them and what they say, YOU WILL BE LOST;
But when that LAST DAY PROPHET comes on the scene, if he is truly that prophet, HE WILL BE CRYING OUT, “GET BACK TO THE WORD OR YOU ARE LOST.”
He WON’T build on a PRIVATE REVELATION or interpretation, but on the Word. Amen, and Amen!
These FALSE APOSTLES are the GRIEVOUS WOLVES THAT PAUL SPOKE OF.
He said, “Once I am gone they will try to come and claim equal revelation; but their purpose is not to help you, but destroy you.”
Acts 20:27-32, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood.
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things (their own word and ideas, not God’s), to draw away disciples after them.
Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
John knew of them, also, for he said in I John 4:1, “many false prophets are (already) gone out into the world.”
That antichrist spirit was already infiltrating the church, and it was doing it by going against the Word.
Why here is where it all started. Right here in the first church age. Already they were denying the Word and setting up their own creeds and philosophies instead of the Word.
That is antichrist, for Jesus is the Word. To be anti-Word is to be anti-Jesus.
To be anti-Word is to be antichrist, because the Spirit and the Word are ONE. If you are anti-Word, you will have to be antichrist.
AND IF IT STARTED IN THE FIRST CHURCH IT WILL HAVE TO GROW UNTIL THE END WHEN IT TAKES OVER.
And that is exactly what you will see as we cover all the ages. It starts out real small in the Ephesian Age and it grows in every age until the anti-Word, antichrist system takes over entirely and the infallibility of the Word is repudiated by the false apostles of the false church.
Now it is easy to get a wrong impression of what we are talking about because I am making this so strong.
It could sound to you as though this anti-Word, antichrist spirit, is a complete repudiation of the Word, a denial of the Bible culminating in its rejection.
No sir. It is not that. What it is, is Revelation 22:18-19,
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
It is the changing of even just ONE word by taking away or adding to it. It is the original trick of Satan in the Garden of Eden.
He just added ONE LITTLE WORD to what God had said. That did it. IT BROUGHT DEATH AND DESTRUCTION.
And in Ephesus, it was just the same. Just a word added, just a word taken away, and the anti-Word, antichrist spirit began to flourish.
Did you get it now? There are those twins again. There are those two trees again, growing side by side in the same earth, partaking of the same nourishment, drinking in the same rain, and benefiting by the same sun.
But they come from DIFFERENT SEEDS.
One tree is FOR the Word of God, exactly as God gave it, and LOVES AND OBEYS IT.
The OTHER TREE is from the seed that is anti the Word of God and CHANGES IT WHERE IT WANTS TO. IT SUBSTITUTES ITS OWN CREEDS AND DOGMAS for the living true Word exactly as did Cain, who ended up killing Abel.
But FEAR NOT little flock. Stay with the Word. Keep that Word between you and the devil. Eve did not do that and she failed.
And when the church lets down on the Word she goes into the depths of the darkness of Satan.
“And hast borne, and hast patience, and for My Name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.”
This is just about the same as was said in verse 2. But in verse 2 the work, labor, and patience were from guarding the sacred Word which was COMMITTED UNTO THEM.
HOW THEY KEPT AWAY THE ADVERSARIES. What a credit they were to Paul. But in this verse their persecutions and trials and patience are over the blessed Name of Jesus.
You know that is not at all strange, for it is the Word and the Name that brings the enemy pouring after us like a flood.
That mighty Word which was MANIFESTED IN HEALINGS, SIGNS, WONDERS, AND OTHER DEMONSTRATIONS, caused the Pharisees to scream out for the death of the true believers.
And now that Name, HATED and DESPISED by the Jews, is MOCKED BY THE CULTURED as they laughed to think anyone could be so foolish as to BELIEVE IN A MAN WHO DIED and rose again and is now seated in heaven.
So here were the religious persecutors, the Jews, cursing this Jesus, Who to them was a false Messiah; and here were the others laughing with delight and mocking sarcastically at the Name of a new god, Who to them WASN’T a god at all.
Now here is something else that started in that age AND WILL CONTINUE RIGHT DOWN THROUGH THE AGES, GETTING DEEPER AND DARKER.
That is, PEOPLE WERE REPUDIATING THAT NAME!
It was not the true Ephesian Church that was doing it. No sir. IT WAS THE FALSE APOSTLES.
It was the OUTSIDER trying to get in and DEFILE THE BELIEVERS.
THE EPHESIANS KNEW THAT NAME AND LOVED IT. Recall the origin of that Ephesian Church.
A little group of people who were looking for the Messiah HEARD THAT A PROPHET who called himself the FORERUNNER of the Messiah had appeared in the desert of Palestine and was baptizing people unto repentance of sins.
These, then, received the baptism of John. But when Paul came to them he showed them that the prophet was dead, that Jesus had come and fulfilled His life as a sacrifice for sin, and that NOW the Holy Ghost was come and would enter in and fill all true believers in Jesus, the Messiah.
When they heard this, THEY WERE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, and when Paul had laid his hands upon them, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.
They knew what it was to obey the Word, to be baptized in His Name (Lord Jesus Christ) and in that way they knew they would be filled with the Holy Spirit. You could not get that people to change. They knew the truth. Acts 19:1-7.
They knew the power of that Name. They saw that Name was so powerful that even aprons taken from the body of Paul and sent in Jesus’ Name to suffering people could deliver the sick from all manner of diseases and cast out evil spirits.
So manifestly wonderful did that Name perform that reprobate Jews at Ephesus attempted to use it to exorcise devils.
Acts 19:11-17, “And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: so that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the Name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus Whom Paul preacheth.
And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the Name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.”
An Exposition of the 7 Church Ages 3 – The Ephesian Church Age
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